Sunday, August 23, 2015

Modern Urban Sensory Experiences heads to Pitti Fragranze in Florence

For my birthday, I received a flight to Florence Italy to attend Pitti Fragranze, one of the premier  international fragrance trade-shows in the world. When given this surprise, I was in disbelief and excited. Anxiety set in and the notion of going, let alone, preparing and planning the trip became overwhelming. The internal debate, "Should I go now, or wait?" had me deliberating for a couple of days.  I reached out to one of my IG followers, Pefumemistress, who owns a fragrance boutique in Dublin, to pick her brain about the show and ask if she was attending. She told me, "the time to go is, NOW and waiting until spring shouldn't be an option." After a few nights of hard core thinking, I woke up one morning and committed to going. I booked the flight the same afternoon and started to look for a hotel, many of which were sold out already.  Its Sunday and I'm still looking for a hotel but everyday it gets closer to departing, I become more getty. Attending and representing Modern Urban Sensory Experiences (MUSE) internationally is pretty cool! Having the opportunity to explore perfumery, while simultaneously bringing a different presence and perspective to the trade-show, even better!  I look forward to sharing this experience with each of you on the blog and on Instagram.

About Pitti Fragranze

"From Friday 11 to Sunday 13 September 2015, the Stazione Leopolda will host  Pitti Fragranze. The international fair that brings the world’s finest artistic perfumery to Florence is a Pitti Immagine production. The outstanding observatory looking at the galaxy of scents, Fragranze presents the most exclusive essences, the finest artisan quality, wellness products, cosmetics and sophisticated accessories made by more than 230 of the world’s best names in the industry

Every year in September, the greatest names and the world’s most prestigious noses gather in Florence to discuss what’s happening on the olfactory scene and the myriad links between fragrance and contemporary lifestyles."

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Early Fall Fragrance Release: ODIN 12 Lacha

With September around the corner, there will be a hosts of new fragrances released in time for you to  switch it up for Fall/winter. Odin New York's latest addition, Odin 12 Lacha, sounds like it will make a nice seasonal fragrance for men or women. "A spicy blend of black pepper, rare Lacha saffron-(a spice known for its multiple threads and fibers filled with taste and aroma). Saffron is commonly cultivated in Spain, Iran, or Italy. Lacha Saffron, however, is from Kashmir and is extremely difficult to obtain due to vegetative/weather conditions and tough export restrictions from India. However, ODIN has managed to sprinkle a little bit of this unique saffron into there fragrances.

The Inspiration: Indian Culture.
For whom: Men and Women. 
The notes: "black pepper, Lacha saffron, nutmeg and carnation, flowers, sandalwood, leather, and patchouli.  
The Price: $165 100ml #theMUSExperience #yousmellgood #scentstyle #scentedinspiration #fragranceinspiration #standout 

Monday, August 17, 2015

Montreal Perfumer adds Soul to her Scents

#ScentDesign: #Perfumer Dana El Masri's, Jazmin Saraii's fragrance collection seeks inspiration from  musical genres and artists like, Sade, Otis Redding, Hip-Hop, Rhythm and Blues, and Rock. The song selections, mixed with her creativity and artistry caught my attention, as I was strolling IG.  I appreciate music and originality and will order a sample pack to explore further. I've  included a review of the collection from fellow blogger, Colognoisseur.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

4am Summer Rain…Memories and SCENT

I've been meaning to share a fascinating experience I had a couple of Mondays ago but didn't have time to write until today. Do you like the smell of rain? I do. This post is about an experience I had in the early hours as it poured raining outside my window. There is something calming, sensual, therapeutic, and tranquil about rain and its after scent. It's been two weeks and the details of that night are as clear as they were on August 4.

It was 4:14 am when the smell of rain awoke me from my sleep. The scent was intense, so much it entered my nose, flowed through my subconscious, and then somehow told the brain to open my eyes.  The rain was pretty heavy that night and the thunder loud. Yet, the smell of rain that awoke me. How can I be certain?  Well, normally, loud, violent, and unsuspecting sounds, like thunder, a gun shot (hey, I live in NYC), or the fall of a piece of art from a wall in the middle of the night, can startle someone causing fear or a tense reaction; however, that wasn't the case. My eyes opened rather calmly and naturally. I smelled rain before hearing it. I guess the night breeze had something to do with the movement of the scent across my nose and throughout my room.  It was a perfectly quiet summer night, complete with some humidity and a subtle breeze. For a few moments, I laid in bed listening to the natural down pour and welcoming the air against my partially covered body. The quietness of the room made it very easy for me to drift into my thoughts.  I turned over to grab my iPad mini as something told me to write down what was happening in that moment. I unlocked it and begin typing in darkness. This is what I jotted down: down pour, loud, roar, breeze, sleepy, thunder, loud, tired, alone, stillness, quiet, down, intermuntwnr (I have no idea what that last word is but I typed it maybe as I was falling back to sleep-who knows).

