I think I’ll start a new life, I think I’ll start it over, where no one knows my name

This week has been an interesting one.  I planned some nice posts, but the weather was not ideal for photo taking.  Which is always a bummer.  I also did something I didn’t think I would be doing anytime soon…  I was offered a position at another local financial institution.  I always envisioned myself staying with the Credit Union for a long time.  Yes, five years is a long time, but I thought I’d be there even longer.  So as I finish out my last few weeks, I look forward to the future and the opportunities that it holds.  Starting over can be tough, but I think this was the right time in my career to make a change and have a fresh start.

I’m also looking forward to Halloween, which for those of you living under a rock, is this Saturday.  I’ve already spoken about my planned costume.  I’m still going the Veronica Sawyer route.  And I think my costume is all set.  I’m already in the prepping phase, I polished my nails navy tonight.  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: Boston by Augustana

Deep, dark, and devastating…

If there is one colour that I am all about this season it is definitely oxblood, burgundy, maroon, whatever your want to call it.  I’m obsessed, not only does it look great with black, blush, cream, navy… Umm well…  It looks great with all the colours (like come on!).  I’ve amassed quite a few pieces over the past few years.  But I wasn’t really sold on the colour until now.  Here are some of my favourite in season finds.  
Sweater: J. Crew (on sale), Jacket: J. Crew  (25% off with code SALETREAT), Skirt: J.Crew,
Pants: J. Crew, Scarf: Burberry, Lipstick: Nars, Boots: J. Crew (also 25% off!), Handbag: Burberry
What’s your favourite colour for A/W?  And on that note, it’s time to end!
All for now, 
–Kiki–
Title from: Little Devotional by Taking Back Sunday

I may have no Jesus, I may have no soul…

I got myself thinking about what some of my favourite quotes are.  Like if I had motivational posters what would they say.  Would I line my walls with the typical “Hang in there” cat poster?  No, not so much, it’s just not my style.  So I’ve composed a short list of quotes, that I enjoy.

“Life imitates art” from Gods and Monsters by LDR – This song gets stuck in my head all the time.  And this line reminds me that no matter how hard we try no one is perfect.  And who really wants to be anyway?

“But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep” from Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost – English has always been a big part of my life.  It was always my favourite subject in school.  I vividly remember the lesson in eleventh grade English class about this poem.  It’s structure, and subject matter.  There was just something so simple, but significant about it.  When ever I read this poem I get chills.  And Frost is definitely one of my favourites.

“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love, and be loved in return” from the movie Moulin Rouge – This has to be one of my favourite quotes from a film, as well as one of my favourite films of all time.  So beautiful, so eloquent, so much, and heavy all at the same time.

“Chaos is what killed the dinosaurs” from the movie Heathers – Yeah, it’s a little cynical, but so am I.
“They say there’s a passage where all stand to judge, but the Devil’s a waitin’ with Christ like a son” from Devil’s Waitin by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – The first time I heard this song I got chills.  The music is haunting, the lyrics masterful.  All in all a beautiful song.

I kept the list brief, I could bore you all with Coco Chanel and Lee McQueen quotes, even miss credited Marilyn Monroe quotes, but this list is the core, the things I tell myself when I am having a terrible day and all I want it a glass of wine and a nap.  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: Devil’s Waitin’ by Black  Rebel Motorcycle Club

Drain the pressure from the swelling, This sensation’s overwhelming…

Yesterday I headed over the river and through the woods to my orthodontist for my latest adjustment.  I now have a new orthodontist who has taken over the practice, and we decided that my right canine could be in a better position.  So I got my bands changed to the perfect A/W colour and my latest obsession burgundy.  My latest instructions are to wear a rubber band in a triangle formation from my top canine to my bottom canine and back one tooth.  Making the point at the top.  I have to wear the rubber bands all day, changing them when I eat.  I go back in early December, so hopefully I can get these silly things off soon! But alas, I have a sneaking suspicion that this will not be the case.  And on that note, it’s time to end.

