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10 Ways to Save Money in 2019

December 31, 2018

Earrings: Madewell
Top: BP, similar here
Coat: Chicwish c/o
Jeans: Abercrombie & Fitch (on sale!)
Bag: Henri Bendel, similar here

Happy New Years Eve beauties! I first off wanted to share this coat with you I just recently got from Chicwish. I love how long it is and it's so warm! Perfect for the 30 degree weather we are supposed to get this week. Chicwish has a sale going on right now and you can get up to $20 off! I linked all of my current favs below. 

Now I know everyone has tons of New Years resolutions. One of the most popular one is based around money. I have saved the most I have ever saved this year so I thought I would share some tips (none of these being sponsored). 


1. I don't know about you but I'm addicted to coffee. In the beginning of 2018 I was going to Starbucks once a day, sometimes twice if I had a meeting or met a friend. Since I found a couple of K Cups I love (green mountain blueberry and the Kirklands brand light roast from Costco) I make my own and I only go to Starbucks once a week, maybe. 
2. Get rid of cable. We recently did and are now saving $80 a month AND we still have Netflix, Hulu and Apple TV. 
3. My friend Lindsay told me about a money tracking app she uses. It's called Self Employed. I link my card and it shows me how much I'm spending and also makes doing taxes a 1,000 times easier at the end of the year. 
4. I downloaded Ibotta, a cash back rewards app. I take a picture of my grocery receipts and earn money back every time I shop. 
5. Get rid of memberships you don't use. I totally forgot I still had a tanning membership because it was coming out of a card I don't really use. I just cancelled and could kick myself for not cancelling sooner. I only spray tan now (shoutout to Abbey at Studio 13 Spray Tanning)!
6. Shop SALES only! 9/10 that coat or shoes you're dying to have is going to go on sale, trust me. I really want this leopard hoodie from Abercrombie but you will never catch me paying full price for anything, except a smoothie bowl. 
7. Speaking of food.....eat out less. I know this sucks. Especially when you don't have time to cook or picking up food is just more convienent for your schedule but this will change your bank account. 
8. Sell your clothes/beauty items on Poshmark! Cleaning out your closet is a great way to destress and if you're not going to wear something again, sell it! 
9. Cut credit cards. I know it's hard but only use what you have in your account. 
10. Buy in bulk. We have saved a lot from getting a Costco membership and cooking more! 

I hope these helped. I know I want to make 2019 my best year yet! Whether you are spending NYE in sweats on the couch or in a sequins dress out with friends, be safe and thank you so much for reading! xoxoxo

Photography: Kandid with Kate

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

Winter Outfit Inspo + how to grow on IG during the holidays

December 7, 2018

Earrings: Madewell
Necklace: The Sis Kiss use code HEART15 for a discount! 
Cami: BP, similar here
Cardigan: Chicwish c/o
Jeans: Forever 21, similar here
Bag: Gucci

Doing my Friday "I'm off work" happy dance! Actually I say I'm off work but really I will be working on my blog all day so I'm never really off! I wanted to share with you guys this super cute trendy chunky knit cardigan I got recently from Chicwish. It is the perfect piece for that winter outfit that you need! I love any sort of neutral theme and I thought the black would contrast and bring out the stone color of the cardigan! I linked some other things I'm loving right now from Chicwish and they are still having an amazing sale! You can get up to $25 off your order! 

What is the number one way people are growing on Instagram right now you ask? Giveaways. I have seen more giveaways on my feed than ever before. These giveaways are so creative and good for everyone because you don't have to spend that much money, you are giving back and you can get your page seen more. One great one I love is teaming up with other bloggers and chipping in for Target, Home Goods or a Visa giftcard. I know a lot of people think the algorithm is out to get them but when other girls are sharing and tagging you, you can grow a lot easier and faster. 

Today is my get stuff done day so I'm off to tackle my to do list! I hope this helped you guys a little bit and I hope you have a great weekend! xoxo

Photography: Kandid with Kate

Thank you to Chicwish for sponsoring today's post! 

How to style a trench coat

November 27, 2018

Earrings: Madewell
Sweater: Express
Coat: Chicwish c/o
Bag: Gucci
Jeans: Express

Trench coats to me are an item that will always be in style. I loved styling this coat as soon as I got it in the mail the other day. I love shopping on Chicwish because their coats have fun details like the flare on the bottom hem of mine. I am a neutral lover so my first thought for styling this trench was a black sweater to contrast the baby blue vibes, skinny jeans and my favorite nude booties that are actually 40% off right now. 

Other ways you could style this are: 

1- Dress, heels + trench (perfect for a holiday party!)
2- graphic tee + boyfriend jeans + trench
3- sweater + loafers (good for travel!)
4- tee + hat + dress pants + trench

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

Photographer: Kandid with Kate

Casual Holiday Outfit

November 25, 2018

Beanie: Target only $12 and fits SO good! 
Sweater: Chicwish c/o
Bag: Gucci
Jeans: Express
Boots: Mine are Public Desire from last year but I found an exact version here

I asked you guys the other day what blog post ideas you would want to see and someone said a casual holiday outfit! I LOVE this outfit and think the boots add such a perfect Holiday POP for a casual event. I just got this cute cropped sweater from Chicwish and it's super soft and cute for the holidays. They have a killer Cyber Monday sale going on right now so if you need or want anything, you should go grab it now! You can get $10 off $60 with code BF10, $25 off $120 with code BF25 and $35 off $180 with code BF35. I linked a few of my favorites below! 

