Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Of Dogs, De Profundis and Death

The past couple weeks haven't been exactly good. The week proceeding Labor Day and a few days afterwards are defiantly good in my family. It always seems to be the time of year where it's either one of my dogs gets really sick where we might have to put them down or we do have to put them down. This time, we did have to put down my elderly dog, Bailey. Bailey was always a special needs dog that always had the odds stacked against her. When she was four months old, she was diagnosed with epilepsy and 3 vets counseled us to put her down because they thought she wouldn't live to be a year old but we didn't give up on her, knowing that it would take time and the right dose of medication. Bailey was put to sleep two days ago and I haven't really been able to stop crying since. I know that she was 14 years old and she was really old for a Lab but I knew that it was time. I just wanted her to have one more good summer before things got really bad. For some reason, the day she died, I sensed that it was her last day on earth, I gave her tons of her favorite dog treats and a rawhide before going to the vet to look at a huge blood blister on her ear. On the way to the vet, she had a huge seizure that she never really came out of, then I knew that it was time to let her go. On the day she died, I do not know why I decided to put on Serge Lutens De Profundis but I did and I wore it yesterday as well.

In Bailey's 14 years, I dealt with her chronic ear infections, many allergies, getting into stuff that she shouldn't have, eating a 3 pound bag of M&M's, almost getting hit by cars and yet she survived it all. And gave me many kisses, brought me shoes and showered me with love.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

L'Heure Bleue and Mitsouko

Ever since I 'got' Mitsouko and L'Heure Bleue and have worn them quite frequently, I have come to a few thought on the both of them. Both of them shouldn't be worn when it's 80-85 degrees out. When it gets to be in the 70's, things are a little dicey. The top notes are fine and I love the top notes in heat but when the middle notes come out to play, there is trouble coming to paradise. Be cause there is something that is starting to smell sour in Mitsouko's case and something too powdery and sour in L'Heure Bleue's case. I'm not sure on what gives on that. With Jicky, Apres L'Ondee I am not getting any of this funk and Shalimar is the same. I can wear Shalimar in heat and there is no problem. I'm thinking thaat in Mitsouko's case and smelling similar things, I just have a hard time with chypres in general.

So I am thinking that L'Heure Bleue and Mitsouko really need to be worn during the winter. An that's when I really get them and I can enjoy their sensuality.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

It's Just Not Happening

I can't believe that it's already half way through August and I haven't blogged a thing. I know I should write a review of either Avignon or Shalimar Ode a la Vanille but I can't think of  thing to say that maybe both of them are not exactly my 'thing'. I am beginning to really wonder about this summer. A couple years ago, we had a 4 month stretch of nothing but 90 degree plus and living in air conditioning. But in Cleveland, it's been a cold summer and that must be bringing out some new dimension of apathy to were I am not motivated to smell, let alone review that huge pile of perfumes that haven't been smelled yet.

This summer has been marked with falling in love with L'Heure de Nuit, and being able to find a couple bottles of Theorema. But this summer has also been marked with thinking that I do want to wear a certain perfume but it turns out to be a big old no. Just like I put on Avignon to maybe review it, it was a massive not happening today. I'm hoping though to get some thing to review.