White Elephant Gift Exchange!

Written by Nicole Garrity on . Posted in DIY, How To, Life, Uncategorized

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The holidays are right around the corner and that means I will be partaking in my annual White Elephant Gift Exchange with my friends! If you have never heard about White Elephant, then buckle up, I am about to introduce you to the greatest thing ever! Every year my friends and I get together to celebrate Christmas, or as we call it Friendsmas, and we always exchange gifts! Instead of doing Secret Santa we started to do the White Elephant Gift Exchange a few years ago and now it is what we look forward to every year! It is such a laughing so hard you have tears rolling down your face kind of fun time. I will break down the rules to you in this blog to better explain this amazing game!

RULES:

  1. Each friend brings one wrapped gift to contribute to the game. It could be a gag gift or something your friends could actually get use out of! I have had friends bring cook books, liquor, sports memorabilia, gift cards and then the occasional inappropriate ones too. We always have a $25 spending limit so everything is equal at the end!
  2. Lets say you have ten friends partaking, you would put ten scrap pieces of paper with numbers 1-10 into a bowl and have each person pick a number. Whoever gets number one will pick a gift first and number ten will be picking last.
  3. My friends and I then sit around a dinning room table or on the floor in numerical order (based off the numbers we picked from the hat) with all the wrapped gifts in the center. It is easier to do it that way so you won’t forget who goes next!
  4. Whoever picked number one from the bowl picks the first gift and unwraps it in front of everyone!
  5. Once it is second person’s turn, they can either choose to pick a wrapped gift from the middle of steal the first person’s gift! Then the first person has to pick a wrapped gift from the middle and opens it to show everyone. Then it will become the third person’s turn! The first person is unable to steal a gift because there is no one before them to steal from, but don’t worry they will have a chance at the end!
  6. Keep going down the line of friends, and whoever turn is next can always steal an already opened gift or take a brand new one from the pile! Important rule: once you have chosen to pick from the pile and open the new gift, you can not change your mind and steal a previously opened gift! The newly opened gift is yours unless someone else steals that gift away from you! 
  7. After the last person has finished their turn, the first person gets a chance to swap the gift he or she is holding for an opened gift! Once they have chosen to steal or keep their current gift the game is over!

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There are several versions to the game but my friends and I stick with the basic rules which are listed above. I listed another rule that some people play with the keep the game going longer if you want a little more competition added!

  • Anyone who gets their gift stolen can either choose to pick a brand new one from the pile or can steal someone else’s gift, but can not steal back theirs. This rotation can only go on for three turns, and then it must move onto the next person in rotation. You can limit it to two turns if you wish to keep it shorter.
    • Example) If it is the sixth person’s turn and they steal the third person’s gift and then the third person steals the fourth person’s gift, once the fourth person chooses to steal or pick a new gift the play is then dead. Then the seventh person, who is next in rotation, would then proceed to either pick a gift from the middle or steal a gift and so on.

Fall Bucket List!

Written by Nicole Garrity on . Posted in How To, Life, Uncategorized

Fall has to be one of my favorite seasons because there are just so many different activities to do! Now is the time to go out and enjoy the nice weather before winter hits! Here is a list of some of my favorite things to do during the fall and I highly recommend giving some of them a try yourself!

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  • Apple, Pumpkin and Pear Picking at Blackman’s Homestead in Lockport
  • Buy Fresh Apple Cider
  • Corn Maze
  • Frightworld, Haunted Catacombs  
  • Carve Pumpkins
  • Wine Trails
  • Visit Local Breweries and try their Seasonal Beers
  • Bake a Pumpkin and Apple Pie
  • Visit Ellicottville 
  • Visit Becker Farms, Great Pumpkin Farm andPumpkinville 
  • Grill Corn on the Cob
  • Walk around Delaware Park and see the leaves change color
  • Haunted Hayride during dusk

The MUST HAVE Fall Boot! (at a reasonable price too!)

