Monthly Archives: November 2017

I have written endless perfume posts, some venturing into that of the carnal, esoteric and forbidden. Because perfumes are all of those and so much more. A quality fragrance will smell like sun drenched skin, the peculiar scent of ozone, with deep notes of civet, amber and musk. And a good perfume will age with grace, dignity yet revealing depths you can’t recall since you last cracked open the bottle. TABU is one such fragrance, originating from 1932 by the legendary perfumer Jean Carles who famously was told by his contractor (Dana) to “make a perfume a prostitute would wear”. I can’t attest to if it’s living up to its ideals, but it certainly is a perfume that is worn best with silk and lace under the glow of candlelit chandeliers and classical music.

Should you ever look for good quality vintage perfumes in Haarlem, then make sure to stop by the obscure but lovely perfume store “Perfumes of the Past”. Caron, Schiaparelli, Lanvin and of course Dana are all on the menu. You won’t be disappointed.

We might have a hectic schedule, rendering precious little family time, but luckily Sinterklaas and his helpers haven’t forgotten us. A few more weeks and it starts looking like Christmas. Can’t wait!

kids were happy 🙂

In my lunch break, having the last gazpacho soup I could find in the supermarket before winter sets in. It’s been such a hectic week and it’s not a secret I’m counting down the days and weeks until Christmas and New Year. But work has plenty of gems too. Last night saw an interesting reading from Coalition for Defense at Sociëteit de Witte. This weekend however is less gilt-edged, as I am preparing the action list for the coming days, it will most like constitute of catching up on emails, plans and preparing for an upcoming business trip. Happy Weekend!

The magnifique entrance

Still life before the reading commence

I’m not sure where she got the piracy tendencies from, but it looks great (especially since it’s from my own collection ;).

hun you look gorgeous….but please bring back the trousers and the bag x

It’s one of those weekends which is much needed! I started it off yesterday late afternoon with a stroll in the woods followed by dinner at restaurant Groenendaal. All was so peaceful and quiet and it provided opportunity to pause and breath in the autumn air. This weekend is reserved for work at the fireplace, but thinking about it I might just repeat yesterday’s excursion.

the woods are surprisingly still very green

with even the odd flower blooming

elsewhere autumn has left its signature

such as this gorgeous tree mushroom

and a soft blanket of leaves