Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Boomers, Gen X, Demographics and Discrimination


I came across a Gen Y (Millenial) post about how she feels Gen X is not enough of a team player to be as relevant as her Gen Y group, a more idealistic, optimistic demographic which understands that it's Idealism that changes the world. I'm sorry, but being an evil Gen Xer, I missed that memo. You wouldn't know it's my generation that's accepted Yoko Ono's conceptual art as being real art. It's just that each time we openly display any of that Idealism which we hold dear to our sensitive little hearts, we were crushed by the Boomers as acting wimpy. The 13thers are not allowed to be Idealists because Boomers wrote the book of fate that says our demographic is supposed to be a bunch of slackers. Boomers are the Idealists, and we're supposed to stick to their script. They say 51 million of us deserve what's coming to us, none of it good. What a tragedy Gen Y plays right into their bullying game.

This is what's wrong with demographics and generational timetables: It's basically your legal form of segregation and discrimination. You can teach people that all generations fall under a certain archetype (one of 4, like the Greek Temperaments or Jungian (Myers-Briggs) Archetypes). It's a little like astrology if we let the Forer effect take place and have Boomers and Gen Y gang up on Gen X because it's already been written (by Boomer demographics experts) that the bullying is because of something we are, and we bring it on ourselves. We can rationalize without real thinking or caring, that the reason Gen X isn't as much of a "team player" as Gen Y is that we're self-absorbed, even if the truth may be something else, different for everyone (imagine that - complexity in being human). As a group, it may be true we're not as impressionable and maleable - easy to manipulate as Gen Y, precisely because we see through the whole demographics thing as being controlling and evil. It's just another manmade entity to try to control our thoughts and behaviors. Predict? No, control, to sell to us, to profit off of us, and worst, to keep us all segregated.

This is why Gen X as a demographic group can be all over the map, crossing over neat little racial, sexual and age lines, frustrating those who'd like for their great modern day achievement, demographics, to live on forever as a viable truth. It won't - it's already outdated, and I'm not the only one who thinks so.

So, when I buy Rock Princess perfume and get berated by Boomer marketing gurus on the perfume forums for having bad taste, it's only because I'm crossing a line they'd rather I didn't cross. Besides, all of Gen X is branded by Boomers as having bad taste, so the Boomers can brand themselves as the real trendsetters. It's no wonder fashion's been the ugliest it's been in a long time. The Boomer sense of aesthetics is nothing more than materialistic and consumer-driven, far from artistic, never new and inspiring but based on a tired formula. I'll bet sales will improve once you stop giving them "creative control". Oh, and it's time we demolished the age old demographics system, and market to a general audience and let us decide what - music, clothing, perfume, movies, foods, cars, technology - we want to consume. Stop offending your consumers by telling them they shouldn't like what they like, and they'll actually consume more, minus guilt trips and negative self images.

Demographics - Marketing, Not Apartheid, www.timmanners.com
Relevant brands often find their focus within a key demographic group but do not shape their strategies purely on issues of age, gender, ethnicity, or income. Sometimes the result is surprising, but, more important, it is also a growth driver for the brand.

Life Imitates Art...and Marketing - www.my-head-space.com

People discussing demographics and segregation on Yahoo Ask

Generational Archetypes on Wikipedia

Read more about Generational Theory:

Background on Generation Theory - Generation Watch

Generations - www.jamesgoulding.com

Generations and Archetypes - www.fourthturning.com

Gen X Speaking Out! - Commentary and analysis of the correlation between Jungian (Myers-Briggs) archetypes and generational timetables - Pink Manhattan blog

Update! July 2, 2009: Generation Theory = Jungian Archetypes - Pink Manhattan blog



Michael Jackson: More Gen X Voices


Besides mine, that is...

