Let's start with something pretty: Cate sent me this beautiful diamante brooch as part of her thank-you for the tank top I made her, so when I spotted these studs in Accessorize I had to get them. They nearly match the brooch - the colours are a little less bright, but I don't think most people will notice that when the brooch is on my lapel and the earrings in my earlobes. They came on a card with five other pairs of earrings, and I don't like a couple of pairs, but for a tenner, it doesn't matter.
Do you remember Mr Robot bought me a sample set of 4160 Tuesdays' most challenging perfumes for my birthday? I wasn't completely convinced by some of them at first, but I've been wearing them recently and have been very much enjoying them. Perhaps they suit the current weather, or my current mood, better. I'd no more wear the same perfume every day than the same outfit, after all. Anyway, they're nothing like current mass-market scents, which I really appreciate. They're woodier, darker... Today I've been wearing Evil Max, though I don't get either almonds or black cherry from it; all the leather and woods come out on my skin.
The Mystery of the Materials. Four new scents, inspired by 1930s crime novels, using 1930s ingredients? COUNT ME IN. While my taste in clothes may have broadened in recent years to include 60s styles, when it comes to perfume I still don't believe there's an era to match the Jazz Age. Mitsouko, Shalimar, Chanel No. 5, Joy - some of the greatest perfumes were formulated between the wars. I'm personally a sucker for Caron scents of that era, En Avion and French Can Can in particular. I really hope perfumer Sarah McCartney comes up with something as wonderful.