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: Give Me Novacaine by Green Day

And if they get me and the sun goes down into the ground…

When there is a chill in the air and the leaves have already started to change colour, the night gets too cold, and a fire warms your soul; it can mean only one thing: autumn is here.  And if there is anything I love more than A/W fashion, it’s thriller and horror films.  I have composed a brief list of my favourites.  If you don’t plan on trick-or-treating this Halloween, stay in, make some popcorn, pour a glass of wine and prepare to be frightened! (muah ha ha!)

Evil Dead- This has to be one of my all time favourite scary films, the Raimi did it right, Bruce Campbell is amazing and you will be scared.  It’s also really funny without really trying to be.  There are also two sequels Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness, in case you want to have a marathon, which I strongly suggest!

Nightmare Before Christmas – Okay, not horror but perfect for Halloween watching.  The 90s kid in me sings every song, and quotes every line.  Tim Burton shock coupled with Danny Elfman’s amazing score leads to Disney movie magic.  Also watch it for a “scary” good Christmas time.

Dawn of the Dead – Original please, the remake is just okay. Romero knew what he was doing, Zombie apocalypse before it was cool, and it’s just great.

The Haunting – I think this was the first scary movie I was able to watch all of as a kid.  I almost always watch the 1999 remake with Liam Nesson and Catherine Zeta-Jones.  Although sometimes I do wake up in a cold sweat thinking about those scary as hell cherubs.

It – Stephen King is often great with ideas, and when they get turned into films or t.v. shows something usually gets lost.  This is not the case with It.  Clowns have always been pretty scary to me, and it took me a long time before I could watch this film the whole way through.  But I’m so glad I overcame my fear and the book is also really good too!

Dracula – Any film with Gary Oldman is a must see in my book, but this one really takes the cake.  He plays the Count and thanks to movie make up, ranges from old man to young heart throb, stealing the affections of Minna Murray (Winona Ryder) and Lucy Westerna all while causing one hell of a raucous. Anthony  Hopkins and Cary Elwes are in it too!

American Psycho – If you have not seen this film do anything in your power to, not only does it portray a character more deranged than a LDR song; but what one may do when they grow incredibly tired of fitting in to societal norms.  A true must see.  And it’s an even better book…

The Omen – Original please, one of the movies that makes me glad I don’t have kids yet…

Gremlins – Also great for Christmas viewing, did you know this was a Christmas movie?  I didn’t  realize this until about two years ago.  Anyway, it’s fantastic, and who doesn’t love Gizmo?

Donnie Darko – One fucked up ride… So hold on, this is definitely a film you need to watch more than once, let it sink in and then watch again, but once you get it man is it good.  The director’s cut is also a must.  Actually, just watch the director’s cut.

Young Frankenstein and Little Shop of Horrors – Both are horror/comedy genius, and the musical numbers!  TDF!  I can’t get enough of either, and both are so much fun, both have so many great one liners.

The Others – This is another film that you think you have figured out then bam it punches you in the face and you feel like your whole life is a lie, I love movies like that.  Nicole Kidman is on frigid bitch in this one, and the ghosts are super scary.

Now one could watch Halloween, Friday The 13th, or Hellrasier, but we’ve all seen those and all of the subsequent sequels.  I mean has anyone actually watch Jason X?  They are in space and it is really bad.  Check out something new, and anyone that has any favourites please share, I love watching thiller/horror films.  Although I am a wuss and I prefer the lights on, or to watch during the day.  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: Vampires Will Never Hurt You by MCR

it’s not the falling of the temperature…

This weekend was much like the past four, I worked all day Saturday, slept in Sunday, then J and I went to my parents house.  We hung out had some lunch and dinner.  My sister mad home made pizza it was fantastic!  We had originally planned to check out the battle reenactment of the Battle of Forsyth, part of the Burning of Kingston biannual activities, but it was very cold, it even snow flurried for most of the day.  Being that it was so cold I put on my favourite jeans and flannel, layered on a sweater for extra warmth and I finally got to debut my Hunter Wellies and Burberry quilted jacket.  I picked up the Hunter Wellies from the Nordstrom anniversary sale (though, not on sale), and I found this Burberry quilted Jacket second hand from an antique shop in Saugerties for way less than they are typically on sale.  Both are very comfortable and warm.  Especially during the cooler months.  And on that note it’s time to end!  

