Covet: “Sky” Umbrella


On days like today, when misty rain alternates with brief periods of sunlight, I sometimes think about this cleverly designed “Sky” umbrella. It was created in 1992, by graphic designers Tibor Kalman and Emmanuela Frattini Magnusson, and I’ve probably been admiring it almost as long as it’s been sold at the Museum of Modern Art’s gift shop.

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My Back Pages: Perfume in The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh


I started reading Evelyn Waugh’s fiction when I was in high school and Brideshead Revisited had just been re-aired, in all its glory, on public television. One of Waugh’s funniest novels (which is saying something) is The Loved One, a black comedy written after Waugh had traveled to Los Angeles. Short and sharp, it skewers the funeral industry, life in Hollywood, romantic courtship and, in passing, beauty products.

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Covet: Diptyque Rose Duet Candle

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As you may know if you follow my reviews on Now Smell This, I love anything rose-scented, and I’m  long-time admirer of Diptyque’s fragrance and candle lines. So, imagine my delight when I learned about this new, limited edition candle from Diptyque.

It’s named for a variety of hybrid tea rose that has two-tone petals (lighter on one side, darker on the other) and its scent is a blend of two other Diptyque candle fragrances, Baies (rose with black currant leaves) and Roses. I haven’t seen (or smelled) it in person yet, but I’m sure I’ll love it when I do.


Images: screen grab via the Diptyque website; Rosa “Duet” [altered] via Wikimedia Commons.

Product Review: Sunday Riley Modern Lip Color in Marie Antoinette


I’ve written before about my love for Sunday Riley skincare and cosmetics; these products are high-priced, but they’re also high-quality, so I find them worth the investment. I wrote a review of the line’s Modern Lip Color lipstick in Duchess a while ago, and now I have a few thoughts to share about another shade, Marie Antoinette.

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