eucalyptus steam, cinnamon, cardamom, white cedar, red Turkish rose, orange blossom, Egyptian jasmine, mace, rosewood, benzoin, tonka bean, vanilla, red sandalwood, guaiac, incense.
The Luckyscent Description:
With Elixir, Penhaligon’s look back to its illustrious past and namely to its first fragrance, a daring and exotic Hammam Bouquet. The echo of the striking and provocative classic can be heard in Elixir. Opulent, complex and mysterious, the new Penhaligon’s creation, created by renowned nose Olivia Giacobetti, is one of the most gorgeous oriental perfumes we have encountered in a long time. The fragrance opens with a veritable firework of spices: cardamom, cinnamon and mace excite the senses while eucalyptus cools them down. In the heart of the scent, the body and soul of a wearer are pampered by the darkly luxurious Turkish rose and jasmine, sweetened by orange blossom. Heat intensifies and the smoke rises as the notes of incense and woods become apparent, enriched by resins and spices. A touch of vanilla and tonka bean softens and rounds the composition, finishing it on an ornate and sensual note. Elixir blends tradition and modernity, East and West, masculine and feminine into a wonderfully unique harmony.
something about the weather, when it drops below 5 degrees I grab my hoodies and pretty much live in them, fashion be damned. As I have somehow misplaced my old favourite grey one, I'm looking into replacing it. I got a pink one from joe fresh the other day, but this Roots one has also caught my eye. I love the longer style, and it may just find its way into my closet if it stays this cold.
I also picked up a lovely dark grey (shocking) cashmere cardigan (even more shocking I know, my wardrobe is just full of surprises) and guess what? its v-neck! Why I'm such a rebel. But it is long and it was only $89 and it wasn't from Jcrew, it's from Zara. It's my new fav as I've worn it every day.
First up is this lovely cushion cut Amethyst ring. On the side of the ring it's stamped/engraved with Tiffany & Co. It's $1350 and the only I haven't seen in person yet. It's kind of like one that I saw at another store (sadly this one though much better priced was in rose gold, pushing it out of the running) This is the downside to this ring. I know if I searched for it long enough, I could find a similar ring for much cheaper. Which is probably what I'll do.
Next up is from the Paloma Picasso's Sugar Stacks ring collection. These rings are meant to be worn together, or individually. At $1100 this is the least expensive of the three Tiffany rings I'm looking at. I also love the shape of the stone. It's so different than most contemporary cuts, it's almost like it's more authentic, but in a candy way. I really really like this ring, and I may get it anyways even if I do pick something else as my birthday present as say maybe a Valentine's day gift.
Last up is also from the Paloma Picasso's Sugar Stacks collection, but this one is a Rubellite stone instead. At $1700 this is the most expensive one of the lot, and also the one I'm leaning towards. My research into rubellites tells me that they're a type of Tourmaline, the only tourmaline's to get their own name (others are referred to by their colour) I think this would be a fabulous addition to my slowly growing collection, and I love that it's pink. Fuchsia even. You don't see many fuchsia rings out there and it's individuality are what draws me to it. It's more than what I wanted to spend, it's even the same price as the Chanel bag I originally wanted. But on the other hand, a ring will last much much longer than a purse. I'm still on the fence, and I'm not going to rush to purchase any of them. But hopefully with some mediation I will come to the decision and be happy with it.
My Coat came today! And it's Lovely! First off the wool is soft, comparable to my old Calvin Klein one which has been my best coat ever. Second this coat is HEAVY. Definitely going to be warmer than my old coat, I'm actually glad I didn't get the thinsulate because it makes this coat a better late fall, early spring coat too. The Colour is dead on and I love that the sleeves are lined in green, which the body is in grey. The collar is well stitched so it's stands up well. The pockets are a good size, even if the placement is a little off. I truly truly love this coat. I can't wait for it to get cold now!
Well, it's not as fancy as the other two, but it's cute, bright and cheerful. And I can always get a longer dressier coat later on in the season, plus this was 20% off. What do you all think? What colour scarf/gloves should I wear with this coat?
So unfortunately my favourite Calvin Klein pea coat that I've had for three years (I got it for $150 at winners) is done. The lining is shredded and it's not worth it to get it relined. Lets have a moment and sigh over my favourite coat.
Ok onto getting a new winter coat! As to the fact that is was 3 degrees Celsius this morning I think I need to step on it. Originally I was going to get the above coat. Had it ordered and everything, but then JCrew ran out and my order got cancelled. Tragic. Now I'm looking atthis one from Anthropologie (the Souris River Overcoat for those who aren't Canadian) But is it a little much? Clearly I'm madly in love with it. It's stunning. But is it too much? Should I go more plain? Or should I splurge on it and maybe pick up a cheaper plain pea coat for those days when I need to go incognito. Decisions Decisions...
