2018 | Where your heart is now

The Cutest Crop Top + How to Boost Your IG Story Views

May 10, 2018

Spray Tan: Studio 13 Spray Tanning c/o Nails: Majestic Nails (say Nicole or Where Your Heart is Now for $5 off!) c/o Top: Chicwish c/o Earrings: Forever 21 Bracelets: Shop Bella & Bloom c/o Shorts: American Eagle Outfitters Boots: Marc Fisher c/o

Today I am bringing you my top tips for how to boost your Instagram story views and also sharing this super cute outfit I am OBSESSED with! First off, I recently got this top from Chicwish and you guys were going nuts on Instagram for it! They have so many cute tops right now I linked some of my favs below but the one I'm wearing would be so cute for date night or going to a concert! I paired it with some comfy black denim cutoffs and these INSANE killer boots

My Instagram story views have increased a lot lately so I thought I would share with you my tips! Here we go:

1) Use the location tag! Even if you don't want people to know exactly where you are, you can broaden it and just have it say the capital of whatever state you are in so you still gain some views 
2) Use hashtags! I try to use a few in each story and I hide them! 
3) Videos are key! People love when you talk and show real life behind the scene stuff 
4) Shoutouts! I reach out to girls with similar aesthetics or feeds to me and ask if they want to do shoutouts for each other. This is a great way to help increase views! 
5) Tag Brands/Companies ( this is a great way to possibly get featured on their story!)
6) Tell A Story- People love when you show them tutorials or how to's for things your page is based off of (ex. morning routine, makeup routine, outfit of the day, etc.)
7) Mix it Up- Show photos, videos, boomerangs, rewind videos, etc. 

I hope these help increase your views! Have a great day beauties xx 

Thank you so much to Chicwish for sponsoring today's post! 

Photography: Kandid with Kate

Spring Wardrobe Essentials

April 30, 2018

Earrings: Forever 21 Bracelets: Shop Bella & Bloom (use code NICOLE15 for 15% off!)  Tunic: Chicwish c/o Jeans: Express Bag: Gucci Wedges: Jellypop

Three things you need for Spring: 1) A super cute tunic like this one, 2) A bomb pair of wedges like these and 3) a neutral colored bag! All of these things will have you Spring ready and you can literally mix and match them with so many different things. I was actually planning on trying to wear this tunic as a dress but it was a littttttle too short for me hahaha. But I love it. I recently got it from Chicwish and they have so many cute Spring picks for everyone! I also linked a few other things I'm loving from them below! 

These wedges are legit the comfiest wedge I own. I chased my nephew around in them the other day! Do you guys have any fun plans this week? I have so much on my to do list it's crazy but I love being busy so I'll get it done! I also have a couple fun giveaways coming up so don't miss them on my Instagram here

Thank you to Chicwish for sponsoring today's post! 

Photography: Kandid with Kate 

Wrap Top + Deals

April 23, 2018

Tank: BP, similar here Top: Chicwish c/o Earrings: Forever 21 Jeans: Express Bag: Gucci Cuff Bracelet: Bella & Bloom Boutique c/o Choose Love Bracelet: Bella and Bloom Boutique c/o Shoes: Karl Lagerfeld, similar here

I was struggling so bad to get up this morning to workout. Why are Monday's so much harder than any other day? lol. Did you guys have a good weekend? I had a really fun event yesterday at Flowers and Bread in Clintonville and we made flower bracelets and wood fired pizzas then we had my nephews birthday party! 

As you guys know Chicwish is one of my favorite clothing companies and this wrap top is literally so chic, I'm obsessed. I put a black lacy cami underneath and I think you could wear it anywhere. I just got this silver cuff and this choose love bracelet  from my babe Katlyn who owns Bella and Bloom Boutique and if you use code NICOLE15 you will get 15% off! 

Also if you live in the Columbus Ohio area I get my nails done at Majestic Nails located in Dublin by Bella and if you go in and mention my name or my blog you will get $5 off! I'm all about getting the deals for you guys over here! Stay tuned this week I've got tons of fun blog posts to come! xoxo

Photography: Candid with Kate

Thank you to Chicwish for sponsoring today's post! 

