Thursday, December 31, 2015

December 31st

Another year has flown by! Thank you all for continuing on this journey with me. I am proud of myself for doing this blog, and so grateful to all of you who have stopped by.

2015 was quite the year, wasn't it? I got a new job, which has been super exciting. It's certainly had its good and bad times, but I'm genuinely happy with it. And of course, I started dating Brad, who I love so dearly. I am so overjoyed that we get to ring in this year together just like we did last year. My perfume collection has also grown significantly!

Thank you, 2015, for the new music, new friends, new loves, new perfumes, new job, new video games, and every other new experience you've given me. Thank you Lexa, Kady, Jon and Anfo for helping to create this blog with me. Brad, thank you for being a part of my life. I love you to the moon and back.

To 2016: Hello, new friend. I look forward to meeting you. I cannot wait to see what you have in store! I'll be attending MAGFest, seeing Andrea Bocelli perform, and hopefully spending lots of time with my family, friends, Brad, and Cas.

And so, I finish 2015 in love, with people, places, and experiences. When I look back on this year, I want to remember how happy I am right now. Thank you all for this beautiful journey that we're on, and I'll see you in 2016. I love you all!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

December 30th

Sleepy night with Brad tonight! We had a fun shopping adventure earlier and now we're tired. Tomorrow we're going to Ikea! And hanging out with my dad!

I love having Brad here. He's the best.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

December 29th

Brad is finally here! I'm so happy. Like...really, really happy. I love him so much. I can't wait to spend the week with him!

Monday, December 28, 2015

December 28th

Work in the morning. Cleaning in the afternoon. And Brad in the evening!

I hope tomorrow is an easy day. Fingers crossed!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

December 27th

I am on a total Chinese food kick. And by Chinese food I mean Panda Express, but still. Orange chicken and white rice forever, yo. I even got wontons today.

Getting out of the house was good today. I had kind of a funny afternoon, so getting to see Sarah and Megan and everyone else was nice. Granted, there was a sad movie playing in the background and I didn't get to stay too long, but at least I did something today. This time of year can be really tough, like my depression doubles down on me and kicks my ass more days than usual. (Thanks, seasonal affective disorder!) But despite the napping and being sad more often than usual, I'm still getting by. going to work, getting out, all that. I wish it was better, but if wishes were fishes and all that.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

December 26th

Happy birthday to my wonderful little sister! She's growing up way too fast. She'll be 20 next year. I really can't handle that. She's not that old. D:

It is another chilly night tonight! But luckily I get to sleep in tomorrow, and hopefully Cas won't keep me up tonight. I love his cuddles, but not when they turn into hi chewing on my hair or my nose because I fell asleep and I'm not petting him anymore.

Tomorrow and Monday are going to be big cleaning days! Woohoo! And then Brad will be here!

Friday, December 25, 2015

December 25th

I am very chilly! I also ate a little too much today and my stomach isn't the most happy it's ever been. But I got some wonderful Christmas presents and got to have a lovely lunch with my dad and sister! And tomorrow...it's back to work at 7 AM!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

December 24th

Merry Christmas Eve! I'm spending time down at my dad's house today and tomorrow. My sister is back from college too, and it's the first time I've seen her since August! I've missed that little doofus so much. She's the best.

I hope you all have a warm and merry Christmas if you're celebrating it tomorrow!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

December 23rd

Guess who is super excited to sleep in tomorrow? THIS GIRL.

I can't believe it's almost 2016. Neither can Cas, judging by how much he's bugging me right now. He is rubbing the keyboard, and my fingers as I'm trying to type.

I received my end of my last perfume swap of 2015 today, which is Dark Amber and Ginger Lily by Jo Malone! Expect a review soon!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

December 22nd

I got to meet my manager's new baby today! He's less than a week old and he is the cutest little thing ever and I got to hold him and it was amaziiiiing. I haven't held a baby in like 10+ years and that baby was several months old. This baby was like...fresh outta the oven. So tiny. So soft. I like holding babies.

Monday, December 21, 2015

December 21st

Well, I got most of my chores done today! I even did some that I wasn't planning on doing! Aaand I haven't started cleaning my apartment yet. It is so messy. At least Cas doesn't judge me for it. 

Sunday, December 20, 2015

December 20th

I have so much to do tomorrow! I have to mail like 500 packages, and I really ought to start cleaning for when Brad gets here, and I need to do laundry as well!

I could use a good TV recommendation or two. I don't have cable, just Netflix and the internet. Any suggestions?

Saturday, December 19, 2015

December 19th

Scent of the Day: pc02 from biehl parfumkunstwerke


So, can you tell by the brand that this is a German perfume? I thought so. I've been trying to find something from this brand for awhile that would strike my fancy, but most of their compositions are made of very similar note pyramids, not many of which appeal to me. This one, though, was different from the others so I thought I'd give it a go. This is a very, very sweet perfume. Honey, sugar, and tonka bean prevail here. It's almost too sweet, but just barely stays on the side of wearable. It's tempered by cardamom, which isn't really detectable in smell but rather in how it makes the perfume function. It makes it less heavy. The drydown of this is actually quite wonderful, though. If I could have a perfume that was just this after 4+ hours on the skin, I'd love that. It's still sweet, but very sensual, like sweet skin. There's some patchouli and spices, plus the aforementioned sweetness, but nearly so intense. This is definitely a winter scent, though, it would be far too cloying in the summer. I'll finish my sample of this just to enjoy the drydown again.

Friday, December 18, 2015

December 18th

Three day weekend for me! I have so so so much to get done! But then it's Christmas, and so very nearly 2016! I can't believe it. This year has absolutely flown by.

Tonight is a night for sugar cookies and kitty cuddles.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

December 17th

I am having a sleepy day at work. I work until 11, and then I have to be back bright an early tomorrow morning! Bleh.

Today's review: Vierges et Toreros by Etat Libre d'Orange. 

So, Virgins and Bullfighters. This name definitely intrigued me. The main notes here are tuberose, leather, ylang-ylang, and vetiver. On me, though, it was all leather and vetiver, with a bit of cardamom. Now, that's not a bad smell by any means. It smells like a very rugged, sexy man. But the lack of the other notes that should have been prominent meant this one didn't quite live up to its name. I was hoping for a leather (bullfighter?) softened by tuberose (white floral for a virgin?) or some sort of dichotomy, but it was all bullfighter. This is one for the boyfriend, not me. Very good, but not what I was looking for.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

December 16th


Today's review: Jeux de Peau by Serge Lutens

This is what I expected Bois Farine to be. Wheat-y, milky, sort of like a bakery. Unfortunately, Bois Farine has that awful sawdust note. This, however, does not! I'm still not terribly keen on it, as it's quite an unusual smell. The main notes are wheat, milk, sandalwood, licorice, and coconut. I was hoping to get more licorice and coconut, but alas...mostly just milk and wheat. I can see why this is a comfort scent for many people. I've even seen people saying it smells like a newborn baby or breastmilk. I've not smelled either of those things so I can't confirm or deny, but that does seem interesting to me. I'm not super excited to finish my sample of this since I don't really love it, but it's one I'll definitely try again. It's an experience, at least.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

December 15th

Stressful day. Emotionally draining. I was feeling pretty shitty at work. My amazing manager took some time to let me vent though, which made the rest of my work day so much better. I'm so grateful for her. 
I've kind of slipped back into bummed out/stressed out mode though. I don't know if that's going to go away before Christmas. I kind of doubt it. 

I'm going to try for another perfume review tomorrow, even if it's brief. Not sure yet what I want to test tonight. Hopefully it makes me happy. 

Monday, December 14, 2015

December 14th

Hello beauties! I have some fragrance reviews for you today! I'll try and spread them out a bit, since I've tried quite a few new ones lately, but I'll do two today.

And before I forget, here's the coat I got yesterday! I love it so much!


All right, so today is a Serge Lutens review day. I've recently tried a few new scents from the brand, but I need to retest one because I don't remember it all that well.

So first off we have Cuir Mauresque.


I'm not sure why I'd never seen this scent when browsing Fragrantica or sites that sell SL, but I was buying some samples on Surrender to Chance and this one came in a set with two other scents I wanted to try, and I got super excited because anything with "cuir" in the title gets me excited. (Cuir meaning leather, and in this case "Moorish Leather".)
Now, I'm not sure why, but this smells very familiar to me. It oddly reminds me a lot of Misia from Chanel. It has this fruitiness to it, and it's quite sweet. It's primarily composed of leather (of course) as well as myrrh, incense, caraway, and amber. The drydown is definitely a standard incense-and-resin drydown. Sweet and smoky. Again, it's a very familiar drydown, but I can't place it.
I really do enjoy this scent. Would I buy a full bottle? Probably not. But I definitely like the scent, especially in this chilly weather.

Next up is a somewhat infamous/controversial Serge Lutens scent, Muscs Koublai Khan. I've wanted to try this for several months now because of all of the insane descriptions. Sometimes scents are described as "animalic" and I've never really understood that term until I smelled this. (I smelled it a bit in Dzing! but nothing like this.) This smell really is a mindfuck. The main notes are civet and musk, both of which are derived from animals. I have perfumes with both of these notes in them, but not as dominant notes. I described Dzing! as smelling a bit like a circus, particularly if one were standing near an elephant. It's this strange scent of hay and wild animal. This scent is all about that. Someone on Fragrantica described it as what is would smell like if they drove by two buffalos mating. If you can imagine that farm-stable-barn-wild animal smell, that's what I'm getting at here. But here's the catch- this scent is also very sweet and sexy. That's where the mindfuck happens. Amongst the copulating wildlife, there is a beautiful, sensual amber, rose, and vanilla. It's so contradictory to pair these feelings together, the wild animals and the sexiness. It feels very carnal. Some people seem to really enjoy this, but it makes me a bit uneasy. However, I would 100% recommend this scent as something to try. Even if not to love, to experience. It has a very raw, unnerving sensuality about it, and it's fascinating.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

December 13th

Soooomebody got super cozy in bed and fell asleep! Not me though. I would never! Pfft. 

