Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Currently- March 2019


I had to change the title of this post from "January 2019" to "February 2019" and mow to "March 2019". I'm determined that's how it's going to be, the first post in this blog reboot. A "currently" post seems like the right idea. They're personal, which is where this blog's heading, it tells what I'm doing and loving (or not), and is not product-centric, which is what I aspire to do. I want to write. About beauty and perfume in the context of real life, the state of (my) world, age, and interests. It doesn't make one an influencer (I hope) or an online personality. Just someone who writes an old-fashioned beauty(ish) blog.



It's almost spring. There's still a layer of snow in my backyard but it's diminishing but the hour. I won't go into the cliche of spring, rebirth, renewal, etc., but it's never been so true for me. The last couple of months of 2018 and the start of this year were difficult. My mother-in-law passed away after two and half years of struggle with melanoma. Longer than that, actually, if you figure in the months of severe undiagnosed illness, the wait for an answer, and then the shock that comes along with a death verdict (hint: an advanced stage IV melanoma is still incurable). It's not my story to tell, so that's all I'll say about it. But you you can expect a mega-rant about the cavalier approach to sun protection by large parts of what's called the "beauty community" (another term that needs to go).

Find a sunscreen that works for you. Use it. Reapply. From now until the end of days.

Book
Tombland by C.J. Sansom. It's the latest in his Shardlake series of Tudor-era mysteries. It's slow-paced but after years of waiting for the book to be released I'm happy taking my time and hanging out with Matthew Shardlake. It's like a reunion with an old friend.

Music
Andrew Bird's new album, My Finest Work Yet. It might as well be. Here's the official video of Sisyphus:



TV
Last night I binged Picnic at the Hanging Rock on Amazon Prime. I'm not sure if I truly liked it, but it was beautifully filmed, I was interested in the Australian backstory, and I love Natalie Dormer.

Perfume
Parfums MDCI L'Homme aux Gants. It's like a sheer and more airy variation on the theme of Ambre Russe. It's thinner in that more contemporary way perfumery seems to be going lately with far less emphasis on a robust dry-down, but both the husband and I enjoy it very much for its smooth and cozy feel. I also love the inspiration of the Titian painting (it's even printed on the bottle).

Makeup
Green. In my defense, Ive been using reen liners or eye shadows long before it was all across YouTube. I'd say that the way to go is by buying singles and not necessarily palettes. That way one can pick the right tones.

Frequently Worn Outfit/Item
It's winter. I wear black boots. I'm over it.

Food
Very soft and cheesy polenta.

Bane
The master bathroom renovation is finally going to happen. I foresee chaos.

Joy
The master bathroom renovation is finally (FINALLY) going to happen. I foresee bliss. Once it's over.

Triumph
A major pantry declutter.

Not So-Guilty Pleasure
Hot chocolate and hot cider.

Anticipation
I got tickets to several shows in the coming weeks and months. This weekend we're going to see Lewis Black in his The Joke's On Us tour.

Wishlist
A long and fulfilling spa day. I'm in a dire need of a hydra-facial, among other things.

Random Thought
When and why did Moleskin stopped offering a stick-on loop pencil holder? I'm in need of a new dotted notebook so I was looking at a sapphire blue hardcover when I realized you could no longer buy the attachment that saves my pencils from George and Bingley. WHY? If I'm picking my notebook it means I need a pencil. If I need a pencil I don't want to crawl on the floor searching for the latest one stolen by a cat. My kingdom for a loop.

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


Photos by Shiri Hilton. Used with her permission because she's my sister.

19 comments:

  1. So good to see you again!

    Book
    Star of the Sea by Joseph O'Connor (went to Dublin last week)

    Music
    DUB! Bought Trojan Dub Box Set year ago in London, but didn't have time (!) to listen to it until now, after a trip to DUBlin (bad pun intended).
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_MZmDuD3DQ

    TV
    M/S Romantic - a four-episode Finnish comedy about people on a cruise ship
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9148618/reference

    Perfume
    Passge d'Enfer was my scent for the Dublin trip, now I'm back with my various irises (Iris Silver Mist, Hiris etc)

    Makeup
    NARS Audacious lipsticks in darkish, brownish shades (like Louise, Mona, Sandra...)

