It's Monday, and I'm already running late. (Also, Roald Dahl Day and one of several versions of International Chocolate Day.) What fragrance are you wearing?
I'm in Ormonde Jayne Evernia, for the "moss in the trees" mentioned in the song Seven Bridges Road.*
Reminder: 9/17 is International Country Music Day. Name a favorite country music song and wear a fragrance to match.
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.
* Dolly Parton singing Seven Bridges Road, from the album Little Sparrow. (Sorry, you will probably have to sit through an ad. I first knew Seven Bridges Road as an Eagles song; it was originally written by Steve Young.)
Note: top image is Southern Charm [cropped] by Matthew Trudeau Photography at flickr; some rights reserved.
I’m in Heretic Scandalwood for some soothing sandalwood. I have an appointment later this morning that I’m a bit nervous about.? I’ll be glad when I’m on the other side of it.
We had a lovely weekend here. I reinstated my Netflix subscription after a 2 year hiatus and we’ve been enjoying the Great British Baking show again.
Very good luck with your appointment, madtowngirl!
And it definitely is!! Makes for a smooth trail I leave behind me.
I replied to a comment in the wrong spot… This was supposed to be under my SotD announcement.
Good luck with the appointment! Hoping it’s over quickly!
Thanks ST, me too!?
mmmm, sandalwood is perfect for feeling calmer.
break on thru to the other side! hope everything goes well.
Thanks tiffanie! I will just sniff my wrists to feel calmer.??
Good luck with the appointment, mtg! You smell calm and beautiful!
Hope it went well!
Good luck with your appointment!
Great British Baking show – absolutely love it. Hope all goes well with your appt!
Hope your appt went well! I had to go for the nasty pipecleaner up the nose Covid test this morning for travel tomorrow, so I sympathize!
A decant of AG Sables that I haven’t worn in years and years. All immortelle, all the time. So good.
Yes it is!
I am jealous. I had a decant of that one and it was the most beautiful immortelle ever. Drained it fast..
I have a big bottle of the EdT, Lovestosmellgood, if you need a decant. It is lovely, but it wears me, rather than the other way around, so I’m not ever going to get through 3.4 ounces of it. Send me a holla at lisadarty in the land of the hautemayle if you need some.
Love that image, Robin.
SOTD Seven Virtues of Afghanistan Vanilla Woods, a nice substitute for my lamented favorite Eau de Missions. I got a decant of this and am working through it quickly. I see a FB in my future…
Interesting factoid read on Twitter, so take it with a grain of salt – apparently angry bees emit the main chemical that smells like bananas. If you use a shampoo, sunscreen or perfume that has banana scent, you run the risk of being attacked by other angry bees!
Glad you like it…it’s not the right moss for the perfume (although these days, presumably that would be a picture of a chemical factory) but it fits the song.
And that will make me rethink my CSP Vanille Banane, ha!
SotD = CdG Kyoto
smells like heaven. I love Avignon, but sometimes Kyoto makes for a welcome change.
Little Sparrow is wonderful. I will always love Dolly. My long dormant love of country music (implanted in my brain by my grandparents) was recently reignited by Walker Hayes.
Happy Monday, fragrant friends. I hope it treats you well.
You do smell like heaven!
I have never really been a huge country music fan, but I had no problem coming up with 5 songs and could easily do more. Little Sparrow is a great album, and also really like Silver Dagger from the album before it, Grass is Blue.
Walker Hayes – had never heard that, and clearly I am not up on current country music because would not have even called it country!
You had me at country music.?
Kyoto and Avignon are both beautiful. Hmmm, side by side.
You smell so good!
I love that picture Robin! My house in FL has two heritage oaks, both over 100 years old and loaded with Spanish oakmoss.
My SOTD is Coriandre, I’m feeling like a green chypre today.
I stayed up way past my bedtime, completed the Vanishing Half. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
On cup of coffee #2 and preparing for a meeting at 10am with the big bosses…
I also read Vanishing Half
What did you think?
I really enjoyed it! I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, but the last third was quite compelling although I found myself feeling frustrated at Stella’s character. I’ll stop there… but safe to say, I related more to Desiree’s personality/character.
Oh how lovely!!
I have Vanishing Half on hold and should get it in a few weeks.
Oh, and I forgot to mention, I LOVE Dolly Parton (and bluegrass music). I lived in FL for about 20 years, and gathered an appreciation for country music. More the older stuff than newer artists.
No 19 Poudre matching it to this country song https://youtu.be/iuZTk1hdpMs
Going to make a cappuccino. My youngest made me a “perfetto” one this morning since Mr Pitt never showed up Robin
Yay for Patsy Cline!
