We're celebrating the weekend (and Twelfth Night + National Bird Day) with the "visual media" version of our winter reading poll. Tell us...
...any great tv shows you've discovered recently, and/or
...any great movies you've seen lately, and
...of course, tell us the matching perfume(s)!
Or, as always, just talk about something else.
Note: top image is Bronceado [cropped] by Cesar Hugo STORERO at flickr; some rights reserved.
Happy first weekend of 2019!
Last time I went to the cinema it was to see “Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald” which I loved watching. I think Puredistance M or Parfum d’Empire Eau de Gloire would match it. But Newt Scamander would totally rock Jasmin Angelique from Atelier Cologne.
I’m in Oud Palao today.
Glad to hear you liked it. I haven’t seen it and may have missed it in theaters…
Surely you’ll be able to see it soon
That’s a perfect fragrance for Newt. I could also see (smell) him in an herbal rose frag like Anonym or a Vetiver.
You smell grand!
I thought he would wear something green. But herbal or hay would work too.
Yes indeed. Maybe a little Immortelle. Afternoon of a Faun might suit him.
Holy cow! I’m the one of the first commenters? That’s weird. I loved a movie called “Happy as Lazzaro” The main character just really moved me. A pure soul. And the movie takes the form of a fable. That’s all I’m going to say except see it if you like that kind of a movie. I think I would pair the perfume Mehares with it.
Another film I loved is called Border. It’s about a customs officer in Norway who can smell if someone is bringing in anything illegal. She also looks super odd. One day a guy comes through who looks like her… And that’s all I’m going to say about it except don’t bring young children. It’s not violent particularly but the imagery might be a bit much for them. I would definitely pair Chypre Mousse with this one.
Today I have a bad cold so kind of hanging out on my infrared heating pad (biomat). No perfume so far.. maybe just a little sandalwood oil. Planning to go out later to get some ginger, lemons and honey for a hot beverage.
Happy weekend everyone!
Awww. Feel better soon!
Hope you get better soon!
Hoping your home brew has you back at 100% soon! ?
Hope you feel better very soon!
The trailer for Happy as Lazzaro looks promising; I have the movie in my queue now. Thanks for the recommendation, and feel better soon!
I hope you recover quickly!
Feel better soon Sajini!
Aw thanks everyone. I had a rough night but did sleep a little in intervals.
The only thing I can faintly smell is the hot ginger lemon honey I’m drinking.
Border sounds really interesting! Thanks for the rec, and hope you feel better.
We saw Mary Poppins Returns a few days ago, and I loved it. I’m trying to decide what perfume would go with it. Any suggestions? Something to suit both the 1930s setting and the lighthearted, anything-is-possible fantasy elements.
My latest perfume purchase arrived yesterday–a blind impulse purchase from Lucky Scent’s sale offerings–a 9 mL perfume oil rollerball of Cinnamon Projects 11 PM Accord. I had never even heard of this brand, but the notes sounded good, and the price ($40) seemed reasonable. The notes are listed as amber, clove, carnation, and patchouli, and this seems about right. I was concerned that it might be too much clove, as is the case with most contemporary “carnation” perfumes, but it is not. It is just really warm, smooth, and very nice, almost a skin scent.
I also got three samples in my order, and tested them our briefly yesterday evening. My reviews:
Hiram Green Slowdive–Honey, honey, honey, and honey. And more honey. I didn’t get any of the urinous notes that honey fragrances often purportedly have. Everything else was subordinate to the honey, and I don’t think I detected much development over the several hours that I sniffed this. I’m not sure I want to smell like this, but I am impressed that a perfume can smell so convincingly like honey without veering off course.
Hiram Green Shangri La–Fruity chypre, much smoother than the bottle of Mitsouko that I bought (and gave away) about 10 years ago. At first I liked it and was wondering if I ought to get a travel size before it disappears forever, but after an hour or two it was irritating me. I think I just don’t like fruity chypres.
Diptyque Tempo–Patchouli with all the rough edges polished smooth. Love this one! I don’t need another bottle of perfume, and I was rather reckless last quarter, so I really can’t justify buying this for myself, but if I buy it for my husband, then it doesn’t count, does it? His birthday is next month. Besides, he is a musician, so a perfume named Tempo seems appropriate.
Haha yes! Definitely get the Tempo for your musician husband.
Getting a musician a perfume called Tempo does seem perfect
Perhaps you really do get honey from Slowdive, but after several wears, I realized that I don’t–I get beeswax. The scents are obviously very similar, but beeswax is a little less sweet and, uh, crystalline? Less…crunchy? Not sure how to explain it, but the scent of honey has a different texture to my mind than the creamier scent of beeswax. Anyway, for me, that’s why Slowdive totally avoids the urinous notes. I want to smell like that a lot, and I hope that by the time I finish my deant, I’ll be off my no-buy and will able to get myself a bottle of the stuff
I want to see that movie!
I think I’m going to get the Tempo. If I get if from Lucky Scent, I can choose 4 free samples, and I am in a bit of a quandary. It seems I am constantly reading about perfumes that sound nice and make me think I ought to sniff them, but when it comes time to select free samples, I can’t remember what they are!
Get a mini pocket notepad just for perfume ideas and write them down. It helps to remember things you want to try as well as becoming a sort of perfume diary over time. You can look back over your interests, obsessions and olifactory development.
I have a spreadsheet in which I keep track of reviews of things I have tried, things I have swapped away, what I swapped for, purchases, etc. I just need to remember to keep a “to try” list. It is really silly, because usually when something comes up, I am sitting at my computer and all I would need to do is make an entry in my spreadsheet.
Copy & paste the descriptions into your notes file on your phone or tablet/laptop.
That way you have them handy when the time comes!
I was very interested to read your comments on Shangri La, which I tried last night. Like you, I loved the first hour or two, but it changed quite dramatically, and turned sweet and flat. I was quite disappointed.
Oooooo – thanks for the reviews. I love when people do that, so fun. And yes, Tempo for a musician – thumbs up!
I approve the birthday purchase of Tempo for your husband.
How funny, I found the new Mary Poppins movie bleak. But I am willing to concede that it could be very optimistic, but my experience of it was overshadowed by all the family drama happening at the time. (And by the fact that part of it terrified my 5-year old niece.)
I totally think you should buy Tempo for your husband.
I keep my to try list on my phone in the “reminders” app. It’s with me if I’m in a store, takes only seconds to add something if I’m interested in it, and I can keep track of which ones I’ve tried.
If you’re referring to the part I think you mean, yeah, I can see how that would be a little intense for a 5-year old. There were some darker themes in the film (at least, darker than in the original), but there have been many family-oriented films in the past that dealt with much worse. I guess for me, knowing that it’s Disney–and it’s Mary Poppins–there was no doubt that it would all work out in the end, probably at the last possible moment, and there would be a happy ending. I loved the music and thought the choreography was wonderful. The scene where they went for a carriage ride, with the live action integrated into hand-drawn 2D animation, blew me away.
We saw it with our kids and the two grannies. Kids and I hated it, but my sons also think the original Jungle Book is far superior to the new CGI version. I thought the new Mary Poppins is TOO BUSY. Made me feel nauseous. No charm to the characters. Meryl Streep did a good job though and the grannies liked it.
Getting a scent named Tempo for a musician sounds like a fantastic idea!
When I read that Aftelier was releasing a scent called Alchemy, I HAD to blind buy it, since I am a chemist. Fortunately, I really like it–so much, in fact, that I bought a BUB.
Your description of Tempo sounds so interesting. Need to sniff it.
Hello, friends! I smell great in JM Ginger Biscuit. I’d thoroughly enjoy a decant or travel spray of this if one were to fall into my lap, but it will not go on my FB list.
TV show: I’m behind the times, but the Good Place is the BEST show I’ve seen in years!!!! It’s funny and clever and quick and touching. (Perfume: HG Slowdive. Happy and beautiful on the surface, but with a complex, dark undercurrent.) I’m also greatly enjoying Brooklyn 99, which is very funny. (Perfume: CDG Pharell Williams GIRL. Kind of silly and surprisingly substantial.)
Movies: Hardly new, but there’s a movie called Butter that’s exactly the right amount of quirky to make it one of my favorite movies of all time. Not many people have heard of it, so this seems like the right place to give it a shout-out. (Perfume: LUSH Cardamom Coffee. Sweet and thought-provoking.)
My kittens are being terribly snuggly today. My baby girl, Mischief, gently brushed her whiskers against my arm at 7 am, and stayed with me under the covers until 8 am, at which point I had to kick her out because my bladder was about to explode. Now, she’s curled up and purring on my lap as I type this. What a little girl.
Aw sweet kitties!
They have Butter at the library here so I will watch it after your recommendation.
BTW I’m finding that Diptyque Fleur de Peau smells just like kitten fur.
Oh gosh really?? I need to go see out a sample then! (I should add that my cats aren’t actually kittens. They’re 10 years old. A little old man and a little old woman. I just forget because they act like such kittens. And it’s not just that I think so because I’m their mom! Some of our cat sitters have also said they act like energetic little kittens!)
