Passing Out in Grace

Well!  And how’s that for a post title.

First, the RAOK winners –  I wish I could send everybody something, you were all so kind about sharing your thoughts for the New Year.  But I did invoke The Bruno and his spirit came down and guided to pick Janet in California and tfk31  (and btw, sweetie, it’s gonna be Just Fine.  One foot in front of the other).  

gmail your ol’ evilauntieanita and give me your deets, both of you.  I will send you some fun things.

Okay!  Recap of San Francisco:

I ….I was SO freakin’ SICK!  I thought I’d beaten that crud that filled up my lungs and my sinuses but travel beat me like I stole something!!!.   I had a great time nonetheless, including the time spent with my beloved hypochondriac cousin who, when I asked for a general tour of her area, took me on a tour of her doctors’ offices.  Her MANY doctors’ offices.  Can’t make that stuff up!  I was enchanted.  Another friend’s  fairytale home in the Oakland Hills, so full of love and laughter and warmth.   You know That House.  The one where you walk in, it’s a mess, with dishes in the sink, dogs running around and stuff all over the place.  And you could just sit down, have a cup of tea and stay forever.  Yeah. That House.  Something Really Special,  That House.

My sweet Brooke.  In the midst of her insane schedule and very palpable loss of a good friend, she found time to take me to Grace Cathedral to see the ribbon installation, Graced with Light.  I’ve loved Grace Cathedral since I was 12 years old and my father brought home the LP of Vince Guaraldi’s Mass performed there.  It was the embodiment of everything magical that was San Francisco and remains so to this day.   Alas, I was so feverish that I ended up falling asleep in the pew, like a vagrant.  Oh, well.   It’s a pretty special place to pass out in.grace

Saturday was the Gathering of Friends and before any of you congratulate me on the success of this Event, let me tell you:  I had very little to do with it, beyond instigating the auction.  Brooke took care of everything – and good thing, too, since Hey!  Guess what?  Sick.  I spent about an hour there before I realized that my place was in bed, not recreating the San Francisco portions of ‘Contagion’.  I think everybody had a good time, though, even though it was a bittersweet affair and I enjoyed meeting so many new friends and reconnecting with some old pals, as well.

New Friend:  Bruno Fazzolari.  Met his gorgeous self at Tigerlily.  Okay, here’s the thing:  Bruno is GORGEOUS.  But he’s more than just a pretty face.  There is a quiet inner glow to the man that surpasses any physical beauty (and that is saying something, lemmetellya).  I found myself just…..unwinding….settling down….had I not been so skritchy with the sick I suspect I could’ve sat on a sofa and chatted with him for hours, he is that calming and cool.  And he is a damn good perfumer.  I’d heard of his work but it had never been on my radar.  Then Antonia (owner of the adorable Tigerlily) had me sniff Au Dela, his salty take on neroli and jasmine.  Absolutely stunning!  Donna Hathaway rocked the daylights out of Monserrat, which is a lovely green/osmanthus combination with a sparkly bit of grapefruit.  It’s just so damn PRETTY!   Perfumisti (especially those newer to the club) often dismiss the notion of ‘pretty’ but I aver that a) there’s a lot to be said for a pretty scent and b) it’s way harder than you might think to create a pretty scent that is also interesting (which is why there is a lot of pretty dreck out there).  Bruno’s scents balance ‘pretty’ and ‘interesting’ very nicely.  The couple I’ve sampled are evocative of Bruno himself – an obviously gorgeous surface with complexities of character that flash, tantilizingly, just below.

SF Artisan Salon

SF Artisan Salon


But don’t take my word for it – I’ve got samples of Au Dela and Monserrat to share with you.  Drop a comment letting me know what scent you think of when you think ‘pretty’.   There’s a cute little pibble that visits here every morning – I’ll ask her to hit random and pick someone to sample the gorgeous Brunos!

  • tam says:

    When I tested Shakespeare in Love, my first thought was this is so pretty!…and young!

  • Diana says:

    I think one of the By Kilian Black Masterpieces is “pretty” but the names always trip me up. It was the one with orange blossom in it. To me, there’s something about orange blossom that translates into light, innocent and pretty.

  • taleofahare says:

    The creeping sick crud…that’s no fun when traveling. I hope you’re feeling better! As another noted, Parfum DelRae’s Wit I consider pretty. I have some samples of Hedonist Iris & Hedonist Rose and I find those pretty as well.

  • Kandice says:

    Sorry to hear you were so sick on your trip. It is always hard to travel when you don’t feel your best. Hope you are feeling better soon. Thanks for the chance to try these perfumes. I like both pretty and interesting, but you don’t often find them together. One of my favorite pretty perfumes is Houbigant’s Orangers en Fleurs. Thanks again for the draw!

