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2 Steps to Longer, Stronger Lashes

Nikki Schuster

THE OUTFIT

THE SHOES | CHLOE: I am telling you, these are a must if you are willing to splurge on flats. They are expensive but they are the most comfortable flats I have ever owned and they can be worn both casually or dressed up. That being said, if you are going to splurge on 1 pair only, don't go with the LIGHT GRAY SUEDE like I did. Suede, especially in a light color, is very delicate and easily stained. I would go with the BLACK LEATHER, plus they are slightly cheaper! Also check out the BURGUNDY SUEDE or the LIGHT PINK SUEDE (the color of this summer!) or the METALLIC SANDAL, which I may have to order myself!

THE JEANS | AG JEANS: These jeans are really comfortable, especially for the girls with more cushion for the pushin'. I don't do cardio, I just lift weights. So when I work out consistently, my butt gets bigger and doesn't fit in some of my jeans. I love these AG Jeans because the allow for a little more room in the hips but still have a slim fit down the leg. 

THE TOP | CURRENT ELLIOTTDespite the cold shoulders, this sweater is so warm! I got mine at Max & Riley on Newbury Street!

THE VEST | LA ROK: Is La Rok even around anymore? I got this vest about eight years ago, but check HERE, HERE, HERE for similar. 

THE BAG | CELINE: I love this bag because I haven't seen this color combo any where else! But take a look at the links below for some gorgeous styles and color options! Or click HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. I can't get enough of THIS ONE!

LONGER, STRONGER LASHES...I PROMISE

We have all googled "How to Grow Your Lashes" or even worse, "Eyelash Extensions" and wondered "how bad could it really be for my lashes? Maybe I should just try it!"

I am definitely guilty of that google search - in fact I'll be getting them for the wedding so stay tuned for more information on that in the coming months! But until then, I want to grow my lashes longer and stronger. The trick to beautiful lashes is simple. 

After years of trial and error, I can confidently say that I have found the loyal solution to your lash dreams! Now let's be honest...your lashes won't look like the falsies you glued on for Halloween, but they will definitely have significant and noticeable improvement. 

So what's the secret? Follow these complicated and time consuming steps (Sarcasm):

  1. EVERY NIGHT: Apply coconut oil to the lash line. 
    • I also apply a liberal amount to the entire lid and coat the lashes themselves with it to ensure they're hydrated.
    • Make sure its 100% organic, nothing added! You can click HERE or grab a jar at Whole Foods or Trader Joe's for $10 and it lasts forever!
  2. EVERY MORNING: Apply Vaseline to the lash line
    • If you are like me and you don't wear much makeup to work, I recommend also applying it to the entire lid for better results. However, do not do this if you wear eye shadow. This could cause the shadow to collect in the creases of your skin and its not a good look. Trust me. If you are trying to grow your lashes for a special occasion, I recommend cutting out the eye shadow for six weeks to help kick-start the lash growth. 

Now, you may be thinking, "That's easy, I can handle those two simple steps!" However, in order for the two step process to work, you MUST abide by the cardinal rules:

  1. Take your makeup off every night...and GENTLY!
    • First of all, stop rubbing your eyes in all directions to remove the makeup!!! Find a makeup remover that works for you. Personally, I like the Neutrogena Cleansing Towlettes because they are moist enough to soak through the mascara without rubbing.
      • Quick Tip: Place the pads on your eyes and apply light pressure for 30 seconds. Allow the product to start working without rubbing. Then you can wipe from the eyelid down in a gentle, slow motion until the mascara is removed. When I say "Removed" I mean "completely gone". If you wake up in the morning with a little black under your eyes, you're shit out of luck, you should've listened to me and I can't help you.
  2. Consistency for AT LEAST six weeks, preferably 3-6 months
    • It takes 4-6 weeks to grow a new lash. The better you take care of them, the longer they grow! So don't miss a hydration session!
    • Prior to the engagement I was very inconsistent. My lashes grew but it wasn't significant. Since we got engaged, I have religiously followed the steps above and sacrificed my eye shadow for the cause. I promise you it is worth it.

