Monday, May 30, 2011

Some Post-FiFi 2011 Thoughts

Untitled Maison Martin Margiela

After attending the US FiFi 2011, there are several fragrances I really want to try, but at the top of the list are Untitled Maison Martin Margiela and Eva by Eva Longoria (Takasago). Any perfume that made the list of finalists in the Perfume Extraordinaire division alongside Frederic Malle Portrait of a Lady and winner Untitled Maison Martin Margiela (Givaudan /L'Oreal)(links to Coûte que Coûte blog) deserves a respectful sniff.

Untitled has a wait list that's almost as long as the one for Illuminum White Gardenia Petals, another on my list of must tries this year.

There is no doubt the Perfume Extraordinaire division, even the finalists of which were left to be announced until the very end of the ceremony (not long after the announcement of the Luxe Men's and Women's winners) is the pièce de résistance of the FiFi, to be the center of perfume discussion in the months ahead.

The notes for Eva are as follows:
Top: Bergamote, Citruses, Neroli, Aldehydes
Middle: Jasmine, Freesia, Lily-of-the-Valley, Violet
Bottom: Musk, Sandalwood, Amber

The 2011 FiFi Awards Shows: Comedy Gold

The 2011 FiFi Awards Shows: Comedy Gold by Dr. Avery Gilbert, May 27, 2011 First Nerve

Thank you for mentioning Basenotes and Pink Manhattan!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

My Article on Basenotes is Up!

FiFi Awards 2011 - report by our New York Correspondent
by Sali Oguri, 28th May 2011 Basenotes

The great Chaka Khan, produced by Arif Mardin. "Papillon (a.k.a. Hot Butterfly)" from Naughty (album)

Friday, May 27, 2011

FiFi Awards USA: Winners in Full

FiFi Awards USA: Winners in Full
by Grant Osborne, 26th May 2011 Basenotes

Please stay tuned to Basenotes for my first article to be published soon.

USA readers: Have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

FiFi 2011 Live Streaming

Join the fun-filled extravaganza! FiFi 2011 live streaming begins at 6:45pm Eastern. WATCH it here:

I am attending the FiFis tonight on behalf of the very talented, visionary founder and editor of Basenotes, Grant Osborne. It is an honor to be able to attend this prestigious event as the New York Correspondent for Basenotes. I will be live tweeting from my Twitter account as well as interacting with friends on my Facebook page. Please drop by and say hello - let's share in these once-in-a-lifetime, sweet-smelling moments as they unfold!

Related links:

Tune in May 25th: Live Tweets from the 39th annual FiFi Awards 2011 in NYC!

FiFi Awards USA: Winners in Full

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tune in May 25th: Live Tweets from the 39th annual FiFi Awards 2011 in NYC!

The 39th Annual FiFi Awards will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, May 25th, 2011, in the Tent at Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center here in New York City! I'm very excited to announce that I will be live twee-porting from the scene, so please follow me at my Twitter account. If you'd like to give a shout-out, guess what my fragrance will be tomorrow night, or if you have excellent suggestions for me, please tweet me, or comment on my Facebook page! I'll be wearing a plum colored dress if that helps. ;-)

For the list of nominees, please visit

Related link: FiFi 2011 Live Streaming - May 25, 2011

Added on 5/27/11: FiFi Awards USA: Winners in Full

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sayonara - Off Course

Off Course - Sayonara 1979

Mou owari da ne kimi ga chiisaku mieru (It's over, you appear smaller)
Boku wa omowazu kimi wo dakishimetakunaru (It's my natural reaction to want to hold you tight)
"watashi wa nakanai kara konomama hitori ni shite" (I won't cry, so go and let me be (alone))
Kimi no hoho wo namida ga nagarete wa ochiru (Down your cheeks the tears flow and drop)

"bokura wa jiyuu da ne" itsuka sou hanashita ne (We are free, or so we'd discussed once)
Marude kyou no koto nante omoi mo shinaide (We had no idea where we'd be today)

* sayonara sayonara sayonara
Mou sugu soto wa shiroi fuyu (Soon, the outside world will turn white with snow)
Aishita no wa tashika ni kimi dake (It's for certain you're the only one I've ever loved)
Sonomama no kimi dake (Just you, as you are)

