Wishing/Wanting/Craving Fall Looks

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You know those first instances of Autumn? The first latte in breezy weather, the first sweater + denim combination, the first leaf you see fall to the ground. It's all so romantic. And it's the perfect time to talk about Fall looks. Are you gonna be a strictly sweaters person this year? Will you double up on coats and jackets? What about bright pinks, oranges, and yellow? Are those still on rotation?! 

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I've been scouring Zaful for some Fall inspo and here are five things I need to get my hands on ASAP. 

1. Pink denim jacket 

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No, pink will not leave my closet. Enjoy watching me look like a flamingo for the next few months. 

2. Cozy + edgy 

This soft white sweater is at the top of my wants list. Do you imagine a cute brallette peeking out from under the deep v? Swoon. 

3. Mustard

"Nikka I thought you weren't shopping for pants online anymore because you have a big butt" 
Yes well. I fell in love with these and I'm ordering them so. There you go. 

4. Sun + moon

If there's anything the eclipse taught me it's that space can be a very stylish subject so throw it on your ears. 

All of these are over at Zaful and stunning and I'm getting them all. Love u byeeee! 

My Closet etc. Outfits

Every now and then I look at my office, where all the My Closet etc inventory is, and think "Wow. All these clothes are so cute." In preparation for Fall style and in an effort to spur my own creativity, here are four outfits I made with My Closet etc pieces you can buy right now (or just look at for your own inspo.) 

1. Denim open dress + denim jacket + denim shorts

You can already guess where I got the idea. (The person who guesses correctly in the comments gets a prize)

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2. Striped culottes + billowy tee + cheetah booties 

These culottes are so good it's just... Disrespectful. I should be wearing these in France. 

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3. Bubbles tied up under Berries

There's this transformative power that happens when you tie a top to your waist. I'm convinced. 

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4. Barco + pastelero + Roberta 

It's been said that if you mix three pastels or more, Lana del Rey appears in your kitchen in a 50's housewife dress with smeared winged eyeliner. So this is the perfect outfit to meet her in. I'm ready.

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I had so much fun playing around with these gorgeous clothes and making up looks I'd wear to NYFW once Adam Selman realizes I'm the muse he's been looking for and promptly flies me out to witness his creative process (Kidding but. Not. Can I at least get an invite?) 

Lucky for you, you can shop the looks below. Lucky for your wallet, they're all inexpensive and shipping over $40 is free. What a beautiful time to be alive. 

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Barco.
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Bubbles.
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Safari.
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Roberta.
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Berries.
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Paradise.
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Zaful Review (Take 2)

I am one spoiled girl. Zaful reached out to me again to see if I wanted more stuff for the Summer. My first experience with them was awesome, so to get asked back made me all warm inside. Love them. 

I bought a bright yellow bikini, stunning chandelier earrings, an olive wrap around crop top, a striped off the shoulder top, and another (fancier) striped off the shoulder top. No jeans for me this time, I learned my lesson. (I have! A big! Butt!)

Everything fit perfectly.
I always size up, so keep that in mind, but I even loved the bikini! And I'm so picky with swimwear!

Now for the individual reviews. 

This olive top is a size m (I'm usually an s or m) and when I got it out of the package, I cringed. It looked like it couldn't fit your average cat. I was sure it wouldn't work for me. And yet I put it on. And- well, there's the pic for proof. Fair warning: It's sold out as of right now :(

It is stretchy, comfy, and of course, pretty sexy (as all strappy things are.) So happy I didn't just give it to Babayega

Next up: This stunning striped off the shoulder top I wore to bike all over Copenhagen. 

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Look at me, living my best life. 
This top was comfy, easy to throw on, NOT sheer (so you can go braless.) I felt chic and it took me .2 seconds to think of this outfit. 

These stunning fringe earrings have now been added to my "amazing earrings Zaful has list." They are lightweight (!!!) but not cheap looking, and they make any outfit a little more formal. I love. 

The fancier striped top is definitely heavier, it has more fabric which I love. Also the little tie thing at the front is cute but I just tied it and then pushed it in. 

And now for the bikini... I LOVED IT. I can't even believe I bought a bikini online and it fit perfectly. I am amazed. I sized up (size L) and it fit! Keep in mind I'm usually an s or m! 
Also, the bikini comes in a cute bag which I used for packing stuff for my London trip so that was adorable. And the color!!! Obsessed!!

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More pics below and everything is linked! 

Much love, 
Nikka

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Hi Copenhagen!

Hi!!!

I have family in Denmark that I never get to see, so when planning our London trip we decided to stop by Copenhagen before our final destination. I am so happy we did. 

We spent a few days there and it was stunning! So here, in super efficient bullet points, is what I did/recommend in Copenhagen.  

