New Year’s Resolutions

  • Don’t visit or face the dire consequences of totally screwing your shoe budget
  • Get a Facial at least once a month
  • Buy at least one new parfum per month
  • Sample at least one really old vintage scent each month
  • Continue to walk for 30-45 minutes per day and do Pilates daily
  • Don’t buy unsniffed who are we kidding? phhttt, buying unsniffed is for lightweights
  • Maintain Restylane on lips, which is totally the best thing in the world for vanity
  • Try and get over how mad I am at UPS/FedEx/DHL over shipping or lack of delivery of packages during storm
  • Get a bottle of Djedi, no matter what it takes
  • To sniff Shalini
  • To get more Guerlain Fol Arome

What perfume and nonperfume resolutions have you all made, and Happy New Year! May we all find room in the budget for the bottles we love and are smitten with most!

  • Cheezwiz says:

    😡 Aw shucks thanks!
    The thing that got me most about pitties is their clownish sense of humour. Never has a particular breed of dog made me laugh so hard (I’m talking doubled-over tears running down my face) as these guys. And they KNOW they are making you laugh! Everybody should spend time with one – there is no better therapy in the world!

  • Ellen says:

    Oh, Cheesewiz, sign me up for your fan club! I became a pittie fan when I took care of some Katrina dogs in MS last year. Lots of pitties. Very smart, athletic, great senses of humor. Adopted my 1st pittie — Johnny Cash, The Dog in Black. He’s a fabulous foster host — important b/c my 14 yr old malamute mix is tired of that.

    Sending thoughts of money & dogs your way!

  • Cheezwiz says:

    Ellen! How fabulous that you are a dog rescuer!

    I enjoy dog-walking at my local shelter, and I have to say that someday when I do get a dog (I long for a dog the way normal people long for children) it will most likely be a pit bull. After spending time with so many of them at the shelter, I have become completely smitten with them. I hope your pocket pittie pal finds a good home soon!

  • Ellen says:

    Whew! Thanks, Patty. I will hope to achieve personal Caron/Guerlain growth. (I know the Aqua Allegorias don’t count, but I love Pamplelune.)

    Thanks, Maria. Yes, I am surrounded by wonderful rescuers who I am sorry not to be able to work with right now. We depend on sweethearts like you to adopt our rescues so we can save more! Anyone want a tiny diva pitbull?

    Oh, Cheezwiz, good luck. I can totally relate.

  • Cheezwiz says:

    Perfumey Resolutions:

    1) Make a small investment in perfume samples from the Perfume Shoppe to test several times at my leisure.

    2) Pick one or two fabu fragrances from above samples and purchase (get one fragrances I truly adore, rather than a bunch of mediocre department store ones).

    3) If I do decide to get a regular dept store brand, see what’s in stock at Costco: sometimes they have a big selection of brands I like (ie Ralph Lauren) for cheap.

    3) Find out if the amazing staff at the Perfume Shoppe can special order me a bottle of Apres L’Ondee (this is one I KNOW I want to own!)

    Non-perfumey resolutions:
    1) Clean & declutter my frickin’ apartment (yeah. that’ll happen). I’m a packrat not because I can’t bear to dump things, but because I’m lazy. I am a lazy rat.

    2) Move on to a newer more lucrative job – so I can afford said perfumes mentioned above.

  • Maria B. says:

    Ellen, just remember that you’re not alone in your effort to rescue dogs. A lot of good people are out there helping. When we move (my mantra these days), we’ll adopt another retired greyhound, now that we’ve gone through two years of mourning for our beloved, sweet first one.

    As to wish lists–friends, they work. I start such lists about plants. Sometimes when months have gone by and I look at them again, I wonder why plant X or Y had seemed so very desirable one day.

  • Patty says:

    but of course, E! :d Guerlains and CArons are not for everyone, and it has taken me a goodly long time to appreciate them!

  • Ellen says:

    Thanks, Patty! It has been 16.5 months and it is still a struggle. I have a big arsenal of reasons & one of them is that the $40 or so(!) I would spend every week allows me to buy a wagonload of perfume.

    Does this mean you’ve forgiven me about the Carons & Guerlains?

  • Patty says:

    Ellen, good for you on the not smoking! I quit like five or six years ago, and it was so hard at the beginning, but then it got better, and I don’t miss it a bit and haven’t for years. once in a while, it seems like a good idea, but then I think of having that smell all over, and that idea goes right out the window!

