Nicole In A Nutshell

April 17, 2012

I’ve Created A Monster

Filed under: Good Times,It's All About Me,Sporty Spice — by Nicole @ 9:50 pm

She is a cuter Frankenstein. She is a little bit Martha Stewart, a little bit FloJo, a little bit Sara Blakely (with whom I imagine you may not be familiar. She is the entrepreneurial founder, creator and owner of Spanx, a/k/a a goddess amongst mortals).

She is me.

Things have been NUTS. I ran my second half marathon on Sunday. Being sick really knocked me off the training horse, and I definitely felt it come race day, but I finished, so yay!

I have a few black tie weddings coming up, and since my love of sparkly things knows no bounds but my budget unfortunately does, I decided to go all DIY Judith Leiber on a couple of clutches. Here are the results:



Been busy in the kitchen too (thanks Pinterest!), having just made a few batches of homemade frozen fruit pops to cap off a week full of experimental cookery. Next up: an attempt at habanero konjac mac and cheese…

Between all this and the actual important stuff in life (like the playoffs, obvs. Go Rangers! Go Red Wings!), it’s been tough to catch up on the blogging, but here I am. Nice to see you again 🙂


February 17, 2009

Mas sample sales

Filed under: Good Times,It's All About Me,Shopping,Steals and Deals — by Nicole @ 10:45 pm

Sample sales are that wonderful phenomenon that defies evolutionary definitions, as women become both hunters AND gatherers. Of course, men can hold their own as well, but when the lady claws come out, the true masters show their colors.

These sales are all coming up within the next couple of months at Clothingline (261 West 36th Street [b/w 7th and 8th], 2nd Floor). Of course, were you to engage my professional services, I’d guide you through these events and find you the best pieces they’ve got.  I throw elbows, and would be happy to do so for you (and everyone you know). 261 W 36th Street (between 7th & 8th Ave)
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10018
261 W 36th Street (between 7th & 8th Ave)
2nd Floor

Coming February 23 for Women

Coming March 2 for Men & Women

Coming March 10 for Men & Women

Coming March 17 for Women

Coming March 22 for Infants & Kids

Coming March 30 for Women

Coming April 13 for Women, Men & Kids

February 8, 2009

Whole lotta love

Filed under: Good Times,It's All About Me,Shopping,Steals and Deals — by Nicole @ 9:13 pm

I’ve just got to say that I am touched and humbled by the wonderful feedback you gorgeous, talented, brilliant readers have been sending my way. If y’all keep reading, I’ll keep writing. I post kind of sporadically, but will continue to try and pick up the pace as ideas flow through me. In the meantime, please feel free to suggest topics and post comments. It’s great to hear other perspectives and input.

For right now, I only have little snippets of things to say. Firstly, open house type parties never get old. Take some kickass Venezuelan food, an adorable house, and fun people, along with a lovely hostess, and you get the party I went to on Saturday in Connecticut. It’s a bonus to get out of the city and not go directly to another city, but rather to places with freestanding homes and driveways that need to be plowed by heavy duty industrial vehicles. This trip to the country, however, was an experience that none of us in the car had ever faced before. We missed our street, and were driving pretty slowly to find a place to turn around. The car behind us pulled up alongside and rolled down the window to sk if we were lost and if she could help. This was a culture shock to those of us whose first instinct upon a seeing a car sidle up would be to hit the locks.  What does that say about the vicious city that we inhabit?

Sample sale update: this one looks good, and I thought I’d share.


SSS Sample Sales
261 W 36th Street
(between 7th & 8th Ave)
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10018


5 days, 3 late nights
All seasons
All items are final sale

Samples & ir’s
Tees $20
Sweaters $30
Shirts $35
Skirts $40
Pants $50
Dresses $50
Blazers $60
Coats $70
plus knits, bulky sweaters, shorts, jackets & more

Stock / First quality
Tees, knits & shirts from $29 – $69
Shorts, skirts & pants from $49 – $89
Dresses $99
Blazers $139



Monday February 9 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tuesday February 10 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Wednesday February 11 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday February 12 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday February 13 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

* Our entrance closes 15 minutes prior to close of store.
Dressing room is OPEN, but closes 30 minutes prior to close of store.

