spring

Gingham Everywhere

Hi people, it’s NikkiSimone here. I occasionally scroll popular online stores to gather inspiration.  In my most recent scroll, I noticed a trend for spring that stood out. GINGHAM! Usually, when I think of gingham, I think of tablecloths and Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. I’ve never thought it could become a trendy pattern. I was inspired! I took a trip to the fabric store the very next day and got to work. I came up with three pieces that will fit right in with the pieces from those online retailers, at half the price.
This first piece was made from a very small black and white gingham. I thought it would work well with this bold black and white striped full maxi that I also made. I added the pleather jacket for some edge.
This top was made from a medium black and white gingham. It’s very on trend for spring with the ruffles on the sleeves. I kept it simple with black skinny trousers and a block heel sandal.
This skirt is my favorite piece. I had a vision and struggled a bit to bring ot to life. Lots of trial and error to get just the right look. I wanted an edgy look so I paired it with a band tee, denim jacket, and over the knee boots.

Thank you so much for stopping by. Tell me about some of the trends you’re looking foward to rocking this spring. Feel free to share. Until next time,

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Pops of Colour!

Hey there. It’s NikkiSimone here and I just wanted to share my favorite ColourPop cosmetics Ultra Matte Lip Colors. I…am…obsessed. Enjoy.

  1. LYCHEE. This beautiful shade of purple just pops on my skin. Love it!

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2. LAX. Deep maroon gives a stylish and mysterious flair to any outfit. Work!

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3. LIMBO. Chocolate brown color takes me back to the 90’s. Yes!

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4. MARS. This bright pink is daring and bold. You will definitely get second looks with this color.

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Once again, I am obsessed. These matte lip colors are so vivid. They stay put all day long with out drying out your lips. Good job ColourPop!

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time,

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Fashion Trends I Pray Never Go Away

Hey people. It’s Nikki Simone here and these are a few fashion trends that I’m happy exist and probably couldn’t live without. I mean, seriously, what did I wear before these things were in?

LEGGINGS

Some may consider leggings a ghetto or “hoodratish” article of clothing these days but I disagree, to some degree. There are some questionable prints out there, but I don’t plan to wear any with marijuana leaves, or naked chicks. I will, however, rock some leather ones, or a tribal print. I’m not much into sweatpants and sneakers so leggings is my go to piece of clothing for comfort. There are so many different styles that you can dress up or down and make work in any situation.

Oh the possibilities.

Oh the possibilities.

HIGH-LOW TOPShl3 - CopyAs I said above I love leggings, but I don’t need my behind showing for everyone to see. At least not all the time. ..Hehe. High-low tops are perfect for situations like this. They show just enough and cover up just enough. They add a touch of style to any outfit. Loooove them.

Dressy or casual. Love them either way.

Dressy or casual. Love them either way.

MIDI SKIRTSmid - CopyThese are a fairly new trend. I think of it as a sexier version of the pencil skirt. Once I hit thirty, I decided mini skirts did not always equate to sexiness. I feel like I’m trying too hard when I wear them. Then, I discovered the MIDI skirt! Sophisticated yet sexy as hell. It still shows what you’re working with without showing everything you working with if you know what I mean.

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Yesss lawd!

WEDGES

Aldo-Shoes-Calacagni-Wedge - Copy Heels add a touch of sexiness and sophistication to any outfit. Unfortunately, my feet and most heels don’t get along after an hour or so. Wedges are another story. I can wear them for hours, hop over puddles, skip down the street, dance the night away, stand in line for the bathroom, and make it back home avoiding that nasty barefoot walk of shame.

I need all of these in my closet now.

I need all of these in my closet now.

SKINNY JEANSSkinny-Jeans I remember when skinny jeans made a come back and I vowed to never wear a pair. Scoffing “Those would just make my feet look big.” Now, I don’t own anything but skinny jeans. I mean, seriously, how did we make it stuffing those boot-cuts and flares into knee high boots? How many pair of jeans did we ruin walking on the back of the hems in our sneakers and flats? These problems are all avoided with a pair of skinnies.

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Almost as many possibilities as leggings.

CROSS-BODY HANDBAGScb2 I take public transportation and it’s mighty hard to snatch a purse hanging ACROSS the body of an unsuspecting young woman.  That alone is reason enough for me to love them but I do have one more. They keep your hands free to juggle five shopping bags and a cup of Starbucks. Have you ever been Black Friday shopping? If so, you know a cross body is a must.

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Isn’t she lovely?

Which of these items are an important staple in your wardrobe? What are some items you can’t live without? Leave a comment, start up a discussion, say something.

Thanks for reading my thoughts. I hope you enjoyed. Until next time……Nikki Simone

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!