Wednesday, April 19, 2017

.Wedding Wednesday, Engagement Photos.

Floral Dress, c/o Pinkblush

It's Wedding Wednesday, our "Save The Dates" went out, so I thought what better time then now to share a handful of our engagement photos! There was SO many goods one, I didn't want to share them all at once. So here's a tease for now :) 

I have to tell you guys that taking these pictures was one of the best experiences Tyler and I have ever had! Kennedy did sneak in a couple photos, but it was mostly just him and I. It was the first time we got to take professional photos just the two of us. Our photographer, Shawna from Mr & Mrs. Wedding Duo is an absolute doll! She made us feel super relaxed and we truly just had a ball! Not to mention, I am obsessed with how they turned out! Planning a wedding while raising a toddler can be a little overwhelming at times, but this was a real treat and something we will treasure for a lifetime!

Of course when I started planning all the details for our engagement photos, one of the biggest decisions was what I was going to wear! I knew I wanted two looks and I wanted them to be very different. I wanted one dress to be white, lace, classic. I wanted the other to be a maxi or midi length, off the shoulder, and floral.

The first was not hard to find at all! I actually picked up the white dress the day after Christmas when I was shopping with my mom. It was on crazy sale and I bought it knowing it would be perfect! 

The second dress, I was stressing about! I was having the hardest time finding the perfect one!! I splurged and ordered a couple online and they ended up being horrible and getting sent right back! When I was about to give up, I remembered a favorite store of mine that always saves the day, Pinkblush!! As luck would have it, they had just got two floral, off the shoulder maxi dresses in stock!! It was love at first sight when I came across the blush version! I ordered it right then and the rest is history :) Basically Pinkblush saved the day because the dress ended up being perfect for the occasion! I love how it looks with the beach location we shot at. 
I'd love to know where you love to shop for bridal event outfits?? I have so many coming up, so I am going to need a couple!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Friday, April 7, 2017

.Off The Shoulder Pom Poms.

Blouse, c/o K. Ellis Boutique || Jeans, Sold Out {just ordered these & they're on sale!}|| Heels, Charlotte Russe {only $20 now!!} || Purse, Michael Kors || Sunnies, Karen Walker 

Happy Friday!! Can you believe it, I blogged?! To say these last couple months have been a whirlwind would be an understatement. Between balancing my new marketing job, keeping up will my {almost} two year old, planning a wedding, and possibly moving- it's been a little hectic to say the least. I have really missed blogging! It's been such a huge part of my life for the past three years and brings me a lot of joy. I have made a promise to myself to find the time. I am a lot more active on Instagram, so make sure to follow along there, if you're not already {@kotineru}.

Now onto the cutest top that I have worn in a long time! If you have been following along on Instagram, you know that off the shoulder is pretty much my uniform these days! Off the shoulder and blue & white stripes are basically taking over my closet! When I came across this top from K. Ellis Boutique, I knew I had to have it! The lightweight fabric is perfect for the warmer weather that's on it's way and the pom pom stole my heart! I love that the color is so versatile, it truly looks perfect with every color denim I have in my wardrobe! It's totally going to be on repeat this summer with distressed denim shorts too. 

Side note for other moms- I know it can be a little tough to style off the shoulder tops when you have little ones to pick up. This top also looks darling worn up on your shoulders. So you can wear it both ways, up on the shoulders for play dates & down off the shoulder for date night!! Win-win.

Thanks for stopping by! I'm off to go work on planning a certain almost two years old party.

Xo, Kayla

Sunday, February 26, 2017

.Insta Lately @kotineru.

Mug, c/o The Sister Studio || Braclets, Baublebar & J.Crew

This mug is my life lately, guys!! As we creep closer to two, the tantrums are very real! Pass the coffee and maybe a bottle of wine or two ;) In all seriousness, I pretty much use this mug every single morning lately! I love it. Sister Studio carries the cutest mugs! I currently have this one and this one on my wish list! 

Sweater, c/o Shein || Hat, Forever 21 || Floral Quilt, Little Unicorn 

We spent our Saturday evening scouting engagement photo spots. If you can't tell from Kennedy's face, this gorgeous spot was a winner! T-minus two weeks till we actually shoot them!! Side note, I'm on the hunt for a flowy, floral maxi if you have any recommendations! 

