Beauty Resolutions



Hey everyone!  


With the new year right around the corner I know everyone including myself is thinking about their New Year's Resolutions.  New Year's resolutions can be fun and exciting but at the same time they can be discouraging and hard to stick too.  I am all about having positive goals and ones I know that I will be able to stick with.  So this year I decided to have a few beauty resolutions for 2012.  


To keep these goals manageable, I am going to start of with a 30 day challenge for each goal.  If I am able to conquer these goals in 30 days I will keep up with them and add a few more.  I am not a fan of long term goals, so I set short term goals and then extend the goal for another period of time.  I'm hoping a small 30 challenge will make these resolutions more manageable and I'll be able to stay focused and motivated! 


2012 Beauty Resolutions:


1. Remove makeup every evening before bed.  I have a bad habit of going to bed with my makeup on.  This is a huge cause of the early morning blemishes we all hate so much!  This is something that needs to become apart of my nighttime routine, but until then it is apart of my 30 day challenge.


2. Use my Clarisonic at least once a day when washing my face.  Click HERE to read about the benefits of the Clarisonic.


3. Hit the gym a minimum of twice a week.  Since I am graduating in May I have made a promise to myself that I will leave College in the same shape I was in when I entered 3 years ago.  I know I will most likely go more then twice a week but I do not want to set a goal I will not stick with.  


4. Remove my makeup before heading to the gym.  Working out with your makeup on is terrible for your face.  It makes it hard for your pours to breath and this is another cause of blemishes.  Remember to wash your face after your workout as well.  A clean face is a happy face before, during and after your workout! :) 


5. Cut down on the junk food.  I'm your typical junk food junkie and I would rather eat a bag of candy then an apple.  Its time too break down and put the apple before the candy!


I wish you the best of luck with you New Year's resolutions.  When thinking of yours try to keep them simple, fun and easy to stick with.  I would love to hear all about yours in the comments below.  I am also looking for ideas to improve my blog for the new year.  Also feel free to comment with posts you would be interested in reading.


Here's to a happy and healthy 2012!  Be fierce, Be fabulous, Be you and remember, nice girls always finish first!


BrittneeNoel 









The Link to watch the pageant!! :)

Hey Nice Girls!

I received a request to post the link to the pageant so you all can watch too.

Either go to www.namiss.com or http://www.ustream.tv/channel/namiss-nationals and you will be able to watch formal wear which is on this SATURDAY at 11:00am Ohio time (8:00am California time) and the final show is on this SUNDAY at 1:30pm Ohio time (10:30am California time).

I appreciate all of your support and well wishes.  I hope you are able to watch!!

I'm off to enjoy the California sun!  Be fierce, Be Fabulous, Be you, and remember, nice girls always finish first!

BrittneeNoel

Mall Crawl

Hey! Hi! Hola! What’s up? How do you do? Haha! Hey Nice Girls-Happy Thursday!

Have you ever heard of a bar crawl? It’s when you go from bar to bar to bar all in one evening. A bar crawl does not sound like fun to me but how about a MALL CRAWL??!!

My mom came up with the fabulous idea of going to 5 malls all in one day. Why? Well, why not?! We decided on 5 because that’s the number of malls between my dorm and my grandma’s house. We’re going to start out in the north and then head south toward my grandma’s. We’ll meet up with my grandma, aunt and cousins somewhere along the way as we get closer to their house. Our mall crawl will span three states, approximately 175 miles and who knows how many dollars.

I do have one question for my mom. Do 5 malls mean 5 pairs of new shoes? Is that how it works, Mom?

We haven’t scheduled our mall crawl yet but we are thinking sometime over the holidays while we are all on vacation from school and work. It will be a nice way to have fun with our extended family. With some of us away at college now and others busy with activities, it’s hard to find time to get together.

What do you think of this crazy idea? I’m sure it has been done before, but I think it is fabulous and right up my alley. Have you ever done anything like this before? Let me know in the comments below.

Have a fantastic Thursday and stay warm in this cold weather. Be fierce, Be fabulous, Be you, and remember, nice girls always finish first.

BrittneeNoel

How to: Extend the life of your high heels

Hey Nice Girls! I fell one post short in my Nice Girl series, but to be honest I just couldn’t think of another nice girl topic and I just now have a free moment to sit down and put another post together.
Do you hate scuffed up toes on your shoes? Or is coloring in the scuffs on the back of your heels with a sharpie starting to drive you crazy? If you answered yes to both of these questions then keep on reading.

I would love a pair of these!
So cute!
Tips to keeping your heels looking brand new:

     1. DO NOT DRIVE IN YOUR HEELS! Okay, okay... I’m guilty of this too, but we really shouldn’t do it. While driving in your nice heels you are actually putting stress on the back of the heel. If you do this enough you could potentially break the heel off of your shoe. NOT GOOD! To avoid this, try driving in flip flops, flats or even Ugg boots now that it is cold outside. I do not suggest driving in your bare feet! During the summer I would drive in flip flops and change my shoes in the car before I walked into the office. However now that it is cold outside I have been driving in my Uggs, wearing them in the office and then changing into my heels once I am at my desk. This way my toes can stay warm a little longer. Do whatever works for you.

    2. DO NOT WEAR YOUR SHOES IN GRAVEL. I absolutely dread gravel driveways and gravel parking lots. Gravel will tear your shoes apart, making a fabulous pair of shoes ugly… SIGH. Here are a few tips: Have someone drop you off at the door so you can avoid the gravel in the parking lot. Walk on your toes slowly. By doing this you will be able to at least keep the heel of your shoes out of the gravel. If these are not options for you, again wear an alternate pair of shoes until you walk in the door and change really fast. Or maybe you know a nice person who is willing to roll out the red carpet for your arrival? Haha, just a thought.