Hope you enjoy Butter!!
Your kitties sound really healthy.
Mine had diabetes in the last couple years and I had to send her off to heaven in 2017. She was my forever girl for about 14 years and I can’t imagine getting another. I’m auntie to my friend’s cats and pet sit them sometimes.
Sorry to read that One of my babies has cancer, but it seems under control for the moment. They both get daily meds, but they still act like little cuties!
Yay for kitties. Mine will always be kittens no matter how old they are!
Good mine too!
Yes, same with my dogs, they are puppies forever, because they are our babies.
Dogs and cats are forever puppies and kittens to me, but ONLY if they are cute. I’ve met a nasty dog or two that I’ve firmly decided not to call a puppy.
Though I bet they are still puppies to their parents
I love old cats. Though 10 isn’t quite old yet. My last 2 were not snugglers really, but became more affectionate the older they got. That “cat on top of me with my exploding bladder” is a regular am occurence! I always feel bad disrupting her cozies.
And I’ll have to check out some of your viewing recs! Haven’t heard of any of them.
You’re right! I was just reading that the oldest cat that ever lived was like 38. By that standard, my cats are good for decades!
38!!! My cat who promised me she was immortal made it to 20 and I figured she gave it her all. Now I’m at her! I had another who made it to 18. Now we have 4 year old siblings.
Awww <3 Good job on raising such old cats, even though one of them lied through her pointy little teeth about her immortality. (My cats have also promised me that they are immortal. They're probably right.)
You have four-year-old siblings? or you have four one-year-old siblings?
The oldest we had (that we were certain of the age) made it to 19. We had another that we had for 15 years that we figured was at least 17 or 18, but could have been older. Right now we have three that are 13, 10, and 7. The 13 year old is a real sweetheart, very attached to my husband, and we still think of her as a little girl even though she is getting on up there. I hope we have her for at least a few more years.
Awwww. I hope so too!
Two four year old cats, brother and sister. I’d like a third but my person says that is crazy.
If there are 2 people in your household, a third cat does NOT violate the Crazy Cat Person Equation!
My kittens are brother and sister, too! My person wants a third cat, but luckily, our lease only permits two.
Joining you in The Good Place love!
Isn’t it a great show?? I’ve been a Kristen Bell fan since Veronica Mars, and this is a great role for her!
Me three! Just a fantastic show, they’ve really done a great job of not falling into obvious sitcom traps.
You DO smell great in JM Ginger Biscuit! And yes, cats are always “kittens”. The 3 that own me are between 7.5 and 8 years old now, and are very active and playful. I keep forgetting how old they truly are.
THREE! Wow! I like the way you phrased it (the three that own you, I mean) Good job keeping them playful!
100% agreed on The Good Place.
Breaking news! My friend adopted 2 guinea pigs rescued from some lab, she named them Tonka and Ambra!
That’s so cool! We had two guinea pigs from a rescue, Otto and Antonio. Adorable. Love the sounds they make.
I had a guinea pig as my first pet when I was 7 years old.
That is great news! Loveeeeee their names!
Me too! So clever.
You friend is an angel! ?
Her little daughter will be happy too
That is very adorable.
Haven’t found any good TV shows to watch. I am waiting for Call the Midwife to come back to PBS. I know this sounds strange but I hope they end the show soon. I get that the actors and actresses want to pursue other things but there have been too many changes to the show to truly be engaging anymore. I think that too may have left and who the producers replaced them with aren’t the right fit. Ok, enough whining. The last movie I saw was Bohemian Rhapsody and loved it. You don’t see musicians like Freddie Mercury anymore.
Wearing Amouage Dia bath and body stuff. I wonder why I don’t wear this one too much.
I’ve watched all seasons of Call the Midwife and agree with you about all the replacements, especially towards the end. I wasn’t quite as engaged in the last season.
I love that show, and hate the cast changes. I understand that BBC actors don’t do long term contracts but it makes the show less appealing to me to constantly lose characters I like.
I still want Chummy. But I do love Nurse Crane, and Fred and Vi.
I loved BoRhap too!
I really miss Cynthia, Chummy, Deliah and Patsy. The people that they have brought on don’t fit. It seems that Chummy’s story line was never wrapped up. The actress who played her kept saying she would come back but never did. I was never really a fan of the character Barbara. I do want to know what’s happened to Cynthia after she entered the hospital for her mental illness. Too many storylines that were not closed or ended right.
I didn’t watch the show from the beginning, but caught up via DVDs from the library. I liked many of the original characters, and miss the ones who are gone. I’ve noticed that with British TV shows, some of the actors and actresses are fine with their characters being killed off, even if they’re popular characters. That seems to be a different attitude than with American prime time TV shows.
Mom hides her eyes at the gorier parts, and tells me to let her know when they’re over. She likes the friendships between the midwives, though, and their interactions with the community.
Downton Abbey was another show we caught up with on DVD and then started watching live in a later season. We were upset about some of the characters they killed off on that show, too!
I also like Jenny Worth who they never brought back even to visit, which is weird because it’s based on her memoir. But in real life she left nursing ad became a piano teacher, so maybe not so weird.
Just opened a gift that includes two perfume minis: 5 ml of Lavanilla Pure Vanilla, which I’ve had before as a sample and enjoyed —it is the only vanilla I’ve found so far that doesn’t go cloying/powdery on me — and Nest Black Tulip (6 ml), which sniffed from the bottle smells like a plummy gourmand to me.
Am recovering from food poisoning (I take it as a good sign that I enjoyed sniffing my new perfumes), which means we are not going to the party we had planned to attend this evening. TV: Amazon now has seasons 1-3 of The Darling Buds of May streaming on Prime. This show is one of my all-time favorites, and although we own the complete series on DVD, we haven’t been able to watch it for some years because they are PAL encoded and we no longer have a multi-region player. So…I look forward to reembracing the show, and the best companion fragrance I can think of is Penhaligon’s Bluebell. I’ve never smelled it, but bluebells appear in some early episodes, and it seems fitting.
Ugh food poisoning is so unpleasant. Very smart of you to stay in and let your body recover. Feel better!
Feel better soon!
Food poisoning. The worst! I am so sorry!
Oh my goodness, my husband had salmonella poisoning last spring and was sick for weeks, hope you are feeling better soon! The Darling Buds of May just went on my watch list.
I’m so glad you’re recovering!
YUCK on the food poisoning! It’s truly awful. Hope you are feeling better soon.
Food poisoning-yuck! Hope you’re feeling better. Have you ever tried Atelier’s Vanille Insensee? It has a citrus note that keeps it from getting too sweet or powdery.
I have not tried this one — thanks for the tip! And thanks, everyone, for the good wishes. I am MUCH better today. A note from the voice of experience: if your squash tastes bitter, DON’T EAT IT!
Yikes! Glad you are feeling better!
Are you in the US? I would happily send you some. Email me at pkwisdom in the land of yahoo if you’re interested.
I haven’t done this in a few years but we used to decode our DVD player to make it play both PAL and NTSC. I would just google the make and model and region free or decode and then we would find step by step instructions on how to decode (involves pressing various buttons on the remote). Perhaps worth trying? I learned this trick from a friend.
Has anyone tried the new Lavande from Fragonard? I was just reading up on it on Fragrantica and it sound divine.
I saw that too, it does sound nice, and I usually have a hard time with lavender.
Olympic Orchids White Cattleya, thank you Nancyleandros. This one is a beauty, I could smell this all evening when I first applied it. Tart, sweet when applied, some orange I think, beautiful floral.
That’s been on my to try list for ages. Maybe this spring will finally be the right time.
The lasting power is amazing. I hope you’ll love it!
Not perfume-related exactly, but close–Last night I had a lucid dream. I dreamed that I was eating an ice cream cone (vanilla), and thoroughly enjoying it. I could really taste the sweetness and the vanilla, and the whole time I was thinking to myself “This ice cream cone is really good! It’s even better because this is just a dream, so I’m not really eating it, and the calories don’t count.” I wonder if there is any way to develop a product that would enable people to have lucid dreams about eating whatever foods they aren’t supposed to have? I could make a killing!
That is a great idea. There are traditions that have practices for learning to have and control lucid dreams, but I don’t think at this level of specificity!
I have lucid dreams once in a while, but it is not “on demand”. I have no idea how to control them or cause them to happen. I did make a point in this one of enjoying the heck out of that virtual ice cream.
Yeah me too. I have nightmares during which I realize I am asleep, wake myself up, only to find I am still in a dream. The worst.
I have had nested dreams like that, but they weren’t nightmares, thankfully.
Totally the worst! My dreams are so real, I rarely feel rested in the morning.
Being lazy this morning, drinking coffee and wearing Kyoto. Mr. G read something online that caused him to go check our dryer hose for clogs – he actually got the vacuum out and is whirring away at something (not sure what, because he’s down the hall and, as I said, I’m being lazy), which is completely amazing and unheard of.
A clogged dryer hose wastes money because it impedes the drying process, and the dryer has to run much longer to get the clothes dry. It also is a fire risk, particularly if you have a gas dryer rather than electric. The lint is very flammable, and if it gets overheated from the hot air venting out of the dryer, it can cause a fire.
