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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Lifesaver: Shoe Organization

I have encountered many a shoe rack in my life travels that just didn’t work for me for one reason or another. Sometimes, it was because my high heels wouldn’t fit because the space was too small or the rack itself was gigantic and took up too much closet space. Sometimes, it was because of how the shoes jammed in and I couldn’t “see” everything I had. You see, I thrive on organization, and this struggle was long lasting.

Once glorious day, I stumbled upon a shoe rack that changed my life. What makes it so special, you ask? It fits my high heels, it is compact, I am able to “see” everything I have, and there are options for how you choose to stack and organize these racks based on the kind of closet space you are working with.

The GREAT news: These racks are on sale right now at The Container Store. Find them here>>.

XO, Nico

P.S. I couldn’t resist showing you a picture of what I am talking about from my own closet. Here is a preview of this rack in action.

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Lip Color #thestruggleisreal

Like most of us, I have tried many different types of lip color. I’m interested in hearing about your favorites, so comment below! For now, I’m here to tell you about my #1.

Drum roll.

Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink>>.

The Reasons:

  • Doesn’t dry my lips. This is important because I live in CO, but usually I will still add a lip gloss for extra plumpy shine (so long as it’s not too windy because having my hair stuck on my lips is not a look I support).
  • I LOVE the colors available and feel there is a color for everyone. As a natural strawberry blonde haired, brown eyed, pale, Greek woman I find that most brands don’t have what I’m looking for, until now.
  • Stays on (but not too much). What do I mean by this? It doesn’t stay on so intensely that I am scrubbing my lips raw trying to get it off.

Side tangent: I am a BIG believer in the idea that make up shouldn’t be too difficult to remove. If it takes more than a minute of my time to remove…I’m out! And actually, for this reason, I never wear waterproof mascara. That stuff is a serious commitment!

My current stock of Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink lip colors: include Lover, Self-Starter, Seductress, and Loyalist. But trust me, I’ll be getting more! Also, I find that I enjoy using a gold lip liner. Interesting, huh? Something to try.

I’ve linked you to Amazon, but you can get it at any Target, Pharmacy, Food Store, Ulta…you get me, its easily available.

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

Commando For Sure

Finding the right underwear is such a tricky thing. I have tried my fair share. As I get older I find that I am not willing to go cheap on my most important item of clothing. Am I right, ladies? While I do love the Hanky Panky brand, the Commando brand far exceeds anything I have tried to date. They are soft, seamless, almost like you’re wearing nothing at all (get it? Commando…). You can’t beat ‘em and I wish more local boutiques carried them. You can order them directly from the Commando website, Nordstrom or Amazon. I have linked my favorite style at Nordstrom >> and Amazon >>.

You’re welcome. 🙂

XO, Nico