End of Month Tally: March

Kind of strange writing this end-of-month tally while tomorrow will be my week in review, but whatevs…

Books I Read:

How Did You Get This Number? by Sloane Crosley. So, so good. A+.

Month by Month Gardening in the Deserts of Arizona. I found a couple of new plants to try out, but I probably should have got this and made notes back in October. B-

Donations to Charity:

Red Cross Japan. Bien sur. Another great place to donate? DonorsChoose.org. The Beau donated to this not only because he love to help education and learning, but also, to see/hear Stephen Colbert sing “Friday” with The Roots. Everyone wins.

Budget Analysis:

meh. I used my sister’s baby shower as a reason to go to joann’s and michale’s and I went a bit nuts. I have been saving up for a sweet new area rug though, and The Beau gave me the OK to purchase an awesome rug I hope is as awesome as it looks online…


The Keep. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. So awesome and even coping with the frustrations of being a Wolfman, Lon Chaney is adorable and awesome.

Summer Scent Journey

UPDATE: How funny Gala wrote a post about this too! Great minds think alike; I have had this post in the wings since I got my samples last week!

When it comes to perfume, I am 100% picky. Since I work in a place where a lot of people flow in and out, I take in a lot of perfumes and colognes that make me ill. People use perfume like it is going out of style, and it always makes me think of this quote about perfume that I read somewhere: “Perfume should always be light enough that you have to get close and interested to smell it.”

I also get seriously upset when I’m happily flipping through my ELLE and get accosted with scents that I do not care for at all. Usually when I get my magazines in the mail I rip those out as soon as I take them out of my mailbox. But I adore taking the plunge and finding new scents. Which is why I truly LOVE Lucky Scent. They allow you to buy samples of a fragrance which is absolutely outstanding. A lot of these scents I am grateful I only got a sample of, because I would be very sad to buy a bottle of perfume, only for it to make me go cross-eyed with foul smells. So, here we go, the reviews of my three purchases.

Vanille Bourbon. This is my signature scent. I am quite fond of most vanilla scents anyway, in lotions and candles, but when it comes to something I have to smell constantly all day, I am extremely picky. Most vanilla scents are ultra sweet and smell…well, they smell like they could give you a cavity! This vanilla scent has a base, a sort of foundation that grounds it and makes it a more “grown up” version of a vanilla scent.

Jasmin et Cigarettes. This one is definitely a more niche scent. Like the description says, “this is a glamorous vamp of a perfume.” It is very husky, very much so an after-hours type of perfume. I can only wear it for a date night or happy hour because it is pretty strong. But it is really great. This is a scent where that above quote is extremely important.

Oranges and Lemons, Say the Bells of St. Clement’s. A very traditional perfume. When I saw oranges and lemons in the title, I expected a very citrus-y scent, but it isn’t really. The neroli, vetiver and Earl Grey Tea really tone down all the citrus. It is a lovely scent, but I am still on the hunt for a super citrus scent!

Has anyone else used Lucky Scent, or is on the hunt for their signature scent?

p.s. one of my other favorite scents that I bought to wear myself? Ralph Lauren’s Polo Black.

Light My Fire

1. P1030195, 2. P1260735M – World on fire, 3. Untitled, 4. 100/365 – What diet?, 5. Untitled, 6. Untitled, 7. jazzy sparklers, 8. Birthday Cake (Pt. 2), 9. Hearts Afire

No special reason for the above collage of fiery wonder, I just wanted to wish you a week of sparkles. Not girlie glitter sparkles, but a passionate,  sparkler-driven run through the park, scaring groundhogs back into their holes for fake winters.

Week in Review

Here’s what happened this week:

Juliette Lewis direct messaged me -seriously, the best way to kick a gloomy, rainy Monday’s ass!  (uh…ignore all those open tabs),

perfume came in the mail (hello spring! Thank you Lucky Scent!)

I made a skirt! (2 in fact!) and received my poufy crinoline to go underneath,

and finally, in work news, we got a color copier, so no more long walks next door for this lazy office admin gal!

p.s. I also got this in my weekly photojojo newsletter – the best ways to use a disposable camera! I might have to buy a couple this summer and experiment!