It’s Tuesday and the third night of Hanukkah. Also, National Sangria Day, International Human Solidarity Day, and there are 11 more days to go for 2022. What fragrance are you wearing?
Me: day 2 in Fendi Theorema, and listening to Christmas music while drinking a cup of Upton Christmas tea with a splash of half & half.
Reminder: on 12/23, we'll have a holiday open thread instead of a weekly project.
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 shows Festive Blend Tea Caddy Glass Ornament ("This novelty bauble is shaped as a tea tin. The festive holiday decoration is a golden orange tea caddy which features glitter details and a label on the front decorated with holly and berries pattern that says 'organic festive blend loose leaf tea'", currently $8.60 on Etsy.
I’m in the quite Christmas-like Dark Horse, with its cinnamon and cloves. I really need a full bottle of this.
Am in the also Christmas-like DelRae Bois de Paradis. Will soon finish the (sadly discontinued) bottle.
Hi all! Wearing Zoologist Sacred Scarab today, which I really, really like. Much more than I thought I would. I ordered a sample of Cardinal yesterday and am looking forward to trying it.
I like that one too and I also have a sample of Cardinal coming this week. Great minds think alike 😊
Looking forward to hearing someone’s account of what Cardinal is like! 🐦
Diptyque Tam Dao EDP today from the advent calendar. Wow, I really enjoy this. Can’t believe I had forgotten about it! No full bottle for me until I finish this travel spray though.
I saw this photo someone posted on Fragrantica of their Xmas tree decked with miniature perfume bottle ornaments. Such a cute idea! https://www.fragrantica.com/fragram/fp/145241
Alternatively, here is my favorite tree ornament as seen on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/577550133/real-chicken-nugget-with-santa-hat
It cracks me up everytime!
This is very cute and funny, thanks for sharing. It reminds me of this jewelry designer who dips fun candy pieces in resin to preserve them and fashions them into jewelry piece. But this is way more kitschy fun!
Mini bottle envy!
Aren’t they adorable? I’m inspired to grow my collection of minis now!
I think someone here at NST was actually using miniature perfume bottles to decorate a Xmas tree last year. I wish I could remember who it was.
It’s chocolatemarzipan – I sent her a few!
I’m wafting 24, Faubourg this morning, and trying to summon the will to go out to the garage and start deploying holiday decorations. Should have done it last week when the excitement was fresher. 🎄
Good luck with the decorations. A magic wand would come in handy!
For so many things! I for one always wanted a magic wand that would rearrange furniture for me.
Curious as to how long do you leave the decorations/tree up?
We don’t do a tree (too messy) so I put tree ornaments here and there, mostly in bowls. I do have a tiny “tree” (8-inch high needle cone with teensy ornaments all over and tiny wrapped presents underneath) that my mom decorated for me decades ago, and I put that on a tabletop somewhere. We usually leave the decorations out until New Years Day, and by then I want the clutter gone. 😁
That tiny tree sounds adorable! 😍
I find I do a little less holiday decorating every year…
You can do it! C’mon, just a little bit.
It was a long day yesterday and I am exhausted from Sunday’s Christmas party and Sunny getting spayed yesterday. Just have to make it through work today. Wearing Eau Premiere.
You smell fabulous!
I hope your day at work is smooth and you have a relaxing evening.
Get good rest tonight Dawn!
It’s 10C and the cloud is so low that I can’t see the neighbour’s house through the mist. Both dogs are snuggled under the bed covers and I am tucked up under the duvet. Come on summer solstice! Christmas is the time for frolicking in the waves, walking on the beach, lounging in the sun and we’re just being tortured with sixteen hours of murky daylight and not even a hint of sunburn. Even the washing is hanging damp on the line. Again. All the cats in the neighbourhood seem to spend their days crouching beneath the parked cars along the road, sheltering from the constant drizzle. They peer out morosely and who can blame them. Wearing Ys-Uszac Jeanne, lovely lemon notes.
Sending summer wishes your way. That sounds like dreadful weather for your summer solstice.
Oh boo hiss! We are having proper winter so you ought to be having proper summer.
Sotd is L’Artisan Tea for Two because someone mentioned it recently and it’s the perfect cozy scent for a snowy day.
Wore Safran Troublant yesterday due to the PP post…
And you smelled lovely!
I am in O, Unknown! again today. I feel like I am in an old library which is ok as every Tuesday I go to the bookstore. BTW for LTSG, I finally bought A Little Life.
A Little Life is such an emotional rollercoaster ride of a novel. Hope you enjoy the read!
Thanks. I have so many books, but finally decided to buy this.
That book and Young Mungo were my 💔 books this year. Both not for a tender heart. Brace yourself. That being said, A Little Life was one of the best books I read this year
It’s very blowy and rainy here today. Typical PNW winter weather, but it’s 16* F warmer here than where I came from so I’ll take it! Currently sheltered in a little circle of trees which buffers the wind and they aren’t close enough to fall on the van.
