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· Take me to heaven and back in a second
· It’s not the time that matters, it’s the person.
· Your winter-garment of repentance fling...
· Sometimes notions get reversed / Centre of the uni...
· The music is good, but the video sucks balls!*
· Petal Pusher Fancies Live Enzyme Deodorant review ...
· WMC Write Millions of Comments
· Happy end of 2013!
· The plural of "anecdote" is not "data" *
· There's always the sun

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Take me to heaven and back in a second
posted by Colleen Shirazi on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 12:39 PM (Pacific)


Hoodie: American Giant
Dress: Modaspia
Sandals: Arche

My daughter:
Jacket: US Army
Jeans: gifted
Shoes: Arche

Hey, we get to be tourists! You can also see why hoodies are endemic to the Bay Area: the winds felt as if to bluster us off the Headlands.


This was pretty cool (yes, I posted it on our work Slack):


How meticulously this has been preserved over, say, the past 530 years give or take. (Jacopo del Sellaio)


A bit tempting to speculate, how ladies of the era would consider our routine to "get out the door" these days. But how much has really changed?
Her: I can't take it, this hair is a fright.
Her friend: Not a problem, borrow my wig!


It's been real...

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It’s not the time that matters, it’s the person.
posted by Colleen Shirazi on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 4:34 PM (Pacific)

thanksgiving ootd
L to R: mom, my daughter, me

Shirt: J.Crew tissue turtleneck in a random army green
Necklace: Iran (it's a real coin, apparently quite old, in which someone punched a hole and made a pendant)
Rest of outfit: sorry, had to sit, been cooking all day! (jeans, black booties)

Mmmmm...hope you all did something cool for Thanksgiving.

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Your winter-garment of repentance fling...
posted by Colleen Shirazi on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 4:59 PM (Pacific)

ootd ootd

Hoodie: C & C California
Shirt: UC Berkeley
Pendant: Iran
Jeans: gifted
Shoes: Prada
Bag: Dean Accessories

The Berkeley Pier, on an atypically balmy evening. Normally I'd be hunkered down within a leather jacket.

When it's still sunny, post-workday, I will resume taking work-wardrobe pics.

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Sometimes notions get reversed / Centre of the universe
posted by Colleen Shirazi on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 10:33 PM (Pacific)

ootd ootd

Hoodie and top: C & C California
Earrings: very old!
Jeans: gifted
random belt
Shoes: Arche
Bag: Dean Accessories

The art in the bottom pic is a sort of hexagonal rotating mix-and-match of heads, middles and bottoms. I recall an overweight Spiderman, a robot with a clear head, something involving a giant frog, a guy in an old scuba-diving suit, a dragon, and, I want to say a giraffe, though I'm not 100% sure.

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The music is good, but the video sucks balls!*
posted by Colleen Shirazi on Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 8:59 AM (Pacific)

The Pixies, "Here Comes Your Man" (1989)

This anti-lip-synching video (at least that's what I think it is) is magnificently bad, in fact, but I love the guitar in it.

* MrSolarGames 2.0

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Petal Pusher Fancies Live Enzyme Deodorant review - Sandalwood
posted by Colleen Shirazi on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 11:36 PM (Pacific)

Hermmmmm...perhaps I have found thee...after randomly searching for a non-aluminum-containing deodorant for years. I mean I haven't been all-out searching—not allergic to conventional deodorants, and my Nivea Black and White stick deo, layered over one of those ubiquitous deo crystals, has been working quite well.

So why the deodorant curiosity? well, Nivea still does contain aluminum, and a parcel of other rather chemical-sounding ingredients. If someone were to come along with a more natural alternative, and in the convenient form of a stick (Soapwalla's deodorant cream works pretty well, but takes dedication to apply—I'm not a morning person), I'd be up to try it.
Today my Sandalwood Petal Pusher arrived (from Smallflower, which has also video-reviewed this product), and hey, it is the weekend. Who cares if it fails? go home, put something else on? and so, steady the Buffs!

First impressions: dry sandalwood, a tad sharp. Smooth and easy to apply (was fearing a stiff chalky granola-esque experience, but no). Smells good, unisex enough. Slightly tacky, in positive way—folks who've endeavored finding a non-aluminum-containing deodorant which does anything about wetness know what I mean—tacky? could it mean...?

Test drive: inland road trip, into the gorgeous desert heat without air-conditioning. Hm. No evil smell and minimal wetness, easily comparable to Right Guard. I still love the brown hills of California btw...amazing....

Random shopping, longish drive home, and then a one-mile hike uphill. I'll have to say this did commence to degrade after all that abuse, but subtly and reasonably so. I smell okay now, in fact, closing in on midnight.

So far a total thumbs-up. I will be trying out the Neroli version as well (not tempted by Steam River Rum or Cavendish).


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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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