We have a heatwave coming our way and the news is saying the heat index is going to be 110 degrees. PHEW- so let’s cool down together with this Skinny Marg Recipe!
There’s no denying it that I am a tequila girl- so give me all the margaritas (and queso) and I am one happy gal. We had a dinner party a couple of months back and I was told there would be margaritas involved but little did I know they would be “skinny margs.” I have heard of that phrase but never had really indulged in a skinny marg- so I thought why not!
What makes them skinny? Tequila and water, okay and maybe some simple syrup… but really that is it!
What you will need to make a Skinny Margarita:
Tequila (Jose Cuervo Especial- Blue Agave)
Agave Simple Syrup (Found at your local store- target, hyvee, aldi)
Step 1: Fill your cup with ice and 1 shot of tequila (or let’s be honest, you can add a shot or 2!)
Step 2: Add your Agave simple syrup desired amount- start with less and add more at the end if need be. (Found at Aldi, Hyvee, Target)
Step 3: Cut a lime in half.
Step 4: Squeeze lime over ice, tequila and simple syrup. Stir and you have yourself a skinny marg!
It is apparent I love to shop and I LOVE a good deal so I am sharing with you all some of my favorite outfits that I bought in the month of March. See something you like? My sizes are detailed by each photo and the images are at the bottom where you can shop these looks!
How cute is this black jumpsuit? romper? Call it what you want- but everyone needs this in their life. (Wearing a size small)
Lululemon dupe joggers, Yes please! (Wearing a size small) I probably could go down one size if I wanted them tighter.
I love my “MIDWST” tee from my shop MidwestStandard.com all tees are unisex and I am wearing a size small!
Matching pajamas are my go to lately. I want to donate a-lot of my tees I have right now and pants that don’t match. This set is cozy and very well priced. (wearing a size small)
This sweater is lightweight and perfect for transitioning into Spring! (wearing a size small)
OBSESSED with this jumpsuit! Is it not perfect for SPRING? (wearing a size small)
If you don’t know now you know leopard is not going anywhere on my platform. I am swooning over all the pieced I own now! (wearing a size small)
I am so over spending $$$$ at Starbucks. Don’t get me wrong I love a good opportunity to take a picture with my Starbucks cup but shoot… a girls gotta budget and that means cutting daily spending at Starbucks.
Andrew recently got us a espresso machine… which has saved my butt! But I still was missing my Chai Tea lattes that I would get from Starbucks. I finally found out how they make it and you can buy all the ingredients at Target?! SAYY WHAT!
You can make a Starbucks Copy Cat Chai Tea Latte is 4 easy steps!
Step 1: Put your desired amount of ice in your choice of cup, I use our mason jars when I am home and then a to go plastic cup when I am on the go.
Step 2: Fill the cup up half way with the Chai mix.
Step 3: Fill the remaining cup up with your choice of milk. I prefer Vanilla Almond Milk.
Step 4: Stir it all together and there you go! That simple 🙂
Happy #NationalPizzaDay friends! If there is one Drew and I can agree on the most it is our LOVE for pizza.
I recently had a vision of wanting a session with a few of my favorite things, Andrew, pizza, wine and RANCH! So I reached out to Jill a local KC photographer who is such an amazing photographer- she trusted my vision along with her ideas and we made it happen!
FUN FACT: If you have followed me on my social media you will see that no matter the circumstances if Ranch is needed- I have it. Literally I carry it with me practically everywhere if I know there will be pizza.
There is just something about Hidden Valley ranch that is hard to beat!
When we were delivered these photos Jill titled it “Love is in the Ranch” I laughed out loud because it could not have been a better description!
Happy #NationalPizza day, go out and get your favorite and be sure to tag me today I love when people share their pizza love 🙂
You aren’t married… you don’t have kids… blah blah. I get asked here and there why Andrew and I take Christmas photos. I wanted to share with you reasons why we do Christmas photos and also the perfect excuse to show you all theses amazing photos shot my the talented Beth Grimm!
Family and Friends- Since Andrew was born and raised in Michigan we do not see his family and friends as often. In general life gets crazy even when we do go home we do not get to see everyone, so we thought it would be a great way to check in with family and friends.
