On A Brief History of Polka Dots

Also rockin' polka dots: chronically handsome musician and weirdo hellion Ed Harcourt:

Posted on June 25, 2013 at 6:09 pm 5

On Unreleased Celebrity Fragrances

Oh, the URLs got lost.
Paintbox Soapworks "English Gentleman"
CB I Hate Perfume "Russian Caravan"

CB I Hate Perfume "Russian Caravan" - "Smoked black Indian tea, bergamot and the hint of shelves full of old books"

If you like "Fryday I'm in Love":
CB I Hate Perfume "In the Library" - "a warm blend of English Novel*, Russian & Moroccan Leather Bindings, Worn Cloth and a hint of Wood Polish"

If you like "Mule Variations":
Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs - Sin & Salvation - LES INFORTUNES DE LA VERTU - "A pain-tinged, pleasure-soaked blend of leather, oakmoss, orange blossom, amber, and rose with a breath of virginal French florals and a hint of austere monastic penitential incense."
Paintbox Soapworks "The Queen is Dead" - "Blackened honey, glossy leather & a glittering swirl of smoke rising from the earth"
Aramis "Havana" for Men - "Top notes are artemisia, caraway, mandarin orange and basil; middle notes are carnation, fir, cinnamon and tobacco; base notes are sandalwood, patchouli, oakmoss and vetiver." It's for men, but not especially musky, so it doesn't read as "cologne" so much as "sweetish, complex and compelling," and I wear it all the time.

Posted on January 10, 2013 at 5:29 pm 0

On Unreleased Celebrity Fragrances

@AmandathePanda Pardon the spamming, but YOU CAN HAZ. I have bought this and adore it.

Posted on January 10, 2013 at 5:03 pm 3

On Unreleased Celebrity Fragrances

@cashmere velvet candy cane YOU CAN BUY "SHERLOCKED." Well, it's called "English Gentleman," but it smells EXACTLY AS DESCRIBED. http://www.etsy.com/listing/75489373/the-englishman-luxury-glycerin-soap

Posted on January 10, 2013 at 4:59 pm 0

On Don't Pity Them, They Will Take Over Your World

@Nicole Cliffe Because Cardiff is where the Captain Harkness live traps have to be.

Posted on December 5, 2012 at 3:25 pm 1

On Girls Who Wear Glasses on Halloween

I just went to a party as the Tenth Doctor this weekend! I'd already given myself the haircut while watching Doctor Who drunk a month earlier (FYI, that David Tennant hair looks GREAT on women) and have rectangular frames. The rest was just tailoring a pinstriped suit and channeling my manic pixie side all night.

Posted on October 30, 2012 at 2:56 pm 0

On Ask Ladies About Engagement Rings

When my parents got engaged, my dad asked, "So, do you want a ring or something?" and she said "How about a dishwasher instead?"

She figured they'd have the rest of their lives to pick out jewelry, and 39 years later, she's got a beautiful diamond ring he got her ... and a fistful of gold she picked out for herself.

Congratulations! Get the ring if you want it, and don't feel bad if you don't.

Posted on August 1, 2012 at 1:06 pm 5

On The Lazy Person's Guide to Canning


Also, I pickled garlic scapes and fiddleheads, because lately I have been going bonkers on summer produce and pickle anything that can't run away from me.

Posted on July 10, 2012 at 7:00 pm 0

On The Lazy Person's Guide to Canning

@billie_crusoe I've had one can explode. Seems to be a thing with the jar contents cooling off too much before you pop it back in the water bath, so when it heats back up and expands, the pressure inside climbs and the jar gives out.

It hasn't happened again since I started superstitiously keeping the hot jar in a bowl of hot water while I fill it, but that has probably just as much to do with the fact that I fill jars a whole lot faster than I used to.

Posted on July 10, 2012 at 6:57 pm 0