Animal printed Fall

Now that the weather is changing, can’t you just smell the sugary sweetness in the air of cider donuts and apple pie? The trees are the TRUE stars of Fall! Their fantastic color show got me thinking if you can’t beat them join them! This week let’s camouflage ourselves with animal print to be among the most treasured colors of the year!

Match with the pink pops of summer flowers taking in the last bit of the seasons warmth for an easy and fun take on animal print with this J.Crew top and bottom set at a steel! A perfect pop for a very trendy color!

Wearing animal print can mean figuratively, actual animals in the print, or literally spots. Both create a mesmerizing pattern. Velvets and silks are textures that balance one another and are fall wardrobe necessities. Picking out a color from a print and popping it throughout the look completes it. These red shades are just the right pop and a great price!!

Wear animal print with a group of colors and sprinkle them head to toe!! Like magic the look and vibe will send you spinning into fall trends galore! No need to take away from any color or print when they are balanced throughout the outfit!! This Gucci brooch is a timeless piece that will bring all the fall colors together and will be a go to for seasons to come!!

Yes, you are seeing the print from my red velvet skirt look above in this dress. I couldn’t help myself!! I just adore the little zebra print and the bold pattern on the cuff that it had to come home with me. When a print has enough going on, a nude or neutral accessory choice, headband to booties, is always a good match! This Lele Sadoughi headband is THE perfect accessory to pair with any wild print!!

So excited to share this fantastic gifted mask from Bkeepernyc.com the design is adorned with bees!! Their gold chain is a nice added bit of bling but also serves a much needed purpose to never loose your mask during mask breaks in the classroom. Mixing animal prints is a wonderful way to be season trendy. This cheetah blazer is a great addition to anyone’s fall look. Black, white and beige work well with a busy print top and bootie match.

A tulle skirt layered under a color animal print dress, a belt to cinch the waist, instant head turner and unexpected texture pop!! Pair black accessories to help keep the focus on the color print! This pink cheetah teared dress is a perfect pairing with a collared shirt or jean jacket, to be pumpkin patch ready!

And of course being cover head to toe in animal print is really stepping in to the wild side! For those of you that are trying this look find a small and big print to pair together for it to be a hit! This Target cheetah dress is a great start to create this head to toe look.

Will you be showing your wild side this fall with animal prints?

Feeling inspired or want to inspire? #getahinch and @nhinchology to be a part of a fashion story!!

Until next style!

Xo,

Nicole

Falling for Bows

This weeks focus will be dedicated to Bows, bows and more bows!!! I have always thought of this look as chic and sophisticated with a Chanel vibe!! Bows can be added to any part of your outfit!! I just adore when it’s around the collar with a brooch!! The look may be an oldie but it’s always a goodie!! Add it to your own unique style and be a part of this chic fall trend!

Bow print mixing fun!….You could go the safe route and pair it with a solid but why…live a little!! This bow animal print blouse from Target would pair wonderfully with a larger animal print pant or skirt!! Or pair it with a popping fall color like hot pink or marigold. (Fall color trend blog post coming soon…stay tuned!)

Matching bows from the print in a blouse creates a luxe look. This floral blouse at Chic me would be an easy way to incorporate a trend AND add a staple for seasons to come!!

Denim can be found in everyone’s fall wardrobe, heck it’s in every seasons wardrobe! What better than to pair an oversized organza plaid bow with a jean dress! My blouse from Nordstrom by Halogen x Atlantic-Pacific collection is from last fall 2019 collection. Blair Eadie, creator of Atlantic-Pacific, announced on social media she will be having a fall collection with Nordstrom for 2020, I CAN”T wait!!!!! Remember the focus is the bow so go for nude accessories!

Now try pairing the opposite!! A solid bow blouse with plaid suit, which happens to be vintage. I adore pulling colors from the stripes in the plaid. Not to mention that mint is trending! Another fantastic bow blouse from the Nordstrom Halogen x Atlantic-Pacifitic spring collection 2020! This Ebay mint green bow blouse is available and at a great price!! On an accessory side note I am currently obsessing over this small Gucci marmont crossbody in water green!!

DIY bows are always creative and fun ways to add a finished look. Ribbons that once adorned a favorite brand gift box now wrap around your style. Any collar shirt will work. Here is an example of what you can find on ebay for ribbon!

Having a side bow creates a new age chic head turner. My organza bow blouse from Zara is similar to this New York and company organza fun!! This look comes with all the drama that a girl needs to show she means business!

Repurposing straps that should go around your shoulders and tying them around your neck will create an added texture!! This black polka dot dress is an easier way to achieve this look and how fantastic are the polka dots!!?? Get creative in your wardrobe!! Look at styling like a treasure hunt, see a piece in a new look or way to wear it!!

Sooooo will you be rocking the bow trend this fall?

Feel inspired to help others create their own unique style? #getahinch and tag me @hincology

Until next style!!

