Indulge Me

As a side note, I’m a little more rushed these days than usual – I’m sure y’all have noticed.  Getting ready for Harry’s graduation, too busy at work, plus doing all the last-minute planning/details for our Europe trip is taking its toll.  So indulge me until I get long plane and train rides to sniff things and write posts!  The Time Fairy is just kicking my butt right now.

Random thought for this post – being a smart person, I did get one of those portable GPS systems for Europe.  None of the cheap rental cars I rented had them, and it makes me nervous driving in a foreign country with only us (three ADHD/OCD peeps) to navigate. Yeah, exactly!  :::: shudder ::::  Other details include finishing up with my French I and Italian I lessons, drawing up the full itinerary and distributing it to everyone, none of who will pay any attention to it and will be looking at me to navigate for three weeks, making sure we have our European cell phones, train reservation tickets, and contemplating how light I can pack and still be dressed.  Ideas?

And what scents am I wearing now that spring is here, even though we get the occasional snow?  Tea, tea, tea.   Hermessence Osmanthe Yunnan for the high end, Au the Blanc and Au the Vert from Bvlgari for the low end, but the occasional spritz of CdG Tea just to make things interesting.

But let’s indulge you and say Le Banc has made a mistake in your favor to the tune of $1500.  You can spend it on one or many frivolous items. You may not spend it on bills or rent or mortgage or school.  It must be something just for you, and you may not buy anything for anyone else as a gift.  What would you get?  This can be perfume, shoes, clothes, makeup, whatever!

  • Cheezwiz says:

    No question, I would use the money to join you sniffers for the Chi-cocoa weekend! I have wanted to visit Chicago for a long time, and combined with my twin passions of perfume and chocolate gobbling, the excitement might make my head explode! Alas, my account is empty & I am much too broke to even think about going anywhere :((

    • Musette says:

      Yes…but it’s in SEPTEMBER! Start stashing it away now! You have 3.5 months!…..and I may (just may) be bringing CUPCAKES!

      xo

  • Patricia says:

    ::total delurk::

    An underwater camera housing for my D80. then i’ll whip out the amex for some strobes to stick on it, and go take a beach dive to try it all out (as by then, that’s all i’d be able to afford!).

    • Musette says:

      wow! that’s an energetic spend (sounds like a lovely way to spend it, though)! Notice how most of us sloths are just laying around in spas? =)) Though there is some walking involved, as in walking from one fragrance house to another…

      😕

      • Patricia says:

        Hehe. I spend plenty of time slothing, don’t get me wrong, but given the chance, i will be on the ocean or hiking somewhere. its my world, so might as well enjoy it. 🙂

  • seagreen says:

    Actually, I had that happen: on a trip to Mexico about ten years ago…when I got to the really out-of-the-way place I was staying (for about two weeks) that had only one phone and no electricity except for about three hours a day I realized that the sweet-but-dim teller at B of A had given me $800 in travelers’ checks too much—and here I was, in a remote village in Mexico…and, ooh, that little devil on my shoulder was whispering in my ear: “Do it!!! Keep the moolah!!! Spend it, for heaven’s sake—ooh, pardon my language”…

    …but being the basically nice person that I am, I didn’t (waaaaaahhhhhh!!!!) and when I returned to LA, where I was then living, I called the bank and told them what had happened and they told me that they’d been waiting to see if I returned the money or not before they fired the teller!! (such nice people at B of A, yes?)…

    …so I guess karma owes me one, dammit…

    …and meh with the typo: Parfum Sacre…it deserves better!
    😡

  • seagreen says:

    Wow: my absolute favorite fantasy game…ever!!! it took this to pry me out of lurkdom, Patty, you sly fox. So, with total disregard for math (never my strong suit), here goes: these Yves Saint Laurent “Ida” boots that, even on Bluefry (typo intentional) are still almost a grand…but they are sooooooo HAWT!!!

