Happy Mother’s Day; what are you wearing?

mother'sWishing all of you a very happy Mother’s Day! Nothing too big going on here; we had lunch with my wonderful mother-in-law and spent part of the afternoon with her. She is in a nursing home, but still doing pretty well, especially for being in her 90s. She has been a mom to me for more than 30 years, almost twice as long as my biological mother, and I love her dearly. We are thrilled that she’s still going strong.

My sweet boys got me a lovely card, some Cadbury chocolate and a pedicure for Mother’s Day, so I‘m a very happy camper. Especially since we might be heading to the beach somewhat earlier this year and my tootsies are looking pretty rough, let me tell you!

Anyhoo, what are you all doing to celebrate? What scent are you wearing for this beautiful May day?

I’m floating in Neela Vermeire’s rapturous Pichola, which seems to perfectly capture a lovely spring day filled with love. Can’t really begin to adequately describe it, so I’ll borrow a phrase that sums it up, courtesy of our dear Musette: “It’s freaking GORGEOUS, golden sunlight dancing on pearlescent lilac waters!”

Have a great Mother’s Day, everyone, and a wonderful week!

  • odonata9 says:

    Had a very nice Mother’s Day weekend. We went to a close friend’s daughter’s 5th birthday party Sunday morning (my twin girls are 2 1/2 so we are just starting with those, and not tired of them yet!), and it was actually lots of fun. Went out to dinner Saturday night due to aforementionned party, but with 2 small kids, it isn’t terribly relaxing. My husband did make fancy delicious french toast for breakfast (my favorite) and watched the girls in the afternoon so I could get a pedicure. No perfume, since the husband gets migraines and my perfume wearing is confined to work hours. And I bought myself some absolutely gorgeous peonies from Trader Joe’s for just $6.99! Making me happy for 4 days already! My mom is far away, so sent her a card and a few small things. She has so much stuff, I told her I’m not getting her any more gifts of things – just restaurant gift cards, flowers, or things like that.

    • Ann says:

      Hey, Odonata — lovely to see you! I agree — the birthday party circuit is pretty fun, not only for your kids, but also for you to relax a little, enjoy and chat with other parents. Sounds like a nice Mother’s Day — you can’t go wrong with French toast and a pedicure. 🙂 I hear you on the stuff; seems like we spend the first half of our lives acquiring it, and the second half either trying to get rid of it or at least keep more from accumulating, ha!

  • Sun Mi says:

    I wore some of my beloved Ne M’Oubliez Pas which has quickly shot up to the top of my favorites list. Then we had a big cookout to celebrate our son’s 2nd birthday, mother’s day, and a housewarming so by the end of the night I smelled of NMOP and the smoke of the firepit, which was actually a fairly nice combination. I hope everyone had a lovely mother’s day!

    • Ann says:

      Hi, Sun Mi! Glad you’ve found love with the NMOP — I need to try that soon. And it sounds like you had quite the weekend of celebration, plus a fragrant bonus with the firepit, which is always nice.

  • Sherri M. says:

    We had a great Mother’s Day and Birthday Celebration for my youngest child, who is autistic and turned 15 on Mother’s Day!. We went to the movies with the family (some of us anyway!; as the kids have gotten older, it is harder and harder to get us all together at once!). Most of my kids stopped in at some point during the day, and I had just spent the day prior with my daughter who graduated college, so it was a big celebration weekend all around! I wore Byredo Inflorescence which I thought captured the gentleness and sweetness of the day!

    I did not get to talk to either my amazing mother or my mother in law, but left messages and will call them today. I sent both of their packages last week–no perfume for Mother this time–I thought about VC &A California Reverie, but was so indecisive I ended up just getting her a gift card and a “Her children arise and call her blessed” platter and some tea towels. Mother in law is allergic to perfume, but she did text me and tell me how much she loved her fancy Christian Louboutin lipstick! in her package!

    • Ann says:

      Hi, sweetie! Sounds like you had quite the weekend! I saw that about your daughter — big congratulations to her (and you). Your “moms” loved their goodies, I’m sure, and you certainly made your MIL happy with that lipstick — what an elegant gift, and one she’ll treasure.

