Almost-Friday and almost the end of April, plus International Jazz Day. What fragrance are you wearing?
Me, day 4 of Diptyque with Tam Dao.
Reminder: 5/1 is May Day! Don't forget to rabbit rabbit rabbit, and wear the fragrance that sent you down the rabbit hole. (I think someone suggested this project, raise your hand if it was you!)
And for those of you who like to plan ahead, see Scent of the day ~ Friday community projects 2020, where I'll try to always have the next five or six weeks mapped out in advance.
Note: top image is Camellia Sasanqua [cropped] by M's photography at flickr; some rights reserved.
And thank you everyone for the birthday wishes yesterday ❤️??
Made the day a whole lot brighter.
Happy belated birthday, CM8!
Happy Belated Birthday!
Happy Birthday, belatedly!
It’s still your birthday week! Happy late birthday!
Happy Belated Birthday CM8, you smell great!
Happy belated birthday !!
Happy birthday just a tad late!
I’m in SSS Equestrian today.
Cool and sunny up here, so will make the most of it by continuing my van rehab project, doing laundry, and putzing around as I stay home and listen to some Chet Baker.
Love that trumpet.
Ha! You make me smile Deva, my parents always used the phrase ‘putzing around’I hadn’t heard it outside of the family.
Enjoy your day and Mr. Baker. I know you smell marvelous.
I am just praying that all this dang rain doesn’t pelt my poor peonies to death before we get a chance to enjoy them.
I was afraid of the same thing here re: the peonies. It poured here last night! I went to check on all the flowers this morning and the peonies fared well. They are still buds, none have opened yet, so I’m sure that helped. Hope yours make it through ok. I’m kind of on pins and needles waiting for them to bloom. Such is my high speed high flying life ?
Mine is definitely a ‘putzing’ family, too! I will need to look up the origins of that one. You’ve made me curious.
Love your choice of music.
You smell great !
I’d be afraid to go for walks knowing there are bears around. I’m sure you’ll be fine, but please do be careful!
Gucci Envy. Summer and Spring in a bottle! ❤
Pl67 you smell better than anything or anyone!
You might get spring to actually arrive!??
Why, thank you! ?❤
I hope Envy brings spring immediately! ???
We are facing rain, rain, rain and more rain! ???
I hear ya! ?
“April showers bring May flowers”. Let’s hope….?♀️
@Robin: scent twins in Tam Dao
Considering a naughty blind buy of Serge Lutens Fleur D’Oranger special edition bottle. Love orange blossom but get headache from unsolid white florals like Serge’s A La Nuit. What are people’s thoughts?
You smell great! I’ve never tried that SL, but those limited edition bottles are beautiful!?
If I had some of that, it would be my scent for Friday’s CP. FdO was one of my rabbit hole ? fragrances
Yes YES. Are we in a mind-meld? I have one parked in my cart on sale on line…. you there too?
I say yes because it’s orange blossom, tuberose and jasmine which is a winning combination.
One caveat – if reformulated, (obvious, yes?) how do we know what we are getting, and if it is as rich as the initial perfume.
Maybe someone here can speak from experience?
Ah see above thanks ltsg!
minds-meld yes! 30%off which is a real tempter. but… blind buy in times of corona etc. i will decide tonight
&thanks ltsg for input!
Where is this sale, may I ask?
I was looking at fragrance.net for my sale. I have not ever been to the other site.
May I ask you what site you’re looking at? I’m not interested in this particular perfume (so, no competition from me for the bottle) but 30% off got me curious.
it’s on sale at flaconi.de or rather, flaconi has a 30% sale on some items. German site, never investigated where they ship to as I’m from
I see. Thanks. Unfortunately, they ship only to Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
I would not buy FdO unsniffed, even though I understand it is much cleaner than it used to be.
thank for the wise advice!
I agree with Robin, best not to purchase FdO unsniffed, it’s straight up body odor on me.??
FdO is a sweet, easy to wear orange blossom. Whatever cumin it may have had is gone, so I would consider it safe if you like sweet slightly syrupy orange blossoms. Where is it on sale?
thanks for the description. it sure i’m really much about the syrupy scent. see comment above for where the sale is. feel slightly bad as it’s German and I think most around here are from across the atlantic pond *wave*
i missed a “not” in there somewhere -.- not about the syrupy scent
Fragrance.net is where I was shopping.
