Sunday, June 29, 2014

Currently- June 2014


Book
Wait for Me!: Memoirs by Deborah Mitford Duchess of Devonshire . The youngest of the Mitford sisters writes a latter day Downton Abbey, only real.

Music
Sharon Van Etten.



TV
It's summer, so we're back to watching marathons of home-improvement shows.

Perfume
I smelled something incredible today, Beyond incredible, really. Totally divine, but this story will have to wait a few months. In the meantime I can tell you that I've been enjoying the bottles I picked from the Henri Bendel clearance: Undergreen Black and Sideris by Maria Candida Gentile.

Makeup
Even more eyeliner than usual.

Frequently worn Item/Outfit
A DVF shirt dress in the classic chain print. Goes with everything from heels to flip-flops.

Food
Vanilla milkshake

Guilty Pleasure
That Henri Bendel sale. I love the bargains, especially on stuff I planned to buy anyway, but I do feel guilty to enjoy the demise of a NYC icon.

Bane
I'm going to take a page from my reader Eileen and shrug off any banes. What banes? It's summer, the world looks and feels glorious, there are so many joys, big and small, and so much love.

Joy
Real friends who inspire me, set me straight, and remind me how lucky I am.

Anticipation
I'll show and tell soon.

Wishlist
Home improvements. The guest bedroom is in a dire need of redecorating.

Link
Avery Gilbert Avery Gilbert on Roja Dove.

How are you doing? Please share your loves, banes, recommendations, etc. in the comments.



Art: Charles BurchfieldC-  Cannas and Studio, 1931

34 comments:

  1. Book
    I just finished Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood" a couple of days ago so I've started "Examined Lives: From Socrates to Nietzsche" by James Miller. I'm clearly having a moment where I'm missing undergrad. So far, it's fantastic.

    Music
    Meh, I can't really think of anything exciting. I should give the new Lana Del Ray a listen.

    TV
    What is TV?

    Perfume
    Vintage errythang. My Tommi Sooni Tarantella from the Henri Bendel sale. Vintage Bal a Versailles EDC.

    Makeup
    Rose gold eyeshadow, dramatic bottom lash-line eyeliner, bronzed cheeks: my usual summertime face.

    Frequently worn Item/Outfit
    It's summer. I hate clothes. Bring back winter so I can just be totally covered up again.

    Food
    Tortas milanesa when I want a cheap and cheerful guilty pleasure food.

    Guilty Pleasure
    Well, besides food? Online shopping. I just ordered one of those new YSL Couture eyeshadow palettes...

    Bane
    SCREW THIS WEATHER.

    Joy
    My friends! Today I had a lovely dinner with my friends, a married couple, and their children and cats. And I learned how to make fry bread.

    Anticipation
    My four-day weekend coming up, because I get to see you! And also, it's Baconfest Thursday at this beer garden out in Jersey City that I like. And that YSL palette!

    Wishlist
    A cabinet for my perfume bottles that I can afford and that displays everything nicely.

    Link
    http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10119206/ Here's a cabinet I've been eyeing! Too bad I don't have a car to go to Ikea =(

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    1. I can't wait for the weekend, either :) And one of these days we're going to have a conversation about clothes. You're too gorgeous to hate clothes.

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    2. Book: I just started reading Tami Hoag's "The 9th Girl".

      Music: French Impressions with Joshua Bell and Jeremy Denk.

      TV: Food Network Star, Master Chef, Hell's Kitchen---I must be hungry! LOL

      Perfume: Tom Ford's Rive D'Ambre.

      Makeup: Keeping it light in this heat---Chanel Les Beiges #10 instead of foundation, Tom Ford's Unabashed for eyes and cheeks, Guerlain's Guimauve Vlomp on the lips.

      Frequently Worn Item: Sunhats!

      Food: Mixed baby greens, thinly sliced ripe apricots, toasted almonds all tossed together with a light peach balsamic dressing.

      Guilty Pleasure: "Penny Dreadful"---I'm such a ghoul! LOL

      Bane: Welcome to the No Bane Zone, Gaia :-)

      Joy: Life and a loving family and good friends with which to share it.

      Anticipation: Seeing my aunt who is spending the summer in the US. She lives in France so I don't get to see her nearly often enough.

      Wishlist: I wish I could underline words when writing in comment sections. It drives me nuts using quotation marks when something should be underlined.

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    3. Yes, sunhats are a must these days, especially with the amount of time I spend at flea-markets and outdoor antique shows. I'd carry a parasol if I didn't need to use my hands.

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  2. Vanilla Milkshake? You must be slim as a reed. That would be under Guilty Pleasures for me!

