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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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5.23.2016

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Collection & Lip Liners SNEAK PEEK

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Collection & Lip Liners SNEAK PEEK

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Collection & Lip Liners SNEAK PEEK

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Collection & Lip Liners SNEAK PEEK

Urban Decay is one of those brands that I can't help but get jazzed about a new release whenever they come out with something different. Their lipsticks and lip liners are some of my favorite around so when I got the opportunity to try out some products from their upcoming Vice Lipstick Collection, I nearly fainted with excitement.

At $17 a piece they're definitely on the cheaper side of the high-end lipstick spectrum. There are a variety of different formulas (six to be exact) from comfort matte to metallic (which is seriously glittery). I must admit I enjoy the packaging of the Revolution lipsticks more than these, but the Vice lipsticks have just a standard lipstick tube and lid setup. I also noticed that I've seen a few of the shades before in other collections (like 714 is from the Gwen Stefani collab.) so it looks like Urban Decay is taking shades from other ranges to create one mega shade collection. It's a whole big lipstick rebrand and all your favorite shades will be getting a makeover to fit the new line.

As for lip liners they're all just like the 24-Hour Glide-On pencils but with more shade options by the same names as the lipsticks. That way there's no confusion when you're looking for one to match. Nothing makes me more annoyed than trying to match a lip liner to a lipstick and failing miserably. 

The new collection launches June 5th and I think it's a seriously good move on Urban Decay's part. It makes perfect sense to release a huge collection of all the best shades and formulas all at once rather than a slow trickle in a bunch of different collections. There really seems to be something for everyone in the range and I'm sure it'll be met with a lot of good reviews when they go live. I'll definitely be talking about them more as I give shades a full test out, but for now I'm just going to stare at the pretty row of lipsticks and liners in satisfaction.

What are you most excited about with the new collection?

xoxo Kayla

Top Photo Top Row L-R:  Rock Steady (Cream), Pandemonium (Mega Matte), Backtalk (Comfort Matte), Big Bang (Metallized), Disturbed (Comfort Matte)
Top Photo Bottom Row L-R: Firebird (Cream), Naked (Cream), Menace (Comfort Matte), Conspiracy (Metallized), 714 (Mega Matte)

Bottom Photo L-R: Conspiracy, 714, Hex, Naked, Jilted, Gash, Pandemonium, Rush, Anarchy

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5.20.2016

How to Organize Your Planner Stickers



Planner sticker organization can be a tricky thing the more your collection expands. You want to be able to access all of your stickers while still keeping things reasonable and organized. Today's video shows you how I organize my mess of stickers into categories in an accordion file. From functional to decorative I break it all down and give you a show of my collection as well.

xoxo Kayla
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5.19.2016

The Easiest Way to Get Into Planner Decorating

The Easiest Way to Get Into Planner Decorating

Planner decorating has taken my little world by storm and I've loved every second of it. It does seem like quite the daunting thing to dive into if you're considering trying it out, so I thought I'd write a quick chatty post about the easiest way to get into planner decorating.

So I don't recommend buying shed loads of stickers or supplies because if you're just getting started, you won't know what you need! The best way I found is to buy a weekly kit and give it a go for a week. That way you aren't putting too much money in, you're able to get a sense of your planning style, and you're about to see exactly what stickers you tend to gravitate more. The kits always come with a good variety of functional stickers so you aren't getting stuck with a bunch of one type. Once that week is over you'll know if it's for you or not and if it is, what stickers you should get more of.

If you can't possibly pick one specific weekly kit theme to bank your whole planner decorating experience on, then sampler sets are the way to go. You'll get a bunch of little icons and functional stickers that you can play with in your current planning style without having to devote completely to the concept. When I started planner decorating I added a few icons and things to my normal planning style and expanded on it from there. Sampler sheets allow you to quickly see what stickers you use up and which ones you'll never use and can purchase full sheets of whatever icons or decorative stickers work best for you.

But honestly the easiest way is to just give it a shot and see what happens. There are so many different forms of planner decorating and piling on the stickers is just one of them. Test things out here and there and you'll be sure to find a style that makes sense to you.

