Perfume Is The Most Intense Form Of Memory

Perfume is the most intense form of memory.

Viktor and Rolf Bonbon

To this day the smell of freshly cut grass catapults me back to idyllic summer afternoons in our back yard in New Zealand when I was 6 years old.

The smell of roses takes me to the city I grew up in, Christchurch, to our garden that was full of blooms, to the fresh cut roses my mother always had in our home.

The combination of jasmine and lemon flies me in an instant to Capri and the Amalfi Coast. Add honeysuckle to the mix and I can close my eyes and imagine I’m back in Lipari, wandering down the lane to the ocean front.

“The capacities for both smell and emotion are rooted in the same network of brain structures, the limbic system. The olfactory center also interacts directly with the hippocampus, a brain area involved in the formation of new memories. “No other senses have this kind of deep access,”  ~  excerpt from The Hidden Force Of Fragrance, Rachel Herz

Back in Los Angeles in the 90’s I had a long spell of wearing Chanel No. 5.  During that time I had a billionaire makeup client who owned countless businesses, and his production team was always booking me to shoot with them. In many ways he was an overwhelming presence to be around, easily the most genius brain I have ever encountered, but at the same time the epitome of quiet elegance.

He used to tell me he could tell if I had been around because there would be an almost imperceptible trace of Number 5 in the air. I was always amazed that that super computer of a brain would stop long enough to take in that detail.

Years ago I had a layover at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport on my way to Florence. I wandered into a duty free store and picked up a bottle of Narciso Rodriguez For Her and sprayed it onto a card that I then dropped in my bag and forgot about. But when I arrived in Florence the fragrance wafted up at me every time I opened my handbag. After a day I had to go find it and buy it, and to this moment every time I wear it it takes me back to Florence.

Elegance is not catching somebody’s eyes, it’s staying in somebody’s memory ~Giorgio Armani

Viktor and Rolf Bonbon

Bloomingdale’s recently sent me a Fall 2017 Beauty Box. (I still can’t even believe they know my little blog exists! How is it that I am not lost in the giant shuffle of influencers filling up cyberspace??) One of the items inside that box was a big bottle of Viktor and Rolf Bonbon.

Fragrance is the voice of inanimate things. ~ Mary Webb

The box itself was so gorgeous that I kept it on my nightstand for days, just for the sheer pleasure of looking at it.

Viktor and Rolf Bonbon

Once opened I found the bottle itself was a little work of art, cleverly shaped as a wrapped candy. Viktor and Rolf Bonbon is for women who enjoy and celebrate the true pleasure of self indulgence.

Women in my world work and raise families and spend their days in an endless, multitasking whirlwind, like a juggler with a hundred balls in the air. We don’t lead self indulgent lives, but we live with the dream of them. We take enormous amounts of pleasure in the littlest of things. Sometimes that can be something so small as the delicate whisper of our perfume as our wrist passes by to juggle more balls high in the air.

When you know already that fragrance is such a powerful, emotional link to memories, you have the opportunity to create that link for yourself.

By the time you read this post I will be heading back to Paris for more whirlwind multitasking. Instead of packing a travel sized perfume I’m choosing to take my full sized bottle of Bonbon.

I love its caramel notes wrapped around oranges and mandarins and peaches. I love the jasmine in its heart, and the base notes of ambers and cedars and sandalwoods. It feels indulgent.

Viktor and Rolf Bonbon is both feminine and insouciant. Paris is equal parts nonchalant and indulgent, so they will be a great fit, not just for this trip, but forever. Because by wearing Bonbon on this trip they will be linked in my memories for eternity.

Viktor and Rolf Bonbon


You can create your own self indulgent memories with Viktor and Rolf Bonbon at

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas ~ Think Pink!

Looking for something fabulous for Mother’s Day? Whether you are buying for yourself or buying for your mom here are 5 gorgeous finds, all in pink!

What I’m loving about the new season’s pink is that it isn’t Barbie-pink. Its pretty, super flattering to skin tone, and you can be a fully fledged adult and still wear it!

Here are some really wonderful gifts for mom in pink. (I know they’re wonderful because I already bought them for myself!) This post contains affiliate links.

Mother's day gift Ideas

Think Pink for Mother’s Day

Every year I buy a new pair of Superga sneakers to wear on my Glam Italia tours, not because the old ones are worn out, but because they come in so many fabulous and fun colors and I can’t justify buying multiple pairs in one year. I have grey, black, royal blue, hot pink, and now this year I bought pale pink. Supergas are the super cool sneaker that every it-girl in Europe seems to wear. They are chic, look good with everything, are incredibly comfortable, and you can walk or stand all day in them!

If you are buying Superga sneakers for Mom for Mother’s day you can find them on (free shipping!). They are absolutely true to size so you can safely order them as a gift.

