Happy Random Acts of Kindness Day, and happy Textile Friday. Our community project for today: wear a perfume that makes you think of a textile–linen, silk, raw silk, velvet, corduroy, damask, wool poplin, cashmere, polyester, swimsuit fabric, etc. Thanks to Oakland Fresca for the idea!
What fragrance did you pick? As always, do chime in with your scent of the day even if you’re not participating in the community project.
I'm on vacation with only one perfume, so I'm back to imaginary textile matching. If I was home, I'd be doing my favorite (or at least, most worn) fabric, denim, which obviously goes with nearly anything. I'll dress up my jeans with an elegant no-brainer, Hermès Eau Claire des Merveilles.
Reminder: 2/24 will be Steampunk Friday... do whatever you like with the steampunk theme. Suggested by JB and seconded by a bunch of other readers.
And for those of you who like to plan ahead, see Scent of the day ~ Friday community projects 2023, 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 131/366 - Wearable [cropped] by Ravi Shah at flickr; some rights reserved.
I am in FM Portrait of a Lady and though I see many this week have associated it with velvet, I associate it with a beautiful satin gown.
Satin gown could be a nice pairing
Yay! And I put on 8 sprays so we will see how it goes. I am having to put my nose right up to it.
Wearing Infusion d’Iris today. It reminds me of an expensive silk dress shirt.
Twins with you today. We smell great!
Hajusuuri amount of sprays
I associate with red velvet dress
I saw a screening of the movie Emily last night. Very good. The actress is beautiful and I love stories about the Bronte sisters.
“Freedom of Thought” my mantra for today.
Twins and same amount of sprays 😊
I just watched the trailer and that movie does look good. Will put it on my list to see.👍
Hopefully you can smell it but if not, others will!
Happy to hear that Emily is very good; I’m looking forward to seeing it. Since you liked Emma Mackey, I’ll recommend Sex Education (on Netflix, I think). The cast is good overall, but she stands out in particular.
Sex Education is hilarious.
Yes! Love that show.
Ok- I haven’t watched this!
I did not even know there was an Emily movie! Will have to investigate.
I never think of fabric in relation to fragrance, although I suppose scent is like invisible clothing (or invisible jewellery, anyway). I’m wearing Parfum d’Hermes extrait, which is the closest I can come: it doesn’t smell like fur (is fur a fabric? I think it probably is), but it smells like someone who would wear really expensive fur — rich and sophisticated and a little bit haughty, none of which I am, but I can pretend. I guess that’s the link between clothing and fragrance: we can use them both to put on personae.
This sounds very much like a category I have called: Rich Lady Scents. Guerlain’s Encens Mythique is one such perfume, you know, coming into an office just for fun…
I’m in L’artisan’s Safran Troublant which reminds me of a gold raw silk suit my mom had-she had excellent taste
Twins, though in my case it was for velvet instead of raw silk . Would have loved to have seen your mother in her suit, by the way – your description does sound amazing!
Thank you, Colognissimo-you smell fantastic
Ooh, that suit sounds wonderful. I like your idea here. I also love raw silk. Nothing else like it.
I love raw silk-the texture, and the shine of it really pleases me
Wow, I bet that suit was gorgeous!
I’m wearing Les Nereides Imperial Opoponax which is like a sumptuous silk charmeuse scarf, or a slinky Jean Harlow satin gown. Perfect for the dip in temperature and the lake effect snow.
You smell fantastic!
Your fabric connection makes me want to try that scent!
Wearing Organza which is lovely on a winter’s day but not as sheer as its name implies
It really isn’t, and neither is Organza Indecence.
I’m wearing Demeter Gingerale, because that was the fragrance I pulled from my box of minis. For some reason, I picture Elizabeth Taylor in her first scene in Father of the Bride, wearing rolled up denim jeans etc.
I love the image you chose to go with your scent
Same, nicely done PriscillaE!
That’s perfect! What a great movie.
On vacation in Alexandria, VA! What a cute town.
Nothing yet because I had a slow start to the morning, but will be dousing myself in Cuir de Russie later for sexy, black leathery goodness. I also have plans to go antiquing later in the old town. Fingers crossed for some vintage perfume!
Great pairing of scent and textile!
Love Alexandria! Enjoy your vacay. 👍🏼
Fun! Report back if you find any treasures!
