Moon, June – oh, yeah, Cartier de Lune – Patty

The traveler returns, much poorer in the wallet, but much richer in all the great sights and culture I was surrounded in.  It is always so good to get home, make my dogs and cats happy just because I exist where they can see me (does it get any better than that?), sleep in my own bed, catch up on all of my trashy Housewife shows (OMG, can Atlanta or Beverly Hills get any trashier?), and just move back into my life that I love so much.  I know, I’m disgustingly smug about my own contentment.

Cartier de Lune, created by Mathilde Laurent, who is also doing the entire L’Heure series (will be reviewing some of all of those on Thursday), is the first mainstream women’s fragrance they’ve done since Delices.  Now, Delices was not met with universal love, but I still adore that little fruity frothy thing because it makes me smile, and it tickles my nose – kinda like a nice rose’ champagne.

The most interesting piece of this perfume to me is the contrast of the L’Heure series and the mainstream Cartier de Lune, done by the same perfumer. Clearly this one is geared for the mainstream, not for all of you little freaks that like your perfume dressed up with leather and civet as an amuse bouche before you dive into some musky bottoms as a side dish.

Let me just cover de Lune on its own.  Notes of pink pepper, juniper berries, honeysuckle, wild rose, cyclamen, bindweed (morning glory), lily of the valley, musk, woods.  This is a very standard feminine clean musky floral, there’s nothing breakthrough about it. It’s easy to wear, floral, clean musk, little green, it’s smooth, elegant, not too heavy or too sheer.  I’m going out on a limb here and say that I think this was a good choice by Cartier.  So much of their historic perfumes are more heavy, outspoken – Baiser, Must, even Delices isn’t shy – and this fits in a place that I think was empty, and it’s well done, completely commercial, but not in a cheap commercial way like so many of the mainstream scents are.  It fits their brand and will speak easily to a younger customer.  I imagine this is a scent that you would garner a lot of  “you smell so nices” as you waft through the office or a cocktail party.  Nothing wrong with that, I have a great appreciation for commercial fragrances that have been done well, have wide appeal and will broaden a company’s bottom line, which, lets face it, every company has to do to succeed. They simply can’t make a profit selling to us.   This one can easily be gifted to anyone from the age of  16 to 105 and worn by them without them feeling like they are wearing too young or too old.  That’s a pretty remarkable thing on its own.  Despite the broad appeal, it still smells expensive and fits the luxury Cartier branding.

It’s when I contrast this with the L’Heure series that I’m most interested in how the perfumer shows restraint, curbs some errant notes, smooths it out, gelds it so it is appealing to a wider audience.  I keep thinking that has to be the hardest thing in the world to do for an artist.

I had the same thought when I was going through the Uffizzi in Florence. So much of the art created by the masters were commissions – portraits, requests for religious persons that looked just like what Europeans looked like (hey, Botticelli and Raphael!), including Mary getting painted in various shows of riches that couldn’t be further from how she lived,  but I’m off on a tangent again – and not nearly as much of their work was what they would have chosen.   None of us are ever truly free to do and express ourselves as we like – we just have to show how great we are in what we are given to do.

There’s a full life lesson in that one sentence for me.   Source for the Cartier de Lune sample was Cartier, along with samples of the three new L’heures.  I’ve got a small bottle of it, and I’ll happily carve it out into like 5 samples to give to commenters.  We can talk about whatever you like today!  Tell me about your pets, what you’re reading.  I got sucked into those for-teenage-girls Vampire Academy books, and I really need to find an exit point for them, except I’m on the last one.  Not sure why I’m on a young adult reading tear lately.   I intersperse something more difficult between my teenfic truffles, but I keep finding interesting ideas in those books, even if some of the writing makes me cringe a bit.  Well, sometimes a lot.

  • london says:

    This sounds right up my sister’s street so I would love a sample. Thank you for the draw.

  • Vintage Lady says:

    Oh you could try Cartier de Lune! This is so sweet! I would love to enter the draw. My cat Boris asked me to do so:-) hugs:)>-

  • Sylvia says:

    Please sign me up! Cartier de Lune sounds perfect for work. Try out Laurie R. King’s Mary Russel series of books for a great read! Wonderful mysteries, character development, and plots…and wow can she write!