Memories– I love looking back on the past few years and how much we have changed and grown. Whether you’re married, not married, have kids or simply have a dog. It is so fun to look back each year and see how much has changed.
(Just caught that I was clearly flipping the camera off LOL)
Chance to dress up– I feel like the older we get the less opportunities we have to “dress up” so I always try to plan our outfits and pick a spot that is different than the year before.
Discovering new photographers– I love switching up photographers for all types of occasions. Everyone has their own style but yet I try to pick a photographer that has a similar esthetic that overall compliments my style and social media.
Focus on us- Photos are a good time to just be in the moment and not worry about anything else. When we worked with Beth that is exactly how she made us feel. I don’t think we have laughed that hard in a while. Happy Holiday’s from my little family to yours.
Okay if anyone can love a good gift guide it is me. You all requested ALOT this year so I am going to do my best to help you all out! First as an avid homebody I was very excited about this gift guide. Whether you are shopping for your best friend, sister or mom! If they are a homebody there is something on this gift guide for them!
Come watch a movie with me- Free Tickets to “Life Itself” 9/19
Come watch a movie with me! You Are Invited- I will be hosting an advance screening to watch “LIFE ITSELF” This upcoming Wednesday night! I have 80 passes (40 admits 2) to giveaway, read below to claim yours!
ABOUT LIFE ITSELF: As a young New York couple goes from college romance to marriage and the birth of their first child, the unexpected twists of their journey create reverberations that echo over continents and through lifetimes in LIFE ITSELF.
Director and writer Dan Fogelman (“This Is Us”) examines the perils and rewards of everyday life in a multigenerational saga featuring an international ensemble including Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening, Olivia Cooke, Sergio Peris- Mencheta, Laia Costa, Alex Monner and Mandy Patinkin. Set in New York City and Carmona, Spain, LIFE ITSELF celebrates the human condition and all of its complications with humor, poignancy, and love. In Theaters September 21st.
Want to learn more about the film? Head to their social channels. Website: www.LifeItself.Movie
Facebook – @lifeitselfmovie
Twitter – @lifeitselfmovie Instagram – @lifeitselfmovie
Screening details B&B Overland Park 16
(8601 W 135th St, Overland Park, KS 66223) Wednesday, September 19 @ 7:30pm
*if you need your ticketing code a 2nd time, use the text at the end of the link: LayersAndLipstick
*you will need to create an Amazon Screenings account to redeem, if you don’t already have one.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Limit one (1), up to an admit-two pass per person, while supplies last. A limited number of admit-two passes are available per code and once all passes are redeemed, the code will be invalid. This film is rated R for language including sexual references, some violent images and brief drug use. Must be 17 years of age or older to receive pass. Seating is available on a first-come, first served basis. Employees of all promotional partners and their agencies are not eligible. Void where prohibited. SEATING IS LIMITED, SO ARRIVE EARLY. PASS DOES NOT GUARANTEE A SEAT AT THE SCREENING. Refer to screening pass for further restrictions.
Who has put off getting a new bed for over 2 years now? ME!
Shopping let alone for a bed sucks, but I knew when we walked into West Elm it was for a reason- It was when we met Leesa. Have you heard of the brand? Leesa is a bed in a box company and for every 10th bed sold they donate one. And every time they sell a bed they plant a tree for every bed sold.
Not only when you buy a bed do you get to go home and get a good night sleep- you sleep better knowing you helped someone out!
I don’t know who or what I love more now? Our bed or Andrew? okay okay I am kidding- kind of 😉
We ended up going with the luxury style Sapira brand of Leesa because with my chronic back issues I needed something firm and supportive. Their original Leesa is great as well but not as firm (again which I needed).
It took 10 days for my body to really adjust to the new mattress. Lessa lets you try the mattress in your own home for 100 nights (risk-free!) with free shipping! The bed is much more firm than my older bed where I used to sleep on such a broken in bed where each side dipped and Andrew and I would roll into the middle by the morning.
