Darling Duos: MAC Cyber Lipstick and Dior Shadow Vernis

MAC Cyber(A52)
Dior Shadow(783)

I love the feeling you get when you stumble across things that work well together, like two day old toast you forgot in the toaster and left over guacamole from Chipotle.  I got that same feeling when I noticed MAC Cyber in Nordstroms while wearing Dior Shadow Vernis. It was like hey this lipstick matches my nails.  

Dior Shadow (783) - two coats

Dior Shadow is a blueish purple color with a tinge of goldish shimmer which is visible on the nail. I think it looks really pretty both in the bottle and on the nail.

MAC Cyber is a dark satin lipstick. It's more grape blood than oxblood but I think it's a really nice Fall color, and might be a good alternative for someone looking for a vamp look that's not red based.

In the pic above I'm wearing MAC Cyber over a lip balm.  Cyber is not the type of color I would normally wear on it's own, as the darker colors tend to unflatteringly highlight my bottom lip in all its Sponge Bob level crusty glory. But I've posted the pic here all in the name of science accurate blogging.  

Chanel Troublant Allure Gloss(68), Dior Shadow(783), MAC Cyber(A52)

I like how if you look at the top of the MAC lipstick that's now coated with the Troublant Gloss, it looks similar to the swirls in the bottle of the Dior Shadow Vernis. Now the duo look more like cousins on their father's side. You see the resemblance don't you?

In the pics above I'm wearing Chanel Troublant Gloss over the MAC Cyber. This is how I would normally wear Cyber. At least that's what I've done the 1 & 1/2 times I've worn it so far :)

What duos have you guys been wearing lately ?

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Diorific Vernis Diva(901) & Diorific Vernis Marilyn(751)

Left: Diorific Diva
Right: Diorific Marilyn

 Try and tell me that these bottles aren't just gorgeous. They remind me of  Russian nesting dolls, and my favorite Thanksgiving commercial.* Diorific Diva and Marilyn are from the Dior " Diorific Vernis Le Grand Bal" collection.  I bought Diva first at Macy's and I wasn't over the moon about the color but I loved the bottle so much that I got Marilyn shortly after at Bloomingdale's.

Diorific Vernis Diva- 3 Coats

Diva is a creamy deep dark black with specks of what to me look like gold, brown, and purple, that give it a hidden galaxy on your nails look. If you like your black polishes to have a lit from within glow then this is the one for you. It's growing on me, but I haven't worn it as a full manicure yet.  

See some more swatches of Diorific Diva here:

Diorific Vernis Marilyn - 2 coats
"I don't mind living in a man's world as long as I can be a woman in it" - Marilyn Monroe

Now Marilyn, I was all over. I love a nice red, and that is exactly what Marilyn is. A beautiful, feminine, classic red.

This pic was taken indoors. I like it because you can really see the moody starry night look Diva is giving you. There are two other colors in this line, Diorific Diorling- a really light frosty gold, and Diorific Lady- a frosty silver/white. Those two colors were definitely passes for me......but that bottle :)

Thanks for reading. Happy Czech Republic Independence Day. Have a great week!

*I know, I know I'm early but I love this. The ending gets me every time.

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Keeping up the temple


I readily admit that I am just as concerned about my outward appearance as any other red blooded woman. However, the older I get the more I realize that the right foundation, bronzer, shampoo or Spanx will only get you so far for so long, without a balanced diet and a regular exercise regimen.  I'm very consistent when it comes to exercise, but a little less so when it comes to my diet. 

Lately I've been working on planning my meals for the week ahead of time. The hardest part of that process for me is getting to the grocery store. Two things we here at Of The Comely hate, are laundry and going to the grocery store. Why? Maybe it's because you have to leave the comfort of your home, drive to the grocery store, fight for a parking space, shake somebody down for a cart, use everything you learned in Geometry to get said cart through the aisles without dismembering any small children or the elderly, to pick through heaps of mushed, felt up fruits and veggies. Then you have to wait in line behind the person who wants to argue with the cashier as to why he/she/they should be able to use the ten cent coupon they clipped from Parade because the brand wasn't specified and there is no expiration date.  After which you push your goods out to your vehicle which is now completely surrounded by an assortment of carts, move those carts of of the way, put your groceries in your vehicle, use the carts to make a halo around the vehicle next to you and drive home. But wait there's more. You still have to unload the groceries, put them away and no you're not finished yet, you have to stand over a hot stove and cook them. But I've digressed.