Xo,

Nicole

Favorite Fall trends

The air is getting cooler and that means only one thing…Fall fashion! What is your favorite season to fashion!? I have chosen some of my top trends for the 2020 fall season. While I love to incorporate trends I always make sure they never take over my style!! Over several weeks I will be focusing on individual blogs about each of my favorite trends…so stick with me and we will rock fall fashion together!

Bows~

This fall will be full of extra bows in many textures! Organza, ribbons or silks you can’t go wrong! Bows can be big like my Neubyrne Bow top or a small gift ribbon from your favorite designer tied under your collar for a sweet look!! Speaking about sweets, have you tried Cloud nine cereal bar in Patchogue? IT IS AMAZINg! I got the rainbow bright that is infused fruity pebble ice cream……HEAVEN!!

Fringe~

This fall is full of movement with fringe! Whether you wear a head to toe dress adorned with fringe or use a headscarf, be sure to sway into this forever loved trend! Check out this beautiful fringe shawl from Target!!

Color~

This fall the color pallet is AMAZING!! Rust, purples, yellows, tans and lots of bright pops like fuchsia can be seen walking down runways from Chanel to Fendi. The fall rainbow never looked so good!! This amazing skirt at Target comes in all the right fall trend colors and at such a great price!!

Animal prints~

Oh how I ADORE animal print!!! For me head to tow cheetah is just fine!!! For those of you that do not want to look like a wild animal add pops of prints with solids!! This cheetah tee from Target is a perfect mix for your favorite jeans or skirt!!

Tweeds~

What would Fall be without tweeds!!! My mind always goes to Chanel when I see tweed! Have a matching suit or pair pieced within the same color scheme and people will be calling you Coco!!! This pink tweed Halogen x Atlantic-Pacific jacket is now on sale at Nordstrom.

Fall prints~

The crisp fall weather will bring in all different kinds of prints this year!! From plaid to geometrics your eyes will be tantalized! Highlight a piece by pulling colors from the print to enhances and compliment your look!! Don’t be afraid of print…just do it!! My plaid pants came from Walmart. These green plaid pants are screaming my name.

Leather and Pleats~

Leathers and pleats oh my!! Leather brings a texture like no other, whether you rock vegan or the real deal. My eye is on this gorgeous green faux leather skirt from J.crew.

Metallics~

In my book metallics are a neutral that should be used all year round. They brighten a sometimes boring outfit. A little pop of metallic sprinkle goes a long way!! Silver boots, check, these Gold booties from Just fab are on my mind!! Would you wear metallic boots?

Just remember that trends were made to have fun with and to enhance your own unique style!!

What are your favorite fall trends for 2020? Feeling inspired? Share at #getahinch and tag @hinchology.

Until next style,

xo,

Nicole

Back to school styles!

I have rounded up my top 5 musts for back to school! Some of these may surprise you and some may be oldies but goodies!! So here we go….drum roll please….

#1 Masks~

This fall no matter what your back to school looks like, we will all be wearing masks!! At first I was against matching my outfits with my masks, don’t ask me why I guess it was because I didn’t want to accept that this was my reality, however it caught on! I’m going for the look and protecting myself!

Obviously matching your mask is not necessary, but oh how fun it is!! I am obsessed with the new LeLe Sadoughi masks!! No matter what masks you choose be sure to have a spare!! I was looking to find different organizers to create a mask bag and came across these favs from Stoney Clover Ln. Of course a zip lock will do, however these adorable organizational bags add a little smile to the day!

#2 Hand sanitizer~

Having a handy sanitizer to put on throughout the day will make this school year as germ free as possible!! Keep them in a pocket or desk drawer. I was over the moon excited when I was introduced to a fantastic Mother and daughter duo from Roslyn, Long Island New York who are the creators of Long Island Sanitzers. Cheryl and Lara Gerstman will work with you on custom labels!!! (Look for the reveal this week on my Insta!!) The smell is lovely, lemon/lime freshness!! Supporting small businesses is something close to my heart!! I hope that you will check them out!!

Another fantastic hand sanitizer that is plant based and smells sweet and subtle is the Megababe company! Their squeaky clean hand sanitizer comes in several different sizes!! I adore the all natural ingredients! Be sure to check out there other amazing natural products!! When you choose to shop local or natural its a win!!

#3 Sneakers~

These are always on the list, and to be honest they usually are first, however with this year there is a shift in what is priority! As a child I always looked forward to the back to school pair of sneakers!! I chose these amazing Eric Michael sneakers from Stada shoes in Northampton Ma. They are so versatile and can be easily paired with a skirt, dress or jogging suit!! I had such an amazing shopping experience with Anna!! If you are in the area check the store out!!

#4 Socks

What better than socks to go with your new sneakers!! Fun socks will brighten your day!! Check these fun socks on Amazon out. Will you be rocking knee highs this fall!?

