Thursday, July 30, 2015

Ipsy Glam Bag | July 2015

You know it might be time to cancel a subscription when you weren't overly eager to rip the package open when it arrived on your doorstep. I definitely wasn't feeling the excitement this month and for good reason. It kind of sucks.

For one I hate when the bag they give ever month doesn't open from the top. This sort of down the side business just annoys me for some reason and I know I definitely won't be reusing the bag in the future. None of the products are really me either. The eye shadow quad looked tempting, but the consistency and pigmentation just left something to be desired. HD powder just isn't my cup of tea and chap sticks for some reason give me the heeby jeebies. I couldn't explain to you why, they just make me feel gross touching them. 

The only thing that could remotely save this subscription is the Read My Lips Lipstick. It's in a cool package and seems pigmented enough. Sigh. It may be time to say goodbye to Ipsy again and save that $10 for more planner stickers. You know, because I need them.

What would you do? Cancel or give it another month?

xoxo Kayla

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

#AKBwedding: Asking My Bridesmaids

Now that my four lovely bridesmaids have all been asked to be in the #AKBwedding, I can finally share with you all how I asked them. I've been plotting how I would ask them since before I got engaged and the irony does not escape me. I wanted to ask my bridesmaids the same exact way I ended up getting asked myself: with a subscription-esque box. Classic.

I wanted the box to reflect everything I love while tying it all together in a wonderful wedding theme. There's beauty bits, lifestyle bits, stickers, and of course a bit of candy. Literally all the parts that make up a Kayla. There's even a nail polish in the navy of our wedding colors for them to wear on the wedding day and a bridesmaid button to wear at the bachelorette party. The perfect little kit for anyone in a wedding if I do say so myself.

I can't wait to go dress shopping with two of my bridesmaids this weekend. It's always a challenge to get them all together, but it's going to be an amazing time with a few happy tears shed I'm sure.

How did you ask your bridesmaids to be in your wedding? What would you do if you aren't married?

xoxo Kayla

Plan with Me | County Fair Theme

I'm in love with this layout. I feel like I've been hording the County Fair Darice sticker book for weeks waiting for the perfect time. This week it felt right. I love how the July red combined with the August green and yellow for this perfectly bright, cheery layout. 

It feels fitting as it's my last week at my full time 8-5 job. It all ends on Friday and it makes me happy that I managed to design a spread that is the complete opposite of my feelings on the matter. I'm anxious, stressed, and constantly questioning whether or not I've made the right choice. But that's an existential crisis for another post.

xoxo Kayla

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Lounge Ready with RBX Active

One of the things I'm looking forward to most about working from home is the lounge wear. Every morning I'll get to choose between yoga pants and workout gear. Or blend a hybrid together of comfy yet cute. Yes please.

Up there as one of my favorite things to lounge around the house in are these RBX capri leggings. I know for a fact I'll be wearing them even more now that there is no such thing as 'business casual' for the Oh, Hello workforce. Although obviously made for a more active lifestyle, these babies are dang comfortable just to couch potato around in. Plus I know if I suddenly feel inspired to go for a run (pshhhhh not) then I'm all set. I was a little hesitant about the pattern at first as I avoid anything camo like the plague, but it's definitely grown on me. Throw on a black shirt and I'm good to go.

I find that capri active wear is a lot more flattering than shorts. Sometimes I'm not a huge fan of my thighs and having something that goes past my knees just makes me way more comfortable. Yet it's still flattering as it hugs the figure and shows off curves. All wins in my book.

And at least it's a step up from pajamas right? 

xoxo Kayla 

Monday, July 27, 2015

#AKBwedding: Asking Bridesmaids & Dress Shopping

It's been quite the week for #AKBwedding progress and I'm excited to share what's been going on! On Tuesday I asked my last bridesmaid before asking my maid of honor on Thursday. I knew they were going to say yes, obviously, but it's still such a nerve racking experience regardless. It's such a relief to know that I have my four amazing bridesmaids (more info on them coming down the road) and can really start to focus on the dress shopping! 

Just yesterday my mom, sister (aka bridesmaid) and I went on what we called a dress reconnaissance mission to really figure out my style of dress. I had a few ideas going in which I found myself definitely gravitating towards. Of course I also had to try on every type of dress they had just for fun. It was amazing to see just how in sync my mom, sister, and I were in style and fit. We narrowed it down to three possible options, but have plans for another dress mission next weekend.

The most exciting part of the exhausting 30 dress trying day? I now know for certain that I'm going to have a veil. Dress after dress I put on not really feeling any of them completely. I haven't had the this is the one feeling until I put the first veil on. It suddenly felt real and right. So at the very least I know a veil is a must!

I can't wait to try on more dresses next weekend and hopefully come away with the dress that makes this whole experience feel that much more real than it already does!!

xoxo Kayla

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

How to Deal with Being Overwhelmed

Feeling overwhelmed is one of my specialties. I love to be busy, but I have a way of finding myself too busy and feeling the stress of the to do list. I've found a few ways to cope with the stress and how to deal with being overwhelmed.

  • Lists, lists, and more lists are your best friend. Make a master to do list. Make secondary lists. Break everything down to easy step by step points so you can clearly see what you need to accomplish.
  • Take it one thing at a time so you aren't making things worse by trying to see the big picture and the distance to the finish line. Start small with the little tasks. They'll add up quickly.
  • Think about five years from now and whether or not you stressing over things is going to affect you then. More times than not, what you're worried about now won't matter in the long run. Put things into perspective and refocus.
  • Know when to say no to things even though you may want to do them. Overbooking yourself won't do anyone any good. Put your attention to a few select things so you can do them better than spreading yourself thin.
  • Ask for help. Although this one can be hard for us busy bees, asking for help can make a huge difference.
  • Don't forget to eat, sleep, and take breaks. Working yourself sick won't help get you done any faster. Take care of your health so you'll be strong and in the right mindset to accomplish things.
  • Take a breather and calm down. You got this.

It's natural to get overwhelmed from time to time when things get stressful, but it's what you do in those situations that matter most. Understand your strengths and weaknesses, value your "me" time, and focus on the little things. You'll be done and not overwhelmed in no time!

What are your tips for dealing with being overwhelmed?

xoxo Kayla 

Friday, July 17, 2015

Erin Condren Haul + Giveaway

Erin Condren's website has a way of pulling you in even though you know you really don't need to buy any more planner supplies. I had been eyeing up the Address Book for quite a while and thought it was the perfect time to pick one up. We're getting into the guest list planning stages for our wedding and having a brand new address book to keep all our family and friends' addresses in seemed like a perfect excuse to place an order.

I also picked up something for you guys! I'm giving away one of the Erin Condren Launch Bundles which includes an awesome sticker book I use in a lot of my Plan with Me videos, pens, and a carrying pouch! The giveaway will run for one week and is open internationally for anyone over 18 or with parental consent! Good luck!