Welcome to another Monday! What fragrance did you choose for today?
I'm wearing Fendi Theorema, again.
Reminder: this coming Friday will be Best Buy Friday: tell us about your most amazing discount or other rare find. (suggested by Oakland Fresca)
And for those of you who like to plan ahead, see Scent of the day ~ Friday community projects 2015, where I'll try to always have the next five or six weeks mapped out in advance.
Note: image is Kendall Jenner for Fendi, Fall / Winter 2015.
Hello and happy Monday! I have been mainly lurking lately; training for the Avon Breast Cancer walk NYC 10/17-18 and it is really taking its toll! I have been using Diptyque Geranium Odorata as a way to perk up midway through the long practice walks and it does seem to help! SOTD is Box of Eels; the Chicagoland weather has been fall in the morning but summer in the afternoon, so I haven’t fully transitioned to my autumn scents.
Oh good for you, that’s a darned long walk! What are you doing to train?
It is mostly walking; increasingly longer distances. In the last 9 weeks, I have walked 233 miles!! This weekend the long walk will be 22 miles!
Wow. My fitbit is way jealous.
I wore Fendi Theorema last Friday and all weekend long….LOVE that stuff.
Today it’s Etro Dianthus
I might just stay in Theorema all week
Theorema is a reasonable answer to the perennial perfumista question, “If you could wear only one scent for the rest of your life….”
Which is really saying something, since I have the hardest time thinking of any answers to that question at all!
3rd or 4th this sentiment
Xerjoff Kobe today. I got this in a swap, and although the only comments I’ve read seem to be from guys I find it quite appealing and definitely unisex. It’s citrus and woods, lasts for ages, and I really like it!
Greetings from Virginia! Still on vacation and it still pretty hot out. Theorema is out and that leaves Chanel no 19 and De Profundis for SOTD. Wish I could make up my mind.
Enjoy the rest of your vacation! We might get up to 80 today, but looks like our hot weather is nearly over.
Enjoy your vacation – you can’t go wrong with No 19!
Happy Monday. I’m wearing Lyric as there is a touch of fall in the air today.
Robin, when is the next swapmeet? I’ve got a list started of things I’d like to send to a good home!
17 October! I’ll have a reminder in Saturday’s poll.
Oh- I need to get cracking on my list! I have lots of goodies…..
Gee, today looks like ‘everyone wear one of Perthgirl’s top 20!’ Lol! Theorema, Geranium, Lyric, Vetiver, Love… you all have fabulous taste!
Thinking Monday armor may be necessary. Wearing no. 19.
No. 19 shows the workday who is boss.
So true! So far so good…but just reapplied for good measure!
I got a GREAT deal on some stuff this weekend at a street fair. Perfect for upcoming Friday project AND for swapmeet.
Today in Guerlain Vetiver, and dang, I smell great!
Mmm Vetiver.. you do smell good!
Will you tell us what you scored or do we have to wait til Friday?
Tell us tell us!
OK, OK…I found a woman selling lots of perfume. I got a 50 ml bottle of Shalimar EDC concentration from c.1983, still sealed, and a bottle of Penhaligon’s Jubilee Bouquet, from about the same era. That one not only had the seal on the bottle, but the box was wrapped in opaque brown paper with original ribbon. I couldn’t even see which Penhaligon’s I was getting. 100mL BTW.
And I paid the princely sum of…$8! She was asking $5 each, but agreed to $3 for the Penahligon’s since neither of us knew which one it was.
Now I’m kicking myself because she had some other bottles of stuff, similar vintage, like Norrell and some YSL something. I didn’t buy them. Clearly I took leave of my senses.
Vicariously enjoying your good luck. Awesome!
Oh my gosh!! Congrats, wow that is a find! And I totally understand how you’d pass on the other things–have done the same myself, felt “Well I’ve already bought TWO bottles” and only later realized, “Um, it prob would have been ok to spend eight more dollars to get two more!!” Regardless, congratulations, that really is a best buy!
Yes you do!
It’s Monday again. I am working 7days straight – boo
In Love by Killian and pairing it with TF love bruise lipgloss
Have a good week everyone
Ooh you’re in one of my favourites too! You smell great too!
