Monday, October 27, 2014

Deco Futurism

The Glass City by Heinz Hajek-Halke

The Glass City by Heinz Hajek-Halke, c. 1950

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

"The Marriage of Figaro" at the Met

"Mozart, though, is a true democrat: Figaro may not have the same intricate music, maybe not even the fine words, but his emotions, his desires, and his love have no less value or importance than those of his suave, sophisticated master. The marriage of Figaro and Susanna has the same moral and aesthetic merit as that of the Count and the Countess. That’s the story of the opera and of the current of world history that thrusts it, as timely as ever, into the twenty-first century." Read the article: “The Marriage of Figaro” at the Met by Richard Brody, October 22, 2014 The New Yorker

Friday, October 17, 2014

Sali @ PINK MANHATTAN Asks: What's My Socionics / MBTI Type?

This video was made for Olga Tangemann and her School of Associative Socionics to discuss my personality type. Please visit her site at and her Facebook group, Socionics International. Feel free to visually type me!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Socionics Associative Test

Take the Associative Test on Olga Tangemann's School of Associative Socionics web site! Although I was initially typed as an LII INTj, I took this test and came out an EII INFj. Olga says the reason I'm unclear about my type could be because I have a Superid subtype which might turn up as my typing as an LII, IEI or ILI. Maybe now, finally, I can be certain about being an EII type--even if whether that translates to my being an MBTI INFJ or INFP is still up in the air.

Edited to add on 10/27: It looks like my assessment is still LII INTJ. Also, Olga has explained clearly why a Socionics INTj is still an INTJ in MBTI. Check out the Socionics4you forum where she's started a thread for me. See you there!

Edited on 11/17: In an unexpected turn of events, it turns out Olga thinks an LII INTj is an INTP in MBTI after all. In any case, I'm a Logical Intuitive with Ti-Ne as leading functions.

Edited on 11/18: I'm still unclear on this point, and so I found a link to a discussion on this INTP forum where they were figuring out Why P=p, and J=j, which would be closer to Olga's original theory when I first joined her group. I hope I can sort this out soon, and finally settle my type.

Edited on 11/28: Olga has clarified this point succinctly by explaining that if we go by the dichotomies and not descriptions or models (or presumably introverted and extraverted cognitive functions such as Fe-Fi), we arrive at the same types in both Socionics and MBTI. I can see how this makes it easy to discuss types in both systems, as there is agreement on the type descriptions.

As for an LII being the equivalent of an MBTI INTP, I don't know why I hadn't read this before because I read Wikipedia a lot, but here it's stated on their Socionics page that the introverted types flip between J and P between the two systems, with the understanding that the two systems won't correlate 100%. So I guess that makes me an LII and an MBTI INTP. My official Myers-Briggs practitioner had assessed me by phone as an INTP (although I thought myself to be more INTJ).

Bath & Body Works Coconut Lime Breeze

I wanted to try this because I had gotten wind of online reviews that compared it to Creed Virgin Island Water, my fragrance obsession of the moment. I have to say while it is no replacement for the Creed, it hits the spot when I want a coconut scent. Bath & Body Works Coconut Lime Breeze is a light combination of fizzy citric notes and the same coconut note I remember finding in Ralph Hot perfume, then subsequently in lots of fragrances following it. I've described it as a sort of suntan oil-like coconut scent, a note that's not quite sweet but creamy/oily/heavy nonetheless, ubiquitous these days as a compositional base from Versace Crystal Noir to perfumes by Benefit. The coconut note I find in Creed Virgin Island Water is a purer coconut note, devoid of suntan oil references in my mind but tropical and beachy, tastier as a gourmand note and yet crystal light and clear, a bit more along the lines of the one in Parfums de Nicolai Cococabana, only sheerer mixed with musks and lime. I have sampled a number of coconut scents, and I know now how variable this note can be. I like this BBW scent, though, and I have been enjoying alternating between this and the Creed this month.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Friday, October 10, 2014

Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar

Here's another one that has coconut in its name and smells more like something else. That doesn't mean someone out there won't love it, but for me, it's a waste of time since I specifically wanted coconut and not much else. This scent smells like spicy almond with a backdrop of vanilla frosting. There are many good etailers that offer similar gourmand blends. If I look for an obscure coconut note in this, I can find it, but it's still more coconut pie than coconut milk or the flesh of the coconut. As Jebidiah Atkinson of SNL would put it, "Next!".

