The first month of the new year went really well. It was nice to get back into the “regular” routine AKA non-celebratory routine. We successfully survived the first month of 2015!
Most of the month was low-key. I spent a week in Hong Kong and that was totally awesome. It’s an amazing city. I feel fueled with inspiration and energy.
I came back with a flu and can’t remember where the last week went, but whatever. I was entertained by fever dreams and opportunist frugs taking advantage of my feeble state. They’re really sneaky when it comes to lounging on furniture (something they aren’t supposed to do).
Here’s my favorites from January 2015:
Wearing (fragrance) – My fragrance preferences were all over the place in January. Sometimes I wanted something heavy and musky. And then iris and then oddly enough, powdery. So, I wore Chanel Eau Premiere, what was left of DSH Perfumes White Lilac and Juliette Has a Gun Midnight Oud. On my trip I took samples/decants of light florals like Diptyque Geranium Odorata, Ormonde Jayne Osmanthus, Kenzo Ça Sent Beau and By Kilian Prelude to Love.
Summary – My preferences were all over the place in January but I wore some great things. I need to “go shopping” from my stash more frequently than I do.
Wearing (cosmetics, etc.) – I haven’t really been too excited by cosmetics. One thing that was different is that for years I used gel eyeliners because I thought they were easier. I switched back to felt-tip liquid liner (what I used to use) and wow, it’s easy and long-wearing. I bought Maybelline Line Stiletto. Lips, I’ve been applying gloss over lipstick since my lips have been dry.
Summary – Nothing new, using liquid liner instead of gel. And amazed at how much “easier” it is and how I don’t have to clean a brush every single use.
Wearing (clothes) – I’ve been in such a clothes rut because it’s winter and I’m already so sick of everything that I own. Going to Hong Kong, gave me much needed style inspiration. I’ve added more “athletic” elements to my usual cowboy-ninja-nun closet. For the first time I bought sneakers to wear somewhere other than the gym. And a neoprene bomber jacket because it’ll make me look like a goth scuba-diving pilot. Also, I love Hong Kong based brand, Shades of Silence.
Summary – I bought something polyester and some athletic shoes. I don’t know what’s happening to me.
Using (skincare) – You can see my Hong Kong Haul to check out all the skincare that I bought while on my trip. This should make me as beautiful as the members of a K-Pop boy band. My skin in January went wonky which I will blame on temperature and humidity changes, travel and getting sick. Overall, I kept my routine simple and my skin started to “glow” again.
Summary – The humidity in HK made my skin look amazing BTW.
Eating/Drinking – I started to focus on more balanced meals post-holidays. That went well until traveling. And then I fell in love with egg waffles and novelty ice creams frozen by nitrogen. But, hey, it was vacation. That doesn’t count, right?
Summary – I want an egg waffle. I also want a perfume that smells like egg waffles (which lean sort of coconut-y) and jasmine.
Summary – I bought sneakers and listen to boy bands. You can schedule an intervention now.
Watching – I haven’t had time to watch anything which sucks because theaters were playing things that I actually wanted to see. I caught up on some new releases on the flight (this is the only time that I can). One had Fan Bingbing as a warrior witch with long white hair that mastered apathy and instead of living an existence with pain and loss, she decided to float in infinite space blissfully locked in the arms of a man with the most beautiful hair (Xio Min Huang). They loved each other very much but even that sort of love is bound to complicate infinity…unless you’re apathetic. I also got to see the Dame Edna Farewell Tour and that was a lot of fun.
Summary – I want to master the Scrolls of Apathy.
Reading – I ended up buying a Kindle Paperwhite and absolutely love it. It has reminded me that I love reading. I bought a few books and actually read a few. I finished “Sharp Teeth” by Toby Barlow and it was super entertaining, reading halfway like poetry and pulp fiction. It’s American horror in free verse. I plan on purchasing Barlow’s second novel as well. I also read “25 Love Poems to the NSA” by Ialin S. Thomas which is a delightful premise for a collection of poetry. And the poetry was great too.
Summary – All I want to do is burn incense, drink wine, wear caftans and read books.
Wanting -To be a white haired witch of lunar kingdom.
Summary – Or at least I want a lunar kingdom wardrobe and ass-kicking moves.
What were your favorites for January? Did you do anything inspiring? Go anywhere inspiring? Eat anything inspiring?
Diptyque pic from Nordstrom. Maybelline pic from soap.com. Shades of Silence from the brand. GD & Taeyang from fuse.tv.Sharp Teeth from AdWeek. Fan Bingbing pic from heroic-cinema.com. All other pics are mine.