Drawing The Line: Anti-Aging and Personal Reconciliation

Drawing The Line: Anti-Aging and Personal Reconciliation

Today’s chat might seem random. It’s not. This year, I turn 30! I’ve thought about this new milestone a lot in the last couple of weeks, as my family has constantly been reminding me of its impending arrival. I’m not scared or anything, but I honestly never thought much about my thirties beyond wanting to be done with my crazy twenties and hoping for a more relaxing, stable decade of life. Not to mention, there were some periods where I questioned if I’d even make it due to chronic illness flares. But, we’re looking at the upshot here, and I’m now thinking about all the positive possibilities…

You know what I’ve noticed lately? Beauty advice, especially skin care, is often broken into categories based on your age. Popular blogs, websites and even magazines all seem to want to point out what products you have to change out when you’re entering a new decade. Some of that advice, I take. Most of it? I leave. (Let me know in the comments if you’d like me to link you to some of these articles with skincare, beauty and even fashion advice by the decade)

One set of advice that I do really pay close attention to? Which treatments one should consider when transitioning from one decade to another. Lasers, professional facial peels, outpatient procedures like Botox, Juvaderm, or other fillers/injections are all recommended. And that got me thinking: how far am I actually  willing to go to look like I’m still in my twenties (or better)?

Turns out, I’m not willing to go very far. Surprising, right? Also, it’s downright confusing. I love beauty and products so much, that I’m almost baffled at my unwillingness to go under the knife for cosmetic improvement or relief. I’m not completely sure why I feel that way that I do, but I do feel like the answer lies more deeply and will take time to truly unpack.

Some people prefer to age naturally, that is, leave everything as it and as it will be. Laugh lines? Reminders of happy times. Others prefer to take advantage of all that modern medicine has to offer. I truly believe there is no wrong answer.

So, I wanted to ask you…how far are you willing to go? No judgment, just different experiences, thresholds, and genuine curiosity. Do you have a philosophy that drives your level of comfort? Let’s chat in the comments :)

Talk soon, xo-Layla

It’s Been A Year/What I’m Loving…

It’s Been A Year/What I’m Loving…

Hey guys and dolls,

I know. Before you even start, let’s…not? Okay? It’s been a rough year. I blogged maybe once last year? And then *poof* nothing. I’m sorry. But, then again, I’m not sorry. I was focused on surviving. I wasn’t in beast mode. I was in chronic-illness, get-through-the-day-so-I-can-go-back-to-sleep-mode. And to be honest, I’m still kind of in that mood, but I’m hoping that I’m climbing out and I’ll be here to stay out of the rut a little longer than last time.

So, that’s done, we’ve had a truth moment. Still with me? Great, I appreciate it. Now, can we talk about the good stuff? Like all the stuff that’s been making me smile, laugh, relax and basically get through all the crap? Cool, let’s get into it!


Feeling under the weather a lot means spending huge chunks of whatever free time you have on your couch or in your bed. So I watched (and continue to watch) a lot of TV. Some of the shows that I’m currently loving are some well known favorites and a few that might be a little lesser known, but they’re still so good. 

Power (Starz, Sundays @9pm)Do you watch Empire on Fox? If so, do you love it? Then, give Power a try. Aside from the off screen drama between the two creators (Lee Daniels and 50 Cent, respectively) there’s plenty of on screen mishap, mayhem and good old storylines to last you for at least a good month of binge sessions. Power has everything: love, family, crime, law, complex relationships and friendships, parenting…you name it. There hasn’t yet been a dull moment and the newest season is sure not to disappoint.

Claws (TNT, Sundays @9pm):  Yes, I know, scheduling conflict if you want to also catch Power. This is what On Demand is for. Sometimes, there is no solution. Just pick a show to watch and maybe alternate between the weeks or something. But definitely watch Claws. Again, a lot happening, but all good. I can’t describe the show and do it it’s proper justice, just watch the first episode and try not to be hooked in the first 5 minutes. I. Dare. You.

Undercover (BBC UK/One, On Demand)This show originally debuted in 2016, but I only discovered it this year. This one is for all of my legal, crime and mystery buffs. Stellar acting and the most beautifully woven story, directed with the kind of artistic touch that makes you feel that you’re smack in the middle of the story and living it out with the characters. Emotional, but not depressing. Also, sometimes a good cry is in order, even better if it’s measured and you can quickly let it out and then keep moving (in my opinion).


I’m loving a lot in the beauty space right now. But, here are just a few of the items that I can’t get enough of these last few days, weeks and months…

L’Oreal Lash Paradise ($8.99, Target): Whenever I’ve purchased a mascara these past few months, I’ve gone for the darkest shade they offer. L’oreal beats a lot of the competition with their blackest black and carbon black shades. This mascara isn’t any different. Also, it’s a beautiful dupe for Too Faced’s Better Than Sex mascara, which I loved in the its travel size, but quickly hated when I purchased a full size. This mascara delivers the same (if not better) application and results,  is a great savings ($20!!!) and manages to stay on flake- and smear-free during the day, but slips off so easily when you’re ready to remove. Run, don’t walk to Target and get one. or Two. A lady must always be ready.

JINsoon Nail Lacquer ($68*, Birchbox): This one is tricky. The shade is Vogue Rose. The application is smooth, easy and creamy. The way to get it in your hands and on your nails and toes…that’s the tricky part. It’s apart of one of Birchbox’s most recent Limited Edition boxes. You can buy the entire box full of goodies, which are a celebration of Vogue’s 125 Anniversary and get this lovely shade. Click the link. You know you want to.

Maybelline Color Sensational Matte Metallics Lipstick in Copper Rose ($8.99, Walgreens): This is going to need to be in your fall lip arsenal. It’s gorgeous and dramatic, but still wearable. Wear this when you need a boost of confidence, or for all eyes to be on your lips for…other reasons. This is the confident girl’s lip–even if you have to fake it until you make it. Is she born with it or is it Maybelline? ;)

Obviously, there are more things, but TV and my beauty finds are my main companion these days.

Don’t forget to follow the blog, so you never miss a post–especially because I can’t always plan them! I’d hate for you to miss a thing. Love our chats, missed you dearly.

Talk soon. xo, Layla

I <3 My…alice + olivia for Starbucks Designer Double Wall Ceramic Tumbler

I <3 My…alice + olivia for Starbucks Designer Double Wall Ceramic Tumbler

alice and olivia for starbucks

Hi, my name is Layla and I’m addicted to all things coffee (and Starbucks naturally)…I’m 0 days sober and proud of it.

All things considered, I feel I have my addiction under (relative?) control. I’m sure there are numerous friends who would disagree, but look at the progress that I’ve made: only 2 years ago, I lived on about 16 shots of espresso in some way or form…usually in a latte or cappuccino. Sometimes straight if I was desperate and hating the ENTIRE world.

Fast forward to now: I drink a lot more (caffeinated) tea and Signature Espresso Drinks at Starbucks are decadent treats and moments of self soothing. You can just self soothe in anything, right? RIGHT. So what you do is get yourself an awesome friend, whose company you never tire of and get him or her to sort of, kinda, force you to buy it by saying how much it suits you.

This latest designer collaboration with Starbucks is a perfect match for me. I’ll wear black every moment that I can and love a good “classic with a twist and a little glam” design.

It’s one of my newest inspirations for a myriad of things: LG posts, home décor and design, even wardrobe makeover ideas.

I’ll sip to that.