Impressed that you are still pairing lipstick and perfume – and hope your 7 day week ends soon.
After complaining the other day how Chanel lacks a proper big white floral, I’m wearing Chanel Gardenia. And no, it’s still not proper BWF material. Quite pretty, but also quite boring.
I remember my first visit to a Chanel boutique in Paris, a few years ago. I was undecided whether to buy Beige or Gardenia and went with Beige in the end. I still think this was the right choice, but these days, neither of them would make it into my top 7 exclusifs. Clearly, tastes change.
Ive wondered about the lack of BWF too. Then I wondered if, being Chanel, BWF would even be an option for them?
A fair point, but they could at least do a more interesting, if still sophisticated white floral. Then again, I’m sure Beige sells well (and it is a hood scent), so it’s just people like me who feel something is missing.
Hood? Really, Annikky.
I find Chanel’s Gardenia meh too.
This is my fear as I plan my Paris boutique visit in Nov. — buying something that down the road my taste changes towards. Decants seem to be the best way to avoid this. But the bottle alone is practically worth it,
If you have spent some time with Chanel samples, I wouldn’t be too worried about this. The thing with me was that I had just started to be seriously interested in perfume and I hadn’t tried the exclusive line before, I made my choice on the spot and very quickly. And I have no regrets – for the first year, Beige was my favourite work scent, until it got replaced by Rue Cambon.
The bottles are great.
I did the opposite and bought Gardenia which I haven’t used enough, but managed to use a whole 50ml of Beige in the spring. No real desire to repurchase though – I do find 1932 quite tempting but maybe it too would be boring after a while? Do you find the Gardenia smells somehow cold and never really opens out? I suspect it is perfect for a formal summer event to smell pretty and very correct.
I think part of the problem is that I generally do prefer my white florals to be more intense and that’s clearly my personal problem. But I could live without that if Gardenia had the complexity that Chanel does well, but to me it just smells one-dimensional.
I can understand why Gardenia does not get much love from die hard perfumistas. As you said well, it lacks other dimensions, or a complicated plot, something to keep the interest for us who wear perfumes for our own entertainment, and not for someone else to find ’em pretty.
Uh, explain again why a preference for intense white florals is a personal problem, rather than a well developed perception of excellence? ? ?
Oh not even your top seven for the line!! Wow.
But I know what you mean. Those are two I liked at first as well but in practice I’ve worn them very little, still working from the samples I have… (I sure wouldn’t mind trying some vintage Gardenia though!)
For me, this is one of the most consistently good lines, although the latest releases haven’t moved me much. So even a top ten position is an achievement I adore Cuir de Russie, Rue Cambon, Sycomore and La Pausa; I think the cologne is wonderful and Coromandel, Bel Respiro and Jersey are very good. No 22 and Bois des Iles are great in extrait. What I’m trying to say is that my earlier comment was more a compliment to Chanel in general than a criticism of Beige and Gardenia in particular.
And yes, I’d love to try vintage Gardenia, too.
Quite pretty, quite boring. LOL! Yes – that’s about it IMHO for Chanel Gardenia. I’ve often though of it as a very beautiful fragrance for people who don’t like fragrance, but think they need to wear one. Or for office work in a non-fragrance office. If I’m going that quiet and reserved, I’d just as soon wear old version of Allure extrait or even Beige! They all seem to have the same base composition.
Yes, it’s perfectly pleasant and a lovely choice for many normal people, I’m sure. But I would also prefer Beige in this situation or, even better, Un Matin d’Orage.
Beige was definitely the better choice out of the two to get.
The exclusifs line is a tricky one. I like my Cuir de Russie and when I had Coromandel I loved it, but most of the others I felt kinda lukewarm about. I did like Bel Respiro, but it faded on me faster than a NY minute.
I think they could have done better with the majority of the Les Exclusifs line for the price point they are at. If they sold them in the $75+ range – like their pillar fragrances – I’d be rather OK with Jersey, Beige, Bel Respiro, Gardenia (which used to be one of their regular frags!), Misia, etc, etc…. They aren’t awful, just too spendy for what they are. No 19, Cristalle, No 5 spank the heck out of the LEs, and are still less costly…..
Yes! I agree completely.
