Tuesday, September 30, 2008
The Smashing Pumpkins:
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image: The Love Potion by Evelyn Pickering de Morgan 1903
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Monday, September 29, 2008
Anggun's interpretation, live:
David Bowie's interpretation, in all its 1970's glory:
Seu Jorge's beautiful acoustic Portuguese version, I originally heard it from the movie, "The Life Aquatic of Steve Zissou", by the way this guy has a gorgeous voice:
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Saturday, September 27, 2008
Yesterday with half my face numb from having to replace a filling that fell out I decided to head to Whole Foods which is near my dentist. They usually have a gorgeous selection of Pacifica candles and well I am a fan of the Pacifica brand; I hoped that they had their new Avalon Juniper but they didn't. So I sniffed about, I was tempted by the Frankincense, but the truth is I needed a happy scent, then I smelled the Moroccan Chamomile Apple Blossom, this is a gorgeously happy Autumn morning scent. It has a wonderful warm happy quality and reminded me immediately of dew on hay, apples glistening in the early morning sun, and hints of herbacious bushes. What was even better was it was on sale. I was also left wishing Pacifica would expand the line of this scent; it would make a gorgeous body cream.
It leaves the skin wonderfully fragranced and not overly dried.
I also wanted to give a shout out to Pacifica spending so much time on the image design of each scent. They really got the scent with the use of light blue, golden yellow, and beautiful creamy white flowers.
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Thursday, September 25, 2008
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And just to increase the chances of someone watching it, here is the trailer:
1. Chanel's Bois des Iles, was way ahead of its time and still is. This aldehyde wood confection starts off with the perfect candied bergamot peel moving on to a clove tinged rose and carnation heart, before it settles into one of the most glorious sandalwood dry downs out there. Perfectly ladylike but utterly natural. Intelligent and comforting; it is hard to believe no one has tried to copy it. What I would give for another woody aldehyde scent....
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Sunday, September 21, 2008
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Saturday, September 20, 2008
It began with the scent of the apples caramelizing in the oven, topped with with only a 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, the scent was quite dazzling, and immediately an identification came up in my mind, the uber expensive and frankly delicious Ambre Narguile by Hermes. What was also amazing was the sheer aromatic power of the apples, at one point I was tempted to open another window the scent of apples was so intense. Then I took them out and a few minutes later scooped some out into a bowl, the apples at the bottom had becom translucent in the caramelization process, yet remained firm with a candied texture. The color though was what shocked me it become a light pink tinted amber, reminding me of quinces when cooked. Eat this with a splash cream, creme fraiche, thinned sour cream, crema, or greek yogurt. No ice cream (too sweet and rich).
Friday, September 19, 2008
Secret Obsession by Calvin Klein
Secret Obession by Calvin Klein is the first to have come out and the one that has been banned so far. I will admit I really like this one. While it does have Eva Mendes writhing around nake, the spoken word of the advertisement is not about a fantasy for male lust, but is in fact a rather nice euphamistic speech for self love. Yes, you see nipple, but it is not titilating rather completely natural. While the male viewer will no doubt enjoy looking at Eva Mendes, the advertisement actually speaks about naked sensuality for oneself.
Shalimar by Guerlain
This is the new campaign for Guerlain's Shalimar. I will begin with the positive: I like the music chosen. Now onto the negative. Natalia Vodianova is without a doubt beautiful, but her type of beauty does not translate well with Shalimar. While Secret Obsession is just as nude as Shalimar in its advertising, I find Shalimar's use of nudity annoying. Let's face when I watched this, all I could think was this advertisement is all about the male viewer, which does not jibe well with me, it screams "Look at hot chick I bagged last night!" Let's face it Shalimar isn't just some hot chick, she is a woman who you end up worshipping because she is provocative, intelligent, mysterious, and who is completely in control of her sensuality, she is a Monica Belucci.
Miss Dior Cherie by Sofia Coppola
Now here is the advertisement I am adoring. It has a story, the sensuality is fully there, maybe it doesn't feature nudity, but there is some definite four-play going on. But what really catches me is the intimacy, these lovers adore each other's warmth, scent, touch. It has been a long time since I saw a commercial for a fragrance that made go "I want that!", I mean it is actually putting a whole new gorgeous spin on Miss Dior Cherie. By the way this was directed by Sofia Coppola.
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Tuesday, September 16, 2008
My great-grandmother was Chinese, but she was orphaned in France as a child, so within my family the genetic heritage of grandmother showed through in her children, grandchildren, and some of her great-grandchildren, but the cultural heritage has never really existed. This lack of knowledge of my great-grandmother's birth culture has always created identity issues within my family and still extends to this day even to myself. This last January I visited France to visit my mother's family who I have never been very close to due to my mother passing away when I was very young and a language barrier, the visit it allowed me to further understand my bi-racial heritage. Out of my cousins I have inherited predominately European looks, my mother was also predominately European looking, but I learned while I was there that even she faced racism. It is ironic that my mother would be ostracized for her height, she was the shortest of her siblings at 4'11", but out of all the children born to her sisters and brothers, her children would be the tallest, I'm only 5'3" and my brother is of average height. I think it is even more ironic that my mother would be alienated for her height in a country that is not exactly on the tall side.
