It's Monday, National Fruitcake Day, the International Day of Epidemic Preparedness, plus the third day of Christmas and the second day of Kwanzaa. RIP Joan Didion and Desmond Tutu. What fragrance are you wearing?
After 3 straight days of holiday-making, I needed a palate cleanser this morning, so I went with a light classic cologne — Hové Napoleon.
Reminder: 12/31 is New Year's Eve. Do what you were going to do anyway...wear the perfect fragrance to celebrate, share joy and look forward to 2022.
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 is Three French Hens [cropped] by Kathleen Tyler Conklin at flickr; some rights reserved.
Wearing Arquiste Anima Dulcis to cheer up on this dark, cloudy day with rain arriving later this afternoon.
I am working from home today. This week we have the option to telework or work at the office. I am thinking about working 2 days from home and 1 and a half day at the office, since we work only half day on Thursday. I will see how things go and my mood is.
I am drinking my second cup of coffee with a dash of turmeric and nutmeg and having a toast with peanut butter and jelly.
Happy Monday, everyone! ?
We are having snow, possibly sleet later…on third cup of chai.
Sane weather forecast here. A third cup of coffee was already consumed! ☕️☕️☕️
Anima Dulcis should help on a dull day
I oversprayed, so it is helping really good! ?
I’m about to have a cup of tea with lunch after coffee this morning didn’t sufficiently wake me up…
It is such a dull day that coffee or tea are barely helping!
It’s cold and damp out. That said, my recommendation is to just work from home, especially if you have to take the bus or subway to the workplace. Too many people are testing positive … why?
You are so right! After a very productive day working from home, the weather, and the Covid situation, I don’t need to go to the office at all. Taking public transportation (bus and subway in my case) is very risky right now.
Chilly and damp here, too. The clouds were so thick this morning that I couldn’t tell how late it was by looking at a window. I had to check a clock!
It was also very dark here in the morning. Now, a few snowflakes are falling! ❄️
I suppose it’s never too late for a day of epidemic preparedness?
Loved sleeping in for four mornings. but not today.
Very cold and more rain in SoCal today.
POAL after shower, am sitting here with space heater next to me working in bathrobe socks and Uggs. It’s a no video look.
That was my response to epidemic preparedness day too! I think the look you’re wearing today is getting more popular everyday, so you’re ahead of the curve! ?
Sad, ironic commentary.
I have shifted to KN 95 masks. That along with almost never going out is my preparedness.
THIS HAD BETTER NOT INTERFERE WITH MY SISTER VISITING ME AT THE END OF JANUARY.
want to make sure the gods of universe hear me.
I must say that even though I am not a Malle lover, POAL is swoon worthy.
I ordered some of those this weekend. I hope you get to see your sister!
thank you so much!
I too am still in pajamas. We are collectively the face of 2022!
I saw a couple walking outside with their contrasting / matching pajama bottoms. No, just no, when one is outside!
I saw someone wearing PJ pants at Costco when I got my booster shot on Christmas Eve.
No video, but super comfy. Hope you’re staying warm.
The grands are the only thing that got me out of my pajamas this morning!
Apsara I *so* hope that you and your sister meet up in January!
Happy holidays! I just wrote in to work that I am going to take the day off. Life is too short and my boys are home. We’re heading down to Santa Monica tomorrow and that will be several days of family stress. So today? Board games and coffee.
I’m testing something that came with a perfume gift– a sample of Unique’e Luxury Aphrodisiac Touch. It is the only one included that I haven’t scrubbed off immediately!
The perfume fb was from my husband, Mizensir’s Luxury. I Luuurv it (not a lucky guess; it was a holiday wish ).
In total randomness, I wanted to share a FB video link to Chris Ong of Penang sharing his kamcheng collection. The film is slowwwww (although he warms up at about minute 30!) but the collection is wonderful. Most wonderful of all is his house. I had tea once at his house many years ago. Met his dogs! I think it was his sister who was hosting. Anyway, this slow, strange clip is worth playing in the background for a slice of Peranakan history and aesthetic if you are interested in Chinese pottery, or just pottery! https://www.facebook.com/peranakanpenang/videos/1355324424921120/?extid=NS-UNK-UNK-UNK-IOS_GK0T-GK1C&ref=sharing
Yay for day off work, and yay for husband fulfilling holiday wishes. But must know which board games?
