Friday, September 22, 2017

THE Hairstyle To Try This Fall: The Knotted Ponytail

THE Hairstyle To Try This Fall: The Knotted Ponytail | Kayla Lynn


Happy first day of fall everyone! As the weather starts to turn cooler and we begin to trade in our sunnies and denim cutoff shorts for cozy knits and boots, we also begin to say goodbye to our long, beachy summer locks. Fall is the perfect season to refresh your look with an edgy new haircut or to begin to tame those wild waves into new hairstyles. Already one style has emerged as this fall's cool-girl hairstyle: the knotted ponytail.

It's a hybrid between a braid and a low ponytail, and I for one am ABOUT it. You can pull the knot tight or braid it loosely and pull some strands out to create a perfectly carefree look that will pair well with your loose, chunky knits. I love this hairstyle because it's easy to achieve and a great way to mix up a plain old ponytail or braid. It's especially great for working with second day hair; just throw in some dry shampoo or some sort of texturizing product and you're in business.

Check out this look below and try different variations (like a knotted side pony) for a chic, easy fall hairstyle.


THE Hairstyle To Try This Fall: The Knotted Ponytail | Kayla Lynn
Photo: Studded Rose

THE Hairstyle To Try This Fall: The Knotted Ponytail | Kayla Lynn
Photo: Isabella Thordsen

THE Hairstyle To Try This Fall: The Knotted Ponytail | Kayla Lynn
Photo: Pinterest

THE Hairstyle To Try This Fall: The Knotted Ponytail | Kayla Lynn
Photo: Camilla Pihl

THE Hairstyle To Try This Fall: The Knotted Ponytail | Kayla Lynn
Photo: Pinterest

THE Hairstyle To Try This Fall: The Knotted Ponytail | Kayla Lynn
Photo: Camille Styles (with tutorial)

THE Hairstyle To Try This Fall: The Knotted Ponytail | Kayla Lynn
Photo: Nikki Lee

THE Hairstyle To Try This Fall: The Knotted Ponytail | Kayla Lynn
Photo: Hello Glow (with tutorial)

Ready to take this hairstyle for a spin? Let me know in the comments below what some of your other favorite hairstyle are for fall!
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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Woman Crush Wednesday Music Playlist

Happy #WomanCrushWednesday! Lately my Spotify playlists have been filled with hard-hitting music from a lot of really great female indie, pop, and electronic artists, so I thought I'd share with you some of the music I'm listening to you right now. It felt fitting to curate a music playlist centered around the bad-ass women who rock the music industry each and every day. Download/stream and enjoy! 

Woman Crush Wednesday Music Playlist | Kayla Lynn
Photo: We Are The Northwest: A Fashion Editorial 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes

Move over, California. Your boho chic bungalows and coastal cool homes may flood Pinterest on the daily, but Seattle is quietly making a name for itself with it's own highly inspired interior design work. A few months ago I posted part one of the Seattle home roundup and today I am finally bringing to you part two, highlighting some fabulous local digs with really great design.


Home #1: A 100+ Year Old Renovated Tacoma Home

Designer: Lindy Dodge


The first home on this list is by far my FAVORITE. Tacoma is an industrial port city about 40 minutes south of Seattle and I for one am in love with it. In addition to possessing a booming arts and creative scene, Tacoma is close enough to Seattle to commute but far enough away that the cost of living isn't as astronomically high as in the city proper. I am looking to buy a home in Tacoma in the next five years or so, so it's no wonder that I am getting a serious dose of inspiration from this Tacoma home renovation!

The couple's renovation perfectly complimented the old bones of the house while bringing in some necessary updates. I could go on and on about the thrifted collection of beautiful vintage furniture spread throughout the house, including an 1800s French-manufactured table (for $50!), a thrifted basket turned into a dining room chandelier, and a beautifully hand-crafted chest of drawers fashioned into a "spice dresser" (please teach me your thrifting ways, Lindy). In addition to a curated collection of eclectic treasures, the home also shows off a whole host of smart and beautiful DIY projects. The banquet nook seating, dining table, and copper rod open shelving are all examples of DIY at it's finest (seriously, you guys can help me renovate a house anytime). The home is beautiful and cozy but also functional, which is a design principal that I need constant reminding of. You can buy the prettiest chair in the world for your living or sitting room, but if it's not comfortable and you're never going to sit in it then what's the point?