    And then (you did say 15 grand, right? ha!):
    —a lot of spa-ing: a week somewhere, perhaps…Golden Door?…nah: let’s make it one of those fabbo ones in Mexico with the big ole bathtubs on the beach…

    —and then the juice (and I’m looking at my Perfumed Court wishlist for reference):
    1) Incense Extreme
    2) Sealed, full bottle from the 20’s (contents in perfect condition) of Nuit de Noel, with shagreen box
    3) Sealed, full bottle (ditto above) from 40’s (?) of Narcisse Noir
    4) Full bottle of old version of Perfum Sacre
    5) Narcotic Venus, cause I’m curious (and I’m temporarily rich)
    6) Tihota; what can I say? you can take the girl to the Big City but she still likes the (classy) vanilla
    7) Vol de Nuit (the real stuff, in the beautiful bottle)
    8) Strange Invisible Perfumes Arunima
    9) Mona de Orio Nuit Noire (poor Mona! she got flamed!!! what was UP with that??)
    10) Theorema, because March loves it so much, it just has to be heavenly!http://perfumeposse.com/smilies/yahoo_love.gif

    There…that’s not TOO greedy, is it?

  • edwardian says:

    Glad to hear you’re coming to Italy, I hope you’ll have a nice time (and I can’t wait to read your impressions of my country).
    With the 1500 I’d get that Bottega Veneta messenger bag I’ve been watching every day on their site for the last ten days.

  • violetnoir says:

    Hmmm…$1500. you say?

    Okay–Those strappy patent leather shoes from Chanel that I mentioned to you the other day. (Did the CLs arrive? If so, how are they?)

    A bottle of Diorissimo parfum.

    A bottle of Chanel No. 22 parfum.

    If any is left over, and I doubt there is, maybe a bottle of one of those expensive champagnes that my husband and I splurged on in France. 😡

    Speaking of France, did you ever see “A Good Year”? There’s a bit in there about using a GPS in a rental car in the countryside in France that you might find funny.

    Hugs!

  • Denise says:

    Christian Louboutin Mini Bout pumps in gray and Jimmy Choo Lent strappy sandals in gold and…oh wait, that’s probably about $1500 :p
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  • rosarita says:

    Oh, I love games like this. As of yesterday, I am a homeowner. My little house is very old and small and grannyish, and I would buy….paint. Every room needs painting, badly. And I’d pay someone to rip up the ugly carpet, which looks exactly like raspberry-vanilla swirl ice cream – nice in a bowl, reeeeeally ugly underfoot.

    Or, I’d save it to spend at ChiCocoa Scentsation, which I am SO looking forward to! I’d buy pounds & pounds of chocolate & carmel turtles from my hometown candy kitchen to give to everyone. After I buy some new sneaks to wear, of course. :d

  • Mariekel says:

    I would pay someone to track down those sadly discontiued, impossible to find Gobin-Daude perfumes, particularly Nuit au Desert and Jardins Ottoman. If anything was left over, bottles of Delrae Eau Illuminee, I Profumi Agrumi di Sicilia (now that summer is nearly here), Alpona and PG Querelle and Harmatan Noir would top the list.

    And I would probably have my boots re-heeled.

    • Patty says:

      I’d jump on that tracking down some G-D train. 🙂

      re-heeling your boots is dangerously near “the practical.” 🙂

      • Mariekel says:

        Well, I would naturally opt for NEW boots, but i fear i am already over-budget, so making a fabulous pair re-fabulous would be the next best thing!

    • Lisa D says:

      Yes! My small samples of Nuit au Desert and Jardins Ottoman are perilously close to being empty. Luckily, I managed to snag a few mls of Biche Dans l’Absinthe off eBay recently, so at least I have enough G-D to actually wear without the imminent “empty vial, never to be filled again” fear I experience whenever I wear the other two.

  • Disteza says:

    About the guitar–it used to be the case that the airlines would provide you space for 1 musical instrument for free in a ‘controlled environment’ as long as it didn’t exceed the total carry-on limit; I would check with your airline to confirm if that is indeed their policy, I’m sure you don’t want to end up paying extra at the gate. Also, it’s always a good idea to take at least one nice-ish outfit, you never know when you might need it.

  • Christine says:

    First, a weekend nearby either in the woods (Poconos) or at the beach (hello, Jersey shore) so there goes what, five hundred?

    The rest clothes, clothes, clothes and some at the Perfumed Court since I need samples. Need.

    • Patty says:

      That vacation sounds great. I’m going to miss doing some of the summer at the beach. We didn’t go last year either. Waaah!!!

