Le Labo: Thé Noir 29

Samples from Le Labo (here)
Thé Noir 29($175/1.7 fl oz)


This has been the year of discovering new scents for me. Le Labo(the lab) is a fragrance company that has been on my radar for a while. With locations in NYC, London, Tokyo, Paris, Berlin, Washington DC, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Miami and LA, the line is known for their minimal aesthetic, customized labels and cult scents that are mixed right in front of you. 

According to the internet, Le Labo whose headquarters are in SoHo New York, was founded by Fabrice Penot and Edouard Roschi in 2006, and acquired by Estée Lauder in 2014. I found this great article ( here )where Fabrice is quoted as saying, "The purpose of Le Labo is to make life more beautiful."

The perfumes are reportedly named by the main ingredient based on weight and then the number of ingredients in the formula. After testing out some samples I bought online I found their Bergamote 22, Fleur D'Oranger 27 and Santal 33 to be my favorites. I went to their counter undecided and Thé Noir 29 was recommended by the Le Labo rep as a formula that combined those three. Black tea leaves, bergamot, fig, musk, cedar wood and vetiver are the main ingredients in Thé Noir. To me it smells slightly smokey with a splash of citrus and a spike of spice. It lasts all day on me and is one of the most interesting scents I own.  

Have you tried anything from Le Labo? As we head into fall what are some of your favorite fragrances for this time of year?


Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet- 57 Rouge Feu

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet- 57 Rouge Feu/$37

On the nails: Chanel Le Vernis- 530 Rouge Radical  

Hi there! I hope you had a good hump day.

Rouge Feu was the second product I chose from Chanel's Le Rouge Collection Nº1. I was having a matchy-matchy moment and I thought Rouge Feu was the closest match to my Rouge Radical manicure. 

The Allure Velvet lipsticks are described as non-drying mattes. I think that description is spot on for the ones that I've tried to date. 

Rouge Feu is a pigmented red that I think would look good on many different skin tones. On me I think it leans a bit toward orange which I like because I don't have a lot of those types of reds in my collection. There's no scent that I can detect during application, and it stays put for me until I take it off to eat. Because it is a matte I would recommend a good lip exfoliation before applying. No, I did not do that in the picture above, so basically do as I say not what I did.  I think Chanel did a great job with this collection. I have my eye on the Rouge Audace Allure Velvet lipstick next. I'll keep you posted. 


Britt-Marie Was Here

"At a certain age all the questions a person asks him or herself are really just about one thing: how should you live your life " pg 31

Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman was a great vacation read. It was part Mary Poppins, part cautionary tale and part motivational story. I'm not ready to confirm or deny the similarities between the title character and myself with regards to housekeeping. All I will say is I too can appreciate a good box of baking soda. 

Britt-Marie is at a crossroads.  She has spent the majority of her years behind the scenes handling all of the mundane things that make life for her loved ones go smoothly. When an unfortunate event upends everything she holds dear she sets off on an adventure. And like all good adventures there's trouble, romance, laughter and heartache along the way.  

I think it's human nature to get reflective as you get older, and we all have things we wish would have turned out differently.  This book was a great reminder that it's never to late to start living the life you want to live.  

Have a great week! 


Summer 2016: Paros, Greece

Hi there!

Ahhh yes. The last of the summer 2016 vacation photos. According to Google summer doesn't end until September 22nd so I'm going to do my best to squeeze every last drop of it until then. I want to log some serious beach time in the weeks ahead and catch a couple movies. I've been reading more so my big screen time has suffered.  I'm also very particular about hearing everything that is being said without cell phone interruptions or unruly children so I try to wait until the crowd thins before I venture out to the movies. This has been a big summer for blockbusters so I've been waiting a while.  I'm hoping that with the Olympics and the back to school craziness I can catch a couple matinees and enjoy my movies in peace and quiet. Don't worry though, if I see you at the movies I will say hi (insert friendly wave here 👋🏾)just as long as the previews haven't started.


Estēe Lauder - Bronze Goddess Eau Fraȋche Skinscent


Fragrance story: A sensuous, sun-drenched blend of bergamot, warm amber, tiare flower and vanilla combine with delicious creamy coconut to create a fragrance that is all heat, all desire and all woman. Reminiscent of a sun-drenched beach, this exotic scent has a heart of golden amber that is pure summer.

