Happy Almost Friday, and congratulations to Bob Dylan for winning the Nobel Prize in Literature!* What fragrance are you wearing?
I'm in Olivier Durbano Black Tourmaline, from Kevin's Top 10 of Fall 2013.
Reminder: on 10/14, wear one of your Top 10 of Fall fragrances.
And for those of you who like to plan ahead, see Scent of the day ~ Friday community projects 2016, where I'll try to always have the next five or six weeks mapped out in advance.
* And a quick reminder that negative remarks about Bob Dylan violate our comment policy. Don't make me disemvowel you! For an interesting recent discussion of Dylan's long-time / long-shot status, see this article from Forward, and note the subtitle from this article at the New Republic. Ladbroke's had Dylan at 50 to 1 odds, considerably worse than the 5 to 1 odds they gave him in 2011.
Note: the amethyst necklace by Olivier Dubano is out of stock.
I can see why that necklace is out of stock..very beautiful!
Feeling much better today. Yesterday was the birthday of my Dad and I miss him terribly. He would of loved being a grandpa to baby buddha and my little monkey.
I don’t really have fragrances for Fall, but this is one of my top perfumes Alahiiiiiiine. I smell fab!
Drinking green tea this morning from MF. Congrats to Bob Dylan. Listening to Deva Premal this morning, like Dylan, a “spiritual” artist
I think most (all?) of his necklaces are one of a kind? Not sure. They’re expensive though!
So sorry you’re missing your dad.
Agree with you regarding the necklace and missing your dad. I miss mine, too. December is headed my way and I’m very conflicted emotionally, because you know, holidays, joy, etc. but it’s also the month my dad passed away. So yeah, conflicted. Sorry about your Pops. Give those babies extra hugs and smooches ❤️
I am right there with you, January is the anniversary of his death right after the holidays. Such a tough time. At least we can remember the good times and hope the celebrations will lift our spirits.
Sorry you’re missing your dad so terribly today. Maybe do something in his memory today? Must try Alanine – so many here love it!
So sorry ur Dad isn’t here to enjoy his little Grandchildren, it’s especially hard missing a loved one at this time of year, and they’re birthdays are really tough. Glad you’re feeling better today tho.
I’m sorry. Please tell your kids about your Dad, and how much you loved him and show them pictures of him as they grow up.
Twins! I’m in Alahine too! It’s my first time wearing it since last year. We smell fantastic!
Wishing you much comfort. Anniversaries can be hard. But you do smell fabulously delucious! Hugs
I’m sorry that you are missing your dad.
Thanks all-I will tell my little ones about my Pops when they are old enough to understand. I appreciate the support
It’s a terrible mistake of fate when our parents don’t live to meet our children, as far as I’m concerned. Wishing you comfort and wonderful memories, and I’m sure you have a lot of fabulous stories to share with your kids to help them know their grandpa!
My dad died thirty years ago this November and I still miss him. I’m sorry for your loss.
Hugs from Georgia! I’m sure your dad would have ADORED those babies of yours! Hope today is a better day!
PS. I couldn’t stand it anymore….I ordered a sample of Alahine from Luckyscent! LOL! I had a few in mind that I’ve been wanting to sample, so I finally said YES!
Yes, he missed out on what I feel like the best moments of my life. Right before my wedding and having kids.
What others did you get from Luckyscent?
A fun variety! Haven’t ordered samples in MONTHS!
Bapteme de Feu
Crema di Latte
I also have a bid on a small Chanel No 5 EDT, which I think might work better than the EDP. Just $20 if I win…I’ve been going crazy lately and need to STOP shopping!
Fendi EDT, mid ’80s Woman.
Leather, luminous florals, oakmoss.
Jam: Don’t Hurt Yourself-Beyonce.
Triple strength coffee.
Carpe Diem y’all! !! ????
Triple strength coffee!!! Get the defibrillator ready ????
Way to rally the troops, Bear – I’m gonna carpe the heck outa this diem, just because you said to.
I love your style Bear!!! Rock on!
You smell fabulous! There’s nothing like the original Fendi.
Original Fendi is the best! You’re awesome, Bear!
Mmmm. Fendi’s always good, any time of year.
I’m wearing PdN’s Sacrebleu. It’s quite cold here, and Sacrebleu is very comforting.
Love the necklace and I’m not really into jewellery as a rule. Mind you, I’ve discovered that I also love some of Ann Gerard’s creations. A pity, as they are quite pricey.
Tea is Kusmi Prince Wladimir.
I love the necklace too.
Sacrebleu is lovely. I only have a tiny bit left in a decant. Maybe it’s time I used it up. It’s perfect for fall. I love big chunky jewelry but I just don’t wear it anymore. I have this gorgeous black onyx and various colored tourmaline cuff, but I just never wear it. Big chunky bracelets and computer stations don’t really mix. But I do love tourmaline.
Is there much difference between Sacrebleu, and the re formulated Intense version? (I love the intense, having never tried the original).
The Intense is a bit fluffier. But the difference isn’t huge.
Ambre cashmere seemed a good choice it may even be fall like weather today, for SF area anyway.
