I’m Nicole, and this blog is a place for me to focus on some of my favorite things: playing dress-up, healthy living, and lots of little things in between.


I say “playing dress-up” and not “fashion” because I honestly don’t know the first thing about fashion. I wore cargo pants until the 8th grade. In high school, I would wear Abercrombie sweatpants, matching Uggs and a spaghetti-strap tank top—Every. Single. Day. In college…well, sometimes I dressed like a streetwalker. There’s just really no delicate way to put it.

Would you take fashion advice from me? I wouldn’t.

In fact, my only experience with the fashion industry was during childhood. I grew up on Martha’s Vineyard where, thanks to my Mom’s weekly photography class down the street, I had a thriving and lucrative modeling career at age eight.

Unfortunately, the harsh side of the business soon got the best of me, and after ruining my relationship with the photographer by crying during several shoots, I decided to pursue a career elsewhere. And by “a career” I mean “playing with American Girl dolls.”

All jokes aside, I absolutely love unique wardrobe items, experimenting with different outfits and, above all else, costumes. Am I the next Rachel Zoe? No. Will I dominate any and every theme party and Halloween costume contest I partake in? Hells to the yes.

While I may not have learned to model as a child, I did develop some surrrious (that’s the more serious form of “serious”) bargain-hunting skills. Each Christmas I would spend days and days composing lengthy wish lists. Santa, as promised, would check them twice. Then laugh in my face.

So what does one do when it’s absolutely, completely, totally, utterly necessary to own 14 Tamagatchi pets on a 1-Tamagatchi-pet budget? I may not have had the answer then, but I have since gone pro in the sport of ballin’ on a budget. And I love sharing my tips for expanding a wardrobe without expanding credit card debt.


Health and fitness are such an integral part of my life that there’s no way a blog of mine would be complete without them. And besides, what fun is playing dress-up if you can’t fit in the outfits?

I still vividly remember that horrifying moment freshman year of college when it really sank in that I’d gained the dreaded freshman 15 (which was more like a freshman 20). Waaaait, I can’t binge drink five nights a week, eat an entire pizza at 3AM and gorge on greasy hangover food without gaining weight?! Such bullshit. But it’s reality.

While I now absolutely love staying fit and eating nutritious, healthy foods, I also still love beer. A lot. And in my book, this is totally fine. Happiness is an integral (and vital) part of health. So I, quite frequently, have my proverbial cake and eat it too—which, in this case, means having a six-pack (pfff, I wish) and drinking one, too.

I love mixing up my workouts and trying new things, but running and interval training are definitely my staples. And I’ve started to create my own workouts in this fashion, which I’ll share here. Some of them are brutally awesome; others…well, others suck. But I promise to only share the good ones to create some sort of illusion that I know what I’m talking about. That being said, I’m not a professional. Not even close. Not even on Opposite Day. Try the workouts I post at your own risk.

Thanks for visiting my blog, and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it!


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  1. Hey Nicole,
    Good to meat you. Saw your medicine ball workout blog on Freshly Pressed and it caught my eye. Look forward to following your blogs! Cheers!

  2. Beer isn’t good…Its Great! Tony the Tiger great. Ya just have to watch those pesky calories, beer can be a meal in a glass, if you know what I mean. I really like your blog, I have been a fitness/yoga instructor for years and love the medicine ball and kettle bells. You could consider ordering them from a distributor, the one that I use is PowerSystems ( http://www.power-systems.com/ ), there are other sites as well that sometime waiver the shipping. Its a wonderful blog and congrats on FP!

  3. I have a thing for titles and the title of your blog is fabulous. I’m just sayn’…

  4. leimangubat says:

    Saw this on Freshly Pressed and just want to say: working out and beer? My 2 favorite things!

  5. Hi Nicole 🙂
    also saw you on freshly pressed and i was interested. I’m always trying to find exercises and routines on the internet-yours are perfect for me! Keep blogging!

  6. Recently found your blog and I am already hooked! Plus, I love that you’re from MV – I go there every summer and my cousins grew up there. Best place on earth.

    • It makes me so happy to hear others say they share my same love for the Vineyard–it’s such a special place! And the year-round population is so small that depending on how old your cousins are, I bet I know them 🙂

  7. I just found your blog through Face Book, and love the workouts your posting. What really got my attention was the medicine ball work out, it looks like something I’d enjoy doing.

    One thing I NEED to know…how the hell do you still have your beers? That is killing me!

    • Thanks, Henry! I’m so happy to hear you’re liking the workouts. And when it comes to beer, I stick to this rule: Everything in moderation, including moderation. I only drink a couple times a week and never enough to feel sluggish the next day. But if I happen to have a few too many on an occasional Saturday night and am too tired to workout the next day, it’s not the end of the world 🙂

  8. I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award as well as the Sunshine award, simply because you’re pretty gosh darn amazing. I love your blog and always enjoy reading it!


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