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New York is the dream. The direction of my life leads there. niccimcshane.com is my personal blog about the expat journey which has begun in Singapore.
Let’s Talk About Perfectionism
2020-11-13 16:00
The wish for everything to be correct or perfect. My whole life I thought perfectionism was a positive, that absolute refusal to accept any standard short of it was a good thing. I mean sure… Read More
Does Fashion Still Matter?
2020-10-23 15:00
Sweaty Betty has been my close companion for months. My new normal. Pencil skirts, shirts and heels were quickly replaced with leggings, sports bras, trainers and vest tops as the following… Read More
Did I Ever Imagine
2020-04-27 06:00
If you had told me a few months ago that the gym, cocktail bars and restaurants were going to be closed for weeks I would have come out in hives and demanded to know who your drug dealer was… Read More
Foodie Therapy At Folie, London
2020-02-10 06:00
Identifying yourself as a foodie can be one tough gig. London has an array of mouth-watering holes to satisfy any foodie’s taste buds and Insta-worthy fix. But therein lies the problem… Read More
Grief
2019-09-01 19:00
Anger. Intense sorrow. Pain. Desolation. Grief takes you on one hell of a journey, and it ain’t pleasant. I have recently lost someone extremely special in my life, my Nanna and whilst… Read More
Life Lately
2019-08-16 17:05
It’s been a while… I was sadly forced to take a short break from my beloved blog due to some personal commitments, but I am popping up to quickly say hi and I feel I owe you all… Read More
Things That Piss Me Off
2019-05-13 05:30
Do you ever find yourself having a lovely day, enjoying the moment and then boom, something happens which gets your goat? That super annoying factor. There are things which certainly frustra… Read More
Singapore…You Brought Me Back To Life
2019-04-23 05:41
What better way to dissolve a challenging and frustrating few months than taking a vacation, and to one where I consider home. Back to Singapore. It’s home for many reasons but the mos… Read More
Sorry Not Sorry: Standing Up For Yourself
2019-04-01 05:55
Why does standing up for yourself feel so hard to do nowadays? Do we fear the repercussions as being too great or is it sometimes easier to remain quiet to avoid potential conflict? Whatever… Read More
Why Laughter Really Is The Best Medicine
2019-03-25 06:30
We all have that one friend who you can say the most random things to and within seconds you’re experiencing serious belly laugh pandemonium. They can be the best moments. Turning a cr… Read More
2019-03-20 06:30
There’s something about Chelsea. A stylish hangout, oozing chic and in vogue trends, it’s no wonder I love roaming across town on a weekend to meander around the boutiques and ca… Read More
2019-03-11 06:30
I have to set the record straight. I’m not, at any point in the near future, replacing my frequent restaurant dining for evenings in the kitchen. Phew, now we have that cleared up I sh… Read More
How I Feel About February
2019-02-20 06:30
It’s been a strange old month. With a week to go until March arrives, I’ve decided that February has been an odd, ‘in-limbo’ kind of month. After the longest 31 days… Read More
Let’s Talk About Inspiration
2019-02-18 06:30
What’s the big deal about inspiration and what does it even mean to be inspired? The Oxford Dictionary defines inspiration as ‘the process of being mentally stimulated to do… Read More
2019-02-04 07:00
OK, a moment of truth time… How grateful are you, do you practice the attitude of gratitude frequently or even make a daily list to kick start the day with a positive vibe? The reason… Read More
2019-01-27 19:42
It’s finally arrived! My favourite Singapore restaurant has come to London and I am in dim sum nirvana. Let me introduce you to Din Tai Fung. For those who have had the pleas… Read More
2018 Learnings I’m Taking Into 2019
2019-01-14 06:30
2018 is done and dusted and here we are in week three of 2019, Happy New Year everyone! A lot of things can happen in 365 days and if like me, you have a million google tabs open simultaneou… Read More
2018-12-17 06:30
It’s beginning to look a lot like…cocktails! Well, cocktails at the most wonderful time of the year which for me, is Christmas! At this time of year, I become even happier (and… Read More
Happiness Is An Inside Job
2018-11-26 06:30
This weekend I watched Freddy Mercury and the British rock band Queen in the movie Bohemian Rhapsody. Not only was it a compelling tribute to an incredible artist and band but it h… Read More
2018-11-22 07:00
Sometimes the greatest adventure is simply a conversation. Striking up a conversation can put the fear of God into some people, thoughts whirling in their head with panic asking themselves w… Read More
2018-11-12 06:30
Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including YOU! ~Unknown There’s a big difference between self-care and being selfish. I think there is a misconcep… Read More
2018-11-09 06:30
Amidst the city suits, stilettos and bankers resides a relaxed yet opulent sumptuous food haven. On the corner of Bloomberg Arcade proudly lives Brigadiers. It blends the element of soc… Read More
2018-11-04 16:00
