Old Navy Vacation Outfits

Aloha!  It has been so hard adjusting back to reality after our vacation, but I am so happy to be home with Daisy and I’m excited to share about our amazing trip!

The first post I want to share is about the clothes I wore on vacation.  The majority of my outfits were from Old Navy.  I just love the price, quality, and comfort of their clothes.

I love off the shoulder tops and dresses so much!  This tropical print one is so fun!  You can’t see the shorts very well but they are black stretchy denim with a raw hem.  Get the top here: Tropical off the shoulder top

So, I have this dress in three different patterns…lol.  I just love how simple and pretty the style is.  This print is definitely my favorite one that I have.  They don’t have this exact print in stock anymore, but they have several cute ones to choose from!  Get the dress here: Dress

I wore this tie front, tropical print top so many times!  I love how its casual but the print and style make it fun and feel a little nicer.  I will be wearing these boyfriend denim shorts all summer!  They are my new favorite shorts.  They are relaxed and comfy, the best way to be! Get the shirt here (it’s on sale for $12!) Tie front top: Get the shorts here (also only $12!!!): Shorts

This pineapple bikini!  My favorite bikini of the summer!

Bikini top: Pineapple top

Bottoms: Pineapple Bottoms

You can’t see in this picture, but this blue tank has white stitching at the top of a sea shell and the words “just beachy”.  Love.  Get the tank top here: Just Beachy Tank

I loved this dress for the 4th of July, but I love it for any other day also!  So comfy!  Get the dress here: Red striped dress

I have probably said comfy a million times, but this dress is beyond comfy, I have slept in it a couple times lol.  Get the dress here: Black Dress

This is possibly my favorite outfit from the trip.  I love the white shorts with the light blue!  Get the top here: Blue striped shirt White shorts: White Shorts

Simple black tank with a cute detail in the back: black tank

Thanks for reading!  I will be posting more fun things soon!

XOXO

Nikki

 

San Francisco Trip: Alcatraz+Food

I wanted to share some pictures from our trip to San Francisco last weekend!  We had such a great time visiting Alcatraz and of course eating great food.  Here’s some highlights from our trip!

The first night we were there, we went to San Francisco Brewing Company.  The bar was PACKED because the Warriors were playing, but it was kinda fun to watch all the crazy fans and it was a good game.  We ordered bacon wrapped dates, a pepperoni pizza, chicken wings, and a cob salad to share.  Everything was really good!

For dessert we went to The Baked Bear.  We both got cookie ice cream sandwiches that were SO good!  We liked this place better than Ghirardelli for dessert.

The next day we went to Alcatraz and that was definitely the highlight of our trip.  We did an audio tour around the prison and it was very cool and interesting to hear about the history.  This is defiantly a must do!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To end our trip, we had a really nice dinner at the House of Prime Rib.  The meat was delicious, and it came with bread, salad, corn or creamed spinach, and Yorkshire pudding .  We were way too full for dessert!  I don’t have any pictures of that meal because it was so good I forgot to 🙁 lol.

Before we went home we went to look at the Golden Gate Bridge.  The weather was so nice and sunny and we had a beautiful view!  We really enjoyed our weekend in San Francisco and are looking forward to our next adventure…Maui and Hawaii.  Until next time!

XOXO

Nikki

 

Tarte Mermaid Collection & Physicians Formula Butter Collection Review+Swatches

Hi everyone!

So I have a bunch of new summer makeup that I am so excited to share with you!  I got most of these things about a month ago and have been testing them out so I can give a review.

I will start with the Tarte Cosmetics Mer-makeover vault.  First of all, the packaging on ALL of these Tarte products is incredible.  It is SO beautiful, durable and practical for travel.  I purchased this box from Sephora for $65.  The box includes the mermaid skin hyaluronic h2o serum, the mer-mist shimmer spray, and the mermaid waves salt spray.

This box is currently sold out on Tarte.com and Sephora.com. 🙁 But the hyaluronic serum is available by itself and if I had to choose one product from the box to get, it would be that one!

