By now you've probably noticed that it's Monday again? It's also World Hello Day. Do tell us what fragrance you're wearing.
I needed a little burst of beauty this morning — I'm in vintage Jean Patou Joy.
Reminder: on 11/25 we're doing Black Friday cheap thrills, edition 3 — as we head into the holiday spending season, wear something that costs $50 or below, double bonus points if it costs $25 or below. No points for wearing something expensive that you bought cheaply via a sample or decant or somesuch! We're trying to find real bargains here.
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.
Happy Monday everyone! I would like to give thanks for all your birthday wishes last Friday. I really appreciated them. I had a very nice time on Saturday sharing with family.
SOTD is Juliette has a Gun Lady Vengeance. Very nice rose and patchouli fragrance. Sharp and green. It reminds me in some way of NR for Her, but much lighter. Pretty and easy to wear.
Question: Are there any scents, besides the Demeter, with a pumpkin note? I am very curious about it.
Like This, by Etat Libre d’Orange, has pumpkin! Mmmmmm
Thanks! I will stop by in my way home tonight to check them.
Oops, this was for chocolatemarzipan8.
This sounds very good. I will order a sample. Thanks!
Neil Morris’s October and Bath and Body Works does a pumpkin scent every year…I will research it now ….
Looks like it may only come in body products….but they also have a five pack of hand soaps with a variety of pumpkin scents which looks really good
Thanks! I will stop by in my way home tonight to check them.
I saw a Pumpkin Body Butter at Trader Joe’s the other day.
I’ll second the Pumpkin Body Butter. Trader Joe’s has consistently excellent scents in their personal care products.
starting cheap thrills early with Inland Fog Egyptian Musk (I paid five dollars for a bottle of this oil last fall) which smells exactly like SSS discontinued Egyptian Musk….and another day with my accidental vetiver lotion which, surprisingly, is REALLY starting to grow on me….
You’ll be a vetiver fiend before you know it!
wonder if we can convert mals????
(well, THAT didn’t work. tongue-stuck-out emoji, I meant.)
Now it’s gearing up for the holidays in the bakery. Lots of orders and people buying every available bread and roll under the sun. My skin has been so dry the past few days, I broke down and busted out the Amouage bath products that I have. Currently, I am freshly showered and wearing the Lyric body butter. When I go in to work, I will spritz on Lyric.
You smell great!
I can’t imagine how great your workplace must smell between you and ambient bakery smells. ????
You smell great- and thank you for being there for people! One thing I appreciate about Thanksgiving is all the god people like yourself you give of your time, energy and skill!
You smell fabulous!
SOTD is Stash SJP. Hoping this is a quiet week work-wise.
I just saw on Ulta that there is a dry oil of Stash and a holiday set that’s a bottle of the dry oil with a bottle of the edt? Or is it an edp? Anyway, price wise the set is $5 more than the oil by itself. I’m just thinking about it for now…
Yeah, I bought one already and am eyeing a backup because of the 5X points on fragrances. Must. Stay. Strong.
GET IT! I have the oil, and will be getting the set. It will last FOREVER.
I bought the set…I had some Ulta points so I figured why not.
I am actually happy it is Monday. Last week was absolute insanity, and the weekend involved performing in 4 very wet holiday events as part of the local concert band, including a parade where it rained so hard the Euphonium player was literally turning his instrument upside down to dump out the water. My poor greyhound marched with a friend with our local adoption group, and he still isn’t talking to me – he was soaked!!
SOTD for a lovely dry Monday – Knightsbridge by Robert Piguet. Suede, leather, vanilla and Sandalwood.
Never soak a greyhound! Your scent sounds lovely.
What a good sport your greyhound is to march in the parade. He helped other animals get adopted I’m sure. I’m glad he and you are warm and dry and enjoying this Monday.
I’m surprised that the band marched because the rain ruins their instruments, or so I’ve been told.
We all weatherproofed as much as possible and took preventative measures afterwards, but yes, the rain can severely damage the instruments. The greyhounds were easier to dry, but slower to forget
Moisture messes with the pads on woodwinds, yeah.
Woke up to a dusting of snow on the ground so Rosa Sur Reuse felt appropriate for the weather
A pretty one.
Well Nicolaï is a cheap thrill of sorts. I’m wearing her Odalisque, for which I paid I think around 30 €’s at the time.
Joy is a great choice for a little bit of beauty.
