Monday, September 25, 2017

tips for buying a car!

This is a sponsored post.

You may not know this about me, but I didn't get my license until I was 26. I know what you're thinking, why?! But I was always scared of driving as a teen and then as I got older I just didn't see the point. But that all changed and I finally took my road test and passed the first time.
my first car-isn't she so cute?!

Cut to last October when I was 32 (I know, I'm old!) I finally purchased my very own first car! When I was looking for a car, I wanted a few things; a sunroof, a good radio, and of course I'd prefer if it was black. I headed online to the dealership I was going to and searched for my limited requests and found some good cars in my price range. Now the one thing I wish I did that I didn't was go to Cars.com cause they make shopping for a car super easy!

On Cars.com, they show you cars currently for sale new & used, where to get service, and you can even SELL your current car through them! Like, what?! How helpful is that right? Oh and they even have a section with tips and tricks.
 
Do you have any car buying tips? Share in the comments cause they always come in handy, xo!

Friday, September 15, 2017

cover reveal!

COVER REVEAL!

Love Uncovered, the second standalone book in the Babes of Brighton series is now available for pre-order - myBook.to/LoveUncovered



Synopsis
Independent woman to her core, Brooke Archer has always been happy to hit it and quit it with the men in her life. But when her beloved Nan suffers from poor health, Brooke realises just how precious life is and decides to it’s time to face her daddy issues and seek out her estranged father. Without so much as a name or photo, and a cagey Mum withholding vital information, it’s going to be no easy task.

Nicholas Parker is a relationship guy and always has been. Abandoned by his mum when he was seven he craves love and security. But finding a woman who can conquer his trust issues is no easy feat. Brooke is exactly the kind of woman he doesn’t need.

Pulled together by some invisible force, can Brooke and Nicholas overcome their differences to uncover true love?

Add it to your Goodreads shelf - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36099467-love-uncovered?from_search=true

If you'd like to catch up with book 1, Excess Baggage, read it here - myBook.to/ExcessBaggageLB

The book will be available to read for FREE via Kindle Unlimited from 28th September.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

blonde hair, don't care

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.



Its' no secret I love my hair the lighter the better. I keep my hair light and bright with every blondes secret weapon purple shampoo! I love to rinse my hair and let mine soak anywhere between 6-10 minutes depending on how much time I have. In the past few years, I've really gotten my whole hair routine down pat. I wash my hair every 6-8 days (I use some dry shampoo on days 5 & 6), let the purple shampoo sit, wash it out and then wash again with a color preserving shampoo, condition, towel dry, blow dry, straighten, and volia! 

But from time to time I think about how easy it would be to rock a wig and change up my look! Cue Divatress which is the leading beauty e-commerce in wigs and hair care. They have every color and length you could think of. Curly, wavy, straight-whatever you could want, they have something you're looking for. Not great at ponytails or braids, don't worry, there's a wig for that! I feel like wigs especially have come a long way and these look SO REAL. I can't believe some of them aren't the models real hair. Seriously, check out their site and tell me which wig you'd love to rock. 

Check out Divetress:

Monday, August 28, 2017

a book in review!



Brief Summary:

These Royals will ruin you.

Easton Royal has it all: looks, money, intelligence. His goal in life is to have as much fun as possible. He never thinks about the consequences because he doesn’t have to. 

Until Hartley Wright appears, shaking up his easy life. She’s the one girl who’s said no, despite being attracted to him. Easton can’t figure her out and that makes her all the more irresistible. 

Hartley doesn’t want him. She says he needs to grow up. 

She might be right. 

Rivals. Rules. Regrets. For the first time in Easton’s life, wearing a Royal crown isn’t enough. He’s about to learn that the higher you start, the harder you fall.

Review:

I received an ARC from the author in exchange for my honest review. HOLY GUCAMOLE, you guys the ending of this book…holy crappppp! I had to read it twice cause I couldn’t believe my eyes. Okay, phew got that out of the way. Easton’s story is another Royal masterpiece. I loved being inside his mind this time around and noticing how different he is from his brothers. Hartley is a likeable female lead and I really want to know more of her story. Fallen Heir packs a big punch and if you liked any of the other books in the series, this one does not disappoint! I won’t give you any spoilers, but let’s just say you’ll be stunned…I recommend this 5 star book cause it’s Erin Watt perfection as per usual, xo!

To Purchase:
Amazon 
B&N
Goodreads

Friday, August 25, 2017

Try-Day Friday!

I never wear shorts. Okay, sometimes…like to bed when it’s hot or to go on a bike ride, but other than that I really try not to wear them. It’s kinda of crazy how much I despise them because in 7th grade, I would wear them every day from April to October. But the older I’ve gotten the less I like my legs, so I keep them covered up as much as I can.

In an effort to get out of my comfort zone and to embrace the legs I’ve got, I told myself if I could find a cute pair of shorts I’d get them to wear down to the city last week. I went to TJMaxx on Tuesday and found the only pair of black jean shorts they had and they were in my size! So I tried them on to discover they were stretchy and actually looked pretty cute-I was sold! 

