Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Organization 101: How I Organize My Planner




One of the most requested type of posts I get from y'all is all about my organization tips, so today on the blog I am sharing how I organize my planner. I am a true believer that if you have a plan written out for your week with tasks, events, errands, etc. that your week will go by much smoother! 


For starters, you have to have the right ---and cute--- equipment to build an organized planner that you are going to enjoy following. I absolutely swear by this planner from Erin Condren. The set up of the weekly pages and the stylish design actually keep me wanting to use my planner! I specifically really love this style and this one


I am a very visual person so using lots of visually pleasing aesthetics like stickers is a must for me. Michael's is my happy place and I specifically love this sticker set and this one. They have lots of different themes to choose from but those brands are the best ones in my opinion as far as quality and planner type stickers go. I could sit for hours decorating with all my sticker books LOL. 

This may also seem a little silly, but you definitely need the right kind of writing utensil. Marker pens definitely work the best as they write with a fine line but are permanent and don't bleed through the page. I personally love these and these

As far as planning goes, I make sure to keep what I write precise and to the point. It makes it much easier to see what my tasks/to-dos for the day are and I can just check everything off once I am done! For example, for my work I teach classes throughout the day. So instead of writing '11 am-930 pm: teaching', I write the specific times that I teach, so I can see visually where I have breaks in between to complete other tasks. This actually helps me stay organized with other to-dos with blogging and errands so I can be more efficient with my time. 

I also have stickers that look like little check lists. In my planner, I will put these in the margin on the left hand side and write down all my goals for the week. Whether it be to get x amount of blog posts written or to make sure I am drinking six glasses of water a day. I even put little reminders there like no fast food, because I need it haha. So whatever your personal goals are for the week/month, write them down in the extra room of your planner so you are seeing that written down reminder. Writing down your goals and visually seeing them every day are actually proven to be extremely helpful in achieving goals! 

Decorating is the best part for me! It is like my own personal therapy session LOL. I decorate week by week and try to complete every upcoming week on the Sunday prior (key word try LOL). As long as my week ahead is organized and ready to go it makes the week go by much smoother and I tend to be much more productive.  

Overall, the main thing to remember when organizing your planner---whether it be a personal journal or on a calendar--- is to remember what is best for you. For me, I like it to look visually pleasing so decorating my planner helps me a lot. For others, it may be having your entire month written out in advance. As long as you stay on top of having an organized planner and checking back in with it every day, you will become much more organized and prepared for every day! 

All of my favorite planners and products are linked below





Friday, March 16, 2018

Tanger Outlets Fort Worth Review


We all know I absolutely LOVE shopping and especially when it involves an amazing deal, so today on With Love, Nikki I am going to be sharing all about my experience at Tanger Outlets in Fort Worth! 

For starters, I do not think I have ever been to an outlet mall that was so nice and clean. That may sound extremely silly, but that is a very important part of shopping! No one wants to shop where it isn't organized and clean right!?! Or maybe that is just my OCD kicking in LOL. 



Any who, what I loved so much about Tanger Outlets in Fort Worth was the amount of diversity and options it had for everyone. I brought Jon with me to this event and he was able to do just as much shopping as I was, which is great!! Typically, outlet malls can be a little gender favored towards male or female, so I loved that they had options such as Brooks Brothers, Nike, and more for him to shop at as well. 

As for me, I spent the majority of my time in stores such as Loft, Steve Madden, Banana Republic, Express, Kate Spade, Charlotte Russe, etc. The list could go on and on at how many great options they had for shoppers! It was not difficult for me to find clothing that I loved, that was in style, and was an amazing price. For example, I went to Loft and probably bought out the entire store (no lie LOL) and spent under $100. You truly cannot beat that kind of a deal! 



I highly recommend checking out the venue for yourself!!! It is perfect for a fun day of shopping in Fort Worth! 




Monday, February 12, 2018

Last Minute Valentine's Gift Ideas

In a relationship or single, Valentine's Day is a holiday of love I think everyone should celebrate! Valentine's Day is a day to celebrate your love for others in your life, whether they are your family, friends, or significant other! SO today I have rounded up some fun last minute gift ideas for you to give those special people in your life! All of these gifts you can order today and pick up in store tonight--perfect for us busy gals! 