I have a suggestion for you- (I got it for a steal so watch for sales or .27 atomizers)
Gucci by Gucci EDP. Recommend by APJ as one of the best orange blossom perfumes.
(Brown bottle) still being made and can be found readily.
Thanks AngelaB – will keep an eye out for it. Decided not to buy in the end… you?
Me neither, all this great advice is not to be ignored.
There is a .27 spray available on fragrance.net – just popped up this morning for about 15.00 which I am pondering. Take a look.
I will let you know what I learn as I have come across some highly touted orange blossom scents these last few weeks but drat I am drawing a blank right now. Maybe they will stay in my path.
I did buy the Gucci recently but haven’t opened it yet.
I’m in Eau Premiere.
Holy cow was it windy last night! I slept terribly, not sure if it was because of the wind or what. Oof, it’s gonna be a long one.
Me too! We had wind and rain and I was up several times. It doesn’t help we live in a high rise
Oh I bet! Can you feel your building move when it’s super windy? My college bestie lives in a high rise in Milwaukee right along the lake and I’ve been there during a big storm and I could feel the building sway just a little. Kind of freaked me out.?
You smell wonderful!
Ugh, I hate that. My bedroom is on the second floor, and I live in a windy place – it can really mess with one’s sleep.
Yeah, me too but I don’t usually have insomnia two nights in a row so at least I know I’ll sleep good tonight.?
My bedroom is on the second floor too and our house is 83 years old which means rattley windows.
We’ve got your wind now. Will be very surprised if we keep power today.
Ours has been out for a few hours, so perhaps yours has been, too.
Yep, power was out about 15 minutes after I wrote the above, and we got it back 6 hours later…
Lonesome Rider! Finally gave up thinking I was going to magically find a bottle somewhere and bought a decant. I love it very much.
Hopefully a bottle will turn up for a reasonable price. Eventually. It’s always is sad when Andy Tauer discontinues something.
You smell fabulous!
Started out with Zoologist ? squid but it was too aquatic for my taste.
Switched to Quiproquo by Grès
Tonight is my Italian class so my outfit is all Italian (thrift) purple Missoni dress and red Max Mara tights. ???
☕️ is Nutcracker my Simpson & Vail
I have to finished my homework while the kids are occupied , I will come back to check comments later. Love.
Oh that outfit sounds wonderful! Squid is the only Zoologist that’s a scrubber on me.
The purple is such a beautiful color and I love purple paired with red.
It was a scrubber on me.
I went from water -> green/woody
Squid was a scrubber for me too and T-Rex actually made me gag a little just smelling it in the sample. There’s a really good interview with Christopher Wong on Fragrantica right now.
Ouf, it was a scrubber for me too but it smells SO BEAUTIFUL on my best friend!!! When fragrances just don’t love you like they love other people (cue the world’s smallest violin) ?
You always look amaaazing. And smell amazing too!
You smell great, It’s a gem.
yes..and no where to be found..I guess it was discontinued? Lucky for me I have a small decant from a generous NSTer
I haven’t tried Squid, and from your description, I don’t think I will.
Aquatic = NOPE! Not gonna do it.
I’m wearing one of my first loves, Dzongkha. While it isn’t what sent me down the rabbit hole, it was an early favorite. I bought a 5ml decant, then a 15ml decant, then a full bottle, each before I finished each decant. I simply couldn’t fathom ever being without it.
My most recent discovery and love! You smell great.
SOTD: Encre Noire (Sycomore dupe)
Happy to see April go, go away! Bring me sunshine and warmth (and a flattened curve).
Enjoying PP&J on toast + coffee.
I am also having PB on toast, minus the jelly
Mmmmmm, peanut butter toast … is there anything it can’t do?
Almost twins–almond butter on toast!!!
You smell great!
Just traces of yesterday’s Chergui as I sit in the car waiting for the vet to come and get our kitty for his rabies booster. They’ve had an emergency, so we have been waiting here longer than anticipated. Fortunately, he is very calm in his carrier and — as I observe the vet interacting with the person I presume is the owner of the emergency patient — looks like there will be a good outcome for the other animal. The only bad part is that my car wouldn’t start, so I am driving my husband’s car and I have NEVER liked the smell of its interior. Small tiny first-world problem and I am grateful that I have a back up car, and healthcare for my kitty!
