It's Friday the 13th! That's as good an excuse for a cocktail as any, so just as well it's also World Cocktail Day. Our community project for today: tell us about your favorite cocktail (alcoholic or non-alcoholic), provide a recipe if you like, and wear a perfume that would complement your choice or that picks up one of the notes in your cocktail. It doesn't have to be a boozy fragrance! (This is a repeat from 2018, and we also did a booze cruise in 2017).
What fragrance(s) did you pick? As always, do chime in with your scent of the day even if you’re not participating in the community project.
My (home) cocktail routine hasn't changed much since the 2018 poll, when I said I usually mixed "the Italian aperitif wine Cocchi Americano, on grapefruit ice cubes with tonic syrup, mineral water and a twist, sometimes with a dash of bitters", switching to Cocchi Storico Vermouth di Torino in the winter. I've since expanded to the occasional bottle of Cocchi Dopo Teatro or Carpano Antica Formula, and today I'm picking up the wormwood and other bitter materials in the Carpano with Astier de Villatte Elixir du Dr. Flair.
Reminder: on 5/20, for World Bee Day, wear a fragrance with a honey note or wear a fragrance inspired by wildflowers, or celebrate World Bee Day in some other way. (We did a honey project in 2017.)
And for those of you who like to plan ahead, see Scent of the day ~ Friday community projects 2022, where I'll try (but obviously sometimes fail) to always have the next five or six weeks mapped out in advance.
Note: top image is an advertising shot for Carpano, the makers of Antica Formula vermouth.
Good morning and TGIF!
My cocktail of choice is Malibu Sunset, a mix of coconut rum, pineapple juice, orange juice and grenadine.
Matching sotd is the coconutty Lush Furze.
Here is the recipe: https://www.acouplecooks.com/malibu-sunset/
That sounds REALLY good, plus you smell great, I love Lush Furze.
Found my little travel spray of Saint Julep, so wearing that. Mint Julep’s aren’t my favorite, but I do find them tasty. (Surprising, since I generally dislike fresh mint in anything). That Strait Paloma yesterday looked delicious.
I also want something light. Day 2 on the job…yesterday was 9-1 and today is 12-5. Learning both morning and afternoon routines in the bakery. No hairnet, which is sweet. As is the employee discount on groceries. And I get to choose my top…golf shirt or t-shirt. Doesn’t much matter, since I wear an apron.
I’ve always lived in cities, so the idea of “tourist season” has never really applied. It’s year round in places like NYC and SF. But I noticed yesterday that there were people stopping in who greeted employees like old friends. Long-time summer residents who are back. I’m sure today will be more so, since it’ll be Friday afternoon, and a lot of folks will stop in on their way to vacation or 2nd home. Pretty much everyone I helped yesterday seemed just plain happy to be here.
This is so pleasant to read. I hope people continue to be nice 😊
So do I. My guess is there’ll be some who are impatient – possibly those who are expecting visitors.
Seems you’re settling nicely in at the bakery.
Sounds absolutely delightful! May it continue!🤞
I hope it works out for you there, and it sounds as if it will. 🤞🏻
Plus, you smell lovely!
Hooray for happy, pleasant people!
Wearing Mojito Chypre since it mentions a cocktail. Spritzed it on, then packed it
Neroli Outrenoir-not a cocktail but maybe a smokey tea?
Or a smokey tea cocktail…
I am reaching for points here..
Enjoy your Friday everyone!
You smell great, happy Friday to you too!
Hoping for a sunny weekend, inch Allah
Points are not so hard to reach
A smokey tea cocktail sounds delish!
Wearing Nomenclature Iri_Del. I will match it later tonight with my iris home cocktail based on some recipes I have found online.The easiest one is adding gin and tonic to the iris liqueur. Another one that I also enjoy is adding to the iris liqueur a splash of lemon and black currant juice or liqueur. I will keep trying some other mixes in summertime.
Counting the hours for the day to be over. Having my coffee break now and so glad is Friday.
Happy cocktail day, everyone! 🍹
Hope your day passes quickly! 🌹
Thank you, ringthing! It is over now! 🌻
Iris liqueur!! I am imagining a deep purple – but – much less nasty than the ill-fated Parfait d’Amour bought decades ago in the quest for blue drinks. When starving (and thirsty) students won’t finish a bottle it’s pretty undrinkable.
This iris liqueur tastes and smells very nice! Not even close to Parfait d’Amour and not purple at all!
Iris liqueur!! Like AnnieA, I am very excited by this and need to get myself a bottle when I’m allowed to buy alcohol again (we’re on an alcohol no-buy, as we buy much more than we drink; we always pretend our friends will help us drink down our collection, but honestly, they’re not big drinkers either).
