Fragrances you’ll love all year around

Choosing the perfect year around fragrance can sometimes be the most difficult beauty decision one has to make. Feminine fragrances tend to be too sweet for everyone’s tastes, men’s fragrances tend to be far too spicy or woody, and unisex fragrances tend to underwhelm. However, there are a few fragrances that stand out as not only interesting, but they also perfectly move from summer to winter without creating a jarring wall of scent.

Masculine

Maison Margiela: Replica Soul of the Forrest

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$200.00  @ Sephora | Soul of the Forest encapsulates the strength and severity of strong woods and leafy forest greens. Many fragrances claim to encompass the fresh and familiar scent of a walk in the forest, but Maison Margiela‘s Replica fragrance perfectly recreates the smell of a dense forest that glistens with the faint sparkling of a sun shower’s remnants. It is packed with strong notes of balsam fir, cedar, and incense, creating an intoxicating masculine scent that edges ever so slightly into gender neutral territory.

Atelier Cologne: Sud Magnolia

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$145.00 @ Sephora | Atelier Cologne‘s Sud Magnolia may not be the first for a masculine fragrance at first glance, however, the light Magnolia scent is wrapped beautifully in tart citrus notes of pomelo and bitter orange, giving the scent a sweet yet hard bite that meshes perfectly with the elegant and warm scent of southern Magnolia. Perfect for cold winter days that need a warm pick me up or warm summer days that require a familiar summer sweetness.

 


Gender Neutral

CLEAN: Cool Cotton

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$95. 00 @ Sephora | One of the most pleasing scents available on the market is the unisex fragrance CLEAN Cool Cotton, which boasts a beautifully pure and impressive aroma of clean countryside cotton. Imagine leaving your house like the freshest breeze of the wind you’ve ever smelt; like a sweeping hillside cinematic moment captured in a small glass flacon. That’s the beauty of this lemon peel, cotton, and mint concoction. It’s also slightly more cost effective than many other options on this list!

Tom Ford: Mandarino Di Amalfi

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$172.00 @ Sephora | One of Tom Ford‘s best selling and most appreciated sscents is Mandarino Di Amalfi. It conjures up images of the fresh Mediterranean coast. An image of inviting sea water, white sailed sail boats, tan bodies, and the freshness of a citrus orchard under the sun all come crashing together in this stunning confection. The absolutely fresh unisex is made possible by the presence of grapefruit, lemon, and orange blossom.

 


Feminine

L’Artisan Parfumeur: Les Chasse Aux Papillons

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$170.00 @ Sephora | Florals are a sure fire way of capturing a soft and feminine scent that isn’t overly sweet or childish. The playfully elegant and entrancing Les Chasse Aux Pipillons by L’Artisan Parfumeur aims at bottling a memory rather than a scent. Instead of bottling the literal, Papillons is a blend of tuberose, linden blossom, and jasmine, which carries a memory rather than just a fixed scent. Unlike other florals, Papillons’s transports the wearer back to their childhood of butterfly chasing in a lush fragrant meadow bathed in sunlight.

Guerlain: Aqua Allegoria Pera Granita

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$78.00 @ Sephora | Guerlains Pera Granita is a scent built on the more light and effervescent side of the fragrance spectrum. With sparkling grapefruit, pear, and lemon, this tart scent perfectly compliments high summer and adds an aromatic and invigorating zest to the winter months. However, this can be a tad bit sweet depending on personal preference, but nothing compares to the tarty bitterness of grapefruit in the morning. Think of it as breakfast for your body!

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New Year, New Apartment

It’s that time again — the holidays are over but you’re not ready to take down all the decorations and pack away the holiday cheer. The thing is, you don’t need tinsel and twine to make your apartment merry and bright! Something about adding new touches to your apartment can give it a whole new look and get you out of a post-holiday rut. Here are a few ways you can refresh and get your apartment in shape for 2017.

1. Get rid of things you don’t need/love

Before you start buying more pieces, get rid of the stuff you know you don’t need. If it’s not something you use regularly and is only taking up space, get rid of it. If you have multiples of the same thing, or the item is not worth the time you spend cleaning and storing it, say goodbye. One of the most important things is to know whether you love an item, or just feel obligated to love it. I find myself hoarding things because of sentiments. Truth is, half the time I don’t even remember where it came from.  If you don’t truly love something, or you feel you are keeping it out of obligation, do yourself a favour and just put it in the donation pile.

