New Year’s Style Resolutions

With the New Year, there is so much talk about resolutions and how to use the next 365 days to make yourself a better you. I love the idea of the clean, fresh slate that a New Year brings. I always make a few resolutions or goals that I try to work on throughout the year. A few days after New Year’s Day, I was sitting at home starting to pack up to go back to school for my winter term when I realized literally all of my clothes are black, white, grey or occasionally blush or olive. While often times a muted or all black look can be super chic and trendy, it also gets a little boring. So, I decided to make a New Year’s style resolution… to bring some color back into my life! Here’s some of my inspiration:











Do you have any style resolutions this year? Comment below!

January Favorites



It’s crazy that the first month of the year is almost over! I started the month in Puerto Rico, wrapped up my winter break, then started my second term of my freshman year. It’s going well so far, but definitely much busier than last term. But, to an extent, I thrive on being busy, so it’s going well so far. Thanks to Christmas gifts and finally giving in to buying some things I’ve been eyeing for a while, I’ve tried a lot of new products in the past month, so I put together a favorites post.

S’well Bottle: I got this white marble (medium) S’well bottle for Christmas and I could not be more obsessed. I have always been a big water drinker, but this bottle is game changing. The one thing I hated about carrying a water bottle everywhere was that either A) it “sweat” on everything if I put ice in it or B) the water got room temperature after an hour. S’well solves these problems and it seriously does keep cold drinks cool for 24 hours (it also keeps hot drinks warm for 12 hours!). I recommend a S’well to anyone whose New Year’s Resolution is to drink more water.

FitBit Alta: Also in the athleisure trend category, I got a FitBit for Christmas and have been loving it. As just a watch, I love how thin it is (compared to the Apple Watch) and that I get texts on the device. I also of course love the fact that I can count my steps and have been enjoying pushing myself to get 10k+ each day.

HelloKaty on YouTube: This has been a favorite of the past few months, but I’ve been loving Katy’s content lately. She hasn’t posted a ton, but everything she has posted has been really high quality. Also- her Instagrams are beautiful, especially the ones with the typography on them! If you don’t follow her, check out her YouTube and Instagram.

Mario Badescu Skincare Regimen: In the fall, about a month or two after moving to Philadelphia (for school), I noticed a lot more breakouts and overall much worse looking skin. I had been using Glossier’s Milky Jelly Cleanser, but it just wasn’t enough to combat the high stress of college combined with the grimy city air. I switched to Mario Badescu, a skincare brand that I actually used in middle school when I had acne, and have been loving the results. I use the Acne Facial Cleanser, Special Cucumber Lotion (toner) and oil-free moisturizer in the morning and at night. At night, I also use the drying cream for any blemishes. Also, I should note that sometimes I use the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser in the shower to take off my makeup, in addition to the morning and nighttime MB routine. I couldn’t recommend this skincare routine more- please let me know if you’d like a more detailed post about it.

It’s Kind of a Funny Story: After reading 3 books in my 6 days in Puerto Rico, I decided one of the things I wanted to work on this year was to read more. I’ve been reading almost every night before bed instead of mindlessly scrolling through social media, and it has been amazing. I go to sleep so much easier and I really did miss reading. Right now, I’m about halfway through It’s Kind of a Funny Story and I am really enjoying it so far.

Five Year Journal: My mom got my sister and I these five year journals as one of our Christmas gifts and I just love the concept. Every day, there is a random prompt and a few lines for each year. So, each year on the same day, you answer the same question and over time, can see how your habits/ likes/ mindset etc. has grown! The questions range from “one thing I’m looking forward to is…” to “my favorite song on my playlist right now is…” and 364 more 😉

New planner (mine is white, not pink): By now, many of you guys know that I am obsessed with planners. I got this one for Christmas and have been loving the layout and colors of it. This isn’t my only 2017 planner, but there is something completely refreshing about filling in a blank planner and getting super organized at the beginning of the year (and at the beginning of the term!).

