Lilly

I truly love Lilly Pulitzer. I didn’t try on one thing I didn’t adore.

So, I’ll be adding more than a few Lilly Pulitzer pieces since I don’t have enough, and it really is my style (I recently started doing an overhaul of my closet). But at least I have a classic Lilly shift dress now (that can be tailored down once I loose all my pregnancy weight).

I also bought these rather bold earrings. They are yummy.

Floridita!

And…until I’m back to my regular size 4 or 6 I won’t be buying a skort (or anything else from Lilly). The skorts really are cute but it’s not worth it until I’m totally back to my normal size. Perhaps I should have just bought a 4 or 6 size skort (I recently bought two blouses in smaller sizes at J. Crew ) but…*sigh* my best weight might not happen by the end of this summer (or it might, ideally) so I’ll just have to wait until next summer’s clothes arrive. *thumbs up*

Jersey Parfum

I love Chanel Jersey!!!! And tonight I finally opened my bottle of it.

…That being said I still prefer the eau de toilette (from the original formulation). This parfum is lovely (as is the new eau de parfum) but it’s more of an elegant skin-scent on me than the gently enveloping first form. I do love how the pipe tobacco-lavender note is more noticeable though. It actually even reminds me of a modern, more lady-like version of the vintage version (from the 1930’s) of Caron Les Plus Belles Lavandes, which is very old, smoky, vanillic lavender.

*sigh* Wonderful!

1957

My long awaited bottle of Chanel 1957 (Chanel 2019) from Les Exclusifs de Chanel did not disappoint. No, indeed. It’s quickly becoming one of my top ten favorite Chanels.

1957 is slightly reminiscent a few other Chanels from Les Exclusifs de Chanel especially at the start. Jersey, the Eau de Cologne, Gardenia, No. 18 and No. 22 come quickly to mind. However, 1957 shines beautifully as its own gem.

Really, I’ve never smelled a musk so sublime or tasteful. And of course, this is a musk perfume if there ever was one. It does remind me of a few of my 1940’s and 50’s vintages too, so it is in perfect and authentic keeping with the theme and aesthetic intended. But, it’s also very “posh” in a contemporary (and slightly vintage 90’s) Chanelesque way, which is so Jacques Polge. True genius.

Longevity and sillage are very good. And, 1957 is an all occasion scent. All together, I highly recommend it.

Top notes: White musk, aldehydes, bergamot, and pink pepper. Middle notes: Jasmine, orange blossom and white musk. Base notes: Cashmeran, white musk, cedar, orris, honey and vanilla.

Une Fleur De Chanel

I had seen Une Fleur De Chanel only a handful of times over the years on Instagram. It’s a fairly unusual Chanel, all things considered. So, imagine my glee when I was given this bottle by my husband. He had purchased it with one other Chanel (a vintage Antaeus Pour Homme) to either keep or resell. The Antaeus will likely be resold but I’m keeping this. It’s lovely!

At first sniff it’s a somewhat green, fruity/warm but refreshing scent with all the optimistic warmth of some of the early 1990’s scents like TrĂ©sor combined with the elegance of a late 1990’s Aqua Allegoria. It’s nostalgic and pretty. But in the drydown you might find yourself taking a second take when you smell the lingering beauty wafting from your skin as it’s very reminiscent of a more recent Chanel: Misia! …Yes, this smells like Misia on my skin. And that’s intriguing considering it’s missing a violet note. But the similarity is striking… I don’t usually comment much on the nose of a fragrance but this has Jacques Polge’s genius stamped all over it.

Anyway, it quite like this one and if I see another bottle I’m scooping it up. I’d recommend you consider it too…

Top notes: Green notes and citruses. Middle notes: Camellia and jasmine. Base notes: Sandalwood.

Nose: Jacques Polge