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    LMdM, (I am going to join you in writing in color, I'll choose green) I am so sorry for your friends who have homes along the coast. I will be remembering everyone affected this storm in my prayers. We donít even know the extent of all the devastation yet. My inlaws on Long Island are without power. We have not been able to speak with them today yet. As to your other point: I have often ranted about the way people will obsess over sports in the country, yet take no interest in what is going on in their own backyard, much less anything else going on in the world when it is in their own best interest to do so. America is not Europe, as Iím sure you realize. Here, sports = the opium of the masses. Not that I am against sports, but I think there could be a healthier balance between entertainment in general, and other priorities in the world. I have felt this way my whole life, probably because I was never interested in sports, though now I like to watch a game with my husband on occasion, especially soccer. You will not get people in masses out in the streets in America with such passion over any.other.issue. They are anaesthetized with television, Hollywood, and sports.

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    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 withstand this sort of thing--especially the older brick ones. This said--there's no way for us to tell what the damage is at this point: We can't even get near the area, we can only see from above the level of flooding. If I live here in the states for most of the time now, it's because I have here an equal part of family, and they are from Philadelphia. Hard for me to focus on anything else just now......At this stage, I am less concerned with the house and more concerned with very elderly members of my family who live in that area: All currently evacuated. TBC.
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    I'm so sorry, dear! I hope and pray that everyone is ok. Please let us know when you can. This is a terrible, terrible storm.

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    lMdM, I too am distressed to hear about your family. I hope that you may have some better news by now, about your elderly relatives. The storm has been absolutely horrific. And lilybelle, I do hope you have heard from your in-laws as well. I haven't heard an update on the news for a few hours as I was in town, but will be checking on the east coast coverage in a few minutes.
    You and your families are in my prayers, and I am thinking of you.

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    Bringing the thread back onto the track, parachuting into Grasse sounds like just the way to hit that shit. Whether I'll be apprenticing at the enfleurage usine so I can make a sinister extract of fresh-faced freckled virgins (unlikely) or just traipsing the cobbled streets in a varicolored combination of grubby LA rocker, avuncular rumpled cream linen suits ca. 1910, and a Renaissance Real Tennis wraparound (cf. The Tudors), you know that Grasse will be "cheezied" in style. Ideally, we could take over the only good club in town and play quirky perfume-themed party music till the break of dawn on some random sleepy Wednesday morning. It'll be just like touring the art galleries of Union Sq., SF, and getting shown $40,000 Chagall prints in the back room, with $11 in my bank account . . . people just assume you're important, wealthy, and deserve lux treatment when you dare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MonkeyBars View Post
    Bringing the thread back onto the track, parachuting into Grasse sounds like just the way to hit that shit. Whether I'll be apprenticing at the enfleurage usine so I can make a sinister extract of fresh-faced freckled virgins (unlikely) or just traipsing the cobbled streets in a varicolored combination of grubby LA rocker, avuncular rumpled cream linen suits ca. 1910, and a Renaissance Real Tennis wraparound (cf. The Tudors), you know that Grasse will be "cheezied" in style. Ideally, we could take over the only good club in town and play quirky perfume-themed party music till the break of dawn on some random sleepy Wednesday morning. It'll be just like touring the art galleries of Union Sq., SF, and getting shown $40,000 Chagall prints in the back room, with $11 in my bank account . . . people just assume you're important, wealthy, and deserve lux treatment when you dare.
    No matter what, it sounds like FUN. With all the other good stuff.... parachutes optional!

    I'm especially liking avuncular rumpled cream linen suits ca. 1910 and take over the only good club in town and play quirky perfume-themed party music till the break of dawn on some random sleepy Wednesday morning.
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    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 France, other than no worries health care that is *real,* is how one might bullshit there way into, or out of, anything: laws, or no laws. There's a bit of rare, deep and undeniable truth in what our man Monkeybars has to say: When you dare.....pff! Why the fuck not? If people can rant and rave over some stupid....game.....why ever would we not storm Grasse and cause some serious mayhem? This said, taking over the local club--we have to know there are probably two--we'll know which one is the target once on site--and making it ours: That's a given. Actually, a nightly given. Who knows? there might be something unexpected in the Molinard shooters: We'll only know if we dare: I volunteer to drink the first pint. I have a French Social Security number, and with that puppy--there's *nothing* to fear. I have a feeling we may just have a third team here: Shinybeast, care to join forces with Monkeybars? Sounds like the perfect co-captain dynamic duo to me. We Grannies might be parading around in jellabas, but we can boogie, and we will. Rednecks, we see your National Healthcare Horn rim specs and raise you pink pearlized cat-eyes with rhinestones. Inga: Are you joining LB and I on team Granny? As I see it, here are the teams, as they develop:

    The Grannies:

    le MdM (Granny Superiour)
    Lilybelle
    Ingami


    The Rednecks

    Dr. Redneck Perfumistico (team Poo-Bah)
    Rubegone


    The Renegades:

    Monkeybars (you two have to battle out your sovereign status. I'm sure I won't dare to get involved)
    Shinybeast


    Fleurine: Where are we putting you? We all know how you staunchly refuse to take sides. Seems to me that on AIR MDM we had to devise a class just for you, remember? You weren't quite a Grande Dame, you definitely weren't a Cocotte, and, as I recall, you were a Harlot at one stage, but didn't you upgrade? And what about Ken? Jellaba? Horn rims? or Goat Leggings for you, Mr?
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    They must choose for themselves, but I can see Fleurine as a Renegade, as she has the right verve and attitude; and Ken as a Red, as he has a bit of the horn-rimmed brainiac about him. That makes nine = three x three. Nine is a very interesting number, just ask Dr. Red. It has rules of its own. Yes, I may be a rhinestone bespectacled granny, but I was BORN to boogie. I like the way this is shaping up. See you later.

