Month: November 2013

Music Monday #8

I love me chicks who rock. I especially love me chicks who rock while playing awesome instruments. So I was so excited to discover the Memphis Dawls last Tuesday at the Knitting Factory. They seem to only have an EP out, but they’re definitely worth checking out!

I guess today I’m a little bit folk/country. ūüôā What are you listening to today?

Turning Japanese

Look, I’m a New Yorker. It takes¬†a lot to get me to go to New Jersey. But Rose, being from New Jersey, found a way to tempt me. (Besides for fair play, since she comes into New York all the time. But, I mean,¬†come on.)

I had heard about the Japanese supermarket Mitsuwa several times before, but Rose was always telling me about the amazing cosmetics and skincare items they have there (including overpriced Bioderma), and so we planned an outing whereby I get myself to Hoboken.

Naturally, hilarity ensued, when I got there and texted her that I was there. And then waited for 15 minutes. Then got a text from her telling me she was just walking around Sinatra Park. My actual response to her was, “You speak like I know what or where that is.” She told me to walk towards the water. I said, again, I had no idea where that was. She told me to walk to this clock tower I saw. Except, the PATH Station was in my way. I didn’t know how to get around it.

Yes, she had to come get me.

But it was worth it, because the view was gorgeous. (I maintain, the best part of New Jersey is the view of New York. ūüėČ )

DSC_1252Kiss my ass, Banksy. I like it!

DSC_1254Even though the skyline will never look the same to me.



Celebrity Fashion Lust #5

It’s here! It’s here!

You may remember that I was supremely disappointed not to have gotten the Liz Earle sample in my October Birchbox. (In case you’re not familiar with it, Birchbox is a monthly subscription service where, for just $10 a month, you receive a box full of deluxe-sized and travel-sized samples. You receive Birchbox points for every purchase you make and every review your write, which can be redeemed in their store. Get your own¬†here.)

My friend Rose  went on and on about her delight that these products were now available in the US, and she did get the sample. So did another friend of mine. And Lisa Eldridge recommends the products.


So, basically, my life sucked. Right? Wrong!!

I had joined Birchbloggers, who, right after this all happened, had a giveaway of the Liz Earle¬†Cleanse & Polish‚ĄĘ Hot Cloth Cleanser¬†Starter Kit. And the planets must have aligned (or they were doing damage control because I expressed my disappointment), because I was chosen as a winner! Serendipity!

And it took 3/4 of a month to get to me, but IT’S FINALLY HERE!!

DSC_1250How darling is the packaging??


Wishlist Wednesday #8

So sorry! This week’s Wishlist Wednesday is a bit late and a bit hungover. But at least it’s still Wednesday?

Today I ask the question, how much money is too much money for a lipstick? When it’s possibly the most gorgeous shade of purple/plum I’ve ever seen, called Pourpre Maure, I may answer, there is no such thing as too much.

Because today, ladies and ladies, what I covet, is a $75 lipstick from Serge Lutens. (Yes, he does makeup as well. But now you understand the price tag.)

05-pourpre-maure-recharge You have no idea.

Yes, I know, it does NOTHING for you by looking at this photo. But, again, I blame Lisa Eldridge, because look. IT DOESN’T EVEN MATTER THAT I HAVE THE ALTERNATE MAC COLOR SHE MENTIONS. BECAUSE LOOK.

Pourpre So much gorgeousness all around.

So, what are you lusting after this week? How much is too much to spend on a lipstick? How much is the most you’ve ever spent? And am I insane? Answer in the comments!


Les Cinq Petites Choses #3

Voici 5 choses que j’ai aim√©es r√©cemment. Here are five things I’ve been loving lately.

1.¬†Apparently I’ve been living under a rock, because I only just recently discovered Lisa Eldridge, an amazing and accomplished makeup artist. I know, I know, you’re all scoffing at me. But better late than never?

And I adore her. We even have similar skin issues and similar coloring (though she has those gorgeous hazel eyes).

I’m not sure if her tutorial videos have seen me through insomnia or if they’ve¬†caused my insomnia since I stay up way too late watching them. (And then I want all the things she uses! This is how I found out about Face Lace.)

But, in particular, I adore the look she uses in this video.

2.¬†After reading about Tom Ford’s Black Orchid fragrance here¬†and here, I was curious enough to go to Sephora and get a sample. It’s touted as a unisex fragrance, and when I sampled it on a card at the Tom Ford counter first, the person helping me told me that Brad Pitt wears it.

I have not worn a unisex fragrance since CK One came out and EVERYONE wore it. And I was young and foolish then. So I was skeptical.

And I have to say, I’m won over. And yet still skeptical. Black Orchid goes on smelling gorgeously fruity. And it dries down to a lovely spice. But a very masculine spice. (I suppose that’s how it works as a unisex fragrance?) I had my brother smell it, and he said it smelled like a men’s scent.

But maybe that’s why I liked it? Hey, if you don’t have a man in your life to smell, just smell yourself instead? ūüėČ

Black OrchidThat bottle. Is sexy.

