Happy Thanksgivukkah 2013 ~ open thread


Happy Thanksgiving and / or Hanukkah to everyone who is celebrating today.

Whether you’re celebrating or not, feel free to talk about anything you like: what fragrance you’re wearing today, what you're feeling thankful for, what you’re going to eat for dinner, what you’re planning to buy on Black Friday…whatever you like, so long as it doesn’t conflict with our comment policy.

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  1. 50_Roses says:

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone! My family and my husband’s family have become increasingly scattered across the country over the years. As a result, we are not getting together with either family today, so the two of us will be having a quiet Thanksgiving dinner at a nice restaurant. The past several weeks have been very stressful, so right now we are just thankful for each other, and for our little furbabies (four cats).

    The only Black Friday shopping I plan to do is at the grocery store. I am running low on a lot of things, and I have found that that is one store that is NOT crowded the day after Thanksgiving! After that, I will probably put up my Christmas decorations and start wrapping presents. Yes, I am one of those people who get it done early. I just have found that December gets really hectic for us between work and church obligations, that it is so much easier to do it early, and I can actually enjoy the process. If I wait until December, I get stressed out over it and it becomes a chore.

    • Robin says:

      We are not with family this year either…but going to friends, so I don’t have to cook. I do not like cooking turkey, so I am thankful for that.

      And my shopping is 85% done, hope to finish it this weekend right from my laptop. Yay.

    • poodle says:

      I’d love a quiet day like that. Enjoy!

    • kindcrow says:

      Sounds like a great day! We used to spend every Thanksgiving on a road trip on our way to camp in the desert — good times! Congratulation on your jobs (and on your receipt of the Rose Jam perfume).

      • kindcrow says:

        Sorry. This was meant for Juice Jones.

  2. D.D. Jackson says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Everyone.

    I’ve just finished baking some challah dough as pull-apart rolls for dinner later today.

    I get shuffled about between various friends for holiday dinners…. that way no one has to put up with me two years in a row. But they know I bring good wine and home-made bread too : D ….I always bake too much Challah to have left-overs from bread pudding tomorrow :D

    Zena turned her nose up at L’Artisan – Timbuktu this morning : (

    …but it was early and she looked at me like, ‘I don’t believe you’re waking me up at this time of the morning to sniff perfume….’ so we may have a re-test on that one farther down the line.

    Best wishes to everyone; enjoy your day.

    • Robin says:

      Timbuktu might be a big more than I want to smell first thing too, although I do love it! Have a great dinner, and save me some rolls ;-)

    • poodle says:

      There is no better smell than bread baking.

      • D.D. Jackson says:

        That’s for sure…

        (A whole series of Gourmand fragrances await the tender mercies of some minor starlett. Fame beckons…)

    • Marjorie Rose says:

      Oh, I wish I was there baking with you! I love Challah, and it is not amongst the breads I’ve made! I do bake 98% of the bread I eat, including having made my own bagels, hamberger buns and such from time to time, but somehow Challah has never made the list. And I do hear it makes AMAZING bread pudding!

      • D.D. Jackson says:

        Challah is my go-to dough; has been for a long time. You should make some. It’s just an enriched bread dough: a little sugar, oil and eggs besides the usual.

        I’ve never bothered with my own bagels or croissants. They’ve always seemed too labor intensive to me.

        There are times when I should support the local bakers : )

    • Merlin says:

      Given that we sometimes have Challah – the ordinary bought variety – how does one make bread-pudding?

      • Marjorie Rose says:

        Bread pudding as I’ve made it is basically a baked custard. Make a custard with maybe 4 eggs and 4 cups of milk. Add 1/2 cup sugar (more or less to taste), maybe some cinnamon, vanilla extract and/or chocolate chips? I’ve also seen sliced bananas or other additions–whatever sounds good is probably good! Pour it over a casserole dish with 3 or 4 cups cubed bread (a dense bread like Challah is great since it holds its shape). Let it soak in for a while. Bake in a slow oven (300 F) until set but not dry, about an hour, possibly longer. Serve warm, maybe with caramel sauce or cold with cream.

      • D.D. Jackson says:

        Merlin, Marjorie has pretty much covered the bases on bread pudding. Her numbers suggest that she is a *real* cook; that is, she doesn’t need or use detailed recipes and can adjust things by sight (and smell) as she goes along. They might be problematic for someone less experienced.