    3. KEEP YOUR SHOES IN THE BOX. Storing your shoes will keep them much happier (do shoes have feelings… I’m not sure). By keeping them in the box you will avoid shoes rubbing together causing scratches or scuffs. If you don’t like the original box, visit your local Target and purchase a few plastic shoe box containers. I have a few of these and your shoes fit perfectly. Also the under the bed shoe storage containers will work as well. The main goal is to keep your shoes from touching a million other pairs.

I hope this blog will help you to keep your shoes looking and feeling great (there’s that feeling thing again-- I hope my shoes don’t have feelings because I’m not always the best owner, but I try hard to keep them as nice as possible). Please leave any and all of your comments below. Don’t forget about blog requests. I know I have a few and I will be getting to them soon, so please continue to be patient with me.

I must say, I am really enjoying today thus far. I only have one class this afternoon, my night class is CANCELLED and I have no homework which means I can turn being on duty into a MOVIE NIGHT! I’m thinking of watching Burlesque. It’s one of my favorites right now. I could watch it every night. What are you up to on your Thursday night? I hope you have a great Thursday. Maybe you can turn your evening into a movie night too.

Be fierce, Be fabulous, Be you and remember, nice girls always finish first.

BrittneeNoel

PS: look at this cute shirt I found.  I would love to have one of these... HIGH HEELS HIGH HOPES.  I'm going to say the higher your heels the high your hopes (well your hopes are probably high that you do not fall in them-  haha)
Picture Source: Pinterest

Nice Girl: Take care of YOU


Hey Nice Girls, happy Monday.

If you are keeping up with the nice girl series you know that today is Day 6.  I’ve been talking about being a good person, taking care of others, and giving back to the community.  However, today I want talk about taking care of YOU. 

Sometimes we forget to take care of ourselves and don’t realize how much we have neglected ourselves until we are too stressed out to know what to do.  I get wrapped up in classes, my internship and sorority activities and sometimes forget to take a few minutes to myself. 

But I’m a girl who loves my “me time” so I have a few go-to ideas that I use as a special treat for myself.  Sometimes I’ll shut my front light off in my dorm room so no one will think I’m there. Then I can get some time to myself (that’s our little secret….sssshhhh).  Reading is another way to escape.  I plan to read a little bit of my book later this afternoon to give myself time to relax from a busy day of classes.  Some of my other favorites:  take a walk, get a mani/pedi, take a quick catnap or watch a favorite TV show.

A heart to remind you to show yourself some love!
Make time for yourself today and show yourself some extra love. You deserve it!  I hope you really will find time for yourself even if it is only a few minutes while you are lying in bed tonight before you fall asleep.  Just be there in the moment with your thoughts.  I bet you’ll even get a better night’s sleep.



I will talk to you tomorrow, nice girls.  Have a great rest of the day!  Be fierce, Be fabulous, Be you and remember, nice girls always finish first.

BrittneeNoel 

Nice Girl: My best friend

Hey everyone and happy Sunday.  I hope you were able to make the best of your weekend because tomorrow we will be back at it full force.  Today is day 5 of the nice girl series.  For those of you who prefer to read other types of posts I will post something different on Wednesday.  Today I want to talk about my best friend.  

Here are a few hints about my best friend.  Try and guess who she is.
She loves to watch the birds
She loves jewelry
Shopping is her one and only sport
Pizza Hut is her favorite
She's obsessed with QVC and can totally rock flat boots! :) 
Some people call her Dian, Dian Snyder or even Bat, but me... I call her Dsnyd... I call her mom!

This describes my mom and I perfectly! :)  
In the attempt to not make this to sappy, mom your my best friend.  I much rather come home on the weekends and spend them with you instead of wasting away at BW.  You’re the best mom any girl could ask for and I'm lucky to have you in my life.  Thank for all of the sacrifices you make to make my life so special.  I think you are the only person I have met that considers shopping a sport and it’s a good thing we are on the same team because we could definitely give each other a run for our money.  I know its Monday morning as you are reading this so I hope you have a great day and I will call you after class!  I love you more than I can say in words!

If you have a blog request please leave it in the comments below.  Otherwise, have a great week and make the most of it!  Be fierce, Be fabulous, Be you and remember, nice girls always finish first!

BrittneeNoel 

Nice Girl: A quote to live by

Happy Saturday Nice Girls.  Today is day 4 of the Nice Girl series.    

I stumbled across this quote on Pinterest and wanted to share it with you.  


What does this quote mean to you?  How can you implement this quote into your everyday life?  Remember the golden rule-- Always treat others the way you would like to be treated.  If you make others feel special and appreciated they will make you feel the same way in return.  Leave your comments below, I look forward to reading them.  I would love to stay and chat with you longer, but I have an accounting test to study for.  Stay tuned for tomorrow's post. Be fierce, Be fabulous, Be you, and remember, nice girls always finish first.

BrittneeNoel

Nice Girl: Remember your friends

Hey Nice Girls.  

Today I would like to remind you to remember your friends this holiday season.  Do a fun secret Santa with your group of friends, go ice skating or see a fun holiday movie.  Remember the holidays are not just about spending time with your wonderful family it is also about spending time with your close friends.  

Be appreciative of everything your friends do for you and remember to always repay the favor and make them feel special.  



