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Seduced by Byredo Mojave Ghost

It's quite hard to write about fragrance, which is why it's something I've done rarely throughout my nine (NINE!) years of blogging. Equal parts art and science, perfumers are sort of the rock stars of the beauty world (anonymous or not) and scent itself is highly individual, to say the least. I'm a fragrance snob of sorts, but by no means the worst of them – for those extremists, visit some of the niche fragrance sites around the web. But I'm a snob in that I refuse to wear, for example, a mass market or designer fragrance, with rare exception, preferring niche fragrance houses with limited distribution.

I've needed a new fragrance for some time now, and tested many in the process. There are scents that I keep in my rotation – Frederic Malle Carnal Flower, Kiehl's Musk Essence Oil and Child Perfume – but I wanted newness, and a scent that could transition more easily from day to night.

Enter Byredo. The uber clean packaging and mysterious fragrance names from this Stockholm-based house seduced me, so while in Paris, I stopped by Colette (THE HOTTEST NIGHTCLUB IN PARIS IS COLETTE, she said, a la Stefon) to sniff and to explore their small but thoughtfully curated beauty level.

Of the Byredo scents, it was hard to choose a favorite - and I admittedly overwhelmed myself by smelling too many perfumes in succession. Regardless, I fell in love with three - La Tulipe, Gypsy Water and Mojave Ghost, which as you can see above, came home with me. It's a mysterious scent, as mysterious as its name, and unlike anything I've ever smelled before. I'd describe it as a skin scent, warmed with floral notes of violet and magnolia, that smells almost like a gorgeous Southwestern desert breeze.

In retrospect, given that Byredo is about 30% less expensive in France (my 50ml bottle was just 90E, as opposed to $145 - and the exchange rate is very favorable at the moment), I should have purchased the trio. Regrets, I've had a few/two!

Explore the world of Byredo, visit their site or Barneys New York. 

Chic + French Meets Chic + French: Kusmi Tea and Jean-Paul Gaultier

I just returned from another trip to Paris, and one of the things that continues to strike me about Europeans is how much they love their hot beverages, be it coffee or tea. Among the tea to be found in Paris, Kusmi Tea is widely considered the chicest, and certainly a favorite of the fashion world, so it makes much sense to see that they've sponsored the upcoming Jean-Paul Gaultier exhibit, to be held at the Grand Palais in Paris, April 1st through August 3rd.

As part of that sponsorship, they'll unveil a collection of five products designed by the iconic JPG himself. Given that the designer is perhaps best known for his fetishization of sailor stripes and tattoos, those elements play largely in the designs you'll see for Kusmi. 

Packaging nerds like me, take note that the Kusmi Tea Collection by Jean Paul Gaultier will be available exclusively April 1st through December 31st in Kusmi boutiques and in the Kusmi Tea e-shop in France and abroad.

Back in Black with Citizen's Axiom Watch

Sleek and sexy aren't necessary descriptors I'd leap to when describing a watch, but Citizen's black ion plated Axiom ($250) is all of that and perhaps even a little bit more. Comprised of stainless steel with a flash of gold accents, the simple yet refined style seems to suit whatever I'm wearing effortlessly. Given that I've been living, nay LIVING, in chunky knit sweaters this hellish New York winter, I've been stacking it with a bracelet or two for some added flash.  

If you're in the market to add to your watch wardrobe, explore Axiom styles and more online at citizenwatch.com.

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Shop This: Space NK Spring Beauty Edit

I've been on a shopping buy-atus of sorts, New Year and all, but the Space NK Spring Beauty Edit is enough to drive me off the wagon.

Today - Wednesday, February 18 -  visit Space NK and you'll leave perfectly prepped for the new season - spring, by the way, where are you?! - after meeting with experts from some of the best brands around for makeovers, advice and tips. Exclusively for the event, and only while supplies last, spend $250 or more and you'll receive a gift chock full of must-haves from 28 featured brands (including deluxe, travel and full-size items).

My favorite products include a Diptyque Scented Candle (70g - a $38 value alone), Verso Day Cream (15ml) and Oribe Shampoo + Conditioner for Beautiful Color minis - all of which will be perfect for my trip to Paris next month.

This GWP sold out fast last year, so visit spacenk.com or one of the US locations to snag one of your own.

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