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

Holiday Gift Guide For Her// 2017 Gift Guides

Cyber Monday got holiday shopping on my mind. When it comes to creating holiday content ‚Äď that means one thing‚Äď gift guides! Today I am sharing some of my favorite picks for the season that would make precious gifts for all the gals in your life!
Take a peek at these adorable finds and feel free to click on the image to shop the exact product! Hope you enjoy and let me know in the comments what other types of gift guide you are excited to see this season.

Holiday Gift Guide// 2017 Gift Guide

Today on Fox 4, I shared the perfect gifts to give to your loved ones who love to host!  Below you will see items ranging from $8-$50! These are perfect gifts for the bakers in your family and mixologists!

At Home Mixologist- Gift 

MAKO Shot Glass Tray, $10, MAKOBarware.com

  • Forgot to freeze your Vodka? Keep the Shot Glass Ice Tray in your freezer and you‚Äôll never have to struggle through a warm shot again
  • Makes four ice shot glasses

MAKO Coasters¬†–¬†$6

  • Set of 4 cork coasters with dipped designs
  • Naturally, soft material won‚Äôt scratch surfaces

Perfect Gift for the Baker in the family!

Taylor Weighing Bowl Scale, $49.95,SurLaTable.com

·         8 cup capacity brushed stainless steel bowl is perfect for weighing and mixing

·         Bowl is contoured for easy, mess-free pouring

·         Scale can also be used without the bowl

·         11 lb capacity weighs 0.1 oz increments

 

Chef’n Sweet Sheet 3-in-1 Baking Sheet, $19.99, Chefn.com

  • Serves as a baking sheet, silicone mat and cooling rack all in one!
  • Square inch grid works as spacing aid
  • Dishwasher safe

Hostess gift- 

Rabbit Insulated Wine Tote Р$8  www.rabbitwine.com/
·         Insulating Neoprene Keeps Wine Cold for Up to 4-Hours

·         Fits on 25oz/750mL Wine Bottles and 22oz/651mL Beer Bottles

·         Stretches to Fit Champagne Bottles

·         Comfortable Carrying Handle

·         Stores Flat, Machine Washable

NEW! Josh Cellars North Coast Reserve, $19.99

Features aromas of fresh black cherries, black currant, rose petal, and roasted walnuts. The palate has rich flavors of black cherries, toasted hazelnuts, fresh sage, mocha, and subtle vanilla and oak flavors.

Thank you so much for tuning in to Fox 4 this morning! You won’t want to miss next month’s segment!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legends Outlet Mall- Fall Picks and Why Fall is my favorite season.


I mean look at these colors?! Why wouldn’t Fall not be my favorite season? For starters the colors in the leaves are breathtaking and growing up in Northern Michigan I was so lucky to have experienced breathtaking Fall season. I sure do miss those days. But KC you still are beautiful during the Fall.
Call me crazy but being a “Blonde” I was always opposed to wearing mustard yellow anything but as of late I have really been obsessed with this color and realized I could totally pull it off! I got this shirt recently on my shopping haul with Legends Outlet Mall at Old Navy.

Tip of the day: Always try on something you think you would never wear because I am sure it will look great and it doesn’t hurt to try!¬†This vest is the perfect layering piece to any shirt or sweater. It is so cozy, let me tell ya!

They also have a similar long jacket right now that I am going to go back and get. 

Legends Outlet Mall is your one-stop shop when shopping for Fall statement pieces. They have such great¬†deals and with the holiday’s coming up it is a perfect time. When I went as mentioned above I had to stop by one of my favorite stores Old Navy and picked up some items that will be statement pieces in my closet this season.

Linked below are the items <3 Be sure to head to their stores since limited sizes are online <3


Quilted Sherpa Vest (Limited sizes) I am wearing a size small! // Rebecca Meekhof Bagback Purse// Mustard Yellow quarter sleeve (I am wearing a size small) //

 

Photos by the lovley Shanley Cox

Staying Organized- 2018 Refresh Weekly Planner

If¬† you know me, you know I am OBSESSED with stationary, notebooks and planners. Well I am very particular when it comes to my yearly planner. When ¬†I got my hands on this¬†timeless planner¬†JLynn Designery¬†–¬†2018 Refresh Weekly Planner (Botanical) I FELL IN LOVE.¬†
This planner is broken out by months, weeks and days. Staying organized is key in my life, working a full time job, running a photography business and keeping up with my blog I most definatly have to stay organized. 

Fun fact: Markers do not seep through these pages- GAME CHANGER.



Do you like setting goals? I know I do! I almost have to, to get myself through the months. There is a page at the beginning for each month that you can set up goals for that particular month.  I actually started filling mine out for December already, it is a perfect way to hold yourself accountable.


If you are a planner and love to stay organized I highly recommend JLynn Designery! She also has notebooks, list pads, inspirational pens and pencils, and a wedding planner!
One thing I love about Jenna’s products is that they can fit anyones lifestyle. Whether your working on a side hustle, stay at home mom or boss babe you name it! These planners will change your life no matter what stage of life you are in.

Some fun news Jenner is doing a GIVEAWAY: Enter to win a 2018 Refresh Weekly Planner of your choice! This is the perfect time to take action and start planning for the new year. All entries must follow the rules on provided on this Instagram post, and bonus entries may be earned by sharing the giveaway and tagging @jlynndesignery in your post on Instagram. The giveaway ends on Sunday, 11/12 at 9pm CST, and the winner will be announced Monday, 11/13.

GIVEWAY LINK- INSTAGRAM РThis link will take you straight to her Instagram account for the giveaway!

Photos by the lovely Shanley Cox–¬†https://www.shanleycox.com
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Fall Must Haves

WHAT IS UP WITH THIS WEATHER! I am ready for FALL. Bomber jackets, booties, colored jeans and fab earrings. If you missed it this morning I was on Fox 4 talking about Fall’s must haves. Some fun things I talked about are right here in KC!

I am obsessed with these light weight earrings from Nickel & Suede. Here  in the picture above I am wearing their cork earring. I have linked below some of their new Fall released earrings.




Gold Cork Earring

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Antique Brass Gem Earring

Camo Earring

Signature Gold Gem Earring

They have many more earrings and accessories on their website and their store in Liberty, MO.

I also talked this morning about colored pants, bomber jackets, and how the Fall “It” color is going to be red! I don’t know about you but red is not my color, but the more I see things online it totally can be trendy!

The clothing you see in my images is from Shop Scoobie, you can find them out in Leawood at a store called Trendz or their downtown location The Garment District.
https://www.shopscoobie.com/pages/locations

( I will be sharing a few outfits through out the week individually in posts, stay tuned!)

A few beauty products I talked about as well were the JAFRA Eye shadow duo set that is the perfect transition shadow from Summer to Fall.

JAFRA EYE SHADOW DUO SET

JAFRA ROYAL JELLY  LIPSTICK

http://www.hobnobwines.com/

 

I always have a blast working with such fun companies and being able to share with you all this months Fall must haves.

Stay tuned for next months¬†segment ūüôā

 

My go to earrings!


