GREECE

OPA!!

Back in college I studied abroad in Madrid and during that 6 month period I had the opportunity to visit England, France, Germany, Italy, and Portugal.  That was my first time in Europe, and as cliche as it sounds, I got bit by the traveling bug.  I guess it runs in my family as well, considering my dads a pilot.  Ever year I try and do an international trip so I can mark off more on the map.  Greece was always my number one destination to visit and I am still in awe I was able to experience it the way I did.  I went with two best friends of mine and we had the trip of a lifetime.  

Greece is without a doubt my favorite country in Europe now.  There is so much to love about Greece.  It is beyond beautiful, the food is delicious, the people are friendly, and the activities are endless.  You can really get whatever you want out of you trip, whether that involves laying out on the beach or staying up till sunrise and partying your face off.   As for our trip, we definitely did both.  Each island offers something, which is why I love it so much.  

We only had time to see 3 different islands in Greece.  Our route consisted of Athens, Santorini, Paros and Mykonos.  As for my favorite?? O man it's really hard to say, they are all so unique and amazing in their own way.  But like most tourists, I'd probably say Santorini for its beauty (there is really nothing in the world like it) and Mykonos because this place is magic and I'll explain more on that below.   

 

SANTORINI

We only had a day here, so we made the most out of it!  We flew from Athens to Santorini and stayed at a cute boutique hotel called Agnandi Villas in Oia, Santorini.  You want to stay in Oia because it is where the iconic white and blue domed buildings are on the hills over looking the Mediterranean sea.  We rented quads as soon as we checked in and had them for a 24 hour time period.  I totally recommend this because Santorini is very hilly and spread out so it makes transportation a lot easier.  We didn't have time to explore the beaches in Santorini, but I've heard they're defiantly worth visiting.  Downtown Oia is where all the iconic views are.  Perfect spot for taking photos, grabbing a bite, and shopping.  Very touristy and busy though, so going early in the morning is ideal.  Also side note, Santorini is known for their sunsets, so make a reservation at a roof top restaurant or bar a head of time so you can get a good spot for the sunset.    

PAROS

After Santorini we took the ferry to Paros.  We only had one day here too.  We stayed in another cute boutique hotel called Kanale's rooms and suites which was walking distance from Naoussa village.  Naoussa is a beautiful quant little fishing port.  For being so small it is full of life.  Here you can find the iconic hanging octopus on the fishing boats and have it served fresh to you for lunch or dinner.  Naoussa has great a downtown area which really comes to life at night.  We met some awesome locals in Paros and really loved this island too. 

 

MYKONOS

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PURE PURE MAGIC!!  Why?!  because its simply PARADISE.  Like most places in Greece, Mykonos' hills are covered with blue shuttered white buildings and the beaches are scattered with yachts on yachts.  Mykonos just has this vibe about it that gets your mood going.  You don't even care about sleeping because you don't want the day to end.  Therefore, staying up till 7am every night becomes the norm.  Just like most places in Europe you have a late dinner and stay out till sunrise.  Mykonos also has an amazing downtown area called Little Venice, full of great shopping, restaurants, and bars.  

Places I recommend in Little Venice:

FOOD: want a bomb gyro, like mouth watering the best gyro ever? go to Souvlaki Story

NIGHTLIFE: want good music and to dance? go to Skandinavian Bar and Bonbonniere

SHOPPING: want amazing customized jewelry? go to The Corner Jewelry Market . The guy who owns this store is a G and Hilarious!! Not to mention this place is open till 4am, who doesn't love drunk shopping?! I'm sure you'll make some good decisions while a few Ouzu shots deep.  

Aside from downtown if you want a day party that goes into the night, without question, go to Nammos and Scorpios.  Nammos is super bougie during the day then turns absolutely cray around dinner time.  I have never experienced anything like this.  Make a reservation and make sure it's on the beach bar side.  Go and have a late lunch or early dinner and then by the end of your meal you'll see the servers quickly clear your table and get it ready for you to dance on it.  This place gets LIT so be prepared to get your hair wet from champagne showers, I promise you a few songs deep you won't even care.  Best partying in my entire life, and I can barely hang these days!

Scorpios is bougie as well but such an amazing vibe.  It's location is breathtaking.  It is located between Kavos and Paraga beach.  It's a revamped beach house turned into outdoor restaurant/bar literally on the sand.  The views from here are stunning and I am not just talking about the location, everyone who works at Scorpios is insanely beautiful.  I don't even know how that hiring process goes haha.  

If you want a night club that has good DJ sets, go to Cavo Paradiso!

As for where to stay, I don't think you can go wrong staying anywhere in Mykonos, however, we stayed in Platis Gialos Beach.  I highly recommend this location because it is located in the center of the two most popular beaches Psarou and Paradise.  You can walk to either and it is a short bus ride into town.  We stayed at Mina Studios here, which is a family run hotel that has 6 studios.  The couple who runs Mina, are absolutely adorable, I wanted them to adopt me!  They serve a complimentary breakfast every am; that is if you even wake up for it... we made one lol.  But anyhow, they are extremely kind and make you feel right at home!  

