Legion of Honor, Cycling in Santa Cruz, & Rich Hills of Saratoga

Header-Kia-SorentoUsually when I have a vehicle for review, I often take it to different places I’ve never been before, and simply go out and explore.

Alfie-SelfieI’m ready. Alfie’s ready. We’re off to explore!


Saratoga-SorentoLike always, the first day that I had it, I went exploring the rich homes in the hills of Saratoga with Alfie (see my video) to take some photos of it while it was still sparkly and shiny. A few days after that I packed up my specialized bike in the Sorento and drove to Santa Cruz to bike around for the day, solo. It was grand!

Cycle-gearMy little Mazda (I’m so proud of it. It’s my first car and I paid it off in no time because of my hatred for being in debt), but for the past year or so it’s been giving us troubles. Not enough to sell it or to let it go, but enough to where my husband doesn’t want me driving it such long distances, in case anything happens. Like, the suspension busting off on a highway or something. Joking!!!

Bike-Start-Bike-FinishIt’s been a while since I trekked down to Santa Cruz. Not a far drive, but a curvy one down Highway 9, so I like to go super early to beat any traffic. I went solo this time because I wanted to park the crossover, and go cycling a bit down there.


Bike-routeYou know, have a bit of “me time” even though I’m constantly exploring independently on my own, it’s still fun to dedicate a morning or a day to it, ya hear me?


Kia-Sorento-trunkSo, I didn’t bring Alfie. He missed out on this adventure, but I’m sure soon enough he’ll be in the passenger seat going down the road with me, with his smiling face like this one.

Alfie-SorentoWhen I think of Kia vehicles, I honestly don’t think anything but an affordable, and not-super luxurious. But ba-bam, it may look boring from the outside but it’s all bells and whistles on the inside. The last time I was in a Kia was probably the late 90’s! This Sorento was fully-loaded and I have to tell you, it’s really impressive and I”m surprised to say that myself. This Sorento with all the bells and whistles MRSPs at $46,495.00.

Front-Camera-Kia-SorentoThe things that impressed me regarding the 2016 Kia Sorento SXL V6 AWD:

  • a SEVEN seater
  • huge ol’ moonroof on ‘er
  • the trunk opens up on its own when you stand next to it!! (ie: with a cart full of groceries)
  • that front view mirror when you’re in drive going < 5mph
  • heated steering wheel, cooling seats, heated seats
  • dual temp control

Like, seriously if you’re not into brand names of cars, you’ll definitely get a lot for your money with this one. I can tell you one thing, that I cannot believe I’m saying this, but it’s honestly one of the fanciest cars I’ve ever driven. The interior could’ve easily fooled me for a Lexus. It’s super nice and fancy inside. And while I’ve said in the past, I’m not a car reviewer by any means (I know little about vehicles if we’re being honest). It’s a bit difficult to drive given the fact it feels like a monster truck from the inside (and from the outside it simply looks like a 5 seater regular sized crossover/suv/truck. It definitely helps that the Kia Sorento has an overhead view when you’re in drive to see where you’re going if you want to fit into a parking space, or making a tight turn. The moonroof is just gorgeous and I had it open every single time I went for a drive.

LegionOfHonorSo enough about the car! Let’s talk about more fun adventures Mr. Spiffykerms and I did this weekend.

The-ThinkerWe checked out the Legion of Honor museum for the first time, and saw a ton of Rodin bronze sculptures (the Thinker!!), some van Gogh, and even Monet was on display there.

Selfie-and-The-ThinkerSelfie time with Thinker! Lol. Do you like my lightweight sweatshirt? I love it, it’s from Chaser!

Legion-of-HonorThe building itself is absolutely stunning.

Cali-sweaterI could have easily stayed here most of the day and just sit outside to people watch in this gigantic entryway. Have you been there? I can’t believe how gorgeous it is.

Delores-Park-SanFranI’m not sure my husband had ever been to Dolores Park in San Francisco before, so after the Legion of Honor museum, I drove us over there but first with a quick stop to one of my acai bowl places for a snack. It’s packed on the weekends in the park! Guess that’s city life for you.

Alfie-ignoringWell that’s it folks, a lot of fun touring around last week. And I’ll leave you with one last photo to show you that Alfie doesn’t always cooperate with me taking photos. He’s clearly ignoring me here, ha!

Thanks to Kia for letting me 2016 Kia Sorento SXL V6 AWD for a week which led me to all these adventures!

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Review: Tom Ford Correcting Pen (01 Light)

This is my first Tom Ford purchase, and I didn’t even pay full price for it since I picked it up unexpectedly while shopping at the outlets. I picked it up in early May and have been giving it a fair trial ever since, I thought it was time to write my review. I haven’t touched my Cle de Peau concealer since May! Isn’t that wild? Sure, it’s my holy grail but when I’m trying something out, I want to give it a fair go and use it every time I wear makeup (which isn’t every day!).

