Happy Almost-Friday and happy Thomas Jefferson Day! What fragrance are you wearing?
I'm wearing LesNez The Unicorn Spell for a wistful Al Green + Lyle Lovett medley: Al Green singing Tired of Being Alone, Al Green and Lyle Lovett covering Willie Nelson's Funny How Time Slips Away, then Lyle Lovett covering Guy Clark's Anyhow I Love You.*
Reminder: 4/14 will be Playlist Friday — name a favorite song, and wear a perfume that fits the song.
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.
* Videos: Funny How Time Slips Away, Anyhow I Love You.
SOTD: Santal Noble (MPeG) layered with Cannabis Santal (Fresh). Yummy.
Woke up this morning and put on Natalie Merchant and peeled orange and mandarins for the little ones to munch on.
Decided since why fight the theme this morning I decided to spritz Feuilles d’Orange (orange leaves, blossoms, bark the stems the whole tree in this bottle) and Natalie Merchant but I don’t have a particular song.
Then I will nominate Wonder!
HI twin..we have good taste in music and perfume
Love Natalie, that voice! I’ve seen her in concert many, many times,
I saw her just once, at the Lilith Fair she was one of the many performers..Amazing!
My apologies for describing myself in all the songs/scents this week.
You’ve got everything but cold fire…..,..
Bu(V)lgari pour Femme (MOI is more like it! !!)
Triple strength coffee.
SOTD Tom Ford Vert de Fleur while listening to Rach Piano Concerto No. 2, which is not especially fitting but I am enjoying both
That is my favorite piece of music of all time!!! Hmmm, now to try to think of what perfume would go with it…. A Tauer rose maybe? Lush and gorgeous but also a bit unsettlingly passionate and bad at social cues?
I have no song pairings this week.
But I love Lyle, and The Unicorn Spell is so much fun! I might have a drop left in my sample. Wearing No. 19 edp today.
Glad to see another fan! He really does the best concerts.
No 19 – gorgeous! I have a hard time with scent-music pairings this week too!
I love Lyle too.
My hubby and I saw him recently in a little divey cafe with his ladyfriend. It was three in the afternoon, and he was wearing a ballcap and tennis shoes. We left them alone. He was trying to fly under the radar…????
I’m wearing Hiram Green Moon Bloom since I can’t get enough flowers lately!
Does anyone have experience with Hiram Green fragrances turning more quickly than synthetic fragrances? The full bottle is so beautiful, but I should probably get the 10 ml size if I end up buying…
I haven’t had that problem with Hiram Greens, but Irecently got out a couple of Auphorie (Miyako and Regal Secret) and they had both completely turned.
I should add that I had bought them just short of a year ago.
You smell great!
I have this scent for one year now, no turning so far.
Another cold and rainy day here. Still running around trying to get stuff to fix my bathroom. This is becoming much more costly than originally anticipated. I’m wearing Sables matching song is “like the weather” 10000 Maniacs. I really really love this scent. I never would have thought to try it. I was given a sample by a magical NSTer, it’s just beautiful.
I just ordered a sample of Sables. I bet you smell wonderful!
Thanks! Let me know how you like it when you get your sample.
No song pairing today. Just wearing Amouage Lilac Love. I wouldn’t pay full bottle prices for this one, but it’s very pretty and I love my decant.
Lilylang Sylvaine Delacourte – This set of fragrances are simple, but well crafted. They last forever on me too.
This is a long weekend here, so I am listening to the oldies station and sipping coffee as I plan what I will do with a free Friday when absolutely nothing is open, so I cannot guilt myself into errands – nap and do some spring cleaning methinks.
Song for today – I’m Not in Love – 10 cc
That’s a great song.
I was put off by Florentina but tried Dovana the other day and liked that a lot. Three still to go.
Sounds like a snow day, minus the snow! Enjoy your long weekend!
Lonesome Rider for me today to go with Willie and Merle’s Pancho and Lefty (written by the great Townes Van Zandt)!
Robin, so happy to hear you mention Guy Clark and Lyle Lovett. My mom is a singer/songwriter (well, in addition to being a nurse) and I grew up listening to a lot of Guy and Lyle etc. I almost picked a Guy Clark song to go with my SotD.
Oh how cool!
