It’s been a while since I have posted about my favorite things, the end of the year lends itself perfectly to such endeavors, and don’t we all love lists?
The year 2012 has been an interesting one. I mostly stuck to my one bottle a month rule (mostly, I swear!) until I met my current signature scent at the end of October and have stuck with it since. But, since I am not one to break my own rules (ha!), I did manage to buy a bottle for December as well, one that will probably be a serious competitor for daily wear – the newest work of my beloved Jean-Claude Ellena. His L’Ambre des Merveilles and now the surprising and gorgeous Jour d’Hermès have all my attention. This is kind of funny, for it feels like I have come full circle this year. I started with JCE, who I fully blame for my fall down the rabbit hole and now I’m back with him and his tender world of transparency and light (for good?).
So here is a list of my favorite things of the year and I cannot wait to read about yours…
Luxury (or the thin line between indulgence and delusion):
While Jean-Claude Ellena dominated my fragrant obsessions this year, the entire house of Hermès did as well. While I have been a fan of its timeless luxury for years, I must admit that it has become a bit more recently. Maybe it is impending middle-age that has me contemplating investment pieces… as a friend put it: at a certain age we have to think about investing in quality. So enjoy a stroll with me through the gorgeous offerings of the esteemed house of Hermès.
In my quest for the perfect cashmere shawl and a flattering way to wear my silks, I stumbled upon this wonderful blog, by an impossibly elegant and sophisticated Frenchwoman: take a look at MaiTai’s Picturebook.
Donna Tartt: The Secret History I have read this book at least five times and I love it more every time. Beautifully written, witty, intelligent and very, very strange, it is a fascinating read.
Kathleen Tessaro: Elegance A lovely book! Officially “chick lit”, it is that and a bit more. A woman transforms her life after finding an old book about being elegant (that book really exists, find it here). I have a penchant for these kinds of duckling to swan things…
Lessons from Madame Chic This little book, written by blogger Jennifer L. Scott (The Daily Connoisseur) is a quick read that is entertaining and fun, with some great tips, if a bit repetitive. Her blog is also well worth checking out. Jennifer gives advice on how to better your quality of life in all respects, from make up to table culture, from wardrobe changes to art appreciation.
Louisville, Kentucky Modjeskas My husband brought these home from a business trip – oh my, I almost wish he had never introduced me to this delicacy. Marshmallows dipped in soft and salty caramel is so much better than it sounds. Decadent and SO delicious!!!
Dr. O’s Turducken was a great, quite unexpected success. The Russian-doll-type food preparation style will have its rightful place in our kitchen from now on.
Daisy’s Bacon and Pecan Nougats Dear and generous Daisy from the food blog Cool Cook Style sent me her amazing Bacon and Pecan Nougats, the only problem I have with them is that they were gone in a flash. (Should have kept them all to myself instead of offering them to greedy guests.😉 )
Paula’s Choice: I couldn’t be happier than with this very affordable and extremely well-researched line. I can highly recommend the products. No non-sense, effective and gentle, they make my skin the best it can be.
As a child, I had a phase when I was absolutely convinced that my future occupation would be Broadway Star. I wanted to be a musical performer and going to Broadway seemed to be the thing to do from a ten-year-old Austrian’s perspective. It seemed quite feasible at the time, and that dream took turns in my wishlist of professions with becoming a cover model for Vogue, being the next Anne-Sophie Mutter or marrying Prince Edward of England.
My musical star aspirations have seen a great revival this year, when I watched the DVD’s of Glee. What can I say – I love it. Showchoir is the coolest and I wish we had had such a thing in highschool. I might be living in NYC by now…😉
And finally, this being a perfume blog after all – for all of you who made it through this long post so far – here is my nowhere near complete list of top-picks for the best perfumes of the year 2012:
Vero Profumo Mito: the best new release, because it is timeless and captures a deceptively simple beauty that is ultimately heartwrenching.
Neela Vermeire Creations India Trio: Officially launched only in January 2012, it seems as if these three glorious perfumes have always been here. I can only hope they will stay with us forever too! And don’t make me pick a favorite among the three, I couldn’t make up my mind the entire year…
Hermès L’Ambre des Merveilles: yes, I’ll shut up about it now…
Amouage Beloved: Bewitching, beautiful, expensive and hard to find.
Puredistance Opardu: the fourth release by Jan Ewoud Vos’s ultra-elegant niche house doesn’t let us down. Tender and wistful, soft and nostalgic.
Guerlain Myrrhe et Delires: A classic case of love at the hundredth sniff, since I was not very taken with it from the start, but it grew on me to the point that I believe it has earned its spot in the Top Ten of 2012.
Nabucco Amytis: the ultimate luxury – an oil-based perfume that is enveloping you like the much-cited cashmere wrap, but what can I say? It’s true!
Hermès Jour d’Hermès: will be the next big thing in 2013.
So what are your favorite things right now? What do you love and want to share with us?
These blogs are also listing their end of year lists today, so don’t forget to hop on over to: