An outfit formula: oversized blazer, white tee, high wasted flare jeans and pointed toe boots

Saturday, April 10, 2021


My longest post title so far! This outfit formula has worked for years. I like that it's casual and the blazer makes it put together. 

Speaking of the blazer, it's vintage. I found it on eBay for $15. It's soft wool and multicolored, perfect for all sorts of outfit combinations and comfortable enough to play with my child. 

The jeans are ribcage Levi's. Flare jeans are back, and I've always liked the style.

Maple Syrup Perfume: Atelier Cologne Citron D'erable

Monday, March 29, 2021

Looks like I'm back to the perfume game. I'm really excited after I spent such a long time without smelling and trying different scents. Pregnancy and motherhood played a huge part here.

While I was pregnant, I developed a sensitivity to fragrances and remained quite sensitive during the first years of motherhood. I almost didn't use anything and gifted or sold most of my perfumes (that felt like a huge relief as I was burdened by almost full bottles hiding in every corner of my apartment).

So, now to the perfume I want to review: Atelier Cologne Citron D'erable. 

Craving a maple syrup perfume

It all started with a yogurt! Yep. One afternoon I entered my kitchen and smelled something so yummy and so familiar. I immediately started looking for the source of the smell, and soon realized it was a maple yoghurt my husband ate a couple of minutes earlier. What a great long lasting note for a perfume, I thought. 

For a few days, I was obsessively looking for a perfume with maple notes in it. Some that looked interesting to me I knew would not be long lasting (e.g. Demeter Maple Syrup), or were too gourmand (Pink Praline Soivohle), others were impossible to find as they're discontinued or sold abroad only (Bethany Noel Aeropostale). 

I narrowed it down to Atelier Cologne Citron D'erable. I'm not unfamiliar with Atelier Cologne, I have their Cafe Tuberosa and Cedre Atlas (reviewed in my Atelier Cologne Cedre Atlas article ). I know their citrus perfumes are among the best. I really love the composition of the fragrance - top notes are lemon, orange and pepper; middle notes are maple sap, black currant and eucalyptus; while base notes are maple, sequoia and cedar. 

Satisfying my maple syrup craving

To me it smells as good as it sounds. It starts with lemon freshness, while citruses are still audible, maple sap appears, and it stays becoming a bit sweeter and smokier as time goes by. 

This is a very unusual scent, yet familiar and warm. Its staying power is surprisingly good, it smells fresh on clothes, and no weird, nagging or unpleasant note showed up on my skin a few hours later.

It will be especially perfect for spring and summer, and I'm waiting for a full bottle to arrive soon. I'm glad my maple syrup craving has been satisfied, and I found a unique fresh, yet warm, not too gourmand, yet yummy fragrance. I do hope they will bring back deluxe size samples as they work great at introducing to a fragrance before committing to a full size bottle.

P.S. My perfume reviews are not paid by any sellers, and I'm not affiliated to any of the perfumes mentioned. It's my honest and independent review. 


Sunday, March 7, 2021

So, I'm going to write something a little bit different about my outfit here. 
As much as I like it - the leopard print, the headband with the oversized cat-eye sunglasses, and the wide ripped jeans - I think, I'm ready for different looks. 

I'm feeling fatigue from menswear inspired looks, everything oversized and relaxed. 

Currently, I'm craving elegant, feminine outfits. I haven't worn a dress in, what seems like, million years. 

I'm thinking of the outfits I've worn on the blog; and if you've got a minute, check out this vintage red dress look, or the maxi skirt with open shoulders top, or even this green blazer dress look.

P.S. Happy International Women's Day! (check out this post too!).

Ripped jeans for winter

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Before all the snow is gone, I'm posting this. I can't believe it was less than 2 weeks ago, now it's real spring in Chicago. 

Can you wear ripped jeans in winter? I certainly can but I wasn't sure before I tried. It was very cold, like really. My favorite long camel coat helped to shield the knees from the cold. 

I wore the jeans because I simply couldn't wait. This is now my favorite pair by Lee Jeans. I bought them immediately after I saw them online. I think most of the sizes in Love to Death wash are gone now but I'm looking at other washes as the fit of these jeans is perfect (I ordered a size up).
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