Hot summer nights, mid July When you and I were forever wild…

Hello friends, I know I’ve been away for a while.  Between work, helping my brother start a business and being pregnant during the summer I haven’t had much time to sit and write.

Over the past two weeks all of my favourite bloggers have been sharing their Nordstrom Anniversary finds, and I wish I could follow suit, but this year there was very little that spoke to me.  I am afraid to buy clothes for after baby, because well, I don’t know how quickly I will loose the baby weight.  And there was no A/W maternity styles on sale.  So I decided to check out A Pea In The Pod, which has some great quality brands I love, and the sale prices were an additional 40% off!!!!  I got some pieces that will hold me for the rest of my pregnancy (I hope!).

I picked up two Equipment blouses, who knew they had maternity styles?  I am hoping that they are going to work after baby too, because, well they are pretty bitchin’.  I ordered three dresses, they all just so happened to be from Seraphine, one black short sleeve, one blue patterned, and a long sleeve black printed that looks like something Ted Baker would offer.  I also broke down and purchased maternity jeans.  I really need them for weekends and days off.  my normal go to pairs are not cutting it any more.  I settled on a 7 For All Mankind boot cut, I have never bought a pair of $200 jeans before I hope they are worth it, they were discounted to $99 plus 40% off, so it was like how much every other pair I own cost.  And I rounded out my order with two long sleeve tops and two pairs of stockings.

I plan to eventually add some nursing attire in the next few months for when baby arrives, but I got what I needed for now.  My next purchase regardless of where from will no doubt need to contain some sweaters for A/W, some comfy pajamas, and maybe a fuzzy robe or two for those late night feedings my friends with children tell me about!  And on that note, it’s time to end!

 

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from: Young and Beautiful by LDR

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If I could fly, then I would know, what life looks like from up above and down below

Everyday I am getting closer and closer to the half way mark in my pregnancy, and the part where J and I can find out what kind of human I’m growing.  Even though J swears it’s a boy…  So I thought I would share some pros and cons to my pregnancy.

I’ll start with the positive, since it’s probably good to be positive.

  1. I haven’t gained that much weight yet– I know I have a lot more to go, but the fiveish pounds I’ve gained so far really aren’t that bad.
  2. I’m eating better and more often.  I’m eating a big breakfast everyday, healthy snacks and trying to eat more complete meals.
  3. I’m exercising when I feel up to it.  Exercising is usually a chore for me, but if I can do a little that’s better than nothing.
  4. My digestive issues haven’t really been issues of late, I call that a win!

And now the not so great:

  1. My regular clothes are really starting not to fit, thank you maternity pants.  Even though the extra fabric is super itchy and annoying…
  2. I’m craving everything I shouldn’t be eating.  Like I would love a spicy tuna roll, a turkey sub, a red eye, wine, tequila, Champagne, and Brie.  But I know it wouldn’t be worth it in the end.
  3. I am tired all of the time, like falling asleep between 8 and 9 is now a normal night for me.  Getting up in the middle of the night, then being wide awake, or feeling like I didn’t even sleep are the norm for me.
  4. My back hurts all of the time, I am getting headaches from lack of caffeine and it is driving me nuts.

All in all it hasn’t been too bad so far, I just wish I felt better, according to everything I’m reading I should start to feel better and I’m not really.  My pants don’t really fit and that sucks, but most of my dresses still fit so that gives me a lot of options, for now.  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from: Cecilia and the Satellite by Andrew McMahon

I guess we’re going everywhere together…

I have been laying low for what seems like forever…  I let a lot of scheduled posts go up and I haven’t really thought about blogging.  For good reason, I promise.  March was a really big month or me.  After four months of working at the bank I got a promotion to Head Teller of a brand new branch.  Which has been great; I am really enjoying my new position and my tellers couldn’t be better.  I also found out that I am pregnant.  That is so weird to say.  To type.  To admit.  I am pregnant.  It’s definitely something I didn’t know I wanted until it happened.  It also wasn’t something that was planned, in the sense that J and I didn’t have a clear distinct plan.  It was more if it happens then it happens.  Then April was a big month at the Bank, we went through a system upgrade, so needless to say I have been super busy!

I am now officially out of the first trimester, which has been okay, I guess.  I have been nauseous more than not, like I’ll eat and still feel nauseous.   Not so much with other less than pleasant morning sickness symptoms.  I have also been ridiculously exhausted.  Like falling asleep on the couch at 8:30, exhausted.  My previous neck and back injuries have been causing me pains, which I sort of expected, so it’s a good thing I sit all day!  I’m also experiencing the worst acne I’ve had since being a teenager.  And the use of topical acne treatments like retinol, are not recommended, buh bye, Luna Sleeping Oil, it’s been real, it’s been fun, it was really expensive!   I’ve also developed dry, flaky, red patches on my face near my eyes and mouth.  So fun!

A lot of my more fitted clothing is just not cutting it anymore; I have already invested in some maternity pants and more flowy dresses.  I’m hoping that the rest of my sun dresses will work for at least a couple more months.  I haven’t gained all that much weight, but when you’re the same size for years you tend to get really fitted clothing, and a lot of business attire is not forgiving.  And some of the selection at department stores is just not me.  I don’t wear a lot of floral, I don’t like frilly, and I am not a girly girl.  I want to look like myself, just pregnant.  I found some skinny cigarette style pants at Destination Maternity, which are great, and super comfortable.  But the search will continue as I build my pregnant/post-pregnant wardrobe.

