This ‘N That ‘N Extra Violet Ida

So this weekend was Satisfaction right here in Los Angeles, and for the primary time since Covid it was again in (virtually) full power. Satisfaction is widely known (principally) in West Hollywood, the place they shut down a stretch of the boulevard for the weekend for a avenue competition, live performance, and parade. Grace Jones appeared at one of many reveals (and I want I’d gone to that one) and there have been varied different concert events and actions and varied bars and golf equipment and dignitaries and teams with floats within the parade. I don’t go to it (although the parade is virtually at my door) as a result of I don’t like crowds, I don’t like noise, and I don’t drink. No noisy, boozy crowds are sort of a no-go for me. There at all times appears to be one thing on the parade or competition that can ship that Twittersphere into paroxysms of righteous indignation: this yr a float within the parade was a truck within the mattress of which was a leather-clad man miming flogging one other leather-clad man on his naked butt. I solely noticed this as a result of it got here up on some web site as a result of folks had been shocked, SHOCKED, I let you know that this was taking place on the Satisfaction parade. The place there might need been youngsters. My response was extra to ask the flogee what his train routine and moisturizer model was, since his butt was enviously toned and the flesh flawless and creamy clean (why he’d let that be sullied by even direct daylight, a lot much less lash marks I do not know.)

Truthfully, am I below reacting right here? It’s 2023 and except you could have been dwelling below a rock you need to know that Satisfaction in West Hollywood isn’t simply going to be males in caftans knitting rainbow tea cozies: it’s going to have some folks in varied states of undress, ingesting. You don’t go to Mardi Gras and stand gape-jawed on Bourbon Road that there are ladies exhibiting their boobies for beads or folks weaving (or worse) below the affect of their third Hurricane. Or if you happen to do, you don’t get on Twitter and demand one thing BE DONE about it. It isn’t a theme park, so cease anticipating Homosexual Nation Safari or do as I do and keep dwelling.

So whereas the parade (actually) handed me by I made a decision to re-read a guide I cherished however hadn’t learn in years: “I’ll Take It” by Paul Rudnick. It’s the story of a younger Manhattanite who’s roped right into a household street journey together with his mom and two aunts to see the leaves change in New England. Nicely, that’s the official cause. The Esker sisters are inveterate customers. Procuring is like respiratory to them, and in the event that they discover a place that has oxygen at 50% off, you’d be loopy to not fill up, proper? What Joe doesn’t know however he and his Aunts are about to search out out is that his Mother has give you a scheme: in an effort to redecorate the lounge she goes to rob L.L. Bean. It’s a candy and hilarious book- a prefect summer season learn by the person who wrote “Addams Household Values”. On the finish you’ll want you had these women as your Aunts- definitely Aunt Ida when it’s time to purchase a brand new automotive. And the hardcover at Amazon or Thriftbooks is offered used for below $4 (on the time of this writing) so it’s an Esker-sized cut price.

Nicely, I’ve Been sporting Violet Ida for per week (virtually) solely and I’m nonetheless on the fence. It simply refuses to be what I’m anticipating of it- it’s not a shy bunch of violets. It’s a giant, rooty honking iris sitting in a creamy vanilla pudding with a sprinkling of candied violets on the highest and a powdery end, like some dessert at a restaurant who will serve you truffled tater-tots or an iceberg wedge salad with essentially the most scrumptious blue cheese dressing ever- I’m having fun with it however on some degree surprise if I’m being punked. It additionally at all times has that lingering play-doh presence, that I’m really starting to love. It’s a massive scent as well- I did get a number of folks touch upon it from throughout the room and I’m not an over-applier, particularly when I’m going to be in public. It’s not obtrusive or in any approach objectionable (folks loved it) but when you will be in a room with individuals who object to fragrance of any type, be cautious.

So, ultimate verdict? Good, however not for me. $185 for 100ML is just about free today and each Miller Harris and Give up to Likelihood has samples in case you are interested- my pattern was from StC and decently sized and I feel shall be sufficient of this one for me.

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