Patriotic style

Land of the FREE because of the brave! To our fallen soldiers, your sacrifice is appreciated, not only on Memorial Day but every day.

We had a very quiet Memorial Day. The weather all weekend was pretty chilly – when is the last time Memorial Day Weekend has been cold?! It actually made it tough to dress for the weather, ha! It warmed up to high 70’s on Monday so we headed to a nearby brewery and enjoyed a beer on the patio.

I love how you can’t tell this set is two pieces! This cami top with a cowl neck is extremely flattering. The fabric is lightweight and very comfortable. Unfortunately, the top and shorts are sold separately. The reviews on this set almost scared me away, some comments mentioned how oversized, baggy, and one even mentioned the set looked like pajamas. I sized down in both pieces and think they fit great! The shorts have an elastic waistband which, again, makes this very comfortable. They’re flowy and have a beautiful ruffle hem – which almost can pass as a skirt. I paired this rattan belt around the waistband to make the look even more seamless. I liked the look without the belt too (I’ll share a photo below). I also grabbed a denim jacket before walking out the door. Final accessory was red lipstick to keep up with the red, white, and blue theme! This is cute inspo for both July 4th and Labor Day.

Floral wrap top

Last weekend was so hot outside! We inflated our Minnidip pool and filled it with a little water so baby could play and mama could tan! We grilled & ate outside, spending the majority of the weekend outdoors. It might be my ideal summer weekend!

So this top. It’s truly like nothing else in my closet! It’s the only wrap top that I own and I was very confused on how to wear it when it arrived in the mail, haha! The beautiful neon yellow and pastel floral color is such a fun print to wear! It’s currently 30% off right now with code SPRING2021.

PRO TIP: tie it reallllly tight to keep the wrap staying in place. That’s the only annoying thing about this top. We took a walk around our neighborhood and I paraded around in this top – I mean, where else am I going that I’m wearing cute clothes right now?!

High waisted anything is my jam so pairing this wrap top with high waisted is a no brainer. I don’t think I’d consider wearing this with something more low rise, but to each their own!

I think this top and high waisted denim would look really cute dressed down, too! I’m going to try white sneakers next time – wait. do the cool kids call them sneakers? tennis shoes? call them by the brand, white Nike’s?? One day I’ll get it right…

Memorial Day is looking prettttty chilly this weekend in Ohio. I’m going to be rounding up my favorite retailers sales on the app all weekend long so make sure to follow me there (search Kikipilar in the username).

3 looks to try before Summer

No white before Memorial Day? As the weather gets warmer, I find that I’m tossing that old myth out the window. I don’t know who needs to hear this, but yes, it’s acceptable to wear white before memorial (and after Labor Day)!

Before it gets toooo warm, I put together some of my favorite outfits to wear during this transitional time.

First, I need to comment how incredibly soft these white pants are! They’re exactly the fit I wanted. Not skin tight, straight leg, no distressing – it does have a raw hem which I actually love! These white denim just look so versatile – can be worn dressed up or down! Of course they’re already in the wash because there’s a spot of something on them, go figure.. haha…

White pants with cropped sweater

I’ve had this sweater since last year and ran out of time to wear it before summer! I finally cut the tags off this year, hah! So, of course, this exact sweater is no longer available. But the one I linked about is on sale 🙂

I love the mint green + crisp white combo. The flats keep this casual but I thought about dressing this outfit up with nude heels and some drop earrings! I wore this for a family dinner in our backyard so I kept the look comfortable and casual.

White Pants with Floral Bodysuit

This floral bodysuit is perfect for Spring! The pastel colors are so complimentary of each other. I’ve also worn it with jeans and a lacy bralette to keep it casual. The v neck bodysuit is shown online without anything underneath so I was surprised how open it is! I don’t know who would be that bold to wear it like that… maybe some fashion tape or something..but not for me!

