Our editor-in-chic had a blast talking style on Talk of Alabama this morning. If you missed it live, watch the replay by clicking HERE.
I have a confession to make: I am a bag lady.
A fab one, mind you, but a bag lady nonetheless. See, I carry my life around in my handbag, and it’s literally weighing me down. (Even Anna Wintour – the editor of Vogue – knows this, per Robin Givhan.) And I realized recently that all those “what ifs” I was planning for by packing so much unnecessary baggage (sumdgy receipts! socks! reading material! condiments! emergency hair and makeup tools!) never actually happened. I don’t make resolutions, but I have a definite goal for 2012: free myself, stop the madness and drop all dead weight. Literally.
While I love toting a good Speedy or duffel, I’m downsizing to something that will only carry the absolute essentials: this vermillion Coach Classic leather shoulder purse.
Image courtesy of Coach
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Fragrance! I feel naked unless I’m wearing my signature scent. And as Coco Chanel once said, “A women who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.” But it isn’t as simple as picking up Beyonce’s Pulse. (We’re not too keen on celebrity scents; who wants to smell like Khloe Kardashian or Lamar Odom combined? No thanks.) Fragrance is very personal. The very memory of one’s cologne or perfume can trigger powerful memories for a family member or loved one (or even a former loved one) years later.
Want to smell like a lotus flower and not a bomb? Remember that fragrances work in conjunction with your own body chemistry, so what works for Halle Berry or your homegirl may not work for you. And there is as much an art to wearing it as there is to producing a scent. Don’t bathe in it. Be mindful of where you plan to wear it: loud fragrances are a fail. And don’t rub your wrists together after spraying it on; you will crush the fragrance’s notes and could alter the scent.
Are you still wearing Hai Karate, Tabu, Tommy Girl or Charlie? I used to love my Love’s Baby Soft and Jessica McClintock, but as I grew up they no longer fit with the young woman I was becoming. While I believe in staying with a perfume or cologne that works, I also believe in being open to trying something new. And there are so many great ones to try, in sprays, solids or oils…from CREED to Coach’s Poppy! Why not have a different “smell good” to suit the temperature, occasion or your mood?