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    1. Obviously not as slim as I could have been had I not liked to indulge ;) But seriously, in this weather I'm more than happy to skip a meal here and there in favor of a milkshake. Other than fresh tomatoes there's little I want to eat, anyway.

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  3. and now, please, please do hint, at least at the totally divine

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  4. Book
    The Expected One by Kathleen McGowan.

    Music
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qROema2MDI

    TV
    Law and Order. The reruns of the reruns of the reruns because they are still better than anything else on tv.

    Perfume
    Tom Ford Tobacco Oud, Prada Candy, Hanae Mori Butterfly, Taken, L' Artisan Ananas Fizz.

    Makeup
    My Tom Ford eye palettes. All of them.

    Frequently worn Item/Outfit
    Dark skin tight jeans, white t-shirt, leather sandals.

    Food
    Yogurt with fresh fruit and toasted pumpkin seeds and chia seeds.

    Guilty Pleasure
    My new car.

    Bane
    Hate, hate, hate hot humid weather. Is it autumn yet?

    Joy
    Seeing my great niece for the first time since she was born (almost a year).

    Anticipation
    Driving my new car.

    Wishlist
    Tom Ford fall eyeshadow palette, another new baby hedgehog, a becoming dress, more books.

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    1. I'm also lusting after that Tom Ford palette. Must have!
      A couple of weeks ago the husband and I stayed up half the night watching L&O reruns. You're right- they were so good. I miss Jerry Orbach.

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  5. Book: Last weekend, I read Michael Faber's book Under the Skin in one sitting. I wish I had read it before the publicity surrounding the film version made it impossible to be surprised by the initial reveal. I still found it worth reading, but be prepared for a book that is seriously strange, deeply unpleasant, fascinating, disturbing, occasionally funny, sometimes intensely beautiful, and thought-provoking on many levels. Like catching glimpses of oneself in a creepy funhouse mirror that unexpectedly reveals that beauty is as beauty does, or, more often, the converse.

    Perfume: Jacomo Parfum Rare Coeur de Parfum. A black chypre meant for colder months but fine for contrarily staying indoors in the AC and reading. Also love Sideris and very glad this line is now available in the U.S.

    Anticipation: Finishing up some work and moving to the Bane Free Zone for the rest of the summer!

    nozknoz

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    1. nozknoz,
      Bandit is gorgeous in hot weather - it gets many compliments (when it is actually hot in SF, that is!)

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  6. I wear many chypres in the summer. Something about the deep shady forest floor is incredibly appealing in the heat.

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  7. Ah! Such a fun post Gaia!

    Book: Been working on the same book for two months. John Adams. My attention span is meager, still interesting book. I also have a copy of "In Cold Blood" waiting to be read. At this rate, I will get to it in two years.

    Music: I rarely listen to music these days and prefer listening to public radio. WNYC is my constant auditory companion.

    TV: Not much of a watcher, but started watching Dominion on SciFy. Totally surprised myself and finding how enjoyable such schlock can be!

    Perfume: Always looking for roses. Been stuck on TF Cafe Rose, but always on the lookout for something else.

    Makeup: Enjoying several concurrent days of no makeup. :) Or no other makeup plus clown cheeks.

    Frequent worn item/ outfit: loving Eileen Fisher handkerchief linen pieces from last year still. Love the wrinkly, soft drape. Nice with curves.

    Food: I heated up the house by roasting chicken a la Marcella Hazan. It was great. But now I'm so hot I'm going to faint.

    Guilty Pleasure: Playing inordinate amount of dopey games on my phone. I think this is the real reason why I can't get through a real book anymore. D:

    Bane: the hot stickies of summer. hot oven in the summer!

    Joy: Observing all manner of weird wild animals now that I'm in the suburbs. I figured out it is not the deer eating all my deer-resistant flowers. It's some weird groundhog, woodchuck kind of animal I see galloping through my flower beds with short stubby legs. Sad for the flowers, but enjoying the sightings!

    Anticipation: a beach vacation to the shore in August.

    Wishlist: strangely content these days. I would like a springform pan to make proper cheesecakes with.

    xoxo


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    1. In our old house we had a groundhog who lived in the tool shed and ate all our broccoli. We named him Steve, and let him eat whatever he wanted. After all, we could always go to Whole Foods for our veggies.

