My Haute Dame

I know it’s been a while but even if I told you where I have been, you wouldn’t believe me…  My life is crazy.  Amazing, but crazy.


Anyway, My Haute Dame.  My Haute Dame, “Adventures in hair styling” is a fantastic newblog/tutorial site featuring really great and creative hair styles and techniques.  They even featured my little hair tutorial on day 19 of “Februhairy”.  Pull out your teasing brush and bobbie pins and get to work!

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Bedtime Tickles, Wiggles and Giggles

Last night was so much fun; I love bath time, I love my babies in jammies and I love story time.  Every night we have a strict routine: dinner, bath, (story time) bed.  Having structure in our life has made the transition to Kindergarten an easy process.

Last night we chose two of our favorite bedtime books by the same author: Boogie Monster and Tickle Monster by Josie Bissett.  Both books are perfect for getting those final “sillies” out just before bedtime.  Trust me, order these books and enjoy and cherish the moments that they will bring.

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They even have kits that you can buy along with the books that include Tickle Monster mitts and Boogie Monsters leggings!

Fast Wavy Hair Tutorial

Easy and Fast Wavy Hair Tutorial

This is a terrifying venture for me but here we go…  My very first video tutorial!  I have been curling my hair using this technique for years; it’s easy, fast, and usually lasts a couple of days.

  • My favorite curling iron is the Conair Infiniti Pro which you can find on Amazon or at Target.
  • I don’t typically bow dry my hair unless I am in a big hurry but it does make for a sleeker curl.
  • The only product that I use on my hair consistently is Moroccan Oil.  The health and strength of my hair has improved dramatically since I began using the product over 4 years ago.
  • In the video I mention curling away from my face but you can actually do this many different ways.  Try curling one side away from your face and the other side towards on alternating each curl: one forward, one back, etc.

Well, here goes! I hope you can find this useful.  Good luck!



Wrap Scrap Flowers!


My sister-in-law is amazingly talented and today she is sharing one of her many talents with you.  Wrap Scrap Flowers!  Enjoy!

Hello, my name is Evonne Marvin.  I am Nikki’s sister-in-law, wife to a wonderful husband, mother of three amazing babies under two, high school/middle school English teacher, dancer (the list goes on…), and crafter.   I’m honored to share this fun, simple “how-to” craft on Nikki’s blog.  You can make these pretty flowers in a mater of minutes, which is important if you have a busy lifestyle like me.  All you need is:

Wrap Scrap Flower Materials

  • wrap/fabric scrap (at least 3″ x 12″) for the flower
  • wool or poly felt for the leaves and circle bases
  • coordinating embroidery thread and needle
  • decorative button
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks

Follow these simple directions, get creative, and have fun!

1.  Cut your materials.  Cut a rectangle of wrap/fabric scrap at least 3″ x 12″.  The longer the fabric, the more gathers and swirls you can have.  Cut two felt leaves leaving some length at the base to attach and hide in between the bases.  Cut two felt circles for the flower base and the clip base.

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2.  Fold the fabric in half lengthwise and tuck in about 1 cm of the end to give it a nice unraveled finish.

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3.  With a needle and knotted length of thread, anchor the first stitch (so the knot doesn’t slip through the fabric), and hand sew (through the back, through the front, through the back, through the front etc.) at least 1 cm from the top, creating your gathers (based on your preference for how tight and ruffly you want your gathers).  Once you get to the end, coil your ruffles from inside to the outside and adjust your flower as you see fit.

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4.  Tuck in the last cm of the end to give it a nice unraveled finish and tack in place.  Sew a few stitches between the layers to hold the flower in place.

5.  Apply hot glue to one of the felt circles.  The circle should be big enough so it covers the entire bottom side of your flower.  Place it on top of the base of your flower and press to secure.  From the top, press the layers to make sure that they are firmly attached to the felt circle.


6.  If you are using a fabric that easily frays, apply hot glue in between the layers to prevent unraveling.


7.  Attach a cute, coordinating button using hot glue or thread and needle.

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8. Layout the leaves to get just the right angle and plan your placement relative to your flower.  If you like, you can do a simple stitch around the leaves for a cute accent.

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9.  Attach the leaves to the flower by stitching them to the felt base of the flower.  You can even use a little hot glue.


10.  Cut two small slits in the other felt circle.  This way, you can use/attach your favorite clip, pins, headband etc. depending on what you want.

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11.  Apply a thin ribbon of hot glue around the perimeter of the felt circle, line it up wit

h where you want the clip directions to go on your flower, and press firmly.  Done!


