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  1. Re: 2008 New Year's resolution thread - support group?

    Welcome to everyone new for 2009.

    AnnaSa, I like your idea about wearing the samples and then reviewing in writing how it went over a few days.

    That would be difficult for me to put into...
  2. Re: 2008 New Year's resolution thread - support group?

    Well, lasciv, the vast majority of issued credit cards have a limit.

    The problem can escalate when there are no significant monetary limits and you need to impose your own non-monetary ones. ...
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    Yeah, this hobby can quickly turn to compulsion and it is sobering when that awareness occurs.

    As alluded to in an earlier post, it is possible to appreciate art (be it in the form of a painting,...
  4. Re: 2008 New Year's resolution thread - support group?

    No, not crazy. It is freeing not to be controlled by wants. Your line of thinking is exactly what the advertisers expect to happen: " With this magic potion, I will be a femme fatale. So edgy, so...
  5. Re: 2008 New Year's resolution thread - support group?

    Maybe the guard was thinking "she sprayed the BO and she looks nauseous, I'd better run for the sawdust".

    Excellent work, Frenchie Day! I think your life will be every bit as happy and fulfilled...
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    Either way for me, too.

    Plumeria, do you have a preference where to have our 2009 meetings?
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    Hi Frenchie Day - there is a "groups" section on Basenotes - perhaps we should move our 2009 meetings over there? What do you think?

    There is a group over there addicted to sampling...I don't...
  8. Re: 2008 New Year's resolution thread - support group?

    Plumeria -

    Cologne du 68 is wonderful and you are lucky to own it! You made an absolutely great purchase under pressure (beauty event at Bergdorfs, no less) and having not even sampled - I'm...
  9. Re: 2008 New Year's resolution thread - support group?

    Just wanted to check in and see how everyone is doing.

    I purchased a sampler pack of frag products, three dept store designer frags by Annick Mennardo (sp?), two older Kenzo frags, and I'm getting...
  10. Re: 2008 New Year's resolution thread - support group?

    Agree about Carnal Flower - I do like the smell, but don't find it very wearable. Also agree about going back to one's past - personally, I've not had success with that.

    If tuberose is giving...
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    Frenchie Day - have you tried Carnal Flower by Malle and Tubereuse by L' Artisan? You mention giving away many tuberose scents - does that mean you're over them at this point? Were those among the...
  12. Re: 2008 New Year's resolution thread - support group?

    LOL!!

    Yes, I'm in better shape this year as a result of that strategy. Only my exercises of choice have been running and tennis!
  13. Re: 2008 New Year's resolution thread - support group?

    Renaissance Man's advice is excellent. When you have a wishlist, try hard to find a small sample to purchase. I think you'll find that in the vast majority of cases, you will not want a full bottle...
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    I think you bought it for all the right reasons.

    When you come full circle with this hobby and begin recovery, I think that the exclusives and niche and wishlist issues lose their hold, so to...
  15. Re: 2008 New Year's resolution thread - support group?

    Done.
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    It's a good idea to make absolutely sure you don't want the frags in your life - that can take me a year or so to determine!

    Okay, I'm so disgusted with myself. I made an impulse purchase at - I...
  17. Re: 2008 New Year's resolution thread - support group?

    So, tell me, what is the "best" way to let go of all these frags. Least hassle in terms of time and at least a modest bang for the buck - I'm guessing charitable donation and take a tax deduction? ...
  18. Re: 2008 New Year's resolution thread - support group?

    Plumeria -
    Glad to hear that it will continue to be available; that takes a lot of pressure off.

    Confession time: I made a purchase a few weekends ago, but I am rationalizing it. I emptied a 10...
  19. Re: 2008 New Year's resolution thread - support group?

    Yes, that absolutely counts. Good job.
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    Plumeria - just read your post about the going out of business situation; I believe that is a time to break your no-buy rule and get what you wear and like - it might be difficult to find in a year...
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    Schachman - interesting point about scent gender differences as they "read" now vs a decade ago, I hadn't considered that before, but once I read your comment, it totally makes sense. And I agree,...
  22. Re: 2008 New Year's resolution thread - support group?

    Very good point, plumeria - the difference between transient excitement at smelling something new - or different from what you usually wear - vs "being absolutely floored". I need to seriously...
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    FD: I actually have bounced back toward dept store (even drugstore!) perfumes. My four purchases since January have ranged from exclusive boutique to Rite Aid (local drugstore). I have all but...
  24. Re: 2008 New Year's resolution thread - support group?

