Happy Friday, and welcome to the Picture Challenge, edition 6. Our community project for today: wear a perfume that matches the picture, which is The Girl by the Window by Edvard Munch, 1893. (More reading here and here; full image shown below, larger copy of the image here.
What fragrance did you pick? As always, do chime in with your scent of the day even if you’re not participating in the community project.
I selected this picture because it seemed a good fit with the pandemic,* but turns out it also fits our local weather — everything outside is currently covered with a rather impressive layer of ice. I'm in Diptyque Tam Dao, which after all these years is still my favorite fragrance for keeping calm and carrying on.
Reminder: 2/26 is Levi Strauss Day. Along with Jacob Davis, Strauss invented and patented the riveted blue jean. Do what you like with the theme.
And for those of you who like to plan ahead, see Scent of the day ~ Friday community projects 2021, where I'll try to always have the next five or six weeks mapped out in advance.
* I also selected it because it's old enough that it is no longer copyrighted, which is a prerequisite for all our picture challenges.
Note: top two images are detail from The girl by the window by Edvard Munch, 1892, via Wikimedia Commons.
Hamstrung by a complete lack of imagination this morning, I looked at the painting, thought, “Huh. Blue.”, and put on the first blue scent that came to mind (not that I have many of them) — Mugler A*Men. It’s so so good, bright and pepperminty on top (without smelling like toothpaste) and then warm and sultry, a good choice for a frigid day (-22°C, or -8°F).
Hey, blue works, plus you smell great.
Hi all, happy Friday! My SOTD is a few dabs of Tatiana Bath oil mixed with Michael by Michael Kors, loads of indolic, animalic, white floral narcissus/tuberose & iris bomb for today’s rainy weather. I chose tuberose in particular, because the flowing night gown gives a sense of romance, and tuberose is perfect. I do love voluminous full night gowns…
Really enjoying West With Giraffes, stayed up until midnight reading. Not the best idea as I have a day full of meetings….
Well I was up until midnight because I couldn’t go to sleep, so at least you were reading an enjoyable book!
Ugh, my disco days are definitely over. I used to be able to stay out all night and roll in to work from the clubs, no longer…
I forgot to mention, I had a delicious pasta dish last night, Mark Bittman’s sardines with pasta, I had tomatoes that needed to be used, it was a quick and delicious meal.
I went for Iris Cendré by Naomi Goodsir. It has that melancholic rooty iris. Just like Iris Silver Mist, but it is more hopeful which suits this image, I think.
Twins (from a sample). How I wish this was available in a travel spray.
I was already happy it didn’t only come in 100ml
I bought a full bottle of Iris Cendre (blind!) and must say I find it earthy and calming.
I agree! It has this content stillness about it.
Nice call, I like it.
The soft cool colors and the nighttime theme make me think of Ineke Poets Jasmine so that’s what I’ll go with today. Happy day all!
You smell fantastic!
I wasn’t necessarily thinking of the picture when I put on Bruno Fazzolari Unsettled, but the name of the scent fits the picture well enough.
Good morning and Happy FriYAY once more…..
I looked at this painting and decided that the girl can’t sleep….so I went with the chamomile note in Gucci Mémoire d’une Odeur. Have a hot cuppa herbal tea and get back to bed! I’m not a very deep thinker in the mornings….
Agreed, I think she’s insomniac too! And I like your interpretation.
I chose FM Iris Poudre for the cp. Something about the colors of the painting and the feeling of watching, waiting, longing.
We are taking a quick trip to the San Juan Islands this weekend, leaving at noon. I accidentally booked us for this weekend thinking it was the Presidents Day weekend and when we discovered my mistake, we decided it would still work, and maybe even better. We’ll be isolating ourselves in a little cottage (rented), getting some takeout and hiking on the beaches in the rain. I can’t wait. I even love the ferry rides.
Your weekend plans sound perfectly magical! ENJOY!!!
I love Iris Poudre *and* San Juan island! I used to have a friend who lived there and it always seemed so magical. He had an adorable little boat that I once got to pilot over to Stuart Island, which was just wonderful.
Tremendous envy here – enjoy the ferry ride (I love them too)!
That sounds like a lovely weekend. Enjoy!
Wishing you respite and relaxation.
That trip sounds wonderful! Enjoy!
Wow, it’s been sooo many years since I’ve been to San Juan Island. Hopefully this summer! Enjoy your weekend away.
Have a safe trip! Enjoy!
Wow – that sounds incredible. Have a great time!
Yay! We did something similar last weekend (though up the coast a bit, on the other side of the border). I also love the ferry rides, and the puzzles on Washington State Ferries. (In BC these days you stay in your car, so a bit more boring.) I love the San Juans and miss them — have had to miss out on at least two family trips to Orcas over the past year due to the border closure. Have fun!