This space is a real winner in my eyes, I can't get enough of it. For more photos and details about the renovation hop on over to Design Sponge or Thimble and Cloth.

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Home #2: An Airy Tudor on the South Side

Designer: Lisa Staton


In my previous roundup of awe-inspiring Seattle homes I featured multiple home designs by local interior designer Brian Paquette (and you can bet I have another one to show you if you continue scrolling down), but he isn't the only design maven on the scene. Lately the work of designer Lisa Staton has been making a splash in a big way, and I for one am a HUGE fan! Her work perfectly encompasses the Pacific Northwest aesthetic, very modern farmhouse meets Oregon coastal. I love all the contrasting black and white details throughout the house, including everything from sconces, window treatments, and shelving hardware to various pieces of furniture set against the stark white walls and even one darkly-painted door with the prettiest vintage crystalline doorknob.

The dining room provides an interesting mixture of themes but somehow it works. The wicker chandelier above the dining room table makes the space feel light and airy and gives the room a distinct California touch, while the dark old table below it is much heavier and sets a more traditionalist tone. Then throw in some minimal artwork in cool blue tones and those Danish-style mid-century chairs (think Hans Wegner) that don't match the table at all and you have a very interesting space indeed. In theory none of these elements should work together, but somehow it's not that bad. Despite the mix of styles throughout the house it all unites under a very muted and neutral color palette which makes each space feel calm and soothing. Well played, Lisa.

See more photos from this project and others on Lisa Staton's website.

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Home #3: A Global 20th Century English Cottage

Designer: Lisa Staton


It just so happens that I have a second home to show you from designer Lisa Staton. Unveiled on the style and interior design website My Domaine back in May, this 1900s English-style cottage is GOALS.  A few different cultural influences, American, Indian, and British, were drawn upon for this space to highlight the clients' global roots. There is a slick black and white theme throughout the home (not unlike the previous home tour), with a few distinct pops of color from textiles, furniture, and house plants. The vintage antiques and details throughout the house add a distinct global characteristic that makes everything feel collected, and this affect is most noticeable in the entryway. All-in-all it is a very beautiful and well-designed home whose photos I could stare at for EVER.

Check out the full tour via My Domaine.

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Home #4: A Warm and Neutral Condo

Designer: Brian Paquette


You've got to give this man some credit for picking a color palette and really sticking to it! Everything in this beautiful condo fits in the brown or beige category and is complemented by gold and grey accents. I for one have a serious desire to sink into that couch and stay there all day long. Everything feels very natural and organic, making use of soft woods and textiles throughout. I think the side table in the living room made out of a burnt-looking piece of wood is one of my favorite touches. The place just feels so cozy and serene, and I love that this condo also gets a lot of natural light (and I imagine a pretty nice breeze coming off the water!). Everything is very cohesive and put-together; a definite winner!

View via Brian Paquette

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Home #5: Traditional Meets Modern Seattle Home

Designer: Cassandra Lavalle


Coco+Kelley is definitely one of my favorite blogs out there. Her aesthetic is so similar to my own and I love seeing every new room update or One Room Challenge reveal. I particularly love the dining nook with the traditional circular table mixed with lovely textiles. Just a serene and comfortable looking area to sit and have coffee or eat breakfast. I also love her ability to source and hang art; as much as I love buying art I struggle to find the perfect home for them in my own place.

And let's just take a moment to appreciate all of the really great lighting solutions at play here. Literally every single room is outfitted with amazing lighting; sconces, chandeliers, pendants; you can scroll through photos of each room and you will find some sort of awesome light fixture that just makes you think about how badly you need that same one in your own home. Like right now. I have gleaned so much interior design inspiration from watching this house morph into it's current form on the blog, and I can't wait to see more in the future.

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Which home tour was your favorite? Let me know in the comments, and as always thank you for stopping by!
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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Mid-Summer Reading List

Well folks, summer is just about halfway over which means that cozy knits and pumpkin spice lattes (we are already preparing for #PSL at Starbucks!) are just around the corner. There's still plenty of time though to stretch out on the beach or sit on the porch and dive into a good book. Below are nine reading picks worthy of your eyes, ranging from suspenseful to heartbreaking to downright beautiful. Check them out below:

9 Books to Read This Summer

Into The Water by Paula Hopkins 


A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.
 Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother's sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she'd never return. With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present. 

Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown


It’s been a year since Billie Flanagan—a Berkeley mom with an enviable life—went on a solo hike in Desolation Wilderness and vanished from the trail. Her body was never found, just a shattered cellphone and a solitary hiking boot. Her husband and teenage daughter have been coping with Billie’s death the best they can: Jonathan drinks as he works on a loving memoir about his marriage; Olive grows remote, from both her father and her friends at the all-girls school she attends.

But then Olive starts having strange visions of her mother, still alive. Jonathan worries about Olive’s emotional stability, until he starts unearthing secrets from Billie’s past that bring into question everything he thought he understood about his wife. Who was the woman he knew as Billie Flanagan?

Together, Olive and Jonathan embark on a quest for the truth—about Billie, but also about themselves, learning, in the process, about all the ways that love can distort what we choose to see. Janelle Brown’s insights into the dynamics of intimate relationships will make you question the stories you tell yourself about the people you love, while her nervy storytelling will keep you guessing until the very last page.



Waking Lions by Eyelet Gundar-Goshen


Neurosurgeon Eitan Green has the perfect life--married to a beautiful police officer and father of two young boys. Then, speeding along a deserted moonlit road after an exhausting hospital shift, he hits someone. Seeing that the man, an African migrant, is beyond help, he flees the scene.

When the victim's widow knocks at Eitan's door the next day, holding his wallet and divulging that she knows what happened, Eitan discovers that her price for silence is not money. It is something else entirely, something that will shatter Eitan's safe existence and take him into a world of secrets and lies he could never have anticipated. 

WAKING LIONS is a gripping, suspenseful, and morally devastating drama of guilt and survival, shame and desire from a remarkable young author on the rise.


Exit West by Mohsin Hamid


In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through. . . .

Exit West follows these remarkable characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, it tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time.




Swimmer Among The Stars by Kanishk Tharoor



In one of the singularly imaginative stories from Kanishk Tharoor’s Swimmer Among the Stars, despondent diplomats entertain themselves by playing table tennis in zero gravity—for after rising seas destroy Manhattan, the United Nations moves to an orbiting space hotel. In other tales, a team of anthropologists treks to a remote village to record a language’s last surviving speaker intoning her native tongue; an elephant and his driver cross the ocean to meet the whims of a Moroccan princess; and Genghis Khan’s marauding army steadily approaches an unnamed city’s walls.
With exuberant originality and startling vision, Tharoor cuts against the grain of literary convention, drawing equally from ancient history and current events. His world-spanning stories speak to contemporary challenges of environmental collapse and cultural appropriation, but also to the workings of legend and their timeless human truths. Whether refashioning the romances of Alexander the Great or confronting the plight of today’s refugees, Tharoor writes with distinctive insight and remarkable assurance. Swimmer Among the Stars announces the arrival of a vital, enchanting talent.


The Lucky Ones by Julianne Pachico 


While her parents are away, a teenager finds herself home alone, with the household staff mysteriously gone, no phone connection, and news of an insurgency on the radio—and then she hears a knock at the door. Her teacher, who has been kidnapped by guerrillas, recites Shakespeare in the jungle to a class of sticks, leaves, and stones while his captors watch his every move. Another classmate, who has fled Colombia for the clubs of New York, is unable to forget the life she left behind without the help of the little bags of powder she carries with her. Taking place over two decades, The Lucky Ones presents us with a world in which perpetrators are indistinguishable from saviors, the truth is elusive, and loved ones can disappear without a trace.


Idaho by Emily Ruskovich


Ann and Wade have carved out a life for themselves from a rugged landscape in northern Idaho, where they are bound together by more than love. With her husband’s memory fading, Ann attempts to piece together the truth of what happened to Wade’s first wife, Jenny, and to their daughters. In a story written in exquisite prose and told from multiple perspectives—including Ann, Wade, and Jenny, now in prison—we gradually learn of the mysterious and shocking act that fractured Wade and Jenny's lives, of the love and compassion that brought Ann and Wade together, and of the memories that reverberate through the lives of every character in Idaho.


Marlena by Julie Buntin



Everything about fifteen-year-old Cat’s new town in rural Michigan is lonely and off-kilter until she meets her neighbor, the manic, beautiful, pill-popping Marlena. Cat is quickly drawn into Marlena’s orbit and as she catalogues a litany of firsts—first drink, first cigarette, first kiss, first pill—Marlena’s habits harden and calcify. Within the year, Marlena is dead, drowned in six inches of icy water in the woods nearby. Now, decades later, when a ghost from that pivotal year surfaces unexpectedly, Cat must try again to move on, even as the memory of Marlena calls her back.
Told in a haunting dialogue between past and present, Marlena is an unforgettable story of the friendships that shape us beyond reason and the ways it might be possible to pull oneself back from the brink.


