The flags are waving for me…

For my July playlist we are going with a summer theme, and summer is in full effect. My favourite summer holiday is the Fourth. I love BBQ, beers, sparklers, and fireworks! Iced tea and lemon Italian ice are summer staples. My summer wardrobe comprises of mainly red, white, and blue, with a little nautical mixed in and this playlist will make you grab a burger, a sparkler and an ice cold beer.

  1. 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) – Bruce Springsteen
  2. Surf Colorado – Bowling For Soup
  3. California Girls – The Beach Boys
  4. Rockaway Beach – The Ramones
  5. Gramma (Blue Ribbon Sparkler Trailer Heaven) – Lizzy Grant
  6. Ocean Avenue – Yellowcard
  7. Boys of Summer – Don Henley
  8. Island in the Sun – Weezer
  9. Rockin’ Me – Steve Miller Band
  10. Cruel Summer – Bananarama
  11. Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams
  12. Rock Lobster – The B52’s
  13. Catalina – The Descendents
  14. National Anthem – Lana Del Rey
  15. Summer Wind Was Always Our Song – The Ataris

This playlist like many before is just as eclectic as I am. I took a lot of time putting this one together, and I had a lot of fun doing it! So may of these songs are really good, and a little all over the place. I am so looking forward to Augusts playlist! And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from: Gramma (Blue Ribbon Spakler Trailer Heaven) by Lizzy Grant

 

They were running through the rainbows…

Last week Breakfast at Kiki’s shared it’s 300th post.  Which is pretty damn awesome considering I feel as though I’ve hardly posted anything over the past few months.  But hey, I’ve been one busy lady growing this tiny human and all…

In the past eight months or so since my last milestone post (200, which you can check out here) so much in my life has changed.  In March I started as Head Teller in a new Branch with the bank.  And my Manager/Supervisor and Staff are awesome.  I am so glad that I made the move to the Bank, and although so much is changing there it’s really all for the best and were moving in a great direction as a branch and a financial institution.  Two weeks before I became Head Teller I found out that I was expecting.  Having a child wasn’t on the agenda for at least another year, but it wasn’t unwelcome either.  And even though my pregnancy over all hasn’t been to bad, it has taken a lot out of me.  So that was my March!

The rest of the spring and summer have been very much a blur, so much is going on and a lot of it is not going smoothly.  But that can be how life is sometimes.  And as my pregnancy has progressed I feel like I am running out of time.  There is still so much to do before baby girl arrives!  We still need to work on the nursery, make sure that we have everything set up for when she arrives, and it might be a good idea to decide on a name.

There is so much that I want for my daughter.  And I never could have imagined that you could love some one so much, without ever having met them.  J and I talk all the time about what we want for her and it’s crazy to think that in about three months we will finally get to met her.  I can’t help but wonder what the next few months hold…  Here’s to the next 100 posts!  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from: Lavender by Marillion

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

As if everybody would know exactly what I was talking about

This month’s playlist is exploring some of my favourite Paul Simon tracks.  Paul Simon is one of those artists that you can listen to at almost anytime in your life and a song you never paid much mind to instantly becomes your anthem.

1.Kodachrome

2. Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes

3. Me and Julio Down by the School Yard

4. 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover

5. Rene and Georgette Magritte and Their Dog After the War

6. Train in the Distance

7. Slip Sliding Away

8. Mother and Child Reunion

9. Loves Me Like a Rock

10. Have a Good Time

11. Call Me Al

12. Graceland

13. Obvious Child

A lot of his music is on the singer/songwriter side.  It’s melodic, prolific, and calm.  It’s great to put on and chill.  I have been listening to this music since I was a young child, and I still love it.  The memories that these songs hold are some of my favourites.  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from: Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes

Palm trees in the light…

Today officially ends my capsule challenge (I know, this month flew by!), and I have to say it was really fun.  I really wish my SD card arrived so I could take some photos of my ensembles this week!  But alas it hasn’t arrived yet…  Mixing and matching to come up with new ensemble ideas is always really fun.  I feel like I didn’t get to wear all of the ensembles that I originally intended to, I also wasn’t planning on getting sick half way through either.  I will say this challenge has been really fun, and the only thing I feel as though I learned from the experience is that I can totally do way more with way less.  Something that I never would have believed prior to starting.  I don’t feel as though it changed any current path I was on.  I had already planned to downsize my wardrobe and only replace with quality well made items.   I may continue on over the next couple weeks with some of the ensembles I planned, but didn’t get a chance to wear (with some #OOTDs I swear).

