Saturday is World Heritage Day / International Day for Monuments and Sites and Sunday is Bicycle Day.
We’re not biking off to any monuments, but we are marking the weekend with our usual open thread poll. Talk about anything you like — the fragrance you’re wearing today, the fragrance that you blind-bought because you couldn't go to the stores, whatever.
Or, ask a question about fragrance, then see if anyone else has asked a question that you can answer…
Note: top image is Have a nice day! [background extended] by Erich Ferdinand at flickr; some rights reserved.
Wearing Bang! (Marc Jacobs) today, still searching for Eau de Reglisse. Happy World Heritage Day and Happy Weekend everyone!
That Reglisse is really hiding from you!
Sorry but I can’t resist posting this recipe video
It’s the logical evolution of Frito pie in the bag:
Lol – I love Fritos. My chip of choice. (Oh, wait – I also love salt and vinegar potato chips.) His “recipe” sounds pretty good, but I’d use a bowl. And my homemade chili WITH beans. And the Fritos as more of a garnish than a base. So now it’s a different recipe. Hmmm – maybe dinner tonight?
That’s exactly how we eat my chili, garnished with Fritos, shredded cheese and a little sour cream. So good. Fritos are also the perfect thing to eat alongside a tuna melt, too.
Love this — thanks!
Frito pie!!! This sounds like the perfect party plan for after the lockdown is over. Seriously! And the Fritos are $11.80 for a box of 40 1oz bags.
Yeah, but all that packaging garbage. I can’t do it. Buy one larger bag.
Yes, buy the big bags, get out some bowls, and avoid burning your hands.
Oh you are SO dangerous, This sounds amazing.?
It will cost another 10 miles on my bike.
The video just fascinates me. There is something alchemical about it.
Lordy, I am one who likes her junk food but that looks utterly disgusting haha. Tyfs though:).
The fiery red Cheeto-encrusted turkey stuffed with cheddar and potatoes takes the prize, though. ?
Yech lol..I guess if I feel like getting around to dieting(not likely lol) I can visit that site to get grossed out lol.
Yes, that’s a great idea!
Happy Saturday, everyone! I’m happily marinating in Nasomatto Black Afghano this morning. I’m in love, truly madly deeply. I started laughing when I first dumped the dabber on my arms. It was about half full. Got it from Scent Bar last January when I was visiting my daughter. Time to go searching for a split of this one or a partial bottle. ❤️❤️❤️❤️
I wore D600 and Feu Secret yesterday (sample thunks) before my grocery shopping, and then showered when I got back. Am I the only one who showers down after I’ve been out in the world? Just seems wise.
Wore a body spray, Celtic Moon Spice from Eclectic Lady, layered over Egyptian musk oil after shower. Got both from amazon. Nice combo, and very soothing! This might be my new bedtime fragrance now that I’ve thunked Lush Twilight.
Okay, so I’ve decided to take on a project. I’ll be cooking my way through a cookbook called Whole Grain Mornings, by Megan Gordon. It’s a bit of a cheat, as I’ve made several of the recipes already, but there’s still plenty to work with. Not affiliated, just a fan of breakfast and breakfast for dinner! ?
Does Black Afghano has a killer power on you? I remember it being incredibly strong on me.
Do you plan to get more of any of those scents you thunked or are you ready to let them go?
I think taking a shower is a wise decision. No authorities advise to do it in Poland but I’ve heard a trychologist on the radio and she suggested to wash your hair any time you go out.
It doesn’t have a lot of sillage, but it’s been on skin for three hours and is still humming along. Some smoke in the first half hour, but not too much, and the smoke is gone at this point. It’s wearing pretty close to me. A few minutes after I applied it, my hubby couldn’t smell it on my arm when it was 18 inches away from his nose. It’s a nice little bubble, but it is stronger than what I usually wear.
I really like the irises I tried, but none of them are ‘love’. I’m learning to wait for the ones that make me swoon and give me a crick in my neck from burying my nose in my elbow bend. ?
Good to hear the info about shampooing. I think we all touch our face and hair more than we think we do.
A song for you and Black Afghano?
Lol, thanks lillyjo! Love that song. ?
You should use it next time we do a music cp!
Hint hint, Robin ?
I love your cookbook I idea..
I made several recipes from a Parsi cookbook my neighbor (who is Parsi) gave me. We are vegetarian (well I should say I am not very strict but Mr L is) so I made some substitutes. For the saffron chicken recipe I used tofu. Tonight is pepperoni pizza for the kids. I need a night off..
I know how you feel about needing a night off from dinner prep. ?
Breakfast is the BEST meal any time of day!
Hahaaa, I understand exactly how he feels!
I’m not going out, but on the unavoidable trips to my building’s lobby to pick up mail, I often cover my hair with a scarf.
Laugh out loud perfumes are a treasure, truly madly deeply sounds like real love.
It is! I’m huffing the last of it in the crook of my elbow. ?
Your project reminds me of the movie Julie and Julia. Have you seen it? I thought it was cute, Amy Adam’s character cooks her way through Julia Child’s cookbook and blogs about it.
I’ve seen the movie and read the book! The book I’m working from is much smaller than Mastering. MtAoFC is way too ambitious for me!
I baked my way through Dorie Greenspan’s Dorie’s Cookies a few years ago. Boy did my colleagues enjoy that experience!
Oh my goodness, that book is huge! I bow to your cookie feat! ?
What were your favorite recipes? Did you learn anything from the experience that you didn’t expect?
There were a handful I passed on for various reasons but the majority I did bake.
One of the best was her Greek Honey Dainties. The flavor and texture was sublime. I also love all of her sables. She’s famous for her World Peace cookie – a chocolate, chocolate-chip sable – and rightly so as it’s a deliciously decadent cookie.
And although not a surprise, I will say all of her recipes, all of them, were great. You follow the recipe and there’re no disappointments. She truly is a master baker.
I need to check out the book you’ll be cooking through. I’m not familiar with it but it sounds good!
Thank you floralgal, for the detailed answer! I’ve noticed the World Peace cookies are all over Instagram right now, so I’ll have to give them a try.
I’m a fan of her cookbooks; her recipe notes are so fun to read. Around My French Table is another good one of hers.
Despite quarantine and general slow-down of life, those days do pass by really quickly, don’t they?
I’m wearing Salute ! from Parfum d’Empire today. It’s the scent of wine cellars, powdery iris and murky oakmoss. Interesting and quite unusual.
You’re right about the time passing quickly, Lucas. I like the Pd’E line and it sounds like I need to try Salute!
