My Back Pages: Perfume in Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses


The past week-and-a-half have been draining for me: I caught the flu, my husband caught the flu from me, and our sweet cat M. was suddenly ill (but not with the flu). We’re all on the mend now, I’m happy to say.

“Escapism” and “Cormac McCarthy” aren’t words that you usually see in the same sentence, but McCarthy’s novel All the Pretty Horses gave me something to focus on last week when I needed an emotional break from our various illnesses.

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Product Review: LUSH 9 to 5 Cleansing Lotion

Screen Shot 2013-02-19 at 2.38.23 PMAs part of my early-2012 skincare overhaul, nearly one year ago, I changed the way I wash my face in the morning. I used to wash with a foaming gel cleanser in the shower. But the cleanser was discontinued, and then a skincare expert warned me that my skin was dehydrated and advised me to stop washing in the morning altogether.

I’ve given up the morning lather, and my skin really does feel smoother and look healthier now that it’s not stripped dry  and tight at 7 a.m. every day. Instead, I a) spritz my face with some rosewater and wipe it with a cotton ball, or b) if I’m feeling a bit oily or grimy, I use a little LUSH 9 t0 5 in the shower.

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A Quest and A Look Back, plus: OPI Give Me The Moon Nail Polish

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Just about a year ago, the product-sampling club Birchbox invited me to take part in a competition. Twelve bloggers were submitting their ideas for a new nail polish color, with a name, a description and a “mood board.” Three winners would see their concepts made into actual products by the nail-polish brand Zoya.

How could I refuse?

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Things That Make You Go “Hmmm”: Burberry Prorsum “Trench Kisses” Collection

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I’ve been sick with the flu for the past four days, so I’m a bit bleary-eyed. But I’m finally wading through the accumulated e-mails in my inbox, and I just came across a press release from Burberry that made me think I was still slightly feverish. Apparently the new Autumn-Winter 2013 collection from Burberry Prorsum (the really, really expensive Burberry line) is called “Trench Kisses.”

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Covet: Charlotte Olympia Perfume Clutches for Spring 2013

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I don’t wear bright colors, I don’t carry clutch purses, and I don’t have $1,300 to spend. However, if I did, I’d be eyeing Charlotte Olympia’s Spring 2013 handbag collection. It includes three “transparent enamel” (lucite? perspex?) clutches shaped like old-fashioned perfume bottles. One of them is pink and has a closure just like a bulb atomizer.

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Another design evokes the classic Chanel no. 5 bottle, making just enough alterations to avoid copyright infringement!

Fun, no?

Charlotte Olympia products can be viewed (and purchased, if you’re able!) at the Neiman Marcus website.