Have you tried planner decorating yet?

xoxo Kayla

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5.18.2016

High-End Makeup Starter Kit

High-End Makeup Starter Kit

When I first dove into the high-end makeup pool I spent a lot of careless money on products that just didn't work for me. From foundations that cost a pretty penny to mascaras that just didn't work for me, I could have definitely used a guide to help me along the way. I picked products that aren't over the top for this starter kit. The base is light and the colors neutral and simple. A starter kit should ease the transition into a new category rather than shock the system and make you never want to try anything new.

I love the Stile One Step Correct so much it had to be the primer of choice. It kind of acts like a moisturizer as well as a setup for makeup and I love how hydrating it feels on the skin when I wear nothing but it. Moderation is key with this product though because you can run out of it quick if you aren't careful.

For base there are literally tons of options in the high-end makeup world, but if you're just starting out something on the lighter side is best so you aren't finding yourself with a seriously heavy foundation and no idea what to do with it. The bareMinerals Complexion Rescue has a mousse-like texture that blends out easily and lightly on the skin with any tool (sponge, brush, or fingers). Plus it's not nearly as expensive as most of the other foundation options and the shades are pretty forgiving if you go for the wrong one.

The NARS Creamy Concealer is a great choice if you're looking for something light to medium coverage that doesn't slip around or crease. It's definitely not the most coverage, but can be built up and worked with for desired effect. Brows are not a high priority if you're just getting into makeup, but if you do by chance want to give it a whirl nothing beats the Anastasia Brow Wiz. It has a spoolie built in and a small little nib so you don't have to worry about making a huge mess on your brows. 

If you're looking for a solid brush that won't let you down I'm sure you already know about Tarte's options. Pick one that's good for all occasions and you'll never need another one. You can explore a lot more when it comes to eye shadow. A lot of the luxury brands have very similar shades in consistency and pigmentation, but if you want to buy one palette and be set for years, Urban Decay is your promised land. Pick up one of the Naked palettes and you won't need anything else. Mascara is the trickiest of the high end products because a lot of drugstore brands are just as good if not better at it. If you are looking to splurge and try something though anything by Lancome is good and Marc Jacobs also really brings it.

Lipsticks is another category that you really can't lose for high-end makeup. Almost all the brands produce high quality lipsticks that last, but I always gravitate back to MAC if I want just a basic, solid lipstick. Urban Decay will be releasing their new VICE collection with a lot of great color options. For liquid lipstick Kat Von D's Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks have some funky shade options, but the consistency and lasting power can't be beat.

Now if you want to step up your tool game, Real Techniques is a good middle of the road option, but I can't help but reach for MAC ones. They're definitely higher end on the brush ladder, but my MAC 217 is my most used brush as it really packs on the product and eliminates a lot of fallout issues.

If you are interested in getting into the more expensive, luxury side of makeup, definitely don't be like me. Do your research and carefully select products you think will work for you and what you've enjoyed from drugstore makeup. Take your time with it and enjoy feeling pampered and fabulous every time you put on makeup.

What was your first high end makeup purchase?

xoxo Kayla
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5.17.2016

How to Be More Productive

How to Be More Productive

Take it from someone who much rather be binge watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix for the thousandth time rather than working, being productive can be difficult. I find Wednesdays to be the worst of all the days of the week for a lack of productivity, so here are a few tips and tricks to really get the productive juices flowing.
  • Keep the to do list concise and not too long. One of the biggest pitfalls to productivity is trying to tackle too much in a day. Pick the top 3-5 things you want to accomplish that day and stick to those. That way you aren't feeling overwhelmed by a never ending to do list and can actually check things off rather than giving up and pushing everything to tomorrow.
  • Give yourself breaks to recharge and refocus. I was definitely a strong believer in work till the project is done, but you'll burn yourself out if you don't take a break a couple of times a day. Plus you gotta eat right?
  • Assign designated social media time so you don't fall into the Facebook vortex. Is anything really happening on there anyway? Besides the Helloigan group that's always poppin', I find myself just staring at Facebook and realizing every single time that there's literally nothing exciting going on. So give yourself certain times during the day to endlessly scroll through Instagram, but don't let it eat up precious work time.
  • Find out what time of day you work best and use it for all it's worth. I find that I work best between nine and noon so I use that time to do all of the things I much rather not do, so the easier tasks are left for the afternoon when I'm sluggish.
  • Look for productivity inspiration in things like this post or on social media. That way when you're taking that much needed break or winding down on Instagram before bed, you're interacting with people or content that sparks creativity and inspiration. I follow a lot of people that are constantly motivating me to do better work and it definitely helps get me out of bed in the morning.
  • Love what you're doing and then you won't feel like it's work. I have never been more productive than I have working with Oh, Hello. I enjoyed my desk job prior, but I still found myself not being as productive as I am doing something I'm incredibly passionate about. If you just can't seem to find the motivation to get anything done, maybe it's because you don't want to be doing what you're doing at all...
What are your tips and tricks to being more productive?