Good morning loves! I am just swooning over these army green pants (they have a stretchy waist line) and this frill shirt!

If you have not heard about Nickel and Suede you are missing out. These earrings have changed my life. No joke, I have 4 holes in each ear… I use to be obsessed with earrings but they just kept pulling on my ear lobs and I HATE that look.These earring are flexible and light weight, I sometimes even forget I even have them in!



These pants and shirt are from Shop Scoobie and my shoes of course are Franco Sarto  <3 This is the perfect Fall transition outfit. I have on my to-do list this weekend to unpack my Fall/ Winter bin and go through some things. I think I enjoy cleaning out my closet more than ever when it comes to this time of the year.

I hope y’all have a great¬†Thursday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Jord Watch Giveaway- Mens Watch

Happy 1st weekend of FALL! This giveaway is for a¬†$100 off gift code, one winner will be closed September 30th.¬†Everyone else who enters will receive a consolation code of $25 off gift code! Keep scrolling to enter ūüôā


How handsome is this guy!! 

The watch Andrew is wearing is  here! http://www.woodwatches.com/series/dover/olive-and-acacia/#layersandlipstick.

Since Andrew’s golden birthday is coming up I wanted to¬†gift him this watch. The fact that he is already obsessed with the brand, I love it. If you missed it I did a Spring giveaway myself.

Sometimes Andrew has better style then me ha, true statement. We are so funny, I love it when he asks my opinion on outfit. When a guy can dress up and dress down and look good, you got my heart ūüėČ

Here is the link to enter the giveaway! Christmas is right around the corner, this would be the perfect gift for you significant other, or yourself (there are more watches on their site)

Link to giveaway: https://www.woodwatches.com/g/layersandlipstick

Michigan Summer 2017|| Vlog

 

YAY! Our blog is finally live from our trip to Michigan. I could watch this over and over!! For those of you who missed it, Andrew and I headed up to Michigan because he was in a wedding and we wanted to spend some time with family. Getting home hasn’t been the easiest for us due to full time jobs and simply life but when we go home we try to make the best of it with plenty of family time <3

Living home away from home has it’s ups and downs but going home and seeing all the babes and family members makes our hearts so full. ¬†One thing we know is that no matter what family will always be there for us. We are both so thankful¬†for the support with living in KC. Someday I know we will be back to the mitten, someday… Enjoy our vlog!

If you haven’t already please subscribe to my youtube channel to stay updated on our trips and fun videos.

Enjoy!

The Work Outfit You Can Wear On The Weekend Too

Happy Wednesday. Let’s talk about jumpers real quick and how they are the perfect wardrob staple you can wear to work and on the weekend! ¬†To say I am obsessed with jumpers is an understatement.¬†They are perfect to dress up or wear casually, just toss on a sweater or jean jacket for work! This romper is CURRENTLY on sale! ¬†I paired this simple romper with a small heal slip on shoe and this fun bag pack purse. You guys I wear this purse everywhere. ¬†I never thought I would use it as much as I do now.

 

GUESS WHOS 25!

You guessed right, today is my birthday! The big 2-5, I feel like I literally just got use to saying I was 24. I have heard more times than not that this year is going to be the best one yet, or either I am going to have a mid life crisis. Whatever god throws at me I think I will be okay. Hey! I get to rent a car hassle free also I have heard, ha! Be sure to keep scrolling to find out more about the birthday girl. Below I am sharing 25 lessons I have learned in the last year. (Dress and Shoes Linked Below)

Twenty- Five is a year to challenge myself to really  look at life with purpose. I find myself getting caught up in planning my future I forget to be in the moment. I get anxiety just thinking about it. We all are  guilty of this. Yes we need to plan for the future in a way but my goodness I find myself focusing on that more that anything.

I AM OBSSESSED WITH THESE SHOES.

 

25 things I learned upon turning 25!
  1. Take care of yourself first, your mind, body and soul.
  2. Never settle.
  3. Surround yourself with people who love you, respect you and value you.
  4. Some people just really suck.
  5. Good things happen when you work your butt off!
  6. When a new opportunity comes you way, take it. You never know until you try.
  7. Saving money is hard! One of my goals is to improve my budgeting habits.
  8. Never be afraid to ask, the worst thing they will say is no.
  9. Find time to just have fun!
  10. Don’t waste your time on something you don’t like. Life is way to short.
  11. Fine peace within yourself.
  12. Grocery shopping is my happy place, and so is shopping for anything else! Hence #7… budgeting…
  13. Be different, god chose all of us to have a talent and purpose. Find that and run with it.
  14. You can always go back home.
  15. Kombucha is life.
  16. Anxiety sucks.
  17. Family really is everything. I am so thankful for my crazy loving family.
  18. I love being a dog mama.
  19. Don’t judge a book by its cover. You always hear that but with the way social media is now a days you see so much and think so much.
  20. You can’t control everything.
  21. Surround myself with like minded people.
  22. Brunch is the best part of the day (on the weekend)
  23. I love going to bed early. Sleep is so good for the soul.
  24. Taking time for myself.
  25. Be proud of who I am, who I have become and am still becoming. 20s are not easy. Everything happens for a reason.

My Dress : Lulus (only a few left)
Shoes: Target Comes in Black, Blue and Nude!

 

Rosé All Day

Good Morning! Thank you so much for tuning in this morning on KSHB 41.
Here is recap of the Rosé you can find and also fun pairing ideas and the Rosé Rebel Cocktail recipe!

http://www.kshb.com/entertainment/kcl/food-kcl/ros-is-the-beverage-of-the-summer

Rosé season means being outdoors, entertaining, with friends and family, all of these bottles are perfect for summer gatherings and are sure to be crowd pleasers. The great things about these bottle is they are all under $20! 

Sauvion Rosé ($11)

  • Affordable, quality wine from the Loire Valley in France
  • Balanced ros√© with refreshing acidity
  • Pairing Idea: Grilled Turkey Burger

Ch√Ęteau Bonnet Ros√© ($13)

  • Blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon produced by Andre Lurton
  • Light bodied with food-friendly acidity
  • Pairing Idea: Grilled Vegetables

Josh Cellars Rosé ($15)

  • Blend of Barbera, Moscato and Syrah
  • This is a crisp ros√© with fruity flavors of strawberry, peach and citrus
  • Pairing Idea: Seafood (shrimp cocktail, oysters, or steamed clams).

Rebel Rosé Cocktail

  • Add the following to a cocktail shaker:
  • 4 oz Josh Rose
  • 1.5 oz Redemption Bourbon
  • 1 oz Licor 43 ( I personally like a little of Licor, so I only added 1/2oz.)
  • Pour over ice, top with a splash grapefruit juice, garnish with a grapefruit peel

ENJOY!

For more tips, visit www.WineFix.com 

10 Healthy Habits To Balance Your Lifestyle

10 Healthy Habits

I don’t know about you but I sometimes bite off more than I can chew. I often try to combine too many changes, work, social life and my hobbies. So today I am sharing with you 10 Healthy habits to create ¬†more balance in your day-to day life.

