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

The Ultimate Hair Experience

The Ultimate Hair Experience

“Invest in your hair, it’s the crown you never take off.”

I was recently invited to come in and experience the Kelly Cardenas Salon in Wicker Park. Let me just tell you guys, my visit was the most relaxing hair experience I have ever had! The services I received were their Wash House Experience, Blow Dry & Style. 
The staff was super friendly and greeted me with a mimosa (which always makes me a happy girl) and gave me a tour of the salon. My stylist, Justice, was an absolute sweetheart! She started off my services by taking me to the Wash House area. I didn’t capture an image of this area in efforts to respect the space for other customers, but it was a relaxing room with dim/candlelit lighting and zen music playing in the background. This was by far the BEST wash experience I have ever had. Not only did Justice wash/condition my hair and massage my scalp, she also gave me a neck and shoulder massage for total relaxation. 
Before my Blow Dry & Style, Justice asked me a few questions to assess my hair -are there any issues I notice with my hair (for me, it’s always the frizziness!), what products I currently use, and what type of style I would like for my service. With the crazy humidity in Chicago, my hair has remained up in a ponytail for most of the month. I love beachy waves, but whenever I try to achieve them at home, I step outside and my hair frizzes (like Monica in the episode of Friends). Justice used products to help control my frizz and I instantly noticed it during my Blow Dry. As you can see in the below photo, the blow dryers hang from the ceiling, which I thought was the cutest decor until I realized they are actually real! 
Here is the beachy wave hairstyle! AND even after dining outside shortly after, it still remained tamed 🙂 I loved my experience so much, I booked my next appointment with Justice for a cut and balayage! 
So cute- the bathroom had a board filled with prayer requests
If you have never been to Kelly Cardenas Salon, you can experience the Wash House, Blow Dry & Style services COMPLIMENTARY. Book today with Justice and mention my name/this post! 
XOXO,
Gee Nicolette
UPDATE 7/29:
I wanted to add in an update so you could see how my hair turned out for my cut/color appointment.  My goal was to brighten up my hair a bit for the summer, so Justice added highlights/balayage. She only took a little length off of the bottom but added dimensions throughout my hair as well as took out some of the thickness (pretty sure my head felt 5 pounds lighter). I really liked my length when I originally visited her for a blow dry & style, so I love that she listened to me and freshened up my cut without taking a drastic amount off. 

Again, if you have not yet been to Kelly Cardenas Salon, you can experience the Wash House, Blow Dry & Style services COMPLIMENTARY. Book today with Justice and mention my name/this post! 

XOXO,
Gee Nicolette

Owning Your Shit- June Yoga Challenge

Owning Your Shit- June Yoga Challenge

We all know that each and every one of us is going through some shit. Times get tough and it’s easy to loose sight of what’s important. I’ve recently found myself “too busy” and making excuses of reasons why I can’t step onto my yoga mat. I’ve decided to start a yoga challenge during the month of June that is all about owning your shit. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Creating a challenge allows me to hold myself accountable for stepping onto my mat and the same goes for you! Stepping onto your yoga mat doesn’t mean that you have to do any chatarungas or master crow pose. It means that you take time out of your day for yourself… to process everything you’re going through or maybe try and forget everything. Whatever the reason may be, I invite you to join in on this challenge. Taking some time out of your busy day to do something for yourself is necessary. You might have to set your alarm a few minutes earlier or turn off that Netflix show a little sooner, but it will be worth it, I promise.
If you want to join the challenge, follow me on Instagram here and watch my Stories for daily posts.

Namaste,
Gee
Shirt: Spiritual Gangster
Yoga Pants: Athleta. Find here
Shoes: Nike

Photography: Lost Art of Style
Spring Cleaning Fashion Favorites

Spring Cleaning Fashion Favorites

In preparation for Spring, I’ve decided to do some closet cleaning. I tend to hold onto clothes for way longer than necessary. I was able to gather A LOT of items to donate to Goodwill. There’s something about Spring cleaning that is therapeutic and leaves you feeling more positive. Letting go of the old to make room for new things is the way that I look at it both mentally and physically. However, there are always pieces that don’t end up in the Goodwill bag. I wanted to share some of those items that did make the cut during my cleaning binge!
Items for keeping:
1. Pom Pom earrings from Charming Charlie
The Pom Pom and tassel trend was huge last Summer and it doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. These were definitely a must-keep for me because they’re fun, colorful AND lightweight (always a plus for statement earrings).
Earrings: Charming Charlie
Photography: Denise Kokinis

2. White Pointed Toe Heels 
Okay I have to admit, I’ve had these heels for two and a half years now and they are one of my favorite pairs! Aside from being comfortable, they are also versatile and can be worn to work as well as for a night out. Again, the white shoe trend is huge this year, so these babies will not be leaving my closet anytime soon. White is also such a classic color, making these pair well with different outfits.
Shoes: Ralph Lauren from Macy’s
3. Silver Purse
When it comes to purses, if you’re like me, you have your everyday purse that you wear until it either breaks or you get sick of it and need a new one. You also probably have other purses that you pair with different outfits or for special occasions. I always like to keep neutral color purses in my closet because they go with just about every outfit. This silver Kensie purse is the perfect example of a bag that can compliment just about every outfit. 
Purse: Kensie
Photography: Danielle Heinson
Have you started Spring cleaning yet? Let me know which items made the cut in your closet! 
XOXO,
Gee