Musette’s Musings – January Style

Before I begin this screed, I just want to send my congratulations to cinnamon upon her retirement!  Hoping for all happy days ahead, doing whatever it is you want to do!!

We’re bracing for our first real Winter storm – apparently this is a big’un, big enough that Amtrak is suspending quite a few lines in anticipation of the 6-12 inches we’re supposed to get.  YIKES!  I had to go to ‘town’ to do some Adulting and decided to stop at Kroger on the way out for completely nonessential goods (the best kind!) – omg.  Hey – do you remember when COVID first hit and there was talk of grocery stores shutting down?  Yeah, like that.  Only worse.  I guess if 6-12 inches of snow is scheduled you really do need to buy 22 cases of Dr Pepper and 48 pizzas!

I bought Mallomars.  Because Mallomars!  I I won’t even open them – just knowing they’re in the house, though, makes me happy! They’re not easy to come by here in the Midwest so having seen them and NOT getting them would make me crazy – especially during Snowmaggedon, when there’s no safe access to civilization anyway, let alone a 35mile trek to get a box of stupid cookies.

Problem solved.

I’m also breathing a YUUUUGE! sigh of relief as I write this, my beloved Posse.  The Hollerdays Iz OVAH!  Sweet Green Gravy, how I dislike the Winter holidays – all the icky stuff seems to happen then – maybe it’s the enforced jollity – and that whole ‘cramming all that into one (or two, if Christmas Eve is your jam) day.  The stress!  The expectations!  Oh, the humanity!

Other than that, it’s just lovely!

And I’m kinda/sorta kidding – but if I think too long on it, probably not.  But now it’s done for another year and I can stop whining about it and, instead, whine about Even Dumber Stuff.

Like:  What Not to Wear (to Bed)…?  Mine?  Mine is (and remains) Mitsouko.  You’d think I’d remember – I absolutely adore Mitsy (especially the vintage) and can wear the living snot out of it during the day – sashaying around like a discount Bette Davis – as if I owned the world.  Come nightfall, however, that Girl had better be showered off (or at least so faint as to be nearly nonexistent ) – deliberate application need not be… well.. applied.  It’s like going to bed with an anaconda!  First, I can’t breathe – then I can’t figure out why I can’t breathe… I definitely can’t fall asleep because She has me in her coils and is NOT letting go.  Eventually we reach detente and I am able to tumble into an uneasy slumber – only to be tortured by nightmares!  3 times I’ve tried to wear her to bed and 3 times She’s et mah LUNCH!  So… if you hear me whining about Her at bedtime yet again, feel free to hit me with something HORD! because it’s not like She hasn’t warned me.  What’s yours?

The rise of the Fruity Floral.  I don’t think I’m trying to recapture my Lost Youth (hope not, anyway – I try not to be an Age Nazi but… well… anyhoo)…. I’m spending my Winter days in the oddest things!  I expected to be in Ubar and leathers – instead I’m in JUICY COUTURE?  What the actual hockey sticks?!!!  (insert shrug emoji because…. shrug).  I bought a bottle on deep discount because my stepsister loved it and I was missing her – and suddenly I’m wearing it – a LOT!  huh.  Ditto Hermes Pamplemousse Rose which is gorgeous but about as fleeting as a snowflake.  Then again, Winter is citrus season and the pamplemousse rose are looking particularly fetching and that brings me to a bit of snark: reading comments on the scent (I was going to give you the notes but I just did) I came upon one that gave it one star, saying “I don’t smell any rose”.  I’mo just leave that here. And yes, I’m probably going straight to hockey sticks for being such a snoot – eh, I’ll bring the Krug.

Btw – Juicy Couture garners a LOT of compliments.  Huh.

Winners!  Bet you thought I forgot.  I did not.  I’m just slow this time of year – heck, I’m almost in torpor!  Kathleen and Dina C!  Shout me a holla at my gmail (evilauntieanitaAT) with your details.


Wishing you all the very best New Year!!!  Full of joy, love, happiness and all the good things!


  • AnnieA says:

    I’ve been woken in the middle of the night due to a too assertive perfume, just like a loud noise. Perhaps you could have a designated Sleepytime perfume next to your bed. Whenever you’re about to put some on you can remember that Mitsy is still there and wash her away.