The knee high socks give such a fun and uplifting, new age look to any dress or suit!! My eye is on these Gucci pink and red socks as well!! The possibilities are endless!! When you are picking out a pair I say go with what speaks to you!! I just loved the yellow and pink combo.

#5 Backpacks

Last and certainly not least on the list is backpacks!! I can remember like it was yesterday how excited I would get to put all of my new school supplies neatly into my new backpack!! This DIY backpack was my husbands old backpack and I just added some bling to it!! (just a little) This was such a fun back pack to put together!! Will you be repurposing this fall or buying new? This Stoney Clover Ln backpack was another top pick on my list!! I adore how you can add patches to really make it unique!!

How does your back to school list look!? Did this list help you!? If so inspire others and use #getahinch and tag me @hinchology!!

Until next style!!

xo,

Nicole

Maxi dress must!

With summer heat in full swing, maxi dresses are a must!! They are light weight, no sleeve and create a free feeling with it’s long flow! Whether you are running out to grab your back to school must haves, can’t believe I just wrote that, or if you need a quick cover-up for the beach it is a wonder dress!!

Being 5’2″ some maxi dresses are a little long. A trick to fix this is to knot them on the side. This is a quick way to hem without having to pull out the sewing machine!! It creates a sense of style and a wonderful shape to the dress! Check out this Target Pink Maxi is a perfect length, color and shape!!

Some maxi dresses are fun to add two nots…one on the right and left. This way it lifts the front a bit and the back. This patch work dress was a favorite find at Zanna’s. Check out the Patch work dress at Walmart. Pair it with a dollar tree bandana to create a boho chic look!

Maxi dresses are loose and give plenty of room to move in. Like when you are picking red raspberries, a fav!! Find a color in the print then add accessories in that color to match head to toe.

Popping prints and colors in a Maxi is my favorite find. The flowers in the Gap maxi dress below is an oldie but a goodie!! The light weight cotton and stretch made it a wonderful pairing while dancing on the mountain tops of Massachusetts. The color and pattern in this J.Crew maxi dress is so FABULOUS and what a pairing to transition from summer to fall!!!

When the heat and humidity are unbearable put your maxi dress on, match some fun accessories with color and BAM your glam!

Do you maxi dress?

Feeling inspired? Want to join in the journey of fashion? #getahinch and tag @hinchology.

Until next style!

xo,

Nicole

Summer time fun fashion!!

This summer as we all know has been different from the past. I have never been more grateful for the simple pleasures of summer time fun!! What is one of your favorite simple summer past time activities or memories!?

Being pool side is always a must in the summer!! So thankful for friends that invite me to lunch!! Being outside in the sun just feels sooo good!! The color of the pool is inviting and uplifting! Dipping your feet in or practicing your best cannon ball is always for a good time!!

Another favorite is hula hooping!! When was the last time that you tried it!? I found this sparkling beauty at the Dollar tree and it paired oh so well with this silver glitter skirt turned strapless! Gotta have fun when fun is meant to have!!!

A true summer pick me up is gelato ice cream and of course bubbles! For this look I used a linen skirt from Ann Taylor as a strapless dress!! This linen side button skirt would be a great addition to your summer wardrobe as well!! I adore my rainbow studded Fendi strap and 3Jours Mini bag, my eye is on this Fendi Baguette! I am all about mixing a bargain with high end! Keep your eyes pealed for fantastic seasonal fun accessories in your local grocery stores because that is where I found this wonderful hat!! These on trending and wonderful sunglasses and eyeglass chain are from Shein. I really am not a fan of spending a ton on trending fashions like large plastic sunglass chains however I do adore the look so this is a great compromise!!!

With Covid I have been staying home a lot and therefore have to create my own new “normal” summer fun!! We didn’t get to have our annual Luau block party so I had a bit of fun channeling the vibe with my Wild Fox sunnies that I scored for a great price on Ebay!! Layer on the color and you can almost here the Hawaiian serenade in the background!!

Another treat missed from the block party, and one of my favs, is cotton candy!! I love a great pink and baby blue/turquoise color combo!! This DIY tulle skirt is such fun and easily paired with any seasonal style! I can’t seem to get enough of it!!

Then of course there is the random rainy summer day! Whether you stay in and movie veg or go outside and dance in the rain it’s a win win!! Remember that khaki goes with just about everything and will be seen a lot this fall as a trending color!! So you may as well get ahead and start with this Puff sleeve Khaki shirt at Taget!! Yes you guessed right Puffy, fun sleeves are another trend for the fall!! I for one LOVE it!!

For now though let’s focus on the colors of summer! Rainbow goes with rainbow, so pretty much ANY color!! Pick a solid to become a background for this amazing neutral, yes I said it, rainbow should be considered a neutral for every wardrobe!! Don’t you agree?

Sometimes when I am shopping and a colorful piece catches my eye, which is ALL the time, I try and think if I have anything in my wardrobe that will compliment or go well with it! For accessories to match you can NEVER go wrong with pearls, like these Mulberry & Grand hoops!

