Welcome to Nikki by example!

My family.

I chose this name for my personal life and style blog as a play on the phrase “leading by example.” I believe it’s really important to lead by example the values and actions I want to embody in this life. I also felt it would reflect that my writing, my outfits, my life hacks and stories, etc. are me living my most authentic life. And in that same vein, I hope it inspires me to get out there, do more things, to take more chances, and to truly lead by example.

In the beginning, my blog was all about my personal fashion. I still enjoy sharing my looks because I want to inspire regular folks like me to feel good when they get dressed. I call it “fashion for the rest of us” because I don’t have a lot of money to spend on clothes, and I have very little luck thrifting them. I just buy cute clothes that I can afford when I need them, probably just like most of you. I try to demonstrate how the average girl like me can dress nicely and look like a million bucks without actually spending it. I mostly wear petite sizes because I’m only 5′ 1″ but my looks will work for anyone! I’m slow to try new trends, and I’m hoping that blogging will give me the courage to try new things. All in all, I wear what I like and what makes me feel good–especially as a mom to a rambunctious toddler–and if it happens to be on trend then that’s a bonus. I hope I inspire you to do the same!
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Sampling of some recent work outfits

Other cool facts about me include: I have a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree with a concentration in health behavior, a B.A. in Psychology, and a minor in Spanish. I live, work, and play in Durham, NC. Among many other things, I’m a wife, a mother, a furbaby mommy, a sushi eater, a coffee drinker, a wine lover, a dancer, and a writer.

Welcome to my little corner of the world!

Nikki by example | www.nikkibyexample.com

Mia and Milo

Other things that might interest you

-Purple is my favorite color.

-I’m an avid reader.

-I’m a long-time lover of Hispanic and Latino culture – especially the language and the dancing. 

-I could eat sushi every day, I drink coffee every morning, and I enjoy a nice glass of wine most nights.

-I became a heart attack survivor at the age of 32.

-I like scary movies and ghost stories.

-I try not take anything for granted, and I can be amused by even the smallest things.

-I love to laugh, smell the flowers, and watch the snow fall on a cold winter day.

-I’m passionate, caring, and intelligent. I’m short, cute, and outgoing.

-I love writing and sharing things with the world, and I can’t wait to get to know each other as you join me on this journey.

Let’s get started


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