Fall Favorites

Fall Favorites

Happy fall to all of you who love this time of the year! I am personally a summer gal, but I’ll take the Midwest fall scenery and fashion if I have to. In fact, I’m sharing some of my favorite fall pieces below!

Over sized off-the-shoulder sweaters

Muted neutrals

Duster cardigans

Chunky cardigans (because they’re comfy and can easily be thrown over a cami or tee)

Tall boots (I mean… isn’t fall about wearing leggings and tall boots? )

Scarves (so you can obviously hide the fact that you’re wearing a sports bra)

Layers on layers (because you end up taking them off and putting them back on as the temperature fluctuates)

What’s your favorite fall fashion piece?

Happy fall!

XOXO,

Gee Nicolette

T-Shirt Versatility

T-Shirt Versatility

When it comes to shopping, who else likes to feel good about their purchases? I know I do. When deciding if I should buy something apparel related, I ask myself if it’s an item I already own and if so, how can I get the most use out of it and how is it different than what I already have?

Sometimes that’s a hard question to ask myself because the result usually ends in me not being able to justify the purchase. However, when it comes to t-shirts, I seem to always find a way to justify the purchase ;). Mainly because graphic t-shirts are so different, unique and versatile!

I’m sharing some of my favorite Tees and how I like to style them for different occasions:

Pair with jeans: a simple and easy way to pair your t-shirt is with a pair of jeans. I was dressing up a causal date night outfit and threw on some jewelry, a fedora and a pair of sandals. Cute for dinner and comfy for a movie or a stroll along the river!

Top: Urban Tee Party. 10% off with code GINA10

Jeans: Francesca’s

Purse: Upstairs Boutique

Shoes: YAS Elegance Boutique

Pair with shorts: when the weather is in the upper 90s and your clothes are sticking to you, comfort is key (while still being stylish, of course). I love that this t-shirt isn’t like any others I own. Aside from having a 90s pop icon printed on the shirt, I like the rolled sleeves and cut outs at the bottom. This was a causal outfit I wore to brunch but it can easily be worn with some skinny jeans, heels and a leather jacket for a ‘cool’ vibe (maybe even throw on a mood ring, tattoo choker necklace and rock out to “Baby One More Time” to fully relive the 90s dream).

Top: Urban Tee Party. 10% off with code GINA10

Purse: Upstairs Boutique

Sunglasses: Quay Australia

Pair with yoga pants: I call this my “getting stuff done look”. As I mentioned before, comfort is a priority for me. After all, I need to be comfortable when sippin’ on a mimosa ;). But really, I wear a lot of yoga clothes whether I’m practicing, teaching or running errands in them. The staff at Joriki suggested I tie a knot in my “Look Forward Give Back” shirt to give it more of a fitted and chic look if I’m wearing it out and about. It’s safe to say I always tie this shirt up and I have it in every color available.

Top and pants: Joriki Yoga. 15% off with GINA15

Pair with a skirt: I love a good skirt and t-shirt combo. It easily elevates a t-shirt and makes it appropriate for a dressier occasion. Add some heels and a blazer for the complete work outfit!

Top: Urban Tee Party. 10% off with code GINA10

Skirt: Express

Shoes: Macy’s

Pair with a cardigan: You can never go wrong with throwing a blazer or cardigan over a t-shirt. On days when I’m feeling more casual, I opt for a solid color cardigan. If I’m feeling like kicking it up a notch, I’ll opt for a a dressier cardigan or blazer.

Top: Urban Tee Party. 10% off with code GINA10

Cardigan: Upstairs Boutique

Shoes: Nordstrom

Happy styling!

XOXO,

Gee Nicolette

Small Changes to Relieve Daily Stress

Small Changes to Relieve Daily Stress

Ever have those days that seem like you just can’t catch a break? You wake up feeling rushed and are in a hurry to get to your destination on time. I’m sharing a few tips to help relieve unnecessary stress (let’s face it, we can all shed some stress from our lives).