  • Patty says:

    Giselle — that reminds me, I need to buy some L’Heuere Bleueueueue. 🙂

  • Patty says:

    Maria — good luck with moving! Having just done it three years ago (yeah, yeah, but it seems like yesterday), it is worth it once it is done, but just drink plenty while it is happening.

  • Patty says:

    Cinnamontoast — sorry, had to restart heart after reading that “no perfume buying for six months.” :gasp: Good luck with that!

  • Patty says:

    D — I’m going to add “get trip to NYC and Paris planned for this year.” Then we can both hit a resolution!

  • Patty says:

    Silvia — avoid the pub? WTF, let’s not get rash here. 🙂

    I need to add “wear makeup at least 3x per week” to my list. At that rate, I could go through my current stock in 385 years.

  • Patty says:

    L — maybe we can all start French classes online?

    I’m marrying JCE, and I don’t care what DH says about sharing. Until he can make great perfumes, he can just sit in the corner and wait.

  • Patty says:

    L — you can feel my buffs any time, if you can finde them. 🙂 Buddy has been a knothead this week, you can have him as the start on your two dogs. 8-|

  • Patty says:

    March — buff, me? I used to be, but, um, not really, still have a long ways to go.

    I’m so disgusted with UPS, Fedex and DHL, it’s not even funny. As mad as I was at USPS the first couple of days, they have really been troopers since then. Most packages sent that should have gotten here the week of the snowstorm are just now trickling in, with other packages leapfrogging over them. It’s like once they get stopped, they can’t seem to get them started again.

  • Patty says:

    Trinit — I will absolutely verify metabolism reverses as you get older. It’s frightening!

  • Patty says:

    Gaia — I think I forgot to add “ready more than Five books” for 2007. All the thumbing through People and Us and Entertainment Weekly is making a moosh of my brain.

  • Patty says:

    Happy new Year, Cait! I’m having similar urges. Shoes and socks mostly, go figger. 🙂

  • Elle says:

    Oh, no! More competition for my beloved Maurice! Marina and I are already having “discussions” over who gets to be Madame Roucel. And I’ve got to join you on the resolution to resist the siren call of vintage stock piling.
    I look forward to seeing your posts on Legerdenez.

  • Ellen says:

    Wow! These lists make me think of the saying, “Learn from others’ mistakes because you’ll never have time to make them all yourself.”

    1) Continue not to smoke, if it kills me!
    2) Don’t let anything get in the way of my side job becoming my day job.
    3) Allow myself not to rescue dogs for a while so I can accomplish #2.
    4) Do not think about the dogs I am not saving. I will not be able to save any dogs if I become homeless or insane.
    5) Yes, three wearings before buying!
    6) Be able to hold a reasonably intelligent conversation in Spanish by end of year.
    7) Don’t fault self for not “getting” Carons or most of the Guerlains or Lutenses. Patty will still let me read this column. Won’t she?
    8) Wish list of fragrances — good idea, Maria B.!

  • Giselle R. says:

    1. Don’t get side-tracked. (If I am going to buy a replacement bottle of L’Heure Bleue, I want to just do that, & not start sniffing around and buy something else, then whine because I am all out of L’Heure Bleue.
    2. Don’t bother with celebs and designers like CK & DK until you have enjoyed every Molinard, Galimard, Guerlain possible. A costly bottle can be way better than 4 mediocre ones. In other words, spend those dollars wisely.
    3. Never buy untested. (I have been burned by many Americans and one Belgian who will remain nameless this year with their stinky perfumes) It was my own fault. Nice scent on paper just won’t cut it anymore. And no one else wants these scents either.
    4. Find “Oh My Cat” rumored to have been created by Maurice Roucel.
    5. Make a serious wish list (Maria B. you are so right)

  • Maria B. says:

    In 2007 I will:

    1) Remember that moving, while hell, is transitory–so it’s really more like purgatory. In a month I’ll be living exactly where I want to and I will have straightened everything out (maybe).
    2) Retain my sanity. (See #1)
    3) Remember to breathe. (See #1)
    4) Walk, walk, walk.
    5) Check out at least ONCE the gym that I have a right to use for free.
    6) Lose weight, keeping in mind that the first two weeks of a diet are the worst.
    7) Buy at least one new pair of shoes. (I have the opposite problem from most. I’m hard to fit.)
    8) Maintain a wish list of fragrances, rating them as to urgency, so that I don’t feel I have to buy every single one right now, right now.
    9) Follow the same strategy with plants. I don’t have to own it just because I can grow it.