Some campers and backpackers collect lint, mix it with petroleum jelly, form into cotton ball sized pieces, and use it as fire starter. Impervious to wet and rain, it an almost 100% guaranteed way to get a good fire going in less than ideal conditions.
Omg, how did I not know this?! Taking mental notes!?
What an amazing idea!
That IS amazing. I’ve heard of people making textile art out of dryer lint, but hadn’t heard of making fire-starter balls out of it. Great idea.
Whoa. Mind blown.
That’s exactly what he read – fire hazard. Ours is electric, not gas, and apparently we didn’t really have a clog, or even a slight blockage … but once he got going with the vacuum cleaner hose he just kept on going. It’ll be interesting to see if our drying time is shorter now.
Sometimes life is hard…and sometimes it is very hard. My mom was having abdominal pain in Dec and had an endoscopy which didn’t show anything. She continued to have pain and eventually went to the ER and was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a week ago. It was devastating news…particularly as my father passed away mid-November.
Thankfully my brother has worked for many years in IT for UCSF in the radiology/oncology dept. and has many connections and she will get treatment up there. We are, of course, fighting with the evil insurance company to try and get her transferred to that network sooner than 2/1 but they are evil and denied it so we are appealing. Apologies to those who work for health insurance companies…I know you are not all completely evil. So she might have to stay in San Diego a couple more weeks depending and get biopsied here. My mom is in good spirits and her pain is easily controlled.
Perfume has been always been a great comfort for me and is a happy distraction in these hard times.
I didn’t do the 4th quarter poll but I bought Chanel Deauville and Boucheron Vanille de Zanzibar.
I also recently sampled Ex Idolo Love & Crime which is quite lovely and I am trying to talk myself out of it…$4 per ml seems needlessly spendy when Luca Turin said on his defunct blog that the upper limit for perfume should be “$120 or so for 100 ml of EdP” or $1.20 per ml. It is also similar to Xerjoff Lira, which I already have, but the heart sometimes wants what it wants. I am trying to devise ways to get it cheaper overseas for maybe $3 per ml. The wheeling and dealing of perfume sampling and research is a happy distraction too.
Oh, my dear She-ra! So sorry about this news. And the added frustration of obstacles to care, with which I am wholly familiar, unfortunately. I hope she can get the best possible care for this. Big hug to you!
I am so sorry to hear about your mom She-ra and the hard times you and your familiy have been going thru lately. I hope the situation with the insurance company gets resolved soon and your mom can get all the medical attention she needs now. I hope she recovers soon. I will have her, you and the whole family in my prayers. It is good to hear that in difficult moments your perfumes give you comfort. Keep enjoying them. Sending hugs and healing thoughts.
Oh no! I was just asking another NSTer about you yesterday! I’m so sorry! My father also had pancreatic cancer, and I’m so sorry you, your mom and family have to experience this. Distract yourself in any way you can. We are all pulling for you!
Your life must indeed be very hard right now, She-ra, and the greed (no apologies) of insurance companies worsens the pain. I hope this can be a time for your family to draw closer and create happy memories for the future.
I am so very sorry She-ra and hope you mother gets the best care possible with as little hassle as possible as soon as possible.
As for perfume, forget Luca Turin. If you can, get yourself something you love in these hard times.
I am so sorry to read about your mother, I hope things get sorted out with the insurance company shortly, you don’t need added anxieties.
Oh gosh She-ra. I hope your mom receives the best care possible. I hope you find much comfort in the distractions that help you through. Sending hugs.
I am so sorry to hear about your mother, and hope you can get her the care she needs soon. With you in hating insurance companies, and the hoops they make you jump. Get the perfume – anything that makes you feel better or distracted now is worth every penny!
Oh She-ra, so sorry to read this. Fingers crossed that you can make the insurance companies understand the issue asap; fighting with them is just awful, especially when you have so many other things to worry about.
She-ra, I’m so glad your mother’s pain is controlled but what a difficult time this is for you, I’m sorry you and your family are having to go through all of this. Please take care of yourself.
I have been thinking about you and am so very sorry to hear about this new illness for your mom. How devastating, and to have to fight with the insurance company is awful. May it be approved asap and she get the very best care. Enjoy your perfumes and find solace where you can. Big hugs to you.
She-ra, I am so sorry for the hard hits you and your family have been receiving lately. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and I am sending all the energy I can your way.
I’m so sorry you are going through this She-Ra. I’ve had you in my thoughts and prayers, and will continue to do so. I think perfume distraction is sometimes the only way to go. I hope you find a good deal on the one you want.
Oh no! She-ra, I am so sorry to hear about your mother! Good luck dealing with the evil insurance company. Sending you thoughts of strength and hope.
Oh, She-Ra, that is “very hard,” indeed. And yes, insurance companies are capricious and make already difficult circumstances even more so when patients and families have to worry about each claim being rejected, or spend time and energy that should be focused on the patient making appeals, instead. Good luck to your mom and your whole family.
I”m really sorry for the bad news about your mother and the difficulties with the insurance company.
She-ra, you have really had a time of it. Hope your Mom gets the care she needs the way she wants it, and do hope you are able to take care of yourself too.
I’m so sorry to hear this news about your mom. I hope the insurance company situation resolves quickly. Best wishes for your mom and please take care of yourself, too.
Oh no, I am really sorry to hear this bad news. Hard times indeed. I hope your mom gets all the care and love she needs and wants. Hugs and take care!
So sorry to hear this. Hope your mom gets good treatment.
I am so sorry to read this She-ra. Fighting with the insurance company is stressful and draining, I’ve been there myself.
I am glad your mom is in good spirits and that her pain is easily controlled. Keeping the both of you in my thoughts.
So terribly sorry to know of your grief and troubles, She-ra. Wishing the very best to your mom, and to all of your family as you see her through this difficult time.
I’m sending good wishes and positive energy out to you and your family.
I used to work for an insurer. I learned to keep pushing and asking my question until I get the answer I want. Mom is fortunate to have you on her side.
So sorry for what your family is going through, She-ra, big hugs.
She-ra, thinking of you and your family and sending you hugs – can you feel them? Yes, perfume can be a glorious distraction. May things go well for your mom.
She-ra, I am so sorry for the troubling news about your mother’s health. Doubly sorry that during this time of stress you need to fight with evil insurance companies. We’re all rooting for you and your mother.
So sorry to hear you are going through this! I’ll be thinking of you and your mom. I hope that insurance changes it’s mind soon!
Sorry to hear about your mom’s illness and hoping you’ll get her transferred sooner than 2/1 but in the meantime, I hope treatment goes well for her in her location!
I am so sorry She-Ra, I can imagine how difficult this must be.
Best wishes to you both.
No much time to watch tv or go to the movies, but now with the Golden Globes Awards tomorrow evening and the Oscar nominations in two weeks I will try to see some of the winner and nominated movies.
Very dark and rainy day today, but at least it is not so cold. I ran some errands in the morning and decided to postpone the groceries shopping for tomorrow that the day will be dry. I am having a cup of coffee now and then do some cooking, cleaning and organize my bedroom that is a bit messy after the holidays. I also need to make room in my perfume cabinet to accommodate some goodies that I received during the holidays from very generous NSTers. Thank you!
Rose Jam shower gel and body spray early this morning and later I will keep sampling what I have received.
Have a nice weekend everyone!
You smell/smelled great…let us know what you choose for later (maybe we will be scent twins-LOL!)
Thank you! Undecided yet. So many beautiful things! ?
Meanwhile I am on scent number seven for the day LOL ? ?
Wow! You are amazing! ?
Because I started early this morning!
You crack me up! 7th scent of the day!
I am not at work so it’s testing day ???
The golden globes are tomorrow night?? Congrats on winning the draw!
Thank you! The Golden Globes are tomorrow at 8pm ET on NBC.
How are you liking the Rose Jam body spray? I have and love the shower gel.
The body spray is pretty strong, but delicious! I think the shower gel is enough to keep you scented for many hours, unless you want to add a bit of the body spray. A bottle will last you forever, especially if you spray on clothes.
Smelling yummy in Rose Jam x2! ?? This is a perfect time of year for it.
The last 2 movies I saw were If Beale Street Could Talk and Roma. I really liked both but Roma really stood out for me.
The heroine in Beale Street works at a perfume counter! Great scene with her at work. I’d scent her with something innocent like Jessica McClintock.
I don’t imagine the heroine in Roma wearing anything as she’s not self indulgent in any way. Maybe she smells like cocoa butter.
I’m also midway through the HBO doc Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures. I’d choose Heretic Dirty Ginger for him ?
How is the Mapplethorpe? I’ve been curious.
It’s interesting, but as a documentary I’m not totally bowled over. I love watching/reading about that era, culture etc so I’ll finish it. I guess the fact that I wasn’t compelled to watch it in one sitting says something for me. Not sure what’s missing. Maybe they don’t fully develop each angle? They jump between audio bytes of him, interviews with friends/family, and museum archivists/art historians going through his photographs. It’s worth watching, though it will never compete with Patti Smith’s Just Kids in my mind.