    [p.s. Thank you, IngaMi. Who is sweeter than you? Ans.: Nobody!]
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    I would like to be perpetually escorted by someone wearing the goat leggings, weather permitting. Barring that, I do probably belong in the Renegades. But Rubegon in Euro-manpris, I am not sure I can miss that. I am torn.

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    I am still a bit...under the weather but I would love to join the The Rednecks
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    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:

    le Mouchoir de Monsieur (Granny Superiour)
    Lilybelle
    Ingami


    The Rednecks:

    Dr. Redneck Perfumistico (Grand Poo-Bah)
    Rubegone
    Ken Russell

    The Renegades:

    Shinybeast (Head Daemon)
    Monkeybars
    Fleurine


    As for Mike, since "Mikes on Bikes" is already taken, we'll have to brainstorm a bit about this. Mike is a pre-approved member, but we musn't forget that as all MDM Flights of fancy are private affairs,--players/attendees must be screened and approved by Granny Superiour you-know-who. (Surprise Surprise) So, naturally, since we are still in team building mode, we are still accepting applications.......All applicants must be willing to submit to initiation process which varies according to subject and may potentially include drinking an entire bottle of *something,* filming the process on their i-phones, and posting it on this thread. If someone would walk me through ONE MORE TIME how to post vids from youtube + vids/pics from my i-photo library, this thread could become *seriously* disturbing *very fast.*
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    I wish I could help you with the posting of vids from an iphone, but I don't have one so I don't know how. I only know how to copy and paste a URL address into the film icon above, and that will post a video from youtube. I think you can post photos into an album in your account here and put those into a post, but I haven't tried that. I am truly a granny there.

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    I'd forgotten I was a pre-approved member, ace! Is that the brown credit card with the big MIKE on it? Ah yes I always keep having to reshuffle it in my wallet with all of my other cards. Thanks for the reminder lmdm and as far as posting video onto this page from your iPhoto library it ain't gonna happen, you must first upload it to some online video site (You Tube, Vimeo, etc) and then at at the end of the 'upload' it will give you a link that you can post. Look forward to seeing them (and, of course to seeing Grasse).

    I swear to you that I just saw the movie 'Perfume' (Based on the Suskind novel, that I read many years ago) and as I am sure that you already know the entire second half of the movie is set in Grasse. I remember the movie and how it was hyped when I first joined Basenotes (was it Mugler or someone did a coffret with the theme of the movie, that was done by Christophe Laudmiel and someone else?). In any event I thought it was very serendipitous this morning to have woken up and read this thread, only days after Grasse had been on my mind. I told Ray, during the movie, I want to go there...I've never been to France and I've wanted to shop in Paris and my boss of 8 years is from Paris (as are about 45% of my realtors) so this trip is coming at Just The Right Time.

    I love it when that happens...
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    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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    Which team to choose??? Auntie Knit isn't quite ready to be a Granny, probably could not keep up with the Renegades, and although I love Redneck P to death, I'm really not a "midwest" type. hmmmmmm....what a pickle.
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    OK - I'm back. Still haven't decided what I'm wearing, but I think mirrored aviator glasses and red boots are a must. I just need to fill in everything in between. Rednecks is probably right for me, unless there's a nerd team. That's probably the same team, although I am

    Quote Originally Posted by Fleurine View Post
    I would like to be perpetually escorted by someone wearing the goat leggings, weather permitting. Barring that, I do probably belong in the Renegades. But Rubegon in Euro-manpris, I am not sure I can miss that. I am torn.
    Waitaminit! I thought I put enough caveats and conditions on that to ensure that it would never actually happen. Let's see, it was only if you actually show up with a spray-on tan, beaded cornrows, and don't somehow still look fabulous.

    I know how this will play out. You fashionable people have a way of always looking great whatever you're wearing. I'm sure that you and MdM will pop off the train in Grasse in corn rows and a moo-moo and look like effin' movie stars anyway - and I'll be the poor slob shuffling around in capri pants!

    Nadal doesn't count - he's a sporty Euro dude. They can get away with wearing all kinds of goofy crap and still look cool. Although he looks like a dork in those pants anyway. He just needs a pair of lilybelles ballet flats.

    Now, don't get me wrong - I don't think all short pants are horrible. The 400 year old kind that MdM wears with thigh-high socks make a bizarre enough look in the 21st C to transcend any mundane ideas of goofiness or coolness. On the spectrum of modern fashion they are nowhere - they are off in space somewhere, looking down on the both the impossibly chic and the incredibly tragic. That beyond cool.

    Me wearing manpris is solidly on that spectrum, in a horrible ghetto of clueless dudes wearing fanny packs, Crocs, baseball caps with flaps on the back, animal print spandex, and all sorts of other monstrosities.

    No drinking any Molinard anything for me, by the way. I'm going to drink my favorite beverage when in a hot place in Europe - a nice cold lager. In France, Kronenbourg 1664. No parachutes for me either. I don't do things that might end with me scattered over a large area if I can avoid it. Not anymore, at least.
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    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 applications. I hear they do a lot of steaming and massaging over there. Me: I can't go near steam or get a massage or go for a beauty treatment: I just come out all red. At any rate, I do think the Rednecks are appropriate for you: I will point out, I expect to see coveralls (and they can't be MARNI) with the Thierry Lazry sunglasses: "Virginity" would ROCK on you, with your coloring. It's time. Concerning Knick at Knite, you mightn't want to begin picking teams: Im afraid you haven't been approved yet. If you would like, kindly Submit your application by PM on my profile page and someone will be in touch. If more personal info is required, Ma Main Droite, My Right Hand Man, Nigel Himself may be in touch. (he's already complaining about this, but he's perfectly civil, as many Readers here might attest.)

