Sherlock inspired perfume. What do you think?

I always loved to use perfume and read about various brands of fragrances, so once I thought what would a perfume dedicated to Sherlock smell like. I read about perfumes dedicated to world-famous works of art or music (Carmen ballet for example), so I tried to imagine if someone decides to create a perfume which would truly represent BBC Sherlock what scents would be put into the blend. I've come up with my personal list of scents.

So... Sherlock in a bottle of fragrance feels like

- Earl Grey tea
- tobacco
- seasalt
- red poppy flowers
- leather
- honey
- moroccan mint
- candle wax

What do you think? Would you add up any aromatic ingredients?

Tom Hiddleston would make a perfect Bond

The Night Manager is a British-American miniseries directed by Susanne Bier and starring Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman, Tom Hollander and Elizabeth Debicki. Based on the novel by John le Carré, the plot has been changed to represent the political and social crisis followed the Arab Spring. Former British soldier Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston) is recruited by Angela Burr (Olivia Colman), an intelligence officer. Pine works at the hotel in Cairo during the Arab Spring, where he gets hold of secret documents related to illegal arms trade. Pine is asked to infiltrate the inner circle of arms dealer Richard Roper (Hugh Laurie), Roper's girlfriend Jed (Elizabeth Debicki) and close friend and business partner Corkoran (Tom Hollander).
I'd say that it is one of the greatest series I have ever watched. The story explores themes of revenge, guilt, responsibility, love and friendship. Beautiful views, dramatic music themes, fashion model looking women, charismatic villain, champagne parties at private jets and boats, sunny and exotic scenery, thrilling adventures, illegal arm trade, MI6 involvment, fake identities, violence and smart dialogue - all that and more reminds me of James Bond atmosphere. Hugh Laurie gives a brilliant performance as a horribly convincing villain. He is clever, rich and heartless. Tom Hiddleston looks and sounds like a perfect James Bond. I would be happy if he appears in the next Bond movie.

Books Rec: my favourite detective series

I always loved detective/crime drama novels which made up a series of books much more than stand alone stories. I started with Agatha Christie's books when I was in my early teens, because my parents had a complete collection of her works at home, then turned to Conan Doyle and many other writers, some of whom stayed with me for years, while others were not my kind of thing since the first pages.

So now I've decided to write up a list of my most loved detective series.

Sherlock Holmes (Victorian England) Has to be on the list of course. I first encountered him on the pages of my English language texbook.
John Rebus (Edinburgh) Ian Rankin
Tom Thorne (London) Mark Billingham
Jack Taylor (Ireland, Galway) Ken Bruen
Armand Gamache (Canada, Montreal) Louise Penny

However when I am in the mood of a stand alone thriller, I would recommend any novel by Ruth Rendell. She is an amazing writer of clever, complicated, dark and exciting stories. 

Book Rec: The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

I've read all three Gillian Flynn novels and watched the Gone Girl movie, but I don't think I liked them very much. Smart and scary thrillers for sure but the plots were overcomlicated for my taste. But I've enjoyed reading them enough to buy the new one when I've seen it at a bookshop. The Grownup is a short story of a kind that makes you immediately start reading it once over from the first page when you first read it till the end. Because you'll see you have been missing something: the details, the signs, the subtext. It's clever, twisted, a bit dark, a bit fun and really well-wtitten! I liked the story, and I think it would make a great film in future.

Official writer's page summary: The Grownup. A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. On a rainy morning, she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful, rich Susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection. However, when the "psychic" visits the eerie Victorian home that has been the source of Susan’s terror and grief, she realizes she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Miles, Susan’s teenage stepson, doesn’t help matters with his disturbing manner and grisly imagination. The three are soon locked in a chilling battle to discover where the evil truly lurks and what, if anything, can be done to escape it.