Luther was a little confused on what we were doing when we opened the bed- you guys the process of unboxing one of these is UNREAL. See the video below!
Does anyone else have a super jealous dog? Luther is so funny when it comes to Andrew and I being funny and messing around. Literally thinks we are hurting one another- ha!
Now that we have a good bed I am so excited to put the finishing touches on our room.
I am over the moon about this new mattress and love waking up feeling so refreshed!
Is it time for you to check into getting a new bed? Leesa has be so great and they are giving my followers a code – Use promo code MIKAJADE for $130 off! Head over to their site to learn more about what Leesa has to offer!
I feel like this year is going to be the best one yet- let’s be honest I think I say that every year! I felt so special last weekend on my birthday, thanks to all of you.
I planned out the entire weekend with family and friends.
We went to such a beautiful spot for dinner 1889 Pizza Napoletana with family. You guys this restaurant is so trendy and delicious (of course I forgot to take pictures of the 7 pizza’s we ordered! I promise if you go here you will not be disappointed.
I am so blessed to be surrounded by great friends and family. I wish for nothing but good health and to be surrounded by even more love this year. Thank you all for making me feel so loved and thank you to those who helped me celebrate the entire weekend.
My hopes for my 26th year on this earth:
Creating more friendships and meeting new people.
Focusing more on myself and things that make me happy.
Not letting fear get in the way of things that I have been wanting to do.
Less screen time.
Attending more events to better myself as a creative and as a person.
How do you prefer to celebrate your birthday? I heard after you turn 25, birthdays only go downhill from there? Well not for this girl. I am now 26 and thriving- feeling like the best is yet to come. I always find a reason to celebrate an occasion especially the day of my birth. You don’t get years back so why be down on your age? I understand that birthdays can be a touchy subject, depending who you’re talking to. Everyone has their own rhyme and reason.
I will be spending my birthday surrounded by friends and family this year- which is my favorite way to spend it. We typically go out to eat, have cake and celebrate!
I would love to hear from you, are you the type that celebrates or do you skip it? I’d love to know your favorite way to celebrate your birthday!
For a while now I have been wanting to make our house a home. To make it complete on I have always pictured the front exterior a certain way. I have envisioned making DIY shutters for our home ever since we moved in two years ago.
I have been doing my research on these DIY shutters for a while now- almost discouraged because it seemed like a big task. It was actually a breeze and with some help from the kind people at Home Depot, Andrew, and my dad we completed the task!
Andrew and I call Home Depot our second home because we are ALWAYS there- and to be honest I can’t say one bad thing about Home Depot they are always so helpful. Our favorite thing is that they are dog-friendly, Luther LOVES the workers there.
Let’s get to it!
What you will need:
Large width brush
Galvanized screws (brown- depending on the color of stain)
Step 1: Measure your windows from top to bottom.
We prefer the wood to be flush- from top to bottom, but some people leave some room on the top and bottom of the windows when measuring. The average width is about 12 inches we went actually 15 inches due to the style I was trying to pull off.
Step 2: Pick out your wood.
We chose to go with Cedarwood- it is durable and already treated. After talking with multiple workers their they suggested the cedar over the pine due to it being best for the exterior. * Note if you do get a wood that is not treated you will need to treat it properly so it can stand weather conditions.
Step 3: Cut your wood- or have Home Depot cut it (that is what we did)
Step3: Stain Wood
Picking out stain was so stressful for me (big commitment) ha! We picked out a stain that complemented the exterior of our house color. We chose a brighter stain to make the wood pop. (Let stain sit and apply as needed to get to ideal color).
Step 4: Assemble Wood (After Stain Sits)
Line up 3 boards width and two across the top and bottom. This is where you use the nail gun. (As you will see I used the width of the boards to space out the wood to the desired width.)
Step 5: Nail to the House (You will need the galvanized screws and Drill and ladder)
* We chose the brown galvanized screws so they would blend with the wood and the great thing about getting galvanized screws is that they will not rust and run down on the wood making it look rusty.
Hi friends, on social media things, can look one way or another and maybe sometimes you don’t know who I am and what I like…so I wanted to share with you some things I love!
