OOTD | The Elephant Dress

OOTD: Tunic Dress – The Elephant Pants ( sold out since they were on Shark Tank, but many other similar pieces sold on their site https://www.theelephantpants.com )

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Texas can’t make up its mind on whether winter is done. These pictures are actually from a few weeks ago, when we went to Rockwall, and it was summer weather, up in the high 70’s, low 80’s  (okay, I know that’s not summer for Texas, but for a native Pennsylvanian, that’s summer!). But of course, now in March, it’s back down in the 40’s. Makes a lot of sense, eh?

This tunic dress was so perfect for the breezy cool wind on that hot day, though. I can’t wait to wear it more often! And yes, The Elephant Pants just appeared on Shark Tank a week ago, and no, I didn’t  buy this dress because of Shark Tank! I actually heard about this company through a friend, and I fell in love with their designs. Most of the clothes they sell is very colorful, but I opted for this dress because it would match more accessories. The material is well-made, and part of the profits for this dress are donated to help elephants in need in Thailand. It’s also perfect for the relentless Texas sun because it covers a lot of skin (hence less burning) and is still very breezy and breathable.

Lately, I’ve been trying to organize my life and try to be at peace with myself, and one of the things I decided to do was to take up a capsule wardrobe.  Essentially, a capsule wardrobe is a wardrobe made for a season that is only the best pieces that you would always wear, the ones that give you confidence when you wear them. Think about it, how many times do you put on an outfit in a rush and then when you get out of the house, you just feel like shit because it wasn’t the greatest combination or you’re wearing something that makes you feel insecure? The capsule wardrobe prevents those situations. You should be able to pull out any outfit and have it match and feel confident. This means buying things that fit your personal style, buying things that you will actually use, and also things that are of high quality.

For the next few posts, I will be featuring my capsule wardrobe. I threw out almost everything (ok, I donated it), and started over. This dress was one of the first pieces in the wardrobe for Spring/Summer.

What do you think of the concept of the capsule wardrobe? Be sure to check out the colorful and beautiful pieces from The Elephant Pants!

 

xo Nicoco

OOTD: Nude Cocktail Dress

OOTD: Dress – Windsor | Necklace – Target | Cat Headband – Charlotte Russe

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I originally bought this dress for a Yelp Elite event back in November. I remember having no idea what to what to wear to a cocktail party and trying to find a dress last minute. And let me tell you, it is hard to find a cocktail dress that doesn’t have spaghetti straps, require a strapless bra, or have a shiner finish on the material. I just couldn’t do the spaghetti strap with a strapless bra thing because it was cold and I didn’t want to also have to go out and buy a strapless bra. And let’s be totally honest here… it’s winter and I have flabby arms!

So I went out in a panic, last minute, to different stores all over the North Dallas area. I started out going to my regulars – Forever 21, H&M, Lulu’s, and even Victoria’s Secret (hey, sometimes you can wear lingerie as a dress!), but I couldn’t find anything that suited a cocktail party. It was crazy. I ended up dragging myself to the Galleria Mall in Addison, which I hate going to because the traffic is crazy in that area, to check out Papaya. And of course, there wasn’t anything even close to a cocktail attire there. Right when I was about to give up, I saw the store accross from Papaya: it was called Windsor. I was drawn to it because I saw some nice upscale-looking dresses in the window.

I thought, eh, why not, I’m giving up anyways, just go look. So I went in and it was crazy; there were so many nice dresses at affordable prices! Within the first ten minutes, I was in the dressing room with 7 dresses to try on. I almost bought two dresses, but decided that I would just go with the nude long sleeved one to see how the material held up. I bought a wine-colored velvet clutch from Windsor as well (not pictured), which I will definitely continue to use for formal events. It was literally the morning of the event, so I was super thankful that I was able to discover Windsor and find a great deal on a dress. 

It’s a between a mini and a midi length on my short body – I would say this is probably a mini on a normal to tall woman. I am 5’1″ and it comes right above the knee for me. This dress is made of a suede material and it has a giant gold zipper on the back that is not in-your-face, but just large enough to make a statement. It is a bit low cut in the front, but I think for a cocktail party or clubbing or something similar to those siuations, it is appropriate. The best parts about this dress are the long sleeves, comfortable material, and the fact that you don’t have to buy a special bra for this! 

