Try the grey stuff it’s delicious!

For many months I have been waiting to see the new version of Beauty and the Beast, which is my favourite animated Disney film. The film just was released on Blu Ray, and I have had the best time watching it so I thought I would share my experience. When I was a little girl I longed to be Belle, and I mean how can you not? She was super smart, well read, a little sarcastic, takes not shit from the man, and she’s beautiful. She was definitely one of my idols growing up. She was the only brown haired princess during my formidable growing up years, as if I needed another reason for her to be my favourite!

When I read that Emma Watson was cast a Belle I was over the moon! I love her work and I think she has blossomed as a great actress, advocate and role model. Her portrayal is perfect, her singing safe, but even she’s admitted she’s not a singer. I was most looking forward for Dan Stevens as the Beast who is top notch, no one else could have done a better job. And I loved him in Downton Abbey and Legion.

The rest of the cast was excellent, I especially loved Stanley Tucci and Audra McDonald as Maestro Cadenza and Mme de Garderobe. The rest of the star studded cast includes Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellan, Emma Thompson, Kevin Kline, Luke Evans and Josh Gad.

We all know the animated version, and I like the differences of the new version. The timeline makes a lot more sense, the villagers seem more cruel, the explanation of what happened to Belle’s mother is helpful. When Beast throws the snow boulder at Belle! The changes overall feel genuine, not too forced or out of sync.

The film has the same magic and granduer of the original with even more! For starters the castle looks amazing, like can I go live there please? Come on with that library! It’s the most wonderful thing I’ve ever seen. The village of Villenueve is perfect, it’s what I imagined it would look like in real life. The costumes are truly magnificent. Belle’s ball gown is TDF! And her celebration dress is simply divine. The CGI obviously looks amazing, the characters in their object form are so beautiful and ornate.

The music had the same feel and the new songs are really good. The magic of the “Be Our Guest” sequence is more than there.  My favourite would have to be the Beast’s song “Evermore”, I don’t know that I would break out in song after the love of my life has just left me, but hey, that’s Disney magic for you. And Emma Thompson’s rendition of “Beauty and the Beast” is so beautiful.

Over all it’s like one of my new favourite films! I’ve watched it a bunch of times already, and every time, it’s like the first time. I sing along to all of the songs and I’m quoting bits of the dialog. I just can’t get enough! And on that note it’s time to end!

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from Be Our Guest from Beauty and the Beast

It’s so crazy I could drink it like tequila sunrise…

Today’s ensemble reminds me of a tequila sunrise, the pink ombre skirt is really cool, I don’t really have anything like this in my wardrobe currently.  This is a perfect ensemble for the warm afternoons we are currently experiencing in my neck of the woods. It would be so great to wear for brunch, after work happy hour, or a date night.  

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Tequila Sunrise – A great brunch, or anytime drink!

1 Jigger Tequila (We like this, we love this)

1/2 Jigger Grenadine Syrup

3/4 Cup Squeezed Orange Juice

1 Orange Slice for garnish

1 Maraschino Cherry for garnish

I hope you enjoy a Tequila Sunrise, the next time out, it is a nice refreshing drink, and rather tasty. And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from: God Knows I Tried by LDR

 

You’ve taught me everything, without a poison apple…

I was thinking that I haven’t put a playlist up in a while, and hardly get time to really listen to a lot of music any more. If I’m lucky I can listen to a couple of songs on my lunch break, or when I am folding laundry.

  1. Roll To Me – Del Amitri
  2. Possum Kingdom – The Toadies
  3. The Set Up – Reel Big Fish
  4. The Impression That I Get – Mighty Mighty Bosstones
  5. Everything About You – Ugly Kid Joe
  6. No Rain – Blind Melon
  7. 1979 – Smashing Pumpkins
  8. Drain You – Nirvana
  9. Flagpole Sitta – Harvey Danger
  10. Your Boyfriend Sucks – The Ataris

I went 90s this time, and quite frankly I could have gone on and on and on, but I decided to keep it to a manageable number. I grew up in the 90s and so many of these songs were on the radio, or I discovered them in my teens and I was hooked. I’ve always been a rock fan, and the derivatives I most enjoy are Punk, Emo and Ska. There wasn’t really a lot of punk in the 90s. Emo was starting to become more and more mainstream, and Ska was in it’s heyday. The other day J was telling me that he was teaching himself how to play Drain You, which is super rad. And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from: Drain You by Nirvana

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

 

 

Look at you, kids, with your vintage music….

I have been away for a while, mainly because the transition into motherhood has been a challenge, meaning it’s the hardest and most rewarding thing I’ve ever done in my life.  I have also been adjusting to my new position as Branch Supervisor at work.

But the reason we have gathered here today is to speak about the Sephora VIB sale.  I carefully curated my order for several days.  I mainly went with products I’ve used before, with a couple of new buys.

  1. Rosebud Salve – I went with the minted version after three tins of regular.  I love everything mint and I am hoping this is no different.
  2. Clinique Take Off the Day Cleansing Balm – I tried a deluxe sample of this and I love it! It really melts away my makeup. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a full size.
  3. Boscia Luminizing Mask – I have been looking for a new clearing mask for awhile now, GlamGlow SuperMud is no longer cutting it for me. I’m excited to try this because it’s a peel off mask.
  4. Shishiedo Sun Screen – I used the wet force version last summer or I should say my Husband did, and I needed some more, I’m looking forward to trying this version.
  5. Sephora Makeup Remover – I really like this product I’ve been using it for a while now, I feel it works well and it’s a great value for the money.
  6. Clarisonic Repalcement heads – I have been using the delicate brushes for a few years now and I feel they work well for my sensitive skin.  The sensitive brushes were too harsh, I’m glad I switched.
  7. L’Occitane Immortelle Eye Balm – I have used a ton of different eye creams and gels and this is the one.  It’s “balmy” and delicate, the scent is light and the moisturizing power is top notch.
  8. Clinique Mascara – I used this mascara before, I liked it, it was a basic tubular formula. I went back mainly for the price and I’m hoping round two is enjoyable.
  9. First Aid Beauty Moisturizer – I’ve never used this branch before but I have been wanting to try this. Since giving birth my skin is no longer the same and I’m hoping going back to a more traditional moisturizer will help.

That rounds out my Sephora order, I went with a light order, I tend to go big with the Autumn sale.  I’m looking forward to getting my order in the next few days.

I’m hoping to get back into posting on a more regular basis, it’s been an interesting few months and everyday has been a journey, an amazing crazy journey.  And on that note it’s time to end!

All for now,

Kiki

Title from:Love by LDR

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