REVIEW: CARVEN L’Eau de Toilette

I mentioned in an earlier post that a major spring clean including my beauty cupboard has been my priority over the last week and I came across some lovelies I hadn’t gotten around to writing about; as spring is in the air (have you noticed how the mornings are lighter), I thought it apt to include a fresh floral fragrance like CARVEN L’Eau de Toilette for Women:

Image: courtesy CARVEN

CARVEN introduces the younger sister of the CARVEN Le Parfum family simply called Carven L’Eau de Toilette; charming, bold and feminine. Despite similar names, bottle design and common notes of sweet pea, hyacinth and sandalwood, the little sister has a sweeter undertone.

Perfumer Francis Kurkdjian describes his creation “like a lightweight piece of clothing…as easy to wear as Le Parfum but made of different fabric, probably more airy’. I like that interpretation don’t you?

The fragrance is fresh and bright with notes of sweet pea, peony and Italian lemon. At the heart is a fabulous flower bouquet of freesia, white hyacinth and wisteria (all these lovely spring notes!) while the base has warm sensual notes of sandalwood, musk and blonde woods.

I think it’s a gorgeous floral scent to put a delightful spring in your step!

CARVEN L’Eau de Toilette is available in 30,50 and 100ml bottles

It’s Friday…yippee yay – I hope it’s a beautiful weekend up ahead – any plans?

Cath

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CONVERSATIONS: Janine Binneman Jewellery

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PHOTO: Janine and Sir Huffington (who is famous in his own right as a TV star for Frontline!)

Professional jeweller and gemologist Janine Binneman’s energy, passion and love shines through into the jewellery pieces she creates. In addition to her bespoke pieces she creates, such as engagement rings or one-of-a-kind custom pieces, once a year Janine puts together a capsule collection of ready-to-wear items.

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WHAT CAREER WOULD YOU HAVE CHOSEN IF IT WASN’T AS A JEWELLERY DESIGNER?

If I had my way I would have been on stage but I have the most terrible voice, I’m 5 foot nothing so hardly visible on a stage and I have a mouth that runs away with me.

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HOW DID YOU GET INTO THIS FIELD?

I sent my portfolio in to study Graphics and a brilliant lecturer spotted my talent for jewels and told me to study Jewellery Design; best decision ever. I would totally have dropped out if I had studied Graphics.

FIVE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOU:

Indescribable! Haha. Super friendly, really cool to have as a friend, mad, loyal, loving and a total adrenalin junkie. Oh, and slightly loud!

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FAVOURITE CITY:

ROMA, the centre of my universe! We took both the girls last year and it was an experience of a lifetime! Cannot wait to take them back for a few weeks in the future.

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HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE OF DRESSING?

Eclectic. I love a mix of modern, vintage and classic. If it looks good on me, I make it my own.

I love getting cool one-off pieces from Chic Mama’s, a great charity that sells designer pieces to fund kids’ education.

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HEELS OR FLATS:

In my head I love heels! I love to buy them, stare at them and try them on. Sometimes I might actually wear them to important meetings, BUT generally I’m in my studio wearing a leather apron with black hands and either boots or my slip slops!I’ve finally stopped missioning around barefoot in the studio; being a boss made me wear shoes. Hilarious! Oh, but I always have beautiful painted toes!

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BEAUTY ESSENTIALS:

Chanel No 5 and Eclat Touche by YSL, Virgin Coconut oil as a moisturiser, my night serum and my Revlon Colour Burst Lacquer Balm, in Whimsical Fantasiste.

BIGGEST EXTRAVAGANCE:

Travelling. I would easily go without food just to travel!Oh, that sounds insensitive but you know what I mean.

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FAVOURITE PERFUME:

Chanel no 5

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WINTER OR SUMMER:

Summer on steroids

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LUNCHTIME OR DINNER DATE:

Hot Dinner date! Having kids makes going out at night a total mission, so any excuse to dress up in a LBD and heels.

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FAVOURITE MOVIE OR BOOK:

‘A Man Called Ove’. I fell madly in love with the main character of this book. I finished it a month ago and not a day goes past without thinking of him. I even got my husband to read it!

I loved “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert, a fab read for anyone creative, where you can go back to it at any time. Oh, I just finished ‘A Year of Marvellous Ways’ which was super cool. I could go on and on and on; I’m a book fiend!

My favourite movies are ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’, ‘The Secret life of Walter Mitty’, ‘The Exotic Marigold Hotel’ and ‘Love Actually’.

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AN INSPIRING QUOTE OR A LIFE RULE:

My Greek Granpa used to say, “I will not empty my head to fill yours”. I totally think of that when dealing with someone who sees no reason.

I live my life with three words, Trust, joy and abundance.

SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY ABOUT YOU THAT FEW PEOPLE KNOW:

I broke our junior school record for hurdles in Standard 5, and NO I did not run under them, I actually jumped.

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