Life Update

Hi loves,

It has been almost an entire year since I posted on here and I wasn’t sure how to start again! To jump right back into blogging, I wanted to give everyone a little life update.

Since January, a lot has changed! My spring semester was absolutely insane, with going to school full-time, interning and figuring out what I wanted to do for my last 2 years of college. I was in a pretty confusing place in life. I was unsure of the future and I was struggling through the present, trying to figure it all out.

When I initially applied to FIT, I intended to apply into the Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing Bachelors program. (If you didn’t know, FIT is a 2+2 school so you graduate with your Associate’s Degree and often, people switch majors for their last 2 years for their Bachelor’s Degree.) In the spring, I had a change of heart and knew I wasn’t 100% set on pursuing a career in the cosmetics industry so I decided to continue in the Advertising and Marketing Communications program.

I also decided to pursue two minors, one in Psychology and the other in Film and Media Studies and I am loving both! In May, I finished my first internship, graduated with my Associate’s Degree (Cum Laude!!!) and turned 20 years old, officially entering adulthood.

Right now, my dream career would be working at a magazine or doing PR or marketing for the entertainment/film industry but that all could change in an instant. There is so much pressure on young adults to have their lives all figured out and I realized a lot of that pressure is put on by ourselves. I find myself scrolling through social media, comparing my life to celebrities or popular influencers who seem to have their lives all figured out, which in reality is not realistic. It’s ok if I keep changing my career path direction or what I like the most (or least) about my studies or if I don’t like them at all! Your 20s are all about figuring yourself out and who you want to be and it’s ok to be confused.

I hope you enjoyed this life update, even though it strays from my normal posts. I am going to be posting content more frequently, with the start of the new year. I hope everyone had an amazing 2018!

XOXO

-Nicole

How to make 2018 your year and accomplish your goals!

Hi loves!

I hope everyone had an amazing holiday season and a happy new year! I am so excited for 2018, I can just feel that it is going to be a good year!

Although people always set resolutions, they are often not successful as we are not in the mindset for change. Just because the year changes, doesn’t mean everything in our lives will automatically change. We have to MAKE it happen. For the start of the new year, I wanted to give you guys some tips on how to have a successful, fresh start and accomplish your goals!

Tip #1: Stay organized!

Ok this one may sound obvious but start the new year off right with organizing your months, weeks or even day by day. I currently use a daily planner to plan out what each day is going to entail and to remind me of what I have to do for everything from school to work to social events.

I also make A LOT of lists, for anything from homework to packing to grocery shopping. These help me stay so organized and keep me from forgetting anything. I leave these lists on my desk so I can always see it! Being organized is so important in order to de-clutter your life and reduce last-minute stress!

Tip #2: Practice self-care!

Self-care is so important for everybody’s mental and physical health! Depending on the person, self-care can be getting in a good workout, putting on a face mask, taking a bath, reading a book or simply being kinder to yourself. Setting aside time to focus on yourself and relax, even if it’s just for 30 minutes, is crucial for de-stressing after a long day or week.

Tip #3: Have an outlet for stress

Going along with the last tip, too much stress is such a bad thing for our bodies and mind. Having an outlet to let out that stress is so important and it can really help you calm down faster. When you get so stressed that you can’t seem to focus, working out, singing or dancing, writing or simply taking a drive can help reduce your stress level so you can return to your day. Try out a new approach and see which one works for you! For me, taking a long shower or driving really helps me get through a stressful situation.

Tip #4: Drink more water!

Everybody knows that drinking water is very important but most people are still depleting their bodies of water! Experts say we should drink half our body weight of water in ounces per day, so for example, if you weigh 160 pounds, you should drink 80 ounces of water a day. If I don’t drink enough water in the day, I usually feel more sluggish, tired and just overall dehydrated.

Tip #5: Start with a small change to prepare for big ones

It’s almost impossible for someone to make a huge life change instantly. Start with the small changes first, to set the mood for bigger changes. Switch up little things in your life like moving around your bedroom furniture, cutting your hair or getting rid of old clothes. These things will set the changes in motion and help you with the big changes. Like I said, change doesn’t instantly happen just because the year changed. You have to initiate it yourself!

I hope these tips help you guys have an amazing 2018!

XOXO

– Nicole

How to: Practice Mindfulness and Stay Positive in a Negative World

Hi loves,

We all know there has been some tragic events going on in our world right now and I’ve personally found my day-to-day mindset affected by these tragedies. Even though things seem grim, it is important that we try to stay positive and LOVE!

I admit I am not perfect with this, I have my days. I am a firm believer in the law of attraction which basically means that if you think positively, you will experience positive things in your life. If you are negative and think the worst of things, that’s what will happen. As MODSUN says, “Your mentality is your reality.”

