Post Valentine’s Day wrap-up

valentine OK, so it’s the Monday morning after a big Valentine’s Day weekend. I know many of you who were snowed in and iced up last week might have postponed your celebrations a day or two, like we did. If so, what did you end up doing?

Also, inquiring minds want to know: Did you get a fragrance from someone special, a friend or a family member? If not, what did you wear for the big red heart day/weekend?

I got a wonderful dinner out and a much-needed pedicure gift certificate, as DH tends to avoid perfume buying of any sort. And who could really blame him when I’ve got samples, decants and other miscellaneous fragrant items scattered hither and yon around the house? 🙂

As for me, I wore a variety of scents in honor of Valentine’s Day. Most notably, my sample of Aftelier’s Cuir de Gardenia came in the mail and I happily dabbed. I won’t go into the particulars of it as so many others have reviewed it and raved about this, but it’s really gorgeous – me likey – a LOT!! I thought about going back and sampling the solid perfume, but enjoyed the liquid so much that I’m leaving lovely enough alone.

I also pulled out my L’Arte di Gucci and Amouage Lyric Woman. Ah, such beautiful, sophisticated roses – among the best ravishing red valentine scents, in my opinion. And I rounded up Arquiste Anima Dulcis, Guerlain’s Iris Ganache and Gourmand Coquin, as there were no chocolates or sweets in the house Friday so I went with the next best things to satisfy my sweet tooth. (BTW, did anyone try any of the heart-shaped donuts from Dunkin’ Donuts? I had one at work earlier in the week – too cute!)

Anyhoo, here’s hoping everyone has a great week, hopefully with some sunshine, and no nasty weather surprises.

Alyssa February 18, 2014

My boyfriend actually spoiled me this year by getting me 2 fragrances and a lovely bouquet of orchids =) He bought me West Side and Perfumista Avenue by Bond No 9. He said he was nervous picking out a fragrance (since I'm picky about how I smell) so he bought me 2 different ones. And let me tell you, he nailed it! I'm obsessed with both of them! I'm not usually a big fan of Valentine's day but hey if I get to be spoiled with niche fragrances, then I'll wait for Cupid all year!

Dionne February 18, 2014

Valentine's Day isn't a big day at our house, this year we popped popcorn and watched "Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters" with our kids. The reason for this is our anniversary is two days later on the 16th and that's where our focus is. We don't do gifts because we'd rather spend the money on a nice hotel and restaurant. (If I had a choice between another bottle and an extra night away with The Engineer, there's just no contest.) At my hubby's request I packed Black Cashmere and Pulp, two of his favorites, although I'll also admit to spraying Lumière Blanche and L'Eau d'Hiver on my wrists as we drove away, so he could smell two fragrances that are quickly dwindling in their decants. He liked both, and so now I have an excuse.....

Portia February 17, 2014

Hey Ann, Reads like a lovely fragrant time. I flew back home on Valentine's Day and when Jin got home we went for Szechuan Chinese in town to a place I've been wanting to try for ages. Company was fabulous, service less so, but we had a great time and wandered through the Chinatown street markets which is Jin's favourite thing to do. Then we wandered around the waterfront for a couple of hours talking, bickering and laughing. These are the small things that make me so happy. Fragrance? Jin swathed himself in his Anniversary present Oud by Mona Di Orio and I wore Alliage by Estee Lauder, which is discontinued in Australia but I grabbed a bottle in Munich while on holidays. Happy Belated Valentine's Day to you. Portia xx

Jennifer Counts February 17, 2014

I don't have a significant other, so I was just pampering myself a bit. I had a nice bath with some bath salts I had bought a week or so earlier that were scented with cacao absolute, rose absolute and cardamom. (Valentina's Home Brewed Magickal Mineral Bath Salts, if anyone's interested). Then I doused myself in Rochas Femme and lazed about streaming music on Pandora and reading comic books. And later in the weekend it was Adventures in Hair Dye! I got some pink and teal goodness going on, as you can sort of see in my new avatar. The green didn't come out that well in the pic. :)

Musette February 17, 2014

Pizza (Friday is Pizza Night here at Chez El O), 2 episodes of David Suchet's Poirot (such elegance, such manners!) a hot shower and a Sun NYT crossword puzzle. Happiness! xoxoxoA

windicindi February 17, 2014

My husband brought me home a heart shaped pizza and a box of Lime A Rita's. It was fun! Thanks, Cindi

Tiara February 17, 2014

My family rarely gives me perfume and only then if I've given them the exact name, type and size. By that time I might as well buy it myself and so I do. I wore Bombay Bling in the morning, Shanghai Lily in the evening. Yum. We had planned dinner at a restaurant with our son and his family but as we left home, it started to snow. The forecasters changed from winter weather advisory to winter storm warning late afternoon and they weren't kidding. We took our time over dinner to let the evening rush hour folks get off the road before we headed home. We are so. over. snow.

eldarwen22 February 17, 2014

Since I don't have a SO, I got together with a good guy friend and we ended up at an upscale mall. I searched for the EDP version of Jicky but Saks Fifth didn't carry it. They carried the parfum and the EDT version but no EDP. Right now, the parfum version is out of my price range but smells fabulous. I was thinking of getting L'Heure Bleue but wimped out and got my 2nd bottle of Mitsouko. I was blown away though with the customer service at Saks Fifth and how large the perfume section was. The customer service rep dabbed me with one of the Guerlain exclusives (forgot the name) and it was a jammy rose that smelled kind of like Creed's Fluers de Bulgarie.

Dina C. February 17, 2014

DH and I went out for a fancy lunch on Valentine's Day. I had a raspberry lemon drop martini which was bright pink and very tasty. The restaurant had decorated with dozens of red and pink balloons, a very festive touch. I received Van Cleef and Arpels Bois d'Iris which had been on my wish list for five years, since it's release in 2009. I'm so excited to finally have a full bottle. I've gone through many samples and decants over the years, and there's a lot of satisfaction that comes with finally getting something that I've waited for so long. I loved hearing your scent choices. I've recently explored some roses in the last year or so. I burned some Pacifica Persian Rose votives this weekend in my kitchen; they smell so good with their touch of citrus and myrrh. I made goodie bags of Valentines candies for each of the four of us, so we've all been snacking on conversation hearts, m&ms, and sweet tart hearts this weekend. Enjoy your pedicure! My feet are feeling the need for some pampering, too. What a thoughtful gift! :-)

Sherri February 17, 2014

We do the traditional flowers, chocolate and a dinner out, No perfume gifts (dh is completely lost there), but I did buy myself PoaL during Barney's GWP. Valentine's Day I received several perfume samples in the mail and went to dinner smelling like a combination of Roja Dove Enslaved, CocoBlanc, and Profumum Sorriso, which I had put on various times throughout the day. I actually love all three of these (bank acct. cringes). Love all your Valentine choices and to hear you had a great day!

Ann February 17, 2014

Oops -- almost forgot another gorgeous lovely for the fragrant cupids -- Attrape Coeur! Please, please Guerlain, bring this beauty back!

Rina February 17, 2014

Sounds like a great Cupid Day, Ann! My celebration coincided with my daughter going to Space Camp so our celebration was actually 3 child-free days and I'm almost ashamed to say we milked it for all its worth! Hubby really liked the Jour d'Hermes sample I've been wearing so I cashed in a Sephora GC and bought a small bottle! Ain't Love Grand!?