The Ideal NYE.

NYE has always been kind of weird for me. If a new year represents change for the better- a fresh start, why do I stay up till 12 am, overeat, and then fall asleep only to wake up the next day at 10 am on January 1st bloated, thirsty, and tired?

My ideal New Year's Eve would involve lots of blankets, list-making and goal-planning, candles, my friend's cute cat (that I want to adopt), my family, and a bedtime of 10 pm so I can start my year off well rested (and ready for the gym at 7 am.) 

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I was mulling this over as people started asking me what I'd be doing for NYE. Am I the only one who doesn't like the idea of going out, spending money, staying up late, and having my feet pinched by stilettos till 1 am? So I conducted a series of interviews. Very formal. 

Brandi, 20.
"I'd want something quiet, comfy, personal. I'd never see the ball drop- just bringing in the new year with the people you love. Wait, are you typing what I'm saying?"

Gloria, 22.
"My perfect NYE would be somewhere fun, London, LA, New Orleans- not a thousand dollars to do it... A rooftop, drinks, great finger foods, champagne, a lovely kiss at the end... just the usual."
Yeah Gloria, "the usual"

Trey, 22.
"Every NYE I always get disappointed, I always expect it to be this grandiose thing and then it's like "oh.. that's it."" 
"But what's your ideal NYE???????"
"Getting like 20 or 30 of my closest friends in a cabin, somewhere in the woods, or in the mountains, and having fun in the cabin."
"That sounds like a murder movie."

Anthony, 50-something
"My wife and I will throw a party, have around 30-50 friends over- there's nothing more special than that. We all drink. We're pretty particular about drinking. We have a big new year's morning brunch to start the new year. It's tradition now. Everyone brings dishes and mimosas, of course." 
"I'm going to steal that New Year's brunch tradition." 

Christal, 22.
*holding a cup of tea to her face*
"Cocktails, good friends, bumping music, and a confetti canon... Papa John, THE Papa John, coming out of the side door, with a sign that says "Papa Johns""
"You don't even drink pizza"
"Well, you don't drink piz-"
"Ok but"
"It's all about PJ"

Taylor, 27
"Sleep in, some time for setting New Year's goals, lunch with buddies and my wife, good Football, celebrating with friends, good food, drinks, just a small party. Maybe some tunes. Wait, I don't care about tunes that much. Card games! Yes. My wife doesn't like them, she's a sore loser."
"What about your baby?"
"Asleep."

Corey, 29, married father of one.
"Sh*t faced." 
His words, not mine!!

How are you planning on bringing in the new year? 

 

What To Gift This Year

Hi everyone! 

Gift giving ideas

Did you know it's only 7 days till Christmas? Probably less by the time you'll actually get to read this. Guess who hasn't done any holiday shopping? Me!! Here's a quick, scattered, and desperate holiday gift list from a millennial who has decided to spend no less than $20 per gift. You're welcome.

For your Coworkers:

What I did (sorry, dear coworkers, for the lack of surprise if you're reading this) was buy each person a sticker that has like a little inside joke from Society 6. I love this idea because it's personal and cost effective- I was initially going to do a notebook for each but it came out to be way too pricey. Also, they're currently running deals like free shipping and 25% off everything so hurry and grab something completely original and fun! 

I like the idea of choosing gifts based on personalities or inside jokes, so you could do the same with candles, chocolates, etc.
Example: Hi Jeff! I got you this charcoal obsidian candle because it is terrifying yet mysterious, just like you! 

