Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Valentine's Day Allure With JORD Watches

| "When you dance down the street with a cloud at your feet, you're in love / when you walk in a dream but you know you're not dreaming, that's amore." -Dean Martin |

Happy Valentine's Day, loves! What a blessing it is to have our loved ones in our lives, and what better reminder to show them we care than a day set apart just for them? I've always loved Valentine's Day, not because it is all about romance, but because of the love spread by individuals to all of the family members and friends that they hold dear to their hearts. And on this particular day, I am so excited to announce that I have partnered with JORD Wood Watches for the special occasion!

JORD sets themselves apart with their exquisite wood pieces, offering personal engravings that aid in creating the ideal gift to show someone how much they mean to you. I am completely in love with my Walnut & Vintage Rose Cassia watch, and what can I say - how could I not be? It's the perfect accent of sophistication to balance out my feminine, city-girl style.

This Valentine's Day, I wanted to create a flirty, girly look. As I'm obsessed with ruffles, I felt it was the perfect opportunity to style this gorgeous baby pink top from H&M. I paired it with a pleated skirt from New Look, and topped the outfit off with my Nine West Mary Jane-style heels and long curls to keep the outfit elegant and classically pretty. The Cassia watch added a final, flawless touch, resulting in a look that was undeniably alluring and feminine.   

In addition, I have had the opportunity to partner with JORD in a giveaway in which one lucky winner will win a $100 gift code off JORD's entire website! As JORD creates gorgeous pieces for both men and women, this is the perfect chance to gift something heartfelt and personal to anyone special in your life. Plus, everyone who enters will receive 10% off their entire purchase - so what are you waiting for?

To enter, simply visit my contest page at and fill out the information. Good luck to everyone! 

I hope everyone has a lovely Valentine's Day!

xx Erin Nicole

Luxury Wooden Watch

Monday, January 22, 2018

La Vie En Rose

| "So fill your heart with what's important, and be done with all the rest." |

I recently had to take a short break from blogging to calm the whirlwind in my head and refocus. With the beginning of a new semester and an abrupt end to a much-needed break, my life was a bit upside down for a few weeks as I unwillingly settled back into a busy lifestyle. In some ways, it's been a difficult month. But I realized recently that this month has also been one of the best months I've had for as long as I can remember. Some of the most incredible things have happened to me (a few of which will be appearing on the blog soon!), and I keep finding myself wishing that I could go back to myself a year ago and tell her that life was going to become so much better than what she was seeing then.

I am still shocked when I think about how much I have grown within just a year. Without going into much detail, last winter was probably the hardest period of my life thus far; if you've read my post on how I deal with anxiety, you'll know that my mind is sometimes too much for me to live in. That being said, one of the most beautiful and redemptive things to me is the fact that the most growth I have ever reached and the most transformative moments in my life have always gone hand-in-hand with the worst time periods in my life. It is in the most brutal times that we learn what's important, but beyond this, it is during those times that we learn enough about ourselves to learn how we must grow in order to live through them. 

So even though I would never want to go back to those places, I always try to remind myself that it is only by those times that I have reached the people and the things that I thank God for every day. And like I said, January has been amazing -- the year is off to an incredible start, and I feel more sure of myself than I ever have before. I am filled with hope and I am filled with love. 

2018, to me, is about taking back control of my life. It is about investing in the relationships that deserve to be invested in and doing the things that should be done. I want to love, and love a lot. I want to read and draw and see films and attend concerts and spend time with friends and expand my soul. I also want to continue with this blog as an outpouring of these thoughts that plague my mind.

So with all of this being said, I am ready and excited for what's to come. I've given my blog a bit of a makeover to fit my personal style better, and am starting fresh with a new editorial design... so prepare for a lot of pink. 🎀

I felt that this outfit was perfect for a fresh, brighter start. The metallic lace top from Forever 21 is a perfectly festive touch and beautifully complements this tiered skirt from H&M. To accent the pairing, I added my beloved Tiffany's pendant necklace and a pair of classic Mary Jane-style heels from Nine West

This is a bit long for an update but I can assure you it's a greatly therapeutic relief to write out your reflections! In short, this year, I want to love. I want to love the world around me and the stories we have been given - both those portrayed through literature and film and those of the very people whose stories intertwine with our own. I want to love the people in my life and myself. I want to nurture my soul. 

