The Power of Scent

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The Power of Scent

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Have you ever been in a situation when you decided to switch your perfumes but eventually you finished buying the scent you have been using for ages? It happens to me over and over again. I feel lost in the sea of proposals on the market but believe me, the resignation is not the right decision.

Smell is a very personal thing. Because it is invisible, it is not the first topic when discussed the personal style. However when it’s chosen with the right attention, it can be a compelling statement about your personality, therefore we should not neglect this matter.

Let’s start from discovering six major types of perfumes. Take your time to explore each of them and choose the one that emphasizes the best your style and personality.

Floral: flowery and feminine; usually it is a combination of various flowers warmed with the touch of spice or fruit for a soft, powdery finish.

Citrus: crisp, lightly fruity and clean; combines juicy notes of lemon, orange, grapefruit, yuzu and other citrus oils.

Oriental: warm, musky and spicy; their bouquet includes intoxicating and intensive substances such as musk, vanilla, exotic resins and wood, often accompanied with exotic flowers and spices.

Chypre: woodsy and rich yet fresh. This scent is sharp based on harmony of oak moss, labdanum, patchouli and bergamot.

Fougère: outdoorsy and light, often described as green. Harmony of oriental components is refreshed with aromatic lavender, rosemary, coumarin and oak moss.

Gourmand: sweet and food inspired, like vanilla. This group unites sweet perfumes, built on harmony of oriental notes like wood, resins, flowers and spices, and sweet components: caramel, vanilla, chocolate, almonds, honey.

Still not sure what is your perfume personality? Take a quiz prepared by Elle Canada. It will help you to dispel all doubts and bring you a lot of fun!

Those who want to broaden their knowledge about scents, I encourage to have a look at Perfume FAQ’s infographic – a really funny way to learn more about perfumes. (Credit goes to danfenudesign.) 

Enough talking. Let’s act! I believe you are ready to buy YOUR perfume now. 

Once you are done, let me know what is your signature scent!

Chic cover-up

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Chic cover-up

In one of my prior post I mentioned the importance of having an elegant cover up for glamourous events. Today I would like to focus on this matter.

When you think about an elegant coat, one thing comes to mind: classy coat must cost a fortune. Nothing could be more wrong! Indeed there are luxurious coats that will be more expensive than others, yet nowadays you can find equally stylish alternative for less money. Just make sure you do your homework before the purchase. The key question you should ask yourself is how often you have a chic night outs. Based on the answer, you will set up your budget. Keep in mind that the more numerous evenings you have, the more qualitative cover-up you should buy and the more money you should invest in it. At the end the more you wear your coat, the best ROI you will get. You should also take into consideration the climate you live in and your general style.

In the event of doubt remember: you can’t go wrong with black, classy, and minimalist piece.

Let’s get shine!

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Let's get shine!

Some of you may already know that I am not a trend follower. I prefer invest in timeless classy pieces than in something that will be out of fashion in next few months.

However if I really like a trend and I think it may become a classic or I want to twist my outfit, I buy 1 or 2 trendy pieces. I never spend too much money on it though. Depending on the item, I find a quality of Zara good enough for my needs. Lower quality can ruin your classy look; too expensive piece can ruin your wallet.

Metallic fabric is one of this season’s trend. It is funny yet dangerous trend, because it is very easy to overdo it and end up looking tacky instead of classy. So today I would like to give you few tips how to wear the shiny fabrics in a classy way.

First of all, yes you guessed, less is more. Choose only one metallic item and keep the rest of your attire neutral.

Second of all, keep metallic wardrobe pieces simple and understated.

Third of all, for work choose the fabrics with metallic yarns woven in them rather the shiny ones. They will look much more elegant and less flashy.

Last but not least (advice for girls with skin condition but not only): metallic fabrics reflect the light so I do not recommend to wear them close to your face, because they will highlight any imperfection of your face, therefore rather choose skirt than top.

If you want to buy something timeless yet trendy, I suggest you to buy a pair of nice shiny ballerina flats/pumps or a handbag. With these items you easily upgrade your everyday look and the return on the investment will be much faster. And remember, sharing is caring, so share with me how you shine. 

Dressing for success

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Dressing for success

My personal day-to-day style is about comfort and practicality. However I always try to incorporate fashion and sense of style. For me the simplicity and structure are crucial. I was thinking yesterday what would be my 3 tips of dressing for success if somebody have asked me. Here are my secrets :

– find what works for you instead of copying somebody else’s style

– look attractive not sexy (at least when we talk about the on-duty style)

– be chic and classy, not trendy – timeless pieces are what you should stick to.

Remember : True style is a personal thing. It is more than following trends.

Empower yourself

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Empower yourself

We all know that the first (and the second, third, forth and so on)  impression counts. We also know that it is important how you feel in your outfit. Right set of clothes can easily raise your level of confidence, so make sure you invest the right amount of time when you prepare yourself for a long and difficult day. Here is an example how to empower yourself and look feminine in the same time: sleeveless colour block dress pair with a collarless blazer and comfortable flats. Slide in a beautiful ring on your finger, grab a business-like purse and smile! I guarantee that this way even the most difficult meetings become easier. 

Orange-ize yourself!

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Orange-ize yourself!

 

Who said that elegant woman should not wear flashy colors? I love splashing neutral look with color. Moreover wearing the powerful colors in a classy way is simpler than you think. As always everything is about details and good balance. If you plan to wear an orange dress, make sure that all other items are in neutral color. It is your dress to be the focal point of the look, so keep calm with the rest.  And do not forget: the more sophisticated piece, the more powerful it becomes despite of the color.