  • Jared says:

    I had to laugh at your statement….I totally fall into that small minority of nuts who want things loaded with civet and barnyard and filthy musks…I just received my bottle of Untitled #8 yesterday and it is downright puzzling, laughable, and delightful that I like something that smells to fecal and feral. Somewhere in here there is a study to be done on what happens to niche communities like we perfume nuts and bloggers. And your statements about artists and conforming are apt…I’m doing research on Debussy and he certainly had great disdain for conforming and pleasing “the man.”

  • melanie says:

    I just finished reading Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. I read it first in 8th or 9th grade, and then went back to it at age 55. Well worth the time. A story of a boy growing up with no one wise enough to guide him, of people caught in a life based on resentment and revenge, and people who value class and money over kindness, decency and responsibility. I do recommend it.
    And if you want to send me a perfume sample, I won’t say no.


  • Tara C says:

    Welcome home! I’m also reading Inside a Dog or whatever it’s called, mentioned by someone else above.

    I would love to have a sniff of the Cartier de Lune, it sounds very pretty. Many of my scents are heavy-duty and require a commitment to wear, so it would be nice to find something simple for those days when you don’t want to be challenged by your scent.

  • rednails says:

    I’ve never tried any Cartiers, so I’d be curious. Please enter me in the draw.

    I’m reading “American Creation” by Joseph Ellis — stories about our Revolution. It’s great.

  • odonata9 says:

    Just finished “Prodigal Summer” by Barbara Kingsolver. I am so many years late on reading her stuff (just read The Poisonwood Bible last year), but she is amazing! Now I’m reading “Cloud Atlas” by David Mitchell. Fascinating stuff so far – need ot devote some more time to it.

    Coming home to a happy pet it a joy, much needed when you may have wanted to stay on vacation just a bit longer. Today is my dear dog Gilbert’s birthday! Can’t believe I’ve had him for almost 9 years – he still acts like a silly puppy.

    • maidenbliss says:

      Have you read The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver? She is brilliant. It’s an amazing read and was recommended by my librarian. Loved Prodigal Summer, too.
      Cloud Atlas is also excellent!
      Happy Birthday to Gilbert.

      • melanie says:

        Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver was great. I found it interesting because I have been to the F Kahlo’s house in Mexico City, also the house where Trotsky lived and was assassinated. Thanks for reminding me of how good it was.

        • Ann says:

          I like Barbara Kingsolver, too. Her early “Animal Dreams” is one of my faves. Thanks for the suggestions, ladies, will have to read them. Happy b-day to Gilbert!

        • maidenbliss says:

          Melanie, BK’s writing is so intense I felt like I was in Mexico. Ahhh, that you visited the house! She captures so vividly that entire era, especially Trotsky’s assassination. I love her novels, and I have them all, Animal Dreams, Pigs in Heaven, The Bean Trees, Poisonwood, but I don’t think any of them compare to The Lacuna. Shall I start in on Isabel Allende? :)

      • Julie says:

        Have not read that yet. Will add all these suggestions to my ever growing to-read list!

  • DinaC says:

    I went over to Saks today and sampled Cartier de Lune. I agree that it’s a very pleasant, mainstream scent that could please a wide variety of folks. I really am enjoying the drydown on my arm, as we speak.

    I’ve been reading a great, recent book this week called “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” by Helen Simonson. Think modern Jane Austen or Barbara Pym. I’m loving it.

  • karin says:

    Hi Patty! Welcome back. :-)

    I’m a Mathilde Laurent fan – mostly because of Attrape Coeur, my HG. I have to try everything she does! I have XIII, Fougueuse, and Defendue (hosted splits on all of these). Would love to try Mysterieuse (actually, if anyone has Mysterieuse and wants to swap a smidge for one of the above there, happy to do it – shameless offer here)!

    I have a sample of de Lune thanks to a very generous perfumista (Dawn, that’s you!), so no need to include me in the draw. I don’t have another perfume like it, so it’s interesting to me in that sense; though I don’t typically go for clean florals (thus my lack of them). I agree that it’s nicely done. I may even get a bottle for the novelty of it.

    As to books, yes, I joined the Twilight train and read all of them. Haven’t continued the teen book trend, though. Currently reading The Secret of Chanel No. 5. Interesting so far! Also Bush’s memoir.