I have been using the serum on my face and neck every night and it feels amazing!  It glides on and feels like a big drink of water for my skin.  I do notice my skin feels much more hydrated!  This is a product I will definitely re-purchase once I run out.

I have only used the shimmer spray a couple times on my arms and chest while at the pool.  It gives your skin a sparkle and the mist has a slight scent of coconut (which I love).   I think this will be super fun to bring to Hawaii to use when I want to be extra at the pool or beach ;).

The salt spray is really nice to give your hair a little wave and texture.  I love the look of beachy hair, and this spray gives it to me!  It is a tad drying on the hair (because well, it’s  salt) so I try not to use it every single day, but just when I want to give my hair a little something somethin.

I think this box is super fun and a great value for these three full sized products!

How cute is this sparkly teal packaged lights camera lashes mascara and mermaid tail eyelash curler!  This mascara is always a go to of mine and I just can’t get over the packaging.  Mascara: $23.00 Eyelash curler with mini mascara: $20.00

Buy the mascara and eyelash curler here: MascaraLash Curler

The be a mermaid and make waves eyeshadow palette comes in a seashell shaped compact and has a mirror inside.  There are 11 beautiful shimmer shades and 3 matte shades and they smell like vanilla cupcakes!  I did not swatch the matte shades but they are all different shades of rose.  I have used this palette on my eyes a few times and I love the colors.  It is a palette that you can bring and have everything you need to create an eye look.  The options are endless.  I wish there was a darker matte brown, but I’m not mad about it :).  This is a great palette that is perfect for taking on a vacation and the names for the shadows are adorable!  Shell yeah, beach please just to name a couple lol.  Be a mermaid eyeshadow palette: $42.00

Buy the eyeshadow palette here: Be a mermaid and make waves eyeshadow palette

I also want to talk about the Physicians Formula butter collection!  I was at Ulta to pick up another butter bronzer and I saw this box that had the butter bronzer that I know and love, along with a butter blush, highlighter, body butter, and perfume.  I decided to treat myself!  The swatches are from left to right: butter bronzer, butter blush, butter highlight.  I love the bronzer because it its very bendable and yes, BUTTERY and not powdery looking, and the color works really well with my skin, and the smell is like a tropical coconut dream!  The blush is a VERY light peachy gold shimmer.  I like this blush a lot, but if you have medium or dark skin, it is going to be a golden shimmery highlighter for you rather than a blush.  The highlighter is also very light.  Its a white shimmery highlight with reflects of pink and lavender.  All of these powders are very buttery and blendable.  The body butter is nice, and the perfume is OK, but the stars of the box are the makeup products.  Again, if you have medium or dark skin, you probably will not like these products, but I personally like them a lot! Butter Collection Box: $29.99

Buy the box here: Butter Collection

XOXO

Nikki

The 3 Best Products from the Spring Fab Fit Fun Box!

Hey! It has been so long since my last post!  I have been extremely busy with work and school so I haven’t been able to spend any time blogging :(.  But graduation is less than two weeks away and I can’t wait to be done and start writing more!

I received my spring fab fit fun box a while ago, but I wanted to share the three standout products that I have been using ever since I got it and still am LOVING!

These boxes are really great, but sometimes there’s nothing worth raving about, but these items are definitely rave worthy!

The first product I want to talk about has been something I use every morning before putting on my makeup.  It’s the Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion.  I love the brand Murad, and this moisturizer is light, non greasy, and perfect for everyday.  Link to Lotion

 

Next is the Rachel Pally Reversible Clutch.  I received the paradise pattern which is what I would have chosen if I could!  I can’t decide if this or the next item is my #1 favorite.  I can’t wait to bring this to Hawaii and use it through the Spring and Summer! Link to Clutch

                       

 

The last item and (I think) my absolute favorite item is the ISH Lip Statement Palette.  This palette comes with 12 shades of pigmented, creamy, long lasting lipstick.  The colors are also really pretty!  There’s really not a color that I could never see myself wearing which happens in a lot of value palettes.  I love mixing colors and creating my own shade.  This lip palette is amazing! Link to Lip Palette

I hope you enjoyed this quick post!  I am trying to get back into the swing of things.  I will be posting more when I am done with school!  So close!  We are headed to San Francisco for Memorial Day weekend, so you can expect some outfit and restaurant posts for sure! 🙂

XOXO

Nikki

The best drugstore beauty products

Hi friends!  I wanted to share a few of my favorite beauty products that come from the drug store.  I am a makeup and beauty lover, and I believe there are some things that you need to get from Sephora or higher end places, but there are so many products that I use every single day that you can get from Target or the drug store!

