The power of perfume has been praised throughout history as having the supernatural ability to attract men. Therefore, every girl needs her signature scent. But, how much do you really know about your favorite fragrance? It turns out that fragrances are so much more than just fancy French words and pretty packaging. Each fragrance variety corresponds to a different level of concentration resulting in different size bottles and price points.
Wondering what the difference really is between a Parfum and a Toilette? Here’s the deal:
Parfums are the most concentrated. They are often in the smallest bottles and are known to be the most expensive of the fragrance varieties.
Eau de Parfums are less concentrated and a bit less expensive than their Parfum counterparts.
Eau de Toilettes are (you guessed it) the least concentrated of the three fragrance types and usually the most affordable.
Once you’ve discovered your favorite fragrance, choosing between the Parfums, Eau de Parfums, and Eau de Toilettes is dependent on two major factors: how strong you’d like the scent to be and your fragrance budget. Since I prefer a more subtle scent, I usually go for the Eau de Toilettes. But, if you like a stronger and purer fragrance, you should hands down go for a Parfum. When buying a fragrance for a friend, I would suggest meeting in the middle with an Eau de Parfum. Whatever your preference, your perfume should make you feel as beautiful as the mystical bottle it came in.
If you’re in your twenties, chances are you remember the era of the graphic tee. I can still remember sporting them in high school with a fab pair of jeans and feeling completely casual chic. Shortly into college, however, my graphic tees were replaced with equally fun sorority t-shirts and more sophisticated looks.
Now, I’m begining to be drawn to the allure of the t-shirt again. While some fashion statements are subtle, t-shirts make a very obvious statement. Depending on your mood, an obvious statement can be very welcome. So I’m adding these fab statement tees to my shopping list.
From hippies to housewives, the vintage styles of the late 60s and early 70s were totally fab. I’ve always seen this era in fashion as transitional and rebellious. For the first time, women were showing off their legs in mini skirts, going braless in halter-tops and embracing nature with hippie styles.
When my Mom posted the above photo of her in 1971 for ‘Throwback Thursday,’ I was completely fascinated by the fashion and how gorgeous she looked. So I asked her to send me more photos of her late 60s/early 70s style.
In the above photo, she’s wearing the short-lived craze known as the maxi skirt. Having grown up in Caracas, it was probably a short-lived fad for her as the mini skirt was more favorable for the tropical weather in Venezuela. She’s also wearing Native American-inspired beaded jewelry that was very popular. I love both the necklace and the belt!
1969 – Low rise velvety bell-bottom pants with wide belts were the rage. Jewelry was anything that looked hippie like beads or flowers as reflected in my Mom’s necklace.
1972 – It’s hard to see in this picture, but if you look closely at the makeup, the line in the middle of the eyelid is one color shadow while the shadow on the bottom is a completely different color. I should try this sometime.
1973 – Pig tails with long 70s hair. My Mom often wonders how salons stayed in business during the 70s because she never had anything done to her hair as long and natural was the style of choice.
Like every other classy New Yorker, I’m always searching uptown and downtown for the perfect NYC brunch. So when my friend Tracy asked if I wanted to join her for a birthday brunch at Hotel Chantelle, I couldn’t resist. After brunching, I must say that the Hotel Chantelle’s roofdeck is now one of my favorite places for a weekend summer brunch. While it has a sophisticated French feel and serves French-inspired cuisine, it’s still incredibly laid back. They even have $0.92 cocktails!
Having spent summers in New England as a kid, I’ve always been a fan of deckside nautical style. All this look is missing is a dock, the ocean (or lake) and boats. I’m wearing a Vince Camuto dress from Lord & Taylor, a gold Just Cavalli bag (similar) from a consignment store, Juicy Couture sunglasses (similar), and of course “Naughty Nautical” nail polish by Essie.