One of my regrets from my trip is only buying one box of Marks and Spencer's Turkish Delight. Clearly Edmund was onto something when he gave up his family for these lovely treats. Well maybe they're not betray your family good but still. They're yummy. Thankfully I've discovered the site Britgrocer.com which helps us poor Canadians (who are still part of the Commonwealth and clearly we should get everything the Brits do in the UK) ships such lovelies for my delight. Yum. Maybe I'll get a couple of packets of prawn crisps while I'm at it.
Edit: On closer inspection, it's a wholesale website. Woe, anyone in the UK want to help an anglophile out?
Not to mention I haven't been inspired much by shopping lately. Other than my urge to procure a black bag and boots this fall (failing to do so) and the need for a new winter coat my shopping is non-existent. Literally September bank statement reads almost entirely of food (lots of stops to Lettuce for frozen yogurt and the bakery down the street for baguettes) and it shows. I've gained weight, not in the OMG ballooning way but a bit. My cardigans now tug when done up. It's disheartening and I know it's because I'm entirely inactive most days and I eat out way too much. But with above schedule how am I to fix this?
This is a low point in my life, I haven't felt this depressed since high school when my dad was sick and dying. I'm scared about whats going to happen next year in the real world once I leave the school bubble. I have no plans, no aspirations. I have literally no idea what I want to do with my life.
It's not all bad, one of my high school friends recently moved to the city and we've been hanging out more which is nice. I've missed having close friends since I moved here. All my relationships have been very superficial so far, so it's nice to get that closeness back.
I'm going to strive for some balance in my life. I think a 50/40/10 is not good enough if I don't want to burn out (50 School, 40 Work, 10 Me time) I'm going to aim for 40/40/20 for now possibly 40/30/30 in the future. I don't want to cut back too much on school work, but I am going to organise my time better and not worry about it on my days off unless totally necessary. Hopefully I can re-find myself in the process, because I miss me.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment here at www.verygoodtaste.co.uk linking to your results.
The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
10. Baba ghanoush
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
47. Chicken tikka masala48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
60. Carob chips
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
79. Lapsang souchong
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
90. Criollo chocolate
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
pretty much I'd be willing to try anything except roadkill or horse. 48/100 isn't half bad. How did everyone else score?
Just picked up from the new OPI collections (the French collection) Baguette me not. It's a perfect summer to fall colour. Not quite as rich as my all time favorite Grand Canyon Sunset, but still a great colour. Defiantly going into the rotation.
She's 27 and she threw a hissy fit last night because I said maybe. Now I don't want to lend her money period. I'm doing her a favour, giving up some of my sparse income to help her out and she's freaking out? She's 27 and I'm 22. This seems a little odd to me. Sorry for ranting but I'm trying not to freak out at her right now.
Beverly Hills 90210
Dirty Sexy Money
um... I may watch a little too much tv, and the sad thing is that's not all the shows I watch. Now that it's all listed out I just seem like a junkie right now.
Gossip Girl premiers tonight! Hope everyone is having a great long weekend, real post on Wednesday.
So no luck on the Chanel front. I drive an hour to get to the store only to a) have forgotten my prescription which is fine because the guy takes one look at my lenses and is all like 'nope, your eyesight is too poor you can't get these frames.' Enter super bitchy Alysia who really really wants her new sunglasses but can't have them. (Apparently my prescription flattens the lens out too much) Oh well I go back home and grab my prescription to get my new Versace glasses, and while I'm there I spot some nice Burberry ones as well. Heart! and they fit my prescription! Therefore when my benefits go into effect in October I'm grabbing my mums CAA card (you get a discount) and splurging on these baby's. The Versace's are totally my sexy librarian glasses. Now I have a sporty pair(my rimless adidas pair), a intellectual pair(my black ones) an artistic pair(my purple furla ones) and my sexy librarians. Last year I got three pair of glasses, as long as I'm under that right? I mean I wear them everyday.
I love this piece. I've loved it since I spotted it in the J-Crew catalog 3 days ago. Except its $260, it's not warm, and it has bracelet length sleeves. My practical side (which also recently talked me out of getting a cocktail dress with feathers around the bottom) notices that this isn't entirely the best mix for Canadian weather. My side that thinks she's BFFS with Tinsley Mortimer goes gimegimegime. For now practical side has beaten faux-socialite side into submission. For now.
In Fortnum and Mason looking at tea.
In a bookstore that's been around since the 1800's, down the street from Fortnum and Mason.
The window display at Fortnum and Mason
We got in at 10am and took the train into Saint Pancreas stations where we grabbed a cab to our Hotel (Tavistock Hotel on Tavistock square) and thankfully where able to check in. We chilled for a bit before I dragged my very grumpy very groggy mother on a trek to find Oxford Circus (supposedly 10 minutes away... it takes us 45 minutes because we get lost) and wander down regent street. We don't do much shopping but we do stop at Fortnum and Mason for tea before heading back to the hotel to grab some very icky food in the bar there before passing out at 8pm.
