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Indian Wood 11.1 – spicy and lightly woody and fabulous - November 26, 2016

 

Pierre Guillaume. He's so good looking, he's kinda unforgettable. Strangely, it’s not his image that sticks in my memory but his work as a perfumer. And today it’s all about, his 2016 perfume called Indian Wood 11.1.

That’s right, Indian Wood 11.1. Guillaume numbers the fragrances in his Parfumerie Generale line, and the “.1” refers to fact that Indian Wood is a rework of his Haramatan Noir 11, which was launched in 2001. 

Christmas Shopping on Black Friday – November 23, 2016

 

Nothing pushes me towards Christmas shopping like all the Black Friday promotions that drop into my Inbox this time of year.  You know the ones I mean – the offers, deals and discounts that retailers dream up to get you shop on Black Friday.

What started out decades ago as early store openings to launch the Christmas shopping season on the day after American Thanksgiving, has morphed into a global phenomenon with the introduction of online shopping.

Well, it sure works for me!

Vetiver – Rooty and earthy and camphourous – November 13, 2016

“I smell vetiver” I said to her over drinks on a late autumn afternoon. Sniffing the air again, I asked, “What is that fragrance you are wearing?”

“It’s Vetiver by Etro,” she said, smiling coyly.

“Tell me all about it”, I said as I inhaled the scent that was on her wrist.

“Ha! This is rich. You’re usually the one who introduces me to fragrances, and now I’m, introducing you to….”

Hidden Treasures: Part 1 - November 2, 2016

 

When I shop, especially for things I have a real interest in, like fragrances, I always talk to a sales person. I learn a lot more that way. Sometimes what I came in to buy isn’t what I leave with. It’s often better.

Over time, I develop a relationship with these people and they get to know what I like, so that when I drop by they sometimes have something they’ve put aside for me – something they think I will like, something special.

Black Pepper & Sandalwood – Spicy and resinous and woody – October 29, 2016

Appa Kappa boutique, Treviso, Italy - appakappa.com

Fragrance Fears – October 19, 2016

 

 

It’s a few days before Hallowe’en and I’ve been having the same frightening nightmare over and over again the last few nights.

Sublime Balkiss – complex and smooth and enticing

Queen of Sheba meeting with Solomon by Piero della Francesca,

c. 1452-1466 - wikipedia.com

Travel Notes – October 5, 2016

Alitalia 747 -wikimedia.com

I just got an email from a dear friend. She and her husband have just booked a flight and an apartment in Vienna for Christmas – might we be available to join them for the holidays she asked?

1920 Extreme – herbaceous and woody and what my heaven smells like

1920 Extreme by BOIS 1920 - bois1920.it/en

It’s a dull, drizzly day – my idea of a perfect autumnal day. Summer, that season of unbearable, sometimes unrelenting heat, has past. Oh, I know I’m in the minority, but when people are surprised at my predilection for cooler weather, I remind them that the natural state of the universe is cold – they usually let it go.

Four Favourites – September 21, 2016

 

Image - wikipedia.com - Bulgari Via Condotti flagship store, Rome, by Antonio Barelli, July 30, 2018

We recently had a cousin of mine, who lives on the east coast, come and visit with us for a few days.

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