Wednesday, 6 November 2019

The Importance of Self Care



Jumper Dress ASOS | Boots Doc Martin | Clip Zara 

As I'm writing this blog post, it's a rainy Friday afternoon, I booked a long weekend off from work, I've got an ice coffee in my hand and I'm spending the day laying in bed. Switching between watching Youtube videos and writing blog posts. I've only left the house to go and pick up a dominos (which I then crawled back into bed with once I got home) and this evening I'm off out to my favourite boxing class. And omg so far this day has been amazing...I've not realised just how much I had needed it.

I'm an on the go person who is a big planner, I fill my dairy with lots of plans and I'm always out and about somewhere. But I also really enjoy spending time on my own, if I have too many evenings in the week booked with people I get stressed out about not having enough time on my own. I'm a very sociable person but I crave my own company and space, because of this I really enjoy going out and about on my own. If I have a day at the weekend when I'm not seeing anyone I will happily take myself to London for the day, have a wonder around the markets, stop off in one of my favourite coffee shops and just explore.

Because I am someone who is always on the go even when I'm by myself I've been burning out easily recently. And I've forgot that sometimes stepping back and having a  quiet day/evening for some self care is so important. It has been so nice to simply just get up to no alarm today, lay in bed and get back into blogging (which is something I really enjoy and missed a lot recently.) I've realised now in order to be the best version of myself I need to stop and re-charge my batteries from time to time. The only time I ever stay in all day and simply 'chill' and just wear my pj's and no make up is when I'm hungover..which is never really enjoyable because I normally don't feel great. But after today I'm going to start setting aside evenings/days for this in my calendar because it's been so bloody lovely! 

Below are 5 things I've done today to enjoy a bit of self care time. 

1. I find it so hard to switch off and relax and I think a big part of that is because I'm on my phone too much. Today I've actually had my phone in a different room and hardly been on it. 

2. Put on fresh new pj's when I woke up this morning and had a shower to start my day and make me feel a bit more awake. (But avoided putting my make up on and doing my hair because what's the point when I'm planning to stay in and just go to a fitness class) 

3. Binge watch some of my favourite Youtubers, I love Youtube but only seem to watch videos when I'm getting ready in the morning. I never lay in bed and watch video after video which has been lovely.

4. Lush bath and face mask! Literally one of my favourite things to do when the weather gets colder. 

5. Planning some creative DIY projects...watch this space. 

Hope you enjoyed this post!
Love
Nicole
xx


SHARE:

Friday, 1 November 2019

Sustainable Fashion





Coat River Island via Charity Shop | Boots Topshop (old) | Jumper Topshop (old) 

Hey guys, I hope you are all well and having a good weekend! Today I want to talk about something that we are hearing a lot about all over the media. And that is sustainability and in particular sustainability within fashion because I'm assuming if you have come over to read this blog that is something you are very interested in like myself. 

I have always loved fashion, it's always been a huge part of my life and identity. As someone who's an introvert fashion has been my way to express myself and is one of the big things in my life that makes me feel more confident. Growing up as a little girl I loved experimenting with clothes. In fact I've got a pair of Doc Martin pink little boots on display in my bedroom from when I was about 3 years old! If I ever have a daughter in the future I hope to pass them onto her. It was always my dream to go to London College of Fashion and work within a big fashion house like I am now at Boden. But being someone who has maybe bought too many clothes over the year sand works within the industry I feel a sense of responsibility when it comes to sustainability. Now if I'm totally honest this is something I've only really thought more and more about this year. I think that is because of two reasons a) Age, as I get older I realising that I do not need to consume so much and just enjoy what I have. b) We are much more educated and more aware of the affects that the fashion industry has on the environment. 

Today I want to talk about two big ways we can help the environment when it comes to fashion, really easy things that we can all do more of. The first, to re-wear the clothes we already own and consume less clothes! And the second, to sell or donate unwanted clothes and buy more second hand where possible. 


