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4.28.2017

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipsticks and Shaping Lip Liners

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipsticks and Shaping Lip Liners

When spring hits I always feel the urge to dive back into makeup again. The weather is warmer, my mood is lifted, and there are always a ton of gorgeous new releases to check out. So when I got the opportunity to review the new Maybelline Color Sensational Lipsticks and Shaping Lip Liners, I couldn't say no.

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipsticks and Shaping Lip Liners

Maybelline lipsticks always remind me of old school makeup, without the weird talcum powder smell. I feel like an old Hollywood star whenever I pull out one of their tubes and they click shut with such a satisfying sound. The packaging of the lipsticks is quality. Plus the tube texture changes for matte lipsticks so they're easier to spot without having to read a label. A nice added touch.

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipsticks and Shaping Lip Liners

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipsticks and Shaping Lip Liners
From left to right: Rich Ruby, Born with It, Toasted Truffle, Midnight Blue, Warm Me Up, Berry Bossy

The Color Sensational shade range is seriously impressive with tons of shades to choose from. There's even a "Midnight Blue" shade which is straight up navy for any adventurous makeup wearers. My personal favorites (I'm sure you can guess) are "Born with It" and "Warm Me Up" as they're fabulous choices for my-lips-but-better lipsticks. I'm also a big fan of "Berry Bossy." It's the purple-est shade I own, but I just love it for a bold lip to make a statement.

No matter the finish, I find these lipsticks incredibly wearable. They last a good number of hours while staying put on the lips. Product does transfer off while drinking and eating, but it doesn't leave a weird halo behind. The color fades evenly and "Rich Ruby" and "Berry Bossy" stain the lips to leave behind a bit of color even after they're long gone. Plus these don't pill up as I'm wearing them. It's one of my biggest lipstick pet peeves that'll sure to cause me to chuck a lipstick. 


Although I'm not a huge lip liner gal, these Maybelline Shaping Lip Liners may have converted me. They're so creamy and easy to apply on the lips without any tugging. They leave a really solid base for a lipstick on top or create a nice matte look on their own. As for the shaping aspect, I found them to really help define my lip line when usually it kind of just trails off. It made applying lipstick a whole lot easier too.

Plus the range has a ton of neutral shades to choose from to get the perfect nude look. Crayon are the way to go so you aren't messing around with sharpeners and losing product with pencils, but if the crayon does get dull there is a built in sharpener in the bottom! Such a cool design element added in. 

I can't wait to continue to play around with the lipsticks and lip liners to try out different combinations. And who knows. Maybe I'll try a seriously bold lip for my sister's upcoming bachelorette party in a few weeks!?

This post is sponsored by Maybelline. All opinions expressed are my own.
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4.27.2017

The Hardest Thing About Owning a Small Business


I wrote this same post two years ago and it felt about time to revisit the subject, see what's changed, and be candid about self-employment. It's not all it's cracked up to be.

Sure owning my own business is amazing and I don't want to do anything else with my life, but it's also a whole lot of hard work and stress. Lots of stress. And it's not for everyone. Some days I'm not even sure if it's for me. Every day we take risk after risk.

When I first talked about the hardest part about owning my own business, it was letting go of complete control. Now, two years later, I don't find that to be the case anymore. We're at a point in our business where we're looking to expand and grow. I'm eager to welcome other ideas and change into the company. I know I couldn't have said that two years ago when I could barely let Alex help me.

The hardest part now is prioritizing. There are so many things we're trying to do in so many different directions that it feels like we're working on everything at once but accomplishing nothing. Alex and I like to joke that I'm expanding outward while he's expanding upward. We want to share our business with more people and that means we need help. That's where things get even more complicated.

In order for Alex and I to work on our projects and go in new directions, we need other people. That's strange for us to admit since it's been a two person team for so long. But we physically cannot grow any larger without other people to help with the workload.

