About nikola33

I am just a girl that loves to be me...I love fashion, photography, interior design, DIY, bargains (should be top of my list), debates, speaking out and standing up for what I believe. I know... that was kinda all over the place, but then again, so am I. I have been blessed with many creative talents and sometimes don't know which one to use. Overall, I am just a girl that is happy with who she is, and sometimes enjoys sharing that with the world because you know what? Everyone should...love to be you.

Happy Valentine’s Day

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Even though we should spread and celebrate love all year round, I hope that each and every one of you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day.

Xoxoxo

NiCole

P.S. Smooches…

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Go Red for Women…Macy’s Sale

Macy’s is a proud national sponsor of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement. Help spread the word about Heart Health by taking part in National Wear Red Day on February 4 and the Wear Red Sale at Macy’s from February 2-6!

Four ways to save during the Wear Red Sale!

  1. Wear red to any store and receive extra savings!
  2. Purchase a Red Dress Pin for $2 at any Macy’s store. Macy’s will donate 100% of all Red Dress Pin sales to the American Heart Associations’s Go Red For Women movement.
  3. Use your Macy’s Card to make a purchase
  4. Shop online using promo code: WEARRED

TO GET EXTRA SAVINGS: Place qualifying items in shopping bag; enter promo code WEARRED in “HAVE A PROMO CODE?” box & click “APPLY”. One promo code per transaction. EXTRA 20% OFF fashion and home. EXTRA 10% OFF jewelry and sale watches. Extra savings apply to sale, clearance and regular prices, with exceptions listed. EXCLUDES: 7 For All Mankind, Birkenstock, Born, CWX, Coach, Converse, Chantelle, Donatella, Dooney & Bourke, Ed Hardy, Emporio Armani, FitFlops, Goddess, Joe’s Jeans, Lacoste, Levi’s®, Nike, O Bracelets, Puma, Skechers Shape-ups, Sperry, The North Face, Tretorn, Tommy Hilfiger, Va Bien, baby gear, cosmetics & fragrances, gift cards, kids’ shoes, toys, sunglasses, fashion jewelry and regular-priced watches. FOR HER: bridge & designer handbags, B.Tempt’d, Calvin Klein, DKNY lingerie, Dolce Vita, Donald Pliner, Felina, Impulse, Jezebel, Lauren by Ralph Lauren, Le Mystere, Lunaire, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Naturalizer, Not Your Daughter’s Jeans, Sofft, Wacoal. FOR HIM: Armani jeans, Calvin Klein sportswear, Calvin Klein underwear, Calvin Klein hosiery, Calvin Klein sleepwear, Cole Haan, Dockers®, Ecco shoes, Hugo Boss, Johnston & Murphy, Kenneth Cole sportswear, Polo Ralph Lauren, Reebok Tone & Zig styles, Rockport Dressports, Tommy Bahama. FOR THE HOME: All-Clad, J.A. Henckels, Le Creuset, Tempur-Pedic, Tumi, Waterford, Wusthof, electrics & electronics, furniture, mattresses, rugs, regular-priced china, silver & crystal. Savings do not apply to Everyday Values, jewelry specials, Jewelry Super Buys, web busters™, purchases in Macy’s stores or prior purchases, payments on credit accounts, gift wrap or shipping charges. Extra savings offer ends February 6, 2011.

Information obtained from www.macys.com .

Fashion Friday….Accessory Edition

Hey my lovely beauties! It has been a while… I apologize for the somewhat lengthy intermission, but I have been helping my mom recover from surgery. I am in South Florida (I so miss home) and while I always love being here, my visit is bittersweet.

This week’s Fashion Friday is about accessories. While down here (during brief moments of solitude) I was able to pick up some new accessories to add to my collection. Now, usually I show you what I got and then take a picture of how I chose to style and wear what I got, but this week I want to do things a little differently. I am going to show you what I got and tell you where I got them and how much I spent, but I would like for you to tell me how you would style each of the items I got. Deal?…GREAT!

