Throwback Thursday: Ralph Lauren’s Lauren


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Ralph Lauren fragrances aren’t what they used to be. Long ago, I wore and loved the original Lauren and then Safari. Both were beautiful.

Recently I was remembering a treasured possession of my teen years: a brass atomizer of Lauren (monogrammed, no less!) that had been a gift from my grandmother. I used it until it was empty and I displayed it on my dresser for a long time afterwards…

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Just Because: An Archaic Perfume Bottle


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This small terracotta bottle dates to the mid-6th century B.C.E. and was made on the Greek island of Rhodes. It originally would have held some oil-based perfume. I’m thinking a lot about feet and ankles right now, so I just wanted to share this humorous ancient item.

Enjoy your day and watch your step!

Image: Metropolitan Museum of Art, terracotta aryballos (perfume vase) in the form of a sandaled right foot, 24.97.4


The best-laid plans…


Well, I had a little accident when I was home on Columbus Day: I slipped on the stairs (at home), took a tumble, and broke my ankle. I’ll have to stay off that leg for the next four weeks or so. Every single little thing is hard to do right now, but friends and family are helping out.

This rules out all my plans for the rest of October and probably much of November, but I just have to follow doctor’s orders…

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Fragrance Firsts in Allure: Oh Really?


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I was reading the September issue of Allure magazine while getting a haircut last month and I did a double-take when I read this paragraph. It’s the opening of a column by perfumer Francis Kurkdjian, titled “Fashion Scents.”

“Chanel no. 5 was the first scent to bear the name of a fragrance house, not a perfumery. And it introduced the concept that fragrance can represent a look or a style. (It also paved the way for dozens of other Chanel fragrances, including the brand-new Gabrielle Chanel.)”

Not quite…

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UPDATED…Upcoming Class: Women in Modern Art [to be rescheduled]


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Update, October 17: Hello! I’ve had to reschedule this class, due to my recent leg injury. I’ll post the new date as soon as it’s confirmed. Sorry, and thanks!

On November 2, I’ll be teaching a one-night class about some lesser-known women artists who were active in New York from the 1920s through the 1940s (and beyond) — O’Keeffe’s contemporaries, if you will.

You can find full information at the Brooklyn Brainery’s website, here!

Image: Peggy Bacon, Frenzied Effort, 1925. Drypoint. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Harriet Brisbane Dick Fund, 26.10.7.