Guest Post from Brie in New York
An Ode to Friendship
As I have gotten older I”ve reached the conclusion that the true blessings in my life are the intangibles: love of my family and the wonderful friendships I have forged over the years. This post was inspired by the friendships I have formed with fragrant comrades across the world. Please come join me in my fantastic voyage across the globe through the world wide web.
For over forty years fragrance has been a daily part of my life. All the while very few close to me have completely understood my obsession. Imagine my utter delight when I discovered perfume blogs several years ago: a place to meet up with eccentric perfume obsessed individuals such as myself.
My first stop was the cottage of Barbara Herman-the lyrical writer of Yesterdays Perfume. This shy, reticent woman stood on Barbara’s doorstep for over a year too afraid to leave a comment, lest I be ridiculed by all the knowledgeable perfumistas. When finally I did let my voice be heard Barbara walked me over to the palatial mansion of CaFleureBon which to this day I will always consider to be my first home. Michelyn brought me to the Viennese room, via her blogroll, where I met Olfactoria who invited me to travel with her. And what an adventure it was!
Our first stop is a lush Japanese garden where The Black Narcissus resides. His poetic musings make me laugh and cry. On we go to the NYC kitchen of BaconBiscuit212 where we gorge on Niki’s spicy bacon nougats, violet lollipops and lavender marshmallows. Fully satiated we head south to the lands down under and party hard with Portia and all her fun loving friends . A stop over to New Zealand for cooking peppery food and time travel with my favorite Fragrant Man.
Back to Europe for some perfume blending with a young Irishman who is wise beyond his years. Then off to London for high tea with the dashing and debonaire Mr. Dandy. Finally, back to the States to visit Undina who busily crunches perfume statistics whilst Rusty’s orange paw picks our SOT Evening. Last stop is at the House of Kafkaesque where I snuggle with the Hairy German whilst Kafka pontificates on history,literature and perfume.
After this long and exhausting trip around the world Olfactoria is already planning our trip for tomorrow: Michael in London, Ines in Croatia, and Lanier in my home country. I make us a pot of tea and raise my tea cup in gratitude to all these prolific writers who fragrance my world on a daily basis.
Barbara, Michelyn, Birgit, Neil, Daisy, Portia, Jordan, Liam, Mr. Dandy, Julia and Kafka – I thank you!
And since my mantra will always be perfume, like love and friendship, is meant to be shared I am offering up 8 vials of discontinued/limited edition fragrances from the ecclectic collection of my three children and myself as follows:
Victoria from Victoria’s Secret
Womanswear from Alexander Julian
Egyptian Bergamot Rose from Pacifica
Avalon Juniper from Pacifica
The Artist from the GAP
Un Jardin de Soliel from the limited edition series of Escada
Huit et Huit (an all natural essential oil blend inspired by Jordan River)
Also included will be a sampling of 8 teas in the hope that you will enjoy a cup whilst leisurely perusing these wonderful websites.
Gift Recipients announced April month end, mailed to wherever you are tonight in the Fragrant Universe.
To be eligible for this draw please comment on whether or not friendships have ever developed from your online blogging/commenting.