July 30, 2015

GIVEAWAY: Win a Festival Survival Kit!

This post was sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Inc.

Here in BC, festival season is well underway, what with the Pemberton Music Festival that just passed and the Squamish Valley Music Festival happening next week. Since camping and being outdoors is all part of fun, it's important to be fully prepared so you can spend your time enjoying the entertainment rather than worrying unnecessarily. That's where this Festival Survival Kit comes in!

If you're attending an outdoor event or music festival, you probably already bring along items like AVEENO® sunscreen and waterproof bandages from BAND-AID® Brand. However, there are lots of other products that can enhance your experience by keeping you clean, refreshed, and protected throughout the day(s). For example, LISTERINE® Pocket Paks when you want to prolong your enjoyment of the music instead of trying to find somewhere to brush your teeth, or BENADRYL® Itch Stick for relief from mosquito bites.

Thanks to Johnson & Johnson Inc., I'm excited to be able to offer one Festival Survival Kit (worth over $200) to a lucky reader. The winner will receive:

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Contest is open to Canadian residents, excluding Quebec. Must be 18 or older to enter. Winner will be chosen at random. The winner will be required to provide their contact information, sign a release, answer 3 questions related to Johnson & Johnson Inc. products, and answer a mathematical skill-testing question in order to receive their prize.

July 27, 2015

Turquoise Wall

My Chanel Mini Flap has been getting a lot of use lately (see here and here), so I wanted to give some love to the bag that will forever hold a special place in my heart: my Chanel M/L Classic Flap. Recognizing how dramatic this sounds given the fact that we're talking about purses here, I'm sure some of my fellow purse addicts will understand. Aside from my bike, it really is one of my most prized material possessions.

Top: Wilfred (Aritzia) / Jeans: Frame Denim (here)
Shoes: Bloch (here) / Bag: Chanel

July 24, 2015

Scent Trunk

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Will, the CEO of a small Canadian start-up called Scent Trunk, to see if I'd like to try out their custom curated monthly fragrance box. I have been trying to make a habit of wearing perfume on a regular basis so I was excited to see what Will and his team have come up with.

For $18 USD/month, each subscriber will receive 3 fragrance samples that have been specially selected based on a personalized scent profile (when you sign up, you fill out a survey that helps determine your likes and dislikes). Scent Trunk specializes exclusively in niche and indie fragrances so what you receive will likely be something completely new and different that you've never heard of. I love this idea because it means the likelihood of someone else on the street wearing the same scent as me is very low.

In my box, I received the following three fragrances: Ballets Rouges by Olympic Orchids, Pink Peony by Note Fragrances, and Ciel Woman by Amouage. I have never heard of any of these perfume companies before but Scent Trunk includes some handy note cards to go along with each fragrance that set out full descriptions, including the various notes, what time of day is recommended for wearing, longevity, and sillage.

I really like all three of the fragrance samples I received, particulary Pink Peony and Ciel Woman. They are both light and floral with a bit of freshness. Ballets Rouges is not something I would normally go for since it's a vintage-style rose perfume with oakmoss elements, but I am glad I got to try it out because I never would have otherwise.

If you're a fragrance lover, Scent Trunk is a fun way to experiment and if you end up liking what you're sent, there's always the option of purchasing a full-size bottle from their online shop. Plus, once you subscribe, you'll also receive lots of interesting information on fragrance through the company's Scent School e-mails. I especially love the FAQs, which have taught me quite a few things I didn't know. For example, the "spray and walk through" method was created in 1971 by the Estée Lauder Company when they released the Super Perfume Aromatics Elixir by Clinique. That perfume had longevity and sillage ratings of 5 (out of 5), but most fragrances are much weaker. In order to avoid wasting product, it is therefore recommended to spray directly onto your "hotspots". The more you know, right?

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