Boston Public Library Vlog

It’s probably weird that I tell you guys about my weekend on Tuesdays, but I always either a.) have different scheduled content for Monday or b.) need time to edit!

Last weekend was great, though!  There was a lot of cooking & eating, shoe shopping success, and a trek through the Boston Public Library!  I hope to make many return trips as… [watch vlog first and wait for it] I found my library card!

How was everyone else’s weekend?!

Nicole’s Essential Summer Shoes

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Lovely weather we’re having!  In spite of our sporadic chilly days in this typical New England climate, it’s really feeling like summer!  My jackets are away and my shoe choices have transitioned exclusively to the five you see above.  These are my must-haves for summer!

1. Jack Rogers Nicola | I ordered these in platinum/gold last month off the Jack Rogers website.  This color combo appears to have already sold out, but you can still snag them in silver/gold!  This is my first pair of Jacks and I’m still breaking them in.  I love how easy they are to dress up and dress down!

2. Toms | I bought these black slip-ons, my second paid of Toms, this year.  My chocolate brown pair still sits in my closet, but they aren’t in great shape.  They have been an integral part of my spring, summer, and fall wardrobe for years.  When I saw a black pair in my size at Urban, I jumped at them!  They’ve already gotten a ton of wear.

3. Keds Polka Dot Sneakers | This is my first pair of Keds as an adult!  I definitely rocked some classic white Keds as a 90s kids, and I’ve been loving similar styles of sneakers for the last few years.  I’ve picked up knock-off pairs from H&M, American Eagle, and Target.  This year, I went ahead and ordered these adorable chocolate polka dot sneaks on sale from the Keds site!

4. Sperry Topsiders | Boat shoes are great for the summer rain.  My first pair of Sperrys was an impulse purchase at DSW in college.  I’ve been in love ever since.  I got these at the Sperry Outlet in Wrentham a couple years ago, but there are plenty of other fun styles to choose from!  Find some here.

5. Steve Madden Jelly Ballet Flats | These jelly flats are literally my favorites– the perfect mix of nostalgia and style.  I bought them two years ago at Nordstrom Rack for literally $10.  I live Steve Madden shoes and was so happy to learn that these plastic shoes didn’t hurt my feet at all.  There’s a new sort of breaking in phase every summer, but I get the most compliments on these babies!  It looks like they’re still selling them, so I definitely recommend you pick some up!

What are your favorite summer shoes?!

ANTM Cycle 21: Go-Sees in Seoul

The challenge for the week is Go-Sees!  Go-Sees are to ANTM as Restaurant Wars is to Top Chef.  It’s really neat to see these ~models~ interact with real designers to see how they’d fair in real life situations and not on a reality TV show.  The group is to pair off, and no one wants to work with Chantelle.  Will grabs Shei and Lenox snatches up Adam.  Keith, who is unsure if Chantelle has a crush on him or thinks of him as a big brother, bites the bullet and works with Chantelle.

  • Will and Shei make it to 4 go-sees.  Will is too tall for all of the designers’ clothes and he gets uncomfortable about it.  Shei’s look is a bit too edgy for most of the designers.  One asked why her eyebrows are two different colors, and I’m like, because Tyra said they’re going to be!  [Will books 0 / Shei books 2]
  • Lenox and Adam make it to 4 go-sees, and get back to Nylon with mere seconds to spare.  Lenox is a big hit with all of the designers.  Adam, struggling with his personality sober, comes off as stiff. [Lenox books 4 / Adam books 1]
  •  Keith and Chantelle make it to 5 go-sees.  Keith’s strategy is to be as charming as possible, having learned the word for “thank you” in Korean and deploying it as often as possible.  Chantelle has no strategy and comes off as cold. [Keith books 4 / Chantelle books 1]

Though Keith and Lenox both booked the same number, Keith attended one additional go-see so he wins!

The week’s photo shoot features one of the designers from the go-sees, Jinny Kim, and her fabulous shoes.  Here are the results!

Keith was amazing this week! | Lenox's photo isn't my favorite, but those Jinny Kim shoes are FIERCE! | I'm obsessed with the wardrobe styling for Adam's shoot.  The picture is okay. | Shei's photo bothers me because you can barely see the shoes! | Chantelle's photo has no life at all. | Tyra made a great choice directing Will to put up that umbrella.  Lovely overall photo.

Keith was amazing this week! | Lenox’s photo isn’t my favorite, but those Jinny Kim shoes are FIERCE! | I’m obsessed with the wardrobe styling for Adam’s shoot. The picture is okay. | Shei seemed to forget it was a shoe photoshoot. | Chantelle’s photo has no life at all. | Tyra made a great choice directing Will to put up that umbrella. Lovely overall photo.

And the judges’ results:

  1. Keith
  2. Lenox
  3. Will
  4. Shei
  5. Adam
  6. Chantelle

Adam and Chantelle are in the bottom for the same reason– stiffness and control.  Adam is starting to loosen up and is entering into a new, sober chapter in his ANTM stint.  He stays.  Chantelle, who brought the drama back to the season in a post-Marjana world, has a bad attitude and definitely a lot of growing up to do.  She goes home, and this time, I am not sad to see her go.

What did you guys think of Chantelle’s second elimination?

And let’s not forget, this episode is called “The Girl Who Gets Caught in a Lie.” I left all that out, but if you want to chat about Chantelle’s “Panda” problem or her awkward and embarrassing lie, leave me a comment!

OotD: Sweet Stripes

Wedding Wear

Hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!  This is different than the usual, but I wanted to share an outfit post from the beautiful wedding I attended this weekend.  It was such a great time and will be a cherished memory; so here’s what I wore!

Dress: Guess | Shoes: Nine West | Jewelry: Tiffany’s (necklace, bracelets, pearls); David Yurman (topaz ring), mixed-metal earrings from Santa Teresa di Riva, Sicily | Lips: Too Faced “I Want Candy” | Nails: Essie “Neowhimsical”