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


A Few Bridal Shower Snapshots

Over the weekend my mom and sister hosted my bridal shower for me at a local restaurant. I had no idea what it was going to be like at all as they kept the details from me during the entire planning process. Of course it was amazing.

Now I didn't get too many photos of the actual bridal shower itself because I was much to busy enjoying myself, but Alex did capture a lot of it on film in a recent video. We also took a lot of fun photos outside with family and friends that are already some of my most favorite photos in a very long time.

It's crazy that this stage of the wedding process is over and we're fast approaching the big day. I've loved every second of the planning process and all of the time I've gotten to spend with my absolute favorite human beings. Weddings do bring out the love in people and I couldn't be more thankful to everyone who has sent well wishes and have gone along for the ride thus far.

xoxo Kayla

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How to Keep Your Wedding Stationery Cheap While Still Being Adorable

How to Keep Your Wedding Stationery Cheap While Still Being Adorable

How to Keep Your Wedding Stationery Cheap While Still Being Adorable

How to Keep Your Wedding Stationery Cheap While Still Being Adorable

I'm personally not trying to go broke in this whole wedding planning business, so finding cheap, quality stationery options has become my specialty over the months. Now I do have to preface by saying Alex and I are graphic designers so that makes things a whole lot easier on our end, but there are still plenty of ways to keep wedding stationery affordable while still being adorable.

  • Avoid the wedding invitation sites because they're going to nickle and dime you like crazy. Sure the invitations are downright amazing, but you're going to watch a single invite increase in price more and more until it's crazy expensive. 
  • Design your own if you have any sort of graphic design chops. Then you can get them printed at really affordable online sites like Overnight Prints. Their quality is great, shipping pretty fast, and you aren't getting robbed just because it's for a wedding. Pro tip: Just keep trying random words in the coupon code box and they'll give you the highest discount after a few tries.
  • Look on Etsy if you can't design your own invites. Sometimes they'll sell you a template you can easily customize for yourself and print off.
  • Manage your expectations and remember that it's just an invite. Not everyone will or even should have a Pinterest wedding because those things are costly. Understand going in that you may not get the gold leafing and the super thick envelopes, and that's ok. To be completely honest, most of these invites will end up in the recycling bin when everything is all said and done. Spend that money on something you'll actually be able to enjoy.
  • Don't worry too much about sticking to a theme. I definitely didn't and have been way less stressed. When I saw a good deal for thank you notes on Erin Condren, I picked something that I enjoyed that sort of tied into the wedding rather than stressing about making sure the colors matched perfectly. That's too much attention to detail that's ultimately unnecessary.
  • Don't send stamps on the RSVP envelopes and encourage guests to RSVP online. That stamp that they may or may not use is adding serious cash to the final cost of your invites. Plus there are a lot of free RSVP websites that'll keep things organized for you better than your excel list.
  • When in doubt, add a photo and your invite becomes ten times more personal and cute. Who doesn't love a good photo of the happy couple?
If there's one piece of advice I can give anyone starting the wedding planning process, it's to just not stress out about anything. It's just a party at the end of the day and isn't going to make or break your marriage if you don't spring for the satin finish on your stationery. 

Do you have any tips for affordable stationery?

xoxo Kayla
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My Planner Decorating Journey | Then & Now

I've been planner decorating for over a year and a half and am still in awe of how much things have changed since I first started putting stickers in my planners. Sure my life itself has changed drastically as well which is always a contributing factor, but I definitely feel like I've finally settled into a style and routine I love. When I first started out, I was obsessed with the Erin Condren Vertical Life Planner. It was as if it was created just for me to find planner peace. It was the perfect format to divide my life up neatly into three categories: work, school, personal. Everything fit so well into those little boxes and I couldn't shut up about how amazing the Darice sticker books are. 

Now I still love the verical layout, but since I work from home everything kind of blends together in a mess of to do lists without a clear, defined category system. My life is more about when I'm going to get things done over what things there are to do. 

But that's what I love about planning and Erin Condren planners in particular. They adapt and adjust with your lifestyle and there's so many layouts to choose from to suit whatever it is that you do in a day. I know that in the next few years my life will continue to change and morph and so will my planner journey. Soon we'll start having kids and that'll open up a whole world of swim practices and play dates. It's always nice to look back and see where I've come in my planning story, but I can't wait to see where it heads next.

So enjoy a side by side comparison of spreads a year a part. 

xoxo Kayla

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My Wedding Garters

One of the details I nearly forgot to sort out was garters. I'm a big fan of all the traditional, a-little-too-old fashion wedding practices and really wanted to find something fun for my garters. So of course I headed straight to Etsy to hunt around and found just the thing. 