Do also try Aqua di Scandola and Immortelle Corse! They all 3 come from new Heritade Corse collection and are gorgeous.
I’m gonna wear Scandola when it gets really warm, it’s a lovely marine refreshment.
Thanks, Lucas, I will follow your suggestions!
And here’s a photo to go along with my SOTD.
You do a great job of capturing the scents with the composition and photos, Lucas!
Wow! Gorgeous picture!
I think one of the most meaningful things said to me was in a yoga class a few years ago. The instructor said “The time will pass anyway, no matter how you spend it. Make the choices for how you spend your time be ones that are meaningful or right for you and the world.”
Of course she was recommending that one of our choices be yoga! But I’ve heard those words in my head ever since. It’s not that I never goof around online or watch tv or whatever, but I do think about my choices more and more because that precious time keeps passing!
That’s a lovely way to make one realize the unconscious choices we make by being distracted and I am WAY more distracted these days, I guess because I feel like I have an sense of expanded time.
A good wake up call for me springpansy!
Wine and perfume, a natural fit.
What a lovely photo. You always do such a beautiful job. Too tempting!
Have you reviewed the Abel line yet?
Mmmmarrrrccchhhh seemed to drag on forever, but I agree – Maypril is whizzing by. ?♂️
Lord — wine cellars, iris, and oakmoss sounds like my perfume dreams come true. I’ll have to check this one out!
Living in wine country, I’ve had occasion to work a harvest season at a local winery, take various winemaking classes, and hang out with winemaking friends. The smell of a winery during fermentation is one of the headiest and thrillingest things I’ve smelled. I’ve practically embarrassed myself by heavy breathing in wineries in the fall!
I’m Tea for Two today:
Hope all are feeling well! I’m putting out an APB on Flopper! Has anyone heard or “seen” her?
Thinking about you if you’re reading this, flopper.
In January she had posted that she was going to take a year long social media break. I hope she is well.
Oh, thanks for telling me! I must have missed that post. When the regulars aren’t showing up in these weird times, I tend to worry. ✌?
I emailed her a couple of weeks ago, and she’s doing fine!
Good to know..
Good to know?
Where is BEAR!!!!!
I miss him
Bear come back..I will share my espresso
Idk… I miss him too. I hope he’s ok, and just ignoring his fan club, lol
how dare he! ;0)
Flopper said a couple of months ago that she was taking a long break from social media. Hope she is ok.
See my response above! Thanks! ✌?
I’ve wondered about Flopper, too. Thanks for posting this.
Hermes Poivre Samarcande, a calming/centering fragrance for me. About to head upstairs to my little workout area for Sarah Beth Yoga.
NM is doing their gift card..weren’t you lemming for Guerlain AN..just in case.
Ah, thank you! I’ll check it out.
I haven’t gotten myself in the shower yet but wearing no 5. I made the mistake of window shopping at Sephora and since I am an Insider, I won’t be able to get the sale code until either the 23rd or 24th. I have a $25 gift card and I am looking at the no 5 body lotion. I ordered the no 5 bar soap but they don’t have anymore of the no 19 bar soap. It seems like the things I ordered early this month haven’t even shipped yet. I am going to continue on with no 5 today.
Yes, shipping times are terrible. I placed an order yesterday, and my delivery date is 4/29! It was a small order, just skin care, and nothing I’m out of.
You ordered from Amazon? Even though I am a Prime member, they pretty much don’t seem to be honoring the 2 day shipping thing, even for Prime Pantry.
No, it was a Sephora order.
I cannot make heads or tails of what amazon is up to.
Neither can I. They are saying that essential items are being shipped first but those essential items are taking forever to ship. It’s making me lose faith in Amazon and I never thought i would say that. A Prime Pantry order is now taking two weeks to ship, not 2 or 3 days.
After my shower this morning I started with Boyfriend body oil, intending to wear Boyfriend the perfume today. For some reason I totally forgot this plan during the 18′ stroll from the bathroom to the bedroom and sprayed on Nicolai New York instead. NY is one of my favorites and it smells great but it completely obliterated the scent of Boyfriend. Oh well
Getting ready to make that good old pantry standby, tuna noodle casserole. At my mom’s request I picked up some of our favorite chocolate and took it out to her today, so I basically just had candy for lunch (I made sure she ate well, though.) In other words, I’m ready for a hot meal and some vegetables!
Oh WHAT FUN ringthing.
I envy you that.
I have Boyfriend spray and body oil, I should wear that tomorrow!
I wore Angel liqueur de parfum with the body oil spray. I’m so sure everyone was 10 feet away from me today!
Yum. I have been craving tuna casserole lately. Might have to follow your lead. (The candy part I already have covered )
The “scent of boyfriend” made me laugh out loud. I haven’t smelled this fragrance, but scent-of-boyfriend in my life would be bar oil, high mountain air, and strong coffee. God, I miss him.
I made tuna spread this week, just cream cheese, capers and anchovies mixed together. Lovely on bread. We also had it with noodles as a sauce.
I’d you don’t mind my asking, did you use tuna in water or in oil? This sounds easy and tasty.
I did use tuna with oil, but I think the other would work too.
Mon Precieux Nectar
Sipping on a latte I made at home
Went to the farmers market this morning, its getting more difficult for me to keep this up every Saturday. The whole experience is not ideal, but I want to support the farmers.
I am in all blue again (johanob you cannot be blue today ) A blue pleated skirt and a blue sweater I picked up in Canada last year.
I am reading Saint X, so far its just Ok. The previous books are read the last few weeks are Oona out of Order ( I recommend for a fun read, especially if you are a New Yorker) Dear Edward, and My Dark Vanessa.
Haha!Not blue AT ALL my friend,had an awesome chilled Saturday.I discovered a new-ish rock band from Sweden,”The Nightflight Orchestra”.There’s one song,”The last of the independent romantics”,which makes me think of you!(and a certain google image hahaha!)Go listen,you’ll also get an idea of my music taste.Hehe!
Ooooo I am intrigued
Of course I will listen!
Report back soon ❤️ ?
Haha!Awesome!Always scared people don’t like my type of music!??
We are in the same wave length ?
You will be responsible for another night of ??
Oh yay!Glad you enjoyed them.Their full albums are spectacular,and I do hear some ABBA influence in their sound too.I probably should have said that song is 9minutes long…but it’s 9minutes of auditory bliss!!
Don’t mind the length
You smell divine.
You smell marvelous.
