Le Muguet 2013 by Guerlain: Surprise

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Sandra

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Hey APJ. How are you all doing?

Do you ever blind purchase perfume? Have you ever had regrets over said purchase? Or to make matters worse, did you react negatively to the perfume?

I am not generally a blind buy gal. I wish I could be more spontaneous and just through caution to the wind. I get the itch to pull the trigger on something I really want when it is not available near me. Especially a limited edition that comes up once a year for 1 May.

Le Muguet 2013 by Guerlain: Surprise

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April Aromatics: Two for Finding Myself

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Sandra

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Hey APJ! I hope you are enjoying the spring or autumn weather in your part of the world.

This past week was a hectic week, getting everything finished in the house that needed to be done. The landlord fixed all of the the issues with the house and we finally got part of our closets! (Parts were delivered broken so we just have a mini skeleton up in the bedroom with rods which thankfully takes the clothes off of the railing.) It may seem trivial, but living without closets for four weeks and everything hanging over the banister or sitting in boxes left me frazzled. I will feel better once it has been sorted.

April Aromatics: Two for Finding Myself

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Neela Vermeire Creations: The Joy of Rediscovering Perfumes

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Hello APJ! Hope everyone is enjoying a part of autumn or spring. On this snowy April day, I am missing the flowers in the Netherlands and am attaching some pictures here.

One of the joys of unpacking and settling in is the rediscovery of my ‘things’. As a child and in my teenage years we moved quite a bit over three continents. Naturally with those moves we had temporary housing while we waited for our shipment to arrive and while we looked for permanent housing. I remember the joy of helping my parents unpack and rediscovering my toys and books. As the new house was either smaller or larger I remember insisting with my parents that somebody had swapped out our furniture and replaced it with either larger or smaller identical pieces.

Neela Vermeire Creations: The Joy of Rediscovering Perfumes

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My Fasnacht Experience and Moving In

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Sandra

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Hey there APJ!

“It has been said that a Scotchman has not seen the world until he has seen Edinburgh; and I think that I may say that an American has not seen the United States until he has seen Mardi-Gras in New Orleans.”
Mark Twain in a Letter to Pamela Moffett, 9 and 11 March 1859

I think Mark Twain was onto something when he penned the above sentiment. Edinburgh and New Orleans opened up my eyes to so many new experiences. I can further say that one has not experienced Basel until they attend some of the Fasnacht activities.

My Fasnacht Experience and Moving In

Fasnacht took place during the three days of 11 through 13 March and it transformed this quiet city into a colourful, joyful and spirited party for three full days. We went in fully unprepared for what we were about to witness.

On Monday we went to the parade starting at lunchtime. I had my alarm set for three to go see the start at four, but the need for sleep won. The parade showcased the different groups and their bands and the various lanterns were carried around. What I loved seeing was all of the mimosa blossoms on the wagons. They were so fragrant and occasionally they would be given out to the spectators. Candy was thrown to the kids as well as fruits and vegetables which can hurt by the way if you happen to not catch it. Some kids went with big bags and scooped up all the candy they could which reminded me of Halloween in the US.

The second day we went to the children’s parade which was adorable. Later that day we walked to the area of town where all of the lanterns were being displayed. Dusk came and the lanterns came to life as they were lit up. I could make out some of the messages in the artwork, however some of the more locally politically directed lanterns left me wondering what exactly they meant. Some seemed racially directed, several were obvious about the new phase of global geopolitics we find ourselves in and others were celebrations of milestone events. It was a great first experience. Now that we know the many rules of attending Fasnacht, I am sure that next year will be even better.

In other news, we finally got the keys to the house and the movers have already unpacked all of the boxes. Here are a couple of pictures of the empty house and a surprise guest – the friendly neighborhood cat. Can you believe that it actually came into the house and wanted to wander around? My son was thrilled.

As you read this we will finally be living in the house and trying to set up the rooms and a routine.

Perfume will come back next time.

How have you all been doing?
Oodles of kisses,
Sandra xo

Bond-T by Giovanni Sammarco for Sammarco: Chocolate Heaven

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Sandra

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Hey there APJ!

Who likes chocolate? Most people I meet enjoy chocolate from time to time. Of course there are exceptions and truth be told, I am always a little bit surprised when someone tells me they do not like chocolate at all.

There are those who like milk chocolate, dark chocolate, chocolate candy bars or even pralines. As a child I loved milk chocolate and as I have gotten older, my taste buds have developed a love for dark chocolate. Anything over 70% will peak my interest.

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Encore Une Fois by Ruta Degutyte for Art de Parfum: Yearning for More

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Sandra

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Hey there APJ! How are you all doing? Getting ready to celebrate Fat Tuesday – Mardi Gras?

Well, here in Basel it is called Fasnacht and it is actually held the week after Mardi Gras. Apparently it is a huge deal here and the festivities begin at 4 am on 11 March on a bridge. Whether or not I can drag myself out of bed at 3, let alone my nine year old, remains to be seen. This is a festival dating back to 1529 and common theory states that after the 1520 Reformation, they wanted to differ from the Catholics and therefore celebrated a week later. This has deep roots here and it will be fascinating to see.

Encore Une Fois by Art de Parfum

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