Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Work Wear

Happy Tuesday everyone! One day closer to Friday!
I love this H&M blouse (similar/similar).  It's so versitile and can be worn dressed up or down.  I typically wear it with jeans, but decided to throw it together with this F21 (old) skirt for a work day.  I love the gold detail on the shoulders.  It's just a little something to dress it up.  The material is very soft and breathable, perfect for summer or fall layers. 
I recently bought this navy and gold necklace by Glint & Gleam.  It's even better than I expected.  Shoplately is definitely one of my favorite places to shop for accessories.
Here are the fabulous blogs I'm linking up with:
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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Scarf Weather!

Oh, there you are Fall! I was beginning to think you had forgotten about us!
Yesterday, it was finally cool enought o wear a jacket and scarf here in San Diego.  Is it sad that we are excited to finally be able to bring out the Fall wardrobe? I guess others would say for us to be grateful.  In any event, I had a smile on my face when I looked at my scarves and brought out this new blazer from H&M.  The scarf is from H&M too, but it was from last year, they have a similar one that kind of has the same color scheme but a much different print. The necklace was a recent F21 purchase and is pretty versatile too.
Well, I'm off to enjoy the clouds and cool air :) Happy Thursday!

Here are the fabulous blogs I'm linking up with:
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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Pop of Pink & Baby Update

I love Express when it comes to work wear.  The quality and fit are great and I don't have to think too hard when I'm there as to whether or not it's appropriate for the workplace.  Both the cardigan and pencil skirt (similar) are from Express.

I hope you are having a wonderful week!  Mine is off to a rough start.  BabyS has been waking up at night, ready to play.  At first, I thought it was her teething, but she is just so wide awake and happy.  I did some reasearch and apparently it's very common at this age (around 10 months) when they either learned and are about to learn a new milestone (crawling, standing, walking, etc.). She's been crawling and pulling herself up to stand for a while now, so maybe that is it?  I need someone to remind me every night at 9:00 p.m. to go to bed, because I ALWAYS regret staying up!

Here are gorgeous blogs I'm linking up with:
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Wednesday, September 4, 2013


HoneyB and I decided to go to lunch and get a couple of drinks with my brother at Stone Brewery in Liberty Station.  Yum!  I went for a monochromatic look with a navy and white dress from F21 and denim vest (also posted here).  You can't really see the print in the photo, but they're sail boats :)  My white and gold arm candy are from Glint at Gleam (watch & this bracelet is sold out, but here is a similar one) & F21.
How cool is this hallway? I thought it had a creepy cool vibe.  Also, kind of Inception-like.
I hope you are having an amazing short week :)
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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Life by Rikki 2.0

Happy Wednesday, all!  I just wanted to let you all know that I've updated my web address to www.lifebyrikki.com.  Please be sure to update your GFC, Bloglovin' or however else you keep up with me, if you need to!  I would hate to lose you any of you :(

I hope you are all having an amazing week!


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Oldies but Goodies

Now that we are moved in our new home and I have my pre-pregnancy body back (minus some additional toning I need to work on), it's been really fun "shopping my closet".  This F21 shirt and skirt are from well before I was pregnant. I love the retro and modern print of this skirt (similar and similar) and I'm really glad I held on to it. I'm really considering investing in this one.  I added a fun new necklace and stacked a Coach bangle along with others from a local boutique. My husband bought me this bracelet for Chrismas a few years ago, but here is a similar one.
I hope you are all having a great week!
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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Projects by Rikki: DIY Bird Mobile

When I was planning and decorating my daughter's nursery, I wanted as many hand-made, personal items as possible. I purchased from Etsy, searched tutorials, etc.  One of the things that I absolutely had to have was one of those hand-made mobiles on Etsy.  One thing stood in my way: money.  I just couldn't bear to spend upwards of $50 for a few pieces of paper, some string and sticks/wood.  So I looked online for some inspiration and encouragement to make one myself.  This took me less than an hour and about $24.00 in materials, which I still have plenty left over for all sorts of other projects. The only thing I already had was the pencil and scissors :)
While I wish I could take all the credit, I did get most of the idea from this Martha Stewart project.  I took the idea, drove to Michael's and pretty much went with whatever I could find.
Here's what you'll need:

- A printed copy of this template
 - Colored/printed paper or cardstock
- A pencil
- Scissors
- A needle or small hole punch
- A wood/wicker wreath
- Embroidery thread
- Flower scrapbook stickers, small artificial flower pieces or DIY flowers from here
- Regular glue
-Hot glue gun and sticks
1. Cut out both pieces of the bird from the template.
2. Trace them onto the printed paper/cardstock and cut out the pieces. Since my paper was only printed on one side, I cut two of each piece and glued the white sides together so that my birds were printed on both sides.

