SOTD 1.7 – 7.7.2019

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Portia

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Hi APJ,

A SOTD (Scent Of The Day) thread is a really good conversation generator. The idea is youโ€™ll chime in through the week with whatever scent you are wearing. You don’t need to be super knowledgable, have high faluting tastes or be a published author to comment. Just tell us what fragrance you’re wearing, smelling, buying etc. and how it makes you feel and/or anything else about it that tickles your fancy.

You can also comment on everyone else choices too. It’s great to tell someone how much you love their choice, ask for more info about it, the house or perfumer. There’s someone here from around the world 24/7 and perfume people love to chat.

SOTD 1.7 – 7.7.2019

You probably won’t have time to write every scent, every spritz but whenever you feel the mood take you share your current spritz and a few things about it. Maybe you love/loathe it, want it, are excited by the notes/bottle/SA who sold it: WHATEVER! As always here at APJ, taking sides never means taking offence and everyone keeps it respectful and light, even though we can sometimes trawl the depths.

Hopefully you will come back and see if anyone has responded to your comment and you can reply to them.

Go To It Crew.
Portia xxx

306 thoughts on “SOTD 1.7 – 7.7.2019

  1. Wearing my brand spanking new Chanel Paris-Deauville. I’m so glad they are offering this in 50ml, athough there is a good chance I will actually use this one up – such a great summer option.

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  2. waiting for vintage Tova to arrive. Have heard so much about it and excited to test it. Some reviews say it smells like China musk? anyone has experience with both vintage Tova and China Musk?

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  3. It’s been hot and sticky recently in New England. AG Nรฉroli to the rescue – so light and beautiful. Perfect for those times when you feel like you’re wrapped in hot wet sheets of atmosphere.

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  4. Work training for two days. Left at 6 am but got lost so arrived late. 7 1/2 hours with no lunch. Came home and mowed half the lawn cause we had a freak hail storm with ice cube size pellets falling from the sky yesterday so no yardwork.
    And Mr Marzipan says, oh, by the way you got a package. So wafting in Pure eVe and Poudre Blanc and my yucky Monday has taken a massive turn for the Betty thanks to Kathleen!

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  5. Well I left a long comment and it disappeared ๐Ÿ˜ญ
    Wafting of Pure eVe and Poudre Blanc and I smell glorious thanks to Kathleen ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’œ

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      • Last night Mr Marzipan actually asked to sniff my wrists after he saw me doing it. Now that was a first! Between the two he liked Poudre Blanc. He said it smelled different, like candy. I like it too but I really love Pure eVe. And it lasts forever even on my scent devouring skin!

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        • Do you detect any almond with Pure eVe, as reviews commented? I do somewhat in dry down, but not overly almond scent to my nose.
          Iโ€™ve decided Blanc Poudre is perfect office scent. Very soft and subtle, couldnโ€™t be offensive to anyone, and I get a powdery sweet skin scent.

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          • I do get a whiff of almonds but not that cherry almond note that is prevalent in Jergens skin lotion. Something about it reminds me of my custom made Brigitte but without the lilac note….creamy and powdery at the same time.
            Poudre Blanc is definitely the perfect office scent!!!

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            • I donโ€™t get the cherry almond of Jergens either in Pure eVe, itโ€™s more powdery, clean, soft musc with almond in dry down.
              Is the cherry almond and marzipan scent related to heliotrope note? Iโ€™ve read that heliotropin is under reduced ratio in perfumery according to IFRA regulations and that is why fragrances with heliotrope smell less deep and almondy.
              I looked and Pure eVe doesnโ€™t have heliotrope listed in notes, but has โ€œcandied almond?โ€

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              • Not sure if it’s heliotrope but it could be. Although Jergens still has that smell so I am not sure what aromachemical is being utilized in there.

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  6. Lโ€™Art Al Oudh for me today. Itโ€™s my favourite so will be great for today because… my friend made it thru her interview and is coming into the office today for a bit of a look see before she decides. So I wanted to smell amazing as sheโ€™s looking over my shoulder! Plus, itโ€™s my birthday โ˜บ๏ธ

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    • I love Charlatan! I thunked my sample after savouring it. Itโ€™s on my wish list for winter purchase. Amber Absolutely is a fave as well by Fort & Manle.

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  7. Beautifully scented in Heaven. Fresh, feminine, and very pretty musk and floral. I’m getting wafts of freesia and lily of the valley. Wonderful summer scent! Thank you Brigitte!

