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  1. Re: Cinnamon cookie dipped in vanilla

    I'm with Merely on this one: We usually agree on everything so this is not unusual--but it's true: When you get the best, most expensive and finest cinnamon extracts they are *always* augmented with...
  2. Re: I don't belive it. IT'S BACK !!!!!!!

    no ... way. good thing an ounce of the original oil lasts a lifetime.
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    Re: Vive les ringardes!

    SO: The Grannies are complete. I'm out of my bath and have put on the craziest outfit. You can't quite tell if I'm homeless or a rock star. It's all rags but some of them are beaded by lesage. I just...
  4. Re: serious question: convincing your loved ones you are not crazy

    Ah-ha ha! That's Rich!
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    Re: Vive les ringardes!

    YUM. It's SUPER HOT. I'm about to draw a bath in preparation for tonight & wish I had Chantilly everything: Bath oil, (already have the soap) powder......It's Soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo...
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    Re: Vive les ringardes!

    Oooooooohhhh! It's all pink and orange inside! I love that colour combination. Reminds me of when I was a lad and there was no such thing as Restoration Hardware to dictate that we should all live...
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    Re: Vive les ringardes!

    leMDM opens package from Lilybelle, LIVE! on Ringardes!



    As many of you already know, Liybelle and I are thick as thieves. naturally, neither of us would be stealing anything but old expired...
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    Re: Basenoter Worst Nightmare

    This thread is very appropriately named.
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    Re: Basenoter Worst Nightmare

    I don't feel "self entitled" at all, in reaction to your post above. I do, however, feel that I have the right to my own freedoms, and, in my instance, to my understanding, wearing perfume in public...
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    Re: Vive les ringardes!

    I never would even touch Fragonard. It was just too ringard. For many years, they just made copies. That's all I ever knew them for, was makers of imitation scents. They have a boutique in that...
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    Re: Bal Versailles...anyone?

    Yeah. So, I already get enough hate mail. People accuse me of all manner of things. One said: "All you, leMdM, have to do is mention a perfume to quadruple prices in e-bay auctions." Another said...
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    Re: Basenoter Worst Nightmare

    Seems to me that she has a problem, and that she expects the world to change because of it. I detest jackhammers and they drive me quite batty. It's not for as much that public works don't go on...
  13. Re: serious question: convincing your loved ones you are not crazy

    I know plenty of people who have ridiculous collections of perfume and don't consider themselves perfume fanciers: It's a cultural thing. There is absolutely nothing wrong with collecting perfume: I...
  14. Re: Which of these French perfumes do you like best?

    I vote "je reviens" vintage. perfectly well bred. roaring with sex appeal....at the same time. perfect for your age. very effective on many levels. i highly recommend.
  15. Re: Lutens new release : Le vaporisateur tout noir

    I bought it in Paris. Not refillable. So stupid, non? to make something like that and not have the decent intentions to equip the vapo with a screw cap? It's BEAUTIFUL, though....Just gorgeous.
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    Re: Bal Versailles...anyone?

    I hardly ever get any compliments when I wear BaV. People just say: "You smell good," which is tantamount to saying: "You stink." However: French men compliment me incessantly when I wear it. It's...
  17. Re: Ladies and Gentlemen: Do You Wear Perfume to Bed?

    I DRENCH myself, and my bed, in perfume every single night before going to bed: My two favourite bed scents, which I only where when sleeping alone, are:

    Habanita
    Bal a Versailles (vintage only)...
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    Re: Bal Versailles...anyone?

    Oh, Dear! Good thing I have ROOMS of this on hand. To clarify, the most important thing to verify when buying BaV is first and foremost that it is *not* Genisis. This can be difficult. Initially, the...
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    Re: Vive les ringardes!

    I am so 100% serious: The Molinard "Musc" smells *exactly* like---you know---that smell. It's somewhat hard to imagine anyone blending a scent like that and imagining people would wear it as a...
  20. Re: Best fragrance for raunchy sex

    Gentlemen: I don't visit the MFB's very often, so I thought I'd share a very precious secret: "The Belly Blast." This technique works wonders with scents that you find a bit too aggressive to wear...
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    Re: Vive les ringardes!

