It's Tuesday and World Lion Day. What fragrance are you wearing?
I'm in vintage Hermès Calèche Eau de Toilette, because Aurora mentioned it yesterday.
Reminder: 8/13 is Alfred Hitchcock's birthday (and Friday the 13th)...wear whatever seems to fit 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.
Note: top image shows the Roy Kirkham Alliums Fine Bone China Collection. The teapot is $62.50 at Roy Kirkham in the UK.
Supet hot, humid day. Another awful heat wave is here to stay for the rest of the week.
Wearing Lady Gaga Eau de Gaga a favorite for the dogs days of summer. I am thunking my full bottle today and thinking if I should replace it. ?
On my second cup of coffee with a few pieces of dried watermelon jerky.
Happy Tuesday! ?
If it is a favorite, even just a seasonal favorite, you should absolutely replace it, especially since it is such a cheap thrill. Just my opinion.
So true! It will not hurt my wallet and it is a no brainer I always enjoy! You may get an enabler pin!
Enabler pin! I didn’t know this one at all, but after checking a few reviews it sounds right up my alley, so I just bought a small bottle.
LOL – that’s the spirit!
Egads. It is humid but it will get worse the later in the week it is.
How’s the PT going?
It is indeed going to be a rough week!
Thanks for asking. PT is going ok. Less tough now than the first 2 weeks and I am feeling much better.
Thank you! Trying my best!
Hope you are improving and getting the rest and help you need.
Buy the bottle, I say!
Thank you Annie!
I am pressing the buy bottom very soon! ?
Yucky weather twins today! I might have thunderstorms rolling thru my area later on tonight. ⚡
Glad to see you post! ?
Thank you, Jalapeno! ?.
We also have a slight possibility of thunderstorms for tonight. I hope no more trees fall down in my area, like last week.
I seem to be in a green, woody phase this week. I’m wearing Corsica Furiosa.
You smell fabulous! I love Corsica Furiosa!
I must try this. I always think of Charlize Theron as Furiosa in that mad max movie. Which was great. But a little scary.
It is a great green scent and very refreshing. Highly recommended!
A green, woody phase is a great phase to be in, in my book! And Corsica Furiosa is so great. It somehow conjures up sun-baked chaparral and a cool drink all at once for me.
Catching up on last month’s Indigo samples, so SOTD is Curionoir 415 AD. I get tomato leaf and frankincense as the dominant notes and I am loving it. Not surprising — I rub fresh tomato leaves between my hands whenever I’m in the veggie garden just to get that scent.
Off topic, but reason #808 that I love WFH: getting to prune my tomatoes in daylight during my lunch break is much more enjoyable than doing it in the dark after getting home from the office, so I’ve done it more frequently, which has lead to a larger, healthier tomato harvest. Mr. Vee and I have been having them with every meal and still can’t keep up!
Drinking Twining’s English Breakfast. I have a ginormous box to get through but it will free up so much space once I thunk it.
Curionoir 415 AD sounds very tempting!
I forgot to report my tea, as usual. Currently on a cup of Upton Colombian Bold Breakfast Blend, with a sprinkle of nutmeg.
Oh! What varieties are you growing? I’m trying my hand at beefsteak, heirloom, and cherry tomatoes from scratch. How did you learn to prune, and when? Any tips are appreciated!
This year I’m growing Sun Golds, Mr. Stripey, Cherokee Purple (my three favorites), Brandywine, Purple Boy, and Orange Zinger (which is new to me). The best advice I’ve been given is to let the seedlings get at 16-18 inches tall before planting, and then plant them deep so that only about 6-8 inches are above the ground. The stem under the ground will grow roots, and you will end up with a well-anchored plant that can take in lots of nutrients. I used to use cages for above-ground support, but have switched to stakes and find them much easier to use. As for pruning, Fine Gardening has a good article on it with visuals: https://www.finegardening.com/article/pruning-tomatoes
The key for me this year and last has been frequent pruning. I pinched off the side shoots as soon as they appeared, so the plants haven’t been wasting energy on growing them into thick stems. And of course, compost helps!
And if you do have problems, this is a good summary of what to do: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/14/realestate/problems-with-tomatoes.html
Ive been growing tomatoes for 10 years, and this is the first time I feel like I finally have my system down pat. Took lots of trial and error on selecting varieties, set up, pruning approach, etc. So if you are new to it, just keep trying.