I have the same problem. A nice collection that I have barely touched for the past two years. I basically stopped buying alcohol for the same reason.
That iris liqueur has been on my wish list since you mentioned it previously. I may have to go for it and let this be the summer of iris cocktails!
I am sure you will enjoy it. It took a while to be in stock again, since Robin posted it as the daily lemming. I didn’t think twice to get and I like it a lot!
Sounds exciting, the weekend and the iris liqueur. What is the brand of the iris liqueur? I can imagine all NSTers going to their local liquor store and asking for iris liqueur!
The brand is also Iris.
I bought that iris liqueur and it is really good
But I don’t use it as often as I should. I do use Italicus Bergamotto quite a bit, I should have made that today’s lemming
Good to know, thanks Robin!
I don’t use it that often either. As much as I like it, i don’t drink that much these days. However, it is very enjoyable, even without mixing it.
Now, I have to look for the Italicus Bergamotto, especially for summertime!
The Italicus is good with soda water and also goes in more cocktails…the Iris takes some planning, at least for me!
The iris definitely takes some time. I only have it once in a while. I think I will be reaching for the Italicus more often since it is simpler and much easier to mix.
I am probably as bad as Robin about buying alcohol and then not drinking it! But that iris liqueur sounds wonderful.
My tolerance for alcohol has diminished greatly, that’s why I don’t drink that often anymore. I think my alcohol supply will last forever. I bought the Iris because of my love for the note and it didn’t disappoint.
I cut way back on alcohol intake in 2020, because pandemic. I tend to avoid potent potables when I am upset or sad.
I’m wearing Fou d’Absinthe from the last of a manufacturer’s sample. Nice. When I was drinking in my teens and twenties, I went for very sweet drinks, sometimes with ice cream. These days I don’t drink, but the artemisia in this one was calling my name. I really like the bitter, herbal note.
Bang on topic!
Wearing No. 57 from Arquiste/J.Crew, reminiscent of an old fashioned.
A favourite cocktail from a store opening a few years ago was fizzy wine with a splash of vanilla vodka. Unaccountably, I have neither ingredient in the house, and might have to remedy that.
Agree on 57. It’s a good one for a delicious cocktail.
Dabbed on Apres L’ondee for work and saving the 1270 for after work. I am thinking of Une Phi Rose de Kandahar for my next perfume purchase. But we shall see.
Email me at (username).firstname.lastname@example.org. I have a half-ounce spray of the Tauer that I’m never gonna see the bottom of (I wear it maybe twice a year), so you might as well get some use out of it.
I’m sure mine hasn’t changed since 2018. Cocktail: a Yellowtail. Fill a highball glass with ice, add 1 1/2 oz vodka and fill glass with club soda, leaving room at the top for a splash of orange juice. Garnish with a squeeze of orange.
Complementary perfume is L’Artisan Seville l’Aube. Happy Friday NST!
Ooh, that sounds good and nice pairing!
I’m in Serge Lutens Rahät Loukoum, which is tooth-achingly sweet, yes, but not *just* sweet: it has bitter-almond undertones and a rosy glow. If it were a cocktail — I’m not a drinker — I guess it would be amaretto and maraschino liqueur? And rosewater and a pinhead dab of cyanide, why not. I’ll call it the Fatal Attraction. (I just looked it up and there’s already a cocktail called the Fatal Attraction, because of course there is. Disappointingly, it doesn’t have any cyanide in it.)
After some aimless internet searching, I found a place (in Canada!) that has tons of vintage, including Dieci, a long-gone 1970s scent, the first bottle I ever emptied. After fretting about the pros and cons for literally months, as is my way, I placed an order on Sunday, along with some other ’80s and ’90s things that I used to love (because if I’m going to pay for shipping, I might as well make it worth it, or that was my logic).
The package arrived not an hour ago, and now I am the proud owner of Dieci, Krazy Krizia, La Nuit de Paco Rabanne parfum, Benetton Tribu, and the original Perry Ellis — plus, as lagniappe, three minis that I’ve never even heard of, so obscure that Fragrantica doesn’t list two of them, all vintage, as far as I can tell. Now *that’s* customer service. I’m just floating. I’m so happy.
Ooh, where in Canada??
Yes, please share….
Enchanté Perfumes, https://enchanteperfumes.com/. They have tons of hard-to-find stuff, some of it priced like vintage on eBay ($379 for Dior Homme), some of it entirely reasonable ($200 for a half ounce of Parfum d’Hermès extrait, $52 for 50 mL of Liz Claiborne Realities). No Theorema, although they have the Esprit d’Ete and the Leggero.
