HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDES FOR EVERYONE|| Layers and Lipstick 2017

Christmas Cards|| 2017

I know I know, we are not married and we do not have kids so why do we do Christmas cards?! 3 years ago we decided to send them out. Curious why? Well, the year Andrew moved down here was when we started because he is from Michigan and has a big family. We thought his family would love it and love to receive snail mail. Of course any chance I get to take photos with this handsome devil I take it. The last two years we have had Mr. Luther and I think he makes them ūüėČ Oh and of course Andrew’s awesome mustache this year LOL.

This was the first year I had a vision that came to life, the fun dress, the greenery, and the scene was perfect.

This was one vision that FAILED haha but it was hilarious. The wreath hole was way to small, haha. Bless his little heart, he was so confused.

I mean look at him! As much crap I gave him for that dang mustache it really did make our pictures even better.

Find a guy who looks at you this way <3 My heart, Luther loves the camera. I was nervous because I am always the one taking our photos or his and he did awesome with Kiesha.

Being a photographer I am very choosy with who takes my photos because I am a perfectionist. I was blown away when Keshia Pietz Photography when she sent me these photos. They were so on point with my vision. Photos hold a dear place in my heart and one thing I tell everyone is PRINT PRINT PRINT YOUR PHOTOS. Yes, the digital world is great, but I love printing my photos, making books paper cover books.

I send photos all the time to Andrew’s family and my mom who lives out of town as well.¬† I wanted to share some of my favorite places to print precious moments and gift those special moments below.
Minted–¬† 15% off all gifts.
Shutterfly– 50% off Cards, Gifts etc.
Snapfish– Currently having 60% off entire site! Great deal!
Chatbooks- All regular books are only $10! Perfect gift for grandma, mom or dad!

 

Do I really need that Chai Tea Latte?

Happy Thursday! Does anyone else feel that this week has been dragging or is it just me?! If you watched my Instagram stories this morning you would have seen I experienced something I never have before, and it really made me think.

On cold mornings I typically order a Chai Tea Latte from Starbucks on the mobile device app and by the time I get there it is waiting for me. Well, this morning I noticed that my chai latte was sitting in front of someone already. I politely¬†asked in a funny tone if her name was Mika as well, because¬†what would the odds be? She didn’t respond to me… and everyone at this point was paying attention. She continued to eat her muffin and not respond to me. I then asked again if that was her coffee and she just looked at me.

I eventually just grabbed it and was like well I am pretty sure it is mine… and she responded with a sassy tone while eating her muffin “okay.” I am all for giving around this time of the season matter of fact any season! But when you are rude and “stealing” come on.

Now looking back I wish I would have maybe approached the situation differently and just gave it to her.¬† It is a coffee, something I can get when I get to work or I don’t even need. Maybe she needed it?!

Sometimes it takes me time to reflect on situations and being salty about the situation I think is okay to a degree, but I stepped back and then thought of every case and why that happened to me this morning. We focus on little things more than we maybe should, and instead of me being obsessive about the whole scenario I just need to brush it off.

I mean my heart is breaking for all the people in California losing there belongings and houses, and here I am focusing on a damn latte.

One thing to take away from today’s post is to be thankful for the little things. Don’t obsess over things you cannot change. Choose happiness, it will take you far. And pray for those all over the world facing a difficult time.

I hope you all have a great Thursday.

This sweater is currently under $15! SAY WHATTT?!

Photos by the lovely Shanley Cox

How I maintain my mane- Hair products

I have had many questions about my hair and I have not forgotten about them! I wanted to share with you a brand I use often and LOVE! Unite is a great brand that works with all types of hairstyles. Since cutting my hair and going a little darker than usual, Unite has helped maintain my hairstyle and color!

I see a lot of gals asking what to do about the brass tones in their hair all over social media! Well, this blonde shampoo will do the trick. When applying you want to use a small size (depending on your hair and how much you need to cover) Then  I keep mine on for about a minute or less because my hair grabs quickly to the purple. If you leave it on to long your hair will get a grey/ white tone but will fade within a couple days. The trick is to put it on your roots or the brass areas you are wanting to naturalize.  I do not apply this to my ends because they are already very blonde already.

They don’t just call it purple shampoo for nothing! This is the perfect solution when you want to brighten your dull blonde or brass tones!

I use the Purple shampoo about 2 times a week sometimes just once. The next time I wash my hair I am sure to do a hair mask or deep condition.

Their dry shampoo is a lifesaver! Do you know you should not wash your hair every day? I was in a habit where I was because my hair always got so greasy, then realized that is why it was.  The Unite dry shampoo has changed the game, perfect for when you are on the go, stay at home mom (shout out to my sister) and simply when you are running late in the morning to work!

The liquid dust is my favorite product to put in my hair when it is wet. I already have thick hair so when I apply this to my roots when it is wet it gives the areas that are not as thick some volume. If you are looking for more volume in your hairs life, this would do the trick!

OIL OIL OIL! I use to be so scared of using it because I feared that my hair would look greasy but the secret is that a little goes a long way. You just apply a little bit to your hands and apply it to your ends. Mainly I do this when I straighten my hair because I get little frills on the ends of my hair!

I have gotten so many questions lately one what hair products I use from the maintenance of it and the curling irons I use. I am getting ready to start some fun hair tutorials and would love to hear what you want to see!

Listed below are the products I used in this post:
GO365 Hair Spray
Max Control Hair Spray
 Purple Shampoo
Liquid Volume Dust
U Argan Oil

 

 

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