The third quarter of the year is over: time to light a candle to Our Lady Of Scented Abundance, Donatella Versace, and 'fess up to the damage you did in July, August and September.
A little recap on my spending so far: in the first half of the year, I bought 6 bottles (3 in the first quarter and 3 in the second) for a total outlay of $480 (not quite, but very nearly, double what I spent in all of 2007).
This quarter I once again failed to follow my own rules. I had sworn I would get one or the other of the two "most wanted" items on my to-buy list — Extrait de Parfum in Christian Dior's Diorissimo and Jean Patou Joy — and I didn't buy either of them. Instead, I frittered my money away on:
Estee Lauder Sensuous: I bought the 30 ml for $42. I can't say I regret it; it was reasonably priced and I've enjoyed wearing it.
The Gwen Stefani Harajuku Lovers solid coffret: $60, and I ought to feel ashamed of myself, but I don't.
Guerlain's Cologne du 68: The 100 ml bottle was $100, and this one I have very mixed feelings about. At half the price and half the size, I'd be pleased, but there isn't anything in the world I need in 100 ml, and I think the price is a bit steep. I go back and forth on the bottle: some days it strikes me as minimalist chic and a perfect fit with the juice, other days, it's unforgivably dull. At least this one was already on my to-buy list, which is more than I can say for the Harajuku Lovers.
So, total damage = $202 for the third quarter, $682 for the year so far. Ouch, and ouch again.