Getting married soon? You’re probably already flirting around with all the bigger and smaller wedding related decisions. This time around last year we already won over the most of the bigger wedding decisions, with which we were carefully guided by the wedding planners at The Infinity Events (if you are planning to get married in Slovenia, I would highly suggest you check them). The fun part of wedding planning could finally start and so we booked the Fotkar photo booth, which turned out to be a great hit!

5 reasons why a photobooth on a wedding is a great way to lighten things up

1.Photo Booth = More Wedding Photos

Good wedding photographer will try it’s best to capture all the important moment and all the groomsmen and bridesmaids and all the guests. Photo booth enables those who want a photo or two extra and they can take as many as they like, picking up their favorites.

2. Photos are ready to go!

In just a few seconds – to get them on your email or in a printed format. You need to wait for the photographer’s photos, but not for the ones from the photo booth. After the wedding the bride and the groom get a link to the photo gallery of all the photos taken. On our wedding the photos taken in the photo booth have been glued into the book of the grooms and maids (Mushu planners).

3. Fun for all ages!

Photo booth is a good fun enhancement for a wedding since you can use it to “break the ice” is is suitable for all the generations. It brings together the modern elements and the nostalgic way of taking photos like our grandparents can recall. Interestingly enough it’s the most popular within the older generation.

4. The Photo Booth Can Be Placed Anywhere.

We’ve put it outside on our lawn between the house and the tent. We chose the natural theme background, but the Fotkat offers a broad range of choice – with different colors, glittery or all kinds of digital options. They also add a personalized frame and logo. Photo booth doesn’t take much space and it’s appropriate for practically any wedding locations – big, small, closed or open aired.

5. The Photo Booth Makes The Time Fly When The Bride And The Groom Are Taking Their Photos

I have attended many weddings – the ones that kept the event going and the kinds where the bride and groom were absent for hours when they had their photos taken. We wished for some extra wedding photos. We set a time frame of about an hour in which the guests were served cold appetizers, could mix up a cocktail, chat, visit the photo booth and write something beautiful into the guest book.

Booking a photo booth for our wedding was a very good decision for us. The Fotkar crew made sure everything went on smoothly, they brought many cute props, the guests had so much fun and they got their photos right away (check Fotkar’s webpage for more info). I highly recommend it!

photo: LR Weddings (Lovro Rozina) & Fotkar

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Afrodita Clean Phase ocena

If I ever realized the true meaning of a proper skin cleaning routine it was years ago, when I stopped taking the contraception pills. I’ve been taking them for almost a decade without any problems during or before taking them when I was in puberty. I guess I could say I had a non-problematic, maybe a bit dry skin, but it all changed once I stopped taking the pill. I haven’t expected it, even though I’ve heard such stories many times. The condition of my skin or choosing the right product was, until then, no challenge for me.

Somewhere at the end of last winter I’ve met with the annoying subcutaneous pimples for the first time. They appeared on my cheek/temple area and luckily weren’t inflamed, so they looked more like clogged pores rather than the classical pimples. Nevertheless I couldn’t get rid of them. Time heals, it was no different for me, so it took time for my hormones to get in balance, but in the meantime I sought help in regular skin care.

Afrodita Clean Phase

In the evenings I relied on double skin cleansing – usually in a combination of micellar water + a gel or a cleansing foam. In the morning I used only the gel/foam. Even today I religiously stick to a thorough skin cleaning and care, since I’m not one of the lucky ones who shine with the bursting healthy pregnancy glow. If I barely put my skin into balance for my wedding, the first trimester was a catastrophe for me (you can read more about my pregnancy in the first trimester in my blog post). Luckily my skin turned for the better in the second trimester. Surely, partly because of the hormones, but also because I finally found the right skin care combo. Who knows, maybe after pregnancy some other change for the worse is waiting for me, or maybe my skin will go back on it’s good old ways.

What is my winning cleaning product combination you ask?

IN THE MORNING

I start my morning with a glass of water for my body and a cold water wake-up for my facial skin. I always cleanse my face with cold or lukewarm water – never hot, since the latter makes the epidermis even dryer. When the skin is soaked I apply Afrodita Clean Phase Hydra cleansing gel on it, which is one of the products that’s being “stolen” by Jan on a regular basis. After the gel I continue with Afrodita Clean Phase Hydra tonic with aloe vera in a spray form. I spray it directly on my face and then apply a moisturizing cream.

