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I'm Kayla. A 20-something obsessed with makeup, planner decorating, and board games. Working towards a more organized, simplified life one post at a time.


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10.30.2015

October Favorites


Why oh why have I gone so long without a favorites post or video!?! It's been a blast finally getting back into the swing of things and I couldn't be more excited to share the bits and bobs I've been loving lately. My tastes have definitely changed since my last favorites series and I've ventured beyond just makeup bits to talk about the stuff that really gets me giddy in the morning. 

Alex has been really into comics lately and in an effort to show my support and understand the world, I started reading The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. It's basically the greatest thing I've ever read. It's hilarious, not too "I'm reading a comic book" feeling, and is all about an average girl who can defeat any evil villain. Girl power all the way. 

Takenoko is one of those board games you can't help but love. You're on a mission to appease the emperor by completing tasks in various categories. You can either build a garden to his specifications, grow bamboo as the gardener, or eat certain bamboo as the panda. It's adorable and so much fun.

A few weeks ago I suddenly decided that I was going to make baking an official hobby. I've dabbled in it for a bit in the past, but have been feeling the itch to become more complex than just planners and stickers. I've baked quite a few things since then and couldn't be more determined to keep on getting better. My favorite cookbook has been the 1001 Cupcakes, Cookies, and Other Tempting Treats. It's definitely not a beginner's cookbook, but is still easy enough to follow along and make delicious goodies.

Of course I couldn't exclude some planner things in a favorites post since they are my life's bread and butter. I've been utterly obsessed with this monster pencil case and adorable Halloween BOO cover. Erin Condren kills it with convincing you that you need a cover for every holiday. I'm definitely working towards that goal as we speak.

For makeup and beauty I've fallen back in love with the Body Shop's Vitamin C Facial Cleansing Polish. I've ranted about this stuff for ages on this blog, but it's still an all around superb cleanser when you don't want fuss and you want your face clean. A surprise love this month is butterLONDON's Shadow Clutch Palette in "Natural Charm." I talked about it in another blog post recently so I won't go into too much detail here, but damn is that palette amazing.


Ah. It feels good to be back in the favorites game. What products have you been loving lately?

xoxo Kayla

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10.29.2015

How to Deal with Holiday Stress


I know I know. It's not even Halloween yet but let me tell you, the holiday stress is already upon our household. There's still this illusion among our family members that because we work from home, we have all the time in the world for trips and adventures. The holiday stress is real and I've come up with a few helpful ways to make it a little less of a headache.

  • Start planning early. The earlier the better. It's not even November yet and I'm pushing our families to tell us when and where they'd like us to be for various holiday activities. Knowing what's on the horizon makes it easier to plan ahead.
  • Make to do lists and then make to do lists for your to do lists. If you're like us, you'll be taking a trip this holiday season. With that being said, work still needs to happen so to do lists are best friends. Once I know when and where we need to be, I work back from those dates to make sure all the work can be done before we leave.
  • Participate in traditions to help calm you down. Nothing relieves stress like putting up our Christmas tree or baking cookies with my family. Sure I could be using that time for something else work related, but I need those special moments to feel sane and make it all worth while.
  • Ask for help if you're swamped at work or need an extra hand to get things done. Friends and family will be there to help, definitely during the months where giving back is so important.
  • Remember why you do it. Regardless of what you do, remember why you do it in the first place. Alex and I bust our butts every day so we can have those relaxed times with friends and family. Work for work's sake is exhausting. 
  • Don't forget it'll be over soon and you'll be left with a messy kitchen, but it won't last forever. The holiday season passes just as quickly as it springs up on all of us. So appreciate the special moments through the chaos because it'll be over before you know it.
Although I'm stressed, this list makes it that much easier to stay focused and beat the holiday stress!

How do you fight holiday stress?

xoxo Kayla


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10.21.2015

ButterLONDON Shadow Clutch "Natural Charm" Palette


Guys. This palette. Holy crap on toast is it good.

When I first popped upon the gorgeous peacock feather packaging of the ButterLONDON Shadow Clutch "Natural Charm" Palette I was a bit skeptical. The packaging was lovely, but I still couldn't get past the fact that butterLONDON is known for nail polish and how could they possibly make a great palette? Man was I wrong.

