Scent Saturday | Chanel Chance eau Fraîche 

COMPANY | Chanel

NAME OF FRAGRANCE | Chance eau Fraîche 

NOTES | Lemon, Cedar, Pink Pepper, Water Hyacinth, Jasmine, Teak Wood, Iris, Amber, Patchouli, Vetiver, White Musk

VIBE | Refreshing, Clean, Elegant, Androgynous, Sparkling

Although Chanel is my absolute favorite couture house and I think that both Coco Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld are geniuses in their own right, I haven’t always been crazy about Chanel perfumes. There are about a handful that I truly enjoy (Beige, Cristalle eau Verte, Coco Noir, and No. 18 are my favorites). Chanel Chance eau Fraîche, however, is an entirely different beast and it lacks any of the abstract florals or heavy aldehydes and spices that a lot of Chanel perfumes are overpowered by (Coco Mademoiselle and No.5, I am looking at you). I tried this perfume on out of curiousity when I was walking through Sephora as I realized it was one of the few Chanel perfumes I hadn’t tried. I expected to feel how I usually feel about Chanel fragrances – indifference at best, promptly scrubbing it off at worst. I was pleasantly surprised by the fragrance’s refreshing opening, lightly floral heart, and woodsy yet powdery dry down. At first spritz it actually smelled a bit like a men’s cologne before softening into a watery floral with crisp greenery and woods and just a touch of powdery iris. It’s bubbly and refreshing – if it were a cocktail it would be a French 75, with sharp gin, sparkly champagne, and bright lemon. It’s a flanker of Chanel Chance and it is definitely related to Chance eau Fraîche in terms of its notes. However, the original is sweeter, with a note of pineapple and a heavier dose of patchouli. I don’t hate the original, I just much prefer the refreshing, green scent of eau Fraîche. There is also another flanker, eau Tendre, which is in a similar bottle but with pink fluid as opposed to the golden juice of the original or pale green juice of eau Fraîche. It’s actually very nice as well and I may review it in the future. It’s softer and more overtly feminine with sweeter fruits to counter balance all of the patchouli that is signature to the Chance formula. Overall, out of the three versions Chance eau Fraîche is still my favorite. It’s the perfect scent for everyday and is uplifting and bright – just the thing to wake you up on an early Monday morning (it also has a subdued sophistication that is very appropriate for the office). It’s pleasant and not at all overpowering but it’s still interesting. It’s clean and subtle enough not to offend anyone but unique enough to garner compliments and the question “what are you wearing?”. Its not quite citrusy, not immediately woodsy, and it’s not green in the way that oak moss laden chypres are. It really is a bright fragrance that is best suited for the day time. It’s ideal for spring and summer but I find the woodsy elements of the scent make it perfectly fitting for fall and winter as well. While the florals do soften the scent, it could easily be unisex and a man could wear it just as well as a woman could. This is my favorite Chanel perfume of the moment and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves clean fragrances and green, woodsy notes.

xoxo,

Alicia

Mad Tea Party

I recently watched the movie Marie Antoinette (starring Kirsten Dunst) and was incredibly inspired by the over the top decadence of the set, costumes, and food (piles and piles of pastel pastries and ornate sugary confections). Fall is just around the corner and while autumn hues are typically considered to be darker colours (mustard, merlot, emerald, cobalt, cognac), I love the idea of transitioning my pastel summer dresses and accessories into the upcoming season. I have never been someone who believes in following the trends or any kind of fashion rules and as far as I am concerned, there is no reason we all can’t wear powdery pink, mint green, and periwinkle blue well into winter. Let us all eat cake.

  
 

  
1 // Ditzy Floral – Lorraine Tea Dress

  
2 // Miss Etoile – Teapot With Eyes

  
3 // Melonhopper – Strawberry Pie Sheer Blouse

  
4 // Olympia Le Tan Tea Party Headband

  
5 // Chloe – Lauren Scalloped Leather Pumps

  
6 // Tea Lovers Watch  

  7 // Lucy Loves Neko – Eat Me Necklace 

 Xoxo,

Alicia

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Saturday Inspo

It’s been a really relaxing week for a change, which has given me time to get back in touch with my creative side and indulge my hobbies. From painting and cooking to making jewelry and homemade bath products (I made the most delicious smelling Banana-Vanilla salt scrub yesterday, a recipe that I will definitely have to share here), I have been keeping myself busy in the best way. As always, I love to scroll through blogs, Pinterest, and Instagram for creative inspiration and this week I have found a ton of different ideas, recipes, and products that I have become obsessed with. From a lipstick that looks like a piece of art to the most drool-worthy straw tote, here are the five things that have made my radar this week.