  • Disteza says:

    Well, had you asked this question last Friday I could have blown the whole amount on the almost the entire L’Art et la Matiere line that was being hawked at Neiman Marcus, although I would have traded Cruel Gardenia for Sous Le Vent, which was also there, or possibly on the $400 Quand Vient La Pluie Pure Parfum that I was on the brink of buying anyway just for the fabulous bottle. I ended up with the Spiritueuse Double Vanille though–I decided to spring for it instead of the Indult Tihota because of the ridiculously rich, pipe smoke quality of the vanilla.

    If you gave me that money right now I imagine it would go to the Ormond Jayne Champaca fund, the much coveted Profumum Ambra Aurea bottle, that CB IHP Cradle of Light thing that I can’t seem to remember to buy, the gold-leafed copy of the Shahnameh, the gorgeous beaded white leather Lisa Barrera evening bag, and the rest I’d spend on some of that stupid-expensive oolong tea from Silk Road Teas. Ahh, a girl can dream, can’t she?

    • Patty says:

      That double vanille is some powerful mojo. I’m just glad winter is over so I’m not wearing it or Patch 24 about every day!

  • Kim says:

    Forgot about your GPS question – personally, I avoid them. I like a good old fashioned map that doesn’t need batteries and doesn’t talk back to me. Besides, half the fun is getting lost and the other half is what you find when you are lost!

  • Divalano says:

    I adore boots. And vintage inspired lingerie. But I’m in the mood for pampering. I’m spending mine on a fantastic haircut. Then I’m going to a local day spa & signing myself up for a series of 6 massages, one a month for 6 months. Then if there’s anything left over I’ll pop up to Bergdorf’s & get my own full bottle of Cuir Beluga.

    Ideas for a European jaunt w 3 ADHD companions? Um. Wellll … my often traveling companion & usual driver & dear friend S is ADD. Add that to both of us being left/right dyslexic, our road trips have been um, interesting at times.
    “Turn right up here. Huh? Up where?? What??? No, not that right, the other right! I don’t … oh THERE??? Whoops, missed it.”
    I think the GPS will help a lot. Bring a sense of humor & some music for the car. And have FUN!!

    • Disteza says:

      Vintage lingerie huh? Have you looked at the stuff on http://www.trashydiva.com? It’s my favorite store in New Orleans, and they do some ligerie to order along with retro clothing as well. Not to mention that their costume jewelry is to die for.

      • Divalano says:

        Ohhhhh look at those dresses!!!! Do you know how the sizes run, big or small?

        *sending link immediately to boyfriend*

        thanks 🙂

        • Disteza says:

          On me, the mediums fit somewhere between what I consider a 6 and an 8; they post size charts for all of their clothing items though; they are pretty accurate. Also, you can always e-mail the sales staff; they are the most wonderful people!

    • Patty says:

      We all have an overdeveloped sense of humor and the absurd, so we’ll be okay there. The only rule of the trip is nobody can get mad or irritable, or, boom, out of the family and the car they go!

    • Mariekel says:

      You are a woman after my own heart. No woman can have enough boots. My pride and joy are a pair of tomato-red Bottega Veneta motorcycle boots I bought a few years on Ebay — brand new — for $96.00!

  • Billy D says:

    Buy full bottles of the following:

    1. Iris Silver Mist
    2. L’homme de coeur
    3. Chanel Eau de cologne
    4. Terre d’hermes
    5. MAYBE Silver Factory

    Then, find a way to get me to a major European city (Madrid, Paris, London, Florence) and stay for a week or so. I must see this:

    http://www.museodelprado.es/index.php?id=995&no_cache=1&L=5&tx_obras%5Badv%5D=

    and this:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturn_Devouring_His_Son

    and this:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laocoon

    and this:

    http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/cgi-bin/WebObjects.dll/CollectionPublisher.woa/wa/work?workNumber=NG186

    In person.

    If there’s any left over, maybe some CB Violet Empire.

  • pattie says:

    I’d turn it into euros, wait until I stopped shuddering at the absurd exchange rate, then go to France and Italy and buy as much leather as I could. Purses or shoes or both, doesn’t matter.

  • tmp00 says:

    I’d hop a cheap flight to Ireland and get my maternal grandparents birth certificates so I can get Irish citizenship. Then I’d pop over to GB and visit Lee, then a train to Paris to buy a Serge of two.

    Think I could do that on only $1500?

    • Patty says:

      Absolutely can do that! Figure Lee will put you up for a night or two on his couch and spot you a meal, I think you’ll have a few quid for purchases while you’re there!

