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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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? 

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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?

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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?

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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.

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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 http://www.ahhhsoneo.com/ 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.

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Tokyo, Japan: 35.6895° N, 139.6917° E

I planned to post these 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 and 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....

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