September 1, 2017

Gray Malin at Home

I remember the first time I saw any of Gray Malin's work, it was of his Marfa series, where he photographed the Elmgreen & Dragset Prada Marfa sculpture, (yes, it's a sculpture - not a store in the middle of a Texas desert as many people have confused). Soon after, I came across Gray's aerial shots of beaches - from Australia to Bora Bora, not knowing the same artist as the iconic Prada Marfa shots was behind the dreamy beach scenes, too. I swooned over his photos from a distance - making them the background of my desktop, buying wallpaper from his online shop that I framed as placeholder's 'til I could someday have the "real thing," and toted my Gray Malin x S'well bottle everywhere with me until one day when TSA decided to confiscate it from me. 

So, when Gray's team reached out and asked if I'd like a piece for my home - I was blown away! It's always incredible to have an opportunity to connect or even work with an artist or designer you really admire and whose work you love. One of his newer series', Aqua Glam, was shot at the epic Annenberg Beach House in Santa Monica (it's massive and overlooks Santa Monica Beach), and features the synchronized swimming group, The Aqualillies, (who, by the way, are AMAZING - I got a chance to see them perform in Palm Springs last year). I picked out "Graceful Glam II," to live in my office, and two smaller pieces of the beach scenes I had originally fallen in love with of his - Coogee BeachClifton Beach. They fit in so well with my home and as a person who loves being in the water, the photographs totally soothe and inspire me. 

Through September 5th, Gray Malin is offering free framing & shipping on all prints. It's an amazing chance to get beautiful artwork in high quality frames, (because seriously: frames are expensive - especially for large scale artwork!)  I'm personally taking advantage of the sale to find a piece for my Brooklyn abode, too! 

Thank you so much to Gray Malin and team for hooking me up with the artwork, taking such gorgeous photos at my home, and featuring me on your site! I shared a bit about the challenges of entrepreneurship as well as my home decor inspiration. 

You can take advantage of the free framing & shipping sale until September 5, here.

July 25, 2017

Introducing.... PREMME!

You may have heard the news, but yesterday Gabi and I announced that we were launching our own, new plus-size brand, PREMME, and by 8AM this morning, our site had already crashed from overwhelming traffic! OMG. This has been a passion project that we've been working on for a long time, and we are so excited to finally unveil. I'll be revisiting this soon with a little more about our process and how we landed here, but for now, I'd love to share our video look book! Thank you all SO much for your support and love!!!

July 11, 2017

{STYLE} Just Me & My Levi's

We've all watched Grease, right? I used to watch it over-and-over as a child; I was obsessed with the Pink Ladies, with Rizzo's bad gal aesthetic, and Frenchie's pink haired beauty school drop out look. While my style often feels a little bit like Sandra's 1959 California debut (it's hard to resist a high-waisted circle skirt, sometimes), my nights out veer a bit more towards her cigarette pants-and-pumps Danny Zuko inspired makeover. While I don't condone ever changing your style to appease or catch the attention of a love interest, I do greatly appreciate any challenge or expansion of an individuals personal style vocabulary.

Yes, for everyday that I'm an all-pink-everything, sometimes princess, I'm equally a denim-and-leather clad hard femme - and no denim feels more quintessentially Americana, whether my styling is ultra-modern or retro, than a classic pair of Levi's. I'm obsessed with these Levis 711 skinny jeans, (they also come in pink, which... duh, is next on my list) that I purchased from Amazon, and love that the wash is a true black (because when I'm not a cotton candy vision, it's all black or nothing).

While I consider myself a bit of an expert in the world of online shopping, I'm definitely newer to shopping for fashion on Amazon - but it opened my eyes to how expansive Levi's plus-size selection is, (quick fit note - I ordered the 711's in a size 16, and usually wear a 14 in denim). Now I'm rather quickly wishlisting other styles I didn't know existed - like these white, distressed boyfriend jeans and these rad butt-hugging overalls. It's mid-July, somehow, and I'm feeling like more jeans are in order for these (whoa-oh) summer nights. 

This post is sponsored by Levi's & Amazon.
All content and opinions are my own. 

July 5, 2017

{STYLE} Florals for Summer with SimplyBe

It's been just over a week since I visited England for the wedding of one of my dearest friends, Briony. London has long been what I consider my third home (after Los Angeles and New York, of course), because of my familial connections to the city and the many friends I've made there. The streets are so familiar to me, and I have deep memories that span across the city - nights out dancing with friends till the early hours of the morning, having tea with my grandmother and exchanging stories, interviewing Beth Ditto for Vogue Italia and attending the London Fashion Week shows of some of my most favorite designers, shooting a look book for Clements Ribiero's Swan collection, hours upon hours of laughing with friends at Bob Bob Ricard or Sketch. Each trip has me coming home with new memories - and this most recent trip had me collecting many in both London and Cambridge.

I packed my bags for my trip and tried my best to prepare for the UK's surprise heat wave - and took a bit of inspiration from English gardens and the lush greenery in Cambridge, where Briony got married, at the historic Kings College. I picked this dress from Simply Be's summer collection (it also comes in blush pink!), and love the bit of ruffled detail at the sleeve. Travel always influences my sensibilities around style, giving me new context to play with my wardrobe and draw inspiration from my surroundings - and after being so deep in work-mode these last few months, I was so looking forward to being outside my usual surroundings! I spent an entire day with Briony and her wedding crew twirling around in Kings Colleges private fellows garden, filled with fresh lavender and garden roses and bumble bees buzzing around. It made my heart so happy - and made wearing this dress all the more sweet! 

PS: You can get 25% off your entire order at SimplyBe with the code "NICOLETTE25" 


This post was sponsored by SimplyBe.
All content and opinions are my own. 

May 23, 2017

{STYLE} They Call Me Mellow Yellow

Before I jump into this - I just want to say that pink will always, always be my color. "Nicolette Pink" long preceded "Millenial Pink," and will forever and ever be a color that brings me immense joy and satisfaction, (and frankly, a departure from pink would require me to completely overhaul my home decor and my wardrobes which... isn't happening). That said, I have a prediction that egg-yolk yellow will be the next "it" color. This may have been foreshadowed by Beyonce's Lemonade, or the cover of Blood Orange's Freetown Sound, one of Solange's many tone-on-tone looks, or Bon Appetit's most recent egg-themed issue. Little glimpses of sunshine yellow have been popping up all over my feeds and I just can't get enough of it, and while I know posturing on color trends is hardly a thing of relative or remote importance, it's providing a much needed distraction from the now 3-hour news cycle that has otherwise dominated my headspace.

With summer around the corner, and a calendar full of exciting events on the horizon (a wedding in Cambridge, England to see one of my best friends marry her partner of over a decade, engagement parties, mid-summer galas, countryside fete's), I've been keeping my eye on occasion-appropriate pieces that stand apart from the pack. ASOS is my shopping destination in general, but it's especially exciting to browse for those special pieces that make a statement (I really love their Salon line for extra-showstopping looks). I instantly fell in love with this gorgeous yellow off-the shoulder jumpsuit, it's comfortable, breezy, and the straps can also be worn on the shoulders for a little more of a casual overall vibe, and can't wait to wear it to this summer's parties. 

What events are you excited for this summer??


This post is sponsored by ASOS
 All content and opinions are my own.