You now have an adorable hand made flower that you can use wherever you want some colorful cuteness!

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Recent Happenings

Wow!  What a couple of months this has been!  This mama has been one busy lady and I feel like I’m just now coming up for air.  I have been traveling and teaching Lindy Hop, performing in music videos, AND raising two kids!  We are preparing Anjali for preschool graduation and starting Kindergarten in August; she is beyond excited.  Arjuna is a little whirlwind; I follow him around and save his life over and over again! He is coming up on 10 months old already!   I’m excited to start planning a double birthday party: his 1st and her fifth!

Anyway, here is what I have been up to:

My friend and dance partner Nick Williams and I taught and performed in Minneapolis at the Midwest Lindy Fest Show:

Nick Williams, Mikey Pedroza and I (as well as some other Lindy Rock Stars) were recently featured in the band Capital Cities music video for the the song Safe and Sound. I’m the one thrown out of the TV! Look closely and see if you can find me anywhere else in the video:

Behind the scenes!

And most recently I got to dance with my husband Shesha Marvin to Matthew Morrison’s (from Glee!) new single It Don’t Mean a Thing:

Needless to say, I’ve been having a blast!


Happy Mother’s Day!

I’m still away, teaching Lindy Hop in Minnesota at an event called Midwest Lindyfest.  Hubby hacked the blog on Friday and made my day.  Even though I love what I do it is very difficult to be away from my family but I know that the kids are in the best of hands.  Today they are with my parents and they are going to a fun Disney show.  I thought I’d take a minute before I start my day and say Happy Mother’s day to MY mom.

Thank you for teaching me what it means to be a mom.  You are hard working, thoughtful, generous and loving.  Thank you for being you and because of you, I am me.


Mothers day


Here are a couple of my favorite mom related past posts:

Here are a couple of my favorite Mommy bloggers:



Daddy wants a latte


Nikki went on a trip to teach swing dancing in Minnesota, so I thought I’d take over her blog for the weekend since I’m home watching the kids and taking care of the house.

I put my dance studio business work on hold for five days and am enjoying the company of my kids.

I’m also doing a test tech post because I’m writing this whole blog using Siri/dictation on my iPhone using the WordPress app. So basically, that means I speak what I want to write into my phone and then do little edits on things that the dictation software messes up.

For example, I’m at the pool right now taking my four-year-old girl Anjali to a swimming lesson, while holding my eight-month-old boy Arjuna in my arms. He is quite the wrestler, so sometimes I have to put him down to do my edits, while keeping one eye on him, since he is on suicide watch.

Yesterday, I had my first full day with the family. Nikki always suggests to our babysitters and to me when watching the kids, don’t stay home, go out into the world and do activities. So, following the advice, I met up with my sister-in-law and her three kids, and her mother-in-law, at the Irvine spectrum. I had a good time walking around looking like super dad.

In case I don’t have time to write more, since Anjali’s lesson is just about over, I wanted to say one interesting thing about the experience of being a family focused father. It’s amazing how my mindset changes when my sole responsibility in the whole world is to keep my kids happy and alive, learning and growing. Even though it’s so much work, it’s balanced out by so much joy.

Come home Mama, we all miss you.

My Baby Shower featured on On To Baby

Happy Birthday to me!

Vintage Circus themed baby shower invitation

Today my vintage circus themed baby shower is featured on the blog On To Baby!  My amazing photographer friend, Stephanie Albao, from Intuitive Images Photography took all the beautiful pictures; as well as helped in the planning.

Thank you again to Stephanie, Evonne, and Claire for the most incredible baby shower EVER!  Seriously: live performances by guests, a mens cartwheel contest, a weight lifting contest, carnival games, etc.  Details, details, details.  Check it out!

Vintage Circus Themed Baby Shower

Ju-Ju-Be Summer Line Released

Ju-Ju-Be Finally released their Summer collection that the family and I modeled for; see that post here.  I noticed that several Ju-Ju-Be fanatics were disappointed by the prints but I saw them all in person and they are vibrant and beautiful!  I still say that these are the best diaper bags around.
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Anjali for Ju-Ju-Be x tokidoki = Farfalle

Anjali for Ju-Ju-Be tokidoki Farfalle

And, me for Ju-Ju-Be x tokidoki = Farfalle

Nikki for Ju-Ju-Be Tokidoki Farfalle

Cheesy catalog model pose!

Happy Earth Day!

We celebrated Earth Day a day early by spending the day outside.  We planted some flowers, played with colored bubbles and created kids’ art on canvas. What will you do to celebrate Earth Day today?

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Happy Earth Day!

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