From Santa Maria Novella, a tea cup to match your perfume collection. "Multi-color cup for infusion. Handmade and decorated with natural pigments by master potters in Montelupo Fiorentino. The decorations are accurate reproductions of original designs." $60 at Beautyhabit.
It’s Tuesday, and we have a bunch of birthdays: Edgar Allan Poe, Paul Cézanne, Patricia Highsmith, Julian Barnes, Janis Joplin, Edwidge Danticat. Plus a very happy 75th to Dolly Parton! What fragrance are you wearing?
For The Little Red Hen, which made an indelible impression on me as a child in the Little Golden Book edition, I’m wearing Frederic Malle En Passant. (The wheat note in En Passant recalls the bread baked by the little red hen.) Tea at the moment is Upton Zi Xiang Organic.
Reminder: 1/22 will be Fairy Tale Friday…
For those 15 minutes, I am not working; I am not reading the news on my phone; I am not doomscrolling through Twitter; I am not being “productive” (read: checking my email, learning Spanish on Duolingo, checking my email again). The process has proved more enjoyable and rewarding than any meditation I have ever tried. Sometimes when I close my eyes while sniffing, I’m transported to India or Lebanon or Mexico, on a sensory tour of multiple cultures and culinary ideas that has taken my brain far beyond the confines of quarantine in New Jersey.
Gabe Friedman uses his parents' spice cabinet to retrain his nose after Covid-19 took his sense of smell. Read more in The World in My Nose: After COVID stole my ability to smell, I found a solution that reawakened my senses—and much more at Slate.