11/26/14

French Connection Holiday Giveaway




 French Connection Blouse / French Connection Crepe Jacket / French Connection Pants / Chanel Flats / Celine Sunglasses




French Connection Pants / French Connection Blouse / Chanel flats / Raen sunnies

French Connection is hands down my favorite store to shop at, as the quality is spectacular, there are a few trendy items, such as these festive sequin trousers, the fit is tailored, the silk blouses are timeless, there are fabulous leather pieces, and I never go wrong with their party dresses. There's nothing I can't find there, and nothing I don't love. 
I am hosting an event at the French Connection on Lincoln Road in South Beach on December 3rd, from 7pm-9pm to kick off Art Basel, and you can join me for personal styling, giftcards, drinks, dj, and a fun night. The holiday collection is superb, (already got my birthday, Christmas and New Years outfit from there) along with these two outfits above that I'll be wearing to Art Basel exhibitions. 

Enter below, as TWO local readers will win $250 giftcards, and will get to bring a friend, who will also receive a giftcard to shop with me the night of the event. So looking forward to hanging with you guys!! 






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Two winners will be selected at random on Tuesday, December 2nd. Winners will receive a $250 gift certificate to spend in the store the night of the event, and one additional $50 gift certificate to share with one friend who comes along.

Offer valid in French Connection’s 643 Lincoln Road location only. Winner will be determined by a random drawing from all eligible entries, to be held on Tuesday, 12/2/14. No purchase is necessary to enter or win. One entry per person. To enter and be eligible, entries must be completed online at nichollvincent.blogspot.com. Incomplete entries will be disqualified. The winners will be notified via email on Tuesday, 12/2/14. The winner will have 12 hours from notification to accept the prize. French Connection is not responsible for and shall not be liable for late, lost, misdirected, or unsuccessful efforts to notify winner. The prize is not redeemable in cash and must be accepted as awarded. Winner may bring up to 1 friend to The Art Basel Kick Off Party. Gift certificates may only be claimed in store during the Art Basel Kick Off Party on 12/3/14 and must be used in full during the Art Basel Kick Off Party on 12/3/14 . Any remaining gift certificate balance not used during the Art Basel Kick Off Party will be forfeited and must be surrendered to the store. Gift certificates cannot be applied to previous purchases, shipping, or the purchase of gift cards. Merchandise purchased during the Art Basel Kick Off Party is valid for a one-time exchange only and all other standard return/exchange policy terms and conditions apply. Offer expires at 9:00PM EST on 12/03/14. After 9:00PM EST on 12/03/14, gift certificates may no longer be redeemed. French Connection reserves the right to make changes to the contest rules and structure at any time.

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11/25/14

Parisian




Elle at Kohls Trench / J Brand jeans / Just fab flats / Express crop top / Prada bag / Carrera Sunglasses / Stila "olivia" lipstick
In my opinion, you can't go wrong with mixing up the classics. Black and white stripes, leopard, trench, and a red bag. All of these items can be worn in countless combinations, which is my pull to them. I like to think that you are well dressed by Parisian standards when wearing any of these pieces together, and not only do they match with numerous others, but they are timeless. Emanuelle Alt, French Vogue editor, inspires my style, and she claims that with a good pair of black skinny jeans you can do wonders.
I recently tried Crest 3D White Whitestrips Luxe Supreme FlexFit, and I wanted to show you a before/after use of one. They work just like a professional whitening but for a fraction of the price. 



11/24/14

My Staycation at W Fort Lauderdale




This weekend I was at W Fort Lauderdale for a weekend staycation, and I had a BLAST. Friday and Saturday it was rainy, but I'm actually glad because I got to stay indoors and enjoy all the amazing features and amenities that the hotel has to offer. Friday night, I had cocktails at Living Room and loved trying all their signature mixes. My favorite was a blackberry muddle mojito drink called "The Girl Next Door." I loved Living Room because of its sexy, dim lighting and wide couch booths that you could chill at and listen to the DJ. 
Saturday morning I woke up and had the most amazing brunch at Steak 954. It was honestly one of the best brunch menus I've ever tasted. My favorite item was a home made peanut butter and jelly pop tart that is as good as it sounds. 
The rest of the day Saturday was a total relaxation day, with a full body massage at Bliss Spa, which was so relaxing and amazing, and a blow out and trim at Ted Gibson Salon. I was so pampered and spoiled, I was having the time of my life. 
Saturday night, I went back to Steak 954 to try their dinner menu, and it was just as great as the brunch. I felt like I needed a dolly to transport me back to my room after so much indulging. 
Sunday morning the sun came out, so I woke up early, had coffee in the amazing balcony of my room, took the view in and went down to the beach. While I was still on a food coma from the night before and wasn't up for yoga, I just hung out at the beach and watched the Beach Boot Camp that the hotel offers for their guests. Kinda wish I'd participated, but the ocean was so pretty that I just wanted to read a book and enjoy the view. 
The rest of my Sunday was spent on the WET Deck, at the amazing glass pool that you can see from floors under. It's a rooftop pool, with ocean and city views, and a great bar and cafe, along with a DJ and relaxed atmosphere. 

