NYC Style Diary

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I’m back and better than ever!

While I have kept up via social media (namely Instagram–shameless plug here: @nicoleakerman), I have wanted to create content for this blog for the last few weeks. I thought that my trip to NYC over spring break would be the perfect opportunity to do so. My sister and I endeavored to the bustling city  from our small college town two weeks from today. Having spent about a week in the city, I have come to the conclusion that you can probably live there for years and still not have hit every spot on the map (I have the twelve miles of steps walked per day to prove it).What I loved most about the city is how artistically driven it is, even as I trekked on 34th street towards Uniqlo ( it seemed to become a habit by the end of my trip), I stumbled upon dozens of characters there- fashion driven, clad in full on costumes, etc.

I thrived in an atmosphere where every individual is pursuing their passion, and although I didn’t know the young man in the suit on the subway, there is an energy that drives me to adventure and explore beyond the bounds of familiarity. One of my great finds: The Strand Bookstore, where I spent a few hours perusing various books while the place itself provided a respite from the cold and windy climate. When it came to how I dressed in the city, I wanted to retain my personal style underneath the layers. This vintage coat is a favorite of mine, something that I may have stolen from my mother’s closet. I can envision myself in a small studio, getting lost in the subway ( I’ve already mastered this skill), and hope to see this come to life post graduation.

Coat: Vintage

Sweater: Lauren Conrad

Jeggings: Macys

Boots: Lulus

Accessories: H&M

Until next time,

xx

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City of Stars: La La Land Look

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La La Land wound up becoming one of my favorite films because it was traditionally untraditional. It merged dance, music and romance seamlessly, while remaining youthful and relevant. It also didn’t hurt that Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling played the leads. The influence of Singin’ in the Rain and the Umbrellas of Cherbourg was indisputable, but reminded me so much of why I love musicals in the first place. Beyond the strong, fleshed out characters, the plot was captivating. On screen, as in real life, the way that our lives intertwine can as easily come apart.

I loved the role that the wardrobe played in the film, through vibrant colors, patterns, and silhouettes. Mia (Stone’s character) had a dynamic personal style, marked initially by bright and vivacious yellow and blue tones that over time transitioned into deeper, more subdued grays and blacks. This comes as no surprise as the prospects of her original “dream” dwindle, or simply change throughout the movie. After googling one too many of her outfits, I was inspired to modernize 50s fashion.

Final verdict: La La Land is worth the hype, despite what some critics have to tell you.Still skeptical? I recommend taking a listen to the movie’s soundtrack.

Stay posted for another look inspired by the film coming to your computer screens soon.

Keep up with my shenanigans! Instagram: @nicoleakerman

Blouse: H&M/Skirt: Ann Taylor Loft/ Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters /Accessories: Forever 21

xx

New Years: Welcoming 2017!

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The start of a new year means a clean slate, and with it, loads of sparkling cider to celebrate.  Whether you spent the new years in the midst of the crowds in Times Square, or with a couple of friends in your hometown, I hope that you are all as excited for this upcoming year as I am ( after all, I have this banner to prove it).

And while I am looking forward to what’s in store for 2017, I can’t help but think about the events that marked my 2016. In 2016, I moved into my first apartment ( yes, adulting in its finest form), started and published the first post on this blog, discovered that my passion lies in the the fashion industry, and grew tremendously as a human being. Although I had my fair share of difficult moments this year, I recognize that moving past them is the only way that I can allow room for growth in this new chapter of my life.

Keep up with my shenanigans this year on my social media! Instagram: @nicoleakerman

To new beginnings,

 

xx

 

Fashion Gift Guide: ’90s Chic

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With the holiday season rolling around, it can prove difficult to find the perfect gift for all of your friends and family. Gift giving made easy: a new fashion series crafted to meet the needs of every fashionable lady in your life.

This week’s post is all about the ’90s girl– the one embellished in chokers and floral bodysuits on the daily, regardless of the occasion.  Since the ’90s are back in the fashion world,  shopping for this look is easier than you could imagine. With a few key pieces, you will be sure to check everything off of her holiday wish list, starting with an ornate choker. Aside from making the perfect stocking stuffers, these accessories are relatively inexpensive, so doubling up is easy.

In addition, this patched denim jacket adds the perfect element of girl-next-door. Whether DIY’d or purchased on mega sale online (like me), it’ll catch the eye of all of her friends, making any ordinary outfit stand out in the crowd. Propped alongside a pair of tinted sunglasses and a bright belt, it’s bound to evoke Cindy Crawford flashbacks.