Of course, a lot of the things you can’t necessarily guarantee to be old, if that’s what you’re looking for: that’s why I got the La Nuit in parfum — that’s always the first one to get discontinued, so it’s pretty certain to be really vintage, but the EDT and EDP were manufactured for years and years, and I wanted to be certain that I had the dirty, civetty, oakmossy original, not some diluted variant from twenty years ago. The site’s contents are a real mixed bag, well worth digging around to see what you can find.
The Theorema Esprit d’Ete is a beauty! I’d recommend that one over its perfume parent.
Curious to know where in Canada? thank you
Enjoy your haul!
Sounds like you hit the jackpot! 🎉
Benetton Tribu? Wow!!!
Robin, if you are a fan of amari, may I recommend Bruto Americano? It’s made by St George (out here in the Bay Area), and it is hands down my favorite amaro. It’s the only kind we get anymore. It’s also terribly pretty.
Instead of finding a cocktail-y fragrance, I figured I’d retroactively find a cocktail that fits whatever scent I chose. I’m in Ambre Narguilé, and accordingly, I’ve learned that there is such a thing as an Apple Pie Cocktail (apple cider, Fireball, vanilla vodka, caramel drizzle). Sure, that works
Thank you so much!
I have a bottle of Leopold Bros Aperitivo I need to polish off first, but have added to my list! I love old school Campari dupes made with cochineal. Now we’ll see if it can be found in the mid atlantic region.
I have no favourite cocktails as I don’t drink them. However, as cocktails make me think of tropical islands I decided to wear a typical tropical island perfume and chose Musc Monoi by Parfums de Nicolai.
Not too much of a drinker, an occasional cider or beer once in a while, so I’ll have to pass on this CP.
But, I will say many moons ago when I was young and innocent, I went to ChaCha Coconuts which used to be on the top floor of the old St Petersburg pier. It was hot and I was thirsty so I ordered a Long Island Iced Tea. Never had one before but quite enjoyed it. Ordered two more, having a great time, lots of laughter and fun times. Went to the bathroom with my SIL as we girls do, and felt fine. Stood up from the commode and promptly fell on my face. Those three LIIT hit me all at once and I’ve never been the same. 😂
SOTD is SB Smoked Ambergris. Glad I have a FB of this one.
THREE LIITs! Well, no wonder. Those are…deceptively strong, aren’t they?
I’ve learned I can’t have three mojitos. My husband makes the perfect mojito, and I drink them faster than I do any other alcoholic beverage. And they’re so dang tasty that I always ask for a second, and then a third. And then I’m drunk. (Not fall-on-my-face drunk, but why-am-I-having-trouble-focusing-my-eyes-while-sitting-at-home-alone-with-my-husband drunk.)
Those tasty ones are dangerous! 😁
I can no longer have three of anything! I do love mojitos though.
I doubt I could get to the bottom of two long island iced teas without passing out. Go Deva!
Oh boy, the stories we could tell…but I’m not going to
No doubt! I think we should collect stories and publish a nice coffee table book entitled “Drunk Perfumista Stories: A Look Behind the Smell Good Facade” 🤣
That’s hilarious! My story involves Aquavit….
Can I please email you? Its a real big medical question. I’m on the phone waiting for my doctor( could be forever) as I write this. I screwed up.
Wow, 3 🍹🍹🍹! As others have said, these are deceptively potent, one tall one is more than enough for me. 🤪
Yes, I had no clue what was in them, but found out soon enough they pack a serious punch! 😵🥊
🤣 That’s a great story, Deva! I have never had one, but in my restaurant days, I used to watch the bartenders make them. Those things should come with a ⚠️
There’s a very funny scene in Big Bang Theory where Sheldon downs several LIIT very quickly. He thinks it’s just tea lol.
I used to be a bartender…Long Islands are lethal.
Long Island Iced Teas have done me damage in the past, too. One time I matched Mr. Jalapeno drink for drink with them. He’s a big guy. Me, not so much. Things got ugly later on…
I’m in Penhaligon’s Elixir and dreaming of a cocktail that smells like this – warm, spicy, smoky, balsamic and aromatic – maybe a version of a Manhattan with really good Bourbon, some red Vermouth, orange and cardamom bitters, Fernet Branca…?
You do smell fantastic, and I would drink it!
That sounds like a delicious cocktail and now I want to try that perfume, too!
Not a hard liquor consumer, except for the occasional bloody mary or Cape Codder (vodka + cranberry).
But my fave cocktail is a tossup between bellinis (peach + prosecco) and mimosas (orange juice + champagne).
Therefore back to L’Attesa for its champagne note. Super fancy for digging up dandelions today!
