{April 26, 2017}   The Interstellar Clean Machine

Amen Sister Amen

The Alembicated Genie

metropolis3– a review of Parfums Mugler Mugler Cologne

You might be one of those people, the ones who love to trail complex, intriguing stories in their wake, the ones who leave an imprint in the atmosphere – of their presence, their essence, their plans or their purpose. If you’re reading these words, you very likely are.

In which case, read on.

But what if you’re not? What if you’re oblivious to perfume as anything but a toiletry item, elevated somewhere above the level of soap, yet below the appalling and intricate, complex-smelling perfume-y stuff? Something you’ve used since you were a teenager because it came with the territory of Growing Up and was considered a prerequisite for polite human interaction? Plus, the bottle was a birthday present from Aunt Joan or Uncle George (we all know it was Aunt Joan), it was free and wth. A shame to just…

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{April 19, 2017}   A Better Brand of Fishbowl

The Alembicated Genie

gold-fishes-wallpaper-hd-gold-fish-jumping-to-another-tank-digital-art-beautiful– On the Genie’s absence, the changing state of the blog/vlogosphere and those all-important New Beginnings

Dear readers,

That I have you reading this still, even after being MIA with no reviews for so long, is an honor I’m nowhere sure I deserve. Therefore, I’ll start with the Big One:

Thank you from the bottom of my black and overflowing heart.

Yet for the longest time, it seemed my life was expanding in all sorts of ways that left no room for perfumes, for contemplation, or indeed for any kind of sensual appreciation involving words, bottled genies or meandering musings in the intersections of all three. I seemed to live in one mode only: pedal to the metal and predilections as well as perfumes be damned. Somehow, some way, there was simply Too Much To Do between waking at godless hours and sleeping, and perfume writing became yet another guilt…

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Joyful Typist | Gareth Willey


Over the years, I’ve downloaded and used my fair share of free photography content, presets and tutorials. So, it#s about time I start giving back to the community.

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I would Love to try the Manuka Honey Blend.

Pacific Resources International

There is a reason you love our award winning Lemon & Honey Lozenges and Cough Syrup (2016 Better Nutrition – Best of Supplements Award), and why we here are Pacific Resources believe that natural and simple are the best for a healthy life style! Using the traditional cold formula of natural Lemon and combining it with New Zealand Active UMF Manuka honey with immune building CPL* Bee Propolis in our Lemon & Manuka Honey products helps enable our bodies fight off infection as nature intended. You can also try a Hot Lemon & Manuka Honey drink when a sore throat hits: just mix a spoon full of our Active Manuka Honey, a good squeeze of fresh Lemon juice, and hot water in your favorite mug and feel the relief!

Medical Doctors in the UK speak out and return to Nature for results…

Cough medicines are ‘waste of money’…

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SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah — Utah State Parks said more than a dozen people trying to find an alternate route around the I-80 shutdown in Parleys Canyon Thursday morning ended up stranded in the mountains instead, thanks to faulty directions from a map applications. I-80 closed in the westbound direction overnight on Thursday, when two semi-trucks…

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{December 27, 2016}   Vegetable Samosa Burger


This burger recipe is inspired by the classic Indian samosa. It’s packed with veggies and flavor and it’s simple to make, so I hope you’ll give it a try! If you post to Instagram, use #plantbasedartist! I’d love to see your creations 🙂


makes about 4 burgers 

1 tablespoon cooking oil (I used grape seed)

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

3/4 teaspoon coriander seeds

3/4 teaspoon fennel seeds

2 teaspoons grated ginger

1 – 1 1/2 cups mixed vegetables (I used diced bell pepper, peas, corn, carrots, and finely chopped cauliflower)

1/2 teaspoon garam masala

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

1/2 teaspoon red chili powder (or cayenne, to taste)

1/2 teaspoon aamchur (dry mango powder, substitute with lemon juice to taste)

1/2 teaspoon sugar (optional)

salt to taste

about 1/4 cup water

1 cooked and peeled russet potato (boiled, steamed, etc)

1/4 cup breadcrumbs (may not be necessary)

cooking oil for the patties

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As usual, please let me know if there are bugs or errors in the templates, or if download links are broken – I’ll do my best to fix and reload them as soon as I can. I plan to post on h…

Source: Pretty Pretty Planner 2017 is LIVE!!

Thank you

Calvin Was Right


As usual, please let me know if there are bugs or errors in the templates, or if download links are broken – I’ll do my best to fix and reload them as soon as I can.

I plan to post on here more regularly in 2017, so stay tuned for more activity on that front too.


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{November 11, 2016}   How to Bookstagram: Taking Photos

Bibliophile Gathering

IMG_4916Everything in these posts are just my opinions and I’m obviously not saying my way is the right way/only way. You don’t have to agree with me and you don’t have to follow my advice. 

Part one in the How to Bookstagram series 

I briefly touched on taking photos in part one of this series but I wanted to go more a little more in depth on the subject. The most common question I get on social media is how I take my book pictures and I think it’s the most intimidating part of starting a book account on Instagram. But it’s actually not as difficult or complicated as one might think.

What to take your photos with

Despite what a lot of people think, you don’t need a fancy, expensive camera to take really great photos. I know a lot of people with beautiful accounts that use their phone camera to take their photos…

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{November 4, 2016}   An Otherworldly Shortcut

The Alembicated Genie

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–  a fragrant Halloween tale inspired by the Clarimonde and Devilscent Projects

If not for the extra bottle of wine he drank at his mother’s birthday party, he would have done the sensible thing like a sensible man and called for a cab to take him home that night.

Yet somewhere between the family reunion with his nieces and nephews to fuss over, the bottles of Barolo throughout dinner, his brothers to argue with over the port with dessert, and his mother’s beaming, happy face across the length of the dining table, it seemed like a good idea.

A simple stroll along a familiar path through the beech woods, a shortcut to his downtown apartment that would get him home in an hour, and a chance to clear the wine and the evening from his head, his mind and the sense that he was the black sheep of the family…

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