11 Books We Are Excited to Read in 2019

As I get older, I prefer staying in and reading on my couch instead of going out (books don’t give you hangovers). People call me boring, but we all have our flaws. I also have this horrible habit of reading three books (or more) at the same time, and the chances that I will ever change are probably close to zero. It was really hard to narrow it down to a few books for our 2019 must-read list without overwhelming you. All of them have mixed reviews online, but I tend to trust those more than ones that only have five stars. Side note: we both are suckers for books about soul searching and business world.

Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind
  1. Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind by Jocelyn K. Glei.
Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World

2. Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant.

Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help YouFind - and Keep - Love

3. Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help YouFind – and Keep – Love by Amir Levine and Rachel Heller.

The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy

4. The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy by Chris Bailey.

Book: Becoming by Michelle Obama

5. Becoming by Michelle Obama.

Book:You Are The One: A Bold Adventure in Finding Purpose, Discovering the Real You, and Loving Fully

6. You Are The One: A Bold Adventure in Finding Purpose, Discovering the Real You, and Loving Fully by Kute Blackson.

Book: Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger

7. Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Johan Berger.

Book:The Third Door: The Wild Quest to Uncover How the World's Most Successful People Launched Their Careers

8. The Third Door: The Wild Quest to Uncover How the World’s Most Successful People Launched Their Careers by Alex Banayan.

Book:The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery by Ian Morgan Cron and  Suzanne Stabile

9. The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery
by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile.

Book: Sell or Be Sold: How to Get Your Way in Business and in Life

10. Sell or Be Sold: How to Get Your Way in Business and in Life by Grant Cardone.

Book:The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer

11. The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer.

Nadia & Caroline

Recap of 12 Looks That Made 2018 Memorable

Welcome back, and thank you for sticking with us throughout the year. We didn’t have an anniversary blog post since life got in the way, and sometimes we can hardly even keep up with emergency matters. It’s been a little over a year since NDS made its first steps into the blogging world, and it’s been an amazing, yet crazy…more like sleepless, overly-caffeinated ride. And yes, we loved every minute of it. It’s been a year of learning, not only about the fashion world, but about technology as well. But let’s leave it at that.
We are so grateful for this platform where we get to be who we are and express ourselves about the things we love most: fashion and beauty. There are so many goals we have yet to accomplish and so many resolutions yet to write, but it wouldn’t be the end of the year without a recap of the looks that make us proud to be your NDS duo:

Fashion blogger sitting at the table drinking coffee and mimosas in the restaurant in Seattle.

1. Sleepless in Seattle.

Fashion blogger walking down the street holding a coffee cup.

2. All fall faves for a coffee run.

Fashion blogger wearing black top and ripped high waisted jeans is sitting on a brown leather couch.

3. Nothing can beat that original jean icon: Levi’s.

Wearing a two piece from urban outfitters in LA

4. The most instagrammable places are in LA.

Summer days on the boat.

5. Boating in Chicago because I can…2 months out of the year.

Sipping on some coffee on a leather couch.

6. My winter outfits mainly consist of white sweaters & light denim.

Taking a selfie wearing all black everything.

7. Thank you tights for making skirts possible in the winter.

Wearing all black.

8. High crown hats. Hope we can bring them with to 2019.

Fashion blogger is a beige trench coat walking down the street.

9. Glad those tench coats make their return every year.

Summer night fashion blogger is posing in black sheer top and black sheer skirt.

10. Anything goes in Miami.

Fashion blogger is sitting on brown leather couch wearing black blazer and black glossy pants.

11. My most glamorous piece of this season: glossy leather pants.

Fashion blogger wearing striped blazer crossing a street in NYC

12. There is something about NYC that helps you step up your #ootd game.

Nadia & Caroline

7 Best Beauty Products I Discovered in 2018

We are continuing with our “Best Of” lists. We only have two more days to go so we are really trying to get our hands on all of the categories. What’s next? Well, my favorite one: beauty products. This category is one where I spend a significant amount of my money, because I believe in quality and that usually comes with a price tag. How can you blame me? My Instagram feed (just like yours) gets hit by so many products on daily basis that it becomes overwhelming. And for that exact reason, I won’t be telling you about every product that lives on my shelf.