And you picked one of my all time favorite songs! I have lots of versions but still prefer the original. You found the perfect scent to go with it, too.
Can I come sit next to you? You’re wearing one of my absolute favorites. Mmm.
Une Fleur de Cassie. It took me a while to fall for this one, but when I did it quickly became one of my favourites. I always feel more intelligent when I wear this
I feel the same about Fleur de Cassie, I wore it yesterday!
Fell for that one right away, not skanky or complicated to my nose. I’d pair it with Squeeze’s If I Didn’t Love You (I’d hate you), seems to be elicit strong opinions.
I think with me it’s the fact that the one I fell for is the current version, which is slightly different to Cassie as it first came out. This one is more radiant and slightly easier to wear. Personally I don’t have any associations with cumin with this one.
Bass ackwards, no surprise there!
De Profundis: Losing My Religion. I adore the opening of this one, but on my skin it splinters apart pretty quickly. But oh, the first glorious hour…
DSH Chinchilla: Rebel, Rebel. Welp, that there’s a mighty whopping animalic note. Have I ever smelled camel urine? I suppose I must have, but perhaps I’m suppressing an unpleasant memory?
Plus Kaleidoscope (citrus and boiled peanuts, which is sadly what vetiver often smells like to me) and Plein Jeu III-V which I think I have already sampled during my spree which means that yep, I’ve bought dupes. Anyway, floral incense, quite pretty but the jury’s still out.
I had great hopes for Chinchilla, but after dumping the entire sample on me, I got absolutely nothing – I might as well of been wearing filtered water. Then again, I might be anosmic to camel urine too – never had the chance to test that one
I couldn’t smell Chinchilla either, but if you like the concept and animalics, try her Foxy. The drydown is amazing and it lasted more than 12 hours on me.
It would be a gift to be anosmic to camel urine!
I tried to think of a perfume for Losing My Religion but failed!
The opening of De Profundis is sensational. But in my skin it turns into a not so very sensational clean musk within 45 minutes
Coromandel . It is really speaking to me today, and I have had 2 compliments on it already, so maybe the soundtrack should be the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah. Oh wait, it is still Lent so we aren’t supposed to use the H- word until Easter. (A Christian tradition in many denominations.)
But still, Coromandel is heavenly!
You smell amazing
Love that you got compliments!
Pairing Cristalle edt with The Beatles ‘Good Day Sunshine’ which was on 6 Music this morning, both joyous on a sunny spring day!
That’s a great pairing!
Cristalle..can’t go wrong with that beauty
Perfect- on both counts!
Both classic classics! You smell fantastic!
Nice! On a related note, I was thinking of pairing something with L’Artisan Dzing!, and I realized the perfect song: “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!”
Perles de Lalique, one of my favorite cheap thrill roses.
Al Green always makes me smile. What a voice!
I’m pairing Eau Des Merveilles with “Easy” (I’m garbage at this game but that’s what sprang to mind). Wish I could think of an Al Green song to pair with it, but I can’t.
It isn’t an Al Green scent, is it? It makes me think of matching no-brainer music, something 90s alt-rock that you’d hear in a coffee shop.
I’m in Prada Infusion d’Oeillet today. Love its floral warmth.
Am seriously thinking about getting this online. IS it carnation-y goodness? Please do tell if you can.
It is! Check my review on the blog (link in my gravatar) and you can read my full impressions
Thank you very much , Lucas. What a lovely review. Okay, I will go ahead and jump and give this a go!
1) Am going to see if I can make a Mass tonight. The washing of the feet, to me, is deeply, deeply profound, and in these times, when we have so much wealth, and yet have strangers sleeping in the streets or under terror, we need to remember how a Prophet bent down and cared for what we would consider the lowest of the low.
2) Enough preaching. Okay! SOTD is Eau de Soir (from a sample) layered over Aromatics shower gel. It’s chypre perfection, guys!
3) Am listening to Stevie Wonder, and the wonderful Ribbon in the Sky:
We can’t lose with God on our side
We’ll find strength in each tear we cry
From now on it will be you and I
And our ribbon in the sky
Ribbon in the sky
A ribbon in the sky for our love
#1- so beautifully put….thanks for reminding us….
Yay, Stevie Wonder!
