Travel Bucket List 2016

I love to travel and go to new places. I think that exploring this amazing world that we live in is the best thing anyone can do! By coming into contact with new people and places, we broaden our horizons. So that’s why I’m so excited to be able to share with you my list of places I’ll be traveling to in 2016! From Central America to the wild wild West, to very close to home, I have lots of exciting things planned! I can’t wait to hear where you’ll be going too 🙂


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First let me preface this list by saying that I am very lucky to be given so many opportunities to travel! I can’t express enough how lucky I feel as a 19 year old to be able to visit amazing places like these. But anyway, without further ado!

1) The Wild West!

I’m going to be spending my summer working as a counselor on a giant Boy Scout camp in the Rocky Mountains! I’m a Vermonter who’s never been further west than Minneapolis, so to be traveling approximately 1,861 miles to New Mexico for a summer job is something I’m really looking forward to!

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2) The Dominican Republic

I am so excited to be heading to the beautiful Dominican Republic in March. However, this isn’t a vacation! I’m volunteering with a nonprofit foundation called Wine To Water to help bring clean drinking water to people who can’t access it. We’ll be drilling wells and making water filters to distribute! I hope to make a difference there, even just in my small way. Clean water is such a huge environmental issue, and it’s one I’m passionate about.

(If you’d like to donate to my fundraising efforts for this cause, you can click here! 🙂 )

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3) Climb 3 Adirondack mountains!

I love to hike, and one of my lifelong bucket list items is to climb all 46 of the Adirondack mountains. This year I want to be able to add 3 to my list! They’re all located in upstate New York, so it should be fairly easy haha! Some of the peaks are really quite difficult though. I’ll start off simple!

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There’s my travel plans for 2016! Hopefully I’ll get to add some more day trips in as we go through 2016 🙂 Where are you headed this year? What places have you always wanted to go to? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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My New Year’s Resolutions

Hey guys!

As my last post of 2015, I want to share with you my New Year’s resolutions. But first, I want to thank you.

Thank you to every single person who has taken the time to visit my blog, comment on a post, leave a like, or subscribe. Thank you for the sweet comments and for helping me out via Twitter when I struggle with WordPress. Thank you for the inspiration from your blogs, and thank you so much for letting me be part of this amazing blogging community. I’ve only been blogging for 9 months, and it’s my favorite thing. So a big thank you to each and every one of you!

So, without further ado, here are my resolutions for 2016 🙂

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Step out of my comfort zone. Say yes! I’m making a rule for myself to say yes to one new experience a week in 2016. People grow due to their experiences, and I’m always excited to try new things. But, I don’t want to stretch myself too thin, so I’ll pick and choose my priorities more carefully as well.

Grow my blog. I love being creative and interacting with all of you in my little online space, and I can’t wait to make my content even better and grow my readership. Side note: I also plan to rewrite those embarrassing first posts haha!

Improve my photography. I love taking pictures, and I want to get myself some new equipment and really see what I can do this next year. There’s always something to learn!

Let go of my need to always be right. I believe that to be happy, we need to not stress the small stuff. Learning to go with the flow sometimes could help me relax more 🙂

Spend less time online. I spend a ton of time online, either blogging, doing homework, or endlessly scrolling through social media. I need to unplug a little more and do more real-life projects!

And of course, travel more! I have a couple really exciting adventures coming up in the new year, and I can’t wait to share them with you all 🙂


What are your resolutions for the New Year? I’d love to hear about the exciting things you’ll all be doing. Let me know in the comments, and as always, thanks for stopping by 🙂

Love Kiki

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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! 🙂

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App Review: Room For More

Hey guys! I’m super excited about this app review, because this app has solved one of my biggest phone problems! I love the convenience of a smart phone and being able to whip it out and take a picture of anything at a moment’s notice! But the issue that I run into, and that I’m sure a lot of you have too, is a storage one. My phone’s Photos app is overflowing with selfies and pictures of my cats…that’s where Room For More comes in!


