Happy Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day! Also happy Tuesday, and if you're in the US, happy off-year Election Day. What fragrance are you wearing?
It's going to be cold here today and I'm sure I'll change my fragrance before the day is through, but at the moment I'm wearing Balenciaga Paris L'Eau Rose for Sarah McLachlan covering the Tom Waits song Ol '55, from The Freedom Sessions, 1994. (I like the Tom Waits version better, though. Some of you may remember The Eagles did a version back in the 70s.) Tea at the moment is cold-brew coffee.
Reminder: 11/10 will Playlist Friday...name a favorite song, and wear a perfume that fits the song. (Yes, I loved this project so much, we're doing it again. If you want to see the first one, it's here.)
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.
Note: the Piano Teapot is £79.99 at Owl Barn Gifts: "This is the teapot that’s always in tune with the tastes of music lovers.The highly detailed, carefully hand-painted collectable with golden highlights is a huge favourite amongst customers and the old-style telephone, wedding photo frame and music book on the lid add homely finishing touches. Like all our hand made teapots, it is of course fully functional (for pouring tea, that is - not for playing!)."
The Piano Teapot is adorable. A lemming for sure!
Wearing Cafe Tuberosa from a sample. I loved the wonderful coffee blast opening, but the drydown even though is really nice, it is quite masculine for my taste. I might be wrong since this is the first time I am trying it. I will wear it a couple of more times to see if it works for me, or I finally stop thinking about getting the 10ml size from Sephora. I am grateful this was not a full bottle blind buy as I was planning to a couple of weeks ago.
I found the drydown to be really odd on me, so I took it off my list – loved the opening, though!
Money saved, I guess!
The drydown is great on me, not specifically tuberose to my nose but nice floral blend. Just bought a FB.
Lucky you! I will finish the sample and let’s see, but so far not so excited about it
Annie Lennox Precious and Oscar by Oscar de la Renta
Trying out a new foundation sample by Dr Haushka
Feeling much better today and made a matcha ???? soy latte
Annie and Oscar are fabulous. You smell great. Glad you’re feeling better.
Thank you. Annie Lennox is one of those “rare” true artists IMHO
Yesterday while the babies napped I grabbed my cat for a quick cuddle and some tea and rested. Baby snuggles, pet snuggles and tea can cure any ailment.
Yep, children are the best snuggles, along with wine and chocolate, if possible!
Sounds cozy and glad you’re feeling better!
Nice to hear that you are feeling better after yesterday’s yuck.
I am absolutely thrilled to go vote YES today on a local bond referendum for a new middle school. Time we moved this county into the 21st century!
Bookworm starts her new job today.
My vintage (1999) Hermes 24, Faubourg edt ebay purchase (prompted by recent posts on Kafkaesque, which is unusual because she’s usually reviewing some spendy esoteric weird super-indie niche frags) showed up yesterday, and I’m wearing it. It’s lovely, and miles away from the thin lab-created bouquet of the current version. Reminds me to some degree — in spirit if not actual smell — of my old beloved Karl Lagerfeld Chloe, which I can no longer wear because a) it’s been ruined and b) it now has too much emotional association with Disaster Drama from my teens/early 20s. This was a win.
enjoy your new purchase
Fingers crossed for your bond referendum. And good luck to Bookworm!
I am so hopeful that it will pass. Bookworm says thank you!
Thank you for voting to invest in your local public school. Our community passed a huge bond issue to renovate the high school and 2 middle schools a few years ago. The renovated high school was opened this fall and my daughter is a student there. It is gorgeous! But more important is the message of support and commitment to education that it communicates.
Absolutely!! Education is vital, and never more so than when you live in a community already disadvantaged by comparison with its surrounding localities. People have been pulling their children out of our dilapidated middle schools and paying tuition to send them to schools in the surrounding counties. The high school has been renovated and technologically up to date, and the course offerings are comparable to other schools’ in the region. The elementary schools are new or recently renovated. But the middle schools should have been replaced 20 years ago, and weren’t, due to a cost-saving, “Those schools were good enough for me 60 years ago” mentality. It is past time for a solution.
I’m so proud to hear that your newly renovated schools are successful!
