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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Too Much Flash

This is actually the leg of the second Visions of Sugarplums sock, but it looks like a pink rectangle. I didn't realize the flash had washed out the stitch pattern until I went to upload the photo and now I'm feeling too lazy to retake the picture. I'm down to the heel flap now, so I feel like I'm just about to the halfway point (I've always felt that once I start picking up stitches for the gusset after the heel turn, I'm halfway there).

Since you've all seen better pictures of socks before, I'll update the fragrance search. Here is what I've discovered from the samples I ordered (scroll down to the post on 2-18 for the link to The Perfumed Court, where I bought the samples).
  • Chanel Bois des Iles - This was beautiful, but smelled heavy and old fashioned to me. Glad I sniffed it, but it's just not me (or I'm just not sophisticated enough to wear it).

  • Michael Kors Island - nice, but it reminded me a bit of dryer sheets or room fragrance.

  • Sarah Jessica Parker's Lovely - pretty and I did enjoy wearing it, but it's more floral than I am. (Yes, I am a certain level of floralness - aren't you?)

  • Narciso Rodriguez For Her - it smells just like Lovely to me. I'm sure there are a few differences but I'm not picking up on them. I knew they were similar when I decided to try them out, but I wasn't expecting them to be quite this similar.

  • Bulgari Au The Vert (Green Tea) - I really liked this one, but it disappeared in under 30 minutes. No clue where it went, but I'm not reapplying fragrance every 20 minutes.

  • Bulgari Au The Blank (White Tea) - LOVE IT! This is definitely a keeper and I'll be ordering a bottle of it. It doesn't really reach out and grab people across the room, but it's better behaved and stays close to me. Caleb and Mickael both really like it (Caleb gives it 2 thumbs up and says it smells great and it's his favorite).

That's where I'm at on the fragrance search. Thanks to Moiraeknittoo's comment from last week about Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs, I have spent several hours wandering around their website. They have what looks like a wide range of scents, from more traditional types to some that I would have never thought of wearing (one of their fragrances is described as the scent of utter hopelessness). I'm thinking about trying out a few of their scents as well, but I have no idea where to start. Anyone who knows their fragrances a little want to offer suggestions for trying out? I'm currently considering Embalming Fluid, Snake Oil, and Morocco, but I'm open to other suggestions as well. And if you're curious about BPAL, go check it out, but make sure you have some time to wander the site (and if you're at work, you might rethink it since some of their art might not be appropriate for your workplace - don't want anyone getting into trouble). Here's a link.


Blogger Rudee said...

My bottle of Lovely is almost gone. It's not too flowery for me. I don't have a signature scent myself, preferring instead to spray something that suits my mood on that day.

12:18 PM  
Anonymous Jan said...

You know, your profile still says you're in Leesburg?

4:21 PM  
Anonymous moiraeknittoo said...

!!! It's so WEIRD to see my name in someone else's blog. :D

I gave away most of my Imps or I would send you a big handful the way I sent them to Rachel of Yarn-a-Go-Go. I like the imps because it lets you sample small amounts for not a whole whack of cash. There is a ravelry group if you're interested in checking that out. There's also a few VERY active BPAL sale communities on Livejournal.

My favorite category by far is Excolo, and I wear a lot of the scents from that on a regular basis. One thing that might help narrow down possibilities are some general ideas of what you like. Flowery? Earthy? Foodie? Spicy? Sometimes people just bundle imps for sale (on eBay too) and sell 20 imps for X$. Folks also run decant circles if you want just an imp of the Limited Edition bottles. I know there's active decant circles on ravelry for this.

Enjoy your BPAL adventure! moiraeknittoo AT gmail DOT com

8:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

try fracas, light, not too flowery

just clean,

but not super easy to find

11:59 PM  
Anonymous marianne said...

love bpal scents. my fave is blood countess.i just finished visions of sugarplums,too and love your patterns.

7:43 AM  
Blogger TexanaPurls said...

I thought I was the only one who thinks Narcisco and Lovely were too, too similar! My signature scent is Hanae Mori. It's a little of everything, but it lets you be you at the same time. Does that even make sense?

3:43 PM  

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