Ups and downs ran amok in March but overall it was a good month, primarily due to the buzz of fragrant Esxence and the arrival of spring with its abundance of colour, flowers and warmer temperatures. This is a great time of the year to go on beach walks and if you ever get to this part of France I would highly recommend the stroll to Cap Taillat and La Bastide Blanche near Ramatuelle. There are sheltered coves to swim in, the water is that famed shade of turquoise and the drive there is old school scenic. It feels 1950’s untouched with vineyards dotted everywhere that conjure up And God Created Women.
The second series of Love dropped on Netflix and I love the warts and all approach of this series of two LA adults trying to navigate life and find love. One’s an addict (booze and sex), the other teaches a child actor and works with awful people. Anyway the female character Mickey is quite cool I think, trying to manage her addictions, whereas the guy is a bit of a dweeb but well meaning. A little Woody Allen like in its romantic pairings perhaps as Paul Rust the actor is also one of the creators. Anyway I really like this series and it’s worth a try although from reviews it would seem to be polarising.
As soon as I received the alert that The Americans Season Four hit Netflix it was viewed fairly quickly. It’s a period piece set in the 80’s about Russian spies in the US and at times is rather creepy, although this series less so. I love viewing the 80’s through this show, albeit via American eyes. In one scene the family is watching the movie The Day After and if you’re younger than me you may not know what this is at all, but I recall this being a huge deal and an absolutely terrifying portrayal of nuclear war at the time.
Brigitte Bardot and Roger Vadim on the set of Et Dieu Créa La Femme (And God Created Women)
Film : A visit to the Musée de la gendarmerie et du cinéma de Saint Tropez reignited my interest in French film and a desire to watch the classics. La Piscine with the drop dead gorgeous once upon a time couple Romy Schneider and Alain Delon, along with Jane Birkin is definitely on the list and surely represents St Tropez in its heyday, an era that will never be recaptured. A photographic feature on Brigitte Bardot adorned the walls. She is much admired in these parts for living in and popularising the area. The films of Louis de Funès are highlighted including the well known film Le Gendarme de Saint Tropez in the 60’s. I admit that I had never heard of this comedian before living here. The films are somewhat dated but my kids find them absolutely hilarious.
Books : Embarrassingly I ordered the High School Reunion Diet one evening when a G&T or two had been consumed and was feeling not so great about the additional winter layers. A few bits and pieces from the book have been applied but apart from the time I saw a naturopath in Auckland and stuck to my restricted eating selection for around 6 weeks, I’ve never managed to adhere to any food regime. The somewhat ridiculous hair test showed I shouldn’t eat dairy, wheat, tomatoes, citrus fruits, chocolate, yeast and a myriad of other food as well as banning beer and wine (shock, horror). This is the type of test that medical practitioners can’t stand and seems a bit of a have, although it is rife these days at any alternative practice. Everything in moderation is best in my book although in reality this sage advice can often be ignored. Far too many biscuits, cakes, crisps and rosé in the summer months are consumed in these parts, none of which are recommended in the above book.
Music : OK a mixed bag. I fell in love with Slowdive‘s (yes the shoegazers are back) new single Star Roving and played it endlessly. It makes me feel 90’s young again. Also quite like Jamiroquai‘s Automaton single. Played Lorde’s Green Light a bit too. Nina, Aretha and Amy were always present and the 70’s have been getting a thrashing. Basically it’s all over the place.
Perfume : Well the main perfume mission was Esxence in Milan and my next piece straight after this will focus on the perfumes a little more, or at least the few that I got to smell. Naja from Vero Profumo is a big love and a review is on the cards. M from Puredistance has been sprayed liberally for a plush, sexy foray into leather. I’ll be honest and say that as I’ve been doing a spot of work for Atelier Des Ors the perfumes have been worn often, more than anything else. Musc Immortel, the new Harrods exclusive is an easy to wear, feel good, addictive, oriental fragrance with hints of the golden Corsican immortelle flower.
Travel : Milan was great to visit for Esxence although I didn’t actually do any roaming unfortunately but did see the inside of a few great restaurants and even a night club. The food and coffee are always a highlight in Italy as well as the consumption of Aperol Spritz, often in multiples. A summer non perfume return visit is on the cards so will explore more then.