Thanks! Have to admit, I am the one person in the world who didn’t like the Patty Smith book! ?
Ha! S’okay. Then maybe you’ll like this doc better than I do!
I am watching Roma in bits, possibly not the best way to see it but fantastic movie. Same with Happy as Lazaro, which was mentioned above.
I also watched it in 2 halves. Isn’t it a stunning film? I need to Google what was happening in Mexico, politically, in the 70s.
I’ll have to check out the other film, too.
Really amazing cinematography.
I’m intrigued by the new TNT mini series I Am the Night (Jan. 28). Only 8 episodes do not a big commitment. The last movie we saw was Creed II, not my choice (I had to cover my ears and look away during the fight scenes). I don’t have a matching perfume for that one….
I received a set of NEST mini rollerballs from my sister in law for Christmas, so I’m working through those to see if I like them. Today is Verde – started out very green and promising but has dried down to vetivery soap. So far no winners, I think they are perhaps my SIl’s style more than my own!
I Am the Night looks creepy — if you watch it do report back!
I’m in Safran Teoublant today. Cloudy, cool, no rain yet but I’m sure it’s coming.
I just stumbled across this little 15 minute movie that highlights the lives of four introverts. All of them have found a way to capitalize on their personality type and avoid the “anti-social” stigma that often is attached to introverted individuals. I can see myself in every scenario.
Introverts, I hope you enjoy! Extroverts, you will be horrified.
Happy weekend to us all! ?
I loved this—made me very happy. Yes, I’m an introvert and longed for a life on a beach somewhere. Waves, wind, and bird calls. ?
I’m so happy you enjoyed it! ?
Thank you!!! Fantastic video.
It was very well done. Glad you liked it?
I love this! I was raised in a family of introverts. Thank you, Deva ?
Happy you liked it! I’m an introvert that was raised in a family of extroverts. A friend of mine goes so far as to say I was raised by wolves?
ha! yes, that’s a great analogy!
Thank you Deva! As an extreme introvert, I could say, I loved the video and I wish I could be isolated at one of those beautiful places. Nothing better and more enjoyable that Nature!
PL67, so happy you enjoyed it. I know how exhausting it can be during the workday to constantly get bombarded with people, people, and more people! Glad you have the ability on your off time to decompress and reintegrate. We introverts treasue that alone time. ??
Thanks for sharing this, Deva; they were all so nice, but I particularly adored the first story!
Wasn’t he amazing?! Glad you liked it☺️
Loved the videos. One of the interesting statements of the first guy who’s been living alone on the island for 20+ years was that he had not been sick the entire time. That in itself sounds like paradise to me. No other people and no viruses, perfect!
Glad you liked it. That first profile was amazing!
I had to go to a birthday lunch today, where my aunt introduced me as “she’s bashful” to a bunch of people I didn’t know. Like she was apologizing for me in advance.
O.M.G! So sorry! And I bet she wonders why you’re not excited by these types events! Geez, that was pretty insensitive of her. Who the heck introduces anyone like that? I think I would have had to set her straight about that comment! Do you want me to call her and “educate” her? ?
Well… she’s 84, and is very good to me otherwise, so I let it go. But thanks for having my back??
A nice 84 year old may be excused, but I’m sorry she added to your discomfort!
Ugh! So sorry you had to endure that insensitivity. I wonder the extent to which we should be more forgiving of people whose actions may be attributable to age? The other day, I honked at a driver who looked like she was going to just roll through a stop sign. I must have shocked her into stopping. We were then stopped at a light and she was a good 10 feet behind me (I prefer this to her being 3 feet behind me) so I was able to get a better look at her — she looked like she shouldn’t be driving anymore.
Thank you so much for sharing. Inspiring. Maybe one day…
Have you started at your new hospital yet?
Tomorrow morning. Back to reality…
Buena suerte, mi amiga.
When I was in my early 20s, I desperately wanted to be a fire lookout. Now, at 42 I would love it even more. Thanks for posting that amazing video!
You’re welcome! It doesn’t look like he’s going to be giving up his summer job for quite a long time, right? What a great way to spend 10 weeks…!
I really liked the second story in that video!
That one and the third one were a real toss-up for me. I could see myself in either. The fourth man I have to tip my hat to in complete admiration. He’s quite an the visionary.
Hello and Happy Twelfth Night ! Here in New Orleans, Twelfth Night is the start of the Mardi Gras season. I am listening to Mardi Gras music while I am taking down the Chistmas tree. Taking down the tree is kind of depressing for me. The Mardi Gras music is cheering me up
My husband and I recently starting watching Ray Donovan. I know I am late with viewing this show, since its now in its sixth season, I believe. I am not sure what scent I would pair with this show, lol.
I can still smell the Christian Miss Dior Originale I wore last night to a party. While wearing last night, I kept thinking how glorious it smelled.
The beauty of being late to watching something is that you can binge watch an entire series!?
Taking down the tree makes me sad too. I wait for the right moment to do it. This year we were late putting it up so I’m in no hurry to put it away ☺️
I love the idea of taking down the tree to mardi gras music! Perfect mood-lifter.
You smell so good I love Miss Dior Originale! Actually, one of the very few vintage scents I love and own is Miss Dior parfum.
I can’t remember the last movie I saw! I watch a lot of news coverage, but not many programmes, and scenting the bad news that predominates would involve some very challenging perfumes. Maybe the Beaufort range, inspired as they are by naval battles .
I’ve tried most of them, but they are too smoky for me.
I can still smell last night’s dab of Shangri La. The first hour or so was gorgeous and it went straight to the top of my buy list, my beloved commented on how much he liked it. But after a bit, it got too sweet and cloying, so Shangri La had a very short reign on top. This morning, the last traces are beautiful, so more consideration is clearly needed.
I really like Shangri La. It makes me think of Mitsouko without the bite. The dry down does sometimes smell like orange Pez candies to me. This is why I own a travel spray and haven’t felt compelled to buy a bottle.
LOL about scenting the bad news with Beaufort!
Wearing Russian Tea on this rainy cold day. We just finished watched the second season of Ozark, a dark little show that I don’t love, but definitely like. Started Killing Eve last night and will watch the rest with pleasure. Perfume plays a key role in the second episode! I am bad at scenting people. In Ozark, everyone is too busy trying not to get killed for perfume anyway.
Lol. I just finished the second season of Ozark recently and agree that there is certainly a lot of killing going on. Jason Bateman and Laura Linney are really good.
Ozark is one of those shows, where the performances are great, but the characters are so unlikeable and the story is just morally bankrupt. I watched a little and then just refused to get engaged with it all, even though Laura Linney and Justin Bateman are both doing star turns. Dumb greedy psychopaths. Ugh. Sorry.
I totally see this with regard to Marty and Wendy (Bateman and Linney), but I think the story line around Ruth and her cousin is more interesting than this. Also the kids. But certainly not a show I imagine is to everyone’s taste!
What you said, meredifay. I am a big fan of Laura Linney, but I could find no reason to keep watching the series (I only saw the first episode because we were visiting family who were watching it). I think even my husband gave up on the series eventually, and dark crime dramas and police procedurals are his jam.
I just finished Killing Eve! It’s wonderful.
I really like Russian Tea. You smell great!
Thank you! On the dreams, sorry you don’t get restful sleep. I’ve been waking up with my hands hurting because they are clenched when I am sleeping. Argh.
Last fall when my oldest two left for college, my husband, youngest daughter (13) and I started watched Downton Abbey. I know I’m way late to the party on this one, but now I’m glad I waited because we’ve been able to binge watch the entire series. My daughter was hooked during the very first episode when Professor McGonagall, aka Maggie Smith made her appearance as the Dowager. Little did we know that she would become one of our favorite characters. I wish I had kept a journal of the laugh out loud snarky one-liners she has delivered. She pulls it all off with such elegance. We’ve had to pause during winter break while the oldest are home. We are ready to head into the final season, and I have seen there is a movie in the making! I’m not sure what perfume I’d pair with this. The Crawley ladies have dabber bottles of perfume on their dressers and it appears that they are able to apply their own perfume, even though they cannot dress themselves. Lol. Probably something from an old English perfume house, Penhaligons perhaps?
SotD is 1996. First sample of the new year is thunked.
Good luck to the madtownteens in their next semester! My eldest is in her LAST semester and I am shocked at how quickly the four years flew by! She is very excited about working (same profession as you and johanob and deva!) but is also thinking about going back for her DNP down the road.
I would go with Yardley English Lavender for the Crawley ladies. I wore it in the 1970s and I think vintage would be a good match.
Thanks cm8! My son just left this morning.? My middle (oldest daughter) is here til the end of the month when the dorms open back up.
Congrats to your daughter! College goes too fast. If I could offer her any words of advice as someone in the field… if she is thinking about getting her DNP, she should do it sooner rather than wait. Most hospitals have tuition reimbursement (assuming she plans to start in the hospital) and I think it is easier when you are already in the habit of taking classes and studying.
Excellent advice and thank you. Right now it’s mandatory that she work at least a year as most programs want some experience. She will probably go the hospital route so any reimbursement would be fantastic!
