Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Non-Traditional Wedding

Photo Credit: Vogue Fabrics' Pinterest

Inspiration! Many couples will tie the knot during the months of  May and June, so I am not shocked by all the wedding inspiration posts and pics somewhat dominating the blogosphere. Anyways, in terms of the "perfect" wedding, my personal taste is far from traditional. A wedding gown with lots of lace and a long train does not excite me, because I've seen it before one too many times. A 5-tier cake with overwhelming amounts of icing makes me want to vomit. Booking a venue to house a million family members and friends flares up my eczema just thinking about the cost. I think you get the point...

I am not a traditional woman. A trendy flannel-and-tulle-inspired wedding gown is memorable — a modern fairy tale, to say the least. Walking through a sea of beautiful flowers, at dusk, to greet my love on the other side of the field is magical.

Thought: Don't get too caught up in trends and tradition...always remember to embrace your individuality; do what makes you happy.

P.S. Happy Earth Day ;) -ns

Photo Credit: Google

Monday, April 21, 2014

Boston Strong

Photo Credit: New Balance

It's Marathon Monday... 
Good Luck, To All The Runners! 
Go, Boston! X -ns

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Sunday "Evening Style"

Photo Credit: Love Culture

Faded Denim Jacket
Style Notes! Here's to wrapping a great morning at church and brunch with the family. Now, it's almost 8 P.M.; you're probably looking to ease into an Easter Sunday-esque evening outfit that's stylish and "family-ready" (Know what I mean?) 

Style Advice: Try a cute floral dress with a fab hat (and tights if you must) — and you may want to throw on a chic denim jacket, too, it's a bit chilly outside.

Happy Easter! X

Friday, April 18, 2014

Celebrity Stylin': Beyoncé Nailed It!

Photo Credit: essence.com

Style Notes! It is no secret that Beyoncé often hits a home run in the personal style department; however, the featured Kenzo-Topshop combo, especially, nailed a perfect balance of comfort and fashionably cutesy. The pops of pink adds a playful element to the entire look — yet the imprinted tiger symbolizes strength, royalty, and regal beauty.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Beauty Must-Have: Blue Mascara

Psst! Did you hear? No?! Well, pull out a pen and piece of paper and take note: Blue mascara is a beauty must-have for spring - it's darn electrifying!

Product FAVE: Maybelline Great Lash Royal Blue, which costs about $4 bucks per tube.

Blue mascara is my evening eye-enhancer...a cool color splash for sure. My Beauty Tip: I line the upper lid lightly with liquid black eyeliner for a more dramatic look. Give it a try!

So, are you feeling the blue? Tell me on Twitter: @nikkistyle

Photo Credit: Tumblr; Passion for Prying

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Woman Behind Super Soul Sunday, Oprah Winfrey {Inspiration}

O magazine, April 2014
Today I am sharing one of my favorite quotes by Oprah  Winfrey about passion. Some people that [I've come into contact with] are reserved when talking about their dreams and aspirations. Perhaps fearful? Truthfully, I find it refreshing to either discuss or discover with family and friends...their true passion...and believe that relationships deepen tremendously.

 “You've got to follow your passion. You've got to figure out what it is you love--who you really are. And have the courage to do that. I believe that the only courage anybody ever needs is the courage to follow your own dreams.” —Oprah 

Lesson Learned: Have open discussions with yourself or with others about what it is that YOU really want in life. I learned that in order to follow your passion you must step outside of your comfort zone. Take calculated risks! The unknown can be scary yet liberating at the same time. Girlfriends, new experiences are priceless. xx :) -ns

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sunday Obsession: Have You Ever Wanted Something So Bad...?

Who? Francesco Russo
What? Caramel Brown Leather Closed-Toe Gladiator Boot
How much? $2,995

Shop the look at Bergdorfs.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Beauty And Healthy Hair Tips From Atlanta Real Housewife, Kenya Moore

Photo Credit: thefamedriven.com
Beauty Notes! Hype Hair asked its Twitter followers which Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member has the best hairstyle and I responded: Kenya Moore all the way! Moore went on record a few months back and gave us a peek at her (real) hair — free of weave and clip in hair extensions. Since then I've been in awe of Moore's beautiful full head of hair. What's her secret? Conditioner...and her fab hairstylist Lawrence Washington.  Also, it was reported that Moore has been developing a hair care line for the last 6 years. The "top quality" line will promote healthy hair from the roots. I am sure many spectators are on edge waiting for the line to launch. I am ;) 

KM Faves! Make Up For Ever is one of Moore's favorite beauty products (specifically the shadows and foundations). The pretty pageant princess is a fan of Bobbi Brown cosmetics, too! [Source

Kenya Moore Tweets nikkistyle™  

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Color Of The Moment: Emerald Green!

Photo Credit: nikkistyle.net
Color Crushin' It dawned on me that I am totally crushing on a color that I would wear year-round not just seasonal, or because it is on-trend. The color  that I'm stalking is emerald green; it's such a powerful shade -- compliments my skin tone quite well and  really brightens up my overall appearance. Aside from yellow, emerald green is my happy color. Do You Have a Go-To Color? Tell me on Twitter.

Below is a tunic (via ModCloth) similar to the one I am wearing above, except my blouse is 100% sheer w/green buttons. xx -ns

Photo Credit: ModCloth

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Betsey Johnson Pays Homage To The "Pretty Woman" At #NYFW

A "Not So Surprising" Observation! Spotted: A Pretty Woman-inspired look on Betsey Johnson's lively FW/14 runway. I mean, did you expect anything less dramatic from Johnson? Um, please. The seasoned fashion designer is always pushing industry limits whilst embracing the "fashion IS freedom of expression" philosophy. Obvs!