The pigmentation is stunning and the shadows didn't crease or budge throughout the day. The color range is spectacular and better still you can pop out the original six shades and mix and match other colors from the range. The duos pictured here are Moody Blues (top) and Fancy Flutter (bottom). Create-your-own palette system? I'm definitely on board. Yet the colors that come in the original palette are too gorgeous together to really even bother with adding others in.

I love this palette. It's compact, packs a serious mirror, and even the brush that comes with it doesn't suck. I really need to stop thinking butterLONDON is a one trick pony and appreciate the genius behind the brand more. It's definitely worth a swatch the next time you pass a counter.

Excuse me while I browse their website drooling over a cosmetic range that's seriously divine.

xoxo Kayla
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10.20.2015

Making the Jump from Etsy to Shopify: One Month Later


One whirlwind of a month ago Oh, Hello went from being exclusively on Etsy to having our own website hosted by Shopify. It's crazy how fast a month can go and how much you can learn in those 30 days. I thought I'd sit down and muse over how the month has gone, problems we've faced, successes, and where I want to go from here.

The biggest change has been upkeep. With Etsy it's so easy to "set it and forget it," but OhHelloCo.com demands constant upkeep. Adding products, removing out of stock products we won't be getting more of, updating the homepage sliders, creating new collections, and on and on. There's loads of freedom that comes with the Shopify platform though and I definitely think the switch was a vital one to our survival in a market that's getting too saturated.

There's just something about having your own website. You feel more legit, more put together. We still heavily rely on Etsy for new customer acquisition, but the website is something entirely Oh, Hello. Overall I think our little community enjoys it and it feels special whenever I log on to the site. We aren't just one of a mass of people anymore. We have something that sets Oh, Hello apart even just a little.

Honestly I'm not sure what to do next or where to go. I'm happy with how the website is operating and have a lot of ideas for new products and projects down the road, but the second month of the website is a bit of a mystery to me. Do we expand the website to more of a community base? Do we add different products beyond just stationery goods? I'm not sure.

Every day is a new challenge and each new day is never like the last. Self-employment does that.   

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10.19.2015

Autumnal Vibes





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10.09.2015

Current Hair Care Favorites


Hair has always been such a difficult thing for me. My hair has never been manageable and goes from stick straight to frizzy to a wavy mess whenever the mood strikes. So having a band of products that can help me love my hair is a must.

The Oscar Blandi Pronto Texture & Volume Spray is probably the best thing I've ever gotten in an Ipsy Glam Bag. It's a lovely hairspray hybrid that I can noticeably see adding volume and grip to my hair. It smells great and helps obtain that messy put together look I'm constantly striving for. Plus it can hold the look for an entire evening out and about.

A new addition to my hair care lineup is the Redken Frizz Dismiss Smooth Force. It's light, doesn't weigh my hair down, and smooths out all those fly-away hairs. It doesn't make my hair feel crunchy or make it look weird. Definitely a product that does what it says on the tin.

Although I'm not one to use conditioner that often as my hair gets greasy and awful if I overdo it, I do love using the Maple Holistics Silk 18 Conditioner from time to time. It smells divine and leaves my locks feeling refreshed and full of life.

I've talked about the Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray in posts before and it's still up there in the top ranks of favorite hair products. It works a lot like the Oscar Blandi offering, but feels like it goes deeper into the scalp somehow. A few spritzes around the scalp and a gentle message and hello volume. It doesn't have as long of lasting power as Oscar Blandi, but it works just as well in the meantime.

Finally my favorite product that never disappoints in making my hair feel and look like it should is the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment. I don't know what about this product makes it a miracle worker, but a nickle sized dollop of this messaged through wet hair seriously does the trick. I always blow dry my hair and having this in my hair before the heat makes my hair feel protected and healthy.

What are your favorite hair care products?

xoxo Kayla
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10.07.2015

Organized Home, Organized Mind


Every few months or so I get on this kick that I can't be happy unless my home is clean, organized, and everything has its place. Sadly this feeling fades after a few weeks and I slip back into a life of chaos and messes, but for those brief days I can really accomplish a lot. Lately our apartment has been feeling smaller and smaller. Filled more with products for the business than anything else, it really isn't feeling like our home any more. We're in the works of figuring out a living situation for us after our lease is up next fall, but until then I'm on a quest for peace inside our ever shrinking apartment.

