JenniferR is the winner of last week’s drawing for the JAR sample set. Just hit the Contact Us Button over there on the left, and I’ll send you off your sample set! You can hate me later if you wind up loving some of them.
I had high hopes for NEW Pucci Vivara, as did everyone who saw that adorable bottle, but, alas, the plain bottle of the vintage Vivara is what contains the treasure. New Vivara tries too hard, laughs too loud, and turns out to be just another brittle bottle blond, not as young as she first seemed under dark bar lighting — but not worth the energy to hate. Vintage Vivara is a classic chypre with leather notes that doesn’t pretend to be anything else but what it is — no artifice here, just smoky laughter and a nose that’s a little too big, but somehow fits the face it lives on. Why did they not truly just update the old one a little or just flat-out reissue it as is? I never get when they bring back a classic and then butcher it. Worse yet, put it in a cute, very desirable bottle that drives me mad with bottle lust, but I won’t buy it with that mess inside of it.
As I enter the Eve of My Empty Nest Years, watching both of my sons, who are so different and unique and clearly march to the beat of their own drummer… or guitar, I know I did what all good perfumers should do — send out into the world something worth knowing and remembering, even if it is hated by some… or most. I despise Angel, but I admire the skill and originality that created it, so I will always prefer to have it in the world rather than 100 forgettable “New” Vivaras.
As a side note, did you know you are never too old to learn how to play Guitar Hero II? That’s right. Harry modded his last guitar that came with the game so only he knows how it works, and it fits him (this means he tore it apart and put in kill switches in weird places, and it’s just.. not comfy for anyone else but his Size Gigantor hands). So I finally got to play with the normal guitar, and I sucked so bad the first two songs, I was ready to throw in the towel. Then… finally, all my years of trumpet and piano kicked in, and I knew where my fingers were supposed to go and when. I’m still on beginner, but I ordered a new game so I can have my own unmodded guitar to practice on. You’ll hear me off in the distance wailing on “Free Bird.” Come on, you know you want to!