Good luck kitty!! And wafts of Chergui are perfect when stuck in a car waiting….
Oeillet Bengale as a head start on CP, not because of the scent itself but because Aedes De Venustas was one of the first niche perfume stores I discovered. I stumbled in on a visit to NYC (not that long after they opened) because I spied bottles of Nicolai scents in the window. And it was the only place I found my beloved Le Temps d’Une Fête. I gathered many samples from them over the years on visits.
My husband finally let me use the scissors on him. I’m quite proud! Of course, he took all this risk, but I get to feel the satisfaction. It needs some tweaking, but that can wait…
I am sending my kids over to you for their hair cut
Mr L cuts the kids hair, he himself has never visited the barber shop and always cut his own hair
My husband spends more on haircuts than I do. Drives me nuts. Partly loyalty to his hair cutter, whom he’s known for over 25 years….
My son just cut his own hair and it looks amazing. He may give us all haircuts!
Yesterday I cut my own hair – with the help of my teenaged son, who had to cut the back. He was quite brave and just got on with things, even went to get his razor to cut the “fuzzies”. It was cut in a long-ish bob, but grew out extremely uneven and I have curly hair. I now look like and older and way more unattractive Juliette Binoche in The English Patient.
That is really brave. Most I’ve ever done is trim my bangs. I’m thankful I got a cut just a couple of weeks before the lockdown. So, I’m good for awhile.
I’m sure you look lovely, Juliette Binoche is older too now.
Please come cut my hair. I look like I’m wearing a pyramid on my head.
?? I had a friend with really curly hair years ago. It just would get higher and higher until she’d announce it was time to mow it back down.
Mine is super curly, too. It doesn’t get higher, though, it goes out to the side, a la Roseanne Rosannadanna.
Nice work! My husband uses the clippers on his, buzz cut #3. Mine is so long, it can wait another month.
That cut looks quite good, LizzieB!
Wow, nicely done!
I’m wearing a drop of BK Amber Oud (which I find both cozy and meditative) and finishing some notes for work before I head upstairs for morning yoga. Be well, all.
You smell lovely.
Local perfume shop reopened! Life feels a teeny little bit more normal…
Tried Narciso Ambree as I didn’t dare blind buying it. I think it’s a good, beachy skin scent, maybe a just a bedtime scent.
So jealous of your store opening..
What else did you try?
Only this. I’m mostly on a snobbish niche wave these days and this is a “normal” shop.
I hope your shops can reopen soon too!
Yay, what’s the shop called?
Yay! Our shops will open May 11th.
In 24 hrs went through PR La Nuit, FdD and Chergui. Seems I need some comfort.
We all do ❤️ perfume is a good comforter. Hugs
Lovely morning here so I’m in Jour d’Hermes, paired with a pale turquoise-y blue tee and a citron-colored cardi. Happy Friday Eve, everyone.
you smell and look like spring
Wearing a smidgen on vintage no 5 extrait. More good financial news came my way but I just need to wait a couple weeks for it. My plans for some of that good news is to get that bottle of Les Annees 25 BIS or Lone star Memories.
Congrats on the good financial news…..spend wisely!
I have 3 weeks to think long and hard. Limit is no more $150.
Very happy for you, Dawn! And for Andy, too ?
Hurray for more good news!
Testing Rhinoceros this AM. It is definitely in a category I am increasingly drawn to (yes I know this was the rage, like 10 years ago! I am definitely not an early adopter)–slightly juicy (a la cocktail) ouds with saffron and spices. No saffron is listed in the notes for this–but the scent association is so clear for me that I must be making up saffron where none actually exists. I have a few decants now that fit this bill, scratch this itch, are the cherry on top, cream in my coffee–OKAY! Anyway, not rushing out to buy a full bottle, but will enjoy wearing this and comparing it saffron oud and others.
Gauzy Iris Showdown: Infusion D’Iris v. Iris Prima. The Prada was one of my first favorites, purchased long before I got wacky about perfume, but I’m enjoying the Pennhaligan’s quite a bit, too.
Iris Prima is a bit of a sleeper, isn’t it – I’m surprised each time I wear it by how much I like it.
