Nickel City Skincare x Buffalo Gal Organics

  Imagine walking into a skincare haven knowing that all the ingredients in your products are safe, natural and created by an actual chemist. 

Sounds like a dream right? It’s not! All you need to do is take a trip to Buffalo Gal Organics, right in the heart of Williamsville. 


This wasn’t my first time visiting BGO, but it was me first time getting a facial, ever.

As someone who has sensitive dry skin, facials used to scare me! What drew me to getting one with Kristine Koch of Nickel City Skincare is that she’s actually using all of the natural products from Buffalo Gal Organics and her room is conveniently in the store! 


You begin the process by filling out a questionaire that asks in depth questions about your skincare history and what your concerns are. For a first timer, I really felt as though this experience was going to be completely catered to me and it was!  

When you’re getting a facial with Kristine, she does what makes sense for your skin and makes you feel really confident that you’re being taken care of. I kid you not I probably asked 100 questions.

 If you’re weary of facials or just unsure of what might work for you, you can book a 15 min complimentary consultation and get some answers before you book the full service! 

Kasia Cummings, owner of Buffalo Gal Organics, and Kristine were actually childhood friends who reconnected. 

 ”You an’t just do this with anyone, you have to have people who are in the same page and who want to be in service,” Kasia said 

 Immediately after I saw less redness and my dry patches were gone! 

Immediately after I saw less redness and my dry patches were gone! 

I  left there with a new well rounded understanding of what I could be doing differently to get these results at home.

“Skin took some time to get to the state that it’s in it’s going to take a while to get back. You have to do that makes sense for you and I’m here to help with that,” Kristine said


If you’re looking for some last minute Mother’s Day presents, I have something excited for you... you can get 15% off your purchase at Buffalo Gal Organics online with the code ILOVELUCY or by mentioning this blog post. 

Additionally, Kristine is also offering 15% off any service with Nickel City Skincare with the code ILOVELUCY as well. Just put it in the “notes” section when you go to book. 

I cannot thank Kasia and Kristine enough for really helping me understand my skin better & for having me!  I now have two new holy grail products added to my skincare routine which I’ll be taking about soon! 

  Disclaimer: services were gifted for my honest review.



Daily Look: The Trench Coat

It may not be a Burberry (yet), but I love myself a good trench coat. 

I still remember buying my first one in high school and being so excited about how sophisticated it made me feel. Flash forward 8 years and I still feel the same way! My style evolution has definitely tweaked since then, but all and all, nothing beats a classic piece. 

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One of my top tips for buying this style of jacket is to find one that's water resistant. I have been through a lot of rainy spring days in this jacket and can't remember ever feeling cold or like it was completely soaked!

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One of my favorite ways to wear trench coats is either with a super classic look that has an edge to it or over a tshirt to make it the focal point of my outfit. In this case, I'm doing anything too fancy, but I styled my favorite faux leather tank top from Calvin Klien. 

The leather texture makes everything a little more styled, even though it's a really basic piece! 

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Jessica Salgado Wright

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Even though I'm really jonesing for a pair of pointy toe pumps for my thrifted mom jeans, I think mules are just as fun. While I was definitely never a huge fan of mules, they're actually amazing. If you're one of those people that wants a flat shoe but flats are seemingly uncomfortable - try mules! I'm a convert. 



Now that the weather is finally breaking, I cannot wait to style all my spring jackets! I've been waiting so long for this day. Where's that 50 degree weather, Buffalo?



Holiday Party Ready


And we're back with another all black outfit...

I may a creature of habit but one of my favorite things to do is to put together unexpected pieces together to create something special. I styled one of my favorite summer rompers and gave it a wintery spin by layering a lacy Victorian blouse underneath! 

Beauty Tip: Layer a creamy lipstick before a liquid one if you suffer from drier lips! For a bold lip, I'll use a dark nude from Estee Lauder first then the fun color!  Here I'm wearing a liquid lip from Smashbox in Disorderly. 

You'd never know it wasn't one piece, unless you look really closely. We've been seeing the layering trend for a while now with tshirts under slip dresses, which is really what inspired this look. You could easily do the same with spaghetti strap dress! I prefer my rompers just because I find them more comfortable to move around in, especially if you're planning on dancing! 