3. Bend the body silhouette so that you can cut a slit in the middle of the body. This is where you will be inserting the wing piece.  Using a razor or exacto knife would be easier, but I didn't have one.

4. Insert the wing piece through the body like the picture below.  I added some glue where the wings meet the body to keep it in place. Create as many birds as you want; I made 8, using different colors and prints of paper.
5. I took a small needle and poked a hole in the middle of the bird's body so that I can thread the string through. I seperated the embroidery thread in half, so that each string was composed of 3 pieces of thread - I hope that makes sense. 
6. I threaded one end of the string through the hole and tied a knot so that it couldn't come back through.
6. Tie the other end of the string to the bottom of the wicker wreath like the photo below.  You will want to vary the lengths of threads so that the birds are at different heights.

7. After you have tied your birds to the wreath, add the flower pieces to the outside of the wreath with the hot glue gun like the photo below.  I  used these stickers from Marth Stewart Crafts. I wasn't specifically looking for Martha Stewart products, they just happened to be the ones that I liked the best.

8. Lastly to hang the mobile, I screwed a hook in the ceiling above the crib. I tied each end of a whole piece of embroidery thread to either/both sides of the top of the mobile and hung it from the hook.

Here is the finished project!

This is my first real project tutorial, so I would greatly appreciate any feedback, suggestions, etc.
Thank you so much for stopping by and please let me know if you have any questions!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Navy Tank + Lace Shorts + Bright Bangles

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I ran some errands and did a little shopping this weekend and I just couldn't believe that all the Fall fashions and make-up are coming out already.  Spring and Fall are my most favorite seasons.  I am obsessed with jackets and scarves.  In San Diego, there is only a limited amount of time we can wear them, so I really can't wait!
Anyway, it's still summer so we can cross that road when we get there. Here I am, wearing a navy tank from F21 and a pair of lace shorts from a local boutique (similar).  Just because I'm such a color freak this summer, I chose to add some gold, bright yellow and pink bangles from Glint & Gleam.  I'm actually a bit disappointed that you can't really see them in this picture.  Here's a glance at them from ShopLately.
 What else is in the picture? My monogram iPhone case from To Gild The Lily.  You could win a personalized iPhone case with any design your choose from their shop. 
Don't forget to enter the giveaway here.


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Monday, August 5, 2013

Mani Mondays and a Giveaway!

So I decided to give nail decals a try. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I took a break from all the bright summer nail colors and just used 2 coast of OPI in Passion.  It's my favorite "natural" polish.  You can add another coat to make it opaque, but I decided that I wanted it a little translucent for a more natural look. I found this beautiful feather design and purchased it in both purple and blue.  I had never used nail decals before. I actually just used nail tape for the first time, here.  All in all, I like it. If you look SUPER close, you can see that it's a decal, but it's not really obvious and I really like this design.
It was a lot easier to use that I thought it would be.  You just cut around the decal as close to the design as you can.  Then you peel off the clear cover and it exposes the sticky side of the decal.  You press it onto your nail and rub it a little to make sure it's on there well. Mine came with a couple little foam pads. You just take a pad, wet it and place it on top of the paper side to moisen the paper (the paper side of the decal is facing up, now that you have pressed the decal onto your nail).  The directions said to wait 30 seconds to take the paper backing off, but mine actually came off with the wet sponge. It didn't damage the decal...maybe I got lucky? Too finish, you just add a couple coats of top coat and you are good to go!
I would have used a different base color. I just got bored with my natural looking manicure and decided to go for it.
Now for the giveaway! I am so excited to be teaming up with Melinda from To Gild the Lily for this giveaway! After I purchased a case back in June, she offered to do a giveaway with me. I was so excited because I absolutely LOVED the case that I got.  I raved about it here.
Now you have a chance to win your own personalized monogram case from To Gild the Lily.  You can pick your own design from their Etsy Store, and have it monogrammed with your initials.
Good luck and thank you for stopping by!

