Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Victoria's Secret Very Sexy Now 2017



Never mind that it's a silly, nonsensical name, the whimsical-sounding launch is a refreshingly basic Floral composition with fruity aspects, a spring bouquet with crisp top notes reminiscent of Paris Hilton or Max Factor Le Jardin. The ad campaigns seem to shift between garden flowers and tropical rainforest motifs, but both of these are reflected in the scent which I would describe as a floral coconut water, especially at the beginning when the coconut is prominent. The coconut subsides and I'm left with a pleasantly clean soapy floral dry down, like a less musky Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue or an '80s style floral a la Rochas Lumiere, Charles Jourdan Un Jour or Laura Ashley. The diaphanous pastel rainbow colors seem to depict fantasy island, befitting of this heavenly new fragrance like light and lilting May flowers by the sea.



Sunday, May 14, 2017

PINK MANHATTAN Mother's Day Fragrance Review Party

Happy Mother's Day! I'm very happy and fortunate to be called "a lit mom" by my own, so much so I'm going to repeat it to anyone in the world who'll listen. Oh, but you're not just anyone, you're my precious PINK MANHATTAN blog reader, so thanks to your birth giver, for you're utterly lit for being here, too. 🔥


Tory Burch Love Relentlessly: What a gorgeous fresh spring scent! It's almost like Chloe to me, though it reminds me more of fresh cut grass and Cartier Baiser Vole, that dry sensation of a steaming hot towel. It's a crisp, refreshing green fruity floral, upbeat and upscale like it could be called Eau de Miss Arpels. My daughter and I share this love, but shh, I think she's getting the bottle for her dresser.

(Edited to add: Estée Lauder, creator of Pleasures perfume, is the parent company.)


Michael Kors Wonderlust: I've only smelled the scent strip, sorry, but this is often how perfume love begins. I smell a tropical scent, a light, sheer tuberose with citrus, though it's probably a deeper scent on the skin being Floral Oriental. This could be my sporty La Chasse aux Papillons. I like that they used a guy with a cane in the ad because it's unusual and creative.

(Added on May 20: I sampled the perfume today. It's spicy, with peppery notes on top.)


Juicy Couture Viva la Juicy Sucre: A gourmand scent that delivers real sweetness - I love it, though it is a heavy Floral scent, almost reminiscent of Giorgio and Fred Hayman / Gale Hayman perfumes. MK Wonderlust is similar but more sheer, at least the white floral note of tuberose and gardenia. I posted the pic of the 1 fl. oz. bottle because I found the sugar glaze design to be an eyesore...I love the rest of the packaging, especially the tulle bow.

Get her and yourself something special! ♥🌸

Friday, May 05, 2017

City Island Theater Group presents The Philadelphia Story (Final weekend 5/3-5/5!)


This is the final weekend of CITG’s acclaimed production of the classic romantic comedy, The Philadelphia Story. Originally premiering on Broadway in 1939, starring legendary leading lady Katharine Hepburn, who later starred in the popular film adaptation, The Philadelphia Story is a timeless love story filled with charm, wit, laughs and champagne! A first rate cast delivers an evening of pure entertainment that will leave you beaming with joy.

Don’t miss CITG’s take on this great show.

~ Starring ~

Casey Marie Ecker
(Tracy Lord)

Jean Eifert
(Margaret Lord)

Claudia Kimmel
(Dinah Lord)

Bob Livingston
(Thomas)

Robert McEvily
(Alexander (Sandy) Lord)

Joseph Montano
(William (Uncle Willy) Lord)

Greg Morra
(C.K. Dexter Haven)

Robert Mulroy
(Seth Lord)

Elizabeth Paldino
(Liz Imbrie)

Stephen Pearce
(Macaulay (Mike) Connor)

Frances Suro
(Elsie)

Thomas Worden
(George Kitteredge)

Directed by Amanda Livingston Martin


Thursday, May 04, 2017

Todrick Hall presents: Straight Outta Oz


Dumb by Todrick Hall


Expensive by Todrick Hall feat: Kim Chi, Willam, Alaska, Mariah & Laganja


Raven-Symoné in Todrick Hall's "Straight Outta Oz"


If you haven't seen Straight Outta Oz yet, enjoy the show!

