Be Real Comfy

9 Dec
Be Real Comfy


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Be Real Comfy

9 Dec
Be Real Comfy

CALYPSO ST BARTH cable knit sweater
$225 - calypsostbarth.com

Coat
$93 - romwe.com

Short skirt
$60 - topshop.com

Givenchy black ballet flat
€398 - jades24.com

Madewell ballet flat
$118 - madewell.com

Cross shoulder bag
$70 - modcloth.com

Dorothy Perkins navy clutch
$39 - dorothyperkins.com

Kendra Scott statement necklace
$55 - kendrascott.com

Such a Huge Ego

5 Dec

Due to my Thursday night’s escapades I have been thinking about alter egos. You know the one you get when you have had a few too many sips? Party Nicole, sometimes Violet to strangers, can be a diva, a best friend, a total bitch, or worse…a crier.

Here is a list of common alter egos:

The New Best Friend: This may also be referred to as the super needy girl. She is usually an ice queen when she is sober, and ultimately feels the need to make up for her general lack of warmth when she is hammered. Be careful if she comes your way, once you so much as smile at her crazy @ss she will dub you her new bff4L. At some point in the night she might puke, and since you are her new best friend you are obligated to take care of her.

The Soulmate: Watch out boys, this girl is on the prowl. She is feeling extra hungry tonight and you are one prime piece of meat. Don’t be fooled by the sexy eyes she is throwing your way, you will not be spending your night making out in the corner. Instead she will end up telling you all about her ex-boyfriend and how much she still loves him. Then she will cry.

The Bitch: Lock your doors. The bitch has decided that she really wants to make everyone’s night utter hell. She will complain about the beer/liquor choice, change the music and refuse to hide the rude faces she makes at all the other girls (we normally try not to let the girls see, it can get awkward). Surprisingly this girl is normally super nice during the day. This is a great example why it is not normal to be happy all the time. NOBODY IS ALWAYS NICE.

The Diva: Don’t confuse the diva with the bitch. This lady is all sass, but it works. She makes outrageous demands (refusing to share the cab karaoke microphone), but it’s all in good fun. This girl is fashionably late to the party, but always the last to leave. The indention marks on your coffee table are the result of her heels when she decided to dance last night. She won’t remember, so don’t bring it up again.

The Crier: This girl is the normal one, at least for a while, of the party. She is friendly, funny, and helpful to the host. However after she downs that 2nd solo cup of Franzia her eyes begin to tear up and she starts to bawl. You never know exactly what she is crying about because she doesn’t make any sense. Check on her an hour later and she will be completely fine.

Do you have an alter ego? I am most definitely guilty of all of the above..

-Nicole

P.S. Make sure to check out VIM’s Website to read my new beauty post!

Fully Sassy at Semi-Formal

3 Dec

Thursday night was my sorority’s semi-formal. This is an excuse for all of use to neglect homework, dress up in super modest dresses, and act like we are all 21. My night did not start out like I had planned, which ultimately resulted in my super sassiness and acting like I owned the place. Sometimes a girl needs a night like that.

The night ended with my refusing to let anyone else play cab karaoke as I proceeded to belt out Bills, Bills, Bills and Baby One More TIme. Your welcome for the cheap entertainment. Classy as always.

Dress: Urban Oufitters via art fair sale; Heels: Steve Madden

Clutch: Express; Baubles: Dana’s jewelry drawer

And then lot’s of this…

led to this. Oops.

We can’t always be angels…

Are you a cab diva?

-Nicole

P.S. Make sure to check of VIM’s website to see my holiday shopping post…DO IT.

My Favorite Things: 25 Days of Christmas

1 Dec

I have already made it perfectly clear that I am a major Christmas dork, so I am more than excited that today is the 1st of December. Why? ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas beings today! I can now turn on my tv at any given moment and be greeted with the sweet sounds of Christmas carols, sappy movies, and childhood memories.

Dying.

Here are my top-ten favorite movies EVER.

The Muppet Christmas Carol

Muppets who sing, what could be better? Michael Cane is perfect in this movie and I cry ever time.

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (claymation version)

A childhood classic. This movie has everything an elf with aspiring dentist dreams, misfit toys (the ones the out-of-town relatives give you), and of course Rudolph!

The Santa Clause Trilogy

So good! He takes his kid to Denny’s for Christmas dinner! That’s awesome.

National Lampoons Christmas Vacation

Squirrel in tree, sewer blows up, cat gets electrocuted. Watch it now. It’s like SNL on crack.

White Christmas

Bing Crosby, enough said.

Holiday Inn

Bing Crosby + Fred Astaire, stop it I’m dying.

A Christmas Story

When my brother received a BB gun for Xmas one year all I could think of was “You’ll shoot yer’ eye out!” He didn’t….

Miracle on 34th Street (Matilda version)

She is just such a cupcake, and Dylan McDermott makes an appearance. Uhm, yes please.

The Polar Express

Tom Hanks never fails to impress. This is one of THE BEST Christmas morning movies ever.

Elf

Funny. I can’t explain it. Just go watch.

What is your favorite holiday movie?

-Nicole

Images via Google

Forecast: Blizzard

29 Nov

Tonight’s forecast warns us of a 70% chance of “snow flurries” and possibly 7-9 inches of snow. Instead of crossing my fingers and wishing for a snow day, these don’t exist in college, I am forced to don lots of layers and throw on 3 pairs of socks inside my snow boots. The cold weather has inspired me to dust of my fur vest, faux of course, and become a snow bunny this weekend. I love the Ann Taylor LOFT vest I received last year because it can be easily dressed down or up.  Throw it over a pair of jeans, pair it with some combat boots and you are good to mall hop, class hop, and wherever else you might hop. Need a night transition? Pair a vest with a tight dress or skirt and throw on some heels. Done and done.