The Prettiest Clear Lipsticks Ever

I make no secret of my lipstick obsession and these translucent gel lipsticks from China-based beauty brand Kailijumei are nothing short of stunning. They provide a sheer wash of pretty color in a wide range of hues from petal pink to tangerine and they smell like soothing lavender. They are also chock full of moisturizing ingredients like cocoa butter, olive and grape seed oil and will keep your lips super hydrated throughout the hot, dry summer months. With dried flowers embedded in the gel formula, these beautiful lipsticks have caught the attention of editors (Allure and The Zoe Report raved about them) and beauty aficionados all over and sold out quickly. They are available for pre-order though, and you can snap em up here.

Super Easy DIY Candles

Candles are perfect for creating a beautiful ambiance and taking your space to the next level. Whether you have a signature scent or two that you favor for your home (my dad always kept the house smelling like Black Cherry or Apple Cinnamon), or, like me, you prefer to switch out your candles depending on how you feel, candles have a magical way of setting a mood. Our sense of smell is so powerful and is intrinsically connected to the part of our brains that store our memories and regulate our emotions and that is why aromatic candles can be so impactful. Rather than heading to a boutique and buying a couple candles, why not make your own? This recipe is super easy (even for the most clumsy, impatient of people) and it allows for total creative control in terms of scent. Can’t find that vanilla-violet-lavender blend you have been searching for? Create it yourself.

To-Die-For Cheese Garlic Muffins

The other day I had the urge to bake (an urge that happens quite frequently with me) but there was no sugar in the house. It occurred to me that rather than baking my usual sweet treats I could create something savory. With a limited range of ingredients in my fridge – a bag of shredded cheese, some garlic, and herbs – I searched for a recipe that would combine these flavors in a pleasing way. I found this recipe on Pinterest and it was ridiculously easy. It took me thirty minutes to make, from start to finish, and I was rewarded with the most buttery, deliciously cheesy muffins ever. Within a day they were gone (my family loved them as well) and they make a great breakfast, snack, or dinner accompaniment.

Tips From a Florist on Creating Gorgeous Flower Arrangements

Flowers should not just be reserved for special occasions or gifts. A fresh bouquet of blooms can brighten up any space, adding a beautiful touch of elegance and sweet scent (if you choose scented flowers). I love to create my own arrangements out of flowers from my garden and I find that homemade bouquets look so much more innovative and unique than those bought from the store. This article is filled with useful tips from a professional florist. If you are new to creating your own arrangements, this will provide you with everything you need to know to get you started.

This Stunning Straw Tote

Straw accessories are super popular right now, much to my delight. Unfortunately, despite having an assortment of straw hats at my disposal, I have no straw totes in my wardrobe arsenal. Enter this gorgeous creation from House of Perna. It’s roomy enough to fit all of my many “essentials” and then some, and the brightly coloured tassels are just so fun for summer. I know I will be carrying this bag on my arm all throughout the summer. And maybe into Fall if I can get away with it.

xoxo,

Alicia

A Day at The Circus

I have never been to a circus but I have always been inspired by the idea of bright lights, tamed tigers, and acrobats flinging themselves through fire wearing cute little outfits. Sure, practically the whole notion of a circus sounds a little bit psychotic but my fantasy lives on nonetheless. It’s unlikely that I will ever go to one of these spectacles but I can still dream. To satisfy my fantasy I have curated a collection of images and pieces that are filled with all of the fun, flash, and whimsy of a circus from decades past.

CIRCUS INSPIRED BUYS

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1 // Lisa Marie Fernandez – Mira Off-The-Shoulder Dress

2 // Stella Jean – Polka-Dot Cotton Sweater

3 // Etsy – Vintage Circus Pin

4 // Elephant Print Dress

5 // Rebecca Couture Elsa Fanned Disc Fascinator

xoxo,

Alicia

Fairytales and Fungi

One of the highlights of my Europe trip last month was going to a Salvador Dali exhibit in Berlin. My grandpa has always loved him and so I grew up with a solid understanding of the late artist’s work. The exhibit showcased Dali works that I had never seen, with everything from paintings to sculptures. One of the highlights was an Alice in Wonderland themed collection. True to the classic story, it was whimsical and playful but with a darkness that is signature to Dali. I ended up buying a special edition copy of the Lewis Carroll classic with Dali illustrations. It’s a month later and I am still so enamoured by what I saw. In keeping with the vibe of the collection, I have collected images inspired by Alice in Wonderland, toadstools and kaleidoscopic psychedelics.

