Best Design Revelation: Alexander Calder's Jewelry
Best things I made in 2009: a pair of earrings, a ring, patent leather shoes, and medieval booties.
Best culinary discovery: Persian/Iranian cooking -- great for perfume lovers! I get to grind saffron, rose petals, cardamom with a mortar and pestle, and use other aromatics, herbs and fruits (pomegranate!) to make amazing food.
Best gifts of 2009: Two Global knives, and the Calder Jewelry book. The global knives turn cutting and slicing into a transcendent experience, and the Calder book blows my mind every time I look at it. The originality, form, movement, and dimensionality of his wearable pieces are unlike anything else ever made. It makes the William Blake quote "the more personal, the more universal" come to life. Gives hope to all of us making wearable design, especially me ; )
Best books I read in 2009: Jane Eyre and White Noise by Don DeLillo. One is an incredibly written story about the emotional reality of a woman finding her way in the world on her own, living on her wits and her merits, keeping her values, independence, and sense of herself intact, the other is the ultimate contemporary farce. These two books represent opposite sides of the spectrum of literature as well as how I think, no wonder I get confused sometimes!
Best Beauty tips: Glittery eyelids for all occasions, "pretty" lipsticks, and Philosophy Microdelivery Peel.
I opened up a new avenue of perfume interest this year, expanding my repetoire from a great love of what are mysteriously called "Oriental" and spice and woods based scents to cooler ones, including more appreciation of some contemporary scents, as I am a diehard Vintage Addict.
My perfume loves of 2009: Ormonde Jayne Woman & Ta'if, Miller Harris Geranium Bourbon (I know I'm alone on this one!), Robert Piguet Vintage Visa, Pascal Morabito Or Black, CDG 8 88, Vintage Estee Lauder Private Collection and Azuree, Vintage Givenchy L'Interdit, Histoire de Parfums 1725 (Casanova), Parfums d'Empire Eau Suave, and any Aqua Admirabilis I can get my hands on, including Maison Kurkdjean and DSH.
Perfume house to explore more fully in 2010: Dawn Spencer Hurwitz -- I met her in LA at a personal appearance, and became totally enamoured of her and her whole enterprise.
Here's wishing a fragrant and fulfilling 2010 to all of you!
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