You and I Will Never Part




Hello shiny forehead :0
Shirt Gap
Jeans: Gap
Shoes: Nine West
Watch: Burberry
Nail Polish: YSL Bleu Majorelle



I have this way of wearing a new purchase to death and then putting it down after a couple of months and forgetting about it. I don't see myself forgetting about this camouflage button down for a while though. I'm at the point now where I wish I had bought another one as a backup.

I've been on a huge closet purge recently. I got rid of a lot of stuff I just wasn't wearing any more. I'm still trying to get my closet to the point where everything in there is something I love.

Speaking of closet love, I would love to add this beauty to my closet.  It's an investment piece that would last me a lifetime. I'm putting it on my Christmas list and giving Santa over thirty days notice. I'll let you know if I get it.




Stardate :1419.11



ありがとう (Arigato )


If Google translate can be trusted this post should be titled thank you in Japanese.  I was nominated for a Liebster award by the lovely Neo of http://www.ahhhsoneo.com/ Thank you for thinking of me Neo.



As part of the award I was asked the following questions:

1. Who is you favourite blogger?

    It would be too hard to pick a favourite.  I really like all of the blogs I read.
             
2. If you could be any character in a movie who would you be?
    Ariel from The Little Mermaid. There you see her sitting deh across deh way.....

3. What is your favorite beauty product?
     Nail polish and more recently a bold lipstick

4. What is your most used beauty secret?
     Cold pressed castor oil- great for hair and skin 

5. What do you think is the most useless beauty tip you have ever received?
     Run your nails under cold water after painting them to help them dry faster

6. Who motivates you to live your best life?
    No one in particular I've just always wanted the best for myself

7. Are you living your best life?
    I think there is always room for improvement :)

8. If you could have any bag/purse in the world what would you choose?
     I'm liking the Karl Lagerfeld contribution to the recent limited LV collection
    Not the punching bag or the trunk but the shoulder bag with the chain handle that zips all the way around. 

9. Define your blog using three words
     Smorgasbord of fun




Top: Altuzarra for Target
Jeans: Asos
Shoes: Nordstrom





All pictures taken in Roppongi District, Japan.





Stardate :1412.11

Tokyo:Japan: 35.6895° N, 139.6917° E


I planned to post the pictures a while ago but what happened was......

True story. I sat down in my living room with my SD card to upload my pictures from my trip to Japan in my laptop. I pushed the card into the slot and it popped out and went flying past me. I'm pretty sure I saw where it landed further down my couch so I started looking for it.  I checked behind the cushions I pat, pat, patted and slid my hands down the seams. No SD card. I got up I turned on all of the lights and took off the TV because you know I needed to concentrate. I moved all the cushions I checked where I was sitting. I checked the laptop to see if maybe by some strange trick of physics it ended up back in there. Nope. Nothing in the laptop. I went to the kitchen I got a broom I got on my hands and knees and I slid the broom under the couch and back and.... nothing but dust. I went to my bedroom and got a pen flashlight. I tried the pat, pat slide thing again down the sides this time with the flashlight shining. I saw nothing but some hairpins and some assorted crumbs.(Before you judge me I challenge you to check the creases of your couch with a flashlight ).  I was in an all out battle with the universe. I was going to find that SD card if it killed me. So I tipped the couch on it's side and pulled out the flashlight again to see if it got stuck on the bottom of the couch. Nothing. I felt like Gollum in Lord of The Rings. I could sense my SD card, my precious but I couldn't find it. To make a rambling story short I had to cut out a small piece of the bottom lining of the couch to find the card. I had no choice. There's no telling if I will ever get back to that part of the world so there was no way I was going to let my couch eat all the memories I captured.

So as you can imagine I was exhausted, disgusted and slightly traumatized by the whole ordeal.  I blamed my laptop for everything. My anger at is starting to subside so I think I'm ready to start posting again.