Go for a walk in the Morning and at night for 30 minutes at least, or more!
Walking for me in the morning or after work has been a way to let out negative energy and try hard not to interact with my phone and disconnect!

Drink water throughout the day!
It is recommended to dirnk  eight- 8 ounces a day. Some people who hate water, so for an alternative grab those flavored packages that are no calories and drink away!

10 Healthy Habits

Cut back on coffee and pop and replace it with a fruit.
This one I am still working on, when a Dr.Pepper is taunting me in the fridge at work it is hard to say no.

Write in a journal whether that be about your day, the good the bad or a to-do list of what you want to accomplish. 
Writing in a journal has been a way for me to really escape and turn to god about my problems, accomplishments and goals!

Create a go-to playlist.
Create playlist that you can listen to in the car, work and working out! I find that mixing music up for different daily activities keeps my mind clear. I personally recommend Spotify. Andrew and I have a subscription.

Stretch!
Stretch once or twice a day will make a  difference. Especially if you sit at a desk all day, find time to walk throughout the day whether that be on your lunch or even to get fresh water!

Set Goals.
Setting goals gives you long-term determination and short- term motivation!

Get plenty of sleep! 
We all need plenty of sleep it helps us rejuvenate and boosts our immune systems.

Brainstorm.
Being a creaitve and not working a creative job, I find myself always brainstorming my next big idea. My family thinks I am crazy  with some of the things I come up with. It is always healthy to always be thinking of things that interest you.

Make free time once a week.
I know it sounds hard sometimes, but when you create at least 30 minutes to an hour for free time you can plan what you want to do with that free time. Whether it be grabbing coffee with a girlfriend or taking a drive.

 

Share below what you do to help balance your lifestyle, I would love to hear from you!

How to style high wasted jeans

Happy Friday!  I could not me more excited for this week to end, is it just me or is summer already flying by?

I can not believe that August is almost here and how full my calendar is getting. Today I  am sharing  how to style my favorite high wasted jeans with this ruffled shirt from Shop Scoobie go check out their Instagram feed here ShopScoobie <<

Not only are these jeans so comfy they are super flattering and you can dress them up or down.

I chose to make this outfit casual but cute! I am sharing below this similar outfit but also other things you can pair with high wasted jeans!

Similar outfit:

Shoes to pair with High Wasted Jeans:

Shirts to pair with High Wasted Jeans:

 

Last night Andrew and I went to a VIP event for Kneaders Bakery and Cafe, it was adorable. They will be opening 10 new locations in the Kansas and Missouri areas. They have fresh bread, natural ingredients, gourmet salads, yummy pastries and so much more! Let’s just say I left with a handful of bread and goodies. If you get a chance, look them up! You won’t be disappointed!

I hope y’all have a great weekend <3

 

GUYS! I’m going on TV

Yes, you read that right! I am going on TV this weekend, Saturday morning to be exact! I have been so nervous and to be honest a little freaked out in the best way possible, someone pinch me! Keep scrolling to find out where you can watch.

Of course I had to share this fun romper also from Old Navy!

I am obsessed with this jumper you guys! I have linked a similar one different pattern here (romper)  and  these shoes  <3

How fun,  I am going on TV this Saturday a 7:50AM on Fox! If you are local tune in to WDAF. I am not going to spoil what I will be doing on there so you have to wake up super early to see me!

Never in a million years did I think I would be chosen to be part of something so fun. I have no idea what I am wearing tomorrow morning but hey, I am sure I can find something! Hence I ran to the mall last night in hopes to find something… it was a fail. Ha

Happy Friday! Be sure to follow me on Instagram @layersnlipstick for a behind the scenes of tomorrow morning!

Fourth Of July Weekend

Happy Wednesday! This weekend is one we always must remember to celebrate. The Fourth is to celebrate the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence!

One memory that always resinates¬†with me around this time of the year is going to the parades or being in the parades in my hometown Dorr, Michigan. I would ride the gator with my mom and Paul (stepdad) throwing candy and spraying water! Since I have moved back to Kansas City I have been in it once with Andrew 3 years ago… so hard to believe. But one thing I love watching is everyone in how they are genuinely¬†happy and how many walks of life come out to celebrate such an important day.

Below I have attached a fun video of Andrew and I three years ago on the Fourth!

I am wearing this fun shirt from Shop Scoobie¬†“Party In The USA”. I always love a fun t-shirt for the Holiday. These shorts are from American Eagle I think I got them a couple years ago, so comfy! And my red sandals are from Forever 21 ūüôā I am feeling so festive!

We don’t have any set plans this weekend, I know we are going to a lake and for sure some pool days are looking to be in our plans!

Do you have any big plans this weekend ūüôā Leave a comment I would love to hear what you’re doing!

 

Don’t forget to watch this fun video of Andrew and I <3

 

 

Memorial Day Playlist: May 2017

Happy Hump Day! Who is ready for a long holiday weekend? I sure am… I know people are going to be hitting the roads here soon to travel for the Holiday weekend. So I wanted to share with you my current playlist. I love a good playlist along with a car ride, whether that is a long one or short one! Scroll below to see some of my favorite hits I am sharing.

Below I am sharing this outfit also, the exact same shoes <3 Similar overalls and basic black tee!

MEMORIAL DAY PLAYLIST
Hometown Girl// Josh Tuner
Feel Good //  Gryffin, Illenium, Daya,
Bad Liar// Selena Gomez
Getting Over You// Jacking Lee
The One// The Chainsmokers
Electric Touch// A R I Z O N A
Portland, Maine// Donovan Woods
The Cure// Lady Gaga
Overload// Life of Dillon
America’s Sweetheart// Elle King
Despacito- Remix// Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber
Now or Never// Halsey
First// David Fanning
All of Me// Devin Dawson
I Love You// Axwell
What If// Adam Friedman
Perfect// Ed Sheeran
Our Love// Judah & the Lion
Blue Tacoma// Russell Dickerson
That’s What I Like// Bruno Mars
I Miss You// Grey, Bahari
All Time Low// Jon Bellion
Hold You Back// Ryan Hurd
What Ifs// Kane Brown

Why are rompers so cute, but so not practical?


Happy Saturday! It is rainy and chilly here in Kansas City, totally opposite of the weather you would wear this romper in.

Can we just talk about how cute rompers are but how they are not practical at all for us girls when we need to go to the bathroom. It is the worse when you really have to go! This one thankfully is loose and easy to slip on and off. ¬†As big of a pain they are we all still where them. This romper ¬†is under $30 be sure to snag it while it is still in stock ūüôā Click on the image above.

I have been on a major cleaning kick with my closet. I tried on so many things and especially winter stuff. If I did not wear it this past season, buh bye. I always keep things in hopes of thinking I will wear them, that never happens. My thought is when I am doing this process is someone out there needs it more than I do, so why let it just sit in my closet or in a bin. I need to clean more often I also find things I thought I “lost” nope just somewhere I probably put it and forgot…HA

I hope y’all have a great Saturday! Stay dry and warm <3

 

Happy St. Paddy’s Day

Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

Am I the only one who seems to be scrabbling around last minute always to find a green shirt for St. Patricks Day?! Hope

Hope y’all are wearing your green today, so you don’t get pinched!