And I will tell her sooner than later ?
and congrats on the thunk!
Caron, Floris, Coty, Houbigant all existed in 1900. They might have worn Quelques Fleurs or L’Origan, for example. Too bad the playwright didn’t add in that detail of current perfumes. I watch that show just for the fabulous frocks. And the one liners. “Weekend? What is a weekend?” Such a different life.
Ha! Yes! That was a great line.? We just watched the episode with “Does it ever get cold on the moral high ground?”
I was very late to Downton Abbey myself. What a fantastic series; Maggie Smith was so great in it; she made the show!
She totally does!
Congrats on your first sample THUNK of 2019, madtowngirl! ?
Thanks Jalapeno. I really like this one, but I have so many others I need to go through, trying to hold off from purchasing at least a decant. I will add it to The List.
I used to LOVE Downton Abbey. I watched through the heart-breaking deaths, up until the episode after the terrible thing happens to Anna, and then I just couldn’t anymore. I don’t really know why–that’s not the first TV show to discuss such a thing happening to a character–but I just couldn’t watch any more after that.
I can understand that. It WAS terrible and made me feel sick.
The episode that has been hardest for me to watch though was when Sybil had her baby. Even though I saw it coming and predicted it was going to happen…that scene was pretty graphic and realistic. As the mother of two girls myself, for Cora to watch her daughter slipping away like that and be able to do nothing absolutely broke my heart. I cannot fathom the pain.
Oh yes, that was so heart-breaking. It’s a really well done show.
Downton Abbey was astounding. I loved the detail the costumes were made with. You could see the fashions changing as the series got on. And Maggie Smith was great!
Yes! I love the costumes when they are getting into the early ‘20’s, and the jewelry, gloves and hats! The costume team on that show did a fantastic job! And Maggie Smith rules!
I just finished watching the first season of Killing Eve on Hulu. It’s a cat and mouse thriller between two women, a government agent and an assassin. The assassin is such a strange character, not your typical femme fatale, she’s very childish and unpredictable. In an early episode she kills a fashion designer with a fake perfume tester – the juice is actually poison! I imagine that’d be the easiest way to get most of us here!
As for movies, I recently enjoyed The Favourite (in theaters) and Madeline’s Madeline (on Amazon Prime). I’m looking forward to the Golden Globes on Sunday even though I’m so behind on my TV viewing. The film side is easier to have an opinion on!
Killed with a perfume tester?
It immediately made me think of the nerve agent killing(s) in UK last year.
I was shopping at TJ Maxx after work last night and found Library of Flowers water perfume and a vat of bubble bath in the scent Arboretum. At $19 for both, I decided to go for it, although I’ll have to MacGyver the missing sprayer on the perfume bottle. I really like their packaging. I also found another LoF vat of bubble bath in the scent Forest. Does anyone know anything about it? I’m afraid it will be too masculine for me.
My sample order arrived today, so I am wearing several scents at once.. So far I am loving the opening of Boucheron which I picked on a whim because Ede mention it frequently.
I haven’t really followed any series on TV in years but I do like movies. The last movie I saw was The House With a Clock in It’s Walls. It was really geared towards young children but it was entertaining. I can’t remember the character’s names. The eccentric warlock uncle, played by Jack Black, would probably wear something from BPAL, Smell Bent, or Coven by Andrea Mack. The neighbor witch, played by Kate Blanchet, would probably wear No 19 as she was a take charge kind of gal. The boy wouldn’t wear anything beyond the smell of soap.
I stopped at tj maxx too, they had some great clearance deals. Glad you took advantage of some of them.
The TJs in my area usually has thw bottom of barrel stuff but that had some interesting things this time.
Sounds like the TJMaxxes in my area!
I alos saw House With a Clock in Its Walls–I’d read the book as a kid, and found it TERRIFYING. I made my kid read the book before watching the movie. She was less terrified of the book, but found the movie really scary. I thought it was a pretty good adaptation, the first half a bit better than the second.
A friend in England mentioned “Escape to the Country” and I have been in a parallel universe where I need to buy an English country home. The matching perfume would come from a parallel perfume universe, where Jo Malone perfumes were at the same time both more long-lived and less pricey.
P.S. In a That Reminds Me moment, just spritzed on Slowdive. Feel like Winnie the Pooh with my head stuck in a honey jar, but it should calm down by the time I leave home…
Oh bother! ?
Escape to the Country is perfect “escape” tv. I went through a period of watching it regularly.
Escape to the Country drives us batty – they tour all these houses, and no one ever buys anything! On the American shows, they tour three houses and at the end they show you which one they picked and how they are enjoying it after they moved in.
When you’re done with Escape to the Country, you can watch Escape to the Continent…filmed pre-Brexit. When I am really super stressed this is about the only form of TV I can take. When I am not super stressed I can’t bear to watch
I’ve been watching the Dogs documentary series on Netflix, but can’t think of an appropriate perfume for it. SOTD is Rubj edp, and hoping I can get a bottle before they are all gone.
I guess there is no chance that someone will take over Vero?
I have nothing but what I’ve read on line, which is some hope that the small firm that produces them might continue to do so? Someone who reads APJ might remember this better than I do. All speculative I think though.
Campomarzio in Italy holds the production rights through 2020. No word yet whether they have any more production runs scheduled or what will happen when the license runs out.
I’m very behind on movie viewing, but I recently watched “Homecoming” on Amazon Prime, the show with Julia Roberts as a social worker treating returning veterans in an experimental program somewhere in Florida. It’s split into two time periods and has her looking and acting pretty different in the two. For her clinician role I’d have her wearing something feminine and a bit trendy such as Elie Saab (the orange blossom fits Florida too). The waitress version wouldn’t wear any perfume. It’s impressive how different she is in the two time periods. There is something very sinister going on and it’s hard to track what, and an evil corporation, and government misdoing, and it’s done in half-hour programs which kind of ramps up the suspense. Intriguing sort of love story here too, which I won’t go into except that it involves a much younger man–I like that part! Season 1 is over now and I’ll be happy to watch when it starts again.
I had to stop watching this one for some reason. I didn’t want to see further bad things happen that young man! And yet I can also watch true horror tv. Too close to real life maybe?
Oh goodness! Never even heard of that but just watched the trailer for season 1. I’ll start it tonight. Looks amazingly twisted and complex?? Thanks for mentioning it.
I really enjoyed Homecoming, it was just the right amount of quirky, imo.
I most recently watched (on Netflix) Blurred Lines: Inside the Art World. It is not cheerful, but I definitely recommend it for the info it provides (and really reveals so much about our society at large, beyond the art world).
Wearing L’Ether de Iunx.
Oh sounds intriguing. I will check this out.
Hope you’ll like it, Amy! Another good documentary on art that I saw on Netflix not too long ago is Faces Places.
You smell great!
Thank you, cazaubon!
Ray Donovan is great! I’ve been watching from the beginning; its a crazy ride.
I think he’d wear something something like Dior, Prada or Tom Ford as he’s always dressed in a black suit and white shirt.
Oops, this was meant for Barqs way up above!
Enjoying The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix, particularly the holiday special episode. Wearing Baccarat Rouge 540 edp to match it.
I love that series!
I think it made me buy/wear more knitwear haha. I love Sabrina’s jumpers and cardigans.
I really don’t watch visual media any more – I only watch TV to see soccer games or the occasional epsiode of Antiques Roadshow. I only saw two movies this year. I loved Isle of Dogs and hated Mary Poppins Returns. I have started reading old fashioned paper books a whole lot more!
SOTD: Oliver Peoples. So perfect for me. I’m trying not to hoard my bottle, and have thoroughly enjoyed today’s wearing.
I also don’t watch much visual media either, except for hockey and Antiques Roadshow. The only movies I saw in a theatre last year were a cycling documentary and a fashion documentary. I read paper books and perfume blogs.
You smell great in Oliver Peoples, I’m lovingly hoarding my bottle too.
Today it is cold, grey and rainy so I went with Amouage Memoir.
Which fashion documentary did you see?
I think it was called The World According to André, about André Leon Talley.
There’s a really good one about Bill Cunningham, the fashion photographer who did street photos many years for the NYT.
The Gospel According To André–I want to see it! (Netflix does not appear to have it, so have to figure out some other options). And I really enjoyed the one on Bill Cunningham!
So tempted to order a sample of Oliver Peoples, even if totally pointless at this point …
It was one of their better scents, shame it was a LE.
We watched Isle of Dogs over thanksgiving when the kids were home and really liked it to, but we are a house of Wes Anderson fans. Moonrise Kingdom is still my all time favorite.
I honestly couldn’t tell you the last current movie that I’ve seen, and by current, I mean the last decade. I usually just rewatch old favorites. I watched Platoon the other night. I am watching a new t.v. show called The kids are alright. It’s a cute family comedy, set in the early seventies. I make my son watch it with me, I like to see his amazement at how different things were.
Due to life circumstance, I had to return my Red Bottle today. It couldn’t be avoided, but it’s fine.
I went to a birthday lunch today and wore Shalimar Souffle. My cousin gave me a compliment ?