Learn more about me and I would love to hear what we have in common!
Coming home to Luther and Andrew after a long day. Going to the movies randomly. Sushi dates. Hearing my sweet niece and nephew say my name. Writing random cards to my sweet friends. Obsessed with Ranch. Talking to my grandma on the way home from work. Listening to my playlist while editing. Going on walks. Paddling boarding in Michigan early mornings on the crips lake. Encouraging others to follow their dreams.
I love bright lipstick (I don’t wear it as often as I would like).
Meeting new people.
Cuddling up in bed and Luther snuggling up to Andrew and I. Being a younger sister and learning from two older sisters. Being an auntie. Thai Food. I love dermatology. Grocery shopping on a weeknight. Binge watching shows. Curling my hair. Bath bombs. Pizza.
Chai Tea Latte. Online shopping. Collecting Stationary. Date nights with my dad. Re-organizing rooms. Helping others with their future plans. Going to church. Sister Time. Road trips.
Can you say you knew those things about me? I hope you learned a little more about me. I would love to hear what we have in common, share below!
We all know the summers here in Kansas can be sultry so I have partnered up with Beauty Brands to talk about my favorite summer beauty products that help me beat the heat!
Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream– This one is a game changer it is super lightweight and helps moisturize your hair while creating a soft look for natural styles. This is the perfect oil to brush through your hair to help flyaway’s- do not use a lot it can make your hair greasy if you apply too much!
Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray– With this heat I know I do not like to blow dry my hair all time so I use the Bumble and Bumble Surf spray to create a natural beauty look. You apply it to damp hair and let it air dry. I love keeping this in my bag to spray in my hair after getting it wet from the pool so all day I will keep the natural wave.
Luther clearly wanted to be in on the shoot as well.
Living Proof Restore Instant Protection-If you have never used a product to protect your hair from your heating tools I recommend this. It not only helps protect against the heat but as well against UV rays and humidity (Y’all the humidity here has been HORRIBLE so this will be your best friend!)
NYX Matte Makeup Spray– This matte spray provides a gorgeous shine-free matte finish that is very lightweight and ensures that your makeup stays put throughout the day/ night. All you have to do is spray this over your face after you apply your makeup, it’s that easy!
Make Up Eraser– Do you ever struggle with taking off your makeup? I know I have. I ditched the makeup removers that burn my eyes and found my self the Make Up Eraser. I wish I would have recorded myself using this for the first time because my mind was blown. It removes EVERYTHING, waterproof mascara, eyeliner, foundation you name it! All you have to do is get it wet and wipe off your face to get a clean face, I of course then follow with my cleanser. To clean the Make Up Eraser you simply throw it in the wash every week.
SuperGoop! Everyday Sunscreen- Ever since starting my blog I became more aware of my skin and making sure I am using good products especially ones that protect my face from the sun. I have been religious with sunscreen. This lightweight everyday sunscreen you can put on before applying your makeup. Plus is it is oil-free so it doesn’t make your face feel like it has anything on it! It’s a win, win! Protect your skin people!
Tart Lights Camera Splashes Waterproof 4-in-1 Black Mascara– Last but not least, on the far right we have one of my favorite mascaras that stays on through rain, sweat and tears! It lengthens, curls and volumizes as well as conditions your eye lashes to give you stunning lashes. Perfect mascara for a pool day!
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This post has been sponsored by Coffee-mate® Creamers. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
We are halfway to the weekend and I am so ready to unwind. Do you live for the weekends like me? I think I look forward to the weekend when Monday morning arrives, ha! This weekend I could not be more excited to relax and sip on some coffee featuring my new favorite creamers.
Are you a coffee lover? Do you like to add a little sweetness to your coffee? Well, guess what, Coffee-mate® Creamers just came out with 3 new dessert-inspired flavors at Walmart and I am obsessed. Oh my yum. One thing you should know about me, and if you don’t, now you’ll know… I LOVE to shop whether that be for groceries, clothes, or basics, and Walmart is one my go-to places. They have affordable prices, variety and all the goods that make them a one-stop shop for any needs on your list. And they happen to carry the aforementioned creamers, too.
