Insta Roundup #2

Happy Wednesday! Who’s ready for Christmas? I’m trying to get in the spirit, but unfortunately I just had my wisdom teeth removed and I’m feeling pretty miserable. I was hoping to put up an OOTD for you guys today, but the pouring rain and my drugged-up, puffy face kinda stood in the way of that haha. That’ll have to wait for next time! In the meantime, since I’ve been spending so much time in bed, I thought I’d share with you guys what I’ve been doing lately, which is mostly Instagram and Snapchat haha. If you missed the last installment, check out Insta Roundup #1 too!


 

  1. OOTD shot from this post! Loving rompers and beanies so much right not, especially since we have no snow 😦 Thanks to my little sister for being my reluctant photographer haha!
  2. Writing blog posts, having some lemon tea, and making arrangements for my next adventure! I’m super excited to be volunteering in the Dominican Republic this spring-but more on that later!
  3. An outfit shot from Mustard x Navy, showing again my love for beanies 🙂 I must have at least 10!
  4. Thanks to my lovely boyfriend for taking “candid” photos of me haha, even if he does so begrudgingly!
  5. The weather’s been so crazy lately, this from where I stand photo was taken in December! I need some snow here soon, although I think my hopes for a white Christmas are in vain…
  6. Another shot from the previous OOTD. I love putting photos in black and white haha.
  7. Throwback to warmer weather on the lake where I live at school! Can’t wait to get back to that gorgeous place.
  8. Shameless selfie showing off my makeup look of the day #noregrets! Check out what I used to create this look here.
  9. Last but not least, a little inspiration to get us through the week! Don’t forget to live each day to the fullest 🙂

Do you guys love Instagram as much as I do? (To be fair, I love it a lot haha!) Please leave your Insta handles in the comments, or just follow me on Instagram and I’ll be sure to give you a follow back! I love checking out fellow bloggers’ accounts 🙂

Instagram can definitely be a time suck, but to me it’s totally worth it! What do you think? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Love Kiki

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If you enjoyed this post, you may also enjoy FOTD: Sample Edition or Obstacle Workout App Review

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Before you ask- yes I am aware that it is December, and yes I know that I live in the state of New York haha. However, I do think that since it hasn’t snowed yet, crop tops are still appropriate attire! Maybe that’s my inner New Englander showing though haha. Us Vermonters wear shorts in 40 degree weather and trudge through feet of snow without blinking an eye! (Okay, we’ll probably complain about it a bit.) Can you tell I’m a bit homesick haha? I can’t wait for finals to be over so I can go home and see my family and friends.


Anyway, today’s OOTD features a pair of pants I discussed in my November Favorites post! This comfy pair of printed cotton pants from Forever 21 are my favorite pair lately! They’re high-waisted and they have pockets! I paired them with a black racerback ribbed crop top that I knotted. (See it styled with a skirt here!) I topped off the look with a beanie. (that I definitely did NOT steal from my boyfriend…hehe)

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As I continue to blog, I find myself coming up with ideas on how to improve my photography! I still have just a little point-and-shoot camera, but I’m saving up for a nicer one 🙂 I really like how these photos came out! I found a shipping crate on campus to use as my backdrop, and I love how the mustard and navy shades balance each other. I’ve been following lots of photography blogs on Pinterest lately, so hopefully some of their tips will end up paying off! 🙂

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In other news, I’m realizing by looking at these pictures how awfully pasty and white I am! (Any good self tanners? 😉 )The sun practically reflects off me haha.

Pants: Forever21 (no longer available; Crop Top: Forever21; Beanie: Amazon; Booties: Forever21; Eyeshadow: Maybelline Color Tattoo


These pants are so crazy comfy and I think they’re so great for this holiday season, when all we want to do is be comfy and eat food 😉 What do you guys think? Any photography tips? How would you style these pants? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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Back To School Fall Haul

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As August wanes, my thoughts turn to buying my overpriced books and saying goodbye to my friends at home for another semester. Both things are equally depressing, so I tried to cheer myself up by going back to school wardrobe shopping! A little retail therapy does wonders for the soul. I picked up a few things that I can’t wait to wear on campus, and I’m sure I’ll be wearing these pieces way too often for my own good!

