four walls, no walls, you and me.

January 7, 2010, 2:58 pm
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My friend Alice recently returned from a trip to Japan and brought back a bunch of goodies, including my all time fave, the elusive GREEN TEA KIT KAT!!! I’ve heard they can be found stateside but I have yet to see this phenomenon with my own eyes. Until then, I will have to savor the memory until the next time I or someone I know goes to Japan/Asia. If anyone knows of a place that is well stocked on green tea kit kats in the greater Los Angeles area, holler!

I love when friends travel because I always get such awesome souvenirs. Hopefully they can say the same about me when I travel! I love the wide variety of products available in Asia and the creative ways they combine seemingly incongruous ingredients to tasty effect. For example, the sweet potato kit kat on the bottom. I’ll be honest, I haven’t tried it yet and am a bit hesitant to do so. I also love the special feeling that I have something that few others can get their hands on. Such as the green tea hi-chews off to the side, or the rose scented L’occitane hand lotion on the right.

The only downside is that now I am ADDICTED to the green tea chocolates with jelly filling (the three square things in the middle) and it sucks to not have access to more!


Miller Harris Figue Amere
January 6, 2010, 4:38 pm
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This finally arrived yesterday and I immediately dabbed a bit on each wrist. First impressions are good so far although I see two big deterrents for this being a new favorite scent.

I love opening new boxes and taking a whiff. This smelled great out of the box. On my skin it was a little different. It was much too powdery for my chemistry. Others have smelled this in the basenotes but on my skin it definitely pops up sooner rather than later. The heavy powder lasts for maybe half an hour to an hour but once that fades it becomes a wonderful luxurious, strong, masculine scent. Which is the second problem. Although it is unisex, it tends more toward the masculine than feminine. I could see how this could be too much for some women but luckily I LOVE the smell of men’s cologne so it’s not really that much of a deal breaker.

The powder though… I have to assume that it’s just how it works with my chemistry since no one else has reported the same issue. So far Olivia Giacobetti’s Philosykos is by far my fave fig, as well as one of my top 5 fave scents and nothing else has come close. What I love about Diptyque’s take on the fig is that it is there is so much of the dirt, earth, leaves, and bitterness along with the fig leaving you with a rich olfactory experience. Miller Harris’ fig is much sweeter and yet more masculine, if that makes sense.

After writing about it I want to go home and spritz a little bit on now! I wonder if it smells any different sprayed. I like it aside from the powder and it was interesting enough to make me keep smelling my wrists every now and then when I had it on. The good news is that it lasts forever so I suppose I can spray this on first and then get ready for the day and hopefully by the time I walk out the door the powder would have dried down.

I got my bottle at Sephora, but they are all sold out! You can try department stores, the Miller Harris website, or other online retailers. $95 for 50ml, $140 for 100ml.

Winter Wardrobe
January 4, 2010, 4:01 pm
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While most of the year I live in flip flops, winter is finally here which means it’s boot time! Although let’s be real, you can still get away with flip flops year round in socal. And even though it never really gets THAT cold here, the minute temps drop below 50 I start to flip out and go on a hunt for warmer clothes. I can’t even imagine how I survived college in the midwest. I remember wearing chucks all winter long for a good two years before I bought Uggs. I didn’t even have boots this intense when I was in Chicago, where these really would have come in handy. I got mine on super sale from bluefly but you can get them anywhere. Also, they have since rebranded and are now known as Australia Luxe Collective if you want to get them elsewhere.

And two days later, because I am a consumer and weak willed, I also got these. Think they’ll up my street cred?!? Timberland 6″ Rounded Heel Boots, $39 from $120!!!

Also, if you were looking for the now sold out Barney’s Co-Op version, you can get these instead! I think these are cuter than the Barney’s version and are also made with leather, though not from Italy. Also in Black and Wheat which is SUPER cute, but not something I could pull off. Still on the hunt for the perfect winter coat…