Iris Poudre is a perfect match, I’d say.
I’m joining in on the love of ferry rides and San Juan Island. I went here a few years ago as part of a “Great PNW tour” and had a lovely walk with a friend who lived there at the time.
That sounds lovely! Have a wonderful getaway trip. ?
Thanks all. At the ferry now. We left late, I was driving too fast and got a #$&#! ticket! And so unfair. I never speed and the one time I do…but I think we’ve made it onto the one we wanted. Whew—ready to relax now.
I’m the same. I never speed and the one time I do (four miles over the limit), no one is on the road and it’s the ONE cop I don’t know who pulls me over.
So sorry to hear about your ticket. I hate running late for ferries. It’s so anxiety provoking. If you’re on Lopez, I hope that you’re relaxing now with some tasty takeout from Ursa Minor and at some point during your stay, enjoying some delicious Barn Owl bread.
Ugh, sorry about your ticket. That’s so frustrating. But I hope you’ll have a lovely, relaxing weekend. And you smelled great yesterday. I briefly considered Iris Poudre for the CP too.
Well, I was going to wear L’Heure Bleue today, but it’s darkly rainy and I’ve been struggling a bit emotionally lately, and I have a busy day of slightly intimidating work meetings and tax discussions with my ex, so it had to be No.19 EDP.
Sounds like a day you’ld better forget. Hang in there, there’s always Chanel!!
No.19 EDP is a really good choice!
Sending hugs and hoping No. 19 helps get you through!
Hope your day improves! Sending cheerful vibes!
Sending you hugs and “you’ll get through this” vibes!
Hope the day goes well. Perfume to the rescue, and for the win!
Those conversations are never fun. Good luck, and I’m glad you have No. 19 for strength!
Glad you have Chanel No 19 to help you get through the day!
Good thing that the weekend is almost here!
Scented armour is definitely the way to go on a day like that!! Hope it helped hold you up and keep you impervious.
I’m wearing Toï Toï Toï from Ormaie. I thought that incens tinted with a little bit of vanilla might fit the mood in the photo.
Yay for the weekend!
Nice choice, you smell great.
The painting seemed familiar, so I looked up the reference, and it is at a museum in Chicago, I used to visit while on business
My choice is Vaporcindro, a watery lilac scent for the vaporous lilac hues in the painting. The Cindro for the fiery light in the window that seems to represent a world beyond her reach.
I love The Art Institute. It was my refuge while I was getting a very intimidating MS at U of Chicago. And apparently, my grandmother studied there at some point. (Did they offer art classes way back when?) I, unfortunately, did not inherit her talent.
I adore the Art Institute of Chicago!!! I’ve been dreaming of it lately. I haven’t been there since 2006.
It occurred to me as I was posting this that I do not if I will eve get back to Chicago, much less the Institute. I will miss them both,
I miss the Art Institute so much! It was a refuge while I was in university…and was integrated into one of my art history classes, so that was a good excuse to get downtown.
How nice to see so many fans of one of my favorite places in my home city. Will visit the painting personally for all of you next time I’m there!
Please also walk all the way back to the end of the hall to see Sunday at the Le Grande Jatte. The dots of color really do blend and sparkle if you an see it from a distance.
Oh, this is a favorite of mine, I never miss it.
Will you also visit the Chagall windows for me?
Sure, I’ve added it to my list!
I never thought I would fall for a celeb scent, but then there was Cloud (Ariana Grande). Heavenly coconut-whipped cream and fitting the cp…
I hear about this every once in a while, and wonder if I should try it. I’m a fan of coconut (though not suntan lotion coconut), and this sounds yummy.
Best blind buy in a long time!! And zero % suntan lotion!!
Very interested in it too!
People talk about it as a BR540 dupe…I tried it on at Ulta and didn’t get the resemblance on me. I don’t usually like coconut on me tho.
With that picture, it could only be L’Heure Bleue for me.
Yes, I wore this earlier in the week!
CP: I’m entirely too literal. I look at that girl and think “she’s hoping for a snow day”. Of course, I don’t have kids at home during COVID, so it’s easier to recall the days when a snow day from school was exciting.
Scent: I’m away from my collection, such as it is. I might have gone for Malle’s L’eau d’Hiver, but it’s not with me. (again, see ‘literal’, above). While I was rooting around for some Prada Infusion d’Iris, which I fully believe to be all-season, I encountered a sample from Nordstrom. Seems to be Terre d’Hermes. Couldn’t resist.
Reading: in-between books right now. Thinking it’s time for fiction after a lot of nature reading.
Other: continuing the periodic purge of late MIL’s house. Blergh.
Oh my gosh. Such hard work–purging someone else’s house. And having to get rid of all those things that made up a life. My heart goes out to you!
