Disney T-Shirt Dilemma

It’s no secret that I have a huge obsession with Disney themed shirts. But more than that, I love uniquely (almost one of a kind) designed Disney t-shirts. I really detest most of the shirts found in Disney parks, simply because EVERYONE is wearing them, and they’re about 3 times the price of what they should cost. Just to name a few of my recent accruments: A lovely Star Wars/Haunted Mansion get-up Ryan and I got from Teefury, a Vintage Mickey tank from Wally World, and an awesomely cheap Olaf shirt from Kohls.

With our upcoming trip in September only lasting  5 days, I’m really running out of park days to wear my new Disney shirts. But when I found this epic tank from a Facebook page called Sarah’s Scribbles, I knew I had room for at least ONE more! 🙂

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This is by far my favoritest (now I’m making up words) shirt ever! I especially love the cute chevron minnie head on the back.

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I ordered it through an Etsy link that Sarah sent me and was lucky enough that my size/color was available, so it shipped out really quick (Thanks, Sarah!!). I cannot exclaim enough how good the quality (print and fabric) is! The fabric blend (65% polyester & 35% viscose) is super soft.. I’ve never heard of viscose but I’m officially a huge fan!

So basically I just have one big decision to make… Do I wear this beauty on day 1 and instantly satisfy my excitement to wear it?  Or do I savor anticipation until later that week?

Maybe I should just wear it ALL week… Ha!

God Bless,

Kaila


 

To order your own “I Can’t Keep Calm I’m at Disney Shirt”, visit Sarah’s Etsy page

Or to see some of her other adorable creations, visit her Facebook page Sarah’s Scribbles

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February Five Favorites

Well I guess since we’re almost officially a week into March, I’d better post last month’s favorites! I apologize for the short hiatus, but I’ve been pre occupied with a photo session project! Hopefully I will have a few DIY projects coming up to show you how I made this:

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Even though I was lazy about writing, I wasn’t lazy with trying out new things! I found a lot of new products that replace some of the products that were former favorites, and best of all, are CHEAPER! 😉

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Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Minimizer

I’ve never used the lipstick, but I’ve heard it’s amazing. This product is a pore minimizer (or minimalizer as I humorously made a mistake of calling it the other day). If you’re like me, you probably overlook this type of stuff in the makeup aisle. But I’ve learned it’s an awesome under eye cream for deep creases/wrinkles. This has replaced my need for the more expensive Porefessional by Benefit.

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The next product is texturizing spray by Big and Sexy. It’s really called a dry shampoo, but I definitely wouldn’t use it for that. This stuff does texturize your hair, but I use it before backcombing to help with volume. It’s excellent!

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I quit using a heat protectant forever ago because they seemed to weigh down my hair. especially because you want to focus on the ends, which get damaged easier. However this is a heat protectant/hold spray. It’s by Kenra and it’s awesome! It’s especially wonderful to use when curling hair with a wand, straightener, or iron. It actually uses the heat to activate the hold. There’s no sizzle (that’s what I call it when it’s FRYING your hair) or steam.

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This was my first experience with BB Cream… Maybe I haven’t “played the BB Cream Field” enough to say this, but I LOVED it. This stuff is amazing! I usually put foundation on in a thin layer because I don’t like the build up on my face. This stuff definitely doesn’t do that, and the coverage is amazing! I put it on like a lotion and eliminate any need for a liquid foundation. This is Fergie’s Wet n’ Wild brand, and it is fairly cheap!

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Lastly is this Eyeshadow Base by NYX. It’s not in a fancy or pretty package, but it is a GREAT primer for eyeshadow. I dare say I like this better than Urban Decay’s version! And again, it’s much cheaper. It is a nude color, so it enhances the shadow color!

And that’s all I have for February Favorites, Folks! Whoa, talk about alliteration…

I’m out like a trout! American Idol is on… Hope you all have a good week!

God Bless,

Kaila

December Five Favorites

It’s that time again! More like it’s about time I post something because it’s been almost 2 weeks… My bad!

So this month I had to put a lot of thought into what my five favorite items were. Mainly because it was Christmas time and I really didn’t buy anything new for myself. Since I’ve only had a week to play with my Christmas “toys”, I’ll have to wait until February to feature some of them in my “Favorite Five”.

Before I get started, I want to talk about a few blog topics coming up soon that I am SUPER DUPER (I need to start reminding myself that I’m in my 20’s before using terms like that) excited about!

  1. January Clothes Challenge!- I am attempting to go on a clothing purchase hiatus for all of January… Not only that, but I have planned out several outfits without repeating a single item, and I’m going to show YOU how to do it!
  2. One of my bestest friends recently got a curling wand with 5 interchangeable rods from Bombay Hair, and has agreed to write a review for me! I’m so tickled and can’t wait to see what all she does with this fabulous tool!