You guys I am not going to lie, I am so ready for the weekend! This week has been so strange. I literally went to the grocery store last night to decompress from reality. ¬†Am I the only one who actually enjoys the grocery store like that?! HA I feel like sometimes that is where I get to do some major thinking, I know super weird! But sometimes you gotta find what works for you, and that works for me… and that also includes sometimes buying more groceries that were not on our list, whoops!

At the grocery store I picked up some rise krispie cereal, marshmallows and green food coloring. I think we all know where this is headed! I made rice krispie treats, I truly enjoy cooking and baking! and rice krispies are so simple to whip up for any occasion.

I wanted to take a second to bring some attention to this jean jacket from Old Navy. I have been on the hunt for a trendy but yet simple jacket to pair with any outfit. So make sure you snag this one that is similar before it is gone! It is currently on SALE! Linked below, all you have to do is click the the image!

 

Have a fab weekend! And be safe <3

 

 

Layers and Lipstick turns one!

Layers and Lipstick Turns One

YAY! It has been 1 year of having a blog.

Words really cannot describe what a journey my blog has taken me on! If you’re recently just now following me on my journey, welcome!

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How fun in this purple wall <3

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I have never really been into big earrings, but these earrings changed that game for me. How gorgeous are these?

Layers and Lipstick Turns One

Layers and Lipstick Turns One

(It was really windy FYI so you’ll see that the balloon was backwards majority of the time)

Layers and Lipstick Turns One

 

 

 

Where do I even begin. First off I am so thankful for my followers and fashionistas that have supported me along this crazy road.

When I realized I wanted to start a blog I never really understood what I was getting myself into. Not only the investment but the time and effort it really takes. This has all really been a learning curve for me and Andrew. He has been my right hand man when it comes to what goes on behind the scenes for Layers and Lipstick. So shout out to Andrew! Thanks babe!

My blog really has taught me a lot about myself, the good and the bad. Putting myself out there has been hard for me this year, but that is one goal this next year for my blog to really be transparent with you all about the day- to- day life of Mika Jade.

I have some big plans for Layers and Lipstick this year! Thank you so much to all whom support me and this fun adventure.

Instagram: @layersnlipstick

 

 

Luther Nash Turns 1

Happy Birthday Luther Nash. I cannot believe you are one already, where has the time gone?

Words really can’t describe how much I love this little man. ¬†I never thought I would be that crazy dog mom, well I am now.

A few things about Luther:

  • He comes from Nashville, TN (hence Luther Nash)
  • His mom and dad are Holly & Winston
  • He loves belly rubs
  • Would eat peanut butter all day if we let him
  • loves to play catch
  • enjoys dancing
  • hogs the bed
  • loves to play with Blake
  • enjoys trips to Michigan
  • Not a huge fan of water but has went in the lake and pool last summer
  • He gets jealous when drew gives me attention (super protective)
  • loves to chase birds and squirrels
  • loves to go to daycare and play with all his little/ big friends

I went and got him this adorable party hat from Pink Antlers Studio where the kind gal made him the number one and put it on the top! She went out of her way, and I thought that was so sweet of her.

We got Luther’s sweet treats from Three Dog Bakery Leawood. If you are looking for a quick place to pick up your dog a fun treat head there. They also have many treats and toys.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine's Day OutfitHappy Valentine’s day. I hope you all are having a great week. How fun is this outfit?! I found this cute top from Dillard’s and paired it with my favorite new shoes from Steve Madden. I got this whole outfit for under $150!

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Happy Valentine's Day Outfit

Happy Valentine's Day Outfit

Personally ¬†I really enjoy Valentine’s Day. ¬†Who doesn’t love¬†to get all dressed up for an occasion. Tonight Andrew and I have plans to get Sushi and go to a movie, which is one of my favorite things to do and eat. I am a fan of the deep fried rolls (which are totally unhealthy).

Let not use today just to spoil our significant others or ourselves today, we should find time every week/ month to take time to disconnect from our busy schedules. Valentine’s Day should remind you to always find time for the ones you love the most. If you are single and having a “galentines” day or spending it with your hunny I hope you have a fab day either way <3

Don’t forget to check out Brooke from Nomadic Newlyweds¬†who took these pretty pictures <3

 

 

 

 

 

Pie Date + Life Lately

How adorable and fun are these photos from our pie date. My good/talented friend Brooke from Nomadic Newlyweds. Just in time for Valentines Day tomorrow. I have to admit I have been missing for quit some time lately. A little life update below these fun photos <3

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How adorable is this little pie shop?! Hands down best pie I have ever ate, and they come in different sizes and flavors. It was a blast working with Brooke, she made us so comfortable.

We just got back from Michigan yesterday afternoon, and I am still exhausted. We went back home to have Andrew’s family Christmas party. I have yet to unpack and have no desire to… is that bad?! LOL It is always nice to go back home, but to be back in your own bed and get back in a routine. That will never get old. Our house is a mess, everything is everywhere and needs to be picked up. My to-do list is so long right now I have a headache, literally from even thinking about it.

Life Update:

I got a new job, yes a new job. I believe that I am to young to just settle. Don’t get me wrong my last job was a great job to have and I loved everyone there! It personally was not for me and I am glad I realized it early on rather then trying to force myself to doing something I did not feel was my calling. I am now working for an Advertising Agency and love it! Not only is it a fun learning curve, but the overall the people and atmosphere is a breathe of fresh air.

With having a new job, I have became very busy and haven’t had time to update my blog as often as I want. Adjusting to this lifestyle is something I am still trying to figure out. Adulting is a continuous thing as I am sure¬†we are learning.

Our Home:
Our house is coming together slowly but surely. On our trip to Michigan I stopped at my new favorite store The Found Cottage and snagged some fun items.

Luther:
Luther just got his actual first big boy hair cut, like I do not recognize him. I cannot believe he turns one the twenty first of this month. Where has time gone?!

I would love to hear what you guys want to see more, know more of for me to share on my blog! Let me know your thoughts please ūüôā

I am about to stuff my face with left over Thai food and catch up on all our shows ūüôā Have a good night!

 

Ombre Poncho // New Year, same me!

Happy New Year Lovies! I always love when the New Year comes along, it’s a great excuse to set the reset button and start fresh. Do the things you didn’t do last year and do new things that better yourself.

I hope you all had such a great Christmas and NYE! We had such a fun time, with Ice skating and some yummy sushi.

I am not one to make New Year resolutions, but I am one to set goals for myself every new year. I think it’s really important to set goals and succeed at them. It always makes me feel accomplished. I wanted to share with you all just a few of my new year resolutions.

  1. Do more things that make me happy.
  2. Drink more water.
  3. Go on more adventures this year.
  4. Take a whole day off from tech.
  5. Cook more at home ( Andrew got me Chrissy Tiegen’s Cook Book, Cravings. Lets just say WOW! I can’t¬†wait to start using those recipes.
  6. Organize my closet.
  7. Create more content of my life through videos.
  8. Take more photos of my life.
  9. Walk more with Luther Nash.
  10. Relax.
  11. Write more cards.
  12. Stay Active.
  13. Be more intentional.

