my last trip to sephora was a complete success! 
(except for when I had to check out & spent 20x more money than I told myself I would...)

after finding what worked for me in the skincare dept., my face has cleared up a lot, so I've been shopping for products that enhance my 'natural' look/ that's when I was introduced to nars' velvet matte skin tint, recommended for my oily skin over a bb cream which was what I originally wanted to buy. I use a daily moisturizer, adding a bb cream would be duplicative & non-beneficial for my skin type. (bonus: it has 30SPF in it.)

I'm also super into this marc jacobs coconut highlighter c/o influenstera website that sends you stuff for free to review. needless to say, I've yet to be disappointed with what I've been sent. both opportunities granted me marc jacobs' beauty products for -nada- and if you're familiar w/ the quality & price point, you know how major that is. 

additional favorites rn: 
nars matte concealer - gives me additional coverage where needed, i.e.: my dark spots.
mac retro matte liquid lipcolour - this shade is ladybegood & it's a great neutral, and the liquid to matte formula doesn't dry my lips out.
chanel coco mademoiselle - the eau de toilette is my go-to for a fresh, fem scent for both daytime & nighttime wear. 

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my last trip to sephora was a complete success!  (except for when I had to check out & spent 20x more money than I told myself I...

so, it's been quiteeeee some time since I've posted & it's on account of some lifestyle changes but it's nbd because the dust has settled and it's back to the daily grind that I lost sight of throughout these last few months.

my boyfriend & I started house hunting a few months ago to buy in jersey city. after running out of time w/ my lease ending this month, we decided to rent 'til we find the right property. the process was emotionally & physically exhausting and it really tested our relationship, and my personal patience but...

pleased to say: my boyfriend & I survived and even fell victim to the 'everything happens for a reason' cliché because we ended up w/ an apartment that not only has a patio out front, but a courtyard in the back.
*score for city living!* 

I'm finally feelin' centered, motivated & inspired again. (cue the first blog post since february...) and while I don't want to spill my secrets about what's to come for WWW.NICOLEEIGH.COM, I can tell you to there are collabs I'm v excited about, as well as some personal pieces ft. my (somewhat brutal) honesty about my experiences these last few months.

stay tuned babes.
x, nicole


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so, it's been quiteeeee   some time since I've posted & it's on account of some lifestyle changes but it's nbd becaus...

lately, I've been kind of bored w/ my watch selection. it's relatively small, so it doesn't give me a lot to work with...

& just before I started my search for something new, jord wood watches offered me the opportunity to have one of theirs. (talk about making an indecisive shopper's life v easy.)

I'm a huge fan of goldit makes up my entire jewelry assortment, so I knew I wanted that to be the accent metal of my wood watch. yup, that's right, wood! talk about something out of the ordinary...which is like every fashion lover's dream, right? 

at first, I was nervous that the watch would be uncomfortable. as it is, I have a hard enough time w/ a lot of bracelet styles because I work on a computer all day & it's constantly bouncing off my keyboard. tbqh, it drives me nuts. normally, I choose leather bands but turns out, I was pleasantly surprised to find the wood 'band' isn't that bad.

my favorite thing about my new jord watch? it matches my coordinates collection cuff perfectly which is essential, seeing as I wear it every. single. day. 

even cooler than jord sending me a brand, new watch is their contest to win *$100 off* your own! click here to enter for a chance to win. BONUS: all entrants will receive a $25 off e-gift card, so everyone has a chance to save big...all you have to do is enter the contest! it closes march 5th and all e-gift cards will be valid 'til april 30th. 

now go enter & good luck babes!



the watch ft. here was gifted to me by jord wood watches. all opinions are true & more importantly, my own.
contact me & see past collabs here.

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lately, I've been kind of bored w/ my watch selection. it's relatively small, so it doesn't give me a lot to work with... ...

it's been frigid lately, so I've been staying as cozy as possible. 
cue my curly coat that inspires my boyfriend to call me lamb chop whenever I wear it. *insert eye roll.*

with age, I've learned that while a having a good outfit is great, staying warm is actually way better. of course I care about what I look too, so I've created quite the coat & jacket collection. I can't take full credit for that thoughI used to work at an outerwear company and was fortunate enough to get a tonnnn of samples.