Enjoy your vacation. And happy antiquing!
You smell wonderful and fingers crossed for your shopping expedition!
Good luck on your shopping trip.
Good luck with the antiquing!
Such an interesting theme today!
I’m wearing April Aromatics Liquid Dreams, a dreamy and seamless blend of osmanthus and narcissus absolute. Although there are other notes in this perfume, notably lemon in the initial blast, it oscillates beautifully between these two main notes and for that reason, it makes think of double color changeant silk, with yellow and dark green as the two colors. I love this type of silk and have several shawls made from it. My favourite color combo is teal and pink and now I will have to think of a perfume that matches that, but today I felt like wearing Liquid Dreams to start with.
I actually had to double check what this type of silk is formally called and apparently it has several names, including “shot silk” but I like “ changeant” the best:
I love that kind of silk, and did not know that it had that name (“shot silk”)–thanks! Also I agree with you, “changeant” is nicer, though spellcheck wants it to be a “change ant”! lol!
How interesting, I also didn’t know that this kind of silk has a name. My mother has a bunch of saris of this material. I didn’t know people used it in the western world, too!
It’s definitely used everywhere, though in India you will get some really beautiful examples of it, in sarees, lenghas or just shawls. The first time I saw it, was when I was looking for fabric for a teal and pink salwar kameez that I got in India and which was missing a dupatta. I actually found the perfect fabric at G Street Fabrics and I discovered had a whole separate section for these changeant silks. I have since seen seen gowns from Westen designers made from it but it’s definitely high end fabric that is not used very often due to its cost. Though you can get the same multicolor iridescent effect in other fabrics, like polyester taffeta.
Did not know about Liquid Dreams and sounds like I need some.
It’s a really stunning scent and you should sniff it if you get a chance. For some reasons, it’s doesn’t get as much traction as other April Aromatics perfumes and it’s no longer included in the Discovery sample set but I hope they will continue making it. I tried it from a sample, fell in love with it right away, and now have several full size bottles. It’s actually one of my most often worn scents.
Thanks for the info about the color changing silk! I’ve seen it a few times IRL and it is gorgeous.
I’m wearing Guerlain Oud Nude from a GWP. Doesn’t really remind me of any material, but I have been a complete fail at this weeks CP, so there’s that…😅
If I had to get VERY imaginative, I’d say it reminds me of a very sheer flowy beige chiffon shot through with a bit of metallic gold threading. Understated but elegant. The perfume doesn’t reflect what I’m currently wearing which is an old tie-dyed sweatshirt and baggy jeans with a hole in them.
Still moving…hoping to get my tanks and water system sanitized today as well as round up a few loose ends. Finding a place to store the van until I sell it had become a real chore…🙄
I hope you are able to sell your van quickly so you don’t have to store it long. Would a dealership want to buy it?
Well, I’m not sure. When I bought my truck they asked if I wanted to trade it in and I said “no” because I had to live in it for another 2 months. Plus I would have no transportation for that time period. It’s just a logistics nightmare, really. I haven’t even advertised it yet because I need to clean it out completely and take photos before putting it on RV Trader. There’s a 2 YEAR waitlist for the local storage company. Apparently, I didn’t think ahead in this particular instance. 😅
What a hassle! I would not have thought of that either.
Well once when I needed to get rid of a vehicle, I took it to the dealer and just sold it outright. I know I didn’t get top dollar but it was super fast and convenient which I needed at the time.
“Oud Nude” sounds like no fabric is involved at all! Oh dear, looks like I am being oud rude…
Well, in my minds eye, the chiffon is very seen through, so I think we’re on the same page.😀
I like the sound of your outfit. It’s definitely my style.
Ha! Well, I wouldn’t call this a “style” but it’s what works when it’s chilly and you’re crawling around two vehicles trying to get stuff done. 😅
In Pourpre D’Automne, which by its notes on paper should be a classic lipstick iris rose. Not on me. The plum, ever so slightly stewed, holds center stage–juicy, ripe plum, with iris and violet. Makes me think of lined corduroy jackets and vests, in rich, nutty browns, over fine-thread cotton shirts and purple silk scarfs (okay, this was basically my uniform from 20-26 years old ). I’m in jeans and a black itchy sweater, so I will have to imaging the clothing pairing, and the fabrics of this perfume!