Warning, Generation X Nostalgia Equals Maximum Hype, by Darryl Mason - The Orstrahyun, June 28, 2009

Generation enigma, Gil Smart, June 26th, 2009

This Is My Generation’s Elvis…Only We Don’t Really Get to Mourn, The Southern Gentleman, June 26th, 2009

Why Is CAA Doing Market Research On Michael Jackson's Death?
by Foster Kamer, Gawker.com, Sun Jun 28 2009

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Related article: Generation X = Artist-scientists of Jungian archetypes?, Pink Manhattan blog



Monday, June 29, 2009

Michael Jackson Butterflies




Michael Jackson was much more than a Pop icon, more than a great performer. He was an artist with a complete vision of his craft, a master singer, composer, dancer and legitimate Soul R&B singer long before he was a solo Pop star.

The music speaks for itself about why he attained fame. Say what you want about the gossip if that's what you're about, but give the man his musical creds as the best there ever was.



Saturday, June 27, 2009

Remembering Michael Jackson in New York


Radio Responds To Jackson's Death, www.radiolink.com

June 26, 2009: Clear Channel's Rhythmic WKTU (103.5fm KTU) /New York is spending the weekend playing Michael Jackson music, and inviting listeners to record their memories at an 800 number or post them at www.ktu.com.

Also in New York, Emmis' WRKS (98.7) Kiss FM will be offering special programming all weekend long, and the station held a tribute event to Jackson Friday afternoon at the Adam Clayton Powell State Office in Harlem.


Thursday, June 25, 2009

Michael Jackson King of Pop


RIP Michael Jackson, the greatest recording artist and performer of all time whose music was always a message of love and peace. The world mourns now. He and his music will be remembered with love forever. I'm so sad he's gone...still can't believe an era is truly gone.









Let it not be forgotten he was also a songwriter. Many of his hits including Beat It, Billie Jean and Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' were written and composed by Michael Jackson, produced by Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones.


He was a great singer and also a great dancer who perfected the moonwalk!



Drunk Breastfeeding North Dakota Mom


A woman in North Dakota who's pleaded guilty to breastfeeding her 6-week old baby while drunk is being sentenced with felony child neglect. She could be sentenced up to five years in prison!! Obviously what she did wasn't good, but it's not any more of a crime than what our parents did when we were kids, as part of normal everyday life! A violent criminal like Chris Brown who beat up his girlfriend Rihanna will do no time at all, while this new mother could be behind bars, unable to be with her child for 5 years. Maybe there'll come a time when any parent who smokes will have their kids taken away. Could our individual liberties really be melting away in this country right before our eyes?

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Ugly Side of the Fragrance Industry


There are a lot of things I haven't talked about because, as Octavian Coifan of 1000 fragrances has said, he doesn't think he has paranoia yet, and still, it's clear the fragrance industry is tuning into the blogosphere for inspirations, and will often steal ideas from creative minds on the web. I remember when a friend of mine told me her idea for a perfume name was blatantly stolen from one of her posts on a popular makeup forum (I remember her post, too, and the comments that followed saying her idea was cool). I, personally, thought it odd that right after I sent an industry "friend" a sample of my Persephone perfume in its early stage (before I launched it), a slew of perfumes with similar composition launched all at once (the blackberry-chocolate-woody-amber arrangement). I have wept inside at the backstabbing practices of people in the industry who are like wolves in sheep's clothing and vowed never to disclose my true creative thoughts until I actually launch something. It's a shame to read about other indie perfumers having their ideas taken by companies with more capital and muscle to spare. Likewise, I feel sad that we live in a time when bloggers are being harassed by those companies with power lawyers who are no doubt going after the little people to buy themselves their $500 power lunch.

In truth, I've witnessed a whole lot more backstabbing in the perfume industry than I'd ever experienced in the music biz, or even the TV biz after 10 seasons of being on air. That's not to say I don't have stories in those fields, too. When the shit stinks, it reeks.


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Lawsuit? LVMH vs Perfume Blogger


Guerlain attacked me!, 1000 Fragrances, posted Tuesday, June 23, 2009

(Added on June 24th, 2009) Here's my own current conclusion: I don't know how to judge this situation since the blogger himself hasn't been clear as to what exactly the charge against him was. Apparently, this is not a libel case at all, but some copyright issue, which leads me to believe this is about an image he posted which Guerlain asked to have taken down back in April, to which he hadn't complied, and the whole thing got out of hand when LVMH saw no other way to fix the problem except to intimidate him through lawyers. What can I say? Of course freedom of speech is important, but the creepy paparazzi that sold the photo of Michael Phelps smoking weed could say his right to take the photo and sell it is freedom of speech, too, and I would still think he's a creep.

