January was an eventful month. I entertained. I was entertained. I lived through a blizzard. I got a lot of stuff done.
I had a Turkish friend staying with us. This forced me to do things which made me fall back in love with living on the East Coast. We ate and drank. We went to see Kinky Boots with America’s sweetheart Wayne Brady. He’s a great singer and dancer (which I already knew) but now I know he can do that in heels. We went to Sleep No More, an interactive, environmental interpretation of MacBeth set in a macabre 30’s era “hotel”. It was awesome. There were a lot of olfactory references going on there too. Each room/scene/character appeared to be scented. It was stunning.
David and I were also in the studio audience of three Maury episodes. This was, no joke, no irony, a legit long-term goal. I love Maury and I’ve always wanted to see what the production was like. Well, I did. It was awesome. I road a charter bus to Connecticut. I watched the bizzare-o filming, not once but three times. They gave us pizza and made us listen to DMX and NAS. Basically, it was a dream come true.
And there was snow, so much snow. It was wild. The dogs totally hated this. They would freeze like blocks of furry ice. Frink tried to make all cars some sort of emergency shelter. Eventually the snow covered cars. We carried our little dogs around like the sort of people we’d make fun of. This is my life.
2016 started off great.
Here’s my favorites from January:
Wearing (fragrance) – My fragrances were all over the place. I wanted to use up some samples (and I did). Overall, I was into powdery scents like Molinard Habanita (the vintage-ish), Stephane Humbert Lucas 777 Khôl de Bahreïn (just a sample) and Oscar de la Renta Esprit d’Oscar (which is basically modern Le Heure Bleue) . Powderiness didn’t end with personal fragrance. I’ve also been into powdery home fragrances like Belle Fleur Mimosa Magnifica. And as you can see from my Empties, I tried to use up perfume samples. For bath products, I used Mysore Sandal Soap, which is a great affordable luxury that layers nicely under these powdery fragrances that I was craving.
Summary – I was really into powdery fragrances.
Wearing (cosmetics, etc.) – Oddly, I wasn’t really in a makeup mood. I didn’t feel very inspired. I resorted to some of my old favorites like minimal eye makeup and an “everyday” red like Clinique High Impact Lipstick in Red-y to Wear. I’d pair this with a cream blush like Besame Crimson Rouge. This is my go-to quick and easy look. I’m also into false eyelashes again. I’m a fan of Ardell Lash Accents. I’d wear this with liquid eyeliner and a modern nude lippie like ColourPop in Tootsi. However, I did this look and people thought I was an Adele impersonator so I probably won’t be doing this anymore. I mean, Adele is hot, but who wants random drunks coming up to them wanting to get a picture? Not me.
Summary – I was bored but I actually enjoyed wearing “simple” makeup again. However, I’m ready to play in some different pigments.
Wearing (clothes) – In January, I didn’t spend too much on “beauty stuff”, but I blew it on clothes. I bought a Priory top and pants, a cult-y button up from Brooklyn-based Suzanne Rae. And a Comme de Garcons dress and fugly shorts. These are the sort of basics that I’ll wear year round. With the snow, I had to buy some cheap-o duck boots for muck slushing. These were surprisingly warm and easy to walk in. AND I finally bought a warm down coat from Uniqlo and some turtlenecks (because that seems to be all I wear in the winter).
Summary – I’ve spent my clothes budget. I’m done until summer.
Using (skincare) – My skin is getting better but it’s still a mess. I’m still being gentle with it using Paula’s Choice and keeping it simple. Right now, I actually really like the brand’s SPF 50 lotion. It’s lightweight and layers perfectly over my morning creams and serums. I’ve also been into moisturizing masks like Skinfood Banana Yogurt mask (which smells like fake bananas) and Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel. I just apply these to dry areas only.
Summary – I really wish rumors like “drink lots of water” and “eat healthy” actually contributed to perfect skin. That would make life so much easier.
Eating/Drinking – Being that I was a hostess, I got to show people some of my favorite restaurants in NYC/Jersey City (well, my favorites as of now). This really is a great area for restaurants.You really can get anything here. I also cooked more in January. I baked a king cake that even had little lucky babies in it. Actually, I baked a lot. The cold weather really triggered some weird nesting thing in me.
Summary – I really need to stop baking or I’m going to put on 15 pounds before spring.
Listening – When I baked or cooked, I like to listen to Latin soul (like Joe Bataan, The Chakachas, Ralfi Pagan). Basically, I turned into my maternal grandma. I also listened to a lot of Lebanese indie like Yasmine Hamdan and Mashrou’ Leila. I also picked up a few classic acid Trax records. Because, I’m still me.
Summary – Like everything else this month, I was all over the place.
Watching – You guys, I got hooked on Empire. I binge watched both seasons. I mean, it’s a soap opera. It’s predictable. And in this weird way, I adore the predictability. It makes me feel in control or something. I often think, “There’s no way the writers wrote in blah and blah because that’s too predictable”. BAM! They did. And instead of being disappointed, I love it. I live for that. I also really like the actors. What started out as this almost pity appreciation turned into a true love of this Dynasty-ish series with an even better wardrobe.
Summary – Now I have to wait until March to watch Season 3 just like everyone else. Lame.
Reading – It was another month of not reading anything for pleasure. It was strictly business.
Summary – There are so many books I want to read too. I’m going to make time for entertainment reading. This is my goal for February.
Wanting – After this eventful month, I can’t really think of anything that I want other than maybe a vacation. Because people always want those.
Summary – I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m content. Wow.
What were your favorites from January? Did you do anything inspiring? Go anywhere inspiring? Eat anything inspiring?
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