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”.

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

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).

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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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.

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

Sinful Colors Rainstorm

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