Monday, September 12, 2016

Easy DIY: Long-Burning Scented Candles

Easy DIY Long-Burning Scented Candles | Akinokiki
I am a huge candle lover in the fall. The warmth and light and amazing scents always get me excited for cozying up during this season of the year, and because I love making things at home, I've always wanted to try making my own candles. Candle making can be very daunting, especially since there are so many tools and ingredients that you can buy, making it easy to be a very expensive craft project. I decided to give it a go quite a few months ago, and I ended up making an easy and cheap long-burning candle recipe that smells however you want, and works just as well as store-bought candles do! Enjoy :)

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

An Etsy Planner Sticker Haul

An Etsy Planner Sticker Haul | Akinokiki
If you've read my blog for a little while now or if you follow my instagram, you'll probably know that I'm obsessed with scrapbooking in my Happy Planner and using stickers from Etsy among other stationery. If not, you know now! I recently purchased a bunch of stickers from two different Etsy shops for my planner, and I wanted to share them because they're just so cute! (I actually already used some of them, hence the missing stickers in some of the sheets) Enjoy :)

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Banff/Lake Louise: A Photo Diary

Banff/Lanke Louise: A Photo Diary | Akinokiki
A couple of weeks ago, my family flew out to the west coast of Canada, including the Banff and Lake Louise area in the Rockies, Alberta. It's such a surreally beautiful area, so I took a huge load of photos while we were there. I'm so excited to finally be able to share them... it took a while to get them ready, because my computer started deleting them off of my computer and I almost lost all of them! Luckily, all of the photos were backed up to Dropbox, so I have them all back again :) 
I'm so glad that I can finally share these photos because it's one of those areas where just being there made me feel so alive and happy, and the sights really made me remember and appreciate how amazing our Planet is (and why we need to do everything we can to help save it!) Hope you enjoy this photo diary :)

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Fresh Beauty Gift Review

Review: Fresh Beauty | Akinokiki
I got two deluxe samples of Fresh Beauty products last month from Sephora as a free birthday gift. (featured in a post here) I have been using the two skincare products since, and I thought I'd share my thoughts here!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

OOTD: Overalls, Stripes and a Classic Purse

Outfit of the Day | Akinokiki
I thought I'd share a quick outfit of the day post featuring one of my favourite outfits from the past few weeks. Enjoy :)

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

25 Journaling/Listing Prompts

25 Journaling/Listing Prompts | Akinokiki

Confession: I'm a notebook hoarder. I have SO many notebooks and I never seem to fill even half of any single book. I've taken up bullet journaling and journaling in bursts, but I'm really giving it a go right now because it's a great creative outlet, and i love having journals to be able to read for memories years later. Here are 25 journaling and listing prompts!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

A Few Disappointing Products

A Few Disappointing Products | Akinokiki
It's unavoidable: for every bunch of products tried, there will be some that you'll be disappointed with. I've found a few over the past months, and I thought I'd share my thoughts. This doesn't mean that the products are inherently bad, rather they didn't work for me, or weren't exactly what I was looking for. 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Apps I'm Currently Loving

Apps I'm Currently Loving | Akinokiki
I've been using some new apps on my phone recently, and I've really loved using some of them, so I thought I'd share them here as a bit of a suggestion. Enjoy :)

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Floral Fashion Edit

The Floral Fashion Edit | Akinokiki
Summer break is in full swing, and I've been in love with summery prints and florals! I showed some floral clothes in a recent clothing haul, and I thought I'd share a sort of look book with even more summer florals thrown into the mix. Enjoy!

Saturday, August 06, 2016

What I Got for my 17th Birthday

What I Got for my 17th Birthday | Akinokiki
It was my 17th birthday last week, and I got a bunch of awesome gifts from friends and family! I wrote a post sharing my gifts last year, and it was a huge hit, so I thought I'd share what I got for my birthday again this year! Thanks so much to everyone who helped make my day extra special :)

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Why I'm Loving Early Morning Bike Rides

Why I'm Loving Early Morning Bike Rides | Akinokiki

My dad, my sister and I started going on 45 minute bike rides a few times a week, starting early in the morning at 6am... and I'm loving them! I don't think I ever expected that I'd enjoy waking up early during summer break, and even less so, to do exercise. But here I am, enjoying these early morning bike rides, and here are 5 reasons why:

(Disclaimer: the photo quality isn't great because the main focus was on the biking, not the photo taking... hahaha)

Thursday, July 28, 2016

A Tiny Sephora Haul (with Sephora Birthday Gift 2016!)

