Her Story: Nicole Kivitz

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As I’ve become more and more obsessed with the blogging community, I’ve realized that my favorite things to read on other blogs are interviews. I love hearing about other people’s views, opinions, secrets, and advice. However, I’ve noticed that many of the interviews revolve around a person’s job or lifestyle habits. While I always find that interesting, I also find myself wondering about them as people. What do they do to unwind after a hard day? What is their favorite song and why? What is the one thing they regret? To combine my loves for interviewing, people, and writing, I’m starting a new series called Her Story. The series will feature interviews with women to give a voice to their personalities and personal stories.

My first interview is with Nicole Kivitz, a fellow blogger living in NYC. I met Nicole at Geneseo when I joined Royal Lady Knights and came down the stairs to discover that she was my BIG (oh the crazy times we had that semester…). So sorority-ish, I know, but she is now one of my best friends and I love meeting up with her in the city to discuss our twin lives. Don’t forget to check out her awesome blog, A Simply Pretty Life, and follow her on Twitter at @NKivitz. Enjoy!


Age: 24 (One month until the big 2-5. Cue quarter-life crisis.)
Occupation: Community Manager at EXPO Communications
City: New York, NY

What’s the best lesson you’ve learned from heartbreak or being in love?

Ah, what a question. I’ve never been a girl to constantly have a boyfriend, but I can say that I’ve been in love once in my life (SO FAR), and I’ve also consequently been absolutely, miserably heartbroken once. There are so many things I learned that it’s hard to think of just one big thing… But here are a few that I will try and remind myself next time it comes around:
-When heartbroken, sometime ice cream and carbs make you feel better. Sometimes running like there’s no tomorrow will make you feel better. I suggest alternating between both.
-Go outside if you need to cry at work. (Trust me, everyone has secretly been there whether they admit it or not.) 
-Cut it off if it’s done. Dragging it out leads to wasted time and more tears than should ever shed over one person. Delete that person completely from your life as best you can.
-If you’re in love, don’t run away from it because you’re scared or think you’re too young. 
-Being in love can be the most exciting thing there is.

They may all be cliche, but all are true.

When and where do you do your best brainstorming? 

At night in bed, on the treadmill, or in the shower.

Describe a favorite memory. 

Climbing to the top of the Duomo with my mom in Milan, Italy. It was her first time out of the country, and I was so excited to spend it with her and be the reason she got to travel.

What’s one thing you’ve learned about yourself so far this year?

When I get really down, I tend to set physical goals for myself that help me concentrate on something. This led me to running my first half marathon last year. A few years ago I never would have thought running would be something that helps me so much.

What’s one song that takes you back to another place and time? 

There’s a whole mess of songs that take me back to that above heartbreak. Music and love seem to go hand in hand unfortunately. Adele was my BFF for a few months.

If money didn’t matter, what would you do with your life?

I wish I knew! A photographer perhaps. A wedding planner maybe? Stylist, travel show host…

What quote or lyric do you find especially meaningful? 


At this super weird age where I feel like such a mess compared to friends who have it more “together,” this quote is a great, calming reminder.

What’s the best-kept secret of New York City?

I’ll let you know when I find it. ;)

What do you do to treat yourself after a long week or difficult time?

I buy myself flowers. I do my nails. I drink a glass of wine in bed while watching my favorite TV show. I take a walk in Central Park with a latte in my hand. The last few years have been difficult ones so I’ve perfected the art of “me” time or knowing the simple things to treat myself.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
“Accessories make the outfit Nicole.” -My Mom. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten compliments because I think this as I get dressed or am shopping. 

Author: Rachael

Book lover + editor, feminist, California soul + New York state of mind.

One thought on “Her Story: Nicole Kivitz

  1. Loved this post!! Keep the interviews coming, so fun to read! Oh and great responses, Nicole :)

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