I’m glad I won’t have to do that dirty job, as my brother will be inheriting the house and my in laws are long gone. Bon courage!
Thanks so much for the words of encouragement!
It’s…a lot. Honestly, it’s a bit of a hoard. Not the ‘watch out for rodents’ sort of hoard, just a lot of stuff. I’ve only recently become ruthless with it, but ruthlessness is the only way to go.
Oh, that’s so difficult, I’m sorry you have to be doing this. I feel for you. I’m an only child, so it was my uncle and I who had to clear my dad’s house. So difficult.
I had a really hard time finding something that would work with the picture, but I thought there were a lot of shadows in the image, so I went with ombre dans l’eau for the shadowy connotations. The scent, usually a warm weather one for me, is not even too bad on this super cold day.
Love this – and it is romantic DO you have edt or edp?
I’m not entirely sure. On Basenotes, where I keep track, I’ve listed it as the edt, but in actuality, I think it might be a perfume oil. It certainly has an oily texture going on. It’s a rollerball and I got it at a Diptyque sample sale here in NY (back when that was still a thing). It’s one of two rollerballs I have, and the other is the same brand and from the same sale, but Philosykos.
Those are the two Diptyques I love too!
Oh I like that interpretation.
I hesitated for a long time verdween Heure Exquise, Sacrebleu and my choice for today: l’Heure Bleue.
LHB just had such wonderful sillage and apart from the name had enough wistfulness to match the painting.
I wore L’Heure Bleue yesterday, but did not have as thoughtful an approach to it (or to the CP). But yes, it is wistful, and I agree that it suits the painting.
I had to go to a really large-scale copy of the painting to realize that she’s not examining an empty ballet slipper in the moonlight – that’s apparently her right arm and hand holding the drapes back. Munch doesn’t do detail, does he. Anyway, I mostly get contemplativeness from the scene rather than melancholy, and will likely pair it with Bucoliques de Provence … unless something else leaps off the shelf and demands to be worn today.
Bucoliques it is, along with some Ancient Resins body oil on forearms – it’s a nice combination!
I can’t unsee the ballet slipper now!
For the blue, slightly chilly and, to me, rather melancholy mood of the picture, I thought violet might be a good fit. I therefore chose Atelier Cologne’s Sous le toit de Paris, which has sort of been my go-to-violet for the last couple of years.
That was my first thought! Gorgeous scent.
Nice! I love this one, too, but mostly think of it for summer, and the feel of this painting was cold to me.
Well, I suppose that’s the point really – on a warm summer’s day it seems just like a breeze of cool air that makes it the perfect companion to the heat outside while at the current time of year it does feel just as cold as the painting.
Couldn’t find my decant of Apres L’ondee for today’s challenge. Feeling a little testy for some reason today. All I can think about at this point is 10 more weeks before a vacation week. Wearing SDV since today seems to be a day to live dangerously.
I thought about that one too!!
Sorry you are testy, and sorry it is so long until vacation.
I decided to go with De Profundis, due to the dark blue/purple juice and possible melancholy of the painting. Also, it just sounded appealing.
You cannot fool me. The figure in the painting is hoping to catch Spring awakening. I am joining you in De Profundis, which conjures an early spring garden to me.
What a great scent for today’s project – I wish I hadn’t already used up my sample.
SotD is Anubis. Smoky and ambery.
I forgot about the CP (obviously).
But I love the painting!
(Hmm L’attessa would be a good fit?)
joining you in non-compliance…!
I don’t know if I’ll get to wear perfume today, but I’d likely go for CdG Blue Encens, from a sample some kindly person sent me. (Thank you, kindly person!)
I currently smell like Palmer’s Cocoa Butter lotion, which I’ve had in heavy use in the past couple of weeks. For me, it’s a pleasant scent. I think it may make me crave chocolate, but just about anything seems to have that effect. lol
I choose not to find melancholy in the picture of the girl looking out the window. I’ve been looking out my window often enough. My view has frequently been of Dad shoveling snow. Poor Dad. Mom and I give him Gatorade and hot cocoa when he comes in.
I saw some youtube video in which it was claimed that Palmer’s CB is a perfect base for many perfumes. I haven’t smelled it but I find The Body Shop’s cocoa butter completely overwhelming so I have my doubts… What do you think?
The L’Occitane cocoa butter cream is too fragrant also.
Hi! Sorry for the delay — just getting back here.
The scent of the Palmer’s cocoa butter cream is fine by itself. I wouldn’t add any more sorts of fragrances to it. I’m using it for my very dry hands and legs, not specifically for its scent.
I see. Thanks for the feedback!
Your Dad was busy again today, wasn’t he?