Earrings, Sugarfix || Bracelets, Baublebar & J.Crew|| Similar Jeans, Here 

My love for Target and Baublebar runs deep, so it was no surprise I love their collaboration! If you missed my Instastory, Target is now carrying a budget friendly jewelry line called 'Sugarfix'. It's gorgeous!! I seriously die for all their fun earrings! It also helps that they start at only $12.99! 

Blouse, c/o Shein || Jeans, Miss Match {obsessed!!} 
Pearls, J.Crew Factory || Purse, Michael Kors 

Ok, speaking of budget friendly pieces that I'm obsessed with, let's talk about this blouse! The sleeves, the stripes, the collar, it's just perfect! I have found every excuse to wear this blouse since I received it. My favorite is it paired with these pearls. They are the perfect pair! {For size reference, I'm wearing an XS} 

Xo, Kayla

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Monday, February 6, 2017

.Little White Dress With Impressions Boutique.

Dress, c/o Shop Impressions || Heels, Forever 21 
 Sunnies, Quay || Necklace, J.Crew Factory
Clutch, Mindy Maes Market {sold out, black & white version here}
Watch, c/o Christian Paul || Bracelets, J.Crew & BaubleBar

Good Morning & Happy Monday! Or Super Monday as some are calling it. Hopefully you're not too hung over ;) We went to a really fun party to watch the game with friends and family. But if I'm being honest, I spent most my time eating delicious treats & chasing Kennedy around. Tyler claims it was the best Super Bowl game ever?! It was really fun to watch everyone's excitement towards the end. Also, how amazing was Lady Gaga? She was the real winner in my book!

 Our wedding is quickly approaching, only 235 days if anyone's counting. Along with wedding planning, I'm always outfit planning for all the events that come along with the actual wedding. I have been lusting over all things white, but most of all the little white dress. There's a certain vibe that I have been especially drawn to too. Think lace, crochet, delicate cut outs, boho, super feminine, and off the shoulder is always a bonus! I seriously can't get enough. This dress wraps all the details I'm loving into one darling dress. It would also be adorable if you have a fun date night planned for Valentine's Day next week! 

One of my all time favorite online boutiques, Impressions, has the best selection of the "little white dress" that I have ever come across. They have so many styles and selections to choose from! Whether you are headed to your engagement pictures, bridal showers, honeymoon, bachelorette party or rehearsal dinner, they have the dress for you! 

If you're a bride-to-be I have some pretty exciting news! I have teamed up with Impressions to giveaway $50 gift card so you can so you pick out a dress and get glammed up for one of your upcoming events! The giveaway is going to be held on my Instagram (kotineru) tonight at 7:00pm PST and it's super easy to enter. All the details and rules be listed on Instagram once the giveaway is live. Good Luck, ladies!!

Xo, Kayla  

Friday, January 27, 2017

.Wedding Wednesday, Bridesmaids Proposal Box.

{Photo Credit: Samantha Dimock Photo}

Personalized Champagne Flutes, c/o Cambridge Avenue || 
Bow Earrings, c/o Wedding Favorites 
Cake Pops, c/o Bee's Pops {website || Instagram} || Peony Candle, DW Candles 
Gold Foil Straws, TJ Maxx {similar here}

I know what you're probably thinking...yes, I know it's Friday, not Wednesday! This week did not go at all like I had planned it. Kennedy started coming down with a cold Monday night and didn't sleep a wink which meant I was up with her. Her cold turned into a pretty bad ear infection and to top it off she got pink eye!! Now we all know there's nothing worse than watching your baby suffer when they're sick, but throw pink eye into the mix and the world's falling apart. Tyler and I have probably washed our hands about 10 million times this week because we were not about to get it!! With all this said, now you know why I am posting a couple days late. Over the last 20 months I have truly learned that Mom life never really goes as planned. Thankfully, our little love has made a turn for the better and she's feeling a lot better!