FOR HER:




FOR HIM: 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

What's in my Make Up Bag with Jon Hart + Teddy












A very requested post I get from y'all is about the makeup I use, so today on the blog I wanted to share my updated makeup routine and share what I keep in my Jon Hart makeup bag: 

I can't start talking about my makeup without talking about the bag I carry it in day to day. I am in LOVE with my Jon Hart Makeup Case (exact one here). What I really love about the case is the lining is black, so you can't see all the makeup smudges on the inside. The black lining keeps the makeup case looking clean and no which my OCD loves!! This rose pink color is brand new to the Jon Hart collection and has been selling like crazy-- it is that good of a makeup case people! 

Finding a long lasting, full coverage foundation was a game changer for me. Since I am always on the go, teaching dance, working on my blog, cheering, etc, I need a foundation that is going to be full coverage and last me all day long. This is my go-to foundation and I truly have no complaints about it. I will say to go one shade lighter than what you think because it does dry a little darker! I use this brush to apply it, which I feel helps it go on smoothly and evenly. 

I wear fake lashes fairly often, but I do prime my lashes with this mascara and use it on my bottom lashes to really make my eyes pop! I have been using this particular mascara for a few years now and still have not found one that I love as much. 

If you do not have a highlighter you love or use one at all, this one is a game changer. The color and shine is just enough to give you a glow without making you look a little cakey! LOL

I use this product under my eyes to brighten them up and set my concealer. Ever since using it, I feel like my face looks more awake and my makeup looks fresh longer because of this brightener. It really gives your face an extra pop and keeps your concealer on all day! 

You have to try this spray out for yourself to see why everyone raves about it so much! It keeps my makeup in place all day and I love using it when my face feels extra dry! Its so refreshing! If are wearing fake lashes, make sure to spray it before so it doesn't mess up the glue on your lashes :) 


What's in your makeup bag?!

Cheers, 


Saturday, December 30, 2017

My Favorites of 2017: Fashion, Beauty & Life



Favorite Jeans: These jeans have been my favorite for a few years now. I think they are totally worth the investment. You really can't find a pair of jeans that fits as well to your body and is just as comfortable. I do size down a size in these jeans for reference. 




Favorite Boots: Not only are they my favorite boots I bought this year, but they are the most loved item from the blog by y'all! I have heard nothing but positive feedback from y'all when you buy them and I have to force myself to not wear them with everything, because I love them that much! They are so flattering on your legs and the detailed stitching is extra cute. Not to mention the heel height is just enough for us tall ladies. 




I also LOVE these black OTK boots that you probably notice I wear all the time too. 



Favorite Sweater: The most affordable sweater I bought this year is my favorite as well. I love that you can wear it so many different ways-- off the shoulder, v-neck, with scarfs, etc. I would highly recommend it to everyone if you don't already have it! I believe it is on sale right now too! 



Favorite Pullover: I have only had it for a few days and without a doubt it is my favorite jacket/pullover. I don't really feel like I need to explain too much on this pullover, because if you have it, you understand how unbelievable soft and comfortable it is. Definitely worth every penny and it is discounted right now. Jacket version is here



Favorite Sneakers: The reason I really like these sneakers are because they go with everything. You can wear them to workout or you can wear them casually out and about. They are currently 20% off. 




::BEAUTY::




Favorite Brush: By far, the best makeup tool I have invested in was this brush. The flat kabuki puts your foundation on so smoothly that I honestly don't think I would ever settle for a different brush to put my foundation on with. It is also great for applying your under-eye concealer with. The brush ensures total and consistent coverage, which is important for someone like me that doesn't have the best skin.

Favorite Brush Cleaner:  Next to having good brushes, you must have a good tool to clean your brushes with. This mat not only cleans my brushes thoroughly, it does it quickly. If you are not familiar with the mat, each section of the mat is designated for a different section (eye, face, etc.), so the cleaning techniques are specific to that brush.  If you are looking to invest in anything for your beauty routine, I would most definitely put this at the top of your list. 

