29 Facts About Me

It’s my party I can cry if I want to, cry if I want to…eeeek yah no crying here!!! Not quite 30 yet ya’ll. Today’s post is not a Fashion & Finance Friday post, but something a bit different in celebration with my birthday. Since my birthday falls on TODAY, I thought I would share 29 facts about me that you may not know. Right now I am headed off to spend some quality time with my momma, my sissy (aka my lil ball of sass), my two best boys and my partner. The plans for tonight are to catch up on long over due conversation, delicious drinks, and some sushi at CowFish, which I have never been to. Yay for new experiences. I hope you all have a wonderful Friday, it’s practically the weekend, and I hope you enjoy getting to know me a little bit more.

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  1. I am an Aries. “Well duh Nikki”, you say, “Your Birthday is on March 24th.” Well what you didn’t know is that my personality really aligns well with an Aries. I am super stubborn. Haha
  2. I moved around a lot growing up and ended up going to about 15 schools from Elementary school to High school.
  3. My favorite colors are blush and gold. Hmm probably couldn’t tell that from my website. ūüėČ
  4. I have an evil orange kitty named Ted, who I have simply nicknamed at this point “fat boy”.
  5. If it has pineapples, or flamingos on it, then I probably want it, or already own it. These are two of my favorite things
  6. I have over 100 pairs of shoes and my clothing takes up 3 closets in the house.
  7. I finally settled into my forever home last year and up till then I moved at least every 18 months, yet always seemed to immediately make my house feel like home.
  8. I am a major coffee addict. My current favorite that my best friend Leah got me into, is Café Bustelo.
  9. If a restaurant doesn’t have cherry coke, I will convince the waiter, bar tender whoever, to make me one.
  10. I like my Chick-fil-A nuggets grilled with plenty of Polynesian sauce for my nuggets and my fries.
  11. I didn’t start college until I was 21 because I had my first son when I was 18 and my second when I was 22.
  12. I completed my Bachelor’s degree on campus and online all while working full time and raising two children as a single parent.
  13. My favorite foods are Sushi, Greek, and Thai.
  14. I taught myself how to do makeup completely from YouTube tutorials.
  15. My undergarments are almost always matching. (haha TMI)
  16. I always sneeze when I go out in the sun. I used to think I was allergic.
  17. When I hear myself talk in a recording, or video I swear I sound like I have a lisp. Am I the only one who thinks I sound completely different when recorded??
  18. Nikki is short for my middle name of Nicole. I never liked the name Brittany (my first name), so in 6th grade when I started a new school I just created my own nickname and it’s been my name ever since.
  19. I need glasses, but I always seem to forget them. I finally got contacts for the first time last year.
  20. My favorite cartoon character growing up was Sailor Moon. Heck, she still is!!
  21. I’m an avid list maker and budgeter, like I do it for fun. Yes I’m weird and proud of it!
  22. I can read a book like it’s going out of style. If I start one, then I don’t want to put it down until I’m finished.
  23. I don’t watch sports much, but my teams are the Orlando Magic for Basketball and Green Bay Packers for Football.
  24. My exercise and sport of choice is playing tennis. I take a lesson every other week with my sister-in-law.
  25. I can’t stand water unless it’s carbonated, or flavored.
  26. My favorite show, or movie is anything with Vampires in it. Were you sad when Vampire Diaries ended?? I was majorly disappointed.
  27. I am OCD and don’t have a lot of patience. This in the sense that I always want things to be clean and organized and I seem to always be singing, “If you want it done right, do it yourself,” to myself.
  28. I got accepted to three different fashion design schools, but I was too scared to take the leap and ended up going with the more practical path of accounting.
  29. I pick up new skills¬†very quickly and always do my research to learn as much as I can.¬†So far I have learned sewing, dancing, blogging, photography, web design, jewelry making, song writing, and I¬†will never stop attempting to learn. If¬†I want to do something,¬†I do it and that’s the end of the discussion.

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*Photography by Gil Sturgis with CFM Magazine & Bodyscape Photography. The Fashionable Accountant was featured in the March Issue of CFM Magazine.

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I hope you enjoyed getting to know a bit about me and leave me a comment below with an interesting fact about yourself!!



29 Facts About Me


Olive Dress St. Patrick's Day

Whenever I think¬†about St. Patrick’s Day, my mind wanders to¬†corned beef and cabbage, leprechauns, and everything in a shamrock green color. However, I realized this year that I really don’t have much in green except for Olive green. I definitely wasn’t in the mood to be pinched, so I put together this casual Friday, St. Patrick’s Day appropriate look. I paired two shades of olive green with some wedges for spring and some gold accessories for that pot of gold you would hope to find at the end of the rainbow.

I felt super chic when I put this outfit all together and can you believe absolutely none of these items are considered “high-end”?!? My dress is old from Charlotte Russe and the jacket is from Forever 21. The earrings came in a set from Francesca’s and the necklace I got on clearance at Express. The Tommy Hilfiger purse I picked up at Ross for less than $20, the wedges are from DSW and I paid less than $30. The sunglasses are the only item I paid full price for and this brand by A.J. Morgan at Nordstrom goes for about $24 a pair.

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Are you dreaming about your pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? I know that money doesn’t buy happiness, but it does give you a nice security blanket. It would be really nice to not always be stressing over money right? Buy that house you have wanted, send your kids to college, and save for a comfortable retirement. You can’t rely on luck to accomplish these things though. You need to create a plan instead.