  If the stars align, I make it to the grocery store during the weekend, and I start the week off with my refrigerator stocked like it is in the picture above.

                   Then on Sunday night I whip up a main dish and a salad that will last me at least two
                   days and then wash, rinse and repeat on Wednesday.

Tofu, onions, garlic & Tikka Masala simmer sauce

                            I started this week off with tofu and brown rice,

I read somewhere that glass containers were better than plastic for microwaving so I've been using glass dishes ever since

                                          with a Kale salad.

Kale, blueberries, oranges & ginger

I used some of the left over Kale when I was finished to make a nice smoothie.

What say you guys? Do you plan your meals in advance?

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Shoes, Glorious Shoes and Part 2 of Award

Enzo Angiolini Yoursonly here & here

There's nothing like coming home to a delivery of a great pair of shoes to end the day. I bought these puppies and the pair below during a Bloomingdale's promotion where you got an additional 20% off the sale price. How cuuuute is all that sparkle. I almost gave myself vertigo trying to walk and take a picture of the back of the shoes at the same time. So that didn't work out, but please take my word for it when I say these shoes know how to make an exit. The easiest thing for me to wear these with in my closet would be some skinny jeans, but I think these could be dressed up with a the right skirt or dress, especially around the holidays.

Badgley Mischka Ryba here &  here

I loved the stripes on these classic peep toe pumps.  

Haylees Wedges

 These wedges are from Payless. Yes I know! They were 1/2 off so I got each pair for less than $20. Yes I know!!. The shoes have a five inch wedge heel and are super comfortable. I've worn them both to work on jeans day and received tons of compliments. I have been a  Payless customer since high school. I have some Montego Bay Sandals that have been on several continents over the past decade and are still going strong. My only caveat with Payless is until they change their name to Paymore I find it hard to pay more than $20 for a pair of their shoes. I'm talking to you Mr. Christian "Fierce" Siriano.

And finally Part 2 of the Liebster Award. See Part 1 at the end of this post  here

1. What is the meaning of your first name: It has no meaning that I know of.
2. What inspired you to start blogging? All the great blogs I was reading.
3. What is your favorite childhood memory: Hard to pick just one, but I fondly remember going
                                                                       to the beach with my family.
4. What is your favorite fashion accessory?  I love all my children fashion accessories the same but
                                                                       to give you an answer I have a Yurman bracelet  that
                                                                        I wear often.
5. What is the one fashion item you ever splurged on? I think my first splurge was on a LV purse.
6. With a limited budget; bag, shoe or jewellery(Which one would you purchase?) Definitely bag.
7. What is the first thing you want people to know about you? The divine in me recognizes the divine
                                                                                                     in you.
8. What is your favorite color?: I always say that I don't have a favorite but people always tell me
                                                   that I wear colors in the pink, mauve purple family a lot.
9. Do you believe this earth will come to an end one day?  I think the earth as we know it will yes.
10. Do you believe in God? Yes
11. What is your favorite store to shop or who is your favorite designer? I'm all over the place,
      Target, Calvin Klein, Banana Republic. I'm a fan of anywhere/one that offers well made, quality

Happy Hump Day. Thanks for stopping by.

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This is not Oxblood

Necklace: NYC street vendor
Jacket: Loft
Dress: Loft
Shoes: Nine West

I know this is the season of the ox, and I love deep dark mauve, purple and burgundy, but the color that stole my heart this year was blue. Bright, cobalt, royal and indigo blues to be exact. Where have they been all of my life? The love affair started with these pants from Express, 

and it reached it's boiling point with this polish from YSL.

So I was very pleased to find the dress I'm wearing in these pics in the abyss that is my closet with the tags still on. In my defense I'm not much of a dress person, and it was the material(soft and squishy like a great pair of pajamas) that caught my attention more so than the color at the time. Finding this dress brings me to a grand total of...... two pieces in my wardrobe in this color that I love so much. What can I tell ours is a love of quality not quantity.

Have a great week!

