I'm a little out of steam today; combination of general summer slowdown, dealing with Photoshop, working and not working, all kinds of things. So I'm just going to throw out some randomness and see where it lands.
In the meantime, awhile back when I posted an image of one of my paintings, several readers asked to see more work when I finally got something resembling a web page together. If you're interested in looking at a sampling, click here.
On to scattered thoughts:
One of the things that we perfume fans have in common is that we wear fragrance to bed (to sleep in, okay?) This is where my spraying is the most lavish. Lately I've been into Sophia Grosjman's creations for this, as a friend sent me a handful of samples, all lush and opulent. I’ve been wearing them all as sleep scents.
What are your favorites for sleeping?
Annick Goutal "Gardenia Passion" with Ma Griffe EDT (modern) layer well. The AG is sweet, the MG sharp, together they’re interesting.
Shalimar (even the modern) is another great sleep scent.
O de Lancome and Elizabeth Arden's Green Tea, perfect for humid nights.
(In general, oil of bergamot under citrus fragrances makes them last longer and gives them depth.)
Ralph Lauren's Turquoise mixed with florals, which sweeten the dry modern chypre.
Bulgari's "Pour Femme," one of the Grosjman scents, violet and jasmine and a little green.
Rose and patchouli, a la Rosine’s “Rose d' Homme.” Delicious and long-lasting!
Van Cleef and Arpel's "First," lush but not overpowering.
Lately I’ve been mixing scents with abandon, too. Hmmmm. What could this mean?
Other things that improve the General Quality of Life:
Tomato leaves and dirt
Thai chili paste as a rub for grilling
Iced tea brewed with fresh mint
Chlorinated water and coconut-scented sunscreen
The beach, a cool shower, then white cotton clothing
Peanut butter and jelly (still!)
Rosemary oil and artisan bread
The summer landscape -- a thousand different shades of green
Atmospheric perspective turning distant greens blue
Macaroni and cheese (considered a vegetable here in the South)
Wearing shorts most of the time
Owls hooting at night
A double-scoop ice cream cone
Sweet and salt (as in bacon dredged in brown sugar, then baked until crisp)
Brushing against a lavender plant in bloom
Refrigerator pickles and homegrown tomatoes