Last and certainly not least wearing white in the summer is a must!! This top is a Victoria’s Secret cami, however I will probably not be taking part in the outerwear/underwear trend that will be seen this fall, I do however understand how the trend will be universal and super versatile!!

Trends will come and go, style is a forever thing!!! Start with color, pattern, cut whatever draws you to being confident and comfortable with your wardrobe!!

Have a style to share and inspire? Need a trend broken down? #getahinch and @hinchology!! Lets fashion together!!

Until next style!!!

xo,

Nicole

Jumpers and rompers

What are your feelings about jumpers and rompers? They are one of my favorite things to wear any season…until you have to use the bathroom…LOL. Some are easier on and off than others, however the look compares to no other!! They create a streamline affect head to toe that looks flawless and fun!!

I adore going with a monochromatic theme with a favorite color, yes you guessed it, purple!! Love putting purple on purple like my bucket bag with this romper. The purple velvet bucket bag is not available however the white leather bucket is!! Yes Please!!

Other rompers were meant to stand out like this cheetah one!! I found this at Shop Therapy in Northampton Mass for a steal!! Talk about comfort!! Paired with these Target bowed espadrille flats and I felt like I had a winning combo!!

Do you ever just choose a piece for the amazing pattern? I couldn’t resist this pattern. The color pops caught my eye!! I found this at pop up shop in my local mall a few years back. The long sleeves aren’t ideal for summer but if you have a cooler night it is THE perfect romper!!

Then of course there is the more practical romper. This was a fun wear to home depot while buying Hydrangeas to plant!(one of my favorite flowers) Paired it with my fanny pack across my body to keep up with the trends of today which also made it so so wonderful to shop hands free. The visor with the clear brim is genius, acts just like sunglasses!! I grabbed this romper a while ago from Target and this current short sleeve romper is so adorable and at such a great price!!

Talk about genius…have you tried Insomnia cookies!!!??? If you haven’t what are you waiting for!! They are so delightful!! Fresh, warm and oh so many choices!!! I had such a fun time snagging two dozed, buy one get one dozen free, by being on their loyalty program. My absolute favorite is the M&M cookie!! This jean romper was a fun and stylish way to get my sweets on. Pair a simple jumper like this with one color throughout your accessories to balance and connect head to toe!!

Of course if your jumper already has an amazing color and pattern there is little to add. I used my color wheel knowledge to add the head band to compliment the color. I found this at Target and my eye is on their sleeveless Jumper!!

Rompers and Jumpers can be the perfect addition to any season wardrobe!! Pairing details through the pattern creates a head turning look!! In the colder month you can layer with a suit jacket to elevate the look!

Each week there is a new fashion theme here on my blog and if you feel inspired tag me @hinchology and #getahinch!! Let’s inspire together!!!

Until next style!!

xo,

Nicole

Fruit Fashion

What better time of the year to wear fruit prints than the summer, right!? When I put on a fruit print it instantly brings a smile to my face and a happy vibe to my outfit. The whimsy of wearing these prints is like no other!! You are guaranteed to smile while wrapped in fruit!!

What are some of your favorite fruits for summer!? I could eat watermelon and pineapple everyday!! That’s why when I found this dress in the girls department at Walmart I had to grab it!! Getting the largest size they had in girls was 14. I usually wear a small or medium in woman’s. Sometimes you can get lucky enough to find a girls size up to 16 which gives a bit more room. The cuts are a bit different fitting because lets be real they are made for a child, so sizing up is a good idea! If you find it hard to get the girls clothes to fit right at least be sure to check the fun accessories!! Am I the only one that shops in the girls department?

This head to toe oranges dress was also from the girls department at Walmart!! Though these dresses are sold out I do have this Yellow and blue striped dress in my cart right now!! The cut is loose and flowing so I know it will fit my curves!!

This banana dress is from last year at old navy. The newer version of this dress is just as fantastic!! Black and white leaves crew neck dress is on such a great deal and is perfect to add colorful fruit accessories to create a fun summer vibe!!

Speaking of fruit accessories, my pineapple print eternity scarf from Walgreens worked perfect when I pulled the green and white from the print. Sometimes there is no need to add multiple accessories if the print is fun enough!! The black and White Scarf that is available right now at Walgreens can be used in so many different ways.

Not only do I like a good headscarf I also love to wear hats and add embellishments like the pearl head band from Bougie bands. This pineapple shirt is from the boys section at the gap. Even though the boys tee’s had nothing as juicy this season the girls watermelon heart tee is cute to pair with jean shorts!! I love bright and colorful patterns and sometimes you get a bit more of that in the kids sections!