I got a really awesome new winter coat! I'm going to try and find a picture of it online to post tomorrow. 

I rocked some Russian Red lipstick by MAC today. Red lipstick is fucking amazing. 

Saturday, December 12, 2015

December 12th

Hi friends! I have tomorrow and Monday off, so I'm hoping to catch up on blogging and such! I also have to buy Christmas presents!

It's so warm out for December! It's a little crazy!

Friday, December 11, 2015

December 11th

Well, so much for doing my massive perfume review tonight- I'm feeling quite under the weather and very tired. Tomorrow though!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

December 10th

Another Serge Lutens perfume is now in the queue to be reviewed! But not tonight because I am super duper tired! I'm in bed blogging from my phone. But I have tomorrow off! And many chores to do! 

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

December 9th

Somekitty is nibbling my fingers as I'm trying to type this. He was so good last night though! He let me sleep through the whole night!

Perfume of the Day: Cuir Mauresque by Serge Lutens

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

December 8th

I am very sleepy and hungry. Sorry for the short post! I hope you're all doing well!

Monday, December 7, 2015

December 7th

Waking up at 4 AM and not being able to fall back asleep til your alarm goes off sucks. I napped way too hard when I got home. But I did get chores done, and my eyebrows threaded!

Tomorrow is supposed to be a crazy morning at work. Luckily I do t work until 3. Hehehehe. 

Cas is being such a nugget. He only wants attention when I'm napping. And when I'm awake, he leaves me be. Cats are the weirdest, and the best. 

Sunday, December 6, 2015

December 6th

I didn't have the best mental health day today. I woke up with depression fog coming out of my pores. Just...ugh. All of the bad parts of depression. Guilt, sadness, loneliness, fatigue...all the fun stuff!

I have two perfume reviews coming up, both from the brand Juliette Has A Gun. Keep an eye out!

Now it's bedtime for this lady and her kitty. 

Saturday, December 5, 2015

December 5th

I'm in the mood to buy lipstick. Lots and lots of lipstick. Why must NARS Audacious lipstick be so expensive? I want like...half of the collection. And with each lipstick being $32 and there being 40 shades in the collection...I don't think that's going to happen any time soon. A girl can dream though!

I got my LuckyScent samples today! ...Let's pretend I don't have like 50 I still need to test, okay?

Friday, December 4, 2015

December 4th

Some-kitty and I are getting all cozy tonight! Then, a relaxing day off tomorrow.


Thursday, December 3, 2015

December 3rd

Who's cold? I'm cold! Who's sleepy? I'm sleepy! I have a pretty chill (no pun intended) weekend ahead though. Even if Cas is being a little ball of trouble.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

December 2nd

Welp. I thought I had tomorrow off, but apparently I don't. Whoops! On the plus side, I am currently wearing a super cozy comfy fuzzy robe. :3 Paired with my new fluffy pillows and cuddly blanket, I am super snuggly.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December 1st

Wow. It's December. 2015 flew by and I don't know where it went! So much has happened this year! I'm looking forward to this month though. Brad is visiting, as is my sister, plus I love Christmas. Not too keen on the super cold weather, but oh well. I have cozy blankets and a warm cat!

I hope you all have a wonderful and cheery holiday season!

Monday, November 30, 2015

November 30th

We've reached the end of November, friends! I miss Ireland. I can't believe it's been a year since I've been there. I need to travel more. I'm going to Maryland in February!

I have snuggly new blankets and pillows. :3

Sunday, November 29, 2015

November 29th

I am happily at home and in bed! I'm so excited to go to sleep at a normal time! I figure I'll probably wake up in the middle of the night, but dammit, I'm just glad I don't have to work until 7:00 tomorrow morning. 

I have so much Christmas shopping to do this week! Thank goodness it's almost payday!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

November 28th

Night three! Whee! It's the home stretch! I paid an obscene amount of money for a Naked Juice at Caribou on the way here because those have been keeping me sane the last few nights and I had one fewer than I thought I did. Time for dinner and this pricy smoothie! Tonight looks like it should be pretty low-key, so that's what I'm hoping for.

I could go for a shower and some oatmeal right now though.

Friday, November 27, 2015

November 27th

I'm back at work! It's really trippy working twice in one day, technically. Since I left at 7:00 this morning and arrived back at 11:00 tonight...and was of course working midnight through 7:00 this morning...I've already worked nearly eight hours "today"! I'm really not too keen on this whole three audits in a row business. Two nights in a row is hard enough. I'm already tired! But I shall power through! Perseverance! Yeah! Woo!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

November 26th

Hi friends! I'm blogging from work! Because I have audit tonight...and the next two nights as well! Three nights in a row! Ahhhh!

It's obviously super slow tonight though, so I'm currently eating a sandwich and waiting for midnight so I can do all of the end-of-day stuff.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all! I am so grateful for everyone who has ever read this blog, because it makes me happy to know I'm not (always) just shouting into the void. Thanks for putting up with me, guys. I love you all!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

November 25th

Things went really well today! I am super sleepy though, so back to sleep I go. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

November 24th

Wow, this cold is not nice. Work was absolutely miserable today. So many sniffles and so much coughing and my god my nose is red. Cas is trying very hard to be a part of this blog entry. He's basically on the keyboard.

Time for warm food, YouTube, and rest.

Monday, November 23, 2015

November 23rd

I have a sudden and very unpleasant cold! My body is so sore and my nose is so stuffy and drippy. Waaah. It would be so awesome if I didn't have to get up super early tomorrow and work. Sigh!

Here's hoping I feel better in the morning!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

November 22nd

I finally got caught up in Two Dots! Hallelujah! The Undertale OST helps. Also spending a dollar to get five more moves. /shame

Early morning tomorrow! Then chores and such. Post office and grocery store and all that jazz. This is why I could never have a vlog channel on YouTube.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

November 21st

Work was a little crazy tonight. Drunk people! Hey! Also my coworker was talking about soft shelled turtles and accidentally called them soft shelled tacos and it made my night like a hundred times better. Then I got to come home and talk to Brad which always makes my night the best!

Special birthday wishes to someone very near and dear to my heart, miss Lucahjin. Without her I wouldn't know Brad, and without her, I would be missing countless happy hours of my life spent watching her LPs, chatting with her, watching movies with her, and learning about so many new things that have brought so much joy to my life. Happy birthday dear, and thank you for everything.

Friday, November 20, 2015

November 20th

Hello friends! I have recently gotten really into a perfume that I swapped away quite some time ago now and recently repurchased. That happens from time to time...I swap something away that wasn't necessarily a "dislike" or even a "neutral" but rather a "like but not a love" and then end up regretting it, and then repurchasing it. The first one that happened with was Versace Crystal Noir, which I now own again and love. The second, which I've been wearing most days at work recently, is Elle L'Aime from Lolita Lempicka. I'm not sure why this scent is so captivating to me right now. It's definitely a more summery scent, but then again, I always end up wearing perfumes during the wrong "season" for them.


So I ended up buying this from a lovely lady all the way in Hawaii because she was selling the set that came with the limited edition bracelet that matches the bottle. I have a lot of trouble with bracelets since my wrists are so small, but this is an adjustable cuff one and it's gorgeous. But, the scent of this stuff. As you guys may recall, I don't usually get on with lime scents so well. Burberry Brit is a notorious example. I've tried to love the EDT and EDP of that and just haven't. But this one is lovely on me! It's mainly coconut, lime, jasmine, vanilla, and ylang-ylang, with some bergamot and a hint of myrrh thrown in for good measure. It's a very dry lime, not sickly or juicy. It wears very well in this weather, and it's refreshing while still being cozy. I'm happy to have it again!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

November 19th

Do you ever go to the car dealership to get your tires rotated and you end up being there for four hours? Because it sucks. Especially when your phone is dead and the book you brought isn't catching your interest. 

I didn't sleep well at all last night, so I'm pretty damn tired. At least I learned a tiny bit more of the Undertale OST on piano. Like, two more measures. But still. That's progress. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

November 18th

Even when I think I'm incapable of my horrible night turning even a little bit positive, Brad surprises me. He really is the best. I love him so damn much.


And here's an awesome Undertale remix/medley.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

November 17th

Perfume of the Day: Coco Eau de Parfum by Chanel


I'm on a bit of a Chanel kick lately. This scent wasn't my absolute favorite when I first tried it, but I re-tested it today and really loved it! It rides a fine line between smelling "dated" and classic, but its elegance is undeniable. It mainly features cloves, amber, and rose, which isn't a combination I'd normally gravitate towards. I'm not a huge fan of rose of cloves unless they're very well blended, and in this case, they are. It's one of those scents where the notes blend together to create their own unique scent as opposed to one of those perfumes where you can clearly pick out each note. Those can be great, of course, especially if there are particular notes you really enjoy. But there's also something quite special about a combination of notes that makes an entirely new scent. This perfume seems to be a real winner for this weather, and I'm super happy that I tried it out again!