  • thegoddessrena says:

    Jardins d’Armide from Oriza Legrand, Haie Fleurie from L’Artisian and Pretty Machine from Kerosene are my pretties

  • Audrey says:

    Une Rose Chypree by Andy Tauer is my pretty perfume. So sorry you are ill and traveling. You need your own be when that happens. Thank you for the draw!

  • sunnlitt says:

    I am glad that you had a wonderful visit. So sorry to hear that your illness followed you.

    I agree. Brooke was amazing. She helped Tama in so many different ways. We are lucky that such a wonderfully-scented person is our friend!!

    And, it was great to honor Tama in that way. So many of us met each other through her ability to gather us all together and venture off to sniff and compare, all amongst kindred spirits. What a delight that is!!!
    I miss her.

    I am still looking for that ‘pretty scent’. I would love to sample these. Thank you.

  • Caroline says:

    What is it about traveling & getting sick that seem to go hand in hand? Sounds like you made the best of it nonetheless. Currently toggling between two pretties, Houbigant Orangers en Fleurs and Moon Bloom.

  • Pixel says:

    Oh, bummer to be sick while traveling! I think my prettiest scent is Donna Karan Gold. And I agree that Elie Saab is pretty too.

    I’m intrigued by all the votes for YSL Paris — I recently bought a vintage mini, will have to try that soonest. I also got a mini of YSL Rive Gauche in the same package — it leaked — not a huge amount but definitely enough to seriously scent all the packaging! Weeks later my trash can still smells like Rive Gauche. I guess that’s kinda ‘pretty’ for a trash can, huh? 😉

  • Dina C. says:

    So sorry that the crud followed you to SF. Ugh. Not fun. But so glad that you were able to soak in the moments of glory and goodness that were there to be had. I’ve been nodding along to everyone else’s suggestions for pretty scents: No. 19 edp, Chamade, Balenciaga Paris, 1932, Elie Saab, Beige, Diorissimo, Prada Iris…love those! I’ll add 28 La Pausa to the list. Thanks for introducing me to Bruno L. His scents sound excellent. I’d love to be entered in the drawing. Thanks anita!

  • ewewhojane says:

    Guerlain’s Myrrhe et Delires is my favorite pretty for winter; when I wear it there is nothing that can make me have a bad day!

  • Janice says:

    DNEM but I just wanted to say I ordered the sample set of Bruno Fazzolari’s five fragrances and I agree Monserrat is gorgeous. Haven’t tried them all yet but my favorite so far is Lampblack—ink and vetiver, but not so much vetiver that it takes over, if that makes sense.
    I hope you’re feeling better!

  • Ashley A says:

    Aw, so sorry to hear you were sick, but it sounds like a great trip, nonetheless. I had never heard of Grace Cathedral and just had to look it up. What a beautiful place for a rest. 🙂

    I love “pretty” scents and wear them a lot. One that I tried the other day and fell in love with was Elie Saab. LOVE it. Other ones that I think are “pretty” in my regular rotation are Balenciaga Paris and Crabree & Evelyn India Hicks Spider Lily (now Caribbean Wildflowers). Chanel Beige I also find unbelievably pretty and wear it regularly.

    • Musette says:

      I hope you are able to experience Grace irl some day. It is gorgeous. I always walk the Labyrinth when I’m there – very soothing. I loved Beige – until the musk base slapped me silly! xoxoxoA

  • Nemo says:

    I am so sorry to hear how sick you were. I am also amazed at how you got so much out of your trip despite your illness! The description of your hypochondriac friend cracked me up. My favorite “pretty” scents are Osmanthe Yunnan and Stella-perfumes that are just so pretty that they can make me FEEL pretty, even with my usual grubby tshirt and old jeans.

  • AnnieA says:

    Dioressimo is Queen of Pretty.

  • Connie says:

    When I think ‘pretty’ I think light and floral, but not necessarily amazing. Chanel 1932 maybe?

  • Monoatomic says:

    Almost anything jasmine-y feels pretty to me, I’ll go with Patou Joy. I’ve been trying to counteract the blizzard with tons of white flowers! Hope you feel better.

  • poodle says:

    I knew someone with That House too. I just loved going there even though I’d be horrified if it were mine.
    Sorry you were sick on your trip. That’s what usually happens to me.
    Pretty? Hmmm…this first thing that comes to mind is Jardins de Bagatelle.

    • Musette says:

      JdB! The moment I read that the scent came roaring back into my scent memory! What a powerhouse!

