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VIM Launch Party

18 Nov

VIM Magazine had its fall issue launch party last night and it was nothing short of amazing. I am new to the staff so I was unbelievably pumped to attend the launch and get my networking on. I sort of felt glamorous; it may have been the step and repeat or that fact that it wasn’t held in a super dingy bar..but who really knows. What I do know for sure is that my Mariah Carey-esque feeling quickly faded when I was caught trying to rub the under 21 “x’s” off my hands only to be yelled at by a tiny woman with a big attitude. My bad…I just didn’t want to ruin my bomb outfit with heinous permanent maker.

On the bright side the party was super fun and I am pretty sure there are some amazing pictures in front of the VIM backdrop. I will make sure to post them as soon as they are available!

Look at that pout.

Dress: Rococo’s Closet, boutique in Northville Mi;

Shoes: Aldo via closet pilfering (Currie’s)

Dana's blue suede shoes.

Cheesing..clearly really excited for the launch party.

What did you do last night?

-Nicole

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Feminine Tough

15 Nov

 

One of this season’s top trends it mixing lace and leather together. A little sexy and a dash of sweet. Adding feminine details to an otherwise harsh fabric keeps you from looking too much like a costume and/or a dominatrix. I am loving this look and thought the red studs and the mustard blazer added just the right amount of color.

This is my first time using Polyvore for fashion post so please bear with me!Lace/Leather

D G vintage shirt
$487 – my-wardrobe.com

Alice Olivia pleated skirt
295 – oxygenboutique.com

Akira fishnet stocking
$15 – shopakira.com

DV by Dolce Vita wedge booties
$100 – heels.com

Mulberry black jewelry
$195 – mulberry.com

Miss Selfridge stud earrings
6.50 – missselfridge.com
For inspiration when planning your next outfit listen to B. Spears Lace and Leather
Loving it or hating it?
-Nicole

My Favorite Things: Wish List 2011

14 Nov

*Disclaimer: This is just a “wish list” of anything/everything that catches my eye. I am most excited to just go home and be with my family for the holidays. Bring on the eggnog and elastic waist pants.*

I have a gift for falling for literally the most expensive items while online/in store shopping. I just can’t help it. I almost never bother to look at the price, which results in being one of those people who will bring up said items to the register only to nearly pass when they are done ringing me up. Then comes the part where I proceed to try to figure out which purchase to put back, and after ten minutes of pro’s/con’s I ultimately decide to buy everything. Cue the immense guilt and avoiding the inevitable bank statement.

Cheers to unrealistic expectations and champagne taste on a beer diet!

Here is some of my “wishful” thinking:

I am dying for the wine color.

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Lululemon Wunder Under Pant in Black

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Henri Bendel Socialite Pearl Necklace

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Anything cozy from JCrew

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Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb

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Urban Outfitters Opaque Tights

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Topshop Military Belted Coat

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What are you wishing for this year?

-Nicole

My New Man Boots

11 Nov

I was home for the night so that I could get snow tires put on my car. I could not have made the appointment at a better time because Michigan decided to throw a half hail/half snow blurry my entire ride home which ultimately caused my car to start dangerously sliding on the highway.

Anyway when I walked into my room I found new shoes via Mom. Yay! I have been really into the military/menswear trend lately because a.) It doesn’t require a lot of planning and b.) It makes me feel edgy. I am not edgy at all, so these boots make me feel extra special.

They are perfect.

Jean Shirt: H&M; Pants: Pitaya

Belt: JCrew; Lace-Up Boots: Steve Madden via DSW.com

Hi I love you.

Do you like the “military boot” look?

-Nicole

There’s No Time Like Downtime

8 Nov

With class, blogging, sorority duties (how sorority girl of me..), a part-time job, and writing for a magazine it’s a wonder I have time to actually breathe. Insert panic attack now. Wishing that Thanksgiving will get here asap just isn’t doing it for me anymore. Thanksgiving doesn’t just mean loads of artery-clogging food, oh no, it also most definitely brings on 3 projects, 5 papers, and one huge exam. I literally just counted all those on my fingers to make sure I didn’t forget one. AWESOME. So while my siblings are watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, I will be silently sobbing while single handedly eating an entire pumpkin pie. I’m a stress eater.

I have come to realize that in order to be relavively sane while juggling your whole life, you have to make room for downtime every single day. It can be 30 minutes or 3 hours. Fit it in.

