Last Minute Style Tips

As a mom, I find there are many days that I just don’t have the time or the energy to put a lot of effort into my “look”. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t want to look great! I have a few “last minute” style tips that save me when I am running out the door with my boy.

Hair braid. This has come in handy many a time. It doesn’t matter what kind of braid you do. A side braid, a faux mohawk braid, random small braids (one of my favorite looks, tied up), etc. A Braid is cute, and helps distract from the fact that you just ran out the door.

Braid FTW.

Lip stick or lip gloss. Through some sassy lips out there. Distract from the rest of your messy self with a nice lip!

Sunglasses. Sunglasses are always a must have. Just ask Victoria Beckham.

2nd day hair. Don’t care.

Beanies. In the winter only obvi. But a cute beanie has saved a dirty hair day many a time.

3rd day hair = Beanie time.

Hair oils. My favorite hair oil has a beautiful and really strong smell. I put it in my hair and it doubles as perfume as well as a hair revival.

Cute Jacket. I am the queen of throwing on a cute jacket to save an outfit or a bad hair day. A cute jacket saves the day every time.

XO, Nico

Moms to the Rescue

My son and I were at his Little Gym class. This is a class we go to every week. You get there, they ask all everyone to wash their hands before heading into the gym. My boy and I head over, but something went horribly wrong. I was holding his hands and then all of a sudden he was falling and hit his face on the chair used as a step stool for the kids to reach the sink. I picked him up and tried to look in his mouth and all I saw was blood.

As a mom, I try my hardest not to freak out when he is upset or freaking out because I don’t want to scare him. In my mind though, I was FREAKING OUT! I couldn’t figure out where the blood was coming from. His teeth looked fine. He was sobbing. My mind just froze. I didn’t know what my next step was. Do I leave? How do I help him? I can’t find the blood source so is it worse than I think? Am I ER bound to make sure his jaw is okay? Did I do this to him somehow? Did he trip? Am I a terrible mother? It all happened so fast. Panic panic panic! (Inwardly).

This is where this story gets good. In my moments of being frozen and holding my crying boy, Moms around me came to my rescue. One with a towel to soak up the blood, one with an ice pack, and all with encouraging words and advice. I was not alone.

My boy stopped crying with the ice pack, I was able to see he bit his lip and was probably just a little shaken up. He pulled himself together (way better than I did, as I was trying not to tear up) and went into his class and had a blast.

I’m writing this story here because truthfully, I am still shaken up. I just wanted to hug and squeeze him and have him lay his head on my shoulder so that I could cry and just hold him and know he was okay.

Here is the important take away: be that mom. I want to be the mom that helps a fellow mama out in a moment of panic and brain freeze. I want to let her know that she isn’t alone. I will show up with a towel or some ice or whatever she needs and help her out of that scary moment. I want to tell her that sometimes kids fall down, but it will be okay, and she will be there to pick her child up. I want to let her know that she is doing great and all they need is love.

Be that Mom.

XO, Nico

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Moisturizing Forever and Ever

Why why why does Winter have to be so rough on the hands and body? It’s especially rough living in Colorado, a dry climate. Having grown up in a wet climate, like Philly, I see a definite difference. Honestly, I never used a body moisturizer when I lived in Philly. I find, however, that getting older and living in a dry climate forced a change into my moisturizing game.

The first and most important thing is this: always go for the thick lotions. They usually come in a tub. I’m talking your “body butter”, “body yogurt”, and moisturizing “creams”.

My favorite reasonably priced moisturizers:

Aveeno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizing Body Naturals Apricot and Honey Lotion>>. This body lotion intensely moisturizes and nourishes dry skin for up to 48 hours. This is for real. The moisturizer stayed on my skin until my next shower.

Body Boost Milk & Honey Stretch Mark Butter>>. I used this lotion my entire pregnancy and it was wonderful. I have no stretch marks. I put it on every single day after my shower. Bonus: you don’t have to be pregnant to benefit from it. This bad boy is for stretch mark prevention and repair, stopping itching and healing dry skin.

Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream for Dry/Sensitive Skin, Fragrance Free>>. This lotion was recommended to me by my dermatologist who treated my skin cancer. This stuff is great if you have sensitive skin (which I do). Hydrates for 24 hours, so not as long lasting as the Aveeno up there, but still great to have on hand.

Now, if you have any suggestions for dry, cracking, bleeding hands…Please let me know!

XO, Nico

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Style & Comfort Shoes FTW

Becoming a mom has made me think of the evolution of my personal style in terms of before v. after baby. Then I subcategorize into pants, tops, bras, etc. Becoming a mother has changed me in many ways, and honestly, I can’t complain about a single one of them because they are all positive. Right down to my larger hips. It suits me, what can I say? #Loveyoself, ladies! Today, though, we are talking shoes.

Before baby, I was all for the extra high heels, the pointy, the arch-less, the support-less. It was style before comfort 100%. It just didn’t seem possible to have it all, at least not without a lot of effort. Though here I am, after baby, to tell you my friends that you can have it all!

Born. Yes, I know these babies are crazy expensive. Friends! I have a work-around! Ever heard of This is the most bad-ass place to get all your favorite stuff for less. I get my born shoes here all the time. Born shoes have great heel and arch support and provide both the everyday comfort and style you need to rock through your day. My latest purchase are these Born Reid>> booties, retail price $150, but I purchased for $68. One important fact about 6pm is that sale prices fluctuate all the time on each item. You need to strike while the iron is hot!

