Valentine’s Day is nearly here! What are the Best Valentine’s Day Gifts!? Dinner? Candy? Flowers? Perfume? Laundry done and the house vacuumed? El O being ..well, El O, I am always a bit conflicted. “What if he forgets?” battles with “what if he DOESN’T forget but gets me some Walmart pestilence and I have to pretend I like it?” . This has been going on for 12 years. And I’m sorry – I just can’t do a Wishlist for Valentine’s Day (isn’t that strange? I have no problem for Birthday, Christmas…it’s the Same Guy for all of those holidays – am I nuts?). Anyway, I finally resolved it by sending out a Very Strong Hint: I will get my own perfume/wine (he got me a bottle of Korbel one year. I nearly fainted).. he is off the hook if he comes up with a bag of Hershey’s Kisses (regular) and a card. Oh, hell – card is optional. And does one ‘me’ thing – this year it is finishing the stand for my beehives. Listen, you work with whatcha got. But! I am a self- indulgent beast, so that leaves me with the quandary: with what to indulge myself this Valentine’s Day? We’re still digging out of a funky first quarter so money is still tight. But what good is a wishlist if you can’t dream, right? So high to low, here’s my Usual Suspects Categories – these are the things that make my pointed little heart go pitty-pat. And there’s a Quirky Category, just for giggles. fwiw, this is either my stuff or stuff I wish I had (but nobody’s offered – esp the diamond!)
High: Amouage Lyric Body Cream. One of the most beautiful, romantic rose scents ever made. I love those glittery crystal jars, I do! I love what’s in them even more! Normally the price makes my stomach hurt but MiN New York is having a Valentine’s Day Sale – 15% off (Code:LOVEMIN) so I might just..
High: Carnal Flower Body Butter. The most perfect tuberose ever. I love this even more than I love the perfume.
Low: Tropical Traditions Organic Coconut Oil Moisturizing Cream. Oh, yes! I know…this doesn’t sound very romantic but smooth skin sure is. This stuff is wonderful!!! I have a lot of milia issues – this cream doesn’t aggravate that at all and it is just wonderful (In winter I even use it on my face). Wait for the free shipping codes, which come pretty regularly. I use the unscented, spoon a little into a bowl and add a drop or two of my favorite essential oil blend(s). If I want to use up a perfume sample I’ve been known to dump it into that little bowl and mix it into the cream. Yeah, like you’ve never done that!
High: I would shriek like a 3rd grade girl to find a bottle of MDCI Enlevement au Serail tucked next to my champagne glass. Or Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Cuir Fetche. Or (gasp!) a bottle of Chanel Cuir de Russie parfum. Alas……
Low: Fresh Lemon Sugar. And since we’re going there…I confess to loving, still, Coty’s Muguet des Bois. Yes. Even now. It costs, I dunno…$11? It smells so nice, sprayed on the inside of a cotton blouse.
High: Recchiuti Fleur de Sel Caramels. They really aren’t expensive – if you live in SF. What terrifies is the shipping. But..oh! they are so wonderful. Unlike a lot of caramels that sprinkle the sea salt atop, Michael weaves a thin ribbon inside the chocolate ……..I would tell you more but my tastebuds are already leaping around like Baryshnikov.
Other High: Miette chocolate sables. Again with the SF thing. I might as well just move.
Ultra High: Pierre Herme chocolate sables. I’m sorry that one is just mean, isn’t it? – even I think it’s a bit..much..to fly to Paris for a cookie. But..day-am! they are exquisite.
Low (and everywhere): Hershey’s Kisses. Yah. Don’t hate. Like you wouldn’t wrestle me for that bag.
High: Graff diamond ring. Hey, go big or go home. There is nothing I love more than a huge, flawless emerald-cut diamond ring; Graff does it best. I have worn both this ring and bracelet shown ANNND the matching necklace (my Graff SA is very indulgent) -the magpie in me loves the ring the best (I can’t spend all day in front of a mirror and the bracelet isn’t as shiny as I’d like ..so..sigh..if I must..the ring it is!
Low: Bat House. Yep. Big Ol’ Bat Lover Here. Nothing better than a bat. Between them and the dragonflies this property is pretty much mosquito-free . I have been waiting for TWO YEARS for this man to build that damn bat house. Birthday? No Bat House. Christmas? Ditto. If I don’t get it for Valentine’s Day I’mo go buy one from my Other Porn Place, Wild Birds Unlimited. This man could build the Taj Mahal. Build the damn bat house, already. Or I’ll make you buy me that ring.
But wait! you say! Is it all youYouYOU? What about US? You promised a giveaway! Well o-Tay! A giveaway it is! And it’s NOT a bat house! Instead, it’s a lovely gift from MiN New York – a 30ml bottle of Andy Tauer’s Une Rose Vermeille! It’s Valentine’s Day – what better way to celebrate than with a gorgeous rose perfume. I’m fussy about my roses – this one is a beauty! Here are the notes (courtesy MiN New York)
HEAD NOTES A citrus chord with lemon and bergamot with a whisper of lavender. HEART NOTES Sumptuous bouquets of roses and violets, kissed by luscious raspberries. BODY NOTES The richness of vanilla, sandalwood and tonka beans, touched by the elegance of ambergris.
TO WIN: drop a line here, letting me know your Valentine’s Day plans, real or fantasy. I’ll get one of the bats to pick a winner via random.org – you won’t get it before Valentine’s Day but I’ll announce the winner on Valentine’s Day !