Related but separate how do you get rid of really bad bags under your eyes?
This whole working all summer is killing my complexion and social life.
Vogue September 2008, p. 582
So after three years with the same crappy phone I finally was out of my contract and could get a 'cool' phone. I went with the LG rumour and with it's slick little keyboard I've been texting like a fiend (fact: in the first week I had it I sent over 200 texts) Now I could have gone with the iPhone or a Blackberry but I really didn't need the special features. And now I'm only locked in for a year I can just change it later if it doesn't work out.
Mothers day was great, I got my mum a coach swing pack to use on our trip this summer. I am so glad to be out of the city for the summer. Hope everyone had a fun Mother's day weekend :)
Yesterday I was a little impulsive. I went into Holts to smell Chanel #19 and Coco, and saw this. The Marc by Marc Faux Real tote. Its massive, light weight and adorable. And the price? at $118 on shopbop, defiantly a good deal for a Marc by Marc (all the other ones I looked at where around the $500+ range) I can't wait to travel with it.
In other news I'm going to attempt to make bread tonight/tomorrow. Hopefully it turns out.
The newest addition to my collection, J-Crew's Cupcake Cardigan. Not only is the name adorable, but the description is too!
A classic schoolgirl cardigan sweetened up with delicate cotton-lawn 'icing'
And to make everyone happy free shipping until 5/10 with the code IAP-179 (Make sure to include the dash)
Ahhh another grey cashmere sweater. Obsession? What obsession?
Article can be found here
Meet Bob. Bob is a 5 in 1 clock that works as an alarm clock, a timer, tells you what day it is and what the temperature is. The screen also changes colour. My mum brought this back for me from her trip to NYC and at first I was a little meh towards it. Now I can't live without it. Its my alarm clock, it lets me know when I need to crack a window in my apartment and tells me the date. Its also great for travel. Bob is definitely the little man in my life.
Get your Bob at Brookstone
Am going home for a super long weekend tomorrow, so I'll be back on Monday with posts.
Anyone been to Paris? Anything I MUST check out? Really good shopping areas? I guess this means the clothing diet is back on.
I love Grey's, it's one of my favourite shows. I can't wait for it to come back on. I love the whole Christina 'Dance it Out' bit, and in the same scene 'dancing makes you brave' because it's so true. Anyone else dance around like crazy? Also the song is pocket full of sunshine which is lovely.
As it's pouring rain out today I thought I'd post about wellies. Wellies are everywhere lately and they come in such cute bright colours. These ones from J. Crew are on sale for $39.99 If you hate your feet getting wet when it rains, I highly recommend getting a pair. Just make sure they're bright! I have ones that are a great lime green colour and I never fail to get compliments whenever I wear them.
I read on another blog today that Miley Cyrus's performance on Idol Gives back was shocking and lewd. I went onto good old you tube to check out the clip and really? this is shocking? I find that the media sensationalizes these poor young Disney stars so that when they do something even remotely slightly risque people immediately start calling them whores/sluts/etc. These girls are 15-17, they're just doing what normal young girls do, which is try to act older and making mistakes. The media needs to step back and realise that these girls underneath the fame are just normal teenage girls. Perezhilton.com called Miley a slut for wearing a completely innocent outfit, a mid thigh dress with flat knee high boots. He likened the boots to Pretty Woman boots. It's this kind of attitude that destroys these young girls careers. They should be allowed to grow up and make mistakes and not have it broad casted to the rest of the world.
perezehilton.com post here.
How much would you love carrying this little tote around to get your groceries? from Rootote, a Japanese company it's the answer to ugly reusable shopping bags. They come in a ton of designs, and range from $15-$30 on yesstyle.com Being green can be cute.
This grey argyle cashmere sweater with the gold thread detailing is just so precious.
This merino ruffled collar cardigan comes in a ton of colours, a great little basic.
This wonderfully bright cardigan in merino is a great statement piece.
Now to decide what colours to get!
Notes:French oak moss, Tunisian neroli, sweet musk, amber and vanilla
My Thoughts: The opening to this is very powdery; I can smell the vanilla and musk in spades. As it dries down its still very powdery and sweet. Defiantly not my taste as far as perfumes go. I would have loved to have actually smelled some leather in this or even some smoke to make it less cloying. Try it if you love fluffy perfumes
ps. and yes I know I claimed to be 'back from the holidays' almost a month ago but I've been really busy. Rewatching Grey's Anatomy. From Season one.
I'm back from the holidays with many a purchase made, most notebly I finally caved and bought the Carly Coach bag in Brown leather trim. However now they have new stuff coming out in Februrary that I'm dying for so I may just have to buy more. Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday.