Ah, Monday morning. (A little reading: How Daylight Saving Time Affects Your Body & Mind at Refinery 29.) What fragrance are you wearing?
I'm smelling more awake than I feel in Aftelier Candide.
Reminder: 11/8 will be Art House / Stunt Perfume Friday...wear a fragrance that you find weird and wonderful but that might not be appreciated by anyone but another perfumista. Bonus points if you've ever received a spontaneous negative response or odd question and still wear it! Suggested by HemlockSillage.
And for those of you who like to plan ahead, see Scent of the day ~ Friday community projects 2019, where I'll try to always have the next five or six weeks mapped out in advance.
Note: top image is MoMA (06bw) [cropped] by Regan Vercruysse at flickr; some rights reserved.
L’Air du Temps pure perfume
I have a question to the community: does anybody know anything about perfume and cats?
How toxic is perfume to cats?
If I wear my perfume liberally around the house – I don’t spray directly on cats of course – can they suffer from toxic levels of some oils or compounds in the perfume formula?
Some toxins build up over time and have cumulative effect and vets can’t say anything in particular other than: there is such possibility, be careful around cats.
So, what I’m asking, for my own peace of mind, do you have cats that survived your perfume addiction for 15-20 years without any damage?
I have an asthmatic kitty, and I gave up perfume for a few months thinking it might be aggravating him. His symptoms never got better and the vet told me that as long as a cat can get away from room sprays, perfumes, essential oils or whatever, then not to worry too much about it. The vet did tell me that I should spray my ‘fumes in a different room from Wheezy Cat!
PS: Totally separate but kinda related? I am trying some L-lysine chewable cat treats for his asthma. There is some evidence that respiratory problems in cats can sometimes be related to a feline herpes virus that they carry from birth. Lysine helps suppress the herpes virus, so I’m giving it a try anyway…..I put 6-12 treats in with his kibble and he gobbles them right up. Will be weeks before we know if it’s making a difference….. #MEOW
I had a cat with asthma, and I had to switch from clay-based litter to something without dust. It made a world of difference.
I TRIED to switch litters….but Gandalf is spoiled rotten and will only use Tidy Cats 24/7 in the yellow and red tub. All the other brands make him snooty, and he refuses to bury his calling cards. And nobody was enjoying that stinky scenario! LOL I’m sure that litter dust is a big problem though!
Gandalf is a really cool name for a cat. I hope he is gray!
Have you tried a very gradual switch, with just a wee bit of another kind mixed in every week?
Amyitis, I have to share my Gandalf’s baby picture since you wondered if he’s gray… HA HA And the 2nd link is recent….
I mean, I HAVE to show you! (I love my furry children…)
The 1st pic is shortly after we brought him home. He IMMEDIATELY assumed the crown and we live only to serve his every need. Our 100 lb labrador is scared of him and won’t make eye contact. He is King Gandalf the Great…..
The 2nd pic is him doing his usual sleep all day routine….
Perfect – love the pics and he is gorgeous!
Oh, you had me laughing at that pic of him in the wash basin! One can just see from the look in his eyes that he is a cat with attitude. Mr Cool and definitely the King!
Thanks for sharing those pics – you made my day.
Love the pics <3 and love the name.
Love the sink photo lol..and of course the perfumes caught my eye..Bronze Goddess and SJP Lovely or is it J’dore? Lol.
Bronze Goddess and Lovely! Good eye! LOL
haha great pictures. and poor doggo, being bullied.
my 55 pound collie refuses to understand cats *are not trying to play* when they hiss and try to slap her with a paw. pretty sure she’d be beaten into submission if i let her ‘play’ closely to one.
He is regal indeed, what a gorgeous creature! I played Cat bingo yesterday, have u seen it?
He’s beautiful! As they say, ‘dogs have owners, cats have staff.’
He’s gorgeous! Gray cats are my favorite! Now I have to share my Teddy in the sink picture! https://flic.kr/p/Ti3DSU
Please let us know if the lysine helps! I have an outdoor colony cat with chronic URI/sinusitis and have thought about trying lysine- seems to be mostly anecdotal reports that it helps.
