$342 - boutique1.com
$245 - stylebop.com
$124 - topshop.com
$2,895 - valentino.com
$10,300 - saksfifthavenue.com
$200 - zappos.com
$285 - farfetch.com
$69 - bergdorfgoodman.com
$75 - coggles.com
$25 - bloomingdales.com
$49 - neimanmarcus.com
$0.80 - scrap-a-latte.net
Therefore, I am officially declaring it Fall. I don't care if I have to turn the air down to 58, I'm wearing sweaters, boots, and lounging around on Pendleton wool blankets in 5, 4, 3, 2...
If anyone reading this is Facebook friends with Mother Nature, could you please get her on board with my plan? Thanks. xx
The time I've spent over the past few years at my parents' place in Boston has had a profound impact on my look. Obviously, my personal style couldn't be farther from the preppy look most commonly associated with the east coast. Once you move past your preconceived notions of gingham and cable knit (They DO very much exist there. On guys. At clubs. But, we're not going to talk about that. I just can't.), you see these great elements of style just dying to be "roughed up" a bit. Boston and Cape Cod actually have quite a Bohemian history... The beat authors were big fans of the rocky beaches of the Cape and pubs of Boston. During their union, Carly Simon and James Taylor were responsible for making Martha's Vineyard a popular haunt for folk artists and hippies. (Carly still lives there and their children, Ben and Sally, are both musicians who play small venues on the island and in the city.) That hippie vibe is still there, you just have to know where to look. Ugh, I'm getting off subject. My purpose here is to lay out some of the classic "east coast" things that I think should be staples in everyone's wardrobe, even those of us who tend to be far from prepsters, so here goes...
1) Jack Rogers footwear: (If you've ever been to Boston, you know it's just not a platform-friendly town. Those 400 year old cobblestones will wreck a pair of Choos and your precious piggies.) The Jack Rogers line actually hails from Palm Beach but has become sononymous with Cape Cod. The classic style is the "Navajo" which was made famous by the fact that they were the only sandals Jackie O. would wear. She had them custom made in every color. Luckily for us, they're available in tons of colors now, even if you aren't American royalty. These are often spotted in pastel shades worn with Lily Pulitzer sheaths. NOT on me. I buy mine in earthy tones, in suede, and stocked up when they made a gladiator version of the classic. They're great with distressed denim and flowy dresses and they're ridiculously comfortable.
2) Longchamp "le pliage" tote: They're popular in every big city because they're so lightweight and convenient but they're a phenomenon there. Definitely the bag of choice. I've loved them forever. It's hard not to; they weigh nothing, fold up for storage, hold everything, are cost efficent (as far as designer bags go), and are waterproof. The first one I bought is pale green. After 10 years or so it had gotten grungy so I threw it, leather trim and all, in the washing machine on gentle and hung it to dry. It looks brand new. I also have the extra large version which I use to shop.You can "build your own" on their website. It's very cool. I did one for my mom a few years ago.
3) Sperry Top Sider: I NEVER thought I'd say this but they have a place. They're having a moment right now and, while I do believe it's fleeting, the company has been around forever epitomizes the east coast lifestyle. They're comfortable, easy, and keep you from falling off a sail boat. Mine are gold leather and I really do love them. Will I be wearing them 5 years from now? Absolutely not but they will forever be associated with American style and I respect that.
4) Rope bracelets: This is the first time I've gone there and not bought one. I just kind of forgot. So classic "summer on the Cape". I love them tossed on carelessly with beautiful "real" jewelry or with other beads and macrame. I wear mine along side my vintage Cartier tank watch. VERY east coast. ;)
5) TOMS: These aren't necessarily an east coast thing but you see them on WAY more people there so they've definitely become a staple. You should see them on way more people EVERYWHERE. If you've been living under a rock and don't know, for every pair of TOMS you buy, the company donates a pair to a child in need. They have recently expanded into sunglasses as well. The shoes are super comfortable. I buy them for Rowan as well. The company is amazing. Go buy a pair. Now.
