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    When we got home, I made him a Sidecar for further celebration, but I didn't feel up to straight alcohol...
    Congratulations to Russ! When I got home, my DH said, "You look like you need a strawberry margarita!" We had infused several pints of strawberries into a bottle of white tequila a couple of weeks ago, and earlier in the evening he decided it was ready to strain and drink! We married well, didn't we?!
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    Congrats on a great day and thanks for all the terrific writing and pics! San Francisco is one town in the US I would love to visit - I get the impression it's a bit like my two home towns Hong Kong (27 years, now) & Wellington, NZ (26 before that) - beautiful harbour with lots of hills to climb up and down to keep you fit - and clearly way too much good stuff on offer in the shops and restaurants. It's great to put faces to the names, huh?

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    I'd say keep both SF and LA, and pick between the two. And I'd even consider adding Las Vegas (heck, I'd love to go back to Vegas for a weekend sniffing event!). The ten of us made for quite a large party. I really have to commend the great job the SAs in the large department stores did in making sure all of us were attended to. It was almost apparent how nearly overwhelmed they were by us enthusiasts, but they definitely made us all feel welcome. It helped that at times we would break off into smaller groups to focus on a particular house, and the SA at that counter needed to juggle only 3 or 5 of us at a time. The SAs at the Prada and Chanel boutiques seemed content to just let us grab, spray, sniff, and gab as they stood well back and out of the way. I was a little late and missed Diptyque, but I know that while their SAs are attentive and helpful, the store is very, very tiny. Ditto Hermes...
    Quote Originally Posted by Astaroth View Post
    I agree. I also think it might be a generally good policy to spread the different meet-ups out across different weekends, to accommodate people who might want to do both. San Francisco and Los Angeles are relatively close cities, especially with very frequent shuttle service being offered by a wide range of airlines.
    I see what you are saying about group size. My enthusiasm got the best of me - it would be fun to meet everyone all at once! Perhaps different weekends, as Astaroth suggests. It would be REALLY cool if we could do a convention at a hotel and have all the perfume come to us, she said wistfully...

    P.S. Oud Girl, Redneck Perfumista posted a list of some of the boutiques/shops in Vegas. I'm going to start me a list. Which ones have you been to?
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    After visiting the assorted "Meet Up" threads I'm struck by the photos and stories, and how they seem to illustrate the mood or personality of each locations' event! Great fun, I hope more basenoters will be able to participate in the future.

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    I'm loving these meetup threads. Something about seeing the Basenotes community make these tangible connections with each other offscreen is exciting!

    Quote Originally Posted by Astaroth View Post
    I agree. I also think it might be a generally good policy to spread the different meet-ups out across different weekends, to accommodate people who might want to do both. San Francisco and Los Angeles are relatively close cities, especially with very frequent shuttle service being offered by a wide range of airlines.
    I was just thinking something similar for the Midwest area... If Kansas City & Chicago were on different weekends, I could probably talk myself into going to BOTH.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haunani View Post
    Redneck Perfumista posted a list of some of the boutiques/shops in Vegas. I'm going to start me a list. Which ones have you been to?
    This past April, I met an old friend there to hang out and have fun. He's not into fragrance, but I did manage to get in a little sniffing in a few boutiques at The Bellagio-- the Les Exclusifs at Chanel, Hermes' full line, Prada. Tiffany's even had theirs available once I tore myself away from all the shiny, sparkly things. I've heard from an SF Guerlain SA at NM that there's a big Guerlain boutique there, but I didn't find it at either The Bellagio or the shops at Caesar's Palace. I guess I just need to go back!
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    This is great!
    It looks like everybody had a very good time. I know we did here in the southern part of the State.
    I had to take a mini vacation from perfume today, but I am enjoying looking at my samples and thinking about what to try tomorrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by an_oud_girl View Post
    This past April, I met an old friend there to hang out and have fun. He's not into fragrance, but I did manage to get in a little sniffing in a few boutiques at The Bellagio-- the Les Exclusifs at Chanel, Hermes' full line, Prada. Tiffany's even had theirs available once I tore myself away from all the shiny, sparkly things. I've heard from an SF Guerlain SA at NM that there's a big Guerlain boutique there, but I didn't find it at either The Bellagio or the shops at Caesar's Palace. I guess I just need to go back!
    I was just looking around. It appears that there are TWO Guerlain boutiques -- one at the Palazzo and one at the Bellagio. There is a thread here on Las Vegas with some good info:

    http://community.basenotes.net/showthread.php?t=205178

    Man, if my husband and I can get away for a long weekend for my birthday in October, it would be fun to stay somewhere right on the strip. Sounds like a wonderland. Probably too glitzy and fancy for me, but a wonderland nonetheless!

