Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Simple Scents

Happy Holidays! Things are definitely different this season then any that I can remember. We are experiencing a lot of changes in our economy, government, and work which, of course, impacts our personal lives. I've noticed the stress level rise all around me and I have decided to take a different approach...an attitude of gratitude. There is always something in our lives that we can be grateful for. It does not always have to be the big materialistic things sometimes it's the simple things in life. It's a gesture of love or a simple appreciation for the beauty in nature that surrounds us.

Personally, I choose to see the glass half full. I just recently lost my father and although it makes me tremendously sad that I don't have the opportunity to hold his hand and tell him I love him I can look back at his long life and see how he chose to live a humble life where family and hard work was where the heart is. He worked hard and his family came first. He enjoyed gardening, hunting, and working on his cars. He kept himself well groomed and those were his simple pleasures.

It got me thinking about my simple pleasures. I also love my family and friends and I appreciate the gift of time. As far as personal indulgences go I LOVE coffee, I LOVE burning candles and sitting by a nice fire and I LOVE to smell good! It makes me laugh as I write it down. I know it's okay to enjoy these things. I also am thankful that I have a humble blog that I can share my opinions and talk about the pretty things that bring me joy!

I've been wearing perfume since I was about twelve years old. Do you remember, Love's Baby Soft...lol. I eventually graduated to a more sophisticated scent...liz claiborne...lol again. Next was Sunflowers by Elizabeth Arden and by the time I was a senior in high school my choice fragrance was Obsession by Calvin Klein (a pretty sophisticated scent for a 17-18 year old young lady--don't you think?).

Throughout the years I just really found an appreciation for different types of perfume and how these different scents provoked different feelings in me.

Some made me feel sweet and innocent for example Nanette Lepore and Thymes Kimono Rose.

Others made me feel a bit playful and flirtatious--for example Benefit's Maybe Baby and Issey Miyake.

I feel sophisticated and "grown up" when I wear Badgley Mischka Fleurs de Nuit.
I have a couple of "everyday" scents that I really enjoy too...most recently the Harajuku Lovers "G" was given to me as a birthday gift--Thanks, Kristie--you are a doll! It smells like "vacation" to me and I've been wearing it often (I would love a real vacation!).

I even have a "holiday" scent now--which reminds me of Christmas. Red Door Shimmer is one that is available now for the holiday season and it's a good one! It's sultry and playful and it makes me feel warm and cuddly.

One thing that hasn't changed for two years is my favorite perfume oil of all: Sharon Bolton's Luv. I wear it all the time and I am literally addicted to this fragrance. I feel like this fragrance provokes all of the above depending on my mood. It makes me feel happy everytime I put it on my wrists and behind my ears. Mmmmmmm!

As I mentioned above...it's the simple things in life. As you are out and about Christmas shopping this year you might want to consider giving the gift of fragrance to your loved one. You would be amazed at how just smelling good makes you feel good. Wouldn't that be a sweet gift in light of all the "drama" of life?

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