the #1 thing you need in your summer wardrobe = a bodysuit.

buy them in every color, print, fabric, texture, you see because trust me when I say, you can never have too many bodysuits ☝️ or leotards as I tend to call them, no thx to my cheerleading days...

as we all know, american apparel was the best store to find any & every bodysuit, but as we also all know, american apparel is no more. (for only another two weeks though! this nylon article will fill you in on allll you need to know about the relaunch of their online flagship store.) 

to fill the american apparel void, I found other retailers that have cute bodysuits: 
while I wish I could tell you the one I'm wearing in this post is from one of those stores, it isn't. I found it for a whopping $4.99 at a local boutique in jersey city that's a lot like low-price retailer, rainbow. (friendly reminder: the cost of your clothes, accessories, etc. does not make you fashion because money can't buy style.)

mix & match your bodysuit w/ high waisted shorts, skirts, pants, etc. & as the weather gets cooler, throw a cardigan/sweater over that outfit to really get the most wear out of your bodysuits! x 

leotard, similar // skirt, forever 21 // bag, hayden harnett (similar) // sunglasses, céline // shoes, converse 


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BODYSUITS
the #1 thing you need in your summer wardrobe = a bodysuit. buy them in every color, print, fabric, texture, you see because trust m...
we are in the height of summer in the metropolitan area and my skincare routine has taken a drastic change...and so should yourseveryone's should change w/ the seasons, for that matter.

I'm the first person to get in the sun w/o applying SPF. (I know, I know. how ignorant of me?) sometimes it's just absentmindedness when I'm packing my beach bag, but whatev. with that being said, the laneige water bank moisture cream is my life saver. fun fact: it was an allure best of beauty award winner in 2016!

it's the -wettest- face moisturizer I've ever used and I will say that created my one complaint: it left my skin kind of sticky & shiny, and with my oily skin type, that's not ideal. BUT good news is that this lotion gives a natural, dewy look all sun kissed cheeks deserve. 

other products I've been trying this summer:

mario badescu vitamin c serum - after my last facial @ mario, I left w/ a handful of samples, this vitamin c serum being one of them. it's meant to brighten skin, while softening it and enhancing firmness & elasticity.
mario badescu glycolic gel - this lightweight gel helps speed up skin production & prevents blackheads! (psa: don't use this if you use any kind of medicated topical skin products.)
lorac pro matte lip color - I love that the finish is matte, but the formula is packed w/ vitamins c & e which are nourishing for your skin so lips stay soft.


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the moisturizer ft. here was gifted by influenster. all opinions are true & more importantly, my own. contact me & see past collabs here.
SUMMER SKIN
we are in the height of summer in the metropolitan area and my skincare routine has taken a drastic change...and so should yours — ever...

sry if this sounds a little melancholy but until recently, it was hard to "cheers" much of anything. due to the darkest cards life has dealt me, most days, despite how exciting they might've been, there was a constant weight on my chest. a heaviness that prevented me from feeling anything thrilling, and made it v easy to feel like I was drowning.

after taking time to grow not only mentally but physically, I feel like I'm starting to overcome obstacles I've been needing to, and as a result, the desire to hold my hand high, sparkling drink in it, and toast everything around me is creeping back in.

it's funny what a mindset can do to a person. 

for the longest time, I told myself I didn't deserve happiness, that I was destined to feel dull forever, but that was the craziest lie I could've ever told myself. and I soon realized it was just my brain playing tricks on me.

I've learned that ultimately, you are the only person responsible for how you feelnot your sibling, your parent, grandparent, best friend, SO& sometimes, I think we all need a reminder to stop & take time to turn to ourselves before looking to others. a sticky note of sorts that tells us: dig deep, find out what you need to do, then muster up the energy to actually do it.

don't forget, you can lean on those around you though...and then you can celebrate w/ them once you realize that whether or not you have it "all," you still have a whole lot to be thankful for.

& here's to post-brunch sunday thoughts ✨
x, nicole
THE CHRONICLES #2
sry if this sounds a little melancholy but until recently, it was hard to "cheers" much of anything. due to the darkest cards l...
manhattan  new york, ny // 

I've had an obsession w/ this city ever since my grandmother took me to see a christmas carol on broadway as a child. so much so, that for my 9th birthday, I begged for a black & white portrait of the nyc skyline that was out front of a local art shop in my hometownnaturally, I got it 💁 and now as an adult, I'm so grateful to have it because the shot features the twin towers.

my jersey city apt is 15mins away from downtown nyc, so I'm constantly finding excuses to eat at new restaurants and try different cuisines, see art installments & smell fresh blooms at botannical gardens, or even just as expected, shop my way through various boroughs.  

since thursday, I've walked close to 20mi throughout the meatpacking district, LES, DUMBO, williamsburg & the bronx. 

throughout alllll of that exploring, learning & obs sweating, all I could keep thinking about was how I finally have everything I've been working towards these last few years. & it's all thanks to the energetic hustle & bustle of manhattan's streets that test my patience, challenge me & then bring me back to life. 

