Monday, August 3, 2015

The First Day


It's a little after two as I sit down to write this on my first day of being self-employed. And honestly, it doesn't feel that different from a regular day off of work. I'm tackling my to do list, rendering a video, and figuring out what late 90's computer game I want to play tonight (Putt-Putt most likely). Yet I know things are completely different. It hasn't sunk in yet that I won't be returning to work in my windowless, yet perfect little office at the university. I won't be toting a camera around to different campus events while scooping up some free food in the process. It's all different now. Today is the first day.

I'm happy in a way that I've never felt before, but also more anxious than ever. Being self-employed is the dream, yet it's also probably the scariest thing a person can do. You're reliant on yourself to make the big decisions, take the risks, and enjoy the rewards. I can't wait to see how this experience pushes me, changes me, and brings Alex and I closer together as we depend on each other to make our goals realities.

Today is the first day. The first day of sitting in my office/living room with my cat Tardis jumping on my desk as I sort stickers. The first day that's quiet, with only the faint sound of the cutters working away in the other room as Alex cuts stock. The first day where I won't be exhausted at 5pm knowing that I have a super long to do list to return home to. The first day that I can work on what truly makes me passionate, rather than dream about doing it when I finally get home. 

It's the first day. I want to remember it.

xoxo Kayla

10,000 Subscribers Planning Giveaway





In celebration of getting 10,000 subscribers on YouTube I'm hosting two giveaways! My life is a combination of beauty and planning, so I wanted the giveaways to reflect that. This giveaway has a bunch of really awesome planner goodies, including the Erin Condren Cool for School Sticker Book, page flags, Darice sticker books, and so much more.

The giveaway will be open for one week and is international to everyone 18 years old or with parental consent. Thank you all so much for your constant support and good luck!


xoxo Kayla

10,000 Subscribers Beauty Giveaway




In celebration of getting 10,000 subscribers on YouTube I'm hosting two giveaways! My life is a combination of beauty and planning, so I wanted the giveaways to reflect that. This giveaway has a bunch of really awesome beauty goodies that I love, including an amazing lip product from ButterLondon, mascaras, and more!

The giveaway will be open for one week and is international to everyone 18 years old or with parental consent. Thank you all so much for your constant support and good luck!


xoxo Kayla

July Favorites + 2 Giveaways!





I loved July. It was a crazy month of wedding stuff, big decisions, and leaving my full time job to pursue self-employment. It was filled with a lot of beauty discoveries and a new planner entering my life as well. Plus I reached 10,000 subscribers! I'm hosting two giveaways in celebration so be sure to enter one or both!! Click the photos below to be taken to the blog posts with the giveaways!



I'm so excited to see where August takes me!

xoxo Kayla

Friday, July 31, 2015

Drunk Plan with Me



Today is my last day at my full-time "real person" job and what better way to jump into the crazy world of self-employment by posting a video about getting drunk and planning? For a while now I've toyed around with the idea of taking my regular plan with me videos, and adding a twist to it, just to see what would happen. A few of my very best guy friends were up for the challenge and the date was set. 

Honestly the worst part about filming this video was the drinking. I'm not a big fan of it to begin with, but it was kind of a very vital part to the entire video. The guys were super helpful in the process and just hung out until we were good and ready to start. And I can't believe how much fun it was.

I loved seeing how the guys approached planning as they've definitely never done anything like this before. I knew Alex would have a rough go at it, but it was hilarious to see just how hard it was for him to plan out his thoughts and days. We're the exact opposite when it comes to planning and you an definitely see that. Chad seemed to really get on with it and Azmi was just there for the ride. 

I know this type of thing isn't for everyone and if you're at all hesitant about the entire thing, don't watch it. It's definitely not a get wasted and do stupid things on the internet type of video (we're adults and not underage idiots), but I can understand this not being everyone's cup of tea. I just really enjoyed spending time with the guys not talking about comic books for once. I had home court advantage and I think they were some really great sports about the whole thing.

Would you like to see more videos like this in the future?

xoxo Kayla

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