Tory Burch Fleming Pink

Tory Burch Fleming Bag in pink

The Tory Burch Fleming bag in pink is my new favorite thing! The color on my bag didn’t photograph well – it’s actually a really pretty, hot pink. I love the quilting on this bag, the chain strap that can either be worn as a cross body bag or as a regular shoulder bag (making it perfect for travel!) and the size of it. The Fleming is neither a giant, heavy bag, nor a tiny bag. You can comfortably fit your sunglasses, wallet, phone and makeup bag – my personal requirements- in there. has a great selection of Fleming bags, including a pale pink one that I didn’t see when I ordered mine.

Mother's Day Beauty Ideas

Nars lipstick in Roman Holiday. A client gave me a tube of this lipstick before one of my Italy trips and it instantly became one of my favorites. Quite apart from the name, here’s why: the texture is amazing, it keeps your lips super hydrated, the color is perfect – cool pink but not Barbie pink. I travel with just 2 lipsticks, a bold shade and a soft, glossy shade. All summer long this is my soft shade, its just incredibly pretty! You can order it online at

Narciso Rodriguez for her

Narciso Rodriguez For Her Eau de Parfum. I have worn this fragrance for years. I first discovered it during a layover at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport on my way to Florence. I sprayed it on one of those white fragrance cards and threw it in my handbag, and then for the rest of my trip every time I opened my bag the fragrance would waft up at me. In Florence I found a Sephora and bought it, and have worn it ever since. Every time I spritz in on I think of Florence.

The fragrance has a main body of musk, with soft floral notes of rose petals and iris, and some amber at the end. It is intensely feminine, slightly spicy, and absolutely gorgeous. It’s not on the shelves in most Sephoras but you can buy it online at

Foreo ISSA Hybrid

The Foreo ISSA Hybrid. Obsessed. I have been using the ISSA Hybrid for a few months now and it is just fantastic. Foreo have taken the sonic toothbrush concept to a whole new level with this revolutionary product. Instead of  regular bristles that can damage gums it uses silicone. The ISSA Hybrid is super gentle on your gums but polishes your teeth to a just-been-to-the-dentist level. I am convinced my teeth are whiter and brighter since using the ISSA Hybrid. You can order this feat of Swedish ingenuity online at, Inc.


Bridal Beauty Tip #13 Tips For Choosing Your Wedding Perfume

When it comes to your wedding day perfume you have to decide whether you are going to wear your usual fragrance, or a new one.

Jo Malone Peony And Blush Suede

Your usual fragrance may just be something you wear everyday, and that you like, or it may be your trademark fragrance, a scent that identifies you, a scent that inhaled anywhere in the world by your people will make them think immediately of you.
He knows you in that perfume. He fell in love with you in that perfume, and maybe you reason that he should marry you in that perfume.
And that is totally perfect.

Or maybe you want something new for your big day. Something new and special. Something that will powerfully link you, your husband and that beautiful dress forever, making an olfactory memory that snaps you both back to that magical day for the rest of your lives with just the faintest whiff.

Tips For Choosing A Wedding Perfume.

Choosing a new perfume for a really big occasion can be daunting. Especially for something as huge as your wedding day.
Here are 4 tips to help you choose 

1. How Do You See Yourself?
What words do you associate with seeing yourself walking down the aisle? Do you think of words like serene and pretty? Or romantic and sensual? What about sexy and alluring? Every perfume has a mood, a feel, an emotion to go with it and if you can find the words to describe your feeling, emotion or mood finding your fragrance becomes easier.

2. Match Your Theme
If you have a beach wedding think about a fragrance with florals and marine notes. Getting married in the great outdoors? Think about woodsy notes, chypres, vetivers. Is your wedding going to be candlelit and sensual with deep dark red roses? Try a sexy, spicy, musky fragrance.

3. Don’t Fight Your Bouquet
Don’t let your perfume fight your bouquet, especially if your flowers are fragrant. Either choose something complimentary, or wait til the reception to apply your perfume.

4. No Surprises
You don’t want to be wearing and new perfume on your wedding day and find out later that he didn’t like the way you smelled. If you have a new fragrance in mind consider giving him a secret sneek preview by wearing a sample and gauge his reaction. If he leans in for another breath of it its a winner. If he has no reaction or clearly doesn’t like it, you may want to try another one.

6 Amazing Wedding Perfumes

Narciso Rodriguez For Her

Sexy, sensual, musky, for a modern, confident sophisticate.

Jo Malone Peony and Blush Suede

Charming and beautiful, flirtatious yet sensual.

Giorgio Armani Si
A tribute to modern femininity, a combination of grace, strength and independent spirit.

Coco Mademoiselle
Sexy, fresh, oriental, utterly feminine, refined and luxurious.

Kenzo Flower
Modern, chic, fresh oriental for a fashion forward, uptown girl

Tom Ford Neroli Portofino
A heady, sexy mix of sparkling water, cool breeze and the lush foliage of the Italian Riviera. Everything Ford does oozes sex appeal, decadence and luxury. Portofino is magnificent, so is this fragrance.