A Scent is a Time Capsule

 

Oprah Winfrey is a huge fan of the brand and how could she not? Carlos Huber Founder of ARQUISTE travelled the world and experienced perfumery from Spain to Paris to New York and places in between.

 

Recently I had the opportunity to sample some of the fragrances from ARQUISTE which are available at Barney’s New York, The Webster in Miami, Saks Fifth Avenue Mexico and A’Maree’s in Newport Beach, CA.

 

According to Arquiste: A scent is a time capsule. It can invoke our most intimate memories and dreams, and open doors to distant worlds. Curated by an architect specializing in Historic Preservation, Arquiste is a fragrance collection that transports the wearer to evocative moments in history.

 

Anima Dulcis

Notes include: Cocoa Absolute, Mexican Vanilla, Cinnamon, and Chili Infusion

Reminds me of Amber or Sandalwood the notes are right on.

 

L’etrog

Notes include: Calabrese Cedrat, Myrtle, Date Fruit and Vetivert

I found this scent very woodsy and masculine.

 

Aleksandr

Notes include: Neroli, Violet Leaf, Fir Balsam, and Russian Leather

I did not like this scent at all. It was very masculine and strong. Eventually it lightened up a bit and I was able to smell the violet more.

 

Flor y canto

Notes include: Mexican Tuberose, Magnolia, Plumeria, Marigold

This is definitely a more girly fragrance. I liked the plumeria and magnolia in it. It kind of reminded me of the Plumeria from Bath and Body Works which used to be a favorite of mine.

 

Fleur de Louis

Notes include: Orange Blossom, Florentine Orris, Jasmine, White Cedar wood

Another flowery scent and girly. Very rich fragrance. Something I would wear to a gala or special event.

 

Infanta en flor

Notes include: Orange Flower Water, Spanish Leather, Cistus resin, Immortelle

For some reason this fragrance reminded me of childhood trips to Disneyworld. Not quite sure why but it brought back memories. I liked this scent a lot as well.

 

For more information on Arquiste please visit www.arquiste.com.

Illume Balsam & Cedar Ceramic Candle – Product Review

Ok I’ve been completely obsessed with Illume products ever since my visit to the Red Door Spa. At the Red Door Spa I came across Illume products for the first time and wrote about my love for them HERE.

Recently Illume was having a holiday contest on their Facebook page. Of course I had to participate. Needless to say I won and received a Balsam & Cedar Ceramic Candle. The scent is amazing. It smells like the holidays but at the same time has a really clean scent to it. It’s not overly piney like many pine/holiday scents tend to be. It’s clean, fresh and holidayish and I adore it. Plus I can totally reuse the ceramic jar it came in once this scent runs out. Perfect!

 

Make sure you like Illume on Facebook and check out their website http://www.illumecandles.com/.

 

*Disclaimer – I was not required to write this post. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

Paris Amour by Bath & Body Works – Product Review


Want to feel like you’re travelling Europe from the comfort of your home? Can’t afford the getaway to Paris? Well, Bath & Body Works fragrance Paris Amour will take you away to Paris without even leaving your bathroom.

 

I’ve been a fan of Bath & Body Works for as long as I can remember. At first I was in love with Plumeria, Juniper Breeze and Sun Ripened Raspberry. Those were my favorite scents. Since then I’ve began to love Mango Mandarin and Twisted Peppermint. Both of which I’ve been using for about 2 years and adore! The Mango Mandarin is a great wake-me-up citrusy scent which I love in the mornings and during the summer. Twisted Peppermint is also another great wake-me-up scent and perfect for the holidays.

Bath & Body Works was kind enough to provide me with Paris Amour Eau de Toilette and Body Lotion so I could stray away from my go to faves and try something new.  With it’s Sparkling Mandarin as one of the top notes, I knew this would be a watch made in… Paris!

 

Master perfumers have blended French tulips, apple blossoms and sparkling pink champagne to create this beautiful fragrance inspired by a romantic stroll through the streets of Paris.
  • Top: Sparkling Mandarin, Petite Strawberry, Cassis, Pink Champagne, Apple
    Blossom, Dewy Freesia
  • Middle: Luscious Peach, Jasmine Petals, French Tulip, Water Lily, Frangipani
  • Dry: French Vanilla, Coconut Milk, Amber Wood, Sandalwood, Creamy Musk

 

Thank you Bath & Body Works for sending me Paris Amour for a review! I love it! For more information on Bath & Body Works visit http://www.bathandbodyworks.com.