If you’re looking for a taste of France, look no further than Aubaine, tucked away from busy Regent Street. Choosing a brunch location has a certain amount of pressure attached to it… Read More
2018-09-05 05:45
According to the Oxford dictionary, anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness or unease about something with an uncertain outcome. The key word there for me is uncertain as uncertainty is p… Read More
2018-08-31 05:30
Growing up I believed in Prince Charming, the happy ever after! The kind of life whereby a woman was looked after and life was a fairytale. And you know there isn’t really anything wro… Read More
Fun In The Sun With Bioderma
2018-08-28 05:30
What a summer! Usually, the British summer lasts a day if we are lucky. Let’s be honest, we aren’t renowned for having the best weather yet 2018 seems to have smashed that out of… Read More
2018-08-09 06:00
The holiday season has begun. A perfect opportunity to relax, recharge and get that well-deserved break. Time out allows us to return with a brand spanking new perspective and it’s lik… Read More
Never Apologise For Who You Are
2018-08-06 05:45
Ever catch yourself saying, “Sorry but I disagree” or “Sorry but I ordered my steak medium rare.” What exactly are you sorry for? For having your own opinion or feeli… Read More
2018-07-09 10:56
It’s been a while since I published, I haven’t really gone anywhere I just kinda checked out for a while. The truth is, I’m in between jobs and immersing myself in, well, m… Read More
Fancy Foot Care With Dr Anders
2018-06-20 11:00
There is no hiding away from the fact we spend hundreds and thousands of pounds on skincare products. The beauty industry is big business with the cosmetics market estimated to generate $445… Read More
Rooftop Dining At Nomad, Marrakech
2018-06-11 06:00
There is no sincerer love than the love of food ~George Bernard Shaw Marrakech is renowned for its street food and stalls selling freshly squeezed orange juice. The scrumptious aroma of… Read More
Souks And The City In Marrakech
2018-06-09 08:00
Marrakech for me conjures up images of Carrie Bradshaw and the girls rocking designer gear on camels and buying an abundance of spices and shoes in a souk nirvana. For a fashion-conscio… Read More
2018-05-23 06:00
Hi! I’m not here right now, but my shoes are, so leave them a message ~Carrie Bradshaw Hands up if you have been glued to the lives of four beautiful New Yorkers, found yourself immers… Read More
2018-05-21 06:30
Well hello, Monday. Another brand new start to the week, day one of a seven-day window of opportunities. Somehow every Sunday evening I have a battle with insomnia which can result in bleary… Read More
2018-05-15 11:45
None of my friends has a good word to say about spinning. Words such as hell, torture and hate circle the conversation with rigour. Imagine. A dark, well air-conned room, music blaring and a… Read More
Mind Your Language
2018-05-09 09:30
Did you know that the average person has 60,000 thoughts a day? Considering my mind is like having a hundred Google tabs open at once I am not all that surprised. Those thoughts can often tu… Read More
A Bite Of Spice At Mayfair Garden, Paris
2018-05-07 08:42
Paris is always a good idea. For me, it conjures up images of relaxed outdoor cafes, people sipping coffee and heaps of romance. It’s a beautiful city, proud of its heritage, cult… Read More
2018-04-30 06:00
Before I begin, let’s clarify something. Self-respect is not about conceit nor does it make you self-centered. What it is, is a healthy respect for yourself and others which generates… Read More
2018-04-27 11:00
A weekend well spent brings a week of content. And what better way to spend the weekend by brunching. This time our selected location was the award-winning Modern Pantry in Clerkenwell, dini… Read More
Spring Skincare With Bioderma
2018-04-23 07:00
I regret taking good care of my skin said noone ever As I’ve become older I’ve really focused on nourishing my skin, giving it the nutrients it deserves and feeding it with love… Read More
4 Ways To Boost Your Creativity
2018-04-16 06:00
Following recent visits to both London Fashion Week and The Other Art Fair, being surrounded by walking creativity has ignited my inspiration and motivated me to embrace my inner flair. Just… Read More
2018-04-11 06:02
If there’s one thing I love, it’s brunch. I tend to sway towards anything which contains eggs, there is a slight addiction here, I’m talking #eggporn but coupled with smoke… Read More
2018-04-09 05:53
Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world ~Marilyn Monroe My name is Nicci and I suffer from a serious shoe addiction. I think I may have a problem. For me they are item… Read More
2018-04-06 20:43
Happy Birthday to me! It’s been two whole years since the launch of niccimcshane.com, I can’t believe it! Whilst my blog was initially a channel to express my thoughts, have a vo… Read More
2018-03-21 07:03
My mind says Victoria Secret model, but my heart says Nutella and pizza It’s been 12 weeks since I began my weight loss journey and whilst I eat pretty well considering I am limit… Read More
2018-03-19 07:00
Elegance is when the inside is as beautiful as the outside ~Coco Chanel Fancy a pamper sesh after work? A few hours out of your day maybe, experimenting with makeup and learning how to perfe… Read More
