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In 1925 Chanel debuted Gardénia, and in the 1980’s Chanel reformulated Gardénia and debuted it again. And, really, considering how long Gardénia has been available, its impeccable charm and clear, airy, yet dashingly romantic persona, I truly have no idea how I never managed to behold this masterpiece.  My first thought when I smelled my wrists, taking in all the delights of Gardénia was, “Where have you been my whole life?” This fragrance is a bit breathtaking.

It’s luscious, fruity gardenia and while some say that Gardénia (Chanel 1925) is not really a gardenia scent in the purist sense, I either disagree or just don’t care (I’m not sure which actually).   I mean, it’s a classic Chanel (with all of the inherent elegance, grace and excellence) interpreation of gardenia and I hardly see that as problematic…

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On Valentine’s Day I wore red nails.  I considered wearing red lipstick, but I knew I didn’t want to do both, and I was more in the mood for red nails…  So, I wore Dior nail color, Rouge 999.  I was not disappointed.  The color was perfect (I think it would be for almost any occasion) and there was a nice subtle shine.  All I needed was one coat, it was fairly easy to apply, and it dried fast but there were no visible lines (even in places I messed up slightly).  The only slight problem was that it didn’t last as long as I would have liked (about a day and a half), but nail polish never lasts on me so I didn’t find that particularly surprising or concerning.

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I love this gloss (I wore it on Valentine’s Day too)!  Dior Addict Gloss in Angèlique is thick but not too thick, a bit hydrating and a great color – it compliments everything I’ve paired it with nicely.  It’s subtle, and I’m sadly not sure whether to classify this slightly nude/beige/apricot/pink as a neutral or a bit on the warm side, but either way it seems like it might work well for a myriad of complexions.  Application is a delight, the packaging is pretty and really there’s nothing bad I can say about this one…  I’ve found a new favorite gloss.

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A Dior Addict Angèlique  swatch is on my wrist and Dior Rouge 999 is on my nails.

And, I’m sorry, if you noticed, that this post is so late…  I think it really was a combination of exhaustion, laziness and several distracting events in my day today that prevented this from arriving earlier.

Anyway, I did, of course, watch Downton Abbey last night.  I’m still trying to figure out what is up with Lady Mary. She seems so cold as of late.  But I’m relieved to see that Thomas is finally connecting more with the world around him, Daisy is thriving, and Edith’s life seems a bit less tragic.

There are so many controversial/precarious romances this season too.  I’m looking forward to watching that all play out. 🙂

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