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


Favorite Board Games | June 2015

This month's board game post should be renamed to "an ode to Alex's favorite board games" because I realize all of these Alex can't get enough of! They're great games and are each different from each other. That's what I love about board games. You can never have too many as they're always so different!

Family Business is a card game that Alex has had for many, many years. He played avidly in high school drama and we've only recently started to play with our friends. You're the leader of a mob and you're trying to take out other mobs with contracts, hits, and other mob-like tactics. You're trying to keep your mobsters from dying and you win by being the last one standing. There are mob wars, Valentine's Day massacres, and a lot of wheeling and dealing with other players. It's a fairly simple card game that does take a bit of time to figure out what every card does. Once you get the basic gist of it, it's easy to fly through a round in 15-20 minutes. It's very family friendly for being about mobsters too!

Bang! is a more complicated card game that is a bit on the violent side (if card games can even be violent...) as it has guns and you're trying to shoot fellow players. You play one of four types of players, the sheriff, the deputy, the renegade, or an outlaw. Only the person playing the sheriff is revealed, so no one quite knows who you are playing. Each group is trying to win in a different way. The deputy and sheriff work together to take out the renegade and the outlaw/s, the outlaw/s want to kill the sheriff. The renegade wants to be the last one standing. It's an interesting game of relationships and trying to figure out who is on your side and who isn't while avoiding getting killed. There are character cards that give you different skills and attributes as well. The basic game plot is simple enough, but the cards make it a bit more complicated while increasing the replay-ability of the game. There are so many variables that you never know who is going to be which role, which character, or what supplies you're going to have. 

I should have had Alex come in to share his two cents about Comic Encounter. Alex's love for this game has no limits. He can't get enough an will constantly try to play it at least once during game nights. It's one of those games you can't really explain unless you're in the thick of it playing. I'll give it a go though to entice you to buy it immediately. It's more or less a card game with visual representation, but so much more. 

You play a random alien race who has special abilities unlike any other alien playing the game. You're inhabit five planets with your twenty space ships, and you're trying to colonize other planets in order to win. You colonize these planets through encounters. The encounters are determined randomly by a "destiny deck" and you can either attack the planet with your ships, help from other players who are allies, and numbered attack to gain control of it or "negotiate" with the player who "owns" the planet. You win by getting one of your ships on five different planets. But it's so much more complicated than that. Your alien's special power helps you out, but the other players have special powers too. Some are trying to lose their ships to win. Others play by becoming allies. Some never lose their ships. Some have one ship count for four ships. The combination of aliens in the game makes the game a completely different experience. You have to adapt depending on which alien you're encountering. It's awesome, complicated, and you'll never play the same game twice.

Board games are Alex and my way of relaxing, spending time with friends, and keeping our brains working in a different way. These three games are completely different, but wonderful in their own way. I can't wait to see what new games we pick up next!

What board games do you like to play?

xoxo Kayla
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June 2015 Favorites + Erin Condren Life Planner Giveaway

June was one amazing month. I got engaged, saw my YouTube channel grow exponentially, got to get to know fellow planner addicts even more, got a P.O. Box, and loads of other amazing things. Filming this month's favorites video was such a blast to round up all the wonderful things that happened in June. 

Plus as a thank you for being so amazing and supporting everything I do, I'm giving away an 18-month Erin Condren Life Planner in the vertical layout! This giveaway is open internationally to everyone 18 years or older (or with parental consent) for three weeks. You'll be able to start planning right when it arrives as well as create your own cover! 

Thanks again for always being so awesome and good luck!

xoxo Kayla
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Join the #OhHelloSwap Planner Supplies & Stationery Swap

I'm super excited to be announcing my first ever Planner Supplies & Stationery Swap! If you love all things planning and stationery then you'll definitely want to join in on #OhHelloSwap. Fill out the form below and you'll be matched up with someone with similar (or different if that's your thing) planning/stationery tastes! You'll receive your partner's email to chat with them for a few weeks before gathering $20 worth of goodies to send to them!

The form will be open until July 10th and partners will be assigned a few days after that. All swap packages must be sent out by the end of the month.

Be sure to tag any posts about the swap with #OhHelloSwap and encourage your friends to join! It's going to be a lot of fun and I can't wait to see what everyone gets!

xoxo Kayla
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#AKBwedding: Our Venue & Setting the Date

Without giving too much away, we picked our venue this week!! Alex and I were pretty much in agreement as soon as we saw the space that this is where we want to get married, but we didn't want to jump the gun and not research other locations first. We've been engaged for a few weeks now and things just seemed too easy. So we took it slow, sought out opinions of family and friends, toured other venues, but still couldn't get this one out of our heads.

I want to save photos of the reception area itself for the big event, but the outside ceremony space was just too gorgeous not to share. I never wanted an outdoor wedding, but I as soon as I stepped outside to see that cute little gazebo, I started to sing a different tune. I'm still terrified of a thunderstorm on our wedding day, but the coordinator assured us of their many back up plans just in case. 

