It's the weekend, and we're celebrating with our usual open thread poll. Talk about anything you like — the fragrance you’re wearing today, your idea of the perfect back-to-school fragrance, whatever.
Or, ask a question about fragrance, then see if anyone else has asked a question that you can answer…
Note: top image is Humboldt County [cropped] by Rob Bertholf at flickr; some rights reserved.
Happy Caturday all. My SOTD is the lovely Absolu by Rochas – wonderful honeyed orange blossom with labdanum and amber perfume. I wore this to bed last night and it was so deliciously cozy.
Mr. Smokeytoes and I finished watching Queen of the South yesterday, excellent series, and so engaging (if a little bloody in a few places). I was sorry to see it end. I’ll load the book onto my Kindle at some point. I’ll head to the gym when the laundry is done. Everyone have a great weekend!
I will add this to my watch list
Happy Caturday to you and smokeytoes!
Your description of Rochas Absolu is creating a need ?
Cicely, a generous NST’er gifted a bottle to me, would you like some?
I’ll need to order spray bottles to decant into so it may take a little bit. I’m happy to share.
Feel free to email me at ldetrich in the land of yodeling dawt com.
Thank you so much Smokeytoes that’s really so sweet of you. I would then send something really nice back to you from my collection! It would probably be much easier if I lived in the United States- do you send each other decants from overseas and is this a lot of trouble? x
I’m a bit uninformed about overseas shipping for perfumes. Do you know what it entails?
I watched Medici last weekend. All 3 seasons flew buy! Very entertaining and beautiful, if you like Renaissance and Florence
Ohh, I do love Renaissance and Florence! Thanks for the suggestion!
Well, it is a fun day. Mr. Smokeytoes and I had a great lunch at our favorite Persian restaurant.
While out grocery shopping, I kept catching whiffs of this absolutely glorious perfume, lightly floral, salty amber perfume. I followed the perfume trail to this elegantly appointed woman who also loves collecting perfumes. Her SOTD was Baccarat Rouge 540 by Maison Francis Kurkdjian. I wish I hadn’t asked, as it’s over my benchmark of $175.
Fragrant Hive mind, any suggestions as to a similar, less-expensive version of Baccarat Rouge?
I’d say Eau Claire des Merveilles by Hermes would be close.
Maybe you can get into a split of it or find one of the smaller sample-size bottles?
Supposedly Cloud by Ariana Grande is a close dupe ??♀️.
Thanks! I’m taking note!
I ordered a few samples from LuckyScent – I’m hoping it smells gawd awful on me so I’m not tempted.
I have both and have spritzed both on, for research purposes. So far they are only in the same neighbourhood, but maybe will be closer in the drydown. Cloud definitely worth a sniff, at ca. 1/5 the price, and with a very cute bottle.
One of my friends wears that one and she smells lovely, however she says she can never smell it on herself!
That’s exactly what this woman mentioned! She said it’s one of her favorites, and most complimented scents! Her kids picked it out for her. Wow, do they know how to pick a nice perfume!
My kids like the smell of Love Extreme on me. I am so happy to be back home so I can go back to my perfume
I have also heard that Cloud by Ariana Grande is similar, but I’ve never smelled BR 540. Burberry Her is also supposed to be similar and I can vouch for it smelling a lot like Cloud. Cloud is in most Ulta stores, so should be pretty accessible for a sniff!
Ciao a tutti
Back from vacay
Drained a travel spray of Herbae Eau de Parfum and brought a mini of Beautiful Belle by Estée Lauder. While away I almost bought a bottle of EL PC tuberose gardenia. Regrets I didn’t but it’s ok.
I read two books, Flat Share & Beach Read
I am just back from vacation too…hope yours was fun! I read 2 Wodehouse Blandings books, did NOT catch up on New Yorkers as planned, ate so much ice cream I still can’t believe it.
Welcome back Robin!I ate ice cream everyday.
We did a 21 day road trip that including Glamping in an airstream
What fun — did you love the airstream? I have never been in one.
(And if you want, I would love to hear even your vague itinerary. I just love road trips.)
We started off at Storm King to visit some art. Then drove to Killington and stayed at an amazing lodge that is on part of the Appalachian hiking trails and also on a serene lake for kayaking etc. Then glamping in a airstream on grand isle Vermont that is also on a winery and lake Champlain. Next the Syracuse area for the finger lakes. Next we did one night of glamping on a boat in the Catskills. Hurricane Henri put a wrench in the boat plans so had to stay at a lodge for the remainder. Last week was in the seabright NJ for a week of beach. Total 21 days ~1350 miles.
I stayed off the news and NST (sorry, I did miss you and everyone) for most of the time. What did I miss in perfume news?
Wow, what a lovely mix of places and activities! That just sounds perfect.
Seriously, nothing important. Maybe FM Synthetic Jungle, but nothing else big comes to mind.
I enjoyed your pictures!
I love airstreams, a dear friend just restored hers and has it up for sale.
Robin, I hope it’s okay to post. I love the way my friend decorated it. She has a great touch with design and use of colors.
Okay, I’m not in the market for an Airstream, but your friend did a great job with the decor. It’s darling.
It looks huge! (And is adorable.)
I have a trailer fantasy inspired by the Lucy & Ricky film The Long, Long Trailer (ONLY about the trailer – not the disasters that ensue) and your friend’s airstream looks about the same size.
My H and I have had serious conversations about roadtripping in something like this, but presumably much smaller as to not have Lucy & Ricky’s disasters ensue.
welcome back! I missed you and so glad to see you’re back!
