Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Jo Malone Orange Blossom Perfume, Chanel Rouge Noir Nailpolish & My Perfume Collection

Hubby travelled to England last weekend and I asked him to pick me up a Jo Malone perfume from the airport, along with Chanel Rouge Noir nailpolish (choosing gifts stresses hubby out LOL - he always prefers it when I tell him EXACTLY what I want).
Orange Blossom captures "the scent of clementine leaves in the morning dew sparkles above a heart of orange blossom and water lily". Choosing this perfume was a bit risky since I'd never smelled it before (and I'm VERY picky about perfume) but this is one of Jo Malone's most classic and popular scents - and (luckily) I LOVE it! It reminds me of a sweet citrusy baby cologne - but it has a lot of staying power, unlike most other delicate scents. I own a tiny bottle of Lime Basil & Mandarin (another HUGE love)...and now I'm curious to try Nectarine Blossom & Honey. Since Jo Malone sold her company to Estee Lauder in 1999, she isn't involved in creating new scents - so I prefer sticking to the classic blends as they are her original creations.
Here's Rouge Noir with the rest of my Chanel polishes. I don't know if you remember how popular Chanel's Vamp polish was in the 90s - Rouge Noir is the original color that was released under the Vamp name- a "dried blood" color that looks amazing on toenails in the summer and on short finger nails in the fall. Chanel has recently released another polish named Vamp - but it has a silvery shimmer that the 90's creme formula didn't have.
Here's a picture of my perfume collection. I prefer smaller bottles because I'm very picky about perfume, and I often get sick of a scent before I finish the bottle! But I love all these perfumes:
(Back row L-R):
Tea Rose by Shirley May - a random find at a perfume shop. Very strong and sweet rose scent, perfect for layering.
Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel - my "going out somewhere fancy" perfume
Weekend by Burberry for Men  - an addictive light lemon-y smell. I bought it for hubby and ended up keeping it for myself!
Jo Malone Orange Blossom
Chloe roll-on - very sweet and distinctive. If you like Coco Mademoiselle and Ms Dior Cherie, you'll love this. I'll definitely pick up the larger version of this once my roll-on is used up.
(Front row L-R):
Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin - another lemon-y light scent (often worn by men as well) - I love the freshness of this.
Angel by Thierry Mugler - so sweet and chocolatey. I prefer to use this for layering - especially with the Shirley May rose perfume.
Eau Savage by Dior - my third lemon-y men's cologne...notice a trend? Once this is finished I may pick up a larger size or try Aqua di Parma (a unisex citrus scent loved by Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn).
Lastly, if you missed out on the turquoise J Crew bubble necklace dupe from H&M, check your local H&M stores, they've just released a gorgeous red version (which I LOVE). I picked it up this weekend and have already worn it twice. Here's a picture of my turquoise one (and a link to J Crew's original version).
What's your favourite perfume? Do you own any of Jo Malone's perfumes?

Friday, July 22, 2011

What I've been doing....

Organizing and decorating my house:
Sparse, huh? I've got a long way to go! Kids' bedroom so far (Paint: Benjamin Moore in Devon Cream, Bed: Ikea Leksvik, Quilts: Pottery Barn Clara and Ryder)

Dreaming about owning a Chanel WOC:
Source: Nicole's Guide to Style
 Hubby said I could get one as a combined birthday/anniversary present...now I just have to figure out which one I want and where to buy it from (may be cheaper to get it in the US when we go on holiday)

Reading Extra Petite Blog: 
Jean has an amazing sense of style - especially with regards to fit and layering. Love her classic choices and helpful posts - here are two of my faves: whether to get an outfit altered and how to look older (this post is SO funny!)

Trying to get back to being healthy:
Something I made the other day: Chicken skewers with Greek salad
I've fallen into a vicious cycle of exhaustion and non-healthy eating (I'm tired so I crave simple carbs...and then I feel even more sluggish!). I've got to get back to making salads and smoothies every day. Also, I no longer have access to my old gym, but we're hoping to buy an elliptical trainer for the basement soon...I miss exercising!

What have you been up to?

Monday, July 11, 2011

Still moving but I did some shopping...

Our house move is taking longer than expected...the builders are 2-3 weeks past their finish date, and the whole place is SO dusty! Hopefully they should be out of here by the end of this week, and I can finally start putting things away properly - I hate living in chaos!

To take my mind off things, I went shopping last weekend...I also went to the salon for a hair cut and massage. Although I went to many different stores, I ended up only buying clothes from H&M and Garage:
Here are the items I ended up purchasing from H&M - notice a peachy-pink theme?
This shawl is so soft and light. It's 100% acrylic but feels like cotton.
This button-down shirt is creamy with a hint of peach - great for hot summer days.
This slouchy t-shirt was on sale for $7 - I love how it drapes. I also picked up the slim flared jeans I'm wearing from Garage - for some reason their jeans fit me best.
That's all I have for now...I should get back to unpacking boxes (fun???!!)


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