My own kitty developed some wheezing over the summer and I stopped perfume/candles/incense to no avail. I finally figured out it’s something from the yard (moldy weeds, probably) and she’s stopped wheezing since we stopped letting her go out back.
Good luck to your kitty with the pills, hope it will make a difference.
Another story of a cat suffering from perfume use—my perfumes may have given my cat allergies. I have since started putting perfume on in the bathroom with the exhaust running, and all the wheezing and such my cat was exhibiting has stopped. So I’m sure there are workarounds you can employ
Good to see you back.
Thanks, Amyitis <3
Hello there Koyel! Glad to see you post.
Hey Jalapeno, thanks <3
Cat lady here lol. I also got the kitty lysine from Natural Grocers from the pet section. And I sometimes sprinkle it on their food. But heard too much lysine can cause upset so..just follow whatever your vet says. I got lysine after my cats got a respiratory infection. They are susceptible to URIs..so just be mindful of cleaners,(natural cleaners would be best), overly scented or overly dusty cat litter(I buy unscented and low dust) and ya, I would not spray away your perfume when your cat is right by you. Give them some space:). There are scented wipes for cats and dogs but I would also stay away from those. Also, I would stay away from the crystal cat litter..it’s very dusty in a bad way. And clay cat litter can stick to the paws..it’s just harder to clean..not sanitary..not good. Also, stay away from corn as this is a common cat allergy and of course stay away from meat by-products. So, all in all I would be more concerned with the household cleaners one uses, the cat litter and quality of food. Also, vet said drinking plenty of water is important..so something like a pet water fountain encourages drinking. More info than you needed to know probably lol.
I thought this was just my girl! She absolutely hate perfume so much, I rarely wore it in the house. I was careful with lotion, too. I’d spritz when I was leaving. I used my essential oils in the basement where she couldn’t get to. It was tough trying to finagle a way to block her from a small piece of the basement.
I’d give up every perfume to have that little angel back. Sob.
A cat of mine actually likes it, it seems when I wear perfume…she wants to lick my wrists..I don’t let her of course. Maybe she’s telling me it’s a scrubber lol.
None of my cats seem to have been adversely affected by my perfume. That said, I do apply when they aren’t in the room with me.
I’m wearing Voleur de Roses.
A good pick for November!
You smell wonderful!
Good morning Y’all!
Wearing SJP’s Born Lovely. It’s a lighter sweeter version of the original Lovely, and works better in the office for me.
The office Perfume Grinch called in sick! I would have blasted Mitsouko if I had known he was home today…. hee hee
You smell lovely I got the original from a swap and quite enjoyed it. Ended up gifting it to my mum, it really smells great on her.
I am wearing OJ Woman today, for the first time in months. I am always enamored with the first 30 minutes of just about every OJ perfume. They don’t always thrill me after that, but that first half hour is glorious.
How is it Monday already?
I love that one! Very fall in my mind.
I need to pull out my decant of that one for my transitional fume tray. Thanks for the reminder! ?
A lovely NSTer sent me samples of Bottega Veneta edp and Tiffany edp, so I’m wearing both! Works ok!
Nice:). I like the Tiffany Intense one
I am wearing Dans tes Bras, FM. My sister and I went ot SF Barney’s this weekend. I guess they will be closing the store in SF. Probably after Dec.(?) The sales man was great but frantic. Since the news came out many people have been contacting him. I guess we all want to get our favorites before they are gone.
I did try the new FM Ellena Rose et Cuir. Wow! not at all what I would expect from his other perfumes. Not a buy for me. But got a full bottleof En Passant, one of the most beautiful scents ever, alhtough not very fall. And a travel of Dans tes Bras, becuase as a teacher, one full bottle of anything is a massive treat, can’t do two.
Oh, congrats on your great buys! Was everything at Barneys on sale?
nothing was on sale!
Wearing Courrèges Empreinte, a gorgeous old school chypre.
