Good morning, friends!
I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve written a post. Well, I’ve been on a brief blog break for a few weeks. Life has been a bit all over the place for me right now so I’ve decided to take a step back and gather myself. Nothing bad has happened, I just believe that sometimes in life you need a break and you need to regroup. So, that’s what I’ve been doing. I’ve been devoting my time to other aspects of my life that will in the end, benefit my blog and business a great deal in the future.
In the meantime, I plan to have some WONDERFUL guest bloggers fill in for me throughout the month of March. I’m super excited for what they have to share with you. Trust me, you’ll love them just as much as I do. So starting next week, the guest bloggers will commence.
You can always keep up with me through Facebook, Twitter & Insragram. (click the names for the links). So I hope you all have been well and be sure to check back next week for a brand new post! Take care and as always, be blessed…
Welcome to 2013, my friends! With this being my 1st post of the New Year, I wanted to share some exciting news with you. I’ve finally opened my shop, nic’s picks, over on Etsy (HERE)!
For awhile, I’ve been selling plus size (vintage) clothing and other items via the blog and other social media but I’ve decided to move over to Etsy. I hope you all check it out when you get the chance. I am not done adding items, but for now there are some great options so head over and shop! I plan to add new items often so be on the look out.
I’d like to thank everyone who has supported nic’s picks over the past few months. I’m so blessed and thankful for you all! One of my goals this year is to continue to serve my customers and clients with the most unique and affordable items! I’m on a mission to provide a variety of choices for REAL women, sizes 12-22. So come along for the ride…you won’t be sorry
With that being said, check out a few of my favorite items below! You can see all items HERE. Be blessed & happy shopping!!
So a few Sundays ago, the American Music Awards came on and to be honest, I was only able to watch snippets of it. I was watching the RAVENS game that night! I eventually watched the whole show and while I wasn’t that impressed with the performances, I was impressed with some of the Red Carpet looks. I posted some looks on my Facebook page but I want to just give a quick look at my Top 3 picks, along with my Polyvore inspired looks for less.
My #3 looks is Christina Aguilera. She looked absolutely LOVELY in purple. Her makeup was so natural and pretty. I really liked that fact that she didn’t go overboard with the makeup. She’s such a pretty girl and when she piles on the makeup, it doesn’t do much for her.
For my recreated look, I went with a one shoulder lavender dress and silver accessories and shoes. The whole look is less than $120! What a perfect look for any special occasion. Quick Style Tip: Empire waist dresses do wonders for those of us ladies who have curves. So does jersey material. Everything falls right in place
The next look is my #2 pick, Brandy. Aside from being my favorite female artist, she is also been one to watch on the style scene lately. Her face last night was FLAWLESS and her hair was on point! As a fan of black and gold I immediately fell in love with this look. The different lengths of the dress add drama and while the shoes aren’t my favorite choice for the outfit, I do think their fly! I just wish she would’ve worn something more strappy and pretty.
Of course I decided to recreate Brandy’s look for less with a twist. I went with a skirt, a peplum top and gold sparkle booties. It’s very chic and glam; a perfect look just about any special occasion, just like the last look. I LOVE the booties but I’m a bit ify if I like them with the outfit. Mmmm, what do you think? I see a lot of celebs and TV personalities wearing booties with dresses and skirts these days. So in keeping with the trend, I added them to my look. My Brandy look for less is just under $200. The $40 ring made the look a bit more expensive than I’d like. Quick Style Tip: Find your statement pieces like rings, earrings, and even purses at your local thrift store. This is an almost sure way to find one of a kind pieces.
My final look was my FAVORITE look of the night. Can you guess? If you said Taylor Swift, you’re right! She looks so young and fresh in this look. I’m used to seeing Taylor in long gowns and a red lip. I was SO happy that she stepped it up and put a little sexy in her step She’s a beautiful young lady and if she keeps dressing like this, she just may become my new Red Carpet Crush!
I kept the nude while recreating my Polyvore look, but I went for a dress that in my opinion would definitely flatter a curvy girl like me! The dress is super romantic and sexy and the accessories are perfect! Not too much because the neckline of the dress is already adorned with crystals. Quick Style Tip: When you’re dress has a fancy or embellished neckline, go easy on the accessories. Less is always more in that instance. The best thing about this look? It’s just a little over $150!
