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Nicole Santa

Fringe Benefits

- Fashion

Every outfit needs a little something “extra” and this season’s updated fringe is just that.  This attention-seeking accent is a trend that has been seen on dresses, pants and accessories every few seasons.  After the fringe fancy when “The Great Gatsby” was re-released in 2013 and everyone wanted to be a flapper, the trend died down for a little before making a comeback this season. Fringe was swinging from the runways on skirts, dresses and it even had a denim…

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Getting All Tied Up in Robe Coats

- Fashion

Fall is my favorite season of the year.  Boots and bonfires.  Layering and leaves.  I’m all in.  The only thing I would pass on, is feeling cold.  Wouldn’t it be great if we could be as cozy as we are in our bathrobes while still rocking a chic look? Well, thanks to the latest runway trend, we can!  The newly imagined robe coat gives you comfort without sacrificing style. This Lavish Alice coat is linked below and it’s totally appropriate…

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Denim-on-Denim Diaries feat. Dear John

- Fashion

In the 1950s, Bing Crosby walked into an upscale hotel in Vancouver, Canada.  Despite being, well, Bing Crosby, the hotel team almost denied him entry because he had been wearing an all-denim outfit.  Levis heard about what happened and sent him a tailored, all-denim tuxedo.  Crosby may have dreamed of a White Christmas, but I doubt even he could have dreamed of how his “Canadian tux” would impact fashion even half a century later.     Denim-on-denim has become increasingly…

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Learning from The Stylish Professor

- Collaborators

  “You can tell who the strong women are.  They are the ones you see building one another up instead of tearing each other down.” -Unknown   A couple of months ago, we joined a campaign meant to bring together influencers of two different demographics, millennials and the fierce 50 women.  The campaign is called “Bridging the Gap” and the inspiration behind it was that we are stronger together and age gap lines can be blurred by building authentic bonds…

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Rule Breaking – The Pink and Red Trend

- Fashion

Rules are meant to be broken and that holds especially true for some previously taboo fashion rules.  Things like “No White After Labor Day”, pattern mixing, and even color combos like blue and black or pink and red that were once fashion nos are now trending for Spring 2018.   Red and pink are two power colors for both females and males.  It does take a little bit of a daring personality to break rules of any kind but especially…

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AC Hotel National Harbor – Living the #HarborLife

- Lifestyle

Sometimes you just need a little staycation to rediscover some of the great things your city has to offer.  Chelsea and I did just that and packed our bags for an overnight at the AC Hotel by Marriott in the National Harbor.  We hung out with some really fun local influencers and found out just what it means to live the #HarborLife.       Let me start by saying I’m no stranger to Marriott.  Platinum Elite Rewards Member, stayed…

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L’Auberge Provençale – A Tres Bon Getaway

- Lifestyle

“No man needs a vacation so much as the man who has just had one.” – Elbert Hubbard   That quote held especially true for us this summer.  The travel bug bit us hard but with Chelsea taking summer courses and me having a full-time job, we had to become weekend warriors if we wanted to fit it all in.  I can’t lie and say it wasn’t worth it but let me tell you we were tired after our last…

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#BodyGoals – My Top 3 Better Body Tips

- Lifestyle

One of my favorite comments I get on Instagram is #bodygoals.  I truly appreciate any engagement on social media but to me this is so great because I can easily throw together an outfit and do my makeup, but my body is a work-in-progress and takes the most time and effort.  Even more so now that I’m 30 but let’s not go there (ugh).   I wanted to share with you guys my top 3 tips for a better body.…

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How To Host a Progressive Dinner Party

- Lifestyle

Last week, we had the pleasure of hosting our twist on a progressive dinner party at the gorgeous new living space, AVA NoMa.  Traditionally, this moving feast is a collaboration with several friends held at each of their homes in succession, with a single course served at each one.  It’s a great way to entertain a group of friends without shouldering the whole responsibility (or cost) of a multi-course dinner party.   But since when do Chelsea and I follow the…

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Style Tips for Summer Kicks – Ft. Greats Brand

- Collaborators, Fashion

Finally, it’s summer!  We partnered with Greats Brand to share some of our fave style tips for wearing sneakers in the summer.  We love a good sandal or flip flop as much as the next beach-goer, but why be seasonally basic?  Beat the heat with these cool tips.  (Oh the puns…)   1. Let’s start with the most obvious: tee shirt and jeans.  Chelsea went with the black perforated “Royale” sneaker by Greats.  She kept it super casual for going…

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