I ordered a bottle of this earlier today. I wasn’t familiar with any of the Courreges fragrances, but reading the notes and seeing the low price, I decided to take a chance. I am so glad to read that you enjoy wearing it
I can’t wait to try it.
I ordered my Courrèges like that as well. Cheap as chips and very enjoyable. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do.
I also ordered Courreges in Blue
I got Empreinte, Blue, Blanc and a tiny bottle of Eau de Courrèges. Donatella is sure to be proud of me. The Eau is very good, it reminds me of Eau de Rochas.
Wearing Esprit d’Oscar (From a 3.5 ml little rollerball -relax Donatella). The antithesis of this week’s CP.
In other news: I’ve started doing a French language course on my mobile device that has a separate email account linked to it from my computer, which is work owned and maintained and has a work email account linked to it. For the first time EVER, I got ads in French as pop ups. How does this work? No wonder people are so paranoid!
First- Lol at relax Donatella!
And B- be paranoid, The Truth actually is out there!
My brother loves saying: Just because I’m paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get me. Old but true.
Just now again: Alzheimer: 5 aliments á bannir. Really?
somebody’s watchin me??. The internet knows all about ya, they track it all.
But you’re not getting the French ads on your work computer, right?
It always freaks me out when the ads on the food blogs I follow feature the exact perfume I’ve been looking at on Luckyscent. C’mon man, leave me alone! ?
No, that’s the thing. The French ads are on my work computer. That I do not and cannot use for the French language course because of work restrictions. The email adresses used for work and my personal device are also totally different. So this is different from when you sit on one computer and accumulate cookies form different websites to the same computer/device. That would totally explain your Luckyscent adverts on your food blogs. That at least can make you feel better!
Oooh, no! I’d be freaked out too! I’m afraid I have no advice at all. ?
Question: what is your favorite Hermessence?
I love the idea of it but it’s so sheer on me …
It was my go-to perfume though all last fall and winter. I wore it for the first echo for the baby when I first heard his heart beat – I was terrified there won’t be any. And after that it became my good luck charm-perfume. No bad medical news can happen under the protection of the Yunnan Hermes god.
Myrrhe Eglantine followed closely by Ambre Narguile.
Just the first one is more wearable in all kinds of weathers and times of day.
Myrrhe Eglantine is very nice!
I may be the only person who names these two, but I’d have a hard time choosing a favorite between Vanille Galante and Cuir d’Ange.
Depends on what day you ask me, I think.
Trying Eau d’Italie Graine de Joie. I hadn’t even read the notes first so the burst of happy candied fruitiness took me by surprise (i was expecting something nutty, maybe like JM Poppy & Barley), but it’s actually quite nice and fun!
My AS Sunday travel spray is out for delivery today. How exciting
Mine just got here! Have not opened yet because I can’t wear it today anyway.
Got mine today too but it’s already late. Ok, maybe a test spritz later.
Grump, mine says it was delivered today, but I haven’t gotten it yet Hopefully tomorrow!
Isn’t it delicious! I was at her launch yesterday and it was such fun. She did a great job on this. I really enjoy Sunday, the matcha is immediate, the rice note is perfect. I have worn it for 2 days now. It has great longevity. It feels like a warm cozy comfortable wrap on a fall day. I hope it is a big hit. She’s adorable and brilliant to boot!
Solstice Scents Witch’s Cottage today. Notes are Warm Baked Goods, Dried Herbs, Sweet Annie, Soft Woods & Fragrant Hearth Smoke. ? ? ?
That sounds really fun! Do you like it?
That sounds fabulous!
I’m kind of “whatever” on the whole daylight savings thing. I think my state (Washington) has just voted to stay on daylight savings and NOT switch back and forth, which means darker mornings – esp in the winter, but we still had to fall back because Congress has to approve it! Since I’m a morning person, I’d probably prefer that if we wanted to stay one way or the other, it would not be daylight savings timing.
I love Theorema! You smell great!
I’m samplingTF Metallique this morning. Hmmm, lots of soft Ivory soap and a little vanilla in the drydown. I don’t understand the naming, as I get no metal at all. I’ll use it at bedtime and/or as a sheet spray.
