Friday, December 06, 2013
Yves Saint Laurent L'Homme is one of two Men's fragrances that I want my guy to wear forever and ever (and ditch the obnoxious Bleu de Chanel--no more Brut/Axe type fougeres!). This one seems to go especially well with his handsomely tailored wool winter coat, new and devoid of strong, unwanted yesterday's cologne. Woody (Sephora lists both "cedar" and "cedarwood"), a little vanillic sweet with tonka, a little hesperidic with classic bergamot, and green with violet leaves, the initial impression is that of a modernized, slightly gourmand Geoffrey Beene Grey Flannel, Christian Dior Fahrenheit or Creed Green Irish Tweed.
It smells unmistakably like a Men's cologne but women can easily wear this warm and dry, slightly musky but very upscale, gentle and elegant scent. I have yet to find a cologne that smells this delicious in a woody men's scent, especially one so Green--it doesn't seem to overwhelm me at all, even in close quarters (still, one big spray will do on most days; it's gentle but has presence).
I'm wearing some now and I really enjoy it, but my true hope is that he can wear this, and I can be his YSL counterpart in Manifesto for Women, also redolent of vanillic tonka within the context of a gentle, clean and modern citric musk accord. The Men's is a little floral, but the Women's is even more so, although discreetly and in a powdery "skin scent" way, like Chanel Les Exclusifs Beige. That puts L'Homme in perspective; it could be conceptualized as a "skin scent" woody floral musk for Men, like "Beige Intense."
Launched in 2006, Yves Saint Laurent L'Homme has several flankers now that might also be worth checking out.
Thursday, December 05, 2013
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Literally fit for royalty, Creed fragrances make superior gifts for the ladies and gents who have it all. I'm a devoted lover of Spring Flower, Jasmin Imperatrice Eugenie and Fleurissimo, perhaps predictable choices for a Floral / Vanilla (amber) / Fruity fragrance fan, but not everyone shares my olfactory taste. How well do you know your giftee? Visit Creed boutique's online SCENT FINDER: BROWSE BY CLASSIFICATION - Select a scent classification to display its details and associated fragrances. creedboutique.com
This Lancôme Vernis in Love Happy Holidays collection is going to get me into textured nail polishes after all. Who can resist snow cone nails? Those PR photos on the fabulous nail polish blogs have shown the most ice queen-worthy nails I've ever seen. The space age-looking and densely sparkly (with rainbow / holographic glitter) titanium / silver Neige Argent is also cool; what a fun, versatile duo for lacquer lovers of any age. Lancôme nail polish In Love in Flacon Blanc and Neige Argent, lancome.com
I also wanted to feature some traditional, modest gift ideas for Christmastime such as hand-milled soaps, books or holiday votive candles, and wanted to take this opportunity to share that flameless candles are now available in many different styles, both scented and unscented, safe and ideal for gift-giving. I don't have particular ones to recommend, but I also have to share this beautiful blog where you can see the author's many creative uses for flameless candles: Daily Thing of Beauty: Crowns - Swede - Celebrating Euro Style Interiors and Gardens 12/29/2012
Here's more eye candy: Decorating for the Holidays: Unusual Ornaments, 12/9/2010
Finally, do you need a gag gift? Here's something funny yet practical (arguably). Although I haven't read through the whole Japanese slanguage book, I can tell you teaching relatively close pronunciation without proper intonation is only so helpful. These pronunciations are difficult for native speakers to understand in real life. Nevertheless, some knowledge beats none; the use of pictorials is a smart teaching and learning technique. Mildly stereotypical images (faux Japanese hair bun) might amuse the ironic hipsters in your life:
Slanguage Language Learning Books by Mike Ellis, available at The Lakeside Collection: "Start out on the path to speaking a foreign language with Slanguage Language Learning Books. Illustrated prompts help make it easy to master simple phrases and commonly used terms. Books have chapters like Greetings and Responses; Adjectives; Family, Food and Restaurants; Labor; Law Enforcement; Health and Medicine; and Travel and Tourism. Softcover books are easy to carry with you on the road." lakeside.com
Enjoy, and Season's Greetings!
