Saturday, May 16, 2009

Where I am fabulastically tagged....

The lovely K from Rose beyond the Thames (a wonderful blog, btw) tagged me and awarded me this fabulous award. So I have to play and expose myself yet again and again, haven't I? OK, I'll try and in the meantime award 5 more blogs with the "You're fabulous" tag.

The rules are:
1. You have to pass it (the award) on to 5 other fabulous blogs in a post.
2. You have to list 5 of your fabulous addictions in the post.
3. You must copy and paste the rules and the instructions below in the post.
Instructions: Include the person that gave you the award and link it back to them. When you post your five winners, make sure you link them as well. And don't forget to let your winners know they won an award from you by emailing them or leaving a comment on their blog.

So what about my ~euphemistically called fabulous~ addictions?

1.Cinematic Fixation: You all expected me to say perfume, huh? Well, no; that's a given! I am hereby confessing to visual pleasures (you might have guessed if you're following this blog). It especially focuses on David Cronenberg (ever since Videodrome and The Dead Zone; please watch that Poe recital again), David Lynch (ever since Eraserhead, The Elephant Man and Twin Peaks), Vincent Pryce (a fellow historian! how kewl!!) and Charlotte Rampling (can anyone resist the sexiest actress alive?)
Last night History of Violence was on. Guess what I was watching for the 5th time with one sleepy eye open.

2.Jewellery. No, I'm not a material girl and I don't need sugar daddies, I can get my own thank you very much (although S.O. has been quite generous). But the flutter of a decent jewel does make my heart skip a beat from time to time. This is only a part of my collection(click pic to enlarge; if interested I shall post more later), but they're current favourites. I want a Gavello ring with a skull in pink gold and small brilliants next!

3.Air-conditionning. This is even costlier than the above ultimately (darn electricity company!), but I simply can't envision summer or summer sleep without the trusted humming of my A/C unit. Please dear God, don't let failures happen.

4.Sour cherry drink by Epsa (a traditional Greek brand). My cheap indulgence, a summer staple and simply a-m-a-z-i-n-g!. Less than a euro a bottle and it has the most refreshing sour-sweet taste evah! I could drink it by the galon which is what I often do.

5.Reading. I can't help it and it sounds nerdy or pretentious, but everything within access must be devoured be it high art or lowly pulp-fiction pamphletes (I like those for balcony reading along with crosswords puzzles!). Books are friends. And we don't choose them, they choose us!

I am passing the baton to 5 more blogs (the choice was very difficult!), not strictly perfume, which fully deserve the "you're fabulous" award:

Les Tuilleries by AlbertCan: A dear friend on ethernet, but most importantly a sensitive and talented individual who writes on the arts and scents with gusto and genuine sophistication. His clips of classical music have me sorting out for the headphones, even when I should be frantically answering my mails before class.

Tea, sympathy and perfume by M: Her beautifully eclectic blog is dedicated to all flights of fancy possible through common themes in art, as well as notes of her self-smithed poetry which is elegant and thoughtful. And joy of joys, the occasional Barbie sighting brings it full circle!

Under the Cupola by L: Studying in Florence would have been my second choice, had I not succeeded into entering the preciously-difficult-to-accept-you and precariously mine-strewn National & Kapodistrian University of Athens. L is following that Florence course, finishing up her PhD while perusing rosette windows, drinking Chianti (I assume) and making discoveries in the wake of scent along the way including Calvados-inspired essences. If blogs can also present a slice of life, hers is a full-plate.

Perfume de Rosa Negra by Chris: Chris does the impossible; she tries to inject visibility to the unknown Brasil and South American perfume scene and she does it bilingually and with great skill. Reading her venue opens the vista to different cultural associations.

Fashion Tribes: Because a historian needs to dress well too and because getting inspired by Minoan wasp-waists is all very well (wish I had a wasp waist too!) I follow a couple of fashion and design blogs. Fashion tribes is compact, aesthetically easy on the eye and sweetly to the point.

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  1. You are absolutely amazing, fabulous, glamorous and everything that you know I think about you. Je t'adore mon amie, merci. I am honoured that a professional as you have recognised me as having a fabulous perfumeblog.
    Scented greetings from Brazil,

  2. Anonymous05:38

    You are beyond generous once again, Helg! I really appreciate it. To make the whole thing all that more interesting I've tossed in things that I've rarely told anyone, including my four-leaf clover collection and my secret hard-boil egg recipe (well, not so secret anymore)! A

  3. C,

    Du tout, ma cherie, du tout! You flatter me. You're doing a tremendous effort with admirable results and it needed some recognition. It's only fair!
    I hope you're having a lovely weekend and having a caipirinha on me! :-))

  4. A,

    it's always a pleasure, it's well-deserved and I will be popping over to read and be part of the hush-hush hard-boiled-eggs-recipe club. (Say it doesn't smell sulphurous though!)
    Thanks for playing along!

  5. HI E!

    Thanks so much for introducing me to these blogs! They are beautiful indeed. So, so, so much reading to do.

  6. Hi P! HOpe your day is beautiful!

    As a former awardee in another post, you must know how utterly difficult it is to choose among the many worthwhile venues. I felt these deserved a little pointing out!

  7. Elena,

    LOL... sweet, I am drinking lemon tea with garlic to cure this flu... do you think I deserve it? I desesperately need to sample my perfume samples box... During these times we see how olfaction is valuable...

    I would love a caipirinha with japanese sake, of course, or one of my fav drinks... a Mojito!!!!!!!
    When you visit Brazil, let's drink some caipirinha, some flamenco presentations and so

    Thanks sweetie for being a spectacular person.

    Have a nice week,


  8. stella p09:56

    ad the jewellery: what exquisite pieces! A pleasure for the eyes to see these :)
    (I'm dreaming of Solange Azaqury-Partridge Ball Crusher..)

  9. S,

    it takes a woman to appreciate the jewels, eh? :-) The Taihitian pearls and the Hermes bracelets are my fixations right now: I wear them (seperately) with white shirts to bring out the antithesis. I shall post more jewel photos on subsequent posts.

    You mean this one? She makes some impressive pieces.
    I also like this Dior piece,imagine it with a strapeless white column; reminds me of classic Bulgari, but either way too much $$$$. *sigh*

  10. I would appreciate some Chianti but I'm feverish and going to the store would cost too much effort; I get tired by a bathroom trip.
    Helg, you got my eclectic nature right. And, you don't know about my collection of kimonos, a dream of being a botanist someday, you've never seen my place flooded by books....

  11. stella p16:38

    Re: it´s the one!
    Your example made me gasping! Stuff for dreams, and dreams alone.. :)

  12. ah glad you liked your award and great facts. I'm a big film lover too- and jewellery, well that is an obsession that has been on the go since I was about 1 year old- I couldn't be trusted with my Mother's jewellery box.

  13. This is so horribly late, but I just had to say - I LOVE your bangles.

  14. Not late at all and thanks for commenting :-)
    Thanks for the nice words, they're rather nice, aren't they? S.O. spoiled me rotten.


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