I did not like country music when I was young, but just out of college I worked as a waitress in a chili parlor for some years, and eventually the “classic country” jukebox songs grew on me. That song was on the jukebox, of course.
Gosh how rude, and he was right in Queens:
I do love Patsy Cline..I don’t listen often to any country music.
Queens! I like his bucket hat <3
Swoons over Patsy.?
I prefer Bradley Cooper.
Yep, I do love Bradley Cooper, he’s a cutie for sure.
Volutes for a Monday morning.
I hate moss on trees. It creeps me out and I am convinced snakes and spiders will drop on me. My sister loves her moss trees. Clearly she and I need to come to terms with this.
Ah, and I hate snakes and spiders. But would not have thought of that.
SotD = Japanese Cherry Blossom lotion + Chinatown EdP.
Sounds like a good layering combo majokkobiachan!
I’m in a cloud of Portrait Of A Lady.
Perfect for early autumn ??
It really is!
Agree! There is something about roses and patchouli that just fit this time of year.
SOTD is MCMC Kept, over Lush Rose Jam shower gel. (I am also wearing a pink shirt, so rose all around.) When my kid insisted on getting Halloween bath bombs this weekend, I decided I’d buy Rose Jam and try it, since I’ve seen it mentioned so many times here. I’m not sure it’s me — the rose is fine but the sweet jam part of it is too much for me, I’m finding.
I’m not much of a country music fan (unless you count sort of alt country…ok, unless you count Neko Case or k.d. lang), so I think I may have to sit this one out, or think hard about a Neko Case lyric that’d fit my perfume collection. (Hmm…at least one does come to mind.)
I count k.d lang.
Another vote for k.d! She has an amazing voice.
I loved the movie, too!
Oooh — I don’t know that movie, but probably should! She does have just such an amazing voice.
Seriously, we will count anything. This is not a purist county music blog, it’s a perfume blog. We’re just having fun.
I suspect I’ll be listening to a lot of Neko Case this week for inspiration, then.
I also adore Neko Case! I’m going to have to do some re-listening as well!
Back to the office in Chanel No. 19 Poudre.
There is lot of tension around today. A big, loud argument between a unvaccinated coworker and another one who is vaccinated, made everybody more stressed than we already are. Half of the employees didn’t show up to work. I was told that this has been happening for the past 3 weeks where some people have either quit or being terminated. The building at 100% capacity is something that many employees were/are not willing to risk. I never thought that full return to the office was going to be so challenging and stressful, but I am still positive that slowly things will start looking better soon!
Happy Monday! ?
Wow pl67! That’s crazy! I hope things calm down there for you.
It is insane! I never expected that things here were going to take that turn! Looking forward to a more peaceful day tomorrow.
That sounds horrible. I am so sorry!
Thank you. I think that some people are already tired of everything and are losing control easily. Still, that’s not an excuse for an unprofessional behavior.
Well I can say I know you smell good!!!
Sorry about the work drama..
Hi twin! We smell great!
Sorry! It was even harder than you thought. Apparently, you were not alone.
Here’s to a better tomorrow!?
Thank you, Annie. We don’t need this type of stress. Hopefully, tomorrow will be better.
Oh my goodness! I hope it gets better! We have a province-wide vaccine passport requirement going in today (have to show it to get into everything but retail stores and restaurants and schools), and I’m holding my breath on how it will go.
I hope it goes well and no major issues arise. There is lot of tension with the new mandates!
I believe it does apply to restaurants.
Yes, and even to our office cafeteria if one is sitting there!
Great perfume choice to return to the office; you smell so good! But I’m so sorry about the work drama.
Thank you Gail! I have not reached for Poudre in a long time. I am enjoying it a lot!
So sorry about the drama.
I hope it’s the end of it.
Wow! Just wow. I’m sorry you have toface all that. Hope things get sorted out soon.
I hope so too!
You smell great! The whole thing is so divisive and as much as many people think it goes down the party line, I’m convinced it doesn’t. Since I have been back 1-2x per week starting July, we’ve had 3 cases on our floor … I’ll say it’s on the other side of the floor. I have no clue how many people are around. Our section of the floor can accommodate 24 people and I have never seen it populated by more than 10. Often, there’s only 3-5 of us.
I also don’t believe it’s strictly down party lines, there are many more factors at play.
As a fan of alternative country, will have no prob pairing songs & scents. Remember Human League’s Don’t You Want Me?
Here’s Moonshine Willy’s take on it:
Paired with vintage No 5 EDC.