Such a beautiful song. Maybe my favorite of his.
Of all of Stevie Wonder’s works (dude is incredible!) that is one of my top 3, along with As and These Three Words.
Love the Eagles so had to pick one of their songs for this week-
Pairing it with Black Flower Mexican Vanilla
Love the Eagles! Great choice!
After reading what you wrote above about your mom I can see where you would have had a lot of exposure to great bands growing up… to me the Eagles are timeless and classic…just like the Moody Blues!
I saw Don Henley 30 years ago in concert at Jones Beach Theatre on Long Island…an outdoor theatre with a clear star filled sky and the sound of the ocean in the background….magically….saw the Moody Blues there as well….equally magical.
I grew up listening to a lot of great music; my musical tastes are wide ranging lol. I saw the Eagles on their 1995 reunion tour. It was my senior year of high school and two of my friends and I drove 6 hours to go see them. It was one of the best nights of my life and still one of my all time favorite concerts! I have a Don Henley song reserved for tomorrow- I love him and even named a cat after him once ha!
Oh wow!!! to everything you said
Looking forward to seeing what song you have picked for tomorrow! I may go with something more contemporary…..
I have a fondness for the Eagles, it was one of my Dad’s favorite bands. He loved it so much and was so artistic, he painted the cover of one of their albums on his motorcycle.
Love will Keep us Alive …and my memories of him will keep him alive
that’s a beautiful memory….
I love when bands can traverse generations…..maybe you can play some Eagles for your little ones in homage to your dad
And also CCR another one of his favorites, the Box Tops, Diana Ross..Pink Floyd..they hear it all. But their favorite is Happy by P. Williams and Yellow Submarine by the Beatles
The Eagles are connected in my mind to my elementary school music class, where our teacher had us sing “Take it Easy” because she was a fan. Thanks for reminding me of that!
SOTD: two spritzes from my new bottle of No. 19 EDP. I have to say, I do get bowled over by the experience of opening a Chanel box – nothing quite like it, for me.
Oh, and thank you for the birthday wishes on Tuesday! I had a busy Tuesday and a busy Wednesday and didn’t get to return to the comments on that post until much later. But the wishes were happily received and much appreciated.
Oh, isn’t it glorious?! I still have my Chanel box from when I purchased Eau Premiere. Nothing like it, indeed!
Yes, I am certainly going to reuse it for something – and will have a lot of fun deciding what.
Yes to the thrill of opening a Chanel box, just like that of a kid opening a present which is probably the most watched video because kids watch it over and over again!
Wearing a recent favorite, Angelique Noire, today, a fragrance that feels simultaneously luxe yet comforting. Blasting the Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” through my earphones.
you smell great!
That’s a song perfect for blasting!
Birds flyin’ high, you know how I feel
Sun in the sky, you know how I feel
Breeze driftin’ on by, you know how I feel
It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for me.
Yeah, it’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for me, ooooooooh…
And I’m feelin’ good.
Perfect Spring day so went with CdG LUXE Champaca which I find very uplifting.
I love that one, Just in Time (the live version) the version of Sinner Man in the Thomas Crown affair (new version)
Such a great song!
SotD = Bois d’Iris (by TDC)
And since half an hour
On my right hand: guilty absolute
On my left hand: grey vetiver
Thanks for that link Robin! Man I love Al Green.
I just love even the picture of the 2 of them laughing! (And it’s a great CD, by the way.)
I know! And watching them together made me so happy – and added to my admiration of Lyle Lovett for making it happen.
Robin — I love The Unicorn Spell and Al Green! Resurfacing today after a lot of converging work deadlines and general life stress. I’m in DSH Dark Moon today — spicy, nutty cocoa that starts off a little Tootsie-Roll-esque but settles into something warm and addictive. A gourmand that doesn’t trigger my faux-vanilla gag reflex — what a pleasure!
I just sampled Dark Moon yesterday and really enoyed it!
Hope the stress will slow down for you! And you smell great.
I hope things calm down, and that the rest of April is much more relaxed.
SOTD is vintage Parfum Sacre edp. This is just one of my favorite classic timeless always perfect rose fragrances! Cheers!
Wearing Dries Van Noten body butter and perfume.
Mmm you smell great!
