An Argument For Walking.

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So as everyone probably already knows, I went to London for the Summer. (Yeah I'll NEVER stop talking about it sorry!) Anyways, I noticed something so interesting when I got back.. I literally don't walk at all in the U.S. 

I walked everywhere in London. Whenever I needed to go somewhere I'd walk. And I didn't realize how NICE it was until I got back. Here in Atlanta you can't function without a car- there's no way around it. I don't live in a particularly pedestrian friendly area like Cabbagetown or Ponce, but I have an LA Fitness that's just a ten minute walk away, a Kroger that's also just ten minutes, and quite a few restaurants and coffee shops that are a fifteen minute walk away. Why then, had it never occurred to me to pick my body up and walk with my legs instead of waste gas by driving there?

My brother, who just started at Georgia State (GOPANTHERS) has started using Marta and is walking everywhere and I am almost comically inspired- it's like I just found out that these legs can do more than look cute in high waisted jeans and drive. They themselves can take me places! What a concept! 

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I've been walking more and more and LOVE IT SO MUCH. The fresh air, the music blasting in my headphones. It's so peaceful to just walk and take in the environment around me. Granted I am like the only one walking so it's kind of weird because cars zoom by (they're not used to pedestrians) but I'm still powering through and telling myself I am starting the revolution. The walking revolution. Try it today. 

 

 

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!)

Giraffes.
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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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Jolie.
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Cajita.
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Lore.
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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! 

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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Safari.
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Berries.
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Paradise.
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