EauMG’s July 2016 Favorites

Jersey Shore


In comparison to June 2016, July was a less busy month; it’s the height of “lazy summertime”. I started feeling better and there was no traveling. It was a lazy month but that’s what I wanted. No regrets.

The heat was oppressive and I found myself staying indoors more than I would have liked. But, honestly I just did not feel like being out in 100º heat in a stinky city filled with clueless summer vacation tourists. We went to the Jersey Shore a few times which please, don’t let that TV show color your opinion of the Shore. The Shore is awesome.

Here’s some of my favorites from July:


EauMG perfumes
Some of the things I wore in July.


Wearing (fragrance) – My fragrance preferences were all over the place! Some days I want bitter green figs like Diptyque Philosykos. Other days I wanted “anything Chanel“. Some days I wanted something “beachy” like Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess. And then there were the usual Maja days.

My favorite bath/body combo was Alba Botanica Midnight Tuberose Shower Gel which is a moisturizing shower gel with coconut oil that smells wonderful, paired with  Yves Rocher Manoï Oil.

Summary – There’s no pattern. I wore whatever.


Most worn makeup July 2016


Wearing (cosmetics) – It was an odd month for me because I wore very little makeup. I felt like anything on my face would sweat off. My skin was looking good so why cover it up anyway? For a brief period, I rekindled my love affair with red lipsticks. My favorites were Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in F Bomb and Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick in Really Red. Eye makeup was minimal I used various shades in the Morphe 35K Palette. My absolute favorite purchase was the NYX Pro Foundation Blender in White. This stuff will make me use up all these fancy foundations that I bought that are a bit “off”. It doesn’t compromise the wear of the foundation and I love how custom it is. I highly recommend it to any of my fellow pale pals.

Summary – Even when I’m not wearing a lot of makeup, red lipstick makes me feel like I’ve tried and that I’m “put together”. Red lipstick is magic.

Melissa shoes
I’m a grown-up and I’ve bought jellies.


Wearing (clothes) – I’m dedicated to black culottes and white button ups.  I ended up buying more clothes than I should have in July. I can’t resist all these summer sales. I bought an Alexander Wang leather mini skirt for a great price. I bought a pair of Melissa shoes. They smell like cherry-almond or “urinal cake”. It depends on who you ask. They’re surprisingly comfortable. We’re going to Mexico (Mérida) in September and I actually bought swimsuits for the first time in a decade. This was less painful than I imagined because I’m at age where I don’t give two fucks what anybody thinks of me.

Summary – I am planning my fall wardrobe which will hopefully include a lot of dupes of Mugler A/W 1995 runway extravaganza (video here, it’s amazing).


July 2016 Skincare Empties


Using (skincare) – So, for the entire month my complexion looked great even though I wasn’t doing anything that different. Then on the last few days of the month, I get this huge zit on my chin that is going to take like five months to fade. Anyway, my favorite skincare product of the month was a little sample of La Colline Cellular Eye Mask that made my eye area look taunt and hopefully that will distract from that whopper on my chin.

Summary –  I could scream into a pillow over this.


Afro-Vegan cookbook


Eating/Drinking – For the most part, my appetite is much better than it was. I bought a vegan cookbook by Bryant Terry, “Afro Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean and Southern Flavors Remixed“. This cookbook is very much like the sort of meals I grew up on as someone raised vegetarian in the South. But, these are more conscious and step up from the vegan greens and black-eyed peas I grew up on. This cookbook for the most part doesn’t suffer from what a lot of vegan cookbooks suffer from. They aren’t overly simplistic or recipes that are so elaborate trying to replicate something that they aren’t (like a stuffed turkey or something).  They”re good; they have flavor and most of them I could easily whip out on a weeknight.

Summary – Bryant Terry may be the only person in the world that could make me go vegan. Or at least when I’m not eating buttermilk biscuits or cornbread.


Betty Davis
Betty Davis

Listening – Back to listening to 70’s funk like Betty Davis and 70’s George Benson. Also, lots of 80’s Zapp band. So, really nothing new but at least it’s fun.