        I was raised in New Orleans, more by our family’s Creole maids than my parents, so I also cook without recipes … at least the creole dishes I learned as a youngster… so I can’t help you a lot in that regard.

        I looked online for something to suggest, but most of what I saw seemed to be a take off of a recipe attributed to Leah Chase… a matriarch of creole cooking in New Orleans. But I’m affraid that recipe has been tarted up for the tourist trade. In “the old days” bread pudding, like French Toast (“pain perdu”) was a way to avoid wasting stale bread. I can promise you that at that time bread pudding wasn’t made with peaches, pineapple, heavy cream and all the other suggested extravagnaces that a creole family in old New Orleans would hardly ever have had access to.

        Mark Bittman’s “How to Cook Everything” book has a basic recipe and is probably available thorugh your public library.

        One thing that I haven’t seen made explicit is that these repipes all assume that the bread used is stale. (One to three days old is good.) THAT means that in making the bread pudding you need to allow some soaking time for the custard mixture to be absorbed into the bread before it is baked. (Bittman handles this a slightly different way.)

        Traditionally, it’s served with a Bourbon based (usually) cream sauce.

        HTH… Any questions, I’ll be happy to do my best.

        • Marjorie Rose says:

          Oh no! Have I become one of *those* cooks?! :D
          I thought I did a good job giving precise instructions–measurements and temps and everything! I’d be happy to clarify details that I’ve neglected, of course. To me, bread pudding is so flexible, it comes out well with a fair amount of messing with the recipe, so I was trying to reassure her that the details aren’t wedded in stone. But I can see how it might make someone who spends less time in the kitchen *more* anxious having it not all spelled out. Merlin, it will be delicious, regardless! :)

          • Merlin says:

            Thanks MR and DDJ, – both perspectives are helpful – a very technical recipe can just make things seem so complicated its not worth bothering!
            On the other hand, once one actually starts trying to make it, all the questions inevitably pop up and can get one frustrated, if not prepared…

            Now, once I work out how the oven works I’ll get back to you, lol!

          • D.D. Jackson says:

            Uh-ooh….. Now I’ve stepped in it; and haven’t even been new-kid-on-the-block for a week.

            Only the first paragraph referenced you, Marjorie, and in a complimentory fashion I would have hoped.

            “Those” kind are just fine : )

            The rest of what I wrote was my nattering in response to what I had found online.

            Bake away, Merlin. I had no intention to slow you down.

          • Merlin says:

            Well, the absolute truth is that I was hoping the instructions would go something like this:

            1. Tear bread into bowl
            2. Add lots of milk
            3. Dump in plenty of sugar
            4. micro-wave on high for 1 minute

            5. fluffy, slightly sweet, steaming hot pudding now ready to eat.

            Granted, 5 has never followed from following 1 to 4 in any of my previous attempts – but hope dies hard, lol!

          • Marjorie Rose says:

            Absolutely no worries DDJ! I wasn’t offended, just aware that I may have inadvertently excluded someone with my cooking instructions!

            Merlin, it really isn’t THAT much harder than microwaving. Just takes longer. :)

  3. poodle says:

    Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah to those who celebrate it. Hubby is going to his sister’s for dinner and I’m going to my mom’s. It’s a long story and we are hoping at least one of us has a nice day but with some things that have been happening in each family lately the odds aren’t good. It’s cold and windy out and I’d love nothing more than to stay home and watch football.
    I’m thankful that Greta the poodle is still with us. We’ve had a rough few weeks with her again but yesterday she was a little ball of energy and today she’s pretty good so as long as her good days keep outweighing her bad I’ll take that.
    I’m also thankful that my blind buys form the MIN New York sample sale are good. I know I shouldn’t be making blind buys but I just can’t help myself sometimes then the price is right.
    I have to work tomorrow so no black Friday shopping for me other than a few groceries.

    • Robin says:

      It is so nice when buying unsniffed works :-)

      Hope you will both have a good day despite the odds…or at least get delicious things to eat.

    • Marjorie Rose says:

      Sending you happy thoughts today, Poodle! I know we’ve discussed before that family can be a challenge and holidays do seem to have the risk of magnifying those challenges! Good for you and your hubby being creative in managing it, and I hope that you and he get some time together to enjoy each other and the start of the holiday season!

