Sunday, September 24, 2006

Ambiance...Voluspa Baltic Amber Candle

Amber is one of the most beautiful fragrances out there and can come in many varietal interpretations: Anne Pliska is an orange tinged aldehydic wonder relying very much on sweeter pungent variety of amber. Today is a look at Voluspa's Baltic Amber candle which takes a beautiful journey through amber. At first the scent of Baltic Amber is creamy, just a tinge of coconut, but underneath it lies a beautiful hint of fir needles never letting it become sickeningly sweet. As the candle burns longer a tinge of cherry tinged smoke starts to come through the creaminess. The fragrance progresses to smoky wood soaked amber scent yet never hits a single rough edge with the creamy use of the vanilla. The candle burns clear and long, although it could be wished that the candle had better throwing power in scent, yet the scent that is there is utterly gorgeous for an interpretation of amber. It adds the ambiance of a perfect cool autumn in the mountains with smoke and mist intertwining. I definately recommend this to those that love the scent of amber. I think this scent would be greatly appreciated by those that enjoy Luctor et Emergo People of the Labyrinths fragrace. And yes I am deeply hankering to get the room spray. You can find Voluspa's Baltic Amber fragrance at

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Scent of the day and another wish to add to my birthday list

Today I am wearing Anne Pliska (so utterly gorgeous and unique). And here is another to add to my list of wishes:
-Fifi Chachnil the fragrance
can be bought here

Monday, September 11, 2006

Spring Fashion Continued...

Costello Tagliapietra:

Josh Groot:
This really is the perfect little black dress:
Jenni Kayne: reminds me of Erte
I like the jacket:
What can I say I love classic bathing suits:

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Spring Fashion So Far (yes it is ridiculous considering it is September

Alice Roi:

Yigal Azroul (I covet the leather jacket):
Toni Maticevski:

Rag and Bone:

Starting the birthday list early....

Okay so while I'm at my birthday is getting close in about a month that is so I figured I might start my list in my mind so that well when people ask me what I want I'm not going "uhm..." so here it is:
Nigella Lawson's How To Be A Domestic Goddess
Nigella Lawson's Feast
Lost Season 2 DVD Set
Mark Bittman's How To Cook Everything
And because I can dream: My very own Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer.

Datura Noir part. 1

I'm going to admit it now, I rarely wear tropical scents, what can I say I rarely think I can pull off the sunny lushness that tropical scents often have going for them, and yet Datura Noir by Serge Lutens is one of the few tropical scents that I can. I suppose if I were to sum this scent up it for its character it would be "a gothic tropical scent, a moodscape of the icy arctic meeting falling petals of creamy luscious tropical flowers." This is the scent of a jungle at night with the coldest white full moon in the sky illuminating everything in its brilliant silver light. And yet this scent is softly narcotic there is no screeching gardenias or tuberoses, the tuberose in this is mellow and edged with a buzzing green note, the osmanthus is the more promenent floral giving off its gentle greeness with its hints of apricots soaked in cream, the coconut is subdued never reminding of sunscreen but rather the scent of freshly cracked coconut, and the hint of bitter almond through out giving it that hint of high pitched sweetness that is cold and wonderfuly sweet. Datura Noir is a soft scent yet has a sharp edge with its unheady narcotic quality.

What I've cooked lately: Coconut Slab

Alright, I've been gone for awhile especially on the cooking part of my blog, but I've had good reason basically since last tuesday I have not been feeling very good, and have been reduced to a diet of very bland foods because of it, and yes it was hell for a food head like me. But before I got sick I made Nigella Lawson's wonderful Coconut Slab which can be found in this book Forever Summer for my friend Liz's barbecue, well over all it was a hit, but I do have one problem with the recipe it has to do with the frosting, I liked how the cake looked with the frosting going over the sides, so don't if you make this recipe add more suger to the frosting, it looks absolutely perfect with the frosting going over the sides. And also for a very simple, comforting, and bizarrely extravegent drink (I've been on a saffron kick lately):

Saffron Milk
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon sugar
a pinch of saffron

Directions: bring all of these things to a boil and serve. Very good before going to bed.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Fragrance of the Day: Vanille Noire du Mexique

I forgot how gorgeous this scent is and well I decided it would be my fragrance for the day.
Notes: Bergamot, Rose, Jasmine, Vanilla, Iris, Opoponax, Patchouli.

It occurs to me this is very similar to Rochas Tocade and L'Artisan Voleur de Roses