I absolutely hate tights, ever since I was a little girl and they'd come home broken no matter what I did! I find them uncomfortable, so over-the-knee boots are my saving grace! I love how tall these ones are from ASOS. I'm 5'9 so for them to come this high on me is amazing!! But don't fret if you're on the shorter side they also carry a lot of the same style boots in their size ranges including Petite

 Blouse  / JCPenney Romper / CottonOn Boots / ASOS Lip / Estee Lauder + Smashbox

Blouse  / JCPenney
Romper / CottonOn
Boots / ASOS
Lip / Estee Lauder + Smashbox

I hope I've inspired you to play around with your seasonal pieces! There's no need to retire those strappy styles just yet. ;) 

Not into layering? Don't worry! I found rompers with the same design inspiration.

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas! I'll be back with another outfit before 2018. Stick around!


Daily Look: Monochrome


Ever since I started dying my hair lighter, I've been addicted to wearing all black. Before blonde, I would've just looked like Wednesday Adams in this outfit. Now? It's a lifestyle.

Feeling like Audrey Hepburn in "Funny Face" with my black tight turtleneck (the best one I found was from Nordstrom Rack recently!) and my thrifted mom jeans, I've pretty much been living in this outfit. So today I'm throwing it back to a good 'ol iPhone photoshoot to show you how I style the same outfit two different ways. 


I've been really into adding one pop of "color" to my all black outfits to bring in some variation. Because I thrifted these jeans, they're a little big so throwing on a statement belt adds texture and interest and breaks up the look. 

While I'm dying for some new pointy stilettos to dress up these jeans, I've been obsessed with my sock boots. They're the comfiest and streamline any outfit! 


Turtleneck – Nordstrom Rack
Jeans – Thirfted
Sock boots – Christian Siriano for Payless
Belt – ASOS
Hat – JCrew


Investing in a real leather jacket is the best idea I've ever had. I just know this one will last me ages and with black hardware, it literally goes with everything. If you're looking to invest, Wilson Leather at the outlet mall is my favorite. Pretty sure the one I'm wearing was almost $500 off the original price. 


There's nothing like a giant scarf to add some warmth and an added layer of fun to any outfit. I was feeling the colors in this huge blanket scarf from Forever 21 and loved the way the contrast with my bright ASOS white sneakers. 

I honestly feel like I wear the same thing all the time, but having fun with shoes and accessories is the best part about a capsule wardrobe. I'm all about it.

P.S. Can someone please remind me to go do a photo op at Chestnut Ridge before all the trees die? When did that happen... 

Til next time! 

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Black Friday Shopping Guide

Raise your hand if you're gearing up for Black Friday! 

I know I am. 

We all know that with Black Friday comes the stress of getting all your shopping done at once. I personally do all my present shopping from the comfort of my own home on Cyber Monday and usually save any personal shopping for Black Friday. It's a great time to get those pieces you've been eyeing up for ages or just revamp your winter wardrobe. Us Buffalo gals need all the sweaters and coats we can get (WINTER IS HERE). One of my favorite things to do is to hit the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls. 

If you've never shopped at the outlets for Black Friday, you've gotta take advantage of their Fashionably Late Thanksgiving shopping Event – the first 100 customers will receive a swag bag with a mystery mall gift card, valued anywhere from $10 to $100, along with special retailer offers, a Fashion Outlets savings pass and more! Early bird shoppers can pick up their swag bag at Mall Entrance 6, near Saks OFF 5th.

The Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls will be open  on Thanksgiving Day starting at 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. and will reopen on Black Friday from 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Throughout my years, I think I've come down with a pretty foolproof system on how to conquer the crazy atmosphere at the mall. These are tips and tricks on how you too can simplify Black Friday shopping!

TIP #1) Style Yourself

If you have a hard time planning outfits, one of the easiest things you can do is to bring the item of clothing from your closet that you've been having a tough time with. Whenever I go sweater shopping, I bring my leather leggings with me to try them on with. The outlet is a solid 35 minutes form home, so there'd be nothing worse than getting home and realizing my purchase didn't match perfectly! You can do this with anything, whether it be a cute holiday top to try skirts on with or a new pair of jeans you're not sure how to style just yet. Throw it in an old shopping bag and bring it with you – this is a total game changer. 

