Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Thank You, Adieu, and my 2009 Year End Top 10!


White Rose mandala

Season's Greetings with love from Pink Manhattan! I'd like to thank my music fans, perfume customers and blog readers for all of your kind support over the years. Pink Manhattan Purrfume will be available for purchase until Dec. 31, 2009 (all remaining orders will be shipped on Jan. 4, 2010). After Dec. 31, I'm taking another hiatus from perfume making, to focus on music and other ventures in the New Year. I'd like to thank you once again for being part of what has been a truly rewarding experience to have dabbled in the world of fragrance, to have met so many gifted fellow perfume writers and wonderful perfume-loving friends along the way. I've learned so much and I couldn't have done it without you.

Let's celebrate with you-know-what: my Year End Top 10 List! This was so hard to come up with, since I haven't been wearing any one perfume on any regular basis. I thought I might list my all time favorite perfumes, but that list would go up to 1000 or so. I've decided to stick to my current faves, even if it means something special that I only got to try once but fell madly in love with! Granted, sometimes I fall in love too easily...

1. The one that made my heart ache this year with unrequited love was Guerlain Les Secrets de Sophie. Packaged in a geometric patterned modernized quadrilobe flacon in three color choices, the 60ml limited edition eau de parfum was redolent of sweet white floral essences with a touch of violet. Thank you, Jean-Paul Guerlain, for this beautiful, unforgettable experience.

2. Following Les Secrets de Sophie, I fell in love with Jean Paul Gaultier Classique this year. I don't wear it anymore because the smoky-woody base was too heavy and dirty-powdery, but this was my Sophie stand-in, which was almost as good...while the love lasted. It was one hot summer fling!

3. Givenchy Very Irrésistible is going to remain in my perfume collection forever and ever. This is a gorgeous anisic rose blend with a hint of modern Chypre accord backed up by musk, similar to Narciso Rodriguez for Her and Stella McCartney but for me, the most wearable of the relatively newbie bunch.

4. Then, along came Jean Paul Gaultier Ma Dame which knocked my socks off! This is a spunky, citric orange blossom. A mod urban cocktail, it doesn't smell too natural but I love it anyway. Natural essences are essential to life but I can appreciate modern perfumery and all its technological advances, as long as I can have the best of both worlds.

5. Penhaligon's Bluebell went from strong dislike to mighty love, which is rare. When it finally won me over, it was the icy green hyacinth that grew on me, even as the wet woods still kind of smelled like the inside of an old wooden house in the quiet countryside.

6. La Prairie Life Threads Gold was the surprise love of the year. It came into my life like kismet, and stole away my attention with its radiant glow of Mediterranean-style Chypre (Fruity) with sweet, spicy, warm and incensey Oriental notes.

7. Acorelle Amande de Ble is a bitter almond and mimosa perfume. It's certified 100% organic, and it smells delish! Natural and organic are the wave of the future!

8. I really like Laura Mercier Almond Coconut but this is more of a bath and body scent. I like it a LOT, though. It's insanely strong so I dab it from a vial with the tip of my wand.

9. Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb burst onto the scene with a memorable New York launch and has gone in and out of my life as we got moody with each other. A patchouli-based Gourmand, the roses-and-marshmallows diva perfume seduces with a confident, straightforward & sexy attitude.

10. Chanel N°22, unnaturally perfectly symmetrical, my abstract white rose of choice. "Scientifically" balanced, harmonized till no single note ever stands out, every indiscernable note part of a hazy chorus. Like powdery snow, soft and down-to-earth, it's my "scent of peace", which translates into the real world as my "snuggie-and-a-book light" scent.


Best Launch of the Year: Sophie takes the crown.

Best Packaging: I'm giving the honor to Benefit Crescent Row because the idea was so cute and captivating, plus it took me on an imaginary trip to Bath, England.

