Hello, New Orleans

Hello Loves!

Sorry I have been away for a while, I have many things to update you on! But first I wanted to show you my trip to New Orleans!

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This city is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. The architecture and the culture is so stunning and fun.

Aviary Photo_131691600643301801 - Copy The weather was perfect the entire time we were there! It felt nice to feel the sun again ^.^

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The hotel we stayed at had this beautiful exposed brick all over the walls which really brought out some amazing character.

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The hotel also had a court yard with this fun water fountain.

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On our first full day, we went to this restaurant which used to be a mansion during the 1800’s. The chandelier was the first thing to greet you when you walked in and it is jaw dropping.

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One of the most bizarre cultural norms down in New Orleans is you can drink alcohol in public! This particular drink is called The Hurricane which is a local favorite. It was very good!

Aviary Photo_131691605436417882 - Copy We also passed the famous Bourbon Street which I had to take a picture of.

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I could not get enough of the architecture! The metal railings are a french design and I absolutely love them!

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We ended up visiting St. Louis’s Cathedral which is the first established Roman Catholic church in the United States. I couldn’t believe how incredibly beautiful it was.

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Flowers were beginning to bloom when we visited, they were very pretty!

A very popular thing in New Orleans is having artists sell their work on the street. I couldn’t believe how talented they all are!

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These were some of my favorite pieces.

My aunt and I ended up visiting Cafe Du Monde which has been credited as having the best beignets in either the country or world, but I cannot remember. They also sold a chicory coffee which was amazing.

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The aesthetic New Orleans gives off is everything.

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Finally, on our last morning there, we went to a fun little coffee shop which had amazing coffee.

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Overall, New Orleans was amazing and I’d absolutely love to visit again soon. If you are looking to travel and are unsure of where to go, I highly recommend New Orleans.

What are some places you recommend to travel to?

Have you ever been to New Orleans?

Nicole xo

P.S. I will hopefully be posting more soon. I know I haven’t been reliable lately when it comes to posts, but I have had a lot going on which I will update you on shortly ❤

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Love Yourself, Hunny

Hello Loves,

Most of you know some of the issues I have encountered within the last few weeks. I have faced a potential break up, homelessness, and just some mental health crap. Throughout all of these issues I have managed to stay positive (most of the time), although it has been difficult.

So for starters, my boyfriend and I broke up.. ya.. it hurts.. a lot. But we ended on a good note and we decided to stay friends. We had many reoccurring issues and we never could seem to find a permanent solution to them, but one of the main reasons we ended was because we both realized we were holding each other back from reaching our goals and truly growing to our full potential. We both still love each other and agreed that this was not an easy decision, but we had to do what was best for us. This has really opened my eyes to the quote,

“If you love something let it go. If it comes back, it was meant to be. If not then it wasn’t.”

Night time is the hardest because that is when the feelings I’ve suppressed all day catch up to me. I have a hard time falling asleep as well as staying asleep. I have also been having awful dreams that emotionally drain me. Does anyone know of some mindfulness tricks that may help with that?

I am not sure what the future holds now because I have always seen him in it, but that is up to the universe to decide. We also agreed that we felt like we need the other in our lives in some way shape or form, and being friends will be the best option for now..

I am still very much in love with him. He means more to me than I think he knows, and I will always wish him the very best. I see him again in 2 weeks and honestly that is what’s keeping me going. I cannot wait to see him and to also see how our friendship grows.

On a lighter note..

I am currently working on my next vlog! I am running into some technical issues regarding not all of my footage being uploaded to my computer, but I cannot WAIT for it to be up and for you all to see it! What kind of videos would you all enjoy seeing?! What YouTubers do you enjoy watching??

Hope you are all doing well and I will talk again soon ❤

Nicole xo

P.S. Remember, a relationship does not define who you are. Don’t let anyone hold you back from growing into the best you. Sometimes you have to make tough decisions to do what is right. Even if it hurts…

Trying Times and Staying Positive

Hello Loves,

It has been way too long since I have posted on here, and fortunately I now have a laptop! So I will hopefully be able to post on here a lot more.

In other news… I have had a lot going on lately and I will try to update you all on them in the best way possible…

First, my boyfriend and I are currently on a break. It was a mutual agreement and in 3 weeks we will come back together to discuss where to go from there. Many factors went into deciding this but I am not going to go into details. This has been one of the hardest things I have ever had to deal with but everyone goes through it at some point or another.

Second, my sister is moving to San Diego to live with her boyfriend. I am so happy for her and she couldn’t have found a better guy. I currently live with her so with her moving I will be displaced. I know I will find a place to live one way or another but the thought of finding a place and not having any stability is a little stressful. Even though this is the case I told her to go anyways because she should live her life and go be with her love.

Lastly, finances have not been easy. Between school and bills and other costs it has been difficult.

The point of me making this post was not to bring anyone down or make anyone aware of their own issues but to recognize that everyone is going through something and it is important to stay positive no matter how difficult that might be. There are many other things happening at the moment regarding my mental health but I am not going to be talking about that just yet.