The thing about small businesses is you need people who want to help grow the company just as much as you do. It's easy to find someone to just do the work and go home at the end of the day, but that's not what a start-up needs. It requires new ideas, effort, and innovative thinking. I feel like I'm pitching a new brand of iPhone or something, but it's true. I'm at the point where I'm willing to give up "complete control" in order to welcome new ideas and people to help take risks with us. Now it's just a question of who.

It's crazy to think that two years ago I couldn't fathom losing control of my little brain child. We've come so far already with just a few years under our belts. So here's to day after day of interesting challenges on the path of making this dream into a lifelong reality. I'm happy that you're here with me and that I can openly share the journey.
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4.20.2017

Weekly Kit Weekend Preview & Giveaway



We are just hours away from the start of the first ever Oh, Hello Weekly Kit Weekend. It's been a serious labor of love bringing back so many kits from the archives and reformatting them to our current weekly kit style. It's definitely a project I've wanted to do for a while now. The sticker business has a pretty fast design turn-around and a constant demand for new releases. So a lot of our designs end up back into folders on storage devices. Alex has spent countless hours designing so it felt right to bring them back, if only for a little while.

For one three day weekend it's a complete weekly kit free for all. Around 50 kits will be available from Friday, April 21 to late into the evening on Sunday, April 23. There is an unlimited stock on all kits plus you can get them in either glossy or matte. The ultimate weekend. You can look at the kits on the site now before the sale goes live.

To start the festivities off I wanted to give away my five favorite vintage Oh, Hello kits to five lucky winners. There's just one giveaway to enter to be in the running for one of the five kits. As always, the giveaway is open internationally and will run for one fantastic week. The kits will be divided out to winners randomly! Good luck planner addicts!

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4.19.2017

Rough Sales Months Shouldn't Scare You, They Should Inspire You

Getting Through Rough Sales Months for Small Businesses

Getting Through Rough Sales Months for Small Businesses

Getting Through Rough Sales Months for Small Businesses

Getting Through Rough Sales Months for Small Businesses

There are only two emotions any small business or entrepreneur feelings. Complete euphoria or utter terror. April is notorious for being Oh, Hello's worst month in sales. It also happens to be tax month so the hits are coming from all sides. I have a love/hate relationship with our worst month of the year. April is fantastic at giving me crippling self-doubt, but it's also the best month for innovation and change.

That's the thing. It's so easy to let yourself get overcome with the fear of failure and doubt that you just curl up into a ball and re-watch Parks and Recreation for the twelfth time. Tell yourself you tried, there's nothing you can do, sales are bad for everyone so you shouldn't feel bad, etc. That's obviously the easy way out. And I'm done with that.

One of my favorite things about owning my own business is being the one in complete control of my fate. I don't work for a company that could suddenly start laying people off or randomly put a target on my back to boot me out. I work for myself. If things go south it's completely my fault. But if things go right, that's completely on me too. 

So rather than looking at April like the business-crushing month that it likes to be, I'm looking at it as a chance to work on those projects I keep talking about wanting to do but never getting around to. It's been one week of pushing for these new changes and I've already found a regained spirit for Oh, Hello. The passion for my company is bigger than ever and I know we'll get through April like we have twice before. 

There are tons of projects Alex and I are working on, but my favorites are in these photos. I've never been so excited about clipboards in my entire life and wristlets just seem like a no-brainer for our designs. We're working on getting pencil cases and makeup bags too. I've finally started working on the sticker organizer books I've been talking about since Christmas. 

The easiest way to get through a rough sales month is to pull out that to do list full of ideas you want to do if only you had time for. And do them. Stay up later. Wake up earlier. Don't just give up on something you're passionate about because it got harder. Don't think sticking to the same routine will work for you like it has in the past.

Everyone always says to "keep busy" when there's turbulence in your life. The same is true about small businesses. You have to decide if a bad month is going to make or break you. I've made up my mind that Oh, Hello isn't going anywhere. Now I just have to work my ass off to prove it.
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4.17.2017

Helping Start Another Sticker Company | The Novel Coffee




My best gal pal Meghan finally opened up an Etsy shop recently and I've been shouting about it from the rooftops. 

