Happy Monday

By Ann

Happy Boxing Day, happy Kwanzaa and happy day after Christmas for all you Posse  folk who celebrate it. It’s kind of a slow day, so not much going on here, but I’d love to hear what Santa brought you or if you got (or are getting) something special for Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, or any other occasion or just because you deserve it (and you do!).

I got a beautiful champagne silk pillowcase, which I’ve been wanting — it’s supposed to help with wrinkles and help ward off “bed head” — so we’ll see how that works. Also got some lovely Diptyque Do Son soap (want to try it with Carnal Flower), some cash and a gift certificate (thanks, S!),  so I’ll have fun playing with those. My son got a Wii U Draw, which is just so cool to me — like the most amazing coloring book ever! Even a techno-dummy like me might give it a whirl. 🙂

Hope you all had (are having) an enjoyable weekend/holiday. I will be out of town part of the day but will pop in and chat when I can.  Take care …


  • pam says:

    Badgley Mischka for me!

    • Ann says:

      Whoo-hoo! That is a top-notch present, Ms. Pam. Hope you had a great Christmas and will have a happy New Year. Come sniffing over this way sometime in 2012, won’t you?

  • Annunziata says:

    It sounds as if Christmas was a gorgeous and beautifully scented experience for everyone. I’m a longtime lurker, I think I might have been emboldened to post once before, at some point…I have to say I was also curious about the saddle. I’m pretty saddle conversant, and don’t know the brand.

    For me, it was Bois des Iles, a long yearned for full bottle, for Christmas.

    Happy holidays to you all!

    • Ann says:

      Glad you de-lurked, Annunziata — you’re always welcome here at the Posse. I’m still curious about the saddle as well. And lucky, lucky you, getting a full bottle of BdI — enjoy it!!

  • Kismet says:

    Had a lovely holiday at the home of a local relative; no cooking to speak of AND no travel! Books under the tree, together with some Christmas money. Buying some new decants–my first Serge Lutens! Now get to sniff what everyone is talking about.

  • Julie says:

    Had a wonderful Christmas holiday, and it’s still going on since I took off the whole week. Spent time with my husband’s family on Christmas eve and got plenty of homemade tamales and bunuelos to bring home. Had Christmas dinner with my brother’s family and our friends. Everything was delicious and we had such a great time. No scented got 2 necklaces, some fun kitchen stuff and money.

    My grandmother always uses a silk pillowcase. She gets her hair “set” weekly so the silk is supposed to not muss it up too much in between visits.

    • Ann says:

      Hi, Julie, glad you had (and are still having) a wonderful Christmas holiday. And happy to hear a silk pillowcase testimonial — hope it works that well for me!

  • HemlockSillage says:

    “Let’s play scary noises!” I love Night of the Comet, with Robert Beltran lookin’ 80s gorgeous. I won’t judge at all, I’m right there with you.

    Your quiet Christmas sounds nice. Your caramels sound amazing. My plan today was to stop the eating madness of this past week. Nope. Had leftovers. *Tomorrow* I will go back to the thin wagon, as opposed to the sin wagon. At least my big Chritsmas Eve luncheon turned out well. Everyone seemed to enjoy the food and company, even though I was teased about my tiny apartment and kitchen. I laughed when someone commented that it was like a NYC dinner party, or very Continental. I’ll take that as a compliment.

    Do tell what was your SOTD! Mine was BK’s Sweet Redemption for the sugar and myrrh. Be well!

    • Musette says:

      Come back tomorrow – we are going to yakk about What Everybody Ate. I am so fat I can’t even stand it. And I’m STILL eating. I have until 11:59 CST. ;))

      xo >-)

  • Musette says:


    We had a very quiet Christmas – money is still extremely tight (not for forever – just for now) and you know, when I step back and look at my Life, as viewed through my possessions, I really don’t need much of anything – this house is stuffed to the gills with stuff I don’t even use because I can’t see/find it! So I was not expecting or wanting much, I was thrilled to get a DVD of an old 80s love, Night of the Comet (don’t judge! :-w – it’s a perfect 80s film), a Posh crossword puzzle book (I absolutely adore those – they fit in any handbag) ….and a secret Fairy sent me some Recchiuti fleur de sel caramels!!! 😡

    The best gift? I got some rest!!!

    xoxo >-)

    • Musette says:

      Actually, the best gift was the Recchiuti FdS caramels – not because of the caramels themselves, though they are divine! The ‘gift’ was so generous and so totally unexpected and really just put a big grin on my face! I am blessed with so many thoughtful, kind, lovely people in my life!

      xoxo >-)

  • Madea says:

    My best Christmas present was this morning, when my stepmother drove me to our Salvation Army to thrift with my Christmas money. I got two vintage scarves–one a delightfully tacky tourist souvenir of Paris and the other a 60’s or 70’s psychdelic red, green and gold silk scarf with peacocks on it.