The idea that when you see your venue you'll just know couldn't be more true. The problem is that we saw this place first, so we didn't know whether or not we were just excited about the prospect of if this place was the one. We went with our guts though and know it's going to be magical. *Checks 'find venue' off the to do list*

Better yet we even settled on a date. I thought picking a date would be difficult, but I didn't think it would be more difficult than the venue. Plus we already knew we wanted it in September of 2016. It got complicated when we found out that Fridays and Sundays are cheaper. Days that we weren't even considering became an option. We talked a lot about the date and finally settled on September 4, 2015. Although it's a Sunday (which posed a concern for travelling family), it's the day before Labor Day. So we'll be getting a Sunday price on a day that kind of acts like a second Saturday. It almost feels like it was meant to be.

Here's hoping this good luck wedding planning streak continues all the way up to the moment Alex and I leave the reception that night. I do see where people can say that wedding planning can be stressful, but Alex has taken an approach to it that puts me at ease. He wants it to be the most special day of our lives, so why not get the fancier venue, go a little more extravagant here or there, and enjoy doing the process together? That man. I tell ya. I think I'll marry him.

Until next time,

xoxo Kayla
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Birthday Haul

Although my actual birthday was filled with work, a final in my grad class, and not too much fun, my birthday observed was a blast. The Saturday before a few of my closest friends went kayaking, ate some amazing food, and hopped around a few bars for some lemonade. It was a blast to hang out with everyone and take a day off without my phone and Etsy attached to my hip. 

I didn't want gifts from my friends as their presence was enough, but I did pick up a few goodies for myself. Besides the Sephora VIB NARS Birthday Gift I had to spoil myself with a few MAC lipsticks. I rarely buy these unless it's a holiday or my birthday. They're not overly expensive, but I like to think of it as a treat yo'self moment. I picked up "Crosswires" and "Twig" after doing more swatching comparing than I would like to admit. I've worn them since this photo and am in love. Two very different shades that have a skill of looking perfect in their own way.

I repurchased a few items that I'm starting to run out of when I ordered the VIB gift. You know the obsession with Stila One Step Correct, but I also got another tube of the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue as it's the only base I use these days. It's one of those products I wouldn't know what to do with myself if I ran out.

I'm currently in the process of making my bridesmaids their gifts to ask them to be in the wedding, so I had to purchase an extra China Glaze polish in "One Track Mind" as it's the closest I could find to our navy wedding colors.

I did happen to get a lovely giftcard to Panera and an awesome fox eraser from friends. A small birthday haul, just the way I like it. I definitely don't need any more stuff cluttering up my apartment!

Thanks again for all the wonderful birthday wishes!

xoxo Kayla
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Makeup to Wear to Work

Makeup to Wear to Work

Although I like to think of myself as the princess of stickers, I do still have a day job to keep after. I also don't like to fuss over my makeup in the morning and have developed a natural work makeup look that can be slapped on in ten minutes or less.

My base has to be comprised of my trio of superstars. I prime with the Stila One Step Correct, smooth on a decent coat of the bareMinearls Complexion Rescue, and cover up any evidence of lack of sleep with the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer. Flawless base status achieved. Add one of the three gorgeous blush shades from the Bobbi Brown Pink Cheek Palette (which I currently can't find anywhere on the interwebs) and my face is effortlessly done.

Brows make a huge difference in my work appearance (or my appearance just in general for that matter) so filling them in is a top priority. I'm still obsessed with my Anastasia Brow Wiz in "Soft Brown." It's as good as everyone says and the little spoolie on one end makes it so practical. For eyes any shade from the Stila in the Light Palette will do for a natural, yet put together look with just a few sweeps of a brush. Then tight line with Stila's Smudge Stick in "Damsel" if there is time (there usually isn't). I always have to curl my stick straight lashes, and right now I've been testing out the Covergirl Super Sizer mascara. It's alright, but not something to write home about.

The lip product changes up most frequently in this work makeup routine but the one I featured in the photo is Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet "Nude-ist." Mixing up the lip color makes it look like I'm doing my makeup slightly different every day, with little to no extra effort on my part.

I love this look for giving the illusion of sleep while having a nice, neutral face for work. Easy peasy.

What makeup do you usually wear to work?

xoxo Kayla 
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22 Things I Learned at 22

Turning 23 just feels depressing. I'm sure it's largely due to the fact that I have a final tonight for my grad class and I won't be able to do anything to celebrate another year around the sun. Regardless I'm just not feeling too excited over this year's birthday. Yet I've learned quite a lot of things about myself and my life over this past year...

  1. Taking risks doesn't have to always be scary. Great things can happen (I'm looking at you Oh, Hello)
  2. It's ok to want to spend some time alone
  3. Family is super important, but it shouldn't hold you back from trying something new
  4. Grad school is boring
  5. If you're organized, you can accomplish so much more in your day
  6. Stickers are my life
  7. Don't expect too much from people as they will never be able to fully live up to your expectations
  8. A small group of friends is always better than a big one
  9. Keep at the things you love. They'll pay off in time
  10. Don't be afraid to like what you like, even if it's My Little Pony
  11. Take time to relax. It's alright to spend a night binge watching Netflix now and again
  12. Finding what makes you happy isn't always easy, but once you find it you should hold on to it no matter what
  13. It's alright not to be 100% all the time. Showing your weaknesses doesn't make you a weak person
  14. Relationships require work no matter how much love you have for the other person
  15. I don't want kids for a while
  16. I have very little patience for people who aren't living up to their potential
  17. The internet is filled with wonderful, kind people
  18. I hate small talk
  19. Finding a personal style doesn't mean having to get more clothes, it means having the right clothes
  20. I can be excited for scary new adventures
  21. Envy is not productive
  22. I still have a lot to learn

xoxo Kayla
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This Week's Most Loved #67

This Week's Most Loved

I've been loving life lately. Well, more so than usual. I get to plan an amazing wedding to kick start an amazing marriage with my best friend. I just started a Facebook group for Oh, Hello and have been loving hanging out with everyone. Today is my birthday celebration since my actual birthday is on Monday. As you're reading this I could be in a kayak having the best day ever. Here's hoping!

