28 La Pausa

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Before I sprayed Les Exclusifs de Chanel, 28 La Pausa (Chanel 2007) on my own skin, I read a few negative reviews, but honestly, 28 La Pausa is one of my new favorite Chanel fragrances.  It seems to be a very steady scent – not too many changes from the beginning to the last moments of the drydown.  However, it’s brilliantly complex.  Chanel’s Jacque Polge is a genius, of course…

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It feels very authentic, if that’s possible…  It’s not a pretentious scent.  It’s clean and modern but very “old Chanel” too.  It feels grounded to the Earth, but evocative of a cityscape as well.  According to Chanel’s website, it was named after La Pausa, a villa built on land purchased in 1928, for Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel.

La Pausa, and even the breathtaking French coastline it was built on has quite a story (it was home to the “Lost Generation” during the 1920’s – Hemingway, Dorothy Parker, F. Scott Fitzgerald).  Besides Coco Chanel and her lover, the Duke of Westminster, La Pausa was inhabited and visited by many other historical figures.  It was eventually purchased by the Hungarian publisher, Emery Reeves, who played host to Sir Winston Churchill.  In fact, Churchill edited, History of the English Speaking Peoples at the Villa La Pausa during the 1950’s.

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But for all it’s glorious charms, my amateur nose cannot pick apart each note in 28 La Pausa, but instead, as I said, I smell the ocean, soft floral kissed air (maybe Iris specifically?), blue skies, gracious buildings (is that possible?) and a supple Earth. 28 La Pausa is astonishingly lovely.

This evening, I’m looking forward to watching the American premiere of Downton Abbey. While watching the show, I’ll be blanketed in a soft cloud of 28 La Pausa 🙂  and drinking a half-caffeinated cup of tea (milk first, of course).

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Yesterday, my husband, son and I went tea shopping.  We found loose-leaf peach ginger black tea, and at some point this week, we’ll be making a trip to another tea shop to buy decaf black peach ginger tea to match with the caffeinated variety we purchased yesterday.  I need to figure out a better place/way to get loose leaf tea…

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I’m hoping that either the tea or Downton Abbey (hopefully both), prove to be very enjoyable. 🙂  Along with Mad Men, there’s a lot of good viewing drama to be had in 2015.

P.S.  As I’m writing this post, I have Taylor Swift’s, Blank Space running through my head, “…Ask Starbuck’s lovers, they’ll tell you I’m insane because you know I love the players and You. LOVE. THE. GAME!”  (not the actual lyrics but close enough). I’ve been listening to 1989 a lot lately…  I like Taylor Swift.

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