    Interestingly, Mike, I'm not *entirely sure* your 'stache will swirl over "Vanille" by Molinard. I have all of the Molinards--The one I *ADORE* is Patchouli-Vanille, (or is it "Vanille-Patchouli?)...
  22. Re: What is You Favorite Fragrance From The House of Guerlain?

    For me, it pans out this way:

    JICKY
    MOUCHOIR de MONSIEUR
    SHALIMAR

    It's unfortunate that all of these masterpieces have been destroyed by current formulations. It's a crime, actually.
    ...
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    Re: Vive les ringardes!

    even more advanced than i thought
  24. Re: Best fragrance for raunchy sex

    You have to wear it, SB: It's not gettin ya laid in the vial........
  25. Re: Best fragrance for raunchy sex

    As a cheerleader for unexpected and heartily raunchy sex, the best of which might be had just about anywhere, and with anyone, including unknowns in bar bathrooms, I've found that the best...
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    Re: Vive les ringardes!

    It seems you've been unwell, Mike? I hope you are feeling better. Me, I've been unwell....in a sense. I suppose having a very vivid dream that you've finally convinced Kirstin Dunst to marry you even...
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    Re: Bal Versailles...anyone?

    I ask now: How can *anyone* "our age" NOT have been entranced by Motown? You've to remember: I had parents that considered this.....obsession unhealthy. I'm sure they would have been the first to put...
  28. Re: What is according to you the best men's Guerlain fragrance?

    I *wish* I could say it was Mouchoir de Monsieur. Unfortunately, I can't. In my opinion, the *only* men's fragrance that is truly legendary produced by Guerlain is:

    HABIT ROUGE

    -If only I could...
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    Re: Bal Versailles...anyone?

    From a dream state, le Mouchoir de Monsieur Speaks:

    "No. Not in the least. As it happened, the Supremes played a pivotal role in my life. I can't think of any bit of culture that moulded me and...
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    Re: Bal Versailles...anyone?

    For some reason I think it was called "When the Lovelight....something." I'm just NOT good with these things!
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    Re: Bal Versailles...anyone?

    LB I think the Supremes song where they make the attempt, don't get it right, then try again (and REALLY) don't get it right is.......I'm not good with titles. they go: aaaaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAAA-AAAAAAH!...
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    Re: Bal Versailles...anyone?

    It's nothing to do with finance: It's to do with asking the wrong people. These are testers and they date around 1993. They're both perfectly legit.

    The Supremes made an attempt at "Ha!" once in...
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    Re: Bal Versailles...anyone?

    yes, um....hehe. It's not only perfume and nothing as frivolous as perfume can be compared with a TV...hehe.
    Me, I say

    HA!

    a bit like Siouxsie, or the Origina Ha! Girl, Nancy Sinatra,...
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    Re: Bal Versailles...anyone?

    Here is another BaV review I ripped from Frag: Someone gave *me* a run for my money with this GEM. His name (on Frag) is Lanier and he is obviously a superb writer: I adore this review. I've read it...
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    Re: Bal Versailles...anyone?

    ma tante!!!!! Check your perso e-mail right now!!!!!!!
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    Re: Vive les ringardes!

    Hilarious. If you spoke French (perhaps you do) you'd be in hysterics. SO: LOGO'S, anyone????? (we do need one--I also know which members of the Ringardes team are tech savvy--so I'm imagining we'll...
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    Re: Bal Versailles...anyone?

    It wasn't me, Ma Tante! I'm afraid starting this thread hasn't helped anyone interested in vintage BaV. I'm protected--as I've said: I have liters and liters and liters of every strength in the right...
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    Re: Vive les ringardes!

    We all LOVE the new Habanita. I bought 4 of those new EdP reforms. I love them so much, I never wear them: I figure--since I have....ehm....maybe 75 of the old EdT sprays....and at least 4 ounces of...
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    Re: Vive les ringardes!

    Now that I have those two videos, "silent" and "good year" to watch, I just keep watching them. They are such a study of the time. The taste and visual approach of Cindy Palmano, who art directed...
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    Re: Bal Versailles...anyone?

    That perfume bottle is the second version. So, in essence, it somewhat is "the old formulation" as the e-bay listing suggests. I *would not* pay that price for that bottle. It's all very intricate. I...
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    Re: Vive les ringardes!

