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written by Raulla S. Mitchell

“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect, but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.”

Carl Jung (psychologist)

How do you celebrate Halloween?

Do you dress up in a fave silly or ghoulish costume for a party?

Do you toss together something last min to surprise unsuspecting trick-or-treaters when you open your door?

Do you chaperone the kids (and dog, in costume too), joining in their shrieks of laughter and calls to each other as they run in the dark from home to home in your neighborhood?

For years, I used to dress as Wilma Flintstone.  My husband as her stone age hubbie Fred.  Our next door neighbor created these costumes for us.

One year my Fred no longer wanted to go barefoot.  He determined that an oversized bright orange tunic with black patches and a royal blue tie were sufficient to signify Fred, without his big bare feet at the bottom.

That was the year of our descent from full-on Wilma & Fred,  as I recall it.

Who IS Fred with shoes on?  He’s NOT Fred, that’s who.

Wilma’s white jig-jag bottom white dress has shrunk over the years.  Maybe, I’ve put on a few, or things have shifted… No, it’s shrunk.

I choose to thrive in the land of deNile.  Free choice is a good thing.

My other sartorial option: a femme fatale vampire feline – homage to Don Taylor’s 1977 flick “The Island of Dr. Moreau”.

Cinephiles, or femmes d’un certain age, remember, Dr. Moreau, the mad scientist who experimented with inter-species breeding on his lost island filled with the sounds, dreams and nightmares of human-tiger-leopard-jaguar creatures, starring the gorgeous Barbara Carrera? Unforgettable.

I searched far and wide and finally discovered a beautiful faux fur black tail and leopard ears to pair with a royal purple velvet hooded victorian cape.  My ancestral Romanian-Ukrainian-Lithuanian-Russian DNA (black hair and anemic complexion, a natural Goth) brings me nearly to completion without much make-up beyond a good pair of fangs.  Not all fangs were created equal.   Some are better than others, and you get what you pay for where fangs are concerned.

For those of you who know me, any other ideas?

What about you?          

Any plans to dress up this year?

Please tell me that you still leap into the spirit of Halloween dress-up!

The last thing I have to say about dressing up for Halloween is “pourquoi pas?”

When is there a better excuse to dress up and pretend to be someone else, even if just for one night?

Come on, have some fun, let out those primal screams, giggles, roars,.. – You know you want to!

Remember: play is instinctual and vital to the creative spirit.  Why wait?  If not now, when? → Read more

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written by Raulla S. Mitchell

You’ve had a wonderful busy week, and now it’s time for YOU.  

Halloween costumes for my daughter, myself and our dog (what can I say, HomeGoods had an irresistible canine cow costume, which I promise wasn’t the reason I went there –  it was a tablecloth which I couldn’t find, but the costume had our dog Sugar’s name all over it, in my vision, if not in Sugar’s), bags of Hershey’s, Nestle Crunch, Snickers, Red Licorice and Starbursts  (that should be anywhere but on our dining room table within my reach – I’m chewing a lemon Starbust as I write this – yumm…),Frankenstein’s illuminated head and hands rise from his grave of leaves along our walkway…

Squirrels know it’s over.  Our large oak tree sends acorns spilling everywhere, bounty for a bevy of bushy-tailed hearty squirrels who quickly discover our outdoor pumpkins every year.  They’ve make considerable progress taking apart my daughters ornately carved, painted and decorated pumpkins, pull off the wooden witch head inserted at top to make room for mucho nibbling.  They’ll eventually make a total mushy mess of no longer recognizable Jack O’Lanterns, and only then will I remove them from the stoop. Right now, I let the viewing and feast planning to gain momentum.

I adore the only holiday that encourages you to transform  yourself into someone else for a night.  It’s primal.  It’s creative.  It’s dreamy.  It’s freaky.  It’s whoever you are or want to be, just for a night.  Like fragrance, they’re memories that I want to linger.

Sometimes, my m.o. is why not flow from one holiday to the next?  Abrupt transitions imply that one can’t wait to be rid of something that brought joy just a short time ago.   I leave old Frankenstein’s head and hands crawling out of the ground out there, long after Halloween is over.  He makes me smile.  Why not make more days feel like holidays? The calendar may say one thing, but allow your heart to feel whatever it desires.  How about you?

Okay, back to YOU TIME and fragrance chat.  We promised.  We’ll deliver.

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written by Raulla S. Mitchell If you’ve always loved florals, this is your season. You instinctively understand why florals are traditionally regarded as the most cherished romantic fragrances.  And, is there anything that celebrates the feminine essence more than florals when you’re thinking of special Mother’s Day gifts for the women in your lives, and maybe that includes you?  Florals elegantly express your love for the woman who gives you so much everyday and will be in your heart always. “She cast her fragrance and radiance over me.” from ”Le Petit Prince”, Antoine de Saint-Exupery  → Read more

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written by Raulla S. Mitchell “To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.”    Jane Austen

Earth Day is next week.  How do YOU celebrate Earth Day?

