Animal Print : a neutral, must-have 

So I’m sitting here this morning, hanging with this bebe bump of mine and waiting for Craig to get up — I look down and my obsession for animal print is affirmed. As if I didn’t already know. I’m wrapped in the furiest (is this a word?) animal print blanket, on my iPad that’s in a cheetah case, drinking coffee out of my favorite cheetah mug. 😳  Do I have a problem?

Other animal print items I own and use/wear on the reg: gloves, scarves, fuzzy socks, cosmetic cases, pjs, slippers, backpacks. I guess I should say I have an obsession of {mostly} animal print accessories. I don’t walk around in head to toe animal print, but love adding to solids with it. I also just realized I have received a ton of AP accessories as gifts. For Christmas, my sister will get like a blue blanket, my other sister will get green, and I’ll get leopard. #thanksmom&dad!

Reasons why you should try this trend and invest in a few key pieces:

1. Animal print accessories are generally both black & brown, which means you can wear with black or brown boots, a black or brown purse, and I believe it’s really what prompted me to believe black and brown CAN and SHOULD be worn simultaneously. High school me would be cringing at that statement… I was soo matchy matchy. Now, I’m a creature of convenience and am all about items you can mix & match with anything.

2. It’s a neutral! I truly believe this …it looks good with colors as well. Just last week I paired leopard gloves with a wine red coat #ftw. You can take any solid shirt, sweatshirt or pants, add an AP accessory and suddenly you look cool. My favorite places to buy solid go-to items are Gap, Old Navy, Forever21 and HM. I have been wearing SO much black during this pregnancy.

3. Don’t be boring. If you find yourself always wearing the same colors (black) or kinds of pieces (solids), mix it up! AP is a great way to do this.


 

Here are some items I abs. love right now and definitely need to purchase :

Leopard Faux Fur Coat

*I once bought a fur coat from Forever 21 off the clearance rack. It’s not until I went to wear it, that I discovered it had EARS on the hood. I checked and this coat, however, does not have ears. AP tip = stay away from anything with ears or a tail added. It’s not a good look if you are over the age of 7*

2-pack hipster brief

Nike Free 5.0 V4 😍


Kensie Pillows

Marc Jacobs Leopard Scarf

Leopard Print Poncho


Hobo Leather Tote

Quay Sunglasses


 

Tell me what you think! What is your go-to print? What is your favorite *fun* accessory?

Baby Update : We are about to hit 39 weeks and Baby C is resting comfortably (even if I’m not.) Work craziness has been a blessing in disguise as I have little time to sit and think about how I’m feeling, how many more days we have left, and how even my maternity clothes are feeling tight. My birthday is in 4 days, and our due date is in 10 –hopefully he comes sometime in between the two 🙂

Talk soon!
💕Kayla

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Wrap Coats = Functional + Fashionable

So up until this point I’ve been trying to cut it with a mid-weight (at best) maternity coat for the cold weather, and I pretty much just freeze my ass off every morning until my car warms up. I’m at such an awkward phase where it’s like, do I buy a full-on maternity winter coat? Or do I suck it up and wear the cloth maternity “pea coat” since I’ll only be pregnant for a few more weeks? (if that.)  First world problems, right? With talks all week of the snowstorm hitting the east coast (we ended up getting ~20 inches), I figured it was time to find a better solution…wrap coats! I came across this Vera Wang style at Nordstrom Rack and couldn’t pass up. So pretty, and so functional for my current situation.

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I’m not usually a “red” or “burgundy” girl, as I usually stick to black & brown, but I thought I’d mix it up. This coat was originally $475, on sale for $135 –gotta love the rack! It’s a size Medium, and is not a maternity style. Since you can tie these type of coats and technically adjust to your size, I’ll be able to wear post-baby, which helped to warrant my purchase. Because I can no longer find this style online for you guys, I’ve linked my favorite alternatives below:

Calvin Klein Shawl Collar Wrap Coat – Macy’s

Tahari Wool Blend Belted Wrap – Nordstrom

DVF Leopard Wrap Coat – Nordstrom Rack

Tahari Envelope Collar Wrap Coat – Lord & Taylor

My favorite options all seem to be from Tahari, so feel free to do a good old google search for this brand.

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Here are the deets to my other accessories:

Necklace – I’m obsessed with anything black & gold– especially for jewelry.

Gloves – The actual gloves I’m wearing are from Old Navy, but are no longer available. Remember, animal print is a neutral and you can wear with anything 🙂

Boots – The actual boots I am wearing are honestly from Kohl’s like 3 years ago, but are still my favorite in terms of looks. I also really like the Sorel style, I’ve linked here.

Lipstick – Available at Ulta, or any other drug store.

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Doesn’t this make you think, “Little Red Riding Hood?”

I’d love to hear all your thoughts on this look. Also, what is your favorite winter accessory? Anything I’m totally missing out on?!

I am 38 weeks this week, so they’re telling me baby could come at any time. I’ll make sure to let you all know when we decides to make his appearance!

Thanks for reading ❤

Kayla

5 Moms Give Legit “New Mom” Advice

I am so excited about this post, for several reasons. I may be biased because I have history with these ladies but I think that all of these moms you’re about to hear from are super heroes. I’ve watched them all embrace motherhood while successfully juggling both their personal and professional lives. You’ll see that they all have very different professions, yet there is one thing that links them together – the love for their little babes.  I have asked most of them for advice repeatedly over the past few months…their positivity, stories, and wise words have provided me guidance and reassurance to know they’ve been there, done that, themselves.

Selfishly, I wanted their new mom advice for my own use, but more importantly, no one is more credible than those who have walked the walk, and I wanted to share with my readers as well. They have a lot to say so I won’t bore you with any more of my amateur pregnancy mumbo jumbo (for today.)

I’ve linked their instagram (my social media addiction) profiles below with their names, so you can follow their journey’s and see a million more adorable photos of their little ones.


Angie 

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+ Grayson (1 year) *as seen in cover photo

Profession : Dance Instructor/Studio Owner

Fun Fact: Craig and I reunited (before we started dating) at Angie’s bachelorette party in Nashville, TN. 2.5 years later, Angie has a one year old, and we have our own ‘lil one on the way!

  • Favorite Product: Boppy Pillow – It is great thing to have through the months for nursing, tummy time, learning to sit up, feedings as the baby grows, and more.