I missed you too!
I had a wonderful time and read a lot.
What is new?
Nancyleandros ~ she is a professional photographer, chef, magazine stylist, hair & makeup artist.
I’ve seen several of the homes she’s decorated and renovated, truly is a talented soul.
She designed her wedding dress and it was stunning. It was cream with gold overlay ~ she looked like a little fairie or forest sprite.
EL Tuberose Gardenia is one gorgeous floral perfume. Such a beauty!
Ugh! I should of bought it..
It was gorgeous
That’s a good looking tomato!
I’m wearing Lush’s American Cream today. I bought the adorable set of travel sprays and am so happy I did – I hadn’t tried Karma or American Cream on my skin in so long that it was like meeting new friends. If you have someone who likes Lush on your gift list, the packaging is a gorgeous fabric covered box and the sprays are fancy with black and gold labels.
Mellow day grocery shopping and doing laundry and hanging with the dog. Hope everyone has a great Saturday!
Hmmmm…Lush can be a bit brash ? but they have really unique little perfumes and the benzoin rich ones are so nice! . I’m home, American cream and Snowcake ❤️ Their soaps are addictive and they’ve replaced liquid soap in my shower.
I always liked the American Cream shower gel, but it looks like it’s been discontinued. My favorites at Lush seem to get the axe quite often; I must have Lush-fringe taste…
Wishing everyone a lovely, restful weekend. I just can’t believe September is around the corner and that kids go back to school on Wednesday. Oh man, this summer really went by.
I didn’t really have any long vacation this year but I might still do something in September if the weather is still nice.
Today I’m wearing Puredistance M.
Summer flew by with too little nice weather
We will have at least one more quick beach trip for a birthday party in September. Hope you do get another break too.
By the way, today I got a new bottle of that Kneipp Goodbye Stress body balm that was featured in daily lemming some time ago.
Oh lovely! Do report back when you get to use it.
(You’ll be so chill then, of course, ha!)
Oh I’ve just used it and it’s lovely. Leaves skin soft and the smell is great.
I hope everyone is well this weekend! I’m paying close attention to Hurricane Ida as I used to live in south Louisiana and still have family there. It’s so smokey here that the air feels like you could chew it — got in a short visit to the park with my son this morning just so that we didn’t have to spend the entire day indoors, but now my sinuses ache. We’re going to do big paintings on rolls of paper taped to the floor, and make some spiced pear and Beaujolais-reduction jam out of a huge load of pears we salvaged from an abandoned orchard last week. We also picked our pink pearl apples from our little 2-year-old tree, so as soon as it stops being 100 degrees out we’ll make a galette. These are the apples that are flamingo pink on the inside, and they’re so pretty in an open-faced tarte situation! One year I made Chartreuse ice cream to serve alongside and it was an ace combination.
Wearing Bronze Goddess which has become my go-to, my-skin-but-better scent.
Fingers crossed that Ida leaves your family alone!! And on a lesser but still important note, that your indoor activities keep your son happy and that your sinuses improve
I just caught up on the Hurricane news – scary! I love your fruit stories, especially rescued fruit! And I do love the looks of the pink apples, too. You smell wonderful!
Hopeful you and your loved ones stay safe and sound!
Happy weekend to everyone!
I have spent the afternoon smelling my wrists in turn with a few samples of Guerlain allegorias I had never tried before- Ginger Piccante (really nice) Pera Granita ( also like) Granada Salvia (ok) and Flora Salvaggia (meh too musky).
Which made me think I may add another Allegoria to my collection sometime- I have and love Mandarin Basilic and Pamplelune. I’ve been craving fresh and bright scents.
Which Allegorias do you enjoy?
You have my favorite–Ginger Piccante. I really believe it is the best of the bunch. Spritz with abandon!!
It’s super refreshing!
Anisia Bella and Mandarine Basilic.
Really intrigued about Anisia Bella, sounds really different and almost tempted to buy unsniffed an eBay bottle. Looking at the notes I imagine a something in between Apres l’Ondee and Lolita Lempicka both of l which I love
Hmmm. I do not think it reminds me of Apres L’Ondee at all, but curious what other people think?
I got Aqua Allegoria Limon Verde and it is a jolly summer drink. Working very slowly on Ylang & Vanille, which is a bedtime scent.
They both sound great…
I adore Mandarine Basilic and Pampleune – both are juicy bright citrus scents that are surprisingly, long-lasting on me.
Wearing my favourite AA Pamplelune today to counter the heat and humidity. I sprung for Ginger Piccante when it came out a few years ago and it’s a close second! Sadly the Guerlain flagship store in Toronto closed not too long after I bought it. ☹️ I recall the AA Bergamote Calabria being nice but I already had Acqua di Parma Bergamotto di Calabria which is great. If you’re craving fresh and bright I’d recommend L’Occitane Verveine Mandarine EDT which came out around the holidays last year. That and the scented body cream!
Has anyone tried the new L’Occitane Verbena Cactus?
Thanks Viridiaan, I have not seen this but I have a mini 5 ml splash of the verveine they used to make with the glass leaf design at the front of the bottle. That one is a great smell but so fleeting. I will look out for the verveine mandarin!
Herba fresca. Big love. It was my signature scent around 1999.
That’s a great choice..there’s really nothing like that perfume from what I remember a very natural mint, really like being in a garden.
You have my favorite two of the bunch.