Nice! I remember taking home a sample from Sephora may years ago now and it leaked. Theolder formula was potent and opulent. I get ejat you mean by the current being thin by comparison. Enjoy your find!
Best of luck for Bookworm’s first day! Hope it goes well for her.
I’m in vintage Balenciaga Le Dix, so house cousins with you, Robin. I’m at a loss for a play list selection though. I thought of Bolero, for its association with that dreadful-yet-funny movie “10”, or Rock Around the Clock because “Dix” makes me think of a roman-numeral 10, but neither of those songs evokes the grace and elegance of Le Dix. Did Beethoven do a Tenth Symphony? (Clearly NOT a music nerd here.)
Beethoven’s 10th symphony was unfinished. There must be a fragrance that feels unfinished, or that was completed after the original perfumer passed away.
I’m wearing a sample of Ambre Russe, Parfum d’empire and relieved that I don’t need to add it to my Full Bottle list, which is relatively short, but still much longer than my means! My favourite ambers are still Ambre Des Merveilles, which I own, and Ambre Sultan, which I really hope to get my mits on soon.
Those are my two favorite ambers as well!
Ambre Sultan – 20% off at Beauty Habit!!
Psst–$58 on fragrancenet with coupon! I’ve had good luck with the SLs from fragrancenet. If I didn’t already have all the ambers I could need (including a mini of Ambre Sultan), I would be sorely tempted.
Wearing a sample of the office-safe TDC Kashan Rose. Bright, fresh, citrusy, pink rose. Kind of youthful and feminine= No Doubt I’m Just a Girl.
Love the teapot and I have an 80% cocoa bar with salt, almonds, and cacao nibs + a Taza stone ground dark chocolate with chipotke chili waiting for me at home to celebrate bittersweet chocolate day ????
Love the pairing!
I just ate my Taza ground with coffee, it was quite delicious.
I woke up with the Rolling Stones “Waiting on a Friend” running through my head.
Wearing Amouage Bracken Woman – the fernlike notes remind me of playing hide and go seek with friends when I was quite young.
Also, how does Keith Richards look the same now as he did way back then?
You smell great! Keith Richards looked a “mess” then, so aging hasn’t made such a difference. Sorry to be harsh.
Sadly I think that’s about right.
Bracken is so nice.
Commando at the moment. Wondering how I’m going to deal with the cats’ penchant for open windows in my home office and the cooler weather. We are all heading toward older age, and becoming more clear about what we want, and stuff we won’t tolerate. That’s a good thing, mostly, except when it comes to open windows in winter. The furballs tend to win out in most battles, since they have innately greater clarity, focus, and perseverance.
You’ll know you’ve lost the battle when you find yourself sitting at your desk wearing a down jacket, beanie and fingerless mitts
You get me.
I’m in Cuir Cannage for the first time. It is supposed to smell like the inside of a leather handbag. I liked the initial blast, but I’ll have to see about the drydown. My favorite scent intended to smell like the inside of a leather handbag was a special edition from Smell Bent, called Fashiony. It has been discontinued for a couple of years.
Cuir Cannage is lovely. I never got hold of any Fashiony to compare.
I layer Cuir Cannage over orange blossom body cream. Yum.
SSS Champagne de Bois today. It’s my day off so I usually try to test a few things but this lasts so long I might not get a chance!
I am really curious to try a few scents from this line. Their website says they’re not selling anything right now as they recover from the wildfires, so I’ll have to wait. How are you liking CdB?
I love CdB. Sparkly at the top, lots of sandalwood, a little bit of spice. Laurie will reopen the store around November 16.
I was wondering about that — I think she had to evacuate due to the fires, right?
Yes – she had to go to her brother’s home for maybe a week? Her place was spared but lots of devastation in the area.
Line twins! I’m in SSS Wood Violet. Major violet cravings lately. Sadly my older bottle of Voile de Violette is going off.
Wood Violet is high on my list of bottles to buy. My little spray sample is almost empty. I love the smaller bottles, gives me a fighting chance at actually using them before they go off.
Mine was one of the small ones, and I almost got through it! But I think there is something in that one that’s more volatile. Other SSS scents I got around the same time smell as good as ever.