RE-WEAR AND CONSUME LESS  


Why is it we live in a society where we have to have new clothes every season. Our grandparents lived in a generation where they would repair clothes and wear them over and over again. But because clothes are so affordable nowadays we just buy new all the time instead of re-wearing and repairing! I have been so guilty of doing this over the years, having a packed wardrobe and half the time forgetting about the clothes I own or never wearing some items I buy (which is also a huge waste of hard earned money.) Now I a trying to make better choices...I have some beautiful clothes in my wardrobe that I really love. This season I'm trying my hardest not to buy many new clothes...now that's not to say I won't treat myself to the odd thing but I'm going to have three questions in my head when I buy something 1) Can I style it in at least three different ways? 2) Will I still wear it in years to come? 3) Is the quality good? If the answer is yes to all three then I will treat myself but if the answer is no to one or more of those I will re-consider my purchase. 

This week I've made the effort to wear an outfit everyday to work (I'm lucky I can wear pretty much whatever I like to work within reason.) that I've not worn in a long time...now don't get me wrong this is slightly easier as the seasons have just changed. But by doing this I've re-fallen back in love with some of my clothes and feel like I've got a brand new wardrobe. Making new outfits with clothes you already have but just teaming them with different things really brings out my creative side and is a lot of fun! 

SELL, DONATE AND BUY SECOND HAND

This year I've done a lot of selling on Ebay and at car boots, because something you no longer love someone else will! And it's a great way to make some more money...I've used all the money I made to go towards holidays. You could also donate clothes to a charity shop or a friend/family member. I love giving my clothes to my friends and seeing them have joy wearing my old clothes and it's good to see things being re-used. 

I've always loved second hand shopping and over the years I've build a second hand collection in my wardrobe. I used to scroll for hours on eEbay and I love going to charity shops! I love being able to find things that are no longer in the shops because I hate going out and wearing the same popular item of clothing that everyone else is wearing too. It's also good because you know your money is going to a good cause and you normally get some bargains. One of my favourite charity shops is Mary's Living and Giving, this is one of the more visually pleasing charity shops and it's easier/quicker to find things you love because of the layout. My latest charity shop buy is the coat in the photos above, this cost me £15 and is originally from River Island, I've just checked online and seen a similar style for £95! So I'm very pleased with this purchase.  

I hope you have enjoyed this post! 

Love
Nicole
xx

SHARE:

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Kobox London






Fight Club Meets Night Club 

As it was Mental Health Awareness day last week, I wanted to share with you all something that has really helped and improved my own mental health over the past couple of weeks. In February I got told by my doctor I had depression (which was not a shock and something that I have been battling with for a while now.) It's only now that I'm starting to feel myself again, and I'm trying to do different things to make myself happier and improve my mental wellbeing. One of the things I've got into a new routine of is fitness.  

I've never really stuck to a fitness plan I've tried going to the gym, running, classes and I've never kept it up. I've discovered now what works well for me and that is going to classes, I like direction and being told what to do when it comes to fitness. Otherwise I get bored easily. I've done a few boxing style classes before - which have always been my favourite but for a number of different reasons I've not kept up with it. Some of this is down to location, timings around work or not finding the class completely suitable for me.  

About 6 months ago I saw Kobox on Instagram and thought it would be right up my street. But it is pricey (£20 per class, although if you buy in bulk it is cheaper) so I kept putting off going. Also I get worried about trying out new things on my own too especially when it comes to fitness as I think I will be rubbish and embarrass myself!  But a couple of weeks ago I spontaneously decided in the morning before work to get my gym stuff together and book onto a class for that day. I often find if I plan things last minute I don't have much time to worry about it. And I'm so so so glad I finally decided to go because so far I've been LOVING it!!!

Kobox is a 50 minute workout, they have 3 locations the City, Kings Road and Baker Street. I go to the Baker Street one. It's a full body work out, you spend half the time boxing and the other doing workouts that your instructor has planned using different weights and equipment. (Each class is slightly different depending on the instructor, which is good as it keeps things exciting.)  The workout room is dark with neon lights and night club music! Yes it is expensive but I'm trying to cut down on other things like going out drinking etc to save more money for activities like this. I don't tend to go on as many nights out anymore but feel buzzing after Kobox because its like you are doing a work out in a nightclub. And instead of feeling hungover the next day you feel fresh!