I’ve only tried Pera Granita, and (as a Guerlain fangirl) can at least say it is up to Guerlain standards. Have not had time to get to know it well, though.
Sotd is CdG Rouge. Loving the beetroot note that smells particularly beety today.
I can’t get enough of watching the our Finch family bathe in the bird bath. This may be all that’s on my To Do list today.
Sounds like a perfect To Do list!
Yesterday my tomatoes looked like today’s picture, but overnight a raccoon or raccoons took a bite out of almost every near-ripe one on the plants. And they pooped in the raised bed. So this afternoon, my plan is to put netting over the cages since I’d like to have tomatoes for a while longer. I’m wearing Carnal Flower.
Wow, so sorry for your tomatoes, but to be honest, I think racoons are so cute, I would be growing tomatoes just to be able to see them =)
We almost don’t have wildlife here and definitely no racoons.
I once saw a youtube video where a guy was watching a lynx (bobcat) in his garden. That would be awesome too!
OH no! That reminds me of back when my mom, a pacifist, got so mad at the critters eating her geraniums that she threatened to get a shotgun and kill them all! How frustrating!
Oof, sorry about the tomatoes!
I do love the masked bandits, but they can be a nuisance…. Yesterday evening, we saw an owl perched right outside our bedroom window. Such a beautiful and magical creature. It made my evening.
I’m sorry about your tomatoes! Raccoons can be bullies. When I lived in SF, a coworker of mine had a raccoon sneak through his window while he was sleeping and try to steal his tiny dog. He fought the raccoon off and the dog survived, but they both had to get stitches and a rabies vaccine.
One night many years ago I looked outside to find my neighbor’s little dog clenched in a racoon’s mouth. Dog, racoon, and neighbor were all squealing,which brought it to a passerby’s attention. Said passerby jumped out of his car with a The Club (which people of a certain age will recall was a device used to prevent auto theft) and beat the racoon with it until the racoon dropped it and scampered off.
Many years later, my own dog (a small but napoleonic terrier) got into it with some racoons and limped away bloodied, with torn flesh and bitemarks a good 1/4″ deep all over his leg bones.
I’ve never found racoons cute, especially after hearing their blood curdling screams night after night when they surrounded a hotel I stayed at one summer.
Chinatown for me today. My package with The Time is out for delivery today… It should have been delivered a couple of days ago… I was reading about these kind of issues online a lil’ bit and some posts suggested it could have got lost at the postal unit… Well we will see if I really get it delivered today.
Also was on Mariage Freres website last night and I am in the mood for holidays already. I am ready to order some Christmas Earl Grey even though the Noel tea was being called the most beautiful Christmas tea.
Mariage Freres has such nice teas.
We smell great!
SOTM is Soivohle Paracelsus. It’s back to warmer weather here, so I’ll switch to something lighter after a shower. That tomato almost makes me want to try growing them … almost. Think I’ll visit a farmers market instead. ?
It is a lot of work and a lot of water!! They are amazing to eat, but I totally understand why my husband tends to sit out the season every 4th or 5th year…
It finally cooled down after days and days of unpleasantly hot and humid weather, so I can wear whatever I like, and today it’s a little vintage Parfum d’Hermès, which I will always think is an unsung masterpiece, one of the greatest scents ever created.
Spent all morning and early afternoon running errands, doing laundry and chores, and generally just getting my life in order, and my reward is that (except for the dishes) I don’t have to do a blessed thing for the rest of the weekend. I am gonna watch a *bunch* of movies.
Congrats on getting it all done! I am still working on the mountain of post-beach-week laundry, but I am hoping to join you in loafing tomorrow.
I am obsessed with the idea to buy some vintage Vol de Nuit and Opium, but I am afraid that the juice would be spoiled.
I am also afraid that I would be dissappointed with modern versions after that)
I recently sniffed some 10-15 year old 24, Faubourg and it was much richer, intense and more “old-school” than my new one.
I think it was partly due to the ageing process of the oils and chemicals. Some liquid evaporated and it became more condensed.
But I loved it definitely more than the new one. The new one is more flowery and sunny to my nose.
I have acquired vintage bottles of Vol de Nuit EDT, EDC and parfum, and all have been in very good shape, no spoilage at all. If that helps.
Oh yes, thank you! Very reassuring =)
Almost all the vintage bottles I have ever bought have been in excellent shape, including some from the seventies. There’s no guarantee, of course, and things do go south, but in general I’d call it a safe investment.
And in my experience, if they haven’t gone off, vintages always smell better than newer iterations. They’re the way the scent was designed to be, and any change is unlikely to be for the better — it probably has cheaper materials, and/or has been freshened and flattened to accord with modern tastes. I have some ELdO Eau de Protection which I love, but I had a sample which was considerably better: I was sorry to see that go. And I have relatively recent (10- to 15-year-old) versions of those eighties powerhouses Poison and Obsession which are far inferior to the originals. (Luckily, I have a small amount of 1985 Poison esprit de parfum which is staggering and in nearly perfect condition.)
If you can find a vintage, I say go for it. Vintage late-seventies Opium is earth-shaking.
Opium back in the day was incredible.
I wore that very Poison last week. ?
I have a few bottles of vintage Opium edt, it ages very well. Maybe it’s the resins? IDK…
I agree with pyramus, it’s glorious stuff.