Dad has been busy shoveling snow, yes. I even joined in at some point to try to dig around the wheels of my car. Dad freed his car from snow, and Mom and I made it to the grocery store on Saturday. That was a productive trip. Dad worked digging around my car while Mom and I were out. He said when we got back that he’d gotten my car free, but I haven’t tried to go out since then.
And it’s snowing again here as of Monday morning…
I went with Nest – Black Tulips. To me she looks melancholy (black-colored flowers) and wishes that she could go out, but at the same time can’t manage to, so she stays home (Nest) and watches the world from her window. She also strikes me as feminine (tulips/floral), and no older than her late teens/early 20s (linear frag that doesn’t have a lot of development over time).
This is some A+++ thought that went into your pick! I love it.
Thanks teebear! TBH, this CP kind of intimidated me, so I spent a lot of time thinking about it (*overthinking it*).
I chose Vol de Nuit for this melancholic night scene from a decant I bought recently. It sounded like something I could love, but sadly the guerlinade is not for me.
Made Champignon risotto for lunch and a burger with fish fingers for dinner….
Glad you’re better!
Very snowy and busy morning. After a 3 hour meeting I am so glad it is already Friday.
Wearing Aedes de Venustas Copal Azur for the CP. Its relaxing incense/oceanic notes and the grey/bluish bottle are so perfect, that it matches the beauty of the painting.
Having lentil soup with salad for lunch and getting ready for the next and last meeting of the day in an hour. I need extra coffee to face the rest of the day.
Happy Friday, everyone! ?
Happy Friday everyone!
My SOTD is Robin’s SOTD from yesterday, Bvlgari’s Au The Bleu. Not just because of the color, but also because it’s a scent I sometimes wear to bed.
I meant you say you smell lovely, I love Copal Azur! Not sure how I managed to re-post my SOTD post under yours!
Do you have an easy lentil soup recipe? I have a bag of lentils that I need to do something with, lol.
You smell great!???
Brown or pink lentils?
I tend to follow the no -measure, no recipe techniques for soups. (Too many readings of the story of “Stone Soup” as a child)
However here are some general ideas.
Soak one cup of lentils in warm water until soft. Rinse out.
Roast or broil (or “George Foreman”) one eggplant sliced, If your morality and diet allow it, put two lamb shin bones in a pot, add one sliced onion and one two cloves minced garlic, one diced zucchini, one yellow squash. Add one large can of tomatoes. Add enough water or stock to make about two pints of liquid. Season with a mixture of Zatar, oregano, thyme and fennel, pepper and salt (If you are missing any the spices, don’t worry, the general idea is to get a mideastern blend). Simmer on a low heat for an hour or so, until the lentils are cooked.
Presoak your lentils, Cook two potatoes-bo
Fry up two sweet onions, a clove of garlic and a small head of green cabbage. Add that same can of tomatoes and your rinsed lentils. Add a cup of corn kernels (yes, frozen is just fine), and about a table spoon of grated orange zest. Cube the potatoes and add them. Add stock or water to about half way up your pot. A few pieces of sausage are a fine addition. A bay leaf and basil are good seasoning.
Here is my go to lentil soup recipe (using the word loosely). Like Dilana, I do not measure or follow specific recipes for soups. I’ve made a version of this dozens of times:
– start by sautéing one chopped onion, several cloves of garlic, a couple of chopped carrots and 2-3 chopped celery stalks in olive oil.
– add some seasoning in the form of salt, pepper, thyme, ground cumin, smoked paprika, to taste.
– add chicken stock (at least 4-5 cups but it depends on how thick you want the soup to be).
– add a bag of rinsed lentils and bring to a boil, then simmer for up to 1 hour.
-if desired add some sliced cooked sausage ( Italian, andouille, your choice); I usually do.
It’s great on cold winter days, of which you have plenty ?
Here an easy recipe:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup finely chopped carrot
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
2 teaspoons salt
1 pound lentils, picked and rinsed
1 cup peeled and chopped tomatoes
2 quarts chicken or vegetable broth
Place the olive oil into a large pot and set over medium heat. Once hot, add the onion, carrot, celery and salt and sweat until the onions are translucent, approximately 6 to 7 minutes. Add the lentils, tomatoes, broth, and stir to combine. Increase the heat to high and bring just to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook at a low simmer until the lentils are tender, approximately 35 to 40 minutes. Serve immediately.
If I could add a little something to these wonderful recipes…brown lentils tend to fall apart easily when cooked, so don’t be alarmed if they do. If you have a potato masher, you can mash them in the pot, and add some half and half, cream or whole milk if you have it. Add the sausage slices and a squeeze of lemon, and hark! You have cream of everything soup.
I might have to put lentil soup on my next grocery list, with all the mentions it has been getting here lately.
This is the season! ?