6) Louis Vuitton "Neverfull" tote: Basically the LV answer to the "le pliage", it hasn't been around that long (in Vuitton terms, at least) but is already a classic. It's easy, comfy, and looks great with everything and it's not very expensive (again, in Vuitton terms). This happens to be my everyday bag of choice and I promise, it's a sound investment. It's like the "speedy", you'll never get bored with it and it will always be chic.
7) Sea Bags: These actually come from Maine but are popular up and down the coast. This is another very cool "green" company. The bags are made from recycled sails. Love these! In fact, I love them as much as the LL Bean "boat tote" which also has to be included on this list.
8) City Sports, Boston t-shirts: City Sports is just a sporting goods store but these t's are insanely popular. They have locations in lots of other cities but I guess the Bostonians are way more into the t's. Maybe because Ben Affleck runs around in his all the time, I don't know. I do know they're super soft. I buy mens ones and cut the neck flashdance style to wear with leggings when I work out.
Speaking of east coast style, If anyone has managed to successfully capture "Americana style", it's Ralph Lauren. His Rugby line is insanely popular in Boston and he is launching a new line in Spring '12 that I'm super stoked for. It's to be called RL Denim & Supply and his goal was to make a line with a "bohemian beach meets western wear" appeal. The SS12 men's collection is called "Baja", the women's is called "Cape Cod". The first RL Denim & Supply stores slated to open are NYC, London, and Tokyo. Thank the fashion gods for the Internet. ;) This photo is the officially released sneak peek at the line. Love it! xx
Hippie perfection... He grew up on the beach in Australia with his musician parents. Now when he isn't touring with his sister, Julia, he's wandering around the festival and art scenes with girlfriend, Isabel Lucas. Something tells me neither of these girls have to dress him. I just love a guy who has his own vibe. His is flawless; sometimes a crazy beard, sometimes a top hat. He's certainly handsome enough to pull off both. Need proof? Here you go...
Told you so. He's young BUT there isn't one single photo to be found of him at a cheesy Vegas club or with any kind of human-tramp-stamp-chick so he makes the cut. If you're into the folk-y thing and haven't heard he and his sister, here is a link to one of their videos. Lazy Sunday perfection. xx
No way could I not speak of this. I've been on the road all day and hadn't been able to let everyone know that I am smitten!! (Not that any part of me thought perhaps I wouldn't be.) THIS is precisely why I love her! What makes Kate well, Kate is that nonchalant attitude that says, "while you're over there trying WAY too hard, I'll be over here being cooler than you". I love that her wedding look is no different. In my mind, the conversation went something like this:
John Galliano: "What direction are you wanting to go with the dress?"
Kate Moss: "I don't really care... How about, like, an ivory, vintage inspired, I-don't-give-a-fuck-because-I-don't-need-to-with-JUST-enough-beading number?"
Here is the link to the whole story from this am. xx
Today is, of course, the Summer Solstice. As luck would have it, the longest day of the year also marks the one month countdown to my birthday. I'm sure many people plan to use those extra moments of daylight to start feverishly searching shops and sites for the perfect gift. No need. I decided to compile a list of everything my little heart desires with photos that link to the appropriate sites. Some are, perhaps a bit extravagant but, hey, you never know until you try. Maybe I have a long lost benefactor kicked back in a gypsy wagon somewhere who will see this and take me up on it. (I also included a couple "normal" things I just really want. Clever, yes?) Without further adieu...
Maine farmhouse $250,000: Dying over the tin roof! I get butterflies in my tummy at the mere thought of decorating that place. Beat up hardwood floors and crystal chandaliers! Vintage curio cabinets filled with missmatched tea cups and top hats! Bohemian perfection!