You are so kind! Thanks for all of the great information!
Thank you so much for sharing this info and the NYT link! Some of my tomatoes have blossom end rot in brand new amended soil so I didn’t think it was a calcium deficiency in the soil — sounds like the scantier irrigation in that bed is to blame.
I’ll admit that I cheer when I see tomato horn worms, though. They never seem to impact the plants too severely and they mean I’ll have hummingbird-sized sphinx moths buzzing around the garden soon.
You can have all of the hornworms in my garden. ?
Yes, in the time I would have commuted pre-pandemic, I can get in some yoga and then water my garden in my yoga clothes with a cup of coffee in hand. It’s really a lovely bonus. Not that I want the pandemic to continue in any way. Just trying to appreciate anything good that came of it.
And speaking of tomatoes, I’m growing a Cherokee Purple as well, but it’s quite wild as I haven’t been good about pruning. I’ll see if I can trim it a bit now.
The Cherokee Purple sounds marvelous! I will look out for those at store.
Robin – That tea set is all kinds of beautiful. I’ve already been eyeing some of the Sailor’s Farewell pieces that you posted, and now I’m lusting after this set.
And I am loving that breakfast cup…
Sadly, the demitasse cups only seem to come in sets of 4, and with saucers. The price on these is MUCH more reasonable than the wedgewood.
I have never wanted to order a tea set online. Until today. WOW. Want!!
Today is my Sandalwood day in rotation, so instead of my usual Jacques Fath sandalwood, Tempte Automne, I put on Dipryque Tam Dao, since people mentioned it yesterdday – it is lighter and sweeter, and it seems nice in the muggy, partially air-conditioned atmosphere of my home office (my air conditioner is a loaner from a SIL, and woefully undersized for what we truly need here in the temperate rain forest that is mid-Michigan, but it takes the edge off the humidity, and drops the temp a few degrees, which makes a noticable difference.)
The broody hen hatched another chick and we are all working hard to make sure the baby survives. It’s official name at this point is Little Peeper! New life at Maple Knoll Farm! Making sure new lives happen feels more and more important as time goes on, you know?
Oh and yes, that tea set is just loverly, isn’t it? You find the best images to put here, Robin!
Seconding meredifay on this! If you are not already using affiliate links for these images, Robin, I hope you consider it in the future. Roy Kirkham is about to earn a few dollars from me thanks to you, and I think he should share some of them with you. But if nothing else, you get an enabler pin.
I will polish my pin, thanks!
I enjoyed your post yesterday. Esp the “both the mare and vet think highly of you.” Re your scar: perhaps you should seek out another surgeon. I suggested an especially busy specialist head and neck surgeon to a friend who had to have a thyroidectomy done because of a malignant nodule scare. She was admitted on the morning of the surgery and went home the next afternoon. No drains, no complications and a beautiful scar. They should perhaps biopsy the wound edges. At least get a second opinion.
I’m in Tam Dao also. I love your farm update posts. Keep ’em coming! Yay for Little Peeper – I hope it survives and thrives.
Keeping my fingers crossed for Little Peeper. You smell great!
Today I was in Montale Parfum d’Elle 2. Soapy, aldehydic fruity floral. It’s fun and a bit wild.
This evening I’ve sobered up considerable in the herbal lemony Granville by DIOR.
I wasn’t paying attention to World Lion Day or would have spritzed some Le Lion de Chanel.
Will join you in Granville.
Testing Byredo Reine de Nuit. two little sprays.
Big day here – going to eye doctor for new glasses and to see if my cataract is ready for action.
Brand twin! Trying out Byredo Pulp today. Hope the eye appointment went well!
am not a Byredo fan, I think I just have hand sanitizer is Suede, but this one is nice, very nice. I dont know if its 330 dollars of nice. And I want a Vanille 44.
So, a sample will do.
Yeah, I like pulp but not that much! I’ll just use up this sample and be happy!
I hope tour appointment goes well.
Hope that everything went well for you today. ?
Morning all, it’s going to be hot and humid today and for another few days. I’m wearing Live in Love layered with Hermes Pamplemousse Rose. Zippy green freshness, with citrus, powder, and rose. Live In Love only lasts a few hours but it’s great for warm weather.
