It’s Hump Day, the fourth night of Hanukkah and the Winter Solstice. 10 more days to go for 2022! Birthdays: Rebecca West, Frank Zappa, Samuel L Jackson. What fragrance are you wearing?
I might be working towards a week in Fendi Theorema? This is day 3.
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 is Christmas market - Oxford! [cropped] by Nina_Ali at flickr; public domain.
Tea is Harney & Sons earl grey supreme and a lot of lemon.
Sycamore for ⛷️ the slopes
Started Shuggie Bain 📖
I think you will enjoy the book. I had a little trouble with the Scottish dialect, but I know you read another of his books so it won’t bother you. It was one of my favorites last year.
Looking forward to your feedback on the novel.
Last day at work before the Holidays. I am wearing Guerlain SDV, announcing a big storm again for this weekend.
Hooray for time off!
Hope you don’t get hit too hard. You smell wonderful.
I’m a little tired of the spicy, heavy Christmas time scents that I’ve been wearing, so I retreated to my happy place and I’m in the galbanum goodness of Safari.
Good, hope it improves the day
I once tried wearing the same scent for an entire week as an experiment and by day three I was so bored with it! I’m just not engineered that way.
Today I’m in Hermessence Brin de Reglisse. Licorice candy why not?
Such a great scent!
You smell great pyramus!
I am not trying to wear Theorema for a week, but here it is on my desk and it does smell great, so I wonder if I can be bothered to change
I don’t know if I could wear the same thing for a week either. I usually don’t even do two days in a row😊
In the mood for rose today so wearing Nahema.
Oh, smelling wonderful! Love Nahema. We have similar taste 😊
I noticed that we do tend to like many of the same things.
I love Nahema, you smell great.
I found a mini vintage perfume of Nahema, wore that yesterday, it smells amazing
I bet the vintage is divine.
the vintage is sooo beautiful, one little drop is enough.
Nahema such such a plush fragrance, yum. Enjoy!
I never thought of Nehema as plush, but that is s great term for it!
Nahema is gorgeous. 🌹🌹🌹
I’m radiating I’m Ashoka today. Have lots of work today unfortunately and I’m way behind on the only gift I’m knitting this year. Luckily most of the other things I’ve ordered seem to be arriving in time. Now I just need to find a secret Santa gift for work….
Have a great day, all!
I am almost done too, and luckily for my recipients I am not knitting since that would be dire…but any day now, I am going to learn to knit!!
It’s a lot of fun for me but also expensive and often frustrating 😂
All the best hobbies are!
I’m in a bit of Ancient Resins right now, mostly because I needed it to tame the freak-show hair I woke up with. But it’s okay because it meant I slept really thoroughly. Later on I’m thinking of indulging in Alahiiiine — it’s been a while!
The “freak-show hair I woke up with” is a sentiment I often share!
🤣 It’s rare for me, but when it happens it REALLY happens!
A lot of people seem to like that perfume. Have not tried it, but guessing it smells beautiful.
Thunked another sample: Tauer Une Rose Chypre. I’m enjoying the cinnamon and feeling accomplished for paving the way for new samples when the mood strikes.
I think we’re finally on the road to a healthy holiday in my household via the power of antibiotics (walking pneumonia for my son, strep throat for me). Thank you, modern medicine! And a bigger thank you to the overworked healthcare providers who saw us over the last few days.
Hope you both feel better soon!
A gorgeous perfume! Sadly discontinued right after I had decided I loved it. 🥲
Ha! Yes, I know the feeling. I debated between this and PHI forever, and while I’m happy with my bottle, I find I want to wear Un Rose Chypre more often…but can’t!
Ah, me too! I used up my sample, decided to buy a FB, and there were none to be had….wish he would bring that one back. Has he ever brought any of them back???? Maybe a letter writing campaign?
Me three! So funny how it goes, I decided on Phi at the time because it was LE at the time and thought I’d swing back for Rose Chypre later but as it turned out, I got it backwards.