A few things to note:

  1. The coconut oil turns to liquid when its warm, so when it is against your skin it tends to be very moist. That it why it is best to use it at night instead of during the day. If used during the day it can cause your mascara to run. If it bothers you at night, just use Vaseline for both steps instead of switching.
  2. If you are a worry-wort like me, stop worrying. I went to an eye doctor, told him about my findings and asked if it was safe. He said not to worry at all because Coconut Oil and Vaseline are harmless so long as there are no additives. He did say its possible that the vaseline and coconut oil could get into my eyes, which isn't harmful but just annoying. He was right, sometimes when I over due it I definitely feel the stickiness but it goes away as the eye naturally cleans itself.

After all these years of keeping my own secret. It is time to share the wealth. In fact, recently, I wanted to ensure I wasn't just convincing myself that I looked fabulous and wanted to confidently persuade you so I offered ('tested') my tried-and-true eyelash secret with my friend at work. I checked in on her lashes weekly and it works! Its not in my head! 

So go get some Vaseline and Coconut Oil and start batting those eyelashes....I dare you!

Fall into Autumn for Less

Nikki Schuster

A few weeks back, I talked about transitioning summer outfits into cooler weather in "Transitioning into Fall with Ku De Taand "Romping Around". As we get closer to Fall, “cooler weather” can mean 40s at night, which means warmer transitional outfits! This time, I have paired a Lovers + Friends Maxi Dress with a cashmere sweater. Mine is a vintage Giorgio Armani passed down from my mom, but you can find similar HERE, HERE and HERE. Maxis are great transitional pieces because they provide full leg coverage and when you add a great bomber jacket or warmer sweater, you are immediately ready for the cooler temps! Check out below for a bunch of cropped bomber jackets I am into right now:

Another way to transition is with a denim jacket. I love my old theory jacket from 10 years ago and I still wear it all Spring and Fall. But once the weather turns ice-y, that denim is replaced with thicker, warmer and hopefully water proof or resistant jackets. So check out some cute options below and go ahead and layer ;)

Transitioning into Fall with Ku De Ta!!

Nikki Schuster

This week I collaborated with Ku De Ta and will be talking about how to transition your summer clothes into the fall. With Ku De Ta's summer sale from now until Saturday, both the South Boston and Chestnut Hill stores are 25% off! I recommend heading over and stocking up on outfits for your final weeks of summer! See below for store addresses and contact info.


Ku De Ta
663 East Broadway [map]
South Boston, MA 02127

(p): 617.269.0008 (f): 617.269.0088
emailkudetaboston@hotmail.com

Mon-Fri:10:30-7 Sat:11-7 Sun:12-6

Ku De Ta
The Street 33 Boylston St [map]
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

(p): 617.383.5095 (f): 617.383.5057
emailinfo@kudetachestnuthill.com

Mon-Wed:10-7 Thur-Sat:10-8 Sun:12-6


Even with Fall clothes filling the racks, I remain in denial that colder weather is coming. I can't stop buying rompers and wrap dresses! The good news is that with the right layers you can turn your favorite summer outfit into a cozy Fall getup in seconds! 

I give you permission to live on the wild side a little longer. Now you can enjoy those dresses and bright colors into the Fall! Today, I styled a bright, open-backed sweater with jean shorts and heals, but as the weather gets cooler, you can swap those jean shorts for jeans or leather pants.  So go ahead, live a little, and leave the black wardrobe in your closet for a few more months! 

Check out the outfit details below and stay tuned for more transitional outfit options!

Necklace: Ku De Ta (Similar, Similar, Similar, Similar, Similar) | Shorts: Old Hollister shorts (Similar) | Sweater: MINKPINK from Ku De Ta | Sunnies: Westward Leaning from Shopbop (Click Here for the same in metallic silver and Here for rose) | Heals: Forever 21  they also come in black and they are only $29!! | Leather Pants for Fall: Click Here

Nerd Pants

Nikki Schuster

Yesterday was Summer Solstice, which means days are only going to get shorter. So enjoy the daylight and warm nights before its too late! This time of year the Seaport district of Boston is beautiful but the bars are always packed which means lines are inevitable. Boston's roof tops are minimal, so I recommend expanding your search to include any outdoor patios, water views preferable. Check out below for recommended rooftops and outdoor spaces!

