Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Currently- 12.12.12


Book
This morning I finished Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple. A quirky novel about quirky character with some funny social commentary about Seattle, a city as exotic to me as Bangkok ("There are two hairstyles here: short gray hair and long gray hair."). Then, prompted by a perfume conversation with a friend, I downloaded the first Nancy Drew book. It's been about 33 years since I read these books (I used to love them dearly), so I was curious to see how bad it really is. Well, not as bad as Enid Blyton's book. That has to be worth something.

Music
John Fullbright- Forgotten Flowers

Perfume
I'm on an Amouage kick. Tonight I'm wearing Gold and feeling like Queen of Everything.

Makeup
Highlighters. I want to shine.

Frequently Worn Item/Outfit
Zip-up cashmere hoodies. It's all about loungewear these days.

Food
Oatmeal (old fashioned, stove top made with half water half milk) with maple syrup and cinnamon.

Guilty Pleasure
Afternoon naps.

Bane
It gets dark so early that by 7 PM it feels like the middle of the night and I'm ready for bed.

Joy
Seeing results of various efforts.

Anticipation
A staycation.


Wishlist
A bell jar of Un Voix Noire.

Random Thought
I'd love to name a cat 'Pippa'.

How are you? Please share your thoughts, loves and banes.

Art: Hot Air Balloon by Caleb Luke Lin.


10 comments:

  1. I'm on an oatmeal BINGE. It's been going on for months. The real stuff, steel-cut, made on the stove, with half water half milk. I also add a spoonful of chopped walnuts and a ton of cinnamon. Delish!

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  2. Great minds have definitely turned in similar directions this month. I've been enjoying oatmeal as muesli. Do you remember The Secret of Shadow Ranch, with the mysterious "ghost" horse and a cover pic of Nancy on a black horse? I found a vintage copy and plan to reread it during my staycation. My bane is finding time for work, exercise, errands, keeping up with my favorite perfume blogs AND sleeping. I'm tired! ~~nozknoz

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  3. Book
    The Marketplace series by Laura Antoniou (Yeah. I'm =that= kinda girl.) ;-)

    Music
    Mumford and Sons' Babel on an almost continuous loop on my iPhone

    Perfume
    Coco eau de parfum because my seven-year-old daughter sprayed us both at the Chanel counter today ("Yes, Baby... you're right. More =is= better!")

    Makeup
    from the Printemps Precieux de Chanel collection: Illuminating Face Powder, Beryl and Or Rose eyeliners, Rubelite lip liner, Merveille gloss

    Frequently Worn Item/Outfit
    flip-flops... because I can... because it's not =so= cold in south Texas

    Food
    Dave's Alder-Smoked Salmon

    Guilty Pleasure
    Godiva dark chocolate and sea salt tablet

    Bane
    Christmas shoppers (I do all my gift shopping on-line to avoid having my jolly Christmas spirit torpedoed by grumpy curs. Smile people! It's Christmas!)

    Joy
    when my Husband kisses my hand

    Anticipation
    Christmas morning

    Wishlist
    a happy surprise

    Random Thought
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMJUbZrNnA8

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  4. Come out to Seattle ;) I'll give you a tour.

    This dusk at 2 pm and "middle of the night" at 5 pm is killing me right now. It's impacting my food cravings, my clothes...all in a negative way, of course. Except that I'm craving highlighters too. I need something illuminating in my life!

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  5. Book
    Just finished Thomas Mann's Mario and the Magician

    Music
    50's folk singer Connie Converse. She has haunted me since I heard her in NPR two weeks ago.


    Perfume
    Shalimar! Mitsouko may hog all of the attention on blogs and forums, but Shalimar is still the queen.

    Makeup
    Nars Joyous Red lipstick

    Frequently Worn Item/Outfit
    Thick forest green sweater

    Food
    Homemade biscuits

    Guilty Pleasure
    Trader Joe's Peppermint Chocolate-Covered Joe-Joe's cookies

    Bane
    Holiday stress. My family turns into monsters at this time of year.

    Joy
    Wine


    Anticipation
    Going to Germany for Christmas!


    Wishlist
    One of those new Shalimar gift sets

    Random Thought
    Grumpy Cat never stops being funny.

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  6. Book: Anna Karenina
    Music: White Denim
    Perfume: Like This by Etat Libre D'Orange
    Make-up: Palmer cocoa butter lip balm
    Frequently Worn Outfit: Diesel jeans, Uggs, Isaac Hayes t-shirt
    Food: grilled salmon and arugula salad
    Guilty Pleasure: jack-hammering DVR episodes of Homeland
    Bane: the actress who plays Dana on Homeland
    Joy: crisp blue sky
    Anticipation: Anna Karenina, the movie!
    Wishlist: one of those "L'Artisan" gift sets
    Random Thought: How much Woodford's will I need for the holiday?

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    1. Anon-If you like Woodford's Reserve, try Basil Hayden Bourbon. It's a very smooth small batch bourbon made by the producers of Jim Beam. It has notes of honey and spice with very little bite, perfect for sipping.

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  7. Book
- A Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin.

    Perfume
- DSH Cimabue or Samsara vintage extrait. Mysore Sandalwood is so absolutely beautiful. I used to have a bottle of the essential oil 20 or so years ago.

    Makeup
- I’m trying out highlighters and illuminators. Recently tried items include MAC’s Naked Pigment which I use with a golden-toned taupe for the eyes and NARS highlighting blush powder in Albatros (too much shimmer). I’m going to try Laura Mercier’s Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer next.

    Frequently Worn Item/Outfit
- Cashmere anything.

    Food
- I’m making a lot of rice, lentils and quinoa dishes and Persian dishes. Mostly vegetarian and very healthy.

    Guilty Pleasure – Yoga, I used to practice several times a week and I treasure my time on the mat.

    Bane
- Teenagers, all 100 of them (I employ students at a University). That and extremely dry skin and hair. We’re talking Lizard-like here.

    Joy
- I’ve found (finally) my vintage bottle of Chanel No 5 vintage edc, now to find some vintage Coco extrait or Sikkim extrait. It’s like finding the proverbial unicorn. Nearly impossible.

    Anticipation
- My holiday break from school, it’s been a tough year.

    Wishlist-That my rockstar employee finds a new job. She’s bright and hard working and ready for the next level.

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  8. Where do you get your zip-up hoodies? I've been looking to add a couple more since the ones I have are starting to come apart!

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