spring 2017

Can’t get enough of my . . . boyfriend jeans!

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So do you have that one piece of clothing in your closet you find yourself reaching for over, and over, and over, and over again? I do! My boyfriend jeans! Sometimes I actually have to stop myself from wearing my boyfriend jeans. After all, a girl can’t be seen wearing the same thing two days in a row!

So boyfriend jeans aren’t new on the denim scene. They have been around for a few years as a popular denim style. Although I have owned boyfriend jeans for several years now, this season I cannot seem to get enough of them!

Skinny jeans have become boring to me, and a lot of the cropped styles on the market this season, don’t really excite me. You won’t catch me in “mom jeans,” after all, I can’t even bring myself to drive a mini-van. Those high-waisted jeans popping up all over Instagram make me a giggle a little. C’mon, didn’t we learn from the high-waited denim mistake a few decades ago? Just say no to high-waists. They give everyone a pooch belly.

Boyfriend jeans have become my go-to denim style this season because they are comfortable, easy to wear, and they have built-in air conditioning. Those distressed holes they come with allow for some air flow! This is great when the temperatures start to rise above 70. Love them!

It is also really easy to wear boyfriend jeans with wedges, flats, or heels; depending upon the occasion.

Denim is also a fabric which can washed over, and over, and over again without looking old or frayed; haha, unless they were meant to look that way like these distressed boyfriend jeans! I can keep washing, drying, and wearing these jeans without worrying about them looking old. They really are my number one go-to item. It’s possible I wear them more then my favorite handbags; and handbags transcend season!

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What do you think of boyfriend jeans? What is your favorite denim trend du jour? Do you have a go-to item in your closet you find yourself reaching for time and time again?

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How to match perfume to your outfit

OK, you might be looking at the title of this post and asking yourself, why is she writing an article about how to match your perfume to your outfit on her blog. Well, there is a backstory here!

When I get dressed in the morning, I always choose my fragrance based upon what I am wearing, the weather outside, and the occasion. I always feel that you are never fully dressed without the proper perfume. Shortly after I started this blog in 2010, I thought it would be fun to start a second blog dedicated to matching your perfume to your outfit, but I soon realized, I could only keep up with one blog plus work, homeschooling my daughter, and the activities of my three children.

It has been a few years since I wrote about matching perfume to an outfit, so I thought I would bring the concept here; maybe it interests you?

I am a firm believer in investing in good perfume. Many people think fragrances have a shelf life of up to three years, but this simply isn’t the case. If stored correctly, eau de toilette’s, eau de parfum’s, parfum’s, and other fragrance types, can easily be kept for years and years. This means it is OK to have a warm weather fragrance wardrobe, and a cool weather fragrance wardrobe. If you have several types of perfumes to choose from, you can easily match your perfume to your outfit, or match your fragrance to a current fashion trend.

Without further audieu, here are five current fashion and style trends, and the perfect perfume type to wear with them for a complete look!


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The most groundbreaking of all the current trends, the floral trend. 😉 It is pretty safe to assume that most people own at least one floral item. Florals are a classic spring trend; despite their reinvention every year. That being said, if you are going to wear florals, wear a perfume which is geared towards warm weather, and offers a fruity-floral fragrance experience.

Fruity-florals are the best types of floral fragrances to wear with the floral trend. The fruity notes turn an otherwise sticky sweet floral scent into something playful, and ideal, for warmer temperatures.

For summer 2017, my favorite fruity-floral fragrance to wear with the floral trend is Escada’s limited edition “Fiesta Carioca.” It is a playful scent which evokes a party feeling; making it perfect for spring, summer, and wearing florals! You can read my review here.

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There is something classic, feminine, and preppy about the gingham trend. Although many gingham pieces this season are offering asymmetrical lines, exaggerated ruffles, and other non-preppy features, there is something inherently timeless about the trend. That being said, a classic, warm floral scent is the perfect type of perfume to wear with this trend.

My favorite warm floral fragrance to wear with the gingham trend this year is Lacoste’s new “L.12.12 Pour Elle Magnetic.” This is a classic floral fragrance which combines violet and jasmine notes with a warm vanilla base. It is easy to wear in warm or hot weather, and offers a modern yet timeless fragrance experience. It is perfect for the current gingham trend since it is a timeless fabric pattern which has been modernized this season through ruffles and asymmetrical lines. My review of this scent is online here.

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Ruffles most certainly do not have ridges, in fact, they are soft and fluffy for 2017.This is a huge trend for spring and summer 2017. Since ruffles are so playful and sassy, they are perfectly paired with a citrus fragrance.

