If you tell anybody this, I’ll deny it, but…..welll….I’m glad it’s back to being cool. There. I said it. But you know, living in the Midwest is an exercise in extremes most of the time. We don’t get Winter, we get Permafrost. And Summer? Well you can make glass out of sand on the beach some Julys, without need of an oven. So Autumn and Spring are usually the only chances we get to enjoy a more temperate approach to weather. This Spring sprung extremely early and then flung itself, screaming and drooling, into August-level temps. It’s unnerving to watch tulips shoot up and bloom in 36 hrs (yes, I have BLOOMING tulips in my garden) before the scylla are even out. Mosquitoes. In March. A Lot of Mosquitoes. A LOT.
Then all of a sudden Spring returned as temps dropped from 85 to 55, which is where they belong right about now (hell, in past years we would’ve danced the Mamoushka at the thought of 45!!). And it brought a blustery rain, which is what we are supposed to have, NOT scorching sun. So we’re back to normal temps, folks have stopped tilling their gardens (really, people? Tilling? In March? Are you high? You KNOW it’s going to come back to bite you). I’ve stopped looking at citrus and wondering if I’ve lost my mind. I’m now free to browse the Wuthering perfumes in my cabinet.
This is supposed to be the season of mists on the moors, windblown hair and heather and soft violet light. Diorella, Charmes y Leaves, Silences……those silvery-greenery galbanum-y scents that are all misty morning and silk scarves that flutter in the rain-tinged breeze. So ‘me’ with my delicate self! 🙂 Violets and Rainwater. Helloooo? I certainly need RAIN for that one. The shift back to traditional Springlike weather means I can wear those scents without feeling like I dressed for Laurence Olivier but fell into Groucho’s lap instead. The cool, wet weather allowed me to revisit an old love that’s extremely difficult to wear (for me, anyway) in any but wet, transient weather: Malle’s Fleur de Cassie. It’s one of those ultra-weird, shapeshifting scents – in colder weather it has an oily tinge to it that distracts me and it’s really unnerving in very hot weather, with that (insert Massengill Moment here …or is it Poise? )…… :-p But in the 50s and 60s, with a coolish, damp wind blowing, the scent loses that cloying mimosa note (I’ve yet to find a mimosa to love, alas), the violet cools down and the leather comes forward with a lush, buttery feel. I wore the last of the body butter (sadly, now discontinued) and just marveled at its beauty. In 80degree weather it would’ve brought up my lunch.
so YAHOO! for Spring! And all my weird, Spring faves! What is your weather like right now? Weirdly Hot? Weirdly Cold? Just Right? What Spring scents are you pull out of hibernation?
ps. never fear, Missy March will be back shortly. She’s crazybusy and I had a free day, so I’m stepping in. But not for long, so don’t despair.
pps. who won the “Love to Hear From You” samples: Suzy Q!! and Oh Lily !! drop me a gmail line : evilauntieanita AT, give me your details and I will get a fun little package out to you!