I recently promised more information on the new Anna Sui polishes that I’ve been sampling, so here is the first of two posts reviewing them!
I’ve been trying three cremes from the new range of 45 colors, and I’m really having fun with them. I don’t know the official names yet, but their numbers (left to right in the top photo) are C100, C002, and C702. All three have contrasting flecks of color for a “speckled” effect.
This week I made a visit to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Bluebell Wood, just in time to catch the bluebells before they start to fade away. This corner of the garden always reminds me of Manderley in Daphne DuMaurier’s Rebecca.
“Too early yet for blue bells, their heads were still hidden beneath last-year’s leaves, but when they came, dwarﬁng the more humble violet, they choked the very bracken in the woods, and with their colour made a challenge to the sky.
He never would have them in the house, he said. Thrust into vases they became dank and listless, and to see them at their best you must walk in the woods in the morning, about twelve o’clock, when the sun is overhead. They had a smoky, rather bitter smell, as though a wild sap ran in their stalks, pungent and juicy. People who plucked bluebells from the woods were vandals, he had forbidden it at Manderley…”
My latest post on Now Smell This is a fragrance review of i Profumi di Firenze’s Plenilunio. You can read it here.
I recently attended the press preview for “Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1971″ at the Museum of Modern Art. I was preparing to write a short piece about the exhibition as a freelance assignment (see here!), but this visit ended up being pleasure as well as work.
I even picked up a few fragrance references that I’d like to share here. One came in connection with Ono’s 1971 “exhibition” at MoMA, which was actually a work of Conceptual art rather than a literal exhibition. Continue reading
Tra la, it’s May, the lusty month of May!
Video: “Wolf Hall” and “Game of Thrones”
Reading: A collection of Fran Lebowitz essays, which I was inspired to re-read after coming across this interview
Art: “Yoko Ono: One Woman Show” at the Museum of Modern Art Continue reading
I’ve just received word from an Anna Sui representative that the brand’s nail color collection will be relaunched this summer, in 45 new shades. As you can see in the photos above and below, the textures and finishes range from glitters and cremes to metallics and speckles. Continue reading
My latest post on Now Smell This is a review of three fragrances from the new niche line Vilhelm Parfumerie. You can read it here.