So, maybe this LVMH vs Perfume Blogger case was a bit blown out of proportion. Blog on, perfumistas. I AM NOT INTIMIDATED and will continue to write what I think.

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(Added on June 24, 2009) In reading the comments under the thread at 1000 Fragrances, it seems the problem LVMH had with the blogger was with unwrapping the project before the launch date, and the company didn't want the image of the bottle leaked. That is understandable and I would have obliged even if it wasn't an actual legal case, but if that was all there was to it, why the gag order now to put all posts regarding Guerlain - Coty Idylle down? There are 3 of them, and if we're still talking about the image being leaked before the launch date, the official ads are running now and everyone's seen the bottle as a final product by now. To be continued...

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(July 23, 2009) Perfume bloggers can not have any freedom of creative expression anymore without it being considered libel. Perfume is an art form, and we perfume lovers reserve the right to interpret the images and scents they present us with in our own subjective ways thorugh creative writing. If this blogger felt the concept of the new Guerlain Idylle is too similar to his perception of the original Coty Idylle (pictured at left, bottle by Lalique, created in 1910-1911, 1000 Fragrances), that's one person's honest opinion (based on some historical fact, since they do share the same name). The only reason I see for LVMH jumping on him is that they seem to actually have something to hide, and that's sad, because I always trusted them to have some scruples and respect for the perfume community which helps more than hurts global sales and promotion of their products, history and reputation. Are they going after every single reviewer on the internet if they think the new Idylle bottle looks like Calvin Klein Secret Obsession, too? Or if they think the perfume itself smells like something they know already, which it probably will?

We're in the last days of the Perfumista Era.

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References:

Art & Fragrance Rapport Annuel 2007 www.art-fragrance.com - Flacon «L'Idylle». Coty, «L'Idylle», Flacon en verre, créé par René Lalique en 1911. (Marcilhac p.927, Coty 6), hauteur 9 cm

Flacon - Idylle: Au Bistrot du Coin

Coty Idylle is listed at The Encyclopaedia of Perfume under the letter L: "L’Idylle Coty 1922 Alternative spelling ‘Ideal’ or 'Idylle'. Presented in a bottle by René Lalique et Cie"

Lightyears Collection, Coty, www.perfumeprojects.com, lists Coty Idylle 1922

Vintage Coty Perfumes by Cleopatra's Boudoir, eBay Reviews & Guides lists various perfumes presented by Coty from 1905-2000 including Coty Idylle, 1922



Narciso Rodriguez Essence


I'm changing my initial thoughts on Essence because upon sampling it extensively today, I realized it isn't really a soapy floral citrus as much as an Aldehydic Floral on an iris theme, very similar to Bronnley White Iris if anyone's smelled it...

The report is in; a full review of the 2009 launch is here: Featured Review: Narciso Rodriguez Essence (2009)

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day



(Image: In Daddy's Arms, © Merryl Jaye, www.mythinglinks.org)

Galaxy Express 999



This is classic Japanese manga and anime: http://ginga999.shogakukan.co.jp/99_31/1.html

The plot of the series is explained on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galaxy_Express_999

Saturday, June 20, 2009

INXJ: More musings regarding the INFJ / INTJ cusp type




I've been thinking maybe the MBTI instrument provider was wrong about my being an INTJ. Of course, I have only myself to blame since it was up to me to help her help me assess myself, but really, who can assess brain function based on a one hour conversation which never really left on a decisive note? I'm taking a break from the INTJ board where people are bashing hippies and gays like it doesn't have any impact on people. I don't get people of any type who think it's perfectly reasonable to use typing as excuses for stereotyping and disrespectful comments. I've joined a brand new INFJ group on Facebook to hopefully continue talking with the INFJs (remember I was banned from the other group for sharing my INTJness...I don't blame the admin now - LOL!), so we'll see how that goes. I want to see where I'm more comfortable over the long haul - with the Te or the Fe thinkers, although we're all Ni dominant. But I still believe the system should accomodate INXJ the way the four temperaments were expanded to five. It can be done - furthermore, it ought to be done. Would anyone like to start an INXJ board, or will I eventually have to take the lead on that myself?

