Everything you do is elusive…

Lana Del Rey’s latest effort dropped on 09/18 in the states.  Entitled Honeymoon, her third full length studio album, was not unlike any previous albums.  There are a lot of haunting vocals, hip hop beats, cinematic soundscapes, and weaving in lyrics that are obviously recycled.  It all works.  This effort is a more obvious follow up the the Paradise EP.  Where Ultraviolence left me wanting Honeymoon picks me up and puts me back on my LDR loving path.  

Honeymoon is mostly smooth and jazzy.  But only elegant, so elegant that I need to be wearing a fur, drinking a martini (shaken, not stirred) and James Bond is coming to whisk me away.  My stand outs are Music To Watch Boys To, which is trippy, the chorus is catchy as hell and LDR even references Frost.  High By The Beach weaves past lyrics without sounding forced, and not to mention that the video is amazing.  Freak, Art Deco, and Salvatore are probably my favourites on the record.  All three are the epitome of what drew me to her sound to begin with.  A true must listen for any LDR fan, if you don’t know LDR, don’t start here, it won’t make sense.  And on that note, it’s time to end.
All for now, 
–Kiki–
Title from: Honeymoon by LDR

Converse with my Converse…

What if you could meet and have a conversation with anyone past or present?  Who would you most want to meet?  What would you talk about?  Would you fan girl?  Here are a few people who are on my list.  I have thought long and hard about this, I urge everyone to do the same.

My maternal Grandmother Mary Alice, she died when my Mother was a child.  I grew up hearing wonderful things about her, and being told that we would have been the best of friends.  There is a lifetime full of questions I have for her, given the chance I wouldn’t hold back.

Coco Chanel – Fashion has always been a very important part of my life, why not go to the source of womenswear and the icon who made fashion what it is today.  I think we’d bond over our affinity for black and white, and maybe we could have croissants and cafe au lait.

Lana Del Rey – One of my favourite singers.  I think from the moment I heard Born To Die I knew she has felt just like I have.  Only she had the balls to share her experiences and not care what other people might have thought about her.  I think our conversation would range in such a variety of topics.  Whether it’s literature, science, music, or fashion.

Benjamin Franklin – BF has always been my favourite founding father.  He has accomplished so much, he’s even on the highest circulated form of paper currency in America.  I would love to learn more about his life and hear his take on everything that is happening here in America and the world.

William Shakespeare –  A man I have long admired.  From the first time I read one of his works, A Mid Summer Night’s Dream I fell in love.  He was a true wordsmith, often creating words to fit what he was trying to portray.  And while no one in my time will ever truly know if it was him or not.  I can still dream.

I tried to keep the list pretty short.  Of course there are many more throughout history that I would love to meet, but I can’t possibly ever speak with who I’ve listed.  And on that note, it’s time to end.

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: Parker Lewis Can’t Lose by Fall Out Boy

I know what only the girls know…

So, it’s been awhile since I last washed my makeup brushes, and let me tell you, my face is not happy about it!  I know, I know, they should be washed at least once a week…  Just take my girl membership away… Stat!  But anyway, it’s something I planned to accomplish this weekend.  Let me just say cleaning anything is probably my least favourite activity, so I really need to be motivated to get just about anything done.  I have a small but significant collection, and with the lip brush addition from my latest Sephora from earlier this month (not pictured, I haven’t used it yet).  I have some Sephora brand, MAC, and Bare Essentials brushes.  I also love my Beauty Blender.  I tend to invest in the best I can afford, I also try to get brush sets, I like the variety and you can usually find decent sets on sale.  I realized it was high time I get these bad boys washed so they are nice and clean.  And my face will be happy again.

