Tuesday, December 12, 2017

My Favorite Holiday Dresses for Cocktail Parties + NYE

DRESS:: here || SHOES:: here

Y'all!! It has been a little bit since I have been able to hop on here! Life has been so crazy busy between all my jobs and dancing. This past weekend was really exciting though, because we got to shoot our media day footage for Ice Angels. The day was long, BUT definitely worth it. It made all of us feel like we were on the set of a music video LOL. Side note-- I have not even been able to do any Christmas shopping yet... like at all. So this next weekend, I am about to spend pretty much the entire day getting that done! I have about 15 people I need to shop for.. wish me luck! 

One of the hardest parts of the holidays can be figuring out the perfect dress to wear to all the holiday parties, but worry no more because I have rounded up all of my favorites for you! All of these dresses are festive and affordable options for cocktail attire festivities. You could also wear all of these choices for New Years Eve as well, which is why I love them! 

***I actually personally own a few of them, so if you have any questions at all about the dresses, the fit, etc. , feel free to ask!! ***

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Game Day Glam with L'oreal Paris

Today, I am so excited to be sharing my game day glam in collaboration with L'oreal Paris. Football season is one of my FAVORITE times of year--almost as much as Christmas-- and with football season comes tailgating and long game days! Getting ready for a sporting event is definitely a different process than my everyday routine. Whether I am getting ready to cheer or go to a game/tailgate, I need my makeup and my hair to be long-lasting and full coverage. No one wants to redo their makeup or hair at a tailgate--am I right?! 😂

For long lasting lip coverage, I turn to the new Infallible Liquid Lipsticks from L'Oréal Paris. I am obsessed with how pigmented the colors are and like that I only have to apply the liquid lipstick once to have full coverage. No reapplying after each quarter for me! For reference, I am wearing the shade 'Spicy Blush'. They also have a metallic and a matte line of  liquid lipsticks that I like as well. I particularly like the shade 'Moon Lust' in the metallic line and 'Cinna-Bomb' in their matte line. I like to mix the shades together sometimes as well for a unique color! 

When I am feeling a little extra festive on game days, I like to put a little twist on my typical hairstyle, especially when representing my favorite team (GO COWBOYS!). The Colorista 1-day Spray is PERFECT for adding a pop of color to my ends! I really love the rose gold to add a bit of shine to my ends and make my curls really stand out. They also have vibrant color shades, such as Cowboy blue, if you're feeling an extra burst of team spirit! The 1- day sprays wash out just like typical hair spray, so you don't have to worry about it staining your hair. 

Hopefully this helped you see a little bit into my routine for game days. All products are affordable and long lasting and that is what I am all about! 

If you have any questions at all, feel free to leave them below in the comments! 


**Thank you so much to L'Oréal Paris for sponsoring this post. All products can be bought at www.lorealparisusa.com **

Monday, November 27, 2017

Gifts Under $50 + Cyber Monday Sales 2017

ONE:: Statement Earrings
Perfect for every girl and they are currently 35% off! 

TWO:: Eyeshadow Pallet 
I actually have this exact eyeshadow pallet and I am IN LOVE with it! It has colors for every occasion! The shadow is very pigmented so it does not wear off throughout the day.

THREE:: Holiday Bronzer
MAC's holiday makeup line is AMAZING and this bronzer is no exception. Any girl would very happy to receive this! 

FOUR:: Lavender Neck Pillow
I snagged this exact lavender pillow during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and I use it all the time. You just heat up the rice bag filling, zip it back up, and place it around your neck. The lavender essential oils in this particular neck pillow is what sold me. Perfect for the busy girl who needs to relax. 

FIVE:: Trinket Tray
You can never go wrong with giving a cute trinket tray as a holiday or hostess gift! I love the print on this one and it is actually pretty big in person! 

SIX:: Throw
Also a gift you can always be safe with! I love receiving throws/ blankets as gifts! 

SEVEN:: Decanter Set
I am loving the design on this set and how perfect is this for a girl and her significant other to enjoy?! Jon and I have these glasses and we love how festive they are. 

EIGHT:: Lipstick Set
This set is also part of MAC's holiday line and I love how there is a shade for everyone/every time of day in this particular set. These are selling out fast! 

NINE & TEN:: Mini Candle Set // Rose Gold Candle 
Voluspa and Capri Blue are two of my favorite candles, because of their amazing packaging, as well as how strong the scents are. The Voluspa candle set is perfect if you don't know which scent to get someone and the Capri Blue Rose Gold Candle is gorgeous for decorating someone's home.

ELEVEN:: Tic Tac Toe Set
This social media themed tic tac toe set is so adorable for decor, especially for the millenial! 

