Working in the fashion and beauty industry, I’ve learned to appreciate the finer things, including some of the most luxurious fragrances in the world. When I spray the aromas of jasmine, wood and florals, I feel like I’m in Paris. I feel strong, like I can take on the world. I feel confident, beautiful and sexy.
And that’s what finding your signature fragrance is all about. It’s really figuring out what scents stir your senses and “set you free.”
Modern Muse Chic is a bold contrast of vivid florals and sensual ebony woods. It’s inspired by the complexity of a modern woman who defines style on her own terms. She’s never ordinary, always bold, original, extroverted and creative. I can’t help but notice that I’m the Modern Muse Chic woman, and I bet you are too! Continue reading →
We’re finally in the throes of the fall fashion season, and if you’re like me that means snagging a few new favorites to add to your closet. This Manic Monday, heir to the Missoni throne, Miss Margherita Missoni, gives us some tips on what to try on this fall: anything you adore – you’ll look great.
Good morning! Have you had your cup of coffee to get you going yet? If not, sit down, relax with your favorite mug and enjoy because it’s National Coffee Day.
To celebrate, my friends Katie and Kellie and I walked to one of our favorite coffee haunts in town: Stone Creek Coffee. Its warm, rustic atmosphere is so inviting (and they have great peanut butter cookies).
When we’re not enjoying a Milwaukee Blend next to the fireplace, we brew at home. Here are some of our favorite products for making the perfect cup. Continue reading →
Can you believe it’s halfway through September already and that the kiddos are back in school? This week’s Manic Monday is for them and is from a name that I’m sure they’ll recognize: J.K Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series. She’s giving kids (and maybe even you!) some good advice: go to the library. Pass this on to the kids, take a trip there yourself, and have an amazing fall!
We live our lives where everyone needs everything all at once and “multitasking” is the buzzword for today’s lifestyle. For some of us, at the end of the day, when the clock strikes midnight, the job is finally done. We’ve paid attention to everyone but our face, the one everyone sees, but we’re forgetting that one essential element…our skin. Because as those hours tick away skin loses vital moisture and pays a price from environmental toxins, dirt and debris that can clog our pores. No one wants skin that appears tired and dull, shriveled and dehydrated.
So I say make “multimasking” part of your multitasking. It works for your skin 24/7. The benefits to facial masquing are so rewarding. Your face is hydrated and your beautiful complexion is restored. Continue reading →
We are so excited to introduce you to our next featured corporate employee, Tamela! Tamela is our dependable & witty advertising administrative assistant. It’s a joy to cross paths with her at work, and exciting to see how she pulls different looks together from our stores! Tamela has a wonderful daughter, family and friends. You can find her out in her yard, trying new DIY projects, and spending quality time with her friends cooking and finding new places to shop! She loves her time spent with her Grandfather and daughter, and looks forward to traveling more with her daughter!
Tamela let us tag along to a great local coffee shop, and we couldn’t get enough of her classy look! She was stunning, and we love how she added a bit of a bite to her classy look with some leather leggings. Tamela loves a great pair of shoes, so we were excited to see what she was going to be wearing! We fell head over “heels” with her ankle boots & sure hope you are able to make this style your own too! Try to mix some leather in your outfit this fall, you won’t be sorry! Thanks for stopping by this week’s 9-5 chic☺ Continue reading →
“I am a hoarder of makeup products and I don’t want to throw them away because I think I can still use them. Some products do not have an expiration date on them. What is the makeup expiration for beauty products?” Gina
Give your makeup an extreme makeover and protect yourself from the old unused products that you have been keeping too long. Expired makeup and exposed beauty tools can clog your pores and even cause infections. When it comes to taking care of your skin, knowing your makeup’s shelf life is a powerful tool.
Welcome back to Our Favorite Things: our monthly collection of what’s hot, what’s new and what we can’t wait to wear.
It’s September and even though most of us won’t be going to school this fall, the back-to-school feel of the season is inescapable and that’s fine by me. There’s something exciting, even now, about getting ready for fall with a few new finds. Keeping that in mind, I’ve selected some of our favorite things for this month: a sort of grown-up back to school list.
It’s not always about what to wear…sometimes it’s where to wear it. Especially when it comes to fragrances. Here’s the best advice I have about where to spritz so your fragrance works in harmony with your skin.
The point of fragrance is you. So start off by spritzing lightly and not letting the fragrance overpower you or cling to you heavily. After a warm shower, apply your fragrance while you are still warm. The fragrance absorbs by the warmth of your skin. Using the same brand of fragrance, shower gels, body lotions and treatment creams will maintain fullness and enhance your scent.
Spraying fragrance in the air and waiting for the mist to fall lightly on your hair allows the scent to diffuse over your body. You do get the most out of your fragrance by spritzing lightly even in unconventional places. A word from the wise, never spritz directly on your clothes or intimates. It will cause discoloration. My “Where to Spritz Fragrance Guide” showcases key pulse points where you can spray your perfume so the aromas will rise and intensify all day long.
Where to Spritz Fragrance Guide
- Inside the Wrist – Warm up your scent by spritzing inside the wrist. The pulse is a hot spot that allows a beautiful fragrance to be released to linger. (Tip: Don’t rub your wrists together, it will crush the scents!)
- Nape of the Neck – Expect unexpected hugs and kisses! Feel sexy and sensual and spraying near the throat, on the back of the neck or shoulders.
- Inner Elbows – Place your perfume in the inner elbows over a vein. Your body heat will emit your scent.
- Behind the Knees – There’s nothing like reactivating the scent as you’re walking on the beach and your body temperature rises.
- Cleavage – Dab fragrance lightly in one of the sensual places of the body.
- Behind the Ear – Although this area may not a ‘pulse point’ a dab behind the ear keeps a subtle scent for hours.
The unforgettable Coco Chanel replied to a woman who asked, “Where should one use perfume?” with, “Wherever one wants to be kissed.”
Keep Coco’s words in mind when you want your wildest dreams to come true, but keep the “Where to Spritz Fragrance Guide” in mind for drawing the attention you desire everyday.