Archive by Alexa and Rosie’s perfume – a M&S update

Everything she touches turns to fashion gold, so letting Alexa Chung loose on the not considerable fashion archives of M&S has to be one of the best ideas ever. ‘Archive by Alexa’, which has just launched, is a collection of pieces that have been curated by Alexa, and have then been reworked, or used as inspiration for a brand new collection that is sure to appeal to fashion purists, M&S fans and Alexa fans everywhere.

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I love the collection, which has the sort of retro cool feel you would expect from Alexa Chung. You can see the inspiration everywhere. The Misty tea dress is one of those 1970s takes on a 40s tea dress in the most beautiful print. The Olive slip dress is a typical minimalist 90s barely there dress, but with the addition of a really pretty print. The Ada blazer is a real 1980s, power dressing throwback, whilst the Harry Blouse has touches of 1970s Laura Ashley milkmaid meshed with Lady Diana circa 1981. I totally love it all.

My Key Picks

 ARCHIVE BY ALEXA New The Misty Dress £45 Click to visit M&S


ARCHIVE BY ALEXA The Misty Dress £45 Click to visit M&S

 ARCHIVE BY ALEXA New The Frances Trench £89 Click to visit M&S


ARCHIVE BY ALEXA The Frances Trench £89 Click to visit M&S

 ARCHIVE BY ALEXA New The Olive Slip £39.50 Click to visit M&S


ARCHIVE BY ALEXA The Olive Slip £39.50 Click to visit M&S

 ARCHIVE BY ALEXA New The Eliza Dress £45 Click to visit M&S


ARCHIVE BY ALEXA The Eliza Dress £45 Click to visit M&S

 ARCHIVE BY ALEXA New The Ada Blazer £49.50 Click to visit M&S


ARCHIVE BY ALEXA The Ada Blazer £49.50 Click to visit M&S

 ARCHIVE BY ALEXA New The Ada Trousers £39.50 Click to visit M&S


ARCHIVE BY ALEXA The Ada Trousers £39.50 Click to visit M&S

 ARCHIVE BY ALEXA The Bertha Cardi £35 Click to visit M&S


ARCHIVE BY ALEXA The Bertha Cardi £35 Click to visit M&S

 ARCHIVE BY ALEXA The Harry Blouse £35 Click to visit M&S


ARCHIVE BY ALEXA The Harry Blouse £35 Click to visit M&S

ARCHIVE BY ALEXA The Effie Skirt £39.50 Click to visit M&S

ARCHIVE BY ALEXA The Effie Skirt £39.50 Click to visit M&S

 ARCHIVE BY ALEXA The Lydia Trousers £35 Click to visit M&S


ARCHIVE BY ALEXA The Lydia Trousers £35 Click to visit M&S

To view the complete Archive by Alexa collection, click here.

Rosie for Autograph

I’m not normally a great fan of celebrity perfumes, I hated everything by Britney and JLo, and even SJP only convinced me with Covet Pure Bloom (no longer available – sob!), but the Rosie Huntington Whiteley fragrance for M&S is different. A Eau De Parfum rather than toilette, Rosie for Autograph is just lovely.

It is a floral fragrance with an topnote of rose that makes it soft and wearable for everyday. It has been blended with rose centifolia, which is beloved by perfumers as the most prestigious and exceptional of all rose fragrances. The Rose Oil is from handpicked roses from the South of France, adding a gorgeous Continental twist to this fragrance, and a stunning bottle complete with Rose gold label and top, would grace any dressing table, it is just so super pretty.

A 75ml bottle costs just £28 – an absolute bargain for Eau De Parfum, and you can currently get a free Rosie Body Cream when you buy this size.

Rosie HW

Rosie HW

 ROSIE FOR AUTOGRAPH Eau de Parfum 75ml £28.00 Click to visit M&S


ROSIE FOR AUTOGRAPH
Eau de Parfum 75ml £28.00 Click to visit M&S

To view all M&S fragrance, click here.

