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.

Cruisin with Olivia

 

Olivia Blois Sharpe

Olivia Blois Sharpe from the Style Network’s hit show Jerseylicious will be celebrating her birthday aboard the Norwegian Jewel for the Gatsby Girls Getaway. I had a chance to sit down and chat about the big day with Olivia at the Gatsby recently. Here’s what she had to say.

Katie – So we are celebrating your birthday on the cruise!

Olivia – They are going to make it one of the themes for the night and have a big party. Everybody on the cruise is invited to come. There are so many lounges and clubs on the ship. There are things open 24 hours so you can get drinks food whatever time of night or day. And I’m gonna make sure my birthday’s gonna be kicka**.

Katie – What are you looking forward to the most? Celebrating your birthday on the cruise?

Olivia – Honestly, I’ve never been on a cruise before.

Katie – Me neither!

Olivia – Really? Yeah I’ve never been on a cruise before so I’m just really excited to go. I’m excited to celebrate my birthday. I feel like every year I try to come up with something to do for my birthday and it just ends up downhill. Never ends up good.

Katie – That happens to me just about every year.

Olivia – Last year I think we were filming when it was my birthday.

Katie – So no Tracy on this trip?

Olivia – No. I’m going to bring my boyfriend though.

For more information on the Gatsby Girls Getaway and how you can celebrate Olivia’s birthday with her read my previous blog here.

Join the Gatsby Salon on the High Seas! – Gatsby Girls Getaway

Join the Gatsby Salon on the High Seas!

Meet your favorite cast members from Style Network’s hit reality show Jerseylicious aboard the magnificent Norwegian Jewel!

Join Gayle Giacomo, Christy Pereira, Anthony Lombardi and Olivia Blois Sharpe for the Gatsby Girls Getaway onboard the Jewel as it sails from New York to Florida and the Bahamas!

What’s Included?

  • 7-nights accommodations onboard the Fabulous Norwegian Jewel
  • All Meals and Snacks at any of the ship’s standard eating establishments
  • 24 Hour Room Service
  • Onboard Entertainment, including Second City Comedy, spectacular stage shows and live entertainment
  • A full schedule of shipboard activities from trivia contests to Norwegian’s Signature White Hot Party
  • Gratuities
  • Taxes & Port Charges
  • Nickelodeon at Sea Kids Program as well as programs for kids from age 2-17
  • Access to all of the ship’s 20 bars and lounges

And if that wasn’t enough, you’ll also get these exclusive Gatsby Girls Getaway perks:

  • Admission to two exclusive Q&A events with the cast members
  • Two Complimentary Onboard Cocktail Parties
  • A Bottle of Wine in your Stateroom
  • A Group 8×10 Photograph
  • Dinner at Mama’s Italian Kitchen, one of the Norwegian Jewel’s Premium Restaurants
  • A Group Dinner with the Cast
  • An Optional Slot Pull with the Cast.
  • A $100 onboard credit per cabin, to use at any of the ship’s shops, bars or services!

 Gatsby Girls Getaway Information, Itinerary & Pricing

For more information on pricing and amenities please contact Jeff at Victory Travel Consulting at (732) 734-4064 or visit http://www.gatsbygirlsgetaway.com.

The Boston (Bahston) Getaway

After the craziness of the holidays, along with the hubs birthday and the fact that I had a few comp days, we decided to take a long weekend in Bahston (Boston). We decided on Boston since the hubs is a HUGE Cheers fan, beer aficionado and history buff. We started looking into hotels and found The Bulfinch Hotel which seemed like a cute boutique hotel right in the center of it all, and the price was right. (*Note to all and to self, you get what you pay for.) We couldn’t wait to get to Boston and see the history, drink the beer and just enjoy each other’s company. As always, I developed a full on itinerary of where we will be visiting, eating, etc. along with our reservation times and address. I’m a little crazy like that.