    I've purchased four fragrances. Once that initial purchase arrived from that phone call, it just kind of opened the door for more frags to enter my life. That was a great learning experience - now...
  25. Re: 2008 New Year's resolution thread - support group?

    Nice first purchase for the year! Yes, a year is a long way to go, but at least our purchases will be well thought out and well loved once they are acquired. I'm sure that is the case for the LHB. ...
  26. Re: 2008 New Year's resolution thread - support group?

    I've decided not to return it because it's a favorite and I wear it a lot. I may need to count it as the March purchase. That isn't too distressing, actually.
  27. Re: 2008 New Year's resolution thread - support group?

    Hi sucrose,

    You are so right about knowing and managing weaknesses and planning ahead for those situations. Clearly, I haven't applied this to perfume purchases, but it's time to do so.
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    You were in Seattle? Was your tough shopping experience at Parfumerie Nasreen in the Alexis Hotel, by any chance? That can be a difficult place to browse without feeling pressured. The department...
  29. Re: 2008 New Year's resolution thread - support group?

    "Enjoy the purchase and don't answer the phone for a while ;-)))"

    Ha! A reality check: when the SA is calling frequently to "see if I need anything".... I mean, yikes, kind of sobering.
    ...
  30. Re: 2008 New Year's resolution thread - support group?

    Thank you, Frenchie Day. This is overall a good purchase for me, but I don't like the timing. March 22 was my goal and I didn't make it. It's not like I'm going to use the rest of the open bottle...
  31. Re: 2008 New Year's resolution thread - support group?

    I kind of blew it - a few days ago I purchased a backup bottle of a favorite scent, which I'm half way through. Actually, the SA called me - I've been trying to avoid his calls, which come about...
  32. Re: 2008 New Year's resolution thread - support group?

    That is my goal as well: a change in buying habits - with habit being the operative word. No thought, no analysis, just "auto-pilot" usually based on someone else's perceptions. I need to halt...
  33. Re: 2008 New Year's resolution thread - support group?

    Yes, waiting to be able to purchase is annoying. I look at it like this: even if I breakdown and purchase more than 3 or 4 times this year (even double that), at least the waiting makes me really...
  34. Re: 2008 New Year's resolution thread - support group?

    "I'm not a collector, I've simply been looking for that "perfect" scent for me. I think I've found those few scents that fit the bill."

    Me, too. I still sample, but honestly don't enjoy it all...
  35. Re: 2008 New Year's resolution thread - support group?

    It's a recent desire after chatting with a friend whose opinion I trust. So, not quite out of the blue, but close. I've never had a sample or decant of it to try out on consecutive days, so I would...
  36. Re: 2008 New Year's resolution thread - support group?

    I'm tempted to purchase Paloma Picasso. Very, very tempted. I've only tested at a department store.
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    "I look forward to reading about whether any of your samples make the cut. Also, reducing the size of your wardrobe, where each decision is well thought out, does not sound like an easy task, and is...
  38. Re: 2008 New Year's resolution thread - support group?

    Oh, I think mojo ebbs and flows....that's been my experience.

    I agree there is more of a demand for diversity and variety now, but I don't think that translates to "nonconformist / less...
  39. Re: 2008 New Year's resolution thread - support group?

    Beachroses, I admit that I have, in the past (and rarely even now) purchased things to build up my identity, including many, many perfumes. I was even going to purchase a car that was to have that...
  40. Re: 2008 New Year's resolution thread - support group?

    "When I say some of my purchases are emotionally driven, I think the cause is an underlying dissatisfaction I have with myself and a misguided attempt to improve or change something about myself."
    ...
  41. Re: 2008 New Year's resolution thread - support group?

    Hi beachroses. I go into the stores if there is a specific scent I want to smell, but rarely to browse.

    "My problem was that I was getting too scattered, I was all over the place and most of the...
  42. Re: 2008 New Year's resolution thread - support group?

    Plumeria, I can totally support your decision not to purchase anything. When you mention making the same mistakes, buying things for the wrong reasons, never exploring each fragrance / sample -...
  43. 2008 New Year's resolution thread - support group?

    Hi everyone!

    I read some of the posts on another thread here and just wanted to see if a New Year's Resolution post would be useful to anyone.

    Over several months, my collection has gone from...
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