Hall of Fame: Caron Nocturnes. Another perfume I'd like to honor this year is Chanel N°19, the first to be awarded the FIFI in 1973 (visit The Fragrance Foundation).

Honorary mentions: Origins Ginger Essence (fresh, spicy and gorgeous), DR Harris Arlington (sheer lemon cream, not sweet, evaporates quickly but smells fantastic), Niki de St. Phalle (minty cool, sexy '80s Chypre-animalic), Paul & Joe Blanc (light floral musk), Diane Von Furstenburg Tatiana (a lot like Serge Lutens A la Nuit, a sharp, voluptuous clean jasmine), Sarah Horowitz Perfect Nectar perfume oil (blood orange + white florals = like juicy papaya): I meant to write about these in more detail this year but didn't get the chance to. Lots to come in 2010! Have a very Happy New Year ~ put on your liveliest, sexiest number, carpe diem and bonne chance!








Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Beautiful Ainu



This is a photo of an Ainu man from The Boone Collection, Image Gallery: Ainu Artifacts, www.fieldmuseum.org. Being Japanese, I am personally very saddened by Japan's history of racism against the Ainu people, the original inhabitants of Japan, the people who are also now thought to be, at least in part, our ancestral heritage (although this is still a controversial topic).


Here's another photo of an Ainu man from the Ainu Museum (image source: BBC). This man actually looks a lot like my grandfather, from the side of my family that tends to be wavy-haired. But I don't have to be Ainu to see myself and many of my own family's faces in these old photographs which I'm grateful to have found online. I'm glad Japan has taken steps to begin the healing process, and I hope to learn more about their beautiful, unique culture.


An Ainu girl with traditional lip tattoo


Related links:

Recognition at last for Japan's Ainu - by Philippa Fogarty, BBC News Friday, 6 June 2008

Japan's Suppression of Ainu Moshiri - Ainu Association of Hokkaido Sapporo, Hokkaido

Who are the Ainu? - www.dumbotaku.com

Ainu bear sacrifice. Japanese painting 1870 - Wikimedia Commons



Parallel Worlds: Art of the Ainu of Hokkaido and Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest



Originally posted on You Tube: "June 6-28, 2009, the Portland Japanese Garden hosted a special exhibition in honor of the 50th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Portland and Sapporo, Japan. Entitled Parallel Worlds, the exhibition featured exquisitely designed traditional ceremonial robes created by Ainu artists from the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido and Native American artists of the Pacific Northwest. This groundbreaking exhibition became the first to juxtapose the textile arts of indigenous cultures on both sides of the north Pacific."

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Swing in New Year’s Eve with Steele Hillier Quartet featuring Sali Oguri @ Light Horse Tavern, Jersey City



Tired of the same old house parties?

Swing in New Year’s Eve at the Light Horse Tavern

199 Washington Street • Jersey City, NJ 07302 • (201) 946-2028

Thursday, December 31, 2009 9:00pm - January 1, 2010 2:00am

Live Music: The Steele Hillier Quartet
With: Noel Sagerman (d), Stefan Teti (p), Sali Oguri (v)

Reserved Dinner Seating Only • Music starts at 9:00 pm

Visit www.lighthorsetavern.com



Saturday, December 26, 2009

Laura Mercier Almond Coconut



Laura Mercier Almond Coconut is a Gourmand comfort scent. I like this but it smells like Diesel Plus Plus Feminine. They're both milk scents, but the coconut might be a little more noticeable in the Laura Mercier. Naomagic comes to mind as well. Try it if you like Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille, Kat Von D Saint, Comptoir Sud Pacifique Caramel Sunset or Christian Dior Hypnotic Poison. The hand creme is nice, too.

They also have a Pistachio scent which is similar to Almond Coconut but creamier, and not as warm (the Almond Coconut has a "steamy" (sort of like stepping out of a hot shower) yet "dry" (like towels that came out of a dryer) woody-musk base). Pistachio has a rosy (but the soapy kind) dry down. Both Almond Coconut and Pistachio are pleasant scents for bath & body products, although these Laura Mercier products (also the Creme Brulee) are strongly scented and linger for days. Pistachio isn't available in eau de parfum. Does anyone remember MOR Pistachio? Maybe they had an EDP.

