This jacket is great for directing traffic, helping school children cross the street and walking through the woods during hunting season. It also made for a fun outfit this weekend. I paired it with pajama-esque polka dot pants because I like attention thought it’d be a nice mix of preppy and trendy.
When the great people over at Dress United offered me a custom t-shirt, I was overwhelmed by the possibilities. Do I make a Pumps & Iron shirt to wear on the blog? Choose a clever quote about working out? Write Nicole Is Awesome across the chest? All viable options, but ultimately I decided to pay homage to my beloved South Boston.
Southie is by no means a slum, but I happen to live next to the projects and my back deck is so rundown and dangerous that it looks like a scene from Final Destination, so I get a good laugh out of poking fun at my ‘hood.
Southie talk aside, I’m excited to share a 30% off + Free Shipping offer with you guys so that you can create your own custom t-shirt from Dress United!
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I got these moccasins for Christmas many years ago from my grandmother and I remember her asking if I wanted the hard sole version (so that I could actually walk around the streets and in public with them) or the soft sole version. And, adding to my track record of absolutely terrible decisions when I was 17, I went for the soft sole so they’d be “authentic.” And now I pretty much can’t wear them anywhere if there’s a possibility of the ground being wet or dirty. Womp womp wommmp.
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My clothing shopping habits are often driven by opportunity and rarely by necessity. Sales, discounts, special savings events—I always use these as an excuse to buy something new for my wardrobe, even if I don’t necessarily need it. LIT Boutique is one of my favorite places to shop in Boston and a few weeks ago, they were having an awesome end-of-season sale. I snagged these funky wedge booties there for like $30—shwiiiing!
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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.
Did you guys do anything fun for the long weekend?
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.