So in conclusion, you need to get your ass to Greece.  And don't be discouraged if you aren't a huge partier because there is a ton to do and see aside from the partying scene.  But I promise you if you go to Mykonos...something tells me you'll hop off that ferry/plane and be in party mode!  Something in the air there just brings it out of you.  

"She's a Goddess"

"You should've crowned her, cause she's a Goddess, you never got this"

By: Banks 'Goddess'

casual cute in Athens, tennies and shorts are always a good combo when sight seeing. 

casual cute in Athens, tennies and shorts are always a good combo when sight seeing. 

The Mediterranean shores were incredibly beautiful, therefore, it was only appropriate for me to channel my inner Grecian Goddess while traveling the islands.  It gets pretty hot in Greece during the summer so I packed a lot of light weight and flowy material outfits for my trip.  Thankfully Greece has a good breeze so the heat was never unbearable.  

I rocked a lot of maxis and a lot of WHITE in Greece because I wanted to look effortless and causal, while still being pretty.  Plus it made packing easier because it didn't require a lot of pieces or accessorizing.  In Mykonos, I found the best jewelry store!  Good quality and so many options, not to mention the owner will customize anything you want.  Found the perfect dainty necklaces to layer together.  The necklaces are pictured below and you can order online here.  'The Corner Market Store'

shop the necklaces: {hand of fatima, white cross, greece coin not on website but message owner and he can send you size options}

When you do a beach vacation you obviously need coverups.  I heard Mykonos was known for their day parties therefore, I knew I wanted to find unique coverups that could be dressed up but still be worn with sandals.  I found some amazing ones on ASOS.  

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OUT OF THE OFFICE

Current Status: Out of the Office

A lot of BLUE and WHITE inspiration chaneling my style right now.  Can you guess why?!  In just a few days I'll be touching down in one of the most beautiful countries in the world!  I'll give you a hint, this country is notoriously known for their white buildings, blue domes, and crystal blue water...

If you guessed Greece you're CORRECT!!  I love traveling the world and Greece has always been at the top of my list.  I've been to England, Germany, France, Spain, and Portugal and loved every single one of them, but I have a feeling Greece might top them all!  Not only is Greece known for breathtaking scenery, they have quite the reputation for their party scene.  Day and Night beach parties?! Doesn't get more vacation mode than that.  

If you are on vacation, taking one soon, or just want to feel like you're on one, I have a great tropical/vacation house mix for you on Spotify.  Click the link below, press play and let the beats take you to your tropical destination, wherever that might be...

 "Out of the Office"

enjoy!!  

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MUSICnicole sager
"Why are you my clarity"

"I want to be a relevant artist in the future, not just right now"

Anton Zaslavski aka ZEDD

I've had the opportunity to see Zedd a few times now annddd every time I fan girl out SO hard.  Zedd is so talented and full of amazing energy.  One thing I love about seeing DJ sets is the crowd.  If you look around every F*****G person is on the same page.  Everyone is high on life, literally or not lol singing and dancing along.  The energy is contagious.  

Last week I was flying back from NYC and Zedd's Documentary "True Colors" was featured on Delta's movie selection.  Naturally being a music fanatic I watched it.  I was already a fan, but now I have MORE respect for the young DJ.  This past weekend marked my third time seeing Zedd and once again he put on a great set.  After the show, I was lucky to have an opportunity to express my appreciation for his music to him.  He truly is one talented and humble guy!

Fun Facts about Zedd from "True Colors"

1. He's from Germany and 27 years old 

2. He started playing music at the age of 4 and played in a band with his brother at age 12

3. He was discovered by reaching out to Skrillex on Myspace

4. Lady Gaga is also a huge fan; Zedd produced 3 songs on her ARTPOP album

5. Not only is he a writer he produces his music as well

6. In 2013 he went on his first world tour 

7. He won a Grammy in 2014 for "Clarity" feat. Foxes

 

If you get the opportunity to watch this documentary you should, Zedd's humble persona and passion for creating music will blow you away! 

 

Beauty 101

"Beautiful, I just want you to know you're my favorite girl"

by: Snoop feat. Pharrell

I've been getting a lot of questions about my hair and makeup, therefore I decided to add a beauty page to my blog to share what I use!  I also love doing hair and makeup for friends and family.  I am by NO means an expert makeup or hair stylist, I'm just a girl who loves constantly changing up my look and helping others feel confident.  I love sharing my tips and tricks.  