I’m in Azemour again – can’t seem to keep my hands off this stuff. It’s so perfect for this time of year (or really, as Robin says, ANY time of year), and if I continue to go through my decant as quickly as I have been recently, I’ll be adding another FB to my ever-growing collection very soon.
Love Azemour! You both smell great.
Hi Farouche, and thanks Bexca!
Occurs to me that I really could presumably make it through the year with Azemour and Theorema. I guess I like oranges.
You are stronger than I, then – I don’t think I could get through a year without Tabac Blond and at least ONE of my many leather loves. I have yet to try Theorema, but it’s on my list. The notes and your review are intriguing!
Well, of course I haven’t thrown out all my other bottles just yet
I pulled out three minis from my box, looked up the notes and the only one that has no vanilla was Gucci Guilty, so that is my SOTD.
Have you smelled 1725 Casanova from Histoires de Parfums? I have this idea in my head that it has certain similarities with Gucci Guilty (like a sheer, slightly sweet, powdery amber quality?), but I might be nuts.
Are you thinking maybe Gucci Envy for men, which is hugely mourned over here 1725 is a fair replacement, failing all else.
I recently got a couple of millilitres of vintage Poison Esprit de Parfum, perfectly preserved: I’m wearing the smallest possible amount and it is astoundingly beautiful, pure magic. Whatever horror stories you ever heard of Poison (and I have a couple of my own) would be mitigated if you could experience it as a pinhead-sized droplet of the eighties-era EdP. It is SO GOOD.
Yes!!! It’s utterly gorgeous isnt it?! A bottle of vintage Esprit de Parfum found my way onto my mum’s dressing table. She’s anosmic due to sinus issues, and she has no idea where where the bottle came from (losing her memory too obviously ). I remember HATING Poison. Then I tried this and omg…Swooon! On my next b’day it made its way to my house! Yay! So lucky!
I think that is true of a lot of the old school 80s frags . A little goes a very, very long way. My younger sister used to wear Poison and Samsara back in the 80s, so the smell of those two whoppers always makes me think of her.
I think overapplication must have been the reason I hated Poison in the 80s… I swear, every single girls’ dorm at college was awash in the stuff… because now I think it’s wonderful stuff.
You make me want to smell this really bad.
SOTD for me is Sycomore, again. Wore this all weekend long and just love it for the fall weather we’ve been having. It also has decent staying power, which is a plus in my book.
Ugh, another Monday!
Sycomore is so gorgeous!
SOTD started off as Bois D’Argent but then refreshed with Brezza di Mare – perfect for the amazing warm burst of late summer we are finally having in the UK (and set to last 2 weeks if the forecast is right)!
I find Boise d’Argentina a pleasant day-starter, a short lived gentle intro to the day.
I’m leaving the auto-correct above for your collective amusement. Should be Bois d’Argent. I need to turn that sucker off.
Today I’m wearing Amarige Limited Harvest Mimosa 2009. I got this is a swap, and it works so well in fall. Yesterday I went to the ASPCA to look at cats; I need one who isn’t afraid of big dogs but none available were suitable. It’s a big shelter with a lot of turnover so I’ll keep trying.
Thanks for the reminder about the swapmeet! I have lots tha must go as I prune my mistakes from early perfumistahood when I bought blind.
Ooh you’re adopting a new kitty friend! Hope you find a suitable, adorable one soon
Ah, the mid-level purge…..
It’s not a SOTD, but a question: has anyone tried the Eight and Bob fragrances? I was wondering about them all, but mainly Egypt.
I only tried the 1st one. It was ok but no big deal. (And personally, massively suspicious of all these brands with elaborate back stories that aren’t documented anywhere else on earth, usually involving famous people.)
Same here – I have tried the first, but don’t really recall it well. There is a boutique in Brussels that carries the line, I can go and sniff one of these days and report back.
Chanel Misia! Misia now, Misia forever.
Ah, true love!
Just now, you kinda sound like our darling Daisy
In Oeillet Sauvage and thinking I might want a larger decant of this… hardly savage! but very pretty. I am not one of those people who loves LOVES carnation…but this one airy and blended with other flowers… and is just so darn pretty!
Bah Humbug… too fleeting… it is gone baby gone. Refreshed with Lolita Lempika–had a craving for it.