Happy Saturday to all of my fragrant friends. A lazy day with a very late start–excellent breakfast of ripe, juicy Jersey heirloom tomato with fresh basil leaves and balsamic on toasted baguette!!! A tiny piece of summer heaven. A few chores, some reading (not a chore!), then on to bake something for a dinner party tomorrow. Seems like this will be an entire lazy weekend…..
I mixed our fresh tomatoes with some cous-cous and garlic for supper. It seems everyone is enjoying tomatoes =)
I watermelon would be nice too!
I recently enjoyed a Nigella Lawson recipe which is, effectively, a classic Greek salad but with watermelon in place of the cucumber. Okay, there were red onions marinated in lime juice but TBH chopped yellow onions would’ve been fine.
I’ll be over for breakfast tomorrow if this is what you are eating
It’s a bit swampy here. Hot and humid, so I’m drenched in Aliage. A lot of sprays since it doesn’t have the “bite” the vintage did/does.
College GameDay first show of the season! That’s my signal for Fall coming.
And we saw “Free Guy” last night. Again, a virtually empty theater…just about 4 couples. Very much recommend if you are the mood for light-hearted fare – it is sweet and charming and quite funny. A ton of other movie references.
Estee Lauder house twins. I am in Beautiful belle
You smell better, I am sure!
Hot, hot, hot in Michigan today! I put on Vivacious this morning so I could be perky while shopping. Now the shopping is done, the human foods are put away in their respective niches, and animal foods can sit in the SUV until it cools off a little, so I have time to check in here. I gave sweated the Vicacious away, it seems. After a nappy, I will maybe do another Violet, or a citrusy floral of some sort- I will go through samples and see what appeals…
If you were to choose a Violet, which one would it be? I love Violet.
I am old school. Apres l’Ondee is my go to violet for every occasion!
One of my all time favorites too:)
Sweat-away effect twin: Stash and Coco Mademoiselle edp Intense are my casualties! But the surprise hot weather winner is Iris Torrefie! I’ve worn it almost every day this week, and for me, it loves the hot weather.
You smell wonderful!
Interesting. I will have to pull out my decant of that, which I got when it was chilly and which I was underwhelmed by.
Did you also like it in cold weather?
Like meredifay, I was underwhelmed by it when I wore it to an Fall outdoor, cool weather event, and then subsequently at various times over the winter. But one thorough spritzing on a warn day, and the FB was on its way to me.
Still going strong in Cuir Mauresque.
Went to bed very late and consequently woke very late. Lots of Saturday sunshine today and I’m in no rush to do anything…
Happy weekend to all! ☀️
Miss you Deva!
*waving hello* ??
Wearing Iris 39 today. Just back from a walk and like others, no real plans for today. I made some black bean soup yesterday from scratch. I used several of the peppers from my plants that grew from seed! (Still amazed that they grew at all).
Today and tomorrow will be quite nice outside so I will take a look at the plants to see what needs some attention.
Happy Weekend everyone!
You smell great! Iris 39 was my very first Le Labo!
Would you share the recipe? I have a ton of black beans.
I actually used SmokeyToes recipe for black beans. I just added some chicken broth to thin it down after everything was cooked.
Joining the back from vacation crew. It is now officially HOT in Oakland. With the detritus in the air from the fires, I’m feeling stuffy with a sore throat and did I mention HOT?
Had a wonderful time in Molokai so my whining is ridiculous—but there it is. Am packing up my younger son who returns to his residential program near Sacramento tomorrow. I’m wafting Ella but am still jangly and put out and HOT. First world woes indeed.
I have the “welcome back” vacation blues..
Though I do want to kiss my espresso machine that I missed terribly.
I hope you had a great trip!
We travel with our own coffee, but there is nothing like the way you make it at home!
Molokai?! May I ask why you chose that particular island? I ask because I seriously want to visit it whenever we get to Hawaii, in large part because most tourists don’t go there. I have this thing for wanting to visit the places that most people overlook.
We wanted to go somewhere that wasn’t going to be crowded, was slightly off the beaten path, had beautiful beaches, and wasn’t going to cost us airfare to Southeast Asia ☺️ Molokai was still suffering from the recession and more recently a severe drought even before the pandemic, so there is a lot of poverty. Nevertheless there is a vexed relationship with tourism as many see the outsiders as a threat to their autonomy and culture. (We passed some yard signs that said, “Tourists should spend money and then leave!” Fair enuf!) That said, we met so many people who were super friendly and wanted to tell us all about the island— history, culture, environment, etc. sitting at a picnic table in town we were often approached for a chat. There is zero glitz. The activities that cater to tourists are hikes with locals, fishing with locals, snorkeling and/or scuba diving with locals, etc. all at high prices to help boost the economy. Due to COVID, some sites were off limits, like Kalaupapa.
We had a terrific time and would love to go back.
That sounds wonderful.
I have read that there are some really wonderful beaches in Molokai, and that because of the relatively small number of tourists, it is possible to have one to yourself, or nearly so. The lack of “tourist” activities wouldn’t bother me. I would like to spend a few days just sitting and walking on the beach or in the water, or seeing scenery and just relaxing.
Am wearing my brand-new Boutonniere No. 7 Arquiste! A friend generously sent me this out of the blue and it’s making me very happy.
That’s so nice!
I think you smelled great in Boutonniere, and how nice of your friend. It is tied with Tom Ford Velvet Gardenia for my favorite and most true to the flower gardenia perfumes.