TWELVE:: Pom Beanie
Love this color and for the price you cannot beat it! 

Stila has amazing holiday sets and this lip set is no exception. The colors are gorgeous and the price for all three of these is great. 

FOURTEEN:: Hand Soap and Lotion Set
These smell so fresh and would be a great hostess gift! 

All these gifts are linked in their descriptions and I will link them at the bottom of this post as well, for you convenience. I have also left all the Cyber Monday sales going on today below! 

Happy Holiday Season! 

|| CYBER MONDAY 2017 ||

ASOS: 30% off everything

American Eagle: 40% off everything

Ann Taylor: 50% off everything

Banana Republic: 50% off 

Bauble Bar: 35% off 

Chicwish: 15% off orders over $70

Delsey Luggage: 25% off

Express: 50% off everything

Forever 21: 21% off everything

Gap: 50% off everything

Goodnight Macaroon: 30% off everything

Gorjana: 20% off everything

H&M: 30% off everything

JCrew: 40% off everything + extra 10% off before noon

Kate Spade: 30% off full price items + 40% off sale items

Kendra Scott: 20% off everything


Lululemon: extra percentage off sale items

LOFT: 50% off everything 

Lulu and Georgia: 20% off everything 

Macy's: 20% off everything

Madewell: 25% off everything

Maude Boutique: 30% off sitewide

Nasty Gal: 50% off sitewide

Nike: 25% off sale 

Nordstrom-- extra 20% off on sale items

Old Navy: 50% off everything

Revolve- 20% off sale + 75% off new items

Rebecca Minkoff: 25% off order of $100 or more


Sephora: select items on sale + new launches

Monday, November 20, 2017

My Top Picks for Black Friday/Cyber Monday 2017 and All The Sales Already Going On


Sweater: Nordstrom || Jeans: Pacsun || Shoes: Vince Camuto

Hello loves! I hope you all are having a relaxing and short work week aka getting ready for all the holiday sales coming up (Black Friday & Cyber Monday). Today on With Love, Nikki, I am going to be sharing my tips for getting ready for these hectic sales and which sales are happening RIGHT NOW:

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Gift Guides Galore for Every Girl + My Personal Wishlist

Happy Holiday Gift Shopping Season y'all! Every year I feel like the holidays come quicker and quicker and this year the holiday shopping and deals have started way earlier. Receiving gifts is always fun, but I personally love giving gifts so much more. There is just something so fun and exciting about giving friends and family something they really want, especially when you get their gift just right! Today on With Love, Nikki, I have put together numerous gift guides (including my own personal wishlist) for the all the ladies and I can truthfully say there is something amazing for everyone! The gifts are SO good this year! 


Whenever I need a little pick me up, I will turn to a yummy holiday flavored coffee drink or an espresso shot (or two LOL). I mean sometimes the Keurig just doesn't cut it, right? LOL. I love how adorable this 50's retro style espresso machine is in the light blue and it also comes in a gorgeous tan and a vibrant red. An espresso machine is at the top of my Christmas list this year. 

These masks are THE best! I tried a sample one time and could tell a really big difference in my skin, even just after one use. For me, it is hard to justify paying so much for a mask so this gift set is perfect! 

Adding this timeless book to my coffee table book collection would be superb! 

Teaching dance as a full time job requires a large tote bag to keep all your stuff in (laptop, shoes, etc). Curretnly the bag I use is much more for the summer and spring seasons, so I would love to get another tote for the holiday season, especially this gorgeous Tory Burch tote! This Tory Burch tote comes in a simple tan color, as well. 

I really don't feel like there is much to say about this belt, because it is such a good staple to have and I am really realllllllllly hoping Santa is good to me this year. 😏

I have mentioned this a few times before on the blog, but my skin is not the best and it requires a lot of attention. This microneedling tool set from GloPRO has received nothing but amazing reviews and I have heard that the microneedling tool to have at home all the time is such a game changer for damaged skin. It is a little bit of an investment, but because I am trying to really take better care of my skin now, I feel like this GloPRO set is worth the investment! 

Having two very fluffy animals can make it pretty hard to keep our apartment clean. Jon and I have been on the search for a great quality vacuum that doesn't break the bank too much and this is the one we are leaning towards. 

The minute the letter board trend started I knew I needed one-- I just have not found one yet that I love for an affordable price until this one! This felt letter board is extremely inexpensive, as far as letter boards go, and it comes with over 250 letters and symbols. This Talking Tables board may or may not already be in my shopping cart. :)

Because I know every girl is different and you cannot get the same gifts for all the ladies in your life, I have created some of my top gift picks for each type of girl in your life (glam, athletic, homebody, host, etc.) ! There is something for everyone in my opinion, so hopefully it makes your shopping this holiday season a little easier! 