Tea- Peets Chai, really spicy so it wakes you up
I use to go to Peet’s when I lived on the west coast, one was right down the street from me when I lived in Pac Heights. I don’t think we have Peets out here on the east coast..
Is this the same Peet’s that also makes coffee?
First of all, who could even THINK of bad Bob comments?! It’s unthinkable!
Second of all, I LOVE that chunky monkey necklace in the photo????
Third of all, SOTD is Jungle l’Elephant in hopes of wooing cooler temps to visit down here in the swamp. At this point, I would be happy with a drive-by temperature plunge down to the high 70’s- low 80’s, just for a single day.
Am I asking too much?
you can never ask too much <3
Thank you! How about DEMANDING cooler temps? Maybe I’d get a better response if I were more forceful ????
There have been bad Bob comments here before! (And actually, some of the apopletic Bob comments on Twitter today are pretty funny.)
We are expecting 70 here today, and I will happily trade my weather for yours, I think — is it hot and sunny?
Yes, hot and sunny- you can have it! Who made bad Bob comments? I’m going to have a word with each of them and set them straight ????
That being said, I’m a super, HUGE fan of William Trevor, who was also on the list as 66/1 odds. Just sayin’…
I adore William Trevor! And Margaret Atwood, who was tied at 66/1. And I do think Phillip Roth deserves a Nobel (7/1) even though he is not my favorite author. And there are tons of writers on the lists who I don’t even know because their work is not available in English or who I just haven’t read, and who are probably equally deserving.
But Bob Dylan — that made me very happy. And we need some happy right now!
I never read anything by William Trevor. What’s your favorite book?
He is possibly best known for his short stories, and that is where I’d recommend you start (there are a number of good collections), but his novels that made it through my last massive book pruning are Two Lives (really two novellas), Death in Summer, Fools of Fortune, and Felicia’s Journey.
Seconding the Margaret Atwood love, and not just because I am Canadian.
Interestingly, when she was a young poet she had a conversation with two other young poets about their ambitions: two said Canada’s Governor General’s award, Margaret said the Nobel Prize.
My only reaction to Bob Dylan was surprise until I realized the volume of his lyrical output.
Great William Trevor recs! He’s amazing.
Although I do think Roth, unpleasant and infuriating as the work can be, is the genius writer of the bunch and it makes me a little sad he hasn’t been recognized.
Roth is in very good company. David Remnick of the New Yorker published this nice list:
“There are novelists who still should win (yes, Mr. Roth, that list begins with you), and there are many others who should have won (Tolstoy, Proust, Joyce, Woolf, Nabokov, Auden, Levi, Achebe, Borges, Baldwin . . . where to stop?), but, for all the foibles of the prize and its selection committee, can we just bask for a little while in this one?”
Re-charge Black Peppercorn (Molton Brown).
Finally got some rain here last night, my lawn appreciates it very much!
Its such a good feeling after a good rain. I imagine the plants and lawns breathing a big sigh of relief.
Plus, what is more beautiful than a garden flower with rain drops on it
I love that MB!
Silk blouse, wool tartan circle skirt and l’heure bleue. I feel very poised. Also wearing sephora cream lip stain in always red. It’s matte but not uncomfortable and a nice true red and very opaque.
Sounds like a winning combination… and very appropriate for fall.
You look and smell elegant!
Oh, you sound like the picture of fall.
I love red lipstick! your outfit sounds amazing
Beautiful and autumnal!
I am wearing Coromandel. It is my second-most favourite fall scent.
I almost wore Coromandel today too. Great choice. You smell delicious!
I will be wearing that tomorrow. I really enjoy that one.
Isn’t it wonderful? It’s a toss up between Coromandel and Sycomore.
On a whim I wore the very summery Todd Oldham, one of the best of a massive wave of Angel-era gourmands, from 1995: it died a quick death (although they cranked out a LOT of it and you can still get it) and I can’t imagine why because it’s slightly off-kilter but super fun, tons of fruit in the top and warm spicy woody vanilla in the base. Lasts forever, smells so great.
I would say it’s because he wasn’t a big enough name, but then, neither was Thierry Mugler, and he’s less so now.
I have a little bit of that one, and it is good. Furry-orangy-spicy. I got it super cheap from a discounter, and I like to spray it on sheets etc.
I might have to get a mini of this. I’ve always thought the bottle was awfully cute.
Oh, I want to try Black Tourmaline! And I actually have a necklace kind of like that, but made with garnet, I think. I love love love it, but so far never ventured to wear it, it is too bold and chunky…gotta remedy that! I’ll need to dress up for it thou.
Great choice of lit award recipient!
Wearing Anima dulcis and preparing my list for the swap meet
Twins on the similar-necklace-that-I-never-wear thing. Mine has jade green crystals and weathered-silver accents. Don’t think it’s Durbano though – it came from a gallery in Hawaii.
I want to see that necklace! Actually, I want to own that necklace (if we’re being honest).
My SOTD is Lyric. Rosy red, friendly, warm and cuddly. It’s the Ken Bone of perfume.
