Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Long Haul: October 2013

Long time, no post, but ... blah blah blah real life, and HAPPY HALLOWEEN! I don't have anything scary to blog today ... except for the sum total of dollars I've dropped on nail polish this month. No lie, it's hair raising.

This is probably the worst and biggest monthly haul I've had in ages. In all honesty, I had been saving up for a few of these purchases, so they weren't total surprises, but there were one too many instances of "OH I'LL JUST RUN INTO THE DRUGSTORE, WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN" ... when in fact, things DID happen.

The rules: If I bought other items at one store along with polish, I won't include the tax, just the total amount I spent on polish. Additionally, swaps or anything I bought as a gift for someone else won't figure into this and won't count. I also will edit this blog entry to reflect the true numbers in case I buy something that wasn't recorded at the time of the original posting.

Notes: Now you know what I bought while I was in New York! If you want me to blog any, let me know -- I might be able to squeeze a couple in next month before I go into full-on Christmas mode.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Skinny Dipping (With Friends): FingerPaints Bare No Secrets

Hey, guys. I can't believe that it's Skinny Dippin' time already, or, by extension, that October is nearly over. Anyway, after a week of blogging polishes that I absolutely loved, I stumbled upon one that definitely does not join those ranks.

When I saw the ALU A Pair Affair collection at Sally's last month, the only one I KNEW I had to get was You Yacht to Know Better (last seen on me here). The sage green, Sage It Ain't So, was a lot nicer in person than I expected it would be, but I could only buy two. So I went home with You Yacht to Know Better and this polish, Bare No Secrets, which piqued my interest slightly more than Sage It Ain't So. Now I don't think I made the right choice that day. Ah, well. You win some, you lose some, right?

Note: This polish was harder than I thought it would be to capture (I might have been having a derp day). I had to sacrifice image sharpness/clarity for color accuracy, so my apologies. :/

Three coats with Gelous + SV.

Wow, no. Nope, nope, NOPE. I have no problem telling you guys when I don't like something, but I always feel a little weird making that kind of declaration about a polish created by someone in the nail blog community, because it was their dream and work, you know? :/ On the flip side, Michelle is responsible for colors like RBL Mismas and Barielle Falling Star, so that should even things out.

Anyway, you see that nude/pink base? Maybe the store lighting at Sally's warped me into thinking it would look good on me, but the truth is you have to be a lot paler or darker than I am to rock this polish. I actually really enjoy the gold microglitter, and that was a nice addition to said base, however!, the pearly sheen is where I get off this train. I think I would have made more of an effort with this polish had it not been for that. I was so bummed, because it looked so great on Michelle in her post ... "universally flattering," this is not.

The formula on this one was okay, maybe on the thick side, but FingerPaints tend to be like that (IMO). I believe you could get away with two thin-medium coats for opacity, although I went with three because I wanted to see how the nude color would look on me (and as we all know, it's a mix of foundation-slash-stockings on me). Dry time was quick with Gelous and SV. I kept this on for only a day because it was so barftastic on me, but I gotta say -- the wear was really flippin' awesome. I washed my hands and did a bunch of dishes this weekend, and there wasn't a trace of tip wear or chipping.

Oh, Bare No Secrets. What do you think? Did you purchase any other ALU A Pair Affair polishes? (I'll try to post You Yacht to Know Better on its own one of these days.) I dislike this one so much that I would've returned this to Sally's yesterday if I could've found my receipt! If you would like to give this bottle of Bare No Secrets a better home, definitely send me an e-mail (it's on the right column of the blog); if you have something from my wishlist, let's swap!, but I'd be just as happy to gift this to whoever wants it.

Thanks for reading! I know I'm posting one more time this week, but IDK what day that'll be yet. In the meantime, don't forget to visit BLP to see Anna's nude polish pick ... let's hope it's nicer to look at than this one. ;) Hopefully my pick for next month will be more successful.

Friday, October 18, 2013

HARE polish King of Carat Flowers (I love you, yes, I do)

Happy Friday! Considering how insane this week has been, I'm a little surprised that I was able to pull three posts out of my ass, but I'm also thrilled enough that I'm not gonna fight it.

So, here we go.

Last Saturday night, Neutral Milk Hotel played a show at The National in RVA -- a show that, unbeknownst to me, was the group's second stop of their current comeback tour, as well as their first time in Richmond! I remember thinking, "Well, shit. I'm SO glad I'm here!"

