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

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!

Love,

Niki

 



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!



5 Must-Try Products for 2015: BEAUTY AWARDS

Today I’m giving out beauty awards to my top 5 favorite beauty products of 2014. I took several thing into considerations when choosing my favorites. Cost, quality, and ease of use all played a role in my decision as did overall satisfaction with each product.

It’s always fun to try something different in the new year but I didn’t want you to waste your money on crummy products!

BEST EYEBROW KIT OF 2014

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BILLION DOLLAR BROWS!

COST: $34.99

REASON: I’m honestly the worst at eyebrows. I always go to dark or end up turning them into strange shapes. So when I got to try the Billion Dollar Brows Kit this year, I was nervous. A brush is only as good as the artist right?

One of the most amazing things about this kit is the magical little pen. It is formulated to work with all skin tones & hair colors. It creates more of a natural shadow that makes it really easy to fill in your brows without going overboard.

The kit also comes with a concealer/highlighter duo pen, blending brush, and brow gel. And they all work really well!

BEST LIPSTICK OF 2014

Rimmel London Moisture Renew

RIMMEL LONDON MOISTURE RENEW!

COST: $5.47

REASON: You can easily spend as much as $25 on a fancy-pants lipstick, but Rimmel London has created a line of moist, color-rich lipsticks for an amazing price. I also really liked the color options they have. I tried several shades and was really happy with how they all looked.

BEST BLUSH OF 2014

Maybelline Blush

 

MAYBELLINE MASTER HI-IGHT!

COST: $7.94

REASON: Technically the shade I use is a bronzer (#06 Deep Bronze) but the red tones allow it to double as a blush. You’ll get a nice little glow and a hint of color on your face and cheeks. The final result is a natural looking healthy flush that last all day!

BEST DRY SHAMPOO OF 2014

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HERBAL ESSENCES NAKED!

COST: $4.99

REASON: It feels so good! I try not to wash my hair daily because it drys out but then I have oily roots to deal with. What I really love about this dry shampoo is how clean it makes your scalp feel. It’s the closet to “shower fresh” as you can get without actually showering.

BEST FACE MOISTURIZER OF 2014

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BENEFIT TRIPLE PERFORMING FACE EMULSION!

COST: $32

REASON: Not only does this product moisturize your skin, it also protects it (spf), and is a great foundation primer. Its ability to help control oil allows your makeup to last longer and prevents your face from getting super shiny. It might seem a little pricey at $32, but it’s a quality product and it’ll last you awhile.

Thank you 2014 for all these awesome beauty products. I’m excited to see what new things I’ll discover this year!

Did I miss any amazing products? Let me know in the comments if there’s something I should try!

 



Cute Pajama Sets for Less Than $15!

For everyone out there with a Christmas gift card or two left to spend, I strongly suggest picking up a pair of pajamas!

I’ve spent the last two chilly weeks wishing I had invested in more warm & comfy jammies! I usually put sleepwear on the bottom of my shopping list because… well, who sees you in your pajamas? No one!

But you know what? Not having a good selection of PJ’s is a bummer. I find it harder to unwind without them. And it’s not really true that no one sees us at bedtime. Your husband will see you! And although I’m sure he loves you unconditionally, would it kill you to wear a clean, matching set of pajamas to bed? For him? Lol.

And when you actually have dedicated sleepwear you won’t have to scramble around for 15 minutes before bed looking through drawers for something to sleep in.

Thankfully I was gifted a super cute PJ set this holiday season! Slowly but surely I hope to build a complete “sleep wardrobe”.

If you started realizing midway through this post that you too are in need of something cozy to sleep in, don’t worry. Not only do you not have to go far, you also don’t have to spend more than $15. Thank goodness for Target!

You can find all these sets by browsing the color tabs HERE and HERE

Target Pajamas

pajama sets from target



Into the Woods: Movie Review

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It’s a tad past midnight and I’m writing this review while hopped up on 3 shots of expresso, thanks Starbucks.

I was finally able to catch a showing of Into the Woods tonight. I’m not a big fan of musicals but I went in with a somewhat open mind & was thoroughly prepared for 2hours of conversations that would be unnecessarily sung.

For awhile, I enjoyed the strange look of this new fairytale world and even laughed at some cheesy jokes. But then it happened.

About two thirds of the way in the movie decided to take a crap on itself. Lol.

*Major spoiler alert

Almost everyone dies while a Willy Wonka sounding tune is sung.

Okay, not everyone dies but there are a few unexpected deaths which entirely change the tone. And that happily ever after fairytale ending we’ve grown accustomed to is traded in for something darker and unsettling.

C’mon disney, if we can’t turn to you for an overly sugar coated ending full of rainbows… than where do we go?!

To make it worse, I honestly can’t tell you with certainty what the main message/lesson was. Maybe… Be careful what you wish for? Or, don’t marry a prince because he’ll cheat on you with someone’s wife…?

My final verdict is, instead of wasting $25 to go see this movie with a friend, pop in a classic disney DVD like Hercules or The Little Mermaid, because neither will rob you of your inner joy or optimistic outlook on the world.

You’re welcome in advance.