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i've been spending way too much money on beauty things this past month; the words "drunken sailor" come to mind. Mostly I've been throwing money at Frederic Malle - It all started with a bottle of Portrait of a Lady, and the splurge purchase of Malle's Portrait of a Lady body butter has only complicated things in an enabling kind of way.

So, about a month ago, I fell in love with Portrait of a Lady when I stumbled onto it at the beauty counter at Barney's. I smelled it and knew it had to be mine. Love at first sniff. Described thusly on the Malle website:

A baroque, sumptuous and symphonic perfume that required hundreds of trials to balance such an expressive formula, Portrait of a Lady is undoubtedly the perfume containing the strongest ever dosage of rose essence and patchouli heart. Dominique Ropion composed an oriental rose, based on an accord of accord of benzoin, cinnamon, sandalwood, and, above all patchouli, musk and frankincense. A perfume evocative of sensuous beauty, that attracts people like a magnet. A modern classic.

First of all, it's unusual for me to find a rose-centric blend that I like. But! I'm a huge fan of frankincense, and I've learned that a patchouli note can smell like much more than just "stinky hippie." I wouldn't have chosen this based on the text description, but like all great art, words fail to communicate the experience. I didn't know what I was smelling, I just needed more of it in my life.

As I am wont to do when I fall in love with something, I obsessively research and try to find out as much as I can about said object of affection, which, in this case, included both the scent and the perfume house as a whole. This kind of focus tends to be all consuming for me, it's a function of an obsessive curiosity.  Anyway, in the course of my research, I found there was scented body butter available. Suddenly, the most important thing in the world becomes my ability to slather myself from head to toe and become one with this fragrance. It's not the cheapest thing in the world, but when I told K how much I spent on the perfume, he was like, "you could have spent twice as much!" so now it kind of seems like I'm tossing in the body butter for free, in a slightly demented rationalization kind of way. I also added a small travel sample of "Dans tes Bras" because why not, then clicked the "checkout" button.

A week later, my body butter arrives and it's insanely good. Like, magical good. Like, it smells amazing, like eye roll back into my head amazing,  and my parched skin drinks in the moisture like nobody's business, transforming from lizardlike, California drought skin to radiant and silky smooth, beautifully fragrant skin. Wow. Yes. I am transformed. I glide through the house, throwing mad sillage as I walk up to K and say, "My stuff came! Here, touch my arm, it's so soft." He obliges, eyes grow wide, and says, "wow!" I say, "Yeah, right?! Amazing." He marvels and gets a dreamy look in his eyes. He then says, "so, how much was it?" I say, "guess.." 400 dollars! he guesses; I say no. 500! I say no, with a smile. He looks a little worried and shouts, "700!" "No!" Yes, this is good, I like his guessing, because now 200$ feels cheap! I tell him it was $215, and he looks at me and says, "your skin can feel that good for 200$? Do they have more? You need to get another one!"  So, really, what's a gal to do but buy some travel sizes in order to identify which body butter to get next? It's like a moral imperative at this point. There are four primary contenders: Musc Ravageur (might be too much cinnamon); Dries Van Noten (vanilla/sandalwood sound perfect!); Iris Poudre (highly unlikely but could be a dark horse); and Carnal Flower, which [livejournal.com profile] mafdet has first dibs on since she got a bottle of that the same time I got PoAL, but I couldn't pass up the notes in Carnal Flower as a potentially outstanding body butter option (Tuberose! Coconut! Orange blossom! Yeah, I could slather that!)

I also got some Slumberhouse samples at last; they are a perfume house out of Portland. I have a bottle of Zahd from them, but haven't experienced anything else from their line. Another line where full bottles aren't cheap; very glad I found a place online that had samples available (Twisted Lily, who do great customer service, btw).

I've also been revitalizing my makeup. I've decided to become a red lipstick person for the next decade or so; if it's good enough for French women, it's good enough for me. It's simple, yet looks really elegant when done right.  It's been a little bit of trial and error to find the "perfect" go-to daily red, but I think I finally found it - Bobbi Brown's Luxe Lip Color in Parisian Red. It's got a little bit of shine and not a trace of a blue undertone.
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10 June '99 - It's been a very weird last 3 months since I've written last in this section. Basically, I've upended my life in any manner possible, and now I'm watching all the little pieces that were tossed into the air start to do whatever it is they are going to do. Some seem to be carried by the wind far away from me, others are drifting back down into my hands. Not only that, but the wind that carried some things away has seemed to bring all these new really remarkable things, it's neat. It's amazing what happens when you get out of the way, and let the universe do its thing.
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31 May '98 - Ok. Wondering where the hell I've been? Well, just like the X files, the truth is out there. Now, I'll condense it so it's in here, in a pretty little paragraph or two. Anyway, talk about whirlwind...here's the scoop.

Scott - He's the CEO of the company that bought out 2 divisions of the company I had been working for. On Thursday afternoon, I found out that Friday would be the last day I would work at the company I had been working at for over 2 years. Monday, myself and 23 other fine UniCitizens would report to Campbell, CA (about 20 miles away) for work at our "new" company. But it's really the same stuff I was doing before, I'm still in charge of my 2 favorite sites (I can say that now), but I don't have any support staff (yet). I'll get to build a team to work with me to make sites. So, it's going to be really cool. I'm looking forward to it. The only bit that can be viewed as a negative (other than not seeing all my work friends on a daily basis, which is pretty sucko) is that the 20 miles is a commute "over the hill" via the dreaded Highway 17. It's renowned around here as a bearish commute. (I'll be adding a link shortly so y'all can see this drive - check out my links page)..and, as you faithful readers know, I don't have a car, so it makes for an interesting situation. They have a shuttle for the next few months, so that's cool.

Dave- went to see Dave Matthews Band at Shoreline 2 Sundays ago. Great show; I'll be looking for the tape, e-mail me if you are doing a tree. This would have been its own musing any other time, but, given the volume of news, Dave and company just get a brief mention. Rest assured, it was a fabulous show. Go see them if you can.

Bucky - this is the guy that sold me my new car! Well, new to me. That's right, I got a car. It's a '95 Toyota Corolla. I just got it yesterday; and have been just running errands for the past 36 hours. Why? Because I can! No more bus for me. Yay! This is the first time I've had a car in 3 years. With the severance package they gave us when we left the old company (see above), I was able to finally put down a downpayment, so now I'm heathercarwoman.

And that, in a very large nutshell, is what's been going on in my life for the past 14 days. Nothing much... ;D


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