Monday, November 16, 2015

November 16th

I had such a sleepy day today! It was rainy and I was tired, can you blame me? I did at least get to the post office, though. I need to go to Target tomorrow!

Scent of the Day: Chanel No 5 EDT


This is a lighter version of the Chanel No 5 that most people know, but it still packs a punch. It has that classic vibe, unlike the newer Eau Premiere version that I love so much. I received this in a swap today and I'm really enjoying it! It's got pretty good lasting power for an EDT, and it's like a happy medium between the original EDP and the Eau Premiere. Main note is, of course, aldehydes, along with ylang-ylang, jasmine, civet, iris, and musk.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

November 15th

Hooray! I did it! I conquered the scary busy work week! Now I have some time off to relax and I'm so grateful! I don't even know what I'm going to do with myself. (Other than like, chores and getting my car checked and such.) I may read a book! Or two!

Sorry for the lack of long entries and perfume reviews and all that good stuff lately. I've been extra tired after work and so busy, I feel like I haven't been able to put proper effort into this blog. I will do my best to get that back on track!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

November 14th

Just got home from work. Have to be back at 7 AM. I am so sleepy. Good night, friends!

Friday, November 13, 2015

November 13th

Eeeeep, my legs hurt. I'm so ready for the next two days to be over! This is such a crazy weekend and I just wanna...sit. And lay down. Aaaand sleep.

My internet is being really wonky today. YouTube is buffering like crazy. And I just wanna stay up all night and watch Game Grumps, you know?

Thursday, November 12, 2015

November 12th

Hi friends! Another early night tonight, as I have to be up bright and early tomorrow!

My Scentbird order should be here soon! I'm also signed up for Boxycharm and Lola now. We'll see how those two fare. I'm sure I'll keep the Lola subscription, we'll have to see about Boxycharm! Boxycharm is kinda pricy, haha.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

November 11th

All right, who's ready for a crazy work week? Let's get this going!

On the plus side, I bought Command Strips tonight, and I'm super overly excited to start redecorating my room.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

November 10th

I'm going over to Sarah's house to meet her new bunny! I'm so excited! I love bunnies! And I miss Forrest, and I haven't seen a bunny in so long! Plus her housemates have awesome animals too. Like a lizard! I hope I can meet him too!

Monday, November 9, 2015

November 9th

I did so much cleaning today! I'm so proud of myself! But now I am extra sleepy and ready for bed. I got some decor at TJ Maxx and I can't find my Command Strips so I can't hang up my sweet new art.

Thanks Brad for helping me fix my ridiculous phone. You are the best ever. (Obviously.)

Sunday, November 8, 2015

November 8th

Man oh man, work was a doozy today. I'm so tired, but I need to clean tonight! We have an ~apartment inspection~ tomorrow and I have so much cleaning to do! Also, I'm not sure what time my landlord is coming but I totally forgot that I need to vacuum and it's definitely a little late for that, so I guess I'll wake up early and do that? Tomorrow is my day off before a six day long work stint that's going to be super busy, so I really want to sleep in, but I guess that's not gonna happen. Oh well! I'm just glad to have a day off.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

November 7th

Got my new (used) car today. Stressful day. I'm stressed. And I work at 7:00 tomorrow morning. Here's hoping work goes well. 

Friday, November 6, 2015

November 6th

Another sleepy night! Hopefully sleep will come easier tonight. I couldn't fall asleep last night, and my neck/shoulders/head hurt. I also have a strangely large bite (spider, I think) on my back and it looks kinda gnarly. And it itches.

Tomorrow I believe I shall be getting a new car! Then I've gotta come home and do some cleaning.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

November 5th

Back to work tomorrow! And then Saturday I get a new car, most likely. That's still pretty weird to think about.

Cas is being extra cute tonight. He's so cuddly and chilled out and I just love him so much.

I should get to sleep here pretty soon, but I'm not all that tired. I don't work til noon anyway so I'm not too worried, but I don't want to totally mess up my sleep schedule either.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

November 4th

Well, I said goodbye to my car today. My very first car! I'm very grateful that car stopped me from getting seriously injured in my accident, but I'm sad to see it go, too. Chances are I'll be getting the same car again, just a year or two newer.

Cas and I are hanging out tonight like best buddies. He's so chill. We're gonna watch a genocide playthrough of Undertale now. And I'm going to eat dessert, though I don't know what I want yet.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

November 3rd

Still sleepy! I got out and about today though, which was good. Tomorrow I have to clean out my car so they can bring it to the car graveyard, which actually gives me serious anxiety because all I can think about is that scene from The Brave Little Toaster and that terrifies me. Those cars didn't want to die. D:

Tomorrow: Sending gifts to friends! Buying stationery! Cleaning car! Visiting cats, maybe!

Monday, November 2, 2015

November 2nd

Sorry for the short entry last night! Sarah drove me home after work and we were hanging out a bit. Cas had a good time, too!

I'm super sleepy tonight, so I think I'm going to head to bed! Have a lovely night, my friends!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

November 1st

Happy November! I'm so thankful for my awesome friends. Sorry for the short post tonight. Work was long!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

October 31st

Happy Halloween! Be safe tonight, friends!

I had a SPOOOOKY x-ray today! Because...bones? Spooky! I don't have any broken bones, so that's good! My chest just hurts from the airbag. And my knee is so bruised. But I am okay! Just sore!

It's very nearly November! Woohoo!

I wish I didn't have to work tomorrow, but I guess I do need the money.

I'm talking to my most favorite Brad right now. It's always nice to end the day on such a good note.

Friday, October 30, 2015

October 30th

So I was in a car accident today. I'm okay, albeit sore, but I'm going to get checked out at the doctor tomorrow anyway. My car is totally wrecked though, so I have no vehicle. That's my news for today.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

October 29th

Very chilly. Very sleepy. Today was a long and cold day! I have to go grocery shopping tomorrow, I was too tired to go tonight. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

October 28th

Work went better than expected! Yay! I also got my first ScentBird order today, which is exciting! This month I chose Eau des Merveilles from Hermès. I want to try it tonight, but I also finally found my sample of Coco Noir from Chanel, and I'm in a Chanel mood lately.  

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

October 27th

Woohoo, crazy work day tomorrow! And then four more days of probably crazy work! Today was pretty relaxing though, although I slept wrong when I napped and I've had a shoulder/neck/headache for the past couple of hours.

I played some more Undertale today. That game is freaking amazing. I highly recommend it.

Monday, October 26, 2015

October 26th

Hi friends! I finally have a day off tomorrow, I'm so excited! Except it will be followed by five days in a row of very busy days, especially Wednesday. I get a three day weekend* (*Monday through Wednesday) after that though, so it'll be okay. Plus money! Yay!

I'm in a shopping mood. I also need to get my eyebrows done. I'm thinking tomorrow is gonna be a mall day.

Still trying to get some commissions done for my Twitter icon. *throws money at strangers* DRAW MY FACE PLEASE.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

October 25th

Brad and I love cats and soup. We first started talking a year ago, how crazy is that? I'm so happy I met him. 

Saturday, October 24, 2015

October 24th

Good evening lovelies! I am so sleepy! I'm gonna sleep early because I have to be up early for work! 

Scent of the Day: Classique by Jean Paul Gaultier

Friday, October 23, 2015

October 23rd

Perfume of the Day: Dahlia Noir from Givenchy



Unlike most of the reviews of this scent, I actually do get a bit of a "noir" vibe from this one. My skin plays up the sandalwood a bunch, as well as the patchouli and tonka bean. It's very creamy, sensual, and warm. There's some powdery undertones, and a bit of floral wisps here and there, but for me, this is not the powdery floral that so many others get. I had my mother try this, and it smells entirely different on her. I must say though, the way it smells on me is so delightfully rich yet still somehow airy, it's very unique. It's almost like the softer sister of Versace's Crystal Noir.

Notes: Rose, pink pepper, iris, sandalwood, vanilla, patchouli, tonka bean, mimosa, mandarin orange

Thursday, October 22, 2015

October 22nd

Thank goodness I don't work until 10 tomorrow morning. I didn't sleep well at all last night, and I had awful nightmares, and I didn't nap today...so I'm super tired. And I wanna sleep in. I still have to get up around 8:30, but that's better than 5:30.

I bought a bunch of music from Susanne Sundfør tonight. I also started listening to Fever Ray thanks to Brad. Have some music, friends!


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

October 21st

I am a very sleepy lady! I got a lot done today though. Doctor's appointment went well- I'm going to be switching up my meds which makes me super nervous, so hopefully it goes well. I'm at my dad's house tonight and I'm all bummed out that I didn't bring down a perfume to test. Also, I miss Cas.

I have tomorrow off, and then a very hectic spree of days at work. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

October 20th

Lots of ups and downs today. Feeling a little out of sorts. And hungry. I dunno. Tomorrow should be better. It's payday, anyway.

Monday, October 19, 2015

October 19th

Oh man. Turns out doing audit on short notice, without at least partially adjusting your sleep schedule, makes it ten times harder to stay awake. I did get some damn good sleep when I got home today though. And some more this afternoon. (My sleep was interrupted by the doorbell.) I just wish I didn't have to work tomorrow, but luckily it's a short shift and not at 7:00 AM, either. 

Dear Serge Lutens: Can I have a bottle of Un Lys for like $125? It doesn't have to be the fancy cloche bottle, it can be the regular, smaller 50ml bottle that the regular collection comes in. But I don't have $285. And I am in love with that perfume. 