What I use (pictured right):

I use the daily cleanser after each use on my foundation and concealer brushes, and the shampoo on all of them to really clean the built up make up and bacteria off.  I use the Beauty Blender Liquid cleanser for my BB, it’s so easy to use.  I just have to soak my BB then push down on the top part of the bottle to get the liquid soap out.  After I cleansed each brush and my BB, I give them all a good rinse, I like to make sure all of the soap has been washed through.  Then I reshape each brush and lay them flat to dry.  I also squeeze as much moisture as I can from my BB.  Then once dry I commence the brush using!  

I know I should wash my brushes more often, but sometimes life gets in the way.  Fluffy clean brushes always make my face happy.  Oh, and not to mention that they really aid in the make up application process.  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: Music To Watch Boys To by LDR 

Let the ocean wash it away…

YAY!  It’s the Autumnal Equinox!  And now it is officially time for all of my wooly sweaters, wool trousers, thick tights, and skirts with boots.  It’s also time for everything pumpkin flavored.  I know, I know enough already.  Before we know it it will be Thanksgiving, then BOOM!  It’s snowing and winter will be in full swing.

I’ve talked at length about all of my favourite A/W items that I already own.  And I am in the process of making a few additions, and planning all of the best ensembles to showcase.  I’m still mulling over my cart at J. Crew trying to pick out the perfect new additions.  I’m also working on some new ideas for the next few weeks as well.  And on that note, it’s time to end.

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: Religion by LDR

Shining like gun metal, cold and unsure…

This month, September, has been very rough.  Work has been hard.  Very hard, and will continue to be so.  We’ve celebrated three birthdays this month.  Mine included.  I’ve kept the posts light this month, while trying to cope with the stress of work, the stress of my birthday and the stress of seasons changing.  

 So I week after turning 27 I’m sharing the top five things I’ve learned about being 27.  I may not be an expert on adulting, but I’d like to think that in my now 27 years I’ve learned a thing or two.

1. Getting older is actually kind of cool – Yeah, I have a few grey hairs that have sprouted, a few fine lines here and there, some creaks when I move, and the dreaded crow’s feet, but there is just something liberating about getting older.  I feel more free, and sure of myself.  This new found confidence is just what I needed, I’m just sad I found it at 27, and not sooner.

2. It’s okay if you’re still finding yourself – I am finally getting to the point where I am happy with where I am and what I am doing.  I have a great husband and I know who I am.  But it’s totally cool if you don’t.  You can still figure that out.

3. Tastes change – I have talked at length about my personal style, and how it has evolved.  As I have gotten older, my tastes have definitely changed, and I’d like to think they changed for the better.  So don’t dwell on the faux pas you may have made in the passed, learn and grow.

4. Pizza and tacos are still really great – I try to eat healthy and be an adult, but there is nothing better than pizza or tacos for dinner.  And there is also nothing wrong with it either.

5. Being happy – Something that can be the hardest, no one is happy all of the time, but if you can be happy most of the time you tend to feel a whole heck of a lot better.

Things should be calming down soon, so I hope to get back on track and share some Autumn activities, fashion and some reviews of the new products I got from my last Sephora haul.  And on that note, it’s time to end.

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: Art Deco by LDR

Now my life is sweet like cinnamon…

After a much needed mini staycation I head back to work tomorrow.  I took a few days off to celebrate my birthday and my Father’s birthday.  With them being only a day a part we usually celebrate them together.  Today J and I got up early went to the DMV so I could renew my ID and then we headed down to Paramus, NJ to the Garden State Plaza mall.  We hit up all of my favourite stores like Nordies, Neiman Marcus, J. Crew, Macys and Banana Republic.  Aside from wanting all the shoes, mainly this amazing tartan pair of Manolo Blahniks, and of course the Valentino Rockstud in emerald.  But alas I did not end up purchasing a new pair of shoes.

I was really disappointed with J. Crew, mainly because everything I have been scoping out online was not available in the store, I’m sure they could have ordered anything I wanted, but the whole point of birthday shopping is instant gratification.  I guess I’ll just have to wait for my gift cards to arrive in the mail.

