What Would Kiki Wear to Spain

Hi friends! If you’re new here, I traveled to Spain in June to celebrate the beautiful wedding of my brother and sister-in-law!

Leading up to the wedding I think we were all complaining about traveling international and everything that entails but after the event, we were all healthy and safe and had THE. BEST. TIME! We quickly changed our tune and thankful for all of the planning they out into their wedding + accommodations.

My favorite part of planning was… the outfits. The wedding was postponed a year so I had a lot of time to shop and find exactly what I wanted for the different wedding events. I wanted to share the collages I created and put up on IG for votes. It was so fun to see what other people like/dislike and read their messages of advice. I’ve been continuing with the collages for other trips/events I’ve had this summer. Sorry for the delay on getting these posted but I’m going to work on getting those blog posts published over the next few weeks. Stay tuned! And let me know in the comments which outfits you like or didn’t like 🙂

Olivia’s Flower Girl Debut

Wow, I can’t believe it’s already been over a month since we came back from Spain! My brother and new sister-in-law finally got to celebrate their postponed wedding in Spain. I feel like, when they planned this, we were all throwing some negative energy for them and trying to talk them out of their decision… Then the pandemic and we thought they were even more crazy to postpone it vs planning it in another location (US specifically). But, now that the trip and wedding are over we all feel so thankful that they trusted themselves and stayed strong in their decision. It was BEAUTIFUL! To have so many of our family members in the same villa to celebrate love – it was so amazing!

Our girl was the one and only flower girl at their wedding. She’s two so postponing their wedding worked out in Olivia’s flower girl favor. Now she can walk herself down the aisle and do the flower girl “walk and drop” as we called it during practice. I was so nervous about her dress situation because ever since it arrived, Olivia has always said, “No, I don’t like it” and would run away. I ended up purchasing a backup dress – but even if she did wear the original dress, having a more comfortable dress to change into would be the best move.

The day of the wedding, my husband spent the day with my brother and my mom was with the bride-to-be. I got myself ready while Olivia napped so when I woke her up, I was dressed and ready to go. Then I pulled out her dress and to my surprise she said, “I’m a princess: and let me dress her without putting up any fight. Toddlers….

The wedding was absolutely gorgeous! It was Pinterest perfect (amazing job, Mariah!). The ceremony started and we gave Olivia her flower basket which she immediately wanted to dump out and play with the petals. The bridesmaids were already heading down the stairs and into the aisle while Olivia started a tantrum not getting to play with the petals. I ended up offering her a pacifier and we began our descent down the stairs – OMG there were so many stairs and I carried Olivia + my clutch in heels down the stairs toward the aisle. But that’s how she walked down the aisle – with this huge green pacifier! Ugh! BUT she did AMAZING! I didn’t walk with her, I let her do her thing and she smiled the WHOLE time! Walked and dropped the flowers while everyone cheered and clapped. I love that memory.

Immediately after her debut, she just wanted to sing and talk LOL but the officiant was beginning his speech so I was trying to quiet Olivia when the wedding coordinator swooped in with wedding props and that instantly did the trick! Olivia was happy, distracted, and quiet the rest of the beautiful ceremony.

I’d love to post more about our trip to Spain – let me know if that’s something you’re interested in! 🙂 xoxo

Another matching moment

I can’t take credit for this photo shoot! It was a Mommy & Me event hosted by Kindhearted Kids (a woman owned company teaching kids to be kind and encouraging the message through their events). They setup the cutest backdrop and had an on-site photographer, Layland Photography. If you’re local to Columbus, I highly recommend checking out both/either businesses. Layland Photography is owned by Ashlie who is so great to work with – I was certain Olivia wouldn’t smile in pics, but these turned out so adorable! Ashlie also offers tips for taking photos and offers mood boards for outfit Inspo when you book with her!