Set Goals

You can’t wander around in the dark aimlessly and hope to get somewhere. The first step is create goals for your finances that you can work towards. This will help you realistically plan for where you want to see your savings and investments in 5 years. Then you will also have something to measure against and keep track of how you are doing.

Track Your Spending & Develop a Budget

If you know where your money is going then it is easier to create a budget to help you spend that money. Keep your receipts and divy them up by category at the end of the month. This is a great way to track your actual spending habits. From these spending habits you can create your monthly budget and move on to step 3!

Look Where You Can Save

Once you know where you are spending, then you can look for ways to cut back and save. Do you really need Starbucks every morning? Perhaps you can give yourself a set grocery budget to stick to. Little items can really add up, so try cutting out a few small things first.

Get Financial Advice

This may a hard one for you. Perhaps you don’t want to bring another person in on your finances, but it can really help have someone else take a look at your financial picture. You don’t need to go out and pay a ton of money for a financial planner, but look for people that may give you a free consultation, or a family member that is willing to help.

Doing all of these things may not help you find the leprechaun’s pot of gold, but it sure can help you create your own.



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Orlando is known as one of the top travel destinations with many theme parks that tourists come from all over the world to visit. Orlando has been nicknamed, “The City Beautiful”, which is only fitting since every year it hosts the first Makeup Show of the year, where some of the most amazing hairstylists, makeup, FX and body artists in the world attend. This is a must go to event for anyone within the beauty, or fashion industry.
My cousin, who is part of the Paul Mitchell school, was super sweet and decided to take me to The Makeup Show for my Birthday!! Then this week, I was lucky enough to interview The Makeup Show owner, Shelly Taggar, and get some questions answered for anyone looking to attend the show, or for any beauty students & professionals.
Shelly Taggar
“Shelly Taggar, co-founded The Makeup Show, and created a place for beauty industry insiders to learn, network and explore beauty brands and categories. In 10 years she took The Makeup Show, along with her team to 6 cities around the globe and continues to grow the brand around the world. Shelly graduated from The School of Visual Art with a B.A. in fine art, and graphic design.” – Makeup Show
‚ÄúEducation is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire‚ÄĚ ‚Äď William Butler Yeats
The Makeup Show Orlando
1. How did you decide to start the makeup show?
12 years ago I was doing research and realized there were only hair shows, but no makeup shows. The only places for makeup brands were in large hair shows and those were normally only the largest brands which seem to get lost in the show. There are more than 5000 beauty brands, so we started a small boutique show the first year and it was a huge success. Since then we kept expanding and are now in 5 different cities every year.
2. What makes this show unique from other makeup shows?
We very much structure this as a boutique event, and pick and choose brands. Not any brand can be a part of the show, but make sure a good selection from each category will be available and look at what brands artists want to stock in their kits. We focus on education and special events surrounding the show. Plus when you are networking with brands at the show you are speaking with the head executives and can make great relationships.
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3. What are the benefits of going to the show and what can people expect to learn while there?
You can expect to learn about all the new trends from the brands, any new product launches, and have the opportunity to participate in many different classes based on different artistic fields.
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6. How do you choose the instructors for the classes and what makes one class worth more than another?
All classes are taught by our Makeup Show artists, or taught by the brand themselves if they choose to do a workshop. The pricing varies for the classes because of the class length and what you will get out of it. For example there are two types of hands on classes. One is all day long which is $300, one is 3-4 hours and is $175, and then there is more of a non hands on educational workshop which is only $20. However, we have a lot of free floor seminars and keynote forums.
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4. Do you have any suggestions on continuing education for students who already completed their basic schooling and are licensed?
Don’t trust just looking online to continue your education. Make sure you are taking classes from trusted professionals which would be through The Makeup Show, or other trade shows.¬†Within our show¬†there¬†are always education opportunities, and take a class based on where you want to work because this will advance you in your field. The more classes you attend the more you will learn and you really need to take yearly classes to keep up with all the trends and techniques.
5. What would your number one piece of advice be to cosmetology students, or new graduates?
Network its all about meeting people. Go to everything you can because you never know who you will meet and what kind of connections you will make, which will help you advance your career.
5. What are the three most used items in your makeup bag?
I don’t really wear much makeup, but one product I use all the time is Embryolisse Lait-Cr√®me¬†which is a face cream.¬†My brushes are from¬†Crown Brush, and I use a little bit of lip product from either Smashbox Cosmetics, or MAKE UP FOR EVER.
  • Shelly says wear comfortable shoes! The floor is carpeted, but it’s a large event and if you want to see everything, then you will be doing plenty of walking.
  • Plan your day according to the schedule listed online. There are a lot of seminars and workshops going on at the same time, so you will need to pick and choose what you want to see more. You will be given a floor layout when you arrive at the show. Plus, if you commit to a seminar you need to not leave it early to go off to something else. Sit through the entire speaker because its very rude to walk out on someone.
  • Bring your business cards and some cash. All vendors will take both cash and charge, however the lines are going to be so busy and if you want to buy from many different vendors, then having cash will get you through the lines faster. Also, the business cards go back to what Shelly said in the interview about networking. You never know who you will meet and the event is so faced paced…you don’t want to be trying to write down your contact info for someone.

I hope to see you at The Makeup Show!! I will be attending the show on Sunday, March 19th.


Disclaimer: The Makeup Show Orlando is only open to professionals working or studying in the beauty, or fashion industries. Along with your ticket confirmation you will need to show professional credentials at the door. Credentials can be: a business card, comp card, call sheet, tear sheet, student ID, enrollment papers to a beauty school, professional license, work ID or pay stub from a beauty related business.

*All photos are from The Makeup Show.

Nikki Arnold