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Music Monday #32 – “You Fucking Love It” by Dirty Pretty Things

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When the news came out that there was going to be another Libertines reunion that I was going to be missing, it got me going back and listening to all Libertines-related music. A personal favorite of mine was Carl Barat‘s next band, Dirty Pretty Things.

I know, I know. They will go down in the annals of history as a mediocre indie rock band. They were not nearly as good as The Libertines. But you know what? I don’t care. I love some of the music that sprang from this band, especially the songs off of their first album, Waterloo to Anywhere.

So here’s a raucous number off of that album for your Monday morning!

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Music Monday #31- “Tristan” by Patrick Wolf

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I was creating a playlist on my mp3 player the other day, when I realized that “Tristan” by Patrick Wolf was somehow missing from my mp3 player. This is probably my favorite of his songs, off his Wind in the Wires album. Anyway, I quickly rectified this travesty, and then wound up listening to the song on repeat for a few days once I got home.

“Sorrow by name and sorrow by nature, working for joy on overtime” always strikes a chord with me. But it’s also such a powerful, and LOOK AT ME, I’M HERE kind of song. I adore it.

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Music Monday #31 – “Chandelier” by Sia

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*This entry has been prescheduled to post while I am out of the country, so if you comment and I don’t reply right away, that’s why.*

Sia is one of those artists that I don’t really listen to under normal circumstances, but then discover specific songs of hers that I love. (Yes. “Breath Me” and “Titanium“. You know what I’m saying.)

I probably won’t buy her album, but I am kind of really digging her new song.

What do you think?

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Music Monday #29 – “Answering Machine” by Matt Nathanson

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You may or may not know who Matt Nathanson is, but you’re a lot more likely to now than you were when I first fell in love with him and his music. He comes to mind now, because one of my favorites of his albums is called Still Waiting for Spring. It’s JUST starting to warm up a bit here in NY, but this winter has left me so chilled to the bone, I still haven’t warmed up myself.

But Matt and his music and his humor always warm my heart, so naturally I would need to share a live recording of one of his songs, because his live shows are half concert/half stand-up. And this is an old, old favorite. I hope you love it, too.

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Music Monday #28 – “Blue Moon” by Beck

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I’ve never actually been the biggest Beck fan. Is that bad to say? It’s just never super appealed to me. But I heard a song off of his new album, and it struck me, at first, on a musical level, but then on a lyrical level as well. I’m usually someone who won’t like a song unless I can stand the lyrics (almost always…obviously everyone has exceptions), but I hadn’t quite made them out. It really fits how I’ve been feeling lately. Hope you like it, too.

I’m going to have to check out more of the new album, Morning Phase!

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Music Monday #25 – “On leur a fait croire” by Alex Nevsky

I had written about how much I’ve loved Alex Nevksy’s latest album. Because of the language barrier, I obviously don’t get the nuances of the lyrics, so sometimes I listen without noticing. But just last week, this one stuck out to me. Hard.

“We’ve made them believe in love.” I know this song is dark, but sounds happy. And I like that.

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Music Monday #20 – “It’s Not Serious” by Hospitality

Brooklyn band Hospitality is new to me, having just read about them in Entertainment Weekly. This is the single from their new album, Trouble

I’m not sure what I think yet. I think I like it. What do you guys think?

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Music Monday #19 – “Punching in a Dream” by Naked and Famous

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The Naked and Famous may have a new album out, but it’s still Passive Me, Aggressive You that so often comes up on my mp3 player. This one in particular gets stuck in my head all the time.

It’s a good anthem for a Monday.

What are you listening to?

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Well, guys. I was finally able to take some photos and test out the object of my affections, Serge Lutens lipstick in Pourpre Maure.

My dedication to the cause went to extreme lengths that day. I woke up earlier than usual (and my new commute is a killer anyway) and brought my camera out back, making sure the door wasn’t locked. I wasn’t wearing a coat, and it was about 27ºF. I finished taking the photos…and, yup, the door was indeed locked.

Ten minutes later and shivering my ass off, I got someone to let me in. So you’d better really like these photos!

I just need to say, I think I’m in trouble. Like, serious trouble. I truly and deeply heart it.

To start with, here is my own photo of the sampler:

DSC_1502 The top three…swoon.

The three dark colors are all “me” colors. The bottom 3, not so much. (I am pale and I look dead in light, nude-y colors.) Although I think that Or Frele ( the one on the bottom left) is probably meant to be layered over another color, since it’s essentially clear with gold sparkles.

To be completely honest, when I went into Barneys to try on my color, the guy at the counter told me it was #2 (which is actually the top middle color). Even though I had requested the color by name to try on. (He also made me try on #10 Garde Rose, which is gorgeous as well. Of course.)

So part of me was wondering if perhaps I was now dreaming about the wrong color. Nope. He got it wrong. (I know for sure because I wore Roman Rouge yesterday…and halfway through the day switched back over to Pourpre Maure. :p Even though it’s a beautiful color on its own…it’s not MY color.)

I’ve already hit the bottom of the cardboard in one area of the sample, so I’m reluctant to use it for extraneous things, like swatching, so I’ll link you to someone who already did. I am curious to compare it to MAC Rebel, though (which I do own as well), especially since Lisa Eldridge mentioned it as an alternative. And, you know, it’s $75.

DSC_1504 Apparently I’m unable to apply lipstick straight with a lip brush from a cardboard sampler. Or I put it on in the dark? I also realized later I completely forgot to put on blush. Fail.

DSC_1506 My friends call this “Shani face.” It’s just cause I feel dumb in pictures.

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DSC_1514 It’s crooked, but it’s so pretty!

Now, you’re wondering, sure, it’s got a gorgeous face, but does it have anything going on upstairs?

Well, it’s not a member of Mensa, but it probably graduated with distinction. 😉

It goes on feeling very creamy, and then dries down to a satiny, velvet finish. You really don’t feel it on, but it’s not drying. It’s not hydrating, either, though. You should make sure your lips are exfoliated and hydrated before applying.

One of the things these lipsticks are known for are their intense pigmentation. And it did last through a meal, and didn’t transfer onto my spoon at all. I did have to reapply it in the afternoon.

The only negative thing (besides for the price!) is that when it fades, it tends to stain your lips the way wine does, catching on the most prominent areas. But while you’re wearing it, it’s glorious.

What do you think of the color? Have you ever had any mishaps in the course of performing your blogging duties? Do you want to see what the other colors look like? How do you get over something once it’s taken hold of your soul? 😉

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Music Monday #12

I had a musical discovery (to me) this past week, actually from reading the Clarins blog. (Believe it or not.)

Could you have a better band name than Le Prince Miiaou?! (Yes, that’s french for “meow.” 🙂 ) Our songbird’s real name is Maud-Elisa Mandeau, and she started playing music at 16. No, she’s not another teenager, she’s been at it now since 2002. But I really adore this song, from her third album.

I have to listen to some more of her music, definitely. Although, sadly, it seems her first album is no longer available. But her second and third albums, Safety First and Fill the Blank With Your Own Loneliness, are available. Plus, she has a new album called Where Is the Queen? coming out at the end of January.

What do you think? Have you ever heard of her before? Do you have any more recommendations for me? What are you listening to today?

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