That sounds like a great perfume and who can go wrong with corduroy.
Your old outfit or “uniform” sounds tres chic to me!
You smell great, love that scent.
Love the fragrance and the matching outfit😊
You were a much classier 20something than I was!
I’m in Black by Bulgari. Rubbers a fabric for some people 😂
Yesterday I made Semlor Buns, cardamom scented brioche roll filled with marzipan and sweet cream. A pre-Lent tradition in Sweden. They are so decadent, so for my “good deed” I delivered treats to several neighbors. The 7 yr old boy 2 doors down was so excited. His mom told me he wants to learn to make them so I think I might have a partner next year.
Aww, that will be fun! I need to look those buns up, my ancestors come from Sweden.
That sounds delicious! I love marzipan.
That sounds so tasty!
Sounds like fun. Bvlgari Black was my second choice for today and I would have paired it with pleather.
Sweet cream and marzipan! Oooh. Yes please!
Cardamom and marizpan and sweet cream! Yes please me too!
Wow, save me a roll! Those sound amazing.
Oh my goodness those buns sound like heaven!
Your kitchen must have smelled so freaking good! 😋
Oh yum, that sounds fantastic! I like how you’ve inspired a potential young baker.
I just read a recipe for these in The NY Times! Must try them, I love cardamom.
I’m in Byredo De los Santos. I’m not sure what textile it reminds me of, but I’m pairing it with cashmere and denim. And wool socks lol.
We got a few inches of snow overnight and my car was encased in the thickest layer of bumpy ice I’ve seen in a long time. Luckily the sun and blue skies are back today. It’s glorious.🌞
I met a friend for coffee this morning and now I have the house all to myself this afternoon.☺️
The ice was really something else! Thank goodness the sun is out today.
Have a great afternoon!
It really was! I went through the car wash it’s so sunny and beautiful out today. Hopefully my doors don’t freeze shut.😂
Question. I got the teensiest whiff of that one, and it did not remind me of actual palo santo. Is it supposed to? Do you pick up the scent? My nose should never be my day job, so it could just be entirely broken.
Well, I’m probably not the best person to ask because I’ve never smelled actual palo santo.😬 (to my knowledge) I bought it because it smells a lot like the real sandalwood oil I wore in college.
I don’t smell palo santo until late in the drydown of De Los Santos, if that helps.
Ugh! That bumpy ice on car windows! Glad you did not have to get anywhere in a hurry.
Right! Those were my thoughts exactly! Glad it wasn’t a work day.
Hooray for a quiet house! And we are outfit but not perfume twins. (Although I almost wore De Los Santos today.)
Yuck and double yuck on the bumpy ice all over your car!
I’m ending the week in some very literal pairings. Yesterday I wore Jersey, which really does evoke Jersey since it’s so easy wearing and I could imagine this one working in all weather. Today I’m wearing Commodity’s Velvet. This one isn’t working as well to evoke velvet, it’s just a sweet woody thing on me. Might scrub it off soon for something else.
My son is off school next week and my parents are coming to visit, I’m looking forward to taking a few days off to hang out. Work has been very busy and stressful, I could use a mental break.
Have a great Friday!
I hope you have a great Friday! Hope the sun shines
Enjoy your family time tulipani!
I hope your mental break is rejuvenating.
Enjoy the R & R!
Seersucker is a favourite of mine and I just looked it up and saw that it comes from the Persian shir and shakar which translates as milk and sugar ( the milk is the flat bit of cloth, the sugar the raised bit). Didn’t know any of this. I don’t have any seersucker now but had lots in the 70s. Pairing it with Fresh Cream.
Wow, I’m learning all about fabrics today! I also love seersucker and have admired a couple of colleagues who wore blue and white seersucker suits in summer.
I have a seersucker summer shift dress, looking forward to wearing it again.
I never knew this about seersucker, thanks for sharing!
We are fabric twins! I paired mine with Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche.
I did not know that either, interesting.
I’m away from home so can’t actually wear it, but Dior’s Gris Montaigne has always reminded me of ballet tutu netting – fluffy and a tiny bit scratchy, but very feminine.
You smell beautiful.