The workouts are probably the hardest I've ever done but atmosphere and encouraging trainers make you want to keep going without stopping. I've pushed my body harder than I ever have before and realised that I'm stronger and fitter than I thought. 

I will keep you guys updated here on my Kobox journey so far I'm trying to go twice a week. This has also made me realise if I really want to try out something new I should just do it because now I can't imagine not doing Kobox as I find it so much fun.   

Hope you enjoyed this post 
Love
Nicole
xx
SHARE:

Monday, 14 October 2019

20 Reasons To be excited about Autumn






Coat - ASOS | Jeans - Topshop | Jumper -H&M | Trainers - Dune 

Although I am really struggling with the weather at the moment, I do love Autumn. Nothing better than coming home from work and having a cosy night in, lighting the fire and watching movies. I also love the fashion change that this time of year brings. 

So here is a list of things I love about Autumn.

1. Big chunky coats and jumpers, basically any cosy clothes! I love getting all of my Autumn clothes out because it feels like you have loads of new clothes to wear as they have been tucked away for months. 

2. Drinking unlimited hot chocolate! 

3. Autumn walks, and being able to get beautiful photos for instagram. 

4. Relaxing in the bath for far too long, watching YouTube video and making the most of the seasonal Lush products. 

5. Autumnal lipstick and eyeshadows, I love experimenting with make-up this time of year. I'm going to set aside a night just to watch YouTube videos to test out some new looks soon. 

6. Getting home in the evenings and putting your dressing gown straight on. 

7. Not having to fake tan so often!!! (Which means having lovely white bedsheets lol) 

8. Bonfire night, last year I went to Ally Pally and I need to find another London display to go to this year. 

9. Decorating the house for Halloween...although when it gets to Halloween I never actually do anything to celebrate it. 

10. Not feeling bad for having a whole days/weekends without leaving the house. And blaming it on the cold/dark weather. 

11. Buying yourself Christmas gift sets for hair and beauty products because it is cheaper than buying individual products.  

12. Zara scarfs...they are so big they double up as a blanket. Perfect for cold days at work. 

13. Mulled wine and cider 

14. Candles and neon nights...basically making my room look cosy as possible. 

15. As the nights get darker earlier I tend to stay in more, meaning more time to do things like reading, watching my favourite TV shows and blogging. 

16. City breaks, I love going on city breaks during Autumn/Winter more so than I do during the Summer months. This weekend I'm off to Liverpool which I'm really excited about as I've never been before and want to start exploring more of the UK. (Keep your eyes peeled for a Liverpool weekend post!) 

17. Girls nights in, watching movies on Netflix drinking wine and eating all the bad food! 

18. Online shopping because you can't go to the shops in your PJ's and lets face it thats all I want to wear when I'm not at work. 

19. Indoor activities like visiting a museum. 

20. Being able to start planning for Christmas.....(or is it still too early!) 

Hope you enjoyed this post

Love
Nicole 
xx
SHARE:

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Why its good to travel solo







Hey Guys!

So today's post is all about why it's good to travel solo...a year ago I never would have thought I would be sitting down to write this blog post. Because travelling solo just wasn't on my life achievements or list of things I wanted to do. In fact the idea sounded really scary to me. You can read all about my Med Sailors trip here. Now I went on this trip solo and met lots of people there I was never alone but I did go by myself and had no idea who I would be staying with and the experience of staying on a boat was completely new to me. If you haven't read my Med Sailors post maybe it would be a good idea to read that first before carrying on with this post!


'Travelling alone is something you just have to do...it's such a good thing for your self-esteem and confidence you will be a whole new person.' 

1. You will make great new friends who you will share amazing adventures with. 

2. Most of these people come from different places to you, and this was make you want to travel more hearing their experiences....just about to book flights to Australia and New Zealand. 

