Elie Saab and winners of the profumo giveaway

So first, the winners of the Profumo.it Sharif giveaway from last week.

The large bottle of Sharif goes to:  Chance.

Three winners of the samples:  Gvillecreative, d3m0lici0n, and Nancy.

All four of you, just clickety-click on the Contact Us on the left, write me a note with your address, remind me of what you won. I’ll respond back with a quick got it so you know it didn’t land in the spam filter, and then I’ll ship you your goodies!

September Vogue showed up in my mailbox yesterday and about crushed my mail basket as it dropped in.  I can’t resist the size of that magazine, and I had to quickly thumb through to see what perfumes they’re pimping. Elie Saab is one of them.  Created by Francis Kurkdjian, it has notes of orange blossom, jasmine, rose honey, patchouli and cedar. It’s nicely made florchouli, has a cute bottle, very commercial, pretty enough, mainstream, catchy ad campaign that appeals to the feminine, as this scent does, and they spent a bundle putting it in September Vogue, which always spikes sales.  Early prediction, it will be a great seller for them.  Nothing ground-breaking or updated other than it’s good to have a mainstream scent done well.  It’s strongish with the patchouli amp, and it gives off a little Chinatown vibe.

There — I’ve said something nice in there somewhere, I think.  For those  with all the kind words of wisdom last week about the back, it’s fine now. It’s my own fault. Since I took Yoga Teacher Training this year, I’ve been really careful in my flow not to tweak my back during the chattaranga (sp?), doing a slow, controlled bent elbow, lowering to knees first to make sure I never strain my low back (sway back, it’s easy to tweak), which gives me yoga butt.  Last class I took last week before my back started aching, I overdid, got all cocky about my strength, and of course that happened.  I appreciate all the good wishes and advice.

New book I’m loving so far, “Ready Player One.”  As one author/reviewer called it, it’s a “Nerdgasm.”    There are references to so much nerdy pop culture, it’s ridiculous.  If you played on or know what an original Atari machine is, have the full Lord of the Rings Extended version in Blu-Ray AND watch it more than once a year, this book is made for you. Yes all you George R.R. Martin fans should pick it up.  I’m just a few pages in and love it.

And I’m eating raw key lime pie, still in a state of disbelief that it tastes as good or better than normal key lime pie.  Avocadoes, limes, agave, coconut oil whipped together in a macadamia nut crust.  So delicious, I can’t even say. Next week we’re making coconut milk chocolate ice cream as well as peach.

And August is almost over.  How did that happen?  The nights here are cooling to fall temperatures – hey, you gotta love living in high desert – windows open at night, the AC isn’t kicking on so much, the dogs have almost completely blown their coat, and I’m foundering on some of the best melons I’ve had in years.  And it’s time to start floofing around in my fall fragrances and contemplating which ones I can start wearing now.  What are you looking forward to in the fall, fragrance-wise or other stuff? And are y’all east coaster still freaked about that little earthshake you got the other day?

  • Musette says:

    ps. is there anything as wonderful as September Vogue…:-? I think not! It’s like the Sears Wishbook of old! For grownups.

    xo >-)

  • Musette says:

    I am looking forward to wearing Diaghilev – it got a tad too schwetty for me to wear it with any aplomb, so I put it away…..but it’s whimpering to be let out now!

    I am not looking forward to Autumn so much, as you know….but I’ll figure something out..

    xo >-)

  • AnnieA says:

    I am looking forward to digging out my cashmere sweaters. It was a cool summer here, so I did wear several of the Winter perfumes.

  • Claudia says:

    I am looking forward to wearing Sycomore and Coromandel most of all. The past few days I’ve been wearing out a sample of L’Eau de Circe bu Parfumerie Generale. It has all the things I loved about Gucci Rush, without being so strong that I’m afraid to wear it. I think I must have a decant next…..

  • DinaC says:

    Here in Virginia, the “little” earthquake didn’t feel so little. Made us queasy and gave us a bit of a scare. Sounded like and felt like a huge train rumbling by the house, but of course there are no tracks there!

    I was able to wear a fall scent yesterday, 31 Rue Cambon, because we were having some gorgeous low humidity days there. I’m more than ready for fall, my favorite season, to arrive. Other fall favorites include: Bois des Iles, Mitsouko, Kenzo Amour, and chypres in general.

