Dior Galaxie and ** Merry Christmas ** **Feliz Navidad** ** Joyeux Noel**


Hola peeps. What up! It's been a while, but I'm back.


Two coats + top coat

This holiday season I turned to shades of purple instead of red for my manicures. Dior Galaxie with its subtle shimmer and lovely blend of purple and mauve was one of my favorites.  It applied like a dream and wore like iron. I found myself staring at my nails throughout the day the week I wore it.


 I went through my pretties, and couldn't find anything that I would consider a spot on dupe.

I love the way Dior does shimmer!

From the swatches above Dior Shadow is the closest, and although it is deeper than Galaxie, if you are not a collector it might not be worth it to have both.


And finally, a word on this top coat. It is awesome. Get it. Thank me later. You're welcome :)
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The Hounds of Fall




Lips: NARS- Train Bleu velvet matte lip pencil
Necklace: J-Crew Factory
Sweatshirt: Target
Pants: Black House White Market
Bag: Burberry(old)
Shoes: Via Spiga via DSW
Nail polish: JinSoon- Austere

I have completely regressed to wearing nothing but black, white and grey. All that talk earlier in the year about adding more color to my wardrobe has gone out the window.  Maybe it's laziness, maybe it's some strange channeling of the grey and white Greek streets I saw on my recent vacation. I really can't say for sure what it is. Whatever the cause, the urge to dress like a bedazzled emperor penguin has consumed me.




Speaking of consumed. I got two words for one thing for you. Ready.... sweatshirts. Sweatshirts!!. I don't know who brought them back, but I am forever in their debt. I'll have you know they were always "in" for me but the choices now are amazing. I found this houndstooth patterned one on the clearance rack at Target. I have my eye on this one as well.



I mean how can you not love a garment that you can in theory (you'll never be able to prove whether that happened), sleep in, lounge around in, and then wear it to work.

Some(not you my dear non-judgemental readers) might look upon my current sartorial state as lacking in inspiration and creativity.  I would like those folks to heed the words of my spirit animal Baby Seymour below.


I jest, I joke, I kiiiid. Ha ha ha ha. I love that little guy.


 
Until next time, keep those feet happy!


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A England- Guinevere




Now that the temperatures have started to dip a little bit I'm finding myself drawn more to moody, deep nail polish colors, like this greyed out lilac creme from A England.



 I'm wearing two coats plus a salon top coat in the pictures above. It was opaque with one coat, but two gave me that thickness that I like with a creme polish. Drying time was normal and wear time for me with this brand is about a week.



A-England as the name suggests is an English nail polish company.  Guinevere was part of their Mythical collection, which was based on the story of Camelot, King Arthur, Lancelot and the Knights of the Round Table. If you recall how things turned out I think this color is perfect for our  beautiful, but ultimately doomed love crossed Guinevere. The polishes in the Mythical collection had names like King Arthur, Lancelot and Excalibur, which I almost bought just to be able to rightfully say... I hold Excalibur.. but I didn't. I got Merlin instead.  

Sadly A-England no longer ships internationally but they can be found HERE.

What's on your tips these days? Are you still rocking the brights?



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Santorini, Greece 36.4167° N, 25.4333° E



 Although Paros was my favorite of the Greek Islands I have to admit that Santorini was hands down the most picturesque.  Santorini's blue domed buildings are usually the first pictures you see in any google search for the Greek Islands and on any Greek Isle calendar.

Santorini is actually made up of five islands formed from volcanic eruptions. The volcanoes are why the sand on the islands is black.  The main island-Thira is where the pictures below were taken.  In addition to being one of the most beautiful places in the world, Santorini is renowned for its white wine, cherry tomatoes and white eggplant( who knew??).

Another surprising tidbit from our tour guide was that despite being surrounded by the Aegean Sea in every direction, there is no fresh water on the island. Their fresh water is imported from neighboring Crete and Naxos. There are also two desalination plants on the island.

If jewelry is your thing Sanotrini(Thira) is for you. The tour guide apologized to the men in the group in advance.  I had a co-worker tell me when I got back that her husband lost her while she tried on jewelry at one of the many boutiques on the island. He said he looked for her for two hours. She told me it felt like it had only been ten minutes.  Having been there I can see how easy it would be to lose track of time as you explore all of the shiny, glittering wares for sale in the store fronts that line that steep winding streets on either side.

