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Danger Ahead: Joya Foxglove

In terms of fragrances, I sit somewhere between a loyalist and a dabbler. There are scents that have been in my personal rotation for years - Frederic Malle's Carnal Flower, for example - and others that I pick up on a whim and spray only when the mood strikes. In recent months, I've been weirdly committed to a fragrance that's barely a fragrance at all, Philosophy's gorgeous Baby Grace, a QVC exclusive. But Baby Grace is a delicate and light skin scent, and as the weather grows colder in New York (and colder it seems to grow by the minute), I find myself craving something new - a scent with more dimension that's not overwhelming.

Enter Foxglove. The fourth perfume from boutique Brooklyn fragrance house Joya, Foxglove is named for the odorless and "pseudo-poisonous" Foxglove plant that once covered New York City and still blooms in Central Park's Conservancy Garden.  With top notes of Blood Orange, Salt Meadow Grass, and Hyacinth Leaves; middle notes of Honeyed Jasmine, Camellia and Jonquille and a dry down of Treaty Oak, White Cedar and Wild Musk, it's a unique hybrid of floral, green and woody notes that evoke a feeling of lushness - bursting stems, stamens and leaves. 

A Net-a-Porter exclusive, Foxglove is available in a 75mL Parfum for $112 (the bottle is wildy gorgeous), or as a portable 10mL Roll On Parfum for $28 (seen above).

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A Return to Simplicity: Citizen's Sunrise Collection

After a few seasons of stacking bangles and bracelets, it feel pretty fresh to embrace simplicity in jewelry again. All I've been wearing in recent months, in fact, is a single slender bangle (I like Vita Fede), a delicate hand bracelet like this one, or (when I want a stronger look), a simple gold watch like this beauty from Citizen.

Part of Citizen's Sunrise collection, two years in the making, its design is inspired by the morning dew and features a luminescent Mother-of-Pearl dial, and two-tone stainless steel case. While I certainly see the appeal of an all stainless steel watch, I LOVE the contrast between the mixed metals here - it makes getting dressed in the morning easy given how obsessive I can be about matching metals - not only when it comes to jewelry but even handbag and shoe hardware.

The Sunrise collection is designed with function in mind as well as well as form - it's water resistant, boasts Japanese quartz movement, and as with all Citizen Eco-Drive watches, it's powered by light - in fact, you'll never need a battery again.

The Citizen Sunrise retails for $350 here.

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Perfect Partners: POND's and The Rockettes

In the past several years, I've crossed off a LOT of bucket list items - and last night, yet another - dance class with the world-famous Radio City Rockettes.  It was all thanks to my peeps at POND's - they've partnered with the legendary dance troupe this holiday season to share the love for their gentle but powerful cleansers, from Cold Creams to Wet Cleansing Towelettes.

It makes sense when you think about it, given the tremendous demands of a dancer, and in particular a Rockette. During the holiday season, they sometimes perform as many as six, SIX, shows a day, sweating through their makeup and then having to reapply (dancers are responsible for their own hair and makeup) to look absolutely perfect yet again. An effective but GENTLE cleanser is necessary and that's where POND's comes in, powering the Rockettes beauty routines backstage and at home.

My fave POND's cleanser personally is easily the Original Fresh Wet Cleansing Towelettes - they're, I insist upon it, the very best on the market - appropriately wet (what's up with dry cleansing wipes?), they leave skin clean, but not stripped, with no grody residue.

Learn more about POND's partnership with the Rockettes and enter to win a holiday getaway to NYC, complete with tickets to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular >  here!

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