Junk Gypsy (love the Junk Gypsy girls. Buy stuff from them if you don't already.) Top Hat $65.00: Believe it, or not I do not own a grey top hat. That is ridiculous. I honestly don't know how I've made it this long without one. This is perfection!
Land Rover Defender 90 $55,900: I really want one from the 70's but there isn't one to be had so this will do. I also want it painted that perfect shade of Robin's Egg Blue I so adore. Oh, and I want all those crazy lights and stuff on it like the one Lara Croft, Tomb Raider has. Perfect to get around my new farm in Maine. You know me, I'm a planner.
Missoni Kaftan $945: Basically looks like everything that already hangs in my closet BUT think how great it will be in my new Land Rover.
Red Havaianas $18: They are a staple in my summer wardrobe and it's time to replace them.
Custom built gypsy wagon the pricing depends but when I looked before, they run about $65,000: I just need one. It's that simple. And there's plenty of room on my new farm to stick one. I'd also like a couple of teepees... you know, for guests.
Globe Trotter Luggage about $7,500 for the set: I love how delicate the color combo is and I love it 100x more once it was scuffed and worn. LoVe!
Holiday in Marrakech idk, $10,000(ish) maybe?: Everyone knows it's next up on my travel list and now I'm going to HAVE to go in order to break in my new luggage set. Obvi! I don't do resorts but I found a great rental house.
So, there you have it. Shop away, my fellow gypsies. Time is wasting. ;) LoVe! xx
It has been a long time since I hopped on here to ramble about my obsessions. Summer has been crazy busy so far. Love it! But, if I don't keep keep this or my facebook updated, I start receiving "Are you still alive?!" calls so here are a few things I'm obsessed with around here right now...
The perfectly relaxed colors of this leather pouf I bought in Rhodes, Greece and elephant teapot I found at Target
The fringe on this Free People mini skirt I could seriously wear everyday
Rowan's already broken in leather flip flops which speak volumes about his laid back summer
The overgrown trees in my back yard that make me feel like I live in an enchanted forest (sadly, they're being cut back Friday)
The Missoni-like print of these cheap hair ties that are just too perfect for pool days
This book for the simple fact that RoJo has it memorized and is reduced to giggles every time I read it to him
The most accurate fortune EVER
And last but not least, this whimsical video from the Gypsy Queen herself, Stevie Nicks. xx
All I want is to find a tried and true surf shack for Buggy and I to stay in for a bit this summer. All the good ones are, of course, on the west coast but I'm just not vibing a 5 hour flight with a still somewhat unpredictable autistic 6 year old. If getting there and getting back is miserable, it's hardly worth the trip. I'd love to drive, (I've literally only ever taken one legitimate road trip in my life. I was, like, 12.) or at least have a 2 hour flight max. I want Rowan to ENJOY traveling from an early age. I've always refused to spend more than 5 hours in a car to reach a destination but, if it means making even more fun memories with him, I'm all for it. The surf shanty search is daunting, though. I don't want luxury for this trip, just a perfectly laid back beach vibe. It's proving difficult but I'm holding out hope. Here are some photos I have saved as inspiration. Wish me luck as I continue to click through site after site in search of our perfect beach spot. xx
I consider myself to be fairly creative but I'm just not a DIY-er. The second I get a set of instructions in my hand, it's over. I have the attention span of a gnat. There's a very good reason (other than it's usually too modern) you won't find IKEA furniture in my house. However, I found this a while back on Design Sponge and I just love it. Most projects I see that you can do with kids have the unfortunate side effect of being not something I would EVER want. These are kind of cool, though. I have quite a collection of Moroccan lanterns anyway and these would work with them beautifully. Rowan would be able to create some of his own which I love. After he finishes them, he can use them to decorate his teepee or play area on the deck. I think he'd take great pride in that. So, as of this moment (you know, when it's cold and rainy out and I have none of the supplies), we're totally doing it! Will there ever be a moment when we have the supplies on a sunny day and are in the mood to be crafty? Eh, it's iffy at best. I love the thought, though, as we move into spring, of having these light the evenings in which we'll will make so many memories. xx