I've definitely found my makeup grove and feel very confident about the products I'm using and their stellar results. The Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment is my hair product and I know it'll work exactly how I want it every single time. It makes my hair feel thick, tousled, and ready to take on the entire day without going limp or flat. 

No matter what blush I have a love affair with, I always come back to theBalm's Frat Boy. This is the perfect peachy pink shade that always brightens my complexion in just the right way. I've been using this for ages and have barely made a dent. I'm happy to know we'll be together for ages.

Something new to the sceen is the Barry M Chisel Cheeks Contour Kit. ChrissyLilly gifted me with this gorgeous trio and I've been loving it. It's so easy to use for someone contour impaired like myself. The colors blend like a dream and it's so wearable. I like to combine the two dark shades for a perfect mix of warm and cool tones. Give it a go if you have Barry M in your area.

Finally I feel like I've been mentioning the Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray more than usual these days, but with summer heat coming, makeup needs to stay in place. A few mists of this and I know my makeup will stay brighter and last longer than without. 

Happy Saturday everyone and I'd love to hear what products you've been loving lately!

xoxo Kayla
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Planning 101: What You Need to Get Started With Planner Decorating

Planning 101: What You Need to Get Started Planner Decorating

Planner decorating was definitely a daunting task for me when I was starting out. It's so hard to know what to get, when to show some restraint, and exactly what method works best for you. So in today's video I sat down to talk about my tips and advice for getting started. The biggest thing I can't stress enough is to give it time. You're not going to become the world's best layout expert after one design. Just enjoy the process!

Do you planner decorate? Do you have any advice for newbies?

xoxo Kayla
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#AKBwedding: Erin Condren Wedding Planner & Venue Shopping

Erin Condren Wedding Planner & Wedding Venue Shopping

I've been engaged for almost two weeks now and boy have I been busy. Before we got engaged, Alex and I had talked a bit about what we'd like our wedding to be like, so after the shock of an amazing proposal wore off, we more or less just pushed play on our plans. 

On the night of our engagement as we snuggled in bed exhausted from a crazy day, I of course had to purchase the Erin Condren Wedding Planner before falling asleep. I had watched a lot of reviews for the planner and knew it was definitely something that could work for my planning style. It arrived the day before our first venue tours. Props to Erin Condren on that one.

A week after our engagement we woke up bright and early to meet up with my family to look at the first venue. Alex and I do not want to get married in a church, but rather want our ceremony and reception at the same location. Whenever we imagine our wedding there isn't a commute involved. So we are only looking at places that fit that criteria. Plus it'll cut down on limo and travel costs. Alex and I fell in love immediately when we walked into the first venue. It's a mansion-style house with lovely architecture and a style Alex and I felt at home with. Apparently swords on the wall and a chest of armor in the entrance is our style. We love the idea of having the ceremony under a gorgeous gazebo in the back yard and having the reception sprawl across a number of different rooms in the house. There's the dining room, library for the cake, coffee and desserts, bar room, and the dance room. It just feels more elegant in a way to have a reception not in one large room.

Our biggest concern with the venue is the fact that the dance floor isn't in view of the dining room. One of my favorite parts about attending a wedding is watching everyone dance and with this layout it's much harder to do. So we ended up calling the venue a few days later to ask how other weddings have handled the issue. There's a gorgeous patio right outside the large window of the dining room where the coordinator says most weddings have all their first dances. Now, I'm already paranoid about rain, but the coordinator seemed incredibly confident that everything would go swimmingly regardless of the weather. We took quite a few photos that I'll share if we end up deciding it's the right choice for us.

We visited two other venues that Saturday and none of them felt as right as the first. Tomorrow we have another tour at a venue very close to home just so we know we're making an informed decision if we go with the first one. But honestly it just feels right. It's not the cheapest of venues, but it still falls within our budget and most importantly it makes us feel special. Why have a wedding at all if it isn't going to be special?

Venue shopping is definitely stressful though. It's the first big decision to make if not the biggest throughout the entire planning process. At least we're flexible on a September 2016 date so all the venues so far have been able to accommodate what we're looking for. I can't imagine finding a venue we love and not being able to use it because of a date issue. I desperately want to decide on a place, get a date, and breathe a little easier knowing I have a clear idea of what venue I'm supposed to be daydreaming about when I think about my wedding.