This is the point where I'm stuck in-between:

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keirsey_Temperament_Sorter

"The second ring: cooperative versus pragmatic (utilitarian)
Keirsey uses the words cooperative and pragmatic when comparing the differing temperaments. People who are cooperative pay more attention to other people's opinions and are more concerned with doing the right thing. People who are pragmatic (utilitarian) pay more attention to their own thoughts or feelings and are more concerned with doing what works. There is no comparable idea of Myers or Jung that corresponds to this dichotomy, so this is a significant difference between Keirsey's work and that of Myers and Jung. (I put that part in bold because I didn't know till now that these systems are incomparable! Does that mean I could be INTJ in one and INFJ in another, or that they arrive at the same conclusions using different approaches?)

"This ring, in combination with the inner ring, determines a person's temperament. The pragmatic temperaments are Rationals (pragmatic and abstract) and Artisans (pragmatic and concrete). The cooperative temperaments are Idealists (cooperative and abstract), and Guardians (cooperative and concrete). Neither Myers nor Jung included the concept of temperament in their work."

It's going to take me awhile to understand the difference between the Keirsey and Myers-Briggs / Jung systems. The above dichotomy sounds so much like the T / F dichotomy of the MBTI to me. Any help in understanding the differences would be appreciated - please feel free to comment.

So, speaking of temperaments, am I more ethical or logical? Choleric or phlegmatic? Inspired nymphs or curious sylphs? Doctrinaire or skeptical? Oversensitive or insensitive? Is it recognition I want or power?

(Edited to add) I retested myself on one of the Facebook apps today and I'm still INTJ according to that one. :-/

(Edited) I took a Temperament Test at this link and came up an Idealist (melancholic), which would make me an INFJ. :-O

My search for the truth continues.

Related links: INTP - August 11, 2010 Pink Manhattan

INFJ and the ISTJ Shadow - 8/14/10 Pink Manhattan

Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Pursuit of Musical Portraits (Myers-Briggs / MBTI-related)


The Pursuit of Musical Portraits by Danielle Poiri

"In trying to illustrate psychological functions and types, I have found most mediums to be incomplete. Words are precise but dry; images are inspiring but nebulous; interviews are insightful but idiosyncratic. Marrying several mediums together in a joyfully poly-gamous collage brings the viewer closer to experiencing the difference, which is my ultimate goal—to create a space where differences are experienced, as well as understood. A chance encounter added an unplanned dimension and a foray into the world of music." (continue reading at above link)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Father's Day Gift Ideas: Sean John, Usher, Givenchy, Hermès


Featured reviews: Sean John I am King, Usher for Men, Givenchy Pi

Please link to today's article at The Examiner: Father's Day Gift Ideas: Sean John, Usher, Givenchy, Hermès



Pianoblot

Twilight lovers: Won't you come and play with me?



The Perfume Altar


Perfumistas: Comments are welcome on Polyvore!




Tuesday, June 16, 2009

ZIRH Ikon


I'm so glad to have discovered this scent! Read about it at The Examiner: Featured review: ZIRH Ikon (2008)

ZIRH Ikon (2008) is another great Men's fragrance to have been nominated for this year's FiFi Awards, and it's definitely deserving of the honor. The first impression I got was that of lemons, or more accurately, of lemonade, and even more precisely, that of Lemon Squash, light on the sugar and effervescent. There's a soft, cloudy backdrop in the distance reminiscent of L'Eau d'Issey A Drop of Cloud, but it's not a powdery scent but a fresh Woody Citrus. The woods in this are faint, not at all overwhelming, and neither are the spices and herbs so dominating that it screams "male" - like a man who's secure in his own masculinity, it's obviously male without trying so hard (although the logo has that bold, heavy metal block-type of vibe typical of things marketed to men). If you're a fan of traditionally masculine, somewhat sporty aromatic Fougere fragrances like Brut, Polo or Drakkar, Zirh Ikon can give you a similar "manly" feel but more subtle and updated to fit today's minimal style. Because it's relatively light and fresh, lovers of aqueous scents like Acqua di Gio or Cool Water could give it a go as well.