I hope you have a great Friday night and a fabulous weekend.  Call a friend and spend sometime with them this weekend.  Requests and comments in the space below.  Be fierce, Be fabulous, Be you, and remember, nice girls always finish first.

BrittneeNoel

Nice Girl: Take Time

Hey Nice Girls.


I apologize for not getting a blog up yesterday. I will extend the nice girl series posts until Monday that way we can get all 7 in. I had a million things to get done for classes and although I would love to put my blog first my tuition money makes me think twice about blogging instead of writing a paper.

The other day I was at the mall with my mom picking up a few things for her and I found a cute little quote book. I love quote books so of course I had to have this one. The book it titled “Take Time”. On the left side of the pages there is a statement and on the right side there is a corresponding quote. So for today’s post I am going to share a few of my favorites.

Sorry this is not the best picture in the world.  It was taken on my cell phone at the office. 
Statement: Take time to reflect.
Quote: “Whatever you do in this life, take time to sit quietly and let the world tell you what it needs from you. Take a moment to honestly understand what your gifts are—you have them” –Ann Reed

Statement: Take time to be yourself
Quote: “Embrace your uniqueness. Time is much too short to be living someone else’s life” –Unknown

Statement: Take time to make a difference.
Quote: “There are many wonderful things that will never be done if you do not do them” – Charles Gill

Statement: Take time to be creative.
Quote: “Make something every day. Make a song, make a movie, make a friend, make a difference” -Pat Collelo

Statement: Take time for spontaneity.
Quote: “We get so busy making a living that we forget to live. At what point did you lose the right to do something in your day just because you feel like it at the moment—just because you’re alive?”- Dan Zadra

I hope you are enjoying the series posts. Would you like to see more of them-- Maybe an Outfit of the day series or something along those lines? Let me know what you think in the comments below. Also, if you have a blog request you know where to leave them! I hope you have a great Thursday… it’s almost FRIDAY… I cannot wait!

Do something fun for yourself today! Be fierce, Be fabulous, Be you, and remember, nice girls always finish first.

BrittneeNoel

Quotes taken from: Take Time-- Compiled by: Dan Zandra with Kristel Wills.  Designed by: Sarah Forster & Jessica Phonenix Created by: Kobi Yamada- I am in no way affiliated with the makers of this book.  All opinions are my own and I purchased this book with my own money. 

Nice Girl: The Giving Jar

Hi Nice Girls,


Starting today and going through Sunday I will be doing a Nice Girl post series – sort of a Nice Girl back to basics. My Nice Girl posts are often about friends, family, giving back to the community, etc and since the holiday season is right around the corner I thought this would be a fun way to kick start the month of November. Today I want to talk about a recent idea I came up with called “The Giving Jar”.

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is the wonderful bell ringers for the Salvation Army. I love to see them all bundled up wishing everyone a happy holiday as they try to make a difference in their community. This really gets me in the holiday spirit and reminds me of the true meaning of the season. But as a college student on a tight budget, I don’t always have extra money to give yet I feel compelled to be generous. This year I’m going to plan ahead with “The Giving Jar” so that I can be prepared with a generous donation. I am going to decorate an old mason jar, label it “The Giving Jar” and toss all my loose change and spare singles inside. Before I walk out the door to a store where I know there will be bell ringers I’ll grab my jar to donate. I think this is a great way to save some money and make giving back during the holiday season a priority.

Don't be afraid to have a give, save and live jar like these ones, but the most important one to have is the giving jar! :)

Here are a few suggestions for making your jar:

   -Find an old jar around your house, empty shoe box or other container that way you don’t have to go out and purchase one.
   - Make sure it has a lid.
   - Decorate it with your favorite ribbon, rhinestones and maybe even some glitter. Make it stands out so that it will be a reminder about giving.

Ways to fill your jar:

   - Pass by Starbucks once a week and put that money in your jar.
   - Set your jar out on your desk at work or in the lunch room and ask coworkers to donate.
   - Carpool a couple days a week to save gas money.
   - Take your lunch to work or skip takeout.
   - Skip the pizza you usually order for late night study sessions.

As soon as I have my jar made I will take a picture of it and do an updated post so you can all see the jar I have created. I think this would be a wonderful idea for you to do with your family, friends or sorority sisters. I hope this post will inspire you to make a difference during the holiday season. Please pass this idea on to others. I would love to see other people put my idea to work.

I hope you have a wonderful first day of November and try to make this month the best one yet. If you decide to make a jar please let me know. I would love to hear about your fun decorating adventure. Also leave blog requests or general comments in the comment section below.

Be fierce, Be fabulous, Be you, and remember, nice girls always finish first.

BrittneeNoel

Hair style of the day: I have a knot in my hair!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN NICE GIRLS!

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Halloween weekend!  Sadly I was on duty all weekend and did not get to enjoy any Halloween festivities.  I did however get to watch Paranormal activity 2 with a friend.  I thought it was quite funny because I have seen the movie before and she hasn't so I knew when all the "scary" parts were coming up.  I was nice though. I told her when something was getting ready to happen.  What a nice RA friend I am! Haha.  


I started the outfit of the day post a few weeks ago and I want to add a little more fashion fun to my blog by showing you how I wear my hair every once in a while.


Today I have my hair in a low side pony.  BUT!  it is a knotted side pony tail.  This a fun way to do a low pony tail!  I found this idea while i was searching around on Pinterest for fun ideas.  Take a look at the pictures I took of what my hair looks like today.


