Spicy, clean and woody notes, with a very bold pine note in particular, start Vintage (John Varvatos 2006) in a sexy, elegant and very masculine direction.  A powdery lavender adds a demure calm to the well blended, passionate notes.  In fact, the drydown is so sensual this may be one of most provocative fragrances for men I’ve ever encountered…  It’s also a bit sweet…

Top notes: wormwood, basil, rhubarb, quince, fennel and pepper.  Middle notes:  juniper berries, lavender, cinnamon, jasmine, orris root and green leaves.  Base notes: tonka bean, tobacco, suede, patchouli, oakmoss, balsam fir and woody notes.

So, in case you hadn’t noticed (and I assume you did) I haven’t been posting a monthly story…  I will resume that at some point in the near future.  I frankly just haven’t had the time to sit down and really write out the story…  I’m trying to currently do quite a few different things…

For one thing, I’m reading a book a week…  And for another thing, I’m working on my novel.  I’ve also been sick periodically and…  anyway.

So, yes…

But anyway.  Quick update:  we are now in a place where in a relatively short amount of time we could decide to live in the UK if we wanted.  However, the keyword is want. I know this blog is about my desire to move to the UK and be an expat but…  after moving to Seattle and absolutely loathing most aspects of the experience (aside from my lovely family – they are just lovely)  I can’t say that I’m all to keen to move anywhere but back home…  So…  yeah.


I loved living on the East Coast…  I really did.  I didn’t mind living in North Dakota when I lived there for a year either…   And I haven’t been exactly crazy about Minnesota in general for most of my life (although I eventually loved St. Paul passionately).  But moving to and living in this city has been so bad that is has me feeling very gun shy about any moving adventures involving the unknown right now and, again, I just want to move back home.  Sorry Seattle…   I may change my mind.  I don’t know…


But, I figured out which designer handbag I’m buying.  I’m buying a new Louis Vuitton Noé in monogram canvas (I might buy a used Speedy 25 or 30 in either damier ebene, damier azur or monogram and/or an Alma PM too at some point) for my birthday and then eventually I’ll buy an Hermès Kelly Sellier 32 in a neutral color.  And after that, I don’t plan on buying many other bags for the rest of my life…  Combined with my small Longchamp Le Pliage (I may buy another larger one), my vintage black velvet clutch, vintage leather Coach and black Kate Spade diaper bag I don’t think I’ll need to (other than a straw and eventually crocodile bag for fun perhaps?)…  Of course, it’s not that I don’t appreciate nice bags and respect those who love them passionately…  It’s just a personal decision.

Furthermore, I’ve decided on a few other particulars about my wardrobe.  I have an actual “road map” of sorts…  It involves cashmere sweaters and silk scarves like I once opined upon but I’ve expanded on that idea a lot…  My aim is to combine classic, quality pieces (that will only occasionally need to be replaced throughout the years) with classic but less expensive items that can take a lot of wear and will obviously need to be replaced more frequently.

Here’s my basic wish list/plan of things to purchase (houses, brands and etc are subject to alteration):

1 pair of LK Bennett flats

1 pair of cheap but classic canvas sneakers and decent insoles

Louis Vuitton monogram Noé

Hermès Kelly Sellier 32

LL Bean military jacket

3 pairs of J Brand jeans

2 pairs of wool pants

lots of pairs of simple t-shirts and sweatshirts

Cotton Jackie shells and cardigan sweaters from J. Crew

2 silk blouses (one for warmer weather and one for cooler weather)

2 neutral sheath dresses (one for cooler weather and one for warmer weather)

(I have and plan to keep: classic shorts, a few pairs of jeans, a few dresses, leather pants, cashmere sweaters, a few other random clothing items like blouses, polos, a Norwegian sweater, a few coats, shoes, etc.)

I have lots of classic pieces of jewelry and plan to expand on that and add a simple white gold heart locket necklace and replace the diamond studs I keep losing…

We’ll see how well this goes…











2 Comments Add yours

  1. Sorry you haven’t enjoyed the move, and good luck with your future plans!

  2. karrielinn says:

    Thank you!! I appreciate it. 🙂

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