So far, the favorites this holiday have been Upwords, Cottage Garden, and Point Salad! (Plus a few puzzles. Actually, our favorite line of fast and fun puzzles now has a line on “scent” puzzles. The puzzles themselves aren’t scented, but are of subjects with interesting scents and come with scratch and sniff stickers. We made the durian yesterday! Here’s a pic of the set, but we don’t have them all. https://shop.design-milk.com/products/little-puzzle-things-smells-set)
Thank you, going to look at all of those later tonight!
I’m sorry to hear about the anticipated stress – it was a great idea to give yourself a relaxing day. I hope the trip to Santa Monica is better than you expect!
(I suspect my bargain basement low expectations are part of my even deeper strategy of hope that I will be pleasantly surprised! )
Dress warmly we are very chilly and rainy here.
I love this video, Oakland Fresca! It’s just the mini vacation that I needed today. Thank you!
In the last dregs of Ummagumma. Warming and delicious!
Lots of snow here and more on the way. I have four days off but it’s unlikely I’ll be leaving the hospital parking lot since snow is not very typical in this part of Oregon, especially to this extent. I’m working New Years Eve and Day, then headed south to Arizona. Providing I can actually get OUT of Oregon…❄️??
Hope this last week of December finds you all NST healthy, warm, and well fed!
Good luck Deva! Kevin said he will probably be stuck at home in Seattle for days as well.
Stay safe and warm! Enjoy your well earned days off.
Enjoy your days off!
My sister ended up going into work on Christmas. Not enough people.
Yep, same problem here because many live in outlying areas with no plow service…??♀️
My preggers niece (with baby #2) decided to stay in Seattle instead of going to Portland. Smart!
Sounds like a timely change of location — I hope all goes well, Deva!
Sotd is CH Oud Couture.
Happily drinking my second mug of oolong tea.
My bangs needs a trim and I am going at it myself later today. ✂️ I have done it couple of times but I still haven’t gotten the hang of it…yikes. Wish me luck!
Good luck with the bangs! I often have to trim a bit in that last week before a haircut appointment, and have gotten fairly good at it. My bangs are layered and sweep to one side, so what I usually do (to avoid making a huge mistake) is use my tiny nail scissors and point them perpendicular to the bottom edge of the bangs, and then slowly and carefully make vertical snips into the bangs edge. Of course, if you have the sort of bangs that have a very well-defined bottom edge, this technique will not work at all.
My bangs are straight across, defined and heavy so mistakes are easy to spot. I wish I could pull off the side swept look!
Oh dear. I had those bangs when I was much younger, and always hated getting them trimmed because it seemed the cutter always wanted my eyebrows to show. Why, I have no idea. Best of luck to you, and remember to keep your eyebrows relaxed!
I’ll confess that I’ve been struggling with pandemic-isolation-related-bang-hankerings, in spite of being 90% sure that they’d look absurd on me.
Come join the bangs family!
I don’t have a deft hand with bangs trimming either. I will see if I can make an appointment for Thursday. If not, I may have to snip snip ?.
Hope you get the appointment!
I used to wear bangs and cut them myself. Sometimes I would tape saran wrap on my forehead to drape over my eyes and keep the little bits of hair from getting into them. That would be a lot easier with today’s medical paper tape. So hard not to end up with uneven bits, though — good luck!
I finished trimming. Not gonna lie, there are definitely some unevenness. Should even out with a weeks growth or two, hopefully ??
Been a very busy few days with Christmas. I am hoping that the big Sephora gift card that a family member has sent me arrives today. I will use that for the spring sale in April. Wearing LADDM today.
Hope it gets there Dawn!
Is it just me or are those three French hens a little bit creepy? I think it’s their masks.
We have a light dusting of snow this morning, sparkling in what will surely be short-lived sunshine. Cars going by outside are making a crunching noise, so the temperature must still be hovering around freezing — really glad we don’t have to go anywhere anytime soon. Like Robin, I went with a light cologne as an antidote to the heavy, spicy fragrances (and heavy food and drink!) I’ve been indulging in recently. Wood Sage and Sea Salt, from the Christmas-present holiday-edition bottle. Mr. G says “it smells clean” … which is pretty much what I was going for, I guess. ?