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    And by the way: Happy Hallowe'en to all, and a Lovely All Saints Day (today) I was an Incroyable, and so was my buddy Steve. I wore: Pierre Hardy Summer Red piqsuede booties, the peerless American Apparel Summer Red coton blend thigh high socks, my own violet silk velvet knee breeches, a romeo gigli aubergine and linden green stripey silk shantung waistoat, a vintage Dolce & gabana all-over embroidered in tarnished gold thread hot pink nehru waist coat over that, a John Galliano Napoleon the Third frock coat in ash green calfskin, a white shirt, and my beloved some random Dutch Designer Manganese blue Sperm Tie. R & F, you will love this: The print is a photographic repro of microspic sperm blown up so you know what's going on. I also wore a summer red head band I made out of summer red calf skin and a fluorescent chrystanthemum green bit of couture gown strap. On top of all I wore my John Galliano "Turtle Trench," the strangest raincoat anyone has ever seen made from irrescant beetle- green heavy taffectas-like impermiable, with a hood worthy of the French Lieutenant's Woman. I also glued rhine stones all over the left side of my face---which--in bed now--have all stuck.
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    Gosh! That sounds pretty amazing. I was just a witch.

    Post a pic!!

    And a lovely All Saint's Day to everyone.



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    Sounds like the fabulous get-up lMdM - I was more or less an embarrassed ghost with dreadlocks. ( Pink ) Mostly I looked like I was going like a kite with hair - it was so windy!

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    Glad you did the rhinestones on the face lmdm, your outfit needed a little something...so plain. (giggle)
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    I'm all for an extravagantly rip-roaring good time. I just hope we don't get ourselves escorted out of town like this...




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    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 myself "Granny Superiour." In the event of a run in with La Police, I'll deal with them, and we'll let Mike handle the CRS (The Military Police). I'm predicting that we'll be the toast of the town--that there will be t-shirts about us--postcards--we'll become legends. If we decide to make a yearly event, I'll bet anything by the third year Monsieur le Maire declares it a Jour Ferie, and stages a parade to welcome: Imagine the entire city of Grasse chanting "Vive les Ringardes! Vive les Ringardes!" When we burst into town, or fly in, depending on what goes on at Burning Man (is anybody in our troupe going to Burning Man?), a Magical Mystery Tour will begin. Renegades: We're happy to see you parade about in your Goat Leggings, but do see if you can come up with some Sargent Pepper's Ringleader Jackets to go with them, hmm? We Grannies are going to look a bit like that band....is it the Symphonix Spree? The one where, it's a band, but there's about 60 members, they all wear these long cloaks, and it's rumoured that they are a cult? I suppose Inga will count as an entire army of people, as we will be decking her out daily in meters and meters of chiffon and entire barnyards worth of feathers: Oh, and, Grannies, don't let's forget our stick on rhinestones: I had the whole left side of my face covered with them for Hallowe'en, and not only did they stay on, but they didn't even feel odd, until i touched my face, at which point I would jump with shock, as one tends to forget they're even there. The make-up artist even wanted to do my eyes in them, but I drew the line. I was an "Incroyable," but, at the party, someone came up and asked me if "I was a Lieber Bag." Here's my latest innovation. I think, since we're now three teams, we each should each pick perfume families to defend. We Grannies are claiming the entire family of fluffy Old Lady Scents. (Bal a Versailles, Chantilly, L'Heure Bleue, that sort of thing) I was thinking the Rednecks might plant their Warner Bros. Alien flag onto "The Modern Classics:" Dr. Red actually *likes* Chanel--and so does Fleurine--By the way--Rubegone--I thought you were Fleurine upstairs. Both of you seem to be on a bit of a Disney kick lately. When I read the post, I thought: "Hmmmm. Fleurine's finally on something. It's about bloody time!" I've only just recently realized it was you. I think Dr. Red, Fleurine, and Rube make a great trio--and of course your writer, Ma Tante Lilybelle and our Ingami National will be a perfect marriage: Shinybeast and Monkeybars--are you adopting Mike, or is Mike going to have his own Mikeymike Club with the CRS? (Must wear ears) At any rate: I was assigning Niche to the Renegades. Keep in mind we all might have to drink our own poison: Each group can pick their own family to defend, but we Grannies own the whole Fluffy Dreamy Powdery Lyrical thing. I'm imagining that if we book far enough in advance, we may be able to occupy an entire B&B or small auberge, and I will broker a spectacular deal. Renting a Chateau isn't out of the question either: Some come equipped with rotten Citroen DS-41's in the garage, and if we're parachuting in, we may just as well have a Chateau with grounds to land, if I'm not high off the Burning Man experience and insist we land smack in the middle of town on Place du Marche (on a Saturday, of course.) Just so all the locals know we've arrived.
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    Oooooh! Modern classics! Or even "future classics"! I do think that I could imbibe just a bit of any Chanel.

    Mmmmmmmm.

    I'm watching The Wild Wild West right now. THOSE CLOTHES. At one time - so modern! Yet now, so...... steampunk! And all the better if they were simply billowing with Chanels from a much later era!

    I think I'm going to like this!
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    Polyphonic Spree, a cult of Flaming Lips enthusiasts perhaps



    btw, next Sunday, the 11th is the World Beard and Mustache growing contest in Las Vegas! Le MdM, you should parachute in for that!

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    Sorry about the Snow White confusion, MdM. Our friends are very kind in humoring my immature fixation on the fairest one of all.

