My Etsy Shop is Back! Homemade Canvases!

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Hey y’all,

I’m officially back on Etsy (link to shop) and selling something a little bit different than greek shirts! I’m selling handmade canvases of states, colleges, and universities. Made to Order - College / University / State / Quote CanvasFor example, I’ve done my own state and school, as seen to the right and below! I’m EXTREMELY flexible on what is put onto canvases. For example, you can add a hometown/ location marker, I can write out the state or city names, add glitter (if you’re like me and think glitter spices everything up), I can modify the background as you’d like it (typically solid, striped, or chevron), add borders, and anything else you can think of.

My canvases will be in 3 different sizes, and you can choose which size you’d like: 8″x10″, 11″x14″, or 12″x12″ square.

Again, here is the link to the canvases in my Etsy shop, here !

sorry for the flash -.-

(ps: All proceeds I make from Etsy in the next few months are going toward my cross-country move down to Texas! So all purchases are extremely appreciated. )

Much love and thanks,

Kayla

Adventures Await!

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So, as I’ve mentioned previously, I recently had a hip arthroscopy back in June. I had my cartilage shaved down, and a microfracture performed (some holes drilled into my hip socket), to hopefully (fingers-crossed) promote growth of new cartilage. In other words, at 21 years old I have the hip of a 60 or maybe 70 something. So I’ve had a very quiet and laidback summer with hardly any traveling due to being on crutches.

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Can we just take a minute to appreciate this view? *heart eye emoji*

BUT, that hasn’t stopped me from going to our new camp for the summer. If you’re not from Maine or even New England, let me tell you one thing: Moosehead Lake is probably my favorite lake in all of New England. Why? Well, it’s huge. It’s one of the biggest lakes in the New England region and has breathtaking views, I mean look at the picture to the right. You have views for miles and so much peace and quiet when you’re on the lake.

 

It also has plenty to do: including seaplane tours, cabin rentals, beaches, guides, lots of fishing, boating, and camping. There are tons of islands to explore and Greenville is the most precious little town there is with shops and eateries scattered throughout. Plus, for the hikers out there, this is the place to go! The Appalachian Trail passes through Monson, just south

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Barren Mountain – A mountain along the 100 Mile Wilderness

of Greenville, and this allows access to part of the ‘100 Mile Wilderness’. Which is said to be one of the hardest stretches of the entire Appalachian Trail but has some of the most breathtaking views as well. Aside from the AT, we also have numerous other hikes along the various mountains along the lake.

 

 

I would highly recommend Moosehead Lake to anyone planning to visit Maine, or New England. It may seem like an isolated little area of the map, but I swear it’s an awesome place to visit. Many people only think of Acadia National Park, which, don’t get me wrong, is beautiful and all but it’s also extremely touristy in the summertime; or the Southern Maine beaches and coastal towns are the other huge hitter here in Maine so anywhere from Portland to Kittery. Of course, these are all great places to visit but Moosehead is an amazing option that is inland and less touristy than the others. Hopefully, this can give someone some insight into other great options out there way out here in Maine! Hope ya’ll come and visit Maine one day because, in my opinion, it’s definitely one of the most beautiful states out there!

With much Mainer love and pride,

-Kayla

Product Review: Maybelline – The Nudes

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Alright guys so here’s my product review for Maybelline’s The Nudes Palette ($11.99). I’ve been using this palette since it came out last year as it’s affordable and has a great range of nude colors. I’m a plain Jane when it comes to my eye shadow and stick with mostly nudes so this seemed like the perfect palette for me as I didn’t have the money to spring for the Naked Palette at the time, so when I saw advertisements on TV about the debut of this palette I knew I had to try it out.

Here’s the palette itself; labelled you all know which shade I’m talking about:  IMG_3860 [331027]

So we’ll just jump into it: I use this palette almost everyday, and haven’t really noticed any huge issues. If you’re a beginner that can’t to spring for a Naked palette, like I couldn’t at the time. Overall, it has a good range of colors, and I’ve posted the swatches below. I didn’t put in the pictures of the swatches with flash on since you can see pretty clearly which ones have lots of shimmer, and which ones are more matte even without the flash! Here’s my shade breakdown:

Shade 1: Looks like a nice pearly, white color with lots of shimmer. It certainly has lots of shimmer, but hardly any pigmentation. The only thing I use this shade for is on the inner corner of my eye and under my brow, so the lack of pigmentation is fine for me. If you wanted to use it for much more you probably wouldn’t have much success.

Shade 2: A very shimmery, light brown shade with lots of pigmentation. This is one of my favorite shades that I use as an all-over lid color but it also doubles as a crease color when used with one of the lighter shades. It’s a gorgeous color and blends great with the rest of the palette.

Shade 3: A shimmery, taupe color, more gray than shade 2, has lots of pigmentation as well. This is also a great color for your lid as well as a crease color, as it blends into the darker shades very well.

Shade 4: A deep, dark brown, with just a hit of shimmer. I use this shade religiously on the outer corners, and within the crease when I want a dark, dramatic eye that day. As you can see from the swatch it has intense pigmentation and I love that.