You smell beautiful.
SOTD is Tom Ford Noir Pour Femme, and it’s still true love. Addicting!
Almost blind-bought NPF last night during Sephora’s triple points promotion. It’s been getting a lot of love here! I managed to sit on the my hands though. Very proud of myself, though a little regretful.
If you ever decide to get it, there is a rollerball at Sephora for $45.
*leans in for a deep whiff*
You smell marvelous! How i love this scent, especially when the weather is cooler!
SL Douce Amère. I can finally kind of smell again!
How would badmouthing Bob Dylan violate the comment policy? Wouldn’t badmouthing your (Robin’s) love for Dylan be what would violate it? I’m comparing, of course, Dylan to a perfume house. As per the policy, it seems fine to be critical of Dylan (e.g., of his singing voice) as long as it’s not personal. Perhaps that was a joke?
When you disemvowel a comment, do you go through it manually, or is there a program that does it for you?
No, he is not like a perfume house, he is like politics —
The policy says “It is also true that while we frequently allow the discussion to veer away from perfume, we generally try to avoid topics (like politics, or negative remarks about Bob Dylan) that tend to start arguments.”
And I have actually never disemvoweled a comment here, ever, and would quite possibly be too lazy to even install an app to do it for me. I have deleted comments, but so far, not comments about Bob Dylan, even though people have, in fact, made unpleasant aspersions about Bob Dylan
And you smell lovely!
Now of course I am curious about what you’ve had to delete!????
Most comments that get deleted are mean things said to other readers. A few mean things said to contributors (or me). A few shilling comments here and there, but not many. Really I don’t delete many comments at all, guessing fewer than 1 a month.
The minute I wrote this I realized I really *didn’t* want to know. I try never read comments on unregulated sites. Glad that this group isn’t too hard to wrangle and thankful to you for keeping things in line!
We are really very lucky! And most of the mean things said by readers to other readers are said in the defense of perfume, not just random gratuitous meanness. The no politics rule + making people get accounts = peace and harmony.
Aedes Cierge de Lune, inspired by Portia’s review today on Perfume Posse.
How are you liking it? A number of the Aedes give me a headache, alas.
It’s lovely, a quiet floral vanilla.
That sounds lovely. Vanilla can be too foody for me, but floral vanilla sounds nice. Must try.
Today I am in Joe Malone Pomegranate Noir. Woody, red-fruity, dark. Lots of cloves, plums, cedar, but especially frankincense. Very nice for the Autumn season. I like it a lot!
Almost went with this today! I am sorely tempted to buy that beautiful Orange Bitters to layer…
It sounds good!
That does sound good!
Both sound good!
SOTD is Eau Duelle. It is very chilly in South Dakota today so this fits the bill.
Love Eau Duelle!
I agree with Ann!^
No SOTD yet, but I love Eau Duelle.
I have no qualms with the Dylan and would never say a bad word of him.
I’m in Aedes de Venusta by L’Artisan today.
Today is slow at work and I’m yawning like crazy. Time for another tea….
Yesterday I hit a new exercise achievement. I managed to do a proper pull up (and 6 chin ups – mind you, NOT consecutively because that’s frickin’ difficult, but I’ll get there….)
Oh, huge congrats!
Thanks. Trying to get my muscles in shape so I don’t end up with osteoporosis (like my tiny, frail mother).
That’s awesome! Good for you.
Thanks. Hitting exercise achievements these days seem to be monumental to me as I get older.
you are my hero!
I am still trying to stick with my jogging. I found a sports bra that supports the “ladies” since I am still nursing, before I would wear 3 sports bras at a time.
Do what you gotta do! If that means wearing 3 bras, then good on you for powering through it and making it happen
Thanks. It’s funny because I never would’ve thought this was a big deal several years ago, but the older I get the more important it feels to do this sort of stuff.
*tipping my invisible hat to you* ????????Great job!!
Dayum! That is a major achievement! I am duly impressed.
Thanks. I am impressed with myself as well
I cannot wake up either today. 3 cups of coffee and I am still sleepy. It is almost 11 am on the West coast, I need to get myself back in shape.
Some days really do drag on horribly. It’s gotten cloudy and dark here too, which is like the equivalent of closing the curtains and pulling a blanket over my head, but I can’t fall asleep because I’m in an office! Argh!
You’re my hero today, Jenkr. I don’t think I could manage even one chin-up.
That’s a great achievement! Still working towards one.
Parfume de la journée est par M. Mugler: Angel Innocent
Smelly good deal: For those of you that live near a Sprout’s Farmers Market, they are discontinuing their Waleda body washes. I picked up Sea Buckthorn and Wild Rose washes for 1/2 price ($4.99), and they smell pretty glorious! Do with this information as you will!
Good to know.. There is a Sprouts not too far from my house so I need to stop by and check it out.
I wish we lived near a Sprouts. We lived near one in Texas and I loved to get produce and meat there.
Gather round, NST brethren and cistern, for today marks a perfumista first for me. SOTD is Armani “Bois d’Encens” and this is the first proper decant that I have drained, ever. (A year ago I would not have known that decants existed).