Happy Lion Day!
In an “I read too fast” fashion, I had to do a double take because I fist read this as “live for another day”. Yesterday, I was next to a Petco delivery van and I thought I read “Free sample” instead of “Free same day delivery”. Oy!
Hermès house twins! Maybe I’ll layer Pamplemousse Rose over L’Ombre and see what happens. ?
I love Pamplemousse Rose, it’s so zippy and refreshing. I had Gentiane Blanche and loved it. I went through a few bottles pretty quickly.
Testing day! Mythique Vetyver from Mizensir. Should be perfect for today, gotta run some bank errands before a late work day. Sigh.
How was the MV?
I liked it! Nice and summery but still earthy and not cleaned up too much. Just right! My coworker told me she liked it, even.
Thanks so much Dorsey!
Lovely tea set! I think it matches well with my SOTD, which is Le Galion Iris.
Yes, a good match!
I sprayed the last bits of L’Artisan Un Air de Bretagne so it’s a sample thunk Tuesday (shouldn’t “thunk Tuesday” be a thing and official term?)
I’m gonna miss this ’cause I liked it since the moment it was launched. Shall I find a bottle on bargain I’ll go for it.
Oooooh, seconding “Thunk Tuesday” as a thing/official term!
Will suggest the alliterative Thunk Thursday…
Also in favor!
Last week I wore Rodin Olio Lusso to confirm I needed a backup bottle. No decision was made yet because I decided I wanted to go through my collection and wear most of my other jasmine perfumes before buying another bottle. So today I’m in Parfumerie Generale Drama Nuii, which is just wonderful. Last night I was able to add my decant of Cedre Sambac to my swap-away box. I’m definitely not ready to name my favorite jasmine perfume yet, but hopefully I’m a little more clear on that after going through my collection.
What are everyone’s top 1-3 favorite jasmine perfumes?
A la Nuit.
And something cheaper, but at least not full of ambroxan, l’eau d’issey absolue.
Nice choice with A la Nuit. I’ve never smelled the Issey though.
I love the light jasmine note in Thé Pour un Été.
This is one of my desert-island scents! I wore it all weekend.
I haven’t smelled that one in a long time, but I remember it being very refreshing.
While not much of a jasmine fan, I like the slightly slutty Jasmin de Nuit by The Different Company.
I love JdN! Definitely one I always want to have in my collection.
In no particular order:
A la Nuit
I should try Samsara again. I tried it once early-ish in my perfume rabbit hole days, and I believe it was the sandalwood in it that didn’t work well on me. Definitely time for a re-visit.
Songes and La Chasse aux Papillons
Olio Lusso and A La Nuit, although the latter can occasionally feel too sweet and screechy.
Totally agree with your assessment.
1. By Kilian’s Imperial Tea. Photorealistic. And jasmine green tea is my favorite. Amazing to find that exact impression in a bottle of perfume.
2. Bulgari’s Jasmine EdT. This is like from 10+ years ago maybe before all the flankers. White transculent bottle.
3. Maybe Molinard Jasmine?
* 2. Yessss it was called Voile de Jasmin.
In Fils de Dieu again today. At this rate, I’ll thunk my 30mL bottle before the end of the year! That wouldn’t be a bad thing, just means I’d need to think about replacing. Or maybe thunking some other bottles.
You smell great today! I’ll be that one in a couple of weeks for the People Change cp.
I’m impressed that you plan your scent that far in advance! I only manage to plan a day or two in advance, and a lot of times, not even that far.
Oh, I usually don’t have a plan. I just realized I could wear Riz when I saw your post. But thanks for the kudos! ?
Today in Adventures of an Introvert, I’ll be meeting with an unknown number of strangers in a setting where I’m almost certain to be the only female, to walk prospective contractors through a project site and answer questions. I’ve never done one of these types of site visits and I’m hoping I’ve prepared for all contingencies, but if nothing else I *smell* very on top of things in No. 19!
No 19 is perfect! Have fun interviewing prospective contractors!
It actually went quite well! No doubt because I smelled right…
Just decide it’ll be fun. Partly because you smell fabulous!
It actually *was* pretty fun. About 50 people showed but they were all pretty smiley by the end of the visit, and everyone got sweaty and spent some quality time in the woods.
