Saturday, December 08, 2007
image from http://www.fwbo-news.org/uploaded_images/Blue_Lotuses_Betsy_Aryaloka_small-763065.jpg
Betsy Sterling Benjamin's online gallery http://www.betsysterlingbenjamin.com/index.htm
So today is the final day of packing, which will probably involve me being up until 2 o'clock in the morning and the next few days being a whirl of unpacking and caffeine, but that really is the reality of moving in a nut shell. It is such an ambigous occasion being stuck between different areas and having to re-learn how to settle in. So I am going with a scent that overall is like my skin and does have a certain sense of serenity to it. I am hoping to stay calm like the image above, but knowing me I will have at least one freak out.
Friday, December 07, 2007
I can't explain why on a cold rainy day I suddenly have the desire to wear the strangely tropical yet chilly Datura Noir, but I do. I'm spending the day packing and will later on have a friend drop by with boxes to help me. Renee by the way you are awesome for doing this and have been wonderfully supportive through this whole process (plus part of you did help inspire me to move).
As for the image above it totally evokes the strangeness of Datura Noir.
image from artnet.com
also the Ed Martin has a wonderful website http://www.martingallery.com/index.html ( I love the front image dedicated to Georgia O'Keefe)
Thursday, December 06, 2007
So as some of you basically over the last month and a half I have been trying to find a studio and in this highly competitive market for rentals and my lack of renting history it has well been one long and bitter journey. But I can now officially I have a place I admit going in on Monday to go see it I was pretty much positive that it would not amount to anything. But lo and behold I ended up getting a little place; I admit the gas stove really got me.
And now on to edible babies (and no I am not a cannible):
So a co-worker the other day brought in her granddaughter, who well is the definition of the edible baby, so damn cute that you want to eat it up. You will find yourself saying "you have such yummy feetsies". And this is coming from not a baby person. Now most often I suffer edible baby animal syndrome (although as most know this goes on into the adulthood of your pet, because damnit pets are the babies of the family), most common wanting to nibble on little years and well loving little kitten paws.
Saturday, December 01, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
So we are having that weird weather in the Bay Area, where in the middle of Autumn, it looks like spring, like the glorious early part of spring, when green is just beginning to peep through, but there is still a chill in the air. Suddenly I am yearning for the scent of silver, green, and lily of the valley; so I put on La Parisienne, a gorgeous silvery aldehyde scent, that just screams spring.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
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Sunday, November 11, 2007
Today is a cold and grey day and although there is the temptation to call it ugly, I can't, the beauty of this weather is that it demands you get close to your fellow humans and share in warmth, be it physical or mental. I chose to wear Organza Indecence today because well it has the wonderful evocative quality of reminding of incense and rice pudding all at the sweet time. It is a dry sweet scent with vein of creamy amber running through it. A perfect cocoon scent in cold weather.
And also Happy Birtday Mary and Rita!
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Persepolis the movie
Sadly it is only coming out in limited release on Christmas Day; I suspect I will have wait for it to get onto Netflix.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
|You Are Surrealism|
Hanae by Keiko Mecheri is meant to evoke butterflies in a Japanese garden and after testing it without first reading the notes or publicity description I must say the fragrance actually does evoke this quality. The fragrance opens with the scent of fresh lychees and cream, shockingly the rendition of lychee in this scent is good which cannot be said of most of the new debuts this year that can't seem to leave the lychee note alone and also can't get it right either. This lovely opening lasts for a minute or two before morphing into a lovely airy fluffy melange of jasmine and citrus (official notes for this part being white petals and yuzu). There is a hint of greenness in the mixture and a supporting note of nectar like sweetness. The scent thankfully does not add vanilla (and I love vanilla) which added would have created a scent over the top in sweetness. Although, wild berries are mentioned in the official notes I can honestly say I don't get any berry notes in the scent, ironically lychee is not mentioned in the official notes. The scent is fairly linear with musk providing the perfect support. Overall I do not think this scent is me, but I wouldn't hate to smell this on people. It is airy and delicate with enough oomph to have presence for the wearer.
