July 31, 2014

How I Spent My... Birthday Weekend

[clockwise from top left]
1. Alfred's Coffee & Kitchen visit with the girls. 2. Nobu Malibu view. 3. The Grapefruit On The Rocks + Mia Margarita at dinner. 4. Birthday manicure from Bellacures + a new book, Everything I Never Told You, for vacation.

This past weekend I celebrated my birthday with my friends and family which was a treat! Saturday am, I went on a hike at Runyon Canyon with my girlfriends and then we stopped for coffee and a chat at Alfred's Coffee & Kitchen. I tried the $10 iced almond latte again but in the mocha flavor - it was yummy but I think I preferred my friend's regular iced vanilla latte with almond milk... can't go wrong though! Saturday night, my hubby and I went on a date to celebrate at Nobu in Malibu. I had my 21st birthday at the New York location so it was fun to go back! The food was delicious - definitely get the yellowtail sashimi with jalapenos and the black cod with miso if you go. We also had the mini lobster tacos, scallop truffle chips and crispy rice with spicy tuna which were also super yummy. Hope you're all having a great week!

P.S. Tibi is having 25% off all of their sale items here! Love this pretty yellow dress and this white lace number. XOXO

July 28, 2014

Giveaway: $50 Etsy Credit To Bloom Designs

Today I have a giveaway with my sister Jenny of Bloom Designs for a $50 credit to her Etsy shop! Her blog is a daily must read - she is an incredible party planner and event stylist with an attention to detail that is beyond anything I've ever seen. I've been lucky enough to have her throw me a bridal shower, baby shower and Hudson's 1st birthday and she also made all the printables for the Baby Hoedown Shower I hosted in May. Her Etsy shop is filled with the perfect party supplies, custom invitations and an array of printables - check out everything that you can use the $50 credit towards here!

Please do the following to be entered in this giveaway:
- Follow Bloom Designs on Instagram [direct link below]:
- Check out the Bloom Designs Online shop on Etsy [direct link here]. 
- Leave a comment with your email in case you are the winner!

Additional entries [please leave a separate comment for each]:
- Follow Bloom Design on another form of social media, one entry for each additional follow [click for direct links below]
- Follow Nicole's Guide To Style  on any of the following, one entry per follow [click for direct links below]:

This giveaway will end Friday, August 8th and the winner will be announced on my Facebook page and here on the blog the following week! Happy Monday! XOXO

July 25, 2014

Fabulous Friday

Smoothie Recipe: blend together 1 frozen banana, 2 handfuls of organic spinach, 5-6 ice cubes, a spoonful of raw almond butter, splash of vanilla extract, approximately 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk [add more for desired thickness] and honey to taste.

Janie & Jack Boat Shoes + The Honest Company Swim Gear

Hope you all had a wonderful week! I had my 28th birthday on Wednesday and am looking forward to continuing the celebration this weekend with my girlfriends and hubby! 

Congratulations to the Diana Ciler giveaway winner, Alina Conn [check your email]! Thanks to everyone else that entered the contest and be sure to use code NICOLE for 15% off on her site if you want to purchase some of her beautiful jewelry. TGIF! XOXO

July 23, 2014

Review: Ray-Ban Mirrored Aviators From SmartBuyGlasses.Com

also pictured above:

I've been a long time lover of the classic Ray-Ban aviators [see my previous review here] and recently fell for the updated mirrored version as seen on bloggers Damsel In Dior, Pink Peonies and Gal Meets Glam. SmartBuyGlasses.Com was kind enough to send over these silver mirrored beauties and I'm obsessed! Their customer service was wonderful - fast, free shipping, 100 day returns and they also include a little eyeglass cleaning kit [which is a nice touch and especially needed after Hudson tries on my shades!]. I highly recommend checking out their site the next time you want to order a pair of sun or regular glasses [these were my other favorites]! XOXO

July 18, 2014

Sales & Steals: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

As promised, here are a few of my favorite things from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! Their exclusive beauty sets are always a great value [especially loving the Bobbi Brown Nude Eye Set] and it's also a good time to stock up on basic undergarments and winter wear [which are never fun to buy at full price]. Start shopping all the great deals here now through August 4th. XOXO

July 17, 2014

Sales & Steals: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Just a little reminder that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale starts at 12pm PST but if you are a card member you can already log in and shop the sale now here. I'll post some of my favorite picks from the sale in a bit! In the meantime you can see a sneak preview of what will be available in their catalog here.  