  • Kim says:

    Like Erin – I would let them know about the mistake.
    But if I still got to keep the money?

    Chanel Les Exclusifs (Coromandel, 31, and 28)
    Guerlain parfum (Shalimar,Mitsouko,Jicky,Vol de Nuit,Chamade…… )
    and some Peter Fox shoes

    Now that spring is here – Iris, Iris, Iris! Does Guerlain make an Iris other than Iris Ganache (terrible on me)?

    • Patty says:

      Definitely the bank can’t find their error, you get to keep it without any moral qualms.

      Guerlain does that Aqua Allegoria new iris one. Of course Apres L’ondee. Isn’t attrape-coeur really irisy? Can’t remember, it’s much too powdery on me.

    • Musette says:

      OMG! SO love Peter Fox shoes! I used to drool over them at his Montana shop when I worked in LA. Can’t see wearing them at the foundry, though!:-j

      Wear a pair for me, okay? Preferably one of this embroidered, court-heeled, Mary Jane numbers!

      xo

  • MarkDavid says:

    Oh dear.

    Well, I might add to my All-Clad cookware collection. Maybe the LARGE sauteuse – I think thats around $500, so I’m already at 33%.

    A Food Mill from Williams Sonoma – $50

    Then, A Red metal Pagoda etagere from Crate and Barrel b/c Its a great piece at a great cost – $300.

    Perfume:
    Guerlain Cologne du 68 – $200
    Guerlain Metalys – $200?

    Dior Homme Sandals – $250

    Did I go over? Did the little yodeler fall off the cliff like on the Price is Right?
    No, I think Im right on the money. And obviously, I’ll be buying as much of this stuff in Delaware as possible to save on sales Tax.

    But if I just get the stainless steel saute pan instead of the copper core, $245 frees up and I can buy more shoes….

    -MD

    • Patty says:

      Hate to be an enabler, but the 4 quart Sauteuse all clad? Amazon is having a big cookware sale, not sure if that one is included… but I got a nice German cookware set that I didn’t need because I don’t cook hardly ever, but it was a bargain!!!

      I think the yodeler did yodel over the cliff.8-x

  • karin says:

    What a fun game. 🙂 I’d love to spend a weekend in Paris, but doubt $1500 would cover it since I’d also have to purchase perfume! Oh, funny. I didn’t even see the post above me…”plane ticket to Paris.” Ha ha. Hey, Flor, perhaps we could go together and share a hotel room. That would give us more $ to spend on fragrance!!!

    • Patty says:

      Well, shop carefully for fares, go in like January, bring a buddy or two to split the cost of a room, you should still have money left over for perfume purchases!

  • Flor says:

    A plane ticket to Paris. 🙂

  • donanicola says:

    That’s about 750 quid. Nice. OK, there are some fabulous platform sandals in Russell and Bromley I have been lemming for a year – that’s 580 quid left. Jubilation 25, then a trip to Paris and probably Attrape Coeur and the whole Guerlain candle/incense range, then a couple of bells at Serge’s and the rest (if any) split between Patricia de Nicolai and Annick Goutal. Sigh. I’d pack lots of layers, Patty. If I remember right you’re travelling north to south so it’s likely to be a bit cool in the north but could warm up alot in South of France and Italy. Joy.

    • Patty says:

      Y’all’s “road trips” to Paris just leave me green with envy. 🙂

      I’ve got a couple of light jackets to take with me, which should be good with jeans if it’s coolish out. I know when we were in Paris in November, I don’t think I ever put on anything heavier than a sweatshirt and jeans.

  • Natalia says:

    I will get some extravagantly expensive hair cut and hair color (although where I am now even the most expensive hair cut will still leave a-plenty for a perfume purchase. And that will be my favorites from Parfums MCDI and Parfums de Nicolai and samples of whatever I have not tried yet from these two lines.

  • Wordbird says:

    A cleaning lady to thoroughly spring-clean our home!8-|
    (I know, that’s really sad. But I hate hate hate spring-cleaning.)
    And since we’re currently planning our holiday on the Cote d’Azur, I’d keep a little bit to spend in Grasse.

    Though I would be tempted to hop a plane to Paris and binge in Guerlain. Attrape Coeur is still calling my name a year after I first smelled it.