The Yelp Elite event Cocktails for Charity was a success, and I felt confident in the dress. It was a really fun night! Hopefully I’ll have places to wear this dress in the future!

Nicoco

All Velvet

OOTD: Velvet Skater Dress- Forever 21 | Bag – Calvin Klein | Shoes – Report

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I’ve really taken a liking to velvet and I’m glad it’s back in, because there’s just something about it that makes me want to wear it. It’s soft, shiny, sophisticated. I think it makes a great accent piece, and in this case, its the star of the show. Honestly, I like to keep my outfits simple, and this is about as simple as it gets. The velvet texture is the most valuable part of this look! Skater dresses, or A-line dresses, have always fit my inverted triangle body type the best. It flares just slightly at the hips, giving an illusion of wider hips, thus keeping my body in proportion.

Next week I’ll be traveling back east for the first time in over a year, and at first I was nervous, but I’m definitely ready. I’m looking forward to spending the holidays with my family, hanging out with friends, and doing tons of outfit shoots with my younger sister, the previous photographer of my blog.

And that means I have to be “on-point” all the time there. Every outfit has to be photoshoot worthy. I’m excited to dress my best everyday like I used to!

I’ll definitely be incorporating more velvet into my outfits, so watch out for that!

xo Nicoco

Summer Dresses

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OOTD: Dress – Forever 21 | Bag – DKNY | Shoes – Report

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Shift dresses are a great way to hide your weight gain. But the one problem I’ve had with this one is feeling also like a drape. I started wearing a belt with it, but then it’s so short! I think really the only solution is to actually try harder to get back to my health body.

But the outfit is still cute, right? It’s floral, flowy, and perfect for this (still) hot weather. I have this reoccurring problem where I wear very summery clothes to work and then freeze to death in the A/C there. I swear its not normal. Everyone in the office is wearing jackets and blankets, yet the A/C blasting persists. Office life, I guess.

So I’ve been just praying for it to get colder, which I never thought I’d do, because then I won’t have to chose between freezing or melting. And actually this the first time in a long time where I am actually EXCITED for fall! I always hated fall and winter in PA because I had really bad seasonal depression. But here in autumn, the skies are blue and bright, but the temperatures are very reasonable. We don’t have the beautiful colors that PA has, but we do have a very temperate season that lasts quite a long time.

As for the winter, I think I’m actually excited because I hope it will be snowing in PA when I go back to visit. I miss it. But I know I wouldn’t want to live in a cold climate for a while because it gets old after about a week. The people down here who either moved here a long time ago or grew up here in Texas say they want to move up north to experience the snow, and I just laugh because I know they will get tired of it quick, just like how I’ve gotten tired of the summers here pretty quick.

x Nicoco

OOTD: Hiatus Outfit

OOTD: Dress – Rue 21 | Bag – Calvin Klein | Bra Straps showing – VS

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I guess I ended up taking a break and I really didn’t mean to. I’ve been busy sulking about my health. I could’t understand why I just can’t lose weight even when I eat right. I recently was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, which explains the weight problems. It also explains the chronic fatigue, inability to sleep at night, and digestion issues.

So I’m on a treatment plan now, and I’ve been too depressed about the way I fit in clothes lately. Another excuse is that its been ridiculously hot here. I know, I should expect that.

I do plan on getting back on track once my treatment ends. I will continue my healthy lifestyle plan and cut out more sugar. I think the biggest habits I need to stop is snacking in between meals.

I know some people swear by the eating small portions all day thing, but seriously, it’s bad for you. Going by the Chinese body clock, there are certain points during the day that you should try to avoid eating. Those times are 9 am to 11 am, 1 pm to 3 pm, and 7 pm to 7 am. During those times, certain organs are working the hardest in your body to process what you have put in your body during the other hours. It’s important to avoid eating so those organs can work without interruptions.

Anyway, this has become a rant, and I’m actually tired at the time Im supposed to be tired, so everyone have a good night, day or afternoon.

Nicoco

But I Will Never Be That Girl

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OOTD: Dress + Cardigan – Forever21 | Bag – Calvin Klein | Shoes -Coach

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I’ll never be the girl who I’m envious of because I don’t see myself from afar. I won’t be the girl who has it all together and chills at cafes. I know surely I am not the girl who knows how to unlock her motivations to be better everyday. I’m not sure I’ll even be the girl who always has blended make up, elegant movements, and a bag that she’s happy with wearing for more than a week.