Thanks, I love this one too
What have your farmers market experiences been like? I joined a CSA since I wasn’t sure if they’d be up & running or how they’d work.
I’ve stopped going to the farmers market by me as it’s not comfortable at all with too many people.
I wore Wood Sage and Sea Salt this morning because I wanted something comforting when I took the dog to the vet. (GI issues, yuck.). We had to do the parking lot drop off which was very stressful for my husband because he really doesn’t like sending her into the vet alone.
Now we’re all happily back at home. I’m sampling “Squad” by Capsule Parfums and really digging it – notes are soju, pink and black pepper, jasmine liqueur and suede. It may be going on my “eventual full bottle” list!
Oh, hi twin!
Hope your doggy feels better soon!
She’ll be fine. She had to get a B12 shot, some antibiotics and switch back exclusively to her prescription food. (I didn’t even know that existed until we got her!) She’s happily snoozing in a sunbeam right now.
Healing vibes for your furry princess!
I spritzed on some Wood Sage and Sea Salt when I got up this morning, and it’s just not the thing for today – a bit of a rainstorm came out of nowhere and it’s chilly (after teasing us with sunshine and high 60 degree temps). I have to go into the office sometime today to do a few things while it’s relatively unpopulated in there, so at some point I’ll take a shower and switch to something warmer – maybe Indochine or Ummagumma. Or Cuir Ottoman. Or Cuir Cannage. Hopefully the hand will have its way and choose something cozy.
I’m sorry your first choice didn’t fit the day! (You smelled lovely.) Hope your second choice is just perfect.
Wearing Ormonde Jayne Seraphim and enjoying immensely this rose wood, violet/iris beauty a lot. Few dabs go a long way.
Grey, rainy and COLD again!!! Not fun at all! I am spending the day cooking and baking.
Tons of coffee today to stay awake, since I went to sleep so late last night or I should say early this morning watching some full Broadway shows and Cirque du Soleil performances online. I cannot focus on movies or any tv shows these days. I need a different time of entertainment.
Happy and healthy weekend, everyone!
Do you have one of the 50 bottles of Seraphim? Or is it a decant?
It is a small decant sent by a very generous NSTer.
Seraphim sounds amazing!! I’ve never heard of it til now!! (To the Googles!!)
Same for the shows, I’ve been watching the Show Must Go On Andrew Lloyd Webber series. Phantom this week!! :0)
I saw the cutest thing on instagram yesterday – Isabella Rossellini was singing happy birthday to a big factice of Tresor. It’s 30, and she’s apparently been wearing it since she was the model in its introductory campaign.
What a wonderful image!I will go and seek it on Insta
omg tresor is 30? Makes me feel old haha. I wore it a lot when it was about 6 yrs old.
I haven’t found the Instagram post, but I found this video interview of Isabella recounting the origins of Tresor:
That’s pretty cool that she actually wears the perfume.
Such a beautiful woman.
I’ll not forget the day I ate a late lunch out in the little park down the street from my office on W45th street and she came and sat a couple of seats over from me and spoke on her phone about her birthday to someone.
Chilled Saturday over here,listening to some new music,and just being in the moment.
SOTD!Diesel Only the Brave Tattoo edition.Sometimes I do like to smell like a frat boy.Lol.
Speaking of music,KellyC:I discovered a song you might enjoy:My Delorean by Timetraveller1983.Immediately thought of you!Haha!
sometimes I like to smell like a frat boy, too.
Innocent fun while we still can,hey????
Sometimes I like to smell a frat boy ?
Sorry johano, couldn’t resist!
Shortly before lockdown,I actually did smell a frat boy…haha!No Simon Baker,so a re-smell not in the works….LOL!?✌??
I Miss Violet is my SoTd to combat this cold windy day.
Here is a quote from an article/interview of Bertrand Duchaufour by Miguel Matos discussing said perfume in Fragrantica that really spoke to me:
“Surprises are a provocation on yourself and that’s why they are interesting.”
It is so uplifting and grounding at the same time.
Is he THE MAN or what?
And a ‘Thank You’ to OaklandFresca for this beauty!
I love the name of this one and I have been craving violet.
It is really my favorite of the ones I have tried.
I smell violet and it doesn’t turn Iris-ey (though I like Iris a lot) I am sniffing my collar – it is pungent. crisp, green.
Not powdery yet but alittle lipstick is present. It is warming in the sun with me.
You probably would love it. If ISM had a violet cousin/ counterpart this would be it.
Not cold but that same unmistakable quality.
It’s my favorite of all I tried too. It’s interesting as well as great smelling.
I am twins with Dawn this morning in No. 5 parfum. I haven’t worn it in a few years and I was going to wear Cuir de Russie but went for No. 5 instead. It is so pretty, I’d forgotten.
I am sick of my own cooking and last night ordered from a restaurant doing “Asian comfort food.” It was nice to get out of the house if only for a 3 mile drive. The food was fine, I could probably make it at home, but I didn’t have to and that made it taste better. Plus I feel like I helped out a local restaurant. If only the bialy place would open. I think I miss bialys most of all since leaving NYC.
I’m sick of cooking too. We did take out for the first time this week and I also felt like I was helping a business out. Plus, it was delicious!
Me three! I am sure we have never cooked this much at home, ever.
That was such a good idea, and these local restaurants really do need our help.
I’ve been ordering a “large Meat Medley” once every ten days from a neighborhood barbecue joint near me. I eat some and freeze some. I figure my broken arm needs protein to repair properly and this place is just so good.
I’m not a musician, but I suddenly *really* want to write a song called “Large Meat Medley”!
? This place does barbecue so well, it makes me want to break into song!
Good luck healing up. That must be so difficult, as if we don’t already have enough challenges, right?
I am in MM Kintsugi today. I seem to remember that you like this one?
I had been curious about this one for a long time, and it is such a good perfume. There is a wonderful magnolia and lemon in the opening that smells just like the flower (which I love). The description in Fragrantica is spot on, there is patchouli and rose and an incredibly soft, yummy noticeable drydown. I have always admired the theme of this perfume. It has good sillage and great longevity. I put it on late last nite and could still smell it this morning. I would like to try the other rose perfume that this perfumer (Vanina Muracciole) did for Jovoy.
It wasn’t I, but now I’m very curious to try this! I do love scent of grandiflora magnolias and Grandflora Sandrine.
I did take out pizza last night. Boy did that hit the spot.
I stayed up late talking to an online friend, we have chatted for like 5 yrs online and we are both bored during lockdown. Strange but funny person..and he would probably say the same about me..well maybe just the strange part haha.
