Saturday, January 07, 2017

New Year, New Blog

After months of preparations and planning, I am officially MOVING TO WORDPRESS! I am beyond excited to announce this change, it's been a long time coming and I'm really looking forward to continuing blogging.

I've had some major issues on the backend of this site/ maintaining my domain so because of that, I can't automatically redirect traffic from here to my new blog. SO, make sure to head on over to that site, subscribe to get my new posts via e-mail (widget on the right hand side of the site!), subscribe on Bloglovin' and of course on all my social accounts (linked here).

Since I started this blog four years ago, I've had so many amazing opportunities and grown so much as a writer, blogger and person. I could not be happier to take this step in my blogging journey and I hope you all will follow along!

No new posts will be going up on this site. After a few weeks, I will be deleting this site, as I am now blogging HERE.  Thanks in advance for your continuing support of Empire Styles in this new chapter!


Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Puerto Rico 2016-17 Recap

As our Christmas gift from our parents, my sister, parents and I spent the week in Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico which was the absolute best way to relax and get ready for the new year. We've been doing this for the past 6 years, so it's something of a tradition now, and I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate the holidays and get ready for the new year. We always leave the morning after Christmas and come home after the new year.

My favorite way to relax, rejuvenate and prepare for the new year is by laying on a beach chair with some great playlists, books and magazines! This trip, I read three books and caught up on a few of my favorite magazines, Teen Vogue, PORTER and InStyle. I read two fiction books, An Abndance of Katherines by John Green and This is Where You Leave Me by Johnathan Tropper, and one non-fiction book, Tales From the Back Row by Amy Odell. I think TFTBR was my favorite. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in the fashion industry, either as a career path or just as a side interest.

As for our vacation itinerary, we basically spent all day and every day on the beach. We've visited some other places in Puerto Rico in the past and done more tourist-y things, but we all look forward to this vacation for the relaxing beach time so we kept it pretty simple this year. Here are some pictures from our trip:

Sunday, January 01, 2017

2016 Recap & Favorites // Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!! Reflecting on 2016, I couldn't be happier with how the year turned out. It was a year of so many milestones for me and despite the bad rap its getting, 2016 was hands down the best year yet. That's not to say there weren't major challenges, disappointments and low points of the year, because there absolutely were. But all in all, 2016 was amazing.

I turned 18 and celebrated in New York City with the most fabulous weekend ever, I met one of my favorite bloggers, I got to be an assistant buyer for the boutique I work for, I made some amazing friendships in my senior year, I graduated high school, I watched my cousin get married and was lucky enough to be in the wedding, I went on my dream vacation to London and Paris, I watched my host-sister win an Olympic gold medal, I moved to an incredible city to start college to study my passion, I travelled to so many new places and spent so much time with family and friends and so many more wonderful moments and memories.

Here are some photo highlights, and then I'll be signing off until next year! ;-)

Here's to an even better 2017!! Happy New Year! XO, Nicole 

Monday, December 12, 2016

Christmastime in the City

Last weekend, my family went to New York City for a fun trip before the holidays. We always do a weekend in early December to do some fun holiday activities in the city and celebrate my dad's birthday, which is in the beginning of the month. We've been spending a December weekend in New York City for probably 10 or so years now and it's one of my favorite holiday traditions!

Some of our favorite things to do around the holidays in New York City include the Bryant Park Christmas Village, seeing the Rockefeller tree, dinner at Bobby Van's steak house, brunch at The Standard Grill (their holiday decor is amazing!) and seeing the unbelievable windows at Bergdorf's, Saks and Bendels. Here are some snaps from our weekend:

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

College Fashionista December Post: Pin is In

Just popping in to share my December post for my College Fashionista Style Guru internship. Be sure to check it out and give it a RAD if you liked it! This month's post is featuring my friend Camilla and some of her awesome accessories. Here are a few sneak peeks, but be sure to check out the entire article HERE!

XO, Nicole 

Monday, November 14, 2016

Parents Weekend Recap

This past weekend was Parents Weekend at my school and it was so much fun! Just spending 24 hours with my parents and sister was exactly what I needed before gearing up for final presentations, projects and exams in two short weeks (eek!). We took a ton of pictures, so I thought it would be fun to share a little recap of what we did.

First, we had lunch at Distrito on UPenn's campus with my roommate and her parents. We were so busy catching up, I forgot to take pictures of what we actually ate, but you can trust me on this one. The guac was amazing and unlike any other guac I've had before. I got a burrito which was also delicious. We snapped a few pictures after our meal because the restaurant was just so cute!

After lunch, my family walked over to Magic Gardens on South Street. Unfortunately, they closed early for a private event, so we didn't get to go in and walk around. But we did end up snapping some pictures outside! After that, we walked back to Rittenhouse and did some shopping. We spent most of the afternoon just walking around and catching up, which was so great. You really can't compare a FaceTime convo to one in real life! 

Then, we went back to University City to walk around campus and I showed my family some of my favorite places in the neighborhood, which of course included a stop at Insomnia Cookies... a place my friends and I find ourselves at more often then we'd like to admit ;-)

For dinner, my family went to Pod, a trendy Asian restaurant on University of Pennsylvania's campus (just a short walk from Drexel). It was insanely good. We ordered a ton of dim sum (literally almost every plate on the menu) which was a great way to try so many different things. We also brought one of my best friends whose family couldn't make it that weekend, so it was so much fun to introduce my family to her! 

On Sunday, I met my parents back in Rittenhouse Square for brunch at Parc. Going with the theme of the weekend, the food was unbelievable. I had an avocado chicken BLT with fries and this sandwich was so good, I could go back and eat it everyday. We also shared a bread/ breakfast pastry basket filled with muffins, pastries and croissants which was to die for. Having little sweet pastries and things for breakfast is my absolute favorite. 

After brunch, I had a mile long to-do list to catch up on and my family headed back home. It was the perfect weekend. Spending time with my family (over good food) was exactly what I needed to get through the crazy busy few weeks before Thanksgiving break.