Monday, 26 September 2011

Wonderstruck by Taylor Swift

Recently I had the opportunity to test a sample of Tayler Swift's first perfume and wanted to share my thoughts on it. First of all I LOVE the bottle :)It's a purple bottle that Taylor is supposed to have handpicked herself, and is adorned with gold charms and Swift's signature.
Sephora describes it as: 
Taylor's inspirational life experiences inspired this fragrance. Just like her creative approach to songwriting, every element is authentic, embracing all that is special about Taylor.
Wonderstuck is an awe-inspiring feeling. It could be a connection with someone or a rush you get when you experience something magical. Wonderstruck is also a lyric in the song "Enchanted" on Taylor's album Speak Now.
All images by google:

It looks like the market for this perfume is going to be huge. In less than 24 hours, more than 50,000 people “Liked” the ad on Swift’s Facebook page.

The Wonderstruck name comes from Swift’s song ‘Enchanted.
 The fragrance is described as, “The flawless beauty of freesia, apple blossom and raspberry spark a swirl of vibrancy and feminine allure … In the heart, a sweet surprise of blissful vanilla is embellished by airy, sun drenched honeysuckle and white hibiscus … Notes of golden amber and sandalwood are woven with a kiss of lush peach.”
The tag line of the perfume is, "The beginning of something magical''.
Perfume Category: Fruity Floral
Top Notes: Freesia, Tea, Raspberry, Dewberry, Apple Blossom
Middle Notes: Vanilla, Honeysuckle, Hibiscus 
Base Notes: Musk, Sandalwood, Amber and Peach
First of all I must say I absolutely love the bottle and the charms on it especially the birdcage one. Why do I always associate the color purple with magic and mystery? I would say the scent is pretty nice but nothing new. It's like a mix of Brittany Spears Midnight Fantasy and some other fruity Floral that I can't really  recall at the moment, mixed in with some peach notes. It is not overly sugary maybe because of the unsweetened tea note. It's a romantic gourmand with a nice sweet warmth too it. The raspberry and peach is what I can smell the most on my skin. I wasn't expecting something mind blowing from a celebrity scent so I'm not too disappointed. It's not a complex scent which makes it perfect for the targeted audience ( Mostly Taylor's fans) Buy it if you like sweet gourmand fruity florals. I will purchase it for the bottle alone :) 

It is available for $18 for the rollerball and $59 for the full sized bottle from Sephora 

Monday, 19 September 2011

Crazy for Coconuts:Bath and Body Works Signature Coconuts

I have a weakness for coconut scents and am forever on the hunt for finding the right one. I find coconut scents just puts a smile on my face and makes me happy. It can transport you to tropical beaches and sunny days. So I was excited when Bath & Body Works launched their new signature coconuts line this summer.
They come in three scents: Coconut Pineapple, Coconut Passionfruit and Coconut Mango. These are not launched as perfumes and come in  body mists, lotions and shower gels.
Bath & Body Works: Lavishly spritz our refreshing Signature Collection Coconuts Fragrance Mist all over your body to leave skin lightly scented with a luscious burst of creamy coconut and juicy pineapple.
  • Top Notes: Watery Pineapple, Fresh Papaya, Sparkling Passionfruit
  • Middle Notes: Fluid Hedione, Yellow Honeysuckle, Watery Cantaloupe
  • Base Notes: Vanilla Madagascar, Coconut Cream, Driftwood


Mist all over your body to leave skin lightly scented with a luscious burst of creamy coconut and tropical passionfruit.
  • Top Notes: Juicy Passionfruit, Fresh Papaya, Sparkling Tangerine
  • Middle Notes: Tropical Tiare Blossom, Pink Lotus, White Peach
  • Base Notes: Coconut Cream, Vanilla Madagascar, White Musk

    And here is my pick, the luscious coconut mango.....


    • Top Notes: Juicy Thai Mango, Fuji Apple, White Nectarine
    • Middle Notes: Passionflower, Vanilla Orchid, Casaba Melon
    • Base Notes: Coconut Cream, Tahitian Vanilla, Indonesian Sandalwood
     Out of all the scents in the Signature Coconut Collection, I think this one has the perfect amount of coconut in it, which is to say, it was the one I could actually detect coconut in. It's not overly sweet and above all I found it different from the usual coconut scents churned out by bath & bodyworks. They always have this artificial plasticky vanilla  note overpowering the delicate creaminess of coconut. But thankfully this one is not overly sweet or cheap smelling. The first burst of spray is very fruity. Pure tropical mango which lingers on the skin for a few minutes. The vanilla makes a quick appearance and then thankfully disappears leaving you with creamy coconut and fruity mango. The mango in it is not the sweet South Eastern variety but the tropical kind I really love this scent.It's a happy tropical scent which wont leave you smelling like a fruit salad. Sadly it is a limited edition so if you love it like me, stock up.
    These are available online and in B&BW stores for $12.50
    I got mine from Shams Islamabad for Rs.1300.