Guys. According to the venue's Facebook page, NMH tickets essentially sold out THE MINUTE they went on sale back in May. I remember ranting that it took me a little over 20 minutes to purchase my ticket via Ticketmaster -- man, I would have shut up had I known I was going to be one of the lucky 1500 people in attendance! I will say this for 2013: My concert karma, juju, whatever you want to call it ... it has been so incredibly good to me this year. When I was 17, I never dreamed I'd get to see this band.

Anyway, the indie nail polish world presented me with two very worthy options named after NMH songs: Pahlish's Pianos Filled With Flames, and HARE polish's King of Carat Flowers.

This clip includes Parts 1, 2 and 3 of "The King of Carrot Flowers." 
Parts 2 & 3 are one track on "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea," and begin at the 2:00 mark.

I ordered both, but I really think my bottle of the Pahlish is a dud version because it looks *nothing* like any of the swatches I've seen. (I'll probably blog it in a few weeks ... months ... eh.) That twist of events left me with the HARE, which clearly was the superior choice.

Four coats of HARE polish King of Carat Flowers on its own, topped with one coat of Gelous and SV.

Ugh, this polish is so great. Different sizes of square and hex glitters in gold and lilac plus some iridescent blue flakes are suspended in a grey jelly base, which makes King of Carat Flowers perfect for layering over another grey polish (see Cilucia's post!). Unfortunately, I didn't bring a grey creme with me last week, so I decided to wear it on its own. I applied my standard three coats, but the lighting in B's house is the worst (oh man, that light bulb has to GO!) and although the coverage was great, I was curious to find out if a fourth coat would provide better depth of color. In the end, I don't think it did, but that lighting was so bad that I felt better about that fourth coat.

This is the second HARE polish I've tried, and I couldn't be more pleased with it. The formula on it was fantastic, the glitters were easy to work with, the coverage was perfect and the dry time was fast. The glitters dry *slightly* lumpy, so either double up on top coat or slap on some Gelous before top coat. But if you're just going to wear this for a day, it's not so lumpy that it'd bother you too much.

King of Carat Flowers was from last fall's Finder's Keepers collection. It's currently sold out both on the HARE polish Etsy, where it retails for $10, as well as on Llarowe, where it retails for $12. I bought my bottle from Llarowe back in May, when it miraculously was in stock. And that's the other reason I love HAREs so much -- in addition to the consistent quality of her unique and delicate creations, Nikole, the lady behind HARE, is really great about restocking. According to the HARE Facebook page, Nikole will be restocking the Etsy shop TODAY AT 12 NOON, PST. (If you're on the East coast like me, that's gonna be at 3 p.m.) So if you're in the market for some of these polishes, today would be a great day to pick some up!

Now, for those of you who aren't familiar with Neutral Milk Hotel:

Know ya boo.

Even if you don't watch "Parks and Rec," you've got to admit April's love of Jeff Mangum/Neutral Milk Hotel is just too perfect. (Yes, the album is a little weird at first, but it's also really beautiful.) While we're at it, read her February 2013 letter to Vulture, celebrating Neutral Milk Hotel and the fifteenth year of the release of their most popular album, "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea." It's pretty accurate. And just so ... April. [An April Ludgate Masterpiece]

The whole reason the band reunited for this tour is because of the album's fifteenth anniversary. Jeff Mangum is also famously semi-reclusive, emerging every now and then for a solo tour (one of my former coworkers got to see him solo, UGH, so jealous!). I imagine it's a combination of those things *and* maybe all the new fans the band picked up in the fifteen years since "In the Aeroplane" that would make this tour sell out in record time.

Y'all see this photo? That's THE ONLY good photo I got of the show, and I took a whopping total of TWO. The place was packed, and tickets were will call only. When everyone was lining up to pick them up, security members kept yelling that no pictures would be allowed. I thought, "Whatever" since that's kind of how people say hello at that venue, but the crowd was surprisingly compliant. Only a few people took cell phone photos and video ... maybe that's just how in awe everyone was of Jeff Mangum?