Foundation: Loreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation, Loreal True Match Foundation, Almay Healthy Glow Foundation, Loreal Infallible Setting Spray

The pro matte foundation is perfect to wear for events or whenever you need your makeup to last for a long time.  I do not have oily skin, but I like to use this for when I need my face to stay put.  If you have oily skin, this would be a great everyday foundation for you. The true match is a perfect everyday foundation for me.  It feels super lightweight, and blurs imperfections, and has sunscreen.  I love the Almay healthy glow because it has nice coverage, lasts a long time, and I can use it when I have a spray tan so my face matches my body.  The Loreal setting spray takes away the powdery look and helps your makeup last and last.

Concealer: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer, Loreal Infallible Pro Glow Concealer, Maybelline Master Conceal by Face Studio Concealer

The instant age rewind is super hydrating and has great coverage.  It is also super easy to apply and blend.  The pro glow is also hydrating and gives a nice airbrushed look to the under eye area.  The master conceal is the fullest coverage drug store concealer I have ever used.  It is great for under the eyes, blemishes, or even scars.

Powder/Bronzer: Maybelline Master Fix Loose Powder, Rimmel Natural Bronzer

I love this setting powder because it does not leave a white cast on my face, but sets all my makeup nicely.  The bronzer is a nice color and very natural looking and warms up my complexion.

Mascara, Eyeliner, Brows: Maybelline Big Shot Mascara, Loreal Voluminous Million Lashes Excess, Loreal Voluminous Mascara, NYC Liquid Eyeliner, NYX Micro Brow Pencil

I use all of these mascaras together because I am just extra like that lol.  These are all amazing.  I only get my mascara from the drug store because I have found that it is just as good, if not better than any high end one I have tried.  The liquid eyeliner is super easy to use to do winged eyeliner.  The brow pencil has a tiny tip so it looks very natural and is easy to work with.

Makeup Remover/ Dry Shmpoo: Neutrogena Makeup Remover Towelettes, Psssst! Instant Dry Shampoo

These makeup wipes are a dream.  They take all of my makeup off super easily.  The dry shampoo smells great, and doesn’t weigh my hair down.  All of these products are affordable and great quality.  Why spend so much when you don’t need to am I right?! 

I hope you enjoyed this post!  Thank you for reading!  I will talk to you all soon!

XOXO

Nikki

 

 

 

Our trip to Carmel-by-the-Sea

Well, we are back home to reality after an amazing few days in Carmel-by-the-sea.  We wanted to take a little Valentine’s vacation to celebrate Kohl finishing school and me being five years cancer free.  Five years is a big deal because I am pretty much in the clear now.  No more scans and ultra sounds every six months or so.  Hallelujah!  Kohl has been working so hard going to school to get his degree as well as moving up and doing great in his career.  We have a lot to celebrate!  Neither of us had been there before and we were both so amazed at how beautiful it was there.  We stayed at the Tickle Pink Inn and had a great room with an unreal view.  The hotel was absolutely great.  Right when we got into our room, we were greeted by a bottle of champagne and chocolate truffles.  The staff was very friendly, our room was great, and the bed and bath tub were dreamy (I actually fit in the tub! lol).  Every morning the hotel offered a deluxe continental breakfast that we brought back to eat on our balcony.  The breakfast was not just toast and orange juice, there were so many delicious options!  Our favorite part was the wine and cheese reception they offered every night from 4:30-6:00.  They had wine of course and a bunch of other delicious snacks that we enjoyed on the beautiful patio that had a view of the ocean.  We had such a great experience at the Tickle Pink Inn and we will definitely be back!  The first day we got there, we got lunch at Rocky Point which had such a great view, and then just relaxed on our balcony, enjoyed wine and cheese, and picked up dinner and watched a movie.  The next day we went hiking at Point Lobos State reserve, and drove to Big Sur.  The views of the coast were breathtaking!  That night we went to dinner at Montrio Bistro in Monterey and had an amazing dinner.  We got an appetizer that was called 48 hour bacon and it was heavenly.  Kohl got a steak and I had salmon, we were very impressed with this restaurant and would definitely come back when we visit Carmel again.  You know we love our food! 🙂