I'm not sure if these new cozy and familiar fragrances will win a FiFi Award for Fragrance of the Year or Technological Breakthrough of the Year, but the flavor and fragrance industry must know a product smelling as innocuously yummy as Milky candies ought to make a mint. I think I'll treat myself to a set, to commemorate 2009 and my adventures in PinkManhattan. To my readers - thanks for being part of it all.



Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas




(Image: www.gothamcityinsider.com)

Listen to Bach: Cantata, BWV 147, Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring


Thursday, December 24, 2009

Patent for a Pig



As a powerful corporate giant attempts to patent living genetic material, this film asks what the consequences are for mankind. www.wideeyecinema.com


Some Pig! – Monsanto Seeks Patents on Breeding Herds of Pigs by Brian Thomas Fitzgerald From the August 10, 2005 issue, The Indypendent

Monsanto Pulls GM Corn Amid Food Safety Concerns - 17 November 2009 Robt Mann

Related articles of interest: Codex Alimentarius - posted on Dec. 22, 2009



Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Codex Alimentarius

Codex Alimentarius a Self Fulfilling Prophesy by Rudi C. Loehwing

Will this affect the USA come Dec. 31, 2009? Codex Alimentarius is listed as a hoax on Snopes (last updated: 2005), so we needn't worry about it, except I noticed during the years I've been blogging, that natural ingredients in perfume have suddenly been classified as "allergens" and are currently being controlled. There's more than one false belief going around; another one is that synthetic (chemical) ingredients are more eco-friendly because the earth supposedly can't sustain the harvesting of natural ingredients. Then, there's this Codex Alimentarius, this crazy notion that nutrients are "toxins", that nutrients have no relevance to our health when Science tells us otherwise, and that these, too, will be controlled. All of this doesn't sound too far off from what the fragrance industry is already reporting as the new versions of truth (thanks to the new "eco-friendly", "health conscious" chemical industry). It reminds me of an anonymous message left here once, from someone who said manmade food is the same as natural food because their chemical structures are the same. How easy would it be to convince the majority of people that nutrients and all things of the earth have no value? If this law passes here, it would be nutricide.

How Codex Alimentarius Promotes Pesticides - www.healthfreedomusa.org

Codex Alimentarius — An Emerging Threat - www.vitalitymagazine.com Feb. 2005

"The Codex Guidelines for Vitamin and Mineral Food Supplements, meanwhile, don't actually differentiate between natural and synthetic vitamins and minerals, and explicitly permit both to be used in the manufacture of supplements"...Fact & Fiction on the WTO's Codex Alimentarius, Health Freedom,and Nutritional Supplements , www.organicconsumers.org Jan. 13, 2006

The Growing Threats to DSHEA by Paul Anthony Taylor, September 2005

Discussions on Codex Alimantarius @ Yahoo Answers

The WTO and the FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius - www.wto.org

IFRA in a nutshell - www.ifraorg.org

New Update on the Alleged Allergens in Essential Oils - by Tony Burfield, August - October 2004

Japan Offspring Fund (JOF) (the old site is here) - www.tabemono.info

Codex Alimentarius (Part 1)—Evil as a Medieval Cabal by Heidi Stevenson 11 May 2009

Codex Alimentarius (Part 2)—Food Defined As A Bunch of Chemicals by Heidi Stevenson, 13 May 2009 Gaia Health

Related articles of interest: Patent for a Pig - As a powerful corporate giant attempts to patent living genetic material, this film asks what the consequences are for mankind.




Monday, December 21, 2009

Happy Winter Solstice!

