New Music Coming Soon!

After 15+ years of singing professionally, I took a hiatus from music for some health reasons and then felt like I needed to be doing more than what I was in CA. In the fall I moved from Los Angeles to Nashville and somehow I found myself back in the studio. A music genius and dear friend of mine, Matt Della Polla connected me with music extraordinaire, Chris Boardman who I met up with upon a visit to Nashville. He was so kind and gracious, helping me navigate my way again and helping me tap back into my love for music. Both have such legendary careers and I have been blessed to be in the company of such talent and true genuine souls. Also living in Nashville is my cousin Hilary and her husband Brad. Brad works out at the famous Dark Horse Studios which is this amazing recording studio that sits out in the country, in the middle of nowhere. People such as Faith Hill, Taylor Swift and other names have recorded there. Because of Brad’s working there, I was able to get into the studio and record a 4 song cover demo. It’s been years since I have recorded anything new. Also living in Nashville is my good friend Natalie whom I went to high school with and she told me I needed to be singing again and told me for Christmas she was paying for my studio time. Did I mention how blessed I am by amazing people in my life?
Quick side note…Since living in Nashville there is this red cardinal I kept seeing outside. I had never seen one in person, but kept seeing one. I have always heard that seeing them was a very good sign. My Grandpa passed years ago and I have always believed him to be near and showing himself in different ways. I’ve had birds visit me over the years in strange ways and so this red cardinal being here in Nashville felt like he had followed me here too, to let me know everything was going to be ok. The night before I went into the studio, I spoke to my Grandpa a silent prayer of sorts and said “If that is you, please show up in the morning when I go outside.” He used to tell me his dream was to see my dreams come true and he was my biggest fan. He always wanted to hear what I was doing with music and was so proud. When he passed, I feel music just didn’t quite mean the same, like I had let him down in not making it happen so he could see it. Well the morning of the studio I went out side and wouldn’t you know it…I looked up in the sky and that cardinal flew in with grandest entrance you ever did see. The sun was shining, it was a beautiful day and there he sat, perched up ever so proudly. I knew he was there and I knew he had a front row seat that day.
I got to the studio and it was like getting back on a bicycle. I couldn’t get enough, which was how it used to be whenever I was in the studio. I sang for about 8 hours and loved every moment. Chris Boardman came to lend his expertise and professional ear which was such a treat. He had beautifully rearranged three of the four songs I recorded and they were just perfect. It was such a highlight to sing live while he played piano on one of them since neither of us had done that in years. My friend Natalie and Brad were also there to show support. Now the songs are going through the mixing and mastering process and then I will share soon! After all these years, it does feel incredible to be back doing the things that make me happy!

Coming Into Focus

Who doesn’t love a statement piece? However not everyone is sure how to achieve it. How many of us have flipped through Pottery Barn catalogs or beautiful pins on Pinterest? There is always something that catches your eye, right? Usually it’s the focal pieces and the anchor of the room, drawing your eye in. Every room needs a focal point that anchors the rest of the room. It’s a dominant feature. Sometimes it’s a fireplace, other times it’s an impeccably made bed with gorgeous linens and prominent headboard, other times a big black wall unit. Sometimes the focal point in your room is all wrong and throwing the entire aesthetics of the room out of balance. The other items in the room should compliment your featured piece. I personally love a strong contrast like this black cabinet against a lighter color palette, but if you are working with an all monochromatic color scheme, then look for a piece of furniture or architectural structure to provide the focus.

In interior design, the use of black is known to bring a bit of elegance to enhance the ambience of a room. You can achieve this look pretty easily and inexpensively, rather than purchasing a new cabinet like this for thousands of dollars that you may find in a catalog!

Years ago when I worked in Orange County, I was hired by a company to do marketing, but then was handed a huge project to be the boutique manager as well. They asked me to oversee the remodel of the space and give it a whole new feel, knowing I had some interior design experience and a keen eye for style. I had a pretty tight budget and small awkward space to work with, so I had to be mindful how to maximize the space and make a dollar stretch as far as it would go and how to create a focal point in this odd shaped room.
(The before photos)

 