I'm so excited to go through this process with Alex and have our families right alongside us giving advice and input. And thank you all for being so kind and loving as we start the wedding planning process! I love that I can share every step of the way with you.

xoxo Kayla
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Plan with Me | Ladybug Button Theme

Plan with Me | Ladybug Button Theme

Wednesdays mean Plan with Me videos and I always find myself eager to see what everything thinks about each week's spread. This week I went back into spring as I was getting a bit tired of being so summer dominate in my layouts. The Ladybug sticker book from Michael's was just too fun to hold on to! I love how everything is made with buttons!

Although it doesn't look like it, this week has already shaped up to be incredibly busy and stressful. There is a lot I need to accomplish before I'm gone all of Saturday on an early birthday kayak and celebrate day. July subscriptions are in the works and there is going to be another Whoops Sale later today. Plus I'm wrapping up my summer graduate class with a big presentation next Monday. Wish me luck!

What layout/design are you doing this week?

xoxo Kayla
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Forever Repurchase

Forever Repurchase

When I find a product I love, I hold it near and dear to my heart for ages. If another product is ever going to overthrow my holy grail, it has to be the greatest magic product in existence. Although I think my group of forever repurchases is quite small, there are still a few big contenders in the mix.

The first product to ever be repurchased came in the form of a MAC "Syrup" lipstick. I'm just as impressed as you are that I finished an entire lipstick. I know own two so I can take one with me and keep one at home as nothing scares me more than losing a MAC lipstick. The color is the perfect every day shade for me that is quick to apply without a mirror and hydrates my lips at the same time. So easy. So perfect.

The Stila One Step Correct is my most repurchased product ever. I think I'm on container six or so of this amazing primer. I've gone into detail about this gem so many times that I won't continue on and on, but it's the best primer ever. I'm such a lazy girl when it comes to my makeup routine during the week and I know I can always count on this for moisture, redness reducing, and just making my skin look better.

As soon as I used the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue I knew I would be repurchasing another. The best base I've ever used, this applies like a whipped tinted moisturizer with just a smidgen more coverage. It provides a flawless glow to the skin and I never have to use too much concealer. I'm excited to see how it fairs in the hot summer days ahead.

My favorite eye shadow of all time is hands down Stila's "Kitten." I've more or less used up the entire pan in my In the Light palette and didn't want to be without my go to everyday shadow. I've never seen a more perfect champagne shadow that looks great no matter how I wear it. More often than not I just swipe this all over my lid and call it good. 

The Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray makes me really get the whole setting spray thing. As soon as I spray this on my face my makeup blends together in this perfected look. It's hard to explain if you haven't tried a really good setting spray, but it really does improve the look of your makeup to a more seamless, flawless look. 

I'm sure I'll be purchasing the Living Proof Perfect Hair day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment for quite a while as it's among the few that can handle my straight and boring hair. I apply a bit of this before I blow dry my hair and my hair gets a bit more substance to it. It feels more voluminous, styled, and like it won't get flat in a matter of minutes. Plus it's super easy to use and I can't stand hair fuss in the mornings.

Just looking at the photo makes me so happy inside. It's a great feeling when you find a product that just works for you in ways you can't explain. These holy grail products do just that and I'll be repurchasing them for years to come.

What are your forever repurchase holy grail products?

xoxo Kayla
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Avoid Blog Comparing

Avoid Blog Comparing

I feel like I could be an expert on this subject. Two years ago when I started my blog, there was so much blog envy spewing from my pores I can't believe I ever got any blogging done. It took me quite a while to learn to stop comparing my blog to other people's and to start enjoying the space I was creating. It's natural to be interested in what other people are doing, but here are my tips on how to avoid blog comparing.

  • When reading other blogs, separate yourself from your blog. That way you can enjoy their content for what it is, without constantly thinking about your own blog. This definitely isn't easy and takes practice, but whenever I open up Bloglovin', I'm there to read blogs, not to search for new ideas or ways to make my blog better.
  • Value your work for more than what you currently do. It's easy to undervalue yourself if you're constantly looking at the success of other blogs. But what you're creating is valuable and it's important that you acknowledge that to yourself.
  • Make your blog your space to be whatever it is you want it to be. There are no rules to blogging so why do we feel the need to be confined by them? It's easy to stop comparing your blog to other's when you start doing whatever you want in your space.
  • Remember why you started blogging. This to me is the easiest way to regain focus and stop the downward spiral of blog depression. I didn't start my blog for fame and riches. I started it because I was a girl who wanted to explore beauty and makeup with like minded people. Why did you start blogging? 
  • Appreciate your audience and build a community with them. Your audience is full of amazingly wonderful people who enjoy what you're creating, so cultivate that rather than trying to get someone else's audience. 
  • Be honest with yourself when you find yourself getting envy eyes over someone else's space and content. It happens to all of us, but lying to yourself about it won't make it easier to move past the envy. Have a chat with yourself about why you feel so envious and figure out a more productive way to deal with that emotion.
It's easy to get swept up in the fuss and find yourself deep in blog envy, but avoiding blog comparing is the best thing for you and your blog. What you've created on your chunk of the internet is an amazing thing regardless of what it looks like, how frequently you post, or how many followers you have. Don't ever think less of yourself or your content because the fact that it exists is a fabulous thing. 

xoxo Kayla
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Erin Condren Life Planner Update | June 2015

Erin Condren Life Planner

Every month I'm bringing you an update on all things Erin Condren Life Planner related. This month I share a new sticker organization method, how my blog content planning is going, and a bunch of new $1 sticker books I picked up from Michael's. I made quite a few orders on Erin Condren Launch Day and I'm impatiently awaiting the arrival of my Ready to Ship planners that are clearly not ready to ship. Once they arrive I'll be able to film comparison videos and start working on designing stickers for the horizontal spreads!

