Friday, April 30, 2010
Click here to listen to Me'Shell NdegéOcello - Mass Transit from her latest album Devil's Halo (this is a great album).
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
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 NJ.com)
"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
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
Sunday, April 18, 2010
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 Sephora.com:
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
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
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.
Friday, April 09, 2010
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Sunday, April 04, 2010
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.