Those are just a few things that I am challenging myself to do this new year. We can get caught up in our day- to – day lives, and not take time to do things that we really want to do. We simply just need to make more time.

Have a great Tuesday! I hope you challenge yourself to make some goals for yourself this year.

Ombre Poncho// Sole Society

 

 

 

 

CorePower Yoga// Give the gift of wellness

Merry Chistmas Eve Eve! I am so excited to be sharing you guys a special gift from CorePower Yoga! I recently partnered with them to Give the gift of wellness.

Similar PANTS// similar SWEATER // similar HAT// similar SHOE

With this special round-up of CorePower Yoga’s Holiday GIFs to Give, featuring a range of recommended moves to combat holiday stressors that have helped me get through this crazy week! I highly recommend trying these the next couple days. I will continue to do them through the new year, they make me feel so rejuvenated.

No matter how many hours you sit behind the wheel, what’s on the menu at the next holiday gathering, or how long you stand in those checkout lines, CorePower Yoga will help you get through that.

Each GIF also reveals an outfit from CorePower Yoga‚Äôs stunningly curated retail collection, available at CorePower Yoga studios nationwide ‚Äď and in its two Kansas City locations.

SUPTA BADDHA KONASANA FORWARD FOLD
Stretch your inner thighs and low back to break out all your sweet holiday dance party moves.
Featured Outfit:Free People Wrap It Up Vest $78, Brazil Wear Milena Lace Crop Top $64, Free People Rainbow Runner Legging
$118

GATE POSE Those pesky ornaments at the top of
the tree are not going to hang themselves. Try gate pose on the left and right side to stretch your torso, spine and open your shoulders
Featured Outfit: Strut-This Frankie Crop Top $62, Spiritual Gangster Good Karma Waffle Long Sleeve Top $65, Varley Kingman Tight Legging $110, Oxbow True North Necklace $48


HEADSTAND
Tis the season to enjoy all the holiday goodies right? Flip on your head in to handstand to trigger the lymphatic system in to action, and help remove
toxins from your body
Featured Outfit: Spiritual Gangster Ganesh Stencil Muscle Tank $48, Beyond Yoga Spacedye Long Legging $88


THREAD THE NEEDLE
Need to calm the nerves before combatting the check out lines? This slight twist can calm your body and mind.
Featured Outfit: Spiritual Gangster Dreamer Slouchy Sweatshirt $96, Beyond Yoga Lux Print Long Legging $69


SKANDASANA
If sitting in a car or airport are part of your holiday routine, open your hips and hammies before any commute with a few rounds of skandasana
Featured Outfit: Free People Brushed Nova Top $88, Beyond Yoga Shimmer Long Legging $88, Oxbow Practice Peace Bracelet $29


SEATED TWIST
Because 2nd helpings are a must this time of year, try on a seated twist on both sides of the body to stimulate the digestive fire of your belly
Featured Outfit:
CorePower Yoga Breathe In Peace Tank $38, Onzie Sweatpant $48, Giving Key Necklaces $42-49

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas!

Minted// The perfect holiday cards

 

Minted is by far my favorite company to work with when it comes to stationary. Creating our Christmas Cards this year was so much fun especially now that we have Luther.

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Details are something I really enjoy when it comes to the holiday’s. This is one detail I really enjoy making! Minted is such a great resource for any type of occasion they have so much to offer. Did I mentioned they have foil pressed options, I love that I went ahead and got the Rose gold foil option!

Be sure to check out this fun video I¬†created down below! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend, I sure did. Have a great week ahead ūüôā

xoxo-mika-jade

Turtleneck + Leather Jacket

Recently I have been digging this Leather Jacket! This week is going to consist of ¬†cleaning, catching up on laundry and preparing for a fun week ahead with family ūüôā

Currently¬†obsessing over this knit turtle neck sweater from Target. I paired it with my leather jacket, something I have been really into¬†wearing.¬†It is so easy to dress a leather jacket up or dress it down. ( Andrew always refers me to Sandy from Grease…) LOL. After all, this turtle neck is also something very simple, that I see myself wearing a lot this season.

How was everyone’s weekend?! We had such a fun weekend that consisted of a pre- thanksgiving dinner with family from out of town and was able to get our Holiday card pictures done!:) I am so excited to work on those.

Stay tuned for more post’s to come this week about preparing for thanksgiving and the perfect sweater to hide that food baby after eating all week ha!

xoxo-mika-jade

Charlie Hustle- Arrowhead + house update!

 

 

Good Morning all! Check out this cute and comfy Charlie Hustle shirt, they are all super easy to pair with any type of outfit ūüôā and that handsome guy I had to post this picture of him, because he is always the one behind the camera for me! So shout out to this incredible human being for being so great!

Words cannot describe how busy I have been these past couple weeks. Believe it or not I was going to post this on Sunday, just in time for the Chiefs game! But that didn’t happen, obviously…LOL!

We are trying to make our house some what presentable for Thanksgiving because we are hosting Andrew’s parents for the first time in our new home. I could not be more thrilled! We have put together the guest bedroom finally and added a few touches to the bathroom and kitchen.

The kitchen is almost complete, we are adding subway tile this week and should be finished by the end of the weekend. Fingers crossed! Our dining room is just needing some chairs, and a rug. We also need a rug in the living room and man, it is so hard to commit to something that really determines everything in that one room!

I hope you all have a fabulous Wednesday, and I heard its National Fast Food Day! GO out and enjoy that greasy, yummy food!

xoxo-mika-jade

Savers Halloween Costume- Last minute costume ideas!

Savers is a one-stop shop for Halloween and provides a budget-friendly way to celebrate.¬†With new packaged costumes, makeup, wigs and accessories! It’s fun and easy to
create a unique, one-of-a-kind look.

I¬†had a blast collaborating with Savers for Halloween! Who doesn’t love a good deal?!

My first look is a Bumble bee! I wanted to find pieces that I could use with items in my closet! I found the fun tights at savers, and accessories. I then paired it with my black flats and simple black dress.

My second look I put together was a clown! I was really debating on doing this with everything going on with the scary clown stuff. But I’m sorry, I am not going to let those people ruin my halloween! You can totally be a cute clown by shopping at savers ūüôā

I again found these fun accessories and wore a very simple black dress with my black flats from my closet! This was very easy to put together for a last minute ideas!

I hope y’all enjoyed my Halloween¬†DIY post! Don’t forget to stop into Savers to pick up some last minute pieces to complete your costume!

This post is a collaboration with Savers.

Connect with Savers via Facebook.com/Savers, @SaversVVillage on Twitter, @Savers_thrift on Instagram and Pinterest.com/SaversVVillage.

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*This post is part of a partnership between Layers and Lipstick and Savers. All opinions are my own.

