Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Holiday Cheers: 10 Beautiful Gift Ideas

My hubby and I had the pleasure to meet so many creative and talented people throughout our holiday parties this year. We have a couple more coming up and I’m super excited to meet new people and reconnect with old friends. What are you guys planning to do for the holidays?


This week, I put together a few lovely holiday gift ideas that you may want to give out to family or friends. Hope you like it. Enjoy!


1. Andrea nail polish + Anisa nail polish by Julep
2. Nate Berkus™ Faux Fur Stripe Pillow 
3. Pattern-Knit Sweater by H&M 
4. Plaid Infinity Scarf by Big Buddha via Nordstrom
5. Nate Berkus Ascot Star Tray  by Target
6. Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera at Urban Outfitters
7. 14k Yellow Solid Gold Triangle Diamond Stud Earrings by KHIMJEWELRY via Etsy
8. Isola- Blinn High Heel at Nordstorm Rack
9. Pineapple-shaped Glass Box by H&M
10. Shine Bright Like A Diamond - Art Print by Marivic Ulep - DeFine1Lady via Etsy



♥ Marivic

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Etsy Finds: His & Hers Holiday Gift Ideas

Hello. I hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving with friends and family. So glad to have a four-day weekend. Yippie! I cannot believe the year is almost over. I need to start planning my New Year's Resolution like trying to blog more. Balancing work, life and motherhood can be quite challenging so I hope you are not mad at me. 

Anyway, here are some unique His & Hers Holiday Gift Ideas to add on your shopping list. Please do not forget to visit my Etsy shop at DeFine1Lady. I am having a 30% Off Sale on all items until tomorrow (11/30/14). It is an appreciation for another year of life, love and gratitude. A portion of the proceeds go to charity to help children around the world. 

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1.     Hello Beautiful Art Print 8.5x11 by Marivic Ulep at DeFine1Lady
2.     OPELLE Botanist Bag in Black Pebbled Leather by OpelleCreative
3.    Aztec Pillow Cover by Samantha Emma
4.     Diamond Engagement Ring - Triangle Diamond Ring - 14k Gold by Artemer
5.     DIY Knitting PATTERN - Throw Blanket by ErinBlacksDesigns
6.     6 Botanical Perfume Oil Gift Box - 100% Natural, Vegan by PhoenixBotanicals
7.     Love Dish Towel Set of 2 with Gift Box by NestaHome
9.     Hand Knit Headband in Red, Womens Ear Warmer, Winter Headband by Plexida


14.   Dream Higher Art Print - 12x18 Gold by Marivic Ulep at DeFine1Lady
16.   Men's Newsboy Hat in Vintage Gray Wool by HatsWithAPast
17.  Fancy Silver LionMoney Clip by CosmicFirefly
18.  MacBook Air 13” Leather Case with monogram personalization by viveo

I'll be coming back soon posting more on my blog. I sure miss you so for now you can catch a glimpse of my life and creative work on Instagram.  XOXO.



♥ Marivic

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Friday, July 04, 2014

DeFine1Lady: New Inspirational Quote Paintings at my Etsy Shop

New paintings added in my shop. Celebrate the 4th with 20% off at DeFine1Lady. Use coupon code: JULY20

Sale ends on Tuesday (7/8) Have a wonderful holiday!






♥ Marivic

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day 2014



♥ Marivic

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Free DIY 11x17 Printable: We are One Tree


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Always build a compassion for yourself and for the people you love. Fight for what you believe in and make sacrifices for each other. Take one step at a time. Value life lessons and learn from them. Embrace love. Embrace life. Keep on growing your roots. Keep building them stronger.

Find love until you create the roots of your own tree...

Stay humble, and always remember the people who helped you along the way.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend.

♥ Marivic

You can download this DIY printable here – free for personal use. 

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Sunday, April 06, 2014

Marjorie + Rodney Wedding Anniversary

Still madly in love ten years later…I'm excited to share this beautiful wedding anniversary event. My brother-in-law, Rodney, surprised my sister, Marjorie, a wedding anniversary ceremony here at The Lake Club -  Lake Las Vegas, Nevada and the best part was I get to help them plan all the lovely details. Marjorie and Rodney got married at a courthouse so this anniversary surprise was something special to share with close friends and family. Their wedding photographer, Elizabeth Le Photography, help capture this sweet celebration.


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To save a little cash on wedding programs, I wanted to create a DIY vintage chalkboard which was displayed at the front of the ceremony. This piece of art was hanging from my old home office and I thought it would be a great idea to turn it into a cute wedding board for my sister.


Above paper goods was designed from my Vintage Love Collection. Check it out over here.  