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This app has seriously been a lifesaver for me! The creator reached out to me to review this app, and my first thought? “Huh. That sounds interesting but it’s probably annoying to use and not very practical…”

I was wrong! This app is the bomb. It stores your photos in your own private cloud, and no on but you can access them. I have so much more space on my phone now!! I know as avid bloggers, a lot of you guys probably have to same issues with phone storage as me, especially in this digital age. So here’s a solution! Here’s what Room For More’s creators have to say about it.

Storage: Never delete a beloved photo or video again. All content is securely stored in your own private cloud, freeing up tons of space on your phone.

Access: Photos and videos can be viewed anytime from any connected phone or tablet, or from any computer via the Room for More website.

Control: You decide who can see your photos and videos, with options to share publicly on Facebook and Twitter or privately with custom Web links.

Retrieval: Back up photos and videos on a computer or external hard drive at the push of a button. Room for More will send you an email with all your content in a .ZIP file.

Privacy: Room for More never sells users’ personal data. It will never snoop on photos, videos or other data to sell ads — or for any other reason.

Quality: All content is stored in original quality, with no limits on file size or video length.

I’m super happy that I got a chance to use this, it’s perfect for me! It’s available for iOS and Android, and if you’d like to test it out, click here to get 6 GB of storage free, courtesy of the kind creators 🙂 I was super happy to be wrong about this app. I think it would be great for anyone who takes a lot of travel photos, or just takes lots of selfies like me haha!


I’d love to hear what you guys think about this! Do any of you use Room For More, or something similar to store your photos? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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All opinions are my own; this app was provided for free, but this post is free of bias.

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Insta Roundup #1

Instagram is probably my favorite type of social media. I check it more than Facebook or Twitter or Pinterest-I think it’s safe to say I’m obsessed! I’ve been seeing Instagram roundups everywhere lately, and I really enjoy reading them! It’s such fun to see snapshots into other people’s lives (at least I think so! Maybe I’m just nosy haha), so I thought I’d do one too! If you’d like to follow me, you can click here– I’d love to check out your accounts! 🙂 Hope you guys enjoy.

 

  1. Top left. Throwing it back to my Spain hiking adventures this summer! (You can read about those here, here, or here if you like!)
  2. Middle top. I dressed as a flapper this Halloween with some 1920s inspired makeup- I think it came out pretty well! (I took about 10,000 versions of this selfie before settling on the perfect one- can you tell haha?)
  3. Top right. Stopped along a river on a road trip to take this snap of the fall colors.
  4. Left side. Having fun while shooting a recent OOTD- you can check out more shots from that over here if you like.
  5. Left side middle. Yes I take a lot of pictures of myself…are you seeing a theme here? I do admit that most of my Insta photos relate to blogging and what I’m currently wearing! However if you like these kinds of accounts you may enjoy that, I don’t know… I promise I’m not a total narcissist all the time!
  6. Right middle. Okay maybe it seems like I am…shameless selfie…so sorry. I was feeling my straight hair that day! Can anyone recommend a good heat protectant for straightening hair?
  7. Bottom left. Missing the summer weather so much right now…shot from a past OOTD.
  8. Right side middle. Another shot from this post.
  9. Right bottom. Showing off my new favorite eyeshadow, Bad To The Bronze by Maybelline. Read more about it in my November Favorites if you like.

As you can see, I definitely use my Instagram for #ootds, among a few other things! What do you think of Insta roundups? What kinds of photos do you usually post? Are you as obsessed as me haha? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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November Favorites

It’s finally Friday! And November is drawing to a close, which means it’s time for me to share with you what I’ve been loving this month. Take a peek!

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First up are these amazing stickers! The great people at CaseApp and StickerApp offered to send me these fun stickers with the name of my blog! I was so excited when these came in the mail I nearly peed myself!! (just kidding haha!) But I’m seriously super pumped about these, they’re made of an awesome sturdy vinyl. I’m just not sure what to do with them, though…any suggestions?