For Your Guy:

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Shopping for guys is always so hard, amirite? JK my boyfriend is the most spoiled man who loves, loves, loves getting stuff. He talks about the random things he wants on a constant basis so it's easy to grab him something. Some cool ideas if your man isn't so vocal: 
1. Movie Pass. If he likes going to the movies this is an inexpensive no brainer. For three months he'll be able to go to the movies every day for FREE! (Because you paid 29.95.)
2. A nice watch. Classy, beautiful watches are something guys seem to love (not sure why but whatever. I guess it's like shoes or earrings for us.) I've had a great experience with Invicta and Fossil. Use Amazon for shipping ASAP.
3. Nikes. I have a tradition with Caleb where I get him a pair of Nikes every year. He literally wears them almost every day, loves them, and when he thinks of running away from me he looks down at his footwear and is reminded that if he holds on till Christmas he'll get another pair of cool sneakers. Jk. 
4. Hats. Beanies, baseball caps, even wide brim indie lead singer hats! Honestly hats are a great, safe bet and they make any guy look stylish. There's this one hat brand I'm dreaming of if you wanna go LEGIT, and there's another if you're like Amazon is way faster. 
5. Cologne. OMG there's nothing like when your boo smells good and is wearing that hat you gave him last Christmas and hasn't said anything annoying yet. CK One is what I'm loving right now. 

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For your BFF:
1. A book to remind her how loved and amazing she is. Guess what it's called. Guess! It's our book, First Love, which I 100% vouch for as a great gift. Ready to ship in 1 day. 
2. Cherry Earrings. Someone please get these they're so cute!!!!!!!!!! She will cry kawaii tears. 
3. When I was in NY I stumbled upon this gorgeous Brooklyn- based soap company. Their soaps are STUNNING and they gave me a hand massage and it was incredible. I highly recommend.  
4. A denim package. If you have a friend who is as obsessed with denim as I am, might I recommend a big box full of denim stuff? Denim jackets, denim tops, denim everything? With a note written in leftover denim fabric? Ready to ship in 1 day. 

For your Mami:
1. If your Mum is as travel-inclined as mine, a cute passport holder makes a perfect gift. 
2. A car detailing. Whether it be a Groupon or a gift card from your closest auto spa, there's something amazing about a spotless car that you didn't have to do any work for. Your Mum will appreciate it. 
3. A crock pot. My friend Taylor got my Mum a crock pot last year and she SCREAMED. I had never seen her so excited. 
4. Booties. Get your Mum some nice booties. Mums never treat themselves, so grab her something she'd never buy herself. I'd recommend Steve Madden booties, Aldo (for gorgeous minimalism), or Shop Gorgigi. 
5. Some really GOOD candles. There were lots to choose from this list, so here's the entire list. Maybe buy all of them and let me know how it goes. 

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Random (but COOL) Other Gifts:
1. I know you know someone who's obsessed w/ Giraffes/Africa/loves safaris. (Ready to be shipped in 1 day!)
2. HIGHLY recommend for friends w/ cats. Please take pictures and send them to me.
3. For the guy in your life obsessed with John Wick

Hopefully this little gift guide helped! Let me know what you're getting friends and family (or yourself) in the comments. 

Jumping Through Hoops.

Hoop earrings. Love them. Carry a pair in my car and my purse. 

But I'm kind of tired of the usual silver pair? Let's get creative, starting with a list of hoops I'm looking at. 

1. I actually already own these star shaped babies and they are so worth it. I've been wearing them a bit too much and I always get "woah those are cool!"

 

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2. You know I'm all about shopping small and these rose hoop earrings are dreamy. They're also super good quality. 

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3. From the same shop (I stalked them for a while and will probably end up buying the tortoiseshell ones), these are a bit more sassy and I feel like they're a total classic to add to your collection.  

4. These are huge!! And I get the feeling they might be heavy... But that's a risk I'm willing to take. 

5. I really, really love these hoops... The description says "crescent moon" but I'm getting banana vibes and so not mad about it. Need. 

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The Denim Top.

Oh, denim. I love you. I love you so, so much. 

The denim top has now become the staple of any well-rounded wardrobe. I used to shun denim on denim- it gave me flashbacks of this iconic (and traumatizing) moment in the 2000's. 

But now it's kind of all I wear and I have the receipts to prove it. I own about five denim tops, ranging from super oversized to fitted to cropped. My favorite is, by far, the oversized denim top. It's just so versatile!! So here: Four different ways to style your denim top. Don't have one? I think I can help you. 

1. Roll it!!! 

Grab your denim top, button just the two middle buttons. Pull it to the side to give an off the shoulder look, and then tie it together in a disheveled/cute knot. 