THE OUTFIT:

SHIRT: KENDALL + KYLIE - I am loving their stuff and it goes on sale quickly ;) This top is already on sale for $68.60!

SHOES: Stuart Weitzman - clearly these have been on repeat for the past 7 years. The wedges are peeling and are in desperate need of the shoe doctor but I can't keep them off for long enough! I have linked a few similar HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE

PANTS: TIBI - I have linked a few stores that are carrying them including a pair that are on sale for $118!! Usually, stuff like this looks good on everyone but me. However, these pants hit high enough that they make every belly look good - No one wants to show the handles, just the top two abs ;) Click HERE and HERE for the nerd pants 

I also linked an adorable over the shoulder dress by KENDALL + KYLIE because its a must!

THE BARS:

ROOFTOP MUSTS:

The Envoy Hotel | 70 Sleeper Street, Boston MA 02210 | 617.338.3030 |

Outlook Kitchen and Bar is the restaurant with city views and Lookout is the rooftop bar! I haven't been yet but I have heard great things! They do not take reservations so the hostess recommends arriving right at 4 when they open. I will be in Nantucket the next few weeks but as soon as a I make it to the Envoy rooftop, I will be sure to give you the low down!

The Rooftop at the Revere Hotel | 200 Stuart Street, Boston MA 02116| 617.482.1800 |

This spot used to be packed every day, but with the Seaport in full action, it has quieted down. If you are looking for great drinks, great food and minimal crowds this place is perfect! Also great for a big group of people to celebrate a birthday, engagement or just the start of summer!

Legal Harborside | 270 Northern Avenue, Boston MA 02210 | 617.477.2900 |

I love Legal Harborside. The food is amazing and the set up is perfect! There are two outdoor areas on either side of a full-glass, covered, bar area. I highly recommend this! Again, the line gets long and arriving early is a must. However, if you are too impatient to wait in line, the first floor also have great food and great views with outdoor seating and open air areas. This place is a MUST!

Whiskey Priest | 150 Northern Avenue, Boston MA 02210 | 617.426.8111 |

The crowd can get rowdy and the sun is directly overhead but it is a causal classic. Again, the lines get long so get there early.

Atlantic Beer Garden | 146 Northern Avenue, Boston MA 02210 | 617.357.8000 |

Same thing for Whiskey Priest goes for here. If you don't get to these places early, you won't get in. If you take forever to get ready (like me) and are stuck in Seaport lines I recommend assigning a designated spot-holder to hold the groups spot in line while the rest pop over to the Lawn on D for some beers and Cornhole! But be nice and don't forget to rotate line-holders!

Baseball Tavern | 1270 Boylston Street, Boston MA 02215 | 617.867.6526 |

This is always a great causal spot, especially after work because the sunsets are spectacular. However, there is only one bathroom on the roof-deck and people will fight for it!

Jerry Remy's  (Now Tony C's)| 1265 Boylston St, Boston MA 02215 | 617.236.7369 | 

Again, this is the perfect casual spot for a week-night drink or a non-game night. If you head in during the Sox game you are bound to wait in line.

Pier 6 | 1 8th Street, Charlestown, MA 02129 | 617.337.0054 |

Pier 6 is on the pricier side but the views are worth it! Looking to stay cost effective? Eat first and join the gals for drinks only!

The Sinclair | 52 Church Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 | 617.547.5200 | 

If you are looking to get away from the hubbub of the Seaport/Downtown Boston, the Sinclair is an awesome rooftop in Cambridge. Better yet - they also do live music!!