Sunday, October 18, 2015

October 18th

Guess who decided to take the overnight shift tonight since our auditor is sick? This girl. I'm so tired. I don't know why I agreed to this. I could sleep for eight hours right now, and instead I'm working for the next eight hours. Sigh. I can do it!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

October 17th

Got some long-needed closure today, thank goodness. I feel a lot better about a lot of things. I have tomorrow off from work too, so it's shaping up to be a decent weekend. I may go to a bonfire tomorrow night, too.

I have so many new perfume samples/bottle and I don't know what to test tonight! I'm thinking Classique by JPG.

Friday, October 16, 2015

October 16th

So much perfume today! All of my swaps came at once! And I smell amazing! I'm super cozy in bed but also super hungry so I feel like I'm in hunger limbo. Like pee limbo, when the amount of cozy you are is the exact amount of how much you have to pee so you get stuck in pee limbo. 

Scent of the day: 24 Faubourg by Hermès

Thursday, October 15, 2015

October 15th

Back to work tomorrow! Really wish my stomach didn't feel so off. I'm gonna try and get some sleep! I hope you've all had a great week!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

October 14th

I had a pretty productive day today! I got groceries, mailed a bunch of packages, and got my flu shot! Now I'm all cuddled up with Cas. I also went to PetSmart to get him new food and litter but I forgot my coupons so I decided to just look at the animals instead. I met three really nice snakes and a tarantula, a really friendly kitty, and a chameleon who sat like a person! I didn't realize how much I liked chameleons until today. 


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

October 13th

Work was actually really great today! It was like the ideal work day for me. Just the right amount of stuff going on. I meant to go to Target afterwards but I had to go home and change first, and I never ended up going to Target. I guess that's a tomorrow thing!

Monday, October 12, 2015

October 12th

Ahh, today was interesting. I got a phone call at 8:00 this morning telling me my doctor was out sick. Her next available appointment is the 21st. So I scheduled that, of course, but damn. I was really hoping to chat with her today. I can't hold it against her because I know damn well that being sick at work sucks, it just happened to be super inconvenient for me.

On the plus side, my Sephora order came today, and I have three perfume swaps in the works now! I'm getting so many things I've wanted for ages, I'm really excited. Swaps are great, because you get to give someone something they want and you get something you want, and all you do is pay for shipping. Then the perfumes you don't use don't go to waste, and you save money on new perfumes! Because I obviously need new perfume. Always.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

October 11th

Feeling a bit off again tonight. Some anxiety, lightheadedness, that sort of thing. A little restless. I think I'm just super stressed/overworked right now. Luckily I get to see my doctor tomorrow, so I can tell her what's been going on. I have two more nine hour shifts coming up, 8-5, and those shifts just really mess me up. Eight hour shifts are like my maximum, and 8-5 shifts encompass the two more stressful times of the day, massive check-out time and massive check-in time. It's absolutely draining, and break times are erratic, and it just hasn't been working out with me so well. I don't know what to do, or how to approach my manager about it. Mental health is such a tricky subject. Hopefully things go well, though.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

October 10th

TWO DAYS OFF FROM WORK

SO HAPPY

STEVEN UNIVERSE DATE WITH BRAD TOMORROW

YAY

YAAAAAY

Friday, October 9, 2015

October 9th

Oh, Long Johnson. I need a week off to recuperate. I am so tired. Tonight it is pizza and kitty cuddles all the way. 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

October 8th

I'm so drained. I did not have a fun work day. I'm exhausted and cold and I feel gross. I'm gonna sleep and I don't even care if I wake up at 3 AM because my whole body hurts and I'm so tired. And tomorrow is gonna be the same thing. And the next day. God I can't wait for Sunday.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

October 7th

Tomorrow and Friday are going to be very busy work days, and I get to work...extra hours! One of my coworkers is unfortunately sick and can't come in, so I'm in an hour early each day. I work on Saturday, too. I have Sunday and Monday off, but I have to drive down to the cities for a doctor's appointment. Bleh. I also need to get my flu shot! I think I'll try and do that tomorrow after work.

So, Un Lys by Serge Lutens. I like it a lot. I wanted to buy it. Turns out it was moved to the "exclusives" collection, so instead of $100 for a bottle, it's $300. You get 25ml more and that's it. Not even a full fluid ounce more. It comes in a really lovely cloche/bell jar but from what I understand, it's actually not a spray bottle, which seems complicated for a bottle so big. And I definitely don't have $300 to spend on 75ml of perfume, even if it is the nicest lily scent I've smelled thus far.


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

October 6th

Welp. Time for some Game Grumps and bed, because I'm sleepy. And then waking up at 3:30 AM and not falling back asleep! I know how this works! Luckily my schedule is different tomorrow and I can take a nap much earlier, and I think that ought to sort me out.

Lonestar Memories has some insane staying power. I can still smell it on my wrists (faintly, but still) and it's been like 15 hours since I put it on. Andy Tauer be crazy, yo.

Monday, October 5, 2015

October 5th

I've got a case of the sleepies! The problem with going to bed this early though is that I know I'll wake up around 3 AM and that I won't be able to fall back asleep. It's been happening a lot recently. I think it's because I get so stressed knowing I have to wake up in just two hours that my mind can't relax so I just lay in bed thinking about how my alarm is going to go off and how the longer I think about it the less I'll sleep, but then I never get back to sleep. It's very frustrating, and usually means I'm super tired after work and end up napping for longer than I should, which also doesn't help. 

I meant to buy bread after work today but I didn't. Now I don't know what to do for lunch tomorrow. I may bring a frozen pizza. I need to go grocery shopping so badly, but I have to wait until Wednesday to do most of it because that's payday. I'll probably just buy bread then, since I only work 7-11 AM on Wednesday. Baby shift! But it's going to be a super busy morning and they need an extra helper. 

Sunday, October 4, 2015

October 4th

I've just applied some new fragrance for testing, hooray!

Today it's Incense Flash from Andy Tauer.



So, this is obviously an incense-heavy scent, as the name implies. I think a lot of people get the wrong impression about what incense in a fragrance means, though. It's not one of those scented incenses that you find at a head shop or anything like that. It's just a smoky smell, really. This also has leather and some woodsy notes, so it's certainly on the more masculine side. It is very much like an uncomplicated version of Lonestar Memories. Tauer's Flash perfumes are meant to be just that though, uncomplicated. They have a very small note pyramid and really focus on just one note. (He also has Rose Flash and Vanilla Flash.) Incense Flash seems like a good, cozy campfire scent, perfect for this time of year. It's one that I'd really enjoy smelling on a guy. I don't really believe that any fragrance has to be for a certain gender, despite certain things being attributed to men and women. (Men get aquatic, woodsy, and herbal scents; women get floral, fruity, and gourmand.) I'm happy to wear scents marketed to any gender, or those marked as unisex, so long as they smell good. But this one happens to be one that I'd rather smell on a guy. Definitely something that I would find sexy. Lonestar Memories, which is similar, does have the same "masculine" qualities but dries down quite sweetly. This seems to be very rough and dirty, and unless the wood sweetens things up later, this is like the men's equivalent of a soliflore - and a good one! Guys, give this one a whiff. It's very easy to wear, no bizarre notes, and definitely a crowd-pleaser, but still unique and very high quality, as Andy Tauer does so well!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

October 3rd

Work was damn busy today. This whole week looks like it's going to be a doozy!

I'm eating corn dogs and grateful for a day off tomorrow before the madness. I'm watching a movie with friends and then bedtime, I think. Good night, my friends!

Friday, October 2, 2015

October 2nd

Fragrance review time!


This is Un Bois Vanille ("vanilla wood") from Serge Lutens. I had high hopes for this one. I've been testing out some vanilla scents lately, just in time for colder weather, and this one looked perfect. Vanilla, licorice, coconut, sandalwood, benzoin. Delicious. However, that's not quite what I got. Un Bois Vanille is a very pleasant vanilla scent, but it's simple. The complexity of the notes didn't really shine through, and while it's totally wearable and nice, it also smells exactly like my Cinema Secrets makeup brush cleaner. Since I love Lolita Lempicka so much, I'm always hunting for another great, but different, licorice scent. This one isn't it, I'm afraid. If you're a lover of vanilla, give this one a go. Serge Lutens does make great scents. But on my skin, it was almost exclusively vanilla and not much else, the other notes just mixing together into some amalgamation that smelled like (good) makeup brush cleaner.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

October 1st

I figured out why I was so baffled by Lys du Désert yesterday. It doesn't smell like lilies or the desert. It smells like Misia by Chanel, albeit with a different drydown. None of the notes are the same though, which is confusing. I'm not sure why they smell the same on me. I do like Misia better though, and the two are comparable in price so it's not like I found a cheap dupe. (Lolita Lempicka's L'eau en Blanc is the closest to an inexpensive dupe that I've found.) I also posted on the Fragrantica forums yesterday that I was looking to try out some more lily-based scents since I really like L'artisan's Passage d'Enfer and Guerlain's Lys Soleia, and someone offered to send me some samples from when she was testing out lily scents earlier this year! How kind is that? Fragrantica is such an awesome community.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

September 30th

It's nearly October! Whoa! I really like October.

I'm so sorry for getting so behind on fragrance reviews! There are so many I'd like to review, I think I may just re-test them and hopefully get reviews up and going again. I've definitely tried a few interesting scents since my last review!

