Monday, April 28, 2008

Dare to be Different

A rainy grey day and I'm thinking of warm cozy scents, or scents that remind me of sunny days. Unusual bottles too. If I can't have sunshine, I can wear something warm and golden like *Tocade.

I'm also thinking of Roger Ebert's review of a film about dreams, illusions, and an assortment of struggling family members who do love each other much more than they realize.

A gentle family satire and a classic American road movie, "Little Miss Sunshine" harks back to the anti-establishment, countercultural comedies of the 1970s such as "Smile" or "Harold and Maude" -- satirical fairy tales that preached the virtues of nonconformity over the superficiality of conventional American values.
"Little Miss Sunshine" shows us a world in which there's a form, a brochure, a procedure, a job title, a diet, a step-by-step program, a career path, a prize, a retirement community, to quantify, sort, categorize and process every human emotion or desire. Nothing exists that cannot be compartmentalized or turned into a self-improvement mantra about "winners and losers."

~Roger Ebert

"The reward for conformity was that everyone liked you except yourself." 
~Rita Mae Brown

"If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing." 
~Anatole France

"I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas.  I'm frightened of the old ones." 
~John Cage

*Tocade was created for Rochas in 1994 by Maurice Roucel (The genius behind the lovely scents 24 Fauborg, Insolence, Envy, Castelbajac and L'Instant)
The head notes include bergamot and bourbon rose. Heart notes of jasmin, rose, orchid , and magnolia blossom, and the
soul notes include amber, iris butter, patchouli, and vanilla. This is a warm sweet oriental best in cool weather or on chilly summer evenings. The quirky bottle (Tocade wears a pointy red hat) was designed by Serge Mansau.