As the year comes to an end, I’d like to set down my favorite things during this entire year, based on what I read, listened to or loved the most in the last year. Please bear in mind, that I had a baby in January, so this year was dominated by puke, diapers and lullabies, but also by sweet laughter, lots of cuddling and finding ways to fall asleep for precious minutes during the day.
So, without further ado – here is my “best of” of 2010.
Book: Stephen King “Under the Dome” – I read it in the hospital when I had N., it was also the last book of this length, over a thousand pages, that I managed to finish this year, and this from someone who easily read a hundred books a year, but that was in another lifetime ;) I am a great King fan, although due to his subject matter he is one of the most under appreciated writers ever. He produces fantastic prose (not to speak of his immense output), but sadly, many are (quite literally) too scared to read him, never knowing what they are missing. Don´t laugh, but I attribute a lot of my English to him, nowhere better to learn american colloquialisms :)
The second book I want to mention is Roja Dove’s “The Essence Of Perfume”. It is compulsory reading for perfumistas and was consulted many times this year. Now I look forward to visiting his Haute Parfumerie in the fifth floor of Harrods in London in April of the coming year, yay!
Music: I listened to a lot of sacral music this year, Masses by Mozart, Schubert and Haydn, Oratories by Bach, these are the pieces my baby son appreciated the most, it stopped his crying immediately. Which was fine by me, what he likes to listen to, I like as well.
Art: The art of Mercedes Helnwein keeps me enthralled. She is the daughter of Gottfried Helnwein, emigrated viennese painter extraordinaire. Mercedes has inherited her fathers artist genes obviously, as well as his sense for finding the absurd and shocking in every day situations. I have to be in the right mood for this though, it can get too much, then I have to go and stare at objects of pure beauty for a while, like my children or my perfumes ;)
Perfume: Puredistance I – I love this perfume and it is one of the very few, I don’t see myself getting tired of. It is with me for life. Good Lord, is that a signature scent then?
Frivolous Thing: Edward Bess Cosmetics – Mr Edward Bess, aside from being easy on the eye and allegedly full of southern charm, also makes exceptionally good make up. I have many things of his line (thanks to Zuneta) and those are the products I use each and every day, reliable and extremely chic, they never disappoint. High quality and an image of sophistication and class, what´s not to love?
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