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    Default Chicago Meet-Up Reports, May 25, 2019

    Attendees, please post your experiences and photos in this thread.

    Foxbins starts us off on Friday night ...
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    Reporting LIVE from the Drake Hotel, Lakeshore Drive is bumper to bumper, there are lifeguards in their chairs on the beach and the sun has finally come out. I have a lake view room, and itís wonderful, even the nude person towelling themselves off across the way: The windows are translucent, not opaque. Itís also prom night here in Chicago and the lobby is filled with tulle dresses and corsages. I picked up two large boxes filled with samples to exchange tomorrow after our shopping expedition and on a short scouting expedition I found a Bloomingdales (Havenít seen one since I lived in NYC) and bought a bottle of Coco Mad body oil as a gift. Looking forward to meeting everyone tomorrow.
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    Default Re: May 25, 2019 ē Basenotes Chicago Meet-Up

    I did some initial sniffing of the Mugler Les Exceptions line, Parfums de Marly, and Diptyque at Nordstrom, guided by S.A. Mohammed. I fell in love with Mugler Cuir Impertinence and purchased a bottle. And we’re off to the races!
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    Default Re: May 25, 2019 ē Basenotes Chicago Meet-Up

    Quote Originally Posted by Trilby Lark View Post
    I did some initial sniffing of the Mugler Les Exceptions line, Parfums de Marly, and Diptyque at Nordstrom, guided by S.A. Mohammed. I fell in love with Mugler Cuir Impertinence and purchased a bottle. And weíre off to the races!
    This was your SA, right? He's charming.
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    Default Re: Chicago Meet-Up Reports, May 25, 2019

    Do folks want to meet in the hotel bar around 8:45 or 9?


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    Default Re: Chicago Meet-Up Reports, May 25, 2019

    Hi Everybody, Cindy & I saw Hamilton last night & it was amazing! We spent the day today exploring the Chagall mosaics nearby & the Art Institute of Chicago. Dinner at the Italian Village was very satisfying. Cindy said it reminded her of a meal she had in Florence when they visited Italy.

    I drove us up from St. Louis, so I have my car. The problem will be parking once I take it out of valet parking here at the hotel. I'm thinking we may attempt public transportation. We're at The Hampton Inn right next to the theater on W. Monroe Street.

    Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!
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    Default Re: Chicago Meet-Up Reports, May 25, 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by matildaben View Post
    Do folks want to meet in the hotel bar around 8:45 or 9?


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    Yes, I will head down there at 8:45 pm.
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    Default Re: Chicago Meet-Up Reports, May 25, 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by Quarry View Post
    Attendees, please post your experiences and photos in this thread.

    Foxbins starts us off on Friday night ...

    Can you move my post too, please?
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    Champaca Absolute, Coromandel, Cuir Impertinent, Eau Lente, LíAir Du Desert Marocain, Mitsouko, Oud Ispahan, Tam Dao, Tea for Two, White Patchouli
    Currently wearing: Coco by Chanel

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    Default Re: Chicago Meet-Up Reports, May 25, 2019

    Iím checked in, Room 605. Itís a cheap room so it has no view, but thatís fine. Will head down to the bar at 8:45.


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    Default Re: Chicago Meet-Up Reports, May 25, 2019

    Foxbins alerted me there are 2 bars. Letís meet at the Coq díOr


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    Default Re: Chicago Meet-Up Reports, May 25, 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by matildaben View Post
    Foxbins alerted me there are 2 bars. Letís meet at the Coq díOr


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    Seriously? Thatís what they named one of their bars?!

    David and I arrived across the street from The Drake around 4:30, hightailed it over to the West Loop where we got on a 2.5-hour waitlist at Au Cheval, had a couple of beers next door at the Lone Wolf, and just enjoyed each otherís company until our table was ready. And then we had one of the best burgers-and-fries meals (with fried eggs, thick-cut peppered bacon, mornay sauce, and garlic aioli) weíve ever had. And a fabulous gin, pineapple, falernum, and something else cocktail. And now I want to die of satiety. But Iím rallying right this second and heading (rolling?) over to join the gals at the Drake.

    Have done zilch perfume-wise, except put on Prada EDP before dinner.

    Oh, and I got carded at the Lone Wolf by the doorman. Iím 49.
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    Default Re: Chicago Meet-Up Reports, May 25, 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by Trilby Lark View Post
    Can you move my post too, please?
    I've moved your post & Quarry's response to this thread.

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    Default Re: Chicago Meet-Up Reports, May 25, 2019

    I’m there now
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    Default Re: Chicago Meet-Up Reports, May 25, 2019

    FYI I brought decanting supplies.



