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project 30 – amy nicole

11 Sep


Amy Nicole, 33 / owner of CHICSTUDIOS

What would your 30 something self tell your 20 something self if you could?

I would tell my 20 something self that the hard work you are about to put in, the long hours and exhausting days, will show it’s success in the years to come. Just be patient.

What do you wish you took more seriously in your 20’s?

Rest. I did not rest, ever, which in my 20s seemed to work out ok, but now in my 30s I literally collapse on the weekends.

What do you wish you took less seriously in your 20’s?

My failures. I felt at the time they were the biggest disappointment ever, but looking back, they are the key to my success today.

Favorite memory from your 20’s?

All my travels. From places like Brazil, Mexico, Paris and Spain, I found such beauty and inspiration that I carry with me today.

In your early 20’s where did you think you would be (work, live etc) by 30?

I manifested what I have today, and I worked hard to make it happen. I love exactly what I do work-wise. I have a beautiful family I adore and cherish. And I live in the place I dreamed to be, right by the ocean but close to a local airport, near by fabulous shopping and dining!

And where were you by 30? What did your life look like?

I am now 33, so three years ago I was living in New York City (I now live in Los Angeles), going to and from my makeup school (CHICSTUDIOS) everyday, expanding the space from the 1 classroom we started with to more than double the space in Manhattan and becoming a (NYSED) school- licensed by the Department of Education.

Were you ever worried that it wouldn’t all fall into place?

The thought crossed my mind now and again, but I never let it consume me. If someone would have told me, when I had the idea or made me say it out-loud ‘I am going to start a makeup school in the heart of New York City’ I would have thought it was unattainable, but because I do not worry much about things like that, I just went for it!

What is the greatest gift about being a woman in your 30’s?

The greatest gift is, the knowledge I have from the last ten years! The learning experience has been invaluable.

When you look out onto the horizon. What do you hope your life looks like at 40?

I see a bright horizon…with more (real!) vacations! And, Several more makeup school locations (next one, is CHICSTUDIOS Los Angeles, Fall 2015).

What’s a quote/ saying you try to live your life by?

My favorite quote, and one I truly live by, is by Deepak Chopra, “You must find the place inside yourself where nothing is impossible.”






Currently on my nightstand

22 Aug

Last night I went to put my glass of water on my nightstand and couldn’t find any room…it has become overrun with books! Here’s the rundown…

1. Lonely Planet Nepal– As I mentioned on Monday, Brian and I are going to Nepal in November! We are seriously excited. Is it November yet?? The first thing we did after buying the tickets, was head to the bookstore (yes a few still exist) to buy books. To say I have become obsessed with researching Nepal would be an understatement. Swayambhunath, I’m coming for you!

2. Blue highways– I bought this book before I left on my road trip across the USA last year. Sadly, I still have not read it. At least I accomplished driving across the country!! I have high hopes that I will get to reading it at some point soon, so for that reason it stays on my nightstand.

3. The Spontaneous fulfillment of Desire– I have read this book a million times and every time I do I find something new to love about it. It makes me remember that the world is a pretty magical place.

“I do not believe in meaningless coincidences. I believe every coincidence is a message, a clue about a particular facet of our lives that requires our attention.” – Deepak Chopra, The Spontaneous Fulfillment Of Desire

4. The Color Of Water– This was given to me as a present for my 30th birthday last month and it’s fast become one of my favorites. I am almost finished with it and I can’t say enough about it. Such beautiful writing on it’s pages. Love it. Go buy it.

“And when James asked what color God was, she said, God is the color of water.” 
– James McBride, The Color Of Water

5. The Alchemist- I am sure many of you have read this one considering how famous it’s become. It is my favorite book of all time. Yet another one that reminds me that the world is a magical place and that we all have a purpose to fulfill.

“Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

6. Wild- Just bought this book  at my mother’s insistence. She thought it would give me inspiration for my book. Considering the woman knows me pretty well, I did as I was told.

7. FIfty Shades Of Darker- I know. I know. I’m embarrassed to admit that I have read two out of three of these. I will say that after finishing this one (in two days…they are an easy read) I decided that I’m not reading the third. I’m done with the saga.

8. I Feel Bad About My Neck– I love Nora Ephron. LOVE. She is a huge inspiration to me as a writer and this book is one of my favorites. fifty

“When your children are teenagers, it’s important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you.”
― Nora Ephron, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman

9. Awaken The Giant Within– I have mentioned in prior posts that I have been to a Tony Robbins seminar in the past (keep your laughter to yourself). I know people have mixed messages about him but I happen to find this book a helpful tool in living my best life.I re-read it often.

“A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.”
Tony Robbins, Awaken The Giant Within 

What books are on your nightstand??? I would love to know!


10 Feb


{photo via A House In The Hills }

This weekend should be a fun one! Today I am off to meet New York Ali for a hike. When she’s in town we usually make hiking together a top priority…that, and a frozen yogurt…usually in that order. Tonight I am making a southern dish for dinner. I’ve decided it would be fun to cook dishes inspired by my destinations on the road trip and I’m watching movies that highlight the different cities as well! Doesn’t that sound kind of silly and fun? Tonight we start with shrimp jambalaya and either watch Fried Green Tomatoes or Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil…maybe both! We’re pretty crazy on a Friday night so you never know. Saturday we’re meeting Brian’s family at the Natural History Museum for a tour. I honestly can’t remember the last time I was there…maybe never? It should be interesting and I always love spending time with his family- I am not just saying that for brownie points either. Saturday night we’re having dinner with friends at a new restaurant and I always love trying new restaurants. Sunday, Brian is taking me on a date to see The African Queen at the Arclight- the theatre is showing romantic old movies in celebration of Valentines Day. What a sweet idea huh? I know nothing about the movie other than Katherine Hepburn is in it and I like her so I’m in. I was pretty pleased with him for finding something off the beaten path to do. Nice one, Bri guy. Oh and guess what I am doing Monday morning???? I am taking a trapeze class! Rather ridiculous but sounds pretty fun right? I haven’t been this excited in a long time.

-What inspired me this week?-

Reading your comments on the happy post.

Brainstorming Brian’s 30th bday. Somebody’s going to be 30 real soon!!

It really may be possible to spend a week in Paris before my 30th bday. If nobody can come with me then I will go by myself!

Ordering Rosetta Stone tapes. I’m back French!

Signing up for Tango lessons starting Monday night. They run 6 weeks. I’m back Tango!

-What am I grateful for this week?-

I have been in a delightful mood for no reason at all. It’s so nice when that happens.

-What surprised me this week?-

How good dinner at AXE was! I had to laugh though because my meal was filled with parsnips- I can’t escape those little guys!


“You must find the place inside yourself where nothing is impossible.”

Deepak Chopra