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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.

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Hangover Chronicles: III

This was a weekend of spontaneity. Thursday night, my best friend and I decided to road trip to Gainesville, Fl first thing Friday morning. One of my other best friends & sister go to school there, so we had plenty of places to stay so last minute. We also had nothing school-related to worry about because of #Irma. RIP.

Friday night was a shit show (in the best way possible); drinks were $0.50. Yes. Fifty f*cking cents. Needless to say, everyone I was with ended up extremely drunk. Saturday morning’s hangover was masked by a harsh reality: Game Day. I woke my hungover ass up at 8:30 a.m. and tried to shower the pain away. It helped a little. So did my leftover pizza and Aleve.

Game Day came and went, and plenty of platties (common college lingo referring to Bud Light Platinum- a less shitty version of the classic tailgating beer) were consumed… along with a shot of Aguardiente that I had to try really hard to keep down. That hangover I tried to suppress was slowly creeping its way back into my life- and I knew I’d soon be miserable. I tried napping before going out at night- but my headache was massive. I put my big girl pants on, ate some pasta, and got ready to go out. I went out with my little sister and her friends, which was interesting. Sidenote: let’s all get past the champagne shower phase. No one likes being wet and sticky in the club. Literally no one.

Keep reading to laugh at my Sunday morning misery.

Not only was I extremely hungover on Sunday, but I had to drive five hours back to Miami. Thank the Lord my friend drove down the whole way- I wouldn’t have made it.

We walked downstairs from my sisters apartment to find my friend’s car had been towed. Freaking awesome, right? We waited inside a Publix (the Publix that had our car towed- NOT a pleasure if you ask me) for my sister to come scoop us up to take us to the towing company. Suddenly, an unavoidable wave of nausea came over me. I knew it. My time was done. I found the bathroom and immediately started puking in the toilet. There was someone in the stall next to me and I felt so bad that she was listening to my throw up sounds. That in it of itself would have made me puke. She’s a trooper. I puked a lot and when I walked out of the stall, my eyes were bloodshot, teary, and I looked like defeat. I composed myself (as much as I could) and was gifted with the presence of a cute kid I went to high school with. Goals, right? I shoved a croissant down my throat to absorb any left over stomach acid and my sister pulled up outside. We picked up my friend’s car and went to eat breakfast.

I’m about to tell you a secret. Don’t tell anyone, promise? My hangover was still so bad at this point that… I… ate bacon. I know. I’m terrible. I was too hungover to be a vegetarian. I would have DIED without the bacon. Dramatic? Yes. Necessary? Absolutely.

Warning: graphic image below

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My hungover self in the car on our way back home. Good look for me, isn’t it?

There you have it- part three. We made it back to Miami safely and soundly, and I’m currently still sleep deprived. Hope you enjoyed laughing at my misery. Laughter is the only way to get through it… or not drinking- but no.

Shotgun a beer in my honor your next game day!

Stay thriving,

Nicki G.

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Hangover Chronicles: II

If you’re reading this, then I managed to survive yet another terrible hangover. Why was I hungover on a Monday, you ask? Because everyone knows Sunday Funday is one of the best trends going around & I might be diagnosed with FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). I had to go. I just had to.

I attended the famous Kiki On The River to start my night of fun. We ate, we drank, and we had a great time. I’ll make sure to dedicate a post about their food and dining experience one of these days. As if endless frozé (see: frozen rosé) wasn’t enough, my friends and I decided to make an appearance at a new club Mr. Jones on the beach. Been there? Maybe- it’s where SET Nightclub used to be & I see it being one of my new favorite clubs. Side-note: the club was slammed and it was a Sunday night… do you people not have responsibilities? Let me be you!

After a heart to heart conversation with my Uber driver & getting home at 4 a.m. to a very annoyed mother, I knocked out.

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Actual text from my mom. Sunday Funday- that’s why!

Waking up to gardeners outside my window this morning was fun. My friend slept over, so luckily I didn’t have to do this alone. After many thoughts and considerations, I decided that being vegan and surviving this hangover were two things that didn’t go hand in hand. One had to go, and I wasn’t planning on dying today. Stay tuned for a post on my vegan experience soon to come.

It seemed like an eternity went by before the pizza was delivered. I ate some, (which did not sit well AT ALL… how could you do this to me, cheesy goodness?) and was somehow convinced to NOT be a couch potato all day. A few hours of nausea and dehydration at its finest, I somehow managed to hold down my stomach contents and didn’t throw up. I did almost throw up in the Sushi Sake bathroom, though, but again I escaped that horror.