    Also two midcentury handbags (a gold lame evening bag!) and a fifties stuffed daschund in blue and pink silk. (My family is house staff for two of the flesh and blood kind).

    I also plan to order a large box of fragrance oils, so I’m quite a happy girl at the moment.

    Finally, yesterday was the first ever Christmas dinner that I cooked alone. And it went well! Nothing was burnt, undercooked or disgusting, I got a bunch of new recipes everyone said they liked, and I didn’t have to do dishes.

    Best wishes to you all, and a safe and prosperous New Year:)

    • Ann says:

      Madea, sounds like you had a ball at the thrift store and got some great stuff. And congrats on your Christmas dinner. Wishing you a very happy New Year as well!

  • Tatiana says:

    I hope everyone had a lovely holiday. My best present arrived on the 14th and will be with me until she goes back to college on January 7th. What can I say, it’s fun having a daughter who loves perfume as much as I do. Under the tree my daughter and husband gave me Bois des Iles and Cuir de Russie in extrait form. It took me almost an hour to get the Bois des Iles open. That stopper was really in there. I was so afraid, I’d break the bottle or stopper or knock it over in the process. Even though it wasn’t under the tree because it’s still being made, my husband also gave me a new CWD saddle.
    Wishing you all a very happy new year.

    • Ann says:

      Tatiana, happy New Year to you, too! You’re very lucky to have a perfume partner-in-crime in your daughter — what a treat! And I know those extraits are to die for. I have to revisit Cuir de Russe but have a tiny bit of Bois des Iles in pure parfum and it is divine. BTW, what is a CWD saddle?

  • Francesca says:

    Since my husband recently extravagantly gave me a new iPhone and iPad, I told him I’d be delighted just to be taken out to a nice dinner sometime this week, which I have off. But friends gave me some beautiful lavender soap, panettone, jam, rhubarb bitters (lovely in club soda if one is feeling temperate) and a gorgeous le Creuset deep-dish pie plate. My Christmas present to me was a bottle of Daim Blond.

    • Ann says:

      Francesca, you hit the jackpot with all your lovely gifts. And I’m happy you treated yourself to the loveliness that is Daim Blond (yum!).

  • Isa says:

    In Spain we are still waiting for the Three Wise Men to come on 6th January, but Santa brought me a pretty Kimmidoll compact mirror.

    • Ann says:

      Hi, Isa. Thanks for stopping by. Sounds like you’ve got more to look forward to, and I know that mirror is lovely.

  • Eldarwen22 says:

    I didn’t find any perfume under my tree but I did make out like a bandit. I got an Xbox 360, an Amazon.com giftcard and money. Well, the money is going to get converted into more Amazon giftcards to pay for either Amouage Lyric or Gold. I bought Chanel’s No. 5 eau Premier for myself since I’ve grown to love it.

    • Ann says:

      Wow! You did make out like a bandit. Good for you on getting yourself the Chanel, and I’m with you on the gift cards. I know sometimes they get frowned upon for giving, but I think for most of us perfumistas, it’s a just about the perfect gift.

  • scented says:

    Where r u avatar?

  • scented says:

    I was thrilled to find Cuir de Ruisse under my tree. My thoughtful 8 yr old son went to Holt Renfrew w/ the hubby & after sniffing Hermes Iris, Iris Nobile & a few others, declared CdR the winner. Adore him so. And faithful dog Layla gave me my fav body lotion, Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Creme :-)

    Best holiday wishes to all the Posse contributors & friends!

    • Ann says:

      Oooh, you lucky lady, you! Wonderful family and dog you’ve got there. I bet that DK cream is very nice, and I’ve been meaning to re-try the CdR one of these days, now that I’m more amenable to leather.

    • Sherri M. says:

      I was super spoiled not only in gifts, but in having all my kids together. I realize as they become young adults, it may not always be this way, so I’m trying to treasure every moment. My dh did buy me some Lady Primrose Tryst and a beautiful aquamarine ring.

      • Sherri M. says:

        Uh Oh, Not sure what I pushed, but I meant for my prior comment to be at the bottom of the page. Scented, I did want to say “Wow, what a great husband your son will make someday!” :0)

  • Rednails says:

    Hey Ann & Posse, When’s the next Swapapalooza? Was thinking it was going to be around Thanksgiving…Did I miss it somehow, despite my constant lurking here?

    • Ann says:

      Hi! I’m not sure when the next one will be; we’ll have to check with the divine Ms. Musette. We should be due for one sometime soon. But if there was one recently, I missed it too!

      • Musette says:

        No one on earth could miss Swapmania. and it’s not mine – it’s Missy March’s. I think she’s considering February – maybe. We’ll all find out together but the details will be posted well in advance – and often!

        xo >-)