The Lows : Continuous sinus infections and hay fever resulting in what seem like lost days and a lack of concentration, energy, sore eyes and headaches. Antibiotics are the only thing that get rid of the problem and of course they have other unpleasant side effects and crucially don’t get to the root of the problem. You wouldn’t believe the amount of drugs the doctors prescribe in France. Yesterday I was slightly embarrassed at what looked like a year’s supply of pharmaceutical products.
Let me know if you came across anything interesting this month – TV, film, books, music, perfume, food or if you went anywhere uplifting, bizarre or odd or if things were completely crappy as well … And have a great rest of the month.
Notes : Images : All by Megan In Sainte Maxime except Love : Hindustan Times : The Americans : Indie Wire
Great overview of what’s been happening in your life Megan! Did not know The Americans Season 4 was available 😊 Love this series. I am watching Designated Survivor and Fargo at the moment. Loving them both especially Fargo. Just finished Louis des Bernieres The dust that falls from dreams, one of his latest books I believe. Really like his writing. Very relaxing but well written and historical. Trying the April Aromatics Chakra set at the moment which I enjoy 😊 enjoy the rest of the Month! Esperanza
Hello there. Yes they’re already onto the next Americans series so I’m behind but there’s always a delay before I can see it on Netflix. Love Fargo and will try Designated Survivor. I adore the April Aromatics chakra set and I liked your photo on Instagram as it reminded me to get them out again to wear. And a great rest of the month to you. x Megan
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I hope your sinuses get to feeling better. There’s nothing worse than a bad nose for a perfumista!
Hi Steve. I am suffering. I hate it. It’s raining today and they’re not as vile but last night was another story!! x
Feel better! Not fun being sick!
The first photo is absolutely stunning! Would love to be there at this moment!
I love Kerri Russell (watched every episode of Felicity) and was not aware that The Americans was on Netflix. Love sounds good too. I have so many thing in my Netflix “My List” at the moment 🙂
This month has just flown by so quickly! I will be celebrating a birthday at the end of it and may do some sniffing and possibly buy a bottle of something…not sure what yet.
Hello Lavender. Highly recommend both shows and happy birthday for this month. Any general ideas on what you’ll be buying? I usually buy myself a present, not anything huge but something. x
Not sure…I will be sniffing with a good friend so if anything appeals to me during our adventure I may succumb to a purchase!
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Love your Favourites posts, Megan.
Totally agree about the TV show Love. I really like Mickey but the guy gets on my wick and is SO Woody Allen in having these hot women after him. Spot on.
I don’t think we have The Americans on UK Netflix but will double check. I’m going to watch 13 Reasons Why next as heard good things about it.
Currently reading the 8th book in the St. Mary’s Chronicles time-travelling historians’ series and look forward to getting back to it every night.
Hi Tara. I know it gets a little annoying in Love and still enjoy it but basically he’s punching above his weight there! I’ve heard good things about 13 Reasons too so will give that a whirl soon. I haven’t heard about the St Mary’s books but I just had a quick look online and yes they look good so will investigate further. I have quite a few books on the go at the moment, one of which is an anti perfume book (shock, horror). x
Also love your month in review posts, Megan – you always turn me on to new music that I would’ve otherwise missed and it’s greatly appreciated!
Hello there. Glad be of help!
Louis de Funès was one of the most famous comic actors of my childhood 🙂 but I haven’t heard or thought about him in decades – thank you for the smile.
I’m currently watching Father Brown – not awful but it’s not how I imagined this character from the books. I’m also slowly finishing, I think, season 13 of Murdoch Mysteries: I used to enjoy this show but by now it seems like them dumbed down all characters 😦
I was do busy at work that I didn’t have a chance to go shopping/perfume sniffing recently – so no new discoveries there. But the year is young 🙂
Hi Undina. Someone else knows Louis de Funès! His films are on the tele quite a bit here (Sunday nights) and the kids do really love them and it makes a change from their usual Marvel movies preferences. Undina the year is young for perfume that is true, so plenty more time. I feel like I’ve already smelt quite a bit already from Esxence but actually I only tried about 1% of what was there! x Megan
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