Last Saturday my friend Joanna invited me to Madison Square Park to drink milkshakes (yum!) at Shake Shack and model Hatch's new Spring/Summer line of maternity clothing. Her friend Anna came along too, and we dished on what life with two kids will be like. I'm due June 15th - so soon!
You can see the full post with more photos here. I ended up taking this trench home with me. I'm hoping it will be good for post baby too!
While at Henri Bendel this past weekend for our Trunk Show (p.s. thank you to all those who came out to support!), I ended up falling in love with two fragrances...
Eight and Bob is my dream fragrance for my dream man. It smells like crisp, clean cotton T-shirts fresh out of the laundry. There's just the slightest top notes of citrus and a hint of spice, but the overwhelming scent is the powdery warmth of detergent - kind of a lingering, light musk. I imagine that on a guy's skin this would translate into actually quite a manly smell. There's a quite elaborate story that goes along with the fragrance identifying it as the one JFK wore. You can read the lore here.
Fracas, an over-the-top feminine floral, was first launched in 1948. It's super heady; tuberose being the dominant floral note. Tuberose is a wonderful flower, but its scent can be an acquired taste. It's heavy and has a creamy aspect almost like coconut. The word fracas means promiscuous, and it is said that this is the only fragrance Marilyn Monroe wore, and that Madonna is also a fan (lots of name-dropping in this post, I apologize!). When I wore it I felt like I was on a tropical vacation one moment, then ultra sophisticated the next. The whole time I had it on I was aware of it. I wanted to smell my wrist over and over, and it made me self-conscious but in a good way.
I suppose I'll make this a tradition. Here is last year's holiday fragrance wishlist.
"During my career I've created an unimaginable number of perfumes and I always found myself wondering whether it was possible to express time in a scent."
Perfumer Kim Weisswange celebrated her 25th year making perfume with an incredibly complex collection of fragrances which combined create a different scent for each day of the year. The base note is always the same, the year. There are twelve heart notes - one for each month in the year. And there are 31 top notes for each day in a month.via PSFK
Oh, New York. Though you beat us down with your monster rents and constant hecticness, we stay because you are so damn interesting.
Photos by Wayne Lawrence of beach-goers at Orchard Beach in the Bronx. "His work represents a visual diary of his life's journey and focuses on his relationship to communities otherwise overlooked by mainstream media."
Being a perfumer, there are many days I come home and want little to do with scented products. If all of the bath products I had were unscented, that'd be fine with me. But despite my tired nose most days, I can't help but think that fragrance is just the ultimate luxury - an invisible puff of air that just smells good. Lately I'm into extremely powdery scents. Vanilla and tonka bean laced with incense and patchouli to cut the sweet, lingering and full and reminiscent of older times.
Divin' Enfant by Etat Libre d'Orange, $80 at Luckyscent
al02 by biehl, $185 at Luckyscent
Commune de Paris Candle by Astier de Villatte, $83 at Barney's