I know some people chase waterfalls and waves to feel calm, but me, I'd rather get lost on buzzing aves for peace any day. w/e the vibe is that makes you feel most calm, use it however you have to because it's easy getting caught up in the day to day, preventing us from taking a second to:
stop, reflect & recharge & what an important thing to forget to do. x

MANHATTAN
manhattan  •  new york, ny //  I've had an obsession w/ this city ever since my grandmother took me to see a christmas carol on b...

pre-shoot: I ran 2mi & then biked another 2mi. 

to say this is something I normally do would be a lie, but as of late, I've had this drive to be as active as possible. I think it's because I'm starting to see the toll that some food, sweets and alcohol have on my body from more mature eyes. my diet isn't too badI eat lean meats, lots of fresh fruits & veggies and try to moderate my carb/sugar intake as much as possible...but I realize the difference in not only my physique, but my mentality too when I over indulge in the bad stuff. 

I've learned that for me personally, implementing a strict diet & work out routine is almost self-destructive. I start to obsess and criticize myself more than I should, and eventually, I exhaust myself more mentally than I do physically & what's more counterproductive than that?    

in order to 'live my best life,' I've started finding time to move and sweat for at least 20mins a day. 
(I once read that kate hudson lives by this same rule & we all know what she looks like, so.) 

for me, it's almost like I trick myself into wanting to work out for a short time & then once I get going, I end up exercising for twice as long as I told myself I would! top this off w/ awesome work out attire and you better believeee I'll get a good sweat in. 💪💦

shirt, topshop // leggings, lularoe // hat, kith (c/o my best babe, tina wixon) // sneakers, nike x nordstrom (this color's sold out but avail. in blk)

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ACTIVE
pre-shoot: I ran 2mi & then biked another 2mi.  to say this is something I normally do would be a lie, but as of late, I've ...

pleased to announce that it's finally lbd season!
(& that I linked up w/ www.tobi.com to bring you this look.)

I'm a firm believer that there's no such thing as 'too many' little black dresses as long as they all have different uses. for ex: one for day, work, party & dress. this simple, cotton LBD c/o of tobi.com is ideal wknd attire for the summer. 

1. it's super comfortable. 
2. it's light & flowy. 
3. it lets you show off some skin. 

because of the feminine shape of this dress, it can easily be dressed up w/ a belt and wedges...but more often than not, I wear my dresses with a pair of sneakers because why not? it gives an out-of-the-norm take on such a basic look. highly recommend you try it if you haven't done so already!

the 'play no games' mini dress is still available & it's on major sale$42 marked down to $10! it comes in black, olive and wine, & you can shop it here

(btw, there's still one more post from my collab w/ tobi.com so stay tuned!)

the dress ft. here was gifted to me by tobi. all opinions are true & most importantly, my own.
contact me & see past collabs here.
LBD
pleased to announce that it's finally lbd season! (& that I linked up w/ www.tobi.com to bring you this look.) I'm a ...
9 bar cafe  harborside, jersey city //

I don't like to play favorites but...9 bar cafe is my go-to for my preferred cup of coffeespecifically the cold brew. 

lucky for me, both of their locations are within walking distance from my apartment in jersey city. the og storefront is downtown, and that's always my first choice but sometimes I visit their newest location closer to the hudson. it's actually in one of the newest luxury living buildings in the area, urby. (had to call this out because my boyf works there, sry not sry.) 

the coffee is bold & rich, the lattes are smooth and the baked goods are always freshhhh. 
check it out if you're in the area & enjoy a cup of coffee that provides a real kick in the ass.

[click here to see coffee spot #3. x]

btw, you can read more about this coffee spot & other things to do in the harborside area of jersey city in my article that I wrote for have a night's jersey city site here
COFFEE SPOT #4
9 bar cafe   •  harborside, jersey city // I don't like to play favorites but...9 bar cafe is my go-to for my preferred cup of cof...
if I have the opportunity to buy anything backless, I'm going to take it.

shirts, tank tops, dresses, leotards that expose my back are my constant go-to for when I go out. (no, I don't wear them to work & neither should you.) I'll admit that it's a combination of things that make me love the look. for starters, I always feel like my best self and then, I get to show off my tattoo which is something I rarely get to do. win, win! 

at first, I never thought I'd find benefits in having boobs smaller than a middle schooler, but the older I get, the more I appreciate my flat chest. so, should I not have to wear a bra, I'll choose not to. depending on my mood, I'll use sticky silicone covers to avoid nip exposure, but sometimes, I don't... 