A Tiny Sephora Haul | Akinokiki
This week, I finally decided to go for it and use a $30 gift card at Sephora to buy myself a Bite Beaty Lip crayon! I also got my 2016 free Sephora birthday gift of a Fresh brand face cleanser and mask, which was really exciting :)

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Honest First Impressions: Biore Pore Strip Sample

Biore Pore Strip First Impressions | Akinokiki
I've heard about the Biore pore strips on lots of different blogs and Youtube channels for a long time now, and was curious to try one, so when I found a sample in a magazine recently, I thought I'd give it a go. Here are my first impressions!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

A Look Through my IKEA Alex Drawers

A Look into my ALEX Drawers | Akinokiki
 I recently reorganized my IKEA Alex drawers, which I absolutely love, and I thought I'd share what I keep in the 5 drawers and how they're organized. Get ready to witness a serious stationery addiction... Enjoy :)

Friday, July 22, 2016

Summer Clothing Haul 2016

Summer Clothing Haul 2016 | Akinokiki
I have recently bought quite a few pieces of clothing this summer, and I thought I'd share a haul of the selection! Enjoy :)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A Taste of Toronto

A Taste of Toronto | Akinokiki
I spent about a day and a half visiting Toronto, Canada last week with my family. This post is a taste of what we did, saw and ate while there. This is a bit of a long one, so settle down and enjoy :)

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

A Beauty and Fashion Wishlist

A Beauty and Fashion Wishlist | Akinokiki

Today I wanted to share a list of some nice beauty products and fashion accessories that I've seen lately. I'm calling it a wishlist, but it's more of just a random list of nice things that I've seen or heard about in the past few weeks (though they are the ones that especially peaked my interest). Hope you enjoy :)

Thursday, July 07, 2016

My New MAMBI Happy Planner 2016-2017

MAMBI Happy Planner 2016-2017 | Akinokiki
Last year, I bought my first "decorative" planner... one that's pretty and that I use to scrapbook my memories with stickers, wash tape and highlighters. I got the MAMBI Happy Planner 1st edition and wrote a post about it here. This year, I decided to get one in the new, pretty watercolour style. I didn't fully use up my planner last year, but I'm hoping to get some good use out of it for a little longer this time around :)

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Summer Scentbook 2016

Summer Scentbook 2016 | Akinokiki

I'm so excited to be sharing my summer 2016 scentbook where I have compiled a bunch of my favourite scents: candles, body butters, perfumes, etc! This has been a long time coming, finding my favourite smells of the season and writing about them. It's in a different format than last year's post (see it here) due to the lower quality of the images that I found this time around, but I hope you enjoy it nonetheless!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

1. What I Eat in a Day {Plant-based?!}

water jar at pure kitchen | Akinokiki
A pretty water jar at Pure Kitchen, a popular vegetarian restaurant in Ottawa
"What I Eat in a Day" type blogs and blogs have been very popular over the past year or so, and I love getting inspiration from them for meal ideas, so I thought I'd give it a try. This is pretty much everything that I ate a couple of days ago, and I think that everything was plant-based that day :) I'm not sure yet, but as I'm getting more into food content, I might make more of these in the future, so let me know what you think!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Easy and Yummy Roasted Vegetables

Easy Roasted Vegetables | Akinokiki
Sometimes it's the simplest foods that can be the yummiest and the healthiest. I decided to gather some veggies from around the kitchen a few days ago and try roasting them in the oven, and it worked really well! The end result is a colourful side dish that's both nourishing and delicious.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Akinokiki: reboot for summer!

Akinokiki Blog Reboot for Summer 2016 | Akinokiki
Hi everyone! It's been way too long since I've posted here but I'm finally back! The school year is always a very busy time for me as someone who puts a lot of time and effort into schoolwork and extracurricular activities, but now that summer break 2016 has begun, I'm making time to continue my hobbies. That means I'm starting up this blog again, at least for the summer! I've missed sharing content here so much, and I've had tons of ideas floating around my brain for a while now so I'm super excited to finally be able to share them! 

I've started preparing a bunch of posts for the next while so stay tuned for tons of fun lifestyle, food, beauty and fashion content!