“As a new mom I felt very overwhelmed with the fact that I had to care for another human and be able to give it everything it needed as it grows.  But I learned that you cannot let the little things get the best of you and everything will be okay.  Read the baby books, because they are very helpful.  Although most things are instinct and come naturally as a mother, I still find myself referring back to the books for information.   Most importantly, every baby is different.  So every mom that shares their stories and gives you their opinion on your child, your methods, etc., just take what you want and discard the rest….don’t think too much about it.  Everyone has their opinion and most the time it doesn’t even apply to you.  Teaching at a dance studio, you can only imagine how much advice I got from moms in the hallway.  I appreciated it all of course, but a lot of it wasn’t necessary or relevant to me at all!

Write everything down!  Even if it seems silly at the time, you are going to want to look back to see when little things happen.  You will be surprised how easily some little things are forgotten.  Enjoy every moment with your little one, but most importantly….sleep when they sleep.  Cleaning and organizing can wait.  You NEED your sleep to keep your sanity, believe me!

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Being a mom is seriously the best thing in the world, although sometimes you get extremely stressed and emotional.  That’s all part of it….but don’t forget to enjoy every moment.  Everyone says it goes so fast….until you experience it, you don’t understand how fast it truly goes.  Don’t wish everything away so quickly.  Of course you are excited to see your child grow and learn, but don’t push it.  You want them to learn to crawl, but then you miss how they just snuggle you constantly.  You are so excited to see them walk, but then you miss not having to chase them around.  Let them learn at their own pace and enjoy the moment you are in.”


 Sarah

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+ Peyton aka Ms. P (7 months)

Profession: Marketing Project Manager/Account Supervisor

Fun Fact: I knew Sarah was pregnant when I bought her a bottle of Pinot Grigio for “Bachelor wine night” and she didn’t pour a glass right away 🍷

“Be confident, but don’t be too afraid to accept help! After having your little one, when you’re in the hospital about to be released to take them home with you for the first time, it can be a little scary (ok, a lot scary!) thinking about caring for this tiny fragile little baby all on your own. No more nurses on standby to help when you need it, to show you the perfect swaddle (for the fifth time), to give you advice on how to bathe your baby. But let’s be honest, no matter how much support you have, how many books you’ve read, nothing is ever going to fully prepare you and make you feel 100% comfortable with what you are doing. But that’s a normal feeling! Everyone is anxious and nervous, don’t let it get the best of you – enjoy this precious time and be confident in yourself.

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After your first couple of nights at home with your peanut, you will naturally feel much more confident caring for them. Also, don’t be afraid to take your neighbor up on that casserole they offered to bring by. Most new moms are too afraid to ask for or accept help, but as you adjust to this new lifestyle, accept all the help you can get! I understand you want your baby all to yourselves and you don’t have to give that up. Accept help with everything else – the cooking, cleaning, laundry – so you don’t have to worry about anything but your little one those first few weeks. You will have enough to think about and those close to you will enjoy helping in any way they can – so let them!”


Stephanie

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 Dominic (8.5 years) | Lucas (2.5 years) | Mia (5 months)

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Profession: Business Owner @ Stephanie’s Cupcake Company 

Fun fact: Stephanie tried out ~24 part time jobs to help provide for her family, before discovering her niche as a successful business owner [currently bowing down to this lady]

“Being a mom of three, 2 boys and a girl, has led to plenty of experiences, good, bad, scary, happy, emotional, hilarious, you name it! You can PLAN for these things, but you can’t predict them. People also ask me all the time, “so three kids, that’s a lot. Was it hard to go from 2 kids to 3 kids?” My answer is “no! It’s not HARD. It’s challenging but in a good way!” But it’s also no joke!

The first few weeks when your baby arrives are an adjustment for everyone. Don’t be hard on yourself. Relax when you can, the laundry can wait. Order in food instead of cooking and cleaning for a while, and if possible, sleep when they sleep! Your healing is so important to make you a better you! Some days will be long… some will fly by, but tomorrow always comes. Enjoy those early times because you can’t get them back!

If you are going to listen to people talk, pick positive people! If you sit and think about it too long, (how busy you might be, how tired you might be, the messes, tantrums, late to appointments) then you may freak yourself out. Be aware that ANYTHING can happen, but that you can also handle ANYTHING! Women are UNBELIEVABLE. I have never been so proud of myself as I am being able to say I have completed another day successfully raising two children under 2 years of age! It’s an amazing feeling. My advice? It’s ok to be late. Messes happen as fast as you can clean them, so do it later and love on them now. You may be tired, but someday you won’t be, and you might actually miss it after all.

Never did I know, nor will I ever understand how a heart can be so full!


Molly 

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+ Grady (4 months)

Profession: Construction Estimator

Fun Fact: Grady weighed 10lbs, 10oz at birth & at 3 months, he was already in 9-12M clothing. I think Molly has a future athlete on her hands!

  • Favorite Product: Vibrating, bouncy chairs. I have one upstairs and one downstairs. Grady was born big so I’ve been able to use it almost since Day One.

“Don’t forget about “mommy-time.” This is key especially in the first few weeks after you come home with your bundle of joy. Actually, this is still pretty critical for me after 4 months! Don’t let go of things that keep you, YOU. Go take a nap when grandma comes over. Go take a shower (without having to sit your baby outside the door). My friends and family used to make fun of me because I have always needed “Molly-time.” While time to myself looks a little different these days, it is still very important to my mental state.”


 Hanah 


+ Beau (2.5 years)

Profession: Commercial Portfolio Manager

Fun Fact: Hanah is the hottest red head I know… & it looks like she passed down those luscious locks to Beau!

“Lay your baby in the crib as early and often as possible. Because I breastfed, I thought it was easier to sleep with Beau on my lap (on a boppy) for easy access when be was hungry. I was so tired I didn’t want to keep laying him down and then getting him up every time to feed. He got used to sleeping on my body and feeling my heartbeat and body heat. Here I am 2.5 years later and he is in my bed every night at about 2am.

Don’t be afraid to reach out for help. Beau had reflux/GERD and cried pretty much all day every day until he was about 4 months old. My husband was working and when I was still on leave I tried to just “handle it” because I was the mom and I was at home. There were days when I just wanted someone to take Beau for an hour so I could shower or take a nap. Looking back my friends say “why didn’t you call me when Brad was at work or on the weekends? I would have helped.” Don’t be afraid to reach out to friend and family and just say “I need a break”, “I need time to relax” …or take a bath, or run and get a coffee. People will help and anyone can handle a crying baby for at least an hour. I also should have told my husband I was struggling and tired. I tried to be so tough but I needed him to help more with the baby. He eventually learned but in the beginning it was hard. Next time he will be helping more because I won’t try and act like I can handle being awake 24/7.”