What's old, new, borrowed, and blue? The Tardis of course! A Doctor Who themed garter set seemed so beyond perfect since it's what brought Alex and I together in the first place. There were so many options to choose from, but this set by PikesPeakCreations called to me right away. The details on these babies are just amazing down to the little Tardis and sonic screwdriver charms. 

It's weird but these garters really brought everything home for me. Sure I've tried on my dress a handful of times and have been to the venue time and time again. Heck we just started to send out the invitations. But all of that still felt somewhat dream like. There's just something about holding these in my hands and not having to hide them from Alex (he wants to be surprised about the dress) that makes it so much more real. I'm getting married in less than 80 days and these cute puppies will be going along for the ride.

xoxo Kayla
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Storing and Organizing Makeup Palettes

This one is kind of like "duh," but so often I see and hear people complaining about palette storage that I thought it time to write up a quickie about how I do it. I picked up a bunch of these storage bins from Target a few years ago, but they definitely still have them in stock in the storage section of their stores. They're awesome because they're affordable while coming in tons of different colors.

I store all of my palettes in one bin so it's nice and full and they don't flop around inside. I used to separate my face palettes from the rest of the herd, but I just love how full and organized they all look standing in a row. I arranged them from smallest to tallest in the back so nothing gets lost out of sight. Then I pop the whole thing into one of the larger drawers in the IKEA Alex tower. The Alex system is still my favorite way to organize makeup and stationery supplies in a simple, non-breaking-the-bank sort of way. I've thought about keeping it out on a counter somewhere in my office, but I'm working on a clean counter lifestyle and it fits like a glove into the drawer.

Don't have as many palettes as me? Find a nice small bin so they can all stack up next to each other so they aren't flopping around and possibly breaking. It's simple, but gets the job done. And that's my life motto.

How do you store your palettes?

xoxo Kayla

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What Makes a Good Etsy Shop?

Before I ever opened Oh, Hello Stationery Co., I was an avid Etsy shopper. It's the perfect place to find really cute, one of a kind items not massed produced in a factory. With so many sticker shops out there now I thought it best to break it down so you know exactly what makes a good Etsy shop, and which ones to avoid.
  • Number of sales is by far the easiest way to determine if a shop is legit or not. Sure you can find amazing shops that don't have that many sales (you have to start somewhere as a shop owner), but if you're hesitant, picking a shop with over 1,000 sales will be a lot safer than picking one that doesn't.
  • Quality of reviews and what people are saying about the shop. Scroll on down and read a few reviews. Are there a lot of positive comments? There's bound to be a bad review here or there, but if the majority of people gave good reviews, you've found a good shop.
  • Quality of photos throughout the shop shows how experienced the owner is with owning a shop. If things are blurry or all over the place, the shop might still be trying to figure things out and quality could be lacking.
  • If the front page is kept up to date and looking fresh and clean. Is there a header? Are there any updates or announcements? A good shop puts effort in the front page!
  • Social media channels means the shop is established and working to promote itself on other platforms. Check out their follower counts and how often they post.
  • Shop age is another good indication as to whether or not a shop is legit. If a shop just opened they could still be working out kinks and issues with quality. Find a shop that has some experience under their belt to make sure you're getting good products.
With so many people out there trying to make a buck in the sticker game, follow these few tips to be sure you're getting high quality products and reducing shopping risks. Happy shopping!

xoxo Kayla

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Getting Back into the Swing of Things

Guys, it happened to me. I've been blogging for nearly six years now and I finally hit a wall so big I stopped blogging for over a week. Now to most a week break seems completely acceptable after blogging nearly every day for such a long time. But for me, I didn't feel like myself.

Blogging has been such a huge part of my life and the catalyst for a lot of the other amazing things in it. I started this particular blog right after I started dating Alex. He helped me take my first post photos and I honestly think this blog caused him to fall in love with me in some way. I know how silly that sounds, but my dedication and passion for this blog helped him see how dedicated and passionate I am in all aspects of my life. I stuck with this blog when no one read a word of it. He was a part of every second if it and knows who I was before people tuned in and who I remain now that there are you lovely lot reading these posts.

Blogging lead me to YouTube which lead me to planning. This blog started this whole crazy journey and then I somehow lost it for a few weeks. And I didn't like it one bit yet I struggled to figure out how to start again. I'm still not sure how to jump start it back up to the fervor and passion it was at before this trip up. But I'm not patient enough to sit around and hope inspiration smacks me on the head and I feel like blogging a mile a minute again. This blog has done so much for me over the years that it deserves a little effort on my part to get the gears turning.

So I'm going to take photos. Tons of photos. Photos of everything, anything, and in every possible combination. Through that mess I'm sure to collect there will be blog posts waiting to be written. Just writing this post has me already itching to write more, photograph more, and get back at it.

Isn't that always so curious? The thing you're having trouble doing is the thing that'll make it easier for you in the long run. Having trouble writing? Write. 