 

*Disclaimer – The thoughts expressed in this review are my own.

Kenton Magazine & Lacoste – Product Review

I’ve been following Kenton magazine on Twitter for a while now. I was thrilled when I won the Eau de Lacoste contest. My hubby had actually read an article recently about the new Lacoste fragrances and was anxious to try them out. So when I won this contest you can imagine his excitement.

 

I can tell you first hand that both of these new fragrances are amazing. Both of them smell clean, fresh and just plain yummy.

 

The Lacoste Relaxed Green scent is super clean and fresh. Green is the color representing nature and therefore a natural fresh
scent. The green edition opens with notes combining bergamot, verbena and grapefruit balanced by a relaxing heart consisting of blue avender, thyme, violet leaf and fig.

The hubby says “The green seems slightly more masculine and woodsy.”

 

The Lacoste Powerful Blue also denotes freshness but with an earthy flair. The Blue edition top notes combine a dose of citrusy grapefruit with cool notes of peppermint. At the heart there is a smooth and aromatic accord of sage which blends with an earthy base of patchouli, amber wood and oak moss to create a powerful, and masculine scent.

The hubby says “It’s fresh. I like the classic packaging. The 30ml is great for travel.”

 

The packaging for the new scents are timeless and classic typical for Lacoste. They also don’t wear off like many fragrances. The scent stays on you for hours. Both my hubby and I loved both of the scents although I do prefer the Green a little more over the Blue. I feel it has more of a clean scent which I prefer.

 

Disclaimer *I received this product as part of a  contest. I was not required to write a blog post. My thoughts are my own.

LBI “I Do” Wedding Road Show

Welcome to LBI!

My husband and I were invited to attend the LBI “I Do” Wedding Road Show on Sunday, April 18, 2010 by Erik Kent of NJWedding.com which was organized by the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce.  If you don’t already know, NJWedding.com is a Jersey girl’s go-to website for everything wedding related in New Jersey.

We met up with Erik at the chamber and met some of the event’s sponsors and chamber staff. The event was designed as a way to showcase Long Beach Island (LBI) and show why it’s one of the growing hot spots in New Jersey for weddings. Couples would have the opportunity to travel at their own pace in their cars to each venue, which would have a variety of exhibitors featuring their wedding services.  Couples could get a special book stamped by each vendor they visited, return it to the chamber office, in hopes of becoming the big winner to win an all expense paid wedding. Wow!

While we waited to start our tour, I began chatting with Annie Esposito, a Bridal Show Coordinator for WedAlert.com. WedAlert.com is a great website that is nationwide and with just a click of a mouse couples can search their Vendor Search Directory, Reception Site Locator, Wedding Song Directory and check out some great planning tools.

Throughout the day Frank Dicopoulos (Guiding Light) hosted for NJ Discover as they live-streamed the day’s events.

Ronald Faillace, President of Trolley Tours, Inc. greeted us as we boarded the trolley. The trolley would be taking the media/press and a few others around to each wedding venue for the day. It was such a fun way to tour the great island of LBI. The trolley’s are available to wedding parties in addition to a wedding motor coach (bus) also available to wedding parties or guests so that everyone can have a good time at the wedding and arrive to their destinations safely. The back of the trolley says “Just Married” so you can tell the world that it’s your big day. This is such a cute way to add some creativity to your wedding day.

The first stop on our trolley tour was to the Holiday Inn Manahawkin, where I was greeted by a mimosa. What a welcome! I walked into the room and immediately spotted Kevin Moninghoff from the Alliance for Wellness and was treated to an amazing massage. While I was being massaged, NJ Discover came over with Frank and interviewed Kevin on his holistic center and myself on the massage. I didn’t say much, I was way too relaxed. Kevin is not only open for business at his spa in Manahawkin but he travels and will be more than welcome to go to any location with his tables and give massages. Wouldn’t that be a nice way to relax before the big day? Getting a massage in your hotel room or bridal suite? Or even a nice treat for a bridal party? I’m sold. They also offer Site Corporate Massages and Pilates and Yoga classes.