Both are lovely
I cannot seem to get motivated to do anything. After a shower, I’m putting on En Voyage A Study in Water, from the last freebie meet. I need to spend some time with this one, I loved my sample but now that I have more I’m not sure.
In other news, I had a window open half way yesterday and suddenly Larry spotted another cat outside, catapulted himself across the room to the open window and somehow wriggled himself through that opening to jam himself between the closed window and the screen. I was terrified that he’d push out the screen and take off ?
OMG! This is why my husband won’t let me do more than crack the windows. We are in a second story apartment. Glad your kitty is safe!
Scary about Larry, his instinct took over his brains.?
Your cats’ name is Larry?
I love it!
Glad to hear that Larry is safe despite his “call of the wild” moment!
Argh, I’m having an I-hate-everyone-and-everything day. I had I-hate-everyone-and-everything dreams last night. It’s rainy and cold. There were layoffs at my work yesterday/today, (not me!) and I woke up crying this morning.
I tried to wear perfume to cheer me up–Jasmin de Provence by Crabtree & Evelyn–which is my all time perfect jasmine soliflore. It is also coincidentally one of my 3 rabbit hole perfumes, since this was the first one that I searched out, and compared many jasmines to find just the right one. Again, dating from late college years. But sadly, even many sprays of this are not helping. EVERYTHING IS AWFUL
I’m so sorry, missionista – Mr. G is having a day like that too. He’s coping by napping his way through the morning. I hope things get better for you as the day wears on.
I’m sorry Missionista and I hope your day improves. Hugs to you.
I’m sorry you’re having a rough day. I had the same thoughts and feelings yesterday. A long needed good nights sleep really helped.
Wishing you a better tomorrow ??
Oh, missionista, I’ve had a couple of days like that since March 3. Treat yourself gently and I hope you feel better soon. Hugs.
I am so sorry. I think most of us can relate. I had a few bad days as well.
I’m so sorry – I’m sure we’ve all had days like this over the past two months. I’ve been having nightmares too. Hope you feel better soon.
Hope your day gets better but I can understand what you feel. Hugs.
Ugh. I know how that goes. Take care of yourself. Can you read or watch something fun (after work) to take you out of your head?
I had some crazy dreams last night, too!! Must have been the pre-storm wind, which is still howling. You did inspire me to reach for some jasmine today.
Sending hugs! I hope you have the chance to take some gentle and comforting time for yourself today.
Everything is AWFUL sometimes!!! Sorry your perfume isn’t helping and hope for a turnabout soon.
Hope tomorrow is a better day! Sending positive vibes!
I felt like that yesterday morning. I hadn’t slept well. I had a nasty headache, and Dad was really irritating me. I don’t even remember exactly what Dad was doing that was so irritating. I think it involved putting stuff in my way while I was trying to eat breakfast and talking. I said to Mom, “I want to stab him with a salad fork until he bleeds out.”
I may have been displacing some anger, because Mom had said she wanted to go for a walk in a local park, which somehow included “We could stop and pay this bill on the way to the park.” Trips with Mom always include a bait and switch, usually “and we can stop at the grocery store after/instead of the thing I first suggested.” I was angry at myself for not making the association. I went to lie down, Dad went to pay the bill, and Mom and I went for a walk in the park later in the afternoon. I didn’t shake the headache until I lay down again after dinner. But I understand those days when you feel mad at everything all day.
There is nothing more irritating than someone talking when you just want to be left alone! I lol at your story but only because I’ve been there! I’m glad it is a better day for you.
Thanks for understanding, lillyjo! Sometimes Dad says things that he knows — or *should* know — will make me agitated. Then he wonders why I’m upset. Sometimes he’ll do little helpful things, and I appreciate when he does that. I don’t appreciate when he chooses to say agitating things. Also, I’m *serious* about my first meal of the day, and don’t want to be impeded when I’m trying to eat it.
Missionista, I hope today is better for you.
Work anxieties are the worst, because work takes up so much of one’s day and energy. Maybe exercise or tidying up would help?
Oh no! Sorry you are having such a bad day! I’ve had many days recently that were like that. You’re in good company.
Sorry to hear that your day just flat out sucked missionista.
Wearing Songes from a very generous NST’er!
I first tried this a few years ago when I feel down the Rabbit hole, and I had HIGH EXPECTATIONS for an immediate falling in love experience, since it is so highly regarded by people I respect, and a favorite wedding scent in certain circle.