As always, thanks for reading, and thanks to Angie, Sarah, Stephanie, Molly & Hanah for contributing to this post. Feel free to provide your own best mama advice below if you feel so inclined. Talk soon!

❤ Kayla

One Month Out – Final Preparations 

We’ve officially hit the one month mark! How did this happen? It feels like I was just sitting on the beach with my friend Laura telling her I think I might be pregnant. She didn’t believe me until at least 20 weeks, btw. A lot of friends and family having been asking if we’re ready and how we’re feeling, so I decided to give ya’ll a thorough virtual update.

One second I feel like we’re ready and the next I’m having a mild panic attack thinking of last minute details I need to perfect. This past week I was telling Craig how much we need to do this weekend and he says, “like what?” Cue Krazy Kayla Pregnancy Rampage answer of, “WHY ARE YOU ACTING LIKE WE’RE READY?” You can tell who the calm one is in the relationship…so thankful for his patience. I do feel as if I have several weeks left, but I know that realistically we should be prepared for this party to start any day now.

I spend all week working and preparing  for my 12 week office absence, so we really try to focus on us and baby prep on the weekends. I have to say we did a good job at starting early, and spacing out the long list of tasks (mostly fun & exciting) that come with preparing for baby #1. It also helps that we have extremely supportive friends & families that can’t wait for the little guy to arrive.

I know that this info is probably super irrelevant for my friends without kids but I know so many other mamas-to-be and friends who will be in this position soon. There are so. many. things. to. do. and I want to share what my reality has been over the past couple of weeks, leading into this final month. Current Moms, please tell me I’m on the right track 😊

Mental Preparation

I know I’ve talked in the past about how mentally tough this journey has been, but I think staying mindful and remembering what matters most, goes a long way during pregnancy. I’ve decided to take anything I read (including articles like this post) or advice I receive with a grain of salt — focus on you and your baby, in an effort to stay grounded. It is an on-going process and something I have had to remind myself of often. During this time, keeping everyone in both your personal and professional life happy, is literally impossible (I know from experience in trying) and should not be #1 priority. I’ve been most content when I stay in the present and envision only positive thoughts and plans for my families future. *insert tranquil yoga setting here*

 

Paparazzi Preparation 

I’m getting so excited to see our lil’ man and I know I’m going to be a crazy person with capturing every moment. Both of our families won’t really be able to get to the hospital right away or be around for every milestone, so we’re going to try and capture as much as we can. I got a super nice Nikon camera for Christmas a few years ago and have only used it a few times. My iPhone is so convenient for taking pics but I’m constantly having to delete apps, emails, and photos for more storage. I know there are apps, clouds, and storage mechanisms to help with this, but I finally have a reason to use this camera, and learn some photog skills. I couldn’t find any of the accessories so I jumped on Amazon to order batteries, USB cable, and an extra memory card. I’ll say it again, thank the lord for online shopping. Now we’re in business. Apologies in advance.

  

Hospital Stay Preparation 

I have had a half-packed hospital bag ready for some time now, but am finally finishing up, and just started a baby bag. I am using a rolling carry-on size suitcase for my things, and the diaper bag for Baby C. I feel like I’ll be adding items up until we go to the hospital, so I’ll probably end up over packing, per usual. Craig is in charge of snacks and drinks for after delivery. Oh, and his clothes/personal belongings. And taking care of me and the beebs.

Car Seat Preparation 

We’ve had our car seat for at least a month but finally installed it in the car this past weekend. Then we went to McDonald’s (clearly being easy on myself this month) and pretended we were driving around with another human being in our car. Apparently 90% of people install the car seat incorrectly, so they require parents to get them checked at the local fire or police department. It was pretty intuitive, but we plan on doing this at the end of the month, when they are holding the next session. We are also installing an additional base in Craig’s car, so we don’t have to change when we change cars.

 

Maternity Leave Preparation

There is a lot of paperwork to fill out and acronyms to learn when preparing for maternity (and paternity) leave…FMLA, STD, FLI, etc. I started this convo with HR several months ago and just got my FMLA approval in the mail this week. Although I’m a beginner, my best advice is leave time to learn the ins & outs, utilize experts (HR & accounting) and make the decision that is best for your family, regarding leave. Everyone holds a different financial and professional status.

Baby Gear Preparation 

Onesies, blankets, books, everywhere! Below are some of the latest larger items that we’ve gotten ready. I’ll probably let you guys know down the road how we ended up liking these items but for now here is what we decided on:

  • Place for baby to sleep in the first 0-3 months – We decided on a Graco Pack n’ Play Travel Lite for our room. If you purchase from this link, you get a $40 Buy Buy Baby gift card with purchase. It’s small, perfect for traveling, and has a raised bassinet that vibrates for sleeping.
  • Graco Glider with Ottoman– for nursery and feeding. We decided on a neutral cream color with cherry wood to match the nursery furniture.

  • Breast Pump (ugh, TMI)- still not to sure what I’m looking at, but I was able to get this Medela Starter Set through insurance for free. Surprisingly, it came within 2-3 business days.
  • Fisher Price Rock ‘n Play for when Baby C is just straight chillen. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this item. PS – my Mom & I found this basically new (and certified sterilized) at a gently used store for half the price.

  • Urbini Omni-Plus Stroller – this goes with our car seat to make it the complete travel system. I love the heather gray color and bassinet option.

Knowledge Prep 

I’ve done a lot of reading, studying, and asking questions, but my actual plan is to learn by doing. I guess you could call it wingin’ it. I know there will be instances where I have no idea what to do, but for the most part I know I will love him, be obsessed with him, and the motherly instinct will kick in. Also, reallyyy banking on years and years of babysitting paying off for me here. My biggest fear is the actual time when I am going into labor…we took 3 birthing classes to prepare for that as much as possible, but I truly don’t know what to expect. I envision us being excited and freaking out. I’ve been told to not have too many expectations, as it will always go differently than planned. Send positive vibes our way!

