You get ready, you get all dressed up… 

February has been an interesting month to say the least.  I was promoted to Branch Supervisor at work, something I have been working toward for a long time.  

I officially start today! I couldn’t be more excited, I’ve been in banking for almost seven years and to have reached my next goal in just over a year after being hired at the bank is quite an accomplishment.  

In other news our girl is now closer to four months than three, she is starting to teeth, she tries to sit up and crawl.  It’s amazing how quickly she is growing. 

We have started to do some spring cleaning, I have been going through a lot of stuff trying to declutter my life. It’s never easy when going through a purge but it’s completely necessary. 

The last thing I’ve been doing is trying to loose the last fifteen pounds I gained from my pregnancy.  I’m surprised I lost as much as I did so quickly. I’ve been trying to eat healthier and fewer calories. Yoga has been my exercise of choice, but it’s hard to devote time everyday to practice, so I try to fit it in when I can!  And on that note it’s time to end. 

All for now, 

–Kiki–

Title from: Love  by LDR 

Like my lipstick, the color of dawn…

As I did last year I’m going to share some of my favourite beauty products from 2016. This is a little late going up, being that it’s now the end of January, but better late than never! This year I didn’t splurge too much, I stuck to a lot of what I know, so with that being said, I took the time to use up samples and look for less expensive alternatives to established faves.

1. Fresh Sugar Face Polish – I got this as part of the spa discovery trio, and I only recently opened this scrub. I found a refreshing scent, a gentle exfoliate, and a skin master. My skin looks great after using this scrub, not that I was surprised!

2. Burt’s Bees BB Cream – When I read that Burt’s Bees was releasing a BB I knew I had to try it! And I found myself loving it. All the essentials are there, the coverage is buildable, the formula light, the colour match great! And the best part is the price, I have spent a lot of money in the search of a great BB, and it can be found at your local Target!

3. Bobbi Brown Eye Cream – This is my first Bobbi Brown product experience and it’s not going to be the last, as I am with most eye creams, I don’t expect much going in, but this is right up there with L’Occatain Immortel Eye Balm.

4. Josie Maran Argan Oil – If there is one thing I love, it’s a face oil, I got this as a point perk from Sephora and in between switching up my skin care I decided to give it a go. I was pleasantly surprised, it’s a lightweight, well aborsbing oil, there’s no scent which is also nice, and it’s a little less expensive in comparison to my Fresh Seaberry oil, and there is also a jumbo size.

5. John Freida Sea Waves – very similar to the original from the late 90s early 00s. It enhances my natural waves and give great texture, all for a whole hell of a lot less than Bumble and Bumble Sea Salt Spray. And a lot more nostalgic for me too.

6. NARS Cruella – I’ve always been a red lippie sort of gal, but I, like many struggled to find the right shade and the confidence to pull it off. I have always been team NARS and this is no different. It’s rich deep red with a huge colour pay off, I rarely find myself reapplying. And I love this shade for Autumn/Winter, when deeper matte reds are in order.

7. Earthmama Angelbaby Nipple butter – about 6 months into my pregnancy there was a lot going on with my body, one strange thing that happened was my nipples were so dry that they were flaking.  Regular body lotion and cocoa butter did not work, this was the only product that did the trick. Also great for use on your elbows to smooth them.

8. Bumble and Bumble Invisible Hairdresser’s Oil Shampoo and Conditioner – I got both as a point perk and finally decided to try them, that was a mistake, because I love them and they are expensive! They both smell great, the shampoo makes my hair feel really clean, while the conditioner leaves my hair really soft and manageable. I prefer to use them before a blowout.

9. Water – Legit just drinking a shit ton of water. During this year alcohol and coffee were kept to ridiculously low minimums, and rightfully so, and water stepped up in a big way! Once I calculated how many ounces of water I drank and is was triple digits. It was summer and really hot.

10. Fresh lip balm – I got this as part of a holiday set I got at last year’s VIB Rouge sale and I freaking love it! I didn’t want to because of its steep for what it is price tag and because I have a million EOS lip balm eggs, but I will repurchase in the future. I love the lemony scent, you don’t find that with many Fresh products.

I’m looking forward to work through a lot of my beauty stash again this year and focus on skin care.  I’m looking forward to a healthier 2017, and little by little I will share my skin care and wellness progress.  And on that note it’s time to end!

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from: Bentley by LDR

Happy New Year

I’ve never been a big resolution person, I would rather focus my time and energy on things that I know I can achieve. So instead of resolutions that will inevitably get broken, I set goals for myself through out the year. Yes, there are the typical: loose a bit of weight, eat healthier, don’t drink as much alcohol, clean a bit more. But some that are unique to me and all that is Breakfast @ Kiki’s.
1. Post more – This was something I started off strong doing last year, then I found out I was pregnant and my free time was consumed with baby stuff and sleeping. I figured if I start slow I’ll get. back in the game in no time!

2. Being more frugal – some unfortunate circumstances arose for us last year and we are having to really scrimp and save. I’m not going to have J. Crew, Nordies, Sephora, and any other shopping sprees this year, I’m going to only buy what I need for myself and try and wait for serious sales. 