Good luck with those dandelions galbanumgirl! My husband is really good about it, me, not so much.
I’m happily wallowing in several sprays of Knize Ten — such a classic. It would pair very well with irish whiskey, served neat or over one ice cube. But that’s not technically a “cocktail” … so sue me. Or, on consideration, K10 would also blend well with a drink I was illegally served (long story) when I was about 19, called (iirc) a Smith & Kerns. It was Kahlua mixed with seltzer and heavy cream, served in an old-fashioned glass over crushed ice. Hardly even alcoholic, now that I think about it, and definitely not a favorite now. For the poll, but NOT at all appropriate for K10, a favorite warm-weather cocktail is Campari and soda over ice, garnished with lemon peel.
Knize Ten IS such a classic! I think it’s my favourite leather. So refined. You smell great, whiskey or no.
I used to drink white russians, but have never heard of a Smith & Kerns. Sounds good!
My favourite cocktail is Mojito with lots of mint and lemon.
I am wearing Guerlain mentafollia on this very hot day !
Let’s see, I got orange juice, grenadine, 7up, black cherry soda..Will throw something together. Lol. Was gunna do a Malibu mock but forgot the pineapple juice lolol. I think I will try a Shirley Temp with the clear, black cherry soda(instead of gingerale) and 7up..but cherries were out of stock lol. This will be the Supply Chain Shortage Shirley. Lol.
One drink that sounds tasty is Cinnamon Toast Crunch which includes:
Cream on top
Sounds yummy to me and I am not even a fan of the cereal lol.
To wear with the Shirley..I am going for Pixie Dust by Demeter..which smells like cherry jello.:) Fun.
Got a touch of sun yesterday..my red cheeks will go with the cherry theme lol.
That drinks sounds good! But like too much alcohol for me, potentially
My favorite cocktail is a French Collins (gin, St. Germaine, lemon juice, and soda). Gin & tonic with a splash of St. Germaine works just fine too. I have yet to find a perfume that accurately captures it for me, but no matter because I am still too congested to smell anything, so I’ll just vicariously enjoy everyone else’s SOTDs today.
Drinking lemon ginger tea.
Can you wear the St. Germaine unless it has been sweetened?
Oh, it’s very sweetened; 11 grams of sugar per 30-mL serving.
Someone once told me that St. Germain is known as “bartender’s ketchup” because they use it in cocktails with abandon. Apparently it just adds some mysterious sophistication to a mixed drink.
A flask of it can be very helpful at events where the bar selection is less than ideal.
That’s a lot of sugar!
Ha! It is sweetened, otherwise I would wear it. I wish St. Germaine would make a perfume — I love elderflower and their bottle is stunning.
Actually, I just realized I have a 50mL mini of this in the very back of my spice cabinet. I must have bought it several years ago when a colleague mentioned it and the fact that it looks like a perfume bottle! One of these days …
Isn’t the bottle so cute!?
If you want a non-cocktail use, I think it works really well as a syrup for lemon sponge cake.
St. Germaine is a fantastic add-in to lemonade! And you could cut way down on the sugar if that gets used.
SotD is Fresh Sugar Lychee… something a bit lighter than yesterday’s choice. I would pair it with a Lychee saketini.
Points for you!
I don’t drink any more, other than an occasional sip of champagne, and I’ve got access to a limited number of perfumes, so I’m non-compliant in Santal Pao Rosa. But hey, we got a bit of sun this morning, yay!
Where is your Canadian perfume?
It is still in boxes in my house in San Diego. Since I was in limbo last year, I didn’t bring it to BC, and didn’t want to bring it this year because I’m planning on moving again.
Living in limbo is not ideal. Have you found anything you’re interested in, house wise?
I’ve been in limbo for two years now, and probably facing a third. Not sure where we’ll be moving but husband is fed up, if I could I would send him back to San Diego until the dust settles.
Oh good, I’m glad you’re getting out of this home! Best of luck finding the right place soon (or have you already found it?)
Haven’t found anything yet, but hoping something will come up in the next few months.
Sun here too! 😍
You smell lovely today!
Limbo is very unsettling. Sending you peaceful vibes.
Thank you sistine. It is very unsettling indeed.
I like gin but don’t often drink it and would like to try a Pink Rabbit which has gin, vermouth and rooibos tea. I know about this drink from the amazing song Pink Rabbits by the National.🍷😆
In keeping w/ all things pink, I may try Reminiscence Guimauve later today which has a pink bottle.💗
Hope you like the Guimauve, I did.
Wait, pink rabbits are a real drink?! I’ve been trying to find a recipe ever since the song came out, but Google only gives me links to the song. Thank you for solving this mystery!
