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This has been a difficult weekend. I couldn't go to the Havocstan event because I was scheduled in for a show. I ended up doing three, all very lucrative, but once again, I have not started my next project, a particularly beautiful one which requires peace and sweetness. It may also require Paris, but I can't see how to manage that right now. The best I can do is try to evoke a romantic vibe...

Roses, I thought, roses.

Scented roses were nowhere to be found, so I took the advice of blackcurrants and ran off to Selfridges to try Jo Malone Red Roses perfume. It was soft, so rich, and intense, a velvety red red rose...

There was also Serge Lutens 'Sa Majeste La Rose,' a rose perfume with green notes that was, um, well, a grassy rose...

There was Stella by Stella McCartney, a pink, sophisticated girlish rose...

There was Ted Baker's Rose, Czeche and Speake's Rose, there were a thousand roses.

Then I tried Jo Malone Wild Fig and Cassis, and felt so happy and free I sprayed it all over myself and ran away into the wind, laughing like a fool. Next time I go into that shop I must buy something, they're beginning to look at me funny.

So clearly the roses I need must be found in a garden or a florists; I think I want white ones and Calla lillies, delicate and melancholy for my story.

But for me, I want to smell like a crazy shaking fig tree!

PS if anyone can tell me why my HTML coding isn't working, I'd be very grateful xx


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Jan. 19th, 2009 11:49 am (UTC)
It looks as though you have written up the LJ User tag incorrectly and that has baffled the rest. Put that right and you should be away!

On other business, I haven't had chance to annotate the text yet, but I'll send you sdomething midweek if that's OK?
Jan. 19th, 2009 12:07 pm (UTC)
Cheers, I've moved around the spaces but it doesn't seem to be changing! I am completely baffled, must have missed something really obvious...

Re other stuff, whenever is good, looking forward to it:-)
Jan. 19th, 2009 12:14 pm (UTC)
Have you missed out the quotation marks either side of blackcurrants? There should be no gaps between the brackets, = sign, or words except between LJ and User.

[LJ User="blackcurrants"] substituting "<" and ">" for the square brackets.

Edited at 2009-01-19 12:14 pm (UTC)
Jan. 19th, 2009 12:47 pm (UTC)
I feel as though I've eaten crazy beans! I think I've got the formatting right, but nothing is changing! My head hurts x
Jan. 19th, 2009 12:54 pm (UTC)
Me too. I'm out of ideas. Is there an html tab on the 'post' window that you may have turned off inadvertently?
Jan. 19th, 2009 01:00 pm (UTC)
Uh...that would appear to be it. Thank you Maestro!
Jan. 19th, 2009 01:20 pm (UTC)
Yay for caddyman!

also (snuggles)

Jan. 19th, 2009 02:55 pm (UTC)
oh! Yes! I love the wild fig and cassis!
But then I love anything, anything at all that smells or tastes at all of blackcurrants. And it does, but without being sticky.

I have got to get you one of these http://www.highlifeshop.com/p-51-jo-malone-fragrance-combining-coffret.aspx so we can talk about it endlessly. Mmmn.
Jan. 19th, 2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
Well now, here is the thing, while I don't mind blackcurrants I'm not bowled over by them, though I do like the scent of their buds and leaves in perfumes...Ralph Lauren's Notorious has blackcurrent notes, and my nearest fan of all things blackcurrant, larians can't get enough of it on me. But in the Malone version, it just seems to cut nicely across the figs, keeping the scent really fresh and woody and non cloying. I am in love!
Jan. 19th, 2009 04:24 pm (UTC)
PS You mustn't buy me thr combit, or I'll never leave the house again, I'll just wander round smelling my wrist! Glorious!

Edited at 2009-01-19 04:24 pm (UTC)
Jan. 19th, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
I think you're safe, as I am not flying BA any time soon. But it's sooo heavenly!

And I agree re: the smell of the bush (fnarr fnarr) rather than the smell of the actual fruit. yes. I quite agree. A blackcurrant thicket on a hot summer's day reminds me of being a child, and being on summer holidays, and all things wonderful.
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