I know, I know. I'm back! Again! Two weeks in a row!
You're so excited.
You just can't hide it.
You're about to…
...read a blog post. It's a blog post, Diana. It is not the beginning of a full-tilt musical number, no matter what a lifetime of Grease sing-a-longs and special musical episodes of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer and Psych might otherwise lead you to believe.
A girl can dream, can't she?
Let's talk about things that cause me to dream a little, shall we? This EW cover right here is a dream come true. I have been a huge fan of Veronica Mars for a very long time and this movie is something I have literally dreamed of. FN1.
The Veronica Mars pre-sale movie tickets go on sale today so get thee to an online vendor and buy yours now! I would love it if VM ended up having one of the biggest opening weekends at the box office this year so far. It would not only lend credence to the idea that Networks should listen more to fans and critics when they say a show is too good to cancel, but also will support more fan driven reboots negotiations. FN2.
You know why I am such a hardcore VM fan? Yes, it is in part because Veronica Mars might be the most feminist show I've seen on television in the last ten or so years, possibly ever. It's also in part because it is a terrific neo-noir, which is the modernization of my favorite of all story-telling genres.
Their on-again-off-again romance is something you don't see coming until it's happening to them, and to you, the viewer. They are these terribly angry, terribly hurt, terribly sad people who manage to show each other protection and kindness despite every reason not to, and that kindness is enough to break through. While I was never like that - never hard or resistant to love, more inclined to race toward the cliff with both arms flung wide like I couldn't possibly hit the ground, no matter how many times I fell -- I love the idea that two people can accidentally fall into each other, through one another's walls, and unexpectedly change each other's lives forever.
Finding a new perfume you love is sometimes like that. You're going along, ho hum, boring floral here, repetitive aquatic there, and then something comes along that surprises you. That's what happened when I tried Naomi Goodsir Bois d'Ascese.
Naomi Goodsir Bois d'Ascese is described by Luckyscent as:
A meditative swirl of serene incense, intensified by smoked wood. At first, this brings to mind a stark, secluded chapel and a life of plain and simple pleasures. But as it develops, notes of whiskey, tobacco and cinnamon begin to shimmer through the incense, and you start to think that perhaps these pleasures won’t be quite so plain, after all. If you have ever enjoyed a fine Islay Scotch whiskey, such as Lagavulin or Laphroaig, you are familiar with the way the intricacies of smoke and moss add a complicated and enigmatic appeal – harsh and medicinal one moment, mesmerizing the next. The layers of smoked cade wood, oakmoss and whiskey have a similar effect here, as bracing jolts of smoke morph into the airy tranquility of incense, keeping us endlessly intrigued and hopelessly addicted. A starkly elegant fragrance that puts us in a trance.
Notes: tobacco, whiskey, cinnamon, amber, cistus labdanum, oakmoss, smoked cade wood, Somalian incensebrushes on as lemon softness that fades almost immediately into polished woods, aging paper, and a gentle incense blend that reminds me, not of church, but of a grand and incredibly old library. Not a stuffy library, nothing so drab or dreary, but instead something that holds secrets and magic, untold mystery and journeys beyond imagination, the library at Hogwarts, for example, or perhaps the lost library of Alexandria. A voluminous room with high ceilings full of softly glowing golden light, a space filled with the hushing sound of turning pages and the smell of aging scrolls, pages yellowing to a thin and fragile thing both brittle and luminescent in it opacity. And last, but certainly not least, that slightly burnt smell of tallow and wax sealed pages and a gentle kind of incense that clings to one's clothes after departure, something that hints at the intrigue held in those great and strange tomes.
I love the smell of it against my skin - the way it is secretive and somehow warm and cool at the same time. It's a lovely scent, and in my opinion, in no way exclusively masculine, thought it appears intended as such. I think it's a beautiful scent. I feel lucky it found its way into my life.
Naomi Goodsir Bois d'Ascèse is available in 50ml for $150.00.
"I'll be a thorn in your side
If we sink,
we lift our love."
~ "We Sink," Chvrches
Want more? Try...
~ a review from Kevin at Now Smell This!
~ a review from Kafkaesque
~ a review from Sorcery of Scent
~ a review from The Scentualist
~ a review from I Smell Therefore I Am
~ a review from Notable Scents
Now if you'll just excuse me…I think…I think I need a moment. *fans self*
FN2. It will also help lessen my personal sorrow at the low box office numbers for Vampire Academy, which I saw on its Friday opening and thought was terrific. More on that in a separate post, though.