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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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7.31.2016

How I Organize My Personal Planner








About two months ago I finally figured out a good enough reason to get a personal planner. I've been heart-eyed emoji over them for ages, but could never quite pin down what I would do with it until recently. The addition of it to my planning routine has made things so much easier and I finally feel like I have my system down.

In the front of my Recollections planner are a few cute bits and bobs and my alarming stack of Erin Condren coupons (they come with planner orders). I also tuck some stickers in the back pocket for easy access.

There are a few different tab sections and the first is for daily to do lists. I love decorating the pages with stickers and cute things to keep my interest in my lists. I tend to remove the pages when they're done on both sides, and keep a few days worth of lists into the future. The next section has some inserts I've created to track swaps, pen pals, and brand collaborations. I also keep any notes I've written in this section for work and personal things. The back section holds extra paper. I love having scratch paper on hand for to do lists when we're out to eat or if Alex needs to write something down. It's so handy to always have a pen and paper on hand at all times.

And that's it! It's super simple and more or less just for lists, but it's so nice to have something smaller than my planner to tote around with me on a daily basis rather than all of my supplies. There's so many more options for customizing and it's just nice to feel part of the personal planner world!

Do you use a personal planner? What do you use it for?

Yours till the star bursts,

xoxo Kayla
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7.25.2016

How to Maximize Your Monday


Mondays don't always have to be that bad. Personally, I find Wednesdays to be the lull of a week when everyone's in a no man's land between the weekend and the start of the week. But if you need a little boost to get your Monday back on track, here are a few easy ways to maximize it.

  • Brain dump on Sunday night so when Monday rolls around you'll know exactly what you need to accomplish. Nothing is worse than waking up, going to work, and being all over the place not sure what to accomplish. Get it all figured out the night before.
  • Plan out your week so you aren't trying to accomplish five days worth of things in just one day. Plus it'll reduce stress for the rest of the week.
  • Wake up early and use those extra minutes to start a new habit or get something done you always put off. I've been trying to get up an extra few minutes early each day to stretch and take some time to warm up mentally before diving into work.
  • Pretend it isn't Monday and trick your Monday-hating-self into thinking it's just another Thursday. Sure it'll stink when Tuesday rolls around and it isn't Friday, but at least you'll get past the dreaded first day of the week.
  • Have a morning routine to kick start the week. It's so much easier to have a routine in the morning rather than worrying about missing a step or forgetting something.
Mondays have a bad rap. So let's push off the Monday blues and make it the most productive day of the week.

Yours till the cookie crumbles,

Kayla
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7.23.2016

Erin Condren Back to School Launch & Giveaway











So in the perfect storm of planner supplies an order I placed arrived the day before a lovely surprise package from Erin Condren landed on my doorstep. So a haul of course had to happen. The Erin Condren Back to School Line is downright amazing. Cute, functional, and some of the highest quality supplies I've ever seen. And the lunch bag makes me wish I had a day job to show it off at. Not to mention the new summer collection had me throwing around money like confetti. Erin Condren is one black hole of awesome planner supplies and I'm more than happy to tumble into it way too often. You can also save $10 if you haven't fallen into the black hole yourself yet.

In order to share the Erin Condren love I'm having another giveaway! It's open internationally to everyone over 18-years-old or with parental consent. Back to school season doesn't have to be all bad...



Yours till the milk shakes,

Kayla
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7.19.2016

Why I Use the Erin Condren Life Planner Hourly Layout

Why I Use the Erin Condren Life Planner Hourly Layout

With so many different types of planners out there to choose from, I always find it interesting to hear exactly why someone sticks with a certain layout in particular. I for one am still smitten with the Erin Condren Life Planner in the hourly layout after a good solid year of swearing left and right that the vertical layout was the one for me. So why the change of heart? It's kind of paradoxical.

I love the structure of the hourly layout, but also the ability to ignore it if I want to. The vertical layout had a lot of freedom with three main categories to work in, but the hourly layout is just plain and simple. The days are broken up by times and I like not having to compartmentalize my day into categories. But I also like being able to completely ignore the times and just do my own thing. I definitely do not wake up at 6am and my day doesn't end at 7pm, but I just cover those up with washi tape or stickers. It's so easy to cover up anything with stickers and use the entire daily space for whatever floats my boat. Structure and flexibility in one nice package depending on the day. 

Plus the hourly has lines, which makes the whole writing, keeping stickers straight thing so much easier. Sadly the monthly view no longer has lines, but being able to just jot things down on a line or two without worrying about it being straight is such a relief. I personally like to write on the planner itself as well as stickers, so this is just an added bonus.