    Moderns, eh? I suppose I could live with that. Dr. Red will be in heaven, and I'm sure F could manage.

    i could probably chug some Chanel Eau de Cologne - does that count? That stuff is just delicious. If the people of Grasse are even a little like you describe them, I love them already. Can I wear a Stetson? I don't normally, but as a Texan, I like to live up to people's expectations when I travel. I'm sure they'd appreciate it, and I will need some shade anyway.
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    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 *at* the concert depicted above--at the Great American Music Hall in SF: If not, it was the same tour and they did the same while balloon downing scenario--yet it seemed as if there were more of them--at least 60 band members--and in concert they provide a wall of feel-good sound like no-one--all in their caftans--flowers and bare feet. To me--they are *so 90's.* But, of course, even though strictly *nothing* happened in the 90's (after living through the fabulously THRILLING 80's in France, the 90's begain in 1989 and everything was supposed to be like the Polyphonic Spree--we all let our hair grow long--all of us started wearing beads and amulets--Romeo Gigli was the "it" designer--it was the dawning of the New Age: What I call my "pink period." Tori Amos wore those chiffon "knickers" with the ridiculous boots in the "Silent All these Years" video, the one with "the Nasty Dress" ("your mother shows up in a nasty dress and it's your turn now to stand where I stand") I showed up at L'Olympia in Paris at noon that day, in attire, and waited in front of the door until 8:00pm JUST to make sure I was *in* her crotch--I WORSHIPPED her--everyone did--(If SOMEONE could find the GD Video! & post it! Tori Amos--the ORIGINAL "silent all these years" one--she's wearing all these floaty chiffon things and she's in a wood box at one point--and plays this beat up piano--that video *STILL* looks amazing to me and when they flash the hot pink "nasty dress" with the strapy satin FM shoes on the floor--I *STILL* get a thrill. All girls looked like Tori OVERNIGHT in paris--Henna was the new color for hair, and that whole *no make up* make up was it--the *no jewelry* jewelry--and yet we men could PILE ON the beads--there was never such an influential video: Tori Amos LAUNCHED high waisted bell bottoms and all manner of other fashion movements then--HOWEVER--the whole thing came to a grinding halt, and we early adopters were all left standing there looking like fools in our Romeo Gigli get ups--shriner's hat & all--(I have pictures from this era and I seem to always be wearing some sort of velvet cap with tassels--and of course EVERYTHING is pink, brown, or aubergine, except for the amber beads--of which--in some pictures--I am wearing what looks to be at least 20 strands--those were the years I was stoned 24/7--and that's when I bought my garret flat in Amsterdam--and would go every weekend to sit in Vondel Park and burn incense.) At any rate--the Polyphonic Spree look--and sound--like the early 90's in Paris. This whole thing just hit the wall when Nirvana came to town--we new age rainbow hippies looked idiotic over night & suddenly we had to tear all our gigli up and I started wearing all my gigli coats as skirts with lace up boots. Nirvana changed *everything* when they blew into town. It takes the French awhile to get into the hard stuff. To this day, their music sensibilities are so much "softer" than in any other country. Nirvana did it though. Kristin McMenamy shaved off her brows, Marc Jacobs "happened," and the new in thing was then *not* to look like the Polyphonic Spree, it was to look like a complete mess and do heroin. I never did heroin--but I sure did look like a mess: A photo shoot was done in my apartment then--I still have the echtachromes-- & in it you can't tell what sex I am: You just cant--& I am wearing EVERYTHING the wrong way--my trademark then: Striped leggings with a gigli coat warpped around my hips as a skirt--and so many strange things on top--you can't quite tell what I have on--After Nirvana--I hardly ever wore pants: I would wrap *anything* around my hips--a bedspread--anything--and those would be my bottoms--long underwear became the actual pants--and then the obligatory boots. Ah, the 90's. The "NOTHING DECADE." It was what introduced the idea of "NOTHING" as culture--and we've been there ever since. The 80's were the last of the great Cathartic Decades. I must admit--even though the Polyphonic Spree are *Clearly* dong "Neo-90's," I still dig them--and their following. Go to a Polyphonic Spree concert & you are GUARANTEED a good time--as they say: "Follow the day!" ----SO EARLY 90's!!!!!!! Ah, but after "being" the 80's--not much looks all that interesting, I must say. In America--people escaped the 80's. It was *very different* in Europe. We were all 4AD and that lot--you in the US had Madonna and that one band everyone loved here that *nobody* (at least that I knew) even knew about--the seagulls was it?--we did have Spandau Ballet & the Belle Stars--but the *real deal* was all underground. Pics of me from the time: Incessantly in black and looking a bit like Peter Murphy, my then 100% "I want to be him" Idol. Bauhaus, you know: "She's In Par-tays." How can you not dig that? The whole idea then was to look ill and dying--and--by God, I *DID.* I would paint in the dark circles--my mother would FLIP when I would get off the plain looking like I escaped from Hospital. At an rate: You Rednecks down for the Western theme? Fleurine? You have any of that on hand, so you can be "Poccahauntus meets Poindexter?" What about the Rens? Are you even in? We *are* doing this......

    PS: If anybody wants to have *the* Polyphonic Spree "Experience" there's only one album to own: It's called "Together We're Heavy." a 70 minute feel-good neo 90's feel-good fest. "Your New Age....."
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    Quote Originally Posted by lilybelle View Post
    I'm all for an extravagantly rip-roaring good time. I just hope we don't get ourselves escorted out of town like this...



    If we get escorted out, and NO! can't happen, can it? Anyway, if any escorting is done, could I be escorted by this guy on the far left in the photo? But no, I won't be the woman he's escorting in the photo, Bless her heart - I'll be the one showing up as a "whole army of people" in waves of chiffon, oodles of feathers and wafting a might trail of Bal a Versailles, I think it would be very fitting and perfectly delicious!

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    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 Tante Lilybelle! FINALLY!!!!! Now *Everybody* can see the "Nasty Dress." I *still* get a....ahem....when I watch this. Here's the girl that burned into my brain for the rest of my life what "Hot" looks like. Pity, as so bluntly put by Fleurine, she now looks like "a troll."
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    Of course, Inga! He's the cute one. You can have him later, but I will have need of his arm in case of a flap up. However...lMdM says we won't be escorted out of town, we will be celebrees, escorted INTO town. And in that case he is ALL yours!! He looks like he can appreciate a chiffon & feather wearing rhinestone bedecked lovely like yourself. Do you think the third from the left, the pretty one, is his wife or something? She might come after you.

    p.s. We posted at the same time, dear!! Well, yes, Inga, he looks very much like our very handsome Le Mouchoir de Monsieur, Master of Ceremonies, Ringmaster par excellence. Except that MdM's complexion is fair. You will fall in love, if you aren't already - I guarantee!! MdM is beautiful. I know you will agree with me.
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    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 it--Imagine how new and delicious she looked when every other girl was walking around looking scary and hard--here are the images that LAUNCHED an entire decade of fashion. Pastel Chiffon replaces black leather.....and FINALLY......we get what a "real girl" is about. YEEEEEEEOOOOWZZZZZA!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    I can see why you find her sexy, but I don't think she's very pretty. Sorry.

