My current work in progress:

Stornoway, designed by Alice Starmore from her book Fishermen’s Sweaters, knit in Frangipani 5-ply guernsey wool in the Aran colorway, on a 3.0mm needle.



Shortly after taking the photos of my new sock-in-progress Catriona yesterday, I ripped it back to the heel because I wasn’t satisfied with the increases on the leg.

I’ve finally learned to listen to the little voice in my head that tells me something is not right and I need to rip back and change it or I will never be happy.


(Conversely, I do ignore the little voice in my head that tells me to push under the train the annoying woman who invariably shoves her way in front of me on the platform because she has to be the first person on the train. Trust me — this takes tremendous willpower.)

To get back to knitting, I started the leg increases too soon. Because this is a lace pattern and quite stretchy, there’s no need for increases until a bit further up the leg. so that’s where they are now.

There was a question in the comments asking what I thought of Raven Black by Ann Cleeves. Well, I enjoyed it. It’s a murder mystery (or as it says in the description a “taut, atmospheric thriller”) set in the Shetland Isles.

While not the best mystery I’ve read, it was far from the worst. A very entertaining read, with a cast of nicely-developed characters, more so than a lot of mysteries I’ve read.

The book is the first of the “Shetland Island Quartet.” I have a copy of the second book (White Nights) which I will be reading soon, and apparently the other two books of the quartet are not yet available.

Okay, who wants my copy of Raven Black? Leave a comment to this entry by noon EST this Sunday (February 22) and I will call upon the Random Number Generator to pick a recipient.

Just for Fun

I’ve been looking for a new perfume. I’ve got a couple of old standards that I will never stop using, but I like a little variety, you know? My two favorite perfumes of all time are Guerlain’s Shalimar and Cacherel’s Anais, Anais. I am also very fond of Opium, but it’s too heavy for me sometimes.

Anyone have any perfume recommendations based on my loving those three?

Oh, I do have a few samples at home . . .


Lucy sez:


“I dare not turn my back on her . . . “


  1. Sorry, I have chemical sensitivity issues and try to avoid most perfumes! About the only thing I can tolerate is Auric Blends’ Egyptian Goddess.

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  2. GAH! You’ve FORCED me out of lurkdom to say…I ignore that same voice. Because the same woman, believe it or not, is out here in California and does the same.stinkin.thing at the Montgomery Street BART station. Push her, push her, push her! the little voice chants. “No, wicked voices, I will NOT murder at your whim!” I reply. Forcefully. And repeatedly, if need be!

    And also out loud.

    …and then I’m the first person on the train, because everybody else has decide to get on a different car! Strange how that always seems to work out…

    Ahem. Anyway. I can’t help you with the perfume, alas. They set me sneezing before I can decide which ones I like. 🙁

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  3. Put my name in for the drawing! I’m partial to the classic Chanel #5.

  4. I used to wear Estee Lauder “Cinnabar”. Do they still make that? Like many commenters, allergies have forced me to give up perfume. I can wear some very light “body spray” type scents. Lavender tends to smell the best and be the least offensive to my sinuses. I also like Bath and Body Works’ “amber” scents. Thanks for the book review. I hope I win!

  5. My mother wore Anais Anais, and her other signature perfume (though not terribly easy to find these days) was Molinard de Molinard. Perhaps it’s something to do with names that repeat themselves? 🙂 At any rate, maybe see if you can find that one to sniff. For myself, I am addicted utterly to Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, known affectionately as BPAL. The prose on the site leans heavily gothic, but the scents are incredible, and they’re 100% perfume oil for an unbelievable price. (and I actually love reading the inspirational stories behind each scent and how they interpret the scent notes for each item.)

    I am not affiliated in any way with either of these perfumes/companies; I just love both. 🙂

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  6. I’d love o read the book. Thanks for the chance.

  7. I love Guerlain’s L’Heure Bleu and I’ve been wearing it since I was an undergraduate at UCLA back in the late ’60s.

    I went and bought the book, since I really like Ann Cleeves, particularly the birdwatching books. Not that I’m a birder, but the books are so descriptive, and so British, that they’re a pleasure to read. I like to read about the vocations and avocations of others.

