Luau Bridal Shower Invitations! Oh Wow!

I’m sure some of you have received a cute invitation sometime recently, to honor a close friend or relatives’ wedding ceremony. And if not, I’m sure you will soon, as wedding season is upon us and late summer and early fall are the most popular times to host a wedding. One of my best friends just so happens to be having her wedding this season and I could not have been more excited to open up my cute wedding and bridal shower invitation!

 

Today’s blog post will be a fun one, as I wanted to share this fun bridal shower invitation site I’ve recently discovered! As you know, here in Miami, everything is tropical, so of course I was drawn to the Luau Bridal Shower Invitations section. And what better place to look, than Basic Invite. Basic Invite is a free site that allows you to completely customize any invitation and take some stress away from planning the big day! And when I say completely customize, I mean it! They have nearly every color imaginable and over 40 different colors of envelopes. Now I don’t plan on having my own wedding anytime soon, but knowing you can have your all in one wedding invitation and bridal shower creation process, just a click away, definitely makes things easier! But I do know every girl has her wedding Pinterest board on deck, so planning ahead doesn’t hurt either.

I think one of my favorite parts about Basic Invite is their Seal & Send Wedding Invitations. I know I had to recently RSVP to my best friend’s wedding, and it was actually such a fun little process, to check off the card and send it back with my RSVP! Basic Invite actually has an invitation that prints the guest’s addresses on the front of them, so you don’t even need an invitation set! Cute, fun and saving paper! And of course, after the events, you’ll need to make sure to send all of your guest’s bridal shower thank you cards, which you can create in a similar process as the original bridal shower invitations.
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They also give you the ability to create your wedding website, where guests can be directed to your site to get all the details needed!

Being a fellow Pinterest lover and all things girly, of course, I had to share some of my own favorite designs from the site. And aside from their stunning Luau Bridal Shower Invitations, my absolute favorite designs are some of their custom, clear, business cards and invitations.

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So make sure you plan your wedding right and check out Basic Invite here!

@BasicInvite

 

 

xoxox

My Transformation

Transformations physically, mentally and most importantly… for this blog.

 

It’s been quite a hot minute since I’ve dabbled in the blogging world, but I am making a conscious effort to start it back up, and this time with a lot more thought and meaning behind each post. Bye to the days of meaningless outfit posts and hello to what really goes on in this interesting world I live in. Of course, I may throw in a few outfits that I can’t help but share. But I’ve always had a passion for writing and I love being able to put some more personality into my blogging.

Which leads me into my first post, and one that I never imagined I would be making. As you may know, I’ve lived in Miami for about 3 years now and I would not want to live anywhere else. But of course, living in Miami, it’s easy to get drawn into the unrealistic beauty standards. I’ve never had any major insecurities about my looks or even had a thought cross my mind about plastic surgery or physical alterations of any sort. Perhaps a little tattoo or piercing, but I was even skeptical of those. Until… I ended up working for an extremely talented plastic surgeon here in Miami, Dr. Rian Maercks. How I ended up there is an interesting story in itself, but today I just want to share my transformation, because I think it’s pretty darn amazing.

Whenever we typically think of filler, we think of big duck lips and giant, overfilled chipmunk cheeks, which I personally do not find attractive. Quickly after spending a few weeks at this new job of mine, it was clear that what Dr. Rian A. Maercks was doing, with filler, was a completely different story. We would have gorgeous supermodels walk through our doors, looking perfect, and end up leaving even more perfect. He likes to use the phrase “unlocking your inner beauty” which is the perfect way to describe it.

(Sidenote: I feel compelled to say that I did not have any push or outside reasons for sharing this story, besides the fact that I think I look dope AF and find this sort of stuff interesting. k thanks.)

So let’s just go ahead and fast forward some months later, after 21 syringes/CC’s/ml’s of hyaluronic acid filler, in my face, later. Woahhhh 21! Yeah, it’s a lot of filler compared to pretty much everyone else in the world, but the magician, aka Dr. Maercks, has the most crazy, artistic and amazing technique, that requires a buttload more volume, to give you a very natural result. Okay, you can read about it here, because I just want to get to the fun part already, the before and afters!