Did you guys know I'm doing a 12 days of Christmas? Everyday from December 1st through the 12th I will be giving away something different to my followers. I have teamed up with some AMAZING companies and I cannot WAIT to show you guys. I'm finishing shooting a couple things this week, you guys are going to love. Be sure to follow along and check my instagram for more details! 

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

Photography: Kandid with Kate

Top Black Friday Sales 2018!

November 23, 2018

My pajamas are 20% off and are AMAZING. I wear them all the time!

My coat is an extra 25% off with code BF25

My Sherpa is only $32 today! 

My coat is on major sale! 

My Sweater is only $30 today! 

HAPPY BLACK FRIDAY!! Every year I swear the sales start earlier and they keep getting better! I mean 50% off for some stores? That's amazing. I always try to keep in mind Christmas, birthdays and any other gifts I need during this time because the sales are the best they are going be. Here are the top ones I have found for you guys so far! 

Abercrombie & Fitch- 50% off + free shipping
Pink Lily Boutique- 30% off sitewide w/code plbblackout, free shipping, up to 50% off on over 50 items, mystery bag with 6 items for $60! 
Anthropologie- 30% off everything + free shipping
Bath and Body Works- Buy 3 get 3 anything, free SUPER CUTE tote with any $30 purchase (use code TOTESYES)
Chicwish - $10 off $60 with code BF10, $25 off $120 with code BF25, $35 off $180 with code BP35
Asos- 25% off with code EPIC25
Banana Republic- 50% off  regular priced items
Madewell- 25% off through Sunday  with code DEALWITHIT 
Forever 21- 30% off, extra 50% off sale with code EXTRA50, free shipping
H&M- 30% off +free shipping with code 3238
Henri Bendel- 30% off + you get a $50 splurge card with any purchase
Zara 30% off
J Crew- 50% off with code TGIF
Boohoo- 60% off everything
Gap- 30% off
Nasty Gal- 40% off with code Gimme40
American Eagle- 40% off, $25 flannels + free shipping
Express- 50% off + free shipping
Loft- 50% off with code THANKS
Leander Boutique- In store only $10 off $50, $25 off $100, $60 off $200, you can always use code Nicole15 for discount
Old Navy- 50% off
World Market- 40% off all furniture through 11/25 with code FURNDEAL
Steve Madden- 20% off purchase with code GIFT + free shipping
Nordstrom- up to 60% off
Nordstrom Rack- up to 40% off uggs, Urban Decay makeup under $25

I'll update as I find more! Also, thank you so much to anyone who uses my links. I do make a super small commission if you purchase anything through my links and this helps my blog stay running so I appreciate you guys so much! Can't wait to see what everyone gets! xoxox

The "it" coat for the holidays

November 8, 2018

Coat: Chicwish c/o 
Shirt: H&M
Earrings: Madewell
Bag: Gucci
Belt: Macy's

No matter who you are, this coat would look good on you. I tend to wear a lot of neutrals so I chose the pink one for a little pop for all of my Fall and holiday outfits. It is seriously so cozy and be prepared for people to ask to pet you if you do get one (this happened to me at breakfast the other day). I get all of my coats from Chicwish and they never disappoint. Our downstairs hallway closet is filled of Chicwish coats. I have linked some of my current favorites from them below! 

I'm so excited because tonight I'm hosting an event with Warby Parker. We are going to be having beer, wine, treats by the Little Donut Shop, a gift with purchase and raffling off two $95 gift cards! It is from 7-9pm in the Short North, I hope to see you there! xx

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

Photography: Kandid with Kate

My Favorite Fall Colors

November 7, 2018

Outfit details: 

Sweater: Favlux High Neck Cable Knit Sweater c/o Stage, I love this one too!
Boots: G by Guess Gimmy Boots c/o Stage, shop similar here
Jeans: Levi's Classic Mid Rise Skinny c/o Stage, shop similar here
Earrings: Lulu's c/o, shop similar here

Despite the large amount of Christmas decor going up all over Instagram, it is not quite Winter yet! I am still 100% in Fall mode over here and I would be happy if it never left. Fall is not only my favorite season because of the weather but also because of the colors! As you could probably tell by any of my social channels, I am quite a neutral girl so maroons, black and tans scream Nicole Fall vibes. 

For this fall outfit I chose this super comfy cozy sweater that I found at Stage. The cable knit detail is a huge fall trend right now! I also love that it was bigger (even in a size small) and I tucked the front for a little extra details. I'm obsessed with anything Levi's so I made sure to grab a pair of those too in black! These are super flattering and true to size. I want another pair asap! 

What are you favorite booties right now? As soon as I opened these Guess ones I'm wearing I was all heart eyes. It's so funny too because they are actually called Gimmy boots and that's what I said when I opened the package haha. I have worn them several times and I just got them last week. For having such a high heel they are surprisingly SO comfortable. And the best part is, even though they have laces they have a zipper so you never have to untie them! 

I love to check out Stage for all of my Fall needs and you should too! Remember it's not Winter yet so treat yourself to some new booties or a cute sweater! 

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

Photography: Kandid with Kate

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