I’m surprised nobody made what to me is an obvious choice by wearing MFK Oud Satin Mood (or Silk Mood or whatever other moods there are, I think there’s a Velvet one too).
Yesterday I wore Sacred Scarab but was not around enough to post. After a strong aldehyde opening that is awfully soapy it becomes kind of warm and enveloping so I think it’s like some kind of velvet or other rather tactile fabric with a plush feeling to it.
I’m also excited for the Extrait version which is supposed to be out in May.
Love that one, “enveloping” is a perfect description.
Today I’m wearing Organza Indecence today, the fluffy vanilla layers do make it seem like cream coloured organza.
Yum, you smell great Desirae!
I’m in YSL Tuxedo, layered over B&BW Pecan Maple lotion. Yum!
SOTD = Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche EDP
Woohoo! I get credit for being on theme! I believe it was AnnE who guessed it right in first try when we had a CP of guess the perfume to match an image! This perfume reminds me of seersucker fabric but you do have to add in the man and the glass of lemon iced tea.
In other news, the weather is so depressing with all this rain. I should not complain because it helps NJ avoid droughts in the summer, or at least I hope!
I’ve seen many appeals for donating to the Turkey and Syria cause. Does anyone know why I also keep seeing Turkey spelled as Turkiye?
It officially changed its name last year
Thanks for the link!
Glad hajusuuri asked: I did not know about the name change.
The “Turkiye” spelling and pronunciation is the official UN version of the country’s name. Quite a few people are still calling it “Turkey”.
I love seersucker fabric. I’m always disappointed that most of the available shirt options are for men.
We are getting blasted here in DC area with rain and wind. The rain I don’t mind if I’m wearing the right boots and today I didn’t, and the wind is crazy. I want proper winter back but it’s not gonna happen.
The Turkey name change was one of the few country name changes in the recent years – Czechia, Eswatini et al – but it was probably the most challenging because of the spelling.
Also being obvious, in JM Velvet Rose and Oud. Came across a beautiful sweater yesterday in superfine merino wool and cashmere and I could not stop stoking it. Stunningly expensive, needless to say, in a pretty store where they don’t believe in sales, ever.
O wow! Where was this sweater
The pretty store is called Cadine in Vancouver. Looks like the label was Tru.
Smoothie is clementines and yogurt again
I spent the day in Brocard My Cup of tea 5 O’Clock, perhaps a pairing with multicoloured woollen fabric and tonight I’m taking the easy route with Millot Crêpe de Chine extrait, probably my rarest perfume, it’s a good occasion to wear it.
Forgot Crepe de Chine — another easy point!
Wearing Hiram green’s Hyde today, for an obvious leather pairing. I imagine this as a dark brown leather, tanned into stiffness, with viscous tobacco juice soaked in giving it some fruity-resinous sweetness, and smoked over a firepit filled with just fallen maple leaves. It smells like a cold fall morning after a night of tent camping, minus the cowboy coffee.
Drinking chocolate puer again today. It goes nicely with the Hyde.
This was a great day for Chocolate Puer!
That perfume sounds marvelous, you had me at maple leaves.
I am twins with Desirae this morning in Organza Indecence. We smell really nice. IRL I am wearing a turtleneck, fleece-lined shirt, and jeans, and I don’t believe I have ever owned anything made of organza fabric.
You do smell really nice.
I had a very simple layered organza dress, so simple that I would probably wear it now if I still had it, and it would still be in style. But most organza is too frilly for me.
InHermes Amber de Mervielles,or whatever the correct spelling is. Obviously I need one of the more horsey Hermes scarves to go with this , the amber colors of autumn…this is my first sample of this. I loved the opening hour or so, the dry down not so much.
Same with the Merveilles lineup here. Love the opening but the dry down begins to annoy me after a while. I swapped my bottle of Ambré a long time ago and will be winnowing out the bottle of Elixer I have.
For the CP, White Linen. Not just the name, because it does make me think of white linen. *Maybe* because of those iconic ’80’s ads, but still… Today is cloudy with light snow, so I am wafting my aldehydes and oakmoss from a well-worn cotton shaker sweater – speaking of the 1980’s!
I loved the look of those shaker sweaters, but hated that almost all of them that I found back in the day were a cotton/ramie blend. They would stretch out so much!
White Linen — what a classic!