Interesting! Would not really have called that country either, so I’m getting an education.
Pulled out a Royalty Scents decant and applied it without checking what it was (on purpose, couldn’t be bothered to choose this AM). Turns out I am wearing Creed’s Fleurissimo, which reminds me of various perfumes in the Chanel Paris perfume line. The most striking thing about it is the case, one of those 7 or 8 mls twisty tubes that you twist and the sprayer emerges at the top, has two places where the paint (or whatever it is) has bubbled up and peeled just a bit: at the top where the sprayer emerges, and a “drip” like spot where the tube twists. A little worrisome if that was caused by the perfume. If the perfume can do that to industrial, cosmetic packaging paint, what is it doing to me?
I must say that the newer perfumes with their crazy longevity scare me. Somehow, I also feel that they just cannot be healthy.
I do like country music, though am woefully uneducated about contemporary country. One of the pleasures of my adult life has been discovering how exceptionally fine a songwriter Dolly is. Also, best non-classical concert I’ve ever been to, hands down, is Rosanne Cash, and her album The River and the Thread is still a favorite. Also love Rosanne’s dad, and Waylon. IOW, will have to think about the CP. For today, I’m in HdP 1804 — can’t remember if I fesses up in public but I did tell Donatello — it was my l
Oops! To conclude: HdP 1804 was my lone fragrance purchase of the second quarter.
A Feather’s Not a Bird is a great one from that album~
Yes! I love that one. My favorite from the album is The Sunken Lands — I got chills when she performed it in concert. Here’s a video (different concert):
And of course I “fessed up” to DonatellA. Somebody needs another espresso.
Country music. My country music phase was in the early 90s, and listened to my fair share of Patty Loveless, Travis Tritt and the like back then, and I will always have enormous respect for Clint Black because his musicianship is just superb. But now the country genre mostly reminds me of a very bad boyfriend, nicknamed “the odious weasel” by some of my friends.
However. Since for this CP it appears bluegrass counts as country (and why wouldn’t it?), I want to share with you all a lovely bluegrass song called Sliding Down. Mr. G and I used it as our wedding processional, and today is our 18th anniversary, so it seems appropriate to mention it today. It was suggested by one of our wedding musicians, and the very first time I heard it it made me teary-eyed. Still does, every time. I’m hoping to insert a link to one rendition of it: https://youtu.be/L5P_OJLO7aE. If that doesn’t work, search for Bêla Fleck’s recording of it. I’m pairing it with SMN Eva, which would have been a perfect scent for our wedding, held under a rose arbor in the courtyard of a wonderful B&B. Just perfect.
Fantastic wedding music, thanks for the link & happy anniversary!
Happy Anniversary! ?
Have a wonderful celebration ?.
“the odious weasel” ? Glad you traded up.
Happy Anniversary! ??
Congrats on the anniversary!
Thank you all for the anniversary wishes! It’s been a lovely day. ? ? ? ?
Ah, country music! When I was a youngster the mere thought of it would make me break out in hives. Especially the local variant (“Country & Irish”) was terminally uncool and only popular with rural folk while we were townies (by the skin of our teeth).
Here is an example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1v2VbhbP58
Then in 1999 we were in Georgia & Alabama visiting a friend and tuned in to a country station specialising in humorous songs that had us in stitches. So nowadays I can take country music or leave it, but I don’t much admire the blanket prejudice of my snobbish younger self. :^)
Today is overcast and we expect rain tonight/ tomorrow, the first of any consequence since June. Everyone is hoping it will help douse a devastating fire in the East of the province. I am taking advantage of the slightly cooler weather to enjoy Lubin “Idole”.
In other perfume news, over the past 3 weeks I finished off my Miller Harris travel bottles I got in 2016: “Le Petitgrain”, “La Fumee” & yesterday “Feuilles de Tabac”. I used to be very sniffy about petitgrain and other citrusy stuff but appreciated it since that year in Paris – I guess they work much better in a hot climate? Anyway, my Paris contract was not the most successful job I’ve ever done and so I say “adieu” and definitely not “au revoir” to the three of them.
I took last week off work & was glad of the rest. My brother was in nearby Torremolinos for a short break so we met up and then he moved his flight & stayed a couple of nights with us. He & The Other Mister Koenigsberg are too similar to get along well for very long but they managed 2 days. That was our first visitor since 2019. :^D
Nice to see you here! Strange how people that are alike can rub each other the wrong way.
I think I was the same about country when I was young. I have much wider tastes now.
How nice to have a visitor after all that time, even just for a couple days!
