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TSL turns 1!

August 1, 2017

The Summer Lover, the wellness lifestyle guide + blog by Kayla King, turns 1 on August 1! Join me as we explore the happenings of the past year, the most popular posts, & receive a HUGE thank you for the support of the blog! Click through now to The Summer Lover to see the full post!{ pin it! πŸ“Œ }

Happy August, loves!

Today marks a VERY exciting day : The Summer Lover has now been up & running for a year! … & this year with the blog has been amazingly valuable to me – & hopefully to all of you babes out there as well.

I can remember the first time I decided I wanted to start a blog – YEARS ago … I was like 15 probably when the thought first crossed my mind. Then I did finally start one up in 2015, where I blogged aimlessly & without reason other than wanting a hobby I could pour my time & love into.

In 2016, I wanted to work on my health + fitness, & decided to use this blog as a way to document my journey & hold myself accountable.

Pretty soon after establishing that mindset, I decided I really wanted to do something MORE. I wanted to help others. I wanted to bring like-minded, badass women together. & most of all, I wanted to Continue Reading

everything under the sun : Independence Day & the outdoors

July 9, 2017

This week on Everything Under The Sun we’re chatting about INDEPENDENCE DAY & THE OUTDOORS. This series on The Summer Lover is an attempt to reach out to readers, show a bit of what goes on behind-the-scenes, & offer some much-needed sunshine on what might be a dreary week for ya. Click through to The Summer Lover to read the post & see pics of things that made me happy this week!

Happy Sunday, babes – hope everyone had an awesome week!

I spent Independence Day at the block party near Grand Park in DTLA – definitely wanted to do something fresh & new this year so it was just about perfect. I’ve never been to the Grand Central Market either ( super close by to that area ) so I thought it was a great way to kill two birds w/ one stone.

This week on Everything Under The Sun we’re chatting about INDEPENDENCE DAY & THE OUTDOORS. This series on The Summer Lover is an attempt to reach out to readers, show a bit of what goes on behind-the-scenes, & offer some much-needed sunshine on what might be a dreary week for ya. Click through to The Summer Lover to read the post & see pics of things that made me happy this week!{ Grand Central Market @ DTLA – had Taco Tuesday & the BEST ice cream at McConnell’s … get the Eureka Lemon & Marionberry, & thank me later. }

This week on Everything Under The Sun we’re chatting about INDEPENDENCE DAY & THE OUTDOORS. This series on The Summer Lover is an attempt to reach out to readers, show a bit of what goes on behind-the-scenes, & offer some much-needed sunshine on what might be a dreary week for ya. Click through to The Summer Lover to read the post & see pics of things that made me happy this week!{ happy 4th! – fireworks display @ Grand Park }

The #1 thing Continue Reading

another year wiser …

July 4, 2017

Hey you! Are you a creative boss babe working on fulfilling your maximum potential in the creative industry? If so, these 5 life lessons will be VERY HELPFUL during your journey. If not, these life lessons are still good to know - for real! Click through to The Summer Lover for some thoughts on character growth, getting a thicker skin, staying true to yourself, self-reflecting, & blowing your goals out of the water!{ pin it! πŸ“Œ }

Hi, hi! … & a happy happy Independence Day to you babes in the U.S. – & happy Tuesday to everyone else! 

I’m back again today w/ another birthday post … to talk about how I’m another year wiser. Some birthday REAL TALK, if you will.

I promise this one’s the last of it … & then we’ll go back to our regular sched of wellness, nutrition, fitness, etc.

Y’know, just some of my faves. πŸ˜‰

BUT I feel like these kinds of posts are still very important to discuss – it keeps me accountable, gives you guys inside intel on WTF is going on in my head, & maybe will provide some value for you ambitious girlies out there.

I completely, totally love & embrace positive changes & I’m very into seeing character growth. Character growth is just EVERYTHING, y’know?

