A little about me

Hi! I’m Nikki, formerly of NCsquared Life where I blogged about my outfits and life with my husband, Nick, the other NC who completes the equation. In July of 2017, I decided it was time to rebrand because life had changed so much over the course of just a few months. Nick and I are no longer just two NCs since we welcomed our son, Sebastian, into the world in April 2017. Also, I was looking to expand my writing and get a little more creative. With all that happening, NCsquared Life felt a bit limited and so Nikki by example was born.

I chose this name as a play on the phrase “leading by example.” I believe it’s really important, especially for my son, for me to lead by example the values and actions that I want us to embody in this life. I also felt it would reflect that my writing, outfits, life hacks, 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, take more chances, and to truly lead by example. 

I have a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree with a concentration in health behavior, a B.A. in Psychology, and a minor in Hispanic Studies. 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!

A little about the blog

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 but I don’t have any luck thrifting them either. I just try to 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 try to stick to petite sizes because I’m only 5′ 1″ but there aren’t a lot of stores that cater to smaller frames while remaining affordable, so I make it work, and that means that my looks will work for anyone! I’m slow to try new trends, but 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 comfortable, especially as a new mom, and I hope I inspire you to do the same.


I also want to share my observations about life. I’m married, I’m a new mom, and I love living life, and I enjoy writing about it. I hope you enjoy coming along for the journey.

 Other things that might interest you

Purple is my favorite color.

I’m an avid reader.

I’m a long-time lover of Hispanic culture – especially the language and the dancing. Also, I speak Spanish.

I could eat sushi every day, I drink coffee every morning, and I enjoy a nice glass of wine some 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’m a feminist. No, I don’t hate men and I wear my bras as opposed to burning them (which is actually a myth) because I do appreciate their support! What I do hate is inequality, sexism, and discrimination. These are some things I’ll touch on in this blog, and things I welcome for discussion.

The important thing to remember about this space is the one thing I know for sure, which is that I don’t know everything. For the things I don’t know, I welcome a productive conversation. So, thanks for stopping by and learning about me and the things I think are important. I can’t wait to get to know you!


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