 | "I'm scared," said Piglet.
"A story will help," said Pooh.
"Oh. Don't you know? Stories make your heart grow." |

xx Erin Nicole 


Saturday, January 6, 2018

A Mini Guide to Winter Glamour

| "When I first moved to New York I bought Vogue instead of dinner. I felt it fed me more." -Carrie Bradshaw |

It's the very first week of 2018, and we are stuck in a blizzard. It's freezing cold, super dry, altogether miserable outside. I might be a little biased, considering I am huddled under three separate blankets as I write this, but that brings me to my next point:

The one thing that has been keeping me motivated to actually remove myself from my heavily blanket-laden bed this past week has been the beauty routine that I've picked up over the winter break. I hate being cold, and I am cold much more often than not. That being said, this season is also the perfect time to experiment with renewing beauty products and load up on all the cozy knits and warm drinks.

I think the most important part of any beauty routine is skin care, and lately my skin has been hating me for living in such frigid, dry temperatures. An occasional charcoal or clay facial mask really helps to clear out the skin (and lately I've learned that some awesome ones can be found for just a few bucks at TJ Maxx!). Beyond that, it's more important than ever to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. I've relied on the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream for over a year now, applying it right after I wash my face. It's so lightweight and refreshing, and it soaks into the skin and starts working immediately. I also spray my face down with the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe & Rosewater before I put makeup on (and sometimes after as well). To be honest, I kind of jumped on the rosewater bandwagon without really knowing anything about it, so it used to be something I sprayed on my face for fun. Now whenever I don't use it, I notice my skin is so much more dry and miserable, so I'm really thinking that should tell me something.

My makeup routine as of late has become a bit darker and more dramatic, with a focus on purple tones. I bought the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette years ago and it was never my favorite until recently. There is such a wide array of both lighter and darker pink tones, allowing for light, dreamy eyeshadow as well as smokey eyes. I have been putting darker shades on my lid (something I have never really done, and am loving) and pairing the look with a mauve lip - usually the Jordana lip liner in Rock N Rose, and sometimes the Stila 'Stay All Day' liquid lipstick in the shade Baci. 

One last thing that I have to mention is something that has made my winter routine so much more cozy and glamorous. I received some of the comfiest light pink pajamas for Christmas and I would honestly live in them if I could. Mine are from Aerie and unfortunately I cannot find the match online, but I am linking a few other cute options. One other all-time favorite is my pink Victoria's Secret Satin Kimono - it's virtually impossible to not feel fabulous getting ready in this.

Thanks for reading! Nothing brightens up a dreary season like a little self-care and pampering. 

xx Erin Nicole

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Dreaming In A Winter Wonderland

| "In the language of this dream, in that palace of delight, we spoke with our whole selves... And my tall Nutcracker Cavalier had eyes only for me, for at least as long as that dream could be." |  

As the year draws to a close, I am immensely reminded of how absurd of a blessing it is to be in the place that I am. New York is always beautiful, but the city dolled up in Christmas decor and covered in sheets of snow is another enigmatic wonder altogether.  

This year, I made sure to visit the city's trademark "tourist" Christmas sites. If you're a New Yorker or you know someone who is, you'll know many of us make a point of avoiding tourist sites at any cost. This year, I enjoyed the light show at Saks and the brilliance of the Rockefeller Tree alongside old friends. Perhaps better yet, I lived out my high school self's Gossip Girl dream and ventured out to the magnificent Lotte New York Palace.   

Of course, I couldn't make such a trip without also dressing the part. My favorite go-to holiday outfit this year has been this fabulous oversized roll neck jumper dress from Asos. I paired it with my over-the-knee faux suede burgundy boots for a festive take on the city-chic look.

Living for years in the same place or working the same job or doing the same thing can become so repetitive that we forget to absorb the artistry around us. Christmas serves as the perfect encouragement for us to truly acknowledge what we have and to push ourselves to appreciate those things in a little more detail. It reminds me of the following words by G.K. Chesterton, one of my favorite excerpts:

“Children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free; therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, 'Do it again'; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, 'Do it again' to the sun; and every evening, 'Do it again' to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we. The repetition in Nature may not be a mere reoccurrence; it may be a theatrical encore.”

And as for the city adorned in fresh, falling snow?

I'll let it speak for itself.

| "Dreams are strangely familiar places. They are not all make-believe, but only the homely inside of yourself, like the inner lining of your favorite coat, or like the sweet kernel of the hardest nut that only the jaws of my Nutcracker Prince could reveal to me." |

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

xx Erin Nicole

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