Coffee-mate® Creamers just released a line of Dessert Creamers in Coconut Caramel Latte creamer, Toasted Marshmallow Mocha, and Cookies & Cream flavors. Talk about melting in your mouth! I may be a rare breed but I am not a “black coffee” type gal–give me all the sweets to add to my morning coffee and I’ll be happy! You can head to your local Walmart and purchase one of these 3 scrumptious flavors, heck get all three! You can find them in the dairy section. Oh! And be sure to look for the Coffee-mate in-store sampling event happening May 10-13th, too.
If I could describe each of these Coffee-mate® Creamers in one word…
Coconut Caramel Latte- Devine This one instantly turns your simple, at-home coffee into a trendy and expensive-tasting latte. The coconut and caramel are the perfect compliment to each other. And the flavors kind of remind me of my favorite Girl Scout cookie.
Toasted Marshmallow Mocha- Savory This creamer reminds me of summer nights by the firepit. It is the perfect amount of sweet!
Cookies & Cream- Delectable Like ice-cream in your coffee–I just can’t get enough of this flavor! This one might be my favorite.
My weekend morning routine consists of this gal waking up to the fresh smell of the coffee pot going- thanks to Andrew. When I smell that, my feet are on the ground and I am up, and now that I have Coffee-mate® Creamers at the tip of my fingers, I get even more excited to wake up!
I choose to start my weekend on a positive note by creating “me time.” Whether that is reading a book (I honestly had to start my book over because it has been so long since I have picked it up), scrolling through social media (my guilty pleasure), or simply taking a deep breath by looking out the window, I find time to do one of those many things with my coffee in hand.
I am a huge advocate for creating “me time” I sometimes am the WORST at making that time for myself but when I do, boy do I love it. Balance is key on the weekends for me. That consists of just enough coffee to get my day started!
Is it just me or are all these colors and images on the packaging an eye-catcher? The packaging just makes my mouth water…
One thing I am excited about is to try these is in my iced coffee when the weather gets warmer here in KC. It really has not felt like Spring here, which is super disappointing.
Head to your nearest Walmart location to purchase the newest creamers added to the Coffee-mate® Creamers family. And head here for even more inspiration and details about the new Coffee-mate Dessert Creamers!
Spring has sprung and it does not feel like it, my friends! I feel like I have been wanting Spring as soon as Winter started, haha who is with me? I hear we are going to get a beautiful Saturday but then Sunday possibly getting snow?!
I posted this outfit about a week back and talked about how I was feeling so insecure. I am not sure what triggered it but it really sucked. I talked about how pictures don’t always portray what is really going on in the photos.
I was a hot mess and was being so SASSY with Andrew… I am so blessed that he takes my photos a majority of the time because he gets me and knows how to make me smile when I am feeling down.
I found this outfit at TJMAXX- minus the shoes they are from Target. When I find an entire outfit at TJMAXX I feel super successful on a shopping spree. I recently did a poll over on my Instagram asking you ladies if you shop my outfits or just look it was about 50/50 so I am going to try and find more clothes that I can link for you gals that are looking for similar items or exact items I am wearing!
This outfit is so simple chic to me. You can wear it almost anywhere and mix up the shoes with a bright color or throw on a coat to mix it up! Still looking for a last minute outfit, find a pair of light or dark paired jeans in your closet, go get yourself a pretty white blouse or light easter color and throw on some short heals!
Favorite places to shop for similar items like these: Target, Old Navy, Gap, TJMAXX, Lucky Brand, H&M, JCREW, Madewell.
I hope you all have a blessed Easter weekend with your loved ones.
Who knew brushing your teeth could be so much fun? Especially when you have matching ones from Quip! Did you know most people don’t take care of their teeth properly? You either brush too hard, unevenly, not long enough or don’t brush often enough!
I actually think my dental hygiene got better after dating Andrew no lie. He is ALWAYS brushing his teeth so I had to step up my game LOL.
