This time of year brings back fond memories of a trip to France, with gorgeous and fragrant blooming lavender fields. I wanted to bring that back into my home this summer, and found two fantastic products to help me: C.O. Bigelow Lavender & Peppermint Candle and Soap & Paper Factory Lavender Clary Sage Liquid Soap. READ MORE
As I’ve mentioned here many times, the CLEAN fragrance brand is one of my favorites (if not my actual favorite). I may have a hundred different perfumes, but a crazy amount of the time, I’m reaching for one of their scents in the morning. They just work on me (and they smell amazing too). So any time they release something new, you can imagine my excitement. For summer, there are two new scents (TWO!) which makes me very, very happy.
Air has the best description ever. It’s meant to “evoke the expansive airiness of a hot air balloon ride over the Himalayas” which I think we can all admit sounds amazing. The fragrance itself can be worn alone or layered over any other CLEAN scents to make them more floral. It’s definitely more of a floral than their other scents, but it’s still fresh and light, not cloying or overpowering. (It has notes of Bergamot Blossoms, Sparkling Freesia and Dewy Peony). As per usual, I want to wear it always.
The other new scent, Summer Sun, is even more up my alley. It’s supposed to capture the essence of an endless summer day and every time I smell it, it just makes me happy. So, so happy. With notes of Clementine, Crisp Apple, Bergamot, Wet Marine Notes, Honeysuckle, Orange Blossom, Juniper Berry, White Amber, Blonde Woods, Sandalwood and Soft Musk, it’s playful and fun. To me, it’s a little fruitier than most of their other scents, but it’s still so… clean (for lack of a better word!) The thing I love about CLEAN is that every scent feels perfect in all situations to me. I definitely wear them in the daytime to work, but they seem perfect for nights out as well. I love that when I wear Summer Sun, I smile every time I catch a whiff of it. Fragrance SHOULD make you happy and CLEAN scents always do. Kudos!
Oh, Kate Spade… How I love your bags and how I wish I could afford to buy more of them…
Luckily for me, when I can’t buy bags, I default to buying other things, which has led to me trying my first Kate Spade fragrance, Live Colorfully. It’s right up my alley–a citrus floral–and it reminds me of summer and vacation and always puts me in a great mood whenever I spritz it on. With notes of tiare flower, golden gardenia, coconut water, sheer amber, radiant musks and Tahitian vanilla, the perfume sounds amazing, right? Trust me, it is. It’s very tropical but a little sweet as well and I can definitely smell both the floral and the citrus on me when I’m wearing it. It’s the perfect date night scent, but I’ve also been wearing it during the day and it’s not too strong or overwhelming at all. How to describe it best? Unique and feminine – just like Kate Spade herself!
Even though the days are warming up, it can still be cool at night. And lately on weekend nights, for me, there’s almost nothing better than cozying up with a throw, lighting a candle and catching up on magazines. I’m a big fan of Voluspa‘s Candles, and was so excited when they reached out about their newest collection, Maison Jardin.
The collection is composed of 4 fragrances:
Since I gravitate toward florals and citrus scents, I happily tried to the Sake Lemon Flower Maison Metallo Candle. This is a lovely tart scent, but the sake note tempers the citrus, preventing it from being overly sweet.
Their containers are so lovely, as well. This one has gorgeous vintage-inspired florals, and their double wick configuration always leaves the candle burning evenly. (Tip: Make sure it always burns to the edges to prevent tunneling and for continuous even burns.)