Commando again, craving a nice shower gel(Lush). I never really buy those.
I am more grateful for this little spot on the internet that is nst, it’s always a friendly place to come to.
NST is a labor of love and has the best community!
Carnal Flower for me today.
Also trying on one hand La Couche du Diable, translated: The devil’s diaper? Pretty smokey, amber, but nothing earth shattering.
Slept in today and made omelettes for me and my husband. Quiet, laid back Sat. Plan to make some tomato soup with feta later today.
That’s a good day. And you smell beautiful.
Pretty sure I dealt with some devil’s diapers in my son’s first couple of years. You smell like heaven in your carnal flower!
Haha. Odd fragrance name, right?
Still commando at the moment. I need to refill an atomizer with Vol de Nuit so will put that on after my shower.
Went for a walk in the neighborhood for some fresh air. The nearby school had a triple-jump set up for the track and field day which won’t be happening now due to the school closure. I jokingly said to my hubby about going to try the ‘hop, skip, jump’ for fun. He said more like ‘snap, crackle, pop’! It wouldn’t be a good situation..
Happy Saturday everyone.
Hahaha!!I’m feeling the *snap crackle pop” vibes wayyyh too often these days myself…?
Not a good time to get hurt in an accident and have to go to the hospital!
Sotd is Narciso Poudree. White Cube’s little sister…? I didn’t think I liked rose in perfume (sorry?) and this one supposedly has Bulgarian rose and I do indeed like it.
Not a blind buy but I finally caved and bought a bottle of Eau Premiere in the original formulation, the tall square bottle. Five full ounces!? I should be set for awhile.
Oh yay! I’m so glad you got it!?
Congratulations on the Eau Premiere! The early bottle is really special. ?
Yay–glad you opted for the “vintage” formulation!
Ballet Slipper Cube? I wore this recently and really enjoyed it. Has anyone tried Red Cube?
I have the tall Eau Premiere bottle, too. I was less concerned with getting the original formula than with the aesthetics of the bottle 5 oz, though – that’s huge! Enjoy ~
I do have a bottle of the original Eau Premier. Don’t know what the new one smells like. Five ounces!
I love that original Eau Premier. Friend gifted me hers and I cherish it.
Not too many comments yet, I’m surprised. Where is everyone today? Is it sleepy Saturday? I am late but with my disrupted sleep schedule these days it’s still morning for me, and almost lunchtime! I bought SO many nice veggies yesterday on my outing to the grocery store (first in 3 weeks) that I’m now dreaming about what to cook. I’m open to your eggplant suggestions! It is gray and a bit rainy here, but I hope to fit in my afternoon walk somehow. I am continuing my Amouage voyage by wearing Fate today. I do not wear it often as it’s SO potent but wow I do really love it. Spices and incense, a beautiful sweetness, gorgeous warmth. I wish I could do a better job of describing it. Just took a picture of its lovely iridescent bottle and will put it on Instagram soon. I still REALLY want that lovely light yellow bottle of Love Mimosa. Someone in the Russian Federation has it for sale on eBay for much less than other sellers. Is this trustworthy or not? Their reviews so far are pretty good. Somehow I feel doubtful. I did once order an Etro scarf from Russia and when it came, I checked it over very carefully (I love Etro and have over the years acquired several) and it certainly seemed authentic to me. But does anyone else have any knowledge or experience of such a seller? I hope everyone is surviving and safe. My task for the day is to vacuum one floor of my house–it has two rooms, dining room and kitchen. WAY too much cat hair everywhere plus tracked-around bits of spilled cat food. Yes I feed the cats on the kitchen floor and they get messy.
My cat loves to carry little bits of (wet) food around the house too…then more often than not leaves them there for me to step on.
Here’s my lovely Amouage!
Russia is one place I never order vintage perfume from. This seller kind of looks legit, though. OTOH, this fragrance will probably show up on US discount sites sooner or later.
I have not had good luck with Russian sellers, I would wait for it to get to Fragrancenet at a discount. You smell gorgeous in Fate!
Smokeytoes is SUCH a messy eater! I adore him but he eats like a trucker (truly).
I’ve been scammed by Russian sellers, buyer beware. I’ve had great luck at Fragrancenet.
If you like eggplant parmesan, I have a modified version that I cook semi-regularly that dispenses with any oily frying, but still tastes good. Cut a large eggplant or two medium ones into 1/2 inch slices. I then brush them with oil (basil oil works nicely if you have some), season with salt and grill them on my panini maker. The double sided heat does the trick nicely. I then whizz two garlic cloves into a can of tomato puree. Finally I use a tub of creamed cottage cheese, add 2 eggs, mozzarella to taste and about 30g of grated parmesan. Season to taste. If very thick I sometimes thin it with a little milk. Then I just layer tomato puree, eggplant, tomato puree cheese layer twice. Put in the oven at 350 for 45 mins. I like it because it is not gloopy like bechamel based ones and not too oily. Frying eggplant slices in a frying pan absorbs too much oil for my taste.
Thanks! It sounds good and I like the cottage cheese idea. Unfortunately I do not have a panini maker so might be forced back into the frying option.
I have noticed that on Ebay about the Russian sellers. The old adage applies, if it looks too good to be true then it probably is.
I’m not at all into labor-intensive cooking but I wait all year for vine-ripened eggplants to show up at the farmers’ markets and always have a long list of recipes I want to make while they’re at their peak. I’ll happily spend a day in the kitchen with some eggplants, and IME, it is absolutely worth the time it takes to cut, salt, drain, pat dry, and fry until it caramelizes, in order coax out the flavor and texture that it brings.
It’s always a bit hard to share recipes I’ve made with others since I tend to use them as a guide rather than strict directions and don’t always remember the tweaks I’ve made, but here is more information than you probably wanted:
This stuff is sublime. It’s not something that has ever appealed to me (sweet & sour isn’t really my jam) until I cooked it myself.
I think I’ve made it +/- as written (though I’m pretty sure I’ve never blanched the celery, and do know that I’ve subbed fennel for it.) I think I use balsamic as the vinegar, and probably skip the raisins. Any way you do it, it is the stuff of dreams.
