Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Currently- October 2017, Halloween


Book
Man Ray, Lee Miller- Partners in Surrealism, published by Merrell, 2011. Obviously, more images than words, but the few essays there are fascinating (including one by Miller's son, Antony Penrose. Now I need to read his 1988 biography of his mother).

Music
There's some good new stuff out there, such as the recent releases from Charlotte Gainsbourg, Beck, and Courtney Barnett. But for some reason I'm mesmerised by a new cover of an old 80s favorite, Moonlight Shadow. I think they first covered it in 2015 on their All Our Yesterdays album, but there's a new version. It might be even more haunting than the 1983 Mike Oldfield/Maggie Reilly original.

TV
The new season of Finding Your Roots on PBS. The Larry David/Bernie Sanders episode was spectacular, as was Christopher Walken. I sit mesmerized every week by the way Professor Gates walks his guest through their ancestry and long-lost family history.

Perfume
Don't laugh: I've become enchanted by last year's MAC Shadescents collection. I wasn't paying much attention when I first smelled them, but now over a year later I've been taking my time with them and having fun. They're slightly humoristic like a Halloween costume that's on the verge of vulgar but doesn't quite go there. However, if I never smell candy Yum-Yum ever again it would still be too soon.

Makeup
I've been tinkering with my storage setup, rotating a few older items to the front, as well as testing new things. NARS Man Ray holiday collection is stunning, as it should be, and the same goes for Pat McGrath's Subliminal palette. I haven't decided yet what to get during the Sephora Rouge sale, but one of her lipsticks might be in the cards. On the cheap thrill side, Makeup Revolution's sub-brand Freedom has a series of 12 pan eye shadow palettes called 12-Pro. At $5.39 each (on tambeauty.com) you can't go wrong. There's an uncanny resemble to NARS Dual Intensity eye shadows and I've used them both dry and with a damp brush, and got a perverse satisfaction from pairing them with a Serge Lutens lipstick.

Frequently Worn Outfit/Item
Mixed metal vintage necklaces. The more the better.

Food
Tea and a chocolate babka cake.

Bane
Bob is having various health issues that the vet can't quite diagnose. He's now sporting a modern and version of the classic cone of shame to keep him from scratching his ear. It's kind of an Elizabethan collar or a satellite dish, only bright blue and squishy enough to let him eat, drink, and sleep more comfortably.

Joy
Three of the kittens have found wonderful new homes and are happily settled. The rest of us, including Celeste, are one big happy family. The little ones we've kept are named Bingley, Jane, and Sally.

Anticipation
My birthday, I guess.

Wishlist
An antique bookcase for my playroom. Right now I have a short Billy there, crammed with art, fashion, and makeup books. It doesn't do them justice, not to mention how flimsy it appears.

Not So Random Thought
I don't believe any Hollywood or media figure who say they didn't know. There've been thinly veiled blind items about all of them for years. If Gaia from New Jerse knew so did Matt Damon.

How are you? What's on your list of loves and banes? Any wishes and recommendations?

Image: Vogue 1893 Halloween cover.

3 comments:

  1. Book
    LVIV: A City in the Crosscurrents of Culture by John Czaplicka
    After visiting the city last Spring I've wanted to learn more about its history.

    TV
    Documentary series The Face of Britain by Simon Schama, and British crime drama series: Vera (Brenda Blethyn is amazing in the title role!) and Agatha Christie's Marple (with Geraldine McEwan).

    Perfume
    I've been wearing quite "work-friendly" stuff lately (the toilets and dressing rooms at work are packed with anti-perfume posters), so am looking forward to my upcoming holiday and the ability to wear my "larger than life scents" for a change.

    Makeup
    My latest flame is MAC Flat Out Fabulous retro matte lipstick. For ages I thought I would never ever wear a lipstick shade that reminds me of beetroot salad, but after getting used to Heroine this was perhaps the inevitable next step.

    Food
    It's getting cold and even a bit snowy, so PASTA and CHEESE.

    Anticipation
    Holiday starting next week. The facade renovation that has been going on (and on) in our house for over a year, is finished, so I can finally relax at home.

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  2. Book
    Just finished first in Aimee Laduc series. Not sure I'll go on to next one. Still have to finish most recent Le Carre...

    TV
    Aerial finally fixed, so will be able to do last of Gardeners World series.

    Perfume
    I am thinking about SIP Magazine Street -- the small size (which is still pricey). Not sure why.

    Makeup
    More focused on what to get a makeup-savvy friend for Xmas. Am enjoying my new NYX eyeliner pencils -- a brown and a gold.

    Frequently Worn Outfit/Item
    Revisiting a pair of pearl earrings that I had been neglecting.

    Food
    Hot chocolate made with sugarless dark drops and vanilla essence. Pomegranate seeds that you buy in plastic pots.

    Joy
    Getting massages on a regular basis again.

    Anticipation
    Xmas hols, when life will quiet down a bit for the first time in months.

    Wishlist
    Octopus bowl from Cream Cornwall. Some trillium.

    Not So Random Thought
    This is one of my favourite posts you do -- always interesting to read. Other than that, hell in hand basket?

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  3. Aww, poor Bob. I hope the vet gets to the bottom of his ailment and rids him of his cone of shame. I'm happy that you keep 3 kittens, Mr. Bingley is so cute, especially when he sleeps.

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