I liked this a lot when I got it, and today it seems fine but a bit one-dimensional, so I won’t rush to replace it.
With all due respect to the comments policy, we hardly needed another reminder that the baby boomer generation is bunch of solipsistic narcissists with their heads up their collective bottom, so I am not going to dwell on the extraordinary decision of the Nobel committee who are clearly indulging their personal foibles inappropriately. (See Robin, I haven’t said which committee. As far as the world knows, I might have strong opinions about this year’s Physics or Medicine. Or literature. If you choose to call it that.)
I’m sure you meant physics. “For theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter” my foot.
‘Topological’, it turns out, is highly relevant. An example might be a musician hitting the notes clearly. So definitely nothing to do with this year’s Literature prize. ;^D
LOL — you just had to!
And I’m sure you didn’t really mean “cistern” as synonym for us girl-folk.
I thought of sistern first, which amused me, and the soundalike ‘cistern’ tickled me even more. And if you all club together and throw me in one, I probably deserve it. :^)
I believe it’s “sistren”. You could have left us all thinking it was autocorrect!
I thought Nobel prize was by bequest of a private individual. The committee might or might not be doing its job well, but I do not think it is obligated to answer to me, it is not my tax money or anything
Natalya, you only need the MIGHT NOT option there. :^)
So let Alfred Nobel roll in his grave
Natalya, maybe this year he will rock and roll in his grave! :^)
I kind of know what you mean regarding the decant. I drained my first mini this week, Lolita Lempicka, and don’t plan to replace.
“Riding into the danger zone” ????
Sing it with me, y’all ????
Quietly cheering and hoping Robin won’t notice. And I even like the work of this year’s noble winner . . . in physics.
Oh, I hear ALL the quiet cheering
SOTD is the gorgeous and very seasonally appropriate (although it really works all year IMHO) TC Alahine. I am swooning and doing the perfumista salute, which makes it very hard to type.
Hey twin, we smell so so fabulous
I’m gonna have to find a sample of Alahine very soon!! Too many of y’all are swooning over it!
Thanks for the push I needed to try it today. With anxiety about mammogram, at least I’ll have something to do while I cringe (smell my neck).
Oh, I hope it all goes well. The medical workers who do mammograms are very special people. At least at the clinic where I get mine, they’re all incredibly friendly and experts at putting one at ease at the same time that they’re manhandling you in the most intimate way.
That said, it can be very distressing and a mammogram clinic can be a difficult place to be.
I hope all goes well!
Last night, after a shower, I put on Shalimar Souffle. It still smells beautiful this morning, so I sprayed a little bit more on.
I am using it from a small sample I got when I made a purchase at the Guerlain boutique last month. A little goes a long way with this scent. I’ll be sad when my sample is gone. I may decide to buy a full bottle.
I can rarely wear Shalimar, but I really liked the Soufflé, and have been contemplating a bottle myself.
Shalimar Soufflé is so good. I bought some recently from fragrancenet. My bottle came with a mini of the extrait, which is incredible. I paid ~$40 and last I saw they were selling it for even less than that (!)
Mmmm…very tempting ☺
I’m wearing Boyfriend Dry Oil and wishing I were not at work. Sigh.
You smell nice today.
Thanks! You smell nice as well, but I’m sorry to hear about your colleague.
Thank you springpansy
I’m sorry you’re at work but you smell great! I love that dry oil, wish I would have picked up another bottle before it disappeared
I know – I think my bottle cost me all of $10. I didn’t love it at first, but it has really grown on me and is perfect on these autumn days with cool mornings, warm afternoons. I’m just whining really – work is okay!
SOTD: Jo Malone’s Rose Water & Vanilla.
I wish they kept this instead of replacing it with Rose & Oud.
Making for lunch today: Caesar salad with Grilled Chicken Breast, Cream of Pumpkin soup (yes, croutons in both the salad and the soup )!
i never got to try the rose and vanilla- that sounds wonderful. I make a lotion using those notes (using sweet almond oil) and it smells terrific, so I can only imagine how lovely the JM is!
Your lunch is perfect. I plan on having clam chowder (homemade here on the work campus!) and a salad.
1) Whoever this “Bob Dylan” is, he sure seems to inspire a lot of passionate opinion!
2) SOTD: Stash (elixir) by SJP. This is really rocking my world. Worked the elixir into my hair and skin this morning, and it just works. Wonderful, spicy, almost Old Spice scent with a floral heart. A winner.
Love Stash! I am running through my bottle at quite a clip
It’s REALLY good, isn’t it? Complex, but super easy to wear. I can totally see this becoming a signature for a lot of men and women.
I love Stash too! Sooooo good. Too strong for work, but I’ve been using it at night/bedtime quite a bit the last few nights! Been reaching for it’s quieter relative, Lovely, quite a bit too! Mmmmmm
Oh, I do think Lovely is so underrated these days, but it’s so good!
I got the elixir form of Stash, which is like a perfume oil. It’s softer and quieter and settles into a close skin and hair scent, but lasts longer than the spray scent. You only need a couple of drops for hair and neck/shoulders.
