It's Hump Day, plus it's Cary Grant's birthday! What fragrance are you wearing?
I'm in Annick Goutal Tenue de Soirée (review coming up tomorrow).
Reminder: on 1/20, wear one of your "top 10 of winter" fragrances (unless it's summer where you are, in which case wear one of your "top 10 of summer" scents).
And for those of you who like to plan ahead, see Scent of the day ~ Friday community projects 2017, where I'll try to always have the next five or six weeks mapped out in advance.
SOTD is Serge Lutens Chergui. This sweet and spicy tobacco scent is one of my long-time favorites.
So good! Enjoyed wearing this yesterday.
Great choice for today. I wished I had put it on after it was too late.
SOTD Lorenzo Villoresi Teint de Neige. It is exactly what I need in such a grey, cold and rainy day. Powder, powder and more powder. I treasure my bottle dearly. Very cozy and inviting.
Twins! We smell lovely today ????
Hmmmmm… me thinks there is a powder hole in my perfume collection. A big powdery floral…
today is chubby Buddha’s first birthday. Another vacation day for me.
Dominique Ansel bakery was amazing yesterday, I had this chestnut dessert with rose cream and a berry cream on the inside. And a cuppa tea to go with it.
This morning I am relaxing and reading the New Yorker in peace. Will go out and do some shopping for the little guy and relax.
Tea is homemade chai and almond milk. The smell of the spices and ginger is really amazing.
Have a fragrant day!
Happy Chubby Buddha Birthday! I would love to have one of those desserts right now.
Happy birthday to your little boy!! One year old already — time flies.
Time does fly!
He was walking before he turned one so I have been very busy.
I would like to have another one of those desserts right now too, would go so good with this tea. The smell of rose from the dessert and the spice from the tea would marry together very nicely.
Aw, happy birthday to your little guy!
Happy birthday little Buddha Baby! May every birthday find you surrounded with as much love as you are today.
Happy Birthday Buddha! That dessert sounds delicious. Enjoy day 2 of vacation!
I’ve not heard of this bakery! And I do love me a good bakery.
Is it one store or are there many?
I’ll need to research this.
Happy birthday little guy! Cake!!
It is the place that created the cronut craze!
That place! I never did get a cronut.
me neither..they were sold out when I went
The New Yorker article on the giraffe and other animal culling at the Danish zoo is very chilling. Not good for morning reading, I’m afraid.
I skipped that one and reading the article on Mr Cohen. The tossing and turning bit about the shrimp was hysterical I almost spit out my morning tea
The pictures were more than I could take.
A year already? Geesh! Well happy birthday big boy Buddha!
Happy Birthday to the little chubster! Hope you both have a wonderful day ????
Happy Birthday to Baby Buddah!
Happy Birthday to Chubby Buddha. I hope you all have a joyful day today!
Wow- times does fly!
Happy Birthday to your little one -it doesn’t seem like a year!
Wow!!! How can it be a year already?? HAPPY BIRTHDAY Little Buddha man!!! I’m so glad you’re having some relaxation time, Mom!
Happy Birthday to the Buddha.Time does fly.
Happy Birthday to your Baby Buddha!
Hey Robin, I’m your house twin! I’m wearing AG Ambre Sauvage, whose exquisite amber-sweet vanilla-patchouli combination is really helping me out on the day before my first public practice of my defense. I’ve run through it twice in the conference room by myself, and man, it’s EXHAUSTING. This whole end-of-PhD process is really giving me a lot of respect for those who have already been through it.
All the best on this first, Koyel! Your preparation will pay off in spades!
Sending you good academic vibes. Haven’t tried this Goutal, but I bet you smell great!
It sounds exhausting. Best of luck, much admiration, and soon you’ll be amongst those who have done it!
Best of luck–remember, they’re not actually AGAINST you, though it probably feels that way.
Hahahaha it’s going to be tough to remember that one Thanks!
Bon courage to you!
Knock ‘me out with your intellectual erudition and good smelling self! Wheeee! What an accomplishment!
You will do great! Very excited for you.
Good luck Koyel. You will do great!
Hey house twin, break a leg!
I’m sure it will all go well!
Thank you, all! I can always depend on NST to make me feel better about life
You’ve got this, Koyel! Break a leg and wow ’em!!!!
Yikes, but you’ve got this!!
Eat that elephant! (One bite at a time)
Good luck! Not that you need luck. You’re prepared, and you’re gonna ace it!
Montale Black Aoud – roses, oudh, and saffron.
Triple strength coffee.
My favorite bright turquoise, black, and gray flannel shirt to brighten up another overcast sky.
BUT, life is good.
Carpe Diem. Peace.
Life is good and strong coffee makes it way better. Cheers!
I bet your smell amazing! You make me want to drink coffee, but I haven’t been able to break free from my massive amounts of Diet Coke.
