On being a humaneitarian July 26, 2013
Sometimes the paths we take are a winding road.
I’ve always been a fairly healthy eater. I even experimented once with vegetarianism in college, but in those days (pre-internet) it wasn’t easy to find information on how to make that work well so it didn’t take.
When our daughter was about 6 months old and ready to start eating solid foods, my husband and I decided to go organic with the food we prepared at home. We are lucky because one of the best organic food co-ops in the country is right here in our neighborhood – Outpost Natural Foods.
One of the things that Outpost does really well is to educate you about your food choices. I started to learn more about where the meat we ate came from, and the challenges family farms have (and conversely, the damage factory farms cause). I read books like The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and saw films like Vegucated. And once you start educating yourself about the food you eat, you find quickly there is a lot we take for granted in the US that is just plain wrong. How we treat farm animals in this country, to enable us to have “cheap” meat, is one if them.
When you start considering the REAL cost of this “inexpensive” protein, in terms of the toll on the environment, the animals, and the bodies and souls of the humans who process it, you start to look askance at deals that seem too good to be true.
I had a bit of a dilemma. We’re meat eaters. We LOVE our meat. But I also have a conscience, and learning about how mass produced meat and eggs are really produced makes you not want to support that business model. And when I realized that becoming a vegan isn’t going to be able to move the needle, because it’s too challenging of a lifestyle to ever reach mass acceptance and ultimately kill factory farming, I decided that I would instead have to find another way to put my money – literally – where my mouth is.
If you, like me, are lucky enough to have discretionary income – enough money that you can go out to eat at restaurants occasionally, buy some $3 cup of coffee at the local coffee shop every morning before work, and have high-speed internet access at your house, then you have enough money to have the luxury of making REAL choices about the food you eat. You can afford to speak for the animals, if you so choose, and that is certainly the choice I and my family have made.
Only recently did I learn that my choices had a name – humaneitarianism. The premise is simple – only eat meat when you know that the meat has been humanely raised and processed (the Humaneitarian.org web site has great information on what that means, and help for you to determine what that means for you), and if you don’t know that the meat has been humanely raised and processed, then forego meat for that meal. Spend more per pound on the meat you choose to eat (you will have to to support the local, family farms that raise and process animals humanely), but just eat less meat overall. In the end, if more people chose to be humaneitarian, the better our health would be, the better our environment would be, and the better our communities would be. Isn’t that worth it?
Well you know I’m behind in my posts when I start “bulk posting” reviews and photos of the Chanel Le Vernis nail polish collections.
This summer Chanel introduced a doozy of a collection for nail fans, “L’Ete Papillion de Chanel.” Basically intended to evoke the color of butterfly wings, and boy do they ever.
The two real stars of the collection are Azure 657, a vibrant aqua-green metallic, and Bel-Argus 667, a highly-pigmented cobalt blue metallic. Both nail polishes have the excellent Chanel metallic formula – they apply beautifully, with minimal effort. Bel-Argus has a slight tendency to show brush strokes, but like other Chanel metallics (see Skyline, Black Pearl, countless others), that is kind of the look that they are going for.
Azure is my favorite, both in terms of application (minimal to no brush strokes for me), formula, staying-power and color. It has become my favorite summer pedicure color by a long shot. When I wear it it reminds me of mermaid toes, if mermaids had toes, of course. The color just glows.
The disappointment of the bunch is Lilis. The formula was, frankly, horrible. I had streaking, pulling, bare spots. Lots of sweat and tears to get it to even look halfway decent on. And all for a mid-toned orange/coral creme. The color isn’t particularly unique – it’s very similar to Orange Fizz, and is similar in tone, but slightly darker than (and missing the beautiful shimmer of) Distraction. Both of those colors, though, have much better formulas! It’s shocking really, because I certainly expect more of Chanel creme formulas, and especially when you’re paying US $27+ for a nail varnish.
All three colors of the summer collection are limited edition, which means you need to pick them up NOW if you want them. They are currently available at Chanel counters worldwide and for US $27 each on Chanel.com.
Sometimes it can be tough to be the middle child – you know the oldest has the benefit of experience and of lots of time spent alone with the grown ups. And the baby, why she’s just cute as button and everyone thinks she’s just adorable.
Chanel Le Vernis Elixir 589 is like the middle child of the Fall 2013 collection, “Superstition.” Everyone is “oohing” and “aahing” over the stars of the show, the deep olive green creme Mysterious 601 and the duochrome sister to Peridot, the khaki green of Alchemie 591. And there sits Le Vernis Elixir 589, a beautiful, mid-toned, pink creme, overshadowed by her siblings.
But she really shouldn’t be overshadowed, because to me, Elixir 589 is the perfect shade of pink with a stunning classic Chanel creme formula, that should really become a staple in everyone’s nail wardrobe. Application was flawless, this photo is two coats, and the color goes with everything. It will be especially appropriate with Fall’s dark charcoal greys, dark browns and blacks. Le Vernis Elixir is not one of the limited editions (Alchemie 591 is), so should be around for awhile, but don’t discount it in favor of her more flashy siblings, you’ll end up regretting it.