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    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 type: What the French call "Jolies Laides." (Pretty Uglies)
    There is no male equivalent--but if there were--I think that maybe I would be one. I do get upset, though, when everyone tells me I look like Vincent Gallo, because he just looks EXACTLY like I *don't* want to look: "Pretty Ugly" --maybe-- Sleaze Bag, no.
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    I like the way Vincent Gallo looks... not the sleeze factor, just his facial structure. I have no fondness for pretty boys myself, but if I were a lesbian I don't know who I would go for really. Not Tori. Not Tilda. Not a vapid, prrfect beauty. I just don't know. B-belle seems very critical of women's looks. But charm and a great personality -and innate sexiness of course - trumps all.

    Adding...I'm sorry I said something unkind about your Tori, MdM. Pretty is irrelevant, as we all know.

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    I have something to say. It has to do with my remark about Tori Amos above. It may not matter to anyone else here, it’s just a little thing, but it is bothering me this afternoon. It was a distinctly unkind thing to say. First of all, who am I to throw a wet blanket on lMdM’s swirly raspberry? That was rude and thoughtless. Secondly, who am I to judge anyone else’s appearance (nobody, I assure you). And thirdly: Whose voice is it, the one that makes a catty remark, “She’s not very pretty”, a voice often heard in my head when I contemplate my own appearance. Whose voice is that? I have my suspicions… but it is NOT my voice. It is the voice of a liar that somehow got inside my head, and I have tried very hard to dislodge it. It judges too many things, and I hear it channeled through many people’s voices and television and other media, and coming thoughtlessly through my voice on occasion, too. No true ringarde would ever think or say such a thing. I apologize to you all. I feel rather depressed about it this afternoon. I thought that voice was fading away, but it always comes back to bite us in the rear end when we’re least expecting it, doesn’t it? To be a ringarde is to be totally FREE of that voice.
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    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 would be emitted from a pretty girl ("Your eyes focus on my funny lip shape") I, too, was thinking about this. No. She is not pretty. Here's what she was. In those days, we who had grown up watching those girls on MTV in their red lipstick and black stilletto heels in that one video--who was that--????--was it the singer who later did "Boys of Summer?" It was this video where girls in VERY short black skirts, semi-sheer black hose, black FM pumps--kept walking--and playing guitars--with their drippy red lips (addicted to love?=can't remember song: just visual of video): That was what "trained us" to be turned on: That "type" of girl. remember, even Madonna looked quite....the part....in those days. Girls were painted, lacquered, done up, all dressed up, and in essence were "ideas" of Girls. That was the Icon of Sexiness. We were all into it. Our girlfriends tried to look like that. Black leather miniskirts, torn fishnets, white make up.....RED lips.....I remember very well how it was....a struggle, you know.....to get through all that make up and hair and clothes and manners.....we boys would sit there thinking: "Yeah, Baby.....but.....but.....but how can I get through the massive amounts of red lipstick?" THEN: In walks Tori. No shoes. No make up. No jewelry. Silky clothes. She mightn't have been "pretty," but, by God, it was abundantly clear that she was READY. Tori Amos was the first fast food sex-symbol Icon. Men went crazy. Women went crazy. We'd see her sitting at her piano in a bias cut teal washed silk jumpsuit with anis green satin strappy manolo blahnik heels--flashing her crotch--grinding it into the stool--screaming about "Don't blow....your brains yet! It's gotta be big! I said! It's gotta be big, Boy!" No female, singer or otherwise, had ever presented *quite that way.* From the male point of view--she was....a dream Goddess. We didn't care if she was pretty: Her first words to us were: "So you found a girl who thinks really deep thoughts. What's so amazing about really deep thoughts?" In order to grasp just how sexy that was at the time, the icons in place must be considered. Girls just didn't say such things then. I never suggested Tori was "pretty." I said she was "HOT." (I've the same obsession with Kirstin Dunst. Not particularly perfect. 100% HOT.) Nuance.
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    Actually, lilybelle, I think you should be happy just for the fact that you identified something like that - a "greater thought" (greater in the sense of being larger than just you). People have to work very hard to free themselves from these things, and the first step is merely to identify them. It took me years to truly discover (in more than just a mouthpiece way) the dubious nature of many things we simply assume in Western society. Finding oneself with the rare *opportunity* to knowingly reject these commonly assumed things - or to retain them with clearer cause - is a thing to treasure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by le mouchoir de monsieur View Post
    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. ...
    Watched it. Sorry, it's not doing it for me. Now, this chap...that's a different story:



    If the CRS arrive, leave everything to me (although lmdm, I might need a translator). Pretty please.

    p.s. - Vince Gallo is hawt!
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    Actually, lilybelle, I think you should be happy just for the fact that you identified something like that - a "greater thought" (greater in the sense of being larger than just you). People have to work very hard to free themselves from these things, and the first step is merely to identify them. It took me years to truly discover (in more than just a mouthpiece way) the dubious nature of many things we simply assume in Western society. Finding oneself with the rare *opportunity* to knowingly reject these commonly assumed things - or to retain them with clearer cause - is a thing to treasure.
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    Thank you, Red. You always get it.