This is a simple way to rock cute hair when you are not in the mood to straighten or curl your hair.   I had no motivation to do anything to my hair this morning.  Haha

This is what the knot looks like up close.  The messier the knot the better.  Messy is KEY!  :)   
Here are the picture by picture directions on how to accomplish this hair style.  The picture was found on Pinterest 


I hope you will give this fun hair style a try the next time you are not in the morning hair mood!  Let me know in the comments below if you like the "Hair style of the day" posts and also what you think of this unique pony tail.  


Halloween makes me wish I was a little kid again all dressed up ready to run around the neighborhood for trick or treat!  Have a safe and fun Halloween nice girls.  Be fierce, Be fabulous, Be you, and remember, nice girls always finish first.  


BrittneeNoel 

Winter must haves

Hey Nice Girls!


With winter approaching faster then we want it to, I made a list of winter must haves so I can remind myself what to get and also give you suggestions on staying warm and healthy this winter.

Some of these things you may already have, so this could be a reminder to pull them out of storage to prepare for the…. SNOW! I just cried a little typing that word—gahh!! Also, did you know it is supposed to snow within the next few days here in Ohio? At least that is what my mom told me! Hopefully the weatherman and my mom are wrong!

I thought this was cute and I wanted to share it!  Be prepared the snow is coming soon!

Here is my list of winter must-haves:

~ Moisture shampoo and conditioner- It is important to take care of your hair in the winter. With the cold weather there usually is not much moisture in the air so make sure you are adding moisture to your hair to keep it looking shiny and healthy.

~ Face/ Hand Lotion- Make sure you have a good face moisturizer and hand lotion to keep your skin looking smooth. No one wants dry and cracked alligator skin.

~ Slipper Socks- LOVE THESE! I wear them everywhere I can. Most likely if you see me wearing Uggs, I have slipper socks on inside because I like my feet to be warm. These are fun because you can buy them in fun colors and designs. If you are like me and hate to have cold feet when you sleep, these are perfect to wear to bed. I usually wake up with one sock off. Who knows how I kick them off during the night.

~ Slippers- everyone loves a great pair of slippers to walk around in while you are in the house. Keep your toes warm. Don’t neglect them!

~ Flannel PJ’s- my favorite PJ’s are the ones with feet. I’m sure I would look really silly running around my dorm in footed PJ’s but I would do it because they are so fun!

~ Flannel sheets- My grandma is known for her flannel sheets in the winter. I love to stay the night at her house when it is cold out because I love how warm the flannel sheets are. If you get hot when you sleep I would not recommend wearing flannel pj’s to bed if your bed has flannel sheets.

~Warm apple cider, hot chocolate or coffee which ever you prefer

~ Warm boots- Remember to take good care of your Ugg boots and not wear them in the snow. If you have old Ugg’s wear these instead of your good ones. Keep your good ones in the box so the salt does not ruin them.

~ A cute hat or headband to keep your ears toasty- I have been dying to wear my earmuffs!

~ Small snow shovel in your trunk in case the city decides to plow your car in or for you BW students in case B&G decides to not be considerate and plow our cars into the parking lot like they do every year.

~ Ice scraper- I used mine on Tuesday because the ice was so thick on the windshield of my car from the frost. I hate to scrap my windows. This made me miss living at home because my dad will normally scrap them before he goes to work in the morning. I wonder if I can convince him to drive to BW in the mornings to make sure my window is clear.

I hope this list of items helped to jog your memory of the things you need to remember to get out of storage for the upcoming winter months. I’m sitting at work today with my coat on because I am so cold. Hopefully my work will decide to crank up the heat soon so I do not turn into an ice cube.

Leave your comments below and have a great Thursday! Be fierce, Be fabulous, Be you and remember, nice girls always finish first!

BrittneeNoel

Guest Post: Momma Snyder and some interesting scents

Hey Nice Girls!


I am crazy busy today so I asked my mom to write a guest post so you can get your Nice Girl fix for the day.  I hope you enjoy her funny and entertaining post!  Make sure you leave her some comments, I know she would love to hear what you all have to say!  Enough chit chat from me!  Enjoy my moms wittiness! 



Have you ever smelled something that invokes a thought or memory?  I know you think I’m crazy but just follow me here a second.  I’m talking about one of those familiar scents that take you back to a certain place or time.   The smell of fall in air and the crisp leaves underfoot got me thinking about other smells that remind me of something particular.

Like crayons.  Crayons have a unique waxy scent that when combined with the smell of the paper wrapper that surrounds them is so distinctively childlike and almost heartwarming.  I remember this big box from when I was a kid where my sister and I kept all of our crayons.  There was no lid on the box so whenever you were within a few feet of it, the aroma from the crayons beckoned you to sit and color a while.  I think the box was burgundy but I can’t be sure because the box was completely covered in scribbles inside and out.  I guess we used the box to test the color of the crayon before using it on our drawing.   Silly kids.  The color of the crayon is the color of the crayon.  (Does that makes sense?)

And then there is the smell of freshly sharpened pencils.  I use a mechanical pencil most of the time now so I don’t get to enjoy this memory often but freshly sharpened pencils remind me of my 8th grade English teacher.  She was obsessed with sharp, straight lines when we would divide up the sentences.  What’s that called?  8th grade was a long time ago.

There are a lot of great smells coming up.  The smell of Thanksgiving dinner cooking and pumpkin pies baking in the oven almost gives me that sleepy feeling you get after eating turkey.  Soon the scent of freshly cut pine trees will fill the air as folks decorate their homes for the holidays.  I hate the smell of pine but I do love the non-scent of my artificial tree.  What familiar smells do you enjoy?   Bacon frying on the stovetop, cinnamon rolls baking in the oven…why are most of my smells from food?  I’m hungry.  I think I’ll go eat lunch.