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  8. Hello All. So sorry I’ve been MIA. My properties have officially gone on sale today and I have been busy cleaning/ packing. The cheater has left me to do most of the cleaning and I’m feeling quite resentful. Anyway yesterday I wore Grey Flannel and today I gave a few good spritzes of Habanita

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  9. I sprayed Boucheron EDT on the top of my hand because I hadn’t smelled it in something like 30; years and I was curious. I cannot believe that this beautiful perfume sells for a song. It also has a powdery vibe to my nose. I think it would be easy enough to temporarily abandon exploration of current expensive niche offerings and focus on the old classics as they are equally as good and sometimes better. This is what I would recommend to a perfumista on a tight budget.

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    • Yes! I completely agree!
      Boucheron is a stunning beautiful fragrance. I wore it in the 90s and somehow forgot about it.
      I recently sampled it at Nordstrom counter and couldnโ€™t believe how wonderful it smelled. I then searched pricing on discounter sites. The value is unbelievable!

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  10. Went to work early today and stayed for a little over a half day. Some trouble getting a taxi home (their booking app didnโ€™t work) and the driver didnโ€™t opt for the shortest route, so I was happy Iโ€™m just paying a fraction of the cost myself! Smelt fine in Le Labo Iris 39.

    During the weekend I ordered some decanting supplies from StC and a sample of Mont de Narcisse, hope this wonโ€™t take long to arrive in the mail. I need to make some decants for friends and we have a typical Scandinavian summer, so little risk of anything getting boiling hot in the mail.

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    • Hello Wednesday is here. If any are interested you can look at my home on Harcourts real estate page….Urquhart St Ballarat.
      I’m taking a day off from packing and cleaning today, and going out for lunch at one of my fave pubs in Ballarat. It is a pretty Winter’s day; crisp but sun shining. I have chosen to Avon Goddess

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  11. Powder week continues!!!
    DSH Powder on the left, Miller Harris Stoned Solange on the right .. liking both but the Powder sits really close to the skin. Stoned Solange is much more of a powerhouse.

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  12. Hot, hot, hot day! No, I am not complaining! Love Summer!๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒผ.
    Lady Gaga Eau de Gaga to keep me happy and cool. A no brainer that I really love and enjoy!

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  13. SOTD Un Jardin Aprรจs la Mousson. Two more interviews to go, then Iโ€™ll pick the winner. I should say, the sucker that will have to put up with my perfumes and pretend to love them ๐Ÿ˜ˆ A little bowing and scraping never hurts, right?

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  14. Post shower after workout and mowing…Talco Delicato…to my nose this one is the most powdery of all that I have tried thus far. Really nice on a hot day.

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    • Iโ€™m well jel of all these fabulous sounding powders. Just for that, now, Iโ€™m going to put on some Kenzo Amour after my shower. Itโ€™s sweaty work watching hubby zipping around the lawn on his trusty steed. Giddy up there๐ŸŽ

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      • Kenzo Amour is gorgeous. I am sure that you have your own set of powders as well , right? I might be wearing one of your favorites tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜‰
        and why aren’t you zipping around the lawn?

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        • Doncha know that Iโ€™m barred from the steed. A little scalping incident๐Ÿ˜‰ Iโ€™m only allowed to push the creaky, stubborn old mule. Suits me fine. Iโ€™m not one of lifeโ€™s gardeners. But show me a vacuum cleaner and Iโ€™m a demon with it, haha.

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        • Take note: Iโ€™ll send some Poopoo Pidoo to the mule. Will you take note of these and remind me of what I said Iโ€™d send. There was one last week that I mentioned but Iโ€™ve forgotten what it was. Dammit anyway. Stupid memory.

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    • With my love of so many powder fragrances and difficulty to choose a favourite, overall Talco Delicato is my number one powder perfume.

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  15. Narcisco Poudre as my powder week continues courtesy of Kathleen.
    Happy 4th to those who celebrate.
    Anyone get their noses on the new L’Artisan? The one with rice, milk and powdery notes?

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      • Not sly on purpose…I just can’t remember it! It’s from the same series as Un Air de Bretagne…those very pretty bottles. Portia will know and hopefully chime in. But that one is going on my list to test if I ever make it into the city-LOL!

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      • That’s it!!!!!
        Cassie to the rescue!!!
        It sounds good, eh? Rice and powder? I just wish they made the bottles in 30 ml. I know they did years ago…at least some of them, like Timbuktu.