xoxo Kayla


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Why I've Already Started Christmas Shopping

Why I've Already Started Christmas Shopping

I am very much aware that Christmas is over 6 months away, and yet I've already started to stockpile gifts in closets and hideaways throughout our house. The thing about Christmas is that it always has a way of sneaking up on a person. And I for one do not like the idea of large crowds and last minute gifts that really don't mean anything to the receiver. I rather take the time all year round to really think about what everyone would like and get it way ahead of time.

Plus I find the financial burden to be way less daunting. A few dollars here and there every month feels nothing like the wad of cash dropped around Christmas time. Sure I have to be a bit more clever when it comes to sales since shops are teaming with them like they are around the holidays, but I'm more than fine waiting for a good deal to pop up before I pounce.

Overall I just feel so much more relaxed knowing that I've already got the bulk of my Christmas shopping done and dusted for this year. So when the holidays roll around I can devote myself to making (and eating) way too many cookies rather than running from store to store like everyone else who waited.

Are you going to start Christmas shopping earlier than you did last year?

xoxo Kayla

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5.13.2016

My Rekindled Love for Enamel Pins




Do you ever just completely forget something from your childhood and stumble upon it again years later in an exciting triumphant way? No? Just me? I have this terrible habit of just absolutely forgetting what I had once deemed important things from my past and being pleasantly surprised when I fall back in love with them all over again years later. That's definitely the story with enamel pins.

Growing up I had this little collection of gold textured pins from my grandmas that I was constantly toting around. There was a palm tree, ice cream cone, and a handful of others that I loved. I would never actually wear them for fear they'd go missing in seconds, but I often rubbed my fingers over their textured surfaces and stare at them like I was guarding a treasure trove. And then I forgot all about them.

I honestly couldn't tell you exactly how my enamel, label pin rediscovery happened. It's safe to say Instagram had something to do with it and all of a sudden I was over on Etsy falling down the rabbit hole. I had to have one. I found myself at Boy Girl Party's shop and ordered two pins before I could talk myself out of it. They shipped just hours later and were at my doorstep within 48. And they're perfect.

I got the otter one as they've surpassed elephants as my favorite animals and the puffin because Alex loves them. They've found a happy little home on my Oh, Hello tote and I've felt like a 90's kid again carrying them around with me like badges of honor. And of course I want more.

I love this sort of thing. Something that's fun for fun's sake and doesn't really have a point, but makes me happy. I'm definitely in a "back to grass roots" mindset these days and have kicked up my childhood loves into full gear. Just take a look at my My Little Pony collection or the Rugrats figurines I pulled out of one of my old toy boxes a few weeks ago. All this growing up business makes me want to grow back down and what better way than to embrace some quirky good obsessions?

So if you ever stumble upon some good enamel, lapel pins, point me in their direction!

xoxo Kayla 
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5.12.2016

Exploring Grand Rapids | Life in Snapshots






Vault at Midnight International Tabletop Day | The Electric Cheetah
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5.11.2016

How to Completely Change Your Blogging Game



A group of us over on the Helloigans Facebook page are supporting each other throughout May to encourage blogging. It got me thinking about what exactly a person can do to step up their blogging game and push themselves to be better. Here's what I've come up with.