Citrus scents are sassy by nature. They aren’t sugary sweet like florals, and they offer a slightly sweet and sour fragrance experience. Citrus scents are perfect for hot weather, and they are light and fluffy; much like this season’s ruffle trend. Perfection!

My ideal citrus perfume to wear with ruffles this year is Hermes “Eau de Mandarin Ambree.” This is a medium strength citrus scent which is so refreshing, it evokes a feeling of a newly peeled mandarin orange. Yes, it might make you crave mandarin oranges, which isn’t a bad thing, they are yummy!

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Greenery is the color of 2017! Therefore, it is only natural that this hot color trend have a perfume category of it’s own. Actually, I am giving the greenery trend two fragrance categories to choose from; green-florals, and fruity.

You might be asking me, why two? Well, green-florals do not suit everyone. So, if green based scents aren’t your thing, fruity fragrances will work! BUT, not all fruity fragrances; it is a little more complex then just any ol’ fruit.

Let’s start with fruity. If fruity fragrances are more your speed, look for fruits which are not sweet. My favorite fruity fragrance to wear with the Greenery color trend is Wen’s “Cucumber Basil Tea.” It is not sweet at all, and offers a fresh, warm weather fragrance experience which is perfect to wear with green. So when looking for a fruity fragrance, look for one mixed with vegetables and herbs, it will offer that non-sweet, mature fragrance experience which is natural and ideal for greenery.

Green-florals are an acquired taste. People tend to love them or hate them. I have a hard time with green-florals, but I have to admit, they really are perfect to wear with Greenery. My favorite green-floral to wear with Greenery is Chanel’s “No. 19 Poudre.” It has the green fragrance experience with a powdery base from Iris. This is the only green-floral scent I will wear, and it is a classic.

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This is the trend that won’t stop! I remember being shocked when it flooded the runways last September for spring 2017 in New York. I feel like blush has been in style for so many seasons, I have lost count! That being said, it is an easy color for many people to wear, and it is also easy to wear with other colors; it almost acts like a neutral. Although, unless your personal style is feminine and airy, it can be a hard color to pull off.

Since blush is naturally feminine and sweet, it is only natural that the ideal perfume to wear with the blush trend is a sticky-sweet floral scent. When pairing your fragrance with blush, most pink liquids will yield that sweet floral scent which works perfectly with this fashion trend.

My favorite sweet-floral fragrance to wear with the blush trend this season is Gucci Bamboo. It is sticky-sweet without being sickly-sweet. It is a mature version of a sweet floral. Love it!

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There you have it! Five current trends and the perfect fragrances to wear with them.

What do you think of matching your fragrance to your outfit? Is this something you have been doing for years? Or, is this a new concept for you?

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Flowing white dress at a garden party

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Wearing: rose gold dangle earrings / YSL lipstick / Chanel sunglasses / white flowing dress / white tank top under dress / rose gold cuff / Cult Gaia bag / Chanel summer nail polish / blue scarf  c/o Banana Republic (sold out, also love this one) / black watch / Christian Louboutin espadrilles (old, also love this pair under $100)

How breezy and fun is this white dress! This isn’t something I would normally reach for when I am shopping for a summer dress, but now that I have it, I love it! Let me tell you the backstory on how this flowing white dress ended up in my wardrobe. . .

If you read my posts last week, you might know that my original outfit for the “Escape to Tulum” welcome party at the rewardStyle conference did not work out as planned. The outfit I wore instead was what I had planned for the last day of the conference. On the last day, there was a Garden Party theme, and my outfit had been planned accordingly. Since I already wore the Garden Party outfit to the pool party, and this was a conference filled with fashion bloggers, I couldn’t really wear it again. So, this meant I needed to buy something! The horror!

Luckily there was a shop in the building across from our hotel, so Alison from Wardrobe Oxygen went over with me to find something quickly for the last day of the conference. I did have an extra skirt in my suitcase, so I thought I would find a cute black, navy, or white top to match it. I couldn’t find anything basic, or easy to pair with a skirt. We scoured the store. Normally when I shop, I can find something quickly, but just my luck, nothing was basic at all!!

Alison eventually found some racks in the back, so we flipped through them, and voila! There was this white dress! I have always admired Apiece Apart from afar, but never actually purchased something from them. So, I was excited to acquire my first piece from their collection. Yay!

This dress flowed, and was nice and breezy. If it had been a warm day, it would have perfect. Unfortunately the weather was in the 40’s with a cold, icy wind tearing through the area. I was a little bit cold, but it is OK. I know I will get a lot of wear out of this dress as the temperatures rise; after all, summer is on it’s way! Love that!

Have you ever had to shop last minute while on vacation? How did it turn out?

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*photo credit: Alison/Wardrobe Oxygen

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