Hey Posse! Yes, it’s time for the Hallmark/Rose Society/Chocolatiers/Restaurant bonanza day of spending to reassure our loved ones that we still care. Or at least care about how things look. St Valentines Day is a big deal the world over. Here is your reminder to go grab a card and some kind of token. Every year we say we won’t celebrate and then somehow we get caught up in the magic being sold to us from every media and broadcasting point. Suddenly I’ve bought Jin some sweet munchies and a card and we are out to diner a deux. Then, two guys who always have something to chatter, natter and bicker about, are suddenly caught with zero conversation. Every other night of the year we happily go out for dinner and spend about 70% of the time talking and 30% laughing. On St Valentines Day the well runs dry.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for a day where lovers, spouses and romancers get to strut their stuff. Especially good for those who are rarely demonstrative, unable to communicate their feelings or generally shit partners. St Valentines Day is one day to atone for all this and make the long suffering other half feel liked, loved, thanked and desired. A vibrant drop in an ocean of 365 days hum drum or being taken for granted.
Yes, I’m aware that Jin and I have only been together for 9 years and are still honeymooners. Fully aware it’s the first flush of love, we are still extremely mindful of making sure we both feel necessary to each others continuing satisfactory existence. Also, we feel so lucky to have found each other with such opposite backgrounds, countries and personalities. Dumb luck. Glorious luck.
St Valentines Day
OK, so whether you are out with your significant other or doing St Valentines Day solo, what fragrance are you thinking to wear?
I have a couple of choices and I’m not sure which one will get the gong. Maybe I’ll wear a couple through the day?
It seems Iris and Leather are my 2021 St Valentines Day defining notes.
Cuir Amethyst by Armani Privé
My favourite of the fruity lipstick iris/leathers. The same family as Daim Blond by Serge Lutens and Bottega Veneta EdP. It’s Cuir Amethyst that I always come back to. It’s so smooth and elegant, never outspoken but always softly and insistently noticeable. While not being a screaming sex kitten it does purr romance.
Misia EdT by CHANEL Les Exclusifs
make Up in perfume is not a new idea and definitely was already an old trope by 2015 when it first graced the CHANEL counters. Infinitely bolder than Cuir Amethyst, Misia is a powdery violet iris with bells and whistles. It goes on strong and maintains energy for hours and hours. I have to be careful to spritz an hour or more before leaving otherwise my senses can be totally overwhelmed by the beauty. Worn with a heavy hand Misia is strong enough to change the taste of food.
Gentry Jockey Club by Oriza Legrand
I’m seriously surprised when I see that there’s no iris in the note list for Gentry Jockey Club. This is the darkest of the three choices I have. Tobacco, leather and vetiver are the leading players on my skin, rich, smoky, smooth and still quite refined. Also low key enough to wear on a romantic movie date but hefty enough to last till the after dinner high jinks, should you be lucky enough to hit jackpot.
If you are feeling down, alone, sad or left out because of the incessant St Valentines Day propaganda. Please seek help from friends or the many phone and internet services provided to help with depression. ( Here is a Global Mental Health Lifeline Website CheckPointOrg that has so many countries listed) Also, make a plan. Have some ideas, treats, a meet up with a buddy or even a Skype/Zoom with friends and family could turn your grey sky to blue. Take care of you. Sometimes the smallest thing is enough to derail the downward spiral, a walk, shower with gorgeous shower gel, coffee or tea in or to go, spritz one of your fragrant favourites triple the amount you normally would then lie down and enjoy the larger than life ride. I did a St Valentines Day Survival Guide a few years back.
Any of these tickle your fancy? What will you be wearing?