Outfit details: Top,   Skirt, Shoes

The next day we went to Pebble Beach and drove the 17 mile tour along the coast and golf course.  It was soooo cold this day but the beach and the views were more than worth it.  The whole time we were there I could not help but thank God for His beautiful creation that He gave us to enjoy.  The water was so gorgeous!  It looked like pictures you see in a magazine.  It reminded me a lot of Maui with the turquoise water and beautiful coast lines.  We even saw some seals. 🙂  After we drove and stopped at all the little lookout points, we went to the shops at the golf resort to get souvenirs where Kohl was in golf heaven.  After that we stopped for lunch at the Carmel Coffee and Cocoa Bar and did more shopping at the little shops in downtown Carmel.  I loved this little lunch spot because they had great food and a huge coffee/dessert menu.  That night for dinner we went to La Bicyclette and had some amazing pizzas (my favorite :)).

Outfit details: Similar Dress (my exact dress is no longer in stock)

Shoes: Same as first outfit

We had an unforgettable trip and look forward to returning to this beautiful place!

XOXO

Nikki

What happened when I did a juice cleanse

So after eating about 27 handfuls of peanut m&m’s, too many plates of chips and dip, and countless trips to the dessert table, I was feeling especially bloated and sluggish after Super Bowl Sunday.  I decided it would be good to detox my body and do a 1 day cleanse.

I went to Pressed Juicery and got the Cleanse 1- 1 day cleanse.  They have three different levels of cleanses in 1,2, and 3 day options.  The Cleanse 1 was the highest calorie option that was suggested for people new to cleansing.  It came with 6 juices as well as a chlorophyll water to drink throughout the day, and an aloe vera water to drink before bed.  The juices were numbered 1-6 and they told me to have a juice every 2 hours.  The first drink I had when I woke up was the vanilla almond.  It was pretty good.  It tasted like almond milk and definitely filled me up and kept me going until it was time to drink another. 

The next juice was the greens 2 and this one tasted pretty good as well.  After drinking this juice I was feeling refreshed and had a good amount of energy considering I didn’t have any coffee that morning.

A couple hours after the green juice I was starting to feel pretty hungry.  The next one was the roots 2.  I loved this one because it had carrot in it so it was sweet.  This one kept me satisfied for a while.

The fourth juice was my absolute favorite.  It was the citrus 2 and it had pineapple in it so it was super sweet and refreshing.

The next one I had around 5:30 pm so it was around the time I usually eat dinner so I was feeling pretty hungry.  This one was the greens 3 and was my least favorite.  I like green juices but this one was bitter and had a lot of celery which I don’t love.

I was actually really surprised that I felt as good and as satisfied as I did throughout the day and made it without hurting anyone lol.  But after the fifth juice at around 7 pm I got very sick.  I got a horrible migraine on the right side of my head, I felt nauseous, I was shaking, and I threw up.  It was awful.  Now I don’t know if this was my body detoxing or telling me that I can’t handle not eating all day.  I felt so sick that I couldn’t drink the last juice, which was chocolate almond.  All I could do was take Advil and go to bed.  I did try it the next morning and it was very good, and would have been a nice treat to satisfy my sweet tooth.

The chlorophyll and aloe water were kinda weird.  They tasted like water with a hint of I don’t know what, something weird lol they were drinkable.