I’m commando now to go to dinner at a perfume-phobic friends’ house. She is ordering via Uber Eats from a great local Italian place–salmon + mushroom lasagna. Yum! Earlier today I was trying Roma Imperiale from a generous friend (!) and really loved it! We had a period of heavy rain and the air is hot and thick with humidity. Pea soup air, yuck. I shouldn’t complain since we are dodging the bullet that is Ida. Even watching the news and forecasts is giving me PTSD of past hurricanes. They are really just no joke. I wish everyone in Louisiana well and hope they’ve managed to escape or have reasonable shelter.
I always have rather mixed feelings about storms like this. On the one hand, I’m relieved that it isn’t coming here, but at the same time I really feel bad for those in the storm’s path. It seems that Louisiana just can’t catch a break.
I was on a call earlier today regarding Ida and one person said blah blah blah Houston and prepared to transfer work etc etc. She may know something I don’t but we have a whole crew of people watching the storm like a hawk and no, Texas is not even in the impacted area.
Houston was in the forecast “cone” three days ago, when the cone was actually a circle, but not now. It was kind of startling how quickly the forecast area was narrowed down. It went from “somewhere between southern Mexico and Florida” on Wednesday to “Louisiana” on Friday.
Living right on the Gulf Coast, I have watched tropical forecasts for decades now, and it really is impressive how much the ability to forecast these storms has improved. Occasionally one does sneak up on them, like Tropical Storm Imelda two years ago, which wasn’t even named as a TS until about 30 minutes before landfall, but with a storm like this one, once they narrow in on an expected landfall zone, they know what they are talking about.
I hope your dinner is amazing, and the company of your friend is a treat.
Hurricanes scare the pants off me. I haven’t even lived directly on the Atlantic or Gulf Coast but being inland in South Carolina was enough to develop a very serious level of respect.
I have been wanting to report a movie perfume sighting that I made a recently, and not in a place I would have expected it. My husband is quite the film buff, and a couple of weeks ago he and I were watching a Japanese film from 1962 called “The Inheritance” (the Japanese title is “Karami-ai”). A really good film, sort of a Japanese film noir, about a wealthy business man dying of cancer who directs his associates to locate his three illegitimate children so he can leave them part of his fortune, and the scheming and machinations of said associates to foil his plans.
I don’t want to give away too much of the plot, but there is one scene in which the secretary has been given some money by her boss, and she decides to go on a shopping spree with it. She buys herself “the best perfumes, Guerlain”, and a little later there is a scene involving a bottle of Vol de Nuit, in the “propeller” bottle.
It feels like you won the lottery. I don’t watch closely enough (of any movie/film although this one sounds great) to make out perfume references.
There was a pretty good close-up shot of the bottle, so there was no missing it, or mistaking what it was.
Chances are, I would have turned away as the camera panned to it ?
It was actually on camera for a minute or so. In fact, it pretty much was the star of that particular scene. Something is mentioned about the perfume, so she hands it to the guy, he takes the cap off and dabs of bit of it and sniffs it, hands the bottle back to her, etc. I think that it was probably the most extensive appearance by a bottle of perfume that I can recall in a film.
Good catch – I love hearing about or seeing perfume references in movies, especially when I know what the perfume smells like.
Ha!I have seen that movie,it is gorgeous.
I always watch for perfume references
While watching Lupin, when the go back to Ms Juliette Pelligrini (the daughter) getting ready to meet Assane when she was a young girl, she has a bottle of Shalimar on her dressing table…
I am sooo not ready for fall. Today’s soup is Calvin Klein Beauty. I wanted to use it up because I noticed that some of it had disintegrated and wanted to make sure I got to enjoy it. I hate it when that happens.
And I have been ready for fall since the beginning of spring!
And I am already thinking of next spring! Lol
I am super excited for fall too.
I’m fairly recently (four weeks ago) back from one vacation and now starting another. Last month we went to Colorado to spend some time with my husband’s family, whom he had not seen in two years. We stayed in Golden, and thoroughly enjoyed exploring it.
This week, I am on vacation again. We have a couple of short trips planned, as well as tickets to a play on Friday and at least two dinners to celebrate our 31st wedding anniversary. For us, birthdays and anniversaries always merit more than one dinner each, usually three or four. We have decided that one day is not enough, so anniversaries should be celebrated for as many days as the number of years you have been married, and birthdays get to be celebrated for as many days as there are years in your age.
What a fantastic way to celebrate! I hope your anniversary celebrations are full of joy. Happy anniversary!
Nice way to celebrate. Enjoy your additional vacation.
My dad went to school at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden!
The geology museum at the School of Mines was wonderful (and free!). We really enjoyed Golden, and particularly staying downtown.
We celebrate our anniversary twice – in August, for our wedding day, and in January, for our first date. The latter lines up with my birthday so the whole month is game. We just yesterday made plans to go to Miami to see the Cleveland Orchestra this coming January (providing nothing goes sideways between now and then.)
I don’t know exactly when our first date was, except that it was sometime in June. I do know that the first time we ever met, it was in September, the same as our anniversary. Also, we were standing side by side at the front of the church sanctuary, and I was wearing a white dress.
A little explanation–We were both in college, and it was early in the fall semester. I had been going to that church for a few weeks and decided that was the church I wanted to attend. I don’t know how it is everywhere else, but in Baptist churches, when you want to become a member of a particular church, you can walk down the aisle to the front during the last hymn, and tell the pastor that you want to join that church. Then after the hymn is over, the pastor will introduce you to the congregation. On that particular Sunday, there were quite a lot of students joining the church that day, probably at least 10 or 15, so they just lined us up in a row at the front. My my future husband and I happened to be next to in other in the line, and I also happened to be wearing a white dress that day.