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  8. I’d love the book – a mystery that I’ve never seen in a book store!

    As far as perfumes go, Opium makes me sneeze! I love Pleasures Exotic by Estee Lauder, Beautiful by Estee Lauder, Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker, Chanel #19, Y by St. Laurent and Champagne by St. Laurent (both bought in France), Lauren, Delicious by Donna Karan. White Linen is one of my favorite scents on someone else – on me it smells like Raid!

    dianns last blog post..Socks – FO!

  9. Oops – forgot a favorite perfume: Blue Grass by Elizabeth Arden. Love Chanel #5 too, but that’s my mother’s fragrance, not mine.

    dianns last blog post..Socks – FO!

  10. Does Lucy ever borow your cologne samples?? I think not, she’s sweet all by herself. The socks are looking great, I really like that color, but I think I already told you that.

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  11. Hanae Mori, Chance by Chanel, Amazone by Hermes …

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  12. I’d be interested in the book please.

    On another note, do you ever notice how those people who have to be the first on also have to be the first off? Why can’t they make up their minds whether they want to be on the damn train or not?

  13. My favorite perfume was a very small but expensive bottle I got from a boyfriend in high school. I cant recall the name of the scent but it was sooo awesome if I close me eyes I can still smell it. But now I really love Nina Ricci L Air Du Temps.
    I would love your copy of Raven Black.

  14. I too love Shalimar, but my “alternates” are Obsession Sheer (regular Obsession is a bit heavy) and Ma Griffe. And Love Spell from Victoria’s Secret and some Bath and Body fruit scents – it all depends on my finances!

  15. Have you tried Giorgio’s “Red”?

    Lucy is the funniest cat I know.

  16. leslie - knitting therapist says:

    I’m up for going in for the draw for Raven Black. I’ve got lots of time for reading these days, unfortunately.

    Based on your other favourites in perfume – you should give a sniff to:
    Samsara by Guerlain (one of my faves)
    Hiris by Hermes – very green and unusual, I always get comments.
    Delice de Cartier – gorgeous complex floral
    Champes de Lyses (sp?) by Yves St. Laurent – an oldie but gorgeous
    Prada by Prada – a real new one for me, very modern but awesome.
    Boucheron by Boucheron – warm but no too heavy
    Trouble by Boucheron – DH gave this to me saying “you’re nothing but”. Also warm, but with a nice lemony floral top that’s not too heavy.

    I’d love to hear what you think of any of these.

  17. leslie - knitting therapist says:

    Hmm, there’s also KL by Karl Lagerfeld – amazing but hard to find now. I’m hoarding my last of it.
    And Coco by Chanel – love that note of chocolate.

    I also love Chanel No. 22 – only at their stores, made from all-white flowers – very heady.

  18. Please count me in. I’d love a good book to read!

  19. Anything floral by Floris makes me think that spring is just around the corner…. a mystery to read sounds good while I prepare to undo four inches of lace, – big ,big sigh

  20. these have been on my to read list for ever…. count me in!

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  21. Have you ever tried Kenzo’s perfumes?
    Lately I have loved to use Summer by Kenzo, and L’eau par Kenzo.
    Both are light , but very nice to “wear”

    A book, always a pleasure.

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  22. michellenyc says:

    i love chanel number 5 and anais anais, but my go to is Fracas by Robert
    Piguet. It’s not super easy to find, but it is a nice clean scent.

    if you can find it – try it. it wears nicely

  23. I have worn “Sand and Sable” for years because my #2 son gives me a bottle every year for Christmas. He’s not much on wrapping things, so the joke is that he always presents it in one of his (clean) socks. Even when he was in the Navy and deployed to the Arabian Sea for six months, he made sure that his three brothers saw to it that I got my annual bottle from him. I have to confess that I cried when they handed it to me.

