This is going to be sort of brief because I am BEAT! I’ve been in the garden, doing Spring Cleaning, for the past 2 weekends (and, to be honest, most evenings until dark). Up and down all 1/3 acre, in uneven terrain, clearing beds & planting lettuces, scooting under Japanese Willows to lay waste to the bindweed that is determined to lay waste to the Japanese Willows, feeding lilies, etc etc etc
‘So what?’ you ask. ‘What’s the big deal? You always do that’ well, yeah. Except this year I really didn’t think I would be able. My wonky sacrum and the neuropathy in my left foot really was holding me hostage.
Lemmetellya about Missy March – that li’l Missy has a Fitbit. And she didn’t come to Chicago to sit around. And so we were on Boul Mich. And the subway. And Lincoln Square. And omgwherearewenow? Etc Etc Etc. Our average day – Av.Er.Age. – 11K steps. March. Does. Not. Play. In the old days I wouldn’t have given it a thought but this past 6 months …..y’know?
I don’t think I’d done 11k steps TOTAL since my hurt.
But! We figured out that 11K a day somehow kept the hurt away! Who knew! And I’ve been walking ever since!
So. One of the walks was over to Barneys (where she made the Fred Flintstone connection the moment she saw the Fred’s restaurant sign. That I’ve only walked past oh, I dunno….1000 times? I am SLOW). Anyhoo, we went downstairs (via elevator – stairs DOWN still are a bit dicey), chatted with the beautiful Kristina (Malle) and then played Perfumes with Trillion. I adore Trillion. He has this….thing…he’s like a bubbly little Buddhist monk! So charming, so gentle (his perfume lines are ‘under his care’ – isn’t that delightful? I miss people like Trillion. They do not exist where I currently exist. Alas.) Anyhoo, I wasn’t really in the perfume frame of mind but he gently persisted – and like so many gentle people, he is almost impossible to refuse. That, my dears, is what they mean when they say ‘the meek shall inherit the earth’ – when Trillion presents a bottle in the palms of the hands, as if he is offering me a precious jewel. Or a lotus blossom. …..y’know? Oh, all right!
And that, my dears, is how I was introduced to Atelier Bloem. sometimes the meek decide to share Heaven with you, while they are busy inheriting the earth. So, thank you to Trillion. Atelier Bloem finds its inspiration in Amsterdam’s vaunted floating flower market. I’ve been there – if it’s part of the inheritance it might be time for me to look into this ‘meek’ thing 😉
All 6 scents are light, airy and slightly vegetal, with an intriguing metallic finish in the rootier scents. I am very much in love with Extraordinary Tulip & Nieuw Amsterdam. Nieuw Amsterdam brought to mind the first time I smelled Annick Goutal’s Noel room spray, which March sprayed in her closet. It has that same elusive florist’s chiller vibe that is so joyous in Noel, with the added metallic zing! to keep it interesting all the way through the drydown. I started with a tiny little smile, then it evolved into a big grin – it’s a lot of fun, in an understated, elegant way.
And guess what? It’s about to get a whole lot more fun for one of you! Trillion (oh, I do miss you) gave me carded samples of all 6-beautiful-6 scents! Yep! And guess what else? The carded samples haz the NOTES! on there! Yep! I think I’m loving this House. Drop me a line, let me know something/anything fun that’s going on in your world – doesn’t have to involve dirt (though that is my version of fun, weirdo that I am). The Girl would love to poke a pawnail at randomdotorg and pick a winner.
The entire line is available at Barneys – from Trillion (tell him I said I miss him) $195/100ml, which is practically the New Free.