Aw, what a great story!
Met spouse in Baptist church twin! Don’t remember what I was wearing, though
It’s a HOT and smokey Saturday here. I’m staying inside with windows closed, and feeling very very grateful for AC.
I’m wearing Ginger Picante.
I just started watching the show the Chair, with Sandra Oh. I’ve worked in academia for over 15 years and I have to say, this show is very accurate! I don’t work directly with faculty these days, so I can chuckle at it from a distance and it’s not too triggering. ?
I debated the Ginger Piccante today but stopped myself because I was supposed to go to an extended family get-together but ended up sending my contribution via one of my sisters. Holy moly with the cost of catered stuff – it was just a plain Caesar Salad that feeds 10-12 people and it was $42. I added a macaroni salad separately but I was shocked at the cost.
Food prices seem to have skyrocketed in the past year or two. Or suddenly I’m feeling like my parents, constantly shocked at how expensive things cost now!
Today’s lovely picture reminded me of Miller Harris La Feuille, which I need to get out again and take for a spin. It was a TJX find i.e. blind buy and I sure thought it was not my thing upon first spritz. But a second wearing was: hmm, interesting. And we all know that can lead to a new love.
It really can, and since you already own it, I hope it does!
Happy Saturday night! I’ve been in Cartier Baiser Vole edt and edp today. Verdict: both are nice, the edp is a bit stronger than the edt. I have a bottle of the edp, purchased when it first came out, and it’s definitely been reformulated. I’ll enjoy the rest of my bottle, but will not repurchase.
Also tried Clive Christian Cypress and Vanilla Orchid. Everything today has been from samples. Both are just fine, but I’m not too excited about them. That’s for the best, considering the bottle cost!
The Wild One isn’t headed to the dog park today because of the intermittent rain. She’s bored. Hanging around her food bowl, looking expectant and trying to make a case that she has not been fed her three squares today (untrue). She will need a nice walk tomorrow. ?
Lol! Poor Wild One! I can relate to wanting to eat when I am bored.
Me too, lillyjo! Covid and this time at home hasn’t been good for my waistline. ?
How is Baiser Vole? I have only tried Panthere from this line
I hear it’s been reformulated and not what it used to be. But then what hasn’t been nowadays?
I agree with cazaubon; believe it to be reformulated. It’s a green leaning lily that is a classic spring floral. Very elegant. The newer samples I tested were sharper than my 10 year old bottle for sure. If you can find an older bottle, get it. I think you’d like it.
SOTD = Chanel Le Lion
I am finishing up the dregs of the 200mL bottle I split / made samples from way back when this came out. Every time I wear it, I fall in love all over again. My goal is to thunk the bottle this year. I have also been wearing from my 75mL but I will finish the rest of this before picking up the other one.
In other news, we just heard last week that we have “summer Friday” hours that we were supposed to use in July and August. Eh? So now we’re allowed to use the equivalent 16 hours through end of September. It does call for planning and since I usually work in the office on Fridays, I see them as shopping hours ??!
And finally, here’s my Caturday entry. Enjoy ?!
That lion is so ridiculously cute:)
Getting paid to shop! Pretty awesome!
Yay for paid shopping hours!
If you’re up for splitting some of your other bottle, LMK ? I have been out of the loop and missed the release entirely, along with splitting opportunities.
Ha, have been telling myself that returning to work in person next month = more downtown (perfume) shopping possibilities.
So, work Friday morning, shop Friday afternoon? Very cool. ?
SOTN is L’Artisan’s Oeillet Sauvage, a wonderful bedtime scent because it smells soft and warm to me. Weather here has been awful, so hot and muggy! We had dinner with friends last night and got to play with their new Norwich terrier puppy, who is just adorable! She looks like a toy. So cute!
Aw, adorable! God Loves a Terrier ???
One more day of gross humidity and then it should be a pleasant week ahead. I am just dreading the electric bill.
I wore Chance eau Vive again today, and will probably wear it again tomorrow. It’s nice sometimes to wear something you love many times in a row.
I am ready for gross humidity and soaring temperatures,please and thank you!!???♂️?
I will send you some, but send it back early ( around January, lol)
Haha!NO deal!!This winter was brutal,but each Winter feels colder and colder the older I get….
Wore How You Love today cuz I got to go on a smell walk organized by its lovely creator, the perfumer behind Jazmin Sarai. What a treat!
I love summer but can’t wait till it cools down a bit so I can wear some of my heavier new acquisitions like Le Lion! I know others are wearing it in hot weather but it’s too much for me
I can’t wait for it to cool down so I can do things like be outside for longer than it takes to get from one air conditioned space to another ?
And for the mosquitoes to go away – they are too much this year
Apparently they have some kind of region- or city-wide mosquito eradication program here, so we don’t really have to deal with them. Kinda crazy since we live in a swamp!
That’s great! Meanwhile we are swatting away here ?
A quiet and pleasant weekend here, lots if lockdown baking. I’m wearing a dab of Isabey’s L’ Ambre de Carthage, it’s a nice sweet amber.
My exciting news is that I got my first dose of the Pfizer vaccine this morning. We started the vaccination rollout a bit later than some countries, but now it’s well underway. My beloved had his second dose last week, and my mother had hers on Friday, I’m very happy about that.
