Sunday, August 26, 2012

Seven Things Sunday

I seem to have made it a bit of a habit to discuss the passing of time at the beginning of my Seven Things Sunday posts as though it's obligatory. However much I may dislike repetition I can't help but comment on how quickly the summer went! Labor Day (the American marker of the conclusion of summer) is fast upon us, a harbinger of swirling leaves and cider season. As a refresher (not that it's needed ...) I wrote the first installment of "Seven Things on Sunday" and explained that this series is a way for me to present you with a current list of things I'm loving, liking or (very rarely) disliking.

One. NARS Mykonos. This cream shadow is truly an unloved gem. With the exception of Sandra of 15 Steps, Then a Beauty Blog, I don't believe I've ever heard this shadow mentioned and I cannot for the life of me figure out why! The product is a rich glowing brown that applies and blends in seconds, the kind of shadow that looks so dimensional it might as well be several different shades blended to perfection.

Two. Clothes, clothes, clothes! I'm having a bit of a clothing moment likely brought on by the change in seasons. Between fashion blogs, my own love of clothing and the fact that I work right across the street from an Anthropologie I can't get enough of layers and autumnal threads. I just ordered a pair of oxblood jeans (burgundy is the new black this season, you know) and I'm considering purchasing a pair of Frye boots. 

Three. Nasomatto's Narcotic Venus. An intoxicating, very expensive fragrance that I can't get out of my mind. I've only smelled this in passing, but Narcotic Venus was like a piece of music I couldn't get out of my head. Thank heavens for websites like Lucky Scent that sell samples for those of us who aren't willing to shell out upwards of USD $130 for a perfume without first testing it's wear time and fragrance on our own skin!

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Four. Creating my own syllabus. As a student I majored in English Literature and French Literature and each day I miss studying them dearly. My feelings of sadness about not going back to school to have engaging, sometimes heated discussions about books are always strongest when the rest of the world is buying school supplies and ordering textbooks. So this year, I've taken a page from Nichole's (Little Brown Pen) book as she once mentioned creating her own syllabus. I'll be rereading a few favorites and diving into some new finds ... I'm certain you can expect a few Inspired by Literature posts related to this stack of reading! 

Five. Stationery. Linked with my love of school, is a reverence for paper goods and writing implements that dates back to my childhood. I can't resist a good notebook, rare or unusual pen or pile of stationery. I thought I'd share a few favorite websites for anyone heading back to school or for fellow stationery lovers everywhere.
Jet Pens - Purveyors of hard to find, high quality pens from around the globe.
May Books - Stylish custom planners for those of us who need to write everything down.
Paper Source - Creative designs, printers of custom items from address labels to note pads and envelopes!

Six. My birthday (which is tomorrow)! I've been celebrating my birthday all weekend, despite the fact that it's actually tomorrow ... who wants to celebrate their birthday on a Monday of all days? Not this girl. I've had a wonderful time visiting the Tiki Bar with my in-laws and eating far too many home made scones that my baking maven of an Aunt whipped up in lieu of a cake at my request.

(Left to right): Earrings from my beautiful sister-in-law, three kinds of delish home made scones

Seven. A few magnificent blog posts as always ...
Arianne of Glitter Geek makes me crave chocolate from Shu Uemura's Chocolate Donna collection.
Xiao of Messy Wands features Paul & Joe's upcoming releases for Fall 2012.
Larie of Eye Heart It made me impulsively purchase Giorgio Armani's Plum 609.

What are your seven things this Sunday?