Back to real life after a fabulous weekend of baking with some new Chef’s Essences, crafting (sorta), and shopping. Wearing ELDO Bijou Romantique today and really, really enjoying it.
SOTD is Perles de Lalique. Love that peppery rose.
SOTD = Copal Azure, but still thinking about Mohur Extrait. The split meet is closed, so sorry if this is inappropriate, Robin, but if I can round up just one more person who would like a 10 mL decant of Mohur Extrait, my split that I admittedly waffled about will be complete and go forward. Any takers? Please email at my user name at the geemayle place.
Cuir de Lancôme, first time in quite a few months. Great fall fragrance!
Yes indeed – I tried it during the summer and it did not work, but so lovely for the fall.
I wore this one over the weekend and my mom said it smelled wonderful. It is a great autumn fragrance
I was entertaining my options, trying to get myself rolling, and noticed how similar Olympic Orchids’ Woodcut and Imaginary Authors’ Memoirs of a Tresspasser are. Woodcut is smokier. Both nice. Think I’ll go with Eau des Baux (L’Occitane) again, prompted by Robin’s recent post.
It has been overcast and/or raining here for a week, and I’m about as motivated as a concrete block. I think I need a job to force me to get up in the morning.
It’s raining here and it sounds like this might be our last day in the seventies, so I put on Roca Parfums Lemon Cloud, pretending that summer is still around.
I like that one – have a decant and that is probably enough. I find that since it’s pretty sweet, it also works in cooler weather.
I didn’t comment all weekend because I’ve been hooked on Nanban, haven’t worn anything else all week, and couldn’t think of any between-season perfumes because Nanban was occupying my attention.
My in-laws came over for dinner yesterday so, of course, we had to scrub the house from top to bottom (why did I clean my bathroom, which they weren’t going in, for an hour?). All the cleaning was rendered moot by the kittens, who’s response to company was, “Oh boy, company! I need to poop in the litter box near the kitchen.”
Now it’s Monday and I’m forcing myself out of my Nanban haze with Eau de Celeri, which I was seriously addicted to this summer and wanted to be sure I really liked. I do.
Nanban sounds really good. How is the coffee note in it? – looking for something with a coffee note, wonder if this is a worthy candidate to consider
You know, I’m not sure I can identify a coffee note in perfume. I like several scents that are supposed to be coffee-ish but never smell it myself. I’ll wear it again tonight and give it some thought.
That said, I didn’t think Nanban was much about the incense at first but had an evening where it just bloomed the perfect sweet smoky incense. I had sprayed heavily on the nape of my neck and actually had my hair down which made it incredibly long lasting and added another dimension, it was quite different from the sillage from my arms.
Sooooooo tempted. Need to wait for the end of the month to push into the next quarter, b/c my damage poll is scary. Truly ashamed to participated and would only do if I see someone else doing worse than me.
Clarissa, I am pretty much always naughtier than most confessors. There’s a couple of us, so come sit with us
So glad I’m not alone in liking it! I got a full bottle, no regrets.
Very tempting. Need to hunt down a sample
Plum Japonais by TF. I think this is going to be a TF week for me.
Just spritzed on some Eau de Cartier Zeste de Soleil. I like it and my Sephora sample is almost gone, but don’t think I need to get a bottle.
Although it is an excellent candidate for the cologne-ish category. I bought a 100-ml bottle for cheap, thinking I would never use it up, but did a fair amount of spritzing this summer…
Monday needed a Rich Lady scent, namely Encens Mythique.
Oh, I am eager to get my sample of this!
Cool fall weather is here! There’s all this foggy mist swirling around the colorful trees… SOTD is my completely neglected Mitsouko extrait. She only wants to come out when the weather is juuuust right. Today Mitsouko is singing her lungs out! I get all this cinnamony, woodsy, golden oakmoss and stewed peaches. The spicy smell of fallen leaves. I can’t wear Mitsouko all the time, but today it’s a symphony of gorgeousness.
Ha! I know the feeling!
Hello, AnnS. Thank you: you’ve given me the push I needed towards the Guerlain counter. I’ve been flirting with Mitsouko for years, but “cinnamony, woodsy, golden oakmoss and stewed peaches” just convinced me to commit!
