Thursday, June 1, 2017

Band of Bloggers: Volume 18, June 2017


Toes in the water, sunshine on the skin, evenings spent watching blinking fireflies or brilliant fireworks, all the little indulgences that only summer can bring. As it's arriving soon (in the northern hemisphere), for June, we want to know the special ways you indulge during the summer months. Any activities you look forward to? For some, it involves dodging bugs to searching for respite from soaring temps. But for everyone it means longer daylight hours. What is your summer indulgence?



Summer indulgences include breaking out the old ice cream maker, turning on the sprinklers for the girls to frolic through and finding any body of water to swim in and beat the heat. Being a teacher allows me to hang out with my husband (who usually works from home) and girls so it is a cherished time of year for me. Even Adam awaits it with baited breath because we can all turn our alarm clocks off and sleep in (which admittedly is only until about 7 or 8am). I can cook leisurely dinners that normally require several hours to prepare or bake or paint or do household projects. I get to sit at my sewing machine more often or get lost in a huge book series. It takes me back to when I was a stay-at-home mom but without having to hover over toddlers and keep them from choking or pulling the cat's tail or making them sit on the potty every time I turn around. Whew. Toddlers. Plus, naptime. Naps can and will occur during the long hot summer days.

Continuing with gratification, what's the most indulgent fragrance purchase you have ever made or been gifted? A special bottle of perfume, exclusive wax opening, or pricey, fancy pants candle?


This Serge Lutens bell jar in Muscs Koublai Khan is easily my most indulgent perfume purchase to date. It was my souvenir when I first went to NYC with my bestie, NaLonda. At the time, and it may be so still, Barney's in NYC was the only place in the US where these could be purchased so I knew I was going to spring for one of these when I got there. I chose this scent after sampling and left out the door $333 lessened. I love it. I would not hesitate to pick up a second one in a different scent when I head back to NYC in November this year. 

Lastly, how would you indulge if $ was no object? It could be a luxe fragrance you desire, a pampering spa package, a legendary retired scent, etc. What is your dream way to treat yo' self?



If money was no object I would buy the The Box from CB I Hate Perfumes and it would include the rare flowers perfumes at an extra cost too, of course. Every single scent Christopher Brosius has ever created, even limited editions, are included in the box in a 15ml format along with notes and stories and is hand numbered and signed by him. These are made to order and take 4-6 weeks to arrive after ordering so they can curate your box by hand just for you. All of this can be yours for the considerable sum of $12,500. We were dreaming right?

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14 comments:

  1. That Serge Lutens perfume is sooo beautiful!

    Your summers sound so wonderful. I always thought it'd be nice to be a teacher during the summer. :)

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    1. Thanks! I think so too. I love that I have to dab it with the stopper behind my ears. Makes me feel like a vintage pin up a wee bit.

      Summertime is definitely one of the perks of teaching. The kids are great fun but boy can they take some energy to keep up with.

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  2. 12 big ones and you haven't purchased it yet? That's chump change! ;)

    Summer is the same as fall or spring or winter for me. Summers off? I thought hard about it this year....but there are patchouli things to make! <3

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    1. LOL!!! Good Lord. Is it not pure excess?!?! I would never even come close to laying down for that box unless some great windfall of cash came raining down upon my noggin. Now, more realistically there is a Malle Coffrett I would snap up if I could that is a few hundred. Still quite a bit but I can at least save for that.

      Awww... no summer activities? You don't get the tires muddy a little bit more often or hike or take the pups out? But hey. If you are busy making patchouli things I certianly won't stand in your way! :-D

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  3. *Gulp* 12,000! What do they think we are made of, money?! I would love for you to be able to have that one day but wow haha. Maybe it will go on sale.. fingers crossed lol.
    I hope you finally get the relaxing summer you deserve to put your feet up and rest. Sounds like you have many fun adventures ahead of you!

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    1. Right?! I wonder, realistically, how many they have sold. It can't be a whole heck of a lot. I obviously would never be able to purchase this as... well... money IS an object. But there are a few other sets I am eyeing and thinking of saving for.

      Thanks! I think I will this summer. I am ready to grasp it by the horns and take off.

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  4. I remember when I was in school (particularly university) I always had SO MANY things I planned to do just as soon as those killer exams were done for the year. Like, the monster of all summer bucket lists! But it felt so great to have a plan - concrete, loose or whatever - of what I wanted to do, and I couldn't wait to do it once the school stuff was done. It probably feels somewhat similar being a teacher and knowing that you've got the summer to do your thang.

    THAT PERFUME. You are legit, madame, because that is one crazy investment in a scent! I admire your go-big-or-go-home attitude, because why not? :)

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    1. It is exactly like that. I remember after teaching for 5 years and then becoming a stay at home mom, I went through a post-partum depression. In therapy I learned that I had grown so used to having school in my life in some form, that without it, I felt lost as sea. The flow of the school year really resonates with me and fit my scholarly circadian rhythms. Makes me content.
      Right?! I had been saving like mad for it and when my friend and I went in and I bought it I immediately rushed out and she said something to the effect of "hold up! You have been waiting and saving all year to buy that and you just gonna dash in and out?! Get back in there!" So we went back and walked around and took time to enjoy the moment more. I am sure my perfume sounds excessive and it probably is, but I like to think that I work just as hard for my money as most anyone and if I want to spend it on a perfume rather than lunches or coffees or movies or other hobbies then that is where I shall. :-)

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  5. I took that picture! ­čĺť your idea of summer indulgence is a dream! The serge luten bell jar is so stunning and I can't wait to see it upclose in NYC.

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    1. You did! I love it. I hope you carry it on vacation in July. Only 53 more days! I am debating if I want to spring for another bell jar or maybe see what some of the other stores have. But I do like to have an inkling of where I might want to make my big souvenir purchase. Have you been thinking of what you might want to buy to remind you of the trip?

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    2. Honestly, I want a small necklace from Tiffanys... but I'm still thinking. I think I'll look on their website.

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    3. I am too! I definitely will be eyeing the Tiffany's goodies when we are there. <3

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  6. Woo, I knew you would not disappoint in the dream indulgence question, but I was still blown away! I swear I didn't even know stuff like the CB box exists, which can be a good thing so I don't know what I'm missing, it sure is fun to daydream though.
    That Serge Lutens is TO DIE FOR, kudos to you for getting it. I'd love to be able to splurge on such a divine indulgence but can't help feeling I'd be worried about traveling home with it the entire time (I'm a worrywart). Can't wait to see what you pick up on your next visit.
    I'm so with you on educators needing that summer release. Hoping to cook up a few lengthy dinners and home projects myself, here's to a well-earned summer!

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    1. Daydreaming for sure!!! Never in a million years would I buy it but it is fun to briefly consider what it would be like to own it.

      Thanks. It was an insanity purchase but I wanted to commemorate my first trip to the Big Apple with something elegant and that would last a very very long time. I was scared poopless that they would take it away before I got on the plane but it is less than 3 ounces of liquid and was still wrapped in the box. They let me through. Whew.

      Right?! I hope you share some of your dinners and projects! I am going to try and get better about that on here. I have a quilt I need to start and this is a great way to get on it.

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