Hi, Twin! No. 19 epd for my Dr. visit – seemed perfect as a pick me up and something that might leave a little trail even with masks to cheer someone else, too. The knee issue in question is resolving itself and was not related to any chronic thing so hoorah for that! I actually went with only one nozzle to the neck spray – normally for No. 19 I’d do three. Hope your meeting went well – sometimes we introverts do very well when we can “hide in plain sight.”
I’m so glad your knee is getting better! I tweaked one of mine shoveling wood chips into a bucket several months ago — I guess that means I’m not 21 anymore?? — and it still hasn’t recovered. What the heck goes on inside there?
No.19 backs you up!
It certainly does! Adds about eight inches of height, too!
Sending you all the No.19 vibes.
Thank you! They totally worked!
You kick a**!
Aww, shucks! Thank you! And now I’ve earned a big gin and tonic and everything ish really relaxzing and shplendid now.
I took a few days off to go to a silent retreat at a Buddhist Retreat Centre in an isolated, rural spot. My mom always warns me very sternly before I go. I think she has a very muddled idea of hippies, Hare Krishnas and Buddhists!
I had a horrible few weeks: my favourite aunt (mom’s youngest sister) passed away from covid. She wasn’t an anti-vaxer, just thought she had all the time in the world to get vaccinated. Then my best friend (with one Pfizer dose on board) ended up really sick in hospital with covid. Today I learnt that my brother’s first wife passed away in July. Again covid and she was only 54y old. I think this constant grief and anxiety have been ingrained in our collective psyche. I just hope that the children are resilient and bounce back.
SOTD: Will join Portia in Granville.
That’s really horrible to have so many pass from Covid.
Oh, Amyitis, what a burden of grief! I hope the retreat was helpful and strengthening for you. Sending love and hugs!
Sending peace and hugs to you and your loved ones.
Oh my! That’s a lot to deal with. My condolences. I hope the retreat was comforting.
My condolences upon your losses and I hope your BF is out of the hospital now or very soon.
So sorry to hear this, Amyitis. May their memory be a blessing.
I’m sorry to hear this, Amyitis. Terrible news and a lot to bear. I hope the retreat has given you some comfort and peace to draw on as you muddle through.
So sorry, sending hugs.
I’m sorry to hear this, Amyitis. That’s a lot of grief to deal with. I hope the retreat helped you find some peace and solace.
Sincere condolences, Amyitis. The situation is truly heartbreaking.
I hope the retreat was healing for you, that’s a lot of loss.
I am sorry for your many losses.
So sorry for your multiple losses. May your grief be lightened every day.
I’m so sorry. It’s an incredibly difficult time.
My deep condolences on all those passings. That’s a lot to deal with, especially in such a short time.
I’m so sorry that you have to deal with so many losses so close together. My thoughts are with you and your family.
I hope you found some peace at the retreat.
I’m so sorry about your losses. Sending you hugs at this incredibly difficult time.
House twins with you today, Robin. I am wearing Galop d’Hermes.
Barqs, did you see: https://boisdejasmin.com/2021/08/5-modern-perfumes-with-a-note-of-surprise.html#more-30543 ? I saw other praise of Gd’H when it came out, too.
Yes! Maybe seeing that made me reach for Galop, subconciously
Spending some time in Deneuve today. Had to let a friend know that I would not be able to attend his birthday party on Friday. Between work and going to my dad’s oncologist appointment with him, I won’t be able to make it. Will talk to him tonight to celebrate another time.
So sorry that your dad has to see an oncologist.
Thanks. The doctor is trying to figure out why his colon cancer keeps coming back after treatment.
I hope your doctor finds a resolution that works well for you dad. Sending hugs to you both.
I’m so sorry that he’s dealing with a recurring issue! That must be so frustrating and unnerving for all of your family. Sending my warmest thoughts…
Oh boy. Best wishes for your dad.
I hope the visit with the specialist is a good one for your dad!
Hope the oncologist will figure out how to help your father.
I hope you get some answers from the oncologist about your dad’s case. Hugs to you and your family.
Good wishes for you and your dad.
Healing vibes to your dad!
Sending healing thoughts for your dad. Hugs.
I hope the oncologist can figure out the mystery!