    • Merlin says:

      Congrats on the blind buys!

  4. lucasai says:

    Yeah, Happy Thanksgiving to all celebrating friends. We don’t have this custom in Poland, we don’t have Black Friday as well.

    I’m thankful for 4 years of my university scholarship, as it just turned out I won’t be obtaining the scholarship funds on my last year of studying which makes me sad, I will have to really slow down with perfume discoveries.

    SotD is Van Cleef & Arpels Bois d’Iris

    • 50_Roses says:

      I know almost nothing about Poland. Do you have any sort of holiday that is similar? Thanksgiving is essentially a harvest festival, and those are pretty widely celebrated, although the dates vary. The American Thanksgiving is actually quite late. I have always thought the Canadian Thanksgiving, in mid-October, was a more sensible date.

      • Robin says:

        Ha, but if they did that here, the Xmas shopping season would be FOREVER. I love that Nordstrom refuses to decorate until Black Friday, wish every other store would follow suit.

        • Marjorie Rose says:

          Oh, I never noticed that! Another example of Nordstrom’s excellent service!

        • Erin says:

          Halloween is in there to break up the holiday decorating frenzies, though. I find we don’t have any more seasonal creep than you do in the US — and the “harvest” produce is in much better shape mid-October. Sympathize with the need to shorten and calm the Christmas shopping season, though.

          Many Canadians are resisting the big retailers’ frantic attempts to push Black Friday as an event in Canada, which I always find comforting. We already have Boxing Day, no more consumer frenzy days needed. I have many Canuck friends who will not shop, brick-and-mortar or online, on Black Friday.

          • Robin says:

            Erin, totally believe that you don’t, but our holiday creep is SO overwhelming. And Black Friday here is crazy. It makes it so that many of us (me included) can barely go out to run “regular” errands that day — it’s just not worth the hassle.

          • Marjorie Rose says:

            Yes, Robin, I find it overwhelming and occasionally downright abhorrent. I have some clothes shopping I need to do, and I technically have time this weekend, but I’m not sure I want to deal with the other shoppers.

      • lucasai says:

        In terms of harvest festival there’s something called “Dożynki” but it’s not celebrated all over the country but mainly in cottages and villages as their local celebration.

        Robin, in Poland an Xmas shopping season begins 1-2 weeks after our All Saints’ Day, most shopping centres were already decorated with lights in mid-November.

        • Robin says:

          I can live with decorations, really, it’s the frenzied shoppers that make me crazy! People seriously go nuts here, especially at the “big box” stores like Walmart & Best Buy. Look at these people camping out in tents to save $100 on a TV:


          • Merlin says:

            Wow, its disgusting what people will do to save a couple of $$$.

            I mean, I would only do that for perfume… jewelry… perhaps nail polish, lol!

          • Merlin says:

            I mean theoretically, of course. We don’t have ‘Back Friday’ here. Our commercial impulses are spread out more evenly:)

          • Robin says:

            LOL…even nail polish fanatics will not camp out for nail polish, will they? Or maybe they will.

          • Robin says:

            Now I’m wondering if Serge Lutens held a 50% off sale on Black Friday…

          • Merlin says:

            Perhaps Serge does not aim at the demographic that gets too excited about sales. (i’m just an exception!)

            As for nail polish, I think it might depend on whether you are talking Chanel $$$$ or Essence $$, lol!

            It seems that in the US there are regular sales on Zoya, OPI and other brands I sometimes lust after:)

            But I haven’t yet heard of a camp-out – I would be the first, lol!

  5. juicejones says:

    Heading out soon for a walk in the desert with a close friend. Crisp morning. Perfect. Have my food stash for this afternoon. Just me and the cats.
    You were all so supportive when I lost my job. I now have two. Really like my FT and the PT is at Crate & Barrel , so I am able to give nice gifts this holiday. Very grateful for all this and a nice ending to a less than stellar year.
    My SOTD, and I promise I will shut up about it now, is my newly arrived Rose Jam.
    Boy, does that stuff make me happy!
    Tonight I will dip into the most recent season of Mad Men.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you all. Happy Hanukkah to those who celebrate both. Lots to be thankful for. Not the least of which all you NSTers!

    • Marjorie Rose says:

      Hey that sounds like a lovely day! Enjoy it! And so happy to hear that you are working and doing well again!