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            • Yes, definitely, my first Saturday job as a young teen was in a chemistโ€™s shop that had a very good perfume section and there were very few bottles larger than 50ml, and many came in 30ml. Itโ€™s understandable from a companyโ€™s perspective that one large bottle is cheaper to develop and buy than providing a range of smaller ones, but I think peopleโ€™s buying habits have changed in recent years and not so many have a signature perfume anymore, preferring to develop a perfume wardrobe that is varied – and plentiful๐Ÿ˜‰ And in that case not many would consider shelling out for 100 ml of something that might be used only occasionally. Or am I just talking about myself?

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              • I wonder about the size of bottles as well. Perhaps because fragrance in the past was more “perfumey” and had better sillage and longevity and didn’t need to spritzed lavishly? A little went a long way? So many modern formulations and niche perfumes are barely detectable after an hour or so or wear and require big sprays in my opinion.

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                • Kathleen,
                  You hit the nail on the head. My skin eats up all the current stuff but the vintage lasts much longer on my scent devouring skin. Quite a few years ago I was in Macys and asked for the tester of Azuree. Because it read as “Cologne” I sprayed lavishly….oh boy! I left a scent trail every where I went that day in the mall! Even the old Aliage Sport Cologne from Estee Lauder was a powerhouse….so yes, a little really DID go a long way!

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  16. Carnal Flower today. I think itโ€™s my favourite ultra hot weather fragrance. Headed towards 39C today with humidex factored in. We have psycho weather here. Winter: -35C. Summer: +35C ๐Ÿ˜ณ

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  17. Iโ€™m in J. L. Scherrer One Love this evening. Had to go to work early today, so forgot about perfume for myself!

    I did bring 5 ml or more of Chanel Gardenia edp ( from their exclusive line) for a colleague and she seemed thrilled. Just trying to share the love for quality perfumes! And yes, I know a lot of people donโ€™t rate Gardenia highly, but it seems to be well received by people in general (an easy floral scent).

    I really need more warm weather, since the summer holidays will be spent within a couple of hours drive from home. Yesterday it was a mere 13C in the evening and I had to put on a pullover this morning!

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  18. Darling APJ friends, thanks for your lovely wishes from earlier in the week. The party continues with all of the family descending tonight for dinner and madness – read laughing, kids running around, maybe some wine๐Ÿท, maybe some dancing ๐Ÿ’ƒ
    I took the advice of the delightful Brigitte and gifted myself something scented- in Mecca Cosmetica last night and came across Bastide Ambre Marquis. Thankfully in a sweet little 10m. All amber, leather, sandalwood goodness. Yum ๐Ÿ˜‹
    And to top of the week, my friend accepted the role at my work – yippee. Canโ€™t wait for her company and assistance and most of all, an actual lunch break ๐Ÿ˜†

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    • Wow! Great news all around ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘. Enjoy the festivities and your new fragrance!!! ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ•บ๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿพ๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿท๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽˆ

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  19. I hope you have a fabulous party. Sounds like itโ€™ll be a goodie. And you totally deserved to treat yourself to a scented gift. And 10 ml- perfection. Enjoy every minute๐Ÿท๐Ÿฅ‚๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿน

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  20. Le Labo Iris 39 this morning for an early appointment at the hospital. Needed something from the fresh/clean category, since they ask one to restrain use of perfume. X-rays taken yesterday show all metal implants in my foot are where they should be, so just a virtual pat on the back from the surgeon today, and instructions to keep swelling in check and continue exercising. But first I need a nap!

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  21. Smelling like a hot chili pepper in Unum Symphonie Passion to fight the extreme heat and humidity. I keep loving you Summer! ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅโ›ฑ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒž

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  22. Renier Dark Rain. Floral leather. Very nice indeedy ๐Ÿ˜‰ Would like to have a spray of this rather than a dab to get the full effect.

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  23. Dans Tes Bras on another stifling day. Hold your nose Cassie, the sillage is blowing your way. I was terrifyingly busy yesterday and today is shaping up to be a carbon copy. An overlap of three projects has my head spinning. I feel like Linda Blair in The Exorcist. Creepiest movie EVERRR!!