Bright color pops always catch my eye and so do a stack of french macaroons from trader joe’s (heehee). If you don’t know this about me they are one of my favorite desserts. I thought it would be fun to bring out my antique straw basket purse that was gifted from my pop, it reminded me of a huge macaroon. Pairing it with my DIY Crayola model magic fruit necklace and my sparkle Mulberry and Grand pants made for a fun afternoon!! These cream lounge pants would give the same wonderful look.

In my eyes ANYTHING purple is a yes….its’ my favorite color!!! Walmart delivered again from the girls section!! My purple dress is not available anymore however this pineapple sunglass print tank dress is and such a great pick for these hot humid days!

Creating this post was so much fun and I wanted to leave you with the famous quote:

“When life gives you lemons you make lemonade!” Everyday may not be perfect however you can choose to have a great day everyday!! Perspective is what’s needed to do that!! So if you are needing some sweet lemonade added to your day try this lemon dress from Shein!

As the summer months unfold with beautiful weather get your fruit fashion on!!!

Have a favorite fruit look #getahinch and tag me @hinchology to inspire together! You can now follow my blog through Bloglovin’!!

Until next look!!!

xo,

Nicole

Summer Tee’s

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Summer time is meant for beach waves in your hair and care free adventures. Whether that means a road trip or a simple walk down the street, tees are the way to go! I thought I would jump on board with the band t-shirt trend, well really any great tee.¬† T-shirts are wonderful for this time of the year seeing that most are cotton so they breath well and the styling opportunities are endless!! In this blog you can click on the underlined words to be directed to the sites where my tees came from!! (YAY I finally figured out how to hyperlink…LOL)

For those of you that don’t know I do enjoy gardening. Not for veggies but flowers!! I picked that up from my Pop. His thumb was the greenest! He had multiple flower and veggie gardens. When it’s to hot to garden but nice to appreciate all your hard work I love to wear a cotton t-shirt and enjoy the beauty of the flowers. This tee is from a local artist in Florida named Kasey Klein. The tee I have is a picture of her mural in Melbourne, FL. Her art work along with many other artists is what got me through a long visit with my mom while she was in the hospital this past spring…..Art IS Therapy. Her Amber T is the next on my list to get!!

Layering tee’s is versatile and can create new and fun looks. I scored this t-shirt from the Garlic and arts festival in Massachusetts last summer! I loved the vibe of the image and colors. Colors always draw me in. The minute I saw this tee I felt happy so that’s when I knew I needed to add it to my wardrobe.

What would a t-shirt post be with out some sort of team tee. Old Navy carries a large selection of team tee’s and at great prices. Mine is not available but this gray patriots tee is and would be a wonderful pairing with white jean shorts!

You all know how much I enjoy fashion and getting dressed up, however in the mid summer heat waves I like to put on a tee that is full of color with jean shorts and call it a day!

This Neubyrne tee is a perfect pairing for a little walk with nature. Put a scarf in your hair to tame the frizz, well at least thats why I did it…lol!! Between the scarf, shorts and tee the colors pull from one another and create the perfect match!!

A white tee can be the perfect back drop for a special accessory!!! These socks were the star of the show while grabbing a coffee at my favorite local coffee shop in Amherst Massachusetts!! If you didn’t know that is where I am originally from and frequent a LOT!!!

What would a tee post be without some sort of rainbow right!? To me rainbow is becoming a neutral in my closet! It pairs with ANY color so it is a necessity in my eyes!! Coach’s rainbow tee is a favorite and who better to pair it with then my son and photographer, Frankie!! I also love to purchase with purpose and at Coach they are donating to Hetrick-Martin Institute, GLSEN and Albert Kennedy trust who all create supportive environments where LGBTQ and young people can thrive!

Pick a tee that makes you smile, or buy for a cause and get creative with it. They are easy to match with shorts, biker shorts, jeans or a skirt. The great thing about tee’s is that they easily transition to the next season by layering!

So next time you are in the store and you see a tee that grabs your attention, get it, wear it, take a picture in it and #getahinch!! Let us inspire together!!

Until next style!!

xo,

Nicole

Summer Animal prints!!

Go WILD and get your hands on all the animal print you can this summer!!! Kick up your style a few notches with adding pops of cheetah or color animal print in to your summer wardrobe!! This doesn’t mean you need to be covered head to toe with zebra stripes or leopard spots, (although I have been known to do that) you can use the print in your accessories to add just enough fun to your outfit!!

If you haven’t noticed I am a bit obsessed with turbans!! Head wraps, scarfs, sign me up!! When my hair seems unruly it is the perfect accessory!! These J.crew lion printed silk pants paired well with my Givenchy thrifted scarf that I scored for three bucks!! Do you thrift or tag sale? I absolutely love finding special treasures!

Finding pieces that are versatile is key when it comes to prints. The summer kimono that I found serves as a great light layered coverup or head wrap!! If you can get any piece of clothing in a perfect square you can use it like a scarf to create the perfect head wrap. (Check my Instagram for a DIY)

Summer beach wraps or coverups are easy to find in colorful and fun animal prints this time of the year. Creating strapless dresses using a single knot is a fun and different way to style a scarf!!!

