The Monday Mail ~ help Marta find a new fragrance :: Now Smell This

The Monday Mail ~ help Scentred2 find a new fragrance :: Now Smell This

Marta fell in love with perfumes in 2007 when she discovered Serge Lutens Chergui and Frédéric Malle Musc Ravageur. Since then she has been an avid reader of Now Smell This (and she also loves our own Angie’s cozy mysteries). She’s currently searching for a signature scent for special events, something that will make her feel both chic and professional, like her longtime favorite Frédéric Malle Portrait of a Lady. She still finds Portrait of a Lady beautiful but she’s overly used to it now, and no other perfume in…

Midland’s Cameron Duddy and Harper Smith’s Texas House Tour

Harper Smith home tour.

The best remodels comprise a few essentials: a transformative before and after, no shortage of setbacks turned design epiphanies, and of course, a story. It’s a narrative born through an intensive creative process—one that’s shaped organically through intention and a collaborative approach. For Midland guitarist Cameron Duddy and wife Harper Smith, an accomplished fashion lifestyle photographer, it was evident from the beginning of their Dripping Springs, Texas top-to-bottom remodel: they wouldn’t be afraid to have a little fun. Alongside that, a complete dismissal of convention. (After all, innovation only happens…

Karl Lagerfeld Rouge ~ new fragrance :: Now Smell This

Karl Lagerfeld Rouge ~ new fragrance :: Now Smell This

Karl Lagerfeld has launched Rouge, a new fragrance for women. Unique, modern and captivating: KARL LAGERFELD Rouge combines countless contrasting facets and cannot be pigeonholed! Soft and austere, avant-garde and classic – the Rouge fragrance is inspired by Karl Lagerfeld’s creative duality. This is also reflected in the name: red was not only the fashion designer’s favorite color, but also symbolizes a woman’s willpower and self-confidence. The heart note opens with a bouquet of jasmine and orange blossom, enveloped by a hint of patchouli. Followed by a sparkling…

Salvatore Ferragamo Red Leather ~ new fragrance :: Now Smell This

Salvatore Ferragamo Red Leather ~ new fragrance :: Now Smell This

Salvatore Ferragamo has launched Ferragamo Red Leather, a flanker to 2020’s Ferragamo. (Others in the series: Intense Leather, Bright Leather and Spicy Leather.) Ferragamo Red Leather is a sensual citrus aromatic leather Eau de Parfum. Inspired by the most powerful color, it expresses engagement, Italian easiness and sensuality. For the man who explores his own desires, makes his personal choices and unapologetically embraces his authenticity. The fragrance opens with the freshness of natural ginger adding vibrancy to Italian Bergamot and mandarin pulp. At the heart, we find the…

Students Raise Their Voices for a Just Energy Transition – State of the Planet

Students Raise Their Voices for a Just Energy Transition – State of the Planet

Last summer, Ariane Desrosiers and Vincent (Wing Shun) Tang, students in Columbia University’s M.P.A. in Environmental Science and Policy Program (MPA-ESP) at the School of International and Public Affairs, participated in the 2023 Youth Voice Competition for Just Energy Transition. The event, co-sponsored by the International Society for Energy Transition Studies (ISETS) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP), aims to bring young problem-solvers from around the world together to form innovative solutions for climate change. Under the name “Team Power Parity…

Monday scent of the day 2/26 :: Now Smell This

Monday scent of the day 2/26 :: Now Smell This

It’s Monday and National Pistachio Day. Birthdays: Victor Hugo, Levi Strauss, Jackie Gleason, Fats Domino, Johnny Cash. What fragrance are you wearing? I’m in Vilhelm Parfumerie Purple Fig. Reminder: On 3/1, Rabbit rabbit rabbit! It’s March. Wear a fragrance that will bring you peace, happiness or good luck for the month. And for those of you who like to plan ahead, see Scent of the day ~ Friday community projects 2024, where I’ll try (but usually fail) to have the next five or six weeks mapped out in advance. Note:…

Home Builders Fighting Energy Efficiency – State of the Planet

Home Builders Fighting Energy Efficiency – State of the Planet

I always thought energy efficiency was the low-hanging fruit of environmental sustainability. Who could possibly be in favor of wasting energy? Wasting energy was like throwing away money. Why would anyone want to throw away money? Recently, I learned that America’s home builders don’t mind throwing away money as long as it isn’t theirs and instead belongs to their customers. The argument is presented in a Washington Post piece written by Anna Phillips last week. According to Phillips: “…developer Ron Jackson said he is building what America needs — more…

Earth911 Podcast: Xworks CEO Electra Coutsoftides on Pioneering Waste Networking

Earth911 Podcast: Xworks CEO Electra Coutsoftides on Pioneering Waste Networking

Electra Coutsoftides, CEO of Xworks Tech, is building a business network to catalyze recycling progress. Xworks designed its platform to enhance waste handling and trading by accredited waste professionals. The U.K.-based company provides digital compliance reporting capabilities, making it easier for businesses and recycling programs to meet regulatory requirements. Members are verified before joining to ensure user trustworthiness, a keystone in any successful network. That confidence that trades are legitimate is essential to promoting a more efficient and reliable environment for trading and collaboration. In the past, these business conversations…

Home Buying Risks From Climate Change

Home Buying Risks From Climate Change

Should you move to avoid climate-related extreme weather, drought, or disasters? There is certainly an argument to be made in favor of working to stop climate change wherever you live, rather than moving someplace where there are fewer climate risks. But you might not have a choice. Online tools can help you understand the climate risks where you live now, and research the risks in your prospective new home. Despite the controversy surrounding the term “climate refugee,” people are already being displaced by weather-related disasters and long-term environmental degradation like…

12 of the Best Trader Joe’s Frozen Food Finds

Woman reaching into refrigerator.

So many hyped-up products to try, so little time. In this era of inflation where even eggs are considered a luxury good, it can be overwhelming to navigate the wide world of stuff. From wellness buys to seasonal treats to candles worth the splurge, it’s important that our hard-earned dollars go toward things (and experiences) that pay satisfying, mood-boosting dividends. When it comes to what I eat—and how I budget out my grocery list—items I can store for months in the freezer are an absolute godsend. And as the best Trader Joe’s frozen food proves,…