I’m wearing Angel’s Share because I treasure my little travel size and it was easy to grab. But, certainly a great scent for this weather! I can definitely see using your this entire thing in the next little while…
The beach here is lovely- wide open and you’re able to drive your vehicle along the length of it. I didn’t try with Moby since he’s quite stout and 2WD only. Parking is gravel packed sand and just a step over to the actual beach. No fees to park! Also an expansive state park 2 miles from the hospital and the Discovery Trail, which is great for biking but of course the weather is not!
I had excellent fish and chips at a local place on the beach Sunday. It was salmon and not cod, but the price!!😳 Best fish and chips I ever had but will not be going back due to the price. Very nice everyday people here with a distinct rarity of fillers, implants, Mercedes, and BMW’s. Not that there anything wrong with those things, but…Three people came up to me in the grocery store (very old school with Pepsi and Coke tin signs still on the wall) and said “Thank you for what you do!” I was in scrubs because I had just been released from the computer testing prison at the hospital. Total 180* from where I was, and so good to be among regular folk…
I think I love it!
Happy Tuesday to all! Drink your tea or coffee and keep toasty!
Definitely sounds like a change for the better!
Yes, yes, and yes! 😁
I’m really happy for your new assignment. How long are you there?
3 months. Hoping for an option to extend, but not sure that will happen. I’m actually taking the place of one of their regular staff nurses who is cross-training in the ER for the next three months, so not sure there will even be a need for travelers after that 3 month period….😕
Oh I’m so glad to hear your new gig and location are off to a good start!!
That sounds like a wonderful fit for you. I’m very happy you landed there!
Sounds like such a great place, and the beach!
That’s such an excellent change of pace from what you left!
It sounds like a great gig and just what you need to cleanse yourself of the other place!
Sounds like a good place to be. Hurrah!
Jo Malone orange bitters
You are smelling good! Did you see I left you a message in my post today?
Eau de Bakelite from a little sample. I didn’t know what to expect from this one but I absolutely love it.
Whoops…Nuit de Bakelite not Eau
Isn’t it a beauty?
Another day of wondering where our summer went, it’s dull and quite cold. This weather calls for warming spices, so I’m wearing Majda Bekkali’s Mon Nom est Rouge, which is very gingery.
That perfume sounds lovely! I hope your weather improves soon.
Hi. I’m just going to complain for a bit.
Yesterday was 11 years that I lost my mom. I wasn’t able to wallow in any grief because my hot water heater broke. I’ve been staring out my window watching for the repair guy since 9 am. I have to be to work at 4. As many of you know a major winter storm is a brewing. I will be in the blizzard part of the storm. I am supposed to work those days and am trying to give myself permission to not go in to lesson my anxiety. Also Yesterday I received an astronomical bill in the mail for something I thought was resolved year’s ago but as the letter explained it had only been postponed due to covid. Lol. Nobody there worked all this time now they are playing catch up. I haven’t had a shower in 2 days but I plan on dousing myself in No. 19.
Thanks for listening!
Always ready to listen! Sorry so many things are coming at you at once! I’m still fighting over a hospital bill from a year and a half ago, so I feel ya! I often go 2 (or more if I’m not working and surrounded by Covid, RSV, Influenza) days without a shower. I do the important bits daily and unless I’m dirty/sweaty/stinky why? My hair and skin are super dry and daily showers/shampoos just exacerbate the itchiness. Whether you No 19 or not, you won’t stink! And if they’ve waiting for years to contact you, they can wait years for payment! I hope you call off sick and are able to get sick pay. Retail is not supposed to be open in the middle of a dang blizzard!! What idiot in management is not closing that store?!
After I posted about the shower I thought of you. I don’t stink yet but am afraid if he can’t fix it I will have to get it replaced. Which will take awhile.
For some reason retail here does not close for weather. I can think of 2 times in the last 30 years that it’s actually happened. I guess I have to wait and see how horrible it actually is. Right now though I am thinking I will stay home regardless of pay.
Oh Lillyjo, I’m so sorry all this has hit at once. Sending you fortitude and patience! And a big hug!
Thank you foxbins.
Oh, what a rotten time you are having. Call in sick and take time for yourself, and allow yourself to remember nice things about your mum and family. Don’t worry about the shower but snuggle up and get cosy. Leave the bill until everything else is sorted; it can wait.
Thank you Kanuka. Good advice.
I hope you get some summer weather soon.
I’m so sorry that all of that junk had to happen on a day that was already heavy for you. Please be gentle and take care of yourself.
Thank you sistine.
So sorry you have so much to deal with, can you plan something nice to offset the blues, maybe a good movie or a nice dessert with your children and talk to them about what she used to bake for eg. Hugs.
Thank you Aurora.
Sending you lots of fortitude and a big hug!
Thank you tulipani.
Big hugs. Water heaters are such a big pain when they don’t work. And to have everything else show up when you are missing your Mom so much really sucks balls.
Call out sick. They don’t need to know it’s a mental health day. If anyone asks, tell them you had diarrhea. That usually prevents further discussion! 💩
This made me laugh!🤣
Can you tell I’ve had some practice with that? 🤓
Lillyjo, what a mess, the weather and the bill and the grief. I hope it all settles.