My humble suggestions are to wear comfortable shoes, and have a firm spending budget :)










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No more than 15



I have been very busy in my personal and work life lately. When I only have about fifteen minutes to prepare something, it usually goes like this. 



1. Wash and cut asparagus spears
2. Add garlic and onions and sautee with olive oil or butter for three minutes(Save some of the garlic and onion for the second part of the dish)

I usually get this at Target


3. In a separate pan add a packet of veggie chicken


4. Add some jerk seasoning(this tastes good on everything, trust me), teriyaki sauce and the left over garlic and onion from the asparagus to the veggie chicken


5. Stir-fry for about five minutes or until browned



6. Combine the two and voila, lunch is served


I had a friend who told me this type of meal was more assembling than cooking. I didn't argue. I just never assembled anything for him. 

What's your go to quick meal?


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Paros, Greece: 37.0833° N, 25.1500° E








A four hour ferry ride from Athens will get you to the Greek island of Paros. Paros was by far my favorite out of all of the places I visited in Greece.  I loved the laid back vibe, the friendly people and the beautiful winding streets with their white washed buildings.

I spent days there just wandering aimlessly and taking pictures, much to the amusement of the old men gathered around the local watering holes. I could tell they were talking about me, and my guess is they were saying something like, "nehh nehh that one again with the camera, day, night how many times is she going to take a picture of the sea." When I tell you I have hundreds of pictures, I mean I have hundreds of pictures.

We could be here until next year :)



I won't do that you though. I'll give you the cliff notes version of the island instead.

 We'll start with the villa where I stayed above.  The owners picked me up at the dock when my boat came in from Athens, and during check in I was presented with this amazing homemade combination of yogurt and oranges from their orchard. Now mind you I'm not a big fan of yogurt. At home I suffer through it because I know it's good for me, but I am here to tell you that you have not had yogurt until you've had it in Greece.( Chobani, Oikos, Dannon, all of them need to stop playing, because what they are masquerading as "Greek" yogurt is a lie. I will never be able to go back, because when you know better you do better.)  If that wasn't enough, in my room I was greeted by fresh olives, tomatoes and wine all grown and made on site.

Parasporos Beach

About a five minute walk from the villas is the beach, Parasporos above.  I think that picture can do it more justice than my words could.  I took it early in the morning on one of my first days on the island. It turned out to be the photo I loved the most out of all of the hundreds I took.  Every time I look at it I remember how peaceful and beautiful that morning was.



Paroikia

Next up ten minutes away by car we have the main town of Paroikia with its boats and sea side restaurants. Every where on the island you saw people taking a break from the sun by taking a dip in any body of water that was near by. Sometimes with bathing suits, and sometimes not....





After a nice lunch it's time to get lost wandering those beautiful winding grey and white streets,


 where you could end up running into a castle,
  




       
                   or some lovely homes where you can hear and smell the residents enjoying their lunch,



                   
  or a boutique where they will be happy to hold your bags until you get back from

        your bus ride to the town of Drios





and the classic Greek village of Lefkes, where if you're up to it you can hike the Byzantine path


 or check out the traditional homes






 and still make it home in enough time to say goodnight to the Paros sun.



Thanks for stopping by!
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Loving Now: Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia Scented Candle




I can't remember how I first heard about Jo Malone. I'm going to just take a wild guess and say it was on a blog. I tend to love English goods so when I learned that the Jo Malone candles are made in London I was very interested. That is until I looked them up online and found candles retailing for four hundred plus dollars.

Now at this point I would like to reiterate that ofthecomely is a judgement free zone. We(Me,myself and I) respect your right to spend your money on what you want. However, as a personal favor to me if you hear that I bought a four.hundred.plus.dollar candle, and there was not a post about me winning the lotto, please send someone to lay me down gently until whatever I'm going through has passed.

So, I  just figured the brand wasn't for me and I moved on until that one fateful day I found myself in my local Bloomies and my curiosity got the better of me. I had no intention of forking over a car payment on something I was going to be literally burning but I wanted to see what could possibly be worth that much. I mean was it dipped in gold?

The nice Jo Malone sales lady talked to me about the long history of the brand and the top quality products that they use and told me that the more expensive candles were for their biggest sizes and yada, yada, yada. I think she could see I wasn't sold so she went for the big guns and pulled out a tester for what she said was their most popular fragrance- English Pear & Freesia.

