Monday, October 22, 2012

Juxtapose

Am I just a weirdo, or do I do this to make myself giggle because I think this is some kind of inside joke only I'll get?  'This' being wearing expensive perfume (and of course I am never without lip color) when I'm in my sweats or flannels or muck boots, and all over kinda grungy.  Since I do not have a paying job at the moment, I'm not the most umm timely in the taking-a-regularly-scheduled-shower department.

For instance, two Sundays ago, I wore Chanel 31 Rue Cambon as I was going to our Scarecrow Festival and then stopped by an orchard for some apples.  Oh I was also wearing black sweats and a flannel shirt and motorcycle boots.  Yep, I'm so fancy.

A week ago Monday, I went with a friend to drive a few miles down the road as she needed to order her Thanksgiving turkey at an Amish family's home, and I was wearing Serge Lutens Bois de Violette. We then went to a chicken hatchery and ooooh-ed and awwww-ed over the baby chicks.  I was smart and did not pick up any. I'll wait until early next year to get a few more.   As it was a bit chilly, I had on a long sleeved tee-shirt, a fleece vest, hand-knitted cap, and yes, you guessed it , black sweat pants.

Today, the Moth and I headed out to our community garden plots to pull withered plants and throw them in the compost.  Grey sweat pants this time, a different flannel shirt and muck boots, and Malle Portrait of a Lady. (I don't do jeans, by the way - for some reason I boycott them in general.)

Hahaa, I make myself laugh! And I am sure that many of you 'fume fans do the same thing...right!?  Well I'm sure everyone showers more than I do. Boy am I making it sound like I'm a total slob. Hmmm...maybe I am!?  *insert nervous laughter here*

These are Kamik muck boots that I got for only 20 bucks as I needed new ones - I love the blog One Hundred Dollars A Month and Mavis posted this deal awhile back as they were on sale (I just checked the site I bought them from and they're now over $50.00!)

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  1. Love it! When I was a kid, I found great inspiration in my mother's 1966 Glamour Beauty Book, in which Gloria Steinem declares that she never wears blue jeans without "big maharani made-up eyes and a drenching of perfume". Out of necessity, I dress like a truck driver on art gallery installation days -- jeans and Doc Martens -- but I wear my best vintage Chanel No. 5 extrait or another equally gilded parfum to counterbalance the workaday shabbiness.

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    1. huzzah! do you also kinda giggle to yourself!? Ahh birds of a feather, my dear!

      xox

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  2. Oh, I definitely get this joke. I'm a pudgy 40-something suburban SAHM, drive a mini-van, thrift my clothes and wear drug-store cosmetics, but I'm wafting exclusive, sometimes high-end or hard-to-find fragrances. It's a bit like wearing sexy underwear under sweatpants - there's a knowing little smile because of the juxtaposition.

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  3. Oh, yes, I do that, too. I'd never get to wear perfume if I waited until I was dressed up!

    Been busy and will be gone a few days; will write you about the perfume samples when I get back!

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    1. Hey Laurie! I knew there were more of us out there. When I'm all dressed up, I don't feel I HAVE to pull out the super expensive perfumes. I never really thought about it all until recently.

      Cannot wait to hear what you have to say about them.

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  4. Boots are great! I want a pair! :)

    I love your private jokes - I think in those terms occasionally as well.
    The other day a collegue said how I always smell nice and I thanked her but I thought to myself, well, I have a great pool of wonderful perfumes to choose from. ;)

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    1. Hello Ines!!! those boots are not only serviceable, they're really comfy and cute too!

      Ahh yes it is so nice to have a good wardrobe of 'fume!

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  5. I really hate it when people ask silly questions like "what perfume should I wear if I am wearing a suit". Perfume is part of one's personality not one's wardrobe so I am 100% with you when you go to the orchard wearing 31 Rue Cambon

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    1. oh my little brother from another life. filakia!