How has your planner been treating you this month? Have you made any changes or improvements?

xoxo Kayla
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Summer Polishes

Summer polish picks

Now that I have a sold base/top coat combo in my life, nail polish has become a lot more appealing these days. Although I'm still rocking the shellac French manicure I quickly ran out to get as soon as I had the lovely ring on my finger, I've been eyeing up these summer polishes in my collection. I feel like spring and summer polishes have a way of overlapping in my collection. If it's a pastel or bright color, it's fair game once the snow melts. 

There always has to be a blue in any seasonal polish post I do. For summer I really like the pool blue of "Truth or Flare." It's one of those polishes that makes you look a little extra tan too. More on the spring side of this is Barry M's "In a Heart Beat" but I still think this coral pink won't look amiss in the warmer months. I love this formula and am bummed we don't have it in the US. I'll just have to keep making friends with my international pals and have them send some my way. 

Essie's "Mojito Madness" should be more aptly named "Grass Green," but that doesn't have the best ring to it. It's such a green shade while still being flattering on the nails. I don't wear it that often as I'm not usually a green polish girl, but when the mood strikes it's ready.

My favorite polish of all time quite possibly could be "Splash of Grenadine." It's this gorgeous combination of pink and purple that always looks so great on. It's a nail polish color that just makes me feel good and like I've got my shiz together. 

What polishes do you wear in the summer?

xoxo Kayla
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Our Proposal Story: Her Perspective

Saturday, June 6th started like any other weekend. I woke up early to get right to work filming a plan with me video and a planner update video for the following week. As I was trying to film, my cat Tardis was being unbelievably noisy. Quite irritable in the mornings in general, I quickly became annoyed with all the noise and nearly hollered at Alex when he went to open the apartment door for a package the FedEx man dropped off. I wrapped up my two videos and quickly hopped in the shower, knowing Alex was so excited to get to the next video I was filming that day since he was going to be in it.

The video was for a subscription he had won. He had entered a giveaway had a couple of months ago to win one of their new subscription boxes. Alex told me they were trying to build hype over their new venture and that he was randomly selected to get one. The package had arrived that morning (the one he noisy retrieved while I was trying to film and he was acting so nervous. He fretted over what to wear for the video and encouraged me to look nice. He seemed so eager to make the best video possible and even went to set up the camera and the lights while I was finishing getting ready.

After I had finished putting my makeup on and drying my hair, I came out into the living room to start the shoot. When I saw the video frame Alex had set up, I complained that it was much too zoomed out and no one would ever be able to see the items inside the box. We argued back and forth for a few minutes about how zoomed in the video should be and he begrudgingly zoomed it in a bit. I thought it strange he wanted us to be so far away. I let it go quickly and we started the video. This wasn't our first subscription unboxing together so when Alex rushed through explaining exactly what the subscription was, I stopped him and made him start over. This video seemed incredibly important to him and he had mentioned the possibility of Uncrate sharing it on their social media, so I wanted to make sure it was good.

He restarted and we got to the unboxing part without a hitch. I pulled open the box and Alex took the first item. There was a bunch of crinkly filler paper in the box that I wanted for another project, so I jumped up to grab a bag so it didn't go all over our floor. While I was grabbing the bag, Alex showed the camera the handkerchiefs and described them. When I got back to my seat, we cleaned up some of the mess we made and continued on to the next item. 

Alex pulled out a tee-shirt and turned towards me. I could make out some white text as he began opening the shirt in my direction which I found strange for Uncrate. To my knowledge they were a fancy man's website so a black shirt with some writing on it didn't seem their style. There wasn't enough time to really process the oddity of the situation as Alex stretched the shirt out on his chest for me to see. 

It said, "Will you marry me?"

"What the hell?!" erupted from my mouth before I could formulate a better response. 

"Everyone come in!" he yelled in the direction of our front door. Before I knew what was happening a flood of people stormed into our apartment. Friends and family filled up our living room in seconds and I immediately began crying. Alex got up from his chair to zoom the camera lens back out to fit everyone in the frame, and came back with a ring box.

He got down on one knee as I continued to cry and nervously asked, "Will you marry me?" I tried to say yes a few times and still don't think I ever truly proclaimed it, and he shakily put the most gorgeous ring I had ever seen on my finger to cheers from the audience.

The rest is a blur. People. Champagne. Hugs. Tears. His parents giving me a beautiful Pandora charm and asking if they could be my new parents. It was all a beautiful mess of emotions, crying, and so much love. The perfect proposal for a girl who is constantly suspicious. Alex couldn't have done a better job and I couldn't be happier.