Today I’m here to talk about my favorite beauty discoveries that were made throughout the course of past year. I’m sure you have seen them all over Instagram, but I just wanted to give you my word for it. Here are products that have moved from “the nice to haves” to “must haves” list. Seven products I genuinely recommend as a girl with dry hands, dry hair and combination skin, my seven beauty standouts of 2018:

Milk Makeup KUSH High Volume Mascara Mini and collection of gold earrings

 Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation ($44): smooth and blends in easily. It stays on beautifully throughout the day, and trust me it’s not an easy thing to find for a girl with oily skin. Gisou Honey Infused Hair Oil ($84): I use it mostly on my roots after a shower and before styling. It works great as a finishing product and helps with flyaways. A little goes a long way so that price tag is really not as bad. You can always add a few drops to your hair mask. Milk Makeup KUSH High Volume Mascara Mini ($12): It instantly boosts length and volume. It separates lashes like no other one did before. It lasts all day and is easy to wash off (you can’t sell it to unless I can remove it within seconds).

Gisou Honey Infused Hair Oil and collection of gold accessories
Beauty products: Gisou Honey Infused Hair Oil, Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation, Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel,Anastasia Beverly Hills Black Eyeliner, Gold earrings

NARS Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm ($28): this is extremely hydrating. It goes on smoothly and adds beautiful natural color/gloss to my lips. I just really hope NARS doesn’t discontinue them…EVER. Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel ($22): even though I significantly cut back on wearing makeup everyday, I never leave home without fixing my brows with this gel. Super light, non flaky and keeps my brows in place for over 18 hours.

Anastasia Beverly Hills black eyeliner, NARS Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm, AESOP Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm and gold accessories

Anastasia Beverly Hills Waterproof Creme Color ($18): I didn’t think I was ever going back to black eyeliner until I was introduced to this one. It stays on through both day and night. It goes on incredibly smoothly. I love how pigmented it is. Doesn’t fade. Doesn’t budge. AESOP Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm ($31): Instagram bloggers sold this one to me. It ended up on my Holiday Gift Guide for 2018. Smells like mandarin oranges with hint of rosemary. Weightless and not sticky. It’s the best hand cream yet, and trust me because I’ve tried dozens.

Gisou Honey Infused Hair Oil, Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation, Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel, Gold earrings and fashion magazine
Flat-lay of beauty and makeup products: Milk makeup mini mascara, Aesop hand balm and Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation

Nadia & Caroline

11 Instagram Looks We Loved in 2018

Now that 2018 is on its last note, it’s time for those resolutions to start filling up your notebooks. We don’t only like to fixate on the future, we also like to look back and appreciate all that has happened. And if you are a fashion lover like we are, then we say it’s time to reflect on the best fashion moments of this year. By that we mean: 11 best street style outfits of the 2018.

Where do we begin? Let’s start with one thing that we love most: our Instagram feed. If you are not part of the “I find my looks on Instagram” club, then you need to step your game up. No hard feelings. It’s time to join the club (or clan, as some say). Instagram is the first place things are usually happening. We confess to stalking the wardrobes of Instagram icons, but we plead Not Guilty because how could anyone resist? Deep down in our hearts, we truly hope that one of these days we can poke our heads into their real-life closets. Still: Not Guilty.

Throughout the past year, we have saved thousands of pictures of looks we love, pieces we want in our closets and beauty products worth the rave. So when we tell you we picked out our top fave looks of 2018, you can only imagine how much scrolling was involved. But hey, it’s time to give those people the credit they deserve.