You're gonna like this: Pet Shop Boys - Love Comes Quickly



Millot Crêpe de Chine



F. Millot Crêpe de Chine was born in 1925, in the same year as Guerlain Shalimar. Had I never smelled Zibeline Secret de Venus (1928), I wouldn't be able to place Crêpe de Chine in this flapper era, but yes, because I know now that this era exemplified leather blends and the elusive parfum fourrure, Crêpe de Chine epitomizes the time period by being among the best of its kind. At first, I thought it resembled Revlon Norell in its muted (not too sweet) yet low-pitched and woody Aldehydic Chypre characteristic. Upon further testing, I can see it also resembles Givenchy III and Chanel Cristalle because of the generous amounts of jasmine and oakmoss combined with citrus oils. I love how the combination of notes create a cool and scintillating Green, herbaceous, foresty Chypre Floral, while all the time being a sophisticated Aldehydic Floral, deep and serious but emotive, animated, almost, though not quite, as radiant as Jean Patou Joy. The overall character reminds me of some later perfumes, too, such as Alexandra de Markoff Enigma (1972) and the iconic 1947 leather (animalic) Chypre Floral, Miss Dior.

Based on the distinctively mossy dry down, it seems Crêpe de Chine was in some way inspired by Guerlain Mitsouko (1919), which in turn was inspired by Coty Chypre (1917). They all smell like that dark green, mossy and autumnal, nutty or spice cake-like, traditional Chypre scent from the early 20th century, but to me, Crêpe de Chine is the most floral and sweet, even boozy sweet, so honeyed and intoxicating the heart of raw nectar. Among the foresty Chypres, if Aromatics Elixir is the cool and detached, earthy patchouli-laden one, Crêpe de Chine is the perfumey (very opulent, like Caron Parfum Sacre) bombshell with a dramatic flair, competing with Shalimar and Replique, even with Batsheba herself for the attentions of King David.


Coty Chypre ad: note the similarity of the sunbeams streaming down in tiers from the sky.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Lanvin My Sin



I'm amazed by how sweet and floral My Sin is. I expected something more sharp and spicy, woody and aldehydic, like Arpege, but I see now that the concentration of aldehyde was very shy compared to post-Chanel No.5 perfumes. That could explain why Caron Infini (originally launched in 1912), an Aldehydic Floral, is still not considered the first of its kind. It probably smelled closer to My Sin than No.5. My Sin smells like these little obscure French perfumes I got on eBay, with names like Cinq à Sept, Air France, many by R. Vernay. Most of these are very sweet floral blends, with lots of tuberose, but made complex, like Beautiful with Chypre and Oriental elements or, like Replique, some without the spices but with all the vavoom. Gorgeous. They smell like perfumes once did, opulent with everything but the kitchen sink, maybe before people tried to so rigidly classify them, and even separate the genres as they do so consciously and artificially now. Maybe perfumes back then were just...more, without fear of being more.

My Sin is to me, like a voluptuous and dazzling Givenchy III or Cristalle EDP (plenty of oakmoss here), crossed with a very rich floral like Jardins de Bagatelle or Gianfranco Ferre and of course an aldehyde perfume, maybe a weak Bois des Iles...Carol's Daughter Pearls and Etat Libre d'Orange Vraie Blonde come to mind, but My Sin is even less aldehydic (granted, this is vintage, and the aldehydes could have faded...but the floral ingredients are still powerful, maybe thanks to a good deal of animal-derived musk). I imagine this is a parfum fourrure, rich and powerful enough for cold weather like in Russia, where they say Madame Zed, the mysterious perfumer without a full name, came from. All that's to say, it's a strong perfume. Florals don't all have to be dainty or sharp. They can be languid, sweet and yet intense, like jewel-toned hand-beaded velvet brocade: traditional frou-frou with intricate patterns to weave an aura of mystery. My Sin, like the lovable black cat of superstitious fame, is really just a nice woman next door, no crime against society or humanity.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Miles Davis - Stella by Starlight