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My younger sister gave me these cute little candies that she found at a candy shop-they’re absinthe flavored, and I think the packaging is simply adorable! I’d never seen them before, but I think they’d make a great stocking stuffer! They come in tons of flavors. Find them here!

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Next up: my new favorite pants! I’d show you them on, but I don’t want to ruin the #OOTD that is to come! I really love the Southwest inspired print, and they’re even high-waisted. They’re out of stock now sadly 😦

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Last but not least, Maybelline Color Tattoo eyeshadow in Bad To The Bronze! I’m so obsessed. So. Obsessed. It lives up to its 24 hour lasting claim, it”s creamy, it’s super pigmented, and just overall amazing! I’m going to collect all the colors haha. It’s definitely worth the $8! One of my top ever drugstore buys, for sure.

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So there you have it! What have you been loving this month? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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All opinions are my own; the stickers were provided free of charge, but this review is free of bias.

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Ofra Eyeliner Review

 Today I want to talk to you about a less widely known brand: Ofra! I discovered them when I was sent an eyeliner in an Ipsy bag a few months ago, and their products are something I think anyone with an interest in makeup should definitely check out, purely based on this one amazing eyeliner.

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I received this in Turquoise, which at first I found odd since I have medium brown eyes. However, as I soon realized and I’m sure most of you already know, applying blue eyeliner around brown eyes really makes them pop from contrasting with the whites! I’ve been wearing it so much it’s all worn down, and I forgot to sharpen it before this photo-oops!

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This eyeliner is made with a synthetic beeswax, so it goes on extremely smoothly, a plus with eyeliners. I hate when they pull at the sensitive eyelid skin. It’s also waterproof, and really long lasting! I find it rare that waterproof eyeliners actually work how they’re supposed to, so this one was a nice surprise!

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As you can see, this eyeliner looks very blue on the skin and in the packaging, but online the photos advertising it look extremely green, so beware before buying this in any other colors! A wide range is available online as well. Get this eyeliner here, for $13.00 USD.

I’ve also recently gotten a lipliner from Ofra, and while I haven’t gotten a chance to test it out throughly yet, it seems great too! What do you think? Have you ever tried anything from Ofra? What are your favorite not-so-well-known makeup companies? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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Double Denim

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October really is here! Fall’s just about in full swing, there are leaves on the ground and the Pumpkin Spice Latte is back! Midterms are approaching here, and I find myself leaning more and more toward items that are easy to throw on in the morning with little to no planning. This may be in fact the first time I’ve ever featured pants on Color Me Kiki! (Once leggings made an appearance, and once shorts, but those don’t really count.) I tend to wear only skirts and dresses, but now that the temperature is dropping, I have to pull my dreaded pants out every once in a while. These black jeans are the only pair I actually like wearing.

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 I slipped on this semi-cropped black, beige, and red patterned sweater, then added a black scarf and my tan oxfords. I think oxfords are the perfect fall shoe: they keep your feet warm, but are still light so that you don’t have to trudge around in heavy boots just yet. This mustard beanie kept my ears warm.

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I added a denim jacket, because that’s one of the classic fashion rules that I think should always be broken; there’s nothing wrong with denim on denim, especially when it’s two different shades like the black and blue ones I’m wearing here. I love wearing a chambray shirt with black denim too!

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Get The Look: Sweater- Old Navy (no longer sold, similar here), Black Jeans- Thrifted, Jacket-Thrifted, Scarf-Thrifted, Beanie-Forever21 (men’s), Oxfords-Payless (similar)

I have no idea why I’m making this pensive face in this last photo, but I kinda like it! I think it fits the October mood. What are some other classic fashion rules you think should be broken? What’s your go to fall look? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by!

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Hunter Mountain

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TGIF, guys! This week has been insane, I’m deeply in need of some R&R lately. School and classes are really catching up with me, I think I feel a spa day coming on! Thankfully last weekend I actually did end up doing something relaxing. I took a quick road-trip from my college to the Woodstock area of New York, in the Catskills, and took a hike up Hunter Mountain!