Another thing — throw out your old makeup. I can’t be the only one that still finds lip gloss from middle school when I’m going through stuff. For some reason, I never bother to throw it out — as if I need the glitter infused, cola-tasting lip concoction. Decluttering includes EVERYTHING, including your makeup brushes that have seen better days.

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2. Hide the ugly stuff/things that overwhelm you.

Not everything in your apartment can be beautiful. If possible, put those things away. There are necessary things and miscellaneous things that just don’t have a place to go.  Putting these things away will help clear your space. This doesn’t mean you have to store them in those big clunky storage boxes that belong in a garage. Use sleek office boxes to store files and documents and patterned shoe boxes to store photos and other knick-knacks. Make sure to label your boxes as well. Then put them away where you won’t see them. Out of site, out of mind.

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3. Change the paint/add some wallpaper.

Adding a fresh coat of  paint can really transform your space, even if it’s just one accent wall. If you need to revamp your apartment but it’s a rental, you can get removable wallpaper. It’s a hassle-free way to create a huge impact. Use wallpaper on a singular wall as an accent or cover any surface, such as a book shelf or table to give the room a pop. Moody florals have been around for a bit but I still love it.

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4. Change the lighting.

Living in a space with dull lighting is terrible, and it’s only after you switch for brighter lighting that you notice the difference. If you don’t have enough sunlight coming through, get yourself a new lamp, or some under-the-cabinet lighting in the kitchen. Any sort of light will transform the space. I find it best to go with warm toned bulbs. It feels more homey, rather than cool toned lights which tend to make you feel like you’re in a hospital, or the grocery store. Fairy lights, candles, and even neon signs are all additional touches to your apartment that will help brighten it up, yet still feel cozy.

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5. It’s all in the details.

The details are what make a house a home. Change up the details to change the whole tone of your space. Things like door handles, cabinet knobs,  and light switch covers can all be easily changed.  Anthropologie has some really unique doorknobs that you can mix and match. Get a new coffee table book, or a new candle. Switch out your curtains. Put up some new art, or prints. Personalize your home with framed photos. Create a gallery wall you can be proud of. Replace the pine and holiday garlands with hanging or climbing plants — these are super trendy right now and will bring some life into your space. There are so many little things you can do to your apartment that will impact the space as a whole.

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Start off the year with these changes to your apartment. It doesn’t have to be a big project to have a big impact. Simple upgrades will help you get out of that post-holiday rut and start 2017 with a “new” space.

 

My Capsule Wardrobe Diary

The Capsule Wardrobe has been around for a while. Susie Faux, owner of London boutique Wardrobe coined the term way back in the 70’s. Then in 1985, Donna Karan released her “7 Easy Pieces” collection of seven interchangeable work-wear pieces. At the debut, eight models dressed in only bodysuits and blacks tights at first, started to add items of clothing such as trousers, dresses, etc., to demonstrate the versatile style of dressing. The whole concept gained more popularity.

Essentially, the idea is to have a wardrobe collection of a few staple items of clothing, often in the neutral palette, which can then be augmented with seasonal pieces. In the end, you would have a compact closet with high-quality pieces that are versatile and that you love to wear — saving money, space, and time to get ready in the morning.

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Currently, the minimalist style of dressing has become more trendy, so I decided to try it out. Do you have a wardrobe full of clothes but still wear the same 3 items every day? Same. So I thought I might as well try the Capsule Wardrobe thing, and what better time to do it than at the start of a new year. So for the whole month of January, I will be living out of my version of a capsule wardrobe.

Despite what people think, there are no rules to it. You don’t have to have a specific number of pieces or stick to a specific colour palette. However, it usually stays around 30 neutral pieces, but I’m going to try and stick to 33. This includes accessories and shoes. I’ve also set up rules for myself:

  1. I have to use items I already have.
    The point of a capsule wardrobe isn’t to have a complete, perfect wardrobe. There’s no such thing. This isn’t an excuse to go out and buy more clothes that will make my wardrobe “complete”. It’s nature to want something new, but this is about cutting down and keeping it simple.
  2. I have to put together an outfit everyday.
    I usually work from home so most of the week, I’m in sweats and a T-shirt, but if I was going to do this, I wanted to actually do it. So now I have no choice but to try and get my life together in the morning.
  3. I have 33 pieces to choose from.
    This includes purses, shoes, and accessories, and excludes workout clothes, sleepwear, and obviously socks and things.

I will be uploading a picture recap at the end, documenting my outfits every day this month, and I promise to keep it 100% honest. So check back to see if I manage to get through the whole month!

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