MILES DAVIS / 1958 MILES Miles Davis(tp) John Coltrane(ts) Cannonball Adderley(as) Bill Evans(p) Paul Chambers(b) Jimmy Cobb(ds)



Wynton Marsalis - Caravan




A young Wynton Marsalis playing the classic "Caravan" 1988
(Visit You Tube)



Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Sinti and Roma (Gypsy) People of Europe

"Today, with the rise of strident nationalism in many of the eastern European nations and unemployment throughout Europe, Sinti and Roma continue to face widespread public prejudices and official discrimination."...Sinti and Roma ("Gypsies"): Victims of the Nazi Era - Holocaust Teacher Resource Center

"The English term Gypsy (or Gipsy) originates from the Greek word Αιγύπτοι (Aigyptoi, whence modern Greek γύφτοι gifti), in the erroneous belief that the Romanies originated in Egypt, and were exiled as punishment for allegedly harboring the infant Jesus." - Romani people, Wikipedia, also at Roma People - Gypsies - Crystalinks

"Romani social behavior is strictly regulated by Hindu purity laws ("marime" or "marhime"), still respected by most Roma (and by most older generations of Sinti)." - Romani people, Wikipedia

"Language: Most Romanies speak one of several dialects of Romani, an Indo-Aryan language." See Indo-Aryan languages on Wiki

"Europe will never again see colourful Gypsy caravans, hear their rhapsodic music or listen to their awesome tales....": Roma and Sinti - Music During the Holocaust


Related links:

The definition of Aryan - Wiki

As opposed to Arian with an "i": Arian controversy (also see Arianism) - Wiki

Graeco-Aryan



Seal of Solomon



Image: Star of Bethlehem astrological chart
www.templeofsolomon.org


Just about one year ago, I'd commented on a theory I came across, that the Bible could very well be an Astrological Allegory (see my Dec. 14, 2008 post). Recently, I'd come across info about the history of Japan and how in 6 CE the country and the consciousness of the people were reformed by replacing the indiginous practice of pagan Shamanistic-animist (definition number 1 at Merriam-Webster) (shinto) beliefs with Buddhism as the new national religion (alongside a newly organized Shinto religion as well), creating Imperial Japan, the land of the rising sun. Since then, I've realized that so many significant world-changing events took place around the same time as the birth of early Christianity. Here are some links related to religious and cultural phenomena all occuring within the same time period, roughly around 5 BCE - 5 CE.

Real Star of Bethlehem - see what the Magi saw, astrology ...

The Bible and the Zodiac by Donna L. Preble, www.theosociety.org

The Unspoken Bible - www.usbible.com


More related links:
Star of David blog

Art, Astrology, Alchemy and the Mystical Star of David by John LeKay, www.heyokamagazine.com

I think it's far-fetched to say the Japanese are a lost tribe of Israel, but nevertheless, there are significant cultural ties here: Israelites Came to Ancient Japan - www5.ocn.ne.jp

Star of David around the world: Star of David or Star of Goloka? by Swami B. G. Narasingha

(It's also of interest to me that the word "azuma" (aduma (pronounced "adzuma") in old Japanese) meaning "east" sounds like the word "azimuth". Does anyone know if there's a connection here? Related link: Japanese Poetry, Wikipedia)


The Story Behind Caron and Perfumer Felicie Vanpouille



Felicie Vanpouille has, until this point, been regarded as a former dressmaker, bottle designer and manager of Caron. I am amazed to learn she was a nose, just as much as Ernest Daltroff, the founder of the company, only we never got to hear the reason why this fact was kept a secret for almost a century.

Please read this fascinating interview of the president of Parfums Caron by Michelyn Camen about the history of the House. The story of the two business partners, lovers and perfumers Ernest Daltroff and Felicie Vanpouille is a truly heartwrenching one, more relevant than ever. Please visit Fragrantica: The House of Caron: Love, War and Perfume by Michelyn Camen, Dec. 13, 2009

Let us read, understand, and never repeat the tragedies and atrocities of our past.


