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Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

Did y’all know about Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab perfumes? This is mostly Claire’s fault. It’s actually entirely Claire’s fault.

You all know I have a slight problem with perfumes. A friend recently introduced me to BPAL. I’ve been debating for over a week now on which scents to try out so I’m bringing it to the streets (of the internet). The streets I was raised on.

Here’s the list of samples I got.

  • Bordello –  Bawdy plum with amaretto, burgundy wine and black currant.
  • Deep In Earth – Rose geranium, Spanish moss, Irish yew, and graveyard dirt.
  • The Ghost –  White iris, osmanthus, Calla lily, tomb-crawling ivy and a coffin spray of gladiolus, lisianthus and delphinium.
  • Lucy’s Kiss – The gentle scent of rose and a blend of Victorian spices.
  • Dana O’Shee – Offerings of milk, honey and sweet grains.
  • Sea of Glass – A scent of inimitable purity, crystalline grace, and limitless light.

I got one full sized bottle of Dawn: Maiden. This scent is based of a comic book series I have no idea anything about at all. But it sounded great!

  • Dawn:Maiden – Tea roses, honeysuckle, heliotrope, olive blossom, milk, and honey.

I’m thinking about getting this full size next. It’s called Fairy Bites and it’s part of the Labyrinth collection.

  • Fairy Bites – Osmanthus and raw honey with lavender, chamomile, white peppermint, raspberry, honeysuckle, thyme, bergamot, and Dracula orchid.

Have you ever tried BPAL? You have to check out her site here.

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DIY? I Think I Will

I’ve been going through my Pinterest with a vengeance doing some of the craft projects I SWORE I would do.  I will obviously do like 10% of those. Max. My first two turned out pretty good.

Paint Your KeysI think we’ve all seen this pin.  So I decided to give it a try.

Resized Pink Key

It worked out pretty well, I think! I added glitter to mine because I compulsively add glitter to everything. I used several thick coats of nail polish and waited for each side to dry before I flipped the key over. I did it again with glitter and then added two top coats. I did this about a week ago and so far no chips!

I only have two keys so I’m not sure how much this really helps me keep them organized in real life. It did add pink glitter to my life. So I’ll call that a win.

I saw this


UPDATE: Four weeks later and it still looks great.


South Whimsy

We’re going to Dallas! Marc got in to UT Southwestern and he’s starting his surgical residency soon. We’re excited to be closer to family, but there is so much to do! Right now we’re house hunting, but since it’s really hard to plan for that I’ve been dream house decorating! Follow my Pinterest board here too see all my house ideas. All 483 of them.

We have a house in mind, but I’m still totally unresolved about the floors. The floors in the house are mostly brick. They look just like this.

whitehouse interiors brick floor

I really, really hate the brick look. It’s too much to use rugs to break it up. All the rooms with this kind of brick I’ve seen online so far are mostly neutral. The brick floor is the focus point. I want the brick floor to be ignored. I’m looking to make an eclectic living room. A little like Gilded Age meets neon.

I don’t know if it’s possible to bleach them to make them lighter? I’m thinking about covering them all with wood at this point. Any suggestions?

(image from Whitehaven Interiors)


Updated: I Need Your Book Recommendations

Usually I do a reading goal that’s a number of books per year. Turns out that means I never read books more than 400 pages. I switched it up this year to close that loophole on myself. I can’t believe I’m closing a loophole in my plan for myself. This is serious, guys. So my plan was to read one book in each of the following categories. Some of these I’ve already read, so I’ve marked them off. The other ones are up for suggestion! Comment with your recommendations. I really need them.

  • SciFi:
  • Classic: Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  • Young Adult:
  • Poetry:
  • History: The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
  • American Author: The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson
  • Biography: Amy, My Daughter by Mitch Winehouse
  • European Author: American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • Business: The No Asshole Rule by Robert I. Sutton
  • Asian Author:
  • Fantasy: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • Spanish Author: Aura by Carlos Fuentes
  • Historical Fiction: The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
  • Award Winner:
  • Memoir: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
  • Short Stories: The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Mystery: The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  • Romance: Lover At Last (Black Dagger Brotherhood #11) by J.R. Ward
  • Comedy: Dave Barry Does Japan by Dave Barry
  • Kid’s Book:
  • Advice: How to be a Hepburn in a Hilton World by Jordan Christy
  • Re-read: Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1) by J.R. Ward
  • How-To:
  • Recommendation from a Friend:
  • Travel:
  • Dystopian: Who Fears Death

Anything that’s not crossed off is fair game. Click on the books I’ve already read to see my review and leave your suggestions in the comments!

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Oscar de la Renta 2013 Fall NYFW

I’m absolutely loving Oscar de la Renta’s 2013 Fall line.

The two ball gowns are made for a princess. Who else could pull those off? If Cinderella ended up in 2013 due to some horrible time experiment gone wrong, she would wear that blue Oscar de la Renta to the ball. And Prince Charming would have never forgotten what she looked like.

The real showstopper is the embroidered black dress. That would look amazing on the red carpet.


This Is One Ugly Cake

In an effort to be more domestic (ha!), I’ve been trying to learn how to bake and cook. I learned a lot of important things from this experience like not slam a soufflé-like object on the counter and my stand mixer is leaking grease. So that’s good.

Here’s what I attempted to make.

Green Tea Chocolate Cake

Here’s what I actually made.

Green Tea Chocolate Cake Mine

We made really pretty meringue.

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At least I got to use my new pink bowls!

Picture and recipe from Rasberri Cupcakes.