It's so nice to finally have someone in real life who is going through the same things Alex and I are. It's really hard to explain the sticker life to people. Like surprisingly difficult and it ends with us calling it "daily scrapbooking" and moving on from talking about it. Although I work with Alex, he and I do very different aspects of our constantly expanding company. So it's unique to be able to work with someone who is doing the same exact things I am, but for her own business. It's already been a blast having someone to bounce ideas off of and talk about how to take stickers into the future.

The Novel Coffee is also completely different from ours. I love that. Obviously so we aren't stepping on each other's toes, but also because I get to experience a whole new style of sticker shop. She deals with artists rather than designing a lot of the artwork herself, but takes so much time selecting art that fits her vibe. It's fantastic and all her stickers are amazing.

I've also never had the chance to share my knowledge before. I don't have that many fellow shop owner friends that I talk to on a regular basis. I have a ton of specialized skills thanks to this dream job so it's been a cool experience getting to share some of them. I would definitely consider helping other Etsy businesses get started or expand since I've enjoyed this process so much. It's a great chance to also help Meghan not make the same start up mistakes we did. And boy are there a lot of them. (Potential blog post?)

So if you're feeling spendy hop on over to her shop and see all of her amazing stuff. The quality is top notch and I'm seriously impressed with how quick her shipping time is. Plus use code "KAYLA" to save 15%! Gotta love being best friends with the shop owner, right?!

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4.13.2017

Space Themed Guest Bedroom Tour

Space Themed Guest Bedroom Tour

Space Themed Guest Bedroom Tour

Space Themed Guest Bedroom Tour

Space Themed Guest Bedroom Tour

Space Themed Guest Bedroom Tour

Space Themed Guest Bedroom Tour


I've been meaning to do a tour of our guest bedroom for ages now. Right around the time I finished it my dad came and stayed with us for a few months as my parents moved, making it difficult to get a camera in there to film and photograph the space. My parents are happily in their new home now and the guest bedroom is available again for copious amounts of bed-desking and photo taking. 

My biggest goal for the room was to keep it as affordable as possible without losing any comfort or coziness. I wanted the space to be welcoming without feeling cluttered. I wanted a theme without it being shoved down our guests' throats when they walked into the room. I think I've accomplished a lot of what I was hoping to achieve but of course, the space still doesn't feel truly done. It's unlikely it'll ever feel that way I'm sure.

Since it has been quite a while since I purchased a lot of the pieces in the room, most of them aren't easily available anymore. Luckily inspiration never goes out of stock so maybe there's still something in this room to inspire your next interiors project. I have linked what I could find in the description of the video however. 
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4.10.2017

This Year's Easter Decorations







Since Easter is my favorite holiday I couldn't pass up the opportunity to share a photo post of all our decorations this year. I try to keep things simple in our house and really only decorate our main living room. That way I get to see my decorations as much as possible without having to have tons scattered throughout the house.

Right now I don't have any plans for Easter and I'm pretty sure that's a good thing. Our weekends have been packed from sunrise on Saturday to sunset on Sunday so it'll be nice to have a break from lengthy drives and just veg out at home. The perfect Easter in my books. Of course I'll probably find myself with a few bags of candy before then because I am a weak person.

I find a lot of people aren't big decorators for Easter. Do you decorate?


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4.07.2017

Planner Peace Doesn't Exist

Planner Peace Doesn't Exist

Planner Peace Doesn't Exist

Planner Peace Doesn't Exist

Planner Peace is quite the popular buzz term in the planner community. People shout it around like they've found the answer to life's mysteries. I've even been known to speculate that I've found planner peace as well. But you know what? It doesn't exist.

I think it's more realistic to say that you've found a system that works for you at that current point in time. But to declare that you've found total "planner peace" is just setting yourself up to be a hypocrite a few weeks later when you're in yet another planner or reorganizing your sticker stash for the hundredth time. It's going to happen. And you shouldn't fight it. Because planner peace is made up and won't help you in the long run anyway.

