In the pines, in the pines, where the sun don’t ever shine…

It’s May (#Maythefourthbewithyou), J and I will be celebrating our fifth wedding anniversary, our little girl is six months old, LDR is dropping a record this month, and Summer unofficially starts.  I figured I should hop back and post as much as I can when I can, since I have totally gotten away from that with all that has been going on! And I’m starting back up again with my latest edition of Favourite Things, there have been so many changes in my life I had to really sit and think about what few things I’ve even been able to enjoy.

  1. Tony Moly sheet masks – WTF, why did I wait so long to try these masks? There is literally one for every skin concern and they aren’t too expensive (Ulta does BOGO half off, and Amazon has them cheap too).
  2. Nivea Creme – Where has this creme been my whole life?  Oh you know chilling at the drugstore.  A must for harsh Winter skin!  Not to mention there is a light fragrance, almost balmy texture and a huge tin is under $12.00.
  3. American Gods – This gem is on Starz, based on a book of the same name by Neil Gaiman, the first episode “The Bone Orchard” is the most hauntingly beautiful single episode I’ve ever seen.  It’s a new show that debuted this summer season, about Gods old and new, there are some heavy hitters like Kristen Chenoweth, Ian McShane, and Gillian Anderson. Oh and the soundtrack TDF, I mean In the Pines?
  4. Sundress season – I have been looking forward to wearing my sundresses since Winter 2015, and now that I am closer to my fighting weight I can’t wait.  I hopefully can add one or two more to the collection, like (here or here)
  5. Big barrel curls – Since going back to work in January I have been styling big barrel curls and I am loving the look, I plan to do a tutorial, just bear with me, while I get my life together and carve out some time to photograph it! I’m all about quick and easy ways to get ready in the morning considering most mornings I’m lucky if I eat breakfast and when I do it’s almost always in the nursery these days.

Lately my days have been filled with work and taking care of our little girl, which doesn’t leave a lot of time for me, or my blog for that matter. But now that she is getting older and sleeping better I’m hoping to get back to posting at least a couple times a week, until I can get back to where I was scheduling several weeks worth in advance. And on that note it’s time to end!

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from: Where Did You Sleep Last Night by Nirvana

 

 

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

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

Pink flamingos always fascinated me…

Today we are exploring the world of Easter dresses…  Growing up quasi-Catholic meant the religious holidays were a big deal to my Mother.  And for each occasion she would dress my younger Sister and I in matching dresses.  Sometimes they were the same, but mostly they were similar.

I am totally in love with the peachy keen midi dress, I think a pair of pink or light blue sandals wuld set it off.  And can we take a moment to bask in the glory that is this Valentino dress.  This mint shade is perfect for springtime!  And on that note it’s time to end!
All for now,
–Kiki–
Title from: Music to Watch Boys To LDR

Lights, camera, action…

I mentioned yesterday that I love watching the Oscars, and I look forward to it every year.  I also mentioned that I would share a few of my favourite looks from the show.  It’s always been a great night for fashion, and I vividly remember as a little girl watching the Red Carpet show.

oscar-faves

Can we just talk about Margot Robbie?  Did she look like an Oscar or what?  That woman can pull off just about anything.  Saoirse Ronan looked absolutely amazing in green Calvin Klein, and her mix matched earrings, TDF!  Charlize and Cate never seem to disappoint when it comes to their red carpet looks.  And Sophie Turner is looking very grown up these days.  What were your top Oscar Red Carpet looks?  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from: Put Me in A Movie by LDR

Love in her eyes and flowers in her hair…

While I worked all day, I must say I am starting to feel better. This week has been trying. Needless to say when I am feeling under the weather I am pretty much useless. Today the sun was shining and it was not too cold, all in all a beautiful day! I even took a bit of a walk outside for some fresh air in the afternoon! If all goes well tomorrow, it’s supposed to be 70 and sunny up my way, I may have some exciting things going on next week. Here’s a recap of the past week and my weekend so far.

This weekend Formula 1 is in China, it’s a great track. I’m hoping Vettel and Ferrari do well. I’m actually watching quali now. As I type away we are now in Q3, it’s always exciting when we get to the end to see who will end up on pole. I always enjoy watching F1, even if the races aren’t all that eventful, it’s still really fast paced and they travel all over the world. What is there not to love? Pole L. Hamilton, 2nd N. Rosberg, 3rd S. Vettel (#govettelgo)
I am currently on a Harry Potter reread, I have read the series so many times that I have lost count. I’m on CoS (that’s Chamber of Secrets for those not in the know). It’s not my favourite, but there is a lot of foreshadowing in this book that is pivotal to the story. I’m probably not as far along as I’d like to be, mainly because the next book PoA (Prisoner of Azkaban) is my favourite. I feel like the next book the characters are growing up (more), and my favourite character is introduced (Sirius Black). 
The sun is out and all I want to do is wear my sun dresses! I plan to wear to next week, and I couldn’t be more excited! Pretty much all I wear in Spring/Summer are sun dresses. I wear them everywhere and do everything while wearing them. I can’t wait to wear some of my favourites and maybe pick up a few new ones… And while the search continues it’s time to end. 
All for now, 
Kiki
Title from: Going to California by Led Zepplin