Thursday Thoughts

Dreams EndSometimes life takes us in unexpected directions and we have to redefine our dreams. But just because things didn’t work out as planned doesn’t mean we’ve failed. The awesome  song ‘Closing Time’ puts it best, “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end”.

Little Devil Halloween Costume

Devil Costume

Happy almost Halloween!

Today I’m sharing a fun and affordable costume idea! I know that a creative, handmade costume sounds like a great idea but c’mon… not everyone has the time or the money for that! (more…)

Monday Wish List: Little White Dresses

little white dress White dressesI need white dresses! My plan is to wear a cute little white dress for every wedding related event. So far, so good. I wore a white spaghetti strap dress to look for my bridal gown and now I just need to prepare for the next bridal occasions!

All of these lovely LWD can be found on Lulus.com. They have an amazing selection and their prices are reasonable! Here’s the link to see everything they have available in white: Lulu’s LWD

Which one is your favorite? Isn’t that little bow adorable on the top right dress?!

Decorating for Thanksgiving on a Budget!

 

I had the pleasure of working with the 99Cent Only Stores on a Thanksgiving decorating video!

You can get beautiful plates, chic glass and lots of cute decorations for only 99 cents! Have you visited a store lately? You’re going to be really impressed with their selection. You can find your local store by clicking here.

I hope this video inspires you to host your own Thanksgiving dinner! I can’t wait to share more fun budget-friendly decorating videos!

website: www.99only.com

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/99CentsOnlyOfficial

Wedding Dresses Under $300

Okay, let me just be super real and honest for a second. WEDDINGS ARE EXPENSIVE! Like really really expensive. The food, the venue, the dress, the flowers, it all adds up to a BIG number. No one seems to mention it much as we pin to our “Dream Wedding” boards but I think we should.

Lately, I’ve been browsing dresses and I realized that some of them cost more than our expected catering fee. Heck, the designer ones cost more than what we expect to pay for our entire wedding! It’s kind of funny, and sad, and confusing. If I were a millionaire, I’d probably pick out one of the wedding dresses from my pinterest boards and have it customized, add some diamonds, unicorn hair, whatever I felt it needed. But this is REAL life and like most of you, I’m on a REAL budget.

So for every bride-to-be out there who has decided to spend less on her dress and splurge on dessert, or who can simply not afford to buy an expensive dress, I’ve complied a list of lovely options. All of them are under $300 dollars.

Anabelle Dress from BHLDN (Anthropologie) $260

Anabelle BHLDN Wedding

Sweet Organza Gown from David’s Bridal $199

Davids bridal wedding dress

Champagne Dress from Lace Bridal $230

Lace Bridal Etsy

Sleeveless V-Back Dress from ELDesignStudio $299

v back lace etsy vback etsy

Lux Bridal Anabella from Sears $198

Anabella Sears Wedding Dress

 

 

 

Smile Brilliant Review & Giveaway!

Smile Brilliant KitMondays are tough but I’m about to make yours much better! Today I’m giving away a teeth whitening kit with custom-fit trays!

I was able to give this kit a try recently. I was really impressed with how quickly and how effectively it whitened my teeth. The custom trays result in a better fit and a better coverage. I’ve tried those strips you buy at the store (which are really expensive!) and had some bad luck. Not only did they not fit well, they  barely whitened my teeth! They also caused some very uncomfortable sensitivity.

Whitening Kit

Smile Brilliant’s kit not only comes with custom trays and whitening gel, they also provide you with desensitizing gel to keep you from having to experience the discomfort that is often associated with whitening your teeth.

You will need to set aside some time in which to use the kit, it’s not a fifteen minute process but you can do a lot of other things while you have your trays in (laundry, netflix, read, etc.).

I was really surprised how much whiter my teeth became after doing just one treatment. I was also surprised that they didn’t become instantly re-stained after having a coffee-filled week!

I did have a little trouble trying to figure out how much gel to put in my trays because I always seemed to have excess spilling out over my gums and teeth. It was a little messy and bothersome. I also didn’t like having to wear it for an hour. BUT, I can also be a bit of a baby. Lol

Will, my fiancé, tried out the whitening kit too and had no issue. He thought it was super easy to use and had no problem working on his laptop while he had his trays in. Like, I said, me = baby. I just wanted to be honest with you. Rarely do different people have the same exact experience with a product.

Overall, I think you will be very happy with the results Smile Brilliant can give you. And if you find yourself with questions or concerns, don’t worry… they have great customer service!

Now for the fun part, the giveaway!

Enter below for your chance to win a FREE smile Brilliant teeth whitening kit! You’ll get everything you need to make your smile sparkle :)

***ENTER TO WIN HERE! ***

You can also learn more by visitng the Smile Brilliant site:

http://www.smilebrilliant.com/#loveniki

http://www.smilebrilliant.com/product/teeth-whitening-trays#loveniki

 

Who Should Pay on a First Date?

Welcome to the first episode of a new series I’m calling, Niki’s Question Café! Today I’m tackling the question: Who Should Pay on a First Date?

This new series is going to be tons of fun! I hope it helps you find the honest answers and insight you’ve been looking for.

If you have a question you’d like me to answer, leave it in the comment section below or email me at Niki@LoveNiki.com (make your email subject line: Niki’s Question café).

Christmas Shopping in October: Billion Dollar Brows

Billion Dollar Brows EyebrowsI might sound a little crazy talking about Christmas shopping now but anyone on a budget knows the importance of planning ahead for big expenses. And Christmas is one of the biggest expenses of the year! (more…)

Fall Lookbook 2014

So far so good with my weekly video goal! I incorrectly labeled my title card (things like this happen late at night) but instead of waiting to post I decided to tell my inner perfectionist to keep quiet and let me live my life! Lol.

Happy Friday!

 

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