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Youth Clubbing in black and white.Sorry, I wasn’t trying to alarm anybody about saying I had to adjust my perfume purchases. I’m taking some classes I have to pay for, that’s all, and I still have some other financial things to get in order from moving. (I’m not ready to admit publicly that I am getting yet another graduate degree. These things just aren’t done.) I feel like people come here for the perfume news, if anything, not the me news.

I’m going to Sniffapalooza! THAT’S fun.

Uh, what else. Gucci Guilty Black is in fact even better than the original – in its “concentrated” form (not that I buy that for a second) it’s got a certain butteriness to it that really appeals on top of the lilac and amber. Too bad about the Batman bottle.

Are you following Mark at Colognoisseur’s adventures at Pitti? He goes to all these perfume expos I never even know about. I love living vicariously through his posts. (I like Italy too.)

Also check out his reviews of the new By Kilians. If you’re like me and you love the By Kilians you love and you really dislike the ones you don’t love, this set of impressions is crucial. I’ve already tested Intoxicated and I enjoyed it; I wish By Kilian would come out with a set of three travel sizes of this set, as I’m sure I’m going to enjoy the others too. I feel like there’s only so much tobacco a woman can get away with wearing, but I intend to push it.

I am super pleased with my Olfactif samples this month. I’d just been wanting to try Mohur again (I am the only perfumista in the world who didn’t go apeshit for it, apparently) and there it is! I’m really pleased with roses and I’m pleased with this selection. I own Lady Vengeance but my purse bullet has a top that doesn’t close very tightly and I seldom pull it out, so a little travel spray is welcome; and I want a bottle of Rose Cut but didn’t spring for it because I know I wouldn’t wear it that much. So this is perfect.

Traveling this week for work – trying to think of what to take with me besides the In the City of Sin and Lavande et Encens I’ve been wearing all year. But I probably won’t think of anything. (Mohur maybe. 🙂 )

Almost everything in my perfume collection is now much more findable in the new place, except when it’s not. I need to redo my whole inventory. And when something ISN’T in the collection where it should be, I am totally lost. I am talking about you, L’Artisan L’Eau du Navigateur. I am NOT shelling out for you again. I know you’re in this house somewhere.

Did you see The Black Narcissus’ review of Aimez-Moi? I’ve always considered it the codependent cheap cousin of N’Aimez que Moi which I love and have in several forms and never want to be without. N’Aimez que Moi is so much more dignified, more sad, more serious, and somehow beautiful. But now he’s made me want to snort Aimez-Moi again (apparently, of course, in the vintage edition). If only for the crazy.

Splitmeet on NST next week. I’ll be super-busy all day but hoping to check in. All I really want is to split a travel set of the Le Labo city exclusives. You can get any one of them you want in the set; I just want Musc 25 (though even that for $85 for 10 ml is ridiculous. I have to finish my review, “Le Labo: The Silliest of Exclusive Brands”.) I also might want a couple (but only 2 of 3) of the regular scents (I still want some Ylang for sure). I’m not interested in decanting and have bought all the decants I can afford recently and then some. I need to get rid of decants I’m NOT using.

(But I’m always afraid I’ll want it later. I hate Sospiro Wardisina. HATE it. I’ve seldom hated a perfume so much. But then I keep reading reviews of it that rave about it, and I sure as hell don’t want to ever shell out for it AGAIN, so I hold on to it. That’s stupid, right?)

Updated my theme and somehow Atahualpa has finally turned on me; it’s layering my header elements in the wrong order and I’m not enough of a CSS hacker to fix that. And basically too busy to be arsed about it. Oh well.

Somewhere in this house there’s ALSO the big bag of samples from LAST Sniffapalooza that I haven’t gotten through yet. If I can find that before NEXT Sniffapalooza, I will count that a win!

Image is 18.08.11 Mish:Mash by Daniel Easton, via Flickr. Used under Creative Commons license; some rights reserved.

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8 comments to Stuff

  • Annie


    It has been ages! Lots of ‘stuff’ going on over in my world.

    Is this the second time that you have moved in the year? Or are you like me, adjusting to a move in baby steps throughout years? If the latter, good luck. I am still, in fact, just today, re-organizing my perfumes for the gazillionth time. I seem to have a knack for acquiring purchases and the overflow is a constant adjustment.

    I like coming here and reading your ‘me stuff’ it feels like a conversation. So, keep up the you stuff. I haven’t posted in a bit, and have read some posts later, but trust me, I love hearing about what’s going on. There’s always a fun connection to perfume that only we, the perfume lovers of the world can relate to.

    Congratulations on working on your degree. And making quality time for perfumes, that is a must.

    Lady Vengeance. Hoping one day to own it, though I really should get off my bum and make something that would make me smile a little more. Maybe make a few while my bum is in motion. The whole inertia thing has me settled down on this computer on my couch quite nicely.