    • karin says:

      Oh! Meant to mention that when I ordered the XIII from Saks, the SA offered me a decanted purse spray of any of their mainstream fragrances (not the L’Heures). I already have a bottle of Delices, de Lune wasn’t out yet, and I wasn’t really familiar with any of their other scents. He suggested Panthere parfum, which had been discontinued, and they still had some stock. So, that’s what I got. Can I just say, my heady floral oriental lust was re-ignited with this perfume??? I LOVE IT!!! I think I’m a floral oriental devotee at heart. Poison, take me away…

  • annie says:

    Patty;the book idea sounds wonderful(hope you’ll think about more)…we have 4 cats,who just walked in,took a nap,and have stayed 4 years,and a Springer Spaniel rescue(i don’t think he has ‘both oars in the water’,but he is dearly loved….yesterday ,in spite of a million toys,and bones,he ate the remote…go figure)…..please enter me in the draw!..smooches for your return!

  • Musette says:

    I just did that with one of the more dour Henning Mankell novels. It had to be done. I tried for 4 months to slog through that. All that was left was to cut my own throat. 😮

    xo >-)

    • Shelley says:

      “More dour” is a necessary phrase with Mankell, isn’t it? Dour needing a relative nature in those books… ;) But, that said, I love ’em.

  • GalileosDaughter says:

    Cartier de Lune sounds lovely!

    I can’t recommend what I’m reading right now. I’m reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma for book club and while I know what the author is saying is Important, and that he’s Right, it’s just a long slog to get through it. Actually, I think I’m just going to stop. Life’s too short. :)

  • rosiegreen62 says:

    Hi Patty, glad you are back home. I have another recommend for the
    Hunger Games, I recently had the flu and devoured them in 3 days. A great distraction from feeling ill. For other light enjoyable reading I also recommend anything by Charlaine Harris, author of Sookie Stackhouse books and mysteries. Naomi Novik and her fantasy-Napoleonic take on dragons and anything by Neil Gaiman. I am currently reading
    An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin. An amazing novel about the art world in Manhattan. It includes illustrations of the paintings discussed in the story. Steve Martin is an even better writer than he is an actor.

  • tammy says:

    It’s great to have you back, and I am wondering when you’re starting your own book? Please?

    Glass Castle was the best book I’ve read in a long, long time, though it hit a bit too close to home. I took recommendations from this blog afterward, and read the Hunger Games and Sookie Stackhouse books, and thoroughly enjoyed them as well. YA is my new escapist genre, far preferable to the sappy romances my friends all foist on me, or the (mostly) depressing things Oprah tends to pick.

    I have really come to look forward to the posts with book suggestions in them, thank you! I have some great things to check out now.

  • Tiara says:

    I bet your animals are happy for you to be home! We have our son’s cat with us while he’s away at school in a no-pets-allowed apartment. Bandit tolerates us and permits us to love on him when he decides we’re worthy but would really prefer to be with his favorite person.

    The more I read about this new Cartier the more anxious I am to try it. There are times I just don’t want to have to think about what I’m wearing or worry what I have could be offensive. This sounds like it could fit the bill.

  • maidenbliss says:

    Almost done with In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick, absolutely riveting, chock full of facts about ambergris. Next up will be The Lost City of Z, Mayflower, Endurance (Shackleton’s voyage), Over the Edge of the World (Magellan). One of the best novels I read lately was by Niall Williams, a beautifully gifted writer from Ireland. Lately I’m on an adventure/historic tangent. Looking forward to reading all these great suggestions!

    I only have Cartier VI, but perhaps that can change, right?

  • nbh says:

    Hi Patty. Cartier de Lune sounds lovely. For some reason, I have never tried Cartier fragrances. I recently tried a whole bunch of DSH samples and I am definitely impressed. Some independent perfumers work seem like things anyone of us could cook up in our kitchens. DSH really knocks it out of the park; her talent and training really show. I purchased a full bottle of Viridian.

    As for pets, I have a new Siamese kitten. He is four months old and incredibly smart. He tries so hard to be good, but it is so much more fun being bad! My older Siamese boy is a little overwhelmed; he is a quiet and gentle soul.

  • Isa says:

    Cartier de Lune is the only mainstream fragrance I’m looking forward to trying. It seems to be right up my alley. In fact I’m looking for a perfect, versatile, fresh floral fragrance.

    The book I have just read is “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls. I liked it a lot. Jeannette’s childhood was unbelievable.