Katie getting a massage by Kevin while Frank interviews from NJ Discover

The Stateroom was our next stop which offers a variety of ceremony sites including beach, bay front or a garden ceremony. What girl doesn’t love options?   The Stateroom is where I found the best cupcakes I have ever had. A Sweet Memory is a cookie & cupcakery owned by Annmarie Cooney which is out of this world! Not only are her cupcakes a feast for the eyes, but the margarita cupcake I tried was a feast for my tummy. It was the best cupcake I have EVER had! I also met Marie Addonizio of La Di Da which is a makeup and lash studio. I was so excited to hear they do threading. That is a service that is very hard to come by. Marie is an esthetician, makeup artist and massage therapist. Katie Reynolds Hood decorated the tables of this venue with beautiful tablescapes from the Reynolds Garden Shop. I grabbed a pretzel dipped in chocolate from the Philly Pretzel Factory located in Lakeside Village in Manahawkin, NJ. Shear Heaven Salon & Day Spa was there and offers some great packages in addition to their spa parties.

Yummy treats!

Next stop was the Surf City Yacht Club.  Moester’s Bakery had a large display of cakes available to sample. I opted to test the cannoli cake, which was delish. I chatted it up with the owners of Small Potatoes which is a catering company and after viewing their menu, I was drooling. They have plans to open a restaurant in the near future. Red Sails Salon was well represented at this event offering reasonably priced services for men, women and children.

The Sea Shell Resort & Beach Club is “the only premier ocean front wedding venue on Long Beach Island” and is a full service catering facility with the option of customizing anything to the extent of their ability. At the Sea Shell Resort couples can have a poolside cocktail hour and hang out in their tiki huts and enjoy a panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean. We entered this venue and were greeted by Barbara Crowley the harpist from our wedding. We were so excited. We headed off to the bar and grabbed a glass of champagne and took a stroll outside, taking in the beautiful scenery.

Barbara Crowley, harpist

Sea Shell Resort & Beach Club

Brant Beach Yacht Club was another stop in our travels.  They pride themselves on being “one of Long Beach Island’s most spectacular waterfront wedding reception venues” and they assure you that “your day will be everything you’ve ever dreamed”! After checking it out, I couldn’t agree more.  I grabbed a piece of salt water taffy from the Parties by Design NJ candy buffets. After all, salt water taffy is a Jersey shore staple. Tammy’s Cake Walk had some beautifully displayed cakes which showcased her beach themed designs. Perfect for a beach wedding! Roberto’s Dolce Vita a Northern Italian/Continental Cuisine restaurant has a menu that sounds divine and we were thrilled to receive a 15% off coupon, another place we will have to visit.  Bistro 14 in Bay Village was passing around a medley of samplings that were out of this world. I particularly loved their crab cakes and chocolate mousse. I can’t wait till they open for the season; we will have to check it out for the full experience.

Daddy O Boutique Hotel and Restaurant was our second to last stop on our tour. The establishment is very hip and chic with a South Beach vibe. My husband and I regularly visit LBI and enjoy the beach atmosphere and charm of the town, but Daddy O reminded me more of a lounge in NY, not very LBI. They were the only stop on our tour that didn’t offer beverages or snacks and there were only 2 vendors at this location. Quite honestly, I wasn’t that impressed. I didn’t feel especially welcome there and it didn’t have that warm, friendly feel of LBI that we all love. However, I did notice they had fried pickles on their menu and haven’t had them since I was vacationing in Florida as a child. I may need to go back to try them out.

Our final destination was Mallard Island Yacht Club which was the pièce de résistance of our whole trip. Unfortunately many of the vendors had already packed up by the time we got there, but it’s no wonder this is such a hot spot for weddings. Everywhere you look, you have an amazing view of the beach, the island or the Barnegat Bay. It’s truly unbelievable. Erik Kent from NJWedding.com recommended we take a look at the enormous bridal suite they have. I don’t need to explain how amazing it is. You can watch a video tour of the bridal suite here…  

This event was spectacular! I wish I had been to a bridal show like this when I was getting married. I was able to check out a variety of venues with exhibitors at each. It wasn’t crowded like most bridal shows tend to be. Lori Pepenella of the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce along with Erik Kent of NJWedding.com did a phenomenal job orchestrating the event.  It was very well planned and thought out. My husband and I had a blast!

Participating Venues at the road show included: The Boathouse, Bonnet Island Estate, Brant Beach Yacht Club, Daddy O Restaurant & Boutique Hotel, Holiday Inn Manahawkin, Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences, Mallard Island Yacht Club, Sea Oaks Country Club, The Sea Shell Resort & Beach Club, The Stateroom, Surf City Yacht Club and the Tuckerton Seaport.

Media Sponsors of the event included: New Jersey Bride, NJWedding.com, New Jersey Department of State, travel and Tourism, Brides.com Media, (201)BRIDE and WedAlert.com. Magic 100.1 was the Broadcast Sponsor.