- The Little Mermaid
Is it smaller than you'd expect? Yeah. Is it crowded? Of course! Is it somewhere you need to go? Yes!! Not only is the statue itself rich in history, the area around it is breathtaking. 

My Mum looking stunning in Amalienborg 

My Mum looking stunning in Amalienborg 

- Amalienborg
Amalienborg is the home of the royal family and it is stunning! I love the open space for admiring the architecture, taking a break from all the walking, or taking pictures. 

- Nyhavn
Just the cutest place to walk, people watch, and admire the stunning 17th century architecture. 

- Kafferiet
A sweet place to grab a cup of coffee! And it's close to the little mermaid, perfect for a break from all the walking. 

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- Islands Brygge Harbour Bath
It was the strangest thing- we were biking by the river when I saw public pools with people actually playing in the water. In the middle of the city. It was not warm, but my grandma told me that whenever the sun is out Danish people relish in it. So if you're up for a dip in cold water with an amazing view of the city's skyline, there you go! 

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- Vesterbro
Named one of the hippest neighborhoods in the world, you need to visit Vesterbro. My aunt happens to live there which is amazing because I PRETENDED LIKE I WAS A COOL DANISH LOCAL! That is, until I tried to order coffee at Enghave Kaffe and my danish gave me away. 

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- Ride a bike! 
I can't stress how bike friendly Denmark is- even the public transportation has spots for your bike. Bicycles will probably be the first thing you see when you arrive. They're everywhere and it's the most charming thing. I hadn't ridden a bike in years, but when I saw my light blue ride I knew I had to give it a try. It's a bit stressful, hauling around a bike if you're not used to it, but you'll get the hang of it and explore way more. 

- It might (will definitely) get cold.
We visited in the Summer and even then I carried around a leather jacket. Don't underestimate the danish weather!!! (Do enjoy a cup of coffee with the cool breeze though)

- Learn how to pronounce hygge correctly.
"hoo-gah." And enjoy it. 

More pics below! A huge thank you to my family for being amazing hosts and welcoming my mum and I with open arms!
Are you planning a trip to Copenhagen any time soon? Let me know!
Much love, 

Nikka

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I'm Back and I Have Something to Say

Hello lovely!

I'm back from my trip to London! I was there for a month taking a Summer course at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. 

It changed my life. 

A snap on my way to class 

A snap on my way to class 

I don't think I'll ever be able to express how happy I am that I went. It was a pretty crazy decision (meaning it took loads of faith)- I saved up a lot of money to go study something I had no idea about (Shakespeare) somewhere I am not familiar with (London), all in the name of... A feeling? A pull? In hindsight it sounded crazy. But it was so worth it. 

From the beginning it changed me. We flew into Denmark, where we have family, and to see them again after a decade was like getting to know a whole new side of my family. And Copenhagen is stunning. I'll get into details in the next few blog posts. 

After that we flew to London and prepared for the next day (first day of class!) Everything from the city, to the instructors, to my classmates, was perfect. It was like the confirmation I'd been waiting for. "This was the right decision. You're ok. You're on the right path." I can't express how happy I was the first day. 

The next few weeks were a dream. I fell in love with the city. I honestly didn't think I'd love London as much as I did, and now I drink tea from my mug I bought in London and relish in gloomy, rainy days. I met people who I want to know and befriend for the rest of my life. I fell in love with acting again. I reveled in Shakespeare! I walked alone (a big deal for someone who's struggled with anxiety.) I found myself again. 

I found out that I love to hug people. I like being there for others and listening and appreciating the beauty that is other people- I mean aren't humans amazing? Before I would close myself off, protect myself from looking like I was caring too much. I learned that I am bold, loud, and outgoing and I do not need to apologize for it. I learned that I can keep going even when I feel like I can't. I discovered that the world is much bigger than what I had made it.

See, I had put myself in this box. Yes, there are awesome possibilities in my life but they only stretch so far- anything more than that is crazy. Not going to college? Too crazy. Pursuing my dreams fully and boldly? Too crazy. Unapologetically being myself? Too crazy.

London stole my heart and I'm not even mad about it 

London stole my heart and I'm not even mad about it 

Yet when I was in London, my eyes were opened to the fact that I was stopping myself from living. I mean, really living. I was shrinking my possibilities by only allowing myself to think of "reachable" goals, "realistic" goals. But "realistic" will only get you so far, and I'm not trying to live a "realistic" life.

Everything is amazing. I have so much work to do, so much to prepare for, so much to think about, but everything is amazing. It's a change in perspective I didn't even realize I needed. 

I am so grateful I took this risk, so happy I allowed myself to be affected and transformed by this experience. If there's something you've been meaning to do, now is the time. If there's somewhere you feel called to, go. Save up the money. Make the plan. And do it. You won't regret it. 