I’m looking forward to the second trimester and the exciting things it has in store.  Yes, I got to hear the baby’s heart beat early on, and seeing the baby at my first ultrasound a couple weeks ago.  In the coming weeks we are hoping to clean out the baby’s room, do some much needed repairs, and set up the nursery.  All while I adjust to my constantly changing body, moods, and life.  And on that note it’s time to end!

 

All for now,

–Kiki–

 

Title from: Rainy Girl by Andrew McMahon

I’m gonna soak up the sun, I’m gonna tell everyone to lighten up…

April has ended and it’s time again to share some of my favourite things!  After March was a month of highs and lows, I hadn’t been feeling well for a while which mainly attributed to the lows.  I was ready to have a better month.

  1. Spring clothes – I have been waiting all Winter to break out my S/S wardrobe.  Let’s just say we are going to be seeing a lot of red, white, and blue!  Not to mention my affinity for cute sundresses.  I am also going to be #gettingnauti, on the regular, with all of the nautical pieces I have been collecting throughout the years.
  2. My hair is growing out! OMG, it is still very in between, and nowhere near where I would like it to be lengthwise.  But, still I couldn’t be happier!  And this growth is just in time to play with some cute S/S styles, like hello!  Cute braids are just the remedy for my crazy/frizzy/wavy hair that will inevitably rule my hair during the warmer months!
  3. Google Calendar – I recently started to schedule my posts and my life in a more concise way, in Google calendar and let me just say, it has been a miracle!  I even went so fair as to get the app for my iPhone6 Plus to stay on top of my organization on the go.
  4. Fleece PJ pants – All Winter long I have been living in flannel and fleece pajamas.  And now that it’s starting to really warm up (and stay warm) it’s time to sadly, start putting them away.  And my sister bought me this awesome pair of Jack Skellington pair.
  5. Saoirse Ronan’s Oscar look – I mentioned this look in my Best Dressed Oscar post (you can read it here).  I loved her look, that Calvin Klein dress looked amazing on her.  It’s green, covered in sequins, a deep v-neck, a low back, just gorgeous.  But what stole the look for me were the earrings.  The mix matched Chopard pair featured one pearl earring and one emerald.  They were a perfect mix of class and sass.

And now that we are moving more into Spring I also can’t wait to take advantage of the nice weather.  There will be some outdoor activities for sure.  There is so much to do in the area, we just never think to explore any of them.  This changes this season.  And on that note, it’s time to end!

 

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from: Soak Up the Sun by Sheryl Crow

I just wanna feel some sunshine…

Sunday I went over to my parent’s house to help my mother clean out her closet and go through some old clothes, and by old I mean the late 80s and early 90s called and they want their stuff back.  It was no easy task, provided that my mother is a pack rat.  She keeps stuff forever, (I know where I get it from!) meaning way past it’s prime.  First we had to swap out her F/W shoes for her S/S shoes, next we had to go through her hand bags.  We switched out her in season bags and put the rest away in dust bags.  For helping I got a new with tags camel Calvin Klein skirt and a wool tartan Dooney and Burke clutch, it’s night watch and I have been lusting after ever since she bought it!  We condensed her wardrobe a lot more than I thought we would.  This upcoming weekend, I need to do my closet clean out, and season change over.  As I mentioned before (here) I’m not looking to add too much to my wardrobe this season, I do want to pick up a few pieces.  But I’m not going to add anything else until I finish my clean out and take stock of what I have.  I plan to do some outlet shopping within the next few weeks, and you never know what you might find at the outlets.

Here are some of my closet clean out tips: First take everything out of your dresser, closet, wardrobe… What ever houses your clothing take it all out.  Next sort by season, and try everything on, make sure it fits! If it fits and it’s in season, and is a “classic” or “in-style” keep it!  Put the in season “keep” clothes back, I would organize by article (shirts, pants, skirts, dresses, shorts) then ROYGBIV, but that is just me!  Then try on all “out of season” pieces, again if they are classics, or still in keep them, put them back.  Anything that doesn’t fit, is old, or beyond repair either sell, donate, or toss (respectively). If the items are in minor disrepair, like a missing button, a hem that came loose, a broken zipper, the item is just to snug or too loose, and you will actually take them to be fixed, or get crafty and fix them yourself go a head and keep them too.  If you are on the fence about some pieces, maybe hold on to them until they are in season.  If they don’t see the light of day, donate them!  Once you went through everything and decided what to keep, toss, sell and donate, take stock and create a shopping list.

I always try to replace my tired, old pieces with the best quality I can afford, which right now means J. Crew, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor LOFT, Calvin Klein, and Nordstrom.  They are all my go to for everyday work wear.  I am always looking for a good deal and often check the sales.  But when it comes to investment pieces like a winter coat, a handbag, shoes, a gown for a work function, I am all for splurging (my Burberry trench, DVF wrap dresses, Betsey Johnson dress, Helmut Lang shorts, Jimmy Choo flats, Coach handbags).  For something that you will get a lot of wear, maybe spend a bit more, a cashmere sweater, wool trousers, a Lilly Pulitzer sun dress, Jack Rogers sandals, black or nude pumps, a silk blouse or dress, and suiting.  Also take in to consideration your life style.  I work in a professional setting, so I need to have a lot of work wear for all year long. I need to have suits, work dresses, trousers, blouses, nice quality sweaters, and good quality shoes for all seasons. On the other hand I don’t need as much casual weekend clothes. I have a few pairs of jeans, sneakers, tee shirts, and shorts.  I could probably make it through the next few years without needing to replace much of my weekend wardrobe.  Maybe just a new pair of Keds and some layering tees.  And on that note, it’s time to end.

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: Santa Monica by Everclear