Kamari Beach, Santorini: 36° 22' N / 25° 28' E

Hello. We here at otc got a jump start on summer by heading to one of our favorite parts of the world. On one of the islands a shopkeeper was telling us about a couple from Germany that has been coming there twice a year for over forty years.  I love the idea of having a great travel destination that you return to regularly.  It would probably be very interesting to see the changes over time.  I know people that don't like to visit the same place twice. I also know others who go to the same place every year because it works for them and they like it. I think I'm in the middle. I try to travel to a new place at least once a year but I have my favorites that I will always return to.  I'm not ready to commit to a forty year streak but I always have a great time in Greece so I will definitely be back.

What camp are you in - never the same place twice(where to next), sticking with the tried and true(what place stole your heart) or a hybrid like me(what are some places you will always return to)?


Diptyque Rich Butter for the Body & Satin Oil for Body and Hair

Rich Butter for the Body (6.8 oz/$90)

A sumptuous blend of choice ingredients, rich butter combines the renowned soothing properties of rose floral water with the radiance boosting effects of organic honey and the long-term protection of argan oil which nourishes even the driest, sensitive skin. It leaves the skin glowing and delicately perfumed. Does not contain parabens, synthetic coloring agents or sulfates. Source

Diptyque Satin Oil for Body and Hair (3.4 oz/$60)

The gentle influence of jasmine absolute enhances the natural beauty of both hair and body leaving the skin soft, soothed and satiny and the hair bright and glossy. Its light, silky texture with a base of avocado oil and refined urucum oil delights the skin with its moisturizing, nourishing and renewing virtues while warding off skin aging. The warm, honey and spicy notes of Jasmine, ylang ylang and saffron add a voluptuous touch. Source

I had some samples of Diptyque's Body Butter and Satin Oil from my candle and perfume purchases. I liked them so much I decided to pick up the full size offerings from my local Nordstrom.  My skin tends to be very dry so I usually prefer heavier body creams and oils.

Diptyque's Rich Butter for the Body has a nice thick consistency that melts quickly into my skin leaving it soft and moisturized with a light floral scent that lingers throughout the day.  The Satin Oil for Body and Hair is non-greasy and works well as a moisturizer on its own or layered with your favorite body lotion.  It gives my hair a nice sheen without weighing it down.

Both the body butter and the satin oil come packaged in beautiful and weighty glass containers with the signature Diptyque lettering.  I'd been lusting after them for quite some time and as I expected based on the samples they did not disappoint.  At their price points I would not consider them must haves but I would highly recommend them if you are looking to treat yourself to something luxurious.

Tell me about some bath and body products you've been lusting over.  Here in otc land we (I, myself and me) have been eyeing the Le Labo body oils and perfumes.  I'd love to hear from you if you've tried anything from them.


Aēsop Marrakech Intense Eau de Toilette & Aēsop Tacit Eau de Parfum

Aēsop Tacit Eau de Parfum(1.7 oz/$110)

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Aēsop Marrakech Intense Eau de Toilette  (1.7oz/$79)

I admire people that can really break down the way a perfume smells to them. I'm talking about those types whose description can make you feel like you were with them the first time they ran barefoot in a garden after a spring rain. This is even though you know your mother didn't let you run outside when it was wet, especially without shoes.  I am not on that level yet. What I can tell you about  Aēsop's Marrakech Intense Eau de Toilette and Tacit is that they smell good. Real good.  

I bought Tacit first. Per the description from the Aēsop website Tacit has citrus and basil grand vert notes. I smell the basil more so than the citrus on this one, and also just the slightest hint of mint. It reminds me of sweet fresh herbs. It's subtle but noticeable in a "you always smell so nice" kind of way.  I get a lot of compliments from women when I wear Tacit.  The guys love it too. I was in Target after work on a day I was wearing this when I passed by a guy who stopped me to tell me I smelled nice. That was after a nine hour day with no touch ups, so it's safe to say that on me this one lasts a work day. 

Marrakech Intense Eau de Toilette has notes of neroli, jasmine, cedarwood, sandalwood and bergamot. I thought I smelled cloves but what do I know. Whereas Tacit leans more feminine to me, I think anyone could wear Marrakech. It's bold and sexy without being overpowering.  I like to wear it when I want to feel energized and confident. It starts off very bright and zesty and dries down to a rich, smooth and warm scent that I find very calming as the day progresses.  All of those woods must really work well with my chemistry because I get a lot of "you smell fresh" when I wear this.  Aēsop also offers Marrakech in an intense parfum roll on. To be quite frank I don't think I'm ready for the attention that might bring so I'll stick with the Eau de Toilette for now. 