I’m still commando and recovering from this week’s traumas. I’m home and have power but feel like I cannot get warm. Even with two cats on my lap. Running out of food so must make a foraging trip later in hops of finding a few basics like bread and milk. I love this painting, and that second article, the show review by Roberta Smith, is extremely well done. Thanks for that link, Robin! I’ve seen a lot of Munch in Norway but not these blue works. Very moody, need to ponder what scent to select.
Perhaps APOM would cheer you up (though perhaps not CP-specific). So sorry for all your trials this week.
I like that and might try it tomorrow. I wound up choosing Tiger’s Nest, not for the CP but for fortitude!
I hope you can manage to thaw out today! You need a very warming scent.
I’m glad you have power and good luck foraging. How is your mom’s care facility doing?
Thank you so much. The director has kept us informed. They kept their power and heat, thank God. Lost water due to a water main break, and are still getting by on bottled water. They had a big delivery scheduled for today, and that’s good.
Gosh, it must have been a rough week for you! *Hugs* I hope the cats can help you get warm. And good luck with the foraging!
Thank you so much. It was traumatic. I went to a store this afternoon and found half-and-half, some produce, wine, and chicken, so I’m a happy camper now!
Glad you got some food! Hot tea and a hot bath are in order, hopefully you can have both soon!
I’m glad you’re home and hope you can become comfortable soon!!
It’s a high of 58 degrees tomorrow, and I can’t wait! Text me if you can’t find provisions; I can help!
Thanks so much–I texted you back!
Hugs to both you and Calypso!
Sending warm wishes to help.
Thanks very much. It’s better now. Many many friends have frozen or burst pipes, and I don’t (so far), so feel lucky.
So glad you liked the article, and hope you find all the staples you need…
Sending a warm hug and a hope for improvement soon!
Hugs Calypso. I hope that your shopping expedition went well.
Yes I did find some nice things including half-and-half–no milk but I like cream in my coffee so this is great for me!
Ugh, what a week you must have had! Glad you were able to get some groceries and that your mom’s in good hands and has heat, power and (bottled) water.
So good to hear your Mother was not too badly affected, Calypso!
I’m hoping you can find what you need this weekend and sufficiently warm up. Sending you a hug!
Snow is softly falling on this cold, gray day. These days are never dreary to me. As I am very sensitive to bright light, I find these days relaxing. But I needed a bit of lemon punch so went with Blenheim Bouquet. The lemon lasts a long time on me, while the pine and musk are so nice and soft. And I put it on before I saw Robin’s need to keep calm and carry on. That gave me a chuckle as it was a favorite for Churchill.
Oh that is funny!!
I chose Smell Bent Florist’s Fridge. It’s a cool floral, a little dewy, a little green. The idea of a florist’s fridge makes me want to sneak a curious little peek like the girl in the painting. Maybe it’s not the dead of night where she is at all, but a chilly morning (still pitch black until like 9 am here – Munch was Norwegian, he knows what it’s like!) that prompts her to check her flower box to make sure they’re okay.
We chose April 26th as a moving day. Very exciting!!
Crossing fingers for you – sounds like a very big, but very exciting change!
Thank you Merlin! it is very big but long overdue
Yay!!! Good luck packing & whatnot.
Congratulations and best of luck with your move!
Congrats on picking a moving day!
Congrats on selecting your move date! I remember the feeling when we moved from Ohio to Seattle eight years ago. We were so ready for a change. Maybe one of these days post-COVID a bunch of us can get together for a PNW perfume meet up. There are quite a few of us in the Seattle and Portland areas.
That sounds like a wonderful post-covid event ❤
Happy Friday!!! Why do 4 day work weeks often seem the longest?
Wearing Fragonard Vanille lotion w/ Shalimar Souffle de Lumière today.
Five days’ worth of work and only four days to do it in!
That sounds like a lovely combination!
Had a video visit w/ my dermatologist today and he will prescribe a topical steroid cream for hand eczema. He also said to use moisturizer all the time…after each hand washing, etc.
In the after visit summary, he didn’t specifically mention consuming more dark chocolate or having wine tonight but what else could be meant by “reduce stress”, I would ask???
Oh, the chocolate and wine are clearly part of the prescription!
Eat chocolate and drink wine is what they mean when they say “physician, heal thyself”, right? ?
My first instinct on that painting was violets…Sous le Toit. Or maybe find my tiny decant of L’heure Bleue. Then I decided L’Orpheline from a sample, simply because the name seemed oh so apt. Alas, the sample is empty. So, L’Heure Bleue it is.
Got word my dear friend’s mom passed away the other day. It had seemed to be after effects of a COVID battle that became pneumonia. But now it seems she had an undetected metastatic cancer and went into a rapid decline. So very sad for everyone…a lovely woman.
Wow, that’s terrible news. I’m very sorry for your friend’s loss.
I’m so sorry, LizzieB. That is very sad.