When I enter a Forever 21, it’s physically impossible for me to leave without buying something. The fast-fashion giant is my holy grail for testing out trends as well as picking up great basics! You have to be careful when buying cheaply however; I always check the seams and fabrics of pieces to make sure I’m getting the best quality possible for that low price. I’ve been disappointed before by things falling apart on me after just a few wears, so I take care in picking things out now. Here’s what I picked up!

1. Ribbed Knit Bodycon Dress in Burgundy

I grabbed this lovely maroon knit sweater dress. It’s light enough to wear now, and easy to layer later with tights and oxfords! It fits like a loose bodycon on me, not skintight but not a shift either.

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I also grabbed these round sunnies to replace my trusty Amazon ones…sadly I lost them at a friend’s house the other day (RIP, sunnies…), but I love these new ones just as much! Find them here for just $5.90.

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2. and 3. I picked up a couple of crop tops, because you can never have enough, right? This black racerback and front crop is a loose knit, and it’s so versatile! The racer-front adds enough to it to make it interesting. I also grabbed this Breakfast Club cropped tee from Rue 21-I love eighties movies, and it was just $10! Keep your eyes peeled for a look featuring it soon! 🙂

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4. I’m in love with  denim. This denim shift dress is the perfect piece to layer for fall, and since it’s sleeveless, it can be worn now too! Forever 21 is offering free shipping on all denim right now too! I tucked a bronze necklace that I found on the sale rack for $3.90 under the collar.

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5,6,7. I picked up this creme lipstick in the shade Sangria, as well as these two lipliners. I can’t wait to test them all out!

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Are you ready to go back to school? Have you picked up anything exciting for fall yet? Do you love Forever 21 too? Let me know in the comments! I can’t wait to go back to school and wear all of these. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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Outfit Inspiration-Lace on Lace

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Top: Forever21-similar, Bralette: Amazon, Sunnies: Amazon, Lipstick: Artistry, Poetry Book: Amazon

When I’m trying to put an outfit together, I look for inspiration everywhere! In the things in my room, the things outside my window, and of course in other’s blogs and Instagram accounts. I’m sure you’ve seen lots of these types of outfit inspiration shots before on social media. I love them so much! They show parts of an outfit, but leave the rest up to your imagination. I especially enjoy when they throw a couple fun things into the shot that aren’t necessarily accessories, but really add to the spirit of the outfit. I included this poetry collection in my shot because it fits the black and white theme and the general feel of the look I’m going for.

Here I took a white boxy lace top and a black lace bralette for an interesting, textured multidimensional feel. I grabbed my round sunglasses and the poetry book to channel some of those 60s beatnik vibes, and grabbed a reddish-brown lipstick to add a little color!

I keep a bunch of this type of outfit inspiration picture on my phone for days when I’m running late. There’s enough in it that I have something to go off of, but it’s not a complete outfit, so I can put a different spin on it every day! What do you think of these sources of inspiration? Do you like them or do you prefer other ways of getting inspired? Let me know what you think! See this post on my Instagram too 🙂

Love Kiki

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Mixing Patterns and a Mini Road Trip

Spring break is officially over, which means tomorrow it’s back to classes for me…fortunately I was able to get lots of good memories in before it ended! It was my birthday a couple weeks ago, and as a fun little birthday present to me, I bought myself these oversized round sunglasses off Amazon for only $9! I fell in love with them as soon as I saw them, and I know I’m going to have a lot of fun wearing them this spring and summer! They’re a perfect standout accessory to add a little flair to an outfit.

Driving back to college three or so hours away can be a struggle sometimes, so I came prepared with my sunnies, some snacks, and a comfy outfit. I started off with black ankle-length leggings and my favorite oversized black-and-white striped shirt. My trusty black peacoat and tan oxfords are staples, and my new favorite sunglasses are now too of course! I love this scarf, it’s a navy and maroon infinity scarf with flowers and swallows printed on it. For a closer look at the patterns, see the pictures below 🙂
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I also swiped on a little of one of my favorite lipsticks, aptly named Plumrose. The color matches up with the colors in my scarf! I added turquoise studs too.albany8.0

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This is a really easy way to mix patterns. Mixing larger prints with smaller ones is a way to mix patterns without the effect becoming overwhelming. And you don’t have to wear a patterned top with patterned pants-throwing a patterned pair of shoes, scarf, or bag is another great way to incorporate patterns into your outfits!