And just because you all are amazing, I’m going to leave my readers with a sneak peak at his initials because we finally made a decision … 

I hope everyone is off to a great 2016 – I have a post coming up later this week with some special mama guests…I’m so excited for everyone to hear from these seriously credible babes. 💋

PS – I’ve been on a “Revenge” Netflix binge for the past week but am already getting sick of Emily Thorne. I need some recos for this final month & maternity leave!

Talk soon!

💕 Kayla

“Get Well Soon” Smoothie Goodness 

First off, you may have noticed that I have added a new menu to the blog : Health & Fitness, which has always been a passion of mine. I didn’t add this section to the blog right away because I slightly fell off the wagon and did not want to give health advice during pregnancy, as I’m still learning myself. Prior to pregnancy and starting “Kayla Marie,” I was an avid fitness nut and bootcamp teacher – more to come on this post-baby 😊

For now, the first post in this section will be a Vitamin C “Get Well Soon” smoothie recipe. 🍹 Turns out the holidays, traveling, planning for baby, have decided to catch up to us this weekend and we’ve been a bit under the weather. This has caused me to pick up an old habit, and one that was much needed…making homemade smoothies. I’m not going to lie– we definitely overdid it over the break with unhealthy eating and holiday indulgences, which is probably another reason we got sick. Note that this smoothie was made with the intention to incorporate a large amount of Vitamin C, calcium, and overall nutrition to help cure us back to health, not for post-workout, weight loss, etc, which are likely different recipes I’ll be posting in the future.

 As long as you have your fruit (frozen or fresh), some juice, and yogurt, proportions aren’t super important, as you really can’t mess this up. The ingredients above are some options, but I didn’t put everything in at once.

“Get Well Soon” Smoothie 

  • 1 cup OJ or fresh fruit juice (you can use skim milk or almond milk as a base as well)
  • 1 container vanilla Greek yogurt (you can use any flavor you’d like)
  • 1 banana
  • 2 cups Frozen fruit mixture
  • Blend!

Choose your fruit blend based on the type of taste you’d like. For a citrusy taste use pineapple, mangos, oranges. To off-set some of the citrus, use a berry medley. I used both! If you use all fresh fruit, add some ice to give it the cold, icy texture. Frozen fruit will do this on its own. My concoctions usually make about 2 – 16 oz. glasses. Also, I’m weird and like to eat with a spoon…Enjoy!

💕 Kayla

Motivation Monday : Mentally Curing the Holiday Hangover 

I hope everyone had an amazing holiday with family and friends, and that you were able to have at least a few days away from the office, hospital, school, or wherever you typically spend your 40+ hrs/week. It’s the Monday post-Christmas (yawn) and if you’re anything like me I think we all need an extra boost or motivation to get back at it. Christmas is like the ultimate “what now?” holiday. It takes weeks of preparation, and months, if you’re really planning ahead. Then it’s all over so quick and we have to face the realization of how many cookies we ate, and how much we spent on all of those gifts. Also, I’m realizing how much I talk about cookies on this blog – I promise to stop after February.

I have always loved reading, posting, and getting inspiration from quotes that I’ve found online or in books. This ‘ish is 99% mental, so feed your brain accordingly. I was actually searching for quotes on my own earlier this month for a bit of a pick-me-up and decided to compile some of my favorites here and share with you all! No matter who you are, life can get crazy and a few words can remind you it’s okay, or that you’re not the only one in the world that has felt the way you have or do at this moment. There’s really no theme to these, just good ‘ole “life” quotes that at least one of you will hopefully be able to relate with.

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I’m interested to hear where you all pull your inspiration from — any good books or sites I should know about? Which is your fave quote from this list? My grandpa gave me a simple printout this weekend titled “some good thoughts” that he keeps with him, which was so sweet. Maybe you have a person that inspires you most?!

We have been in Cincy with family since last Wednesday and will be here for a few more days. This will be our last visit home for a bit, and once we head back, we have about one month – 6 weeks left before this babe enters the world. In terms of preparation, it’s go time!

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Wishing you all a great week as we head towards 2016!

❤ Kayla

Floppy Hats & Farmers Markets 

Saturday we decided to venture out to check out a local Farmers Market and finish some Christmas shopping. It was also very cold and windy so it’s actually starting to feel like December now! I wore my comfiest, warmest sweater and a floppy hat, which I’m loving for the season. When first buying this hat, I thought “where the hell am I going to wear this?” It was perfect for today and actually stopped my hair from blowing everywhere. If you’re anything like me, there are items you’ve bought in the past and then they just sit in your closet. If there’s a fashion statement piece you have bought and not yet worn, just do it. And own it. And wear, wherever you want! I now own floppy hats in both black and tan (my favorite neutrals), and can’t wait to wear both more often in the upcoming weeks.

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📷 : C. Cantor — isn’t he kinda good?

I recently re-discovered H&M, which is where I found both this wool hat and cowl neck sweater (which I can’t for the life of me, find online.) I’ve linked an alternative here. They have a maternity section, which you wouldn’t expect, and I’ve just been browsing some really cute, affordable pieces and accessories there lately. Leggings worn here are from Gap, and booties are from Old Navy. By the way, I’m always a believer that leggings are pants, esp when preg. To get this look just pair a long sweater of your choice, basic leggings, booties, and pick a hat! Here are some of my other favorite options:

We first went to the Trenton Farmers Market, which isn’t the most glamorous place I’ve ever been, but it was festive and any weekend activity that gets me up and walking is 👌 I love Farmers Markets because everything is always fresh, homemade or local. We did find some good buys (organic peanut butter, apple butter, and strawberry jam) at the “Amish Country Store.” Can you tell we like butter? Note to self: bring cash to the Amish Country Store next time. Credit card machine + the Amish = struggle city.

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After this we had dinner at the most romantic spot in town…TGI Fridays. Jk, we had a gift card, and who doesn’t love free food? Coincidentally, this is the Fridays we went to on our first trip out to NJ, where we decided which apartment we were going to lease over drinks. Today, we found ourselves having serious talks on choosing a baby name…not over drinks. I guess you could say only our most important convos are held at the fancy establishment of TGIF.

From there we did some shopping at my fave mall in town (called Market Fair) and bought some last minute gifts. We are officially done with our holiday shopping! 🎁

Sunday I am doing prenatal yoga, getting a peppermint mocha from the bux, getting a manicure, and having friends over to our place for football, relaxing, and homemade chili! What are you all up to on the last weekend before the Christmas craziness?