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    What a wonderful group of people! And you look like you're having so much fun! Certainly an attractive bunch.

    Thanks for such a nice report.

    an_oud_girl, ¡Te amo! xox

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    an_oud_girl making me a sample of her brand new Fumerie Turque!
    I could look @ this pic all night. *drool*
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    Thank you bossanova boy and CJ; you guys are making me blush!

    bossa, I'm sorry you were away for the event. Many of us have said we shouldn't wait an entire year to do this again. Maybe around the holidays a bunch of us will go marauding the smellies of Union Square once more! I'll make sure you're kept in the know.
    Eddie: Sweetie, what are you drinking?
    Patsy: Oh, this? Chanel No. 5.
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    Quote Originally Posted by an_oud_girl View Post
    I'd say keep both SF and LA, and pick between the two. And I'd even consider adding Las Vegas (heck, I'd love to go back to Vegas for a weekend sniffing event!). The ten of us made for quite a large party. I really have to commend the great job the SAs in the large department stores did in making sure all of us were attended to. It was almost apparent how nearly overwhelmed they were by us enthusiasts, but they definitely made us all feel welcome. It helped that at times we would break off into smaller groups to focus on a particular house, and the SA at that counter needed to juggle only 3 or 5 of us at a time. The SAs at the Prada and Chanel boutiques seemed content to just let us grab, spray, sniff, and gab as they stood well back and out of the way. I was a little late and missed Diptyque, but I know that while their SAs are attentive and helpful, the store is very, very tiny. Ditto Hermes.

    I definitely vote for doing it all again next year! rogalal couldn't have done a more fantastic job forewarning the SAs and creating our itinerary. The group could possibly have accommodated a few more members, but I really think three groups of 8 to 12 would be a far better experience for everyone than one huge group of 25 to 40.

    edit: 1280adam, when discussion for making the London BN Meet-Up an international event first began in early April, one gallant person in each region stepped forward to be the point of contact. I was surprised a good number of people hadn't noticed that most of the organizing was done via a regional thread in the Basenotes Worldwide Meet-Up Weekend 2009 Social Group. I guess even with the sticky threads, and organizers including promotional links in their sigs, word didn't spread quite as well as it might have throughout the BN community. Next year we'll have to find a way to make the events even better publicized, but I think our inauguration was smash hit!
    Maybe we should have a meet-up & events forum where we could keep all the organising, planning, reports & photo threads in one place...?

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    Thanks for making me absolutely drool this morning! Fantastic pics. Made my day.
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    Love the recaps and photos, thanks!!! As a veteran attendee of quite a few sniffing events, I know firsthand the feelings of euphoria, delight, and bonhomie that these events generate. The shots reflected these feelings beautifully. Wonderful!
    "I felt something so intense, I could only express it in a perfume." - Jacques Guerlain

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    Was great hanging will fellow perfume enthusiasts and getting to meet some basenoters in person! JaimeB and Oudgirl lived up to their basenotes persona and more haha! Oudgirl was marvelous and if her picture made you drool imagine her in real person lol ;0 I hope to chat witht my fellow Bay Basenoters in the chatroom or in the forum and do some niche buying! Thanks for the experience folks!

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    It sounds like you all really had a lot of fun. I'd really love it if I could make the next one.

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    It really was a great day - both the actual sniffing as well as meeting and hanging out with my fellow No Cal Basenoters. It was such fun smelling new scents together, as well as the ongoing conversations about fragrance. I learned a lot and made new friends - what can be better than that?

    I second the idea of doing a fragrance weekend in Vegas. I think that would be outrageously fun. Count me in!



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