So sad. Sorry for your friend’s loss.
Sorry to hear about your friend’s mother. My sympathies to you and your friend.
I’m so sorry for the loss of your friend’s mom.
Since I wore L’Heure Bleue yesterday for the CP, I decided to wear its descendent Esprit d’Oscar today. I think it also fits the picture well even though it’s less melancholy than LHB with it’s African orange flower note.
So happy it’s Friday and it’s already time for another weekend. I had a four day work week because of Presidents Day. I need more four day work weeks I’ve decided. I may take a Friday and a Monday off in March. I figure my vacation time is accumulating, and I don’t have anywhere to go for at least the first part of the year because of covid. So I might as well take plenty of long weekends.
I’m off project today, but nonetheless proud of myself for finally gathering enough courage to thunk my decant of Jardins Ottomans, from the late, great house of Gobin-Daudé. I’ve been hoarding these remaining few drops for quite some time, and this morning I felt the urge to wear this gorgeous scent for the last time. I guess there’s a certain note of blue melancholy somewhere in there…..
Glad to hear you used it and didn’t let it evaporate or turn!
I need to do the same with my Enlèvement au Sérail decant. It won’t last forever.
Yes to thunking and enjoying the perfume while it’s there to be enjoyed!!!
Like others today I chose l’Heure Bleue, and in parfum de toilette concentration, it is very meaningful to me as this was my second perfume after Anaïs Anaïs.
I did violets yesterday with SL Bois de Violette, so today will be L’Heure Bleue, once I get to showering. Blasting through morning meetings in my cycling clothes, then making a dash for a group ride on my bike trainer.
Hoping everyone is okay, with the storms and outages of the last week down south.
Le Labo Iris 39 for me today. I think the first few hours work for the CP, but it’s mostly soft patchouli at this stage.
Another day of teaching with my 4 yo dancing around me. Easier days must be on the way, right?
Yes, they must be!
And I’ve just realized that it looks like someone else coming into the room (a mother?)- top of head in the lower right corner when you look at the full painting.
Welp, this was meant to be in response to SheriG way above, about our painting for the cp, obviously. Oh well!
Oh you’re right! That makes me feel better that her mom is there.
I guess that could be someone’s head – my brain interpreted it as the end of the girl’s bed. If it is her mom, I’m guessing the cartoon word bubble above her head would say something like “Get back into bed, missy!”, and the girl is watching her boyfriend, who just left via the window, sneaking away.
I also thought that was her bed, but looking at it again, I think you are right. It is too rounded to be the corner of a bed. Changes the dynamic of the image to have a second person in the scene, but oh well, I’ve already put on my SOTD.
That girl could be me and any number of people in Texas over the last few days. Looking outside in disbelief, wondering when it’s all going to end. It’s so ironic. We’ve had power here for 36 hours straight and internet too, which is wonderful, but will be under a boil water advisory until at least Monday. It hasn’t been pleasant to say the least, but this too shall pass.
I’ve been in whatever sample catches my fingertips during this time, because I don’t want any fragrant associations with it.
Take care, everyone! ❤️
Take care yourself! Glad you checked in today! ❤
Thanks lillyjo, it’s good to be able to check in. ?❄️
I’m so glad to see you! Stay safe.
Thanks sistine! We’re keeping calm and carrying on, as Robin reminds us. ??
Sending you the same warm hug and a wish for improvement that I sent to Calypso. Take care!
Thanks, Laila! ?
So glad you have power!
Me too, Lisa D! Sitting by the firelight is very nice, for a little while, though.
Glad to see you posting today, and to hear that you have power!
Glad to hear you are okay!
Thanks cazaubon! It’s a beautiful day out there today. We may head to the dog park. ?
It’s a real Friday for me, as I have the weekend off. I’m wearing Fleur de Chine because pl67 reminded me to not hoard. I do think though that the room in the picture could possibly smell like this.
You smell great. I have a little sample of this, and it’s wonderful. Have a good weekend!
Enjoy your “for reals” weekend!
Sotd – Perles De Lalique – the softness of the scent and the name itself somehow match the flowy quality of this painting.
You smell wonderful – I really like Perles De Lalique.
Thank you! Me too.
I think I would have been happy wearing L’Heure Bleue all week, it’s been so gloomy here, and it’s such a wonderful match for this painting, but… my sample of Prada Olfactories Marienbad arrived yesterday afternoon, so I’m wearing that. It seems to fit, so I’m giving myself CP points.
At first, I got a unmistakable cloud of plum, which is usually hard for me to pick out, but not here! I surprised myself by quite liking it. As the bright fruitiness of the plum died down, labdanum, vanilla and orris pretty much took over and stayed, if not for too long. It’s perfect for a dull, winter’s day, if not FBW.