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  6. I'm the same way! Dressed in rags to work in the yard or clean the house but smelling like a million bucks and always wearing lipstick or gloss. I'm glad I'm not the only one!

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    1. ahh Poodle, we have so much in common!

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  7. Carol, I love the boots - score! My challenge is a little bit in reverse. I have to dress up every day and people tend to assume I'm feminine, conservative and proper. Honestly, it's annoying.

    In truth, I'm the least girly of almost any woman I know, I have the mouth of a trucker and I'm improper every chance I get. My daily uniform at home is sweats and a cami topped by a sweatshirt with the sleeves cut short (for easier perfume sniffing)and the stretchy collar cut off (I hate tight things around my neck). White socks and my Sketcher slippers complete this elegant ensemble.

    Amazing perfume always works in any setting, with any clothes and with or without showering. :)

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    1. Josephine, I love your daily uniform. And reading this I am reminded that I'm long overdue for the tub. Sigh!

      ;)

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  8. Carol, I wear perfume running (and waste it that way, because I end up having to take a shower afterwards); I wear it when I'm mowing grass and stinking of gasoline from filling up the mower; and the first time I fell in love with Caron Tabac Blond, it was on one of the hottest days of early summer when I was scrubbing down the walls of my carport. You're not alone, sister! :)

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    1. Yay!! Here's to all of us who splash it on no matter what. Pheww I'm not a weirdo then! ;)

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  9. I would probably do the same if I had to "dress down" or was forced to do some less than glamorous tasks. Other than that, perfume for me is a part of the outfit and I try to pair it to my clothes and/or occasion.

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    1. Hello Undina - back when I had to dress up for work, I did pretty much pair what I wore with what I wore (perfume-wise). Now that I don't dress up (as I have no work to go to) it is kind of fun to figure out what perfume would be the most glamorous given my un-glam life at the moment!

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  10. Picture this:
    It's after midnight. I'm in a floral granny nightgown. I'm hungry.

    I stand in front of the open fridge, the only light in the dark, quiet kitchen. I pick at a roast chicken. I am wearing Tabac Blond extrait. (Thanks Suzanne!)

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    1. love it, JE!! so good to see you here! xox

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    2. Aww, JE ... that makes me so happy! <3

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  11. I hear you! I wear my best fragrances when I go running. I do my arm-to arm spritzes just before leaving the house. And pulling weeds. Yep.

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    1. *grin* Oh man, you pull weeds? Can I invite you over for coffee and help me in my garden come spring!? I hate weeding alone!

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  12. Absolutely! You wear the 31 rue Cambon, I'll wear Bois des Isles.

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  13. Ironic/grunge chic lol. I also don't have a steady job at the moment. I clean a sewing studio for free classes and sometimes copywrite online.

    This is fun to do with Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere. Not that it's terribly dressy by my standards, but compared to stuff like Viva La Juicy and Lady Gaga Fame it's a big deal.

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    1. howdie Joan!! Ohh I love Chanel No. 5 EP - I actually like it better than the original. You smell great!

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  14. Hey Carol,

    I loved this post, and could easily imagine the outfits you describe, not least because I have seen you in some of them... Like you, I am back to being part of "the great unwashed" as the unemployed are jokily known over here, and how true that is? The new Bonkers Towers is not as snug as the old one, and the hot water is a bit temperamental. As a result my ablutions tend to be brisk, and I spend my days in the same three jumpers and sometimes even a scarf indoors! I couldn't even find my neck this morning to spray on some high end fragrance and complete the look. So keep up the sweat pant regime - I approve wholeheartedly!

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    1. hahaa I am part of "the great unwashed" and now I know why! I'm sitting here, with wool socks, wool cap, two long-sleeved tee-shirts under a cardigan, and fleece pants! I discarded my scarf earlier (which btw smelled of Opoponax!) but just may have to put it back on. I'm assuming you don't wear all three jumpers at the same time because I don't think you'd be able to move your arms! ;) When you find your neck, please let me know what perfume you're wearing. xox

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