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Rock Your Graphic Tee (No Pun Intended)

Graphic tees are fun. They’re cheap (usually), quick to throw on, and give people a sense of your personality. You don’t necessarily have to save them for a day spent on campus or running errands, though. It’s easy to grab your favorite graphic tee and incorporate it into your night’s outfit.

Make sure your T-shirt identifies with who you are.

Don’t wear a band tee if you can’t even name one of their songs. That’s tacky. Someone is bound to come up to you with a random fact about the band, and you’ll be forced to smile awkwardly and act like you know what they’re talking about. Avoid that. Don’t be a poser, be you. You rock.

If your T-shirt is a big men size like mine was, start by cutting the bottom to make it fit a little better. More cropped-tee, less T-shirt dress. Plus, the edges roll up after you cut it, which adds a fun touch.

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Add some cute jewelry, like this Forever 21 choker set.

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Make sure your bottom has cute details, like a small embroidery or some studs. My go-to denim shorts are some I found at Zara last summer.

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My TopShop denim jacket is a staple piece in a lot of my outfits. It’s distressed, oversized, and f*&%ing awesome.

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Not pictured are my Tory Burch rain boots. They’re ankle height, and perfect for Miami’s rainy days. Throw your hair into a messy bun (another Nicki G. signature look) and head out. The messy bun keeps your hair from frizzing and also adds some natural waves when you decide to take it down.

Add some quick makeup before you go.

Lately, my lipstick of choice has been Tarte’s quick dry matte lip paint in the shade Festival. It’s a beautiful nude-mauve shade that tends to look great on a variety of skin tones.

There you have it! Your once casual-tee is now ready to be worn for a night out with the girls. Anything can be dressed up if you want it to… it just takes a bit of accessorizing and creativity!

Love always,

Nicki G.

Recipes

Crispy Quesadilla

It’s lunch time, and I was craving a quesadilla. Obviously, I came home and made one. Follow these quick and easy steps to making this delicious, crispy quesadilla… and feel free to replace my stuffing choices for some of your own!

Ingredients

  • Large tortilla
  • Shredded cheese of choice (I used cheddar and mozzarella)
  • Mushrooms
  • Green peppers
  • Salt & pepper
  • Olive oil

Prep

In a large skillet or pan, warm up your tortilla on low heat. Move it around so the entire thing gets warmed. Simultaneously, begin sautéing your mushrooms and peppers (or whatever you decide to stuff your quesadilla with) on medium heat on another pan. Don’t forget to lightly grease the pan with olive oil and season your stuffing with salt and pepper. This should take about five to seven minutes to complete.

Once your mushrooms and peppers are about done cooking, add some cheese to half the tortilla. This pan should still be on low heat. Add your sautéed ingredients and a little more cheese. Flip over the other half of the tortilla so it begins to form.

Raise the heat just a little bit, and add about two teaspoons of water to the saucepan (pro-tip from @carbzandgarbz on Instagram!). Cover the pan and let your quesadilla warm up. After a few minutes, flip it over to allow the top to cook. Once your quesadilla is at your desired crispy-ness, you’re ready to munch out.

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This bomb quesadilla only takes about five minutes to prepare and 10-12 to cook. It’s easy, quick, and so tasty! Spice it up with different fillings and let me know how it comes out! You can also substitute the cheese for almond cheese if you don’t eat dairy.

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Happy eating,

Nicki G.

 

Blog

It’s Friday The Thirteenth & I Literally Can’t

BOO! Haha, just kidding.

I woke up this morning and was immediately stressed out. Not only do I have an exam today, but I woke up to five texts asking me whether these ugly  shoes were grey and mint or pink and white. WTF. It’s too early for this! Can’t anyone have a normal Friday?

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October is hands down the best month of the year.

It’s the start of autumn and in *most* places, the weather begins to cool down. This year, we were blessed with having Friday the Thirteenth land in this ~spooky~ month. Contrary to popular belief, today was supposed to be a good day. But of course, life is life and it’s already shitty.