John Galliano, for violets and incense. Seems to fit the mood of the painting. I didn’t get time to comment over the past two weeks, but thinking of Kanuka and OaklandFresca’s husband.
I’ve not tried that one, but violets and incense sounds intriguing!
Not going with CP today. SOTD is CdG Rouge. Whoa, I like it!
Thanks for remining me … I do need to get myself a sample of that one, it just sounds so intriguing!
Is that one of the recently released CdG scents?
Didn’t even think of the CP this morning as I dashed out much later than I should have. I grabbed Bottega Veneta – it’s working for me.
You smell great!
+1 to that!
SotD = Vol de Nuit times two
Wearing recent VdN edt plus some vintage from a sample a wonderful NSTer shared with me. VdN popped into my head the moment I saw the painting. I think it’s a beautiful image. To me the figure looks ready to fly away into the night.
Last night I gave myself the odd experience of letting Netflix choose movies for me. Ended up watching Horsegirl with Alison Brie, then Horns with Daniel Radcliffe. The first was odd but watchable, the second was sad (and gory!) almost to a point of unbearable silliness. So far from Harry Potter. :p
Ah well, the weekend beckons. Hope everyone is safe and well. Warm hugs to anyone and everyone who needs one or more:
I worry that letting Netflix choose for me will reveal some truths about my movie taste that I’d rather not have to face
ha! yes, it was surprising to me I will stick to my own movie picks in future.
Had to look up Horns and it certainly looks like a strange one!
very strange, indeed made me shudder, wince, and laugh – sometimes all at once.
1) *shakes head* Texans, so sorry! This is awful.
2) SOTD (after my shower) Floral Street’s Electric, a cool, rose forward floral. It reminds of the frozen roses in my front yard, and matches the painting perfectly!
Edge, thank you for the compassion! We should get clean, safe water back in a day or so. ?
Geez, I’m sorry. *Ede*.
I got it!
Adding my good thoughts for all those in Texas. I saw a few videos on my weather channel and it’s just mind-boggling.
I’m wearing Hiris layered with C&E Iris lotion.
Thank you, as a Texan, I appreciate it. I’m lucky compared to most, but it has still been very traumatic. It’s ongoing, too.
mmmmmm, Hiris + more iris sounds like perfection.
Writing from my hair appointment to say that I’m wearing Alien Eau Luminescente, tbe mandarin one. I did think about wearing something to go with the painting, but I’m wearing a dress in a bright blue and orange geometric pattern.
Yay for hair appointments! What did you have done, if you don’t mind me asking?
I’m in 4711s Kumquat & Myrrh because I found the range deeply discounted at a local department store. The whole range is citrus-ey, bright and a little energizing so it doesn’t suit the moody blue haunting aspect of the Munch at all!
I was going to wear L’HB today but my hand wandered to Teatro Alla Scala instead. There’s a boatload of civet in this, and civets are nocturnal, like the painting, so I’m claiming credit
You smell fabulous – TAS is a recent addition to my collection, reminding me how much I love civet! And old polished wood smells…
Ooh I love civet! *Adds to the mental endless list of fragrances to try*
I agree with you, Robin, about today’s picture: a good fit for the pandemic (sleepless nights, anyone?) and the weather outside my window (2 feet of frozen snow + the 20th day of temps below freezing.). My choice of scent for today’s cp was an easy one, my favorite cold-weather nighttime comfort fragrance, Barbara Bui Le Parfum. Amber, wood, and incense + bit of musk = a soothing, close-to-the-skin scent that brings with it much-needed peace. It was very popular on the fragrance boards a number of years ago and is one of the best (and inexpensive) blind buys I ever made.
Those of you who’d like to visit the Edward Munch museum but can’t travel there now might enjoy this tour sponsored by Viking.TV:
If you scroll to the bottom of the screen you can skim through the 43 other Monday museum-related offerings they’ve had since the pandemic began, including several others about Munch. Viking.TV offers a different program each day and each day of the week follows a related theme. Their virtual programs have been a wonderful cultural, educational, and travel escape for me during these difficult months, and the Viking River Cruise we took to France was the best vacation ever. I highly recommend both!
Wishing everyone a good weekend ahead. Anyone else enjoying the new PBS series Sunday nights, Miss Scarlet and the Duke? I love it, both actors are fantastic together; I’ll really be sorry to see it end soon and sure hope it returns next season!
I have been watching Miss Scarlet and the Duke too.To be honest, it took the 2nd episode to really get into it (was just watching it before All Things Great and Small came on)but now I’m hooked.I like the Dukes character development with each episode.He is more complex than it appeared.
I love the push/pull of both the romantic tension between them as well as the professional tension and how he grapples with their working relationship; he knows she’s a good detective but at the same time it’s not a woman’s place to be a good detective. (And I find him very attractive!). I also started watching it as a prelude to All Creatures Great and Small and dearly love that one, too. Both season finales are this weekend. ?