I feel like I say this about every other show I go to, but ... the band was amazing. They were surprisingly full of energy, and did a stellar job of playing the songs close to the recorded studio versions, yet also in a fun way that really showed off and enhanced their live sound. The show turned into a huge singalong at a few points. It was almost nostalgic. Everyone, from the band to the audience, was just so happy to be there. (Note: Maybe the band's energy was so high because RVA was the second stop?) If you're curious to find out what they played in RVA, here's the set list! And [HERE] is a link to someone's YouTube video of "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea," so you can get a sense of how magical it was.

There were only three things that pissed me off. One, I was by myself. A guy I used to work with was there with his wife and presumably some friends, and while I wanted to meet up with them, I didn't partly because I always feel awkward crashing a group thing. Two, I was standing way too close behind this insanely tall guy. He had to have been at least 6'3", and all of us behind him were getting more and more irritated because we did not pay $$ to get a view of his shoulders all night. I love tall guys, but not at standing room only concerts. Nope, nope, nope. The last thing was that my pictures were too few and too shitty, but I don't know if you could really call that a gripe.

If you're wondering about the NMH song that sealed the deal for me back in the day and the song I was most excited for, it's this:

Now that I think about it, this concert was a milestone for me, too -- I was 17 when I started listening to them, and I'm 27 now. Ha.

All right, any thoughts on this HARE polish, or HARE in general? Will you be buying any in the restock this afternoon? I shouldn't, but I'm thinking about it. Lastly, are there any other Neutral Milk Hotel fans in the house besides Madeline and myself, or are you guys just "Parks and Rec" fans? If the latter holds true for you, ain't nothin' wrong with that! :)

Thanks for reading my posts this week, you guys. I know they were all on the lengthy side, but there's a reason this blog is a nail diary, and not a proper nail polish blog. At least I blogged a good mix of polishes this week, right? I hope you have a good weekend, and I'll be back on Monday!

P.S. There are two more concerts left for me in 2013 ... ! (NMH was the eighth one for the year. --This is what happens when your parents don't let you go see the Foo Fighters/Red Hot Chili Peppers in ninth grade. True story.)

Thursday, October 17, 2013

NEW: Formula X for Sephora Mr. Positivity (+ more NYC!)

Before I get to the good stuff, here are the rest of my New York photos.

Manhattan: A view from Roosevelt Island

A blustery, rainy Monday afternoon view of Manhattan from the Roosevelt Island tram

Another tram shot.
My pistachio eclair from Maison Kayser. It was THE BUSINESS.

I even made a new kitty friend.

(I still don't like cats.)

It's a Nutmeg!

My favorite picture of my sister's little derp nugget

Does she remind you of anyone?

She's so dumb, but she just wants to love you.
Take it from me, it's really hard to not love her back.

My sister's meanie cat, Boomer. Not my kitty friend. Or anyone's, really.

What's a trip to New York without a Broadway show? My first Broadway show since 2009 and my sister's first Broadway show since moving to New York was this:

I was really excited because we'd bought the tickets, oh, probably a week before my friend's wedding last month. Then during the weekend of the wedding, what should I find sitting on the mantel of my room but another Daniel Wallace novel? It was fate. (It was!)

I won't mince words. Unless you're a fan of director Susan Stroman or lead actor Norbert Leo Butz (he's pretty great), SKIP THIS MUSICAL. I basically apologized to my sister after we left the theater because it was ... not good. Visually, it was lovely. The cast and the band were great. Everything else was quite disappointing.

I've never read the Daniel Wallace novel, but I love the 2003 Tim Burton movie. I'm going to go ahead and say it: "Big Fish" was the last good movie Tim Burton's done! I didn't always like it. In fact, the first time I watched it, I felt it was a little too on the nose. But three years later, I had to watch it in a college film class (which I aced, tyvm) and I changed my mind about it, thanks to my professor.

Anyway, in the movie, you get a really great sense of the scope and grandeur of fantasy and a touch of the Southern Gothic genre. In the musical? Not so much. They promised it, but ultimately didn't deliver. The characters were caricatures, and you never got a sense of what made Edward Bloom so very, well ... Edward Bloom-ish, and worthy of your attention as well as redemption in the eyes of his son (whose portrayal in the musical was the woooorst). The songs also were rather generic -- they weren't memorable at all, and my sister and I kept telling ourselves we could have written better lyrics! There were at least two numbers that could have been inserted into any other musical, and didn't truly seem like they belonged specifically to the world of "Big Fish." The book itself came across a little Paint By Numbers, Broadway Edition, which was weird because the same guy adapted the screenplay. I mean, there's a reason I'm not a theater critic, but I know a good thing when I stumble upon one, and "Big Fish" was not good. I was feeling really salty on the way to dinner after the show, and told my sister that at some points, it felt like the creative team tried to write a show based around the daffodil scene and FAILED.