  • Use archive photos so you're not constantly having to take photo after photo. Using photos you've already taken can make the process of creating a blog post a whole lot easier. Plus you've already done all that work so might as well get a bit more life out of a photograph. Just make sure you aren't using it to death or people will get tired of it.
  • Give your photos alternate text so that they can be picked up on Google better. In blogger you can find it under properities when you hover over a photo in a blog post. Just write in what the photo or blog post is about. That small action can really help people find your blog through Google searching.
  • Get a consistent schedule and stick to it. Sure there will be days where it doesn't always work out, but having a consistent schedule means you're taking your blog seriously. Once you start investing quality, consistent time in what you're doing, other people will too.
  • Mix up your content to include a bigger variety of topics. If you're strictly a beauty blog, try throwing in a lifestyle post every once and a while. It'll give readers something fresh and new to read while making you more complex and interesting.
  • Get serious about social media and develop a system that works for you. Even if you just post once a week, at least you're getting your content out there rather than just hoping someone will stumble upon it.
  • Find your voice. This is a big one. Figure out what you're trying to say and how you want to say it. Do you want to be a bit more structured, or do you want your blog to feel like you're just having a conversation with a friend? Your voice will come over time too, so posting more regularly can help you find it quicker and give your blog an obvious vibe.
None of these types are new or revolutionary, but they're definitely musts if you want to completely change your blogging game and kick things up a notch. If you are looking for that perfect moment to really take blogging seriously, this is it. A few extra hours a week can change your whole blogging experience and you'll find yourself even more in love with it.

xoxo Kayla




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5.10.2016

My Breakfast at Tiffany's Bridal Shower in Snapshots

Breakfast at Tiffany's Bridal Shower

Breakfast at Tiffany's Bridal Shower

Breakfast at Tiffany's Bridal Shower

Breakfast at Tiffany's Bridal Shower

Breakfast at Tiffany's Bridal Shower

Breakfast at Tiffany's Bridal Shower

Breakfast at Tiffany's Bridal Shower









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5.06.2016

Why You Should Try Planner Decorating

Why You Should Try Planner Decorating

I'm so into decorating my planner that I forget that other people don't do it. So I thought it was right time to get some non-believers on board with some really simple reasons as to why you should try planner decorating.
  • It's a very visual way to tackle to do lists if you happen to be a very visual person like me. There's just something about having a cute little vacuum sticker or colorful list that helps me remember and feel more inspired to get things done.
  • You'll want to spend time with your planner whether you're decorating it, planning out future spreads, or crossing things off the to do lists. Your spreads will be so dang pretty you'll want to tote your planner around everywhere to show it off.
  • You won't forget events as easily because you'll remember the process of putting down a specific sticker. After I do my layouts I can almost remember exactly where in my spread I put down the specific sticker for an event even if I don't have my planner with me. It's helped my so much to note overbook myself too!
  • It's like a daily scrapbook you can look back on, add photos in, and remember big moments in your life.
  • It's super fun. No one in their right mind would be like, "ew stickers are boring."
  • You'll join a super active community of lovely people who will inspire you, push you to become more organized, and keep the addiction alive.
So if you haven't popped a few stickers in your planner yet, definitely give it a go. You don't have to dive head first in if you aren't sure, but add a few little things here and there and you'll find that you're loving your planner a little bit more than before.

Have you tried planner decorating yet?

xoxo Kayla


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5.05.2016

How to Make a Strong Content Calendar You Can Stick With

How to Make a Strong Content Calendar You Can Stick With

How to Make a Strong Content Calendar You Can Stick With

If you're ready to really take your online presence serious, you've probably considered a content calendar at some point. Yet making a strong content calendar that's engaging to your readers and easy for you to stick with isn't so simple. So here are a few easy steps to follow to get your content calendar on track and your content better than ever.