Mount Fuji peeking through the clouds


Mount Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi below are a day trip outside of Tokyo but I loved those two pics so I added them here. 

Lake Kawaguchi

Spotted at a shrine in Tokyo.  I think those are prayers hanging from the rods. 

Shibuya Crossing

Architecture on the way to the Imperial Palace

Joggers running around the moat at the Imperial Palace/Edo Castle

Aoyama Cemetery
#cantbebothered panda

I had planned to visit Japan years ago but was scared off by talk about it being a tough place for a vegetarian to visit. I traveled with a carnivore but for the record I found plenty of non-meat options while I was there including a great meal at a vegan restaurant. The people were unfailing polite but reserved. I don't speak Japanese and I don't read Kanji but I had no problems getting around. The subway lines are clearly marked and there was always an English speaker available for any questions. I loved how clean everything was.  Tokyo is a big city and it was spotless. I made a quick stop in New York before heading to Japan and the contrast with regards to cleanliness was striking.

I spent half of my time in Tokyo and the rest in Kyoto. In Tokyo our base was the Roppongi/Azabu area which was great for people watching before we headed out to do touristy things.  Some of the things I noted while in Japan were -


  • Their bathrooms are the best in the world. I'm not talking about the hotel bathrooms. I'm talking about the public bathrooms that the masses use. Who knew a toilet could have that many options? Don't get me started on the choices for a personal musical soundtrack as you handle whatever you need to in the stalls. One thing to point out though is that most of the restrooms do not have paper dispensers to dry your hands. It was explained to me that locals carry a small personal towel/scarf/kerchief for that purpose with them at all times which cuts down on waste.  
  • Everything is on time. If the bus is supposed to leave at 6:30. At 6:32 don't stand at the stop looking confused because the bus has come and gone.  
  • They love their vending machines. They are everywhere. 
  • The bike game there is something proper. I saw plenty of fashionistas in their red bottom heels stylishly pedaling down the street with their Goyard and Chanel purses slung across their shoulders

I had a great time and I would definitely go back. Thanks for reading.  More to come....


Stardate :1412.11

Gucci Beauty


From Left to Right
1.   High Gloss Lacquer- Siam Red #200($29/.33 fl.oz.)
2. Audacious Color Intense Lipstick- Dark Romance  #250( $39/.12oz)
3. High Gloss Lacquer- Black Gold #250(29/.33fl.oz)
4.  Luxurious Lipstick- Wild Amarena #520($39/.12oz)
5. High Gloss Lacquer- Wild Amarena #150($29/.33 fl.oz.



My first notice that Gucci was coming out with a line of beauty products was the Allure magazine article in the third picture. They collaborated with renowned make up artist Pat McGrath so I was definitely intrigued. I took advantage of the free two day shipping Gucci was offering and picked up what you see above.

I've mentioned before that I'm a sucker for nice packaging. It's Gucci so you know they were going to bring it. I love how sleek and sexy the bottle caps and lipstick cases are without being too over the top.


Gucci High Gloss Lacquer- Wild Amarena #150

This is day three of the lacquer Wild Amarena. It's a classic deep burgundy shade with a slight metallic sheen. It's not particularly unique color wise but the formula was a dream. It applied easily and lasted for almost a week with no chipping. I'm wearing two coats in the picture above.





Luxurious Lipstick- Wild Amarena #520

Now this is not what I expected this to look like. I thought it would be similar to the nail polish of the same name. That would make sense right? Also, it may be something with the pigment in my lips but this seems to lean more towards a rust/burnt red on me than the lipstick in the tube would suggest.  With all that said this color speaks to my soul. Formula wise I think it is perfect. It feels so creamy and rich that it truly lives up to the luxurious label.  Lasting power is average and it does leave a nice stain. Did I mention I like it?  The only downside I can think of is that it is slightly perfumed.  The Gucci website describes it as their "signature gourmand Blue Chocolate fragrance."  Now yours truly has never smelled blue chocolate so I'm going to just go out on a limb and say if you are extra sensitive to scents this might not be for you.