  24. Long ago I fell in love with Lauren (by Ralph Lauren) and still have that one on my dresser along with White Linen (Este Lauder) which I’ve been wearing for years. I recently added a bottle of Organza (Givenchy), but haven’t had it long enough to know if I’ll buy another bottle when this one’s gone. Of course, I would love to win the book. It’s on my long list of wishes on my wish list on Amazon. I like to keep a long list on there for my children to go to on those occasions when gifts are in order. I always get something I want.

  25. OMG Wendy – I didn’t know you were a fragrance ho!

    Where to begin? My friend Janet and I try and go to Portland, OR to the Perfume House (google will find it) and visit with Mr. Chris Tsefalas, once a ‘nose’ in the international fragrance industry, as often as we can afford to. I know – who would have thought that Portland, OR would have such a treasure, but it does. When Neiman-Marcus doesn’t carry something, they call Mr. Chris for assistance.

    There is a precursor to Opium that is my all-time favorite but now very difficult to find. It is the EdT version of a fragrance called Murmure by Fragonard (it has to be the EdT, the perfume is no good). Large bottle, very inexpensive and lovely.

    Given that you like orientals, I bet you may like some of the fragrances from Amouage – look for Jubilation 25 or their rose fragrance called Dia – both heady and rich. There is also one called Gold but I haven’t tried it yet.

    Have you tried 1000 from Patou? It’s usually one people really like, or not. I always keep a bottle on hand but it’s not one I reach for every day.

    Montale has so many that it is hard to know where to begin but two of theirs I like a lot are White Aoud and Chypré Vanillé (this latter used to be called Bhagavan and came from the house of Durrani but even in the fragrance world there are mergers and acquisitions 🙂

    Habanita from Molinard is an acquired taste. It may be too dark and dirty for you, but it’s worth a try.

    Lots of people rave about the Serge Lutens fragrances but I haven’t tried very many of them. Arabïe may be one for you to try. I do like his rose fragrance, Sa Majèste La Rose, but it’s a strong, single note and may not be rich enough for you.

    I don’t remember what Caron’s oriental is called but you may want to try their Sacré – it is a beautiful fragrance.

    Sorry, didn’t mean to hog the comments but I got excited!

  26. I love mysteries and would love to read your book.
    My favorite scent is Boucheron, by Boucheron

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  27. So many comments and only one book! What you said about Opium being too heavy triggered the memory that that was how I came to CK’s Eternity. It’s light but it stays with you, and it’s a very lovely fragrance. I’ve worn it ever since it came on the market and the little perfume tab thingie in Vogue sang a siren’s song to me every time I walked past the magazine.

  28. Love the sock….love mysteries…perfume depends on my mood. Chanel #5, Tresor by Lancome, Wang by Vera Wang.

  29. Theresa in Italy says:

    Please have a word with your random number generator about picking me for the book….

    As for fragrance, let me add my vote for Angel; there’s also Angel Innocence, a little lighter for the warmer months. (I used to wear Chanel 22 but haven’t been able to find it for years. Thanks to an earlier comment, now I know why!)

    I used to hear that little voice all the time back in my commuting days. That lady seems to be everywhere.

  30. Hmmm. perfume….. I second all who said Calache by Hermes…also Wish by Chopard is my current favorite…also Scherrer by Jean Louis Scherrer (love that one).
    Go smell em in a department store and order them here:

    I would love to try Raven Black…

  31. Another devoted fan of “Angel” by Thierry Mugler. From the day it came out, I’ve worn nothing else. It’s mostly foods, bitter orange, dark chocolate and cherry. I too like Shalimar, Anais Anais and Opium so perhaps your nose will be similar.

    Coco by Chanel is pleasant to me. And I’m quite fond of Ungaro’s signature fragrance. Byzance by Rochard is mysterious, interesting subnotes.

    I tend to avoid most of the American commercial fragrances as their base has less subtlety and they seem quite synthetic. They mostly give me a headache.

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  32. The sock is looking great Wendy. A couple of possibles in your perfume quest…..Champs-Elysées by Guerlain and Jo Malone’s Honeysuckle and Jasmine. I used to wear Anais Anais all the time until it suddenly started to make me sneeze!

