Friday, October 30, 2015

In Shower Body Lotion & Oil

Moisturizing is one of those things I tend to slack on, and every fall when the air starts to get dry it comes back to bite me in the butt. Sometimes my skin gets so itchy that I wake up in the middle of the night and have to slather on the body lotion.

For some reason, while putting on lotion after a shower seems like too much work, putting on lotion or body oil in the shower is perfectly acceptable to me (maybe because it gives me another minute or two in the hot water ;). There are some new options in stores for in-shower moisturizing so I thought I'd test them out for you.

First up is Neutrogena Body Oil. This stuff smells so good, and I really like that you can use it as a moisturizer or can put it in your bath. While it makes my skin look nice, I don't think it actually moisturizes that well - it feels like it's just sitting on top of your skin rather than sinking in. This would probably work for the summer time, but doesn't quite cut it for dry winter skin.  

The second is a bit of a throwback for me - Johnson's Baby Oil Gel. I actually used this a lot in middle and high school when my skin was a little more sensitive. If I put nothing on my legs after I shaved them, they would be really dry, but lotion typically gave a bit of an allergic reaction. So I started using regular baby oil, and switched to the gel version because the thicker formula means it doesn't just run all over your shower and get it really slippery and then make your dad really mad at you. I thought I'd give it a try again this year and actually still really like it - it definitely provides that deep moisturization I need and is great for sensitive skin. What I don't like though is that it leaves a bit of a sticky residue, so it makes my legs stick to my pants which is kind of gross. 

The last thing I tried is Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion, which, like the name suggests, is lotion you can put on in the shower. At the end of your shower, you slather on the lotion and then rinse it off. Bada bing banda boom. I tried two versions of this, Hydrating for normal to dry skin, and Smoothing for dry skin. While I liked the Hydrating version, once I tried Smoothing there was no going back - it really leaves your skin feeling like you put on lotion after you get out of the shower and lasts until your next shower. This was definitely my favorite of all the products I tried, and I'm definitely going to keep using it! 

Have you tried any of these products? What's your favorite?

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

October Budget

Every month I post about my clothing budget. My budget per month is $300, which to some may seem like a lot and to others a little, but feels just right for me. You can read my thoughts on my 2014 budget here

Oh hey, it's time for another budget post! This month I didn't shop with any sort of plan and just let the sales take me, so I ended up with some trendier and more fun items. I think it's okay though since I've been much more focused on picking up basics the past couple of months, and while basics are really important to a wardrobe you need a few fun pieces too! Here's what I picked up this month:

J. Crew Factory Tee - originally $39.50, on sale $18.99. I love the Artist tees (especially the striped versions!), they're just so flattering and soft, so I basically had to add this navy/maroon version into the mix.
J. Crew Factory Vest - originally $108, on sale $64.50. I've thought about or tried buying this vest so many times, I'm glad it finally found a place in my closet!
Old Navy Windowpane Scarf - originally $24.94, on sale $14.96. Scarves are one of those things I rarely wear and always have too many of so I didn't necessarily need another, but I loved the windowpane print and wanted another blanket scarf, so here it is ;)
Total spent: $98.45
Total saved: $73.99

Isn't it funny that I was way under budget last October too? It's weird to see that I really do have shopping patterns.

For next month, I'm looking to grab a pretty dress for all of the holiday events coming up, and hopefully either a new watch or some classic denim.

Did you budget in October? How did you do?

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

A Little More Flannel

Sweater (similar) - Banana Republic / Shirt (similar) - Old Navy / Leggings - Zella / Boots - Bandolino / Bag (similar) - Old Navy / Watch - Wristology / Necklace (similar) - BaubleBar

So I swear I've been wearing this sweater with things that are not a plaid button down, but I somehow only manage to take pictures of the sweater styled like this. Whoops. It's such a cozy combination though that I just can't help myself. Sadly the sweater is now sold out, but I've linked a couple of similar options.

On a completely unrelated note, I've gotten super into SnapChat lately. I really hated it at first (mostly because there's no commenting or likes!) but I'm really starting to like it now - it's fun to share little unfiltered moments of my life with all of you. You can follow me at KristinaDoes. Are you on SnapChat? Leave your name in the comments so I can follow you!

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Previously on KDTI - more buffalo plaid:


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Monday, October 26, 2015

This Weekend...

This weekend I...

...Had a little date night with Jeff at our favorite burger place, Burger Bar, and tried poutine for the first time. I'm very pro ;)
...Went to the Chicago Beer Festival in Union Station with Jeff and a couple of friends, where we tasted all of the beers and consumed a whole lot of pretzels in necklace form.
...Watched Remember the Titans. Twice. Because it's the best.
...Grabbed (many) drinks at Green Street Smoked Meats, and in lieu of any smoked meats, pounded through a couple Frito pies ;)
...Did a major cleanout of our house and now have piles and piles of stuff to donate. Anyone want to finish the project for me and actually take the stuff down to the Salvation Army?
...Finally made this slow cooker beef & broccoli recipe, and omg so good. Excuse me, but I need to go lick my plate again.

I hope you had a good one!