Anyway, my shoes are from the J.Lo x DSW collaboration! She launched a line with DSW in March of 2020 – literally right before the pandemic began so I’m happy to see that she’s still adding new designs to her collection a year later. This is the first pair I’ve purchased from her line. I’ve thought that most of her shoes are too flashy, like only she could wear them. So I was surprised how normal these are! They’re a brown snakeskin with gold threads that really pop when you wear these. They are more beautiful in person than on the website. The block heel makes them comfortable, too. I got my normal size 8.

White Pants with Off-the-Shoulder Top

This one is probably my favorite look. To be honest, I bought these high waisted white pants to wear with this particular shirt. I didn’t love this top with high waisted jeans and my only white pants were mid rise. Turns out I love these white pants more than my old (Abercrombie) pair.

The floral detail on this top is so beautiful. This is one of my favorite brands and when I saw this shirt online, I thought it was so feminine, but I wasn’t sure what the exact print looked like, even though the description said floral. I was shocked when I opened it to find the most dainty feminine floral print. It’s pretty dressy – like I don’t see myself pairing this top with anything other than heels. But that’s okay with me! It’s versatile because I could see myself wearing this to brunch or to happy hour. It’s also 100% off the shoulder. Sometimes you can get away with wearing sleeves on or off the shoulder. Not with this top… There’s also boning in the bodice which keeps the shirt pretty stiff. I didn’t wear this top long enough, but I think that will help keep the top tucked into my jeans.

I was influenced myself to buy these wedges. I found them on sale at ShopBop and glad I didn’t pay full price because although they’re beautiful, not the most comfortable. Hoping that changes with time and breaking them in. I’ll have to wear them more to find out and I’ll update my comment when I know more.. lol

It’s going to be hitting 90 degrees here this weekend so we plan to bust out the minnidip and splash pad for Baby! Hope you’re experiencing some warm weather wherever you’re reading from! xoxo

wedding guest styles

This past weekend, I attended a friends wedding! It was a tough decision whether or not we’d feel comfortable to RSVP. But, ultimately, I wanted to go be there to honor and celebrate this perfect couple. My husband and I are both fully vaccinated (three weeks now) and I imagine most people at the wedding would have one or both of their shots, too. Plus the venue was enforcing the use of masks, adhering to covid regulations, etc. In the end, I’m happy we made the decision to go. The ceremony actually happened in September, so it was just a dinner reception and we left shortly after we finished dinner.

I originally bought this one shoulder dress last summer when I thought it would the world would be back to normal by Fall. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen… aaand my dress is sold out in pink, BUT it’s available in a beautiful emerald green color! It was part of Dede (dressupbuttercup) and Emily’s (champagneandchanel) BFF Collection from Wayf x Nordstrom. I love the one shoulder and the lace! It made me feel so feminine and glam. Full disclosure, the lace kept snagging on my clutch so it began to look a little tattered at the end of the night 🙁 But for under $40, this dress would be worth wearing for an event!

Not going to lie, I saw Joelle Fletcher wearing this two tone pink dress and she looked stunning! I love these bright colors and can picture this dress for a summer event – wedding guest, bridal shower, baby shower, vacation, etc. So versatile. I think it can be dressed up with heels and statement earrings or dressed down with some casual sandals. I ended up not choosing this dress because the color palette was a little bright for a May 1 wedding. It’s not quite warm enough in Ohio. This was my first time ordering from this site and I read reviews, followed the size chart, and ordered a size 2. It’s a little tight and hope I don’t bust through the seam of the slit whenever I get a chance to wear this, lol!

Whoa! I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a dress this vibrant blue color. The midi length is so conservative so it would be a great option to wear to a wedding (I’m 5’3” for reference). The material is really nice and thick – not see through and I think it hugs in all of the right places. This really is such a steal at Nordstrom Rack! The straps aren’t adjustable and are a little long for me so I’ll need to pin those or get them shortened. Ugh, This just reminded me that the seamstress right around the corner for me retired! The old house her business was in & the two businesses next to her have all been demolished! I wonder what my city plans to do with these lots.. anyway, great for her and now I need to find a new alterations place!