I went for the literal today in Maison Rebatchi Jasmin Satin after failing to find my sample of Nicolai Ambre Cashmere Intense.
My CP points go to my husband, who is fluent in French and confirmed that satin is still satin in English. He can be a very helpful accessory to a perfume enthusiast.
And it is good to have a helpful accessory
The textile theme is right up my alley, but it’s been a busy week and I have a lot of NST to catch up on. I’m in Dunedin for a short work-related visit, and I wasn’t sure I was going to make it, with the dreadful weather we’ve had.
I’m hoping for a more organised visit next time, when I might get the chance to catch up with Kanuka.
Meanwhile, I’m wearing Bois des Iles, and it’s very plush and velvety.
I hope all your Napier relatives are okay. Awful images. At least we have sun.
You do smell great Gaynor! Hope all the busy settles down
In 2009, Victoria’s Secret debuted a new fragrance collection, Parfums Intimes, inspired by the fabrics used to create their lingerie: cashmere, silk, satin, lace, and velvet. Usually I’m not a fan but I was intrigued by these and purchased both the Cashmere (vanilla jasmine), my SOTD for today’s cp, and Velvet (blackberry rose amber.) Everything about this line is just gorgeous. The bottles are classic and simple and much attention was paid to the exterior packaging as well. The Cashmere bottle tucked inside a creamy white soft sock is further nestled in a simple and elegant box that opens like a treasure chest. The scent itself is lovely, a soft vanilla touched with jasmine on a woody base, very cozy yet somehow sensual, and it is just like being wrapped in a cashmere shawl or blanket. The Velvet is another favorite winter scent for me, a deep and luxurious rose and blackberry scent with a touch of amber – I have several wine-colored velvet articles of clothing I love and Velvet is perfect!
It’s a good day here to be wrapped in cashmere, one of the coldest days we’ve had in a long while. But the sun 🌞 is shining brightly on yesterday’s snow and it’s quite beautiful. Plus it’ll be 50 degrees by Sunday so I don’t mind at all.
Not much planned for the weekend. We may go to the RV and camping show and look at some RV’s for when we decide we’re too old for tent camping, but we haven’t gotten there yet! Wishing all a wonderful weekend ahead!
I had forgotten those!
I am already too old (possibly, was always too old) for tent camping. I would love to have an RV.
Pretty much the obvious choice for me today. Philosophy Fresh Cream Soft Suede. ‘Nuff said…
Done and dusted!
I’m in SL Bornéo 1834, a delicious, chocolatey patchouli for my week of patchouli, tangentially in keeping with this week’s fabric theme.
Here’s the context for my loose interpretation of the CP provided by Luca Turin in his description of Bornéo 1834:
“Apparently Lutens has determined that the first olfactory point of contact between Europe and the Far East took place there and then, in the form of the patchouli leaves used to wrap bales of silk. The patchouli was intended to keep moths away from the precious fabric (insects hate camphoraceous smells), but when the silk reached Western shores, elegant ladies wanted more of the smell. In other words, patchouli’s career in perfumery is a rise from bug repellent to luxury goods, a trajectory meteorically traced in the opposite direction by many contemporary fragrances.”
Lovely.And what a great perfume!SL at his best
LOL at that Turin quote! I have been fortunate in not encountering much in the way of bug spray perfumes. Liquid Twinkies, on the other hand, way too much!
Liquid Twinkies…I can’t even imagine😬
If that phrase stimulated a gag reflex, then you imagined it perfectly. 🤢
This was why my initial minuscule application of SL Chergui was bug spray!
Hi there! Hope everyone is having a great day. Wearing a sample of byredo la selle. Been going through my collection and I’d love to gift someone with a package of 25 or so carded manufacturer’s Chanel exclusif samples. Some are edp, but several are edt, which I procured right before Chanel changed their formulation. I haven’t tested them to make sure they’re still all good but have been storing in the cool and dark since I got them. I’d love for someone else to use and enjoy. Continental US only, please. I’ll send them out to the first person who emails me their address. You can reach me at madtolive88510 at g mail.
Samples have been claimed.
Today I’m wearing Tauer’s Sundowner. It’s a warm and cozy scent, so I paired it with a caramel cashmere sweater and my favorite jeans. Perfect for a rainy Friday.
What a perfect combo!