Quip has different options on the color choice which I really like, I can’t tell you how many times I have forgotten which toothbrush was mine because we had the same colors… I chose the copper metal and Andrew chose the slate metal color. One thing I really like is the nifty dual-use cover that comes with them (not the plastic tube the base that it is in) which makes traveling with your electric toothbrush easier.
Did you know that you should brush your teeth for 2 minutes at a time? The Quip has sensitive vibrations that use a built-in timer to pulse every 30 seconds and turn off after 2 minutes, helping guide a full and even clean.
How cool, you can mount the case to your mirror at home using a micro-suction strip! The subscription actually delivers new tubes of toothpaste as well when you run out.
Quip has made our life easier instead of running to the store every so often to go pick up new toothbrushes we get new brush heads delivered right to our door!
Dentist recommends that you change your bristles after 3 months because bristles become worn out and ineffective at cleaning. Why not pay $5 with free shipping for your bristles to be automatically refreshed.
Where has the last 2 years gone? Happy Birthday Luther Nash. Becoming a dog mom I have learned so much and gained such a great responsibility.
Andrew and I are in disbelief that this dude once was the size of our forearm. We have watched several home videos of the moments we have documented and are pinching ourselves on how fast time has gone by.
Of course we spoiled him with a peanut butter cake from Three Dog’s Bakery.Yes I know the 2 is backwards but running from the tripod and picking up the prop I was not prepared! LOL
I know I have said it probably way to much, but we got so lucky with Luther. He is seriously practically perfect- well no one/ dog is perfect but I have no complaints. Okay well maybe his breath sometimes and his barking but goodness- he’s so CUTE. Drew claims I love Luther more than him… and I just say “It is a different type of love.” Am I right? haha
Can I admit something- for the entire year up until a couple days when he turned one I thought his birthday was February 21… then I started looking through emails with his breeder and realized it was the 22! THE ENTIRE TIME WE HAD HIM I THOUGHT IT WAS THE 21st…for the first year NOPE the 22nd LOL! Dog mom of the year 😉
Happy Birthday Luther Nash- Thanks for making me a dog mom and responsible human being.
You do you! You heard me, I didn’t hesitate! Do you ever feel like you don’t do enough for yourself? I have been in a rut lately with life. Trying to figure out where I belong and what my purpose is. Of course that all can’t just fall into your lap- or for some of you maybe it already has! But for me, it has not, so I have begun to do more for myself to figure out what makes me feel more at ease and a better person.
First I found a new hobby- Reading. I shared with you all on my Instagram that I picked up the book “Big Magic” and I am hooked! I haven’t gotten to deep into it to tell you what it is all about but what I have gained thus far is Elizabeth Gilbert, the author is a badass. The book is already so motivating.
Secondly, I started working out! It has been 6 months, let me repeat SIX MONTHS since I have completed an actual work out due to my back being unstable. It felt amazing. I started working out at Barre3 Kansas City- Barre is a core and balance workout that is low impact but man I felt the burn! This past week I took 2 classes and I felt at peace after each class and my back felt some release.
Thirdly I surprised Andrew this weekend with a day date! I sometimes get comfortable with us and our relationship and forget to be spontaneous. I took Andrew to the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art where they currently have the “Through the Eyes of Picasso” exhibit. Andrew has a deep love for art so I knew he would be tickled. Spontaneity is key in relationships- I need to step up my game! HA ( so this is me trying, baby steps!)
Lastly, I went and got a massage yesterday- mind you I won this massage but have told myself that I need to start doing a ritual once a month to pamper myself. Why? Because I deserve it. You deserve it!
These steps of finding yourself may be different, but find that sense of peace where you can just take a deep breath and relax. I have found that it not only is going to create more patience for myself but be good for my overall work life, my relationship and friendships.
I hope you all have a great Monday, take my advice. You do you!
I have always been a firm believer that a mini get-away is good for the soul and I always tell others that but never really do it for myself. Well, I finally did a couple weeks back. Andrew and I went to Nebraska for a one night stay at the Graduate Hotel. Our minds were blown by how unique this hotel was. Just walking in you were greeted with kind staff and bright decor. The Graduate Hotels reside in the most dynamic university towns across the country.