No One Is Coming To Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts



JJ Ferguson has returned home to Pinewood, North Carolina to build his dream home and to woo his high school sweetheart, Ava. But he finds that the people he once knew and loved have changed, just as he has. Ava is now married, and wants a baby more than anything. The decline of the town’s once-thriving furniture industry has made Ava’s husband Henry grow distant and frustrated. Ava’s mother Sylvia has put her own life on hold as she caters to and meddles with those around her, trying to fill the void left by her absent son. And Don, Sylvia’s undeserving but charming husband, just won’t stop hanging around. 
JJ’s newfound wealth forces everyone to consider what more they want and deserve from life than what they already have—and how they might go about getting it. Can they shape their lives to align with their wishes rather than their realities? Or are they resigned to the rhythms of the particular lives they lead? No One Is Coming to Save Us is a revelatory debut from an insightful voice that combines a universally resonant story with an intimate glimpse into the hearts of one family.


What books are you reading this summer? Let me know in the comments below! 
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Favorite Little Pins No. 2

If you've followed along with me previously, then you know that I've decided to bring back a segment from one of my old blogs called Favorite Little Pins whereby I share some of my favorite Pinterest images and ideas. Pinterest is hands down my favorite social media platform (even if it's the least "social"), and is a really great source of inspiration whether it be recipes, interior design, party ideas. Ideas can be gathered for literally anything, and I love to create small snapshots of the things that are currently inspiring my mood as well as give you a sense of my style and personality. You can actually tell a lot about a person's tastes and interests (their personal "brand," essentially) by looking at their Pinterest boards and other social media channels.

Favorite Little Pins | Kayla Lynn

1. Euclid Modern Project May we please talk about this door? I completely adore it, and I discovered this modern Euclid home by interior designer Amy Berry on Pinterest a few days ago. The  light wood and the chevron panels add such a unique touch to the home, I can't stop scrolling through my Pins and staring at it.

Favorite Little Pins | Kayla Lynn

2. Chicken Taco Soup Recipes I am a huge fan of My Domaine (I'm still elated that I got a chance to be a part of their travel-inspired group board on Pinterest a couple months back), and when I saw this link for chicken taco soup recipes on Pinterest I knew it was going to be a pin now, come back to it later type of deal. All of these recipes look simply delicious, and I particularly can't wait to try out this salsa verde chicken and rice tortilla soup.

Favorite Little Pins | Kayla Lynn


3. Nordstrom Anniversary Sale It's impossible to comb through Pinterest without running into evidence of the #NSale that's in full swing right now. Left and right users are furiously pinning wish list items while bloggers round up their top picks from the sale. I thought about putting together a list myself because product roundups are my FAVORITE but given the crazy digital tidal wave of #NSale posts flooding the Internet right now I've decided to spare you. Instead I leave you to look on in envy at others' Nordstrom hauls.

Favorite Little Pins | Kayla Lynn

4. Cafe Birdie I am always looking out for the latest Wear This There segment from sfgirlbybay. There are so many beautiful restaurants out there, and I'm secretly compiling a list so that I can visit them all. A gorgeous space really elevates both the food presentation and the experience, and Cafe Birdie is high on my list of must-visit restaurants along with Bar Melusine in my very own neighborhood of Seattle.

Favorite Little Pins | Kayla Lynn

5. Seattle VIS I have to give a shoutout to Nikki Davis who just launched her very own online boutique this month, Seattle VIS. Not only are the clothes adorable and stylish, but they're affordable too! Many of these pieces cost just a fraction of what many other retailers would charge, and I am so incredibly excited to see where the shop goes in the future (Yay #GIRLBOSS)! Be sure to check out the online shop and nab your favorites while they're still in stock (like this white Sophie top with pretty, feminine bell sleeves).