This matching set might be my favorite mommy & me outfit to date. I love the style of this top – sweetheart neckline and peplum bodice – so flattering! I am wearing an XS & ordered a 2T for Olivia. I thought it was supposed to be a dress but it was pretty short on her so it turned into a shirt. She’s an average height for her age (2) so not sure if this just runs a little large for toddlers. Maybe size up – worst case, it’s a little large now and they grow into it! The color of this outfit is so soft and neutral. Will work across spring & summer. Looking forward to wearing this again for St Patrick’s Day next year!! Lastly, I paired it with these beautiful lavender lace up heels from Vince Camuto. I love the color of these and have been able to pair these with multiple outfits (also worn in my last post, Mom Love Rose in the Park). The suede material is so comfortable and can be worn for several hours with no issues. Ordered my true size.

Moms Love Rosé in the Park

This is the first Mother’s Day since I’ve been a mama where we had beautiful weather!! We live in Ohio where April showers bring more May showers. It actually rained Saturday and stayed overcast. We got lucky on Sunday!

Last year, we did breakfast in bed and I thought that might be a new tradition. Nearby, we had a new market that opened with a few food vendors, a bar, speak easy, and an event center all in one building! The grand opened was last weekend (we didn’t go because, I’m not gonna lie, prefer being out in public when there aren’t big crowds. We showed up exactly at 11AM when it opened. Ordered some food and waited with mimosas on the outdoor patio. We were back at home in time for Olivia’s nap and that’s when I got our picnic basket ready: Rosé, black truffle guyere cheese, pepperoni wrapped white cheddar, wheat crackers, and dried fruit. I know these aren’t perfect pairings to rose, but it’s all about Mom and what she wants.

Truthfully, I’ve never been on a picnic. So my vision for a picnic experience might be shaped by images I’ve seen going viral, setups on TV, and on advertisements. I pictured romantic, florals, gingham, feminine…. so this dress was perfect for my vision. The right about of girly, ruffles, Peter Pan collars, pastels… everything but the gingham print (didn’t want to clash with the blanket). This dress is more of a splurge, but if you’re lucky enough to find it on a resell website, they are more affordable! I’m in between an XS/S and I’m wearing a small. The length is not too short, even with heels! It is a little looser up top and the tie string doesn’t do much to adjust that. The buttons are functional and there’s also a silver zip closure on the side.

Speaking of heels.. while it did look silly to chase my toddler around the park in heels and a dress…. how good is this combo? These suede lace up heels match the pastel florals perfectly and complete this outfit with a nice pop of color. This is my fourth time wearing these shoes and they’re extremely comfortable! I think they fit TTS.

I was able to link a very similar, if not the same picnic basket on my LTK page. This was a bridal shower gift years ago and I’ve been dying to use it! We’ve packed it on our beach vacations every year, but have only used it to carry wine to and from the beach at sunset and use the plastic cups, lol. It is a whole table setting for two – plates, cups, napkins, cutlery, s&p shakers, plus the washable blanket. Good amount of space inside too. Makes a great bridal shower, wedding, anniversary, birthday, or Mother’s Day gift!

Highly recommend a picnic in the park this Spring! It was really relaxing to sit around drinking rose in the sun. Let me know how in the comments how you celebrated and what your ideas are for Father’s Day, too! xoxo

Have Your Cake & Eat it TWO

Over a month late, but finally publishing this post all about Olivia’s 2nd Birthday celebration 💗. I had so much fun thinking of a theme! There are so many adorable party ideas with a pun for “two”. If Olivia got to pick, I’m sure she would have chosen a “TWO infinity and beyond party” because Toy Story and Buzz are her favorite things… But when I saw this inspo on Pinterest, I couldn’t unsee this as the theme! We bought her a kitchen set for Christmas so seeing this “baking” theme seemed perfect to incorporate her kitchen set as the main toy for all of the kids to play with. When you ask Olivia about a birthday party, her answer is, “I get cake! And a hat” *touches the top of her head* it’s so funny! I knew I wanted to get party hats for her birthday – except they ended up not being a hit, LOL! I was the only one to wear one. Keeping them all for another time.

The cake & cupcakes were all made by Sugar & Swirl – one of my friends I used to work with at a local meal prepping company started her own baking business on the side. She is AMAZING! She made the cake plus 4 different flavors of cupcakes and everyone complimented each one! The Smore’s were definitely the favorite! I ordered circus animal cookie mini cupcakes for the kids (so nostalgic), cinnamon roll cupcakes (topped with an actual mini cinnamon roll), and I ordered vegan chocolate covered strawberry for anyone with that preference.