Dior Poison Girl exclusively at Boots

A new Dior fragrance is always something to celebrate, and when the fragrance is also a part of the iconic Poison family, the reason to celebrate gets a little bit stronger. Poison Girl has been described as the ultimate scent for the modern-day girl, with a bitter sweet floral scent that combines the best of fruit and flowers, along with Venezuelen Tonka beans. Destined to become a favourite with those who love a recognisable signature scent, the Eau de Parfum is now available at Boots in 30, 50 and 100ml bottles.

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I was sent a sample of Dior’s Poison Girl to test drive, and I have to say that it is a gorgeous, grown up fragrance that lasts and lingers.  You can tell it is a ‘Poison’ scent, it has the dark undertones that make it sensuous and powerful, with vanilla mixing in with the orange and grasse rose. Many have commented on its similarity to Black Opium and I have to agree with this, but what I personally love is that it is a long lasting fragrance, one which you can still smell and enjoy long after you have sprayed it. It is also a heady scent – not good for those who are shy and retiring and prefer their perfumes intimate, but if you like your scent to enter the room before you do, this is a good one to choose.

Poison Girl available at Boots, click here to see size availability and price.

Poison Girl available at Boots, click here to see size availability and price.

The bottle is beautiful, a pink and pretty twist on the original, 1980s iconic Poison bottle that became so identifiable in green. It will certainly be a very attractive addition to any dressing table or bathroom shelf.

The fragrance is available exclusively from Boots for the next week, after which it will go on general sale. Boots have a great service where if you order your Dior Poison Girl fragrance on boots.com, you receive a complimentary sample with your full bottle. Once it arrives, simply try the sample to see if it’s for you. If it’s not, you can return the full size bottle as long as it is unopened.

Dior Poison Girl is available now at Boots.com with prices starting at £45 for a 30ml bottle.

 

Boots Bank Holiday Offer

Offer: “Save 10% when you spend £40 on fragrance and luxury beauty“

Start date: Thursday 24th March

End date: Tuesday 29th  March

Click here to visit Boots

 

The Sweet scent of Baby Powder from The Library of Fragrance

The very best of perfumes and fragrances are always evocative. They evoke the memories of a special time, a place, an event or a person, and this makes them important as they transport you from the daily norm. When I smell Lancome Miracle I go back to my wedding day, Lou Lou still reminds me of my teenage years  – it was my first grown up perfume, whilst if I smell 4711 I think of my nan, she loved it so I sometimes wear it in her honour. Scent has a powerful way of moving us, and evoking so many memories.

But it is not just perfumes that do that. How many of us love the smell of freshly cut grass, or that strangely wonderful and intoxicating scent that permeates the air after a virulent storm. Unusual flowers, ripe fruits or just that clean, wonderful smell of soap, there are just so many memorable scents. Now perfume brand and New York favourite, The Library of Fragrance, has introduced a whole range of those intoxicating scents to the UK market, with 28 fragrances available exclusively at Boots, and the complete range of 101 available online.

Click here to visit Boots to view the Library of Fragrance

I was asked if I would like to review one of the fragrances, and have to admit I was sorely tempted by many of the choices, from Daisy to sunshine, as well as Cherry Blossom and Peach, but in the end, there was only one choice that could be made by a woman who used to stock up on Johnsons baby powder long before she had a child. Could a perfume called Baby Powder really live up to that fabulous product? The answer is a resounding YES!

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Library of Fragrance Baby Powder Eau de Toilette 30ml 

The baby powder fragrance smells just so fresh and soothing. It is a clean scent, slightly heavier than actual powder, with that lemony hint of citrus that just comes through. It can only be described as an iconic scent – one that offers to comfort, and does just that. Please don’t ask me why, as I can’t really explain, but wearing  this is just a warm and soothing experience, just lovely.

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The fragrance is a single note fragrance, which means it is one definitive scent. This makes these perfumes perfect for layering to build up a new scent. I haven’t yet tried this, but have been advised that Daisy and Baby Powder work really well together, so will be heading to Boots to give this a try very soon. Boots are currently running a two for £25 offer on the Library of Fragrance, so now is a good time to be treating yourself to a couple of scents.

The Library of Fragrance perfume range cost just £15 each for a 30ml bottle, which I think is very reasonable. The scents last pretty well, and those unusual flavours make these a perfect gift and a real talking point.

Do you have a favourite, or one you wish to try. Leave me a comment and let me know.