2. Issa cape

Just drape your oversized denim over any outfit. It'll instantly give your outfit some edginess. 

3. Tongue Tied.

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Tie it around your waist for a super flattering silhouette + cool layer to add onto your already cool outfit. Plus, this works on almost any outfit (see below.)

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4. Wear It

Grab a fitted denim top and see how your life starts to change. Suddenly the oversized sleeves won't accidentally dip into your coffee, your cute figure will be shown off, and you'll look like you own J Crew. 

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Grab a cute denim top below, including some wild cards (Embroidered denim! Printed! Ripped! Giraffes! Get crazy!)

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Louisa.
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Paradise.
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Rachel.
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Shop Small.

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Black Friday is here and as much as I love good deals, I've been trying to remind myself lately of the power I have as a consumer. Where I spend my money and what businesses I support says a lot about who I am, which is why I'm working on intentionally seeking out amazing small businesses when looking for certain things- like shoes, for example. I've been looking for the perfect mules and if you have any small biz recommendations I would be so very grateful. So below: Five small businesses to support in the coming days!!

1. Who wouldn't appreciate some cute art? Christmas shopping starts today. 

2. Owned by Denequa Williams who makes lit lit lit candles and is such a boss babe. Also based in Brooklyn so you know it'll give you cool girl points.  

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3. I have been stalking Simply Curated's feed for quite some time and I'm running low on candles so... Hello, Coconut Shea soy candle. (Lots of candles in this post)

4. I know for a FACT I will be buying these come Friday. Minimalist mules, 50% off, from a small business? Where's my credit card. 

5. I have a sushi phone case. If you think I'm not buying these socks for me and Caleb (to match!!) then you don't know me well enough.

6. Africa Miranda is maybe the sweetest person I've ever met- she's genuine, kind, and about her business. Her facial elixir is literally dreamy and very instagrammable. 

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7. I have raved about these soaps and I'm still using them (they last for a loooong time.) They smell INCREDIBLE and are such cute Christmas presents (or stocking stuffers if your family is fancy like that.) 

8. If you don't know what to get the guys in your life, leather wallets are always a safe (and classy tbh) option. I'm getting Caleb (who's hopefully not reading this) this one and I'm super excited because he'll finally stop using a binder clip for his cash. 

9. I'm obsessed with the packaging and the price. Plus the name. And apparently it gives you dreamy hair with organic, real ingredients. YES. 

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10. I will GLOW this season with this moisturizing highlighter. And on top of that they're doing holiday sales (25% off the entire store on Black Friday!!) 

11. You already knew this was coming, but here it is! These are my favorite picks this week and you should shop My Closet etc cause we put so much heart into this (and for FREE shipping with code FREE) 

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Wants 3.

Hey everyone!
Welcome to another round of "what I want but cannot have just yet so I will yearn for it from afar." I'm your host, the girl who just spent half her life savings on a trip to London. 

Let's start.

1. Genes.
If you're a skincare enthusiast like me, you've probably heard of Sunday Riley's Good Genes. If you're a young person trying to somehow make it in this rotating ball of water in space, you probably haven't bought it considering it's $105 for 30ml of product.
Going to go cry while I apply my lactic acid from the ordinary (which I highly recommend and cannot thank this brand enough for making skincare affordable.) 

2. Rings for Days.
I know this is a My Closet etc piece, but I just want like fifty of these rings ok? They're so unique and I love them but I have to share with you guys since I've already bought three lol. I'm obsessed. 

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3. Fuzzy Shoes. 
These Miu Miu heels are the price of one month's rent for a studio apartment in Atlanta. And my heart is being pulled to them. SOS. 

4. Bedazzled.
Destiney Bleu is a boss babe and I've been itching to get my hands on one of her bodysuits. They're handmade and stunning. Plus imagine this with a crisp white linen jacket and high waisted denim? *wonders if I really need groceries this week*

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5. Chili
I recently posted this chili necklace I found vintage shopping in London and my dms got a bit full with things like "tell me where you got it or I'll steal it off your neck" so I found another option and they look almost identical!! So here you go, violent stylish instagrammers. 

