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What’s Your Scents-ibility?

It’s Fragrance Week at Saks and we’re helping you find your signature scent!

Something is in the air at Saks this week as we celebrate fragrance! Your fragrance choice says a lot about you, evokes emotion, memories and can just make you feel good. This week, we’ll take a look at the four different fragrance trends and help you find one that’s right for you. The Best in Florals  Are you a romantic at heart, lover of feminine looks by Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera and Jason Wu? Well, then you’ll love a floral fragrance. Chloe Eau de Parfum is a fresh, elegant take on a floral juice. Annick Goutal’s Petite Chérie, which translates to ‘little darling’ from French, is both fruity and floral and adorned with a feminine pink bow. Dolce and Gabbana’s Velvet Love is inspired by…

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Something is in the air at Saks this week as we celebrate fragrance! Your fragrance choice says a lot about you, evokes emotion, memories and can just make you feel good. This week, we’ll take a look at the four different fragrance trends and help you find one that’s right for you.

The Best in Florals 

Are you a romantic at heart, lover of feminine looks by Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera and Jason Wu? Well, then you’ll love a floral fragrance.

Chloe Eau de Parfum is a fresh, elegant take on a floral juice.

Annick Goutal’s Petite Chérie, which translates to ‘little darling’ from French, is both fruity and floral and adorned with a feminine pink bow.

Dolce and Gabbana’s Velvet Love is inspired by the carnations of the luxe resort town of Lake Como in Italy. It has touches of Ylang-Ylang and pepper to round it out.

Miss Dior by Dior is the couture of fragrance with notes of Violet and Pink Jasmine


The Best in Exotic 

Those woodsy, spicy that evoke  the markets of Marrakech or a  pristine splendor of an outdoor fire.

Reem Acra: The Lebanon-born designer’s first-ever fragrance notes of amber, which the designer collected as a child, as well a fusion of orange blossom, ginger and jasmine. The result is a heady, musky scent that is as red carpet-ready as the designer’s famous evening gowns.

Gucci, Premiere: Bergamot, blackberry, patchouli and sandalwood make this fragrance, like it’s ready-to-wear, very sexy.

Bond No. 9, New York New York Musk: Inspired by the city that never sleeps, this star fragrance from Bond No. 9 has black currant, nutmeg, patchouli and vetiver.

Donna Karan: Orange flower, vetiver and sandalwood round out this sensual scent from the body concious designer.


The Best in Fruity Scents

From apple, to amber and air.

Annick Goutal Ninfeo Mio Eau De Toilette: With notes of fig, this scent evokes the fairytale garden of Ninfa, south of Rome. Italian lemon and citron, bitter orange fig, lemon tree wood round out the body of the fragrance.

Cartier Délices Eau de Toilette: Iced cherry, bergamot and pink pepper add depth and dimension to this luxe fragrance.

Jo Malone London Lime Basil & Mandarin Cologne: With lime, basil and mandarin, this scent is almost good enough to eat!

Prada Infusion De Fleur D’Oranger Eau de Parfum: A fusion of orange blossom with orange fruit results in a multidimensional scent that is both intense and elegant. Mandarin oil adds yet another citrusy jolt.


The Best in Oceanic Scents

If you’re into cool colors and drapy fabrics, this is the right fragrance genre for you! Here’s a look at some of our favorites.

Acqua Di Parma, Arancia di Capri Eau de Toilette Spray This watery fragrance is reminiscent of the Italian resort island of Capri in the summer time with orange, mandarin and lemon with petit grain, cardamom, caramel and musk.

Annick Goutal Nuit Etoilée Eau de Parfum Fresh and tonic, the fragrance is softened by the mellowness and roundness of sweet orange, energized with hints of peppermint and reinforced by the aromatic pine and fir balsam.

Bobbi by Bobbi Brown Clean, fresh and pretty, Bobbi’s signature fragrance has both citrus and green notes thata re both feminine and sexy.

Balenciaga Demure violet with airy blossom are contrasted here by delicate peppery notes.

 

 

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What fragrances  are your favorite? Tell us in the comments or tweet @Saks!

