My Self-Imposed Uniform

 BLAZER: GAP- OLD  [SIMILAR]  / BLACK LONG SLEEVE CREW NECK:  GAP  / HIGH WASITED BLACK JEANS:  LEVI'S   711 SKINNY /  BLACK ANKLE BOOTIES:  ASOS  / LIP:  NUDESTIX IN BELLE

BLAZER: GAP- OLD [SIMILAR] / BLACK LONG SLEEVE CREW NECK: GAP / HIGH WASITED BLACK JEANS: LEVI'S 711 SKINNY / BLACK ANKLE BOOTIES: ASOS / LIP: NUDESTIX IN BELLE

Experimenting with fashion pieces in my closet to reflect my personal style is one of my favorite ways to express myself, though Monday through Friday my attention is focused on my duties as a stay-at-home mom, so I have a self-imposed uniform and I love it. 

Some of the women whose style I admire most have a bit of a methodology to their way of dressing, and it reduces the decision fatigue of trying on piece after piece to see if they go together, which often ends in a pile of unfolded clothes on the bed. Emmaunelle Alt, Garance Dore, Jeanne Damas, Charlotte Casiraghi, Giorgia Tordini, Maja Wyh, Olivia Palermo, Caroline de Maigret, and Erin Wasson are just a few of my style icons and together they all look so polished, put together, and yet not overdone. You can see more of what inspires my style over on my Pinterest board called STYLE. 

all black / self-imposed uniform / nicolemcaruso.com

When you can have a simple uniform base layer like black jeans (these high-waisted stretchy Levi's) with a neutral top, you can throw nearly anything over it and look instantly stylish. An all-black-everything outfit is my favorite ensemble for nearly every occasion, because it can be easily changed for events with the addition of sparkly, chunky jewelry, a printed overcoat, or bright silk scarf. Not to mention, it hides food stains, spilled coffee, and nearly everything else you'd find within 3 feet of a toddler. And, as one of my best friends always says, "black makes everything look more expensive." 

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Nicole M. Caruso

I was born in Manhattan to two native New Yorkers who met working in the Garment Industry. Fashion was the family business. Suburban Connecticut is where I grew up and often daydreamed about someday attending New York Fashion Week.

When I was in college studying Communication & Media, I met the man of my dreams. We married nearly one year after our first date, and have been adventuring together ever since. While we moved around the country for his job, I freelanced as a makeup artist, worked in retail, and blogged about style & beauty as a creative outlet. 

Moving back to New York led to serendipitously working for two major fashion houses, where I learned the ins and outs of the industry, and attended Fashion Week both backstage and in the tents. Soon after, Verily Magazine brought me on as Beauty Editor, which was my dream job. It combined all of my passions and hobbies into one, and granted me a deeper understanding of print and digital media. One year after that, I had my daughter and experienced true fulfillment in motherhood. 

Everywhere I have traveled, I have met incredible women who inspired me to be the best version of myself; to wake up every day feeling confident and ready to Carpe Diem. I want to inspire women to explore their feminine genius by investing in their self-worth. This lifestyle blog is the place where I can share my worldview, my experiences, and my tips and tricks to live a more fulfilling life, which include expert style and beauty advice, tips for healthy living, and reflections on marriage and motherhood.