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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

An Attempt at Thanksgiving Post and a Prize Draw

I am unclear this year whether to be or not to be thankful for a lot of things. But there is something I have no doubts about: I am thankful for my friends. For those who have known me for 15 years, and are still my friends, despite that, and still hold my hand when the going gets tough. And for friends I made in recent years through this perfume obsession, and who became not just hobby-mates, but real friends. I am thankful to them for holding my hand too...and for bearing perfume gifts. Thank you, L, for ...everything!... and for vintages and rarities that you so generously share with me... Gianni Versace (original) is a stunner! Thank you, M, for being there for me, your sturdy presence is a comfort and a pleasure... and for forcing me to smell introducing me to the world of real oudhs (as opposed to, say, Montale ouds, much adapted to the Western tastes) and to Quand Vient La Pluie. Thank you, J, for leathers, vetivers and vintages. Thank you, N, for all the exclusives that I would have never smelled were it not for your kindness (Montale Deluziont des Femmes, I am looking at you). Thank you, девы, девочки, бриллиантовые донны, on my favorite Russian perfume forum for talking to me about perfume and other things in my native language (and, M, I treasure my Farenheit-alike Ultima II!).

And thank you, dear readers, for reading and commenting. Let's celebrate the coming Thanksgiving with a prize draw. If you would like to win a bottle of Kenzo Winter Flowers, please say so in your comment. Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!


Blogger violetnoir said...

And a very Happy Thanksgiving to you, M!


10:20 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Columbina, dear,
I'm blushing as deeply as a red, red rose (I mean as darkly as an Indian oud) ;-)
I hope the coming year brings many, many things for which you will be joyously thankful. I treasure our friendship and hope there will be many moments of happiness and wonder that we will exultantly share in times to come!

10:43 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving! I'll check out the Laliques soon. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks.

11:31 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am thankful or you and all of the other brilliant perfume people out there. Have a wonderful thanksgiving and please enter me in the draw.

12:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope next year is more peaceful and joyful for you, but you're right, friends are IT!
And so are Kenzos:-)...please enter me in the drawing.

12:55 AM EST  
Blogger Julie said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I would love to be entered

1:15 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like it!

1:53 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to get it, thank you!

1:54 AM EST  
Blogger Flora said...

Dear Marina, I am thankful for my friends and family, for my improved health, and my wonderful pets - and I am also thankful for YOU! I have gotten so much joy from the privilege of writing for you, and I have made new friends in the process. Have a wonderful holiday!

2:25 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not American but we can all be thankful for what we have - and that includes this blog which always gives me something to look forward to. I would love to be entered in the drawing.

4:34 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for your wonderful blog, it has taught me many things since I started reading it.

Would love to enter into the draw too

5:34 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you! I'd love to be included in the drawing.

7:07 AM EST  
Blogger elle said...

M, I don't do the "official" T'giving celebrations, however, it really is a time I like to stop and not just think about what I'm grateful for throughout the year, but make sure I actually voice it. And my immense gratitude for close friends and loved ones definitely tops my list. One of the great surprises of my life has been making such incredible friends in cyberspace through my perfume addiction. ((((((M))))))) And you have to realize that apart from all the excellent information and brilliant writing, one of the reasons people consistently return to and love your blog is that it is so abundantly clear what a wonderful person is behind it.

7:32 AM EST  
Blogger krnszn said...

Hi Marina! I don't know the trials you've faced this year, but I hope and pray things are better and that God blesses you greatly for your beautiful heart and spirit. Yes, we need our friends! Aren't they great? I offer my friendship to you, too. Call/email me anytime, and if you ever need to run away, you have a place to stay. :-)

I love reading your blog. Thank you for maintaining it and for giving us a bit of joy to read each day.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! No need to enter me in the draw. I'm feeling overwhelmed with scents at the moment. Need to catch up. Ha ha.

7:42 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would *love* to try the Kenzo Winter Flowers - please enter me in the draw.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!!

7:51 AM EST  
Blogger Stefanie said...

I am thankful for perfume....glorious perfume. Please add my name to the drawing!

8:16 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks to YOU for your wonderful blog, which comforts those of us with a weird scent-fixation that we are not alone! I have gained unalloyed pleasure from reading your blogs, as well as lots of knowledge.

I hope the next year brings you peace and that you never stop blogging!

I'd be glad to be entered in the draw.

9:12 AM EST  
Blogger parisa said...

Happy thanksgiving Columbina!!! Best wishes and would love to be entered in the draw.

9:13 AM EST  
Blogger ScentScelf said...

Sometimes, it is good to give thanks, and be refreshed by the reminder of all that is good and positive in one's life. Consequently...I thank you for the reminder!

I, too, have been humbled by the generosity of my perfume friends. I am glad you have such a community helping you...and glad that you share back through your writing on your blog.

9:20 AM EST  
Blogger ScentScelf said...

ooops....I would love to have a chance at the Kenzo...please enter me in the draw.

9:21 AM EST  
Blogger Unknown said...

Happy Thanksgiving! I'd love to be entered in the draw...

9:33 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope you have a peaceful Thanksgiving, Marina. Please enter me in the drawing as well.


9:42 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving...Yes I am thankful! I would like to win your KenZo Winter Flowers Perfume!!

10:17 AM EST  
Blogger Therese said...

Thank you for the beauty and clarity of your prose. The few blind purchases that I have made followed one of your poetic reviews (Idole, such a love). I have not been sorry.
And, my dear, please enter me into the drawing.
Happy Thanksgiving!

10:29 AM EST  
Blogger helenviolette said...

Thank you, M, for this great blog. I would love to win a bottle of WF ;-)

Happy Thanksgiving!

10:32 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for your great blog and nice words!