What are your thoughts on unisex scents? 


Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo- Histoire & Chanel Rouge Ultra Wear Lip Color- Ever Red

Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo- Histoire/ $37

Chanel Rouge Ultra Wear Lip Color-Ever Red/ $37

Chanel Rouge Ultra Wear Lip Color-Ever Red

Chanel Rouge Ultra Wear Lip Color- Ever Red

Chanel Rouge Ultra Wear Lip Color- Ever Red with gloss

Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo- Histoire

Hi there! This just in. I bought some more red lipstick. In my defense I thought The Chanel Coco Stylo in Histoire was kind of peach-ish. Yes, I know everyone else sees red. I am special what can I say.

The Chanel Rouge Ultra Wear Lip Color in Ever Red is a nice matte red that lasts hours. If you add the gloss it will stay on ALL day. I tested it out and it was a wee bit scary. I ate breakfast, drank water throughout the day, ate again and it.did.not.budge.  I'm calling alien DNA on this one.  I sniffed it in an attempt to give you a thorough review(you are welcome), and I was able to detect a very faint scent of vanilla.  It isn't something that I notice when I wear it.

The Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo in Histoire is my favorite of the two. I see a bright reddish/peach color.  Glosses with doe applicators can sometimes be a little tricky for me to apply evenly so I appreciate that the Stylo is a turn to click up lipstick that I can easily swipe on. I think the description from the Chanel website for this one is spot on.

The intensity of a lipstick, the shine of a lipgloss and the comfort of a lip balm — all in one creamy yet lightweight formula. 

To me it smells like perfumed plasticine(play dough for the US based folks), but once again it's not something that is noticeable when I have it on.  Wear time on me for the Coco Stylo in Histoire is about 3-4 hours. That's also generally about the time between my meals so you do the math.

I haven't bought any Chanel lippies in a while so I was very pleased with these two. If you are looking for a fun pop of color I would recommend the Chanel Rouge Coco in Histoire. If you are looking for a knockout red to take you from the office to dinner then the Chanel Ultra Wear in Ever Red is for you.

What lip colors are you wearing for spring?


What's in the bag?

From left to right

1. Aēsop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm - reviewed here
 2. Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo - Histoire (206) here
           3. Estēe Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Gloss- Passionate Fuchsia (240)  here
 4. Chanel Rouge Double Intensitē Ultra Wear Lip Color- Ever Red here
                         5. Rescue Beauty Lounge - Starfish Patrick
    6. Chapstick aka "old faithful" here
          7. Chanel Beige - reviewed here
  8. Earrings - Lagos here

Rescue Beauty Lounge- Starfish Patrick [sadly this polish company no longer exists :(  ] 

Truffle Small Clarity Pouch - here

My makeup bag is usually a reflection of what I'm loving now plus some staples like my shilling oil and some type of chapstick/lip balm. I try to keep it as organized as possible.

I've been into bright lips lately and I've found some nice options at my Chanel counter. I hadn't bought anything from them in a while so I was pleasantly surprised with their new releases.

I'm still loving my Aesop hand balm.  That brand has been my best beauty find in a while. Nordstrom is having an Aesop pop-in(the products are available online and at certain Nordstrom stores) until May 22nd.  The Aesop website has a free shipping offer for Mother's Day.

What's in your makeup bag this week?


Les Exclusifs de Chanel Beige

Chanel Beige (2.5oz/ $160)

Hi there. I've been really into perfume lately.  In the past couple months I've picked up a couple new scents. I took some time to review my little perfume collection and noticed that most of them fit into one or more of the following categories: white florals, woody, musk, spicy and citrus.

Chanel Beige pictured above is one of the white florals with a touch of spice. I read that it was originally released somewhere between the 1930s and 1940s.  An updated version of the original scent was introduced in 2008.

I think Chanel Beige is a very soft, feminine and elegant scent.  I had my mother try it and her first words were "that's pretty" which I think sums it up perfectly. On me Beige lingers warmly and close to the skin for several hours. I'm too fickle to have a signature scent but Chanel Beige will definitely be one I reach for regularly.

Have you tried Chanel Beige? What fragrances are you loving now?


The Spring Lineup

The sandals are from Target. The flats are from Cole Haan. The pumps are from French Connection. 

Find them here
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New season, new shoes. This spring I picked up a pair of heeled sandals, some oxfords with a pop of color, and some classic pumps with a little zing. I've been wearing the sandals with socks #teamsockswithsandals.  The oxfords have been paired with my tailored work pants. The pumps are new but the plan is to wear them with my white ensembles and boyfriend jeans. 

Tell me about your lineup for spring.