    My pets are birds: parakeets and zebra finchers :) Lovely!

    • karin says:

      Loved The Glass Castle! Incredible story. I have her next book, Half Broke Horses, based on the life of her grandmother. Haven’t started reading it yet…

  • Musette says:

    No draw for me – you know that I have a small apartment at Cartier! ;))

    But! I do want to say ‘beans’ to the idea of your being ‘smug’ in your contentment. “My Crown is Contentment” is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself. You appreciate the life you live, which is wonderful! Trying hard to do that myself. Carry on, darlin’

    I’m wearing vintage Coty Chypre today and will follow it up with Liz Zorn’s Love Speaks Primeval/contemp (pre-reform) Mitsouko edp (and absolutely incredible combo). Reading Tilar Mazzeo’s Chanel No 5 biopic, plus a collection of Jeffrey Archer short stories “And Thereby Hangs a Tale”…waiting on the second half of my beloved Connie Willis (well, the second half of her latest novel, not the second half of her :”>

    Not much in the way of television, save ‘Hoarders’, which terrifies me and ‘HGTV’s Selling New York, which is so much fun!

    xo >-)

  • Shelley says:

    I wish I could remember who said it…was it a teacher? A Famous Person? But the sentiment has stuck with me:

    Art is created not really in total freedom, but in what the artist is able to do with a given set of limits.

    The limits might be the materials, the demands of a commission, the conditions in which one must create…but if there are no boundaries set, you just have everything, right? And not an expression?

    I, too, am intrigued by Laurent’s project. It is a bit easier, I suppose, to imagine your audience at the start. That is what they say you should do…who are you writing to? who do you imagine hearing this music? And yet, that is of course not always the case. Sometimes the creation comes out, and then you find out who comes to it.

    What puzzles me are creators who put it out there for anyone to experience (a nice thing), and then complain about who comes to sit at the table (a rather ignoble and churlish and really quite silly thing). I am not sure an artist can dictate who sees their creation as art…or who finds value in it once it is done.

    Oops, but I ventured beyond limits. The idea of limits, and how they pertain to creating. Yes, Laurent. I like the moon in June, and nice little somethings can be pleasant, too. Will keep my eyes (nose?) open for a chance to smell.

    BTW, the Percy Jackson books are fun, and you don’t have to know your mythology very well (if at all) to enjoy the concept. Very easy reading. The James Patterson YA “Maximum Ride” series is another path to take for escapism without vampires. There *is* a bit of fantasy, sci fi, style, that allows for beyond human powers. Myself, I’ve finally picked up the Franzen I vowed to finish, and will have finished by noon.

    Thanks for a thoughtful review. Glad the trip was wonderful, and that the return home was even more so. :)

    • Musette says:

      I think one always has to work within boundaries, even if they are just the boundaries of natural law (e.g. a sculptor has to work within a certain range of physical law and I’ve yet to find the painter who can paint directly upon air)…but I also think boundaries force an artist (or anyone) to distill and refine their options, which can be a good thing.

      And I agree with you re the dictates of ‘what is art’ or what is valuable, once it’s done. All any of us can do is our best – and hope for the best once the effort is completed, no matter what it is.

      xoxo >-)

  • maggiecat says:

    Welcome back Patty! This new Cartier sounds right up my alley and I’m looking forward to trying it! I haven’t seen it in our stores here in Dallas – will it be widely available soon? as for reading – I’m a professor and lately a college dean and all of my peers are now reading various vampire series books, and I got hooked on True Blood on tv last year – so you’re in good company. Says the Harry Potter addict who had first editions delivered to her door and read them in great, lovely, 18 hour marathons…

  • Debbie R. says:

    Pets? We have more cats than I care to admit and one GSD who thinks the two yellow cats are evil incarnate and out to destroy us. Anyway, when you mentioned how wonderful it was to see the love of your own when you returned, it reminded me of something I’d read: “Your pets are only one part of your life, but you are life to your pets.” We can really see it in their eyes and expressions when we return after an absence.

    As for books, I’m reading a WWII alternative history. It’s okay.

    I’d love to try the new Cartier.

  • Jen says:

    Oohh the Cartier sounds intriguing. I’ve been reading crochet pattern books and home preserving books recently. But as far as young adult – I really like Julie Kagawa.