Upcoming at the same space will be Kenneth Cole:

March 2 – March 6

Monday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Kenneth Cole sample sale information

  • for Men & Women
  • clothing, footwear & accessories

I’ll finish off with a tip for the ladies that came up for me this week. I have always been a skirt/dress kinda gal. For some reason, it’s just how I’ve always rolled. When I was an itty bitty nursery school diva, my mom got a call from the teacher. Despite my otherwise angelic demeanor, there was one thing they were having trouble with when it came to me: I insisted on wearing dresses all the time, even on days when I was so cold I would kind of huddle in the corner for warmth. Clearly, in my 30 years on this earth, I have learned little. I went outside with a friend at work the other day to get some fresh air, and she was awed to see me wearing a skirt and heels. Was I cold? Maybe a smidge. Was I complaining? Actually (and perhaps uncharacteristically), no. Why, you ask? well, that’s a good question. Here’s my answer (and the tip you’ve been waiting for with bated breath): the hose/tights combo. For warmth on those days where the OCD creeps into your wardrobe decisionmaking (i.e. every day for yours truly), it doesn’t get much better than this. Maybe this isn’t nearly as novel an idea I seem to think it is, but I don’t recall ever having tried this strategy before last weeek, and I’ll be damned if it wasn’t something of a life changing epiphany. Give it a try and let me know what you think. I believe I might have just created a fashion breakthrough.

October 25, 2008

Oh cold/allergies, I wish I knew how to quit you

Filed under: Good Times — by Nicole @ 8:13 pm

Yup, still sick. This sucks. I am posting on a damn Saturday night, missing a friend and loyal reader’s birthday celebration (sorry C – I owe you a drank) and wishing I could stop coughing. In honor of the night I should have been out having, and those of you who will be drinking tonight, I am posting a list of interesting cocktails I’ve recently come across. Please feel free to add your own concoctions in the comments, and check back as I plan on adding to the list in the future. Now, for your drankin’ pleasure:

