Sweater, Leather & Fur

sweater poncho, leather leggings and faux fur boots

I was up in Maine this past weekend, this time with two of my friends, and I still can’t get over how gorgeous it is. I had to take advantage of the scenery because it’ll probably be the last time I make it up to the house this winter.

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Did you guys do anything fun for the long weekend?

sweater poncho: Romeo & Juliet Couture // leggings: Nasty Gal // boots: I have no idea, I’ve had them since high school // earmuffs: Adrienne Landau via Last Call by Neiman Marcus // bracelet: Tobi

30 Days Dairy-Free Update

As I mentioned in a post last week, I’m going dairy-free for 30 days to see if it helps clear up my skin. Today marks day 11, and I think it’s still too early to tell—but I really think this could be working! Depending on where I am in my menstrual cycle (sorry guys, period talk—your favorite!) my skin can be super clear or a legitimate field of landmines, so I still need to stick it out the whole 30 days before I can draw any conclusions on how dairy affects my complexion.

I’m surprised at how easy it’s been to cut out cheese, butter, yogurt and ice cream. Because I cook the majority of my meals at home, I just tossed any lingering dairy products in my kitchen and avoided them at the grocery store. Out of sight, out of mind. The first day, however, I was super paranoid that everything I ate somehow had diary in it—I mean, really paranoid. I read the ingredients on my carton of almond milk like 17 times to reassure myself it wasn’t a dairy product. All common sense went out the window. I would take a bite of something absentmindedly and be like “Shit! Is there dairy in this?!” Relax, Nicole, you’re eating an apple.

I’m happy to report that my brain is fully functional again and I’m confidently eating apples and almond milk without having panic attacks. Eating at restaurants is a little more challenging because you can’t always tell by the menu if something’s been prepared with butter or not, but I find salads (with no crumbled cheese toppings) are usually a safe bet.

I’ll let you guys know how it goes when my little experiment is over!

And if you haven’t yet entered to win a skincare regimen from Rodan + Fields (worth up to $193!) you can do so all week HERE.


  1. Looks wonderful!!

  2. hello, amazing pics, in love with it! when you can, come and see: http://whysofashion.wordpress.com/ 😀

  3. I love your outfits! Those pants! I need more leather in my closet asap!

  4. I just started following you, so I’m not completely filled in about your skin troubles…but I received a Clarisonic for a Christmas gift and have been using it every night since then. I REALLY notice a different in my skin! So just a suggestion/addition to your dairy experiment! Good luck 🙂

  5. really like your poncho sweater! maine is beautiful! my best friend lived in portland and brunswick for years and it was so gorgeous. the perfect place to do a photoshoot. it really captures the elements of your outfit perfectly. i just started following you so i hope that you can find some inspiration if you stop by my site as well. xoxo


  6. Lovely outfit and you have a great blog! 🙂
    If you want to have a look at mine it would be nice 🙂

  7. I did a no dairy last year for lent. I am a chocolate milk/milk/cheese LOVER so that as real lent. You can finish it! If I survived so can you! I hope you find what helps!!

    • Thanks for the encouragement! So far, it hasn’t been too bad–but as soon as my 30 days are up, I’m treating myself to some ice cream 🙂

  8. the dairy free thing – hope it works out – it’ll certainly be good for you generally: if you can move towards a diet without causing harm to animals it’ll be good too. Folk like Rich Roll (ripped ultra marathon runner – google him) and many others have taken this path with many benefits and few problems – it might create some good karma too. Blessings and namaste
    A very english yogi – http://www.averyenglishyogi.com

    • Always looking to rack up some good karme 🙂 And so far it’s been great–I’ve noticed lots of great changes with my body already.

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