Fun In The Sun

This pic is only here because I realized that I didn't have a shot of my shoes.  It's not the best shot, but just know that they were snake print pumps and completely inappropriate for gallivanting in the park in a floor length maxi dress near salt water. 
Jacket: The Loft(old)Dress: H&M/  Similar here Really liking this one hereShoes: Tory Burch(old)Sunglasses(Kate Spade)

We are back from our summer vacation here at ofthecomely and we are feeling some kind of way about it. Everything went well and it was a great trip. I'll post about it soon. 

Thank you to all who participated in the giveaway, and a big welcome to all of those new to the blog.  The winner was Simply Chic. Congrats seƱora!  Wear it in good health. 

My plan this week is to catch up on all of your blogs, do laundry and finish book three in the Song of Fire and Ice series.  There's still about two months of summer left so I'm pacing myself  :) 

See you next week. 

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Work Hard. Play Hard

Purse: Coach Legacy Pebble XL Drawstring
Carry on: Travelpro Hardside Spinner
Shoes: Puma Kids Roma Basic Jr.

We here at ofthecomely are off in search of the ever elusive work life balance. If we find it and it fits in our carry on we'll bring it back.  In the meantime check out some of our travel posts here and here . 

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week! 

P.S. We have decided we are going to try to tweet while we are away. We haven't really mastered it stateside yet so it should definitely be interesting. 

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Giveaway *** Hooray***Giveway: J-Crew Factory Statement Necklace

Well here goes something.

What is supposed to happen here is that one of you lovely people who have taken the time to follow this little corner of the interwebs here at ofthecomely will get the opportunity to win the necklace pictured below. And, we(me, myself and I) here at ofthecomely get to find out what you've enjoyed reading.

The necklace was purchased with my pesos. I wear mine regularly as it is one of my favorite pieces.  I hope the winner will enjoy it as much as I do.

So if everything goes as planned the winner will be chosen at random by Rafflecopter. I'll announce the winner here on the blog. That person will have three days to email their information so the necklace can be mailed to them. If there is no response within three days a new winner will be chosen. I'd love to see how you styled it but no pressure.

Finally, ofthecomely has joined Twitter. Let me know what your twitter handles(that's what the kids still say right) are in the comments.  I know Twitter has been around for years, but we are taking baby steps here....very small baby steps. If you see us on Twitter doing something wrong please feel free to let us know. All we ask is that you use your inside voice :).

Have a great week. Good luck to all!

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** Thanks for entering guys. It looks like everything is working well(fingers, toes and knees all crossed). Don't forget to let me know what posts have been your favorite so far in the comments. **

a Rafflecopter giveaway

* Once items are shipped, we here at ofthecomely will have no liability for their delivery. Any customs/taxes due on the prizes are the responsibility of the recipient. 

YSL Ambre Gingembre 44, YSL Feuille D' Or 47 & YSL Safran Sultan 42

 Ambre Gingembre 44, Feuille D' Or 47 and Safran Sultan 42 were part of the YSL La Laque Couture Spicy Collection for Spring 2014. The internet tells me however,  that Feuille D' Or was a re-release from the holidays. I got my set online from yslbeautyus where they each retailed for $27/.34 fl oz. They appear to be sold out on the website at this time.

North African spices were reportedly the inspiration behind the colors. I can definitely see that with Safran Sultan 42 pictured above.  I'm wearing two coats and a salon top coat in all of the pics and found drying time to be normal. 

Ambre Gingembre, which I'm guessing is amber ginger reminds me of  paprika more than ginger. It was my favorite of the three colors, and the color I got complimented on the most. I'd describe it as a creamy, rusted orange. 

Both colors wore like iron. The pic above is day 8 of my Ambre Gingembre manicure. It was the same with Safran Sultan which I wore for a full seven days with minimal tip wear.  