I've also made it a point to invest in good quality cold weather accessories like pom-pom beanies, embellished gloves & chunky knit scarves, for example. I'm not sure if I'm crazy or a genius but despite how many of these accessories, they're mostly just grey & black. neutral as possible, naturally. reason being, I can wear them as often as possible.

jacket, similar // hoodie, target (similar) // hat, dena (similar) // socks, urban outfitters (similar) // boots, dr martens



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cozy af
it's been frigid  lately, so I've been staying as cozy as possible.  cue my curly coat that inspires my boyfriend to call me l...


sometimes, I want to talk about more than just clothes, food or beauty products. 
so for those moments, I've created: THE CHRONICLES.

fun fact...prior to breaking into the fashion industry, I dreamt of being a journalist. it's what I went to college for, it's the type of internships I had. my writing background is pretty vast, actually. for example: I've freelanced for companies across the country, currently contribute to a local jersey city website, was the news editor at my college newspaper & believe it or not, won a 'young writer' award in elementary school. (for writing a story about a fairy who couldn't fly...)

I have a voice & I want to start using it. nothing crazy though! just lessons I learned at work or in life, experiences I've had, and maybe if you're lucky, I'll talk about my boyfriend.

really, I want to use it as a place to document another side of my 'lifestyle' than just #ootds and #eeeeeats. hopefully you'll appreciate posts like these as much as you do my outfits.

[ more from the new series coming soon. x ] 


the chronicles #1
sometimes, I want to talk about more than just  clothes , food or beauty products.  so for those moments, I've created: THE CH...

I told myself that 2017 was the year I'd get serious about being my healthiest self. not in a 'I need to lose 10lbs and fit into a size 2 again' type of way, but in a 'I'm entering my late 20s & want to take proper care of my body' type of way.

the first thing I wanted to amp up was my vitamin intake because tbh, until now, I'd never even taken them. (many apologies to my parents for flushing all those chewable vitamins down the toilet when I was younger, & for not listening all the times you told me to buy a multi.) whenever I started researching vitamins and supplements, I'd just get overwhelmed, so when I came across care/of, I knew I needed to try what they have to offer.

think birchbox or rocksbox for vitamins. 
you take a personal health & lifestyle quiz and they customize your vitamin routine for you. 

each month, they send you a the following month's worth of pre-packaged vitamins. you can choose to buy all the ones they recommend, or you can just get a few. here's a quick breakdown of what I got: 

rhodiolaan adaptogenic herb that helps the body adapt to stress in a healthy way. 
calcium pluscalcium plus fermented vitamins D & K.
 astaxanthinstellar antioxidant that supports heart health. 
fish oilincludes all eight essential fatty acids to help your heart, eyes, joints & brain.

once the month is over, I'll be sure to follow up on my new vitamin-packed lifestyle and let you know if it's worth it or not...I can't imagine it won't be. x



the vitamins ft. here were gifted to me by care/of. all opinions are true & more importantly, my own.
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I told myself that 2017 was the year I'd get serious about being my healthiest self. not in a 'I need to lose 10lbs and fit into ...

by chloe.  new york, ny //

I'd been hearing about this v trendy, instagrammable vegan restaurant in downtown manhattan for a few months before a gf of mine & I made it there for lunch. by CHLOE. quickly became a go-to spot and I fell for the hype just like everyone elsefortunately though, it's worth it.

the food is actually so good. I'm not personally vegan & neither is my friend, vegetarian though, and that was irrelevant that day. the flavors were rich but the meal was so light & for me, there's nothing I love more in a meal than that. especially since sweets by CHLOE. is right next door...

they do sell alcohol, btw! I casually drank rosé with my black bean burger that I dipped in beet ketchup. (yup, beet ketchup. wasn't a huge fan, tbh...but definitely worth a try.)
brunch spot #3
by chloe.   •  new york, ny // I'd been hearing about this v trendy, instagrammable vegan restaurant in downtown manhattan for a ...

finally, after a year of dying my hair, it's blonde!

around this time last year, I started the process of going blonde. it was long and frustrating, but also super exciting. it took a 3-hour hair appointment every few months to achieve this look & I'm still not done yet. *covers eyes*