  33. I walked for half hour each way in Hong Kong to get the first Fendi fragrance before it was available in the US. Now, my summer fragrance is whatever the current season fragrance is from Escada (like Tropical Punch, Rockin Rio) very tropical fruity and refreshing. For winter I sometimes wear the CK Euphoria body lotion, but my favorite is Dior Addict. I get so many compliments on it, even though it may seem a bit heavy in the bottle, a client who couldn’t stand perfume thought it was nice and I even had a guy follow me around Costco to get the name of the fragrance so he could by it for his wife. I have found that sometimes if the perfume/cologne is to much, the body lotion is just the right amount of scent (also a less expensive way to try a fragrance).

  34. I would like to recommend Heavenly by Victoria’s Secret. It is very light and I always receive compliments. I wear Opium on occasion. I used to wear Obsession, but it became too heavy for the office.
    p.s. I enjoy your blog – you’re one of my daily reads. Thanks!

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  35. P P Walker says:

    BOUCHERON is lovely — especially the one in the deep blue and gold bottle.

    P.S. I’d enjoy having your copy of Raven Black. I’m still working on rebuilding since my encounters with Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Good books are appreciated!

  36. I’d love to win that book. 😀

    About the perfume, I don’t actually know what the perfumes you listed smell like, so I can’t give recommendations based on them. That being said, I really like Ghost (the blue one/original?) and Ralph Lauren’s blue one (I don’t actually know the names, sorry!). Then there’s also Anna Sui, Hugo Boss’s Woman and Givenchy’s Very Irresistible.
    As much as I like those, I loooooove Happy Housewife perfume oils. There are so many to choose from. And they’re reasonably priced and last forever. ^_^

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  37. My vote on perfume is for Boucheron — it’s the only one I wear, and I love it. I used to wear Opium, Ysatis, Poison, and Ralph Lauren (which I can’t find anymore), but when I smelled Boucheron, that was it, I was sold. It’s not cheap, but it’s worth it. And the book sounds good – throw my name in the hat too. Thanks and enjoy your weekend!

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  38. Mmmm… Us redheads and perfume… I was pleasantly surprised with Tendre Poison by Dior, and Happy by Clinique (the free gifties at the Clinique counter have NOTHING to do with my buying it. Nothing.). A good one too is “O de Lancome”; and “Rosamor” from Oscar de la Renta is my “I feel pretty, oh so pretty” choice. I’m a perfume junkie…

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  39. Please include me in your book drawing. My favorite perfumes are Oscar de la Renta and White Linen by Estee Lauder. Both are very classy scents. I only wear White Linen in the summer, it doesn’t seem to last when I am cold.

  40. Completely emphathise with the “no pushing of people under mass transit devices.” Sometimes Civilized Behaviour is a distant memory.

  41. Hi Wendy! I just started reading your blog. You are just amazing!

    I can relate on the perfume front. It’s hard to break away from your favorite scents. I fell hard for Tom Ford’s Black Orchid, it is heavenly. I also love the Hermes Un Jardin fragrances. I can’t recommend one over the other, you have to find which one works with your body chemistry.

  42. Both of your favorite scents are oldies-but-goodies. Years ago when I met hubby, he asked what perfume I was wearing. The answer was “Woodhue” (by Faberge). He told me much later that the response he kept to himself was “Damn right I would”.

    Vermont Country Store (no affiliation, they’ve got a website – obvious URL) has some of the old classics. Woodhue, Tigress (both kind of strong, from Faberge). They used to have Canoe (supposed to be the men’s accompaniment to women’s Tabu) – I think I preferred Canoe to Tabu – it was lighter – they don’t seem to have it now, but you can find them through Google. These days, too many people have allergies and sensitivities, and I don’t wear much.

    I also loved Patchwork from Avon, but it has long left the scene. There was also Muguet des Bois – a lily of the valley scent, which I don’t think is still around, but there are some others based on the same fragrance – I think Vermont Country Store has some. They’ve also got Tweed, and 4711 – all the ones I’ve mentioned have been my favorites at different times.

