The Devil is in the details

My Week at Work – #ootd series Vol. 4

I started this new series to break up some of the monotony of recipe posts to show you what I wear to work; I hope you enjoy it!

I pride myself on finding really interesting thrifted (and vintage) clothing and pairing them with more modern pieces to make up my own style. I love being able to show off my creativity at work while still fitting under the “business casual” umbrella.

See what I’m wearing! Read More


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My Week at Work – #ootd series Vol. 3

I started this new series to break up some of the monotony of recipe posts to show you what I wear to work; I hope you enjoy it!

I pride myself on finding really interesting thrifted (and vintage) clothing and pairing them with more modern pieces to make up my own style. I love being able to show off my creativity at work while still fitting under the “business casual” umbrella.

See what I’m wearing!

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union jack

My Week at Work – #ootd series vol. 2

I started this new series to break up some of the monotony of recipe posts to show you what I wear to work; I hope you enjoy it!

I pride myself on finding really interesting thrifted (and vintage) clothing and pairing them with more modern pieces to make up my own style. I love being able to show off my creativity at work while still fitting under the “business casual” umbrella.

See what I’m wearing! Read More


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My Week at Work – #ootd series – Vol. 1

I’m starting this new series to break up some of the monotony of recipe posts to show you what I wear to work; I hope you enjoy it!

I pride myself on finding really interesting thrifted (and vintage) clothing and pairing them with more modern pieces to make up my own style. I love being able to show off my creativity at work while still fitting under the “business casual” umbrella.

Unicorn Dress: LC Lauren Conrad Runway Collection Floral Fit & Flare Dress – Kohl’s
Leggings/Boots: Target Read More


Karen and Ryan's Wedding

The Dooleys are in Portland! Plus all the marital spam you can handle

Well guys.  We did it.
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We drove for two and a half days stuffed into a MINI Cooper with two confused dogs clear across plains, mountains and a whooooooole lotta nothing at some points. But here we are. We made it!

If you follow me on snapchat (kiwi.snaps) you would have seen some of the hilarious photos I took in each state. It got weird. But I was tired. And now its gone forever. HAHA. thanks, snapchat.

When we finally got to our place it was about 10am local time. We got our keys, gave the  pups a chance to scope out the place and we began to settle in. Fortunately, we were able to have out things delivered a few days ahead of schedule. We unpacked out crates one day at a time and in just a weeks time, it already feels like home.

I’ll eventually get some nicer photos once we’re totally finished with hanging things up, and once my bedroom doesn’t look like a disaster but for now, you get the idea.

But enough about that! Lets start talkng about why you’re REALLY here.

WEDDING SPAM

Trust me, I have more than enough for everyone.

We decided to have our formal photographs taken in advance of the actual wedding. My reasoning? The day of is stressful enough with trying to get everyone together and organized. I wanted the day of our wedding to be as simple and stress-free as possible. I had my dress, Ryan had his suit, I decided to go with silk flowers because, really, why spend the money on something that’s going to die in like.. 3 days? so we were all ready to go waaaay in advance. It just made the most sense to me. That way, we have more time to mingle and entertain with our families, right?

My dear, wonderful friend Colleen you may know her from her Instagram @macweenie  is an amazing person, and truly the most creative and mind-blowing photographer. I don’t say that just because my friend… but it certainly doesn’t hurt. You can see it in her resting bitch face how much she genuinely loves her work. That’s not an insult, guys. Resting bitch face is not a bad thing…

Seriously, Colleen, I can’t thank you enough for all of your hard work and all of the amazing images you were able to provide for us. I knew they were going to be amazing, but as I was going through them, I literally cannot choose favourites. They’re ALL incredible.

You can check out her other amazing photo galleries on her website MacRamos Photography.

By this point you’re all probably like, “Shut the fuck up, Karen and get to the photos!” To that I say…

Alright. But there are a lot; don’t tell me I didn’t warn you…

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signing the paperwork.. legally married!

 

OK OK OK… now for what you have been dying for… maybe?

FORMALS. Coz we fancy as fuck.

Are you ready for the most amazing part? amazing to me, anyway.

That’s only a few favorites from the shoot BEFORE the wedding.

Here’s more of what we got for the day of the ceremony…

If you’ve made it this far, congratulations!

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You’re getting to the end… from here on you’ll see some family formals, reception candids and whatnot.

I hope you’ve enjoyed! If you’ve been married, tell me what was your favourite part of the day? Any special memories you’d like to share?

Enjoy the rest of the photos!!

<3 k

LAST BUT NOT LEAST
Our first dance <3

Seriously if you took the time to look through all of these, I commend you. Now gtfo, I wanna eat my cheese in peace…


DITL of Kiwi; Saturday September 3, 2016

You would think that Saturday, being the weekend, would be one of my favourite days of the week.b359b17a-7cca-477b-8ca6-e3eca9d89e93.gif

Unfortunately, you’d be wrong.