I have smelled Montale Black Oud on a lady visiting from Austin- just fantastic! And with combo of coffee I bet you smell fab!
Love the image of a turquoise, black and gray flannel shirt!
Who wants to bet that Bear’s shirt smells REALLY good today????
Thanks for all the love, Everyone !
I’m in Puredistance Sheiduna. Definitely a great choice for winter.
I like that a lot.
First wearing of Grace, by Grace Coddington. I have meetings and a teeth-cleaning today, so I wanted something simple. I usually go for roses in that case, and this is a pretty one.
I haven’t tried that one but I love the bottle.
I’m wearing Hermes Rose Ikebana. I also have a dental appointment today (chipped front tooth), and I didn’t anything too strong. Plus, this scent is calming for me. I need all the calmness I can get when I go to the dentist.
I hope your visit to the dentist will go well and your tooth will be fixed soon.
I got one fixed quickly & painlessly a few years ago, hope it will be the same for you!
Thanks! My dentist took about 20 minutes to fix my tooth. It was my right front tooth.
I have to go back next week for a filling in one of my molars
Happy Hump Day to everyone! We are under severe flash flood warnings today and it is nasty out. Was going to physical therapy this morning, but was warned to stay put today. Trying one of my decants again that I got last month to get another feel for it; so not following the theme.
SOTD is Orchid Soleil by Tom Ford. You only need a dab of this because it is quite an ” in your face” kind of scent. Not my favorite TF, but it was one i really wanted to try.
Oh, good idea to stay put! Be safe.
Stay safe and dry!
I thought I would like that one. I wanted to like it, and yet, it did not suit me!
Yep……. my sentiments exactly. You took the words right out of my mouth.
I’m in Eau de Neroli Dore today to bring some brightness to a gloomy week. It’s working, and I actually like it much more than when I first tried it last summer.
Eau de Néroli is such a great cologne, I’m glad that you’re enjoying it.
I topped off my Amber Flush body oil with Lonestar Memories and a denim dress so I’m feeling kind of cowgirl even though I’m in freezing rain/rain. Totally forgot I was going to wear Beige today.
I still haven’t tried that oil yet. I love the rose one.
I haven’t got the rose one, but the amber is sooo good. Beige would somehow have been more appropriate for the birthday of the sophisticated Cary Grant, though.
I second that. Love the rose one. Need to try to the Amber one.
Petite Cherie was what I grabbed from my purse since I left the house unscented this morning
I really love that one in summer, so uncomplicated.
SOTD is vintage Tabac Blond, a favorite for winter (or, basically, anytime). First day back in the office after a week of snow-and-ice-bound working from home. Can’t wait to get out of here.
You smell great!
Thank you! It was sooooo nice to get out of the house today (even if only to the office), and even nicer to do it with Tabac Blond for company. Such a gorgeous scent.
SOTD is Guerlain L’Heure Bleue EDT.
You smell wonderful.
Robin, did you see the email from Kusmi this morning about loose tea in pouches (instead of having to buy the tins every time)? Doesn’t look like many are available in that option, but it’s a step in the right direction!
I did, but thank you! Supposedly they’ve had refill bags for ages but they were never in stock in the US. Hope these will stay in stock.
I need something simple and very nice today – SOTD is Bottega Veneta.
A big favourite, so easy to wear. You smell great.
SOTD is 1872 for Men (Clive Christian). Haven’t worn this in ages; reminds me of Spring, which I am very much anticipating.
As am I!
What a smile Cary Grant! Honestly, he was lovely!
Thought I was going to wear Chergui when I woke up–no doubt inspired by all the comments yesterday. Instead my hand veered wildly and I grabbed my decant of Tom Ford’s Champaca Absolute. The Chapaca is like a slightly less elegant and slightly sweeter, well less Chanel-like, version of Beige. Note to note, they don’t match up, but they remind me of each other.
Every time I wear Ostara perfume I think of Chanel’s Bel Respiro even though that don’t match up note to note as well. I used to own a bottle of Bel Respiro. But now that I have Ostara I feel like I don’t need to repurchase.
So charming. Love Cary Grant, and he did so many great movies!
Which is your favorite? I have probably only seen about a fifth of his oeuvre. I think His Girl Friday may be my favorite of them.
Charade, probably, but I adore the stuff he did with Hitchcock.
Bringing Up Baby!
The Body Shop Italian Summer Fig. You can call it budget Ninféo Mio. I tried it because someone here said they were somehow similar, I can’t remember who you are, but thank you, I got 100 ml practically for free and am enjoying it very much!
Those are the best bottles. I’ve never tried it, but I will now. I love Ninfeo Mio and I used to love the Body Shop.
