It’s Summertime! SummaSummaSumma!
But what does that mean, persackly? Everybody’s notion of Summer is different – folks are always stunned to find out my ( Musette’s) Summer delights are so……pedestrian! Oh, yes…I ‘say’ I long for Portofino – and in many ways, I do. But what I truly long for, no matter where I am, is a quiet spot in a walled garden. I fell in love with a stone villa on Lido precisely because it’s set back behind a 10′ stone wall (you get off the vaporetto and it’s the first stone villa you come to, on the right)..I love messing around with seedlings, weeding veg and flower beds (yes! weeding is very cathartic. If you give each weed the name of some problem or drama and then you rrrrrrrrip! it out of the ground….well..it’s a beautiful thing)…
So my pedestrian Summer Fantasy calls for some pretty easygoing scents. I wrote a post about the casual delight of Jean Nate body splash in the heat of a summer Saturday. Avon Skin So Soft lotion follows (for the mosquitoes, don’tchaknow)…that combo is the epitome of a peaceful, protected Summer day, behind the garden walls. But if I had to do a non-garden fantasy…..well, I can’t go too far afield because I can’t imagine Summer without a garden – so I would juxtapose the garden with one of the densest urban sites on this planet – Manhattan. My fantasy summer would be spent in that elegant actor, Joel Grey’s, penthouse Showcased in Metropolitan Home a decade ago, it’s still one of the most gorgeously urbane of urban retreats. This Rooftop Glorious calls for Amouage Beloved.
It’s mid-July and triple-digit temps are gripping the deep South, but I’m deliciously chilly as I wander through a slightly foggy morning in San Francisco. Fragrant stops today will include Barney’s, Saks, Neiman Marcus, Chanel, Hermes and Nordstrom, plus a swing by the Le Labo boutique to try their new SF city exclusive scent. And later, I’ll pop over to the Embarcadero for some dim sum and then on to the Ferry Building for sables at Miette and chocolates at Michael Recchiuti (waves to Musette as I pack up goodie boxes for her, Patty, Tom, Portia, March and all of our Posse folks. In my fantasy I have enough moolah to send treats to everyone). After a full day of sniffing and tasting, I’ll ride the cable car back to my lovely suite at the Campton Place Hotel on Union Square. And drift off to sleep dreaming of their fabulous breakfast offerings, including their to-die-for malted waffle topped with butter roasted pears, walnuts and whipped vanilla cream. Ahhh … Now the only thing that could make this fantasy any better is if I had some of you wonderful Posse readers to share it with me. My fragrance to sum up this perfect day? The scent of ultimate happiness and sunshine (for me): Le Labo Tubereuse 40. I realize that this is the city exclusive scent for New York, but hey, it’s my fantasy and I’m going to wear it in my beloved City by the Bay. 🙂 — Hugs from Ann