Holiday Hair with KISS InstaWave: Review + Demo

Check out the video to see how my first experience with KISS’s new InstaWave went! If you have any thoughts or questions please feel free to leave them in the comment section and I will get back to you ASAP!

Also, here’s a quick rundown of everything you need to know about this automatic hair curler:  (more…)

Advice from a Wife: Lisa from FreshSpinach.com

Lisa Wife Interview

Happy Friday everyone!

Today is the beginning of a new series here on Love, Niki. Every week or so, I’ll be sharing a post entitled, “Advice from a Wife”, where I interview a married woman and ask her to share her insight, advice and thoughts on marriage, wedding planning, and life as a Mrs. I hope this series will help both newlyweds and soon-to-be brides navigate this new chapter of their life.

If there’s a question you’d like to see answered, please leave it in the comment section. Also, if you would like to be a part of this series and share your perspective as a wife, please feel free to contact me be using this form. (more…)

Blog Announcement

Blog AnnouncementI finally feel like I’m on the right track.

I’ve been struggling with what direction to take the blog for some time now. I’ve been testing out a variety of topics in an attempt to find something that I felt truly excited about, something that inspired me so much that I would be able to inspire others with it. (more…)

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

 

 

 

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!

 

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!

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!

 

 

 

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!

Rimmel London Summer Beauty

Summer Makeup Rimmel
Rimmel London MakeupI typically associate Rimmel London makeup with bold beauty looks. I love to wear their dark Bordeaux lipstick because of the intense pop it gives my lips. But you can also create very natural, summer-ready looks with Rimmel. (more…)

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