Interesting, I should try that!
I’m bare right now as I’m starting to rake the yard. Later after a shower I’ll decide.
I adore cocktails and often make easy batches to keep in the fridge. If you can measure out ingredients for a single drink it’s just as easy to add up and make a pitcher! And I tend towards tart/sour over sweet, here’s a favorite. Don’t let the time for infusing stop you.
2 cups infused dark rum (see below)**
2 cups grapefruit juice-fresh
1/2 cup lime juice
1/2 light agave syrup
1 tiny drop of liquid smoke, optional
Mix all of the above in a pitcher. Pour in a lowball over ice.
**In a jar with screw lid, grate about a 2-3 inch ginger root. Don’t bother removing peel, just grate it all. I use a microphone. Top with 2 cups dark rum, cheap is perfectly fine. Screw on lid and let steep for 10 days. After done, strain out ginger bits and your gingered rum is ready. Makes 4-6 drinks depending on how bad your day was.😉
🙀wow! This sounds amazing
What kind of rum do you use
Honestly it’s just the cheap stuff, Cruzan or DonQ, under $15. Don’t use the good rum, the ginger flavor ends up pretty pronounced. I wasted 2 cups of Appletons thinking good rum would make a better drink. It did not, or at least not enough to justify the extra $$.
That gingered rum sounds like a handy thing to keep on hand as a cold remedy!
This sounds great! Have you tried this swapping your grapefruits with oranges? (I have no grapefruit, but I have a vast excess of oranges at the moment.)
I’m not much of a cocktail drinker, so I’ll share a non-alcoholic drink I’ve been enjoying with my son lately. Sparkling water with a sour cherry syrup we found in a Persian grocery store. It’s an Italian soda, I guess. They don’t seem as popular as they used to be.
And to pair with that I’m wearing Cherry Punk.
Happy friday to all!
I love Italian sodas! They are popular in France too. We buy bottles of flavored syrup and make our own at home with Pellegrino fizzy water.
Oh me too! Raspberry is a personal favorite. Do you add the cream? Some do, some don’t. I do like a little to smooth out the drink.
No, no cream for me.
Italian sodas are so good! Strawberry with fresh basil is a summer favorite for me.
Ooooh, I should try that sometime! I usually pair basil with bacon or ramen.
When Mr. Vee is not around to tease me, I make an open face sandwich with toast, ricotta, sliced strawberries, basil, a sprinkle of salt flakes and cracked black pepper, and a drizzle of syrupy balsamic vinegar. It only works if the strawberries are super ripe, but it is summer on a plate.
I’ve had ripe strawberries with aged balsamic before. Decadent! We also have quite a few infused balsamic vinegars in our pantry. The mango one plays well with ripe fruit, too.
Favorite recent cocktail: grapefruit rose vodka, simple syrup, and a squeeze of lime, in whatever proportions taste good to the taster.
I would pair this with Rose Ikebana, but I’m out of that, so I went literal in Saint Julep.
I bought some Ketel One Grapefruit Rose but it is gathering dust in the cabinet. I am even worse about buying liquor I won’t use than buying perfume I won’t use!
That’s the one I used. I do highly recommend it with simple syrup and lime! I also tried it once with honey simple syrup and no lime. Can’t remember which was better.
That’s probably my problem, not adding something sweeter. I was hoping it would be delicious with soda water and a lime wedge. Thanks!
I just recently picked up a bottle of grapefruit rose vodka! I’m looking forward to mixing it with flavored seltzers in the summer.
I’m wearing Angel Iced Star this morning, with a prominent pineapple note, and I smell coconut, too, so it’s Pina Colada day. An enabler pin goes to Lillyjo for mentioning this a few weeks ago.
Oh yay! I really tried to talk myself into buying a fb. It’s a good one.
My very favorite is a Margarita, I love the taste and it doesn’t sneak up on me like some other cocktails do. So, I picked LL Elle l’Aime edp with its lime, but it’s long gone and I applied Calèche extrait this evening,
Perfect match though, Aurora!
Thank you Robin, I do like this little perfume in spite of its poor longevity.
Is it lime and coconut?
“You put the lime in the coconut and shake it all up!” 🤣🤣🤣
For the cocktail, it’s lime juice, salt and tequila in its simplest form, very refreshing.
The perfume has lime and coconut.
I’ll be a year sober this month, so no proper cocktail for me, but a mock combo I recently came up with: San Pellegrino blood orange soda with a dash of allspice bitters and an orange slice. The colors alone are mood-enhancing, and it’s not too sweet.
Continuing with the theme, Hermès Eau d’Orange Verte is my SOTD, because it’s too hot for anything else.
