4:00 AM

Jacket: Target/ Mossimo
Tank: Old Navy
Pants: Target/Xhilaration(old)
Shoes: Aldo Carmelithe On sale here!
Socks: Bare Necessities
Necklace: Express
Bracelets: David Yurman
Purse: Coach Madison Shoulder Flap On sale in red here!

For reasons I can't explain my mind just seems to be the most beautiful around 4:00 am. All through high school and college, I would sleep when I got home from my classes and then wake up in the wee hours of the morning to do my homework. When I started working I did the same thing, and I've been called out about it a couple times.  
Random annoying co-worker:       Did you really send that email at 4:15?
Me:   No, the Easter Bunny hacked my laptop and thought it would be even funnier if he did my work
        Yeah, I did. 

In a perfect world my ideal work schedule would be something like 3:00 am to 12:00 pm. Unfortunately for me I don't see that gaining any traction in the corporate world any time soon.

What about you? When are you at your peak?

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The Luck of The Irish

Top: Target
Pants: Target
Shoes: Boutique in Greece
Shades: Kate Spade
Necklace: Loft

I've found myself thinking about luck a lot lately (I have no idea why. My mind is a Ferris wheel of randomness).  I'm a firm believer in hard work, but there's no denying that some people no matter what they do just can't seem to catch a break. While others just seem to always be in the right place at the right time. You know they get lucky. 

My mother has always said that I must have been born under a lucky star. There was also a family friend that told me when I was very young that because I looked so much like my father I would be lucky in life. I've had my fair share of trials, but for the most part I'd consider myself a lucky person. I've been wondering lately how much of that is due to chance, and how much is based on me internalizing what the people close to me have always said.

I wanted to find out if girls who look like their fathers are lucky was just something that friend made up, and I ended up reading about what different cultures do for good luck(This is why my laundry is still waiting to be folded). Did you know, and by did you know I mean that per the Internet, a gift of a white egg in England is considered lucky, pigs are good luck in Germany, red bats in China, sapphires for the Greeks and a wheel in India?  I didn't either.

The next time you catch a cab, enter a business or go to a restaurant take a look around and see how many good luck symbols you can spot. 

Where do you fall on the good luck spectrum? Do you believe in it? What are some of your good luck charms?

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Going, Going, Gone

Sunset in Paros, Greece

I know I'm not the only one that had a very long week. It's okay though because we survived. Have a great weekend! 

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Peter Piper Picked a Peck

Sweatshirt: Target
Jeans: Lucky Brand Charlie Super Skinny
Necklace: J-Crew Factory
Shoes: Nine West
Ring/Bracelet: David Yurman

The collaboration between Target and Peter Pilotto which debuted this month was very popular. I'm really not one for skirts or dresses so the only thing I picked up was this sweatshirt. I can tell it's going to be in heavy rotation until the temperatures warm up so I hope it will hold up well.

 In other news I finally, finally(what can I say I've been busy) got a library card a little over two months ago. My local library leaves a lot to be desired, so luckily I'm able to get audio books and eBooks digitally via OverDrive.  I've been using it mostly for audio books so far. In the past when friends would talk about how much they loved their books on tape, and in later years their Audible accounts I always gave them a slightly bemused look. Who wants to listen to an entire book? How much driving would you have to do to get through a novel in the car? Well, I  am here to confess that I have seen the light and I am now an audio book believer. I listen to the books while cooking, doing laundry, at the nail salon, and yes in the car and it adds up. In the past three months I've listened to two David Sedaris books, The Goldfinch(good grief that was a long book), and I'm working my way through Grisham's Sycamore Row. I also read the digital version of What is the What on my i-phone using the OverDrive app. Four and a half books in two months is something I haven't done since primary school. Did I mention that they were all free?

I have no idea what took me so long to get on the audio book band wagon. I do know I'm here to stay. What say you guys?  Are you in to audio books? Have you tried OverDrive?

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My Favorite Scarf

Jacket: The Limited
Sweater: The Limited
Jeans: Gap
Shoes: Tory Burch
Bag: Coach
Scarf: Target

I'm the type that wears a light sweater to the beach, so I am more than ready for the temperatures to warm up. I know I'm lucky that I'm not fighting my way through feet of snow, but enough already. Bring on the sun.

I don't have much in my wardrobe that would be considered appropriate for cold weather. I have a total of two turtle necks and one coat. My philosophy on winter clothing has always been, if you don't buy it, it won't come, so this season is really testing my beliefs. I might just have to break down and get some thermal under wear :). 

How are you guys making out sartorial wise with this weather?

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Dior Vernis-Porcelaine #204

Hello. I had been having the worst time with my computer. Blogger kept telling me my version of IE was not compatible even though I had the most recent update. I ended up just making Safari my default browser, which seems to be working for now(fingers crossed) so on with the show.

Two coats with salon top coat

Porcelaine was the only shade from Dior's Spring 2014 collection to catch my eye. It's a beautiful, creamy baby blue that was opaque with two coats.  I love the way the color pops against my skin, but is still muted enough to work in a moderately conservative office setting.  

Pastels are a no brainer for spring so there are likely to be a lot of dupes out there.  I went through my pretties and found the colors above for some comparisons. 

All colors swatched with two coats

Dior Porcelaine and Zoya Blu were virtually identical when swatched on my nails. Above you can see that on close inspection Zoya Blu is about half a shade deeper than Porcelaine. The Dior Saint Tropez was added mainly for contrast, and the Chanel Riva is much lighter and not nearly as creamy or opaque as Porcelaine. 

Dior Porcelaine &  Zoya Blu

And here are the two sisters from another mister side by side. Dior Porcelaine retails for $24. I got mine at Nordstrom. Zoya Blu retails for $9 at Zoya.com. I also saw a bottle of Zoya Blu at Ulta this weekend.   

I don't think you can go wrong with such a knock out color so take your pick, and let your conscience be your guide. Let it not be said that we here at ofthecomely are enablers. Polish hoarders, addicts, fanatics , lovers yes. Enablers... never :)

Have a great week! 

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Sun is shining


One thing about music, when it hits you feel no pain

Jacket: The Limited
Top: J-Crew Factory
Jeans: Lucky Brand Charlie Super Skinny
Bag: Coach Madison Convertible Hippie
Shoes: Franco Sarto

 Happy New Year!

 I spent most of the past couple weeks working, but I was able to break away for a couple days to meet up with my family for the holidays. 2013 was a good year for us all, so it was great for us to get together to reflect and to give thanks.

 I didn't make any grand resolutions for this new year.  In my humble opinion self-improvement is a continuous process so I'm just going to take it one day at a time. 

I want to thank all of you who took time out during 2013 to spend time in this little corner of the internet.  All the best to you and yours for 2014!

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