High heels in her hands, swayin’ in the wind…

So it’s still super cold up my way in the Hudson Valley, and I am still bummed out that every slight bit of nice weather seems to be fleeting. It’s supposed to snow today! I mean come on; Mother Nature sure has a sense of humor. So I have been working on some upcoming spring posts and I can’t wait to share them with everyone, but it’s just too cold for staging photos. So I figured I’d share my Spring/Summer ’15 shopping list. I don’t typically invest in Spring/Summer clothes, I’m more a Autumn/Winter gal myself, but there are a few replacement pieces I need and some little luxuries I’d like to indulge in.

1. Lilly Pulitzer sundress – I have been searching for one that I love for a really long time now, and I can not decide. I know I want it to be fun, colourful and short. I am on the fence about these styles: Darcelle, Meridan, Janice, and Layton. I’m also going to check out the upcoming Lilly line at Target (I know, GASP! I’m a bad preppie…)

2. Espadrilles – I am really hard on my shoes and I often wear out inexpensive favourites, so yet again I am on the hunt for new espadrilles, so far I am loving: Frye, Sperry, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren (I pretty much want every colour!), Lucky Brand, Eric Michael Amanda. With an of these summer staples you really can’t go wrong.

3. Frankie Chino – I own three pairs of these pants in black, navy and sage, they are super comfy and so easy to style. It’s sweaters and loafers for Autumn/Winter, and blouses with sandals for Spring/Summer, either way you can’t go wrong. This season I’d like to add burnished coral to the collection.

4. Denim Jacket – I had my Mother’s Guess by Marciano denim jacket that she got in the 80s… I wore it everyday in high school, I lived in that thing. And when it was time to get rid of it, it was WAY past it’s prime. I have been searching for years for another suitable one (#bustygalproblems), not one that I have found thus far has fit me well. Needless to say, I’m still on the hunt.

That’s really it, I’m keeping it simple this year. The only other item I really want to pick up would be a white sundress. I am still on the hunt for one that I love. And on that note it’s time to end.

All for now,
Kiki

Title from: This Is What Makes Us Girls by Lana Del Rey

And if the perfect spring is waiting somewhere…

Husband and I had lunch with our mothers at the Hoffman House this afternoon, which is on North Front Street in Kingston, NY. We go frequently for lunch, the restaurant is housed in an old 1700s stone building, and it still has much of the charm left; exposed beams on the ceilings, wide plank wood floors, and fire places in all of the rooms. We have never had a bad meal there and today was no exception! My mother and I each had scallops Marsala with angel hair pasta, Husband had a burger with bleu cheese and bacon, and his mother had their lamb sandwich. For lunch the portions are still substantial, there is usually more than enough to take home!

Today I mixed some old and new favourites! I attempted to “think spring” (even though it was super cold and it snowed) with my favourite sweater from J. Crew Factory (like it really came from anywhere else?)  it’s hot pink 3/4 sleeve cotton and I wear the hell out of it (similar here and here), I will need to replace it over the next season or two, but until then I will continue to wear it out! I finally debuted my new Ann Taylor Loft jeans I picked up on clearance a couple weeks ago. They are distressed engineer stripe boyfriend style jean with a lot of stretch, so they get baggier as the day goes on which I love! I cuffed the hem up a bit for even more of a relaxed look. I also wore my Kate Spade New York Keds, they are navy with pink, red, and striped polka dots (striped polka dots, who knew that could be a thing? Love!) they are the most adorable sneakers! My sneakers don’t look like they are available anymore, but I love these, these, these. I can’t wait for the warmer weather so I can pair them with all of my “weekend” ensembles! Then I curled my hair and pinned back the top front sections on either side, it was cute and spring-like on an otherwise dreary day! And on that note it’s time to end.