Official Notes: White Petals, Yuzu, Wild Berries, Crystilline Musk.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
By the way go smell your nectarines...peaches and apricots have been rhapsodized about and by the naming of this blog you can tell I already belong to the church of apricot, but got take a sniff of your nectarines and enjoy that sweet tangy lush scent.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Monday, July 02, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Stella Rose Absolute: Like holding a giant amethyste in your hand.
Anglomania by Vivienne Westwood: Just a beautiful red bottle with a wonderful wait in the hand.
Le Baiser du Dragon by Cartier: a beautiful art deco bottle, nuff said.
L de Lolita Lempicka: like holding an aquamarine in you hand, just beautiful work.
Lolita Lempicka: Wonderfully fantastical play on the fruit of temptation, exceptional packaging.
Sira des Indes: An emerald cut jewel in bottle form
Monday, June 11, 2007
Simple Berry Melon salad:
handful of blueberries (I suspect any berry will do, but these are perfect because they don't break easily)
Quarter of a melon (I used casaba melon which is really similar to honeydew, but what ever you have) cut into chunks (no rind)
a drop of orange flower water (I suppose if using a strawberry watermelon combination the more appropriate choice would be rose water)
a sprinkle of suger (just to bring the juices out)
mix all together and enjoy the refreshing beauty of it. The blueberries and green flesh of the melon looked gorgeous together. The orange blossom water added a light touch of floral but overall was not apparent, but added the little extra oomph that made the salad so lovely.
Friday, June 01, 2007
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Sunday, April 29, 2007
1/2 pound strawberries (cleaned and trimmed and sliced in half)
1/4 cup honey (adjust too your liking)
a pinch of ground cardamom
1 cup of yogurt
Put strawberries, honey, and cardamom in blender and puree until smooth. Then add yogurt and blend, until well blended. Serve and enjoy.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
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Friday, April 06, 2007
Yes, I am a happy cow, but then again you would be too if your grandmother gave you 1 1/2 pounds homegrown organic rhubarb. Rhubarb has to be one of the most incredibly uniquely flavored and scented vegetables out there, the scent is of grass, strawberries, and tomatoes. The flavor as if a green apple and strawberry had been mixed together. So to celebrate it in it's incredible glory I took Gourmet's 2006 Rhubarb Compote recipe and tweaked it into making it my own.
1 1/2 pounds Rhubarb (about 4 cups chopped into 1/2 inch pieces)
1 cup of suger
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Combine all the ingredients in a medium, heavy based saucepan, over medium and stir until suger dissolves and mixture begins to boil. Reduce heat to medium low and cover, and cook for about 7 minutes. Let mixture cool and then chill (I had a hard time doing this) and serve with something wonderfully creamy (I did mine with Greek yogurt, but I suspect this may one of those perfect ice cream toppings). By the way you will be tempted to eat spoonfuls of this and I did and I don't regret it.
I've lately been thinking of fragrances that invoke objects, memories, colors, and the things scents can remind you of. Today I guess, I kinda wanted to smell like a white fluffy cloud, or at least what my mind the scent that would best personify the character of clouds on bright sunny blue sky. So came up with this layering Kuumba Made Vanilla Musk over Ava Luxe Loukhoum body creme. So far the combination is working, giving off an air fluffy warmth.
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Today is going to be one of those long days where I don't get home until pretty late, so when it is one of those days I either opt for a confident scent or a comfort/clean scent, today I am going with the latter:
Pearl by Sage Machado Eau de Toillette
Notes: Indian sandalwood, vanilla, light musk, mousse de chine (ironically this is only stated for the body creme)
Monday, April 02, 2007
Notes: Rose, Peony Flower, Mandarin, Rose Absolute, Amber.
Sunday, April 01, 2007
There is nothing quite like Sunday, it epitomizes the need to relax, rejuvanate, exercise the soul and body, or in my case most often to create. Most of my Sundays are spent cooking something new, and to borrow from Nigella, "...relaxed putzing in the kitchen." This is the day I most often pick scents that are very clean or very comforting (this often goes hand in hand). Today my scent is:
Pure Grace, the notes for it are: Bergamot, Water Lily, Lavender, Jasmine, Cool Greens, Musk.