I’ll look for the oil next time I’m in Ulta! Sounds perfect….
Happy “Friday Eve” everyone! This has been such a long, drawn – out week! Geesshh!
I combined 2 fragrances together today. I started out with JM’s Wood Sage & Sea Salt and then layered JM’s Basil & Neroli on top. It smells so good together.
That sounds like a nice combo! I really want to get a bottle of Wood Sage.
SOTD is Bottega Veneta.
You smell wonderful, BV has become one of those always just right perfumes in my collection.
I am also wearing BV. It is perfect for a fall day and a leather jacket. BV is classy, and beautiful, while being always appropriate for work.
Such a lovely and versatile scent.
SOTD: Parfums de Nicolai Incense Oud. Right now it’s more incense than oud, which is all to the good – oud often gets in the back of my throat. Wearing a new turquoise sweater today that makes me look a bit like a Starfleet science officer, so I’ll be channeling Jadzia Dax today.
I’m delighted for Dylan and Dylan fans, and am taking this as a sign that Kanye West might one day be in contention for a Nobel. Which I think is great.
Kanye West…..a legend in his own mind!!
Well, as RuPaul says, if you can’t love yourself . . .
Ok now that is a good thought! Or Kendrick Lamar!
Oh, yes! Kendrick Lamar is really interesting. I find the idea that we have more to hear from him affirming.
SOTD Huitieme Art Poudre de Riz to add a feminine touch to my slightly masculine outfit. Also testing out a new oil: Hajar by Al Haramain. It’s a saffron-y rose, lightly sweet. Not groundbreaking but nice for the price (10 bucks).
Is it a body oil or a perfume oil?
It’s a perfume oil-15ml bottle and it comes packaged in what looks like a cigarette box. I thought it was pretty funny. I have a growing appreciation of perfume oils.
Oils are really wonderful. I wish more scents came in oil form. I love them on days I just want to be “private” with my perfume. The Stash oil mentioned above is on my radar…
I do like that they don’t project much. Good for me for work since I have to be careful around my particular clientele who may be scent sensitive.
sounds so cool! Where did you find it?
Amazon has some of this line and other inexpensive arabian perfume oils.
Atelier Cologne Gold Leather for me today
Nice choice! I fell for that one on first sniff.
I’m back from the dentist, had to get a post and crown, ugh…when I think of all the money I’ve put into my teeth. It never stops. No perfume yet, just some Josie Maran body butter in vanilla almond. It went nicely with my vanilla scented laughing gas.
You might enjoy the old Pam Ayres ‘poem’ “Oh, I wish I’d looked after me teeth” – not implying, of course, that you haven’t. You can find the whole poem online easily enough, and it might make you smile. Which I hope is not too painful. ;^)
Koenigsberg – you are ON FIRE today.
Oh, tooth stuff is the worst…..then again I really enjoy chewing. Too bad they don’t give out toy crowns when you get a crown
I feel your dental pain. I am embarrassed to admit I put the dentist off for years! When I finally pushed myself to go, my eyes started leaking. A lot. Thank god she was an understanding dentist. I go every 3 months now for deep cleaning and am very lucky I didn’t have any serious issues because I was an avid brusher and flosser. Now, it’s just wallet that cries ????
I feel your pain. I just had an emergency root canal and have to back the 18th to get the permanent filling put in. Dental bills are the worst. I have a bunch of dental work to go.
Dental and car bills. The worst!
Sorry about the dental work My teeth aren’t so great either – never have been, I think all my teeth have a filling or two but no crowns yet! I’m so jealous of the people that don’t go to the dentist for years and years and barely take care of their teeth and have no cavities.
I love the Josie Maran body butter. They feel so luxurious and I find the scents to be subtle but sophisticated. The apricot vanilla scent is my absolute favorite to layer with a leather perfume.
Yes! They really lend themselves well to layering. I haven’t tried the vanilla apricot yet, but so far I’ve liked all the ones ii have tried.
That layering combo sounds divine!
I’m in Tom Ford London, one of my absolute favourites this autumn. It’s nothing extraordinary, there are other beautiful woody-leathery-spicy scents around, but somehow this just works so well for me.
Dang. I really need to try and find some of this.
I would send you some, but the bottle belongs in fact to my partner and I he puts up with so much even without me violating his perfumes…
Was going to choose between Tom Ford Fleur de Chine or Shanghai Lily but will try Alahine instead from the awesome sampler I haven’t dipped into yet. So far, amazingly yummy.
Great choices, all.
I need to find a sample of that.
It’s not easy to find, but if you like the category and get on with Ford, might be worth hunting.
Wearing the very last of my Lieu des Reves.
RIP, but also: congratulations. No mean feat to finish a bottle!
Portrait of a Lady body butter and perfume today. And the shower cream and body and hair oil are for sale now on his website!
Ooh would love some POAL body butter, u smell incredible!
You smell fantastic!
I just got that this spring too, it’s great stuff.
Iris Poudre for me today, a purple/navy floral chiffon dress, purple mohair cardigan. And smoky/purple cashmere scarf, and mauve wool leggings.