Being 5′ 2″ has it’s advantages like being able to score some fantastic pieces in the girls section at Walmart!! I just could’t wait to pair my jumper with my Dolce & Gabbana leopard bag. Do you pair similar prints together?

Being over 40 makes me want to stay on point with fashion trends and not be afraid to try them!! I went ahead and rocked biker shorts and paired them with an animal print!! Loved how it brought adventurous vibes to my day!!

Finding animal print in color is so much fun. Pieces that have a lot of character are easy to pair with solid colors and a hit every time.

Pairing neutral colors with neons gives an up to date and happy feel to your summer fashion vibe.

The willingness to express yourself through fashion is a sign of knowing who you and not being afraid to show it!!

Do you do animal print?? Feel inspired? Want to inspire with your Animal print outfits? #getahinch and @hinchology to get featured in my Insta story!!

Until next print!!

xo,

Nicole

Wearing stripes!?

Just coming off of the 4th of July weekend and wearing my patriotic stripes I thought it was fitting to follow up with stripes for the everyday summer outfits!! Summer calls for them!! Stripes pair well with so many versatile styles!!

Sometimes they can give a nautical feel, don’t you think?!! So when my family and I ventured to the docks near my house for a little stroll…my striped dress from Juicy Couture came to mind!! Fitting right!? Cotton and comfy! Do you have a go to fabric for summer?

Stripes don’t have to be the traditional patterns of two colors!! Think of them as a basic necessity for your closet!! Late last winter/spring when I was with my mom during her extended hospital stay, I came across this striped skirt from Portugal. It had come over with my Grandmother when she started a new life in America!! I love the vibe of the stripes and with it’s family history it became a favorite!

Now of course there is the more literal stripe that can be dressed for everyday adventures!! It’s a perfect match with Khakis to create a boater life look…yes please!! Walking the streets of quaint little towns in New York or Massachusetts, always works well with a basic striped top! ( Yes I am a Massachusetts girl living in a New York minute, as I like to put it!)

Then of course there are those days when you just need to put on your tulle and have a fun photo shoot!! I usually only layer during the cooler seasons, but something got me saying layer the striped dress from the kids section in Walmart, it could use some tulle. Who said dress up is only for kids!!

Try using one common color throughout with your accessories! While the sun is out so should pops of bright colors!! Remember you gotta be your own fun and sunshine sometimes.

Using scarves from other seasons as tie around cover ups or skirts really gives you a bang for your buck!! Being versatile with your wardrobe can give new looks and a mirage of never before seen pieces. It’s not about how many things you have to work with but how well you work with the things you have!!

Do you use pieces in your wardrobe for different purposes? Getting inspired!? Want to share your ideas and creativity…#getahinch!

Stay true to your likes and continue to dress in what makes YOU feel your best. Remember people will always have something to say so give them something really worth talking about!?

Until next style!

xo,

Nicole

Fashion for the 4th

Nothing is more patriotic fun than wearing red, white and blue on the 4th of July, one of my favorite holidays of the year!! Bring on the BBQ’s!! I dream of the wonderful fireworks after having s’mores by the fire pit! I can smell the fire works right now!! It is always so uplifting to be able to pair these three colors in so many different styles using so many different pieces!!

Will you be wearing your stripes this holiday!?!! If looking like you’re wrapped in the American flag is not your thing then use pops of the flag with your accessories to create a great festive look!

Nautical wear is fun for summer and the 4th. Red is such a bright pop of color fun you can never go wrong with!! Taking walks to the ocean on this Holiday always gives me a thankful heart for where I live.

American traditions like cheeseburgers and hot dogs finished with apple pie and ice cream are some of the core iconic foods of our country. One of my favorite apple pie and ice cream combos comes from McDonald’s …..Now if that is not Americana than I don’t know what is!!

Strolling along small seaside towns in my area and enjoying all the 4th of July decor brings me back to so many wonderful memories as a child!! My Mother, Father, brother Noel and I would jump in the car to sit in a large grass field in the middle of UMass, Amherst and watch what felt like fireworks larger than the Earth. Cotton candy in one hand while the other waived to a stilts walker dressed like Uncle Sam is forever in my heart.

Walks in parks are always a great way to spend family time on the 4th. Especially when you find families of Swans. Nature always lifts my soul and grounds me. Do you feel that with nature!?

Whatever the holiday brings you I hope it tempts your tastebuds, fills your heart with hope and love and of course ends with sweet treats and sparkling delights in the sky!!

So thankful and grateful for the freedom that is entrusted to me. I thank those that have served our country to give us these rights.

Do you have an outfit inspo for July 4th? If so inspire with #getahinch.