Violet cravings twin here. Wood Violet and Voile de Violette are the ones I most want to try from the line. Do you have a favorite?
They are quite similar but I think VdV is a little brighter and greener!
I prefer the wood violet personally due to the greenness of the VdV but I love them both.
That teapot is darling! Also, happy birthday to Joni Mitchell.
Leftover dregs of sycamore on robe pre shower.
Went to kickboxing class last night- wow my arms are kinda useless today. But glad I went.
Pulled the trigger on Cuir de Russie last night.
Enabler pin goes to Springpansy!
the EDP or the EDT? Enjoy your purchase
EDT although I dithered for a bit.
Such a great choice!!!!
Oh yay! *Patting my new pin proudly.*
So glad you liked it. What did you think of the Mosaic?
I thought the Mosaic was pretty but nothing really there after 30 minutes.
Went for the big guns:) thanks!!
Woo hoo! Where did you find the EdT?
on the Chanel website. They ship for free over 50 dollars.
I live near a Chanel Boutique but that whole mall is too dangerous to go in.
I can only find the EdP on the website. Did they hide the EdT somewhere? Or maybe I’m too late…
Oh, I should have done a Joni Mitchell song!
Love the piano teapot! Today I’m wearing Terry de Gunzberg’s Omber Mercure. It is cold here today and I am not liking it one bit.
You smell wonderful. Stay warm! Ombre Mercure is a perfect cashmere sweater scent.
They say it’s your birthday
Well it’s my birthday too, yeah
They say it’s your birthday
We’re gonna have a good time
I’m glad it’s your birthday
Happy birthday to… me!
Birthday SOTD is SL L’Incendiaire. Smokin!
Is it your birthday ?
Enjoy your Smok’in Day
Happy Birthday! Love that song. Enjoy!!
Happy Birthday Pixel! Many more to come!
Awesome and happy birthday!
Happy birthday, pixel! Have a great day!
Happy Birthday Pixel…enjoy your special day and spray on a couple of extra spritzes of your favorite perfume!
Woo hoo! Happy birthday Pixel. Sing it out!
Happy Birthday Lady Pixel!
Have a really wonderful birthday!
Woo hoo! Happy Birthday!
Have a wonderful day with whatever/whomever suits you, Pixel!
Happy Birthday, Pixel!
Happy BD! You smell hot.
Happy rock & roll Birthday, Pixel!
Smokin’ hot. I bought a bottle at a good discount.
I don’t like the cold weather but I do like the fragrance I’m wearing.
But what are you wearing?!
Oops! Saw your above post just now.
I was wondering which was which.
Black Perfecto today.
I wore that baby over the weekend and I really enjoy it.
Black Perfecto would be a great rock song pairing. Maybe by a fierce female artist!
Not quite dark enough for Dead Can Dance’s De Profundis (out of the depths of sorrow) with otherwordly vocals by cheerful Aussie Lisa Gerrard, but satisflyingly moody.
Love Dead Can Dance!
I love love love Lisa Gerrard.
She helped me through a divorce at highest volume possible in my car on the freeway.
Think I’ll pull out a CD for later.
Good one! I haven’t listened to them in a long time.
Awww yessss dead can dance!
Wearing the remainder of BK Amber Oud today – woke up with the loveliest fragrance wafting very softly from my arm – spicy cedary vanilla. And, given the price (wow!), I’m going to match it with another Tom Waits favorite of mine, I Hope That I Don’t Fall in Love with You.
Definitely adding Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds to my shopping list today. I can’t not, right?
I should add it was the remainder of a SAMPLE.
I don’t love amber and I don’t love oud, but BK Amber Oud was sure a pleasure for me, too. Such a silky smell! I went through a sample like THAT and decided not to pursue any more.
I could say ditto to all of the above – maybe he should have named it something else. Anyway, pretty gorgeous.
SOTD is by Kilian Love and Tears. It’s not my favorite Kilian, but on some days (like today) I just want jasmine, and this scent is all about it. Hits the spot, scratches and itch etc.
Glad it is scratching that itch
SotD = Infusion d’Iris edt
Let’s start at the very beginning,
A very good place to start.