Moving on.

A gorgeous evening in Times Square

My 6:15 a.m. train back to RVA

Some light travel reading ... definitely not your average biography.
Not sure whether that's good or bad yet.

And of course ... I bought some polish.

Let's take a closer peek into this Sephora bag ...

Okay, now that I've got your attention. ;) I deposited cash at the Chanel counter at the Bloomie's on 59th Street (my sister and I also got snacks at the Forty Carrots on the seventh floor -- HELLO, pumpkin froyo!), a Ricky's and a Sephora in the Flatiron District and finally at Inglot in Times Square. The first thing I made a beeline for at Sephora was the Marc Jacobs polish display, but I didn't see anything that was calling my name for the price. However, there was an ENORMOUS new display of Formula X for Sephora polishes, and I bought three of them.

Say hello to Mr. Positivity, the second Formula X polish I could not put down. It actually reminded me a lot of ALU's Our Tips Are Tealed from her FingerPaints collaboration, only the Formula X polish was what I wanted Our Tips Are Tealed to be. I didn't care for the shimmer in Our Tips Are Tealed when I saw it in person, which is why it was sorta crazy to me that I didn't want to leave the store without Mr. Positivity.

Three coats with one coat of Gelous under SV.

Hmmm, yes. Very beautiful, yes.

I cannot get over how much I love this polish -- it's definitely 2013 Top 20 material. It's definitely a green teal, pretty close to a Pantone emerald. And look at the sparkle! I wouldn't call this a glass fleck based on the size and density of the microglitter particles, but they wouldn't shine as brightly as they do without the jelly base. Basically, it's the Pantone emerald version of a Ruby Pumps sparkle party.

Formula-wise, this was pretty perfect. I'd recommend three coats for maximum sparkle, coverage and opacity, but you can stop at two if you prefer. The brush on this Formula X polish was very easy to work with, not quite paddle/ProWide, but more like a Chanel brush with a longer bristle. The cap comes apart from the brush, just like most high end brand bottles (think: a blend between Chanel's and butter LONDON's). The polish dried quickly on the nail, however, it dried gritty, so you might want to double up on top coat or try to smooth it out with a coat of Gelous before top coat, as I did. I've been wearing it for two days, and the wear has been awesome: I haven't had any chipping or tip wear yet. Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if this polish DIDN'T stain like a mofo, but I'll make sure to report back to you when I remove it.

The Formula X for Sephora line is a brand new, Sephora-exclusive line that consists of over 200 polishes in about every color and finish you could want. Mr. Positivity is part of the line's "Luster" group; the "Luster" polishes are touted as "full-coverage glitters," but each Luster polish contains a different size of glitter. Mr. Positivity's glitter particles, for example, are small than Catalyst's. The Formula X Lusters retail for $12.50, which might be kinda hefty, but this was worth it to me. 

Signing off until tomorrow, but what do you guys think of Mr. Positivity and/or the new Formula X line? I might be excited for Formula X because it's so new, and maybe because the display made me pick up my jaw from the floor, but if the two other polishes I picked up are as good as Mr. Positivity, color me impressed! Also, I'll sloooooooowly be posting the rest of my NYC purchases, but if you saw something in the Sephora bag photo that piqued your interest, holler at me. And if you want to tell my sister and me how cute her cats are, go right ahead. ;)

Lastly, is anyone else a lover of the "Big Fish" movie? I actually watched it last night with my dad, and he liked it a lot. Maybe Albert Finney, Robert Guillaume ("That's Benson!") and the '66 Charger sealed the deal, IDK, but he got pretty into it. :) Like I said, it's a shame the musical doesn't live up to its own expectations.

P.S. Thanks to my sister for hosting me last week! New York, I'll be back next year. There are more shows to see, and much, much more shopping to be done (... which makes me appreciate how much work Amy of Gotham Polish puts into her blog. It's my NYC polish shopping Bible, and a fantastic resource overall).