I was hoping for a dream, but the corn & cumin was distracting. well, the more you smell the more you smell and now I find it mesmerizing.
I have Songes on my left arm and Terracotta on my right (which I find much sweeter).
I love Songes..as soon as it gets warmer I will be bathing in it.
☀️ ? ☀️
Sotd..Cherry Cream by Diptyque.
I purchased some split peas from a farm and they smell like fresh alfalfa sprouts. They smell so good it makes me wanna marry a farmer in Washington or something. I have never cooked split peas so we shall see how this goes, lol. Maybe after this Covid mess is over I will purchase more from farms and less from whatever convenience food place. If not, it was the thought that counted. Lol.
Another high heat warning today. Should get to about 98 or so. ?
Yes, come on out to Washington (state)! I agree about buying from farms, but not always easy. I hope our Farmers Market can start up soon.
Farmer’s Markets are so much fun and yummy:).
My split pea soup turned out pretty alright for a first try. Now I never want another canned split pea soup. Salty and sludgy lol. Nothin like a can of soup burping out sludge lol.
I have a market share in a local organic farm, which will open at the end of May (at least that’s the plan so far)….can’t wait for the growing season to open up and I can eat my way through the summer and fall with many fewer trips to the grocery store!!
Our famers’ market is open, but you have to preorder on line and pick up your items at the curb. I haven’t tried this, but it seems like a good compromise to protect everyone and keep the farmers in business.
Not sure if Mr. Jalapeno’s CSA will be available this year. He got it thru his work, which I thought was a very interesting and unusual perk.
Wearing Tom Ford White Patchouli, one of my staples.
I really like White Patchouli but unfortunately, it’s one of the perfumes that give me an instant headache.
I hate when that happens. The only one that has given me a headache though is Alien Essence Absolu when I wore it on a warm summer evening.
Really dragging today…had to do finish some work for my grandboss last night and didn’t get to bed until after midnight.
Does anyone know if Angel Muse has been reformulated please? I always liked this one but never bought a bottle and am wondering if the current formula is still bueno.
Off to dig out my sample in my Drawer of Shame which I think may have actually migrated to my Linen Cabinet of Shame…will report back!
Found my sample.
Haven’t worn this one in a while and it does have considerable original Angel oomph to my nose.
Original Angel was always very Christmas-y somehow w/ the balsam to me. I have sniffed plenty of other vanillas w/ balsam and patchouli but they don’t have the Christmas-like component of Angel.
As far as I know, it has not been reformulated. Mugler usa has some cute little bottles and travel sprays.
It smells the same to me, but you might want to buy current stock as Mugler has just changed hands from Clarins to L’Oréal, could be at risk of reformulation.
Thanks for your reply re: Estate Cocoa vs. TM Angel. AFAIK, Angel Muse has not been reformulated. But I also haven’t smelled it in a store recently (e.g. the past 3 or 4 months).
Wearing L’Ombre dans L’Eau today because Robin wore it recently.
Happy Thursday all!
Happy Thursday to you adanst!
Happy long weekend (unless you are having long weekend for the past month or so…) and happy May Day tomorrow.
I’m in L’Ivree Bleue from Ormaie today. Not planning to wear muguet perfume tomorrow, but I’ll find something cheerful.
Happy May day! You smell great.
Sotd is Le Cri
I had a dentist check up (x-ray was taken, everything was okay) and a visit to the dental hygienist for some calculus removal.
And my extremely long weekend has begun, yay! ?
Le Cri is such a nice scent. Who’d have thought you can make iris into chypre!?
I love how it feels equally modern and classic.
My dentist office cancelled my appointment. Have no idea when I will be able to go. Enjoy your clean teeth I am jealous!
Me too! Same with a canceled appointment, and same jealousy. I have no idea when my dentist will resume taking non-emergency appointments.
My dentist had been closed for more than 5 weeks for regular appointments.
I felt safe being there and i think dentists felt safe to. Everybody looked relaxed and happy
Of course they had proper ppe
they made sure it was quiet, they planned more time in between appointments (nobody else in the waiting room)
There was lots of hand cleaning alcohol available. and plexiglass at the reception.
My next dental appointment is scheduled for June 22. I really hope I’ll feel safe doing it by then!