Bang! Man down, or in my case woman down. I should have never walked over to that counter. I should have learned from that dead curious cat. But what has been done cannot be undone.




So as you can see I loved the smell and ended up going home with the candle. The 7 oz candle for $65.00 so don't send someone for me just yet.

Now scent is a very individual thing. English Pear and Freesia has the following description on the Joe Malone website.

 Experience the surprising, sensuous freshness of sweet pears, wrapped in a bouquet of white freesias, on a subtle background of scrambling wild roses and skin-warming amber, patchouli and woods. English Pear & Freesia Home Candle envelops a room and lingers for hours to create an ambience that is fresh and unexpected. Candle burn time is 45 hours and includes lid.
                 Source
To me it smells clean and slightly woodsy with just a hint of sweetness, but I defer to the professionals at Jo Malone and their description.





I bought my first one in May of this year, and I'm less than half way through my third one now. All three have been the 7 oz size, and all three have been English Pear and Freesia. I use them at least once a week and find the scent to be long lasting without being overpowering.




I use the empty containers as small vases for flowers. I've seen them also used to hold everything from makeup brushes to pens.

What are some of your favorite candles? Have you tried any from Jo Malone?

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We Are All Greeks








Yes I've been wandering again. This time my travels took me to Athens, Greece and the Greek Islands of Paros, Santorini, Mykonos and Delos.




Yes, that is all of my luggage. Card carrying member of team carry on only!
 Yes. You can do it too.


This is Sparta!!!



Well, not exactly. That's actually Athens in the background but that's what I felt like on my climb to the Acropolis. And let me just warn you, if  you are interested in doing that it is one heck of a climb. I'd liken it to level 10 on a very high, very slippery stairmaster.




 It was a great trip and I am extremely grateful that I was able to experience that part of the world. As per usual I'll share some of the pics from my visit here in the coming weeks.

I hope you have all been well.


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Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer: Blue Velvet #132




So this is the little pretty that has been making me smile lately. I picked up Blue Velvet from Sephora about two weeks ago. I spent some time in Sephora trying the different colors in the Marc Jacobs lacquer line, and this one was hands down my favorite.  I'm wearing two coats plus a salon top coat in all of the pictures. The formula was a little thick but drying time was normal.




 To my untrained eye Blue Velvet is a combination of royal blue, and a shimmering teal with subtle glints of gold. I love how the beautiful shimmers in the polish are actually visible on the nail in person And, how cute is that square + oval= squoval bottle?

 



I wore this color for three glorious days, until my left hand had an unfortunate run in with the eject button on my lap top. Let the record reflect that the polish on my right hand was still in excellent condition at that point. The polish is richly  pigmented so there was some staining to the nail even with the use of a base coat. A small price to pay in my opinion for such a beautiful color.





I had more blues than I thought, but nothing in my collection would qualify as a dupe for Blue Velvet. You can tell from the bottles that the Dior Tuxedo and the Chanel Blue Satin lean more towards navy, and the RBL is a cream with no shimmer.

The MJ polishes retail for $18 and are .43fl. oz.  



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Faster than a speeding bullet*













Sunglasses: Kate Spade
Necklace: Express
Shirt: Banana Republic
Pants: White House Black Market(old)
Shoes: Ralph Lauren
Bag: Coach
Watch-Movado/ Ring-Tiffany's
Nails: Rococo Lab Nude 6.0 Satin


Blogger has been acting up for me so I hope this post comes out okay.  Every now and again I think about moving to something else, but then I think about all the work that would take and I just lay down until the feeling passes.  


This weekend was one of those really relaxing weekends. And by relaxing I mean I didn't do half of the things I had planned. So, still no beach and no The Wolverine. I did go to Pilates where I was the only one in the class. After the session I spent some time talking to the teacher about an issue she was having. I could tell she felt much better after our conversation, and it hit me. That's why I was there.  If I ran the world I probably would have slept in that morning, but the universe dragged me out of bed and put me in her class because it knew she needed to talk to someone. I'm learning more and more that everything happens as it should.

Sometimes it's not even about you. 

Have a great week!










*Judging from the shenanigans in these photos, they were probably taken around the time I saw Super Man.

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