2018-03-16 17:00
How easy is it to forgive? The Oxford dictionary definition of forgiveness is ‘to stop feeling angry or resentful towards (someone) for an offence, flaw or mistake.’ But actually… Read More
2018-03-14 07:10
Well hello, Mexican Monday! It’s a fresh week, seven more days of opportunities and exciting meals to plan. I have been on a Weight Watchers plan now for 10 weeks and am just… Read More
2018-03-12 06:31
I’ve joined the Birchbox party! A box of surprises each month giving you an opportunity to sample beauty products on the market. And let’s face it there are millions of them so h… Read More
2018-03-09 12:09
Feeling in a slump? Can’t get out of your funk or just generally need a little boost in the morning to kick start the day? It’s times like this we all need a bit of help. Pe… Read More
2018-03-07 07:07
Where I come from saying, “Am made up,” “Gorra cob on,” or “Am Fumin” is pretty standard. If you haven’t guessed, I was born in Liverpool and can sp… Read More
2018-03-05 06:51
Fashion has to reflect who you are, what you feel at the moment. Where you’re going. ~Pharrell Williams My fashion obsession began as a nipper, tottering around in my mum’s heels… Read More
2018-03-02 07:37
Goodbye February, hello March! Spring was supposed to have officially arrived. I say this with a hint of sarcasm because most of the UK is submerged in that white powdery stuff called snow… Read More
2018-02-26 21:07
Gong Xi Fa Cai! Happy Chinese New Year, the year of the dog! I wish everyone prosperity, much love and luck.To celebrate we hit Soho, London to be part of the celebrations and of course, par… Read More
2018-02-23 08:07
The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams ~Oprah Winfrey I’m feeling inspired, proud and motivated. Why? Well, it’s all thanks to Ridley Scott and his… Read More
2018-02-19 08:26
“If Monday had a face I’d punch it.” A great quote from my friend this week who had the day from hell. Whilst I felt for her, it did make me chuckle, secretly. There’… Read More
2018-02-09 01:17
Brunch is always a good idea! It’s been a while since I did a foodie review, I have missed it and apologies but since I have joined Weight Watchers I have been a domestic goddess, mess… Read More
2018-02-07 07:05
Mindfulness is trending, alongside positivity and tips on how to be happier but the bottom line here is self-care, inner peace and being true to yourself. 2018 seems to be the year to w… Read More
2018-02-02 08:33
Sometimes you just need to feel better, fast. The day could be going well and then bang, it happens. A brawny phone call, a tough conversation or someone’s actions have hurt you and se… Read More
2018-01-31 07:11
“Your perfume is your message, your scented slogan” ~Maurice Roucel I concur. Each one of us has a go-to scent, a favourite signature aura. The millions of perfumes out there off… Read More
2018-01-29 09:00
#MONSLAY – Let’s do this! Usually, the Monday blues try their best to pull my positive pants down and steal them for at least 24 hours. But this weekend I self-promised to enjoy… Read More
2018-01-24 08:18
How often do you wonder where the hell that week went? Before we know it, it’s Monday already…all over again! Weeks are becoming more chaotic, the to-do list grows, all of a sud… Read More
2018-01-15 18:29
Whilst wearing positive pants is fun and results in blissful peace, I think you have got to be a robot for nothing to ever piss you off. I’m not talking about the things where you can… Read More
2018-01-14 10:07
Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation was 65 years ago. Today, the BBC is airing an interview with the Queen at Buckingham Palace, sharing memories of her Coronation. I am waiting with… Read More
2018-01-11 08:06
I think I’ve got the hang of this. I’ve learned how to make time for me and do the things I love. When I want to. I’ve spent too long worrying about what I’m doi… Read More
2018-01-08 09:05
London calling… Working in the city of London is quite special. You’re surrounded by history. I leave home in the morning in a small town where Henry VIII was born and with… Read More
2018-01-05 07:20
Well hello, 2018! A new year fills me with bounce and sparkle, almost like someone has pressed my reboot button and it’s off to face January with a smile on my face. Making New Ye… Read More
2018-01-03 09:25
How the hell did that happen? When did January sneak in right under my nose so quickly? It’s another new year, I remember the last one like it was yesterday. I have been reading so man… Read More
2017-12-17 19:00
We have been decorating ourselves for years. Adorning our skin with various items of jewellery not only completes a wonderful outfit and can change the way we feel about ourselves but it is… Read More
2017-12-12 21:18
It’s no secret that I love books. There’s something about turning actual pages, that distinct smell of paper (especially library books they have such an old smell), the ability t… Read More
2017-11-27 09:09
What are your values? Values are a common term within organisations, a common set of principles which drive the way we influence, the way we interact with each other, and how we work togethe… Read More

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