I added the Feuille D'Or 47 to my Ambre Gingemnbre mani to prolong it a couple more days. As you can see it's a glitter polish. I'd be the first one to point out that glitter polishes aren't particularly unique. However, the size and shape of the gorgeous golden flecks of Feuille D'Or made it a must have for me. 

Here's a close up shot of the beautiful, chunky glitter of Feuille D'Or 47.  They look more like pieces of gold foil that have been cut into a small beautiful pattern than your basic glitter to me. 

I have to say that I've yet to be disappointed by aYSL laquer. The concepts behind the collections are well executed, the colors well pigmented and the formula easy to work with. I'm looking forward to their new collections.

In other news. Guess who is having a giveaway this week. That's right! I finally googled how to do it and I think I figured it out. I tell you I love the internet!

See you next week ! 

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Wellness Focus - May 2014: Pilates

I  was alternating between wellness focus and fitness focus when trying to come up with the first part of the title for this post. defines wellness as:

1. the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate effort.
2. an approach to health care that emphasizes preventing illness and prolonging life, as opposed to 
   emphasizing treating diseases.

And fitness as:

1. the state of being fit
2. biology
a.  the degree of adaptation of an organism to its environment, determined by its genetic constitution
b.  the ability of an organism to produce viable offspring capable of surviving to the next  generation

As you can see I settled on wellness. Partly because my background in public health has taught me that a holistic approach is usually the best. And, partly because I have long since realized that it's not in my genetic constitution to have a six pack. Also, the whole offspring capable of surviving is unknown at this time(what if there's a zombie apocalypse?) so wellness it is.

This wellness focus is about Pilates.  Pilates is an exercise system designed to stretch, strengthen and balance the body. It was created by Joseph Pilates and was originally referred to as Contrology. Joseph was originally from Germany but lived in England in 1914 where he worked as a circus performer and a boxer. He was interned by British authorities during World War I and while there he started teaching his system to his fellow inmates. It's well documented that those who practiced his method survived the great flu outbreak of that period. When he was transferred to a different camp he became the caretaker to many bedridden internees, and used his "Contrology" to help them restore joint function, muscle strength and re-educate the body. He eventually emigrated to the US around 1925 where he continued teaching his system. It is still practiced today as he intended by classical Pilates teachers. 

Pilates is a big part of my personal system for wellness. I practice it regularly and back in this post I talked about starting the process to become certified as a Pilates teacher. I started with the level one certification that year and the next year became certified as a level II Pilates teacher. 

The most widely used equipment in classical Pilates are the mat, the reformer, the chair the cadillac/trapeze table and the ladder barrel. In the pictures below my Pilates instructor is putting me through the paces on the different apparatus. I've included them for anyone who might be curious as to the different types of Pilates exercises. Please note that I am not by any means perfect. Pilates is a life long discipline in my opinion so I still take classes regularly to work on my own personal practice. I also feel that the best teachers never stop being students themselves. 

Arabesque 1 on the Pilates Reformer

Exercise goals: 
  • Challenges balance and control 
  • Flexibility
  • Works Hamstrings

Prepping for "Spread Eagle" on the trapeze performed on a Cadillac

Exercise goals:
  • Works sequential articulation/extension of the spine
  • Uses the body weight to strengthen the body
  • Works biceps/lats

Exercises on the Pilates Chair

Exercise goals:
  • Balance and control
  • Challenges and strengthens the powerhouse(core/abs)

Working on "Swan" on the Ladder Barrel
Exercise goals:
  • Strengthens the back and abdominals

The plan is to make "Wellness Focus" a regular part of the blog. I think I'll start posting my monthly workouts (you can find some other exercise related posts here)  again along with things that have contributed to my overall health for the month. 

How about you? What's your wellness focus as we enter the halfway point of 2014? 

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**P.S. I do believe that when this posts it will be my fifth straight Sunday posting. Yippee!
           I think a giveaway is in order. Thank you to all who have taken the time to visit and comment.

           See you next week !