Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Winding Down + My Nighttime Skincare Regime



Winding down is something that actually comes very naturally to me. I'm a very calm person, and I don't let the stresses of life get to me. Because, aging...hello! I am totally able to just cut the BS of daily life out and find myself very peaceful and relaxed at nighttime. 

It's SO important to give yourself that nighttime wind-down sesh. You know? That alone time, where you can light a candle, sip on some lemon/ginger tea (which I'm obsessed with lately. btw), read a book, and then try to get a full 7-8 hours of sleep. 

On average, most people are getting 4-5 hours, which in my opinion is NOT enough. Your body cannot feel rested that way. I need my 7-8, and I will do whatever it takes to get that. Don't get me wrong. It is the hardest thing to get everything done and get your 7-8 hours, but if you truly believe in the greatness of sleep, you will make it happen. 

Well, let's be real here, I'm not a mother of 3 or anything, so I can't speak for the busy moms out there...But I assume THAT can be tough!  





The one thing I won't compromise on, is my nighttime skincare routine. As mentioned before, the health of my skin is SO important to me, and I legit have a fear of aging. But we already know this....lol

I take it pretty seriously, and even if I get home at a ridiculous hour, completely intoxicated, I will still manage to take off all my make-up and get through at least a few steps. 

Ps. Ladies, please DON'T ever sleep with your make-up on. I know in our teens we thought it was okay to do so, but when you get to your 20s, it's not funny. Take. It. Off. Your skin will thank you later. 




Okay, so let's go through what I'm actually doing for my face at night. Before I begin, let me tell you, this little regime is for my skin. It's works for me, and I love it. It also doesn't mean it's for you. So give it a try, but make sure you're doing what's best for your skin. 


Step 1: Cleanse your skin.

I use Vichy's ProEven foaming cleanser. I recently starting using this one, and I'm absolutely loving it so far. I'm not the type of person that will stick to one brand for all my products. I like to mix and match. This one is super smooth and moisturizing to the skin. It acts as a great make-up remover. Most of the time, I don't even need to use a make-up remover before hand. This usually gets everything off. However, if you feel like you need to use a make-up remover, then go with a Coconut Oil. Just remember your coconut oil should be cold pressed, virgin, and organic. A little bit of that, and your eye make-up is gone!


Step 2: Toner

I'm not really fussy with the type of toner I use. And, I don't use it every night. I kind of gage my skin and use it whenever I feel like I need to. Toning every night can really dry out your skin, so for those with dry skin, I don't really recommend it. The brand I use is by Olay. I find that it really gets in there a removes all the make-up and dirt well, without stripping your skin of its natural moisture. 


Step 3: Eye Cream

I've used many, MANY eye creams, and I have to say I love this one! The skin around your eyes is superrr thin and fragile, so finding the right eye cream for you can be difficult. I also love something that can brighten the skin around my eyes as dark circles can be a problem for me. This eye cream is 100% natural with organic coffee beans. It contains anti-aging vitamins, and is chemical free. So much yesss! It was introduced to me by my cousin from Aussie, who SWEARS by it. She gifted it to me while I was there, and I've been obsessed with it ever since! 


Step 4: Moisturizer

The last step is sealing in everything you've done with a great moisturizer. The one I use, and love is by L'Occitane. Another amazing product also recommended by my Aussie cousin, (who btw has amazing skin). I love this one for many reasons: it's very light on this skin, so not too oily, it's great for anti-aging, makes your skin glow in the morning, it's organic, and it smells amazing. Honestly, what's not to love?! 

Another moisturizer I use is Vichy's ProEven overnight cream. I pretty much only use this on areas of my skin that I notice have uneven tones. It's great for brightening as well. 


Masks:

I know I've spoken about facial masks over and over again, so I'm not going to speak too much about this. It's not an everyday thing, but do this at least once a week! 


I know this seems like a lot of steps, but it's really not. These things are ESSENTIAL for your skin. You brush your teeth everyday, you put on make-up everyday, so include removing your make-up and taking care of your skin, daily! 










Okay, what about you guys? Do you have a nighttime routine you swear by? Also, how do you wind down? SHARE! 

The one thing I find SO hard is putting the 'screens' away...laptop, phone, etc. I'm always so active on social media and it takes a lot for me to actually put all that away and focus on a good book. With everything so readily available at your fingertips, ie. Netflix, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, etc, it can be so difficult! Trust me, I know! I'm with you. So, if you have any good tips for ALL of us, please, please share in the comments. 


Hope everyone is enjoying their week so far! 


Chat soon--Xx, kim


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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Valentine's Day Realness + A Gift Guide of Things She'll Actually Want.





I've already mentioned in my previous post how much of a non-Valentine's Day fan I am. And before you start judging me thinking 'bitter-old-bitch who's dated some real assholes...,' think again. I've never liked the idea of celebrating Valentine's Day, and I've in fact, been blessed with non-asshole bfs. Quite the contrary actually, (the kind that celebrated v-day with or without my liking it.)


