October felt like a blur, like it went by very quickly. The weather was mild and I’ve been amazed by fall. I’ve never really lived in a place with such defined seasons. This was like perfect weather with long shadows and vivid leaves. There were a few cold nights but overall, it was mild and well, perfect.
I went to a few fragrance events. Osswald had a Coolife event that I stopped by briefly. Aedes has a new larger location on the corner of Greenwich and Christopher St. There was a Roxana of Roxana Illuminated Perfumes lecture at the New York Institute of Aromatherapy. I was able to sniff the entire line.
I didn’t do too many fun things as my weekends were spent moving into what I call “dive basement” in the East Village. Some friends and I have crowded our living spaces with our businesses/hobbies so we’re renting a space together so we can have a dining table again. We call it a studio because that sounds better than “dive basement”. I’m redirecting focus into Beatnik Emptiness again while I take classes at FIT and dive into importing. But, anyway. I have a space now that sets a boundary between work/home. This should be good for me.
I had a few friends in throughout the month. It was nice showing people around. And then I fractured my foot mysteriously. Pretty sure it was from a double stroller running over my foot on PATH. That slowed me down some. I’m doing good now. It healed wayyyy quicker than I expected. I’ve never recovered from something so quickly in my life. Still bruised but no pain.
Halloween was OK. Kids actually did the trick or treat thing in our neighborhood. We live on a block of old Victorians so they went all out with the spooky which was great. NYC was crazy and there was so much traffic. Everyone was drunk and drugged and the subways were madness. It took me like 2 hours to get home stuck on a train with shitfaced college students in racist costumes. I think next year I’m going to stay home and watch Buffy.
Here’s my favorites from October:
Wearing (fragrance) – I’ve been in more of an autumn fragrance mood. This means that I want more usually go-tos like Clinique Aromatics Elixir, Estee Lauder Youth Dew, Guerlain Shalimar Blah Blah Madagascar and Chanel Coco. I want perfume-perfumes. I also wore roses and violets like Chanel Misia and L’Artisan Drôle de Rose. And oddly, I’ve been wanting “low brow” white musk scents. So, I’ve been using The Body Shop White Musk shower gel and body mist with C. Booth Egyptian Argan Body Butter (which smells like Egyptian musk).
Summary – I’ve enjoyed wearing perfumes that I haven’t worn in a long time. That’s one of the good things about a season change. Also, this is really unlike me, but I’ve been craving scented bath and body products.
Wearing (cosmetics, etc.) – I went through a few weeks of this month where I wore the same makeup look. This look was a burgundy smoky eye. I’d use a rusty burgundy shadow from a limited edition Lunatick Cosmetics Eyeshadow Palette or MAC Eyeshadow in Sketch. I’d layer this over a Kiko Milano Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in Burgundy (LOVE the formula of these). I’d go light on the cheeks with a sheer stain (Benefit Benetint). On the lips, I’d wear ColourPop Lippie Stix in Tootsi (which is one of my favorite shades from that brand) or just lip balm (look above). My other makeup mood was sheer shadow and dark lippies using Rituel de Fille Night Visions Collection.
Summary – I remembered that I love makeup. But, I really don’t need to buy any new colors. I think I have them all.
Wearing (clothes) – So, I ended up buying more clothes than I should have in October. I was getting ready for a season change. Most of the purchases were very boring, practical layering pieces from Uniqlo like their turtlenecks. I ended up buying a sweatshirt and a pair of those jeans that aren’t really jeans but like stretchy pants with pockets on the ass. Oh, and two men’s flannel shirts which to my surprise, I wear a lot. I bought a pair of Clarks (yes, Clarks but they look way more posh) over the knee boots that I’ve been wearing with a mod Helmut Lang shift dress. I was getting sick of looking for an oversized/menswear ankle length coat. After searching online for longer than I’d ever want to admit and being disgusted by $3k price tags, I saw one come in the search from Forever 21 on sale for $40 and I bought it. It’s not the best quality but I couldn’t return it because it was on sale. It is now by “dog walking” coat which David calls my “Jay and Silent Bob aesthetic coat”. And it is. So, yeah, still looking for a cool coat which really isn’t a cool coat at all. I want a giant, shapeless thing to protect from north winds.
And an Adidas tracksuit called “Moscow” which makes me very popular when I go to buy borscht in the East Village. I can’t really explain this purchase at all.
Summary – In my head, I have these wonderful clothing looks in my head. But, the reality is I walk about 9 miles a day (according to my stupid FitBit). I have to dress so practical. I’ve adopted a lot of sportswear and I’ve embraced a lot of clothing that I thought I’d never wear (like flannel).
Using (skincare) – My skin has been behaving. I did a few Korean sheet masks, you can see those in my Empties. I bought a Boots Cleansing Balm. I like the greasy texture a lot but not wild about the orange oil fragrance. Why are brands so obsessed with putting citrus oils in skincare? I’m running out of a lot of stuff and need to repurchase. For the cooler weather, I’d like to buy a complexion oil and a cream with a balm-like texture. I also wouldn’t mind a day cream with mica or something with a subtle shimmer.
Summary – I’m scared of winter is going to do to my skin.
Eating/Drinking – This past month I ate out more than I should have. That’s the problem with New York. It’s difficult to not spend all your money on food (or in general). I mean, I ate at so many wonderful places that I can’t remember where I ate. There’s something wrong with this picture. My new goal is to eat out less frequently and plan when I do so it feels “special” and not like some indulgent survival skill.
Since moving to the studio, I eat a lot of pierogi/vareniki, borscht, blini and Japanese curry.
Summary – I got to check myself before I wreck myself when it comes to eating out. But, I love beets and pickled everything. Those won’t wreck myself. Or at least I hope they won’t.
Listening – New (f)x album so I get to be a 14 year old girl and listen to K-Pop. When I’m not being a 14 year old girl, I’m listening to what old people like myself listen to which is techno like Derrick May and Blake Baxter.
Summary – Grown ass woman but not in spirit.
Watching – We didn’t watch much of anything. It’s not really fitting into our schedule. We watched a movie on Netflix. And now I can’t remember it at all. But, it probably had 2Pac in it.
Summary – I’m missing the luxury of escapism.
Reading – I had a bad case of Seattle homesickness. So, I tried to fill this void with Fantagraphics. Read Megahex and whatever graphic-y stuff that was around.
Summary – In general, it’s been a hard month. Just hit me how much has changed in the past year. It’s funny that it kicked in just now, but whatever.
Wanting – To meal plan like a boss. I realize that my laziness in this arena is making me make bad choices. I need to get back in the habit of planning which in the end, is a great way to take care of myself. I used to be good at it but I haven’t really gotten the swing of things since moving.
Summary – Being practical is being an adult. It’s boring but it can be good too. I need a routine. I hate saying that, but I really do.
What were your favorites from October? Did you do anything inspiring? Go anywhere inspiring? Eat anything inspiring?
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