I can't wait to plan the wedding of my dreams with the love of my life, but more than that I can't wait to start the rest of our lives together.

xoxo Kayla
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Oh, Hello Subscription | June 2015 (Giveaway)

Oh, Hello Stationery June Sticker Subscription

Oh, Hello Stationery June Sticker Subscription

Oh, Hello Stationery June Sticker Subscription

Oh, Hello Stationery June Sticker Subscription

Oh, Hello Stationery June Sticker Subscription

Every time a new subscription hits people's doorsteps, I swear it's my favorite one yet. June's subscription, "Oh, Hello Summer" captures everything I love about summer in one awesome set! This month is also really exciting because I teamed up with Craft'ed Van to bring subscribers an adorable pineapple bookmark. I love these bookmarks to keep track of where I am in my Life Planner! The subscription also included two not-yet-released sets: summer treats and the beach set! These will be released for regular purchase next Sunday. The subscription also included some summer themed erasers, watermelons, and rainbow flags,

Monthly subscriptions go live in my shop the first of every month for the following month. They are always mailed out on the 20th of each month! Be sure to subscribe to the Oh, Hello newsletter to stay up to date so you don't miss out (they sell out super fast).

Today also happens to be Launch Day for the 2015/2016 Erin Condren Planners so in celebration I'm giving away two June subscriptions! The giveaway is open internationally to everyone over 18 (or have parental consent) and will go for a week! I'll be contacting winners through their email addresses associated with Rafflecopter so make sure you check it!

Good luck and thanks so much for supporting Oh, Hello!

xoxo Kayla
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The Hardest Thing About Owning Your Own Business

The Hardest Thing About Owning Your Own Business

First off, I never thought in a million years I would be owning my own business. When I first started dating Alex, the idea of someone owning a business became more realistic, but definitely not for me. He's the entrepreneur and the one to take the risks. He's also the one who encouraged me to start Oh, Hello Stationery eight months ago. And now here we are; me with my own business. 

There are definitely tons of really difficult parts about owning a business I could have never imagined and really wish I would have known ahead of time, Yet there's one thing in particular that is the hardest of all for me: letting go of complete control.

I'm a very organized, self-reliant person when it comes to projects and things I'm passionate about, yet I wouldn't be able to keep Oh, Hello open if I didn't let others help me. As most of you know, I work a full time job, go to graduate school, and run this blog and my YouTube channel on top of operating the business. There just isn't enough hours in the day sometimes and suddenly you realize just how much you can't do this on your own.

Alex quit his mediocre full time job early this year to run the operations aspect of Oh, Hello full time while I kept my great day job with amazing benefits. I've had to learn that "my baby" is ours and to understand that I can't do everything. It's been interesting giving up the control of certain aspects of the business and having to have completely trust in him when I'm not there. It's been really hard for me to do, but has made our business a million times better.

Another aspect of letting go of complete control is allowing his visions of the business blend together with mine. We wouldn't be successful if I constantly dictated how I wanted things to go and wasn't open to his input and ideas. It's his input that made Oh, Hello a reality; he deserves all the input he wants. But at the same time it's really difficult for me to collaborate on so many aspects. I'm not very good at going with the flow and his personality strives on spontaneous decisions that very often end amazingly well. We're two very different people, but that's why I fell in love with him and why I am starting to learn to let go.

Owning your own business can be a scary thing, but doing it completely on your own just so you can make all the decisions is even scarier. Letting go of complete control may not be easy for you like me, but it's freeing and always your business to become something bigger than yourself. It's not easy, but it's worth it.

What's the hardest thing about owning your own business?

xoxo Kayla
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What You Need for a Great Geocaching Bag

What You Need for a Great Geocaching Bag

What You Need for a Great Geocaching Bag

What You Need for a Great Geocaching Bag

Geocaching has quickly become our new favorite hobby. It's the perfect way to get outside, explore an area, and bond with your fellow geocacher. Alex and I have been doing a little here and there in the evenings and on weekends to spend some time together. It's been a blast, but the need for a geocaching bag became apparent when we were eaten by bugs, found a particularly dirty geocaching location, and had a few dark spaces to try and see into. 

So what exactly is geocaching? It's more or less a real-world treasure hunt where you follow clues and coordinates to locate caches hidden throughout your city. You'll be surprised when you find out just how many you've passed, or even interacted with without even knowing it!

