Everyone needs a statement jacket

All winter long I have been looking for a good statement jacket. A winter jacket is always a must- for instance, a big north face, at least one that keeps you super warm. But you also need a coat that you can dress up and dress down. When I saw this coat floating around on Instagram I had to go into Madewell and try it on- This jacket is currently on sale as well as the heather grey one! I am wearing a size Small.

I am obsessed with my new ring from Jeulia <3

Go get yourself a statement jacket- you deserve it! I have went ahead and linked simlilar items and same items below!


You do you! | Monday Mantra

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!

Travel Diary- Graduate Hotel Stay | Lincoln Nebraska

 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.


Whitening sensitive teeth at home|| Smile Brilliant

The new year has begun and that means I have goals that I want to achieve! One huge goal of mine is keeping my teeth white and vibrant. I found the perfect solution by partnering up with Smile Brilliant. Keep scrolling to see my results and why I have added to this to the weekly routine to see what my secret is to keep my teeth staying bright <3 It is so easy!

Smile Brilliant is an easy and affordable way to whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home. The process is super easy! I never feel like I have time to do anything before heading to work and getting home so this process was perfect for me!

Smile Brilliant will send you a kit, you will make impressions with the mold to make your own retainers. As soon as that process is done you send them out, they arrive about 7-10 days after you send it out. I am always trying to find ways to keep my teeth brighter for the holiday season, especially with how many pictures get taken I always look at my teeth!

To get the best results I personally would go brush my teeth with just water and then apply the whitening gel in the trays and wear them for about 45 minutes. My teeth are very sensitive so I was actually nervous trying this entire process, but to be honest, I left them on for about 15-25 minutes, to begin with, and just stretched the timeout as I went on! So easy to do right before you go to work, I put them on before I get in the shower and take them off before I leave for work! 🙂

The orange is the whitening gel, I did mine every other day for the first week and then about 2-3 times a week and now just do it 1-2 times a week to maintain the brightness.

The purple labels are the sensitizing gel that helps if your teeth become sensitive. You would do if after you apply the whitening gel. I personally have sensitive teeth so just to be cautious I did use the sensitizing gel.

My before and after, as you can see my teeth already were pretty white this process just made my teeth a little brighter and great for maintaining brightness.

Want to know how you can get a Smile Brilliant kit?! Well, you are in luck,  Smile Brilliant and I have partnered up to giveaway a T3 Sensitive Kit Valued at $139 all you have to do is enter by clicking the link below!

$15  off tray code: layersandlipstick15

*Giveaway is open for two weeks. They MUST enter through the link to be counted.  Giveaway is for $139 credit- and is open to USA, UK, Canada, and Australia residents.

How to Whiten Your Teeth




*Giveaway is open for two weeks. They MUST enter through the link to be counted.  Giveaway is for $139 credit- and is open to USA, UK, Canada, and Australia residents.




How to Whiten Your Teeth