Written by Nicole Garrity on . Posted in Fashion, How To, Shopping in Buffalo, Uncategorized

Autumn has finally arrived and that means comfy sweaters, blanket scarfs and boots! One of my new favorite looks that is taking over the fashion world is the thigh high and knee high boots! I already have about three different pairs saved into my online shopping cart, I can’t get enough! (Between you and I, I will probably buy more than just three) You can wear them so many different ways and there are a variety of colors, styles and heel heights! I know it is hard not to fall in love with designer boots but I recommend doing your research before you commit! I always look on other sites to try and find a similar pair for a more reasonable price! I will show you two different examples of how I scored my boots for almost a third the price of the designer pair! Happy shopping fashionistas!

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I fell IN LOVE with these Steve Madden boots that I found online but naturally was not in love with the price. Steve Madden is an amazing designer with great quality, but $159.99 on boots is crazy!! I looked on Amazon (where I mainly buy my boots from) and I found almost an identical pair for only $39.99 by Fashion Thirsty! The pair on Amazon are also available in 5 different colors where the Steve Maddens ones are only available in black.

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Here is another example of searching around to find a better deal! I saw these Guess knee high boots on Amazon for $149.00 and found very similar ones by Ollio also on Amazon for only $42.99! Again, Guess is a fantastic designer just like Steve Madden but $42.99 is right about what I am willing to spend on boots that I know will get ruined. The other great thing about ordering through Amazon… FREE SHIPPING AND RETURNS!!! Not every thing on Amazon has free shipping and returns but a majority of them do! Again, I highly recommend doing your research and looking at other reliable sites to try and find similar styles for less! I have never been disappointed when shopping online especially through trusted sites!

How to Say “I Love You” In Any Language!

Written by Nicole Garrity on . Posted in How To, Life, Uncategorized

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! If you want to learn how to say “I love you” in multiple languages, then keep scrolling down! Below I have translated those famous words into 48 different languages from all over the world. Shock your significant other by learning a new way to tell them how much you love them! xoxo, fashionistas.

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English- I love you

French- Je t’aime

Spanish- Te amo

Irish- Graim thu

Scottish- Tha gaol agam ort

Welsh- Rwy’n dy garu di

Portuguese- Eu te amo

Dutch- Ik hou van jou

German- Ich liebe dich

Italian- Ti amo

Maltese- Inhobbok

Czech- Mliuji te

Stovenian- Ljubim te

Slovak- Lubim Ta

Croatian- Volim te

Hungarian- Szeretlek

Romanian- Te iubesc

Bulgarian- Obicam te

Serbian- Volim te

Albania- Te dua

Greek- S’agapo

Turkish- Seni seviyorum

Estonian- Ma armastan sind

Belarusian- Ja ciabe kakhaju

Ukranian- Ya tebe kohayu

Polish- Kocham Cie

Lithuianian- As tave myliu

Latvain- Es tevi milu

Norweigan- Jeg elsker deg

Danish- Jeg elsker dig

Swedish- Jag alskar dig

Finish- Mina rakastan sinua

Icelandic- Eg elska pig

Georgian- Mikvarhar

Inuit- Nagligivagit

Russian- Ya tebya liubliu

Mandarin- Wo ai ni

Japanese- Aishiteru

Thai- Phom rak khun

Indonesian- Saya cinta kamu

Korean- Sarang hae

Vietnamese- Anh yeu em

Bengali- Ami tomake bhalobashi

Hindi- Main tumse pyar karta/i hoon

Hebrew- Ani ohev otach

Persian- Duset daram

Brazilian/Portuguese- Amo te

Afrikaans- ek het jou lief

 

Floppy Hats- My Fall MUST HAVE

Written by Nicole Garrity on . Posted in Fashion, How To, Shopping in Buffalo, Uncategorized

I have never really been a big hat fan, but all of that changed when I was introduced to floppy hats. There are always the standard flat brim hats, but floppy hats take your wardrobe to a whole other level. I just bought my very first one and its just a basic tan and I am OBSESSED. Today I styled it with a black tank top, dark wash denim jeans and brown heels. They are the perfect for the fall time and totally a necessity to have in your closet! They are available in a variety of colors, sizes and also textures so you can have more than just one! I got mine from an online boutique but you can find them anywhere! I high recommend trying one out, because I know you will fall in love too. Happy fall, xoxo!