As an alternative idea to the traditional guest book, I created a hand-lettered monogram chalkboard picture frame. If you want to make one, you can click here to read more about this lovely DIY project. 


Rodney's talented sister, Kelley from K's Sugar & Spice, spent loooong hours baking this amazing cake below! It was also delicious! Love is Sweet print was hand-lettered by me. You can download this 8x10 printable free for personal use here. Simply add your initials to the bottom of the print. 


Another DIY hand-lettered sign below was inspired from Pinterest



More DIY projects below were handmade with love and care. Marjorie wanted her colors to be pretty in pink with soft sophistication so my sister, Mona, made the beautiful bouquets to match her romantic style. The charming floral pieces are from Hobby Lobby


Many thanks to all the talented folks below for sharing their work with us and big hugs to my awesome sisters, Mona and Marie! 

Design & Planning: Marivic Ulep for DeFine1Lady, M Designs | Photographer: Elizabeth Le | Location: Lake Club, Lake Las Vegas | Hair & Makeup: Jenah Robles for Diva Studio | Papergoods, DIY Escort Cards & DIY Chalkboard: Marivic Ulep for DeFine1Lady | DIY Florals & DIY Wedding Decors: M Designs | Cake: K's Sugar & Spice | Bride's Dress: Vera Wang | Bridesmaids Dress: David's Bridal | Rentals: Men's Warehouse | DJ: DJ kraM and DJ KCQ for SoundBite Productions

For more inspiration check out my Wedding Ideas section here + Pinterest boards here.  



♥ Marivic

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

DIY: Krista + Jim Modern Vintage Save The Date Postcard

 Modern Vintage Save-The-Date Postcard DIY Printable perfectly paired with two gorgeous couple.
Congrats to Krista and Jim.








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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

DIY: Unique Wedding Guestbook Idea

Hi everyone. Happy 2014! Last month, my sister celebrated her 10-year wedding anniversary and I'm so excited to share this beautiful DIY wedding guestbook I created for her. Hope you like it.



Materials: 

- Pencil and Eraser

- Sheets of paper

- Scissors

- Glue Dots Adhesive

- Chalk

- Painter's tape or Masking tape

- Black chalkboard paint

- White and Pink Acrylic paint

- Artist acrylic paintbrushes 

- Paintbrush tray or plastic paper plate

- Foam brush

- Latex gloves

- Clean rag or Paper towel

- Metallic silver paint or choose your main wedding color paint for the border frame

- Large art picture frame (recommended size 24" x 36")


Step 1: Clean the art surface completely with a damp paper towel. Apply two coats of chalkboard paint using a foam brush, allowing ample dry time between coats. 

*Tip: If you want to save money, you can find an affordable canvas frame or board at your local thrift store (I paid $5 for mine at Salvation Army). Make sure you like the border frame design and the picture frame is in good condition before purchasing. 


Step 2: Once paint is dry, carefully tape the edges with Painter's or Masking tape. Use an artist brush to paint on the frame border with metallic silver or your favorite color. Allow to dry approximately 30 minutes before removing tape.




Step 3: Sketch out your monogram letter with chalk.  
*Tip: Make sure the painted area is completely cure for about 2-3 days before using the chalkboard.



Step 4: Trim sheets of paper about 5" squared and cut out heart shapes. Fold one sheet in half and draw a half of a heart shape along the fold on the paper then trim. Use the cut-out as a template to trim the rest of the hearts or download my template here. Make sure you have enough hearts for guests to sign.

*Tip: Every heart does not have to be perfect. You can trim your hearts loosely to give each heart a unique look.



Step 5: Take one heart-shaped paper and align on the monogram letter with one half petal overlapping the other. Repeat working your way around until the letter is covered completely.



Step 6: Carefully take one heart out and apply glue dots at the corner edge of the heart's petal.



Step 7: Position the heart petal back to place and press gently to adhere on chalkboard. Repeat working your way around to glue each heart.



Step 8: Sketch out your lovely names, heart and wedding date or anniversary at the bottom of the guest book with a pencil. Once you are satisfied with your whimsical calligraphy, mix a little white acrylic paint with water on a paintbrush tray/paper plate. Gently paint over the sketch and color the heart with pink.




Step 8: Draw lovely vines and tiny leafs around the monogram with chalk until your heart's content. Step back to take a look at your masterpiece.


Step 9: Carefully apply white paint over the beautiful vines you have created. 



Step 10: Once dry, use a clean damp rag or paper towel to remove chalk residue.



Your beautiful DIY wedding guest book is ready for the big celebration!





Don't forget to buy pens for friends and family to treasure your heart.


♥ Marivic

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