3. You will get better at putting yourself out there. 

4. Travelling on a plane and doing the whole airport thing alone isn't so bad.

5. Gives you so much more independence. 

6. No one is will hold you back.

7. The experience is just yours...you don't have to worry about anyone like you would if you were going away with friends. And it's what you make of it. 

8. Makes you want to try out new experiences. 

9. Makes you realise you do not have to wait around for someone to come on a new adventure with you. 

10. You get to chose you own route. 

Now onto my outfit...very unrelated for this post I know! But I seemed to have used up all of my travel pictures. Anyway this dress is from Topshop but from the Charity shop and the denim jacket is also Topshop but from Ebay because you know how much I love buying second hand clothes a) They are so much cheaper b) It's more environmentally friendly c) I love buying older styles that are no longer in store that why less people will be wearing them! 

Hope you enjoyed this post! Have you been on a solo travel trip?

Love
Nicole
xx
SHARE:

Dear Dairy: July 2019






Top Topshop | Skirt Topshop | Shoes Shoeaholics

Hey Guys!

I hope you are all well and had a fabulous July.

July I went on my very first solo trip to Croatia with Med Sailors which you can read all about here. I had the most amazing time ever and would high recommend if you can going on a solo trip it's a great way to met new people and step outside of your comfort zone. 

I also set up my own online interior shop called Nicki Knox which you can visit here. I would love to know your thoughts on this?! And what your favourite product is. 


Favourites from July! 

Podcasts - I've been a fan of Mary Porters from a very young age I used to watch her show Mary Queen of Shops with my mum and I love visiting her Mary Living & Giving charity shops.  As someone who loves Fashion Retail and the business behind fashion I've always been very interested in what she does. As you can imagine I was very excited to hear she launched her own podcast Work Like a Women. I listened to every episode now and loved them! It really makes you think and question the working culture in society. I mean yes don't get me wrong there has been major changes for the better over the years but still some things need to change. I've just downloaded her book too so I'm looking forwards to reading that and I'll get back to you guys on my thoughts.

Exciting Emails - Another great podcast I've been listening too. This is by the lovely Vix Meldrew, exciting emails answers all of your creative and blogging questions. I've also subscribed to the email list and Facebook page. I felt like I had got to the stage where I was a little stuck with my blog and social media and was not really sure on how to make it go in the direction I wanted it too. Vix really helps you to think about why you started your channels and the different ways and things you can do to grow them. One big thing I've done since listening to her Podcast is get back on to Pinterest a channel I had abandoned for years but one I've really fallen back in love with. (You can see my page here)

TV Shows - I re-downloaded my Netflix account about 6 months ago and I've been looking getting back into series and films. A favourite of mine at the moment is working Mums! The episodes are only 20 minutes long so perfect if you do not have much time or just want a quick break from something you are doing. It's an American show based on a group of mum's returning back to work after maternity leave. Looking at the different experiences they all face. It really does make you laugh out loud! 

Summer Fashion - I can not believe the heatwave we had here in the UK it's been amazing but on some days a little too hot (I do feel bad when I moan about the warm weather!) I've been loving being about to wear all of my favourite Summer clothes! Topshop has been my go to place for fashion this Summer. I've picked up some amazing items that I've truly fallen in love with. You can see all of my outfits shared on my instagram here. 

I've got so much planned in August...it's a big travel month for me. I've got a little break in Brighton, then I'm off to Cyprus and hopefully a trip to Vegas too! 

Hope you enjoyed this post....what are you up to over the next month?

Love
Nicole
xx


SHARE:

Sunday, 28 July 2019

Med Sailors - Croatia Discovery Route












Hey Guys, 

So a week ago last Friday I got back from my very first sailing holiday with Med Sailors, writing this post and collecting all of my photos together is bringing such joy as it really was an amazing holiday and a great experience! I've never travelled solo before but after my trip I found this quote on Pinterest and it is 100% true! 

'Travelling alone will be the most scariest, most liberating, life changing experience. Try it at least once!' 

If you have never had a solo trip and in a position where you can....I highly recommend you do. I can't explain enough what an amazing experience it was. 