The cupcake wrappers, party hats, and cupcake toppers were all purchased from the cutest Etsy shop – Pretty Plain Paper! She has so many different themes/designs to choose from – anything from the invitations to party decor! Birthdays, holidays, etc. I will definitely be shopping from her again. It was convenient to purchase and have the designs emailed to me immediately! Then I sent to my local Staples and cut out, taped/stapled as needed. It didn’t take that long to put everything together! Taped a toothpick to the cupcake toppers, cut out the wrappers and taped those on the day of the party to ensure they fit the cupcakes. For the party hats, I cut out, taped together, and then glued a little pom pom on top. I also purchased elastic string and attached with tape. It all held together pretty well! Just wish Olivia actually wore her hat… she was all excited to see them but always refused to wear a hat, lol!

All links are at the bottom of the post. What have been some of your favorite birthday party themes?! Let me know in the comments!

This sweet dress is from Jamie Kay Clothing. I can’t link on LTK but here’s the website: https://jamiekay.com
Toddler tulle skirt is also Jamie Kay: https://jamiekay.com

Party Decor Linked Below:

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2022 Sephora Spring Savings Event

IT’S HEREEEE!! The Spring Savings Event at Sephora were you can save 10, 15, or 20 percent off your purchase! This is a great time to stock up on your favorite items, try something new, or SPLURGE!!! I can’t WAIT to share what I purchased from the sale. I took advantage and bought a big ticket item I’ve been wanting for a long time. Also ordered a few new things to try and will report back!

I’m getting a chemical peel this Thursday that won’t be healed for a week so even though my products are arriving this weekend, I won’t get to enjoy them until my skin heels. the anticipation…. The below graphic outlines the details of the Spring Savings event. Keep scrolling to read and learn more about my top recommendations. Happy Shopping 🙂

1. Makeup Eraser 2. Prime and Prep Detangler 3. Dry Shampoo 4. All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray 5. St Tropez Self Tanning 6. Laneige Lavender Sleep Mask 7. Lamcome lash primer and mascara set 8. Laura Mercier setting powder 9. Dr Dennis Gross Microderm pads 10. Gucci foundation 11. Nars lipgloss 12. St Tropez Face Tanning Mist 13. Olaplex shampoo

Makeup Eraser – These are a great way to remove your makeup at night. I used to use a makeup wipe and then wash my face but I will still leaving a lot of dirty makeup on my towel. These helps scrub your face and you feel really clean. Plus washable so use once, get all of your makeup off, throw in the dirty laundry. It’s a set so should last you all week!

Drybar Prime and Prep Detangler – This stuff smells so good! I re-ordered during the sale but think I chose the other scent to try. I know I recommend the pink bottle though. I spray it on wet hair and comb through. It’s also a heat protectant. My hair feels so soft using this product.

Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo – THE. BEST. EVER. EVER. Smells clean and makes my hair clean. I have dark hair and it does come out in a white powder but shake through your hair and it disappears. Buy the BIG CAN!

All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray – Ever wish there was a hairspray for your makeup? This. Is. IT! I’ve used for years and love how my makeup looks at the end of the day. I also ordered their New setting spray with Vitamin C as part of the Sephora sale.

St Tropez Self Tanner – With a baby, I didn’t have a lot of time for myself out in the sun. I’m balancing nap times, cooking, cleaning, etc so finding a good self tanner is key to feeling my best in the summer. I love the express one hour tanner by St Tropez, too. This gives you the prettiest bronze color and is hydrating, too!

Laneige Lavender Sleep Mask – I bought this with last year’s sale and it’s lasted me a full year! The directions say to use 2-3 times a week. You don’t need a lot and it smells sooo good (it’s lavender and very relaxing). When I wake up in the mornings, my skin is too plump and hydrated. There’s a few different scents – check it out.

Lancome lash primer and mascara set – The best primer and mascara ever ever – run, don’t walk to this set!

Laura Mercier setting powder – I truly love anything Laura Mercier. I use this setting powder after applying my foundation and concealer. It prevents creasing and and oil. Gives skin a beautiful finish!

