THE FEARLESS AWARD – OUTDREAM YOURSELF

THE FEARLESS AWARD - OUTDREAM YOURSELF

The Fearless Award is an award for #BOSSBABES who empower other women to do what they love! Style Collective is a platform for female influencers to connect, grow, and learn how to be successful bloggers and entrepreneurs. The Fearless Award is a way to empower and connect with other bloggers/Instagrammers that you want to get to know, affirm a girl boss you’ve always looked up to, share the love around your network, or encourage a new blogger/Instagrammer on her path!

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I was nominated for the Fearless Award thanks to the amazing founder of Style Collective, Annie Spano, and my co regional leader Kimberly from Brunch & Gloss! Therefore, I wanted to nominate some other lovely ladies as well and share the love.

Fearless Award Questions:

Who are you?!

My name is Nikki Arnold and I founded the fashion, finance, and lifestyle blog The Fashionable Accountant as my creative outlet. I am an accountant by trade and a fashion designer/stylist at heart. I love putting together a great outfit as much as I enjoy devouring the latest romance novel. I am a mom of two boys and yet a complete girly girl so you will always find me overdressed because why not right? Xoxo

What is your blog/Instagram all about?

My blog is about sharing fashion and finance tips for the every day woman. I want to create a space that women can come and be inspired, feel motivated, be themselves, and perhaps even crack a smile, or a laugh. I’ve been known to banter, or crack a joke here and there *wink wink*. But on a serious note, I want this blog to be a platform where I can reach other women and connect because that’s what life is about to me, creating and fostering personal connections and inspiring one another.

What do you LOVE about blogging/Instagramming?

I love the opportunities it creates for me to meet new people and try new things. It fosters my creativity and me breaking barriers. I am shy at the beginning, yet I’m a complete extrovert and this allows me feel at home.

What do you not love about blogging/Instagramming?

Being judged. Some people look at bloggers and think all we do is shop and take pictures, but there is so much more than that. Brands judge our growth, friends judge our time management, or “who do we think we are”, other bloggers judge our circle, or what collaborations we get. I wish that it was easier to put yourself out there, but sometimes you just have to have a thick skin…I’m still learning.

What are your goals (big and small!) for your blog/Instagram?

To help other women grow and realize their potential plus making real meaningful friendships. As far as a large goal, I would really like to create an annual conference, or event one day to bring together so many women I have met along the way and to give the people just starting a leg up!

If you could be better at one thing, what would it be?

I would love to work a bit more on my public speaking skills because for some reason when I get in front of a crowd, I feel my face get really hot and I get nervous even if I don’t look it. I love interacting with crowds and being surrounded by people, but the blog is definitely helping me put my strong girl boss foot forward.

Who are your biggest supporters? How/why?

My boyfriend, his family, my best friends, and the amazing friends that I have made through blogging. My boyfriend is my Instagram husband and puts up with so much to be my biggest supporter. He works from home and puts a lot of his time into helping with the kids and things around the house so that I can make it to events, or get a blog post up. I completely cherish everything he does to help me. His family is amazing and so supportive, whether its assisting me with buying tickets to something I’m involved with, reading all of my posts, or liking all my photos haha. My friends are always my listening ear, my confidants, and help me with deciding on the perfect ideas for my blog posts. Finally the women of the blogging community that I feel blessed to also call my friends…they help me when I’m down, and support me when I’m up! Without them I wouldn’t have community, or the motivation to keep moving forward.

What do you wish there was more of in your life?

I am very happy with my life, but the two things that would be a nice bonus would be more time and money lol. It’s true money does not buy you happiness, but it does allow you to travel the world. I do love nice things, but that’s not as important to me as experiencing culture and making memories. One day I would love to be financially independent and making my own hours which would allow me to devote more of myself to the blog and spend more quality time with my family.

I thought this amazing motivational t-shirt from a really sweet blogger, Kahlea Nicole, that I met recently would pair so well with this post! I love the message she put on her shirts to “Outdream Yourself”. We should all strive to do this. Push ourselves to surpass our goals and be the best version of ourselves.