Friday, April 28, 2017

City Island Theater Group presents The Philadelphia Story (Opening Tonight, 4/28!)



The City Island Theater Group is proud to announce the cast of “The Philadelphia Story”!

Starring: Casey Marie Ecker, Jean Eifert, Claudia Kimmel, Bob Livingston, Robert McEvily, Joseph Montano, Greg Morra, Robert Mulroy, Elizabeth Paldino, Steven Pearce, Frances Suro, Thomas Worden

Directed by Amanda Livingston Martin

Performances are scheduled for: April 28, 29, 30, May 5, 6 & 7**

Reserve your tickets now!  tickets@cityislandtheatergroup.com

**Dates subject to change  

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

On the Road Again: Todrick Hall Re-Launches Straight Outta Oz Tour



"Endearing, introspective, and full of life’s lessons, Oz tells a coming of age story, following a young Todrick growing up in Texas and the fight he endured to learn the ropes of the Hollywood industry after moving to LA. Later, he took the show out on the road in 2016." Read the article: On the Road Again: Todrick Hall Re-Launches Straight Outta Oz Tour - And by road, we mean yellow brick! By Jerrica White /  March 11, 2017 broadwayblack.com

Related article: "Broadway sensation Todrick Hall (Kinky Boots) will be bringing his off-Broadway musical, Straight Outta Oz, to Birmingham this week. The April 27 stop at the historic Carver Theatre — home to the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame — was recently added to his 30-city tour. Longtime fans of Hall in the area will get a chance to witness Hall’s adrenaline-filled creativity on the stage with this colorful Wizard of Oz spoof, a crafty merger of Wicked and flashy adult contemporary R&B and pop show tunes." Read the article and WATCH the trailer: Todrick Hall’s ‘Straight Outta Oz’ Heading Straight to the ‘Ham - Equinox Birmingham on Tumblr


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Insecurity of Public Interest: Criminal Law and Dumpster Diving

"Paul May, Jason Chan and William James were arrested on 25 October last year, just before midnight, for climbing over a wall at the back of Iceland in Kentish town and taking some tomatoes, mushrooms, cheese and Mr Kipling cakes that were destined for a landfill. Initially arrested for burglary, the three men were detained in a police cell for 19 hours before being released, the items they took returned to the Iceland store. They were finally charged by the Crown Prosecution Service under what the Guardian has properly described as ‘an obscure section of the 1824 Vagrancy Act, after being discovered in “an enclosed area, namely Iceland, for an unlawful purpose, namely stealing food”.’ (...)

(...)"What can be said about our political community, when the public administration claims that it is in the public interest to deprive anyone who appears not to be acting in conformity with its idea of citizenship of the basic means for their subsistence — from their access to food, to their homes, to their nationality? Above all, it must be in our interest to rethink our conception of the public sphere, if we aim to remain — or, better, to become — a community." The Insecurity of Public Interest: Criminal Law and Dumpster Diving by Henrique Carvalho • 7 February 2014 Critical Legal Thinking

Related articles:

"People may often dumpster dive for useful items such as clothing, furniture, food, and similar items in good working condition.[5]  Some people do this out of necessity due to poverty,[6] while others do so professionally and systematically for large profits.[7]

(...)"A wide variety of things may be disposed while still repairable or in working condition, making salvage of them a source of potentially free items for personal use, or to sell for profit. Irregular, blemished or damaged items that are still otherwise functional are regularly thrown away. Discarded food that might have slight imperfections, near its expiration date, or that is simply being replaced by newer stock is often tossed out despite being still edible.[18] Many retailers are reluctant to sell this stock at reduced prices because of the risks that people will buy it instead of the higher-priced newer stock, that extra handling time is required, and that there are liability risks. In the United Kingdom, cookery books have been written on the cooking and consumption of such foods, which has contributed to the popularity of skipping.[citation needed] Artists often use discarded materials retrieved from trash receptacles to create works of found art or assemblage.[20]

"Students have been known to partake in dumpster diving to obtain high tech items for technical projects, or simply to indulge their curiosity for unusual items.[21]  Dumpster diving can additionally be used in support of academic research. Garbage picking serves as the main tool for garbologists, who study the sociology and archeology of trash in modern life. Private and government investigators may pick through garbage to obtain information for their inquiries. Illegal cigarette consumption may be deduced from discarded packages.