Today I'm wearing Lys du Désert from Decennial, which I was assuming would be quite a creamy scent since it's got lily (lys) in the name, but it's actually quite sweet and also woodsy. It smells very familiar, too, though I can't figure out what it reminds me of. Though, given how many perfumes I've sampled in the past year, it's not unreasonable that some would smell similar to me.

Notes: Cedar, lily, labdanum, ambergris, bergamot.

This is a pleasant enough scent, but it honestly just smells like a generic niche scent to me. In exploring the world of niche perfumery, it becomes obvious that niche scents just don't smell like the typical designer scents at Sephora or Nordstrom. But there are trends and tropes with in the niche scene too, making some of them smell quite unremarkable. What a like about niche scents is that even if they don't suit me, they push boundaries. They don't smell like anything else, because they don't have to appeal to the masses.

However, Lys du Désert smells very marketable, and not so exciting. Like I said, it's just too familiar. It's certainly not bad, and I think a lot of people could enjoy it. (It's made by Andy Tauer, and it does sort of smell like some of his other scents. Not in notes necessarily, but in presentation. It's got a strong L'air du Desert Marocain/Lonestar Memories vibe to it.)


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

September 29th

Work was slow but long today. I wasn't feeling that great for most of it. I woke up last night and had some cereal which inexplicably didn't agree with my stomach at all, so I was up most of the night and then had to go to work feeling sick and tired. I took a nap when I got home and I'm still kinda sleepy! I have the next two days off though (mid-week weekend!) so that ought to be nice.

I need to eat dinner still but I don't want to upset my stomach and I don't know what to eat! But I am very hungry!

Monday, September 28, 2015

September 28th

Guess who got her sleep schedule all messed up from audit? This girl! I was up til 7:00 this morning because I couldn't sleep, and then some crazy construction started going down. The road outside my apartment is a two way street, two lanes going each way. Except they have removed the outside lanes for the entirety of the road. So there were a lot of jackhammers today, and now it's just a wee bit bumpy getting out of my parking lot, since the road is gone and all. And I work tomorrow, woohoo! Hopefully it's an easy day.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

September 27th

My oh my, last night was a doozy! I am sleepy! But I'm having a Rabbit Room movie night with a bunch of friends, which is a great way to unwind. I have tomorrow off too, which will be nice!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

September 26th

Audit, night two! Last night was actually fairly chill, so I'm hoping for the same tonight. I got to watch The Last Unicorn, which was great! Having read the book now, though, I do prefer the book. It's just so poetic. It flows so elegantly. I highly recommend it. 

Friday, September 25, 2015

September 25th

Off to work I go! Tonight will presumably be a little easier than tomorrow. I have Game Grumps and HuniePop and some movies to watch though, so I think I'll be good!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

September 24th

Last night was stressful. I didn't sleep until after 6:00 AM. I couldn't, I was too overwhelmed. This morning, I finally heard back from the nurse at my doctor's office. After talking with him, talking with my health insurance provider (twice), and talking to my pharmacy (twice), things worked out. The relief I feel right now is immense. I'm fairly tired since I got almost not sleep last night and had to be up all day waiting on the phone to ring so I wouldn't miss a call. I want to stay up later and read The Last Unicorn and watch Game Grumps and prepare my sleep schedule for auditing tomorrow night. We'll see how it goes! I also happened across this amazing cover of the theme from The Last Unicorn, and it's absolutely gorgeous. Please have a listen!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

September 23rd

Remember last September when the nurse at my doctor's office was not so careful about letting me know what dose of medication to switch back to after the one I was taking at the time stopped working? And I was in the hospital? And I got serotonin syndrome and couldn't work for almost three months? Well, I'm having issues with him again. (Same guy, of course.) Last week I called to get my prescriptions refilled. Since the medication I take is a controlled substance, my pharmacy has to contact the nurse at my doctor's office and get approval. That was Friday. Today is Wednesday. Two voicemails left for the nurse by my pharmacy, two left by me, and my prescription is not filled. He hasn't even returned my phone calls. I have two pills left. That's enough for one day. I don't know what the hell he is doing but I am extremely stressed out. I have tomorrow off, thank god, so I will quite honestly probably drive my ass an hour and a half down to have a little chat with the office and see what they can do for me. But this is insane. I have night audit this weekend. And beyond that, I have a fucking job. I can't just have some asshole not responding to phone calls regarding the medication that literally gives me my livelihood.

I have an appointment with my doctor in two weeks. She happens to be out of the office for a week right now, which is really poor timing. (I think she must take this week off every year though, because she was out this time last year too.) But if I go down there and can't get the prescription filled, what am I supposed to do? Go to urgent care and tell them the nurse from my doctor's office is fucking MIA and I need my medication or I'm going to lose my job? I will not go through what happened last September again. That was beyond ridiculous.

If I could find another doctor I would. But there are none in my area who are taking new patients. The waiting list is a year long. And I like my doctor. I liked it more when she had a private practice. But ever since she joined this group, things have been so much more difficult. This should not be this hard. I'm stressed and anxious and fuck, the medication I need is for anxiety. So I'm feeling extra anxious. I know what happens when my serotonin levels are off. I am so overwhelmed and terrified and stressed. If you all could send good vibes that things will work out tomorrow, I would appreciate it.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

September 22nd

Today was very long, and very tiring, and very stressful. Talking to Brad helps though. I love that guy. 

Well, hopefully my upstairs neighbor is quieter tonight so I can get some sleep. 

At least tomorrow is pay day.

Monday, September 21, 2015

September 21st

Weird day today. Didn't have a proper lunch, felt lightheaded at work, just woke up from a nap. I might be hungry? I can't tell!

Well, work bright and early tomorrow, so I'm off to sleep! (And to pet Cas, because he's being extra cute right now.)

Sunday, September 20, 2015

September 20th

I'm having a sleepy night! I didn't have time to nap after work because my mom came to visit. She's moving, and today is the last time I'll see her for awhile! I'm so bummed. I love my mom so much. But we had a super fun evening together!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

September 19th

Four years! Yay! I'm proud of myself. This time last year was rough, but wow, so much has happened since then. It's kind of crazy to think about it, really. Ireland, new job, and of course Brad! And many more things! Lots of new friends! Steven Universe!

If I didn't have to work in the morning I'd watch Mulan tonight. I got a bit of a late start today since I was up until like 6:00 AM playing Geek Out with John and Garry. But alas, I have to get to sleep soon. And work some long days, followed by two nights of audit. I just want it to be Wednesday so I can get my paycheck.

Cas has been sleeping in a small pile of my dirty clothes all day and as much as I feel like I should put them in the laundry basket, he is way too cute to disturb his throne. I do love that kitty a lot.

Friday, September 18, 2015

September 18th

I'm in Rabbit with friends playing games. Tonight is a fun night. I'm happy. 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

September 17th

Work was actually pretty good today! I'm so happy to have the next two days off, too. I'm gonna watch Game Grumps and chill tonight.

My toilet overflowed like 30 minutes after I used it. Like, I flushed it, left, it was all good...went back into the bathroom half an hour later to grab something and everything was flooded. It was great!

Grocery shopping tomorrow! Post office! Bank! Adult stuff!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

September 16th

I had an off day today. These are the days I feel extra lucky to have someone like Brad to talk to. He is the sweetest person ever, and so encouraging. I love him so much.

No perfume reviews tonight, I'm sorry. I have so many to do and I'm so behind! On the plus side, I did get my ELDO sampler and one of my two Too Faced Christmas sets.

Game Grumps is making me feel better. I slept way too much tonight so I'm not tired and I have to be up at 5:30 tomorrow morning, so that's not the best, but after tomorrow I have two days off in a row, which is going to be super nice.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

September 15th

Work was absolutely brutal today. My head still hurts. My shoulders are sore. My brain is fried. But I have tomorrow off! Hallelujah! I was also a bit naughty and treated myself to the Christmas palette from Too Faced. It's absolutely massive aaand you guys know how I like my makeup, plus I got 20% off, so...not bad. I'm really in the mood to wear some good perfume, too, but my head hurts too much.

On that note, it's time for dinner. And yes, it is late. But I had to nap when I got home, and then I talked to Brad, and then got caught up watching YouTube...you know how it goes.

Monday, September 14, 2015

September 14th

I'm excited to get back into perfume reviews and entries that aren't about work! But today is not that day. I couldn't fall asleep last night and ended up getting a grand total of three hours of sleep, so it's another early night for this girl!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

September 13th

Well, I stayed up reading creepypasta and now it's late and I have to wake up in like five hours. I'm an idiot. I almost forgot to blog, too!

It's so weird only having a day off from work after working five days. Now, I get Wednesday off too, but my brain feels like it should always be two consecutive days, like a weekend. Not where I work, though! And this month is such a busy month for us. It's so draining some days, but I also know my next two paychecks will be good, and that makes it a little more bearable. I need to book my flights for MAGFest!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

September 12th

Man, Cas is such a beautiful cat. I like hanging out with him.

I am so freaking frakking tired right now, which is why I'm blogging so early. I'm strongly considering a nap or possibly just sleeping at this point. I didn't even have the energy to go to the grocery store after work today. That'll be a job for tomorrow.

40 hour work weeks are hard, yo.

Friday, September 11, 2015

September 11th

So many phone calls at work today. Thank goodness tomorrow is a shorter work day, and that I don't have to wake up at 5:30. Little victories! I'm doing like 40 hours a week right now though which is a little overwhelming. I don't want to get burnt out, or too stressed out. I need my days off to decompress, you know?