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I am also totally in love with this wrap skirt from SheIn!! It’s less than $20 and can be dressed up, or down. Such a great summer piece.

T-Shirt by Kahlea Nicole | Skirt – SheIn | Heels

Earrings | Sunglasses | Skirt

Fearless Award Secret Facts:

  1. When I was 18 years old I became a mother and when I started college at 21, I had my second son! It definitely wasn’t an easy path, but it made me who I am today.
  2. I have moved around a lot and actually attended over 12 different schools from elementary school to high school. So, I absolutely hate moves and I am so happy that I have settled into my forever home.
  3. I love to dance and used to take ballroom lessons! I even did competition ballroom and won a few competitions for beginners which felt pretty cool.
  4. I am a bit OCD. I like everything to be organized and planned out. When things get hectic, or plans change, it stresses me out a bit. I’m a type A personality LOL.
  5. I read a lot of romance novels especially historical fiction ones. Whenever I am having a bad day, they are my escape. However, I don’t really like to read a book twice.

*Drum Roll* Now for the nominations (I would nominate everyone, but I’m supposed to nominate 5 and I want to pick a few different ladies than the ones nominated by my nominator).

  1. Laila’s Little Finds – This beautiful lady has become one of my closest friends since I met her through blogging. Not only can I call her about blog related issues, but if I’m feeling down, I know I can call her to lift my spirits. She is now offering mentoring sessions for bloggers just starting out and she will give some great advice!!
  2. Fashion Eighty Nine – The beautiful Natalie inspires myself and those around her. She is not only a mother, but a christian woman who puts others before herself. I met her at the Makeup Show this year and immediately felt a pull and connection because she has such a warm personality.
  3. My Vogue Lookbook – Maria is like the big sister I never had. She has the warmest heart and is also a mom of boys like myself. She is a christian counselor and is a great person if anyone needs someone to talk to. Her blog is currently in the works, so stay tuned!
  4. Mrs. Stephanie Hill – This fellow SC sister and Parkie mom (our kids go to the same school woot woot) is a total girl boss!! She is currently working on a fashion app called Waitsy and I can’t wait till she launches it and fulfills one of her goals and dreams. Unfortunately BlogHer was a bit crazy for me and we haven’t met in person yet, but I’m looking forward to when her and I do get to hang out!
  5. Mikaela J Designs – This babe is not only a mom and blogger, but also a creator! She runs a fabulous etsy shop where you can purchase custom wine glasses and coffee mugs. In fact she is making all the SC wine glasses for our pool party coming up! She is a rock star!!

So what happens next?

Here’s what you do next:

Compose the post on your blog (or Instagram? If you have time) and THANK the person who nominated you! Be sure to link to their blog/Instagram!

Answer the Fearless Award questions (the questions that I answered above). List out 5 secret facts about yourself/blog/brand. Have fun with this!

Post on your blog/Instagram! If on blog: Include the Fearless Award graphic (available here & here). If on Instagram: use the hashtag #BecomingFearless and tag @stylecollective_

Nominate at least 5 #bossbabes who you think align with the Style Collective mantra of women championing women! List them and link to their blogs/Instagram. Include a sentence or two on why you love their blog/Instagram!

Inform the nominees that you’ve elected them for the Fearless Award! They should post their answers and award rules on their blog/Instagram.

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SATURDAY SIX – JUNE RECAP

SATURDAY SIX - JUNE RECAP

 

Happy Saturday Fashionistas! It’s been a while since I’ve done a Saturday Six recap and I wanted to share a bit of what I have been loving from June and a fun recent experience I had. So here are six of my current favorites.

Fynd Fashion Boutique

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Floral Two Piece Shorts Set, Druzy Bracelets, and Statement Earrings.
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Fuchsia Crop Top and Tassel Pom-Pom Earrings.
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Adelyn Rae Prescilla Slip Dress, Druzy Bracelet, and Statement Earrings.

I recently found this adorable boutique right in my own backyard called Fynd Fashion. They carry an array of trendy items such a jewelry, clutches, clothing, and swimwear. Here are a couple of my favorite pieces from them currently and if you shop in store, or online using the code NIKKI then you will get 15% off all your purchases. They even carry a couple of the same brands that you can get at Nordstrom which I love because there isn’t a Nordstrom in Orlando anymore.