Xenia Adonts in brown crop top and hight waisted suede pants for Paris Fashion Week
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1.Xenia Adonts and this killer Paris Fashion Week 2018 look.

Camila Coelho in long leopard jacket on her coffee walk
Camila Coelho

2. Camilla Coehlo and her best-yet leopard coat.

Taylor LaShae is wearing polka dots black sheer top, black pants and white animal print ankle boots
Taylor LaShae

3. Taylor LaShae. Would you argue about fashion with a French girl? Don’t think so.

Negin Mirsalehi is wearing black turtle neck sweater and black leather mini skirt on a rainy day
Negin Mirsalehi

4. Oh, Negin. Hand us that skirt along with that bag, please.

Linh Niller is wearing all whites: knit white winter sweater, high waisted pants and short fur coat
Linh Niller

5. Linh Niller. No other “all white” look could beat this one.

Ruta in long sleeves yellow dress and mini belt leather yellow bag
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6. RUTA and this structured yellow dress that’s appropriate for all seasons.

Blair Eadie is wearing checkered jumpsuit and black blazer with bottoms
Blair Eadie

7. Blaire Eadie. A checkered jumpsuit has never looked so chic.

Marta Lozano is wearing white T-shirt, checkered blazer  and a fur brown coat
Marta Lozano

8. Marta Lozano. Talk about ideal layering skills.

Belen Hostalet riding a boat this summer in Venecia wearing white linen pants and orange one shoulder shirt
Belen Hostalet

9. Belen Hostalet. No one rocks a “white hat” quite as well as her.

Lainy Sedaya is posing in a black swimsuit and black fishnet skirt on the beach
Lainy Hedaya

10. Lainy Hedaya, thanks for making one-piece swimwear look so good.

Leonie Hanne is posing in oversized white sweater, velvet brown pants and high brown boots
Leonie Hanne

11. Leonie Hanna and her “always on point” accessories game.

Nadia & Caroline

10 – Cable Knit Sweaters You Need to Wear this Winter Season

Do you have enough white sweaters in your closet? We think we know the answer to that: There can never be enough. For some reason, those oversized chunky sweaters held a very special place in our hearts the past few years…and dozens of them made it into our closets. If we had to award them a prize according to style, cable knit sweaters would take first place. We dedicated our Pinterest boards to them, and our “saved” section on Instagram is loaded with cable knit sweaters in all shades of whites. No shame in that. Okay, let’s cut to the chase already. How familiar are you with the phrase “Cozy has never looked this cute”? That’s just a hint for what you are about to see.

Ivory Crop V neck Cable-knit sweater with double back tiesPixie Market Back Tie Crop Sweater $104

We die for the back on this one. Thoughts?

Intricately cabled vintage fisherman crop sweater.Urban Outfitters Urban Renewal Recycled Fisherman Crew-Neck Cropped Sweater $59

Crop tops aren’t just for summer. Are you with us?

Cable knit sweater with a crew neck and long sleeves.Reformation Fisherman Sweater $160

We are always down for a classic round necklines.

Chunky braided cable knit sweater featuring a mock neck.Free People Braided Cable Pullover Sweater $249.95

Chunky braids? Yes please. Must be worn as a dress though.

A brushed cable knit sweater featuring a mock neck, long sleeves, dropped shoulders, and ribbed trim.Forever 21 Cable Knit Sweater $27.90

Nothing gives you a casual look like dropped shoulders.

A cable-knit white boxy sweater.3.1 Phillip Lim Boxy Cable Sweater $495

We love that boxy look.

Cable knit sweater with a ruffled mock neck and diamond cable knitting.And Other Stories Cable Knit Bobble Sweater $119

Cozy never looked so chic.

Cable knit pullover with banded mock-neck and dropped long sleeves.Urban Outfitters Austin Mock-Neck Cable Knit Sweater $39

You need a least one mock neck sweater in your closet, why not have it in white?