If you need a soapy skin scent, or need to take a break from fragrance but still want to wear something, this might be the ticket.
Hey, it just came to me….this is a lot like the Philosophy Grace scents! ?
Sounds like that would get a ‘next’ from me as well.
In Noir Extreme. This is nothing like I thought. It feels like a ylang ylang bomb. Any suggestions for a pretty, more refined vanilla? I gravitate towards smelling like candy fluff as a vanilla, so I think I really need a vanilla to match this monster.
Suggestions welcome. Thanks! Going to shower and put to s of Patchouli eo on.
Posted under Nancy’s post, but hope to grab a suggestion here, perhaps.
Wearing Extreme Noir, which I feel I need a classier vanilla to counteract the overwhelming floral. Any and all suggestions welcome.
Isn’t there a resident vanilla expert ??
Didn’t mean to hijack your post. I was wondering if your perfume was enough to tone down Noir. I love Amazing Grace.
No worries! I haven’t tried Extreme Noir yet, but I’d guess Metallique would neutralize it a bit.
She-ra is definitely the vanilla expert here, but I have some suggestions. Diptyque Eau Duelle in the edp is a nice, rich vanilla, medium sweet to me. SL Un Bois Vanille is also nice, lighter and less sweet than the ED. Montale Chocolate Greedy is sweet and has a good bit of vanilla in with the chocolate. Dame Black Flower Mexican Vanilla has a lot of spice with the vanilla. Lastly, Arquiste Anima Dulcis is cocoa/vanilla/cinnamon/chocolate and it is perfect.
Hope this helps!
Off to look up that Arquiste!
Thank you. That is a great list, I have smelled none of them and can’t wait to sample.
And thanks for being so gracious.
Your review of Metallique makes me want to sniff that, too. Nice comparison with Philosophy scents, that’s helpful.
If you live near a Sephora, they may have a tester bottle. That was the source for my sample! ?
A soapy TF? No thanks! Money and skin space saved!
I’m the odd one that really likes Metallique. The soapy doesn’t last long on me, and I really enjoy the vanilla.
Calming Jour d’Hermes for a Monday morning I want nothing to do with.
Alaska has been trying to be rid of Daylight Savings Time for a while. I get it, the winters are dark and depressing enough without being in complete darkness by 4 pm, but being FIVE hours behind the east coast for half a year is going to make it hard for some people (me!!) to do their jobs. I have to make a lot of phone calls, and having to sort which offices are where and have most of it done by noon isn’t realistic. Get rid of it entirely, but state by state is just gonna goof people up.
Agree, it is easier if everyone is on the same schedule.
Almost twins in the Absolu! You smell fab!
Sampling Bengale Rouge. Definitely good for fall weather
…leads the willing and drags along the unwilling. (sorry, could not resist)
I thought it was funny as well. I even had to think before I remembered that it was one of the Amouages.
This week started for me with Hermessence Agar Ebene. A touch of gently masculine woodiness feels comforting when it’s grey outside.
After almost wearing my decant of Sous le Vent but reaching for something else the last couple weekends, I’m finally wearing it today. I think it is adding a content/peaceful feeling to my Monday. It’s the 2006 reissue version, which having never smelled the vintage, I find very soothing and lovely.
A content / peaceful feeling is exactly what every Monday needs.
Monday….I did my old commute today to attend a meeting…nothing changed for the better
SOTD = Hiram Green Voyage 2019 (or 2.0 as per my brain)
Although I have not worn 1.0 recently, I recall it being medicinal at the beginning and thinner overall. 2.0!did start slightly medicinal but that dissipated almost immediately and ambernilla (not gourmand) took over and the magnificent drydown lasts and lasts (I know because I wore this yesterday too). Thanks to cazaubon for placing the bottle order and shipping it to me!