Until next style,

xo,

Nicole

Swim Suit Issue

This may not be the SI (Sports Illustrated) swimsuit issue but it’s MY swimsuit issue!! Swimsuits can be so much fun when you finally find the right fit!!! It has taken me my whole life to know how to accept and love my body!!! I have had a child (my Frankie) which gave me stretch marks (battle wounds as I like to call them) that I am proud of!! Our bodies were meant to be different!! Ever heard ‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!?”

That doesn’t mean I don’t adore a cover up! LOL!! They are so easy to go from being on a beach towel in the sand to being in line for ice cream at the Mr.Softie truck!! I absolutely love bright popping colors or embellishments!! This way you are always styling!!

Even though some cover ups don’t always do what they were meant to, cover up, they create a nice layer to have while running to and from the beach or store!! I love to invest in the basics!! Sarongs are so versatile. Tied around the waist as a skirt or crossed around your neck as a dress!!

Look for loose fitting dresses to use for cover ups!! They will give you a fun look and versatility to take on the day!

One accessory that I can’t seem to get enough of this season (and maybe ALL seasons) is turbans!! The ease of just throwing it on for a little hair control is fantastic!! The look is classic old Hollywood!

The secret is in the accessories!! They can make a pair of linen pants look fabulous!!

Accessories are a way to enhance your look! Surfboards are in the category of summer accessories (hee hee)!! A paddle board is also on the list!! Living so close to the water and knowing what a great core work out it is I really would love to invest in one!! For now we will just match our surf board!!

When you are looking to purchase coverups consider that they should be able to take you from a backyard water fight to an afternoon of BBQ fun!! I love to use my LBS (little black suit) with a simple black skirt and change of hats. Again sometimes all you need is some new and fresh accessories to make an old suit look good!

No matter where you go this summer do it in style!!!

You don’t need to buy a whole new collection of bathing suits, focus on accessories like coverups, fun hats and jewelry!!!

Feeling inspired? Want to inspire? #getahinch to be featured in my story!!!

Be beautiful on the inside and out!!

xo,

Nicole

Summer Prints

With the fantastic warm weather comes a time to wear your brights and pop!! As you put on your prints this summer be sure they lift your spirits and put a smile on your face! For myself when I feel good in what I am wearing then I tend to have a better day!! By better day I mean I take things that come my way with a positive spin, I look for the good!! Even if it’s a bad day I focus on the lesson learned!

Watering the flowers or hanging in the yard for the day? Choose a print that is a pick me up! Investing in comfy and bright dresses is always a good idea for the summer!! This time of the year the dress prints are fantastic, bright and colorful!!

Speaking of color, sometimes you ask for the flavor ice cream that matches your outfit for the Insta pic, and it becomes your new favorite, Birthday Bash! LOVE Carla Marla’s in Bellport, N.Y.!!

Living a mile from the water (and the ice cream shop) is fun, and dangerous for my waist line!! Walking on long docks and enjoying the ocean breezes is ALWAYS a great time to inspire with fashion!!!

To enhance your look this summer season don’t forget to wear a hat or invest in some type of SPF sunscreen, PLEASE!! Being in my 40’s I know a thing or two about wrinkles! BUT do it in style!! Oversized hats are the rave and can add drama to a simple cute print dress!! (Or skirt made into a strapless!!)

Many summer maxi dresses come with cloth belts. Repurpose the belt as a headband to pop the print throughout the look. Pair it with some oversized shades and you bring a certain Je ne sais quoi to your outfit!!

And of course what would summer be without a rainbow print, right!!?? Rainbow fashion pops happiness!! June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride month so why not show your support and wear your rainbow!

No Matter the print remember to wear what you want to wear!! Love the fact that your style is different from the rest!! Mixing up asthetics with your own twists is what will seperate you from the rest!!

We must not live in fear of what others may say, rather be afraid to miss an opportunity to inspire someone!

What is your favorite summer print!?

Happy on the inside and out!!! Inspired!? INSPIRE!!! #getahinch

xo,

Nicole

Summer Metallics

The summer solstice is upon us and it is time to bring out the metallics and shine! (Insert Rhianna’s Diamonds song here please!) Sun’s out so it’s time to get noticed with fresh and new takes on fashion.

In my wardrobe metallics are a neutral, thank you Tori Burch! Gold and white are a perfect pair. This combo give an angelic and classic vibe!! Add in some linen and you have the perfect light weight and breathable summer go to!

I encourage you to wear one piece of your wardrobe differently then you ever have before. What I mean by this is make a skirt a top or a strapless dress. The top below is a skirt! Get creative with what you have!! The more ways you can wear one piece the more outfits you can create!!

If you aren’t ready for the full on commitment of buying metallic clothes than add them in with your accessories. Accessories can dress up or down an outfit and gives a wonderful pop to any summer look. Add a trendy accessory like a turban!! They can be worn by themselves or adorned with pins for a bit of added fun.

Another great metallic is silver. It works so well with all shades of grays and creates a monochromatic fashion statement!! Add diamonds with your silver fashion to really enhance the metallic pop!