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  8. Tomorrow is Canada Day! And on Wed my H. Bendel purchase will be in. I bought Annick Goutal Ninfeo Mio, and the matching candle, and Petite Cheri body products, and ...Narcisse Noir. For a good read i totally recommend The Luminairies by Eleanor Catton. Such an intricate plot-it's incredible!
    Sincerely,
    Carole

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    1. Happy Canada Day, Carole! (and I'm off to check out the book)

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  9. Book
    Actually it's kind of a travel book - Paris: An inspiring tour of the city's creative hear. I need to make a Paris trip a reality within the next year. It's about time.

    Music
    I'm on an opera kick, just passing through Youtube listening to the oldies but goodies - Callas, Pavarotti, Caballe, Sutherland...

    TV
    I'm waiting on the next apocalyptic show because I love sci fi. The Last Ship might be interesting.

    Perfume
    Nothing exciting at the moment but as I walk up my block I pass one house that smells like divine flowers. I can't determine where the scent is coming from but I want to smell like that! Ok I am interested in Maison Martin Margiela's Replica Promenade in the Gardens. The sample I was given at Sephora is very pretty.

    Makeup
    It's melting off my face and the summer has only started. I'm lucky if I swipe on one of the Bite balms.

    Frequently worn Item/Outfit
    plain Clarks sandals so I can actually walk around.

    Food
    Frozen yogurt with mochi!

    Guilty Pleasure
    They all are guilty and I won't confess. lol

    Bane
    Humidity...in the NYC subway...gosh I hate sweat.

    Joy
    The birds visiting my yard for their multiple daily baths and lunch

    Anticipation
    Taking a well needed vacation, hopefully soon. Maybe Martha's Vineyard, any place by the sea!

    Wishlist
    A jewelry box that actually holds everything in an organized manner. Any ideas? Please?? :)

    Just glad this is a short week so I can catch up on some sleep.

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    1. I also dream of an organized jewelry box. Instead I have three of them plus three drawers. I try to keep things meticulously organized (one box for bracelets, one drawer for modern stuff, one box only vintage) but the big challenge is remembering what's stored where.

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  10. Book
    Just finishing Angel by Elizabeth Taylor (not the actress, intro by Hilary Mantel) and about to start The Tattooed Countess by Carl Van Vechten

    Music
    Laura Nyro for summer - nothing else will do


    TV
    Finally plunged into Game of Thrones. Living up to hype. Living up to Vanity Fair cover.

    Perfume
    L'Artisan's Timbuktu.

    Makeup
    None. As in NONE.

    Frequently worn Item/Outfit
    Hurley boardshorts and Jimi Hendrix t-shirt w/ flip flops

    Food
    Heirloom tomatoes - Jaune Flamme, Blue Beauty, Black Krim, Berkeley Tie-Dye - I planted in early April

    Guilty Pleasure
    World Cup soccer - "the beautiful game"

    Bane
    Mexico's loss to a dodgy call by a ref and the Dutch!!!

    Joy
    My rad hood in Venice, CA

    Anticipation
    More World Cup and more tomatoes!!!

    Wishlist
    Segue-ing out of Moroccan vibe and beach-ifying my pad w/ vintage barkcloth, bamboo shades, and newly purchased mid-century spun fiberglass chair

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    1. I'm already in a GoT withdrawal. The actors and writing are phenomenal. It's going to be a long wait for mpre Peter Dinklage.

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  11. Book
    About to start The Goldfinch .. finally.

    Music
    Sharon Van Etten. Yeah Ditto. Another score from The Blonde.. I got HOOKED on Blonde Redhead from this website ;) I found an acoustic "Every Time The Sun Comes Up" and I'm smitten. Thanks oh and Sia

    TV
    True Blood

    Perfume
    None ;(

    Makeup
    Gel eyeliner. Orange lipstick.. Bobbi Brown Extra Eye Cream (love)

    Frequently worn
    Someone gifted me a gray and black snake ish pattern top and also just a white tee

    Food
    Kale.. mocha coffee creamer.. morning star breakfast sandwiches ( whohoo) don't care. love them ;)

    Guilty Pleasure
    Texting

    Bane
    Kale

    Joy
    Higher calories days

    Anticipation
    4th of July pool party

    Wishlist
    Benefit concealer .. want to try one.. and Laura Mercier gel eyeliner.. a Tom Ford lipstick

    Link
    I enjoy the
    Temptalia make up blog.

    Happy Summer! - Heather

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    1. I'm so happy to share music loves just as much as perfume and makeup. Oh, and about Kale-- I can't deal with the texture. I'm a vegetarian and will eat just about any veggie happily (yes, I even like okra), but cannot do kale.

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  12. Book: Delicious! by Ruth Reichl. Not as good as I had hoped, not as bad as I had feared. Has a sub-plot about my part of Ohio which turns very ugly.