I like that one! really fresh smelling. Have you tried Philosykos by Diptyque? It’s like a lighter version of that.
I really like Body Shop scents, including yours! I bought a bottle when Christmas shopping, and can’t wait to break it out this summer. Affordable and good. Another goodie at Body Shop is the tobacco smelling Red Musk!
Ohhh! The Italian Summer Fig was a nice one. Well, I only had the body butter and the shower gel ( huge fig lover here ), but enjoyed it nonetheless. If the perfume smells half as good as the bb and sg, you smell magnificent!
Mr. Grant. Sigh…
We watched North by Northwest over the holiday break. Such a dashingly handsome man he was.
SOTD: Bois des Iles extrait
Guess what? I’m going to lunch today with my cube mate, the one who stinks up the joint. She’s been much better over the past few months. I wonder if someone said something. Anyway, I’m going to see if I can learn more finally!
Find out and report back
It’s called Touch by Fred Hayman, its from 1993 and aldehydes are a key note!
Oh my God!!!! I remember that one!!!! They still make it?
I’m afraid so. And she’s a very liberal sprayer!!
ok! Never smelled that one…
Joining in Bois des Iles extrait and looking forward to hearing how your lunch discussion went!
I finally asked her what she wore and she said it is a scent she’s worn forever and that people tell her they can tell when she’s arrived because they can smell her. Yep, I concur, and that’s not a good thing.
Yes ? What is it ?
Sorry, I missed Touch Fred Hayman. My bad !!!! LOLOLOL
Bois de Isle is the BEST!!! lucky you to have extrait!
So thankful for the NST commenter that took mercy on me and my desperation to get a little more!
I’m in Journey Woman today. Been reaching for this one a lot lately. I wore all last weekend. Something about the honey is really working for me lately.
My boys are home sick from school today, one with a respiratory bug/nasty cough and the other with a stomach bug. I’m very lightly scented in Mariella Burani.
Made some really wonderful homemade sausage last night, which I’ve never done before! Will definitely do it again. Am packing up my tuned wind chimes to send them to the manufacturer for refurbishing — they’re 14 years old and need new strings/striker plate. I’ll be glad to get them back.
This recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/breakfast-sausage-recipe.html
Except I used a 1.5 pound package of ground pork and a 1 pound package of fresh-ground turkey (not the frozen kind, which is kinda gluey). SO GOOD.
So sorry for you kiddos! Hope they feel better and you don’t catch it
Tuned wind chimes? What are those? My mother loves wind chimes.
Sausage sounds yummy!
Hoping for good health in your home soon!
Ah. These wind chimes are tuned to a pentatonic scale, to produce a pleasing sound. I love mine (link here, not affiliated, and I have the Medium Earthsong: http://gracenotesretail.com/mediumchimes.html) because all the notes sound nice together.
Awesome! Mom’s 70th is right around the corner
I love wind chimes! We have several bells hanging in our back yard area, which is large and full of trees— but what I need is a proper wind chime. My problem is that I am always too cheap to buy one I really like and that really sings… and the cheap ones are so cheap!
I really do love mine. I think it cost about $95, but that was 14 years ago and they’re probably more expensive now If you go to the website, you can listen to each one. I find that so relaxing.
Gosh we used to make sausages all the time for the kids. Haven’t done it in years, but I should!
A really great and easy cookbook that has everything you can think of in it related to sausages is local boy Bruce Aidell’s Complete Sausage Cookbook. If you are put off by the Aidell’s sausages in the supermarket that come to mind, don’t be. The cookbook is the real deal and has 100s recipes from the sausages themselves to breads, stews, pizzas, dumplings, epanadas… etc. And as you say, other than a geographical bias , no affiliation.
Vanilla Flash. Going to the eye doctor for a dreaded visual field test. Always gives me headaches after, all those little blinking lights. Have a great day, everyone!
Good luck to you! I have the dreaded eye test next month too.
I hate that test too! Hope it doesn’t induce a headache this time!
Hope your visual test goes/went well. Glad I’m not the only person who gets the heebee-jeebees from the visual field test. My eyes always go blurry before the test finishes. Sometimes I get a bit of claustrophic panic, then my finger gets twitchy on the clicker. I wonder at the test’s accuracy, but my doctor always reassures me the test is a good one.
I have basically been told I failed the test because I look around too much. I just had one, though, and seemed to “do” better.
It usually takes a few times before you get the hang of it. I have glaucoma so I have them all the time but at time of diagnosis I had 3-4 over a few weeks as I got used to taking the test.
I’ve had many rounds of them since I am monocular and supposedly at risk for glaucoma. I can’t seem to get the hang of it, although the most recent one I either had a nicer technician or really did do it better!
Also, I can only see out of one eye which somehow seems to make it worse — but not having done it with two eyes, I can’t know for sure! Or do they do one eye at a time? They must I am realizing . . .