Naturalizer. Yes, another expensive shoe brand. We are talking quality people! You shouldn’t skimp on your footwear. Trust me. These are another WIN! My last purchase of Naturalizers were the Naturalizer Eden 3>>, retail price $89 but I purchased for $31. Again, these super cute shoes have extra special cushioning in the footbed as well as arch support.

Sofft. Now, I have to be honest. I do not yet own a pair of Sofft shoes but I do have my eye set on several pairs. I came across this brand when I was searching for wedges to wear to my sister’s engagement party last summer. A nice man at Nordstrom brought a pair of Sofft wedge sandals out for me to try on and my life hasn’t been the same since. This was in June last year and I am still thinking about the soft footbed that felt like walking on a pillow and the soft leather straps of the sandal that I knew would never betray me by digging into my foot. I didn’t buy them at the time because they didn’t match my dress, but I found them on (you guessed it) and I plan to purchase!

Check out these brands if you are looking to achieve style, comfort and support in your footwear. It can be done! Some other brands I’d like to also recommend are Ugg Australia, Roxy and Clarks. Check out for deals and steals!

XO, Nico

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Favorite Skincare Brands

I have tried many a product and consulted many a skincare expert when searching for the best products for my sensitive skin. The trick is finding that balance between quality and cost. My opinion is that you can’t get the good stuff for super cheap. No way. No how. There’s a lot of cost and trial an error involved with this method of elimination! I have battled skin ailments such as severe acne, skin cancer, rashes and hives. Who knows what’ll be next? Hopefully nothing, but I like to be prepared. My journey has led me to putting my faith in the following products.

  • My number one favorite skin care brand is definitely Sanitas>>. Non-toxic, biogenic, cruelty-free, dye-free, no preservatives, and more. Products are made in my home state (bonus!). I love Sanitas for facial cleansers, masks, toners, serums, lotions, and really anything they make that goes on my skin. This is a brand I trust and have used for years.
  • Obagi>>. I believe in Obagi and have used these products for years as well. However, I do find myself consistently getting one item from Obagi: Sun Shield Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen in the “Cool” tone for people who have a naturally rosy complexion. I like it a lot because it counteracts the redness. It also comes in a “Warm” Shade for those with the opposite skin type! This baby protects against UVB and UVA radiation and the infrared defense buffers the skin from heat-derived oxidative stress. I use this on my face every day, especially living in the Mile High City.
  • Elta MD>>.  My dermatologist and medical esthetician swear by this stuff. Elta MD protects against UVA and UVB rays and is a product recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation. The two products I consistently buy from Elta MD are the Aero Sunscreen>>, which I use as my all over body sunscreen, and the Tinted Facial Suncreen>>. Bonus for the Mama’s out there: my medical esthetician assured me this was safe for babies and I have used it on my 1 year old.

XO, Nico

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Fitness & the Holidays

Being healthy and maintaining any sort of fitness plan or diet around the holidays is like pushing a big boulder up a hill. I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know. What I can share with you, is what I like to do to stay fit during this enticing time of year.

Everyone has their own fitness journey and story. My attitude towards fitness dates back to when I gained a little weight right out of college. I was bartending in the evening, working an internship during the day and also in school (again) getting my paralegal certificate. I didn’t have time to work out. It was survival mode! Listen, it happens to the best of us. As a result of that time period, I have been pretty dedicated to regularly working out for the past 10 years or so.  However, that can sometimes get tough when you travel or when we rock our way past Halloween right into November/December festivities.

What I have found to be the key to keeping motivation up through this difficult time of year is to commit to your workout schedule/days. As far as the quality of the workout, if all you’ve got is just 10-15 minutes that’s fine!  Continue to workout on the days you normally workout.  The goal would be to keep your schedule, but shorten your workout if you must. You could do a 10 minute total body HIIT workout and boom! You get a gold star for the day. Maybe you normally only workout 3 days a week, so do that 10 min workout 3 days a week if that’s all the time you’ve got. Doing something is better than doing nothing. If you totally skip the workout it will be harder to get back into the groove come. Don’t brake/break the momentum, just make adjustments to your workout to get you through the rest of the year.

My all-time favorite workouts come from Lindsay Brin of Moms into Fitness. You DO NOT have to be a mom to benefit from these workouts. They are for all women! Don’t let the name fool you. Follow her on Instagram, she has a great personality and posts quick workouts all the time! Speaking of, right now Lindsay has a Holiday HIIT program that I promise you can make work for your busy schedule.

XO, Nico

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Whats the deal with Wireless Bras?

I have recently become very interested in wireless bras. It all started with some self-reflection and realization. My most favorite bras are still my nursing bras. So, I asked myself: should I get more nursing bras even though I’m not nursing? Is it possible to find an alternative that can offer me both support and comfort?

After some research and poll taking, I found the answer.

Meet, Warner’s Women’s Could 9 Wirefree Contour Lift Bra.

This is a total game changer, my friends. Not only is this bra wireless, it provides support, lift and FRONT strap adjustments. Why did it take so long to get front strap adjustments? That’s something we may never know the answer to. All I can say is that this baby is super comfortable whether you are rockin’ big or small cup sizes. Give it a try!

XO, Nico

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