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Mani Mondays: Striping Tape

If you follow me on Pinterest, you will see that I've been pinning nail art lately!  I'm still pretty conservative when it comes to my nails, but I do like to spice things up when I get a chance.
I recently ordered some nail striping tape and thought I would give it a shot.  I just did a simple two stripe accent nail for testing.
What you will need:
A complete/dry manicure (I painted my nails with a 'new' Covergirl Outlast shade, go-go-mango)
a top coat
a spool of nail tape
a pair of manicure scissors
Since I am a mommy to a beautiful 8 month old daughter, I don't have a lot of mani-pedi time. So this was a 2 night project :)  I painted my base color on the night before.  You don't need to wait 24 hours, just until your nails are completely dry. 
I painted one coat of Essie 3-Way Glaze top coat on my ring finger nail.
I pulled the tape across my nail and cut it on both sides with the manicure scissors. I got as close to the sides of my nail as possible. Using a small pair of scissors is definitely key!  Using the tip of the scissors, I pressed the tape to make sure that it sticks to the wet top coat.
Some people add another coat of top coat, but I didn't think it was necessary and it made the tape look kind of wierd.
Ta-da! Here's the finished product!  I definitely can't wait to do more with this stuff!

It's been a few days since I did this and the tape is still holding on well.  I did read somewhere that a little bit of nail glue would hold it longer and better.  I'll probably give that a try next time around.
I hope you all had an amazing weekend!  I know we definitely enjoyed the sun in SoCal this weekend.  Have a great week everyone!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Monogram Wallet Review

I've been in this 'everything monogrammed' phase since this post. Ever since I purchased that case, I fell in love with the personal touch that a monogram gives.
I went on to Etsy to see what other monogram items I might like.  As I've said before, monogramming can get really cheesy, really fast, so I knew I wanted something simple and I was going to be really picky about it. 
I stumbled across Home Twedt Home, an Etsy shop that does a lot of personalized items.  I happened to be on the lookout for a wallet, so when I saw the monogram clutch-style wallets, I knew it had to get one. I love that this wallet is really slim so I can slip it into the smallest/thinnest purse and it even doubles as a clutch. I can carry my iPhone and car key inside and it closes comfortably.
You can select both the wallet and thread color. As you know, I've been on this neon kick, so I got the lime wallet with navy thread.  The color and quality was really impressive. The above picture is without a filter and you can see how bright and clean/crisp it looks.
I hope you are all having a great week!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Pinned it, Did it: Cinnamon Sugar Baked Doughnuts

I was at the hair salon some time ago and we came accross the subject of Pinterest. We talked about how much of a time waster it is, flipping though all the photos, etc.  Then she asked me if I ever made anything that I pinned.  My response - No. Hmm...I mean I've gotten ideas from it. Does that count?  Anyway, I thought I would go ahead and actually make something that I pinned!  Enter: Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts from the blog Baker Bettie.
The only things I did different was add cinnamon and nutmeg into the batter, substitute whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose, add more cinnamon to the topping and use a regular size doughnut pan.
Here's what you'll need:
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter, plus extra for the pan, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 tsp baking powder
- pinch salt
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 325ºF
2. Using some of the extra butter, lightly coat each well of the doughnut pan
3. In a medium bowl, mix the butter and sugar until creamy
4. Add the egg, milk, and vanilla and mix until combined (mixture will look curdled)
5. Mix in the baking powder, then the salt, then the nutmeg and cinnamon
6. Mix in the flour just until combined
7. Transfer mixture into a ziplock type baggie with the tip cut off. Pipe into the pan only filling ½ of the way fill.
8. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until brown
**Allow to cool slightly before dipping in topping
1. Melt the butter for the topping and combine the cinnamon and sugar
2. Dip each donut lightly in butter then roll in cinnamon and sugar
This was such a hit at my house!  I'd love for you to try the recipe and let me know what you think!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Green & Yellow Combo

Racerback Tank (F21) - Skirt (old, similar here and wanting this one) - Belt (Local Boutique)

I love this outfit becuase it is just so bright and summery.  The tank is more of a satiny emerald green which doesn't really show in the photo.  I was searching my closet for something that would be comfy and cool in this 80 degree weather. Since we moved in April, I found so many clothes that I forgot I had. It came to no surprise that many still had the tags on them...oops!  This skirt is literally years old.  I really do clean out my closet every few months, but it's really just to get rid of the old looking, what was I thinking super trendy and other pieces that I know I'm not really going to wear much any more.  Anyway, I held on to this yellow skirt because it's actually very vesitile.  I didn't really want to wear a belt with this, but the skirt has belt loops and one of by biggest pet peeves is to see obvious belt loops and no belt.  Pants with belt loops and no belt is totally different and totally acceptable.  Anyway, the belt really tied the outfit together so it worked out :)
Thanks for visiting! I hope you all have a great week and stay cool!

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