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Fresh Friday: Tory Burch.

All the pretties...

All the pretties…

I am SO, SO happy today is Friday! This week at the office was a doozy, and I’d be lying if I haven’t been emotionally drained sorting out my own emotions simultaneously – you ever have weeks like that? I’m really looking forward to a weekend on the couch, only emerging for trips to the nearest food truck.

For Christmas, one of my best friends got me the Sephora Liquid Luxuries Perfume Sampler… it’s a gift she usually gets me, and it’s one I really look forward to every year. Not only do you get to sample 15 wonderful perfumes, it comes with a coupon to get the full size bottle for the perfume of your choice (provided it’s one of the samples).

I take this very, very seriously. I spend almost all year sampling the perfumes and deciding which one is going to be the right choice for the full size bottle – I just picked out my full size perfume from last Christmas, in September! It’s such a great gift and I want it to be perfect! So, yes, I’ve got a slew of new perfumes to present to you.

Starting with… Tory Burch!

According to the Tory Burch website:

The first fragrance from Tory Burch captures classic elements in unexpected ways. Feminine and tomboy. Easy and polished. Floral peony and tuberose blend with crisp citrus notes of grapefruit and neroli — anchored by earthy vetiver. A bright and complex mix in a super-chic glass bottle with a signature fretwork top.

Notes: Neroli, Grapefruit, Cassis, Bergamot, Peony, Tuberose, Jasmine Sambac, Vetiver, Sandalwood

I do like how complex this perfume is, with the combination of floral and wood. I like it a lot. The only thing I’d say is that I haven’t noticed this lasting all day. It’s not a deal breaker for me, because sometimes I like to mix it up if I’m switching from day to evening. But I know that’s a big deal for lots of people.

Maybe if you did the body wash, body lotion, AND the perfume, you’d be smelling of Tory Burch all day long… I’ve always wanted to have a whole set like that, but I just don’t have it together enough yet (#goals).

I hope you guys have a fantastic weekend – follow me on SnapChat (OrangeJulius7) to join me on my couch, and I’ll see you back here next week with posts on homemade dog treats, how you stack up according to the number of sex partners you’ve had, and organic facial products, among other genius gems. Bye y’all!

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Fresh Friday: Omnia Crystalline.

Cool bottle...

Cool bottle…

Another week = survived. I don’t know if this happens to anyone aside from me, but whenever there’s a “short” week, I get my days completely messed up — not in the way you think, though. Since Monday was a holiday, you’d think Tuesday would feel like a Monday.

No, my brain kept thinking Tuesday was Wednesday. This happens to me every time! Not sure why, but it’s very disappointing when you think tomorrow is Friday, and it’s actually Thursday.

Anyway, I’ve had this week’s perfume profile feature: BVLGARI’s Omnia Crystalline in my bathroom closet for quite some time. It came in my perfume sample box at Christmas, and I just haven’t been wearing it because… the bottle is a little difficult to open.

Once I figured it out though, it smells quite divine — very feminine. According to the little booklet that came with it (made by Sephora), “The inspiration is rare crystals refract and absorb light, capturing an explosion of radiance. The notes are a pure, dazzling blend of bamboo nashi pear followed by lotus blossom and balsa wood. The impression is chic, designed to reveal your inner sparkle, delicate sensuality, and graceful femininity.”

Sparkle? Balsa wood? YAS.

BVLGARI has an entire line of Omnia scents, such as Amethyste, Coral, and Indian Garnet. Might be something to check out!

In other news, fellow Columbus North Bulldog, Josh Speidel left the hospital yesterday and is heading home to Columbus. I am so happy for him, and his friends and family. Read my previous blog post about Josh, here.

Other than that, I hope you all have a fantastic weekend! See you right back here, Monday!

Fresh Friday: Bright Crystal.

I'm kind of in love with this ad.

I’m kind of in love with this ad.

Whew, made it to Friday! I feel like every week is a complete roller coaster — it starts one way, and ends up completely different.