3. Focusing on my writing – I have to be better at this, I think I only broke 30k on my novel, again pregnancy kicked my butt, and I just didn’t have the time or energy to work as hard as I intended. 

4. Read more – I have so many books on my ever growing reading list and I need to make time to get through the books I have and have started, this I can do, also something I wanted to accomplish last year, but fell by the wayside. 

5. Practice yoga – I have learned to love yoga, but finding the time have been challenging. I want to start with a couple easy routines a week and work up to more challenging stuff. I have about 20 pounds to loose, and a year to do it, but more importantly I want to be healthy and happy. 

I’m also going to focus on family this year. Everything is so new and exciting when you have a child and holidays are especially brilliant. And I have a whole year of endless possibilities. And on that note it’s time to end! Happy New Year! 

All for now, 

–Kiki– 

There are never toys that’s scattered everywhere…

I have been away for what seems like forever. I’ve had good reason though. Going through the last few weeks of pregnancy were no walk in the park, and then giving birth and having a new tiny human have been no small task either. 

I gave birth to a healthy happy baby girl a few weeks ago and my life has forever been changed. We are all doing well and trying to adjust to our new roles. 

Over the next few weeks I’m going to share my birth experience and a little more about how I’m adjusting. So while everyone is planning for the holidays I’ll be catching up and trying to get back on the bandwagon. 

I have been finding myself writing during and editing during feedings and it’s mostly super late at night so you’ll all have to bear with me. 

But just so y’all know I’m still here, it’s just that life with a newborn has been very challenging, especially the sleeping bit! 

Like any new Mom would I’m planning on incorporating more posts about Motherhood, it’s probably going to be frequent at first, since that’s all my life consists of right now. And on that note it’s time to end! 

All for now, 

–Kiki– 

Title From: The Other Woman by LDR

For you, there’s only love…

It’s September, Labor day has come and passed, Summer is just about over, I turned 28 like a minute ago, and I am eight months along.  Where the hell has the time gone?  J and I have been making some headway with the nursery.  Something we have been neglecting.  I can’t wait to have the nursery done so I can start setting up for baby girl!

I’ve started to incorporate some A/W maternity pieces I picked up a while ago, and I ordered a pair of flat Frye lace up boots (similar) so I can have more than one pair of shoes for work.  I’m hoping to break them in relatively quickly.  I’ve never owned a pair of Frye boots before, but there is a first time for everything!  I also have been incorporating some more sweaters.  I went shopping with a friend a few weeks ago and found a few steals that I have worn a couple of times.  I am still rocking my black maxi dress (similar, not maternity) just now with a cardi for a more A/W look.  It’s really turned into quite the transitional piece, it’s really comfy and I don’t feel bad about wearing it at least once a week!  I’m pretty pleased with myself surviving through my pregnancy and only buying a minimal amount of maternity clothing.  I think I did really well incorporating non-maternity pieces and my existing wardrobe  to accommodate my growing belly.

In baby news, little girl is growing, kicking up a storm and I am measuring a week small!  Something I am not opposed to, one of my doctors said she could be around 7 lbs!  J and I have been going to birthing class and trying to prepare for labor, if one can ever really prepare!  It’s crazy to think that we only have about 6 weeks left.  Where did all the time go?  And on that note it’s time to end!

 

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from: Religion by LDR

No one even knows how hard life was…

You may have visited recently and noticed some big changes!  I switched over to Word press from Blogger and got to change a whole bunch of my site just by doing so.  Not only did I revamp my blog, which I think looks amazing!  It’s more reflective of my personality, it’s more grown up, sophisticated, clean, and just all around awesome!  You’ll also notice that I have this really cool new logo.  J surprised me the other day and designed it for me.  I think it’s the coolest.  I never thought I would ever have built anything in my life that makes me so happy and fulfilled, but I did!  Over the next few weeks as I learn more about Word press and all of the options available to me.  So please be patient while I officially move in and learn about my new blogging platform.  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from: Radio by LDR

Cause a long night means a fist fight, Against your pillow and my pearly whites…

I have had a few days off this week, and I haven’t accomplished very much… Which I am fine with. I have been doing a bit of house work and relaxed a lot, I just had my braces tightened and I have been in pain since Tuesday. I did get some great news on that front, I should be getting my bottom braces on in 6 weeks! I see the light at the end of the tunnel. Hopefully it won’t be much longer after that.

I currently sit listening to early 00s Emo watching the Ellen show. I have been contemplating my ensembles for the next few days. Tomorrow Husband and I are going to dinner with friends, and Saturday a friend is having a small get together for his birthday. I am thinking jeans, a sweater, flats, and a blazer for Saturday. Maybe something similar but with heels or boots for Friday evening. I also spent most of today trying to find a dress to wear to my cousin’s upcoming wedding in April. I know I have time but planning ensembles is one of my favourite things! I love a bunch of things from Asos, Ted Baker, and Orla Kiely. We’ll see what I end up going with. I know that I don’t want to wear black, every wedding I remember going to I wore either black or grey. I was thinking a pretty blue, floral pattern, or pink. Since it will be April and in Texas, and I have never been and haven’t seen that part of my family in ages. And on that note, it’s time to end.

All for now,

Kiki

Title from: …Slow Dance on the Inside by Taking Back Sunday