Brad and I just watched the new Steven Universe episode! It was really good! We also finally made it though the Uncle Grandpa episode. That was ten minutes of bad.

Time for a little ice cream, I think.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

September 10th

Work was better than expected! We were anticipating a lot of people in the morning and early afternoon, but there weren't actually that many. I'm still tired though, since I had to get up stupidly early, and of course woke up at 2:00 AM for no apparent reason and couldn't get back to sleep until 4:00. Oh well. Early to bed again tonight, because it's another 7-3 shift tomorrow!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

September 9th

Who's ready for a crazy work day tomorrow? This girl! Which means I gotta go to sleep like...soon. 

Two new perfume reviews coming soon! Get excited!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

September 8th

Work was rougher than expected today. I had some seriously bad gas cramps, to the point where I thought I was going to be sick. I was so bloated that I actually had to unbutton my pants. It was super unpleasant. I'm still not totally back on track yet (I really wish I had some yogurt) but I feel a lot better than I did 12 hours ago. 

Thursday is gonna be crazy, so hopefully tomorrow isn't. 

Can I go back to Ohio for a week? Or a month? I like it there. 

Monday, September 7, 2015

September 7th

I'm so bummed that Brad had to leave today. I miss him so much already! But we had a bunch of fun this weekend.

I ate a cookie that made me really ill today. So my "day off" before work was not very relaxing. I really wish I had tomorrow off as well. I need a day to decompress!

I have an insane work week ahead. Like 40+ hours. Wish me luck!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

September 6th

Going for a drive in the rain with someone you love is really amazing. I'm going to miss Brad so much when he goes home tomorrow. September is going to be a long month at work, I wish I could come home to him every day!

In other news, Cas was very bad today and peed outside the litter box. I also got burned by Tiger Balm. Just another reason I'm glad Brad is here. 

I hope you are all having a lovely weekend! 

Saturday, September 5, 2015

September 5th

I am having so much fun with Brad here! We went to the humane society today and played with kitties, tried a new restaurant, and hit up some thrift stores. We totally found a copy of the Wheel of Fortune PS2 game for $3, which we bought and played, and it was super fun.

I am a so sniffly! We may go to sleep now. Brad is tired!

Friday, September 4, 2015

September 4th

Hi friends! Brad is on his way here but he's still about three hours out. So I'm cleaning and trying to stay awake! But I'm inexplicably sleepy! Probably because I have a lot yet to clean and my brain is like, "You know what is so much nicer than cleaning? Sleeping."

Anyway, it is time for some late night pizza and Game Grumps, and then back to cleaning! I've got everything done but my room, although my room is always the messiest.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

September 3rd

Shadow of the Colossus has such an amazing soundtrack.

But anyway. Work was pretty chill today, and tomorrow I have a lot of cleaning to do. Brad is coming! Brad is coming! Yay! I'm so excited!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

September 2nd

I've been watching Game Grumps videos tonight thanks to Brad. This one is especially funny, you all should check it out.


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September 1st

I'm officially all registered for MAGFest! I am so, so excited! It's not until February, but still. I've never been to a con before, and I get to see so many of my friends and meet so many people!

I stayed up way too late last night because I decided I wanted to rewatch the Hunger Games movies. I got through the first one and about a fourth of the second before I fell asleep, and I just finished Catching Fire and Mockingjay part one- the latter of which I hadn't seen yet. I'd forgotten Natalie Dormer is in it. She is a lovely lady. I watched the trailer for Mockingjay part two as well and it looks so promising! I'll have to reread the book before it comes out, since I don't remember a lot of the ending, but I'm excited nonetheless. 

No perfume today since I had an awful headache most of this morning. I did try out Burberry Body Rose Gold recently, but there's not much to remark about it. (It does have great longevity though.)

Monday, August 31, 2015

August 31st

I don't know what is going on but my phone just corrected August to "Tau gust" and that makes...no sense. Ah yes, a gust of one of the finer Greek letters!

I am super excited for this weekend. I am also super excited for MAGFest, but that's like six months away still. 

Sunday, August 30, 2015

August 30th

I just want to watch all of Avatar and Legend of Korra and Steven Universe again okay?


Saturday, August 29, 2015

August 29th

So I'm going to work at 8:00 tonight and I'll be there til midnight. Aaand then I have to be at work at 7:00 AM tomorrow. So you all know I'm gonna get like no sleep tonight. That'll be fun. But then I have some days off and then Brad is coming to visit and I'm so excited! Whee!

Friday, August 28, 2015

August 28th

I'm loving The Last Unicorn. What an eloquently written book. I'm probably going to stay up super late reading it, to be honest.

And speaking of eloquent things, I stumbled across this quote and I really just love it. It's not a happy quote, and should not be taken as any sort of metaphor for things in my life right now, it just happened to roll across my Tumblr dashboard today.

"I give you bitter pills in sugar coating. The pills are harmless; the poison is in the sugar." - Stanisław Lec

P.S. Stanisław has been one of my favorite Polish names for years because it's one of my favorite examples of of "those letters aren't supposed to make those sounds" and it's great. (In Polish, ł is pronounced like a w and w is pronounced like an f. So it's like Staneeswahf.)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

August 27th

Sorry for the onslaught of short and sappy posts lately. It's been one of those weeks! Ohio was absolutely incredible. Yes, Ohio. I went to Ohio several times a year as a child, as that's where my grandpa and great-aunt lived. They lived down in Dayton though, and so in my mind, all of Ohio was like Dayton. Flat, quaint, and a bit boring. As it turns out, Columbus is a fantastic city. It's small but alive, and it has a very subtle energy to it. It's not like New York or even Minneapolis in terms of energy. It's quietly energetic, but it is definitely there. It's scenic, too, and there's so much history that seems to still exist among the modernities. It's a bit juxtaposing in itself, but it's very charming. I really enjoyed my time there, and I'd certainly go back!

Now, a brief fragrance review, because this is a scent I've wanted to try for months and months and finally got a sample of and...well, I actually kind of hate it.



"The intimacy of the night: Infinite tenderness becomes ecstasy. Live a moment of sublime intimacy... Cedar, surrounded by soothing notes of hot milk and caramel, gives way to a powerful burst of gunpowder, and orchid. An explosion of love, beyond time and place."

Gunpowder and caramel. It looked like such an amazing combination of notes, I love the story behind it, and I typically love scents by L'artisan. But this one was not destined to be. My skin projected only a strange odor of pickles, with an occasional hint of cedar. Clearly something in my skin chemistry doesn't agree with this one. A lot of people seem to get a wonderful smoky caramel from this, which is exactly what I wanted. However, another reviewer on Fragrantica got the pickle smell, and it seems she and I are simply not meant for this scent. I have a number of new samples to try though, so hopefully I'll fall in love with one of them.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

August 26th

Wednesday night I'm in love. 

SOTD: Innamorata by Blumarine

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

August 25th

I miss Brad. A lot. It's nice to be home and all but I'd rather just be there. I still can't believe how lucky I am to know him, let alone get to call him my boyfriend. We met in the unlikeliest of ways and I just feel so happy about it all. I really and truly love him so much. 

Monday, August 24, 2015

August 24th

I am in love with Columbus. What a wonderful city to spend time in with such a wonderful person. I am happy. 


Sunday, August 23, 2015

August 23rd

It's my last night here with Brad for awhile now and I'm super sad! We had such an amazing day today! We went to the mall, and had amazing German food for dinner, and explored and had lots of fun. I even tried some new perfume at Sephora, haha. I am going to miss Brad so much! I love that boy so much. Gotta get up at 4:30 AM! Plane doesn't leave until 9:40 but Brad has to be at work at 6:30 so I'm getting dropped off bright and early at the airport! Woohoo, mornings at the airport!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

August 22nd


Brad and I went on a safari today! It was so much fun! We then had our traditional Subway dinner and now we're sleepy. It was a good day though! Lots of driving!


Friday, August 21, 2015

August 21st

I'm in Ohio! I am very tired! I couldn't sleep last night, and traveling tires me out as it is. But I am happy to be here with Brad!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

August 20th

Hi friends! Work was indeed super long today! And of course I fell asleep when I got home and haven't started packing yet. Good thing I don't need to pack too much!

So excited to see Brad! So excited for a flight less than eight hours! And no customs! No passport! Such easy travel!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

August 19th

Hmm. Still hmm.

Tomorrow is going to be a long work day. I'm grateful for the money, but damn. Getting up early and getting home late is so...blah. I've seriously been dreading this shift for like two weeks now. Anything more than eight hours just drains me.

On the plus side, I'm off to Ohio in less than 48 hours!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

August 18th

Hmm. Still feeling a bit off. Lots of life stresses right now. And Cas almost choked today. And work was crazy. This week is a lot of week for just seven days. 

I'm wearing my mini Chanel Lef Exclusifs Beige and I'm simultaneously happy and sad that I don't like it. It looked like it would smell good (honey and frangipani!) but it's kinda mediocre. Maybe that's why it's called Beige. 

Monday, August 17, 2015

August 17th

Tonight is a strange night. I had a super chill day, went and saw many kitties at PetSmart, bought groceries, and now I'm at home and in a weird mood. Luckily I don't work until noon tomorrow so I at least can sleep a bit. Then tomorrow night I gotta start packing for Ohio! Not that it'll take long to pack since I'm just bringing a carry-on.