    • 50_Roses says:

      I scored a Rose Jam perfume earlier this week. I was out of town last weekend, in a place where the internet was nearly non-existent, so I didn’t date try to order it then. I was afraid it would sell out in the blink of an eye, but it was still showing in stock Monday, so I jumped on it.

    • Robin says:

      So glad you have 2 jobs you like, PLUS a bottle of Rose Jam. Hope it is a great day!

    • Merlin says:

      Congrats on the double employment – and on smelling so good!

    • nozknoz says:

      So glad to hear the good news, juicejones!

    • kindcrow says:

      Sounds like a good day. We used to spend every Thanksgiving on a road trip to camp in the desert. I’m happy to hear about your new job (and your receipt of the Rose Jam perfume :-))

  6. Marjorie Rose says:

    Happy Thanksgivukkah all! Too bad I don’t have any close Jewish friends here in Portland–I could use some chicken soup and matzoh balls for this suddenly chilly weather this week!

    My Thanksgiving will be hosted by my mother this year, which is how I prefer it if it isn’t gonna be me! Because I love leftovers, I will roast a turkey and dressing tomorrow so that I can eat it all week. I have a big turkey, so there will be turkey soup and such for many weeks to come. I love a well-stocked freezer! (Mr. Spicebomb has come to describe me as a “prairie wife”–a title that was reinforced when I bought about 30 lbs of flour and 15 lbs of sugar last week when baking items went on sale at the grocery store!)

    • Robin says:

      Ditto on the matzo ball soup! And you can’t even buy a decent version anywhere near where I live. And of course I am way too lazy to make it, even though I just made finished straining a batch of chicken stock this morning.

      • Marjorie Rose says:

        I have had the pleasure of attending a few seders, and the soup was one of my favorite parts! I’ve never considered making it for myself, though. Do you have a favorite recipe?

        • Robin says:

          Oh no, I mean *really* I am too lazy to make it so I don’t. When I lived in the city, I would buy it, now, I live without it. I just make chicken stock, no matzo balls.

          • Marjorie Rose says:

            Ha! Ok. That makes sense! I forget sometimes that other folks don’t insist on making a gallon of soup and a few loaves of bread nearly every weekend! ;)

    • Rappleyea says:

      When you say “prairie wife” and turkey soup in the same post, I have to tell you my favorite turkey soup recipe is from a historic cookbook and was called Bowl of the Wife of Kit Carson. I made it for the title alone!

      • Marjorie Rose says:

        Oh that’s great! I love old cookbooks and buy them almost compulsively when I encounter them. I might have to go searching for that one!

        • Rappleyea says:

          MR: email me at rappleyea11 at yahoo dot com if you’d like the recipe. I’d be happy to send.

  7. Rappleyea says:

    Happy day to all regardless of what you’re celebrating, even it’s just life!

    My family (or a good number of them) got together last night for our meal so today is quiet – having lunch with a good friend – after I finish watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I’m a big kid when it comes to parades!

    SOTD – nothing yet, but thinking it’s a Double Vanille kind of day (single digit wind chill!).

    • Robin says:

      Yum, Double Vanille.

      I used to love when we celebrated Xmas on Xmas Eve & then had the whole holiday free to do other things (usually, Asian food + a movie). Felt like a gift in itself. I actually tried to talk my family into Japanese food on Thanksgiving, but got nowhere.

      • 50_Roses says:

        I don’t know what my family is going to do for Christmas this year. It is getting harder and harder to get everyone together at the same time. Once we had the family Christmas in early January because that was the earliest opportunity to get everyone in one place. Last year it was the Saturday after Christmas (the 29th), which was fine with me. One year, though, my mother insisted on having it on Christmas Eve, even though I had explained to her that DH and I had two Christmas Eve services at church to play for, at 7 P.M. and 11 P.M. It is about a 30-35 minute drive from church to my parents’ house, so we got there about 8:45 and had to leave at 10:15. We literally ripped the wrapping paper off of our gifts, and urged everyone on to open our gifts to them first (and in a hurry). We then had to grab some food and shovel it down before everyone else. All the while my mother was insisting that we had to wait for the rest of the family, even though we had told her repeatedly that we had to leave in a few minutes. We carried our gifts out to the car as quickly as possible, and drove off, just making it back to church in time to set up for the second service. That was not my favorite Christmas!

