Shanghai 

Shanghai (Lenthéric 1911 and 1936) is a sweet, beautifully powdery citrus at the opening. But there’s also a spicy, herbal quality. Neroli is glazed. Lavender and rose are very cheerful. And a gentle, amber tinged styrax plays very well with the aldehydes. Intriguingly it’s almost too sweet for a hot summer day but only almost as it’s reminiscent of Aqua Di Parma Colonia and it refuses to be saccharine. 

Top notes: aldehydes, bergamot, cinnamon, clove, and citronella.  Middle notes: carnation, jasmine, Bulgarian rose, geranium, and lavender.   Base notes: frankincense, cedarwood, tonka, vetiver, oak moss, myrrh, benzoin, amber, musk, and sandalwood

Tiara Bouquet

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Tiara by Lenthéric (Lenthéric 1913) starts with a fresh, moving green floral burst and then proceeds to warm into a powdery, floral charm.   It smells a little soapy too.   Tiara is a vintage scent, but it’s not heavy or terribly unaccessible…   The crispness of this fragrance is particularly pleasant, especially in warmer weather.

Sigh.

There is so much going on my life right now, and yet I have many hours of the day to write, ponder and get lost in thought. It’s a strange combination.  I have a very hard time not letting my mind wander away because there’s so much to process, but then I feel guilty for not getting enough done.    I’m sorry I’ve let this blog go…  I sincerely hope to stop doing that.

I’ve realized that when I become overwhelmed or moved by something in life I tend to sink inward and become quiet, serious and a little sedated…   And while I feel creative, the creativity only comes out incremementally until it pours out, and when that happens I often feel much better because in that quiet time I’ve often learned something and in expressing it everything fits together again.

Make sense?  Maybe not.  🙂  But thanks for reading.  How was your week?

Men’s After Shave Lotion

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Not much can be found about Lenthéric, Men’s After Shave Lotion, but I did manage to find a few things here and there.  It appears to at least date back to the 1930’s and to have been most popular Mid-Century.

It’s an intriguing scent.  Our vintage bottle still does actually moisturize, and the smell is intact too.  It’s a classic sort of fragrance that seems very crisp, clean and perfectly suited for a gentleman to wear.  It reminds me a bit of Penhaligon’s, Blenheim Bouquet with notes of citrus (lemon), lavender, pine, pepper and perhaps coumarin (there’s a faint leather smell). It’s very nice.  I wouldn’t say this is perfectly suited for a night out, but for almost every other occasion it would be more than appropriate…

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Part III: My Reunion is in June

The drive was pleasant enough.  I arrived at my hotel (my parents moved from Indianapolis and retired in Arizona three years ago) pretty late in the day.  Dinner was a chicken ceasar salad at a Perkin’s Family Restaurant with decor from the 1990’s.  It was actually sort of nice and cozy…

Today, as I’m getting ready for my big night I keep wondering what will go wrong.  I have this feeling that something is going to go wrong.  I’ve checked my face several times to see if I have any pimples.  I don’t.  I’ve checked to make sure I brought all my necessities.  I have.  I don’t know what it is.

So, I take a shower, put on the old movies channel on cable, drink lots of water and I take my time drying my hair, styling it, putting on my make-up and getting dressed.  Honestly, I feel pretty good about how I look tonight.  There are times when I, and I’m not trying to be arrogant, think I can look attractive. Thankfully, this is one of those nights!  My perfectly fitting blue sheath dress and cute heels look perfect with my bright pink lip color.  My thick, straight, dark brown bangs are falling in place ever so nicely.  And my green eyes look stunning with this color of dress if I do say so.  My mother always told me that I looked good in bright blue…  Yippy!  I do a little dance as I walk out my door towards the car.

I have a bad feeling again…  Wait did I forget my room key?   Is that what’s going to go wrong?!  Grr!  I check my tiny silver purse.  Nope, it’s in there.  Ok…  Huh.

Anyway.

The drive to the high school feels like it takes forever.  Why is that?  It’s not that long.