I don’t always match perfume and clothes, but I often do when I wear certain perfumes ie red/pinks with Rose, and purple/mauve grey with Iris/incense, it just feels good!
This sounds lovely.
Love the outfit. IP is also dusty mauve to me.
Iris Poudre is chilly coziness to me – the navy/mauve color combination with mohair and cashmere touches is perfect.
I’m in Carmen Le Bolshoi aka marked up Vetiver Pour Elle…
It is quite nice. Nice enough to hunt down and pay for vintage Vetiver Pour Elle? Probably not.
Today: vintage Le Galion Sortilège extrait. Tomorrow (because I won’t be able to post then): good old Aromatics Elixir. Have a good Th/F/Sa/Su, everybody.
Same to you!
I am wearing DeProfundis today to honor the unexpected passing of a colleague yesterday with whom I worked for over twenty years. She was a wonderful person who died much too young.
I’m sorry you lost a colleague. De Profundis seems a very appropriate choice.
I went through the loss of a colleague in January, so I can sort of appreciate what you are going through.
So sorry for your loss too austenfan.
Oh, dear. I’m so sorry to hear this. My best to you and your colleagues.
Thank you…It was shocking news.
So sorry for your loss.
So sorry Petunia!!
Oh I am so sorry!
I’m very sorry for your loss.
Oh, gosh! So sorry for your loss.
I’m sorry for your loss, petunia
So sorry to hear about the loss of you’re colleague, De Profundis seems like a beautiful and bitter sweet perfume, perfect for contemplating human mortality.
I am so sorry. May her memory be a blessing.
Thank you everyone for being so sweet. You are all such a wonderful group.
My condolences, it’s never easy to lose someone but being unexpected makes it even harder.
So sorry for your loss, Petunia.
The first serious rainstorm if the year is on its way and it’s supposed to be a real frog strangler. Today dawned grey and cool with a cottony layer of mackerel-patterned clouds underlain by low puffs of fog, with the mountains looking lovely and autumnal in between. The coming storm’s wind is probably going to knock down most of the gorgeous fall leaves, too soon! I’m in Fille en Aiguilles for warmth and comfort and can’t stop smelling my arm.
Lovely description. Stay cozy.
Fille en Aiguilles is one of my favourites too, hope u stay warm and dry. U smell wonderful!
I received 1 hour ago my order of Demeter Saffron and I sprayed it right away. I am very disappointed. It is a cheap, watery sweet leather, but not so sweet. Today I might be anosmic to saffron, because I do not get it anywhere. After one hour is gone with the wind. It reminds me of another fragrance I have tried before, but I do not remember now. Definitely this is not for me.
What a bummer! Thanks for warning us all, though.
Sounds disappointing. At least Demeters are not a hefty investment. Are you in NYC? If you’re looking for saffron heavy scents, you may want to check out Arabian Oud in Time Square-they seem to like saffron in a lot of their offerings.
Yes, I am in NYC. Thanks for your recommendation of Arabian Oud. I will stop by very soon. I love saffron a lot.
Oh, drag! Thanks for letting us know.
Am quite worn down from a long week, a cold, and not having slept well for a few weeks. I woke up to a yucky rainy day thinking about ELdO Bijou Romantique, but after reading comments may end up in Fendi or Shalimar.
We’re seeing the musical version of The Man of La Mancha tonight and I’d tentatively planned to wear Nanban. Whatever I end up in, it’ll need to help keep me awake.
Bijou is great and Shalimar adjacent…
I hope you feel better soon. Missing sleep is really tough but I hope you enjoy the musical.
Sending you good sleep vibes….
Hope u have a restful weekend to recouperate and feel better.
Olibanum today, and realizing that if orange blossom comes with a big dose of incense, as here, I love it!
Is that the Profumum Roma Olibanum? I love that one but don’t smell orange blossom in it.
It is indeed. I am not sure if I smell orange blossom either but it is one of the four listed notes and there is something flowering in there. A Lyft driver today asked me if it was lavender . . . fortunately he also thought it smelled good. I always worry that I am unpleasantly smelling up someone’s car or cab.
Ombre Fauve sample for a day of pouring rain. It’s cuddly, but I can’t remember if it’s long-lasting, which will be helpful for the meetings ahead…
It’s pretty light on me.
It’s a very crisp day here, and I’m sampling Fat Electrician, a lovely warm vetiver.
This one is basically a gourmand on me, but in a way I really like. It does make me crave crêpes aux marrons, of course, but the craving is less futile now than it used to be.
Soooooo good!! I have Fat Electrician coming for my November Scentbird pick!!
From my fall leather top ten, Pd’E Cuir Ottoman.
Joan Baez, 1975, Diamonds and Rust
I’ve been meaning to try this one — Pd’E has stolen my heart a number of times already!
Me, too! If I had to pick one leather, it might be this one because it smells so good and is easy to wear.
Always loved that song. The whole album, really.
Thanks so much for reminding me about this–I had the vinyl LP long ago. Gorgeous song.