There you are, my five picks for this week. Are you adding any of these things to your cart? If you are, message me and I'll send you my venmo. Help a girl out. 

Much love,
Nikka

It's Ok To Be Sad (And Other Valid Feelings)

I don't cry a lot. I don't know, there's something about crying that scares me. I don't feel like it's necessary. I don't think I need it... Until I've tried to hold everything together for too long and end up breaking down in my car because I forgot to turn in the redbox from last Friday and it's been sitting in my backseat for a week. 

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I didn't realize how much weight I had been carrying until I sat down, tried to type up a blog post, and just had this flood of emotions. Instead of judging myself for having them, I decided to embrace them, experience them, and let go. It felt so good. 

I think many times we're expected to hold it together, to always have our protective barriers on, to carry a mask around so that way when people ask us "how are you?" we respond with "great, thank you!" Because we've been taught that's the immediate reaction. When's the last time you actually asked yourself "how am I?" It's a question we tend to avoid because it's real. It makes us stop and actually look at our lives and that can be scary or maybe even depressing, because you're not where you thought you would be. 

That is all ok. It's ok to be disappointed, unmotivated, or maybe just down. It is ok. What's not ok is staying in those feelings and not looking at them, acknowledging them, and then doing something about them. We can't change things if we don't know what's going on in the first place. But when we do know, when we are aware of how we actually are, we have the power to make decisions that will help change those feelings. 

I think I cried for about an hour. Literally just cried- I wasn't completely sure about what. I knew I felt defeated, sad, and angry. I didn't even bother going further than that until I had let myself feel first. Afterward, I sat down with a cup of hot tea, a candle, and my notebook to write for a good hour and let everything out on paper. When I stepped back, I could see a bit more clearly what was upsetting me. I saw what I could change, what I couldn't change (and that's ok), and what I could learn from all of this. Let yourself feel. Don't be afraid of vulnerability. It doesn't make you weak. It gives you some clarity. 

Stranger Things

With the dawn of Stranger Things Season Two approaching and October getting spookier, I felt it was only right to throw on an ootd that reminded me of the Halloween nostalgia this entire month pours out in buckets. I'm not much of a Halloween person, but when I first feel the crisp Fall air and suddenly everything is in muted  tones of orange and yellow, I can't help but remember that one Halloween where I dressed up as Snow White and put red lipstick on for the first time (despite my Mum not allowing me to.) So here's a little ootd where I played with neutral tones + what I imagine Nancy would wear if she was Insta famous and ran and account reviewing novels from the 60's. 

And yes you can get it all here. 

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Zaful Review 3.

Zaful has spoiled me rotten and sent me sweaters + pants to kickstart Fall (even though it's still super hot in Atlanta.) 

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I got a gorgeous soft blush pink sweater, a brown cutout sweater with an embroidered rose, and these EMBROIDERED JEANS THAT I LOVE SO, SO MUCH.
Yes, I know I said I would never order jeans from them again because of my giant butt BUT I gave it a chance and let me tell you. My new favorite jeans, for real. 

 

Here are some pics + detailed reviews, cause I gotchu like that. 

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Embroidered Jeans
Like I said, I took a leap of faith when ordering these. The last jeans I bought were way too small, but I sized way up (WAY UP) and they fit WONDERFULLY. I am obsessed, the quality is great, and they were so worth the risk. Also they're not super skinny, instead they're looser and a bit more tapered which is exactly what I was looking for. Wearing them all the time, every day. 

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Pink Sweater

I CAN'T STOP WEARING THIS SWEATER. So soft, I love that the little holes in it make for the perfect sweater to wear with a cute bralette. When it arrived it smelled mkind of weird (? idk) BUT I washed it and I love it now. I've worn it three days in a row. I'm not taking it off. 

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Embroidered Rose

This sweater has zipper details and a super cute embroidered rose, plus a very cool neckline. It is soft, and more fitted than what I usually wear which I love for variety. 

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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!