Devon Violets (Repost)


Devon Violets by Lowndes Pateman, made in Devon, England likely debuted in the early 1920’s (I can’t find an exact date) but the aldehydic violets are crisp, authentic and beautiful. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting Choward’s Violet Mint Candies (also from the 1920’s) Devon Violets is very similar, only obviously not as sweet.


According to a website discussing this scent, Devon Violets evokes memories of seaside childhood holidays in the UK for some people, since it was popularly sold at such locations in the past.

What a lovely idea…

DSC01733In the drydown it’s warm, powdery and only faintly floral, but the longevity is decent and sillage is moderate.

I feel fortunate to have found my pretty, very vintage hand painted bottle of this green colored liquid gem (Lowndes Pateman is the original maker, although it’s made now by one of the descendants to the original maker – Brian Lowndes Pateman).  And, considering that a part of my family originates from Devon, England I find it even more priceless.

This weekend I was in the mood to wear red lipstick, so I tried my new tube of Dior Rouge, Trafalgar 844.  I loved it, and considering I rarely wear lipstick, much less red lipstick, that’s saying something…  I’m doing a full review tomorrow.


2015-02-21 12.29.26 (2) I also wore this vintage rhinestone ring.

Tonight my attentions will be divided between the Oscars and “Downton Abbey” (of course).  I’m not particularly excited this year for the actual award ceremony, to be honest, but I’m looking forward to the red carpet.  ðŸ™‚  How about you?  Will you be watching?

Until Tomorrow.

(Update from 2020: I noticed my editing in the photo of myself and felt the need to clarify something. First, yes. I really was that pretty. Secondly, I don’t photograph well easily and at the time I felt incredibly self conscious about that fact. Oftentimes my face looks more round in photos than it is in real life, or at least that’s my perception of it… I’m not insecure about it but it did irritate me about my photographs. So I tried to edit my face to look more like how it genuinely does in person. *laugh* I regret it because it’s obvious I edited it to me now and my face probably looked better before regardless of how “round” I thought it was…

Don’t fall for the lies. There are different types of features that are beautiful. Not everyone has to look the exact same way to be beautiful. A chiseled jawline and a more narrow face can be pretty. But rounder features can be too. In the past in the US they were actually considered prettier. Ideals change but all the ways beauty manifests are, in truth, equally beautiful.

Models and the ideal in the 1900’s and 1930’s (my face):

I think the ideal started to shift in the 1940’s and 1950’s. Here’s the 50’s:

You can see that there’s a combination of small features and roundness moving into something more chiseled and angular as the ideal. Both are beautiful… Sadly, we aren’t often able to accept that as humans. People don’t have to look like us to be beautiful. Beautiful is beautiful. And you know it when you see it…

2000’s and 2010’s models and the ideal (more chiseled features and not my face):

(Images taken from Google Images. All equally lovely, just different.).

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