It’s 10 p.m. and I think I’m now getting over my hangover. Either that or I’m just so tired & I can’t tell the difference between my exhaustion and usual shitty hangover.

Stay thriving (and I will too),

Nicki G.

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Hangover Chronicles: I

If you know me, you know I get the worst hangovers. Literally hours over the toilet not even being able to hold down a few sips of Gatorade. Why? I’m not sure. Maybe I did something really bad in a past life. So here I am, stuck suffering from horrible hangovers even if I only have a few beers.

I figured I’d make a series of my hangovers so other people can laugh at my misery, cause what’s better than laughing at other people’s problems (that sounds so bitchy, but  it’s so true)? So here’s chronicle I- and it’s perfect, ’cause I’m not dying.

I saw my husband (Drake) at Story Nightclub last night, so needless to say, I was drinking with friends & having a great time. I ended up alone, doing my own thing, of course, because NG (see: drunk alter ego) loves to wander. Before I knew it, I was getting phone calls from my friends telling me they were outside. When did it become 4 a.m.? I obviously had no idea how to leave this club, so I was asking every bouncer for directions and finally convinced one to walk me out and help me find my friends. Once found, we Ubered home and went to not one, but TWO different McDonald’s to find out they were closed. We ended up at Taco Bell (gross) and the only thing I could eat was cinnamon twists because #vegan. Side-note: I asked if they had hash-browns and the cashier was very confused. I also stuck my entire body out the window and yelled while ordering my Baja Blast Freeze. Idk. I was excited.

So here I am today, one Baja Blast Freeze and order of cinnamon twists later. I slept a good four hours before waking up starving and with my full face of makeup. I drove my ass to Chipotle with my friends to try and settle my eager stomach and ate a good seven bites before wanting to throw up (I didn’t, though, so yay me).

Today’s chapter isn’t bad, I’m just extremely exhausted. Consider this a warm up for what’s to come. My mom’s probably pissed. Sorry. Whatever. Enjoy following my hangover chronicles and feel free to laugh.

Love, your favorite Hangover Queen,

Nicki G.

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P.S. Follow me on Twitter for live-action tweets of my nights. They’re half annoying, half hilarious. @nicki_gee. And if you’re lucky enough to have me on Snapchat, sorry.

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5 Ways To Sleep Better At Night

If you’re like me, you’re a shitty sleeper. Let me explain. I am a sleepy girl with a busy life. I go to school full time, work part time, and enjoy having a social life because I’m not a loser. With that being said, I suck at sleeping. I’m a certified Nap Queen, but when it comes time to hit the sack at the end of a long day (yes, day, because after long nights I seriously knock tf  out), I cannot fall asleep.

I’m sure it happens to a lot of you. You’re sleepy all day, purposely do not take a nap when you get home, and then once you lie down, it’s impossible to fall asleep! Why? I don’t know. Maybe it’s my undiagnosed anxiety. Maybe (see: yes) it’s stress. Whatever the reason may be, instead of restorting to popping a Xan as a part of your bed time ritual, try these natural ways to seriously improve your sleep. Seriously, they work.

1. Melatonin

Classic go-to sleep aid. It’s natural, and really does help you fall asleep as soon as you turn the lights off and lie down- & stay sleeping through the night. My only suggestion would be to take it waaay before you’re planning on waking up in the morning. This shit stays in your system and although you’ll get an amazing nights sleep, you’ll be groggy all morning if taken too late at night.

2. Chamomile Tea

I’ve never been a tea drinker- not iced, not hot. It seriously tastes like dirty water to me. But after countless nights of tossing and turning, I finally listened to everyone who suggested chamomile tea to me and gave it a go. I went with Tazo, but I’m sure all brands are good. The lavender and other herbs really help relax you and make falling asleep (and staying asleep) so easy.

3. Lavender Oil

I had always heard about essential oils, but thought they were some weirdo hippie remedies all the crazies used. Well, call me a weirdo hippie crazy girl, cause this works. The moment I began dropping a few drops of lavender oil on my pillows before bed, I started having the best sleeps. I sleep hours without waking up, and having the scent of lavender so close to me is so relaxing and wonderful. Be sure not to drop too much though, because the scent could get really strong and uncomfortable. Two to three drops on your pillows and sheets should do the trick.

