Cashmere Wrap & Macadamia Nuts

On Fashion, Travel and Lifestyle.

Month: July, 2015

LifeStyle Mix. July.

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July proved to be a lazy month with most things happening in a slow motion. Days are rather cold, so the real Spirit of Summer is away, perhaps August will bring the heat wave most so hope for. My recent travel to Copenhagen brought much needed change of scenery, I promise a detailed report very soon, as there are many beautiful captions to share. As for now, I am getting ready for August, planning more travel adventures and wrestling with work life challenges.

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Massimo Dutti.

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When Holly Golightly had her famous mean reds, she went to Tiffany’s, for my part I go to Massimo Dutti boutique, as it gives me a sensation of walking into my own closet, so comforting and relaxing. My relationship with Massimo has started years ago and lasts ever since, because I love their classic and elegant style. I am a faithful customer returning every season, currently looking forward to autumn – winter collection, so beautifully photographed by Mario Testino.

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(Photos: http://www.massimodutti.com)

Diptyque Paris. L’Art du Parfum.

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The story of Diptyque perfumes dates back to 1968, when the first eau de toilette, L’Eau, was composed, being inspired by 16th-century potpourri recipe and the scent of pomanders. This alone indicates that perfume compositions locked in elegant Diptyque bottles are far from ordinary and predictable. Not only fragrances, but bottles alone are very special, echoing the shape of an 18th-century medallion, with a broad pattern being a reminiscence of shields in ancient Rome. Over four decades from the first perfume, the portfolio of fragrances grew, developing into a sophisticated collection of signature scents, suitable for both men and women. Every bottle contains an illustration on the back side of the label, an artistic expression of the scent,  conveying emotions, impressions and motives associated with it.

My first Diptyque obsession was all about candles, perfumes came as the second. I was momentarily seduced by compositions so magical, that one can almost picture the imaginary tale told by fragrant notes and accords. Even if you are more into mainstream perfumes, it is still worth to give it a try and stop by Diptyque boutique or a perfume counter, you risk nothing… or almost nothing, as you may find the one composition that speaks volumes in your own sensual language of memories and emotions.

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(Illustrations: http://www.diptyqueparis.com)

From the Bookshelf. “IT” by Alexa Chung.

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Reading “IT” by Alexa Chung didn’t make me feel like “Yes, this is IT!”, but more like “What is IT?”, bordering with “And I really bought IT?”. This collection of loosely related reflections, memories, advice and anecdotes combined with photos of questionable quality did little to provoke the “wow!” reaction I so much anticipated after all fashion-media hype caused by the publication. Perhaps it is only me being too traditional and too classic in my approach to literature to appreciate this one, but I found the book rather… useless. Not to be too one sided, I did like some photos, especially those related to movie characters – good inspiration there, and enjoyed some stories, as they were quite funny, but overall spending one hour on cover to cover lecture did little to help with the disappointment. 

My advice is following – if like I you feel tempted to by the book, having seen “IT” in numerous Instafeeds, remembering all great photos of Alexa and admiring her personal style, go to a bookshop and flip through pages first. If you like what you see, just go for “IT”, but if you have second thoughts, perhaps this is not “IT”, at least not for you.