But First, Self-Love

But First, Self-Love

With Valentine’s Day approaching this week, there’s a lot of talk about love. Whether you are celebrating love with your significant other, family member, friend or even your furry pet, any kind of love is beautiful, but the relationship we need to focus on is with ourselves. The media talks a lot about self-care rituals (which looks different for us all) but what we need to prioritize is self-love and actually speaking positively to ourselves internally. 
I recently took a spin class where they put our stats up on the board and showed us our rank a few times throughout the class. This is when I realized the importance of self-love and having positive internal conversations with yourself. When I switched to a positive mindset, it made pushing through the class a lot easier, versus having negative thoughts and telling myself, “You aren’t good or strong enough.” and guess whatduring that last sprint in class I kicked my name a few spots higher up on the rank list
If there’s ever a time where you doubt yourself or are maybe feeling down/overwhelmed by all of this Valentine’s Day talk this week, I have come up with a few journal exercises to help you remember you are loved and that you truly are a total badass. 

Grab your journal and start writing:

Today I have accomplished _____
I feel proud of myself when _____
I feel the happiest when I’m doing _____
3 things that bring me peace are _____
My favorite feature about myself is _____
Necklace: Bali Malas
Shoes:Adidas
Remember, you are a total badass. 
XOXO,
Gee Nicolette 
Be Mine, Valentine

Be Mine, Valentine

Now that the holiday rush is over it’s time to start thinking about what you are going to get that special someone in your life for Valentine’s Day, and no I don’t just mean your boyfriend or girlfriend- I also believe in celebrating Galentine’s Day or just spreading love to everyone.



But what do you get that special someone when the holidays just passed? No worries, I’ve got you covered.
For her:

Make her feel special with For Love & Lemons Skivvies
Find here
Because she is obviously a queen and you can’t remind her enough
Find here
“Your love is blinding!”
Find here 
“I only have eyes for you”
Find here
For him:
“Out of all the fish in the sea, I’m so glad you chose me.”
Who doesn’t love a fun phone case? Throw in a pair of headphones and maybe even a bluetooth speaker.. what a practical gift!
Find phone case here
I love the matching glasses because you are kind of buying a gift for yourself as well 😉 I think this is a great idea and you can pair with a bottle of whiskey and some whiskey rocks for an instant manly gift
Find from Cake Chic Boutique and order via Facebook or Instagram (website under construction)
For your gals:
If you’re single this year round up your girlfriends and go out for a girls night and have fun with each other! It always feels nice to spoil yourself and of course your besties as well.
Again, phone cases make great presents because who doesn’t like to accessorize their phone?
Find from Cake Chic Boutique and order via Facebook or Instagram (website under construction)

I think these mugs are perfect for you and your bestie.. so cute for a night in with hot cocoa and a movie.. or fill with some wine 😉

Find from Cake Chic Boutique and order via Facebook or Instagram (website under construction)

I think everyone in your galentine’s day plans needs one of these

Find from Cake Chic Boutique and order via Facebook or Instagram (website under construction)

Happy Valentine’s Day to ALL!
XOXO,
Gina Nicolette
Looks For Less: Valentine’s Day Edition

Looks For Less: Valentine’s Day Edition

Valentine’s Day is coming up and you know what that means.. you’ll need a gift for your sweetheart or maybe your bestie. I’ve put together some cute gifts that won’t break the bank. So here’s another LOOKS FOR LESS for you guys.
For Her:
SPLURGE:
This Kate Spade watch is adorable, but it’s $225.00 and you still have to buy your honey a cute card!
STEAL:
I found this one from Charming Charlie for only $20.00 (now you can afford to buy flowers and chocolates as well;)
SPLURGE:
The Naked 2 is on every girl’s wish list, but if you’re not willing to spend $54.00….
STEAL:
Maybelline came out with the “Nudes” Palette, which is available at drugstores for $10.00
For Him:
SPLURGE:
 This shaving set from The Art of Shaving is $120.00 but you still want to buy him a box of chocolates.
STEAL:
You should try making your own kit by mixing and matching C.O. Bigelow products from Bath & Body Works (currently buy 2 get 1 free)!
You can also add in a subscription to Dollar Shave Club 🙂
SPLURGE:
Brooks Brothers has these beautiful painted cufflinks for $295.00…
STEAL:
But for $19.00 you can D.I.Y. with this craft box from Darby Smart
For Everyone:
For just $2.49 you can customize a card for your loved one (and have it delivered to them on Valentine’s Day) Go to Cardstore.com and enter code CCA5129 at checkout.
Hope these tips help you and happy shopping valentines,
XOXO
Gina Nicolette