Thursday, August 15, 2013

End of Summer Tunes: Lorde and The Lighthouse and the Whaler

Wow guys. I haven't posted a blog post in a very long time and, I am very sorry about that. Summer is almost over and considering I already hate school things aren't looking to well. It's this time of the year when I start to pull my hair out and have to turn to some sort of medication to fix the beginning of school hatred we all endure. Contrary to peoples beliefs, I don't do drugs. I do, turn to music though. It's the souls medicine. 

Lorde, born November 7th
New Zealand native, Ella Yelich-O'Connor, has rocked the alternative music scene with her amazing voice. When you listen to her music it's hard to tell she's only sixteen!

The Lighthouse and The Whaler with Jukebox The Ghost Tonight at The Taft Theatre!
Five completely different men work together to form this amazing band. I personally found them while browsing Noisetrade and, I have to say I love them. With there Indie/Rock sound they create songs that you want to listen to non-stop all day long. Check them out, you won't regret it. 
Day 33 - The Lighthouse and the Whaler - Venice

I hope you all enjoy these tasty jams. Thanks for reading. Love, Grace Elizabeth Nickols...xoxo

Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Innocents: An interview with author Lili Peloquin

Hello all fellow blog readers. Last month I read this amazing, heart-wrenching, nail biting, not to mention romantic book, The Innocents. When the time came for our second semester book report I immediately knew what book to write about. I emailed the author and asked if I could do a short interview about her and her book. She was super nice and said yes! Check it out! 
An Interview With Lili:

Q: While reading your book, I felt like I totally connected with Alice because our personalities matched completely. As the author, what sister do you identify more with and why?

A: Oh, Alice, for sure. She's the more reserved sister. She's quiet and bookish—an observer. I WISH I were more like Charlie! Charlie's fun. Is always causing major mischief, chasing after boys, getting into trouble and all that. I've always liked wild girls but was never one myself.

Q: How did you come up with the idea to write The Innocents? How long did it take you to write it 

A: When I was young, like eleven or twelve, I read this book called Rebecca and I was never able to shake its spell. It’s this old-timey English novel about a shy, poor young women who marries a rich, handsome, brooding older man with a tragic past. His wife has just died. And this dead wife, Rebecca, was famously great-looking and famously charming—a second wife’s nightmare, basically—and they lived in this very beautiful and celebrated house called Manderly. So you have this extremely inexperienced, unworldly girl entering this settled household and challenging the power of a ghost. I love that premise. It’s totally captivating and bewitching to me. And I wanted to re-imagine it from a younger character’s perspective.

The Innocents took about six months from concept to final draft. Faster than I'd have liked but I was under a pretty wicked deadline.

Q: If a movie were to be made out of the book who would you have play all the major characters? Where do you think would be the perfect town to shoot it in?

A:I'd want Chloe Moretz for Alice. She played a baby vampire in a movie called Let Me In. She was terrific. Pretty and spooky and mysterious with great big eyes.
Amanda Seyfried is probably a little old for the role, but she'd make a sensational Camilla. She and Chloe Moretz resemble one another physically, which is important for The Innocents in terms of plot, only she's more polished and sophisticated looking.
Then I'd want the girl who plays Hannah in Pretty Little Liars for Charlie. She's got this great been-around-the-block quality. Plus she seems tough but sensitive--the perfect mix for Charlie.

Mystic, CT would be the ideal town: sea-shore-y but ritzy.

Q: What authors do you look to for writing inspiration? What are some of your favorite books/movies?

A: I really liked Gothic novels when I was a young reader. Still do. I’m drawn most deeply to stories that are heavy on mood and atmospherics, that are sly and seductive, that are spooky and have a fairy tale quality—books that get under your skin, in other words. The Secret History by Donna Tartt is a favorite. So is The Magus by John Fowles.

My favorite TV shows are almost all mysteries: Veronica Mars, Twin Peaks and Friday Night Lights (not a mystery but it stars Taylor Kitsch, the sexiest actor going).