Pasta ala Norma
I’ve experimented with versions but the best ever (and really one of the best meals I’ve made in recent memory) was using the frying technique for the above Caponata recipe, tossed into the sauce that follows:
This sauce is freaking amazing, but my finished product is quite different than the recipe as written. I cook the tomatoes way past bursting, until they render an almost jammy sauce. The salty/cured meat is essential (I use prosciutto) but I use much less (2-3 oz). I skip the scallions, and my favorite way to finish is with big handfuls of basil and mint. For Norma, I toss the pasta and fried eggplant into the sauce (with lots of pasta water – that’s key), add fresh ricotta at the end, then the herbs just before serving.
Fried Eggplant Sandwiches
These are a lot like the eggplant sandwiches at Mario’s in San Francisco, which I ate on a regular basis when I lived there. (No idea if Mario’s is still around – hope so!)
I already had sauce on hand when I made these, but the process was long and tedious nonetheless. Whether they’re worth the effort is up to the cook, but I will say that my husband begs me to make these again year in and year out. I have thus far resisted, but maybe I’ll do it again this summer. My aversion to labor-intensivity is kind of random, and these sandwiches don’t take any longer to make than either of the above 2 recipes.
TMI, TL;DR, etc ? Enjoy your produce!
Love LOVE all of these. I agree with you and Thank You for sharing.
I like to do a kind of caponata/ratatouille hybrid where I very gently sautée a bunch of garlic in a bunch of olive oil so that it stays sweet and mellow, then sautée cubed eggplant in that, then add sweet peppers (I usually briefly fry them in a hot skillet to give them more character), chopped tomatoes, and olives. Let that all burble together until it’s wonderful — it doesn’t take long. Delicious on polenta, maybe with a good sausage alongside.
My cat will steal a cherry with the stem from the colander and run off with it as if prey to shake it chase it and throw it about! She’s a part feral rescue and a riot!
Oops this should have been higher up for Calypso.
If you are very bored and feeling quite homebound, take a look at the fascinating Facebook Group called View from My Window. It’s simply amazing. People from literally all over the world are posting the view out their window. You will see photos of views in gorgeous Switzerland and fjords in Norway, shots from Namibia with giraffes or from Australia with kangaroos, farms in Arkansas, mountain views from Washington State, city views from Paris, Milan, Boston, NYC, Tokyo, Singapore, lovely patios and hillsides in Italy, water views in Florida, amazing cityscapes in Rio de Janeiro or Capetown (n.b., Johanob!) some very homey green backyard shots in England and Ireland…. It’s truly a wonderful array and people are talking about their experiences of the shutdown. I think you can just view the photos without being a member. If you want an invite let me know. Once you’re in there you can invite someone, I don’t have any special involvement with it. I am cfreeland with quadruple nines and I live where the yahoos are. I would need your FB identity to be able to invite you. Don’t worry I won’t do anything else to violate your privacy, I am not devious or clever enough for that!
That is a wonderful idea!I wonder if something similar is happening on Instagram(I re-joined earlier,have not posted anything yet,the pressure!!lol).
Just added you!
I saw.Yay!I’m actually just there for the perfume peeps now…and Jeffree Star.Lol.He fascinates me.
I love your avatar over on Instagram! ??
Thanks!Haha!My actual eyes are basically the exact size and color…??
Had to work this morning but at least I didn’t have to go anywhere. I started off hating working from home, but the longer I do it I’m actually starting to dread the idea of going in! Really I just sit at a desk downtown working away at a computer. Why should I have to put shoes on, too?!?!
It is a gorgeous spring day today, sunny & warm & green green green everywhere. Cherry blossoms looking like giant pink popcorn balls.
I’m wearing Pichola and absolutely loving it.
I guess the Great Toilet Paper scare is finally easing, I was amazed to see a completely stocked paper aisle today.
Glad to hear about the paper aisle, I haven’t been in a store in a few weeks!
It will be interesting to see how the “work at home” feelings shake out after this is over. I am sure many people will want to never go in again, but others will find it hard to not see their co-workers.
Right? I’d way WAY way rather WFH than from an office. Presumably a lot of companies will finally recognize that their employees don’t need to be trapped in a depressing, cold office where, frankly, there are way more distractions than there are when home alone, to get their work done.
The environmental impact of people driving to offices everyday is kind of astounding. Not to mention the impact of building the offices, then heating and lighting them, etc.
It’s also an unnecessary time suck, when people are working in cities where the RT commute takes 2-3 hours. I could go on… but won’t
I’m actually *loving* working from home. Wander out into the garden at any time of day? Not put on shoes? Put down a stressful project and make a rhubarb galette instead? If I must…
I’m hoping that one silver lining in our current situation is that a significant number of people and employers will stick with telecommuting, even part time, for the long run. It could make for a major gentling of our environmental impact from commuting!
It was a beautiful day here, started off quite cold but warmed up to 10C with sun, felt great. Took the dog on a long walk. I’m wearing 4160 Tuesdays Lightning Ridge, named after an opal mine in Australia apparently. It has a minerally, boozy smell.
Glad you got some sun! Minerally, boozy sounds good to me. ?
Yes, some stunning opals come out of that area! They are one of my favorite stones, but very fragile.
There’s an interesting video on the BBC website about a town in Australia where the homes are dugouts in an opal mine area. One fellow they interviewed said that when he built a new bathroom, by carving it out into the bedrock, he found enough opal to cover the construction costs!
That is fascinating, can you imagine?
My father bought me a fire opal from a mine that I treasure when he was there on business in New South Wales years ago. I had never seen the bright red and deep brilliant blues before.
Deva is correct mine did in fact get damaged but only on the underneath side luckily.
Sprayed Black Perfecto on late in the afternoon. I don’t care for it at first but it becomes quite nice after 30 min. Stays close.
My favorite Guerlain bottle!
It is a fun one!
I’m wearing Slowdive today, which is a sibling of the scent I blind bought just recently, Hyde!
Today has been a day of indulgences. It is truly an incredible privilege to be able to shop my way through stress; nothing quite like a pandemic to remind myself of how privileged and spoiled I am. We got a massive Costco delivery, full of flour (!) and meat and veggies and cheese various frozen foods. We got a delivery of pretzels from a little shop in Boston. We got a case of wine from a vineyard in CA. We got a bunch of cured Spanish meats from a little restaurant in SF. Aaaaaaand not to enable, but Anthropologie is having a massive sale, and a ton of BHLDN dresses are 50% off, and I may have spent an entire year’s perfume budget on some gowns (hey, I need some dresses to fit my new size…right?).
And now it’s time to go have cocktails in my backyard, made using grapefruit from my friend’s tree. Time to go think more about how I’m in almost the best possible position to weather this pandemic.
That sounds like a fun shopping spree! I may end up having to order a case of wine, we are running very low since PA closed the liquor stores.