"Hard times always lead to something great." -Betsey

Pretty Woman (1990)
Photo Credit: hollywoodlife.com

 Pretty Woman REMIXED(2014)
Photo Credit: elle.com

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day, Lovers! Trendspotting: RUNWAY REDS

Fashion is RED, Fashion is YOU below is some style inspiration that will WOW your boo! The FW/14 fashion runways are heating up with plenty sweetheart reds — and you've got options — whether you're looking for something sexy, sophisticated, or sweet. Good luck in choosing the perfect V-Day outfit tonight! ;) XoXo 

Helmut Lang

Marissa Webb

Prabal Gurung

Ralph Rucci

Tadashi Shoji

Vivienne Tam

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Diversity On The Runway FW/14

Photo Credit: womansvibe.com

A "Promising" New York Fashion Week Observation! There is certainly a lot of fun and creativity on the FW/14 runways. But, I particularly noticed racial DIVERITY, and I am wholeheartedly ecstatic! From  Lisa Perry, to Mara Hoffman, to Monique Lhuillier, to Tess Giberson, to Thakoon, to Tracy Reese and more—many of us witnessed, first-hand, women of color confidently stopping the runways in New York City. Could it be that the industry is finally realizing that fashion IS diversity? Personally, I think the industry is beginning to warm up more to the idea. I get it, baby steps. However, let us keep in mind not to judge a book merely by its cover. Fashion Designer, Tracy Reese, believes that there is plenty to be done behind the scenes (AP, 2014). Now I'm a bit curious: Reese's statement left me wondering how it really is for women of color off the runway. 

Photo Credit: mbfashionweek
"I think by saying that diversity is beautiful, that is a beginning, to look at all people and to see the beauty in each of us and their value is a very strong beginning. It's important to keep the conversation going, then people will start to broaden their vision." -TR

*Not Just About The Runway* Reese (TR) goes on to say that "there are so many amazing jobs in the fashion industry as a whole. It's not all about design. We need great PR people of color, for one. That's a very non-diverse group. It's all facets of the industry that have to be addressed." -TR

Colorful Runways
Lisa Perry

Mara Hoffman

Monique Lhuillier

Nicole Miller

Tess Giberson


Tracy Reese

Vera Wang

Vivienne Tam

Zac Posen

Photo Credit: All Runway Photos - Source

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Rachel Roy’s "Formula for Fall 2014"

NY Fashion Week (Feb. 2014) It's really simple and straightforward: RR's entire collection for F/14 is crazy, sexy, feminine -- with all the right finishings and pops of in-your-face colors. Specifically, I'm crushing on the cobalt blue, HUGE FAN. 

Bravo, Rach. 

Credit: Facebook, Style{Dot}Com

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Style Moment: Think VINTAGE

Photo Credit: Vintage Fashion Expo

Noteworthy! I'm having a "style moment," so stop what you’re doing and have a look with me, will ya? OK, so. I adore this vintage LBD via Vintage Fashion Expo. And I just know the dress would look flattering on most women, especially the bust area *ahem* The look is giving soOo much neck, which is flattering! The over-sized pockets are a plus as well. 

I want, please. 

A "Wear It With" Tip: wear w /  chunky platform wedges! ;) #nikkistyle

P.S. oh, and did ya hear? 
The Vintage Fashion Expo is happening now in LA!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Styled To Rock.

Photo Credit: nymag.com
Denim Tutu! My thoughts have been fixated on denim; last week I blogged about the denim {-on-denim} trend -- even posted a few denim pieces that are suitable for the workplace. In any event, I came across an article: Urban Outfitters May Have Gone Too Far With A Denim Tutu. Um, excuse me? As if! I think the featured denim tutu is wicked cute and immediately pictured it on a little girl, or maybe Madonna...back in the day. It's fun!

"Urban may have finally crossed the line by selling a denim jumper-cum-tutu in its stores."

::CIA Activity:: Regarding the "ripping off indie designers" comment, I did some digging and discovered that the 'denim tutu' is not anything we haven't seen before; it's been done already. Reference: Exhibit A (Hm...but you ain't heard nothin' from me.) 

Exhibit A
Photo Credit: Baby Posh Couture April 2011

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Year. Fresh Start.

Photo Credit: marketingpilgrim.com
Happy New Year

My New Year’s resolutions are straightforward: 
a) to explore the unknown b) to stay innovative c) to skydive and d) to embrace my challenges not complain about them. 

 A Personal Development Coach told me earlier this year to surround myself with individuals who share similar interests as well as values—to not lower my standards for the sake of “fitting in” with those who have no standards—or lack thereof. So, I listened, and thankful that I did.

 From the bottom of my heart, I sincerely wish you all the opportunity to bathe in passion in 2014! Do what you love. xx -ns

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Psst! Denim Is Always Trending, Wear It Year-Round...To Work, Too!

Note-To-Self: Cobalt Blue Heels, Swoon!
Trend Alert! I know, you probably packed away your short cut-offs due to the crisp winter air settling in. However, you do have all season long to rock the denim trend, specifically, the denim-on-denim trend. So, the trick to wearing the trendy denim-on-denim is to simply mix your washes and weights — the inevitable mash-up style. And yes, while wearing denim to work is typically a 'no no' (excluding casual Fridays), at some companies you might get away with wearing, perhaps, darker denim pieces. But make sure your choices are professional and clean (a step up from casual). 

Below are business environment-approved denim pieces, according to nikki! :)

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