Congratulations on your anniversary! Bitters in fruit soda/seltzer sounds so good for a summer afternoon.
Hang on, there’s supposed to be a splash of orange juice in there somewhere.
Congratulations! 🎂🎈 Where do you find those bitters?
I’ve seen them at Wegmans by the sodas.
A good bitters is something I am always on the lookout for. Congratulations on your anniversary!
That’s wonderful BlueDream! And your drink sounds good, I should get some Allspice bitters too.
Congratulations on your anniversary!
I forgot, there’s supposed to be a splash of orange juice along with the soda. Whoops.
Wearing memoir Woman today and my cocktail of choice is a smoked Manhattan when I go out but I’m too chicken around fire to make one myself. I generally just drink wine at home.
My husband had some sort of smoked cocktail last weekend (I have copied from the menu: Old Overholt Rye Whiskey, Laphroaig rinse, mexican brown sugar, cherries, orange, bitters, rosemary smoked ice) and I was wondering how they did the smoked ice, but probably better if I don’t find out
I am taking the Lady Erzulie as my starting point. I’d never heard of it until five minutes ago and have never tasted it so shout out to the Guardian for the recipe. Rose petals and Pink Peppercorns so I’m matching with Fille de Berlin which has its own smoky, late night vibe and is one of my only rose perfumes. I’ve been up since 4.45 ( I am a morning person ) and it’s still dark two hours later. And wet. Kind of peaceful though. Happy weekend!
Doesn’t that look delicious! And extra points for finding the perfect match for your perfume.
Wet here too, but happily I slept til 7:30 this morning. 4:45 is SERIOUS morning, or pre-morning.
we had a Bicicleta for cocktails, its Campari, white wine topped with seltzer. very refreshing and not too strong. Perfume is Acqua di Sale, for a holiday in Italy feeling.
Have not had one in eons! Nice choice.
Although I often enjoy wine or beer with my dinner, I rarely drink cocktails. But every now and then I’ll have a Long Island Iced Tea or a Margarita, so to complement the tequila in both of those very refreshing drinks on what is a very hot day today I’m enjoying Tommy Bahama Set Sail St. Barts. Its lime and tequila notes are crisp and refreshing in the heat, especially layered over BBW’s Coconut Lime Verbena products, one of my favorite combos.
It’s one I don’t usually wear until mid-July, but the weather went from last week’s cold, rainy 40’s to hot, humid 90’s here all week – truly bizarre, I feel like I’m visiting at least another country if not another planet! But, wow, the shrubs that were hesitant to bloom before just went kapow! You don’t need perfume when you have a Juddhi Viburnum blooming in your garden! And the crabapple tree, planted by a visiting bird some years ago, has never bloomed as beautifully as it just did. And speaking of birds, they all finally arrived here a few days ago – what seems like gazillions! My mainstay cardinals are still competing with each other as to whose song is louder but they’ve been joined by my favorite little wrens whose cheery – and loud song all day long (one woke me up at 4:40 am the other day) – belie their tiny size. Warblers of all kinds are here as well as the colorful grosbeaks. Haven’t seen any orioles or hummingbirds yet but we hung out their feeders yesterday and know they’ll be here soon. We sit on our little deck in the morning with our coffee and just enjoy what’s been so long in coming. Late last summer, since we hardly traveled anywhere during the long pandemic, we splurged and had a lovely little waterfall installed in one corner near the deck and the birds love it, too ( as well as our bird feeders). Very, very soothing.
Looking forward to dinner outdoors at our favorite local seafood restaurant. No cocktails for us, Leinie’s Summer Shandies instead. Here’s to the weekend ahead!🍺🍺
Everything is blooming here too! Our viburnums are out but neither of ours is a terribly fragrant variety. But my fringe tree started blooming yesterday and should smell fantastic by tomorrow if it doesn’t get rained out.
We went for a walk at Winterthur gardens last week to see the azaleas, and the fragrant Abelias were just stunning (smelling, that is, I don’t think they’re all that to look at). I should buy one.
And my husband has become bird crazy since the pandemic. Every morning he tells me what he saw while having coffee. He has a few that will take blueberries from the fence post right next to him, it’s cute. But probably a bad idea for the birds.
Sweet story about birds and blueberries! I went bird crazy a long time ago. Growing up in the city my bird knowledge was limited to robins, sparrows and pigeons. Moving to the suburbs, I learned about the beautiful red cardinals. One year a cardinal kept singing long and loudly just outside my kitchen window. I finally looked and saw that a pair were nesting right there within my view and that’s when I was hooked. Watched the whole little family being born, started to feed them sunflower seeds and thus it all began. 🐦
I wanted to try another from the box of samples I stumbled across yesterday so I picked Mango Skin by Wilhelmi. It’s a very fresh mango smell with some florals (ylang ylang) plus a very strong dusty note (?). Im pairing it with a mango margarita which I occasionally get here though I prefer the usual ones. The mango ones are pretty though.
