Friday, April 28, 2017

24 Things I Have Learned by 24



Happy Friday everyone!! Today is my birthday (YAY!) and I thought it would be fun to do something a little bit different today. I am turning 24 years old, so I am going to be sharing twenty-four things I have learned in my 24 years. 



24 Things I Have Learned by 24:

1. Do what makes you happy and do more of it. In turn, don't waste your time on things you don't enjoy. 

2. Water really is essential. The more you drink the better you will feel AND look.

3. Don't waste your time on people that don't put an effort into your friendship/relationship. 



4. Start your morning off with a workout, even if you can only fit in a quick run.

5. Find a proper balance between eating healthy and eating whatever you want. You only get one bod.

6. Put a conscious effort into friendships.


7. You cannot control what happens in your life, but you can control how you handle it.

8. Hard work trumps knowledge.

9. Family is number one and without them we truly have nothing, so spend more time with them.


10. Let things go. Don't hold onto silly dramatic grudges from years ago.

11. Do not judge someone based on how they look or what you hear. I wouldn't have met some of my favorite humans ever if I would have listened to what I had heard (which 99% of the time is not true).

12. Everyone really does look and feel better with a tan (go get that spray tan girl).


13. Take care of yourself and your body. When you put effort into yourself, it will reflect in other aspects of your life.

14. Don't be a hoarder. If you haven't used/worn something in over a year, sell it or donate it.

15. Adding onto 14, go through your closet once a quarter. You will free up more space for new items, find things you forgot you had, and earn a little bit of extra cash for things that would have just been sitting there.



16. Mend friendships/relationships that you miss, even if its a simple "miss you lets go to lunch" text. Most of the time the other person is missing your friendship as well. If not, then you know it ended for the right reasons.

17. Go on a trip at least twice a year, even if it is a quick weekend road trip! Traveling is an experience you cannot put a price on. You would probably spend close to the same amount of money just hanging out in your city. 

18. BE SPONTANEOUS! 




19. Stop worrying about things you cant control. There is nothing you can do about them.

20. Life happens. Some memories are wonderful and some you may wish you could forget, but thats the joy of life! Be happy and make choices that make you proud of your life! You are going to mess up in the future and thats okay. Learn from your mistakes and you will have the best life ever!! 




21. Eat the extra cookie and order the glass of expensive wine

22. Hard work, determination, and a positive outlook go a long way at work and in life. 



23. Do not let the fear of failure hold you back from trying something that is your dream. Most people have to fail at something multiple times before they achieve it.

24. You will never know if you don't even try. A successful person does not become successful through not trying. 

What are some things you all have learned throughout life?
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! 

XOXO-Nikki


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Print Tees for Spring + Summer










Hello friends. Happy Hump Day! 
I have a funny obsession with cacti and pineapples right now, so when I found this adorable tee at Target a few weeks ago it was a match made in heaven. AND ITS ONLY $12! Pretty sure I have worn it at least 10 times (lol)! I live in cut off shorts and fun, comfy tees for summer, because it gets HOT here in Texas. Add some wedges to it though and it dresses it up a bit more and makes it girly.

Print tees are the perfect things for spring and summer because you can wear them for truly any casual occasion. I have linked some of my favorite ones below.

What is your go-to outfit for summer?
Have an amazing rest of your day!

XOXO-Nikki


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Floral Maxi Romper for Spring









When I say I have been searching for a maxi romper forever, I mean I have been on the search for a while. I was shopping for an Easter dress two weeks ago and I came across this floral one and fell IN LOVE. You guys....it is seriously the maxi romper from heaven. 

The fit on it is true to size and the fabric is extra soft. This maxi romper has ties around your neck and in the front, so you can adjust it however needed for your body. By far the best part is that this romper is ONLY $55! You can wear it for a more formal occasion, like a summer wedding, with nude heels/wedges or you can dress it down more casually with some simple nude sandals. I feel like I am going to have to force myself to not wear this floral maxi romper 24/7.

I am so excited for this weekend because my birthday is Friday (yay!). Friday, I am going to dinner with Jon, but other than that I am not too sure what the plan is. I feel like you always have the most fun when things are not planned out though, so it is going to be a spontaneous weekend! 

What do y'all have planned for this weekend?! 

XOXO-Nikki

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Gingham Dress & Boots







OUTFIT DETAILS

Dress: Nordstrom | Bandana: BP. | Boots: similar here & here  | Watch: Michael Kors | Ring: Baublebar | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban



I love this gingham dress, because it hast the cutest front tie on it and its only $45! Pairing it with a bandana and cowboy boots is the PERFECT outfit for all the Texas country concerts coming up. If you aren't the biggest country person/don't own cowboy boots, this dress would be really cute paired with some nude wedges or sandals for a simple spring look too! I love throwing on a dress and sandals in the summer, since it gets blazing hot in Texas. 

This past week was crazy busy, but well worth it because now my work for the month is done (YAY)!
I am so excited, because my birthday is less than one week away! I spend basically the entire week celebrating (LOL).  As for this weekend, I am probably going to be taking it pretty easy since I will be out and about next weekend! 

Do y'all have any fun plans for this weekend?!



