Wedding Invitations: How to Beat the Stress & Pick a Winner!

Wedding Invitation DecisionI participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Wedding Paper Divas. I received a product and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

It’s official.

We’ve chosen our wedding invitations!

After chatting with our families and repeatedly looking through our Wedding Paper Divas sample kit, we have very happily decided on “The One”. I’ll be sharing our final selection at the end of this post but first, I wanted to share some of the wisdom I’ve gained by going through this process.

Although picking an invitation might sound like one of the easier tasks on your to-do lists, it can easily become overwhelming and stressful. But don’t worry, I know exactly what you’re going through and I have a couple of tips that will help!

Tip 1: Don’t Let the Options Overwhelm You

Sparkly gold foil patterns, whimsical calligraphy, and intoxicatingly sweet flower designs, Wedding Paper Divas’ options will instantly make you swoon. But a word of caution, it’s going to be difficult to make a final decision or even narrow down your options unless you have a clear idea of what you want. Chat with your fiancé and decide on the look you are going for before jumping online and trying to make your final pick.

Tip 2: Don’t Forget About the Wording

Once we had chosen our wedding invite design, we begin the ordering process and got a little stuck! The process itself is easy and straight forward but we hadn’t anticipated how much some of the customization options would mean to us. We wanted our words to be warm and joyful. And that means “Will and Niki Cordially Invite You…” wasn’t going to suffice. I advise having all your wording prepped before you begin ordering, otherwise you’ll find yourself feeling pressured to come up with the perfect words as quickly as you can so that you can complete your order.

Tip 3: Remember the Extras

Depending on the details of your special day, you may need a lot more than just an invite. Again, this is something we didn’t think about until we were ordering ours. Is your ceremony and reception at the same location? If not, you’ll likely want to provide directions & the address on an additional insert. You may also want to recognize special people or provide an itinerary for the day and guess what… you’ll need to order inserts for that! On the bright side, Wedding Paper Divas has options that match your main invitation so you’ll be able to maintain a consistent look.

Hopefully this was helpful! If you’re a newlywed and would like to share any of your helpful tips, please feel free to leave them in the comment section!

Are you ready to see our OFFICIAL wedding invitation design?! Scroll down!

Final Pick

Do you adore our lovely little laser-cut invitation?! I don’t think we could have imagined a better design for us. It’s whimsical, magical, and it’ll be unlike anything our guests have ever seen.

We are currently working through some of the things I mentioned above. The wording, in particular, still has us a little stumped. But is that really a surprise? I am marrying a writer… Lol.

Thank you for joining me on this special part of our journey to the big day! I strongly recommend Wedding Paper Divas to all my fellow brides. I pride myself on always being honest with my readers, so I hope you’ll take a second and check out this wonderful site:


New Dove Deodorant: Does it Really Work?

Dove Deodorant“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dove. I received a product sample and promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

Happy Monday! Bit of an oxymoron huh? Lol.

Even though today might be a bit of a drag, I’m excited to test out a new deodorant this week. I love trying new things! I also really enjoy being able to help you find products that are worth your hard earned money.

I am a happy little guinea pig ready to share my discoveries!

I’ll be testing out Dove Advanced Care Anti-Perspirant/DeodorantIt provides 48 hour odor and wetness protection while also making your underarms softer & smoother. And boy oh boy do I plan to put this baby to the test. I already have a week’s worth of workouts planned!

If you’d like to jump in and test the Dove deodorant before my review (no judgment!), you can click HERE for a $1 off coupon.

Be sure to come back to find out how this all turns out! I’ll be sharing my experience in my next beauty post!


The Weekend Vlog

WeekendVlogThumbnailHi guys!

So life has been as crazy as always but I managed to vlog last weekend and I thought you might like to check it out!

I’ve got a lot of posts currently “under construction” so don’t worry, there’s a lot of great stuff heading your way in the very near future!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and a very blessed Easter!

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Find Your Perfect Wedding Invitation with Wedding Paper Divas

Wedding Paper DivasI participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Wedding Paper Divas. I received a product and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

Every bride-to-be knows the amazing feeling of finalizing a wedding detail. Whether it’s signing the catering contract, picking out your dress, or making the deposit on your venue, each time you officially decide on something your heart beats a little faster because you know that you’re now one step closer to the big day.

