Thursday, July 21, 2016

Weekend Style // Peach Lace and Coral Shift Dress

Rebecca Minkoff Brie Pumps / Zara Basic lace shirt / ColdWater Creek dress 

It's lace again this weekend. This time I'm wearing peachy lace on my coral shift dress which I've worn here previously. And this pair of silver shoes has been showing a lot of fidelity. How's your weekend going to be? 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Understanding Perfumes // Eau de Parfum, Eau de Cologne or Eau de Toilette


Last time we talked perfumes here we talked the different perfume notes and what they mean. This time we want to discuss what term the different concentrations of fragrance oil, alcohol and water accords a bottle of fragrance. 
When you go fragrance shopping you must have come across fragrance bottles with the words: Eau de Parfum (EDP), Eau de cologne (EDC), or Eau de toilette (EDT)  

What do these mean? 
First, "fragrance" is a term for any smell that is made up of some fragrance oil diluted in alcohol and water. So, no kitchen or gutter smells are not fragrances. 
Now, depending on the concentrations of fragrance oil, alcohol and water here's a rundown of what each term means:
Perfume: This is not the pure perfume essence, i.e the base notes. It has been diluted because pure perfume extract for example spikenard or real musk is not pleasant to smell even in small doses, however 'perfume' is the most concentrated and expensive of all fragrance options. It is composed of 20-30% pure perfume essence, i.e the base note and lasts up to 24 hours. It tends to be sold with 'stopper bottles' and not sprays because it is too strong and too expensive to be sprayed everywhere
Perfume (Eau de Parfum): The term is genderless and could denote male or female fragrance. it's made of 15-20% pure perfume essence and lasts 5-8 hours. Eau de Parfum may be sold in normal bottles or sprays, but even if gotten as a spray it shouldn't be doused all over from head to toe. 
Toilette (Eau de Toilette): It contains 5-15% pure perfume essence dissolved in alcohol and lasts for about 3 hours. This is usually sold in spray bottles and can be sold liberally. The high alcohol content means the scent does last too long. 
Cologne (Eau de Cologne): This is an old term for perfume and usually for masculine scents. It is composed of 2-4% perfume oils and lasts up to 2 hours
Eau Fraiche: This is the most diluted version of fragrance and usually contains 1-3% perfume oil in alcohol and water. It lasts for less than an hour. 

What to Choose?
It follows that if you're looking for a fragrance that takes you through the day without reapplication then Parfum or Eau de Parfum should be the focus.
And if you want to change things up for different occasions in a day you might want to start the day with Eau de Toilette.

Note that the difference in the concentrations of fragrance oils does not mean that different levels of quality

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Work Style // Because a Pencil Midi Skirt is this Versatile

 Clarks shoes / Wardrobes skirt / Burlington shirt / Jewelry: 22kt gold chain, Fervor Montreal Divine Eye pendant necklace, Wristwatch c/o Daniel WellingtonRomannel gold hearts bracelet, Diamond stud earrings / 
If I paraphrased one of the best advice an authority figure once gave me it would be: "Do not take anything personal" At the time and with everything that went on at that time I was disgruntled and wasn't receptive of that little bit of wise nugget but it hung over me like an invincible cloud and it's shaped who I am gradually becoming. Now, I'm a wee bit embarrassed that I had not initially welcomed the words because they were and are impeccable. You know how much I love impeccable things. I will tell you about the effect that impeccable bit of advice had on me, but not today. Today....I want to tell you that there is something impeccably stylish about a black pencil midi skirt. A Black Pencil midi skirt is beyond chic and it's the midi skirt that gets my emotions roaring. It can be dressed up like I have done here with a black shirt and gold accessories or dressed down for a casual chic look with a crop top for some rest and relaxation. Something I'm meaning to do a lot. 

Because I like weird poses :-) 

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