From The Archive: 2016

The year of travel- from Aus to Africa- as well as some of my favourite ever photos, I hope 2016 brings a small dose of wanderlust (and fashion inspiration if not)!

Beauty

The Fragrance Wardrobe

I promise you it’s not everyday that I refer to the collection of perfumes I have as my ‘fragrance wardrobe’, but for the benefit of a sartorial sounding beauty post, let’s go with it…

So- let’s get down to scents. It’s very rare I talk extensively about the perfumes I love, but as of late I’ve slightly extended my collection and thought I’d introduce you to some favourites. Fragrance is a hugely important part of my ‘beauty routine’- it’s a hugely (yet subtly) powerful thing, that can provoke everything from memories to moods (as well as offering a beautiful scent). Joe and I were in a perfume shop recently and both agreed that a perfume we’d picked out reminded us of a certain place, or time in our relationship; which is pretty special. I used to be very signature in what I wore on a day-to-day basis (Daisy by Marc Jacobs, which I still absolutely love), but it’s nice to have the chance to switch things up every now and again- so I thought I’d introduce you to a few of the other power players sitting on the shelf too…

Tom Ford – Neroli Portofino Acqua

My nose is far from a pro, but if I could summarise this fragrance in one word I’d say it smells like summer. It’s clean (without being clinical), powered by delicious citrus notes and smells exactly as the name would suggest; like a blue skied Italian coastline in summer. It’s unisex, which means the citrus’s aren’t too poignant and instead make for an uplifting, bright scent.

Jo Malone – Sorrel and Lemon Thyme
Another bright and citrus based fragrance, this offering from Jo Malone is a little more earthy, but still oozes the freshness of Spring and the feelings reminiscent to a summers garden (without being too floral). It’s zestiness makes it one of the loveliest scents I own, and this is definitely one that I’ve been wearing almost on a day-to-day basis.

Miller Harris – L’air de Rein
I’ve often attempted dressing like Jane Birkin, but capturing her scent is something entirely new for me- but when I was introduced to this Miller Harris fragrance (designed by none other than Ms Birkin herself)- I couldn’t help but fall head over heels. Unlike anything I’ve ever worn, this scent is woody, dabbled with warm spices that ooze a nostalgic vintage flavour, with notes of vanilla to soften things up too. It’s masculine in a feminine way, and is totally in line with the playful androgyny of her timeless style.

Molton Brown – Dewy Lily of the Valley and Star Anise

If you like the smell of fresh linens left on the line during summer, cosy bedsheets and fresh florals- then this is a scent for you. Dabbled with magnolia and peony undertones (underneath the most gorgeous top notes of lily and star anise)- it’s the perfect light, clean and soft fragrance which is subtle, yet suitably ladylike too.

Diptyque – Eau Rose

I can’t lie, I’m not normally a fan of rose scents, but upon purchasing the Diptyque Rosaviola candle, I was a bit of a changed woman. So let me introduce Eau Rose- a subtle rose scent, governed more by fruity blackberry and delicately complimented by this sparkly rose-tinted floral scent. It’s feminine without being sickly sweet, and is lightyears away from the powdery talc rose scents I’d come to recognise- making it a total floral-scented game changer, which I love.

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