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    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. Realizing, of course, that we are now very far off topic, I am smiling broadly having reviewed the Robert Palmer video. Now, I just feel old. Can you imagine that there *was a time* when the image of those girls was enough to get us all hot and bothered? Even I can't believe it: But it is true! I remember when essentially every girl looked like that when out in the evening: Date, or otherwise. White make up. Eyes full of coal. Drippy red lipstick. If nothing else, we have here a perfect illustration of how the 80's turned into the 90's, and what that looked like. I'm afraid I can't stop laughing because I see myself in my "half" uniform--we didn't have many clothes at school, so typically we would wear our uniform top with the most torn up jeans we could find--and the tightest--(I'm actually old enough to divulge the *real* secret of Levi's Original Shrink to Fit Jeans--and how to get them to fit you like they fit Robert Plant or Mick jagger. Interested? Just ask. Of course, it's easier to just buy Dior now.) --then wear them with together for "date attire," at which dates girls would show up looking *exactly* like those guitar playing ones in the video above. You all see now what I mean by....struggle. How to break through all of that? I even remember thinking thoughts like: "If I get that all over my uniform, I will have no more clean shirts for a week." (detail: We all would wear the same shirt for one week. That was standard practice then.) Is it any wonder that we Grannies are hellbent on our "Polyphonix Spree" get-ups? Wash and wear! (except for Inga.....hers are dry clean only)

    With regard to our friends the French CRS Police, I've this to say: "I don't know what it means, but it's forcing me to believe it." On the other hand.......I'm not entirely sure I wouldn't be petrified. Gendarmes, though, Noooooooo problem.
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    Ah yes, the broads in the Robert Palmer videos; they look like living Patrick Nagel illustrations.

    I'm picking up what you're putting down in regards to "pretty ugly." Jennifer Herrema is to me what Tori Amos is to you. Jenn was in the Royal Trux (one of fav bands) and she was also the original "heroin chic" poster girl as interpreted by photographer Steven Meisel for Calvin Klein print ads and TV commercials. Before Jenn, there was no before Jenn. She had sex appeal in spades, but wasn't pretty. She's now 40 and has lived (at least a portion of) her life Keith Richards style, so factor that into the equation. But yeah, I get it.


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    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 both, is also very emplematic of "The Nothing School of Art" that was so intoxicating at that time, only because we were coming out of a period that was so very, very heavily laden with style: Good, and bad. The "Silent" video seems particularly stark to me now--when--in the day, it just seemed mesmerizing. It still is, though impued with a kind of tragedy. Tori lost all of what made her so special in growing old and becoming famous. To see her now, she looks a bit like Cher: Too much plastic surgery--it is clear that she's had her "funny lip shape" tended to--and--as it appears--too many bad wigs. I wonder what happened to her beautiful bedroom hair? It's clear that she now wears a wig. (See interview w/Rosie O'donnell) Her music, also gone. Her last effort, the classical "story" concept album, is a complete mess, very unfortunately timed to debut precisely at the same moment as Florence Welch's spectacular "Ceremonials." Ah. To each his or her own time, I suppose. I wonder if, put in that situation, I would not simply withdraw at my zenith. This school of beauty is an important one for me: Personally, I find no beauty truly transcendent without its part of ugliness intact. (it's why I want the poison in my cigs and in my BaV) We might easily apply this logic to perfume: My Tricolor French Flag Statement Comp Bal a versailles is very much a "Jolie Laide," and so is Jicky: Both are equally attractive and repulsive at the same time. I feel this is important. I believe we might all think a bit about this as we look at ourselves critically in the mirror. In there, we all find things we don't quite love. My suggestion: Might we consider these details our own private "laide" to conterbalance our own "Jolie?" Mike says he finds Vincent Gallo attractive, while, personally, I find him so hideous that I can't even look at him--and the reason for this is: There are bits about him that remind me, or reflect, bits about myself that I don't like. It's interesting to me that *anybody* could find him attractive. I'm still working on the CRS piece--yet I am still hitting a wall of fear: Plus, just as Mike doesn't see the allure of the funny lipped tori, I don't quite see the allure of big giant rock hard bone crushing man arms. To each his own, I suspect. Put me in front of Adrian Brody and we would not be having this discussion. He's the opposite of Vicent Gallo for me in that in him I see bits of myself that I *do* like--Furthermore--Mike--now, you know we've all seen the vegas pictures: Guess who looks a bit like the CRS officer? We could be all potentially attracted systematically to bits of ourselves without even knowing it, couldn't we? SB digs Jen Herrema: I understand why. I truly do get the attraction, and I remember her well from the Calvin Klein Ads. (I already knew who she was & also Knew the Royal Trux) I'd just bet there are bits of Jen that mirror bits of SB. We look for this in perfume when we think: "Is this me?" It's fascinating. I've never met Rube, but now, when I smell Habit Rouge, I think of him: And habit Rouge suits his personality, as we know it, to perfection. I'm such a believer in signature scents--and never changing. For almost 30 years I wore Jicky and never once changed. Now, I vary per season simply to avoid olfactory fatigue, yet Jicky and BaV make for an interesting pair: Both "remind me of me." Both scents strike people very much the way I know i do. I think, when we're in Grasse, and still sober enough to focus, we should all go on an odysey to find *one* grasse scent that *is* each one of us. These Grasse houses make a product far superiour to the mainstream: even niche. I was *very* impressed when I sniffed some Fragonards in Paris recently, when, in the past, I wouldn't have given Fragonard the time of day.....There's also Molinard....and so many others....each of us will be assigned the task of finding *one* Grasse scent that is *us.* The game will be: "If I were a Grasse scent, I would be....................."
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    I'm wondering if the new "modern" Habanita EDP is for me. I LOVE the bottle.



    And the ad.

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    I like that Grasse assignment. I need assignments. I get into trouble without a focus to occupy my mind. Right now old granny cheapo Chantilly is *me*. I can't say why, though...it just is. But that could change. I don't have lifetime signature seasonal fragrances. I don't know what will be *me* two years from now. Who knows. It will be fun to think about this while there, though.