        • Robin says:

          No, that does not sound like fun!

          My husband’s family usually gets together the Saturday after Christmas, which is nice…it’s all over and everyone is relaxed.

          • Rappleyea says:

            Oh Roses, what a nightmare! Was it hard to take a deep breath and calm down enough to sing?

            I’m the oldest of six, and once all of us kids were grown, married and had children, my parents were very relaxed about when to celebrate so as not to interfere with the other in-laws. I haven’t even heard when our Christmas is this year! I just know it won’t be on the 24th or 25th.

            And you’re right, Robin, it’s so much more relaxed when no one is having to run off.

          • 50_Roses says:

            Once we got to the church, I was fine. The Christmas Eve service is actually my favorite of the entire year. I play recorder, and my husband is the keyboardist, so we usually do a duet of some sort for the offertory. The service ends with everyone singing “Silent Night” by candlelight. It was just a little strange to have absolutely nothing to do on Christmas Day itself.

      • Marjorie Rose says:

        My family is Danish-American and Christmas Eve *is* the family celebration day for us. Presents are done after Christmas Eve dinner. Christmas Day had stockings from Santa but otherwise was a quieter day–at least for my parents! It was a day to play with my new toys and such for me! It’s a lovely tradition that I hope I can share with my own family some day, should I have one. :)

        • Rappleyea says:

          We always opened presents Christmas Eve too – and then went off for pizza (!) and midnight service at church. Seems a bit strange in hindsight, but I have wonderful memories all the same.

    • hajusuuri says:

      Yay, that’s it. I will be wearing SDV today. I was thinking some kind of amber but SDV is perfect!

      • Rappleyea says:

        Isn’t it a great winter scent?!?

  8. Omega says:

    Hey, Happy T-day and Hanukkah!!

    Without getting to ‘religious sounding’, I am very grateful to God for everything He has blessed me with. A great husband, friends and my little kitties that I adore. A long journey to get where I am-a tough one-but I can say that I am happy, that’s a miracle all on it’s own.

    We still have no plans yet for T-day! I don’t have a big fam, my husband’s family is Canadian, so they aren’t doing anything. But we got invited to a friend’s house, a pastor and his wife. She can cook too! Sooo…….follow your gut, your hungry gut for turkey, I say!

    I do like football but won’t be watching any of the games-blah-the Cowboys:p. Same ol’ same ol’.

    I made some pumpkin bread with eggnog/honey/cinnamon icing. idk..the icing was just an experiment cause it was just so plain..so I added stuff to it. It’s alright I think:).

    Sotd, actually, I am liking 1899 by HDP. Once the masculine opening subsides just a bit, it’s great. Love that cinnamon and vanilla. But it may get ‘lost’ in all of the holiday dinner aromas. Perhaps Bottega Veneta may be a better choice for dinner.

    Anyway! Happy Thanksgiving to all, many hugs and blessings to everyone on NST!!!!:D.

    • Ari says:

      Bottega Veneta sounds like a great choice! Very elegant, very “woman of the house” :)

    • Robin says:

      Yum, your pumpkin bread sounds delicious! Hope it is a wonderful day.

    • nozknoz says:

      Taking time to be thankful and make special pumpkin bread sounds great, Omega – have a great Thanks giving!

  9. nozknoz says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I’m about to head out to the Museum of the American Indian. Their Mitsitam Cafe is Zagat rated and offers a menu based on foods indigenous to the Americas organized by region. The museum’s art and history exhibits are always interesting. After that, I may revisit the nearby Art of Yoga exhibit at the Sackler. That’s a lot to be thankful for in one day!

    The backs of my hands are irritated so I’m testing Maria Candida Gentile on a scent strip. It’s interesting so far.

    • Omega says:

      Oh, I’d love to visit that American Indian museum. Have a nice time:D.

      • nozknoz says:

        Thanks, Omega! It’s definitely worth visiting if you ever come to Washington, DC.

    • Robin says:

      Oh, I am so jealous! The Sackler is one of my favorite museums, so peaceful & hushed. I would love to see Art of Yoga.

      And I still have never been to the AI museum. On my list for next spring.

      • nozknoz says:

        Robin, have you been to Dumbarton Oaks? Their pre-Columbian art collection and gardens are amazing – would be wonderful in the spring.