If wishes were horses, I’d be wearing Onda VdE and listening to this
Alas, I’m at work wearing worn off Vetiver Tonka and being beat over the head with work, work, work.
Blast some Rihanna, show that work who’s boss!
Robin, am totally thrilled that you mentioned the late, great Guy Clark – thank you so much; I’m a huge fan & had the privilege of seeing him a few times over the years here in Scotland (first time in Perth, on a bill with Peter Rowan, Townes van Zandt & John Stewart, the latter two of whom I’m also a huge fan). SOTD for me today has been my now almost finished Bluebell, as I did my weekly volunteer stint in my local Barnardo’s shop today. However, I’m taking my best friend out for dinner tonight, so it’ll be gin & tonics at 7:30, followed by a 3 courser & a bottle of wine, followed by copious quantities of more wine when her husband picks us up & we go back to her house till stupid o’clock tomorrow morning, no doubt! So I now have to decide what to apply after my shower – currently have Rose Green & Rain Cloud Perfumer H samples on the go, as well as Privet Bloom – my decision will be just as important as choosing white, rose, red or fizz for later on this evening…
Then I am totally ashamed to tell you that I did not even know his name until Lyle Lovett covered Anyhow I Love You, which is such a great song. I am jealous that you saw Townes van Zandt in person, I never did.
Have a great evening and from the sound of it, darned good thing her husband is picking you up
Saw TvZ twice, actually, & Guy Clark a few times – can thoroughly recommend Guy, his ‘Dublin Blues’ is one of my favourites of his, along with countless others. On a recent Rich Hall BBC4 documentary about country music, & the difference between Nashville & Austin, Ray Benson of Asleep At The Wheel was one of the ‘talking heads’ asked to name their favourite song – I was so chuffed when he started playing& singing: “I wish I was in Austin in the Chili Parlour Bar drinking Mad Dog margaritas & not caring where you are, but here I sit in Dublin just rolling cigarettes, holding back & choking back the shakes with every breath; forgive me all my anger, forgive me all my faults, there’s no need to forgive me for thinking what I thought; I loved you from the get-go, I’ll love you till I die, I loved you on the Spanish Steps the day you said goodbye”.
I actually popped into said Chilli Parlour Bar on a visit to Austin – just had to see it for myself!
Did indeed have a lovely evening, thank you – got home at 3:30 this morning!
That sounds like a fun night – have a great time!
Thank you – see above response to Robin!
I broke out my Guy Clark on my desktop music player when I saw Robin mention him. Wasn’t he the best?! I love Peter Rowan and Townes too. Jealous of your great experience! Enjoy your evening!
Oops, meant to write this above under Carolyn’s comment!
Thank you so much – see my response to Robin above!
Finally home and back on track, wearing L’Instant Millésime Iris. Unfortunately sitting in a hot crowded government office waiting room with a crazy woman sitting behind me. Sigh.
I’m glad to hear you made it back safely, but very sorry to hear about the waiting room situation. I had to wait for 2 hours at the DMV the other day. It gives you a lot chances to observe people, that’s for sure.
SOTD is Serge Lutens “De Profundis”.
Notes are violet, green notes, soil notes, plum tree, chrysanthemum and incense.
Sadly, when I applied most of my sample this morning, I could not smell a thing. Just tried again at home and I can just about make out green-ness and flowers. I’ll hold back the last drops for another time when my nose is working.
Now, if a day without being able to smell perfume (not even Uncle Serge) fills you with horror, spare a thought for The Other Mister Koenigsberg. He is a tea fanatic with about 70 different teas at home, plus all the paraphernalia you could wish for (teapots, bowls, gaiwans, a samovar…). And for the past the past month, he’s been ‘banned’ from drinking tea by his doctor. So today he is a bit happier because he can drink tea again in moderation. :^)
Tomorrow and Monday are public holidays here and in Germany, so it’s a long weekend for me. Yay! :^D
My brother’s doctors have forbidden him, permanently, to drink tea. Apparently, in his case it leads to excruciating kidney problems. (On the positive side, they told him he could drink beer.)
Enjoy the holiday.