I don’t mean how should you celebrate it, because you can celebrate it anyway you want (no normative framework around this) but I’m interested, because there seem to be infinite ways to celebrate a day all about the planet on which we live, and conversely, without which, we couldn’t live, at least not yet, and certainly not in the same manner.

I saw part of the film “The Martian” while my daughter was watching it on Netflix, and I have to say, Mars is not for me.

The verdant landscapes, trees with abundant leaves, and flowers in bloom this spring hold the potential to transform our spirits. In the midwest, we know this all too well, especially these last few years, in light of, dare I say it, global warming.  I think I can dare.  It’s pretty clear that it’s arrived, and now we’re in the rush to figure out what to do to prevent more drastic consequences of our collective actions over generations.

In Minnesota, we deal daily with temperature and climate pendulum swings.  Is it spring, is it winter, is it spring, is it winter…? Mushy snow that melts nearly on contact with the pavement mid-April leaves us asking and waiting to change our closets and unveil our charming (let’s hope so) personalities to our neighbors.

We’re left with empirical knowledge and faith, knowing and believing that spring will come, as it always does.  We can leap from freezing winter temps, wind chills that threaten to push down my heavy Volvo trunk on top of my head while reaching for my purse inside (yeah, that’s right it did just that, and it was as frightening and painful as you might imagine when it happened at Costco), and a slippery mess of a rain-snow mix to 70 degrees the next day.

It can also feel a little like “En attendant Godot”, waiting for Godot or Mother Nature to brighten our yards and our spirits.  Come on Mother Nature, please hurry on over to Minnesota with your powerful feminine charms, we want to see our tulips and irises popping up!  I’d even be immensely grateful for a hosta or two along the boulder wall and by the mailbox.  I’ve been staring at colorful silk flowers in pots outside my front door all winter, because I can’t bear life without color.  Still, I don’t for a sec believe they’re real, and I’m sooooo….ready for flowers that grow in the earth! → Read more

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written by Raulla S. Mitchell

Volupte and Splendor in the Lemongrass

In the mood for a little volupte sur l’herbe or splendor in the lemongrass this Valentine’s Day?  Lusciously unique fragrances to fall in love with, and share with someone special.

We know you love these fragrances 365 days a year, but if you’ve been saving them for something special, hey, it’s Valentine’s Day, week, month…however long you want it to last – the choice is yours.

It’s time to dip into your luxurious lotions, cremes, body butters and apply your cubes de parfum to rejuvenate your skin, delight your spirit and why not make a little magic too!

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written by Raulla S. Mitchell

Your school-age kids will soon be home all summer.  Already you’re thinking about all the ways you’ll keep them entertained?  Neighborhood games, day camps, lemonade stands, swimming pools, in and out with wet clothes, wet feet and maybe wet dogs?

It’s a tall order, but you’ll do it (you’re a tall order girl), and maybe have the time of your life?  Looking at the big picture (not the wet floors, carpets and dogs), it’s just a short while that kids are kids, so let’s enjoy the moments, right?  Clean your house, get your work done, and leave time to be a kid again – that’s the gift.  Don’t miss it.

If you don’t have children, or they’ve left the nest, summer might be the perfect time to jump into your inner child.  When you were a kid, what did you love to do for hours…time would pass, and you’d feel like you just had breakfast and now mom is calling for dinner?  Do that now.  If not now, when? (For me, it was reading adventure and mystery novels or making art outside on the front steps).

Now that you’ve dug deep to get in touch with your inner child, let’s not forget that you’re a grown up after all, and with that too are amazing and memorable things.

The day has been awesome.  You played like you were 5 or 7 or 10 (whatever your favorite age) again.  Now, the night belongs to you.  Switch gears.  Doesn’t it feel great when you have gears to switch, when you can be 5 one minute and 35 (or whatever) the next?  No one could have explained this wonderment to you.  It’s one of those things you just have to experience, and now you do!

Okay, grown-up girl, when it’s just you and your special someone as the sun goes down, reach for fragrances whose names speak for themselves.

Waiting for your special someone, or just dumped a less than special somene off at the ex-boyfriend graveyard?  No worries.  YOU deserve something sensual and playful to celebrate your spirit and delight YOUR senses.

Because when you come down to it, you are absolutely complete, and while having someone around might make life more fun sometimes, this whole fragrance and skincare thang – well you do it for YOU!  We all know that. → Read more

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written by Raulla S. Mitchell

Celebrate Mask Day with yummy fruit DIY masks fresh from your kitchen, a delish smoothie for your beautiful face!  Two super fab choices – perfect to apply while soaking in the bath, sipping a cup of hot herbal tea, relaxing with  your own thoughts in dreamland → Read more

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written by Raulla S. Mitchell

Explore the beautiful pastel colors and fragrances of rose milk and shea butter soaps, sugar scrubs, lotions, cremes, body butters, and solid perfume cubes that celebrate spring fruits and flowers. Refresh your skincare wardrobe with new favorites! → Read more