So tell me, what was YOUR favorite look at the AMA’s? Which Polyvore creation is YOUR favorite? Let me know!
Have a wonderful weekend and be blessed!
So with Christmas literally right around the corner, I’ve already gotten a start on my shopping. I always tend to give gifts based on the persons personality and I’m always looking for cute ways to present the gift too.
I’ve complied two Polyvore sets below to help you all come up with some cute and inexpensive gift ideas. i love the nail polish and iPhone cover idea for someone who is super girly! Instead of wrapping or boxing the items individually, I’d suggest putting the polish and iPhone case in a pretty clutch so when they open the clutch, the gifts keep coming!
1. Nars Nail Polish (Click HERE for the link)
2. Ann Klein Watch (Click HERE for the link)
3. DVF iPhone case (Click HERE for the link)
4. American Apparel Sunnies (Similar Pair, HERE)
5. Kardashian collection Wallet (Click HERE for the link)
When it comes to the gentleman/men in your life, you can never go wrong with smell goods or something to hold their many gadgets! I know my fiancee is always looking for something to put his toiletries in. When he travels home (to DE) I hate to see him throw his toothbrush and deodorant in a ziplock bag, lol! So if the man in your life is like mine, the $10 travel bag from Target (pictured below) is PERFECT! And how great would it be if you gifted him the travel bag already stuffed with some toiletries or cologne?!?! I love it, lol!
1. Dress Top Valet (Click HERE for the link)
2. Puma Sneakers (Click HERE for the link)
3. Men’s Hat; This hat comes in SEVERAL colors!!!
(Click HERE for the link)
4. Bath & Body Works Cologne (Click HERE for link)
5. Men’s Travel Bag (Click HERE for the link)
So which, if any, under $50 gift ideas do you like? What are some of your Christmas gift ideas? Let me know!
Talk to you soon & be blessed!
Guess what? I’m wearing florals again!! I’ve had the sweater for a while now and what I love most about this particular sweater is that its light enough to wear during any season. On this day, I decided to pair the sweater with my hunter green jeans and leopard flats. I’ve quickly learned that a printed shoe can go with pretty much any look. Quick Style Tip: When in doubt, wear leopard
Before purchasing these jeans, I was a bit hesitant about wearing colorful denim. I’d seen several bloggers wear them but I wasn’t sure if that trend was for me. Mmmm, sounds like my Comfort Zone post, huh? LOl…Well let me tell you when I tried these on, I didn’t want to take them off! Here’s yet another example of a successful step outside of my style comfort zone. I love these jeans!
The day I purchased these, I also got a fuchsia pair! Quick style tip: When you find something that fits and that flatters you, but them/or it in every color! My mother used to tell me that all the time and I never listened. How cheesy to buy the same shirt in all colors? Cheesy no. Genius, yes! It’s a money saver and a time saver when figuring out outfits. To complete my new addiction for colored denim I’d like to own a pair in electric blue and maybe even some shade of orange.
Are you into colored denim? What’s you favorite color? Let me know! Until next time, be good & be blessed!
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So today is Small Business Saturday! As most of you know, I have a shop on the blog called Nic’s Picks (click, HERE). It’s my baby and I have big plans for Nic’s Picks in 2013. For now, the items in my shop can be found by clicking the “Shop” tab above, or you can just click here! I focus on plus size (12-22) vintage and one of a kind items, as well as accessories, shoes and handbags.
In honor of the holiday weekend and Small Business Saturday, any item purchased at Nic’s Picks comes with FREE SHIPPING! Make sure you check out what I have in store. I appreciate your support in advance!
Below are a few of my favorite items from my shop. Happy shopping!
Hey, friends! I hope you had a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving. I sure did enjoy mine. I ate, laughed, played a few games with the fam and did some Black Friday Shopping. This was my 1st year “participating” in the Black Friday madness My mother and I went to Macy’s and got a few goodies. Nothing major.