Thanks for checking in! 💕

Kayla

My Fave Finds under $25: Holiday 2015

How are there only 10 days until Christmas 2015? Ah, not ready! I decided this year I was going to try to online shop as much as possible. One trip to the mall is all it took for me to make this decision.  Apparently everyone in NJ who’s been hibernating has decided to come out of the wood works and spend some $$$. I found myself wanting someone to carry my bags and looking for the nearest place to take a rest about every 5 minutes. I know this sounds pathetic, ha! Turns out my iPad and couch are much more comfortable 😊

I’ve compiled my favorite gift/stocking ideas under $25 here. I have most of these items, have given them in the past, or have seen them in store and of course, WANT. So, I feel comfortable recommending them to you all. Most of these sites will deliver with little to no charge, and very quickly!

Moscow Mule Mugs : Nordstrom

These are so pretty! Copper mugs can tend to be a bit pricey but you can get these two for $24. I think they are a great addition to a drinking glass collection or home bar. You could also give the ingredients to make a MM with the actual mugs. Nothing sounds more refreshing than a Moscow Mule, right about now! Recipe in image above.

“Mascara and Caffeine” Makeup Bag : Nordstrom 

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How true is this quote?  There’s really not much else a girl needs in life. I actually have both mascara and caffeine on this list which explains why I love this bag so much. I also love anything with gold on it and new makeup bags are a necessity. They tend to get so dirty and I find myself needing a new one about once a year. Grab this gift for only $14.

 BP Winter Head Wrap : Nordstrom 

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Okay this is the last thing on the list from Nordstrom! If you’ve never shopped online with them, you should – very easy to navigate site, and free shipping/returns all the time. They also have a “wish list” feature that is easy to send to others 🙂  This head wrap also comes in red, pink, and gray, it’s really cute without being too gaudy…I’ve had my eye on it for a while now. I think it’s the perfect accessory to stay warm and accessorize your winter coat. And guess what, it’s only $6.98 right now!

Lorac Multiplex 3D Lashes : Ulta

Go ahead and do all the ladies in your life a favor, and buy this mascara! Do you know how hard it is to find a curved mascara wand these days? This brush perfectly separates all lashes and lasts all day. It is definitely worth the $22 price tag. Side note – I discovered the ‘Lorac’ brand a couple of years ago and have loved every item I have tried from them, especially the Front of the Line PRO Liquid Eye Liner. This stuff lasts forever.

L’oreal Colour Riche Lip Color : Drugstore

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This lipstick has been my go-to for several years now, and is now my sisters fave as well. This specific line (colour riche) can be bought at any drug store for about $9 and comes in 46 (!!!) shades. I like the neutral colors (esp. Nature’s Blush) the best for every day wear.

Plaid Flannel Night Shirt : Old Navy

 

This night shirt is my latest comfy obsession and I want to pass along the love. Usually I steer away from flannel because it just seems hot, but this night shirt, is just the right weight. It comes in several other colors and is currently on sale for $10. It is not a maternity shirt, but for reference I am 8 months preggo and fit very comfortably in a large. I would probably normally order a medium (no one likes tight PJs.)

 Homegrown Monogram Mug : Anthropologie

Boulangerie Jar Candle: Anthropologie

I bought these two anthro gifts (mug and candle) for my sisters and mom earlier this Fall and we all love them both. Each inital on the mugs has a different pattern ($6) and don’t ask me how to pronounce the candle name, but they smell amazing ($16.) These prices are almost unheard of for gifts from anthro.The candle also comes in the following flavors and they smell like you could actually eat them:

  • Vanilla & Fig
  • Angel Food
  • Espresso
  • Whipped Cream & Pear
  • Sweet Vanilla & Cinnamon
  • Pumpkin Souffle
  • Oatmeal Cookie

Pure Body Long Sleeve Tee: Gap

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Pure Body Leggings: Gap

Anything from the ‘pure body’ line at Gap is definitely at the top of my list. These are two items I own, and that have become a staple in my wardrobe. You can wear them when loungin’ or use them when layering – you could wear the shirt ($19.95) under any scarf or poncho, and wear leggings ($29.95) with boots and a big sweater. The leggings have one of those thick, not too tight waist bands, which is perfect. The reason these leggings are still on the under $25 list, is because GAP is literally ALWAYS having a sale that’s at least 30-40% off:

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Christmas Blend K-Cups : Starbucks

Leopard Print Mug : Starbucks

Starbucks! Caffeine! Need I say more? So side note about Starbucks…they are NOT common on the east coast, as Dunkin Donuts pretty much dominates this area. Well, Starbucks >>> Dunkin. Sorry DD babes. I have gone far out of my way to get to a Starbucks, but luckily there is a really nice one on our exit! Anyways, this Dark Roast blend is amaze (12/$12.95) and I love all of the mugs, especially this leopard print (16 fl oz), from their new Dot Collection.

I am ALMOST done with my shopping, but still need to grab a few more gifts for this year. Are you all done Christmas shopping? Hopefully these finds of mine, will spark some ideas for someone on your list!

Happy Shopping and thanks for reading during the busiest time of the year!

❤ Kayla

 

What can we Learn by Becoming Beliebers?

Let me start by saying, I’m not writing his post because I have an unhealthy obsession with Justin Bieber and want to talk about how awesome he is. I’m writing because for some reason, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what makes him so fascinating to the general public. Why are people so obsessed? There is Bieber (not so) subliminal messaging everywhere. You can’t turn on the radio without hearing one of his catchy jams or get on social media without seeing a recently shared performance. Even if you wanted to ignore his recent popularity and renewed success, you couldn’t. I’m pretty sure my baby will come out singing “what do you mean?” Those who are self-proclaimed “Beliebers” will admit they love every second of it and some say, “I just like his music.”  If you’re on the other end of the spectrum, you can’t stand one thing about the guy and were probably reluctant to even click on this article in the first place. If you are one of the latter, don’t lie to yourself. Aside from his dreamy looks, there’s something contagious about him, a reason why we can’t look away or stop watching his every move. Why does it seem as if the number of Beliebers has increased dramatically over the past year? Are we waiting for him to fail? Are there characteristics he portrays that really do make him “likable?”

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Part of becoming successful is looking at what others have done to become successful, and replicating some of their habits. For as much stupid shit that the Beebs has done, you have to give credit, where credit is due. The amount of success he has obtained, money he has made over the past 7-8 years, and the fan base he has built is nothing short of amazing. I’m most interested in talking about his recent success, post teenage meltdown.