I'm convinced Ikon is destined to become a new classic because it's so easy to wear (even as a woman, I'm enjoying sampling it...although it is a bit "guy's skin - piney" for me). I love that the lemon note mingles with the sensual davana flower and lasts very well, and how as the scent wears on, the scent stays fresh and dry. The final dry down stage reveals some warm incense notes, giving it a touch of Oriental seductive flair without going the heavy, headshop way. This is the perfect all-occasion, all season scent, the "little black dress (kilt?)" of Men's fragrances. It can be casual or professional, and smells mild, clean, sexy and delicious. I want to get this one for my guy, too! I'm so impressed with Ikon that I'm tempted to try the other fragrances in the Zirh line. Father's Day is coming up - Visit www.zirh.com and pick something fabulous for the heroes in your life.

Notes from the Zirh website:
"A masculine blend of woody scents that makes an undeniable statement."

Top Notes: Cardamom, Davana Flower, Ginger, Lemon
Mid Notes: Iris Roots, Labdanum, Black Cinnamon, Clove Buds
Base Notes: Frankincense, Patchouli. Cedarwood, Vetiver

Polyvore


See you there! www.polyvore.com







Monday, June 15, 2009

Yves Saint-Laurent Rive Gauche pour Homme


The Men's Rive Gauche sample vial I have before me came in a handsome black and silver sleeve (card) which says on the back that it contains oakmoss extract. However, it doesn't smell like the women's, and neither is it what I'd call traditionally mossy, but instead, it smells like a delicious juxtaposition of cool and spicy hot, a refined powdery-leathery-ambery woods...in other words, it smells like one of my favorite niche fragrances, Serge Lutens Fumerie Turque! Since Fumerie Turque is exclusive to Paris and can't be gotten here, I think Rive Gauche pour Homme is a wonderful stand-in. They're not identical-smelling (Fumerie Turque is sweeter (Oriental-Leather); Rive Gauche is dry, woodsier and much greener (Green Aromatic-Fougere)) but the initial effect is pretty much on the money...

Please visit the Examiner for today's featured review: Featured Review: Yves Saint-Laurent Rive Gauche pour Homme




Sunday, June 14, 2009

Juicy Couture Dirty English


Dirty English is today's feature at The Examiner: Featured Review: Juicy Couture Dirty English (2008)

Juicy Couture Dirty English (2008) is a millenial update of the classic English Leather accord for Men. It's very streamlined, and like Aerosmith, it's rugged and sexy without a hint of booze in the mix. At first sniff, I didn't care for the sparse and bipolar orchestration in which the spicy and cool top notes were piercingly high, and the base notes extremely low on the other side of the spectrum. I felt a bit off-balance, but then, I realized this is a scent to be worn, much better on skin than on paper or in the bottle, and when it contacts the skin, it becomes a fuller scent with noticeable florals in the heart. The floral note I smell is like an imprint of a flower - bright and "pop" - a blue hyacinth or gardenia note, and yet the overall is a super dry, leathery scent, as dry as a country dirt road. The scent begins more brash than it dries down; the end result is traditionally masculine with a fougere-like herbaceous-woody boldness, a tiny bit sporty but not overly so, the "Juicy" brought on by energetic California oranges. It has a much more subdued sillage than many leather scents in the Dry Woods olfactive family, and I appreciate that, since so many of them are too overwhemingly strong.