I quickly check my phone before I walk in.  Strangely, I haven’t been checking it that much lately.  It feels good, like I’m breaking out of something evil.  I guess I’m focused on other things…

Ok.  I don’t remember this parking lot being so treacherous.  I almost fall twice, and it just rained.  That would not have been good.  Maybe that was the bad feeling I had?  If so, all is well I guess.

Ok.  I walk up to the front doors.  Hmm.  I don’t remember them opening that way...   You have to push them forwards? What?! They don’t look like those sort of doors!  I’m so awkward.  Grrr.

Anyway.

There’s Annie, my best friend in high school.  I’m so nervous!  Thankfully Annie messaged me on Facebook last night and we agreed to meet here at a 7:00pm, otherwise I would be terrified.

“Hey, Katie!”  She stands up from the table where she’s sitting and smiles brightly.  She doesn’t look nervous at all.  She never does.

“Hey!”  We hug each other and I feel a bit better.

She leads me to her table.  Some of the people sitting here hated me in high school and I wonder how odd and disconcerting our conversations will be.  I’m hoping we’ve all grown-up since then.  I sit down.

“So, Katie, we were all just wondering why you decided to come now instead of earlier.”

“What?!”  I’m totally confused.  Annie’s face changes and she bites her bottom lip and her eyes look sort of angry, although I have no idea why.

“I guess I thought that this started now.”

Silence.

“It did, didn’t it?”  My body tenses and I look around at everyone at the table.  No one is looking at me.  Annie continues.

“Well…  It actually started an hour and a half ago.”  Annie takes a deep breath and smooths out her dress softly.

“What?!  Didn’t we agree to meet at seven?”  I need to find a word other than “what,” but I’m so confused.  Why is this happening?  What exactly is happening?  There was no official invite. News of the event was spread through word of mouth and via Facebook.  I don’t know why I thought it started at seven other than that Annie said we should meet at seven…

“Yeah, but I thought you would be here earlier and we would just meet here for sure at 7:00.”  Annie suddenly smiles.  I’m confused for many reasons but mostly because she made it sound like we were meeting when we first arrived, but I don’t interrupt because I assume I’m mistaken.  She continues with a bit of importance, “I mean, it’s no big deal really, but I think you should have been here sooner.” She smiles brightly.

“Why?”  I smile too, because, well, I have no idea what’s going on at this point.

“Well, do you remember Ryan Chambers, Katie?”  Annie’s eyes light up and she smiles wryly.  She must remember my infinite crush on him better than I would have imagined, but I did talk about him a lot back then…

“Yes.  I do.”  My eyes shift about.

“He was here looking for you.”  She bites her bottom lip hard and breathes quickly, clearly, even though we haven’t spoken much to each other in years, she knows so much more than I would have ever guessed.

What happened?”

“Well, he left a half an hour ago.  He said he needed to go and was sorry he had missed you.”

“What? What do you mean?”

“Yeah, he was really worked up.  I guess him and his wife had to get on a plane tonight because he had to be on a flight from New York to London tomorrow morning.” She looked off.

“What? Why was he worked up?”

“Oh.  Well, he said something about how much it had meant to him that you helped him with chemistry in high school.  He was like a doctor or something now, and I guess you gave him a lot of confidence about his ability to do chemistry.”  Annie looked off totally calmly.  She clearly didn’t know anything.  Nope.  I was wrong again. Damn it.  Why in the world didn’t I check him out on Facebook?  What was I thinking?!  Oh yeah, he wasn’t on Facebook….

“Oh.  That’s great.”

“Yeah.  I told him he should find you on Facebook, but he said he didn’t do the whole Facebook thing.  Him and his wife like to spend time together in the evenings because they’re so in love.” She rolls her eyes seeming a bit jealous, “They don’t want to be interrupted by technology.  I guess he’s totally brilliant now or something.” She makes a mock pretentious expression and laughs.

“Yeah. I used to have a crush on him you know.”