11:21 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi it's lunarose.

what a sweet musing on the beauty of friends! i'm always thankful for people keeping up blogs, so several times a week there's some new ideas to contemplate in the mornings whilst i'm waiting for the motrin to kick in and take the edge off the chronic pain.....yikes! but it really is a very generous thing to do for strangers and we appreciate it.

please enter me in the draw as well. i have to go smell this one, i love the fragrance of hellebores and am interested to see what they did with/about it.

11:28 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not trying to be melodramatic, but this year, I am especially thankful for all the normals - friends, family, health, etc - but even more so during such challenging times for the entire world with the global recession, famines, wars, natural disasters, etc, that I live in a time/place where I can spend my free time enjoying such a pastime as fragrance. Fragrance! Not food, or water, or shelter....enjoying what most Americans assume to be "normal" -- hot showers, good books, good food, good art, good movies. How thankful can one person be to have a nice stable life that affords the passtime of beautiful fragrances? I am glad I have a wonderful sense of smell, and great blogs like PST to do my research too! I am indeed very thankful.

Please enter me into the contest.

Happy holidays!

12:28 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to be in the draw, and a Happy Thanksgiving to you, Marina, and everyone else here. There's still much to be thankful for.

12:36 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank YOU ,M for this lovely blog!
happy Thanksgiving and I'd love to be entered in the draw..:)

1:24 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


1:27 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for this wonderful blog and for all of the information you provide to us perfume lovers. I would love to be entered in your drawing.

Happy Thanksgiving hugs!

1:29 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving! And, yes, please enter me in your drawing.
-- Gretchen

1:34 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd love a chance to win! I'm thankful for all the perfume bloggers who give their time and talents to educate and entertain. I'm also thankful that I can have luxuries, like perfume, in my life when so many are struggling to afford necessities. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

2:26 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am thankful for my sense of smell, and aslo your blog & others like it. Please enter me in the drawing.
Happy Thanksgiving!

2:30 PM EST  
Blogger Roland Denzel said...

I’m thankful for so much, but to keep it relevant, I’ll stick to the subject of scent.

I’m thankful to the girl that gave my first taste of a great scent (Musc Ravageur).

I’m thankful to the girls at The Perfumed Court, who answered all my stupid questions, were sooo helpful, and will always get business from me.

I’m thankful that the new girl in my life has more perfumes than I do, all of them are amazing, and she’s willing to share.

I’d love to be in on the prize draw – Winter Flowers is a Kenzo that neither of us has. :D

Happy Thanksgiving. I hope it’s wonderful.

2:56 PM EST  
Blogger Robin E. said...

We're having Thanksgiving a day early - at my house - so today I'm thankful for the miraculously calming Memoire Liquide Bois de Figuier and this wonderful community of people who love fragrance. I've learned so much from you all.

Please enter me in the draw,
and Happy Thanksgiving to all!

4:33 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Marina,
I don't need to be entered into the drawing, just want to stop by to wish you a (hopefully) wonderful Thanksgiving. May the dark clouds pass.

4:54 PM EST  
Blogger Esri Rose said...

I'm thankful for so much, but here I'll just be thankful for my sense of smell, which has been enjoying a sample of Un Crime Exotique. Ah... gingerbread with a touch of skank -- so good.

Oh, and I'm thankful for this blog, and all the sensuous fun it brings.

I would love to be entered in the drawing -- Thanks!

7:13 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm thankful for this blog, which always introduces me to new smells and new ways of looking at those smells (now I need to try those oudhs!).

p.s. I'd love to be entered in the drawing!

7:17 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for always giving us a good read and a thoughtful voice. And I'd love to be entered into the drawing.

12:04 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Please enter me in the draw. Thank you!

2:26 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A very Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and thank you so much to Marina et al, for this wonderfully informative and educational blog. I wish you all lots of happy moments with loved ones properly scented :-)

Please enter me in the draw; I forgot my password, again, so am anonymous for now.

Gratefully yours,

9:09 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lunarose again!

i'm thankful for these 'draw' posts, since so many people post comments and you get a feel for all the different folks who stop by the blogs.

happy indigenous people's day, everyone! (yes, i used to live in berkeley)

9:42 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving! I would love to be entered in the drawing.

3:57 PM EST  
Blogger Arlena said...


Love your reviews and read them everyday.

Would like to enter the drawing for Kenzo Winter Flowers.

Happy Holiday!

4:13 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Marina! Keep you incredible posts coming!

10:14 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please enter me in the draw. Happy Thanksgiving!


10:15 PM EST  
Blogger Madelyn E said...

Dear Marina,
I am grateful for you , your beautiful writings etc. There is a parado here - one of fantasy and one of dead honesty.
I wouls like to be in the draw !

11:53 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finally coming out of my post-Thanksgiving dinner carbohydrate coma to say I'm thankful for perfume blogs! And I'd love to be entered in the drawing.

Fabulous photo! Don't they look wonderful.

1:10 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Спасибо тебе, Мариша! Всех благ, удачи.
А кстати, ты была права - Peut-Être и вправду оказался моим. :)

(Я в конкурсе не участвую.)


10:10 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy T-day! Please enter me in the draw. Thanks

12:14 AM EST  
Blogger lilybp said...

Happy belated Thanksgiving!!! At the T-dinner we attended, someone told Mr. Lily that when he put on his fisherman's cap, he looked liked Lenin----and I thought of you! In addition to the quirky Lenin-doubling Mr. Lily, I am grateful for you--for your intelligence, wit, knowledge, and warmth. I miss you!!

6:32 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a few days late, but I hope you had a lovely thanksgiving. thank YOU for thinking of all your faithful readers on the holiday, and the generous draw that I would love to be included in.

4:43 PM EST  

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