TomFord-Correcting-PenTom Ford’s Correcting Pen is a dual-ended concealer. The oval shaped correcter is pink based which will neutralize under eye dark circles. The other side is a yellow based concealer shaped more like a pencil with a fine point – this will reduce redness in the skin and camouflage imperfections. I rarely use the yellow one, and only if I want to conceal a spot or two on the face. I’m sure you can layer the two concealers under the eyes for a heavier coverage but I haven’t.

swatchesAlthough the coverage is a little lighter weight than my Cle de Peau, I do enjoy using it. The Tom Ford Correcting Pen is a little less creamy gliding onto my skin, but blends out beautifully with my ring finger (I don’t use a brush, and for no particular reason — just out of convenience I use my ring finger).

I’m sure the photos of the before/during/after will help you see how the product works on my under eyes. Nothing photoshopped — just straight from the camera (don’t you love the lighting in my house. See, that’s why I photograph things between 1-3pm on the landing, haha, perfect lighting).

Zero-concealerZero concealer

Tom-Ford-Concealer-applyApplying concealer in a triangle shape under the eye

Left-eye-concealedConcealer applied on YOUR left, and nothing on my (your RIGHT)

After-concealerConcealer applied and blended in, on both under eye areas

before-after-concealerAnd because it’s easier, a side-by-side comparison

Tom-Ford-productI’m not sure that this product will last me as long as my Cle de Peau one (CDP will last me 18 months), since the Tom Ford Correcting Pen is a slimmer with less product. But I’m curious to find out how long it’ll last me, and compare the two with pricing, since the CDP is really expensive, but worth the investment for how long I can use it for.

Tom Ford’s Correcting Pen ($44USD) available in Light, Medium and Deep. 

Disclaimer: purchased with my own money for a discounted price at the beauty outlet. Yay deals! 

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Drybar Products: What I like, and what I didn’t.

Drybar-productsOkay, so I’ve been a bit delayed on writing these posts regarding a few Drybar products that were sent to me. Obviously it takes a while to use the product (I prefer to be at least halfway done a bottle of styling products, shampoo, etc, before I give my recommendations, or not). So here I am, taking photos of a few products that I received multiple months ago. I wanted to give them a fair trial, because honestly, some of the products I didn’t like from the get-go and I wanted to see if that would change. See? Not everything is rosey and have rave reviews. I will tell you how it is. Let’s get to the stuff I’m not pleased with first, to end it all on a good note, shall we?

Texas-Tea-ShampooDrybar Texas Tea Volumizing Shampoo ($30 CDN/ $24 USD) If there is anyone that needs volume in her hair, it’s me. 100% me. I was really excited to try this out, and I ended up really not liking it. I’m using it up, as you can see – it’s been the only shampoo in our shower for months, just so I can get the full effect. It does nothing for my hair, and definitely doesn’t volumize it. I’ve had a lot better drugstore shampoos lather in my hair and create more volume than this. Unfortunately I do not recommend you buy it.

Texas-Tea-CondiDrybar Texas Tea Volumizing Conditioner ($30 CDN/ $24 USD) I’m not sure why this is still in the shower because I tend to use a leave-in conditioner after my shower. As soon as I put this in my hair, no matter how long I let it sit in my hair, when I was it out it feels like I simply conditioned with water. Absolutely no moisture properties or “conditioner feels” in my hair. I’m using it up, because I do not like to waste. But man, I’m not fond of this at all. Dang!

Drybar-volume-mousseDrybar Southern Belle Volumizing Mousse ($25 CDN/ $26 USD) Okay, I think I’m on my 2nd or 3rd can of mousse. It lasts forever (I’m talking 3-5 months for me) since I do not wash my hair on an everyday basis, nor do I apply this in my hair every time I wash it. I love it. It’s a mousse, and it does what it’s supposed to. I will keep buying this product (it was sent to me once, and I bought it twice with my own money).

Drybar-Detox-ShampooDrybar Detox Dry Shampoo ($29 CDN/ $23 USD)  I picked a can of this as soon as I moved to California. I had been using it for about a year before I started working with DryBar, and obviously if I bought it before I worked with them, I’m a fan. Plus, their cute packaging helps. I really do love it. However, I do not wait until my hair is greasy or on second day before applying it all over my hair. I haven’t tried their Dry Shampoo for brunettes, but I heard it was really dark coming out of the can.

Drybar-Detox-conditDrybar Detox Dry Conditioner ($23 USD. I don’t think it’s available in Canada yet) The newest product of them all as I received it about a month or so ago. I’m still on the fence about this, because while I do love it – I have done without it for so long that I’m not sure if I would re-buy, or if I’m in love with it. It gives a lot of moisture back into my ends, fluffs them up, smells great, but I have some mixed feelings about it and I’m not sure why.

Drybar-Leave-InDrybar Mr. Incredible The Ultimate Leave-In Conditioner ($32.50 CDN/ $26 USD) Okay. Holy grail right here. I use this every.single.time I get out of the shower. It’s an aerosol spray which I use completely saturate the ends of my hair. It feels amazing and helps my hair retain moisture. Plus I love how long it’s lasting me! Like I mentioned, I don’t wash my hair everyday (I wash it every 3-4 days), so it’s lasting me a long time and the bottle itself is huge!

I think it’s only fair to say that these are obviously my own opinions and perhaps you guys do love the products that I’m not a fan of, and vice versa! Some products were sent for review as I stated above, but I’ve repurchased my favourite products over-and-over.

Have you used Drybar products before? Thoughts? 

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