Annie nods silently.  “Oh yeah, that’s right.  I remember that.”  She looks off like she’s trying to recall it better.  She laughs, “I remember more about how I used to talk about dating his best friend Matt so we could all hang out together.”  She smiles mischievously and then says, “Matt was so hot back then!”  Annie’s husband comes up to her now and rests his hands on her shoulders.

I decide that this whole scene is a bit gruesome and I’m pretty darn sure nobody here will understand – certainly not Lisa Turner who is sitting next to me.  She used to tell people that she couldn’t figure out why I was always trying to be her friend.

“Let’s dance, babe,” Annie’s husband prompts her and they stand up and dance.

Feist, My Moon My Man

It’s been a week of positive change.  The care situation for our son is going very well.  I’m getting a lot done.  And, we’re making goals as a family and as individuals…

Our son also counted to three in French on his own without being prompted this week.  Good for him. 🙂 We’re proud.

I hope your week is going well.  🙂

Miracle

2015-03-03 09.41.41 (2)Bouquet Lenthéric, Miracle (Lenthéric 1924) is a sweet, precious sort of scent with gentle flowers, and vibrant aldehydes. It’s a fairly unknown gem.  There’s a hint of very early 1900’s carnation, citrus and herbal notes with with a powdery, aldehydic Art Deco edge.  It’s a unique combination of both unassuming demure elegance and bright, shiny pizzazz.

Top notes: bergamot, lemon, lilac, coriander, jasmine, rose, geranium, hyssop, and verbena.  Middle notes: carnation, lily, camphor, iris, lavender, rosemary, thyme, tarragon, sage, oregano, and basil. Base notes: carrot seed, orris, pine, sandalwood, Moroccan cedar, patchouli, civet, vanilla, leather, and oakmoss.

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Well, as predicted I’ve been going running…  It’s been a long weekend somehow and it’s not even the end of Sunday yet (at least where I am).  But, it’s been a productive one too.

In any case, I hope you’re having a pleasant weekend…  🙂

À bientôt...

Lenthéric Tweed, 1933

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Tweed, introduced by Lenthéric in 1933, is woody scent with a lot of vibrant citrus.  In fact, it reminds me of Echt Kölnisch Wasser no. 4711 (Muelhens, 1792) in that it’s a very clean, vintage fragrance.  However, while no. 4711 is overwhelmingly fresh, Tweed tends to be more powdery and feminine, especially in the dry down – a bit like Shalimar.

Based on my quick research, the bottle I purchased online could be anywhere between 60 to 80 years old.  Given it’s age, I’m amazed at how well preserved the scent is.  On my skin I could detect clear notes – nothing smelled off or bruised, and it had excellent longevity.

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While, as an Anglophile it might seem that I should really enjoy Tweed, I can’t say it’s a personal favorite of the perfumes that I’ve recently tried.  However, I can see its obvious merits and it has quite the following.  🙂  There’s something very definite and unique about the scent.  I can even detect the smell of wool, which is lovely…

Duck Soup, also from 1933, is a classic Marx Brothers movie.  The first time I watched it I was taken by how funny it was.  The jokes don’t feel dated or contrived, which is incredible considering it was made over 80 years ago.  Of course, I’m certainly not the only one who feels that way.  Here’s a review by Roger Ebert from 2000: Duck Soup, 1933.

Here are a couple of great scenes (there are many):

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We’re all looking forward to this weekend.  Our son had a round of vaccinations this week and we’ve all been a bit short on sleep…  It will also be nice to hopefully get out and see some Fall color.  I’m looking forward to wearing cozy sweaters and putting on my running shoes…  With Tweed, however, I wore a plaid vintage jacket, jeans and a vintage silk scarf.  🙂

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1960’s vintage tweed jacket, Mid-Century vintage floral scarf, J.Crew white cotton blouse, Express skinny jeans, 60’s vintage leather shoes, and Gap leather belt

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Until Sunday.  🙂

Hit songs of 1933:

Ethel Waters, Stormy Weather

Ted Leiws & His Band, Lazybones

Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes