Thursday, January 16, 2014

Of Wine And Women

I have no excuse.  Zero excuses.  I haven't updated in a year?!?!?!?!  Whaaaaat?!  I'm so sorry.  I haven't abandoned you.  Blame it on a motivation block?  Blame it on life being too damn awesome?!  I haven't had any time!  I'm so so sorry!  But I'm here now.  That counts right?

Fast update:

My job rocks.  I love every minute of it.  I love the people and the students and the subject matter.  I love the freedom and the arts mixed with the academics.  Both sides of my brain are engaged and satisfied.

My relationship is also great!  Happy one + years, my love!  Now I promised that story, so be prepared for a big ol' dose of sappy come Valentine's Day!!!!!!!!!!!!  Did you know, by the way, that that is my holiday?  Well, it is.  So you better wear red, my favorite color!

Feeling compelled to go back to school and finish up this masters.  Also feeling compelled to join a music ensemble of some kind and create more drawings and paintings.  I stocked up on some new art books this holiday season to get me in the mood.  :-)

In other news, I started a book club!!!  I know it sounds old fashion and potentially even boring, but with my friends it could never be boring. I'll let you know how it goes

Ciao for now!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Gloom

Hey guys! Rainy day today. On days like this a whole lot of nothing happens...maybe it's a movie night? I might have something fun posted later so check back! :-) running errands right now, so this is a post on the go! Hahaha

Laterz!

xoxo Nikki


Monday, July 15, 2013

Fitness Post: Tone It Up, Girls!

Happy Monday everyone!

For those of you who know me or have been following Nikki's Scrapbook, you know that I love food.  Did you know that I also love fitness???  I admit, it's been a while since I hit the gym.  You know how it is, life happens, you get busy with "stuff", and before you know it you're ** pounds heavier!  How the heck did that happen?!  Long gone were my days of pilates, running club, spinning class, and core ball workouts.  After my big food blowout on my birthday, I decided it was time to get serious about losing weight, shaping up, and changing my eating habits.  New job, new relationship, new apartment, why not new recipes, a new body, and a new healthy lifestyle?  Now I just needed some inspiration... The picture on my fridge of the model with my dream body (her face covered by a magnet of course) and my food mantra of "Lean, clean, and green.  Less is more.  Think BIKINI." was a start, but I needed more inspiration and some structure since my will power was lingering around, oh on a scale of one to ten, a ZERO.

That's when I discovered Karena and Katrina of ToneItUp.com!  This site is an incredible source of motivation and inspiration!  The workouts are both fun and challenging, the recipes taste great, the gear is cool, and the community is inspiring.  All this while maintaining a cool, laid-back, surfer-girl vibe.  Gnarly.  Definitely a new era of fitness.  Not your mother's dull studio workout VHS.  K & K post a weekly workout schedule every Sunday, and continuously post new workout videos and printables, recipes, and motivational stories throughout the week.  I haven't tried the nutrition plan yet, but I'm working up to it.  I've lost about half my extra weight so far, so I figured I would hold myself accountable here on the blog.  Anyone else have a fitness goal that you are striving towards, or have already accomplished?  Additional inspiration is always welcome!


Karena (left) and Katrina (right)


Bootycall Workouts: Workouts that you sneak in first thing in the morning!  Awesome way to start your day.  And will they get me a booty like this?  Sign me up.




(all images from toneitup.com)

And you don't have to run it alone!  Last night my love and I ran for about an hour then I completed a booty workout.  (Check out this booty workout playlist from ToneItUp.com!  I especially like the Malibooty Workout.)  I think we have established a new nightly routine: sweat-inducing, muscle-building workout and a protein fruit smoothie!  Yum!  And a few weeks ago we completed the longest bike ride of my life (um...30 MILES?!?!).  Currently, my favorite smoothie is simple and delish!  Try blending bananas, nectarines, vanilla whey protein powder, coconut/almond milk. and ice cubes in a blender until frothy and enjoy!  I want to try this recipe for a guilt-free milkshake from Beach Babe Fitness.  A milkshake replacement?  I'll be the judge of that.



Wednesday, May 15, 2013

I'm Back!

Hello everyone!

Thank you readers for checking back with me!  I'm sorry I have been so bad with posting.  It's been a long long time!  So much has happened since then!  My life has changed, some changes for the good, and others hopefully for the best in the long run.  Either way, I feel optimistic.  :-)  Like I always say, life can take funny turns, but everything happens for a reason, to teach us something, to provide us with some experiences to learn from. 

In terms of professional changes, I have reached a turning point.  As my birthday quickly approaches, this gemini can no longer ignore her need for creativity in life.  I have been dreadfully neglecting my artistic side lately and have made some major decisions.  I have decided to strongly pursue a career in illustration or design.  (Hooray!)  I have focused so long on my academic side that my artistic side is screaming to be freed!  So if anyone is interested in commissioning work or collaborating, or knows someone who knows someone looking to hire an illustrator or designer, send them my way!  I will also be posting some new original hand-painted notecards and prints in my shop, so check it out soon!

As for other creative ventures, I have a fun surprise!  Some of you may know this already, but for those of you who don't, I am in the middle of forming a new business!  My business partner, Camille, and I are excited to be providing makeup artist services for events, parties, weddings, etc.!  I will also be selling Motives makeup if anyone is interested in purchasing!  I recently acquired a bottle of custom-blend foundation and it is a miracle in a bottle!  It goes on smooth and light, covers well (I even use it as a concealer!), and stays put ALL DAY.  What other makeup can do that?!  And best of all, for those of you who are on a budget like me, it is completely AFFORDABLE!  It is comparable to top designer brand foundations, only better because it is affordable and made for me!  And I'm not just talking color.  Not only is the color a perfect match, but I was able to add in primer, sunscreen, and a mattifier for my oily skin!  You can customize the formula to fit your skin's unique makeup!  So if you are interested in ordering some Motives makeup and seeing for yourself the magic of this makeup, let me know! 

As for personal changes, well much has happened.  It's really a romantic story...  I'll save it for a future post since it deserves its own spotlight on my blog!  :-)

By the way, Nikki's Scrapbook will be moving to Word Press soon!  Don't worry, I'll let you know when the switch happens!

Spring is in the air, time for changes everywhere! 

Ciao for now!

Nikki

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Hello Fall!


Hello everyone!  Happy fall!

Things have been very busy these last few months, so forgive my lack of posts!  I hope you are all doing well and staying dry and warm.  Summer is gone and fall is here in full swing.  Halloween arrived, along with Hurricane Sandy, so if you were affected by Sandy like we were, I hope you and your loved ones are safe and sound in the calm after the storm... and after the nor'easter that followed Sandy and left us with a few inches of snow!!!

After being stuck without power for about a week or so, living off of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, crackers, and dry cereal, I found myself craving something warm and gooey and sweet...  Hmmmm.  The solution?  Crescent rolls of course!

The secret ingredients to make the most delicious desserts?!  Why decadent chocolate of course!  And ooey gooey delicious apples with cinnamon and sugar!  I decided to make a batch of crescent rolls filled with chocolate hazelnut spread, and in honor of fall, a second batch filled with apples that I first cooked on the stovetop with cinnamon and sugar.  After filling the dough and creating a sort of dumpling shape, I coated the crescent rolls in sugar and baked them.   The result?  Pure perfection served with a tall glass of milk.









Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Red Cadillac

This past Friday night I was at a place called The Red Cadillac It is a cool restaurant/bar/lounge that serves tacos and tequila! The music was wonderful, as always, and I got to nosh on crunchy tortilla chips and salsa, and drink BLUE sangria while relaxing on one of the comfy leather couches!!! (Can you imagine that? BLUE! Groovy.) The Red Cadillac had a hip atmosphere with a red color scheme and an actual red Cadillac car outside the front door. I would definitely go back, and I recommend you try it out for yourself the next time you and your friends have a hankering for tacos and tequila! Here are some snippets from my Instagram. Follow me on Instagram at @nkb117 !

Saturday, July 28, 2012

I'm A REBEL!



My latest and greatest investment to date:  Canon EOS Rebel T3i camera!

It is an amazing camera!  Of course, the minute I go in to buy the T3i, the T4i comes out with an attractive touchscreen and new autofocusing capabilities for improvement in shooting videos... But for a significant price difference...  Not worth it for my current purposes.

I am absolutely thrilled to have upgraded FINALLY.  Don't get me wrong, my little Canon Powershot is amazing and has gone above and beyond for me through the years.  My Powershot and I have many many fond memories together through my college years and beyond.  However, now that my photography has slowly dipped a toe outside of the "hobby" category, and I am officially offering some photographic services to various clients (photographing parties/events, headshots, sale items, fine art, etc. if anyone is interested!) I figured this was a worthwhile investment... And someday when I make my millions it will have paid itself off, tenfold.  Until then, it remains a somewhat pricey yet worthwhile investment which will have its great debut this weekend at Big Convention's annual PA gig!  :)

Pictures to follow in the next few days, so stay tuned!  (Perhaps even a video?!)