I also spent some time with my little sis. She is so creative and she decided to do a DIY project she saw on television show, The Chew. Part I and II of the videos are below, as well as on my YouTube channel (HERE). I really love this idea. It’s super easy and really cute. It reminds me of something Amberly from A Slice of Glam would do
Check out the pics and the videos below. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel, HERE. I’m going to start posting some videos that have to do with DIY, thrifting and more! My sister will be making appearances as well so be sure to subscribe so you can keep up!
Until tomorrow, take care and be blessed!
Hey, friends! As you all know I am a HUGE thrifter and I’m always excited to see what other people thrift! Well today, I’m featuring my blog buddy and good friend Ashley (FabEllis). She has a GREAT sense of style and knows how to find a good deal. That’s my kinda girl Check out her feature below!
FabEllis: If you know me, you know that I’m not only a fan of encouraging women to embrace their natural hair, but of finding affordable pieces for my wardrobe. One of my favorite places to shop for great pieces is the thrift store. Thrift stores not only offer items for a fraction of a department stores’ price, but high quality, unique items as well.
One of the main reasons I love thrifting is that I can find pieces that no one else may own in my city and pieces that really stand out and make a statement. Plus, if you are a working woman on a budget, the thrift store is the perfect place for you. From blazers to dresses, I have found many of my current work attire from thrifting.
Below are some of my favorite thrift finds!
- Red, Cropped Blazer
- Would you believe me if I told you I paid $1.50 for this blazer? You may not, but I promise it’s the truth! I found this cropped blazer in a small thrift store in my hometown and immediately fell in love. I love the bright color and the endless possibilities of it.
- Printed Dress
- Value Village is my favorite thrift store in the world! While shopping in Charlotte, NC last year, I found this dress for $3. Even though this dress has a vintage feel, I love the print and accentuating my waist with this belt I also thrifted for around $1.
- Pink Business Blazer
- It seems as if I always find my best pieces when I’m visiting another city! This blazer was an item I found in a Charlotte, NC Goodwill for under $5. I love this blazer because it’s bright, but also professional enough to be worn to work. I decided to pair it with a harem pants I found on clearance for $10.
These three pieces are all great finds. If you want a few tips on thrifting, read these great thrifting tips Whitney provided here. To keep up with me and to read more about my natural hair and thrifting adventures, you can find me online!
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If you asked me 2 years ago (or even last year) if I would be caught wearing certain clothes or certain colors I’d probably laugh in your face. No way! As I’ve said on this blog before, I am more partial to the blacks and browns when it comes to clothes. However since I’ve been blogging, I’ve stepped outside of my “style” comfort zone and tried different colors, styles and patterns.
I have to say, I am LOVING the way I look AND feel in dresses these days. Especially dresses that hug my curves the right way I’m beginning to see that certain colors and styles do indeed compliment me! It has taken me awhile to find what works for me when it comes to clothes. I often look at other bloggers and say, “that looks cute on her but on me, I probably wouldn’t like it”. Well, I’ve started trying on more things and just going for it. I mean really, what’s the worst someone can say? They don’t like what you have on? Okay, good for them. If I like it, that’s what matters.
This dress I’m wearing is an example of me stepping outside of my style comfort zone. I thrifted this dress last month and it has been sitting in my closet since then. When I tried it on in the store, it looked ok. I talked myslef into getting it because it was like $4 and it was something I wouldn’t normally buy or wear. Quick style tip: Thrifting items that are trendy or items that you want to “try out” is smart. Think about it: you’re not spending a lot of money on an outfit that may or may not work out for you. I went back and forth on how to wear it and when to wear it. I decided to put it on and snap a few pics to see how the finished product looked, lol. Once I added the heels and accessories, I was VERY pleased with what I saw in the mirror. I loved it! Stepping outside of my comfort zone worked, this time…LOL!
So the next time you see something while shopping that you’re not sure about, hop in the dressing room and try it on. Or be bold and just purchase it. Force yourself to wear it and see how good it feels. You just may be surprised. Stepping outside of your style comfort zone is the only way you will learn what looks good on your body.
What are some trends, colors or styles that you’ve been dying to try but aren’t so sure will look work for you? Have you thrifted some trends and tried them out? Let me know. I’d LOVE to hear.
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