Dr Dennis Gross Microderm pads – This is a great splurge item in the sale. I didn’t stock up this time because I’ve been getting chemical peels, but with consistent use, I love how it keeps my skin clear and useful.

Gucci foundation – My every day foundation is CC Cream (during the week) and Laura Mercier (on the weekends). But holidays and events, I switch it up to Gucci foundation! It blends really well, gives you a glow, and it medium coverage.

Nars lipgloss in shade orgasm – If you love Nars blush in shade Orgasm, you will love this lipgloss. This is the prettiest pink, especially in the summer, after you’ve used your self tanner 😉

St Tropez Face Tanning Mist – I forgot to mention I don’t use self tanner on my face. I have sensitive skin and I’m too concerned it will break out. Instead, I spray this facial mist. It smells amazing and works pretty fast. I always tend to over spray because it doesn’t have color when it initially sprays and then after a few hours I look a little orange.. need to find a good balance, but it works!! And, most importantly, doesn’t make me break out.

Olaplex shampoo – The conditioner is also amazing but it’s an expensive set so if you have to choose one, order the Shampoo! I only use the shampoo & conditioner on Friday’s. It gives my hair amazing volume, shine, and style and lasts all weekend. There’s a lt of good protein and nutrients so you probably only need to wash your hair with this shampoo once x week.

Hope this helps!! Love hearing what your ordered in the Sephora sale!! Leave your recommendations below… xoxo

What I Would Have Worn in Austin TX (if my flight didn’t get canceled)

Hiiiii! Already behind on my blog! Not that there’s too much going on right now – Ohio is starting to thaw out from Winter. It’s finally Spring, but we get beautiful & sunny 70* days during the week and cold, rainy 50* days on the weekend. So annoying…

Anyways.. My husband and I had a weekend trip planned to Austin, TX. We wanted to travel to a warmer climate and LA, Sedona, and Austin made our top 3. We decided on Austin for an end of Feb trip. Side note: Sedona is still my #1 – I’ve never been to Arizona before – but it’s pricey! From what I researched, a flight to Phoenix and then renting a car and driving to Sedona is the easiest option. It didn’t seem very convenient for a weekend trip.

Fast forward to the week or two before our trip and me constantly watching the weather! The temps in Austin were dropping from 80 to 30 degrees, WHAT?! It was looking like the weather was going to be just as cold and rainy as Ohio :(. I knew I’d be chilly on our trip but it was a vacation and I wanted to wear the outfits I picked! Read on below for how and when I”d style these outfits.

To wrap up this story, the day of our trip (Thursday), our flight from Columbus to Dallas straight up canceled. There was an ICE STORM in Dallas and all flights in and out were canceled. We were able to rebook through Charlotte for about the same times as our original flight so all was saved.. right? As we both got the car loaded and were about to drive off, we got a notification our flight from Columbus to Charlotte was delayed an hour. We had a tight connection so with this delay, we were going to miss our flight. Back inside to call the airline! There weren’t any other flights out that would get us to Austin earlier than 9pm so we were already missing our half day in TX. If we rebooked for Friday, we’d get in at 4pm. Our returning flights were scheduled for 6am Sunday, so our weekend trip would have ended up being 24 hours of fun! We opted to get our flights reimbursed and we’ll book for another time. But by then, it will be a different season & different outfits!

Thursday dinner – we had reservations for a BBQ restaurant:

I realized I didn’t get a pic of the back of this top. It buttons behind your neck (you will need help with this – cannot button alone, kind of annoying) and then ties around your waist, leaving an open gap on your back. Very pretty and flattering fit. Wearing an XS.

Friday Shopping Outfit: South Congress & lunch at La Perla’s oyster bar

I purchased this dress from Pink Lily when it was on final sale at the end of 2021. I love the muted colors, soft print, and flowy fit of this dress! I had been waiting for a chance to wear it and thought shopping around South Congress would be perfect! Unfortunately, I don’t think this dress is available anymore but they do carry similar styles.

