Park Avenue Winter

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Friday night I had the pleasure of dining at Park Avenue Winter in midtown, to celebrate my friend Maddy’s birthday. Let me start by saying, it was one of the best dining experiences I’ve had in the city.

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A little bit about the restaurant: they change their menu and decor every few months to reflect the current season, so right now it is Winter. It’s such an amazing concept and definitely keeps it interesting. We were also lucky that Maddy’s birthday fell during restaurant week (perfect for my fabulous foodie friend) so of course we had to try the special menu.
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I was a little nervous at first because I am such a picky eater and it was a Friday during Lent, which meant no meat, but the staff was extremely accommodating. I was able to order two appetizers instead of an appetizer and a meal. I chose the Greenmarket Lettuces with Winter Frost Vegetables and then the Kale and Manchego Salad. The second salad was actually supposed to have chorizo and made with a chorizo dressing, but the waiter kindly made a swap for a lemon and olive oil dressing instead. With my meal I had the Winter Citruscello Bellini which was so good. For dessert I chose the Winter White Sundae which was Popcorn Ice Cream, Coconut & White Mocha Sauce. The meal and restaurant were so great and it was the perfect place to celebrate Maddy’s birthday.

I can’t wait to return when the seasons change!

Xo,

Nicole

PS: Outfit post for this night soon to follow!

NPC Badge Day

Hellooo Monday! Man I had a great week and weekend. Lots of things going on but I love being busy! Today I’m linking up with some other bloggers for the National Panhellenic Council International Badge Day. For any non-Greek readers, its a day for sorority women to wear their sorority badges or Greek letters in a celebration of sisterhood.

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Although I’ve graduated, being in a sorority is a big part of my life. Just last week I attended an NYC Alumnae Panhellenic event with my friend Marie! It was so cool to meet other New Yorkers of different sororities. I’m also still super close with my sorority family– thank goodness for group texts! Its so great to hear what’s going on in their lives and hear about the newest additions to our family.

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You can still find me in my letter shirts during the weekend, it’s my favorite thing to throw on with a pair of sweats or leggings. When I’m lounging around watching TV or blogging, its always nice to rep my sorority.

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I may have graduated, but my Kappa Delta sisterhood will be apart of my life for many years come.

Xo,

Nicole

Keepin’ Me Warm

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Hello hello! How is it only Thursday!? It’s felt like such a long week. Not only has it been busy at work, but I’ve had plans and events almost every night! Which is all fun don’t get me wrong ;) I just wish it wasn’t as cold.

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Let’s go back to last Sunday please, where it was 40 degrees and beautifully sunny. That’s when these pictures were taken; I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get outside! I’ve been loving this turtle neck & faux fur vest combo and have found myself wearing it to work a couple of times this winter. It’s a go-to when I know it’s going to be extra cold that day. It also easily transitions for after-work drinks. Just add some lipstick and throw on a pair of booties! The turtleneck is warm, but not too suffocating and the vest adds that something extra.

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I spoke about this vest back in December when I first received it, but it was such a good investment, and so so comfy! I definitely recommend checking out Chichwish to get your own. At first I was a little nervous about ordering online, but it worked out great!

Not only was I so happy to be outside without a coat, but it was also so much fun to shoot with my mom! She’s my mother and my best friend, and now my photographer too (hehehe). Love ya mom!

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 What I’m Wearing:

Chichwish vest || Old Navy turtleneck || Old Navy jeans || Kenneth Cole Reaction purse || Michael Kors watch || Essie nail polish in Sugar Daddy

 

Hope you all have a great rest of the week!

Xo,
Nicole

 

PS: I may or may not have purchased two new pairs of these jeans over the weekend… (yup, definitely did)

Reflecting

Months ago, in one of my earlier blog posts I talked about how I’m a firm believer in everything happening for a reason. Well months later, here I am, still a supporter of that statement.

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Today is one month that I was given the news of my full time position at work. It’s been such an amazing month and I still have pinch me moments when I realize I’m working in my dream job. I love that I can wake up every morning and look forward to getting to work. I’ve changed so much over the last six months since I began working in the city. I feel myself growing up, because I want to and because I’m forced to. You don’t realize what you’re capable of until you’re presented with a challenge.

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So now I challenge you: do something that you wouldn’t expect yourself to do. Step outside of your comfort zone. I try that every day now and makes life so exciting. See what you can do!

I hope you all have an amazing week!

Xo,

Nicole

Trench

How adorable is this trench coat!? I saw it a few weeks ago on Old Navy’s website and have been thinking about it ever since. I think its the perfect length and material for nice weather in the city, and makes me want spring to come even sooner!! With the snow yesterday and some more snow in the forecast this week, I don’t see that happening any time soon. I think this will have to be one of my early purchases to get me ready for spring!

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You can click on the image to take you to the Old Navy site!

Xo,

Nicole

L-O-V-E

Happy belated Valentine’s Day! I’ve always been the biggest fan of Valentine’s Day, I think because my parents always managed to make it an extra day special for my sister and I. But just for the record: I’m definitely ready for a boyfriend to be my Valentine haha (sorry mom and dad!).

I started my morning with a Zumba class at my gym. I absolutely love Zumba classes– I think that’s because of the mix of dance and Latin music (hellloooo lots of Pitbull!). The class definitely set my mood for the day, so I’m so glad I went.

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I came back from class to an awesome brunch of chocolate chip muffins, banana pecan pancakes, fruit and mimosas. My parents are the absolute cutest and tried to make my day as great as possible.

The rest of my day was spent catching up on my TV shows, cleaning up some space on my laptop (I took some tips from Carly), and just lounging around. Later on we ordered some Chinese food for dinner and took a trip to Target. Somehow I only left there with 2 magazines. I definitely had a few more things in my cart but managed to put them back… go me! I ended my night with watching The Best of Me, that I rented on iTunes. Gotta love a good Nicholas Sparks story!

Hope you all had a great Valentine’s Day!

Xo,
Nicole

Kate Spade Surprise Sale

Just last week I was raving over my recently purchased Kate Spade “Cheers” necklace and cross-body bag from the December Surprise Sale. Well lucky for Kate Spade lovin’ girls, the Surprise Sale is back with so many great goodies!

This “Cheers” necklace is back on the sale, it actually sold out last time!

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Here are some additional items I’d like to purchase this time around:

Hurry, you have 3 days to shop!

Xo,

Nicole