All posts tagged: Lifestyle

Update! A Year For Changes & Happiness

Hey B.A.D. Girls! Wow! I really had to dust off the cobwebs on my WordPress account. They have made a ton of changes since I posted last year. Yikes! I’ve been MIA from not only the blog but real life too. I made the decision to make 2015 more about ME. I needed to take a time out and really focus on what I could do to feel good about myself and where I am at in life at the moment. So I’ve decided to make changes and I thought I would share some of them with you all. 1. Hair. I chopped it short last September and then decided to add in some color. So I went with purple over my usual caramel/blonde highlight color. I’ve always been a plain jane when it comes to my hair so it being purple makes me so damn happy. 2. Travel. I always say I want to see the world, but then it never happens. This year I am finally crossing off a travel destination from my …

B.A.D. Girl Tip: Eat, Drink and Feel Happy

It’s that time of year where there will be plenty of opportunities to indulge.  My secret for enjoying the holiday season and all the guilty pleasures that come along with it is easy. I do whatever is going to make me feel good and I focus my energy on the positive versus the negative. I feel good about that piece of pie because it was exactly what I wanted. I don’t shame myself for having seconds on Thanksgiving but instead practice gratitude for being lucky enough to have a meal to enjoy. I also make it a point to not participate in those after holiday discussions where people share all that they ate and how bad they feel about it. I don’t need to feel guilt because I am doing nothing wrong. When you feel good about your decisions you are rewarded with an equally good outcome (i.e. no increase on that scale). It has worked for me thus far so I challenge you to do the same this year! What is your favorite holiday indulgence?  xoxo …

B.A.D. Girl Tip: How to Be Authentically YOU

So, who are you, really? I’m not talking about the persona who has been created via social media. I want to know who you are when the world isn’t watching. I am talking about the authentic you who was there before the experiences of life (and Instagram) started shifting things for you. It is our personal responsibility to find that person and open her up to the world so that she can be reconnected with who you present to the world everyday. That is when the magic happens and lasting success starts making its way into your life. Here are my tips for living authentically: 1. Disconnect. Skip the social media feeds every once in a while. It will allow you to focus on yourself and not what everybody else is doing. 2. Alone Time. Spend some quality time getting to know who you are at this time of your life. Are you happy? 3. Do More Happy.  Make an effort to do more things that genuinely make you feel good. Who cares if its …

Make Yourself Happy This Summer

If you’re still in school, or even if you’ve graduated, everyone remembers being motivated at the start of the summer to reinvent themselves by the time classes start up again. Even if school has long since passed for you, it’s never too late to set new goals towards bettering yourself. A lot of people try to go for looks to make a more noticeable change. But this year, try something new. Instead of focusing on your appearance, dedicate the season to making yourself happy. Whether you’re in a relationship or you’re single, learning to be self-sufficient (and happy doing so!) is one of the best attributes you can gain. Volunteer One of the quickest ways to make yourself feel good is to help do good for others. You’ll feel proud of yourself for doing something to help your community, which can give you a more positive outlook on your life. The most important thing to consider when volunteering is that you’re putting your time towards something that you’re truly passionate about. That way, you’ll be …

The REAL Reason Why You Aren’t Happy

It’s virtually impossible to be happy when all you do is focus on the negative aspects of your life. Every time you speak, tweet, THINK negative things and more importantly allow these thoughts to effect how you feel you are attracting more of the same.  So keep talking about your stressful job, lazy s/o, and lack of funds if that’s the life you want to continue experiencing. Do you really want to be happy? Start focusing on feeling good and putting your mind to focus on the things that you do want. Stop complaining to everyone about your problems and instead make a conscious effort to really focus on your blessings and all of the amazing things you desire that will essentially make you feel happy. Make a Pinterest board if you have to, but do something that will allow you to put your energy towards positive thoughts. Like the quote above says, happiness is a habit which means we need to develop it over time.  How your life turns out is on you so make …

B.A.D. Girl Link Love: 3D Makeup Printer, Handwriting and the Dangers of Sitting

Hey B.A.D. Girls,  I can’t believe Memorial Day Weekend is here already! I’ve got a lot planned and plenty of fun awaits! I am also hosting a MDW SALE on my site for my fashion brand  MyTee B.A.D. where you can score 25%  off all weekend long so stop by and treat yourself! 😉 Here are this weeks links I am loving: Beautiful: Grace Choi, a Harvard grad is setting out to change the beauty industry by allowing you to print your own makeup at home. Yes, I wrote the word print! She invented a 3D printer that pretty much lets you create lipstick or eyeshadow in any color you can find on the web! Say what?! Check it out for yourself here! (via Huffpost) Authentic: I love handwriting things especially to do lists, thank you notes, letters, ideas etc. and this blog post from Mattieologie shares helpful tips on getting yourself organized to be more productive by writing things down. (via Mattieoglogie)  Determined: This article talks about the deadly dangers of sitting for extended periods of …

B.A.D. Girl Tip: Take a Risk

I know firsthand how scary it is to take risks and do something that is out of our comfort zone. I left a comfortable job in the fashion industry that I was pretty damn good at to start my own business. The hardest part wasn’t leaving the job, but rather  leaving the comfort of a steady paycheck. However,  I knew in my heart that if I didn’t leave when I did I probably wouldn’t ever do it. If you have confidence in yourself then being afraid to take a risk shouldn’t be an issue. When you believe in something with your whole heart you can make it your reality. If you want something you have never had before then you have to do something you have never done. Be someone who chooses to live freely. Be B.A.D.! What risk have you taken? xoxo Nicole Let’s Connect:  Bloglovin’  Facebook  Twitter  Instagram   Youtube   Shop

B.A.D. Girl Tip: Do More of What Makes You Happy

I’ve mentioned in previous posts about how I am on a mission to do more of what makes me happy this year and less of the crap I don’t want to do. I truly believe that I am summoning more happiness into my life by simply doing me without any fear. Time is flying by and I wont be any younger than I am right now so I want to enjoy this life of mine! Start saying “YES” to things you want instead of hesitating. That hesitation is what messes you up. If you feel good about your decision you won’t regret making it. I’ve said yes to an EDM festival, a 5k run, a summer concert, a road trip and other things like having a weekend to myself, eating extra dessert and reading an actual book! So come on, let’s do more happy together! What is something you are doing that makes you happy? xoxo Nicole Let’s Connect:  Bloglovin’  Facebook  Twitter  Instagram   Youtube   Shop

B.A.D. Girl Fitness Tip: Enjoy The Process

B.A.D. Girl Tip: Enjoy The Process A work out is just as much mental as it is a physical process. You have to train your brain to like it. If you dread your workout you are going to dread how long it takes you to see the results you want. Like attracts like. So start feeling good about your workout and your body will start to look good too.  Try new things until you find an activity that you actually enjoy doing. Celebrate every last squat. Enjoy the process and you will achieve your goal sooner. How do you enjoy working out? xoxo Nicole Let’s Connect:  Bloglovin’  Facebook  Twitter  Instagram   Youtube   Shop