Gun metal is a striking metallic for the season. If you wear a statement piece (Like the pants below) then keep the top simple. To tone any outfit down add denim.

This time of the year fashion calls for metallics, brights and bling!! Investing in metallic jewelry, accessories and shoes is a way to incorporate a little sparkle to your hot weather wardrobe and be able to use for seasons to come!!

Lets support each other and inspire with creativity through fashion with #getahinch!!!

Do you have a summer metallic go to?

Until next shine….

xo,

Nicole

Black and White fashion

What’s your view on black and white fashion?! I feel that this combination is versatile and complimenting to everyones’s figure!!! Whether you stay true to a 50/50 combo head to toe or pair it with pops of your favorite colors, its a hit!!! Having a go to LBD (little black dress) or a pair of white skinny jeans, keeps you styling all season long!!

In black and white fashion EVERYTHING works together!!! Use stripes, polka dots or houndstooth….No matter the pattern it will work!! Add your favorite Pearls and crystals to create a polished look!!

Be sure to have your basics in both white and black!!! This way you can pair quickly and easily!!

Mixing large and small prints together works impeccably! I favor turning skirts into strapless dresses this time of the year! The idea that I can get several different stylish looks from one piece in my closet is a win-win!

Finding balance in an outfit can be as easy as using belts as headbands, like the houndstooth print below!

Its more than fantastic to have such an easy and quick go to for summer fashion right!? Better yet you can pair it with ANY color pop!!! Adding a colorful hat, necklace, scarf, or shoe can be the perfect pairing.

Fashion is as you know way more than black and white, however when you want to run out for a walk or a drive to your favorite ice cream spot, grab black and white!!

Your fashion can ignite happiness and inspire others!!

Do you have a Black and White go to outfit!?

I have been so impressed and inspired by all my wonderful Insta tribe, (My Instagram family) and their #getahinch !! LET’S INSPIRE TOGETHER!!!

Don’t forget……have fun!!!

xo

Nicole

Spring Camo

Spring is one of my favorite times of the year! It lets everyone know that the better weather is coming!!! The sun and warm breezes leave you feeling refreshed!! The flowers, colors and smells in the spring are signs of a better tomorrow. I am pretty sure that we can all use a dose of that!!

Putting on florals and pastel are always a pick me up this time of the year. If you don’t know me by now I LOVE to re-purpose different pieces of clothing to create new looks. A perfect example of that is the skirt above that I wore as a top!! Do you ever mix up your wardrobe to suit your wants!?

Spring vibes don’t just come from flower prints, they come from colors!! In everyday activities its your time to shine! A bike ride is the perfect time to be fabulous!! Try colors that you normally would sneer at. Play with color values! Some of the best outfits that I have tried came from a thought that it wouldn’t work.

Color play is something that should be used everyday when you get dressed. The colors that one person relates to in a season may differ from what others consider a seasonal color. That is what makes fashion so much fun!! The striped pastel dress below screamed “Spring time is here!” so loud that I had to take it home!! What colors speak spring to you!?

Mixing colors can enhance patterns. Pairing colors from within the print can really pop!! Don’t forget the fun details. Add a pin to a headband to create a custom crown. We all need to wear one now and then.

The most important thing to remember with fashion is to have fun and listen to what makes you comfortable and confident. When picking out outfits don’t be afraid to change your seasonal camouflage.

It’s always good to think that beauty is in the eye of the beholder!! If you like the color combo or print mix wear it!! Now is also a great time to put on your tie dye!! For me tie dye works all year round, but if you need a season to be the reason…. Spring is it!!

As The days become longer and warmer get those bright colors out of your closet!! Feel enlightened and refreshed that new days are coming with better weather!!

As always continue to have fun and inspire with your fashion choices!!

#getahinch to help others get creative with their style!! Show your best season camouflage!!!

xo,

Nicole

MDW Tradition

Memorial Day weekend….it’s here!? Time to stock up on out door bbq supplies and look forward to spending time with family! Weekends like this were made to revive and refresh. What will you be doing this MDW!?

This is my run down…

Eat all the BBQ I can find!! Whether it’s grilled eggplant with mozzarella or a juicy cheeseburger I am gonna indulge in my red, white and blue.

Then of course it may just be the kind of weekend that you start wearing your white pants again, I for one NEVER follow that rule. White is in my wardrobe All year round!

I hope to be enjoying sunshine and feeling patriotic. Catching some vitamin D is always traditional on MDW. Flags waving in the wind down a main street for me is as patriotic as warm apple pie and vanilla ice cream.

Making memorable drives down quiet rural roads in my fathers Chevy is on the list of adventures. Long weekends were made for long rides with no destination and lots of day dreaming.

Even with the sun shining don’t forget your layers. This way you can truly enjoy the day no matter the adventure!! (And of course have some fashionable fun!)