All for now,
Kiki

Title from: If Winter Ends by Bright Eyes

Crumbling like pastries…

This week is progressing as well as it can considering, there are a lot of interesting things going on at work, I guess we’ll see when the dust settles, our new hire should be starting next week, so that will help a lot! I did a half-assed job at polishing my nails and all I can think about is this weekend. I keep thinking the menu to Hoffman House over and over in my mind trying to decide what I want to eat, it’s been too long since we’ve gone and I am supper excited.

Recently I opened up the Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve face cream that I got in the Lotus Youth preseve kit. I know, yet another Fresh product to my daily routine. After one use I was hooked! My skin was smoother than a baby’s bottom. I started out only using it in the mornings with one drop of my beloved Seaberry oil. I then started using it at night too, with two drops of Seaberry oil.

I also opened my Nars primer recently, I love it because it is easy to use and has SPF in it. I typically like a balmier primer, like POREfessional but I’m really loving this one for spring and summer when my skin is typically more hydrated (gotta love my combination skin). And on that note it’s time to end.

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: A-Team by Ed Sheeran

That heart is so cold…

This week needs to get a move on! I know it’s only Monday evening (I still have a serious case of the Mondays), but I am super excited about this weekend! I will be having lunch with Husband, Mom and MIL. We will be going to The Hoffman House, which is our favourite local restaurant, we’ve never had a bad meal there. I am also hoping, wishing, praying that the weather will be nicer, I want to take some photos, for this here blog, because I have some fun fashion-y posts planned, and I’d like the photos to be taken outside. I’m also looking forward to getting that much closer to April, which means we are closer to May, which means I am closer to my vacation, which means that I can unwind and hopefully write some more of my novel. Keep and eye on my IG account, I’ll probably post some of my ensembles this week. Have a good week, and on that note it’s time to end.

All for now,
Kiki

Title from: Don’t by Ed Sheeran

And the butterflies turned to dust they covered my whole room…

On Wednesday I had the day off, so my mother and I had ourselves an adventure. It started out with my orthodontist appointment, where metal came off (a temporary bracket on my right canine the one I named “Waldo”, the ring on my left canine, and my first molars had to be replaced), more metal went on (the canines got new hardware as well as my third molars on each side, while the first molars got new brackets with hooks on them {more on that in a bit}). I got new arch wires as well, the top one has these silly loops that hook up so they are super annoying. The point of that is to hook a tiny rubber band from the loop which is near my lateral incisors back to the hook bracket on my second molars on either side. By doing this it will aid in moving my top front teeth back into position. But it hurts like crazy and I hate having to change them multiple times a day. But all in all we are getting closer to being done with my treatment than not!

Next on our little adventure was breakfast, we went to Pete’s Famous in Rhinebeck, it’s a quaint little diner, they use Fiestaware plate, so instantly it is our new favourite. We were pleasantly surprised. We then hit up a few antique stores and browsed around the Poughkeepsie Galleria. I found these super cute jeans from Ann Taylor Loft which I can not wait to wear! My mom also picked up a ffew pieces from Loft as well. Then we hit up Sephora, no shocker there… I picked up this nail drying spray, face mask, and more brush cleaner. I am really excited to try the face mask and drying spray. Once I’ve tried the new additions, I’ll share my thoughts once I test the newbies. And on that note it’s time to end.

All for now,
Kiki

Title from: Clean by Taylor Swift

The colour of her eyes, were the colour of insanity…

Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s day, and since I am a wee bit Irish and Husband is half, I figured we’d talk a bit about it today. First off I love the colour green! It’s long been a fave and since I have green eyes it really makes them pop! I plan to wear one of my favourite green sweaters from Brooks Brothers, and my night-watch tartan trousers, I will also be wearing my Burgundy G.H. Bass loafers. We plan to go to a local pub for taco night… I know, tacos on St. Patrick’s day, but it’s such a great idea, who doesn’t love tacos? I mean am I right? So I just wanted to share a little blurb in preparation for tomorrow. What is everybody else doing tomorrow? And on that note it’s time to end.