(clockwise) Grey scarf – Jaclyn Smith via Kmart – $4.99 | Gold tone bracelets – rose gold is handmade, yellow gold via Charlotte Russe – $3.99 each | Beige suede heels – BCBG via Macy’s | Rose hat – Albertus Swanepoel via Target – $5.98

Have a wonderful weekend…

XOXOxoxo NiCole

On the Dot. TargetStyle…The Own it Issue

Hey Beauties!

You know, I never really pay any mind to the ads on facebook, mostly because they all seem to be a way to sign up for email stalkers, but I am so addicted to anything related to shopping at Target that I just had to have a look at this one that caught my eye.

Target Style on Tumblr has a monthly fashion/style/lifestyle digital “magazine” (for lack of a better term) online. Click here to view. This month’s issue brings back old classics, introduces Jason Wu for Target, provides exercise tips, and make-up recommendations to keep you looking and feeling fabulous. Check it out… and sign up.

Until later… MUAH!

NiCole XOXOxoxo

Fashion Friday…purrrrrrrr….

Hey my beautiful people! So…how has 2012 been treating you so far? Well, for me…I have to be completely honest, I am still mentally planning for all that I want to accomplish this year, but am also still also super excited for what 2012 will bring.

Today I want to share with you an awesome find, courtesy of Macy’s. Due to a little inspiration from Eboni of The Fashionista Next Door (since leopard is her absolute fabulous favorite) and because I have been looking for a leopard piece that I could style with multiple looks, what better piece to grab then a jacket. Even better, due to this jacket being on the clearance rack and my having a 20% off coupon…this jacket was a steal!!! Originally priced at $99.00, but after all the markdowns and coupon, I got it for $27.00!!!!! “Yeah baby” (in my Austin Powers voice)

 dress – H&M | leggings – Target | boots – DSW

jacket – Macy’s (INC) | necklace – Payless

Smooches!

NiCole XOXOxoxo

P.S. TGIF… Have a great weekend!

Food for Thought… Got MLK?

As we celebrate the life of one the greatest demonstrators of freedom in this nation, I cannot help but feel that I am apart of what the great Dr. King spoke about in 1963 up in Washington D.C.. See, I am bi-racial, I have a white mother and a black father. Dr. King said that he had faith that one day, we would (especially his children) live in a nation that would judge each of us not by the color of our skin, but instead the content of our character. I feel honored that because of what Dr.King fought so very hard  for, that I am here on this earth today. My very parents did not see color, but content of character, which brought about respect, love, honor, and…ME! If not for Dr. King, Nicole Amber Marie (Morgano) Pugh would more than likely not exist because of segregation, discrimination, and prejudice. So with that, I say THANK YOU Dr. King, thank you for making this nation see the wrong in its ways and demanding and bringing change.

In his honor today, I would like to share the powerful “I have a dream” speech with you.

Peace, blessings, and love (lots of it)

NiCole XOXOxoxo

Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I Have a Dream”

delivered 28 August 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we’ve come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the “unalienable Rights” of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.”

But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we’ve come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.

We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. And those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. And there will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of
justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.

The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.

We cannot walk alone.

And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.

We cannot turn back.

There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied?” We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating: “For Whites Only.” We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until “justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.”¹

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. And some of you have come from areas where your quest — quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed.

Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.

And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of “interposition” and “nullification” — one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; “and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.”2

This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with.

With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

And this will be the day — this will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with new meaning:

My country ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.

Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim’s pride,

From every mountainside, let freedom ring!

And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.

And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.

Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.

Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.

Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.

But not only that:

Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.

From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:

                Free at last! Free at last!

                Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!

Food for Thought…Having it all.

Hey beauties! I recently watched the movie “The Women” (a great chick flick, I must say…) and Meg Ryan’s character talked about “having it all” in terms of success. She said that she believed we all can have it all, but questioned whether or not she really wanted it because it was in her eyes exhausting and took her away from what mattered the most…her family.

This got me to thinking… I have dreams, aspirations, desires…just like I am sure most of you beauties do, and now… I wonder…what if I was to get “it all”? Would I be able to handle it? enjoy it? Would it be too much? Now, I am not doubting myself or my capabilities, just asking some very valid questions. Questions that I am sure the Oprahs and Tyler Perrys of the world have had to answer on more then one occasion. And how did they answer I wonder?

Do you really “want it all”?

Smooches beauties!

NiCole XOXOxoxo