The notes according to Now Smell This are: peppered mandarin, blue cypress, Calabrian bergamot, caraway, cardamom pods, marjoram, black leather, “Santal Fatal” accord (a mix of sandalwood, Atlas cedar and vetiver), agarwood, ebony wood, black moss absolute, and amber musk. This is not a sweet scent at all, and I'll reiterate that it's very dry, but fitting with the times, it's just sweet enough that it veers more towards gourmand than it would anything traditionally perfumey. Think "bitter dark chocolate" and I think we come close to capturing its essence. The impression is warm and clean with just a hint of something animalic, and that's enough musk for me. Dirty English is the one I'm getting for my man, and I know I'll be spritzing myself with it from time to time because I love it so. It's a great fragrance, most deserving of the FiFi Award nomination it got this year.



Thursday, June 11, 2009

Laurence Dumont Les Senteurs Gourmandes Tendre Madeleine


Today's featured review at The Examiner: New Launch: Laurence Dumont Les Senteurs Gourmandes Tendre Madeleine

Have you ever gone to Starbucks and tasted their Madeleine Petite French Cakes? Do you just LOVE them as I do? Actually, these buttery, fluffy, spongy Madeleine petite cakes have been around since the 19th century. The recipe is fairly simple (as I've seen online, as I don't really bake myself): flour, eggs, butter, sugar and vanilla, custardy and comparable to the pound cake or a Beard Papa cream puff in taste but with a pronounced lemon note (but subtle enough not to be lemon cake). An entry on Wikipedia reads: "The madeleine or petite madeleine is a traditional small cake from Commercy, a commune of the Meuse département in northeastern France". I shall never learn to bake these because I would do nothing but bake them and eat them for all eternity. But this entry is not about food but a stunning new scent discovery, one I would even forgo the madeleine cakes for, if I could smell like this all day. This isn't Starbucks but haute pâtisserie.

Laurence Dumont has just launched all new fragrances as part of their Les Senteurs Gourmandes line, and one of them, called Tendre Madeleine, is based on the delectable cake. I had the rare opportunity to sample it through a friend who has access to this line, and it's gorgeous: so much more than just a simple gourmand, it has a seductive, animalic, musky dry down similar to that of L by Lolita Lempicka and Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur. It's a well-composed fragrance I would call a perfume in the real sense of the word, and it has quickly become a favorite of mine. Tendre Madeleine is an eau de parfum, and the notes are: bergamot, canelle, almond, white musk and precious woods. I believe I smell labdanum in this mysterious base, as it also reminds me of Le Labo Labdanum (formerly Ciste 18). I wouldn't be shocked if there's some castoreum or civet in here as well; this is one exciting offering by the company that once captured my heart with Tarte aux Myrtilles (although that was a much simpler scent creation, it was delectable no less). Summer is coming - celebrate the sweet life!

Currently, the launch news is up on the Laurence Dumont website but the fragrance won't be available until this summer (I see a pre-order in my plans). The other new fragrances are tempting as well: Vanille Frangipanier sounds like it could be the answer to my prayer for Comptoir Sud Pacifique to bring back their discontinued Vanille Frangipanier, a divine tropical floral vanilla with caramel toffee richness. Check out the site for more inviting options such as Vanille Violette, Vanille Chocolat and Figue Sauvage.


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Related article: If you're looking for a natural fragrance similar in style to Tendre Madeleine, check out Amande de Ble by Acorelle, the certified organic fragrance line by Laurence Dumont.





Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Christian Dior Eau Sauvage


Christian Dior Eau Sauvage (1966), one of the great classic colognes for Men, was born in the era of the greatest in rock music from The Beatles to Jimi Hendrix, to win hearts across generations and stand the test of time...Cool and collected but down to earth, never too harsh and intimidating, Eau Sauvage is a good-natured, civilized scent most contrary to its name. (Image: René Gruau illustration for Christian Dior Eau Sauvage After Shave, advertisement from Parfum de Pub (www.parfumdepub.net))

Read on at The Examiner: Christian Dior Eau Sauvage: Taming of the Shrew



Monday, June 08, 2009

Naomi Campbell Mystery


Naomi Campbell Mystery (2003) by the Design House of Naomi Campbell (Wella / Muelhens) is among my favorite fragrances in the line, alongside Naomagic (2000) and the first debut fragrance, Naomi Campbell (1999). As I'd written in my earlier reviews, this is a line in which you'll find many soft, uncomplicated and well-balanced compositions I like to call "skin scents", or those perfumes that manage to smell warm and cozy, yet natural, often with a touch of green, vegetal elements mixed in with the powdery, vanillic or ambery-woody-musky bases tying them together as a collection. I haven't smelled them all, especially some of the more recent fruity ones, but I'm glad to discover the ones I have found and happily added to my wardrobe of all-occasion scents...