There are a lot of things you can include in your geocaching bag depending on the types of caches near you. We have quite a variety around our area so urban and rural supplies are a must! Here's what you'll need:
  • A sturdy bag to hold everything in that still allows you to climb into a bush or look not suspicious to muggles (non-geocachers) in a parking lot. I chose a small cross body bag that I used to use as a purse so no matter where we are we look normal.
  • Gloves so you don't have to get your hands dirty reaching into cobwebbed areas or other less than hygienic locations.
  • Hand sanitizer just in case you do find yourself a bit grimy from the hunt.
  • A first aid kit for minor cuts and wounds. It's not uncommon to get caught on a branch or get a cut.
  • Tweezers to extract the really small geocache logs (the things you sign to mark that you found the cache besides marking it on the app) or to help poke around in hard to reach places. We use our tweezers to run along thin lips or in fences to find the small geocaches we wouldn't be able to get to with our fingers.
  • Flashlight for poorly light caches or for night geocaching. We've done some late evening ones, but have yet to venture into late night caching.
  • Bug spray and insect bite relief if you're prone to getting eaten alive like I am. A lot of the best caches (the ones with goodies inside to trade for ones you've brought with you) are out in the middle of woods where they aren't going to be bothered by muggles, so you'll need bug spray to survive.
  • Sun block for long summer days of geocaching!
  • Moist wipes because you never know when you'll find yourself truly dirty from hunting for a cache. Plus I always think they're just good to have on hand.
  • Twine for the random occasion where a geocache is especially tricky. My sister and her boyfriend are avid geocachers and tell us all about the strange caches they've found that require water and other odd things you wouldn't expect to carry with you. Twine just seems like a good idea.
  • Writing utensils to sign the geocache logs that are too small to have their own writing device in them. A lot of the urban geocaches have to be small to avoid being found and taken by muggles, so be sure to have a lot of pens on hand for different writing surfaces.
  • Baggies to hold anything and everything you may stumble across. A lot of geocaching is a complete surprise, and baggies are something that take up very little space but can really come in handy when you least expect it.
  • Items to trade when you're lucky to find a bigger geocache with fun things inside! We've been using our duplicate Shopkins to leave behind because a lot of cachers in our area do it as families. Any sort of trinkets will work! We just found some collectible spoons from California and other states in our latest cache we went to.
After just a handful of geocaches you'll learn exactly what you'll need to have in your geocache bag based on the caches in your area. If you're a geocacher already, what kinds of things do you keep in your bag if you have one? Am I missing anything in ours?

Here's the most recent vlog where we do a bit of geocaching right after I got engaged! Be sure to check out my channel if you want to see some geocaching first hand!

xoxo Kayla
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365 Days of Photos 149-155

So blame me for the two missing photos. I accidentally deleted them from the camera like a goon, but I blame the fact I was jut too excited over my engagement that I got a little trigger happy to free up space. The photos were taken, but now they are lost to the world. Over the weekend Alex asked me to marry him!!! There's video footage and everything so this week I'm going to work on putting it all together, but the whole experience was just so surreal. I couldn't be more excited and eager to start the planning process! I'm definitely going to write blog posts all about the experience and everything that we go through in our year engagement to plan our wedding. I'm too excited for words.

xoxo Kayla

[149] Lost to the world [150] Lost to the world [151] Shower [152] Tardis [153] Shopkins [154] Planner [155] Engagement ring

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This Week's Most Loved #66

Anyone else have a crazy busy week this week? I'm excited to be in my birth month with the weather finally up to snuff, but work has been nuts lately and I've rarely had time to see the sun! In my spare time though I've still managed to test out some more products and fall in love with a base/top coat hybrid.

Up first is a product I got in my first Ipsy Glam Bag after a year's hiatus from the subscription. Oscar Blandi's Texture & Volume Spray is seriously impressive and I still can't get over the size that came in the subscription. It's one of those "messy hair day" in a bottle kinds of products that give you tousled mess while still looking put together. It smells really nice and lasts quite a while.

So I feel like a complete idiot for taking so long to finally commit to getting a base and top coat, but man does it make a difference. I opted for the Sally Hansen Ultimate Shield Base & Top Coat to save a bit of money and it works wonders. You apply a coat before the polish and another after to seal everything in for twice as long as just polish alone. I don't know what was wrong with me for not just buying a solid top coat sooner. My polish always chips in a matter of hours and this stuff made it last so much longer. A serious game changer for me. Let me know what your favorite base coats and top coats are because I'm definitely converted and want to try more!

For polish this week I've been wearing Essie's "Fashion Playground." It's a tricky formula to work with, but the color payoff and shade is worth it in my book. It's a gorgeous pastel blue that makes me look a whole lot more tan than I am which I appreciate.

If you watch my vlogs than you know just how obsessed I've been with Shopkins lately. Cute little kawaii household items like cake and laundry detergent? Sign me up! I've been building quite the collection of Season 2 Shopkins, but Season 3 just released. I've been scouring the stores in hopes of finding them, but so far no luck. I have spotted way more Shopkins Season 2 items in stores that usually don't have any though, so I'll just have to be patient!
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5 Product Face

It's safe to say I'm usually a few minutes late to work every morning. Morning's are hard for me to pull myself from the comforts of the bed and get on with my day. So a quick and easy routine that makes me look somewhat put together is a must to speed things up. Here's five products that do just that.

Usually I'd start with the Stila One Step Correct, but if I'm really crunched for time it's straight to the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue. It's hydrating enough you really don't need a primer, plus it has SPF 30 to make sure your skin is protected from the sun. It blends out super quickly and evenly with fingers and provides just the right amount of coverage to get rid of any redness. I've already purchased a back up I love this so much.

Next is concealer to tackle under eye circles and any remaining redness. My current favorite is the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Concealer. Don't let the weird smell put you off, it's definitely one of the best I've ever tried. It does require a bit of touching up throughout the day if you're having a long one, but I'm more than willing to pop into a bathroom for a touch-up than have a mediocre one that lasts all day.

I quickly fill in my brows with the Anastasia Brow Wiz in "Soft Brown." On days where I have a bit more time I'll spend a few extra minutes on this step to perfect them, but usually it's a quick, dirty job and the Brow Wiz does a great job at keeping up.

A quick curl of the lashes and then I apply whatever mascara I'm using at the time. Currently I've been loving butterLONDON's Iconoclast Mega Volume Lacquer Mascara. One of the weirdest brushes I've used, but once I figured out the correct way to work it, this mascara has become a fast favorite for volume and lots of length.