I love everything you wrote there. It’s very fitting for Mitsouko.
I was thinking the same thing! Perfect day for Mitsouko and great description, AnnS.
Mitsouko! Back in college, I got one of those samplers of 5 minis from Guerlain. And one day not too long after I got them I realized that I had used up the Mitsouko without even sniffing the other ones. I didn’t even think it smelled that good at the time. So seductive! This inspired me to start investigating the history of perfumery…but today I am wearing Mitsouko’s hippie granddaughter, Rose Chypree.
Day Four of Rain, with at least four more on their way. SIGH. Cuir de Lancome today.
I helped out a pal by supervising data collection – survey on youth behaviour in a junior high school – and felt like it needed a perfume! I’m potentially the first person to have thought that. I figured something that smells like a Kind, Reliable Adult you can Trust, while being suitably autumnal, would be best. My perfume collection is pretty slim but PdN Sacrebleu seemed to work to put me in the right mood!
I’ve previously rather shrugged at how perfumistas wail about laundry musks, but yesterday I accidentally sprayed on a narciso rodriguez sample, black with pink text, before going out. Total buzzkill! I smelled like a complete laundry room, no desperate layering worked, it powered through. In what universe is this a sexy scent?? Or am I anosmic to some secret musky loveliness in this perfume? It only went away when I showered this morning! gross.
I can’t wear NR either but, believe it or not, on my Mom it transforms into a lovely floral with not a hint of the nose-searing synthetic musk, so I imagine skin chemistry has a lot to do with it.
yergh! I can only assume this skin chemistry condition is pretty unusual, because the NR scents seem very popular, and I can’t imagine people would actively seek out (and pay for) the sensation of aggressively starched olfactory cells…
I’ve got to remember “starched olfactory cells.”
I feel the same way about NR, but the L’absolu much sexier.
I like the concept of floral musks but I’ve yet to find one that works! I’ll have to check out the absolu, is it still available?
It is fairly new. so far I have only seen it at Sephora stores and website. I get more floral than musk from it.
When they’re not stinging my nose, I kinda like some of the NR scents, but “sexy” is definitely not the word I’d use to describe them… unless I’m missing some of the magic, too.
ha! maybe they aren’t meant to be sexy and I’m misunderstanding their intentions. If they’re going for Washing Powder, Undiluted, they’re bang on the money! I’m wary about the NRs so I have not tried the others, but they seem to have a lot of fans so I’ll give them a whirl!
We are back, briefly I hope, to 90+ F days. I started a new position at my umiversity today so I went safe and am wearing Eau de Cartier Zeste de Soliel.
In Lumiere Blanche to encompass the 30-degree swing in temperature expected today.
Entirely unsurprisingly, I believe you have made the perfect choice.
Good morning, everyone. I’m wearing a smokey blue shirt today, and, stupidly, I fancied a perfume to match. Nothing in my collection suggests itself, so I think I’m going to choose to be bare, as it were, just to see what I might see. You all smell fabulous, though.
I went very unsafe with Fumérie Turque to work on a Sunday morning, but my students seemed unharmed.
Monday, of course. where is my mind?
It’s Monday, everyone’s mind is a bit off
Wearing Eau de Merveilles today since I knew it would be a bit sticky and warm out.
Oh boy, did I ever have the most schizophrenic weekend. I’m seriously considering some perfume purchase therapy after work.
My birthday Friday was fine. Went to look for something to wear to my wedding in less than a month – came home empty handed. I’m way too picky…
Saturday my mom helped weed the yard. The weather was awesome and I have some pretty mums in front of the house now.
Sunday: HELL IN A HANDBASKET – the woman I will unfortunately have to label mother-in-law held a surprise bridal shower for me and it was the most embarrassing, stressful and awful afternoon I’d had in a long time. This woman is extremely selfish, but she’s one of those insanely oblivious people who doesn’t realize she’s being selfish because she’s THAT self-absorbed. She changed the date on my mom three times. Once my mom even had plane tickets and then had to immediately get a refund within 24 hours. When the date was decided for this past weekend – which btw, was the WORST weekend to do it because over half my friends couldn’t come due to being trapped in the city from Popecalypse happening – *that* woman insisted on having it at a really tacky tea parlor and do a “Mad Hatter” theme (how original…. *eyeroll*). She had to have a set amount of people to reserve the space but since she chose the worst weekend – no one could come. So who was there? Oh you know.. only ALL OF HER OWN PERSONAL FRIENDS – none of which I knew at all! Happy Bridal shower to me and feeling embarrassed by receiving gifts from women I don’t know! SO AWKWARD! I was seething with anger by the end of the day and didn’t even sleep well last night. Her selfishness is what caused all this and I feel so deeply ashamed of her. I felt like I should be apologizing to all these people who spent money on me – people I don’t know and probably would never meet again! (Also, the “tea” was terrible.)