In Splitmeet news, since comments have closed, I’ll mention that if you are interested in a split of the Hermessence travel sprays, I already have one set of four filled and will take more for the 2nd set (2 spots left). $46.48 + exact shipping, U.S. only). Please dibs here and send me an email (click on my username) with your zip code, bottle (1st choice, alternate if the 1st choice is not available) and sample request. My goal is to purchase these in person by this Thursday so I would need payment by Wednesday if you are in on the split. Thanks.
Boo for your old commute! That one was rather evil, wasn’t it?
Yep and today, all trains were late. And what really demonstrates deficiencies in NJTransit – they did not even change the time on the digital signage! Seriously? It’s not like this was the first time change ever, nor is the digital signage a new thing and they are still working out kinks for something that only happens twice a year!
Kind of tired today. My whole routine is thrown off due to Daylight Savings Time. I am happy that my decant of Havana Vanille is coming from TPC but wondering when my decant of L’air des Alpes Suisses is coming. When I ordered it with a other decant, they said it was out of stock and will ship it when they had it. Tomorrow my candle order arrives and I am happy with that. My dogs are getting another double Barkbox this month, spoiled dogs. Wearing Coromandel for comfort today.
Tired twins! I hope you get your order soon.
At this point, it’s looking more like Wednesday for the candles.
Tired triplets, alas.
Barbara Bui because I haven’t worn it in an age.
I am wearing Acqua di Parma Colonia Assoluta, which has been sadly discontinued
I have purchased a backup bottle.
Has it? I guess something had to go, with all the new ones. At least you are stocked up!
Deva reminded me that I have a big honkin’ bottle of Cologne pour le Soir that I haven’t worn since May, so I put some on. The Portland Sniffa this weekend was fabulous, though I came home with about half the no longer loved things I’d brought. However, I did get a half-dozen or so new-to-me bottles.
Details needed, for those living vicariously!
I got a 10ml decant of vintage Tatiana–It was my “signature scent” in my twenties–that I swapped for Une Fleur de Cassie. I got a new bottle of TF Ombre Leather for a new bottle of Yosh Ginger Ciao. I swapped my hated TDC Jasmin Nuit for a Les Nereides vanilla, a Zara solar floral, and Etro Jacquard. I swapped Hermes Eau de Citron Noir for an Ann Gerard sample set, and I got a bottle of Angel Muse for Versace Blonde parfum. Everybody also gave perfume away, just because we have so much and if you’re not wearing it, why not rehome it? I think there will be a perfume raffle on Facebook of the stuff we put on the “Free to a Good Home” table. It was a great day.
As we get closer to November 5 (Guy Fawkes Night) the fireworks have started. Fortunately my cat is completely oblivious to it.
In Terry de Gunzburg Ombre Mercure which smells remarkably like l’Heure Bleue.
Glad to hear that your kitty doesn’t have a problem with pyrotechnics!
Thank you Jalapeno. She is also completely relaxed about the vacuum cleaner.
she should be named ‘braveheart ‘
This could be third times the charm.
Will anyone recommend some more ‘pretty’ powerhouse vanilla. Just looking for something to help make the loud floral in Extreme Noir something I can wear. I didn’t expect this much flower power.
And so sorry Nancy, if this goes under your post again.
Thanks for any suggestions!
Have you tried Tihota? It’s expensive but the scent is out of this world vanilla.
I have a sample, somewhere. Thanks for the reminder. Totally blanked on that.
L’Artisan Havana Vanille which might now go by by another name, and Hinoki Vanilla. I also second Anima Dulcis from above.
Thanks. I’m going to be sampling a lot! I really have to justify this perfume. My purchases this quarter so far haven’t all been home runs.
Maybe Casmir might work for layering? Plenty of vanilla in that one.
Cashmir? Another one I’m out of the loop on. I’m up for sampling anything! Thanks for helping. No more blind buys!
It’s 85 here, so yay winter. Sprayed Pom Noir last night, and it’s still cogitating. Put on an overlay of Omnia, which somehow got some of the motor oil viscosity Poison on the sprayer.
85! Lucky you.
Felt like a really busy weekend…was exhausted last night and slept quite well, which matters more to me every day.