Friday Night Date Night: Reservations at Aba

Ahhh this top! I fell in love with it when I saw it online. The print and the color reminded me of a tropical vacation (or a Tex-Mex restaurant in TX). I had to have it, I had to try it on. How does it even stay in place?? I picked up some fashion tape to be extra prepared.Spolier alert, I definitely needed the tape! There is just this open gap going diagonal in the front of the shirt. Very fun top. Definitely a splurge and not something I’d wear very often at all, but it’s fun for a special occasion/vacation.

Saturday Day outfit: No official plans/Brewery Hopping

I was the most excited for this chambray jumpsuit! When we first made the decision to travel to Austin, my vision was a denim jumpsuit. There were a couple I had saved to favorites on Revolve’s website (tagged below), but I couldn’t pull the trigger on a $300 outfit… yikes. When I saw this pop up on Like to Know it, I have never swiped up faster!! I found it on an Indianapolis Boutique I’d never shopped before (Magnolia Boutique). Cuuuute items!! I actually ordered this jumpsuit, a green dress (appearing later), and a green tea piece top/skirt I’m planning to wear for our anniversary dinner.

This is the green dress I mentioned above. How cute is the back?! It’s so comfortable and I love it even more on than on the website. How cute are these white western boots with the studs? Literally had the hardest time choosing shoes!! I wanted to bring every pair of boots I own – especially with the colder temps.

A few weeks later, my cousin invited us to a themed “TX BBQ” party – and I was thrilled! I had several outfits to choose from, thanks to this trip :). Spoiler alert, I ended up wearing the jumpsuit!

We also celebrated my daughter’s second birthday. Stay tuned for that post next. XOXO.

Veganuary Round 2

First post in 2022… better late than never! January 2021, I joined WordPress. I feel like I’m finally getting my writing style. It’s more difficult to get the photos, actually! Either we have plans and I don’t get a pic in my outfit or we have plans and I don’t get a *cute* pic in my outfit, haha! Anyway… as I was saying, first post in 2022 and it’s about food.

Last January, Max suggested trying a vegan challenge all January. I posted more about our experience here. It truly was a challenge but so fun. We decided to go that route this year. We are typically vegetarian during the week and usually are only eating meat when we order out. I feel so much better after eating healthy grains and beans. I didn’t notice a difference after cutting out dairy for the month, but I’m lucky to not suffer from any lactose issues (yet – who knows bodies change!) so without further adieu, here are our top 4 favorite recipes from the month (spoiler alert: 3/4 are soups. It’s January and snowy here.. don’t at me)

*All photos are my own

Vegan Zuppa Toscana

Recipe from: https://veggiesociety.com/vegan-zuppa-toscana-recipe/

This was the first soup we made and with the small amount of ingredients, I wasn’t sure how powerful the taste would be. We absolutely loved this soup!! It reminds me of Olive Garden. I had some leftover Yukon potatoes from another meal, so specifically was looking for a recipe that calls for potatoes. I swapped mushrooms for the Italian sausage as the recipe calls for. You get that comfort food + the cashew cream is deliciously creamy. Will make again!

Vegan Thai Coconut Curry Soup with crispy tofu

I’m actually making this one again tonight! Recipe from: https://www.marathonsandmotivation.com/vegan-thai-coconut-soup/

Tbh, the tofu didn’t have a lot of flavor. I used liquid aminos vs soy sauce as a healthier alternative. But tofu is an excellent protein and I’m preparing it the same way tonight. I could only find yellow curry paste at Trader Joe’s. My first time using rice noodles and they ended up soaking up the broth the next day. The coconut broth is so refreshing. This photographed beautifully and I had a couple friends reach out on IG for the recipe. If you make this, tag me and let me know how you prepared it!

Quick & Easy Vegan Ramen Curry

Recipe from: https://midwestfoodieblog.com/vegan-curry-ramen/

I ordered ramen packages, used the noodles and tossed the seasoning. Ran into the same issue where the noodles soak up the broth the next day. But this is so delicious!! I’d break up the noodles next time before adding to the soup just so it’s easier to eat.