For us, the time has now come to choose our wedding invitations!

We’ve been doing our best to select things that truly reflect us and fit our theme. Our wedding is being created around the concept of “An Enchanted Forest Fairytale”. Our venue is the LA arboretum, which has the outdoorsy forest feel and we recently decided to DIY our own centerpieces so that we could create something more unique and whimsical.

As we began to think about invitations, we knew we needed something that felt magical. We wanted our guests to be delightfully surprised when they opened the envelope. With that thought in mind, we were ready to begin our search!rustic wedding invitationwedding invitation ideasCute unique wedding invitation

If you’re currently on the hunt to find your invites, you’ve likely stumbled across Wedding Paper Divas. They have so many beautiful options! Like most budget-conscious brides, the first thing I did was click the pricing tab. I didn’t want to fall in love with anything that was way outside of our budget.

We went to a bridal show about a month ago and saw invites costing upwards of $12 dollars, EACH! We have 125 people on our guest list, there is no way we can afford a pricey invitation.

Thankfully, wedding Paper Divas has prices that fit REAL budgets. I was so excited when I saw how affordable everything on the site was! I ordered us a sample kit (you can get one here) so that we could see how everything looked in person.

Being able to see and touch an actual sample, made it much easier for us to decide what we liked. There are a lot of details that get lost in a flat one-dimensional image!

Our Wedding Paper Divas sample kit also included examples of the different papers and finishes available. So in case you were wondering what the difference is between matte paper and ecru paper or shimmer paper, you’ll be able to compare them.

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I’m very excited to say that we have found our dream wedding invitations! Can you guess which one we completely fell in love with?

In my next post, I’ll share our official selection! And I will take you through the ordering process. If you have any questions about how to get your free sample kit, just let me know in the comments below.

I’m looking forward to seeing what you think of Wedding Paper Divas!

Around Town: The Griffith Observatory

griffith park view griffith observatory griffith park observatoryLast weekend, Will and I had a great time visiting the Griffith Observatory! We hadn’t planned on it but one of our photography clients requested the location for their family photo shoot.

Since we both had never been there (crazy right?) we decided to grab some Starbucks and head out early to scope it out.

The view is amazing. There are tons of hiking trails and picnic spots throughout the surrounding park. It’s a perfect date spot, reading spot, and yoga spot….if you’re into that. I wish I was, Yoga and I are sort of frenemies.

I love visiting new places, even if they’re only new to me and not the whole world. Lol. I’ve played with a few different ideas of how to include “local” travel into the blog but haven’t settled on anything yet.

Do you like reading about local spots worth visiting? What if they were geared toward my fellow couples, and focused on being “date night worthy”? Lol.

I’d loved to hear your thoughts!



Love, Niki

Recharge with the Taste of Pure Earth Juice!

Del Monte Juice

It’s Sunday night and I’m sitting in the middle of the kitchen trying my best to help my fiancé with our weekly meal prep while also typing up this post. Lol.

This is sort of how it is lately, lots to do each day and only 24 hours to do it in! This is the life of an engaged couple. It’s exciting, emotional, blissful and….. CRAZY BUSY.

One of our biggest goals right now is to establish a healthier lifestyle and get in shape for the wedding (and the rest of our lives!).

It’s definitely tough to make healthy choices when you’re out and about. Especially once you start to feel tired and drained. Luckily, we’ve found a delicious and healthy way to boost our energy and our spirits while on the go!

Del Monte has come out with an awesome new drink. Each bottle of their Pure Earth Juice is made with fresh Del Monte Gold pineapples and contains zero additives of fillers. Every single bottle is 100% real juice, not concentrate.

All of the flavors are incredibly tasty, my personal favorite is the pineapple, blueberry, blackberry one. I honestly felt refueled and refreshed after enjoying my mid-day drink!

I know that a lot of you out there reading this are likely just as busy as we are lately. If you’re not planning a wedding than you’re probably busy with work, family activities, or maybe you’re even on your way to earning a graduate degree. Either way, we all could use a little boost of healthy goodness during our day.

To help you experience these juices first hand, here’s a $1 off coupon: Pure Earth Coupon

Also feel free to browse Del Monte’s site for more info: Click Here

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Del Monte Pure

Thanks for stopping by today! I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on these new juices. Don’t be afraid to get creative and try something fun with them, they’d be amazing blended with ice!