Sending good thoughts out for your Dad.
I seem to find any excuse to wear Sonoma Scent Studio Jour Ensolleille. Today, it fits the CP theme with a nod to Hitchcock’s favorite film “Shadow of a Doubt” and its location of Santa Rosa, CA (the county seat of Sonoma County.)
Very humid and warm here today. I made a trip over to the other side of the peninsula to hit a farmers market. Small but nice. Got some heirloom tomatoes, Dixie yellow squash, rhubarb bread and pickled garlic scapes. Drove through some gorgeous farmland to get there…I get a huge kick out of seeing the hay bales dotted throughout the fields.
Kind of looking forward to what looks like a serious thunderstorm arriving this afternoon…hope there’s no damage locally.
Oh…and I love that breakfast cup and saucer. I’m a bit obsessed with finding a big, china cup and saucer. Not coffee cup or teacup size…bigger.
I have a collection of huge cups and tea bowls. :-). Being lazy, rather than brew a pot and pouring several cups, I just make one big one.
I do that too. One big mug. But a cup and saucer is so civilized compared to a mug.
I’m in the mug camp, too. But now I’m thinking I have a sudden lemming for a giant teacup and saucer…
I’m also a member of the mug club. For me, though, it’s a question of how likely am I to spill a teacup? Much less likely to happen with a mug.
SOTD = Alber Elbaz par Frederic Malle Superstitious
2 sprays before I felt to do more would traumatize others in the train!
I am debating what to wear on Friday but I’ve got time. It is supposed to be an in office day but since I am in today, I may wimp out as it will be very ?.
What are your impressions of Superstitious?
And quick question: On Instagram, I am having a tough time posting today. Can I email you?
And super thanks for your support! Means the world to me.
You smell(ed) wonderful today!
1) SOTD: Brazilian Lime by Beauty Pie and Creme Brulee by LM. Sprays of each- really nice for a scorcher of a day!
2) I have a crown beauty of a tomato in the garden- rich red with a black crown (Black Krim) and the plant is finally making several more, so I am going to have a very luxurious dinner tonight!
Lovely! My cherry tomatoes have finally started to crank and meals are ever so much more exciting. Still waiting on my slicing tomatoes, though — everything got delayed by bonkers weather this spring.
This is the first year in ages that we didn’t grow tomatoes, so I am jealous! hope it was delicious.
Finishing up a sample of “‘Ombré des Merveilles today. I was quite enthused about this when it first came out, but not so much now. Money saved.
We took the Wild One for a trial boarding yesterday and picked her up early this morning. She seemed to do fine, so I think we’ve finally found a place we can leave her and not worry too much. We haven’t seen the grandkids since late in 2019. ❤️
heh heh, I never managed to sniff Ombre. My Merveilles street cred is almost zero.
Glad you had good news with the Wild One. I always worry when going away and boarding furry family members, but they are always fine.
We are so picky when it comes to our puppy! We took her to three different places before we were happy with the doggy digs! I swear, I spend more on her haircuts than mine. ❤️?❤️
Hurray for money saved!
Robin you smell very elegant of course.
Today Guerlain Cologne du Parfumeur, this evening Angel Men.
mmmm, I really like the dry herb smell I get from Cologne du Parfumeur. You smell marvelous.
Thank you Tiffanie, it’s not much talked about but it’s such a good cologne.
SOTD: Dune; and where I’d like to be right now: on a beach dune getting ready to jump in the ocean
yay for Dune, you smell wonderful. and double yay for a swim!
You smell wonderful! Dune never disappoints me. And, yes, ocean swims and hot springs soaks are the best!
Can I join you? Please! I’ll bring sandwiches.
I love that teapot and teacups and I don’t even drink tea. I’m wearing Holy Peony today.
same for me, that teapot makes my heart go pitty-pat!
SotD = Iris Ukiyoe
I almost went for Assam of India, but sometimes the hand knows what the heart wants, even before the head thinks it over. Maybe Assam will be my top up later. It’s hot weather today, and I think Assam will work nicely over the soft dry down of Iris Ukiyoe.
I’ll wear Le Lion post-shower tonight, a shout out to all the lions out there. Rawr!
Ha! I love that. Sometimes the hand knows….