    Scent: A kind friend sent me a LOT of decants and samples. I am loving the Guerlains, and Balmain's Jolie Madame. Rosa del Gata hates, hates, hates Jolie Madame.


    Food: fresh cherries! Season here in the States is starting to wind down.....


    Pleasure: new shoes, black wingtips by Florsheim. Very comfortable!


    Gratitude: It's summer. Even with 89% humidity (almost joking,) and 80+ temperature.....it's summer!


    Music: Slaid Cleves (single cut) "Call it Sleep." Gorgeous, rueful, perfect.


    Anticipation: sending a few things to a good friend, as soon as I can get to the Post Office.



    Lawrence (and Rosa del Gata) in Ohio

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    1. As long as Rosa del Gata doesn't demand that you wear Drakkar Noir or Giorgio she can hate JM as much as she wants ;) I haven't noticed any of mine caring one way or the other about this one, but Sophie has been showing some interest in Boccanera (Orto Parisi). No idea why.

      We've been snacking on cherries almost every night. It's the consolation prize for not living where there's an abundance of fresh figs.And now I'm craving cherry ice cream...

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    2. Gaia, If you like cherries, Haagen Daas has a gelato called cherry amaretto that is stellar, and also the reason I've gained five pounds. O_o

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  13. Hey Gaia- Is the Henri Bendel sale still on? I ail probably be in NYC this weekend and was wondering. Thanks!

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    1. I'm pretty sure it does, but no idea how much stuff is still left on the shelves. I think most Tauer perfumes, for example, are gone by now.

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  14. Book
    Hyperion by Dan Simmons

    Music
    Techno podcasts - perfect for a good work out on the elliptical.

    TV
    American Horror Story: Coven.

    Perfume
    Kenzo Jungle L'Elephant. Humidor by Demeter. Loving the spices in this hot weather.

    Makeup
    Neutral taupe and dark brown liners, plus Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Amethyst (based on your excellent blog recommendation!), altogether on eyes. Nars Lovejoy blush, Nars Downtown lipgloss.

    Frequently worn Item/Outfit
    7 for all mankind denim shorts (best ever - you only need one), new APC bag, cashmere 3/4 sleeve cardigans over tees, to handle switching from A/C to sweltering NYC streets.

    Food
    GF Musli and almond milk. Yum!

    Guilty Pleasure
    TV breaks featuring silly teenager shows = necessary escapism. Also Elder Scrolls Online for zoning out of the real world.

    Bane
    Studying for the bar. (which reminds me, I should probably be studying RIGHT NOW)

    Joy
    Makeup blogs!

    Anticipation
    Sleeping for a straight week in August, and then finally making my apartment livable again.

    Wishlist
    Ippolita earrings. Surviving this summer.


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    1. I watch my silly shows while on the elliptical. I keep promising myself to watch better stuff through the HBO app on my iPad, but no attention span. at least I haven't stooped down to True Tori (yet).

      Good luck at the bar exam!

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  16. Book - currently reading Sugar, Salt, Fat by Michael Moss. I've wanted to read Wait for Me!: Memoirs by Deborah Mitford Duchess of Devonshire but I'm 10 books behind, at present.
    Music - Anything 80's new wave or punk.
    TV - Trying to get into True Blood, but just not feeling it. I've decided to catch up on Orange is the New Black instead.
    Perfume - Everything Diptique, L' Eau Trois, Ofresia, L' Ombre dans L' Eau. I'd love to smell the new DSH Scent of Hope.
    Makeup - As I close in on 50, my skin is doing very odd things, here's hoping I can find a concealer that works without accentuating fine lines.
    Frequently worn outfit - White jeans, I've finally found a pair that aren't see-through and fit properly.
    Food - almond banana smoothie and a new favorite recipe for a zucchini, tomato, chive, chickpea pancake (from One Green Planet).
    Guilty Pleasure - Coffee
    Bane - Health
    Joy - I was able to visit with my cousin and her two girls when they visited SF for a squash tournament. I had a blast seeing them and marveled at their sophistication and independence!
    Anticipation - the day when Smokey and Gino can play together, I'm sure it will be a blast!
    Wishlist - to find an affordable apartment in SF, not likely to happen soon!

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  17. Oh yes ... lots and lots of eyeliner. In Nars's New York especially. It's such a happy color!

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  18. Book
    Håkan Nesser: Kim Novak Never Swam in Genesaret's Lake

    Music
    bob hund https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZrDttFxBaM

    TV
    FIFA 2014 World Cup Brazil

    Perfume
    Various vetivers

    Joy
    employment

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