      Speaking of mangoes, If you love how it smells and are looking for a perfume with a prominent mango note check out Taj Sunset by Escada.

    I was searching for a perfume with a sweet true to life Indian mango note. And have found it in this beauty. The mangoes you get from Hawaii and tropical countries smell and taste totally different from subcontinent mangoes. The perfumers at Escada have done a brilliant job in capturing the scent of Alphonso mangoes (most expensive in the world) from India. The website says this is the first time that this note has been used in a fragrance. The drydown on my skin is heaven. Coconut, delicate florals and sandalwood. Cant wait for the summers, so I can wear this again.
    Tropical aromas have a positive effect on our moods. So spritz some on and escape to the tropics. Imagine being right by the ocean, the gentle lapping waves....and relax.

    Image courtsey: Google

    Friday, 9 September 2011

    A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words. Featured Artist: Carl Larsson

    Carl Larsson's favorite subject for his paintings were his own children and home.

    " The pictures of  family and home
     became the most immediate and lasting part of my life's work. 
    For these pictures are of course a very genuine expression of my personality, 
    of my deepest feelings, of all my limitless love for my wife and children." Carl Larsson (1853-1919)

    My Eldest Daughter(Min aldsta dotter), 1904.
    " Apple Blossoms "
    " Dreams- Dreaming Child "
    " Kirstie "

    " Cactus "

    " Brother and Sister "

    "Brita's Nap"

    " READING"
    " The Oldest Son "

    " Mother Kersti "

     " Karin in the linen closet, my wife in the linen cupboard "

    '' Brita at the piano "
    " Hide and Seek "
    " Lazy Nook "
    " Toy Trumpet "
    " Martina in front of the Fire "

    " Nameday At The Storage House "

    ''Mama's and the Small Girl's Room''
    " In The Punishment Corner "
    '' Mrs Karen Larsson "

    " Karin reading "

    " Mama and the girl's room "
    " In the studio after the ball "
    " Interior with Cactus "

    Joupjoup and kiki

    '' Lisbeth"

    "Getting Ready "
    " Karin and Kersti "

    " Evening Meal "

    " Shelling Peas "
    " A Friend from the City "

    '' Open Air Breakfast "

    " Azalea "

    " Day before Christmas "
    Decorating The Tree

    " Now Its Christmas Again "

    " Christmas Day Morning "
    " The Front Yard And The Wash House "

     " Kersti’s Sleigh Ride "
    " The cottage in the snow "

    " Barbo "

    '' A Mother's Thoughts "

    " Around the lamp in Evening "

    '' Between Christmas and New Year "
    " Brita and I"

    " The First Lesson "

    " Esbjorn doing his Homework "

    " Outside Summer Winds are Blowing "

    " Spring "

    " Under the Chestnut Tree "

    " Papa's Room "

    A Late Riser’s Miserable Breakfast

    " Anna Arnbom "

    " Bolla "

    '' OLD ANN "
     "The Bridesmaid "
    '' The Crayfish Season Opens "

    Flowers In The Meadow

    " Gosta "

    " The New Book "
    " Summer Morning "
    ''Suzzane on the porch-Veranda"
    '' The reading Room "

    '' The Veranda "

    The Vine Diptych "

    '' In the Kitchen "

    '' Flowers on the Windowsill "
    '' The night before leaving for England "

    " Studio "

    "Barn "
     "Forbidden Fruit "
    '' Kerstie's Birthday "

    " Lisbeth in the Atelier "

    '' My Loved Ones "

    '' Lisbeth represents the mean Princess in the Blue Bird "

    " At the Grand Piano "

    '' Fertilizing the Field "

    '' Suzanne In the Woods "

    " Minni And Essi "
    "Paradise- Self Portrait in Landscape"

    " Eighteen Years Old "

    " Sewing "

    " Lisbeth Fishing "

    '' Evening Light "

    " Her Royal Highness- Big Sister "

    '' In the Garden "

    " Dressing up Masquerade "

    " The bridge "

    " Day is done, Goodnight"
    " Self Portrait "
    Carl and Karin Larsson's house Lilla Hyttnas meaning little furnace, still stands in Sundborn, Sweden and has been an inspiration to millions. The style they created more than a hundred years ago in their home became one of the crucial influences on 20th century Scandinavian design.

    Images courtesy  of google.
    CARL LARSSON (May 28, 1853 – January 22, 1919) was a 

    Swedish painter and interior designer, representative of the 

    Arts and Crafts Movement.

    Here Is a beautiful inspirational post about him.

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