Summary – My default.


Welcome to the Dollhouse


Watching – I went to the movies a few times this month. I saw “Neon Demon” which is weird and has a lot of triangles. I’m happy I saw it but I do think it was a little too “involved” for something that comes across as camp. Also, the themes were tiresome and I don’t really like anything that vilifies lesbianism (especially as much as this movie did). Yet, I still didn’t hate it. I can’t explain why other than all the Helmut Newton photography references and glitter. Then I watched “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie” which was funnier than I expected it to be. It’s exactly what you’d expect from that silly show with added Marilyn Monroe flick references and lots of pretty imagery of the South of France.

At home, I rewatched “Welcome to the Dollhouse” which is still my favorite “coming of age” movie (along with “Ghostworld“). I watched “Salvando al Soldado Pérezwhich is a Mexican comedy about a “cartel boss with a heart of gold” that tries to rescue his brother from Iraq who is a US soldier/POW because it’s his mother’s dying wish. It was a cute comedy with some ridiculous depictions of Turkey (which I think were purposeful, suggesting how “isolated” the drug lord was) and some funny “Scarface” references.

Summary – I wanted to see the new “war on men Ghostbusters” but didn’t get around to it. I guess now I have to wait until it is on DVD.

Spanish language learning books

Reading – July was one of those months where I worked on skills. The time I usually reserve for reading, I reserved for Spanish language study. I bought a book “Breaking Out of Beginner’s Spanish” which has been very helpful. And then I bought Bryant Terry’s cookbooks.

Summary – No dejes para mañana lo que puedas hacer hoy. I’ve been saying that I would “brush up” on language knowledge for years but haven’t. So, now I’m making myself.

a new desk
a new desk

Wanting – A new desk/work space. Honestly, I’m so content right now that this is all I can think of and really, it’s been on my list since I’ve moved. I think I finally know what I want: sit/stand desk with a bamboo top.

Summary – So boring, but it would get so much use.

Overall, life is really good which is a nice surprise because the past few years have been rather tumultuous. I also want to announce that I’ve been accepted into a graduate program at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health! Classes start in September. I’m so excited to continue my studies. So, I’m taking a few years to track diseases, dig through massive datasets and create pretty maps to gently break bad news to the world about ugly stuff like cancer clusters. I can’t wait!

What were your favorites from July? Did you do anything inspiring? Go anywhere inspiring? Eat anything inspiring?

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10 thoughts on “EauMG’s July 2016 Favorites

  1. I have the exact desk pictured (black legs, bamboo top). I love it! It looks better in my office than I expected.

    Meanwhile, I’m glad to hear that you’re finally feeling better. I can’t really weigh in a summer fragrances because it’s been cold in Berkeley, and then I want to wear spicy scents as “fog fighters.” One of my favorites has been from DSH Perfumes, Fou d’Opium, a gorgeous tribute to the original Opium.

    1. I’m fairly certain that’s the one I’m going to get 🙂

      It’s been hot here. Like adjusting my wardrobe, I’m finding myself wearing fragrances that I used to rarely wear.

      Fou d’Opium is a gorgeous fragrance. Dawn does tributes so wonderfully!

  2. I love that you have No 18 on display – it’s one of my favorite summer fragrances….I’ve gone through 2 small bottles and I’ve almost finished a big bottle!

    Last month, I taught at CU in Boulder for a few weeks and decided to take only one fragrance with me – No 18. I didn’t tire of smelling it one iota. That surprised me about myself…..I usually like to mix things up. Does that make No 18 my “Holy Grail”?…….I hope not….I have total commitment issues. 😉

    1. I’m very predictable. In the summer, I wear stuff like No. 18 all the time. I went through a smaller bottle and then repurchased. And it looks like I haven’t put a dent into this one.

      I can’t commit, but I do have my favorites. No. 18 is one of those. I don’t get tired of it.