  • donanicola says:

    Returning home to a welcome from pets is one of life’s joys I think. It is so uncomplicated! I’ve recently been through a bumpy patch with one of my cats and hope we’re back now on an even keel. I hadn’t realised but close family and friends had been worried about the worst for my Charlie but hadn’t wanted to worry me. I’m glad I was a bit ignorant…. I love Mathilde Laurent’s work and will look out for Cartier de Lune though it doesn’t sound my thing. I agree with the notion of being thankful for a well made commercial perfume whose sales will hopefully bank roll the weird and wonderful. I got a Kindle at Christmas and love love love it. I’m reading Hilary Mantal’s Wolf Hall on it and am so enjoying it. Her writing is a delight and I’m so happy she won the Booker last year. Thing is Wolf Hall is a good 500 or so pages and I’d been rather daunted by its size but on the Kindle it’s a breeze.

  • Ann says:

    Hi Patty — welcome back! Great post today, lovely and thought-provoking. I am a Cartier fangirl from way back in the day (original Musts and Must IIs) and really love what Mathilde Laurent is doing, especially with L’Heures. And it is indeed a testament to her talent that she can create the unusual and quirky for us niche dwellers and then turn around with something beautiful for the mainstream as well.

  • Tara says:

    Welcome back!!

    If you want something completely different from the Vampire books try Room by Emma Donoghue. It is a fasinating but disturbing book. Also I have heard that Henry Miller: The Paris Years by Brassaï and Timothy Bent is really good.

    Please enter me in the drawing.


  • OrbWeaver says:

    I thought I was the only one on the YA kick – read all the Hunger Games books and just finished Chosen. However, maybe out of guilt I thought I better read something from the adult world – recently finished Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire and am now reading Her Fearful Symmetry.
    Please enter me in the drawing.

  • Kitty Devereaux says:

    I am living vicariously through your travels. Sniffing along with you so to speak and loving every post you write.:”>

  • Ann C says:

    If you’re still in the mood to read a quality teen series, read the Hunger Games series. Well done and interesting.

    Right now I’m reading “Inside of a Dog” by Alexandra Horowittz. On the book cover, the books is described as “The bestselling book that asks what dogs know and how they think…” Starts off a little dry but gets interesting.

    Please enter me in the drawing.

    Ann C

  • Ines says:

    I’ve been reading YA lit lately as well and still don’t quite understand why the urge, but it’s there. :)
    I can’t wait to hear about the new Heures, I just wish they were available here (all of them) so I’d get a chance to try them. So far, I only managed to try 2 and promptly fell in love with L’Heure Fougeuse. :)

  • Daniele says:

    Oooh Patty, I’ve been on a massive Young Adult binge as well. I really enjoyed The Hunger Games, and also found myself loving The Obernewtyn Chronicles by Isobelle Carmody. Good stuff. I’ve been trying to intersperse my YA with other (more ‘serious’) books as well, but you’re right, the YA has some great themes and ideas.

  • hongkongmom says:

    Welcome back. It is so great when one loves their life!!!!Yeah who cares about the wallet…if u r richer !!! Bought the hunger games and have given them to my kid to read first! My daughter loves that I buy all three in one go!! The cartiers are far off my radar…just as well! I have had a lovely day> 2 kids r away, one is working at an internship job and the little one is fun…so today I spent my time begniing to transfer my perfumes to a gorgeous cabinet my ceo bought me!! He was smart, he new it would get me into a flurry of organizing and give him some room finallY. It is an 80 yr old tibetan cabinet. Oh with Rigoletto in the background and all these gorgeous perfumes…all i needed, was …gelato!

  • Lilybug says:

    Aside from perfume, I like animals. Today I brought home 15 1-day-old Japanese Quail AND THEY ARE SO CUTE! Crossing fingers that not too many die – they have a bad habit of aspirating water and drowning themselves in their excitement for life. I am yet to find a solution that works.

  • L says:

    Another fan of Mathilde Laurent here. Please enter me in the draw!

    I also loved The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I am now reading The Condition by Jennifer Haigh.

  • dee says:

    “all of you little freaks that like your perfume dressed up with leather and civet as an amuse bouche before you dive into some musky bottoms as a side dish,”
    followed by,
    “we just have to show how great we are in what we are given to do,” just sums it all up. All of it.
    Patty, you’re a genius. And now I want to sniff de Lune!

