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A very good way of putting it.
Something very different today: Bally Masculin. This is a very soft leather, lavender, bits of vetiver, oakmoss and a sweet, powdery finish. Very nice, so of course they discontinued it.
One of those books that I refuse to touch, on principle.Too many people have never "got" Larsson's books, largely because the title of the first book - "Men Who Hate Women" - was changed with the English translation. The series is about the abuse of women, and when Lisbeth gets her day in court in book 3, that's when Larsson has made his political point. There is nothing to "continue", but there is an interesting character to rip off and make more money out of.Larsson was...
I bought it off an eBay seller who sells airline memorabilia, so I think it was probably a 1st class or business class gift box. I have another one with a bottle of vintage Equipage in it.
Today is a mystery scent. A while ago I acquired this vintage set of three Rochas fragrances. I'm certain that the one on the left is Macassar, which I compared to the maker's mini on the extreme left. I thought that the middle one might be Moustache, but the colour is all wrong. So today I wore the third one, with Moustache on the other wrist to compare. They started out similarly, but Mystery started to diverge a bit during the day. It also faded quicker than Moustache,...
Vintage Rochas Moustache today. The only decent moustache I have ever had, as people who've seen my Movember efforts will affirm. Really good for autumn this; a citrusy opening but later developing lavender, honey and vanilla. Still on my wrist 15 hours after spraying it on.
[[SPOILER]] 24. The Bricks That Built the HousesThe Bricks That Built the Houses by Kate TempestMy rating: 4 of 5 starsAward-winning rapper, award-winning poet, collaborator with the Royal Shakespeare Company, all before turning 30. Whatever Kate Tempest produced by way of a first novel, it was bound to attract attention.Derived in part from songs on her album Everybody Down, The Bricks That Built The Houses is a rattling yarn centred on Harry, a petite gay drug-dealer,...
Vintage Macassar today. This lasted very well, at least 11 hours. I don't know that I experienced it as a huge leather, and the drydown has more of piney scent with maybe some powdery musk.
Aunty Jane's wooden brolly. (Actually my wife's great-great-aunt, who was born in the19th century). Made in Britain maybe up to 100 years ago, restored by a Chilean artisan called Alicia Mora. Alicia is the only person still making umbrellas in Australia. The top pictures are the brolly as we found it when cleaning out our Nyah house. The bottom row shows Alicia's restoration.
Cheap way to get an Equus belt, despite the $A. Went to their clearance page and bought a replacement leather strap in my size, black Sedgwick leather, 1.25", using the SF discount code. Took it down to the belt guy at the Camberwell market and got him to fit a nickel buckle. $80 the lot.
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