For this project I knew I needed a lot of storage to house an abundance of new merchandise that was requested. So two things came into mind… I loved DIY projects and refinishing furniture, and I knew I needed to hit up my favorite, and clearly the BEST option in the Los Angeles area…why, the Rose Bowl Flea Market, of course! It is a magical place for any DIY-ers and vintage lovers like myself! I set out bright and early (actually it was still dark) to get there in time for their “early-birds” admittance, which you pay more to get first dibs on merchandise. I power walked through the aisles quickly, knowing what I was looking for. It’s always good to have a list of what you are looking for when you go. It’s an easy place to get sidetracked and lose focus! So many treasures! I finally came across a booth with three white bookshelves that I loved and thought would fit perfectly in the space! They wanted $400, but I bargained them down to $250 and also found a large white dresser that looked like it could have been found in a Pottery Barn catalog. I ended up purchasing it for $150! The main pieces were out of the way and I accomplished my main goal of merchandise storage, as well as focal point.
I also perused the “free” section of Craigslist often, like a bad habit, and scored on a few free pieces of furniture. A neighboring business was throwing away a huge wood shelving unit. I saw it’s true potential when everyone thought I had lost my mind and had help to bring it to it’s full glory! The beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder. The long wall became the focal point of this room, with the black and white stripe painted wall and the wall of merchandise. You couldn’t miss it and it was the first thing you saw when you walked through the main doors of the business and could see through the interior windows of the boutique. (The after photos)
So if you are trying to figure out how to start decorating a room and you are starting from scratch, and scratching your head…Find that main thing you love or if it is that fireplace that is the main thing, build your room around that. Just like life, once you have a focus you can start working toward that goal, the same goes for a room. What is your focal point?

Etsy:The Allie Nicole Boutique

Been working on orders this week for the Allie Nicole Boutique on Etsy.  I am now offering custom logo designs and custom requests, along with personalizing all done in rhinestones. Just about anything can also be custom made, if you have something specific in mind, just ask! You can message me on Etsy and send over your images for review.  I had a request this week from a dance studio owner who is interested in the “Keep Calm Dance On” blanket design for all her graduating seniors. We are currently working on customizations.  Whether you want to outfit your salon staff,  are a makeup artist wanting a unique makeup belt design to fit your style,  or simply want to give a gift, we can make it happen! 

Allie’s Beauty Tip For Healthy Skin #4: Keep Makeup Brushes Clean

 

This is pretty much a given, but you should wash your cosmetic brushes at least once a week if not more to keep clear of germs and allergens. There are many makeup brush cleaners on the market, but they can get pretty pricey. You can make your own for a fraction of the cost with a few things you probably already have around the house!

You will need:
-1 cup of bottled water
-1/4 of a cup of Alcohol 70% (used as an antibacterial)
-1/2 spoon of liquid dishes soap (to cut any excess grease)
-1/2 teaspoon of baby shampoo
-1 teaspoon of leave on conditioner(brushes need to be soft, as a normal hair)

A few other ways to keep your makeup brushes clean…

1. Don’t share your makeup with friends
2. Keep your makeup bag clean
3. Don’t double dip brushes
4. Clean makeup space if you sneeze, since this can spread germs
5. Discard old makeup as they can carry bacteria

Bacteria such as Staph and E. Coli can lurk in our makeup, so take proper precautions to avoid these cosmetic culprits and keep those makeup brushes clean!

Allie’s Beauty Tip For Healthy Skin #3: Give Up Yeast

 

You’re kidding right? Yeah I know, this one seems like the impossible…well for me anyway! When I first went gluten free about or so years back, I gave up a lot of bread, pastries, and goodies, so that eliminated a lot right there. Then while on gluten free, although the healthier option, I was still finding myself eating certain sweets, and breads. I have since cut way, way back, but do to be fooled, I still have the occasional binge from time to time, it’s just no longer a main staple or a regular go to food for me. Candida is a form of yeast that can survive in the gastrointestinal tract, mouth and other areas of the body. The more you eat, the more it stimulates production of yeast and it begins to walk hand in hand with it’s bestie “sugar” creating a highly glycemic state which causes an inflammation frenzy in your body! Sugar is also highly addictive and the more you have the more you crave, so lay off the sweet baked goods…they just turn to sugar. Not only will you notice a change in your skin, you will probably feel lighter too as you give up bread…the weight will start melting off when you give up breads and other sugars.

