There are few things more enjoyable than meeting up with perfume friends. As soon as you get past the introductions and hugs so you have the face behind the name firmly in front of you, it is an unfinished conversation that picks up where it left off last, though no one ever quite knows where that was.
My mom, my sister and I met Chaya, Lilybp and Neil Morris at a local seafood restaurant in Boston last Thursday. They gave us a great little private room to drink and eat in and a cute waiter named Michael. Chaya was there first (I’m using screen names and not live names except for Neil, who everyone knows), and we all just hit it off immediately, yakking about kids and family and perfume. Lilybp showed up shortly, there was much hugging, and the conversation resumed. So much laughing and talking, it was really wonderful. If you’re on the shy side and worry about meeting perfume people, just steel yourself and do it – they are some of the most welcoming and warm people I have ever run across. It’s because we smell good, you know. Both of these women, of course, exude charm, brilliance and are beautiful and great companions.
Neil was running late, but joined us about midway through our four or five-hour lunch… and he brought surprises!!! He is just a big old huggy bear, perfectly irresistible, it would be hard for anyone not to love him immediately. The surprises were little perfume bottles full of new creations. We passed them around, and as we sniffed and swooned, the bottles found new owners. I’m going to never remember the names of the perfumes, but I came home with Izmir, which he wound up creating for the city in Turkey by the same name. Coffee as a top note, Turkish rose, and I’ll never remember the other notes, but I adore it. It starts off with the best, most pungent coffee smell, and then softens over a long, long period of time until the rose comes in softly at the edges. It is strong, so if you like your perfumes to be shrinking violets, tread lightly here.
There was another called Midnight something? Seriously hot. Lilybp wound up with it on the back of her neck, and it was stunning. My memory should be better, there were others that were just wonderful. We all found something to love, including my mom, who doesn’t like perfume very much because it usually goes bad on her skin, but she loved the Rainflower, and it smelled beautiful on her.
I Hope Lilybp and Chaya chime in with the names and notes of the other perfumes. I knew I should have written them down. Most of them are new and not even ready to purchase yet, but should be soon.
So many hours later, smelling just gorgeous, we left the restaurant, Neil headed home, we walked Chaya to her stop, then we went on over to Chanel and Hermes for a little shopping. What? You really didn’t think we’d be good, did you?
Are there pictures? Well, no, der. I’m a goof, I forgot to take my camera, and it never occurred to me to use my cell phone camera.
Now, I also know that y’all were pulling for K.U. Saturday night.. what a game! Of course, sitting in a bar with some great friends who are as loud and obnoxious as I can be when watching my team play is great fun to begin with, but seeing them
pulverize-crush-destroy er, win would have been a treat anywhere.
I’m writing this before the Jayhawks play tonight, but I do expect y’all to do the same as last week and root them on to victory. If victory comes, I’ll do a drawing for some of my six favorite perfumes from last Friday. No victory… hairshirts for everyone!
Added: What a great game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Drop a comment if you want in the drawing!!!