Oh, that’s rough. :^(
Oh, poor TOMK! I’m glad to hear he can slightly enjoy his tea again. What’s that moderation thing people keep mentioning?
sotd = 4711 Eau de Cologne
I’ve taken advantage of a spell of enforced downtime by enjoying the music suggested here this week. All art is connected, as are we.
Watched “What If” with Zoe Kazan (cute), Daniel Radcliffe (also cute), and Adam Driver (very tall). Finished reading China Rich Girl (a great escape) and You or Someone Like You (thoughtful and melancholy and not about perfume).
Bob Dylan happens to be playing in Germany today, not far from Cologne. So now I’ll splash on a bit more 4711, then listen to his “Forever Young” from 1974, way back when I was a wee sprog.
I cannot believe I did no Dylan this week! But presumably I’ve bugged people with Dylan enough. Enjoy your 4711
Amouage Lyric Extrait & NY Philharmonic doing Bernsteins’ “West Side Story Suite”. And waiting (still) for spring!
It has to come eventually, right?
Morning, all. Dakkie and I have been wide awake since 2 a.m., me with a sore tummy, him likewise, maybe. Periodically he gets up and fetches another knitted mouse. He’s not doing anything with them, just stock taking, I think. About half an hour ago, I decided I wasn’t likely to get back to sleep, so I sprayed myself with Bel Respiro and made a pot of tea. Bel Respiro seems to express the very essence of a new day. Even in the centre of the city, there’s a certain stillness that precedes dawn, and the soft shapes and dim colours of Bel Respiro match the cool calm that has settled over the streets.
Dakkie seems better. He’s now eaten a little bit of his own accord, and has made himself a hut on my computer chair. I had left a towel draped over the back of it when he was so sick, and now he sort of wraps himself up in it and goes to sleep, sometimes for hours. Shortly I will be able to ask if the dear man is also feeling better. Here’s hoping that everything chez Waterdragon is returning to its particular version of normal.
Nothing feels better than our own versions of “normal” I very much wish this for you. I hope tonight brings better sleep for you and Dakkie.
Yea to eating! And building huts:)
I’m very glad to hear Dakkie is headed uphill. I hope the three of you can have a peaceful, uneventful weekend full of mice.
Hooray for Dakkie-cat feeling better! Hopefully you all can get a weekend of rest & relaxation in.
Glad Dakkie’s on the mend!
Today I am wearing L’Artisan Eau du Fleuriste to pair with the song Korean Bird Paintings by the Mountain Goats. Here’s a link to the song but you must ignore the image. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lw3ZNvtITfg
…I cleaned out the savings account
blew everything I had on flowers
and I covered up the furniture in carnations
and rolled around for hours…
About 8 ml of Eau du Fleuriste came my way from a lovely NST person (shout if it’s you! my spreadsheet’s at home!) and I have that sad relationship with it that I’m sure many of you are familiar with – it’s become a very precious object because once it’s gone there shall be no more. It’s especially torturous because I think it would be even better if I put on a lot, but I can’t bring myself to waste any! Helas.
two thumbs up
Maroc pour elle. I had other plans, but then saw my Explorer set, which I haven’t broken out in forever. Truly elegant patchouli. Maybe not ideal for a day of grant-writing (shouldn’t i be at a vintage scarf shop or something?) but will keep me cozy all day.
Yes, that’s exactly where you should be! But good luck with the grant writing.
I heard back from Essenza-Nobile about my order that was sent to the Czech Republic. They acknowleged that yes, they mis-sent it, and said, “We have a special courier and he can send to your country in 7-8 days. You will receive a new tracking number within the next few days.” At this point I’m not even sure it’s my order. I hope so.
So I am feeling like prayers to the perfume gods are due. To that end, I’m wearing La Liturgie des Heures and today’s song is Crosby, Stills, and Nash “Cathedral.”
If it’s not your order, I hope it’s a super giant free order:)
Hello hello all! Just got back from a magnificent two-week trip to Australia! We’ve been home for about an hour, and already the I-need-to-find-a-job panic is settling back in. Hooray.
I’m sitting pretty in some Fleur de Chine this morning, courtesy of a kind NSTer during the swapmeet. After two weeks of super-light fragrances only (it was blisteringly hot for most of the trip, so I only brought Safran Troublant, Epice Marine, Eau de Rhubarbe Ecarlate, and Eau de Mandarine Ambrée), it’s nice to put on something with a bit more weight and comfort.