I decided to book my trip thought a company because I wanted my route and accommodation planned for me to take the stress out of things. Also for safety reasons, I've never travelled solo before so I wanted to make sure I would feel safe. I have seen a few Bloggers and Youtubers post about MedSailors and heard many good things about them. MedSailors have a few different routes and countries you can go too. The main reason I decided to go to Croatia was because I had been a few years ago to Dubrovnik and loved it. After that I really wanted to explore more of Croatia. 

There are two different routes for Croatia and I opted for the Discovery route. 

The route is as followed:

Day 1 

You start off in Split, this is where check in is and to be honest I can not give my opinion on Split because I literally got a taxi from the airport to the marina and thats all I saw! We got to the boat about 3pm and I was so nervous meeting everyone for the first time. But I had nothing to be nervous about as everyone was so easy going and there were nine of us on my boat. Some people came together and others where solo travellers. But as a whole group we got on so so well and ended up spending all of our time together as a big group when we got to land. 

The first stop on day one is Solta which is a tiny island with just one restaurant and one bar. And you get to see the most amazing sunset here. I soon realised when arriving to Solta that sailing life is not luxury! I shared a tiny cabin bunk bed room, had little space to get ready...showers on the back of the boat and quickly learnt that I would be dealing with bad hair for a week! But a couple of hours in I was totally cool with this and enjoyed the sailing life. 

Day 2 

Day 2, started off with very rough waves (I did think at this point what the hell am I doing here...this isn't for me. Luckily this was the only day we had rough waves and the rest of the week was completely fine.) We spotted for a swim stop half way to our destination and then ended up in Vis Town, we had the afternoon free to do as we wished. Our group found a beautiful bar with the most amazing view called Fort George. 

That night we had a punch party with all of the Med Sailors boats before heading off for dinner. 

Day 3  

Day 3, we went to a town called Komiza. We got to swim in the blue caves before arriving to Komiza and then spent the evening exploring the beautiful little town for dinner. This was probably one of the most chilled days we had and spent most of the day swimming/sun bathing. 

Day 4

Day 4, we went to an island called Vrboska other wise known as little Venice. This place really did remind me of Venice with the beautiful old looking buildings and bridges. Our evening activity was Wine tasting at a farm called Hora. I had a traditional Croatian meal (which was lamb and vegetables.) This was a really relaxed evening with beautiful views during sunset.   

Day 5

Day 5, we went to Hvar now this was my favourite location and I've already told my friend Charlotte that we need to go on holiday here for a week next Summer.  Hvar is such a beautiful place, with so many great beach bars and restaurants. We got a coach from the boat to a beautiful view point, then walk down to Hvar. What I loved about Hvar is that is a great party location, however the have so many more chilled bars and spots to sunbath too so you get the best of both worlds. 

Day 6 

Day 6, now this day was for recovering after a night out in Hvar! We went to Supertar another beautiful little island. Med Sailors organised drinks at a beach bar and this was the first sandy beach we had come across in Croatia. We had a super chilled evening with dinner and the great sunset again! 

Day 7

Day 7, was spent travelling back to Split and saying goodbye to all the new friends I had made. 

I really enjoyed my experience with Med Sailors it was great just to spend a week by myself making loads of new friends and meeting people from all across the world. 

I really want to do the Greece route next year. The only thing I would say is staying on a boat for a week isn't the most relaxing accommodation, if I was to do something like this again I would next time add one a couple of days at the end of my trip and stay in a nice hotel to relax! 

I hope you enjoyed this post...have you ever been on a Med Sailors trip?

Lots of Love
Nicole
xx



SHARE:

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Nicki Knox Interiors





(Photo by Nicole at www.sleek-chic.co.uk

Hey Guys! 

I hope you are all well and enjoying this amazing British sunny weather we are having. I landed back from Croatia last week (blog post coming Sunday.) and feel like I brought the weather back with me, which has made me very happy. Today I want to share some very exciting news with you all...as I mentioned in a pervious post I have been working on my own online Interior brand Nicki Knox. My website is now LIVE. This makes me really excited as I've been working so so so hard on it. 