  • Eldarwen says:

    Yesterday, I wasn’t able to spend Mother’s day with my mom, I was at work. I was wearing Shalimar. My mom dosent really wear perfume but I got her a gift card that she wanted.

    • Ann says:

      So sorry about that, but i know she understands and she’ll enjoy the gift card and think of you. You were lovely in Shalimar, I know.

  • March says:

    Happy Mothers’ day to you too! It’s been so wet here … out cleaning things up over the weekend and I ran across my little patch of lily of the valley…. I have a small vase of them sitting next to my bed. What a lovely smell….

    • Ann says:

      Thanks, dear! And what a lovely treat those LOV were — that’s quite a welcome surprise! (Better than the termites we found under our kitchen sink yesterday, ha!!).

  • Portia says:

    Happy Mother’s Day Ann,
    We spent Mother’s day with my BFFs mum. We went down to the Football Club and had lunch. It was totally fun and I think she had a good time. We certainly did.
    Peanut Butter Cups, some Erlicher jonquil bulbs and Harney & Co Mother’s Day Tea were her gifts from us. Mum Waples usually gets a bottle of vintage Opium but she already has 100ml bottle waiting in her closet.
    Portia xxx

    • Ann says:

      Howdy, Portia! So glad you stopped by. And it sounds like you all gave her a pretty amazing Mother’s Day (and I’m sure I’m not alone in envying her that vintage Opium 🙂 and all the other goodies, too, especially the tea ).

  • tiffanie says:

    It was a quiet day at our house as we always do our big family gathering for Mother’s Day on the Saturday before.

    I went overboard with scents today: eau de Cologne to wake up this morning, Vanille Galante after eating a blueberry muffin for lunch, La Chasse aux Papillons for evening as the sun was setting, and Chanel No. 5 post-shower/pre-bedtime.

    I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and feels ready for good days in the week ahead. Waft on!

    • Ann says:

      Wow, Tiffanie! You had such a beautiful, many-faceted, fragrant day! Now that’s what I call using your day wisely! Thanks, dear.

  • HeidiC says:

    I’ve been wanting to try the Neela Vermeire scents! I need to get that sampler at STC, and add on the Pichola, too.

    My 4-yr-old son has been asking me to wear perfume when I put some on, so recently I haven’t been wearing anything very challenging if he’s going to wear it too — his skin is super sensitive, so I can’t put pre-IFRA stuff on him. Today, I dabbed Atelier’s Orange Sanguine on both of us, and he really enjoyed it!

  • An easy going day today… Mother’s Day always leaves me in a bit of a funk because of the relationship between me and my (now late) mother; it doesn’t help that I have a final due today. So we celebrated by bringing pizza to my MIL, dropping off the toddler, and watching the new Captain America and to sweeten the day, I put on Derek Lam’s 2am kiss. Yummy, caramelly/woody goodness.

    As a throwback to the above comment, is it possible to find Penhaligon’s Ostara anymore for not an arm and a leg? I’d had my eye on Bluebell and then found a description for Ostara and now I’m on a mission!

    • Ann says:

      Glad you had some bright spots in your Mother’s Day to help you get through it. On the Ostara, not sure about full bottles of it, but Surrender to Chance has decants of it, I know.

  • tandaina says:

    I’m doing a “use up the perfume samples” challenge and have waded through a week or horrid, wretched samples. Ugh. Today I put on Cafe Intense, ahhhh. Simple, sweet, lovely. Happy woman today!

    • Ann says:

      Yay — so glad your week of horrid and wretched is over now, Tandaina! That Cafe Intense sounds wonderful and yummy. Now here’s to a week of wearing things you love …

  • Neva says:

    Hi Ann, no celebration here because my daughter is in the US and I am… well, here in Europe. So I got a whatsapp message from her today assuring me that I’m the best mother in the whole world and that made my day of course 🙂 It’s a lovely sunny May day and I was wearing Penhaligon’s Ostara. Pure joy.
    I’m glad you had a nice day, got some great presents and made another mum happy.

    • Ann says:

      Hi, Neva! Sorry to hear that you and your daughter are apart, but glad you heard from her; hopefully you can see her soon.
      That’s so funny that you’re wearing the beautiful Ostara! I had thought to wear it, too, but couldn’t put my hands on my sample. You smelled great!