crafting a signature with scent

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Do you have a signature scent? It seems that people fall into either the camp that has one or a few favorites that they stick with or the camp that constantly changes scents with their mood. I am a stick with favorites camp person. Over the years my favorites have shifted slightly but there is a common thread that attaches all of the fragrances that I have been drawn towards. 

It all started with Jean Paul Gaultier Summer fragrance. Each year Jean Paul Gaultier does a special edition fragrance, that is a take on his Classique fragrance, meant for warmer weather. The Summer version retains the warmth as a lighter oriental floral but loses some of the heaviness that can be associated with warm fragrances. The moment I put it on, it was love. 

Then, it was Gucci Envy. This fragrance was different from JPG in that it had a green, floral note but it still maintained that warmth in the base. I was hooked. The next one I did not choose for myself, it was a gift that I just ended up loving - Chanel Coco Mademoiselle. It is floral with jasmine and rose in the heart and a warm oriental base. 

My latest love is Frederic Malle Iris Poudre. It has a warm base that ties it to my lineage here but the iris is the star. It was created by Pierre Bourdon. In the description of the fragrance, it is said that if Iris Poudre were a garment, it would be a cashmere sweater, classic but personal. I fell hard for that. This fragrance, like the others before it, has that quality that makes me feel like an ideal version of myself. Warm, floral, classic yet modern. 

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style study: gamine

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A gamine by modern definition is a wide-eyed, elegant young woman with mischievous or boyish charm. The word gamine is of French origin. It used to mean street urchin. Street urchin! I'm not sure how the word traveled so far in its meaning. The modern definition is far more appealing, don't you think?

The modern definition also suits imagery associated with gamine style. Gamine style is youthful, classic, often simple, a bit tomboyish, and a bit ladylike. The young woman below captures it well.

au courant: skate sneakers

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Skate sneakers are everywhere and thank goodness for that - these casual shoes are comfortable and fashionable. I'm personally over the wedge sneaker trend but not over wearing sneakers in my everyday life. These give me another option besides high-tops AND they slip-on! The sneaker trend has many iterations but this one is currently my favorite. Here are some of my picks.

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weekend shopping: low-heeled pumps

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I commute via public transportation in my everyday life so I want and need a shoe that I can walk around in, hence I mostly wear flats. I love flats, do not get me wrong but I also like a little variety and diversity in my shoe game. To that end, I have been exploring my options that fit the commuter bill. Through this exploration, I figured out that a low-heeled pump may be an option. I used to have an aversion to low-heeled shoes. They just didn't seem to have a place in my wardrobe nor did they fit the look I was going for. As my style direction has changed, my tastes have evolved, and my requirement for comfort has increased - the low-heeled pump now works for me.

I appreciate that low-heeled pumps do not sacrifice comfort and wearability in the name of style. Not that the lack of comfort was really the issue with low-heeled pumps. For me, the problem has been more of one of style. However, the styling has been on point lately. From high end to fast fashion, there are many stylish low-heeled pumps available. Take this pair from Zara, they are feminine and subtly sexy. At two inches in height, they are also completely appropriate for commuting. Style + comfort = get in my shopping cart.

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a window view of dries van noten

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Dries Van Noten's creations are those of rare beauty. His vision is being celebrated in an exhibition in Paris at the Musee des Arts Decoratif entitled Dries Van Noten: Inspirations. The exhibition opened one month ago and will run through August 31st. Here is an excerpt of the write up about the exhibition:

...As Dries Van Noten takes us on an intimate journey into his artistic universe, he reveals the singularity of his creative process which he illustrates with his various and numerous sources of inspiration. ... The show also includes photographs and videos, film clips, musical references, as well as artworks by renowned artists ... that have triggered the designer’s imagination throughout his life and career.

For those unable to make it to Paris for the exhibit, the designer also partnered with Barneys New York and filmmaker Andrew Zuckerman to bring his vision to the flagship Barneys New York on Madison Avenue. Here are some of the images from the installation on Madison Avenue.

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the sale(s): march

Added on by lygie hinkle.

Here are some sales happening for the end of March:

  • Helmut Lang - $100 off any order over $500, in store and online through March 31, use HLSP14
  • Theory - $100 off any order over $400, online only through March 31, use THSPRING14
  • Truffle - All No. 1 Clarity pouches 20% off through March 30, use SPBREAK20

trench coats: classic vs. contemporary

Added on by lygie hinkle.

One item I have been strongly considering for a long time, on and off,  is a trench coat. It came back into mind when I was planning my style direction for spring and summer. I try to plan my purchases and consider how each piece will add to my wardrobe and style direction. I like the polish that jackets and coats add to looks and I am missing a longer length coat, suitable for warmer months. A trench coat could be a good addition to my wardrobe. So, I began looking at different cuts, colors, and fabrications. 

A major component of my trench coat decision is whether I should go with a classic version or a contemporary one. The obvious benefit of a classic is that it has staying power and can stand the test of time. However, some of the cuts and color options of the contemporary pieces were interesting and flattering updates. Even if a classic version of an item can stand the test of time, it doesn't guarantee that it will stand the test of time on you. It is probably best to go with a style, classic or contemporary, that has a color and cut that suits you best. 

I haven't purchased a trench coat yet, once/if I do I will post an update. 

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strong brow

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For those that don't know or haven't seen my picture on the about page, I have prominent eyebrows. I remember when thin brows were "in" and I, like most women, tried it. It did not look like me. I have had these thick, caterpillar brows since I was a baby and even if thin brows were "in," they were not me. So, I never went there again. 

I mostly do my eyebrows myself, plucking a stray hair here and there. Occasionally (read once a year or so), I will visit a professional for guidance on maintaining the correct line for my face. I get compliments on my eyebrows often, so I must be doing something right! 

A tool I use, other than a tweezer, is eyebrow gel. I like my eyebrow hairs to stay in place and eyebrow gel does the job. They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul, so the eyebrow must be the window frame. Here are some options that I have tried and liked to keep the frame well defined. 

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minimal style: clean lines, pt. 2

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I styled this look with the architectural nature of minimal style as my inspiration. I chose to do a more playful take on the style by adding a heap of cheerful color - pink! The main pink piece is a skort romper - it has clean, feminine, and flattering lines. I also used a trendy, skate sneaker that incorporates two of my favorite things - stripes and flowers. Check out that clutch - it is so cool! Its geometrical body will morph and shape to its contents. I went simple luxe with the jewelry to ground and polish the look. 

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weekend shopping: ryan long sleeve

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What can I say, I am obsessed with the Ryan from Everlane. I have Ryans (yes, multiple) in the tank and the tee. So, imagine my delight when they released it in a long sleeve! These wardrobe staples are everything you want in a tee of any sleeve length. They are silky, soft, and perfectly slouchy. They come in five different basic colors - black, charcoal, heather, navy, and white. 

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