Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Eau de New York

This morning I was admiring the pretty bottle of perfume Ben Blair gave me for Christmas. It's a scent my friend, Katherine Kaneko, introduced me to just days before we moved to Colorado. And I had been thinking about procuring a bottle ever since. It's really quite wonderful. Bond No. 9, Eau de New York.

I love when Ben Blair gives me perfume. Honestly, I rarely remember to put it on, but when I do, I adore the way I feel. Plus, I always like the image of Ben at the Sak's perfume counter — getting advice and picking out something with me in mind. It's just so sweet.

In light of my New Year grooming resolution, I'm promising myself to be scented and lovely the whole year through. : )

Do you have a favorite scent, Dear Readers? What is it? Are you a perfume girl — or would you prefer chocolate (or jewelry)? Is there a sweet thing you love to do for your spouse?
add to kirtsy


Blogger amy turn sharp of doobleh-vay said...

you and Karey wrote about the same thing today! love it! I wear three scents: Donna Karen original (drives people wild) and Angel lotion and then good old vanilla essence....love.
I bet you smell SUPER in that! I am jealous! xooxox

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 11:45:00 AM EST  
Blogger Crystal said...

Ralph Lauren Ralph & Ralph Lauren Rocks are my favorites. Ralph is my absolute favorite boy name...maybe that's why I like these perfumes so much!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 11:50:00 AM EST  
Blogger noteverstill said...

Really similar - from the Bond No. 9 line - I have So New York and I *love* it. I get so many compliments on it. I got it for my birthday last year and I'm always happy when I remember to wear it.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 11:58:00 AM EST  
Blogger ~Kat~ said...

I'm actually very sensitive to perfumes in general.. itchy eyes, breathing issues, etc. But I do adore the following: wood smoke, apples, pine trees, lavender, my childrens fresh skin after outdoor time, and believe it or not- Swiffer floor cleaner. haha.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 11:59:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Rita said...

I wear a Banana Republic scent intended for MEN. And I love it.

I have no idea what this says about me.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 12:02:00 PM EST  
Blogger KJ said...

acua di gio, dkny be delicious (green). I don't wear it a lot, so one small bottle lasts a good year or two. makes me feel sophisticated, feminine and polished

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 12:07:00 PM EST  
Blogger ZoiHoku said...

I do have a favorite! It is also a Bond No. 9, Eau de New York one...can't think of the name off hand, but it is the purple star! It is so rich and amazing. I use it when I get all prettied up. for everyday though, I like victoria's Secret So Sexy for women!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 12:13:00 PM EST  
Blogger karey m. said...

i was LOOKING for this one! a new blogger recommended it and it sounded perfect...but then i stumbled on tom ford and it was over before i even found bond no.9.

i will smell you at alt. looking forward to it. xoxo.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 12:13:00 PM EST  
Blogger Design Mom said...

Amy - I love that I'm thinking like Karey today. What a compliment to me!

Crystal - I'm a huge fan of the name Ralph as well. : )

noteverstill - When Ben Blair gave me the perfume, two additional Bond No. 9 samples were included. I tried the Hamptons sample and it is divine. Maybe I should explore their whole line.

~Kat~ - I so hear you on perfume sensitivity. During my first trimester I can't stand the smell of pretty much anything. I love that you've figured out scents that work for you.

Rita - I've been tempted to put on a men's scent. I think it would feel like wearing one of my husband's button downs. Maybe I'll try it.

KJ - I like the idea of a scent that makes me feel polished. I'll have to check out your recommendations.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 12:15:00 PM EST  
Blogger Kirsty said...

Old school. Beautiful. Estee Lauder. My mom wore it when I was growing up. I wear it. My husband loves it and I don't think there is any going back now...

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 12:15:00 PM EST  
Blogger Design Mom said...

Zoihoku - I think we might need to start a Bond No 9 fan club.

Karey - Bring Tom Ford to Alt Summit too. I must have a sniff.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 12:17:00 PM EST  
Blogger Design Mom said...

Kirsty - Lucky you to have found your signature scent! It is one of my unstated goals in life.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 12:17:00 PM EST  
Blogger Tollipop said...

I am a bread girl. I like it when my husband gives me bread.


Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 12:21:00 PM EST  
Anonymous julie @ duet letterpress said...

i love bond no. 9. i wear chelsea flowers, and i feel fabulous when i wear it.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 12:22:00 PM EST  
Blogger Design Mom said...

Tollipop - So glad you're a bread girl (I think I want to be one too!). Does your husband make the bread himself? Or do you have a trusty bakery nearby.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 12:23:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love to change them up by the season! A few of my favs:
Pacifica Tibetan Mountain Temple
Kiehl's Musk
Fresh: Bergamot Citrus
Demeter Salt Spray
Lovely by SJP
and my new one from Hubby for Christmas: CB Walking in the Air

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 12:23:00 PM EST  
Blogger Hannah said...

I love Butterfly by Hanne Mori. mmmmm...

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 12:29:00 PM EST  
Blogger Jessica @ A Bushel and a Peck said...