Good call! I’m might have to pull out one of these for Friday. I think I paid $45(US) for the EDP concentrations I have (after a coupon, tax, and shipping). I love Odalisque, and have been on a real Kiss Me Tender kick lately.
Jacques Fath Pour L’homme. Hard to describe, but aromatic and close to the skin and very masculine.
A couple of days ago I got one of those ultrasonic diffusers (this one, if you want to know what it looks like — the black one: http://www.sparoom.com/products/aromamist) for my desktop to help fight winter dryness and make the air smell a little nicer: I put just a tablespoonful of rosewater in with the water and it is so nice. (It also has those changing LEDs which I love, because I am helpless before anything that lights up or changes colour or glows in the dark.)
I have a large glass decanter filled with essential oils (ginger, cinnamon and clove at the momenu) with several wooden sticks…a poor man’s version of a reed diffuser but it does the trick…so many people walk into my office for a touch of ‘aromatherapy” throughout the day :)…I am seriously considering bringing in my essential oil collection for all to enjoy….we could use some more aromatherapy, especially around the holidays!
that would be ‘at the moment”……
After reading a Noam Chomsky interview, I went for a bright fuschia cloud of EL Beautiful.
And a little booze along with my lunch.
Good for you! Which interview was this?
A recent one, mostly on global warming and nuclear war. (Super cheerful, lol) It was translated to Portuguese, or I’d give you the link. The guy is so insightful.
He is. And my Portuguese is non-existent.
I recently read a good article by him on Truth-Out, smart guy.
A little nip with lunch sounds like just the ticket! My former shrink’s partner is Naom’s assistant so I got a few stories about him. He still has office hours where he will meet with anyone who requests an appointment. You or me or the cleaning lady. Really anyone who wants to talk with him.
I’m off to see a client so no scent till later. She lost her adult son to heroin last summer and has been coming in for 90 minute treatments. Right after it happened she came in. I have never seen a human being in that kind of a condition before. It was like she had left her body. In any case, she wears a scent that is very similar to vintage Bandit so I’m going to offer her my vintage parfum today.
Is it appropriate for me to ask what you do? I have met people like that and I’m just wondering what helps?
Massage therapist. My client just left and I forgot to give her the Bandit perfume. Probably I should just keep it for now.
To find out what helps, probably best to ask a grief counsellor. I’m a body worker so it’s outside my scope to give any advice on that.
You smell great. I’ve been to one of Chomsky’s linguistics lectures. I just recently discovered that he’s teaching a course at my university next semester; I really want to enroll!
You should! He is such a smart man. It’s amazing how back up an argument with accurate historical data right on the spot. You will get a lot out of it.
I’m wearing a cheap thrill in the form of Cabaret, which is one of my favorite spicy roses. I only have a mini, but FBs are available for well under $25.
and thank you….I am keeping a list of everyone’s recommended “cheap thrills” for future reference….
Cabaret is sooo good!
Cabaret is awesome, and even better on my husband than it is on me.
SOTD is Parfumerie Generale Cuir d’Iris. This one seems to benefit from a relatively light spraying – it seems to fade if I spray too heavily. Unusual, but nice for the budget.
I do like that one. You smell fantastic.
I went for Ambre d’Merveilles for warmth and comfort this morning. When I got home from the school run a package of samples had just arrived from a generous NSTer- thanks Bob!
I now have little splashes of my lovely new samples dotted along my hands and arms, smelling good!
I’ve been feeling uninspired scent-wise recently, so I’m in Cuir de Russie. What have you discovered lately that you really, really like? I feel like sampling (although considering this ennui and impatience, I’m sure I’ll end up buying something based on the first sniff or pretty bottle).
Did I remember correctly that you like Narcisse Noir?
In any case, long time no see!
I did buy and love a small decant of Cuir de Russie ;-), but as far as new discoveries I really, really like (=love) are concerned, I love Une Rose Chyprée, bought a sample, bought a bottle. I discovered Mona di Orio, and love her Vanille and Eau Absolue. If you like incense, April Aromatics Calling All Angels, if you can live with the crystals ;-), it is very beautiful, enveloping warmth.
Ofcourse, happy to provide samples.
Forgot to add a cheap thrill, YR Accord Chic, I really like it, irissy incense, 23 euro’s for 30 mls. European office friendly. Nose is Marie Salamagne (JM Mimosa and Cardamon among others).
I did try Accord Chic a little while ago and liked it! I’ve tried a couple of MdOs, but didn’t love them. That’s not a reason not to try more, however. Thank you for all the suggestions!