Allie’s Beauty Tip For Healthy Skin #2: Cut Back On Dairy

Now you’re saying I have to give up cheese??? WHAT?!?!? There’s a lot of hormones in milk, cheese, ice cream and other dairy products that can cause health issues and mucus in the body which can create inflammation. Instead of cows milk I drink Almond milk. I prefer the Almond Breeze brand. If you must eat dairy…stick to hormone free dairy. (Everything in moderation!) I still enjoy an occasional ice cream… #allienicole #nodairy #healthyliving #beautytip #skin

Love, Your Future Wife

In honor of Flashback Friday, I have decided to pull the curtain back to something personal I had written several years back to a man I will one day get to share my life with. I have saved many special things I’ve kept close just for him. I came across this and It’s always interesting to read things back after some time has passed…

“To The Man God Has Saved For Me,


Hello my Darling! I have been praying for you and the path God has had you on for years, knowing that one day your path will intersect with mine. You have been in my thoughts long before I was ever of age to even be thinking realistically of marriage or what that commitment truly meant. All I know is you’ve been someone I have always considered, respected and loved, even back then. Every decision I have made, every thought has included you, even though I haven’t met you. I still continue to consider you in every decision and prayer as I move forward in my life.


I feel I’ve known you somehow even though you don’t have a face. I know that I will recognize you when I finally get to meet you. The layers will be peeled back and revealed all in God’s timing. You have always been a part of me in some way. I believe God has gone before me..before us, knowing you are the one who is meant to be there waiting at the perfect place, at the perfect time.


 

Anyone who may come before you will pale in comparison. Something will feel missing. I will be lonely in some way even in their presence. There will always be a red flag of unsettled feelings until I meet you. I pray for the protection and discernment to walk away from anyone who offers me less than I know you will. I pray for patience to wait for the kind of love I know you have to give me and that I will feel certain that I can pour my love into you without doubt or regret. My heart will finally feel safe and that it can dig it’s roots deep but also spread it’s wings to soar as your love sustains me. I can’t wait until the day I get to share that real love with you, knowing you completely accept me for who I am. You will not take me for granted, but honor me in a way I never have been before. I will be able to offer you the very BEST of me that no one that may come before you will ever have the privilege to see, because they will never go the distance to this place I have saved, that’s intended just for you. I pray you save this special place in your heart for me too where you are able to let go and be completely yourself, because I will handle it with the utmost care.


All My Love, 

Your Future Wife”


#FBF #Love #God #Faith #TheOne #Patience #LoveNeverFails #YourFutureWife

Allie’s Beauty Tip For Healthy Skin #1: No Gluten

I get complimented of my skin a lot and get asked what I do to keep it looking healthy, So I decided to share new beauty tips! This series is for healthy skin.

Wheat is highly acidic and inflammatory for the body. There are so many serious health issues and diseases connected to wheat and gluten. For those that don’t know what gluten is…it’s the protein in wheat, barley and rye and is the sticky stuff that makes things such as bread have elasticity.

About 40% of adults have gluten sensitivity or intolerance and don’t even realize it. I went gluten free back in 2007/2008. It was difficult at first, but now I can’t even imagine eating the way I used to. It was a true lifestyle change. I could go on and on and on about this topic but will save it for other posts! For more information and recipes follow my boards on Pinterest and my FB page Allie’s Gluten Free Eats & Treats.

By reducing your gluten intake or adopting a gluten free diet you are less likely to have acne prone, rosacea prone or sensitive skin. Gluten interferes with so much including collagen production which is a great anti-aging boost! And I know we all want that! A gluten free diet is definitely cheaper and healthier than Botox!

Love Is NOT Spelled A-B-U-S-E

As many ways as healthy people show love, there are also many ways unhealthy people show love. There are many reasons for this, but it’s usually because they have some insecurity or something they are holding onto from a past hurt. Their past could have involved some form of abuse or wrong doing to them and it seeps into their character like a silent predator. It get’s embedded into their psyche and soon they become the very thing they despise, creating them to lash out in various ways as they feel the threat of exposure to their faults.  In my experience I have seen this play out with family members, ex boyfriends and friends. I recently read the definition below and thought it was such a great explanation for so many. Some people don’t even realize they are in an abusive relationship, because it’s not physical, but emotional abuse is sometimes worse and more destructive because those wounds often do not heal. It’s an ugly gift that keeps on giving!

