I had two Barneys gift certificates totaling around $55, so decided to use them to buy a Serge Lutens bell jar. I figured I should get Iris Silver Mist, even though the jury is still out on it. Everyone adores it (I'm not so sure), and I think I should own it. Andy at Barneys called someone, who turned out to be the Beverly Hills store, and it finally was delivered Friday.
The perfume I received is actually colorless. I was trying to compare it with L'Artisan's Iris Pallida, and don't find a huge difference. This is my fourth bell jar, after Bornéo 1834, Muscs Koublaï Khän, and El Attarine. Truth be told the first two are kinda fakes, as I bought decants with 15 ml in bell jars of them from The Perfumed Court, and dumped the contents of my spray bottles into them. So, if you don't count them, this is my second bell jar.
Andy was nice enough to give me a 10 ml sample of Byredo Accord Oud and a 15 ml of L'Artisan's Prémier Figuier. I may give them both away. I have the Premier Figuier Extrême, which I think I like better. Fig works weird on me.
L'Artisan had a sale today, with lots of things on sale for $15 - $28 or so. I grabbed a bunch, including La Chasse aux Papillons body creme, Mûre et Musc body oil, shower gel, and body milk, plus a gift set of Mûre et Musc Extrême (which I kinda hate -- it smells like grape Kool Aid on me). I told Carmon, the manager of my condo building, about the sale, and by the time she went to the site, the sale was over. I had made my purchase the same day!
I figure I can use these for gifts throughout the year.
EDIT: The Mûre et Musc Extrême gift set did not come. I wrote to L'Artisan and, unfortunately, they were out of them. They gave me a 20% off voucher code, which I thought was nice, and will refund the amount for the set. I gave my sister the dry body oil (I was at her house for dinner tonight [July 3]) and the Premier Figuier 15 ml.
Barneys annual sale is on. I got a lot of really good deals last year. There are some things I'd like to get, and they are either too pricey stiller out of my size. The prices do tend to gradually drop. So I'm watching everything pretty much every day.
Other sites seem to be having big sales as well. I got these shoes from Saks:
They're Adidas partnered with Opening Ceremony. I wore them to work today! For new shoes they were pretty comfortable.
EDIT: I liked these so much I ordered another pair, in red. The price had gone down further at Saks, too!
Sunday I went to Barneys. I figured I would get something, since I haven't been there since the bag event. There was something going on and if you spent $250 you got a $25 gift card. So, I got Frédéric Malle Une Fleur de Cassie, 50 ml, which I had been meaning to get for a while. Last year when Mr. Malle came to Barneys I almost got it, but it smelled sour on me.... I ended up getting a candle, which I gave to my sister for Christmas. I'm sure she didn't care that it was signed by Mr. Malle.... But candles are lost on me. But I digress.
This may be an odd choice right when the weather is warming up.... There was nothing else there that grabbed me. The SA talking to me (Andy was off) was pushing Le Labo on me and, well, no thanks.
I also ordered Serge Lutens L'Eau Froide, 100 ml, and it finally was delivered today. The price was half off on Amazon, and I figured, why not? It is stronger than L'Eau Serge Lutens, but doesn't have that interesting ironing board note.
I think I'll chill out for a bit.. at least until my credit cards are paid off.
Ashley who worked the L'Artisan stuff at Barneys is no longer there.... There is someone new named Bonnie, whom I haven't met.