Nicole Estrella

Nicole's a red wine enthusiast with a passion for thrift stores and bearded men. With an unapologetic need to speak her mind, her articles explore the grandeur of hardships, friendships and making sense of the opposite sex.

8 Fictional Men You're Destined To Date Before Finding Your Soulmate

ByNicole Estrella
One night, at yet another strategic set-up cleverly disguised as a "group dinner," I did my best to appease my married friends by feigning interest in a man we’ll call "Mr. Presumably Perfect." Mr. Perfect dressed well, smelled nice and was engaging…

Modern-Day Religion: The 10 Dating Commandments Of This Generation

ByNicole Estrella
With a mere two-week stretch of Sunday school attendance as the extent of my religious practices, I’ve surprisingly always held the 10 commandments in high regard. They seem noble, really, and they're simple enough. Don’t lie, don’t steal and don’t…

Will And Jada Are Redefining Normal With Their 'Open' Relationship

ByNicole Estrella
Jada Pinkett Smith has decided to come forth and address the rumor mill, speaking about her supposed open relationship with her husband of nearly 20 years, Will Smith. The actress recently spent some time with Howard Stern on his Serious XM radio…

All The Things I Never Said: A Thank You To My Mom On Mother's Day

ByNicole Estrella
As a child, I associated Mother’s Day with paper flowers and popsicle-stick bird feeders. As a teenager, I found just enough time to drop a fancy card or grocery store bouquet on the kitchen counter before rushing out to carry on with cooler…

Secondhand Heartbreak: My Friend's Loss Taught Me What Matters Most In Life

ByNicole Estrella
Recently, the person I care about most in the world experienced an unspeakable tragedy: A terrible accident took her younger brother. Bryan was handsome and bright and had an infectious sense of humor. He was so charming that few people knew of his…

8 World-Changing, Important Ladies To Honor For Women's History Month

ByNicole Estrella
A good friend of mine, who is a middle school literature teacher, recently gave her students an assignment I found to be interesting. In the spirit of Women’s History month, she asked each of her students to complete a 500-word essay on a woman who…

4 Ways 'Almost Famous' Taught You How To Relish Life For All It Is

ByNicole Estrella
Fifteen years ago, the Toronto Film Festival debuted what, in my opinion, may be one of the greatest films ever made: "Almost Famous." Writer, director and part-time producer Cameron Crowe (of "Say Anything" and "Fast Times at Ridgemont High") has…

Modern-Day Bucket List: 25 Realistic Accomplishments For Your Lifelong To-Do List

ByNicole Estrella
Ahh, the bucket list: That which we carry around to remind us of all we have left to accomplish. While rarely comforting, the bucket list is definitely necessary. It helps to remind us that life must be truly lived before it is over. I got to…

Is The Juice Worth The Squeeze? The Things To Consider Before Making A Choice

ByNicole Estrella
Edging into my late 20s, I am increasingly aware of just how important it is to weigh my options. I’ve learned that each road — those I have traveled and those I have abandoned — bore consequences, and no astrological horoscope, fortune cookie or…

The Different New Year's Celebrations Throughout The World That You Need To Visit

ByNicole Estrella
Leading up to New Year’s Eve, women across the country spend days on a diet of coffee and nicotine to fit into a tight sequined dress. We find some over-crowded, smoky hotspot to watch the ball drop, and while chanting the countdown, we vow to eat…

An Open Letter From A Disgruntled Server: 6 Ways To Improve Your Dining Experience

ByNicole Estrella
For the better part of my working life, I have been a waitress. True, I never make an actual paycheck and my benefits are laughable. I sometimes end a shift long after others have ended their days, and it may take multiple showers to get the smell…

The 28 Things Every Gen-Y Female Should Be Grateful For

ByNicole Estrella
Tradition sets forth that each end of November we gather together to give thanks. Over biscuits and stuffing, we solemnly swear to appreciate all we’ve been given. I will speak for myself when I say that more often than not, I have closed my eyes…

The 5 Friends Every Girl Has To Have While In Her 20s

ByNicole Estrella
When you were a kid, your mother told you if you could count the number of real friends you had on one hand you’d be lucky. Naturally, you considered her to be out of date and out of touch with reality. She couldn’t possibly have comprehended the…

How You Can Benefit From Being Third Wheel To Your BFF’s New Relationship

ByNicole Estrella
So your best friend has found love, and in turn, you’ve found your social calendar bone-dry. When your partner in crime has found a romantic partner to take your place, don’t be so quick to discount your new leading role as the “third wheel.” For…