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I just got back to my hotel from my first day in Venice and I am two things: overwhelmed by the beauty of it and beyond exhausted. Today was one of those days that my heart was completely filled with gratitude at getting to marvel at the stunning historical beauty of Venice and indulging in this rich Italian culture. 
Before I go to bed, (I've been awake 48 hours) I wanted to share some unedited shots I got on my camera today. I didn't use my phone all day, as I wanted to see and feel present for everything. 
Here are some travel notes I took mentally: 
The food was incredible. I had lasagna for dinner and it was more mild than in the states, but very flavorful. I was amazed at how good and cheap the wine is! Between 5 and 10 Euros a bottle!
Tiramisu is really different but SO good and pistachio gelato was so creamy and delicious. 
I walked about 20 miles today between airports and dropping my bags off and going but it was so worth it. I was surprised that all transportation in the city of Venice is via water taxis, but its such a neat experience. I got a 24 hour pass and stopped at some of the more popular stops, Murano, where they make the glass and San Marco. Tomorrow I will do all of the museums and churches. 
Walking down the alleyways is like a labyrinth, and its easy to get lost! Which ended up being really neat and seeing the old buildings was awesome. This city is so charming and you just feel the history seeping through.
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Travel Face

Nitrogen Healthy skin blush

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nitrogen healthy skin blends

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Hi guys! I am currently in New York City and headed out to Venice tonight. So excited to meet my sister there! I like to travel in my comfiest, and most neutral in case the travel time is extended, then I can be in the same clothes. I also use very minimal make up on travel days because they are most often long days and I don't like to get my skin clogged. Also, when I get tired I don't want to rub my face and look crazy. When I received these Neutrogena blush and powder, they actually worked perfectly for this type of day when I want my skin as radiant and unclogged as possible, but without shine and a subtle blush. I got the oil-control powder which is really great to wear over a moisturizer and look even, and I love this soft blush, which I wear on the highest part of my cheekbones since my face shape is oval. This blush blends evenly and is a nice pop on a "clean face."

 I will keep you guys updated on my European travels as much as internet permits! Follow me on Instagram and Snapchat (nichollv)! Hope you have a great week! 

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white mini birkin

all black white bag outfit

french connection booties

black vest and leather pants

justfab clothes

black and white outfit accesories
French Connection Shoes / JustFab Vest / Express Leggings / Celine Sunglasses 

While an all-black look is an easy default, sometimes adding a little bit of contrast through accessories brings the focus to those pieces and not a big blob of black. These booties are from French Connection (last December), and while I don't wear them that often, whenever I do, I always focus my outfit around them because they are so different. They have a vintage twist, with a couture punch that makes them special, and a pair of shoes that will be in my closet for years.
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My Coolsculpting Treatment

A few weeks ago I was approached by the Coolsculpting team asking if I'd like to try out a treatment. Within seconds I replied an excited yes, because this whole year I have looked into it, but never pulled the trigger on it. One, because I just didn't have enough information on it, and I didn't know if it could work. There are so many fads that come and go, that you really have to almost know someone who did it and see the results for yourself to actually make the investment, and make sure that it is safe. 

So, if you've never heard of Coolsculpting, it is the only FDA cleared non-surgical fat reduction treatment that uses controlled cooling to eliminate stubborn fat that resists all efforts through diet and exercise. That's the official definition. In my words, it is this ultra modern machine that is placed on your stubborn fat area (i did lower abdomen) for an hour, and it breaks up the fat through extreme cooling. 

These are some questions I had prior to, that I could really only prove by doing it; so if you are considering it, these are some questions you might have that I can answer for you ahead of time, in complete honesty. PS. I'm not being paid to do this, but I did get the treatment for free, and have complete freedom to write an honest review. 

1. Does it hurt? 
It does for the first eight minutes of the treatment while the skin goes numb. It feels like cramps. After the first eight minutes you feel nothing. When the treatment ends, like 20 minutes after you begin to feel the skin come back to life, similar to when your leg falls asleep, and its a little weird, but it goes away within minutes. 

2. What does it feel like after?
For about ten days when I wore pants and they rubbed on the treated area I'd feel a little numbness. Other than that, I did pee more than normal, and the day after my stomach was a little upset, but I don't know if it was related. 

3. How do you prepare for it? 
This I wish I'd known because since the first 8 minutes feel painful and crampy, I wish I'd had a big breakfast because I began to feel dizzy and not having sugar in me didn't help. Thankfully the staff at Miami Plastic Surgery gave me some starbursts lol 

4. Does it work? Can you see a difference and how soon? 
They tell you you won't notice any difference for two weeks, but I noticed after one week. I was skeptical because I thought i'd see something right away, but not at all. However, after a week I definitely noticed a flatter lower abdomen. I knew something would happen because I felt like while it was being "frozen" something had to be happening, and I do see that some of that fat went away. However, its just part one of the treatment, and I have my last one in December. Then I'll be able to gage how much it really worked for me.

5. Why and where did you have it done? 
I had it done because although I am thin, I have a little pudge on the lower part of my stomach and that fat is so stubborn. I've tried dieting and exercise for it, and im sure if I did like 10000 crunches a day and ate no sugar it would go away, but I am not that disciplined and its just never going to happen so Coolsculpting was a pretty cool solution. 

I had it done at Miami Plastic Surgery and it was relaxing, as I watched TV for an hour while it was being done and the staff was really nice! They gave me starbursts!!! 
My second treatment is in December and I am excited to show y'all final results but I can say that I do see a flatter stomach after the first treatment! 

You can see a lot of before/after pictures on the Coolscupting website and find treatment centers, and more detailed info, but this is a good before/after and this is what the machine looks like. 

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red ysl pumps

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ysl red shoes

I was organizing my closet after a two week trip, because I am OCD about unpacking my bags the minute I get home, and as I was putting my heels back I noticed this red YSL pair and the layer of dust on top of them...And I thought to myself, after all I searched high and low for them, I've probably worn them 5 times in the past year. If theres anything to say about YSL shoes is that you can speak to their comfort. For heels, the platform really does wonders and they are not killers. I decided to put them on immediately, but was still in a casual mood, so I wore my favorite pair of jeans and a black tee and dressed it up with these beauties. 

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Fall Orange

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buttons on back dress

christian louboutin shoes

black bead dress

orange dress

jacket over dress

palm beach island house
Posch Boutique Dress / Christian Louboutin Shoes / french connection jacket / celine sunglasses
I am a big fan of these midi dresses, as they are so flattering and easy to dress up or down. I like this burnt orange color for Fall, and the buttons on the back add a little edge. I meant to wear black shoes, but was in hurry and left them at home, and thankfully I had these in a bag in my car..next time lol 

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Wide Trouser

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I've recently loved wearing really wide pants with a tight top..I get on kicks and right now its big pants and midi, super fitted dresses..

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