I recently sprayed my decant of CdR on the inside of my leather gloves….yowza!!! it is fantastic! and every time I wear my gloves my hands smell amazing afterwards!
my most current loves (aside from Dame Perfumery which y’all are sick and tired of hearing me carry on about!) have been the Berdoues Grand Cru collection…I spent the summer in Assam of India and am currently enjoying Oud al Sahraa (of which I get no oud…it is soft and balsam-y with a slight fruitiness to it)…but I have sampled all from the collection (with the exception of the most current one whose name escapes me but the notes and Russian inspiration intrigue me) and I like/love them all….but the biggest thrill for me are those bottles!!!!
check them out…it is the Russkaya one that I want to try ……I think you might like it too with its note of cade…..and the bottles would look gorgeous lined up on a dresser, right????
Yes! Those bottles are fantastic!
It translates as Russian Leather, if anyone wonders…
I’m not sick of hearing about Dame Perfumery, their stuff is just difficult to get here. But I’ll figure it out, eventually! Also, the Berdoues bottles are fantastic and the ones I’ve tried I really like. And everything that’s called Russian Leather, I HAVE to try. Thanks!
What a good idea, spritzing gloves! I have a favorite pair I found at Goodwill many years ago, wine leather with a cashmere lining. They would smell great with a little CdR
I also want your gloves now.
Annikky, I’ve also been exploring the April Aromatics line. They do a lovely exploration set. And one of my absolute favorites from the last year or so is Thierry Mugler Oriental Express, from his Les Exceptions series. Supra Floral and Over the Musk are also worth trying.
I’m seconding the Les Exceptions. Would also add Cuir Impertinent to your list.
Oooh Oooh, I got a sample of this on a recent STC order! I need to try it!
I really need to sample Oriental Express, thanks for the reminder. I’m 99% sure I’m going to love it. April Aromatics go on the list as well.
Tried Heeley Eau Sacrée and liked it very much.
Noted. Thank you!
I second Heeley. I haven’t tried Eau Sacrée, but I have tried and enjoyed Cuir Pleine Fleur, Iris de Nuit and Sel Marin.
I also think that you would enjoy at least some of the Mugler Les Exceptions, I believe that most of them were done by Olivier Polge.
A line that I got a bunch of samples of that I working my way through and enjoying very much is Oriza Legrand. I don’t know whether you would enjoy them, but they are different enough to merit a try.
When I get perfume ennui (and what a lovely word that is), I tend to go back to my old favourites. It usually doesn’t last for very long, although I definitely do not sample as much as I used to.
You are spot on, I need to try Oriental Express and the Oriza Legrand violet, whatever it’s called.
I also sample less than I used to, but it also go in waves and I feel a sampling wave coming on.
I really like the Suleko line. I bought Djelem but also really liked the dark smokiness of Baba Yaga. The other 2 in the line were nice, but didn’t thrill me.
Thank you! These sound good and on the list they go.
I felt exactly the same a couple of weeks ago! I don’t know how I can possibly be bored with my collection–it’s big and richly varied, but I just was., and this in spite of having bought my Hermessencesand Frederic Malles just the week before! I’m ashamed to admit that I pootled down downtown purely to buy something, and talk about being seduced by a pretty bottle! Oh my! I left the store the somewhat bemused owner of Michael Kor’s Midnigt Shimmer! It’s like wearing a sauce made of melted brown sugar and butter and golden syrup and vanilla, with just a hint of something boozy underneath. My Chanels are all shunning the vulgar newcomer and quivering their delicate nostrils when they see him, but I love him!
Water dragon that sounds great!
Thanks to a generous NSTer I discovered PG Iris Oriental- lovely iris wrapped in warm spices and heavy on cardamom. Very different from the irises I’ve tried before- almost instant love. Once my sample is finished I’ll get a decant.
Oh, this one I can sniff in Brussels, thank you!
Good morning Y’all…..Looking forward to a nice Thanksgiving week, with lots of family heading in later in the week. Good stuff!
SOTD: ELdO’s Fat Electrician. Good stuff too!
Something vetiver and caramelic right? That one!
A few dabs of Vol de Nuit extrait. A difficult one to love, but all the more alluring! Narcotic narcissus, galbanum green, bergamot, an oriental powder, and castoreum and smoky resins and woody mossy touch… Feeling grand all of a sudden!
Nick, is it vintage or current formulation? I think it would be easy to love for me, but vintage is not easy to find (or pay for…).