So yeah… rant over… and now I’m debating on buying a bottle of either Mitsouko or L’heure Bleu after work.
The real truth of the matter is that weddings are about everybody but the bride and groom – families, friends, money, relationships, inter-family power struggles, all that stuff. Everyone comes crawling out of the woodwork – the good, the bad, and the unfortunate. That’s why weddings are such big deals. It will be OK. You will recover from this – you will have the chance for another party with the friends and family you do care about. You can throw a party yourself for the people you care about. You can do anything you want these days (apparently, right?) Let your mom throw you a bridal brunch, which is a great way to go. And because of what happened, you can always demure by saying you are throwing the party for everyone who couldn’t come b/c of the Philly-Pope take-over. It will be a nice and savvy way to have the party you would want for the people you care about most. And lots of people you don’t know will give you presents that you want or don’t want. It’s just the way it is and the way people are. Go and spend a fortune on some gorgeous fragrance – and move on to something that gives you more joy for your wedding.
Thanks for that AnnS. To be honest, I was really hoping I’d get away with not having a bridal shower. I didn’t even want one. Our “wedding” will be half a minute long since we are getting a Quaker license so we can marry ourselves without an officiant. It’ll just be signing the license and just a dinner party and that’s it. I wanted it all low-key. So having this mess suddenly happen yesterday sent me spinning. I’m more upset about how rude and selfish she was to all the other people involved more than anything.
I don’t like that weddings are more about everyone else – and that it’s become acceptable to resign to that truth, which is why we deliberately decided to do something very small and casual. I really didn’t want a party and everyone who knows me well understands that, so I’m really hoping it’ll all be quiet from here on until that day.
Take heart – it’s will be the way you want it. My wedding was late morning, just me, my hubbie, our infant daughter, my sisters & their kids and hubbies, my parents and the mayor. At my parents’ house in my mom’s garden. And afterward, a light luncheon with champagne and grooms “gobs” aka the whoopie pie to the Philly people, and home-made iced italian cream cake with roses on it, with lots of champagne…. It was the best thing for us b/c we wanted it to be just us. It lasted a whole of 8 minutes and is a wonderful memory for me. I am sorry that this party ruined your ambitions to avoid fan-fare, but now that has passed. You’ll have the simple wedding you want. I wish you the best!
Historically, and probably all other cultures, marriages have always been all about the families. It is an important rite of passage on many levels, and there are ultimately legal, financial and other ramifications that frequently extend beyond the couple themselves.
Your wedding plans sound very rational, and please let us know which perfume you choose! Maybe both?
Sorry you were subjected to someone else’s vision of what your wedding experience should be like. Your plan sounds perfect, though, and I hope that from here on out, you have exactly the experience you really want.
Aarrgghhh, my condolences! I have a sister-in-law who is totally prone to the kind of behavior you’ve described, and the only thing keeping me sane is the (thankfully large) geographic separation between her and me. I say buy BOTH – you’re definitely entitled at this point!
A late happy birthday from me
I don’t think you should stress about getting gifts from these people. They are MIL’s friends and presumably know the rap. Also sounds like they had a nice tea together with you as the pretext. Accept the gifts as compensation!
