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Fall 2016 Lookbook: Outerwear Edition

Hi people, it’s NikkiSimone here bringing you my final post in my Fall 2016 Lookbook series. This one is special. Although the basic outfit remains the same, I show you four different outerwear pieces that are completely necessary for any fall wadrobe. Fall, in Chicago, has been pretty mild so far so I was able to show off the gams a bit. Each one of the looks in this lookbook series can be paired with tights or leggings to add a bit of warmth. All off the details of these looks will be listed at the end of this post.

Leather Jacket

 

Denim Jacket

 

Duster Jacket

 

Bomber Jacket

Dress and Wool Hat (H&M) Boots (JustFab) Bomber and Leather Jacket (Forever 21) Duster (Charlotte Russe) Denim Jacket (Thrifted/Banana Republic)

Photography Fuse Collins

Thank you so much for stopping by. Tell me what you think of the lookbook so far. Feel free to share. Until next time,

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Summer ’16 Lookbook: Look 5

Hi people, it’s NikkiSimone here bringing you look five of my Summer ’16 lookbook. In case you missed it, you can see look 1 here, look 2 here, look 3 here, and look 4 here. All off the details of this look will be listed at the end of this post.

Look 5: LBD and Beyond

We’ve all heard the rule about every woman having a little black dress, or LBD. I think this applies for day and night. The dress I’m wearing here is super casual and comfy and can be taken from day to night. I switched up a few accessories to give the dress a entirely different feel as I transitioned from day to night.

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The dress is from Forever 21, jacket from Old Navy, gladiator sandals from Shoedazzle, hat from Rue 21.

Photography: Fuse Collins Big thank you to Fuse for making my visions come to life.

Thank you so much for stopping by. Tell me what you think of the lookbook so far. Feel free to share. Until next time,

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Summer ’16 Lookbook: Look 3

Hi people, it’s NikkiSimone here bringing you look three of my Summer ’16 lookbook. In case you missed it, you can see look 1 here, and look 2 here. All off the details of this look will be listed at the end of this post.

Look 3: Box Pleats on Fleek

This look is very special to me. I had this vision of a beautiful full maxi skirt in a vibrant, bold pattern. When I saw this fabric in store,  I knew I had to do it justice by creating these box pleats that works with the print perfectly. Hours of pinning, measuring, and ironing took place, but it was all worth it.

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The skirt was made by me (Interested in purchasing one? Let me know) *Not so shameless plug*, Top is actually a dress from Agaci, Shoes are from JustFab.

Photography: Fuse Collins

Thank you so much for stopping by. Tell me what you think of the lookbook so far. Feel free to share. Until next time,

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Summer ’16 Lookbook: Look 2

Hey people,  it’s NikkiSimone here. This is look two of my Summer ’16 lookbook. If you missed look 1 you can check it out right here. All of the details of this look will be listed at the very end of the post.

Look 2: Bold Print Pencil Skirt 

I really enjoyed putting this look together. It all started with this beautiful, vibrant cotton print fabric that I purchased. It took me while to figure out what to make with it. As I was staring at it one day, it just hit me. Pencil skirt. Not just any ol’ basic pencil skirt though. I had to make it my own. And if you’ve ever worn a pencil skirt, you know what a struggle it is to walk in one, especially one of midi length. I solved that issue by putting not only a standard split in the back, but a very daring split in the front as well,  and every thing just fell into place.

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Skirt was made by me. (Interested in purchasing one? Let me know) *Not so shameless plug* Cami: Forever21 Blazer: Windsor Shoes: Shoedazzle 

Photography: Fuse Collins

Thank you so much for stopping by. Tell me what you think of the lookbook so far. Feel free to share. Until next time,

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DIY Gallery Wall Pieces

Hey people. It’s Nikki Simone here bringing a new diy project. I’ve been inspired by Pinterest, yet again, to create my very own gallery wall for my bedroom. 

I have purchased a couple of pieces of wall art that fit the theme I’m going for, but buying the amount it will take to fill the space will get pretty pricey so I’m making some of my own.

I ransacked my craft supplies, moseyed down to Michael’s for anything I was lacking, and strutted to Dollar Tree to finish it all off.

I will be sharing all of the pieces I create over the next couple of weeks. I hope you enjoy and get inspired.

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Cardstock from Michael’s,  metallic and black poster board from Dollar Tree, Gold and Black & White Striped paper from Blick.

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Black Sharpie and gold paint from my stash,  thumbtacks and labels from Dollar Tree.

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All frames from Dollar Tree.

These first two pieces were super easy and quick to do.

I cut out a piece of the black and white striped paper to fit an 8×10 frame. I then cut out a heart from the gold metallic poster paper.

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Place the heart in the center with a bit of glue and voila!

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I repeated this process, but used black and zebra print cardstock instead.

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Next, I took the labels, wrote a cute message, centered them onto a piece of paper to fit a 5×7 frame and that’s it. Easy peasy.

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I just love when my visions come to life. 3 down, several more to go. I’m excited to share the rest of my diy wall art pieces with you. Stay tuned.

Until next time,

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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!