  • Alice C says:

    I loved “The Help”; read it in a day. Never read any of the teenage vampire books, although I did read the Anne Rice Vampire books. Also have never read the vampire books that the HBO “True Blood” series is based on, even though the author lives in my (very) small town.

    I wore Jo Malone, Vanilla & Anise, for a couple of hours this morning, but it left me quickly. Later I moved on to SL Un Bois Vanille, which lasted a good bit longer on my skin.

    I’ve not tried many Cartier scents, just Le Baiser du Dragon, which I really like. So, I’d love to be in the drawing. Thanks for the chance

  • Justine says:

    I googled Amy Bloom and ended up reading this short story, which I loved. Consider it a free trial.

  • Kathryn says:

    I really like your idea of doing whatever it is you have to do as well as you can. I suspect that it takes as much talent (and maybe more) to make something attractive and wearable out of inexpensive ingredients as it does to create something sublime from materials that cost the world. Mathilde Laurent has certainly spanned that entire range before, creating relatively inexpensive Acqua Allegorias for Guerlain (Herba Fresca, Ylang et Vanille, Rosa Magnifica) as well as the pricy L’Heures for Cartier. I’m a big fan of her work and am really looking forward to smelling Cartier de Lune.

  • jen says:

    Love bookish posts. I’m reading “Reading Jackie” about the books Jackie O edited and why they interested her. I’m wearing Jolie Madame while reading.

    • Bill Kuhn says:

      I’m so happy Jen is reading my book on Jacqueline Onassis! I’ve never read anywhere about what perfume she wore, but I’m sure she’d have felt at one with all you stylish ladies who are also readers. :)

      • Suzanne says:

        Bill, one of her favorite perfumes was Guerlain Jicky, though I’m sure there were others. Must look up your book. There was a great article in Vanity Fair recently about Jackie’s work as an editor.

    • Rappleyea says:

      This sounds great! Adding to the list. Thanks!

  • violetnoir says:

    I admit I love all of Linda Fairstein’s Alexandra Cooper, DA, mysteries. I am finishing up “Death Dance,” and just love it. Then I think I will give Alex Cooper a rest, and delve into my brand new hardcover book about Gypsy Rose Lee, “American Rose.” Gypsy is one of my favorite musicals, and that monster mother, Rose, is one of the most interesting characters ever…and she was a real person!

    Anyway, welcome back, Patty!

    Please enter me in the draw.


  • Justine says:

    I recently read Where the God of Love Hangs Out by Amy Bloom and enjoyed it enough to write her name down in my “authors” list, which is high praise from me indeed, since it meant I had to search out my list and a pen and I usually lose interest before those two things happen.

  • Shari says:

    It’s been out for several years but I just re-read “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett and really enjoyed it. It is extremely readable and interesting. If you like historical fiction, some to re-read if you haven’t read them already are The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, London by Edward Rutherfurd and any of the Welsh trilogy (Here be Dragons, etc…) by Sharon Kay Penman.

    I would love to be entered in the draw! Cartier VI is a favorite of mine.

    • Patty says:

      I love that book. I gave it to my mom to read after her surgery, and she just snapped through it. I haven’t met anyone that didn’t love that book.

      I haven’t done London in a long time, but I did love that book. Or maybe I’m thinking of Sarum?

      • maidenbliss says:

        I’m glad you and Shari gave mention to London and Sarum-they’ve been on my book shelf for a long time, waiting to be read. My library sells all overstock for a dime each so it’s hard not to hoard.

  • Kim says:

    I have also been watching teen movies – good source for new music too. Easy A is a recent favourite.
    Please enter me in the draw – I have been increasingly impressed with the perfumes Cartier is putting out and am looking forward to your reviews.

    • Patty says:

      OMG, Easy A is one of those movies I already own and have watched like ten times. Emma Stone is really brilliant in it, though I already loved her from zombieland.

      Cartier is doing some great work these days, after a lot of years of silence in the perfume department.

  • Janet says:

    Welcome back! I love your travel stories, please travel often so I can live vicariously through you!

    Speaking of teenfic, have you read the Percy Jackson books? Educational :”>

    Please enter me in the draw.

    • Patty says:

      I would travel more, but I can’t for two reasons: 1, my pets and kids would kill me, and in that order. 2. My budget is already strained with the travel I have been doing!

      Percy Jackson? Hmm, will look that one up, thanks!