I love the Eagles’ version of Seven Bridges Road. One of their best a cappellas with just a little guitar in the middle for effect. I will have to take a listen to Dolly’s version later when I have time.
Today’s soup: Cabochard (probably, unless I change my mind at the last second). I have both EdP and EdT samples to choose from, so, decisions, decisions.
Supposedly the Eagles used to use that song for vocal warm ups? I think I read that somewhere.
On day 3 of vacation and I am currently in Coco Mademoiselle body products. Just have some vacuuming planned for today and maybe a little retail therapy a little later. We shall see with the retail therapy though.
Hope it was fun Dawn!
1) SOTD: Anthony Hopkins EDP. Musky, honeyed creamy orange blossom. I sprayed it in my bedroom as well on pulse points and the whole house now smells amazing.
2) Up super early speaking with a French property agent re: buy a place in France. Super informative Zoom session regarding pricing, how to buy in various ways as a foreigner, tax implications, possible income and so much more. Really sweet and patient person on the call and will be working with them long term. I want to contact other Americans who live in the areas I am interested in (Charente, Var, Aude) and see how their experiences have been.
3) Apparently Uncle Sam did an audit of my taxes….and I am getting a refund of about $1500! Wowzers!
Congrats on the refund! A house in France. . . sounds amazing. Although I’d probably prefer the English countryside. Maybe Scotland.
It’s pricey and there are all sorts of loopy-loops but it’s very doable.
The English countryside is VERY coveted with prices to match!
I’d love to have a place in France but I think it would be a logistical and tax nightmare. I look forward to hearing how you fare!
The tax implications are…delicate and multilayered. It’s all JUST and FAIR, just that there is a potential for confusion. Previously as a renter in Paris, doing tax forms was actually straight forward for the USA and France. But as a foreign homeowner, who could possibly rent the place out….!
After all your hard work? I hope you are moving into a non-fixer upper.
*laughing then crying kid meme*
But seriously, the idea of a project, while intriguing, may be a bit too far for me. At the very least in the USA, things are standardized and information is very freely shared and made available. Out here in Oregon, there are few standing homes that hit the century mark.
In France you are dealing with homes sometimes in the many hundreds of years old, built in layers and so the knowledge does require specialists. Wiring and plumbing are completely different, and building control dictates what is done in many communities.
Nah, I am looking for something in someone has done that work and wants to profit off it, and I will gladly pay.
As long as it’s under $350K.
I had visions of you going to Maison Depot to pick up more materials.
Sounds really unexpected and exciting. Maybe you’ll find a steal. And a bell jar.?
At most, I would want really good no VOC paint or venetian style plaster coloring for walls and wax for flagstone floors.
And if you are willing to dig, there are some really good deals out there- you would need to keep a good car, but that’s about it, really.
You may find there are Facebook groups (“Expats in Var” or “Americans in Charente”) worth tapping into. They do vary both in focus and in temper. I learned a lot about the city and how things work from “Expats in Malaga”; “Expats in Duesseldorf” was more transactional (accomodation, buy/sell furniture), “Expats in Spain” is like the wrong kind of English Pub, with a 50/50 chance any conversation will turn into a fight…
It’s the only thing that keeps me on Facebook TBH. :^)
I am only on FB for the Marketplace (and Instagram cross-posts) so this is a really good idea! Thank you for suggesting this!
I hate to say it, but the Expats in Spain sounds extremely accurate.
Wearing Maison Margiela’s Wicked Love today. Pink, metallic rose a la Mad Madame. Will thunk this sample soon.
I’m in OJ Osmanthus on a cool but sunny morning for the primary reason that I didn’t wear it enough this summer.
I grew up with country music (small farm town, eastern Washington) and didn’t like it, but now I have lots of favorites.
For all around great country music, I love the soundtrack to The Horse Whisperer. A couple in particular:
A Soft Place to Fall, Alison Moorer https://youtu.be/RTMJe6R2vVw
Still I Long for your Kiss, Lucinda Williams https://youtu.be/LA9yHfW2d1w
“Car wheels on a gravel road” is such a great album. Sadly, I didn’t like her newest album. My husband bought it, though.
I’ve been wearing NVC Ashoka today.
Hope everyone has a nice and peaceful weekend.
We’re having an anniversary party at work so on Thursday & Friday instead of working we’ll be celebrating
That sounds like fun.
Sampling Flowers Nocturnal from Solstice Scents. It’s a lovely white floral that reminds me of pastry somehow (probably the slight almond note). I could see owning this
That does sound nice, and interesting.