  43. I would loove a new read. My favorite perfumes are White
    Shoulders which was my mom’s favorite also, Beautiful and Pleasures, both by Estee’ Lauder and Sheer Veil by Vera Wang. Not too heavy but they last all day.

  44. Love the socks! Can’t help with the perfume–I don’t wear much. I’d love a new read and the title looks interesting.

  45. OOOH, a good mystery. And one that’s fun – not the mystery of “OK – which one of you guys missed the litter box again?”

  46. Only have Oscar by Oscar de la Renta and Lancome’s Tresor at the moment cuz it so hard to find Mariel H2O, Organza Indecence and DNA.
    So obsessed right now with knitting, especially sox as well as a Lucy Neatby shawl in fingering wt and a cotton baby blanket that I find it hard to find the time to read; but if I win the book I’ll have to read it.

  47. My all time favorite is Jean Paul Gautier. Also like Estee Lauders new Sensuous and Hana Mori and Jo Malone.

  48. Like you, I’ve worn and loved Anais Anais for years. It’s classic.
    So I recommend Givenchy’s Very Irresistible.
    Or, for a retro blast, Magie Noir by Lancome. (It’ll take you
    back to the 80’s in a good way. Funny how people of a certain age
    give you a happy “oh, that!” look when you wear it.)

  49. I don’t wear much in the way of scent since I work in a place that encourages sensitivity to people with allergies, but when I do, I like Liz Arden’s Green Tea in the summer time and Christian LaCroix’s Rouge in the winter.

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  50. I’m always on the hunt for anew author to try out, and murder mysteries are my favourite genre.
    As far as perfume, I;m a Calvin Klein Obsession girl, or when I want to relive my childhood, Love’s Baby Soft or Fresh Rain (very hard to find these days…)

    Sandras last blog, sparkly…

  51. I would love to give this a read! It would be fun if the person who gets it then passes it on to another reader of your wonderful blog!

  52. Oooh, I LOVE a good mystery! Sign me up!
    No shame in ripping back the sock. Embrace the rip!

  53. You might want to try Amarige D’Amour. Not reg’lar ol’ Amarige,which is rather acidic and sharp, I find. Good luck, and what a lovely sock!

  54. I am in desperate need of some “just for fun” reading! And, I seond the person that suggested Amarige–I love it.

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  55. I like going to the Soap Opera in Madison ,Wi. they have a web site and you can either buy the brands thet have or they will combine scents for you. Love the place! also a mystery reader!

  56. Only because you asked! My all-time favorite is Prada Milano (very soft fragrance–not too strong). Make sure it is the Milano–the other does not smell very good to me. My second favorite is Dolce & Gabbana’s Sicily (little stronger–little bit goes a long way). Another favorite is Nina Ricci L’Air du Temps (very cool soft fragrance). This use to be my all-time favorite and I switched to Prada only for a change. You’re going to have so much fun standing in front of the perfume counter testing out all these suggestions that have been made to you. Good luck!

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  57. Oh great random number generator, pick me pick me!

  58. Miss Wendy, I did my time the cosmetic department of a local department store back in the day and from your selections I would suggest (as several others have) Chanel #5 (Coco can be intense). If you’re looking for something COMPLETELY different, try 4711. More fruit, less flower. Very fresh. My fav? Obsession shower gel and lotion. If I wear the cologne/perfume it’s applied to back of knees so it doesn’t knock everyone down. Not that you asked but commenting does bring out the free therapy session in everyone, doesn’t it?

  59. I am always on the lookout for a good mystery to read. Even though you say it isn’t the best I am willing to give it a read.

    I have too many perfume favorites to recommend one. So I am not a good person to ask. Sorry.

  60. I used to wear Anais Ansis and thanks for the reminder, It will be a nice change from my all time favorite Tresor’ by Lancome. spelling ???
    love your give a-ways. Thanks

  61. I’d love to win your book. I love mysteries. I don’t wear much perfume anymore, but I used to like White Linen. Now I sometimes wear Celine Dion.