Everyone is arguing about these shoes. Are they grey and mint? Are they pink and white? Does anyone actually care? Yes, I did ask everyone in my class what they thought, but that’s just because I’m trying to fit in. Families are being torn apart by the minute with this arising issue. I see them as grey and mint, but I’m also semi-blind. I tried looking in the light, in the dark, and everywhere in between, and they ARE NOT pink. But plot twist, they are. Check it out. Screen Shot 2017-10-13 at 9.59.12 AM

On top of the fact that these shoes are pink, they’re $60. Do you know what you could buy with $60? Half of Forever 21, that’s what.

What was supposed to be a festive Friday the Thirteenth is now all about a pair of shoes, thanks to the Internet. I feel like I have a color issue going on with my eyes and my day is slightly ruined. Do I make an appointment with my optometrist? Someone tell me what to do!

I suggest we focus our energy on more important things, like Halloween costumes and plans, rather than our vision issues and these shoes. It’s the black and blue dress reincarnated into sneakers. Tragic.

P.S. I’m running a poll on my Instagram account (@nickiiiig) on what color combination you see the shoes. Head over to my profile and view my story to vote!

The best of luck on this traditionally unlucky day,

Nicki G.

Fitness

Barre So Hard

I’m going to start by saying that I definitely underestimated ballet barre exercise classes. I’m not sure why, considering that I haven’t taken a ballet class in ten years… but I thought it would be easier than it actually was. Nonetheless, I had a great time and a killer workout.

I love trying new exercise classes, so when The Bar Method was having an Open House week, I decided to try it out. New guests were gifted with a free class, so I brought along a friend of mine to join in on the fun.

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Post work out! Sorry for the bad quality- it was saved from SnapChat

The class starts with a quick warm up, followed by different upper and lower body exercises. With each motion, you really feel each muscle being targeted and stretched. Read more about their workout here.

Since I went to the 9:30 a.m. class, I guess that’s prime stay-at-home-mom workout time. My friend and I were probably the youngest girls there, along with two or three more. It was actually kind of funny. Props to them, though, because they were all kicking ass the whole hour-long class, while I was getting my ass kicked (in the best way possible).

I definitely recommend this workout class if you wanna try something new. You feel the burn in all your muscles, and it’s more fun than going to the gym alone and having to come up with workouts. You also get nice stretches throughout the hour, which really help open your body cavities and ease your breathing. I’m adding this to my list of overpriced workout classes that I love! Can I be more basic?

Love,

Nicki G

P.S. I enjoyed a delicious detox juice from Dr. Smood after my class. It was packed with orange, celery, beet, spinach, carrot, lemon, ginger, & ashwagandha (I don’t know either). Great juice to finish off my morning cleanse!

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*Featured image from The Bar Method Blog

Food Spots

15th & Vine

This weekend’s brunch was at the lovely 15th & Vine at the W Hotel in Brickell. The modern restaurant has a delicious brunch menu with a “freeflow bubbles” option for bottomless mimosas (heck yeah). Its prime location makes it a great spot for anyone trying to enjoy an unforgettable brunching experience. Check out their menu here.

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Tuna Tartare & Avocado
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Blackened Mahi-Mahi Burger

 

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Lobster Mac & Cheese

I started with the tuna tartare which was extremely flavorful. It’s dressed with a ponzu sauce and comes with a crispy rice cracker. My main dish was the blackened mahi burger. You can’t go wrong with this option if you want something heavy enough to fill you up, but not as filling as a regular beef burger. It’s light, but filling- perfect if you ask me. The french fries were to die for, if we’re being honest. I tried my friend’s lobster mac and cheese, which didn’t disappoint. It’s topped with breadcrumbs & is definitely sharable.

If you’re looking for a new brunch spot and haven’t been to 15th & Vine, definitely make your way over there. Their rooftop is under construction, so if you want a gorgeous view of our city (#welivewhereyouvacay), wait until it’s open again. Let me know what you think of it!