Still though, never cared for the holiday. Why are we celebrating love on only one day? Not that I'm a crazy romantic or anything, but even I know not to celebrate love on just one day out of an entire year. What happened to surprising each other with chocolates on random days? Hiding love notes in the bathroom here and there? Rose petals on the bed on a day that's not Feb 14th? If you're already doing this on the regular, and still want to celebrate this Valentine's Day "holiday," all the power to you! Congrats on being a super duper cheesy (and I mean that in the nicest way possible) couple.


If you're not, well stop giving into this Hallmark holiday, and start romancing outside of Feb 14th. Seriously. Do it. Your girl/guy will appreciate cute shit stuff wayyy more if it's done random times of the year, instead of on this very cliche day where EVERYONE is going out for (over-priced) dinners and buying each other (over-priced) flowers.


And for the record. What is up with guys and buying their women whole boxes of chocolates?? Do I look like I need to gain 10 pounds? A bar will do just fine.


Be different. Don't give in. I'm not saying you can't be cute on Feb 14th though. Just do it in a non Hallmark way you know? Cook your dinner...perhaps together? Open that expensive bottle of wine that's been sitting there for sometime, get drunk, and sing some karaoke. Now that's my kinda v-day. ;)


Now, to basically contradict everything I just said, (because I KNOW most of you men will end up buying shit for your gfs on Valentine's Day anyways), I have put together an amazing gift guide so that you don't end up getting really random stuff that she'll have to pretend to like.


You're welcome.







Everything in the above gift guide is something I would TOTALLY love getting for V-day. (If I was celebrating, of course). 



♡ Titika Active Couture
Loving this brand for super cute activewear. Check out my latest post on all the hottest styles. You can't go wrong with sexy workout gear. 



Bralettes
I'm so in love with these! How frekin sexy are they under a white blouse? I'm loving these, these, and these. Link me your faves. I can't get enough!



Kate Spade Planners
We all know my obsession with organization. I mean, I LIVE for planners! I never ever go anywhere without mine, and these Kate Spade planners are so chic.



Revlon's Ultra HD Matte Lip Colours
If you guys have been following me on Snapchat (un: kim-marquis), you know how much I'm LOVING these Revlon lip colours! They are so pigmented and beautiful. The best part is they don't dry out your lips, which is always a plus!



Lucky Star Jewels
Every girl loves her jewelry! And you don't need to spend a fortune for Valentine's Day. Something cute and trendy is always a nice gift. Doesn't need to be diamonds, boys!!



Desk Phone Charger
I found this to be adorable!! Especially if your girlie works at a desk, whether at home or the office. It's so cute and just makes your work space that much more workable. 





Okay guys, that's a wrap on this V-Day gift guide. I hope this was helpful. PLEASE do share if you ladies/men have any other v-day gifts you wanna add. ALSO, share your thoughts on how you feel about Valentine's Day. I'd love to know!


Chat soon-- Xx, kim



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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Hottie Workout Gear by Titika Active Couture.


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LOOK 1






You guys all know how much I loooooovee my heels and super chic outfits...

But who says workout gear can't also be chic?? I'm dying over all these adorable fitness outfits from Titika Active Couture!! I mean, there are days we all just want to be in sweats and not leave the house, because...well, we're in sweats. But seriously, these frekin adorable get-ups are so cute that you can wear them to the gym, and not have to rush home because you look like shit. You can actually be seen in public and run your errands, or do whatever you need to, because they are THAT cute. 

I'm totally obsessed with look 2 btw! That jacket is the best thing of life, and the sports bra is SUPER comfy!! So. much. yesss. 






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LOOK 2






I can't tell you guys how much I'm in love with this overall look. The sports bra is so sexy and comfy, and the jacket is one of my faves. It's perfect when it's a little chilly out and you need that extra something. 

Also check out the detailing on these tights! Ugh...love.


 



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LOOK 3




In love with this little printed set. They have SO many variations of them btw! Styles for EVERYONE. Check them out!


 


You guys are also aware of my balanced lifestyle. I'm not so much of a gym goer, but more of an active lifestyle believer. I love, love, love my food. And indulging in EVERYTHING. I pretty much never say no to a delicious plate of pasta. Haha, but I like to keep it balanced. Everything in moderation.

I love a good hot yoga sweat sesh, walking, and being active whenever I can. Eating healthy is SO key in my life. As much as I love food, I find that eating healthy keeps me fit, and in turn I feel amazing. When you eat crap, you feel like crap. Again, I'm not saying having a burger once in a while is going to kill you and make you feel like crap. But just remember, everything in moderation. I'm a HUGE believer in that.




If you guys want more tips on how I live a balanced lifestyle, shoot me an email. I know a few of you have already, so I hope I've been helpful! 


Shop the looks here:


Look 1: Sports bra  |  Joggers 

Look 2: Sports bra  |  Tights  |  Jacket

Look 3: Sports bra  |  Shorts


BTW, all their workout gear is breathable, quick drying, moisture-wicking, durable, and have a 4 way stretch, which basically means you can move/bend in anyway, shape, or form without being uncomfortable. Again, SO MUCH YESS!


