Friday, April 30, 2010

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Guess Who Saved the South Bronx?

Image: Pam Grier, actor who starred in Bronxploitation movie “Fort Apache - the Bronx”, from Manila Gorilla blog (Also see related link:
Interview: 'Jackie Brown' star Pam Grier by Mark Voger/The Star-Ledger

"The South Bronx may always be a poor area. It's not easy to draw the middle class into a place whose name is still synonymous with urban crime. There are other problems, too: Thanks to Robert Moses, the area is crisscrossed with expressways, and it has more than its share of bus depots and medical waste transfer stations. As a result, the air quality is worse than any other borough's.

"But the fact that the South Bronx will never be mistaken for Scarsdale shouldn't detract from the city's accomplishment. Perhaps the best measure of that effort has been the peaceful repopulation of the area. Despite all the talk about Giuliani's new policing policies, police in the South Bronx tend to attribute much of the dramatic drop in crime to the city's rebuilding efforts. "When people have a stake in the community, they're less likely to put up with crime," says Captain Thomas King of the 42nd precinct, which includes much of what was the "Fort Apache" territory in the 70s." Please continue reading: Guess Who Saved the South Bronx? The silent partner in community development - by Robert Worth, The Washington Monthly - April 1999

Saturday, April 24, 2010


It took me awhile to understand the connection between the Mayan calendar and the Bible's Book of Revelation, but I finally got it: it's the number 144,000 that connects them. So, my next question is, if Glenn Beck doesn't believe in coincidences, does he think it's OK for Christians to believe in Fate? How about divination which is connected to Fate? What's a Christian doing believing in the Mayan calendar, anyway? I thought that was an occult item, much like the Tarot, Runes, The Secret, Edgar Cayce, Seth books, Shakti Gawain, Shirley MacLaine, those Lost Teachings of Jesus aka Apocryphal books, which only appear in the Roman Catholic version of the Bible, so Protestants would have to visit one of these New Age / Alternative bookstores to read them, and yes, Numerology, for a number is a Godlike figure chockful of meaning to some.

Fragrance of the Moment

This month, I've settled on a new "signature" scent: one part refreshing with bright citrus notes and cool, high-pitched synthetic marine, and one part romantic with fruits and flowers on a light musk (not too sweaty or detergentesque - I dislike most synthetic commercial fragrances for household products) base. It's essentially an orange blossom fragrance following Jean-Paul Gaultier Ma Dame, with a gentle, semi-sweet gardenia heart, and ending on a lilac-musk base very similar to Guerlain's muscinade (as the modern guerlinade is known). The bottle is lovely except for the plastic bow. Miss Dior Chérie L'eau (my FOTM pictured above) is also similar in scent to Kenzo Amour Florale, a fellow limited edition summer '09 flanker, which I also wear but have yet to own (but hope to, soon). Thank goodness for great flankers!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Eyjafjallajokull Continues to Piss Off Everybody Except Icelanders

Eyjafjallajokull Continues to Piss Off Everybody Except Icelanders by Jen Doll, Monday, Apr. 19 2010 The Village Voice

Autism Awareness Bottle Cap Charms @ Funkykandoo

I got mine today; I love the packaging. Thanks!

Autism Awareness bottle cap charms and necklaces (sold separately) from

April is Autism Awareness Month. Visit Autism Speaks for more info

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Fragrance of the Moment

I'd passed up the one last bottle of this scent I'd tested at Sephora (I think this brand is made by Sephora in France), but my mind wouldn't rest since then, so I had to get it. The scent is in the family of royal blue-purple flowers; imagine averaging out the sum of, say, the luminous bombshell L'Instant de Guerlain, underground art beauty L'Artisan Parfumeur Orchidée Blanche (1985), clean and bright Bronnley Blue Poppy (which I can't believe they've discontinued - their classic jasmine-rose-melon, an ethereal, watery Fruity Floral like Creed Spring Flower...(edited to add) I see why now - it dries down to a powdery Aldehydic Floral), and, last but not least, the powdery yet urbane, vanillic-woody "skin scent" (a bit chocolaty and sensual in this case) lavender-gourmand MAC MV2. Simply put, this charming little scent stick is a great budget Floral Oriental, like edible flowers, softly innocent (powdery, light) yet sophisticated (purple flowers, magnolia), a sensual yet ever-so-slightly old-fashioned classic floral, a somewhat green and perfumey scent. This product feels waxy but blends smoothly over skin; it's formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, Synthetic Dyes, Phthalates, GMO and Triclosan.

Image and notes from
Crazylibellule and the Poppies Shanghaijava Blue Orchidée
"She takes possession of the air. She is fascinating with her unmistakable freedom and elegance. In her man's shirt, accented with a blue orchid at the waist, her distinctive style tugs at the strings of your senses. She doesn't walk by unnoticed."

Notes: Ylang Ylang, Bergamot, Jasmine, Tangerine, Sandalwood, Rose, Orange, Musk, Vanilla.
Style: Mysterious. Fascinating. Bewitching.


Related link: Friday Night - Pink Manhattan, posted on May 26, 2006

Friday, April 16, 2010

Fragrance of the Moment


Pictured above is the fabulous oil version of this ambery-spicy cult classic called Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle Musc Ravageur Huile à Tout Faire. It's the sexiest shared fragrance between men and women, bringing skin-bracing lavender together with warm Oriental musks, resins and precious spices, an androgynous Oriental sublime, Sir/Madam Shalimar smoking a pipe in the Oak Room.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Fragrance of the Moment

If you like orange blossom scents (or white florals), this 2009 limited edition is a gorgeous fresh, spicy orange floral with a *hint* of sweetness and sophistication. It's similar to Miss Dior Chérie L'eau but with less retro-gardenia floweriness, and sans Marc Jacobs-y musk finish. It's also comparable to Jean-Paul Gaultier Ma Dame but less brassy, yet equally sprightly, like a splash of orange intermingling with mulberry wine as opposed to the usual juvenile cherry pop grenadine.

Kenzo KenzoAmour Florale

Friday, April 09, 2010

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Harlem Comes To Hungary

Harlem Comes To Hungary by Dan Collins New York Editor-At-Large of The Huffington Post April 6, 2010

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Happy Easter & Fragrance of the Moment

Estée Lauder Private Collection (1973) was Grace Kelly's favorite perfume once upon a time; like its predecessor Chanel N°19, it's a crisp Green Floral to evoke fresh meadows and delicate spring bloom. Private Collection is the sharper, spicier (coriander) and decidedly more classic Chypre of the two; the Chanel offering is sunnier, more floral, slightly powdery but still biting and true to the Green aldehydic character, as individualistic as the women who adored such scents (these Greens were favored by the presidents of the companies that produced them: Coco Chanel loved No.19 named for her birth date, and Private Collection was literally Ms. Lauder's private blend). Private Collection alerts the senses like young, sharp green blades of vegetation peeping out from under the seemingly fragile layer of thin ice.