✧ Jeff + Evie ✧ September 3, 2017 ✧

Where do I begin…

I can’t even begin to describe the overwhelming feeling of being a bride. Of getting engaged, celebrating with friends and family for the past two years, putting so much of myself and Jeff into planning our dream wedding, and then finally walking down the isle. I’ll never forget the butterflies I felt as blush was being dusted onto my cheeks, as my hair was carefully curled, as my mom helped me into my dress, my friends buckled me into my shoes, and taking one last deep breath before the planners told it was time to see my groom. It was a flutter in my tummy that I had never felt before. I remember thinking, shit was this a good feeling or a bad feeling?! I didn’t really know what this feeling was! Then, as I walked down the stairs, where my groom was standing looking out over the ocean, it all became so clear. This was exactly where I was supposed to be and if I wasn’t so worried about ruining my hair or dress, I would have JUMPED into Jeff’s arms (as I always do at home)!

It started out as a gloomy, humid morning with a chance of rain (are you effing kidding me). For a second I forgot I was in Laguna Beach and felt like I was in Hawaii! I love how everyone felt like they were trying to keep me in the dark as if I didn’t know there was going to be a chance of rain haha like come’on guys, really? This is me, I’m checking the damn weather every 4 minutes. And it was the most incredible thing, as if God knew this was my day and he was going to make it absolutely perfect for me, the clouds parted and the sun came out just in time to make the gems on my dress and headband even more gorgeous and sparkle (as if it couldn’t get any better).

Jeff told me I was beautiful. And that was all that mattered for the rest of the day.

Pictures were pictures. We loved it and hated it all at the same time. At least my photographer is THE BEST and made it fun for our motley crew of a bridal party. Not to mention Common and Simon Cowell popped in for some entertainment – I told them they weren’t invited and to beat it. Kidding they didn’t even talk to us.

The ceremony was hot- pretty sure I lost 5lbs in water weight under my dress, as it was the hottest weekend in Orange County (so that was new), but it worked out because I was nice and tiny for the honeymoon 😉

The dinner and toasts were incredible. I can’t get over my best friend’s maid of honor speech. CRUSHED IT.

Dancing was everything. I loved having all of my friends and family from all different parts of my life together. I mean I was completely high. Really the best thing in the whole wide world.

And then Jeff and I wrapped the night up in our gorgeous honeymoon suit at the resort overlooking our wedding site. I would say it was totally romantic, but the very first thing we did was order burgers from room service and shower off all of the sweat, makeup, and hairspray.

For the sake of not sounding too cliché, it was honestly a night to remember.

Jeff, you are incredible for being my rock and showing up looking fine as all hell.

Mom & Dad, I am so lucky to have such amazing and generous parents to plan and PAY for our entire dream wedding.

To all of my friends and family, thank you so much for making the trip to our favorite spot, where Jeff and I truly started our life together. And most importantly for making us feel so damn special and partying the night away with us (actually partying the whole weekend with us)!

Here’s some photos (seriously, only some- theres SO much more) and our little highlight film. We love it all. So if you’re reading this, I hope you do too ♡

Venue: The Montage Resort, Laguna Beach

Photography: Nicole Clarey Photography

Videography: Anna Lord Studio

Event Planning and Coordination: Beijos Events

Florals: JL Designs

Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige, The White Dress

Headband: Renee Pawele

Bridesmaids: The Des Group, The White Dress

Groom + Groomsman: The Black Tux 

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≑ Azizi Life ≑

Based in Rwanda, Azizi Life is committed to creating sustainability in the country while bringing the culture and art to the states. Founded in 2008, Azizi Life has connected groups of local artisans and provided a source for them to sell their craft work, allowing them to provide for themselves and their families!

Products range from beautiful woven baskets to bags to candles, all skillfully crafted from locally-sourced materials. The baskets specifically highlight Rwandan traditional and modern design. And with the holidays right around the corner, yikes, these products make for the most unique and meaningful gifts! For more products and details click here!

There’s a few ways to get involved with Azizi Life! From volunteers to even holding fundraisers and supporting sales! Click here to learn more about getting involved!