Happy Holiday Shopping!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Jumpsuit for the Holiday

I cannot believe the holidays are finally here! The holiday season is BY FAR my favorite time of year. Everyone, including myself, is just in such happier spirits, not to mention the clothes are so much better! The fun events, the music, the yummy Starbucks drinks, and the Christmas lights...I could go on and on about my favorite things. Out of all these things, dressing up for holiday events is absolute favorite. 

This fitting blue jumpsuit is perfect for holiday events, especially in this odd Texas weather. I love the cobalt blue color for the holidays, because it is so different from all the other sequined and metallic fabrics you see in most holiday attire. I also love that you could really wear it any time of year, not just during the holidays. I'll link all my outfit details at the bottom of this post! 


Sunday, November 5, 2017

My Current Workout and Health Routine

Health and wellness is something that I am very passionate about, especially since getting back into dancing full time. There is no better feeling than when you are consistently working out and eating right. Now don't get me wrong-- I LOVE fast food like its my job, but I have definitely learned that it is a cheat meal, not an every day habit. Today, I am going to break down what a typical week looks like for me workout wise, as well as my eating habits. 

For the dance team I am on (the Allen Americans Ice Angels), we are extremely fortunate to have an amazing trainer. His name is Sharif and he is the owner of Evolve in Dallas. I had heard about his crazy good workouts for a while before I started going to him and heard nothing but good feedback. Let me put it simply-- he will kick your butt more than you ever thought possible. He has us doing workouts and circuits that I never even dreamt of being able to do. He's THAT good. Never did I think I would see the day that I enjoyed weight training or box jumps, but hey here I am. Evolve offers group fitness classes that vary in times throughout the day. All classes during the week run like circuit training (different workout moves done for a certain period of time (typically 30-45 seconds) and then you rotate to a new move) and incorporate everything from cardio to strength training. What I love about these group classes is how much individual attention you still get, so the workout really can be customized to you and your specific needs. Sharif takes the time to come learn your individual goals and does whatever it takes to help you get there. His dedication to his clients and friends is incredible. Some days we may focus on arms and others it may be a full body workout. Regardless, you will walk out of there so much stronger than when you came in and his workouts show results quick! 

I try to go to Sharif's classes (depending on if they are all booked up or not-- he's a popular guy!) at least 2-3 times a week. I like to do the early morning classes, so it starts my day off on the right foot! It is also much easier to eat clean throughout the day if you start your day with a workout-- at least for me! Besides Sharif's classes, I teach dance every day during the week, so I get a lot of my deep stretching and cardio in then. My secret to long lean muscles: STRETCH! For starters, if you do not stretch it is much much easier for you to be sore and more susceptible to injuring yourself. On top of that, flexibility is a very important part of being in great shape and it helps us ladies not get bulky legs when we workout! 

I am not going to lie and tell y'all that I am such a healthy eater all the time and these are the meals I eat every day, because that would be a total lie. My rule is to have everything in moderation and not beat myself up if I am craving a cheeseburger or chicken fingers. I mean ya gotta live a little right?! 😂   For me, my rule is 80/20: 80% of the time I eat clean and healthy and the other 20% I indulge in moderation in what I am craving. If I deprive my body of craving the less than healthy food, I will just want it more and that's when I have a cheat day instead of a cheat meal. As long as I stick to eating healthy for the majority of my day, that's what matters to me. I keep it pretty simple with  some of these meals: 

EX- 2 eggs, 3 egg whites, blueberries, avocado and a chicken sausage
EX- overnight oats-- these are my favorite and you can try different recipes! 
EX- oats with fruit and a scoop of peanut butter

EX- chicken and lots of veggies
EX- kale or spinach salad with fruit or veggies and some type of meat

EX- Apples and peanut butter
EX- RX Bars
EX- bowl of fruit or veggies

All of these meal and snack options are super easy and simple to make, which is why I love them as my go-to's (big thank you to Sharif's wife, Madison, for helping me with some of these meal ideas). Since I do stay pretty busy, I have had to find other healthy alternatives in the case that I didn't have time to prep a meal. A few of my go to options-- RX Bars, grabbing a green smoothie with extra protein, Chick-fil-a salads, ordering grilled chicken and veggies to-go from almost any restaurant. These are just a few of the on-the-go options I have found that work best for me, based on where I am located throughout the day and that also keep me full and satisfied. 

 I hope some of this insight into my workout and health routine helped you all! I would love to hear you routines and tips! If y'all want to know any additional information about Evolve Dallas or my health routine, don't hesitate to ask! 


**Outfit is from Studio to Street Boutique and you can shop it here** 

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