Brand Spotlight | Cold Picnic

Brooklyn-based indie label Cold Picnic is striving to make everyone’s home, wardrobe and life just a little bit cooler. Launched in 2010 by husband and wife power duo Phoebe Sung and Peter Buer (both of whom were already equipped with mad skills and training in both design and business), they quickly took the New York style scene by storm with their playful collection of home wares, handbags and jewelry – talk about #relationshipgoals! And #careergoals for that matter. Cold Picnic offers an amazing selection that ranges from cheeky rugs (the boob range is my fave), bath mats and wall hangings, to bedding, plant holders and accessories. Phoebe and Peter draw inspiration from cultural expectations, movies, art, interior design and national parks, and all of these motifs are visibly woven into each piece. If your space or wardrobe is in need of refreshing, check out this indie label for stylish treasures that will make all of your friends say ‘where did you get that and where can I get one?!’.

Check them out.

COLD PICNIC PICKS


1 // Old Fort Ring


2 // C is for Canyon Cuff


3 // Hi-Lo Earrings


4 // Cracked Bronze Metallic Backpack


5 // Tonal Boob Bathmat


6 // Talking Rocks Bathmat


7 // Sailor Knot Plant Hangers


8 // Hallsands Wall Hanging


9 // The Kiss Knit Blanket


10 // Objects From Home Rug

xoxo,

Alicia

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Fragrance Friday | Poison Girl by Dior

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NAME OF FRAGRANCE | Poison Girl by Dior
NOTES | Bitter Orange, Lemon, Damask Rose, Grasse Rose,  Orange Blossom, Tonka Bean, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Almond, Tolu Balsam, Cashmeran, Heliotrope

VIBE | SultryCuddly, Comforting, Romantic, Feminine, Yummy, Flirty

When it comes to sweet and sexy date night scents, I already have a few favorites tucked away in my arsenal. I love Jessica Simpson’s peaches and cream confection ‘Fancy Love‘ for a romantic dinner with my boyfriend, and Viktor & Rolf’s Bonbon for an, ahem, night time dalliance. Who knew that both of these scents would be knocked out of the way as soon as Dior released their uber-popular fragrance Poison Girl in January of 2016? Sweet yet not sugary and almost overwhelmingly sultry, Poison Girl is the perfect juice for when you feel like getting busy, whether that means a night out club hopping with your lady friends, or, you know.

As I mentioned before, Poison Girl is a very popular fragrance and has been raved about by bloggers/vloggers, instagram influencers, magazines – you name it. Because I like to wear perfume that not everyone else is wearing, it took me a while to give this succulent scent a try. After spritzing a bit on my wrist while browsing around Sephora, I instantly understood what all the fuss was about. It’s delicious. It’s decadent. It’s everything you want in an evening fragrance without any of the cheapness that is often associated with gourmands. Even though it’s called Poison Girl, it has a sophisticated quality that feels very womanly and sensual.

This aphrodisiac of a fragrance opens with two citrus notes – bitter orange and Sicilian lemon. Normally, when citrus fruits open up a fragrance, the impression is fresh, sporty, sometimes astringent. This is not the case with Poison Girl. It’s as if the orange and lemon have been rolled in granulated sugar. The effect is juicy and somewhat candy-like as opposed to clean and airy.

As the mouthwatering fruits in the top begin to fade, the opulent florals in the heart take centre stage. What flowers are these you ask? Velvety damask and grasse roses alongside a sweet hint of orange blossom. One rose note is often enough to take over an entire scent and make the whole effect very rosy and floral. Luckily, orange blossom is a very light, slightly sweet white flower that really softens up the roses and ties together the notes of the top, heart and base. While the heart is composed entirely of flowers, at this point in the scent I can already smell the sweet, creamy notes in the base rising up. This creates an unabashedly sexy aroma that is lightly floral, balsamic and dessert-like all at the same time. If I was in lust at first spritz, I knew I was falling in love when the scent warmed into the heart notes.