Thursday – We drove through a blizzard, arriving late (according to my itinerary) to our destination, The Bulfinch Hotel. We pulled up in front of the hotel next to the valet parking sign. We waited and waited. Finally I got out of the car and went inside to say “We’re here and we are parked right outside by the valet sign, now what?” The gentleman looked up from his iPhone and said “Valet parking means, unload your stuff, drive to the stop sign, turn left and turn left again, park in the parking garage and walk back”. Hmmm… I mean I knew people in Boston had accents, but didn’t realize that not only  the pronunciation of words were different, but so were the definitions. I walked back to the car, told the hubs. We brought our stuff in and he walked up to the gentleman and said so now what do we do? His reply was “Like I told your wife, blah blah blah”. Ok not off to a great start. We have Mr. Personality at the front desk and have to park our car, walk, etc. We finish unloading, the hubs goes to park the car I turn to check in and the gentleman is now on the phone. So I wait. And I wait. My husband returns asking if I checked in and I say nope he’s been on the phone the whole time. Other people are now waiting in the lobby. Finally a gentleman named Corey comes out from behind a wall, he was early to work and able to help us all. We finally check in. Later on that evening we expressed our concern with the way we were handled during check in to Corey who assured us he would forward the information to his manager Liz. We had lunch at the Cheers Replica bar which had surprisingly good food. Took a nap and then headed to dinner at Turner Fisheries which was great. The food and service were wonderful. The maitre’d even walked us through the hotel to show us where we could catch a cab. What service!

Friday – We woke up to get ready and realized we have no hot water in our shower. Grabbed lunch at the Union Oyster House which is the oldest restaurant in the US. Of course we had to grab a cup of Clam Chowder (or chowdah). Went about our day, did the Boston Super Tour which was a fantastic way to see the city and I highly recommend it. So did @BostonTweet. If you don’t follow him on Twitter, you should. He is the be all and end all of everything you need to know Boston. I felt like he was my own private virtual concierge. One of our stops was the Original Cheers Bar, so of course we had to grab a drink. We did some shopping and then got ready for our dinner at Lucia Ristorante. Lucia Ristorante is on Hanover Street in the Italian section of Boston. It is the spot for Italian food. Everything we ordered was out of this world and all made to order. Our server’s recommendations were right on. I ordered a chicken dish and the hubs ordered the veal chop special. Even the coffee was wonderful. We will definitely be back there next time we are in town. At some point during the day, we met John the manager of the Bulfinch. He came over to meet us at the bar since we had chatted with them on Twitter. Turns out someone else does their Twitter, but big deal. (Oh forgot to mention… they promised us a special treat at check in for being a Twitter follower, yea that didn’t happen.) We told John about our experience checking in the day before and he seemed to feel bad, kinda.

Saturday – Another cold shower. I called to order room service for breakfast. They offer room service, but they don’t put menus in the rooms so you have to ask for one at the front desk. I wanted to order a waffle, but their waffle maker was broke. They were also out of a lot of wine the night before and waiting for a shipment. We ended up ordering their continental breakfast which was yogurt (which arrived not as described), bagels and coffee. It arrived after an hour and without sugar for the coffee. So the hubs went down to get me some. We ventured over to the Sam Adams Brewery by subway (super easy) and had a great lesson on the history of Sam Adams and beer in general. The hubs loved this part of the trip. We even ended up sitting with a guy who shared a birthday with the hubs. Crazy right? We travelled over to the Freedom Trail and grabbed a bite at The Purple Shamrock. Had a great reuben. Our arms were heavy from shopping and were carrying a number of bags. We went up to our room at The Bulfinch Hotel and guess what? Our keys don’t work. None of them. Luckily there was a phone in the hall so we called the front desk. Liz the manager came up and tried other keys, nope they didn’t work. She tried using some special machine, didn’t work. Finally she got us in. She went back down to the front desk to get another machine. She played around for a while on our door and finally was able to get keys to work in our room. Time for a nap! We rested and got ready to have dinner at The Oak Room at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel. Let me just say we almost stayed there. Every President has stayed at the Fairmont Copley Plaza and most of them have eaten in the library of The Oak Room. The place is beautiful! We were ushered in and brought to the far back room, the library. It was quaint, charming and elegant. I put my purse on the floor and our server Pasquale said “wait let me get you something for your purse”. I thought he was going to come back with one of those purse things you clip on to the table so it’s not on the floor. He came back with a beautiful ottoman for my purse. I had a chair for my purse! The service was impeccable, the food was good but overpriced. You pay for the ambiance and the service there. But it was a great way to end our trip.

Sunday – We checked out and headed home. I messaged The Bulfinch Hotel on Twitter to let them know of our disappointment, but no reply.

Since then I have tried to reach out to them, but not only does the hotel have “great customer service” but so does their Twitter consultant who blocked me from writing them.

Word to the wise… you get what you pay for, not everything is what it seems, if it seems too good to be true… it probably is. Don’t stay at the Bulfinch Hotel. There are plenty of amazing hotels in Boston that are so much better, have better customer service, prices and hot water. Oh and valet does mean valet everywhere else in Boston.