  62. Robin Fremer says:

    I love a good mysterious read- and I really love your socks-

  63. Angel – – it is in a blue, star shaped bottle that lays flat. It is really, really nice. Maybe a bit strong at first but then it settles down and is lovely. I agree Opium is a bit “heavy”.

  64. Hi Wendy,
    Always looking for a new mystery to read!

    My perfume is Tuscany by Estee Lauder, I have no idea how it compares to your current perfumes, but I love it on me!

    Beth P.

  65. Pam from Kansas says:

    I just bought a new fragrance – Burberry Brit Sheer. It is light and not over powering. I also love Omnia by Bvlgari. I purchased it at Nordstroms.
    The mystery sounds like fun – count me in.

  66. I’ll put in my vote for Angel, too. I’ve worn it for years and get constant compliments, although sometimes in the summer, I’ll switch to something more summery (meaning, citrus). Angel’s pretty bottle is also refillable, so that saves money and makes you feel like you’re doing something good, too!

    Oh – and put me in the book drawing, too. I love a good mystery!

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  67. I don’t think a jury of metro riders would convict you. Anyhow, perhaps a more measured response like a poke from a dp would dim her enthusiasm.

  68. Linda in Dallas says:

    Clinique “Happy” is nice, lightly scented perfume that hints at the spice that makes Opium so great. Even in the heat of the summer in Texas, it stays light. And sign me up for the free book – I’m always looking for a good read.

  69. I’d love your copy of _Raven Black_, if the Great Random Number Generator smiles on me. And I was wondering if those increases didn’t start too soon. It looked big to me. I’m glad you’ve changed it. Kiss the cat.

  70. Ooo I like your sock. I also need to get my book read for February. Nuts! 🙂

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  71. ohh, a chance to win a book, pick me!!! Sorry, can’t help you on the perfume choice, I was going to mention Opium, I can’t even think how many years I have worn this., but I go to the counters sample a few and always go back to Opium. Wonder what I did in a former life that I like such a heavy spice perfume????

  72. I would love your copy of “Black Raven” . It sounds like you enjoyed it. I would like to take a chance at it. I just subscribed to you website a month ago or so and I do so enjoy reading it and getting helpful info from it. Give your kitty a nice long petting from me. Thanks!

  73. I would love to have the book!! I also admire your ability to frog. It takes all my will-power and then sometimes I need the support of a knitting friend.

  74. My perfume of choice is Vanilla from the Body Shop. I’m allergic to lavender, so I tend to go with spicy or musky scents.

    Lucy is looking gorgeous, as ever. What does she think of your perfumes?

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  75. I love those perfumes as well. Try Neiges by Lise Watier.

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  76. I like a good mystery 😀

    The socks are very pretty 😀

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  77. I used to wear Anais Anais in high school–lovely stuff. I recommend Donna Karan’s Cashmere Mist (can’t be bad w/Cashmere in the name!) and also Thyme’s Filigree. Both are nice soft subtle fragrances.

  78. I only wear The Vert by L’Occitane, clearly not in the same segment as your preferred scents.

    But I wanted to comment because I read MinxKnits quite often, and she used to post so frequently (and knowlegably) about fragrance that she started another site:

    I’d bet anything she’d have suggestions.

  79. How can anyone not love Shalimar? It’s pretty heavy, though. Something that you might be interested in, is Diva. I love this, but can’t wear it often without beginning to sneeze. This isn’t a knock on the perfume, because a lot of perfumes do that to me?

    Anyway, I’d love to have your copy of the book.

  80. I love Lucy’s comment today, and the picture yesterday as well. Especially thinking about Lucy checking out your blog to see what photo you posted today. Too fun.

    The book sounds like fun, and sorry I can’t help with the perfume. I also liked Anais, Anais, back before I stopped wearing any scent at all because it made me nauseated. Sad. I miss it.

  81. Loving the “new” back of the sock! Count me in for the book. Sounds lovely! 🙂

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  82. Wendy, I’d love a good mystery. We recently moved into temporary housing so of course most of my books are in storage.

