Month: March 2013

America’s Next Top….Well Maybe Not

A couple of weeks ago I had a photo shoot for my accessory line and I wanted to share a little bit of my experience with you. Let me start by setting the scene for you. Shy little Nikki is on a playground/dog park, the sun is shining, she is dressed in the cutest spring outfit, the cameras snapping away and…….(I shiver just thinking about it) it’s only 20 degrees. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating. It may have been 40 degrees but it is Chicago. Throw some wind chill factor in there and it probably felt like 15 degrees. I’m thinking to myself “Is this really happening? What was I thinking? Why am I doing this? I’m going to catch pneumonia. I should have taken a couple of shots before this.”

There I was, freezing my butt off, letting my friend take pictures of me. Little kids, parents, and dog owners just looking. I was begging my inner Leo to show itself. It never really showed up but when the photographer let me see the first set of pics, I was in awe. They looked amazing, well most of them did.  I was inspired and excited about the whole experience. I started not to take myself too seriously. I mean, it wasn’t like I was auditioning for Tyra Banks or something. Although I’m sure I could make it at least to the top ten with some practice. I kid. I kid. While I’ve been posting some of my favorites over the last week to advertise the items I make and sell, I’ve kept my not so favorites under wraps….until now. Enjoy.

This was the first shot. lol. I was afraid to take off my coat.

This was the first shot. lol. I was afraid to take off my coat.

Surrounded by snow trying to channel spring.

Surrounded by snow trying to channel spring. Can you tell from the look on my face that it wasn’t working?

"Oh. You want me to show off my earrings? Like this?"

“Oh. You want me to show off my earrings? Like this?”

Can you see my teeth chattering?

Can you see my teeth chattering?

Trying to be incongnito while I wipe my runny nose.

Trying to be incognito while I wipe my runny nose.

Filps hair. I'm in the groove now.

I was told I look like I lost my my puppy in this pic.

I was told I look like I lost my my puppy in this pic.

Cute or awkward? This one could go either way.

Cute or awkward? This one could go either way.

Note to self: do 100 crunches a day until forever

Note to self: do 100 crunches a day until forever

Strike a pose. Bam!

Strike a pose. Bam!

Trying to be natural and show off my earrings.

Trying to be natural and show off my earrings.

I'm soo bored. God, is that you?

I’m soo bored. God, is that you?

Last shot? Okay I think I'm gonna go to sleep right here.

Last shot? Okay I think I’m gonna go to sleep right here.

Well that’s all you guys. I hope you enjoyed making fun of me. If you want to see the great shots you can check them out at my Facebook (shop, like, and share please), Etsy (feel free to buy something while you’re there), Twitter, or follow me on Instagram @nikkisimone1. Big shout out to the photographer Mr. Fuse Collins and GetToThePointEnt. You can contact him right HERE. Click it. Go ahead.

Until next time. Byyyyeee!

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One Giant Leap for Little Ol’ Me

Hey. It’s Nikki Simone here.

At the end of 2012, my friend posed this question on his blog “What are your top 10 intentions for 2013?” After revisiting my 2013 list of intentions, I realized that I’ve already wasted 2 months. 2 whole months! Where did those 2 months go? What have I done that is even remotely related to any of my intentions? After getting over these initial feelings of panic and disappointment I realized that I have 10 months left. 10 whole months! I often see my cup half full only after I get upset about my cup being half empty. Story of my life.

My first step in achieving my intentions was deciding to rid myself of the ”I’ll do it tomorrow” and the ”I have plenty of time” mindsets. Do it today. Make decisions now like you won’t be here tomorrow. So here I am….writing a blog. *shines with pride* *puffs out chest* *takes a bow* What’s the big deal you may ask. Well, those of you who know me know that I’m private and somewhat introverted so writing a blog is HUGE for me. Those of you who don’t know me, nice to meet you. Stay tuned.

I couldn’t figure what I would focus on with this blog considering the fact that there are so many sides to my personality. I don’t mean  that in the Sybil kind of way. I mean that I have lots of interests and talents that I want to share. So that’s exactly what I’ll do. I will focus on things that interests me, things that I’m passionate about, and a few things that upset me (I’ll try to stay away from too much negativity. Ain’t nobody got time for that.) My ultimate goal is to allow you all to learn some things from me as well as about me.

I am so excited about what is to come. Until next time,

Nikki Simone