Passing Fancies ~ January 2020


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Happy 2020 and Year of the Rat! I’m doing this list a little later in the month than usual. What have you been up to lately?

Reading: Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser.

Audio: I just realized that WNYC’s “American Standards” has a streaming channel. How did I not know this?!

Video: Season 3 of The Crown. Some really outstanding actors in this season, including the ones who portray Prince Charles and Princess Anne.

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The Perfumes of Anna Sui: A Conversation with Perfumer Jerome Epinette


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In the lobby at MAD

If you’re a regular reader here, you’ll already know that I’ve been making the most of the exhibition “The World of Anna Sui” at the Museum of Arts and Design by visiting the show multiple times and attending related lectures and films.

On December 7th I went up to MAD for “The Art of an Anna Sui Scent,” a conversation between Anna Sui and perfumer Jérome Epinette. Here are a few photos and notes from that event…

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Screen Time: Amy Sedaris’s Good Scents



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My husband and I recently watched Season 1 of The Mandalorian (highly recommended!) and we enjoyed Amy Sedaris’s guest appearance as Peli Motto, a spacecraft mechanic who ends up temporarily caring for “Baby Yoda.”

Watching Amy just for a few minutes, and remembering how much I like her work, made me wonder what her taste in perfume might be…

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Upcoming Talk with SASS in NYC!


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On February 10, I’ll be giving a short talk at Caveat NYC for SASS‘s February event, Love Stinks.

My talk is titled “Aphrodite’s Aromas” and it’s a look back at several legends of love, lust, and scent. You can find further details and a link to registration here on the SASS Tumblr!

Image: William Blake Richmond, Venus and Anchises, 1889-90.

The Art of Perfume Advertising: Bourjois Mais Oui (1971)


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Bourjois is remembered today primarily as the brand behind affordable but high-quality fragrances like best-selling Evening in Paris (Soir de Paris), launched in 1928. Another pre-war release was Mais Oui (launched in 1938, no longer in production). Mais Oui’s bottle featured a flirtatious fan-shaped cap and a twist of two-sided, pink-and-blue ribbon.

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Year in Review: My Top-Read Posts of 2019

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Another year gone by! I didn’t blog as often as I would have liked during 2019 — there were some gaps in my posting schedule when I was busy with other “extracurricular” activities like preparing for my Brooklyn Brainery classes or was just tired from some extra-busy spells at work — but I did what I could, and I enjoyed it, and I thank you all for reading along!

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