Now we will try to stay awake until at least 20:00 in order to reintegrate in the Californian time zone. Wish me luck! *yawwwwn*
Good luck and welcome home!
Save the panic for a few days, and rest!
Haha, it’s true that I need a rest after my vacation. Vacations can be exhausting!
Good luck! You will soon have more smellies to smell.
Ooooh excellent! I’m so looking forward to that package That reminds me, time to make a donation.
Reveling in vintage LeDix (thank you & miss you AnnE!). Pondering the graciousness and compassion of the NST community.
Courtesy of the soulful Bill Withers-
You just call on me brother, when you need a hand
We all need somebody to lean on
I just might have a problem that you’ll understand
We all need somebody to lean on
vintage LeDix….glorious….hard to believe that it used to sell for a song in the discount stores I would frequent…..
Oh, yay for Bill Withers.
Thanks for the shout-out, Laura, and glad you’re enjoying Le Dix! I’m still around. Mostly lurking these days, since I never seem to get around to reading NST til after most folks are tucked in for the night.
If you try to knock me, you’ll get mocked
I’ll stir fry you in my wok
Your knees’ll start shakin’ and your fingers pop
Like a pinch on the neck from Mr. Spock
‘Intergalactic’, Beastie Boys, 1998. Paired with Bvlgari Black, funky and awesome, 1998.
Oh, man, good job.
Thanks, you guys! I’ve been bustin’ Beastie Boys rhymes in my head all day. I hope I got at least one person out there dancing.
Plus, I’ll take any excuse to watch the video.
I’ve realised that I don’t really connect perfume with music – definitely colour, weather and mood but I can’t think of a music link. But back in the day (over 20 years ago – yikes!!), I wore Cabochard to practically every noisy, boozy party I went to, so I’m reliving my glory days as I do the Saturday morning housework. I’ve got just a little left in the bottle that must be well over 20 years old, and it still smell good.
I don’t associate perfume with music either, except in the way that you mentioned. Wearing Misia today and can’t think of a single musical connection.
If there were more days in this week, I’d be pairing Cabochard with my karaoke signature song, Bruce Springsteen’s Thunder Road – bitter, tough and tender.
SOTD = Heure Exquise EdP, a sample from a lovely and generous NSTer. This one is not easy to parse, but so far, it has a family resemblance to No. 19 and Kelly Caleche, IMO. It also seems like it would be a perfect scent for Easter.
I’m wearing Hiris (and have been for the last 2 days). My song pairing is “Blue” by The Jayhawks.
Videos made in the mid 90s were weird. Yet at the time, they seemed so normal.
YES on the videos!
Feeling sultry in Stella (McCartney) today. I can faintly hear jazz music, but am unable to make out the tune over Marlon Brando yelling in the alleyway…
I’m wearing April Aromatics Bohemian Spice from a swap with the lovely hajusuuri. It’s really nice and reminds me of something else that I haven’t figured out yet. I’ll pair it with Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody” because of the obvious, and really, everything goes with that song.
Everything goes with that song, indeed! Just look at these cool kids:
I thought I remembered Pentatonix doing ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ back when they were on “The Sing-Off”, but it was the Dartmouth Aires. Same season, though, so I was sorta right. That show was so much fun.
You smell wonderful!
SOTD is AG Mandragore
Hi, scent cousin!
SOTD = Guerlain Neroli Outrenoir 10x
Lovely! This is a year-round fragrance, in my opinion.
I ended up going to the Superstitious launch at the Greenwich Avenue boutique. Crowded, got a sniff of it on paper, very soapy and worth a travel spray. I spent the majority of the time at the boutique’s backyard which was less crowded. I enjoyed conversing with “N”.
My commutes to and from the boutique were just as interesting, from a fishy-smelling woman, to her story-teller friend whose boyfriend makes less money than her but enjoys his and hers facials and pedicures which she pays for, to a group of 4 friends who sat 3 to 6 rows apart and spent their entire journey (thankfully shorter than mine) speaking to each other as if they had the entire train to themselves.
It’s my Friday so I am looking forward to a long weekend (and boo hiss, I have to spend part of it catching up on work).