CO is the bomb! I feel like a real sophisticated Dame when I wear it. Which, obviously, I am not in real life. ????
Don’t sell yourself short! A) You smell like a sophisticated Dame and B) how many people even know about this perfume? You are part of a community of osmologically sophisticated dames and gents.
Still don’t have an answer besides calling up Amex to see what I can work out. Have to work up the script I am going to say about my emergency root canal(s) and the monster vet bill. It’s the truth.
Woke up super late today, I mean super late as in waking up at almost 1 this afternoon. Since I haven’t gotten in the shower yet, I am in Patou Joy. I love the rose/jasmine mix but it’s to the point of I’m trying to cover the smell of cat pee with rose and jasmine. After my shower, I will wear Lyric, no, I think that Epic will work better.
Sometimes the truth is the only answer that is left. Many times I have found if you let people know you are human, they will respond in kind. I really hope they work with you. Good luck!
Joy is like that for me too. Except not cat pee, it’s ho panties.
I have found Amex to be spectacularly unsympathetic and aggressive about money owed them. I hope you have better luck.
Erm, don’t know your circumstances and all that, but can’t you take out a new card and do a 0% balance transfer? Is there a US equivalent of uswitch dot com or moneysupermarket dot com? If kicking the can down the road is a good enough solution, that would buy you breathing space.
Yes, I just did a balance transfer to a 0 APR until 2018 in order to pay off some bills. It’s through CitiBank, but I know there are many available. An online search could save you a lot of Money and worry, Dawn. Good luck ????????
Very good morning, all of NST. I haven’t been about lately: work has been, you know, awful, and I’ve been so tense about all sorts that I’ve spent the last few days in a body cream that smells vaguely herbal, nothing more. But–I’m announcing An Announcement now– last night I passed my heart test. I didn’t quite get an A–more like a B+-query A- –but the good news is, I don’t need stents immediately or anything else except sensible living (usual suspects: exercise, good diet, lose 3 Kilos), some medication and regular monitoring. So, prevention, not intervention: always best if it can be managed that way. I must have been quite anxious, because this morning I’m finding it hard to believe I spent nearly a week unperfumed! This celebration day should be Jubilation 25, for its name, but I’m wearing Baiser Vole parfum and a new pink silk shirt –they seemed to speak to one another this morning. According to the dear man, I smell gorgeous, and I look happier.
Be well, all. Health is a very great gift.
Super great news! I know you must have been very anxious, I’m glad some of that has been relieved.
Such good news! And definitely something to celebrate. Sigh of relief.
I’ve missed you! I’m afraid I didn’t know about your tests but I am happy to hear that the results are so positive. Almost weekend!
Yay for the A- to B+ range! You smell lovely.
2 cheers for relatively good news! I had a similar brush with Type 2 diabetes, which I manage now with diet and tablets, no insulin needed and doctors very pleased with results. :^)
Really happy to hear this positive news!
Thank you all very much. I tried to be all stiff-upper-lip and sang froid-ish about it, but deep down, I was really rather worried. Bad family history, you know? But today, I want to flap my little wings and fly! So, this afternoon on my way home, I’m going to stop by the Chanel boutique and flirt a little with Beige Extrait, which I’ve decided might be truly beautiful in the heat and humidity of our summer….is that too frivolous of me? If it is, do I care? Should I worry that my Chanel shelf is beginning to look like an in-fill housing project from the 80s? Nah!
Life is short, buy the perfume!
Buy it! And try Coromandel for me, please.
Great news! Now you can relax a bit more and enjoy life. A good opportunity to recommit yourself to doing the right things for your health.
Oh I am so glad for you!
Very happy to hear your great news!!
So glad! And thanks for telling us.
That news makes me want to Jump, Jump, jump around! What a relief! ❤️
That is WONDERFUL news. And you carpe that bottle. Every time you smell it you will be inspired to make healthy choices.
Wonderful news, waterdragon!
Revisiting Annick Goutal Vanille Exquise and it’s nice, but I have yet to find a vanilla as good as Le Labo.
Has anyone ever ordered decant from scentsplit?
Since I wore Cedre yesterday and will probably wear Chergui tomorrow, I just decided to round out the Lutens theme with Fleur d’Oranger. It’s pretty versatile season-wise.
Fall does make my mind turn to SL!
SOTD – Sultan Pasha Cities des Anges attar. I need to wake up and coffee is not helping. I literally almost fell asleep in the meeting
I am dragging today too.
After seeing the comments about Le Male this week I thought I would check it out. I tried both Le Male and Le Male Ultra and I liked them both a lot more than the (female) Classique ( which is one of those scents that was good but tended to dominate the world for a time). Ultra is a pretty weird name though….why not just call it Xtra Large and have done with it.
Congratulations to Bob Dylan! Ultra, man!
Lol, always making me laugh!
A bold choice from the Nobel committee. Maybe Atwood next year?
Here it is bucketing down rain and the wind is gusting. I am tucked in safe and warm, reading Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography. Dinner is in the slow cooker. I had a spot biopsied just below my eye (it’s not cancerous) and now I have a black eye so it’s just as well the weather is yucky. I’m wearing Maai, which on me is mostly musky flowers and civet. I love it.