I was naughty and bought some perfume. Don't tell anyone okay? :o

Sunday, August 16, 2015

August 16th

Who's ready for a bunch of perfume reviews? (I'll keep them brief!)


Caligna is a fig perfume that I can actually get behind. I'm not typically a fan of fig scents in general, but I've found that most fig scents contain both figs and fig leaves, and often coconut as well. I'm not a fan of that combo. Caligna, however, offers a different take on figs. Its primary note is fig, but it also heavily features clary sage and pine needles. There's even a bit of oak and jasmine thrown in for good measure. Caligna is fresh and green, but not a sharp, biting green. It's woodsy, slightly bitter, and generally enjoyable. Not one that I'd wear, but definitely one for the fig-lovers out there.


Timbuktu is the quintessential "exotic" fragrance. It has vetiver, papyrus, incense, pink pepper, and mango. It's dry, somewhat spicy, and definitely smells like some sort of market in a place like Timbuktu, or at least how I would imagine one to smell. This scent, however, lacks unique for me, at least for now. I think I'll be giving this one another go since it has such rave reviews, but it didn't wow me. It's definitely a good beginner's niche scent though, since it's quite different than the usual perfume store selection, but it isn't too bizarre like something from Etat Libre d'Orange.


And now for another Serge Lutens scent...Fille en Aiguilles. Do I know how to pronounce that? Nope. I do know, however, that this smell is very similar to another Serge Lutens offering. A lot of times when I smell perfumes, I relate them to other perfumes I know well. For example, I once described Kat Von D's Poetica perfume as the darker sister of Daisy from Marc Jacobs. In my mind, they were similar scents, but Poetica was more heavy berries and such. To me, Fille en Aiguilles is like Five O'Clock Gingembre took a week long camping trip. It retains the spices and warmth of the original, but adds a woody element, some fruity richness, and a bit of greenery. I prefer Five O'Clock, as this is a bit heavy and syrupy on me, but I can definitely appreciate where it's going.

In my search for a fresh, green scent, I came across this perfume from John Galliano called Parlez-moi d'Amour Eau Fraiche. (The original Parlez-moi d'Amour - "tell me about love" - looks very interesting too, and it's definitely on my to-sample list.) The Eau Fraiche composition truly does fit the bill of a light, breezy, sweet green scent. It's vaguely floral, fruity, green and woody all at once, and it suits it. However, I ran into a problem with this one that I also ran into with Dolce and Gabbana's L'Imperatrice; the drydown is very sour. Parlez-moi gets its sour drydown from the white currant note. (Other notes include grapefruit, jasmine, ginger, rose, and cypress.) One of my favorite scents, Féerie, contains blackcurrant, and I've heard a few times that on certain people, blackcurrant can smell a bit like, well, cat pee. I've never had that issue with blackcurrant, thankfully, but I think the grapefruit-white currant combo produced basically the same effect. While the majority of this scent was light, easy to wear, and very nice overall, the drydown was just too sour, almost acidic. (In L'Imperatrice, a similar thing occurs, but it's due to the rhubarb.) I'm going to give this scent another go though, since I actually bought a full bottle of it. It was on a deep discount, and the bottle is even more lovely in person than in pictures. It's lovely to display even if the scent doesn't work! But I'd like to make it work. Fingers crossed!


Okay, last one! This is Lys Soleia from Guerlain's Aqua Allegoria line. I'm a huge fan of these bottles (they're enormous, and the golden honeycomb design is even more stunning in person) but I have yet to fall in love with any of them. I sampled the much-loved Lys Soleia this week, and I have to say, it's pretty good. I'll have to sample it again, as I do with all scents that I don't vehemently dislike. Right now, it's a strong like, but not a love. It's a lovely bouquet of lily, tuberose, ylang-ylang and palm leaves, with some vanilla and tropical fruits to make it not entirely floral. If I had one word to describe this, it would me creamy. It's an almost milky lily scent, and of course tuberose is quite creamy on its own, and vanilla and ylang-ylang are very smooth and sweet as well. I was expecting the lily to smell a bit greener and more fresh, but I like this. At this point, though, I own a lot of white floral scents, and this one doesn't seem like a necessary addition to my collection, lovely as the bottle is and as nice as the scent is. I will happily use my sample up though, and I will also definitely recommend this to anyone who is looking for a creamy floral scent, as there aren't too many. (And those that are tend to be fronted by tuberose, so the slightly subtler tuberose in this is nice.)

I hope you all enjoyed this massive fragrance post! Now I just need to decide what to wear to bed tonight.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

August 15th

Work was long today, and it's gonna be long tomorrow too. But then I have Monday off! And then very soon I get to go see Brad! I am so, so excited! Right now I'm about to sleep, except a certain orange kitty cat has usurped my pillow. It's so hard to tell him to move, he's just so peaceful and cute!

Friday, August 14, 2015

August 14th

Such a long day! Caroline's gone until November (sniff), and Cas and I both went to the doctor today! 

So, Colorfy. I've been going through the animal category lately, but I'm excited to try out the others! Especially the mandalas. Here's a cat I did last night, to give you guys an idea of what the app is like. 


Thursday, August 13, 2015

August 13th

It's Caroline's last night at home before she heads off for college! She just introduced me to an app called Colorfy, which looks super relaxing. It's like a point-and-click coloring book, but super intricate, like with mandalas and stuff. Yay!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

August 12th

I'm catching up on all of the current Steven Universe episodes tonight since I don't work tomorrow. I only have ten or so left, and they're only ten minutes each, so I'm getting close to the end! New episodes don't come out until September, boo.

Upcoming perfume reviews: Caligna and Timbuktu, both by L'Artisan Parfumeur.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

August 11th

It's totally hitting me that my little sister is leaving for college in two days. I'm going to miss her so much! It's crazy to think that she's 18 now and heading off to school...hell, I was in her place during my first year writing this blog. And that was five years ago! I'm getting old. I'm just glad I get to go see her off before she leaves. I feel like I'm gonna cry! I really love that kid. 

In other news, I also really love Steven Universe. 

Monday, August 10, 2015

August 10th

I'm having an off evening. I'm not in the best mood, I'm sleepy, I'm sad, I feel like I'm disappointing myself and other people. Work wasn't fun today. It just felt really somber. I really dislike not feeling like myself, and I just want to be cheery again.

So, now it's off to bed and then back to work bright and early tomorrow. I hope you all have a lovely evening and a wonderful day tomorrow!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

August 9th

The more I think about it, the more I want to move to Ireland. I'd really like to live there someday. 

Last night involved a lot of Steven Universe, but tonight will involve going to bed early. I'm tired, and a crazy storm kept waking me up. Hopefully work is pleasant tomorrow!

Now, to check on my nekos. 

Saturday, August 8, 2015

August 8th

Welp, I thought I worked at 9 tomorrow morning but I actually don't work until 3 in the afternoon. I'm okay with this. So I'm watching Steven Universe. I'm super excited because the exciting backstory that everyone hypes up so much is starting to come about, and I'm so curious about it all. The show is a lot like Adventure Time, really. They both start of goofy and seem a bit inane. There's singing and a quirky theme song. The animation style is a bit bizarre. But as it progresses, the characters get some real depth, and there's legitimate plot development, and currently a lot of intrigue. I've been enjoying it, even though it took a few episodes to get me interested. (Like Adventure Time.)

Today I sampled one of the Serge Lutens "bell jar" fragrances, which are quite expensive and hard to come by. I was intrigued by the notes and description of this one though, so I bought a sample awhile back and finally got around to wearing it.


This beauty is called De profundis, from the Latin phrase De profundis clamavi, or "From the depths I cried." If that along with the look of the perfume itself doesn't intrigue you, I don't know what to tell you. De profundis opens with one of the most beautiful soil tincture and green compositions I've ever smelt. Normally, a fragrance that smells like, well, dirt, is off-putting, but this smelled like so much more. It was like sitting in grass, with yellow dandelions all around you. If you pulled a dandelion out of the ground and smelled it - its flower, the dirt clinging to its roots, the greenery of the stem - that was how this smelled. This perfume is based around chrysanthemum, so I'm guessing that was the flower I was smelling. There's meant to be a lot of violet in this too, but I never got that. The cool, green vibe quickly turned into something very conflicting - it turned warm. It was if one of Lutens' oriental spicy perfumes was seeping in, like Chergui or Five o'clock au Gingembre. I loved the initial coolness of this, but when it turned warm and almost spicy while still smelling green and earthen, it was bizarre and unlikable. It may have been the plum blossom, I'm not sure. I was hoping the incense note would come and save the day - really, I was hoping this perfume would be some earthen violet incense scent. (The bottle sure makes it look like it would be.) But fresh green flowers mixed with a warm and honeyed sweetness along the lines of Chergui was just not appealing to me. I'm sure if you're one of the people who gets a lot of violet and incense out of this, it's quite lovely. But on my skin, it didn't work out.

Friday, August 7, 2015

August 7th

No work tomorrow, so I'm finishing off season three of Orange is the New Black! All the things I've heard were well done this season are starting to happen, one of which got slightly spoiled for me unfortunately, so I know what's coming...and I'm not sure if that makes it better or worse. I got a bit emotional when I realized what was happening. It sure is funny how that shows plays with your emotions, and who you like and who you don't, and how easily that can change. It really is a brilliant show, I can't recommend it enough.