All for now,
Kiki

Title from: Devil’s Dance Floor by Flogging Molly

Cut the applause and dim the light…

One of Husband and my favourite things to do is watch movies together. Some times it’s classics, sometimes (a lot) of times it’s Scifi, sometimes it’s new releases. But it is always fun. Not long ago we watched a documentary on the National Film Registry and film preservation. I immediately wanted to watch all of the movies ever made. And I was surprised what types of films were on the list and how diverse the list was. So I thought I might share some of my favourite films. They should be enjoyed with popcorn, junior mints, snow caps, and maybe some of your favourite wine.

1. Gypsy – Natalie Wood plays a vaudeville performer turns burlesque star, what is not to love? Check it out, there are some mean musical numbers. It’s is also a stage musical.

2. Moulin Rogue- This is probably one of my favourite musicals of all time, it’s a campy, crazy, drug and alcohol fueled romance between a courtesan and a writer in the late 1890s. I love how it mixes modern music with 1890s Paris. I still can’t get enough of the amazing costumes and sets.

3. Romeo + Juliet – This story on it’s own is amazing and gut wrenching, then throw a young Leo DiCaprio and Clare Danes with their lines in iambic pentameter (just for the record, I spelled iambic pentameter from memory, I felt that necessary to report) and you have 90s movie magic. The 90s music goes a long way too.

4. The Mummy – I have been fascinated with ancient Egypt for as long as I can remember, it was always my favourite section of history in school. This film has it all, action, adventure, mummies, librarians… Brendan Frasier… If you have never seen this gem, run do not walk to your television and watch it immediately after finishing this post.

5. Close Encounters of the Third Kind – I watched this for the first time about a week ago, and I am really sad I waited so long. It is probably the best alien movie I have ever seen and I wish they made all alien movies with as much heart and story, as I feel scifi as a whole is an under served genre and most movies are either made to sell tickets, or made into love stories for teens/middle age housewives.

6. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir- This is my favourite black and white film, I remember watching it all the time with my mother. It’s about a ghost and single mother who fall in love, check it out little Natalie Wood is in it.

7. 10 Things I Hate About You – This is my favourite teen film, and what is not to love, young Heath Ledger (RIP), and Joseph Gordon Levitt, in a modern retelling of Taming of the Shrew (yes, more Shakespeare). It’s just a super fun film and everyone should see it.

8. Heathers – 80s teen movie at it’s best! I saw this because my mom has a thing for Christian Slater, Winonna Ryder is in it too, although she plays “A Veronica”. It’s dark twisted and all good, they even did a Musical off Broadway. Check it out, and for any lit nerds, the Moby Dick references are hilarious.

9. Nightmare Before Christmas – One of if not my favourite Christmas films of all time, also my favourite Tim Burton film. If you have not seen this film you must have been in hiding under a rock for the past 20+ years. Watch it, sing along, fall for Jack like Sally does.

10. Guardians of the Galaxy – I couldn’t leave this off, not only is it super funny, the effects are great, the casting is impeccable, and the soundtrack is the best I’ve heard in a while. Yes, it’s based on comics, and yes I am a nerd, but this is a great film. Chris Pratt is perfect as Starlord and Karen Gillan plays a great baddie.

Honorable mention: Full Metal Jacket, Gone With the Wind, Resident Evil, Singing in the Rain, Inception, Little Nemo, Natural Born Killers, The Princess Bride, The Last Unicorn, Office Space, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Sound Of Music, How to Train Your Dragon 1 & 2, The Littlest Rebel and last but certainly not least Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

In closing, it doesn’t really matter what your preferred genre is, films on their own are meant to evoke emotion and take you on a journey, as long as you enjoy it then it served a purpose. Everyone will see each film differently and take different things away but that is why film is so important. These Amazing Shadows is the documentary that Husband and I watched recently, I recommend that everyone checks it out, it’s really inspiring. And on that note it’s time to end.

All for now,
Kiki

Title from: The Right Profile by The Clash