 Plaid shirt - JCrew Vest & Accessories – Saks Off 5th (How cute is that purse puff ball!?)  Leather leggings – Nordstrom

Plaid shirt - JCrew
Vest & Accessories – Saks Off 5th (How cute is that purse puff ball!?) 
Leather leggings – Nordstrom


TIP #2) Dress Simply

One of the things I miss most about summer time is being able to go shopping in a dress and slip on sandals. In the winter... not so easy. I try to leave my parka in the car throw on something that wont make trying on clothes a hassle. My go-to lately is a jumpsuit & a smaller jacket that I won't over heat in and mules.

TIP #3) Know What You're Looking For 

I like to save Black Friday to look for new staple pieces. In the winter, it's always coats and fun statement outer layers like the vest I styled. Not only will your purchases last a few winters, but you'll also save big on those items you've been eyeing up. I'm still trying to decide if I want the JCrew City Coat in this green color or a neutral - someone help me decide!! 

 Coat & Turtleneck – JCrew Fur vest & Necklace – Saks off 5th Jeggings – Levis Purse – Kate Spade

Coat & Turtleneck – JCrew
Fur vest & Necklace – Saks off 5th
Jeggings – Levis
Purse – Kate Spade

TIP #4) Have a Game Plan

Mall maps exist for a reason! I will go to the farthest end of the mall from where I parked first so that by the time I finish shopping, I'm back to the closest door to my car. So simple right? This is ideal for me, especially being tired after a long day of shopping – yes, running around the mall is exhausting. Last time I was at the outlet, I walked 4 miles!! 

I hope these tips help you with your shopping whether it be on Black Friday or any other trip.

Have a happy Thanksgiving! 

(I'll probably need a wheel barrel to chauffeur me around the mall after all that stuffing I'm getting ready to eat.) 


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This post was done in collaboration with the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls.  

Rebel Ride Indoor Cycling & Strength

Let's face it, after a long day or having the same routine, working out at your everyday gym can get a little stale. One of my favorite things to do is take classes as studios that focus on particular exercises as a treat to myself! Not only am I getting in a workout, but it's always such a different experience than being on your own. Whether its hot yoga, barre, or spin, I'm always excited to try something new. 

Rebel Ride is Western New York's newest indoor cycling and strength studio, and I am already in love! 

Their grand opening Saturday, October 21. Rebel Ride is located at at 6449 Transit Road in East Amherst. They are offering their pre-opening discounted package until Sunday, October 29!

I got a chance to preview the space before they open and take a class with Moe, one of their Rhythm instructors! They feature two signature rides – a Rhythm Ride complete with pulsing beats and choreographed moves and a Performance Ride which uses metrics to measure the effectiveness of your workout.

While he provided a few guidelines for us on what speeds we should aim for, the class is really catered to every experience level. 



  • In addition to spin, there are TRX classes for strength training & they exclusively offer In-Trinity, a Pilates, yoga and martial arts hybrid class for flexibility.

  • Spin with control - you can rent spin shoes that lock into your bike for just $2 a class! (Your first class is free, including shoe rental!) 

  • You can treat yourself to post-workout goodies with a cold brew and espresso bar featuring Public Espresso coffee. They also have two Kombucha variations on tap! 


You can even save your seat!

Just download the Rebel Ride app. 

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the studio has partnered with Roswell Park’s Cancer Institute to raise funds for their Breast Cancer Resource Center by donating the proceeds from a grand opening weekend raffle and the sale of a custom ‘Rebel’s with a Cause’ tank to the organization.  Rebel Ride will also ‘go pink’ for a donations-based ‘Survivor’ ride on October 28. This is all part of their ‘Rebels with a Cause’ initiative. 

Erika Brason, Founder

"Since we're opening in October, it was really important to Erika and all of us to find a way to give back," said Melina, Rebel Ride studio manager. 