Ai wa kanashii ne boku no kawari ni kimi ga (Love is sad, maybe tonight instead of me)
Kyou wa dareka no mune ni nemuru kamoshirenai (You'll find someone else's chest to fall asleep in)
Boku ga tereru kara daremo miteinai michi wo (Because I'm timid, you used to love the hidden side streets)
Yorisoi arukeru samui hi ga kimi wa suki datta (On those cold days we could walk huddled closely together)

* repeat

Soto wa kyou mo ame yagate yuki ni natte (It's rain again. Eventually, it'll turn to snow)
Bokura no kokoro no naka ni furitsumoru darou (to accumulate inside our hearts)
Furitsumoru darou

Translation by Sali Oguri

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Last Goodbye - Kaile Goh

Last Goodbye - Kaile Goh on You Tube (first version)

(Edited to add) The following link is a less intrusive version of the the video, for all of you who got seizures watching the first one, but still want to watch it again: Last Goodbye - Kaile Goh - Version 2, Seizure Free

Friday, May 20, 2011

Iio - Rapture (Riva Mix)

Chanel Bleu for Men

Although I hadn't fallen head over heels in love with the recent feminine launches by Chanel, Bleu de Chanel for Men is a tasteful Fougère launch featuring woody notes made sporty-aqueous and citrusy-fresh. It reminds me of a less lemony, slightly more traditionally masculine version of Zirh Ikon. Bleu isn't really all that sweet, although nutmeg lends a sweet/savory warm spice note. If Juicy Couture Dirty English was almost your speed until it got too sweet, try this.

Roja Dove's Fragrance Description
Mint adds it’s cool freshness to a note of Grapefruit which is sweetened by sensual Jasmine and warmed by Cedarwood, Vetiver, and spicy Ginger, and Nutmeg.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Groove Collective - Everybody (We the People) / Lift Off

Groove Collective - Everybody (We the People)

Groove Collective - Lift Off

Kim English - Learn 2 Luv

Kim English - Learn 2 luv - from Higher Things

Monday, May 16, 2011

Fragrance of the Moment

One of the great olfactory feats of the pre-turn of the millenium that turned an anisic accord into a starring role, with a hypersweet overdose of liqueur-like intensity, this 1998 bestseller went where even Dior Hypnotic Poison wouldn't go. Its sweetness and intensity so piercing, the only sensation I could aptly compare it to would be Sambuca liqueur, which tastes like licorice-infused rocket fuel. Beautifully packaged in a now-iconic apple-shaped flacon, and originally marketed through an ad campaign greatly resembling that of Anjou's Devastating perfume whereby a female figure is seen lying in the forest, the "temptation" theme is complete with hues of an enchanted forest, of purple (flacon), green (box) and gold (cap). It has been reintroduced time and time again in limited edition presentations such as “Star Dusts” (2005); in the miniature perfume collectors' world, Lolita Lempicka minis were sold in a myriad of styles such as a royal carriage theme. Upon beholding these little temptations unto themselves, it's difficult not to squeal very quietly under one's breath, "kawaii!!" before doing an about face, to go pine away in private lest one feels tempted too much.

But the longstanding success of Lolita Lempicka has everything to do with the actual scent along with its memorable combination of packaging (visual) and name (auditory). The true temptation is the substance within, the aroma at once comforting / familiar, and jarring. Perhaps a hypersweet Gourmand (Woody Oriental) is to fragrance wearers what the electric guitar is to music listeners; some people will never take to it, as it feels too foreign, unnatural and wrong.

Yet, the fauvist sweetness of Lolita Lempicka elicits comments from cab drivers in the city when I wear it, even in small doses.

"What is that perfume you are wearing?"

"LL. Do you want me to crack the window?"

"No, it's very pleasant."

I have recognized Lolita Lempicka on someone at a Brooklyn restaurant where a classical pianist plays through the dinner hours - a fancy dig for sure - and thought there is no nicer perfume to meld with food aromas than the Sambuca-like LL. There are many reasons why people can't tolerate the Gourmand, especially of this challenging level, but just because a creation is full-bodied, complex and strong, it doesn't have to wear you. You can always be judiciously calculating as to the amount you will wear, and the sillage you will project. Tip: Ask a friend if (s)he thinks it's too much.