The weirdest part was when I woke up the next morning, I felt amazing.  I didn’t snooze my alarm, I had energy which is rare, and my stomach was not bloated and felt good.  With all of that said, will I be cleansing regularly?  Probably not.  The way my body reacted at the end of the day was not worth it.  I will stick with Pressed Juicery’s delicious freeze as a treat! 🙂

XOXO

Nikki

The best (and cheapest) snacks at Disneyland

I know, another food and Disney post, but I promise this one is worth the read!  We love going to Disneyland, but hate feeling like we have to spend half our paycheck when we want to get a few things to eat.  After going to Disneyland for a while, I have put together a list of my favorite snacks that won’t break the bank.

1.  Popcorn- Popcorn is always good, but even better when they have the the bucket you can pay $15 for and refill for $1!  This is offered only to annual pass holders and is such a good deal!  I will not tell you how many times we refill ours in one visit lol.  You can find these at popcorn carts throughout both parks.

2. Mickey Mouse pretzel with cheese/ Cream cheese filled pretzel- The salted Mickey pretzel with cheese sauce is $6 and the cream cheese filled pretzel is $5.75.  It is so hard to choose which one to get, they are both so delicious!  If you are more in the mood for a salty snack, I would go for the Mickey pretzel with cheese, and for a sweet and doughy (in a good way) treat go for the cream cheese.  You can find these at carts throughout both parks.

3. Mickey shaped beignets at the Mint Julep Bar- These are heavenly!  Like a cloud of sweet fried goodness.  A bag of 6 beignets costs $7.49.  I think this is a great deal considering they are pretty large beignets.  The mint julep costs $4.49 and is super refreshing!

4. Corn dog at the Little Red Wagon cart- If you have ever had these corn dogs, then you already know, if you have not, you must!  These are the best corn dogs I have ever had.  One corn dog costs $7 a la carte.

5. Chimichanga- These super delicious crispy fried burritos are huge!  Definitely a filling snack.  One chimi costs $6.29 and can be found near Sleeping Beauty Castle at the turkey leg cart.

6. Churro- Definitely a Disneyland classic snack that you can never go wrong with!  Sweet, crunchy, and delicious!  A churro costs $4.75 and can be found all over both parks.

7. Ice Cream- I saved my favorite for last!  I love to get a dipped (and sprinkled of course) waffle cone at the Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor on Main Street.  This is a huge treat!  A double scoop in a dipped waffle cone costs $5.99.

Thanks for reading yet another foodie post!  Talk to you all soon!

                                                                                                  XOXO

Nikki

 

Disneyland Festival of Holidays

So this is totally a foodie post!  We went to Disneyland and sampled a bunch of different dishes at their Festival of Holidays celebration.  They have several different stands in California Adventure park that have holiday dishes inspired by different countries.  We purchased a pre paid ticket for $45 where we could choose 8 dishes to try.  We were so impressed by the food!  Everything we had was delicious!  Even though it was super packed when we went, we had such a great time trying out all the yummy food and just walking around and seeing all of the Holiday decorations one last time, and Paradise Pier before they start the construction to turn it into Pixar Pier.  We of course did not stop there with the treats haha we had to get our favorite Mickey pretzel and some ice cream! 🙂

The first thing we tried was from the Spicy Celebrations stand.  We got the Nashville hot fried turkey and a beef tamale with red sauce.  Both were good, but the tamale was SUPER spicy, a little too spicy for me, but still very yummy.

Next we had a beef short rib with smashed potatoes and gravy and topped with cranberry sauce from the Joy to the Sauce stand.  We loved this one!  The meat was tender and the flavors of the gravy and sauce were delicious.

Next we had chorizo queso fundido with tortilla chips from Chips, Breads, and Holiday Spreads.  This was my second most favorite thing we ate!  It was rich, creamy, and heavenly.  Can you tell how happy I was?!

The next dish we had was macaroni and cheese with cornbread crumbles from the Holiday Duets stand.  Simple and delicious, you can never go wrong with mac and cheese!  I loved the crunchy topping and how creamy the cheese was.

The next thing we had was just okay.  Definitely not our favorite.  It was Chana Masala with grilled garlic naan from the Classic Crocks and Casseroles stand.  It was just a little bland, and couldn’t compare to all the other amazing things we had.

