Red Roses

Last night I had a delectable Valentine’s Day dinner with my husband.  🙂  We ate at a local mansion from the late 1800’s that has been turned into a restaurant.  We sat in the second-floor parlor next to a large corner cabinet and a fireplace.

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Other couples out for a tasty dinner.

IMG_3688 (2)I tried out a few new products I’ll be reviewing tomorrow, but I also wore a vintage pair of black heels, a black vintage velvet purse (1930’s to 50’s?) and a ruby and white sapphire heart-shaped necklace I received from my husband when I was pregnant with our son.  I wasn’t sure which perfume to choose, but I found myself gravitating towards a bottle of Mid-Century Emeraude.  I was delighted to find that all the top notes were intact, but there was also a great deal of depth.  Now that I know what vintage Emeraude is capable of smelling like (I already thought it was gorgeous) I can see why many mourn the old versions given the current formulation – the new formulation has absolutely nothing on older Emeraude…

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Last night I had a glass of Cabernet with the fourth course (a spicy steak dish) during dinner and later a gimlet with Hendricks Gin.  Both were excellent and considering I haven’t had any alcoholic beverages for about three years because of being pregnant and then breast-feeding (we’ve been tapering off recently) they were particularily enjoyable. There are many delicious things to enjoy in this world, but a good glass of red wine or a classic drink served with a pleasing gin is a treat.

It was also just fantastic to go on a date with my husband.  I haven’t been out with him on an actual date in months…

Anyway, today I’m wearing Red Roses by Yardley (1930).  Since yesterday was Valentine’s Day and I’m sure there are red roses roaming about today it seemed appropriate…

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Red Roses starts out strong with a floral burst that isn’t singularly rose, but there’s a strong rose note that becomes progressively more dominant as the fragrance continues on the skin.  It’s a sweet scent at first, and by sweet I mean almost a candylike sweet.  It reminds me of Valentine’s Day actually.  If candy hearts, roses and a few other floral notes (perhaps lily-of-the-valley?) could be combined in a slightly powdery vintage mix then it would be the start of Yardley, Red Roses.  In the drydown, however, the rose fades slightly into the background and a musky, elegant, much less sweet, sensuous retro fragrance arrives (heavy on the powdery).  The sillage is moderate to slightly strong and the longetivity is moderate.

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