Chasin’ me all over town…

Over the past few weeks I have been easing into a new lifestyle routine, my ideas were simple: eat better, go to sleep earlier, don’t drink as much alcohol, drink more water, and actually exercise. All things that I can do, I just have to actually do them.

So I started with the easiest options first, I cut my alcohol intake way down, I started cutting alcohol out during the week, or limiting to only a couple times a week. Around the holidays there are lots of family and friends who have parties or get togethers and alcohol is always flowing. I’ve always drank a lot of water in my day to day, so this was easy for me. I’m having very little issues upping my fluid intake.

Next I started to eat better, which I don’t eat terribly, but there is always some room for improvement. J started pickling vegetables, so that has lent itself well to preparing easy lunches. He also makes amazing chicken or turkey soup, perfect for the weather we have been having.

My next task is to start and sticking to an exercise routine. We have a treadmill, I have dumbbells, I have a yoga mat, I just need to devote more time to utilizing what equipment we have so I can tone some problem areas and hopefully loose the last bit of baby weight.

So what did I do? I got some new athletic apparel in the hopes that I would be more motivated! The prices on athletic apparel has always perturbed me… Like why do leggings or yoga pants need to be anymore than $10? Why do tee shirts need to be in the $25-35 range? Why dose looking cute, to feel confident enough to work out in front of other humans need to cost an arm and a leg? IDK, in another life I worked for a sporting goods company and I was astonished by the pricing then too… And lately I have been on a sort of Adidas kick. so here are some recent styles to get you motivated for exercising in 2018!

 

1. Adidas Crop Hoodie

2. Adidas Trefoil Sports Bra

3. Adidas Muscle Tank

4. Adidas Track Pants

5. Adidas Running Shoe 

I started officially working out again mid January, as I’ve mentioned in the past I am not one for New Year’s resolutions… I prefer to set attainable goals that I can accomplish and then set new goals. Hence easing myself into a new healthy routine. I’m hoping to follow up through out the year and track my progress. I’ve already lost 4 pounds, just about 20 more to go! And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from: Off To the Races by LDR

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When you gonna realize, it was just that the time was wrong…

So glad to be back making playlists, it’s one of my favourite things to do monthly. This year I thought I’d keep with the themes, this month we are in true season fashion, something that affects many people who reside in regions with harsh winters. We’re talking Seasonal Affective Disorder… Up in my neck of the woods in the Hudson Valley, we have been experiencing very frigid temperatures and a considerable amount of snow. And it’s still only January… ugh, we have another month or so of this nonsense…

Anyway on to the playlist. This one is very reflective of my mood, it’s been a really down time the past few months and it can be hard to shake the feeling.

  1.  Life in a Northern Town – The Dream Academy
  2. Romeo and Juliet – The Killers (The original by Dire Straits is great too)
  3. Ghost of You  – My Chemical Romance
  4. Mary Queen of Arkansas – Bruce Springsteen
  5. Build God, Then We’ll Talk – Panic At The Disco!
  6. Dark Blue – Jack’s Mannequin
  7. Black Beauty – Lana Del Rey
  8. December is for Cynics – The Matches
  9. Forget December – Something Corporate
  10. If Winter Ends – Bright Eyes

Again this list is pretty “down” but it’s got a few great tracks on here. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I went with a remake… Just give it a listen, Brandon Flower’s voice is amazing on this track. The first time I heard it I froze. Of course there is some LDR and Bruce. Not to mention the early 00s EMO gems that I still listen to on occasion. I have been on a Something Corporate kick lately. Maybe it’s the SAD, that let’s the EMO do the talking. And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from: Romeo and Juliet by The Killers

‘Cause I just can’t look – it’s killing me…

One of J’s really good friend is getting married in March… Like in two months March, like on St. Patrick’s Day… March. And I have been searching and searching. And when I say searching I mean I have looked high and low for something to wear to this wedding. Under normal like prebaby weight I would have reached for one of my many LBDs and called it a day, but I can’t comfortably fit into any of those options, so I searched on.

I looked at Nordies (and if they didn’t have it where could it possibly be?), Asos, Bloomies, LOFT, Banana, White House Black Market, I mean everywhere I could think of… I looked at J. Crew a bunch of times, and then I found this dress, I am in love. It’s the nicest, easiest dress I could find. I can dress it up or down, and the best part: it was on sale with an additional 50% off the sale price, so I snagged it for under $40.00. I basically stole this dress, it retailed for $178, which is a respectable amount for a special occasion dress, I got the dress and the below items with shipping and tax for under $120.00. #jcrewftw.

I also picked up some items that are no longer available. I found a scarf cape thing in night watch tartan, something I have been looking for for a couple years now, since I saw the Alexander McQueen skull version. An oversize open grey cardi, perfect for layering at work, on super chilly days. And two pairs of opaque tights in black and navy. I have been looking for navy tights for a few years now, and sale on sale was the perfect opportunity.