-Dian 

Remember to take a second and leave her a comment.  Her name is Dian if you would like to directly write to her!  If you are interested in writing a guest post on my blog enter the spotlight contest!  All entries are due to me on Monday 10-31-11.  Be fierce, Be fabulous, Be you, and remember, nice girls always finish first!

Much love from my crazy paper writing day,
BrittneeNoel  

Random Randomness

Hey Nice Girls,


Today’s post is silly and fun. Over the past few weeks I have been keeping a list of random thoughts I have had in the morning from the time I wake up until I am sitting at my desk at my internship (time frame: 6-8am). Hopefully you will find my randomness entertaining on this I-should-still-be-in-bed-because-it-was-so-cold-out-at-7am Tuesday.

~ I work in Cube city. My cube, Brittnee Square, is located on the corner of Main Street (the main aisle) and Sales Blvd (the sales row). In my cube I have two computer monitors, a phone and a cute pink piggy bank. I was convinced the piggy had a camera in it the day a random co-worker came over and just plopped it down beside me. Needless to say, I turned it around to face the cube wall.

~ Always be nice to the sales people that call you on the phone. I’m aware this is ANNOYING but you never know if it is a hard working intern on the other end just trying to get experience for their resume. Like me! I wish I could say “Hi this is Brittnee the intern. Please be nice to me while I bug you for 2 minutes.” However, I’m pretty sure my boss would not appreciate the humor.

~ I have a serious problem getting out the door everyday because I can never decide on my accessories—this necklace or that necklace, belt or no belt—I’m not sure I can blame being late on my addiction to accessories, but I can blame it on my mom for instilling an accessories problem within me. Apparently it runs in the family—maybe we should seek accessory therapy?

~ Should I match my travel mug to my outfit?

~ The other day I wore a great pay of shoes to work and did not want the cement in the parking lot to ruin them so I wore flip flops into the office to save my shoes. However, this great idea to wear flip flops into the office did a nose dive into the ground. I walked right past the “big boss man” with my flip flops on. He looked slightly confused as to why I was walking into the office without proper footwear. I felt like I needed to explain that I had fabulous shoes in my bag but I did not want to take the chance to ruin them outside, but he’s a guy… I really didn’t think he would understand. To make up for my awkward encounter with the boss man, I was up walking around a lot hoping to run into him again so he could see that I actually had fabulous shoes on.

~ Every time I get to a certain red light near the office I frantically start flipping through my Ipod to find a fun song to give me the energy I need to make it through the morning. The song depends on my mood for the day of course. If I am in a happy go lucky mood I will go for something like “Perfect Day” by Hoko (the song from Legally Blonde). If I am a crab in the morning I will go for something like “Here’s a quarter Call someone who cares” By Travis Tritt. If I am tired and barely holding my eyes open I’ll turn to Michael Buble. Any of his songs will do.

~ Every morning on the way out the door to my car there seems to be the same guy standing the in the doorway waiting to get into my building. I have come to realize he does not live there but his girlfriend does. So I nicely smile and continue my way out the door.

~ I also always race the car next to me at the Turnpike booth. I like to be the first one out of the gate. I swear if I had a faster car maybe a Chevelle or a Grand National I would be able to win every morning. I’ll have to have some type of negotiation with big Bob (my dad) to see if I can convince him to buy me a sports car.

These are just some fun and silly things that I have thought about or have encountered over the past few weeks on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s either at work or on the morning drive to work. Do you have any random thoughts in the morning? I would love to hear about them in the comments below. Please leave a blog request or two as well. I am going through a blog request withdrawal because no one is leaving any and I love to hear from my readers.

Have a terrific Tuesday! Be fierce, Be fabulous, Be you, and remember, nice girls always finish first!

Love from cube city,

BrittneeNoel

Video Blog: October Favorites

SURPRISE!

I hope you enjoy my latest video blog for my October favorites!  Enjoy and don't forget to leave your comments below!


Happy Monday!  Be fierce, Be fabulous, Be you, and remember nice girls always finish first!

BrittneeNoel

New Heels: Steve Madden Partyy- R Platforms

Hey Nice Girls.  


Today I bought a fabulous new pair of Steve Madden Platforms!  And when I say fabulous, I mean FABULOUS!  I purchased the Steve Madden Partyy- R Platforms in black satin.


Shoe information-  The heel is 5 inches with a 1 inch platform.  If you think about it you are walking on about 4 inches of fabulousness! (I'm aware this is not a word, but these shoes deserve their own word.)  The shoes also come in pink satin, blue satin and champagne satin.  The rhinestones on the heel are aurora borealis and the great thing about these shoes is that they come with 3 extra rhinestones just in case you need to replace one.  


If you are looking for a great pair of shoes I would highly recommend these.  They are easy to walk in and make your feet look great.  I have two pieces of advice about these shoes or any high heels: first, when you try them on make sure you walk on the carpet and also on the tile floor in the store.  You want to make sure you are able to walk properly.  No ones likes to walk in heels that are too high for them. Secondly, never wear these shoes outside if it is raining or snowing because it will ruin the satin.  Take good care of them and they will take great care of your feet!  


I can bet your new shoes will be the center of attention if you decide to rock these to an event.  Do you have a great pair of heels in your closet?  I would love to see them.  Post a link in the comments below so I can check out your favorite pair of shoes.  Be fierce, Be fabulous, Be you, and remember, nice girls always finish first.