If you can find one of the cube (testers) of the extrait, look for a deep amber color. That will be, if not old “vintage”, at least the pre-reform perfume. The current formulation (at least the bottle I received from BG, and sent back) was a very pale straw color with a slight greenish tinge.
You can always tell other bottles of vintage by the packaging.
I got the tester extrait, but I am not sure about it being vintage. The colour was dark amber.
When I smelled Vol de Nuit a few months ago I thought this is a shoulders-back-and-chin-up Perfume. It is grand.
no 19 extrait, vintage. No need to say more, nose tied to wrist.
You smell so wonderful.
*Nudges Hamamelis aside to cadge a sniff*
Happy to share wrist with loving noses!
Oh, I bet that smells fantastic!
Used up the last of my SSS Winter Woods sample this morning and I smell amazing…even better than I remembered. I guess it’s time to buy a travel spray (since I promised my husband–who passionately loathes WW–that I wouldn’t buy a bottle). It’s funny how two people can have such dramatically different perceptions of a scent.
Oh I adore Winter Woods…on my skin it imparts a sweet, smoky vanilla (I know there is no vanilla in it per se but Laurie told me years ago that my skin must be amplifying the amber)….I drained a full bottle and two decants over the years so I guess that speaks volumes for how much I like it….you smell amazing!!!
I love Winter Woods!
Winter Woods is SO smoky on me that when I wore my sample to work (the back room of an auto parts store), a customer walked into the back to pick up his stuff and commented, “Wow, I didn’t know y’all had a woodstove back here.”
My idea of a cheap thrill is finding discounted Amouage on BeautyEncounter or FragranceNet. Nonetheless, I’m wearing Perles de Lalique now, which I probably learned about in this poll last year. It’s still ridiculously inexpensive and not bad. However, it wasn’t the poll that reminded me of it but rather coming across Victoria’s review yesterday:
Jessica also reviewed it on NST:
I liked the rose and pepper and had it stayed there, I might have bought it. I couldn’t do the particular woods used in the base, though. They came off as ashy to me.
Spending the day in my latest TK Maxx find – Onde Sensuelle by L’Artisan, lovely stuff.
I am taking advantage of our relatively cool weather to wear AG Myrrhe Ardent and I currently smell like homemade rootbeer with lots of vanilla.
I am drinking some Balasun Estate Autumnal Flush Darjeeling.
I wore Myrrhe Ardente the other day, it’s very lovely.
Wow-taking notes! I like root beer and I love vanilla!
We had our first snow of the season and I am happy I don’t have to go out today. I am wearing Tauer rose oil layered with Sabon musc oil. Have a great weak.
So sorry to miss the snow, enjoy it!
Started the day with an osmanthus craving so chose Daim Blond. For some reason it’s soapy as heck on me today so I have layered a few big sprays of Evening Edged in Gold over it and a big smear of the Dame osmanthus soliflore for good measure. I smell very peachy right now.
Have just made the first of many last-minute holiday grocery runs. It’s already nuts in the baking aisle (we ran out of black pepper!). If my sister-in-law assigns me one more last minute dish I’m gonna rebel. We suddenly need refried beans which aren’t a quick thing to make unless I cheat and use canned beans, which I just can’t bring myself to do.
My family decided to go full-cheat this year and buy our turkey dinner from a caterer. We did it once before, and all 12 family members liked it very much. Fingers crossed.
But my family still insists on home-baked pumpkin pies. (I totally cheat with Libby’s canned pumpkin puree and frozen pie dough sheets from Trader Joe’s.)
I would love to be a part of a family that relaxed. Actually, I grew up with flexible family but married into staunch traditionalists who can not tolerate a holiday that doesn’t look like it was planned and catered by Martha Stewart’s crew. I’ve already annoyed my SIL by informing her that I’m bringing a (really delicious and festive) salad as my green veggie instead of something overcooked and drowned in cheese. We will all be smashed in her tiny condo kitchen and I’m not going to be battling for cooking space.
Luckily, we go to Mom’s for a second Thanksgiving on Saturday where I can be in charge and we can have food that tastes great and isn’t over-garnished or served on huge, cold platters
I once asked my mom to bring a green salad to Christmas dinner and she brought something made of green Jello and pistachio pudding mix. I always tell this story to illustrate why I am overweight.
Lol! I suppose “salad” was loosely defined.
It’s not even like my salad is all that healthy. It’s cauliflower, broccoli, macadamia nuts, and raisins dressed with mayonnaise, and orange juice. I just wanted something crunchy.
