Spring is most definitely here! If not in temperature then in the sun, who has finally decided to join the 2014 party. London is the eager friend inviting the new guest in, clad in last spring’s glad rags and some new pieces too…
While I’ve got my eye on some cool ugly shoe sandals and slides (loving this take on the Isabel Marant cross sandal by Ancient Greek Sandals and two-band pair by Vince), I’m taking a lot of pleasure and inspiration from the colours that accompany the spring time. How gorgeous is this woven bag and these bright colour popping socks?
No spring outing (i.e. the park or playground) is complete with out a handy throw or rug (nor a brilliant all-purpose balm and iPad for music – loving this cool denim case!) and I love the clean white and blue of this traditional cotton throw by Hammamas (can also be used as a towel, beach towel, table cloth… need a whole load of these!) But most importantly it’s the smell of spring that really lifts my heart – catching a whiff of cherry blossom or freshly mown lawns. So usually it’s the natural fragrance of spring that is enough for me.
But then this beautiful little bottle of Valeur Absolue arrived. I accepted it for review a little nervously, but also with an air of hope. I haven’t worn perfume since my teenage crimes against those heady intoxicates Lou Lou and Samara which I used to splash liberally on my school uniform (ugh!). So happily scent free through my twenties and into my thirties, every now and then I would feel bereft that I didn’t have a perfume in my life. Just for the odd occasion when I’d made a little extra effort.
What can I say? I squirted the tiniest amount of the white musk based Harmonie and somehow the mix of neroli, Earl Grey tea and vanilla gave my senses that perfect little fillip. Finally, the way I wanted to smell. The way I’d imagined only women much more sophisticated than me could smell. Soft, delicious, edible. Basically, included in the perfume is an extract of the Immortelle flower w̶h̶i̶c̶h̶ ̶s̶t̶i̶m̶u̶l̶a̶t̶e̶s̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶b̶i̶n̶d̶s̶ ̶o̶u̶r̶ ̶b̶e̶t̶a̶-̶e̶n̶d̶o̶r̶p̶h̶i̶n̶s does something clever to produce a sense of well-being. The idea is not just to smell good but to make you feel better too. Well, it works!
The gorgeous little bottle now takes pride of place on my dressing table and when I remember I squirt (sometimes wrists, rub, rub behind ears; sometimes walk into the cloud). It’s still not part of my daily routine, but maybe it never will be. Maybe it’ll be those special times I want to indulge in life for a few hours and feel extra yummy.
How about you? Do you have a favourite perfume you wear?
ps. I just broke off editing this post to buy a bottle of the Dior Addict Nail Glow that the beauty internet is raving about – have you tried it? Worth the money?
Valeur Absolue Harmonie perfume* | JShoes tote bag* | Item M6 socks* | Hammamas cotton towel* | Snugg denim iPad case* | Anna Lou of London Ps I Love You heart ring* (in sale for £25!) | Stephen Einhorn skull ring* | Kadalys lip balm* & peeling exfoliant* | Essie Mod Squad nail polish | Connock Wonder Balm