Tuesday, January 15, 2019

books | my top three thrillers!

A while ago, I posted on stories about how I got my best childhood friend 3 books for Xmas and I joked that it was like the "Kayla Paine Thriller Starter Pack" & I promised I'd share them with you, so here they are!

I loved each of these books because they kept you on the edge of your seat and you couldn't put them down. Two things, I think every good book should have especially thrillers (my fave type to read!)

My fave book I read in 2018. It's also a series on Netflix too, but start with the book cause you NEED TO FEEL THE CREEPS. The show is amazing. Oh, I would be doing you a major injustice if I didn't warn you...DO NOT READ Hidden Bodies the sequel. It's not worth it, you can't get the wasted hours back.

I love all of Chevy's books, she's a must read for me. But this one is my all time fave of hers!

This book pulls at your heart strings while you try to figure out exactly what will happen next.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Winter Wish List!

Here's a list of a bunch of things that I've had my eye on! All of the links are affiliate links meaning if you want them too and use the link below to purchase, I'll get a v small commission! 

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

book review | Verity by Colleen Hoover

Brief Summary:
Sexy. Twisted. Consuming. 
From the #1 New York Times bestselling and award winning author Colleen Hoover comes "standalone romantic thriller that is tragic, creepy, and brilliant!-Mel Reader Reviews

Thursday, January 3, 2019

beauty | interview with my hairstylist Claudia Cruz from The Great Studio & all the info on my hair!

This is probably the MOST requested blog post from back in p&b days and I finally got around to doing it. Last time I got my hair done, I interviewed my hair dresser to get to know her more & so I can finally share how we get my hair color with all of you!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Welcome 2019! | goals, words to live by in the new year, & what I'm leaving behind

Woah, it's 2019! It's crazy writing that, but here we are day one of the next chapter (which also if you're an avid reader like me a chapter being 365 pages (days) long is INSANE-ha!) Okay, I know you aren't here to hear me ramble, but here's my goals & words I will be living by this coming year.


-drink more water
-follow ww correctly; I actually had a conversation about this in The Sassy Club on fb (it's a grp put together by fashion influencer Dani Austin & I like all of the inspo it provides.) ww works if you work the plan and track everything. I will be giving my all to this again and will be posting weekly (okay, biweekly, monthly, who knows...) updates on here. When I do post, I'll include my weight and what I ate during the week. 
-commit to blogging again; I tend to lack motivation cause I'm truly layz, but I will give this a real go and go back to the mindset "even if no one reads it, I'm doing this for me."
-read 52 books; I lowered it from last year cause I didn't meet that 2018 goal
-stop comparing my life to those online & remember everyone just shares a highlight reel; this is a huge one for me because 2018 taught me how short life really is when my blogging friend Leslie passed away 
-put myself out there in the community as a blogger 

words to live by;

-present; as in be more present: as we all do, I spend a lot of time on my phone. So even if it's just sitting down to watch a show I like, I want to watch the show and not browse IG while doing it
- bold; as in be bolder: I just want to put myself out there more in any capacity possible (I don't necessarly mean dating or anything like that, but I want to do more videos on IG and maybe start YT again.)

what I'm leaving behind;

-self-doubt! This goes hand in hand with a bunch of what I already wrote & people who know me in my every day life will probably be confused by it cause I come off as the most confident person in the room, but my life motto is fake it til you make it. So this year, I'm ready to actually believe in myself!

What are you hoping for in 2019? Anything you're leaving in 2018? Let's chat in the comments so we can support one another!


Tuesday, December 18, 2018

easiest holiday mani ever!

When it comes to holiday nails, everyone always thinks red! But I wanted to try something a little different and a little fun with my holiday mani using two of my fave reds from Essie. This mani is so easy & people will think it took you a lot longer than it did (which let’s face it, that’s an added bonus that we can all get behind this time of year!)

You’ll need;
A nude or sheer base, I used opi’s bubble bath
Two different shades of red, I used shall we chalet? and altitude attitude both by essie

1-Apply your base color in a sheer layer. *tip; always wash and dry your nails before applying any color. This helps so much!

2-Next go in with one of the colors starting under the white part of your nail and working across in the an upward motion, making a long triangle. 

3-Then use the other color and work in the opposite direction! I repeated steps 2 & 3 again to get an even, opaque shade.

4-Finish with a top coat-I ONLY use Seche Vite fast dry (get it on amazon-I buy 4 a year, one a season!)

If you recreate this mani, use hashtag; #thelayzblondenails so I can see! Let me know what color you’re rocking on your nails in the comments! 