Although few to none of us are aspiring pop artists, I beliebe (ha ha) there are three general areas he has mastered in the past year, which we can replicate for renewed success in our own lives:

Overcoming Obstacles

I think it would’ve been really easy for him to pull an Amanda Bynes or Lindsay Lohan, dig himself a large hole and never rise above it. He was most definitely on that track, but found a way to turn it around. People can do 1 of 2 things when they hit a low point…give up and continue on the same path or make a change and overcome. Self pity, complaining, and
feeling sorry for yourself is okay for a very short time only. Then, you decide what you want for your life and start taking the steps to make it happen. Looks like JB decided he wanted to keep making music and sold almost 600,000 copies of Purpose in the first week alone. What obstacle have you been faced with this year, and how did you make the choice to overcome?

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Dedication to Self-Improvement

I’ve been on this weird self-improvement kick, feeling like I want to give and receive life advice all the time, for a while now. I guess you could say me and JB have that in common 😂 if you follow him at all he’s been pretty adamant about not only overcoming, but also becoming better. From what I can tell, his path to self-improvement seems to be centered around starting to go to church and surrounding himself with different individuals. Obviously I don’t know him, but I get this vibe because of the lyrics in his song Purpose which is also the title of the entire album. I think there are multiple ways to go about self-improvement – books, who you surround yourself with, spiritual guidance, even just making the decision to be better. What do you want to change this year and what will you do to make it happen? 

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Be Yourself & Stop caring what others think 

His newest single is called “Love Yourself” and I don’t think anyone loves themself more than this guy. His Instagram is filled with selfies which is super annoying but guess what, people don’t stop double tapping on those pics and there are 48 million people who want to keep seeing them on their feed. The more you put yourself out there, the more you’re setting yourself up for both success AND criticism. Most of us are paralyzed from doing a lot of things we want to do in fear of what others will think. I think we need more people who are willing to set themselves apart. Because everyone is different, it starts with being yourself. Just post the damn selfie, if you want.  What have you been wanting to do, but held back because of what others may say?


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 This post has either (1) made you curious enough to look up Justin Beiber on IG,  (2) convinced you to take a listen to his new album or (3)made you think about the questions in bold above. I hope it’s the latter 🙂  I also hope everyone is having a great December — less than three weeks until 2016! Let me know what you think about these lifestyle/self improvement type posts and my new blog “theme.” As always, thanks for reading!

❤ Kayla

 

A Holiday Celebration: NYC Style

Last night, we made our way to NYC for the first time since early summer for my company Holiday Party. Last time I was in NYC I was drinking at TAO, and taking a hardcore Barry’s Bootcamp Class. Crazy how so much has changed already!  I don’t want to blame our absence on visiting the Big FullSizeRender (1)Apple on carrying a little bebe, but I’m going to…haha! And I remembered why last night. NYC is another animal…the lights, the people, the opportunities are all so amazing. Average dinner time is 10pm, and even at 1am, Penn Station is buzzing. You can probably see why being in “the city that never sleeps” on a Fri, when all you want to do is sleep, could be a challenge. It’s such a great city to be near and have acccess to, yet I definitely have to mentally prepare myself for the amount of walking to be done, and massive crowds. But lo, I will not be left behind! It was funny, if people notice you’re pregnant, they kind of stare. I also heard “hey pregnant lady, come to the comedy show tonight!” Like, ppl do NOT care lol, they will say whatever. And no, I don’t want to go to the comedy show that’s probably really shitty, since you have to harass people to come. Poor Craig, I was gripping him white knuckle style while walking down the street. All of this aside, there’s nothing like being in this city.

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“I get out of the taxi and it’s probably the only city which in reality looks better than on the postcards, New York.”

Milos Forman

Anyways, here’s what we did! It’s super touristy sounding for people who have actually lived in the city, but also the classic NYC Holiday experience. Props to my co-worker Ashley for planning this for a group of about 20 people. Our work team has become like family out here in NJ, so it was awesome to get out of the office for an end of year celebration, and enjoy each other’s company.

Transportation: There is a train system called NJ Transit that goes directly from Princeton Junction to Penn Station, about once or twice every hour. You can buy tickets quickly on a phone app and just jump on to head straight to the city. Great people watching on this thing. There’s always at least 1-2 arguments between a transit employee and passenger, and if you want you can listen to someone’s strange personal phone conversation to pass the time.

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Dinner: We made the walk from Penn Station, to URBO, a super modern, 26,000 sq ft. American restaurant located right in Times Square. If you want to feel like you are truly in NYC, this is the place to go. The ambiance, the food, and size of the restaurant were all pretty cool to experience.

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For apps, my table ordered the Italian Flatbread, Lobster Mac & Cheese, and Valentine Sushi Roll. They also ordered several amazing drinks (Strawberry margs, Jalepeno margs, glasses of wine, old fashioned) which I couldn’t have, so I just stared as they enjoyed… and snapped pics of course. For dinner, Craig ordered the lamb sliders (essentially mini gyros!) and I got the burger (which I could only finish half of.) Probably not the most interesting thing to order if I really want to get the URBO experience, but I’m a hungry, hungry person right now and most of the entrees were pretty small. You can check out the full menu here.

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Entertainment: After dinner, we made it to Radio City Music Call for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. It was a pretty big cluster getting in, but what else can you expect during the holidays in NYC? The lobby was beautiful, and the Rockettes were amazing to watch. As a former dancer, my favorite part was seeing their costumes, and admiring how clean and together they were the entire time.  I was having flashbacks and hot flashes remembered our college dance practices. This show is definitely something everyone should experience once to get them in the holiday spirit, and something I’d want my child to experience as well.

In my past life, I really would have loved to stay in the city, party, and get a hotel room for the night, but it just wasn’t in our cards right now. So, we took a bicycle taxi from the show back to Penn Station, which was really our only quick option at the time. The bicycle taxi was entertaining and terrifying at the same time. On one hand it was like a personal tour through the city, on the other, he was seriously weaving through traffic like we were invisible. *Note to self and others interested, ask how much it’ll cost before accepting ride 🙂 That’s all I’ll say. We did make it safe, caught the train right on time, and concluded an awesome night with my entertaining co-workers. Here’s how we felt on the way home:

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New York, you win again.