You’re probably thinking “okay you wore shorts, what’s the big deal?” well the big deal is I knew I’d be taking tons of pics as Mik and I were headed on a mural tour in Manhattan (seriously guys, we put this together ourselves and it was epic. SO MUCH FUN!)


So the moral of this story is I wore something I’m not totally confident in, but rocked it all day & all night (seriously, I got home at 3:30am) I challenge you to step out of your comfort zone and wear something you don’t normally wear. It can be shorts, a ball cap, really high heels, anything. Pick a day and just go for it! I’ve noticed the crew over at Dia&Co have something really fun going on in their offices on Friday called “Try-Day Friday” where they challenge one another to wear a piece they normally wouldn’t feel confident in make it work. Listen, we all know my motto is “fake it til you make it”, so embrace that and let me know what piece of clothing you’re going to rock that you wouldn’t typical wear, xo!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

August Newsletter!

Well, well, well, so we meet again friends. And here I am still not with a way to get this into your inbox. I guess I should stop referring to this as a newsletter than, huh? Okay, let’s go with monthly open letter…sound better?

This month I’m going to open up to you guys about something I’ve been struggling with for what seems like ever…any guesses on the topic? No…well it’s my weight. Yup, you read that right, I’m going to be open and honest with you about my struggles with the numbers on the scale. Now I know that the numbers aren’t important and it’s all about how you feel-and I 100% agree, but to me a weight lost journey is about the number. *warning, this is a LOOOOOOOONG blog post!

In the spring of 2009 (was it really THAT long ago?!), I was in a long term relationship and noticed I had gained quite a few “love pounds” like approx. 30-45 pounds over the course of 2 years. I was pretty devastated and joined WeightWatchers immediately. I had seen the commercials and knew someone who was having some success, so I figured why not? I loved the plan and stuck to it and lost about 15 pounds within months. I felt great and slowly stepped away from the plan. Well that was dumb cause I gained it all back and then some.

Cut to 2011, and I refocused with the help of WW again and lost 25 lbs this time. I FELT AMAZING. Not only physically, but mentally. I was even comfortable enough to wear shorts people! (more on my relationship w/shorts Friday!) I really embraced the plan and what it was all about. The number at the scale wasn’t ideal, but the way I looked and felt, was. People noticed, I was able to fit into pants from 2006, it was awesome. At that point in my life everything was really great including my handle on my weight. And then again in the beginning of 2012, I slowly stopped counting and tracking my points which lead to some gains. And not the good kind of #gains.

The late summer of 2012 came and I was still feeling okay with my body and then life happened. Everything fell apart and was really shitty for a while. But after a few months, I started putting the pieces back together and created this little bloggy blog as my new outlet. I was watching what I ate and occasionally tracking my food, but not sticking with it. I started a new job in 2013 and was really starting to become the most adult version of myself (yes, I was already an adult and in my late 20s, but I think you understand what I mean…) I got back on the WW train and half assed it. I’d lose for a few weeks and then gain it all right back. I was in a spiral of not sticking with it. Then once WW changed their plan from pointsplus to smartpoints and I gave up on them. After paying for the service about 81 months total-holy shizzz, looking back and counting up the months and knowing I paid for something I wasn’t using is nauseating…I won’t even do the math for you, it's a lot with nothing to show-I finally pulled the trigger and canceled. I figured I didn’t need this new system and just bailed completely. I downloaded the free my fitness pal and counted calories instead. And what would you know? I was falling into the same vicious cycle.

Well here we are, present day. I’ve been paying for WW again since May 2016 and doing the same damn thing. This routine of tracking, not tracking, eating bad, eating good, is absolutely exhausted. But what is more exhausting is being in a body I’m not happy in. Now, you’re probably thinking “That really sucks, but why are you sharing this with us, this isn’t your typical post…” Well, you’re right, it’s not, but the reason I’m opening up to you is because I am starting fresh again. (it’s like that book Charlotte buys in Sex and the City, “Starting Over Yet Again”) I am going to hold myself accountable and really be open to WeightWatchers has to offer.  I figure by sharing this story of insanity with you will help hold me to it. Even if you don’t DM me on IG and ask “did you track your dinner?” I’ll know that my words are here in black & white FOR EVERYONE TO SEE and that is enough to keep me focused for real this time.

                                Xoxo,
                                Kayla


Ps-if you want to join me or want to chat about your struggles, hit me up-email, DM, comment, whatever, I'm here :)


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Perfect Pair | Cocktails & SkinnyPop!



It's no secret that summertime means hanging outside with your drink of choice and favorite snack! SkinnyPop reached out to me to share their list of fave pairings and looking at what they came up with, I need to get my hands on that jalapeno popcorn to pair with anything! Seriously, that sounds delicious! My summer drink of choice is of course, rose (#summerofrose, duh!) and how cute is this can of rose?! And it's sooo good you guys! I had mine with the white cheddar which isn't an overpowering at all and so good!
Check out SkinnyPop's pairings below & their site for more yumminess and let me know which one sounds best to you, xo!