Favorite Blush:   I honestly have not been the biggest blush person, but this blush is a game changer. After I started dancing on the Ice Angels, I knew I needed to incorporate a blush into my makeup routine, rather than just using bronzer on my cheeks. This blush is very pigmented and the perfect amount of color to add to your cheek. 

Favorite Shower Product:  For over a year now, I have been just raving about this product, which is why I feel like it deserves to be part of me best of beauty for 2017. This shower oil is AMAZING. I like to use it specifically for shaving. However, I will use it on the drier parts of my body when needed and I notice a huge difference. Not to mention, it makes your entire shower smell amazing when you use it. 

Favorite Eye Shadow Primer:  If you have never tried an eye shadow primer. this may seem like a silly category---- BUT i promise that used to be me. This primer, I swear, keeps my eyeshadow on, until I rub it off. What I also love about it, is that a little bit goes a long way. I have tried a few other eye shadow primers and not understood the big deal, but this primer is a necessary add to your makeup bag. 

Favorite Eye Shadow Pallet:  I personally think that every girl needs a really nice, versatile eye shadow pallet that coordinates with their every day routine. I came across this pallet when I was out shopping one day and just instantly fell in love. What I love most about it is that there is a color and shade for every girl and every skin type. This pallet is definitely a steal for all the colors you get. I also really love THIS pallet, if you want every color under the rainbow in one pallet! 

Favorite Foundation: Hands down the best foundation that I have ever personally come across. I have very troublesome skin that decides it wants to flare up and be red one second and then the next decides to try up. This foundation has been my lifesaver for full fave coverage and making sure that my complexion is clear and consistent. If I were to recommend one beauty product on this entire post, it would most definitely be this one. ( I wear shade N2 for reference).

Favorite Dry Shampoo:   If there is one thing  I love, it is dry shampoo. I mean really, girls only wash their hair once a week LOL. I like this dry shampoo in particular because it doesn't dry out my hair or leave a white residue. This shampoo has been saving my hair day by day for almost six months now. 


Favorite Eye Cream: The best advice my mom ever gave me was to start using eye cream as soon as possible, and boy was she right! This eye cream is my particular favorite because it keeps my under eye area smooth and hydrated for much longer than any other eye cream I have ever used. I have also noticed a reduction in my dry skin and wrinkles around my eye area since using this cream! 

Favorite Hand Cream:  I have never been the biggest hand cream person until I noticed my hands becoming extremely dry within the past year. This hand cream is hands down my favorite because it keeps my hands extremely soft for hours and smells amazing.

Favorite Bed Accessory:   I have heard nothing but rave reviews about this pillowcase and thought there is no way a pillowcase could really be that big of a difference, but I stand completely corrected. After getting one for myself, I have not only noticed a difference in my 'bed head', but I have also noticed my face does not get wrinkled while I am sleeping, Reduction of wrinkles and less hair creases is a win in my book. 

Favorite Curling Tool:  If you were to invest in your hair styling in any kind of way, this is the way I would tell you to do so. This wand has helped my curls hold and stay full all day long. I love that you can interchange the barrels as well. 


Favorite Cleanser:  After being introduced to this cleanser, I realized that what I was using just was not doing the trick. Not only does the cleanser deeply clean your skin, my skin instantly felt more refreshed and hydrated after only a few uses. For someone with very dry skin, this is definitely a win! 







::LIFE::

2017 has been a crazy, amazing rollercoaster for me. 
I started my blog this year, Jon and I moved in together, I continued to pursue my professional dance dreams and made the Ice Angels, and we got Teddy! 

I started my blog in February of this year (the day after Valentine's Day, to be exact) and I just remember feeling so incredibly nervous. How was it going to go? Was anyone even going to look at what I was writing? Were people going to laugh at me? Every thought that could have held me back from launching With Love, Nikki-- I was thinking about, but I didn't for one second let it hold me back from this dream of blogging that I have had for a few years now. I am so happy I did because it has led me to meeting some of the sweetest women all over the country and even outside of the US too! Every day I get to share my love for fashion, beauty, and fitness with y'all and it is truly the best outlet and job I could ask for. This blogging community that has formed is my second home and I really do not know what I would do without y'all, so thank you from the bottom of my heart for following along and being so supportive with me in my first year of blogging. 