Kansas City Fashion Week- Friday Night

You guys this weekend was one for the books! Friday night I attended Kansas City Fashion week with my main squeeze! Andrew and I had a blast. It a first for both of us going and we sure did enjoyed every minute of it. I loved all the fashion forward styles, the fun photo bus and I absolutely loved how the evening flowed and their awesome swag bags. The bags were filled with so many great products from Aveda and a few things from the participating vendors.

You can find this exact dress on their website ( my color is sold out but there is a different color available)  Roolee This dress it is super comfy, and really great for any occasion <3

Saturday I went to The Florida Georgia Line Concert, Oh my lordy. It was amazing. If you are a country fan, you need to go. End of story <3

I hope y’all have a great week! I am one busy bee. You will find me editing, working and traveling this week into next week to Michigan and Georgia!! ahhh! I am really looking forward to this crazy busy weekend. I am hopefully going¬†to make a pit stop to one of my favorite little stores in Michigan. Stay tuned I hope to find some¬†fun stuff for the new house!

xoxo-mika-jade

 

Transitioning Closet- Summer to Fall

Good Morning! I know I know, I have been MIA for a while. I wanted to share with you all one of my favorite things to do as the seasons change. I don’t know about you all but I love transitioning my closet between seasons.

How do I do this? I  put all my summer clothes into a bin, my tanks, dresses, cover-ups and sandals.

I then unpacked all my fall/ winter shoes, coats, and bulky sweaters. I hang up all the clothes in order, with sweaters being in a section, and long sleeve and short sleeves being in another section. I then of course put up my shoes!

I was just talking to one of my co-workers about how I absolutely love fall/ winter season clothes. There is so much more of a variety. Don’t get be wrong, I love summer and spring. But there is just something about bulky sweaters¬†and layering I enjoy much more.

For this outfit I took this simple suede dress and added a fun long cardigan for this brisk weather and paired it with my favorite Steve Madden booties of the season.

I hope you all have a fab weekend, I will be attending the KCFW Show tonight, I have a concert tomorrow night and yay for fall festivities on Sunday! We are headed to a pumpkin patch to eat donuts, drink some cider and pick out some pumpkins ūüôā

 

xoxo-mika-jade

 

Fall Bucket List

Fall Bucket List

Autumn is officially here. I have to say this is my favorite season, literally everything about it. I have put together a fun bucket list that I thought I would share with you all. !

It’s been a crazy last month with fixing up our new house, and finally being all moved in! It surely has been a process and I am SO SICK of trips to Home Depot, I think its safe to say that today was my last trip there for a while. I can’t wait to get settled in and enjoy the fall weather, pumpkin spice candles, baking and spending time by the bon fire. I made my first loaf of pumpkin bread with peanut butter chips. It was yummy!

For those of you who are wondering about the house. It is coming along, we are waiting on our dining room table to be made, should be here within 3 weeks! I cannot wait to start decorating the formal dining room. The kitchen is finally done and organized, that has been the biggest project! Everything else is coming along, I am just so glad we are finally here. Luther is having a hard time understanding what is going on… with the workers coming in, the MAIL MAN! He hates the mail man :/ Hopefully he will learn soon to stop barking at literally every single person that walks up to our door. He has become super protective over me, which is good but also has its down falls.

Life is great! and we are figuring out this whole adult thing with having a house now. Its fun ūüôā I hope y’all have a great weekend!!

xoxo-mika-jade

Life with Andrew

 

You guys! I want to take a moment to talk about the guy who has supported all my crazy ideas, moved away from his home town for this girl, eats just as much as I do and we aren’t ashamed of it and the one who is behind the camera!

This past August we celebrated our¬†3 years. I wouldn’t change a thing! We are by no means perfect but to me he is perfect. Andrew has helped me become whom I want to be as a person. He has taught me not to sweat the little things, live each day like it’s the last and laugh often!

A few things about Drew. He ¬†is a mamas boy and that’s one thing I love about him. When you see a man treat his mom like the world you know your in store for a great life ahead! Not only that but he values his family and even though he’s hundreds of miles away he tries his hardest to be the best, son, brother, friend and uncle to his friends and family.

Drew has the biggest smile and best laugh that can honestly put a smile on anyones face! He has really funny jokes, or really horrible ones that I have no idea what he is talking about but I can’t help but laugh. He is a movie junky, he knows every Jim Carrey movie there is out there!

Life with drew has been a rollercoaster! The long distance, the FaceTime dates, the multiple trips back and forth from Kansas City to Michigan and now living together! We truly are working on ourselves, and our relationship every day. Relationships are not easy.  I literally learn something new from this guy every day.

Some pretty big news is we are moving into a HOUSE! We have been living in an apartment together for a year. We decided to move into a house. We have been wanting to get a back yard for Luther and the opportunity fell into our lap with this home. We are so beyond blessed with this opportunity and it being passed down from my¬†Family. We will be renting and fixing it up as time goes on. ¬†We are currently getting things all together for the big move. I can’t wait to share more, we have been busting our butts to make this house our home I can’t wait to share pictures with you guys once we get settled! <3 So for now Cheers to 3 years and seeing what¬†God has in store for us next, have a fab weekend!

xoxo-mika-jade

Fall wardrobe must haves

Hi lovies!! I am so so so excited for fall, and my closet¬†is proof to show it! I have been wanting to find a turtleneck sweater for a while now and I scored this one recently at Nordstrom¬†Rack! How about those booties?! I believe everyone needs a good pair of versatile booties. With that being said, earlier on in the Summer and finally busted them¬†out, I mean everything about them says autumn is coming. A¬†trend I am super stoked about is bucket purses, they are totally a thing right now and I got this one also at Nordstrom Rack. I am so in love with it, there is something about a good outfit and fall like weather. I hope you all have a stellar night, I’m off to bed!

 

xoxo-mika-jade

Just do it.

Good morning ! As I sit hear writing this I am looking at Luther so groggy from meds, and I am so tired. Yesterday he got fixed, we were up practically¬†all night trying to stay comfy in bed. Finally at 4AM I put him in his crate because poor thing didn’t know what he wanted.

These past few weeks have been hectic with renovating/ cleaning a new house, getting back into town, balancing clients and all that jazz. The one thing I get to do that I truly believe keeps me sane is work out!  I wanted to share with you one of my go to brands when it comes to working out!

Working out has never been my favorite thing to do, but the aspect of how it balances me out is why I do it.

Nike has been one of my favorite brands since I can remember. From their sports bras, to their shoes! I recently got these new kicks and have to say that are by far the comfiest Nike shoes I have ever owned! Their brand has always been loyal to their costumers.

With this fall coming up I am so excited for more runs and walks outside!! My routine consists of this >>>¬†workout! I¬†personally use the 12 week plan. I have been such a slacker lately with us being out of town and moving this month there is a lot going on. I can’t wait to get this booty back into shape and share with you all my journey from my workouts to my meals!

xoxo-mika-jade

Hello 24! Boxy Floral Romper

Hello 24, and Hello September. It has been almost over a month since I have made a post!

Well I am a little ALOT late to the big thank yous to everyone who help celebrate my 24th Birthday last month! I am so blessed to be surrounded with such loving people. My birthday was one for the books!

