Passing Fancies ~ September 2022

Reading: I just finished Alan Bennett’s The Uncommon Reader, in honor of the Queen’s passing. And I’m back to Eve Babitz, with Slow Days, Fast Company.

Audio: I’m also reading a biography of George Michael and I keep going over to Spotify to play the songs that it mentions. Memories!

Video: Yellowjackets. I’m late to the party on this one. And the Van der Valk mysteries on PBS.

Tr(eats): Fresh figs. Superlative autumn soups (white bean and pumpkin!) from our favorite bakery/eatery.

Drinks: Chamomile tea in the evening. (I’m currently getting over a cold and trying not to mix alcohol with Nyquil!) Coffee breaks at Villager during the week.

Beauty Products: My current favorite hair combo is LUSH: Seanik shampoo bar and American Cream conditioner. I’ve been using Weleda Skin Food “Light” on my face as a final step at bedtime and it feels like a great product for the shift into cooler weather. A full bottle of Dawn Spencer Hurwitz’s Rosé, which I don’t even want to mention because it feels like it was made for me.

Garb: Anna Sui just released a new bag collaboration with Kipling, so…

Pleasures:  A fragrance event that was also a reunion with some old friends. Rotating back to my fall wardrobe — perfumes and candles as well as clothing. New notebooks. A new phone — I was at least two years overdue for an upgrade.

Plans: A perfume talk and some family-related travel. A new scent-related project at work (stay tuned!). More writing? And I probably won’t be dressing up for Halloween, but I’ll enjoy seeing all the local decorations and handing out some treats to the local kids.

Image: Irene Fawkes, September (detail), 1928. The Victoria and Albert Museum.


  1. I’ll be checking out The Uncommon Reader too! My current books are Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell and Frankenstein. I just started the former, which was a blind buy based on Piranesi. When I found it on the shelf I had a spontaneous burst of happiness that it was so long – more of Susanna Clarke’s style is what I’m hoping for! Inquiring Minds would love to read a review from you of DSH Rose after you said *that* much. 😄. Treats are last of the garden okra, tomatoes and Lima beans.


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