Birthday Weekend – Wine, Truffle Fries, and Dessert.. Oh My!

I am officially a member of the middle-twenties club (I’m not sure how I feel about this). I just climbed into bed after a jam-packed but super fun weekend celebrating! Starting on Friday, I spent the day in Sonoma with my parents to start the celebrations off right..with wine! It was my first time in…

Hidden Gem in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

Carmel-by-the-Sea is one of my favorite local getaway trips! If you haven’t been there I highly recommend visiting, even just for a night. It is a quaint little town on the edge of Big Sur that reminds me of an upscale fairytale village. Brett and I must get lucky because the weather was 70 degrees…

Fearful of Change, Not Anymore (Well, Trying)

Ever since I’ve been a little kid, I haven’t liked change. When my parents would move the furniture around in the family room for a “new look,” I would hate it and ask for them to move it back. They would tell me to give it a few days and almost always, after I gave…

Learning to Learn – Journey to my M.B.A.

First day of my last semester in my journey to my Masters in Business Administration program is tomorrow! I have been waiting to say that since the day I started! June 2018 and I will be free from this 2 year commitment! The next 8 weeks is a class focused on social media (quite fitting…

Avila Beach, CA for New Years 2018!

Salt water and sun are my two favorite things! Call me crazy but this year I wanted to bring in the new year with nothing more than the relaxing sounds of the waves (a bit of a change from my party scene back when I was 21). Interesting how life changes like that! You become…

The Perfect Monterey Getaway

Who doesn’t need a mini getaway after the craziness of the holidays?! I know I did! My boyfriend Andrew and I decided to spend some quality time together before he goes back to L.A on Monday. He started his (long..very long) medical school journey in May and we’ve been long-distance ever since. These past two…

2018..New Year, New Me! (just kidding)

January is my favorite month of the year (December is a close second). I absolutely love the magic of Christmas time, but by the time New Years comes, I’m more than ready to put those decorations away and get back into my routine! January also means it’s my birthday month (25 this year, woohoo!) but…

Get to Know Natalie!

Sitting here at New Bohemia Brewery in Santa Cruz sipping on a lager (the only type of beer I really like), I struggle to figure out how to start writing about myself. My boyfriend Andrew and I just spent a relaxing couple of days in Monterey before we have to go back to reality on…

Skip the Cardio – You Will Burn More Fat

I have been told that cardio is the key to losing weight for as long as I can remember. I look back to times where I put on a few extra pounds and think to myself, “UGH – time to start running on the treadmill again.” Cardio was my go to workout. In fact, for…

3 Reasons Why Every Girl Needs Blush Pink in Their Wardrobe

This gentle shade of pink is a sweet touch to any style! Blush pink is the latest fashion color of the season. It is a MUST have in every girls wardrobe! Here are 3 reasons why this should be every girls staple item: 1. It’s chic and sophisticated It might be that I always looked…

5 Lavender Bedtime Rituals for Better Sleep

Lavender is the sweet scent of the perfect sleep. It’s true! Lavender has been proven over and over again that it helps us sleep by relieving stress from the body. After my busy daily schedule I look forward to getting cozy in my bed and using my 5 favorite lavender products. 1. Lavender Body Wash…

A bit about Nicole!

Wednesday. 4 whole days left to wonder my apartment as it pours rain outside my window. I cleaned up the Christmas decor, ate my avocado toast, searched Expedia for my next travel adventure, and did my usual daily amazon prime order – this time some flossers. I texted my boyfriend asking what time he will…