  3. Congrats on your acceptance to Johns Hopkins! Very cool! Also, good for you for studying Spanish. I really need to get serious about becoming fluent. I’m sure it will come in handy for your trip, which sound wonderful!
    I bought way more of those UD vice lippies than I needed. I really don’t know what happened. I said to myself that I don’t need anymore lipstick then I had like twelve of them…my favorite at the moment is amulet. Don’t tell me it’s not fall yet!
    Speaking of which, super into gothy/witchy fashion (well, more than usual) and I can’t wait for summer to be over!
    Btw, did you watch Stranger Things on Netflix? I love it! And in keeping with the DSH theme- I finally bought Cimabue but next on the list is Feu!

    1. Thank you!

      Honestly, I’m brushing up on Spanish so I can navigate my neighborhood better BUT the vacation is a huge motivator. I have some supportive friends that make it much more fun to practice with.

      OK, so here’s the UD on my list that I want: Amulet, Conspiracy and Backtalk. Before you know it, I’ll have a dozen of them too, lol.

      I’m goth in the summer which I admit takes some dedication. But, there’s ways to do it. Linen layers well. And well, I just stick to black with a few white or gray tops for when it’s totally unbearable out. Anyway, I’m so ready for cooler temps. And your Cimabue makes me want fall even more. I LOVE how that stuff cuts through a cool, foggy morning.

      I haven’t watched Stranger Things…yet. It sounds awesome and like something I’d totally be into.

  4. Mexico and Disease tracking! All in one year! I’m very happy for you. I love Mexico. Te amo mi mexico! And nursing school is crazy good with disease book learning! I’m happy that I went back to school even though it cuts back on my blog reading. My son is about to start NYU. I’m hoping to get some perfume shopping in very soon or in the next few months depending on hospital rotations. We have Zika and West Nile in my neck of the woods. I broke down and bought a very expensive sample of Guerlain meoteorites perfume this month and I’ve been spraying myself daily.

    1. Thank you! I didn’t realize that you were back in school! That’s great. This program is GIS (geographic information) with an emphasis in public health (epidemiology). Honestly, I’d say this interest occurred in my late teens somewhat when a cousin of mine was in nursing school. I flipped through some of her epidemiology text books. They were really in depth and over my head at the time, but sparked an interest. It’s amazing really with everything in this world and our own bodies, that humans ever function like they’re supposed to!

      Hope you can squeeze in some perfume shopping while you visit your son. This is a great city for perfume shopping 😉 Funny you mention Meoterorites. Since I posted that the makeup will last me forever with that “vintage” ad, it had me thinking about that perfume which I used to own. It was amazing and what made me a Guerlain fan girl. Wish they’d make stuff like that again!

      Yes, Zika is getting around, isn’t it? I wonder why our world has things like mosquitoes and ticks. They seem to not benefit anyone or anything in this world.

  5. Congratulations on your new educational adventure!!!
    Wow I’m so impressed at your well-rounded-ness What I mean is this: no matter how long we’ve read a blog, and how much we think we ‘know’ the writer, we’re really only seeing one (or a few) side of many that make up the multidimensional human on the other side. It’s fascinating . Although technically I did meet you once very briefly at KnowsPerfume years ago, I still only know what you’ve chosen to share, here or on Twitter. So I guess it was pretty surprising. Anyway, I digress.
    I wish you all the best for the next few years (and beyond!). Having a biomedical background myself, I know there will be challenges in your work, but you can feel good about your role in helping tackle the big world problems.

    1. Thank you so much! I look forward to learning more about all these complex, intersectional issues in public health.

      That’s true. It’s weird though. I find that even if a few things are shared, there’s a lot of overlap. Like there’s this one non-perfume blog that I read regularly. They said some things on Twitter and I was like “dang, we have more in common than I thought!” And when I meet people through perfume, I find we have much more in common be it through careers, books, movies, etc. AND I also notice that there are people that I’ve read/”known” for so many years but really don’t know anything about them other than the niche they discuss online. I guess they’re better at sticking to the “I’m a brand” thing than a lot of people are.

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