This Holiday Gift Guide for Vintage Beauties is for the glamorous types that would be happy to have seamed stockings in their stocking. This is one of my favorite gift guides to create as I’d rather be living in a Jean Harlow style boudoir wearing a floor length dressing gown and applying my lashes than doing whatever it is that I do all day. This is a gift guide for those on your list that are inspired by perfectly placed beauty marks, shiny martini shakers and the elegance… Continue reading
In college all of the cool kids that you’d never know their names would hang out at some silly cocktail party sharing sorry Kerouac-ized versions of their young, misunderstood lives. These cool kids had oodles in common for kids that were so “different”. But one of the common factors I noticed is that they liked to talked about how they modeled for “artists” (which was really them modeling at some community college’s non-credit drawing classes). I don’t know why they would always bring this up… Continue reading | 2 Comments
My grandparents are pretty cool people. They’re the old people that are engaged and get out and do more stuff than I do. I’ve talked about my grandmother before in reviews mentioning her bluntness and glamour. I get my love of baking, fondness for black clothing and rhinestones and my love of red lipstick from her. I don’t think I’ve talked about my grandfather before. He’s in his 80′s and still rides his motorcycle around and when I say around, I mean he packs up the saddle… Continue reading | 2 Comments
The Scent of Departure line is a line of “affordable niche” fragrances created by perfumer Gérald Ghislain (Histoires de Parfums) and is inspired by various metro cities.
Budapest opens as an aquatic cedar. I pick up on suede-like spices mixed with a aquatic citrus. I also pick up on red pepper, not dried but ripe. I get ripe, red Hungarian wax pepper. It’s warm. The heart has an astringency with cedar and green notes (very much like the opening but less aquatic). It’s clean and soapy, reminding me… Continue reading
It’s that time of the year when I make a holiday gift guide for people cooler than me. This one is for the hipster on your list. What are my qualifications for creating such a gift guide? None. But, I did go to the cool pour-over coffee shops and “whiskey and bitter emporiums” (yeah, hipster bars) to people watch, you know, for gift guide research. I was not enjoying a variety of delicious beverages…
Neela Vermeire Creations are excellent perfumes. This is all of the intro that you need.
Trayee opens as a juicy blackcurrant floral with the perfect amount of sweetness and warmth from vanilla and resins. Trayee is complex. Underneath this fruity, sweet warmth is a soft yet sharp oud with green marijuana-vetiver. The scent gets both creamier and smokier with time. I get a smoldering cedar incense with a creamy sandalwood, vanilla, saffron and amber. It dries down to this woodsy incense haze.