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Marina Tempest
17 April 2017 @ 03:04 pm
I'm moving this journal to Dreamidth. Same handle. Come find me, not that I'll post very much there either. This year, in particular the last two months have sucked big time so I'm sure I'll sit down and unload all those details at some point.
Marina Tempest
30 June 2010 @ 12:23 pm
Fundamentals of American Tribal Style Bellydance

Wednesdays 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
NEW 6-week session begins Wednesday, July 21st
$84 session
$17 drop-in

B.Funk Dance Studios (www.bfunk.com)
10291 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21042

Register at www.omchantress.com

This class follows the FCBD Level 1 Format (http://www.fcbd.com/instruction/format.shtml)

Tribal bellydance is a fun and empowering dance form that creates camaraderie among women, celebrates the feminine form, and builds core strength. This class will be specific to American Tribal Style (ATS) as established by Fat Chance Bellydance. ATS utilizes non-verbal cues to allow a group of dancers to improvise and dance together in the moment.

Over six weeks, you will learn basic tribal bellydance posture and movements, as well as the cues and formations to dance in a group improvisationally. Each week will also include drills and conditioning as a foundation to build the strength and flexibility to execute movements safely and gracefully. Other topics, such as costuming, dance history, and music appreciation will be presented.

No dance experience is necessary. Please wear comfortable, close-fitting attire, and a quiet hip scarf (no coins) if you like. You will need zills by week three of the session.
Marina Tempest
08 March 2008 @ 03:44 pm
OK, I got real sick of trying to keep track of my BPAL on an absurdly huge spreadsheet. So here we go. The Ultimate BPAL post that I will keep somewhat up to date. Reviews of bottles in my current inventory, and other things I find at least marginally important to keep track of. You can always follow my BPAL tag for more reviews, coveting, etc.


ISO bottles:

LE: Carnation SN, The Expiration, Fox Sisters, Katarina Van Tassel, Peacock Queen, Sonnet D'Automne,

GC: Dragon's Claw, Fae, Juke Joint, Haunted,Ladon, O, Queen Alice, Gobo

GC to try: Bastet, The Dodo, Dragon's Reverie, Jazz Funeral, Machu Picchu, Paramatman, Persephone, Scherezade, Strangler Fig, Tezcatlipoca, Two Five and Seven, Vixen
LE/DIS: Any Carnavale Diabolique: Snake Pit, Pink Snowballs, Antique Lace, Two Monsters
Notes I like: amber, apple, carnation, geranium, vanilla, dragon's blood, incense, rose, spicy, boozy, fruity, tropical


Want something?  I'm happy to send you something to try!

Aunt Caroline's Joy Mojo -about 2/3 full
Blacker than the Raven Wings of the Midnight - full
Pumpkin Princess - about 1/3 full
Snake Charmer - just below label
Sportive Sun – just between label and shoulder
10 ml Alice - about 1/2 full
LE Decants:
Berry Moon 2011
Donna Con Ventaglio
Dorian v.3
Huesos De Santos (1/2 full)
Independent (2008 Forum Only)
Needle in a Haystack
Rosy Maple Moth
Smut 2008
Strawberry Moon 2009
Atomic Lounge & Tiki Bar: (all about 1/2 full)
Boo Bam
Boo Bam
Golden Wave x2
Rangoon Riptide
Screeching Parrot
Te Po
Upa Upa
Fresh-ish Imps:
All Night Long
Anne Bonny
Deadly Nightshade Honey
The Deep Ones
Fire of Love
King of Hearts
Love in Idleness
Miskatonic University
Sacred Whore of Babylon
Santa Eularia Des Riu
Schrodinger's Cat
Stimulating Sassafrass Strengthener
The Witch's Garden
Whoso List to Hunt
Discontinued Imps:
Queen Mab
Older Well-Loved Imps:
Blood Amber
Bon Vivant
Deep in Earth
Dragon's Heart
Hollywood Babylon
Juke Joint
Queen Alice
Twenty One
Water of Notre Dame

BPTP Goblin Squirts
Alchemical Laboratory
Mahogany Hall
The Queen's Croquet Grounds

Solstice Scents: (samples)
Cardamom Rose Sugar
Dragon's Blood x2
Lace-Draped Spectre
Russian Caravan
Scrying Smoke
Spellbound Woods