Style: Solar, floral.

Notes: amber, coconut milk, sandalwood, vanilla, vetiver, myrrh, juicy mandarin, Sicilian bergamot, lemon, pulpy orange, tiare flower, jasmine, magnolia petals, orange flower buds, lavender.    Source

Estēe Lauder- Bronze Goddess ($65/3.4oz)
Hello there!

Estēe Lauder Bronze Goddess is all the glory of summer in a bottle. I picked mine up from Bloomingdale's towards the end of March. I'd never tried it before. As you can see I'm down to half a bottle so I figured this was a fine time as any to publicly profess my love. Bronze Goddess is a Eau Fraȋche(fresh water) which per my Internet research means that it contains 3% or less perfume oil. I don't have a travel sized version of this yet so I don't reapply it throughout the day. I've found that if I wear this to work people I meet within the first two hours will comment on how nice I smell. By lunch time there is just the slightest trace left very close to the skin.

I've listed the fragrance notes per the experts above. The coconut, the amber and the vanilla stand out the most to me with this one. When I wear it I'm transported to that perfect spot on a beautiful beach with just the right mix of shade, breeze and sun. It is such a delicious, warm and stimulating scent but it's light enough to not be cloying or headache inducing.

From what I read online Bronze Goddess is usually only offered up to and through the summer months. If you live in an area where the temperatures are going to start to dip soon I think this would be a great fragrance to stock up on to remind you of warmer days.

Estēe Lauder has an impressive amount of companies in their portfolio. My first perfume experience with them was a birthday gift of Beautiful from my father as a teenager. I liked it back then but they seemed to have changed the formula so I stopped wearing it. Several years later I was gifted Aromatics Elixir(Clinique) which must work really well with my body chemistry because I've had people have follow me on the street to ask me for the name of my perfume when I wear it.

Have you tried any of the fragrances from the Estēe Lauder brands? Tom Ford is under their umbrella. The next time you are in a department store check out the new Tom Ford private blend perfume Soleil Blanc then mosey on over to the Estēe Lauder counter and check out Bronze Goddess. Let me know what you think.

Have a great week!


Chanel Le Vernis- 530 Rouge Radical

Chanel 530 Rouge Radical/$28

Top to bottom:
          1. 530 Rouge Radical
2. 504 Organdi
3. 506 Camélia
  4. 520 Garçonne

Two coats in outdoor lighting

Chanel reformulated their nail polish line earlier this year to a new and improved longer lasting formula. I've tried a couple of the new polishes and they do seem to last longer than the old version.  The bottle also got a slight change as the polish names are now on the back.

Rouge Radical is part of Chanel's Le Rouge Collection Nº1 which is all about celebrating the color red. I thought Radical would look like a clear coat with a hint of color on the nails. Imagine my surprise when after two coats I got the vibrant, pigmented, beauty pictured above. Nothing about what I saw in the bottle prepared me for the gorgeousness that was to come.  I love it. I think it's just the right combination of red and orange that is perfect for summer.

Is it a love or a meh for you? Have you tried any of the reformulated Chanel polishes?


Summer 2016: Athens, Greece

Top: Target(old)
Jeans: Lucky Brand
Shoes: Banana Republic
Bag: Marks & Spencer(old)
Sunglasses: Burberry
Watch: Fossil

I spent more time in Athens this summer than on my last visit to Greece.  I got suckered into climbing up the Acropolis to the Parthenon again but trust me when I tell you I will not be doing that ever again. The steps were just as steep and slippery as I remembered them. If you are going to brave them please wear some shoes with good traction. We saw a couple people slip and stumble. It was not pretty. 

I also found a great vegetarian restaurant named Avocado in Athens. Avocados are right up there with sunshine and air in terms of things I think are necessary for life. I knew as soon as I saw their sign that I had found my tribe. I found the food throughout Athens and the islands we visited to be simple, fresh and flavorful. I took some detailed pictures of the Avocado menu so I could try to recreate some of the dishes once I got home. I'll let you know how that goes. 

Have a great week!