Happy shoe shopping,
BrittneeNoel 

Nice Girl: Positively Positive

Hey Nice Girls!


For those of you who follow me on Facebook you probably saw my status yesterday. I posted “Making today a great day regardless of the weather! Happy Wednesday.” One of the new members in my sorority commented stating “you are so optimistic… I need that to rub off on me! Haha”. Well Chelsie, congratulations you are the inspiration for today’s Nice Girl post.

For the past few weeks I have been making a life style change. I have been working out more, eating healthy and trying to have a more positive attitude about everything I do. I can tell you I have truly seen a difference in the past few weeks. I have been sleeping better, I’m not as stressed and I feel great. My glass is definitely half full.

I came across this quote while searching around on pinterest last night.




I believe you should live your life by this quote. Make the best of every situation, every rainy day and every bad hair day. I have learned there is no reason to cry over spilled milk, just clean it up and pour yourself another glass. If you laugh instead of cry, if you dance in the rain and if you wear a hat on a bad hair day you will feel much better. Try not to stress over something you cannot control. Just make the best of everything that is thrown your way. Everything happens for a reason and in the end, you will be a stronger person because of your experiences.

So I challenge you to bring out the beauty in your ugliest days. I challenge you to wear a hat on a bad hair day, laugh instead of cry and dance in the rain. How are you going to look at today? Are you going to put a smile on your face and set out to conquer the world? I think you should and I know you can.

Let me know in the comments below of how you are going to stay positive today, and tell me about a time you brought out the beauty in an ugly day, I would love to hear about it. I hope you are having a wonderful Thursday. I know I am. Enjoy your weekend. I hope it will be full of relaxation. Be fierce, Be fabulous, Be You, and remember, nice girls always finish first.

Much love,

BrittneeNoel

Outfit of the day: Rainy day attire

 Hey Nice Girls!

In honor of this wacky weather we have been having, I put together an outfit-of-the-day for a rainy day.  The picture shows the accessories for a rainy day but not an actual outfit.  



 Everyone should have three things on a rainy day.  One, the perfect umbrella.  People tend to make fun of my umbrella because it looks like a dome.  However, I can tell you I have yet to walk in the rain and be wet when I have this umbrella.  The best thing about the dome shape is that the wind cannot get underneath and blow it upside down.  If you are tired of your upside down umbrella then head to Target for a new umbrella.  I bought mine at Target a few years ago for just under $20.00 and I know they still have them.  

Second, every girl deserves a pair of fabulous rain boots.  I love mine!  Mine were a Christmas gift from my grandma a few years ago and they are great!  I have sock-like inserts in mine which are great.  The inserts extend the life of your rain boots into colder months.  You can wear them in the snow and your feet do not get cold.  They are a great investment if you wear your rain boots as snow boots.  

And lastly a nice girl should have a fun, cute jacket to sport.  I bought mine this past weekend at Maurices.  Click "I must have this jacket" and the link will take you to the Maurices' homepage.  This jacket is fun because you can tie the belt all kinds of different ways.  I am a huge fan of the "half bow" right now which is how I have the belt tied in the picture.  Another great thing about this jacket is that it flairs out at the bottom.  This is super fun and girly.   

I would most likely wear a cute top and a pair of skinny jeans on a day like this.  Skinny jeans are the best kind to wear with your rain boots because you can tuck your pants into the boots.  However, I did wear sweats and a pair of old Uggs today.  BAD IDEA!  My feet were freezing because they were soaked!  That outfit was not rain friendly.  I do not recommend it. :)   What do you typically wear on a rainy day?  As much as I love to wear sweats like I did today, I would have felt much better in a cute outfit.

On a side note, I want to start vlogging again but I need your help.  In the comments below please give me an idea of something you would like to see in a vlog.  Hair tutorial, makeup tutorial, monthly favorites, room tour-- anything really just give me a request and I'll see what I can do. 

I hope you were able to make this dreary day a positive one.  I found today to be really productive. 

Be fierce, Be fabulous, Be you and remember, nice girls always finish first.  

BrittneeNoel  

Blog Request: Halloween Costumes

Hey Nice girls!


I received a blog request a few days ago for ideas on nice girl approved Halloween costumes. It can be extremely hard to find costumes that are appropriate. I have a few ideas on how to take a costume that may be on the “hoochie momma” (haha) side of Halloween and make it nice girl approved.

How to make a costume appropriate:

Problem: My dress/ skirt are way too short!
Solution: Don’t be afraid to rock a pair of leggings under your outfit. Judging by Ohio weather it will most likely be cold on Halloween. The leggings will keep you warm and cover your booty. If your outfit comes with fishnets, replace them with opaque tights. This will help to tone down the outfit and make it more appropriate.

Problem: My outfit is low cut!
Solution: Wear a Cami! Go through your dresser drawers and pull out a colored cami that matches your outfit. This will help to conceal the low cut top and make you feel more comfortable.

Problem: I cannot find a costume that I will feel comfortable in!
Solution: Design your own costume! Bring out your creative side and hit the craft store, the thrift store or even the dollar store and find materials to make your own. When I was in 8th grade I was a jack in the box. My mom and I took and old box painted it to look like the outside of a jack in the box. I painted my face to match the character on the inside and I found a joker costume at the party store. This was a fun and unique costume that was appropriate and I also felt comfortable in it.