 

 


Past Perfect: Dree Harper on Vintage

If you’re ever in need of a little vintage inspiration, head on over to Dree Harper’s blog, Create that Style, and her Pinterest page, which is chockfull of bygone glamour girls and the latter-day muses who love the look. Our favorite board: The one simply titled “Vintage Archives.” (We can never get enough of Berenson and Bardot.) And it’s not a new obsession for this Seattle native; her vintage crush goes back to her childhood. “As early as I can remember,” Harper explains, “each Sunday held the combined event of church followed by thrifting. It was a wonderful way to pass the time together while treasure hunting. To this day, thrifting and vintage shopping is a source of relaxation for me and my mother is,…

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If you’re ever in need of a little vintage inspiration, head on over to Dree Harper’s blog, Create that Style, and her Pinterest page, which is chockfull of bygone glamour girls and the latter-day muses who love the look. Our favorite board: The one simply titled “Vintage Archives.” (We can never get enough of Berenson and Bardot.) And it’s not a new obsession for this Seattle native; her vintage crush goes back to her childhood. “As early as I can remember,” Harper explains, “each Sunday held the combined event of church followed by thrifting. It was a wonderful way to pass the time together while treasure hunting. To this day, thrifting and vintage shopping is a source of relaxation for me and my mother is, still hands down, my favorite person to shop with!”

Here, we asked the stylist and personal shopper — who also works for Refinery29.com and is one of our very own Guest Pinners for our Pin it to Win It contest going on now — to give us her style tips on retro retail therapy, plus how to recreate the look at Saks.

SaksPOV: You know you’re a vintage addict when…
Dree Harper: You find your car parked in front of Goodwill, Salvation Army or the flea markets time and time again.

SaksPOV: What are your favorite sites for Pinterest inspiration?
D.H.: I love to add pins to my “Everyday Stylish” boards so street-style shots are key. Refinery29, Caroline’s Mode, CitizenCouture and Vanessa Jackman as well as Elle and Harper’s Bazaar are great sources. I count on Refinery29 for so much, honestly. New sites, product images, beauty trends, etc.  

SaksPOV: What’s your strategy to shopping vintage?
D.H.: I’m not sure I have one particular strategy, but I do know that it’s important to know what you like! Rich textures, fabulous prints and high-quality materials are a given for me and the rest is simply based on what affirms my personal style. 

SaksPOV: And never forget that…
D.H.: Fit is key! Often times, my finds need a bit of tweaking and having a great tailor is essential. Looking at vintage discoveries this way increases your potential take-homes and, for me, it brings a subtle designing aspect into my life.

SaksPOV: Your advice on mixing vintage and new?
D.H.: Keep it simple! An over-accessorized look with several trends, whether the items are new or vintage, looks so forced. Disciplined restraint pays off! I also find that having a wardrobe that is well stocked with basics helps highlight the amazing vintage I find. A fabulous pair of Seventies palazzo pants works well with that simple Gap tee and sandals or a Sixties mod shift with a slouchy blazer and boots becomes instantly relevant.

SaksPOV: What are five vintage-style essentials everyone needs?
D.H.: (1) An Italian leather bag — think croc-embossed or Birkin-esque shapes. (2) A shrunken blazer in navy, black or camel. I like to pair mine with flared jeans and boots for a bit of that Seventies collegiate gypsy vibe. (3) Fantastic pendants or statement necklaces. They do wonders for a simple tee and jeans or classic shift dresses. To me, vintage jewelry captures the “personal” of personal style. (4) An evening bag or clutch. One that adds some glitz! Think sequins, beads, chain mesh, feathers, pearls, etc. (5) An heirloom-worthy dress! Whether it’s a Forties feminine frock, a Seventies maxi or Eighties avant-garde cocktail dress, find one that jives with your personal style and build your collection slowly.

SaksPOV: What’s the one vintage pièce de résistance in your closet?
D.H.: Several years ago, my mother gifted me a Seventies YSL Rive Gauche black blazer that fits me to perfection. It’s a classic cut and looks equally chic paired with skinny cigarette pants and d’Orsay heels as well as thrown over a long maxi dress. That and my father’s vintage gold Seiko watch that I wear every day are a tie!

SaksPOV: Who are your favorite vintage muses?
D.H.: (1) Ali MacGraw: For her school-girl-prep-meets-hippie style. (2) Audrey Hepburn: Talk about restraint! I find myself using her code of simplicity as a balance for my otherwise wilder style. (3) Jimi Hendrix: I grew up in Seattle and his thrifted mix of ethnic prints, jewelry and luxe fabrics can’t be compared. My love for vintage really emerged during those “Hendrix” years. (4) Cher in the Seventies: Squash blossom necklaces, leather fringe, high waisted denim and tall boots. (5) Frida Kahlo: She breathed vibrant colors and dressed both purposefully and artfully. How can you not be inspired by her sense of style?

