Quick Reads: Annabelle Gurwitch on “Free Samples”

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I really enjoyed writer-comedian-actor Annabelle Gurwitch’s short essay about free samples, “The Treasure in a Small Package,” as published in The New York Times over the weekend. You can read it here.

Gurwitch begins,

“You’d think I had asked for a swatch from the Shroud of Turin. That’s how my request for a free sample of La Prairie went over with the sales associate at the Bloomingdale’s cosmetic counter…”

Image: Catherine Keener and Jennifer Aniston in “Friends with Money.”



500th Post on Tinsel Creation!


According to WordPress, this is my 500th post on Tinsel Creation…. and I still can’t decide on just one topic for my blogging. I hope you’ve enjoyed all my thoughts on perfumes, lipsticks, art, books, and NYC oddities over the past two-and-a-half years. I’ll continue to wear several hats (ha!), and I hope that you’ll keep reading.

Passing Fancies: October 2014

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Reading: “Gone Girl.” I’m one of the last people in America to read this book, right? I saw the movie first.

Video: A binge-watch of the first season of “Blacklist” (James Spader!)

Audio: Autumn is always a good time for some Lloyd Cole.

Drink: Some delicious sangria at a tapas restaurant the other night, with my friend M.

Eats & Treats: Various kinds of apples from the farmers market

Garb: A new black cardigan-jacket purchased during Comptoir des Cotonniers’ summer sale

Beauty Products: Some early-release Christmas products (!) from LUSH (reviews to follow!)

Pleasure: Giving my first professional presentation on perfume advertising and art history (more to come, I hope!)

Worry: Ebola. No, just kidding. Maybe.

Stray thought: Since I have more even time than usual to appreciate them lately, I feel very fortunate to have the friends that I have, both near and far.

Image: Joseph J. Gould for Lippincott’s, October 1896.