Saturday, June 23, 2012

writers' creativity night

So last night I was invited to attend a small little 'salon' - a writers' creativity night.  Now I don't call myself a writer, but I was interested to see who would attend, and need some encouragement re: writing because my blogs have become so very dull.

I was wondering what perfume Dorothy Parker wore, as I thought that would be interesting to wear at this literary salon.  After googling a bit, I found out that it is surmised that she wore Coty Chypre.  As I don't have any of it, I ended up wearing Coty L'Aimant which is fast becoming one of my favorite perfumes. I know that they are not similar (or at least that is what I am told, because, well I haven't sniffed Chypre yet) but I thought well, maybe she wore that too at some point! ;)  Super thanks to Olenska who turned me onto this delight!  I actually looked at Ebay and found a bottle that looks very similar to the one posted on Olenska's post re: L'Aimant so hopefully it will be similar.

It was really a wonderful evening; it ended up being eight women.  We did a few writing exercises, and talked about various things, and got to know one another better.  At the end of the evening, K gave me a big hug and said (about me and her partner S) that we are the best smelling women in town.


Note:  I'm working on a Profumum post - - hopefully it will be completed this week.

Happy weekend, folks!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Hot fun in the summer time (on the cheap for 2012)

Well actually it's not truly summer yet if you believe that summer begins at the Summer Solstice but it has been summer if you believe it begins on May Day or June 1st,. I tend to believe that summer begins earlier esp due to the term "Midsummer" which is the date of the Summer Solstice,  but that's a whole 'nother discussion.   Here's some lovelies that I have been enjoying in the sun and warmth:

TokyoMilk Everything and Nothing - with notes of orange and tea leaves , a perfect scent for the hot weather esp since it's not a typical citrus.  Oh I do love the TokyoMilk Dark collection.  Great staying power on this baby.

Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange.  Yes, it's juicy and happy and ooh delicious!

Fresh Lemon Sugar Sugar Lemon - exactly what it says.  And oh so perfect for today's nearly 90 degree heat!

Demeter Jelly Belly Mango Pineapple Salsa - though notably synthetically smelling, this inexpensive pick-me-up is a lot of fun!

Go forth and splash!

(and see my post last year for more inexpensive scent fun!)

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Sniffing, gardening and painting

So much happening these days - mostly gardening and painting (well I'm supposed to be re-painting the living room and the stairway/entryway but err...).  I'm involved in a Flickr project called ICAD (an Index Card a Day) wherein you paint/draw/doodle on an index card then post it to the group.  Very fun and inspirational.

The Moth and I made a little pretty garden (raised beds) over the weekend and everything is growing nicely so far.  Also I have a little plot at a community garden.

(the little door to our garden, which is actually an upcycled window sash)

Since this IS my perfume blog, what have I been doing perfume-wise?  Well I did order some samples, but I really have to stop doing this.  I should do what Undina is doing, which is not buying any samples until the tested ones go down in number.

But I couldn't help myself when I purchased two from L'Artisan - Traversee du Bosphore and Batucada. 

According to Luckyscent, the notes of TdB are Apple, pomegranate, tulip, iris, leather, saffron, Turkish delight accord (rose and pistacchio), vanilla, musks. I adore the apple/leather at the beginning, but the rest of it - well I'd rather put on some of my beloved Tokyo Milk Arsenic for that Turkish delight thing-a-ma-jig.

Batucada.  It's not substantial enough for me and way too fleeting, though it is zesty at first.

"Is there ANYTHING you have been enjoying lately, you old curmudgeon, you?"  Well yes, there is!  I do really really like (I am keeping myself from loving due to the price) Parfums MDCI Rose de Siwa.  This is a stunningly beautiful and nuanced rose that I want very badly but have to forget about it!  She is way out of my league, sadly.

(our little garden fenced to keep Sephora and the hens away - which needs some watering today. I love pinwheels!)

Monday, June 4, 2012


I know I know it's not a perfume post.  But I am wearing Sisley Eau de Campagne at the moment which does cheer me up a bit.

Our neighbor complained about our chickens (one hen in particular is kinda loud) so we have to get rid of her, or face the possibility of a fine.

I just want to run away to the country.

(Chicken Rose)

I wish I had Jerry and  Margo as neighbors instead (reference to the 1970's Brit sitcom "The Good Life")

So depressed. Sigh.