        The AI museum’s own exhibits are nerdy and educational; one needs to be in a mood and have time to read and absorb. They usually also have a couple of special exhibits, as well, and the building itself is striking and surrounded with plantings that characterize different regions of the Americas.

        • Robin says:

          Oh yes, used to live on Q ST NW! It was a few blocks away.

          • C.H. says:

            Oh, Dumbarton Oaks is one of my favorite places! Why does it not surprise me that it would appeal to the perfume crowd :)

    • Rappleyea says:

      Have a wonderful time and a Happy Thanksgiving! It sounds great!

      • nozknoz says:

        It was also great to see the sun after 36 hours of cold precipitation! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving too, Rapple!

  10. Omega says:

    It’s 1899 HDP for me after all, I will be able to smell it…after all, am I not a perfumista? It’s just good!:D.

    • lucasai says:

      Omega, I love that new Hemingway inspired perfume from Histoires de Parfums. It’s on my wishlist for future buys. I get a lot of warming cinnamon from it.

    • hajusuuri says:

      Yes! I am getting a sample of the 1899 HdP Hemingway from LuckyScent (well, the freebie so it’s possible it may be substituted but I hope not)…looking forward to trying it.

    • poodle says:

      I really like that one. It’s very warm and cozy.

  11. hajusuuri says:

    Happy Thanksgiving / Happy Hanukkah. This year’s Menurkey amused me and it was supposedly dreamt up by a 9 year old! The next time Thanksgiving and first day of Hanukkah will fall on the same day again is 75,000 years later. Here’s more info about the Menurkey:

    My family will be getting together this Saturday for a meal at a diner! So what about T-day today? I am going to a friends get-together for a traditional Thanksgiving feast this evening. It is always so much fun. I don’t cook so I am bringing store-bought pastries.

    I am behind on my Christmas shopping this year as I don’t even have a list yet! And no Black Friday brick and mortar shopping for me since I am working, albeit from home. I may brave the mall on Saturday but lucky me, I can walk to the mall :-) if I don’t feel like jockeying for a parking space (and I will be exercising my body and not just my wallet).

    Today’s SOTD will be Guerlain SDV, thanks to Rappleyea for the idea!

    • Robin says:

      The Menurky is hysterical, thanks for the link!

      Have a great day — you smell great too :-)

    • Marjorie Rose says:

      Yes! Love the Minurky!

    • Rappleyea says:

      You smell divine! :-)

    • nozknoz says:

      Too funny, and not having been paying attention, did not realize the Thanksgiving-Hanukkah conjunction was so rare. Happy Hanukkah to everyone who is celebrating!

  12. Stew says:

    Ambre Narguile, I give it a perfect score.

  13. scentfromabove says:

    Happy Thanksgiving all! Just heard on the news this morning that Thanksgiving Day is now being labeled as “Brown Thursday”. A lot of stores are opening up later on this evening. I don’t know if its a good thing or a bad thing. All I know is I probably won’t leave the house until Saturday. Can’t wait to go to Neiman Marcus. There are so many fragrances I would like to try for the holidays. Has anyone tried the new Aerin Lauder fragrances? Elie Saab Intense? What are some fragrances that you are wanting to try for the holiday season? One last question……I recently lucked up and was able to buy some purse size sprays of “Leiber” by Judith Leiber. Does anyone know why this fragrance was discontinued and where besides online it can be purchased? It was one of my favorites. – ScentFromAbove

    • Robin says:

      Seems a shame for anybody to have to work today, that’s why I wish stores would stay closed. I did not adore the Aerin scents…will review them soon. They’re nice though, just not fabulous.

  14. maggiecat says:

    Happy Thanksgiving – and Hanukah – to all! I’m wearing Enchanted Forest for its holiday vibe, and baking a ham, which my DH and I decided we would prefer to turkey this year. My sister wants “pretty smelling things” for Christmas and I’m in a happy state of fuss planning what to get her to lure her down the path of perfumista-hood!

    • Undina says:

      Enchanted Forest is a great choice for Thanksgiving! Good luck with your sister’s conversion :)

    • Robin says:

      Oh, that’s fun! So many great discovery sets out there, too.

