White Shoulders

After feeling hurt last week I made a decision to further embrace my individuality.  I figured that if people were going to reject me for unknown reasons I might as well make sure I was happy with who they were rejecting.  So, I started analyzing myself to look for areas where I was compromising my true self in an attempt to appease others, and within the bounds of reason and decency, to adjust things a bit to be more honest.

One thought that came to me was in regard to my style of dress.  I do try to dress for myself, but perhaps not enough, and after some contemplation I realized that if I were to dress the way I really wanted that it would be a little bit different.  I would wear solid color cashmere and cotton (alternating for the season) ensembles with Hermès scarves or colorful jewelry.  That just sounds nice to me…

After reading a great post on fashionablylight.com with a link to an article in Elite Daily entitled, “The Science of Simplicity: Why Successful People Wear the Same Thing Everyday” I was encouraged to go with my idea and be a bit minimalist in my approach to style.  So, yesterday I bought what will hopefully be some of the last clothes I will need to buy for years – Hermès scarves, other colorful accessories and simple one colored pieces…  Of course, I’ll probably keep wearing what I already own as well unless I decide to find my stuff another home.  I’m excited to see how it goes.

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I’ve been wearing White Shoulders this weekend.  It’s the drugstore contemporary version by Dana, not the original one by Evyan (Evyan 1943), but it’s still quite pretty.

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White Shoulders is a soapy, white floral with strong notes of both musk and lily-of-the-valley.  It reminds me a bit of Ambush, by Dana from the 1950’s. It has that upbeat, clean, but sensual floral bouquet.  It’s soft but not too soft.  It’s clean but not too clean.  It’s just really nice.   And, considering how relatively inexpensive it is today, it’s a treasure.

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Top notes are listed as: bergamot, aldehydes, green notes, African orange flower, and apricot.  Middles notes are: lily-of-the-valley, tuberose, spices, gardenia, lilac, jasmine, iris, and lily.  Base notes are: sandalwood, civet, musk, amber, oakmoss, and benzoin.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Beth says:

    Are you still using the name Margaux?
    I never wore White Shoulders or Tabu but I had friends who did. I liked the former, but for myself found Tabu to heavy.
    Just wanted to comment re: clothing. For years I’ve been wearing solid separates, accented by scarves (also pashminas in winter) or jewelry. I’ve occasionally bought a print top & find that I don’t end up wearing it often. With solids, even when I’ve had certain pieces for years, I find new ways of combining them. Great fun!

    1. karrielinn says:

      No. I never officially used that name other than on Facebook. I thought about it but decided that it wasn’t really practical/realistic. Ha! 🙂

      Yes, I can see Tabu being a bit heavy for some tastes and White Shoulders is just nice, I think. Actually, I read somewhere that it was Barbara Bush’s favorite fragrance if I’m not mistaken…

      When I read your comment it made me smile. 🙂 I think I do have some mental images of you wearing solids and scarves… Actually, at first I was surprised to read your comment because I remember you being quite fashionable and it was hard for me to believe that my idea was really that good. Ha! I thought something like, “Hmm… Well, it was working for Beth so maybe it really will look ok.”

      Thanks for being so supportive. 🙂 I hope you had a nice weekend.

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