Watching reruns of Night Court on cable TV…

December has come to a close, along with that so has 2015.  2015 was a big year for me… Mainly because I switched jobs in November and got my braces off in December.  With December being such a busy month I am surprised I managed to enjoy anything!  But alas, I did!  Here are a few of my favourite things from December:

1. Night Court – J wanted to get into another show after our rewatch great of 2015 of HIMYM, and this was the perfect fit.  The show is about an offbeat judge and his bailiffs, court clerk, and lawyers.  The characters are endearing, the show is laugh out loud funny and it is definitely worth a watch.  It’s set in the mid eighties to early nineties,  so some of it is a little outrageous.

2. Not so traditional Christmas music – I mentioned some of my eclectic tastes before (here), and I can not get enough of My Chemical Romance’s rendition of All I Want For Christmas is You.

3. EOS stick lip balm – I have a lippie problem, whether it’s lip sticks, gloss, or balm there is a good chance I’m obsessed.  The stick is so much more convenient than the egg shaped container.  It’s the same price and more easily portable.

Like I mentioned December was very hectic.  But I did manage to get through it.  I am looking forward to 2016 and all of it’s possibilities.  There is so much that I can’t wait to do in 2016.  Here’s to another year of blogging!  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: Perfect Teeth by Motion City Soundtrack

Put your makeup on…

2015 was a year of exploration in the beauty world for me.  I tried so many things some good, like Nars satin lip pencil in Rikugien, L’Occitane Immotelle eye balm, Philosophy Purity Made Simple.  Some bad like Lancome Visionnaire, Benefit BadGal mascara, Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve eye gel.   And the ugly like Nars All Day Luminous Powder foundation, Benefit They’re Real mascara, and Wen.  With all of the products I tried, I spent a lot of money and energy trying to find products that work well for me.  And I’ve got my routine down pretty well… Now.  My last big splurge on something new was Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil, which is amazing.  I’m sharing some of my favourite new obsessions from this year.  Some are major splurges, while others are more reasonable.  Here are my must haves that I tried this year.

1. Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil – I had been wanting to try this face oil for a while and I am so glad that I did.  I love how it smells, it is a midweight oil that absorbs quickly, and I feel it is mild for my sensitive skin.  I feel like I have had good results, my fine lines are not as noticeable, my crows feet are subsiding, and I’m not getting as many blemishes (always a plus!).

2. Beauty Blender – This little pink sponge is a magical miracle.  Not only has it changed the way I apply my foundation, but it’s made the process way easier.  I strongly recommend this little wonder sponge to everyone.

3. Besame Violet Brightening Powder – This setting powder is by far my favourite.  It brightens and gives my skin a matte natural look that I am head over heels for.  And did I mention it smells divine? Because it smells amazing!

4. Philosophy Microdelvery – I started using this exfoliating scrub mid year and I love it.  It is gentile and effective.  I really enjoy using it.  I can’t see using anything else for my exfoliating purposes.

5. Nars Smudge Proof Eye Shadow Base – I was not expecting much when I first tried this product, and I was blown away.  Not only did my eye shadow stay put through 11 hours, but it didn’t crease or melt off.  I was sold after using it once.  There are many similar products but This one really takes the cake.

There are so many products that I use and have used over the past few years.  I’ve decided to tone it down for 2016.  I have spent a lot of time and money on trying to find products that work for me.  I don’t need to make Rouge in April, or even re-qualify.  I am looking forward to using up what I have and only repurchasing what is necessary.  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: Atlantic City by Bruce Springsteen (Watch out my Jersey is showing!)    

I don’t mind you hangin’ out, and talkin’ in your sleep…

I am no stranger to sleep… In fact I love sleep, and there are more days that I have spent most of the day in bed than I would like to admit.  The only thing better than clean fresh sheets, are clean fresh PJs.  So I’m sharing some of my favourites, if it’s A/W I’m all about fleece and flannel sets.  Come S/S I live in sleep shirts maxi and short, and light yoga pants and old concert tees from my EMO yesteryears.  Here are some of my favourites that you can wear now, but also still enjoy in the Spring and Summer months, that will hopefully be heading our way soon!

I don’t know about you, but I am loving the Equipment pj set, it’s definitely on the splurge side, but it is really adorable.  It may have to come and live with me some time soon!  I hope everyone has sweet dreams and stays as snug as a bug in a rug!  And on that note, it’s time to end!  
All for now, 
–Kiki–
Title from: Just What I Needed by The Cars

I’ll make a brand new start of it…

New Year’s Eve is a time for celebrations, endings, and new beginnings.  I like it because we usually have a small get together at my house with a few close friends.  NYE is also a time to break out the party dresses!  For this edition of save vs. splurge we are getting into the party spirit, so put the Dom on ice, pop the hors d’ouvres in the oven, and put on some tunes, cause we’re partying like it’s 2016 people!

