Sunday, Sept. 1 – Sick. Sick sick sick. Probably a summer cold, but I feel just awful. Missing a really good church service, too. The CEO is sick as well, so we’re no comfort to each other, and both of us are grouchy. SOTD: L’Arte di Gucci edp. Gosh, this is good stuff. A very classic rose chypre.
However, if you are currently eyeing that $400 bottle of it I’ve heard that Amazon has for sale, forget it. At that price, you should go buy either F. Malle’s Portrait of a Lady, or Maison Francis Kurkdjian’s Lumiere Noire pour femme. No, they’re not exactly the same, but quite similar to my nose. PoaL lacks the cat-pee blackcurrant and the aldehydes up top in L’Arte, and it carries a wallop of Youth Dew balsams in the base along with its green patchouli. Also, it is way radiant and lasts for weeks; I am Not Kidding. I put a dab from a sample vial on my wrist, and my black wool winter coat ten minutes later – and my coat still smelled of PoaL three weeks afterward, to the degree that the clerk at the pharmacy commented on how wonderful I smelled. Lumiere Noire also lacks the high-pitched opening of L’Arte, and it like PoaL uses a deeper rose (the rose in L’Arte seems bright neon pink to me) plus some narcissus and a tiny hit of cumin, the effect of which is to dirty up that rose to boudoir behavior. If you’re pining for L’Arte, try those two and see if either one does the trick for you. (Report back, I’d love to know what you think if you’ve tried any of those three.)
OOH! Forgot a couple more: Olympic Orchids Ballets Rouges. It’s not Kathleen-Battle-diva pink like L’Arte, but it’s less dark than PoaL and rosier than Lumiere Noire. Really lovely. Also, Ungaro Diva (preferably the edp) is a lovely rose chypre. It reads a little more old-fashioned to modern noses, since it has that 1980s kitchen-sink notes list, including aldehydes, leather and civet, but it is well-done. It can still be found on eBay and discount retailer sites for under $40 for a 100ml bottle, too.
Monday, Sept. 2, Labor Day – Still sick. Grouchy. More L’Arte di Gucci today. The CEO managed to drag himself to Va Tech this afternoon to hold office hours and teach a class, but he wasn’t enjoying it. Sadly, we did nothing fun. The boys just hung out at the house, watching TV and riding bikes.
Tuesday, Sept. 3 – Fed the orphan calf, Rachel, her bottle. Napped a lot. When I got up, I felt considerably better (but then was late making dinner, and had to settle for quickie microwave meatloaf). Missed small group Bible study because of the band booster meeting being put off a day due to the Labor Day holiday. We’ve got a great band booster organization, very devoted parents – but of course you get thirty people in one room and at least one of them is going to be annoying. In this case, it’s that one parent whose two older children went through the band program and now this is her youngest, and everything out of her mouth was, “We used to do THIS,” or “When [Daughter] was in the band nine years ago, we did it this way,” frequent and extremely detailed and on-and-on… grrr. I might as well get used to it, though, she’ll probably be involved with boosters as long as I will be, assuming Gaze sticks with it. SOTE: Mary Greenwell Plum. Mmm. Still love the Plum, though I wish it were a bit stronger on me.
Wednesday, Sept. 4 – Fed Rachel her bottle. Picked some sweet corn – the only thing the garden has produced this wet summer. Did some laundry and mowed the grass. Borrrrrring. SOTD: Jolie Madame parfum. Gosh, that stuff is da bomb.
Thursday, Sept. 5 – More laundry. Lovely weather over the past few days, and looks like it will continue for the next few – perfect early fall! Foggy and cool in the mornings, sunny and warm but not hot in the days, cooling off by early evening. SOTD: Silences eau Sublime.
Friday, Sept. 6 – Another gorgeous day! This evening we all went to the high school football game, this one hosted by the nearest rival school. There’s a bridge across the river between the two schools, so the ongoing series is called the Battle For The Bridge. Despite our team not being particularly good this year, we did win – but take that for what it is. Our high school is considerably larger than the rival one, and although their team played very well, they weren’t able to substitute in players, and they were tired by the end of the game. Our band looked great, by the way! All four pieces have been blocked out in practice, and the band performed their full show. First Friday in September, and the entire show is ON THE FIELD?? Fabulous progress. And they sound good, too. The rival high school performed two pieces on the field, which they did well, but I know that can’t be their entire show. SOTD: Tom Ford Tuscan Leather, yum. That one’s delicious in crisp weather.
Saturday, Sept. 7 – Cleaned up. Did laundry. Fed the calf. Took the recycling to the town center. The CEO took Gaze to his cross-country meet, where he ran on the JV team and did well, lowering his PR to 21:00 (the best JV time was 18:22 minutes). SOTD: Escada Margaretha Ley. This one’s discontinued and hard to find, but a very nice white floral that I ought to review soon. Grilled barbecue pork ribs for the first time ever. The CEO loves them, but I’ve never been much partial to them, I think they’re too much work for the amount of meat you get, and I am somewhat creeped out by the concept of gnawing stuff off a bone… they tasted good, though. I used Jamie Deen’s recipe from the Food Network – the sauce is tomato-based but strongly vinegary, kind of a Memphis-style sauce. If you’re used to Heinz and KC Masterpiece, you’re going to find it too acidic, but this is my favorite kind of BBQ sauce. I like the North Carolina vinegar-based sauce too, but prefer it with a little tomato.
Sunday, Sept. 8 – Good church service today; SOTM was the light and pretty PdR Rose d’Ete. That is probably its last gasp of the season – it is really too light for autumn, and so I have put it away, with a few other summer-only fragrances. Have gotten a few autumn ones out, though I haven’t done the full seasonal rotation yet.
What I put away:
Parfums de Rosine Rose d’Ete (summery, light, apple/yellow rose scent with some cool powder in the base)
Cristina Bertrand #3 (white-floral blend heavy on the jasmine)
Moschino Funny! (grapefruit/tea/rose, very energetic)
Hanae Mori Haute Couture (aldehydes, fruit, and jasmine)
Kenzo Parfum d’Ete (greenish lily-of-the-valley floral)
Somehow I never got out my mini (10ml) of Annick Goutal Eau du Ciel – which smells very much like sheets dried outside in the sunshine – this summer, so it may sit in the cabinet for another nine months, awaiting its turn. Or perhaps I’ll find it a new home since I haven’t been missing it.
I loved wearing another Goutal, Petite Cherie, this week. My mini bottle (15ml) of this lives in the fridge due to its notorious instability, and despite being more than four years old still smells lovely. I’d forgotten how nice the light, rosy musk drydown is.
So now what’s in the hatbox on the dresser is this:
Jacomo Silences parfum de toilette
Jacomo Silences eau de parfum Sublime
Escada Margaretha Ley
L’Arte di Gucci edp
Ines de la Fressange (the first one, aldehydes and peach over rose and sandalwood)
Terre d’Hermes mini
Ineke for Anthropologie Sweet William
DSH Perfumes La Fete Nouvelle
Donna Karan Gold edp
Smell Bent One
Balmain Jolie Madame parfum
Coty Chypre vintage parfum
Parfums de Nicolai Le Temps d’une Fete
Coty Emeraude vintage parfum de toilette
Mary Greenwell Plum
The last four in particular never leave the hatbox, they’re too important to me to accept a place in the cabinet.