    I don't want to look in the mirror and consider what's jolie and what's laide. I want to be invisible like tinkerbell. Just a voice. Runner up, I get to be a granny in a jellaba with a parasol, a fan, a hood, and cat eye sunglasses.

    Red, is there a little bit of you somehow in that new Habanita ad? Maybe it's connected to the music, sort of Matrix sci-fi.'ish?
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    Okay, the Grasse assignment sounds like just the thing - I have no idea what it might be, and as Lilybelle mentions it's hard to say what I might have be up to ( in the coming two years ) that might make a difference - But I do think it will probably be a bit of the dirty-ish side, I never have much liked the "cleans" as far as perfume goes. Who knows?? It will great fun to find something!

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    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 the perfume in backstock---I should probably spray through those before I touch the EdP. The promo is.....do I even need to say it? I can't even "take it" right now: I've already been over-stimulated by the tori-porn. I *LOVE* this promo. I just love what it *says* and I love what it *doesn't say* and believe you me when i tell you: THAT is a reform. It's --The Only-- reform i've ever witnessed to come out 10 fold better than the original. Rube loves it too. It's *so much more unisex* than the original and *smoother.* Not quite as choppy/cigaretty as the habanita we all know and love. On Frag I called it "Shalimar Saw Dust." (it's got that shalimar smooooooooth powdery feel, yet it is MUCH woodier--but the wood is wood "dust," somehow. VERY VERY VERY fine thing.) All the grasse scents are like this--I've been unendingly impressed w/them. The problem with them is that they are all inherently "Ringard" from the Parisian viewpoint, but, who cares? Does that matter? No. Fact: "Ringard" or not--the grasse scents are the *only* true perfumes left on the market, ringard or not. I had the smae feeling when I sniffed around Fragonard--in "My Day" Fragonard owned the perfume museum in Paris--and made "copies" of historical greats. Now, they've morphed into a real perfumer--and while their packaging is not as sophisticated as it should be--the scents themselves are superb. Same with Galimard. (In case you all were wondering-- a last name ending in -ard is typicall of the regional families orignating from arounf the Grasse area)
    None of these scents are available much in the US as they are all small houses that don't export much, and still make every batch of scent according to crop, the way all houses used to. I would imagine Caron is the only house that still performs a yearly re-form: This is the essential work of the nose--or it was--the guy at Guerlain clearly doesn't do it--as all he seems to do is mix up new scents all day in his lab: Has anyone noticed that Guerlain puts out a new scent now almost monthly? when you consider Jean Kerleo took TWELVE YEARS to create Sublime, it somewhat puts the hour on the clocks as the French would say, doesn't it? I'm not sure the new Habanita is "you," red. It may be a bit too......something. Not sure what. It's DEFINITELY worth a FB: No question about that.


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    All tech-savvy ringardes are encouraged to submit logos for voting. We need a logo--for our matching colour coded T-shirts! (I can have these made locally)
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    I cannot WAIT to visit all those *ard* houses! I'm am sooo looking forward to it. And you know what? I am going to load up on soaps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by le mouchoir de monsieur View Post
    I'm not sure the new Habanita is "you," red. It may be a bit too......something. Not sure what. It's DEFINITELY worth a FB: No question about that.
    It's one of those things I have to add to the collection, just because. But I never really know if something is "me" until the first sniff. And sometimes a much later sniff, because things can progress. Several of my most beloved scents were growers.

    Quote Originally Posted by le mouchoir de monsieur View Post
    OH! OH! OH! RED! IDEA FOR LOGO:



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    All tech-savvy ringardes are encouraged to submit logos for voting. We need a logo--for our matching colour coded T-shirts! (I can have these made locally)
    I like it. It might be interesting to have something like that in the center, in that exact font, surrounded by a roulette wheel displaying "ringard" icons which contrast humorously with the overconfidently blocky lettering. Kind of like a Pandora Bracelet raised to BIG PONY absurdity, and expressed as (gasp) T-shirts. It's also a way in which we can all contribute to the final construction. Eye-catching as all hell, as people try to see which of their sacred cows got "ringadized" on the wheel of corny misfortune.

    I claim dibs on the little Starship Enterprise charm.

    For proper effect, it should be located at 17 - or better still, 17.01


    PS - what do y'all think about this?

    http://www.expressions-ringardes.com/top.php
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    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 have at least three propositions.) I'd be will ing to bet if you opened up the "darpartement" local to Grasse's "annuaire telephonique" there would be at least a full page of semi-unfortunate local families who's -actual name- *is* Ringard. Like: "Jean-Michel RINGARD" or "Aurelie RINGARD" LOL.......
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    I have tried to love Habanita and I just cannot do it. I don't like it. It's like a Dolly Parton fan who just CANNOT for the life of her listen to Reba McIntyre. You feel me? I'm a Shalimar guy, through and through. The Emeraude's and Habanita's of the world just don't compare.