Afrodita Clean Phase

IN THE EVENING

My evening skin cleansing routine is a bit more complex. If I wear makeup through the day, I start the cleansing with two cotton pads soaked in Afrodita Clean Phase micellar water, which I press against my eyelids and wait for a few seconds and then gently rub on my eyelashes. For me, the Afrodita micellar water is one of the best, because it’s effective, it doesn’t irritate the eyes or the skin and it also doesn’t contain the controversial ingredient polyaminopropyl biguanide, which is frequently added to other micellar waters and is said to be carcinogens. I use the other side of the pads for a fast clean of my face before I attend to the second step – cleansing with the Afrodita Clean Phase micellar foam, which I mostly use in the combination with a little gadget called Eggo. The foam is very practical and economical, since it makes sure that it gets evenly spread out throughout the face and a small amount is sufficient. The combination of the micellar water and foam functions great for my skin and I have “infected” some of my friends with it as well.

Afrodita Clean Phase

Whenever I wore a water resistant mascara (which I had frequently, since the hormones help with crying in any emotional situations; an advice for all the pregnant ladies out there: DON’T go to the movies without a water mascara) is Afrodita Clean Phase dual-phase eye-makeup remover my choice. It is very efficient, even when I apply 4 layers of the water resistant mascara when I want the dramatic effect.

I gift my skin a face peeling 2 times a week as well. I avoid chemical peelings in the time of pregnancy for safety reasons. So I get rid of my dead skin cells with Afrodita Clean Phase gel peeling with active charcoal. Let me mention that it’s a product, which I would totally overlook in my non-problematic skin times. Sometimes we really need to step out of the static trends in try something new. The black little marbles melt while massaging the gel. I concentrate mostly on the nose and cheek/temple area and then I wash it off carefully with water and proceed with the skin care. I use the tonic at night as well.

Afrodita Clean Phase

Maybe it seems to you like I’m a complete fanatic of Afrodita Clean Phase product line, which is actually true, but mostly because of their vast offer. The mentioned above are my all time favorites. If I counted right the line has 12 products, of which I had tried almost all and my sister who has slightly oily skin tried out the Clean Phase Re-balance. It is very easy to find a combination, which is appropriate for any individual’s needs. The biggest plus of all is their price, the products cost around 4-6 euros and are accessible basically in any bigger drug store.

Until next time (of my skin update) don’t forget – thorough cleansing and a carefully chosen skin care are key for the beautiful skin. Bad “foundations” aren’t fixed not even the best makeup. And skin is also a very complex organ, which is affected by the environment, diet and other processes going on in the body, like hormonal change. Sometimes we just need to accept such changes and not give up on finding the best combination of products to aid them.

Afrodita Clean Phase Afrodita Clean Phase

This post was created in collaboration with Afrodita Cosmetics. As always all images, thoughts and opinions are my own.

I wanted to spoil my closest 5 girls for the best support they gave me. My sister Alja (who was my maid of honor), Tesa, Gala, Aida, and Ajda really did their best jobs even before the wedding. They were the most beautiful (literally!) and the best company on my wedding day, that’s why I knew I had to pamper them properly even before the big day – with a special pre-wedding beauty party. Viki’s Bar was perfect for it-a cozy atmosphere in the heart of Ljubljana and just the right offer to enhance our weddings looks.

Cocktails, desserts and beauty treats

On the Thursday before the wedding my girls and I met at Viki’s bar, where they arranged manicure for all with Shellac, which I’ve been a fan of for years, eyebrows using the Anastasia Beverly Hills method (I only trust my eyebrows to Viki as she really does her job perfectly) and above all arranged a great time filled with laughter, chatting and goodwill. Having a good time with the girls was particularly great for me to stop thinking about “is everything going to be ok, do we have everything and what if I forget something” fears and really just enjoy the evening.

In the end, Viki made me visit the magical Bahamas for a few minutes so that I was able to enjoy a naturally tan complexion on Saturday. Well, it looked natural, but unfortunately, I wasn’t able to see Bahamas, so Viki made sure to help me with the Vita Liberata’s spray tan – so I looked as close as if I really came from a three-week vacation in the Caribbean. If the spray tan is something you are interested in, make sure to check out my blog post or the highlight tab on my Instagram profile @ajdasitar. Again, she did a great job and I was really ready for the wedding weekend on Friday morning (when I washed the tan color from my skin).

A quick tip for all brides-to-be: do pamper yourself before the wedding, but make sure you try all the services beforehand. Wedding time is not time to experiment, but still trust the professionals who will make sure you have everything you need on the big day.

Shellac manicure (if handled by someone who knows it’s job) is an ideal solution for any bride, as it ensures that the nail polish is not stained and the manicure lasts not only on the wedding day but also until the end of the honeymoon (if you travel right after the wedding). Beautiful and well-groomed eyebrows are the best foundation for a good makeup, and the same goes for quality facial care. I went for the Aquapeel Innofacial skin treatment at Viki’s Place twice before the marriage, which made my skin moisturized, shiny and really clean. So treat yourself with something extra – for your body and soul!