  • Find a content calendar setup that works for you and your needs. I personally couldn't live without the Erin Condren On the Go Monthly Calendars, but a Google Calendar might be just the thing that works for you if you're more of an digital soul. Figure out how you work best and let that determine what format your content calendar will be in. If you work on two platforms like I do, create two calendars that are separate, but work together so you know what you're doing on multiple platforms at once and can coordinate content to work together.
  • Write down all your ideas in a big brain dump close at hand to your content calendar. That way when you're working on scheduling new posts, you'll have tons of ideas without any extra effort.
  • If you find yourself in a brainstorming mood, give it the attention it deserves as it may not come up that often. Writer's block becomes a serious thing when you start posting in a regular schedule. So if you are suddenly struck with a couple of good ideas, stop what you're doing to follow those ideas and write everything down. You'll thank yourself when you can't thing of a single thing to write about a few months later.
  • Look at the entire month at once. Think about reoccurring posts that happen every month and put those down first. Maybe you want to write a monthly favorites post or do monthly updates on certain topics, schedule those now! That'll help fill in your content schedule with consistent posts, make sure you have room for them, and make the entire process a lot less daunting when you already know a few posts that are always going to happen.
  • Figure out how often you want to post depending on what medium you're working in and stick to that. As you're brainstorming ideas and starting to fill in your content calendar, figure out how many of these ideas you're going to do each week. I personally post five times a week on my blog and three times a week on YouTube. Getting a consistent posting schedule makes your readers know when to tune in for new content while giving them a sense of security.
  • Work backward from important dates to give readers plenty of notice and you plenty of time to talk about whatever it is in great detail. Maybe you're having a big release of new products or are getting married. You want to give whatever the important event is the attention it deserves so schedule posts and content backward from that date.
  • Work a week at a time to cement in content. Everything else keep on sticky notes until then. That way if plans change, you can just move the sticky notes or online event in Google Calendars to another location and write that post later. It's much less stressful knowing you have the abililty to changes things if you need it.
  • Be open to change and switching the schedule up at the last minute if something great comes up. Maybe there's a brand new release of a makeup product that you just have to review or something happens in popular culture that's right up your street. A content calendar isn't set in stone once you put an idea down. Allow yourself to mix things up depending on what happens.
  • Pay attention to what content you're putting next to each other to keep things interesting and with variety. No reader is going to be interested in the same post again and again, so try to add variety and different content to your platform. Maybe post a lifestyle post one day and a recipe the next. Keep things within your site's topic/genre, but don't be afraid to keep switching things up.
  • Use your content calendar to track progress on upcoming posts. I add a check mark next to the post topic once photos have been taken or the video filmed, and another when the post/video is ready to be published. That way I know exactly where I'm at for every post while actively engaging my content calendar on a daily basis. A content calendar will do you no good if you use it to set up posts and then never look at it again.
A content calendar is such a vital tool in getting focused and on track with whatever platform you're using to get your voice out there. It takes a lot of pressure off you in the long run and makes sure you're creating engaging, interesting content!

What does your content calendar look like?

xoxo Kayla
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5.04.2016

5 Beauty Products Any Makeup Addict Should Own

5 Beauty Products Any Makeup Addict Should Own

Once you become a self-proclaimed addict of beauty, there are a few things you definitely need to have in your collection to really fit the bill.

  1. A good neutral palette seems kind of like a no brainer, but any addict knows the importance of a catch-all palette that's dependable and easy to take on trips. The first Urban Decay Naked Palette is my usual go-to, but I'm also a huge fan of the ButterLondon "Natural Charm" ShadowClutch if I'm looking for something a bit smaller. Both have a great range of shades that work get together or just on their own if you're in a hurry.
  2. Tinted moisturizers and other not-really-foundation products. There's just something about a barely there base like the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue that makes no-makeup-makeup days a snap. I constantly get compliments for how put together I look without having to wear tons of makeup, yet little do they know how much I'm actually wearing. The IT Cosmetics You Skin But Better CC+ Cream is another product that fakes perfect skin without having to pile on the products
  3. Contours to step up your whole makeup game. I felt like I was stepping into the big leagues when I picked up the NYX Contour Palette. If you're addicted to makeup and haven't given contouring a go, you definitely need to muster up the courage and blend like crazy. Just a little bit of product on an angled brush in the hallows of my cheeks works for me. 
  4. Liquid lipsticks to get you out of your regular lipstick rut. There's always something fun and not-so-scary about venturing past regular lipsticks and testing out different options. The Too Faced Liquid Lipsticks and the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks are great options if you're looking for a seriously impressive color range and intense pigmentation. 
  5. Setting sprays seem like one of those nonsense products until you've actually tried one. I swear by the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray and really need to pick up another travel size because I feel silly lugging this bad boy around on trips (doesn't mean I don't do it still). Only makeup addicts would faff with yet another step to their makeup routine, but setting sprays make all the difference. My makeup lasts longer and looks more seamless with just a few spritzes. 
What products do you think every makeup addict needs?