    Frequently worn item
    My long anorak and ushanka on cold days

    Food
    Oysters and mussels (plus fish & chips) in Dublin

    Anticipation
    Trip to St. Petersburg in summer

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    1. Dear S., your travels give me the urge to go places, and I'm very intrigued by a Finnish comedy. Actually, I'm interested with all things Finland at the moment. It's the leftover snow.

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  2. Hi Gaia, it's great to see you back and today's theme is my favorite, so intimate and cosy. Sorry to hear about your loss...
    Here at long last Spring begins very slowly, it was a very tough winter, with a flareup of arthritis and so... Finally found my red shade in clothes: red-orange. Surprisingly, it feels so good, it's more kind of genderless shade and feels right for me.
    Have a great Spring!
    Sending you my love,
    Ella

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    1. Lovely Ella, I adore red orange. I can totally see you in such a garment (and a scarf. Let me know if you make a long scarf in an orange red). I'm sorry your winter was so hard and also sorry I didn't get to see you in any of my recent visit. Let's talk soon.

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  3. It's great to see you back, Gaia! I, too, have been a green eyeshadow fan for a long time, and I don't need any more, but Temptalia's review of the new Coloured Raine Safari palette was so good that it tempted me. I wanted to ask you about the new Sansome. I have never read any of his, but I was thinking about it. Is it OK to start with this one, or would you recommend another? Judith (used to be lilybp, but probably never commented here although frequently read).

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    1. Hi Judith, Tombland's plot stands on its own, and Sansome does a good job when quickly explaining the background and relationships between his recurring characters. Still, I'd begin with the first book in the series, Dissolution, and make my way from there. Both for the story and for the character development, not to mention the sheer pleasure.

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  4. Welcome back, I enjoy reading your blog!

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    1. Thank you, Audrey :) . It's really nice to write again.

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  5. I'm glad that you are back, Gaia. I enjoy reading your posts because of their honesty and your integrity. I'm sorry that 2019 started out to be a difficult year. I do hope that in the next few months you will find beauty and bliss.

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    1. hanks, Betty. I'm looking forward to all that's coming.

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  6. It's wonderful to have you back, Gaia. I enjoy your posts because of your honesty and integrity. I'm sorry that 2019 started out on such a traumatic note. I hope that the next few months you will be able to find beauty and bliss.

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  7. So glad to hear from you again. Every time I see your blog post it makes me smile.
    Thank you

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    1. Marianne, that gives me the warm fuzzies. A good reminder of why I'm blogging.

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  8. I'm sorry to hear about your MIL. I am so glad you are back! Your forthright posts are a breath of fresh air!
    My loves: Elta sunscreen, Paris, Spring.
    Banes: Cat who continues to pee outside the four litterboxes we provide for him. . . (He's not old, he's not ill, he's just anxious?)

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    1. It definitely sounds like anxiety. Cedric is like that. a nightly dose of 5mg Lexapro made a world of difference. Your vet can prescribe that or an equivalent.

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  9. It's great to read your old fashioned writing again! I missed your sensible take on what's new in beauty and perfumery.

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    1. Thank you Mila. ow I'm humming to myself "an old fashioned blog in an old fashioned world...".

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  10. Search ebay for pen loops. I had to replace the loop on my old Filofax, and was gratified to find one in the precise shade of blue (from Leuchtturm to be exact).

    Obsessing over:
    Music - Runrig
    Perfume - Ira by Sonic Alchemy
    Have been living in - Birkenstock Gizehs.
    Totally over - summer in Australia. It's been long, hot (you could bake biscuits outside) and dry.
    Makeup - Karen Murrell lipstick.
    Bane - Great Dane slobber.
    Joy - finding an ottoman that's exactly the right height, is compact and was half-price.

    Lovely to have you back in the ether.

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  11. My favourite blog is back! Happy, happy!

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