Hullo dears, Miss Nightingale, here.
An avid perfume maker, I am also forced – completely against my will – to WORK for a living (disgusting, but one has to scrape together the pennies), currently managing a designer fashion concession. It’s hardly the salt mines, but I’d rather be focusing on my perfume making.
I currently reside in rather grandly named Royal Tunbridge Wells, located in the county of Kent in the UK. Far from living in the castle (or, at the very least, a medium sized mansion) I so obviously deserve, I live like paupers rent a small flat. I am waiting for that benevolent [yet previously unknown] relative to leave me their entire estate, and expect the hand-written-on-vellum letter from their Dickensian solicitors any day now…
It should be obvious to even the most casual observer that I am pretty much obsessed with the Victorian & Edwardian [also, to a lesser extent, 1920’s/30’s/40’s] eras, and have been for as long as I can remember. I distinctly recall my mother asking me what I would like to be when I was older. I replied: “A pickpocket!” which didn’t exactly swell her maternal bosom with pride. Thank goodness I decided I wanted to be a ballet dancer [ha! Short-lived], an actress [secretly feel I missed my calling], a writer [secretly still wish] or Prime Minister [unwise] instead.
I am also quite insanely obsessed with Victorian (and older) slang, probably due to the amount of Victorian novels I have devoured, and likely connected with my love of the bawdy, burlesque & steampunk types. Most of my perfumes are named after slang terms for, well, brazen hussies, disreputable cads, bounders, and ne’er-do-wells. Not what every perfumer would reach for when naming their creations, but I am not every perfumer. 🙂
I’m a member of the indispensable perfume-addicts website, Fragrantica, the editors of which very kindly asked me to be an occasional contributing writer, which I very much enjoy. My username there, should you wish to snoop into my perfumed drawers (so to speak), is miss_nightingale.
I had fantastic feedback when I sold my creations on ebay & LiveJournal, and indeed had given up my job of working in a bookshop to undertake the perfume making full-time. Due to unforseen circumstances in a relationship [a very polite & vague way of referring to this time, I assure you!] – I had to leave my house with a suitcase & move back in with my parents, bless their hearts, then aged 30-something. An interesting period of my life we shall gloss over. In a nutshell, I had to start from scratch, find a new job and a new place to live. Done & done, I am now actively involved in my first love, again [no, not pickpocketing or ballet dancing, you will be relieved to hear] – perfume making. It’s what drives me, inspires me and makes me want to go further in the world.
Are you wondering if you have accidentally stumbled into my first draft for an autobiography spanning several leather-bound volumes? I promise I wont detain you any longer, though it is sort of your fault for being nosy, isn’t it? ;p
Anyway, I do hope you enjoy reading this blog!
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