I’m going back to work tomorrow after 4 days off, so I will be lazing around the rest of the night.
Yay for the perfume compliment! Sorry to hear that you had to return your Red Bottle, though.
Yep, I haven’t been to a movie in ages either. Sorry you had to return your red bottle! That mist have been very hard?
Im hoping the cousins compliment somewhat mitigated your aunts thoughtless introduction.
Thanks, I figure if that’s the hardest thing I do all year, it’s better than winning the lottery!? the compliment was really nice, since my cuz rarely gives one up.
I hope you enjoyed your birthday luncheon but rats to returning your red bottle.
It was a great lunch, and with a delicious pudding filled birthday cake! Total yum!
Yay about the compliment, especially when it comes from people that rarely do it! Sorry about the red bottle. We will survive my friend! ?
Indeed we will. I think you winning the draw was a good sign for you!
Good signs will come to you too! Let’s hope for the best!
Happy Birthday lillyjo! Glad you had a nice lunch and a perfume compliment today but I’m sorry about your red bottle.
Oh, thanks! I wasn’t really clear, though… it was my cousin’s birthday, mine is in June.
Sorry to hear about returning the red bottle, but it’s fortunate you were able to recover the needed funds. You smelled lovely!
Thanks! Shalimar Souffle has turned into a top 5 all around perfume for me.
I Hate Life Circumstances… But congratulations on your perfume compliment!!!
The last current movie I saw was “Star Wars, Episode 8 The Last Jedi”. And I think that was in December 2017. Tells you all how often I go to the movies anymore. Looking forward to seeing the next sumo wrestling tournament highlights on NHK World later on this month.
SOTD = Guerlain Mahora again. The drydown of that convinced me a second day wearing was definitely needed.
Sumo wrestling ..☺
I even have favorite wrestlers to keep an eye out for!
Having favorites makes sports more interesting. I’m still looking for a new favorite Detroit Tiger, since my old ones left.
I totally understand having a favorite player on a team sport! I remember being so bummed out when some of my favorite Broncos were traded to other teams in years past.
Oh! Another sumo fan!
I started loving sumo when I lived in Japan. Haven’t watched on TV for many years though. Hope your favorites win!
If you have cable TV, and NHK World is part of your package, you can watch sumo that way. NHK World also streams the sumo highlights on the “Video On Demand” section of their website.
I am looking forward to seeing who wins the January tournament!! Thanks!
Sumo is great! My mom was really into it for a while, and we got to see a tournament while we were visiting Japan. There was even an English speaking sportscaster, so we were really able to follow along.
There are several people who do the English language highlights show. I’ve learned a lot from them. I would love to watch on the days that the last hour of the day’s bouts are broadcast live, but that happens at 3:30 am my time!
I’ve been watching and rewatching movies on Turner Classic Movies lately. I had never watched Casablanca all the way through until just the other night and I always enjoy favorites this time of year, like It Happened One Night. In my humble opinion, Chanel No 5 goes well with all classic movies.
We watched Casablanca last month so my son could see it. He liked it, which was good because he doesn’t always like my old favorites (he did not care for Bringing Up Baby).
Casablanca is one of my favorites. Ingrid Bergman was amazing.
Oh, too bad, it’s one of my favorites, too!
Maybe you should try him on some good old melodramas, like Now, Voyager or Stella Dallas!
That reminds me of reading the book and then seeing the movie “The Maltese Falcon.” In the book, Sam Spade observes that Joel Cairo was wearing chypre, and in the movie, it’s gardenia. Sam draws the conclusion from that and other things that Joel Cairo is gay, which was how he was written and portrayed on film.
From what I understand, back in the big studio days, when many classic movies were produced, many actors and actresses smoked, and it was thought to be glamorous. Perfumes that would go with the scent of tobacco smoke were popular. I think those included chypres and leather-scented fragrances. The earlier versions of ‘Tabac Blond’ had this kind of idea, I think. Please, folks, correct me if I’m wrong, or add observations. Thanks!
Since I’ve been on winter break, I’ve actually watched some TV with one of my daughters; she is binge-watching “Victoria” so I’ve watched several episodes with her. It’s good! Jenna Coleman is much prettier than the real Victoria. The most recent movie was “Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse”, as that is what I could get my family to agree to see. And to my surprise, I really liked it! Very, very creative and visually arresting. SOTD has been Jicky EDT — will be thunking my sample soon!
I’m hoping to see that Spiderman! Glad you enjoyed it, I think it looks fantastic
I have really wanted to watch Victoria, do you think it would be appropriate for a 13 year old to watch?
Oh yes, it’s not too overdone on the sex angles, though it does have some bed scenes, nothing at all explicit. And it’s pretty fun overall.
I LOVED Into the Spiderverse. I was going to post more about it later, but this is a good space for it. There was nothing I really disliked about it, and I’d say it was may favorite superhero movie of the last 5 years easily. I loved the different animation styles, and the genuinely funny and sad parts. I went with primary partner and kid. Both the adults loved it enough that we were still discussing it hours later. The kid liked it but not quite as much as the adults.
P.S. Happy Twelfth Night!
SotD = Apres L’Ondee
It’s raining here, I’m having a quiet day, so AL’O feels perfect. Yes, it lasts a nanosecond, but I love it so!
I’m an odd one who doesn’t mind perfumes that fade away quickly.
I’m watching Queer Eye on Netflix. It’s adorable. Also enjoying Kim’s Convenience and The Good Place.
Like Dawn I loved Bohemian Rhapsody. Saw it twice
in the theater. Would really like to go see Instant Family.
In minor victories that make life sweeter,: My vacuum cleaner stopped working last week. I put off dealing with it until today. Took time to clean out the HEPA filter and shook the whole thing upside a few times. Voila! It works again. Go me
Woo hoo! Go you! Sometimes, you just gotta walk away and come back later??
thanks, lillyjo! walk away and come back later is a good life lesson, you put is so perfectly!
w00t w00t! Getting your vacuum back in order is a very good thing!
made my day! I was dreading the decision making process for a new vacuum. I really want a roomba
I have a co-worker who jokes that her roomba is her favorite family member. Lol.
I’m wondering if the same thing would happen to me! I would name the roomba George and it would be my new favorite pet. My kids won’t vacuum so they should be worried! ?
I just cleaned out my vacuum’s HEPA filter this morning. I had forgotten it was there. Amazing what a difference it makes. LOL.
Congrats on the victory over the vacuum! Maybe I’ll try pulling mine apart to see if I can fix it.
I want a Roomba, too!!! My dream is to somehow get the upper hand with all the cat hair and dust around here.
I haven’t gotten to watch many movies live lately. The last one was the third Avengers movie, in the summer. I read Marvel comics as a teenager, and like the superhero movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
I watched the British TV show “Sherlock,” and in the Dr. Strange movie I found it weird to hear Benedict Cumberbatch speaking in a kind of New York accent. A British author I correspond with agreed about that. I don’t remember exactly what Alex said, but something like, “Blimey, that was odd!” Alex wasn’t familiar with New York City accents, but I told her it wasn’t a bad American accent. I lived in the suburbs of NYC as a small child, and various relatives of mine lived and live in the city, so I know what sounds plausible. From what I’ve heard, patchouli and sandalwood were popular around the time that those comics started in the 1960s. And Greenwich Village was considered a strange and magical place.
My parents and I watched “The Post” on DVD on Veterans’ Day, which seemed like a very strange day to watch that. We watched “The Darkest Hour” recently, too. I think that was the title. It was centered around Winston Churchill. We were all history majors.
I commented above that Mom and I watch “Call the Midwife.” I’m sure that Trixie would wear the modern perfumes of the 1950s and 1960s on her off days. I think there was a plotline where she recognized a perfume. Jenny Lee in the books was interested in fashion.
Another BBC show I watched was “The Musketeers.” It wasn’t as good after the Cardinal de Richelieu went off to play Doctor Who, but I enjoyed large parts of it. Milady’s signature scent was jasmine. I suppose some of the more dandyish male characters on the show would have worn some sort of cologne — if that had been invented then? Certainly there have been flower-scented and spice-scented oils around through recorded history.
I’ve started going through the hordes of sample vials. I have set up some rules for myself to deal with them:
1) When testing a perfume, I will write a brief review of it in my perfume spreadsheet. I find I have a number of samples that I know I tested, but cannot remember what I thought.
2) I I test something and definitely don’t like it, it goes into the giveaway pile.
3) If I like it OK, but not enough to bother using it up, it goes into the giveaway pile, unless I think I need to try it again under different circumstances (such as a different time of year).
4) If I like it well enough to use it up, it goes into the keep pile.
5) If I am not sure, it will go into the Maybe pile for further evaluation.
6) If I come across one I know I tried and didn’t like it goes into the giveaway pile.
7) Sample vials of perfumes for which I already have FBs generally will go into the giveaway pile unless it is one I want to carry in my purse for touchups or as “emergency perfume” or to use for travel.
8) If it appears to be significantly evaporated, such that the scent likely to by significantly altered, it gets tossed. I already disposed of a number of them today. Thunk X 7!