Current Inventory

Alice -  Carnations, roses, and light perfume.  Light, flowery, and girlie.
Aunt Caroline's Joy Mojo - Happy, fruity and sweet.  I think it smells like licorice, hubs thinks it smells like baby powder.
Beaver Moon (2011) - When I bought this the lavender was really sharp and cologney, but it has since mellowed out. It's creamier and soft.  Use it on my pillows for nice sleepytime.
Blue Fire - Smells like a blue cocktail!  Fun for summer.
Bon Vivant - Fizzy strawberry champagne
Devil's Trumpet - This is hard to describe.  It's a white flower edged with green.  More sharp and fresh than pretty.
Diwali - This is so amazing and also really hard to nail down.  The mango is definitely the strongest note while it's wet.  It settles down into a fruity insence.  The sandalwood sticks around and it maintains a nice creamy sweetness but is not overpowering at all.  I'm also very pleased because this is the only blend I've tried that has coconut in it that doesn't go to plastic.  YUM.
Dragon's Tears - First, I tried to identify exactly what Dragon's Blood is. I think it is true cherry with a twist of spice. In the bottle this was the strongest. As it dried, the saltiness sprang to life. Maybe just a trace of plumeria in there? This is going to sound very odd - but it's like having a cherry-cinnamon sno-cone on the beach in August. Surprisingly warm for an aquatic.
Et Lux Fuit - It's a golden warmed-to-the-bone by sunshine scent. Very similar to O. Gently sweet and predominately amber/honey/musk with occasional peeks of golden florals, and tang of lemon peel.
L'Essence de la Passion - I love carnation and I love how this is balanced with amber so it's really warm and soft.  A new favorite.
Mme. Moriarty, Misfortune Teller - Amazing! Pomegranate and Patchouli over a strong vanilla incense.  Love it.
Oneiroi - I can't gaurantee it's advertised sleeping properties but it smells awesome. A very biting lavender, and some other toothy herbals. Love it. I put it on my pillows and sheets.
Pele - Light, white, tropical florals traveling on a breeze.  This is exactly how I remember Hawaii smelling.  So nice for summer.
Rakshasa - Soft and insencey, a perfect balance of rose and sandalwood.  This is the smell that made me realize I actually like roses!
Samhain - Absolutely lovely! Pure fall & spicy.  SUUUPER strong though.  Will probably last me forever.
Snake Charmer (resurrected) - 4 - This is reminiscent of both Snake Oil and Mme. Moriarty, but has a lighter, fruitier touch.  Plums maybe?
Snake Oil - This is probably the best thing I've ever smelled. Sweet & exotic, very warm and slightly smoky over rich vanilla. Long-lasting.  My all time favorite always.
Sportive Sun - One of the few almond scents that doesn't go explosively marzipan on me.  Warm and sunny, but I prefer Et Lux Fuit or Diwali over this one.
Snow Bunny - Pine, snow, and floral perfume.  I like this for summer as well as winter.  Light and chilly.
Tiki Princess - Fresh and cool Pina Colada!

Used up:
Monster Bait: Closet - 4 - It *does* smell just like Red Velvet Cake! With a tangy drizzle of berry sauce. Delish!

5 Star Sniffs

GC: Alice, The Dormouse, Dragon's Tears, Hamptons, Mme. Moriarty Misfortune Teller, Oneiroi, Snake Oil, Bon Vivant, Fae, Jolly Roger, Juke Joint, Ladon, Pele, The Pool of Tears, Port Royal, Tamora, Velvet, Two Monsters, O , Queen Alice, Rakshasa
LE/DIS: Diwali, The Perfumed Garden, Samhain, Snow Bunny

Almost As Excellent Sniffs

GC: Agape, Akuma, Amsterdam, And There Was a Great Cry In Egypt, The Apothecary, Baobhan Sith, Caliban, Carceri D'invenzione, Dorian, Dirty, Dragon's Eye, Dragon's Milk, Eat Me, Eclipse, Embalming Fluid, Empyreal Mist, Fae, Grand Guignol, The Hanging Gardens, Himerus, Hollywood Babylon, Jack, The Jersey Devil, La Belle Au Bois Dormant, Lolita, Mania, March Hare, The Mock Turtle's Lessons, Morocco, Orpheus, Pannychis, Phantasm, Phantom Queen, The Poisoned Apple, Shattered, Siren, Scherezade, Shub-Niggurath, Swank, Tempest, Tenochtitlan, Twilight, War, White Rabbit, Xiuhtecuhtli
LE/DIS: Et Lux Fuit, F5, Hungry Ghost Moon, Pink Moon 2007, Pink Phoenix
Marina Tempest
23 January 2008 @ 09:15 am
Dear readers, I am offering a once in a lifetime opportunity to join my Yoga filter! This is to spare those who could care beans or less about my personal yoga practice, nuances of teacher training, the finer points of yogic philosophy, etc... 

Of course, I still reserve the right to talk about yoga to the masses whenever I please. Unfortunately, you'll just have to deal with that.

Kindly leave a comment if you would like to opt in. I won't be offended if you opt out, I promise!