February is always a hard month for me. It’s the month where I get fed up with everything from the weather to my life, etc. I’m in a pact where I’m not allowed to do anything drastic in February (like get a divorce, quit a job, move or get a pet). Luckily, it’s the shortest month of the year. And luckily, I didn’t do anything “crazy”.
Most of the month was spent with this crud. I had some sickness that never really completely knocked me out but lingered the entire month. It was just some gross respiratory thing also made me have goopy eyes. It made me lazy so I didn’t wear makeup daily and I really simplified my skincare routine.
Despite it being bitterly cold, I did actually go out and do a few things on the weekend. I went to galleries, saw some shows and even started exercising regularly. Otherwise, it was a really uneventful month but I managed to get a lot down that I needed to get done like taxes and finding a petsitter for the frugs.
Here’s my favorites from February:
Wearing (fragrance) – It was Rose Week, so I wore a lot of roses for that. I also started to crave white florals like Houbigant Fleurs d’Oranger and Elie Saab. With our crud, I wasn’t into home fragrances at all. Actually, with the crud, I didn’t feel like wearing perfumes that often.
Summary – This time of year, I like to wear florals. It makes me feel “closer” to spring.
Wearing (cosmetics, etc.) – I was into what I call my “tomboy” look. This means thicker brows with Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pomade and warm matte shades from Morphe 35K Eyeshadow Palette. I kept my complexion simple, most days skipping on foundation and concealer and only wearing a little NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna on the cheeks. For lips, I was all about those lifeless but not boring neutrals like Serge Lutens L’Hypocrite (worn above) or ColourPop Liquid Lip in Trap. When I went out, I was all about the darker stuff like NARS Train Bleu or MAC Cyber.
After a year, I finally got a haircut. It wasn’t anything bold, just a trim because I’m still finding someone that I trust before I jump into anything bold. Right now I’m loving Ouidad Ultra Nourishing Cleansing Oil and Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Treatement Masque. I then use a hair oil and my hair looks so shiny.
Summary – I was really lazy in February but I did get a haircut, so I’m not totally being a bum. And you can see the look I’m talking about above because that’s everything I was talking about.
Wearing (clothes) – I spent too much in January on clothes so I tried not to buy anything. However, I needed new sneakers and bought these Adidas in the green/peach (above). I worried they were much too colorful for my intentionally drab black, white and gray wardrobe but I like them. I swear I wore the same outfit all of February – those men’s Uniqlo flannel shirts¹, Levi’s 501 black jeans and black Timberland boots. I always like to put a fancy brooch on the top of my flannel shirts to add a little something something. It’s just been so cold that I don’t feel very fashion-y. I mean, I just go out in a puffer coat and a huge scarf. What does it matter what I’m wearing under all that bulk?
Summary – I was carrying a power drill on the train and some teens bragging about how much they leg press, called me a dyke. That’s an example of one of those West/East Coast differences that I mentioned. I thought I was being super femme by wearing a brooch! Also, I can leg press more than those “tough guys”.
Using (skincare) – *knock on wood* My skin has looked really good this month even though I was really lazy with my routines. I felt sick for most of the month so I didn’t really wear makeup or do my longer skincare routines. And my skin looked fine. I actually went out without base foundation because my skin looked better without it (you can see that in dorky selfie). How crazy is that?
Summary – I swear, my skin is just doing this to mess with me.
Eating/Drinking – You know, I’ve been buying groceries and making food like a grown-up. I’ve been into kimchi and banchan. And Lemon Cayenne Kevita. I’ve been exercising and not craving any junk. Or maybe that was that crud I had that just had me not interested in food either because I couldn’t fully taste it anyway. Oh, and I’ve been really into Providence Perfume Co. Violetta Tea because it tastes like candy.
Summary – Basically, I just want everything to have some heat and taste like vinegar.
Listening – I’ve been continuing with all the “Afrofuturism” that I’m usually into. But, I added some spooky psychedelic stuff because that’s what you should listen to if you are going to be in a basement in the East Village. Like before I lived here, I stayed at a Hare Krishna apartment that is next door to Hells Angels headquarters (or whatever you call that). I was probably hungover, and I remember it was the middle of the day, and I was just kicked back on a futon with a window open because the radiator was making the place feel like Mojave. The Hells Angels listened to the sort of spooky psychedelic rock that could totally be the soundtrack to 60’s era Roger Cormen exploitation flick. I couldn’t believe they actually listened to that. And now here I am, years later, and their musical tastes totally makes sense to me now.
That’s my exciting life… I did get out and see some live music like Joe Bataan. He’s still got it. And I’ve been listening to Beyoncé because you know, Beyoncé. But, mostly the screwed and chopped remixes.
Summary – I’m into Sun Ra and avant-garde jazz and I don’t know what is happening to me. I used to really value “polished” music, but now I’m all about the chaos.
Watching – We started watching the new X-Files, which frankly I was not optimistic about at all. It hasn’t been too bad. It sort of picked up where we wished it had left off and it’s like they tried to fix that unbearably bad final season. Also, Gilian’s skin looks amazing.
On my third try (long story), I FINALLY got to see The Witch. After that many tries, I admit that I don’t think any movie could live up to that expectation. David seemed to think it was the coolest thing ever. I liked it but I expected to love it more. Don’t get me wrong, I really liked it but so much modern horror is really formulaic, so it doesn’t take much to do something different and stand out. I absolutely loved the aesthetic and I think the actors were great. Seriously, my next capsule wardrobe is going to look like the townsfolks’.
Summary – I watched stuff I liked but I can’t wait for March because that’s when all the great stuff comes back on like Empire and RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 8.
Reading – Other than non-fiction and educational materials, I have not read anything fun. This has been a common theme these past few months and I’m sick of that.
Summary -What’s my problem?
Wanting – Sunshine and capitalistic programming so that’s what I’m going to the commodified utopia known as Disney World. So, I just want something easy, clean and MAGICAL. Seriously, this world has been such a downer (ugh, election year), that I’m just going to get reprogrammed and try to distract my brain from its default setting of “dystopian future” and see the hypothetical futuristic utopian outcome instead.
Summary – I’m a dork. And I’m going to stay in fake New Orleans in the pretty, pretty princess suite and over analyze all of Disney World until it’s not fun because that is how my brain works.
What were your favorites from February? Did you do anything inspiring? Go anywhere inspiring? Eat anything inspiring?
¹The thing about having a capsule wardrobe is that you’ll wear the same things over and over and over again. So, as you can see, that flannel shirt was on me last month. In Seattle, I’d NEVER wear flannel because it was so stereotypical. But, it’s so warm and perfect for the chill of being outdoors or living in a drafty Victorian.
*Nordstrom, Ouidad, Uniqlo and drugstore.com contains an affiliate link. All images are mine EXCEPT The Witch posters (comingsoon.net) and the blank book (freeimages.com).