with that being said, you can find this exact top - no back, bell sleeves & all - on tobi.com
it comes in white & rose and, in my opinion, can be worn w/ anything.

spoiler alert: I have two more outfits ft. tobi.com, be sure to come back and check 'em out. 

the top ft. here was gifted to me by tobi. all opinions are true & more importantly, my own.
contact me & see past collabs here.
BACKLESS
if I have the opportunity to buy anything backless, I'm going to take it. shirts, tank tops, dresses, leotards that expose my bac...
avenue n  rumford, ri //

shameless plug: my little sister works @ this restaurant.
not-so-shameless plug: the food's so good I would've written about it anyway.

I'm all about farm-to-table establishments, especially when it means fresh squeezed oj for my mimosas, & that's what avenue n prides itself onwhich is why my sister loves it so much. while I wish I could show you the lemon-ricotta doughnuts we all shared, the time we were spending together was way more important, so I didn't get any pictures of them. 

what was sooo important that I couldn't pause to take my galaxy out & snap an #onthetable shot? 

for starters, my sister/best friend will continue to live in RI post-college graduation while I'm here in NJ, and she was telling us her next steps @ avenue n and the pantryowned & operated by the same couple, instead of a sit down restaurant, it's a go-to local market/lunch spot. (I scored this awesome peanut butter w/ fresh cacao nibs and omg.) there's so much in store for her & I can't wait to see what she accomplishes!

& tbh, I'm just super excited that I'll always have an excuse to go to RI, have these doughnuts and the smoked salmon/bagel dish. 

[click here to see brunch spot #3. x]


BRUNCH SPOT #4
avenue n   •  rumford, ri // shameless plug: my little sister works @ this restaurant. not-so-shameless plug: the food's so good...

lately, I've been gravitating towards lighter tones & as someone who constantly turned to black, it's hard to accept the fact that when I get to a retail rack, I'm looking for nude, white, pastel things. 

consider it dramatic, but I feel like this outer shift is deeper a metaphor for something... 

I've always, always believed that people's outfits best represents who they are. with just one look, you can gain an understanding of a person based on their shirt, pants & shoes. (sry but I do just books by their covers. *insert shoulder shrug.*)

so, there's something to be said about my love for light-ness because it doesn't just stop at my closet, it's taken over my pinterest boards, apartment & mental state. 

when life was at its worst, my style reflected thatblack hair, purple nails nails, dark outfitsbut with my newest paths, happiness has been a constant, and with that comes #ootds complete w/ white pants & gold shoes. (seriously though, wtf!?) 

I mean, I can't be the only one who finds the best way to express themselves is through shopping, clothes and outfits...right? 

shirt, me to we (diff. colors) via pacsun // jeans, pistola (similar) // mules, steven by steve madden

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LIGHTER VIBES
lately, I've been gravitating towards lighter tones & as someone who constantly turned to black, it's hard to accept the ...
hudson st.   jersey city, nj //

a little over a year ago, I wrote my first post about my city...& here I sit, still talking about it, just in a different apartment.

I've always known 'a lot can happen over a year,' but holy sh!t did I learn the true meaning behind that these last 365+ days. for ex: when I came to jersey city, I had a reconstructed knee & was going to physical therapy appts 2-3x a week, learning how to walk, run, bike, jump againfast forward to now: this view is a mile & a half from my new apartment, and I ran there & back.

the hardships I experienced over the last few years encouraged me to make the moves I kept talking about but wouldn't act on. a lethal combination of heartache, anger, stubbornness & self-pride pushed me to fulfill the dreams I'd always had.

while the circumstances were incredibly far from the best, I've never been more thankful to walk away & start new. since then, my boyf & I moved in together together, I'm v confident where I am professionally, and I'm making memories w/ some of the most genuine people I've ever met and most importantly...

I've learned more about myself & my uncanny ability to keep going, keep moving despite all the bullshit put in my path. letting go and moving on is not only eye-opening, it's testing, liberating and kind of addicting.

I hope one day, when or if you need to, you'll be able to walk (or run) away from w/e it is that's holding you back. x




NEW PATH
hudson st.  •   jersey city, nj // a little over a year ago, I wrote my first post about my city ...& here I sit, still talking ab...

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. I was recommended to nars' velvet matte skin tint for my oily skin over a bb cream which was what I originally wanted to buy. because 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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the higlighter ft. here was gifted to me by influenster. all opinions are true & more importantly, my
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CURRENT FAVES
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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CHILLIN'
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.
JORD WATCHES
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.
contact me & see past collabs here.
CARE/OF
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.)

[click here to see brunch spot #2. x]
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...