What social events do you have upcoming this spring/summer?? How are you feeling about attending them? No wrong answers here, just curious what the rest of the world is doing! xoxo

Ohio Wine Tasting Weekend

We just celebrated our three year wedding anniversary last week. We don’t really give each other gifts, we’d rather just have an experience. With a baby and a pandemic, we have to plan ahead! So, we planned a one night stay in Geneva, OH – near Lake Erie and it’s actually a really cool wine region! We’ve been 21 in Ohio for how many years and we’ve never travelled up here? Actually, we first went to Geneva last fall as our first night away from the baby. We had such a great time and felt really safe we decided to plan another night stay for our anniversary. It’s no Napa but each winery is really unique and there’s sooo many, we only went to three last time: Laurentia (best food, wine, & views), M Cellars (great wine and best tasting specials), and Harpersfield (Cute like a German winery – wine is okay but the outdoor space is one of the best).

We did go to the same three again this trip but also added a few more. I stand by my rankings above! We didn’t visit any other wineries that beat these three from a top rank. We stayed at The Lodge At Geneva On The Lake. Fun Fact: Delaware North Companies is the hospitality group that operates the lodge. DNC was the first company I worked for out of college! I moved to MN and worked for their Sportservice division with the MN Twins. But that’s for another time… 🙂

I will say, it was a lot prettier to visit the wineries in the fall during harvest. It was really bare this trip plus the weather was cold and the sky was gray :(. Luckily I’m fully vaccinated and Max has had his first shot so we felt safe enough to visit indoors. We also chose to go Friday during the day and nowhere was really that crowded!

I was picturing beautiful spring weather for this trip. A cute dress, sandals, a jean jacket but that’s Ohio weather for you. Plus the lake effect is no joke! It was warmer when we left Columbus…

I’ve had this jumpsuit for a few years but I thought it was the perfect mix of casual and dressy. Too cold for a dress, tall boots make the outfit look too fall, jeans can feel too casual, buuuut a floral jumpsuit? Pairs well with wine…

My jumpsuit is old BUT I found it at another retailer and on MAJOR SALE! There’s only one left in stock, so GRAB IT if it’s your size! I love the vintage blue and floral print. The v-neck and cinched tie waist gives you a figure in this jumpsuit which is hard to find in this style. I’ve worn it with open toe sandals but these natural tan suede booties coordinate really well with the color of this jumpsuit.

We went to four wineries around the Grand River Valley Region and then decided we should check into our hotel and get settled. We had dinner reservations nearby but the drive to and from the hotel was relatively close and I didn’t mind because I knew I wanted to change outfits (but didn’t admit this to Max).

When we booked our reservation, I urged for a room with a fireplace so we settled on a king bed, fireplace, and partial view of the lake. I’m so glad we got the fireplace with these low temps!

Back at our hotel, I opted for jeans and a silk top. It’s the perfect shade of plum and it’s 40% off! The square neckline is unique and I think anything smocked is so flattering. The sleeves can be worn on or off the shoulder.

We weren’t really comfortable asking someone to take photos of us, so not only did we not get any pictures together, I got the worst pics of this top, hahah! I hope I get another chance this spring to wear and style this again 🙂

We only stayed one night and chose to grab breakfast at Horizons Restaurant there at the hotel. Then we took a walk around the grounds and along the lake. It was so cold and windy so the views would have been more enjoyable if a) I was dressed for it or b) it was warmer lol On our way home through downtown Geneva, we stopped at an adorable coffee shop called Scribblers. We were debating whether or not to stop at another winery that opened at 10AM LOL – we ended up just grabbing coffee and heading home!

Are you seeing a theme here? I packed anything I had that was wine colored, haha! This free people bodysuit looked a little victorian with all of the ruffles, but the lace details and the poppy print make it very feminine.

I always size down in Free People so I’m wearing an XS but it was still a little big in the chest area, FYI. I wish I could have gone without the suede jacket, but it’s Cleveland. Plus my jacker is on sale for 46% off! Random percentage but it brings the jacket to under $100! This is something I bought during last year’s anniversary sale so I didn’t get to wear it too much since I wasn’t leaving the house. It’s surprisingly warm! I’ve posted about these suede booties before. I’ve had them for almost two years now and they really keep their condition and are comfortable – my most worn booties for sure!