Sheet Masks: I bought a couple of these from Urban Outfitters, actually, and have been loving them. Especially living in a dorm with communal bathrooms, it can be inconvenient to do a “traditional” face mask, so I love how easy these sheet masks are. I love the moisturizing one, but I just bought a variety 10-pack on Amazon, so I can’t wait to try them all.

So, accidentally, a lot of these favorites ended up being things I got for Christmas, so I guess that means that my family and friends did well at picking out gifts that I would like 😉. What are your January favorites? Leave me a comment below– I always love finding new products! 

CollegeFashionista January Article: Updating the Classics



My latest post as a CollegeFashionista Style Guru is live. This was another look that I shot while on vacation in Puerto Rico, and I had so much fun writing it as well. I love this outfit because, as I said in my CF piece, it’s an update on a classic. I love a classic LBD, but the fun off-the-shoulder ruffle freshens it up and makes the outfit a little more interesting.

I would really appreciate it if you check out the entire CF post HERE, and give it a RAD if you enjoyed it! Stay tuned for more blog and CF content coming very soon 🙂

CollegeFashionista: Second Semester Style Guru Bio


I just started my second semester as a CollegeFashionista Style Guru for my school, Drexel University. My Style Guru bio is live on CF today, so go check it out here and give it a RAD! I had so much fun shooting this look while I was on vacation in Puerto Rico, and I loved going and sitting out on my hotel room balcony every night to work on writing my style guru bio (as well as other blog content!). I felt like I was Carrie Bradshaw or something (or maybe that’s just because I’m obsessed with Sex and The City right now- ha!).

Anyway- be sure to take a look at my Style Guru bio, give it a RAD and stay tuned for more fun CF content coming soon! 🙂


New Year, New Blog


Welcome to my new corner of the Internet! After writing at Empire Styles for over three years, in addition to having some major issues with my domain/ the backend of the site, I was ready for an update. I wanted something a little cleaner looking, and I also really wanted to switch over to WordPress. When switching, I knew I wanted to be writing under a domain that will stay with me as long as I want to be blogging, so I kept it clean and simple, my name: Nicole Coppins. So, new URL but my “blog name” per se, is still Empire Styles. I just wasn’t ready to let go of it just yet 🙂

I am really excited for this fresh start (even though all my old posts are still here!) and to continue my blogging journey, as it’s almost been four years since I started blogging. This update has been in the works since August, but between balancing school and really wanting to make it special, I waited until the New Year to share it!

It’s all quite complicated, but all my old posts from Empire Styles are here, *but* you will have to use this URL ( and not my old site to get here. As of now, Empire Styles (old blog) still exists on the Internet, but because I switched from Blogger to WordPress, I couldn’t redirect traffic from one to the other.

Content wise, the shift shouldn’t impact anything too much. I will still primarily be focusing on fashion and industry content, with some lifestyle and travel posts along the way. If there’s any specific content/ posts you’d like to see, feel free to email, tweet or leave a comment!

Here’s to the new and improved Empire Styles!

Puerto Rico 2016-17 Recap

As our Christmas gift from our parents, my sister, parents and I spent the week in Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico which was the absolute best way to relax and get ready for the new year. We’ve been doing this for the past 6 years, so it’s something of a tradition now, and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the holidays and get ready for the new year. We always leave the morning after Christmas and come home after the new year.

My favorite way to relax, rejuvenate and prepare for the new year is by laying on a beach chair with some great playlists, books and magazines! This trip, I read three books and caught up on a few of my favorite magazines, Teen Vogue, PORTER and InStyle. I read two fiction books, An Abndance of Katherines by John Green and This is Where You Leave Me by Johnathan Tropper, and one non-fiction book, Tales From the Back Row by Amy Odell. I think TFTBR was my favorite. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in the fashion industry, either as a career path or just as a side interest.

As for our vacation itinerary, we basically spent all day and every day on the beach. We’ve visited some other places in Puerto Rico in the past and done more tourist-y things, but we all look forward to this vacation for the relaxing beach time so we kept it pretty simple this year. Here are some pictures from our trip: