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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Reblog: How To: Find Your Signature Scent

This is one of my all-time favourite posts on the blog! I think anyone would benefit from having a signature scent, so follow these tips to find yours!

Do you love the idea of having a signature scent, but find the process overwhelming? Well today I'm going to give you some tips that will help you find your perfect scent. Perfume shopping can be scary - especially when people start approaching you left right and center trying to make a sale. Hopefully with my advice - the process of perfume shopping can be fun!

The goal is to find a scent that is memorable and will remind people of you. Something you can wear to work, a date and even special occasions because of it's versatility and memorability will be best. So here we go!










































1. Learn about fragrance notes
Everyone interprets smells differently so this step is pretty important. All perfumes have top, heart and base notes. The top note is what you smell immediately when you spray the perfume, the heart note appears second and is meant to mask the scent of the base note - as they become more pleasant over time. The base note is the deepest note and is the main note of the perfume.

2. Use the paper tabs
If you are shopping at the department store, then make use of the tabs. Though testing perfume on skin is the best way to go - it may not be realistic if you are testing many perfumes. Also, when you use the tabs you can continue to interpret the notes as they appear over time. Try not to rub these tabs on your nose (I'm guilty of this) as it will hinder you from being able to interpret other scents later on.

3. Be fearless
It's okay to try new things. Finding a signature scent is all about you, so don't limit yourself by following assumptions and reputations. For example many people say that Chanel No. 5 is "an old lady scent" but it may be everything your looking for in a perfume. Go out there and try any scent you're interested in. It's the best way to find what you like and don't like!

4. Try custom
If nothing on the market works for you, try going to an apothecary or perfumery. Here you can select your own notes to make a perfume. The staff at these locations are usually very knowledgeable and will help you create your own personal scent! No one will have the same scent as you!


These are great scents for beginners!







PS: If you're curious, my signature scent is Calvin Klein Euphoria! I just love it!

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Rifle Paper Co. Prints

I've been a huge fan of Rifle Paper for a while, but most of the items were unattainable in Canada. I was in the bookstore just the other day, and to my surprise they had Rifle paper art prints, calendars, greeting cards and phone cases in stock!

While I love pretty much everything that Rifle Paper produces, the prints are my absolute favourite. They are so fun and bright, and when framed are a great addition to any space! Check out (what I think are) the cutest prints below:
Anatomy of Love Illustrated Art Print
Un Deux Trois Illustrated Art Print
Paris Illustrated Art Print
Washington D.C. Illustrated Art Print
C'est La Vie Illustrated Art Print
How fun? 

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Grace and Frankie

I saw Grace and Frankie being advertised on Netflix for a while, but I didn't start watching it until a few days ago. If you enjoy a bit of dry, adult humour then you will definitely enjoy this show. I found it to be just as great as Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. The premise is that two old friends find out that their husbands are leaving them for each other. 

From this a friendship is restored and hilarity ensues along the way. The cast is super talented and each episode is really well written. I hear that a second season is on the way, which is super exciting. If you either aren't into the OITNB hype or need something to tie you over - then definitely check out Grace and Frankie!

Grace and Frankie Movie Poster

Check out the trailer: 



xoxo

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Essie Summer 2015

I always look forward to the colours and names that Essie comes up with for each season. I'm also a huge fan of Essie's formula. If you are patient and go through all of the steps, your manicure can last up to five days! For someone who uses their hands a lot but doesn't have to time to constantly change my manicure, this is great! The summer collection is finally out in stores and I'm now trying to figure out which colours to buy. I used to buy the whole collection on a whim, but noticed that all of the colours weren't getting used. 

When it comes to nail polish, I think the best way to go is buying the colours you know will get used up. It's really tempting to have a huge stash of nail polish, but in the long run it's pretty wasteful to throw out clumpy, unused bottles. 

Right now I'm leaning toward the blue and pink shades! They are fun, bright and perfect for summer! You can shop the entire collection using the widget below!

Let me know which colour(s) you love the most!

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Catch All Trays

I posted a photo of a fun catchall tray on Instagram the other day, and I received a few e-mails about it! I luckily found that tray in a J. Crew store, but I don't think it's available in stores anymore. I picked out a few trays that are just as (if not more) cute and fun to store your favourite trinkets on! 



Catchall trays are a great way to decorate a space while adding functionality. Keys and jewelry tossed  down on a table is a huge eyesore and sore spot for me. Having a dedicated area for little bits and bobs definitely makes me want to put that to use instead of having a messy table. 

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