Reading: I just finished At Last, the final novel in Edward St. Aubyn’s Patrick Melrose cycle
Video: Mr. Tinsel and I thoroughly enjoyed Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. One good summer blockbuster is a must!
Art: A recent visit to the Newark Museum
Drink: Palais des Thés Fruit de la Passion flavored black tea…iced!
Eats & Treats: I’m on a chia pudding kick.
Garb: A dress and a shirt from the latest summer sale at Comptoir des Cotonniers
Beauty Products: Local handmade soaps from Taproot Organics
My “fragrance of the day” will be Atelier Cologne’s Sous le Toit de Paris. Are you wearing or reading anything French-inspired today?
Image: Willy Ronis, Les Amoureux de la Bastille (1957), via Christies.
My latest post on Now Smell This is a perfume review of Jul et Mad’s Acqua Sextius. You can read it here.
Vogue just announced that a collection of fragrances inspired by the legendary Diana Vreeland will be launched in Paris this fall; for more information, see here.
In honor of this news, I’m posting this photograph of Vreeland’s dressing table in her New York apartment. It was photographed for a feature in Architectural Digest’s September/October 1975 issue. I can’t identify any of the perfume bottles in this photo; if you have sharper eyes than I do, please leave a comment with your observations!
You can read one of my earlier posts about Vreeland and perfume here. The more I learn about her, the more I realize how much she loved fragrance.
I didn’t know anything about the band Rasputina until I walked into one of their live shows, thanks to my husband, who had bought tickets, guessing (correctly) that I would enjoy it. Rasputina’s musical style is often described as “gothic cello-rock,” and it’s certainly a love-or-hate thing. For me, it was love at first note.
I just wanted to share this image, the cover of Rasputina’s 2002 album Cabin Fever. Rasputina’s frontwoman, Melora Creager, creates much of the artwork for the band’s visual materials. She seems to have collaborated with photographer and multi-media artist Ryan Obermeyer for this cover.
Do you see what I see?