The sugary, hydrogenated corn syrupy sweetness, like the bone-crushing sound of an electric guitar maxed out on distortion, goes through me, making me feel immaterial and light. But then, the heavy, wooded-ambery base notes provide a bottom to sink one's teeth into - a real "bottom" to the rhythm of my personal sillage space, pumping, pulsating, edgy and alive. With Lolita Lempicka, I'm reminded once more that a great perfume creation is one which meets both cerebral and physical needs, the pleasure of wearing fragrance derived from that perfectly integrated whole.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Kaile Goh - Gold

Kaile Goh - Gold - Lyrics

Kaile Goh - Gold (acoustic) ft. Paul Dateh & Ken Belcher

Check her out - this 15-year-old beauty can sing! From Kaile Goh's Facebook Page: "For as long as she could remember, 15 year old Kaile Goh has had dreams of becoming a professional singer/songwriter. Born to a Chinese father and an American mother, Kaile lived in Singapore until she was 5 years old. Upon moving to LA, Kaile was signed to Ford Modeling Agency and Abrams Artists commercial division, where she has booked major campaigns for Target, Disney,Sony, Kodak, Bratz and many more.

"However, Kaile's passion has always been music.

"She began singing, writing songs, and playing guitar at the age of nine, and used her own money earned from modeling to buy her Gibson Hummingbird guitar, the guitar she still uses to write all of her songs." Visit Kaile Goh

Happy Mother's Day

Unknown Artist. The Mother of God. Japanese painting on silk. circa 1900-05 - Voices from Russia 15 March 2011

Friday, May 06, 2011

Lyle Mays - "August" from Street Dreams
Uploaded by SomethingReal1119 on Mar 18, 2011

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Fred Kimmel's Rock Band 101 Show Dates: 5/5 Starving Artist, 5/8 El Rodeo Guzman

¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!
Celebrate with Fred Kimmel's ROCK BAND 101
With special guest Fabio Recine on drums
Starving Artist Cafe & Gallery
249 City Island Avenue
Bronx, New York 10464
(718) 885-3779

May 8, 2011 Mother's Day
El Rodeo Guzman 134-14 35th Ave. Queens
With special guest Mike Abbate on drums

The Fibonacci in Lateralus

The Fibonacci in Lateralus is a school project by philriehl uploaded on You Tube on May 20, 2007

The Fibonacci sequence in Tool's Lateralus.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Fool's Paradise - Meli'sa Morgan

Meli'sa Morgan - Fool's Paradise crad805oldschool

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Fragrance of the Moment

Hermès Un Jardin sur le Toit is the latest of the Jardin series by Jean-Claude Ellena, a perfumer most widely known for his "minimalist" style, although I think of Ellena as a classic contemporary, rather than a modern contemporary, guy. That's neither here nor there; his own style is unique and distinctive. Although he has created a vast number of different fragrances, his "still life" evocations of nature and the countryside are some of his best known works. His creations are often vegetal and sharp, like French tomato soup - a slightly sour taste, devoid of any sign of sweet ripening of the tomato which, by the way, is technically a fruit like the cucumber, and a relatively unsweet one even at its fullest maturation. Although I wouldn't exaggerate and say this sharp, fresh "garden vegetable" sensation, smelled or tasted, makes me swoon with pleasure, it can be a beautiful scent to wear, creating a green, springlike, dewy sillage, bringing out the nymph or eternal ingenue in us all.

I am a fan of Jardin Apres La Mousson, the Jardin fragrance that came before Un Jardin sur le Toit. I've described it as a gingery watermelon scent, and I still stand by it, except I'd add that there is a wintergreen note in there as well - a note I've come to associate with tuberose. It's a gentle, fresh and spicy scent with equal parts vegetal and sporty, cool, fruity and aqueous character. The Jardin scents preceding that were also interesting, among them, one smelling of fig leaves, another of unripe green fruit. Even the ones I couldn't wear were interesting, and tasteful in the same way French cuisine, fancy or not, is refined. I'd anticipated Jardin sur le Toit to smell fresh, with nose-pricking sharp elements like tomato or violet leaf and such, but what I got was as unexpected as can be. It's a Fruity Floral! It's a sah-weeeeeet one at that. Imagine starting with strawberry oil, then moving onto Caron Or et Noir crossed with Yosh U4REAHH! ending on a giant woody dark rose a la today's modern chypre a la Narciso Rodriguez. It's decidedly more urbane this time; it's Idylle for the Le Cirque crowd. Kat Von D Sinner comes close, as does Victoria's Secret So In Love, except there is a green, herbaceous tree sap note here, like L'Artisan Parfumeur D'Humeur Jalouse, bringing it all together for a fairly dramatic rooftop garden theme.