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Yo te quiero tal y como estás: Floss Gloss Con Limon

Hey, y'all! My New York trip to visit my sister went by far too quickly. --That says a lot, since my last three trips since late 2009 have been for an average of two to three days. I usually plan like a control freak, but I think everything that's been going on offline finally caught up to me; by the time I had to leave for NYC, I was too distracted to plan anything at all, let alone pack. (I bought my bus and train tickets *days* before I had to leave!) My sister even forgot to get multiple days off!, but as she said, we'll consider this visit a trial run and we'll do better next time. [/Tohru Honda]

If it was such a short, rushed trip, why bother going at all?

For one thing, this woman is pretty freaking amazing.

Y'all, I haven't liked American pop music since middle school, but contemporary Mexican pop doesn't get much better than Julieta Venegas, who is a Mexican pop QUEEN, as far as I'm concerned.

Being Asian girls from rural/central Virginia, my sister and I are the biggest (read: ONLY) Julieta fans we know. When we were still in college (oh gross, this was almost eight years ago), we promised each other that the next time Julieta toured somewhere near us and we could afford it, we had to go.

This year, it finally happened! Julieta released her latest album, "Los Momentos," in April and is currently touring the U.S. to promote it. I'm a horrible fan and have been listening to the same two albums of hers since college and had no idea about any of this until one day the official Julieta Facebook page BLEW UP with tour announcements. I didn't think I would be able to make it to her show in Silver Spring, but I forwarded my sister the tour links in the off chance that she could make it in NYC.

My sister's response: "!!! That's really close to my work! If you want to go, I'll buy us tickets."
Five minutes later: "DUDE, I'M SERIOUS. I'LL DO IT"
Thirty minutes later: "HEY I'M BUYING THEM NOW."
An hour later: "K I BOUGHT THEM."

My mom thinks we hate each other -- not true! We like each other's company ... in small doses -- so she's thrilled any time we decide to spend time together, and she told me to go to New York. And that was how my sister and I scratched our dream performer off our live in concert bucket list. Thanks, Mom!

The all-important task of finding an appropriate polish was not fun at first. But when I was paying for my pre-wedding eyebrow wax and picking up my prize bottle of Floss Gloss Partybruise, I saw a small Floss Gloss display at my salon counter. The only thing I love more than vampies, jewel tones and metallics right now is chartreuse, so when I laid eyes on this neon goodness and saw the name "Con Limon," I had to buy it. HAD. To.

Pics first before I tell you why it's so perfect. The first three pictures were taken on the fourth day of wear (!!!); the last three were taken the day I put this on.

Four coats with SV. I can't remember if I slapped on a coat of Gelous before I applied the SV, though, so take this with a grain of salt.

AHHHHHH, SO GOOD. Right off the bat, I'll admit Con Limon isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea. Chartreuse and lime are really difficult colors for a lot of people to pull off, but I think the fact that this one is neon actually makes it a little more wearable. You'd never know it from reading this blog because neons are so hard to capture, but I do love them like the burning.

As with most neons, the formula on Con Limon is on the thin side and requires at least three coats to start looking opaque. Stop at two coats, and it's going to look a little like the plastic neon cups it was inspired by. ([Here's] an amazeballs image from the Floss Gloss site.) I wasn't happy with three coats (maybe it was my rushed application, but I had a few bald patches), so I went for four, which turned out to be the magic number. It evened out after adding SV.Wear time was impressive! Since I'd only swatched Partybruise, my results with Con Limon were a real surprise. I had this on for SIX days before I removed it, with no staining and minor tip wear. The only chips were on my two chip-prone fingers (as usual). Um, I'm kind of in love.

Con Limon was part of the Year of the Female Deux collection, and retails for $8 at the Floss Gloss site and online only at Urban Outfitters. Don't forget to check the Floss Gloss list of official stockists to see if you can pick up a bottle near you! The brand is cruelty- and 4-free; bottles are 0.18 Fl oz., putting them on the small side.

... which makes them perfect for traveling! I took this bottle along to New York with me, since I'd only managed to polish my left hand before I arrived. (Technically, I guess this would make the wear time six days on my left hand. Technically.) Good stuff.

