This week we hear from fellow blogger Steven also known as The Scented Hound.
Steven shares his fragrant experiences and adventures on his blog. He lives with his husband and his three adorable cats in Virginia, USA.
A good day starts with… a cup of coffee and the newspaper. I’m an early riser and I love the quiet of the morning.
I’d never leave the house without… you would think that I would say perfume, but what I can’t leave the house without is a watch. Without a watch on, I feel completely naked.
I always feel good when… I get kisses from my kids (my three cats). The girls (Francie and Lily) are pretty free with their kisses, but when my boy Duncan gives me a kiss, it’s rare and special.
My favorite thing in the world is… my husband. He truly is my best friend and the person that knows me better than anyone else. We are incredibly in sync with each other to the point of being able to finish each other’s sentences. Plus, I don’t know anyone else how likes to act silly as much as I do. I can’t imagine life without him.
The next thing I want to buy is… I have no “want to buys” at the moment. In fact, we keep talking about how much “stuff” that needs to be purged from the house that we have put a moratorium on buying anything unnecessary. Of course that doesn’t pertain to perfume. 🙂
The place I always come back to is… my home state of Minnesota. There is a wonderfully sweet, uncomplicated and nerdy quality to the people there that I can readily associate with. If it wasn’t so darn cold there most of the year, I probably would still be there.
My personal style is… laid back. I would be completely comfortable living on the beach in t-shirts, shorts and flip flops. However, in reality I think I’m trapped in the 80s. I tend to lean towards wearing khakis, loafers without socks and oxford shirts. That preppy look never really goes out of style does it?!
My favorite perfume… I am fickle by nature and my tastes keep changing. I don’t know if I’ll ever have a “favorite” perfume, but right now I am loving Amouage’s Fate Woman and Roja Dove’s Enslaved which I think makes me a borderline drag queen because it’s just so big and over the top.
When I travel I always… overpack; so I try to follow the 60/40 rule. I pack my suitcase with everything that I want to take and then clear out about 40% of what’s in there as I really only need the 60%.
To relax I need… a pomegranate martini on the back patio Friday after work. I love sipping on my cocktail, looking at the garden and watching the birds…it’s my own little slice of heaven.
When I have a bad day… I try to put it into perspective. The older I get, the less I let things bother me as I realize that most things really aren’t worth fussing about.
I like to gift people with… silly little fun tchotchkes that are cheap and unique and that are good for a laugh or a smile. Others might say unwanted and unsolicited advice!
I find my inspiration… Who would have thought this would have been the hardest item for me to answer??!! So I would say…people, places and things. I think of inspiration as being like osmosis, it just creeps in without acknowledgement, expectation or in many cases realization.
Something I would never want to miss… the foxes that come out in the Spring. Every Spring they’ll appear for a few days in the back yard. Last year there were two young siblings that were chasing and playing with each other for around 20 minutes just a few feet from the house. Watching these beautiful creatures just makes me so wonderfully happy. For living in the city, to me this a real treat.
My last mistake was… eating a habenero pepper in a salad thinking that it was a bell pepper. I like spicy food, but that was a bit much.
In my fridge there is always… cream for my coffee.
On my nightstand I keep… my glasses. Not being able to see clearly when I get out of bed panics me.
The perfect weekend starts with… with coffee and the newspaper of course. However, add to that my Saturday morning chores: grocery shopping, dry cleaners, yardwork, etc.. I like to get those things done first thing Saturday morning so I feel like I have accomplished what I need to so that I can spend the rest of my weekend having fun! I know it sounds boring but I am completely routinized and that order in my life makes me happy.
My role model is… there are so many. I am constantly amazed by those with an entrepreneurial spirit where they can take chances at high stakes to make their dreams come true. I’m not a gambler and wish that I was!
Something I always want to be asked in questionnaires like this is… If you could live or be a person at any time in history, when or who would that be?
The reason that I would ask that is because I think that we perfumistas are a bit romantic in nature and might see ourselves in another place and time. Me, I think I was meant to be a member of the King Family circa 1965… living in Los Angeles in the 1950s and 1960s with all that sunshine and of course with the blond hair. For those not in the know, Google search “The King Family” for videos, etc.
After reading his questionnaire, I felt sure I would have a great time with Steven should I ever be so lucky to meet him in person. He seems laid-back, lovely and warm – someone to easily get along with. And of course I envy him for having these gorgeous cats!
Do you read Steven’s blog? If not, take a look!