Monday, December 14, 2009

Celebrate New Year's Eve in Jersey City with Steele Hillier and Sali Oguri



This New Year's Eve, come dine at the legendary Light Horse Tavern in Jersey City and spend a memorable evening of masterly melodies from the maestro and his virtuoso troupe - Steele Hillier on bass joined by pianist Steven Teti, Noel Sagerman on drums and guest vocalist Sali Oguri.




Thursday Dec. 31, 2009 - Friday Jan. 1, 2010
Live Music: 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM

New Year's Eve Tasting Dinner
beginning at 10PM with Live Jazz & Vocalist,
a Midnight Champagne Toast,
a Cash Bar after Midnight,
and Dancing into the Early Morning Hours
$75
Black tie optional
Make reservations today
Space is limited

Light Horse Tavern
199 Washington Street, Jersey City
Fine food and drink. Just minutes from the ferry or PATH
TEL: 201-946-2028

Visit www.lighthorsetavern.com





Sunday, December 13, 2009

Caron Pois de Senteur, Acaciosa, Bellodgia



Please stop by Examiner.com for today's featured reviews.

Each time I visit the beautiful, luxurious, ultra-French Parfums Caron boutique here in New York City (currently located at 675 Madison Ave), I have the blessing of being able to try all of the exquisite perfumes (pure parfum aka extrait) in their famous golden Baccarat urns (les parfums fontaine). To have any one of these precious perfumes hand-decanted for you or someone you love is a near-spiritual experience; simply setting foot in the elegant, chandelier-lit space is a memory to treasure. Almost 9 years ago when I first discovered there was more to Caron than Nocturnes (my first love), I had to admit to being baffled by more than a few among their legendary collection. That's because most of them are the untrendy antithesis of the commercial fragrances of today, and somehow, it takes awhile for my nose to adjust to how different they seem. In the end, perfumes are all Perfume, and I sincerely enjoy them all, in the full spectrum of the art form. Caron perfumes are a special kind of enjoyment, since perfumes like these are increasingly rare and on the way to becoming obsolete with new, more economically feasible technological advances pushing the less modern aside.

Today, I'll admit I still have a hard time wrapping my brain around the more obscure fragrances such as Pois de Senteur and Acaciosa, even well-known classics like Bellodgia. These are full-bodied and densely powdery (not transparent scents as modern creations tend to be), old-fashioned scents in the best way possible - bespoke perfumes for the refined perfume lover. They come from a simpler time, when a good perfume depended upon fine ingredients, rife with natural, healing indoles that make us feel good, like resonating to the sound of an acoustic instrument as it's being played, actually feeling the vibrations and the infinite cycle of fifths as the notes reverberate. Such excellence is impossible to fake; quality or lack thereof can be cut and dry for those familiar with raw materials. Few houses can vouch for true quality and artistry as Caron unequivocably can. They've also paved the way for many other fragrance houses to follow in terms of unique perfume compositions - so much so, they were prototypical of many famous modern perfumes of the 20th century.


Pois de Senteur (1927) is a sweet pea fragrance that smells not so much like a sweet pea soliflore but like rich, honeyed powder; nevertheless, I wouldn't call it anything but a pure Floral based on the concentration and volume of notes in the midrange (or heart). It reminds me of Avon Sweet Honesty without the white musk. It can also be thought of as the top half of Farnesiana, perhaps in the same way Narcisse Noir and Narcisse Blanc are supposedly the same except for additional sandalwood in the Noir. Pois de Senteur seems to me just the spicy (almond-like) powdery florals sans heavy, smoldering ambery-sandalwood base. In reality, the two are just aspects of each other, like "night" and "day" are merely aspects of a single whole day, not at all separate things. This angelic cloud smells of crushed, semi-naughty rose petals, a hint of amber and soap (hyacinth, linden, lily of the valley and lilac notes make Pois de Senteur slightly Green on the olfactive spectrum). I find it indolic but not particularly animalic and more like a bouquet settling down to an aromatic potpourri.