"Dumpster diving can be hazardous, due to potential exposure to biohazardous matter, broken glass, and overall unsanitary conditions that may exist in dumpsters.[6]

"Arguments against garbage picking often focus on the health and cleanliness implications of people rummaging in trash.[citation needed]  This exposes the dumpster divers to potential health risks, and, especially if the dumpster diver does not return the non-usable items to their previous location, may leave trash scattered around. Divers can also be seriously injured or killed by garbage collection vehicles; in January 2012, in La Jolla, Swiss-American gentleman Alfonso de Bourbon was killed by a truck while dumpster diving.[22]  Further, there are also concerns around the legality of taking items that may still technically belong to the person who threw them away (or to the waste management operator), and whether the taking of some items like discarded documents is a violation of privacy. In general a legal concept called abandonment of property covers this question of the subject of ownership of property that is disposed of.

"Discarded billing records may be used for identity theft." Continue reading: Dumpster diving on Wikipedia

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"Dumpster diving is legal in the United States except where prohibited by local regulation. According to a 1988 Supreme Court Ruling (California vs. Greenwood), when a person throws something out, that item is now the public domain. Here is some language from that ruling: “It is common knowledge that plastic garbage bags left on or at the side of a public street are readily accessible to animals, children, scavengers, snoops, and other members of the public.”

Good Samaritan Law: No Excuses for Not Donating

"Store managers will claim that food in their dumpster cannot legally be consumed by humans, or that they cannot donate or give it away. This is either ignorance or lies. If you have the patience to educate, you may want to bring up the  Good Samaritan Food Donation Act that has has been the law since the 1990s.

"Some people suggest telling store managers you are collecting food to feed livestock or for a compost pile and if you don’t want to make a political point on the waste this will usually work. Some managers will even tell you when certain items are discarded (ie; produce), and encourage you to come get them. The main thing that food stores are worried about is¬† someone getting sick from what they throw away, and then suing them." Dumpster Diving and the Law - freegan.info

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Psychologists Have Uncovered a Troubling Feature of People Who Seem Nice All the Time

"What researchers discovered was surprising: Those who are described as "agreeable, conscientious personalities" are more likely to follow orders and deliver electric shocks that they believe can harm innocent people, while "more contrarian, less agreeable personalities" are more likely to refuse to hurt others.

(...) ""The irony is that a personality disposition normally seen as antisocial — disagreeableness — may actually be linked to 'pro-social' behavior,'" writes Psychology Today's Kenneth Worthy.  "This connection seems to arise from a willingness to sacrifice one's popularity a bit to act in a moral and just way toward other people, animals or the environment at large. Popularity, in the end, may be more a sign of social graces and perhaps a desire to fit in than any kind of moral superiority."

"The Nazi effect: The findings lend themselves even further to Milgram's original goal in the '60s: trying to understand the rise of Nazism." Psychologists Have Uncovered a Troubling Feature of People Who Seem Nice All the Time by Eileen Shim, June 30, 2014 Mic.com

Monday, April 03, 2017

Newest "Sesame Street" Muppet has autism: Meet Julia



Save the date! “Sesame Street” will air the special episode “Meet Julia” Monday, April 10 on HBO and PBS KIDS.
Newest "Sesame Street" Muppet has autism: Meet Julia by Lesley Stahl CBS NEWS Mar 20, 2017

Light It Up Blue #LIUB for World Autism Awareness Day (April 2) and Autism Awareness Month

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Victoria's Secret Intense



If you love tropical scents as I do, you must try this fragrance. If it reminds you of coconut-based Bath & Body Works body mists, it might be because both Victoria's Secret and Bath & Body Works are owned by L Brands (which begs the question, which Henri Bendel brand fragrance might resemble PINK?). If you like BBW Honolulu Sun and VS Coconut Passion, you'll love Intense eau de parfum by Victoria's Secret. To me, it smells of pineapples and sweet coconut, plus some full-bodied yet cool, aquatic melange of white florals, spice and fruit -- melon or banana? It's musky the way pikake can smell to me, but otherwise a clean aroma, like shampoo.