I will be sourcing products mainly from independent designers to make your home feel special. So far I have neon lights, beautiful maps, amazing wall arts and the perfect little gifts for your loved ones. I want to make the shopping experience enjoyable so follow me on my instagram here. For lots of interior chats and competitions! I want to build a little community so we can share our home ideas together and give each other inspiration. 

Please go and check out my website and let me know what you think! I'd love to hear your thoughts. 


On to my outfit 

Colours have been making me really happy recently...so naturally I'd added more pink into my wardrobe this Summer. I picked up these trousers from Topshop and the top is from the charity shop (I spend nearly every lunch break wondering around the charity shops and it's amazing what gems you can find!) The shoes are oldies from Dune a couple of years ago, I think I have a pair in just about every colour you can think of. I'm really impressed with the high street this season, especially Topshop their clothes are on point this season!  

Hope your having a great day. 

Lots of Love
Nicole 
xx

SHARE:

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Rome Travel Dairy






Back in the beginning of May. Myself and my friend Alex took a trip to Rome for 3 nights for her birthday. If you have been reading my blog this year you will know that Italy has quickly become one of my favourite places to travel recently. We had a great time in Rome and I would highly recommend a trip if you have not been yet. The weather was super hot too...which meant we did need the odd chill out break during the day for ice cream and aspiral spritzer because we did a lot of walking! 

Rome has many big sites that are must see's.  I've been to a fair few different cities in Europe and I would say that Rome is one of the busiest especially in touristy areas so I would bear that in mind if you are planning a trip. The best way to get around Rome is the Metro we got a three day pass which I believe was 18 euros! Much cheaper than travelling around London. It was so easy to get around which is always a good thing when you are in a new city. 

In a way Rome gave me a similar feeling to New York on my first visit, I know they are completely different cities but I've seen all the sites so often in photographs and on TV, so it felt really exciting to finally get to see them in person.  The Colosseum and Roman Forum are two must sees. A good tip is to book guided tours for these, we booked ours on the day outside the Colosseum you will see lots of people walking around offering you different deals. I can't remember now what company we booked ours with, but it was a great tour and you can barter them down with the price too.

One of the best things about Italy is the food...I mean that's the main reason I visit Italy. We went to an amazing food market called Mercato Testaccio. (Their website is here.) They have 100s of fresh food stalls. I had pasta and a beer for about 6 euros, and I have to say I think it was one of the best pasta's I've ever had! I brought some pasta and pasta sauce home with me, I'm actually really gutted I didn't buy more as it was so tasty. The best way to get over those holiday blues is by bringing food back home with you!

Just like Milan we found an area just outside of the centre of Rome for food and drinks. (I'm so bad as I didn't write the name down, however just make sure you always go just outside of the city centre to discover some cute bars and quieter areas, which are much more affordable for food and drinks!)

I now really want to plan another trip to Italy next year...any recommendations would be great! 

Love
Nicole
xx

SHARE:

Sunday, 7 July 2019

What I'm looking forwards to this Summer






Dress The End Boutique Ruislip | Shoes (Random boutique in Rome I can't remember the name sorry!) | Bag Aspinal of London Sale! 

Hi Guys, I hope you are all well and having a good weekend!  

It's finally really hot in London! I really do love Summer, and I'm so excited to be wearing my summer clothes this year. I spoke in my last post here about Summer accessories and mentioned formal occasions for the Summer. So to lead on nicely from that post I wanted to share a little outfit that I think would be perfect for a formal occasion. 

When it comes to shopping, unless I really need something in particular like a new pair of jeans because my old ones are really worn. I never really have something in mind that I want to buy, I just look and see what I find. This way there is no stress involved! And I always trend to find really good things for future occasions. For example I picked up this dress from my local boutique months ago with no idea where/when I would wear it but knew it would be great for something that I would plan in the summer. I find this way when an occasion comes up instead of quickly ordering loads of stuff on ASOS beforehand I normally have something in my wardrobe that I can wear. 