I've colored my hair for the last 10 years so it reacts differently to chemicals each time it gets done. the whole process of bleaching my hair was kind of a nightmare and that's why I'm so thankful for my longtime bestie/hair dresser. (see jaclyn's ig here.) each appointment led to a surprise-once, my hair was so brassy, it looked like ketchup & mustard...another time, I ended up w/ hot pink strands all over my head.

not once did my hair stylist let me leave looking like that! she always knew what to do to properly color & tone my hair by the end of the appointment. 

now, let's see how long 'til I get the white/ashy tone I've been gunning for the last year... 


hair by: jaclyn @ salon o - point pleasant, nj 
blonde
finally, after a year of dying my hair, it's blonde! around this time last year, I started the process of going blonde. it was l...

it's been cold af lately in the metropolitan area. layering has been a must. I've been wearing my heaviest coats w/ chunky sweaters and  thx to an awesome trend, I now make it a point to wear fishnet tights under my jeans. and tbh, I can't get enough of this look.

the key is to wear them with distressed denim so you can see the fishnet pattern. since it's been so cold, I opted for cropped denim & some ankle cleavage to show them off.

btw, I got this beanieamongst other thingsat 40% off from american apparel. all inventory is on sale because they're going out of business. (all deets here.) you just need to use promo code: TAKE 40. I may or may not have shopped the website 3x so far...

jacket, bar 3 (similar) // beanie, american apparel // jeans, zara (similar) // sneakers, vans // lipstick, kat von d (lolita)  


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benched
it's been cold af lately in the metropolitan area. layering has been a must . I've been wearing my heaviest coats w/ chunky sweat...
dame's coffee espresso bar • jersey city nj // 

depending on the weekend morning, I bribe myself out of bed w/ really good coffee. I don't limit myself to just that though...if I feel like having a latte or an espresso, I'll grab that. but, my latest caffeine trip actually resulted in a cappuccino and it did not disappoint. (shortly after, I cleaned my entire apartment top to bottom.)

I was able to sit and people watch while drinking this, and it could've been the caffeine high, but the vibes in the coffee shop were so inspiring for a creative mind. the baristas hustled hard while all their customers sat in their caffeine highs reading, studying and writing. that kind of fluidity made me feel some type of way. 

so, guess whose bringing their laptop next time they go to dame's espresso bar to grab coffee? 

& for all those wonderingthat's a chocolate croissant too and it was all kinds of sweet, flakey heaven. 

coffee spot #3
dame's coffee espresso ba r  • jersey city nj //  depending on the weekend morning, I bribe myself out of bed w/ really good coffe...

I don't give this coat the credit it deserves, so here it is.

it's faux fur-lined with faux leather contrast paneling down the back and the prettiest gold hardware. I don't think I'll ever zip the hood up, tbh...I love the way it looks split. when I wear statement outerwear, I always keep my outfit minimal. I never want to take away from or clash with the coat I have on.

can I just take a quick sec to say how refreshing a walk around my city is? I'm sure it's not for everyone, but for me, it's everything. the sights, sounds, smells. the more familiar I get with the streets, the more treasures I'm finding behind every corner. knowing something as simple as a walk can clear my head is v reassuring. 

jacket, coffee shop coats (similar) // jeans, zara (similar) // sneakers, vans // beanie, zumies 



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faux fur
I don't give this coat the credit it deserves, so here it is . it's faux fur-lined with faux leather contrast paneling down ...

I'm proud to say that more often than not, I wear very little makeup. my daily look is usually just a fresh, 'natural' face w/ mascarasometimes lipstick, depending on my mood. I'm very particular about what products I use though, especially when it comes to ones for my face. my skin is by no means sensitive, but I'm very quick to break out so this is something I always keep in mind while shopping for and applying makeup.

my daily face makeup regimen consists of the following:

1. smashbox photo finish pore minimizing primer - this helps set a smooth canvas for my makeup and extend the wear. it also helps hide my pores that are bigger than I'd like to admit. 
2. make up forever ultra hd foundation stick - I use my foundation as more of a 'concealer' than a foundation. I only apply it to blemishes & dark spots, not my entire face. this stick offers me awesome coverage w/o looking cake-y. 
3. smashbox bronze lights - because I don't go tanning & I always want to have an enhanced, yet natural glow.
4. nars 'orgasm' blush - blush is blush, but something about the tones in this cult-favorite have me hooked. lasts all day too, especially when combined w/ the smashbox primer!
5. becca shimmering skin creme highlighter - I use highlighter to help sculpt my face and prefer a cream-based one. it really lasts all day.



have any questions about these products or want to share some of your fave products? share it below!

