Fall Decor 2017

Fall is my favorite season. Each year I add a few new pieces to my seasonal collection. I traveled so much this summer that I didn’t have time to plant real flowers! We did retain a landscaper to keep our grass & bushes cut. Here are photos of my Fall Decor:

Birthday Bling

Tomorrow is my birthday!!! I picked up a few new pieces of jewelry from my favorite Chicago Jewelry Designer Nakamol! She has a store on Michigan Avenue. You can also find her online on Facebook. Accessories have always been one of my favorite things to wear. Here are my new pieces: This necklace is reversible:…

The Quest for the Perfect Carry-On

I do a lot of travel and have yet to find the perfect carry-on bag! Here are the bags that I’ve tried so far: Longchamp ‘Le Pliage Neo Large’ Tote Retailer: Nordstrom PROS: (1) Beautiful Color (2) Durable External Material (3) Versatility – Can be dressed up or down . CONS: (1) Straps are too…

Vision Board 2016

Super excited to reveal my 2016 Vision Board!!! The portraits that you see are Melinda Gates, Issa Rae, Amy Tangerine (Scrapbooking/Design Guru), Myleik Teele, & Karen Civil. Each of the items on my vision board represents something that I’d like to manifest in my life next year. Here is my 2015 Board: https://donnienicole.com/2014/12/26/vision-board-2015-reveal/ Here is my…

Tips To Better Manage Your Time…

I use both a paper planner (Kate Spade Wellesley, that I purchased on Amazon) and a digital calendar (Google Calendar). On Instagram there is an entire community where we share photos, tips, etc. I’m a huge Scrapbooker, and Planning (with a paper planner) is just like that because there are stickers, accessories and all kinds…

Big Reveal… My Vision Board for 2014

Every year I create a Vision Board. The goal is to create a visual display of the quotes and images that inspire me. My focus this year was really on my professional life. Here is the board:   It lives directly above my desk in my office/scrapbook studio. This is the old board:   I…

15 Years of Beyonce… and Counting!

I’ll never forget watching BET and seeing a group of teenage girls singing, “You be saying no, no, no, no… when it’s really yes, yes, yes, yes, yes.” At the time I was 14 years old and had just started high school. My estrogen was high, my energy was high and I could identify with…

Memorial Day… An Office Update

Happy Memorial Day! Thank you for taking a break from the barbecue to catch up with me! I’m actually spending the day scrapbooking. Before I get into today’s topic, I have a 90s R & B/Hip Hop playlist to die for: http://open.spotify.com/user/1239525257/playlist/2kDHMBYeuyFgUpN9MRKvdb. My playlist includes “Don’t Walk Away” by Jade, “Hey Lover” by LL Cool J,…

Modesty is Beautiful

I had the opportunity to see Imaan Ali at a fashion show recently and fell in love with her style. She’s a beautiful Muslim woman who started Hijablog in 2008. So many times, women think that they have to show a lot of skin to be attractive and appealing and Imaan reminds us that we…

Beautiful Flowers for the Season

Last summer I delved into gardening a little bit. I created a beautiful end of summer/fall collection: https://donnienicole.com/2012/08/18/making-an-entrance-more-yard-projects/. At the beginning of the summer I started with two little containers on the porch https://donnienicole.com/2012/06/27/trying-to-make-things-grow/. Last summer was our first year in the house and I didn’t want to do too much so I kept it pretty simple….

Shady Plants…

Now that I’ve planted my tulips and hyacinths that one of my coworkers gave me: I’m ready to start focusing on the walkway: Last summer, the plants that I had were not shade resistant. I also waited until the Fall to do anything about the area. The two containers were a nice late summer touch….

How to Pack for a Scrapbooking Crop

Every two weeks I go to a Scrapbooking “Crop,” which is basically a scrapbooking party. Everyone brings their own materials and we create page after page for hours. Most local scrapbooking stores have crops, as do the national retailers like Michaels and my personal favorite Archivers. It took a while to figure out but I…