Cream cable knit sweater with long dolman sleeves. Lush Bavaria Cream Cable Knit Sweater $47

Only $47? We will take two.

A cold weather essential, this cable-knit sweater does some pretty cozy things to denim and maxi skirts alike.J. Crew Popcorn Cable-Knit Sweater $98

Who needs popcorn when you have this sweater?

We hope you are having a wonderful holiday season! Much love to you and your families!

Nadia & Caroline

Why Layering Is The Best Part of Fall and Winter Fashion

The best part about fall and winter is layering. I love that I can take all of my favorite pieces and still wear them no matter what the temperature is like outside. You can still look cute and fashionable even when the temperature drops. There are two ways to approach layering: You can go the monochromatic route and create a very clean, sophisticated look using one color, or choose an outfit with a contrasting pop of color, just like I did with these denim pieces.

Black suede coat in combination with grey turtle neck sweater.

So many of my friends loved this look so here is where you can shop these pieces or similar ones:

  1. High Neck Sweater: $65. 2. Knit Turtleneck Sweater $34.99. 3. Turtleneck Sweater $75. 4. Great Heights Frayed Skinny Jeans $78. 5. 9 – Inch Torn Knee Skinny Jeans $89.99. 6. Camden Sweater Coat $178. 7. Janet Vegan Suede Trench Coat $100. 8. Ellie Double Face Wool Blend Wrap Coat $139.90. 9. Genuine Suede Trench Coat $249.49. 10. Mel Faux Suede Trench Coat $194.99. 11. Suede Look Coat $49. 12. Bootie $64.50. 13. Women’s Dante Pointed Toe Leather Booties $129. 14. Devin Pointy Toe Bootie $119.90 (40% off).

Glossy ankle boots and light summer jeans.Black suede coat and chunky dark grey turtle neck.

Nadia & Caroline

9 Eye Cream Products I’m Looking Forward to Try

They say the skin around your eyes ages 39 times faster than the skin on your face. If you believe in that like I do, then you know we need all the help we can get when it comes to caring for this delicate area. Healthy skin starts from the within, but when it comes to wrinkles, a good eye cream can help. What I believe in is: prevention. The earlier we start to take care of our eye area the better. With that said, here are some of the most promising eye creams that I have been wanting to try, and trust me when I say I wouldn’t pick just anything:

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Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum $69

Helps skin around eyes look firmer and smoother.

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It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream $48

Reduces signs of dark circles and puffiness.

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Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Eye Serum $85

Provides firming and plumping hydration.

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Biossance Squalane + Reptide Eye Gel $54

Gives your eyes a well-rested look.

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100 Percent Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream $26

Makes your eye area look more youthful and awake.

Sunday Riley Auto Correct Brightening and Depuffing Eye Contour Cream
Sunday Riley Auto Correct Brightening and Depuffing Eye Contour Cream $65

Instantly brightens eyes and gives a lifted look.

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Dr. Brandt No More Baggage  $42

The name says it all.

Superfood Peptide Eye Cream
Youth to The People Superfood Peptide Eye Cream $35

Rich in skin-loving phytonutrients and vitamins C, E, and K.

Crème Contour des Yeux
Biologique Recherche Creme Contour des Yeux $78

Moisturizes and tones eye area.

It feels like this list could last me a year or longer, but I can’t wait to try them all.