It is a bit strange (the photo) — I had trouble figuring out if they were mannequins or humans. But interesting, and perhaps I need a chapeau with a fried egg on it.
LOL! I thought they were flowers with really big yellow centers, but you’re right — they do look like eggs sunny side up! Bonne chance with the chapeau. ?
It was the eggs that got me…they made me laugh.
That’s my favorite part, too! I love that they look like Venetian aristocrats but have fried eggs on their heads…
Did everyone enjoy their Christmas time? I did and I still indulge in my winter break from work.
What did Santa bring you? This year I got a bunch if useful stuff- new watch (beautiful deep blue color), training shorts, some teas, books, flannel shirt, a warm scarf. I’m very happy with these presents. No perfume but that’s okay.
Today I’m in Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense.
We do not do many presents these days, but I got 3 books, all good surprises, and a scented candle, and a jar of ginger jam, and some caramels that I’ve already happily rehomed, and my mother made both of the Xmas desserts I wanted, and knock on wood, nobody in my immediate family got Covid. So I am quite happy.
I had one perfume gift which I’m so happy about, which is Vouloir Être Ailleurs C.G. by d’Orsay, purchased direct from Paris. I’ve been spraying it non-stop but took a break from it today. Been too long since I’ve had a full bottle of a new scent and I’m delighted.
I got a watch, too, Lucas! In my case it’s a fun wooden watch from Cartagena, Colombia, with a dial made of flower petals and a purple strap. It was a complete surprise from a friend.
Blue dials are both beautiful and classic. Enjoy, and best wishes for 2022!
Mr. Jalapeno and I do not exchange gifts. We do have gift swaps with friends, though. Those are still pending…
I’m in just a bit of Stash and only on backs of hands as I have a mammogram this afternoon (assuming I can get there – roads are a sheet of ice here in Seattle after our day-after-white-Christmas). It’s so cold but so pretty!
You smell great! I love the post-snow quiet and a little sun breaking through. Careful getting to your mammogram and hope it goes well:)
It’s really lovely out and thanks for the well wishes!
Glad it is pretty, and very good luck getting there!
Stay safe! I hope your appointment goes well.
Be safe out there!
Made it just fine. Booster tomorrow and then I can stay home and cozy!
I took one of my cats for his annual check-up, so I put on a light dose of 4711 Mandarine & Cardamom.
I love that 4711! I hope your kitty vet visit goes well.
Hoping it’s a nice, healthy report.
Hopefully your kitty got a clean bill of health today.
RIP Wayne Thiebaud, whose fun and gorgeous paintings of tasty treats look more delicious to me than the real thing! He seemed like a really great guy too.
I have another week off from work, but I can feel myself dreading going back already. Commando for now, I haven’t picked a scent yet. Last night I wore my sample of Lyric from a very generous one of you, it was really gorgeous in the cold. I’m thinking I could do a whole January of scents from NST swaps, splits, and freebies!
Goodness it seems like I’m seeing more obits lately than usual! Just saw that EO Wilson died too.
Thiebaud was 101!
Oh no, EO Wilson? He was a total entomology hero of mine.
He made it to 92, so he had a good long life ??
(Ant emoji does not look like ant, very disappointing.)
Also, that obit include more controversial viewpoints than normal, I think? Or maybe I don’t always read the obits so carefully.
They look like chocolate ants to me ??♀️.
Robin, yes, that EO Wilson obit really does seem determined to delve into all the controversies! Yikes! ?
Seriously — why, in the obit? Seems like they could have just said his career included some controversy and linked to other articles.
Same re work. I, too, have this week off and my mind keeps going to next Sunday, the day before going back! Meanwhile, I have 6 whole days left.
Ostensibly Monday, but since I’m taking the week off it’s just another Sunday morning. Wearing Liquid Crystal today to keep the holiday spirit humming — every time I wear this one I find myself waffling between thinking it smells really, really good and thinking it’s too linear and room-spray-esque. At any rate, I smell like really good room spray, at least! Bitter oranges and spice and anise and a bit of bracing greenery.