OUTDOOR HAVENS:

Mare | 3 Mechanic Street, Boston, MA 02113 | 617.723.6273 |

If you love fresh seafood and good views, you can't miss Mare. With fire pits for cold nights and indoor/outdoor bar for warm, rainy nights, you can't go wrong. But make a reservation! It is small and it fills up fast!

Aragosta Bar + Bistro | 3 Battery Warf, Boston MA 02109 | 617.994.9001 | 

This spot is also in the North End so if you can't get a reservation at Mare, head over to Aragosta. It is only a 10 minute walk and the views of the water are incredible!!

Scampo | 215 Charles Street, Boston MA 02114 | 617.536.2100 |

I am not a big Italian food lover, but Scampo is the best food in Boston. It is always consistent and super close to me :) They have a patio that opens in the summer...the views are nonexistent, but it is a cozy spot on a warm, cloudy night.

My goal is to explore more hole-in-the-wall restaurants so if you have any suggestions, send them my way! 

 

 

 

The Summer Skinnies: Skinny Summer Cocktail Ideas!

Nikki Schuster

THE OUTFIT:

DRESS: H&M in stores now and only $59.99!!

BAG: from Imports From Marrakesh - it is a vendor in Chelsea Market in NYC. I loved their stuff so much that I got two bags!! Check out their website hereThey mostly have home decor pieces but give them a call and they would be happy to send you pictures of the bags they currently have for purchase over the phone. Click HERE and HERE for similar

SHOES: Charles David - Click HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE for similar or click through the pictures below

GLASSES: Nina Ricci

 

 SUMMER SKINNIES

As the summer kicks into full gear its hard to say no to day drinking into the night ;) As a self-diagnosed skinny fat, drinking doesn't make me gain weight, it makes me gain cellulite. So whether you are a cellulite collector or fat collector, I've concocted a few "skinny summer drinks" just for you!

Things I promise to offer with these delicious drinks options: I promise they won't taste like pure alcohol, I promise they are easy and I promise to offer a few options that even keep you hydrated....because it is hot out there ;) 

FIRST....A FEW SUGGESTIONS:

THE BLENDER: I recommend investing in a mini blender and not just for your alcoholic side,  but for your health. A quick smoothie for any meal or inbetween meals has been a great way for me to get the nutrients I need quickly, deliciously and easily. I joined the health kick about 3 years ago and I am by no means perfect but the NutriBullet helps me get back on the band-wagon when I've fallen off and all I can see are red meats, fried foods and candy.

PROSECCO or CHAMPAGNE LOVER? So am I! I used to get so confused because I would either wake up with a throbbing headache or wake up feeling great. The key to drinking Prosecco or Champagne is that is has to be "Ultra Brut" which means "No Added Sugar". 

WINE LOVER? Always go with the organic because it has no added chemicals which makes it less harmful to your body and less harmful to your hangover! Always go organic if your wallet can! For white/rose you can always add soda water to make it a spritzer - This is a great option because you get drunk slower but beware of the need to pee!

If you are going the liquor route, always go clear and use water or soda water as a mixer as it is hydrating and sugarless. The best mixers are fresh fruits because they are healthier and all natural sugars. See below for some of my skinny summer concoctions!

THE COCKTAILS:

THE AUD-TAIL: This one is named after my mom, Audrey (Also known as DOZITALL). Not only is she my best friend, but she is definitely cooler than me. In fact, she created this classy cocktail and enjoyed it with me and my friend Danielle last weekend at Figawi. The ingredients are as follows:

  • Ice: I always leave a few glasses in the freezer so that whenever I am craving a cocktail I have an ice cold glass to enjoy it with. Either way, add ice because everything is better cold.
  • Vodka: Either plain or flavored depending on your preference. Obviously, the flavored has more sugar and truthfully the lemon really cuts the vodka so its not intense
  • Muddled Raspberries: To do this just use the back of a spoon and mash the raspberries until they are soupy. As you do this, continuously add lemon juice.
  • Lemon: You should use a total of a half of a lemon per drink, 1/4 will be used to drizzle lemon juice intermittently throughout the muddling process. The other 1/4 will be used at the end and drizzled of the final drink before the final stir.  