I got perfume too, and I love it. I always wear some, almost every day, and have a few faves...my newest is Burberry Brit Sheer, and I also wear regular Burberry Brit, Ralph Lauren Ralph, Ralph Lauren Romance, and in summer, PURE by Eddie Bauer. It's just fun to smell good.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 12:30:00 PM EST  
Blogger That's Ms. Amy to You... said...

I've worn L'Eau d'Issey for a good 12 years now, but recently branched out with Gucci Flora. I don't wear perfume often, but agree that it makes me feel so good - flirty, sexy, delicious. There are few better things than having someone say "You smell amazing".

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 12:33:00 PM EST  
Anonymous chelsea said...

I love the I Hate Perfume line. It's great. I recently bought The Room with a View fragrance for my sister and she loves it.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 12:39:00 PM EST  
Blogger Amy said...

I love Estee Lauder Pleasures Intense, Michael Kors, and just got Viva La Juicy for Christmas and am enchanted with it!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 12:46:00 PM EST  
Blogger Shannon and Carey said...

I LOVE Usher's perfume, and Gwen Stephanie's LAMB perfume. But I go for the classics like Chanel No. 5 and Lauren by Ralph Lauren also.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 12:48:00 PM EST  
Blogger Shannon and Carey said...

and lest we forget about Grey Flannel for men......ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 12:49:00 PM EST  
Blogger MiaKatia said...

I tried the New Kat Von D fragrances, Sinner and Saint, this Christmas and loved them both. Oddly enough I usually end up wearing Sinner to church on Sundays...

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 12:53:00 PM EST  
Blogger Linda said...

I have a friend who everytime she is near, you can smell her. She's not at all overpowering in any way, but she just has this amazing cloud of amazing scent that encircles her. She is my inspiration!

My husband is very sensitive to scents, so I have to be very careful what I put on so he doesn't start sneezing uncontrollably on our dates. : ) I just got Burberry Brit for Christmas and so far so good! We both like the way it smells, and I agree, it does make me feel better when I smell good.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 12:55:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

D&G Light Blue is my favorite, but I only wear it in the summertime. Gives me something to look forward to.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 1:02:00 PM EST  
Blogger Rachel said...

My husband bought be a bottle of perfume last year for New Year's (it's a Cajun thing) and I don't know what it's called and I too forget to wear it. In the last year I've probably worn in five times. I prefer gadgets like my iPhone, USB hubs, usb-heated, fingerless gloves... Things like that.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 1:27:00 PM EST  
Blogger Michelle Iverson said...

I love the scent of DNKY Be Delicious (The Green Bottle) I wear it almost every day. Smelling nice is very important to me, because even if my hair doesn't get done or the make-up isn't applied, at least I smell good!!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 1:41:00 PM EST  
Blogger Sarah said...

My favorite is a perfume I bought while studying abroad in Nice this summer... I can't remember what it's called, but it's a collection of white flowers, and it's so classy! Love it! That, and an old orange blossom perfume I have.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 1:57:00 PM EST  
Blogger Christy said...

I love Red Door by Elizabeth Arden and two of the Givenchy perfumes. My husband has given them all to me, and I too love how I feel when I wear them...though I often forget!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 2:31:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK. Don't laugh. I wear Jovan White Musk - yup, the cheap stuff from the drug store, and let me tell you, I am stopped constantly by strangers wanting to know what I'm wearing. I can't bring myself to pay a ton of money for perfume, so this works well for me.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 2:37:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i LOVE perfume and intentionally wear different perfumes during different seasons of my life. i have one from when i was dating my husband, from when we were engaged, from the early months of our marriage, from each of my pregnancies, and one from a stay in Florence, too. :) those perfumes evoke incredibly strong memories for me. :)

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 2:39:00 PM EST  
Blogger mybelle68 said...

I waer lots of perfumes. My most favorite right now is philosphy Amazing Grace or Inner Grace. Just easy and for every day. I like to wear a stronger at night. Like Narsico Rodriguez, it's smell like a grown-up lady. I always get asked what I'm wearing. ( because it smells good)

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 4:50:00 PM EST  
Blogger Rik said...

I love Gwen Stefani's "Lamb." I feel so nice when I wear it.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 5:53:00 PM EST  
Blogger Damaris said...

Gorgio Armani rocks my world. I also never remember to wear my perfume but when I do I like myself more AND when my husband remembers to put on his Armani after shave I like him more.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 5:55:00 PM EST  
Blogger Shannon said...

Love by Sarah Horowitz given to me by a friend to wear on my wedding day. My friend that gave it to me is the mastermind behind Saffron James; a perfume line based on hawaiian flowers. Check it out www.saffronjames.com.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 7:13:00 PM EST  
Blogger Gracie73 said...

I love Origins Ginger Essence, David Yurman and D&G has five new perfumes....I like #3 and #18 the best so far. Sephora gave away samples of all 5 over the Holidays.

I love the Bond 9 perfumes as well...they bottles are a work of art!!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 10:22:00 PM EST  
Anonymous TM_Erin said...

