Scent of a Woman

 

I think fragrance is an essential part of how you present your self, a piece of the complete picture people see. I certainly don’t condone swathing yourself in something that anyone at twenty paces can smell, rather it is like a little reward for those that you allow close enough to you to catch a hint of. Since smell is such a powerful way to catalogue and evoke memories, it should be a priority in any woman’s beauty and fashion choices.

Around Christmas-time I ran out of one of my choice perfumes, Covet by Sarah Jessica Parker. I also wear Lovely and tend to save it for the warmer months. But, with an empty bottle in my possession, I decided that I would replace it with a new fragrance. But, what to choose? I went out the week before Christmas (bad idea) and tried to find myself a new scent that was “me”. Other than the amusing show of watching two young guys attempt to help each other buy perfume for their girlfriends, the shopping trip was a total bust. I gave up, discouraged, and have continued to stare at that empty bottle on my dresser for four months.

So, here I am with Spring beckoning me to try something new, and I think I’ve got my choices narrowed down to a few. While I’d like to have a bottle of each, I think I’ll just go with one new fragrance for now.

 

Donna Karan Cashmere Mist

 

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle

 

Chanel Chance Eau Tendre

 

Marc Jacobs Lola

I am enamored with perfume, and so the idea of finding a new sensory identity is rather exciting to me. And one of the reasons I’d like to have a collection of scents to choose from is so that I can decide “who do I want to be today”. And I kind of love that.

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Tea at the Arboretum

TRSG 10th Anniversary Tea

On Saturday, in honor of my needlework guild’s tenth anniversary, I attended Afternoon Tea at the Dallas Arboretum. It turned out to be a gorgeous day, even with the threat of a spring rain. Of course, the Arboretum is lovely this time of year with bursts of color everywhere you look. I arrived early to help set out gift bags and other goodies. We’ve been planning this tea for months, so it was exciting to finally see our efforts come to fruition.

TRSG 10th Anniversary Tea

The room we were in was beautifully appointed and the menu was amazing as well. For our first course, we were served Zucchini Dill Soup with a Cheese Wafer. This was delicious. I would have gladly had about four more of these.

TRSG 10th Anniversary Tea

Our first course was accompanied by Watermelon Peach Mango tea.

TRSG 10th Anniversary Tea

And tea was served by a very sweet gentleman in white gloves.

TRSG 10th Anniversary Tea

Our second course was a selection of tea sandwiches including Turkey with Herb Butter on Rosemary Bread and Egg Salad on Onion Bread (top tier), Banana Nut Bread with Cream Cheese and Creamed Cucumber on White Bread (middle tier), and also Chicken Salad on Croissant (bottom tier).

TRSG 10th Anniversary Tea

The sandwiches were no less delicious than the soup and were accompanied by Strawberry Vanilla tea.

Dessert was presented on a three-tiered server as well, and of course I had to have one of each (except the strawberry only landed on my plate for photographic purposes – no allergy attacks here!). Our third course consisted of Pecan Tarts, Petit Fours, Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, Lemon Bars, and Orange Currant Scones with Strawberry Jam (none for me, thank you) and Clotted Cream. The scones were still warm and were absolutely scrumptious paired with the clotted cream.

TRSG 10th Anniversary Tea

Tea for our final course was a choice of Earl Gray or Papaya Hibiscus Herbal. I chose the more exotic of the two, although Earl Gray is a favorite of mine.

TRSG 10th Anniversary Tea

It was a lovely afternoon, and I wished I’d had more time to walk through the gardens while I was there.

TRSG 10th Anniversary Tea

I think high tea could become a habit of mine.

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Four Years

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Each year, the beginning of spring brings with it Easter, warmer weather, everything blooming and mine and Eric’s wedding anniversary. This year marks our fourth anniversary, and according to the list of traditional anniversaries the fourth anniversary is the fruit and flowers anniversary. I’ve attempted to find a gift for Eric each year that holds with that traditional list. For our first anniversary, I made Eric a photo book of our honeymoon (paper). He took the most amazing photos of Rome, that I felt I needed to do something special with them. For our second anniversary, I presented him with our wedding quilt (cotton). It was made out of the blocks we had our wedding guests sign instead of a guest book. And last year, for our third, I gave him a leather-bound Family History book (leather) that I look forward to filling with him. He’s been researching his family’s genealogy since we got married, and I felt it was important for us to begin writing our own history to add to it.

So, what to do for fruit & flowers? I finally opted to purchase something for our home. We’ve recently been reworking our living room and have finally branched out from decorating our home with something more than just the amazing travel photos Eric has taken on our adventures. We both have a love of maps (we even purchased two in the Bahamas which is where he proposed). When I saw this beautiful hand-tinted map, I thought it would be perfect not only for the fourth anniversary, but also as something for our home. Something we could appreciate and enjoy every day, just like each other.

Map of Cuba

And to carry on with our fourth year theme, Eric made dinner reservations for us on Saturday night at Hibiscus. The food was absolutely amazing, and we had such a wonderful evening together. We talked quite a bit about our honeymoon in Rome and wanting to return there someday.

Here’s what we ordered:

Appetizer

Domestic Farmstead Cheeseboard

(with Quince Jam, Local Honey and Sourdough Crostini)

Salad

Burrata & Tomato

(Burrata Mozzarella, marinated red & yellow tomatoes with EVOO)

Entree

Me: 9 oz Prime Tenderloin

(Brown butter asparagus)

Eric: Roasted Liberty Farms Duck Breast

(Grilled sweet corn and bing cherry sauce)

Dessert

Panna Cotta Crisp

We also had drinks with our appetizer and then some exquisite wine with our salads and dinner. Everything was heavenly, and while I hear the deep dish macaroni and cheese is the best, I was very happy with everything I ordered. It was a special treat and one I’m so thankful for.
And Eric bought me a little something I’ve been wanting for awhile…

Nine

We had such a lovely anniversary, and I can hardly believe four years have gone by. We still get anniversary cards from many of the sweet friends and family that attended our wedding. Our wedding must be a sweet remembrance for them as well, which really makes me smile.

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