I love fragrance, but there's a flip side. Over the holidays, I bought an embarrassingly expensive Diptyque candle - I had read that the Feu de Bois scent was a "wintertime favorite". That bit of info combined with its mega Frenchiness sucked me right in. I ordered it online. When it arrived and I lit it, our great room smelled not so much like the North Pole, but more the Hayman fire. I should have reviewed some of my high school French, because apparently Feu de Bois means something akin to firewood. Seriously, a candle that smells like fire???
Raising children and animals certainly opens the door to a lot of scents we wouldn't otherwise get to enjoy. Say for instance the throat-burning cloud that lingers in your 13-year-old's room after he discovers all the joys of the Axe product line. Or the dizzying array of body sprays a teenage girl collects from Bath and Bodyworks - scents that suspiciously also come in room sprays and diffuser oils. Even our guinea pig, when his cage is due for a bedding change, makes our entire mud room smell like a bad petting zoo and has our guests hoping they'll be able to pet a goat or feed a pony by hand.
I like scent. I make meatloaf and roasted chicken, not only for the deliciousness, but also for the aromatherapy. I use Coppertone sunscreen for the smell alone. I buy cleansers mostly because of their scent. I light a lot of candles and I try to have fresh flowers in our house as often as possible. Somehow though, even with all this, bacon and smelly cleats often win the battle. I just hope my kids don't grow up associating the warm feelings of home with the combined scent of chili, sweat, domesticated rodent and lavender. We'll see.
I wore this yesterday.
Again, I'm loving the neutrals. The freakishly warm temps inspired the white jean/navy sweater combo. Tres Francais, non? I am loving this new Kimberly necklace. It looks great over this solid navy, but also works really well over pattern too. I love these longer statement necklaces - they are easy to wear, look a little funkier than shorter versions and work great for the daytime too.
And, finally, another happy birthday wish to Geoffrey. I am a lucky girl to share a life with him. He was wonderful when we met all those years ago, but he is even better today. I love you with all my heart G-off!!
gratitude: night cream, scratch paper, everything bagels, birthday dinners out
thanks and love.