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Today’s post is sort of a diary that includes everything significant that happened to me from the moment I found out I was pregnant to the end of the first trimester, from week 3 to week 13 of my pregnancy.

Positive Pregnancy Test: 3 Weeks and 3 Days

I took a pregnancy test pretty early on, not because I was curious or anything, but because of my medications. The second line, indicating pregnancy, was fairly visible I wasn’t even sure if it’s there or is something wrong with my vision. Very un-romantically, totally different than in any of the romantic movies or the perfect YouTube videos out there, I took a picture and sent it to Jan. He wasn’t sure either. That day I took my medication and repeated the test the next day. Guess what the test showed the next day. Two very clear lines!

Pregnant at The Wedding and on The Honeymoon?

To answer the most obvious nosy question there is: No, I wasn’t pregnant at the wedding. The date of the last menstrual cycle, which is what the doctors look at, was right before our wedding. So “technically” I was pregnant on my wedding, but the conception took place after we wed. However when we were on our honeymoon in the Seychelles, there was already a small creature safe and sound in my womb.

Hello Seychelles, Hello Morning Sickness.

Seychelles turned out to be the ideal location because of the high hygiene standards, no need for any additional vaccination, there’s no malaria or Zika. I consulted my gynecologist prior traveling and she advised me to make sure I stay hydrated and not to eat raw vegetables. She assured me that it’s safe to travel at this stage of the pregnancy. In the first week of our honeymoon and the fifth week of my pregnancy I experienced my first morning sickness, which turned out to not be “morning” at all. It was the strongest in the afternoons, evenings and nights. The worst week was the week we travelled back home. I was sick every day all up until the 12th week and then it slowly faded away in the 13th.

Other symptoms, feelings, moods and all other TMI’s

I was feeling pretty good on the Seychelles, other than feeling sick, which I was rather unsuccessfully trying to mild down with lemon water and ginger-ale. I was craving The Istrian Stew (Jota) the most! The first stop after the airport was my parents house. I could never imagine how strong can a food craving get before I got pregnant. Any strong seasoning fragrances bother me even today, so the Seychelles curry infused kitchen didn’t get a fair chance to impress me. Feeling malaise, sick and fatigue reached its peak in November, in December I was starting to feel better. Bloatedness started on the honeymoon already and faded away at the end of the first trimester. My breasts were extremely sensitive the whole time of the first trimester and they got bigger for a whole cup size. I enjoyed salty foods the most. If I eat too much sweets I get easily sick even today. From the beginning of pregnancy I fancy all kinds of soups and stews, salads, orange Cedevita drink, bread with sour cream, cheese and pickles the most. Cliché, I know.

Folic Acid and other supplements

I choose supplements with great caution, yet I know I need them for a healthy and a quality life. Any supplement that I take are chosen based on a thorough research, blood tests and doctor consultations. I was mindful of the right form and measurement of the vitamin C and D, Omega 3 fatty Acids, magnesium, and Folic Acid prior to the conception. The later I started taking 6 months before getting pregnant since it plays a vital role in the development of the baby’s nervous system, brain and spinal cord. I started taking Prenatal capsules by the brand Novalac and I stick to them even today and I intend to do so until for the whole breastfeeding period. Although it is commonly known that you should take Prenatal capsules only the first 3 months of pregnancy, taking them longer has various positive effects. I tried a few different brands, but they made my morning sickness worse. Novalac Prenatal however serves me well, it has an active form of Folic acid which is very important. Plus it has highly-absorptive Iron, DHA and many other vitamins and minerals added (for more info click here).

The First Check-up and The Nuchal Scan (NT)

The first medical check-up was in the 9th week of pregnancy and waiting for it seemed like forever! They took a lot of blood for testing and the most important part – I saw my baby for the first time! On the second check-up, the Nuchal translucency scan with dr. Lomšek at the ZC Dravlje, Jan joined me. Our little being was very active and the results of the scan were excellent.

NIPT: Nifty Plus test

Jan and I decided to do the NIPT test as well. We chose the Nifty test, which is the leading non-invasive pre-birth test. It is completely safe, non-invasive and really simple blood test. It reveals any potential risks and predict the chance of many genetic conditions from the 10th week of pregnancy forward, took it in the week 13. I was really happy to get a call from the doctor, saying everything looks great (later followed by a mail to our home address), it is reassuring when you know there is a “low risk” for any of the most common trisomy (Down, Edward and Patau syndrome) as well as trisomy 9. 16 and 22, aneuploidy of the sex chromosomes or other genetic imperfections. We took the premium Nifty Plus package (590€), which gave us an additinal sense of safety and reassured us that our little being is doing great, being free of many genetic conditions. For the cherry on top, we found out the sex of our baby! We have no regrets whatsoever, it was definetly one of the best decisions in my first trimester, since we can now look around for the cute baby stuff worry-free.

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