  • March says:

    Hey, Juicy is popular for a reason! It’s not high art but I get it. I think I’m wearing my dumb Ouai hair spray (and our Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen) because it’s all kinda beachy and comforting. Glad you picked up some Mallomars, gotta get them while you can!

  • Tom says:

    I would damn the system for not letting me comment last night from my iPad, but then I wouldn’t be able to second cinnamon’s love of Entenmenns. You can’t really get them in California either (although the area is hardly without donuts- we finally even have a Dunkin or two!) and write that I totally understand on the mallomars. I have twinkies in the house. I don’t really care for them (have one every 8 months or so) but the idea of going through The Big One and not having Twinkies with me in the rubble is insupportable.

    I have to be careful about wearing perfume for bed. I don’t sleep well, so it’s usually vanilla or lavender for me. Although MKK is great to sleep with- a big cuddly beast!

    I find anything with cirtus, vetiver or rosemary kind of a wakeup call.

  • Jennifer S says:

    Mallomars and chocolate pinwheels are bomb! Too good.
    We had the 6-12 forecast Sunday but landed on the lower side of things. Which was good cause I couldn’t get the snowblower started so had to shovel. Today it’s rain and lotsa wind and tomorrow mid 50’s. I can’t keep up lol.
    Wishing you all the best in 2024!

  • VerbenaLuvvr says:

    Mallomars and moon pies, yum! 🙂 Alarmingly low levels of snow where I live–and I’m ok with that–but extended below zero temps for highs starting tomorrow. I had a Juicy Neon travel spray and thunked it last year for Portia’s project, and I’m with you on the Pamplemousse Rose, it just didn’t ring my bell. Hoping 2024 brings you wonderful things!

  • Dina C. says:

    WooHoo! I love being a winner. Thanks Anita! The storm you write about dumped 10 inches of snow on my MIL in upstate NY! Here in Virginia all we got was rain. Boring! I can’t wear scent to bed — it’s too distracting. I hear you on wearing stuff you don’t normally wear. I sampled fruitichouli Coco Mademoiselle which I would normally shun…more than once!

  • alityke says:

    Hunker down for that snew with the Mallomars, hot chocolate & cashmere everything. Stay safe.
    I get where you’re coming from with the wrong perfume at night.
    I’m a vintage Opium ‘ho. Man I lurve her sooo much BUT even a whiff at bedtime & it’s nightmare city. Feels like the biggest active is sitting in my chest & breathing Opium fumes in my face. So she’s a daytime warmer rather than a going out-out fragrance.
    Juicy Couture? Hard no. The local Boots used to smell of it just like airport Duty Free smells of Flowerbomb

  • cinnamon says:

    Thank you, A. I am adjusting (in a good way). And a good year right back at you.

    I miss Entenmann’s — the small choc chip cookies and the choc covered donuts. They do not exist here.

    Fruity floral … I don’t know. The best fruity thing I’ve found recently is Eris Delta of Venus. I have a haircut appt in late January and am planning a trawl through the local department store for less high brow fragrances. Maybe I’ll come across JC.

    Best wishes with your snow. It’s just really cold here.

  • ElizaC says:

    Here in Seattle, we may or may not have some snow at the end of the week…..this led to serious discussions at our house about the need for mini marshmallows! We decided they are a necessity.

  • Maya says:

    Oh Mallomars! Cookies are not a weakness of mine, but put a box of Mallomars in front of me and I’ll eat it all! No guilt, no regrets.
    Yup, the holidays are over. For me, there are still several January birthdays. Mine is done and dusted and the last is my daughter’s on the 17th. Then, as far as
    I’m concerned, winter is on it’s way out, February is a short month, and March is the month of spring. That works for me, so I’m sticking with it, even ignoring this upcoming Winter storm. 🙂 😉

  • Portia says:

    Heya Musette,
    Welcome to the other side of the silly season. You survived. YAY!
    HA! Laughed out loud reading about Mitsouko because that’s EXACTLY what I wore to bed last night. A couple of swipes of the vintage extrait. Lulled me to the sleep of the dead. Up at 7am feeling rested and still smelling a little lovely. Weird how all things affect all people differently.
    Juicy Couture is nice. I have its sister, Paris Hilton Siren, in my fridge for summer time cool down spritzes. works a charm.
    Welcome to 2024, hope it treats us all kindly,
    Portia xx