Problem: I am not creative to design my own but I want an appropriate costume.
Solution: Look in the kids section of the party store for a costume that may fit you. Even though you may think these costumes will be to small grab the biggest size and slip it on. You never know until you try it on. This is a great way to find a costume that is fun and appropriate and suitable to fit your classy tastes.

Costume ideas:
1. Find a well known commercial character… for example: Flo from the Progressive commercials.

2. Royal Wedding. Wear an old wedding dress and rock a sapphire on your ring finger

3. Dress up as your favorite movie. For example, I would dress up as Elle Woods from Legally Blonde. I have actually done this before. I wore a pink dress and carried a pink bag with a stuffed dog, and of course I had on pink heels.

4. Be a Disney character. This is always a fun and appropriate way to dress up.

5. Grab a friend and dress up as each other. My parents went to a Halloween party this past Saturday. They didn’t dress up but had the idea to dress up as each other. My dad would dress up as my mom and vice versa.

I hope this helped to give you an idea on how to enjoy Halloween while feeling comfortable. What are you going as for Halloween? I would love to hear your costume ideas in the comments below. Also, don’t forget about the Spotlight contest. Click HERE to read the rules and regulations for the contest. It only takes a few seconds to enter and I would love to read your entry. I hope you are having a fantastic Tuesday and remember, nice girls always finish first.

BrittneeNoel

It's your time to SHINE!

Hey Nice girls!



Are you an avid nice girl reader? Do you believe you are a true nice girl? If so, I want to spotlight you on my blog. I am looking to update the spotlight tab and I would love to give one of you the opportunity to shine on my page.


The girl I am looking for is a true nice girl. She is positive, caring, kind, hopeful, helpful, understanding, fierce and of course FABULOUS!


If you are chosen to be the first spotlighted reader on my page you will have the opportunity to:


      - ** Write a guest blog on my page on a topic of your choice as long as it is nice girl approved!!!**


      - Be featured for the month of November on the spotlight page,


      - And write a short Bio about yourself and answer a few all about me nice girl questions so the other readers and myself can get to know you better.


Here’s how you enter:


      - Send me an email: allamericannicegirl@yahoo.com. You must include your name, the reason you continue to follow my blog and a few sentences about the things you have done to live the lifestyle of a nice girl. The deadline to enter is October 31, 2011. I must have your entry by 11:59pm eastern time.


      - If you are not able to send an email, feel free to leave a comment below with all the necessary information listed above. Don’t forget to include your name in the entry.


I am super excited about this so I hope a lot of you will take an interest in the opportunity and submit an entry. I plan to continue the spotlight contest as long as this round is a success.


I hope you are all having a fabulous Thursday and remember, nice girls always finish first.


BrittneeNoel

Outfit of the Day: 10/11/11

                                            Hey Nice Girls!


I hope you are having a fabulous Tuesday so far, I know I am! I was out shopping again this weekend and I picked up a new skirt and top for my internship and I decided to wear my new outfit today. I do not have a picture of myself with this outfit on, however picture of the skirt and top are shown on the left side.   

I have the shirt tucked into the skirt because of the cute buttons on the front of the skirt and I am wearing black heels from Kohl’s (I believe these are on sale right now for $30.00). I love these black heels! They are simple, comfortable and will look great on anyone.  Click here to visit these cute shoes!

Is this a post you would like to see more often? Do you have a great idea for a post? Let me know in the comments below!

Be fierce, be fabulous and remember nice girls always finish first.

BrittneeNoel

Fall Fashion--Purple and Red?

Hey Nice Girls… Happy Fall!


Long time no blog…! I apologize for neglecting all of for the past month, but things have been crazy with classes, sorority recruitment and everything else that keeps popping up that needs my immediate attention. With that being said I have finally found sometime to sneak in a quick blog post. Today’s post is inspired by my outfit. :)

Did you know two of the biggest colors this fall are purple and red? I was recently out shopping with my mom at Express and little did I know how much of a fall fashion these colors have become. One of the mannequins in Express was rocking red dress pants with a purple and red top. I personally was a little hesitant to even think about putting purple and red together in the same outfit, but I knew I had to have those red pants. Unfortunately, I hated the way the red pants fit, but I did love the purple and red color combination. I ended up purchasing a red cami, a purple mesh sweater, a bracelet, a necklace and a scarf for the days when I do not feel like wearing a necklace with the outfit. I must say this has been one of my go to outfits for this fall.

Today I am wearing black dress pants, a red cami and a purple zip-up short sleeved sweater and of course I am rocking my black heels with the red peep toe. I also have on the bracelet from Express that has the colors purple, red and black in it. My advice for the fall is to BE BOLD, FABULOUS, and ROCK GREAT OUTFITS! Wear color combinations no one would think of and feel good about your adventurous side.

A quick Nice Girl reminder: It is way past Labor Day ladies, so remember to tuck away your white pants, dresses, skirts and heels until Memorial Day weekend.

Another reminder, although I may not be posting as much I still check my blog and my email daily. If you have a blog request, a question or just want to say Hi please feel free to comment below or send an email because I love to hear from you and I will respond. :)

I wish you all the best of luck to find bold and fun colors to rock this season. I hope you are enjoying this lovely Fall weather we are finally having. Take pictures of the leaves changing and drink some hot apple cider. Smile, relax and remember, nice girls always finish first!

Much Love,

BrittneeNoel

Nice Girl: Adopt a US Soldier


Hey nice girls!