My reaction to the smell of rain was strange and instinctive. Strange because the encounter was new and instinctive because it was automatic.  I recall waking up twice that morning and both times the sound of rain wasn't the immediate trigger; instead, it was the smell and the roar of thunder. It's hard to describe the scent of rain but before I drifted back to sleep the first time, I wondered how'd  I describe what I was smelling, had someone asked me to.  I knocked back out before answering the question but thinking about it now, I'd say rain has a distinctive smell to it. It's  fresh, earthy, natural, wet, green, chemical-like, grassy (kind of like the smell of grass after it gets mowed), airy, light, welcoming, pleasant, and euphoric. Don't get me wrong, I've been on this earth for 34 years and I have smelled rain before. Yet, never before have my senses and emotions been so intertwined, heightened, or engaged over rain, out of all things! This is what scent does, it extracts and creates complexities that triggers a reaction, expression, or memory. The sense of smell is connected to a lot.  It brings about awareness and acts as a trigger of sort.  Before you see or hear, you smell first (at least, I believe so). That night I smelled the scent of rain; it awoke me from my sleep. From that, an authentic connection between me and rain fall was created and a new memory embedded. For me, the scent of rain is no longer  what comes after a down pour;  instead, it's a reminder of a summer night in August I laid sprawled across my bed filled with  emotion, inner peace, and late night thoughts.

Do you have any summer rain memories?

I am attaching a video by Carl Thomas called, Summer Rain. The song is not only good  R&B music but the lyrics are similar to what I write about in this post…It's such a sexy song that brings back such wonderful memories.

 " Storming Outside/rain she keeps me home Quiet conversations makes me warm/So Summer rain Whispers me to sleep and wakes me up again/Sometimes I swear I hear her call my name to wash away the pain/My summer rain…"

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Beyond the Bottle: Perfume as a a lifestyle enhancer

SENZA FINE for Women by Profumi di Firenze
Sometimes I determine my "scent of the day" by how I feel in that moment or how want to feel the duration of the day. Today, I was going to the Jersey shore to have dinner with my girlfriend to celebrate her birthday. I woke up this morning feeling rested, even spirited, and a little getty, if that makes sense. I originally decided to wear a one piece dress but voted against it after realizing I wasn't feeling the look. I went into the bathroom to apply my makeup. I attempted a cat eye and suprisingly it came out perfect, almost. I was feeling myself (in my BeyoncĂ© voice). I wanted to feel and exude sexy. I went back to my room and started shifting through clothes. I wanted to show legs and skin, after all I just spent a small fortune treating it to a thermal body wrap and scrub!  I wanted high heels. I wanted oil skin. I wanted to feel tall...strange but that's the vibe I was going for! I pulled out a light weight grey/white symmetrical stripped skirt with a mean slit up the thigh! I paired it with a white tank. It was casual, sexy, and very summer! So sexy as I walked (or strut) all you see is my thigh. Yes, in the comfort of my apartment I was completely comfortable but walking outside I was like, "ok, these thighs may cause a slight problem." Before leaving I spritzed on, Senza Fine. It's an Italian perfume from the house of Profumi di Firenze. I got this a few months back from Twisted Lilly in Brooklyn. I've worn it a few times but was waiting for it to pair nicely with everything, from my mood to my style. What I mean by that is, perfume plays multiple roles in my life. It's not something I spend a lot of money on only for it to sit on my dresser and collect dust. For me, it's a mood stabilizer or energizer, it compliments my outfit, is part of my style, projects my personality, evokes my originality, serves as a gift to others, holds fond memories in tact or enables the creation of new ones, it allows me to explore myself or tap into a reserved part of who I am. A great fragrance will do wonders for you; it's much more than the scent it gives off.