    • Patty says:

      Well, I’m kinda with you there. Time is an incredible commodity, and cleaning and cooking are just the last two things I like to do.

  • March says:

    $1500? Hmmmm. Okay, one of two things.

    1) A pair of custom-made shoes. Oddly, I have no idea what *kind* – not like I have a visual in mind. But a pair of shoes made for me has always struck me as incredibly appealing. I assume you can do that for $1500, but what do I know? :”>

    2) I’d try to hire one of those shop-your-closet personal stylists to dig through my, um, extensive, peculiar wardrobe and make suggestions for how to put things together. I have a lot of separates, and I also have the suspicion someone with an eye could say, THIS with THIS. I just figured out a great top/skit combo last week, by accident — like my perfume layering accidents. :d

    • Patty says:

      I think you could do custom made shoes for 1500. It’s our dream where money drops into bank accounts, so custom made shoes isn’t a big problem, right?

      I want someone just to go through my closet and fix it. I’m starting to replace some of my “mom” tees with James Perse tees, which I adore and are so darn comfy, but my closet needs a ton more work

  • Silvia says:

    I’d fly to Chicago for the sniffa. Or go to Paris and splurge all on perfume with gay abandon. :((
    I am not going to focus on what perfumes I specifically lem because that makes the lemmings stronger and I am currently trying to silence them.
    Enjoy your trip, make sure you pack less than you need so you’ll have the guiltless pleasure of shopping for clothes in Italy (not cheap but superb quality).

    • Patty says:

      Okay, that’s a great phrase you just coined, Silence of the Lemms. 🙂

      Yup, packing way light. One pair of jeans, a pair of shorts or two, sneakers, sandals, lots of underwear and t-shirts. That’s it. No more room. We have to pack a camera, a computer (to make posts!). The boys swear they’re just taking a backpack, and Harry is taking his guitar, though I still have to find out of US Air minds if he carries it on board.

      • Musette says:

        Patty,

        Take a pair of rayon/silk/cotton pants. In black or charcoal or that mouse-colour. They wear like iron and look great with anything/anywhere. They were my staple for 10 years of travel all over the country – worked for business, worked for fun.

        Amazing how many people get ‘gifted’ by tellers – even nicer is how many people return the ‘gift’. Mine wasn’t as dramatic as $1500 – it was only $10 – but when I returned it she looked like I’d just given her a diamond ring!

        btw – I’m so with you on the new catchphrase “Silence of the Lemms”.^:)^

        • pavlova says:

          Thank you Musette — I have been referring to “that” color as mushroom, but from this day forward it shall be “mouse” — such a perfect name. I was so hoping to make it to Chicago, but that date may be impossible for me — I am working on it. [-o<

          • Musette says:

            It’s actually a mousy-mushroom, if you will:-) Isn’t that just THE best color for a pant? It’s perfect on the bottom, where it goes completely neutral and dresses up easier than a khaki or beige.

            As far as Chicago goes, I am praying right along with you. It’s shaping up to be a really FUN weekend, with some Saturday evening surprise fun![-o<

  • Erin T says:

    In the fall, the bank *did* make an error that gave me, rather remarkably, exactly $1500 CAD. And you know what I did? I TOLD them! Yeah, I know, I’m stupid. But I think I saved some poor girl from being fired. It was her first week on the job and her totals didn’t match up the night before, so when I returned the money and told the manager what had happened the teller was weepy with relief. I guess I can spare some bottles of perfume for that.

    If I won some money, I’d buy some Fluevog shoes, 31 Rue Cambon, another decant of MDCI Enlevement au Serail and then save the leftovers for Chicago, I guess.

    • chayaruchama says:

      Oh, Erin-baby, I love you..
      YES, YOU are a true Meister, you poor thang…

      If I could do it without guilt [ that’s the pre-supposition, right ?], I’d put it towards the Chicago trip.

      Oh, Patootski-
      Have an awesome time !

      [Silly girl- if you’d pack ME-
      Not only would I keep you laughin’, but I’d translate in French and Italian…
      I come in handy, sometimes!]

      • Erin T says:

        Chaya, I’m so glad you’re coming to Chicago- you can make the 13th, right?!? I’m rabidly eager to meet you and get a song!