  • Tigs says:

    Carmen: I’m visiting in February! Any places you’d recommend a visit other than the standards?

  • cinnamontoast says:

    Happy new year!

    Here I go…
    1) No perfume purchases for the next 6 months (enjoy things I have, etc).
    2) No online clothes purchases — everything must be tried on.
    3) Start Tai Chi.
    4) Lose 5 lbs.
    5) Make the time to at least put on concealer, mascara, liner and lipstick every day.

  • carmencanada says:

    To keep the resolutions perfume-centered:
    1)ELLE, you concentrate on Jaime (who’s been devouring part of my salary) and leave me Maurice Roucel! We’ll work out a deal.
    2)Resist the impulse to stock vintage. Gotta let go, here…
    3) Test three times before commiting.
    4) Write for Cait’s blog!
    5) Meet and greet as many perfumista friends as I can on their visits to Paris!

  • Silvia says:

    He we go:
    – Be Fabulous In the Office. Woman, use all that tonnage of make-up you keep buying and are too lazy to wear in the morning !!!!
    – Learn German, so that husband’s relatives no longer think of you as mute or worse.
    – Be more socially useful.
    – De-clutter flat. Seriously, no more hoarding for hoarding’ sake. Also get husband to do same.
    – Buy no more than one perfume per month and in smaller bottles. Unbreakable(ish) rule.
    – Find fragrance friend to go sniffing with, as regular friends get bored after 10 mins.
    – Work more on healthy mind in healty body concept. Yoga, pilates etc
    – Avoid pub after work like the plague.
    – Take that hairdrying class with stylist. Please.
    – Learn to dance, something, no matter what.
    Good luck to you all,

  • Elle says:

    Hmmm. Resolutions. Those things I break immediately each year. But I do keep on trying.
    1) Investigate ways to become a part of Jaime’s family before all his stock runs out.
    2) Resign self to fact that aside from having soil that is a potter’s dream, every deer, rabbit, vole, mole and mystery creature in the state appears to have designs on our garden. Do *not* put the equivalent of the national debt into the garden this year.
    3) Make “sample before purchasing” my mantra of choice this year.
    4) Get back to painting.
    5) Learn to speak French w/ a decent enough accent that SAs don’t laugh hysterically.
    6) Organize samples. Immediately.
    7) Budget for more SIPs.
    8) Marry M. Roucel. Or just have an affair w/ him if DH gets fussy about the bigamy thing.

  • Leopoldo says:

    1 To leave my current job
    2 to take up more rewarding but definitely part-time work
    3 to write more. Time to work on those novel ideas, boy o’mine.
    4 to not allow the perfumeposse girls to sweep me up in a scent frenzy more than once a week
    5 to sniff more and spend less
    6 to get two dogs
    7 to get rid of those scents that are taking up more space than they’re worth.

    Patty – can I feel your buffs?

  • March says:

    Patty — good for you on the exercise!!! I bet you’re feeling buff.

    I canNOT believe how lame Denver has been about your snow. I understand the snafus around here, because we don’t get large-volume snow often enough to be really prepared. But Denver? C’mon. What is up with that?

  • trinity says:

    Morning Patty
    I know just what you mean about zappos- have you seen all the Stuart Weitzman they have? Plus the other bazillion shoes? I can always find something on that site I want.

    Hmm, resolutions, let me think, ah yes, slow way down on perfume purchases, have too much stuff now, and anyway, don’t think I’ll ever find anything else to love as much as Fleur de Narcisse. There simply isn’t anything as great for me. Been wearing it exclusively for 2 weeks now, it just fits.

    Continue to walk,exercise,watch what I eat. Not getting any younger, ya know. Metabolism actually REVERSES as we get older, LOL!

    Be kind to others. It’s hard sometimes. But do it anyway.

    Be satisfied with what I have. Do I really need every new mascara, handbag, perfume, etc etc that comes out? I think not.


  • 1. Don’t buy unsniffed/untested/only tested once (I’m trying to be strict, but we all know that it’s not happening).
    2. Get rid of fragrance mistakes.
    3. Do something about the State o’Closet.
    4. Buy more clothes in Manhattan than in Jersey malls.
    5. Read.More.Books.

  • Cait says:

    I find myself wanting to spend thousands of dollars I don’t have this week on clothes, shoes, perfume and makeup. What’s with that? The time off? My resolutions are write more throw one party a month (which I wish all y’all would attend up here in my fragrant ice palace up north) 3. to find new ways to help kids in my community and 4. to continue to work on a personal fragrance idea I have.