Easter best

This Easter was a special day because it was also my sister’s 20th birthday. That morning we woke up, got ourself ready and headed to mass. When we got back, we had antipasto plates made by dad, opened our baskets from the Easter Bunny, and enjoyed the beautiful weather. I think this was the jump start of spring and it makes me incredibly happy!!

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What I’m Wearing:

New York & Company coat || New York & Company shirt ||  Forever 21 jeans (old, similar) || Payless Heels || Ray-Ban sunglasses (similar)





So I took my first Soul Cycle class. To say it simply: it was AMAZING. I had heard great things about it from Kim, Marie, and Dana but I was still a little hesitant. I had tried spinning a number of times before but never loved it. However a few weeks ago I received an email at work about a promotion with Soul Cycle for free rides in April. Was this my sign to try a class?! I think it was. 

I got to the studio early for my class, and since I was nervous to go in too early I walked around outside for a bit. Once I went inside and was signed in, I got my shoes, and was given a mini tour of the space. Once I was in Room A, someone helped me get set up and I started warming up. After everyone was settled my instructor, Reed, asked if anyone was new and when I raised my hand he gave me a big welcome and instructed the rest of the class to do so as well. That’s when I knew this was going to be good. 

It was a Rihanna ride so I was super excited, but still very nervous about whether I could keep up. As the class started I felt good. And kept thinking “okay, I can do this. This isn’t that bad.” That lasted for a little bit. Then the crunches began, and I started losing my breath. But I took it easy and sat back to regain my strength and kept on pushing on. Then I began sweating. A lot. I haven’t sweat that much in a long time, but I kept going. I found myself smiling. Smiling?! While working out?! Yup , it was happening.

The funny thing is that there were no clocks. When I workout I always check the time so I know how much of the class is left, but here I couldn’t do that. However after many songs, Reed blew the lights out on the candles that lined his bike podium. I thought “is it almost over?!” But once I realized we were reaching the end,  I didn’t want it to be over. That’s when I knew I really liked it.

You leave Soul Cycle with a huge boost of confidence. For 45 minutes, you focus on you and what you’re accomplishing in that room. It is incredibly motivating and an unexplainable feeling. I left my first class thinking “WOW. I get it. I get why so many people love it.” And then proceeded to sign up for my next class.




Bonus funny moment of class: midway through class when it was time for the weights (oh yea, did I mention there were weights?) I slowed down to reach them and my bike locked. I believe this is because I slowed down and then had too much resistance but I needed to wave my instructor over to help me get going again haha. In the past this would’ve probably majorly embarrassed me but I laughed and kept spinning. :)


Guess who’s backkk!? Wow, I’m really not sure how it’s been over a month since my last post. Things have been crazy busy, but in a good way!! Lots of happy hours, Soul Cycle classes (more on that soon!!), and just enjoying everything my city has to offer. But I’m back, with lots of content to share.

First let’s start with today’s post. It has officially been a year since my first post on this site! Boy how things have changed. What started as something small before I graduated from college turned into a space to share what’s going on in my life and connect with other bloggers. Although I have been neglecting the blog the past month I promise I will be back and better than ever! I thought I’d do a fun outfit post for this special day, since they have become some of my favorite posts to do. Shoutout to this birthday balloon for still being inflated after two weeks, and the perfect prop.

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Thank you to all of my family and friends who continue to come back to Chocolate Chai and Champagne. Your support over the last year has pushed me to make this blog everything it can be.





St. Patty’s Day

I love St. Patrick’s Day! I am nowhere near Irish, but I think its a fun holiday! You all know how I love to be festive for holidays, and this is no exception. Here are some of my personal traditions for each St. Patty’s Day. Enjoy :)

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Green bagel || I always try to find a bagel store that sells green bagels, and I have been successful the last few years. It may seem a little gross to look at, but it’s so fun!

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Shamrock shaped cookies || My sorority always included shamrocks on a lot of our gifts, so in years past, I’ve made shamrock cookies with a shamrock cookie cutter and green frosting. Can’t forget the shamrock shaped sprinkles!

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Of course, cannot forget to dress with a little bit of green.

Hope you have a great St. Patrick’s Day!

Xo, Nicole

I Did It for the Insta 



Isn’t this shirt the cutest!? I won a giveaway from Linda over on L.A Style, N.Y Smile with a $25 gift card to The Shopping Bag and the cutest Forget Me Not ring and lip balm pack. I had never heard of The Shopping Bag before but when I ended up on the site I realized they had so many cute things! But this shirt immediately called my name.


I wanted to wear it to work this week so after a trip to the mall last weekend, I had some new pieces to wear with it. I’m obsessed with my new Old Navy jeans, they’re just so comfy and form fitting.


Luckily for me, I work with the fabulous Marie of The Preppy Mag and she was able to snap these photos for me. It was BEAUTIFUL out on Monday and I was actually comfortable without a coat. Say what?! I know, I was excited too.


The weather was so nice this week. I’m so ready for spring to stay!



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Let’s start by saying I’m such a matchy-matchy holiday loving girl. What does that have to do with this outfit? Well I purchased these tights in both black and peach from Old Navy a few months back and just knew I would be wearing them for Valentine’s Day. Which I did, the day before to work with a nice black dress and chambray shirt. But what good is a purchase if you can only wear it once? I knew I had to figure out another way to wear this adorable tights.


I was trying to pair my black skater skirt and chambray shirt but I just wasn’t feeling it. I’ve seen a lot of people wearing shorts and tights this winter but always felt it was way too out of my comfort zone. But let’s not forget, 2015 for me is all about trying new things! So I figured, let’s try this out.


And I must say… I loved it! Shorts are just SO comfortable but it stinks to have to put them away during the winter. I wish I would’ve tried this out sooner!!


Pairing the dressy shorts with booties and then adding in a more casual shirt and nice statement necklace rounded out the look. I wore the necklace/shirt/booties together a few months back for brunch with my friend Kim, and I just loved the way they looked together. Throwing in a hands-free clutch (also has a chain strap to wear over the shoulder), was just what this outfit needed. Perfect for weekend brunch or date night!


Hope you are all having a great week so far :)



Rise and Shine

Oh Monday, we meet again. Is it just me, or is it 10x harder to get up Monday morning?

Getting up for work has been much more of a struggle lately. It could be because I’m now a lot busier at work with longer hours some days, but I just can’t help pressing snooze every morning. Don’t get my wrong I am a morning person, but it would be even better if my mornings started at 8 rather than 6:30 ;)

I’ve looked into many ways to become a morning person, and even wrote about it back in the summer. While I haven’t found the perfect solution, I’ve put together a list of things that personally help me out:  

  • Leave the blinds open a little bit || I have room darkening shades, which is great when I want to block out light on the weekend, but during the week I need a little sun to help my eyes adjust as soon as I wake up.  (Note: due to day light savings it won’t be as bright in the morning for a bit, I learned that the hard way :(
  • Set clothes out the night before || When you’re exhausted in the morning, the last thing you want to do is pick out an outfit. So setting an outfit out the night before (and trying it on too) is really helpful. 
  • Play music || Yes, I’m that girl dancing around to the radio in the morning. Music you would dance to out on Saturday night? Yup, that’s exactly what I listen to. It just puts me in a great mood for the morning!
  • Try to limit electronic use right before bed || This is a hard one, because I don’t have much time for personal computer use when I get home so I always want to squeeze that in, but I try to get into bed and just watch TV for 15 minutes before falling asleep instead of scrolling through my phone or laptop. 


Do you have any tips I should try? I would love to hear them!