I enjoy color. I know, it can be hard to tell. 😉 Unfortunately for me, my favorite notebooks don’t come with colorful covers. So, in June last year, I made a custom fabric cover. It turned out… alright. It was a bit too big, and the construction wasn’t the best, but it wasn’t too bad for a first try. I used some gorgeous fabrics, and that’s really the only reason I’ve kept it as long as I have.
Switching to a different notebook brand with my current notebook seemed like a good time to abandon that old cover. Unfortunately, while the Rhodia is more colorful than the Firma-Flex, it stains badly.
So, I went looking for a new cover. I didn’t think it would be so difficult.
When we first had to wear masks, I used an N95 cup mask we had left over. I didn’t have a problem with mascne with that mask, since it barely touched my face. It wasn’t very comfortable, though. When I had to replace it — the elastic broke — I eventually settled on a KF94 mask for its comfort.
Three years ago, I wrote about my favorite notebook at the time, the Franklin-Christoph Firma Flex. It remained my favorite notebook for years, until, sadly, it was out-of-stock for an extended period of time late last year and early this year.
In that time, I went looking for a replacement notebook. This was partially because I wasn’t sure if the Firma Flex would ever be available again and partially because I’ve been looking for a notebook with paper that will better show ink shading.
I don’t know how I never wrote this post. I thought I had, then when I was reorganizing my blog, I realized that I was either mis-remembering, or never posted it. I’m going to try to keep this short for you all. I know I tend to run on.
In December of 2017, Jim and I went to London, with a planned day trip to Paris. One of my goals for the trip was to find a perfume I loved.
I’ve tried many over the years, but none of them really did it for me. So I stopped buying perfume. But I had high hopes, especially in Paris, since we planned to visit a perfume museum.
We didn’t realize, when we planned the trip, that the museum wasn’t for all perfume — that one is in a different part of Parris. Rather, it was a museum on the history of the brand Fragonard. And the Fragonard store is immediately next door.
We visited the store first, and it didn’t take me long to find Belle de Nuit. It smelled amazing, and is still one of my go-to, everyday perfumes.
Me being me, I did some research on Fragonard once we got home. One of the things I found was their mailing list — their physical mailing list. Imagine my delight when my first mail from them arrived with perfume samples!
On top of that, each quarter they have free gifts with purchase for various price thresholds. Some of them are, honestly, just OK. But some are rather nice. I wish there was an option to choose whether or not you want the gifts, because I dislike that some have gone to waste.
Anyway, I’ve bought multiple other perfumes from Fragonard since then, and each one has been exceptional. The scents are complex, with different top, middle, and heart notes. And the fragrances generally last all day. Their mini sets are fabulous. I wish they had more mini sets, though. Or, even better, a build-your-own samples kit. I would absolutely buy a “one of each” sample set to try out their entire line.
The bottles and packaging are beautiful, with some that would make great display pieces.
Over the years, I have noticed some changes. They send less samples with each mailing and purchase (down to 2 from 3 or 4). They’ve also transitioned from three gifts with purchase tiers per quarter to two. But both of these changes happened in the past year, so they may be COVID cutbacks, and I can’t really fault them for that.
Overall, I highly recommend Fragonard. If you aren’t a big perfume person, they also have lovely soaps and room scents. At the very least, you should sign up for their mailing list. It’s well worth it.
Well, this is the last 2021 DC Pen Show post. I’ve milked it for all it’s worth. But, it’s been fun taking a more in-depth look at my haul. I haven’t really done that before.
Brandon Lee of Modern Chocolatier is a bit of a fixture at the DC Pen Show, typically seen next to Ryan Krusac‘s table. This year, however, he was up near the entrance, which made it easier to make multiple visits.
Brandon had 20 flavors with him, and I ended up getting all but 2 — Curry Lime and Habanero.
While it will be a year (assuming COVID stop the world again) before I can have more, I’d like to share my thoughts on the various flavors. And it will serve as a good reminder for me to get my favorites next year.
While I certainly think it’s worth reviewing some of these pens I picked up at the 2021 DC Pen Show, this post is really just an excuse for pen porn and penabling. You’re welcome. 🙂 I’m doing these in the order I bought them at the show.
As usual, click on any image to view it larger.
Only interested in certain pens? No worries, jump to specific reviews.
I picked up five nibs at the 2021 DC Pen Show. Of those, one was a standard Jowo #6 with a horned skull engraved on it from Carolina Pen Co. While it’s a fun nib, since it doesn’t have any modifications beyond the engraving, I’m not including it in this review. But here’s a fun picture. 🙂
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