I am terrified of public speaking and have to speak at a meeting tomorrow evening. Just putting it all together today since I am a terrible procrastinator, so wearing Messe di Minuit for some cool, calming incense.
Wishing you calm, and confidence. You will do great!
Very good luck to you, I’m sure you’ll do great!
Deep, calming breaths, and remember, everyone in your audience wants you to do well. They’re on your side., and they want to hear what you have to say. Take your time, too. You’re in charge, so don’t feel hurried or bustled. You’ll be wonderful.
Wishing you the best. You can do it!
Wishing you much courage! I’m not a fan of public speaking either, so I feel you on that.
Just remember that everyone, EVERYONE fears public speaking, and your audience is always rooting for you! I’m sure you’ll do great, and be proud of yourself once it’s over. Wishing you peaceful thoughts in the meanwhile!
You’ll do great!
Good luck ringthing!
Ringthing- my husband is a public speaking coach. He says not to worry about what your audience thinks. Just be passionate about what you’re saying and concentrate on getting your message out. If you do that you’ll have succeeded! You’ve got this. Let us know how it goes.
Wearing Arquiste 31, an unintentional cheap thrill (bought it last winter on clearance at JCew). I l’m so happy to be embracing cool weather scents.
Today I’m wearing Penhaligon’s Empressa.
You smell great today, Robin!
Vintage Samsara for lunch with two women with whom I’ve been friends since jr. high. lol! I say “vintage” Samsara and talking about jr. high made me realize that I’m a *lot* older than my perfume.
Nice choice! Old friends are the best friends and I think this sometimes applies to scents as well as people.
You’re absolutely right! My favorites – friends and perfumes – are the ones I’ve had the longest!
Good morning, all! We’re driving down to the Central Coast tomorrow to spend an extended Thanksgiving holiday with my family — looking forward to mushroom hunting and salty beach walks and my dad’s glorious cooking. I’m off work today, and barely functional after my son had a very restless night, and I started off today sampling entirely the wrong perfume: Tom Ford Noir, which for some reason made me gag. It might smell better if I was better rested, but on this bleary morning it smelled like a cupcake soaked in fougere and turned up to eleven. Scrubbed it off and put on Orange Vert, and even that seems like too much. I guess my nose needs a rest today.
Yeah, Noir is SUPER strong for a morning sampling! Sometimes the best scent is just one from a soap or shower gel.
Your holiday respite sounds lovely. I’ve had that experience with TF Noir in the a.m. as well. Maybe it’s best left to evening wears?
Wow- Robin smells absolutely lovely.
In Velvet Rose and Oud this AM- on top of Rose Jam shower gel. Just the thing to cut through the gray this AM.
Avocado toast and homemade coffee to start the day!
Oh, that is a great sequence with the shower gel and the perfume, they go together well. You smell wonderful.
Also, I am using the VR&O dry oil, which is way more affordable than the cologne intense, and leaves a beautiful soft scent behind.
My nose is working very well lately. Over the weekend I pulled a random sample, and got Puredistance Opardu. Carnation, tuberose and general loveliness. Even tho they really are nothing alike, it reminded me of Mohur extrait. I got whiffs of carnation for hours, and fell deeply in love. Smells great, no allergic reactions, adorable hubby noticed it favorably. So this morning I looked on Luckyscent, thinking I should just get me some, and discovered the way in which it resembles Mohur – the price! Yikes! Sigh. I will order a few samples and wear those and see if that suffices.
Isn’t sticker shock a bummer??
I am allergic to almost everything really, and I keep my reactions at bay with constant doses of antihistamines, constant cleaning, air filters, those things you put on your mattresses to reduce exposure to the saliva of the tiny little varmints that live in mattresses, etc.
My theory is that Mohur is so expensive because it contains a really pure set of ingredients, and I love it because there is nothing in there I react to. My impression is that Opardu is the same.
I rotate my perfumes constantly because if I wear the same thing often I start to react to it. That’s what happened to Jour d’Hermes, I really liked it and I wore it a lot, and one hot summer day, it just became too irritating for words. I am afraid to even sniff it now.
So yes, I am bummed that they want even more for Opardu that I paid for Mohur Extrait. But, if i go through a few samples, and it continues to seem just about perfect, I might get a bottle of that, and give everything else away, except for maybe Bois d’iris, another thing that seems totally pure and non-irritating to me…
I’m sorry to hear about the allergies. I’m extremely sensitive to most chemicals so I do understand.