My 10 Favorite Iphone apps

April 19, 2018

Shirt: Express Jeans: Express Belt: Express Boots: Forever 21, similar here Backpack: Rapparound PR, almost exact here Bomber Jacket: Hudson Jeans c/o 

This might have been the longest time I have taken a break from writing a post. I apologize. I really do miss blogging but one thing I do not want to do is just put up random boring content. I want it to be fun stuff you guys want to actually read. I've had a writers block which is why I haven't posted anything but I have tons of ideas so stay tuned for lots of posts to come! 

I wanted to share with you my favorite apps I have on my phone currently:

1) UNUM: I plan out all my posts with this! And it's free! 
2) Fusian: I get sushi all the time and I pay through the app and get points towards free sushi! It's awesome! 
3) Starbucks: Why have I been getting Starbucks forever and I was just now introduced to the app?! They give you a free drink on your birthday and you get tons of rewards! 
4) Airbrush: My friend Olivia told me about this. I love this app for editing photos. 
5) Podcasts: My husband got me started on listening to podcasts and now I'm obsessed! 
6) Spotify: I pay less than $10 a month and get all of the brand new hits straight to my phone through this app. I'm obsessed! 
7) Joyce Meyer: My mom and I are in love with Joyce Meyer. We saw her in St. Louis. She makes me proud to be a Christian and she is so real. I love her daily devotionals. 
8) Poshmark: I have had this for awhile but am going to start using it again to sell my clothes on. Be sure to add me! 
9) Unfold: This app is super cute to edit photos on for Instagram Stories. 
10) Lightroom : I love Lightroom OMG! It is so much fun to play with to edit my photos. I could edit all day! 

I feel like apps tell A LOT about a person and just as I want to get to know you babes better, I want you to know me better too! These are my current favs, tell me in the comments what are you really loving right now? Xx

Photography: Ben Paul Photography

Our Trip to Cancun

March 28, 2018

Outfit details: Green Bathing Suit- Aerie (on sale for $30!) Black Bathing Suit Top- Asos Black Bathing Suit Bottom- Asos Earrings- BP Necklace- Mia & Mac Shop c/o Visor- Asos Bathing Suit Cover Up- Asos

Hi babes! I am so excited to share our recent trip to Secrets the Vine Cancun! Justin and I went there for a little getaway and it was AMAZING. Only 20 minutes from the airport sits this gorgeous resort right on the ocean with perfect views anywhere you look. When we walked in the resort we were greeted with bubbly tall glasses of champagne. We had lunch at this delicious restaurant there called Olio on the 12th floor and I got a chicken caesar salad, my favorite! We actually didn't leave the resort the entire time because it truly had everything we needed! Here is a rundown: 

- Unlimited Luxury
- Adults only 
- Free Wifi/ calls to the U.S & Canada (check up on your freezing family)
- 24 hour room service concierge services (unlimited, I should know...)
- Daily refreshed mini bar (like magic)
- 8 gourmet restaurants which are INCREDIBLE! 
- Live entertainment (Did someone say karaoke?)
- 3 Pools (and chairs in the pools!)
- Amazing Spa (I got the poolside massage!)
- Less than 20 minutes from the airport
- Wine tastings offered daily (delish!)
- Piano Bar (fancy)
- Fitness Center (pump some iron with a view!)
- All rooms have private balconies (with comfy furniture)

We ate all of our meals at the resort because they were so good everywhere we went! Here are my favorites: 

Secrets the Vine  Restaurant Recommendations: 

- Market Cafe: They offer an amazing breakfast buffet. My favorite was the yogurt granola parfait and Justin and I loved the french toast! It had brown sugar cinnamon on it...YUM.

- Olio: Located on the 12th floor this is the first place we ate. I went with a chicken caesar salad and Justin had a chicken burger and both were so good. Also you have to split some chips and guacamole too! 
- Bluewater Grill: Justin and I both got the filet and we tried octopus! It was different, lol but the filet was so so good! 
- Nebbiolo: Known for their Italian cuisine, they did not disappoint! The margherita pizza was so good! 

Secrets the Vine Cancun is such a gorgeous resort! It offers the modern elegant suites equip with private terraces that overlook the bluest Carribbean Sea. Whether you want to check out the piano bar, enjoy dinner at one of the delicious 8 restaurants they have or just stay in your room while watching Netflix and eating room service like we did, this place will fulfill all of your travel dreams! 