This is a scent that is consistantly in my Sunday rotation. It epitomizes relaxed, calm, and clean.
So the question is what are your favorite calm, clean, and comforting fragrances?
Saturday, March 31, 2007
Today I am going with Rochas Tocade for the last day of March.
Top note :
Bergamot, Freesia, Green Note, Geranium
Middle note :
Rose, Jasmine, Magnolia, Lily of the valley
Base note :
Vanilla, Cedar, Amber, Musk
As for most worn this month:
Egyptian Musk/Egyptian Goddess-7
Chanel 5 Sensual Elixir- 2
L de Lolita Lempicka-2
Un Bois Vanille-2
Friday, March 30, 2007
Living in Livermore, can basically be like living in a small town, ironically we are a city actually, and have quite a large layout. Yet, some how we contain the atmosphere of a small town (sometimes good, other times aggravating). For years we have fought to bring in a Trader Joe's (I know I would be so much cooler to say we fought to have an organic co-op, this is a close as we are going to get to that considering at one point Livermore contemplated putting in a Super Walmart even though we already have a Walmart and they would have been scarily near each other). So much to my excitement Trader Joe's in Livermore will be opening today, I will no longer have to go to Pleasanton and deal with death wielding black hole that they call a parking lot. In truth this is scarily going to be one of the high points of the day. And I will be one of those dorks there today.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
After taking a wonderfully luxuriante and tropically inspired bath ( BBW Ylang-ylang Myrrh bubble bath, a combination burning of Illume Gardenia and Coconut Milk Mango candles, and well my beloved Pre de Provence Pineapple soap, and earlier eating Saffron Ice cream) I am now trying for a tropical combo of Patou's Sira des Indes and Serge Luten's Datura Noir. It's nice finally having a nice relaxing bath on Spring break ( I had been promising myself for quite awhile). Trying to transport myself to a tropical paradise through scent.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
On the food front:
-I finally started to work with yeast, and it was a bit of journey. First two times I used to dry active yeast I killed it accidentally with too hot of water.
-Trying Lobio for the first time (I got my excellent recipe from NPR.org)
-Making my first double layer cake (Nigella's Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake); I kept on wanting to call it my "piece de resistance" (sp?)
-I am a candle addict!
-I think the reality is my signature scent is Egyptian Musk.
-I finally finished a box of tea (my Assam Golden Tip) and I am very close to finishing others.
- I finally lost enough weight to fit into my "tiny" pants again, woo hoo!
And above all school and work will always kick your ass when it comes down to energy!
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
What makes a scent intelligent? As usual it really does rely on the nose of the one who is smelling. Still there are few fragrances that I own or have sniffed that scream intelligence too me. And also there is one note that if I smell in on a woman it always makes me think she might be intelligent: vetiver. And now a fun little scent list:
Balmain Ivoire- it's dry, unique, earthy, yet resplendently soapy that it screams high class. It is scent of beauty but beauty with sardonic intelligence with the raised tilt of a brow.
Guerlain Vetiver- Yes, it's in the men's section of the fragrance counter but trust me this has easily got to be one of the most wearable scents. It's clean but earthy with that zest from the citrus. The nutmeg and the tobacco give it a subtle unique dry down that is inviting but does not scream I am trying to seduce you but rather, I smell incredible and I bet you wonder what the hell it is? It is the scent I wear when I want a confident easy going quality.
Cartier Le Baiser du Dragon- What this ultimately dries down to on me is a powdery iris vetiver concoction both scents of intelligence yet when used correctly have cool deeply sensual quality. This is the Femme Fatale of intelligent fragrances, this is the "going out" scent of an intellligent woman.
Chanel Chance- I admit this one does not work on me. Yet, when I have smelled it on women it works it becomes a brite citrusy laden patchouli vetiver concoction, almost having an eau de cologne quality but with definite sillage. The ad campaign was flirty and girly but the scents dry down is anything but that.
Chanel Coco Madamoiselle- This may have one of the most wonderfully smooth openings but the patchouli dry down screams pure wit.