Big Shiny Things


Sweater: Gap
Jeans: Old. My best guess would be Target. Also worn here.
Shoes: Ann Taylor  here.
Necklace: Nordstrom Rack
Jacket:  Photographer's not mine

Everybody just be cool. I know it's the last week of January and Mercury is reportedly in retrograde but just remain calm folks.  Everything is going to be fine. Breathe in deeply, exhale slowly and repeat after me- Today will be what it is. I will be who I am, and there will be beauty in both. I don't know who came up with that phrase. If you do please give them a big cyber hug for me because that was good stuff.

Speaking of good stuff I am writing this post from my brand spanking new laptop. Every time I turned on my old laptop this very nice lady kept asking me If I wanted to play. I kept saying no but she kept popping up and winking at me. It was starting to get really weird.

I went back and forth about what type of laptop to get. I considered the forbidden fruit company, especially since I love my Ipad but in the end I just couldn't bring myself to fork out that kind of dough for something I have to plug in.  Twenty-five dollars for nail polish, sixty-five dollars for a candle and I probably will not bat an eye. I'm not going to ask you to buy it for me either so relax.  However, once we get into the four figure range I want a complimentary eye mask and socks.

So I got a Toshiba. What's that you say? You don't know anyone with a Toshiba laptop Well now you do.  And yes, I'm sharing this with you so that when if one day I cave and get a Mac you can use this post to mock me ☺.

I'll show you a pic of Toshi next time. Have a great week!

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Victoria Beckham x Nails Inc: Judo Red & Bamboo White

Nails Inc. x VVB - Judo Red ($25/0.4fl.oz)
Nails Inc. x VVB - Judo Red/ 2 coats/ Day 4 Mani
Nails Inc.  x VVB -  Bamboo White ($25/0.4fl.oz)
Nails Inc.  x VVB -  Bamboo White/ 2 coats/Day 1 Mani
VVB - Bamboo White brush

Judo Red and Bamboo White are the two colors that were part of the collaboration between Nails Inc. and your favorite Spice Girl/fashion award winner/business mogul/mother- Victoria Beckham. The colors were reportedly inspired by her Japanese influenced Spring/Summer 2015 collection. I took a chance when I bought these because I couldn''t find any swatches online. I got both of them from Net-A-Porter here.  Judo Red is still available at Sephora here.

I was pretty sure I was going to like Judo Red. It is described as an orangey- red which is right up my alley. Bamboo White though which is described as a nude was a different story. I think it's safe to say that one woman's nude is another woman's "why does it look like I'm wearing muddy water on my nails?"  Especially if that other woman is darker hued. So I crossed my fingers, added my purchases to the cart and hoped for the best.

From the minute I opened the delivery I was pleased. I have a weak spot for nice packaging and I love the boxes the polishes came in. I''m sure some of you nifty DIY folks could probably figure out how to grow a bamboo plant in one of them. I think I'll just store those spare buttons you get when you buy a shirt in mine. The square rectangle (Geometry was a long time ago)  bottles themselves were also nicely done. A matte black for Bamboo White and a white for Judo Red. They have a nice weight to them and the polish is only visible from the clear glass sides.

Judo Red was just as fabulous as I thought it was going to be. It's a creamy, bold orangey-red that will definitely get you noticed. I liked this color on me and so did a lot of the people I ran into the week I wore it. It was opaque in one coat but I always use two coats for a thicker finish. The formula applied easily and it lasted until I took it off to change the color a week later.

It turned out I had nothing to worry about with Bamboo White. No muddy water issues, and it had the same great formula as Judo Red. With one coat there was still some visible nail line with this one which was gone by the second coat. I haven't worn this one for a full week yet but I will keep you posted.

The colors are not particularly unique but for what they are- a classic red/orange and nude cream polish that would flatter a multitude of skin tones, they are excellent. I think this is Mrs. Beckham's first foray into beauty products. Judo Red and Bamboo White are reportedly limited edition offerings. I would love to see more from her because I think these were really well done.

Let me know if you've tried these and/or what you think about them.

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The First 48

New Years Eve Manicure- I said I wanted something festive ☺

T-Shirt: Calvin Klein
Necklace J-Crew Factory
Pants: Express. Also worn here.
Shoes: Ann Taylor
Bag: Coach


I am back at work this week. I spent the first days of the new year doing the following:

  •  eating my weight in pizza
  •  shopping 
  •  hanging out at the beach 
  •  realizing that I was okay that an old friendship had run its course
  • trying to unsuccessfully upgrade my phone to a gold HTC M8 - apparently the 1 other person interested in that phone beat me to it 
y tu?  

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Happy New Year

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Baby It's Cold Outside

I got an email from Julep about doing a post on nail care during the winter months. I thought it was a great idea as the struggle to keep my hands and nails classy not ashy gets a little harder as the temperatures dip.

L'Occitane Nail and Cuticle Nourishing Oil  (.25fl oz/ $18) / Nivea Creme Travel Sized Tin (1oz./$.79)

My main hand and nail concern during the colder months is dryness. When winter comes I usually switch to a heavier lotion and add a cuticle oil to keep my hand and nails moisturized. My two favorites  for this time of the year are the Nivea Creme Travel Tin and the L'Occitane Nail and Cuticle Nourishing Oil shown above. I like to use the cuticle oil just before bed and I reach for the Nivea Creme after every hand washing throughout the day.  An added bonus is that their portable size makes them perfect to slip into the smaller clutches and evening bags during the holiday season. 

Julep's tips on how to winterize your nails are outlined below.  My  favorite one is warming the cuticle softener.

Formula X For Sephora- Gravity (.4 oz/$10.50)/ Three day old manicure with two coats.  More colors here.

Julep- January (.27oz/$14) on sale HERE! / Three day old manicure with two coats 

Julep- January on nails. More Julep colors here

I'd love to hear about what you do to winterize your hands and nails. Let me know in the comments.

* All products shown bought with my own pesos ☻

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Winding Down

Top: Target/ Jeans: Asos /Bag: Coach/ Shoes: Nordstrom

The great vegan meal I told you about in my last post

Hello! Can you believe we are staring down the end of 2014?  It seems the older I get the faster the years go by. I''m not making any resolutions for this year but I am doing this thing I read about where you pick a word for the new year. That word is supposed to inspire you for the year ahead.  The word I picked for 2015 is bold.  It just came to me on my way home this week. From where I do not know. We shall see how it unfolds. Think about it and tell me what your word would be.

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Kyoto, Japan:35.0117° N, 135.7683° E

Hello. I hope you all are having a great holiday season. I'm hanging with my family and in between the eating, online shopping and binge watching of Penny Dreadful and The 100 I'm going through the pics I took during my last trip.  

We went from Tokyo to Kyoto via the Shinkansen(Japanese bullet train) which got us there comfortably in a couple of hours.  I liked Kyoto a lot.  I spent a lot of time walking around going to the different temples and enjoying the laid back pace.  I also had some really great meals while in Kyoto. I had an amazing vegan lunch at a restaurant that offered yoga classes, and the best soy doughnut and ice cream from a street vendor on the way back from the bamboo forest. 

Katsura River

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
Arashiyama Monkey Park 

T-shirt: Target
Jeans: Lucky Brand
Shoes: C-Wonder
Bag: Coach

Necklace: Gift 

If you have any interest in Japan I would highly recommend a stay in Kyoto. My only suggestion would be to brush up on your bike riding skills.  Let's just say I learned the hard way that you can forget ☻

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