Sam's Guide to Collaging

Ok, I know what you might be thinking - collaging is what I did in middle school to cover my notebooks with *NSYNC and disposable camera pictures of my friends, and decorate my bedroom walls from scraps cut out of Seventeen Magazine.  Well, this is the fun, grown-up lady version of that with benefits! SO KEWL!!!  Consider making yours as a 2018 visualization of your hopes and goals!


Collaging is a great way for me to work with my hands and make something beautiful that is just for me.  It helps me process what is going on underneath the surface of my life, thoughts, and emotions, and discover a new theme of things that I am enjoying or am hoping for.  I love the visual design in magazines and catalogs, so I have fun flipping through and, without any agenda or expectation, see what words and images stick out to me.  

Curating the bits I clip out in a visually satisfying way is super relaxing and totally noncommittal - I enjoy tossing clips out that I like, but just don't fit in with the vibe going on, kind of like cleaning out my wardrobe for the season.  The result becomes a visualization of things that I might not have been able to put into words - my feelings, my hopes, my daydreams, beautiful colors and textures that make me feel present and hopeful.


First, gather your materials:

  • Magazines and catalogs that have been sitting around for a while
  • scissors
  • stick glue
  • a sturdy blank sheet of paper
  • Music or a show you love going on in the background
  • a fun beverage and some snacks! (or a pet!)

I enjoy sitting on the floor so I can make a mess and spread out as needed.  Plus I tend to think a lot more clearly if I'm sitting on the floor!


Then, just start flipping through.  Without an agenda or an idea that it has to be "perfect," pay attention to the images or words that stick out to you.  You don't have to love a whole image, maybe just an aspect or part of it.  If you're drawn to something about the page but just can't tell which part, rip the whole thing out and save it for later.  Start clipping as much as you want, and set those clips on the blank paper at random.


Once you start clipping, you should start to notice a vibe or feel that's coming out.  You might not be able to explain what exactly it is yet, and that's right where you wanna be!  Keep following that trail.  Look for textures (wood, knit, clouds, trees) as well as actions (laughing, gardening, working out), along with words and portraits.


Once you have more than enough clippings to cover the page, start arranging!  This is the fun part of the process.  Try out a few different arrangements, subbing out clips that don't feel quite right, and moving your favorite ones around a bit.  You'll start to notice some anchoring pieces that you want to go in a specific place, but don't glue just yet.  Once you have a basic idea of placement, take all the clips off that paper and set to the side.


Start with your anchor points and begin pasting them to the paper.  Remember, you don't have to get it "just right" - just do what feels right as you go!


Edits happen, so don't be afraid to peel pieces and re-place them as much as you want to.  I choose stick glue because it's easier to peel up, and not as messy!


Once you're done, put your collage in a place you'll see regularly.  You can washi-tape or thumb-tack it to your wall in your bathroom, bedroom, office, or stick it on your fridge, or you could even put it in a frame (you'll be surprised how much cooler it looks in a frame!)  I switch mine out every season to keep it relevant to my heart at the moment.  

As you start your 2018, think about making a collage to visualize all that you hope for in this year. I'm cheering you on!  Do you like to collage?  I'd love to see yours!  Email me or comment below!

LYLAS!! xoxox


Sam's Beauty Gift Guide

Whether it's for you or for your loved ones, I've curated a list of my top beauty picks to put in the stocking or under the tree!

I tried to keep as many of these products as clean and non-toxic as possible, at varying price points.  Some I have tried, and some I have my eyes on for myself! 


1. Flawless in Five Makeup Set - This is a great start if you're looking to makeover your makeup kit!  These are the basics for a solid 5 minute face, using products that don't have any harmful ingredients.  It includes a foundation, concealer, brow pencil, mascara, blush duo, and lip gloss, and you can customize the shades to your liking!

2. Beauty counter No.3 Balancing Spa Set - A holiday set from Beautycounter - the mask is one of my favorites I have ever used, and I use the oil every morning and evening, as a first step before moisturizer and makeup.  The mist is a nice bonus for a mid-day pick me up, especially after workouts.  Great for oily/acne prone skin - but they also have a Brightening and Plumping set if one of those are more appropriate for your skin.

3. Hynt Beauty DUET Perfecting Concealer - This has been one of my favorite finds of the year.  It's vegan AND does an amazing job covering dark circles, scars, and blemishes.  It's creamy but not cakey, and doesn't turn patchy as the day goes on, as so many concealers do.

4. 100% Pure Green Tea Fiber Brow Builder - Also one of my favorite finds, comparable to the Glossier Boy Brow, but without any questionable ingredients.

5. Little Barn Apothecary Facial Cleansing Oil Blue Yarrow + Geranium - I use this cleansing oil for days that my skin needs a gentler, more moisturizing clean.  You rub it on, it takes of makeup and clings to impurities, and then you rub it off with a warm washcloth.  I rinse my face with water a bit more for good measure.



1. My Daughter Perfumes Bloom 23 - a fragrance completely free of parabens and phthalates that smells amazing!  I received a sample in my Petit Vour box and am working through my current fragrance to upgrade to this.

2. The Takesumi Detox Deodorant in Cold Pressed Rose - I have been on the search for the best all-natural deodorant, and though I haven't tried this personally, I am intrigued by the detoxing qualities and scent of this one.

3. Sugar Body Scrub in Lemongrass - I've tried this, but don't currently own - I'm hoping Santa will bring me some!  It's one of the more luxurious body scrubs I've used, leaving behind a saturating moisture that smells a-maze-ing.  I'd likely keep it in my shower and use a few times a week, especially on my legs in the winter.

4. Body Butter in Citrus Mimosa - Another one I've tried but don't own yet!  My skin gets super duper dry in the winter, especially my hands, middle, and legs, and I'm constantly using body lotion to keep things in check.  This is a super saturated body butter that doesn't feel greasy but still feels substantial.

5. Lauren B. Beauty Nail Polish in Rodeo Drive - The perfect holiday red, without harmful chemicals!  I've used Lauren B. for about a year and it lasts about the same as OPI or Essie (5-7 days for me)

6. French Girl Sea Soak bath salts - I am all about the winter bath, since I'm perpetually cold and baths are the only true warming solution!  I prefer bath salts to bubbles since they absorb into the skin, and they look pretty sitting in my bathroom : )



1. Repair & Nourish Collection - My hair also gets super dry in the winter, so I've got my eye on this repairing and nourishing shampoo, conditioner, and split end serum from BC.  The packaging is lovely and I like knowing there are no sulfates, paragons, or wonky fragrances in there.

2. MANGO Gold Hair Ties Pack - A quick way to polish a regular pony!

3. MINU Hair Mask - for when your hair needs an extra amount of moisture, especially for those of us with color-treated hair (it'll help your color last longer!)

 4. R+Co Death Valley Travel Sized Dry Shampoo - I've used Death Valley on my clients and I love the scent and the feel - it's not overpowering.  Plus this little travel size is perfect to keep in your purse for a little pick-me-up as needed!

I hope these suggestions help provide some good ideas for yourself & others this holiday season!  If you have any questions or thoughts, don't hesitate to message or comment!