Have you tried any of the natural and/or organic fragrances? Two of my favorites are I Love les Carrottes (sp?) and SSS Cocoa Sandalwood. Good luck!
Puredistance is an expensive habit. Opardu was one of my first flowery floral loves. A splitter on Basenotes got a bottle on a super discount a while back (I think it was 50% off). My parents didn’t raise no fool – I bought the entire bottle.
Made the 6 hour round trip trek to Scent Bar in LA yesterday to meet Andy Tauer and buy his LE scent Hyacinth and a Mechanic. Fortunately I get a lot of beautiful hyacinth and not too much mechanic (which I have seen described as smelling like new bicycle innertubes). It was a great day! Also got his lovely perfumed soaps, Tuberose and Mandarine Ambrée. So luxurious.
So…the soaps are worth getting, eh? How about the amber body oil? I feel another Tauer order coming on.
AND, was he as lovely in person as he is online?
The amber body oil is fabulous! I “accidentally” ordered 2 bottles and I’m very happy about that ????
The amber oil is very nice. Highly recommend.
Yes, the amber oil is great, and his soaps are very fragrant. And he is very warm and friendly in person.
Congrats on your haul! Worth the trip!
Cool! That sounds like a fun day.
Happy snowy Monday everyone. Brrr it’s cold here! SOTD is the beautiful Sonoma Scent Studio Femme Jolie. I don’t wear this often, but when I do, I love it!
Happy Monday, all! I went on a walk to take a break from thesis misery and accidentally had a little sniffventure. So my SOTMs are: YR Accord Chic (thanks, hamamelis, for encouraging me to retry it! I like it better this time around), which is my cheapie; FM PoaL body butter on one hand and oil on the other (the body butter is winning by leaps and bounds, and is actually prettier than the perfume); AG Tenue de Soirée; Une Nuit à Bali Mr. Vetiver; Armani Privé Bois d’Encens and Myrrh Impériale; and the scent I went out with, SSS Winter woods. So there you have it. I smell magnificent.
The boyfriend comes in a week, so this week, I’ll be wearing scents he can’t stand (mostly heavy orientals or anything “weird”). I hope to finish most if not all of the first draft of my POS thesis before he gets here. Wish me luck!
Good Luck! How is the AG? Glad to read Accord Chic is growing on you.
Thanks! It’s lovely. It’s a warm, oriental, gourmand iris. The iris doesn’t have any of that celery root/seed note to it, nor does it have that cardboard like in Iris Cendré. It’s just a marvelous creamy note. It’s pretty firmly in the category of: I would wear it all the time if someone gave it to me, but it’s not exciting enough for me to buy for myself. I would swap for it.
Happy Monday all, I’m wearing Tom Ford’s Noir de Noir, layered over Tom Ford Black Orchid body oil.
Arquiste #57. Again. ✌????️
Sotd Smellbent Celebrity Garden Party.My cheap niche thrill find of the year,those cute 4ml bottles.Love this one for its crisp,green freshness,like a new white shirt.x
My SmellBent samples are being neglected. I got high from huffing Artist’s Studio.
Oh man, i need to try that one. Love Florist’s Fridge.
Suleko Djelem today. Flurries this morning. Let the hibernation begin!
Suleko Djelem. That’s a beautiful name.
And I vote yes for hibernation. I ate hot oatmeal for breakfast today.
It does have a romantic ring to it, doesn’t it?
Oatmeal sounds like just the thing for today. Might be my dinner…
I recently came across.a TV dinner line called Grainful . The meal is savory and uses steel-cut oatmeal for carbs. I’ve only Had the mushroom and it was rustic and filling.
SotD = one spritz of Stella EdP from a new sample. It will go to a friend later today before I use it all.
I encountered 24 Faubourg EdP in the wild over the weekend. Yummy. I’m itching to find a tester of the EdT to see how it compares.
Thanks to Robin’s SotD I sniffed my sample of Joy EdP this morning. Joy certainly lives up to its name. Wowza.
I didn’t even know it came in the EDT!
I hope that 24 Faubourg edp and edt are the “same” scent but with different concentrations. I think I would like a softer version very much.
You smell fab!
Thanks! Stella is winning me over.
First day commenting since my surgery. Trying to control my pain today and press on. Since I’m not allowed to shower yet, I did a “wash up”. What an ordeal. Who would of thought cleaning yourself would be such a painful ordeal. Knee replacement surgery is no joke. So, since I did a wash up and trying to feel somewhat like my old self, I sprayed on a few spritzes of Jo Malone’s Wild Fig & Cassis. The temperature has dropped substantially within the last few days, so this scent goes with the nice weather.
