First de Van Cleef & Arpels

2015-07-18 17.16.33 (2)After an initial opening of strong green floral aldehydes, First (Van Cleef & Arpels 1976) is a balanced, stunning 70’s floral fragrance.  A crystalline narcissus, warmed by sweet fruity notes and spicy rich base notes is ethereal and sublime.  First de Van Cleef & Arpels is lovely.

Top notes: black current, aldehydes, madarin orange, raspberry, bergamot, and peach.  Middle notes: tuberose, carnation, orris root, orchid, jasmine, narcissus, ylang ylang, lily-of-the-valley, hyacinth, and Turkish rose.  Base notes:  honey, sandalwood, tonka bean, amber, vetiver, musk, oakmoss, vanilla, and civet.


Sometimes I hesitate to be as open as I would like because some people I know personally read this blog and I wonder what they would think if I was as open as I would like to be.  But, I’ve decided I feel better being open than hiding something really weighing on my mind.  As much as I’m a private person I don’t do well not being honest.  And, not sharing anything personal and not blogging often has been due in part to me trying to keep a lid on things that I frankly wasn’t sure some people would take well, if they knew…  But tonight, as I sit here, I’m realizing I’m just “over it” as they say…

After a lot of intense discussion for months and months, some counseling and about a year of thinking it over my husband and I are now separated. We’re still living together, moving across the country together (ahem, our son is super important to both of us) but we’re separated.  How does that work?  Well, we really are great friends and get along quite well as friends so it’s less complicated than it might seem.  I won’t go into the reasons for our separation, but I will say and stress that I’ve been married to a good person and I would like to believe that I am good person too (can I say that without sounding like I’m giving myself a compliment?) and there hasn’t been any recent bad decision, or horrible fight or something that’s happened or whatever, thankfully…  What did cause the separation?  That part is complicated and has been “in the works” for a long while.  But suffice it to say that our plan is to get couples counseling and take it from there. Whatever we decide to do will be done with as much prayer, thought and further consideration as possible.

Sigh.  Sharing this with you has required me to try to summon a good bit of courage (again, it sounds like I’m giving myself a compliment) but, it feels good to be honest.   People can judge, compare, criticize etc. all they want I suppose, but it feels good to be real.  And it’s entirely possible that most or many of you reading this blog don’t really care anyway…  …  🙂 And I find it amusing to think that I’m all worried about sharing this when many of you (other than people I already know in person) mostly might just read for the perfume reviews….  Which isn’t a bad thing necessarily, but then I may be mostly writing this for myself…  And that’s not bad either necessarily… I guess…


Until tomorrow.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Pretty major news… you sounded quite level about it so that’s good..

    1. karrielinn says:

      Thank you, and thank you for commenting. I appreciate it. 🙂

      Yeah, we’ve taken a while to arrive here… Some things may or may not be meant to be, and I’ve had to learn that the hard way. Fighting that truth (as I see it) is what caused the most wild emotions in me. …It’s so easy to try to make yourself the way you think others want you to be, or to try to bend yourself to accomodate but the painful truth is that we are who we are for better or worse. Some relationships will work and some just can’t no matter how good they seem like they could be or you want them to be. Some people maybe just aren’t “meant” to be together and if they try to force it to work it will only drive them both crazy (not in a good way haha) until they either let go and move on or they eventually die inside a little… 🙂 Anyway… Whatever happens I’ve certainly learned a lot these last few years. And that’s a good thing I think.

      Thanks again for commenting and reading my rather lengthy response…

      1. I think it’s admirable that you’re being realistic and dealing with the problem. My parents were unhappily married while I was growing up and that was shit. I know that much! So, Godspeed!

      2. karrielinn says:

        Thank you. Yeah, it’s funny… My parents were unhappily married too, but when you’re the parent it’s different (at least for me). You suddenly see how much your child benefits from you being together as a couple and how stable a two parent household is and it just makes you feel horrible to think of messing that up for them… But thank you for taking time to point out that it really is that bad – that it’s shit… Kids sense so much. Very true… Thank you again. Truly.

  2. Beth says:

    OK, I had a chance to back track to find some posts I missed. Thank you for sharing this. Sorry for the pain behind it. Praying for you.

    1. karrielinn says:

      Thank you for reading it… I’m never sure how much to share.

      Thank you for saying that. And thank you for your prayer!! 🙂

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