    I’ve sniffed a few new things this summer over at Saks and NM, but the only ones that really made my brain light up with delight were MMM Untitled and some samples of “old” things that a MUA friend sent me. I think I want a FB of PG’s Iris Taizo (now Iris Oriental). I’m still waiting to sniff the new No. 19 Poudre too.

  • maggiecat says:

    Ditto the tumeric, also ginger and of course omega 3 oil – all good anti-inflammatories (on which I’m overdosing right now with a severe arthritis flare). As for Fall – I’m ready for Fall period with record breaking heat and drought here in Dallas. I’ve almost forgotten what cool weather feels like and I’d give anything to be able to open my windows – or even have a day where the high was below 100! In a few weeks, i hope i can contemplate Fall-ish scents. In the meantime, I kind of liked the Elie Saab sample strip – and has anyone sniffed the new Chanel (Jersey) yet?)

  • Rappleyea says:

    Seconding the request for the pie recipe… please. Key Lime Pie is probably my favorite, or at least co-favorite with Coconut Cream, which I haven’t eaten in years anyway.

    Stay present in yoga and protect your body. Glad the back is doing better and REALLY glad to read a Patty Post this morning!

  • pam says:

    I agree with you, Tommasina, about trying the turmeric capsules–they have helped me mucho!

    Am about halfway through the Sept. Vogue. After reading it while sitting on the sofa, it begins to cut off the circulation to the legs! Those ads do make me want to try the Elie Saab.

    Glad the back is feeling better. But yoga does help, and I need to get back to it (no pun intended).

  • Tommasina says:

    A few random thoughts:

    – people with problem joints of any kinds (including the spine, which is basically a load of joints all in a line together) might want to try turmeric capsules as a supplement;

    – I must look out for September Vogue: love me a thick picture book and am going to BEACH in 10 days (first, and probably only, holiday this year);

    – Elie Saab: meh (sorry), though agree on Chinatownish vibe. It could also be smelled as a more sophisticated version of Juicy Couture or BBW Sensual Amber;

    – not so worried about earthquake, despite the second one on a 4+ scale; more concerned about Irene about to hit ground: will cause torrential rain inland, and far worse on the coast;

    – looking forward to being able to wears scarves (decorative, not warming) – at least first thing in the morning.

  • Ann says:

    Hi, Patty. So glad your back is better. But that September Vogue is such a whopper, I thought I would throw MY back out just lugging it from the mailbox to the house. And that pie does sound dee-lish.

  • Sherri M. says:

    The Key Lime Pie and coconut milk ice cream sound awesome! I totally agree it should taste better than regular key lime pie; now that I’ve become accustomed to healthy eating, what I ate before now seems so heavy and overprocessed.

    Tell me, is that akin to mainstream fragrances now seeming so synthetic and chemical? :-) Is this how Justin Bieber et al manage to push out Annick Goutal and Miller Harris from our mainstream department stores–he (le Justin) being chips and soda, and AG/MH being the good key lime pie Americans are uninterested in trying??

    Anyway, I took an inventory a few weeks ago and noticed I don’t have alot of fall/winter fragrances; I seem to lean toward florals–spring/summer or year round. Not that I NEED more perfume (I still have Cuir Beluga, Samsara, Jubilation 25, et al to keep me warm), mind you, but I could use some nice fall/winter scents AND I did love recent samples of Black Jade and Fille en Aiguilles, also Bois de Violette, so maybe FB’s are in the future.

    I’m not one for fall (except clothes), but I can’t wait until NM/Saks run a promo! I love the fall Chanel palette! I totally loved Creed White Flowers (pretty much a pefect classic white floral), too, but there is no way I’d pay $575 (wow…I could buy all three of the above for less), pretty though the bottle is! I’m enjoying wearing my sample though with my new sale 85% off Lilly Pulitzer dresses as much as possible before autumn sets in.

    Thanks for a great article! You always write about such fun things! :-)

  • Jillie says:

    I suppose it’s just too predictable that I would want to beg you for the Key Lime Pie recipe?……

    Autumnal fragrances (to my nose any way) that I am beginning to hanker after: Samsara and Ta’if.

    So glad your back is recovering. I am taking fish oil capsules and glucosamine and chondroitin supplements for mine, but not so sure they are working. Has anybody else had success with these? Or must I bite the bullet and excercise?

    • patchamour says:

      Hey Jillie,

      I second you on the request for the Key Lime Pie recipe….About backs: I was told not to exercise while it was hurting, and that was good advice for me (herniated disk). I really thought I’d never get better, but I did. Hope you both feel better fast.