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Instagram – top to bottom, left to right:
1. WE GOT ENGAGED! (And I am still on a high).
2. Final touches on the very beautiful and very tall editorial ladies.
3. The Manfriend took a secret nap snap.
4. Big fashion week ticket delivery.
5. The flying cupcake mug from my tour at the Emma Bridgewater factory.
6. Playing ‘Golden Baroque’ for A/W 2012 with NARS and Westfield London.
7. The incredible wardrobe from Tuesday’s shoot and show.
8. Scenes from my neighbouring office.
9. The beautiful Cher Lloyd at her fragrance launch.

make fragrance london
Because I am a little bored of the discounted blow dries and ‘sexy photo shoot’ offers mailed to me by daily deal sites, the offer of creating my own fragrance (plus afternoon tea) on Buyagift really caught my attention.

Though I work as a beauty editor in part, the last time I experienced anything comparable to designing my own fragrance was a behind the scenes trip I took to the Fragonard factory with my father. I was eleven.

This was a world apart and an experience that even my testosterone-filled Manfriend enjoyed. The course took place yesterday morning in the Hilton Hyde Park Hotel, where a group of 20-25 strangers of all ages were welcomed with champagne. The company which hosts the event, The Perfume Studio, are professional, friendly, and deliver everything you need to know to create your fragrance in an enjoyable and accessible way. Over two hours, everyone gets to sample eighteen blends of (mostly) beautiful scents to blend together an individual perfume or cologne.

You are encouraged to create three piles: blotters that you dislike on the left, blotters that you may want to include in the middle, and blotters you love on the right. I was surprised that I enjoyed a few of the floral blends because I usually find florals to be very – what’s the word – aged.

After smelling lots of coffee beans (to clear the nose) and switching my blotters back and forth, I settled on a blend of:
Base notes – balsamic (a sweet – not sugary/vinegaresque – blend, in a double dose)
Middle notes – gentle floral and heady floral
Top notes – green, citrus (double dosed), and fruity

Sealed in a white bottle with a scented feather, “Spritz, Rattle and Roll” (the champagne wit wasn’t exactly working for me) was born.

After the session we walked up to the Hilton’s gorgeous bar area and indulged in an unusual – but delicious – afternoon tea of finger sandwiches, a scone, a cake, an eclair, and green tea. Far different than my typical experience of afternoon tea in the UK and not a bad excursion on the hottest day of the year.

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liv tyler givenchy

An unprecedented event is in the making for 2012. An extraordinary encounter between the worlds of rock ‘n’ roll and perfume, a new and unexpected twist to the fragrance Very Irrésistible Givenchy, orchestrated by Parfums Givenchy.

For the first time, Liv Tyler, the fragrance’s muse, reveals her voice and sets her inner energy free in a reinterpretation of the INXS hit Need You Tonight. An electrifying song about desire and abandon, to which Liv brings a modern, elegant, sensual touch. To mark this new episode in the Very Irrésistible Givenchy saga, the brand has concocted a fragrance, at once radiant and rebellious, that is true to Liv’s rock ‘n’ roll spirit: Very Irrésistible Givenchy Electric Rose. A new interpretation of the fragrance that tells the story of an unpredictable rose turned utterly magnetic.

The Brand Says:

First studio, first recording: Liv instantly makes the emblematic INXS song her own. The lyrics, imbued with unabashed desire, control and abandon, become hers, as though they had been written for her. She has perfect command of her surprisingly powerful, unexpectedly deep voice. The magnetic voice of a free, self-accepting woman who warns: I need you tonight… Liv is bewitching. Her voice guides us through the searing guitars, the heavy, chilling percussion. The rhythm is hypnotic, electric, but Liv’s voice is reassuring.

Since 2003, the Very Irrésistible Givenchy line has evolved in step with its muse. Today, with support from Sony, Parfums Givenchy has chosen to reveal Liv’s resolutely rock ‘n’ roll spirit, her irresistible craving for freedom and authenticity. Intense, elegant, moving… three words that describe this fascinatingly beautiful music. Its unique style and vibe resonate in perfect harmony with the Givenchy world.

Juniper Sling Bottle
If there was ever a fragrance that could be renamed “Lela London”, this might be it. On September 5th, Penhaligon’s is launching their latest fragrance, “Juniper Sling“. Penhaligon’s. The brand’s own master of fragrance, Olivier Cresp, was inspired by London Dry Gin and wished to deliver a playful, chilled and mysterious homage to the Bright Young Things of London’s roaring twenties.

Though I’m not a big drinker, I am notorious for having one solo choice at the bar and one hardcore wardrobe inspiration era; those would be a gin and tonic and the roaring twenties. Though the fragrance was enigmatic from the get-go, the meticulous measures of gin, cardamom, brown sugar, black cherry and angelica (among others) are intoxicating. A sensuous and complex drink for the skin.

Juniper Sling Eau de Toilette 50ml will be sold for £78, and the 100ml for £110 in Penhaligon’s boutiques, concessions and online at

Red or Dead Release Me
Today, I have been walking around in a cloud of orange blossom, jasmine and coconut. Why? Red or Dead have just released a fragrance – after teaming up with Fragrance & Beauty Creations Limited – that lightly coats you in the freshest hints of those luscious smells. The name of the fashion and lifestyle brand’s first fragrance is “Release Me” – a reflection of the beautiful brushed silver birdcage packaging and Red or Dead’s fun and free magnetism. Other fragrance notes include rose, plum, tuberose and cedarwood. Launching on September 1st, Release Me is available in a 50ml and 100ml eau de toilette, priced at £25 and £35.