When I get back around to a Hermes boutique, I should re-sniff Iris Ukiyoe. I did not like iris at all when I first fell down the perfumed rabbit hole, but I have come around to some kinds since then.
Teapots. My husband let the teapot ?go until it was stuck to the burner. Three working burner, now.
SOTD is lotions right now, because they are powerhouses. Pretty warm, so I may just wear an eau de soleil blanc sample. I’d get a bottle of this.
If Sistine is on, my condolences for your dear cat. Lisa D., I was glad to see you here yesterday. ❤
Be well, all.
Thanks so much! I really appreciate it.
How long was the teapot on the burner???
Long enough! Lol. He doesn’t understand the teapot doesn’t magically refill with water.
It was really a cute one, but at least this wasn’t my fault, ?
Hope your heart is healing.
Got a case of ? butt today. Also not much of an appetite today. I think it is due to the hot, very muggy weather that has moved in. ?? At least I managed to make a vet appointment for Teflon the Wonder Cat. (It’s time for her annual exam.) She is going to hate every minute of it, and complain bitterly on both the trip there and the trip home. ?
SOTD = back in Encens Jinhae again.
hahahaha, dragon butt, made me lol Hope Teflon forgives you for the indignity of annual exam. I helped a friend take their dog to the vet for shots yesterday. That dog cried so loud we could still hear her when she was in the exam room. We were waiting out in the parking lot. Sad pup.
I don’t have much appetite in hot weather either. Years ago it seemed like I could eat anything anytime, but as time marches on my appetite wanders away from me for days. Eating sometimes feels like a chore.
A friend jokingly told me I’m going to end up as one of those ancient little old ladies who looks like she could blow away when someone sneezes, and wears a wool cardigan year round because she’s always cold. Friend is not far off with the cardigan, I’m cold a lot of the time. But my eduring love of chocolate keeps me firmly tethered to the earth.
Thank you for mentioning Encens Jinhae (again). It’s now on my list of must-try perfumes for future perfume counter exploration. Gosh, I never thought I say I miss sniffing at Sephora, but I guess I do.
Teflon usually does forgive, but she does the kitty equivalent of stomping around the house in a snit for a while after getting back.
I nibbled on a bit of cold sauerkraut from the fridge earlier this evening, and it perked me right up. It’s not grocery store stuff, either. From a family business in northern New Jersey, and it’s some of the best that I’ve had in decades. They ship (YAY!), which is how I got my hands on it in the first place.
Encens Jinhae is a quiet, dry incense. If you’re expecting something Tauer-esque, look elsewhere.
I liked Encens Jinhae when I had a sample right after it came out. Not enough to splurge, but it was very nice. You smell good…again.
Thanks LizzieB! I’m liking it quite a bit, but not enough for a FB splurge. Pretty sure that this one isn’t available as a travel size.
That’s why they invented gazpacho — so that we’d have something to eat when it’s too hot to eat! Poor Teflon Kitty. I hope the experience is gentle!
Tef can be a bit of a drama kitteh when it comes to her vet visits. I think most of it is that she hates being restrained in the cat carrier. She is very well mannered in the exam room.
Fortunately, being Teflon, the experience will just slide right off her…
I hope the vet visit goes well!
I wore Brooklyn by Gallivant to try to trick myself into a cheerful, less anxious mood. It didn’t exactly work, but at least I smelled great.
Our first day of school is in exactly two weeks and I am off the charts nervous about how it will go. I’m fully vaccinated but I know a lot of my students and their families aren’t. Ugh. I hope there isn’t preventable tragedy looming.
I’m so sorry you’re feeling anxious, and I’m right there with you. At present I’m committed to sending my unvaccinated child to school in two weeks and counting on our town’s 98% vaccination rate among the 12+ crowd to protect him, but I’m all in knots over it.
Wow, I imagine your anxiety is higher than mine – I’m not worrying about my own child. (We don’t have kids.). Hugs to you.
Fingers crossed for you sistine!
I’m super late today but reporting in with Lancome Iris Dragees; earlier I was in Chanel No. 19 Poudre.
I also love that teapot and those cups, Robin. My sister would love anything in the hummingbird motif. I could spend a few hours looking at everything.
This might be the most popular teapot I’ve ever posted!
Sampling Keiko Mecheri Embruns today which is sort of a light weight cozy scent