All of these photos are completely unfiltered/unaltered in any way. In both before and after I am wearing no makeup, I am in the same room and taken with the same camera. And you’ll for sure notice my hormonal acne was cured, also thanks to Dr. Maercks and his acne protocol

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So let’s do a kind of breakdown of sorts, although these numbers are estimates.

My eyes, nose, lips, and chin all have filler.

My eyes and temples have about 10CC’s of filler in total (5CCs each side) this removed my undereye bags, filled in the hollow of my temples, lifted my brows, lifted my cheeks, thinned the appearance of my face and took away from the heaviness of my cheeks.

 

My nose has around 5CCs of filler in total. He made my nose longer, to fit my face better, made it more straight, boosted out the base to give me more tip projection, and hide my nasal labial folds a little more. And he gave me a more pointed, lifted and overall cutest nose ever. (I’m totally obsessed with his liquid rhinoplasty’s, and am dying for more!)

 

My lips have about 4CCs in total. 2CCs were injected into the pink of my lips (per my request) for bigger, juicier lips and the other 2CCS were placed around the border of my lips and my cupids bow to blend it with the rest of my face.

 

My chin has about 2CCs of filler to boost out my chin and blend it with my lips and nose. This also disguised my little turkey gobbler a little more. (Also another thing I’m obsessed with.)

One common question is regarding pain and whether it hurts. First off, yes, there are needles being stuck into your face. But it’s honestly so painless, the only part that is a little more tender is the tip of the nose. Aside from that, your face actually gets super numb, it’s more of a weird feeling than pain. And recovery for me is very minimal, I do not swell that much and I hardly bruise, but others can have different experiences than mine of course. 

Now after seeing all of the volume that was put in my face, one would think it would be obvious. But some of my friends and family still say they can’t really notice a difference. And my dad was never able to tell, until this blog post of course.

So this concludes my first blog post of 2019, a little late, but I’ll do my best to share more.

More about Dr. Rian Maercks filler procedure here.

 

 

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MIA in MDD

Nothing screams Miami more than this gorgeous skirt from Lilac and Lilies Boutique from LSpace, paired with a staple black, lace up heel from Shu Shop Shoes. This look is everything I love and more!

High Waist Skirt | Lilac and Lilies

Shoes | ShuShop Shoes

Tank | Romwe

Watch | JORD 

Xoxoxo

La Muse Cafe

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to step into a real life Alice in Wonderland rabbit hole, La Muse Cafe is the place for you. It’s a combination of Avant Art Gallery and a gorgeous, whimsical cafe, located in the Epic Hotel in Downtown Miami.
Not only is the atmosphere a fairytale, but the food is incredible and way better than your typical American style cafe.
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Top// Zara

Pants// Zara

Purse// Livin’ the MAD Life

Shoes// Melissa

 

xoxoxo

Red in the City

Not sure if you can tell… But red is my favorite color, and this red Lilac and Lilies dress was one of the most flattering pieces I wore during my NYFW events. And it perfectly paired with the Frida Kahlo purse, which I received endless compliments on.

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Dress | Lilac and Lilies Boutique 

Coat | Zara

Shoes | ShuShop Shoes

Purse | Livin’ the MAD Life

 

xoxox

The Big City

This night in NYC was a particularly freezing one, that my Miami blood was not prepared for. But that aside, we watched one of the most entertaining fashion shows, the YEROC by Corey Woods. The pieces were fantastic and the performance was one for the books.

We found another amazing vegan restaurant, that I wish would make its way down South. Blossoms, was my all time favorite restaurant for the trip, the full menu was vegan and their Truffle, Mushroom Pizza was insanely delicious!

My look for this nights show was one of my favorite pieces from Lilac and Lilies Boutique, in Fort Lauderdale Florida, this flattering white dress. Paired with our Livin’ the MAD Life “Winter Sparkle” tote.

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Blazer | Zara (similar)

Dress | Lilac and Lilies

Purse | Livin’ the MAD Life

Shoes | Gianni Bini (similar)

 

xoxox