Fringe Heels

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I am so in love with bright red for summer and these fringe heels are so on trend. They are so comfortable because they have a low block heel. Plus they lace up, so you can tie them around the ankle, or criss-cross them up your legs. Mine are by Aquazzura, but I have linked a dupe pair by Sole Society that are under $70!!!

3D Mink Lashes

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I don’t know about you, but I love long, full eyelashes. Here is a photo of me wearing my favorite pair of 3D Mink Lashes from their thinline design which are called Vegas. I also love the ones called New York because one its my favorite place, and two they are so wispy. I can wear these with any of my outfits and can be re-worn multiple times if you take care of them. These are my go to lashes for my OOTD. Stay tuned for an eyelash tutorial coming soon to my YouTube!

Universal Orlando

One thing I really enjoy is being a tourist in my own city. There are so many great places in Orlando that I don’t really discover because Orlando is so spread out. I had a great opportunity to attend the very first #UOInstaMeet at Universal’s Volcano Bay thanks to Instagrammers Orlando. They also put me and a group of bloggers up for an evening at the Loews Sapphire Falls hotel and everything was fabulous.

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The hotel is immaculate and quite reasonably priced for such a luxurious hotel. At less that $200 a night and giving you access to all the parks an hour before they open to the public, it’s a fabulous deal. The decor was beautiful and the pool seemed like a water park itself. I can’t wait to go back and spend a weekend there (on my own dime) in August and then I will give you an entire recap of the hotel and all the tips and tricks to visiting Volcano Bay.

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* Photography by Gil Sturgis of Bodyscape Photography

Volcano Bay was like a tropical paradise. The employees toured us around the park so that we could capture photos from all different angles. I could definitely get used to lounging and watching the waves at the wave pool. I can’t wait to take my kids back there because I know it’ll be a way to entertain them and have tons of fun myself too. Check out the post on Universal Orlando’s blog and see all the different photos people took during the meet.

Turkish Soap Operas

I really enjoy foreign films because I feel like I not only pick up a bit of another language, but I also combine watching TV and reading. Turkish soap operas are great for us binge watchers because there are so many episodes. My current two favorites are 1001 Nights (Binbir Gece) and Magnificent Century (Muhteşem Yüzyıl). I now know how to say Yes, No, Please, Mom, and Dad in Turkish hahahaha they really do say please ALOT.

Zinfandel Wine

I have always been a sweet white wine drinker, or even a white Zinfandel connoisseur. However, I recently tried an amazing red Zinfandel called The Federalist and now it’s my favorite red. This wine was actually created to salute our first president of the United States, G.W. This Zinfandel has aromas of plums, cherries, and cinnamon spice with a long smooth finish.

What are you currently loving? Leave me a comment below?

*Disclosure: This post is in collaboration with Fynd Fashion, 3D Mink Lashes, and Universal Orlando, but all opinions are my own. 

7 TIPS FOR LOOKING YOUR BEST IN PHOTOS

7 TIPS FOR LOOKING YOUR BEST IN PHOTOS

 

**Disclosure: This shop/post has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company, all opinions are mine alone. #ColorMeHydrated #CollectiveBias

Summer’s in full bloom!  This is the time of year that the sun shines brighter for much longer in the day, which makes it the perfect season for bright vivid photos!

7 TIPS FOR LOOKING YOUR BEST IN PHOTOS

A question that my girlfriends constantly ask, is how I always look great in all my photos.  Haha, if only they saw all the ones that I toss!! I wish that there was one secret tip that instantly made all of us look like a Victoria’s Secret model, but totally not realistic right? *Looks to the side* Or is there?? Haha just kidding.  I have taken thousands of photos since I started The Fashionable Accountant and I have learned a few tips and tricks overtime about how I look my best in 99% of them.  So lets dive right in and don’t forget to take some notes in case these are some new pointers for you!!