OH, how I love my trusty Chanel Mademoiselle. Most people write me off as a "granola" so every time I spray it on, I smile. Keens and Chanel...that's how I roll.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 10:34:00 PM EST  
Blogger Emily said...

Dolce and Gabbana light blue. My favorite by far!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 10:56:00 PM EST  
Blogger MP said...

I don't really have one scent. I kind of rotate between a patcholi/musk that I've worn since college and Gap's Dream. They smell totally different, but for some reason they seem to fit my personality well.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 11:27:00 PM EST  
Blogger Jen said...

I too love it! It makes you feel so deliberate somehow. So unlike the way I usually feel!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 2:46:00 AM EST  
Blogger Cathi said...

I smiled at your thoughts of Ben Blair at the Saks counter!
I have two perfumes that I wear. Cashmere Mist by Donna Karan and Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel. Both are lovely and do not affect my husband's allergies.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 4:49:00 AM EST  
Blogger kribss said...

on my old blog i posted that i wanted to be one of those people who just smells nice every day and i wanted to quit saving it for special occasions because i ended up wasting/throwing it away.

i finally found a scent that i can handle {ie not give me headaches} and its versace's versense. very pretty yet light.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 6:40:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Cherie said...

My all time favourite is Chanel Allure but I keep several others to wear occasionally because they take me back to a time and place, a bit like a photo album for the senses! I wore The Body Shop Oceanus perfume oil while backpacking through Eurpoe and Africa and just opening the lid is a wonderful memory, I only ever wear it now when I am on a holiday to preserve that feeling.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 6:56:00 AM EST  
Blogger lagata said...

There are a few I wear:
Chanel Allure and Givenchy Hot Couture. When I want something lighter I wear Michael Germain's Sexual or Givenchy Very Irresistible.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 9:33:00 AM EST  
Blogger Carla Cavellucci Landi said...

I'm looking for my scent. In the past I was Obsession for Men, but I felt I had to change. I tried Cashmere (DKNY), it's almost there, but now I cannot stand it anymore :(. Another day I spent the whole day smelling at a magazine page with an ad (and scent) of Sensuous by Estee Lauder, tried at Macy's but still not sure. On Sak's I've tried Acqua de Parma, loved it, but I was told it doesn't last longer...
My next try will be your suggestion. Perfumes are so important, but they must feel as made specially for you!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 9:41:00 AM EST  
Blogger Adventures In Babywearing said...

At BlogHer 08 I received a sample of Chloe by Chloe and hope to have a big bottle ($$) someday. I love it. I also wear Happy by Clinique- have worn it for years! :)


Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 10:00:00 AM EST  
Blogger Kage said...

I made the decision last year to start scenting myself.

I used to shy away from perfume because a lot of it does make me a little allergee....but! I wear

Sweet Pea eu de toilette from Bath and Body Works

and the essential oil from kiehls-grapefruit. LOVE.

ps. not at the same time.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 10:18:00 AM EST  
Blogger Kage said...

And for him:

You MUST try Marc Jacobs.


Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 10:19:00 AM EST  
Blogger Queen B said...

I love perfume and can generally be found wearing Rose by Jo Malone. I mix it up often with Nectarine & Honey Blossom or French Lime, also by Jo Malone.

My husband wears cologne from the Bond No. 9 collection. Love it!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 11:19:00 AM EST  
Blogger tara said...

oh fun, i want a sniff!

my standbys are j'adore by dior and ralph lauren romance.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 12:02:00 PM EST  
Blogger sam's mom said...

8 years ago I started wearing Coco Chanel Mademoiselle. It's all I ever wear. Everyday, nothing else.
It has hints of patchouli, so I call it sophisticated hippie!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 12:13:00 PM EST  
Blogger mhunley said...

Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf is the BOMB!!! I love this scent and always get asked what it is.

Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 1:22:00 PM EST  
Blogger Sarah said...

Ooh! Love this post. I adore fragrance.

My grandfather wore Eternity for men...the scent brings tears to my eyes! Love it!

My grandmother and I love fragrance and shop for it together! Right now, we're wearing Alfred Sung's Shi for everyday and Burberry London for special. As a bride, I wore Vera Wang.

Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 10:24:00 PM EST  
Blogger Design Mom said...

Does anyone else love all these answers as much as I do? I need to make a big list and try everything!

Thank you so much for your recommendations. So many fun choices — and many I have never heard of.

Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 10:52:00 PM EST  
Blogger buttercup said...

vorite perfume is L'eau d'Issey by Issey Miyake. I discovered it in France. My Parisienne friend, Clarisse, had rows of different perfumes and felt naked leaving the apartment without it. We spent hours at the parfumeries collecting samples. I don't wear it as much as I'd like, but I do love it!

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 11:05:00 AM EST  
Blogger Anna-Katrin said...

I have loved Blumarine II for years, as well as the Vera Wang perfume my husband gave me on our wedding day, but a few years ago I was lucky enough to go on a family trip to France. My mom, sister and I spent a morning creating our own scents at Galimard in Grasse. They guide you through the process of creating your own perfume and then keep your formula on file so you can re-order anytime. I LOVE all three of my scents and being able to select one to suit my mood!

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 1:29:00 PM EST  

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