When you read you begin with A, B, C.
When you sing you begin with Do, Re, Mi.
I’ll pair this one with Maria singing Do Re Mi in the Sound of Music. Happiness, pure and simple.
Love the pairing!
Wearing Jacques Zolty Van-ile. I’ll pair it with The Beatles “My Sweet Love”. It’s pretty and innocently romantic-not a cloying vanilla.
I have to empty my perfume cabinet because of floor work and painting. I was only going to leave out a few things, but I’m having trouble deciding on what I’ll need through the spring. I’m also digging out perfumes I haven’t worn enough. It’s been much easier to decide on the fate of almost everything else- even family heirlooms.
SOTD is Mohur EdP. Musical accompaniment is Norwegian Wood by the Beatles – a mixture of Indian instruments, western melody, Bohemian culture, and romance.
agree lovestosmell good.
I can’t listen to it anymore, too bittersweet, but I still have the original vinyl album.
I don’t have a song, but I’m so happy the temps have dropped! I’m being cozy in a red t-shirt with black, white, grey flannel shirt over it. Cheers to flannel!
The cozy scent is Angel Muse. Maybe I’ll put on The Lark Ascending (Hilary Hahn on violin)…it’s my calming and cozy song.
You smell wonderful in Angel Muse!
Another flannel fanatic here! Flannel shirt and jeans could be my daily uniform.
Wearing Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense as Soldier of Love by Sade plays in the background.
PS. I love almonds
Sade! you are after my own heart
I love her music
We found one more love in common. I wonder what hajusuuri thinks about Sade
I saw Sade in concert srveral years ago. She was awesome…
her singing is quite mesmerizing, isn’t it?
She was amazing!
SOTD: Bottega Veneta
Has anyone tried the new Bottega Veneta Eau de Velours?
Now drinking: Mariage Fereres’ Marco Polo
I did. A rosy patchouli was my first impression. It’s quite similar to first BV, but with a rose twist
Sound like something I will enjoy!
I tried it also last week at Nordstrom. very rosy/ flowery to me and even more so an hour in.
Hope the same rosy development will happen on my skin
Yes, I loved it and bought it. Rosy patchouli over the original BV base.
If I needed another object to dust, I would buy that teapot.
SOTD is Beloved. No real song association beyond some gorgeous classical piece of music, like Pachelbel’s Canon.
Mmmmm… You smell wonderful.
Love that first sentence. ????????
???? I am at a point in my life where less is more. I think about the effort to maintain each item before bringing home any new chachkis.
Snow on the hills this morning but the rain will wash it away before too long. FM Superstitious on my left wrist ( thanks Gaynor!) It’s not very Stevie Wonder but I’m so glad I got to try it. To me it’s lacking a bit of energy…if it was a person she would be slumped on a velvet daybed,, staring into space, a glass of flat champagne in hand…but I like the faint soapiness.
I went searching for books about the Russian revolution in the library yesterday but the only ones I could find were 800 pages long so I came home with a Vanity Fair magazine instead. Must try harder!
Have you read The Family Romanov by Candace Fleming? It is written for young adults, so it’s very accessible. Not super in-depth but a solid overview. Does a nice job telling the story from multiple sides. It focuses more heavily on the Romanov family, obviously. Lots of great photos. I really liked it.
Did you see Victoria’s recent recommendations on Bois de Jasmin?
Wow, that is quite a list. The only one I’ve read is Dr Zhivago. I looked at the Orlando Figes and thought they looked difficult to read in bed…ha ha, I am so lazy…800 plus pages.
Thought of you today, there is a post on Australian Perfume Junkies blog about a new Australian perfume from Courtesy of the Artist with a boronia note. As for the Russian Revolution, you could rent the video of the movie Reds with Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson. Perfectly lazy and entertaining.
I found a bottle of ‘Russian Jack’ wine in the supermarket last night …pretty revolutionary and we watched a 1959 Soviet film called Ballad of a Soldier which was beautifully shot in B&W and grim.
I thought about you in the wee hours of the morning when I stumbled upon this
I seemed to remember that you were looking for a fragrance with gorse? Or was I just imagining that?
this company has some really intriguing fragrances and the prices are decent and the sizes are small!