    My favorite perfurms are Lancome’s Red Door and for summer I like Estee Lauder’s White Linen. My husband gave me Givenchy’s Ysatis several years ago for Christmas. The Ysatis is wonderful – I get more compliments on that scent that any other I’ve worn. I wear it about 3/4 of the year – it’s a little heavy for Virginia’s summers.

  83. I wear this scented lotion, Body Delices Chocolate Creme Brulee lotion as perfume and moisturizer. They also have a lemon and almond flavour. It’s heavenly. I am more of a perfume wearer in the summer and I like Elizabeth Arden’s Mediterranean.
    Thank you for this question. I will be trying some of therecommended fragrances.

  84. Shalimar is my all time favorite perfume. It makes me think of younger, wonderful times. I always have a bottle on hand. It just doesn’t work for every day tho, so I have dabbled around and found I LOVE CoCo Mademoiselle by Chanel, someone almost always asks me “what areyou wearing”? that’s when you know it’s a winner. It all depends on body chemistry. Love to have the book. Thanks for the great Blog, read it every day. Pat

    Pats last blog post..cupcake crazy!!!

  85. I adore American Original ( I’ve never smelled the ones you mention in your post so not sure how similar it is. 🙂 I also love Clinique Happy. Both scents are nice and light and happy.

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  86. Michele in Maine says:

    I like Antonia’s Flowers and Fresh Sugar. Both are nice clean scents.

  87. I love all your socks – just wish I could put them out as quickly as you do!
    I used to love Je Reviens by Worth – a 1930’s scent but you can’t find it too much anymore except online. My new “signature” fragrance is Chanel’s Mademoiselle. It’s describe as an oriental scent. People tell me all the time how good I smell although I can’t smell it which I guess is how it is supposed to be if it works on you. I’ve turned on a lot of women and their daughters to this scent. I’m 55 so I think it’s one that transcends age. People smell you coming and going but in a good way!

  88. I like to try many different perfumes but a good winter staple for me is Tabum, which has been around since the 1930s. Not a department store buy, but an inexpensive regular drugstore type. It has a very warm, velvety scent.

  89. That would be TABU, not Tabum! I’m killing myself, laughing at my previous typo.

  90. I used to love Anais Anais years ago and also Ma Griffe so I’d second Ma Griffe as a possibility. I also tried one not to long ago that I really like and that is “Shi” by Alfred Sung. Oh, and I’d love to read the mystery, if I happen to come up in the number generator.

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  91. Oh, wise Random Number Generator, please bestow your gifts upon me!

    On a side note, does Lucy have any suitors? My Kali has a skunk looking for her paw and I’m at a loss as to how to get rid of him. Any advice would be appriciated. 🙂

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  92. I can recommand Private collection from Estée Lauder. My favorite for almost 20 years, I do use other perfumes but I always come back to this perfume.

  93. I can’t kindle Raven Black and I would love to read it…thanks!

  94. How do you copyright a pattern?

  95. I’m amazed no one mentioned Jean Patou’s Sublime. It’s a scent you have to just try. Spray some into the air and walk into it. Sigh…

  96. I agree with you about Opium. You may want to consider Chanel’s Coco (not Coco Mademoiselle). It’s a lot lighter than Opium yet has a clear strong scent. Enjoy your search.

  97. P.S. Only the “not” was supposed to be italic. Sorry.

  98. I’m a sucker for perfume oils from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, myself. A couple of their perfumes called Vixen and Ravenous are compared a lot to Shalimar, but I can’t find anything that’s been compared to Anais Anais. Either way, their samples are reasonably priced and last FOREVER, since it’s just the oils.

    (I swear, I’m not working for them. I’m just a really big fan!)


  99. I love Anais, Anais and used it exclusively for years. I am now also partial to Girgio and Lancome’s Poeme.

  100. I’d love a chance to win the book.

    I don’t know anything about any of the perfumes you like, but there are tons of great perfume oils available at Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab (BPAL), and tiny sample sizes available of many of them so you don’t have to make a huge $ layout for a little bottle or anything.

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