Ready to book a class yet? Visit

Dining Out For Life at Casa Azul

If you haven't made your way over to Casa Azul on Genesee Street yet, next week is the perfect time to do it.  Join me, Rachel Good, Steve Ambrose, Amy Brooks & Brian Cleary of Buffalo Dinner Club on Tuesday, Oct. 10 for a night of food and fun as we help a worthy cause.

Casa Azul is a new restaurant participating in Dining Out for Life 2017. With their unique menu, you're bound to fall in love! One of my favorite dishes are the Chilaquiles. If you're a nacho enthusiast and like a little kick to your food, these will quickly become your favorite too! They're like nothing I've had before. 

 Casa Azul is located at 128 Genesee Street // Follow them on Instagram at  @casaazulbuffalo

Casa Azul is located at 128 Genesee Street // Follow them on Instagram at @casaazulbuffalo

The restaurant is no stranger to supporting causes they believe in. On Sept. 23, they donated 50% of the day's food sales to relief efforts in Mexico after the devastating earthquake. 

Over 75 of local restaurants are participating in Dining Out for Life. 

This annual fundraising event that raises money for AIDS service organizations around the nation. In Western New York, participating restaurants will be donating 25% of the entire day's sales will be donated to Evergreen Health. 

Evergreen Health has been on the front line, fighting HIV/AIDS while providing services to those living with the disease since 1983. They provide medical, supportive and behavioral services to local individuals and families challenged by chronic or life-threatening diseases. 

For more information visit And to make reservations at Casa Azul, call 331-3869.

We hope to see to there! 


A Look Into my Life: Instagram Recap

They always said the older you are, the faster time passes. This summer I couldn't agree more with that statement. But I've honestly just been enjoying it every second of it! 

Today I'm bringing you a look into my life via my Instagram and giving you little stories behind the photos. Stay tuned for lots of food, fashion and a few fun memories. 


Let's start here. – 

Click to read my message.


I'm going to start off with the photo I just Instagrammed because it really hit my core (I'm a softie). I think subconsciously some of the reason haven't really done many fashion posts has been the constant battle with myself. Some days are great, but some are hard. But when I stumbled upon this quote after having an amazing day, I realized there is so much more to life. Continue to work on yourself but don't let your insecurities kill you. 

That's my love letter from me to you, now let's get into the fun stuff ;) 


Because what else would I have been doing this whole time away? 

(Pictured: Black truffle pasta with shrimp / Tappo Dinner Special)

If you know me, you know there are few things I love more than going out to eat! Out of all the places I've been in the last month or so, I am always craving Catina Loco crispy shrimp tacos. My boyfriend Dave works downtown so I'll sometimes meet him on his dinner break and this was the perfect stop! Paired with some queso to start, it's a meal I'd have again and again. 


Outfits & at home (yes, homes can be stylish).

Working at Blush, my everyday life is basically a never ending shopping trip. Especially with the change of season, we've been getting so many amazing fall pieces. I still can't decide if I want that sweater in olive or cream... (HELP!) 

As for my home pieces, I cannot tell you how much fun I've had decorating my space. I basically have free reign since my parents will be in and out visiting their retirement home in Puerto Rico. The second they left I immediately went to Target. Between finding an awesome home sale, treasure hunting for little decor pieces in my basement and printing my own graphics, I'm happy with how things came out. Next step: gallery wall. 



A little bit of everything...

What's summer without the memories? I think it'll be so cool to look back in this post on a dreary January day. I've got one more month to keep them coming! 

TTFN (all you old enough to know what that means, I applaud you.) 

Promise I won't be gone for long!

Here's to 24...



Pretty much every day since I've gotten back from my mini trip to Pittsburgh, I've been reminiscing on how awesome my birthday was this year. If you know me, you know birthdays are my thing and I was not excited about 24.  It's just another weird limbo age! 

But to my boyfriend, my close friends and my blogger friends to came out who celebrated with me and helped make 24 memorable, THANK YOU. You guys are the reason I had such an awesome couple days! 

celebrations – DINNER & DRINKS

Now, let's into some lifestyle things because I still cannot get over my dinner at The Dapper Goose. You might've seen my photo spread on my Facebook (it's new if you're not following yet) or Instagram already but I'm going to give you a more detailed rundown of what we had! 