    Precisely. Now, Mike, why ever do you think I have *previously* assigned you as our CRS liaison? I'm quite sure you will require no translator. Any key phrases, I'm happy to indicate over PM....
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    Re: Bal Versailles...anyone?

    Oh, and it has!!!!!! :)))))))))

    (sorry, people: Can not resist that one.)

    Thank you, Rube. Very glad to know you enjoyed it. Real time: 1984. Real Place: Paris Opera. Real Confession: Russian...
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    Re: Bal Versailles...anyone?

    Hmmmm. Speaking of Dirty and Enabling, I was just entirely engrossed in those Tori Amos videos on Vive Les Ringardes!......After all of these years......they still work! ;) Indeed: A *very*...
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    Re: Vive les ringardes!

    But, Ma Tante, you must know that the very reason Tori makes my Raspberry Swirl is that she *Isn't* pretty: She herself also knows this. No lyrics and intonations such as those for which she is known...
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    Re: Bal Versailles...anyone?

    and who might that be, Rube?

    What I want to know is this: Ladies and gents, hold on to your wigs and hats: Here is my daily BaV diet. Keep in mind I *only* touch the first, poisonous version. Like...
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    Re: Bal Versailles...anyone?

    here is one of the things that I hope to figure out on this thread. Certain readers know that no single vintage of BaV is foreign to me. I can dissect each one and point out the difference. The one...
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    Re: Vive les ringardes!

    I'm unfond of "pretty," me. I'm extremely drawn to ugly girls who have "something." I guess--it's a "like vs. like" thing. Buddies of mine call me "A Lesbian," because I am forever enamored with this...
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    Re: Vive les ringardes!

    PS: OMG--AGAIN--: Men: Watch "Pretty Good Year" (underneath the Silent all these years vid) and TELL ME that doesn't get the blood flowing. This is as close to porn as I will get and be excited about...
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    Re: Vive les ringardes!

    Haha, Inga--yes: "that gyu on the far left" looks *exactly* like me--ask Lilybelle--she's seen the latest portrait done in Paris last month by Athys de Galzain--so, yes--you can.

    AND: OMG!!!!! Ma...
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    Re: Bal Versailles...anyone?

    This is going to be an interesting one. Can't wait to read responses......
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    Re: Vive les ringardes!

    You Rednecks might consider having western themed attire as a unifying aspect: After all, We Grannies have "The Polyphoinc Spree" on our minds. (thanks, SB) Yes: The Polyphonic Spree. I swear I was...
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    Re: Vive les ringardes!

    Non, non, Ma Tante, none of that. The thing about France is that, with the right manners, you can do anything. With the wrong ones, I'm afraid you're somewhat cooked. This is why I've appointed...
  53. Re: Joy - baccarat bottle and concentration question.

    it is *never* a good idea to purchase vintage patou that is not sealed in box. "Real" patou (that is, before it was sold to P&G Beaute Int'l in 2001) never contained preservatives: Chemical...
  54. Re: Joy - baccarat bottle and concentration question.

    If it's stoppered it's pure parfum. If the label is baked on 22K gold, it dates after 1981. If the label is peel off, it can be as old as 1949. The stoppered bottles for Joy & Mille were made by...
  55. Re: What is Your Favorite Minimalist Scent?

    At anyrate, Wildthingy, the Discussion is In the Fragrance. To have the internal discussion, it's best to actually smell the scents. We all declare secrets here. Why ever might we then be required to...
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    Re: Vive les ringardes!

    Well, ehm, Fleurine, Dear....ehm....you see.....The Rednecks are the Nerds. Do you think the Grand Poo-Bah would have it any other way? We all knew you would be the perfect fit, unless Mike's taking...
  57. Re: What is Your Favorite Minimalist Scent?

    The very rare vintage
    Jean Desprez
    Le Parfum de Jour


    -it's as minimal as I get.
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    Re: Vive les ringardes!

    Yes. It's that card that just says:

    MIKE

    and has all the bit about over 21 yada yada yada on the back.
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    Re: Vive les ringardes!

    SO: As I see this, we have three teams, with three members each, for the moment: That's a party of 9. Seems logical: I have always been a believer in the number 3. As they develop:

    The Grannies:
    ...
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    Re: Vive les ringardes!

    There's some verve, right there. Bravo, Monkeybars! Thank you for bringing us back on track, and, you know, we actually could parachute in if we really wanted to: One of the only things I miss about...
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    Re: Vive les ringardes!

