We’re heading into the new year way sooner than I’m ready for — where did 2010 go, anyway? I could swear we only launched into the thing two to three months ago! — but I wanted to wish all of you a very happy new year, and to especially thank you for supporting this site with your visits and your comments.
I have a number of items that are on my future calendar, and I’m hoping to get to them as soon as 2011 is up and running (and I almost typed in “2012″, so my brain is obviously in procrastination mode already):
But there are books to read: Globality: Competing with Everyone from Everywhere for Everything by Sirkin, Hemerling and Bhattacharya; Brand Sense: Sensory Secrets Behind the Stuff We Buy by Martin Lindstrom; Chanel and Her World by Edmonde Charles-Roux; and Authenticity: What Consumers Really Want by Gilmore and Pine.
And great fragrance products to review from Liz Zorn, Dawn Spencer Hurwitz, Mandy Aftel, Andy Tauer and Maison Francis Kurkdjian.
Plus, I’m in the middle of getting an interview ready for Ms. Hurwitz as part of the Artisan Series, so fans of Hurwitz’s work will hopefully learn a lot more about what makes this indie perfumer out of Boulder, Colorado so special.
Bonus Feature: Donna Hathaway at the Portland Fragrance Examiner (Donna also guest writes for Perfume Smellin’ Things) included this website on her Best of 2010 list as her “Best Guilty Pleasure” — “The tag line of ‘Looking good is a trillion dollar industry’ is a perfect summation of its mission. Wondering which top designer’s fall line was a runway disaster? Curious about internecine power struggles and brand takeovers? Want to see video of all the best (and worst) fashion shows in one place? This is the place to indulge your appetite for the good, the bad and yes, sometimes even the ugly.”
Thanks, Donna! I’m very familiar with guilty pleasures (see: Nathan’s allergy to penicillin vs. his ridiculous enjoyment of blue cheese).
*NOTE: Donna and I were gleefully emailing back and forth as the L’Oreal family scandal unfolded in the papers. That particular subject is on my list of “Things I Want to Write About in 2011″, but honestly, it’s a long list, so we’ll see which, what and where I actually get to.
I think I might even start including more posts about food and cooking:
One of my new year’s resolutions is to take cooking more seriously, which means experimenting with new flavors, methods and ingredients beyond my usual butter, salt and more butter (for instance, I just discovered the joy of Sumac — I’m rubbing it on a sirloin roast for tonight). And who better to share my amateur culinary triumphs and heartaches with than all of you?
Right, that’s what I thought, too.
My second resolution is to learn to take photographs of people. I love taking photographs of objects:
But it’s not a bad idea to widen the boundaries of my photographic comfort zone, so I picked up a decent walking-around zoom lens yesterday (the Canon EF 70-200 mm F/4L — Merry Christmas to me!), and while the lens isn’t “celebrity-stalking from 100 yards away” worthy, it should allow me to get some spontaneous people shots on the run without physically intruding into every random stranger’s personal space.
Have a great New Year’s Eve celebration everyone, and I look forward to interacting with all of you throughout an even better 2011.