Cosign to both–happy birthday, and, please do not worry a whit about the gifts. You are NOT responsible for another adult’s behavior (thinking of your MIL, but for that matter, the guests are all adults as well–what she and they chose to do is in on them, not at all on you. Least of all in the case of an event that was a total surprise to you!) Very sorry you had to go through such a wretched day, all the same. I really know what it’s like not to want that sort of thing, and have it forced on you anyway. It’s always a question for me in a new relationship, at what stage I should mention that should anyone throw me a surprise party, I would very literally turn around and walk out the door, so please, please never do that!! So I truly understand what a trauma that could be, and I hope you allow yourself some time to recover, and, indeed, some perfume
I’m so sorry. It’s stressful enough taking such a big step without all the craziness imposed by other people. I’m lucky to (mostly) like my MIL but I have seen my share of wedding shower horror. My husband’s sister married into a family/small town that insisted on throwing 6 (six!) showers for her, all crawling with people she didn’t know, who all knew each other and made her feel really awkward. Better yet, the multiple showers were because many of her in-laws weren’t on speaking terms and wanted to one-up each other. Three of the showers were thrown by multi-hostess factions of rude old women who she had to buy hostess gifts for. Nobody was trying to welcome her to the family or anything, just be catty.
I suggest that if the guests at your shower were all friends of your future MIL, they should be accustomed to her rudeness and not think ill of you for being her target. Nobody forced them there at gunpoint with gifts and many of them probably enjoyed choosing things for you. I’ve had to attend the odd shower where I didn’t know the bride/mom-to-be very well and I still enjoyed the thought of getting her something nice.
I didn’t want to be the center of attention at my wedding either but the ladies at my Mom’s church throw EVERYONE a shower, no exceptions. They had a wonderful time and I survived unscathed and with a large collection of hideous pot-holders and kitchen towels (and a really great spatula). Being gracious and allowing other people their fun is really the best way to handle it, because it IS fun to not be the bride and have an excuse for a party Maybe I’m just a wimp, but as snarky as I usually am I just couldn’t handle the thought of being the ungrateful bride.
And that’s the end of my long-winded reply. I do realize you are blowing off steam and probably don’t want my advice but you know what they say about opinions
Well congratulations on living through that one. It sounds absolutely hideous. The worst! I hope that you love and enjoy your compensatory self-gift of a bottle of gorgeous Guerlain. Absolutely brilliant to give yourself something beautiful after a scene like that. I would have done exactly the same thing.
Jenkr, consider your MIL as having done you a favor – she gave you accurate information about her behavior from which you will devise your future strategy for dealing with her. That is a marital rite of passage indeed, and should definitely be marked with a significant perfume purchase. Next up: where do you spend Christmas (particularly when there are children)? There’s no escaping these situations, only minimizing the trauma with careful strategizing.
Rochas Globe EDT. Leather-floral-cologne. Only have a mini of this one (and probably only need a mini of this one). Fits in with the week’s theme in that it smells expensive (and modern? and niche?) but can be found exceedingly cheap…
Safran Troublant for me on this perfect fall day
Chanel No 5 EDP is my SOTD.
No 5 is perfect!
Wearing Lou Lou today. I saw that picture of Kendall Jenner modeling Fendi and thought, maybe she could convince them to bring the original Fendi back?
I had a craving for orange blossom this morning, so I went with SL Fleurs d’ Oranger.
SOTD has been Neela Vermiere’s Ashoka…I sprayed a few sprays before leaving for work this morning around 8:20 a.m. and I can still smell it at 4:44. I love her perfumes and wish I had all of them.
Hello dears, Sorry I haven’t been around on this page for quite awhile. I’ve been enjoying your comments and getting caught up a bit. Well, I decided that I have way too much stuff in general and perfume in particular so will be offering up a bunch of bottles for the swap in October, including some freebies. Hope that’s ok with the rules – I can also wait for the freebie meet if not. Just paying it forward from all of your kind generosity here on nst.
We had a gorgeous sunny, mellow summer-ish day here in the NorthEast. So my SOTD was Amouage Sunshine.
Nice to see you, and freebies are fine in the swapmeet!
I am super late posting today, but my SOTD was Tom Ford’s Jasmin Rouge. For some reason, this smells a lot like EL’s Tuberose Gardenia but a tad bit sweeter. Hope everyone had a great Monday. My week will be jammed packed, so hoping it will go by quickly.
SOTD = Bvlgari Black
I LOVE my perfectly safe transitional fragrance. It was within easy reach and actually fits well with this Friday’s theme. Instead of a chicken in every pot, it should be Bvlgari Black in every perfume closet.