September Craze 2014

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About time! It’s finally fall and I can stop saying fall is right around the corner. I’m so excited for cooler weather. I already have had the chance to workout in the rain twice, which is so awesome. September screamed fall even in 80+ degree weather, and it didn’t stop these Crazes from happening.

Trench Coats made there way onto all my favorite bloggers website’s. Then I started to see a ton of them in stores. Well, if you need a trench coat this season you will definitely be able to find one. I’ve mainly seen the traditional beige color trench and I’m waiting for some colors to start to appear soon.

Dark lips, ooh dark vampy lips, I’m so glad you are back. Honestly, I love this trend every year. I tend to even wear it out of season. In September bloggers and vloggers were all over the new dark lip products hitting the stores. One that I saw a lot of was the Dose of Colors Berry Me mixed with MAC’s Nightmoth Lip Pencil. To die for combo.

Dose of Colors Berry Me

 

Image via Dose Of Colors

Halloween starts earlier each year. This year I got pulled in, and started planning for Halloween tutorials(get excited), I wasn’t the only one though. Everyone was talking, shopping, and gearing up for this great October month! I saw plenty of fake eyelashes, makeup haul pictures, and creepy contacts make there way to instagram.

Happy October | Nikki's HavenMy favorites for September are a tad bit boring. No makeup, no skincare, and no clothes. Yeah I know lame, but I’m trying a ton of new things so I have a feeling that November will be heavy with beauty favorites. I loved how much I actually got done in September though. Lots of great ideas for October and the coming months. September for me was filled with websites and bloggers.

Fit Man Cook has been my go to site to find recipes! OMG if you don’t get recipes from here you need to step up your game, like really. It’s been my life saver these last couple weeks and I’m so happy that I found it. I meal prep every week, so having some place I can get healthy, but different recipes has saved my life! Go check it out if you are in need of new recipes.

Brooklyn Blonde & Cheetah is the New Black are my new muses. These ladies make me step out my box when it comes to fashion. They both have something I don’t, and to me that’s great! If you aren’t following these two love ladies, go do it now! They bring me to say ” I want that!” every time I see a new post. I am also excited because Alicia, of Cheetah is the New Black, is in the Bay Area! Can’t wait to meet her at my Blogger Meet up!

Brooklyn Blonde & Cheetah is the New Black | Nikki's Haven

Images via Brooklyn Blonde & Cheetah is the New Black

Bay Area Blogger Meet Up

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I’ve always wanted to meet other bloggers from the bay area. I am looking to put together a blogger meet up in San Francisco soon, but need to know how many people would be interested. Lets make this a great hit to getting to know the community around us! Spread the word and sign up below to get information about when the meet up will be! Can’t wait to meet some great people and get some networking in.

Vanilla Mocha Cookie Crumble Frapuccino Recipe

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Vanilla Mocha Cookie Crumble Frapuccino RecipeHappy Saturday! With fall here, we find ourselves in the drive-thru of Starbucks and other coffee shops a lot more. In the colder time of the year I tend to over sleep or have troubles leaving my bed when I need to. So if you’re anything like me, why not make your coffee right at home. This is my version of the Starbucks Mocha Cookie Crumble. Since I’m not a huge lover of coffee I added extra sweetness to it to make it that much more enjoyable. If you want to know how to make this in Latte form make sure to like this post.

Original:
1 cup of coffee(8 fl oz)
1/2 cup of ice
1/4 cup of 2% milk(skim if you like)
1 pump of vanilla syrup
2 pumps of mocha syrup
8 crushed oreo cookies(no creme)

With Starbucks Drink:
1 starbucks mocha frap drink
1/2 cup of ice
1 pumps of vanilla syrup
8 crushed oreo cookies(no creme)

 

On The Hunt | Jeans

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On The Hunt - Jeans

I’ve been on the hunt for great fitting jeans forever! Some think since I’m so small that it should be a breeze to find jeans that fit. Let me tell you, it’s not easy at all. I’ll find jeans that I love and they either are too short, stretch to much through out the day, don’t have a size small enough for me (boyfriend jeans), or are too saggy looking in the butt area. I love my Stella’s from True Religion and that’s probably the only pair of jeans in my collection that I truly love.

So I’m on the hunt; H&M and Asos, are on the top of my list at the moment. Actually they are the only two on my list. If you have any suggestions on where I should get my jeans PLEASE let me know.

Facts about me:
• I have long legs, so I usually need something longer then 32in inseam
• I am super tiny so I usually wear between a 24-25(depends on the jeans)
• I like a little stretch but not a ton!
• I’m a fan of mostly all washes of jeans

Skincare Tips For Oily Skin

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Since I went through most of my teens and early twenties trying to find things that worked for my skin I thought I should share them with you. Now that I have normal  dry skin I am looking for tips all over again. If you have any tips leave them below. Now I am no dermatologist and can’t say that all these things will work for you. These are just my experiences and what once worked for my oily skin.

Skincare Tips for Oily Skin1: Products with alcohol are not your friend. Stay away from products that have a ton of alcohol or peroxide. You want to control your oil production, not strip it away. The more your try to get rid of your oil, the more it will produce. Oil is necessary for your skin.

2: Rinse with cold water. After washing your face, a always make sure to rinse your face off with cold water. This helps close your pores. Closing your pores helps your skin produce less oil and so helps make sure your not getting a ton of dirt in them.

3: Use a oil to moisturize. Many thing that since you are oily you shouldn’t use oil to moisturize your face. Using an oil like Josie Maran Argan Oil was the best thing I ever did. It actually help my face not produce a ton of oil.

4: Invest in good skincare products. This is probably one of the biggest things I say you need to do first. We get so wrapped up in prices that we neglect what our skin really needs. Drugstore products tend to have a ton of alcohol in them to make it seem like the are doing the job. I learned that I rather spend more money and have my skin corroborate, then spend less money and have my skin hate me even more. Also yo actually end up spending more money because you buy cheaper products more often.

5: Clay based products are your friend. Products with clay absorbs excess oil without stripping, irritating, or drying out your skin. I used to use the Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask once a week. Using a mask like this help my skin so much! I would say definitely give it a try.

 

Top 10 Wineries to Visit in Napa Valley

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With me being extremely close to Napa Valley I couldn’t help but do this post. I’m on the hunt for a great winery and found that all these have great reviews! If you’ve been to one leave your experience below, and if you recommend any other winery in the area.

Top 10 Wineries to Visit in Napa Valley

Beaulieu Vineyard 
Cade Estate
Chappellet 
Long Meadow Ranch
Newton Vineyard 
Pine Ridge
Robert Mondavi
Robert Sinskey
Truchard
Whetstone

 

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