Chanel Le Vernis Elixir 589 is available at Chanel counters and online for US $27 at Chanel.com.
Welcome Summer! Chanel Le Vernis June 539 June 12, 2013
Ever look at a nail polish color, and at first go, “ugh,” and then at second go, “hmm” and finally go, “oh wow!”? That’s the way I’ve felt about Chanel Le Vernis June 539, introduced last year as part of the Harmonie de Printemps Spring collection.
June was actually the only one of the three polishes (the others being April 533, a beautiful berry creme, and May 535, a cheerful light pink creme) that I wasn’t going to get because I actually thought it looked sort of ugly. Seriously.
But of course, you all know the worst kind of regret is Chanel regret, so I ended up picking up June anyway as it was a limited edition and because the collector in me has said that “thou shalt have all the polishes in a collection, the end.
I’ve ended up really liking this color. It’s a beautiful melon shade, that actually works almost as a summer neutral. The formula is the classic Chanel creme, two coats are all you need, with no pulling or streaking.
Chanel Le Vernis June 539 is a Limited Edition, and is no longer available on Chanel.com but may still be found at counters and boutiques.
It is apropos that I took this picture on my first trip to China, as Chanel Eastern Light Le Vernis nail polish is the “yang” of Chanel’s Hong Kong Collection – the white to Western Light‘s dark.
I am not personally a fan of white polishes (although I do love Chanel’s Pearl Drop, but that is more a pearlescent ivory than a white, in my opinion), but they ARE very “in” this season, and you know I can’t pass up on a new Chanel Le Vernis collection.
Introduced as a special limited edition in Spring 2013, Hong Kong de Chanel included two le vernis, the pure white creme Eastern Light and the beautiful dark brownish/black jelly Western Light. Tongue-in-cheek on the part of Mr. Peter Philips to make them light and dark, yin and yang.
The application on Chanel Le Vernis Eastern Light was beautiful, nearly foolproof, and I can be quite a fool when it comes to nail polish application. This was a rush job in my hotel in Shanghai before we were leaving to catch our plane later that afternoon, and it still looks beautiful (it didn’t look so great after man-handling luggage and getting through customs, however).
Do you need to have THIS white cream polish, probably not. Dupes abound I have no doubt. But what I have heard on the web is that this is one of the best formulas for white cream polishes.
Chanel Le Vernis Eastern Light is available as a special limited edition in Chanel boutiques (only) and in the US for $3o on Chanel.com
How do you do, Taboo? Chanel Le Vernis Taboo 583 May 13, 2013
“Nailheads” can be a picky lot. Especially the ones you find on internet boards such as Makeup Alley’s Nail board. They love their glitter, they love their shimmer, they love their bling.
It’s hard for Chanelophiles to participate in that world (speaking from experience here). I’m of a “certain” age, and don’t personally find glitterbombs on my nails to be particularly appropriate. For me, I value the spot-on formula, color consistency, and slight (but still appropriate) edginess from Chanel polishes.
There are few releases from Chanel that prompt any sort of cred on the nailboards, primarily because (1) Chanel polishes are often rapidly “duped” by less expensive, and frankly, IMO, less quality brands, and (2) Chanel only occasionally comes out with “must have” colors that cause a stir on the interweb. The recent spate of classic creme-polishes-with-an-edge neutrals such as Infidele and Provocation from this past Fall’s Fashion’s Night Out don’t make the gals of the glitter world get all swoony.
But Chanel’s one-off Le Vernis nail polish, as part of the Revelation de Chanel collection, has caused a bit of a bump in internet credibility on the part of the Chanel Beaute crew. This baby’s got some microglitter goin’ on. It’s a deep, dark purple creme (think Chanel’s Vendetta 483) with shots of red, gold and blue microglitter thrown in for good measure. It’s an actual REAL shimmer, not the typical “hidden” shimmer that you see in many, many of Chanel’s classic nail colors. This looks like a galaxy in a bottle, with the inky-dark purple sky backdrop and tiny glittery stars of various colors sprinkled throughout. It’s just beautiful.
And while Taboo has the glittery goodness to tempt the glitter-bombers, it also has enough subtlety to not freak out those of us with a bit more of a classic bent when it comes to our beauty products. It’s got bling, but it’s a subtle bling that’s only really detected in good light or closer inspection. In fact, my photo, which HAD to be taken on an overcast day (me of the manis that don’t last more than 1-2 days) in no way does justice to this beauty of a color. This is ONE COAT of this lovely polish, application being the best of Chanel best in terms of pigmentation and control. In fact, as I write this I am 2 FULL days into this manicure and I have nary a chip or tip wear to show it. That’s unheard of for me and my very productive hands.
How do you do Taboo? You do very well, thank you.
Chanel Le Vernis Taboo 583 is available for US $27 at many Chanel counters and at Chanel.com, and miraculously (incredulously) this is not a limited edition, so should be available for some time.