Wishing you a speedy recovery. Hugs.
Yes, get better soon!!!
Hoping it’s all uphill from here with your new, and hopefully improved, knee!
Thanks everyone! Had my right one done 2 years ago. That one turned out great in the end! Keeping my fingers crossed that I have the same outcome with this one. Sooooo ready to get my old life back with my new man! Lol!
Yes! Your NOLA beau. Hooe he’s bounced back as well. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!
Knees are a nuisance. I’m sure you will be fine, but it takes a little while. More so than hips, for some reason. I hope you have a swift recovery!
Oh, hurray for you! Take good care and take things slowwwly wheneber you can.
Hope you’re up and skipping about soon!
So sorry aboit the pain, hope it improves quickly!
I had a rough morning at work. I’m keeping my smile firmly pasted in place with a little help from Coromandel. Luckily, its a short work week for me.
Oof. Good luck with the rest of the week!
Hope your week goes quickly! And you smell wonderful
Good luck! I am battling a gnat of a senior manager who spent a lot of energy thinking up 10 different ways to say no instead of using the time to come up with solutions. I am meeting with his manager and a peer of his tomorrow because be needs to be put in his place. It may need to be a Chanel No. 19 day on Tuesday!
It sounds to me like your manager really needs to have his wagon fixed.
It wasn’t an issue with anyone I work with. Just a strict deadline and everything that could possibly go wrong did. So relieved the day is behind me!
Don’t let the turkeys get you down! Hang in there.
You guys are the best! Thank you my all for your genuine kindness.
Wishing Good luck to you Petunia. Coromandel sounds perfect.
SOTD = MFK Grand Soir
This is a big fail as a cheap thrill but boy do I smell fabulous. Weather vagaries were such that we went to a warmish Fall to Winter in < 24 hours and Grand Soir is perfect! I'll be hauling out the ambers and tbe vanillas!
And a pox on whomever mentioned the RealReal website last week – I'm sitting on my hands and no, a $25 sign up credit does not tempt me, not at all. Nope.
I have browsed that site as well and some of the handbags looked very tempting, until I decided to check customers’ reviews. OOOPS! I guess I’ll have to wait until I win a lottery (which is never, since I don’t buy lottery tickets to buy Salvatore Ferragamo handbag.
P.S. $25 sign up credit went to a spam folder
Somehow, for my IT bag (Hermes Constance), I would rather buy direct from a boutique so I’ll probably wipe that site off my. brain.
Yes, I prefer to save up and buy new at the boutique. Currently working on saving for my Bottega wveneta parachute bag. Savouring the anticipation.
Hmmmm, didn’t you get a BV last year too?
Why yes I did. It is my favourite brand.
I bought 4 bags from them (they do extra 40% off around every couple of months). I am a huge fan of Tod’s bags and got both of them under $100 – in great condition – almost new. Chloe was a disappointment – but I think the leather that is used for Chloe bags is very soft and damages easily – so even if the description says it is in great shape – it will not be. I also got a Dres Van Nolten bag which I love (and those who saw me during our parfumista outing a couple of weeks ago can confirm is impossible to find anything in). I think you can get a great deal on Chloe, Tod’s, Ferragamo and Fendi. Bottega was crazily expensive, nothing that I would even consider spending without a return policy.
Yesterday’s meeting was about what I expected, and I feel curiously flat. Left to my own feelings, I wouldn’t wear perfume. Or make up. And could I please go to work in my pyjamas? However, I seem to hear my mother’s voice saying mother-like things: “Come on, up you get. You’ll feel better when you face the day.” And, “Best foot forward. We will not wear our hearts on our sleeves..” Hmmmph. Why not? It’s as good a place for a heart as anywhere else. But whatever….now I’ll put on a fakely neutral expression and Jubilation 25, and plod off.
I am very sorry to read this I hope things look up soon!
Sorry things didn’t go well. What I do in those circumstances is put on my cutest skirt and some really expensive perfume. Jubilation 25 is a great pick. Hope things get better!
I think I’m feeling the pre-holiday down in the dumps today. I don’t feel like doing much at all but there is so much to be done. Cheering myself up with Amouage Homage this morning and thinking of adding a little Amber Flush, just to experiment. Plus I’m going to make profiteroles this afternoon because I’ve been craving them.