NEVER GROW UP: Figawi weekends seem to spark great drink ideas because this drink also came from a Figawi weekend in my past. It was the third day into the binge drinking weekend and I was desperate for hydration and electrolytes. The ingredients are as follows:

  • Ice
  • Vodka: Again, plain or flavored (up to you)
  • Soda Water: If you go with the flavored vodka and you are opposed to the taste of alcohol, I recommend adding soda water that is flavored to match the flavored Vodka you choose
  • Pedialyte: Weird, I know. But just try it - you will never go back. Not only does it cut the taste of the vodka, it is super hydrating. Again, match the flavor to your soda water and vodka. I highly recommend Cherry Punch, Strawberry (the sweetest) or mixed fruit. 

SKINNY GREYHOUND: This on is not my own creation but good nonetheless. If you like Greyhounds, always go skinny because it doesn't hurt. The ingredients are as follows:

  • Ice
  • Tequila or Vodka: This is completely a preference thing but I much prefer Tequila. I think the drunk is more fun and so is the hangover. The sugars in tequila are simple sugars, which means they break down more easily. But make sure it is 100% agave, otherwise none of this applies!
  • Muddled/Slightly Blended Grapefruit: Obviously you can just do grapefruit juice but it has more sugar and doesn't taste as good!
  • Soda Water: But only if you need it

CLASSIC SUMMER SKINNIES: This one just looks and tastes like summer. It is a mixture of a few drinks I have had and I picked my favorite parts. The ingredients are as follows:

  • Ice
  • Tequila or Vodka: Again, up to you, but I always choose tequila
  • Soda Water: Again, if you go with the full flavor option make sure they match or at least go together
  • Muddled/Slightly Blended Fruit of Your Choice: My recommendations are blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, Pineapple or Mango.
  • Lemon: Always fresh, always drizzled during the muddling process and after

I hope you enjoy these skinny summer cocktails as much as I do. If you have any other skinny cocktail ideas, send them my way!

 

Summer Stripes

Nikki Schuster

THE OUTFIT:

SHOES: Manolo Blahnik (sold out) Below are similar denim pumps for as low as $62!!! I also linked a denim block heel for $168 just because they are adorable!

SIMILAR: Asos, SIMILAR: Gianvito Rossi, SIMILAR: Charles by Charles David, SIMILAR: Jimmy Choo

Denim Block Heel: Boden, Denim Slip-On Sneaker: Kate Spade

SHIRT: Rails - Exclusive for Intermix

PANTS: Helmut Lang. SIMILAR: Rag & Bone, SIMILAR: Hudson, SIMILAR: Cheap Monday, SIMILAR: KUT, SIMILAR: Isabel Marant Etoile, SIMILAR: Frame Denim

Stately In Denim & Suede

Nikki Schuster

If you live near the State House, I recommend cutting through whenever you can. Not only is it a hidden shortcut, it is also a secret garden. And if you are cutting through, don't forget to stop at Capital Coffee House for the best cappuccino in Beacon Hill! 

THE OUTFIT:

SKIRT: KENDALL + KYLIE I have been pleasantly surprised by their brand! I have loved what they have put out this season - very feminine and fun! **Their clothes run small, so I would size-up if you are ordering online**

SWEATER: THEORY - bought this at TJMaxx a while ago, but I have linked similar - even one from Topshop for only $24!! <<SIMILAR: Topshop, SIMILAR: Iro, SIMILAR: Intermix, SIMILAR: Alexander Wang, SIMILAR: Theory>>

SHOES: Aquazzura I am obsessed with these! they are selling out fast so I have added photos below with links to several stores that are carrying them in case your size is sold out.

**I've also added links below to block heels that are under $120! One is even $51!! Click the photos below to shop!

Thanks for reading!

Leather & Layers

Nikki Schuster

Looking for great date night plans in Boston?