If you've been reading this blog for a while, you know I have far too much fun being literal. So here's what made Con Limon the only thing I really could wear to see Julieta -- one of my favorite songs of hers:

HOW CUTE IS THIS VIDEO? "Limón y Sal" is one of my favorite songs in general. My Spanish language comprehension hadn't entirely gone the way of the dodo bird when I discovered this song, which is a long way of saying I'm so glad I remember what the lyrics translate to in English. There's just no pride in looking them up online, yo. Basically, it's about loving a person for all his or her quirks and flaws, and not wanting to change a thing about that person because having him or her close makes you happier. Que dulce, right? And doesn't knowing this make the video even more adorable? I'm not sure I would actually listen to a song with this message in English, but in Spanish, it's the most amazing, heartfelt thing. (I wonder if this is part of the reason I love opera so much ... the words sound better in another language.)

"Limón y Sal" also is the name of Julieta's 2006 Latin Grammy-winning album, and the second album of hers I came to love. It's got a few of my other favorites on it: "Canciones de Amor," "Me Voy," "Primer Día" and "Eres Para Mi." She did perform all of these at the show except for "Primer Día," and EVERYONE in the crowd absolutely lost it.

She and her band were so great. Whether she was simply singing, or singing and playing any of these instruments ...

... she owned every single one. What a talent. Ugh. She makes me want to dust my guitar off and learn how to play that thing properly, and that's a feeling I haven't had in years.

I'm not sure how my sister discovered Julieta's music, but I know I started listening to it probably sometime around late 2005-early 2006 because of her. The album that got me hooked was a 2003 album called "Sí," Julieta's third studio album. This is the song that made me a fan for life, my favorite song of hers, and one of my most favorite songs EVER because it ends up on every other playlist/mixed CD I make:

The other lady with the updo is Julieta's twin sister, Yvonne.

This video is cuteness to the extreme, and makes me want to go to Japan for even more cute. Anyway, this song is called "Lento," and it's about taking it slow (and enjoying it?). I've never really sussed out whether "it" refers to a relationship or life in general, but either way, the song works. It's all about the essence of the lyrics, right? I'm reaching now, but I feel as though slowness is a concept that isn't exactly encouraged in modern society, and that's probably part of the reason I love it so much. Plus, the melody is just too darn cute.

The show was at Irving Plaza, a venue neither my sister nor I had been to before. We really liked it! The only real beef we had with the show was that people were starting to get a little pushy so they could move to the front of the floor (it was a standing room only type of thing) to get pictures. The other thing that was pretty funny was that someone was smoking weed on the premises ... at one point, I'm pretty sure I got a contact high that I haven't had in yeaaaaaaaaaars because my sister and I looked at each other and said we were hungry. The weed wouldn't have bothered me if there hadn't been a few kids present, and I'm kind of weird about that stuff around kids. Also, there was one guy who was the worst ... he was trying to punk dance (whaaaaaaaaaaat even ... this was a MEXICAN POP concert) with a TALL BOY in his hand that he was sloshing around everywhere. The worst.

Pretty memorable stuff. Since my Spanish is gone, I was really worried that I wasn't going to understand a thing, but it turned out to be a non-issue. I mean, yeah. I had no idea what Julieta was saying in between songs, and my sister didn't believe me that I was kind of clueless ... but that just goes to show how true "use it or lose it" is. According to my sister, Queen Julieta was wayyyyyy more flawless and eloquent than she thought she'd be, and that was very happy-making.

I'm really glad we went, and I'm pretty sure we'll go see her again in a few years. Thanks for getting the tickets, being my concert buddy, and introducing me to Julieta, KK!

Some other favorite songs of Julieta's that I started listening to back in the day:

 "Algo Esta Cambiando" | "Andar Conmigo" | "Bien o Mal" | "El Listón de Tu Pelo" | "Ilusión" (with Marisa Monte, from Julieta's MTV Unplugged performance, which is pretty legit, so it's worth finding.)

Okay, that should do you to start. And then if you want to continue on with her stuff on "Los Momentos," go for it!

I'll have another post up with the rest of my all-too-brief New York adventures, but I am dying to hear what you think of Con Limon! BTW, it was so, so hard to write this post without typing an accent up over that "o" in limón, but Floss Gloss has it with no accent. 

Anyway. Please, please, PLEASE let me know if you're going to start listening to Julieta ... I promise that if you decide to make a spur-of-the-moment trip to see her, she'll be beyond worth it. I really can't wait to see her again. In the meantime, I'll be here, trying to figure out how to play "Andar Conmigo" on my guitar. It probably won't end as adorably as her videos do, but as she says in "Canciones de Amor," life never works like that.