More stories from my trip coming soon. For now I just wanted to let you know that RISKS ARE SO WORTH IT! 

Much love, Nikka 

 

 

BANDANAS ARE IN AND I NEED HELP

The title says it all. Bandanas are in. I am not a cowgirl! I'm from the south but South America! 

Yes, I am overwhelmed. 

But the concept of bandanas is intriguing. They're the scarves of Summer. And I love scarves. Also they have been around for hundreds of years so if you think I'm not going to try this look out, THINK AGAIN. 

I've done some investigating and here's what I came up with: 

1. The "Scarf but... Summer"

This is reminiscent of gauchos, Kate Moss, and Audrey Hepburn. Tie it around your neck as mosquito protection, as a neck accessory that's not a necklace, and as a way to remind everyone of your superior style skills. Add a white top, run out the door, and onto your horse. 

link to photo credits: http://rareaudreyhepburn.com/post/59538541151/director-william-wyler-touches-up-audrey-hepburns

link to photo credits: http://rareaudreyhepburn.com/post/59538541151/director-william-wyler-touches-up-audrey-hepburns

2. The "It's too hot but I can't wear a messy bun again"

Bruce Springsteen did it. Justin Bieber did it. This cat did it. (Click on the cat picture if Springsteen or Bieber aren't your thing.) Surely I can do it too. 
Also I didn't know Bruce Springsteen was like... really good looking? I need to get it together. 

Link to photo credit: http://bieberbound.tumblr.com/post/152193029683

Link to photo credit: http://bieberbound.tumblr.com/post/152193029683

3. The "Beyoncé" 

Photo link credit: https://www.bustle.com/articles/72338-5-early-2000s-trends-you-always-wanted-to-rock-but-your-parents-refused-to-let-you 

Photo link credit: https://www.bustle.com/articles/72338-5-early-2000s-trends-you-always-wanted-to-rock-but-your-parents-refused-to-let-you 

For the advanced- how does it work? I'm mesmerized. Beyoncé, tell me your secrets. And say hi to the twins for me. 

4. The "It's a bandana so really just throw it on stop overthinking Nikka" 

Your foot. Your purse. Your pants. This can't be that hard to mess up... Can it? 

As for where to get bandanas, Madewell has some cute ones, Free People has this gorgeous banana bandana I want, and Wal Mart has the bandana I'm probably going to get. We're balling on a budget! 

Thanks for reading my minor breakdown over bandanas! I feel better now.

Banda-bye!

I'll see myself out. 

Photo credit: https://www.madewell.com/madewell_category/DENIMBAR/straightlegperfectsummerjeans/PRD~G3831/G3831.jsp?srcCode=MWPINT0219&crlt.pid=camp.mUWJBeeY9432

Photo credit: https://www.madewell.com/madewell_category/DENIMBAR/straightlegperfectsummerjeans/PRD~G3831/G3831.jsp?srcCode=MWPINT0219&crlt.pid=camp.mUWJBeeY9432

Photo credit: https://laurenconrad.com/blog/2016/11/tuesday-ten-november-style-tips-3/

Photo credit: https://laurenconrad.com/blog/2016/11/tuesday-ten-november-style-tips-3/

Hi, London!

Hi! Remember that trip I've been talking about for a while now? It's about to happen (literally tomorrow!) 

The video below describes basically all my feelings about this so watch to laugh at how absolutely embarrassing my mum and I are. Enjoy! And tell me what to do/where to go/ what to eat in London!

Much love, Nikka

10 Healthy (Or Desperate) Ways to Wake Up Early

Why can't I wake up early? 
It's a question that plagues me every single day. 
So here's me presenting to you healthy (desperate) tips for waking up early. Enjoy! And don't take them seriously! 

1. Spray Yourself.

I have a facial mist from Little Barn Apothecary that I was gonna use as a toner until I realized I just liked spraying it (my toners need to sting or else they're not working according to me.) So now, in an effort to wake up fresh and dewy I spray facial mist on the moment I wake up, like a pet owner spraying it's rebellious cat with water. It works when I remember to do it. 

2. Visualization.

This works great, though I wake up with anxiety. Before I go to sleep I tell my brain "you're waking up early no matter what ok?" And then I visualize myself waking up early. This worked extremely well one night when I dreamt I had slept in and not gone to the gym, and the entire day was ruined because of it. I woke up in a cold sweat at 4 am ready to put my running shoes on. 

3. Sleep

We have a lovely neighbor downstairs who has complained multiple times that we're too loud. She says (specifically) "from the hours of 10 pm to 11 pm I can't sleep at all." When asked why she said "too much walking." Well, in an effort to appease her one night I forced myself to go to sleep at 10:15. It felt amazing. I woke up early no problem, no spray required. 

