Tuesday Tip: Home Fragrance

I admit that I am somewhat of a skincare junkie. I order a lot of beauty products and with every order, I usually wind up with a few fragrance samples. I rarely ever use them on myself.

A few days ago I received a few more perfume samples, one of them being a Jo Malone fragrance (English Pear & Freesia). What I particularly love about Jo Malone fragrances is that the scent is very long lasting and they can also be layered, which is an easy way to customize a perfume. Instead of using the English Pear & Freesia on myself, I sprayed it onto a fresh bathroom hand towel since my oil diffuser recently ran out. I sprayed it on in the morning and when I got home at 7 pm that night, the lovely scent was still noticeable. I’ve also done this as a way to test out perfume before committing to buy it. If I don’t like how a particular fragrance settles on my towel, I know it’s something I definitely don’t want on my body! You’ll find that the inexpensive brands don’t linger long but they will definitely give your room a quick pick-me-up. After all, it’s a wonderful thing to walk into a room with a lovely scent. And if you missed my previous post about home fragrance, including a couple of my favorites, you can catch up on your reading here. 

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Tuesday Tip No. 7: Decorating with Vintage Hats

I have always been a hat loving gal. My first (and only) trip to Paris was when I was 21 years old. I treated myself to a beautifully constructed straw hat that I still wear whenever the opportunity strikes, which is very rare in California.  It was a wonderful souvenir from the City of Lights. But one of my craziest hats is a large-brimmed hat adorned with oversized black feathers all around. It was custom made by Ruth Garland-Dewson, a well-known milliner formerly in San Francisco (often referred to as the milliner to the stars) for a formal Christmas Party Mr. B and I attended many years ago. Unfortunately, Ruth passed away several years ago and her small shop on Fillmore Street has since closed but her legend lives on!

I adore hats but given that I live in Southern California I don’t have the need to wear one often since the dress code here seems to get more casual by the minute. But you don’t necessarily have to be a hat wearing person to appreciate their construction, style and design. In fact, this picture from Victoria Magazine shows us that a hat collection can be a funky, whimsical decorative element when put on display in mass. In such a large grouping they become artwork for your walls.tuesday tip no 7 via Reviving Charm

“Luxurious, flirty and at times a bit sexy.  We’re out to prove a great hat can change your day.”  – Plaza Suite Hats
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Wearing a hat versus not wearing a hat is the difference between looking adequate and looking your best.  –Martha Sliter

Tuesday Tip No. 6

As I was putting this post together I realized that several of my Tuesday Tips involve the use of fresh flowers. I guess that’s because flowers can create instant impact, often on the cheap and easy. With Spring officially here, I am already starting to see blooms appear on the trees in our front yard. A recent article in Victoria Magazine (that includes the photos highlighted in this post) reminded me that twigs and branches shouldn’t be overlooked as a decorating touch. Those with beautiful blooms can be particularly stunning when brought indoors. With very little effort you can create a stylish arrangement using something readily available right outside your own door. decorating with branches via Reviving Charmtuesday tip no 6 via Reviving Charmdecorating with branchesdecorating with branches via Reviving Charm 4decorating with branches 3decorating with branches via Reviving Charm 2