You’re right, it’s one eye at a time.
Lorenzo Villoresi Teint de Neige which I usually save for cozy nights inside, but I had a hankering for something warm and sweet on this cold, damp day.
Today is just like yesterday.
I am putting Teint de Neige on my to try list
I got my sample pack from Zoologist late yesterday and just LOVE the wonderful illustrations on their beautiful little spray samples! So far I’ve tried Bat and Hummingbird, and this morning am trying Rhinoceros. It’s my least liked of the three. I just LOVED Bat and may need to be buying a FB sometime. Hummingbird was also lovely but maybe a bit too sweet for me. This set is quite a lot of fun and relatively inexpensive. So glad to be trying some of these, finally.
Those illustrations are beyond cute!
It feels just like Spring today…..I can dig it!
Since it feels Springy, I smell Springy! SOTD: Idylle.
Wearing so many sprays of 1932 EDT I lost count…
And I have finally turned the corner on a sinus infection I’ve had for a couple weeks and my sniffer feels almost close to 100% again. I lost my sense of smell and taste for a while which I hate, hate, hate.
Come to find out they don’t usually do antibiotics for sinus infections now b/c the recovery time with and without them (supposedly) is the same and resistance to antibiotics, blah, blah, blah. I’ve only ever had one sinus infection several years ago and they gave me antibiotics for that. Waiting this out was not fun but I guess, in theory, I am stronger for having fought it off myself. Sad that it often takes illness to make us appreciate how great we normally feel.
So glad you are feeling better! Being sick is such a drag.
You smell lovely.
I spent so many of my childhood years with sinus/ear infections that I try not to take NOT having them for granted!
The freezing temps are finally gone and the snow and ice have turned into a slushy mess, but I’ll take it! Schools are back in session, too. I’m wearing Stash, which is quickly becoming a fall-back fragrance when nothing really seems to stand out from the cabinet. Stay safe in East Texas–the flooding looks bad.
With the thaw comes a relief- and leaks on the ceiling! (ice dams on he side of the house leading to chaos!)
House twin! I’m wearing a lot of Songes EDP. I’ll be very interested to read your review of Tenue de Soirée. I love the bottle and the notes seemed good. I would love for Goutal to release a really good fragrance again.
Hey cousin / house twin! I will keep my mouth shut about Goutal until tomorrow
Well I’m not holding out high hopes. On another note: I tried a new tea this week that I think you might find interesting as well. India Arunachal Pradesh Hand-Made Black Tea, an odd mix of Assam, Yunnan and Lapsong in taste.
That does sound weird! Reading reviews now.
Wearing Eau de Mandarine Ambree today, definitely a precursor to the dried and dessertified L’Ambre.. i prefer the latter but my mom gave me back her bottle of the Eau. (She prefers Pamplemousse Rose.)
I prefer the latter too. And Pamplemousse Rose
Ah, Cary Grant. That’s my ideal man, there (at least his screen persona). The Philadelphia Story is one of my most favorite movies.
No SOTD yet. Will be sampling later. Working from home — big storms in the forecast for the next several days — hope I don’t get marooned again. But I’d rather be marooned at home than stuck elsewhere.
I loved him as Atticus Finch. Such wonderful actor and has a fantastically dignified manner, the likes of which seem to have gone out of style in today’s Hollywood.
Ah that was Gregory Peck, another lovely man. But much more dignified than Cary Grant, who was wonderfully willing to forego dignity for humor and was in my opinion at his best when doing so. All the Hawkes movies are amazing.
Ack! Thanks for the correction! I don’t know a Cary from a Gregory apparently????
He is so great in that. They all are.
The Philadelphia Story is a delight.
Much as I enjoy North by Northwest and To Catch a Thief, my fave Cary Grant role is Mortimer Brewster in Arsenic & Old Lace. Wiki has it listed as a thriller/mystery, but it’s really a hilarious black comedy. Saw it for the 1st time a couple of years ago on TCM, and it’s worth seeking out.
I’ve seen the play several times, but never the film.
I’m in one of my winter favorites, traversee du bosphore.
One of my favourites too – you smell great.
Started the day with a micro spritz of MKF Grand Soir, but now I’m just sweaty and icky after working in the van all morning. Progress is being made (slowly, very slowly) so that’s a perk. I’m headed to the shower and then think will wear Ninfeo Mio. Saw it mentioned yesterday and I’m quite sure it will refresh me and it’s been awhile since wore it.
For all those beleaguered with ice, snow, and other winter hazards, I sympathize, but feel free to blow some cold air my way.
Nothing to do with perfume, but if anyone is handy with measuring, cutting, sawing, etc., what is the best way to ensure that the piece you are working on is square? Silly me, I thought all the building material at Lowes was born into the world nice and square…????