"I think you should order another mimosa and tell me exactly what eye make up you're wearing so I can buy it when I leave here." That was the compliment I received the other day from a VERY unlikely source, a sophisticated and polished woman in her early 60's. Didn't see that one coming. There was an unfortunate mix up at a charity brunch I attended which resulted in my sitting with a table of country club dwelling strangers. Not the over tanned nouveau riche who run around the pools of the dime-a-dozen, low annual fee "clubs", but the prim and unfailingly regal women of the old money persuasion. Awesome. :/ Well, I'm always up for a beauty chat so I was thrilled, "I just swipe on a bunch of black Guerlain kohl liner and rub it until I look like Keith Richards.". Her reply? "Cool! I want it. Pull it up on my iphone so I get the right one at Sephora.". Did I really just unwittingly convert this polished princess over to the "sex, drugs, and rock and roll smokey eyes" side? If so, I'm totally adding it to my resume. (Turns out, btw, she was super-fun and actually quite risque. I LOVE when people who look uptight throw around the F-word! We became fast friends; she with her slicked back bun and St. John ensemble, me with my giant silk flower in my messy hair.) Anyway, back to the subject at hand... If I could only use one cosmetic for the rest of my life, it would be Guerlain kohl liner. It's the only liner I've used for years. I use both kinds. The loose kohl is the original and, while some people find it difficult to deal with, I just love how beautifully messy it is. The newer version is the terracotta intense stick which is also amazing and can be smudged to look lighter in color but still manages to feel edgy. The packaging alone is too die for... So glamorous and exotic. I always loved the images of Brigette Bardot in Morocco and Jaipur with her eyes all messy and black and her hair in dreads as opposed to perfectly winged with liquid liner and sexy curls. (Not that I don't love that, too!) Keith still does it best (especially in his heroin fueled hey day) but I just feel like this product would have been in Brigitte's bag while she traveled to all those exotic locations. It's definitely in my bag whether I'm traveling for real or to, you know, Target. xx
This book gave me validation on a level I can't even articulate. I've always been a little "out there", always had to over-explain things because I see them so differently. I'm kind of this weird hybrid of trust fund baby and hippie chick. My circle has always been diverse but, there's always some kind of divide. My friends from similar upbringing are completely perplexed by my love of dive bars and things that are tattered and torn while my struggling artist friends are appalled at the site of the Valentino bag dangling off my arm and the 5" Louboutins hidden beneath my bell bottoms. I've always been a drifter... I am invigorated by new surroundings, whether moving or traveling. Traveling, by the way, is a whole other issue. In general, I find everything to be cliched. (I feel like I'm a cliche for being that way but I can't help it.) Most people who are around me are used to it on our home turf; no way am I dining at an establishment which requires me to hold a blinking piece of plastic for an hour until my table is ready, wish I could wear my True Religion jeans but, sadly, they've become a staple with the "try too hards". I'm not high maintenance about it but those are just decisions I make. Well, try taking that on the road. I refuse to stay anywhere touristy and I hate resorts however, as much as I'd love to be, I just not a girl who can rough it. I've always wanted to live like the locals no matter where I go. Otherwise, I just don't see the point. That's kind of how I feel about life. If you're not going to experience things, surround yourself in beauty, and do it on your terms, what's the point? In all my years of trying to get people to understand where I was coming from… like why I think living in an Airstream would be glamorous but I would suffocate in a three bedroom house with a white picket fence, I never really thought anyone "got it". Then, one day a couple of years ago, a copy of Gypset Style showed up on my door. A friend had read a review and thought it summed me up perfectly. It did. I've been termed a lot of things; haute hippie, yippie, etc. (mostly in fun) but the people in this book were truly "my people". I was captivated by it! I kept reading thinking, 'I do that! That, too! Never done that but only because I never thought of it, I will now.'. Needless to say, those profiled in the book are far more interesting than I but our outlooks are much the same. I'll most likely never meet them but it's just nice to know they're out there living their lives on their own terms, surrounded by beautiful things and people (maybe even in a tree), but certainly without a picket fence in sight. xx
I HAVE to have these velvet platforms from the Tory Burch A/W collection!!!!
