My Fall Fragrance Additions ($25 or less!)

Fall Fragrances by Distillery General, Otremier and Elizabeth & James

Although I’ve been a fragrance fan for years, I only really wore them when I was going out for an event or a date, or maybe to church. But now, I’m a fan of a daily fragrance. The first two fragrances came from my new favorite store, Anthropologie!

Eau de Toilette Vanille (1.6 oz, $18) is a pure vanilla scent that I wear non-stop. It’s like warm vanilla on a Fall day. It’s not overwhelming or super sweet.

Distillery General Eau De Parfum in Strawberry Vine is to die for.
The second is called Strawberry Vine (1.7 oz, $25) , and it’s described as “a charming fusion of red fruits, nutty essences and soothing amber vanilla”. No wonder I liked it so much! Go Be Lovely Rollerball in Coconut Mango is my next bet!

The third is a rollerball from Elizabeth and James (.34 oz/ $22) . I love warm, spicy scents, so this one didn’t dissapoint! I’d been spying this one for a couple months, and I finally added it to my dream team. It’s described as “an addictive blend of alluring violet, sensual sandalwood, and rich vanilla that strike the perfect balance between masculine and feminine”.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Mary J. Blige Launches New Fragrance, My Life

If you’re a MJB fan like I am, you have heard her sing her blues as well as her triumphs. I’ve never seen Mary live, but watching her perform on TV is always flat out amazing. I’ve shed tears watching her perform more times than I can recall. She’s an entertainer that we all love to love. I’m so happy that her first fragrance, My Life, arrives July 31 on HSN.

“My life is my journey and I’ve always shared it through my music.  I can’t wait to share my story with millions of women through HSN,” said Mary J. Blige.  “Working with Carol’s Daughter on the fragrance has been an amazing experience that I will forever cherish.”

I insist that you take the time to watch the video footage on HSN. We already feel like we know Mary, but this interview was a deeper look at the Queen of Hip Hop Soul.

I haven’t smelled the fragrance, but if Mary is backing it up, it has to be good.  Part of the proceeds will go to her foundation with Steve Stout, FFAWN. This charity is all about building the foundation for women to pursue their hopes and dreams, and that’s exactly what I live for.

You can find My Life here on HSN.com


My New Summer Fragrance: pureDKNY

A few days ago, a tiny vial of pureDKNY arrived at my door.  I’m always pessimistic about perfumes, because so many of them stink.  I sprayed this, and Oh my.  It is the perfect summerish, daytime, tra-la-la scent!  It’s got a grown up feel, and is feminine and so, well, pure. Plus, it’s got that vanilla element that I love and adore oh so much. I haven’t been a fan of the Donna Karan or DKNY fragrances before.  I’ve wanted to like Cashmere Mist and Be Delicious, which are widely popular.  I wouldn’t say they stink, but they don’t rock my socks. A 1.0 oz bottle ($42) of pureDKNY  is definitely on my beauty shopping list.

Note: A sample was sent over for blog consideration.

Alien Liqueur de Parfum by Thierry Mugler

ALIEN Liqueur de Parfum The name “Alien” made me a bit biased about the fragrance.  For some reason, I thought it would be a green glass bottle with a citrus scent.  Clearly, I was wrong.   This scent is out of this world.  Hands down, one of my new go to perfumes.  I put it on my wrists, then walked around the house.  Every member of my family shot me an instant “yes” when I asked what they thought!  If you’re looking for a frilly, soft, girly scent, this isn’t what you want.  If you want a mysterious, sensual, dark scent that is sure to get you compliments, here’s your winner!

This isn’t the everyday Alien that you are usually addicted to, however.  The original Alien is placed in a patent pending oak cast and distilled for 8 weeks!  The result, a richer, even more sensual, even more mysterious fragrance that’ll keep you coming back.  Be advised, this is a limited edition masterpiece.  Don’t be caught without it!

So, the fashionista in me instantly thought of the perfect outfit to wear with this fragrance.  Most definitely a little black dress, preferably a little strapless above the knee number (like this bad boy by Alice + Olivia) and five inch heels.

Alien de Liquer by Thierry Mugler ($95) at Sephora and Neiman Marcus.