I've also started playing Neko Astume. It's a free app and I implore you to download it. It's in Japanese but it's super easy to figure out - and there's a tutorial here. It's basically a game where you set out toys in your backyard and kawaii nekos (ie cute kitties) come and play! It's adorable and relaxing and super fun, but also super chill. Check it out.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

August 6th

Time for some fragrance reviews!


Another lovely scent from Serge Lutens, this is Chergui. This is a sweet tobacco scent, with honey, amber, hay, incense, sandalwood, and of course tobacco. Honey and tobacco are the main players here, and this is definitely a very rich, full, and sweet scent. It's a lot smoother than some other tobacco scents I've tried, like L'artisan's Tea for Two. It's seamlessly blended, and despite being quite a sweet and heavy scent, it doesn't feel like it's weighing me down, and applied in moderation, it's not cloying, even in the summer. I also completely love the drydown on this one! Since I already have two scents that I would consider similar to this one, I don't find any need for it in my collection, but for those looking for a tobacco scent, this is definitely one I would recommend. It's completely unisex, and is sweet without being too sweet. (Lovers of Tom Ford's Tobacco Vanille, I'm looking at you!) Since we're going into autumn here in the States, now is the ideal time to give this beauty a try.


I also tried out Annick Goutal's Ambre Fétiche, and really enjoyed this one as well. It's a very intense, heavy smell with amber, incense, leather, benzoin, vanilla, labdanum, styrax and patchouli. Luckily, despite this being very rich and quite heavy, the leather and incense took it from being too weighty and cloying to slightly drier and quite pleasant. It's an intimidating scent, no doubt. It has some heavy-hitters in the note pyramid, and this one is less suitable for summer. However, something about it is very reminiscent of Tauer's Lonestar Memories. It's slightly smoky, dry, and despite its fullness, also easy to wear. Again, this one is definitely unisex. As it draws closer to the winter months, I'm looking forward to finishing up my decant. I can only imagine this smells incredible in colder weather.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

August 5th

So I didn't fall asleep for ages last night, and then I woke up every hour until my alarm went off. That was fun. I took a nap after work though, which involved some very strange dreams, including YouTubers such as Markiplier and Zoella. What?

I have yet to eat dinner and I am hungry, so I'm going to do that. Upcoming perfume reviews: Chergui by Serge Lutens and Ambre Fétiche by Annick Goutal.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

August 4th

It's another early morning tomorrow, so I'm off to bed! I'm trying to decide which perfume to wear though. I spritzed some of my Sugar Plum perfume in the air earlier and I think I'm still catching whiffs of it. It's definitely not the right time of year to be wearing that one, so I'll have to give it a go around Christmas time.


So this is Very Hollywood Sparkling by Michael Kors, the flanker/EDT version of Very Hollywood, which I've written about it the past. Despite not having gardenia like the original, it smells extremely similar to it. I think if I wore one on each wrist I could probably tell the difference, but just smelling this alone, it gives of the same powdery/musky white floral vibe as the original, and instead of a slight hint of raspberry near the beginning, it has blackcurrant- though I didn't really notice it. I think I'll be testing this one again, possibly side-by-side with Very Hollywood, to see the difference. I've got a big ol' bottle of Very Hollywood though, so I don't feel any rush to buy this one. (Plus, I like the bottle for Very Hollywood a lot better. VH Sparkling looks a little tacky.)

Monday, August 3, 2015

August 3rd

Hi gorgeous humans! I went back through the past couple of months and tagged all of my fragrance review posts, so now you can look through them all in one place! Check it out!

My sunburn feels unpleasant and I have to wake up stupidly early tomorrow. On the plus side, I bought a new Urban Decay palette for the first time in many, many months, and I'm super excited! I felt like I needed some new colors in my life. There are some colors in here that are nothing at all like anything I own, so I couldn't resist!

The Vice3 Palette from Urban Decay

Sunday, August 2, 2015

August 2nd

Howdy! Horseback riding was so much fun today! It was super peaceful, and my horse (Mavis) was a total sweetheart. One of my stirrups was a little wonky, but hey. These things happen. My ass is sore and I have a sunburn (I used so much sunscreen, dammit!) but it was a good time nonetheless! Plus I got to hang out with my friends, which is always a good time.



Saturday, August 1, 2015

August 1st

Happy August! Tomorrow is horseback riding! Then I see Brad soon! I'm excited!

Friday, July 31, 2015

July 31st

Hello nuggets! Happy end of July! I'm on call at work tomorrow. So I could be summoned at any time! Like a front desk wizard! My mom also decided she's coming up to visit tomorrow night, which would be a lot more awesome if I had time to clean, but I'll make due. 

I'm gonna play some TwoDots and get to bed, since I need to be ready to go at 6:30 tomorrow morning if need be. 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

July 30th

My dinner didn't quite sit right with me. I'd really like to just have a peanut butter and honey sandwich right now since I'm hungry, but I didn't get bread on the way home from work because I felt sick. Now what?

At least I have Cas walking on the keyboard as I try to type this, right?


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

July 29th

Good evening friends! There is a sale at FragranceNet and I was very good and didn't buy anything. Gotta save money to do fun stuff with Brad! We're gonna go on a freaking safari! And ride horses! I'm so excited!

Perfume of the Day: Batucada by L'Artisan Parfumeur
Notes: Lime, sea water, tiare flower, mint, sugar cane, coconut, ylang-ylang


I have discovered another gem from L'artisan! Normally, lime fragrances don't work for me at all. Neither do mint fragrances! But this one is absolutely gorgeous. It's blended so well and doesn't smell synthetic in any way, and the notes all fit together so well. It's just the right amount of each one. I'm going to give this one another couple of wears but I do think I might want it in the future. I do have a solid marine perfume in Wood Sage and Sea Salt from Jo Malone, but that one is much harsher than this one. I do also have Turquatic, but that's more aquatic than marine, which is to say it's not oceanic or salty. Also, I really thought Batucada said Barracuda when I first saw it. Anyone else?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28th

I had a pretty chill day today. I've been meaning to watch an LP of this little indie game called To the Moon for ages now, but haven't really been in the right mood since it's a more serious LP, and best watched all in one sitting (about three hours). But today I was in the mood, and I'm so glad I watched it. The version I watched doesn't anyone talking over it or anything, so it plays a lot like a movie. It's a really touching story, though it deals with a lot of ethical issues. Essentially, it's about a company that fulfills the last wishes of dying people by manipulating their memories to make them believe they have accomplished their life goals, etc. I'd highly recommend you check it out, and you can do so right here!

Monday, July 27, 2015

July 27th

Man, it feels weird to sleep in. Nice though!

I finally took the plunge and tried out the oh-so-bizarre looking Traversée du Bosphore from L'Artisan Parfumeur today. I've been both curious and intimidated by this one for awhile, but I decided to try it out.

Main notes: Apple, leather, sugar
Other notes: Nougat, rose, honey, saffron, pistachio, tulip, tobacco


So yes, a sugary leather-apple fragrance. Sounds weird. And it is a bit weird. I found the nougat to be quite pronounced as well. Apparently this is supposed to smell a bit like a Turkish delight, hence the rose, but I didn't really get that vibe. It was very, very sweet. Too sweet for my liking. The leather was very soft, and really the star of this scent is a sugary apple with nougat - which smelled a bit like caramel on me. I must admit, the drydown is absolutely gorgeous. It's a very soft, warm scent. It's very much like caramel, or a vanilla-esque nougat. But it isn't overly sweet, the sort of syrupy, fruity sweetness that is the star of the show. I don't tend to like super sweet fruity scents, and while I do love how this dries down, it's a bit much to wear until that point. If the leather were more pronounced on me, it might be more bearable, but I almost didn't notice any leather at all.

Would I buy it? No. But I would recommend trying it. L'artisan makes so many amazing scents, it's absolutely worth trying a lot of them to find the one that fits you. And there are a lot of them to choose from!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

July 26th

Hi friends! I have been up since 5:30 and I am sleepy! I didn't even nap today or anything! I hung out with some friends after work, and talked to Brad for awhile, and I don't really know where the time went! But now it is late and I want sleep! My jaw has started hurting in the past half an hour though, which is unfortunate.

I get to sleep in tomorrow! Whoa! I also might get to go visit Sarah at the ranch next Sunday and ride horses! Eeeee!

I'm pretty ready for August. You ready? I'm ready.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

July 25th

Hello friends! I had a long and busy day! And I am super tired! But I got new work shoes, so I'm happy. I like them a lot. 

I also got a lab coat. And red-rimmed glasses. Hmmm...


Friday, July 24, 2015

July 24th

I have such a busy weekend ahead, and then Monday through Wednesday off. Backwards three-day weekend?

I bought some Wall Flowers from Bath and Body Works today. One of them, which is actually a really nice scent, is inexplicably way stronger than the other one, to the point where I can actually smell it from my room, and it's the one farthest from my room. It smells a lot like my Michael Kors Very Hollywood perfume. Lots of gardenia. But it's getting to be quite strong, and I want to smell the other one too! It's nice and fruity and tropical. Plus I'm not so sure how I feel about having something that smells so much like one of my perfumes be the scent of my home. It's different. I wonder how hardcore Jo Malone fans feel about that sort of thing, since all of her fragrances also come as candles.


Thursday, July 23, 2015

July 23rd

I am so thankful to have tomorrow off- my feet have been hurting so much these past two days! They need a break, and a massage! I wish Cas would knead them. That'd be cute, and it'd totally make me feel better. Instead he's on the headboard like a doofus.

Current mood: Stupidly in love :3


Been listening to Hinder for the past few days. Good stuff.