Steve Madden

Entries from December 27th, 2012

Smell Goods | Madonna Truth or Dare Fragrance Review

posted on: December 27, 2012

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Selon moi, the finishing touch on an outfit is always a dash of perfume. Even if I’m wearing sweats, with my hair tied, going on a Grocery Store run, I like to smell nice. Earlier this year, I went into Macy’s and sampled Truth or Dare by Madonna, and I’ll admit that I did not really like it at first. However, when I brought the tester home with the fragrance on it, let it sit in my armoire for a while, and smelled it later, I fell in love.

I think the scent is says I’m feminine and a bit girly, but I’m also a grown ass woman. I love finding out about scents and the specific ingredients in them that draw me in. Before I get into this, here’s a little background information about perfumery that may be useful.

The top note of a perfume is what you smell just when you apply a perfume. Top notes are composed of small, light molecules that evaporate quickly and form initial impression of a perfume. [+]

The middle note is the scent of a perfume that you smell just before the top notes dissipate. It forms the main body of the perfume and  mask the often unpleasant initial impression of base notes. [+]

The base note emerges close to the departure of the middle notes, and with form the main theme of a perfume along with the middle notes. Base notes bring depth and solidity to a perfume and are usually not noticed until 30 minutes after the application of the perfume or during the period of perfume dry-down. [+]

In this perfume…

the top notes are gardenia, tuberose, and neroli…,

the middle notes are jasmine, benzoin tears, and white lilly petals, and…

the base notes are vanilla, amber, and musk.

As you can see, the top notes are overwhelmingly white floral and sweet, and the jasmine dominates the middle note  Even though I absolutely love floral scents, it is the vanilla, amber and musk notes that I love in Truth or Dare. This is when the perfume turns into “I want to do something that I’ll regret in the morning”. Some of my favorite fragrances have a vanilla and musk base notes like Lola by Marc Jacobs, J’adore by Dior, Tresor by Lancome, Daisy by Marc Jacobs, Dot by Marc Jacobs, Pulse by Beyonce, Reb’l Fleur by Rih Rih, and Viva la Juicy by Juicy Couture (which also has amber).

As far as the bottle goes, I’m not immediately drawn to it. I’m usually drawn to bottles like those of Marc Jacobs perfumes, but I’ve never seen a bottle like it in my mere 21 years on this earth, so I guess it’s fine. But…if I come across across a fragrance that I like, I will definitely buy it if the bottle is purty. 🙂

To me, this fragrance is a classic and is a nice addition to my perfume collection. I love it and the best part about this scent is that it lasts very long. It’s because it lasted so long (I’m talking days) that I was able to smell the base notes and fall in love with it. Some perfumes don’t even last long enough for you even smell the base note! I’ve only repurchased one perfume in my life, White Diamonds, by Elizabeth Taylor , but it looks like I’ll be repurchasing this when it’s finished.

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peace, love and happy shopping

p.s. I told my mom about this when I purchased it and when she picked me up from the airport last week, she had it on. She didn’t even have to tell me what fragrance it was.

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Merry Christmas | Holiday Church Outfit

posted on: December 25, 2012

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Merry Christmas everyone!

I pray that all of you are enjoying the season. In these photos are some of the lovely ladies in my family. In the second photo is my cousin Symonne, in the fourth is her mother, my aunt Agatha, in the fifth is my mother, Cleola, and in the sixth is also my mother.

We were on our way to church and, before we left, we had an impromptu photo shoot in front of our Christmas tree that my mother decorated.

The dress I wore was purchased from a local store here in The Bahamas and if you would like to know how I created the hairstyle I wore click here to be transported to the tutorial.

I am so happy to be home with my loved ones for the season.

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New In | Burst of Gold Jewelry

posted on: December 19, 2012

Burst of Gold

Yesterday, I arrived in The Bahamas, the land flowing with milk and honey (or sun, sand, and sea). I’m so happy to have made it home safely and my mom cooked curry chicken just for me. 🙂

I know everybody and their mama has a round collar necklace, and I am a day late and a dollar short, but I finally bought one and I don’t mind following trends as long as I actually like it. I bought it from H&M and featured it in my last outfit post because I think it is tres chic and adds a touch of class to almost anything (similar item at Macy’s).

The other collar necklace is from Forever 21, and the shell earrings are from H&M. I love these earrings! I would not typically wear shell earrings, but they are gold and big, and being the over the top individual that I am, I feel like they were made for me. Besides, big earrings like these Versace inspired earrings are en vogue right now. Nothing’s wrong with following fashion sometimes.

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Shoe Spotlight | Wedge Combo Boots

posted on: December 17, 2012

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This past Friday, I was deeply saddened by tragic events that occurred in both Connecticut and China. I urge you all to keep those cities, those schools, those families, and everyone affected in your prayers. Also, the daughter of one of my religion teachers in high school passed away early Sunday morning as a result of a car accident. If  anything that was reiterated to me this weekend, it is that tomorrow is promised to nobody. Cherish your life and live it meaningfully.

With that being said, I have five papers that are due by Wednesday. Sigh. Because I’m leaving to go home to The Bahamas on Tuesday, I’m trying to hand them all in today. Additionally, I have a Shakespeare exam. Who gives Shakespeare exams?

Before you go feeling all sorry for me, look at the boots in the photo above. These are the shoes that were featured in my latest outfit post and they are still available at gojane.com. I just love how they feature both faux suede and leather, a trend I’m certainly into right now. They are super comfortable, easy to walk in, and have become my go to knee-high boots.

<3 Brittany

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