Friends of ours relocated to the US last summer. With two small children and a great deal of apprehension they packed up their things, sold everything and moved to New Orleans. I admire and envy them.
We are meeting them today, since they are on vacation in Vienna, I cannot wait to hear how they are doing. If things were just a bit differently, I would do the same. It is the biggest regret of my life, that I never took the chance to live in America for some time, when it would have been more easily possible.
I am holding out for old age now. There is always an Early Bird Special waiting for me in Florida…
Last week in Perfumeland was highly productive, so many articles caught my eye:
Tarleisio on Scent Less Sensibilities wrote about Mandy Aftel’s Parfum Privè. I MUST try this. And she put up reviews of Honoré des Pres Love, Coco and Aftelier Haute Claire (including a giveaway) as well, this week, all very much worth your time.
Ines on All I Am – A Redhead had a guest poster who wrote about the hotly anticipated Tauer collection – Pentachords. Purely coincidental Tara guestposted on the same day here, on Olfactoria’s Travels, don’t miss her beautiful reviews of all three perfumes.
Annemarie on Beauty on the Outside reviews a perfume evoking the talented Andy Tauer in his garden, otherwise known as Reverie au Jardin.
Tommy on The Candy Perfume Boy can be safely categorized as my evil scent twin, which does not make me love him any less at all.
Liam on Personal Odour writes about very, very, no really, very bad smells. Don’t read this before or during a meal!
Persolaise recaps the BBC documentary about perfume. Did you watch it yet? All three episodes can be seen on Youtube! Another interesting post about several Huitième Art collection perfumes by Pierre Guillaume can be found here.
Carrie on Eyeliner on a Cat reviews Aftelier Haute Claire as well, I love her point of view.
Another Perfume Blog found love in Amouage Lyric – finally! Read her beautiful review!
Bonkers About Perfume’s Vanessa has unearthed a Kate Middleton lookalike and analyzes possible perfumed connections in her inimitably hilarious way.
And finally Suzanne writes an interesting review of L’Artisan Parfumeur Mon Numéro 1 on her Perfume Journal.
What are doing this Sunday? I’d love to hear from you!
I’m finally not doing anything. 🙂
Well, I don’t have to do anything so I’ll pretty much read the blogs, write a review, read a new book and basically enjoy myself (it is raining after all and will go on so the day is perfect for this).
Thank you for the link – I still smile thinking of Friday synchronicity. 🙂
That sounds really good! Enjoy your day of leisure, Ines. xo
New Orleans is a great city. My mom is from Mississippi, so we’ve taken the opportunity to visit NO a couple of times when driving out to see family. The drawback to NO and to Florida is the heat and humidity. Despite always living in the South, I have never really gotten acclimated to it. Anyway, I hope you have an enjoyable time with your friends today!
For me, this is the last weekend before school starts back. I don’t have a full-time job, but I am going to sign up as a substitute and try to work as much as possible. So I am hoping for a lazy Sunday of relaxation to end the summer break. Have a great day, Birgit!
The climate in the south wouldn’t be for me either. I’d like to live somewhere in New England. Enjoy your last vacation weekend!
Thank you for the link love Birgit, I’m proud to be your evil scent twin 😀
I’m glad I found my evil scent twin! 🙂 But there are a few things we both love, Honour Woman for example, so there is common ground. 😉
Ahh, Honour Woman, I love it so much! It’s a white floral that you love so it MUST be good.
Quite right! 😉
Ah, New Orleans! Your friends can buy you a sampler set from Hove’ Parfumeur in the French Quarter, they are a very old shop and have some beautiful Southern perfumes. Rue Royale, a dusky chypre’, is my favorite.
Great tip, thank you, Marla! I’ll ask my friend whether she knows the store.
I hope you had a great time catching up with your friends, Birgit. It’s sort of an overcast day here, but for once I’m not going to complain about clouds, as the weather this week hit 100 degrees a couple of days, and today it’s in the more comfortable 80s. I think I’ll follow Ines’s lead and relax with a book. (Oh, and I can sniff my new perfume samples from Honore de Pres…they arrived yesterday!!!) 🙂
Thanks very much for the link love. Sending love back to you…XO!