I wonder if that girl even exists? Will you find her strolling through these university halls, smiling to herself? Will you see her at the beach, wearing a Triangl brand bikini, with her flowing scarf trailing behind her in the ocean breeze? Maybe she’s in a high rise building, sipping on her morning coffee in downtown Addison.

I think it’s a bit of both. Maybe I’m not that girl, but I’m just traces of her when I feel confident. Maybe the moments that I see others are captured in the right fleeting moments when their confidence is brimming and they understand that no matter what, they have to love themselves, because if they won’t who will be able to see what they can do for this world?

It’s never all the time. I will never be that girl. But maybe sometimes, she will be me, and through all of my clumsiness, all of my faults, all of my mundane routines, and through all of my hardships, she will spark at certain moments. And maybe others will see her through me, even when I can’t.

 

Nicoco

Office Life OOTD: The Grey in Between (Day 13/260)


OOTD: Dress – Sweet Rain | Boots – A.N.A

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Due to me being sick, I haven’t posted in a while. But I am back, and today was cold and rainy, so I was actually being quite lazy with this outfit. Just a simple warm dress with boots to keep me toasty in the chilly weather.

I feel like I’m becoming patriotic about living here in Dallas. Because if the rest of the US is going to act like they’re walking on eggshells about being patriotic, I’m at least going to be proud of where I live. Part of that involves wearing boots year round!

I try to focus on what I can change and what is in front of me right now, but sometimes my mind wonders how much longer we can be individuals before we have to deal with us as a country, as a whole. What will we do when we are completely divided? But of course, thinking about it won’t help the situation, so I know I must do my part and focus on the present.

Nicoco

Sunny in Spring

  
  
  
  
   
 
  
  

OOTD: Dress – H&M | Bag – CK | Necklace – Piercing Pagoda

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Throughout these stressful days, I’ve been doing many walks outside to desires myself. I’m one of those chronic worriers who worries about not worrying when I have nothing to worry about. Being outside and exploring really takes my mind off of things. I think it’s important to forget about problems for a while so you can have a fresh mind to come back to it when you can take action. 

Living up to my less is more motto (when it comes to clothes anyway…), I’m trying to wear dresses and airy clothes to help with the fact that I can’t feel good about myself in tight layers anymore. It’s just not flattering lol

Pray for me as I go through these next few days and into April. I know a storm is coming. 

Nicoco

Taking A Break

   
 
  
   
 
OOTD: Dress – Wet Seal | Cardigan – Mudd | Bralette Top – Victoria’s Secret | Bag – Calvin Klein | Shoes – Jellypop | Necklace – Piercing Pagoda

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I’ve had a rough past couple of weeks, and I’ve been making some life decisions. I’m the type of person who naturally puts off and avoids conflict, which sometimes includes responsibility. 

While that’s not good to completely avoid all of your problems forever, sometimes it is good to just get away for a moment and clear your head. That’s what we decided to do yesterday. Life decisions are not made as good decisions when you’re completely drowning in stress. 

Even at the office, on my breaks, I go lay on the curb under the trees by myself and try to be still for just a moment so I can let go of the stress. 
Nicoco

The Docks in Blue

  
  
  
  
  
  
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Dress – Forever 21

Cardigan – Thifted

Bag – Calvin Klein

Shoes – Jellypop

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‘Ello there. I actually tried to do this shoot way back last year in July at the Outer Banks in NC, but the schedule didn’t permit us time. So randomly six months later, here I am at the Sandy Beach of Little Elm. Of course, it’s not a real beach, but it seemed like a fisherman spot. Speaking of real beaches, I’ll be at a beach this coming Friday. 

I might seem like I’m nitpicking, but you can see my weight gain in these pictures. It’s made me unhappy and I have decided to keep restraining refined sugar. I will also be limiting my wine intake to only 5 oz per day. I think that’s a pretty hard thing to do for women around my age, but I’m also sure it will be completely worth it!

Back to the outfit, I’ve decided that this is my style. My personal style might seem random when comparing what I’ve worn, but they all have one thing in common: less is better. That’s why I want to be in a warm climate. The less clothes, or at least, the most airy clothes, is always better. I can see myself running around in just swimsuit coverups. Probably should have moved to Florida! But I hear this Dallas summer is hot too. 

ღ nicoco