Monday, March 2, 2015

Things We Heart: March 2015

Happy March!! We can't believe that we're already in our third month of 2015...where has the time gone? We've had such an amazing (and busy) start to 2015, but we're getting excited as wedding season inches closer and closer! Only three months in, and already 2015 is shaping up to be our best and most exciting year yet! We hope that this new month will usher in a relief from all of the brutal winter weather we've been experiencing...at least a little bit? Until spring is here to stay, we're counting our many blessings, and sharing all of the things we heart for March!
1. Empire: At the recommendation of several friends, Lala started watching Fox's new hit show Empire, and can't stop watching! With great music, and an even better storyline, (who doesn't love Cookie?!??!) Empire is must see TV! With only eight episodes airing so far, you can easily catch up on this series after being stuck inside because of winter weather. Set your DVR's now, Empire airs on Wednesday nights! Another show we haven't been able to get enough of lately? House of Cards, of course! One of our team members finished the entire third season in one weekend, and couldn't stop watching!

2. Mara Hoffman Inspired Swimwear: When Lala first spotted this Old Navy swimsuit on Instagram, she knew it had to be hers. As a girl who appreciates both bright colors and bold prints (which are often present in Mara Hoffman's designs), she knew she had to add this budget friendly swimsuit to her wardrobe. She purchased the balconette top and matching bottoms, and couldn't have been happier when they arrived in last week!! Now she just needs warm weather to flaunt her new suit! Find Lala's new swimsuit on the Old Navy website.
Old Navy's geometric bikini bottom.

3. Edge Painting: A printing technique our entire team has been having fun with lately is edge painting! What exactly is edge painting you ask? It's simply what the name implies: painting the edge of an invitation with color. We think it's a really fun way to incorporate a fun pop of color, without overloading a design with a ton of color. Also, it's a great way to incorporate a "modern twist" to something traditional like a wedding invitation. Recently, we shipped out a wedding invitation ensemble with all of the edges painted in black...which really was the "cherry on top" of an already fabulous invitation. Check out some of our favorite edge painted designs below.
Edge Painting
For Michelle and Kevin's wedding invitation, we kept the design simple and elegant. Printed in traditional letterpress, the couple wanted to add a fun, modern twist to their invitation, so we decided to paint the edges gray! For more of M&K's Chicago Trump Hotel Wedding, be sure to visit their real wedding gallery!
 Here's the black edge painted invitation we recently completed! The black edging was the perfect finishing touch on this elegant, equestrian inspired wedding invitation!
The couple's coordinating wedding stationery also included black edge painting.

4. DreamDry: Before a night on the town, N&L treated themselves for a Friday night blowout at Chicago's newest blowdry bar, DreamDry! Because there's nothing in the world that makes a girl feel more fabulous than a fresh blowout. The chic interior (done in all black and white) instantly made us feel at home, and we left with super glossy, bouncy tresses! In the words of owner Rachel Zoe, this place is bananas. We can't wait to go back!!

5. Tassels: From fashion pieces to home decor, right now we can't get enough of tassels!! This traditionally preppy accent is having a major moment, and we just can't get enough. Our love of tassels are even extending into wedding invitation design, as we recently designed an ensemble tied together with a tassel. We can't wait to share pictures!! Until then, we're loving these tassel trimmed accessories!!
Tassel printed loafers from our favorite J.Crew Factory! Super cute!
We love this tassel inspired necklace from Kendra Scott! It offers a bright pop of color!

The Jackie tassel necklace, also from Kendra Scott, can be easily layered and paired with other necklaces! So chic and cute!!

Wishing you all an amazing month of March!!

Xo,

Nico and Lala

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Custom Bachelorette Parties

Since we started N&L almost six years ago, one of our specialties has always been wedding branding. For those who don't fully comprehend "branding" of an event, it basically means we help design an event, so that from start to finish the look and feel is cohesive. When people usually think of branding a wedding, they think of the main components: save the dates, wedding invitations, and wedding day swag. What they often forget, are the "bonus" events, that are often some of the most fun ways to brand your event (like engagement parties, bridal showers, and the rehearsal dinner)! In the past year, we've even added an additional "bonus" event to our repertoire, that has quickly grown to become one of our favorites...the bachelorette party!!! Since we first helped one of our bride's design her bachelorette party last fall, our demand for custom bachelorette parties has skyrocketed!! In fact, they've quickly grown to become one of our favorite events, because their design is so unique and fun!!
Michelle's Naples bachelorette bash included a custom Lilly-inspired pattern. The pattern highlighted all things fun about Naples: boats, palm trees, and of course...flamingos!! We pulled the different elements from her pattern onto her invitation and bachelorette swag!
A little over a year ago, one of our favorite mother's of the bride came to us for help in creating an amazing invitation for her daughter's Scottsdale bachelorette party. Jackie is super creative, so we wanted to go above and beyond for Claire's invitations! So with a little N&L magic, we created the most amazing desert-themed invitations, complete with custom bachelorette monogram! After sending out such amazing invites, we had to go above and beyond for all of her welcome bag items as well! See the original post we did featuring Claire's Scottsdale Bachelorette Bash that started it all!
Box Invitation
Preppy Desert Bachelorette
Bachelorette Invitation
Scottsdale Bachelorette Invitation
Since we first worked on Claire's desert bachelorette, we've helped bachelorettes around the country create parties of their dreams! From South Beach to Santa Monica and everywhere in between, we've been hard at work helping maid of honors and brides create fun and fancy swag for their guests. Want to throw your own N&L designed custom bachelorette party? Here's everything you need to know:

