Monthly Archives: September 2012

Atmospherics

The last week of summer I was in South Carolina. I love South Carolina, but  flying in from New York always astounds me because the atmosphere changes so much and by atmosphere, I mean the barometric pressure, the humidity levels … Continue reading

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Just What Is It About Vanilla?

Such a homely fragrance if you grew up anywhere in the West.  Vanilla – for us – is a flavoring that inhabits our kitchen shelf.  We bake with it, and the smell is reminiscent of childhood for a large number … Continue reading

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Roses on the Rocks

One of my favorite garden flowers has never done well for me.  Cistus ladanifer or just plain cistus, is a white flowering shrub that comes from the rocky dry countryside of Portugal and southern Spain.  The land of arid scrub … Continue reading

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Nina and the Arpege Monster

My husband’s grandmother Nina was a pioneer.  She was unfailingly chic long before Anna Wintour had been born to make the rest of us feel fat and blowsy, she was anorexic in the days before that disorder had been recognized, … Continue reading

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The Ditzy Perfume Field Guide

Perfume is after all supposed to be fun.  Sometimes you just want to take a vacation from whatever it is that you wear and try something that is altogether lighter.  For this purpose, you need scent that is strictly un-strict.  … Continue reading

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That Man!

Have you ever spent two hundred and some odd pages with a real bastard?  I just have, and by the way, the description is one that Charles Revson himself would have embraced.  In fact, he did embrace it. He got … Continue reading

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The Comfortable

This is the last in a series about the remark of Olivier Creed that every woman needs a perfume to make her fell brave, to make her feel beautiful, and to make her feel comfortable.  Today’s topic is the comfort … Continue reading

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The Beautiful

Pursuant  to the quote by Olivier Creed, a sixth generation perfume dynast, that every woman needs three perfumes, one to make her feel brave, one to make her feel beautiful, and one to make her feel comfortable, here is a … Continue reading

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The Brave

Olivier Creed was quoted once as saying that a woman needed three perfumes: one to make her feel brave, one to make her feel comfortable, and one to make her feel beautiful.  Now, Creed is a firm that enjoys a … Continue reading

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A Taste for Cashmere

 Knits are the obligatory accessory of Italian autumns.*  There’s that moment when all the treasured sweaters are unearthed from their estivation and placed back on the shelves of wardrobes lovingly. The reason is a distinct change in season that happens … Continue reading

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