I’m on a peach kick of late, so am wearing Allure today. I ended up with it as we cleared out my parents’ house last summer. It really is a lovely scent. Certainly something I wouldn’t vote off the island.
Picked up a few items from Deciem on sale. I do really like the volume support hair cleanser, so got another tube of that. Bought some serum foundation, but I think the color I got is a bit light…may try to exchange it for next one up in tone. Anyone have other recommendations?
Have a good week all!
No recommendation other than potentially holding off on the foundation exchange. You were on vacation a week or two ago and ay have picked up some color. Wil your skin stay the same or become lighter during the winter?
PSA: I just started using Method x Minted Wild Wood hand soap, and it smells very much like Santal 33 to me. It’s available at Target. The scent is very strong and will linger on your hands for some time.
Oh nice! Thanks for the PSA
Adding more thanks, I will look for that!
Between jet lag and daylight savings time, I don’t know which way is up! Just got back from an amazing trip to Sedona and the Grand Canyon. My first time in that part of the country, and while both were incredibly beautiful, I found myself in awe of Sedona’s red rocks. Surrounded, in a good way, by something so majestic is really a spiritual experience.
I took Ineke’s Idyllwild with me, which was oddly appropriate with the pine trees all around.
Wow! I need to plan a trip to Arizona in the near future!
Your trip sounds like it was marvelous. Welcome back to chilly and dark!
Oh yay! Did you see the north rim or the south rim?
And Idyllwild sounds like a perfect match.
I am starting my week of weirdos with Dzing! Which is one of my most worn perfumes.
Gave myself a good spray of LElephant at our drugstore. I think this is a weird one too with all the spices.
Dzing is extra points, I think
Monday and back to work after a few weeks off ??? Softening the blow with a very generous dose of 28 La Pausa.
Wearing Orchidee Vanille, greatly resembling her sister, Bois d’Iris.
I love Orchidée Vanille, it seems a bit more outspoken than the very well mannered Bois d’Iris.
I am wearing Pear + Olive today. It’s not an odd smell; in fact it’s really nice and I don’t think anyone would object to it, but one time i had it on and told someone the name of it. I got a funny look. I liked it even more after that.
That’s funny — I wonder why?
Today I welcome back a lost old friend: my Alvarez Gomez “Agua de Colonia Concentrada” got lost in the move to Malaga (oh, irony!). I finally got around to getting a replacement, 80ml for about €8.50 so very much a cheap thrill. Spicy orange-and-geranium is so good this time of the year.
Most of my perfumes are at home in Malaga but I have a BeauFort London travel pack with me so I can do the rest of the week in the CP.
Do you have that really nice Discovery set of 5 x 7.5 mLs travel sprays?
That’s the one, in the leather roll. :^)
I’m sampling Guerlain’s Embruns d’Ylang. I’m finding it weird, not wonderful and I’m not appreciating it, so it doesn’t fit the cp! On me, it has a pretty dense bergamot note similar to the texture of the lemon in Shalimar, and a boat load of ylang. Oh, plus a vaguely acqatic salt accord. Coulda been interesting, but I’m finding it dull and heavy. Onwards!
Hello your Hollyness?
I have a sample of this too. I may have smelled this in-store while my nose was fatigued. I will have to revisit!
Ack! That moniker better not stick! ??
Or wait… why not?
It’s late when I left it…maybe no one will see it ???
Ha! Some of us are the late shift readers…
? Ah, but there are several nighttime readers…
More than you might think
I love the nighttime crew!?❤
I got derailed while trying to post much earlier.
SOTD was Jour d’Hermes Absolu since I couldn’t decide this morning. It’s an easy one when I don’t have a particular craving for anything.
Marathon drumming was really fun, but cold and we were there for about 6 hours. Really thrilling to watch the 1st in each category head into Central Park for the last 2 mile stretch!
What an experience! What was the significance of the green outfit?
Well, apparently we were sponsored by Biofreeze, so the green sweatshirts were courtesy of them (so we could provide free advertising). Though the green is a good rep for Brazil, too!??