Are you as over winter as I am? I’m craving sunshine, light breezes and spring-scented air… But since it’s still chilly, I’m turning to candles to bring in the scent of spring, while still providing coziness at home. Candles from Tocca are always a treat, and their scents let your senses escape to another place. These three are my current favorites! READ MORE
I love Marc Jacobs anything, so I always get excited when he has a new product out. (You should’ve seen me the first time I laid eyes on his new makeup collection. There were practically tears!) So naturally, I was super happy finally to get my hands on his new scent, Honey. First of all, how cute is the bottle? Adorable, right? It just makes me smile when I look at it and love its bright cheerfulness and the little “bees” attached.But even more than the bottle, I love the scent itself. It’s so fruity and energizing and just the right fragrance that works for both day and night with notes of Pear, Juicy Mandarin, Orange Blossom, Peach Nectar, Apricot, Honeysuckle, Honey, Golden Vanilla and Smooth Woods. You can definitely smell all of the citrus notes in it, which is a plus for me and is very fresh and feminine, not overpowering or too heavy. READ MORE
I’m absolutely ecstatic to be escaping to my beloved Paris for a few days this week! It’s been a year since I was last there, and when I’ve been away for a while I start to feel a yearning tickle under my skin for the charming streets, delicate pastries, and of course the effortless-chic fashion. I love Paris in all seasons, but autumn is my favorite time to go when the big tourist rush is over and the crisp chill is in the air making it perfect for tea and croissants in the afternoon. Before I take off, I always have to go over my wardrobe with a discerning eye (often leading to a frenzy), when I try to find that outfit that’s been waiting for the right moment to be taken out. Just in time for my trip, I have fallen for the only thing that could make me even more excited for the hop over to France: Guerlain’s Crazy Paris Holiday Collection. Each exquisite creation in the collection speaks to the glamour of Paris, inspired by the bright lights that illuminate the city at night. Guerlain is celebrating its reopening of its flagship boutique in Paris at 68 Champs Elysees, hence the “68” theme for the beautiful packaging of each piece. READ MORE
I’ve been really into citrus lately — and not just because it’s still in season here. When the weather heats up, anything with hints of lemon, orange, grapefruit or lime makes me feel cooler, more refreshed and happy to be alive. This is why I’ve been spritzing Lavanila Laboratories Vanilla Grapefruit fragrance all over the house — and on myself. It’s a very smooth yet perky scent, with an initial blast of grapefruit and lime that dries down to spicy vanilla and sandalwood.
Lavanila, an L.A.-based company, prides itself on using organic sugar cane alcohol, essential oils and botanicals. The result is a scent that isn’t as likely to irritate your skin or your senses. If you love citrus and vanilla — and are attempting to avoid products that contain any or all of the following: parabens, petrochemicals, phthalates, silicones, propylene glycol, mineral oils, synthetic dyes, sulfates, chemical sunscreens, or aluminum (whew!) — I recommend keeping a bottle of this in your bathroom.
One of life’s simplest but most delightful pleasures for me is to step into a cozy French bakery early in the morning, feeling the warmth of the oven still on, and breathing in the tantalizing fresh aroma of pastries. The next pleasure is, of course, partaking in eating them. Laura Mercier’s La Petite Patisserie Travel Candle Trio has captured three beautiful scents of the patisserie in a perfect candle travel set, and the best part is, it’s calorie-free! Despite wondering if these gorgeous smells would make my stomach growl, I found them satisfying my senses without the craving. The sweet flavors of Fresh Fig, Almond Coconut Milk, and Crème de Pistache are wrapped up in votive candles to release that bakery-fresh smell whether you’re cozying up at home or on the road. When I travel, I find that a candle goes a long way in setting the ambience and bringing warmth and comfort to a hotel room.
Fresh Fig is my favorite of the vibrant trio, and I can almost taste the fresh Celeste Figs and fruit bouquets of Apricot Nectar and Ylang Ylang. The mini candle certainly packs a punch–within minutes of being lit, the room is permeated with the delicious warm scent. The Almond Coconut Milk is the most comforting, a sweet version of milky flavors with a tropical twist. It combines Milk, Coconut, Almond and Vanilla notes with Heliotrope and Musk for a rich experience. Last but not least, Crème de Pistache is an exotic and decadent blend of Almost, Praline and Hazelnut with freshly Whipped Cream for a luscious, rich scent. The candles have a 20-30 hour burn time, which is key for small candles–they go the distance for their petite size. This limited-edition sampler comes with a elegant and portable candle carrier which is perfect for stashing your favorite candle in your toiletry bag. Trust me, it’s the first thing you’ll pull out to create your home away from home!
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