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  1. The Novice Nose: Style Remains

    "Fashion dies, style remains"
    Words spoken by Yves St. Laurent and quoted many times this past week on the occasion of his death at 71. His death has caused me to reflect on where style began, for me. It began in the mid 70's as I moved through high school. It began as I wanted to look good for my own self-confidence as well as to attract girls. It began as I looked at GQ for the first time and thought, I want to look like that. It began when I bought my first pair of tailored pants ...
    The Novice Nose
  2. The Novice Nose: Jicky and The 8th Annual Basenotes Awards

    Tonight we observe a mysterious event I call “The Jicky Affair”. I, like many other Basenoters, was looking forward to the release of the 8th Annual Basenotes Awards. Not only was I curious to see the winners but it would signal the end of Grant’s long nightmare getting the site re-coded. As I would think about the results, based on my SotW, I expected Terre D’Hermes to have a strong showing which it did. Additionally I also expected Guerlain Jicky to do similarly. When the results were released ...
    The Novice Nose
  3. Intimacy

    May 30

    Yesterday I wore Rose Poivree by The Different Company. The combination of rose, pepper, and slightly foul animal notes in this perfume make it irresistible to me. I could not stop smelling my wrists.

    Some of the reviews I've read of this perfume decry the animalic part of the fragrance; one compared the smell to sweaty socks. I get it. But that's exactly why the perfume is interesting. It combines that sweaty, intimate smell with rose and pepper, and the
  4. Caron [updated]

    I got a mini Nocturnes de Caron from a online bid.

    art deco style bottle, originally from a french parfum collection

    I took this picture with my Nikon D40 and did some minor fix with ACDsee, and it's quite impressive

    Updated 11th July 2008 at 07:24 AM by sophywt (update pic link)

  5. Mugler Cologne - The Muse

    I just got stuff straight with the University of Louisville. That doesn’t sound like much but it’s taken about a month of steady correspondence with UofL to assure that I could go back; indeed today I was on the phone with 5 different departments for about 2 hours, trying to figure out why I could register for the Fall but not the Summer semester.

    But now everything’s straight. And it was entirely my own doing; my father’s been in Florida for weeks so I’ve been getting everything in ...