Before I dash out the door I apply whatever MAC lipstick is closest at hand. Usually it's "Syrup" for a nice, natural looking lip and I'm good to go. I swear if I had to only live with one brand of lipstick it would be MAC. I know a lot of people seemed to have moved on from the brand, but I never feel more spoiled than when I purchase a new MAC lipstick. I may have already picked up a couple as early birthday presents to myself!

Efficiency in makeup has become my forte. Although I love taking the time to really perfect a look with tons of steps, this five step process gets the job done in no time flat.

What five products do you use on a daily basis?

xoxo Kayla
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Blogging Goals for Year 3

I don't think I've necessarily been unhappy with my blogging setup, but I'm just not content with how things have felt lately. I can see it in the feed of my Blovlovin' as well. There's less engagement, less likes, less comments these days and I don't know if blogging is going through a shift or what, but I'm definitely think a personal blogging change is in order. What exactly, I'm still trying to figure out.

It still blows my mind that I've been blogging for two years now, but I want year three to be completely different. I feel myself starting to go through changes in how I view my content, myself, and how I want to approach those things from this point on. Life is also going to get shaken up over the next few years and it just seems fitting that my content shift right along with it.

I know this all is vague, but that's how it feels in my head at the moment. I feel like I'm on the brink of some big content discovery and I'm moments away from figuring out exactly what I want to do for year three. Maybe it's more planning/organization things. Maybe it's just to document my quest for self-actualization and peace in various aspects of my life. Maybe it's less makeup. Maybe it's more makeup. Maybe it's more personal posts as I know I can be quite private on what exactly I'm thinking and going through. I just don't know what's going to become of this space.

And that notion is just as exciting as it is terrifying. I wish I just knew what it was that this space and my YouTube content were going to become, but it's oddly thrilling that I don't. There are no set job responsibilities, protocols, or rules when it comes to the content I create outside of my 8-5 job and that's fantastically horrifying.

I don't really think I have goals for year three. Lately I haven't been that big of a fan of goals, or at least what I used to think goals were. I'm such a structured, organized person by nature that maybe when it comes to goals, I fly by the seat of my pants a bit more. I don't want a checklist of things I need to accomplish to feel good about this space or what I've created. I want to achieve a feeling I know is just around the corner, but I'm still a few awkward leaps and bounds away from. I want to feel content peace, rather than have a perfect editorial calendar filled with adequate content.

I'm all over the place with this post, but here's hoping that from this something great blooms. Whatever that is.

Thanks for sticking with me lovely people.

xoxo Kayla
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5 Products to Buy this Month

I'm back telling you how to spend your pennies in the month of June. I've been in a serious makeup shakeup the past few weeks and have almost completely changed my entire routine for some old products I never really used too much, and a handful of new gems. Here are five products you definitely should add to your stash.

It's taken me quite a long time to really get behind the LORAC Pro Palette, so this recommendation comes with a lot of research behind it. Besides the fact that the palette gets incredibly dirty no matter what you do, the color payoff makes this one a must have. It has a great range of neutrals and no-so neutral adventurous shades that make it just different enough to warrant a buy. 

I don't think I've truly proclaimed how amazing the Urban Decay Revolution Lipsticks are (pictured here is a great every day color "Rush"). They're thick, but in the good kind of way that you know your lips are being moisturized, protected, and you won't have to reapply every few hours. The packaging is swoon worthy and the pigmentation on point. I definitely need to add a few more to the duo I currently have.

For blush it's been nothing but Max Factor X Blush in "Seductive Pink" since it landed at my doorstep thanks to ChrissyLilly. If you have easy access to this range, you need this perfectly pink blush in your life. It's a no fuss kind of color that just looks good. Period.

If you're looking for a new base to test out, the Covergirl Ready, Set Gorgeous foundation is sure to surprise you. I'm always skeptical about drugstore foundations, but this one rivals the big dogs in texture, longevity, and shade range. It teeters between light and medium coverage and leaves a nice dewy/satin finish to the skin. Plus I actually really enjoy the packaging because I know I'll be able to get the last drops out no problem when the time comes.

butterLONDON's WINK Eye Pencil in "Union Jack" is definitely worth a test out this month. It's comparable to the Urban Decay eye pencils in consistency, pigmentation, and lasting power, but the not-quite-black-blue color is just so fun. I'm making a mental note to keep exploring the butterLONDON makeup lines in the future.

So whether you're off to the beach or still slaving away at your day job like me, add these five products to your shopping list this month to add a little extra oomph to your collection.

xoxo Kayla
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365 Days of Photos: 135-148

I've just been crummy at getting the 365 photos to you guys in a timely manner. I blame Alex, but I also should push him more to make sure he sticks to the posting schedule! Regardless of how frequent or infrequent these are, it's always fun to see the world through Alex's lens for a little while.

[135] Couch [136] Clouds [137] University of Michigan seal [138] Packaging for Oh, Hello Stationery Co [139] Iris [140] Wood floor [141] Kayla in Port Huron [142] Mini landscape at Sloan Museum [143] Painting [144] 3D printed T-Rex [145] Picnic table [146] Living room [147] Pipes [148] Towel
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