Monday, March 31, 2014

Spring 2014 Trend: Belted bag (the new hip sack/fanny pack)

(Image: Tory Burch belt bag, Spring 2014) The hip sack once ruled because it was smart and convenient. Why is the wristlet or man-bag considered to be cooler than the hip sack today? I wondered that, too; then, designers came out with belted bags for women for the runway, so...Get ready to bring back the sack!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

My Spring 2014 Top Fragrance Favorites List

L'Instant de Guerlain for Women Eau de Parfum

After going through two full bottles of L'Instant de Guerlain Eau de Parfum (2003), I'm about to replace it with a third. The luminous lilac-magnolia scented Floral Oriental is sure to have become a permanent perfume in my ever-rotating wardrobe. Although it seems to fit the "radiant orchid" color trend of the time, I always enjoy the modern floral bouquet set upon the most pleasant vanilla amber base, referred to by Guerlain on their web site as "crystalline amber". The simplest way to describe the scent might be to say it smells vanillic, floral, a bit powdery, spicy, green and sweet but transparent, like sun-filled lilac flowers mixed with lemon and honey.

L'Instant de Guerlain 250ml bee bottle

My current favorite fragrance list is brimming with sweet florals and lemon vanilla (Yves Saint Laurent Manifesto, Guerlain Shalimar Eau Legere), lily-lilac-white floral green florals (Creed Fleurissimo, Serge Lutens Un Lys), violets (Elizabeth Arden Red Door, Guerlain Insolence), vanillic ambery musk (Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur) and patchouli (Britney Spears Fantasy, Rihanna Reb'l Fleur (a chypre I love), Vera Wang Rock Princess). I wore a little Thierry Mugler Angel this year; I also have on standby all my past favorites: Creed Spring Flower, Guerlain L'Heure Bleue, Chanel Chance and others. Most of all, L'Instant called out to me this spring.

L'Instant de Guerlain 500ml bee bottle

My Spring 2014 Top 5 Fragrance List:

1. L'Instant de Guerlain
2. Yves Saint Laurent Manifesto
3. Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur
4. Britney Spears Fantasy
5. Guerlain Shalimar Eau Legere

Thursday, March 13, 2014

J Pop America Funtime Now!

OMG, these SNL skits are funny! I can't believe I missed them all when they aired. BTW, I don't find J Pop fans annoying or racist at all. I think it's sweet that people find positive things about Japanese culture and learn the language to better understand it. The fact that Yumiko Igarashi's Candy Candy was mentioned is awesome in and of itself. Seriously, I'm impressed by how much more accurate the accent has gotten; in fact, when I do some of my "Japanese accent" voice-overs, I sound just like that! I'm telling you, Hollywood hasn't caught up yet.


SNL J Pop America Funtime Now!

SNL J Pop Funtime Now! with Jamie Foxx

SNL J Pop America Funtime Now! with Katy Perry

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Overfunded Public School Forced To Add Jazz Band

Via The Onion, making the jazz Twitterverse rounds this week: Overfunded Public School Forced To Add Jazz Band - Nov 14, 2007

Monday, March 03, 2014

Lupita Nyong'o in Prada at the Oscars

How beautiful is Lupita Nyong'o? She's perfect in her custom Cinderella-blue Prada dress. I didn't watch The Oscars last night, but I'm happy for her, and for the amazing Idina Menzel (Frozen). The TV was on in the other room, so I heard some of what was going on; was there an awful lot of live folk music on the show? I need a few days to catch up on everyone's fashion, but I think it's hard to top Lupita's winning look.

Related article: OSCARS: Lupita Nyong'o's Pink Pearl Nails and "Goddess" Headband By Lauren Salapatek | 03/03/2014,

Never Use Nail Polish Remover Again, Thanks to a Common Household Product

I'm wearing Sephora by OPI Meet Me at the Disco, but that's neither here nor there in this post. Read this blog post and you'll never have to use acetone or any chemical nail polish remover again. In fact you might never need any nail polish remover at all, just a simple tool to effectively make use of a non-toxic household product we all already own.

Let me preface this by saying I'm not the one who came up with this idea. I only experimented with the innovative ideas that the individuals in the online nail polish community blogged about, to verify their results. I'm eternally grateful to those bloggers because they've changed my life. Yes, Elmer's Glue® works as a base coat so you can peel off any nail polish you put over it, including the most obstinate one of all, the glitter polish. All I did is buy an empty nail polish bottle, decant some Elmer's Glue into it, brush the glue onto my nails and let it dry, and apply nail polish as usual. My conclusion: Non-glitter polish peels off like a dream; glitter is a little tougher but I managed to peel it off without damaging my natural nail bed. So the best way to wear glitter is over regular non-glitter polish worn over glue so that it peels right off, along with the non-glitter polish. This is AMAZING! Between this neat trick and the natural & non-toxic Priti Soy Nail Polish Remover, I will never, ever have to use acetone or any chemical nail polish remover again!

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Guerlain Jardins de Bagatelle

There are few pure Floral perfumes that live up to the magnificence of Guerlain Jardins de Bagatelle (1983). Named after the Parisian garden by the same name, the composition is a profusion of sweet flowers such as gardenia, rose, jasmine, orange blossom and tuberose. Said to have been tailored to suit a confident woman, the scent is a sharp, rich floral with some green accents, in line with popular fragrances of the time such as Giorgio Beverly Hills, Bill Blass, Gianfranco Ferre, and Perry Ellis for Women. I loved the voluptuous bouquet as a young budding perfumista, and even today appreciate its unequaled beauty along with my young daughter who loves it just as well. It's not for the perfumista who wants a sterile, clean scent, or decidedly more unsweet, wooded or smoky fare, but if you like traditionally floral feminine perfumes with presence such as Estée Lauder Beautiful, Gale Hayman Delicious, Fred Hayman 273, BCBG Max Azria Bon Chic or Paris Hilton, Guerlain Jardins de Bagatelle is the true timeless benchmark of the genre.