It’s like how Gossip Girl is a TOTAL guilty pleasure show & it has its stupid moments at times … But the amount of character growth + changes every character goes through is just incredible & kinda awe-inspiring.

( p.s. I read the entire Gossip Girl book series & I’m not a fan. Why? Because there’s hardly any character growth – the characters are very much one-dimensional & the whole ordeal just gets BORING … especially after 13 books. )

A fair warning : this post is going to be LONG, it’s going to be JUICY, & I’m hoping it’s going to be something you ENJOY. So sit back, sip some frosΓ©, & get ready for some MAJOR realness. 

& without further ado – here are the top 5 life lessons I learned this year :


β˜€οΈ Not everyone will like you … & that’s OKAY.

Hey you! Are you a creative boss babe working on fulfilling your maximum potential in the creative industry? If so, these 5 life lessons will be VERY HELPFUL during your journey. If not, these life lessons are still good to know - for real! Click through to The Summer Lover for some thoughts on character growth, getting a thicker skin, staying true to yourself, self-reflecting, & blowing your goals out of the water!{ my 4th of July outfit : Abercrombie & Fitch crochet bralette ( similar ), Forever 21 shorts ( similar ) }

This lesson was RIDICULOUSLY hard for me to learn. I feel like it’s been a longggg time coming & I’m glad to FINALLY learn it & put it to bed.

Basically … Continue Reading

everything under the sun : a birthday recap

July 2, 2017

This week on Everything Under The Sun we’re chatting about A BIRTHDAY RECAP. This series on The Summer Lover is an attempt to reach out to readers, show a bit of what goes on behind-the-scenes, & offer some much-needed sunshine on what might be a dreary week for ya. Click through to The Summer Lover to read the post & see pics of things that made me happy this week!

Hey, what’s up, hello!

Sorry this post is late late LATE – I’ve been a busy gal.

You know this if you’ve been following along on Snapchat : I’ve been having a blast of a birthday weekend!

A BLAST – but I did make it a point to keep it spontaneous + simple this year.

… Maybe a little extra, per usu – but SIMPLE, EASY, CHILL.

Love it because I got to spend the entire weekend focusing my energy on the people most important to me : my amazing mom, BFF sister, adorable dog, & you guys of course!

Definitely wanted to dedicate part of my weekend to you babes, so of course I’m spending my Sunday creating new content here on the blog!


a bday RECAP : the highlights + LOTS of pics

This week on Everything Under The Sun we’re chatting about A BIRTHDAY RECAP. This series on The Summer Lover is an attempt to reach out to readers, show a bit of what goes on behind-the-scenes, & offer some much-needed sunshine on what might be a dreary week for ya. Click through to The Summer Lover to read the post & see pics of things that made me happy this week!{ dairy-free peach froyo topped w/ mango gummy bears @ 21 Choices, Pasadena, CA }

It allllll started on Thursday : straight out of Continue Reading

mindlessness … KILL it w/ two birds & one stone

June 27, 2017

Everyday, we do things that aren’t very stimulating … AT ALL. To cut out that sort of mindlessness, I want to explain the ways I’m killing two birds with one stone to maximize efficiency & REALLY bring value to my time, always. Click through now to learn how!{ pin it! πŸ“Œ }

MINDLESSNESS. Let’s talk about it.

Y’know, the things we do everyday that are kinda not stimulating … AT ALL?

I’m talking : sitting in the car, binge-watching Netflix, or scrolling through social media.

& hell, let’s add staring at the screen overwhelmed by icky WRITER’S BLOCK to that list.

It’s funny because I had just spent the past 2 hours racking my brain for ideas – until the very act of me wasting my own damn time & grasping for straws sparked up this post.

… Yes, it has been one of THOSE days.