After talking to several people at BW who have adopted a soldier I was inspired to adopt one of my own.  A few days ago I visited www.adoptaussoldier.org and applied to be apart of the non-profit organization.  I applied on Sunday evening and I was so excited I was constanly checking my email to see if I received the information on my adopted soldier.  Finally yesterday I received the email with my soldiers information and I immediately emailed John to introduce myself. 

Last night in the middle of the night I received an email back from John.  I was so excited to hear from  him.  He introduced himself to me and expressed how excited he was to be adopted.  Let me tell you I couldn’t have felt better about putting a smile on this man’s face.  I am looking forward to getting to know him better while he is serving our country and when he returns home. 

If you are reading this blog I challenge you to take five minutes out of your day and apply to adopt a soldier.  This is a great way to give back and be involved with something bigger than yourself.  You have the opportunity to email your soldier and also send them care packages.  Maybe even some day you can meet them and their families if you become close enough with them.  I can’t explain how I felt when I received my first email back from John.  I know the US soldiers would be excited, and thrilled to be adopted by someone like you. 

If you decide to adopt a soldier of your own write to me in the comments below.  I have high hopes you will get involved and adopt a soldier.  I hope you are having a great Wednesday!  Be fierce, be fabulous and remember nice girls always finish first.

BrittneeNoel 

Brittnee you have been randomly chosen to...


Hey everyone!!

What a great first day back to BW yesterday.  I’m excited to say I really like all of my classes I am taking this semester.  The day started off great with Business Ethics, Accounting, and then International marketing and I ended the day with line dancing. 

Line dancing was by far the best class of the day. In class we learned two line dances.  Being a cheerleader for many years helped me to pick up on the dances quickly so I was able to dance and have fun instead of concentrating on the dance itself.  This was a great way to end the day.  I am looking forward to Wednesday and the next set of dances I will learn. 

Besides line dancing I think I am really going to enjoy my international marketing class.  I am 
really looking forward to learning how different cultures market their products and how they react to marketing in general.  I think it will be a great class to continue learning about and exploring diversity. 

Side note: This morning I woke up to an email from BW saying I was randomly selected as a senior to participate in an assessment test.  Of course I do not have a choice but to take this test because they will not allow me to schedule for second semester if I fail to not show up to take this assessment. The email says I am not being graded or assessed but BW as an institution is being assessed.  I had to laugh because I’m not sure if I am the best candidate to be taking the assessment because I cannot take a standardized test to save my life.  I apologize for my score now BW… maybe you should have checked out my ACT score before you “randomly” selected me. Bahahaha!

I am patiently waiting for an exciting email and I cannot wait to blog about this fabulous opportunity I am taking part in.  Hopefully I will get the email today or tomorrow and I’ll be able to post about it.  It will be a Nice Girl post so check back for it!

I hope classes are going great, you are having fun, believing in yourself and remembering nice girls always finish first!

BrittneeNoel 

Sunday Inspiration

Hey everyone.  

Have you ever had one of those days where you need a little inspiration, motivation or a fun quote to keep you going?  Here are some of my favorites quotes I have found on  Pinterest that inspire, motivate and keep me going.  








I hope you are enjoying your Sunday.  And remember, nice girls always finish first. 

BrittneeNoel 

The excitement of school: Grade School vs. College


Hey Nice girls!

I feel awful for leaving you hanging the past few weeks.  I have been booked solid with RA training and preparing the resident halls for everyone to move in.  I know most of you are looking forward to my college room tour.  I will get to it as soon as I can.  I was planning to film it today however my allergies have left me with a hoarse voice.  My voice is deep and sounds manly.  Therefore I will film the video as soon as my normal voice decides to return. 

Last night I was lying in bed thinking back to grade school and how excited I used to be to go back to school.  Do you remember the excitement of  the first day of school and your teacher giving you your new planner or how excited you were to have your teachers pass out your books for the year?  I still get the same kind of excitement when I am picking out my new planner for the new school year.  However, I can say I do not get excited about buying my books for college.  They are expensive and heavy.  I wonder if I would still be excited about getting new books if I was not paying for them.    

The night before school started I would lay out my clothes and shoes the night before.  I double checked my backpack to make sure I had everything I needed and I would pack my lunch.  With that being said, I still lay out my first day back outfit and I double check my tote bag for the basic college necessities.  You all know what I am talking about… pens, pencils, notebook, folders and books.  I miss the days when I walked into my classroom and would pull out my art box with my new markers and crayons and slide it into my desk.  Do you think the professors would wonder what I was doing if I brought an art box to every class?

I also miss RECESS!  Who doesn’t miss running around outside playing tag, kickball or just crossing the monkey bars?  My elementary school had one of the upside down bowls with the holes climb thing…. This is what I am talking about
I used to love playing on this and hanging upside down.  I would show off my "upside down skills" everyday.  The worst part of recess for me were the "recess monitors" or the fun suckers (shout out to my mom- you know why I'm laughing).  I remember when someone would get in trouble they would have to "stand on the wall".  Basically you had to stand with your back on the wall until it was time to go inside.  Thankfully I never had to do this but some of my ornery friends had to.  

I wish I would still get this excited about school starting again.  This year is so bitter sweet because I will be graduating in May.  I can't believe I am a senior in college already.  I feel like it was just yesterday that I graced the stage in my pink high heels at my high school graduation.  Yes I really did wear pink high heels... here is a picture just in case you do not believe me.

What do you miss most about elementary school, middle school or high school?  I hope everyone has a great transition into the new semester.  I wish you the best of luck with your studies and activities.  Hold onto every moment because this year will be over before we know it.  And remember, nice girls always finish first!

BrittneeNoel