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    Default Re: Chicago Meet-Up Reports, May 25, 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by matildaben View Post
    FYI I brought decanting supplies.



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    Very impressive! It's like a scene from Breaking Bad.


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    Default Re: Chicago Meet-Up Reports, May 25, 2019

    I've unstuck the original thread & made this report thread a sticky for this weekend.

    Looking forward to reading all the meet-up reports!

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    Default Re: Chicago Meet-Up Reports, May 25, 2019

    I just got done putting together a handful of 3ml larger spray vial samples of my own stuff to share since I don't have any smaller 1ml dabbed vials...so I'm glad to see your decanting supplies matildaben! I'm bringing Pina, Mysore Lime and my newest which is a sort of crossover between Amouage Tribute Attar and Norma Kamali Incense...you'll be the first to try it if you like.

    Looking forward to tomorrow!

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    Default Re: Chicago Meet-Up Reports, May 25, 2019

    Forecast looks good after all!
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    Default Re: Chicago Meet-Up Reports, May 25, 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by Quarry View Post
    Forecast looks good after all!
    I was just going to post the same thing! The fragrance gods are smiling upon us.


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    > Gold Medal for "Outstanding Book of the Year" in Independent Publisher Book Awards
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    > A Greater Monster named a "Top 10 Book of 2012" by Common Ills blog
    > Listed in "10 Hot Chicago Reads for Chilly Nights" on Refinery29.com

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    Default Re: Chicago Meet-Up Reports, May 25, 2019

    It's a beautiful morning in Chicago, and the trains are running smoothly.




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    > Gold Medal for "Outstanding Book of the Year" in Independent Publisher Book Awards
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    > A Greater Monster named a "Top 10 Book of 2012" by Common Ills blog
    > Listed in "10 Hot Chicago Reads for Chilly Nights" on Refinery29.com

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    Default Re: Chicago Meet-Up Reports, May 25, 2019

    I'm at Merz early...they are getting ready for our visit. There's plenty of available street parking for anyone driving.




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    > Gold Medal for "Outstanding Book of the Year" in Independent Publisher Book Awards
    > National Indie Excellence Book Award finalist
    > A Greater Monster named a "Top 10 Book of 2012" by Common Ills blog
    > Listed in "10 Hot Chicago Reads for Chilly Nights" on Refinery29.com

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    Default Re: Chicago Meet-Up Reports, May 25, 2019

    I’m excited to read/see the highlights!

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    Default Re: Chicago Meet-Up Reports, May 25, 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by matildaben View Post
    FYI I brought decanting supplies.



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    Don’t get pulled over!!! Haha

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    Default Re: Chicago Meet-Up Reports, May 25, 2019

    Thread needs more photos.
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    Default Re: Chicago Meet-Up Reports, May 25, 2019

    What’s the name of your new scent rynegne? Sounds good!

    I agree, we need more photos. :-)

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    Default Re: Chicago Meet-Up Reports, May 25, 2019

    It's called Ash & Rose. It's not on my site yet but will be soon. A few basenotes got to smell it today and it was well received

    I'm sitting on the Metra train home about to leave the station. I was on the fence earlier debating if I should go or not with the rain settling in the burbs. But I'm so glad I did because it was beyond nice meeting everyone! What a wonderful community to be a part of...HUGE THANKS to Quarry and Juxtapozbliss for the help in setting everything up!

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    What’s the name of your new scent rynegne? Sounds good!

    I agree, we need more photos. :-)

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    Default Re: Chicago Meet-Up Reports, May 25, 2019

    C'mon y'all -- put down those bottles, kick off your shoes, put your feet up and DISH!

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    Default Re: Chicago Meet-Up Reports, May 25, 2019

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    Yes, yes we are! Donít be fooled by that Reflection Man! Heís wonderful to start but give him a while & heíll turn on you.


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    Default Re: Chicago Meet-Up Reports, May 25, 2019

    Ryan, I shared my sample of Ash & Rose with my sister.....she loves it! I knew she would.
    (The sample spray went all Ďsplody on her. She smells amaaazing!)


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    Default Re: Chicago Meet-Up Reports, May 25, 2019

    So glad you're both enjoying it! It was a pleasure sharing it with you all first literally nobody else has smelled it yet.

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    Ryan, I shared my sample of Ash & Rose with my sister.....she loves it! I knew she would.
    (The sample spray went all Ďsplody on her. She smells amaaazing!)


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    Default Re: Chicago Meet-Up Reports, May 25, 2019

    Cindy Williams & me at Merz. First stop of the day. Mimosas & scones plus lots of fragrance lines Iíve never tried.
    They were very welcoming at Merz Apothecary. Highly recommended.



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