Just a quick note to say that I have a guest post on sweet Hila's blog today. I don't write too many guest posts -- as you can see, I have a difficult enough time writing here regularly -- but Hila is quite dear to me, and I love that the reason why she asked is because she has a lot of writing to do.

I wanted to note that the text of the post might come off a bit smug, which was not my intention at all. You don't have to have a partner to have a secret language! I still laugh when I think about how a friend of mine and his sister have their own word for pyjamas: they call them "pajayjays." Too good.

Diana (Miss Moss) and Jen (Honey Kennedy) wrote some posts for Hila as well, and they are wonderful.

(sylvain-emmanuel; signed, monica)


Stephanie: Thank you. I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

tamerajane: Aw, that's sweet. I really miss those moments. It's hard to be such a jaded, cynical grown up!

aldrin: Wow, I bet that was a vivid sensory experience!

Nanna Kate: I got mine on eBay, if you're interested!

rizie: I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Darcy: Thank you -- I love when people share these experiences with me. It's lovely.

chelsea: Thank you, Chelsea.

erica-knits: Thank you! I recommend the samples. It's so hard to choose!

Leah: Yeah, I see now that it is, I just find that I don't read or hear about it too often. I work in a place that has signs up about scents so I try not to wear much or anything at all at work. I'm not particularly sensitive but it can be so awful to be stuck in an elevator with someone who is wearing strong cologne!

Christy: Thank you. And yes, I can't stand department store perfumes any more (although I still do love Stella by Stella McCartney and I would love to own a full bottle of Balenciaga... plus whenever I'm in a duty free shop I can spend hours looking at the pretty bottles). I'm glad you enjoyed! And thanks for the sweet words about the blog. I have terrible feelings about it these days because I want to delete my archives and because I never have anything to post! Just a bit stuck, I guess.

angela: Thank you!

Crystal: Oh wow! That's amazing, although a bit sad. I have definitely had that reaction with soap, although not to the point where I had to bring in my own. Aw!

Julia: Thank you. As I said above to another person, I just love it when people share these things with me. It seems like such a special secret! I'm constantly amazed at those noses of ours.

dianne @ icefloe: Just reading that I can totally smell it! Those were the best toys.

EvaForeva: Wow, what a compliment! Thank you so much.

Chuck: Whoa dude, that is so nice of you to say. Thanks!

the line sheet: That is a pretty good policy, I think! And thank you for the kind words.

nicole: Thank you for sharing! Such lovely memories. Sounds like you have had some amazing experiences in your life.

Jane Flanagan: Thanks, Jane! I wear my Salt Air almost every day these days.

WaiYana: Thank you!

kater: Oooh, the ones that you can't quite identify are so frustrating! And yeah, I seem to know quite a few people who get headaches from perfume, so I think it's common. I personally cannot stand perfume aisles in department stores -- a riot of bad smells! Hmm, I don't think I know the cupcake dolls... It doesn't sound familiar.

Tracey: Just like magic, right?

Claire.: Thank you -- and wow, that's amazing! Thank you for sharing that.

ghoulnextdoor: Thank you! Embarrassingly enough, the scent was a limited edition one made by French Connection. It was called Denim. I think I went through three bottles of it, and it was oh-so-perfect for me at that time in my life.

Sweet Harvest Moon: Thank you!

Maggie: Yes! It rarely happens to me with food, but I definitely agree. I feel as though living in a big dirty city dulls my senses, so it's always nice to be surprised by them.


  1. What a delightful post! Thank you!

  2. It's so difficult to post in the summertime, sometimes, isn't it?

  3. Really liked the colors, and nice of you to help Hila out! :)

  4. I've been a lazy blogger lately, and I think you're far from that ... I'm heading over to the lovely Hila's virtual home shortly to catch up on all the guest post action.

  5. That's the perfect word to describe it. I love those photos.

  6. Aw, you posted a photograph by one of my best friends!
    What a lovely post to read. I too look forward to the days when milky pix are the norm with my little cameras.

  7. Just found you little space here! Your blog has really wonderful and dreamy photos that never fail to make me happy and relaxed! Keep snapping away, can't wait to see more photos! :3

  8. I love the images above. They are very relaxing to look at.

  9. thank you so much anabela - both for the post and for the incredibly kind words here. I have to say, you're dear to me as well. I found the images you chose so calming, its so wonderful how certain images can have such a relaxing affect.

  10. These two pictures are incredible and go together so well.
    I'll have to check out your guest post! :)
    - C x


  11. Such dreamy pictures. You really have great taste!
    xo Kathrin


  12. Beautiful pictures, I really could look at the all day!xx

  13. Lovely colors & mood !

  14. wow - beautiful colors, BEAUTIFUL shots. i love your blog. just came across it via my good friend nate at hearblack. so lovely.