I was getting really worried I wasn’t going to find anything to wear. All of the dresses were either too matronly, and I wasn’t going to be caught dead wearing them, or they were really cute but only available in plus sizes, this was something that I was happy to see, but sad that they didn’t offer the same dresses in my current size. Or the dresses were really suggestive and risque, which is not really appropriate because J is a groomsman. I’ll definitely share my ensembles from the wedding events when they come up! It’s pretty exciting! And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from: Mr. Brightside by The Killers

And in my head I paint a picture…

I recently saw a feature on The Covetuer and it got me thinking what are some of my favourite inexpensive beauty products? (And of course now I can’t find the feature…) So after thinking about it here are some of mine!

  1. Cocoa butter lotion– I started using this lotion during my pregnancy and let me tell you it’s pretty awesome! It’s super light weight and super cheap. Not to mention it last a really long time, and I’m only on my second bottle.
  2. Nievea Creme – I picked up a .99 tin from the local drugstore over the winter and fell in love. This is a creme I’ve wanted to try for many, many years now, and I am so glad that I did! You can snag the large tins from Amazon between 7.99 and 12.99, depending on the sellers.
  3. Not You’re Mother’s – I have been loving and using this brand’s dry shampoo and hairspray for several years now, both products smell amazing and work incredibly well!
  4. John Freida Beach Waves – By far my favourite wave enhancing spray, it smells like the original Beach Blonde, and works just the same! Get a little nostalgic for those of you who remember the 90s version!
  5. Neutragena makeup remover wipes – By far the cheapest, best quality wipes, and I have used several different brands, these reign supreme!
  6. Dove Beauty Bar – By far the best “not soap soap”, I use it daily, it’s even moisturizing enough to shave your legs with, because who the hell wants to deal with shaving cream? Most of the time I get about 10 minutes actually in the shower and the rest of my bathroom time is applying my lotions and potions, and combing my way too long hair.
  7. Dove deodorant  – I have been using this brand for several years, I tend to stick with the Original Clean or Powder scents. But every now and again I change it up with the cucumber or pomegranate scent.
  8. Rosebud Salve – I have been using this for several years, it’s just awesome! I love the way it smells, the consistency, and the longevity of the product… I mean it was created in the 1800s, talk about staying power, I use it at night and it keeps my lips hydrated and soft, especially through the harsh winter months.
  9. St. Ives Apricot Scrub – I have been using this face scrub on and off for as long as I can remember. I’ll use it once or twice a week all over to really exfoliate, the rest  of the time it’s a mild face wash and my Clarisonic.
  10. Just drinking water – I have been drinking water all day everyday for as long as I can remember… Long before I started to read teen magazines that barked at me to drink eight eight ounce glasses a day. I have a water bottle on my desk at work, one next to my workstation at home, one in my purse, and one next to my bed. I like everyone have good and bad days, but water is always my first choice to quench my thirst.

This was an easy feature to write, too often I am praising high end items that promise to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, zap acne and reduce scarring, and moisturize and leave your skin glowing. And these are some no frills budget friendly options that won’t break the bank and deliver exactly what they were designed to do. And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from: Valerie by Amy Winehouse

Walking away from my soft resurrection…

Following suit from last year I thought I would share some of my favourite beauty from 2017. Which for me was a year of using up a lot of my stash and only rebuying what worked well for me. I’ve been focusing more on skincare, again my needs are shifting. My main concerns are dryness and anti-aging. I have some sun spots, some fine lines and the occasional blemishes. Here are some of the products that I tried this year.

Boscia Black Luminizing Mask – This is the second Boscia product that I’ve tried. I really like it. I will typically use this mask in conjunction with my Fresh Rose Mask. I like that it makes my skin feel smoother and firmer.

Fresh Rose Mask – I’ve used this mask on and off for the past few years. I find that it really helps calm my skin down when it is irritated.

Tony Moly Sheet Masks – I love, love, love these sheet masks, there is one for every concern. My favourite in the skin purifying and the strawberry nose pack.

Clinique Mascara – Since I have let go my Diorshow obsession due to the price point I have fallen for this mascara. I have tried so many mascaras over the past few years that have ranged in price and quality. This one is by far the best. It doesn’t run or flake, it stays put all day.

Tweezerman tweezers – I waited a long time before I finally invested in a set of high quality tweezers. They have a great weight to them and they are sharp as hell. I won’t need to sharpen them any time soon.

Drinking a shit ton of water – I am usually very good about keeping up on my fluid intake, but it’s easier said than done. One of my employees bought me a new water bottle for Christmas, so now I really have no excuse.

2018 will be a year to try new skin care, drink more water, and try to loose some weight. I’m looking forward to the year ahead, and there is a lot to look forward to! J’s really good friend is getting married, I’m going to turn 30 this year and our Little Girl is officially in toddler territory! And on that note it’s time to end!

All for now,

–Kiki–

 

Title from: Bel Air by LDR