Okay, your turn! What are your healthy tips?? Leave them in the comments below for everyone. Also, link us some cute workout gear as well!


Chat soon.


Xx, kim



Photography: Victoria Jmourko


This post was in collaboration with Titika Active Couture. As always, opinions are my own.



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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Cute V-Day Inspired Outfits | His & Hers.

Last year's V-Day look.



Any excuse to dress up right? Even for this "holiday"....


Just put together some of my favourite pieces that I'm loving, for you guys. February is all about colour. We are coming out of our blacks, greys, and navy phase and finally seeing some colour again. The shops are full of pinks and reds. Which I totally love seeing, fyi. One step closer to Spring!!






So if you are going to celebrate Valentine's Day and get all sassed up for your girl/guy, I've chosen some adorable pieces for you ladies and some really sexy stuff for you guys out there. And let's just be clear that these are not just for Valentine's Day. These can be worn all year round, and are just overall gorg. That top right red blazer is one of my faves. I shall do an OOTD post for you guys on that. And on a sexier note, I'm obsessed with these bralettes. They are SO chic under a white blouse, couple of buttons undone....and ugh, I can't even deal. #sexyAF


Okay, moving onto the men....





I mean, let's get real....nothing is hotter than a guy in a tailored suit. Hands down, sexiest look ever. Unfortunately, unless you're married to a lawyer, you're going to have to settle for something other than suits. And that's why you have these amazing printed shirts. Which BTW I'm absolutely lovinggg lately. I'm seeing them everywhere on guys, and just loving the entire look. Printed shirts and cute nerdy sweaters are so my 'man-look' these days! Chic right? Do you guys agree/disagree? Weigh in!


Okay, stay tuned, because I have a maje Valentine's Day gift guide coming up on the blog soon. Working on that right now...along with my very raw thoughts on V-day. Get excited!


That's all for now---


Xx, kim





Photography by Ravelle Arianne




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Monday, February 1, 2016

Faux Fur Chic-ness.






As you guys already know, I'm a HUGE fan of easy, no hassle outfits. But I obviously still need it to be super chic. Duh. And if you read my previous post, you also know that I die for these flared pants. It's become such a staple in my wardrobe these days, and I'm wearing them everywhere. Invest in a good flared pant, you will NOT be disappointed! 


So, that being said, these pants and a simple top is the perfect 'no hassle' outfit. But the faux fur vest just makes the whole thing chic AF you know? 


BTW, this vest was such a random find at Abercrombie. If I'm being totally honest, I never go into the store. Nothing against the clothing, but I just never got all the hype about it. I happened to be in there for a friend, and spotted the very last vest...ON SALE! It's safe to say I was happy I went in. Now I kinda browse through the store if I'm passing it, just in case. ;)



Vest Abercrombie  |  Pants H&M  |  Bag Marc Jacobs  |  Black Top Cynthia Rowley  |  Accessories Various


So yea, loving the combination of this outfit. It's one of those perfect weekend wears, where you're running around doing a million things, and don't want to look like a total slob. 


This weekend was super productive! Got a bunch of shoots down, so I can't wait to share them all with you guys. 


I also watched The Revenant with my dreamy Leo this weekend. The movie was meh, the acting was bomb....but we already knew that going in...
My gf and I watched this in the VIP theatre, which was quite the experience. Lol, but you already know this if you're following on snapchat. UN: 'kim-marquis'


Ok--that's all for now. 


Have an amazing week, you guys!


Xx, kim




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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Stripes & Nautical Blues.





You guys!!


The love I have for this day to night outfit is beyond me. It's SUCH a great little transitional outfit. I mean, nothing is little about it though. It's got some big-ass statement pieces that I'm obsessed with. 


For one, let's talk about these flared pants that I just die for. I can't tell you how comfy they are. They have the perfect amount of stretch, and are just so flattering in areas you want flattered. Ya know what I mean??



This cape was one of my fave purchases made in Australia at this cute little market. Read all about the best shopping spots in Sydney here. It's super chic, and something you can throw over your blouse in the winter time. Loveee Italian wool. 


Overall, the outfit is great when you don't want to put too much effort into it. And we all have those weeks where our entire walk-in closet is overflowing, yet we have 'nothing to wear'. All this really is, is some great-fitting flared pants, your fave blouse, and the cape to top it off. And we all know the hat is there just to cover up that week-old, unwashed hair (shhh) ;)





Blouse Loft  |  Flare Pants H&M (similar)  |  Cape Australia (similar)  |  Bag Michael Kors  |  Hat Aldo Accessories


Do you guys have any go-to effortless outfits? Do share below! 


Yay, the week is almost done! I'm recovering from food poisoning as we speak, so that's been my week...

I legit wanted to die. I wish food poisoning on NO ONE. It's got to be one of the worst weeks ever. 


Okay lovelies, I'm off to watch some more of Downton, Making A Murderer, and The 100. What are you guys watching these days?? Share in the comments. 


Xx, kim



Photography by Victoria Jmourko
Hair by: Andrea Piva



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