7 TIPS FOR LOOKING YOUR BEST IN PHOTOS

  1. Make sure you have done a Makeup trial run.  Most people think this only applies on your wedding day, but to be honest this is a tip for any important photo shoot.  If you are a makeup artist, or beauty blogger then I can understand playing into the trends, but if you are not then stick to simple looks that showcase you.  You want to look like the best version of yourself and focus on the best features to highlight.  Make sure to go with the color palette that you know works best for your skin and hair, that way if you look at this photo 10 years from now, you aren’t doing that 80’s cringe what was I thinking face!
  2. Stay Hydrated.  Make sure you are staying away from sodium and sugar filled foods the night before your photo shoot because they will only make you feel tired and puffy! Also, make sure you are staying hydrated, so that you look refreshed in your photos, and because this summer heat is brutal! Hydration is super important for maintaining active and healthy lifestyles. vitaminwater zero has been my go to summer drink because I’m not a big water drinker. This is not only sugar free, but its also great tasting and provides hard-working hydration, vitamins and electrolytes for the 24/7 hustle. There are so many flavors including Rise and Squeezed which are my favorites. 7 TIPS FOR LOOKING YOUR BEST IN PHOTOS
  3. Show your swan neck.  Girl this trick is your BFF.  When you put those shoulders back, turn your head slightly to the side and stick out your chin, your neck looks slender, longer, and you wont have any double chin sneaking in there. 7 TIPS FOR LOOKING YOUR BEST IN PHOTOS
  4. Never point your toes out, always point in.  If your posing while standing by pointing your toes inwards and sticking your butt back a bit will give you that coveted thigh gap pose you see on so many bloggers. We do actually eat, we don’t have stick legs haha. Also, twisting your torso a bit to the side gives the appearance of a smaller waist, or if you are like myself and have more of a boyish figure, just a waist. 7 TIPS FOR LOOKING YOUR BEST IN PHOTOS
  5. No chicken wings.  So many of us are guilty of the standard hands on the hips pose, and it’s just as cliché as the duck face is now.  Let me guess…you feel awkward and don’t know how to pose, or where to place your hands.  Act natural and move around just like you do normally. Perhaps, place a hand in your pocket, or just let your arms hang naturally at your sides and smile. Holding something in your hand is a great way to force your hands and arms to be natural, see how holding my vitaminwater helps to give my hands something to do? 7 TIPS FOR LOOKING YOUR BEST IN PHOTOS
  6. Smizing.  I want to say this is a Tyra Banks term, which means allowing the smile to meet your eyes. You want to smile big enough that it doesn’t look fake, but not too big that your whole face scrunches up. Show emotion and happiness more in your eyes and your whole face will be smiling. Have your photographer say funny things to make you actually laugh and smile. FLAMINGO ROMPER BLOGHER17
  7. Golden Hour. My best friend is magic hour/golden hour.  The lighting at this time of day is perfect because the sun is low in the sky and casts an even lighting across the land (I sound like a fairy tale narrator). It’s simply magical and you can get photos that just look glowing and beautiful. Plus it’s cooler and you are hunting for the shade. Pretty much all of my favorite photos have been shot during golden hour.

P.S. If you are a color coordinator like myself, then the great thing about vitaminwater, is that it comes in every color of the rainbow and you can always find one to match your outfit!! I was feeling creative and purchased vitaminwater zero in Power-C Dragonfruit since I had pops of red in my outfit!

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I like magical walks down the Target (Tar-gey) aisles, which is why I headed there to purchase my vitaminwater and snapped a Shelf-Selfie cause I’m cool like that haha.

7 TIPS FOR LOOKING YOUR BEST IN PHOTOS

You too should take a Shelf-Selfie at Target to get 15% off your vitaminwater purchase with a hidden Cartwheel offer.

  1. Visit your local Target
  2. Take Shelf-Selfie (Selfie in front on the vitaminwater shelf)
  3. Text your image to 89000 to receive the hidden Cartwheel offer link for 15% off a 20oz vitaminwater.
  4. Check out these other tips and tricks for how you can stay hydrated with vitaminwater.

Do you have any tricks for what helps you look your best in photos? Leave me a comment below, I would love to know!!

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