One of my favorite things to do when I'm out with friends is to order a bunch of small plates or sides and split them. I'm not a huge entree kind of girl. I like getting to taste a little bit of everything! This was plenty of food. I think if you're in a mood to go out to dinner and you're not sure what you want, but you want something different and delicious, get your butt to The Dapper Goose.

Not pictured - Side of fries (literally enough for the table) & the ricotta toast small plate which was so good we didn't even have time to take a picture of it! 


I finished the night off at the Angelica Tea Room and again, I'm obsessed with this place. I can't even describe it. You'll have to go see it for yourself! It was the perfect place for just a really freaking cool atmosphere and craft cocktails. 

Again thanks to everyone who helped me celebrate and the birthday wishes. You guys are the best. 

Here's to 24! 

May/June Roundup

Since June is almost over and May flew by, I decided to combine the two and bring you a collective list monthly favorites list!  We're switching things up a little bit this time, but let's start with my favorite blogger of all time.



Instagram / @sincerelyjules 

Julie Sariñana of

For this roundup, I'm featuring just one fashion blogger because Julie Sariñana deserves the spotlight. She started Sincerely Jules in 2009 and I have been a devoted follower ever since.I am obsessed with her style and her blog and Instagram aesthetic are both so amazing. She even has her own online boutique. I can't even tell you how often I find myself searching for her daily looks on Instagram. Go check her out, you'll thank me for the immense amount of style inspo you'll get from her later. 


Francesca Bond -  You might know Francesca from Vintage Lillies but she's also interning for Step Out Buffalo this summer and came up with this ULTIMATE patio list. It's bookmarked on my phone and has seriously become a go-to when I'm trying to figure out where to explore next! 

Instagram / @chessabond

Samantha Jo Gill of Kin and Kindling - I'm always looking for tips on home decor so it's no surprise that I loved Kin + Kindling's shelf styling tips! Samantha says her lifestyle and travel blog is her, "little corner of the internet where I can chronicle life as we know it: at home, on the road, and everywhere in-between – living out our grand adventures the best way we know how: with our family in tow." I can't wait to keep following along!

Instagram / @kinandkindling




ASOS  - I blame British YouTubers for my love affair with ASOS but I honestly cannot tell you how many things I've been loving lately. You'll see two of my new pieces in an upcoming summer whites blog post!! Like any online ordering, sizing can be difficult sometimes but with their super swift free returns, you'll be able to get it right so easily! For the most part, I'd say it's pretty true to size for ASOS own brand items but for brands like Boohoo, for example, I usually size up to be safe! What's awesome is they actually provide size charts for each brand they house, so you'll never have to second guess.

Style by LeDoux - We are adding to our summer collection at Style by LeDoux, I'm so excited what's coming in. (Literally going to buy half of our new items!!) If you don't already know, SBLD is a local online boutique I'm a brand manager for. I cannot wait to start styling these pieces for our upcoming photo shoot!

Here are a few of my favorite pieces.

Instagram / @stylebyledoux



SALLY HANSEN AIRBRUSH LEGS HAS SAVED MY LIFE. Yes, it sounds ridiculous but it's a God send. I only just recently got my summer tan going so for the entire month of May I was faking it. What's awesome about this product is  #1. a little goes a long way and #2 it washes right off! You don't have to worry about streakiness and it wearing off like you do with self-tanners! There's no scent and you really do get a flawless finish. My favorite way to use it is mixed with my Johnson and Johnson Shea Butter baby lotion. It's so easy to blend once it's sheered out with lotion! And if I'm feeling really extra for a night out I throw in a liquid bronze highlight in with my mixture for flawless legs that glow. I got the highlight tip from Lauren Elizabeth's video and I have been obsessed ever since. 

NYX dark circle concealer - Now that it's officially summer, I've got some color and my freckles are coming out to play so I don't always want a full coverage look. I've been addicted to this NYX concealer because it almost acts like a color corrector too. You can wear it on its own without it looking unnatural or underneath your brightening concealers for a flawless finish. For a quick morning, I just use an illuminating primer, dust on of powder foundation and bronzer and I'm out the door. 

I hope you've enjoyed this little switch up in my monthly roundup. That's all for now!