Friday, October 28, 2011

A Treasury of Vintage Perfumes

I don't know how many of you are interested in vintage perfumes, but I find them quite fascinating!  Since I model many of my handmade perfumes after vintage ones, I'm always trying to read up on perfumes of the past, from the 1920s through the 1940s, especially.  Therefore, when I found the blog Yesterday's Perfume, I was quite overjoyed.  What a gem!  Not only is there a list off to the side of specific perfumes with the date of their debut, but each one has a review, a bit of information on the creation of the perfume, what scents star in it, and--my favorite--vintage perfume advertisements!

This blog will be such a wonderful source of information and inspiration for my perfuming.  If you are a"vintage perfumaniac" like me, visit Yesterday's Perfume!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Halloween and Perfumes

Wow!  It has been a while.  Don't worry--I have lots of plans for more of those vintage-friendly lipstick posts!  It's just getting difficult, being autumn, to get out on an ideal sunny day to take photos when I'm not occupied with something else.

I have some news I am pretty excited about!  I finally have a website for my perfumes!  I supposed I ought to have gotten a website a while back, but I'm glad I at last seized the opportunity and created one.  Now maybe my business will pick up!  I still have a lot of photos to add, so it is a work in progress.  You can view it here:

As has become my yearly custom, I've been reading a lot of ghost stories over the last month or so!  This is just the perfect time of year to read them; it adds to the mysterious spookiness of the season.  People say you outgrow Halloween, but is that really so?  Can you really outgrow it if you have always loved it?  Halloween is one of my favorite "holidays."  Anyway, this year I have read some great ghost stories by E.F. Benson, particularly one called "The Room in the Tower."  I read another, "The Tower," by Marghanita Laski that left a lot to the imagination--and that's what it's all about!  Recently I found a book, The Haunted Looking Glass: Ghost Stories Chosen by Edward Gorey.

It is also illustrated by Edward Gorey, whose work I have learned to appreciate and enjoy, particularly in relation to the ghost story field.  In the above book, there unfortunately is no story entitled "The Haunted Looking Glass," but it is a nice collection, nevertheless.  My absolute favorite collection of supernatural tales is entitled Hauntings: Tales of the Supernatural, edited by Henry Mazzeo, also illustrated by Gorey.  I believe the book is out of print; I snatched it from a pile of books my grandmother planned to send off to Goodwill years ago.  :)

What are everyone's plans for Halloween?  Do many of you celebrate or do anything festive?  I would love to hear your plans and costume ideas, if you're dressing up.  I generally dress up and get together with friends every year that I'm able to.  This year I plan to dress as a gypsy.  I've gone as many things in the past, and I'm surprised to realize I've never dressed as a gypsy before.  I was once obsessed with their mystical culture as a child, and I suppose I've never really gotten over it.  ;)