Senchal

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Sharp, sweet and beautifully musky, Senchal (Charles of the Ritz 1981) is a heavy scent.  It’s frothy and rich with a warm vetiver note that surfaces from a depth of spices, florals (particularly tuberose), aldehydes and a surprisingly elegant note of pineapple.

It’s an interesting fragrance. It reminds me of a cross between a vintage scent from the 1920’s or 30’s and one from the 80’s. I’m guessing that that’s the mixture of the musk, tuberose (1980’s) and the benzoin, orris root and aldehydes (1920’s).  The drydown is especially nice – lots of floral and delicious citrus.

Top notes: aldehydes, pineapple, orange blossom, bergamot and lemon.  Middle notes: carnation, tuberose, lilac, orris root, jasmine, ylang-ylang and rose.  Base notes: labdanum, amber, cinnamon, musk, benzoin, vanilla, vetiver and cedar. The fragrance features spicy notes, amber and floral notes.

Denim

It was a warm day, yesterday, and while I eventually had to take it off, I had fun wearing my new denim jacket for the first time. I found the late 80’s/early 90’s jacket on Etsy from a store called Beta Apparel.  Beta Apparel specializes in modern vintage clothing.  They pick their items from all around Northern Europe and are based out of Latvia, so, I’ve noticed that it’s a great place to find pieces you wouldn’t normally see in the US.

I had a denim jacket a few years ago, but then I thought denim jackets were going out of style so I let my mom give my jacket away to someone who clearly knew more about fashion than I did….   I do not intend to ever lose this jacket.  It seems that almost anything denim will always be worn again somewhere, someday.

Crocker denim vintage jacket.

Crocker denim vintage jacket.

We’ve been totally cleaning out our previous apartment this weekend.  I know I’m going to miss it.  It still feels like home.   I wonder if that will change?  There are dorm rooms and many other places I haven’t lived in for years that would probably still have a faint hint of “home” if I were to ever return…  I really do like our new place though, and I think everyone else in the family does too.  So, I bet it will feel like “home” very shortly.

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Along with my denim jacket I also wore a black jersey knit skirt from J. Crew, a pair of camel leather Marc Joseph shoes, a white cotton shirt, a gray cotton tank and a vintage red bandanna.  Again, for jewelry, all I wore were diamond studs and my rings.

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I had a moment Saturday to paint my toes while my son was taking a nap and my husband was trying to call antique stores to sell some of the pieces of furniture we’ve decided not to keep.  I picked “A List” by Essie.  I just fancied a nice, deep red.

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I hope we’ll be able to sell everything.  If not, we’ll have to try to find room at our new place along with the somewhat challenging task of actually hauling pieces out of our old apartment, into our car and back out again…  My mother offered the use of my childhood wagon for the heavier items.  Again, I hope we can find a buyer.

But, I’m optimistic.

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All this weekend I’ve also been wearing a combination of Jean Naté, sweet almond oil, and lavender oil.  On Saturday I sprayed the cologne on my jacket and wore the lavender oil on skin.  Today, I just mixed them all together more freely.   I think they actually compliment each other well.  I’ll have to try Jean Naté with other essential oils in future.

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Have a nice start to your week.  Until Wednesday…

Gimlet

In the time I’ve taken to write a new post, a lot of drama has happened in my life.  In our family, between the whole lot of us, we’ve been to the emergency room a couple of times, (yes, a couple – things can go very wrong when there’s tiredness, teething and general chaos involved) and we’ve started moving.  But, today was a nice, semi-relaxing, fun day of family shopping.

IKEA

IKEA

My husband holding our newly restored lamp

My husband holding our newly restored lamp

We went to Ikea, and picked up an antique Hollywood Regency lamp we had restored.  The trip to Ikea was a little chaotic. It became one of those Ikea situations where you have to go on a scavenger hunt for all the pieces needed to assemble your purchase, and given that we had our young son with us, the Ikea hunt was even more challenging than usual.  However, he thoroughly enjoyed the trip, and thankfully we rented a large SUV this weekend for moving boxes of breakables, so we had enough room for our Ikea stuff.

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Picking up the lamp also included antiquing. My husband is a gem when it comes to taking care of our son during our antiquing excursions, so mom had plenty of “me time” to peruse the stacked aisles. At one of the antique stores we found this vintage military coat.  Lately I’ve been doing some shopping for fall clothes and in the process of that my husband looked through the latest  J. Crew catalogue.  Honestly, I’m kind of hating their most recent styles.  The cut of most of the clothes just looks so boxy and, more importantly, dreary, in my humble opinion.  My husband agreed, and today, when he saw the coat pictured below, his first response was that it reminded him of something from the latest J. Crew women’s section.  Totally agree, my dear…  Ugh.

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J. Crew’s inspiration?

During our outings today I wore a simple pair of jeans, and a top from Target, a black Reiss coat for warmth, and pink L.K. Bennett ballet flats. I also wore an antique art deco, blue glass, silver ring my grandmother purchased as a young woman in either the late 1920’s or early 30’s.  It’s such a lovely ring, and I’ve even considered having it replicated with more durable materials.

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I also enjoyed wearing a light, vintage splash of Jean Nate today.  Since Jean Nate was reformulated, it smells best, accoring to many, in vintage.  I found my bottle on Etsy.  I’m assuming it’s probably from the 1950’s or 60’s based on the markings and general appearance of the box.
Jean Nate, in vintage, has this lovely, lasting, lemony, slightly sweet, powdery smell.  Some find it cloying, but I find it delicious.  It reminds of me of the perfect lemon bar with powdered sugar sprinkled on top, and I can easily imagine Betty Draper, from Mad Men, wearing it during her marriage to Don Draper.  Perhaps she would wear it to the grocery store or just around the house to feel fresh and pretty.
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Now, all I should have, is a gimlet.