We All Have That One Friend ...

French toast with fruits, nuts and maple syrup

Comida de El Salvador 

Indian- naan, lentil curry and samosas

Japanese- vegan squash and quiche

Japanese- vegan salad

Julienne fries

Japanese-soba soup with tofu

Thai- veggie pad thai

And that friend is me. Yes, I take pictures of food.  Yes, I will ask you to move your elbows, phone, hand sanitizer, inhaler etc. so that I can get my shot. Don't even bother getting upset. I'm like paparazzi when it comes to getting my food shots.  I've heard every insult and I've had to dodge my fair share of condiments. You are not going to stop me. I know you're hungry and you don't have a lot of time.  All the more reason to work with me so that we can get this over with as quickly as possible.  If you are nice to me I always make you look beautiful.  And by beautiful I mean I crop your face out of the shot.  Just keep your used napkin out of my frame. 

Cheers and be kind to your friends taking pictures of what you guys eat this weekend!


Give Me Ten

I always feel great after I do yoga. It would make sense then that I would do yoga often. Unfortunately I have not been able to apply that logic to my life as of late.  The sad reality is on my "yoga days" I roll out of bed onto my yoga mat and..... wait for it.... go right back to sleep.

I have to drive to the gym so once I'm there I might as well work out.  It's kind of impossible for me to fall asleep on my treadmill or reformer machine, but there is something about my yoga mat that my body is treating like an extension of my bed. Maybe it's all the sleeping on Tatami mats I did while I was in Japan.

I am committed to getting back into a regular yoga practice.  I found (yes it was lost in the wilderness that is my home screen) this app on my phone, Sworkit with great yoga workouts that can be done in as little as five minutes.  They also have other types of exercises as you can see from the first cell phone screen shot.  Once you select yoga you choose from the three types of yoga workouts they offer. You then pick how long you want the session to be. The maximum time for the version of the app I have is sixty minutes.  The name of each position is announced, there is a timer to tell you how long you should stay in the position, and they have professional trainers demonstrating the poses in real time. I love it!

There are a lot of different theories on how long it takes to form a habit. Some say 21 days and others say as long as 66.  Never one to set myself up for failure I am going to start by trying to practicing yoga for ten consecutive days using the Sworkit app.  There is probably some subconscious reason that would explain what is essentially my resistance to practicing. It will be interesting to see what if anything is revealed in these next ten days.

If you practice yoga let me know some of your favorite and least favorite poses. My favorite pose is Standing Wide Legged Forward Bend.  My least favorite is Downward Dog.



Market Day

I couldn't stop taking photos of all the colorful produce and beautiful flowers the day we accidentally found this market in Nakagyo-Ku, Kyoto. We were wandering around when we turned down a street into this seafood lovers paradise.  

The moral of the story is sometimes it's a good idea to turn off the WiFi and get a little lost. Thanks for stopping by! 


Tatcha: Kyoto Red Silk Lipstick

"Nooks & Crannies" head wrap from The Wrap Life-  here

When my order of Tatcha's Kyoto Red Silk Lipstick($55/3.7grams) and my trip to Kyoto this summer coincided it all just seemed like kismet. Who doesn't love when the universe seems to sanction their beauty splurges?

Tatcha is a luxury skincare brand inspired by geisha beauty rituals and Kyoto Red is their modern interpretation of the geisha's classic red lip.  I love the diamond quilting on the actual lipstick and the elegant black and gold lacquer case. I found it to be very pigmented with the first silky swipe with no discernible scent.  The lipstick feels like a luxury product when held and when applied.  I wore it out and about for a couple days and it stayed intact through lunch with minimal staining once removed.  Yes, I know it's bright. Yes, I love it. My no fail red lip is Nars Cruella lip pencil. Kyoto Red comes in at a close second.

By the time this posts I should be back home ankle deep in laundry.  How are you spending this summer?


After Brunch

Sweater: Banana Republic
Dress:  Target- worn here
Shoes: Cole Haan
Bag: Henri Bendel
Ring: Tiffany&Co.
Nail Polish: Dior Incognito 

These pics were taken by my mother aka The Great Illuminator after brunch one Saturday. I think she did the best she could with what she had to work with. Keep in mind that I really only have two looks, which I give you full warning of in my About Me page. It didn't help that there was this guy parked in his car staring at us. The nerve of him conspicuously observing his public surroundings while I tried to take blog pics. 

We tried a new brunch spot that morning and it was just meh. The day was salvaged by a trip to TJ Maxx where I found a really cute handbag. I've found some great deals at TJ Maxx (see this bag here) and it usually happens when I'm dragged to the store under duress. I generally prefer to do my shopping from the comfort of my couch. That way I don't have to deal with shopping carts that are non-existent or sales people that pretend not to work in the store when you look like you need help. We went to TJ Maxx to return something my mother bought and I wanted to wait in the car and sleep. I decided against it because I didn't want to wake up from my nap and have to go hunt for her throughout the entire store. The moral of the story is fortune favors those who don't abandon their mothers.

Thanks for stopping by! 


Estēe Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick- Envious(340) & Estēe Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer- Hot Coral(10)

Top left- Envious Lipstick (340)
Top right - Envious (340) layered with Garnet Desire Shimmer Gloss (15)
Bottom- Garnet Desire Shimmer Gloss (15)

Estēe Lauder has been the break out star for me this year. They have a nice range of nail polish colors and the pigmented creaminess of their Pure Color Lipsticks is to die for. The Estēe Lauder lady at my local Bloomingdale's counter helped me to pick out the Pure Color Lipstick pictured above in Envious($27/.12oz). They were having a promotion where they included a complimentary lip gloss at no extra charge but they were all out of them for that color. She was kind enough to call around until she found the duo in one of their stores and had it shipped to me. Great customer service for the win!  I generally prefer lipsticks over lip gloss but the Garnet Desire Shimmer Gloss that came with the lipstick is nice enough for me to wear alone, and adds a little extra oomph when layered over the lipstick. 

I'm wearing two coats of the Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Hot Coral($21/.3oz) plus a salon top coat in the pictures above.  I had a couple shades that were similar, but nothing quite exactly like Hot Coral. The lady that did my manicure said she loved how smoothly the polish applied. I think Hot Coral is a great summer nail polish color that you could also wear to the office. I will definitely be adding more Pure Color Nail Lacquer colors to my small but growing collection. 

Have you tried anything from Estēe Lauder lately?   


Slightly hazy with a chance of rain

Scarf: Zara
Top: Loft
Skirt: Old ?
Shoes: Cole Haan
Bag: Gift shop in Greece

Hello there. So we made it to June. Only six more months of 2015 to go. I know, I know. I'm not rushing you. It was a long and tiring week so I am really looking forward to doing a whole lot of nothing this weekend and hanging out in my happy place above.  At least that's the plan until the reality of laundry and my empty refrigerator kicks in.  Thanks for stopping by!