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Editor’s Letter

The Beauty Of Perfume

Dear Readers,

Yesterday I had a wonderful shopping day! I brought some new perfume (guess which one…) and an evening gown! More on the evening gown next week (I am so excited)! In the meantime, I have included below some interesting facts about my new scent…

But I would love to know which scents are most bewitching to you? Do you love:

– Pretty, romantic Florals                – Intoxicating, sensual Orientals                – Mossy Green, Woody ‘Chypre’ notes
– Alluring, crisp Citrus                – Fresh, herbaceous ‘Fougère’ scents                – Sweet, food-inspired ‘Gourmand’

Lots of Love,

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About Hypnotic Poison

Dior created ‘Poison’ in 1985 , a scent of irresistible seduction and magic – i.e. poison. Since then, every ‘Poison’ fragrance has extended upon this sensuality and irresistible enchantment.

Hypnotic Poison is the most exhilarating of all Dior oriental fragrances. Oriental fragrances are characterized by their warm base notes with spices and wood. Encompassing an intoxicating allure of scents, the main components of Hypnotic Poison are; Bitter Almond and Carvi, Sambac Jasmine, Jacarandra, Vanilla and Musk. It’s opulent and mysterious. And adding to Hypnotic Poison’s allure, Melanie Laurent, is now the new face of it (pictured above)!

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Interesting Perfume Facts

Did you know…  it is the alcohol content of a fragrance that will determine how long a fragrance will linger on the skin? This also demands how a fragrance should be applied to the skin.

Eau De Toilette
Eau De Toilette is significantly lighter than Eau De Parfum. Traditionally, Eau De Toilette is spritzed in the morning and can be used quite generously.

Eau De Parfum
With a higher perfume content, Eau De Parfum is usually dabbed onto the skin. If the Eau De Parfum is a spray, spritz the fragrance into the air and walk into it.

Perfume / Perfume Extract
With the longest lasting hold, Perfume Extract is the most powerful and purest type of perfume. When applying Perfume Extract, the most delicate trace on the skin is enough. Apply to the wrists, décolleté and even behind the knees. Each of these areas of the body has pulse points which will allow the fragrance to travel.

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Looking forward to hearing some of your favourite scents xx

Illustration by Uptown Twirl  / Photos from google images

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Fashion Flashback – Oprah Covers Vogue

After 25 years of life-changing television, the finale of The Oprah Winfrey Show will air today. Oprah has touched so many hearts with her kindness, inspiration and extraordinary enthusiasm and passion for life.

In 1998, Oprah covered American Vogue. Oprah looked exquisitely radiant wearing looks by Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana and Giorgio Armani, among others. Thandie Newton is also pictured with Oprah below right. Vogue.com has republished their interview with Oprah from this feature and you can read it here…

In the article, Oprah is quoted as saying: “What I have decided, is that with fame, notoriety, credibility—if you can’t have the courage to stand up and speak out for what you truly believe in, then it means nothing.”… I miss Oprah already!

Diane von Furstenberg’s
New Fragrance

Diane von Furstenberg is launching a new fragrance, ‘Diane’. The fashion dynamo will be releasing the fragrance this October. It features two primary scents – frangipani and violet – which combine to create a woody floral fragrance. Of the scent, von Furstenberg has said, “I wanted to put the power of women in a bottle. I wanted a perfume that reflected womanhood — what I know, what I feel about being a woman — and the power that we all have that we can be the woman we want to be.”

Michelle Obama – A Fashion Icon

Since Michelle Obama arrived in England, wearing a two-piece purple Preen skirt suit from the fall 2011 collection, her fashion statements have been getting more and more exquisitely iconic. From a Roksanda Ilincic purple drape neck dress; to a Ralph Lauren fall 2011 elegant black evening gown; not to mention a divine ivory Tom Ford number with elbow length gloves – Mrs. Obama a radiant, fashion savvy, extraordinarily beautiful First Lady!

Will you be suffering from Oprah withdrawals like me? xx


Photos from vogue.com / vogue.co.uk / wwd.com

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Mélanie Laurent For Dior’s Hypnotic Poison

Mélanie Laurent has been announced as the new face of Christian Dior’s Hypnotic Poison scent. The beautiful French actress (known for her role in ‘Inglourious Basterds’), singer, director and writer, will also wear Dior Couture on the red carpet. Love Mélanie Laurent and adore the intoxicating allure of Hypnotic Poison!

Leighton Meester For Vera Wang’s ‘Lovestruck’

The first image from Vera Wang’s ‘Lovestruck’ campaign has been released starring Leighton Meester.  The 25year old Gossip Girl favourite looks absolutely divine in a floor length purple gown. C’est Magnifique!

Marchesa For Playboy

Renowned for their extraordinary red carpet gowns; Marchesa designers, Keren and Georgina, have tackled the iconic Playboy bunny costume. The exclusive model has been created to celebrate the opening of the new Playboy Club in London on June 4. Looking to embellish the iconic costume with a couture touch, Marchesa have said,

“very excited for the opportunity to design one of the iconic symbols of pop and fashion culture. We were inspired by the original costume, but we added some of Marchesa’s signature details: embroidery and draping while respecting the classic corseted silhouette of the Playboy costume. The result is a modern and feminine rendition of this legendary look”.

Pierre Cardin To Sell Fashion House

Pierre Cardin is selling his legendary fashion house. At 88, Cardin has said, “I know I won’t be here in a few years and the business needs to continue.” Founding his house in 1950, Cardin was one of the pioneers of brand licensing. His name is now carried on hundreds of products, including; clothing, shoes, bottled water, furniture and perfume.

Best Dressed at Met Gala

Decadence, glamour and divine red carpet fashion statements – were of course the order of the day at the Met Gala. Many guests were dressed in McQueen, even the lady of the moment herself, McQueen Creative Director, Sarah Burton (aka the creator of the Duchess of Cambridge’s gorgeous wedding gown) (pictured below). Stella McCartney also had an impressive turn out of celebrity support. McCartney (pictured below), the Gala co-chair, wore a black strapless dress and platform sandals from her label.

In Alexander McQueen:  Burton, Sarah Jessica Parker, Daphne Guinness and Naomi Campbell

In Stella McCartney: McCartney, Gwyneth Paltrow, Eva Mendes and Kate Hudson

Who was your best dressed? xx


Photos from vogue.co.uk / vogue.it / google images

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