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    • ๐Ÿ˜‚ just donโ€™t spew up any green stuff! Tell ya what, if that should waft over here I shall be forced to retaliate by going out and finding an old smelly tomcat, putting him under my arm and squeezing him until some wee comes out. And Iโ€™ll have a gigantic industrial fan going so that you can get the full effect of it there๐Ÿ˜ˆ๐Ÿ˜ˆ๐Ÿ˜ˆ ONLY JOKING! Donโ€™t shoot me. But I swear thatโ€™s what DTB smelled like on me. I just couldnโ€™t figure it.
      Hope you can relax a bit at weekend, itโ€™s easy to get into a burnout tizzy. ๐ŸงŸโ€โ™€๏ธ

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  24. I am on day three of daily exercise, no coffee and eight glasses of water per day. I am determined to make this the summer that I whip myself into shape. So post exercise shower and have applied Rose Poudre as my powder week continues. Two more to go for tomorrow (Bonheur de Vanille and Loukoum Poudre which I am really excited to try).

    Next week I am doing iris week ๐Ÿ™‚

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  25. Go you. But no coffee๐Ÿ˜ฑ couldnโ€™t cope with that! I have just this week started yoga. Imagine, I got to this age and have never done it before. The thing that I may find most challenging is the concentra. . . hmmm, what will I have for lunch? I have the concentration span of a gnat.

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    • Well, I was off the coffee for the longest time but last summer the eldest Marzipan came home from university and insisted that we have it in the house…welp, got back into drinking it. I still have my Barry’s Irish tea so I am OK with a bit of caffeine. I am limiting myself to two cups of tea in the morning only. I am hoping this will help with my sleep issues.

      Cassie, you are so funny! don’t give up on the yoga! it is excellent for mind , body and spirit and once you start a regular practice I think it will help with your sleep issues too. It also has a very positive impact upon my mood….even more so than just mere exercising. But YMMV…..

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        • I love it. I like my tea strong! One of my co workers goes to Ireland every summer and always takes my oil blends cause it’s the only “perfume” her mum and sisters will wear. In exchange she has given me a Shetland wool shawl and Shetland wool mittens in the past. This year I got my gift early….Irish Oatmeal and two boxes of Barry’s for the summer.

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  26. Heading to the farmers market smelling divine…I get some fruit in Loukoum Poudre so it’s very context appropriate. When I return I will do exercise and clean the house. Post shower will test Bonheur de Vanille. Next week I will focus on the irises- Misia, Iris de Nuit, Le Sixtieme Parfum, Courreges Blanc and vintage no 19.

    Hope everyone is having a great Saturday/Sunday! xoxo

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  27. Off to Smallyโ€™s birthday party in lashings of Lauren Style. It wonโ€™t scare the kiddies๐Ÿ˜‰
    And err full disclosure: I forgot to own up to the backups of this one last week. Plus body products. Bless me, Portia, for I have sinned๐Ÿ˜‚

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    • Happy Birthday Smally ๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿญ๐ŸŽ ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿงšโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿงš๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ!!! Is this the tiny terror or the perfumed princess? Either way, Iโ€™m sure their both celebrating. Have fun!!

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      • I will take her shopping for her very own so that she can pick a little something for herself. Though thereโ€™s a little bottle of Diorissimo that she loves here so she might get that to take home with her. Sheโ€™s coming to stay the week after next- all by herself – so there will be shopping. She loves shopping ๐Ÿ˜€

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        • Oh that sounds like so much fun!! And coincidentally, over on Portiaโ€™s Saturday question, I commented that Diorissimo was the first perfume that my mother gifted to me when I was about 15. She thought it highly suitable for a young girl. Girl. Her words ๐Ÿ™„

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    • Happy Birthday to your perfumed princess! Hope you all have lots of fun! ๐Ÿงšโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿจ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ‰

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  28. Spending most of the day outside running errands, taking mom to a doctor’s appointment, doing shopping, meeting my nephew for early dinner, etc.
    Jean Nate after bath splash for me today. I will soak myself in it as many times as possible to stay cool and in my best mood on this super HOT, but GORGEOUS day! Have a nice weekend everyone!

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    • Jean Nate!!!!!! That takes me back 50 years!!! I bet you smell amazing!!! Stay cool! Morning trip to farmers market and I came home drenched in sweat.

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      • Jean Nate and Florida Water are always in my collection for steamy days like today, when I can’t stand regular perfumes, not even citruses. Stay hydrated! Outside is really…..GOOD! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ”ฅ

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      • But youโ€™re not complaining, right? Being drenched in sweat is a good thing. You can shower with Jean Natรฉ, which, after not thinking about it for, oh…..50 years, I saw at the pharmacy this week! Coincidence? I think not.