I am a true believer in balance and for every bad thing happening there must be a good thing to balance it. For example, even though my boyfriend and I are taking a break, I am learning more about myself and the freedom that comes with not being in a relationship at my age. I have some amazing people in my life who support me and it has taken me a while to realize this.

If you are struggling right now with anything, keep your head up. Because (I hate it when people say this to me) it does get better and there are a million things to smile about everyday. Starting with that you are alive. You are breathing. That is amazing and I am so proud of you for being so strong. Keep going, because you’re already doing great ❤

Nicole xo

P.S. How were your holidays? Did you do anything fun?

October, Birthday, Life

Hello Loves,

I am currently writing this post on my phone so bare with me if it doesn’t come out as good as I planned haha

October was my birthday month and I previously said I’d write a post about it and right now I finally had time to do it!

So this birthday was special because I turned 21! In America that is the legal drinking age. But that isn’t all I did, I actually had lots of fun by spending some time with my cousins by going pumpkin/Apple picking! (Kinda)

Once we arrived it started pouring rain! The hayride that brings people to the Apple trees closed down so we decided to buy a pre picked bag and called it “Apple picking”, but the pumpkin patch and the garden were open so we decided to take a walk over to them.

It was a while since I last saw my family, so despite the rain I was glad to spend time with them.

The garden was absolutely beautiful. I had never seen anything like it!

Even though by the end of our trip we were soak and wet, we still had a great time making a fun memory.

Later that night was when my sister, my mother, and a few of my friends took me out to a Karaoke bar where I may have had one too many to drink… lol

This was the first thing my mother bought me that night. It was a strawberry margarita and it was really good!

That is the only photo I have of that night because.. well.. I think it was for the best haha (*^▽^*)

Over all I was very happy to be home. I was able to spend time with the people I love all while celebrating my birthday.

I want to apologize for being so absent on here lately.. things at school have been insane and I’m having a hard time trying to keep my mind straight. Do you have any advice on how to balance a school/work/social life? What do you do to treat your self?

I hope you are doing well. I love you all so much and thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to read my blog. It means more to me than you know.

I will talk to you soon.

Nicole xo

P.S. I went home the other day and was finally able to cuddle with my cat! So here is a picture of this adorable little creature. ^_^

Life Changes

Hello loves!!! It has been too long since I have last wrote on here. I apologize for that. BUT in the mean time I have been SUPER busy and a lot has happened. I plan to touch upon all of them so bare with me.

When I entered college, I was majoring in Environmental Science because I love science and I am also a major tree hugger who just wants to heal our dying planet. Throwing it back to high school; I attended a technical high school (for those who don’t know what that is, it is a school where every other week you focus on academics and the other weeks you focus on a trade of your choice. i.e. automotive, medicine, early childhood, cosmetology, etc.) where I studied Early Childhood Education because at the time I believed what I wanted to do with my life is work with children who I adore. Coming back to my sophomore year in college I decided to change to Early Childhood Education because of the same reasons I stated above. Yet, the science part of me wasn’t being fulfilled. I began to think about ways I could incorporate teaching and my love for science, which the obvious answer is to just become a science teacher, but I wanted to conduct research and travel. Now in my junior year I have changed my major yet again. I am now a Biology major with a focus in Wild Life. The reason for this change was because of a simple conversation I had with my dear sister:

Lisa: If you could have any job in the world and knew you could do it what would it be?   Me: Well, I’d work for National Geographic studying either the wildlife or environment that is the tundra.                                                                                                                                Lisa: Well hunny if that’s the dream why don’t you do it?

After this conversation I took some time and weighed my options of what kind of life I will want once I leave college. I also thought about who I was truly and what I thought would be the best thing I could bring to this world. It all goes back to wanting to heal our world and wanting to see it thrive in its natural state. This is why I made the change. I am fortunately going to only be here at school an extra semester which my initial thought was “oh geez, I’m going to be here forever.” I figured I can always teach later on if I want. But overall I am happy with this decision and I will keep you updated on it.

In other news-

MY BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEKEND WOO!!

This is also a special birthday because I will be turning 21 which here in America is the legal drinking age! I do not plan on getting completely wasted, I am more excited that when I am out to eat with people I will be able to look at the alcohol menu and actually be able to buy something from it instead of just ignoring it hahaha. I will try to take as many pictures as I can for that weekend and I will try to post them on here for all of you 🙂

Mental Health.

So. As some of you may know, I have quite the history of mental health related issues, one of those things is an eating disorder.

For the past several weeks ED (which is what I call it) has been in full force. And I have no idea why. I have recently gone on medication for my anxiety and depression, which seems to help, but the thoughts that control whether I eat a meal or not are not controlled with the meds. I am seeing a therapist and we are currently working hard on fighting the thoughts. But everyday is a challenge and even though I could be relapsing, I am trying to focus on the progress I have made. Focusing on the positive and not letting ED control my thoughts is how I will and have been getting through this.

I am okay. I just ask that people are patient with me and not get frustrated with the circumstances that come with recovery.

