Sunday, March 01, 2015

March 2015 Top Fragrance Favorites List

Image: Fragrantica

The last freezing cold day of winter has hopefully passed us by, and I'm excited about spring up ahead. My fragrance of the moment is Demeter Strawberry Ice Cream, a simple and fun strawberry lip gloss-scented gourmand. I love it, but the cologne I have is kind of dark red, and I'm a little afraid to spray it on my white fabrics (yes, I've taken to spritzing sheets, not just freshly showered skin, and in case you were wondering, I still don't spray my clothes). I've seen photos of this scent that appear clear-colored, so maybe I should look into one of those. I'm so into the strawberry note right now, I thought about revisiting Victoria's Secret Strawberries and Champagne, and trying the strawberry body mist by The Body Shop (I'm also intrigued by their new nail polish line, in particular Pink Cream), but the VS isn't milky like the Demeter, and the reviews for the Body Shop mist say it's essentially a grown up strawberry scent--no thanks, there's no fun in that, and I can't help but feel fun is what's missing in perfume launches for the past couple of years I've been out of the loop. I want a sweet and girlish strawberry, not strawberry leaves, strawberry cocktails, strawberry woods and incense smoke. I'm so satisfied by the Demeter right now, I no longer miss my sweet little sample of Molinard Fraise.

That doesn't mean I'm going to stop looking for strawberries (and coconuts, still an on-going love) to add to my spring wardrobe, especially since these scents get raves from someone whose opinion actually matters.

Something I noticed recently, too: Britney Spears Fantasy smells of violets. Come to think of it, the hot pink bottle is somewhat purple-leaning. I didn't know I could love a violet perfume as much as I do, as this has become sort of a staple.

My early March list:

1. Demeter Strawberry Ice Cream
2. Britney Spears Fantasy
3. Cacharel Gloria
4. Creed Virgin Island Water
5. Creed Spring Flower
6. Bath & Body Works Coconut Lime Breeze

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Science of Why No One Agrees on the Color of This Dress

I see a periwinkle blue dress with olive-gold brown stripes. The Science of Why No One Agrees on the Color of This Dress By Adam Rogers 02.26.15

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Socionics LII INTJ-Ne

According to Olga Tangemann (School of Associative Socionics), I'm an LII-INTJ-Ne subtype. I asked her in her Associative Socionics Facebook group if I could be closer to a Ne or Ti subtype because the result of my Pattern Test came up as either or, giving me an overall reading of my Psychodynamic Profile as either an LII with a Static profile (ILE subtype) or Introverted (ILI subtype). I should add that LII is Olga's assessment of my basic type, based on online consultation, because my Associative Test result was actually EII INFJ. Back to subtypes, her assessment was that I'm more likely an intuitive Ne subtype (Static profile, Superego-Id) because I'm unsure between Ti and Fi (Thinking vs Feeling) functions but seem confident about being Intuitive over Sensing. This is true, even according to MBTI test results which indicated strong intuition, sometimes at 100% or close to it. So it's my intuition that has made me come up INFJ, since LII INTJ and EII INFJ are close types sharing the intuitive function.

So there you have it. Not that I mind being a Rational type, but after all this, I will probably still wonder why I'm a Thinking/ Logical type and not a Feeling/Ethical type, or at least why I don't look like a Feeling type to others.

Related links:


PINK MANHATTAN Socionics LII-Ne INTj: The EII INFj mistype, Subtypes, Duality

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Socionics LII INTJ-Ti

I retook the Associative Socionics Pattern Test again and got Introverted Profile as my Psychodynamic profile for the second time, which makes 2/3 for a Ti subtype and one Ne subtype for my LII INTJ type.

Super-Ti, huh? I had read somewhere one can also have no subtype. I'm still trying to find out why my type is always on the border of EII INFJ if I'm apparently super logical as per these tests.

Related link: PINK MANHATTAN Socionics LII-Ne INTj: The EII INFj mistype, Subtypes, Duality

Update 2/25/2015: PINK MANHATTAN Socionics LII INTJ-Ne

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Malta is only EU country not to join coalition on IS

Malta is only EU country not to join coalition on IS - February 12, 2015 Times of Malta


Related links:

Ad providam on Wikipedia

Sovereign Military Order of Malta on Wikipedia

Knights Hospitaller on Wikipedia

Maltese Cross on Wikipedia

Swiss Guard on Wikipedia

Knights of Malta -

Zurich Files

Zurich Files - Switzerland, Knights Templars and Nazis - A short story about Switzerland, the Knights Templars and their hoard, Crusades, Freemasons, the Nazis and obedient gnomes


Related links:

World War II -- Brought to You by Nestlé's Candy - The Swiss didn't just hang on to Holocaust victims' bank accounts. They used them to bankroll Hitler's war machine. Jonathan Broder,

The Great Pyramid Angle - Gary Osborn

Knights Templar on Wikipedia

The Knights Templar by David Hatcher Childress,

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Musicology Performing Arts Center

Fred Kimmel, musician, music instructor and creator of Fred Kimmel's Rock Band 101 performance program which has its roots in The Bronx, is featured in this inspiring Verizon segment about a music school for all ages based in Long Island. Young singer and multi-instrumentalist Claudia Kimmel shares her experiences at Musicology alongside other talented musicians and her dad.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Monday, February 09, 2015

My Valentine's Day nails (plus how to avoid nail polish remover)

I reported here and on my PINK MANHATTAN Tumblr nail blog that I stopped using nail polish remover because it was too drying for my fingers. Since I started removing nail polish with nail polish, I’ve solved this problem. However, I just learned that using a top coat to remove polish is also drying. Pictured here is NYC Extra Shiny Top Coat, but next time, I’ll try using a regular clear polish like NYC Grand Central Station to compare.

As for my Valentine’s Day nails, after much deliberation, I think I’m going with a French manicure with a clear coat instead of traditional pale pink. I used to find the look of a French manicure garish but it’s grown on me; I find that it can be clean and attractive if done right. I used tape for stencils but I think getting a white nail pen might make doing the tips even easier. Just when my nail blog couldn’t get more boring, I might have a bunch of sheer and clear polishes to show you soon.

Update: Read my review of NYC Grand Central Station posted on Feb. 11, 2015. I didn't try using it to take off my nail polish because I'd read that fast drying polishes are also drying for the skin.