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I'm proud to say that more often than not, I wear very little makeup. my daily look is usually just a fresh, 'natural' face w...

a day well spent in my eyes: wandering around manhattan w/o a destination in mind. 

I find that when I walk the blocks of new york city, I always discover something brand new. for ex: last weekend, a few of us went for a walk after dinner & drinks. we found ourselves in the theater district and hanging from tree branch to tree branch feet above our head were strands of white lights. none of us had any idea how they got up there, and as lame as it sounds, it was one of the prettiest sights I've ever seen in manhattan.

earlier that same day, I bought the hat and sneakers pictured above and they're two of my favorite pieces in my wardrobe rn. 

beanie, champion + uo exclusive // jacket (similar), coffee shop coats // jeans (similar), zara // sneakers, new balance

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midtown
a day well spent in my eyes : wandering around manhattan w/o a destination in mind.  I find that when I walk the blocks of new york ...
the kitchen step • jersey city, nj //

apologies in advance for not snapping pictures of the actual meals:

• smoked salmon tostado w/ everything cream cheese & petite greens
• hangar steak & eggs w/ crispy smashed potatoes 

I went to brunch this past wknd with my boyfriend. when him and I go out to eat, I don't like to take pictures of my food.  (hence why there are no images of the actual food.) that time is designated for ustalking, laughing, interacting...not for me to take instagram-worthy shots of my food. 

we both knew I couldn't resist capturing the restaurant's branding and decor, so I didn't feel too bad when I took a picture of the kitchen step's tabletop. I have a great appreciation for a company that truly knows who they are and what they stand for, and this restaurant has that down pat. 

the intimate welcoming vibes were not only represented in their comforting decor, but in their freshly cooked plates as well. even if I did want to get a picture of mine and my boyfriend's meals, I would've missed the moment because we ate them faster than I'd like to admit... 
brunch spot #2
the kitchen step  •   jersey city, nj // apologies in advance for not snapping pictures of the actual meals: • smoked salmon t...

I used to keep a notebook on my nightstand that said "be happy" on it in gold. every night, I wrote down three things I was grateful for that day. it was a tip I'd read over and over again while researching ways to literally be happy.

It worked for a while then life showed me how unpredictably cruel it could be and in a case of rage, I threw the journal out. I haven't written in one since, but I told myself in the new year, I'd do what I could attract that kind of positivity in my life again because tbqh, it's exhausting carrying the weight of unhappiness.

with that being said, what am I thankful for? easy...living within walking distance of this incredible view.

it's been a lifelong dream of mine to live where I do and I've fought to be here for the last five/six years. at first, I thought I wanted to live in manhattan and believe me, if I had the opportunity to, I would move in tomorrow...but right now, I'm beyond content in my little city, jersey city. it gives me the opportunity to take in the most powerful skyline I've ever seen...every.single.day.



jacket (similar), maurice's // hat (similar), bcbgeneration // scarf (similar), tj maxx // glasses, ray-ban // leggings, lularoe // sneakers, nike

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I used to keep a notebook on my nightstand that said "be happy" on it in gold. every night, I wrote down three things I was gra...
fontainebleau • miami beach, fl //

last month, a few girlfriends & I went to florida for a long wknd. we stayed at the beautiful fontainebleau in miami beach and the five days we were there, I got a taste of what true luxury is like. for ex: (pictured above) one of the two chandeliers that greet you in the hotel's lobby.

for the first time in my "adult" life, I was able to take a step back and see that I must be doing something right. I was able to treat myself to a vacation of relaxing and indulging. everyone in their late-20'smyself includedgets so caught up in working towards the next thing that we don't appreciate where we are currently. it felt like just a year ago, my friends and I were squirreling money to buy 30-packs of beer and now we're all traveling, buying homes and getting married.