  1. Pick out your outfit the night before work. This is a big one for me! I feel more put-together when my outfit is picked out and I can get ready in the morning with ease.
  2. Unplug before bed. Give yourself 30 minutes to an hour before bed to stop scrolling through social media and let your mind (and eyes) rest before sleeping.
  3. Spend 5 minutes in the morning to yourself. Set your alarm clock 5 minutes earlier and be still. I like to sit in the dark with my oil diffuser on and enjoy the quietness before starting my day. It’s also a great time to meditate or get in some stretching.
  4. Breathing exercises. Spend time throughout your day taking deep breaths. Set reminders on your phone to take deep breaths (I like to count to 4 on my inhalations & exhalations). Release your tongue from the roof of your mouth. Relax your shoulders away from your ears. Unclench your jaw. Just let go of tension in your body.
  5. Drink water. Staying hydrated can keep your stress levels down. Enough said.
  6. Get your body moving. Get up and stretch, go for a walk or workout. Do something to clear your mind and get any built up tension out.

Wearing the Mantra Tee in Black and Black Mesh Legging from Joriki. My followers get 15% off with code: GINA15

Have any tips you want to share for stress relief? Comment below!

XOXO,

Gee Nicolette

Sippin the Tea

Sippin the Tea

Tea is a delicious drink that has so many amazing benefits! I love Tiesta Tea because they categorize their tea so you can choose which function and flavor you’re looking for. Their five different categories include: energizer, slenderizer, eternity, immunity, and relaxer. I love the idea of categories because each day your preferred function could change. For instance, today I am in need of the relaxer function, but yesterday I needed some energy!

Each function has a variety of delicious blends and can even be used to make cocktails. In fact, I’ve teamed up with Tiesta Tea and Joriki Yoga to bring you a fun and exciting yoga & tea mimosas event on March 31st at the Joriki showroom. My blog readers get 50% off tickets! Purchase your ticket here and use code: gina50
Now, let’s go through some of my favorite Tiesta Tea flavors:

(because lavender everything)
Wearing Joriki Ikat Indigo Top, Give Back Mantra Tee, Ikat Indigo High Waist Legging 
Use code GINA10 for 10% off all Joriki clothing. 
Add champagne for an instant mimosa 
Wearing Joriki Ikat Ombré Top and Ikat Ombré High Waist Legging 
You can purchase loose tea online or head to your local Target or grocery store to buy the brewed iced tea. 
Wearing Joriki Ikat Indigo Top, Give Back Mantra Tee and Ikat Indigo High Waist Legging
Check out Tiesta Tea’s delicious flavors for yourself at the event on March 31st!
Happy Sippin!
XOXO,
Gee Nicolette 

Athleta Fall Fashion

Athleta Fall Fashion

Fall has made its way to Chicago and is hitting us all hard (I am definitely curled up in bed with tea and Vicks while writing this). The other week, I hosted a yoga class and shopping event at Athleta in Oak Brook Center, and put together a few of my favorite fall looks for you guys and am here to share them!

There are SO many reasons why I love the Athleta brand and their clothing:
• Comfortable and versatile clothing
• High-quality and long lasting products
• Campaigns geared towards empowering women and girls #powerofshe
• Certified B Corporation
• 2020 goals: fabrics made of sustainable fibers, products made using water-saving techniques, etc.
Find more out here!

Office

Yoga/Workout 

Weekend

Walk/Outdoor Fitness Activity

Sweatshirt: Topanga Top
Happy Fall!
XOXO,
Gee Nicolette 

Designing a Career in Fashion

Designing a Career in Fashion

I had the opportunity to interview the fabulous fashion designer, friend and old college roomie of mine, Brianna Neal! Read more to find out how Bri followed her dreams of fashion design and broke into the industry!

