Monday Motivation

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Happy Monday Friends! Since I’ve seriously failed at getting my weekly Friday Faves post up, i figured i would change it up with some Monday Motivation. People HATE Mondays… there is even a song about it… “just another manic Monday.” *apologizing in advance if that is now stuck in your head*

I’ve read some really great books lately and have been working towards changing my thought process about life. Problem solving before there is a problem. I’m trying to be a more proactive thinker rather than just going forward without processing the possible consequences. Its easy to get on a negative path and spiral out of control. I’ve been there, done that- I’m sure we all have. But its how you recover from the trails and tribulations of life that show true strength.

As I’ve previously shared, this year has been tough for me. I easily could have gone down a negative path but have continued to show up. Every single day. I challenge those of you who are struggling to also try to change the way you’re thinking.The mind is the most powerful tool of them all & can make or break your day.

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Happy Monday friends, make it a great one!

C’est la douce vie de nic!

Au Revoir

Favorite 5 on Friday *Sunday edition*

2018 has been [c r a z y] lately. My daddy passed away suddenly January 5th in a freak accident so although January seemed like it was 100 days long, February has flown by in a blink of an eye. I cant say I’m not sad the month is almost over though because I’m SO ready for spring, warm weather, sandals and GREEN grass! (<~ its the little things folks!) I’ve been traveling most weekends + working long days + exercising a ton and just trying to handle my grief the best way i know how. (another reason why i wanted to start blogging again)

Since the weather has been crappy, I’ve been taking Amtrak to and from Chicago which can be nice and relaxing at times but with all the weather, the delays have been ridiculous. Completely out of my control but still an annoyance. Oh well.

On to my Favorite 5 on Friday errr Sunday!

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Tarte Shape Tape

Especially with everything going in my life personally and at work, this stuff works WONDERS at concealing my dark circles and evening out my skin tone. Definitely something i will be re-buying once i run out.

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Wet Brush

This hair brush is a game changer. My hair has gotten quite long lately and it takes forever to dry. This brush helps with detangling knots and speeding up the drying process. I highly recommend this!

 

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Knomo London Backpack

Taking the train and walking all over the city everyday means needing more than just a purse full of necessities. You just never know what type of shenanigans you might get into. I was on the market for a new backpack and this got great reviews. Probably a little pricey for some but I’m very happy with it. It has a laptop sleeve and tons of pocket space + i feel like its slim and i love the gold detailing. I definitely recommend this backpack!

 

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Tory Burch Miller Flip-Flop

This is by far my favorite sandal/flip flop. Ive had this pair for two summers going on 3 and they still look brand new. They’re SUPER comfortable and very trendy. I really want the black pair and will probably start saving up for them soon. They’re expensive but they’re the perfect edition to your summer wardrobe. Definitely worth the price if you ask me.

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Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

A coworker told me about this AMAZING lotion. It smells like vacation and every time i put it on, people ask me what perfume I’m wearing. I’m really picky about lotions because i don’t like feeling greasy after i apply. This stuff is my absolute favorite. Its rare i use up lotion but I’ve went through two of the smaller sizes in the last couple months. The smell lasts so long that i can even smell it on myself when I’m at the gym after work. Definitely something else i highly recommend.

My family and i are headed to sunny Florida for a week March 8th and i cannot wait. We’re renting an 8 bedroom house that has awesome amenities and access to lots of fun activities in the area.

I [C A N N O T] wait. Its a necessary vacation for my family and i to spend some quality time together + It will be wonderful to get away and enjoy some nice weather. Back to the windy city I go! Happy Sunday!

C’est la douce vie de niki!

Au Revoir

Favorite Five on Friday

After a crazy start to 2018, I decided to start blogging again. I probably wont blog about anything in particular but I figured it might be fun. I had a blog several years ago but life got in the way and I stopped.

I thought it would be fun to start with my first ‘Favorite Five on Friday’ since Friday is my second favorite F word. 🙂

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Living proof dry volume blast

This spray is EVERYTHING. My hair is SUPER fine, paper thin and is very stringy. This spray gives my hair life and Ive never had more volume! Its incredible. I don’t usually go through hair product this quickly either! I’ve also received tons of compliments about how good my hair looks too! If you’re looking for some awesome texturing spray, i give this a 10!

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My good friend bought me these amazing eye gels for Christmas. I know I’m not the only one that struggles with getting enough sleep or having too many cocktails on a week night. These under eye gels are absolutely amazing and I cant say enough good things about how much of a difference I noticed after having them on.

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L’Oreal True Match Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer

This stuff is the BEES KNEES. I met a really nice girl at Dry bar a few months back who happened to work for L’Oreal. She raved about this product before it came out. It hit the shelves about a month ago and i swear I’ve worn it everyday since. I don’t wear a ton of make up but its perfect to put on instead of foundation and gives the best glow.

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Old Navy Boyfriend Jeans

There is an Old Navy by my office at work so I’ll stop in once a week to see what they’ve got. I came across these jeans and I’m OBSESSED. I loved them so much that I convinced my best friend that she needed a pair as well! Of course shes in love.. That’s why we’re best friends! These jeans perfect for spring days with a cute top and flats. I cant wait for warmer days! They’re on the horizon!

Women’s Kona Backless Mule Loafers

Never have I EVER even considered owning a pair of shoes like these. I had a gift card at Target and decided I’d give them a shot. Make fun of me if you want but I’m obsessed. I didn’t even KNOW shoes like this had an actual name (Mules) but I’m in the know now. They look adorbs with a front tuck tunic and my crop boyfriend jeans. I’m going to be SO TRENDY this spring… HAHAHA!

Shout outs to my friend MJ for all the fashion tips! Our daily marco’s regarding all things fashion, life, love and everything in between have made the last month much more enjoyable. You’re a GEM!

I hope everyone has a wonderful FriYAY!

C’est la douce vie de niki!

Au Revoir

 

Adventure

8 months ago i was craving adventure. i felt super unsettled and was ready for something new. after some indecision, reflecting on life, and some great conversation with close friends and family, i finally decided that i was gonna move to Chicago. even if i only stayed in the city for 6 months, i needed to see what it was like to live somewhere other than michigan.

i experienced all different kinds of emotion with my possible move but i was mostly overwhelmed with love and support. i am very close with my parents so i knew moving away wasn’t going to be easy but i felt like i needed to try. i set up my transfer with work, found a place to live and was ready to go.

since moving to chicago, my mom says i amaze her everyday with how much i’ve grown. one of my biggest fears with moving was that my friends or my nephew would forget about me. thankfully that couldn’t be further from the truth. i talk to my friends just as much, if not more, i facetime with my nephew at least once a week (for as long as his attention span allows), i still talk to my mom 100 times a day and seem to be experiencing the best of both worlds. time is precious so when i am home, i don’t take a single second for granted.

as scared as i was to pack up my life and move away, i’ll never ever regret giving the city life a shot. it may not be forever but it will forever be an adventure that i’m glad i went on.

stay tuned for shenanigans, stories, and everything in between.

C’est la douce vie de niki!

Au Revoir