Ready or Not Here I Come

I met this guy on the elevator last week and we started talking about the holidays. He asked me if I was ready for them and I gave him my standard response- As ready as I'm going to be. We started talking about how the holidays can sometimes seem like a runaway train that you see coming but can't look away from until you've been mowed over. He told me that this year his mantra was less is more and he was doing his best to focus on what he felt was important about the season: Christ, family and friends. I told him I would take his mantra with me. 

Now let me be absolutely clear, I will never not buy nail polish, lipstick or pretty things.  Although I'm adopting his mantra I am not taking a vow of asceticism. I'm shooting for less worrying about getting everything done and less frenzy, which I hope will lead to more meaningful moments with my loved ones. 

What about you guys? Are you ready for the holidays? 

Stardate :14016.12

Winter Blues

Rescue  Beauty Lounge- Better Than Boyfriend Jeans
Bracelet- The Limited
Rescue Beauty Lounge-Better Than Boyfriend Jeans ($20/.4oz)
Rescue Beauty Lounge- All About Yves
Necklace: J-Crew Factory

Rescue Beauty Lounge- All About Yves( $20/.4oz)
Formula X For Sephora- Centrigrade
Necklace- J Crew Factory
Formula X For Sephora- Centigrade ($10.50/.4 oz)

I know red is usually the color for the holiday season. This year though for some reason I have been having a mean case of the blues. Always one to follow where my spirit leads me I have been wearing a blue mani for weeks straight. I like how depending on the shade, blue can be festive and modern at the same time. The three colors above have been my favorite in my blue period so far. All of the colors are shown with two coats and they all applied evenly with normal drying time. The Rescue Beauty Lounge colors are part of their recent collaboration with Refinery29. You can read more about their match up here.

I have been pairing my blue tips with my statement necklaces because I've also been having a let's wear all the shiny things all the time moment as well.(Try not to judge me) I didn't set out to match my nails to my jewelry but it turned out that way and I liked it.

I am getting lazier and lazier. My outfits are getting simpler and simpler and I'm finding that I'm focusing more on my accessories to speak for the look. So if you see me around town know that I want my blue nails and shiny baubles to say to you- Give that girl a ginger ale and some mixed nuts!

What colors have you been incorporating into your holiday wardrobe?

Stardate :14013.12

Tis The Season

Jacket: Banana Republic
Shirt: J-Crew
Jeans: Gap
Shoes: Enzo Angiolini
Bag: Burberry
Lipstick: NARS Audacious- Bette
Nail polish: Rescue Beauty Lounge- All About Yves


My calendar is telling me that it is only early December but I'm already getting emails about how behind I am if I haven't already made my resolutions for next year. Seriously?  I'm happy for those that feel they already have spring 2015 popping. I on the other hand don't like to be rushed so 2015 will have to wait until I finish living 2014.

What are your plans for the next 2,073,600 seconds until the new year?

Stardate :1407.12

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 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 with the Gucci creative director Frida Giannini about her thought process behind the line.

Stardate :1420.10