I hope you all won't think I'm superficial when I say that I had this feeling of success while I was at a nightclub watching confetti fall, but that's what sparked this ah-ha moment for me. (it could have also been the champagne...) ever since I realized I'm doing okay, I've made it a point to be easier on myself. & I hope that's something you can practice too the next time you're second guessing yourself.

ps: as exciting as a vacation might be, coming home to my apartment, boyfriend, cat & even my job is just as good. if not, better.

[x, nicole]


miami
fontainebleau • miami beach, fl // last month, a few girlfriends & I went to florida for a long wknd. we stayed at the beautiful f...


confession: I'm obsessed w/ athleisure looks. 

think about an outfit you'd wear to the gym but would also grab coffee or happy hour drinks inthat's what athleisure means. it gives comfy casual a whole new vibe and I am alllllll over it. I'll admit that wearing cute active clothes kind of helps motivate me to work out. (so does thinking about all the food/alcohol I had over the holidays, but w/e.)

instead of buying plain black leggings, opt for branded ones like these or patterns, mesh and cutouts. layer them with active tanks and hoodies, but always make it a point to wear something that takes the outfit from work out to go out...like a leather jacket, fashion sneakers or a hat.



jacket, maurice's // hoodie, target // leggings, adidas for urban outfitters // hat, century 21 // sneakers, vans

athleisure
confession : I'm obsessed w/ athleisure looks.  think about an outfit you'd wear to the gym but would also grab coffe...

winter is an unfortunate season for those who are naturally cold, like myself. 
it's even more unfortunate for those who live in cities, like myself. 

that's why I make it a point to ensure that my jackets & coats are properly accessorized and styled. cue the oversized collection of scarves, hats and gloves. I especially have a soft spot for scarvessilk, wool, infinity, blanket. my newest plaid addition to the collection is my favorite scarf yet. (the fact that it perfectly matches this beanie and my yellow bomber might make me a little biased.)



jacket, santa fe apparel // scarf, tj maxx // jeans, zara // sneakers, nike // glasses, ray-ban // beanie, zumiez
winter wear
winter is an unfortunate season for those who are naturally cold, like myself.  it's even more unfortunate for those who live in c...
a baked joint • washington, d.c. //

my boyfriend & I took a last minute trip to washington, d.c. to see a new york rangers game. in our short time there, we made sure we ate goood for each meal. we got breakfast at a place called a baked joint.

on the table: my first matcha latte, steel cut oats w/ apples and topped with berry compote & toasted almonds. 

I'll be honest...the only good thing about that foamy green drink was the way it photographed. I immediately learned that matcha is not for me, which is unfortunate because I've often considered switching from coffee to it. the oatmeal made up for it though. so did the bite I took from my boyfriend's cinnamon that's slightly pictured here.

coffee spot #2
a baked joint  • washington, d.c. // my boyfriend & I took a last minute trip to washington, d.c. to see a new york rangers game. i...

I wouldn't necessarily say I struggled with my skin, but I have had a hard time finding the right products to care for it. this has been a hunt I've been on since high school and at 26 years old, I can finally say I've found what I'm looking for. (took forever, I know.)

So, I wanted to share my go-to skincare products that I was turned onto my one of my best girlfriends, thank god  mario badescu. the products are light, effective, affordable and long-lasting.

my daily line-up
1. enzyme cleansing gel - a face wash that doesn't make suds, which is perfect for people w/ oily skin.
2. glycolic foaming cleanser - this is an exfoliant that I only use this once a week. (okay, sometimes twice.) it doesn't have any beads to scrub away the dead skin, making it much gentler on your skin.
3. aloe moisturizer - super light, absorbs quickly. I will say that at times, it's a bit heavy so this isn't my ideal lotion. (trying a new one once this is finished, so tbd!) all face lotion has SPF 15 sunscreen in it, bonus.

I'll be honest...shortly after writing this post, I was at my local ulta buying my next face moisturizer. I also left with a product sample that encouraged me to buy the full bottle. I'll share these with you soon, promise.
skincare
I wouldn't necessarily say I struggled with my skin, but I have had a hard time finding the right products to care for it. this has b...