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Thank you Del Monte for sponsoring this post!

How to Edit Your iPhone Photos + My Fav App

How to edit your iPhone photos

IMG_2871Sticking with our February love theme, I decided to share something related to the social media app I love the most…Instagram!

Are you IG obsessed? It’s pretty fun huh? Lol.

The only downside is that most of us are so busy with work and daily responsibilities that we don’t have time to capture a perfectly lit photo.

Today I’m going to show you how to make your photos look better and brighter in just a few steps! That way all you have to worry about is capturing the moment. Lets go…

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Top 5 February Favorites

February FavoritesI’ve decided to try picking monthly themes because one, it sounds really fun!  And two, I have a feeling it will help keep a stream of fresh posting ideas flowing through me.

For February I chose a somewhat obvious theme, love. I’m so original. Lol. But I mean, how could I not pick love?! Thanks to Valentine’s Day, love related discussions are dominating the internet right now.

So for today’s post, I decided to share a list of things I love, my February favorites! I like them year round, I’m just highlighting them this month…in case you wondering…Lol. If you haven’t already experienced something on the list, I strongly encourage you to check it out! Think of this as a list of super awesome things worth trying.

1. Yogi Tea: These teas have so much flavor that it’s easy to skip the sugar. My favorite so far is their Green Tea Super Antioxidant. It helps me digest meals easier while also giving me some extra energy.

2. Bashan Restaurant: Located in Glendale, Ca, this small unassuming restaurant offers the most delicious selection of French/American faire I have EVER tasted. If you’re a foodie and live in the area you absolutely must drop by for dinner or one of their mind blowing 7-course tastings.

3. Drop Dead Diva: TV show gold. I’m incredibly late to the game but after stumbling upon Drop Dead Diva one lazy Sunday afternoon, I have happily binged watched it whenever I have free time. It’s light hearted enough to put you in a good mood, dramatic enough to keep you wanting more, and presents you with plenty of entertaining cases to satisfy your inner lawyer.

4. The Shack: A book that effortlessly fills you with hope and peace. I loved the spiritual journey that I went on page by page. William P. Young’s words resonated with me deeply. I love the questions this book makes you ask yourself about God, religion, and your fellow man.

5. The Edge of Tomorrow: Not everything I consume is extremely deep and thought-provoking. In fact, the majority of what I enjoy isn’t. Lol. This film was simply tons of fun to watch. If you haven’t seen this Tom Cruise alien war movie yet, you need to get on it. Pronto!

That was fun. I’m totally feeling this “love” theme we’ve got going on. It’s going to be exciting to see where it takes us this month.

Just talking about things you love can put you in a better mood. That being said, I’d love it if you shared one of your favorites with me in the comment section below. It can be a movie, a recipe, a book, or anything else you love. I can’t wait to see all the great things I need to check out!

Have a wonderful week!




Stone Bathroom Inspiration

We recently started our registry at Bed Bath and Beyond, and when we got to the bathroom section we were a little unsure about “the look” we were going for. Initially I gravitated toward the shimmery mosaic tooth brush holders and frilly curtains but Will was, justifiably, not excited about the thought of a sparkly and feminine bathroom. Lol.

After circling a few times, Will showed me the natural stone section. At first, I though it looked a little too masculine. But I started to see it. I imagined a bathroom inspired by an expensive spa. Clean, natural, and relaxing. Add a few candles, some fresh flowers and it’s perfect. I found a few images on pinterest that capture our vision pretty well :)

What do you think? Is this the kind of bathroom you’d imagine in your house?


Live Your Life: Quote of the Day

quoteHappy Friday eve!

I’ve been a little behind on my posting schedule! I love writing and sharing my life with all of my lovely readers but this past week has been INSANE a.k.a. life of a bride-to-be. Lately I’ve only had about 2 hours a day of personal time and I have to fit everything into that chunk of time(i.e. workouts, laundry, showers, wedding planning, eating, cooking, reading, writing).

Although I’m looking forward to getting back to my regular posting schedule, I just wanted to say that sometimes it’s nice to just… live. To experience each moment, to soak in your environment, and to forget about the digital world.

How often do you disconnect from your online life? Have you ever considered getting rid of your social media accounts? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

I have some super fun posts coming to the blog next week so be sure to stop by!