Author: Nicole Isaacs

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HANGOUT FESTIVAL: GULF SHORES, ALABAMA

My first Hangout Fest in Gulf Shores Alabama. I got invited to attend, and I had never been to the festival, nor had I ever been to Alabama! I had heard about it through one of my friends, and I knew it was a music festival on the beach. I decided to go with my sister and we had a lot of fun. It’s definitely different than Coachella, or any other music festival I’ve been to. It’s a lot smaller, and right on the sand on a beach in Gulf Shores. I felt like most people who attended were either from Alabama or the surrounding states in the South and mid west, but there were some people I met from the West Coast. You fly into the Pensacola airport in Florida, which is the closest international airport to Gulf Shores. We took a Lyft from the airport in Pensacola to Gulf Shores which was around $70. Here are a few things to know when going to HangOut Festival: Fly into Pensacola airport. Pensacola is a …

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COOK ISLANDS

I just got back from the Cook Islands. When I tell people I went there, I pretty much get a lot of blank stares. I think a lot of people don’t really know where that is, and I admit I didn’t either when I was pitched to visit. WHERE IS COOK ISLANDS? Cook Islands is a bunch of small islands in the middle of the South Pacific ocean northeast of New Zealand between French Polynesia and American Samoa/Hawaii. There make up a compilation of a several small islands, and I visited the largest  island of Rarotonga and a smaller island called Aitutaki. FLIGHTS TO COOK ISLANDS: I went with the Cook Islands Tourism Board for one week. I flew direct on Air New Zealand from Los Angeles into Rarotonga, which is a 10 hour flight. There is only 1 direct flight a week on Air New Zealand. We took an 11:30pm flight on Saturday night and arrived in Cook Islands early Sunday morning. Because it was a sponsored trip flights were covered, but I got …

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COACHELLA ’18

I wanted to share some of my Coachella look from this year. I took my sister with me and my brother also stayed with us, so it was a family affair this time which made this year special. Coachella is always so overwhelming and a lot ever since being in the industry as a blogger. It’s more work and less fun for sure but still has its fun moments. I guess it all depends what you make of it. Being with my sister this year made it a lot more chill too. I didn’t stress about doing and going to everything this year. I hung out at Foray Collective’s desert oasis house, and stopped by the Revolve festival parties on Saturday and Sunday during the day, and hit up the festival each night around 6pm to midnight. It’s a lot of walking, standing on your feet, moving around from event to event, and pretty much no sleep. At the end you feel completely drained and exhausted. I would say my biggest Coachella tips would be …

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CARNIVAL 2018, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

My first Carnival experience was in Jamaica of last year (2017). I went with the Jamaican Tourism Board, and it was a wild experience. I told myself I would go to Carnival the following year either in Trinidad or Brazil. I ended up choosing Trinidad because my friends who go every year told me I should start there first before going to Brazil. I knew nothing about Carnival in Trinidad, so when my friend started asking me all these questions like “Are you playing Mas? What band are you playing with?” I had no clue what he was talking about. Apparently there is Carnival lingo I had to learn before making a fool of myself before I got there lol. I quickly learned that Carnival in Trinidad was completely different than Carnival in Jamaica. CHOOSING A BAND: The right way to do Carnival is to join a band. There are a bunch of different bands to choose from, and let’s be honest, the most important thing about Carnival besides the dancing and the music is the costume. …

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NICOLE X REVOLVE

Check out my trendsetter checklist feature for Revolve Clothing. I shot five different looks + a one minute beauty video which you can also see on Revolve’s homepage! This was an exciting opportunity for me to show my personal style through my favorite and one of the best brands out there. I styled a faux fur look, statement pant look, blazer look, sheer dress & a jumpsuit look. Check out all the pictures below + “What’s in My Makeup bag video” all for Revolve. Hope you like! xx Nicole

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LILIA RESTAURANT- BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

Lilia is known to be one of the best restaurants in New York. It’s known for amazing Italian food and hard to get a reservation. I recently went and ordered a bunch of dishes off the menu to make sure I tried enough to make a fair judgement on the place, and I left feeling unimpressed. I had high expectations and it definitely didn’t live up to the hype in my humble opinion. Although nothing was bad, nothing was out of this world or mind blowing. I think it’s worth to visit if you have the chance but don’t have the highest expectations because I feel like you’ll leave a little disappointed. Anytime something is super hyped, I feel like it’s always a let down. See the dishes I ordered below. * My favorite dishes were the Squash Filled Ravioli, with Hazelnuts, Parmigiano & Sage, and the Crispy Shrimp with Parsley Aioli. Also the garlic ciabatta bread as an appetizer was delicious!

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PORTUGAL

Portugal was another memorable trip from 2017. Every year I choose somewhere epic to spend my birthday, and this year I chose Portugal. I had never been there before, and I was in Spain most of the summer, so thought Portugal was the perfect choice, especially being so close  it was easy to get there. I LOVED Portugal. I would have to say it’s in my top three favorite countries in Europe along with Italy and Croatia. Portugal just has such an amazing energy, and I think it’s because of the people. As soon as I landed, I got good vibes. To me, that is what makes a place so special- the energy of the people, and all throughout the trip I came across the nicest and friendliest people. Only few places have that in my opinion. I also think TAP Portugal is a great airline to fly with really friendly staff and efficient service. I recommend flying them into Portugal. First stop and last stop of the trip was Lisbon. It is such a colorful …

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COSTA RICA WITH SUPERCHARGE

My second time visiting Costa Rica, and it was just as magical as the first time…there is just something about it there. I went with Supercharge, an influencer travel agency and got to go with a few of my influencer friends. We had the best group which made our trip even more special- good vibes all around. It was a quick trip only for a few days and I visited a different part of the country than I did my first time there. We flew into Liberia instead of San Jose, which is the northern part of the country close to Nicaragua. We stayed at the Andaz Papagayo ( a Hyatt resort), which was a beautiful and lush resort on the beach. The first day it was raining all day so we spent the day at the resort getting settled in and going to the spa. We also had a barista class where we learned how to make coffee from different parts of the world. The second day we went horseback riding in the mountains to …