Andrew took the day off and we woke up, opened gifts from him and Mr. Luther and then headed Downtown for some yummy bagels I have been wanting to try. We then spent the day majority being lazy due to the heat index being way to hot to enjoy the outdoors. We then continued our night with family and friends at The Oliver a restaurant down at the Country Club Plaza. They had amazing food, and were so kind and made me a birthday card signed by all the servers, I thought that was so sweet <3

We then headed to Mccormicks and shmitsd for a yummy dessert our friends have been talking about. THE CHOCOLATE BAG! If you haven’t had one I highly suggest it. It is life changing.

xoxo-mika-jade

 

simply chic

I’ve always loved a good simple chic dress perfect for any occasion. I wore this great dress for my sisters Sprinkle. I ¬†found it for only $16.99 at TJMAXX ! They never disappoint.

Can we all say HELLO AUGUST! Dang, where has this summer went? Is it bad that I’m excited for Fall?! The combat boots, comfy sweaters and jeans! I can’t event think of fall until we get past this fun month! There is so much happening ¬†Andrew and I are celebrating 3 years Sunday, my birthday is Wednesday the big 24! And a trip to Michigan at the end of this Month where we will see all of our family and friends. My parents just got a boat and so did Andrew’s so that called for getting Luther a life jacket and it is adorable on him! Also want to be safe since he has never been on open water! Safety first! We have such a crazy schedule on top of so many more fun things to come in September and October!

I recently came along some great new foundation and lipstick! I have been asked a a few times to share my favorite lipstick brands so I thought why not make a post soon about that! ūüôā So please stay tuned for that fun post!

Shoes : Target // Dress: TJMAXX

xoxo-mika-jade

 

 

5 things Luther Nash has reminded me to do

  1. Time is precious.

    It has almost been 4 months since we have brought Luther Nash home and it has gone by so fast. I always say I live day by day but in my head I really am planning for the future and sometimes thats okay but I need to live more in the moment! I have had a huge reality check these past couple months especially with how fast this summer is going by! We must enjoy the big moments in life but also the little ones! ( look how tiny he was, side note: iPhone pictures from our road trip picking him up ūüôā )

  2. Be Silly. 

    Edited (15 of 21)Being an adult can be so serious sometimes. Luther reminds me that there has to be time to play and let your energy out and just simply be silly. Sometimes you just need to sing it out in the car, (guilty) or dance in the apartment by yourself ( guilty also of). The other night Andrew and I literally where crying in bed laughing so hard at the most ridiculous video! Being silly is good for your soul.

  3. Don’t Hold Grudges. 

    c (5 of 1)I mean look at that face!? How could you ever be mad at it. There are days where I just want to pull my hair out simply because he chooses to be a little booger some days! But I can’t be mad.I am the queen of holding grudges! But I have learned to move on you must let things go your only doing it to yourself!

  4. Give yourself a break. 

    Edited (3 of 8)Life is going by so ¬†fast, I mean look how fast this summer has already gone by! It’s a nice reminder when I see Luther laying down to just sit down and relax for a second!¬†I am use to walks on my own but now I of course bring Luther and we haven’t quite grasped the concept of a full walk. He follows his nose, lies down in the middle of the side walk or lies down in the grass and just look at me! It’s a good reminder to just take a break and I am okay with that!

  5. Smile Often. 

    luther (9 of 17)With so much going on in this world today its hard to smile sometimes! But Luther reminds me that we have to smile even if you have to fake it sometimes ( it can have positive impact on your stress levels and your mood). Luther is always happy and showing those pretty teeth. Its a good reminder that life is too short not to smile!

No one ever said having a dog was going to be a breeze and its not! But one thing I do know is Luther has pretty cool parents and we are all he knows. As humans we have family and friends. We are literally all Luther knows ( and of course the people and other dogs we expose him to) but we are his safe place. I recently have  been realizing that with our first trip coming up where we have to leave him!

If you’re getting or thinking about getting a puppy/ dog! Do it, ( only if you’re ready for the responsibility and work) it will change your life for the better! It has made me a better person and continuing¬†to change me in ways! I hope you all have a great Tuesday!

Big things are happening these next couple months and I can’t wait to share them with you!!! Hopefully blog to come sooner than later about it ūüôā

xoxo-mika-jade

Crowned Free

 

When a rainy morning turns into a beautiful day, you know its going to be a good day!

I wanted to share with you all this awesome clothing and accessory line where these tanks have been made by girls that have been rescued out of slavery in Cambodia. Crowned Free employs about 91 girls in Cambodia who make some of their clothing. They give back 35% to different organizations as well…..http://crownedfree.com/wear-to-give/¬†¬†¬†this link will show all of the different organizations that they ¬†have given too!

Crowned free has been so gracious to all of my followers to give you all FREE SHIPPING under the word “lipstick” until July 31. ¬†for ALL items!

xoxo-mika-jade!

Coca Cola 4th of July Weekend

Happy Sunday! What has everyone been up to this Holiday weekend?! Whats up with this rainy weather. I am looking forward to some sunshine tomorrow, hopefully. Despite the rain it overall has been a great weekend so far. Full of family, friends and I had a wedding yesterday that I filmed.

Since it is rainy today headed to do some retail therapy and found a cute handkerchief for Luther Nash that he will wear tomorrow! The only thing that was missing from this shoot was a nice cold coke in a bottle!!

Shorts : American Eagle// Shirt: Forever 21// Black Sunglasses : Quay// Heart Sunglasses: Target

I hope you all have a great and safe rest of your weekend! Lets not forget what tomorrow is about.

 

Images by the best Brooke Genn from Nomadic Newlyweds 

xoxo-mika-jade

 

Zara Striped dress

Happy Monday! Who is ready for the 4th! I sure am, nothing I love more than celebrating Independence Day surround by the ones I love. I also am obsessing over the striped dress from Zara!! It is currently sold out, such a bummer! But it is so light weight, and you can dress it up or dress it down! You’ll catch me wearing it this weekend!

Where has this month gone? I am amazed by how fast it is going by! I have some traveling plans coming up this month and in August that will make it go by even faster. I am trying to absorb every moment of this summer I can. But is it bad to say I am a lover of Fall?!  <3

This weekend was so fun but yet so busy! Friday night we went out to dinner with some of our friends to¬†II Lazzarone¬†located near the River Markey. I have been wanting to go to this spot for a while and finally went, it was scrumptious. I love me authentic pizza. Saturday night we went to go watch our friend play Baseball for the T-bones. It was hot and sticky out but I scored a yummy corn dog. I told y’all I was a foodie! We wrapped the weekend up with a lazy Sunday but much needed!

Tonight I have some dinner in the crockpot, a yummy chicken salsa recipe and of course watching the bachelorette tonight! Who else is a sucker for that show?! I got drew to start watching it with me when we started dating and now he is hooked! Have a great night!

Thank you Nomadic Newlyweds for the photos!

