Saturday, November 08, 2014

My November 2014 Top Fragrance Favorites List




This is my Top 5 fragrance list for November. I have no idea what my year end list is gonna look like. Aside from the occasional taste for a warm, smoky scent reminiscent of temple incense, or a clean and fresh citric palate cleanser, Creed Virgin Island Water with notes of lime, coconut and white rum is just about my daily signature perfume. I think I enjoy sharp and refreshing hesperides a lot: lemons and limes, even if they're just supporting notes within a blend. I still can't live without my sweet gourmand coconuts and vanillas, though, especially on these increasingly cold days when I want to be wrapped in warm comfort. All in all, I'm enjoying a laid-back vibe in scents.

1. Creed Virgin Island Water
2. Demeter Kahala Pina Colada
3. Lavanila Coconut
4. Creed Jasmin Imperatrice Eugenie
5. 4711

Friday, November 07, 2014

Monday, November 03, 2014

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

Deco Futurism




The Glass City by Heinz Hajek-Halke



The Glass City by Heinz Hajek-Halke, c. 1950


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

"The Marriage of Figaro" at the Met

"Mozart, though, is a true democrat: Figaro may not have the same intricate music, maybe not even the fine words, but his emotions, his desires, and his love have no less value or importance than those of his suave, sophisticated master. The marriage of Figaro and Susanna has the same moral and aesthetic merit as that of the Count and the Countess. That’s the story of the opera and of the current of world history that thrusts it, as timely as ever, into the twenty-first century." Read the article: “The Marriage of Figaro” at the Met by Richard Brody, October 22, 2014 The New Yorker

Friday, October 17, 2014

Sali @ PINK MANHATTAN Asks: What's My Socionics / MBTI Type?



This video was made for Olga Tangemann and her School of Associative Socionics to discuss my personality type. Please visit her site at Socionics4you.com and her Facebook group, Socionics International. Feel free to visually type me!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Socionics Associative Test




Take the Associative Test on Olga Tangemann's School of Associative Socionics web site! Although I was initially typed as an LII INTj, I took this test and came out an EII INFj. Olga says the reason I'm unclear about my type could be because I have a Superid subtype which might turn up as my typing as an LII, IEI or ILI. Maybe now, finally, I can be certain about being an EII type--even if whether that translates to my being an MBTI INFJ or INFP is still up in the air.

Edited to add on 10/27: It looks like my assessment is still LII INTJ. Also, Olga has explained clearly why a Socionics INTj is still an INTJ in MBTI. Check out the Socionics4you forum where she's started a thread for me. See you there!

Edited on 11/17: In an unexpected turn of events, it turns out Olga thinks an LII INTj is an INTP in MBTI after all. In any case, I'm a Logical Intuitive with Ti-Ne as leading functions.

Edited on 11/18: I'm still unclear on this point, and so I found a link to a discussion on this INTP forum where they were figuring out Why P=p, and J=j, which would be closer to Olga's original theory when I first joined her group. I hope I can sort this out soon, and finally settle my type.

Bath & Body Works Coconut Lime Breeze




I wanted to try this because I had gotten wind of online reviews that compared it to Creed Virgin Island Water, my fragrance obsession of the moment. I have to say while it is no replacement for the Creed, it hits the spot when I want a coconut scent. Bath & Body Works Coconut Lime Breeze is a light combination of fizzy citric notes and the same coconut note I remember finding in Ralph Hot perfume, then subsequently in lots of fragrances following it. I've described it as a sort of suntan oil-like coconut scent, a note that's not quite sweet but creamy/oily/heavy nonetheless, ubiquitous these days as a compositional base from Versace Crystal Noir to perfumes by Benefit. The coconut note I find in Creed Virgin Island Water is a purer coconut note, devoid of suntan oil references in my mind but tropical and beachy, tastier as a gourmand note and yet crystal light and clear, a bit more along the lines of the one in Parfums de Nicolai Cococabana, only sheerer mixed with musks and lime. I have sampled a number of coconut scents, and I know now how variable this note can be. I like this BBW scent, though, and I have been enjoying alternating between this and the Creed this month.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Friday, October 10, 2014

Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar


Here's another one that has coconut in its name and smells more like something else. That doesn't mean someone out there won't love it, but for me, it's a waste of time since I specifically wanted coconut and not much else. This scent smells like spicy almond with a backdrop of vanilla frosting. There are many good etailers that offer similar gourmand blends. If I look for an obscure coconut note in this, I can find it, but it's still more coconut pie than coconut milk or the flesh of the coconut. As Jebidiah Atkinson of SNL would put it, "Next!".

Edited to add: OK, maybe my initial reaction was harsh. The dry down is a rich, sweet vanilla, not too different from Lavanila Coconut. I think there's a banana note in this, too, sort of like coconut banana cream pie. It's long-lasting and a good bang for the buck. Will revisit.

FCUK Friction for Her




When I saw coconut listed in the notes and read the online reviews claiming it to be a piña colada scent, I jumped on it right away. It's inexpensive and comes in a pretty bottle; I like French Connection's aesthetic; what could go wrong? Well I like this scent, but the blind buy turned out just short of perfection. It's just not as piña colada-like as expected; I don't get any coconut or even pineapple, and instead get a sweet, milky-woody, somewhat vanillic, musky perfume scent. Whoever said it's reminiscent of a Diesel fragrance was right; it also reminds me of one by Jil Sander. I'm still glad I had the chance to try it. It's sort of unusual, not one I would normally come across.

The notes according to Fragrantica are as follows: "The notes: pink honeysuckle, apple blossom, red berries, creamy coconut, spun sugar, vanilla absolute, pink jasmine, white vetiver, blonde woods, sandalwood, amber, magnetic musk. FCUK Friction for Her was launched in 2012."