The temperatures were milder in September so I ventured out of my A/C bunker a few times. Overall, it was a chill month.
I visited a few museums but still not as many as I wanted. Since moving here, museums are one of my new hobbies. I went to a few drag shows and got to see Seattle’s “jift” to the world, Dina Martina. I sort of joked that wherever we live has to have a Chinatown, a Barneys and a Dina Martina show. This really narrow does where I can live.
David was out of town some, so I got to live my bachelor lifestyle. My bachelor lifestyle includes a pile of frugs, Żubrówka and ginger ale, vintage Dior Poison (he swears he’s “allergic” to it) and Barbara Stanwyck flicks.
The rest of the month was just boring work and being a grownup stuff. Health-wise, I feel better that I did. I’m still not where I’d like to be with that, but it’s an improvement.
Also, I went to Elements and you can read all about that fragrance stuff here.
Here’s some of my favorites from September:
Wearing (fragrance) – I actually didn’t wear too many fragrances in September unless I was testing them with the intention to write about on the blog. And I enjoyed trying the new stuff. Sometimes in the evening, I’d wear a rose body oil and then wear something like Chanel Misia or Malle Lipstick Rose. Oh, I have the Lipstick Rose shower gel now. It’s amazing.
Summary – I focused on new things. When I wore stuff “on my own time”, I went for my “neutrals” which are roses.
Wearing (cosmetics, etc.) – I bought way too much stuff in September. Stores like Ricky’s “#” are going to be the death of my “no-buy”. With my eye makeup this past month, I was all about Morphe Palette in 35 Koffee . It’s just basic neutrals but that’s what I wanted to pair with my darker lip colors. September was all about dark lips with shades like ColourPop Feminist (which is now discontinued, boo hoo!), MAC Viva Glam III (matte brown plum) and Lipstick Queen Berry Sinner (which is more of a brown than berry). When it came to red, I went for a “soft red” and one of my favorites, NYX Matte Lip Cream in Amsterdam (on my lips above). My complexion has been looking good so I haven’t had to wear much face stuff at all. But, I do wear a highlighter (like ColourPop Hippo or Benefit High Beam) with blush. Some of my most worn blushes have been Covergirl Cheekbones Contour in Purely Plum, Physician’s Formula Super BB Cheek & Lip Beauty Balm in Natural Peach (love this stuff as a blush, it has SPF too) and NARS Blush in Mata Hari.
Summary – I’m still not tired of minimal eye makeup paired with dark lips and shimmery cheeks.
Wearing (clothes) – It was still warm throughout September; yet, it still felt like fall. I didn’t buy any clothes but I planned my “fall costumes”. Most days I wear jeans, a James Perse t-shirt and Nikes. Since it’s been getting cooler at night, I wear a Uniqlo men’s workshirt in black. I also like to pair this with an Equipment white, silk button up tunic and black culottes with boring black oxfords.
Summary – I tried to enjoy my last month of the year of wearing less layers. But, in reality, I love layers.
Using (skincare) – My skin actually looked good and is behaving. This is a big deal for me because it was this time last year that it went to shit. I won’t take healthy skin for granted again. I kept using my regular routine but I did use more sheet masks that focused on brightening the complexion and fading discolorations. I’m also using an Olay product for the Asian market that helps to brighten. I think it’s working. Above is a pic with no face makeup, no filters.
Summary – I’ve been celebrating clear skin by not covering it up with foundation and stuff.
Eating/Drinking – I still haven’t really been feeling food because of health stuff. This is so weird for me since I love food. But, whatever. I ate a few good restaurants like Prune in the East Village and Danji in Hell’s Kitchen. Danji was so amazing. It’s modern Korean for an American audience. And then this bartender at Evelyn got me drunk on perfume inspired cocktails. The next day was really rough but I have to love NYC for running into a bartender that knew his vetivers and had opinions on the Helmut Lang reissues.
Summary – The good news is that I’m trying to be healthier. And I’m still drinking a lot of water and staying hydrated. I had a bad day but it was worth it.
Listening – Skinny Puppy and crunk jams of my school days.
Summary – Just more of my “stuck in time” jams.
Watching – I didn’t watch much of anything, like a couple of episodes of Supernatural.
Summary – I didn’t TV that much. I guess that’s good.
Reading – I didn’t read as much I wanted to. I read Kelly Link’s “Get in Trouble – Stories“. It’s a collection of post-modern short stories that struggle with the obstacles of love and self all over a lackadaisical supernatural backdrop. I’d sum up this collection as “awkward gothic” written by a woman that sure does “surreal mundane prose” very well.
Summary – I love reading and I need to do it more. Any book recs?
Wanting – I want a cool looking warm coat for winter. I want something long, oversized and boxy. And some warm boots that are waterproof. I need to prep for tri-state winters. When we moved, I got rid of basically everything. It got a little cooler and I realized that I have no clothes suitable for under 55°
Summary – Why did people ever settle in a place with such extremes? I know there are much worse climates but it’s odd to me that everyone didn’t just go to SoCal or whatever. Also, it’s weird to me that the place where the closets are the smallest is the same place where you actually need a wider variety of clothing to be comfortable throughout the year.
What were your favorites from September? Did you do anything inspiring? Go anywhere inspiring? Eat anything inspiring?
*Rose pic from freeimages.com. Nike shoe from Nike’s website. Danji pic from NYMag. Skinny Puppy pic from last.fm. Book pic from Amazon. Jessica Walsh coat from dailymail.co.uk. Nordstrom, C.O. Bigelow, Amazon, Uniqlo and drugstore.com contain affiliate links.