Thursday, May 19, 2011

WWD: Smell-o-vision

Recently I got a sample of Carol's Daughter Monoi Repairing Shampoo, Conditioner and Conditioning Mask from Sephora, and the smell totally took me back to childhood.

It was summers at the lake with my mom, sister, aunts and cousins, getting sandy on the beach and then going to the public showers to wash off, shampooing with Breck or Fabrage Organics Wheat Germ and Honey Oil, or Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific, or good old Suave, and THANK YOU, Carol's Daughter, for taking me back there just for a moment.

I remember being my skinny, 8 year old self and seeing my aunts and mom and thinking "Their boobs are HUGE!" 

I adored one aunt in particular, more like an older sister, with her long, stick straight blond hair, blue eyes, and always tan skin. She was on the drill team with a red and white uniform and tall white boots. I COVETED that uniform.

My sister and cousins and I would wash off quickly, then run around outside while the grown-ups dried their hair, and we would pile into one or two cars, everyone smelling like Coppertone and baby oil and shampoo, and drive back to Grandma's farm with the windows rolled down, listening to the Eagles or Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Back at the farm we ran around until the sun went down, the smell of lilacs hanging around the windows of the house, listened to my uncles tell ghost stories when it got dark, roasted hot dogs and marshmallows over the fire outside while the grown-ups played Pitch at the kitchen table.

The cool summer nights wrapped around us like black velvet, and we slept in the pop-up camper, giggling and whispering to each other until every last one of us finally dropped off to sleep.

Tunic: T.J. Maxx, years ago
Tank: Old Navy
Jeans: Hudson, clothing swap
Earrings: Clothing swap
Rings: I have NO idea
Shoes: Steve Madden, DSW



Mrs. Kat said...

My would always buy Breck when I was little too! I remember being embarrassed about it b/c all my friends used Pantene and I desperately wanted to use it too. Oh to be young and have those kind of worries!!

merciblahblah said...

No kidding!!! We used a lot of Prell in our house too. Ahhhh the good old days when shampoo was just a buck or two a bottle, instead of $18 - $20.

Carly said...

first of all...i had a MAJOR reconnect with childhood this week to..I was at CVS and passed the Loves Baby Soft perfume and HAD to buy it. Literally been wearing it all week and feel like I am 11 years old sneaking perfume that I am not allowed to wear. Its one way of feeling young again.
Anyway...tunic is GORG. Love it on you.

MerciBlahBlah said...

Oh girl, don't even get me started on Love's Baby Soft. I STILL love that stuff. Don't have any at the moment, but I have bought it off and on through the years. I may have to pick up another bottle!

Thank ye kindly, mama!


oomph. said...

this is such a gorge tunic! gee your hair smells terrific - was that the purple bottle??

yes, my feather necklace is from

Brassy said...

I'm not gonna lie...I teared up just a touch.

Here's to childhood summers xo