Kewart: with perfume for The Vagina Monologues, my first responses were exactly the same as Tao's! But since she's already made that joke, surely Turin's review must have you running for L'Air de Rien? (He says it smells like dirty knickers.) Of course, nothing seems to match up to the original Cabochard which he quotes a famous perfumer as describing as 'soiled underwear - REALLY filthy!' (can't remember who, but sure someone here will whip out The Emperor of Scent and tell us). Maybe not the best for sitting in a crowded theatre, though it would add an air of authenticity.
I'm in Guerlain's Spiriteuse Double Vanille today after a shower in my latest fave from Tesco - Vanilla Souffle shower creme. It has a smoky note that's very sophisticated and absolutely fabulous. Smells a lot more expensive than it is and last I saw it was reduced to clear because they're discontinuing it. Grab some while you can. I also have Roger & Gallet Vanilla handcream on, after giving my Wordchick a tummy rub (what can I say? She has good taste.). So I am vanillatastic, but in a sophisticated way. Just what I need on a rainy and dreech Swiss autumn day. (Dreech is a wonderful Scottish word that means grey, drab, chilly and gloomy from what I can gather.)
Rtmara - Yep, No5 sounds perfect to help bolster your confidence and help you help your son. I know from experience that what you do for people with special needs in the early years of life pays huge dividends later on. But I also know how hard it is to be tough and insist on what you feel your child needs. You're doing the right thing. Chin up.
Aiona, sounds like you need a hug too. Sending one.
As for Shade of Bleu - OW OW OW OW!!!! Went back and read yesterday's SOTD thread to understand what was going on. Comiserations, honey! Having 30mls of fluid drained from your knee sounds excruciating! (I mean, that's a full bottle of perfume!) One small ray of hope: have you (and Chaya) looked into the RA diet? I know it involves no citrus, no strawberries and a bunch of other stuff, and I also know it works brilliantly for some people, especially a friend of mine who is now back on her ice skates after being on sticks before she started it. (No promises of course and it only works for RA, not osteo.)
Otherwise, hope you all have a good day.