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Seven Fashion Staples You NEED In Your Closet

Written by Nicole Garrity on . Posted in Fashion, How To, Life, Shopping in Buffalo, Uncategorized

There will always be those fashion pieces that will never go out of style, and can be worn through every season. Here are 7 of my favorite fashions staples that you should never live without!  Happy reading ladies, xoxo.

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  1. Men’s Blazer. By rolling up the sleeves on a men’s blazer, you can give it a more feminine look. Pair it with a girly skirt in a bright color and a silky shirt for a fun look!
  2. Trench Coat. Paired with a dress underneath, or worn over a blouse and jeans, a trench coat is a must have!  It doesn’t matter what color, fabric, or fit you buy, you just need to have one in your life!
  3. Pullover. You can never have too many pullovers in your closet, so just get one in every color! It is perfect over a pair of jeans for a casual look or paired with black pants to make it professional. You can change the look from day to night in a snap by switching from flats to heels. Not only are they comfy but super trendy.
  4. Tank Top. Every women should have a whole drawer dedicated to tanks, I know I do! No matter the color or fit, they are an essential. Pair a loose fitted tank with a lace bralette and dark wash jeans for a highly fashionable look. You can also keep the look simple with a fitted tank, shorts and a trendy belt.
  5. LBD. Yes, yes, and a million times yes! A little black dress is hands down the biggest must have for any woman. They are so versatile and you can throw it on at the last minute. I suggest having a few different styles so you have options if you need a last minute LBD. No matter the time of year or what last minute occasion you have to attend, just throw one on and you’re set to go.
  6. Jeans. A pair of nice denim jeans can make you feel like a million dollars. They look great with anything and in my personal opinion, they are my go-to piece to wear all year. You can turn a pair of dark wash jeans into a trendy office look by pairing it with a blazer and heels. Or you can take a pair of white wash jeans and pair it with flats and a tank top for a casual look. I love jeans and finding new and exciting ways to style them.
  7. Leather Jacket. If you don’t own a leather jacket, then you must go buy one ASAP. I absolutely love my leather jackets and they will never go out of style. Just like the trench coats, they have so many different colors and styles that you can’t have just one. You should always have on nice black leather jacket but I love my fun colored and textured ones too!

How to Wear Ankle Booties from Summer through Fall

Written by Nicole Garrity on . Posted in Fashion, How To, Life, Shopping in Buffalo, Uncategorized

Although I love summer, I have to say that fall is my favorite season because I am a boot addict. I love being able to wear my boots everyday with leggings or skinny jeans! Luckily, I found a boot that I can wear all year round and the best part… they are mini boots! Ankle boots have become so popular throughout the years and I think its mainly because you can wear them during every season. Wear them with a pair of jean shorts or a cotton dress and you’ll look like a total hipster in the summer. Then come fall, just match a flannel button down with leggings and the same booties! There is no better feeling than being able to wear a great pair of shoes all year. Below I created a little montage of pictures for both the summer and fall of outfits being paired with ankle boots. This is one pair of shoes that every girl needs to have in their closet! xoxoxo

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Summer Looks:

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Fall Looks:

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Homemade Vapor Shower Discs

Written by Nicole Garrity on . Posted in DIY, How To, Life, Uncategorized

When I use to get sick as a child  my parents would always come to the rescue with Vicks to ease my congestion. We always had a stock of the tissues infused with Vicks, a jar of the the vapor rub, and my personal  favorite the vapor shower discs.   I’ve always loved the shower discs because they are so easy to use.  All you have to do is place one on the floor of the bathtub and while you take a warm shower the bathroom gets filled with Vicks vapor! By the time you are done with your shower, your nose will no longer be stuffy and you can breathe! Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find them in quite some time and then recently I came across a homemade recipe for vapor discs! It is easy to do and they work just as well! If you hate being congested as much as I do, then you need to try these out. You’ll thank me later, xoxo.