Glad you are both starting to feel better!
So glad you will be able to enjoy the holidays.
I’m glad people are starting to feel better! I had walking pneumonia in 1999 and still remember how terrible it was.
Yay for healing in your household!
SOTD = Jorum Studio Trimerous
Love this Iris! 🥰
I chose to match the J in Joy to the J in Jorum Studio. No picture post yet.
I decided to go in to NYC today as it is probably the last nice day before we get some yucky weather. I am sitting right now at the Empire State Building Starbucks Reserve waiting for someone to come and take my order. Service is slow… (I overheard there are only two servers – eh? This is pretty lame.)
On the train this morning:
– One guy kept coughing and sneezing! Not sure if he is wearing a mask or if he was making any effort to cover his mouth and / or nose. I say he should just stay home.
– A person had his music in full blast until the conductor told him he was sitting in a Quiet Car (first and last cars). This person either did not know or did not care. I say he didn’t care because why even have your music audible to others?
– A couple got on in Newark and was perplexed as to why it was going back to Newark as per the digital sign. I did my good deed and explained that yes we are going to New York and the digital sign is sometimes wrong.
– Would you knowingly choose to sit in the Quiet Car if you have a babbling toddler? I wouldn’t if I knew the rules but I suppose they did not really have much of a choice if only the first and second cars opened at their station and a kid can be unwieldy.
Anyway, wish me luck on my day as I play tourist!
Thanks! I had fun!
Good luck! 🍀
Thanks! It was more crowded than I thought!
I love your train stories. I have to admit it makes me appreciate the city I live in which is much less hectic.
So wanted to love that perfume, but it turned on me.
Oh no! More for me and others! I don’t know if I can live in a small town because I haven’t tried it.
I like the idea of a “quiet car” even though it doesn’t seem to work in reality. I’d say get prepared for more long waits for anything and everything. There is a distinct worker shortage in just about every field at this point. If you expect any kind of service, you’ll be disappointed. I’ve gotten to the point that when I DO get good service, I jump up and down and clap my hands like a three year old, because it’s such an unexpected delight..
I do like the idea of not hearing noise. That said, including the worker shortage, I had great customer service at the Coach store. The embosser was supposed to already be out to lunch but he was caught on time to emboss my tag. Just the tag which was surprisingly cheap (the princely sum of $12 and no tax at that) and I had it embossed in silver with a cat and a character that means peace!
Oh cool! I didn’t even know they did that!
Hope you have a fun outing!
I did! I also stopped by BG and saw our favorite SA. My lips are sealed 🤣.
Hahaha! I just ordered 2 Cire Trudon candles from her. Anxiously awaiting the arrival of Jasmin Bonheur in January!
It sounds like a great day. I hope it was fun!
I did! Maybe more people thought as I did that better to go today than the next few days.
It sounds like you had a fun day, minus the train.
I sure did! Thanks.
Glad to hear you had fun today!
I probably should have gotten groceries today, but figured that there was nothing urgent on my list. It all can wait until Monday.
I still have the old standby pandemic ham 🤣.
Lol! I have some pandemic ham steaks in the freezer. I don’t know if I should keep them or not!?
If they’ve been kept frozen, there shouldn’t be a problem with eating them. But they might be better used as an ingredient in something at this point…
Depends on how they smell once you defrost them 🤷🏻♀️
I should have said pandemic SPAM. They last forever!
I’m wearing Indigo Smoke, the winner from my Arquiste discover set. This is a very pretty perfume!
My boys are both home, we have a lovely tree, and I am planning on taking off work for 10 days starting this Friday. Made me so happy to have my youngest (19 so not soooo young) run down the stairs to my office this morning to check if I was okay after a wee little wiggle of an earthquake.
What a joy! And so glad it was only a wee little wiggle.
Hooray for your boys being home! Enjoy your time off.😊
Sounds like the holiday season will be perfect, how sweet that your boy checked on you.