      I should’ve been clearer about That House. It was FINE! Not a showhouse. But fine. Just…it was so comfortable and warm and inviting. Made me wonder about mine own – I’m starting to worry less and less about how it looks and focusing more and more on bring light and laughter and love within. That House helped cement that. xoxoxoA

  • bevfred says:

    I appreciate pretty more and more. My current pretty is Chanel 5 Eau Premiere. Prior to it I wore Prada Iris and Hermes Kelly Caleche. I need an undemanding fragrance in my wardrobe at times. Both fragrances you mentioned sound lovely. I don’t think i know what salt is like in scent.
    I hope you are feeling better. I spent almost a month with the flu and respiratory issues, so you have my sympathy.
    Did you cousin really take you on a tour of her doctors?

    • Musette says:

      A month! I’m oddly happy to hear that – makes me feel less like a mutant. I fully expect this thing to linger for yonks!!!

      Yes, my cousin really did that, bless her heart. It was the most surreal, delightfully strange thing to happen to me in forever! xoxoxoA

  • Neva says:

    Sorry you were sick, but nevertheless you had a good time and brought some nice impressions back home.
    Someone said it already before, but the first thing that comes to my mind at “pretty” was – Paris by YSL!
    Pretty and interesting for me would be something like Atelier Cologne’s Rendez-vous…and thanks for sharing some more pretty scents with us!

  • Julie L says:

    Geez, what an adventure! And That House? Yeah. I know those. The kind that are so comforting to be in as long as it’s not your own because you’d die of embarrassment, lol. Live it! As far as pretty perfumes, well I just don’t know off the top of my head because I rarely ever wear one like that or have any unless it’s a sample. It’s 5 am so if I think of something when I’m more awake…..any of those you mention from Mr. Pretty would be lovely to try :). Hope you’re feeling better!

    • Musette says:

      Oh, it wasn’t that messy – it just wasn’t ‘done’ – and I think that’s what made it so wonderful. I spent the following day in a ‘done’ house – gorgeous, but it felt like a mausoleum. xoxoxoA

  • Donna says:

    Glad you were able to have a fantastic trip despite having a bug that tag along! Guess it wanted to come to the cathedral and also meet Bruno. I think Dyptique Geranium Odorata is a pretty fragrance on me. Very feminine. Monserrat sounds nice. I would like to try that. Sparkly grapefruit notes are refreshing and coupled with a pretty scent seems very nice. Count me in!

  • solanace says:

    I think Jolie Madame and Chamade are very pretty and intetesting. Actually, I like me some pretty!
    Hope you are feeling better, Musette!

    • Musette says:

      I can’t wear either one of those, dammit!!! and it’s a shame because they are both so lovely. I am way, way better, thanks, though I suspect I will have this nagging chestal until May. tant pis.

  • Patch Gal says:

    My new pretty is Sisley’s Soir de Lune. It makes me feel like putting on pearls and lipstick! Grace Cathedral is magical,isn’t it? An oasis in the city. Thanks for the draw. I’m hunting for a modern green perfume and Monserrat sounds tempting.

  • Maya says:

    I think Stella is pretty. It’s easy to wear, especially when I want a feelgood scent. A perfume that is “pretty* has very positive connotations for me, so I’m always up for trying *pretty* perfumes.

  • eldarwen22 says:

    Sorry to hear that you were sick during your trip. But Chanel no 19 in EDP is my strange but pretty perfume. I’m sure I have a couple others but it’s the one that is sticking out.

  • AllGirlMafia says:

    Ysl Paris is extremely pretty to me : )

  • mikasminion says:

    Lately I have found that Wit fills the pretty niche for me but prior to that I would have probably said Kate Spade. Sorry you had the crud to get you down. There isn’t anything worse that having stuff you REALLY want to do and being too sick to enjoy it.

    • Musette says:

      I lived in Kate Spade for years! Loved it! And I am loving Wit! Luckily SF is ‘home’ so it wasn’t like I was in Sydney or Cairo for the first time, y’know? whew! xoxoxoA

  • Lillian Holloway says:

    I usually think pink, spring, or sugary when I hear the word pretty used. I loved the review. I would love to finally sample anything from Bruno Fazzolari. There’s a lot of wondetful buzz around his creations…makes me want them even more.

  • LaDona says:

    I’m new here, so, hello! I’ve been rooting around in some vintage Annick Goutal I had forgotten about…Petit Cherie is pretty without being too vapid, but there’s a mystery bottle here that is gorgeous…and I have no idea what it is. No label…nothing. Just 3/4 of a bottle of amazing. I’m appalled at me, and surely don’t deserve any Bruno. But I’ll cross my fingers like any good sinner…and hope for the best.

  • Suzy Q says:

    Oh my, I am sorry to hear how sick you were in SF! Traveling while sick is the worst. I’m excited about the draw. The prettiest perfume I wear is No 5 Eau Premiere. You are correct about “pretty and interesting” being difficult to pull off. This one does it for me.