Um... That's all I have to say, really. Enjoy your Wednesday evening. xx
If the Royal Wedding taught us anything, it's that the Brits give really good head. I would have been bored to tears watching everyone arrive in those prim suits if it weren't for all those gorgeous millinerary confections. I love that these objects of lunacy are such an important part of the posh wardrobe. I'm already known to run around in a top hat with my jeans and tees but I just may have to kick it up a notch. I've always thought Philip Treacy was an amazing artist and one of his creations (the more avant gard, the better) has always been on my "must add to my collection" list. It just moved up to the top. I mean, I can wear it for Derby... or, maybe just to the supermarket. How could you possibly have a mundane day with one of those ridiculous fasteners affixed to your head??! xx
Everyone is dying to see who No-More-Waity-Katie will be wearing for her nuptials. I can't be bothered to think about such nonsense. I've had to decide what I would be wearing to celebrate this union. I understand the pressure she feels! Our venues are very similar; she at Westminster Abbey, myself at my friend, Amanda's, house. Truth be told, I'm a bit of an Anglophile. Both my ipod and my closet are completely overrun with Brits. The royals actually are way down the list of people from the Mother Land I'm enthralled with. Harry is the only one with enough edge to interest me. I do love an excuse to get glammed up for a few hours, though and the fact that I can bust out some of my favorite Union Jack encrusted things makes me even more excited! Needless to say Rowan, who is also on the exclusive guest list, and I are sticking to English designers. It's only right. Well, with the exception of our crown jewels which are being picked up by Tracey, Duchess of Beavercreek, at Target. I got special manicure today in preparation for the event and then headed home to slide on my replica of Diana's (and now Kate's) engagement ring (because of course I have one, the official one issued from the palace (obvi!)... a gift from a dear friend purchased from the museum tour of Di's dresses.), and started throwing together our outfits. I've decided what pieces have made the cut and will go down in history upon being worn to such a prestigious event. I have no doubt the Queen will approve. Here's a preview of some of the designers who will understandably be thrilled to be worn by Rowan and myself to celebrate the fact that Kate loves Willy. I'm not revealing too much, though. I, like Kate, know how to keep a fashion secret. I mean, after all, the world is watching! xx
It honestly never occurred to me that I could have a son. Six years ago, once I wrapped my mind around my pregnancy, I had visions of ballet classes, tiaras, and tea parties. I was even excited by the idea of letting my beautiful 16 year old daughter (no one daydreams about having an unattractive daughter, do they?) have her pick of my Choos for prom one day. When my mom called to find out how my ultrasound went, my reply has become a often referred to quote, "She has a penis. I have to go.". Don't get me wrong, I knew I'd love the little guy but I just kept thinking, 'A boy??!! WHAT am I going to do with one of those?!'. Never in a million years did I imagine that one day I'd know as much about various superheros as I do about couture designers. Who knew I had a hidden talent for blanket fort design and construction? Life is funny that way; sometimes it totally throws you for a loop. Now I can't imagine having a girl. Rowan and I are so yin and yang... Our own perfect, albeit unconventional, family. (Not that we don't have our moments, yesterday afternoon he was so grumpy and mean that I was ready to take him to the hospital where he was born and try to return him. Then, out of nowhere, he just said, "I sorry. I love you".) The fact is he has one of the kindest hearts of anyone I've ever met. Even though he's only six, we take care of each other. I fought like crazy for almost three years to get him the diagnosis and help he needed and the last time I had cramps he covered me up, snuggled up next to me, and said, "It's okay, mommy. I got you.". He melts my heart and cracks me up! I know I'm partial but he's just such a cool little human. He has made me realize who I am. Now my only true purpose in life is to try to help him realize who he is. One thing is for sure, it's a fun job that involves lots of movie nights, dress up dates, traveling, whimsical photo shoots, canvas and paint, snuggly Sundays, music, and impromptu road trips. Love it!! xx
And I, along with my fellow traveling music lovers, am a flutter with excitement. I touched on festival style before and I've been saving images to my inspiration boards for months. I just got an email from a fellow gypsy who needs a little more inspiration for an upcoming event in Florida. Ask and you shall receive...