Please visit today's featured review: Naomi Campbell Mystery by the Design House of Naomi Campbell



Saturday, June 06, 2009

Thank you, Dr. Tiller


Dr. Tiller’s Important Job by Judith Warner, June 4, 2009, The New York Times Blog

Thank you for trusting women and valuing our lives.



Chloé by Chloé (Coty Prestige)



Short review: "Laila".

Long review: Featured Review: Chloe by Chloe (2008 Coty Prestige)


Thursday, June 04, 2009

Guerlain Homme


Trendy yet genteel, Guerlain Homme is a mysterious, sophisticated and truly fabulous night-out-on-the-town scent for the New World Man. It also happens to come in a handsome, sporty and minimalist silver bottle designed by Paolo Pininfarina, engineer, designer and chairman of the successful Italian car design firm.

Read on at The Examiner: Featured Review: Guerlain Homme (2008)



Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Naomi Campbell Naomagic



Image Source: Wicked Halo (wickedhalo.blogspot.com) "In this shoot for V Magazine, titled "The Empire Strikes Back" and lensed by Mario Sorrenti, Naomi Campbell takes on New York, all dressed up to the nines."

I'm a huge fan of the Naomi Campbell fragrance line. These are good quality mainstream perfumes made by Wella, a German company which is known for their quality hair products line (edited with apologies: Wella specializes only in hair care, not skin care, except for perfumes and perfumed body care products). Cosmopolitan Cosmetics is the fragrance division of Wella which makes the Naomi Campbell perfumes; the first perfume called Naomi Campbell (1999) was made by Wella USA but subsequent creations have been launched by Wella Germany, such as Mystery (2003), Cat Deluxe (2006) and Naomagic (2000). Although the success of these fragrances are mostly based in Europe, they have found some recognition among perfume lovers here. In particular, I believe these scents have become popular among those who prefer the clean, soft, milky "skin scent" type of fragrances we might expect from the popular beauty company.

Please visit The Examiner to read my featured review of Naomi Campbell Naomagic: Naomagic by the Design House of Naomi Campbell



Why Hate? Go Create! Be Beautiful


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YHATE.ORG - Why Hate? Go Create!




Tuesday, June 02, 2009

The Logic of Anti-Choice


If the logic is that being anti-abortion means you're saving babies, then it's also logical to deduce that those who are pro-choice are murdering babies.

Then, can we also deduce that the same logic applies on the other side, that pro-choice people are saving the lives of women, and that anti-abortion prolife people are murdering women?

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Don't Kid Yourself; the Murder of Dr. George Tiller is Part of the War Against Women, A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
by Meg White, Tue 06/02/2009

Racism, Anti-Semitism and the Murder of Dr. Tiller by Leonard Zeskind, Huffington Post, Posted: June 2, 2009



Fascist PC


Here's a little perspective for ya: Derailing for Dummies: Making Discrimination Easier! Version 0.3! Improved with New Additions to More Fully Enhance Your Bigotry!

I'm posting in response to witnessing today a typical anti-PC rant on a board. It involved someone using an archaic term on a forum whereby the use of the term ended up offending some people (ARCHAIC TERMS ARE ARCHAIC FOR A REASON...because by current standards, they are dumb). When people air their personal feelings on a matter involving feeling offended from a personal standpoint, they're often labelled as being PC and quickly dismissed. Those people say they hate PC and feel PCness is another form of fascism, but isn't shutting people up who might genuinely feel the ways they do, making people feel they don't deserve the right to an opinion, the real fascism? What's with all these fascist people projecting their own fascist convictions onto others? When people tell me they hate my PCness on any given point, my answer is, "I didn't say you didn't have the right to say what you said but I have a right to voice an opinion on what you said, and the attempt to shut me up with intimidating name-calling is fascist". Simple.