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Cue to 15:41 and hear the loveliest Hanukkah song about lighting the chanukiah (menorah). The harmonies that occur starting at 17:03 due to its canonical structure are beautiful and fun to sing. I think more people should hear it, and make it a Chanukah classic!
Happy Chanukah 2013, aka Thanksgivukkah - Gobble tov!
Related link: Menorah versus Chanukiah - Gans Gifts and Judaica from Israel
Saturday, November 23, 2013
One loves Essie Ballet Slippers: the Queen's favourite nail shade - The Queen crowns Essie's pale pink 'Ballet Slippers' shade as her one and only ruling nail colour. By Kate Toung | 19 November 2013 Telegraph
Friday, November 22, 2013
From Unnaked Nails: "I know a lot of peeps refer to nudes as fleshy coloured boring beiges but let me broaden your horizons here...to me, nudes are..." See the gorgeous neutral palette chosen by one of the hippest nail polish / beauty bloggers out there (Yes, I envy both the polishes available in the UK and their sensibility borne of style and substance): Winter Nudes // Nail Polish Picks - by Catrine, Unnaked Nails, November 22, 2013
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
What Would Aldous Huxley Make of the Way We Consume Media and Popular Culture? By Adam Kirsch and Jennifer Szalai, The New York Times, November 5, 2013
Monday, November 11, 2013
Since the days of Color Me Beautiful of the 1970s, women have tried to figure out if we're cool or warm toned in order to choose the correct colors for our natural coloring to look our best. So the theory goes, and the color chart we're told we should follow looks something like this (found at every makeup retailer):
Cool (pink, red or bluish undertones)
Warm (yellow, peachy, golden undertones)
Neutral (a mix of warm and cool undertones)
We take such info for granted as being true, but did anyone else know that pink and red are warm colors (pink is light red), and only blue is cool?
According to makeup color theory, the definitive way to tell the difference between cool and warm comes down to the color of our veins as seen through our skin: green or blue. Since most people aren't pale enough to be considered "blue-blooded," this system lets the fairest people in the world feel dissimilar from the rest of the world consisting of a great, great, great many colored folks. Furthermore, even green-veined light gals can take psychological refuge in knowing that they are at least less pigmented with unwanted colors (mainly yellow which turns blue veins green) than certain other folks who are so far away from being fair, they really aren't blue-blooded at all.
Except all the green-veined gals are lumped together as being warm. Well, has anyone else noticed that green is a cool color, closer to blue than pink or red? In fact blue and yellow are its parents.
If both blue and green are cool colors, what's the difference between skin tone that appears either blue or green-veined? Blue is cooler in relation to green. Likewise, pink is cooler than orange, making pink a cool color in relation to having yellow in it. Red is warm unless you subtract yellow and get a purple red, or pink, a color that only cool-toned gals can wear! The absence of yellow makes a color cool. The whole theory in a nutshell is just that.
What sets one apart from the other as being able to wear certain colors (generally the bright and pretty ones)? The zero mark on the makeup color wheel appears to be set where green breaks from blue-toned green to yellow-toned green. That's why green can fall into both cool and warm spectrums on a modified color chart like this one:
Actually, red marks the spot where the reason lies. Notice how the chart breaks it down between cool or warm toned red. That means the chart is based on yellow as the marker between colors fit for blue-bloods and non. It's not enough to dissuade certain gals from wearing pink, but it's a start. (Edited to add) Notice too all those brown shades where orange should be. Brown can't be made by mixing red and yellow, you know, but that's one way to fill up the warm color chart, since all the other colors are taken.
You see, the makeup color theory is based on comparisons to other people and their skin color, not a true color theory used by scientists. The interesting thing about color temperature theory is that the cooler color is a hotter temperature, evident in the color of a blue flame. You'll also see the color spectrum is not a neatly structured manmade wheel, a system designed to make color biases simpler to visualize and explain.
"Color temperatures over 5,000 K are called cool colors (bluish white), while lower color temperatures (2,700–3,000 K) are called warm colors (yellowish white through red).  This relation, however, is a psychological one in contrast to the physical relation implied by Wien's displacement law, according to which the spectral peak is shifted towards shorter wavelengths (resulting in a more blueish white) for higher temperatures." From Wikipedia: Color temperature