Still a great trip, but we had a surprise! When we got to Liberty’s on Tuesday, there on the table — I’m getting ahead of myself. Liberty’s is really an amazing store and my favorite of the department stores we’ve gone to so far. Gracious, relaxed, interesting selection. They were all simply lovely with all of the traditional British hospitality that it’s easy to get used to. The store is gorgeous, original building. Anyway, when you get to London one day, make sure you go to Liberty’s, you will be completely charmed.
Back to the surprise. We get to the area Liberty’s had arranged for us, and there on the table of newish release is a brand spanking new L’Artisan that none of us had even heard of. Havana Vanilla. The twittering around the room was electric as as well anticipated getting a bottle. But, sadly, no. It was an advance bottle, it won’t be released until October. It’s gorgeous. A somewhat rummy vanilla that feels like it has pineapple and coconut in it, but doesn’t, which is a good thing. It’s not sweet, but you perceive a beach and sun and hot young men with glistening pecs, wonderful drinks with umbrellas and heavy lidded eyes soaked with relaxation. I loved it. It worried me a bit because it seemed to disappear for a while, but it’s a sleeper. It went through a quiet phase and then re-emerged in about an hour. So when you finally get, don’t get discouraged if you think it goes away for a while. Not sure it does that for everyone. I don’t have it on now, so details are sketchy and can only give you my impressions from yesterday. I’m looking forward to its release.
Tuesday was also Miller Harris and Ormonde Jayne. I’m familiar with both of the lines, so nothing new for me, but, again, the hospitality of both places was above and beyond. I did snag a Citrone Citron (Citron Citrone?) parfum for me and Louise to split. Great citrus, and the parfum really stuck.
Today is Roja Dov an Al Quarashi, theater (seeing Wicked) tonight. This is exhausting, but I’ll sleep when I get back, right?
Miss you all, xoxo!