Don't forget to enter my current giveaway to win a bracelet from Diana Ciler here! XOXO

July 16, 2014

Beauty: Recent Favorites + Reviews

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray: I've seen this product for awhile now and am not sure why I waited so long to try it, it's a miracle worker! It reminds me of a dry shampoo but instead of just absorbing oil it also adds volume and texture. I also love that it makes freshly washed hair a little more natural looking... I bought the travel size version but will definitely be purchasing this set when it runs out.

Kérastase Laque Couture Medium Hold Hair Spray: Kérastase products have been a staple of mine for years but I was never crazy about their hair spray mainly because of the smell [the one in the green bottle]. They recently came out with this new version and it's perfect! I like the medium hold version but it also comes in flexible hold as well.

Dior Addict Lip Glow Balm + Dior Addict Lip Polish: I saw both of these products on Instagram a few times and was wondering what the hype was all about. The Lip Glow Balm is my favorite of the two products since it's super easy to apply and the color adjusts to enhance your own natural lip color. The Lip Polish is supposed to act as a "lip primer and polish all in one" and it does just that.  I'd definitely recommend both products especially for a pretty summer glow.

Eminence Organics Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant: Last weekend I got a facial at Face Haus [a concept similar the Drybar but for your skin; 30 minute facials for just $40!] and some products from Eminence Organic Skin Care were used on me including this exfoliant. It dispenses as a powder with a very fine texture that you mix with wet hands and put onto a wet face [I added mine to my cleanser]. Works great at keeping skin soft and getting rid of any dry skin and extra makeup. I also love that it contains lactic acid which helps remedy fine lines, wrinkles and sun damage. This one product inspired me to purchase a few other items from their organic, natural line... hopefully I'll have good reviews to share for them in a few weeks! 

Also, be sure to check out my giveaway with Diana Ciler [direct link here] for a chance to win one of her lovely bracelets before it ends Thursday, July 24th. XOXO

July 15, 2014

Giveaway: Diana Ciler Jewelry

A giveaway for a Diana Ciler bracelet!

Shown mixed with some of my favorite jewelry pieces [Hermes Clic-Clac H, Sarah Chloe x Bauble Bar Personalized Cuff + Cartier Tank Watch] + a Buff & Tweeze manicure. 

Beautifully crafted with diamond pave details for extra sparkle. 

Perfectly coordinated amongst Diane Von Furstenberg: The Wrap + Grace: A Memoir.

Today I have a special giveaway for you from the New York based jewelry line Diana Ciler!  The winner will receive the gorgeous Coral bracelet with pave diamond accents pictured above [the Pyrite bracelet with pave diamond circle is no longer available but a similar option on her website can be found here and here] which retails for $150. 

Please follow the below to be entered in this giveaway:
- Check out the Diana Ciler site to view all of her beautiful pieces.
- Follow Diana Ciler on at least one social media platform [click for direct links below]:
- Leave a comment with how you are following and your email in case you are the winner!

Additional entries [please leave a separate comment for each]:
- Follow Diana Ciler on another form of social media, one entry for each additional follow [click for direct links below]:
-Follow Nicole's Guide To Style on any of the following, one entry per follow [click for direct links below]:

This giveaway will end Thursday, July 24th and the winner will be announced on my Facebook page as well as on the blog. Diana Ciler is also offering all readers 15% off their total purchase on her site with code NICOLE, check out the entire collection here. Good luck! XOXO

July 10, 2014

How I Spent My... 4th Of July Weekend

1. 4th of July Pool Outfit Cover Up: J.Crew [sold out; matching bikini on sale here] | Swim Suit: Victoria's Secret | Hat: Forever 21 | Shoes: J.Crew Rio Sandals in Gold. 2. Pool Essentials including the One Truffle Clarity Clutch, Sara Happ The Lip Slip + SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion SPF 50. 3. The infamous $10 latte from Alfred's Coffee & Kitchen [3 shots of espresso and Pressed Juicery vanilla almond milk]. 

A little look at my 4th of July weekend and week so far... we spent a few days at the pool [Hudson loved swimming!] and pretty much just had a low key couple of days which was nice. Hope you had a wonderful holiday!