Deva, measure the diagonals to make sure they are the same length (I checked this with the dear one to be sure I’m right).
Oh, thank you and the Dear One as well!
Hi Deva. Make sure you have a really good carpentry square for your right angles and measure really carefully. You can use the right angle to check the timber before you start cutting as you might have a straight line somewhere to start. Also, if you’re using a jig saw or circular saw it’s easy if you clamp a piece of wood to the wood your cutting and the you use that edge as a guide…so you run the plate of your jigsaw against the raised piece of wood. Difficult to explain but I found this which might help…or You Tube. Hurray for vans!
Hey thanks Kanuka! The guide idea will help me a great deal. I have a jigsaw but have been quite paralyzed by the fear of inaccurate measurements and/or cuts to really make a start with hardwood. 90% done insulating and planning on getting some beaverborad today to go over the insulation and give the walls and ceiling a finished look. I used to be a perfectionist but gave that up for lent years ago and have never looked back. I will have to accept that the final version is not going to be perfect and just move forward, if not with confidence, then with enthusiasm ????
You can always glue cool posters, fabric or cork pin boards for photos on the walls to cover the joins. I prefer shacks to 5 star sterile hotels and the same would be true for vans.
Kanuka, I am mediatating on doing some kind of art resin piece for a counter top/work space. I love the shine and clarity if resin and I’m thinking I need to do something that’s reminiscent of space, using glitter, stars and glow in the dark pigment. I think I’m a 13 year old at heart. Also considering decoupaging an accent wall with art work and photos of holy relics from every know culture. In theory it sounds good, in reality it might be a hot mess????
About to leave for work in a few minutes and facing a 1st world problem. Do I finish that small decant of Tonka Imperial or try out El Attarine by Serge Lutens. Such a tough choice.
Both great scents – you can’t lose either way.
So sorry I was too late to tell you to pick Attarine
Second day of working at t home –LOVING it, you can’t imagine–and today I chose Bel Respiro. My spritzing system this morning went along the lines of, “There, there, there, oh and why not there as well?” Isabella sat on the end of the bed sneezing and watching me through slitty eyes, and the dear man laughed and asked me why I was ignoring the soles of my feet, which seem to be the only part of my body I haven’t anointed, so I added one there as well. Why not? I think I smell lovely, and by the end of the day, my sneakers will too. Oh, and no surprises here, I suppose, but I did buy that duster, and suddenly the mail sack has turned into a perfectly reasonable outfit. And the duster is versatile, so a good buy.
Be well all. I’m off to bury myself in a thesis–final feedback time! Completion in sight–yay– but the end times are an utter nark!
Good for you on the duster! I never regret a comfy, versitile wardrobe addition. Enjoy!
I really wish I could see the mails-sack-duster combo!
Congrats on the buy. At a Sniffapalooza event, a friend ran out of upper body skin space (including each fingertip) so she ended up spraying on top of her knees.
Late to the party today…SDV on one arm…EdM on the other….
Well, don’t keep menin suspense!
LOL! I replied in the Tuesday SOTD
I will make a note to myself to answer you in today’s SOTD since you probably won’t read this response ……
Wearing the very cosy Carner Barcelona Cuirs today. Don’t hear much about it, but I love it’s spicy leathery smooth goodness.
Happy Hump Day, all!
1) Ah, the joys of homeowneship(tm). Just when I was on top of expenses and paid all the bills (my tax and water came for the quarter) here comes a leaky ceiling! Here is the weird thing: the leak is on the first floor, not where the roof is. It started sometime early last night. I came in after work, heard a drip- but thought it was part of the defrosting outside and dismissed it. Later, I notice a slow drip in the middle of the living room! Turned off the TV and moved it along with the stereo, then stabbed the ceiling where I noticed drips. Did not notice anything leaking in the housemates room upstairs nor in her bathroom nor in my suite. Ran the water in bathrooms and ran the washer machine. It’s not the plumbing, so my thoery is that when we had our snow and ice event, everything was frozen solid. But now with the warmer temps and the thawing, there may have been some build up of ice in the siding, that thawed and allow water to the seep and soak in between the stories the house, where the insulation is.
Theory is bolstered by the fact that today, my housemate’s room floor, which is above the lounge ceiling, is soaked through in some areas- but again no leaks from the roof, bathroom or washing machine. Will try t have someone out today to access the damage.
2) Scent of the day is Twentyone Black by Rue 21. Don’t laugh- it’s actually very light and fresh and uplifting- exactly what I need right now!
3) COFFEE. I did not sleep last night for worry.
1) Oh goodness!
I am so tired. My boss is very forgiving and is not counting this towards my PTO (which is 4 weeks this year, but still). That 1k I got back at closing MAY be going all towards this!