Now on to something I have been dying to share with all of you! A little over a week ago I had the absolute pleasure of proposing to my bridesmaids. Well almost all of them. One I had already asked back in November while we were in Arizona {I talked about it here} and the other is out of town and we have't got to ask her yet. 

I started thinking about this day pretty much right after Tyler proposed. Picking the ladies that stand by your side on your big day is such a huge deal! To me it was no-brainer when thinking about who I wanted to ask. Every single one of these ladies has been in my life either from day one {no joke, my maid of honor is my cousin and 3 days younger than me!} or we have been friends for at least a decade! I love these girls and couldn't image them not being in my bridal party.

I really wanted to make this day super special for them. I started brainstorming exactly what I wanted to do around October. Yes, over 4 months ago! I'm such a crazy planner. I knew I wanted to put together fun boxes that they would enjoy and make an afternoon of it. After putting countless hours into searching Instagram & Etsy, I really feel like I found the cutest wedding vendors around. 

*Cambridge Avenue*
One day when I was scrolling on Instagram I stumbled upon Cambridge Avenue and it was love at first sight!! I seriously couldn't like her photos fast enough. Everything she makes is gorgeous! I immediately knew her customized gold champagne flutes were a must for gift boxes!! The owner, Kathryn, was beyond helpful and made the experience SO fun! I went back and forth between the gold and rose gold, but in the end went with gold. I also decided to all lower case. You guys, I thought I loved these beauties online, when they arrived I nearly died! They were perfect!! Perfection doesn't quite do them justice, they were that good. They were for sure the talk of the winery when they opened them. The fun part is too, not only did we get to enjoy them that day, but they will get to sip their mimosas out of them the day of our wedding!

*Wedding Favorites/Mod Party*
Another adorable shop that I found while looking around was, Wedding Favorites! If you're planning any type of wedding event, they carry just about anything you can think of!! I wanted to get the girls a piece of jewelry and ended up going with their 'Tie The Knot Earrings'. The little dainty bows caught my eye immediately and I knew they would be the sweetest touch. They come in a super cute box that has a gold foil heart on it. I loved these little cuties so much, I wished I could keep a pair ;) They would also make a great gift if you're looking for a little something to give your bridesmaids the day of your wedding. I've been looking around their shop with my bachelorette party in mind {because again they carry everything!} and how cute are these hats and these cups?! It's safe to say, I'll be a repeat customer!!

*Bee's Pops*
The gift box would not have been complete without a sweet treat! And what girl doesn't love a cake pop?! The answer is every girl loves cake pops, at least every one I know :) Bee's Pops is local and I had never tasted their treats before working with them for the gift boxes. I decided to go with funfetti for the flavor and o-m-g were they delicious!! I don't want to tell you how many I actually had, haha! But apart from them being so yummy, they were just about the most adorable thing I have ever seen!! I worked with the darling owner, Beronica, to create a pop that would fit right in with the girly vibe we had going. I'd have to say she nailed it with the gold polka dots & pink bow!! If you're looking for adorable cake pops or a cake for any event, make sure to get in touch with Bee's Pops. You'll LOVE them!! Psst..she ships if you're not local.

The boxes were a huge hit with the girls and it really gave me so much joy to spoil them. We ended up holding the event at our wedding venue. The venue is pretty large and part of it is a winery. The plan was to hold it outside, but since we had just had a rainstorm it was still pretty wet outside. We hosted the actual event inside the winery and then headed outside to play with the cows and explore the grounds. 

My mom put together almost all the food and decorations. She did such an amazing job! Looking back at the photos, I'm dying to have that cheese plate again!! It looked so pretty, like something out of a magazine. The day was filled with laughter, tears {happy}, wine, lots of yummy food, cows, selfies {lol}, great company, and was really one of the best days ever!! It made me so excited for all the wedding actives to come and blessed to have such lovely ladies in my life! Now bring on the wedding dress shopping because that's next on the list and only a couple weeks away!

Xo, Kayla 

P.S. A huge shout out to one of my favorite photographers around, Samantha! She came and hung out with us most of the day. She got such amazing photos that I will cherish forever. If you're in San Diego and looking for a photographer, I highly recommend her!!