Congrats to the MindaHome giveaway winner Courtney B, you've won the pillow of your choice!  As big thank you to everyone else the participated, MindaHome has been sweet enough to offer a 25% off discount to all readers on her site now through August 31st with code GUIDETOSTYLE. Check out all her wonderful products here! XOXO

July 8, 2014

How I Spent My... Weekend In Vegas

[clockwise from top left]
1. Kettle One margaritas at the pool. 2. The view from our room at the Wynn. 3. Pretty chandelier at the Michael Jackson ONE show. 4. Forever 21 hat + 9 Seed cover up

 [clockwise from left]
1. First Night Outfit Top: For Love & Lemons | Skirt: For Love & Lemons | Shoes: Steve Madden Stecy in Natural Leather | Bag: Chanel | Jewelry: Melanie Auld [check out her awesome sale here]. 2. Drinks at SW Steakhouse our last night. 3. Heading home! 

The last weekend of June I headed to Vegas on a short trip with some of my college girlfriends and we had a blast! We spent the days catching up at the pool and had two yummy dinners out at Javier's and SW Steakhouse. Overall, I think we decided that one of our favorite activities was seeing the Cirque de Soleil Michael Jackson ONE show... would definitely recommend checking it out if you find yourself in Vegas! 

Btw, don't forget to enter my giveaway with MindaHome before it ends tomorrow night! Check all of the details out here. XOXO

July 3, 2014

Sales & Steals: 4th Of July Discounts

Alice + Olivia: Up to 60% off, no code needed.
Anthropologie: Extra 20% off sale items with code BUZZ20.
Banana Republic: 40% off online and in stores with code BRJULY.
BaubleBar: $10 off orders over $30 with code JULYRS.
DVF: Additional 40% off sale items with code JULY40.
Gap: Up to 60% off in stores and online, no code needed.
Intermix: Additional 40% off sale items at checkout.
J.Crew: 40% off final sale items with code SHOPMORE.
Moda Operandi: Up to 80% off markdowns.
Rebecca Taylor: Extra 40% off all sale items with RT14JULY40.

P.S. Don't forget to enter my giveaway with MindaHome before July 9th for a chance to win a gorgeous pillow of your choice. Direct link to the giveaway here. Have a great holiday weekend! XOXO

July 1, 2014

Giveaway: MindaHome

The Lola Pom: made of Parker jacquard fabric with woolen poms in navy + hot pink. The cobalt blue is stunning in person and would work well with many interiors... pictured above in my bedroom mixed with our neutral bedding for a splash of fun.

The Lucy Pom: made of Marc Jacobs fabric from a Parisian mill with woolen navy pom accents. A perfect way to add a pop of color [shown with Gray Malin's Two Cowboys].

The Nirmala Pom: made of Oscar de la Renta bouclé fabric with woolen poms in cream + hot pink. A beautiful neutral pillow to accent any color palette and my personal favorite [shown with Maison de Vacances pillows from Calypso Home]! 

The gorgeous Udaipur Throw blanket in beige handwoven in India.

A new giveaway is here from the lovely MindaHome! I was recently introduced to this shop and am truly impressed with the quality and mission behind the brand. Read a little more about MindaHome and how to enter our giveaway for one of the gorgeous, handcrafted pillows pictured above from their Raji Pom collection [the throw can be purchased here].

MindaHome is a unique home decor shop that was founded during a mission trip to India- they curate a shoppable collection of limited edition, exclusive decor items that are sourced directly from Indian artisans and inspired by the beauty (and color!) of India. MindaHome is based on a concept of purchasing with purpose -- a portion of all sales benefit the community orphanage and medical center where they volunteered

Please follow the below to be entered in this giveaway:
- Check out the Raji Pom collection on the MindaHome site [here].
- Leave a comment below with your pillow of choice and email address in case you are the lucky winner!

Additional entries [please leave a separate comment for each]:
- Follow @mindahome [here] and @nsguidetostyle [here] on Instagram.
- Follow MindaHome [here] and Nicole's Guide To Style on Facebook.

This giveaway will end next Wednesday, July 9th and the winner will be announced on my Facebook page and here on the blog. In the meantime be sure to check out all the lovely things MindaHome has to offer and use code SHIPFREE for free shipping through July 31st... these gorgeous agate coasters are next on my wish list! XOXO