Perfume lovers often shun the shampoo-scented fragrances as smelling cheap, but I'm often a sucker for these kinds of blends. Also, I don't care if Victoria's Secret hasn't hired any Asian models, I still love this perfume. It's like I'd rather see Scarlett Johansson play a Japanese character on screen than a less appealing Asian just to "be fair." I guess when they find someone exceptional like Miiko Taka, we'll talk. Smell good, lovelies. 💋

P.S. I love that Intense is the name of the fragrance, and it's not a flanker, lol. 😎

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Vaccine-Autism Link Study is Allegedly Part of Trump Administration's $54 Billion Budget Cut

Happy Spring Break, guys! No, not at your school? Well, speaking of education, Autism funding was actually cut in NY State, so I will never again trust that autism has bipartisan support. And what's this study going to do but tell everyone what we already know? It's not helping anyone, that's what - and that's what Trump was voted for. Vaccine-Autism Link Study is Allegedly Part of Trump Administration's $54 Billion Budget Cut by Regin Olimberio, sciencetimes Mar 13, 2017

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Rebuttal to Groups Supporting Female Draft Registration




"In July 2016, a letter in support of draft registration for women, signed by 16 organizations, was sent to the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees. The joint letter was coordinated by the national American Civil Liberties Union and was sent on ACLU letterhead. Its signers included, among others, the Service Women’s Action Network, American Association of University Women, Human Rights Watch, NAACP, National Center for Lesbian Rights, and National Organization for Women. Their goal in urging the extension of draft registration to women was very narrow: advancing the cause of gender equality.

"The fact that groups like the ACLU have historically opposed military conscription in the U.S. made the letter all the more frustrating to those who have been trying for decades to end draft registration and terminate the Selective Service System. In response to the ACLU-coordinated letter, COMD and a number of other organizations wrote and sent the following statement to various signers of the ACLU-coordinated letter. Because of space limitations, this is a slightly abridged version of the statement.

"(...)we hope also that your organization will publicly support ending the registration for men and Congressional proposals to abolish the Selective Service System (H.R. 4523 and S. 3041 in the current Congress)." Read the article: Rebuttal to Groups Supporting Female Draft Registration - Committee Opposed to Militarism and the Draft | Originally Published in Draft NOtices, January-March 2017 | nnomy.org

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Related links:

Sweden Introduces Military Draft For Both Men And Women - March 02, 2017

"Norway extended compulsory military service to women in summer 2016. Women currently make up about ten percent of the Norwegian Armed Forces. All medically fit women aged between 19 and 44 years will be obliged to complete at least 19 months of military service." Draft for Women: Female Conscription Worldwide - February 07, 2017

Federica Mogherini remarks on important decisions taken with Foreign and Defence Ministers on EU defence

Federica Mogherini remarks on important decisions taken with Foreign and Defence Ministers on EU defence

Remarks by Federica Mogherini following the joint meeting of Foreign Affairs and Defence Ministers at the Foreign Affairs Council - Remarks by the High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini following the joint meeting of Foreign Affairs and Defence Ministers at the Foreign Affairs Council | Bruxelles, 06/03/2017 European Union External Action eeas.europa.eu

About the European External Action Service (EEAS): Since 2014, Italy's Federica Mogherini has been the EU's High Representative/Vice President. As the EU's chief diplomat she is charged with shaping and carrying out the EU's foreign, security and defence policies.

Related links:

Sweden Introduces Military Draft For Both Men And Women - March 02, 2017

"Norway extended compulsory military service to women in summer 2016. Women currently make up about ten percent of the Norwegian Armed Forces. All medically fit women aged between 19 and 44 years will be obliged to complete at least 19 months of military service." Draft for Women: Female Conscription Worldwide - February 07, 2017

Added at 9:34 AM: "In July 2016, a letter in support of draft registration for women, signed by 16 organizations, was sent to the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees. The joint letter was coordinated by the national American Civil Liberties Union and was sent on ACLU letterhead." Rebuttal to Groups Supporting Female Draft Registration - March 9, 2017