Audacious Lipstick- Dark Romance  #250

If the Wild Amarena spoke to my soul Dark Romance was more like a text from that person you are just not that into. It's okay. It just won't be the first thing I reach for. Formula wise this one is not as moisturizing as its luxurious cousin Wild Amarena but it applied relatively easy for a darker color.

I'm still working through the other two polishes but  based on what I've tried so far I'd give the Gucci Beauty line a solid A.

Have you heard about the new Gucci Beauty makeup?  Have you tried anything from them yet? See this link here for a nice interview on style.com with the Gucci creative director Frida Giannini about her thought process behind the line.




Stardate :1420.10

Dubai, United Arab Emirates: 24.9500° N, 55.3333° E


I'm starting at the end of my recent travels with these pictures of Dubai.  I have the least amount of photos from that leg of the trip as I spent most of my time indoors. It was very hot and arid while I was there.

So as it was explained to me an emirate is a state or territory under the jurisdiction of an emir who is the local head of state. The United Arab Emirates aka UAE is a country made up of seven emirates.

  1. Abu Dhabi - the capital
  2. Dubai
  3. Sharjah
  4. Ajman
  5. Fujairah
  6. Ras al-Khaimah
  7. Umm al-Qaiwan
Dubai I am told is the second largest emirate. Our tour guide provided the following information:
  • It never really rains
  • Only 20% of the population are native Emirati. The rest are people who have come from all over the world to work mostly in the service industries
  • The Emirati citizens don't have to pay for healthcare, school or taxes and just about everything is free for them
  • Sunday is a normal working day
  • A lot of their wealth comes from the 1996 oil boom
  • They predict they will run out of oil in about 20 years so they are focusing on the tourism and financial services industry
  • The Dubai Mall is the largest one in the world
  • If you are a foreigner and you want to open a business here you need a local Emirati to sponsor you and they will get 51% of the profits
  • Camel milk is the Viagra of the desert
  • You need a license to buy wine outside of the hotels

If I had to sum up Dubai in one word I couldn't. I'd use five: luxe, ambitious, futuristic and service oriented. I got the impression that if you can imagine it and afford to pay for it they can make it happen.





Burj Khalifa at least what I could get from  my camera

That tall gleaming beauty rising from the sky is the Burj Khalifa. It is reportedly the world's tallest building and tallest man made structure.  You can take an elevator from the first floor of the Dubai Mall to the 125th floor for panoramic views of the city.




Jumeirah Beach 

If you are like me and are curious about what a beach in the desert looks like(you can take the girl off the island but she will still search for the sea) then head to Jumeirah Beach  pictured above.




That building in the backdrop is another famous Dubai landmark. It's the 7 star Burj Al Arab Jumeirah hotel. I can only imagine the kind of toiletries you find in a 7 star hotel. Argan oil and honey saved from Cleopatra's dresser perhaps?





 I had a couple friends ask me when I got back about the dress code and the people. The city was very cosmopolitan. I saw women in shorts, skirts, pants and flip flops walking around with no issues. The people I dealt with were professional, friendly and helpful. It was clear that good customer service is one of their hallmarks.

I would definitely give Dubai another visit. That sand dune tour sounded really good if it wasn't for the 100+ degree weather they were having while I was there.


Costa Coffee is their version of Starbucks. You can also find them in the UK.


I also fell in love with their Costa Coffee chai tea.  So much so that I decided to bring back one of their mugs as a souvenir.

Have you been to Dubai or any of the other Arab Emirates? Let me know in the comments and thanks for reading.


Stardate :1417.10

Layers



Hello! I've been doing some traveling and the plan was to have this and some other posts up while I was away.  Somewhere between me clearing out my last emails from work and running to catch my cab I realized I never scheduled the posts. Oh well, the best laid plans right.  I hope you have all been well. I'm off to unpack sleep.