Keep up with my shenanigans on social media! instagram: @nicoleakerman

Floral Bodysuit: United Colors of Benetton/Denim Jacket: Urban Outfitters/ Choker: Urban Outfitters/ Belt: Target/Boots: Lulus

Until next week,

xx

Thanksgiving

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Hey everyone!

I thought it would be fitting to make a post all about my Thanksgiving this year! ( We still have a few hours until it’s really over, and calories will starting counting again).  This is the first year that my family cooked a vegan thanksgiving. I was grateful for the chance to have the family together and customize classical thanksgiving dishes to our liking. Although we are not tremendously daring when it comes to trying out new dishes,  it was our first time preparing these tofu “turkey” cutlets. The recipe can be found on Olivia Biermann’s youtube channel, which I am constantly keeping tabs on (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtuwIdM0Zx7xCiZSa_clRzw).  The meaning of Thanksgiving can often become lost in translation amidst the frenzy of super sales and copious amounts of gravy, so it’s important to reflect on what one is truly thankful for. In our daily routines, we become accustomed to a fast-paced way of life that we often forget what is right in front of us. Whether you celebrated with your friends and/or family this year, remember this is a time to come together and to appreciate the meaningful people in our lives (furry friends included!).

If any of you are interested in recipes for any of the food items, drop a line below or check out my Instagram: @nicoleakerman

Lunch: Tofu Cutlets, Mashed Potatoes, Side Salad, Squash Soup

Dress: Ann Taylor Loft/Boots: Lulu’s/ Star- Spangled Scarf: Target

Until next week,

Nicole

xx

Sweater Weather

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Hey everyone!

I took a little bit of a “hiatus” for a few weeks, but I’m back with another post all about embracing sweaters ( because I’ve honestly never met anyone who doesn’t like this time of year). I love layering various prints and fabrics under sweaters, especially collared button downs. I’ve been seeing a lot of  designers incorporate more traditionally masculine pieces/ styles into their clothes this season; a trend known as masculine feminine fashion. Although I can’t say I was ever a tomboy growing up, I’m all for incorporating these into my wardrobe in the coming months ( better late than never, I guess). I’ve actually been really interested in working to improve the layout of my website, and now that school has calmed down until finals week ( SOS, I don’t want December to come, I’m sure college students can relate), I am going to be channeling my time and energy into this blog. Stay tuned for a change in my website’s design soon, and keep up with my daily shenanigans on social media! My Instagram handle is @nicoleakerman

Button down:Hollister/Sweater:H&M/Jeans:Uniqlo/Boots:Lulu’s

See you all next week,

xx

PS: No, i don’t know how to drive a scooter but I can sure pretend to ;).

Fall Lookbook: Lace Up Leather

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Hey everyone!

For those of you who may have missed last week’s post, or are new to this blog, welcome! This week is another installment of the new Fall Lookbook series that I started here on this blog! This week, I want to showcase how I play with texture in my outfits, especially when transitioning into a new season. Lace is  a very light and feminine fabric and is typically synonymous with the summer months. However, it’s quite easy to transform the piece into one that easily fits in the colder weather. I paired the dark, peplum-style top with a faux leather jacket and some wine-colored pants.  The faux leather compliments the dainty lace because it stays within the same color range, while providing a contrast  in fabrics, which I love to style. This pair of maroon pants serves to tie the look together because of the stark contrast in color, a color that we all have at least one item in our fall wardrobes.

I love the fact that this outfit breaks traditional fashion “norms”, and it’s representative of my ability to feel both powerful and feminine at the same time.  As the winter months approach,  this doesn’t mean that all of your summer clothes have to be forced into the back of your closet for another year. Outerwear– jackets, coats, sweaters ( and the list goes on), serve to keep your warm and relevant fashion-wise, while dressing up light fabrics like skirts or “summer/spring” blouses.  This week has been all about catching up on work, so having a day to dress up and walk around campus was exciting. I hope that this look inspires some of you out there! Tune in next week for another look into my fall weather wardrobe.

Check out my instagram @nicoleakerman if you are interested in knowing what I am up the rest of the week! You’ll never miss another post 😉

Top: H&M/ Jacket: Bernardo/ Pants: Lauren Conrad/ Flats: DSW

 

Until next week,

xx