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Unisex Scents…Discuss


Creed Himalaya

I have often wondered about the concept of the unisex scent. Way back in the day I fell madly in love with Calvin Klein’s CK one largely owing to it’s unique, clean fragrance. I would often receive compliments from complete strangers and my mother would often say she could always tell where I had been in the house as it left a subtle yet distinct aroma in the air. More recently Vertiver by Guerlain has become a firm favourite. OK so strictly speaking this is not officially a unisex scent however it is worn by so many women we can’t all be wrong non?! My current discovery is Creed’s Himalaya. This is a crisp fragrance with top notes of bergamot, grapefruit, lemon and mandarin. I adore how the fragrance subtly shift notes throughout the day to reveal the base-notes of ambergris, musk, tonka bean. Another great way to wear a masculine fragrance is to mix it with a suitable feminine scent thereby creating your very own “signature scent. What do think about the idea of a unisex scent? Does the concept work and if so do you have a favourite? x

Mostly Lovin': Blanche By Byredo


I have long held Scandinavian perfumer Byredo in high regard. Innovative and unique, I could merrily collect each of the perfumes as well as the intoxicating scented candles. As the name suggests, Blanche is clean cut and refreshing, think freshly laundered crisp whites on a dewy summers morning…
My only complaint (and it is a small one), the fragrance is quite short lived and since I often use perfumed body lotion in the warmer months instead of conventional perfume, it could work out to be quite a costly indulgence in the long run!

Mostly Lovin': Maryam Nassir Zadeh

"Private Parts" Shirt

“Private Parts” Shirt

I am currently a little obsessed with Iranian New York based designer Maryam Nassir Zadeh. I adore every aspect of the above shot from the Jean Seberg crop to the gorgeous “Private Parts” shirt. Not only are her designs innovative, highly refreshing and stylish, I would be quite happy to take up residence in her New York store. Her “Roberta heels (above) were an instant hit and I suspect I would have more luck finding the Lock Ness monster than securing a pair!

Arielle Sandals; Image Courtesy Maryam Nassir Zadeh

Arielle Sandals; Image Courtesy Maryam Nassir Zadeh

Her New York Store

The New York Store

New In: Leonor Greyl: Huile De Magnolia

https://www.net-a-porter.com/product/339585, http://intothegloss.com/2013/02/leonor-greyl-huile-de-magnolia-oil/

As you know mes amis, I have developed something of an obsession in terms of finding the perfect oil for face, hair, body. I first stumbled across Leonor Greyl’s Huile De Magnolia on my way to the airport in the South Of France. I stopped off for a last minute “beauty-run” (as you do) before heading for departures. This luxurious face and body oil had long been on my “to acquire list”, richly scented with Magnolia Blossom with a deep, rich amber tone, this oil is packed full of pro-Vitamin A to keep your skin soft and smooth and will quench the driest of skins. To be honest, I would have bought it based upon entirely upon the heady Magnolia scent! My only complaint is why 95 mls and not 100 mls?! Il n’y a pas bizarre? x

Mostly Loving': Deliciously Ella’s: Chewy Sultana Cookies

Deliciously Ella

Guilt-free Goodies!

This weekend I had a bash at recreating the Chewy Sultana Cookies from Deliciously Ella’s blog. Mais bien sûr, I added a couple of twists of my own such as coconut flakes and dried cranberries. Quick and very easy to prepare, the resulting cookies were a resounding success chez moi. Great as a healthy filling breakfast on the go or as an afternoon pick-me-up, these tasty treats are a wonderful addition to any working girl’s cooking repertoire. Recipe and cooking instruction are here. Merci Ella! x

Weekend Reading: Eat, Nourish, Glow by Amelia Freer

Eat, Nourish, Glow, Sam Smith diet

Eat, Nourish, Eat?

This weekend I will be devouring Amelia Freer‘s best seller “Eat, Nourish, Glow”. Apparently, this is the diet plan used by singer Sam Smith. I really love the simplicity of Freer’s approach “No matter much money you spend on expensive creams, you can’t undo the cellular damage that sugar causes”. Basically, if you want “the glow” something has to give. Changes must be made and not for a week or a month but indefinitely. This book offers us mere mortals a chance to side-step the waiting list for a consultation with Freer and in doing so make the changes that will get us looking good and feeling great!

Mostly Lovin': Petits Plaisirs de la Vie

Life is Like...

Life is Like…

Mostly Lovin': Himalayan Pink Salt


OK so I am aware that many of my fellow “bloggers” have been bleating on about extolling the virtues of Himalayan Pink Salt for quite some time. Yes, I am somewhat late to the party but I finally had to find out for myself just what all the fuss is about so I wandered down to my local whole foods store.
Pink salt contains the vital minerals such as iron, potassium and magnesium, which are I am told essential to good health. “Mined in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains in Pakistan by Tribal virgins (OK, so I made that bit up), it contains an almost identical set of elements as those in our body – and get this…in the same proportions that occur in our blood. Apparently it is just this high mineral content which causes the distinctive rose pink colour. As for flavour, there is a real roundness to the taste which definitely enhances foods. It seem to draw out the true essence off foods i.e. French fries are quite simply divine sprinkled with the pink stuff. Guacamole is sublime but don’t take my word for it. If you like me have a tendency to be a little heavy-handed with the white stuff make the switch to pink and you won’t look back! x

The Pink Stuff

The Pink Stuff

Oh Boy! Vintage Car Auction


Je sais…this is something of a departure for me but let me tell you, when I saw these beauties at a vintage car auction I like…died! This early 1952 Aston Martin DB2 Vantage is rare and considerably cheaper (I use that term very loosley), than its bretheren the DB4-5-6.


You will note that there is a distinct lack of seat belt action in this vehicle but that mes amis is but a small and irrelevant detail. May I suggest that were one to crash this vehicle one would not wish to live in any case!


This 1962 Jaguar E-Type (above) is without doubt my fantasy dream car par excellence! I dream of this beauty. Granted… generally I am pushing said Jaguar as I do not yet drive but that mes amis again…details, details…


Et finalement, the 1971 Citroen DS21 EFI…truly a thing of ugly beauty. OK, so yes, it was the extraordinary hydro pneumatic suspension of the DS that won me over. The Citroen sports a four speed gearbox with power steering and brakes and features the world famous self-levelling suspension coupled with directional headlights… I mean come on!