To learn more about the artisans creating these amazing works of art and Azizi Life, check out azizilife.com!

Products pictured: Tea Swirl BasketBanana Leaf Nesting Tray Set

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You asked for it!

Votes are in! I’m gunna start blogging some of my favorite recipes and some of the bomb dinners I’ve been making lately!

So here’s the deal, I’m kiiiiinda a picky eater so I love to take recipes and give them my own little Evie twist. It usually starts with an idea I get from either Food network, a cookbook, Pinterest, or I just ask Jeff if there’s anything he’s been wanting lately, then I literally either follow the recipe to a T or if I’m up for it I give it my own little upgrade!

I’ve had a few of you ask me about my Maple Dijon Chicken dinner (and yes that shi’ was bomb) but guess what, it came from a recipe off of Pinterest! I definitely switched this one up a bit so here’s my version!

Don’t worry guys, I promise I’ll get a little more creative and “bloggy” with these posts! By the way,  this chicken would be perfect on a salad or panini, just sayin. And side note, Jeff was proud that I finally made just enough food for two people. Yeah I usually cook for an army. What can I say, I’m Armenian. It’s what we do!

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{Tobi x Evie} + {Updates!}

I recently had the chance to work with one of my favorites {Shop Tobi} for a collaboration and show off some of their super cute stuff! I have to admit, one of my favorite things to shoot was this wine colored sweater dress because legit it is the coziest thing and I literally just sat around my house for hours in it drinking my tea… not too bad for a shoot now is it?! The other items are actually pretty perfect for this endless summer we’re having in Newport Beach. I mean what is with this hot weather amiright?  So links are below so you guys can go straight to their site and order these items for yourself!!

Off the Shoulder Sweater dress

Flutter Sleeve Crop Top

Lace Up Shift Dress

What we’ve been up to lately…

So the past few weeks have been kinda crazy. Jeff’s been working a ton and I’ve been missin’ my man. BUT to cope with being home alone a lot, I’ve been making some pretty yummy dinners (which you’ve seen if you’ve been watching my IG stories!).

One of my girlfriends threw an amazing Beetlejuice themed Halloween party last weekend to which I am still recovering from (shout out to the bartender who turned that party up with her heavy pours). It took me a while to decide what I wanted to be but sort of last minute we went with the Day of the Dead costumes {See iPhone pic below}.

And as of lately we’re just gettin through each day, workin away, and thinking about when and where we’re gunna take our next trip! Any suggestions?

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≑ALOHA≑ ↠↞ ✧Høneymøøners✧

So lets just keep this one short shall we? Two days after the wedding, Jeff and I hopped on a plane and jetted off to the gorg island of Maui, Hawaii and spent 11 days in honeymoon heaven. There was snorkeling (lots of it), shaved ice (lots of that too), jumping off of rocks, jungle bungalows, and pretty much anything else you can expect from a Hawaiian honeymoon.

But to give you a better idea…

We spent the first week at the most amazing resort, the Andaz Resort in Wailea where we were totally spoiled and recovered from wedding crazytown. I can’t say enough about how incredible this place is and how much I just LOVE everything about it, from the beyond beautiful room with a even more beautiful view, the fabulous drinks, live music, and so so so many amenities. I never wanted to leave the resort during the day! Luckily one of the best snorkel spots in the area was right out front! Also, totally random but some great friends of ours happen to be staying just a few steps away so we OF COURSE raged with them for a few days (seriously so much fun).

Next we adventured over to the east side of the island and explored the unbelievable towns Hana and Nahiku. We stayed in a super cute cottage right in the middle of the jungle and aside from all of the geckos (sorry but they are kinda gross) we LOVED how secluded we were.

Finally we wrapped up the trip in Kaanapali. We continued the snorkel adventures and enjoyed every last bit of Hawaiian surf and sun and of course lots more shaved ice.

Here’s a ton (sorry) of photos, both styled and fun ones from our amazing trip! But just incase you can’t get enough… heres a fun little video we made from all of our little adventures!!! Side note, let me apologize for the excessive shaka signals. When in Rome amiright?