Robin, you might be in luck… it seems that PA will start letting some liquor stores do curbside pickup:
But they are going to do PHONE orders! We’ll see, but I am not hopeful that it will be possible to get anyone on the phone anytime soon. But maybe the phone people will ease up the congestion on the website.
I did it – shortened my bangs. If I did not do it this weekend, I probably would not be able to concentrate on anything else other than thinking about cutting my bangs. I snipped off an inch so they now look like carpet fringe instead of bangs ?. But they will grow and hopefully, it will last at least the next 6 weeks. Meanwhile, feast your senses on this video (not mine). Some of you may have seen it already. I just about died from the cute. Remember to turn on the sound!
I went to Wegmans around 4:45 this afternoon and turned right back around. There must have been over a 100 people waiting in line! What the —? This was the time I had been going for the past 4 weeks and when they started to limit the number of shoppers, the longest I had to wait was 5 minutes! It would have taken me at least an hour and nope, I just won’t do it. I let my neighbor know as she had a list of things she wanted to get but they were not urgent and she has plenty of food.
Had a nice zoom meeting with the family and will do it every two weeks. I’m just annoyed that there is a 40 minute limit for free accounts but yet the scheduler only allows you to choose a duration in 15 minute increments. Zoom did allow an extension (heh, out of the goodness of their heart).
Zoom is not that expensive if you have a big family and split the cost — you only need 1 paid membership to hold a longer meeting.
I had exactly same complaint: I do understand limits on a free account, I won’t even question starting those meetings on an hour or 30 minutes. But if you have a 40-min limit for a free meeting, why the only choices I get are 30 and 45 minutes?
I won’t pay for it because I need it once a month, maybe. This time we’re doing a virtual birthday party for our friend. So, I just scheduled 3 30-min meetings one after another – in case we go over an allowed time.
I am actually considering blind-buying “Everlasting” by TheZoo NYCI read a review that was very positive and I like the idea of the perfume, and I feel compelled by the *notes. But blind-buys have never gone well for me, with the sole exception of “Kalamat.”
* “Notes of this dark chypre include labdanum, french narcissus absolute, musk, woods, and moss.” – the Olfactif website
My blind buy record is pretty dismal, so no advice here!
Hello all – hubby and I walked 2 miles to a local produce market, picked up beautiful veggies that will make for healthy meals this week and got exercise too.
Enjoyed virtual visit and cocktails with friends which was a lot of fun. We are in their wedding, now rescheduled to next June, which we expected but we’re a little sad they are putting the family celebration on hold. The good news is they will have a civil ceremony in advance and they’ve asked us to stand in for them, which is quite an honor and we’re so honored!
I am very low on beautiful veggies so I am jealous!
We are fortunate to have so many local grocery vendors in a relatively close walking distance. I don’t mind soup or bean stews, but I limit my intake of beans and grains (except for quinoa). Consumption of rice, oats and the like actually make my joints hurt, for what reason I don’t know.
I’m better off pain-wise with greens and proteins.
Bedtime scent for Saturday: SL Encens Lavande. I find this fragrance to be delicious and soothing, and want to get part of a bottle someday.
It was a cold day out today, and I wasn’t especially productive. I told Mom, “You need to talk to real people.” I gave her my last unused disposable face mask, and we popped over to a nearby town to see a family friend who sews and to give her pages of printed-out directions from the New York Times about making face masks.
Mrs. L. had made herself and her daughter face masks, but followed more complicated directions. We chatted for a bit, all of us wearing masks and about as distanced from each other as we could be in her living room.
Mrs. L. said that she’d work on making masks for Mom and me, and stop over next time she and her daughter went out on a milk run. I said that our daffodils are blooming, and that our tulips are starting to bloom, so she could see those.
We’re on late daffodils now, as ‘Cheerfulness’ is blooming down by the mailbox. There are also ‘Yellow Cheerfulness’ daffodils mixed among the ‘Cheerfulness’ daffodils, but I haven’t seen a flower of ‘Yellow Cheerfulness’ yet. They’re getting rather crowded, so I need to thin them out and plant some of the bulbs other places. The same with the ‘Butter and Eggs’ and ‘Ice Follies’ daffodils.
Have a good evening, folks!
I wish I could see your garden! My mom lives about 2 hours’ drive from me and my most pressing concern is that she’ll get depressed because she is so isolated from human contact now. Everybody’s been very good at doing the social distancing thing, but humans need human contact and laughter to keep our immune systems working as well.
Thanks for the thought! I wish folks could come visit, too. Now that many daffodils are going by, there’s not a lot going on. My project for a while will be to figure out where to plant the plants I ordered through mail order, and get them planted. The tender plants will go right into flower pots. I’ll figure out homes for the hardier things.
Wearing my beloved New York, which might just be my favourite Nicolaï and is just a stunning and wonderful fragrance. I hope it will help me feeling a little less restless, which has been a bit of a constant in the past few weeks.
This is what Luca Turin had to say about it years ago. I don’t always share his opinions but few can convey the joy about a fragrant piece of art as he can.
“If Guerlain had any sense they would buy Parfums de Nicolaï, add her range to theirs, trash fifteen or so of their own laggard fragrances, a couple of de Nicolaï’s, and install owner-creator Patricia in Orphin as in-house perfumer. She is, after all, a granddaughter of Pierre Guerlain and genetic analysis might usefully reveal the genes associated with her perfumery talent. As a control where the genes are known to be absent, use the DNA of whoever did Creed’s Love in White. Smelling New York as I write this, eighteen years after its release, is like meeting an old high-school teacher that had a decisive influence on my life: I may have moved on, but everything it taught me is still there, still precious, and wonderful to revisit. New York’s exquisite balance between resinous orange, powdery vanilla and salubrious woods shimmers from moment to moment, always comfortable but never slack, always present but never loud. It is one of the greatest masculines ever, and probably the one I would save if the house burned down. Reader, I wore it for a decade.”
Wow, I guess he likes it! Does it read very masculine on you?
Some people think so, but to me it can easily be worn by women as well. It all depends on taste.
Luca Turin is definitely invited to my fantasy dinner party. Along with Antoine de Saint-Éxupery and Harpo Marx.
I would invite Jane Austen (obviously), Jean Claude Elléna and Patricia de Nicolaï. And probably a few more.
And just now, after all these years, your username finally clicked in my head, lol. Clearly I’m not the brightest bulb in the box ?
Listen things like that happen to me all the time. I just love Austen’s rather acerbic wit and her outlook on people.
