acquisitions: Dior Crème de Rose smoothing lip balm

On February 23, 2013 by theseventhsphinx
Dior Crème de Rose smoothing plumping lip balm

Dior Crème de Rose smoothing plumping lip balm


This Dior Crème de Rose balm is definitely luxe.

[Yesterday was an indulgent day. When it comes to my lips, I often indulge.]

I’ll get into my obsession with lip balms later. For now it suffices to say that I have many lip balms, and that this is a worthy addition to my options. The rose fragrance is high quality–presents as a true, simple tea rose– and the texture is firm but smooth. On the lips it is slightly tacky, though not so much as a straight ointment would be, in that way that makes me think it would be a great base for lipliner or lipstick.

I love rose, and have had my eye on this for many months. No regrets.


on the menu: aloo ghobi + cilantro, naan, chocolate layer cake

On February 21, 2013 by theseventhsphinx


More Indian. A little heavy on the garam masala but even this is no disaster. Good level of heat with some sanaam chilis.

I was going to have green tea mochi when I was offered cake. Not the most fitting progression  but I often eat strange combinations. I see the virtue of careful pairings but…as long as I like all of the elements…


I usually don’t eat dessert at all, am more inclined to drink it if anything. But once in a while I see the appeal.

on the menu: gin tonic with cardamom, mint, lime

On February 19, 2013 by theseventhsphinx


gin tonic

gin tonic

Guerlain Homme was one of the first fragrances I got myself. It smelled fresh and good, and I later learned that what smelled fresh was mint, and what smelled good, was vetiver.

Perfumer Thierry Wasser explains that his inspiration was, in part, the mojito, and it isn’t far off. It smells like…a manly mojito. I was wearing it today and so started craving mint. Not wanting a mojito, quite, I made my own thing: a gin tonic with cardamom, mint, and lime.

Beefeater 24 gin, Fever-Tree tonic water, cardamom pods

Beefeater 24 gin, Fever-Tree tonic water, cardamom pods

Guerlain Homme, gin tonic

Guerlain Homme, gin tonic



reading: Ozick, Shakespeare, Handke, Pelevin…

On February 19, 2013 by theseventhsphinx



Hamlet, Shakespeare* (over and over, have you seen the RSC production with David Tennant and Patrick Stewart? Highly recommended)

The DIN in the HEAD, Cynthia Ozick (essays, had been meaning to get to her for some time)

A Moment of True Feeling, Peter Handke (who has so far done no wrong in my eyes, who makes me wish I read German, whose book [one of] I bought in German in hopes of motivating myself)

French Women Don’t Get Fat, Mireille Guiliano (currently on a French women kick that shows no signs of waning, fascinated by all of the cultural data strewn throughout this kind of book)

A Werewolf Problem in Central Russia and Other Stories, Viktor Pelevin (the kind of stories it is more fun to read than to try to categorize. SF? Postmodern? Speculative fiction? Who cares. I like them)

*’heart-ache’ was coined in the ‘To be or not to be…’ monologue.

Huh, nearly all living writers featured this time, Shax excepted…uncommon for me.

on the menu: wedge salad with parsley, mint, bacon, asiago

On February 18, 2013 by theseventhsphinx



Say what you will about iceberg lettuce. It has crunch.

Flavor? I can add flavor. i.e. bacon. i.e. herbs. i.e. cheese. i.e. more cheese. i.e. rye croutons.