Passing Fancies, September 2015


This September is turning out to be busy, yet energizing in all sorts of weird ways.

Video: Finally starting to watch the final season of Mad Men (no spoilers!)

I recently whipped through The Girl on the Train. Thank you, C., for lending your copy to me!

“China: Through the Looking Glass” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, on one of its final days. Mixed feelings about this one.

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Product Review: Kiko Milano Eyes Potion Perfecting Eye Contour

EYES POTION Perfecting Eye Serum
My friend Gaia (also known as “The Non-Blonde“) happens to be one of my favorite beauty-and-fragrance bloggers, and I take her makeup recommendations seriously. When she raved about Kiko Milano a few months ago, I took note. I recently made my first visit to a Kiko Milano boutique (they’ve been popping up in New Jersey malls, although they have yet to cross the Hudson River to Manhattan), and I purchased two items. Here’s one of them!

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Product Review: Nonie Creme/Colour Prevails Classic Lip Duo Lipstick/Gloss in Neutral Pink (02), with Swatch


Another Nonie Creme Colour Prevails review! I own the brand’s Classic Lip Duo (lipstick and lip gloss) in two shades, Vintage Rose (review here) and Neutral Pink. I think I’ll be using Vintage Rose even more often in the autumn; lately, however, Neutral Pink has been getting heavy rotation in and out of my bag.

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Fragrance in Art: Portrait of Lady Tjepu at the Brooklyn Museum

Lady Tjepu, ca. 1390-1353 B.C.E. Limestone, gessoed and painted, 14 13/16 x 9 7/16 in. (37.6 x 24 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 65.197
Lady Tjepu, ca. 1390-1353 B.C.E. Limestone, gessoed and painted, 14 13/16 x 9 7/16 in. (37.6 x 24 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 65.197

I just wanted to share this beautiful ancient Egyptian tomb painting, a portrait of a woman named Lady Tjepu (now in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum). I thought it would interest some of you–in addition to her sheer linen gown, opulent jewelry, and dramatic kohl, she wears a perfumed cone of wax on her head. Women and men wore these cones as a means of self-perfuming: as the cone gradually melted during the course of a banquet or other festivity, its perfumed oils would run down the wig and scent the wearer’s body, drenching it in fragrance.

If you’re going to deal with hot weather (even hotter than we’re having here in NYC this week!), you may as well smell good meanwhile.

A New Address for Anna Sui in NYC


I’ll always hold onto my happy memories of time spent in Anna Sui’s boutique at 113 Greene Street—parties, fragrance launches, just regular shopping trips by myself or with a friend. I’ve met Anna there, several times. I’ve enjoyed chatting with the sweet sales associates. I’ve purchased many cherished dresses, a handbag, several lipsticks, and one of my favorite necklaces there.

This is New York City, however, and the only constant is change. Anna has just left the Greene Street location and opened a new flagship just a few blocks away, at 484 Broome Street. (I could swear I’d read that the new address would be somewhere on Bleecker Street, but I can’t find that reference now; I think the earlier version of the WWD story has been updated from “Bleecker” to “Broome.” Change in plans? Landlord/real estate drama? Who knows!)

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In any case, I plan to visit the new boutique soon, and I’ll try to get some photos of the new space. In the meantime, you can browse my past Anna Sui-related posts here.

Images via Anna Sui press/customer mailing list.