Currently some of my favorite ways to be lazy are…

  • Catching up on my weekly TV shows. Lately I am loving The Vampire Diaries, Glee, Gossip Girl, American Horror Story, 30 Rock, and The Walking Dead. It’s quite the hodgepodge. My shows have a nice mix of sexy, comedy, singing, slushies, and zombies.  Nothing like watching people getting eaten by zombies to remind you that somebody has it worse off.

I spared you a zombie picture. Plus Blair is much too pretty to not post.

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  • StumbleUpon. I literally could stumble for hours. This website has everything from unique weddings to lolcats. Yes please. And for all you iPhone users, there is an app for that, and it makes stumbling in class so much easier.

Cute idea!

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  • Gossip. I am a girl, we sometimes always thrive off this stuff. Websites such as Perez Hilton and POPSUGAR have helped me cope with my crazy workload by giving me daily doses of celebrity shenanigans.

Perfect timing.

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For another way to destress make sure to check out VIM Magazine next week! The fall issue will launch November 18th!
What are some of your favorite ways to relax?
-Nicole

My Favorite Things: Eats

6 Nov

It’s November, and while this means the normal “November-like” activities such as Thanksgiving, black friday shopping, and my classes coming to an end; it also marks a very exciting event. CHRISTMAS! I have been sneakily listen to X-mas music since the beginning of October, but now I feel as if it is a little more socially acceptable to prance around while Eartha Kitt’s version of Santa Baby blares from my iPod.

In spirit of my favorite holiday I will be writing a “favorite things” post each week leading up to Christmas. Yay!

This week’s post will focus on food; because what’s more exciting than eating your body weight in candy canes and eggnog? Nothing. Here are some of my favorite eats.

Protein Bar:

Luna Bar Peppermint Stick

Coffee Creamer:

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Food Accessories:

Starbucks Annual Holiday Cups

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Pottery Barn Santa Mugs- $34

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Pier 1 Alpine Sparkle Place Setting

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Candy:

Williams-Sonoma Peppermint Bark

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Cookies: BEST COOKIE RECIPE EVER. Go make these asap (unless you hate coconut….)

Santa's Whiskers

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INGREDIENTS:
1 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
3/4 cup finely chopped red and green
candied cherries
1/2 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup flaked coconut
DIRECTIONS:
1. In mixer bowl, cream together butter or margarine and sugar. Blend in milk and vanilla. Stir in flour, candied cherries and nuts.
2. Form into 2 rolls, each 2 inches in diameter and 8 inches long. Roll in coconut.
3. Wrap and chill several hours or overnight.
4. Slice 1/4 inch thick. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) oven for 12 minutes or till edges are golden.

Allrecipes.com

What is your favorite holiday recipe?

-Nicole

Cozy In Corduroy

2 Nov

See what I just did there? Alliteration.

Actually the title of this post should really be Spazzing College Undergrad Running on Less Than 5 Hours of Sleep with Massive Amounts of Work to do and Had Nothing To Wear But Her Dad’s Shirt.

P.S. She Was Forced To Dry Shampoo Her Hair Because Time Was A-Wasting’ And Showers Are For the Weak

Somehow that just didn’t have the same ring. Anyway, as I was contemplating dropping out of school and changing my name to Candy, I realized that I had less than ten minutes to get ready and look semi-functional for work. I ran out the door in my dad’s oversized button-up (Are you noticing a trend here? Pilfering items from my parent’s closets?) and a pair of leggings that may have been last washed years ago, (who really know’s at this point) and hoped to God nobody recognized me. To my surprise, I was complimented on my outfit…not just once, but a couple of times. WEIRD.

So for you pleasure I’ve posted this little gem:

Photo Credit: Jamie Kawwas

Corduroy Button-up: Father’s, Leggings: The Loft

Belt: H&M, Boots: Steve Madden via DSW

My face is covered for obvious reasons (i.e. bloodshot eyes, glasses, and a face needing to be badly washed…oops).

All self-deprecating jokes aside, if I could just make it until Friday that would be great. Between a 15 page paper, building a working webpage, an exam, and a huge project I am burnt out. The thought of going out this weekend doesn’t even excite me. I would much rather lay in bed and watch bad reality T.V.

What is stressing you out this week?