Acaciosa (1929) surprises me with the uncanny resemblance to Jean Patou Joy (1930, sometimes listed as a 1929 launch). It's obvious these two perfumes were launched around the same time. Here absolutely is the basic structure of Joy, a perfect union between jasmine and rose, the heart of perfumery in the most traditional sense. In Acaciosa, the sweet, decadent floral profusion is made rounder and almost syrupy-golden with the addition of pineapple. Like Pois de Senteur, it's indolic (and more overtly animalic) but I'd still classify Acaciosa as Floral. It's a bit heavier than Pois de Senteur on the olfactory scale, but an Oriental fragrance to me is Farnesiana, Pois de Senteur's deeper, lower-pitched sister.

Finally, Bellodgia is a fragrance I've neglected to review until now because I felt I couldn't do it justice due to my waxing and waning love of carnation as a focal point in a composition. Never mind my personal taste; Bellodgia deserves recognition for not only being an elegant spicy (I always say carnation smells like cinnamon and clove) Floral (maybe semi-Oriental because of the spice) with a devoted following, but for having set a standard for the carnation perfume: one as soft and downy as a vintage powder puff, with no hard edges, even if carnation is in truth one prickly, firey flower, not nearly as delicate as its reputation. An herbaceous perennial plant native to the Mediterranean, carnation carries religious connotations, particularly connected to ancient Rome. It's also the national flower of Spain. Bellodgia (1927) paved the way for the creation of Nina Ricci L'Air du Temps, a bestselling powdery carnation perfume which followed 20 years later in 1948. I dedicate this article in honor of and appreciation for Caron, established by master perfumer Ernest Daltroff (1867-1941) in 1904. Caron perfumes are ideal for gift-giving. Visit www.parfumscaron.com




Saturday, December 12, 2009

Spend New Year's Eve in Jersey City with pianist Steven Teti and vocalist Sali Oguri





This New Year's Eve, come dine at the legendary Light Horse Tavern in Jersey City and spend a memorable evening of masterly melodies from the maestro and his virtuoso troupe - pianist Steven Teti joined by Steele Hillier on bass, Noel Sagerman on drums and guest vocalist Sali Oguri.

Thursday Dec. 31, 2009 - Friday Jan. 1, 2010
Live Music: 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM

New Year's Eve Tasting Dinner
beginning at 10PM with Live Jazz & Vocalist,
a Midnight Champagne Toast,
a Cash Bar after Midnight,
and Dancing into the Early Morning Hours
$75
Black tie optional
Make reservations today
Space is limited

Light Horse Tavern
199 Washington Street, Jersey City
Fine food and drink. Just minutes from the ferry or PATH
TEL: 201-946-2028

Visit www.lighthorsetavern.com





Friday, December 11, 2009

Orion, the Drum and Three Wise Men



Yowatashi Boshi; Stars that Pass in the Night: Japan's Cultural Heritage Reflected in the Star Lore of Orion - by Steve Renshaw and Saori Ihara, October, 1999

Astronomy in Japan: Science, History, Culture

Read about Orion (constellation) on Wikipedia.


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Penhaligon's Amaranthine



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Penhaligon's Amaranthine has got to be the best thing I've smelled in a long time. I totally get the comparison to Parfum delRae Amoureuse, which, honestly, I think it resembles in both scent and name. Still, the fragrance has a uniqueness of its own, being less floral and lighter than Amoureuse (although it's just as honeyed and indolic, jasmine so fleshy it's animalic), but soapier (aldehydic) and coarse, along the lines of Frederic Malle Une Fleur de Cassie (my favorite Malle, the only bottle of Malle I own). The dry down is a musky sandalwood married to piquant dried fruits, pleasantly aromatic in a natural way, like citrus peel. This is a smoky scent without being churchy or temple incensey at all; the "skin scent" sillage is a cool, woodsy, foresty floral aroma with tart fruits and spices over a dry (like Diptyque Tam Dao dry) base; if the marketing blurb mentions "corrupted flesh", that would be the clean, understated apothecary style of this British line doing their rendition of a complex and elegant French-style perfume: very Gothic, indeed: not a typical bright and sporty scent, more of an acquired taste, its eternal beauty diaphanous but nonetheless charming and bewitching.

