December was a stressful month. I think it’s that way for a lot of people. For me, there was a lot to wrap up before 2016. I can’t really remember much from December other than working and beating deadlines.
However, more than work occurred. I made an effort to see all the glorious store windows in the Upper West Side department stores. The displays were phenomenal. I went to the MET a few times. A lovely contributor from Australian Perfume Junkies was in town and we did fun things like go to a Christmas drag show that featured many of the RuGirls. I got together with some delightful perfume love’n people. I ate a few nice restaurants and a few dive bars. I feel back in love with NYC in December. I also started to find Jersey City quite charming.
The holidays were nice. We actually celebrated them for the first time (more about that here). We celebrated the new year in Harlem. It sure has been a crazy year. 2015 was a year of so many changes. I can’t wait to see what 2016 has waiting for me.
Here’s my favorites from December:
Wearing (fragrance) – My fragrance tastes have been so boring for the past few months. I’ve been wearing the usual stuff like Chanel Coco and Estee Lauder Youth Dew. I did get into woodsy roses like Smell Bent Bollywood or Bust and Montale Red Aoud. For bath products, I’ve been using a rose body oil and rose shower gels. With home fragrances, I’ve been really into Belle Fleur’s woodsy scents. Candles are cozy this time of year.
Summary – I say it’s “boring” but I think it’s nice to work with what you have and “shop” your collection.
Wearing (cosmetics, etc.) – I’ve been into makeup for the past few months. I’ve enjoyed playing with color and different textures. I continued my theme of matchy-matchy with burgundy lipstick (Revlon in Black Cherry) and Kiko eyeliner. I’ve also been into wearing a lot of black liquid eyeliner and then putting shimmery jewel tone eyeshadows over it like Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Loaded, the deep purple in Wet n Wild Petal Pusher Collection or Lancôme Eyeshadow in Sapphire Lace. I’d pair the jewel tone eyes with a cream blush like Stila Pentunia and neutral lips like ColourPop Tootsi or Armani Androgino. Oh, and none of my foundations match my collection. I keep buying them too late or too dark. I have to mix them. It’s just that time of year.
Summary – I’ve been really into jewel tones so I channeled this new obsession into makeup and painting the hallway a dark green¹.
Wearing (clothes) – The weather was really wacky in December. For example, it was 70 something degrees on Christmas. Nothing that I wore made any sense. Overall, I keep wearing the same boring stuff which is a black turtleneck, some variation of black pants and Dr. Martens Chelsea boots. I also didn’t do laundry much in December, so my outfits were starting to be really, really creative. You guys, I miss having a washer and dryer within my reach. Gah, do I ever miss it.
Summary – I could live in boring black turtlenecks and guess what? I do.
Using (skincare) – This weather swings made my skin so moody. I have dry patches and acne. My skin was f’n terrible in December (and still is). I took it easy. I used gentle products like CeraVe or plain argan oil. I didn’t use as many sheet masks. I stuck with creamy masks (like Paula’s Choice) to use on those dry patches. But, yeah, my skin is in a terrible place right now.
Summary – I’ve scheduled an appointment with a dermatologist because I just can’t even with finicky skin.
Eating/Drinking – Isn’t this the worst to ask for December? Overall, I was “good”. We cooked comfort food at home. On Christmas, we roasted a lamb, Armenian style, and didn’t even make a dessert. My favorite foods of the month were tamales. OK, so maybe I wasn’t too good.
I ate at The Cecil. I highly recommend it. They had excellent cocktails too.
Summary – Just bulking up for the cold weather since I don’t have a puff coat. I’ll be the puff coat.
Listening – I’ve been in a funk mood and pulled out Labelle and Bootsy Collins records. And Herbie Hancock, The Meters and Curtis Mayfield. I’ve just listened to a lot of funk, soul and R&B on vinyl. There’s a record store across from the studio that is really hard for me to resist.
Summary – Party at my house.
Watching – Well, we finally finished up to Season 10 of Supernatural. That’s how much of my life that I’ve wasted watching two hotties drive around in a gas guzzler and stab demons while having some heartfelt bromance moments. And I watched a drag show, because I’m Victoria. This is expected.
Summary – Binge watching shows is a weird thing but I sort of love it.
Reading – I was sort of tired of words this month. Like I only wanted to talk in colors and other stoner sounding things. I’ve been exhausted by words. I did read some technical things about data stuff. And then I would finish with an entertainment chaser like the frivolous blurbs in Dita von Teese’s new beauty book, Your Beauty Mark. I actually really like that book even though it assumes we all have sex with men or at least want to attract men that want to have sex with women. But, I guess that’s her audience. Other than talking about boobs a lot and how all women should be hairless creatures, I like it. It’s all the stuff that I had to learn the hard way (like how to set hair, wear sunscreen and shop for vintage cosmetics cases). I wish I had this when I was like 14. I can ignore a lot of the “normative” stuff because overall, it’s a good beauty book and there’s a lot of good stuff about perfume in it. And as far as beauty books go, this one does try to be different.
Summary – I feel like I need to make a “read more” sort of New Year’s resolution.
Wanting – I want a vacation and a washer/dryer. Oh, and add a dishwasher to the list.
Summary – I miss when I lived in the modern world. Sometimes I miss that West Coast quality of life…
What were your favorites from December? Did you do anything inspiring? Go anywhere inspiring? Eat anything inspiring?
¹I collect pet portraits. Most of the time, they are only smooshed face and older than this one. But, I saw this poodle in an antique store in New Jersey and had to have it. It’s strangely, a great oil painting. Frink is for real scared of it because frugs are superstitious creatures. So, I put it in the direction overlooking his bed. Because, why not? David painted the hallway dark green because I can’t stop with the jewel tones right now.
*Audrey Hepburn from classiq.me. Argan oil from drugstore.com. Masa from mexgrocer.co.uk. Dishwasher from Bosch. All other pics are mine. Post may contain affiliate links.