Saturday, February 14, 2009

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Ten days of doing nothing all day and night but focusing on the aforementioned Great Moth Apocalypse of Feb 2009: washing, washing, dry cleaners, charity shop, favourite stuff in the bin, worry, worry, spraying chemicals, worrying about the chemicals, getting dermatitis from the chemicals, not sleeping or eating properly, getting overwhelmed and getting professionals in to spray different chemicals and then worrying about their chemicals killing Lola will do that to you apparently. (That was a long sentence.)

So I went to The Providores in Marylebone last night and Lola was still alive when I got home. I was an hour and a half late, yes. I gabbled about moths for roughly the first half hour (maybe longer?). I drove the wrong way, wore the only outfit available to me, no make up and a crazed look. But after a couple of glasses of wine, some indescribably lovely tapas and some good company my blood pressure came down a bit and this morning I feel...almost human.

My home is still topsy turvy with half my stuff in bin liners but I'm getting there. I miss my normal life.

But Stephanie (who I am buying my first post moth piece of clothing from - whee!) inspired me with her post on perfume bottles; so here's one I love.



Vol de Nuit by Guerlain - maybe I've posted about it before? It's all about the bottle and the story behind it. I'd buy it except I don't like the smell. Oh well.

Jacques Guerlain created Vol de Nuit, “night flight”, in 1933 in homage to the brave aviators of the 1920s and Air France Company. The French company Aéropostale was one of the first operations to fly the mail from continent to continent. The chief pilot of Aéropostale's operations was Antoine de St. Exupéry. After serving as a French combat pilot during World War I, he wrote several books, among them Wind, Sand and Stars, Night Flight and The Little Prince. He disappeared during the World War II while flying a reconnaissance mission in 1944.

Vol de Nuit was named after a novel by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The bottle is emblazoned with the shape of French Air Force wings and is made in dark amber colour.
(Quote from here.)

p.s. It's Valentine's day - I forgot.

p.p.s. This is good news to soften the bad news. Makes me want to go to New York. (via Scout-Holiday)

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

oh oh oh..it has not been easy...but at least you still have yoru sense of humour!! oh how cool that you will get a piece of duskin...
and love love the story behind of the bottle of perfume...and i do love antoine de saint-exupéry....

nancy

erica said...

nothing like an infestation to drive you nuts! poor lola, i hope she wasn't too affected by the aftermath of fumigation.

that bottle is really lovely, but i know what you mean about the scent.

i guess it's valentine's day. i'm doing laundry...

sas said...

Providores is wonderful! As a New Zealander in London it is so reassuring to know I can go there for a taste of home, should homesickness strike.

Luna Supernova said...

wow, that sounds like a lot of chemicals.

the bottle is beautiful and a lovely story to accompany it.

Iole said...

Stopping by, to say hi!
Lovely blog.
Hope to see you on mine.
xo xo
Iole

Bombay Beauty said...

Glad you got of the house! Were the nasty as usual at Providores? Great food, always, but almost always slightly off service... BB

Lola Is Beauty said...

Actually we had a really sweet waiter, although the management did literally turn the lights up and kick everyone out when they wanted to close.

Rose said...

I understand the moth issue, I had one jumper eaten and totally overacted and put everything in plastic bags once.

Love the Vol De Nuit story and all the old Guerlain stories and scents- they just exude class.