There are bottle choices for this awesome fragrance (which in itself is awesome): one appears to be a faceted gem-like bottle, like a royal purple amethyst, with a cute Goth-type silver butterfly on it. I think it's very girly and romantic, with a moon-like round pearly cap adorned by a rock 'n' roll edge (because of the silver metal look), but the other one (pictured) is my preferred design: the simple apothecary style bottle with a grey wool (maybe grosgrain - can't tell) bow - how chic! If we're to obsessive-compulsively microanalyze, I think it's a little tomboyish on the "femininity" spectrum. Thank you, Penhaligon's, for getting beyond the usual male-female binary and giving us more opportunities to choose.

amaranth: (ăm'ə-rănth')
n. An imaginary flower that never fades




Monday, December 07, 2009

Perfumista All-Stars: Sali's New York Winter Holiday



Plum is a personal scent association I have with winter and the holidays, because I always think of "The Nutcracker" Ballet, but also because, being Japanese, winter immediately brings to mind plum blossoms. The imagery of plum petals cascading to the ground like snow is an integral part of my psyche...

Please visit today's article featuring a review of Creed Acqua Fiorentina plus a special winter holiday celebration with fellow perfumista friends! Perfumista All Stars: Sali's New York Winter Holiday



Saturday, December 05, 2009

First Snow

We had our first snowfall of the season today! ~*

Thursday, December 03, 2009

New York Cares Coat Drive



New Yorkers can visit www.newyorkcares.org to find a coat donation site where you can donate your new or gently used coats this December.


Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Ella Fitzgerald - Night and Day




Night and Day (by Cole Porter)

Night and day, you are the one.
Only you beneath the moon or under the sun.
Whether near to me or far,
no matter, darling, where you are,
I think of you night and day.
Day and night, why is it so,
that this longing for you follows wherever I go?
In the roaring traffic's boom,
in the silence of my lonely room,
I think of you night and day.
Night and day, under the hide of me,
there's an oh, such a hungry yearning
burning inside of me.
And its torment won't be through
'til you let me spend my life making love to you
day and night, night and day.


Night and Day



Not all cultures revolve around the sun. If in most world religions and cultures, the romantic pagan myth goes, that the feminine moon goes around chasing after the masculine sun forever in the sky in infatuated form, in Jewish monotheism, there is no binary opposition or contention between the two forces. "Let there be light" - the day was created by the order, which is why the day follows night. This is why Hanukkah starts on the night of the 11th, not the day of the 12th. It's also why the night (or Fri. night and day) before Sunday, the Sabbath, is holy.

I think because women are the choosers of their mates in this life as humans on earth, the Jewish perspective on the cycle of life makes good sense to me.

Day and Night - Jewish Virtual Library, www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org

The Copernican Revival Of The Heliocentric Theory, The Triumph Of The Heliocentric Theory, The Heliocentric Theory And The Universe

Copernican heliocentrism - Wikipedia

The Lunatic Theory - www.wlym.com

Lunarcentricism - Uncyclopedia

Heliocentrism is an atheist doctrine - Blogs 4 Brownback, May 18, 2007

Atheist Heliocentric Conspiracy - Archie's Archive - The Curmudgeon's Magazine, May 26, 2007

Yesterday's Lunacy, Today's Truth - Big Think, www.bigthink.com

(Image: Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in Gay Divorcee (1934) performing "Night and Day" by Cole Porter (watch the You Yube clip here))