Archive | October, 2012

Perfume Q&A, Fragrance 101!!

31 Oct

Famous Iconic Fragrance

Famous Iconic Fragrance

What do all these fragrance terminologies mean? What’s good for my budget? Lena – Fort Worth, TX

I can see how this would be confusing! Sometimes the prices can be steep and you may wonder what are you buying! For me, I too have to remind myself…some of it you are actually spraying in the air too! However, it makes you feel and smell wonderfully!! 🙂

So here are the meanings:

Parfum – French translation for perfume! 20% to 30% concentration of essential oils used to compound the scent! The intent is to last longer on the body, therefore it’s the most expensive!

Eau de Parfum – French translation again meaning a lighter perfume. About 15% to 18% concentration! Less expensive than the parfum formula.

Eau de Toilette – Mostly in a spray bottle with 12% to 14% concentration. Very light, can be used only two times to obtain the desired strength of the scent. Based on the formula, it can be totally satisfying for a budget!

Cologne – The lightest of them all! Only 6% to 8% concentration! The scent won’t stay long, therefore a re-application is needed, multiple times throughout the day! Less expensive and a price point which should not increase much!

It is important for any fragrance type to be kept in a cool place, like the refrigerator!!! Yes, the refrigerator – the formula blend will not change and will last!

Picking a fragrance, can be fun! Are you in the mood for floral, sweet, spicy or perhaps earthy with a fruity twist? There are so, so many to choose from! However, remember your body chemistry is unique! Just don’t take a perfume tester and spray it in the air to see if you like it!

Spray on your pulse points and wait at least 5 to 8 minutes (don’t mix with another). Determine if you like the fragrance and you don’t have an allergic reaction. If you don’t like it, ask for an alcohol swab, remove and then ask for coffee beans! Yes, to help clear your senses and then try another one!

I have a few favourite of my own fragrances, some are listed in the Letia’s Favorites tab, while the others are: Betsey Johnson’s TooToo, Rihanna’s L’Fleur, Banana Republic’s W, Givenchy’s Amirage and the best for last is Valentino’s Valentina which I buy duty free for the parfum!

I do like a layering effect, so the fragrance lasts longer! So give this a try also!

I usually buy either the matching soap or bath/shower gel. Use this first, then dry, apply your regular light scented lotion to your body, air dry, then put on the matching lotion (if you have).

Then finally spray the fragrance at your pulse points, followed by another little spray when you are ready to go out the door!

Still stumped on what fragrance? You can go to your nearest department store and ask for samples OR go to Sephora, for $50 you get a sampler of the top fragrances (click Sephora).

Hope this information was helpful! Remenber to have fun! Once decided, I’m sure it will become your signature fragrance! And Oh! For men, the word cologne or pour de homme are used!

For my readers, do you have a favourite or signature fragrance? Please share and tell why you love it!

One of my favorites! Coco Chanel Hint Bigtime!

Letia. 🙂

Little secret…at your local Sephora; the staff (if asked), will refill your tester vials free of charge (only 0.05 fl. Oz. Or less and 3 per visit) to also help with your decision!

Hurricane Sandy! The Girl is Fierce!

29 Oct

She’s Expected, Large, Fearless and Fascinating

Hello everyone, thanks for the many e-mails.  I am ok and have all the supplies I need!  The wine and the M&M peanuts candy is the most important part of the supplies. 

Yes… Ms. Hurricane Sandy is everything they say she is!!!  The wind is absolutely crazy, we are expecting winds at least 85 -90 mph!  I am here home holding down the fort!  For all who are holding their own, listen to the authorities and keep abreast of the news.  

Thanks again! Wishing you and your family the best…be safe! Please be safe!

Here’s a link to see how miraculous and scary the storm looks from our USA satellite from NASA!  It’s fascinating:

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Happy Halloween…. in YOUR Style!

26 Oct

The ordinary Halloween colors, really doesn’t have to be! How about having a centerpiece that matches your home decor! It’s simple, just go to your favorite craft store and buy the items that match your style! Like sequins, faux diamonds, leaves, flowers…whatever you want!

While you’re there get your pumpkins, all sizes and some craft paint. You will need about an hour to paint and style, but the finished product will be wonderful! So have a Happy Halloween with your style in mind!

Letia 🙂

photo by HGTV



Wedding Gown / Reception Dress!

24 Oct

Want to make an entrance! Some wedding gowns are not so traditional….as I always say its you wedding! Look at this gown from Lazaro, it’s gorgeous! Wonderful for the nuptials and then the toile layer can be removed for some easy dancing at the reception!


Letia 🙂

Gown by Lazaro Spring 2013 Runway collection, photo by Dan Lecca

Working! How About a Coffee Break?

17 Oct

Now we often get a cup of coffee on the way to work, have it when we have breakfast or at night after our dinner! 

Some coffee connoisseurs have it all throughout the day!    If you don’t happen to do this, why not try taking a break with a cup of coffee.

This afternoon I did!  I took the time to get a cup of coffee and turn the laptop completely off!  Just by doing that, I was able to take a nice breather and really enjoy my cup of coffee with one of my favorite creamers, Creme brulee with a pinch of cinnamon!   No phone, no newspaper or no magazine with it at all!  Sometimes, we just need to take a few moments…1 cup of coffee equals about 8 -10 well deserved minutes!

When finished, I was able to resume work with a caffeine jolt and be quite pleasant! 

Of course you are busy, aren’t we all?  Just a suggestion….give it a try! Now for me… back to work!  🙂

 Be well, Letia  🙂

ELLE’s 2012 Woman of Hollywood! Octavia Spencer!

8 Oct
Octavia Spencer

Octavia, Academy Award winner

Congratulations to the beautiful Octavia Spencer, 2012’s Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress Academy and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress winner!

Plus a few other spectacular Hollywood favorites, like Emma Watson, Sara Jessica Parker and Elle Fanning!

They all made ELLE’s list for 2012’s Woman of Hollywood!
Dont’ they  all rock!  Hard working woman, which we love, Love, LOVE!!!!!!!!!!

Check out the highlights of ELLE’s November issue!

Double scoop of ice cream, if you can guess who is Ellie Fanning’s sister?  Or what Octavia Spencer’s favorite dish!  🙂



Letia 🙂

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