• Culture,  Living,  Style

    The Tangentier’s Favorite Things from 2019

    Is there anything more fun than coming across something that delights you? I was fortunate to have many of these discoveries in 2019, and I’m sharing some of my favorites with you below. I’ve put them in categories as best as I could, but there is some inevitable crossover, as a love in one category will often tangent to another. Beauty There was a time when I had a more than a cabinet full of makeup, but in recent years I’ve become more selective in…

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    October Lusts List

    The fashion, beauty, books and more I’m lusting after this month. If you read my post about how “When Harry Met Sally…” has influenced my love of fall, you can imagine how tempted I am by just about every retail email I receive in October, each of them filled with wooly and pumpkin-scented and -flavored delights. So, here, in what will be become a regular (monthly? bimonthly?) thing, my Lusts List is a curation of what is inspiring me at the moment. Cider in my…

  • Culture

    Of Monsters and Me: Live Music and Memory

    I woke up Sunday feeling tired and cranky. Could it be because I’d had a third date the night before, during which I managed to walk nine miles through a county fair, that ended with a “thanks for indulging me!” instead of a kiss? Yeah, that could’ve been part of it. I mean, I’m not unhappy about the nine miles. I hadn’t had that kind of exercise in ages – the kind of exercise that includes deep-fried, bacon-wrapped pickles. So the prospect of going to…

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    Color & Mood: Peacock Blue & Petrichor (Reader Tangent)

    In a post from a couple weeks ago, Linda commented about how she’s inspired all year long by autumn’s colors, which she uses around her home. I feel the same way about peacock blue. But it wasn’t always this way. Several years ago I went shopping for a new sofa. I figured I’d order one with a neutral mushroom-brown cover. Or else I’d go in the other direction, and wind up with emerald velvet. I did neither. At the urging of the saleswoman, I went…

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    From My Earholes, to My Eyeballs, to a Delightful Tangent

    When I moved to Los Angeles nine years ago, I had a job that made me feel a little alienated. I could barely understand most of the people who worked around me. Part of that was because they were engineers, and I had never developed that part of my brain. The other reason was because they largely spoke Chinese. I needed a way to feel less alone, that could simultaneously stimulate my bored brain during the hours I sat with little to do. A new…

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    It Had to Be Cable-Knit Sweaters and Pumpkin Candles

    It’s 92 degrees as I write this, but the scent of pumpkin and apple fills the air. It’s Labor Day weekend, and I’m determined to bring fall into my house even if it’s sweltering in Los Angeles and will likely continue to be for another two months. I’m the person who walked through Target’s home section yesterday just to fondle the new, cozy pillows and sniff the maple candles, so that for a moment I could be transported to a place where brush fires aren’t…