Jeff + Evie’s Hawaiian Honeymoon Video!

 

 

          

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Wedding Post:: The Showers Edition

And so it begins…

Not to sound cliché, BUT, you guys I seriously cannot believe the wedding is almost here. After almost 6 years of dating, 3 of them living together, and over a year and a half of an engagement. It’s actually happening. If I get one more person asking me if I’m ready…

It’s been a pretty interesting experience, explained a little in a previous post. But it all started to feel all too real this past weekend when my family threw me two absolutely beautiful showers.

The first shower, Saturday night, was a co-ed (couples) shower with a lot of our closest friends. We didn’t do an engagement party, so we wanted the chance to celebrate with our favorites before the big day. It also gave our friends a chance to all get to know each other! Even though we’ve been together for what seems like forever, Jeff and I come from different towns so none of our hometown friends knew each other, and we even got to introduce them to a few of our closest friends from Newport! I have to give a HUGE thank you to my close close close friends (basically family) the Pardini girls for such a gorgeous night and serious mad props on the photographer.

The Dress: And I have to say, I couldn’t the night couldn’t have felt any more special if it weren’t for my girl Brit at Daughters of Simone. She seriously wins the weekend for dressing me in the most gorgeous gown from their bridal line.

The second shower, Sunday morning, was just adorable. My cousin, sisters, and aunt put on a perfect little brunch for the ladies in my life. Talk about details, these girls know how to plan a shower. Not to mean, the cameo at the end by my favorite baby girl and flower girl, my niece little miss Harper Jae, to wrap up a pretty fabulous party! Added a few photos I got from some iPhones. Please excuse the tired eyes from the night before 😉

The Dress: After a couple of months of obsessing, I finally decided I had to have this adorable For Love and Lemons dress for my second shower. Alright so I didn’t go with the obvious all white “bridal” look. But I definitely went big the night before and wanted to change it up a little for Sunday. Other than the print (which I was totally in love with) I was OBSESSED with the babydoll fit and totally girly style. Sorry for the iPhone pics, but I’ll get some better shots in the next couple weeks!

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✧ Øur Little Garden ✧

So a few years ago I mentioned to my dad that I wanted to put some plants around our place. He suggested to start with a few succulents, since he already knew I wasn’t going to be able to handle anything else. Sure ‘nough, the succulents didn’t last more than 2 years. But when we moved to our new place in CDM, we had the perfect deck with incredible sunlight, so Jeff and I decided to give it another go.

We spent some time, ok a lot of time, wandering around Armstrong Garden (you know the one) and after lots of googling and a solid chat with one of the guys working the citrus trees, we decided to adopt a little lemon tree! Offff course we had to get all the little fixin’s to go with Lem- the vitamins, the soil, fertilizer, a cute pot to live in… obviously.

But we couldn’t just go home, nope. Jeff’s been really getting into making fun cocktails and he’s bought fresh herbs at the store for them, but I mean, how much cuter would it be if we had OUR OWN fresh herbs. I’m laughing as I say thing because about 10% of me is like “How much more convenient would it be to have our own herb”, 10% is thinking about how great it would be to grow our own food, and then theres the 80% that can’t wait to put fresh sprigs of garnish and decor all of my table settings and dinners! Don’t judge, you know you would be into too. And also, if you know me then you know I LOVE to cook and clipping off some gorgeous herbs for myself just makes dinner taste that much better- real talk.

The funny thing is, I’m really getting into taking care of my little garden! I can’t wait for my weekend mornings to really give my greens some love. So here’s where we are: Rosemary, thyme, parsley, oregano, basil, sage, and mint! And I can’t wait for my tree to get nice and bright with lots and lots of lemons!

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In case you were wondering…

Alright, I’ve gotten a lot of “Ev, where you been?!” or “how’s the blog going?!”. But here’s the deal. I work full time, I feel like I’m gone every weekend for someone else’s exciting life event, and to be honest… lately I really would rather spend my down time (if there ever is any) in comfy clothes on my couch, crushing Netflix. So here’s what we’re gunna do for my get-back-in-the-game blog post. We’re gunna show ya’ll exactly what I’m doing on a pretty regular bases when I’m not at a desk or on the road. And oh yeah…. or planning a wedding.