As you can see from my style, I change it accordingly to what I am doing and where I am going.  So naturally I do the same with my makeup and hair.  Recently, I've been a little minimal with my makeup but I do have some good go to's that I swear by!!  As for my hair omg...let me start by saying I have issues and I am 100% ADD when it comes to my hair color.  One minute I'll want to be light one minute I'll want to be dark.  It's really fun but definitely not good for my locks!  I've been every color from black, to light brown, to redish brown, to really blonde and I've loved being all those colors but I've damaged my hair so much that I've been kept my good ol bayalage the past 2 years now.  

A lot of people ask who I go to for my hair.  I'll be sharing that in a future post I promise!

So there's a quick intro and I'll be sharing more beauty tips to come! 

xoxo

"she got her own"

"i love it cause she got her own"- ne-yo feat: Jamie foxx, FABULOUS

Remember Ne-Yo's "Miss Independent" circa 2008?? Yup its been that long, well if you didn't hear it then, he did a remix of that song shortly after called "She got her Own" featuring Jamie Foxx and Fabulous.  It has always been one of my favorite songs.  Ladies, we probably owe Ne-Yo for starting the whole #girlboss movement.  

"There ain't nothing that's more sexy, than a girl who want, but don't need me" - Jamie foxx

Speaking of girl bosses, as I reach 29 I cant help but reflect on my 20’s and see how far I've come.  So much has changed over the past years, and for the better.  Although some years had a lot of ups and downs, I finally see why things happened the way they did.  I don't think I would be as strong or successful if I hadn't undergone some challenges.  I truly believe your 20’s are crucial for growing.  From your career to relationships you are figuring out what you want.     

I’m not going lie turning 29 gives me a little anxiety, I thought 28 seemed up there!  But I gotta say, 28 was fucking great so I am confidenr 29 will be even better.  So with that being said I wanted to get a tad personal and share some things I've learned.  Maybe some of you can relate or take something away from this...

"only kid of girl i want, Independent queen working for her thrown" -Neyo

Growing up I was raised under a very strict household.  My mom is Vietnamese, so as you can probably guess her expectations were extremely high.  I was required to be an honor student while making the varsity tennis team and placing at state.  Looking back, I know my mom's intentions were good, however I only wish they were my choices.   

When it came to my college graduation, "my" plan (moms plan) was to attend nursing school and become a nurse practitioner because I had been studying business admin and pre nursing.  But a few weeks before graduation I had the inkling to rebel and go my own path even though it would upset her.  I had no clue what the hell I wanted to do, or how I was going to get there.  All I knew was that I would find a career I was good at and succeed.  So I interviewed with a medical device company and ended up getting the job a week before graduating. 

"I love it when she says 'its cool I got it"- Jamie Foxx

When I started my job the only experience I had was my college degree and a nursing internship.  So as you can imagine I didn't know what the F*CKKKK I was doing.  Those of you in sales know it is super discouraging to start out with no sales experience whatsoever.  However, I made a goal at 22 that by 30 I wanted to make 'X' amount and reach a certain position/title.  I made this goal because I knew I wanted to afford a certain lifestyle on my own.  Regardless of how clueless I felt at times, I never switched careers or gave up when the job got tough. 

6 years later at 29, I have reached my professional goal way beyond my expectations.  I hardly ever talk about work because I prefer it kept private, but I wanted to stress the importance of working hard and being self sufficient because I promise you, nothing feels more fulfilling.  

As I checked off some professional goals, I started feeling restless in my personal life.  I knew something was missing.  I had been putting my passion on the back burner for years because I always assumed pursing it was out of my reach.

I had the idea to blog about the correlation of music and fashion years ago but never took action because of self doubt.  Not to mention, I was too busy exuding my energy and time on some bad relationships when I should have been focusing on myself.  

After seeing how influential bloggers were becoming, I knew I would regret it if I didn't at least try.  Therefore, I invested in a laptop and nice camera and spent many late nights creating content.  In February 2017, The Style Playlist finally launched.  I have to say it took some balls and a lot of work.  It's really scary putting yourself out there knowing your voice and creativity will be judged on the daily.  But in the end, I had trust my intuition and taste and go for it.

A lot of people ignore their passions because they're occupied with a stressful career, have kids, or accommodate to other besides themselves.  Well times are changing now, and you should always make time for the things you love.  For your own sanity at least.   

In the end, never doubt yourself or hold back on pursing your passion and goals.  Whether it is your parents, friend, or boyfriend/girlfriends opinion holding you back, never let anyone control your thoughts or actions to the point you forget what really MOVES you.  And I am not referring to professional goals only, I am talking EVERYTHING.  Whether that is pursing a relationship, starting a business, or executing a hobby, go after it!!  Just because someone else might not be on the same page, never lose sight of what fulfills you.  Let your strengths guide you, you'll be surprised how creative you can be.  Success is NOT determined by money alone, success happens when you find happiness. Life’s too short for regrets, so find out WHAT and WHO makes you happy and hold on to it. 

On that note, Cheers to 29!! Cant wait to see what this year has in store!

xoxo

Nicole 

 

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photography by: Nicole Balsamo