Glad your samples arrived!!! I wish you a wonderfully relaxing day, Suz!
Hurrah! I got a mention in “Last Week In Perfume Land – Weekend Link Love” *stupid grin on face*. Thank-you for your lovely words, dear B.
Please don’t feel too regretful, I’m sure you stayed in Vienna for good reason. I have no doubt your own American Dream will come true one day, when the time is right. x
You are right, regrets do not help. We have a great life here after all. And my craving for the English language is satisfied on OT now. 😉
It was great being able to include you in the weekly roundup! My “baby” was in the best hands. *grins equally stupid*
New Orleans, I have deep connections and visit often. One of the most eclectic cities anywhere! The architecture, the music, the fragrance and so much more! If I could move, it would be to New Orleans! Laissez le Bon temp rouler…in NOLA again! REBUILD! REJOICE!
It is a beautiful and strange city, I have spent a week there in the nineties and was fascinated with the music, the architecture and most of all the cajun accent and the French influences. But I’d hate the climate… 🙂 Are you American, Judith?
I live in Los Angeles, fifth generation! I visited, with my family, New Orleans many years ago, and fell in love. Years later, my son applied to college there and was accepted, how wonderful for him, and for us! He did evacuate during Katrina, and spent six months in LA, and could not wait to return. He still lives there, three years after graduation. Yes, can be miserably hot and humid! But so worth it! It is rebounding, the culture, food, music, arts. Of course, sadly, some left never to return. What happened is a true American Tragedy, but the recovery and resillance is ongoing.
which makes it even more dear to my heart!
It is great that the city rallied to bounce back after this terrible tragedy.
With your son living there, you have a perfect reason to visit often!
THE perfect reason! I miss him very much, but I know he is living and loving in his city! Knowing this, I smile! I am sticking close to home these days as I have a 97 year young mother! I will visit after the summer!
Matt spends so much time at the Post Office (for his business), that they are throwing us a moving-away barbeque! I’m going to make a blackberry cobbler this afternoon, using blackberries that Matt and I picked yesterday afternoon on our bike ride (about a gallon’s worth!), and the hosts are deep-frying a turkey.
What perfume to wear is the question… I wore Ambre Fetiche last night, and it smelled amazing in the heat, so I may wear it again.
I hope that you have a wonderful time with your friends while they visit! PS, I hear that the early-bird specials are best in Texas 😉
The post office is throwing you a party? That is excellent! 😀
I hope you are having a great time!
P.S. Dr O wants some of that turkey!
Oh to live in NOLA! How I look forward to going back soon. We visited pre and post Katrina and we were struck by the resolve of the people in the city. So much beauty there. The climate is southern alright but that is how I like it. I keep asking myself what I am doing here in Vienna. I miss the sun and the heat so much at times. Hope you had a good visit with your friends.
Are you planning to go back eventually?
My friends are very happy there, they don’t miss Vienna.
We will definitely visit NOLA again. Move back to the States? It depends on my hubby’s job situation. At the moment we are here. Don’t get me wrong we love Vienna, but we miss the States too. My husband is not American and he just loves traveling to the States. We are global nomads, home is where we hang up our coats every day.
That sounds very good, I’d love to be so flexible…
As always, thanks very much indeed for the link… and indeed for ALL the links. I find them really useful as a means of ensuring I haven’t missed anything important on other people’s blogs.
You are very welcome, Persolaise!
I hope you had a good time catching up with your friends, and a nice weekend all around. I was mostly doing errands and busy, but have found time this evening to relax and do absolutely nothing! 🙂 It’s been great.
Thank you for the link love!
The older I get the more attractive doing absolutely nothing is. I always wanted to have something to do when I was younger, at the very least I always read a book, no minute without some distraction, now that I have learned to relax and let go, I don’t have the time. 😉
Thanks for the namecheck! Yesterday I took Mrs Bonkers Senior to a small town in the Staffordshire Moorlands to collect a batch of questionnaires for my next trip. A colleague’s parents’ house acted as the pick up point, as it was relatively close to where I live, and it would have made a very fat parcel to post. Plus, Mrs Bonkers Senior got a bit of a run out. Multi-tasking at its finest! : – )
Sounds like a lovely and useful trip for the both of you!