I'm not going to say that I'll forever be an hourly layout planner girl, but there's a good chance it'll stick around for a while. It's so easy to use and takes a lot of pressure off on days/weeks I'm just not feeling it. There's a planner layout for everyone!

What planner layout do you use?

xoxo

Kayla



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7.16.2016

Sticker Haul Giveaway


As the last of my sticker binge rolls in I thought it time to put the stickers where my mouth is and give away some of them that I won't use. They're all fabulous stickers, but sticker hording is not my goal and I know you guys could really get some usage out of them! The giveaway is open for a week to anyone 18-years-old or with parental consent. International planner gals are welcome too!


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To the moon and back,

Kayla
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7.14.2016

Planning Simply: How to Avoid Planning Overload


After being in the planning world for a good chunk of time now, it's become quite obvious that there's a push for more. More stickers, more planners, more ways to document every single moment. I love planning supplies just as much as the next person, if not more. Hell, I've staked my livelihood on planners buying stickers. Yet I feel deep down in my soul that there's definitely a limit for each person to find planner peace. And it's not by having five planners.

It's hard for me to preach planner minimalism when I'm swimming in planner supplies, but like I said, it's my job. I have to make sure I'm up on planner layouts, sizing, and what's what in the planner world or risk becoming broke and closing shop. But what I actually use on a day to day basis is way simpler and concise. There's a clear line between what I have for Oh, Hello purposes, and what I actually use. And it's my mission to help people see more planners aren't the answer.

If you aren't happy with how your planning style is, getting more things is only going to make it worse. Find a system that works for you and quickly learn how to keep your head down and avoid the hype train. That could be two planners or that could be just keeping to do lists. There's no one set way to plan. I'm hoping that this blog will become a source to figure out exactly what your system is.

My system? I use an Erin Condren Hourly and a personal sized planner I got from Michael's. The hourly holds all of my meetings, events, and daily things. My personal planner is for daily to do lists and note keeping. If I am being completely honestly I could easily combine the two, but I like being about to leave my ECLP behind and just take the smaller, lighter personal planner. 

That's the thing. Planner simplicity is a constant battle. Time and time again I have to talk myself out of buying more of something I already have just to have variations. But at the end of the day planning is supposed to make our lives easier, not become a constant money pit we throw our hard earned cash into hoping our lives get more organized.

I realize this is completely counterproductive to my livelihood and I'm all for you buying more stickers from us, but do it with purpose and self-awareness as to why and how it'll help you get more organized. Don't deny yourself things you enjoy, but don't drown yourself in cute stickers with no sight of how it'll actually help or any plans to actually use them. Balance my friends.

Lots of love,

Kayla
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7.13.2016

It's Not You, It's Me


Things just don't seem to be working out with this blog these days. I don't know what it is about it, but I'm just not as inspired as I've been for the past years. I'll get a burst of creative energy and go back at it for a few days and then sputter out again. Things can't continue like they have been, but I just don't know what that means for the future.

I'm changing as a person. The wedding is fifty some days away, we've bought a house, and our life is just different. I feel myself becoming interested in other things and wanting something I can't quite put my finger on just yet. This blog seems to have been frozen in time and too much like how it was when I first started it. We've grown apart and it sucks.

I'm not giving up on this blog. So far from it. I just know I haven't been giving it the attention, love, and dedication it deserves. This little blog takes most of the credit for my continued adventures, so I need to figure out a way to fall back in love with it. The worst part? I can't believe it's happening to me. Time and time again I scoffed at other bloggers in ruts while happily typing away on my end. Yet here I am, not necessarily in a rut, but just not as happy with what this blog has become lately. I feel different and this blog should feel different too.

So I don't know what needs to change. I know I need to make posting a priority again, but I don't know how to continue posting. It's something I could definitely use help on as well as just needing to take time to sit down and really brainstorm out the future of this space. Maybe I'll just write my thoughts for a while and let the love affair return. Not put too much pressure on a posting schedule and get back to why I started blogging in the first place.

All my love,

Kayla
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7.07.2016

5 Ways to Embrace Makeup Change


I'm the first one to admit that I tend to fall into makeup ruts. I find products I like and constantly use them and repurchase them, basically ignoring everything else in my collection. So in an effort to encourage myself as well as you lovely lot, here are five easy ways to embrace makeup change.