        Guilt is never worth it, is it? But I’d sure love to have some 31 Rue Cambon. :d Oh well, the parfum will be coming soon, I’m sure, and it’ll be worth waiting for.

    • Patty says:

      Well, I would tell them too. But I’m supposing that you tell them and they say, um, no, no mistake here, it’s yours to keep! 🙂

      See, now we can all feel okay morally whilst spending our windfall.

    • Existentialist says:

      And that’s the thing, isn’t it? I try to temper my revenge fantasies regarding rude clerks et al. by reminding myself that I don’t want to ever cost anyone his or her job. Unless it was for something really dire, of course.

  • Louise says:

    Didja say $15,000? Well, then…

    Nah. Being realistic, I should say dental bills, but in reality I would use it toward a trip to the UK and France. Taxes bit me bad this year, and it’s the first summer in several years I can’t do my Big Trip.

    I don’t have many fragrance cravings right now (as in at this very moment-they are due back shortly). But I do want a bottle of Bruno Acampora’s Sballo at $175 for a tiny (but very concentrate) vial. It’s heaven-big roll of hay in a fresh garden.

    Or, for a small fee (under $1500) you could add just one more totally-afflicted-with-ADD peep to your car-who just happens to speak French, some Italian, loves teenagers, and has a good sense of direction :d/

    • Patty says:

      My ADD comrade! I thought you probably were. OCD too? If I had room, I would take all of you!!! Maybe in a couple of years we can do a Posse European adventure, which would just rock.

      • Louise says:

        Moi? ADD/OCD/ODD/ABCD/GOOFY? A true DSM delight!

        Kin we start planning that Posse trip now? Huh, can we, can we???:”>

  • MattS says:

    Oh, I like this game. Jubilation XXV, Knize 10, Apres l’Ondee, L’Heure Bleue, Vol de Nuit, all in the extrait where applicable. Jules, Jasmin et Cigarette, Iris Silver Mist. Barney’s has a charcoal gray leather jacket by Theory I was in lust with, but apparently it’s sold out or pulled from their website. A trip somewhere by train, with a sleeper car, so I could feel like Cary Grant. Oh hell, I’m gonna go over budget, but who cares?? A stone cottage in the middle of a forest and the bar tab for Chicocoa Scentsation for everyone, top shelf for all. Sigh. Instead, I think I’ll go get ready for work. Cup of tea, anyone, with our morning dreams?

    • Patty says:

      Okay, I’d like a spot in one of your dreams. That sounds heavenly! We do have an overnight sleeper ride from Nice to Florence, and it will be my first time on train (outside of metro trains) while we’re in Europe and my very first ride in a sleeper car. I’m going to indulge all my childhood fantasies whilst riding on that train. 🙂

      • benoit says:

        Sorry to break the dream

        But night train is quite difficult.
        The only thing you dream about after a night in a night train is … a good shower.

        Even in high class travel it is exhausting.

        • MattS says:

          But it always looks so great in the movies and the movies are almost as great as dreams. 🙂

          • Louise says:

            Maybe I’m a masochist, but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed night trains on this and several other european and american routes…they vary in quality and accomodations, and yup, yer stinky after, but I’ve had soooo much fun, met great people, seen sites I would never have seen from a highway….

  • alba says:

    I would keep it safe for a while until I fly to Paris (hopefully in August. There I would go from Maison Guerlain to Parfums de Nicolai, from Parfums de Nicolai to Montale, from Montale to L’Artisan, from l’Artisan to Dyptique and maybe that would be it. Nice to daydream about it, though. In my dream I try not to visualize my DH saying,”not again!”. Reality is much less glamourous, isn’t it?

  • Bradamante says:

    Fragrance and fragrance only. I would buy:

    a. The Malles:
    – Le parfum de Therese
    – Angeliques sous la pluie (both spray and splash bottle as you can never have enough of this)
    – French Lover (isn’t this called differently in the states?)
    – Iris Poudre

    b. The Tauers:
    – Like the previous speaker: L’air du desert Marocain
    – Incense Rose and Incense Extreme (these would be unsniffed buys, but come on… it’s from Tauerland!)

    c. The Molinards:
    – Habanita in its vintage formulation, in pure perfume
    – The chypre they made for Aedes (also an unsniffed one)

    d. Either e-bay or perfume detectives
    – Molto Missoni (woah! If you need a man for a night, put it on!)
    – Inoui de Shiseido

    e. Unsniffed but great names, must be good
    – Celadon by DSH
    – Gaucho by Ayala Moriel
    – Mr. Hulots Holiday by CB
    – In the Library, CB again

    f. Some more great French stuff
    – George Sand by MP&G
    – Mechant Loup (is that by MP&G too?)
    – Something of Parfums de Nicolai, because of the Guerlain connection
    – Ambre Russe by Parfums d’Empire.