I grew up in church learning how to guard my heart from such things and these types of men, but I dated a couple that unfortunately, even though they were Christians and had a relationship with God were actually emotional abusers. As Christian women we are also taught to not give up and see the good in people, be accepting and have a servants heart. These type of abusers sadly know this and use your kindness against you. They see this as a way take control and call the shots…and disguise it in such a way that even you can’t realize it’s even happening, until it’s too late and the damage has already been done. They take advantage of your love knowing you are always hopeful, patient and faithful.  Abusers show up in all forms and all places…even in a Christian man claiming to walk with God. They can definitely hide behind their faith. By no means am I trying to deter you from Church or finding a man of God, because I myself am not deterred from finding such a loving Man of God, but guard your heart and be careful with it. Be careful who you give it to. Listen to God’s nudges and promptings. Get to know someone well and always watch and listen to their actions over their words. How they treat people, how they speak about people.
In my experience abusers often play the “woe is is me” or victim role and make it out to think you are the mean one. They cannot communicate like a normal, calm adult no matter what their age. They are usually popular and well liked by everyone because nobody knows the secrets they keep. They lead a double life of some sort. They are FULL of excuses, claiming why they can’t do certain things. You will feel confused all the time and it won’t matter how much you express your needs, they will will barely and rarely be met, if at all. And they are not concerned about your best interest…they are selfish and only care about them. They have to tear down someone else in order to make themselves feel important. This is NOT your problem, this is all their’s NO MATTER how much they blame you for it. Their strength and control is birthed out of their own weakness. They will never apologize, because in their minds they are never wrong. They often disappear without explanation and once you expose them and their truth, you can guarantee you will be greeted with hate, rudeness, condescending comments, physical altercations and more. When they feel like they have lost control and that someone has finally brought their truth to the surface, it’s an ugly situation that I pray people never have to be involved in, and also pray for those that are currently in a situation like that. Pay close attention to that little voice inside of you that we so often ignore. The One that lives in us. It starts as a whisper and slowly builds until your soul is screaming out for help. Listen to this voice…ALWAYS! I hope this helps someone recognize an unhealthy situation you may be in or someone you love is in, so you can find the love you so very much deserve with the right person. Real love changes everything and there is nothing like it! Know your worth and learn from mistakes so you don’t continue to give your heart to the same type of people! Don’t allow fear, pride and naivety hinder you walking away from a bad situation. YOU are WORTHY of REAL LOVE!!! YOU set the bar for how someone is allowed to treat you, not them!
Remember this:
1. If something doesn’t feel right, it’s probably because it’s not.
2. People in your life who truly love you, tend to see things better than even you can from an outside perspective.
3. Everyone is a product of the way they were raised and the environment in which they grew up.
4. Not everyone will love you back, but you always have the choice to engage in how someone chooses to love you or not.
5. Love does not hurt in any way shape or form, whether physical or emotional. Love is beautiful and special and should compliment and encourage you to be the best version of yourself not the worst.
Read this definition of abuse…have you ever experienced this?
Forms of emotional abuse include being disrespectful, discourteous, rude, condescending, patronizing, critical and judgmental. They also include making “joking” insults, lying, repeatedly “forgetting” promises and agreements, betrayal of trust, “setting up” of another, and “revising” history. One of the most difficult things about identifying and leaving someone who is a psychological and emotional abuser is that the really successful abusers are highly intelligent and hide their abuse incredibly well under the guises of loving and wanting you. They find the one thing that you do well together and use that as the carrot to keep stringing you along in the relationship.
They present an exterior of calm, rational self-control, when in reality, they have no internal control of their own pain and chaotic self-hate, so they try to control others and drive others to lose control. If an abuser can cause you to lose control, it proves how healthy he is, so he can say, explicitly or implicitly (it’s amazing how sighs and rolling of the eyes can accomplish as much as words): “There you go again, losing it, crying and yelling. I’m not the one who needs therapy; you are.”
This is my model for love. Some may see it as a simple bible verse, something they’ve heard recited at weddings, or merely words written on a page of an old ancient book that doesn’t adhere to their lives. This old book is actually filled with incredible tools to help us with life and love. It’s helped me to learn how to better show and accept love. 
LOVE 
Love is not spelled A-B-U-S-E!

1 Corinthians13:4-7
“Love is patient, Love is kind, Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. Love does not demand it’s own way. Love is not irritable and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged. It is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, it is always hopeful and endures through every circumstance.


Passion Project In Progress

I recently started a little passion project. I have always loved creating and designing. After years of doing hair and makeup for photo shoots and being a singer in the industry and working with several hair stylists and makeup artists, I started doing Hair Stylist aprons as gifts and after awhile I was told I should sell them. So a couple years later, I finally decided to go for it. I am currently selling on Etsy.  I have since added makeup artist brush belts to add a new spin on the traditional all black. I felt I needed to Allie-fy it a bit! I hope to expand into more merchandise as time goes on. I have SO many passions for many different things and love the creative process of coming up with new things. Thanks for everyone who has supported this endeavor! XO -Allie
#makeup #hair #beauty #style #fashion #gifts #etsy