    It's not just friends. It's family--and a communal summer home: Now apparently underwater: basement, fully underwater, ground floor--under water. Most of these homes are built in such a way to...
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    Re: Vive les ringardes!

    So Sweet, all of you. It was. It was that....game....or whatever it was. What i would like to know is this: Why the F&*K are they all so happy? Just about everyone's summer home who lives in...
  63. Re: Supreme Court ruling may ban grey market sales

    FINALLY SOMEONE COMES OUT AND SAYS THIS! AND DON'T LET'S FORGET JOHN GALLIANO!

    (People outraged over John Galliano must know that he simply took the wrong pill. What *caused him* to take the...
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    Re: Vive les ringardes!

    Me, I've *always* worn knee breeches. The new cargo inspired ones, or the Nike sports-attire ones, those, I've never worn. How I have come to make a life long signature of knee breeches, I don't...
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    Re: Vive les ringardes!

    Could it be that I just spend too much time with these Thierry Lazry sunglass wearing fashionistas? Or....could it be that I am finally coming to terms with the fact that it's not because I own the...
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    Re: Vive les ringardes!

    Of course, Ken. The more Ringards we have, the stronger the movement! Are you ready to wear the Euro-Manpris?
  67. Re: i don't care for the chanels - am i alone?

    I think this discussion could be applied to any Great House of Perfumery. All have a kind of signature that unifies every comp and this is why Guerlains, for example, are so recognizable--they all...
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    Re: Vive les ringardes!

    I'm thinking this "Raging River Hat" (?) sounds perfect, Dr. Red. As long as it makes no sense and is unexpected. I think these might be our guidelines for defining visuals for "Les Ringardes do...
  69. Re: i don't care for the chanels - am i alone?

    Very obviously, taste is a specific thing inherent to each and every one of us: I, for instance, spent the bulk of my life wearing *only* Guerlain. If it wasn't Guerlain, I wouldn't give it the time...
  70. Re: New Fragrance: Christian Dior - La Collection Prive Grand Bal

    I recently saw the whole line up: All of them. I admit I was immediately drawn to "Oud Isaphan" as I had seen a video on you tube of someone on basenotes waxing on about it: I recall thinking:...
  71. Re: Supreme Court ruling may ban grey market sales

    For that which concerns myself, I've interest only in pre-wasser Guerlains--Vintage--so e-bay is important. For the rest--seems like what M. Du Nez de Buzier has to say is well grounded. I'm on no...
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    Re: Vive les ringardes!

    Well--as all one needs to do is *suggest* they might wear something specific for them all to run screaming and abandon you, I imagine that I won't be suggesting anything. I had in mind that the...
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    Re: Vive les ringardes!

    I've in mind that all of us except for the men--if there are any--at this point it looks as though we have been deserted) are in flower and psych print moo-moos, save for Inga, as she will have her...
  74. Re: Supreme Court ruling may ban grey market sales

    America is fast turning into George Orwell's chilling version of Utopia as portrayed in 1984. I who remember the year 1984, though in France, recall thinking: "Ah! Thank goodness it hasn't come to...
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    Re: Vive les ringardes!

    Yes, Ingami. You are our Icon of Fabulousness. I'm thinking: If we found some sort of platform, we men might parade you about the narrow, winding streets of Grasse a bit like Cleopatra: You can be...
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    Re: Vive les ringardes!

    Now, Rube, I would never intentionally wound you. I trust you know that. "le Seducteur en Polyesther solde" was tongue in cheek. Furthermore, I think those Euro Man-pri cargos would do on you: Just...
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    Re: Vive les ringardes!

    It's Aquamarine, F. Burning Man experience depends on the camp you buy into. There are camps that have ballrooms & suites that are airconditioned. It all depends on who you go with. The experience...
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    Re: Vive les ringardes!

    I'm thinking....a barge specifically designed to float on a sea of lavender blossoms in bloom. This will be particularly effective as that specific shade of lavender does with the melange of blues in...
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    Re: Vive les ringardes!

    Can I borrow those for Burning Man?
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    Re: Vive les ringardes!

    Parachuting into Grasse would be a scintillating experience! For the moment, I'm still trying to wrap my head around the fact that in August I will be parachuting into Burning Man, never having...
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    Re: Vive les ringardes!