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What you’re going to need:

1 1/2 cups baking soda

1/2 cup water

Eucalyptus essential oil

Rosemary essential oil

Lavender essential oil

How to make them:

  1. Mix the water and baking soda in a bowl until it is a paste consistency.
  2. Evenly distribute the mixture into a cupcake pan. A silicone pans work great so you don’t have to use a liner, or you could use a metal cupcake pan.
  3. You can either leave the pan on the counter for 18-20 hours or place in the oven at about 225 for 15-20 minutes. Once out of the oven, leave out to finish drying for around 4 hours.
  4. When they are dry, put 8-10 drops of each essential oil on the disc. (you can add more of less drops depending on how strong you want the scent to be)
  5. Keep the discs in an airtight container so they won’t get soft. When a sinus infection strikes, just place one of the discs on the floor of the bathtub while you shower and you’re congestion will go away!

My summer hot spot!

Written by Nicole Garrity on . Posted in How To, Life, Shopping in Buffalo, Uncategorized

FullSizeRenderOne of my new favorite spots this summer is Squeeze Juicery located on Main Street in the Village of Williamsville. If you are craving a fresh blend of vegetable, fruits, and other healthy mixes then you HAVE to go and try Squeeze. Their menu is simple and breaks down what is in each drink so you know what you’re getting and everything is FRESH and made right in front of you. They also have prepackaged detox drinks and juice shots.  You can even add wheat grass shots, vitamin B12 shots and more to your smoothies for an extra boost.

Are you feeling a little hungry too? They also have refrigerated wraps, salads, hummus, fresh granola and even healthy gelato! I am not a healthy eater and never really eat veggies or fruit, but I love that I can get a smoothie that gives me all the vitamins and protein that I should be getting daily! The prices are reasonable and everything is absolutely delicious. I highly recommend trying them out if you are looking for that perfect summer treat. (My personal favorite is the “Pretty in Pink” that is a mix of Bananas, Strawberries, Coconut Milk and Greek Yogurt)

 

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How to Build a Fashion First Aid Kit

Written by Nicole Garrity on . Posted in DIY, Fashion, How To, Life, Uncategorized

As women, we are very familiar with having a fashion crisis at the worst possible time! There is nothing worse than having a fashion emergency without having any way to fix it. Well fear no longer ladies because I have the perfect tricks for you! I easily made a fashion first aid kit so I will no longer have wardrobe malfunctions and you can too! These are some of the things I put together from my personal experiences. (You can find most of these products for cheap at places like Target, Walmart or even the Dollar Store.)

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SUPER GLUE. Put a dot of super glue on a loose bead or sequin that you don’t have time to sew back on. You can find mini bottles of super glue that can easily fit into any clutch or purse.

DOUBLE SIDED TAPE. This is something every woman should always have in their purse. In a pinch, you can fix falling hemlines, remove lint, and you can use it to stop your shirt from revealing a little too much. It is easy to remove from clothing and your skin. Basically every department store carries this in stock and they are cheap!

BLACK SHARPIE. Scuffed your black heels? Use a Sharpie to fill it in. This also works if you’ve chipped a dark manicure. I’ve had those moments where I realize there is a bleach spot on my leggings or black shirt. Just color it in with the sharpie and no one will ever know!

HANGER FOAM. Stash a piece of foam from the dry cleaner in your bag- it removed deodorant, food, and makeup stains on fabric.

CLEAR POLISH. Got a run in your tights? A light coat of clear polish will ensure they don’t rip even more.

DRYER SHEETS. Keep one in your purse to kill static-cling from your clothing and even your hair!

WET NAPS. These clean dirty shoes, spot-clean clothes, loosen too-tight rings, and clean your hands in a jiff if you aren’t near a sink.

BABY POWDER. There is nothing worse than being out in the sun sweating and having your hair get greasy. Take some baby powder and sprinkle it onto your roots. Rub it into your hair and it will instantly get rid of grease! (Be careful if you have black/dark hair. Sometimes your roots will become ashy, just use a smaller amount and rub in really well)