Now moving on from my outfit I wanted to talk about the things I'm really looking forwards to this Summer, I like reading these posts myself as they give me ideas of things to do myself. 

Med Sailors! 

Next Saturday I'm off on my first ever solo trip and also my first sailing holiday with Med Sailors, I'm so so excited. I can't wait to have my own mini adventure and just be by myself for a week and met lots of new people. I'm off to Croatia, I've been before once but this time I'm off to completely different places. I will be updating on my instagram everyday with posts and stories of how I'm getting on. 

 BBQ's 

I love BBQ's and luckily my mum has a big garden and is always having people round, I feel like Summer gets people together more and I just love being outdoors and in the fresh air. It really does make you feel good! 

London

I live just outside of London, but I really do make the most of living so close. There are so many places to go and things to do in London. One area I spent a lot of time in last Summer was Paddington, I used to work around that area and they have some super cute places to go to. My favourite being Pergola on the roof.

Another place I love is Maddison's in St Pauls, the view is amazing from the bar. 

I will probably book onto an outdoor cinema too, I love these. And they have a loads in and around london. However I'm going to have to try and find someone new to go with as my friend I normally go with has said she will not come again as the last time it rained! 

Going for picnics 

Summer is a time for being outside and I love going for picnics, it's one of my favourite things to do. My favourite spot is Primrose Hill, it's such a lovely area and you get an amazing view of London. 

Setting up my own business 

The most exciting one out of them all! I'm setting up my own business at the moment which will be ready to be launched in the middle of July. My new business is a homeware and interior website, I'm found some amazing gems to add to your home. It's called Nicki Knox's which is a nickname my nan gave me when I was a young child. I'm just in the process of getting up the website now and started to get my stock this week. The website will be live when I arrive back from my holiday so I will share the website address with you all then! But for now you can check out my instagram page here

Hope you all enjoyed this post! 

Love
Nicole
xx


SHARE:

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Summer Accessories


Dress Chi Chi London | Bag Dune (also have the matching shoes) | Fascinator TKMax 


Dress The End Boutique Ruislip 


Heels independant store in Rome (can't remember the name sorry!)


Bag Aspinal of London | Ring C.S Bedford | Watch Cartier

I feel like we make any excuse in the summer to get dressed up, the sun comes out it lifts are moods and makes us want to wear a nice outfit! Plus it's a time for so many different occasions giving us so many reasons to get dressed up. (Weddings, royal ascot, holidays etc!)

This year I'm trying to have a more savvy when it comes to shopping and I want to save more money too. As much as I love spending money on shopping I want to save for a house, travel more etc. That's where accessories come in handy. You can completely change your whole outfit with accessories. Mix and matching accessories with new items or clothes you already have in your wardrobe. Meaning you don't have to spend £££s on buying a new outfit head to toe.

For the last couple of years at Royal Ascot...first couple of pictures above. I have worn the same bag and shoes! But with a different dress each time making the outfit look completely different. I've switch up my fascinators each time too. This is one accessory I never want to spend much money on because I only wear fascinators about once a year. My cream fascinator I managed to pick up in TKMax for £5.99! Which I was extremely happy about, to be honest I wasn't looking for one at the time when I went shopping in there. It was just one of those things I saw by the till and knew I had to buy for a future occasion. And the navy fascinator I managed to borrow from a friend. So it's always worth looking in the discounted stores, online sales or asking a friend for those accessories you will only wear on a one off occasion.

When it comes to heels, I love something that's a little bit different with a statement but will go with loads and loads of outfits! I picked these up from Rome back in May and they are the perfect summer heels. And because they are light pink they can be worn with most colours.

If you follow me on instagram (@nicolecoltman) you will know I love metallic colours. Metallic bags can make any outfit stand out. Again like with shoes I like to buy bags that will go with multiple outfits, and I always seem to buy good clutch bags in the sale! I think this one was about £25!

When it comes to buying accessories you should look at what you already have in your wardrobe so you can pre-plan outfits in your head before you make your purchases. As you can see I love pink and pink goes with a lot of my clothes. And I love bold prints too along with plain lace dresses. Once you can spot you running theme it's easier to make smarter purchases and get the most out of your accessories.