On a positive note–

I am currently looking to get involved in a subscription box or two! I think the idea is awesome because it is like you are sending yourself a gift every month (or however long) and it is pretty exciting. I am into boxes that have variety, i.e. makeup, self care, decorations, clothing. So I am wondering if you lovely faces have any recommendations! I am a college student so cheaper the better haha 😛

And that is it! I will try to post again soon, probably after my birthday. But thank you for reading all the way through! Let me know how you are doing below!

Nicole xo

P.S. Here are some photos I have that I have taken over that past several weeks :3

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Quick Update :3

Hello Loves!!

I am super sorry I haven’t been as active on here recently. I am officially back at school doing RA training. I have been away from a computer so I haven’t had a chance to update you.

Everything is going well! In the near future I plan on showing some RA ideas such as door decorations, programs, info boards, and so forth. BUT I will still keep up with my usual content. I am hoping for the next post to be soon!

What kind of things are you interested in reading about?

Nicole xo

Going back to school ^_^

Hello loves!

So next week I will be moving back into school to start my RA training meaning I may not be on here as often as I’d like to 😦 BUT I will try my hardest to still update this every week!

With that being said I am SO very excited to go back! I love living on campus because it is something that is my own. I am in full control of my own life and I love that. Are you in school? Do you want to go to college? What are you/do you want to study?

Nicole xo

July Favorites ~

This post is not sponsored. I am not a professional in any beauty area, this is just my personal opinion.

Hello Loves!

It has been a while since I’ve posted some of my favorite products so I thought I’d take the time and show you guys what I have been interested in this past month.

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For a while I have been on the search for a good quality dry shampoo, this Chia Seed one caught my eye first because the packaging is very pretty. I love the smell of it (although my boyfriend says he thinks it smells like bug spray). It is a very sweet smell and appeals to me particularly. As for the quality I think it is good for a cheaper dry shampoo. It does the job well at making my hair less greasy and more volumized, but I am still on the search for the perfect dry shampoo. Any recommendations?

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Ya know that question “If you could only use one makeup product for the rest of your life what would it be?” Mine is definitely mascara. Without it I feel like my face is naked. This Covergirl mascara is an excellent drug store mascara. With it, my eyelashes feel all dressed up. 10/10 recommend. What would your one makeup product be if any?

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I think one of my top favorite brands of all time is the Yes to brand. I almost ALWAYS see results within first use. I have uneven, oily skin and this face scrub helps with it. My skin now glows when I get out of the shower. It also smells like summer. I will always highly recommend this brand.

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Finally I bought this cute little guy at a local folk festival this past weekend. A woman makes these out of old socks and uses all different sizes to make keychains and small stuffed animals. What a great, adorable idea! And they are machine washable!

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And that’s it! Are there any products you recommend? Let me know if you use any of the products above! Talk to you soon. ❤

Nicole xo

 

 

 

First Vlog!

Hello Loves!

I am very excited to announce that I have created my first vlog! I have been wanting to start this up for a while as a hobby and I was able to make it a reality 🙂

I didn’t use any fancy editing program to edit the blog, I used the one that is already on YouTube. Since this is my first one I realize there will be some things I need to work on (my shakiness). This means constructive criticism is welcome ❤

I hope you enjoy it! let me know what you think!

Hello, Cape Cod

Hello loves,

So I ended up going camping with a good friend of mine, Ellice! Thank you so much for inviting me on what was my first camping trip and my first time in Cape Cod!

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I had an absolutely amazing time! Our campsite was in the woods but luckily the path to the beach was right next to us!

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It was a place I never wanted to leave from. Camping has definitely become one of my favorite activities.

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Once we reached the beach it was officially time to relax.

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As some may know, Cape Cod is where the famous movie Jaws takes place. This is because Cape Cod is known for having a high great white shark population. Over the years the population of seals have increased which means shark sightings have also increased. When we walked onto the beach it was no surprise to us they had a warning sign largely displayed. But this didn’t stop us from enjoying the water! We were just extra careful.

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After we were done in the water, we decided to lay on the beach and get some sun. While  we were laying down I saw something dark floating in the water. At first I thought someone may have lost something but then my mind instantly went to SHARK!! Fortunately I was wrong and as I got a better look it was a wild seal! The little guy kept bobbing its head in and out of the water and by that point my phone had died, so unfortunately I wasn’t able to get a picture. But instead here is a cute picture of a seal I found on the internet :3

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But I was able to capture a pic of a dead crab!

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As our trip continued, Ellice and I visited Provincetown!

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Ptown is a beautiful city with some amazing people. Ptown is home to many people in the LGBTQ+ community too! They have major pride parades every year and there were rainbow flags everywhere ❤

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It was definitely an experience to remember!

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Through out Cape Cod there were some hidden gems that we explored!

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On our last night we decided to go for a drive exploring some of the roads not traveled. We ended up finding this amazing lighthouse! With the sun setting it made the atmosphere perfect for taking pictures.

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There was also an observation deck next to the beach where you could look at the ocean for miles.

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Cape Cod, you were amazing and I cannot wait to visit you again ❤

Have any of you visited Cape Cod? Where do you recommend I visit next?

Nicole xo