Check out the details below for my reviews of our latest date night adventures: some food at Scampo, some fun at the Celtic's game and some night-caps at Tip Tap Room!

THE OUTFIT

DRESS: Nadia Tarr from Intermix. I got this a few months back, click here for SIMILAR , SIMILAR

Jacket: Helmut Lang now 85% off! (Runs small, I would suggest getting one size up.)

Sneakers: Ked's

THE MEAL

Scampo is one of my favorite spots. The food is consistently good and the atmosphere is great whether you are out with the girls or just looking for a romantic date night spot.

 Either way, Scampo's centrally located bar is a great place to start the night with some good food and drinks. Then you can make your way into the main lobby, which fills up by around 10:00. Once the night wears on, Alibi is located across the hall from Scampo and is a cool, dark, dungeon lounge. During the winter its great because it feels cozy and warm. During the summer, they open up the porch and the fresh air floods through the bar. On Wednesday's during the summer they also do Yappy Hour. I have still never been so stay tuned for a post on that one!

We both ordered the Spicy Tangerine - Don Julio, spices and tangerine juice. Not only was it amazing, but even Keegan was tipsy after one drink - a whole lot of bang for your buck! I got the fried calamari to start and then the Pink Swordfish 'Picata' & Broiled Royale. The fried calamari was good, but nothing to write home about. The Swordfish, however, was amazing. The grilled swordfish sat on a plate of pasta with green olives. A must try!

THE GAME

After Scampo, we went to the Celtics game. It was only a 10 minute walk to The Garden so we were able to enjoy our meal longer. Once we got to the game, they were serving Don Julio margaritas which I had never seen before. I would not recommend as they were pre-mixed drinks on tap so they couldn't control the amount of drink mix that went into the margaritas :( It was very sweet and tasted like fake sugar. Either way, Don Julio is Don Julio and Keegan and I had a blast!

THE AFTERSPOT

I love the Tip Tap room. It is another local favorite of mine. The food is consistently good and well priced and the beer/cider selection is great.

Thanks for reading!

Frost Ice Loft

Nikki Schuster

THE OUTFIT: 

SKIRT: ALC (SIMILAR :Nasty Gal; SIMILAR : SheIn, SIMILAR: Alice & Olivia); 

SCARF: Burberry Scarf; BOOTSStuart Weitzman.

A few months ago me and a few girlfriends finally tried the new Frost Ice Loft located in Faneuil Hall in Boston. (Website: www.frosticeloft.com; Address: 200 State Street, Boston MA). Our hesitancy had nothing to do with the bar itself, but more to do with the college students that flood Boston's outdoor mall. 

I am re-posting this because they were recently shut down for renovations and have renovated their Ice Lounge, which re-opened March 23rd. Now might be a good time to check it out if you haven't already!

The last time I went to an Ice Bar, I was in London studying abroad: they tend to be touristy locations. However, as you know, my mission is to explore Boston as if it was a foreign country; that means trying everything at least once and walking everywhere because that is the best way to find the best hole-in-the-wall spots. 

I thought that it was a fun random activity for a otherwise monotonous weekend night. We found tickets for $12 on Viator.com, which I would not recommend. After visiting the Ice Loft, I was perusing for my next activity and found great discounts on other websites such as Groupon and LivingSocial. (These are two of my three favorite sites to find fun, cheap things to do: the other is GoldStar.) 

If you know you have a group in mind to go with, I recommend booking a group: a private setting is always nice and of course, there are the added benefits of discounts and possible local partner packages (Click here to check out the Groups page on their website).

Some things to know if you plan on going:

  • This Ice Bar is not like others you might have been to: they offer capes instead of full jackets. Therefore, my ALC skirt and Stuart Weitzman boot combo just weren't enough....I would recommend pants, winter boots, cute sweater and a scarf. 
  • Bring your own gloves because the ones they give you are cumbersome and make it hard to hold your drink ;)
  • Speaking of drinks, its not worth the extra $$ for the glass mugs. Stick to the regular glasses and you will have just as much fun!

If you end up going, I hope you enjoy!