Nadia

Skincare Products I’m Using Every Morning to Make My Dry Skin Happy

When is the right time to start using skincare products, and what products should you even begin with? My mom has always said the earlier the better, so it all began for me when I was about 15 years old. I’m not talking about advanced skin care or exfoliation, no…none of that. Just regular products and a basic skin care regimen to keep my dry skin healthy and hydrated. As time passed, new concerns came up along the way — namely, how do I keep wrinkles and random breakouts at bay? Well, it took me about ten years to get where I am now with my morning and nighttime skincare routine, and to finally love each and every product on my shelf. (Call me picky!).
Welcome to my skincare regime:
Essential-C Cleanser has phospholipids and sodium PCA which attract and bind moisture to dry skin, while a combination of vitamins A, C and E defend skin from free radical damage.
Lancom Tonique Toner is perfect to use when my skin feels a little drier than usual.
Olehenriksen Facial Water I use this when I need to add some hydration to my skin before or after makeup. It’s also great for touch ups throughout the day.
Thayers Witch Hazel Toner is perfect for when I start noticing my skin tone is uneven, plus it gets rid of every last trace of makeup that didn’t come off after cleansing my face.
Biossance 100% Squalane Oil is the holy grail for my dry skin. I felt like this is what I have been missing my whole life.
love this SkinCeuticals Daily Moisture I because it doesn’t clog my pores. I used to have little bumps on my forehead from using heavy moisturizer. This one has not done that, and the bumps are all gone. I only use moisturizer during the day because I feel oils and creams would be too heavy to sit on my skin all night.
Banana Bright Eye Cream: I haven’t experimented with too many eye creams yet, but I do like this one a lot.
Love,
Caroline

Holiday Gift Guide under $50

You have your list of people to buy for, and we have the gifts. This holiday season, shopping just got so much easier (and cheaper). Here are ten items we personally love and use. Everything is under $50. We girls don’t always want to splurge on an expensive hand cream or body scrub, which is why these reasonably-priced items made it on our list:

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Herbivore Coco Rose Body Polish: $36

An extra scrub never hurt nobody.

Frank Body Original Body Scrub
Frank Body Original Body Scrub: $16.95

Smooth skin is trending.

 

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Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm: $27

Just purchased one myself.

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Nars Afterglow Lip Balm: $28

Flatter up.

Urban Outfitters P.F. Candle Co. Amber Jar 12 oz Soy Candle: $28
Urban Outfitters P.F. Candle Co. Amber Jar 12 oz Soy Candle: $28

Can never go wrong with a candle.

Cute Winter Scarf
Mango Fringed edge scarf: $39.99

It’s scarf season. Yay!

Goop "The Martini" Emotional Detox Bath Soak
Goop “The Martini” Emotional Detox Bath Soak: $35

Zen zone.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills, Inc.  Brow Wiz: $21

Eyebrows on fleek.

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Frank Body Cherry Bomb Lip Balm: $14.95

Chapped lips? Not anymore.

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The Dry Bar Triple Sec: $26

She doesn’t know this  exists.

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Sephora Invisibobble Slim The Elegant Hair Ring: $8

Save that blowout.

<3

Nadia & Caroline

 

8 Best Coats to Buy for Fall Season

Chicago winters don’t leave us with much time to enjoy fall and everything that we have in our closets in the summer. We switch from cardigans to puffy winter jackets within days, sometimes even hours. This doesn’t mean we don’t shop for things we truly love: trench coats, overcoats or faux-fur jackets.  Here is what I’ve had my eyes on for the past month or so:

Mango Unstructured Wool-Blend Coat ($229.99)
Mango Unstructured Wool-Blend Coat ($229.99)

You will never get tired of  this coat.

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Zara Faux Far Coat ($169)

Hear out fashion people: this one is a must have.

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BB Dakota Bradshaw Leopard Faux Fur Coat ($158)

You can’t call yourself stylish unless you have one of the above in your closet.

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About Us Amanda Plaid Coat ($94)

Just a pinch of classics.

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Arket Wool Trench Coat (£250)

Warm is the new stylish.

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Topshop Big Borg Coat ($160)

Got a personality? Get this coat.

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J Crew Daphne Topcoat in Italian Weed ($325)

Yellow is going to be a trend this spring so be ahead of the trend….plus it’s on sale.

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Stine Goya Concord Faux Fur Coat ($580)

You always need at least 1 coat that is another color other than the neutrals and classics.

Your Instagram feed will thank you.

Love,

Nadia & Caroline