Have you been to the museum in actuality? I have and it’s great. The first time I went to Oslo/Scandinavia, I was stunned to realize that all of the colors in Munch’s paintings are simply there in that environment—those ochre yellows, dark reds and greens, and the white of snow. It all seemed to make more sense!
No, I’ve never been to Scandinavia but your comments are very interesting how his environment influenced his paintings. I didn’t know anything about him (other than being familiar with The Scream) until the Viking video.
It’s snowing again this afternoon. Or maybe it’s sleet? I have zero interest in opening the front door to check out current weather conditions. It’s cold and yucky out there, and that’s all the info I need.
SOTD = Guerlain Apres l’Ondee EdT, from the sample stash. When I first saw the picture, I immediately thought of L’Heure Bleue. But I don’t have any of that. So I went for something that I think is LHB-adjacent. Viola! Apres l’Ondee it is.
Ah, you departed from your norm! Smelling good!
Thank you! We shall see if I continue with perfume monogamy this coming week, or if I decide to check out a few more of the goodies in my Sample Stash.
That’s a good one- funny that I appreciate that and both L’Heure Bleue but I never reach for them myself. As you know I love Shalimar but also many other Guerlain. I love to sniff those two from the bottle or others though.
Loving Dusita at the moment and recently bought la Douceur de Siam.
I am wearing Spendiris from a sample which is a powdery violet iris, very beautiful and going on my wish list! The perfumes come with little poem cards (homage to the perfumer’s father who was a poet) and the one for this reads:
I write by
in a night
many layers of dreams.
I love Splendiris and La Douceur de Siam!
Although I enjoyed contemplating the picture, and came up with several stories for it, I could not think of a scent. Since I knew we don’t get into trouble here for not doing the CP, I did not try. But I enjoyed the picture. I don’t think it’s in winter, BTW. Scent of the day was Creed Royal Oud for my second attempt at getting a new “secure” driver’s license. Success. I try to come up with fun stuff like that when I am on a staycation! Jealous, are you not? I even dressed up a bit, but the picture was more close-in then last time, and my natty duds did not show at all! Off to read everyone’s comments – stay warm.
I considered getting a “RealID” driver’s license when it was time to renew mine, but learned that I could upgrade my license if I wanted to at a later date.
I have to renew mine this year…will have to see how I do!
Will wear some Lumière Blanche to go with the picture, would have worn it this morning but I had to go to work and apparently LB is too strong for some of my co-workers. Boohoo. Instead I wore Gypsy Water, which I’ve come to really love, and is whisper soft perfect for work.
Gypsy Water is a great under the radar scent! You smell great – but subtly.
I really love Gypsy Water and would love a full bottle if it ever fell in my lap. You smell great.
SOTD = Annick Goutal Nuit Etoilee EDT
Because blue … CP points for sure!
In other news, work is still in crazy territory. I de used not to take next Monday off because I already have to be in 3 meetings, so why even bother taking the day off! I still have NST catch-ups to do!
Blue bottle love! I have the edp but the same bottle. Hope you can get a break at work soon!
Thank you! I have the EDP as well in the larger bottle.
I have the same blue bottle!
It is very pretty and I’m glad I got it.
That’s a pretty sneaky owl, I almost didn’t see it!
LOL. It is actually even smaller than the ones I pictured with my Madeleine sample about a week ago!
Do you enjoy your work when it’s crazy? If so, yay! If not, hope you get a break soon!
Phew, what a day. I’d say TGIF, but I have to work tomorrow too. For the community project today I wore Bath and Body Works Moonlight Path from an old bottle of the “purely silk body splash” that I must have bought about 20 years ago, just before I started majorly getting into scents. I still like it, soapy musk that it is, but it smells very early-2000s to me!
Here’s hoping that you get a break soon!
Thank you! I’m off on Sunday at least. I just finished my staycation so I should still be relaxed, but my coworkers are… special. I hope you have a good weekend!
I never feel relaxed after a staycation either lol! Hope you enjoy your Sunday off.
Abandoned the CP line of thought entirely post-shower and just went with EldO Vierges et Toreros today because it was calling to me, even though I usually only wear it in summer. It is the polar opposite of that painting – oh well!
I don’t know that one, but anything summery sounds so nice right now!
SIP Magazine Street for today. I’m imagining that the girl at the window is in New Orleans. It’s Mardi Gras week and there are parades- she doesn’t live in the French Quarter but maybe more proper Garden District….nevertheless, she’s watching the revelry and fun on the streets below. Too young to participate, but old enough to have a feeling she wants to.
Back to Black by Kilian. It seems to suit the image. I haven’t worn it in a very long time, it’s still lovely.