While eating the mooncake I wondered what my mother would think? I ate it wondering if my western palate was too biased agains't the mooncake; it turns out I wasn't a big fan, but then I remembered my co-worker hadn't seemed all that enthused over the mooncake either and Sing happens to be one of biggest food lovers I know of. I also know I have an adventurous palate. Still I enjoyed that I got to participate in event that celebrates the harvest moon and the bounty of the season, but next time the Moon festival comes around, I think I'll sidestep the mooncake. I will add though that it is visually stunning.
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image: William Morris
Sunday, September 14, 2008
It's apple season, with all my complaining of the heat in the last couple of weeks, all the sudden on Friday I could smell and feel Autumn in the air, and that wonderful feeling has not stopped. My grandmother for years has been volunteering at the Gerrin Heirloom Apple Orchard, I went up their years ago as a child, and today I am visiting again to go apple harvesting. I can't wait; in honor of this occasion I am going with Dolce & Gabbana's Light Blue, although consistently referenced as a summer fragrance, I find that I prefer this as an autumn fragrance. The gentle creamy apple note with hints of bergamot and amber, blooms so much better in autumn weather.
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image: A Devonshire Orchard by Hon John Collier
Friday, September 12, 2008
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Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Another way I am enjoying the cooler is by baking bread, I'm not quite sure why but when I bake bread I feel like I have baked an incredible feat, especially when you use this recipe:
Also, onto another cooking feat, I finally made good polenta, that did not require more than four stirs, how you ask? With my most amazing of appliances: the rice cooker. I am now becoming a big rice quicker proponent, you can do so much with them. Steam dumplings, vegetables, rice of course, soup, and polenta. These are a god send in hot weather country. If you get yourself one or already have one, I highly recommend you get this cookbook:
I ate my polenta last night with my homemade marinara sauce and well it was divine.
More food talk, sometimes you forget that simple ingredients, that when used with proper technique can make the most wonderfully lip-smacking food. Last week I made Mark Bittman's Green Onion Noodles from The World's Best Recipes by Mark Bittman: the recipe required about 6 ingredients fresh chinese egg noodles, green onions, chives, peanut oil, sesame oil, and soy sauce; most of use have these ingredients sitting in our cupboards. What I got was crispy fried noodles with wonderfully sweet bright green onions that tasted caramelized but were not. This was due to technique and not based on having perfect ingredients (these are favorite types of recipe simple with the ingredients but use a technique that really make the food a treat).
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image: Golden Light by John Atkinson Grimshaw 1893
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
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Sunday, September 07, 2008
I think this week's theme would be HOT! Where as last week's theme was CAR DISASTER. Well I'll take heat over car disaster any day. The new week is starting off with the wonderful news of weather change which well brings a smile to my face. So I have decided to review this last week with some things I learned or enjoyed.
Three Ways to Survive the Summer Heat
- Cold watermelon from the fridge with a sprinkle of salt, a couple of dashes of chili powder, and a squeeze of lime or lemon. This is utterly refreshing, will bring your temperture down fast, and is hydrating.
- My Hawaiian Breeze fans, these really do keep you cool.
- 4711, there is a reason why this cologne is a classic for heat!
My Household Cleaner Miracle
So I attract oil stains on my clothing like nobody else I know; I have had to get rid of so much clothing because of it, but that end's now due to a post last week by March at Perfume Posse. Get regular old Dawn dish detergent and put it on your oil stain spot let it sit for 10 minutes then throw clothing item in with rest of regular laundry load and get ready for a laundry miracle.
My Scent of the Day:
image: The Dragonfly by Gustave Moreau 1884
Saturday, September 06, 2008
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image: Jasmine by Natasha Law 2008
Friday, September 05, 2008
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Going with Osmanthe Yunnan today, this is about as close to Autumn as I am going to get because well traditionally osmanthus is celebrated in the fall, in China it is associated with Autumn and the moon festival. Still I know I will be packing up my osmanthus scents come Autumn weather, the osmanthus fragrances I have just don't have autumnal elements for me.
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
As for my scent of the day, I am finally testing the mother of lily of the valley/muguet scents, Dior's Diorissimo, this is lovely and thought it would be a nice antidote to today's heat but this fragrance I realize is firmly a just spring scent.
The funny thing about muguet scents is long ago in my middle school years I adored muguet scents. My friends and I would fight over my little bottle of oil, called Rain, wearing the stuff on our movie nights, and thinking of it as the best thing in the world. Now though I rarely wear muguet scents, I think they remind me of an innocence that no longer fits my character, or the over-the-top feelings of adolescence. The strange thing is by the time I hit high school I had stopped wearing muguet scents.
The more I think about it muguet really is the perfect scent of girl beginning to enter womanhood, beautiful a just a little big narcotic with its hint of indoles and musk, but still full of sunlight.
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image: Lily of the Valley by Judith McMillan