MODSUN, a rapper/musician, released his own book called, “Did I Ever Wake up?” It completely changed my perspective on life, happiness and positivity. He talks in the book about his own personal life experiences but he gives his opinions on positivity and how everything stems from YOU and YOUR thoughts. The audiobook is available on his album called, “Look Up,” which is awesome because he narrates the book himself and its cheaper than buying the actual book for $25. I listen to mine on Spotify! If you find yourself in a negative mindset and losing your grip on life, this book is amazing. I often re-listen to it when I feel myself drifting and it always helps me realize that positivity is key.

Recently, I’ve discovered affirmations and how much of an effect they can have on your mind. Affirmations are words or sentences that help practice happiness and positivity. You repeat these affirmations to yourself and if you keep doing it, you actually start believing it (sounds crazy I know!) For example, if you repeat to yourself every morning, “I am going to make today one of the best days of my life,” you will almost trick your brain into believing it. At first, I felt crazy repeating sentences like that out loud, but it actually helps! I love creating new affirmations for different reasons and times, like for in the morning, at night, when I’m feeling sad or unmotivated. I really recommend finding some affirmations you like online, or making up your own, and repeat at least one, a couple of times a day and I promise it’ll completely change your mindset on life!

One thing that has probably helped me the most is writing my thoughts down in a journal. If I ever feel scatter-brained or can’t focus because I’m going through something difficult, I write down whatever is on my mind and it gets it out of my head and onto the paper. After, I feel relieved and ready to move on so I can continue with my day. I often do this at night so I can forget about what happened that day and I can sleep peacefully.

One thing that I’ve struggled to make a habit, but think helps with my overall state of mind is meditation. I first decided to start meditating when I was scrolling through Pinterest and saw a post about the positive effects of meditation. I tried it that same night, just by steadying my breathing and I was pretty unsuccessful (not that I knew that at the time.) I kept meditating every night with the help of this app called Headspace and through listening to guided meditations on YouTube. Even though I have the hang of it, I still use YouTube for guided mediations because I find them the most effective. If you need a new way of relaxing after a long day or want to be more mindful, I definitely recommend meditation!

I hope some of these tips help you guys stay positive and practice mindfulness!

Thanks for reading!

XOXO

– Nicole

 

 

Transitioning to my first year at the Fashion Institute of Technology

Hi loves,

When I first thought about starting a blog, I knew I wanted to share my experience and give advice about where I go to college, the Fashion Institute of Technology. If I never went to FIT, I probably never would have started this blog in the first place.

Being from Long Island, FIT was always a possibility because it is a State University of New York (SUNY) and I would get relatively cheap in-state tuition. I was never one of those girls who dreamed of going to FIT since they were 5. In fact, I didn’t seriously consider FIT until my junior year of high school when my friend, Andrew, told me about it and said I should take a pre-college class at FIT to figure out if I definitely wanted to go into Advertising and Marketing.

So the summer going into my senior year of high school, I took his advice and convinced my parents to let me take the train into the city 4 days a week, for 3 weeks, to take a class just for high school students like me. I was so terrified the first day because it was my first time being with other students, that I hadn’t gone to school with everyday since kindergarten. It was quite a culture shock and reality check for me because it clicked that in just one short year, I would be in college and that scared me. I took comfort in the fact that I loved FIT after 3 short weeks and I imagined myself going to college there.

Living in a relatively small town, my high school had only 800 students with my graduating class being 216. We were prepped, as young kids, that getting into college was the end goal and that put a lot of pressure on everyone. I had what I thought to be a good GPA in high school, I played in the band all throughout my school years and I was in National Honor Society during my senior year.

But boy, I was not expecting the college application process to be that difficult. Until around the end of my senior year, I had never been so unsure of myself in my life! I didn’t know where the next year would take me and I was petrified of failing. The months following the day I got my acceptance to FIT, which was on March 30th, my life was pure bliss. I was graduating high school with some of my best friends in the entire world, I got accepted into my dream school, and most of all, I felt like my life was finally on track, unbeknownst to me, that my entire life would change come August.

After the best summer of my life, I started packing for my new life at FIT. I was so incredibly grateful that for my first semester, my roommate was one of my best friends from high school, Vanessa. I was so happy I had someone I could relate to and have by my side. It became known to us, very quickly, that it would be very hard to make friends. It was a very difficult time because although my high school prepped you for getting INTO college, they never talked about what life was like once you were there. No one told me that the adjustment from a small, sheltered town to the big city would be so difficult and that I wouldn’t start getting into the swing of things until well after the start of second semester.