Dress: Save vs. Splurge
Shoes: Save vs. Splurge
Clutch: Save vs. Splurge 
And on that note, it’s time to end!  Happy New Year everyone!  Here’s looking to 2016!
All for now, 
–Kiki–
Title from: New York, New York by Frank Sinatra 

It’s simply spending it with you…

This past week was a blur! I was off from Friday through Monday… Most days J and I slept in, had coffee, then we cooked, cleaned, played games, did laundry, and generally relaxed! J has been off since the 18 and I had a mini vacation, and it felt so nice!

Christmas this year was great, but alas it went by too fast!  I was gifted some pretty wonderful things this year from my family!

One of our traditions is you open your stocking presents first.  This year, I got a lot of candy that I haven’t been able to eat for the past three years.  Like gummi bears, Toblerone, and Ferraro Rocher.

I got three pairs of shoes, a new pair of Dr. Scholl’s flats, Ivanka Trump pumps (both from J), and Dr. Marten combat boots (from MIL).  I have been lusting after a pair of DMs ever since I was about eleven or twelve.  I am so glad that I finally have a pair.  They are this sick deep cherry red.  I can’t wait to wear them with everything!  I have to break them in first, which will no doubt be a long a tiring process!

I shared my new Funko Pop toy additions the other day right (here) and on my (Instagram).  Ten and Ghost are two that I have wanted for a really long time, and they are so adorable.  They are the perfect additions to my ever growing Pop! Toy family.

My Mom got me a couple of colouring books, and they have some pretty complex designs in them.  I can’t wait to bust out the coloured pencils and get to colouring.

My Sister gave my a Yoda fleece union suit.  It is so awesome, only the weather has been too nice for me to wear it, but once it turns I am wearing the heck out of this thing!

I also picked up a Kate Spade business card holder, and a Kate Spade monogrammed mug (K sold out, some letters still available).  I love monograms and I am sad that I don’t have more things that are.  Both are great quality items!  I bought the mug for my office, so I can have a nice cup of coffee (the machines at work make lattes, and they are free!) and I bought the business card holder for my new business cards (duh).

We had a lot of fun for Christmas, this year it was very low key.  J built a fire, even though it was a very nice, warm day.  We watched A Christmas Story on TV all day, and we ate good food.  I made baked brie with honey for an appetizer, I’ve never made it before and it was a big hit.  I also made my pecan pie.  J made the ham.  We also had lasagna, sausage, meatballs (courtesy of MIL), and rolls.  Then cheesecake (also courtesy of MIL) for dessert.  I hope everyone had a safe and merry Christmas!  And now, we can move on the New Year’s!  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: This Time of Year by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

So this is Christmas…

I’ve taken a bit of a break this week from blogging, my apologies!  So I thought I might share some of the photos I took today on my new phone.  J and I upgraded to the iPhone 6 Plus earlier this week.  

We had a great day, J and I hosted Christmas like we do every year!  My Brother brought his puppy Brabas over and we all had a great time! 
My new additions to the Pop toy family, Ghost and Ten.

Brabas tuckered out after a long day of presents, Mac, and belly rubs!

Our elf and Rudy.

Oh Tree Beast! 

I wish everyone a safe and merry Christmas!  Here’s to another year!  And on that note, it’s time to end!
All for now, 
–Kiki–
Title from: Happy Xmas by John Lennon

Sugar, we’re going down swinging…

Baking cookies for Christmas is something my MIL and I do every year.  We make dozens of cookies for the whole family.  We prefer to make all the cookies from scratch, and it usually takes a whole day.  My favourite cookies to make are sugar cookies.  I have been making them for years and I have amassed quite the cookie cutter collection.  With my favourite set being Christmas.  I prefer to keep it simple and not decorate my cookies, but for those of you crafty peeps go for it!  Sugars and jimmies are readily available and Royal icing is very easy to make.

Recipe for sugar cookies (From Martha Stewart)

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (I’ve used regular and Gluten Free flour)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons brandy, or milk (I typically use milk)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Directions: 

1. Whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder in a medium bowl; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar; mix until light and fluffy. With mixer running, add egg, brandy, and vanilla; mix until well combined. With the mixer on low, slowly add reserved flour mixture. Mix until just combined.
2. Transfer dough to a work surface. Shape into 2 discs, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with nonstick baking mats or parchment paper; set aside.
4. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes, and transfer to prepared baking sheets, leaving an inch in between. Leftover dough can be rolled and cut once more. Bake until lightly golden, about 10 minutes; do not allow to brown. Transfer to wire racks to cool.
5. Decorate with Royal Icing, optional.

Recipe for royal icing (From Martha Stewart)

  • 1 pound confectioners’ sugar
  • 5 tablespoons meringue powder
  • Scant 1/2 cup water
  • Directions:
  • 1. Beat ingredients in a mixer bowl on low speed until smooth, about 7 minutes. If icing is too thick, add more water; if too thin, beat 2 to 3 minutes more.

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: Sugar, We’re Going Down by FOB