Chanel Le Vernis- 530 Rouge Radical

Chanel 530 Rouge Radical/$28

Top to bottom:
          1. 530 Rouge Radical
2. 504 Organdi
3. 506 Camélia
  4. 520 Garçonne

Two coats in outdoor lighting

Chanel reformulated their nail polish line earlier this year to a new and improved longer lasting formula. I've tried a couple of the new polishes and they do seem to last longer than the old version.  The bottle also got a slight change as the polish names are now on the back.

Rouge Radical is part of Chanel's Le Rouge Collection Nº1 which is all about celebrating the color red. I thought Radical would look like a clear coat with a hint of color on the nails. Imagine my surprise when after two coats I got the vibrant, pigmented, beauty pictured above. Nothing about what I saw in the bottle prepared me for the gorgeousness that was to come.  I love it. I think it's just the right combination of red and orange that is perfect for summer.

Is it a love or a meh for you? Have you tried any of the reformulated Chanel polishes?


Summer 2016: Athens, Greece

Top: Target(old)
Jeans: Lucky Brand
Shoes: Banana Republic
Bag: Marks & Spencer(old)
Sunglasses: Burberry
Watch: Fossil

I spent more time in Athens this summer than on my last visit to Greece.  I got suckered into climbing up the Acropolis to the Parthenon again but trust me when I tell you I will not be doing that ever again. The steps were just as steep and slippery as I remembered them. If you are going to brave them please wear some shoes with good traction. We saw a couple people slip and stumble. It was not pretty. 

I also found a great vegetarian restaurant named Avocado in Athens. Avocados are right up there with sunshine and air in terms of things I think are necessary for life. I knew as soon as I saw their sign that I had found my tribe. I found the food throughout Athens and the islands we visited to be simple, fresh and flavorful. I took some detailed pictures of the Avocado menu so I could try to recreate some of the dishes once I got home. I'll let you know how that goes. 

Have a great week! 


Jakob's Colors by Lindsay Hawdon - Book Review

**Trigger Warning: This book contains graphic descriptions of physical abuse. 

This stand out novel is from what I was able to find the author's first. It tells the story of eight year old half gypsy Jakob on the run during the Holocaust of World War II.  The story shifts between Switzerland, England and Austria from the 1920s to the 1940s. Throughout the book we meet Jakob's family past and present, and experience through his eyes the events in his young life that give him his "colors".

As you would expect with such a grim backdrop the characters experience a lot of pain and heartbreak. The author though with her vivid use of words tackles those scenes in such a way that the reader is left saddened and bruised but not defeated. There is an underlying current of hope which lifts this book up and stayed with me to the very last sentence.  It was a good read and I recommend it. I also recommend that you have some tissues nearby if you plan to read it in public.

I've been on a going to the library and getting an actual book kick. My M.O. has been to wander the new release aisle until a book cover grabs my eye. In the past three months I've read seven books as a result of my library excursions. I even took one of them on vacation with me but mums the word on that because I'm not sure if there are rules regarding taking library books out of the country. I didn't ask so don't tell me.

When was the last time you went to an honest to goodness in the flesh library? What are you reading now?


Summer 2016: Santorini, Greece

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness."
 - Mark Twain

Hello.  How have you been? 

To be quite frank I came back from my lovely vacation cocoon of bliss and within days was knocked out by the maelstrom that is our current state of world affairs.  I really was not prepared. But can you ever be? Do you think that there are more terrible things happening in the world now than there was before or does it just seem that way because we have so many more ways to transmit information in this century? I think that there is nothing really new under the sun. Back in the day however there were no 24 hour news channels invested in spreading dread. 

So here we are in this little corner of the Internet with some of my vacation photos. They make me happy and I hope they do the same for you.  Thank you very much to all of you who visit the blog and those who take the time to leave comments. I wish you all well. 

P.S.  Yes that is a donkey :)