I was wondering where your group was Elisa P! I did watch some of the marathon yesterday, and kept my eyes on the background.
Alert: Today only Saks Fifth Avenue is having a 15% off beauty sale, i.e. a sale on the stuff that never goes on sale. I believe the code is Special SF (also use a Freeshipping Code).
A good chance to suddenly get that full bottle of that pricey stuff that is not sold along 8th Avenue, without any worry of a forgery.
No, I do not work in any way for Saks, or its parent company, or any fragrance company. I did finally break down and get Jicky Extrait
Ugh, it’s dark already. And I found out over the weekend that the Lord & Taylor store closest to me is closing. Phooey on both those items.
SOTD = Prada Infusion d’Iris EdP, from the sample stash. Thunk! I needed some iris-y backbone today.
Nice call in the Prada!
I agree on the ugh re: it’s dark already. I am discombobulated?
Grrrr, ON not in
I’m also out of it. Apparently, one of the cats threw up in the bedroom this morning. I slept thru it. Mr. Jalapeno told me about it when he came home from work.
Oh no on the cat’s contribution. Our cat seemed to always throw up in anywhere we had carpet; it was never in the kitchen or bathroom.
I guess as long as he was comfortable and had soft carpet under his feet.?
I hear ya. My dog stands on tile and ralphs on the area rug. ?
Agreeing with your phooey!
There was definitely a fair amount of Monday-ness today.
I don’t understand all the fall back negativity? I struggle with springing forward. We gained an extra hour of sleep ?
You only gain an extra hour of sleep if your body clock adjusts as well…
And mine did when I was young, but now it takes me ages to get into sync. Spring is worse, it’s true.
I do much better with fall back. It seems like it’s my sweet spot. Springing forward is a real struggle for me. I’ve been in bed as early as 8 PM before the time change. Still, I wish they’d just leave it alone.
I usually have problems with everything getting dark early. I have less energy and seem to want to sleep more. I prefer having more daylight in the afternoon.
Today I wore my gorgeous McQueen Le Parfum. Mmmm. I went out early to begin attending a weekly class called The Savvy Caregiver, which looks good. It runs for six weeks. I need this, probably less for the actual information than for the social support. It had a dozen people today. Some like me have parents, two have grandparents, one has a daughter in her 40’s (I didn’t know MS can result in dementia), but most had a spouse. It must just be so very difficult. I’m glad to be trying this. Incidentally it meets at the church George and Barbara Bush attended and where their funerals were. Quite a fancy place with a campus and many outbuildings. Nice part of town!
Anyway, after that I went shoe shopping at Nordstrom and while I was there, tried all four Chanel travel scents. Also the new one which is Riviera. I liked it next best after Deauville. Did not like Biarritz, it seemed harsh and aggressive. They have a Christmas gift box set of the original three ? but I’m not that likely to buy any of them. Deauville just smells somehow very “classy” but I don’t get anything more particular from it. It’s odd in that way.
What a great idea for a class!
MS can result in anything bad you can think of, seriously. I have a half sister with MS.
Good for you for finding that class; the support and the connections with others going through similar experiences is sooo important.
Incidentally, I sniffed the four Chanel Les Eaux today at Nordies, too. Deauville is probably my front-runner as well, but I doubt that I would ever buy any of them. Nice but not compelling — that’s my current verdict.
I had the day off today. I ran some errands, then had an appointment with a new cardiologist. My old one retired. I have a new honey conditioner, so me with my bright ideas, decided to try Back to Black for the first time. I was in honey overload, and ended up with a headache. I struggle with honey, and should have known better.
I hope that your new cardiologist was a good visit. It can be difficult to replace a good medical/dental/specialist provider.
Yeah, it seemed ok. It takes awhile to get used to new people.
I hate having to break in new doctors, too.
On the other hand, outlasting one’s medical personnel is kind of a good sign…
Ha!, well the retired doctor actually retired pretty early. It was a bit of a surprise.
Good luck with your new doc.
I really love honey scents but not the animalic scents. I hope your head feels better.
