Life …..

Cats & flowers – for Gaia

I was going to use this post to tell you a bit about my Life drama.  Then I got news of some real Life Drama – and I decided my silliness can wait.

Life.  It’s totally uncertain, every nanosecond of the day.  And I am convinced that the only way any of us get through Life with any semblance of grace and sanity is to recognize that and …. embrace it? Balance it?  Without obsessing about it, we need to be able to be In the Moment while also planning for the future – otherwise, what’s the point, right?

I’m thinking about this, as our Perfume Community says goodbye to yet another beloved member who has died, suddenly and unexpectedly.  We lost a beloved YouTube reviewer, Dan Mickers Mish, a few weeks ago.  He left a young family and many friends and so many perfume folks who loved  and enjoyed his posts.

Last night I learned of Gaia Fischler’s sudden passing.  For those of you who have been on the blogs for some time, Gaia was very well-known and well-loved for her well-written, well-researched and very personal reviews.  She was passionate about her cats, makeup (oh, the fabulous info (truly epic in its thoroughness) that I got from her makeup reviews) – and her love for her husband (Ori, the Blonde) was beautiful to witness.

oh.  And perfume.  Especially vintage perfume.  I learned SO much about so many vintage perfumes (and vintages of vintage perfumes) through her writings.

Here is a lovely remembrance, written by Ori.

I can’t write any better than that about Gaia but I can add a recommendation to us all:



Allow yourself to be loved (hard for a lot of us – but DO IT!)

Love yourself (even harder – but DO THIS!!  Fo’ SHO!)

Be grateful for the gifts you have been given (and yes, it’s okay to want more – or better – just don’t forget to be grateful for what you do have!)

Wear your pretty things!  ALL THE PRETTY THINGS.  Enjoy them, every moment.  I had a little vial of vintage Coty Chypre  that, literally (and I mean that) caused my eyes to roll back in my head when I would sniff it.  I wore it, sparingly – and then it evaporated!  While I’m grateful for those ‘sparing’ experiences, a part of me wishes I’d just gone whole hog on the damb thing.  Wear all the pretty things.  Life is weird.


Lather, rinse, repeat!

I love you all – you are very much appreciated here on the Posse, both as commenters and as people, as you allow us little glimpses of your lives. Please know how much you matter.


xoxoxo Musette

  • Francesca B says:

    A lovely tribute. ??

    • Francesca B says:

      (Well, that was supposed to be a heart, not two question marks. Life…)

      • Musette says:

        Omg!  I nearly spit gingerale all over my desk! I didn’t even see the question marks!


        How are you, sweetums?



  • Jo says:

    So sorry for the community’s loss. What a beautiful post Musette.

    Life is so short, and people are irreplaceable. This reminds me to call my friend, who I haven’t seen for a year. We all need to remember to spread the love around, especially this time of year. 

    I hardly ever comment here, but you all should know you Posse people bring me a little joy every day.

  • Tara C says:

    Gaia’s untimely passing, along with the deaths of several other friends and acquaintances over the past two months, has really shaken me up. I feel death breathing down my neck, I feel vulnerable, and yet at the same time very much alive and unsure how to think about this dichotomy. I am here now, and at any moment I can be gone. At 53 this is starting to really hit home. I am happy and scared at the same time. It will take me a while to digest I think. Impermanence is a hard thing to truly grasp when thinking about it in personal terms.

    • Musette says:

      Life is so random, innit?  People living into 3 digits and others dying before they get to kindergarten.  And all the others in between.  I look for joy every day, even if it’s just the sun’s rays giving me some Vitamin D on a frigid day!


  • Sapphire says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Gaia’s passing.  She helped guide some of my best perfume and make-up purchases and was such a genuine person. 

  • Jamie says:

    Thank you for writing about Gaia.  I found her blog not long after she started it and really learned so much – it was always an interesting and informative read.  I followed the blog for years, but life got in the way and I stopped for a while.  I found out about her passing by recently checking to see what she was up to.  I was totally shocked and saddened.  Thanks again for writing about her, and Gaia, wherever you are, thanks for a fun read and a great blog.

  • Ann says:

    Beautiful post, dear, but so very sorry to hear about Gaia’s passing. What a lovely person and talented blogger she was. We really do need to cherish and appreciate all that we have!

  • Dina C. says:

    Thank you for the reminder to carpe diem, Anita. I’m gonna wear a nice outfit today, and not just my serviceable, usual jeans.

    • Musette says:

      I did so, too – well, sort of.  Hard to tell since everything is Black Cotton Knit this time of year! 😉



  • Eldarwen22 says:

    I was surprised to hear about Gaia’s passing. I noticed that she was posting less and less. I figured that she probably was either busy or didn’t have much to blog about. This gives me reason to really start busting out the vintage Mitsouko and start wearing it.

    • Musette says:

      Her passing was totally unexpected!  Read Ori’s post – in it he explains why Gaia had slowed posting (apparently nothing health-related)

      But YES! on the vintage Mitsouko!  That perfume’s not going to wear itself! 😉



  • Elizabeth Watson says:

    Thank you, dearest Musette, for this post. I had followed Gaia’s blog, among several others, for quite a while, then fell away from reading them. She was passionate, always interesting. I loved her makeup brush reviews and advice. Sincere condolences to her family, friends and readers.  Off to find my tiny vial of vintage Coty Chypre! XO

    • Musette says:

      Hey, sweetie!  So great to see you on here – wish it weren’t on such a sad topic.  Come back and see me again – I’m here every other Tuesday!

      Hope that vintage Chypre makes you swoon!



  • Shiva-woman says:

    Thank you for your post. I too am stunned at the loss of a writer who helped me navigate perfume, and the “pretty things”– thank you for reminding us to ENJOY, and not hoard life’s precious goodies. Smell it NOW–spritz with abandon! 

    • Musette says:

      I think/hope she would be thrilled to know what a legacy she leaves!

      And yes!  ENJOY!  ALL THE THINGS!!  (running off to eat a truffle)


  • Tati says:

    You brought tears to my eyes, girl!! The perfume obsession cane seem to be the most frivolous of hobbies, but maybe it teaches us to live in each moment, draw in a breath, and appreciate the beauty….

  • Portia Turbo says:

    Love you too Musette. HEAPS

    Portia xx

    • Musette says:

      Oh, mah DARLIN’!!!  You know there aren’t enough words to describe how much I love you !!!



  • Maya says:

    Lovely post. Thank you so very much.

  • Kathleen says:

    That was a beautiful post Musette, and a wonderful reminder to live life with love and wear all the pretty things.  I’m sorry for your losses.

    I’m also grateful for you and the Perfume Posse, for sharing glimpses into your life and the stories each week.  Give The Girl a big smooch from me, and hug for you.

  • HeidiC says:

    Love to you, too, Musette, and to all of you. Wear all the lovely things.

  • Pam says:

    Musette, that was beautiful. Thank you. And you are appreciated.