(Pearls) A Girl’s Best Friend

I’ve never been a big jewelry person. I can recall a time a time a few years ago when statement necklaces seemed to be all the rage, and yet I felt so wrong wearing one of the chunky-looking pieces around my neck. However, this summer has presented me with an opportunity to branch out a bit, if you will. While pearls have long held a very old ladyish connotation in my mind (NOT that there’s anything wrong with old lady style), I’ve had a bit of an epiphany lately. No longer just strands of lustrous little beads, pearls have become modern and minimalist. Just think of those infamous Celine chokers from summer 2013.

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.