Val the Cookie Queen.
Into the last month of 2019. Time for a round up of my favourite things. It has been a busy year but when is it not? Let’s start with books and end with perfumes huh? Feel free to jump straight to the scents. Here we go …….
“Wild Geese That Fly With the Moon on Their Wings …..” CQ’s Favourite Things 2019.
I read a few. Becoming by Michelle Obama and How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan are the two that come to mind first. Both excellent.
I have had a fantastic year with music as host a live radio show once a month, which might become twice. It has made me fall I l love with music all over again, and listen with new ears. I went to see Brass Against in Vienna earlier in the year and that was my absolute favourite gig of 2019. I Discovered Dizraeli this year, rapper, poet, and musician, from Bristol. Great stuff – I have played him on my shows and will continue to do so.
I go to the movies a lot, although rarely to mainstream films. Free Solo was one of my two favourite films this year, although I think it was released in 2018. It is a documentary film, profiling Alex Honnold, and his free solo climb of El Capitan. Inspiring. Blinded By the Light, the other. Directed by Gurinder Chadha, and inspired by Sarfraz Manzoor`s life, it is set in Thatcherite Britain, and tells the story of Javed, a British-Pakistai Muslim, and how his life is changed by his discovering the music of Bruce Springsteen. It is absolutely brilliant and especially at the end, when we see all the real life people that the actors played. First class. And I love Bruce.
Favourite thing I did?
Turned my bloody Facebook page off. I have not quite deleted it yet, as I use Messenger, but I will. I feel free without it. I take a look around once a week, on the desktop, (and have not missed a thing as of yet) and post my blogs there. But really …. ? I am absolutely not knocking anyone who’s uses it, far from it, just not me. I am DONE.
The Chanel Baume Essentiel Multi-Use Glow Stick. Transparent.. Absolutely fabulous stuff. It is like a wet slick on the skin. Not pearlised, or coloured. Sheer, and dewy, and absolutely perfect for older skin. I cannot praise it highly enough. Bought a back-up, something I never do.
And Finally My Favourite 2019 Perfumes.
Frederic Malle – Rose & Cuir.
Chanel Exclusif – 1957.
Hiram Green – Lustre.
IUNX – Talc.
Jorum Studio – Trimerous.
(Late to the party discovery of the year goes to L’Artisan Passage d’Enfer.)
Those APJsters, were a few of my favourite things.
I am taking a short break from APJ and will be back in the new year. Roll on 2020. A new decade. So exciting!
PS. CQ´S SCENT OF THE YEAR. Frederic Malle. Rose & Cuir. No question about it.