I’m excited because I’ll be getting a big grocery store delivery late this afternoon. It’s always fun to have new food in the kitchen! I was running low on supplies.
Enjoy your weekend!
Yay for incoming food! I just stocked up at the farmer market this afternoon.
I was at Sephora for a lipstick the other day, and somehow I ended up inthe perfume section. 😃
I decided to sniff a few JHaG releases and the Moscow Mule smelled great! Impulse purchase followed, which is my SotD.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to smell as good as the tester. Anyone else have this experience? There should be a name for this phenomenon.
Perhaps the tester is aged and more concentrated. A good thing that Sephora pretty much takes anything back, even used items. I have not but probably should.
I bought a travel size after trying the tester in store. I wore it once and think I either freebied or swapped it away. 🤷🏻♀️
I’m afraid mine is destined for the same fate.
Haven’t bought anything from JHaG, but I have been tempted by Lady Vengeance in the past.
Jalapeno, I have a partial bottle if you’re interested. My email is standing.armsakimbo in
I think testers do smell differently in general. Being out for a long time and the hot lights must change the perfume to some degree. Wait a week and try it again to see if you still like it. Also sometimes when I have bought something impulsively I feel guilty and start looking for reasons to return it. I have returned a ton of perfume because of this stupid guilt and now I wish I had kept most of it.
I’m in Bijou Vert on my left wrist and Citadelle on my right, both from Raw Spirit. They are vetiver focused, which suits me just fine. These are freebies from a generous NSTer. Happy Friday all! 🌞
Happy Friday to you too!
Happy Friday! 🌻
Happy Friday to you!
Sazerac is reportedly the first cocktail, originating in that most party- friendlt town, New Orleans.
It may have originally been a mixture of Cognac, Absinthe, and bitters, with a lemon garnish.
Somewhere along the line rye whiskey and a sugar cube became substituted for the cognac and the cocktail turned from fruity to dry.
I tried one on a business trip to New Orleans and fell in love.
Sazeracs rarely appears on cocktail
menus outside of New Orleans, and when it does, they do not have the same dry bitter sweet flavor.
DSH’s newish fragrance Sazarec, however, nails it. Sazerac EDP opens with a boozy vanilla. However, after about a minute, a dry bitter orange peel scen, Over time it dries out into an orange -rye scent. The absinthe never dominates but provides a lift.
The DSH perfume sounds perfect!
Oh gosh, for once I had the perfect sample (I have a sample of her Sazerac) and of course, forgot to wear it. Tomorrow!
I love a good Sazerac. I should track down a sample of that perfume…
SOTD = Jo Malone Elderflower Cordial Cologne
Double points for the CP! It’s a sweet and sour fruity floral and foodie delicious. I was looking up cocktail recipes and there’s ready made elderflower liqueur one can mix with gin, lemon juice and prosecco to make a lovely cocktail.
My nephew is graduating today and we are celebrating at an Italian restaurant tonight. I am not at the graduation as I am still cautious of being in a large group regardless of the venue (ok, hello NYC but we won’t talk about it). I will be arriving early as I am in charge of the decorations!
Congratulations to your nephew!
Congrats to your nephew! Good thing the dinner is an indoor event. Today’s weather is being less than cooperative for outdoor happenings. ☔💧
Congratulations to your nephew! 👨🎓
More congratulations, and enjoy the festivities!
Congrats to your nephew and enjoy the party!
That’s great! Congrats to your nephew.
What a great pair! Congratulations to your nephew. 👨🎓
Congratulations to your nephew!
Congratulations to your nephew! Have a great time!
Congrats to your nephew and happy celebrating!🥳
Chanel 31 Rue Cambon from a sample. Super pretty, and I really like it, but will probably purchase Chanel Paris-Venise instead.
Have way too many plans tomorrow, so hoping to get a bit of a snooze on Sunday to make up for it.
A new thing my husband and I do is have “Superbowl Snacks” every Sunday afternoon. I make a bean dip and sometimes guacamole and we enjoy that with tortilla chips. It’s something we look forward to every week and super cozy. I dump a drained can of pinto beans along with a few tablespoons of water and a quarter cup of sour cream into the blender, blend up the mixture, then pour into a small casserole dish. Top off with cheese and pop in the over for 20 minutes. Sooo satisfying!
That’s a great way to make Sunday afternoons fun.