Yesterday I hiked to one of my chanterelle spots but came away empty-handed, with the sense that someone had been there before me. Still, it was a lovely hike through the deep woods, with intermittent showers making a wonderful hissing sound in the tree canopy overhead but barely reaching me on the ground, and a thermos of hot coffee to make it all extra cozy. Littles is back home today and we’re headed out to explore some new trails at one of the nearby State Parks that we tend to neglect.
That’s so funny Isabella, because it really does feel like a Sunday.
Enjoy your hike!
Have fun, Isabella
Hike sounds amazing! Sorry no score on the chanterelles.
Lucky you, being able to forage for chanterelles!
Well, on a good day. Fortunately they’ll keep coming up as long as it keeps raining, so plenty more opportunities to find some this season. I love having them for New Year’s Eve dinner, but might not happen this year.
Rain rain and more rain today!My rainmeter reads 33mm for today.It’s been an uncredibly wet Summer so far,not complaining,but I need the summer sun!
SOTD TDC Rose Poivrée.I recall it being very similar to Eau de Protection,none of that today,more a rose potpourri of sorts today.Maybe some top notes are gone,my bottle is more than 10 years old.
Standby weekend was superquiet,we had zero emergencies.Cannot wait to be off the grid this coming weekend,muting work whatsapp groups etc etc.Hope everyone had a good festive weekend!
20:15,here comes the rain again…should I play some Eurythmics tonight?Haha!
The Eurythmics are always a great choice. I hope you get to see the sun soon!
Falling on my head like a tragedy… ? ?
I’m glad you had a quiet call weekend!
So glad you had zero emergencies, and hope you see the sun very soon!
Good to see you posting again, and pleased to hear that you had a quiet weekend on call!
I always have season envy when folks from the Southern Hemisphere post! It doesn’t really matter what season, oddly; it’s always the same reaction. Enjoy your coming break and best wishes for 2022!
Happy Christmas & Kwanzaa everybody!
Wonderful, restful holiday weekend! I was going to work on my messy office but I have all week for that. Am back at work and am already remotely configuring people’s computers, fixing new remote connections and so much more.
SOTD: A combo of Patou Joy & Beauty Pie Love. Have been wearing this all weekend and it smells wonderful.
Saw Matrix 4. I loved it, especially the extremely meta first 3rd of the film!
I have a long list of chores I am ignoring today too
That’s what “later” is for!
Back home after a lovely few days visiting my mother for Christmas. Lots of lovely food, we spent Christmas Day with my mother’s cousin and some of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren – just a tiny proportion of them, she has a huge family! I wore Guerlain’s Myrrhe et Délires on Christmas Day, it’s one of my true perfume loves.
I passed on some samples to Mum’s cousin, she loves perfume and I keep her supplied with all sorts of random things.
I also did some gardening for my mother, her garden is getting a bit beyond her now. I pulled out a huge amount of grass, and I barely survived. My arms are covered in scratches (hidden bits of gooseberry bushes) and my eyes are still bloodshot – I managed to poke myself in both eyes with spiky leaves! Dierama has beautiful flowers, but dangerous leaves.
Perfume-free yet, and contemplating some sample testing.
Ouch! Gardening is dangerous work. I’m glad you had such a nice visit.
Oh no, hope your gardening injuries are better soon Gaynor! Glad it was otherwise a lovely time.
That was some seriously hard-core gardening, Gaynor! It does sound like you had a lovely visit.
Ow! Of all the things I think gardeners need, PPE is not one of them!
It sounds really great other than the gardening injuries! I bet you improved the garden quite a bit though.
Happy Monday everyone! I hope y’all are decompressing from the weekend. I just lost a cutthroat game of Trouble with my granddaughter and the hubster. There will be a rematch, I’m sure. I can’t tell you how sweet it is to play old board games with a new generation. ❤️
I’m in Shay & Blue Blood Oranges, just right on this warmish day.
I love board games but my husband does not, so I always love to play anything when I get the chance. They are so nostalgic and fun, esp as you said,seeing them again through young eyes.
Sweet and unusual! Good for you!
A little Une Vierge de Fer, a little Passage d’Enfer….just right for a snowy, cold Seattle day.
Working from home today. It was a holiday of highs and lows–on the one hand, new nephew born on Christmas Day! Definitely the best part of the holiday! On the other hand, my mom had a UTI again, and had to go into the ER since she couldn’t get hold of her doctor or urgent care. A low point for sure. I am glad the guests are gone now. I am people-d out, and that is unusual.
