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

 

 

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

Take me to the Jersey Shore…

seasalt1I have mentioned numerous times that my childhood was spent by the beach.  And it was one of my favourite experiences.  I was at the beach from sun up to sun down, almost all year round.  During the Summer months I took pride in my killer tan (which I now seriously regret!), and my crazy wavy I literally spent all day at the beach hair.  You know, that piece-y, wavy, just the right amount of texture, that can’t be replicated easily –without a million products.

So I thought why not share my favourite sea salt and texture sprays from over the years.  For those days when taking a swim in the ocean is not an option, but you totally want to rock that “beach bum chic” look.

 

  1. John Frieda Beach Blonde Ocean Waves – This spray was my jam in middle school!  It was the only hair product that enhanced my wavy hair, that I didn’t fully understand how to control until my twenties.  It looked like I had spent all day at the beach, and I thought I looked effortlessly cool.  It smelled like coconut and sun screen, my favourite scents at the time.
  2. Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray – Flash forward to 2008, I’m twenty, working and starting to enter the world of high end makeup and hair care.  This spray feels more like a texture spray than a wave enhancer, which I didn’t realize when I bought it initially.  But once I learned how to use it, I was hooked.  I typically use it to add texture to my hair after I curled it.
  3. Living Proof Instant Texture Mist – I discovered this spray in 2015, you know the year I made Rouge in April…  I had been using B&B Surf Spray for years at this point and been mainly happy with it.  But when I tried this after I chopped my hair really short I reached for this spray time and time again.  This spray made me feel like I finally achieved that effortless, “devil may care” attitude that I had so coveted in middle school.  Oh, how I missed Ocean Waves…
  4. Drybar Mai Tai Spritzer – I have been loving this brand since I discovered it in 2014.  From my Buttercup blow dryer, my curling iron to this spray.  This was one more product that I fell in love with.seasalt2

My journey through texture spray has been a long one.  I still have bottles of all four.  Depending on my mood, I will switch back and forth between them all.  Last year John Frieda brought back Ocean Waves, which has been renamed Sea Waves, it’s any nostalgic 90s kid’s dream.  The smell alone was the worth the wait.  What are some of your favourite sea salt or texture sprays?  And on that note, it’s time to end!

 

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from: Dangerous Girl by LDR

I like your hair much better that way…

Buttercup

I had been on the fence about doing a tutorial for a while now.  Yes, they have been done before heavily.  And I watch/read a ton of them.  If you are anything like me you find them very useful and helpful.  I thought to start on the hair front.  Since I am fighting a losing battle with frizz, volume (where I don’t want it), and all around crazyness (waves, curls, thickness).  For my first look I am going to share how I blow dry my hair.  I had the great fortune of investing in a professional grade blow dryer, and I am so glad that I did.  It was worth every penny.  I use the Drybar Buttercup dryer.  I’m not sold on the yellow, but I am sold on the power, durability, and ease this dryer has afforded me.

Tools of the trade

So I start with shampooing my hair twice, using a small amount of shampoo (my hair is still pretty short, reaching about shoulder length now), you’ve all heard the saying wash, rinse, repeat.  Well, my friends do that!  Then I condition my hair from mid shaft to the ends, again I am not using a lot of product here.  Then I towel dry my hair for about 10 minutes.  I then spray Bumble and Bumble Invisible Hair Dresser’s Oil Primer throughout my hair and I comb it through to distribute the product.  Then I rough dry my hair until it is partially damp.  Then I section my hair with Sephora Brand Sectioning Clips.

Do I look like a drowned rat?

I start with my bangs, that is the first place most suggest you start, and they would be right, your bangs tend to dry very quickly.  And it’s the first thing people see, so why not spend the most time on it?  I use a Sephora Brand Round Brush to aid me in the process.  After I’m satisfied with my bangs, I move to the back of my head and move forward.  That’s where I start to go against the grain, most tutorials recommend you move backwards.

I section my hair in big sections, from there I split my big sections into smaller sections.  So that I have more control when smoothing the sections.  I go over the sections until they are smooth and shiny.  I also leave my bangs up in a medium size Velcro roller.  I feel that it helps with setting my bangs.

Once I am satisfied with all of my sections and my hair is completely dry I then use the cool setting to set my style.  I also flip my head upside down to get some added volume (where I want it).

I finish my look with a few mists of hair spray right now I am using Bumble and Bumble Thickening Spray.  My hair ends up very flippy, I don’t really mind, I feel it looks best with a deep side part, and if I style my hair just right no one can see my gray or tinsel hair as my one friend says!


I hope everyone had as much fun as I did with my very first tutorial.  Like I said I know they have been done before, so I hope I brought something new to the game.  I know there are way more pictures than I normally post, but unless I did a video, which was not in the cards today, not that I haven’t considered doing a video, I guess I’m just not ready to take that leap, and I also don’t know the first thing about video editing.  I’m still not the greatest at photo editing, but it might be something that I may explore in the future!  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: Red Dress by Motion City Soundtrack

Good news will work its way to all them plans

Today is Veteran’s Day. So let’s take a moment to thank all of the servicemen and women past and present who serve our country.  The sacrifice pales in comparison.  And of course I have a much needed day off.  Which gives me time to catch up on all of the house work I haven’t done during the week.  I also have been prepping for my first day at my new job tomorrow.