Ok, so the first item I am currently obsessed with is the new Chapstick Hydration Lock. My lips would be suffering tremendously, as cold and windy as it has been lately, without this wonderful goodness. Most chapsticks I’ve used leave a wax layer on my lips. And even if my lips miraculously absorb it, it’s gone within 30 minutes. Hear me when I say this stuff LASTS. You can dab, lick, or purse your lips, and it’s still there. Here’s a short description of how it works from the Chapstick site:

  • Clinically proven to moisturize lips, with a lightweight feel
  • 8 hours of advanced moisturization revitalizes and visibly improves the appearance of lips
  • Enriched with antioxidant CoQ10 and hyaluronic filling spheres

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The next item that I think you’ll love is by….wait for it… SUAVE. It’s their dry shampoo spray, and it’s only $2.50 at Walmart! I don’t really use it as a dry shampoo, but more as a texturizer for my roots. It’s great  to use if you back tease your hair!

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Number 3 is not so much a brand as it is an item. Fleece lined leggings are a trend this winter- and for a good reason! Not only are they cute, but they are WARM! I’m talking warmer than my jeans warm!(Guilty confession- I’ve been wearing them under my jeans sometimes…Don’t judge!) I say grab these in every possible color you can find!

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Alrighty, number 4…. Oh dear #4, what would I do without you? I have VERY sensitive skin (particularly on my face) and it seems to only be getting worse with age. But I wear makeup. And water just doesn’t do the trick. I came across these little babies one day and decided to try them, and was very impressed! They have some sort of oil balancing effect which is good for my combo skin, but they also take of water proof mascara (which the package doesn’t say, but I’ve tried it). The brand is called simple and I found them at Walmart. (duh…)

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And for the final “fav”. It’s the beginning of a new year, so I decided to jump on the bandwagon and commit to a daily devotional. This is one I’ve actually had for awhile (Mom gave it to me for my birthday a couple of years back),  so I’ve read some of it. But, I want to let my OCD take control and start with Jan 1. This one is by Max Lucado, who I really enjoy reading. It’s called “Grace for the Moment”. It has a morning devotional and a night devotional!

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Hope you enjoyed reading this week! And don’t forget to check back for the upcoming posts I was talking about earlier!

God Bless,

Kaila

 

November Favorite Five

IMG_20131123_054313    Wow! What a week… I first want to apologize for the delay in posting my “secret hair tool”. I definitely did not anticipate such a busy Thanksgiving week! But I am thankful for the time spent with family and for the money that funded my first official Black Friday adventure with great company! I’m still recovering from the 20+ hours with no sleep and what we called “zombie hangover” syndrome.

But, enough with the excuses! Let’s get on to my wonderful product I bought online a couple of weeks ago. I’ve used several of Hot Tool’s curling irons in many sizes and they’ve never let me down. I just plain love them! Their flat irons… Not so much, but that’s another story. My hairdresser had some extra time after my last hair appointment and decided to fix up my hair with her hot tools curling wand. Thinking it would fall out within a few hours, I reluctantly agreed. However, The curls lasted….OVER 24 hours! So I checked out Amazon (since I have prime) and bought one for $23!

This is the Curly- Q tapered curling wand

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While I can’t vouch for other brands of curling wands, I’m sure there are others that could compare. If you can’t find this particular style, make sure you at least find a curling wand that contains these two factors that I especially like about this product:

  1.  It is titanium which produces even heat. This means less damage because there are no hot spots. My hair seems to react better to it as well.
  2. It is tapered which gives my curls an amazing bounce that I absolutely adore!

I am literally able to get 2 days wear out of the curls this thing produces. I may have to touch up a few places just because of the way I sleep, but it saves me SO much time getting ready on day 2. It came with a protective glove, however I found that it got in the way. I admit that I have burned my left index finger 3 times, and scalded the top of my ear once (OW!) trying to get the hang of this thing. But, if I can do it… anyone can. After the 3rd time burning myself with bare hands, I modified the glove with some scissors and fraycheck for easier use (see below picture). This seems to be working pretty good, so I think I can let my aloe vera plant recuperate for a little while!

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Now it’s time for my first “Favorite Five” from November!

This was pretty easy since I had a lot to pick from- being my first and all. It mostly consists of make up products, but this will change up each month going forward. I would like to note that I have very sensitive skin, so all of these products are pretty hypoallergenic if I can use them (disclaimer- this is not guaranteed by the companies). If you have any questions about any of the products, just leave me a comment below. I hope you enjoy!

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This primer came in my ipsy glambag several months ago, and I fell in LOVE with it! It’s hard to explain the texture but it is somewhere between baby oil and Vaseline. It is very light and sits on top of your skin delicately. It’s oil free (so no break outs!) and contains vitamin E which seems to hydrate my skin and keeps my foundation from looking cakey. It feels like silk on your face! When I first saw the price at Sephora I almost lost it. $40 for a  1 oz bottle… But I happened to walk into an Estee Lauder store while on vacation in Panama City and found this great deal- $27 for a 1.5 & a .5 oz. Please don’t think I’m crazy- I would normally NOT spend that much on a make up product (I’m a cheapskate), but this stuff is AH-mazing. Well worth it! The outlet store was called the Cosmetics Company Store, and you can find one near you by visiting: https://www.cosmeticscompanystore.com/

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I saw a commercial for this spray moisturizer, and it looks so convenient, but I honestly thought it was a gimmick. I mean, anything that can spray would have to contain alcohol, and alcohol + moisturizer= oxymoron…right? I don’t know how, but this stuff really helps! Maybe it’s be cause I can spray hard to reach spots, like my back, and even if I can’t rub it in all the way, it soaks in. It does dry fast, but it seems to work all day. I have SUPER dry skin, especially in the winter, but this stuff is keeping me so soft! It comes in three scents: Aloe,  Cocoa Butter, and Shea. I’m not absolutely crazy about the scents, but the Shea is the one pictured above and it reminds me of honey.