    What daring entails is quite simple. Daring, as it pans out, is less intricate than not daring. Recently I've come to this conclusion as it has been said that I have a tendency to dare very fluently:...
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    Re: Vive les ringardes!

    True it is, as I have found it. Sayings are sayings, but realities are quite another thing. They are true, and veritable, and we must live with them, if only for a specific period of time: So here we...
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    Re: Vive les ringardes!

    Ah, yes. It takes a certain type to dare. A staunch independence. A kind of intrepid Faith, and an inner security, to approach the world devoid of expectations of the usual. It takes an huge amount...
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    Vive les ringardes!

    Who among us might dare to leave the Dream of Glamour and Riches behind and come along on a New Journey?

    Vive les Ringardes!
  85. Re: Basenotes Las Vegas Meetup October 5, 6 & 7th 2012 FINAL ITINERARY

    Ah, Rube--You kill me. You and your "Soldes." NO. It is most definitely *NOT* --not a solde to be had any time before, during or after Fashion Week! One Fine Bitch or not--I'll take the rosy cheeked...
  86. Re: Basenotes Las Vegas Meetup October 5, 6 & 7th 2012 FINAL ITINERARY

    I've been thinking about this and really the only time I'm in Paris for extended periods is the month period when Fashion Week is happening. (that's early fall--I just got back--or early spring) It...
  87. Re: Basenotes Las Vegas Meetup October 5, 6 & 7th 2012 FINAL ITINERARY

    I wouldn't want to back out--it's just that there are *so many options* So, so many options: & the Boulevard Haussman Grands Magasins are sort of....not particularly all that....restful? what would...
  88. Re: Basenotes Las Vegas Meetup October 5, 6 & 7th 2012 FINAL ITINERARY

    Ah.....Deauville. My childhood comes rushing back at the mere mention of it. Trouville, which is just next to it, I actually prefer. It is not a long trip from Paris, but it is often cold and foggy:...
  89. Re: what keeps my nose from falling asleep?

    This whole olfactory fatigue syndrome is preoccupying me lately. My problem is that I can not "sleep around" with fragrances and consider the olfactory signature to be a pivotal element in the...
  90. Re: Basenotes Las Vegas Meetup October 5, 6 & 7th 2012 FINAL ITINERARY

    Alors, c'est pour quand Paris? 2014?
  91. Re: Basenotes Las Vegas Meetup October 5, 6 & 7th 2012 FINAL ITINERARY

    The only thing I regret about this thread is not seeing the following:

    "The bright red shoes have leMdM's feet in them. We all very quickly became used to his habit of dancing on tables. The...
  92. Re: If you could only choose one cologne, what would be your choice?

    Vintage Mouchoir de Monsieur
  93. Re: SOTD Wednesday 10 October 2012

    You know me--Food....Not interested.

    However: Habanita.......
  94. Re: SOTD Wednesday 10 October 2012

    Don't you image Heathcliff smelling of hay and an hint of Tabac Blond....punctuated with an heady but ultra yummy natural sweat note?
  95. Re: SOTD Wednesday 10 October 2012

    I'm just back from a very, very long stay in Paris for Fashion Week and beyond. Typically, I *never* fly in and out of CDG but this time all the travel arrangements were made independent of personal...
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    Re: C'mon Basenotes!

    I had to read this through to understand it, yet--I'm afraid--I still don't quite get it. I do get one thing, though: Dear member Koala has come out of this quite disturbed, and it seems that he will...
  97. Re: SOTD: X o3

    I see. I never quite understood how the SOTD system worked. So I suppose then there is a men's one and a women's one? Or, rather a MFF one and FFF one. I don't often post on them, as I change my...
  98. Re: SOTD: X o3

    Now, I thought that the idea of a SOTD was that people would post which scents they wore that day: SOTD--does it not mean "Scent of the Day"? I've never done one. Perhaps it means "Sign Off Tootaloo...
  99. SOTD: X o3

    Paris has still not wound back down to normal after the ridiculous whirlwind of Fashion Week. It's been strangely warm, then surprisingly freezing, then wet and rainy. I've come to a kind of decision...
  100. Re: Scent of the Day, Friday 21st September, 2012.

    OH, I did. Why do you think the zipper was pulled down so low?
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