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My favorite fragrances.

Gifting a fragrance seems so cliché but that’s only if you don’t know how to do it right. My first experience with luxury fragrance was Tom Ford’s Black Orchid. I was immediately taken by how deep, pure and sensual it was. It didn’t smell overpowering, super sweet or overly diluted like some other lower level brands can.  When you encounter a luxury fragrance you can tell right away that it was made with love, using the best oils, absolutes and extracts from nature to create a scent that the designer truly desires and isn’t just a quick, easy sell. There’s a lot of passion put into it and you feel it when you wear it.

One of the best parts of my job is getting to try these luxurious scents. It’s hard to get to know a fragrance without wearing it all day. The initial smell will not be the same after a few hours and some don’t stick around at all. With high-end scents you should get a lasting scent that works with your bodies natural oils to enhance the essence.

Here are some of my favorites. Click on the images to purchase or visit one of the amazing fragrance experts at Saks Boston. They’re so knowledgeable and will guide you to exactly what you want.

Santal Blush by Tom Ford. This scent is warm and spicy but with some powdery notes that lighten it up a bit.

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Addictive Arts, new collection by Clive Christian. I’ve really enjoyed the “Hypnotic” scent, it’s has so much depth and is a great choice for winter with it’s warm and spicy notes.

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Vaniglia by Acqua di Parma. I saw this scent all over Italy was I was there this summer. The Italians know how to do a scent right and Acqua di Parma is one of their favorites.

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Gift Guide 2017.

Gift giving can be tough business, especially if you don’t know the person well enough to get them something uniquely them. Even if you do it still can be a challenge! I’m here to help with a few ideas to fill up your holiday shopping cart.

Beauty Products are a great gift and there are plenty of products to choose from that don’t require you knowing the persons exact skin tone or taste in color for it to be a great gift. Click the image below to shop.

Finishing sprays are very popular and perfect for all skin types. This 4 in 1 setting mist by Tarte provides lasting moisture and make-up protection. Check out my Instagram page to find out how you can win it!tarte4in1settingmist

Another idea… give the gift of a healthy glow with Sephora’s Favorites “Glow for It” box set. “A multibranded sampler set of highlighters including seven deluxe everyday essentials.”

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Jewelry and accessories. Always good because you know it’ll fit! J. Crew has a great selection of well made jewelry. I love these Stone and Tassle earrings. And when you make an on line purchase you get 40% off with the code SHOPFAST. Click the image to shop.

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Gloves. I know it’s boring but nice gloves are a great gift because most people want a pair but no one wants to buy them for themselves.  I love the Melech Gloves from Club Monaco (on sale for $49!!). Click the image to shop these and more styles.

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A handbag. This is a bit of a risk, as handbags are very much a taste. So you need to know at least a little bit about what sort of purse the person you are buying for prefers. For example: color, size, shape, strap type etc…

That being said I personally love a good cross-body. Fashionable and convenient. Marc Jacobs makes an adorable one called the “camera case” for its similarity to, you guessed it, a camera case. You can shop all sorts of styles at Bloomingdales. Click the image to shop more style.

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Candles. Again, boring. But I’m not talking your average scented candle from Yankee Candle or the check out aisle at Marshall’s, a GOOD candle like from Dyptique that both smells like nothing you’ve encountered and last a long time.

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Stay tuned for more gift ideas for him!

(Note: I am an affiliate of the above merchants. If you purchase any items through the links provided I receive a small commission on said purchase. Thank you!)

XO,

Hilary