Thanks so much – yes to any gorse or broom tips. Thank you.
I’m wearing Stash today. Haven’t worn it in a while and have been inspired by Coin-op wearing it lately.
I forgot how much I like it. Something in it, though, reminds me of how my dad used to smell in the 80s when I was little (the cedar? patchouli?). Thus, I’m pairing it with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s Teach Your Children. <3
I wore Stash yesterday, it really is wonderful, I smelt caramel in it, it is a really cozy scent for the cold weather.
Ha! I love your pairing. Our dads must be cut from the same cloth.
Love that pairing. Great song.
Still going strong on my sample-using mission. Wearing Quilombo today. I smell like caramel popcorn.
Well then you smell wonderful!
Yummy! Never heard of that scent.
I’ve had a long morning of testing for my daughter. I wore No. 19, in case I had to deal with any unpleasant people. I didn’t, thank goodness. Matching my perfume with Stone Cold by Rainbow.
Glad there were no unpleasant people. You smell great.
Thanks, I was very relieved that the testing person turned out to be nice.
Great song to go with No. 19!
Thanks, I wasn’t sure if anyone would remember it. I just love Rainbow.
“Stone Cold” is one of Rainbow’s best, IMO. I got into them after hearing Dio back in the ’80’s.
Your song choice, Robin, makes me want to try that perfume more than anything else could. Haunting.
I find the Tom Waits version haunting and the SM version less so? Either way, Eau Rose is not haunting, to me, it’s just a decent flanker.
But will add — I do like that SM supposedly just dashed that off while drinking wine w/ her crew, without even meaning to record it. That is just what the song calls for.
I’m wearing Dune today. For some reason when I thought about it, I thought it would go with something instrumental like Red Sparowes or Explosions in the Sky, but a particular Red Sparowes song kept sticking in my head. I had to look up the title because their titles are crazy long and I can never remember them, but the song is called “Alone and Unaware, the Landscape was Transformed In Front of Our Eyes.”
That seems like a perfect match — I don’t know much about “post-rock” so that was interesting, thanks for the link!
Yay for Tom Waits!
Scent of the Day:
Vitrum, by Sammarco, vetiver and rose
Song t match it:
Where the wild roses grow
by Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue
These two artists are almost opposites of each other in the pop/rock music spectrum. But I dig them both
I saw Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds live once, he and his band are really amazing and in my top 5 of live performances!
I would not run or pay to see Kylie live, but I really enjoy her carefree catchy pop songs once in a while! “I’m spinning around, move out of my way..”
Great pairing! I always wondered about that pairing for that song, but they sing well together. Love Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. I’ve seen them several times live and they do a great show. No More Shall We Part is up there in my favorite albums ever.
And your SOTD sounds nice. Haven’t tried any from that line.
“No more shall”..is a beauty!
That documentary ‘One more time with feeling’ is on my to watch list (about recording the album Skeleton tree, after tragic death of his son
Have you seen it?
Sammarco is worth checking out. Alter (a warm balsamic jasmine, too bad longevity is poor) and Bond T (cacao/chocolate and patchpuli) are also very good imho.
Havent tried the other ones yet…
Have never seen Nick Cave, wish I had. And have never heard the song…off to listen.
This is my favorite song! I thought of paring it with La Fille de Berline on Friday. Now I’ll have to come up with something else!
Oh thats a great match as well!
Dont think there is a rule you cannot mention a song twice
The whole Murder ballads album is great. When you watch the video of Henry Lee you can almost watch Nick Cave and PJ Harvey fall in love…(but it wasnt meant to last).
Wearing I Miss Violet and pairing it with Blind Melon “No Rain.” I tried to think of a song that reminds me of fields or bucolic scenes for the violet, and this song popped in my head. It’s probably due to the music video with the bee-costumed girl and band hanging out and dancing around in a field.
Wow, perfect pairing!
Great song choice.
Awesome video, for sure.
SOTD is Hermes Vetiver Tonka.
Friday’s project sounds great- can’t wait to see what everyone picks✌????
I woke up up to a clear morning after some wild weather during the night. I feel like something classic, so will be going with Vol de Nuit edt.