So how about that content?! Three outfit styles in post – what am I going to talk about next week? We’ve been doing some home projects so maybe I’ll write a post detailing that… stay tuned! xoxo

Easter Sunday

Y’all know I can’t write a post in real time, that’s why my blog is called What Kiki Wore because I’m recapping past outfits, lol! So here’s what I wore for Easter! Even though the holiday is over, this dress is perfect for Spring. You may remember seeing the dress here. Online, I couldn’t tell if the print was pink floral or pink leopard print. I think that’s what makes it so different from any other floral print dress in my closet. And it looks extremely feminine. The dress is lined and wasn’t too short, even with my heels 3-inch heels. I’m 5’3″ for reference. I wore this dress for the entire day (no joke, my parents were here visiting for nearly 7 hours – what a long day) and by the end of the day, I was relieved to take off the dress. The three quarter length sleeves have an elastic ruffle cuff where it meets my elbow, and it was starting to feel uncomfortable. But I can’t wait to wear this dress again – I think I could even swing this when we return to the office.

I just ordered these Steve Madden sandals and they arrived right before Easter. I had pictured wearing this dress with nude sandals but when these ivory heels came in the mail, I knew they’d be great for Easter! I ordered my true size 8, and the braided straps were really comfortable and the block heel made these easy to wear all day! The sandals were fully in stock when I ordered them on the 5th! The white is sold out and there’s only a few sizes left in black. So if you see a restock in your size, don’t hesitate to grab these!!

To add to this feminine look, I added these faux pearl hair clips. Full disclosure, my hair was also three days washed and was losing volume. Adding some volume blast and these clips helped solve that problem!

Livvy’s dress is from H&M and I ordered it in the winter time when the price dropped to around $5. I linked some similar options!

Hope you all had a blessed Easter with family/friends and were able to enjoy beautiful weather! XOXO

Recent Sephora Haul

I placed a recent Sephora order because I needed to stock up on a few products. The first item added to my cart were the Isle of Paradise self tanning drops – these tanning drops saved me last summer! I had a newborn and knew that I wouldn’t be out in the sun – not to mention our vacation and and other summer plans were canceled but, in hindsight it might have been the best thing to happen to a new family! Anyway, I love the scent of these tanning drops, they’re so easy to use – mix with moisturizer and apply the night before or in the morning and voila – natural bronze glow! I use the dark drops on my body and the medium drops on my face.

Vital Protein Collagen – another holy grail! I mix one scoop of collagen with my coffee in the mornings. It dissolves quickly and doesn’t add any other flavor to my coffee. I started using this product in my 4th month of post partum – you know, when you start losing chunks of hair 🙁 I wish I would have known about collagen sooner – it’s even pregnancy safe and helps with hair, skin, nails, and joints! I feel like this product really helped with hair regrowth – the two times I’ve been to the salon, my stylist has complimented my length, texture, and regrowth! So I’d like to thank the collagen!

Tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip – I ordered these because I like having a product that will hydrate my lips during the day. I also didn’t want something with color because I don’t wear a lot of makeup during the day. I ordered the coconut and it smells great and keeps my lips plumped and hydrated.

7 day makeup eraser set – I typically use makeup wipes to remove stubborn eye makeup but I’d love to eliminate that type of waste and find something reusable that’s also going to be good for my skin. You can also use these pads to apply toner. I am loving how easy it is to remove makeup with these cloths – all you need is water! The warmer water the better – just hold it on my eye for a few seconds so the fibers lift my mascara. Again, I haven’t been wearing a lot of makeup but, when I do, I forget how annoying it is to take off eye makeup. Then I wash my face and pat it dry on my white towel. I’ve definitely been able to tell a difference by seeing what my towel looks like lol!

Laneige Lavender Water Sleep Mask – the directions say to use 1-2 times per week and wash off in the morning. I’ve been applying this on Friday nights because a) who doesn’t want to start their weekends with hydrated and plump skin and b) the lavender scent is so nice and calming it makes me believe I’m getting a good night sleep. No alarm clocks on Saturday so I try my best to sleep in until the baby wakes me up!

