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Chic Soles and Holiday Scents

It’s another DOUBLE Holiday Post PLUS a Double Holiday Giveaway!

 First learn about one of my favorite discoveries Spare Soles foldable chic ballet flats.  Plus exciting holiday gift-giving news from Atelier Cologne!  Each post has a giveaway so when you leave your comment be sure to mention which giveaway you are entering!

A few weeks ago I had an early morning photo-shoot in a hotel-casino lobby.  I was there at 3am and watched swarms of tipsy ladies pour out of the nightclub carrying their heels in their hands.  Yes…. these ladies were barefoot walking through a casino.  Gross. Gross.  Gross.

Our entire crew watched in disgust as lady after lady stumbled past, but embarrassingly, I can relate.  Come on,  you know you can too. Sometimes after a night on the town or even all day in heels your feet are in so much pain you just don’t care about the “eww” factor anymore.  It becomes a matter of survival.  You sadly become “that girl”.

I made it my mission to find a solution.  There had to be a better way to handle this than coming home with tar stained (and who knows what else stained) feet! (gag)

….and I found it….Spare Soles! (cue Angelical music)

Spare Soles has created a super cute/super chic foldable ballet flat.  They fold up to fit into the tiniest handbag with a convenient little pouch to keep them in.

Available in five styles and a variety of colors (they even have ones for weddings and flip flops).

With the Holiday season upon us, I have had a ton of events and parties to attend.  Normally by the end of the night I would be limping home with swollen/aching feet, but now I am armed with my cute little Spare Soles tucked away in my handbag.  Once my feet get to the point of no return I whip out my Spare Soles and tuck my heels into the cute expandable tote that comes with them.  Ahhh heaven!

I’ve been rocking the Metro line.  What I really like about them is that they have a skid-resistant/water-resistant sole and are durable enough to be an all day city walking shoe!

Ladies trust me,  Spare Soles are something your feet won’t regret in the morning!

Visit their website to see the selection of styles and colors:



Spare Soles wants to help keep you from becoming “that girl” !   

1 lucky reader will win a pair of the stylish METRO foldable ballet flats (size 7-8 and 9-10 available)


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Leave a Comment on this post between Nov.  28 and Dec. 4  recalling  a time you could have used Spare Soles!

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Atelier Cologne Holiday


Exciting Holiday news from my favorite cologne artisans Atelier.  The Cologne line that takes you on a scensory journey has 3 new products for the holidays! 

Petite Cologne, Candles and Soaps. You can mix and match them to create your own personalized gift and encase it in a beautiful intense Venice blue box with aubergine leather ribbon!  Magnifique!

Now available are chic pocket sized sprays of all 5 scents: Oolang Infini, Trefle Pur, Bois Blands, Grand Neroli and Orange Sanguine.  BONUS: The bottles are refillable!  Just refill from your 200ml bottle!

Each Candle begins with the highest percentage of fragrance oils with a custom blend of vegetable and paraffin waxes.  Made with traditional candle making techniques and craftsmanship to ensure an even burn, lasting 50 hours!

Atelier Soaps are hard-milled, vegetable based and enriched with a unique combination of  soothing aloe vera and nourishing Shea butter.  A high concentration of citrus oils offer a clean, refreshing and invigorating experience with a skin softening frothy lather!

Atelier is available Exclusively at Neiman Marcus.  Create your gift today!

Scentual Holiday Goodness from Atelier!  1 lucky reader  will receive a Petite Cologne in the scent of their choice!


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Leave a Comment on this post between Nov. 27 and Dec. 4 telling me what scent instantly recalls childhood Holiday memories for you.

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Last weeks lucky winner is Camron C.

Atelier Cologne: Fresh Scents inspired by Treasured Moments

There is nothing more magical than the perfect scent.  The right scent can take us on a sensory journey through cherished memories.  Ever smell the scent of a fresh baked pie and you are immediately transported back to being a child in your Grandmother’s kitchen?  Or the smell of Coconut instantly brings on thoughts of a Romantic Caribbean Vacation?  A scent is a powerful thing.

This is the idea behind Sylvie Ganter and Christophe Cervasel’s (formerly of Hermes and Fresh) new line Atelier Cologne.  “The master perfumers of Atelier Cologne blend unexpected and rare extracts with signature fresh citruses to create Colognes Absolues, concentrated formulas with distinctive long-lasting silage. 

The collection depicts five moments, five characters:

1.  Orange Sanguine, “a zesty and energizing burst of crushed ripe fruit, plays off sweet blood orange juice against bitter orange peel and sensual notes of geranium”.