Forecast: Blizzard

Long sleeve wrap dress
$330 - aliceandolivia.com

Quiksilver fake fur vest
$119 - quiksilver.com

J brand skinny jeans
£170 - houseoffraser.co.uk

Steve madden sandals
$88 - bloomingdales.com

Forever21 platform boots
$40 - forever21.com

White handbag
$148 - henribendel.com

Anton Heunis gold earrings
£95 - flannelsfashion.com

H M metal bangle
£6.99 - hm.com

J Crew genuine leather belt
$30 - jcrew.com
What is your go to blizzard style?
-Nicole

No Spanx Please

28 Nov

Saturday night my parents bought the whole family tickets to see Sister’s Christmas Catechism, a comedy act that highlights good ole’ Catholic upbringing (i.e. rolling up the plaid uniform skirts…guilty). Finding an outfit for this activity was a tough one because  a.) I wanted to be somewhat modest, and b.) I had been growing a food baby since Thanksgiving. Buttoning the jeans was an issue, although I am not complaining. The sweet potato casserole and mounds of stuffing were completely worth it.

I decided to throw on whatever sweater I had on hand that was “forgiving” i.e. did not require me to drive to the current Target hell-hole and buy spanx. The end result- a nearly all black outfit with killer booties that were just as killer on the tootsies.

Oh hey girl, I was feeling sultry..what?

Sweater: H&M; Jeans: The Loft;

Booties: Forever21; Necklace: Thrifted

What did you do this weekend?

-Nicole

My Favorite Things: Christmas Songs

26 Nov

It’s after Thanksgiving and that means it is officially socially acceptable to blast Christmas music. No more hiding alone in my room, and no more stares from weirded out onlookers..it’s not October anymore! Bring it on Pandora. After visiting Bronner’s (A CHRISTmas Wonderland), I was more than inspired by the mounds of red/gold decor and thousands of hand painted ornaments to fully get into the holiday spirit; so I made a Christmas playlist for all.

Enjoy.

Top 10 Favorite Christmas Songs Ever:

  1. Last Christmas- Glee Version (Rachel Berry/Finn Hudson)
  2. White Christmas- Bing Crosby
  3. Santa Baby- Eartha Kitt
  4. Grown-up Christmas List- Michael Buble
  5. It Happened in Sun Valley- Glenn Miller
  6. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus- The Jackson 5
  7. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas- Frank Sinatra
  8. All I Want for Christmas is You- Mariah Carey
  9. Marshmallow World- Johnny Mathis
  10. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree- Brenda Lee

What is your favorite holiday song?

-Nicole

How To Break Up With Class

22 Nov

I fully believe that quitting your job is comparable to breaking it off with a former flame. You never know if it is exactly the right time, it can get a little messy, and you might come crawling back months later after finding out that there really is nothing better out there.

If you want to make sure to get that stellar recommendation from your boss follow these steps to keep it classy.

Speak in Person: Quitting breaking up is hard to do, and while speaking to your employer in person may be uncomfortable it shows that you are professional. Emailing, texting and a phone call is just rude. If you wouldn’t do that to a boyfriend/girlfriend you most certainly shouldn’t do it to your boss. This person pays you!! And if you do/have done break-ups via texting/social media/voicemails; shame on you. Grow up. (Unless it’s long distance, only then is it acceptable.)

Be Honest: If you are too stressed, behind in school, looking for other opportunities etc. tell your boss that! He/she will appreciate your honesty, and be more willing to agree to be a reference. Also these people are bosses for a reason, i.e. they can most likely smell out your bullshit. Don’t lie!

Give a 2 Weeks Notice: These last couple of weeks I have been more than stressed with multiple projects, blogging, working and of course Christmas shopping (duh), but I didn’t let of that get in the way of my work duties. I think it is unfair to quit a job without giving any notice because a.) You screw over your employer b.) You look like an a-hole and c.) Your co-workers now have to cover the shifts that you unexpectantly laid on them.

RUDE.

Speak with your boss and agree upon the last day of your two weeks. From there on out you should be working as if you never quit. You made a committment by accepting this job, and your boss put his/her time into training you, so the least you can do it give them adequate time in finding a new employee.

Be Thankful: Even if you are moving on you should remember everything that this job has given you. Without it you might not be able to online shop or pay your rent; reality check. Thank your employer for all the opportunites that have been made available to you through the time you had spent there.

When all else fails; cry. I have met very few people that do not buckle under the sight of tears. If it got me out of 3 tickets, it can surely work for everything else….right?

Disclaimer: I will admit that one time I did not adhere to my own rules. After a horrible, awful, terrible job experience in which I was mainly “learning how to become a great housewife” (his words not mine, and I have nothing against housewives!), and after being called “baby” one too many times I picked up the phone and did some damage. I left a voicemail the day before I was supposed to work, did not give a two weeks notice, and told him my reason for quitting was because my parents “made me”. Oops. Lesson learned.

Do you have any work “break-up” stories?

-Nicole

Greek Gala

20 Nov

Every year greek life holds “Greek Gala” to honor the sororities and fraternities that excel in leadership, philanthropy, and morale. So obviously we all dressed up, snapped ridiculous amounts of pictures, and we also  took home two awards, Recruitment and Finance. This is the first weekend in a long time that I have successfully showered and made myself pretty at least twice. On a roll. Now it’s back to perfume showers and brushing my teeth with gum. If I can make it through Tuesday night I am golden.

Dress: Urban Outfitters, via super sale; Blazer: Forever21

Shoes: Jeanologie, East Lansing Boutique

What did you do this weekend?

-Nicole

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