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        • No complaints here!
          I was actually thinking about Jean Nate the other day after reading Kate’s Nivea post….Nivea, 4711, Vitabath and Jean Nate all make me think of my childhood. I would love to sniff some or all of them.

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            • Ha! pl67 wearing of it today made me research as to the cheapest place to buy it-LOL! I do remember liking it and wearing it as a child….I am sure my eyes would well up if I smelled it again after so many years. Did you wear 4711 too? That was a staple in my home throughout my childhood.

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  29. I reek!!!
    Melograno, ๐ŸŒน Al Dae, YR Prive, Rochas Absolute, HdP Pivione…. testing on different body parts ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

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        • According to calculations I did while reading the Saturday question, so far, I appear to be the most vintage member. Which is no honour ๐Ÿ˜ . On the other hand, I suppose it might drive up my value. Based on perfume observations, the oldest Shalimar vintages are the most expensive. Therefore more desirable. So Iโ€™ll take that formula and apply it to myself. Put that in your pipe and smoke it ๐Ÿคฃ And that is a quintessential old folks expression ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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          • Marcella, look at it this way: which is more prized, cheap plonk or the finest vintage wine? So by my reckoning you are a highly-prized, ageing to utter perfection specimen๐Ÿ˜‰ With undertones of oak and with a long finish on the palate.

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  30. Post exercise shower…now wafting of Bond no 9 Bryant Park…this is good in the summer….rhubarb, raspberry, rose and patchouli…also, love the name because my high school was very close to Bryant Park. But back in those days one did not venture through it because it was unsavory back then…lots of drug deals and drug selling going on. It’s been cleaned up since then and if I am not mistaken also hosts a NY Fashion show every week? I have been out of the city for so long I don’t remember! I do know that lots of tourists visit it as it is also near the NY Public Library which is a gorgeous landmark.

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    • The NY Fashion Week is held twice a year: February and September. I worked just right in front of the public library for many years and it was always nice to see all the movement in the area during the event.
      I used to go ice skating at the Bryant Park rink. So much fun! There is also a winter holiday market with lots of kiosks. Kind of pricey, but it is worthy to explore it. I never went to Times Square during the awful years. It is amazing how things changed for good. I go there several times a year and wish I could still work in the area. I really miss it!

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      • Ha! I knew you would know all of this!!! That must have been amazing working there! I love that area! and it is also close to Koreatown which middle Marzipan is obsessed with…that is the only place she goes to when she goes into the city-LOL!
        I did not even know that there is an ice skating rink! and winter holiday market? did not know this either! So you and I are definitely meeting up during the holidays and we will go there for sure!!! Deal?

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  31. Eau Duelle for today. Iโ€™ve never worn this in summer, but the humidity has broken so I gave it a whirl. Awfully good! Heading to the lakeshore with the girls to catch some sun, watch the sail boats, feed the ducks and grab an ice cream.

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    • I love wearing my seasonal scents topsie turvy! Citrus in winter and heavier fare in summer. I bet Eau Duelle smells glorious.
      Eat some ๐Ÿจ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿง for me ๐Ÿ˜

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      • I did! We had Vietnamese ice cream, made by the owner. I had a lemongrass one. She also had one made from durian fruit ๐Ÿ˜ณ The stuff stinks. But the ice cream did not. None of us was too keen to try it though.

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  32. Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue. I know, I know is a heresy for a perfumista to wear such an unpopular fragrance, but I saw the big full bottle all the way in the back of my cabinet this morning and I just grabbed it and sprayed lavishly on it. I had not reached for it in the past million years. I was surprised to find out that I am still fond of it. God! it has not evaporated a bit and it smells as good as the first day. I wish all my perfumes, especially the ones I love the most were as intact as Light Blue. Anyway, I still enjoy it!

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    • Not heresy at all. Before it became popular and ubiquitous which lead to it’s demise amoungst perfumistas I had my own large bottle and loved it. I think it’s a perfect hot weather scent…so refreshing!!!

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      • and actually I remember buying that bottle simultaneously with the original Dolce and Gabbana..they were identical bottles but Light Blue came with a light blue cap and light blue velvet box and Dolce and Gabbana came with a red cap and red velvet box…I loved that they matched. Dolce and Gabbana in the red cap was an amazing marigold scent…I don’t know why the discontinued it.

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