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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.”






current motto…

26 Aug


Let’s do this 2013.

4 Jan


This is the kinda post that will make some of you think I am insane, but I’m ok with it. Here goes…I am a firm believer in the power of vision boards! I’ve been making them for the past few years and I swear they are life changing. There’s something very powerful about setting clear intentions and seeing the images and words that correspond with them every day. It keeps you focused. It keeps you challenged. It also keeps the universe aware of what you are wanting to co-create.

Last year, Brian and I spent New Year’s Day watching movies, vision boarding and drinking champagne. It was pure bliss. We loved it so much, in fact, that we decided to do it again this year. After sleeping in until 10 am, we moved to the living room to do just that all day. Minus the hour walk we took on the beach. It was a perfect way to reboot for the New Year.


I thought I would take a few moments to share some of my resolutions with you. The new year always feels like a fresh start and a new beginning and always puts me in a positive, excited head space.

I really want to get back into cooking and baking this year, especially with the new fabulous kitchen we will have in our new fabulous home. It would be a travesty if I didn’t, actually. I learned during the 365 til 30 project that being in the kitchen calms me. It’s also one of my favorite activities to do with Brian. One of them…

I want to start volunteering again. I didn’t realize how much volunteering affected my life for the better until I stopped doing it. I now know that when I am not giving back in some way, I find myself not as connected to the bigger picture and overly obsessing about my own life. I put volunteer as a big sister on my goal list for this year for the year when I turned 30 but haven’t gotten the ball rolling on it yet. It’s been six months. I have no excuse.

Have a fabulous happy wedding. I’m three months into this whole wedding planning thing and I can already see how it can become overwhelming and exhausting. I keep hearing horror stories from other couples about how you end up fighting all the time during the planning process and I do not want that to be our reality for the next ten months. I told Brian on our beach walk that I want not only to enjoy every single millisecond of our big day but I want to enjoy all the moments leading up to it.

Live a more healthy and balanced life. Lately, I have been feeling like I haven’t been making the best decisions for my health. Not just physical health but mental health. I haven’t been making time for yoga. I haven’t been meditating regularly. I haven’t been eating as cleanly as I could, and, with the holidays and vacationing I have been eating more sugar and imbibing more alcohol. So, as cliché as this sounds coming out of my mouth early January, I have decided to take a month-long break from sugar, gluten, alcohol and maybe caffeine, although I truly can’t imagine giving that one up…how would I get out of bed in the morning??? Lastly I am committing to myself that I will get to yoga three times a week and make time for meditation each day.

writing…writing…writing. Simply put, I plan on doing LOTS more of it this year. I want to finish my book and I want to get it published. I would love to have a few of my articles published in magazines. Oh, and I would die for a regular column. But most importantly I want to write every day. Even if it’s just in my journal.

Side note…did you notice the new heading on the blog just reads 365 til…?! I dropped the 30! Partly because I am already 30 and partly because the blog is so much more than that now. It’s 365 til everything in my life.

These are just a few of the things on my list (Frank) What are some of your resolutions?! Let’s keep each other motivated this year!


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Don’t let the door hit you on the way out summer.

5 Sep

In case you didn’t gather from the title of this blog, post summer isn’t my favorite season. This admission probably just garnered me some hate mail, but it’s the truth. When I told my mom and Brian my feelings about summer, they both looked at me as if I had just said something personally offensive to them. I guess people feel pretty strongly about summer. I’m not saying summer is all bad. I, too, enjoy long days, afternoon BBQ’s and the beach, but I find that I get tired of it all rather quickly and then I’m just hot…hot, drained and unfocused.

I much prefer the fall and winter months. I love fog. I love rain. I love bundling up in cozy sweaters. I love spending grey afternoons writing. I love the holidays. I love wearing boots. I love wearing leather jackets and scarves. I love crisp air. I love Christmas lights. I love fall movies. I love pumpkin spice lattes and gingerbread cookies. I love all things cozy. I do cozy really well. I also find that I feel more creative and alive in the fall and winter months and, well, I would welcome that feeling right about now.

While I know it’s not officially fall just yet, I have decided that now that it’s September, I’m going to act like it is. I’ve picked out soup recipes to make, changed my closet over to sweaters and boots, painted my nails grey, my toes blood-red and I even…dyed my hair brown! For some reason that felt like the biggest F-U to summer.

Kate McClafferty has brown hair now, Summer!

Not only do I love fall and winter but they are shaping up to be a pretty fun travel filled few months. We are heading to North Carolina at the end of September with Brian’s family for a wedding. While I have never met the people getting married, I do love a good wedding, enjoy traveling with Brian’s parents and I’ve never been to North Carolina before! Win, win, win. Then in October, I head to Ojai for a yoga retreat with my favorite yoga teacher and sweet friend Jennifer Pastiloff. Her “manifestation retreats” are known to be life-changing, amazing and FUN. I mean there is even going to be Karaoke yoga! Oh and wine. So again this is a win. Then, on November 2nd, Brian and I take off on our adventure to Nepal…with a stop in Hong Kong first! Hong Kong was a recent addition and I am excited about it. We have to stop there anyway on a layover and have decided to make a trip out of it. Why land in Hong Kong, and not see it right?? When we get back from our trip,(if I survive the 10 day trek) the craziness of the holidays begin- my absolute favorite time of year! Then, somehow, it will be 2013? WHAAAAAT?

Are you guys as excited for the change of seasons as I am???


your brown-haired blogger friend Kate


10 Jan

I found this Note From The Universe today and it made me think about my goals for the year and 365 til 30


You’ve got your agenda. 

I’ve got my agenda. 

OK… so my agenda is actually your agenda. 

You do have an agenda, Kate. Right? 

Dream on and dream big – 
    The Universe