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

silly holiday traditions & a quick holiday #ootd

The holiday season is always the busiest time of year and if you're like me you keep saying "oh I have more time" and then BAM, it's the week of your work holiday party and you have nothing to wear. Well I've got you covered with the cutest easiest look & I'm guaranteeing you already have these pieces in your closet! Check out the LIKEtoKNOW.it tab up top to shop similar pieces :)

And to keep the holiday train rolling, here is a list of v random holiday traditions I have!

  • Raspberry Ginger Ale-idk why, but we always have this in the house this time of year. In fact, I bought our first bottle just last night and it now officially feels like Christmas!
  • It's A Wonderful Life on Christmas Eve-I talked about this last week, but wayyy back in 2003, my dad & I decided we would save this Christmas classic for the night before!
  • Speaking of Christmas Eve, ever since 1994, I leave A Christmas Story on my tv all night until I wake up. I normally catch the whole thing by watching bits & pieces. (and I'm not one of those people who needs the tv to sleep!)
  • I have a list of fave songs I MUST listen to at least once during the holiday season and it all starts with my fave Same Auld Lang Syne by Dan Fogelberg. My band sang this at our last jam session and it was SO freaking fun to sing a story with them. 
What's a random tradition you have? Let me know in the comments

Thursday, December 6, 2018

must watch christmas movie list!

What is it about this time of year that I just want to watch movies non-stop?! I watch every single new Hallmark movie, but then I have my list of faves that I must watch each year...here they are in no particular order :)

  • The Santa Clause 1-3; fun fact-first one is my favorite movie OF ALL TIME.
  • Christmas Vacation
  • Elf
  • The Grinch
  • Rudolph
  • Christmas Every Day; "Make a basket, Billy!"
  • It's A Wonderful Life; tradition alert-we save this for Christmas Eve! 
  •  Prep & Landing and Prep & Landing Naughty vs Nice
  • Olaf's Frozen Adventure
  • Christmas with the Kranks; fun fact-I watch this movie about 12 times a year. Clearly Tim Allen is my favorite actor

What's on your must watch list this time of year? Tell me in the comments, 

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

a poncho moment

I got this poncho in a fabfitfun box last year and never wore it. I just didn't know how to style it, but after getting major inspo from some babes over on IG, I figured it out. I paired it with a basic black tee, jeans, and heels for this shoot, but wore it with over the knee boots for Thanksgiving. 

I love how warm and cozy it keeps me, but makes the outfit look like I took more time putting it together than I did. My favorite thing about the one I have is it's reversible! As much as I love the black side, I'm obsessed with the grey side! What's a fashion trend you have tried recently that you weren't sure about? Did you love it or end up hating it? What's one you are dying to try? Chat me up in the comments!

psst-you can shop my whole outfit by clicking on the like to know it tab up top! I do receive a small commission for anything purchased through my links, xo!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

christmas | my wish list this or that edition

You knew this was coming...no matter how lazy I am, I will ALWAYS make a wish list for Christmas! I am so excited to share this list with you, but I'm putting a twist on it and I need your help narrowing down my choices!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

thanksgiving | outfit inspo

Now that you know what you are making in the kitchen, let's discuss what you will wear! One of my fave memes this year is the one that says "I can't wait to get all dressed up to sit on the couch" which perfectly describes tgiving! But if you want to fool your fam into thinking your layzass put more effort into your look then keep on reading cause I have the #1 secret to dressing up any look!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

thanksgiving | easy recipes!

Here's the thing, I really really really love thanksgiving food. Like I emailed Jenica (my cubemate who I adoreeeee) the other day and just said this: "Sometimes I just sit and thing about thanksgiving foods." Weird, but so true! Some of my fave eats are below-including a crockpot green bean casserole- cause hello, I'm layz-to the 5-ingrident appetizer I make each year. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

rebranding | what's next?

I'm not even sure where to start with this as the idea to rebrand came out of nowhere. I mean seriously, nowhere. Let's set the scene, this past Friday night, my childhood bestie, Jen was going to meet me at my work so we could go grab some dinner & do a little shopping. I got in her car (I actually left work on time, it was a miracle!) and she asked me if I wanted to take her family's Christmas pictures-I was flattered and instantly said yes, duh! Then I went on this mini rant as we sat in traffic about how I've been meaning to get pics done, but I'm just "the laziest blogger". Then I said "that should really be my name, the lazy blogger." We laughed and then I said "wait, the lazy blonde! haha!' and she looked at me and said "wait, I love that!' I said "oh shit, me too. Wait am I rebranding?"