      • Marjorie Rose says:

        Oh yes! I wish I had an excuse to buy that Malle Discovery Set, say, in the spirit of generosity! And, you know, if they didn’t end up all being loved, I’m sure I could help prevent them from being unused and unloved. . . ;)

    • nozknoz says:

      Bois de Jasmin has a great post on holiday perfume discovery sets – there is an amazing selection this year!

      I recently loaned a younger friend eight perfumes to try out, mostly florals, and also Parfum Sacre. The one she liked best was BK Liaisons Dangereuses. I’m going to get her the travel atomizer set. LD also appears in one of the BK holiday sets. The runner up was Parfum Sacre.

  15. Undina says:

    Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah to those who celebrates.

    It’s sunny and relatively warm where I live (Northern California) so I’m not sure yet what perfume to choose for the dinner later tonight. Probably I’ll go for Ormonde Jayne Ta’if.

    • Robin says:

      Jealous of your weather!

    • Marjorie Rose says:

      I *almost* chose Ta’if, but I’ve decided on Lyric Woman. I knew I needed a spicy rose for the day. . . I wanted something hefty enough to bolster me for the family gathering!

  16. Merlin says:

    I had to google ‘black Friday’ to see what it was about and some of the descriptions made it sound like a zombie movie: people being trampled, shot, pepper sprayed. Come on people – it doesn’t even sound like the deals are on Malle or Lutens;)

    Or L’Artisan, Histoire de Parfum, Comme de Garcons…

    If they were I might invest in some heavy metal gear – the kind that has spikes poking out in all directions, and then hop onto a plane!

    • Rappleyea says:

      Your Malle and Lutens deal comment made me literally lol! Thanks! :-)

      And zombie movie is an apt description of Black Friday (in which I will not participate!).

      • Merlin says:

        It reminds me of that quip where a man asks a lady if she will sleep with him for a million dollars and she looks thoughtful. Then he asks her – for a much lower amount, like 50$ or something, and she exclaims – what do you think I am!

        And his reply is ‘we’ve already established that; now we are just negotiating a price’!

        • Rappleyea says:

          George Bernard Shaw – a classic!

          • Merlin says:

            Gotcha! One of my favorite anecdotes:)

    • nozknoz says:

      One would definitely need the heavy metal gear, LOL!

    • poodle says:

      Black Friday shopping is a nightmare. I have to work but even if I didn’t there’s no way I’d be going near a store tomorrow except the grocery store. No one will be there.

      • nozknoz says:

        Poodle, I was just thinking that today would be the ideal day to get my grocery shopping done!

  17. missionista says:

    Happy Thanksgiving and Channukah, everyone!

    No SOTD today, because the best smell in the world–stuffing baking–is emanating from my oven this moment.

    • nozknoz says:

      Nothing like home made stuffing – enjoy!

    • Robin says:

      For some reason I don’t love the smell of turkey…but I LOVE the smell of stuffing.

  18. Merlin says:

    I’m wondering if anyone has experience with Montale’s Crystal Flowers. I’m wearing it today and while some of the time I’m enjoying it, at other times it makes me think of musky orange syrup. Weird.

  19. Lys says:

    HI everyone! I’ve been away from the site for a few months (ironically for another collecting hobby), but with fall here I’m back in the mood for fragrances too. Wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

    (I’m unscented today so I can enjoy the smells of turkey and pumpkin. And Black Friday? Who needs that? Although I am tempted by the one-day offering of matte black lipstic over at Mac.)

    • nozknoz says:

      Good to hear from you, Lys – hope you have a happy Thanksgiving and can resist the wiles of MAC tomorrow!

    • Robin says:

      Hey, if we can be nosy (ha) what’s your other hobby?

  20. cazaubon says:

    I’m in Canada so we had our Thanksgiving in October. celebrating Hannukah though! Got a magnificent haul of perfume from the SO, who is so generous and indulgent of my hobby. Today’s scent is Mona di Orio’s Violette Fumée – not a huge projector, low sillage, but great longevity and smells absolutely fabulous.

    • Robin says:

      Nice, glad you got wonderful presents!

      • Merlin says:

        I’m just nosy and want to know what the presents ARE! lol.

  21. Calypso says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to all! I wore Philosykos today. It’s got a nice gourmet side to it but is not overpowering enough to bother anyone when you go out to eat, which I did, with a friend. Then after I came home and began to lounge around I indulged in some Mitsouko!

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