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    When my Marketing/Graphic Designer comes back from vacation (she's on a Bahamas cruise - good for her, when I was sick she was swamped in work!) I'll have her work on a RINGARD, Grasse logo. She's really good at stuff like that.
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    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 though you're a nobody and a nerd and truly believing it only to wake up in a house with two dogs and no Kirstin Dunst is not precisely unwell--however it does sting a bit....especially if you dwell on it. To your point, Mike, It's so true that, if you consider *real* shalimar--(I would date the death of shalimar at about 5 years ago) you simply *can't* compare it to Habanita, much less emeraude, which smells like play dough to me. A certain Rube whom we all know and love sent me a bottle of the latter and it smells *exactly* like play dough: Not that there's anything wrong with that, of course: Why, I'm sure Demeter has a best selling scent called "Play Dough." I'm afraid I would rate the new Molinard EdP re-form at about a 89/100 to the current Shalimar equivalent's 55/100: But if it's vintage you're suggesting....NO CONTEST. At any rate--Habanita is a really good illustration of "Ringard." It truly *is* Ringard--by Paris standards it's 100% ringard--and only girls in the provinces would be caught with that in their ugly Longchamp handbags. Me & Habanita have a strange, smokey relationship: I spray everything I smoke with it. Also: I use it as air freshener, linen spray, pillow mist, eiderdown blast.....My whole house smells like Habanita. I loved those Lalique black glass EdT vapos so much I went truly insane and bought....ugh....I can't even admit how many....so they're EVERYWHERE in my house. (they suit the decor. They are just the wrong colour metallic: I need brushed pewter.) At any rate--wearing Habanita is a bit much for me: I've tried. The longevity is astounding, especially on the new re-form--it's an *all day* affair, and I'm not *quite* used to that. I like to touch up. (I LOVE touching up w/BaV parfum: The parfum has that delectable petrol stench that I crave when it goes on: A bit like "tabac blond" where you sort of go: WTF? I'm mad about shocking openings.) So, about that dream: I'm not sure what it means......and it's not forcing me to believe it. If anybody cares to PM me about their "take" on it, I'd be grateful. I am so *already there* re: grasse, I gave a lecture today and realized that *the whole time* I was saying SS14 (=Spring Summer 2014) when I should have been saying SS13. I kept wondering why people were marveling about "how far in advance" I was....Oh, I was in advance, alright: Just in my head.
    "...a Chacun son Mauvais Gout."

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    Quote Originally Posted by le mouchoir de monsieur View Post
    As a cheerleader for unexpected and heartily raunchy sex...

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    even more advanced than i thought
    "...a Chacun son Mauvais Gout."

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    I sent you a pm before I even read this...^^^

    I think it's best to just look forward and forget crazy, unsettling dreams, dear. Put it to rest. Hushabye.

    Mike, that's great about working on a logo.

    I love Habanita, but only for days spent reclusively at home.

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    My Habanita is sitting here on the table as I write, waiting for me. Is it a Habanita day? I think so. But I'm not staying at home today Lillybelle, it's a must get supplies day, so I'll be leaving my Habanita trail. I do love it at home though, cozied up in a quilt.

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    I know you smell delicious in your Habanita today, Inga. Habanita gives me dreams.

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    Yes, when I'm speaking of my fascination with Shalimar it's definitely vintage juice that I'm speaking about. I bought recently a 'new' parfum from Kevin Guyer (BN) and while I will wear it, it's NOT the Shalimar extrait that is in my head. The one, like you mentioned about Tabac Blond, smells a bit like petrol, or like gasoline...that vintage extrait has that and then it explodes in a million different directions to vanilla, sandalwood, amber, bergamot - back and forth, again and again and again...all of the time smelling animalic like a panther is in the room and you've caught a whiff of it's breath when it yawned. The 'new' extrait - well it's like the volume has been turned down and filtered and you've got sunglasses on. The mp3 version. Sad. I'll keep my bottle and I'll wear the extrait but of course as soon as I get my hands on another vintage extrait bottle it'll get pushed back to the back of my wardrobe. In the meantime, the vintage EdC keeps me very satisfied.

    Maybe I should get a sample of Habinita and spray some on my sheets to see if I like it better that way.

    I'm thinking my 'Ringard' scent, the scent I am going to get to 'know' in 2014 will be something really simple. Like Vanilla by Molinard, or something like that. Just a feeling I have...

    I ran into a customer of my boss' at Starbucks today (after I voted and was in line for about 1 hour, I need COFFEE!!!) and he chatted for a bit (he's French). I told him I'd be going to Grasse in 2014 and he only had good things to say about the town. He said (in his broken English), 'It is where people go who like....smells (raising his fingers to his nose)'...'Fragrances!', I said. 'Oui!', he said. I didn't realize Grasse is so close to Cannes (geographically) and he said that I'm already acclimated to hot humid weather in Miami, so I really won't be that uncomfortable in the heat in Grasse, at all. Which made me even MORE excited about the meet up!!!!
    "One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple"

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    This is my story from Grasse, i went there with school when i was 16 i believe, we went to Spain and stopped by in Cannes and this famous perfume factory:-) , i was so excited! Always loved smells, and was excited we could buy perfumes, real extraits, and i remember i bought this small metallic bottle of Amarige, because Givenchy was the only name i knew back then:-) hehe

    And remember how they told us we can store it for 7 years before it expires:-) , i did not use it much, was keeping it, don't know maybe i did not like it that much....later i remember i was making space in my wardrobe and decided to let go my bottles, because 7 years have passed and they expired hehe......uf now i feel so sorry i did that!....to my big surprise all bottles were the same , gold metallic:-) and i remember how i had problem accepting that they are called Fragonard and my perfume is Givenchy :-) ,but since we had so little time i believed i bought real Givenchy pure perfume, first i ever smelt in my life 7.5 ml:-) ,your story here recalled this memory!!!


    I did not know until i read this thread that Grasse is really the thing in the perfume world!

    And i must try this Habanita (did not try any molinard yet) after so many nice words you ve said about it!! It rhymes with my nick as well hehehe :-)

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    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?) They are all *VERY* literal in this range: The "Vanille" smells quite literally like a pastry kitchen: My game plan with this range of one-notes is to "cheat" and get creative: Example--if you spray first "Musc" (VERY bizarre on it's own) then "Vanille" then finally "Lavande"--you get a very fascinating "version" of Jickly/Mouchoir de Monsieur. I've layered up to 6 scents and come up with things like a "kind of Shalimar," or other things--the bit that's astounding is that with these Grasse tinctures, you get longevity for days and they don't "turn" on your skin: They just keep giving. Wearing "Musc" on it's own is a trip. First it smells like dishwashing liquid....then it smells like.....ball meets leg.
    "...a Chacun son Mauvais Gout."

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