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Quick Outfit Recap

(I need to be better about taking selfie outfit pics but in leau, exact items are shown below)

Black Jessica Simpson Pantsuit

Red LC Lauren Conrad Blazer

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Alfani Booties

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JCrew Drop Earrings

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 What are your holiday party plans? Do you have an outing with family, coworkers, or just relaxin’  to the max this year? As always, thanks for reading and I’d love to hear from you below!

Kayla

7 Impactful Lessons to Take into 2016

Happy *Belated* Thanksgiving to all – I hope you had a great time with your families and friends! I may have had double the pie this year, but I had to make sure baby got some too 🙂

*All of the pics in this post are taken by us in different areas over the course of the year. The cover pic above is in the Raritan Bay between Brooklyn, NY and Perth Amboy, NJ.

I want timageo talk about growing with your experiences, and figure out how you classify something as “impactful”?  Looking back at 2014, I actually thought that it was a super life changing year – I had a career position change, I had done some traveling for work in a new city, moved in with a significant other for the first time (yes it was Craig), and had to face some unexpected family health issues for the first time. As I begin to look back on 2015, it makes 2014 seriously seem like a breeze – but I also started thinking about what makes something feel impactful? Like is it really fair for me to say 2014 was a breeze, just because 2015 was more challenging?

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I’ve kind of started to realize that life really does get harder, but more rewarding as you go. Each year is going to be progressively more “life changing”  and impactful than the last, if you are constantly wanting more for yourself, taking on new opportunities, advancing in your career, building a family, or all of the above.  I truly feel like we are given what we can handle –  if you’re rising to meet the challenges of each New Year, I think you are on the right path to success and will start to see exponential rewards. Take the word rewards lightly – rewards aren’t just monetary. They can be improved relationships, learning how to do something better, becoming a better individual.  One of my favorite principles of all time is “you reap what you sow” aka how you treat people, how hard you work, what you put into the world, and how you carry yourself day to day is what will come back to you in return. What are you doing each day, month or year to reap something good back into your life? What steps have you taken that are getting you closer to your dreams and goals, or what you see for your life?

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Princeton Battlefield State Park

I believe if something was impactful it means that we’ve learned something to take with us moving forward or we’ve grown as an individual. Here are some personal life lessons (super random of course) I’ve learned THIS year – I hope you all can relate to some of them and take with you moving forward:

You can’t predict your life events. 

You can set goals about what you want to accomplish, take opportunities as they come and plan how you want it to go, but there are always going to be goals you never knew you had, and opportunities that can take you places you never thought you would be. cough living in the beautiful Garden State- This doesn’t mean you SHOULDN’T plan, just know that it likely won’t turn out as the road map you’ve drawn for yourself. What has happened this year that you didn’t expect? I’m trying to remember this as I now have to come up with a birth plan for February. Yikes. It turns out a birth plan isn’t really a plan at all because you can’t predict Mother Nature. It’s a rough draft. What I’m saying is, “Life is like a birth plan.” Be flexible.

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Appreciate your Mom and/or Dad

I feel a new sort of appreciation for my parents since becoming pregnant, and I KNOW this will increase ten fold as we become parents. They worked their asses off to birth, feed, and raise us. Additionally, although we always feel it won’t happen to us, illness can plague even the happiest of families at any time. Don’t take their health for granted – they are getting older just as you are. I don’t think people realize this until something significant happens, I know I didn’t.

Keep Groceries in the House.

Grocery shopping is literally one of my least favorite activities you can ask me to do, but it is so worth it – both financially and health wise (shop on the outside perimeter, people.) Everyone says they want to pack more, cook more, and buy less, but why don’t they?  If we go grocery shopping on a Sunday, I can literally go weekend to weekend without using my debit card (with the exception of monthly bills.) We once went 10 days without buying one meal outside of the house. We were so proud that we celebrated by going out to eat, LOL.

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Princeton University

If you can’t stop thinking about something, you should do it.

Maybe you have been thinking about a difficult email you need to write to a co-worker that you’ve been putting off, or reaching out to a friend that you’ve recently had a falling out with. Maybe it’s something long term -you want to start a business or a joint venture but you have no idea where to start. Start jotting down ideas. Maybe you want a new job, career, to go back to school, or to move. You should really start thinking about what steps you can take to make it happen. I am a big believer that we are the result of the choices we make, not victims of circumstance. I had been talking about starting a blog and/or website for months to several individuals… eventually people get tired of hearing you talk. So, I created this site and took one step forward by putting up the first post. Whether people read, like, engage, or not, I’m at least making the first move in putting it out there. This is easier said than done, but one step in the right direction will usually lead you to the next step in your journey.

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Write hand-written thank you cards and notes.

My best friend Jen has always done this…not only does she write them but she gets them out quick! My sister Audrey also does this by writing long notes to me at holidays or sending randomly in the mail. You could say they are my inspiration for this tip. I think this is so much more beneficial and meaningful than a quick text or email, especially when they are truly warranted. I already can’t wait to get my gold glitter holiday notes out *spoiler alert*. You never know what this could do for someone’s day. This tip can be used both personally and professionally, and can go a long way.

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Take Words and Actions with a “grain of salt.”

I use this saying ALL the time at work. Think about how often you say something and it comes out wrong, or you didn’t mean it. Well, surprise, surprise, but that happens to everyone. Don’t always take what people say at face value…if it sounds off to you, re-evaluate at another time, or clarify with them. Tomorrow is another day. How people act or speak is often a reflection of them and has nothing to do with you at all. If you’ve ever lived on the East Coast you’ll probably relate to this one best.

Don’t Compare Yourself 

Last year I think I wrote about not comparing yourself to others via social media…this year it’s ‘don’t compare in real life’, because this is actually what matters. I think we all realize by now that SM isn’t reality. But in real life, this is a hard one. Yes, someone is always going to have a larger home than you, or go on more vacations, or have the cutest family ever, and you’ll wonder how they do it, but remember everyone has their struggles. Focus on your life, and doing the best you can.

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Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, we are only 1 month out from 2016. I decided to post this a bit before the end of the year for a simple reason. Recently, I was listening to The Smart Passive Income Podcast – Episode 93 titled “How to Make Next Year the Best Year Ever “ with Michael Hyatt, in order to get some life #inspo. Hyatts’s #1 tip was to plan ahead. If you start   thinking about the next year on January 1st, 2016, how are you able to reflect & prepare? It’s like when people want to go on a diet and they keep saying I’ll start on Monday, or I’ll start after this certain event. There’s always going to be another weekend or party to get past. I might be a little biased on the idea of preparation, as I’m currently in the process of planning the rest of my life, basically…I just had to set up additional life insurance and dependent care, which was certainly a first. Turns out having a little guy will do that to ya.

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The hope is that we would go into January knowing what we want, how we want to feel because of our choices, and how you are going to try your damnedest to achieve it. What are your 7 “lessons” that will help you resolve to have a great 2016? I encourage you to reflect back on 2015 in somewhat of a mental recap in order to help figure this out. Everyone’s  “lessons” will be different as they are specific to what you’ve experienced over the past 12 months. Maybe I’m the only weirdo that likes thinking about this and making these type of lists. Either way, it’s ‘go time.’ Feel free to comment below and LMK what #1 is for you, for 2016.

Thanks everyone for reading, I appreciate you all 💕

Kayla

 

2nd Day Hair : How to Mix it Up

I’ll start by saying I’m so pumped it’s a holiday week and I get to see all my friends and family in Cincinnati this weekend! So many cool things happening for many people I’m close to right now and I just want to squeeze them and celebrate.🎉

Let’s talk hurr: I am pretty much the queen of seeing how long I can go without washing my hair…I’m wondering if this is something to be proud of or not. I’m also wondering if I should be admitting this via the Internet. Either my hair doesn’t get dirty very easily, or I am an extremely lazy individual when it comes to washing my hair. When it comes down to it, I think it’s a bit of both! On average, I would say that I wash my hair 1-2 times a week, but before you get grossed out – hear me out for my reasoning:

  • wedding hairI literally have the world’s driest hair, so even when it has been 5-7 days since I washed my hair, you probably won’t see any signs of “dirtiness.” I can get a haircut and find a thousand split ends 5 minutes later. I also think that pregnancy has naturally made it even “drier” and I’m not hard core working out/sweating every day which also helps (If anyone has good recommendations for a deep-conditioning treatment LMK!)
  • “Experts”say that you should only shampoo your hair once every 2-3 days at most in order to prevent stripping it of its natural oils. *All my italian girlfriends are currently LOLing. I’m not a big user of dry shampoo but if your hair is more oily, definitely invest in one, such as Big Sexy Hair Volumizing. I’ve tried this one and would use more often if needed.
  • Because my hair is so thick and coarse, it takes a long freaking time to wash, dry, and style. Don’t let the workings of my hair straightener fool you. I’m talkin’ like arms burning type of blow-drying. Hence, the laziness of trying to salvage a blow-out as long as possible. Who has time for this before work?
  • Speaking of work, wearing my hair down on the job is so…uncomfortable. You’d think I was doing physical labor at my job when I say this, but no, just something about answering hundreds of emails and going to meetings with my hair in my face is super distracting-and hot (temparature wise, you guys.) Why spend time styling down when it’ll just end up in a pony?
  • Yes, you can still shower without washing your hair! Sometimes I wrap a towel around my hair to prevent the edges from getting wet, but most of the time I use a giant clip and put a bun on the top of my head. If your hair still gets wet, just take a blow dryer quickly to the bottom/edges. These are my favorite clips and they are super cheap:
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Scunci No-Slip Clips 

I am able to get away with this (I think) because of my favorite “2nd day hair” options that I will show you here. I guess I should call this post “2nd or 3rd or 4th day hair” or basically  “options to wear your hair that aren’t down.” It’s fun to mix it up, just do your hair in the morning, and literally not worry about it the rest of the day. You don’t have to wear your hair down straight every day. I only wear my hair down on Day 1, occasionally day 2, but after that it’s always half-up or all-up. Here are my all time faves:

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*This ‘do is for the 2nd or 3rd day when you’re like, I don’t want to wear my hair down but I don’t want to commit to full-on creases and give in just yet. Its mostly clean, but kinda not clean at this point.*

Step 1-Brush all hair straight back. It helps to tilt your head back for gathering all of the hairs.

Step 2-Section off the top half at the back of your head. Start placing pins in hair, alternating each side, and which hand you hold your hair with. Make sure they are evenly crossed to “lock” into place.

Step 3-Hair is half-up and out of your face!

Half-up with Pins + Tail

*You’re now ready to commit to all up*

Step 1-Keep your hair pinned just like the half-up do and just add a ponytail.
Step 2-You can tease your ponytail or wrap a piece of hair around and pin underneath to hide the elastic as shown above. Favorite teasing comb:

Photo: The Basics Slim Teasing Brush
Conair Teasing & Sectioning

Half-up with Elastic

*When I was little I used to think this style was called the “Chris” because I knew someone with that name who wore their hair like this, so I just called it that. Turns out I made that up and it’s just called “half-up.”
Step 1-Section off a little more than the top crown area of your hair. You can pull from all the way down to your ears as well.

Step 2-Use an elastic on this half of your hair, just as if you were doing a full ponytail. I use a thick elastic since my hair is so heavy, but those with thinner hair could use a thin hair tie or clear plastic hair rubber band.

Step 3– Tighten and tease. You can also wrap a piece of hair around the elastic and pin underneath.

High Bun

*I think this one is my favorite of the favorites. It just feels so good to have your hair completely out of your face and off your neck. It stays all day, and you can keep it for heading straight to the gym after work.

Step 1– Put hair in a high pony -the height of where you would want a bun to sit. If you have thin hair, you might not need to put in a pony first.

Step 2-Start wrapping pony tail around and pinning along the entire circumference. Keep the bun loose so it’s not as tight to your head. Don’t think about this step too much, or you’ll be re-doing your bun all day. You really can’t mess this style up.

Step 3-Pin down any stray hairs, spray, and you’re ready to go! I actually found a deal on this hairspray (smells amazing!) at TJ Maxx and it’s my favorite at the moment:

Joico Power Spray

Simple Headband

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*There are no steps here. Simply buy a headband that is comfortable and will stay, and place in hair. The best kind have rubber in the inside. Viola! Hair down without having to part.

Craig also likes handbands and bandanas… he will steal mine after work or on the craigweekend because his hair is so long and he won’t cut it. I call him Rico Suave when he slicks it back. We got a lot of “flow” goin’ on over here… let’s see if Baby C carries on this tradition.

I hope this gives all you babes some inspiration to either mix it up or save you some time as we head into another work week of kicking some ass. What are your go-to’s? Send me a pic if you try any of these styles–I’d love to see! 💁

Thanks for continuing to read my thoughts 💕

Kayla Marie