 
Top: Tommy Hilfiger (similar), Sweater: H&M (similar), Jeans: Gap (similar and on sale), Boots: Hunter, Boot Socks: Hunter, Jacket: Burberry (similar), Sunnies: Ray-Ban and on sale, Necklace: Tiffany & Co., Lipstick: Nars Gipsy

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: Head On Collision by New Found Glory

And this vanity I’m breaking…

My skin care routine is ever changing, whether it’s season to season, or changing concerns, or I try something new that I end up not liking so much.  With that being said, I have found a few products that have been working very well for me.  Regardless of what I use, I try to keep my routine simple when it comes to skincare.  I also try to stick with tried and true bands, and I read a lot of reviews.  My concerns have always been acne, which I have suffered from since I was a kid, and anti-aging.  Now that I am a twenty-something it’s definitely time to start to try and combat the signs I’ve started to show.

I start my mornings off with Philosophy Purity cleanser (link below), I love how gentle this cleanser is.  It also smells really nice.  Whether I am washing my night time lotions and potions off, or my make up off after a long day this stuff does the trick.  I follow that up with Shisiedo Revitalizing Essence, it’s a calming toner and it’s been around for over 100 years, they must be doing some thing right for it to still be selling!  For the cooler months I use Fresh Seaberry Oil as my moisturizer.  I do two drops in the morning and really massage it into my skin.  I find that it helps reduce the flaking I experience in the harsh winter.

At night I mainly focus n anti-aging, I remove my make up with a cleansing cloth (I prefer Sephora brand) and eye make up remover (also Sephora) for stubborn mascara and eye liner.  Then I use Philosophy Microdelivery, this exfoliator is one of the gentlest I’ve used.  It doesn’t feel harsh and it cleans really well.  I follow up with Shisiedo Revitalizing Essence.  Then I use Luna Sleeping Oil from Sunday Riley.  I have never used a retinol before, so I have read that it’s best to take it slow.  I have been using it 2-3 times a week at most.  I don’t want to make my face too angry, and so far my skin has done alright.  My skin was a little dry in patches after the 3rd or 4th time I used it.  I think after a few more weeks I will start to see results. I allow the oil time to sink into my skin, then I follow up with three drops of Fresh Seaberry Oil.  I use more at night to really moisturize my tired skin.

I just switched my eye cream.  I was using Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Eye Gel.  I was on the fence about it at first because it was very cooling, and like most Fresh products it smelled like cucumbers but it made my eyes tear.  But I stuck with it and after I finished it up I decided to change because I felt as though it wasn’t doing any thing for me.  I am now using L’Occitane Immortelle Eye Balm.  I read a lot of reviews on every eye cream that was reasonably priced at Sephora and I settled on this one.  So far I am liking the consistency, it’s very thick and creamy, the smell is light, and it feels great going on.  I feel as though it absorbs well and my eye area is smoother and softer in the morning.

In addition to my morning and nightly routine I alternate face masks.  I recently hoped back on the GlamGlow SuperMud band wagon.  It really is the best face mask for clearing, but it can also be drying, so I also use Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask.  I like the Fresh mask because it is hydrating, calming and cooling.

Morning:
Purity Cleanser – Philosophy
Revitalizing Essence – Shisiedo
Seaberry Oil – Fresh

Night:
Microdelivery Exfoliating Cleanser – Philosophy
Revitalizing Essence – Shisiedo
Luna Sleeping Oil – Sunday Riley
Seaberry Oil – Fresh
Immortelle Eye Balm – L’Occitane
Rosebud Salve – Rosebud Perfume Co.

My Spring/Summer routine is slightly different, I try to use a traditional moisturizer, I used Philosophy Hope In a Jar and loved it.  I also really liked Fresh Youth Preserve Cream.  I am leaning toward sticking with HIAJ, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.  And on that note, It’s time to end!

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: Honey, This Mirror Isn’t Big Enough For The Two Of Us by MCR