And to all those self-righteous fascists who think just because they themselves don't see the offense, that whatever is offensive doesn't really exist and shouldn't exist, guess what? You might not but someone else does, so grow up and deal with it. It's the people who think the fact that they don't see the offense means the offense isn't there, that are making the most idiotic value judgment, that people's feelings aren't worth considering on any matter involving their "rights".


Monday, June 01, 2009

Heaven? Yeah, I'd Kill for that Seat


Why some people feel so extreme towards the issue of abortion that they can commit or condone cold-blooded murder is beyond me. Perhaps these are the same men who, if their own wives or daughters were in a situation where they'd have to choose between their own lives and that of the babies', they would want the women to sacrifice their lives for their unborn. Such people would not deserve to have women in their lives, of course. Women are not products - machines - to be used for the egotistical purpose of having the products of their own sperm or any sperm brought to life, just because they think, as men who "love" God, it's in their right to be the judge of women's fate. Perhaps these pro-murder pro-lifers are women who are so lost in the ideology of doing the right thing, to earn themselves a seat in heaven that they, too, would kill for that seat. Why do we let crazy people like this run free? My condolences go out to Dr. Tiller's family.

STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR DAVID A. PATERSON ON THE DEATH OF DR. GEORGE TILLER, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 31, 2009



June 2009 Top 10



Please visit my article at The Examiner: Choosing a Fragrance Wardrobe - June '09 Top 10 List

One of the key factors to becoming a perfumista is developing a fragrance wardrobe. Now, I know that concept is the antithesis of being the signature perfume wearer or signature scentist as I like to call it, but if you consider each fragrance as a piece of clothing, you know you can't dress for every TPO (time, place, occasion) no matter how versatile an article of clothing may be. For starters, one can get away with having two fragrances - one for day and one for night, or one for Spring/Summer and another for Fall/Winter. Usually, one would pick a lighter scent for day / warm season and a heavier one for night / cooler months. How you ultimately design your own wardrobe is up to you and your particular needs and desires.

So, I know I recently reported that I now have a signature scent, but surely you didn't expect me to be a purist about it. I am wearing Givenchy Very Irrésistible as my number one go-to fragrance, and I wear it just about every day. But I have also fallen recently for Tom Ford Private Blend Tobacco Vanille, and even though I don't own a bottle and might live off of decants till the Fall or the holidays, I plan to add it to my beloved collection this year. I choose Tobacco Vanille when I feel I could be more daring with my scent choice, and also when I just can't resist it. What can I say? I am, above all, a mood scentist more than a signature scentist. I'll even admit I wore vintage Réplique the other night and enjoyed it. Perfume is fun, not rules and regulations. Right now, I'm getting a surprisingly heady lily or hyacinth note in Tobacco Vanille, an unlisted note which reminds me of the hyacinth I used in my own perfume called Persephone New York. Maybe that's why I love it so much. As for Very Irrésistible, I'm delighted to be in a rose phase, for there's nothing so fitting for Spring than a bouquet of fresh roses with peonies bursting with energy and optimism. Picking for myself the sexiest perfume I can think of each day is how I always get my mojo back.

Here are my choices for the beginning of June '09 (and I've included some I have on standby). What does this wardrobe say? Let's see...La Chasse aux Papillons + Tobacco Vanille + Rock Princess = Oyaji gal (or oyajigyaru)?

1. Givenchy Very Irrésistible
2. Givenchy Very Irrésistible Sensual
3. Tom Ford Private Blend Tobacco Vanille
4. Jil Sander No.4
5. Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb
6. L'Instant de Guerlain
7. L'Artisan Parfumeur La Chasse aux Papillons
8. Vera Wang Rock Princess
9. Serge Lutens Fumerie Turque
10. Jil Sander Style

~*~*~Speaking of June, congratulations to all of you who are graduating this month!!~*~*~