4. Alarmed

I've been trying out sleep apps for a little bit and I think they actually work. Sleep Cycle is supposed to nudge me out of sleep "gently" at my lightest sleep cycle. It's a more calming way to wake up and I'm not as grumpy, but I still sometimes sleep through it. Alarmy makes me take a picture of something specific or else it won't shut up. Alarmy has been more effective, but then again I wake up with anxiety and have ended up taking the picture and going straight to bed. Try it though!

5. Dog

Adopt a dog. Is this a bit drastic? Maybe, but if you're desperate like me you might just go for it! A dog will force you to get up early. Plus sloppy wet kisses in the mornings. 

6. Planner

Plan something fun in the morning. Whether it be a bit of treasured alone time, coffee, or a nice breakfast before work, make early mornings something you look forward to. 

7. Accountability 

Have a friend who's an early riser text you every morning for a few weeks right around your wake up time. Let the fear of letting her down drive you. Give her your Instagram password and if you don't get up she'll dm your ex from your account. For every time you hit snooze you owe her a coffee. She gets to steal a cute piece of clothing from your closet if you don't comply. The (punishments) possibilities are endless. 

8. Icy

Have a bucket of ice water prepped beside your bed. Ask your roommate/significant other/mom/friend to please pour it all over you if you don't wake up, like the ice bucket challenge. It's for a good cause!

9. Honestly?

10. I need a nap.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A little bit of News

Hello!! 

As the title says, I have a little bit of *reporter voice* News. 
Last week we didn't post new inventory :( I know, I'm sorry! This is due to:

1. I had two auditions at the start of the week and I decided to just throw myself into that and do my absolute best instead of stress myself out trying to do everything. Yay for healthy choices! 

2. Starting now we'll be posting inventory once a week for the Summer. We're working on a ton of exciting things for My Closet etc and we'll be traveling (I'll reveal where to this week!!) so it makes sense to make room for adventure, relaxation, and a bit of rest from the usual schedule of two days a week. It might not seem like it, but it's a lot of work! If you're sad about this, I'm with you :(  Regularly scheduled programming will return come August. 

Whenever I say "we" this is what I mean! My Mami and I

Whenever I say "we" this is what I mean! My Mami and I

Please don't be mad!!! We thought about this for quite a bit and we wanna bring you gorgeous stuff consistently, which sometimes means taking a breather. 

If you're still like "I need clothes NOW", here are some of my favorite picks that are on the site ready to dive into your wardrobe <3 

Much love, 

Nikka

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Wants 2. (Floral Print Blouses, Bikinis, Sandals)

Welcome to another round of what I'd buy this week if I had a money tree. Nice to see you again!!! Today I'm dreaming of floral print blouses for the summer, swimsuits because I'll be going to the beach soon (in my five dollar h&m bikini), and a pair of expensive sandals. Let's get started. 

1. Kiini 

This crotchet bikini is what I'd wear on my honeymoon in Maldives. It's $285 so I better be rich by the time I get married. 

2. Floral Print Blouse

You might think of this when you hear florals, but I honestly fell in love with this top and have not stopped thinking about it. So what if it combines chokers, off the shoulder tops, and florals? I LOVE IT. 

3. Watermelon

I'd gladly throw $45 at Glow Recipe's Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask solely based on the packaging and the color. But apparently it works??? Can someone buy this and tell me if it does?!?!?!?! 

4. Mustard

I've been getting into brighter colors (Summer) and this bikini is calling my name. Yes to good prices and good reviews. 

5. Dolce

These ornate sandals... omg... do you guys see the heel? That's not a heel that's a sculpture!!! The description reads "wear yours with a midi dress." Ah yes, mine. My $3,000 sandals. I'll just casually pair them with a midi dress today, but let me go ask my butler for his opinion first. 

6. Decorate your ears

Remember my last Zaful haul? Remember those earrings I fell in love with? Not only am I still wearing them, they're my favorite pair of earrings and have not diminished in quality. So here's my next few picks for cute earrings I obviously need: These, these, and  these (yes you need a pompom choker). I feel like Sharpay

 

 

 

 

If you noticed there was a lot of Zaful in this post, it's cause they're sending me a little haul again! My last experience with them was awesome so I'm super excited to work with them again.

In honor of Zaful's third anniversary they're doing a bunch of huge giveaways! Who doesn't like free gorgeous stuff? Head over to their blog to check it out, and tag my name after you participate in the giveaway event! Zaful will choose a couple of winners and you could be one of them ;) click here

 

Also does anyone want to buy the Dolce sandals with me? We could share them!