During my first year at FIT, I found myself changing who I was in order to hang out with certain people, who in reality, were people I had no desire to be friends with and I forced myself to do things I had no desire to do. I was in a new city and could be anyone I wanted to be but I eventually realized I just needed to be ME. It took me almost the full year of transitioning to this new part of my life that I realized I had to be myself and everything else would follow. If I kept changing my personality, beliefs and interests, I wouldn’t find the true friends I desperately wanted. Currently in my 3rd semester, I am so much happier because I stuck with who I am and try to never let a new situation change me.

The most important thing I want you guys to take from this is that you should NEVER change yourself in order to fit in. As long as you’re happy with who you are, everything else in life will fall into place.

I’m excited to write more about FIT and I hope you guys are too!

Thanks for reading!

XOXO

-Nicole

Current Beauty Essentials

  1. Tarte Shape Tape Concealer

Ever since buying this concealer, I have been hooked! It is by far the most full-coverage concealer I have ever tried ! I also love their wide range of shades because I can actually find a shade that highlights my under-eyes! (I alternate between shades Fair (on the left) and Fair Beige (on the right) because Fair is more pink-toned and Fair Beige is more yellow-toned!) I don’t think I’ll ever find a concealer I love more than this one! Go Tarte!

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  1. Essence Make Me Brow Gel

This brow gel is AMAZING! It is so incredibly similar to Benefit Gimme Brow, for a fraction of the cost! It gives my brows a slight tint while setting them perfectly in place for the whole day and I LOVE the small brush! And for less than $5, you can’t beat it! (I use shade 02 Browny Brows, which is the darkest shade!)

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  1. NYC Smooth Skin Loose Face Powder

No makeup look is complete, in my opinion, without baking your under-eyes! I find that my concealer creases less, looks smoother and lasts longer when I bake! This NYC powder is so great and it is less than $5 depending on where you buy it! The powder is translucent and so finely milled that it just smooths the under-eye SO well! I have re-purchased multiple back-ups because I just can’t live without it!!

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  1. Morphe M501 highlighting brush

Although this isn’t a makeup product, my makeup routine would not be complete without it! I am a highlighting fanatic and sometimes I go a little overboard (but really is there EVER too much highlight?) This brush makes it so easy to distribute the product evenly and apply that FABULOUS highlight!

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  1. Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Swan

When this foundation came out a few years ago, everyone went NUTS! I myself ran to my nearest Sephora and bought the lightest shade at the time, Porcelain, assuming that it would be light enough! Boy, was I wrong! The shade was straight-up orange on my pale skin so unfortunately as much as I LOVED the foundation, I couldn’t wear it! Recently, they expanded their shade range and I purchased one of their newest fair shades, Swan, and it matches me perfectly! Now, I wear it every day and can’t seem to use anything else! It’s a medium to full coverage with such a natural, skin-like finish!

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Thank you so much for reading and stay tuned for more makeup posts!

XOXO

– Nicole

15 Facts About Me

Hi loves! My name is Nicole and I am SO excited to be writing my first blog post! I have always wanted to start a blog and always talked myself out of it for no reason but now I’m actually doing it! Stay tuned for posts about college life at the Fashion Institute of Technology, makeup, and surviving the transition to adulthood! I am so incredibly happy to combine my love of writing, social media and making others happy to create this blog! I hope you guys are as excited as I am! Here are 15 facts to get to know me!

  1. I am originally from Long Island, New York but I currently live in Manhattan!
  2. I am a sophomore at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in Chelsea, Manhattan!
  3. My favorite color is purple!
  4. I absolutely cannot live without my white converse!
  5. My music taste is all over the place, ranging from 70s hits to country to throwback Disney (Weird, I know!)
  6. I have two older brothers!
  7. One of my many goals is to live in California for at least a few years!
  8. My favorite movie is Dirty Dancing!
  9. Even though I go to a fashion school, I don’t consider myself to be highly fashionable!
  10. I own almost 50 foundations! (I have a problem, I know)
  11. I have a serious addiction to coffee! (I blame that on being Italian; I learned how to make espresso when I was probably 5 years old!)
  12. New Mexico is one of my favorite places, besides New York and Los Angeles, because of its beautiful landscape and my amazing family that lives there!
  13. I am a firm believer in the law of attraction and that all positive thoughts can only lead to positive experiences!
  14. My favorite flower is a sunflower!
  15. I have an addiction to binge-watching Netflix; Nothing is better than snuggling up in bed, watching McDreamy work his magic on Grey’s Anatomy!

Thank you so much for reading and coming on this journey with me!

XOXO

– Nicole