Yours truly is not a fan of short dresses. I'm team pants just about every day of the week but I've been known to throw a long skirt into the mix if I skipped laundry day. Occasionally though a shorter dress or skirt will catch my eye. Such was the case with this little number I picked up from Target. It's hard to photograph but the material has a slight shimmer to it which I liked. It was also on the clearance rack for under twenty dollars. *Insert praise break for Target's clearance rack here*  I tried it on and it was big in the waist area but at that price I got it anyway. I figured it was a sheath dress not a girdle so it could work. 




It took a while before I wore her. I'm assuming she was hanging in my closet trying to get the lay of the land of the closet politics. She was probably listening to the pumps in the back where she was say for the umpteenth time that, they don't talk to the wedges in the front because they look like they think they cute * when I plucked her to wear to a baptism. 




It was the end of July and in a church so I threw on some tights and a blazer to keep it holy and away I went. You can imagine my complete and utter surprise when I arrived and realized the baptism was wait for it... outside...in July. Judging from the pile of jackets and the sweat soaked men and a couple women in their best church outfits, I clearly was not the only one unaware that this was a baptism/offering to the sun gods. 


I added my blazer to the pile made my rounds and enjoyed what turned out to be a lovely baptism. 
Jacket: Banana Republic
Dress: Target
Shoes: Via Spiga
Purse: Coach

* I'm assuming shoes are like people right, so some of them will probably make assumptions just based on outward appearances.  Or it could just be my closet...



This is the official end of the post. After the page break if you are so inclined I have some examples of the shenanigans that ensued after we realized my dress and hairdo were giving off a sixties girl group vibe. Bonus points if you can figure out what song I was singing.

Have a great week!


Stardate :1405.10

Butter London LIPPY: Yummy Mummy, Come to Bed Red & Ruby Murray



From left to right:
1. Yummy Mummy
2. Come To Bed Red
3. Ruby Murray 

Truth be told I'm more of a lipstick girl but these glosses caught my eye on a recent trip to Ulta. I'm a bit of an Anglophile so anything with London in the name is going to catch my eye. So anyway there I was minding my business as usual when I stumbled upon the pretties above.



Yummy Mummy

First up is Yummy Mummy. I'll just say it I love the name. How can you not love saying Yummy Mummy :) I thought I would get a my lips but better look with this one but as you can see it didn't work out so well for my top lip which is darker than my bottom one. I'm keeping it because I think I can make it work by layering it over a deeper, brighter colored lipstick. 

Come To Bed Red
Come to Bed Red is a perfect example of why I prefer lipsticks and lip pencils. Glosses are just too much work to apply and are a lot sheerer on the lips than they appear in the tube a lot of the time.  Especially a red gloss. I like the color but I wanted something a little bit more pigmented. I'm wearing multiple coats and you can still see the pinkness of my bottom lip. I know I can use a liner to fill in the bottom lip but please see the second sentence. I don't want to have to work that hard. I kept Come to Bed Red and I've been wearing it. See it in action in this post here.  It's more of a lip stain for me though and not something I would reach for if I was going for a true red lip. 


Ruby Murray
Now this ladies and gentlemen is what I am talking about. Ruby Murray is my favorite of the trio. Just the gloss no additional steps and full relatively opaque coverage.  It can be done. I will say I thought it would be a darker shade of purple but I think the color is interesting. I'm calling it purlink (purple + pink). I know I'll be getting a lot of use out of Ruby Murray in the coming months

The butter London LIPPY liquid lipsticks retail for $18/.24 fl oz at Ulta. Each color came with a typical doe applicator and each of the three that I tried had the same slight caramel smell which I did not find off putting. 

I'd love to hear if you've tried anything from this line. Are you team lipstick, lip pencil or lip gloss? 

Have a great week ! 




Stardate :1401.09