Hands down, my number one style rule. The perfect way to counterbalance the really girlie and noticeably expensive things I love so dearly. No one wants to be in the group which I deem the "desperate hungry, and trying too hard". I prefer to save that for third wives, mistresses, and Kardashians. I could post a million examples of messy hair I love. While I did limit the number of Olsen twin photos, there are still plenty in this set. I can't help it. I love a tangled mane and those girls do it so well! It's everything sexy, laid back, and rock and roll GLAM!! xx
It's been a long, cold, lonely Winter. I keep thinking it's over but snow is falling yet again at Château Bohème. I just had to post a Summer photo to remind us the sun will come again. Hopefully soon. xx
Who needs an excuse to wear satin and lace? Certainly not yours truly. I'm feeling extra girlie this week. Sometimes I just think it's necessary to channel your inner Marie Antoinette... throw on something silk (if it's with your ratty jeans, all the better!), light the expensive candles, sip champagne, and let YOURSELF eat cake (guilt free!). Ignore those downer weather reports and get glam, even if you're just staying in. It's good for the soul.
Here's a to die for recipe for champagne cocktails. Glamour gypsy perfection for a Friday evening! xx
I love a good thunderstorm, especially if I'm inside with nowhere to go. I don't mind running around in the rain, either. The only issue I take with the rain is that of ridiculous rain gear. I love things that are interesting, whimsical, or extraordinarily glamorous. I HATE kitsch! While I appreciate anyone who is actually expressing a style point of view, I'm just not a fan of adult women running around with their feet clad in rubber duckies or sailboats. For me, it's right up there with pigtails... only cute if you're under 5. It took me a long time to build a good wet weather wardrobe because nothing really felt like a good fit for my style. It was all too preppy, or too cutesy, or too outdoorsy, too this, too that. I have gradually acquired everything I need... a gorgeous vintage Burberry trench which I had completely re-cut to fit perfectly, a black satin Ellie Tahari trench that feels glamorous (I wear it with weathered bell bottoms. Perfection!), a lined London Fog trench in the perfect dark taupe color for cold days, Burberry rain boots that look like leather riding boots (kitsch level: 0%), a few Longchamp Le Pliage totes in various sizes (waterproof and so cute), and a clear Totes "bubble" umbrella which keeps me dry and my hair pin straight. I didn't have the desire to add anything to my perfectly functional collection UNTIL I saw that damned Mary Kate with that ruffled rain repeller! It's completely absurd. I HAVE to have it!! A couple months later, I came across what I can only describe as the "Wonderland" umbrella. Yep, afraid I'm going to need that, too.
The photos link to the sites for purchase in case you need one as well, OR if you're planning ahead for my birthday. xx
I'm wholeheartedly convinced that Heaven smells like little French babies. (Ok, French or American babies with product-savvy Mommies.) When my son was born, I had a rare moment of minimalist clarity. I knew I'd be buying kids Joe's Jeans and Burberry accessories and, of course, Rolling Stones tees but, while he was an infant, I just wanted to enjoy the simple perfection of this new baby with no bells and whistles. He spent the majority of his first two Summers in a white or blue onsie accessorized only with a couple of hippie dippy anklets. The one baby luxury I indulged in was Mustela. If I could smell only one thing for the rest of my life, this would be it. Most Moms will agree, nothing is sweeter than your fresh-from-the-bath little baby. That smell brings back all those nights spent cuddling 10 lbs. of cotton-swaddled love. Try as I might, I can't move on from that amazing bubble bath and lotion. I buy Rowan those superhero encrusted bottles he loves so much but I still buy the occasional bottle at Nordstrom and sniff him like crazy until it runs out. I also still keep a pack of the baby wipes in my car for spills and hands. I love watching my baby grow up and he amazes me every day, but something tells me when he refuses to use that beautifully scented stuff, you'll find ME soaking in Mustela bubbles... probably looking at an old photo album and calling him for the third time that day. ;) Man, he is going to be SO over me!