Edited to add: OK, maybe my initial reaction was harsh. The dry down is a rich, sweet vanilla, not too different from Lavanila Coconut. I think there's a banana note in this, too, sort of like coconut banana cream pie. It's long-lasting and a good bang for the buck. Will revisit.

FCUK Friction for Her

When I saw coconut listed in the notes and read the online reviews claiming it to be a piña colada scent, I jumped on it right away. It's inexpensive and comes in a pretty bottle; I like French Connection's aesthetic; what could go wrong? Well I like this scent, but the blind buy turned out just short of perfection. It's just not as piña colada-like as expected; I don't get any coconut or even pineapple, and instead get a sweet, milky-woody, somewhat vanillic, musky perfume scent. Whoever said it's reminiscent of a Diesel fragrance was right; it also reminds me of one by Jil Sander. I'm still glad I had the chance to try it. It's sort of unusual, not one I would normally come across.

The notes according to Fragrantica are as follows: "The notes: pink honeysuckle, apple blossom, red berries, creamy coconut, spun sugar, vanilla absolute, pink jasmine, white vetiver, blonde woods, sandalwood, amber, magnetic musk. FCUK Friction for Her was launched in 2012."

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Once a Villain, Coconut Oil Charms the Health Food World

Once a Villain, Coconut Oil Charms the Health Food World by Melissa Clark, March 1, 2011 The New York Times

Victoria's Secret Coconut Passion

I got this body mist hoping it would smell like coconut but it's more like a creme brulee type of caramelly vanilla, similar to Sephora Vanilla body spray or Laura Mercier products. I suppose it's a good inexpensive alternative to Comptoir Sud Pacifique Caramel Sunset. It's not as heavy as the aforementioned, but for me, it's still a bit on the heavy and sweet side (perhaps the ambery color of the fragrance should have been an indication of it being a warm, definitively Oriental type of scent, along the lines of Chopard Casmir), strong for a body mist and not wearable on most days when I want something less ambery-creamy. I could get in the mood for this type of thing, although I prefer a cooler, somehow fluffier (thinking "Angel Food"), more ice cream-type of vanilla, but based on the name, a hint of coconut would've been nice.

Lili Bermuda South Water

A few months (or more) ago, I wanted to find a fresh laundry / linen scent that had a bit of citrus and something like vanilla in the mix, a seemingly cacophonic mixture of notes yet one that sounded wearable in a clean and unobtrusive way. I had forgotten about that desire, and moved onto other desires, my latest obsession with coconut being my strongest desire since. Well, when I received this sample, I didn't smell the coconut milk listed in the notes, but a musky, ozonic scent with something citric in it, with a sheer heart of white florals. It doesn't fulfill my lust for coconuts, but it's what I had hoped Bath and Body Works Sea Island Cotton would be, in fact being somewhere between that and the more properly perfumey and powdery Lise Watier Neiges.

According to the web site, "South Water is a blend of sun-drenched tangerine with ozone breeze, coconut milk, juicy guava, gardenia petals, cactus sap, sea salt and white musk."

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Demeter Kahala Piña Colada

If you're looking for the most true-to-life pina colada scent, look no further than this offering by Demeter; just make sure you get the Kahala Pina Colada and not the other one called Demeter Pina Colada which smells soapy and not nearly as true or sweet (unless you prefer a more abstract pina colada like that). I can really smell the pineapple most prominently in the Kahala Pina Colada, but the milky coconut note is also sufficiently there. Summer, come back, and stay with me all year long!