Here's why. You should change up your planning system if the current one stops working for you. Sure it might have been an amazing planner for a few months or even years and it helped you through a bunch of tough assignments or a crazy time at work. But there isn't one planner system out there for you that'll solve all your organizational problems for the rest of your life. Your planner needs change and adapt as you face different challenges, so your planner should too.

Now you don't need a thousand different planners to just complicate your life more. But you should be willing to adapt depending on what kind of planner you need at a specific point in your life. I think we all know this already too. We kid ourselves thinking that this one particular planner is the best ever and we'll never change. It's a fool's dream to try and achieve some sort of planner nirvana before everyone else does. 

So accept that although you love a system now, you may not love it forever. You'll find greater happiness in the long run in accepting the inevitable planner-switching future that's ahead of you rather than proclaiming Planner Peace and pigeon-holding yourself. You change all the time. It's silly to think your planner won't have to.

So let's scrap Planner Peace and pursue planner satisfaction instead.






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4.06.2017

Daily Makeup for a Self-Employed Stay-at-Homer

Daily Makeup for a Self-Employed Stay-at-Homer

Daily Makeup for a Self-Employed Stay-at-Homer

Daily Makeup for a Self-Employed Stay-at-Homer

Now it's arguable to even bother wearing makeup at all as a self-employed work from home sticker maker. Yet I find that if I do pull myself a bit more together in the morning, I have a more productive day overall. I definitely don't go crazy, and this makeup routine could also be aptly named "The Minimalist's Makeup Routine." Simple and to the point while making my face look fresh, awake, and happy. Who wouldn't want that.

The Stila One Step Correct is still my holy grail face primer. Even if I convince myself to skip the makeup for a day, I still find myself applying a nice layer of this to my skin. It works as a moisturizer/skin corrector combo and my skin just drinks it up happily. They recently changed the packaging to a fancier gold lid and I couldn't be more thrilled with the upgrade. It also just so happens that today Ulta is doing their Beauty Days on this gorgeous product so I'll be picking up as many as I can at half off. Gotta stock up for the apocalypse.

Foundation varies the most often from day to day, but I've been enjoying messing around with IT Cosmetic's Confidence in a Compact Foundation. I bounce between using the shades "Fair" and "Light" depending on how pale I'm looking on a particular day. It's a much more matte foundation than I'm used to, but I'm loving the finish and how it stays put all day. It's also super easy to build up with a few extra dabs of a beauty blender. It blends out easily and doesn't highlight any dry patches of my skin either. I've written a full blog post about it if you want more info.

I completely used up my Urban Decay Naked Concealer and I'm trying to keep beauty spending down to a minimum lately so I've been working on finishing up another tube of the NARS Creamy Concealer. It's a great concealer, but I just prefer the Urban Decay one as it's a bit thicker and lasts longer throughout the day. For just days around the house though or a trip to the grocery store the NARS concealer does just fine.

I completely skip eye shadow and focus on the brows. I'm not entirely loyal to any one brow pencil over another, but I'm working on finishing up the IT Cosmetics Brow Power. I've also been jumping around between the Urban Decay Perversion Mascara and Bobbi Brown's No Smudge Mascara. The Urban Decay offering is far more superior in volume and boldness, but I like Bobbi Brown's for a more natural, makeup-less makeup look.

Blush tends to be whatever my hands reach first but I do really enjoy the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Blush in "Je Ne Sais Quoi." It's just the right amount of pink on the cheeks that can be built up to seriously full on. I often have to use leftover foundation on my beauty blender to calm the blush down as I apply it with quite a heavy hand on accident most days. It lasts all day which is always impressive for a blush in my world.

For lipstick it's usually something from MAC, but lately I've been loving the thickness of the Urban Decay Revolution lipstick in "Rush." It's super duper hydrating and lasts on the lips for ages. It's a great your lips but better shade as well. They seem to be discontinuing the range sadly, but there are still a few shades on sale for $10. I can't help but finish the simple look off with the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. It's just so dang refreshing on the skin and helps keep everything in place just in case the day brings a few too many face rubs from stress. 

