Packing Cubes – Pro Travel Tip

Greetings! I am traveling this weekend and in the spirit of travel, I wanted to touch on packing cubes (a total life saver, btw) and a few other packing essentials.

I highly recommend packing with packing cubes. I use these bad boys: Miami Carry on Packing Cubes>>. The price is right, what can I say? There are 3 cubes and 3 pouches in this $12.99 set. I love to organize by topic and depending on the length of the trip that might look something like: cubes of 1) Pajamas, 2) outfits, and 3) intimates (bras/undies/socks), and pouches of 1) make-up, 2) hair items (ties & hair products), and 3) cleansers (face/body/hair). It’s a good system and you would be surprised how much you can fit in a cube. Cubes are the KEY to not only efficiently utilizing all your packing space but also MAXIMIZING that space! For the Mamas out there, when I travel with my son, we share a suitcase, packing cubes are life-changing!

My trip this weekend is a short one, so I only used two of the smaller cubes as photographed below. This is a small carry-on, but as you can see, I have room to spare! I’ve fit in here a pajama cube, outfit cube, shoe bag, heat tools, throwing in my make-up pouch, cleanser pouch, small backpack/purse, and jackets. Boom! I am ready for my 4-day trip!

Other packing essentials: comfy sneakers, carry-on backpack, and smaller backpack for day trips. And Finally, my packing support buddy, Babyface Finnster. ❤

XO, Nico

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Pregnancy Pants – Help!

Being pregnant and fashionable can be challenging! I bought clothes at the popular and obvious maternity clothing spots, however, I just never really felt like my best pregnant self in any of those clothes. I believed I could do better, otherwise, it was going to be a long 9 months!

I was completely out of my fashion element, never having been pregnant before. I felt lost, my body was different, and I certainly didn’t feel like the cute pregnant lady I’d always hoped to be. My intention here is to save you some time if you are in the same predicament.

First, let me just say that Nordstrom, in my opinion, carries the best maternity and post-natal wear clothing for true comfort and style. I could go on and on about their amazingly soft tops, their nursing bras, etc., but that’s for another day.

Back to pants! I wanted, no NEEDED, my pants to have the following 5 qualities: 1) stylish and cute; 2) high quality (soft, comfy, and won’t fall apart); 3) warmth (I was pregnant in the winter); 4) not tight around the tummy; and 5) have the ability to “grow with me”. If any of these were missing it was a deal breaker. You with me?

These maternity jeans>> were my go to pregnancy jeans. I wore them all the time and loved how they looked with my shoes and tops. If you follow this link, I got the Denim option, which is more like the best jegging you ever wore.

Now, leggings>>. These bad boys are what you want for your maternity wear and also for every year thereafter on Thanksgiving. No joke. Once you’re done being pregnant, you can fold the extra fabric at the top down, and carry on!

Finally, if you find yourself hesitating to spend money on quality pregnancy pants, I invite you to consider this: You probably only need two pairs of pants, and you want to be able to wear them for nine months, wash them, etc. You don’t want to go too cheap and be stuck with pants that are falling apart on you!

If you have other recommendations for pregnancy pants, please comment below and share with us! ❤

 XO, Nico

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The Secret to Extra Closet Space

Velvet hangers. If these babies aren’t already doing the honors of holding up the money hanging in your closet, then you need to get these post haste! They are non-slip, super slim to maximize your closet space, and my personal favorite: they don’t leave those shoulder hole pokey things on your clothes! Meaning, they wont damage your clothes! You know what I’m talking about. Velvet Hangers >>.

XO, Nico

Denim – It’s a love/hate thing.

Don’t let get denim get you down.  Ladies, we all know jeans can be a real jerk. Good news though! I’m here to share with you some denim brands that will NOT make you want to cry.

Spanx. I never in a million years would have thought of this brand until I became a mom, but I wish I had known about them sooner. That’s right. Spanx are my jam. They are slightly destroyed, very flattering, have tummy control, and feel like you are wearing leggings. Need I say more? I didn’t think so. Spanx Jeans >>

Just Black Denim. These jeans are most like a hybrid of jeans and leggings in that they look like regular jeans, have real pockets, and all that jazz…yet when you’re in them, they have stretch AND are a real contender for your new Thanksgiving dinner pants. Comfort, people. We’re talking style and comfort. These jeans are harder to track down. However, since they are so rad, I feel they are important to mention. Great places to look for them is Poshmark, local boutiques, and Bloomingdales >>.

This is the company website: https://justblackdenim.com/

Finally, there is also the obvious…Hudson Jeans are great! I haven been wearing them for years. They are faithful! I like to get them (and all my pants) high-waisted so I am not constantly pulling up my pants. They have great stretch. I do encourage trying them on first if you haven’t purchased these jeans before so you can figure out your stretch preference and length preference. These jeans vary and there are a lot of style options! Find them at Nordstrom and/or Nordstrom Rack!

XO, Nico

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“I have nothing to Wear”

Good grief, we’ve all been there. Am I right? Some of us every day. You take a gander at your closet inventory and feel hopeless. Nothing to wear, nothing you feel good in, you probably only have 10 minutes to get yourself dressed, get your kids dressed, pack your bag and load everyone in to the car…and…HOLY COW. Stressful.

What to do?! Here is the #1 tip I have to share with you to help you get through these moments:

Go back to basics with a few wardrobe staples.

The basics are classy and simple. Especially in a pinch, but really…always. Everyone has their own basics they are comfortable in.

For me, in the winter, it’s usually, leggings, boots (flats or heels depending on how dressy I need to be), tunic (I’m a lover of tunics, especially if I am feeling bloated, but really…any day I’m happy and comfortable in a tunic), a cute jacket, and a necklace (sometimes a long statement necklace). Boom. Done.

These Mother Tucker leggings from Belly Bandit are my absolute 100% favorite leggings in all the land: Mother Tucker Leggings >>

Summer? Summer is harder. Lately, it’s been dresses. Dresses are great because they can be dressed up or down with heels or flats and with hair up or down depending on the event and how dressy you want to be. I prefer tea length because I am constantly chasing a toddler around which involves a lot of bending…

I have found some GREAT tea length RVCA dresses. Nordstrom carries RVCA, but so do a lot of Boutiques. My favorite go-to dress is this one: RVCA Midi Sundress >>

I am really not a fan of shorts, but I did obtain a nice longish pair (but not too long) of destroyed denim, high waisted, shorts from American Eagle. I love to pair these with oversized tee-shirts that hit around my waist (so a little longer than a crop top). This is great for hanging around the house, running errands, going to the park…you name it. Pop on some cute sunglasses and you’re set. Follow this link for the shorts and just FYI, I roll the hems down. High Waisted Destroyed Denim Shorts >>

XO, Nico

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