Our second day at Secrets, my friend Lindzy and her husband came and shoot some photos of Justin and me in the room and at the pool. The weather couldn't have been more perfect the entire time we were there. On the third day we checked out their fitness center and omgosh.....GYM GOALS. Check it out here! I hate cardio but I would do cardio everyday if I got to look out at the ocean while on the treadmill, lol. We didn't make it to the Spa but I know it has to be amazing because one of the massage therapists was going around the pool one day giving out free 5-10 minutes back massages. I got one and she said you have a lot of tension, haha I know sister! It felt so good though. We will definitely go there when we come back. 

The service everywhere in the resort was impeccable. Whether you are at the pool laying out or in your room, the staff is constantly checking up on you to make sure you are enjoying your stay. Adriana (our Butler!) took amazing care of Justin and I while we were there as did the manager. Our anniversary is coming up and they surprised us multiple times with celebratory desserts, roses and heart balloons! I have never felt so special. 

We have been on tons of trips and this was by far the best vacation we have ever taken. I would recommend Secrets the Vine Cancun to anyone if you're looking for a place to stay. Between the amazing staff, delicious food, beautiful views and our rainfall shower, we will definitely be back! 

Thank you so much Secrets the Vine Cancun for hosting us!

Photography: Lindzy Lee Photography

10 Ways to Make Money Blogging

March 7, 2018

Hat: Forever 21 Shirt: Forever 21 (only $17!)  Bag: Forever 21, similar here Jeans: Boohoo c/o Boots: Forever 21, similar here

Ok first things first, how do you guys feel about this baker boy hat? I wanted to go out of my comfort zone and try something different...so here it is! lol. I have gotten some questions on how I make money blogging. People are often confused that this is my actual job and not just a hobby. So if you are curious too or if you are looking to start a blog, here is how you can make money:

1) Sponsored Posts: This is definitely my biggest income. When I pitch a company or they email me about a sponsored post, it means I will showcase their product on my blog and or social channels in exchange for the product and compensation.

2) Affiliate Programs: Bloggers make a percentage of their monthly income through Affiliate Programs. If you don't know what this means it refers to companies such as Reward Style and Shopstyle that allow you to make a percentage of your sales that you link through them. Other companies such as Amazon offer affiliate programs too. So whenever I link what I'm wearing and my readers click on the link, even if they don't purchase that exact item I will make money as long as they check out on my link. So whenever you find a blogger you love, purchase through their links to help support them! 

3) Agencies :  You can be represented by an agency and your agent will help you gain sponsored posts in exchange for a percentage of each deal you receive. 

4) Social Media Consulting : I recently started social media consulting. I have done this for a few friends in the past and they are doing amazing so I thought why not start this as a side income. If you are interested, message me! I will evaluate whatever social media platform my client needs then we have weekly meetings to help them prosper. 

5) Advertising: Ads are a great way to make money also! Through your website you can charge for ads. You can also run Facebook and Instagram ads that help get your posts seen more which in turn leads to more payoffs. 

6) Coaching: Lots of bloggers make money from teaching blogging courses or how to's. This goes along with social media consulting. I know one of my favorite bloggers Hello Fashion Blog is currently coaching girls through FaceTime to help them. 

7) Events: A lot of companies will pay you to attend events. If you are traveling or speaking at the event both of these are great ways to negotiate payment. 

8) Press Trips: Justin and I are going on our first press trip this month to Cancun! While I am so so excited, press trips are hard work. I will not be lounging on the beach sipping pina coladas the whole time. I'll be waking up early, shooting content, Insta-storying, etc. I am not complaining, free travel is absolutely amazing and a goal I have had for a long time! 

9) Video Production: Video has been getting bigger and bigger. Almost every blogger has a YouTube now a days and a ton of brands are asking for video when collaborating. The good thing about video is you can negotiate more because it takes a lot more time. 

10) Sponsored Giveaways: This is when you work with a brand to promote a giveaway that benefits both of you. 

I would love to hear any feedback on how you felt about this post! I am going to add a "Blogging" tab to my blog so these are easier posts to find! :)

Photography: Photo 243

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