I just want to give you an example of how stupid I can be, hoping that this will boost your ego ?
Years ago I did a train trip through Italy with a French friend of mine. We crossed the French-Italian border at Ventimiglia on the Mediterranean coast. First station in Italy had this sign saying Sottopassagio and even though I knew some Italian it didn’t click in my mind and I just thought it was the name of the village. At the second station I noticed the same sign and just thought it was a bit of a coincidence that there should be two towns with the same name. When we arrived at the third station I started to smell a rat. Here was another village with the same name.
And then I suddenly realised that sottopassagio meant the exact same thing as passage sous-terrain in French, and underpass in English.
And even after nearly 30 years it still makes me giggle!
I swear it never clicked for me either, i just always read it as ‘au-stefan’ ? i have the weak excuse that my childhood crush’s name was Stefan and Austen is not really popular in my home country. but really, not my sharpest moment!
Thank you for the story, it gave me the giggles too?
that would be a great party!
Happy Sunday perfume peeps!
I’ve layered SHL 777 Taklamakan over Tea for Two, and it’s gorg!
No matter what the person in power says, please stay home if you can! This virus is not done kicking our collective butts, and I’d hate for anyone in this little slice of heaven to be affected. #stayhome ✌?
Deva, I’m staying home. I think my store might open up later next month, but because of my heart condition, I’m worried about going back safely.
Another day, anotha dolla:).
Demeter shipment will arrive next week I guess and lookin forward to it.
What I am frustrated with currently with this covid crud is A) ppl need to stop buying so much darn stuff..greed, compulsion buying, a “need” or just want for excess. It effects others in need and it digusts me. Do you need 25 cans of tomato sauce? Lol. B) ppl wanting to turn it into a politcal conversation..was on the phone with two ppl wanting to do that..I am simply not interested. C) ppl letting their emotions spiral out of control..a group of my neighbors decided to have an all out scream fest..lol..they just kind of became suddenly unhinged. Like they all opened their doors like the Egoiste commercial..and yelled and cursed away. They are cool now I guess. Maybe they needed to release something from their system.
But on the positive..there are some awesome blooms and shrubs in my area with all kinds of colors..some very vibrant. The desert is an awesome place:).
That’s hilarious about your neighbors, but only because of the Egoiste connection ?
Its a hard time for everyone
I love that commercial…Egoiste!!!
Nothing wrong with needing a primal scream session, but people should do it in their houses with the doors and windows closed!
It’s me again and still in no 5 right now. Just lazing around right now. What’s funny is that ordering the no 5 bar soaps and will be ordering the body lotion at Sephora, I have the illusion of ordering a full bottle. Well, it’s almost like ordering a full bottle. When I get in the shower, I think that I will use the Memoir body products or Lyric.
I’ve been looking at Sephora too.. so far, I’ve only found some make up for my daughter, who has a birthday in June. The no. 5 soap sounds tempting though. How do you store the soaps when they are not in use?
I usually use shower gels and keep them in the shower. I have no real system for bar soaps. The faster I use the bar soap the better is usually my motto, no need to hoard it.
Chanel No.19 edp,for a lazy relaxed chilled Sunday afternoon.Took a walk on the estate earlier with my neighbor and her Mom who also lives elsewhere on the grounds.Our excuse is always that we are going to the little shop that has been set up at the country club for the estate’s convenience.They even still do halfprice pizza Tuesdays,which we’ve indulged in two weeks in a row already.
Having afternoon tea in the sun now.It was a lovely day.
Hope everyone has a good Sunday!
Mmm pizza sounds good. And No 19 is, of course, always the right choice.
It was mentioned quite a bit recently here,so I was pretty much indoctrinated to wear it!Haha!
I’m thinking a Chanel week,starting today.
This does sound like a lovely day?
It was.17:46 and the sun is setting.Hope your day is lovely too.?
I am joining you virtually for tea..
Cheers with a teamug!☕☕
Smelling wonderful in No. 19; sounds like you had a wonderful day!
I’m looking forward to your Chanel week!
Yes let’s see if I can stick to one house for the week!(except Fridays’ cp!)
Shalimar Body Powder..
I beautiful sunny Sunday!
I need to wear my Shalimar sometime soon as well!The powder is pretty potent as well!
I have to try the powder!
SotWeekend has been Akro Dark. A little wintery perhaps, but it’s not truly spring yet (we may still get snow this week) and it was a grumpy weekend, so I regret nothing. Smelling like chocolate probably reduced my actual chocolate consumption about 50%.
This is my second Most Wonderful Time of the Month (TM, copyright) stuck at home and I thought I had gotten my new menstrual cup down to, if not an art, a fairly good science last cycle….yeah no. Lies.
Yesterday was an endless series of troubleshooting – how can it be in the wrong place 4x in a row??? Mysteries of the Unknown.
I switched to my other cup style halfway through yesterday and it seems to be slightly less finicky, thank heavens, because my pandemic patience was nowhere to be found!
Those did not exist when I was young and I am too old to learn to use one now, so I have no advice!
There’s online communities of cup devotees willing to help, thankfully!
It’s just a little bit easier to say here “Yeah that’s great and all, but it still makes me grumpy struggling!!!!” ? And the eternal truth is that even when nothing else is going to – perfume helps.
Today was a much easier day – I can say it now that I made it through!
Goodbye Neiman Marcus, you will be missed. Our relationship was short but sweet. Same with Barneys. Thanks for the sniffs.
Adding Takashimaya, Garfinckels, Hechts, Woodward & Lothrop. And trying to remember the name of the department store I loved in San Diego that’s gone now, but it’s not coming to me.
Maybe SF rather than SD (or both)…I Magnin? Got my prom dress there, but in Chicago burbs, alas.
Ah, no, but there was an I Magnin in the DC suburbs for a time if I remember correctly! Maybe out at White Flint Mall.
I know Robinsons was one of the SD department stores, before they became part of May Company and then were ate by Macys like everybody else.
Wait, was looking something up and it was Bullocks, which was owned by the same company that owned I Magnin, ha, and yep, they folded into Macys too.
I am revisiting Kyse Cocco alla Vaniglia today…a mix of coconut and vanilla that doesn’t get too pina colada/sunscreen/caught in the rain if you will.
I bought several samples from this house in the first half of 2019 and bought FBs of Bonbons à La Vanille and Delizia di Marshmallow then I happened upon Solstice Scents and got majorly sidetracked as one does.
She-ra, all of that made me eat ice cream!