Favorite Little Pins | Kayla Lynn

6. Bali Mini Guide Wanderlust tends to hit me pretty hard in the summertime, and this pool in Bali looks just like the kind of place I'd like to be. The Style Me Pretty blog had put together a beautiful miniature guide/photo diary of Bali, and the photos pretty much have me convinced that I should drop everything I'm doing and jump on a plane right now. It's actually a bit of a fantasy of mine to epically quit my Starbucks job one day, throw in my green apron (throwing the apron is key), storm out of the store, and jump onto the light rail to the airport to just hop on a plane to some unknown, far away destination and live Eat, Pray, Love style. A girl can dream!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Drugstore Beauty Buys That Totally Rock

"Best drugstore makeup" is probably a search term that I enter into Google's search bar A LOT. It's not that I'm totally opposed to shopping at Sephora, it's just that shelling out $30-$40 on a tiny little tube of concealer or paying upwards of $50 for foundation isn't really an indulgence my shoestring barista budget allows for all the time. Especially when, for whatever reason, ALL of my most used makeup runs out at the exact same time. My makeup shopping trips tend to leave me in need of two or three different beauty essentials at once, and when you're still a week out from your next paycheck and just paid your cellphone and internet bills and still need to go buy groceries there's not exactly much left in the bank to go blow $75 or more at Sephora. 

Enter my makeup (and wallet) savior: the drugstore! 
Best Drugstore Beauty Makeup 2017

The drugstore beauty counter really doesn't get enough credit in my opinion, and there's a stigma that drugstore beauty products are inferior to more expensive designer labels. I will readily admit two things: 1) that there is a lot of really BAD cheap makeup out there, and 2) there are some high-end makeup products that just can't be equaled by anything at the drugstore counter. However, I will point out that there are a lot more beauty companies starting to emerge that are committed to delivering makeup that is both affordable and good-quality, which makes for a lot more choices when shopping more makeup. Target, a company that is increasingly making a name for itself through its collaborations with bloggers, creatives, and small companies across multiple industries, has been known to offer exclusive makeup and skincare lines at a fraction of the price of comparable beauty lines. 

The makeup industry is worth about $382 billion globally, and when you consider that large beauty companies often charge you WAY more than the product actually cost to produce, it starts to seem really ridiculous paying designer brand markups. In fact, some cosmetic chemists insist that any product over $25 is a waste of your money. Which is why I'm excited to share some of my favorite tried-and-true "drugstore" beauty products that deserve a spot in your makeup bag today! 


My 8 Favorite Drugstore Beauty Products:


1. Sonia Kashuk Radiant Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 15: I love this tinted moisturizer, it provides just enough color to even out your skin tone just a little bit while also giving your skin some much-needed love. On days when I'm going for a more natural makeup look (or when I'm just downright lazy) I'll use this in place of foundation. Bonus points for a little bit of SPF protection. ($13)

2. e.l.f. Aqua Beauty Molten Liquid Eyeshadow: I have this in the color Liquid Gold and it is such a beautiful color, especially for summer. I will insert an * on this product by saying that the applicator wand is not a thing of beauty. The first coat tends to go on a bit unevenly, but it dries really fast and is very buildable and blendable with other eyeshadows. Once you've applied a second coat and added a darker color to your crease, the gold pops so beautifully and I get compliments every time I wear it. ($4)

3. Pixi Skintreats Glow Tonic: I've been meaning to try more products from Pixi, but for now I've just been using their glow tonic. I've had it for months now and it is AMAZING. Even after I've washed my face with a cleanser and think I'm good I'll go in with this stuff and it'll remove even more dirt and makeup debris from my skin that I didn't even know was there! It leaves my skin feeling smooth and bright, and it smells great too! ($15)

4. Covergirl TruNaked Eyeshadow Palette: I have this palette in the Goldens set although the Nude palette looks beautiful also. I really only use neutral eyeshadow (I don't really know how to apply colorful eyeshadow without looking crazy), and when I saw this one I knew I had to have it. I'm usually pretty wary of drugstore eyeshadow because I've had so many that were either hard to apply or didn't blend well, but this palette handles that all amazingly. Even the shimmery shades go on beautifully so long as you use primer, and I've been using it almost every day. This palette has a tendency to sell out (I snagged the last one!) so make sure to get it while you can. ($10)

5. e.l.f. Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths: If I've learned anything it's that not all makeup wipes are crated equal. I've used many wipes that felt like they left a layer of residue on my skin or a vague after scent, but these wipes don't do that. They do the job of removing dirt and makeup while also hydrating your face with aloe vera. Plus they're only $3 so you can buy several at once and stock up (the less trips to the store the better). ($3)