Indigo Smoke is indeed lovely, you smell fabulous.
Although the notes are quite different, to me it is very similar to Guerlain’s Neroli Outrenoir, which is a firm favourite.
Enjoy your time with them.
Enjoy your family time! I love Indigo Smoke too.
Hooray for a house full of love! I keep meaning to try Indigo Smoke. Maybe in 2023?
Enjoy your family time!
It was so sweet that he came to check on you.
After I heard about that Cali tremblor, I wondered how the NSTers there were doing. Glad to hear from you, and that you’re OK.
You smell wonderful in Indigo Smoke and all that love surrounding you this holiday season❤️
Lillyjo, I hope today is a better day for you than yesterday.
I’m wearing SL Fils de Joie today, a beautiful jasmine that has landed at the discounters for under a hundred bucks for 100ml. I like it better than A La Nuit and that’s saying something. There is supposed to be an ice/snow storm starting tomorrow night but I am prepared. I hope the power stays on but I have firewood in the garage if the heat goes out.
I bet you smell nice. I love jasmine.
I’m in Shalimar MVP. Needed some vanilla today. I might have oversprayed. Oops.
It’s been a busy week, but today is my Friday already. Yay! I took tomorrow off weeks ago, planning to go pick up my college daughter after her last finals this afternoon, but Mother Nature had other plans. We are line for a huge winter storm so my other half will take work off this afternoon and go get her ahead of the storm. They will have to drive in the dark, but better to drive in the dark than drive through the storm. I guess? Easy for me to say, now I won’t be the one driving. Just the one waiting here nervous until they get safely back home.😰 Her graduation last Sunday was really lovely, and we had such a fun family weekend.
In other news, I’ve been dealing with a plugged ear for the past 3 days. It’s driving me crazy! I keep trying those ear wax drops which are doing absolutely nothing. Ugh. If anyone has any suggestions I am (not) all ears, just one ear.🤪
Wishing them safe travels! Essential travel in bad weather is near the top of my anxiety-producers list, so I feel your pain, but I’m sure all will be well.
Safe travels for your husband and daughter, maybe visit the doctor for your ear, olive oil, warmed up is very good but more as a prevention, I swear by it.
Thanks Aurora, yeah, I may be heading to the clinic if I can’t get this cleared. Ugh.
For your ear, I would give your doctor a call or visit, just to rule out sudden hearing loss. That happened to me, it started out feeling like one ear was plugged. And I was able to regain my hearing by taking steroids within a few days of the onset. Hopefully yours is nothing that serious, but it’s worth being cautious!
Safe travels for your husband and daughter tonight!
Yikes! Thanks for the heads up!
Safe travels for your husband and daughter. I hope your ear problem resolves quickly!
Call your doctor about your ear and if it’s plugged with wax, they’ll be able to remove it in the office right away. I have to do that every year and it’s instant relief.
I visit the doctor regularly for that (curved ear canal get stopped up easily), but also use ear wash to help maintain.
Thanks ringthing, I reached out to my dr and they said the same…when I can get there depends on the weather now.
Safe travels and hope your ear gets fixed asap!
I deal with ear issues a lot….try the brand EarWax MD. Recommended by my niece (Dr. of Audiology), I like the ear wash. It is gentle, but seems to do the trick. Also use the drops. Good luck!
Thanks jepster, I will look for that!
Sending safe travel wishes to your husband and daughter and wishes for ear comfort to you.
Safe travels to them!
Thanks lillyjo! They are on the road, fingers crossed!🤞😰
How does one over spray Shalimar ???
Safe travels to your family members!
I have not started wearing any of my old-standby holiday scents yet, so I’m getting in the mood with with my old bottle of Aqaba (now called Aqaba classic.) This one always smells like Christmas to me. Rich, floral, spicy-sweet luxury. And very old-fashioned. 😄
I love Aqaba, you smell great!