I hope you enjoyed this post! How do you feel about summer Accessories?

Love
Nicole
xx

SHARE:

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Trying to have a more minimalistic lifestyle







Dress Miss Selfridges | Shoes ASOS

Something I spoke about in my Dear Dairy: May 2019 post was having a more minimalistic lifestyle. I have started to read Anna's book An Edited Life. Which I'd highly recommend if you want to become more organised and 'edit' parts of your life. As Anna puts it 'An Edited life' will help you to declutter every aspect of your life, at work and at home and spend more time doing what make you happy. I'd found this book really helpful to get started with trying to create a minimalistic lifestyle.

And below is what I've done to get started, I'll try and add an update in a few months or so to let you guys know how I'm getting on.

Getting my dairy organised 

One of my main weakness is not having a clear and organised dairy. I buy a pretty pink new dairy every year use it for the first couple of weeks in January and then never pick it up again! This is something I want to change, and I personally don't like the Apple calendar.  One of the calendar's Anna recommended which I've been using is BusyCal, it's £4.99 on the app store. And I love it! You can add in any events, things you have planned etc.  But the best part of this app is that you have the option to add an alarm. (I use this for workouts!) You can also add notes and locations, (I find this bit super helpful because I often have to scroll through my emails to find address of where I am going, but this way everything is saved together!) Also by having all your plans clear in front of you this can help to stop stress/over planning things. I find that I'm that girl who makes too many plans then I get stress about having no time to do this. But this calendar can defiantly help reduce this.

Clearing out my room (This needs three sections, general, make-up and wardrobe.)

1. General 

I try my very best to have a general clear out of my room every few months, however this time I went BIG! I was really ruthless, and anything I haven't use or looked at in the last 6 months went either into a rubbish bag for the dump or a car boot bag. (I do love a good old car boot sale). I find that I used to have a LOT of stuff in my room, little trinkets a huge pile of magazines and books I've not touched in years and just general things you collect over time and wonder why the hell you brought them in the first place. Now my room looks so much clearer and I feel so much better about it! I even gave my brother my Apple Mac computer as I never use it (I'm more of a laptop girl) now I have a huge space on my desk that was once taken over by my computer. I feel like I've got a brand new room.

2. Make-Up 

I recently made the decision that it is not necessary to have 50+ lipsticks, especially when I only use about 6 of them. Once I started going through my lipsticks, I then went through the whole of my make-up location. Before I had three big draws of make-up and two big boxes. I've now narrowed it down to ONE box!  And it's amazing because I can actually see all of my make-up now as before I had way too much I couldn't find half of it. And although I do love make up and creating new looks, I'm not someone who needs the latest launches. I've also re-discovered some old favourites by doing this and feel like I've got some new pieces because some old gems where piled at the bottom of my draws so I could never find them. I've also done a very similar thing with my skin care and beauty collection! My morning and evening routines are now so much more satisfying.

3. Wardrobe 

The finial and most difficult task of all was my wardrobe clear out. Now things is something I do every 6 months or so. And it feels great for a few weeks I have space to get things in and out of my wardrobe without it being a mission to put clothes away. But then very quickly I seem to fill up the space again with things I probably don't need. This time round though things are slightly different. I'm really trying to buy less clothing and make smarter choices when shopping too. I've started to add some classic pieces into my wardrobe, which can be worn season after season. And really starting to think about my style and what suits me well. As featured in the photos above, I've discovered this year that midi dress suit me really well. So I'd added a few to my collection, and tried to stick to midi dresses take can take me from day to night. I've also added a few jeans and blazers to my collection that can be worn with multiple outfits. (outfit posts coming soon). Going forwards I would like 90% of my wardrobe to be more versatile so I can get more wear out of the clothes I have got.

 This is just the first steps towards and more minimalistic lifestyle and as I said before I will try and keep you update with how I am going.

Hope you enjoyed this post.

Love
Nicole
xx
SHARE:
Blogger Template Created by pipdig