Inkey List Hyalauronic Acid Hydrating Serum – I use both morning and night as the first step after my cleanser to hydrate different layers of skin. The bottle is pretty small but all you need is a pea size to pat onto your face and neck. I’ve been loving the Inkey List products. They’re vegan, clean, and make my skin feel really good! I haven’t had any reactions to their products and am definitely seeing a difference in the appearance of my skin.

Inkey List Polyglutamic Acid – This is the last step of my skincare routine morning and night. This is a hydrating serum that plumps brightens and evens skin tone and reduces the appearance of fine lines. It’s also a great makeup base/primer.

Urban Decay Hydromaniac Glowy Tinted Hydrator Foundation – I love throwing this on in the mornings. It’s a thin foundation with all the benefits: coverage, visibly brighter skin, and improved skin hydration. This is perfect for those days I need to turn my camera on for a conference call! I’m in the color Light Medium Neutral.

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Super Cindy – This is a muted nude (matte lipstick) but it’s a very pretty color. Again, I don’t wear a lot of makeup during the week, but when I have to use my camera and throw on a little makeup, adding a nude lipstick completes my look without making me feel like my lip color is too bold. I still look and feel very natural but it boosts my confidence knowing I have some makeup on lol!

I hope this was helpful! The Sephora Spring Event is coming up in April so if you’re not a VIB Insider, make sure to sign up so you can use your percentage off! If you are in the VIP Club, make sure to check your email so you know which tier you are and when the sale opens for you to shop! I plan to do another post of my FAVORITE and MUST HAVE products from Sephora in the coming weeks – Stay Tuned!

The Best Transitional Midi Dress

It was a beautiful sunny day with temps in the mid 60’s and some windy conditions. We were taking our one year old to the zoo on her birthday so I knew I’d be on my feet a ton! With this being one of the first (and rare) occasions leaving the house, I couldn’t wait to “dress up” aka get out of sweatpants! But, it was just a trip to the zoo – I couldn’t wear heels and a babydoll dress (or could I?). I knew these Nike Court Side Sneakers would be ideal for comfort and style. They’re still bright white since I never had many opportunities to wear them in 2020, ha!

This midi dress was the best choice because of the comfortable and lightweight material. The neutral color toned down the fact that I was wearing a dress to the zoo 🙂 Keep scrolling because this dress is ON SALE for $32 dollars!!

I love the versatility of this dress. It can be worn with sneaks and a Jean jacket – how I styled it for the occasion or can be dressed up with booties (like the web image) or heels and a leather jacket. You can add a felt hat. It’s all so cute!

The dress comes in three other colors and was part of the BFF Wayfair x Nordstrom launch between Dede (Dress Up Buttercup) and Emily (Champagne and Chanel). The Jean jacket I styled with the dress is also a launch from Dede’s “Detre” line in 2020.

First Birthday Party

One year already?! Every day with this girl is special, but celebrating her first birthday party is a celebration I’ll never forget (& she’ll never remember, lol). We started with a trip to the zoo on her actual birthday, March 9th. Olivia was more interested in other kids than the animals but we also don’t leave the house much, unless it’s a walk in our neighborhood. It was so much fun watching her expressions as she looked around at new scenery.

Over the weekend we had TWO parties – one with DeDe and G Mike and one with Oma and Papa. Unfortunately, we’re still not comfortable merging families until everyone is vaccinated (so soon!). Plus what a lucky kid to have multiple birthday parties! Stressful for the parents who have to clean, cook, bake, and decorate all weekend 🙂

Verdict is…. she likes cake! Look at that smile 🙂
Balloon garland is from amazon, the curtain is borrowed from her nursery windows, the name sign was a gift at my baby shower (from Etsy), high chair Ikea, seat cover/mat Yeah Baby Goods, and 1 banner from Amazon.
The cutest rose gold tableware
Okay, this icing made it SO EASY to decorate cupcakes. It comes with 4 different tips. Thank goodness this exists 🙂
Ta – da! They’re not the most perfect but they sure were easy to decorate!
My parents bought their first grandchild a car, lol! OMG, it’s so realistic.

