Full floral mode

Spring in full swing has sprung on me gifts of a histamine haze and a bout of the travel bug. The former, courtesy of seasonal allergies that were miserable enough to make me take time off work and reschedule social plans, seems to have passed for the most part—naps, rain washing away some pollen, and a new air purifier have helped. The latter is being medicated with small trips while we look into making some plans.

The cherry blossoms have come and gone and tulips are the future, by way of some very lemony-smelling star magnolias.

Cherry blossoms
Curly tulips

I’ve also moved from green to full floral mode in choosing perfumes to wear each day. Flirty, fruity rose number Rêve d’Escapade by Givenchy is as well suited for a day of window shopping as for an afternoon outing to the beach (even if it was still too chilly and windy to stay long).

08 Une Rose Chyprée by Tauer Perfumes has also gotten a surprising amount of wear recently—surprising to me only because the ambery cinnamon overtones suggest winter holiday treats; but the citrus, mossy, and rose notes as well as the rooibos tea–like overall effect cool this perfume back down to something quite comfortable in spring weather.

Lys 41 by Le Labo is one I consider to be a power floral, a creamy white tuberose with no sharp edges whatsoever, yet commanding in its shimmering smoothness. I fell asleep wearing this one day and it kept wafting itself into my consciousness, which was oddly reassuring every time my nap got interrupted.

More to come, soon.

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