Q: How many books do you plan to write in The Innocents series?

A: Three! A beginning book, a middle book, and then one to round it all off. The second in the series, This Side of Jealousy, comes out in August. I'm working on the second draft of the final book now.

I definitely recommend reading this book right away! Have a great day :) Love, Grace Elizabeth Nickols...xoxo 

Friday, March 22, 2013

Spring Fashion Sensations

Spring Styles

This Spring, pastels are huge. Light, flirty colors are taking over the run way and taking over the store fronts today. Not only are pastels big in women's fashions, but also in men's! Check it out!

Second row from left to right: Hawkings McGill Cutoff Chino Short, Pastel Blue Oxford Shirt,  Aldo Suede Blue Bucks.
Another big Spring trend is prints. Everything from printed dresses to printed shorts! Check it out! 
Clockwise from left to right (bottom row): Sailboat Dress, Printed Bird Skirt, Ice Cream Shorts, Printed Bird Shirt. 
One thing I love to do, especially in the Spring, is to take inspiration from some of my favorite movie characters. Kara Hayward, who play's Suzy in Moonrise Kingdom, has an adorable style. Check it out! 
Courtesy of: Rookie Mag
For my last Spring style, I have to mention everything floral. Floral print has always been big, but with fashion taking a look back at the 60's and the 70's it's really taken off again. Check it out!
Clockwise from left to right (bottom row): Topshop Tapestry Dress, Rose Garden Striped Leggings, Black Ink Floral Print Sheer Shirt, Topshop Floral Print Shorts.
Here are some other great Springs styles to check out! 
 summer style-love that top! Loving her simple, neutral look. A removable collar and neutral bag can really pull a look together!Loafersfall colors

I hope you all enjoyed reading about Spring styles. Have a wonderful day. Love, Grace Elizabeth Nickols...xoxo :)

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Winter Lovin'


Kitten Heels
~A kitten heel is a short, slender heel that is normally much easier to walk in! They are very popular this winter season and can be seen worn by many celebrities during this award season. Here are some great kitten heels from Modcloth
Bow'n Places Heel in White - Scholastic/Collegiate, Leather, Mary Jane, Mid, 20s, Best Seller, Chunky heel, Top RatedMeow's the Time Heel in Beige - Tan, Black, White, Solid, Polka Dots, Kawaii, Mid, Statement, Tis the Season Sale, Top RatedPlay Us a Corduroy Heel by Chelsea Crew - Black, Solid, Film Noir, Mid, Mary Jane, Holiday Party, 20s, Top RatedJust the Pair Wedge - Black, Solid, Wedge, Mid, WorkEvery Walking Moment Wedge in Black - Black, Solid, Wedge, Mary Jane, MidChiaroscuro Allure Heel in Noir - Black, Polka Dots, Bows, Formal, High, Holiday Party

Downton Abbey
If I could only watch one show for the rest of my life it would defiantly be Downton Abbey. If you have never seen it then you need to check it out. It is a British period drama set from 1912 and on that depicts the extravagant life of the Crawley family and their servants. Watch it now!
Alt=series titles and a view of Downton Abbey

The Carrie Diaries
My current T.V. obsession is an amazing new show called "The Carrie Diaries." If you've ever seen Sex and the City then you know of Miss Carrie Bradshaw, Well...this is before she was a famous writer. The show follows her senior year of high-school in the fabulous 80's!
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Here are some great tunes I'm currently listening to that I will leave you all with!
(The Girl~City and Colour)

(Classy Girls~The Lumineers)

I hope you all are having an amazing winter...Love, Grace Elizabeth Nickols...xoxo. 