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The Show Must Go On & An Award


T-Shirt-Banana Republic
Jacket-Banana Republic
Jeans- Lucky
Shoes- Nine West

On the weekend I took these I decided to stop and take some photos before the sun came blazing down. I found a fairly deserted spot and was all set to go, only to find that I didn't have the little clicky thing remote for the camera. I snapped away anyway as they say, the show must go on.

I was nominated by Beauty of http://beautysworld-beauty.blogspot.com/ for the Liebster Award. Thank you Beauty (how cool is that name) that was very kind of you.  If I got this right, the first part of the award involves telling your readers eleven things about yourself. The second part is answering eleven questions from the person who nominated you. The third part is finding new bloggers to nominate. My attempt at the first part is below. I did my best but I realized I would be a terrible speed dater. I had no idea where to start.

1.) I'm the eldest child.
2.) I love to travel.
3.) Lately I've been having this strange urge to learn German?
4.) I am slightly  obsessed with chapstick. If I don't have it with me I'm going back home to get it.
5.) I have been a vegetarian for about 15 years.
6.) I don't like scary movies. I sat in the theatre and listened to most of the movie Seven with
     my eyes closed so I don't know what happened for the sin sloth or what was in the box. I did the
     same thing for Silence of the Lambs(although that was a sleepover and I needed to go to the
     bathroom but my friend wouldn't stop the movie to go with me, but that's for another time).
7.) I'm a chain gum chewer. My gum of choice is Orbit Peppermint(the blue one). I go through a pack
     a week.
8.) I love the movies and one day I'd like to win an Oscar for screenwriting or whatever you can win
     an Oscar for and not be stalked by paparazzi.
9.)  I like learning about new things, going to new places and meeting people with common interests,
      but I have a tendency to be very private so I'm still figuring that all out in terms of this blog.
10.) I'd like to think that I have a very caring, laid back, easy going personality but I would not
       mistake my kindness for weakness. My general rule of thumb is to do no harm, but take no crap.
11.) I think the worst thing you can be is unappreciative.

Thanks for stopping by :)

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It's the Weekend Baby!

The weekend is upon us. Yes I hear that collective sigh of relief .  We made it! I don't know about you, but lately I feel as if I blink and then it's Monday morning again.

 I've been doing an informal poll and it seems as if me and most of my peeps(or if you prefer most of my peeps and I) are suffering from what I like to call October syndrome. It's that time of the year where summer is over but it's not  holiday season yet so what do you do. It's like eleventh grade, you are so close to the end but not quite. Unfortunately the only cures that I know of for October Syndrome are patience and making wish lists online for your favorite stores in anticipation of the holiday sales(Don't look at me like that, failing to prepare is preparing to fail). 

Any other OS sufferers out there?  :)

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We Are The Champions

Last month after five draining months of scooping my abs and ironing my spine to the mat, intensive practice and training I became a certified Pilates instructor. For the the final test out, I had to sit for a 75 minute exam, teach a full 55 minute Pilates class consisting of 15-20 minutes mat exercises, 20 minutes of Reformer exercises, 10 minutes of specials needs and 5 minutes of endings. I then had to perform the mat, reformer, special needs and ending exercises  in a 55 minute work out myself. So yeah... fun times.

 When I started the process back in April I was super psyched. As I got towards the end of the training I was markedly less excited about the whole process. To be frank it got to the point where it was so all consuming that it wasn't fun any more(If I had to hear about my C-Curve one more time....).  I also missed my other workouts(yoga, running etc. ). I'm glad I sucked it up finished and passed. I'm also happy it's over. I started to add some more variety to my workouts so I'm going to start posting them monthly again.

This is also the time of the year when I like to kick it up a notch when it comes to exercising, so I started collecting photos for an exercise motivation board. This is what I have so far.

That lovely lady in the bottom lower left with the ponytail is in her s.e.v.e.n.t.i.e.s. Yep I definitely have to up those weights :).  What say you guys? Who's with me?

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Present and Accounted For

Yes I'm alive. No I didn't win the lotto or take the black. I did take some time off to jet across the pond to one of my favorite places for some rest and relaxtion. I had typical London weather during my trip so I hardly took any photos. But, what's a post without pictures so here you go :)

Le Flat

Le Train Station

On the way to Harrods

Greenwich Park

Leaves in Greenwich Park
Thanks to all of the visitors of the blog for reading and commenting.
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