I have a small amount of whining to unburden myself of before I move into perfume and, of course, a request for advice. Because I have no idea what I’d do if I couldn’t ask you guys to tell me all the things I don’t know. Have I ever told you how much I love y’all for that? Well, I do. Mwah, xo!
I’ve been doing yoga and spin for a year or so – running I did up until a couple of months ago, needing to give a hip that won’t heal a break – not always faithfully, though regularly. It seemed like a good idea to get a jumpstart on preventing Old Man Winter’s Pound Piling Factory, so I enrolled in a boot camp at a yoga studio, thinking that it may be yoga – wrong! The boot camp is great, except for it being at 6a in the morning and it is circuit training and weight lifting. Have I ever mentioned how much I hate weight lifting? Just slightly more than cornmeal mush, which is a lot.
But can we discuss soreness? They suggested we take a yoga class in the afternoons on every day of boot camp to ease the ache. All I can say is, I wonder if I would be able to walk right now if I hadn’t made that yoga class at noon. I ache all over. I don’t get it. I’m reasonably active, yoga 2-3 times a week, sometimes more, spin 1-2 times a week, I walk. Yeah, there’s a whole bunch of muscles I haven’t been using enough, and every one of them are telling me about it in detail right now.
So ideas for easing the ache, and is the other yoga class every day a good idea?
One other thing, do I need to go see Coco Before Chanel? I’m thinking yes. I almost went today, but didn’t want to walk around the movie theater in a hobble.
AmBrosius is made up of amber resins, labdanum absolute, cistus resin, Benzoin, Black Pepper and Spices. This is seriously yummy amber incense. The open is really sharp and just a smidge scary. The cistus is pretty overwhelming on the open, but if you give it a couple of minutes, you get a beautiful infusion of the smokier incense feel and amber. It dries down beautifully into a soft, smoky amber, slightly sweetly spiced. Amber is not something I wear easily, but this one is perfect in balancing with the incense notes.
M#4 A Room With a View is based on the E.M. Forster novel. From CB’s site, it is described as “This perfume captures the scent of the hills above Florence – the vineyards, the wild grass, the finocchio, the hot dusty Florentine earth. And of course a torrent of Violets…” That pretty much nails it. It is an earthy grassfest with violets peeping up and cascading out of every nook and cranny, and the longer it is on, the more the violets invade your senses nestling in a bed of hay. In simpler terms, think Black March, the Hay accord merged with one of CB’s violet scents. If you’re not fond of the earth or grass (I’m getting hay as the grass) accords that CB does, you’re probably not going to like this either, unless the violet wins you over after the first 30-45 inut3es. If you’re a big fan of those scents of CB’s, like I am, you’ll adore this. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this one, but it’s better than the sum of its parts. I like Black March, the Hay accord and Violet empire separately a lot, but putting them all together with a couple of other things is genius.
Beautifully done, Christopher.