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I go into work earlier than normal on Saturday. Granted, its only an hour, but when you have an hour-long commute in, shifting your schedule can take a little bit of work.

Most Saturdays I end up doing some yoga or a short run, but this time I decided to try something a little different. However, this is… more or less my every day routine.

0345 alarm goes off… press snooze.
0355 second alarm goes off… I’m up, I’m up.

0400-0430 up and at ’em! Dressed, stretch and waiting for my pre-workout to kick in!

0445 Getting my BCAA prepped 2 scoops/24oz water

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0450-0530 3.05 mile run with my favourite partner

0540-0610 30-minute FitStar workout in the park

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0615-0630 get ready for work!

0630-0700 make breakfast and prep food for the day I plan my meals at least one day in advance 😉

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0700-0800 the long commute to work; but at least I have breakfast

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0814 don’t ask – 1015 work work work!

1015 shake break!

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1030 didn’t plan on having any of this… BUT. It was delicious and I had a small corner of both 😡

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1030-1230 work work work

1230-1315 LUNCHTIMEIMG_4780
1315-1600 more work… but took a little break while photographing some inventory to pose with my new favourite pre-owned vehicle on the lot <3

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1645 yoghurt break

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1800-1900 long commutes home call for a selfie

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1930 DINNER

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1930-2030 relax and vegging out after a long day

2030 midnight snack before bed <3

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2100 I lied… one more

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2115 time for bed!

Even though Sundays are my day off, I enjoy going to bed early and keeping my routine somewhat consistent. I tend to wake up around 5 or 6 on Sundays I have to sleep in sometime, right? and I looooove having those early morning hours to myself. The quiet and stillness of the world while everyone else is sleeping is something I’ve come to truly enjoy and cherish as part of my daily ritual.

That’s my day in a nutshell..

HELP I’M IN A NUTSHELL.

Most days are about the same.. sometimes I eat better… some days are worse. But our journey to wellness will be a life-long experiment. #noperfectionallowed

Enjoy it.

I hope you enjoyed a little look into my daily routine!


A Brief Introduction; Scratching the Surface

Hi, there. I’m Karen.

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Some of you might know me by my instagram handle @kiwithetattooedlady. Some of you might not know me at all. That’s OK, too. So for everyone… a genuine welcome. Forgive the lack of balloons and confetti.. I don’t want to clean that shit up.

A couple quick facts: (I promise, eventually you will know waaaaaay too much about me.)
I’m 30! (1 June in case you wanted to send me something nice)
I live in Portland, OR with my amazing husband!
I have two rescue dogs
I had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy on 16 June, 2014
HW: ~280lbs SW: 266lbs LW: 134lbs GW: 150lbs CW: 174lbs
I’m a huge nerd and I love everything that has to do with Harry Potter, Doctor Who, tattoos, body modification, vintage fashion, weird music and deepening my yoga practice (that I’ve been slacking with…)
I sing and do stuff

Some personal, not too widely known, though sometimes vaguley mentioned tidbits:
I struggle with binge eating disorder (BED), depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).
^^I do NOT let the above mentioned “disorders” define me.^^ They are only a small portion of the amazing grandness that is myself.

So now that’s out of the way…

I’ve decided to start my own blog to document my weight loss journey in an  attempt to help others on their own paths to wellness. However you may be finding it! Having such a huge community of people to share my story with has been a great part of my overall success and I think this blog-slash-journal-slash-whatever you want to call it will allow me to expand on my crazy insta-rants and maybe help to expand my reach… ::insert maniacal laughter here::

Don’t get crazy, I’m not looking to become some internet rockstar… or am I…? But seriously, you never know who you might be helping by starting up some cheesy blog and ranting or raving about some new recipe you’ve tried… or some outfit you just scored an epic deal on.. or some money saving gift idea… or just the random feeeeeels that this journey makes us have. And also meet cool people! Because I hate assholes!

OK, OK.. I hate everyone, but thats not the point.

Finding balance in your life is hard. I’m just trying to make sense of it all.

I plan to include lots of things on this page, aside from documenting my weight loss progress; healthy recipes that I’ve tried and love, tips for mindful (tr)eating, ootd braggings, DIY craft projects and other art/music projects and whatever else I feel like throwing at you that day. Its going to be great. I promise.

-k

A QUICK DISCLAIMER:

I am in no way, shape or form paid, sponsored, endorsed or otherwise compensated for any mention of ANY of the products, companies or services that I may use in my food/clothing/general craziness experiments (I mean, unless someone wanted to pay me to be crazy.. but then I would tell you otherwise!)