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Winter Jams: The Lumineers

If you're like me, then you can't function without music. I constantly seem to be listening to something, whether it's my Ipod or my ancient CD player, music fills my world. Currently I'm on Christmas break and to be honest I'm quite bored. I figured to cure my boredom I would share with you all some great music I have been listening too...:)

The Lumineers

If you're into folk rock then The Lumineers are the band for you. With easygoing songs and minimal instruments they create a simplistic vibe with their music. I highly recommend checking out The Lumineers--you won't regret it! 
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Thanks for reading! Hope you all had an amazing Christmas and a happy New Year! Love, Grace Elizabeth Nickols...xoxo

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Skyfall: A new generation of Bond.

~007 becomes M's only ally as M16 comes under attack as a mysterious and new villain emerges with a diabolical plan. Bond's latest mission has gone horribly wrong and has resulted in the exposure of several undercover agents. When M's reputation is compromised, she knows 007 is the only one that can restore it. Operating in the dark, Bond sets out to find the criminal mastermind just as a storm brews on the horizon.~

If I never see another James Bond movie I "might" be okay with that. While yes, the movie was good...if you like a lot of violence and death....I'm more of a frilly, princess girl myself.

You see, I saw the movie on an impulse. My friend Ally and I donated can goods to our local movie theatre and they gave us free movie tickets. We had no idea what to watch so I just suggested we go see Skyfall.

If you are a lover of action movies then this movie is for you!!

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Love, Grace Elizabeth Nickols...xoxo

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thankgiving: My top ten reasons to be thankful!

As Thanksgiving rolls around, I would like to take some time to share with all of you some reasons why I am thankful.

  • 1. First of all, I am thankful for my amazing God. He blesses me everyday in every aspect of my life. He is truly the only reason I have so many things to be thankful for! 

"One Thing Remains"
  • 2. I am thankful for my loving parents. Their faith and their love have guided me through all of my life. They always push me to achieve my goals and encourage me to become anything I want to be. They are the best parents anyone could ever ask for! 

  • 3. I am so thankful for my sister, although she is family, she is my best friend. We are crazy together and take some pretty interesting pictures, but I love her! 

  • 4. I am thankful for the country I live in, for the veterans that fought for our freedom, and for our leaders that give all they have into making us a stronger nation. 
American Flag
  • 5. I am thankful for all of my friends! They are all quite spectacular in each of their own special ways! :)

  • 6. I am also thankful for my lifegroup girls. While they are all my friends, they have a different special place in my heart..:)

  • 7. I am thankful for my crazy personality that allows to make some amazing friends! 

  • 8. I am thankful for my love of fashion inspiration from the past, especially Audrey Hepburn. She was such an amazing women, and I love learning about her! 
 Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina

  • 9. I am thankful for my obsession with reading. I wound defiantly not be the girl I am today if I didn't have my books...:)
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  • 10. I am thankful for all of my music. I am constantly listening to music, and I don't think i could function without it...
Love Ellie goulding! Excited for her new album!

Happy Thanksgiving! Love, Grace Elizabeth Nickols...xoxo 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Fall Fashion Inspiration: From Audrey Hepburn to Elizabeth Taylor

Recently  I have combing through thrift stores, library book sales, and my grandma's bookshelf for books about the fabulous Audrey Hepburn. It has kind of become a hobby for me. I love finding literally brings me so much joy. Her style was iconic and I love mirroring it!

It seems these days that people are modeling the styles of today after those of the 50's and 60's. It is shown in magazines like Vogue and Elle the drastic comparisons to these styles of the past!

Dressing like your favorite icon from the past is so simple, you just have to know what to look for! For example, let's take a look at Audrey's style. Through pictures you can really tell that she loved stripes!

Stripe sweater ~Forever 21
What's the Lineup? Dress ~Modcloth
Audrey also had a thing for the classic pea-coat!
Classic Double Breasted Coat ~ Forever 21
Vintage Third Eye Pea Coat ~Modcloth
Finally, Audrey loved her shorts! Especially high waisted ones!
Stripe Shorts 
Lace Shorts ~
Here are some other awesome ways to dress like those from the past! Enjoy!

Both outfits are from 

Love, Grace Elizabeth Nickols...xoxo