INSPIRED BUYS

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1 // Toadstool Their Hearts Dress

2 // All in Good Fungi Lunch Bag

3 //  Toadstool Cluster Ring

4 // 1970s Mushroom Print Blouse

5 // Moschino Mushroom Espadrilles

6 // Mushroom Girl Printed Sweatshirt

7 //  Mushroom Macbook Case

8 //  Vintage 1960s Peter Popovitch Dress

xoxo,

Alicia

Saturday Inspo

It’s been a relaxing week from me which, believe me, is rare. Free time is necessary for me to keep me sane, happy and motivated enough to give it my 110% throughout the work week. With this extra time I found myself getting into cooking a little bit more. I just made an amazing peanut and veggie curry, not to toot my own horn! I have also been indulging my online shopping addiction and spent way too much time googling. Are you aware that people used to think tomatoes were poisonous? Or that the Inland Taipan is the world’s most poisonous snake? Now you know. Here are a few things that made my radar this week and that have me inspired.

1// These slouchy pants from Gentle Fawn

While I love a crisp pair of trousers or jeans, I have fallen in love with silky pants this season. This pair from Gentle Fawn feels like pajamas, they are so soft and comfortable. The slouchy silhouette is great for a pared down weekend look. Or, wear them with heels and a slinky tank for a look that is sexy in an effortless way.

2 // Early 2000’s inspired makeup

Let’s face it: the 2000s didn’t do anybody any favors when it came to beauty. From tangerine tinted complexions inspired by The O.C and Laguna Beach to chunky highlights a’la Kelly Clarkson, a lot of it was pretty bleak. There has been a resurgence of beauty trends inspired by the beginning of the millennium and instead of being repulsed I have found myself longing for the days of ultra-shiny lips (that taste like cotton candy of course) and baby blue lids.

3 // The Pursuits of Happiness

As a tea and coffee addict, I love to collect pretty cups and mugs. While my collection of Beatles mugs and Titanic replica china still brings me joy, there is something so luxurious about drinking my coffee out of something that looks like a piece of art. The Pursuits of Happiness is a brand I came across at work. Created by April Brimer and Pavel Cherny, this Portland label specializes in handmade porcelain ceramics with unique, one of a kind details. I just love the brand’s simple shapes and soothing watercolour prints.

1 // Marbled Mug ; 2 // Melty Mug ; 3 // Marbled Mug

4 // This tee that basically encapsulates who  I am

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I rarely like slogan tees. Before I bought this bad boy I didn’t own a single one but after seeing an acquaintance of mine wearing the shirt on Facebook I was instantly sold. It spoke to my soul. I am pretty sure that everyone who knows me knows how true the shirt’s statement is. My boyfriend sure echoed its sentiments! I got it a size bigger than what I usually wear so that it would be slouchy and relaxed. I can’t wait to throw this on with a pair of boyfriend jeans and converse.

5 // Raspberry Cheesecake French Toast

I love breakfast. I could eat it three times a day, every day. My favorite thing in the world is having breakfast with my boyfriend on lazy Sundays. We wake up late and usually make something sweet. He is pretty amazing at making french toast and chocolate chip pancakes – they honestly taste like giant cookies. I came across this recipe the other day while perusing Pinterest and decided that I would have to make it for our next lazy day breakfast. Who doesn’t want cheesecake for breakfast?

xoxo,

Alicia

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An Ode to Woodstock

It seems that references to the 1960s are everywhere in fashion lately. From hippie-esque fringe to distressed suede and patchwork, it’s as if we are all inspired by the effortlessness and free-spirited vibe of this pivotal decade and I am no exception. Here are a collection of photos that pay homage to the iconic festival Woodstock and the hippie culture of this iconic time period.

WOODSTOCK INSPIRED BUYS

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1 // Assembly Patchwork Denim Strap Top

2 // Free People Just The Two of Us Printed Tunic

3 // Gamma Folk Tassel Earrings

4 // Vintage Brown Suede Festival Bag

5 // Indiverve Embellished Tunic Top

xoxo,

Alicia