My name is Diana and I am a perfumista.
Born and raised in Houston, TX, I’ve been a literal left coast resident for the last decade (though in my heart, a lot longer). While my primary hobbies have traditionally been the purview of geeky teenage boys (role-playing games, competitive chess, CCGs, computer games, college football, sci-fi/fantasy/horror novels and movies, rock concerts, etc.), in the last five years or so I’ve discovered a more traditionally feminine side of myself. This side loves cooking, fashion magazines, make-up, and perfume.
This blog is an opportunity to embrace those interests. Also, my current job is routine, dry, and formulaic, and my love for writing and perfume gives me a much needed balm for my otherwise world weary soul. I admit that I have no formal training in chemistry, perfumery, or cosmetology. My reviews are based entirely on my personal thoughts and impressions, which are cumulative and changing with every lovely sniff.
My academic background includes an undergraduate education in American history and Gender Studies and a law degree with a focus on criminal law, civil rights litigation, crime victims’ rights, and feminist jurisprudence. I am invested in the exploration of theories of privilege and oppression, especially in law and popular culture, which occasionally leaks into this blog.
I’ve been writing a long time (poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction). I have been writing this blog since January 2008, and feel like I have only scratched surface of the wonderful world of perfume. While I've only been at this a short time, like everything else in my life, I only do things whole hog, and that's how my love of perfume has developed.
I am currently on submission and seeking representation as an author of young adult and new adult fiction.
Feminine Things received a 2009 Kreativ Blogger Award.
I am a Media member of the Independent Perfumers Guild. I am also a member of the Board of Directors for Bitch Media, which produces the Bitch blog and Bitch Magazine. I have, on occasion, guest blogged for other perfume sites as well.
It's likely I am, on a regular basis, the best smelling law school graduate in the entire PNW.