Let's travel back, shall we, to last Thursday - the first day of what would turn out to be a five day long incarceration with two small children (let's call them Misery A and Misery B), who I suspect may have had the 'flu, or something very close to it. They have looooved my company, as of of course the old saying goes.
I, on the other hand, was pretty desperate today to be somewhere - ANYWHERE - that wasn't my living room. Somewhere indoors that was warm, wasn't filled with a sea of used tissues, that we could wander for an indeterminate time with the sneezers in the double buggy. It would preferably feature a large flat white. Westfield it is, then.
Allow me to take us even further back - five and a bit years in fact - to my soon-to-be husband giving me Dior's 'Midnight Poison' perfume for my birthday. I saved it faithfully to use for the first time on our wedding day, and it's pretty much all I've worn since then. But a couple of weeks ago, the good times ran out (the perfume good times. Not the marriage good times). Do I reinvest in the scent I love? Or try something new? (At this point it's probably fair to point out that yes, this is a ridiculous first world problem. You'd be searching for a happy-place-treat too if you'd just lived my last five days.) With a little bit of help I've narrowed my options down to four:
Dior 'Midnight Poison' Floral, but not flowery. Patchouli, citrus, rose and amber.
Chanel 'Coco Mademoiselle' Citrus, patchouli and white floral. Like Midnight Poison it opens with citrus. Show me someone who doesn't love Mademoiselle and I'll give you five dollars.
Estee Lauder 'Modern Muse' Citrus again! Mandarin, honeysuckle and jasmine with patchouli and amber down the list. Such a lovely bottle.
Elie Saab 'Le Parfum' Opens with orange blossom (predictably), with jasmine, cedar and patchouli underneath. The prettiest of the four, but still not too sweet.
So. What say you, internet friends?