I hope your mom recovers quickly, and you get a chance to rebalance.
What sistine said. I hope you can spend some time in a comfy chair with your feet up.
Oof — wishing your mother a speedy recovery and some restorative down-time for you! Congratulations on the new nephew, though — so exciting!
A Christmas baby is so special – congrats! And do hope your mom is feeling better soon. Never easy seeing a parent in the ER.
Wow, that was plenty of excitement! Congrats on the new nephew, and best wishes for your Mom’s recovery.
Well wishes for your mom and congratulations on your new nephew!
Back home after a trip to my sister in law’s. I didn’t wear any perfume while I was there, but today I am very happily wafting Boyfriend.
I booked a consultation with a career/ life coach to help me figure out what to do after I stop teaching in June. Very excited to see where I might be headed!
Hooray for the consultation. What do you have in mind?
I want to know what kinds of positions I would be well suited/ desired for with the skill set of a teacher and field biologist. And if there are skills that I am missing and should bolster.
Honestly, I’m trying to figure out what to do next when you’ve tried “what you wanted to be when you grew up” for 16 years and are just done with it.
That sounds excellent, sistine — all best wishes for 2022!
That would definitely be something worthwhile to find out! How did you go about finding this life coach?
Honestly, google and yelp reviews. I’m kind of gambling. But the initial consultation is free, so if I don’t have a good feeling after it’s no skin off my nose.
Rain alternating with snow here! Not the norm for us. SOTD is Diptyque Kyoto, a blind buy that I’m enjoying quite a bit.
Need to sort out the charitable donations for the year PDQ….
Yes, I’ve been putting that off, too!
Robin, you have a typo in the second to the last paragraph. I don’t think you meant to refer to SOTD projects for 2018…
Argh, fixed a day late — huge thanks Jalapeno!
Here in Southern Indiana, I just finished mowing the grass – well, mostly just mulching the last of the leaves, but it is cloudy, 60’s, and there is a delightful breeze that offsets the gloomy looks. Mr. Mossy will put the mower to bed for the winter later. Rain and cooler temps are coming later today. I started out with No. 19 Poudre, but it can’t stand up to yardwork. Cool down and then some errands; maybe finish the day with Shalimar Philtre. Here’s hoping the year has wound down work-wise for some of you who mentioned end of year crunches!
Is December late to be putting the mower away, or normal for your area? It’s been an unusually warm late fall/first few days of winter in the DC area.
It is late but not unheard of. We had very cold weather last week and this was sort of a window of opportunity to finish some things we put off. It is already much cooler outside and will be rainy and cool tomorrow.
I am wearing Miel/ Honey from Yves Rocher. Warm and golden, perfect for a day staying in. Portland OR has a rare four inches of snow, and it is gorgeous!
That sounds like the perfect scent for 4 inches of snow! We got flurries but they did not stick.
Oh, it’s a Monday for sure. On the plus side, I saw a few big snowflakes drift lazily down earlier this afternoon. On the minus side, the neighbor’s dog bit me.
The details: this guy has been doing some home improvement projects lately. He left the front door of this place open. When I went out to throw away some trash, his dog charged out of his open front door, ran up MY steps, and started attacking me. I tried to kick the dog away and was nipped on a finger. No bleeding. During all this, the neighbor is screaming at his dog to get inside. What an idiot. I told the guy that 1) his dog bit me and 2) he’d better keep his front door closed during his projects from now on.
Mr, Jalapeno’s response was less than worthless: “Did you pet the dog?”
AS IF! I was taught as a kid to never touch a strange dog. Plus the neighbor has said in the past that his dog is a rescue with some behavioral issues. Geez ya think?
So my question to the responsible dog people here at NST: Should I have called the cops or animal control?
SOTD = Heeley Cardinal, from the sample stash. Needing all the calming incense I can get my hands on right now, it seems.
I would definitely call Animal Control to report this incident. I’m so glad you weren’t significantly hurt, but what if the next time the dog gets out and attacks someone it’s a small child? At any rate, what a cruddy experience for you. Hoping you can have a deeply peaceful rest of the day!
