The Best Art Comes From a Playful Imagination

The best art cannot be forced or controlled because the imagination thrives and creates in a relaxed attitude of openness, a sense of play not duty. Albert Einstein, one of the most brilliant scientists of the last century, valued imagination over knowledge.For a brainy, intellectual, Einstein had a lot to say about imagination:” Imagination is every thing. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions”...more

Artist Jie-Wei Zhou’s Children: Wistful, Charming, Captivating

Jie-Wei Zhou’s art is amazing not only in its realism but in the deep  yet delicate emotions imbued in every painting.  Zhou is truly a living master artist who was born in China in 1962 and pursued his art education there as well. Having studied Russian and French Impressionism, Jie-Wei developed a high level of skill and a superb sense of color. The subjects of his realistic European style include, impressions of China, portraits of tribal people from Mongolia, Tibet, and China....more

Tocca Simone: Bondi Beach in a Bottle (2014) {New Fragrance}

Tocca have released a new eau de parfum called Simone, which is actually about the famed Australian beach, Bondi Beach......more

Lolita Lempicka Sweet, The Scent of Dessert-y Carnal Pleasures (2014) {New Fragrance}

Lolita Lempicka have introduced a new fragrance for women called Sweet, an allusion to an endless loop of both gourmand and carnal pleasures mediated by a continuum of tactile and sensory associations, including taste and olfaction...Read more at http://www.mimifroufrou.com/scentedsalamander/2014/10/lolita_lempicka_sw...Chantal-Hélène Wagner...more

La Sultane de Saba Ambre, Musc, Santal (2014) {New Perfume}

Lovers of statement fragrances ought to pay attention. French beauty spa brand La Sultane de Saba have launched a new, voluptuous Oriental fragrance called after its three main materials, Ambre, Musc, Santal......more

Lady Gaga Eau de Gaga (2014) {Perfume Review & Musings} {Celebrity Fragrance}

Lady Gaga Eau de Gaga Reviewed by Chantal-Hélène Wagner on Sept 29.The latest fragrance by Lady Gaga is more Low-Key than expected. Rating: 2.5 out of 5...more

Chloé Love Story is Inspired by Paris Love Ritual (2014) {New Perfume}

The fashion house of Chloé have released a new perfume for women called Love Story which is inspired by the Pont des Arts in Paris and the by now controversial ritual of leaving a lock attached to the grates of the bridge to symbolize a love relationship......more

Trying To Learn How To Decorate Your Home For Fall

As I type this, I am also listening to Robert Pinsky reading a sonnet written by Michaelangelo about the pleasure of complaining, while he was painting the Sistine Chapel.  It is so lovely, I could listen to this all day.I’m prepping for Pinsky’s edX class that starts today....more

5 Things I Learned From Punkin Chunkin

It is sad but true that my family and I spent much of our Sunday evening enjoying the riveting world of Punkin Chunkin thanks to On Demand programming and the charismatic cast of Mythbusters . We had to gear up (no pun intended) for the 2014 World Championship coming in late October. If you have not heard of the cult-like competition, I will be happy to waste your time by filling you in. Thousands of people gather each year to support hundreds of hopefuls all vying for the Punkin Chunkin championship....more

The Perfection Monster

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