I had so much fun at W Fort Lauderdale, and I have to note that their staff was the MOST hospitable, friendliest, and efficient that I've ever encountered. Everything was so organized, welcoming and relaxing. I really enjoyed getting to hang out in Fort Lauderdale, which although its only 45 minutes from Miami, I never do. I was pleasantly surprised with how beautiful and calm it is there! 




















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11/21/14

Holiday Traditions

Thanks to Collective Bias, Inc. and Glade® for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

I am about to be 23 years old, and I want to say that it wasn’t until this year that I began to embrace my Colombian culture. Growing up, moving a lot, and never being close to non-immidiate family, I didn’t learn to appreciate the culture that I belong to. That, and being raised in the South, I also picked up some of that culture, which was more familiar and closer in reach.
But something about this year, and all of the experiences I’ve had, especially traveling experiences, has allowed me to embrace a new in-depth love and appreciation for my roots.

That type of nostalgia hits home around this time, and being that I just came back from Colombia, I began to think about our Christmas traditions.
One that I became particularly nostalgic over, and missed a lot, was “Novenas.” For 9 days leading up to Christmas, we have a house party where we gather with friends and family to celebrate the coming of Christmas. We eat natilla (similar to caramel flan)  and bunelos (fried balls of cheese and dough), sing “villancicos” which are our Christmas carols, and we tell the story of Jesus’ birth. Finally on Christmas Eve, the day of the last Novena, we collect toys to give to kids in need who are invited that night to receive a meal and a toy. The spirit of these nine days is so joyful, cheerful, blissful, generous and fun that I am surprised that it didn’t hit me how much I miss that until now.
It got me thinking that although I wish to spend every Christmas with my family in Colombia, I’d also like to have some of my own traditions.



Glade® candle purchased in Publix


This year, I’m already planning on doing “12 Days of Christmas,” which I’m not entirely sure what it consists of, except for the song, so I will abide by that. Not only do I want to exchange little gifts, but I plan on doing something to exchange those gifts. The idea being to take some time every one of those days to celebrate the spirit of joy and generosity that Christmas brings. On one of the days, baking will be involved, and I got my inspiration from this Frosted Cookie Party™ candle.

For one of the 12 days of my Christmas celebration, I’m going to bake sugar cookies with sprinkles, have my Glade® candle burning, a glass of wine, and watch every Christmas episode of my favorite shows. I am particularly fond of Gossip Girl’s Christmas episodes.  Do you guys have any new traditions you are implementing this year?

I’ll be using this simple sugar cookie recipe:

INGREDIENTS:
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups margarine
2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup white sugar for decoration
DIRECTIONS:

1.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
2.
In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and 2 cups sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then the vanilla. Gradually stir in the dry ingredients until just blended. Roll the dough into walnut sized balls and roll the balls in remaining 1/4 cup of sugar. Place cookies 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets and flatten slightly.
3.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until lightly browned at the edges. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

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11/20/14

A Clean Office

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Today I partnered with the maker of my cleaning products, Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® to show you the room that I spend most of my time in at home. My office/closet. I decided to combine the two because they bring me inspiration, and make the space feel personable, and all mine, causing productivity, creativeness and focus. There's nothing in the whole room that I didn't choose, or something I wouldn't wear. It's both authentic and fun, and I can change it as I please. That is the beauty of your home. It's  what you make it. It’s your muse, your refuge and a source of joy and inspiration. Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® is made for all the beautiful things you grow in your home, with scents that are inspired by a Midwent backyard garden, and products that are chock-full of plant-derived ingredients and essential oils. I strive for a place that feels lived in, but clean and uncluttered. In my package from Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day®  I received a hand soap, which not only smells delicious, but I love to keep around in every room, with a different scent. I used to buy regular soaps, until my hands were getting so dry from the harsh chemicals that I chose to go with natural, plant ingredients that don't damage or dry out my skin. I love this one because it smells clean, not too strong, and it cleans well while also moisturizing. The other product I got was a bottle of dish soap, and I was so amazed at how well it cuts through dirt and grease, while not leaving a trace, drying out my skin with harsh chemicals, and removing stains completely. Having the right cleaning products is as important as having the right decor, as it makes your home have the ambiance that you desire, protects your family from harmful chemicals, and it gives you the clean home you strive for without hours of scrubbing away. 






Thanks to Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. 



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