It's here! Let's be pretty.
Spring is mere hours away! Savor every moment of it, my gypsy loves! XXX
Is my new best friend! I'm thinking here, yes? I'm so into glamping. You get the sense of adventure and still have 800 thread count sheets. These trips are gypsy jetset perfection! Resorts are so lame. If I wanted to interact with nothing but Americans, I could have gone to Florida (which I don't, btw. Does nothing for me. Love that everyone else loves it, just not my scene). Unfortunately, I may have to cave. Rowan has discovered Disney World and reminds me quite often that he believes he'd enjoy visiting. I'm trying to hold out until he can endure the flight to Disney Land Paris. That would be magical for Buggy AND Mommy! In the meantime, Someone PLEASE get me to a coast (generally, I go east but I'm thinking west is my better option) A.S.A.P.!
My fragrance collection is ridiculous. I would be leading you astray if I acted like this was all of them. Nope. They're displayed along with other trinkets all around my life. I just love a beautiful fragrance! I'm such a mood driven person and, just as with my clothing, the right scent is necessary to convey that mood. I'm terribly picky about them. (Shocking, right?!) I prefer a legitimate scent, preferably powdery or musky... Pretty much the opposite of most people in my demographic. I probably don't even need to waste my energy typing this but, I also don't want anything to popular or recognizable. As soon as someone tells me I smell like their sister, bestie, or wife, I almost "loose respect" for that scent. Crazy, but true. I still wear them and I still obviously love the fragrance charactoristics that made me choose it to begin with but the mystique is gone and my love affair with them is never quite the same. Such is the case for both Narciso Rodriguez 'For Her' and Viktor and Rolf 'Flower Bomb'. They're both beautiful fragrances but they're readily available now and I'm constantly catching whiffs of them. I suppose many great perfume affairs come to an end because of other women. I have favorites I'll never part with, the most notable being Vivienne Westwood 'Boudoir'. It's so hard to find these days but I just never tire of it. It's definitely night time only and it's quite temperamental. It starts out really sexy and feminine and then, when you're least expecting it, goes all sorts of punk rock! Oh, I love it so! Apparently, it loves me as well but does not feel the same about everyone. When I started wearing it in 1998, people would ask me all the time what it was. After no fewer than five of my friends bought it and swore it smelled terrible on them, I had to start adding a disclaimer when strangers complimented it, "It's Vivienne Westwood but wear it for an entire day before you buy it.". It's still my go-to for concerts and any event for which I wear a top hat or any amount of black lace. The bottles that I grab the most as of late are my newest "signature", Byredo 'Gypsy Water', for casual, Mommy days, my all time favorite "sweet and innocent" scent (also Kate Moss' signature, I recently read), Penhaligon's 'Bluebell', and as the warm weather approaches, I'll no doubt go back to my trusted Tom Ford 'White Patchouli'. I'd love to say I have plenty of fragrances to choose from and, therefore, will not be purchasing any for a bit but who would I be kidding? I'm also known to head over the men's section to add depth to my fragrance wardrobe (ANY woman, quirky or not, can pull off any of Tom Ford's men's line). My next masculine purchase? Chanel 'Bleu'. It's absolutely to die for! It's just like a guy's pajamas, way too good not to steal!