2. Grand Neroli, ” elegant orange blossom flower around layers of clean herbal notes, warm musks and addictive brushstrokes of vanilla”. 

3. Bois Blonds ,”entwines unique and precious woods and incense with sensual orange flower and vetiver”.

4. Trefle Pur, ” violet leaves in green woods,freshly cut grass and dewy earth”. 

5. Oolang Infini, “captures blue tea and bergamot in the warmth of smoke and leather”.

“Each scent captures treasured emotions and powerful memories.”  The classic looking bottles have enchanting short stories on the back that describe the moment in time that the particular scent captures.

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Sylvie and Christophe at their Neiman Marcus event where the charming French duo discussed with me their line, inspiration and the type of person who would wear each scent.

Q: What inspired you to create this line?

S: It is actually an idea that has been in our heads for a very long time.  Christophe and I have always worked in perfumes but we actually don’t wear perfumes, which may sound a little bit unusual.  We have only worn, for our entire lives, Cologne.  Cologne here may mean different things, it may mean a fragrance for men or a light concentration scent, but the true meaning of Cologne is a Citrusy smelling scent.  We like Citrus because its fresh, easy and energizing but usually they don’t last.  So we wanted to create  a line of  concentrated unisex colognes that would last.

C: We like to refer to scent pioneers.  Cologne was first created over 300 years ago  by an Italian perfumer established in Cologne, Germany.   He blended fresh citrus oils which reminded him of his homeland and offered a revolutionary alternative to the heavy perfume scents of the time. 

C: We found some interesting colognes with famous fragrance  brands but too many were lacking personality.  We have talked to many people who have told us  want they want is a fresh fragrance with personality that lasts, no one wants a fragrance that doesn’t last.  So the magic formula would be to create a fragrance or line of fragrances that are light, fresh, with personality and that last.  This is what we have tried to do with our line.

S: Each scent should bring a olfactory memory of a nice moment

Q: What kind of person wears each scent?

S: Orange Sanguine is an energetic, lively, playful, person with a happy spirit.

C: Trefle Pur is the one I wear, it is probably in appearance a gentlemen.   A nice, easy going, Irish guy but inside he’s a bit crazy.

S: Not as classic as he shows.

S: Bois Blonds I would say is probably the most sensual.  Its not a fragrance that you wear so much for the outside or for others to smell.  It is something that is close to you and others only get to smell when they come close.  Very much the scent of the skin.  An adventurer.  Confidence.

C: Oolang Infini is the artist, writer, crazy scent.  Tobacco, blue tea, something smokey and  mysterious.

C: Grand Neroli is probably the most romantic

S: It’s Feminine, classic, pretty.

C: Its easy to jump into our world because we really tried to have each scent with a very different atmosphere.

Q: There is a growing trend in scents to use a higher ratio of synthetic essences than pure/natural essences.  What is your opinion on this?

S: It’s like everything.  You need both.  A balance.  We can’t say only naturals are good or only synthetics are good.  Without synthetics there is alot we couldn’t achieve.  Its true for us that is was very important to have as many naturals as possible.  High quality naturals.  We scouted the world for the best vanilla, the best neroli, the best citruses and orange trees but we also need synthetics like everyone else.  Our proportion of naturals is really really high but building today a repertoire of fragrances just with naturals restricts you alot.  There is alot you cannot do from a creative standpoint and a lasting effect standpoint without them.  So we don’t want to say synthetics are bad, but for us Naturals were very very important.

Christophe is right.  It is easy to jump into their world.  The amazing stories on the backs of the bottles are a perfect prelude to the scent you are about to smell.  The vivid descriptions combined with the scents transport you to a magical and mysterious place.  More than just an amazing smelling and long lasting cologne  Atelier  warms the heart.

 I am definatley an Orange Sanguine girl.  I wore the scent all day and it lasted!  In a nice soft comforting way, not a overpowering “I’m wearing perfume” kind of way! I think I have found my new signature scent! 

All 5 of the Atelier Scents can be purchased exclusively at Neiman Marcus. (Neiman Marcus at Fashion Show Mall 702.731.3636)  Stop in today and pick your scent “personality”.

Scentual Giveaway!  Sylvie and Christophe have partnered with me to give away a full size bottle of their Atelier Orange Sanguine Cologne.

To Enter:

1. Scroll back to the top of this post and click on the comment icon.

2. Leave a comment (between July 19 and July 25) Telling me which Atelier Scent matches your personality and why.

(Last weeks winner is Karen G.!  Congrats and thanks for reading!)