The Invitation: Like all great events, we usually start with invitations!! We take inspiration from everything: the bachelorette location, the bride's favorite color, the wedding itself, etc. We want to make the bachelorette party invitation as special as the event is!! Here's a small sampling of bachelorette invitations we've created!!
The Swag: Once the invitations are sent out (or in case you already sent out invites), it's time to get started on the really fun stuff...the swag! What is swag you ask? All of the coordinating goodies, of course! Bachelorette attendees often travel from all over the country for these parties, so it's a fun little surprise to have something special waiting upon their arrival!
Lilly-Inspired Bachelorette
Flamingo Bachelorette Bag
Bachelorette Beach Towels
Preppy Bachelorette Welcome Bag
Bachelorette Party Welcome Bag
Lilly-Inspired Bachelorette
Welcome Box
Santa Monica Bachelorette Party
Nautical Bachelorette
Bachelorette Bag
Charleston Bachelorette Party
Wondering what exact swag we can help you create?! Here's our complete bachelorette party swag list: t-shirts/ tank tops, white gift boxes with custom sticker, jute or canvas bachelorette tote, laminated gloss gift bag, water bottle labels, champagne/ wine bottle labels, "eye do" eye masks, acrylic tumblers, stadium cups, koozies (solid and full print), pennant banners, straws with tags, custom embroidered beach towels, and last but not least...hangover kits! Our hangover kits are adorably packaged little boxes, that have everything you need after a long night celebrating the bride-to-be including face wipes, saltines, Advil, and gum.
Palm Beach
Hangover Kits
Hangover Kits
Hangover Kits
Bachelorette Party
Lets not forget our bachelors...they love bachelor party swag too!!
Hangover Kits
For more bachelorette inspiration, be sure to visit our brand new custom bachelorette party gallery page over our our website!! Want help creating a custom bachelorette party? E-mail us (custom@nicoandlala.com) so we can get started!!

Xo,

Nico and Lala

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Preppy Beach Wedding

When guests travel from all across the country to celebrate a weekend filled with wedding festivities, there is only one proper way to thank them....with a fabulous wedding welcome box, of course! Helping couple's create their custom wedding welcome box is one of our absolute favorite things to do for a wedding. So we were beyond excited when Kwynn and Chris came to us for help creating the wedding welcome box of our dreams!!
Preppy Beach Wedding Welcome Box
Destination Wedding Welcome Box
Besides being one of the nicest couple's we've ever worked with, Kwynn and Chris also happened to be one of the most creative...which we let shine through in their welcome box design. Both K&C appreciate all things preppy, and wanted the beachy feeling of their wedding destination (Clearwater, FL) to shine through. So we helped them create a custom Lily-inspired wedding pattern, which was the main design element of their welcome boxes!! Their pattern included bright colors, tropical elements (such as flamingos, seahorses, and coral), as well as their monogram and wedding date. All together it looked fabulous!! Check out pictures of the goodies inside their welcome box, below!
wedding welcome box itinerary
The first necessary item in any good welcome box is a wedding weekend itinerary. We wanted Kwynn and Chris' itinerary to contain all needed information, but easily fold so guests could throw them into purses and beach bags. So we created this fun, folded version that tied shut!
Wedding welcome box iitinerary
In addition to containing a weekend itinerary, K+C's welcome box also included goodies from all over the country. Before they settled down in Salt Lake City, the pair moved to several different cities ranging from the wonderful West Coast, to the Windy City! So to pay tribute to where their relationship has taken them over the years, they chose to incorporate one fun item from every city.
Clearwater Wedding Map
To explain the significance of each item contained in their welcome box, we created a custom map that detailed where each item was from. The map also doubled as a welcome note from the couple.
Wedding welcome box
Wedding Welcome Box
Wedding Welcome Box
Texas Wedding Welcome Box
Wedding Welcome Box
In addition to goodies from all over the country, their welcome box also contained nautical inspired items like koozies, cups, waterbottles, and hangover kits. Such a fun addition to their beach wedding welcome box!
Seahorse Monogram
Preppy Monogram
Wedding Welcome Box
Last but certainly not least, the couple included a "just in case of rain" gift! Each guest received a customized deck of cards, which we tied with a cute little tag and string.
Cards
Playing Cards
Amazing...right?! Take a peek at the rest of Kwynn and Chris' wedding day below! It's full of preppy wedding goodness and lots of sweet moments!
Monogram Jack Rogers
Tiffany Blue
Preppy Wedding
Wedding Favor
The white chocolate melts from their wedding welcome boxes also adorned the reception tables, and doubled as delicious wedding favors.
Florida Wedding
 The final touch of the night?! We helped them create a guest book adorned with their custom wedding pattern!
Congrats again to Kwynn and Chris!! We had so much fun working with y'all!!!

Xo,

Nico and Lala

Photography By: K&K Photography

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