IMG_3855 [331863]Shade 5: Is a peach shade, but is nearly nonexsistent when coming off the brush. In the photo you can see that shade 4’s residue came off with more pigmentation from my dirty brush than shade 5 did. The only thing this shade is useful for is setting my eyeshadow primer, and not much else. This is certainly the worst shade in the whole palette.

Shade 6: Another favorite of mine, a rich, shimmery gold. This is absolutley beautiful when applied over a white eye primer, and looks beautiful blended into any of the other colors from the palette.

Shade 7: A high shimmer, copper color. This shade has lots of pigmentation and is another gorgrous shade. This works well as a crease color but could also work as a lid color if you like coppery shades.

Shade 8: The very shimmery, sister-shade to Shade 4. As with the other dark brown shade this color is very pretty on the outer corners, and as a liner. As you can see in the swatch it’s another high-pigment shade. IMG_3854 [331862]

Shade 9: One of the more matte shades, a muted, medium brown. This is my go-to crease color as I don’t like my crease to have lots of shimmer. It, as the other dark browns, has great pigmentation.

Shade 10: A light shimmery, taupe, very similar to shade 3. This is another great all-over lid color and could be used in the crease in a subtle smokey eye.

Shade 11: My number 1 outer corner/liner color. It’s a very dark, rich brown that is the most matte shade in the whole palette. This shade is absolutely phenomenal with or without primer.

Shade 12: Appears as a deep, rich, pearly black but off the brush is much more of a shimmery, medium grey. I was hoping it would be to true palette but it’s much lighter than I expected. I was hoping to use this for a true smokey eye and as a liner.

Overall Opinion: It has lots of potential, some of these shades are excellent while others let you down. They’re pretty easy to blend together but some of the darker shades get a little streaky and take some finessing. All these swatches were done with a dry, e.l.f Contour Brush. From these dry swatches you can see there is a lot of fallout so you have to take caution when applying the shadows. These shades are easily buildable so if you’re not happy with the pigmentation you can build them up easy enough to make them more true to shade.

 

 

 

 

I’m Back! Time to Restart!

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Hey, ya’ll!

After about 6 months I’m finally back to the blogging world. A lot has gone on since I’ve been away. I’ve officially graduated college, I got a puppy, I’ve had hip surgery, I’ve taken up bullet journaling, and so much more that I’ll post about at a later date.

I still have so much to do as I’m waiting to hear back from grad schools down in Texas, recovering, and trying to raise a puppy but I’m trying to squeeze blogging back into my life as I enjoyed it so much before! I’ll also be sure to spam you all with puppy photos on the regular now that I have little Jace. 🙂

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Here he is at about 9 weeks old! He’s a full-blooded lab and a little diva when he wants to be but I love him nonetheless! :p

Hopefully, I can pick right up where I left off! A product review will be heading your way very, very shortly!

ALSO: If you have any recommendations of products you’d like to see let me know in the comments below!

Tips for New Bloggers from a New Blogger

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Hey, y’all! Today I’m going to talk about what I’ve learned so far in the month-long journey so far! Of course, this will probably get revamped even more as I learn even more about this crazy blogging world.

Here goes nothing:

  1. Bloglovin’: Best app I could have downloaded. I have read blogs that I’ve
    IMG_2463 [330869]come across on Pinterest much longer than I have even thought about writing a blog. I never knew there was an app to put all my blogs that I like to read in one place. This saves me so much time from looking them all up individually and checking my e-mail religiously to look for new posts. I just open it up in the morning and before I go to bed and I’m all caught up for the day!
  2. Find a Good Host and Mess with It: I use BlueHost personally and I’m not going to lie it was not easy to get the hang of. It’s overwhelming with all the options and widgets it has and it takes some time to understand what they all do. Playing around with the hosting website before making your blog live is definitely one of the best things you can do to learn it. I’ve certainly had instances where I mess around with WordPress settings or BlueHost settings and I send my blog astray. You definitely learn as you go!
  3. Check Yo’self Before you Wreck Yourself: Going off of what I just got done saying I’ve messed with settings on a post and send my blog into this wonky-looking disaster. I accidently changed my URL one day and created a broken page and, even more, broken links. Another thing I personally do is omit tags as this adds clutter to the page and I didn’t like the look of it when viewing my blog. You learn what you do and don’t want your blog to look like pretty quickly by frequently checking it after new posts.
  4. Consistency is Key: This is one I’m still struggling with. I’ve been trying to
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    Disregard my messy handwriting!

    find a posting schedule that works for me but being out of school right now my schedule is all over the place. I’m sure when I get back into a normal routine next week I’ll figure out what works best for me. As you get more and more readers they don’t want to wait around forever for a new post, they’ll lose interest.

  5. Be Yourself: I am by absolutely no means a professional writer in any way. Sure I’ve busted out a few college papers in my time but those papers definitely don’t make me a writing master. Instead, I write this blog more so to document my own journey through my 20’s and to possibly inspire other 20-somethings to just go with it. Personally, I think life is weird and confusing; and if my struggle with becoming a real adult helps one other person like me I am more than happy. I write my posts through my eyes and through what I’ve personally learned in my own adventures. Don’t pretend to be anything you’re not.