Beauty: My Favourite Winter Fragrances

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Though I’m never one to dive head-first into the latest trends, I do like to give a nod to the changing seasons; a new silhouette here, and added dose of sparkle there. For me, like my favourite jewels or a stroke of red lipstick, fragrance is a year-round style staple; a spritz of scent in the air as I dash out the door each morning lends the final finishing flourish to every look.

Once the clocks go back and winter descends, the scents I associate with summer – my beloved Petite Cherie by Annick Goutal which smells of pears and cut grass and a Parisian park in the springtime, or Jo Malone’s crisp Orange Blossom, which always accompanies me on any far-flung summer adventure – make way for gourmands and heady white florals that so beautifully complement winter’s richer palette and moody skies.

Much like my sartorial style, I’m always drawn to pretty, classic feminine scents rather than anything cloying or overpowering. Marc Jacobs‘ original scent – a gorgeous combination of gardenia, jasmine and bergamot – has been a favourite for a decade, and Diptyque’s DoSon is a similarly lovely white floral that works anytime. I adore Jo Malone’s Rose Water and Vanilla cologne (pretty-sexy rather than saccharine, it smells of Turkish delight and candlelit dates and will linger softly all day), and was so upset when I discovered it was being discontinued that I panic-bought two more bottles from the Cambridge store (if you also love it, you won’t find it anywhere online but the standalone Jo Malone stores should all still have a bottle or two hidden in the back). My Burberry has become my everyday scent – it works just as well with a cashmere sweater and jeans as it does with lace and jewels for evening - and Chanel’s Gardenia is a perennial favourite when I want to feel my most ladylike. 

And if they look well-loved, that’s just because they are. With the exception of Jo Malone’s Pomegranate Noir which I’ve just added to my collection (I’m giving this a whirl in lieu of my other autumn/winter favourite, Blackberry & Bay), and Tom Ford’s Fleur de Portofino (which I added this year and wore all summer long, but is luxe enough to work just as well for winter too), these are all firm favourites from last year* which will take me through another winter season until spring’s call for an olfactory clean sweep next year.

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Fragrance: Burberry ‘My Burberry EDP’ // Tom Ford ‘Fleur de Portofino’ // Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir // Chanel ‘Gardenia’ // Diptyque ‘Doson’ // Jo Malone ‘Rose Water & Vanilla Intense’ (now discontinued, but this is the closest version).
Details: F. Scott Fitzgerald hardback books // brass pineapple // Diptyque candle // glass  cloche // Kenneth Jay Lane pearl earrings // J.Crew gold earrings (similar here) // Garance Dore for Rifle Paper Co ‘XO’ print // mirrored console table.

I’d love to know your favourite fragrances and any new scent you think I should try. Do you have a signature perfume which you wear each day, or do you, like me, rotate a collection based on your mood and the seasons?

*Tip: always keep your perfumes out of direct sunlight and store them in the top shelf of your fridge when out of season and they’ll last for at least a couple of years.

Love, Miss B xx

 

September Loves

1. Buying: I wear my blush Mulberry Lily handbag (available here and here) so much that I’ve just ordered this dark blush version for winter. What can I say; I know what I like!

2. Sparkling: I have a thing for beautiful bracelets, and the double-cuff (the same bracelet worn symmetrically on each wrist) has become my jewellery signature. This crystal version from J. Crew is ever so beautiful, and will add a little Gatsby glamour to every outfit. I’ll have two, thank you!

3. Wearing: I’m not yet ready to give up bare legs and hibernate beneath wintery layers, but September has brought with it an autumnal chill in the air and a tendency to a sudden rainy shower which call for a little more than a summer dress. I’ve just added this perfect Coach trench coat (a timeless classic) to my wardrobe and have been throwing it over everything to make my wardrobe feel instantly more autumn-appropriate.

4. Beauty note: After a summer of petal pinks and bright lips, I’m currently craving a 60’s cat eye and nude lip. The best shades I’ve found are from MAC (‘Hue’ or ‘Myth’) or Tom Ford (‘Vanilla Suede’ or ‘Blush Nude’), and really, could there be anything more chic than pulling out a little black and gold tube of Tom Ford lipstick?

5. For the home: As the nights draw longer, I’m favouring cosy evening indoors and am making my home feel as welcoming as possible with warm throws, scented candles, soft lamps and twinkly lights. This clear Kartell bougie lamp is my favourite, and adds a touch of modern French chic to my desk.

6. Play: Making the most of the last lingering moments of summer and the first days of Autumn with lazy weekend walks along the river and evening bike rides around town. Happiness is having the wind in my hair and a big bunch of flowers from the market in my Pashley basket.

7. Small luxury: Because a girl can never have enough sparkle, I’ll be adding these charming little lucky horseshoe studs (which look much more expensive than they are) and the matching necklace to my collection.

8. On my wishlist: I have an unfailing weakness for both Valentino and lace, so the two combined is irresistible. These lace ankle strap pumps are chic, feminine and just the right height that they could be dressed up with a cocktail dress, or down with a flirty skirt or cropped trousers for day.

9. Listening to: My love for Paris extends to my musical tastes, and the annual albums released by Hotel Costes (that chic Parisian establishment) are perfect for sunny days and evening cocktail hours alike.

10. Watching: The Spring/Summer ’14 collections on the runway at London Fashion Week. Orla Kiely is always a favourite, and the Mulberry show at Claridge’s was utter perfection; from the invitations arriving with a miniature Wedgwood teacup and Claridge’s afternoon tea being served for breakfast to the beautiful embellished floral prints and dogs in Mulberry jackets on the runway.

I hope you’re all having a lovely month! I’d love to hear what your favourite things are currently!

Love, Miss B xx