I felt safe….i went by bike.
And they took all kinds of measures for everyone’s safety. See my reply above to Apsara. ?
One of my first favorites after the rabbit hole was L’ Air de Rien, so I wore a lot of it today. I am still contemplating a BUB before they take away the last remains of oakmoss… Now starting the long weekend I just got the fabric I ordered, so I think I will make a new dress for summer
We’re twins I reached for it because I have neglected it lately.
You smell great, I love L’Air de Rien and have a BUB. I’m impressed with all your cooking and sewing skills! I am untalented in both departments.
Got a walk in early and have to mow the lawn before it starts to rain. I was going to cut some lilacs to bring inside but I realized I gave away all my vases in the the Great Downsizing of 2014. I put them in a quart Ball jar instead, they smell beautiful. I’m wearing Shanghai Lily but might change to something lilac-y later.
Dying of envy that you have lilacs now. They just don’t grow here down in the Texas heat and soil.
Oh well, I’ll just have to do with our gardenias instead!
I am eagerly anticipating lilac season here in Montréal!
Lilacs. Big sigh. May have to see if I can find them here…
Histoire de Parfums 1828 is my SOTD.
I hate those years! Can’t keep them straight.
I missed out on commenting and reading yesterday because of work stress, but I wore Iris Ukiyoe for its cheerful simplicity. I like that one more than I expected to.
Still busy and a little stressed with work today, but I’m almost done with the stressful stuff. And it does help to take a break and come to NST. I finished off my Indigo spray sample of Pont des Arts A Chaque Instant. I sure like this one a lot. I may buy another sample because I’m not sure yet if a bottle is needed.
This evening I’ll be attending an online lecture from NST’s own Jessica on Art History in Perfume Advertising. Here’s a link to sign up if anyone wants to join. It’s $6, fyi. https://brooklynbrainery.com/courses/art-history-in-perfume-advertising-pleasures-taboos-magic-online-class
beautiful scent ! I enjoy wearing it also
I hope that you are done with the stressful work stuff now and can relax now.
Thanks, that is exactly what I’m doing right now.
My rain has turned to intermittent drizzle. Thank goodness.
My Sotd is Jil Sander No.4. I love this perfume so much. It deserves a much better looking bottle.
Ha! That’s how I feel about Omnia! Please give it a classy bottle with a functional spray mechanism!
Agreed, that’s a horrible bottle. They should rebrand it.
Oh you smell opulent (Number 4 and Sun are my two Jil Sander perfumes) yes, the bottle is uninspiring. What about the leak? probably less of a problem with drizzle rather than rain.
The leak has stopped, but I still haven’t had anyone come out to evaluate.
You’ll have sun tomorrow!?
I’m counting on it!
I have refused to buy a perfume because of an ugly and/or unattractive bottle.
Rainy cool day here. Have a tiny bit of sunburn on my cheeks from yesterday’s bike ride. I’ve been inside for so long I completely forgot about sunscreen! Wearing some Bottega Veneta after my bath.
Envious that you’ve gotten enough sun for a sunburn! I don’t think we’ve had enough sun all month for that.
Just finished cleaning the extractor this evening and the curtains are washed and drying, so I think the kitchen project will be finished by the weekend.
I’m in l’Air de Rien too, didn’t have to change as it is so long lasting.
You are like the energizer bunny! I bet it feels great to have gotten so much taken care of.
? It is sparkling now but truth be told I didn’t spring clean it last year and this project was helped by the fact that I save so much time and energy by not commuting now, so I have the time on my hands.
I’m getting tired reading about your accomplishments!
?sorry Jalapeno, it could become annoying too I can see, so I won’t continue relating my spring cleaning.
Have had a rough time of it last night and this morning due to concerns about my dad’s health. Turns out he’s alright, and I’m now in Eau de Neroli Doré to soothe me through the rest of this tired and stress-hangovered day.
Sorry for your dad’s health woes but glad the outcome is looking good! Omg stress hangovers are REAL
Glad your dad is doing ok!
SOTD–Ineke’s Poet’s Jasmine for some bright, lemony jasmine. Gives me hope for a better spring….Our gov is opening up the parks and golf courses this weekend and reminds us to be on our best behavior or he will shut them down again. I hope people stay smart….there are many ways to enjoy the outdoors without gathering in a crowd.
