Seasonal Fashion Scents Makes Good Sense

They say April showers bring May flowers. In my house, April showers also bring an opportunity to change my closet for the season. Those rainy spring days are perfect for packing up the woolen clothes and rediscovering the warm weather fashion that’s been hibernating in my attic. Sherpa-lined boots are replaced with strappy sandals, and tank tops take the place of turtlenecks. For me, this seasonal fashion switch is not limited to apparel; it also includes a change to my choice of fragrances. With spring’s return I bid adieu to those scents that are a bit heavier in favor of lighter, brighter ones with citrus or floral notes.
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New York/Miami State of Mind

Sigh… it’s another snowy day in New York. I know I’m not alone when I say I’ve had enough. I’m leaving; I’m going somewhere, anywhere it isn’t snowing. Miami is looking particularly good right now. While its 30-degrees in New York, with almost a foot of snow on the ground (and more coming), Miami is expecting a high of 82-degrees, with some clouds and a 20% chance of rain. That sounds great to me! Sadly, I cannot go to Miami today. What I can do is obsess over it and research every aspect of the Floridian paradise, starting with facts about my passion: fragrance.
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Fragrance Gifting, It’s My Thing


Last night, I set up my living room with wrapping paper, tape, scissors, and ribbon, turned on some Christmas music, and prepared to wrap my holiday presents. I noticed a definite theme in my gift giving this year – lots of fragrance! Perfume for my daughter, cologne for my boyfriend, perfume for my boyfriend’s niece, gift sets for all three of my male cousins, and scented body sets for all four of my female cousins.

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Bye, Bye…Buy!

It was a perfect sunny 75-degree kind of day when I was wandering around Manhattan with a few friends. We stopped into a store to smell the newest launch from a beloved fragrance house. Then, in an instant, my day turned from blissful to dismal when the beauty advisor informed me that one of my favorite scents, my go-to scent, was being retired this year. Retired? How can this be? Don’t they know how much I love it, how much I need it? Sacré bleu!

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Falling Into New

The end of summer brings mixed emotions with the cooler weather and the sun setting earlier. As I pack up my sandals and sundresses to make room for my boots and jackets I feel sad. But on the other hand, I look forward to the changes that autumn brings with the new fashions. And as the new fall styles arrive, the highly anticipated fragrance launches follow.

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Fragrance Fumble?

It’s finally here! Football season has arrived and I couldn’t be more excited. Anyone who knows me knows that this is my favorite time of year. I love spending my Sundays watching the games (and watching my computer to monitor my fantasy team) all day long. I actually get pretty annoyed when we have plans on a Sunday that tear me away from my beloved sport.

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Why Not?

This year, less than 64 percent of men reported that they use fragrance and only 23 percent report wearing it on an everyday, or nearly every day basis.*  That leaves a whole lot of men out there who walk around incomplete, partially put together, and quite frankly – naked.  Thirty-six percent of men don’t wear fragrance. I have to ask – why not?

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Rock ‘N’ Roll ‘N’ Perfume

My daughter and her friends go to a lot of concerts, at least one a month.  She went to a concert this past week, for a music group that I am not at all familiar with, and came home with some interesting free stuff.  They handed out fun size Mike and Ike candies as well as samples of a women’s fragrance.  I had never heard of such a giveaway at a music concert before.  It’s rather ingenious though, as the target audience for the concert and the scent seem fairly in line.

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You Had Me At Exclusive

I went to a department store the other day and I fell in love with a fragrance I had never smelled before. The sales associate told me that it was an exclusive brand for the store which piqued my interest because it was unique. That comment also created a sense of urgency because I knew I wouldn’t be able to get it anywhere else (well played Mr. Sales Associate). While the exclusivity tactic certainly worked for me does it work for your average shopper?

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One Direction Obsession

My 15 year old cousin, Maeve, is obsessed with One Direction, which is clear from the posters of the British boy band lining her bedroom walls and ceiling!  Last time I spoke to Maeve she asked me if I wanted to hear all of her “ship names” (“ship” as in “relationship”).  You know….Maeve + Niall= Miall or Naeve….that’s apparently a “ship name”. Most of us would be embarrassed if we were outed the way I am outing my cousin but I bet if she reads this she will be excited just to see her ship name on the Internet.

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Go Big Or Go Home

This weekend I went shopping for two Father’s Day gifts.  The first gift was for my father, who set the bar so high that my sister and I have had a hard time finding men who measure up.  This one is tricky, since his only requirements are a cold Big Gulp and good weather to play golf. The other gift was for my boyfriend, who is a devoted father to his own daughter and an incredible father figure for mine. He is the one man who does measure up, and is easier to shop for since he is as much of a scent-aholic as I. If there’s one thing I know how to shop for, it’s fragrance. 

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Rollerballs For My Roller Bag

I’m all set for my long weekend in the Caribbean and ready to pack everything I need into my 21” carry-on.  Sundresses, check.  Bathing suits, check.  Shampoo, toothpaste, suntan lotion, check, check, check.   Perfume?  I can’t very well go away without bringing some kind of fragrance with me.  I won’t need it for day time when I’ll likely be at the beach, but certainly I’ll need a spritz or two when I’m dressed up at night.  Problem – I don’t want to risk my beautiful glass bottles getting damaged in the flight, even if they could pass the 3-1-1 TSA rule.  Solution – Rollerballs!

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The Power Of Mom…And Grandma

As Mother’s Day approaches, like many people, I think about how lucky I am to be a mother, and to have a wonderful mother of my own. I also think about my grandmother, who passed away several years ago but remains a constant presence in my life. She taught me big life lessons like the importance of being well mannered, well read, and well spoken, as well as smaller ones like the benefits of ironing, doing your hair, and wearing perfume every day. Okay, I don’t do my hair EVERY day, but ironing and applying fragrance are part of my daily routine.

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Love Affair

I am having a love affair with candles, scented candles to be specific. I’m not talking about the ones that smell like cookies baking in the oven, or pumpkin pie. I’m talking about the kind of candles that smell like delicious memories. And forget about plain glass jars, the candles that have my heart a flutter come in gorgeous frosted glass or ceramic containers with decorative lids.

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Bad Weather Bonding

It’s been a rough winter in the Northeast. With blizzards that shut down schools, winds that knocked down power lines and believe it or not it’s still snowing even though its spring, I think we’re all looking forward to the warm weather. While I am excited for the sunshine, I have to admit that there was a silver lining to old man winter – I got to spend a Saturday night with my teenage daughter and her close friend. Yes, they actually hung out with me and I learned a lot while we were snowed in!
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Red Carpet Fragrance

Award season has come to an end. Did you watch the shows? Or more importantly, did you watch the red carpet coverage? I didn’t miss a minute. I love to see the fashion, the colors, and the outrageous trends that only the rich and famous can pull off. This year, there seemed to be an increased focus on beauty. When celebrities were asked “Who are you wearing?” The question was not just about their dress and jewelry, but it also included their fragrance.
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