We moved to our new place at the end of last year and I have to say my favorite thing in the whole wide world is nesting. So that’s what I’ve been focusing on. It’s my therapy. It’s my happy place. I LOVE my little house and I love even more to make it home for Jeff & Max. The newest addition… this adorable coffee table book. And ya’ll know I have an addiction to cute coffee table books. Specifically books on dope interior design.

So the other night Jeff talked me into going with him to some rando place for dinner (it sucked but I got a really big margarita so baby girl wasn’t mad about it) and I talked him into taking me to Anthro. Naturally I couldn’t walk out without a souvenir… naturally. So we grabbed this little cutie to dec our coffee table this summer. It’s pretty cool. And I know what you’re wondering and the answer is YES I actually look through the books.

But more importantly, here’s a little peek at what mornings look like in our house. And I know what you’re thinking… Yes I totally woke up like this…. HA! Ummnooo of course I put on make up DUH because why would I put gross pictures of myself on the internet. Come’on guys. Really.

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So here’s the story…

Ok so for the longest time, I’ve kept a lot of my personal life separate from my blog because it’s just something I like to keep for myself. But this year’s gunna be a little life changin’, so I thought this would be a great time to share some fun things I’ve got coming up and how I kinda got to where I am with it. Oh and totally brag about my super cute engagement photos from my friend and amazing photographer, Nicole Clarey!

So seven years ago, I was in college and recently single. I was in one of those, independent-woman-I-just-wanna-have-fun moments in my life (obviously) and then a super handsom baseball player hit me up to hang out. I played it cool, of course, but it didn’t take long for me to be totally smitten over him.

Now I’ll save you from all of the ridiculously and annoyingly cute details, but 3 years later we moved down to Newport Beach together. You can only imagine how often we got the, “So when’s the wedding?!” question. Ugh, kill me now. But ya know, jobs, figuring who we are, what we want…life, you get it. So we decided to ignore the comments and do things in our own time.

So after all this time, he finally did it! We went out to a gorgeous beach in Laguna, there was NO ONE around, and he surprised me with a rock… I mean… ring! I felt every, and I mean EVERY, possible emotion in the world. I thought, here we go!

I still keep this pretty private and don’t share every detail of this process because, like I said, some stuff is just nice to keep for just us. But this is it guys. This is the year that everything’s goin’ down. And I’m getting super excited and little by little I promise I will share all of the fun little adventures with ya’ll, between the planning, showers, bachelorette (ow owww!), and the big big day.

But for now, here’s some incredibly sweet photos of a couple of goofy kids by the talented Nicole Clarey!

Oh, and meet Jeff ♡

     

   

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✧ Mermaid Mønday ✧

Alright guys, I’m gunna share a little secret with you. And the reason why it’s a secret is because it’s so amazing and I want to keep it all to myself!

but…

A lot of people ask me about my hair and I must say, other than having an amazing hair stylist, I have to use only THE BEST products to keep it soft and pretty. Believe it or not, my hair is DARK. Like dark, dark (I mean check the brows). So the whole blonde thing takes a lot of extra careful work. I found a hair care product that is sulfate free (very important), super rich in botanical extracts (my favorite thing about it) and only the best essential oils. Oh and did I mention is smells amazing? I’m not a flowery kinda girl but I’m a sucker for anything with those subtle, natural, beach-y scents.

The best part about it, it’s a whole luxury brand with fragrances and bath & body too! It’s not easy to find this stuff in stores, so lucky for you I’m sharing how to get it all for yourself. You’re welcome.

Mermaid Shampoo & Conditioner

Mermaid Hair Sea Spray

Mermaid Perfume Body Oil

Mermaid Shampoo & Conditioner

Mermaid Votive Candle

Mermaid Perfume Spray, Mermaid Perfume RollerballMermaid Shampoo & ConditionerMermaid Perfume Body OilMermaid Hair Sea Spray

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