So although the momentary lapse of posts seemed just that, it was a big deal in my world. So let's push it all aside, pretend like it didn't happen, and get back at it.

Are there any posts you'd like to see? Help a girl out!

xoxo Kayla

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My Top Five Favorite Etsy Shops (Besides Oh, Hello of Course)

Although I own my own Etsy shop and website I still can't help but go a little crazy for other Etsy shops' stickers. Plus I'm constantly being asked what my favorite shops are besides my own so I thought it finally time to let the cat out of the bag. So here they are in a neat little video package in no particular order.

xoxo Kayla
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New Planner Goods from & August Subscription Sneak Peek

I find it odd how I rarely talk about such a huge part of my life on this blog. So I'm making an effort to talk more about Oh, Hello and everything we're doing with it from week to week. I'm not sure what form it'll take, but let's just keep it simple for now and just share some new things we've gotten up to lately!

Our home goods launch happened at least a month ago now and it went really well. The canvas tote bags are definitely my favorite and the Eat, Sleep, Plan, Repeat one is just spot on. I can't wait to keep expanding the range, but there are just too many new sticker releases to create that it's been put on the back burner for a little bit. For now I'll just have to enjoy this one!

We recently released a new line of glitter washi tape! At first I was super skeptical because I for one do not want to be cleaning up glitter for the rest of my life, but this stuff is amazing. The glitter stays firmly on the washi and it's just so bright and perfect. Thin washi is definitely worming its way into my heart and soon I'll be using it in some of my plan with me's. I'm still figuring out how to work it into my spreads!

The sticker releases are always my favorite things still. They can't help but get this planner addict excited. We're remaking all our icon stickers and released the first wave of them last week. I like them so much more than the round circles we did the first time. The happy mail ones are definitely up there for the top spot in my heart and give me an excuse to order more things just so I can use them!

We also spent a good solid week revamping our weekly kits. We just weren't happy with them anymore and wanted to take a lot of what the Hellogians were saying to heart and make them even better. There are more headers, more labels, and just a lot more and I am so freaking excited about them. We'll be releasing some newly formatted kits in a week or so in the shop, but the August subscription was the first to get a makeover so we can start sending them out as soon as people order them. It's love. Not to mention the hot air balloon theme being so dang perfect.

There's always something new happening at Oh, Hello and I can't wait to share with you the adventure and adorable new products!

xoxo Kayla
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May Favorites

There's nothing like a favorites post to get you back on the blogging train! May was such a productive work month while still leaving plenty of time for family and adventures around Grand Rapids. Plus I fell in love with quite a few bits and bobs this month.

I've been loving pairing together the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation with my Beauty Blender sponge for a smooth, flawless finish that sits so great on the skin. I have no idea why it took me so long to really get into using a beauty blender. It's the perfect tool to keep my hands mess free while giving me a nicer finish than with just a brush. I love this foundation when my skin looks more uneven than usual and I want something to level it all out. It lasts ages and doesn't slip around in the summer heat.

Now I didn't plan on having three different lipsticks in my favorites this month, but I fell in love with two lipsticks from the new Urban Decay Vice collection and couldn't help but toss them into the mix. "Back Talk" is yet another staple mauve, neutral shade, but in a comfort matte finish. I use that as rationale as to why I have yet another one of these types of lipsticks in my collection. But you need a matte option right? It's not drying on the skin and lasts longer than other finishes of lipsticks too. I decided to include "Big Bang" in this month's favorites for how cool it is. It's a metalized finish and man is it glittery. But in a good way. You can definitely tell there's glitter in your lipstick, but in a way that isn't bothersome and creates a really unique look. It's definitely not something I'm going to slap on every day, but too dang funky not to talk about.

I also had to mention the Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in "Pepper" although if I'm being honest it's just a darker version of my go-to shade. It is just different enough that I feel a little spicy when I wear it though and feel like I'm mixing things up even if I'm really not. The texture is amazing and even though I'm not a huge fan of the citrus flavoring, I can see the appeal to most. 

I've been all about the non-beauty favorites lately and cant get over my doughnut phone case. It's a really cool matte texture and has held up amazingly for the amount of times I've chucked my phone into my bag and rushed out the door. You already know about my rekindled love for enamel pins from a recent post, but I still can't get over how perfect these pins are. Oh, Hello is actually coming out with our first enamel pin in a couple of weeks! The pin craze has only just begun and I can't wait to share more with you as we get closer to the launch of them!

Tsum Tsum figurines have officially stolen my heart this month as I've finally allowed myself to truly become a Disney fanatic. For years I played it off all cool like, but now I've finally come into my own and let the obsession begin. I love that these little guys can stack on each other and I will be getting more for sure.

What have you been loving in the month of May?

xoxo Kayla

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