    I am I there yet? I have gotta start working but you know what? I could go on and on. O my o my..

    • Louise says:

      ooh! Second mention of L’air du desert M. I just got me a full bottle-what a marvel in the heat! Whatcha all think of setting up some kind of share/swap list before the ChiCocoa to spread the goodies?

      • MattS says:

        I think all the Tauer scents are so wonderful in the heat. They open up and bloom so beautifully. Incense Extreme I was not in love with until I wore it on a hot day. L’ADM is the perfect spritz after a soak in a steaming hot bath, you’ll swoon.

        • Bradamante says:

          which makes me wonder: all Tauers perfumes have some relation with an arid climate:

          – lonestar memories: Texas
          – Maroc pour elle and L’Air: Maroc
          – Reverie au jardin: a lavender garden high up the Alps. Can’t be but dry.
          -Incense rose, incense extreme: incense stems from the East. It traveled through deserts to arrive in Europe.

      • Francesca says:

        I was revisiting my sample/decant collection the other night, and I, too, realized how fantastic l’air du desert marocain would be in a NYC July or August when it usually feels like one is walking through hot aspic. The fragrance is so delightfully dry. I definitely have to get a bottle of this.

        And to answer Patty’s question, I’d spend most of the 1500 on clothes and shoes and then buy some Coromandel. And maybe a backup bottle of l’AdDM.

      • Musette says:

        Yes! March had that idea, too! Let’s do it!!!!!! She also has a great White Elephant idea that will be a lot of fun – logistics on that to be worked out, for those who are flying!

        xo

        ps. my list:

        Day Spa – full head to toe relaxation and Stuff Done!

        A weekend in a quiet little hotel to further the relaxation.

        ‘1000’ – I need a new bottle

        the perfect summer bag (okay – maybe not THE perfect bag but a nice spring/summer bag, not a lot of $$$ because I trash summer bags)
        the perfect summer walking shoe that will look fantabulous with dresses.
        2 Boxes of Recchiuti fleur de sel caramels -wait – 3 boxes. They’re tiny!:-)
        1 bottle Billecart-Salmon rose – and a bottle of Bollinger NV and some artichoke dip from Schaefer’s (gotta soak up the booze)

        One leeetle bottle of Mitsouko…just a leetle one…

        One leetle compact of MakeupForever face powder.

        Okay! I’m done! A very cheering Friday exercise.

        xo

    • Patty says:

      That is a seriously well-thought-out list!! :d

      You know, everyone should know what they want should that windfall happen. I want another Chanel purse, dangit, but I don’t want to spend retail. I should be haunting ebay for one.

  • Anthony says:

    I would DEFINITELY put it into savings, or invest it wisely.. HA!!!! I could barely finish typing that… anyway… I’d start by checking off my wishlist of fragrances… let’s see… Hinoki, Incense Extreme, Ambre Sultan or Amber Absolute (I still haven’t decided), L’Air du Desert Morrocain (or however you write that), and a couple others which I’d have to think about… and maybe save the rest to go to the Chi-Cocoa Scentsation! 😀 I’d definitely need to spend some on clothes because I’ve been wearing very neutral casual clothes that aren’t particularly fashionable, justifying it by saying that in the name of my recent perfume purchases, it is all worth it. :-\”:d

  • sylvia says:

    well, my full bottle wishlist currently consists of FM en passant, l’eau d’hiver (and/or paul and joe blanc) L de lolita lempicka, and yosh ginger ciao. oh, and depending on the day i make this hypothetical shopping spree, i might get tauer incense rose on a whim too. what is that, 600 about? i would probably get some clothes (custom jeans!) and spend the rest on takeout so i dont have to cook for a few days.

  • dianawr says:

    1. iphone – $500
    2. Bottle of L’Artisan Iris Pallida 2007 – $295
    3. 3 day parkhopper passes and good neighbor hotel at Disneyland for two – $700