SOTD is Reminiscence Ambre. I’m taking a quick trip to Macy’s on lunch after my three mile walk.
I started up a nice conversation with a sales associate at the Clinique counter – she wasn’t familiar with Wrappings so I’m bringing her a lovely sized decant to try.
That’s so nice of you!
Love that. Providing an SA with a decant. Very kind.
SOTD: Patou Pour Homme Prive. My decant is almost finished, this is such a great scent…
Don’t have a corresponding song in my head, but I’m listening to classical music on the local college radio station.
SOTD: Mx by Eris. It sits somewhere between Musc Ravageur and Dres van Nolten. A FB in my future
Ooh, that sounds very appealing! Must sample Mx.
Interesting…I wondered about that one.
Trying out Parfums Quartana Wolfsbane today! It reminds me of popcorn balls? However, it does not claim to be a gourmand. It’s nice, but I keep wondering, “where is the popcorn?” And then, of course, there isn’t any.
Yes, funny when that happens. I haven’t tried Wolfsbane, but I’ve had a similar experience with other fragrances.
Now I think it smells like cola, but I don’t know if that’s just the popcorn association talking.
Gardenia-heavy fragrances are usually my “this isn’t food but smells like food” scents. I haven’t had the experience with something like Wolfsbane before, that I recall.
Good, bad, or just weird?
I think it’s well-made, but I’m not sure I want to wear it. Like many of the other scents in the Dry Down sample set, it’s kind of literal for my tastes.
Hear ya. Not often I eant to smell like a popcorn ball. I like the Quartanas. They’re all very vivid and a bit psychedelic. I bought the most wearable one (Hemlock).
I want that teapot way worse than the Wicked Witch of the West!
SOTD is Ambre Sultan, perfect for gray, misty weather.
The two together are the making of a collection, ha…
JM Nectarine Blossom and Honey, for a quiet day at home.
delicious! I would not have thought to wear that in cooler weather but I bet it works!
Hope you are feeling much better!
Not a lot unfortunately. Getting better but veeerrryy slowly, this is one of the worst bugs I’ve had.
I am wearing MKK today, paired with Nina Simone singing, “I Put a Spell on You” because that’s what MKK did to me.
what a day! and it is freezing! Combo of Phlur Hepcat and Moab which is a real treat with this cold weather. My brain is fried so i cannot think of a song to go with it…you folks can help me out
Freezing, and pouring rain, and I have to go out to vote and I don’t even want to leave the house. Grump.
How about the Stray Cats “Stray cat strut”?
I’m wearing Heure Exquise which is mixed with some Panthère and some Amouage Gold that got on my scarf. It’s not a bad combo, although I can’t think of a song that would fit this blend.
Sounds like the second movement of Beethoven’s Emperor: beautiful, rich and lingering
That would be a wonderful pairing!
Well, in addition to voting today, I have also indulged in some bittersweet chocolate with almonds, thanks to some leftover Halloween candy. So far, so good.
SOTD = 28 La Pausa EdT, from a decant a lovely NSTer sent me. It’s about half gone now.
Song of the day = “November Rain” by Guns N Roses. The lyric “Nothing lasts forever, not even cold November rain” can also apply to 28 La Pausa.
Perfect! Now if the rain would just stop lasting forever
Yeah, it’s yukky. I just keep telling myself that I don’t have to shovel it…
The only time I hate rain more than snow, is when it’s 32 degrees.
Underspritzed some DC Oriental Lounge, so nice while it lasted…
Love the cooler temps. Love the piano teapot!
SOTD = Carner Barcelona D600
The combo of iris, nutty vetiver and vanilla makes this an outstanding fragrance! Prior to about 2 years ago, I neglected D600 because of the name which reminded me of the versatile WD 40 even though dearest Lucas waxed poetic about D600 from the get go.
So, for a throwback to 70s advertising, I present:
Ha! That was pretty cool.
Robin, there doesn’t seem to be any link where you say we can find more on the previous Playlist project “here”–nothing to click on. I’d like to see it so I could get more of an idea of what people did for it. Thank you.
SO sorry — just fixed!!