Everyday, we do things that aren’t very stimulating … AT ALL. To cut out that sort of mindlessness, I want to explain the ways I’m killing two birds with one stone to maximize efficiency & REALLY bring value to my time, always. Click through now to learn how!{ take flight & take action }

Really, what I should have done was to ditch the mindlessness & take some action ( inspiration WILL come! ) … whether it was to squeeze in a quick workout, read a couple chapters of a book, or just to get out of my chair.

ANYTHING to cut out the energy-draining mindlessness that I feel like happens so often nowadays w/ the amount of technology we’re so easily able to get our hands on.

Annoying because if you know me you know I LOVE efficiency. 

Crave it, cherish it, whatever. I always want to make sure my time is my time & that I’m using it wisely!

APPROPRIATE – because I feel like my mind literally never stops whirring, whether it’s dreaming up an idea, self-reflecting, or soaking things up like a sponge to learn something new.

Kinda psycho but also kinda LOVE IT … unless I’m trying to sleep & it’s 3 AM & the thoughts keep coming.

That’s why I’m such a huge advocate of killing two birds w/ one stone – it’s just so effective, y’know?

This way of “multi-tasking” is EVERYTHING.

Everyday, we do things that aren’t very stimulating … AT ALL. To cut out that sort of mindlessness, I want to explain the ways I’m killing two birds with one stone to maximize efficiency & REALLY bring value to my time, always. Click through now to learn how!{ two birds, no stone … because let’s not kill these cutie pigeons }

I’m not talking about biting off more than you can chew – I’m talking about things like Continue Reading

everything under the sun : a summer class & a beach day

June 25, 2017

This week on Everything Under The Sun we’re chatting about A SUMMER CLASS & A BEACH DAY. This series on The Summer Lover is an attempt to reach out to readers, show a bit of what goes on behind-the-scenes, & offer some much-needed sunshine on what might be a dreary week for ya. Click through to The Summer Lover to read the post & see 3-5 pics of things that made me happy this week!

Hi, hi! Can you believe it’s been anotherrr week?

I just started my summer class last Monday & I literally had to mentally prepare myself to enter a classroom again.

LOVE learning new things but I feel like school is way too stressful to be enjoyable? Anyone w/ me on this one????

On the plus side, this was prob one of the most Continue Reading

a skinny spin on the classic burger & fries

June 22, 2017

Who doesn’t love a good, mouthwatering burger & fries? I know I do … which is why I’m sharing my EASY skinny hacks when it comes to this notorious fast food. Click through now to The Summer Lover to get the low-down!{ pin it! πŸ“Œ }

Who doesn’t love a good, classic burger + fries?

I know I do.

& you can say it’s a guilty pleasure, but it can definitely be a pleasure sans the guilt – TRUST ME.

The weirdo thing about burgers & the stigma that comes w/ them is that the concept of it isn’t necessarily unhealthy : they’re basically sandwiches … & like all sandwiches they can totally, 100%, be modified to suit a healthy lifestyle.

BUT, there are def some HUGE I-should-NOT-be-eating-this moments when it comes to burgers : too many toppings, too many condiments, too big of a portion size, etc. … which basically = WAYYY too many damn calories. 

& some other lesser-known problems : beef in itself is pretty fattening ( grass-fed beef is better though! ) – & on a grill, it’s like inviting carcinogens to your bod, the buns are usually very processed & thus not nutritious, or that a leaf of lettuce & a thin slice of tomato really just isn’t enough, veggie-wise.

Who doesn’t love a good, mouthwatering burger & fries? I know I do … which is why I’m sharing my EASY skinny hacks when it comes to this notorious fast food. Click through now to The Summer Lover to get the low-down!{ a Funky Chicken burger & some Belgian fries @ Ellis Gourmet Burger in Paris }

BURGER TURN-OFFS …

β˜€οΈ too many toppings
β˜€οΈ too many condiments
β˜€οΈ too big of a portion
β˜€οΈ red meat isn’t the best option out there
β˜€οΈ not enough veggies
β˜€οΈ processed bun

When it comes to burgers, I do 1 of 2 things : either I Continue Reading