    I love By Killian’s line and I love Mark. I dread sniffing the line for the reason that he would pick one of these three and tell me why I should smell it and how it would be on me. Gah!

    Count a fellow Sniffa-fiend this year, too. So far, I am not going to Sunday, even though I’d love to for the same reasons you mentioned. If you email me, I can ‘splain more. It’ll be our anniversary.

    I can’t wait to see you!

    • Judith

      Dear Annie! Thank you for sticking with me.

      I only moved once – that was plenty. I am STILL moving. Unpacking upstairs is taking forever. I literally feel like if I do it, we will get evicted or someone will have a heart attack or something. (I have worry problems.) Not that there’s any danger of either one. It’s just a thing.

      I think you could make something more smiley than Lady Vengeance. It’s beautiful but not fun. Do it!

      I know intellectually that some people (like you) who’ve met me do want to hear the “me” stuff, and I’m so glad that this blog lets me stay in touch with you even a little. It’s not for me-ing much, but I’m so glad I’ll get to see you at Sniffa even just for the manic Saturday! Yes, looking forward to our anniversary. 🙂

  • If I could Like your Stuff posting, I would. I’m so done with school after ONE graduate degree eons ago so you must be special to keep at it!

    Boo hiss I couldn’t make it to Fall Ball again this year but at least it’s for good reasons — I would just be back from a week’s vacation AND my sister is having my nephew’s birthday party on the 11th as one of our nieces will be back from college.

    Re: Gucci Guilty Black – I liked the For Women version but not enough for a FB. I recently went through some of my manufacturer’s samples and rescued Gucci Guilty Black from the To Donate pile. Considering I gave away over 100 pieces, it must be on this side of good.

    We have the same taste in Caron – just sayin’ – although I only have the modern version.

    Have you tried the Chanel Coco Noir Parfum Extrait? As much as the EDP was maligned when it debuted 2 years ago, this concentration is much deeper and the bottle is oh so cute. I do have the EDP and this one is also calling me.

    Thanks for linking to Colognoisseur. I don’t get emails of new posts so I just visit occasionally. I am already a Word Press user so having to register separately just irks me. I have to revisit the new By Kilian. When I was at Saks 2 weeks ago, I said no, no and no to each of the perfumes in the Addictive State of Mind collection but of course that did not stop me from asking for a sample. Unfortunately, and it probably serves me right, the one I have is not marked so it is now essentially an orphan. I need to go back to Saks (much closer) or Bergdorf (perhaps next week) to see if I can snag a set of MARKED samples this time!

    Splitmeet – I’ll be there 😉

    • Judith

      Ha! I too want a “like” button on everything nowadays. 🙂

      I may be special or just crazy. We shall see. I do like doing it, I admit it.

      Interesting to hear your thoughts on Black. Hmm.

      What is all this buzz I am seeing everywhere on Coco Noir parfum? I’m afraid it would have to be made of kittens to rekindle my interest, but I’ll admit now since you’re like the fourth or fifth person I’ve seen mention it, I’ll have to at least smell it. I doubt it deserves it. We’ll see.

      I know what you mean about logging in everywhere. The Non-Blonde stopped permitting RSS syndication, and I just stopped reading it. I don’t have time to visit a bunch of sites. I do keep up with Mark’s and I thought it might be fun to just do a “gossip roundup”.

      I really HAVE to go to Sniffapalooza if I can at all. I order samples by mail, I never go out to eat, I have no friends who ever come over, my husband and I get out to a movie perhaps twice a year – if it weren’t for Sniffa I might die of lack of social contact. I wasn’t able to put aside funding for much extra this fall, but Sniffa is it. I will decide by then (probably) if I want any (or all) of these Kilians. It might depend on what the travel atomizer looks like! (I have every Kilian travel atomizer he’s ever made. It’s a thing.)

      • So maybe you’re “specially crazy” 🙂

        I can see it now, a post entitled “It’s a thing” where we’ll get to see your travel atomizer collection. I assume you have the snake atomizer which means we’re atomizer sisters!

        Finally, with advance notice, I am open to sniffas and then a meal to catch up! Perhaps after Snifffapalooza so you can regale me with the Sniffapalooza shenanigans!

        • Judith

          I do have the snake atomizer. Really, it’s a weakness I have. (Just because you share it doesn’t mean it’s not a weakness. :-))
          I like your idea of meals AND of sniffas!

  • poodle

    Okay, two good things have happened so far this morning. First I found your blog which I can’t believe I haven’t visited before and second, I found out you’re going to Sniffa. Me too. Unless something unforeseen happens which is entirely possible with my luck. I’ll be there Saturday.

    • Judith

      Yay! I’m glad you found the blog and I’m glad I’ll see you at Sniffa! Yes, I expect to be there (unless my luck turns on me as well). Saturday is such a crush! but we’ll have to look for each other.

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