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Friday, October 23, 2015


Happy Friday!! I am weirdly excited for this weekend (like, moreso than usual) and I think it's because we don't have a ton going on for once. Helloooooo, relaxation! And probably finally getting some things checked off my to-do list.

Being in front of the camera a lot means that I end up with quite a few bloopers on my computer - some because I can't help but be silly when Jeff is behind the camera, and some because working with a remote shutter tends to come with its quirks. Here are a few of the more amusing ones (click the photos to go to the original posts:

"Is this working?"

"What are you doing, Mister"



Here's hoping these gave you a good laugh on your Friday, and that my boss doesn't find this post and send it out to our entire company ;) 

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Coats & Crossbodies

Two of my favorite things to buy right now? Coats and crossbody bags. I tend to get sick of wearing coats every winter, so it's nice to have a few choices on hand to add some variety to my day-to-day. Plus, they can be such fun additions to your outfit. I also have been really into crossbody bags over the past couple of years - being hands free, especially while commuting or running around on a weekend adventure, is so convenient. They also can add a lot of personality to your outfit (like my new favorite striped bag), and it's easier to spring for a designer bag since they come with lower price tags than their larger friends. Here are a few of the coats and crossbody bags I'm currently craving:

1 - Coat, Bag / 2 - Coat, Bag / 3 - Coat, Bag / 4 - Coat, Bag /
5 Coat, Bag / 6 Coat, Bag / 7 Coat, Bag / 8 Coat, Bag

Which combo is your favorite?

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Leather Jacket

Jacket - Massimo Leather / Tee (similar) - JCrew / Denim - Gap / Booties (similar) - Sam Edelman / Necklace (similar) - JCrew Factory

Something I've always wanted (but never wanted to drop the $$$ on) is a leather jacket. They are so timeless and can be worn with everything. When Jeff and I went to Florence for our honeymoon over the summer, it seemed like the perfect time for a #treatyoself moment. There are stores carrying leather goods everywhere in the city, but a lot of them are pretty expensive. Thanks to Jeff's sister, who had studied abroad in Florence a month before, we were pointed to Massimo Leather by the Duomo. After chatting with the owner for maybe 30 seconds about what I wanted, he pulled this beauty off the rack. I typically have a hard time finding jackets that fit because of my chest, but this one fits like a dream - when it's zipped up it perfectly fits the curve of my back. Plus, since we were coming in as a referral, he gave me a huge discount - I ended up paying less than a third of the price. So if you're ever in Florence and looking for some #fineleathergoods, stop by Massimo's and tell him I sent you ;)

Looking for a jacket that's a little closer to home? Here are a few of my picks:

Previously on KDTI - Sam Edelman booties:


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Monday, October 19, 2015

This Weekend...

This weekend I...

...Spent the weekend away in Lake Geneva, WI for a friend's wedding! The wedding was outside and absolutely gorgeous, but also so cold! I think it was in the 40's for the ceremony. The picture above is the view from our balcony, but that backdrop was also the background for their ceremony - stunning! We were at the Grand Geneva which, amusingly, was originally a Playboy Club & Hotel, and was a fun place to stay because it's a huge resort.
...Besides the wedding, we got to do a lot of wandering around Lake Geneva since we were there for the whole weekend. We got to check out Ristoranté Brissago at the resort (where we scored some free wine - way to my heart ;) and Oakfire which had an amazing breakfast. And yes, that really was my first ever Eggs Benedict - runny yolks always freaked me out, but all the sudden I love them! We also did some wandering around the lake and downtown and did a little wine tasting at New World.
...Back in Chicago we met up with Jeff's family for a little pizza and to cheer on the Cubs.
...Managed to get all of the supplies for our Halloween costumes. A little hint - all of my Netflix binge watching is coming in very handy.

I hope you had a good one!

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Current Wishlist

Annnnnd it's time for another wishlist post! I haven't been doing much shopping lately so my wishlist has grown quite long. Some of the things I'm craving? Subtly distressed denim (nothing where my knees are fully exposed please), fun accessories (like these minimalist crawler earrings), and all of the plaid. I also saw this leather pleated mini on Kendi and am having a hard time resisting, plus we still have 3 more weddings before the end of the year (I know, I know) plus a couple dressy holiday parties on the horizon so I'm thinking a pretty new dress may just be in order.

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11

What's on your current wishlist?

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

That Vest

Tee and Vest - JCrew Factory / Denim - Gap / Necklace (similar) - Girly / Watch - Wristology / Bag - Kate Spade / Booties (similar) - Target

So I finally did it. I bought "that vest" from JCrew. I've thought about buying it a couple of times in the past, but either I thought it was too expensive or too bulky or the wrong color (this year they released it in gray originally). But then last week the factory store re-released the black trim version and it was on a great sale and I thought to try it in a different size, and voila! It's finally mine! And 40,000 other blogger's haha.

I tried to tell the vest's origin story to Jeff, but for some reason he wasn't very interested. Silly men.

In other news, yay Cubs!! I've got playoff fever ;) I got to go to the playoff game on Monday and it was one of my craziest sporting experiences of all time. The park was absolutely packed (they sold a ton of standing room only tickets) and the energy was electric. Didn't hurt that the Cubbies hit six home runs either ;)

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Previously on KDTI - the striped bag:


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