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albany43.0Snacks always make long car rides more survivable! I try to bring along healthier ones, like these yummy strawberries. I can’t wait to go strawberry picking myself this summer!

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Shirt-Forever21(Similar) Leggings-Forever21 Scarf-H&M(Similar) Sunglasses-Amazon Oxfords-Payless(Similar)

We were lucky enough to see a beautiful sunset on the way back-a lovely ending to a lovely day! I love road trips, even if they’re just shorter ones like this. What about you? Any tips for pattern mixing? Leave a comment and let me know! I hope you all have a lovely week 🙂

Love Kiki

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In Like A Lion, Out Like A Lamb

The other day I did a lovely photoshoot with a friend of mine who’s majoring in photography. It was really nice to be able to move around naturally and get a ton of shots in without having to readjust or focus a camera on a tripod! He did a great job, and now i get to share those photos with you, which is the best part! It was a pretty windy day on campus, so we shot somewhere slightly out of the wind-on the balcony of the library. You can see the valley behind me in a shot or two!

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I threw on a dress that I just love to wear because it’s so flowy and feminine, with its white crochet lace overlay and high-waisted cut. I grabbed my favorite burgundy leather moto jacket to keep warm, because although spring claims to have arrived, there is sadly still a definite chill in the air. I combated it with the jacket and some warm black tights! Of course, my black heeled oxfords always make an appearance too 🙂 I have a weakness for oxford shoes! The classic cut of the dress and the  style of shoe kept me feeling vintage, but the moto jacket added just the right splash of modern!

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Since most of my look was black and white, I loved the pop of color provided by the jacket. I kept my jewelry simple with white rose and pearl studs, and threw my hair up in a topknot in an effort to combat the effects of the wind. No fancy makeup for me today, just powder, mascara, and eyebrow pencil.

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What do you think of colored moto jackets? How do you like to add a pop of color? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! Thanks for reading 🙂

Love Kiki

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Lovely in Leather

Today’s outfit of the day is a bit of a contradiction! I paired my favorite button-up dark wash chambray shirt with a faux leather skater skirt I found on Forever 21 ages ago. Usually leather doesn’t make you think girly, but this skirt does exactly that.  I love to wear the skirt because it mixes such an edgy fabric with such a feminine shape, and the laser-cut flowers on the hem add the perfect cutesy detail. I added black tights to stay warm, and grabbed my black oxford heels, since it’s finally warm enough to wear heels without slipping on the ice.

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This necklace is one of my favorites. It was a Christmas gift from my grandmother this past year, and I am in love with it! The turquoise shade and geometric shape makes it a standout touch in any outfit. Continuing with the geometric vibe, I added stud-shaped earrings too.

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Since I had on different shades of blue, I grabbed my deep red lipstick for a classic contrast. I kept the rest of my makeup simple since I had such a bold lip color, just putting on a little powder and mascara to brighten my face! I’m a huge fan of the Milani lipsticks they were selling at Kmart 2 for $6 a while back; for such a cheap lipstick, they’re such vibrant colors and they go on so well! They do tend to dry your lips out though unfortunately. I painted my nails a color aptly named “Sangria”, to coordinate somewhat with the lipstick.

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I just love that flower detail on the faux leather! So much fun, and such a great combination.

Chambray Shirt: Old Navy-Similar, Skirt: Forever21-Similar, Tights: Old Navy, Shoes: Payless-Similar, Nail Polish: Forever21, Lipstick: Here

Thanks so much to my friend Olivia for helping me out with pictures! You can check out her fantastic blog over at Her Name Was Celebration!

How do you feel about leather and denim? Let me know what you think in the comments!

Love Kiki

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