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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!

A Little Donkey and A Little Thigh

Nikki Schuster

For those of you who don’t know, the gold dome of the Massachusetts State House marks the center of Boston. I am lucky enough to live just behind it, which means, I am within a 45 minute walk from all of Boston’s best spots! I can get to Southie, Seaport, Fort Point, Cambridge, North End, Back Bay and South End all in under 45 minutes. 

For some, that is too far, but I always carry my Yosi Samra fold up flats with me so I can make the trek without ruining my shoes or hurting my feet. The flats are super comfortable AND they fit in almost any purse (assuming I don’t over-stuff it with makeup). Take a look below for some of my favorite Yosi's! 

For me, walking isn’t only good for your health, it is good for your brain. It allows you to think, without getting distracted by directions or the “masshole” in front of you. I love passing little shops and restaurants I’ve never heard of, and because I’m not driving, I can even jot down the name/address and add it to my list of places to explore.

That being said, with the wedding under a year away, by budget has been pretty tight! I want to continue trying new spots, so walking to and from the restaurants not only saves me money, it opens up my world of options. 

Recently I tried Little Donkey. The food was amazing!! Fair warning: it is Tapas, so if you are going with a big group, be prepared to spend a lot and run the risk of leaving hungry, especially if there are hungry guys in your group. However, as a small girl, I was over-satiated. In fact, it was hard to stop - each item was better than the next! I had to remind myself that I didn’t need to order every item on the menu and I could always come back. Take a look below for some of my favorite items on the menu!

MUST HAVES:

  • Parker House Rolls: Yellow chives and Chinese Sausage
  • Black Pepper Popovers: Wagyu steak tartare
  • Pickle Brine Fried Chicken Sandwich: Green papaya slaw, jalapeno, avocado ranch (Beware: this is packed with flavor. If you order this, you may not have a lot of room for all the other options)
  • And of course, you have to get the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough because it’s the only place you can eat cookie dough in public instead of sneaking spoonful’s from the couch.

PS: if you are a guy, check out the artwork in the bathroom. And don’t be a fun-hog, snap a pic and let the ladies of the evening enjoy a little potty humor

THE OUTFIT

DRESS: Unfortunately, I got it years ago. It is a Theyskens Theory dress from Shopbop, however, click HERE and HERE for similar!

SHOES: Stuart Weitzman also click HERE for the same boot but with a small heel

BAG: The bag is consistently on repeat and as I've mentioned in the past, it is from Imports of Marrakesh, an adorable store in Chelsea Market. However, click HERE for one the most adorable yarn bags I've ever seen and HERE for a stunning multicolored fur clutch!! Clearly I have a statement clutch obsession...

Also click the links below for direct access to the outfit and similar items!

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 ;)

Off The Shoulder

Nikki Schuster

If you are like me, you always over pack. If you are looking for ways to reduce the clutter while traveling, read on!

THE OUTFIT

SHOES: Zara now on sale for $49.99!! Also click HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE for similar

DRESS: Susana Monaco or you can shop it HERE 

SUNNIES: Nina Ricci, but they are sold out. I got them at Neiman's Last Call. You can find similar HERE for only $11!! or you can shop These Dior beauties just because I think they are fabulous ;)

BAG: Imports from Marrakesh this bag has been on repeat since I bought it almost a year ago! The vendor is located in Chelsea Market in NYC, but if you call they can send you pictures of the bags they currently have.

PACKING HACKS:

During the summer, Nantucket is a pretty consistent weekend activity for me. That being said, packing can ruin a good weeknight and over-packing can ruin a normally enjoyable journey. If you are like me and need to minimize the clutter, take a look below at some of my packing hacks:

PACK IN OUTFITS: This means coordinating an outfit for each day and a separate outfit for the night. 

PACK AN EXTRA OUTFIT: Packing in outfits can be hard if you do not know what your plans is, so prepare by bringing one extra day outfit and one extra night outfit. 

DOUBLE DUTY: It helps to bring an article of clothing that can work double duty and be worn casually during the day and then dressed up at night...this article is especially helpful for that "Extra Outfit". Examples:

WHITE PANTS: I always bring a pair of white pants because they are the best option for "Double Duty". You can wear them with a casual shirt for the daytime and then swap the casual shirt for a blouse or layer the casual shirt with a great blazer for the nighttime. 

BLAZER: I have a leather blazer with fringe that I wear pretty much all the time. It is another great option for "Double Duty". I can wear it over a casual day dress and add heals for the day-to-night look. Or I can throw it on over my jeans shorts and t-shirt, add open toed shoes and I'm ready for the bars!

SKIP THE WORKOUT CLOTHES: Let's be honest...you aren't going to workout...and if you really want to, go for a walk on the beach!

BUY MINI TOILETRY BOTTLES: I can't stress this enough. You should always have containers (clearly labeled) filled with your favorite products. This includes hairspray, deodorant, mini toothbrush/toothpaste, samples of your favorite make up, body lotion, face lotion, etc. This is great to have on-call because you never know when you need a little extra volume for your hair or blush when you are tired; but also, it's the perfect grab-and-go toiletries kit for quick weekend trips.  If you go to the travel section at CVS they actually have mini versions of most products for under $3 a pop!!

Lastly, trust that you look good and be confident in everything you put on because confidence is a building block for great style! 

If you have any other packing hacks, feel free to send them my way! Otherwise, I hope these help.

Happy travels!

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

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!