SaksPOV: And how can you recreate their looks at Saks?
D.H.: (1) Ali: Tory Burch does a bang-up job of creating closet staples that have just the right amount of visual interest and, for me, her Spring 2013 collection hit the notes I love. The feminine palette combined with strong influences from her travels — e.g. pom poms, ethnic jewelry, comfortable shoes — really captured that American prep meets magpie mood. (2) Audrey: Phoebe Philo seems to get minimalism right with her signature dose of cool in each collection and, of course, we can always count on Francisco Costa to carry on Calvin Klein’s chic approach to simple dressing. (3) Jimi: I thought Rag & Bone’s Fall 2012 collection was a superior mix of ultra-luxe fabrics, ethnic prints and just the right amount of rock n roll. Throw in some Balmain Resort 2013 and you’re done. (4) Cher: A dash of Altuzarra Fall 2012 and Yves Saint Laurent Spring 2013 with some Isabel Marant Fall 2012 for good measure. (5) Frida: I thought both Issa and Dolce & Gabanna’s Spring 2013 collections were vibrant and energetic as well as gloriously feminine.

QUICKFIRE ROUND:

Gypsy or Jet-set?
How about a jet-set gypsy?

Fringe or Feathers? Fringe.

Peacock or Crane? Crane, my favorite bird!

Marrakech or Tangiers? Marrakech

Frame Bag or Slouchy Satchel? Slouchy Satchel

Ali MacGraw in Love Story or Ali MacGraw in The GetawayLove Story. I’m a hopeless romantic.

Boho or Bobo? Boho.

Batik or Beading? Batik. But it could be beaded!

Sixties or Seventies…or Eighties? I read somewhere that we tend to gravitate towards the decade our mothers were at their most stylish. That’s the Seventies for me and, indeed, it’s my favorite era. Always has been.

 

 

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Where do you get ideas and shop for vintage? Tell us in the comments or tweet @Saks!

 


Rules of Holiday Dressing

Saks Insider James Krohn tells us How to keep it elegant and chic!

Don’t break the rules, have fun with them! The holidays are steeped in traditions and finding the right balance between honoring them and keeping things fresh might be easier than you think. How about a playful approach to convention instead of eschewing it all together? Wearing a jumpsuit, like this one by Valentino, for a party that calls for cocktail attire can be a great way to achieve that effect. Don’t be too literal. Red and green color schemes can be fun to play with, but easy to overdo. Think about wearing them in an abstract manner like a bold red lip from Chanel‘s Rouge Allure collection or a new pair of Christian Louboutins, with that subtle flash of red sole. Break out the heirloom…

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Don’t break the rules, have fun with them!

The holidays are steeped in traditions and finding the right balance between honoring them and keeping things fresh might be easier than you think. How about a playful approach to convention instead of eschewing it all together? Wearing a jumpsuit, like this one by Valentino, for a party that calls for cocktail attire can be a great way to achieve that effect.

Don’t be too literal.

Red and green color schemes can be fun to play with, but easy to overdo. Think about wearing them in an abstract manner like a bold red lip from Chanel‘s Rouge Allure collection or a new pair of Christian Louboutins, with that subtle flash of red sole.

Break out the heirloom jewelry or acquire a new heirloom.

For many women, nothing conjures the memory of a loved-one better than a piece of jewelry that has been handed down. What better time to take those pieces out and to feel connected? Here’s another idea: how about sharing your heirloom pieces with the next generation sooner rather than later, so that you can get the enjoyment of seeing them worn in the present? And how about creating a new heirloom? Many women prefer to be given jewelry, but treating yourself to a bauble after a banner year in business or the accomplishment of a long-standing resolution can be a great way to pat yourself on the back. I’m kind of obsessed with H. Stern’s pave sutra bracelet (pictured here).

An accent is often enough.

Head-to-toe says ‘crazy Christmas tree’ while a single accent is often a more sophisticated approach. I like the idea of a metallic washed clutch like Nancy Gonzalez did this season, or this candy cane beaded bag from Fendi which could be worn with a simple black dress.

Break out the fur.

Real fur, eco fur, sheared, cross cut, dyed or even fur printed fabric-there is a fur option for every point of view or political stance. Nothing says festive better than an accent of fur. It can be is simple as a leopard printed sheath dress, or as elaborate as a this kidskin with dyed fox trim cape from Giuliana Teso.

 

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