Nicole Kidman new film rec: Strangerland

Strangerland is a 2015 Australian-set drama film directed by Kim Farrant. The film stars Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes, and Hugo Weaving. The story focuses on a family, who moved to a small desert town to escape a past scandal. Catherine (Nicole Kidman) and Matthew (Joseph Fiennes) try to adjust to their new life and leave the past troubles behind. On the day of a massive dust storm, their two teenage children disappear. After the storm the locals join the search led by local cop, David (Hugo Weaving). As time goes by, something terrible may have happened to the children. When a secret diary of the missing girl is found, the story grows darker. Suspicion is growing, rumors spread, and ancient folk stories are whispered as the locals begin to turn against the couple. With temperatures rising and the chances of survival plummeting with each passing day, Catherine and Matthew struggle to survive the uncertainty of their children's fate.

I won't say anything about the ending, but I'd like to recommend the film to suspense lovers, actor's fans (I think Hugo Weaving was really good here. Strong performance. Nicole Kidman was great. Vulnerable, grieving, growing mentaly unstable mother of the missing children was absolutely brilliant played by her.) The story explores some difficult themes, but it's in presented in dialogues. No evident violence on screen, yet some nuduty and sex themes.

I think the film might be interesting to True Detective fans. 

Ernest Dowson poems

Ernest Dowson (1867 – 1900) was an English poet and writer, often associated with the Decadent movement. I've seen this poem in a book and loved it from the first line! The author's name wasn't familiar to me, so I googled who was that Dowson poet. What I found, made me very sad, but I am happy I got a chance to read this poem and his other works.
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They Are Not Long

They are not long, the weeping and the laughter,
Love and desire and hate;
I think they have no portion in us after
We pass the gate.

They are not long, the days of wine and roses,
Out of a misty dream
Our path emerges for a while, then closes
Within a dream.

Music Rec: David Garrett, amazing violinst!

I rarely listen to classic music and watch opera & ballet videos, but I was fascinated with David Garrett, well-known violinist of German-American background. He is not a  typical classical concert musician, but an amazing, gifted and definetely not boring artist. In short David Garrett is handsome, violin-playing, music-prodigy fashion model with impossibly beautiful eyes, rock star style and an angelic smile. See? I'd love to recomend his CDs and concert videos where he artfully plays tunes by J.S. Bach, Jimi Hendrix, Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen, Metallica, Johannes Brahms, and film theme songs. Listen to him playing is pure delight!

Film Rec: Cheerful Weather for the Wedding (2012)

Cheerful Weather for the Wedding is a British comedy/drama focused on a family and friends on the day of a wedding. It is a perfect choice of film for every "Downton Abbey" fan. Based on a story "Cheerful Weather for the Wedding" by Julia Strachey of the Bloomsbury Group, the film is about a young woman on her wedding day who worries that she's about to marry the wrong man, while both her fiancé and her former lover grow increasingly anxious about the event. The film is visually gorgeous and essentially British in every detail of fashion, tradition, scenery. I was very impressed with elaborate sets, costumes, art direction. The cast is fine too. If you love well made, beautiful films with a touch of romantic drama, this is the newest recommendation for you.

Quotes about the color black.

Black is not sad. Bright colors are what depresses me. They’re so… empty. Black is poetic. How do you imagine a poet? In a bright yellow jacket? Probably not.
 ― Ann Demeulemeester, fashion designer

Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.
 ― Coco Chanel

Film Rec: The Guest and Before I go to sleep.

Dan Stevens playing a bad guy with a gun is super hot. And creepy! He has definitely put his Downton Abbey days as Matthew Crawley behind him. He is scary and gorgeous in his latest film The Guest, where he plays a charming ex-soldier who might be hiding a dark and terrible secret. I couldn't take my eyes off him! Athletic body, piercing ice-blue eyes. And guns suit him perfectly! Dymanic, edgy and bright atmosphere. Halloween-themed setting, parties which went from bad to worse, loud music and murder. As I read in a review: "It's also the type of movie where you're never sure what's really going on or what's going to happen next; it definitely keeps you guessing" and I agree completely. Mind-blowing mix, don't miss it!

Before I go to sleep is solid, stylish, well-acted drama focused on a fragile and vulnerable woman, suffering from amnesia, her said-to-be-husband and her charismatic doctor. Christine, played by Nicole Kidman, wakes up every day in a cold secluded house, remembering nothing as a result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her.