Today everything was in unison and when it happens like this, I want to capture and share those feelings and emotions on the blog or IG. For me, this is essentially why I started ReminiSCENT and continuing with MUSE. I want to offer unique perspectives on scent ( in various ways) that changes the way people perceive, relate to, and discover perfumery, while simultaneously inspiring a lifestyle of scent. For example, if this particular post or anything I may share peaks someone's curiosity so much that they take the time to explore Twisted Lilly or Senza Fine EDP on their own time, I am happy and smiling HARD…like dimples and all.  At my core, all I want to do is expose others to luxury and original perfumery in a way that they can identify…get them excited as much as I am about it! I truly believe when a person can look beyond the bottle to see perfume as another form of individual expression, an extension of who they are or wish to be, it becomes a game changer, a style changer and a life changer. A great bottle of perfume (or two, three, or four) needs to be part of the urban lifestyle and I'm on a mission to make it happen.

Fragrance Notes:
Bergamot, Mandarin, Ylang-Ylang, Orchid, Water Lily, Musk

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Fragrance Chronicles: boyfriend vs. girlfriend

I snapped this picture of him after we shared a good laugh
This morning I hear multiple squirts of something coming from the bathroom. In my mind, I'm hoping it's not one of my fragrances that is being used in excess by my boyfriend, AGAIN. I yell, "what are you squirting?  He replied, "I'm making my own fragrance combination." I take a deep breath before asking, "what fragrance are you using?" He ignores me and I become instantly annoyed. I sit up in the bed and the agitation seeps in with every spritz I hear. He continues to ignore me…

 See, majority of my perfumes are unisex. He loves to smell good and I appreciate that but he doesn't appreciate my collection or what they represent to me. For him, as long as it smells good, he will wear it. For me, I don't want him bathing in my expensive scents without any regard! Instead of making quick decisions, I feel, he should put some thought into it but I learn men are not as insightful as women.  Karim has a heavy hand. He does not know how to apply fragrances with ease. He selects one and then sprays it 10 times on himself. When he finds "the one," he lives with it and drains the bottle. His latest obsession is MY, "Jazz Club" by Maison Martin Margiela, which almost gone! 

Back to the story. He comes out of the bathroom carrying a vial of fragrance in his hand. I'm giving him the screw face as he approaches the bed smiling and laughing. He sees my reaction but shows no regard. He leans in to spray the concoction on my arm and I instantly smell, ByKilian's Lemon Zest perfume and it sends me to into a rage. I don't recall giving it to him; instead, I passed it along for him to try out.  Now, he altered the scent by mixing it with multiple fragrances! The hand and head gestures start and somehow in between them I managed to  knock the vial out of his hand. It drops, glass shatters, and the liquid covers the wood floor. Now, I'm really upset. We argue (I'm upset that my perfume is now on the floor and he doesn't get it ) he yells, "see, what you did! I have to make a new one." He exits the room, while glass is everywhere, and proceeds to search for another empty vial to refill. I hear more squirts and I just shake my head realizing it's no use in exerting the energy arguing with this guy. 

He's happy so I let him indulge. Besides, he gets as much enjoyment and satisfaction from smelling good as I so he gets a pass this time ;)

Do you share mutual items with your partner? Do you ever fight over those items?

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Turning passion into a thing of Beauty

I really appreciate coming across women who are living their passion to the fullest. I find it inspiring and motivating in so many ways. Next Monday, which happens to be my 34th birthday, I will be attending The Beauties and Brains Behind the Brands event in Brooklyn. Presented by Essence and In Her Shoes blog, it's a photography exhibition showcasing 25 "fly entrepreneurs" from NYC! Pretty dope, right?!

While browsing the In Her Shoes blog for additional information on the event, I came across a beauty by the name of Desiree Verdejo. She is an attorney, wife, beauty junkie, entrepreneur, and the new owner of Harlem's first luxury beauty boutique, Vivrant Beauty. I read her story and went to Instagram to look her up. I found out she was having a soft opening today and decided to go check it out. 
Desiree Verdejo 

My friend (Toure) and I strolled on over to 220 Saint Nicolas Ave to pay her a visit. Not only is Vivrant located in a brand new building, it's chic modern design, large windows, and easy to navigate layout is very appealing and welcoming. We met Desiree, her staff, and her husband, who happened to be behind the scenes putting the last minute touches on the merchandise but was kind enough to peak out to say hello.  She showed us around and we spent time chatting about the neighborhood, corporate America, entrepreneurship, beauty, fragrance, and what it takes to commit fully to your dreams. Desiree was so expressive, enthusiastic, engaging, and full of positive energy.  She had me  feeling encouraged and optimistic about my own potential. I'm excited to attend her grand opening in a few days and look forward to shopping at the boutique for my beauty needs, especially the Mario Badescu facial spray with rose water (a staple). More insights to come!

All smiles (pic from @adjah_l)