The biggest thing I've realized apart from the business growing at an alarming rate, is that we personally have too much stuff. I had too much makeup, I still have too many clothes and there is just piles popping up here and there of things that we honestly don't really need.

I definitely believe that an organized home leads to an organized mind, but where do you find the time to make that a priority? I much rather make a video or create a new sticker sheet than sit and go through our closets. So how do you do it? How do you motivate yourself to do the things you know will bring you more peace in the end?

xoxo Kayla
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10.06.2015

Day Designer Daily/Monthly Planner






I've used this Day Designer Daily/Monthly Planner for a good four months now and feel like I really know how to make it work for my needs. You can find it on Amazon, but I bought mine at Target a couple of months ago.

I primarily use this planner for daily to do lists and planning out my days in detail. It's one of those bulky planners you just toss around, scribble random thoughts in, but depend on it like crazy. I use the hourly slots for blocking off chunks of time for certain projects. The To Do List is always packed full with lofty goals I usually have to transfer over to the next day.

It's a great planner if you don't care about your planner, but just want it to work. It gives me everything I need in a toss around planner while still helping me feel productive and on task. All good things in my book.

Of course I'd always recommend the Erin Condren Life Planner above all other things, this really is a great option too.

xoxo Kayla
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10.05.2015

Dr. Brandt PoreDermabrasion Pore Perfecting Exfoliator


I've been in the market for a new exfoliator for a few months now and was eager to give the Dr. Brandt PoreDermabrasion Pore Perfecting Exfoliator a go after reading some great reviews about it. Dr. Brandt is a brand I've explored a little bit before, but now I seem to be diving head first into the brand.

What excited me most about this scrub was the claims it made on the tin. Smaller pores are always my motive and anything that smooths skin texture is a miracle worker in my book. Sadly I'm not crazy about the smell and that's an important aspect of skin care products for me. It's one of those smells that either you love or you hate. Alex actually is obsessed with this smell so I'm sure he'll get good use out of it.

Smell aside the product itself is quite abrasive. That can be a good or a bad thing, but for my sensitive skin it's a turn off. There are incredibly fine sand like particles that really get at your skin to clean out pores. I'm sure once a week this wouldn't be too rough on my skin, but it's definitely a product you have to massage very lightly into the skin or risk serious irritation.

Afterward my skin felt incredibly soft and not too tight, always a plus. I'm definitely on the fence about this product. I enjoy how my skin feels afterward, but the smell and texture make me a bit weary of it. It's quite a nice product if your skin isn't super sensitive though and I'm sure Alex will use this product right up.

What do you think of this product? Do you use more abrasive exfoliators?

xoxo Kayla
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10.02.2015

Makeup Declutter | Steps to a Minimalist Life



I'm well aware of my hording tendencies. I love collecting. Building up items over time regardless of whether or not I need them. Yet like everyone says, it hasn't brought my happiness. So I'm on a quest for self discovery and a mission to declutter my life. I don't need things like I used to think I did.

The first thing I tackled was my makeup collection. A prized joy for many years I knew it had become something beyond itself and overall unnecessary. I was ruthless and said goodbye to over 75% of it. And you know what? It wasn't hard. It felt right and it felt good to donate makeup I knew would go wasted in my collection. It felt good to stare at the drawer when it was all over, only to see products I know I'm in love with.

My closet is next. Then after that I'm not sure what. It's not going to be easy and I'm sure I will relapse and buy way too many Shopkins or figurines (it's my weakness). Yet I'm loving the journey and giving it a shot.

xoxo Kayla
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10.01.2015

Lessons from September


Goodbye September.

  • Thank you for teaching me how to overcome mental and emotional obstacles better than I ever have. 
  • Thank you for bringing pottery into my life. 
  • Thank you for the walks with my love and the adventures we went on. 
  • Thank you for bringing in doubt over where we should live, but making it feel like it's ok not to be sure. 
  • Thank you for the lunar eclipse that made us feel small. 
  • Thank you for giving me more energy for longer days and working harder.
  • Thank you for the anime Case Closed.
  • Thank you for another month and the promise of more adventures.
Until next time.

xoxo Kayla


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