Yeah,you’re going to have to do some serious damp-sealing as well,I had the same weird wetness in the hallway a couple of months back,but that turned out to be aged plumbing.They had to basically rebuild a whole brick support wall in the middle of the house,plus fit new plumbing for two bathrooms.Yes:the joy of home-ownership.Hope yours gets sorted!x
Ooof! I am having a water detection person come out and check this out.
Sorry about the leaks! Similar thing happened in the house I live in and it turned out to be water running back into the walls from blocked eaves. Not sure if it could be the same for you, but worth checking!
I believe that here may have been ice dams that formed, causing a way for water to run into the home. But I am having a water detection person come in.
Leaks can be tricky. I had what I thought was a leaky window frame but it turned out to be the roof. The water was traveling along a high roof support beam, which terminated above the window. With nowhere else to go, the water collected at the corner of the window frame and took the path of least resistance right into my house and down the wall onto my brand new carpeting. Find a good roofer to go up in your attic and give it a thorough inspection. Try to find one via a friend or by word of mouth. Some people in the home repair industry can be quite unscrupulous, especially if you happen to be a single woman. ????
Yup. This is why I did the total house inspection last night and this morning. It’s water intrusion for sure, but where? So I am going to bite the bullet and pay for a water detection person to come out and see where the heck the water is coming from, so I can then get repairs done by my boss and friends (one of the nice things about having handy people about).
We had something very similar a ways back. We did not want to pay for a roof just then so my husband patched it up. Didn’t last forever, but saved us the expensive for 4 or 5 years though!
Taking my lunch, Relax by Frankie goes to Hollywood is on. HA! SOTD Is Gucci by Gucci.
The Austrian visitirs leave today and I keep checking weather and flight schedules as gale force winds are forecast for their destination of Wellington and I have a dread their plane will be cancelled. I have learnt so much from them these past four days…who knew, for example, that Austrian cheese is the best in the world? Just sprayed Journey.
Poor you! Do they also claim to have the best navy?
I got them to admit that our beaches were better than theirs…a minor triumph
All toooo funny!
They might have a bit of a challenge landing here in Wellington today! To offer some comfort, it’s supposed to be improving arlunf midday
I can see a lot of cancelled flights…aaarrrgggh.
Sending good flight vibes your way! I once was visiting a relation in the U.K. who continually commented (in a very derisive fashion) on the “large portions Americans eat!” We happened to be at one of her local restaurants finishing dinner when she made the above comment AGAIN for umpteenth time. I’d had enough. So I replied, “Well, if you were in America now, you wouldn’t have had to order TWO DESSERTS!” Said with a smile, mind you!
She had just scarfed down two desserts and was being judgy about portions!! She never said another word about “American portion sizes.” Maybe I was rude, but really, I was over it.
ha! ha! she should see ME eat!!!
Yeah, me too! ????
You handled it as I would have.
Maybe rude, definitely justified.
Some people need to be told to edit themselves,they aren’t smart enough to know.
Delayed but departed!
Brilliant! Did you know that Austria once did have a navy? When they were part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It was mentioned once on QI in an aside on The Sound of Music.
You must feel very relieved, I’m glad your ordeal is over.
Oh dear. That happened to me last summer when my SIL came to visit… she took a taxi to the airport and I gleefully threw the linens into the wash and happily settled in with a good book, only to get a call an hour later that her flight had been cancelled and she was on her way back for another night’s stay. I was not totally gracious about it…
Better than French, Italian, or British cheese, eh? Who knew!? Hang in there, Kanuka!
I’m looking forward to a Wallace and Gromit Austrian Cheese special….eee by gum Gromit pass me the Graukase
“We’ll go somewhere where there’s Käse!”
I once had the following conversation in a hostel in Belgium:
me: this yogurt is really good.
random Austrian: Austrian yogurt is the best in the world! (scoffs at me).
OMG I have had that exact conversation in a hotel in Vienna!
Apparently Austrians are serious about their dairy . . .
I am wearing Soivohle Orris ochre. I checked out her site, and it turns out she’s synesthetic. I am not, but this fragrance reminds me vividly of when we were kids and used to stick our noses into dandelions to smell them – ochre indeed!
Hey, I remember there was a discussion here some time ago on vacuums – did we arrive at something? And what about those robotic ones? Anyone has a firsthand experience with them? Which one is best? Which one is best among the cheapest ? My vacuum never seemed to have that much suction, and got by on frantically rotating brushes mostly. Plus it is unwieldy. It may be time for a new one!
I don’t know anything about robot vacuums (mine is a thrifted 60s powerhouse that takes bags etc!) but all appliance etc purchases I look at the sweethome website (not affiliated) as they both test themselves, and aggregate other testing/reporting sites information…
We have Rumba and love it.
which model, do you know?