4. Reading

I love reading, but it 100% puts me to sleep. I just almost fell asleep doing a discussion post because I had to read a case study (see: boring). If you’re finding it difficult to fall asleep, pick up a book you’ve been saying you were going to get around to reading and read it. Read a chapter a night, and not only will you get sleepy and fall asleep, but you’ll eventually finish a book on your book list!

5. Powering Off

The most difficult of them all. I can’t seem to power off my electrical devices an hour before bed as recommended. What if someone texts me (they don’t)? What if there’s Twitter drama (there isn’t)? If you can manage to power off your devices at least an hour before bed, it’s proven you’ll fall asleep more easily and sleep better through the night. Maybe one day I’ll have enough will power for this. For now, I’ll try the other tips mentioned above and continue waiting for texts that aren’t coming and drama that isn’t happening.

So I’m a sleepy girl who can’t sleep. Do you see my dilemma? Thankfully, these things have really helped me sleep through the night, so I hope they help you too. Try it out this week and let me know how it goes. And no, putting lavender oil on your pillows after chugging four margaritas at happy hour doesn’t count. Try this out on a Tuesday night or something when you aren’t drinking. And if you’re chugging four margaritas at happy hour on a Tuesday, I wanna be you.

Snoozy sleeping,

Nicki G.

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We’ve Got The Juice

No seriously. We do. 99% of us are obsessed with juices, smoothies, & overpriced fruits. And yes, I did just totally make up that statistic. Why are we ok with spending $10 on a “detox” juice, but can’t afford to buy groceries? I’m not criticizing, I myself am an overpriced juice fanatic. I’d rather spend $9 on a smoothie than buy a $15 shirt at Forever 21. Why is society making me this way??

Anything green is trendy and ‘gramable (word I made up; means able to be posted on Instagram). Don’t act like you haven’t posted a picture of your açai bowl or superfood smoothie on Instagram before. I know you have. We all have. I guess it’s just the world we live in today. New juice bars pop up everywhere, and us millennials are forever trapped into expensive juice and overprices salads. I spent $20 on my lunch the other day and all I had was a sandwich and a juice. Who does that??? Me. And you.

Moral of the story? Work an extra shift so you can buy your weekly juice. Or wear the same outfit three times ’cause you can’t buy a new shirt.

My go-to spots? Raw South and Roots Juicebar. I’ve been dying to try new spots here in Miami, so let me know if you have any suggestions!

Happy juicing,

Nicki G.

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Monday Breakfast

I woke up this morning feeling well rested (jk, I never feel well rested) and made my usual delicious breakfast. I like to change it up, & today I was feeling cinnamon roll waffles. I figured I needed some protein to get through this dreadful Monday, so I scrambled one egg. I also had half a peach, but I only had it because my plate looked way too empty without it. Obviously, I had my usual black coffee for some extra oomph this morning. Here’s what you need!

Ingredients

  • One brown egg
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Pillsbury cinnamon roll dough and icing
  • Half a peach
  • Cooking spray- olive oil & non-olive oil
  • Hot sauce- optional

Prep

I scrambled my egg with a dash of milk and salt and pepper to taste. Spray the pan enough so the eggs don’t stick. While that was cooking, I put the cinnamon roll dough into my super cute mini waffle maker. Make sure you spray it with a non-olive oil based cooking spray. I use PAM.

Cook the cinnamon roll waffle until it’s golden brown and carefully remove it from the waffle maker. Ice it with however much icing makes you happy. You deserve it, it’s Monday. I topped my eggs with some Red’s hot sauce to spice things up (literally). Complete your plate with half a peach- I leave the skin on, ’cause *most* things are better with skin (lol). There you have it- Nicki’s Monday breakfast. Side-note: I didn’t taste a peach until like a week ago. They’re pretty good.

My coffee of choice is Starbucks Breakfast Blend. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I usually just add two organic cane sugar packets. If you want something sweeter without the creamer (kind of rhymes, right?), sprinkle on some cinnamon and stir it in.

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Easy peasy! You have no excuse not to eat breakfast- it’s the most important meal of the day for a reason! Give yourself the energy you need on a Monday & #eatwithme. In case you’re wondering where my adorable mug is from, I bought it yesterday at Forever 21. Their new home collection is so cute! Make sure you check it out here.

Happy Mondaying,

Nicki G.