And, IF they couldn’t bill you for years the least they could have done is waited until after the holidays.
They probably wanted to send the bill before they take a 2 week holiday vacation. Lol! Jerks.
Oh, man — the senior admins where I work like to do what I now call the “Friday surprise” -/ sending really distressing news by email at 5 p.m. on a Friday. The worst was one year when it was not only 5 p.m. on Friday, but also December 23. (Looking at this year’s calendar and hoping NOT to experience that again.)
Good luck with everything; I’m sorry you cannot take the day for yourself and to honor your mom.
So sorry you have to deal with all this stuff. Probably best that you call out sick because guess what? If it’s as bad as forecasted, the customers will stay home as well and let the die hards deal with them.
I used to be a die hard, but at this point I’m over it. I told them tonight that unless something changes to not expect me to come in.
Good for you! I’m just catching up late again, and I’m sorry you’re having such an awful day with sh*t piling up. Well, one thing is settled, the second will be next, and the last will come last! I hope you do give yourself a moment for a few tears of grief. And consider yourself hugged!
Thank you AnnE.
Oh, lillyjo, I’m so sorry. That’s too much for anyone’s plate. “They” are telling people here to stay off the roads Friday if at all possible, I wish your store would close. Fragrant hugs.
I’m so sorry for all this, what a heavy load! Sending you hugs and glad at least your hot water is fixed.
Another grey overcast winterish day (even though it won’t be winter for two whole days) and I’m aglow in Tauer Une Rose de Kandahar, which I would never peg as a rose scent: it reads a soft, spicy floral incense to me. I like it, but it needs about ten times the roses.
It is winter here no matter the date, and has been! You smell great.
I’m in Eau des Merveilles today and just loving the way I smell.
I have a tradition of starting a brand new mascara on New Year’s Day. So today I stopped at Sephora to buy it. Perfume PSA: full size fragrances are 20% for Beauty Insider members until Dec. 24 (code is FRAGRANCE20 if shopping online). My apologies if this is old news!
What a good idea to get a new mascara every New Year’s!
Scout the cat had to be at the dentist this morning at 7, so I’ve been up since 4:30 and now the house is clean, presents wrapped, and laundry done. I’m wearing MKK and looking for Christmas music on YouTube done by someone I’ve actually heard of.
I hope baby Scout came through with flying colors! 😻
How nice to have everything done! Hope it was a good afternoon foxbins.
Yes to the Christmas music done by someone you’ve heard of! I don’t care for the current versions.
I was very happy to hear the Peanuts Christmas music on the radio this morning. Some of the other stuff, not so much.
As I was still in Shalimar mood, I thought about Philtre, my no brainer reach but Souffle was easier to grab so I’m in that, quite radiant, I vastly prefer it to the intense version which I also have.
I prefer the original too. I have to really spray lightly with the Intense.
I’m wearing Encens Mythique today, for my last day of work in 2022!
Yesterday I wore Millesime Tonka. Does anyone get a strong note of jasmine in the mid dry down? An almost indolic floral. It’s making me think of Shalimar Souffle or Souffle Intense, which never smelled like Shalimar to me. But maybe now I see the connection.
Another day, another load of dishes done. I currently have 2 presents left to package up, then they can join the others at Mr. Jalapeno’s gift wrapping station. 🎄🎁
SOTD = repeating Etro Gomma.
I am doing gift cards again this year 🤑.
This has been a light shopping year for us. A lot of the gifts we are giving this year were purchased in prior years, and have been stashed away, waiting.
Does he wrap gifts so well that it makes you want to save the paper after opening? I love that kind of presentation.
Sadly, the wrapping paper we use makes it much easier to tear open gifts rather than carefully unwrapping them.
SOTD = Diptyque Kyoto
Love ❤️! I matched the red ornament with that of the bottle.
I walked the neighborhood today hoping to take pictures, which I did. If I were to rate this year’s lawn decors vs. the past 2 years, I would say this year’s was a distant 3rd. The best was 2020 and I think it has a lot to do with the economy.
Interesting! I am seeing more Xmas lights and decorations in my neighborhood this year versus last year.
Maybe it was too early in the day but it was almost full on dark when I got home.
This is one of my favorites of your red bottles.
gorgeous photo! i live smack middle of a downtown so there are no lawns for cute holiday decor so I envy your neighborhood!
also I didn’t know Diptyque made a scent named Kyoto, will have to look that up.
SotE is L’Ombre does Merveilles. This is a recent purchase, and I’m really loving the tea note in it.
Robin, I copied your use of a sprinkle of nutmeg in my tea today, with the usual milk and a not-usual bit of sugar. It made a plain black teabag special! 😋
Oh good!!! I keep a little nutmeg grinder right by my teas for just that reason.
That’s a great idea! And this afternoon I’ve done one better – instead of milk and sugar, I added vanilla ice cream. 😁
LOL — that beats everything!