Concluding my Initio sampler week with Absolute Aphrodisiac.It’s a pretty gourmand in the league of Love don’t be shy.
New drivers licence card:check!Exactly a month after I went to do it I received my new card from the DMV today.Efficiency for once!(it has actually been ready since Feb 3rd…lol)
Rain but warm sounds lovely right now.
Some quick info about Spooky kitty, for those concerned:
1. Spooky is almost 11 years old. So that would make her eligible for AARP in human years.
2. Spooky was never a big cat, but yeah, under 5 pounds is way too skinny. She has the same build as a Siamese cat, especially the very (!) long tail.
3. Spooky is on transdermal Prednisolone currently. It is impossible to give her any medications by mouth in either pill or liquid form. I tried; I failed.
4. Spooky has had some chronic health conditions which I have tried to manage as best as I can. She is on a special diet in addition to the transdermal meds and probiotics.
So that’s the cat update.
SOTD = SSS Fireside Intense EdP. This smells like being by a wood burning fire pit in Vermont while the snow starts to fall in lazy fat snowflakes. The matching fabric is the coziest flannel shirt that you can imagine.
Good luck with your kitty Jalapeño, they’re so accommodating to medicine (NOT!)
Also, love a warm flannel shirt in cool weather.
She’s been hanging in there for a few years now, brave little thing.
Thanks for the update on Spooky kitty.
You smell great in SSS Fireside Intense.
You know I never did get a backup travel spray of Fireside Intense. Trying to stick to a Very Low Buy right now, and that vet bill yesterday was extra incentive (yeesh).
Spooky is lucky to have you to take care of her. I hope she can start gaining some weight.
Spooky was off her kibble a while ago back in the fall. That’s heartbreaking to see.
I will be switching up her kibble to see if there is something else she likes better that her system can tolerate.
Aw, good luck keeping Spooky in good weight and good health Jalapeno.
Thank you Robin.
Just wanted to send big hugs to you and Spooky. I’ve been where you are now. 🤗🤗
Thanks for the update – we had one un-pillable cat, so I understand. I hope you find a new kibble your girl likes – there always seems to be something new!
Thanks for the update on Spooky, sounds like she is very well taken care of.
Love your description of a snowy cabin, I have just the right flannel shirt.
I ultimately went with Mohur Extrait for the CP and am pairing it with a thicker silk or satin.
SOTD is Grey Flannel, for textile! I’m really enjoying it — what a great unisex fragrance though it has always been marketed as a traditional masculine fragrance.
This is a true classic and a really great scent. I bought a mini for myself years ago just so I could sniff it once in a while.
Excellent choice. I didn’t even think of it OH.
Apparently many people don’t like the opening, but I love it, with its good blast of galbanum!
It’s Hermès Cuir d’Ange for me. Soft, plush suede inside a Spanish street market handbag or skirt
It was OH. X
That one was getting some serious love here a while back.
It’s SO good
I didn’t go with the MFK Satin or other mood offerings today but instead tried two Memo samples I found that I had forgotten: Irish and African leather. Liked the latter far more than the former, which has some note I Do Not Like. It’s a green or woody note but I’m not sure what. African leather is really sweet and spicy. It’s sort of more like a hand-made still soft leather wallet or small purse that you might buy at a spice market in Spain or Turkey. If it’s really African it smells like it’s on a camel caravan in the Sahara rather than a giraffe in Kenya.
I took a textile class many years ago and just loved it. When I first started out selling clothing it was very useful to me. Now, only people my age or older seem to know or care about fabric and texture. Everything is so cheap feeling now. ( I don’t know about high end fancy fashion) anyway… I had many options today but was very late to work and had to grab from the purse stash. I wore my oil dupe of Opium. Since it’s a dupe, I am matching it with a faux fur jacket. Lol. Speaking of faux.. I have come across too many people that think it is French for fox, as in fox fur or fox leather.
Huh, I did not know faux was not a universally known term, especially now that so much fur & leather is advertised as faux. Interesting.
I can only speak to my own experience. It could possibly just be where I am.
There are people that misuse faux all over. Not sure I have ever heard people insist that it means “fox” though.
Do not despair! There is a growing trend among The Youngs away from polluting fast fashion and toward crafted sustainable materials. Maybe I have been reading too many issues of Mollie Magazine