Conflict Resolution Tips – Part 2

The “What Happened” Conversation Research shows that difficult conversations between partners generally fall into three categories: The “what happened” conversation, the feelings conversation, and the identity conversation. The poor ways in which we handle these conversations on a repeated basis are what Dr. Sue Johnson refers to as “demon dialogues.” These are tactics that effectively […]

Conflict Resolution Tips – Part 1

Conflict resolution is rarely easy. Whether we are dealing with an aggravated customer, lazy coworker, or frustrating neighbor, finding a solution through conversation is not an innate skill for most people. Typically, we rely on some form of avoidance or passive agreement to get past the situation with as little discomfort as possible.  But how […]

My Revolve Shopping Tips + Tricks

For the past two years, REVOLVE has been my go to shopping site for everything from tropical vacations to black-tie weddings. Not only do they have one of the best selections of designer brands across departments but they’ve also instilled superb customer experience practices which, to me, have made all the difference.  Below, I’ve put […]

Nicky On Minimalism

As a kid, I often spent time thinking about what my adult life would look like. In my typical fantasy, I’d be an important person in a big house full of stuff I liked at the time. Pretty simple minded right? But it’s also understandable. Children are impressionable and don’t have much life experience. They […]

Dopamine Detox: Resetting The Brain

Years ago, I began to experience a nagging feeling that something was off. Bouts of mental lethargy and anxiety were commonplace. I responded by…

How Nicky Maximizes His Credit Card Rewards

In response to the number of questions Lya has received about the credit cards I use, here is a summary of which cards I have and why. Enjoy. Chase Sapphire Reserve Card $550 annual fee $300 travel credit 10x pts on hotels, car rentals, and dining booked through Chase 5x pts on flights purchased through […]

Weekend Getaway Essentials: A Checklist for Your Next Tropical Mini Vacay

My family and I recently had a little stay-cation at one of our favorite resorts in Puerto Rico, the Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico. It was only a two-day trip but if you’re like me, you might find that it’s often harder to pack for fewer days than it is for long trips. So […]

Staying Organized: Ideas From My Quarantine Days In LA

I’ve received a ton of messages regarding how I keep my home organized especially during times when most of us are spending all of our time inside our homes. So here I leave you with a list of strategies/ ideas/ pointers that are simple to apply that I swear by: Invest in baskets & bins! […]

How To Take The Perfect iPhone Photo

As you might have noticed, I’ve been a little obsessed with lifestyle/everyday photography since I was first introduced to Instagram back in my early college days (I know, I’m old). Throughout this IG photo-sharing journey I have learned a thing or two about maximizing quality and overall look when taking photos using just my phone. […]