Lip Exfoliator

Terrible picture, and terrible condition- but that’s because it’s well used! This is a lip exfoliator by elf (www.eyeslipsface.com). If you haven’t heard about this brand, you should definitely check them out! Some of their products are sold at Target, Kmart, and now some Walmarts. They are VERY inexpensive- most items cost $1-$3! This lipstick cost $3, and consists of a sugar scrub in a vanilla stick (wax?? idk what chapstick is made of…). You use it to exfoliate your lips and then wipe of the grit and residue. After wiping, put a layer of your favorite chapstick and your lips have never felt softer!!! I do this at least once a day, and that’s why the stick looks the way it does. Haha!

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I have yet to find just ONE mascara that I love, so until I do I layer my mascaras. Illegal Lengths by Maybelline is my FAVORITE base to use. It has fiber extensions which give you ultimate length- and I need all the length I can get.

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After (Includes a second layer of Loreal Lash Out Butterfly)

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I hear a lot of people say that the fibers in these types of mascara bother their eyes, but I only put this on the tips of my lashes and then “seal” it with a volumizing mascara.

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Last but not least, my new favorite under eye concealer! Fake up by Benefit… Ryan got me this for my birthday this year from Sephora. It’s hard to tell from the picture, but the stick has a beige center for cover up, but the outer edge is clear. The clear part is vitamin E. Since the vitamin E hydrates under the eyes, you don’t get that under eye cake look. It doesn’t seem to REALLY hide dark circles, but when combined with a good powder, it looks great… I have a bad problem with dryness under the eyes, but haven’t since I started using this.

So there you have it… my favorite five items from November. If you liked what you read, please subscribe to my blog. Also check out my reader poll to vote for the next recipe on here! I also want to say THANK YOU to all who have reached out and responded to my posts… I so enjoy hearing what it meant to you. You are all a blessing, and I love sharing with all of you! Until next time…

God Bless!

,Kaila

“Allow me the pleasure of introducing you to….Blade…Laser….”

Before Fall is completely behind us (although it seems like it already is) I want to talk about one of my closet staples- Blazers. I love them because they are so universal. You can wear them with jeans or dress pants, skinny pants or flared. Pair them with some heels and your ready for a night out, or slip on some flats and the look suddenly becomes conservative. Literally any pattern or color can be worn underneath (especially if you pick the right color. To tie it all in, add a statement necklace or scarf! They can be worn pretty much any time of the year, but prime time is Spring/Fall.

The key is to find the right fitted blazer. If the sides are straight cut, it can make you look boxy or frumpy. A GOOD fit is going to be tapered to help give you a more hourglass shape.

To show you how drastically you can change styles with blazers, I have paired together a few outfits with the SAME blazer. I purchased this dark plum tapered blazer from Maurices about a month and a half ago. It was regularly $49.99 but I had a birthday coupon for 50% one item, so I used that. Don’t mind the model…. I am NOT photogenic!

This look is a casual wear-all-day Saturday or any day outfit. Between the flat boots and the relaxed fit jeans, it is honestly quite comfortable.

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Cheetah Top– Maurices ($29)

Jeans- Gap (outlet) Boyfriend ($29)

Black Leg warmers- I have no idea, Christmas present

Taupe flat boots- Let me just take a moment to say that I LOVE the color of these boots. Like, I would buy this color in every style. It goes with EVERYTHING! These were purchased at Belk for $39 about a month ago.

With a ruffled scarf, flared trouser jeans, and snake print heels, this outfit is perfect for wear at work, but could easily be worn out. I would save this outfit for a Friday so you can work then PLAY!

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Flower Print, Ruffled Scarf- Walmart ($5)

Cream and silver top- Gap (years ago)

Trouser Jeans- Maurices (last year- $39.99)

Jessica Simpson Snake Print Heels- DSW ($29.99)

“Date Night” get up… Skinnies with Heels are always hot!

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Turquoise Statement Necklace- Charming Charlie’s

Polka Dot Tank- Forever 21

Jeans- Silver Suki style (Maurices- $29.99)

Peep Toe Black Glitter Heels- DSW ($49.99)

And I suddenly become camera shy… I LOVE corduroys. I’m not a HUGE fan of skinnies and flats with my figure, but it can be pulled of by some.

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Pants- Old Navy ($11 last year) These also look good with boots

Cheetah Flats- Rack Room (BOGO, paid $15)

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Thank you for your support!

God Bless,

Kaila

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