Congratulations to all of you, and may this ease the country’s lockdown soon! I also hope nobody had any untoward side effects. Baking sounds nice–from afar–not doing any here in our heat now!
That’s great news about yours and your loved ones’ shots!
Oh my gosh you all must be so relieved. Godspeed to your rollout efforts.
I became a pandemic baker out of necessity but have remained one because I’ve discovered I really enjoy it and can make better bread and desserts than most bakeries. It’s very gratifying. Unlike cooking, baking has a great return on investment of time.
So happy you and your loved ones are getting vaccinated! May good health be your bestie over the coming months! ??
I have been so removed from the news. Where is this lockdown?
I don’t even know what is happening in my own city. Mr L and I decided we will read the news starting tomorrow. Enjoying our 22 day bubble of no news..
Hooray for your vaccination! Mmm. Baking.
Yay for the vaccine rollout in your country! I’ve been doing a good bit of baking too. It’s a kind of therapy for me, really. ? ? ? ?
Although it is 10am Sunday,which means weekend is basically overrrrr…
Question:Has anyone tried any of the Kayali perfumes from Mona Kattan?I bought the mini 10mlx4 set of her initial launches,have not tried it yet,and there has seen been 3/4 new releases as well!
No scent of the day yet,still in bed,it’s 13 celcius today,apparently,which is REALLY COLD for most South Africans!
Miss being here regularly,but perfume has been on the backburner,although I still wear perfume every day(except yesterday,I was just like “who cares…”)
Hi Johano! I have tried the vanilla one and the white floral one. Neither one worked for me.
I still want to try the 2 newest ones.
Thanks,I went to our “Sephora”(it’s called Arc)today and spritzed them all!I did think they were all interesting,the only one I am not thrilled about is Sweet Diamond Pink Pepper.Pretty nondescript floral-ish..The new Amber one is really nice,and I got the Deja Vu White Flower hair mist.
Good to hear from you! I hope you are doing as well as can be expected in the current times. I often think of you in your eye surgery center, helping to do wonderful things for people’s vision. Hope your Sunday is restful and relaxing. Take care of yourself.✌?
Hi Deva!Nice to “see” you here as well!And hope your travels are still epic and exciting and mostly “covid-free”!!
Life is…OK.Thank you for your words about my job,it still yields many rewards daily,seeing our patients literally receive life-changing procedures!Even the joy when someone can finally distinguish between light and dark-which might seem insignificant-will always put a smile on my face!Stay safe and a biiiig hug to T-Rex!
Miss you my friend! How are you?
Miss you as well!
I am “good” thanks,hope your holiday was nice and relaxing as well.
it was! We did a lot of “glamping”
Now back in NYC trying to take care of my skin from not using my skincare routine. Could drive a truck into my pores..
Part of today was finding a suitable new cleanser for my combination sensitive skin(Tatcha,COME TO SOUTH AFRICA PLEASE!!) as the local importers of Tatcha are totally unreliable!Such a mission,hope your skin gets back to being New York-approved!haha!
Nice to see you again Johano, stay warm!
Hi T!Nice to see you as well!?✌??
Johanob: Hey there! Glad you checked in! 55F is *not quite* chilly for those of us in the Midwest, but I’m happy to send a virtual fuzzy blankie for anyone chillie, LOL!
Heh. No longer in the midwest but I’ll take my 100F over johano’s 13C ?
I was going to say something similar. 55F is shorts and flip flops in April here.
Getting some vacuum done in Coco Mademoiselle today. Supposed to be getting some thunderstorms rolling though this afternoon. The dogs are shedding like crazy right now. I have no idea what I will wear after my vacuuming and shower is finished.
in Love Extreme!
So glad to be back to my perfumes
Have a lovely Sunday
You smell gorgeous. Need to wear Love Extreme again soon.
SotD = Royal Rose Aoud. It is a very beautiful and cheerful fragrance. It has it’s oud depth but the top is all dewy rose. I like my rose perfumes to… smell like rose. Not rose tangled up in other florals making it undistinguishable. This is clearly rose & oud perfume.
Did you get your package?
Yes I did!! Yesterday!! But have not worn The Time yet… My baby is with me all the time now and I want to making The Time “my time” when I first wear it.
I get it. I like to save new perfume for a just right time.
I wore Jicky before my shower and then chose to wear a lot of Dzongkha to my virtual yoga class. I’d never do that in person, but since I was alone why not?
Hope everyone in Ida’s path is safe.
I wear perfume to yoga class and get compliments, but the studio owner is Brazilian and they are burning incense and using essential oils there all the time, so it’s definitely not taboo.
*Shares* hope for those in Ida’s path.
We moved in October of last year, and I put my perfumes away in a rather haphazard way. Since then, I’ve been kind of confused about what exactly the organizational system was that I set up, which (highly unusual for me) seems to have been +/- none.
Now that I’m back to wearing vintage, I’ve been going through all my storage spaces pulling everything out that was previously off limits. In doing so this morning, I ran across 3 little drawers (in my husband’s mini perfume cabinet) that I never unpacked! (So that’s where my Hermessences were! derp)
It turned out to be random samples and decants from my own bottles, but also some other things that I thought had gone missing (or donated or swapped off.)
In one of the drawers, I found a little vial of Patou 1000 that I acquired many years ago and was the first chypre I smelled that I was maybe possibly a wee bit open to. Lately I’ve found myself feeling very chypre-curious, so that’s what I’m wearing after a very early morning light spritz of YSL Champagne (to test the waters.)
