EauMG’s Favorites – July 2014

I can’t believe it’s already August. I don’t know what happened in July, but it’s over. I spent it sweating and learning new stuff.

Frink the frug

Overall, the month was uneventful. Frink the Frug had a mast tumor removed from his face (around the eye, you can see him squinting in the pic) a few weeks ago. But, he’s doing fine now and has resumed to his regularly scheduled frugly activities such as barking at UPS trucks and shedding on every square inch of the house.

Summary – I’m old and it was hot and this resulted in me complaining a lot. Good news: Frink no longer has a tumor face. He’s gaining weight and being healthy.

Here are some of my favorites from July 2014:

nag champa incense
I never get tired of it.

Wearing (fragrance) – It’s been hot and I pretty much repeated my boring rotation from June that includes Monsieur Balmain, Jean Naté and Mugler Cologne. I started craving nag champa like crazy in the middle of the month and would wear a perfume/massage oil at night.

Summary – All the legal pot in the air subconsciously convinced me to wear nag champa.

Melting People
We’re melting.

Wearing (cosmetics, etc.) – Most of this month has been very warm. There has been no point in wearing makeup because it melts off.  I’ve had no inspiration either (and I’m still on a cosmetic no-buy). I’ve kept it simple with a sheer wash of shimmer on the lids with minimal makeup. I’m still growing out my hair and I hate its current length. Some of my favorite products this month have included a sheer wash of Josie Maran Coconut Water Eyeshadow in Beach Sand, Hydroxatone Anti-Aging BB Cream, Physician’s Formula SPF Solar Powder Bronzer on the cheeks and Aveda Black Malva Conditioner to counteract the pesky red tones that UV rays like to fade my hair to.

Summary – Too hot to care. But, I should get points for trying.

Uniqlo draped dress
More black baggy stuff.

Wearing (clothes) – See above. Too hot to care. I realized that I have no summer clothes and I did have to buy something. I ended up buying two draped dresses (one black and one gray) from Uniqlo for a super cheap price ($10 each). Really hot weather doesn’t last too long here so I didn’t want to “invest” too much. I’ve been wearing these with either Birkenstock Athens in black or a pair of traditional  handmade Greek sandals. And with one of my pretty Southwestern silver cuffs. Comfort wins again. Oh, and also UPF clothing rocks. I keep Summerskin Endless Scarf in my backpack and wear it to keep sun off my neck, chest, etc.

Summary – I’m still wearing baggy, black things.

pagoda umbrella
And more gothy things.

Using (skincare) – I’ve started to use those Korean sheet masks that I bought last month. They feel so good on these hot evenings. I put them in the fridge, then on my face. So refreshing. My skin is hating this heat. It’s not reacting very nicely. This month has been all about the sunscreen and anti-oxidants. And yes, big UPF hats (and scarves).

Summary – I try really hard to protect my complexion from the sun. I even have a parasol. My skin is protesting the heat. I’m too delicate.

Berries, berries, berries.

Eating/drinking – Berries, berries and more berries. Cherries, cherries and more cherries. I will put up with the heat for this. My beverage of choice – water.

Summary – I love the summer bounty but it’s so hard to stay hydrated. I even wake up with dehydration headaches; it’s like I’m hungover but I had no alcohol. Boo.

Barbara Tucker
Beautiful people.

ListeningBarbara Tucker and other Diva House. It’s like my “default” music, my true loves that don’t play with my mind. 

Summary – My musical tastes haven’t changed since I was like 11 years old. And I’m fine with that.

static TV

Watching – I really haven’t had time to watch anything. And there’s nothing good on TV or in the theaters. I wish I had some brainless show to watch. But, I feel like I’ve already watched all the brainless shows.

Summary – No tube time.

old computer
Pay’n bills.

Reading – I wish I could tell you that I read something but I spent the month cramming in books about PHP.

Summary – Learning skills to pay them bills.

air contidioning
I’m so jealous.

Wanting – Air-conditioning, clearer skin and cooler looking hair.

Summary – I spend 75% of the year complaining about the coolness, dampness and darkness and 25% of the time complaining about the heat. It’s possible that I’m a really whiny person.

What were your favorites of June? Did you do anything inspiring? Go anywhere inspiring? Inspire me 🙂

*Frink is mine. Nag Champa from Melting people in Berlin from by Hannibal Hanschke.  Uniqlo dress from Uniqlo. Pagoda umbrella from (they have a shop in Pike Place Market too). Berries pic is mine. Barbara Tucker pic from Computer pic from Vice. Air conditioning pic from TIME. Post may contain affiliate links.

6 thoughts on “EauMG’s Favorites – July 2014

    1. I love her. And I’ve loved her since I first heard her…wonder who introduced me to her? Hmmm… 😉

  1. I’ve been burning through massive amounts of vetiver incense. It seems to keep the Mosquitos away at night. There’s nothing on TV, so my neighbors and I sit on the front porch and talk. We have switched from wine to water. It’s too hot for anything but water. I’m wearing a vitamin C serum underneath loads of sunscreen. I’m back to wearing sushi imperiale or alien aqua chic. I’m loving frozen fruits right out of the freezer.

    1. Keeps mosquitos away and smells good, can’t beat that!

      I don’t drink much, this heat is too much for even a glass of wine. Makes me feel terrible. So, just water as well.

      So much sunscreen. My skin is rebelling against it but I know what’s best for it. It just needs to trust me 😉

  2. I’m happy that Frink is feeling better. Poor little frug.
    Right now I have a sinus infection so sniffing is out of the question. Lack of sleep is showing up on my face and I look awful lately. I was hoping to get a good nights sleep on our little vacation but the mattress was so bad I got even less sleep. I too avoid the sun and thought I was doing a good thing until my doctor ran a blood test and said I’m vitamin D deficient which apparently creates a whole new set of problems. I can’t win.

    1. I hope you start feeling better soon. This summer seems to be difficult for you. Hope you can rest up and start feeling good.

      Oh, vitamin D deficiency…this is something that I never thought about until moving here. I actually have a friend that was an adjunct professor that moved out here years ago. She was getting so sick and thought she had cancer again. Anyway, it was vitamin D deficiency which caused other issues. Her adjunct office was in windowless basement “office” and it was winter in Seattle. She started feeling much better when she took care of the deficiency.

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