The past few months have been so busy and I’ve had to prioritize. The first thing to get pushed down the list is this blog. This is why there wasn’t an October 2016 Favorites. In November, I was equally as busy but I’ve sort of navigated my responsibilities better. But, then I haven’t actually felt like blogging. The past few weeks (December), I have so that’s why there’s a sudden 2-for-1: Belated Favorites.
I’ve been busy with school but I’m really enjoying the program. I no longer have much free time and I find myself doing research of some heavy topics at some odd hours, but that’s grad school. When I’m not doing work or school, I’m basically catching up on boring domestic tasks.
Over the past two months, I can’t really remember what fun stuff I’ve done. I’ve stayed around, no travel. Well, I was in Mexico for some of October, but I didn’t travel in November. I’ve had some friends visit over various weekends and it’s been nice to catch-up and show people around. The weekends are my time to fall back in love with NYC. My guests have reminded me of this.
Above is a picture from a perfume talk at the New School hosted by Daisy of CoolCookStyle. Maria of aroma M is speaking and yes, Carlos Huber, creative director of Arquiste, is just as handsome in person.
Anyway, nothing exciting event has taken place, but I’m doing well. I’m healthy and staying busy. I can’t really ask for more than that.
Wearing (fragrance) – My tastes have been leaning more decadent. I want chypres and I’ve been shopping my samples for those. At night, I wear my usual old favorites like Chanel Coco and Cartier Baiser du Dragon. I’ve been digging those bigger 80’s scents. During the week, I’ve been really into Phlur Moab because it’s warm and comforting. It’s the sort of perfume that goes with sweaters.
Summary – I’ve been all about the ambers and the moss.
Wearing (cosmetics) – Not that this is new news, but I have an issue buying makeup and frankly, hoarding it. Yeah, I should buy less, blah, blah. But, it brings me joy and I’ve cut out everything else fun in my life so I’m not quitting makeup. I’ll slow down but not quit. To enjoy what I have, I’ve decided to rotate my products weekly. This means that I’m living my life like a non-makeup addict. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! I use the same eyeshadow palette, blush, etc. all week. This has me using up products that I like, plus, it streamlines my routine when I travel and stuff. I’m also “shopping” my collection to achieve the looks I’m craving.
My cravings have been very 70’s magazine editorial. This has been mostly a combo of gray shadow/glossy red lips or a look of jewel tone metallic shadows/orange-red lipstick. My favorite products in rotation have been Chanel Rouge Allure Lip Gloss in Pirate, a shiny red, and Tom Ford Quad in Titanium Smoke, a quad of disco meets late 90’s runway grays. I love Colourpop‘s metallic shadows like Donna, an emerald green, and Game Face, a liquid bronze, because the formulas are so metallic and easy to apply. I pair these shadows with a terracotta lip like Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in Mama or an orange red like NARS Velvet Matte in Red Square.
Summary – I’ve decided that I’m on a “Low Buy” which means that I can purchase only 2 beauty products a month, regardless of price (meaning that I won’t ignore a $5 lipstick purchase). This is how I’m going to deal with my hoarding.
Wearing (clothes) – Election stress made me make bad decisions. I bought an Armani coat in a sangria shade and a vintage Dior bar jacket. That’s fancy for someone that just wears black Uniqlo skinny jeans and black turtlenecks.
Summary – Stress is expensive.
Using (skincare) – Ever since I started using low pH cleansers, my skin has been cystic-acne free. I’m currently using Glyderm Gentle Face Cleanser. The texture is something you’ll love or hate (non-foaming liquid) but I like it. I’m also realizing how difficult it is to find a low pH cleanser since most brands don’t share this info and you don’t know until you buy and test yourself.
The weather change has made my skin so dry. So, I’m searching for comfort in Swiss brands since they seem to know a thing or two about moisture. Things like Valmont Regenera II, an extra thick cream, and La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil, an oil booster, have been good to me. Who knew my face would like fish eggs, liposomed RNA and patented triple DNA so much?
Summary – As soon as you figure out one thing, there’s another problem.
Eating/Drinking – This time of the year, what have I not been eating or drinking? I’ve been going out to eat as a social hobby. I’ve also been cooking more at home. We had a nice laid-back, Southern Thanksgiving using recipes of my grandmothers’ (like cornbread dressing, pinto bean pie and black cake).
Also, let’s take the time to appreciate how amazing citrus is this time of the year.
Summary – It’s officially overindulgence season!
Listening – If you told teenage me that someone openly identifying as a lesbian would have a Top 20 Billboard hit and that a reality TV star/businessman would be elected president I’d say you were the sort of liar that lies about weird things. But, that’s 2016. The current state of the world is such a mixed-bag. But, at least the music is good.
Watching – I have had no time to watch TV. I have squeezed in a few Adventure Time episodes between mind-numbing tasks.
Summary – Hurry, someone give me a show to binge watch over my break.
Reading – I read a lot but it’s not the sort of stuff that I feel anyone else would find exciting. It’s all manuals and reports.
Summary – Hurry, someone give me a book to read over the break. I sort of envy people that get degrees in stuff like poetry or literature because then they aren’t reading about remote sensing and algorithms.
Wanting – For the world to not implode.
Summary – We shall see.
What were your favorites from November? Did you do anything inspiring? Go anywhere inspiring? Eat anything inspiring?
I’m going to be taking it easy after the holidays. I have a break between this term and the next. I have a lot to catch up on and frankly, I feel like being lazy too. I may have some scheduled reviews, but otherwise I’m going to do whatever I feel like doing which may or may not be blogging. My brain is stressed/fatigued and I need a break. If I don’t see you before the 1st, I hope you have a great holiday/s!
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