I’m indulging in a sudden craving for my oldest vintage Christian Dior Diorissimo. It’s much deeper and more indolic than more recent versions, so it holds up to winter air. An old school, grand parfum.
I think I like the Le Labo Ylang because it has a related kind of dissonance, although they are, of course, entirely different perfumes.
I can see this comparison. I have a little bit of both, and neither are quite me, but so smart and intriguing they must stay in the collection.
Smart and intriguing is an apt description, jjlook!
Ah, you smell great.
SOTD = Rania J. Ambre Loup
I am trying to use up a decant before it evaporates and also so that I can start using my FB. It’s not a hardship
In other news…I swaer some people sleepwalk through their commutes and their breakfast purchase. I got in a cafeteria cashier line that had a standing sign in big bold letter “credit and debit card only”. The woman ahead of me put her purchases on the counter to be weighed and scanned, waited for the total, slowly put her purse down, slowly openned the flap of ber purse, slowly pulled out her wallet, slowly openned her wallet and slowly extracted a $10 bill. When the cashier said No Cash, she slowly blinked and said WHAT??? And then everything she did had to be done in reverse but thank God she did it quickly because I gave her the death stare.
Oh, I do things like this all the time. I am introverted and exist in my own world. Can’t be bothered with such trifles as “no cash” signs I once drove straight into a large ditch workers dug up in a driveway due to probably some repairs. I just assumed driveway was there as it always had been.
Wow, i hope there were signs and if not, that was really negligent of the company that did the work!
Ugh. There is nothing worse than being in the express line and in queue with people who pay no attention! Argh!
If she was on her cell phone, I would have said something.
The cell phone while interacting with shopkeepers — or anyone else — is the thing that sends me completely over the edge. The sheer horrible rudeness of it most importantly. But also, as I like to say way too often, to multi-task is to do two or more things badly and inefficiently.
Agreed! And woe is the person who talk on her cell phone inside a bathroom. I purposely flush twice.
The death stare!!! Lol! I really need to cultivate that for my own use! ????
You can practice with T-Rex: lock eyeball
to eyeball, narrow eyes, flare nostrils,
thin lips, then, if the person says something, keep the stare for 2 more seconds, blink your eyes as you turn your face away from the speaker, then walk away.
You are my hero.
Who needs a Death Star when you’ve got a Death Stare?! ????
Can’t reply upthread where this belongs, but you would not believe how many men are on a cell phone standing at the urinals !!!
Really ? Dood? Yikes !!
I could’ve gone my whole life without knowing that.????
Happy Hump Day!!I survived bootcamp with flying colors!The instructor is awesome,I like the routines,and I can feel every muscle in my body had some form of workout.Not too tired,no cramps,AND I hit that sweet endorphin-spot.Loving it.SOTD!British Rose The Body Shop.Easy-to-wear green rose,pretty linear.Will not repurchase when I am done with the bottle,too many other roses I reaaalllly love.Hope the day treats you all well!X
Oof! Wow- what a experience! But it sounds like fun!
It really was fun.Hard work but worth it.
Glad you had a good experience with boot camp. Was this a one-time thing or do you plan on making it a regular part of your routine? I have only tried British Rose through the body butter. Love the body butter, but like you, I have others that I prefer as a part of my rotation.
Thank you!No this is now part of my routine,every Monday/Wednesday,and then every second friday.It was an hour workout,ten different routines,I think I did around 26 in total tonight.But the instructor really is great,lets you work on your own pace-within limits and with lots of encouragement.Plus I am doing it with awesome colleagues from work(we’re about a group of 10),and I am doing it for myself.X
That’s awesome! Throw in a few extra moves for me!
Until I am back on my feet again, I will live/ exercise vicariously through you and others.
Enjoy the process and the rewards, Johan.
Glad to hear it went well, kudos to you!
Yay! Glad you enjoyed it. *I’m* sure not gonna do it! ????
Howling gale and horizontal rain here today. That may not sound too bad until you realise this is supposed to be the height of our summer. I will comfort myself with lots of OJ’s Orris Noir.
Horizontal rain: boooooo! It’s just wrong.
31 Rue Cambon for me again today. Re-finding it after I misplaced it made me realize how much I love this one. Might wear it every day for a while (gasp!)
Hi twin! I’ve wearing the heck of this lately. I can’t imagine ever getting tired of it.
You both smell fab!
Gave myself a good spritzing with a mini of Lauder’s Pleasures. This goes on like a 90s punch in the face, but mellows pretty fast. I even got a compliment from the waitress at lunch!
You smell great! I always said that this particular Lauder fragrance never got the recognition it deserved.
I’ve only worn it a few times – each time I hated the first 20 minutes, then thought, “ooh, this is actually quite nice!”