Ahh lovely relaxing morning sitting in my favorite chair to read the internets. That is until my neighbor started a workout video that is blaring through the wall we share. Girl, get your workout in, but why are you blasting it?! I just need a peaceful Sunday morning after I went to bed a little too late. Maybe I need to put on some perfume and move to the couch to watch an episode of Fleabag. Yesterday’s perfume was Desarmant because someone wore it Friday, maybe foxbins. No idea yet what I’ll put on today.
You definitely need to watch an episode of Fleabag, and so do I!
I did, and it helped distract me from the workout noise! She’s been done working out for a little while now. At the end of it, I could hear her video blasting plus the dog upstairs howling. It was a perfect embodiment of apartment life.
I’ve been commando all weekend due to a migraine and associated vertigo. If I could just take off my head, I’d feel fine! The pain and the won’t-quit foggy weather and the long isolation are getting to me; last night I caught glimpses of my deep loneliness through some cracks in my tough-girl veneer, before I quickly spackled them over. But, as always, so grateful for my health and my steady income.
Reading The Great Railway Bazaar and dreaming of travel…
Know you are not alone in it all “getting to you.” I think many of us are dealing with that.
I hope your head feels better soon. My brother suffers from migraine/vertigo and he is down for days sometimes.
Hope you are feeling much much better…and trust me,despite a pretty good Sunday,things are reallllly getting to me.Hang in there,we can do this!
It’s a beautiful sunny day. Started out cool but it’s warm now. Put on more Vol de Nuit today.
Going to give my plants some attention today; repot my geranium that was overwintered in the garage. It looks like my angel-wing begonia has started back up as I can see the shoots peaking through the peatmoss. And I’m thrilled that the mock-orange has some green shoots starting.
VdN is classic perfumery at it’s best. I’ll join you today, both in scent and a little gardening. Thanks for the inspiration.
LPRN Black Perfecto EdP again today. After showering with Wash Your Ears that I discovered in a cabinet…I do wish Lush would bring this back. I only have a very small amount left, and it’s lost its oomph.
Gorgeous day out there. Looking forward to a nice walk later.
Yes, perfect walking weather!
Went out this morn but may go out again later.
Second that — at the moment, that is my single biggest Lush wish. It was so good.
This weekend I’ve worn Lira, Carven L’eau de toilette, AS Saturday, Original Lolita Lempicka and now Angel.
I watched t.v. for the first time in awhile yesterday. The first three episodes of Mrs. America. It’s really holding my interest. Tracey Ullman is so terrific as Betty Friedan. The episode’s are done similar to Mad Men. I’m in nostalgia heaven.
Tracy Ullman! I love watching her on screen, such an interesting voice and presence. I’ve added Mrs. America to my watchlist.
Do you remember this?
ha! yes, I do remember that one. Loved it when she sang.
And Tracy’s wigs were fantastic.
That programme sounds great, enjoy and a nice selection of perfumes too.
I ended up finishing off my decant of the original Au Dela (not Narcisse version). So that will be my SOTD until the evening.
Late evening here and I am in a little dab of People of the Labyrinths Luctor et Emergo, which I have not worn in ages.
Dark and rainy here, went for another round of 4160 Tuesdays Lightning Ridge, it’s addictive.
I have not smelled that one, but love the name!
I’m wearing Cuir Cannage today.
It’s a rainy Sunday morning here in Houston. I had hot tea and baked banana walnut oatmeal for breakfast. The Wild One is snuggled on my feet, and I’m comforted that even if Covid didn’t exist, this is exactly what I’d be doing. The TV is off, so I can pretend that everything is just fine.
Showered and in AT Rose Delight oil and sampling McQueen Celtic Rose. Very pretty spicy rose! This one’s from Calypso, when we went on a sniffa at the big mall down in town. Fun times! ?
I made baked oatmeal today, looking forward to having that for breakfast tomorrow. Probably most of my day is spent doing things I would do anyway, but it feels different when there is less choice!
SotD = Vol de Nuit
thank you, Gail, for the inspiration. Now I’ll toddle off to the backyard, pull some weeds, trim some branches, listen to the birds, generally ignore my Saturday-scatterday to do list.
Oops! It’s Sunday. Guess I lost a day, it must be around here somewhere.
Thanks for being here, NSTers.
Stay strong, stay well, and don’t touch your face.
Love Vol de Nuit.
Had a lazy Sunday after going to sleep very late Saturday night. Baked an apple cake which turned out quite well, I used soy milk but there was also real butter in it to compensate. Scent was Private Collection Jasmine White Moss.
Yum, that sounds delicious!
A warm and sunny afternoon (at ruddy last!), so I sat on the balcony in the sunshine and read some of my backlog of old El Jueves magazines.
SOTD was Profumi de Pantelleria “Maestrale”.
Top: bergamot, lavender and rhubarb;
Mid: rum, carnation, iris, cardamom and coriander;
Base: cedar, vetiver and ambrette seed.
Lockdown in Spain is now extended to 09 May. Some sogns that from 26 Apr, children up to 12 will be allowed out for exercise, accompanied by an adult. This is good for the kids, who will have been kept at home for 6 weeks by then (and bear in mind that in Spain we can’t leave the house for anything other than essential journeys. No exercise, no walks, those of us in apartments can’t even use our own communal spaces). But I really hope the rest of us are allowed out for exercise shortly afterwards.
I meant to share some garden URLs.
For each of them, go to Youtube and then put the code in after /watch?v= in the URL
That lockdown must be a bear to endure. My hour-long walks (even in unpleasant weather) are among the major activities keeping me sane.
I can’t imagine being with children in an apartment for that long!
I just saw a headline saying people may rethink living in cities, and I wonder if that is true.
Started off as a nice sunny day here, but the clouds have rolled back in over the course of the afternoon. Bleah. ⛅
I had a burst of activity earlier today and got several small, but important chores done. Until recently, Teflon kitty was with me on our couch, and I was listening to her snore as she took a cat nap. My sleep schedule is all out of whack, too, so sometimes it’s hard for me to figure which end is up.
My friend, the bride-to-be, did order her dress online earlier in the week. That was how she spent her stim check. She will be able to return it and get a refund if it doesn’t work out. Now she’s looking at flowers. Can someone explain to me the appeal of artificial flowers in one’s wedding bouquet? ???????
SOTD = Prada Candy, the original EdP, from the sample stash. It smells really good over the drydown of Tauer Incense Extreme…
Weather was a huge disappointment today, and really most of this spring so far!