Bellini With A Kick (from

  • 1 part vodka
  • 1 part St. Germain elderflower liqueur
  • 1 part champagne
  • 1 part white peach juice nectar
The Lilly Pad (from the Gramercy Park Hotel Rooftop Bar) – note: I have no idea what measurements we’re dealing with here, but I do know that this one is damn tasty.
  • Tequila
  • Lillet Blanc
  • Lillet Rouge
  • Apple Juice
  • Touch of agave nectar
The following recipes are from
The Panty Ripper (not to be confused with M’s patent pending “Panty Dropper”):
  • 1 oz. coconut rum
  • 1 tsp. cherry juice
  • 2 oz. pineapple juice
Wanna Fuck?
  • 2 oz. Curacao, blue
  • 1 1/2 oz. Schnapps, peach
  • 1 1/2 oz. Vodka
  • 2 oz. Cranberry Juice
  • 1 oz. Orange Juice
  • 1 oz. Pineapple Juice
Get Laid:
  • 2 oz. Curacao, blue
  • 1 1/2 oz. Schnapps, peach
  • 1 1/2 oz. Vodka
  • 2 oz. Cranberry Juice
  • 1 oz. Orange Juice
  • 1 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • 1/3 oz. Rum, coconut
  • 1/3 oz. Schnapps, peach
  • 1/3 oz. Triple Sec
  • 1 splash Grenadine
  • Fill with Pineapple Juice
Dan The Weather:
  • 1 1/2 oz. Vodka (Absolut)
  • 1/2 oz. Liqueur, raspberry (Chambord)
  • 7 oz. Cranberry Juice
  • 7 oz. Pineapple Juice
Big Easy Martini (shout out, NOLA!!!):
  • 1/2 oz. Liqueur, raspberry
  • 1 1/2 oz. Southern Comfort
  • 1 oz. 7-up
  • 1 oz. Sour Mix
Pixie Sticks:
  • 1 part Schnapps, peach
  • 1 part Vodka, blueberry
  • 1 part Cranberry Juice
Fruity Jungle Juice (this is a party favorite to be prepared in a big ass punch bowl):
  • 1 fifth Everclear
  • 1 fifth Sour Cherry Pucker
  • 1 fifth Tequila, white
  • 1/2 bottle Vodka
  • Fruit Punch
  • 2 chunks Apple
  • 1 bottle Cherries/Maraschinos
  • Grapes
  • 1 chunk Pineapple
  • Ice
  • 3 chunks Oranges
  • 3 whole (Cut into chunks) Pears
The Goddess:
  • 1 oz. Southern Comfort
  • 1 oz. Tequila, white
  • 1 oz. Vodka
  • To taste Orange Juice
  • To taste Pineapple Juice
8 Ball:
  • 4 oz. Vodka (Absolut)
  • 4 oz. Liqueur, raspberry
  • 4 oz. Rum, coconut (Malibu)
  • 4 oz. Schnapps, peach (Puckers)
  • 1 splash 7-up
  • 1 1/2 oz. Cranberry Juice
  • few drops Grenadine
  • 1 1/2 oz. Sour Mix
Bar Slut (shut up!):
  • 3 oz. Vodka
  • 2 oz. 7-up
  • 2 oz. Cranberry Juice
  • 3 oz. Red Bull
Candy Cane-Tini:
  • 1/2 oz. Schnapps, peppermint
  • 1 oz. Vodka
  • 1 piece (Mini candy cane) Candy
Cherry Popper:
  • 1 shot Sour Apple Pucker
  • 1 shot Sour Cherry Pucker
  • 1 shot Vodka
  • 1 splash 7-up
  • Fill with Cranberry Juice
Crazy Jew (l’chaim!!!):
  • 1/4 oz. Schnapps, blackberry (Black Haus)
  • 1/4 oz. Schnapps, apple
  • 1/4 oz. Schnapps, peach
  • 1/4 oz. Vodka
  • equal parts Cranberry Juice
  • equal parts Orange Juice
Drag Queen With An Attitude:
  • 1 oz. Vodka
  • 4 oz. 7-up
  • 3 dashes Cherry Juice
  • 1 1/2 oz. Orange Juice
Girls’ Night:
  • 1 part Hpnotiq
  • 1 part Rum, coconut (Malibu)
  • 1 part Sour Apple Pucker
  • 1 part Vodka (Stolichnaya)
  • 1 part Pineapple Juice
  • 1 part Sour Mix
Sex On A Pool Table:
  • 1 part Liqueur, melon (Midori)
  • 1 part Schnapps, peach
  • 1 part Vodka
  • 1 part Pineapple Juice
  • 1 part Sour Mix
  • 1 whole Cherries/Maraschinos
Sex In A Jacuzzi:
  • 2 oz. Schnapps, raspberry
  • 2 oz. Vodka
  • 1 oz. Cranberry Juice (Ocean Spray)
  • 1 splash Orange Soda
  • 1 oz. (unsweetened) Pineapple Juice
  • 2 oz. Sprite
  • 1 oz. Orange Juice (Tropicana)
Starry Night:
  • 2 oz. Vodka (Absolut)
  • 1 1/2 oz. Curacao, blue
  • 4 oz. Lemonade
  • 1 oz. Rum, light
  • 1 oz. Triple Sec
  • 1 oz. Vodka
  • 6 oz. 7-up
  • 1 splash Grenadine
  • 4 oz. Sour Mix

I haven’t tried all of these, and most of them were picked based on name alone, so please leave any feedback in the comments. Don’t drink and drive (or text or dial)!!!

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