3. I was lucky enough to discover¬†Rosaspina Vintage¬†when they still had pieces from their summer collection left. All the clothing is designed by the lovely Ale from Turin, handmade by her mother, and sourced from her grandmother’s vintage textile collection. It is the most amazing history for your clothing to have.

In the ensuing days, I’ve been dying over the hints of the Autumn/Winter 2013 collection to come.¬†¬†Yesterday, it went on sale. And I think I am officially dead from the amazingness. I literally want everything. But if I have to pick a few favorites, these are them.

rosaspinavintage_aw13_cape5The¬†‘Little Red Riding Hood’ cape in Burnt Orange. I want this so badly it hurts. (The¬†‘Briar Rose’ pinafore in Floral¬†is also available.)

rosaspinavintage_aw13_dress5I loved every color of this dress. Here, the¬†‘Gretel’ dress in Mist.

rosaspinavintage_aw13_skirt5This skirt was in my cart. My cart advanced to Paypal. I looked at the price again and reminded myself that I have no money. I cried.

rosaspinavintage_aw13_skirt6It’s so beautiful, it hurts to look at it. The¬†‘Gerda’ skirt in Chestnut. (The¬†‘Little Matchgirl’ blouse in Scarlet¬†is also available.)

Sadly, because they are hand made and mostly one-of-a-kind, the skirt will be gone by the time I am working again and can afford to buy it. It breaks my heart.

4. Reading The Penny Rose, I couldn’t help but notice the amazing illustration in their logo. I obviously had to dig around and see if they mentioned who it was by and, of course, they did.

Jessica Durrant‘s work has been seen¬†at Target, One Kings Lane,,, and many others. But you don’t need to be a corporation or institution to be lucky enough to have a piece of her gorgeous art. Etsy to the rescue, once again! And, once again, I want everything.

Jessica DurantSeriously. I wonder how much she charges. I need a logo…

5. I am not exaggerating when I say this last thing is a godsend. How many times have you (assuming you are a beauty enthusiast)¬†wanted to try a new foundation, only to be faced with the fact that you have no idea which color to pick? Sometimes that’s not a problem, ie, when you are able to go into a store and try it on. But what if they don’t sell it at a store near you? Or what if you go into the store and no one is available to help you? (This happened to me. More than once.)

That’s where Findation comes in. Plug in the shades of the brands and specific foundations that you know you where, and it populates a list of what your shade would be in countless others. They have a huge array of brands and foundations listed. You’re sure to find something that you want on the list.


In the interest of full disclosure, I have not yet tested how accurate it is, so don’t blame me if it’s not exactly right. But I’m pretty sure something came up on my list that I had tried on once, in the right shade.

I’m excited to test it out, though!

What do you think of my 5 things? What have you been loving lately?

Music Monday #7

No, this is not a recent song. And, yes, I may have found out about it because for some reason I actually watch 2 Broke Girls, rather than from a legitimate source. And I don’t know anything about the band at all or any of their other songs. (They’re Black Kids, for your reference.)

But I love this song, and this Monday, ALL I WANT TO DO IS DANCE! Dance along with me!

What’s tickling your ears this Monday?

Well, there’s always next year!

Do you remember how I was saying that I never have any ideas for Halloween costumes? Well, while having insomnia, in the wee early hours right after Halloween, I made a discovery that inspires me for next year. (And it actually came through another discovery I made that I’ll share with you soon.)

I present to you Face Lace.

mask-hipstarThe Hipstar mask. Photo from 

How. Effing. Cool?! This take the masquerade mask and elevates it into the stratosphere. And there’s more!


Celebrity Fashion Lust #4

An accomplishment and a failure

But notice how I started with the positive?!

As of yesterday, I have officially blogged at least once a day for the entire month of October. And, actually, I have blogged at least once every day for over a month, since it started from the end of September. For a failed blogger, that is a real accomplishment. (I may, however, celebrate by taking a day off tomorrow. ūüėČ )

I am pretty obsessed with checking my stats, so I’m so gratified to see how my little blog has grown, even just a little bit. I know I’m still no blockbuster, but I appreciate each and every person who comes to read here. And as someone who is always feeling the itch to be traveling, seeing how many people from around the world are visiting makes me really happy. (As I’ve said before. Not to be redundant!)

Anyway, my failure is that I am abysmal at Halloween. I really am. I grew up in a community that didn’t celebrate Halloween, so once I became an adult and began socializing with people who did, I think I just missed developing that creative costume gene so many people seem to have. Despite the fact that I like to think of myself as a decently creative person.

Maybe it’s really just that I can’t think of one of the really clever costumes. I’m never going to be that girl dressed up as a sexy anything, but I also never seem to think of one of those, “Oh my god, that’s brilliant!” costumes. (I had flirted with the idea of going as a superhero by wearing my Cristiano Ronaldo jersey this year, but very few people would get the joke. Ah, the trials and tribulations of being a European football fan in the US!)

I mean, really. One year I wore a skirt with clocks on it and a watch pendant, bought some wings and a wand, and called myself the Time Fairy. (What is that even?!)

One year, I wore one of my vintage dresses, bought a blonde wig, and said I was Betty Draper.

12164_196472855990_4329908_n I even wore pearls!