How Nicole Does Things

What I’m Wearing 02

Happy Fourth of July, fellow Americans. Happy Tuesday everyone else being bombarded with American’s overly patriotic nonsense. I love July 4th because I get a day off to spend hanging out with my friends eating, drinking, and watching fireworks. Trust me, the amount of times we see fireworks in a year, doesn’t compare to July 4. I don’t have much in the way of yummy cocktail recipes or anything festive, but what I do have is one of my best go-to outfits so far this summer.

Lately I’ve been revisiting one of my favorite Zara tops that hasn’t seen a lot of action outside my closet in a while. I paired it with classic boyfriend denim shorts and t-strap sandals. The top is very summer despite feeling a bit too heavy. Mine has bell sleeves, but the similar (below) is just a chic. I love wearing it with boyfriend shorts because they aren’t too short and the dainty top offsets the harshness of the distressed denim. One of my favorite things to sport with this look is a pretty pink nail polish. I’ve got quite a few choices, but Mod Square by Essie is a bright shade that makes the look even more feminine. Just toss my hair into a messy ponytail and I’m good to go for the day. It’s nice enough to wear out with friends to dinner or just running errands. It really can go day to night without sacrificing comfort or absolutely melting in the summer sun.

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Top, Shorts, Aviators, Sandals, Nail Polish, Bag

It’s Okay to Be Lazy, Right?

Lately I’ve been feeling really down. I’m not sure if it’s entirely stress related or just one of those funks I just can’t get out of. I’ve been sick (who gets a cold during the summer?), and dealing with some other really difficult stuff. I keep trying to find ways to make things better and just end up feeling like I’m failing. I can just never get it right or it’s just never enough. One of the biggest pieces of advice people love to say when you’re feeling down is to just “get up and get moving.” You know take a shower and get dressed for the day. Make yourself feel the best you can even when you feel your worst. I’m sure that’s sound advice except when one of your biggest issues is self-esteem related. Sadly no matter how together I make myself look it won’t always boost my self esteem.

So what happens when you just can’t manage it? Enter the Lazy Days wardrobe. It’s not exactly the I’ve completely given up on life special since they are acceptable to wear in public if need me. Sometimes you just need to go buy junk and Rosé at the store, right? These are my favorite things to wear when I’m just lazy and not looking forward to putting effort into choosing an outfit. Even when I’m not down they are perfect for lounging around my house in a messy bun with. Those super great afternoons spending time by myself watching an incredibly dumb Ancient Aliens marathon while stewing over nonsense I can’t control.

And it’s way better than whatever overpriced Vetements garbage is “popular” now

Shop: Basic tank top, sneakers, bralette, joggers, baggy sweater, crewneck sweatshirt, leggings, graphic tee, sworts, hoodie

Styled: Camisole Top

One of my favorite wardrobe staples is the camisole top. I can’t even begin to count how many I have, but surely I can say the answer is too many. I love how they look and how they can be worn. Whether its casually with a pair of shorts to beat the summer heat or dressed up with a pair of nice cropped trousers, the possibilities are endless. They are incredibly feminine and even a little sexy at times.

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My Beauty Obsessions

I’ll be honest: I’m really bad at beauty. I’m just not an expert. I literally would buy everything from Target and the thought of Sephora gave me anxiety. Well, now I have grown to love Sephora like I never imagined possible. That said we all have beauty obsessions. Just those things we can’t wait to tell everyone about or maybe even just keep to ourselves. They may come and go or change over time, but there are things that make us happy and feel beautiful. They are also pretty useful in maintaining our health, wellness, and self-esteem.

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Brunch So Hard: Café ZuZu

The Hotel Valley Ho has always been one of my favorite places in Scottsdale. It has been open since 1956 and designed by a Frank Lloyd Wright student, Edward L. Varney. It quickly became known as a fashionable hot spot of the valley and a favorite of celebrities and sports stars. In 1973 it was purchased by the Ramada hotel chain and its vintage design was deemed “out of date” and covered. In the early 2000’s it was purchased again and restored to its chic, mid-century modern look where it has remained ever since. Throughout its years it has expanded to include a high-rise with new guest rooms and condos and the American restaurant, Cafe ZuZu. It has even been called one of the “best preserved mid-century modern hotels in the country.”

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Denim Shorts 2 Ways

Fact: the last time I genuinely chose to wear normal shorts was in 8th grade. Yes, 10+ years ago and really because I was obsessed with my Abercrombie & Fitch collection of possibly too short shorts. Eventually as an angsty teen I decided to wear the most unflattering longer shorts and I truly wish I could forget this time of my life.

Cut to now where I have rekindled my love of denim shorts. This is quite possibly due to one of two things. Either my self confidence has grown (along with my ability to give no f*cks about imperfect thighs) OR I’m just tired of overheating during the summertime while wearing jeans. Doesn’t really matter either way because now denim shorts are my go-to whether I’m running errands or just hanging around all day. Embracing shorts has made my life 35,000 times easier and I regret having ever given them up. No offense, teen angst stage. You were pretty pointless style wise.

Of course it’s really easy to have denim shorts go south fast. If they are too short or distressed it’s simple to head into “no one wants to see that” territory. I have 2 formulas for rocking denim shorts right now, and both are equally simple but stylish. A tank top when it’s warm out and a sweater when I’ve had a bit too much sun or will be hanging out in the air conditioning.

Shop this Post: Frame Denim shortsH&M sweaterAdidas sneakersZara crossbody bagClean UP Dodgers hatTopshop tank topMichael Kors duffleQuay sunglassesAncient Greek sandalsMadewell rings

Spring Beauty Must-Haves

Warmer temperatures means a change in my beauty must-haves. Really anything that keeps me from melting is entirely welcome. A must have in my book is anything that enables survival but keeps me feeling confident.

  • Blush (NARS ‘Sex Appeal’) – This soft peach blush is a change from the rosy pink I usually use because it is much softer and subdued.
  • Sea Salt Spray (Bumble and Bumble) – This is my go-to sea salt spray, but I use it minimally during the warmer months. It can be incredibly drying and lead to a frizzy look when used too much. But when used every once in a while it gives a really great beach fresh texture.
  • Sunscreen (Aveeno) – duh.
  • Bronzer (Hourglass Ambient Bronzer) – The perfect sun-kissed look with a radiant finish and minimal effort. Just for those days where I need a little dimension without baking in the sun (never advised).
  • Nail Color (Essie ‘Excuse Me, Sur’) – This is my favorite nail color from Essie’s spring collection inspired by a California road trip. It’s a peachy pink that fits really well with my tan.
  • Waterproof Mascara (Better Than Sex) – Because no one likes having mascara run down their face when sweating or crying. Full disclosure it takes quite a bit of remover to get off depending on how many coats are applied.
  • Hair Mask (Neutrogena Recovery Mask) – I use this once a week to restore the health of my hair. Within the span of a shower it can minimize the product and heat damage and leave my hair looking healthy (and soft).
  • Self Tanner (Nivea Sun Kissed Radiance lotion) – I am very wary of self tanner and I prefer to use Nivea’s gradual lotion. It adds a nice even color over time and Nivea makes the best lotions for my skin so double whammy.