Such a fun weekend! Both for Livvy and for us. She got nonstop hugs and kisses for 48 hours straight, and we got to spend time with family and feel a sense of normalcy. But, this weekend also opened our eyes to how lucky we had it with a newborn, staying at home, and keeping a strict schedule. A combination of parties, fun, cake (sugar), and spring forward made our bedtime routines later and last a little longer. Parents were exhausted by Sunday night, lol!

This dress from Red Dress Boutique is stunning! I love the pastel color, the floral design, the movement, long sleeves, boho vibe.. but I’m wearing a small and wish it were offered in an XS. I felt a little swallowed by this dress. I did wear some nude block heels (not pictured) to help with length, but the top of the dress was very roomy and felt a little too big. I ended up wearing a cami underneath to feel more secure.

Ready for Spring with Red Dress Boutique

This is my second try on haul with red dress in the last two months. They’re always been my go to for special occasion dresses. Recently, I’ve purchased loungewear sets and pajamas (that’s *another* try on haul on the way…)

While I’m not ready to go out in public or large gatherings, there are a couple of upcoming events and holidays where I felt like I needed a wardrobe refresh.

I could be returning to the office as early as June! It’s crazy to think that this is the first time I’m seeing my coworkers since I became a mom! I want to continue dressing like my personality. I love how feminine this top is – the eyelet, lace, and pastel colors are beautiful! Definitely one of the first tops I’ll wear when we return to work. I paired the top with these Abercrombie high waisted jeans and white mules.

This floral dress is gorgeous! It comes in white and this mauve pink. It was a very tough decision to make! I actually preferred the white, but white dresses remind me of occasion dresses – bridal events, baby showers, holidays, etc. I tried to picture where I could wear this dress and my future sister in law’s bridal shower came to mind. I wish I could have photographed the back – it’s low cut and ties. I am able to wear a strapless bra. Wearing a small.

This tiered white blouse is one of my favorites in the haul. It’s comfortable and I love how it flows. I will warn you that it’s not lined so a cami underneath is preferred. This feminine and flowy blouse is giving me free people vibes without the free people price tag – win! I did pair with my free people jeans I purchased during the Nordstrom sale last August. I’m also linking the same pair in black because I see they’re 40% off (I’m wearing a 27). Also, hi to Livvy in the background 🙂

This sweater dress is most surprising! The fabric and texture hug in all of the right places. I love the cut of the skirt, how well it flows, and the shape it gives! For Spring, pairing with white booties is a great choice. For Fall or Winter, I’d throw on a suede jacket and tan boots.

When I ordered this dress, I couldn’t tell if it was pink leopard or pink floral. It’s pink floral – like watercolor – either print, I knew I’d love this dress. Again, it’s so feminine! The square neckline, the sleeves, the length. I think this is the perfect Easter dress. I’m wearing a small.

Although this dress was in the same order, I hadn’t planned on sharing it with this haul; However, I saw it’s only available in Small and wanted to share it so you had a chance to purchase. I plan to wear this for my daughter’s FIRST BIRTHDAY party in TWO WEEKS :(. I’ll style it better in that post – because you know there’s going to be a whole blog post dedicated to my sweet girl and her birthday, lol. I’m 5’3″ for reference and was worried this dress would be too long. With heels, it’s a great length. I love how the buttons stop halfway down to create some leg! I’m wearing a small and do think this dress swallows me a bit. It is too low for me up top and I actually have it pulled back and fastened at the nape of my neck. I’ll have to get alterations or pin it up for the party. It would work a lot better if I had something to fill out the dress on top, lol. Otherwise, I absolutely love this dress, the colors, the print, the boho vibe. The sleeves are long sleeve but sheer so no fabric is rubbing against you and it’s very comfortable.

Stay tuned and follow along for the party! Here’s to a few more weeks until Spring!