Thanks Petunia. I think I just oversprayed. It’s just a dull ache now.
SotD = Hiris
Because Hiris feels like it gives me an extra bit of spine stiffening on a sleepy Monday.
Stayed up late last night because my brain wouldn’t shut off. Watched the movie Limitless with Bradley Cooper. Too much drama, haha. Curses on you, Nextflix! ?
Hope everyone had a wonderful Monday and sleeps well tonight!
Hello, iris twin!
woot woot! Iris iris! ?
Dashed into Sephora this evening and came out reeking… On one hand I have Hermes Eau de Neroli Dore and Elixir des Merveilles; on the other hand I have Givenchy Pi (sweet almond! I did not know this…) and JM Myrrh and Tonka. Now that I’m home, the cats are keeping their distance, but I’m kind of enjoying myself.
All good picks…do you love any of them?
Had a roommate who was devoted to Pi. He was horrible, but he smelled good!
I like Pi as well!
I’m kinda tickled to hear that Elixir dM is still out on the shelves at a Sephora. I haven’t seen it in a long time around here.
Enjoy your reek session!
Testing a free sample that came with my last Indigo order. Has anyone out there tried Ganymede by Marc-Antoine Barrois? I really like it so far. Probably not FB worthy, especially for the price, darn. Plus, only 100 ml bottles. Why?
I’ve never liked the 100 ml bottle. Aesthetically speaking. It’s just too much.
I just received the new Sylvaine Delacourte orange blossom collection. Don’t like any of them.
that’s disappointing. i had two of her vanilla ones and found them well done though rather light on lasting power.
One of them got on my Fitbit, and it’s smelling pretty good this morning. I’ll give them a second chance. I do really like Dovana and Helicriss a lot. I’ve repurchased both. The one ounce bottles are gorgeous. Really like the packaging, and how Madame Delacourte interacts with people online.
It’s already Tuesday, and I’ve been AWOL for days. I’ve been mostly commando for perfume the past few days. Saturday I sprayed a bit of Nicolai Fig-Tea on my arms in the afternoon, but I think that may have been about it since last Wednesday. I really like that Fig-Tea, though.
I started reading Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik on Saturday night, and finished it on Sunday morning. I wondered whether there could possibly be a better way to goof myself up right as the time changed, but reading all night didn’t seem to have too bad an effect. I had had naps before and after staying up that night, which must have blunted the effect.
I know a number of you have mentioned liking the book. I thought it was good. I didn’t like how rough life was for the likable characters, but even without Fae folk and demons, life could be very rough in reality in 19th-century Eastern Europe.
I recently looked over an historical atlas of Eastern Europe, and read a little about how the various partitions of Poland and changing claims on other territories affected the Jews living in the area in the 18th and 19th century. I know a set of my great-grandparents came from Romania in the 1920s(?), perhaps earlier. Grandma Clara always said that America was a wonderful place, even though she’d lived through the Great Depression here.
Back to fiction: Miryam compared herself to stereotypes now and then, but her actions were understandable given the situations she was in. Though she could be tough in her way, she and several of the other women who narrated parts of the book seemed so vulnerable to abuses, sometimes for reasons they didn’t understand. But knowledge is power for them. The ability to still use critical thinking in bad circumstances was very helpful to Miryam and Irina.
I’m not that familiar with Russian or Lithuanian fairy tales or folk tales. I recognized the name of the demon, and had heard tales that included a glass mountain, but didn’t know what “Staryk” represented. I thought they might possibly symbolize Cossacks, but that link didn’t seem terribly strong to me.
I still like some of the Temeraire books better. I’m more familiar with British history, and what happened to the people in areas the British, French, Spanish, and other Europeans colonized. I could appreciate where the changes happened when you threw in dragons. Laurence could be awfully slow on the uptake about a situation that might be obvious to the reader, and Temeraire could be quite vain about his appearance and intelligence compared to the average British dragon, but in general I liked them, and some of the vivid secondary characters.
I’ve been reading a lot lately. I guess it’s a harmless hobby.
I don’t know the book, but I really like Fig Tea!