When I was bitten by a neighbor’s dog in my own driveway, I reported it to Animal Control. In my county, dogs who bite people are documented, and repeated violations can incur fines or the dog can be seized and euthanized.
Ouch and scary incident. I would report it if I were you. My brother in law got a rescue a good almost 10 years ago and the dog had issues with male adults. They tried but finally had to give him up after several weeks of dangerous behavior.
Dang Jalapeno, I am so glad you are ok.
I would report it.
I’m so sorry to hear about the dog’s attack, Jalapeno. I hope the injury in your finger heals quickly.
Thanks PL67. Some bruising on the finger, and that’s it. Could have been much worse.
Thanks to everyone who has weighed in so far.
Wow, reading a day late but so sorry this happened to you. I would have been terrified. So glad it did not break skin.
Hi everyone It’s been so gray and dreary here today that all I want to do is watch old movies (no surprise) and nap through them. Our weather is downright murky, I thought it was evening a couple of hours ago. I’m wearing the original Commes des Garcons edp, my gateway to niche perfumery, and it smells wonderful. Very clove-y.
Well, I hope you *can* just snuggle up and watch/nap your way through some old movies! That sounds like a lovely afternoon, right there…
It is cold and cloudy and I’m staying inside, cross-stitching a Christmas ornament for next year. Only one dud gift this year, a small mirror with three elephants facing it. Why do I need to look at elephant butts?
It is the last day of my Chanel Christmas week, so I am wearing Gardenia.
Elephant butts?? That’s random.
The South end of a Northbound elephant? Just nope.
I love fruitcake but sadly didn’t purchase any this year as I forgot to!
The shop I like to purchase it from is on the UES and unless I’m over there it’s just out of mind. My husband did gift me with the most delicious cherry cordials (and other treats), so it’s not like I’m lacking on the sweets front.
SOTD: Rose 31 body lotion
Cherry cordials, yum! I like those better than fruitcake.
Not perfume, but scent-related: there is a blog devoted to documenting smoking in movies. This includes a section ashtrays!
Ok, I love that this database exists
Somebody really should start one for perfume!
SOTD: a melange of things that I either sprayed deliberately to identify the contents of the travel vial, or that got on me as I was decanting. Perfumes for Ireland are ready to go! Now we just have to hope we are not part of the tidal wave of flight cancellations here in the US (we fly domestically to our international departure point). For those NSTers who’ve been stranded — or have loved ones whose plans have been derailed — virtual COVID-free hugs from me to you.
Nothing else is packed yet. The pile of clothes waiting to go into my checked bag seemed so modest, but will need to be cut by half. I hate packing under any circumstances, and am sorely out of practice. (And yes, I will remind myself that I am pretty darn fortunate.)
I always have to remove a good number of clothes while packing, even for a very short trip, so I feel you.
It seems that I have to shuffle things multiple times when I pack for a trip no matter what.
SOTD = Puredistance No.12
Vintage powdery floral – love it! 2 sprays only today; next time, 8!
I was at Wegmans earlier today. There were more people asking about COVID home tests than there were people looking for pharmaceutical help. I wanted to tell them to just post a sign that says “No COVID test kits and no restocking date”, but heh, that would probably violate their customer service code. ??♀️
I had a great time having Christmas brunch with the larger immediate family. We were masked even inside and took off the mask when we were eating / drinking. We weren’t particularly strict but we mostly stuck to protocols.
Glad to hear that your family Christmas brunch went well!
Thank you! It was fun!
Back at work wearing Flowerbomb Ruby orchid from my new bottle! A Christmas present from my son. ( his dad told him that I had mentioned it)
It snowed last night about 3 inches. Expecting lots more this weekend.
Oh, how sweet of your son!
Enjoy your new bottle!
I liked FB Ruby Orchid, which I had a chance to sniff last week-kudos to your son and you smell wonderful
How nice! I need to get with the program on this!
I eased back into working after being off for a week with Solstice Scents Violet Mallow. It’s the perfect blend of lipstick and marshmallows, something I didn’t know I needed. My sample is almost gone and a 5ml bottle of the oil is in my future. Thanks to whoever sent me the sample during a swap this past year!
That sounds so fun!
I love the name Violet Mallow!
Enjoyed wearing my beloved Chinatown today:)
I think Chinatown is perfect for the holidays!