Hello all! I hope everyone is having a great start to August. I went to Montreal via Amtrak with the Mr. for a few days. It was a loooong ride from NYC to Montreal. The train was so crowded we couldn’t sit next to each other, which was a bummer. If you’re taking that ride, be sure to check in more than an hour early since the line gets crazy!
Notre Dame Basilica was definitely a highlight for me.
The old town was really stunning, very European.
We stayed near University of Quebec, which was a bit sketchy. Apparently there is a serious drug problem in Montreal, which was too bad. No one bothered us, though. At least the streets looked cheery with their pink balls.
And there was a random festival with lots of dancing. It seems like the Canadians really make the most of their warm weather with lots of festivals and street events.
So that was pretty fun. I miss the ease of international travel, compared to Singapore. I could be on a boat/bus/plane and be in a different country within the hour. At least living in NYC offers a lot of chances to experience international culture. One major oversight: the ethnic food here is not spicy! I had “authentic” Indian and it was way short in the spice department. After Singapore, I’m ready to get my spice on and the food tastes sad and lonely without it. Usually the restaurants will throw a couple chili peppers your way if you comment on the lack of spice, but that’s not really the same.
OK, onto the nails- that’s what everyone came for, right? 😉
I’ve been having lots of fun with some UV color change (the ice cream nails, center top row) and thermal pigments (the sunset beach nails on the upper right/ghostly rider nails on the bottom right.) Thermal pigments change color when they are exposed to heat/cold, whereas UV change color in sunlight.
My recent personal favorite are the ghostly rider nails- check out that tiny menacing skull! The fact that the nails change into flamey colors is just and added bonus. I also got my boho hippie chic on with some sun/mandala nails, some just-for-fun Kawaii Hello Kitty action, and some outrageous nautical nails. Someone commented that they looked like they looked like something a Playboy model would wear, but hey. Maybe it was the tassels. I don’t discriminate. 😉 You can have fabulous nails whether you’re a pinup model or a librarian.
I’m looking forward to fall. I’ve lead a seasonless life for the past 5 years, so I’m excited to get my autumn on for the first time in a long time. It’s my favorite season. I do miss the Tokyo fall, which is waay longer and better weather-wise than the northern Atlantic US fall, but there’s apple cider here, so it’s kind of a toss up. But for now, I’ll squeeze the last few drops of summer while it’s here. Fruit salad all around!