A ha! I discovered that this morning’s blahs were an acute chocolate deficiency, remedied when I was making fudge sauce for the profiteroles and tasted a bit. I feel much better now!
Chocolate is the perfect restorative. Glad you’re feeling better.
Lovely! Chocolate is an excellent remedy.
Le Labo Ylang. I haven’t pulled this sample out in ages, and it is so ladylike.
It smells great in the summer heat and humidity too.
I’m working from home today because there was a gas leak in our building over the weekend, so we decided to play it safe. And it’s a short week because of Thanksgiving. Yay!
I’m wearing Angel Parfums du Cuir, which is really hitting the spot.
Also, I’m kind of on theme because I got this bottle of Angel PdC for under $50 since I found it at Marshall’s.
I’ve got a few cheap thrills in my collection, as long as I use US dollars and don’t count the postage
But I feel in the mood for Vol de Nuit, bought locally, so not cheap in the least.
“Hurrah, it’s Monday!”, said nobody, ever.
SOTD has been Brocard “Queen of Spades Modern” (says the sample label, but I think it’s just the modern incarnation of “Queen of Spades” (“Pikovaya Dama”, if my Cyrillic skills are anything). Oh man, is this ever SWEEEEEEEEET! My teeth have fallen out.
Top: citruses and mango;
Mid: orange blossom, rose and jasmine;
Base: patchouli, musk, vanilla and candy apple (or marshmallow, depending on whose list you read).
Now I bet someone in NST has a guilty secret: they would love this. ‘Fess up, sister! (or brother!). The only way to get over your shame is to share it.
Finally, I am listening to Spanish radio and heard this, which I dedicate to Waterdragon and everyone else who needs to caffeinate in the morning (sorry Robin, you’re not allowed, doctor’s orders):
Not guilty and not a secret – I love me some sweet perfume. Sweet Morphine is one example Hey, what do you expect from someone who loves CSP Amour de Cacao?
I enjoyed Amour de Cacao myself. You should try Queen of Spades and see what you think. Just get someone to video your reaction for Youtube for me please. :^D
I’m in vintage Coco EDT today and enjoying some (gasp) rain in San Diego.
Almost twins! I am in Coco edp (2013 formula) and it feels so good in this cold weather. Time to bring out the big guns
I’m wearing Ferre, the Bourdon one from 2005 — I got a decant in the recent swap but I’m pretty sure it’s cheap to get and it’s very pretty!
Received my Smell Bent sampler today and wearing Jasmine Tobacco. Not really sure why I chose this one. It smells like a plastic bag.
I should pay attention to Smell Bent. I don’t like the packaging so I tend to overlook the product. Harrumph! I recently ordered Jasmin et Cigarette by Etat Libre d’Orange (Clarissa introduced me to it!) and I really enjoy it. I wonder if they are similar. . . I don’t get plastic bag in the ELDO version.
I didn’t think they were particularly similar. While I don’t remember JT smelling like plastic bag (yikes), I like J&E MUCH better
Seconding Eleebelle – Jasmin et Cigarette is much better!
Put on Santal Majuscule in the wee hours of the frigid a.m. Still going strong!
Isnt it wonderful!? I just finished up a sample of Santal M.- loved it so much I ordered another one today. Such a cozy scent!
Would you like a decant? My email:
laugsb at sbcglobal dot net
Wicked dreadful migraine all night and this morning. Double dosage of rizatriptan finally kicked in. But I still feel achy and flu-ish from the meds. Rummaged for a comfort scent and came up with Bois d’Ascese. I smell like I’ve put on a woolen sweater worn next to a camp fire, and a glass at my elbow is wafting the scent of Talisker dregs (that is the perfume talking, not a post migraine curative!).
Poor thing, how awful. But the Bois d’Ascèse sounds great.
Robin, you smell great! I was inspired by your gorgeous big floral and chose Amouage Gold for today. I’m going to visit family for Thanksgiving, so I think it’s pretty fair to say I’ll be the best-smelling person on the plane.
That sounds lovely. I hope you have fun with family!
I’m always thrilled (and relieved) when someone smells nice on a plane. Enjoy your travels.
Have fun! Smart to travel on a Monday. The next best thing is on Thanksgiving Day itself. I did it once and I breezed through the airport and the plane was empty (to SF via Houston)…and I unexpectedly saw a cousin once removed (his grandmother was my great-grandmother’s sister) and we also work (and still do) at the same company!
Yes you will — and hope the journey was easy!