I thought I was the only one who wore this anymore! 🤗
Gearing up for the storm that’s coming. Making a small Costco run for my mother. My mother spent most of the night in the ER due to loads of back pain. Turns out she has a kidney infection. Wearing Coco Mademoiselle edt today. Sunny is doing loads better after her spay. All she wants to do is play or cuddle and it’s hard to keep her quiet.
I hope your mother feels better soon, Dawn.
Your poor mom – hope she recovers quickly.
Hope your mom’s feeling better soon. Sunny sounds like such a cutie.
Hope your mother gets better soon!
I hope your mom recovers quickly! Stay safe and warm.
Well wishes to your Mom!
Ew, a kidney infection sounds horrible. Hope that your Mom recovers quickly and completely.
Vintage Scherrer parfum today. The chypre enterprise continues. I smell far more elegant and grownup than I behave.
Oh, you must smell so elegant, love Scherrer but mine is edp.
Vintage Scherrer sounds lovely. I just got a more recent version of the edp and I love it.
Vintage Scherrer is true love for me! You do smell elegant.
All the Scherrer love! It is so very good, isn’t it?
This is my last working day of the year, and I’m not back at work till 9 January. That seems a long way away now, but it will pass quickly.
I’m wafting lots of Plum today, it’s the only Mary Greenwell I tried before they all vanished.
I remember everyone talking about that one! Hope your days off are wonderful!
Enjoy the end of year time off!
Wearing Clinique Wrappings.
The big storm will start hitting us tomorrow morning with tons of rain. I ran some errands during my lunchtime today and will get enough groceries tonight after work, so I don’t have to do it again until next weekend.
We were given the option to work from home next week, so I am just counting the hours to be out of the office for the rest of the year. We are very busy though, working on deadlines, but at least I will avoid the commute for a week in freezing temps.
Happy Wednesday and stay warm and safe!
We are twins today!
Yay! We smell great! 😊
I’m glad you’ll be able to work from home. That sounds like a cozy way to end the year.
It couldn’t be a better decision!
Yay for working from home!
The grocery stores are just awful here!. I couldn’t even park at one I was at so came home and will try after 7pm.
I was very surprised to find TJ’s and my local supermarket almost empty this afternoon. They are usually very crowded at this time of the year. I assume people must be busy doing holiday shopping and will be heading to food stores at the last minute.
I wore Wrappings yesterday (didn’t post). I think I like it best the next day, as traces on a sweater. You smell great!
Traces of Wrappings on clothing are always wonderful and very enjoyable!
You smell wonderful! Glad to hear that you have the option of working from home next week.
Thank you, Jalapeno!
It is a relief to be at home next week!
The weather has cooled down here so I’m finally able to wear some scent during the day. I’m in Clinique Wrappings, both the lotion and fragrance.
Will you be getting any freezing Temps? I saw parts of the south are in an advisory.
Possibly overnight Friday and Saturday. And the daily highs are in single digits! Good thing I brought my fuzzy blankets and a few winter things from home.
I hope your weather wasn’t too bad the last few days! I know it’s brutally cold at home now.
That polar blast coming down from Canada is insane!
It sure is! I think we have Siberia to thank for this weather bomb, at least that’s where I heard it originated from! ❄☃️🌨
Let’s hope it’s short-lived!
I’ve been wearing Dusita’s new La Rhapsodie Noire from my Indigo samples for the last 3 days. Fragrantica calls this an amber fougere. I really like this burned caramel + lavender, interesting and bittersweet.
Lots of organizing and cleaning going on today. We have ice from yesterday’s storm so I’m hunkering down. We’ll have (grown) kids in and out over the next few days. Should be both fun and a little crazy at the same time.
I’ve been testing that Dusita too, it smells nice!
What’s up with Sweet? I liked the sample from Indigo and DSH came out with Azucar Noir or something like that, also sweet and very good.
Glad that you don’t have to be out and about in the ice and yuck!
