Hi, Posse! I just got back from the Windy City and boy, how I miss it. You know what I miss most? Everything. The traffic, the scads of people (yeah, we’re not NY but still…PEOPLE). Lots of different ‘looks’ (though I can go the rest of my life not seeing another ‘man-bun’ and that would be a-okay. Ymmv).
I miss luxury. Sumptuary Laws being broken all over Boul Mich. I got a nice taste of it, though. Walk with me through Cartier…
…so…I don’t even know why I was in Cartier, except that I have always loved that shop. It’s got a cozy elegance that makes me feel happy and comfy whenever I walk through the doors. I came in to see what was new, perfume-wise but before I get to that, I want to tell you about another customer therein, an older gentleman, clad in ‘that’ raincoat that just shrieks ‘Very Successful Businessman’……he was going through a long list of handwritten names, ticking off boxes….at first I thought he might’ve been, I dunno, some high-level Corporate guy, checking inventory…..then my SA came up to him, saying ‘okay! I have 30 of this style pen in the US and 22 of this other style’. I nearly plotzed. The average price of a Roadster pen is $675. Thirty of those would put a new roof and back porch on this little shack, bless its hort!
Alas, I am not on his list. Sigh.
I moved on to fragrance – and …guess what? Mathilde Laurent has done THREE OUDS! Am I the last dog over the hill? Did y’all know about these? I’ve been amongst the cows for far too long, I guess. Les Heures Voyageuses: Oud & Rose, Oud & Musc, Oud & Oud. I spritzed Oud & Rose because Rose and it is lovely but I thought ‘oh, okay. It’s pretty….” I then perfunctorily spritzed Oud & Musc and was both over and underwhelmed since I am not overfond of oud or musk and this thing goes on a bit harsh and heavy-handed. ‘oh,well…it’s another ‘oud-y’ thing, Cartier is later to the party than I would’ve thought’…and I walked away, looking at pearl earrings…….’whoa! What the hell am I smelling? What is that gorgeous….? wth? are you kidding me?‘. Yeppers – it was that Oud & Musc. It’s in a spray bottle and the initial blast is a little fiery. About 3 minutes in, it starts to settle down, stretch itself out….and…it. is. GORGEOUS. Luxe and smooth like a cashmere/silk blend, with none of the cold slickery of satin….just warm and soft & very, very luxe. It’s that perfect blend of elegance and simplicity – I think I’ve talked about the Perfect White Blouse before – you know those silk/cotton blend blouses with perfect covered buttons and tailoring to make your heart sing (isn’t it funny how the perfect cuff length can make you feel like a Queen?)….this is That Oud. It costs a Queenly sum but it’s gorgeous and comes in a gorgeous gold bottle (shades of Amouage!) $375 for 2.5oz
Feeling Princess. There are days when ruling is heavy work, indeed, and you long for some time-OUT in an Auburn 851 Speedster, silk charmeuse headscarf and Pucci sunglasses at the ready. You don’t need no steenking Black Card. You are a Royal Princess, zipping through Monte Carlo in a 1935 Auburn 851 Speedster and your world is your oyster.
And it’s a luxe world, indeed. You are wearing Creed’s Royal Princess Oud. A sparkling, rosy oud, heavy on the ‘sparkling’. This is such a pretty scent. I’m wearing it as I type this and it just makes me smile. The base of Benjoin Siam, Regal Indian Oud and Styrax (as well as Mysore Sandalwood) grounds the pretty top notes of Bitter Sicilian bergamot which is sweetened by rose & violet (which sings throughout this composition, thankyouverymuch!) – all sorts of other pretties are in there as well (jasmine, vanilla, patchouli and iris) but the violet is the kicker for this Princess. This whole thing is just lovely, as befits a much-loved Princess with an open account at every boutique, that Speedster….and not a care in the world ! 30ml $260, 75ml for $385.
My beloved Andy at Neiman-Marcus gave me a carded sample, which I am going to pass on to a lucky Posseite! What’s making you feel Princess-y (or Princely) these days. These are dark days in our world – I’d love to hear some sparkly stories!