The Trainees

Top: Gap(old-it's actually a dress)
Jeans: Lucky Brand
Shoes: Boutique in Greece
Bag: Coach

Hozu River/Ukyō-ku, Kyoto  

Ukai is a method of fishing with trained sea birds called cormorants. It dates back to over a thousand years ago in Japan.  Ukai is done at night from long wooden boats lit with lanterns. A master fisherman controls up to twelve birds on leashes as they swim along the side of the boat and dive to catch the fish. Our guide told us these birds were in training for the Ukai period of July- September.  I hope they all made it.

I found some great photos of Ukai here and here.  Have a great weekend!


Elie Saab Le Parfum

A moment of silence please for that beautiful perfume bottle. (Insert moment here) Thank you. 

Elie Saab is a Lebanese fashion designer, and according to the internet Le Parfum was his first fragrance. I'm guessing he wanted to keep the name really simple.

The notes and description of Le Parfum: 

A harmony of white flowers, cedar woods and a drop of honey create an encounter as feminine as the trail of an evening gown. An addictive, refined fragrance with a Mediterranean spirit. The exceptional in the every day.
Notes: orange blossom, jasmine, patchouli, rose, cedarwood.

To me Le Parfum does smell very feminine in a luxurious and sophisticated, yet still approachable kind of way.  I apply it very lightly and can still smell it faintly at the end of the day. I love the way the bottle feels. The heft of all that glass and the way the angles glide across your hand makes applying Le Parfum a truly elegant experience.  

It is available in 1.6oz/$97 and 3oz(pictured above)/$124 bottles. I bought mine in a set with two body lotions during a special event Bloomingdale's was having for Mother's Day. The lotions are great for really layering the scent but I haven't been able to find them sold separately. 

You can read some of the many positive reviews for Le Parfum here and here.  If you've sniffed it let me know what you think. 


Wall Flower

Top: J-Crew Factory
Jeans: Lucky Brand Charlie Skinny
Shoes: Adidas Originals Pro Model
Mani: Estee Lauder Ballerina Pink

Lately it seems as if every time I pick up the paper or go online I am bombarded by bad news. If it isn't immigration problems, it's an environmental disaster, or another report of some senseless act of violence.  

That's why I appreciate this space where I can share the little things that make me happy.  Thank you for taking time out of your day to stop by this little corner of the inter webs. We may not be able to fix the global economic crisis or get Ms. Piggy and Kermit back together, but we can bond over nail polish and lipstick and add a little levity to our day. 

Have a great weekend! 


Mission: Impossible

Top: Gap
Necklace: Ann Taylor
Jeans: Asos
Shoes: Ann Taylor
Purse: Kate Spade
Watch: Michael Kors
Mani: Rescue Beauty Lounge- A Lonely Road
Pedi: OPI- My Vampire is Buff

Hey there! I hope you have all been well. 

I finally made it to the movies to check out the latest Mission Impossible movie.  I think the MI franchise has one of the best theme songs ever. When I was younger I had that song on my voicemail. I'm talking the full on Dun dun dada Dun dun dada Dun dun dada Dun dun dada TUDUM!.. .... at the end of which my voice would cut in saying "your mission if you choose to accept is to leave your name and number."  I am dead serious.  And, this was way before ring tones and digital music so you can imagine how many tries it took me to get it just right. I know, I know. I'm laughing now as a type this. What can I tell you?  Youth is truly wasted on the young. 

The movie was a bit long but I liked it. I won't give any spoilers but I will say my favorite character in this one was the female lead.  In the last Mission Impossible I loved the fight scene with Paula Patton when she hit that lady like an extremely pissed off ram. If you enjoyed that scene like I did you should definitely check out Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation.  

Now ladies and gents your mission should you choose to accept is to have a great week.  Don't let anything or anybody steal your joy. Dun dun dada Dun dun dada ... 

Thanks for stopping by!