Sorry about the eye -I had a similar procedure last week and they warned me the black eye was possible. I hope Atwood gets it next year, she’s one of my favorites.
Sorry for the procedure, but at least you smell amazing!
I think now it can’t be Atwood OR Roth — they wouldn’t do 2 North Americans in a row?
So sorry about your eye!
Hello all my scented friends! I’m back from vacation, spent the last few weeks on a grand road trip seeing a bunch of national parks (Sequoia, Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Arches, Canyonlands, Great Basin, Yosemite) and many other places in between. Happy to be home though — and the velcro kitties are very happy we are home; at one point last night I had one cat under the covers and tucked behind my knees, while the other cat was on top of the covers and tucked against my tummy. (Good thing I don’t move much while sleeping eh.) Battening down a few hatches ahead of the first winter rains… though it still doesn’t really feel like fall here. No SOTD yet; will be tearing into the packages of smellies that arrived while I was away later on.
And I won’t say anything rude about Bob Dylan, either, though I confess to having done so in the past
Sounds like a great trip! Enjoy the furries and the smellies.
I could say (er, “have said”) rude things about Bob Dylan’s nonexistent vocal skills. However, I have great admiration for his songwriting abilities.
I, somewhat perversely, like the songs, the voice, the performer and think the lyrics are . . . song lyrics. Sort of fine ones, but nothing that changes my world. But I can say that the same is true for many of the Nobel winners in literature before him! And the widening of the scope of literature is, I think, ultimately a good thing.
I just think it is completely hilarious that he is a Nobel prize winner, which is not to say I do not love him. These days I do not know if everybody should lighten up (like in Nobel committee case), or if lightening up too much is actually a disaster (Ed note: removed specific political statement)
Natalya, so sorry but I edited the end of your comment. We all have to be careful here about political talk — we’re not all on the same side, remember!
Sounds like a great trip! I’ve been wanting to go to Zion and Bryce for years now – so beautiful. And its always great to come back to cuddly kitties >^..^<
That sounds like an amazing trip and ‘velcro kitties’ is now entering my lexicon. We have one; the other is more standoffish, although if it gets cold, she’s right on you!
What a fantastic trip! Which was your favorite park? (I have been to some, but not all of those)
Pixel, I so envy your national park hopping! Glad you had a blast, didn’t break a leg, or have a bear encounter. Travel on ✌????️
SOTD is NV Mohur.
Delicious in every way.
It’s Gaze’s 18th birthday, so this mama is all nostalgic today! (better stop soon, there are more cupcakes to make…)
SOTD is the last bit of TF Tuscan Leather. I’ll miss it, but won’t replace it. Sigh.
Happy Birthday to your son! From the little i know from your posts, you should be very proud. You’ve done good Mama.
SOTD is Habit Rouge, a great Fall scent.
Robin, I still think of this pretty much any time I think of Bob Dylan, so I’m sharing it for your entertainment. ????
You smell fabulous!
I’ll translate for the Dylan impaired!!
Thanks, loved it.
Don’t know if you know this, Robin.
David Bowie is MY absolute favourite. Enjoy !
Oh fun — and I did not know it, thanks!
Glad you enjoyed it!
SOTD was supposed to be Interlude Man, but in my bleary-eyed haste this morning, put on Fate Woman instead.
It’s a little cold for it – only 55 F (12 C) for a high, and had our first frost last night.
Oh my, 300 posts already. Something must be abuzz and I will find out why later.
SOTD Hiram Green Voyage + Le Labo Vanille 44
This was an accidental layering combination. Since I don’t do puffs and I don’t like dabbing, I decanted some Hiram Green Voyage onto an atomizer which turned out to have a crappy spray mechanism. A little squirted out but it was not enough to wet a fly so I decided to stay with the.vanilla theme. Methinks I will have more accidental layering of these two in the future!
By the way, I got word that my Hermes package for the Splitmeet arrived. I’ll be like a kid in a candy store when I open the package.
oh, enjoy that Hermes package opening! By chance, is there a Diptyque boutique in your vicinity? Curious about the new Kimonanthe edp that, according to their site, is “boutique exclusive.”
Not sure I can handle the promised candied apricot, but it sounds rather unusual!
Oh, that why I haven’t been able to find it on line anywhere! I have been dying to try it based on something I read somewhere.
Oops, just found online at Barney’s, but where its a sample I need first!
Ha! I wonder if it is available in store? I’ll have to find out for myself!
Box opened – woohoo…and samples for everyone too! Looks like there’s a Diptyque at Columbus Circle. I’ve breezed by the shops there but never noticed it. You’ve got me intrigued with this elusive Diptique!
One of my favorite literary urban legends is about how W. B. Yeats found out that he won the Nobel prize. Supposedly the person who told him couldn’t stop babbling about how wonderful and amazing it was. Yeats said, “For God’s sake, man, pull yourself together! How much?”
Great story, and despite the fact that one of my first college lit classes was on Yeats, had never heard it.