Author: coffeeandwinter

Business student and lifestyle blogger. I love style, music, films, and One Direction.

Trying something new

Dear lovely readers of Coffee and Winter,

I’ve decided to try something a bit new for the new year. I’ve moved my blog to an actual domain name! Yes! After many years I’ve finally decided to take the plunge and go for it. Only one problem, I am not tech savvy enough to set up an automatic redirect or an RSS feed to keep posts forwarded to the trusty wordpress.com reader. Womp, womp.

I love each and every one of you and you have all made my time blogging absolutely spectacular. I’m not discontinuing the blog, but all new posts will be on the separate website. So if you want to continue reading, and I sure hope you do, please please visit and subscribe to coffeeandwinter.com

Come hang out with me there. I have loads of new ideas and fun features for the coming year.

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I feel like I’m starting on the ground floor again, and would love if you all continued to read despite the inconvenient change. If anyone can put the steps to an RSS feed or whatever in simple terms for me to figure it out, I am certainly willing to try.

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Styled: Saint Laurent Studded Boots

It seems like everyone in the world has these Saint Laurent studded boots. Well, anyone whose style I’m inspired by has them. Sure, if I could justify spending almost 2,000 on a pair of shoes, they would also be in my closet. Since I can’t, I currently have a stylish knock off pair that was given to me for Christmas. I’m not actually sure why I’m even sharing my boot envy with the world. I’m very appreciative of the gift version, don’t misunderstand. That said, since this is a blog where I get to have both style envy and live a very fashionable existence on virtual paper, I decided to style the actual Saint Laurent boots of my dreams. Both outfits are things I would actually or have actually worn recently with my own boots.

What I love most about the boots is the edginess they give a simple outfit. It almost feels like ‘yeah, I could definitely punch someone in the face,’ only I can’t. But the illusion is enough, isn’t it?

Buy: Saint Laurent studded boots

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Alexander Wang striped tee, Paige Denim black jeans, Forever 21 angular rings, Rebecca Minkoff quilted bomber, Forever 21 necklace, Saint Laurent handbag

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H&M sweater, Topshop jeans, H&M handbag, Marc Jacobs flower ring, H&M rings

The Weekender: 3 January

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Here it is, the very first Weekender of 2015. There really wasn’t much in the way of interesting news this week with the New Year rolling in, but I managed to find some fairly interesting tidbits to share.

Friday Favorites: Get Active

First I’d like to wish a warm welcome to 2015 and say I hope everyone had a lovely holiday. Next, let’s talk about resolutions. There’s not really a firm consensus over whether its good or bad to make resolutions. I prefer to make goals, but unless I write them down I end up forgetting them. That said, one of my major goals continuing into 2015 was to be healthier. I’m definitely not good at this. Sometimes life becomes so stressful the idea of working out or being active just feels even more unappealing. That said, if your resolution is to get healthy and lose weight: great! I prefer to not put my journey that way only because I feel expectations are just so high and feeling like I’ve let myself down is horrendous. Why am I even sharing this? Well, resolving to get active in 2015 means getting to buy a whole new wardrobe of active wear!

Active wear has become kind of a really fashionable thing. Yoga pants are everywhere not just yoga studios. While I don’t really understand that (especially to brunch. Everyone knows you didn’t just work out), I’m entirely guilty of wearing them to run out to Starbucks or to the bank. There’s so many options. Long gone are the unitards, off the shoulder sweatshirts, and legwarmers of yesteryear. The best part is it’s all on sale right now for the new year. Old Navy has some particularly good deals if you’re looking for affordable pieces to get started with!

I’ve put together 3 active wear looks featuring some of my favorite companies (Adidas obviously). I’m really obsessed with the Stella McCartney for Adidas range and two of my favorite pieces are included. The yoga mat featured is by Orla Kiely for Target and something I actually use for yoga & pilates. I’m obsessed with it. I’m not sure why it took me so long to actually purchase one. See? I’m no fitness expert!

So get out, get active, and look fashionable while doing it!

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Orla Kiely yoga mat, Old Navy capris, Stella McCartney for Adidas sneakers, Athleta tank top, Adidas sports bra, Orla Kiely water bottle, Griffin earbuds

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Adidas by Stella McCartney sweats, Calvin Klein zip pullover, Victoria’s Secret sports bra, Fitbit, Philips headphones, Adidas sneakers

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Orla Kiely yoga mat, LuLu Lemon pants, Athleta tank top, LuLu Lemon sports bra, S’well water bottle

Year In Review: 2014 Survey

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For the past 5 years or so I’ve been taking time to fill out this year end survey. 2014 really is no exception. The survey contains what I feel are the best and worst in everything from (As seen above) music to movies to even television and my personal life. Everything is based entirely on my opinion so feel free to disagree (but not in a cruel manner of course) and leave some comments with your best/worst of the year or take the survey for yourself and share it with me!