It was a beautiful fall day out, and the leaves were just starting to turn. My boyfriend is from the area, so we stopped by his house and picked up his dog to take with us! He loved the hike 🙂

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 The trail was about 3.8 miles from our base start point to the peak, and much of it was very steep. If you’re new to hiking, I wouldn’t recommend this one- it was basically straight up the whole way! However if you’re an outdoorsy type, this is definitely a trek worth making; the views are absolutely gorgeous. Sturdy shoes are necessary, the trail is very rocky and it’s extremely easy to twist an ankle: I came pretty close a few times! Choose boots with ankle support, and a stick or pole to help you out on the descent isn’t a bad idea either. My boots are Oboz Sawtooths, and you can find them here.

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There’s a fire tower on top of Hunter Mountain that is open to climb most of the year, and if you climb to the top you can see literally for miles and miles! Here are some shots of the gorgeous autumnal views. You can see the Catskill mountains until they meet the sky! hunter10
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The firetower and cabin area are maintained by weekend volunteers from the area! They stay in this small cabin and help hikers that come through.

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 This peak is over 4,000 feet, and the trail we chose was 3.8 miles. We (and the dog!) completed it in just under 2 hours. It was such a beautiful day for a hike, and it felt amazing to make the most of the last few nice outdoor days! Overall, I definitely recommend Hunter Mountain to anyone looking for a fun yet challenging weekend hike. For more pictures from it, check out my Instagram! I’m looking for new bloggers to follow 🙂

Also, to those of you paying attention 😉 I’ve chopped my hair off again! I took about 6 inches off, and it just skims my chin now! It was a pretty spur of the moment decision, but it’ll grow back haha. I’m really liking it!

What have you been up to lately? Any fun outdoor adventures? Made any spur of the moment beauty decisions? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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4 Ways To Make A House A Home

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Happy Thursday, everyone! I hope your week is going well 🙂 Today I want to talk about something I love doing-decorating! This past Saturday I moved into my first ever house! Granted, it’s still technically campus housing, and I’m sharing it with two lovely housemates, but it’s still the first time I’ve been living away from home outside of a dorm! I’m super excited. It’s so much fun to have your own space to do what you like with, but at the same time, it can be super stressful to have the added responsibility of caring for an entire house. Here are my favorite low-maintenance ways to make a living space feel lived in with minimal effort!

1: Plants!

Plants are the perfect way to making your surroundings more aesthetically pleasing and add a little freshness to a room. I prefer succulents and cacti, because they require less upkeep than regular plants, and they’re still gorgeous! If you like, you can plant them in cute pots like these ones from Etsy to fit the theme of your space.

Gold Ombre Pot

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Kitty Cat Planters

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Dinosaurs!

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2: Decorate Your Walls

Tapestries and posters can instantly transform a space. You can find something to suit any style. I love my concert posters and mandala tapestry, but if your tastes don’t lean toward a boho style, there’s lots of different ways to decorate! I love motivational posters like the one below. If you do like tapestries, you can find my blue one here!

Dreams Don’t Work Poster

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Woodstock Poster

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3: Set Up Your Space

One great (and free!) way to make a house feel like a home is to rearrange the furniture the way that you like it. If, like me, you’re living in a prefurnished house or in a dorm room, the way the furniture was left by the previous occupants may not suit you. Rearranging it to the way you prefer it will make you feel more like the house is really yours, and you’ll feel more comfortable there!

4: Make Your Workspace Appealing

Since I both love blogging and am a student, big part of my life is sitting at my desk. I’m sure a lot of you are in the same boat! It’s so much easier to get work done when you want to be sitting in that space, as I’m sure you know. Sunshine is essential for me, as well as fun desk accessories! Here are some of the desk decor items I’ve been loving!

This Mean Girls inspired mousepad

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Mascara and Caffeine Mug

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Paperweight

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I stuck to a color theme here, but you can find pieces to match anything! I find that metallics and bright colors make me feel more energized.

What are your favorite ways to make a house feel homey? Do you like to decorate too? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by, and have a lovely day! 🙂

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