One of the Boys

I will be the first to admit it; I love men’s cologne. Nothing is more attractive to me than a guy that smells great. I’m also a perfume addict myself, but I have always struggled to find the perfect women’s fragrance that’s neither too floral nor too syrupy. I’ve definitely had my favorites over the years, but only recently have I started borrowing from the guys, per se. While I was first a bit apprehensive about shopping at the men’s counter, I quickly found myself loving the way the masculine scents warmed up on my skin. Now, I frequently wear cologne, either on its own or as a base. I’ve also come up with what I believe to be a good rule of thumb for making the switch. Avoid any scent with too much leather, tobacco, or pepper. Instead, opt for clean, fresh scents that are slightly woody. One of my favorites is Dior Sauvage.

Wine O’Clock

One of this season’s biggest colors has been deep red and purple hues, from the Marc Jacobs Winter 2015 runway to Chanel announcing an entire cosmetics collection inspired by its highly coveted Rouge Noir nail vernis. Worn most easily on the lips, a wine shade is perfect for a holiday party or a casual day out. Pair this flattering shade with a smokey eye to intensify the look, or let it be the center piece and go neutral with the rest of your makeup.