Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Happy things: Quelques Fleurs L'Original (Houbigant) and Roger & Gallet Eau de Gingembre

The sample I have of Quelque Fleurs L'Original  is from Olfactoria's Travels (I think!).  I didn't sample it for awhile, mostly because I thought 'oh another silly floral.'    I should have pulled this one out earlier in the summer!

My Perfumed Life has a great review and here is a link to Basenotes.

This sweet creature delights me.  It has been compared to my lovely La Chasse aux Papillons, and although I can see the resemblance, I can also see having both! Of course, I'm shocking myself here.

The notes to QFLO I found at Fragrantica. - a VERY long list, btw.

Another fragrance that keeps me smiling is Eau de Gingembre.   Olenska remembered that I was on the hunt for a ginger perfume awhile back, and recently sent me a full bottle of it!!  It is refreshing and snazzy and all around wonderful. It has been categorized as a 'cologne water' which means the staying power isn't long and it's a light scent, but happily for me I have a lot to drench myself in!   Notes are difficult to find - but I saw a few listings, so I'll put them together: ginger, bergamot, citrus, musk.    And people like it on me, well, one person -  I was at the store the other day and the guy behind me in line said "You smell great!"  ;)

(Thanks to my fellow bloggers for sharing with me so generously!)

Monday, August 29, 2011

Our Roses and some perfume ones (Lady Vengeance, Rose Splendide, Une Rose Vermeille, Twill Rose)

(Rose the cat)

You all know how much I adore rose perfume.  And it seems I must like the name Rose, as we actually have TWO pets named Rose.  One is a 13 year old cat, who was named along with her brother Jack, by my son since he loved the movie "The Titanic" when it came out.

(Rose in front! She's the top hen in the flock)

The second Rose is our Speckled Sussex hen, who was named along with her fellow flock-mates - Hyacinth, Violet, Daisy and Bucket - after the characters in "Keeping up Appearances."  She is SO not like the character, Rose- she instead should have been named Hyacinth!

Roses of all kind make me happy.  This has been a VERY difficult month, so I pulled out some samples, some from my stash and others newly gifted (thank you perfume friends!!!), and here is what I think:

Juliet Has a Gun Lady Vengeance.  It reminds me of the original Agent Provocateur but a little more candy-ish and without the gumption.  You'd think with a name like Lady Vengeance, I'd perceive more OOMPH.  Don't get me wrong, it's nice and given the notes (bulgarian rose, patchouli and vanilla) you'd think I'd be all over this.  But not full bottle worthy at this point in my sniffing life.

Annick Goutal Rose Splendideoh yes it is!  I don't get a lot of pear, but instead I get an earthy yet light rose - just beautiful and uplifting and makes me smile.  Notes of rose, pear, magnolia, musk and vanilla.  I want a full bottle of this and I want it now!

Andy Tauer Une Rose Vermeille. Now this little beauty is a little complicated.  Lemon, bergamot, lavender, rose, raspberry, violet, vanilla, sandalwood, tonka bean and ambergris.  There is a sweetness that is tamed by the base notes, and this is so impeccably mixed to my nose, I smell no wrong. One word to describe this fragrance - luscious.    I can see myself doused in this gem, wearing deep red velvet tunics, watching a jousting match.  Absolutely spectacular and yes, another full bottle want.

Les Parfums de Rosine Twill Rose.  This starts off quite harsh to my nose; although the dry down is very pleasant, and I like the dirty-ness of it.  But it doesn't grab me. I feel like it's acting snobby towards me!  There are other de Rosines that aren't as stand-offish.

Given that I adore rose in perfume, I'm not getting TOO overwhelmed by the many samples of rose I have in my stash.  Sometimes I think I should get rid of every perfume I have without rose, but then I realise how ridiculous that would be!

Personally I'm happy the summer is winding down.  I cannot wait until the cooler, less humid weather, so I can re-test some samples that fell horribly flat, and then pull out the heavy incenses!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

the reunion

The first apartment building I moved to (from my parent's home) was the Plaza on Prospect Avenue in Cleveland.  I was 20 years old, and wanted to move to downtown Cleveland (I grew up in a suburban ring neighborhood) as I had just spent two weeks in Paris.

(I'm on the left and there is a version of this photo elsewhere on this blog I think.  This is actually from 1981, but I haven't scanned any of my photos of myself from 1980 yet)

I was then working at Cleveland State University, at the Office of Campus Planning, as a secretary, and one of the architects there suggested that I move into the building where he was living.

And that is how I met the wonderful world of the Plaza-ites.

So this past weekend the big Plaza Reunion happened.  It was mind-blowing!  The majority of the people who showed up were those who lived there from the mid-70s to the mid-80s.  This building is semi-famous as being on the cover of Pere Ubu's "Dub Housing" album as a few members of that band lived there (and actually one band member co-owned the apartment).  I re-connected with folks I remember from that time but had lost touch with, and met people who lived there before I did.  Oh, and all this was made possible through Facebook - how I love FB for this reason. I have been to a couple reunions organized through FB - one for my high school, grade school, and this one.

Cleveland proper was in a slump from the 60s-early 90s, so when I lived at that building, there were very few people living downtown, and the street was known for prostitution. But in my youthful enthusiasm, I enjoyed being an 'urban explorer" as did everyone else in that group.

For the reunion, I wore Miller Harris L'Air de Rien on Friday, and Creed Fleurs de Bulgarie on Saturday for the potluck.  My friend K used to, back in that day, ask me if he could sniff my scarf (I still wear scarves a lot) because of the mixture of the different perfumes I wore at that time.   Too bad I wasn't wearing a scarf for the reunion - but it was way too hot out!

So many thoughts and memories are still flowing from last weekend.  Maybe one of these days I'll return to normal.

But for today, I'll still float on cloud nine while wearing Guerlain Apres L'Ondee which is so gorgeous and ephemeral, I feel angelic!

For further reading,  click here.

Actually one of the local reporters was there, and there will be an article about this three-day event tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Back from Rhode Island

August 9, 2011 by Taraegon
August 9, 2011, a photo by Taraegon on Flickr.

I'll be posting about perfume soon - but here's a photo after the thunderstorm last night - the sky was yellow!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Off to Providence soon

My one and only, my 23 year old son J, is moving to Providence this week, so we're all in a tumble and getting things sorted and I have been MIA from this blog and will be for another week or so.

Yes, this is going to be difficult - it was only me and J until 7 years ago when I married the MotH!  But I'm so excited that he has such an excellent job opportunity in Rhode Island - so proud of him and happy to see him off on this new portion of his young life.

Here he is at age five with his first computer (he's a computer programmer now!)

See you all when I get back early next week!