Major winds right now, waiting for the storm…..
Same hope, that people will behave in the open spaces.
Serge Lutens Gris Clair is my perfume for the morning. It’s not much of a choice, as it’s one of the last three FBs I haven’t worn during lockdown. Three perfumes a day for 38 days, and that’s my entire collection. I’ll be starting on miniatures tomorrow, then samples
That’s an impressive run for trying bottles! Wow!
Inspired by missionista yesterday, I’m working away in my cloud/forcefield of vintage Poison edt.
Go big AND stay home!
And yes, it is nice to have some choice for showergels and scented body products. I have a nice little stash of 4 or 5 right now to choose from for the shower.
Rabbit, rabbit and more rabbits on my morning walk. A glorious golden day , kicking leaves under the Poplars at the bottom of the hill. What a perfect start to May. Some of the trees in the graveyard have an aura of winter about them now as the outline of the branches become more striking with fewer leaves. So, not doing the CP but wearing Amelie Mae. Alex has zoom meetings so I will take my laptop and drive down to the harbour to work in peace while watching the water until the battery runs out.
That sounds like a wonderful way to spend a day. Watching the water is pure bliss.
That sounds perfect, kanuka!
It’s so strange to hear from someone who is at the exact opposite in terms of seasons. I can’t bear the thought of winter right now, although fall is usually my favorite season. We’ve had an unusually cool, damp, green, low-pollen spring that I have really enjoyed.
Being by the water sounds wonderful right now. I will have to wait a while longer before I can do that, though.
It looks like lillyjo’s rain has made it to my area today. Add in high winds, and the roofers sure aren’t working today. Gloomy and dreary. ?☔?
SOTD = Mon Guerlain EdT again. I seem to be sequentially wearing perfume more often lately. Not as interested in sampling things.
Sorry about the rain! I think the wind is all Madtowngirl though ?
So I got the worst of both places? Yuck!
SotD Rodin Bis, a oddly triumphant scent for an oddly triumphant day.
How do I summarize a bizarre but fulfilling experience I had yesterday/today? Let’s try because it’s entertaining:
Was emailed yesterday by a former female friend (FFF) of a ex with whom things ended poorly. We had an unofficial but what I thought was exclusive 4 year relationship, ended when he left me for a 17-yr-old whom it turns out he’d started sleeping with months before breaking up with me. He was in his mid-20s for reference, so not criminal but still a little heinous as they’d met when she was just 15.
I stopped speaking to him, which he was VERY unhappy about and has challenged many times over the years since (about 20 years now since we had first met). I always refused to re-establish contact.
So, FFF, whom I had never met, wrote to me out of the blue to ask me for some clarity on events 18 years ago, to wit: did I have a physical relationship with the man at that time? Because SHE did, and was now questioning his assertion at the time that he and I *didn’t.*
Ladies and gentlemen, it is SO cathartic to receive confirmation when you’ve cut someone out of your life that you did the right thing. I wrote her back to confirm her suspicions that he was lying trash, and I feel newly vindicated for cutting him out of my life.
So: oddly triumphant. And, this many years later, it’s kind of entertaining to hear details about the soap opera you never knew but always partially suspected you were in!
Here’s my thought on the guy in question-
Literally LOLed, thank you for that!
I happily had made peace with all this many years ago already, but there’s always that piece of you that still occasionally wonders “was I/am being dramatic to still refuse to pick back up a friendship, and to imagine that what I knew about was only the tip of the iceberg?”
Oh good, I was hoping you would laugh!
You know, it took me a super duper long time to realize I didn’t have to carry people through out my life. Some people are meant to stay in the past.
Yes! Some people I know have yet to realize this and are carrying toxic friendships due to a sense of obligation. It’s rather sad.
Thanks for sharing this good news, teebear, and congratulations on the confirmation of your good judgement!
My day is nearly over. I spent most of it in Vol de Nuit extrait. To work no less. Since I’ve got back from work I had a bath, washed my hair and put on some Ambre Sultan. My first Lutens and one of my first niche purchases.
Drinking tisane while channelling my inner Hercule. ?
I bet the extrait is fabulous!
It is, just really wonderful. I love all of the classic Guerlain extraits and wish I could have all of them in their vintage version.
“inner Hercule” – excellent.