I am also leaning toward a A/W capsule challenge.  But this time I am thinking about being more strict, less options to encourage more mixing and matching.  Stay tuned on that one, I’m thinking in a few months trying again.  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,
Kiki-

Title from: Bel Air by LDR

We’ll be humming along…

It is so hard to believe that July will be over in two days.  I feel like to summer is over, well almost!  And that means it’s time to recap my favourite things from July.  It’s a pretty short list this time round, I felt as though this month flew by, and I hardly accomplished anything!  Anyway, here are my favourite things from July.

1. Flats for summer – I love, love, love my heels, the higher the better!  The are a big staple in my wardrobe.  And I wear them all year round (rain, snow, yucky mud, nothing will stop me!).  But this season I am reaching more and more for my flats.  I have been pretty much living in my Jimmy Choo and Tommy Hilfiger flats this summer and I’m totally okay with that.

2. Eating lighter – When it’s too hot to function like it’s been the past few days (we are on track for a heat wave up my way in the H.V.) J and I typically eat lighter.  This means a lot of salads, grilled chicken, broiled fish, fresh fruits and veggies.  One of my favourite meals is a fillet of salmon, baked in the oven or grilled with Beekman 1802 blaack drizzle sauce, rice (preferably jasmine or brown rice), and asparagus.  It’s so easy and delicious.  Grilled chicken on a salad with a lot of fresh veggies are also a big hit for dinner.

3. July capsule challenge – This wasn’t a “favourite thing” per se but it’s coming to an end and I am super glad that I got to give my self a challenge such as this and actually complete it (for the most part) and the fact that I only cheated once!

That’s really it for July, stay tuned for my Nordies haul recap, and on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: …Slowdance On the Inside by Taking Back Sunday

Dancing in the dark and I shine…

This week was another light post week, and for good reason!  I have been feeling under the weather the past few days.  I had a big day at work yesterday, we are going through a test week for some computer stuff, and today was more of that fun stuff, not conducive at all to feeling ill.  So I thought I’d take some time and wrap my third week of my capsule challenge, which I can’t believe that we are pretty much done with week three!

Monday – I cheated!  I wore and ensemble that was not comprised of items on my original list.  I wore a Peter Pan collar grey tee, white midi skirt and my Tommy Hilfiger two piece flats.  After my busy weekend I didn’t have a chance to get all of my laundry done, so I reached for this outfit, it’s easy and summery so it fit with my theme of the week.

Tuesday – I hoped back on the bandwagon and wore my favourite navy blue G.H. Bass Co. sundress with boat patter, and my white with red polka dotted Christian Louboutin sling back espadrilles with jute wrapped wedge.  I will never have enough of either of these pieces, I love them so much, and I love that they incorporate red, white, and blue.

Wednesday – Here is were I really started to feel crummy, so I wore my Banana Republic white short sleeve dress (you know, the one I feel like I stole the sale price was so cheap!), and my Jimmy Choo flats (I have been living in these things this year).  I threw on my company’s logo sweater so I wouldn’t get cold in the office.

Thursday – I wore my Asos white midi sleeveless shirt dress, J. Crew 3/4 sleeve grey cardi, gold vintage belt and Jimmy Choo flats.  I woke up and coughed for about two hours, I really felt bad, J even said I looked really pale and not myself.  At least I had a cute ensemble on.  

So this means I have now passed my mid way point.  I figured one cheat day in three weeks is pretty good considering, my current wardrobe is busting at the seems.  I already feel like I can do more with less and as items become unwearable if I can replace them with quality, well made (preferably made in America, or Fair Trade) I will.  I have also decided items that I don’t wear often will be donated, and not replaced.  I’m also going to be better about going to the dry cleaners, and tailor.  If it can be fixed or let out/taken in it will be.  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,
Kiki

Title from: Serial Killer by LDR