I’m having a very quiet morning, punctuated by periodic shouting – my mother forgot to charge her hearing aids over night, and she is very deaf.
Serge Lutens Chypre Rouge again.
I’ve been known to enjoy Dark & Stormys in the past. Another favorite is a Grapefruit Mojito, which is a tweak on the original. Grapefruit and mint in an underrated combination, IMO.
But! Sadly, I am under the weather today with a scratchy throat. So I may take my own advice and sneak a shot of a potent potable into the hot tea I am drinking. ☕🥃
SOTD = Glenwood EdP from Scotch Porter, the Sample Stash, and a World-Class Enabler here at NST. I’m liking it. A spicy, dry, low-key woody scent that is being good company for me today.
Feel better soon, Jalapeno! 🌻
Thanks perfumelover67! Thinking I might sneak a bit of tequila into my Jasmine Green tea. Those 2 things go surprisingly well together.
When my father was sick he used to add a shot of vodka or rum and a splash of lemon to his hot tea. He always said it helped him a lot. I have never tried that, but I should!
Well, I went ahead and added some tequila to my previous mug of tea. It didn’t quite work tonight. Should have used rum instead?
Cutting myself off after 1 toddy-ish beverage. If I need to, I will repeat the experiment tomorrow night.
Get well fast, Jalapeno!
Thank you springpansy! I am mostly annoyed, so not terribly sick. Just thinking I have better things to do!
Take good care Jalapeno!
Thank you for chiming in regarding La Panthère the other day. I ended up ordering a bottle of the Légère.
Thanks adanst! I just made another hot cuppa a few minutes ago.
I hope you enjoy the La Panthere Legere!
Get some rest and feel better soon!
LOL! Thank you lillyjo!
I hope you feel better soon. I really like Glenwood – you smell great.
A hot toddy sounds like just the thing.
Time to make that pot of tea I promised myself!
Hope you can rest this weekend and feel better soon. Sending you a 🤗 and healing wishes your way.
Thank you Laila! Planning to sleep way in tomorrow. 😴
Oh no, I hope you feel better soon. There’s some kind of powerful liqueur my sister swears would make you swear like a sailor when it goes down but is highly effective. The name escapes me now but will let you know when I find out!
I love Dark & Stormys. Wish they had fewer calories.
Do let us know if you’re better this weekend!
Late to the party as per usual for me lately. Just spent a long time in Costco (not my favorite place, but definitely one of Mr. SP’s favorites), getting it done today so that neither Mr. SP nor I will need to spend our weekend there. And may I say that I smelled wonderful while there in my AG Songes which cheered me greatly.
In keeping with our cp today, I guess Songes is representing the tropical flowers in the vase next to my cocktail glass. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
Oh and to drink? I’m mostly a beer/wine gal, but can do a Mai Tai now and then.
I can totally respect having a good Mai Tai now and then. But when they are bad, they are terrible, sickly sweet!
For many years, I’d stick to drinking beer but I’ve been more likely to choose a cocktail in recent years if the mood to have alcohol strikes. And one of my go-to drinks at a restaurant, especially on a warm day, is a Moscow Mule or a mule variation like a Mexican Mule or Kentucky Mule. Moscow Mule is ginger beer, vodka, and lime juice. I don’t have a lot of perfumes with ginger, so I went with Solstice Scents Dark Ginger Spicecake, which is more ginger cookie than ginger beer, but is delightful nonetheless.
I like a Moscow Mule too…actually I like almost anything with ginger beer. Have never had a Kentucky Mule though.
Anyway, good match!
I am wearing a few things today. Some Highland Lilac lotion, from my trip to Rochester last week, along with Jo Malone Bitter Mandarin which smells like an Aperol Spritz cocktail.
I also put a dab of JM Peony & Blush Suede on top of this combination.
It does smell like an Aperol Spritz!
Tonight I’m drinking an Aperol Spritz.
I wore Kelly Caleche today, and I would pair it with a glass of champagne.
Happy Friday, wonderful people!
Happy Friday, Friend!🌞
Happy Friday! You smell great!
I am wearing Angel’s Share for points today. Funny thing… I was never really wowed by this perfume. All of a sudden, today I am loving it!
Question: does anyone have any feedback on lasership? I ordered my daughter a dress pants outfit to wear for an upcoming dance. I wasn’t aware it was being delivered by lasership and at last check the tracking says ” label created ” and nothing else.
The store had given me today as an estimated delivery date. It’s been almost a week. Should I be worried yet?
Amazon has been shipping my packages using Lasership lately and I have never had any problems. The same with their tracking system.
No experience with Lasership yet. I figure it’s just a matter of time. I did get something today that used Easypost, and I could get updates on that just fine.