  1. Change one thing at a time. Lipstick is always the easiest thing to switch up, but if you're like me and are obsessed with one lipstick to rule them all, then doing this can really change up a look without much effort.
  2. Have a treat yo self day and purchase something new. There's just something about a new product that makes you want to use it above all things. So purchase something in a category you haven't tried yet and the excitement over it will get you trying new things
  3. Use a makeup bin to keep things in rotation. I keep my makeup collection in a different room from where I usually apply my makeup. So I rotate products in an out of a bin almost forcing myself to have to use new things. 
  4. Swap with friends or try out some of their makeup. Talking beauty is the easiest way to get re-inspired to recharge your routine. I'm definitely the type of person who needs encouragement and inspiration from others to do something new. The same thing is true with makeup.
  5. Don't worry how you look when you're testing things out. I always get so anxious that I look utterly ridiculous when I try a new makeup method. So I usually give it a go on days where I'm not going anywhere. That way I can start to get comfortable with highlighting or another new technique without the fear of looking insane when I go grocery shopping later.
So now is the time to stop wearing the same foundation over and over again and try something new. We can do it!

xoxo Kayla
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7.05.2016

How I Take Bulk Blog Photos: My Tips and Tricks

How I Take Bulk Blog Photos: My Tips and Tricks

The only way I've survived blogging as long as I have is due largely in part to bulk photo sessions. I can't imagine having to take out and set up my camera every day to take a photo for a new post. That time and energy alone would take away from the mountain of other things I try to squeeze into a day. Bulk photography is the way to go and I've learned a few things along the way.

First and foremost, a detailed shot list is a must. Knowing exactly what posts I'm photographing and what supplies I need for each photo makes the process a million times easier. I don't have to constantly stop taking photos to grab a makeup product I've forgotten or look up what photo I need to take next. It's great to clearly see what photos need to be done so you aren't spending all day randomly taking photos you may not even use.

Bulk photo sessions also means you know exactly what posts are coming down the pipeline. Nothing is worse than a new content week being days away and I realize I don't have any post ideas. Bulk sessions make it so I only have to worry about thinking of new posts every once and a while. It definitely takes the pressure off for creative post ideas every other day.

Over the years I've found that having a cart to move all of my supplies around makes it super simple to change locations and backgrounds. I love using the different style counters in our bathrooms so being able to move things from place to place without multiple trips is a godsend. I tend to divide each photo's materials into different sections on the cart to make transitioning from one photo to the other. Plus I always keep some cute dishes or journals in the bottom shelves for props in photos. 

Bulk photography also makes it super easy in the editing process. When I take a bunch of photos all in the same place, more likely than not my camera settings didn't change much and the lighting remained constant. Then it's a snap to bulk adjust photos and get all the photos edited in minutes rather than hours.

Getting all your photos done at one time also means you can do some bulk blog post writing afterward. I tend to find it harder to sit down and write posts as the week progresses, so getting a bunch of posts written at one time makes it easier for me to work on other things for the rest of the week.

If you aren't taking bulk photos for you blog you definitely need to! It makes things so much easier in the long run and blog writing much more enjoyable.

xoxo Kayla
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7.01.2016

Marc Jacobs Glow Stick in "Candlelight"

Marc Jacobs Glow Stick in "Candlelight"

Marc Jacobs Glow Stick in "Candlelight"

Like most beauty products, I first heard about the Marc Jacobs Glow Stick on beauty blogs. It's one of those products you can't help but be immediately intrigued when you first look at it. I mean come on, it kind of looks like a super shimmery deodorant stick. Thanks to Influenster, I managed to get my hands on it for free and am reporting back on this weird highlighter.

Let me just get it out there now that I really do like this product. It's consistency is amazingly creamy, blendable, and buildable. From just the touch of highlight to full on glowing, you can really make this work for you. Plus it lasts all day at the same pigmentation when first applied. All good things. Yet the packaging just kind of grinds my gears.

Why? Why does it have to be in this silly packaging? At first I tried to just apply the product straight to my face in the most awkward feeling motion of my life, but that ended in a weird glob of product that I had to blend out with my fingers quickly. I find that the best way to apply this is to rub a finger tip across the top and then blend it out on the cheek rather than going straight in for the product-to-cheek weird dance. It works just fine this way, but the packaging becomes completely pointless. I much rather have it in a nice little compact or something less bulky to store.

Packaging aside, this really is a fabulous highlighter. Here's hoping if they ever revamp it they avoid the gimmicky packaging and just focus on highlighting the product itself.

What do you think of this product? Would the packaging bug you?

xoxo Kayla
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