J and I also stopped off at Tiffany and Co., which is always a must.  I had a specific purpose in mind: find and try on the Bone cuff!  I was showed a medium in sterling silver and ruthenium, I definitely like the ruthenium better.  I am really glad I got to try the cuff on, because I need a small.

We then stopped for lunch at Joe’s attached to the mall, close to Nordies, I had mac and cheese with buffalo chicken, J had a fish sandwich.  We both had better meals from there previously.  I think they changed their menu around a bit.

The rest of our day was spent relaxing at home with a few beers and watching some tv.  I tried (finally) Brewery Ommegang Game Of  Thrones Three Eyed Raven dark saison ale.  It’s dark and delicious.  I can’t believe that I waited so long to try it (what kind of nerd am I?).  So I raise my glass (or bottle, cause I’m that classy).  Here’s to 27, and on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,
Kiki

Title from: Radio by LDR (Yeah, I’m bringing it back to Born To Die)

Bluer than velvet was the night…

My September Sephora order arrived the other day, and I was finally able to take some pictures of my purchases!  I didn’t go to crazy this time, because I just opened some stuff up and I am looking forward to using up the make up purchases that I made earlier in the year.  This order was mainly skin care, and I majorly splurged on Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil.  I never should have asked for a sample, I knew it was going to be trouble!  I figured since I used up all of my sample that I might as well just get the full size, I haven’t really used a retinol before and now that I am practically 27 I think it might be time to step up my anti-aging routine.  

I waited all year to get my Nars VIB Rouge birthday gift.  I am very excited to use the lip pencils, I think the rose shade Rikugien I will favor over the scarlet red Cruella, either way I think the size of the pencils is good, and with how I am with lippies I think they will last a long time.  The eyeliner is Via Veneto a basic black, I typically only wear powder eyeliner but I am excited to try the pencil, I might have more control than my liquid, which is not easy for me to use.  I restocked on Purity and Microdelivery, I don’t want to be with out either, I picked up the 8 o.z. size of both, I will pick up the larger sizes the next coupon code.  I typically use Purity in the morning, I love the light scent and I fell is wakes my skin up.  I use Microdelivery when in the shower, I feel it works better in the steam.  I had to order the full size GLAMGLOW SuperMUD, it was just so amazing and cleared my black heads better than anything else that I have ever used before or after, even though the price tag is hefty, it’s still worth it.  I restocked on Fresh Seaberry Oil, it was the only thing this past winter that made my skin look normal, so I picked up another full size, I’m about half way through my current bottle. I went for something new in regards to eye cream, L’Occitane Immortelle Eye Balm had the best reviews on Sephora’s site and I am so over the Fresh Lotus eye gel, it’s calming and refreshing, but it makes me tear and that is not ideal in my book.  I picked up more Rosebud Salve, I love this stuff, a pot lasts forever and it smells amazing.  I picked up a Shisiedo powder refill, I just noticed I hit the bottom of the pan in my current one, so I’m glad I have a back up.  I also went for the Sephora brand lip brush, I needed a new one and this is perfect, I also got the brand’s eye make up remover  Right now I’m using a deluxe sample from Lancome, it’s okay, and I wanted to find something a little less expensive.  I also got a couple of point perks, Benefit Roller Lash was something I have been wanting to try, I also got Perricone MD moisturizer, I’m not too familiar with the brand, but I tried it out and it’s okay, the texture is very balmy, it tingles a bit and it smells citrus-y.  The Mircale Worker moisturizer was a weekly special with code ULTIMATE.    

As far as packaging goes The real winner here is Sunday Riley, not only was the bottle sleek and refined, the box it came in was incredibly sturdy and the oil was safe in it’s jar.  I like that it has a dropper like the Seaberry oil does, I feel it’s easier to use that way.  I am in love with the L’Occitane eye cream jar, the deep blue is amazing, it looks like a sapphire soaking in the sun,  I know it will look just darling on my dresser.  And on that note, it’s time to end.

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: Blue Velvet by LDR