Last Thursday was Take Your Child to Work Day. I let Diva and Enigma skip school and experience the joy that is my typical work day. We started the morning off with garden cleanup, filling four of those huge leaf bags. The weather was perfect, cool and overcast, and I will treasure forever the memories of their facial expressions as they discovered that gardening involves dirt, thorns and the occasional giant orange-colored slug. During the middle of all that I was seized with an insane longing for Serge Lutens Chypre Rouge. No, I have no idea why. I literally dropped my shovel, kicked off my muck boots and ran inside to spray some on. Has that ever happened to you? You are out doing something and you know, suddenly and definitively, that you must go and put on a particular fragrance? It´s a much more desirable feeling than its dreaded (and common) counterpart of staring at endless samples and bottles in your collection and finding nothing that appeals. Then we did several loads of laundry, cleaned up the basement, and went to Trader Joe´s. For dinner I served veggie burgers, after which they stopped speaking to me entirely. They couldn´t get out the door fast enough on Friday.
This Thursday I will be leaving the Big Cheese and the children behind for a trip to the U.K. Twenty bucks says they don´t eat a single meal together while I´m gone. (Twenty bucks is also what I´ll be paying for a sandwich at the current exchange rate.) I fly first to Edinburgh, where I plan on visiting the Roja Dove boutique at Jenners. I´ll wander from Scotland back and forth across England (the Lake District, York, the Cotswolds, Bath) and into Wales a little, before winding up in London, where I will have the pleasure of Lee´s company. He’s been teaching me English (“Oi, wanker!”) We´re planning on going to the other Roja Dove boutique in Harrods, along with Les Senteurs and Patricia de Nicolai. I´ll be back on the blog (assuming they let me) on Thursday the 24th. If anyone has any particular suggestions about perfume destinations that should not be missed, I´d love to hear about them!
Finally, an alarming report on the state of mass-market perfumery, based on my visit to Sephora: they now have an entire Wall of Vanilla. In addition to the Comptoir Sud Pacifique, which is mostly (but not all) vanilla, they have the Laurence Dumont line (11 scents), La Maison de La Vanille (5 scents), and La Vanilia Labs (4, with antioxidants!) If there is a trend I might develop more of a hatred for than the whole fruity-floral thing, vanilla-driven scents would be it. They also had a section of gourmand things (Eau de Vie) like Whipped Cream and Chocolate Mint that were so horrifying I´ve deleted any further information from my mind. Armani has two frags called City Glam (men and woman), both forgettable. The new Bvlgari Omnia Amethyste smells powdery, which is not the direction I´d have liked them to take it. Sean Jean´s new Unforgivable Multi-Platinum was all citrus on me (grapefruit and mandarin?) and I liked it, although I was expecting Diddy to last a little longer. The Baldessarini Ambre was the one pleasant surprise; it´s supposedly got a little whisky and leather in the base, but I´d actually label it a seemingly oxymoronic “summer amber” – light, creamy, comforting and not sweet (it´s in the men´s aisle). Also, if you or someone you love is a fan of DKNY Be Delicious, Flower by Kenzo, or the Ferragamo Incantos (hey, who am I to judge you?) they have mini bottle sets (a 4-pack of tiny apples, a 4-pack of flowers, and 3 wee Incantos) that are, frankly, adorable and would make a sweet gift.