Older Girl Beauty

"Where should perfume be worn?…

…Everywhere you want to be kissed.” – Coco Chanel

One of my enduring travel dreams has been to ride the “Orient Express”. The closest I have ever come (or ever will, I fear) was when I was in the Venice, Italy train station and walked past the Golden Doors that led to the entrance lobby to take the Venice-Simplon journey. I touched the door handles, just wishing I could open them and go past the velvet curtained doors and get on the elegant ride, instead of sitting in a 2nd class car with my backpack. But, as dreams usually go, it hasn’t been realized yet.
audrey orient express "Where should perfume be worn?...That is a big reason I absolutely enjoy the new ad campaign for the legendary fragrance CHANEL N?5, that I have been lucky enough to get a sneak peek at today. It is a short film called “Train de Nuit”, and it stars actress Audrey Tautou (famous to Americans for “Amélie” and “The DaVini Code” and directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (who directed Tautou in “Amélie”).

train du nuit "Where should perfume be worn?...The film is a tale of chance and fate – a brief encounter between a man and a woman traveling to Istanbul on the Orient Express night train with an intertwining of two destinies that will be brought together by a scent like no other. train du nuit closing "Where should perfume be worn?...It is just gorgeously filmed, and I cannot wait for you to see it. It will be available May 5th, 12:00AM at CHANEL N?5. That date isn’t accidental, of course, as it was on May 5th, 1921 that Coco Chanel introduced this fragrance. And, in honor of that anniversary, May 5, 2009 has been designated by the city of New York as CHANEL N?5 Day. In addition, CHANEL and Saks Fifth Avenue have partnered for this significant occasion during which a portion of Fifth Avenue will be renamed AVENUE N?5 for the week.

*If you can’t wait to see a hint of the short film, here is a “Behind the Scenes” short to whet your appetite for tonight’s premiere:

Gotta get out of this place…

After a day of being stuck in the house due to rain and hail yesterday, I am so ready to get out of the house today. I am thinking about heading over to the mall, because I still need to go back to Sephora and return my popped open ‘Lock Down’ tube.
origins friends family Gotta get out of this place...
I figure while I am there I think I will stop by Origins, as they are having their 25% off Friends & Family promotion, and see what catches my eye. *(Also, I’m going to take a couple of my empty bottles to them to recycle thru their recycling program.) The F&F sale is going on until May 5th, and if you don’t want to brave the mall, you can use code FF to shop online.

Go away, Flyaways…buh bye.

We all know that I am not the most able bodied person to manage their hair. Seriously, I get by, and some days, not very well. I am always so jeally of the lovelies that can just let their hair air dry and go about their business looking good. My hair has always decided that it wants to look like the driest, most flyaway hair raised in the desert. Of course, I live in the humid Midwest, so, that’s not it’s problem. It just wants to defy me and try to make me spend more time on it than I want to, like an ex just trying to get my attention because he’s lonely or something.

split end spa Go away, Flyaways...buh bye.

Ahem..anyway…well, after all this time – I can finally be the boss of it thanks to AG Split End Spa Repair Serum (which is being released to the public this month). This is a super lightweight serum that contains “AG’s exclusive CARE (Colour and Radiance Enhancing) complex which includes a blend of herbal extracts, meadowfoam seed oil, sunflower seed extract and incroquat UV, to eliminate colour-destroying free radicals and work to preserve the vivacity of hair’s colour.” This is super important to me since I do color my hair Auburn, which is kind of difficult to keep glowy and bright. I use this on my towel dried hair, and even tho it says to “dispense a small amount”, I tend to do more than that for my shoulder length hair. Then I just hang around and let the air do it’s thing. My hair dries silky and rests on my shoulders instead of reaching for the sky. It also helps keep it smooth when I dry with my round brush and hairdryer, and I put a touch of it on the ends to set it. That keeps it from flying away during the day, too.

I should also mention that I use this with the Colour Savour Shampoo and Colour Savour Conditioner, which also contains the CARE complex and is sulfate free. But, let me tell you, coming from this lather loving lovely, it may be sulfate free, but it gets enough lather that I can get a Ferris Bueller mohawk if I am feeling it. You’ll need to get this at a salon, so check out the salon locator to see where you can get it near you.

"O" what a beautiful morning!

So, lovelies……guess who just became Total Beauty’s only “blogs they love” that starts with the letter “O”? I’ll give you a few moments….. *(hums “girl from ipanema”). Okay, give up? It’s ME!!!

total beauty logo "O" what a beautiful morning!That’s right, I am now an official member of Total Beauty’s community of great beauty blogs. I am so excited that I get to be among so many of my favorite daily reads. I just wanted to take a sec and let you guys in on my excitement, too.

A spritz of Spring

Can I just tell you how glad I am that it was 91degrees yesterday? It means that Spring is finally here and I shouldn’t have any more snow days. *(note that I said “shouldn’t” – you never know what you are going to get around here.) And Spring means lightening up on everything from clothes to makeup to fragrances.

I tend to wear a little heavier and warmer scent in the winter, but I can be very picky in what I wear. I can NOT stand something that is too musky in the Winter or too flowery or powdery in the Spring – I prefer a clean fresh smell. (Oh, this is where I remind you I don’t know too much about “topnotes”, “layers” or “drydown”. I just know what I like or don’t like and what it smells like to me.)

 A spritz of SpringThis year I found a new fragrance, from Banana Republic of all places. I have actually been familiar with the Men’s line of scents, but I didn’t pay much attention to the Ladies line – my loss till now. It’s called Rosewood and according to it’s description it has “top notes of bergamot champagne, white tea leaves, and white amber”. Got that? I just know that it’s not too light and floral, and the amber still gives it some warmth to the scent.

banana republic minis A spritz of SpringThe only thing that I love/hate about it is that the bottle is short and round and comes in a gorg wooden case, that I actually still store it in. Well, BR has just made things much better for me – they have come out with Mini’s – 7.5mL minature bottles of the bestsellers of their “Discover” fragrances – “Alabaster”, “Malachite” and my “Rosewood” for the ladies, and “Slate”, “Black Walnut” (yum!) and “Cordovan” for the men. Now, I can just throw a little bottle in my purse and freshen up when ever I want to, instead of only spraying as I am heading out the door. They are priced at 1 for $10 and 2 for $15, but are limited edition’s and only in stores, so hurry over to the mall and pick up one (or two) quick.

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