Hi to lilyjo, jalapeno and adanst especially and all the other nsters.
My pairing would be Lucinda Williams (esp her song Essence!) with all the skanky perfumes that I like – TDC Rose Poivree and Agent Provocateur would be good matches.
Have a lovely week, everybody!
Have a great week ?
Hello back Amyitis!
Halfway through the work day at the new job. My brain is feeling very full! SOTD is Saint julep which is just a very soothing smell to me!
I know that feeling – all you can do for the first while is absorb as much as you can, until you reach some sort of critical mass and things start to connect. Soothing perfume will help!
The first week of a new job, I always come home exhausted! I assume its because there is so much to absorb – not just the job itself, but the new commute route, the new phone system, the layout of the building, SO MANY NEW NAMES, etc, all while trying to make a good first impression with everyone. It’s a lot.
Busy getting the wash and tidying up done before departure tomorrow. Wearing a Diptyque Do Son sample.
Have a safe trip, Cazaubon!
Good luck tomorrow!
Go Cazaubon Go!
Super safe uneventful travels to you!
Wishing you a great trip tomorrow! Hoping it’s uneventful and you are there in no time!
A relapse of winter here, after a few lovely spring days. Working from home still, and I’ll dab a few more samples.
You’ll kick winter our way soon enough
Wow! Country music! My favorite and I AM a purist, though I don’t mind hearing the 2000s. The occasional current song might get me strike me, but it just isn’t for me. Nothing wrong with everyone loving different types.
This is perfume/country week for me, now.
For those of us grieving and mourning,:
“Lead Me Home” by Jamey Johnson (my Mom’s song?)
Up for a good time?
“I Think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink” by Merle Haggard
“He Stopped Loving Her Today” by George Jones
Country is about patchouli and summer, usually, but I didn’t read this till I put on my Humboldt.
Glad to see we have at least one expert!
I’m trying POTL Luctor et Emergo for the first time today. At first it was a blast of marzipan, woods, and some resin. A half hour in, the marzipan and woods were going strong, and the cherry emerged, although I get more of a cherry cordial syrup than a true fresh cherry. I also get a tonka, wet tobacco, incense thing too. Not so much Play Doh tho. This gives off a vibe of fancy and festive, but in an intimate and cozy setting, like the tail end of a holiday party after most of the guests have gone home and the remaining half dozen or so of you are sitting around the fire, still in party dress, but shoes off, and sipping something yummy — so essentially the after parties in Metropolitan.
I’ve never smelled L et E, but I love your description ?
It does always remind me of the holidays. It’s very distinctive and one of those everyone should try once!
I’m in Tauerville Vanilla Flash today. This is so comforting, start to finish. Happy Monday, perfume people! ?
I love Vanilla Flash, you smell great.
Thanks cazaubon! Be safe in your travels tomorrow. I know you’re more than ready!
As usual I left too much for the last day and am totally exhausted. Plus I have to get up at 4am. Phew!
Orange Sanguine for me today.
Clay Walker ” Dreaming with my eyes open” for the match.
They both brighten my mood.
SOTD = Papillon Spell 125
I have no music DNA in me and so unless I find an inspiration or a devious twist to the CP, I will sit it out.
Spell 125 is piney, animalic, frankincense and smoke. Very nice ?
In other news, it was a crazy day at work and a few meetings got added to my schedule. I haven’t had to do this in a while but I had to scarf down my lunch!
So on Saturday, I spent the afternoon with my friend from college at an Arts & Crafts fair. The walk from where we parked to the street that had the fair was sprinkled with quaint stores that had me stopping and buying (no perfumes). I got hungry since I did not have lunch and we stopped at this Mexican piece. While we were inside waiting to get an answer to a question, I happened to be by the water station and saw with my own eyes the maitre d’ dump two glasses of water (with ice) into the water urn and filled the glass with water from the same urn. If she had not looked guilty, I would not have thought to mention it to my friend. When the check was presented, my friend wrote what I saw as a way to let the restaurant know it was unacceptable. Not 1 minute later, the same person came out and tried to explain that the glasses were rejected by the diners because they contained ice. ?. OK, and that may very well be the case but to dump the ice & water back into the urn is a no no!
I found a song! Lol!
It fits the name and animalic!
The water thing is a huge no no, even if they weren’t “used”
Shame on them, especially during this time.
O the water! That’s just disgusting. Blech.
Otherwise, sounds like a great day with your friend. And I don’t believe the whole music theory(intended) that you say. You’ll be a country music aficionado, by the end of this week.☺
I am really looking forward to smelling Spell 125 this week!