This perfumista is now open for chypre business! ?
Wore vintage Caleche edt yesterday, which was wonderful.
My Canadian perfume collection is in a similar state of disarray, since I had to box up everything and it was arranged by how things fit into boxes, not by house the way I had it organized. Things are mostly still in boxes as I need to put together a new closet shelving system.
I realized I’d actually packed them in the little drawers, then completely forgotten about them! Didn’t occur to me until today to pull them out, and voila.
I was very organized about packing but ran out of steam early in the unpacking process so there are a lot of similarly mysterious situations around here.
You smell wonderful – I haggled for some vintage Champagne on E**y and have loved it ever since.
Just relaxing so far this morning (it’s only 10:30 right now), catching up on some internet reading, a little actual reading (Dune), and very soon it’s time for a breakfast of yogurt and granola with diced honeycrisp apple and banana. No SOTD yet, but I can smell last night’s Sixteen92 Ligeia on my pj shirt collar. Yesterday was a beautiful day, 75, sunny, and breezy, so my partner and I went out for a walk, which included picking up lunch at a nearby Middle Eastern restaurant and eating it in the park on Seattle University’s campus. We love to go there during the summer because it’s pretty darn quiet for being in the middle of the city, and we can often sit at a picnic table in the shade of some mature trees. I wore Byredo Sundazed for this excursion. Trying to thunk that sample, maybe one more use out of it now.
I got a hankering for bananas this week, and have a couple ripening in my fruit bowl now. They may end up in a rich smoothie, though, instead of a healthy breakfast like yours…
I have the same for the same purpose. Smoothies are so refreshing when it’s a bajillion degrees out. Bananas +milk + ice!
Thanks for the reminder that SU, especially during student breaks, is a lovely place to walk/hang out. I was a grad student there many years ago and since then, they have obviously invested more in landscaping, making it a beautiful urban oasis.
And on a related scent note, in the amazing Steven Holl designed SU Chapel, the walls of a side room were covered in beeswax and smelled glorious! The scent has faded over the years but those first sniffs were heavenly.
That sounds wonderful, like a really immersive experience.
Spent a very long but fun day trekking over to Vancouver for my first local meetup. Everybody was super friendly and I had a great time, burnt out my nose for the first time in a long time. :-). Visited Holt Renfrew and Scentrique shops before heading to the meetup.
Being very lazy thi morning since I didn’t get to bed until midnight. Wearing a new purchase, Laboratorio Olfattivo Tonkade.
That sounds like such fun time! Is your SOTD a vanilla/tonka-centric perfume? Sweet? Semi-sweet? Enquiring minds, you know…?
It’s not super sweet (to me – but I love sweet). It has tonka, vanilla and spice. Very soft and easy to wear.
Ohh, sounds lovely. I like vanilla and a bit of spice..!
Chiming in with it sounds lovely!
SOTD is the very easy Bvlgari Omnia. Looking forward to a shower tomorrow! ?
Just now dishing up some brunch of cottage cheese, banana, apple, sprinkled with cinnamon and granola, drizzled with honey. One of my favorite summer meals!
Happy Sunday vibes to all✌?
That sounds delicious! I’m a fan of overnight oatmeal or sometimes just cold cereal when I haven’t planned ahead…which is often. ?
Cereal for supper happens regularly at our house. ;-). Our main meal of the day is lunch.
Same here! Eating light later in the day is better for our finicky digestive systems.
I started out in By Terry Be Mine, a peppery, leathery rose. If there are guys out there who haven’t yet tried to wear a rose fragrance, (I know I’m talking to the wrong crowd) this is a great place to start.
After the shower, I’ve been in Commodity Gold. This doesn’t last long, but that’s okay! Comforting vanilla amber that’s not so sweet as to put me on edge. Bedtime scent for winter or summer.
These are troubling days. My heart and prayers go out to the folks in Louisiana and Afghanistan. ?
Adding my prayers to yours.
SotD Amouage Myths Woman, ’cause Undina made me think about it. It is wonderful to me, because it manages to be unisex and feminine at the same time, and I think guys would say it was masculine and unisex at the same time, so quite the hat trick. Off to read the comments.
You smell great!
I’m having fun trying new samples. Today is Korrigan by Lubin and yesterday was BDK Gris Charnel. Both would go well with all my cashmere sweaters which I have started de-pilling even though it won’t cool down here for another month or so. I’m getting sweet/butter/leather from Korrigan and creamy/fig/cardamom from Gris Charnel.
I didn’t have a chance respond to Ockeghem’s nice comment about wedding music last week. My dad is the bassist in a blues band that will be playing the hour of dance music for the reception and a piano/trumpet duo of family friends will be playing for the ceremony. We are very lucky Backyard wedding planning is in full swing!
Oh, man, flashbacks of the weeks I spent depilling cashmere sweaters every year right around this time. Ugh.
I got a really nice cashmere brush that worked beautifully and even brought some sweaters back to life that had been relegated to the “only at home” pile. But still, a labor of love.
Ooh what kind of cashmere brush? I have a cheap electric sweater shaver from amazon and it works ok, but I’m always looking for better solutions to take care of my sweaters.
I have this one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00FGUZ84W?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_asin_title
Works nicely on wool coats as well.
SOTD was Chloe. I haven’t worn it in a long time, and I’d forgotten how pretty it is. It made me feel quite grand.
Has anyone tried Synthetic Jungle by Anne Flipo?
I haven’t, but would like to.
Report back if you get to try it!