I already have about 15 or 20 samples in the giveaway pile. I expect to have a few sample lots for the next Freebiemeet, if not before.
Congrats on the thunk x7!
When my cold was worse and mr Jiji was also suffering from a clogged nose and lots of sniffing, we ended up watching loads of series/movies. A selection:
Some oldies, like The Godfather. And The Departed. good movie but I still think the original (Infernal Affairs with the ever sexy and charming Tony Leung) was better.
The incredibles 2.
Not as good as part 1, but still had a blast.p
Murder mountain was a decent documentary.
And The Innocent Man tells an interesting but ultra sad story, though it was a bit too long and messy executed.
‘Sorry to bother you’ had flaws but it made me laugh out loud, I enjoyed it a lot. Its very political and socio-critical. And a bit quirky and surreal. not for everyone i guess. But at least its not formulaic or toned down/spiceless drab for the masses.
Oh and last fall I binged en enjoyed The chilling adventures of Sabrina (also mentioned by sugarvenon). Lovely art/design, fun characters. Great outfits, and I love the clumsy special effects in this age of everything-CGI. Oh and Miranda Otto!
It would be fun to match perfumes to all the characters in this series (most of them witches and warlocks…whats not to like??!!).
A chypre would fit Sabrina. Its okay if it starts out fruity, she is still in high school, but she is a half witch, so more depth and a bit of foresty gloom is necessary.
Mary Wardwell wears vintage Bandit or No5 or a hard hitting smoky incense, depending on where she is and what she does. Haha.
Thanks for your thoughts on The Innocent Man. I’m sure I’ll watch it soon-ish but I’ll be prepared for the messy execution and it being too long. I finally watched The Staircase series and felt like it was WAY too long.
I also really liked Sorry to Bother You. It’s really unique. I can’t think of any other movie like it.
Sabrina has been on the list to watch since it came out, and I’m really excited to hear it uses real effects and not CGI. I hate the overuse of CGI today.
Hola from Barcelona! Still here, wandering through this beautiful city with my friends, and eating very, very well. Most recently, we had a five hour lunch at ABaC, which left everyone happy.
After returning to our apartment last night, we binge watched the first season of You on Netflix, a tv series based on a novel (which I haven’t read) by Caroline Kepnes. It’s about a bookstore manager who becomes obsessed with a woman who visits his bookstore, stalks her, and ultimately initiates a relationship with her. I’d welcome comments from anybody who has watched this show. I was intrigued by my own experience while viewing – at times quite disturbed by the man’s stalking behavior (complete with murders), then charmed by his interior monologue. In the meta sense, I was left disturbed by the presentation of a stalker as the more likeable of the two main characters, but simultaneously impressed with the way the writers and actor (Penn Badgley) really tapped into some of the (culturally imposed, to a significant degree) components of the straight female psyche, as it relates to romance.
Tapas at Dalt de Tot in Barcelona–wow, so good!
I’ll keep an eye out for it! Last night, after visiting Casa Milas, we had dinner at Pau Claris 190, which was absolutely delicious.
I find stalkers creepy. I had a secret admirer way back when and it was really creepy because I found flowers delivered to my house and letters with poems. Creepy. I never found out who it was but I had a suspicion.
How awful and unnerving that must have felt, hajusuuri.
Of course, I believe that stalking is morally wrong (as well as illegal to various degrees in the U.S.). My comment wasn’t meant to indicate any change in my fundamental feelings on the subject, only the strangeness of the viewing experience while watching this particular tv show. It is, I believe, written to trigger the very dissonance I experienced, and I was wondering if anybody else who watched it felt the same bizarre switching back and forth of perspective.
The last movie i went to see was Bohemian Rhapsody, which was really amazing. At home i am watching Ripper Street, set in Victorian England, a dark crime series, slightly brutal.
The matching scent from my collection would be either Bois Noir, which would fit the better educated policemen or Marlou 50ml d´Ambiguité, for all the skank in the filthy streets of the poor quarters in London.
Wearing Elie Saab Nr. 3 Ambre and preparing some Indian Masala Roast Chicken for todays dinner.
My son and my sisters loved Bohemian Rhapsody…I do want to see it but I think I missed my chance for the big screen.
Vtg Dioressence edt from a NST duo ? oh gosh this is beyond gorgeous. The dry down, so beautiful. Prices on eBay are so high! Did find a bottle that was reasonable.
Congrats on your ebay find — vintage Dioressence is indeed beautiful!!
You smell great…I gave myself a dab of that one last night
I just cleaned out my vacuum’s HEPA filter this morning. I had forgotten it was there. Amazing what a difference it makes. LOL.
I was trying to pick something for work tonight, and on a whim sprayed Eldo Une Amourette, which I’m not very familiar with. Instantly, it gave me a vague scent memory, and made me feel sad, totally worse than being a scrubber! Instead of trying to figure out the reason, I quickly sprayed SL Cedre. Which makes me feel happy ? and satisfies my need of wanting to smell interesting today.
Hey, Madtowngirl, are you the one sending me the Wintery Mix tomorrow morning?!?⛄⛆??
Good for you for treating the perfume that makes you sad in a swift manner! (sometimes I miss noticing their effects until they ruin my whole day …)
Oh no, it’s not me!!? It’s just overcast here today, but I see rain is in our forecast too.
It’s 5am, about 45 minutes before sunrise and I ‘ve been standing outside listeing to the dawn chorus. I live above a tree-filled valley and the mixture of sounds from various native birds puts me in mind of an avant-garde composition for hand bells. No traffic noise. One day I must record it. I spent yesterday going through my notebook collection ( new and unused) trying to decide which one I want to use this year. Rant coming…I always carry a notebook and fountain pen and spend ages trying to decide which one to commit to…weighing them for comparison, looking at the paper quality etc. Most notebooks suffer from similar problems as perfume bottles. They have too many pages ( equivalent to 200ml or 100ml bottles ). My ideal page count is around 80- 120 pages but many notebooks have 200 so they get a bit bulky and heavy and I get sick of them about 2/3 way through. Thick notebooks don’t always open flat, and if they are A5 or smaller become difficult to write on as you get close to the bottom of the page ( cause they are like bricks). I prefer semi-soft covers without spiral binding so I can write close to the margin. Blank pages so I can add sketches. FOuntain pen quality paper. Anyway…none were quite right so I will stick with a soft A5 inside my Oberlin cover which has a pen holder ( important). Spent so long on the notebooks I was able to spray several handy perfumes: smoked ambergris, sunshine, debaser, coco madmoiselle intense, myrrh and tonka, prada mimosa ( poor thing got overcome by fumes and couldn’t compete). Today is going to be hot VCA gardenia petale. There’s actually a lot more I coukd say about notebooks….
I always enjoy your description of wildlife, Kanuka. Hope you will find the just right notebook
Kanuka, what brand of fountain pen do you use? I love fountain pens, but have not found one that doesn’t scratch the page. That’s like nails on a chalkboard for me. Thank you ?
I prefer extra fine or fine nibs. My everyday fun and cheap pen is the Kaweco Perkeo which has a steel nib that gets softer and more flexible as it is worn in. These come in 4 colour combinations so I have them with different coloured ink cartridges (pen costs under US $20 ). Really like them – really comfortable to use, no cramp and the nib gets nicer and nicer.
I also have a Kaweco brass sport pen which is bullet-proof for carrying in my pocket or travel – small so not great for long writing projects . For posh I have a Russian made Benu chameleon which also has a german steel nib but is toatlly OTT, a montegrappa, and a pelikan. I do like German made pens . I like to post the cap when I write. And a Mont Blanc – but the nib is not as fine as I’d like so I use it for drawing.
Wonderful information, thank you so much!! ?
Birds, trees and no traffic noise!
And fresh air….I am very lucky.
I am a notebook fan as well. Lately I’ve been using ghost grid (avail on amazon) which has lightly dotted pages, an index at front, numbered pages, spiral, softcover, decent paper quality. I like it. I ordered some sticky pen holders (stick on with a sticker) and a sticker pocket (I have a ruler and stencil I use a lot) from jetpens. I love pen and paper.
Like quite a few others, I went to see Mary Poppins returns, what I enjoyed most was the scenery and decors of a better than real London. MP would have a handkerchief scented with lavender water imo. I’m not following her example and am in a rather heavy-handed application of VW Boudoir.
Wanted to chime in with a recommendation for the BBC’s Little Dorrit. It’s been around a while, so it is probably old news to most. But if you like Dickens and period dramas, it is a real gem. The not challenging but a crowd-pleaser I’ve watched twice with my family is Seven Days Out, in which each episode is a mini-documentary on the week leading up to a big event. First episode was about the big dog show in Madison Square Garden; the second about that famous restaurant on Madison (no pattern intended) re-opening. Sorry that I am rambling. Am in pain with of all things shingles and am feeling totally crazy. Wanted to tell you all about my visit to the new Scent Bar at Row DTLA, but think I really need to stop typing now!
Oh I’m so sorry about the shingles! Hope it’s not to severe. Would love to hear about your scent bar visit.
