Sunday, August 09, 2009

Today In NYC: Sniffs And Snippets

1. The 3 Hs of NYC summer: Hot, Humid and Hazy. If you have curly-wavy hair, the only thing that makes it better is a healthy sense of humor.

2. Giorgio Armani lipstick, ArmaniSilk, lasts forever. And the Manta Ray collection for fall 2009 looks a lot better than I originally thought. Note to self: Find your perfect shade.

3. Tested the new Serge Lutens perfume, Fille en Aiguilles, at Barneys and loved it. I was reminded of a hard candy I bought years ago at the Manhattan branch of French food temple, Fauchon (sadly closed). It had pines and honey and had something camphorous about it that made it ideal on stuffy nose days. It dries down to sweet frankincense and is still very much there as I'm typing this, six hours later. The husband disliked it at first. He smelled bitter orange marmalade, but after the first couple of hours had to admit Fille en Aiguilles is beautiful.

4. While at Barneys, I wanted to smell a good incense note for comparison. Sprayed Heeley Cardinal, a fragrance that didn't excite me before (and I've gone through three or four sample vials in my attempts to get it). Talk about hitting the spot. I might need a bottle after all.

5. The checked patterns in menswear are cute and have a pleasant nerd-appeal, but I wonder if this trend is going to last as long as the striped shirt did.

6. There were a couple of seriously cute handbags at the window of the Sonia Rykiel boutique (the store is closed on Sundays). I'll need to check the Betty II bag up close. Interesting and no chance at seeing fake copies making the rounds (insert a big rant about people who knowingly buy counterfeited crap and support this arm of organized crime).

7. Perfume in the Jil Sander boutique on Madison: did I spot No. 4? Must go back there during the week and investigate.

Photo by Elliott Erwitt, 1955


  1. You are giving me so many NYC destinations to visit when I make it there in September! I owe my Serge Lutens obsession completely to you. ;)

  2. Meredith, you're going to have a lot of fun. There's nothing like NYC for shopping, food and people-watching.
    And I'm very happy to know I played a role in luring you into the dark side. It smells fabulous over here... :)

  3. I've had the same reaction to Heeley Cardinal, yet I've always thought it should be right up my alley.

    I may need to go for a full-on Cardinal bath to see if it's my long-lost incense love after all.

    And thanks for the tip on the Armani Silk. I ordered Louise one -- I'll let you know if she's suitably impressed. You're batting 1000 with her so far. ;)

  4. Nathan, we can go bathe in Cardinal next week and see how it goes...


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