6. e.l.f. Matte Lip Color: I bought this lip color on a quick (and slightly panicked) trip to the store just hours before a wedding upon realizing that I'd forgotten to pack my makeup bag and needed to grab some cheap makeup. I basically raided the e.l.f. aisle because their products are the most affordable and while I walked away with some items I wasn't that happy with (and later there away), this was not one of them! I have this lipstick in the color Wine and I keep it in my purse at all times. It's ridiculously easy to apply and it's another one of those things that I tend to get compliments on. Plus that price... ($3)

7. Mane 'n Tail Original Shampoo: That's right everyone. Horse shampoo. The kind that you find at farm supply stores and in Dover catalogs, and, thanks to it's popularity, at the grocery store too. Shampoo and conditioner have always been two things that I change up almost every time. There was never really "the one" that I felt obliged to repurchase whenever I ran out, that is until I went for a bottle of good old Mane 'n Tail. Wow. My hair has NEVER been as soft and smooth as it has in the last year or so that I've been using it, and it comes in a giant 32oz. bottle that will literally last you forever (I had my last bottle for something like 7 or 8 months). I still play around with different conditioners, but this shampoo is hands down my "it" shampoo. ($7)

8. e.l.f. Highlighting Brush: Can you tell yet that I'm a huge e.l.f. Cosmetics fan? I really love using highlighter, and for the longest time I was either using a stick highlighter or applying it with my normal foundation brush. When I finally decided to look into getting a highlighter brush, places like Sephora were charging $30-$40 for one. Like, why? Then I found this nifty little brush at Target for about 10x less and it's been great. It's soft and has a really good shape for applying highlighter; it's really all you need. ($3)

Thanks for following along with me! Let me know in the comments below what your favorite affordable beauty products are!


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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

And The Next Big Design Fad Is: Shower Plants?

Are Shower Plants the Next Big Design Trend? | Kayla Lynn
Photo: Almost Makes Perfect

I am a huge supporter of house plants, but the newest trend according to Pinterest's spring report on the top trending home solutions (published in a Pinterest board, no less) is taking the house plant to a whole new level: the shower. As of the report, searches on Pinterest for terms like "shower plant" had increased by a jaw-dropping 302%, and I wouldn't be surprised if there's been an increase since as more and more interior designers and bloggers embrace the trend.

The most obvious bright side to this arrangement (besides making for pretty photos) is that you'll never have to remember to water your plants. Green thumb or not, you can rest assured knowing that your shower will kill two birds with one stone each time. If you're really into the idea of turning your shower into your own personal tropical oasis, then a plant or two in your shower will help to create the perfect atmosphere to unwind in at the end of a long day.

Are Shower Plants the Next Big Design Trend? | Kayla Lynn
Photo: Design Sponge

Placing plants in your shower may also have some pretty remarkable health and wellness benefits. In addition to having an emotional calming effect that is sure to alleviate stress, certain plants are also beneficial for air purification, moisture absorption, and bacteria reduction. According to USA today, house plants have even been prescribed to certain patients with severe allergies to improve indoor air quality.

Are Shower Plants the Next Big Design Trend? | Kayla Lynn
Photo: Domino

In order to find a plant that will thrive in your own space you must first consider the layout and design of your bathroom as your ideal plant match will depend on how much light the room receives and how humid the room gets. The bathroom in my apartment, for example, has no windows so a plant that doesn't need much natural light will be ideal (although you may still find it necessary to occasionally rotate the plant into a more sunny spot in your home). Varietals like peace lilies, spider plants, dracaena, lucky bamboo, snake plants, ZZ plants, and English Ivy (NASA's top pick for air purification) don't really need frequent waterings and are fine in low-to-medium light, so they should feel right at home. Boston ferns and aloe vera are also popular choices but will definitely need a higher amount of indirect light.

Are Shower Plants the Next Big Design Trend? | Kayla Lynn
Photo: The Design Chaser

In terms of positioning, there are a lot of options available like sitting a smaller plant on one of the shelves or on a windowsill but the one that seems to make the most sense is to hang the plant in some sort of planter and hang it from the ceiling or from the shower head itself if you don't want to install any hooks. Hanging your plant in the shower helps to keep it up and out of the way so as to avoid getting covered in soap that may harm your plant. If you're the DIY type, there are a couple adorable hanging planter DIYs that you can check out here.

Are Shower Plants the Next Big Design Trend? | Kayla Lynn
Photo: Pinterest

So what do you say, yay or nay on showering with your house plants? Let me know in the comments below.
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