When we got to our room we probably spent about 15 minutes noticing all the little quirks the room had. The interior designer of this hotel did not miss a beat.
The main lobby was to die for. I have never been in awe when walking into a hotel until I walked into the Graduate.
I wanted to bring this emerald green couch home. I noticed the cornhusk drapes (Nebraska Cornhuskers) so cool seeing the Lincoln traditions being incorporated into these rooms. We were obsessed with this couch if you couldn’t tell!
How groovy is this pool, it makes me want to buy a high waisted bathing suit, throw my hair up in a tall bun and kick back and relax with a big pair of sunglasses on! Ha!
When I walked in to see all the bright pastels my heart was so happy. Sad news, I forgot my swimsuit we realized as we were running through our list of things when we were on the road. That just gives us an excuse to go back this summer!
Thank you Graduate Hotel for the accommodations on our one night stay- the staff was superb. Andrew and I had a blast, we will be back again!
If you are looking for a good get-away but not too far from home, I can’t say this enough, stay at the Graduate. They have several different locations including Lincoln- Nebraska, Ann Arbor- Michigan, Chicago just to name a few. You can check out their website here Graduate Hotel to book your trip to the one closest to you.
I love a good sweater, especially when it is affordable and comfy! I have linked some affordable cozy sweaters/ cardigans below that I know you are going to just love!
Early this week I asked you all to send me questions that you want to know about Andrew and I. Whether that be about us individually you want to know, or about our relationship in general! We are excited to film this video. We had plans to do it around Christmas but this gal got sick so we have postponed it to this weekend! If you have any last minute questions, comment below questions or feel free to shoot me an email as well to firstname.lastname@example.org! We want to hear from you 🙂
We love that you guys want to hear more about us and we look forward to sharing our story <3 Have a happy Tuesday!
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 😉 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!
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.
Cyber Monday got holiday shopping on my mind. When it comes to creating holiday content – that means one thing– 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.
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’ll 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’t 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
Serves as a baking sheet, silicone mat and cooling rack all in one!
Square inch grid works as spacing aid
Rabbit Insulated Wine Tote – $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!
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 🙂 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 😉
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)
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!
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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.
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!
Take care of yourself first, your mind, body and soul.
Surround yourself with people who love you, respect you and value you.
Some people just really suck.
Good things happen when you work your butt off!
When a new opportunity comes you way, take it. You never know until you try.
Saving money is hard! One of my goals is to improve my budgeting habits.
Never be afraid to ask, the worst thing they will say is no.
Find time to just have fun!
Don’t waste your time on something you don’t like. Life is way to short.
Fine peace within yourself.
Grocery shopping is my happy place, and so is shopping for anything else! Hence #7… budgeting…
Be different, god chose all of us to have a talent and purpose. Find that and run with it.
You can always go back home.
Kombucha is life.
Family really is everything. I am so thankful for my crazy loving family.
I love being a dog mama.
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.
You can’t control everything.
Surround myself with like minded people.
Brunch is the best part of the day (on the weekend)
I love going to bed early. Sleep is so good for the soul.
Taking time for myself.
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 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!
Affordable, quality wine from the Loire Valley in France
Balanced rosé with refreshing acidity
Pairing Idea: Grilled Turkey Burger
Château Bonnet Rosé($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 rosé 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
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!
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 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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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 🙂 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 🙂 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
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
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 🙂 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
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!
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!
How fun in this purple wall <3
I have never really been into big earrings, but these earrings changed that game for me. How gorgeous are these?
(It was really windy FYI so you’ll see that the balloon was backwards majority of the time)
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.
Happy 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!
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
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
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.
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 🙂
I am about to stuff my face with left over Thai food and catch up on all our shows 🙂 Have a good night!
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.
Do more things that make me happy.
Drink more water.
Go on more adventures this year.
Take a whole day off from tech.
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.
Organize my closet.
Create more content of my life through videos.
Take more photos of my life.
Walk more with Luther Nash.
Write more cards.
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.
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’s stunningly curated retail collection, available at CorePower Yoga studios nationwide – 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
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
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
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
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
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.
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 🙂