-Nicole

Revamp Your Wardrobe For Fall

31 Oct

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

If you are poor, like me, you want reuse every article of clothing you own to create different looks. I would love to drop a couple hundred dollars and go fall wardrobe shopping, however my budget just won’t allow that. The best way to save money while still managing to look somewhat cute is to closet shop with what you already own. Search online for inspiration, I use FabSugar, Pinterest, and numerous blogs. (Favorite’s page will be coming soon!) Mix and match different patterns and fabrics, and if you are feeling super crazy, dive into your mom’s/friend’s closets and pick an item you wouldn’t normally wear. You might be surprised.

A reader asked me to take this summer dress, and re-vamp it for fall. I am in serious need of cold weather looks, so I was more than ready to take on this challenge.

Hunter Green Corduroy Jacket: Vintage pull from Mom’s closet;

White Sweater: Express; Dress: Urban Outfitters; Braided Belt: Penney’s

Leggings: Marshalls; Socks: Mom’s Closet; Boots: DSW again via Mom

Would you turn a summer dress into a fall outfit?

-Nicole

When Your Costume Sucks

29 Oct

Normally I am a planner. In high school I picked out my prom dress in February and presently I am super Type A when it comes to outfit choices for a big event. For some reason this year I just couldn’t get excited and plan my Halloween costume. It might be the fact that my costumes never really turn out how I envision them, or maybe it’s because last year East Lansing was crawling with people who didn’t even go there; but I just could not get in the festive spirit. This year I decided to head home with high hopes of real food, fun-sized candy, and really bad SyFy movies. However in the spirit of All Hallow’s Eve I decided that I had to go out and dress up for at least one night.

Due to my lack of usual OCD, my outfit was unoriginal and I looked more like a stripper than a classy college undergrad. Just call me Candy.

  • At first I came up with the brilliant idea of dressing as a Victoria’s Secret Angel. This plan ultimately failed when a.) I could not find huge feather wings. The bigger the better. b.) I realized this costume ultimately requires me to dress up in lingerie and c.) I have no business acting as if I am Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Girl crush.

Sadly these wings were not available at Halloween USA. Weird right?

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  • In an attempt to appear less scantily clad, and after huge wing hunting was a bust I decided the next best route was to dress up as a stupid fairy. I feel that dressing as a fairy, indian, devil, cat, and Lady Gaga are completely overdone. I usually love to be original, see Katy Perry, and was disappointed that I resorted to throwing on a leotard, tutu and wings to be a skanky pixie. It happens.

Thank god this picture is grainy, because the only redeeming part of this outfit is the feather eyelashes.

  • So after two trips to Halloween USA, I say two trips because the first time around I bought a toddler’s tutu on accident, I made it back to my house with 1 white adult tutu, 1 pair of false eyelashes, and zero dignity. I threw on my american apparel leotard only to realize that the tutu failed to fully cover up my butt and then was forced to hastily borrow a pair of hot pink spandex shorts. Then after realizing I couldn’t remember the last time I washed my hair, I dry shampooed like I never have before and rolled in some hot curlers. PLEASE TAKE THE GREASE OUT. To finish off the look I borrowed some fairy wings, sprayed my hair pink and then hoped that I didn’t look too desperate. I definitely did. My friends were far more elaborate and original with their costume ideas. One day I hope to not suck as much.

From left to right: Halloween Spirit, Cotton Candy, Skeleton, Dorothy, Flamingo, Painfully Generic Fairy

  •  The whole Scooby Doo crew also made an appearance, however I didn’t post any pictures because I don’t really know them and that would be weird.
What is your favorite Halloween costume? Do you like to be original?
-Nicole

What I’m Loving: #cccc99

26 Oct

What? The new blog background color says it all..sort of.

Currently I am taking a web authoring class, and let me tell you it is comparable to learning an entirely new language. I am learning to build websites from the ground up, and I now have a whole new respect for the IT people. HTML/CSS is incredibly frustrating and time-consuming, and does not come naturally to me.

This week my class is focusing on color and how a specific color effects an audience. We were asked to choose a color/shade/tint that we would like to highlight in our online portfolio design. Currently I am loving all different shades or tan/beige/brown due to my latest shabby chic obsession. In html language I am addicted to RGB: #cccc99.

Here is some of my inspiration courtesy of Pinterest 

Notice the Christmas decorations; dream come true.

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Everything's better with sparkles.

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Love the full beige outfit.

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Pairs amazingly with other colors.

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What color are you currently loving?

-Nicole