On Mondays, I always feel so overwhelmed when I look at my to-do list for the week. I often wake up SUPER early on Mondays and stay up late to get a jump start on the week. By Tuesday, I’m thinking the week will be a complete breeze after everything I accomplished Monday.

And the remainder of the week is spent tying up loose ends… and basically answering a TON of emails. By Friday, I’m just happy to see the weekend; which is something I don’t understand because I’m usually working more on the weekends than I am during the week!

Nonetheless, it is Friday, and I cannot believe I’ve made it through this many Fresh Fridays without mentioning Versace’s Bright Crystal. This is a scent I’ve worn over the years — one that I was surprised I liked so much! But it’s definitely a go-to.

As described by Sephora, “Inspired by a mixture of Donatella Versace’s favorite floral fragrances, Bright Crystal is a fresh, sensual blend of refreshing chilled yuzu and pomegranate mingled with soothing blossoms of peony, magnolia, and lotus flower, warmed with notes of musk and amber.”

No wonder I love it — it’s got musk AND floral notes! Perfection.

What’s everyone doing for the weekend? As usual, follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and SnapChat @OrangeJulius7 to see what me (and Blanche) can stir up until we see you right back here, on Monday!

Fresh Friday: Style de Paris.

Fresh, new perfume by Catherine Malandrino!

Fresh, new perfume by Catherine Malandrino!

A few weeks ago, I got my first Birchbox — a box full of designer samples each month for $10 — and in it, was a sample of Catherine Malandrino’s BRAND new perfume for women, Style de Paris! There was also a pretty awesome leave-in conditioner & detangler that I’m loving…

As described by the Catherine Malandrino website, “Nothing says haute-chic like Style de Paris. Crafted with notes of Ruby Red Grapefruit and NashiPear blending with Orange Blossom and Gardenia, it’s the essence of those summers on the beach or evening strolls through the park. Enjoy mid notes of Violet and Ocean Breeze with a base layer of Patchouli dry down that will leave you embraced in elegance and grace. Wear a light spritz with a spring sundress or dress it up with your finest cocktail wear to turn heads at any event.”

Style de Paris is the perfect scent for spring and summer, with its refreshing notes of citrus. I love that it’s something different, and it’s something you could wear around anyone (I’m always very wary when I’m meeting new clients… I never want to wear anything too strong).

Are you changing up your scent for spring?

Fresh Friday: Gold.

This is how I snuggle up, too.

This is how I snuggle up, too.

The scent this week is Gold by fashion designer, Michael Kors. He has a ton of different perfumes (I’m guessing to go along with his many clothing styles), so I’m sure you’ll be seeing his name on these posts quite often.

Cool bottle.

Cool bottle.

I’ve got a sample of Gold, and have been spritzing it on every morning for the past few days in preparation for this post — it’s a good scent!

It has been described as floral, tuberose (perennial plant related to the agaves), white floral, a little animalic, with a touch of amber. Gold was Michael Kors’ fragrance, launched in 2011, that features notes of freesia, violet, and magnolia, along with African orange flower, peony, musk, and woods (you know I love a little woods).

According to Makeup Alley, 90 percent of buyers would buy Gold again, describing it as sexy, sweet, big, and fresh.

From InStyle magazine in 2011: “Tuberose – Intoxicating. Loud. Sensual. Sexy. That’s how perfumers describe this heady white flower that can lend a creamy, almost coconut-like aroma to a fragrance, says perfumer Frederic Malle. If you love being in the limelight, this could be your calling card. “You can’t miss a scent with tuberose in it — it’s like saying, ‘I’m here, watch me!'” says perfumer Bruno Jovanovic. Michael Kors Gold. Mixed with magnolia and freesia, this blend offers a slightly lighter take on the classic scent. “It’s for the woman who perhaps hasn’t worn tuberose before because she thinks it’ll be too much,” says designer Michael Kors. “This is her entrée into a white floral.”

After wearing this perfume for a few days, I really do like it — I am a sucker for Kors — but I will admit that the scent fades around mid-afternoon.