Happy Holidays to all! The sun is shining today and soon we will be heading out to the beach for some walkies. There’s some good sized rollers out there today. Tonight is my first night to work, so interested to see how this pans out in such a small hospital. They wanted me to work 5-6 nights in a row, because that’s the schedule of the nurse whose place I’m taking. She must be about 15 years old because there’s no way I can do 5-6 in a row….
I’m in Shalimar MVP and still loving it with my whole heart. 🎅
Hope your shift goes well, Deva! I never sniffed that MVP; I’m glad it brings you joy.
Have a great first shift!
Good luck tonight!
Fingers crossed your first night goes well!
It’s the start of holiday break, I’m lazying about in Aromatics Elixir. Feels a bit odd to be off when my husband is still working and son still in school for the rest of the week. The tree is up and presents are wrapped, so I don’t have much pressing to do. It feels good! I’m just going to continue lazing and reading and cooking until I feel motivated to tackle some decluttering later this week.
Enjoy all that free time alone!
That free time is a nice gift, too!
Free time alone and with nothing scheduled is a luxury!
I’m wearing Angel Muse today, delicious comfort. We have plenty of food on hand for the coming storm. My biggest worry is of course my mother, I am praying her power stays on.
My fingers are crossed that her power stays on!
Thank you sistine!
Good vibes for both you and your Mom to safely weather the incoming storm.
Praying with you for your mom.
Praying we all stay safe!
I’m trying to decide what to cook for Xmas eve, maybe mushrooms, I would like it to be good and we will open some wine.
I wore Grand Soir during the day and that was fine but it’s tonight’s fragrance l’Origan that really has my heart.
L’Origan always seemed so classy to me. I haven’t smelled it in forever.
Yes, it’s a truly lovely perfume, the precursor of l’Heure Bleue, you could track a bottle online, Mercari or eBay, it used to be easily available but was discontinued sonething like ten years ago.
I haven’t even thought that far ahead for holiday eats!
You will probably get inspired on the day.
Wearing Iris Ganache today, I’ve been getting so many tasks checked off my list I’m feeling very pleased with myself. Finally booked my ticket to Montreal in January, excited to go back.
Wow! I didn’t realize you were going back so soon! You smell great in Iris Ganache.
I’m just going back for 2 weeks to meet the moving truck and unpack. Then back to San Diego until the end of March.
Yay! We will forget about your brief stay in the Canadian west coast (easy for me to say).
The less said about that the better!
Safe travels then, and I hope the weather will cooperate with your plans!
Thanks! I’m hoping that since it’s a nonstop flight, there will be no horrendous issues. Crossing fingers and hoping for no catastrophic weather.
I’m so happy that this is all coming together well.
I forgot though… I know you are moving to your previous city but will it be in the exact same place or did you find a different condo?
Thanks lillyjo! Believe it or not, I was able to buy the apartment three doors down the hallway! Wonders never cease. It also has a gas fireplace, a huge balcony and a parking spot, which my old one did not. The view is not as spectacular but everything else about it is better.
I’m very excited for you!
Happy winter solstice! My SOTD is Heretic’s Smudge.
It’s been a busy day here – yoga in the morning, Hanukkah luncheon at my neighbor’s house (all the other guests are unable to drive in the dark, so dinner wasn’t an option) and now dog snuggles.
Oh how funny, I just bought Smudge at the Twisted Lily black friday sale and not five minutes ago submitted an online review! You smell great. Perfect scent for the solstice, I need to spray some on this evening.
Public service announcement: just saw a really good documentary about the Dalai Lama, narrated by himself. It’s a streaming on demand film, costs $10, but I thought it was very well done and others might be interested.
I went with vintage Shalimar EDT today from a decant that I keep thinking I’ll finish every time I wear it, but nope there’s still some left. It’s perfectly aged and rich so no need to overspray.
I decided this week to alternate between wearing decants that are almost gone and neglected bottles. Yesterday’s neglected bottle was Ava Luxe Ambre d’Or, and Monday’s almost-gone decant was Mohur Extrait.
