Are you too old for pigtails?

AreYouTooOldForPigtailsToday we’re tackling an age-related beauty question. Do hairstyles have an age limit, specifically pigtails?  Now remember, this is only my take on it. If you disagree, don’t hesitate to share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Wedding Inspiration from Anthropologie BHLDN

Wedding InspirationThere are so many pretty things for brides-to-be on Anthropologie’s wedding site (BHLDN)! I’m loving the jewel headpieces and sashes/belts. The toughest part so far is trying to figure which gown silhouette I like best. Any lovely brides out there want to share with me what type of dress shape they chose?

It’s going to be so much fun to share my journey to the wedding with you guys!

Also, there’ll be a fall lookbook video up next week and another advice post so be sure to come back for those! You can send me any questions (wedding, life, style) via email and I’ll do my best to answer them as soon as possible in an upcoming Breakfast at Niki’s post!

Talk to you soon!

How do you know if he’s the one?

View More: http://alyssamarie.pass.us/proposalWelcome to the very first advice column post! Breakfast at Niki’s is a place for me to share my experiences, thoughts, and opinions on a variety of topics. I hope this section helps make navigating life, love, and style a little easier. Also, you’re always welcome to send me questions at Niki@LoveNiki.com. I will not publish your name unless you tell me it’s okay to do so :)

Now, on to today’s question!

How do you know if he’s the one?

I can tell you that from the moment I met Will there was a spark. I was hooked on him instantly for reasons I couldn’t explain. I mean, when you meet a stranger you are really just going off what your gut says. But there’s a reason people often advise you to listen to your gut. So my first tip for knowing if has potential to be ‘the one’ is… (more…)

Our Engagement Photos!

View More: http://alyssamarie.pass.us/proposal View More: http://alyssamarie.pass.us/proposal View More: http://alyssamarie.pass.us/proposalOn Sunday, August 31, 2014, my life changed forever. An exciting new adventure was on the horizon and I didn’t even know it.

At 7:15 that morning my parents woke me up to deliver a beautiful box. Inside was an iPad with a video, an envelope, and a ticket. With sleepy morning eyes, I watched my boyfriend explain that he had planned something special for my birthday. He had set up a series of clues that would lead me to different destinations. A celebratory scavenger hunt.

And at his request, I vlogged it all. I tried my best to capture every step, every clue, every moment that he would only be able to experience through the lens of my camera. I wanted him to see every smile and laugh he was responsible for creating.

I want you, my sweet readers, to experience it all with me too. So instead of sharing it all in this post, I’m going to edit & narrate the vlog and let you watch it unfold.

But, as many of you already know, the day ended in a surprise engagement and party! It was like something out of a movie only better because films are just make-believe and this is real life!

As you get older, there will be many times when people ask you if you feel any differently. High school graduation, your 18th birthday, your 21st birthday, college graduation, etc. On none of those occasions did I wake up feeling like an entirely new person. This is different. It is the one exception (love always is).

From the moment Will asked me to marry him and slipped the most beautiful ring on my finger, I was forever changed. I feel new, refreshed, and more full of hope and optimism than I have ever been. I have been reminded of how incredible life truly is.

I’m so thankful to everyone who helped make our engagement so special. Our families helped make yesterday happen and it feels amazing to have their love & support as we set out to build a new life together. If anyone who was a part of yesterday is reading this, know that I love you. From the bottom of my heart, I love you! And thank you!

I’m also looking forward to sharing my journey with my readers! There are two new sections coming to the blog. One that will focus on weddings & couple related topics and another that will serve as an advice column that covers life, love, style and everything else you’d like me to share my take on.

I hope you’re just as excited as me! Also, please take a second to check out our amazing & talented photographer and hair/makeup geniuses! Links to both of these talented ladies below!

Hair and Makeup: Nikki from www.nikkiparisi.com

Photography: Alyssa from alyssamarie-photography.com

My dress, his bow tie & suspenders are from: Nordstrom

TTY Soon!

 

 

 

Goodbye Summer!

Goodbye Summer

Bring on the sweater weather, the hot chocolate, and everything knit! This girl is ready for fall! I’m normally all about the warm rays of sun but we could really use a break from the heat here in Cali. And a little rain would be nice. Lol.

Let me know where you’re located and if you’re excited to leave summer behind! Tty soon!

 

Niki Gets Eyelash Extensions!

I’m so happy to be getting back to making videos! Today I’m sharing a quick look at my trip to Platinum Lashes in Glendora, CA. Let me know if you have any additional questions about eyelash extensions after watching!

A Rainstorm for Butterflies

Butterfly Kisses A butterfly cannot fly in rain. Not only would the heavy drops knock the beautiful winged insect from the sky, the butterfly itself needs the warm rays of the sun to heat it’s flight muscles. But today is different. My sparkly butterflies are completely at ease amidst my water droplet nails.

We were inspired by the name of my new nail polish, Rainstorm by Sinful Colors. We are loving the fantasy element of this post and hope you are too! More creative and whimsical posts to come!

Sinful Colors Rainstorm

Orange Lips Inspired by Megan Fox

Megan Fox Orange Lipstick Orange lips and bronzerMegan looks extra summerY with this shade on her lips! But orange lips are tricky. Like super tricky. Lol. I had to cover my natural lip color in order to make it work.

Orange gives you a bold pop without any of the harshness of a red. It’s a great way to soften a makeup look without having to compromise the intensity of your lipstick.

Everything you need to recreate this is listed below. And if you have naturally dark lips, apply a concealer to them first! Aside from that, just have fun with it!

Orange LipsFACE

• Dermablend Face: See Post

Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder ( in a few shades darker than I normally get for contouring/bronzing)

EYES

Lashes from Platinum Lashes

Maybelline Eyestudio Gel Liner in Blackest Black

LIPS

Rimmel London Moisture Renew in In Love with Ginger

 

Megan Fox Smokey Eyes & Pale Pink Lips

Megan Fox Makeup Megan Fox inspired makeupGood morning fellow beauty bandits! I’m sure you’ve noticed the latest blog changes. We’ll be focusing on recreating the looks we love! Under the style thief tab you’ll find inspired outfit/style recreations and under the beauty bandit tab you’ll find posts like these that focus on recreating makeup, hair, or anything beauty related.

Today I’m sharing a beauty look inspired by Megan Fox! I went in to the eye doctor for my yearly eye exam and decided to try out some fun colored contacts. I also remembered that Megan Fox’s new movie, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, just came out so it seemed only natural to let myself be inspired by her this week.

My biggest tip for channeling your inner Fox, is to focus on the eyes. If you don’t have colored contacts, I suggest using eyeshadow colors that make your eyes pop! At the bottom of this post you’ll find a list of everything I used to recreate her look. Let me know if you have any questions!

Blue contacts rev

LIPS:

MAC Cremesheen Modesty

NYX Glam Lip Gloss Aqua Luxe in Paint the Town

EYES:

Naked Palette: Sin (inner corners of eyes), Creep (outer edges)

Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner in Blackest Black

FACE:

Dermablend Quick-Fix Concealer

Dermablend Intense Powder Camo

 

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