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· WMC Write Millions of Comments
· Happy end of 2013!
· The plural of "anecdote" is not "data" *
· There's always the sun
· Better than a mudslide, mama
· I thought you GNU...
· Lone cypress, baby!
· You're streets away from where it gets the roughes...
· A random thanks to the 'Crew
· Listening to...

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WMC Write Millions of Comments
posted by Colleen Shirazi on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 10:27 PM (Pacific)


Top: J.Crew boatneck painter tee (reviewed here)
Hoodie: American Apparel
Jeans: gifted
Boots: La Canadienne
Bag: Dean Accessories

I've owned this shirt for, ah, four years, apparently. It's held up remarkably well.

Was working with someone the other day, and realized he got the IBM Op Codes. It's a massive list, so I tend to pick a few at random:

BBD Branch on Bastille Day
DWIT Do What I'm Thinking
MAZ Multiply Answer by Zero
CAF Convert ASCII to Farsii
TRA Te Rdls Arvs [type ridiculous abbreviations]
TYF Trust Your Feelings

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Happy end of 2013!
posted by Colleen Shirazi on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 5:29 PM (Pacific)


Top: Stewart and Brown
Cardigan: gifted
Skirt: Sundance Catalog
Boots: Cydwoq

This is from my son's portrait project for school, which he has titled "The Proletariat at Work." smirks Okay, I'm not actually working, but I do check my work email, and there is a Python book I'm on-and-off grinding through ("list"=array with benefits).

Here are the year-end photos I like to post:


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The plural of "anecdote" is not "data" *
posted by Colleen Shirazi on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 8:39 PM (Pacific)

nivea black and white stick deodorant
Nivea Black and White stick deodorant

Hermmm... Time for some, well, blogging.

I've been using the above deo since April-Mayish of this year; plenty of time to ascertain whether or not it works. It does. I can frankly claim to have less of the annoying "yellow deo marks on white shirts" issue. Worth the minor hassle of finding it here (seems pretty cheap and available in Europe).

i profumi di firenze
i Profumi di Firenze, Violetta di Bosco

Been playing with this, in sample form. I was never a "frag hag," exactly, and so missed this line altogether even when I was sampling perfumes. Italian fragrances imo tend to be iffy, unless you're heavily into citrus (there always seems to be something citrusy there, and it can be done well, but it has to be your thing).

Not so with this scent. Violets...when did I last smell one? over twenty-eight years past, that's for sure, when some randomly sprouted between our house and the next. I don't recall a heady scent, but as I say there were the few soldier-violets, not a whole bed of them.

So, I'll take it on faith this is what violets smell like. I loathe samples (well, love/hate, of course) in that you're stuck without a sprayer; this is potent nevertheless.

First impressions...too sweet, overly floral (doh), too...virtuous? Not something toward which I tend to gravitate. A candied sensation. Bleh. Then...perfume settles in...must apply more...this is great! Dabbled the dinky plastic wand around—oh, I know, I could do something more creative, like dab it properly from the vial...

Even with my violet ignorance, I could say this is a fresh and complex scent. There's more in it than essence of violets, which would be simplistic at best, cloying at worst. For someone who spent many summers at an organic vegetable/fruit farm (me), there are subtle elements of moss, dried grass, ferns, hints of water...all that's needed to conjure up the outdoors, interwoven with the sweet layer of blooms.

Full-bottle-worthy? I don't know yet. It's a bit spendy (not worse than Montale, which is still my house of choice), but again with the frag-hag-lessness—I don't own tons of perfumes, so the ones I do have need to be special.

* Reddit

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There's always the sun
posted by Colleen Shirazi on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 10:51 PM (Pacific)


Jacket: distressed leather
Turtleneck: Eddie Bauer
Necklace: labradorite (made by me)
Skirt: Punkin NYC
Boots: Cydwoq

Punkin NYC is no more, apparently. Even Smashing Darling has departed: one of the first independent clothing websites I'd seen (and where Punkin NYC sold me this skirt).