One more day of work tomorrow then vacation until January 3rd! However, lots to do still today and tomorrow, eek.
I need to give my decants skin time soon; some of them are evaporating! 😭😱
I have that problem with some of mine too. So frustrating!
In Aromatics Elixir today. My “walk through the mist” approach seems to be working: I have enjoyed AE each time I have applied it this way. I wore Wrappings yesterday, and when I sprayed AE this morning, I definitely noticed a family resemblance between the two.
Just got some good work-related news via email; it marks the resolution of a situation that should have been resolved three months ago, but at least looks like it is going to work out the way we had all hoped, and will benefit quite a number of my colleagues and myself.
Made two more batches of cookies today. (one will rest in the fridge and its raw state and get baked tomorrow morning); that may be it for me in terms of cookie baking but we’ll see how I feel tomorrow and Friday. We are heading to a holiday party tomorrow evening; fortunately, it is in walking distance, and will not yet be too cold here. Looks like we will be getting the very cold weather starting on Saturday.
I hope that everyone stays safe and that holiday travel plans are not horribly disrupted.
Congrats on good news from work AND two batches of cookies!
EL Sensuous Noir on an errands-running day. And I forgot to bring along the one thing I intended to do…drop off property tax payment. Oh well. Got my flu shot, which was the main other thing besides some grocery and other (non-gift) shopping.
Crowded stores…combo of the holiday and snow warnings. I’ll be working tomorrow, but my guess is it will be quiet in the market. We are supposed to go to a holiday concert in the evening, but we will need to see how we feel about the roads.
I may wear same scent tomorrow. It’s a good one in this frosty weather.
Stay safe and warm!
Concert was cancelled. Oh well….
Running a little late today.
Made a batch of chili this afternoon, and made one of my “end of year” appointment calls. I have 3 or 4 more of those to deal with before New Year’s. The cats are once again plastered on the heat vents.
Hurray for the Winter Solstice! Let the daylight return!
SOTD = Cuir de Lancome, from the Sample Stash and one of you lovely NSTers. It does have a similar feel to the Etro Gomma, especially with the floral notes in both perfumes, but the leather is much more present in CdL than in Gomma.
Lol at the cats! Larry mashes his big body so tight to the baseboards that he blocks most of the heat in the living room. He looks like he wants to climb in.
I heard of another “Larry the cat” recently, and immediately thought of your guy. I found the coincidence rather amusing.
LOL! My dog plasters herself on the heating vent every morning.
Hopefully she isn’t big enough to completely block it off!
You smell great! I may finally do a batch of pea soup although the thought of using a regular pot versus a Ninja Foodi is making me pause. I have a target price and it is still double that.
Pea soup is something that I don’t think I have ever tried to make. I’m usually happy with lentil soup out of a can, LOL!
Our kitty lays right up against the tile under our gas fireplace.
A super big thanks to everyone making me feel better yesterday. NST is the best!
My hot water heater was able to be fixed. The repair guy had to say he was shocked it had lasted this long blah blah… yay for hot water!
My whole city is in a mad dash because of the blizzard warning. Traffic back ups and full parking lots everywhere. I will be going to work tomorrow but probably not on Friday. Saturday is wait and see.
My sotd is Jlo Deseo. A calming aquatic to try and get an early January thaw to arrive.
So glad you got your water back. Hope you can relax now
So glad your personal circumstances are better, safe wishes through the storm, lillyjo.
So happy your hot water is fixed! I didn’t have time to read yesterday and missed the original post. Wishing you a safe weekend!
Hurray for a fixed hot water heater and warm showers!
I read your post from yesterday very late. Glad your water heater got fixed and I hope you have an easy weekend ahead.
Just read your post from yesterday. I am glad you have hot water back. Stay safe!
Hooray for fixed hot water heater! Be safe.
I’ m so happy for you that the hot water problem could be fixed. Now you can look forward to Xmas a little bit more optimistically.
Sotd was Eris Green Spell, inspired by PriscillaE’s galbanum choice today.