So many years ago when I was around sixteen/seventeen my parents allowed me to smoke in the garden but would not allow me to have an ashtray to put my cigarette butts in for whatever reason. The only reason I knew was that they did not want me to destroy the aesthetic of the garden which was already a hole and they were pretty anti-smoking too so that was potentially another reason.
Anyway, I asked them where they wanted me to put my cigarette butts and the only response I got was.
"Put them wherever you like, we are not having an ash tray in that garden"
Which I believed to be absolutely comical. You literally don't want an ashtray in the garden but you are happy to have butts strewn all over the place, sure that's fine however I am not the kind of person to throw cigarettes on the floor.
Now I have always had a creative flair and I thoroughly enjoy art so I decided I was going to collected my cigarette butts in a little jar and hide that jar behind a bush, moving it at different times to lessen the chances of it's discovery, I was still following the rules because technically a jar isn't an ashtray. They forgot about the ashtray situation and moved on with their lives until...
After about six months of collecting cigarette butts [reading this in my head makes it sound so gross, I'm sorry] I had collected loads. My parents went on holiday for two weeks and when they came back I had constructed a no-smoking sign and a "thank you for not smoking" underneath it all out of the cigarette butts I had collected.
They came home to find that and my mum let out the loudest gasp I had ever heard and my dad chased me around the garden with a bit of wood, but that's okay, we laugh about it now.
Anyway, rules should really be thoroughly thought out before they are set.
Here is a selection of some of the fragrances I’ve worn this winter. In the middle is my preciousss, Caron Tabac Blond in the baccarat bottle. I think I read somewhere Caron used the white snakeskin boxes until sometime in 1970s? So this bottle is at least 40 years old. Funny story, I paid 25$ for it on eBay, the seller didn’t know what they had, the name was misspelled ‘Tobac Blond’ and it was listed in perfume collectibles.
Patou Sublime mini, incense for days.
Caron Nuit de Noel extrait. if I ever win the lottery I want the full presentation, green pebbled box with tassel and gorgeous black baccarat bottle.
Caron Bellodgia parfum in the baccarat bottle, pure carnation goodness
Balmain Jolie Madame vintage parfum with Bakelite cap. The best review I ever saw compared it to a black leather pocketbook lined in violet silk. I also have the modern edt, it is unmistakably Jolie Madame, the violet note is not quite as jammy is all.
On the left side are the ones I wear outside working in the yard. You know, when it’s cold outside but you know you are going to work up a sweat raking leaves. Piguet Bandit, Caron Yatagan and Pucci Vivara parfum.
On the right are cozy fireside scents, Royal Bain de Caron a wonderful clean powdery cheapie, Gres Cabochard and my year round favorite, Patou Colony, pineapple, ylang-ylang, carnation and leather.
Nothing you do can stop trays from yellowing a bit. But when they are on your teeth, no one can really notice.
I've tried it all. expensive ultrasonic cleaners. Bleach. Denture-cleaning tablets. everything. The color of the plastic has literally changed inside the depth of the plastic. Nothing on the surface will fix it.
And it doesn't matter. Yes, they look a bit yellow in your hand. But when they are on your teeth, no one will notice, I promise. I've worn the same set of trays for over 5 weeks as I wait for refinements to come in. They level of yellowness they get after 10 days or so doesn't get that much worse.
Just scrub them once a day with gentle soap to clean out any plaque, and don't worry about discoloration.