More's the pity. The genius of the skirt (reviewed here, and here) lies within its dual layers. Sure, it appears light-weight jersey, with a perfectly fluted design and versatile dark-green hue—but the shine occurs when frigid wind is blasting right at it. That's when you want two layers.

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Better than a mudslide, mama
posted by Colleen Shirazi on Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 10:23 AM (Pacific)

Our first step toward time travel: recorded music can't die anymore.

Here's a relic from my childhood, sounding just as fresh as it did when Bobby Keys' sax blasted from my radio in the mid-1970's (track 2). The album cover was divided literally into three sections btw (some of them opening like book-covers). Not lyrically the apex of Lennon's career, yet, musically, there is nothing like it.

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I thought you GNU...
posted by Colleen Shirazi on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:15 PM (Pacific)

Okay, it's cheesy, yet somehow brilliant.

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Lone cypress, baby!
posted by Colleen Shirazi on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 8:32 PM (Pacific)


Dress: J.Crew Shelby
Hoodie: H & M
Bag: Dean Accessories
Shoes: Arche

Long as I've been out here...erm, decades...only this year have I visited the Lone Cypress in Pebble Beach.

I can admit I was prepared for disappointment. Tourist attractions tend to the small, and tatty, when viewed up close. But the Lone Cypress possesses genuine magnificence. There it stands, soldiering on. They won't let you near it, have constructed a wall around it, brace the tree with cables...the venerable king in his castle.

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You're streets away from where it gets the roughest
posted by Colleen Shirazi on Monday, September 30, 2013 at 11:02 PM (Pacific)


Cardigan: Margaret O'Leary
Shirt: Brooks Brothers
Earrings: bluehourdesigns
Skirt: gifted
grey stockings
Shoes: Arche

Though you can't see them in the pic, I did treat myself to a nifty pair of silver earrings (Small Porter Hoops) from a shop on Etsy...which are fantastically light (you will forget you're wearing them), yet substantial; the elongated pointy shape like a brush-stroke of bright silver on each ear. The matte finish serves to keep them looking like any other ol' pair of silver hoop earrings. Pretty amazing, really.

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A random thanks to the 'Crew
posted by Colleen Shirazi on Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 2:34 PM (Pacific)

j.crew jackie cardigan in warm orchid
J.Crew Jackie cardigan in Warm Orchid*

You know how it's easy to complain about what's wrong, whilst overlooking what is working?

I haven't bought a Jackie in...hermmm...a bit, actually. Some of the recent colorways bewitched me, and then they marked them down, and then I tried them on...heheh

The "newer" Jackies are noticeably less boxy than before (as I say, I don't know when they made this change). I used to get an XL just to get it to button in front, and then the rest of it was really too bulky. The superior colors, fabric and style made it all worthwhile, but with these newfangled Jackies I can get a Large and have it button up a treat. And it's more hourglassy.

Slight criticism: they should QA these better (I know, the price was good, yadda yadda). A button popped off of one I tried on, and I spied a small loose thread within the fabric of another. Not the end of the universe, I'm pretty handy at mending stuff, even if I'm a sewing tard...just saying.

Despite its purple-sounding name, "Warm Orchid" is as much blue as plum. Good thing, as I have several purple-flavored Jackies from J.Crew past—crocus tone, grey-purple fusion, random true orchid I got on sale... There was a lovely garnet shade which wasn't on the site, and I got that as well (color code PNO—pinot?).

* Should I crop the left-hand sliver of She Got a Wiggle? Partly I was bored (how many Jackie screenshots do I have on this blog?), partly wondered if the image would be indexed with the sliver, partly felt the video illustrated the hourglassy concept to a T...

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Listening to...
posted by Colleen Shirazi on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 6:27 PM (Pacific)

Sting, "Fortress Around Your Heart" (from Bring on the Night, 1985)

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