Friends, I’m a little overdue for reminding everyone of this, but don’t forget — there’s still time to register for the Chicocoa Scentsation! Join us in Chicago on Saturday, September 13 for an incredible, decadent day of fragrance and the Universe´s favorite food: chocolate!
Patty and I will be there sucking down the Caron urns and the bon bons – come play! There will be samples, raffles, treats and a casual cocktail party, featuring two niche perfume lines: Liz Zorn Perfumes and Neil Morris Fragrances.
Liz Zorn will join us at the party for a special presentation, sniffage and raffle. This is a great opportunity to meet Liz and learn more about her incredible lines of fragrances, including some from her new Studio Collection. Neil Morris will be in Paris, attending a show with his NEW EUROPEAN DISTRIBUTOR <applause!!!!> but he is graciously sending along testers of his new Vault Fragrances along with the best-sellers of his regular lines. We´ll also have samples and a raffle gift!And don´t forget the Blind Bottle Swap and the (optional) Sample Swap — a chance to unload your slightly used, mildly unloved bottles for something you might like better! I know who’s donating the Aromatics Elixir, but I ain’t tellin!
A special HUGE THANKS for Musette and Shelley, who have put a ridiculous amount of effort into organizing this puppy.
Questions/registration: chicocoascentsation (at) gmail (dot) com or click on the link in the left-hand column.
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Okay, I’ll ‘fess up — I’ve spent a delightful week mostly at the pool with my kids — DC is so dead this time of year that driving through our leafy ‘burb on the way to the pool, it’s like a scene from one of those movies where they’ve dropped the bomb that eliminates all the people. I like it that way. The soundtrack: cicadas in the background, which (along with crickets at night) is the sound of summer. The scents in heavy rotation on my skin this week: sunscreen, bug spray, and tomato leaves as I battle the dang squirrels for the rights to some of my fancy tomatoes. Anyhoo, at the pool yesterday I was catching up with a friend and ended up telling her about ABE books (abebooks.com) — the ginormous used book website. It’s a consortium of sellers ranging from Joe’s Used Books to (more and more often) the Friends of a particular library system, or a fundraising arm of a school system. I started off on ABE buying hard-to-find books for my dad, who has esoteric tastes and a yen for something he read 25 or 50 years ago. He thinks I am the greatest daughter ever when I hand him some cheap, musty sci-fi paperback from the 50s he wanted to re-read that I paid $5 for on ABE. But it’s not just “old” books — you can get almost any book on there, including bestseller “new” books a couple of months after they’re released. I do most of my book-buying on there at this point – there is almost nothing I search for that doesn’t turn up on the site, and I’ve never been burned. I didn’t know there was anybody left who didn’t know about ABE, but that’s just because I’m so used to using it, I guess. There I was telling my friend, a big reader, about this wonderful resource that she’d never heard of.
So, today, I invite you to list in the comments any website, musician, movie, gadget, or anything else that, if you were king (queen? quing?) you would make sure everybody knew about, just because you think it’s so great. I’ve learned a lot from you all on here (etsy! who knew?! and Anthelios sunscreen! Makeup For Ever face and body liquid makeup, greatest.thing.ever!) All from you commenters. So, share away.
Hey, I FORGOT TO ASK â€” any of you have any experience with zipping your pillows/mattress into something hypoallergenic? Can you only do that when the mattress/pillow is brand new, to keep the dust/mites OUT, or does it help to do it later, I guess theoretically sealing them in?