A super simple makeup look that spunks up my day and makes me feel like I'm not just living in my pajamas in a sticker dungeon. 

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3.31.2017

What I Learned from My First Big Knitting Project

What I Learned from My First Big Knitting Project

What I Learned from My First Big Knitting Project

A few months ago I decided to take on the project of knitting a snake. Alex requested it from a book of stuffed animals and I set off on the task. More or less I just wanted to share some glamour shots of my really awesome snake, but I also learned a lot over those few months that I felt worthy to share.

Knitting is just as easy as it is complicated. The actual process of knitting isn't terribly hard, but it's when instructions throw in tons of acronyms you're just supposed to know that things get tough. Over the course of this project I learned out to do a lot of knitting techniques I didn't even know existed. Youtube became my best friend as well as asking my neighbor and knitting guru Amy for tutorials.

Knitting this snake also taught me that it's ok if the project becomes a collaboration. Amy helped me loads on this snake from helping sew it together to figuring out how to make the eyes work when they looked completely wrong. At first I worried that the snake wouldn't mean as much to me since I had a fair amount of help making it, but as we finished that final eye I couldn't be more thrilled with what we accomplished. The project made me and Amy closer, made us spend more time together, and ultimately made the snake better. I'm definitely learning that asking and receiving help has its benefits. Just took me nearly 25 years to learn that!

There's also a lot of spontaneous aspects to knitting which I definitely did not expect. To me knitting is just following instructions, but when the eyes looked seriously messed up, we had to get creative to salvage the whole project. There was a lot of "does this look right?" being thrown around those last few minutes of the project until we finally got them to look like eyes. Phew.

I also didn't realize how long projects can take. I live in a world where if I'm working on something it's usually done within the week (I'm looking at you stickers), but this project took literally months because I didn't want to rush through it and make mistakes. I'm sure I could have finished it sooner, but there was so much I didn't know about knitting that I wanted to ask questions and learn during the process. And I like that it took a while. Now that it's finally finished I feel such a huge sense of accomplishment over something I labored over for longer than a week. It's now on display in one of our guest bedrooms.

I may not knit anything to such a large scale for the next few projects, but I can already tell I'm much more of a knitter of stuffed creatures rather than scarves. Next on the docket will probably be doughnuts because well, why not?

Are you a knitter? What are your favorite things to knit?

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3.30.2017

Saving Time with CleanCult



I had the fantastic opportunity to work with CleanCult for today's video. It's my first sponsored video project so I wanted to make sure it was informative and entertaining at the same time. It's always scary taking on sponsored work. On the one hand I need to pay the bills, but I also don't want to lose my genuine style. People always get so turned-up-nose over YouTubers doing sponsored work, but I find that those videos are usually their best content since they're trying to get over the stigma of sponsored content. I now understand the struggle. I worked hard on this video, and I think that even if it wasn't sponsored, it would have looked very similar to this. Sponsored content is a tough battle but I think I picked a really great brand for my first project. 

So give the video a looksie and a like if you enjoy it. I really appreciate it.
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3.29.2017

How to Display Your Childish Hobbies like an Adult

How to Display Your Childish Hobbies like an Adult

How to Display Your Childish Hobbies like an Adult

How to Display Your Childish Hobbies like an Adult

I never plan on growing up. I plan on collect little bits and bobs until I'm old and gray and my walls are covered in trinkets. If you're like me then you've found it hard to part with your childish hobbies as you entered this annoying thing called adulthood. Well there's a solution.

Recently I've started to put all my little collections into glass jars I found at IKEA. And honestly, it looks pretty dang cool. It's the perfect way to display a collection without letting it take over a shelf space or sprawl out on a table. Upon first glance it can almost look like you bought random, colorful bobbles to fill the jars rather than toys. 

It's definitely my favorite storage solution to date. It keeps everything together, out of the hands of children who might think they're playthings, all the while making perfectly acceptable decor pieces. It's a triple win.

How do you display and organize your collections?


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