Note From Lay : Just Start

Just start and make adjustments along the way. Every time I embraced this advice I gained something positive and beautiful. This blog started because of that advice despite that I knew absolutely nothing about blogging or sharing information online. As the months and years passed my brother and I worked hard to improve. We’ve also enjoyed every minute of it.

The last three years of my life have had some very tough transitions. In many ways, I became stuck and lost but you’d never know that from the outside. My life had a ton of stress and I felt weighed down.  I couldn’t find any peace, joy or purpose in my personal life or my career. My life continued in this perpetual limbo even while knowing deep in my spirit I had to make some drastic changes. Anytime change happens it’s hard. It is especially hard when the change requires letting yourself heal and letting go of guilt for things you can’t change. So, I put it off.

I’d lost my fire and ambition in life. Much of last year was me reclaiming it and forging a new path for myself. Letting go of fear and just taking life’s obstacles as they come. I’ve been learning not to let problems disturb my peace but instead go about finding a solution. There’s no use in harboring blame or dwelling on past failures. I’m excited to start on things I’ve been wanting to do and I will share more over the year.

As for this month’s, content expect to see a new segment, a guide for my curly haired girls and my tips on finding the perfect jeans. There will definitely be new life breathed into my content as continue to grow, dive deeper into my creativity and define my happiness.

For 2018 I’m turning this advice into my new mantra. I hope you will too.

10 Things I do on Sunday Nights

After, I have a long productive day of shooting for the blog, laundry, running errands and maybe even a brunch with girls. I have a few options of things I do on Sunday Nights. Sunday nights are my time to do whatever I want and feel guilt free about doing them. They are the cherry on top after I have had a long productive, over the top and hardworking week. Yes, I mostly binging on something but tis life. Feel free to judge or drop a  line on your nightly antics. I’m off to do one of the below.

Peace out,


10 Things I do on Sunday Nights

  1. Binge Read.  Yes, it’s an actually thing in Lay’s world.
  2. Binge online shopping. Again, it’s an actual thing.
  3. Remember all the tv shows I’m behind on and have hulu/on -demand/netflix show watching festival. Don’t judge, actually go right ahead and judge away.Stewy
  4. Procrastinate on editing and then have to edit all next’s week blog posts in one night. challenge accepted 🙂
  5. Order take out from a list of my most frequented spots. Yes, I’m a regular and no I don’t like cooking on Sundays or meal prepping.
  6. Late night shopping at Target. I really do this way too much. I’ll  probably be in Target as you’re reading this list (eh)target
  7. Excessively, cleaning my closet. I go thru my closet every Sunday night hence number 2.
  8. Give my hair a nice deep conditioning treatment. Check out my post for deep conditioners for ultra hydrated hair,here.
  9. Excessive snapchatting while dancing around my room to Beyoncé. I’m not even kidding, no shame in my game.
  10. My favorite thing of all, reading my bible while stuffing my face with chocolate. ‘Cause be honest you can never have too many blessings and too much chocolate.Chocolate



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24 for 24 |Get to Know Me

It’s my birthday and what better way to kick off the blog -a- thon with a few facts to help you get to know me better! I hope you still love me the same or dare I say even more by the time you finish this list.

  1. I grew dancing ballet and competing in dance competitions. I start taking lessons at age 3, if only Dance Moms was around back then
  2. I studied abroad in France my junior year of college. It was a dream come true to finally be in Paris, I had been telling my mom for years that I was going to live there308232_2148187184289_1041835559_n
  3. I love Victorian era literature and just books in general.  The last book I just finished was The Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard. To see what else I’ve been reading this year,check out my reading list here
  4. I shaved off half my left eyebrow when was ten, which is why is grows in crazy directions. It’s a long story that I will share later on the blog

  5. I have a healthy obsession ( is there such a thing?) with jeans, which I’m sure you have realized from my outfits. I think I had at least 60 pairs last time I counted, whoops!
  6. I love baking. If it wasn’t for baking I’d probably still hate going into a kitchen or cooking. I started my own bakery one summer from my mom’s kitchen, I guess I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit
  7. I don’t drink soda but I adore chocolate. When I visited belgium I was most excite about looting all there chocolate shops! Don’t judge, chocolate is life okay!
  8. I’m the grouchiest, moodiest version of myself when i’m hungry. We don’t want that so just feed me, kay? The only time I can go hours on hours without eating is when I’m shopping
  9. Beyoncè is life. 90’s r&b is life. Tupac is life. I also love trap music ( sue me, kay?) Currently,Wynter Gordon’s Five Needle has been on repeat.tumblr_n18y0y0jdR1r81wtbo1_500

  10. I’m a planner. I make lists for everything, I organize everything. Just ask my bestie/college roomie, Melysa (check out her blog here). If you ever walk into my space and find it just in a mess, most likely I’m suffering a mid life crisis and you should def call for help
  11. I have a twin. Well not really ( I wish) but I do have two younger brothers who could pass as my twin. One of them is my photographer for the blog.
  12. Baked Mac & Cheese is my favorite food. I could eat it everyday, it’s perfection.
  13. I don’t own sweatpants and I refused to buy them in college (one reason I was always fully dressed for class). I don’t really know where this disdain for them came from but I was happy when joggers came into style.
  14. I always wished I could sing. Trust me, I try but it’s just not cute.200_s

  15. I went to business school and have a b.s in Economics – Finance with a minor in Literature.IMG_4844
  16. I shot a commercial with Ne-yo during my modeling days and he sung acapella for us (swoon!)
  17. I got to perform on stage with Nelly when he performed at my school’s Spring Day concertIMG_1334
  18. I don’t do rollercoasters. I’m not a huge fan of amusements park anyway and I am the friend holding everyone’s stuff when they go rides
  19. I collect candles and always have one burning when I am home. They just really set a calm mood. Let me know if you want a post on my favorite brands/scents
  20. I’ve kept a journal since I was 12 . I love writing and always wanted to write fiction! ( I started writing short stories in middle school)
  21. Quotes are my daily pick me ups, I get them sent daily to my phone and write them on post its then hang them around my workspace. It is one of the ways I stay inspired and motivated
  22. I ran track & did gymnastics throughout high school. The beam was my favorite event
  23. Pink is my favorite color ( clichè? eh)
  24. I’ve never colored my hair

April is all about Iconic Women

April is a very special month for me because it is my grandma’s birthday month. My grandma was a beautiful, generous, loving and fiercely independent woman. She inspires me so much and the strength she exuded throughout her life is magical. My grandma, Eliza, passed away after battling colon cancer in November. I am a very private person when it comes to my family and personal relationships.However, I want to celebrate and honor all that she was and continues to be on the blog this month with you all.

There are many ways people define iconic. I  define it as someone who is admired and has achieved their version of success while uplifting others. You don’t have to inspire millions to be impactful but merely touch just one person. Therefore, April will be about celebrating the iconic women in our lives, these are the women who inspire, encourage and support us in our life journey. I have inspired outfit looks, interviews, beauty tips and more to celebrate my grandma and the special women in my life. Let me know who the iconic women are in your life.

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April, Eliza
Forever loved, Eliza


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