BEST:

Best Film Of 2014: Wish I Was Here
Best Book Of 2014: Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso
Best Actor Of 2014: Miles Teller
Best Actress Of 2014: Felicity Jones
Best Celebrity Of 2014: Literally none of them
Best Game Of 2014: Kim Kardashian Hollywood
Best Song Of 2014: Night Changes – One Direction
Best Moment Of 2014: LA road trip in September
Best Band Of 2014: One Direction. Stay seated because I won’t be able to hear you over all that record breaking, a stadium tour, and giving millions to charity.
Best Singer Of 2014: Liam Payne, where the hell did you come from? I mean those ooooos in Night Changes…
Best TV Show Of 2014: Girls, Silicon Valley, A to Z
Best Piece Of News 2014: On The Road Again

WORST:

Worst Film Of 2014: Transformers (Wahlberg or not…just stop)
Worst Book Of 2014: I don’t read bad books I’m sorry.
Worst Celebrity Of 2014: Kimye
Worst Game Of 2014: Kim Kardashian Hollywood.
Worst Song Of 2014: All About That Bass
Worst Moment Of 2014: I can’t say I have a standout worst moment this year that isn’t overly personal.
Worst Band Of 2014: The Wanted. They are still a band….right….?
Worst Singer of 2014: I’m going to say Selena, cried at the AMAs for staged dramatic effect, Gomez
Worst Tv Show Of 2014: Glee..just end already
Worst Piece Of News 2014: I think there’s a majority of news I don’t even have to mention here because it goes without saying. None of it should be forgotten but in this space I won’t mention the severe injustices by individual headlines.

PERSONAL:

Did you have any resolutions? Did you break them? Keep them? No. Like I say every year, I make goals many of which were not reached or simply forgotten after months.
If you could change one thing about 2014, what would it be? I would be more calm, open, and understanding of those I surround myself with on a daily basis. I tend to not act as one should when under lots of stress.
What is the most memorable moment of 2014: Where We Are Tour
Who did you spend most of 2014 with? My best friend, Rachael and five loveable idiots
Where did you spend most of 2014? Phoenix, school, the car.
Have you changed alot since 2013? No. I think I continued the same growth pattern I started last year only just found more of who I am, where I want to go, and who should continue to be a part of that.
So, how is Nicole spending her last night of 2014?: Comfy clothes, bubbly drinks, and One Direction.

New Years Eve Party Style

So there’s less than 24 hours until New Years Eve and I have some last minute styling ideas for pretty much any celebration. Sure, it’s a bit last minute and it’s impossible to order these things (maybe technology can work on that), but that won’t stop the inspiration. I’ve styled 3 looks one with a dress (my favorite), one with pants, and one with a playsuit. I have even paired each look with one polish from Essie’s winter collection just to tie everything together.

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This is my favorite look of the bunch, and I’m not even really a dress person. They just don’t look right with my hips. That said, I would trade in my joggers and jumper for this outfit for any outing tomorrow in a heartbeat. It contains many non-budget friendly items, but again, it’s my dream look so I went big with this one.

Markus Lupfer dress, Kurt Geiger heels, Saint Laurent Sac de Jour, Eddie Borgo ring, Marc Jacobs safety pin bracelet, Burberry leather jacket

Pair with: Tuck in My Tux

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This is a more relaxed but sparkly look. I would also combine this with a nice peacoat to keep warm. I absolutely love the sparkly top from Topshop despite it being rather out of my comfort zone. Yes, I featured the Eddie Borgo ring & Marc Jacobs bracelet again with this look but simply because I just love them both so much and they seemed to fit well with the color of the Aldo heels.

Topshop sparkle top, Topshop high rise skinny jeans, ALDO heels, Eddie Borgo ring, Marc Jacobs safety pin bracelet, Zara handbag

Pair with: Double Breasted Jacket

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What? A playsuit in winter? Well, yes. If I was attending say a houseparty or dining at a restaurant or, dare I say, going to a nightclub, I might choose a playsuit over a dress. It’s probably not the greatest idea for say…the Mill Avenue block party or hanging out in Times Square. To get more warmth I might suggest some black tights (or exchange this for a longer less flattering long playsuit)
and a white jacket/blazer. The shoes are the real stunner of this look and even then tights may draw more attention to them.

New Look playsuit, Topshop heels, Saint Laurent clutch, H&M silver necklace

Pair with: Jiggle Hi Jiggle Low which seems to no longer be available online so check in stores.