The next dish was so yummy and one of Kohl’s favorites because it was tater tots lol!  It was Reuben potato smash with Russian dressing and rye toast crumble from the Twist on Tradition stand.  I don’t normally love Reuben sandwiches but these tots were crispy, salty, and delicious!

The last dish we had was definitely the grand finale and both of our #1 favorites (because we had to rank all of them 1-8 of course!) haha!  It was braised pork belly adobo with garlic fried rice from the Blissfully Braised stand.  We had to wait a while for this dish because they kept running out of it due to popularity!  It was so worth the wait.  The pork had an amazing flavor and was super tender, and the rice was just pure garlicy goodness!

Next we had to get a pretzel and dessert!  The Mickey Mouse pretzel is always a favorite that we get almost every time we come haha and the ice cream in a dipped sprinkle cone Kohl got is also a favorite usual of ours.  I decided to try something different for dessert this time.  I got a hand dipped ice cream bar from Clarabelle’s in CA Adventure and it was so yummy!  You get to pick your ice cream flavor, the type of chocolate to dip it in, and toppings.  I got vanilla ice cream dipped in milk chocolate with all of the toppings!  Yes, all of them haha you can choose one topping or get the kitchen sink and have them put all of them on.  It was so good, I will definitely be getting this again!

We had such a fun time at the Festival of Holidays and we hope to go again next year!  We are also excited to see Pixar Pier when it is finished; we took a picture of the pier to remember it.  Some of our favorite memories of our relationship were made at Disneyland and California Adventure.  We always have such a great time just being kids again for a few hours.  See you again soon, Disney!

XOXO

Nikki

 

 

My 2018 Goals

This is going up much later than I hoped but I am excited to share with you what my goals are for this year.  I did not want to just post some cliche resolutions, so I really spent a lot of time thinking about what I wanted to do and accomplish this year.  This last year was a rough one for me, and I feel confident that this year is my time to recover and strengthen myself.  I am excited for a fresh start and look forward to all this year has to offer!

Outfit details linked at the end of this post

Learn how to deal with my anxiety: I have always been a very stressed and anxious person, and I probably always will be, and that’s okay, but I can change how I deal with it in my life.  Pray more, worry less is something I want to always be reminding myself.  Some things that also help me a lot is frequent exercise, walking by the beach, and meeting with/praying with my good friends and family.

Read my Bible more: A lot of these goals are going to help me with my first goal.  When I am in His word consistently, I have more peace and perspective on life.  I really want to draw closer to God this year, because He is the only one that can give me the healing and strength that I need.

Be more organized: I want to be better at keeping my room and car clean because I am so much more relaxed and can think better when my things are clean and organized.  I also got a beautiful daily planner that will help me with organizing my schedule.  It also has encouraging scriptures on every page, and it came with the cutest stickers for holidays and more.  I will also link my planner and stickers at the end of this post.

Spend more time with family and friends: I work a lot and it is easy to spend any free time I have just curling up in a ball and watching Netflix.  Time with my loved ones is precious to me and I never want to take them for granted.

Be more active: I always feel better mentally and physically when I exercise consistently.

Eat more fruits and veggies: I do want to gradually clean up my diet, but it is very unrealistic for me to set a goal like “cut out sweets and pizza.”  This is a goal that I can reach while trying to eat better overall.

Do more of what makes me happy: I want to play more tennis with my mom, go to more concerts with my friends, go to Disneyland more with my nieces, and grow my blog.

Choose joy: I want to accept my feelings when I feel anxious, depressed, angry or not good enough, but I really want to work better at giving those feeling to God DAILY because they can get in the way of my joy.  While there are so many reasons to be stressed, depressed, anxious, and hopeless, there are so many more to be joyful.  This year, I really want to focus on the love my Savior has for me and all the amazing blessings in my life.  Here’s to a great year!  Hoodie: Gapfit breathe pullover hoodie

Leggings: Under armour authentic leggings

Sneakers: Nike flex tr 7

Foundation: Josie Maran Vibrancy Argan Oil Foundation

Planner: The happy planner

Stickers: Dates and holidays stickersEveryday memories stickers