I’m so sorry about shingles! My father in law got it awhile ago as did a co-worker about a year ago. It seems to come out of the blue but I’ve also heard it’s somehow related to chicken pox. I hope you can get the medication you need that will get it under control.
I too would love to hear about Scent Bar!
Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. If you have had chicken pox, you can get shingles later in life. Apparently, after a chicken pox infection, the virus is not eradicated from you body, but goes dormant. Sometimes it can “wake up” and cause shingles.
Argh. I had shingles and it is so painful – ugh. Like your body has been wrapped in stinging nettles and fibreglass. Take care of yourself. And Happy New Year! Poor you.
Ouch on the shingles. My mom wants to be vaccinated and she had been on The Wegmans wait list for 3 months. No luck in finding the vaccine anywhere!
Poor you! Shingles are so painful. I hope the medicine kicks in soon so you get some relief.
Oh no, sorry about the shingles! Hope it passes quickly.
Like a few others, i’ve recently watched Ozark. Jason Bateman is usually in comedies so it was good to see him in something different. You know the story line seems so wrong but you keep watching anyway.
I recently rediscovered Parks and Rec on Netflix. I must have missed a couple seasons as there were episodes I’ve never seen before. Such a great cast and a fun show that makes you laugh!
Yesterday I bought the last bottle of carrot seed oil at the health food store. I again tried a sample on my hand before we checked out; its so earthy and fresh at the same time. Stopped in to pick up a bottle of wine at the at the liquor store; the person in line behind us said someone smells good!
Today i used 3 drops of the carrot oil with my unscented lotion and topped it off with vintage Chanel No. 19. Now I’m off to do some laundry!
I read that if you mix carrot seed with cedarwood you get an inexpensive orris
Thank you!! I will try that out.
I’ve started watching Wanderlust on Netflix. Overall I think I like it, but it feels like it hits a little too close to home sometimes…
I cannot recommend Into the Spiderverse highly enough–it was so fantastic, and I loved it enough I will consider paying to see it AGAIN in the theater. Unheard of.
Wow, high praise for Into the Spiderverse!
I have heard this repeatedly- and am glad as it looks really intriguing!
Thank You for the report.
EdM this morning. I like this one- it is very easy and comfortable.
I liked seeing that green hummingbird in the picture. And I know I would enjoy the dawn chorus Kanuka gets. It’s winter where I am, so I’ll have to wait a while before I hear lots of birds outside.
I decided on CDG Blackpepper today. I forgot how much I like that one.
On a bit of a leather quest lately, sparked by my tiny sample of Doblis. Tried Cuir Ottoman at bedtime last night, then Bandit on one arm and Knize Ten on the other early this morning, and have now doused it all with Cuir Mauresque (which seems overly spiced today). Cuir Ottoman is awfully nice, but I still need to track down samples of Skive and Memo Moroccan Leather. And probably others.
The last movie I saw on the big screen was Crazy Rich Asians. I would scent the characters as follows:
Nick Young – Puredistance M
Rachel Chu – Chanel Coco
Peik Lin – ELDO Secretions Magnifique
Astrid Leong – Chanel No. 5 Parfum
Eleanor Young – Guerlain L’Heure Bleu
The last movie I saw was The Incredibles 2. As Jiji said, not as good as the first one but still enjoyable.
In other news, prior to leaving for vacation, I started using wool dryer balls. I sprayed one with Indult Tihota (very vanilla in case you are not familiar) and used it with an old dryer sheet wrapped around it and the entire thing inside a mesh bag with my towels and a blanket. Only the blanket smelled of it because the ball got stuck inside the blanket. I then left the ball out and now, almost 2 weeks later, the ball still smells strongly of Tihota AND my basement smells nicely of it. I dried some T-shirts with it but could not smell the vanilla. I will spray a little more Tihota next week and see if it scents the towels more.
I also use wool dryer balls but haven’t sprayed them with perfume. My husband probably wouldn’t want to smell like any of my perfumes. ? Although, I may try it with a load of towels. I have yet to see Crazy Rich Asians but I hope to soon.
I read the 3 books and I thought the movie was very well done! As to the dryer balls, I would be interested in the outcome.
Do the dryer balls do anything to control static, or just scent the laundry? I’ve seen rubber dryer balls, not sure what benefit they are supposed to offer.
I use the rubber dryer balls in tandem with fabric softener. They are supposed to soften the laundry. They have allowed me to use less fabric softener in the washing machine.
No effect on static electricity. However, if I don’t use them, my towels are less fluffy.
I’m not super up to date on TV shows – Curb your Enthusiasm still is my favorite, but perhaps I’m being nostalgic. Movie-wise, we watched Jurassic Park yesterday (working our way up to Jurassic World, which is waiting in the wings), and I must say, what a blast! I used to be zero interested in action and adventure programming, but now I find it just pure fun, especially if we can convince the kids to watch with us.
Thrift store find today! They had both a bottle of Y parfum and a bottle of Madame Rochas, and I ended up buying the Y. The Rochas smelled pretty good, too!
Good find at the thrift store! I’ve yet to come across a perfume at a thrift store, but there’s always hope. And Jurassic Park is awesome! My husband and I watch it once in a while when we’re feeling nostalgic.
Good call on Curb! It’s hilarious. Thats one series you can re-watch and still laugh.
I heard somewhere that they were starting production of a new season. I hope its true!
As part of my perfume organization plan for the year, I finally got around to creating a list of my collection in my perfume spreadsheet. If you would have asked me before how many bottles of perfume I have, I would have guessed it was around 50. I find (much to my chagrin) that the actual number is about double that. I only counted bottles, not decants or samples. In my defense, some of them are small–for example, I have 13 of DSH’s 1 dram bottles–but still, it is a lot of perfume. Seeing it all in black and white has reinforced my resolve to divest myself of those I don’t really love. I remind myself that the question should not be “Do I like this perfume?” or “Would I wear this perfume?”, but rather “Do I love this perfume enough that I would ever choose to wear it over all the other things in my collection?” After all, whenever I choose to wear a particular perfume, I am in fact choosing against everything else I own.
You may take the above statements as an advisory that there will be more freebies offered in the coming months.
I am taking inspiration from you. I have 2 bottles (for now) for the freebiemeet, one of which is still in the shrinkwrap although just for the heck of it, I may just wear it to make sure I won’t have giver’s remorse!
May I ask what it is?
MAC Velvet Teddy. I lost interest after I bought it but really, I should just wear it to make sure I can part with it.
i have about 10 or 12 bottles to give/swap away, as well as a bagful of samples. Many of the bottles I could probably sell on eBay, but the thought of taking photos, placing the listings, watching the bids, packaging, and shipping (and trying to get it done in a timely manner), is just overwhelming. That is not even to mention worrying about a buyer returning a purchase, or worse, trying to scam me.
You are great! I’ve been on a decluttering spree, and need to do the same in my perfume cabinet as well.
“Do I love this perfume enough that I would ever choose to wear it over all the other things in my collection?”
I just reorganized my collection and catalogued my backups but have not made a total count yet, and I plan to do that this month. I am very sure the total is ridiculously large, but we shall find out.
I really like your final question because the first two don’t really cut to the heart of the matter. The first two are very easy to say yes to; the last one gives you the true answer about whether you should keep it.
The movie Mud is back on Amazon Prime… my husband and I watched it a few years back, and agreed it was the best movie we watched that year. So we were excited when it was back! Fantastic acting from everyone, and an interesting story. I think we’re going to finish watching it again tonight.
Mud with MM from 2013?
Tried on a handful of samples this morning, none of which interested me in the least and went directly to the giveaway pile. Then I wore Etro Heliotrope for the day.
As several of you will know, I am always behind on my TV viewing, as we don’t have cable and my husband and kids monopolize the Netflix, etc. But I am driving everybody at work and at family events — and now all of you — crazy going on and on about AMC’s horror-drama “The Terror”, Season One, from 2018. Terribly gory, painfully suspenseful and the plot is vaguely ridiculous, but the writing is very, very good (especially the character development!) and the acting brilliant: Jared Harris, Ciarán Hinds, Tobias Menzies, British actor Paul Ready and a stone-cold perfect debut by Adam Nagaitis. It’s a dream-like, creepy, supernatural take (based on a Dan Simmons novel) on the disappearance of the Franklin expedition to find the North-West passage, and therefore “what happened” to the crew of the HMS Terror and HMS Erebus. As such, I would never pair it with a beautiful fragrance — God, that would be terrible, it’s so gross. Produced by Ridley Scott and showrun by Soo Hugh (the female Korean executive producer who is going to make the excellent novel “Pachinko” into a miniseries next), it does remind me of the original Alien, except with a sea ship instead of a spaceship, and with lots of fascinating (and accurate) historical details about Victorian nautical life to boot. Normally I hate a combination of realism and ghost stories, but this is so well done. They’re making a second season, about WWII, but it’s bound to not be as good. As usual, I’m not really sunshine and light around here, because my only other obsession of the last couple years was Fincher’s Mindhunter, Season 1. (Although I do also love 2014’s first season of “The Detectorists”, which is gentle fun.)