Wednesday, April 19, 2017

What is Currently in my Makeup Drawer


I am constantly on the search for finding new makeup products to add to my collection. A girl can never have too many, right? Today, I thought I would share the handful of products that I have fallen in love with and keep repurchasing because they are just THAT good:

1. Bare Minerals Well Rested 
I stumbled across this in Sephora one day, while looking for concealers. I had heard amazing things about this face & eye brightener, but didn't really know whether it was all the rage or not. Let me tell you: it is the best. I can instantly tell my under eye area, in particular, gets exceptionally brighter after putting this on. I love that it is easy to apply as well!

2. Estee Lauder Double Wear
My days are pretty busy, so I am always on the hunt for a long-lasting foundation. I bought this a few months back and love using this, when I have a fancy event to go to/blog shoot. I wouldn't recommend wearing this every day, unless you want a full coverage, matte look. For days that I want my skin to be a bit more natural, I will use this foundation.

3. Too Faced Mascara
I have been using this mascara for years (like we are talking since college lol) and will honestly probably never change. It fills out my lashes and curls them like no one's business. I highly recommend this mascara, if you are going to splurge on anything!

4. Brush Set
I invested in this brush set a few months back, because most of my brushes needed to be replaced. I absolutely adore this set, because it is the easiest to travel with and has a brush for everything you can think of. The brushes are all great quality for the price.

5. Too Faced Sun Bunny
Just like the mascara, I have been using this bronzer foreverrrrrrrrr. Any time I have tried to use a different bronzer, it was either too orange or too dark on my skin tone. No matter how tan or pale I am, this bronzer always looks great.

6. MAC Pro Longwear Concealer
I started using this concealer back in high school for dance competitions and really liked how well it stayed on/how full of coverage it gave my under eye area. Fast forward to now and I remembered how much I use to love this concealer. Ive tried a few other concealers for my under eye area, but I truly love this one the most, because it seriously stays on so well!

7. Make Up Forever Redness Reducing Primer
Primers have been something I just never really understood, until I tried Make Up Forever's Redness Reducing Primer. I have extremely dry, sensitive skin, so red spots on my face are always something I have struggled with. Truly, I can say that this primer has solved my problems of red peaking through towards the end of the day. Miracle worker!

8. Laura Mercier Powder
Just like primer, I've never been too big into setting powders. However, a few months back I was really tired of my makeup being pretty much gone by the end of the day (especially when I am still at a work event), so I knew I had to figure something out. I had always heard rave reviews about Laura Mercier's Translucent Powder and I completely agree that it is just as amazing as everyone said. My makeup stays in place and does not move. LOVE IT!

9. Becca Highlighter
There is not much to say here about the Becca Highlighter in Champagne Pop. Just one word: AMAZING

What are some of y'alls makeup favorites?

Don't forget the Sephora VIB Sale is going on RIGHT NOW through April 24th! Go getcha some goodies! 💕

Hope you all have an amazing Wednesday!
XOXO-Nikki


Monday, April 10, 2017

My Current Health/Workout Routine










Happy Monday! I love Mondays because it is the first day of the week meaning a fresh start on goals. 💪 Today I wanted to share what my current workout and health routine has been for the past several weeks.

WORKOUT:
Right now, I am working out 4-5 times a week. I typically will take the weekend to rest. I am currently doing circuit training where I focus on different body parts each day. I workout arms/back 2 days a week and legs the other sessions. I will do a few ab exercises every day incorporated with my workout. Additionally, I really enjoy running so I will run 2-3 days out of the week. Finally, I cannot emphasize how important stretching is before and after you workout. It is crucial for building long, lean muscle.

FOOD & HEALTH:
I do not believe in dieting, because it has never been something that worked for me. I always would binge right after I was done and go grab fast food for every meal lol. I have learned lately that it is SO much better in the long run to incorporate health foods gradually into your every day meal plan. I am constantly busy and on the go, so I have had to find foods that are easy to transport and are quick to make. Here are some of my favorite go-tos:

Breakfast: 
Overnight Oats (Banana Peanut Butter & Strawberry Banana are my favorites!)
Parfait with Fruit and Honey
Smoothie (add kale!)

Lunch:
Tuna on Ezekiel Toast
Kale Salad with Grilled Chicken

Dinner:
Chicken & Veggies (simple and easy!)
Quinoa Bowl (add veggies and protein!)

These are just a few of my favorites, but there are a million other healthy and delicious options you can try! The biggest win for me currently is cutting out soda and by soda I mean Dr. Pepper! I have been trying to substitute every drink for water and I have seen a huge difference in my body and my skin as well! Another trick I have learned: Apple Cider Vinegar is a miracle worker. I try to take at least one shot of ACV a day. It is amazing for digestion and help flatten that tummy! 

I hope these tips help yall reach your fitness & health goals a little easier!
Stay Motivated!

XOXO,
Nikki

Friday, April 7, 2017

Pink, Pink, & MORE Pink!










Happy Friday y'all! I wore this pink and white outfit the other day when I was grabbing lunch with my mom. I actually saw this top and bag while I was in Ireland and just could not leave without getting them (naturally, because they are both pink lol). This top is extremely comfortable and light-weight. You could definitely pair it with a pair of denim or white shorts for a more causal, weekend look, as well.

I am super excited for this weekend, because Jon and I have a date night planned tonight to get pizza (yum!). Then tomorrow we are going to go see some of our friends in Fort Worth! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend as well!

XOXO,
Nikki