Why I Embrace Getting Older: Birthday Post!

Wrinkles?  Jiggly bum? The inability to pull an all-nighter? Bring it on. I completely welcome all of the attributes of getting older. Today I celebrate twenty-six years of my magical life. And while I have learned so much these years, I wanted to write about why people (women specifically), should embrace getting older.

In a world where physical beauty holds more importance over inner beauty (no thanks to social media), I witness too many of my girlfriends desperately trying to avoid aging. Ladies, YOU ARE GOING TO AGE. Yes, moisturizing and exercise will definitely prevent you from aging faster but – you will age! I say, relax and accept it for what it is. Age gracefully, and not in a panic at twenty-five. Plus, I’m sure all that stress and worry about aging isn’t helping!

So, why do I embrace getting older? For starters, I get to learn new things about myself each year. I find I surprise myself more the older I get, in the best way possible. I’m sure this rings true for many of you as well. I think the relationship you have with yourself is the most important, so it’s a beautiful thing when you understand that relationship even better.

Wrinkles are attractive! Yes, I said it. Those laugh lines you have? It shows that you’re the type of person that smiles a lot, and hey, that’s beautiful if you ask me.

I care less about what others think. This might be my favourite one. I no longer care about what everyone else around me thinks. Understanding that my physical appearance does not result in how valued I feel in society. I no longer try to fit a standard. And let me tell you, it’s so refreshing.

Important people come into perspective. It’s really clear who is there for me when I need support. As we age, our groups tend to get smaller. This is such a time saver as I tend to put all of my energy into those who are in my life, so it’s really wonderful to spend that love on people who truly want to be around.

I can pass on what I’ve learned to others. I think it’s really important to share the love. If I’ve experienced something and I can provide advice to someone going through a similar situation, I’ll try to help as best as I can. Getting older means more experiences, life lessons, and overcoming more barriers. Share those experiences with others!

Feeling grateful. I may be getting older, but I’m healthy and alive.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that we (as women) need to re-evaluate our priorities. Working on our souls should come before botox. A birthday should be CELEBRATED as another year of life, instead of another number.

Do any of you feel this way, or am I crazy? Weigh in below in the comments section. I’d love to know!

Anyway, even if it’s my birthday I still have work and lectures 🙁 But, I’m really excited to try an incredible Sushi restaurant tonight with the Boyfriend. I think I’m going to post my first InstaStory this evening so if you’re not following me on Insta, follow me here, and join the fun!

Winter Season Pink Lipsticks from M.A.C.

As a professionally trained Makeup Artist, I can honestly say I have more lipsticks than I’ll ever need in three lifetimes. With Winter here in full force, I like to incorporate bright colours into my makeup looks to lighten the dreary mood. A lot of fair women believe that they can’t do intense pops of colour and should instead opt for pastels. While it’s true pastel pinks look beautiful on us, there’s just something so striking about a bold, pink lip on anyone!


Left to right:
Shanghai Spice (creamy muted pink), Show Orchid (very hot pink), Mehr (dirty blue pink)

These are my top 3 pink lipstick picks for the winter season from M.A.C. Cosmetics. Shanghai Spice is a lovely neutral pink that offers moisture for your lips if you’re like many and experience dry lips in the winter. Show Orchid is for the daring girl who doesn’t mind turning heads. This cool pink tone adds fun to any look. Mehr is a matte lipstick so it will last through all of your sips of vino! Because Mehr can translate as a pink-brown, it is especially beautiful as a neutral pink on South Asian skin tones.

I’m wearing Show Orchid in this post.

Have you guys tried these colours, what did you think? What are some of your favourite pink lipsticks for winter? I’d love to know! In the end, wear whatever makes YOU feel the most beautiful and happiest!

A Sparkly Introduction

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Hi, lovelies! Welcome to my first ever blog post on The Sparkle Style. Let me start off by saying how excited I am to finally introduce TSS. I have wanted to create this blog for many years, and I decided 2017 was the year I would finally step out of my comfort zone and make it happen. My plan is for the blog to focus on self-love through beauty, style, and travel.

I thought that for my first blog post, and my first post for 2017, that I would shower my readers in all the sparkly magic that is NEW YEARS EVE. I am a sucker for anything drenched in sparkles AND/or sequins, which is why it makes perfect sense to introduce the blog to you guys with a New Years post.

I’m not a fan of large crowds, which is why I always opt to bring in the new year with my family. Dressing up to the nines with loved ones and sipping on wine (or knocking back tequila shots), is my favourite way to spend new years eve. I imagine a lot of blogs showcasing 2017 posts with much to say on resolutions, tips on being a better person, and inspirational reflections…..which is why I will not be talking about any of these things right now. It’s not that these things don’t matter (duh), I just don’t want to begin blogging with a generic post.

Because my priorities are spot on, I’d like to move on and bask in all the WHITE SWAN princess glory that is THIS dress:

I’ve had this little number tucked away for too long. Seeing how I haven’t yet become a famous figure skater, I thought I might as well take the dress out for a spin…

// SHOP THE LOOK //
Dress: French Connection (sold out) / Choker Necklace: M for Mendocino / Earrings and other accessories: Betsey Johnson

   So, that’s it. Post numero uno! What did you guys get up to on NYE? I look forward to meeting and getting to know my readers so please introduce yourself to me in the comments section below if you love merlot, free vacations, and laughing at your own jokes.

xo, Nikole

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