 

 

 

xoxo-mika-jade

Park Place

Happy Hump Day! Yesterday Andrew and I went out to dinner @ the MIXX and hung out with some of our friends. Adjusting to working from home has been putting me in a funk and so getting out and having coffee and meeting with other creatives and of course visiting my nephew blake and sisters has been keeping me sane. Luther turned 4 months old today! Which is so crazy to me, he finally went down the stairs yesterday guys! And then got sick due to us bribing him to go down with treats, poor thing. But hey he now goes down them no problem!! Today I am editing, making calls and preparing some outfits for a session tomorrow with a friend who takes fabulous photos <3 Below is a fun video I put together of Mr. Luther Nash Enjoy!

 

Shoes : TARGET // Dress : THRESHING BEE

 

Donkey Tanqueria

I am such a foodie and I have been eyeing this restaurant for a while now! If you haven’t heard of Donkey Tanqueria well thats okay! Ill tell you all about it. It is located in Grand Rapids, MI off wealthy street. The restaurant has overall a very chill vibe with an indoor and outdoor seating. The inside had a very cool bar area with several spots to sit. We chose to sit out side because it was such beautiful night and we knew we would be there for a while so I wanted to absorb that awesome Michigan air.

We ordered a pitcher of their¬†prickly pear margarita! Which was delicious, I highly recommend it! It was pretty sweet which ¬†I really enjoy so if you don’t like sweet you may want to try something else.

Of course we had to get the queso and guac, my two favorite things to try at mexican restaurants, I give them both a 10!! The queso had a little kick to it which I am a fan of. Emily and I  ordered some tacos which were super yummy also! All in all I really enjoyed the over all atmosphere, food and service! It is a place that I  would recommend to anyone of you in the Grand Rapids area!

On this night I was able to catch up with my friends from the Mitten and it was long overdue. We talked about middle school memories and now what was happening  in our lives currently. I truly believe in surrounding yourself with positive people and creatives that inspire you. I hope you all are having a great week <3

xoxo-mika-jade

Grand Rapids, MI

 

Have you ¬†ever had a weekend where you get away and it goes by so fast you’re sad its over, but you’re so glad to be home!? Well that was my weekend. I had such a great weekend, where I filmed a beautiful ¬†wedding, was able to schedule as mommy and me session with some great people and visit with family and friends! As great and rewarding it was, it is so great to sleep in my own bed and get back into routine and OF COURSE see my hunny.

(For those of you who don’t know I am a photography/ videographer ) So, Lets talk about this wedding I filmed, I really can’t even describe how down to earth it was and how relaxed the bride and groom were! They had a traditional ceremony and a reception to follow,¬†but the way they went about it was so great. The bride complete DIY’d the entire thing. She had several different center pieces under a large tent that was filled with lights, ¬†dueling pianos as her music/ dj, a truck bed full of beer, a path way full of lights, random doors decorated with their initials and trees full of decor, vintage couches, lamps and that really doesn’t even do it justice! You’ll just have to follow me on Instagram and my photography FB page to see it when its finished (@mikajadephotography & Mika Jade Photography- FB )

**Being in the wedding industry you sure do see a lot, and I have been so blessed to see such positive sides of it, thanks to my cool clients! So shout out to them <3 **

The day before I left, I got sun poisoning ¬†sitting out for 2 hours! I used SPF and everything, obviously it wasn’t the best brand. Lets just say I still am recovering from that and it sure isn’t fun. Aloe & Coconut oil have been my best friend these past couple days. That night I enjoyed some delicious mexican food with some of the coolest gals I know. We sipped on margaritas, ate guac & queso while catching up and sharing laughs. ¬†( Blog post soon to come )

My mom and I drove back to KC yesterday morning at 2:30 am and I have been unpacking all day today and getting Luther back into a routine. It was a quick but long trip and like I said I am so glad to be home! I just realized also that Bachelorette is not on tonight. So looks like some netflix & chill is about to happen! I hope you all enjoy your Monday night and have a great week!

Romper: Versona // Shoes : Target

PC: Stacy Jo <3

xoxo-mika-jade

Summer nights grilling

I don’t know about you guys but ¬†grilling a fruit with your steak, chicken you name it is always a must! I have been trying to find a balance of every food group when we eat dinner and sometimes fruit to me does not sound appetizing during dinner. So… I found an alternative way to eat fruit.¬†¬†We grilled steaks and seasoned them with McCormick’s,¬†Montreal Steak seasoning. It was the perfect combo the zest with the sweet pineapple flavor! I am such a foodie!

I am just now learning to use a charcoal grill, Andrew showed me how to start it up and get it going last night. I have to say it is a little intimidating.¬†Up next we are going to grill peaches I think ūüôā so stay tuned!!

If you’re grilling out this weekend I recommend you try this! Sometimes I add brown sugar, last night I didn’t thats a good sweet treat!

 

xoxo-mika-jade

 

 

half up twist on the plaza

You guys I have some thick hair and am currently ¬†in the process of trying to grow it out so lets just say doing my hair sometimes is not fun! Lately though I have been really getting into styling it more, rather than just curling it or straightening it! I found out that by curling it so often I was damaging my hair so much. Because it’s¬†summer time I know we all like to throw it up or do something simple but yet cute to make a statement! This is been ¬†my favorite go to summer hair style. To accomplish¬†those little wave curls I simply used my straightener!

Today my hair still had some curl it in so I am now wearing it in high pony! I don’t wash my hair that often… I know it sounds gross but I notice my hair way healthier after 3-4 days not washing it! I use a really awesome Dry shampoo I shared with you guys a few posts ago! ¬†I know some of you are thinking well does she shower?!¬†OF COURSE! I just put my hair is a cute cap and do my thang! ( I follow plenty of other bloggers/ friends that also don’t clean their hair for a lot longer )

I am thinking about starting some tutorials on hair and just simply sharing more videos on my blog! What do y’all think?! Let me know what you want to see!!

 

xoxo-mika-jade

 

Happy Donut Day!

 

YAY for Donut Day!! And happy Fri- YAY!

Everyone loves a FREE¬†donut so head on over to Dunkin Donuts and receive a free donut with a purchase of coffee, or simply go to Krispy Creme ( MY FAV ) for a free donut with no purchase necessary! Also Lamar’s Donuts is giving away free donuts also!

 

xoxo-mika-jade

 

Off the shoulder, chunky heel trend

White off shoulder shirt (similar ) : Versona // Tan Over coat: Versona // Chunky Heel DSW

Happy Friday Night! I am loving this off the shoulder trend and chunk heel trend!! This is the perfect transition outfit from Spring to Summer! Not going to lie, getting use to this heel took a while and after a few hours my feet were killing! The shoe is comfy but totally need to break them in before planning on wearing them all day long! How great is this background ?! Andrew’s family home is right on a Lake in Michigan and theres the cutest house and beautiful front yard with this big tree and I insisted on stopping!

What’s everyone doing this weekend?!! We have some plans, but tonight we are staying in to relax drink some wine and watch some movies! Theres something about staying in¬†on a Friday that makes the weekend last a little longer! I hope you all have a safe, fun and beautiful weekend!

xoxo-mika-jade

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