Gina: Welcome Bri! Why don’t you give us a little background of yourself.
Brianna: I am an Indiana native who came to Chicago 5 years ago for college. I conquered that and now I am pursuing my dream of being a fashion designer. Since I was a little girl, I loved dressing my dolls and began sketching garments at a young age. Through the years, I continued to indulge in fashion with drawing, taking a sewing class in middle school and once high school came I knew that’s what I wanted to do! My mom always nurtured my creative mind. She was the one who pushed/encouraged me to pursue this dream.

G: What made you want to pursue a degree in Fashion Design?
B: I was already so in love with clothing/styling and having a high school course where we made beginner things such as pillows, pajama shorts, and one skirt was just not enough.. I just knew there was more to it lol. I wanted to learn how to be able to create my on garments. Ultimately fulfilling the dream of becoming a fashion designer.

G: Where do you draw inspiration from for your collections?
B: As for my inspiration, it can literally come from anywhere. I am always drawn to African culture, the beautiful textiles, colors, and shapes just feeds my imagination. Sometimes even music can inspire an outfit or even a collection.

G: Talk to me about your latest collection or project you’re working on.
B: My latest project is a collection called DAHL (Doll). It is my version of a 2018 African American Barbie Doll. Emphasizing African prints and bold colors she will be showcasing her fearlessness and passion for her heritage.

G: Where can we find your work?
B: You can find my work on blashaedesigns.com and on my Instagram @b.lashaedesigns

G: What advice would you give to someone that wants to break into the fashion industry?
B: My advice would be to be ready for hard work/long nights, always be prepared for anything; you don’t know where you next opportunity will present itself, and as cliche as it sounds DO NOT GIVE UP! You can do anything you put your mind to, keep pushing and always be positive.

Thank you so much to Brianna for talking to us about her passion for design and showing us some of her beautiful pieces! Don’t forget to work hard and follow your dreams. 

“It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together.” 

XOXO,
Gee Nicolette 


0 IS a Size Too

0 IS a Size Too

You know how your mother or teacher always told you, “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all”? Well this is true but what happens when people say things that aren’t nice? What are you supposed to do? I typically bite my tongue because I don’t like confrontation, but lately I have talked to many women about this specific topic and feel that it’s an important one to share. Skinny shaming. Yes, I said the word that people think doesn’t exist. Body shaming of ANY size is just wrong. Again, the whole if you don’t have something nice to say just keep quiet thing. 
I think it’s important to share this topic because we have all been guilty of body shaming someone at one point, even if it was yourself. Every person is truly beautiful and unique, yet we are so focused on outside appearance and what size we aspire to fit into, that we loose sight of what’s on the inside. There’s a famous picture of Sophia Bush wearing a shirt that says “0 IS NOT A SIZE” and while I love her, I don’t support that statement. 0 is a real size just like every other size out there, I promise. Telling someone who is a size 0 to “eat a cheeseburger” will not magically make them a size 4. Just because you’re a size 0 and might not have a lot of curves doesn’t mean you’re not sexy OR just because you do have curves doesn’t mean you’re not sexy either. 
I scroll through Instagram and see the Kardashians photos in their yoga pants and I can promise you, it doesn’t matter how many XXX you add in front of XS, I still won’t have those curves. For some reason I have associated curves with being “sexy”. I like to eat. A LOT. I love pasta, chocolate, and wine. I also love juice, yoga and vegetables. One day I might have curves or I may not, but it does not define what is meaningful in life. I have friends of all shapes and sizes and we don’t ask each other what our sizes are. Okay, only when we are shopping together and find an item that is on sale or too cute to pass up. I don’t care what size my friend is, when I need someone to talk to at 2am they are there. 
I challenge myself and everyone else to stop focusing on size. Rethink your definition of beautiful and sexy. When you get out of the shower, stand in front of the mirror and admire your body for what it is and be grateful for everything it’s capable of; getting you up out of bed, walking, moving, etc. 
More body love and self love. 

XOXO, 
Gee Nicolette 

Shirt: Spiritual Gangster. Find here
Denim Jacket: Ci Sono
Yoga Pants: T.J. Maxx