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2014 Year In Review: Albums of the Year

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Ah, the dreaded but loved Albums of the Year post. To be quite honest, I’m not entirely sure why I still bother to post it. My friends and I don’t really have lengthy conversations about our favorite albums of the year anymore. With Spotify and iTunes it’s actually really simple to keep track of the albums I loved and listened to bunches over the span of a year. Wow, I don’t seem very convincing to listen to, do I? Just like any other person, I know what I like and this is it. I’m by no means a musical expert. Sure, i know a lot of trivial facts that easily help me win the entertainment/music section of any board game or trivia contest, but I am far from all knowing that one artist sounds like another artist. You know like some well informed music reviewers can very easily do. Anyway, these are my favorite albums of the year. I’m not going to lie. I DID spend a good month straight listening to 1989 and I’m going to be listening to Four until probably forever (it’s just that good).

There’s really no particular order or ranking system although from my last little blurb it’s quite obvious I play favorites with at least two of these albums. I’ve included a link to one of my favorite tracks from each album as well as a link to stream the album on Spotify! Very convenient if I do say so myself.

So enjoy and let me know in the comments what you think of these albums, what some of your favorite albums of 2014 have been, or some albums you are looking forward to hearing in 2015!

My Year in Music: 2014

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So like I mentioned previously for the next few days all of the posts on the blog are going to be fitting a year end extravaganza theme. Today’s post is my year in music. Yes, all the songs I loved this year whether I’m embarrassed by them or not.  What I’ve learned through this journey is I greatly appreciate a good pop tune from time to time. I’m not really ashamed of my choices for the year end mix. It’s kind of a mixture of different genres which is basically where my taste in music has always been, and many of the songs have been the soundtrack to some very fond memories I will have forever. I guess that idea entirely trumps music snobery. Er… that’s not a word but let’s roll with it. Just a note: the mix is a bigger than normal; running 25 songs long and clocks in at just over an hour and thirty minutes. Bit long, sorry!

Tracklist and streaming links to follow. My favorite albums of the year are coming tomorrow so get excited! See you then!

  1. Salute – Little Mix
  2. Bang Bang – Jessie J featuring Nicki Minaj & Ariana Grande
  3. Don’t Tell ‘Em – Jeremih featuring YG
  4. Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
  5. Where Do Broken Hearts Go – One Direction
  6. Love Me Harder – Ariana Grande featuring the Weeknd
  7. Two Weeks – FKA Twigs
  8. Out of the Woods – Taylor Swift
  9. Begging for Thread – Banks
  10. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
  11. She’s Not Me – Jenny Lewis
  12. Good Girls – 5 Seconds of Summer
  13. Drunk In Love – Beyoncé featuing Jay Z
  14. Break the Rules – Charli XCX
  15. Girl Almighty – One Direction
  16. Cecilia & the Satellite – Andrew McMahon & the Wilderness
  17. I’m Not the Only One – Sam Smith
  18. Jealous – Nick Jonas
  19. Digital Witness – St. Vincent
  20. Beg For It – Iggy Azalea featuring MO
  21. Robbers – The 1975
  22. Sweatpants – Childish Gambino
  23. Dark Horse – Katy Perry & Juicy J
  24. Rather Be – Clean Bandit & Jess Glyne
  25. God Only Knows – She & Him

Stream on: 8Tracks & Spotify

2014 Year In Review

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Bet you were expecting a Weekender today, eh? Unfortunately it seems as though everything is a year end review post (other than Beyoncé’s dad having a yard sale) so I thought I would just end the year the same way. So along with nearly everyone else in the world, for the next few days I’ll be sharing my favorite things from this year. I’m talking albums of the year, the great year end survey, & even the final playlist of the year. Very exciting, isn’t it?

Today I’m taking a look at some of my favorite posts from the blog this year. This blog has grown a bit in the last year, and unfortunately I lost my will and was quite uninspired for awhile. I’ve tried some new things such as OOTD posts and even sharing more of my very interesting personality rather than try to maintain some normal standard. I don’t even know what I’m trying to say here, but what I do know is I’m not even a little sorry for how much One Direction was involved. I truly hope to write more posts next year rather than just posting collections of things. I do like writing I just sometimes don’t feel as confident with it. It’s just not a crowdpleaser really. But I won’t ramble any longer, here’s my favorite posts from this year.

Friday Favorites: On SALE!

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Christmas has been over only a few hours now and I’m already planning how to spend my gift cards. The best part about the day after Christmas is the sales. There’s just so much to choose from. Today’s Friday Favorites are those such items. I’ve been browsing the sale pages of my favorite stores and choosing loads and loads of items. Here’s just a couple of my favorites from each store which can be found on sale today on their website. Surprise, surprise. They are mostly black & white.

ASOS: Color block jumper / Bomber jacket | Topshop: Hybrid sweater / Side stripe joggers | Forever 21: Net print jumper / Trapeze dress | H&M: Knit jumper / V-Neck blouse