Jon and I moved in together to our first place, which was a big step for our relationship. Just a little background on our relationship-- we met at my first job out of college. He sat next to me and we were really good friends for a long time. After both of us were in an emotionally available situation in our lives, we realized that we liked each other more than just friends and began dating in June of 2016. From there, our relationship just continued to grow and grow into the amazingly strong and supportive relationship we have today. Now, we are not perfect in any way (duh--we fight and bicker like every couple LOL), but I have never been in a relationship that is so healthy and helps one another grow every day into a better person. I couldn't imagine my life without Jon in it now and could not ask for someone who is more supportive or loving of me and my/our life. It takes a very special person to date someone who is busy 24/7 like me and asking for help with blog pictures😂 . Any who, all this to say that I cannot wait for 2018 to see our relationship grow and move into our second home together! 

Dance is a very big part of my life and this year I decided it was time to get back into the professional dancing game. I was a competitive dancer my entire life and briefly cheered for OU my freshman year in college. After that I decided to just take a little break and really focus on my studies and my career. After graduating though, I just felt like there was a void in my life and something was missing. This year everything fell into place and it led me to the amazing opportunity of becoming an Allen Americans Ice Angel. That void is definitely filled and I will never give up dance again because it makes me who I am.  I am so happy to be back dancing and am looking forward to this next year to see where my dreams lead me. 

TEDDY! Y'all know how obsessed I am with my puppy, Teddy. He was a split second decision when I was at trade days and I am so happy I never put him back in his playpen. Teddy is quite the handful sometimes, as all puppies are, but Jon and I just absolutely adore him. I think Piper (my cat) is starting to finally grow to love him too LOL. 


Cheers to 2017 and HELLLOOOO 2018! 











Tuesday, December 26, 2017

How To Get Prepared For The New Year with Trendlee



I feel like I was just getting used to 2017 and now 2018 is right around the corner! Every time a new year comes around, I definitely try to set myself up to start the new year successfully. Tonight, I am sharing with you my top three ways I get ready for a new year.

1. Cleanse and Organize
The best way to start a new year is to simplify all your things. I like to go through my entire place, taking a different day for a different area, and pretty much clean it all out. I make a pile for things that I am going to throw away, things I am going to donate/sell, and then the things I am going to keep. My purses are definitely a big part of this cleansing and my closet definitely takes a full week for this LOL. After cleansing out the area, I will organize, organize, organize. By making all the areas in my home simplified and organized, it makes starting the new year much easier. I will be doing posts all about how I organize different areas of home starting in the new year, so make sure to keep an eye out for those if you are needing some tips! 

2. Deep Clean
Just like spring cleaning, cleaning your home thoroughly from top to bottom is very necessary at least twice a year. For me, I deep clean it once in the spring and once before the new year. If I have time, I will do it in the summer as well. This means cleaning the baseboards, the top of shelves, and all those other areas. The worst but you will feel much better after you do! 

3. Make a List and Keep it in Your Bag
One of my favorite and most important things to do at the start of each year is make a list of my main goals for the year ahead. I am a very visual person, so by writing down the goals (big and small) that I want to reach in 2018 is a daily reminder and helps me achieve them easier. I will also write out a few plans, ways that I will reach that goal and keep it in my bag to reference to. I promise by writing down your goals and checking back everyday, you will achieve that goal much faster! 

What are some of the things you do to prepare for the New Year?!



**Louis Vuitton Totally Handbag Damier MM is from Trendlee**





My Top Picks from the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale

I hope y'all had a very Merry Christmas with family and friends! My day was jam packed with different Christmas parties, but I loved it! I have been a little bit under the weather, so I am definitely using today to take advantage of all these amazing after Christmas sales! My favorite sale is by far the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale and I have rounded up all my top picks for you here! Most items are up to 50% off! Happy Shopping! 

::TOPS/SWEATERS::


::CARDIGANS/JACKETS::


::DRESSES/SKIRTS::


::PANTS/JUMPSUITS::


::SHOES::


::ATHLETIC WEAR::

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