Unlike a lot of scents out there that dry into pale musk and unidentifiable woods, Poison Girl is as delicious in the dry down as it is when you first spray it on. With ultra sweet notes like tonka bean, vanilla, almond and tolu balsam, the only thing that prevents the base from smelling like a gourmet dessert buffet (and really, there would have been nothing wrong with that), is the floral touch of heliotrope. It’s not enough to give the end of the scent a strongly floral feel, but it does soften the other notes with a touch of feminine sophistication. Poison Girl’s dry down is creamy and rich with just a hint of flowers and although it’s hard to pick a favorite part of this stunning scent, I think the drydown takes the sweet almond rose-water cake.

In conclusion, Poison Girl completely lives up to all of the hype. It’s decadent and sexy yet utterly feminine and romantic. It’s the kind of perfume that men love and women compliment as well. While I think it’s best suited for evening occasions, it’s refined enough to wear to more formal affairs – a ornate black-tie dress would go just as well with Poison Girl as a slinky beaded romper that you would wear to the bar. Despite its rich, dessert-like notes, it’s not overpowering (provided that you don’t overspray – one to three spritzes is all anyone needs) and so if you fall head over heels, there’s no reason you shouldn’t make it your new everyday signature. If you are a romantic, a chocolate and flowers kind of girl who loves the finer (ahem, more expensive) things in life, than you are going to adore Poison Girl. And frankly, so will everyone around you. It sounds like a lot of fluff and hype, but really, it’s that good.

Have you tried Dior’s Poison Girl yet? Do you like it better than the original Poison? Let me know what your thoughts were in the comments!

xoxo,

Alicia

Brand Spotlight | Loeffler Randall 

Not to get all cliché, but I’ve kinda got a thing for shoes and bags. I’ve been known to line up my bags and shoes and take photos of them just because they make me happy. Is it normal to have more pictures of your purse collection on your phone than your friends and family? What can I say? My blog is named what it is for a reason! Although there are quite a few labels out there that I adore (hence the point of this ‘Brand Spotlight’ series), few come close to Loeffler Randall. This drool-worthy accessories label is the brain-child of husband and wife duo Jessie Randall and Brian Murphy, and they have been designing collection after collection of dreamy peep-toes, espadrilles, flats, bohos, satchels – you get the picture – since the Fall of 2005. Crafted out of the creme de le creme of materials, these pieces cost a pretty penny but are more than worth it. Every collection manages to walk the delicate line between trendy-modern and simple and classic. Translation? These are accessories you can wear with anything and treasure for years and years to come. So if you haven’t yet fallen into the Loeffler Randall rabbit hole, get ready to dive head first.

MY PICKS

1 // Lucia Studded Knot Slide


2 // Amara Platform Slide


3 // Elayna Ankle-Tie High Heel Sandal


4 // Domino Slide Sandal


5 // Coco High Heel Knot Slide


6 // Minimal Rider


7 // Knot Tote


8 // Drawstring Tote


9 // Tassel Pouch


10 // Dome Satchel

Photos via Loeffler Randall.