Vegan white bean “chicken” parm

Recipe from: https://www.rabbitandwolves.com/vegan-white-bean-chicken-parmesan/

I’ve made this recipe for years!! A tried and true recipe. The texture, thanks to the vital wheat gluten, has a realistic chicken feel. The patty holds together well. I used a vegan sauce from Rao’s for our saturday night dinner. I normally reserve this meal for a date night in or a weekend meal when you want to feel fancy because it is on the heavier side, especially when you include sides. We’re used to one pot recipes or power bowls for dinner. There’s not a lot of prep work involved – you can have a fancy feast in less than an hour!

Happy to recipe share! Share your favorite plant based recipe below 👇🏻

I’m Dreaming of a White…Sequins outfit for NYE

Hopping on to share the last post of 2021! This was my Christmas outfit but it also makes the perfect NYE outfit. I’ve worn everything from jeans and sweaters to Dresses to sequins joggers on Christmas. I’ve seen a trend over the last two years where, whenever I leave the house, I get as glam as possible, haha! Plus, I set the bar pretty high when I wore a skirt for Thanksgiving… I can’t be dressier for Thanksgiving than on Christmas, can I? I absolutely think you should wear whatever you’re comfortable in because that’s when you’re most confident! Confidence is always the top priority.

This off the shoulder sweater actually appeared on one of my IG ads. I thought it was a dress so I clicked on it to find it was two pieces (sold separately). I immediately pictured the sweater with a sequins skirt and did a quick search to see what I would find. I never dreamed of finding THIS perfect skirt – the color, the length, the quality, the slit. Everything about it is perfect! It’s even the same label as the sweater, coincidentally. Definitely a splurge, but I don’t have anything in my closet like this and think I’d absolutely be able to re-wear this for NYE or another holiday. I’m also a BIG fan of the graphic tee + sequins skirt + tennis shoe trend. Add a bold lip and you look so chic. That’s an outfit I could wear for a lunch or a dinner and feel more comfortable being in public.

The sweater is so soft and a cropped fit. You can front tuck it or not and either way still has a nice fit. It’s a boatneck neckline and can be worn on or off the shoulder. I love how the model wears it off the shoulder but wish I would have sized up one to achieve that a little easier. I ordered a Small and think it was a little tight to wear it off the shoulder all night. So size up if you like the off the shoulder look. I also ordered a Small in the skirt and it’s the perfect fit. Bonus, it’s fully lined! I was worried about the slit being too high but it’s conservative enough where I didn’t feel like i’d have to wear a slip or shorts underneath. I did see a trick on TikTok to wear a tulle skirt underneath something with a high slit and it looked really pretty! Might only work with a skirt more A-line or full but worth a try if you’re feeling uncomfortable.

Anyway, both the sweater and the skirt are FREE two day shipping! Still time to order and arrive before NYE… just saying 🙂 xoxo Happy New Year!!

Last Minute Holiday Outfit

Only TWO more sleeps until Christmas Day!! Hopefully gifts are purchased & wrapped, meals are planned, and houses are cleaned. As an adult, it’s so stressful during this time! I’m so excited to see Christmas through my toddlers eyes. She reminds me it’s a magical time! Another stress point is.. WHAT TO WEAR. I definitely wait until the last minute to decide, search through my closet, find nothing, and panic! Luckily one of my favorite retailers offers two day shipping for FREE! If you’re in need of a last minute Holiday outfit (Christmas or NYE), I’ve linked a few of my favorites, including this dress!

This dress is a whole VIBE! I was worried this dress would either be too short or too puffy. I’ve never heard of this brand before but it’s started by one of the Co-Founders of Wildfox. I love this crimson color with the green and white florals. It’s red and green but not in your face Christmas-y. Perfect to wear after the holidays too. I took a chance and ordered an XS – a) it was the only size available and b) it was listed as a size 4 so I assumed it would fit but it was tight. A small would have been more comfortable. However, the length is perfect (I’m 5’2″) and still looks fine paired with nude heels. The organza fabric give this dress the perfect shape and the elastic trim on the sleeves isn’t restricting. My favorite part is the neckline – it’s so feminine. Makes me feel so glam…

I’ll be sharing one more Christmas look… it’s pretty extra but will be perfect for NYE, too. For now, Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!! xoxo