Continuing through the Kerosene tin…yesterday’s Unknown Pleasures is definitely not the kind of scent I usually wear (lemon curd and waffle cone?) But it really was light and delightful, and had low projection etc. for a day with meetings and visiting in others’ homes.
Today, Blackmail, though I was curious to try Whips and Roses, but it’s seemingly missing from my tin…
Blackmail has some lovely smoke and cedar so far, but I’m worried that one of the dreaded oud chemicals will rise to the surface. So far, so good.
What’s the winner so far?
Maybe too late to answer, but they’ve all been delightful, and none has made me want 50/100 ml. :-p
I think they don’t make Whips and Roses anymore, which makes me sad as I have that tin too and I want to have W and R in it.
Elixir des Merveilles.
Hey there, merveilles cousin, we smell fab.
L’eau d’Hiver for me today. I’ve been neglecting this one, and am loving every whiff!
In Orchidée Vanille today. I ❤️ it!
SotD = Ohhhhhhhh des Merveilles, I love it so.
Excited for the Tenue de Soirée review. Be well and well-scented NSTers. I hope you’re day is wonderful.
I’ll have to check out Turner Classic Movies later, since they’ll probably be showing some Cary Grant films.
It’s definitely Hump Day. Last night was a long one (or, more accurately, a short one), so I’ve been dragging today. I ended up picking Guerlain Cologne du 68 this morning because it’s refreshing and smells to me like a fancy baby powder applied after a shower.
I never imagined this would be something I’d end up thinking about, but I’ve concluded that if I were running an ER with a TV in the waiting room, a marathon of ‘Monsters Inside Me’ episodes would not be what I would choose to show. Just sayin’. File under: Unexpected Things You Learn in a Hospital around 2:30 AM. (I was waiting on a relative who got sick after hours.)
I hope said relative is recovering well! I agree with you on the need to select appropriate channels. This sounds like a shipwreck movie being shown during a cruise/. Although, now that I’ve said that, would you stop showing live news of plane crash at an airport?
All’s well, thanks.
Yes, what’s with that? Aside from frightening people with phobias, it’s like tempting Fate!
Oh, ugh, so very sorry about your late night ER visit. I hope things are looking up. In any case, you and Cd68 smell great.
Thanks, on both counts!
HA — I still remember taking my son to an ER in a pediatric hospital at about the same time in the morning, and they had some totally inappropriate scary movie for adults on in the waiting room with all these sick kids who were already scared.
Oh, that’s just wrong! Poor things. Luckily there were no kids; if there had been, I would have tried to get someone to change it. As it was, I thought it was likely I’d be having nightmares myself. I mean an episode is one thing, but a *marathon* of that show! ????
Ooh and I just won a new bottle of Cologne du 68 over at Bois de Jasmin’s Doctors Without Borders fundraiser!
Yay, congrats! (What a great fundraiser. I kept forgetting to donate/enter! Oh well, next year.)
Yesterday, Parfums de Marley Athalia, which I love – I get the iris, with a floral background. Today, DSH’s Scent of Hope, her recreation of the legendary Iris Gris. They are both pleasing and lovely, although very different. I pretty much like anything with a big dose of iris….
That Cary Grant was just a cutie, wasn’t he?
Oh YES HE WAS INDEED, so talented, versatile, funny and charming too. One of the best!
SOTD is Diptyque Essences Insensee 2015, just craving the jasmine!! I love the solid and I put it on almost every night at bedtime because it is just so pretty. I am sampling a decant to determine the difference in a spray.
My Civet sample arrived today and truly does smell intoxicating, I cannot wait to try it.
I’m wearing two scents, Safari by Ralph Lauren on the left arm and Paloma on the Right, two very big green monsters. I’m wafting serious sillage.
Fabulous scents, and imagery too. Waft on with those big green monsters.
I recall watching a lot of old movies with my mom as a boy — Grant in Arsenic and Old Lace was a favourite. I always loved his capacity to seem affable and attractive whilst falling over backward. Today the SOTD was Eau Sauvage Parfum, which tends to help me feel more affable than I should on a Wednesday (the humpiest of humpdays, a 14-hour stint for me). What I love about this fragrance is that it starts off rather heavily with a strong retro vibe, but gets lighter and greener over time, gradually revealing a shade of the original Eau Sauvage (vetiver with a hint of neroli) as the day goes by. It’s nice to finish light.
The question I think I’d enjoy hearing is which fragrance makes them think of Cary Grant? I’m told he wore Aqua di Parma at some point, and Creed has tried to claim him for Green Irish tweed… I’ve encountered various classics (Eau Sauvage, Givenchy Gentleman, and Pour un Homme de Caron) referred to anecdotally by reviewers as, “Cary Grant in a Bottle.” At this point, I expect that it is largely a matter of conceptual imagination. What gets your vote?