xoxo,

Alicia

Brand Spotlight | Ace & Jig

Looking for a little printspiration? Then look no further than Brooklyn-based brand Ace & Jig. Launched in 2009, this eclectic label was created by designers – and close friends – Cary Vaughan and Jenna Wilson. This creative super team launched their label with the idea of creating a line of clothing that was timeless, seasonless and effortlessly chic. And all it takes is a quick look at their Spring/Summer 2017 collection to know that they’ve definitely succeeded. Loose fitting silhouettes and stunning fabrics are the two main components of this brand’s magic fashion formula and every piece is as comfy as it is head-turning. Cary and Jenna draw most of their creative inspiration from their own textile collections, including antique French linens and Japanese boro quilts. This worldly influence is clearly present in their aesthetic and all of the fabrics they use for Ace & Jig are 100% original and are woven in India using ancient wooden hand looms. India’s culture is intricately woven throughout the fabric of the brand (both literally and figuratively) and each piece is created ethically and with compassion. Workers in India are provided with childcare and organic produce, ensuring that their physical and family needs are more than met while working. The ornate textiles that these artisans create are nothing short of breathtaking and every season of Ace & Jig is like a smorgasbord of different textures, patterns, and colours. Although Cary and Jenna show their love for all types of patterns (jacquard, gingham, plaid, checkers), stripes are their all time favorite, and you will never see an Ace & Jig collection devoid of stripes. Whether they are thick or pencil thin, every collection has a refreshing take on this classic print. So if you can’t get enough of stripes, then you’re going to fall in love with this quirky label!

Ace & Jog’s Spring/Summer 2017 collection is earthy and rustic, saturated with a mix of subdued neutrals and oceanic blues. Gingham and, of course, stripes are splashed throughout the collection. I absolutely love the multicolour gingham pantsuit (the print is called Madras) and the comfy Ojai crop top (in solstice – a pale fawn and white pattern). These pieces are comfy and effortless – perfect for lounging around or a summer picnic with the family. There are so many pieces from this collection that I’m lusting over, but these top 10 are my ultimate favorites!

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ACE & JIG PICKS

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1 // Clarke Tunic | Solstice

2 // Suit Up | Madras

3 // Clifton Top | Lunar

4 // Hooded Mesa Dress | Solstice

5 // Jo Midi | Lunar

6 // Simone Dress | Solstice

7 // Orchard Pant | Madras

8 // Ojai Crop | Solstice

9 // Stillwater Dress | Merry

10 // Atwood Dress | Spackle

What piece from Ace & Jig’s Spring/Summer 2017 collection is your favorite? I want your thoughts! Let me know in the comments! 

Photos via Ace & Jig

xoxo,

Alicia

Brand Spotlight | Callahan

If cozy sweaters and Cali-girl inspired slouchy fits are your jam, you are sure to fall in love with this L.A label. If you’re anything like me, the word ‘knitwear’ bring to mind cuddly pullovers and the thick, wooden sweaters your grandma would knit you. And while you can find these cuddly pieces in a Callahan collection, you’ll find them alongside more contemporary styles – think an edgy batwing dress knit out of super fine yarn, or a fringed crochet maxi. Designer Michelle Callahan created her eponymous label with the desire to offer women beautiful, versatile knitwear that they can wear all year long. Each piece is made to transition from season to season, and although the brand’s aesthetic favours the odd sexy detail here and there (cut-outs, dropped waists, scooped backs), each collection stays true to Callahan’s signature penchant for clean lines and classic silhouettes. Whether you’re on the hunt for a breezy and lightweight sweater dress or a cute pair of crochet shorts, look to this label for those kind of easy-to-wear wardrobe staples that California brands seem to do so well. Here are ten pieces from Callahan’s Spring 2017 collection that I am seriously in love with.

 

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CALLAHAN PICKS

1 // Crochet Maxi

2 // Fringe Column Dress

3 // Enzyme Batwing Mini

4 // Open Weave Off The Shoulder Top

5 // Stripe Off Shoulder Dress

6 // Fringe Crop Sweater

7 // Slinky Mini Tank

8 // Enzyme Shortie Short

9 // Crochet Fringe Top

10 // Stripe Crop Off Shoulder Top

xoxo,

Alicia

Fragrance Friday | Baiser Volé


NAME OF FRAGRANCE | Baiser Volé by Cartier

NOTES | Citrus Fruits, Lily, Green Notes

VIBE | Romantic, Feminine, Innocent, Optimistic, Comforting, Bright

Think of how it would smell to shove your nose into a bouquet of sweet, fragrant lilies. That’s exactly what Baiser Volé, a soliflore fragrance by the prestigious jewelry line Cartier, smells like. I’ll tell you right now, if you love lilies, then this perfume will delight you. If you don’t like lilies, then don’t even bother with this one because it’s all lilies, all day long. I absolutely adore lilies so I love every aspect of this perfume, from the top to the very base.