xoxo Kayla
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5.03.2016

House to Home | Part One




We're approaching two whole months of living in our first house and I've finally got around to decorating and snazzing up the place. Buying a house doesn't leave too much room in the budget for flashy new bits, so I had to get a creative.

I purchased the fake mini bushes from TJ Maxx literally days after offer was accepted on the house. If you've bought a house than you know that having a bid accepted doesn't necessarily mean a done deal, but I had to celebrate in some way. I knew immediately that I wanted these to go on one side of the mantle to add some green to the space without me worrying about keeping a plant alive. Plus I love the idea of decorating them for different holidays with little bobbles or lights.

Our real estate agent was kind enough to give us the home sign on the day of our closing. We plan on hanging it up somewhere eventually, but I must admit I'm growing accustomed to it chilling out on the mantle.

On the other side of the little bushes I've been messing around with two large jars from Target. They're currently in their "summer" mode and I plan on switching out different things depending on the season. In order to save money I'm trying to make due with things I can find or just have laying around the house. These fake flowers came from some centerpieces from my cousin's baby shower. I cut them off their stems and piled them in the jar. Super simple yet looks way more impressive.

Last week we got around to hanging up some of our travel art on holes the previous homeowners left. We're trying to see if we can fill up the current holes before covering them up and making new ones and I actually love how the collage wall turned out. We take our travel art really seriously in this household and it's awesome to be able to put a lot of it on display right where guests walk in.

We definitely have a long way to go, but I'm quite pleased with how everything is coming together without costing us too much money in the process. Always a plus.

xoxo Kayla
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5.02.2016

My Favorite Planner Decorating Accessories

My Favorite Planner Decorating Accessories

Erin Condren StylizedSticky corner pockets

The Container Store Clear 13-Pocket Accordion Files

Erin Condren snap-in StylizedSticky notes

You'd think with planning being such a huge part of my personal and professional life I'd talk about it more on this blog, and yet I've somehow managed to avoid it almost completely these past few months. A change is definitely in order as it is such a large portion of my day to day activities. What better way to dive into planner blogging once again than talking about my essentials?

I'm such a huge fan of the Craftedvan magnet bookmarks that they're the only page holders I use. I've tried paperclips and other options since the planner world is filled with really awesome designer clips, but nothing beats these. I have quite the collection from Craftedvan (any interest in a collection post?) and I love how they tuck into the planner so I don't have to worry about them catching on anything. The magnets are strong and the "jumbo" size is perfect for Erin Condrens. It's not too large, but you can still appreciate it.

Erin Condren recently released the StylizedSticky Corner Pockets and they've become a fast favorite in my planning arsenal. They're sticky on two edges making a cute little pocket you can pop on any notebook or journal. I like to use them to store a few most-used sticker sheets in the back of a few of my various notebooks. They're super affordable for the amount you get and I love that I no longer have to worry about papers flying out of notebooks if I reach for one too quickly.

Now of course stickers are a must, but I find what they're stored in to be almost as important. I've definitely tried my fair share of organizational methods, but the accordion file (this one is from the Container Store) is the way for me. I divide my stickers up into categories and can easy riffle through them, show them on camera, and rearrange if I change my mind. I love the size of this particular accordion file because I can easily pop it into a tote bag and carry literally every sticker I own around with me. 

Pre-planning is a big part to my whole planning process and the Erin Condren Stylized Sticky Notes are my favorite things to use to jot down future appointments and events. They fit perfectly in any Erin Condren planner and pop onto the coil so they're always close at hand. They aren't super sticky, but since I use them just to prep for putting stickers down it doesn't really bother me. 

What planner supplies are your essentials?

xoxo Kayla
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