We have high winds today, and some rain. We’re supposed to get a *lot* of rain tonight. I’m not feeling ambitious at all.
Scent of the afternoon: Violetas Francesas Splash Cologne, very cheap, from a Mexican grocery store in northern Delaware some years ago. It’s one I liked back when. I remember spilling this, and/or some leaking when I moved and didn’t pack it well. But see “very cheap.” What’s left in the bottle is dark blue/purplish in color.
I also have Royal Violets Eau de Cologne from Agustin Reyes. It’s turned orange in color, but still smells like violets. The box says “75th Anniversary 1927-2002” and the bottle says “Agustin Reyes Established 1927.” Odds are that this was inexpensive also. So “some years ago” for the Violetas Francesas likely was in the early years of this century. Apparently I was really into smelling like violets then.
Icky weather twins today.
Yes, we were.
Oh, I have the Agustin Reyes Royal Violets. It’s nice after a bath or shower when it’s really hot out. Thanks for the nudge!
You’re welcome. It really can be refreshing. Some of the inexpensive colognes can be very nice in their way.
We had the high winds, power out for 6 hours, pine tree that was beside the house (and that we’d already gotten an estimate to have cut down) currently mostly “resting” on the roof. Very glad it was not worse– the thud when it hit the house almost gave me a heart attack.
Oh wow Robin, I’m so glad you are alright!
I am way more alright than I would be if I had a hole in my roof
Oh, gosh! I’m glad it wasn’t worse for you, but that’s scary. Our lights were flickering during the day, and our trees were swaying alarmingly again, but we were lucky with both yesterday. I keep flashlights all around the house, partly in case the power goes out at night. There are trees we really need to get estimates for getting taken out.
I will warn you, it is not cheap, especially if you’re going to need bucket trucks.
Oh, we know it isn’t cheap, but it’s necessary. We still have some dead trees, and some large dead branches dangling down from other trees, all caused by a big storm a few years ago. Those aren’t that near the house, but should be cleared out sometime.
We have a good number of little invasive shrubs/trees, too, like Tatarian honeysuckle, plus black walnut tree saplings and such here and there.
Mom wants to get several estimates before anything happens, and Dad and I disagree on what we want taken out — I want a lot more out than he does — which is why we’ve lingered for years about getting anything done.
It was one of those days when I felt like I’d accomplished something when I got a few loads of laundry done. I’ll still count that as a minor accomplishment, though.
Mom and Dad don’t understand why I read a perfume blog, but they’re interested in hearing about the effects various “weather events” have had on folks who live relatively nearby. (In Robin’s case, that’s probably about 20 minutes southwest of us, in the same county, in an area we go to once a month or more in “normal” times.)
Dad grew up in north-central New Jersey, and Mom grew up in the New York City area, so they can also relate to things happening in locations they know in northern New Jersey and in and around New York City. They met at college in Geneva, NY (Hobart & William Smith), so they can relate to what’s going on with the weather in that area, too.
I’ll write more about it tomorrow, but I did the Anima Vinci online perfume class today and really loved it! Also attended a virtual panel discussion and had a Pilates lesson online. It would have been very difficult to fit so many good things into one day if I’d had to deal with transportation, too, although I do miss my in-person reformer classes.
Although I’ve loved perfume since junior high school, at least, I was really only trying to have one signature scent at a time until sometime in the 1980s. (My thirties.)
Then I happened to read an about Annick Goutal in the wonderful but long-defunct Connoisseur magazine sometime in the 1980s. I was intrigued and sought out the brand, which must have been 1989 or the early 1990s, as I remember testing perfumes at the then-new Nordstroms. I think Passion was the first one I loved, but I didn’t stop at one! I also ordered Caron Tabac Blond and En Avion extraits in the tiny rectangular bottles from New York — Caron advertised in the New York Times then.
Also in the 1980s I saw the H&R Book Fragrance Guide to Feminine notes advertised in the New York Times and bought it. (When was that??? The book is dated 1984, but for how long was that the only edition?) All those enticing photos of unobtainable perfumes in amazing bottles from brands I’d never heard of, with their intriguing scent pyramids!
STRAIGHT DOWN the rabbit hole all the way! Duty free shops played a role, too.
On the other hand, the beautiful bottle and scent of Lagerfeld Chloe must have played a role. That was in the 1970s…