So far today I’ve washed some dishes, done some laundry, working on some posts.  Next up I have to blow out my hair, file, buff, and polish my nails, and decide what to wear tomorrow.  Its all about the first impression, and I want to knock it out of the park.  Although I am incredibly nervous, I can’t help but be extremely excited to start the next chapter of my career.  And on that note, it’s time to end.

All for now,
Kiki

Title from: Float On by Modest Mouse

I think we’re like the wind and sea

So with much consideration I’ve decided to abandon Wen.  Here is why: so I was super excited to try it after my Mother did and her hair looked amazing!  So I bit the bullet and ordered the three 16 o.z. bottle from Sephora and I started with the Fig scent.  I tortured my self for just over a month with the most awful cherry cough syrup smell.  And the worst part is the scent lingered and stuck to my pillow and hair towel.  I finally finished the bottle last week and honestly I feel like I spent a lot of money to just end up having my hair look really dirty.  After washing if I heat styled (blow out with my Drybar Buttercup dryer, small Sephora brand round brush, Bumble and Bumble Invisible Hairdresser’s Oil Primer, and Living Proof Satin Hair Serum) it too forever.  Now my hair is considered very short, it’s just to my collar bone (at it’s longest under layer) and it took almost an hour to blow my hair our completely… completely ridiculous.  Also second day hair is not an option.  Unless you want to use way too much dry shampoo… and my hair looked like a tumble weed.  So I gave the remaining bottle to my Mother and switched back to my beloved Pantiene shampoo and conditioner.  My hair instantly looked cleaner, and is easier to style.  So put that in your pipe and smoke it Chaz Dean!  I’mm just glad it wasn’t a total loss, because that stuff is really expensive.  I would never steer anyone away from trying beauty/skincare/hair care products, this one was a big miss for me, my own opinions and my own money was spent.  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: Brooklyn Baby by LDR

Done my hair up real big beauty queen style…

I thought it was high time that I update y’all (I am so not from the South, but I find myself saying this all of the time) on my adventure using Wen.  So here’s the low down: When I let my hair air dry (which has been a lot this Summer) I get a lot of volume, which I don’t really need, but it lends well for second day hair.  When I blow dry my hair it.  Takes.  Forever.  I mean I have very short hair and it takes me like an hour to blow dry and style this mop!  Which I feel is way, way excessive.  I have to make sure that I have a good grip on my brush because if I don’t my hair ends up a giant puff ball.  But once I reach my desired result my hair looks great for about a day.  Second or third day hair is almost not an option.  Between the heat, humidity and whatever Wen has done to my hair and scalp my hair line is super greasy, like oil slick gross, but my hair is still really dry and it almost feels brittle.  My scalp also has a lot of build up, like it’s snowing on my shoulders and I can feel the build up when I wash my hair.  I think I need a deep conditioner or Head and Shoulders.  I don’t know if it’s the scent I am using (Fig), or just the formula that has made my hair and scalp react poorly.  I tried to shampoo prior to cleansing with Wen the other day and that made my scalp feel really clean, but my hair was frizzy as hell and it felt dry (that may have just been the fact that it was really humid that day).

I’m going to stick with it and hope that it gets better.  I feel it’s relevant to share that prior to cutting my hair back in November, I had my hair trained to only be washed about twice a week with the use of dry shampoo in between.  I’m trying to get back there, though it seems impossible now.  And dry shampoo isn’t really helping, if anything it makes my hair a dry puffy, frizzy mess.  It might just be the brand I am currently using (Herbal Essences).  So I decided to wash my hair with Wen everyday for about two weeks and slowly ween myself off.  Since trying this, it’s only been four days, I have been using four pumps (the instructions on the bottle suggest 16-24, which I think is way too much).  I massage it in to my scalp, dunk my head under the shower head, then massage a bit more, comb through and let it sit while I’m finishing my shower.  I then rinse and rinse and rinse and rinse.  Once I think I might be done rinsing, I turn the water to cold and rinse some more, my hair is bouncier, less frizzy and I think rinsing for what feels like twenty years is doing the trick.  I guess we’ll see how this works.  I mainly want to wash everyday to get through the cough syrup smell (I really hate it, I never thought figs smelled like cherry cough syrup).  And $79.00 is a lot to spend on something that is just okay.  Or if I end up really hating it, I will be even more disappointed.  I purposely read a lot of reviews and I saw first hand what it did for my Mother’s hair, so I thought it would be a good purchase.  But we will wait and see!

What are some of the more regrettable purchases you’ve made?  Could be beauty, clothing or otherwise.  I’d love to hear from you guys!  The only other regrettable purchase I can think of was Proactive, that stuff ruined my complexion, I could talk at length about my crummy experience with that stuff.  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: Summertime Sadness by LDR