Cartier Baiser Volé is a soliflore perfume and is very pretty, but is not in any way complex. It smells like lilies, plain and simple, but in a realistic way. What’s unique about this scent is the way that it uses notes that mimic the different parts of the lily, from the powdery pistil, to the creamy petals and crisp, green leaves. It opens with bright citruses and the pistil of the lily. When I first spray the fragrance, it smells very powdery and clean. The zestiness of the citrus fruits fade almost instantly. The heart is lily and nothing but, and without the fruits in the top, the lily smells a lot softer at this point, with just a hint of creaminess. This part of the fragrance is supposed to mimic the smell of the flower’s petals and it does the job perfectly. At this point, Baiser Volé is stunning in simplicity, just like a bouquet of white lilies.

The base of the fragrance is as minimalistic as the top and the heart, with only one complementing note of greenery alongside the lily. The slightly sharp green note is the base is reminiscent of the flower’s leaves. All that’s left on my skin is a powdery, floral trail with just a hint of green freshness that is barely detectable. Baiser Volé lasts for about 4-5 hours in total, but I don’t mind reapplying it throughout the day because it is that gorgeous. Soft and pretty, it’s absolutely perfect for spring but would work for summer too. In terms of when to wear it, Baiser Volé is a nice everyday perfume but is particularly suitable for special occasions. It’s not overly strong but projects far enough that you shouldn’t be surprised when you get a ton of people asking you what you’re wearing. This is definitely a scent that gets compliments and every time I wear it, I feel as pretty as a picture. If you love soliflores, and more importantly, if you love lilies, then you need to give this scent a try.

Have you tried Cartier’s Baiser Volé before? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo,

Alicia

Brand Spotlight | Matt & Nat

I, like many other ladies, am always on the hunt for the perfect handbag. The word ‘perfect’ in regards to purses means different things for different people, but for me it means spacious (to carry my toiletries and all of the things a nomad like myself needs), well made, durable, stylish, and made out of eco-friendly materials. Montreal-based brand Matt & Nat knocks it out of the park on all counts when it comes to their line of vegan totes, backpacks, and purses. Even their clutches fit more than some of my shoulder bags! Their aesthetic is exactly my style – timeless, streamlined, with just a touch of quirk. And just when you think that it can’t get any better, not only does this brand dish out a mean selection of arm candy, but they also design some of the cutest shoes I’ve ever seen. And that’s saying something because shoes are kind of my thing. Since 1995, founders Indi Bedi and Manny Kohli have stuck to their vision of designing gorgeous accessories that are ethically made out of vegan (and often recycled) materials like nylon, cork, and rubber. Their pieces are beautiful inside and out, both figuratively and literally. Sure, the linings are almost as pretty as the bags themselves, but they are also designed with the belief that the well being of the environment and animals should never be sacrificed for fantastic style. And as someone who has decided to forgo animal products from her diet, I hold those values close to my heart as well. It makes sense for me to support brands and to buy products as frequently as possible that do not harm our furry friends. There are a lot of great vegan brands out there and Matt & Nat is one of the best. If you haven’t yet heard of this Canadian label, get ready to drool over your screen. I know that I do every time I peruse their selection.

MATT & NAT PICKS

1 // Jasmine Bag in Glass

2 // Obe Bag in Quartz

3 // Blake Weekend Bag in Olive

4 // Abiko Clutch in Coral

5 // Chanda Backpack in Azur

6 // Drapeau Slide Sandals in Black

7 // Suave Slide Sandals in Quartz

8 // Villeray Sandals in Tan

9 // Orford Tote in Koala

10 // Griffintown Mule in Tan

xoxo,

Alicia

Photos via Matt & Nat