What I’m wearing: lace camisole (one of my favorite shirts EVER–comes in several colors, also love this similar button-front one), Burberry foundation, Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow palette in “Dolce Vita” (for both shadow and liner), Estee Lauder brow pencil, NARS bronzer in “Laguna,” NARS blush in “Orgasm,” and RMSBeauty lipstick in “Russian Roulette.” Hair curled by the T3 Whirl curling iron 1″ barrel.
Do you switch up your scent with the change in seasons?
A long time ago, back when I was a newer blogger, I had coffee with a woman on Estee Lauder’s perfume team. (Coolest job ever, right?) She introduced to me a concept I’d never thought of before: a scent wardrobe.
It only makes sense, right? You have different clothing you put on depending on the weather or the mood that you’re in. Why should perfume be any different?
I’m a big believer in the fact that perfume is an accessory–and it’s always the last thing I put on before I leave the house. It makes me feel so much more confident and beautiful and grown up. (Side note: for those of you in your late-twenties and thirties, isn’t it funny how certain things still make us feel “grown-up” even though the reality is that we are OLD ALREADY ?)
When I was little, I remember my mom having this really beautiful perfume spritzer bottle to hold her Chanel Number 5. Which is so funny, because knowing my mom as an adult, it’s not like her to have a fancy perfume bottle OR wear Chanel Number 5. Clearly this was purchased for her as a gift, probably by my dad! But I loved playing with it. The act of spraying perfume obviously evoking the same emotion in my 5 year old self as it does now with my 29 year old self! I still love perfume just as much. (Although, not so much Chanel Number 5, haha!)
Another funny story: When I was about 25, I wandered into the nearest department store looking for a new perfume (obviously, because it’s me) and I described to the woman what I was looking for: “nothing too sweet, a little spicy” I said. She kept wafting samples of what Janice Ian would describe as, “baby prostitute” perfume. I then glanced at what she was giving me and it was PARIS HILTON PERFUME. I then realized she thought I was a teenager!! (Needless to say, I never shopped at that department store, which shall remain nameless, again! ?)
So, as you can see–perfume and I have had a long-standing, life-long love affair.
As seasons change, I can often be found googling perfume reviews for the upcoming season. I’m a pretty tough critic though, I don’t like anything too sweet and tend to err on the side of either spicier scents, or lighter more floral fragrances, depending on my mood, the occasion, and the time of year.
It’s a really rich, darker smelling perfume that is sweet at first but then almost has a cologne-esque after-note. It reminds me of romantic, dimly lit winter date nights–which is exactly when I wear it! (This slinky lace-trim camisole is the perfect pair for it, along with some dark, high-waisted skinny jeans and some sleek pumps!) Neal absolutely loves it too!
Some of my other favorite perfume reviews:
Jimmy Choo “Illicit: I often wear this scent during the day–it’s very light and beautiful and not overpowering. It’s that kind of perfume that someone gets a very faint hint of and says, “who is that that smells so good?”
Chloe: Chloe’s namesake perfume is one I’ve loved for years and often go back to. It’s become an ultimate classic for those who want a light, romantic, feminine scent.
Chloe “Rose”: On that same note, I also love Chloe’s “Rose” perfume. It smells you you soaked a bouquet of fresh roses in Chloe’s original perfume and it is to die for. It’s a wonderful scent year-round, but especially for warmer days!
Philosophy’s “Amazing Grace”: This was the second perfume I ever wore (behind Ralph by Ralph Lauren of course, the perfume choice of 14 year olds everywhere) and I still love it today. It’s fresh and clean, like the most wonderful smelling soap you’ve ever smelled–in the best way possible.
“Stella” by Stella McCartney: This is the perfume I started wearing in college (my sorority college roommates got me hooked on it, because, duh–doesn’t everyone wear the same perfume when they live together?!) and what I wore when Neal and I started dating. He absolutely adores this scent because it reminds him of when we first met. I hadn’t worn it in years, but got a new bottle to wear on our wedding day and sprayed my wedding day note with it as well.
For all perfume lovers: if you’re in the market for a new perfume or just need to stock up on your go-to favorite, head on over to Nordstrom, because right now they’re having a special scent event now through Sunday! With any women’s, men’s, or home fragrance purchase over $85, you’ll get a 31 piece fragrance gift–30 different perfume samples in a cute carrying pouch! If you’re a perfume junkie like me, it’s basically a dream.
How to apply perfume (the right way!)
I couldn’t share all my favorite perfumes without sharing how to wear them–because I think the method in which you apply perfume is just as important as the scent itself!
At a very young age, my mother taught me that there was a right and a wrong (VERY wrong!) way to wear perfume. We can all think of at least one woman who seems to permeate the room with her strongly scented perfume as soon as she walks in the door. NOBODY wants to be that woman!
I was taught that you should only be able to smell a woman’s perfume when you stand close to her. Or very faintly smell it (just for a second!) when she walks closely past you. Anything more than that is too much.
Think of perfume as you would makeup. You never want someone to look at you across the room and think, “nice makeup”. You want your makeup to enhance your natural beauty–not call attention to the fact that you’re wearing it.
What not to do when applying perfume:
Spray the perfume directly on your body or on your clothing.
Spray multiple spritzes at once–ONE only!
How to correctly apply perfume:
The wrist method:
My mom taught me that you should spray ONE light spritz on one of your wrists. Also, make sure the bottle isn’t too close to your wrists. You don’t want them saturated. Then rub your writsts together. Then, rub one wrist on both sides of your neck. This achieves the perfect level of scent and will ensure it’s not too overpowering.
The “walk through” method:
Another way to ensure that your perfume isn’t too overpowering is to spray one spritz in front of you. Then walk through the spritz. However, I tend to prefer the other method, because I’d rather not to get the scent on my clothing.
What is your signature scent? Do you change up your perfume, or do you have one signature scent year-round?
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