Gaiac 10

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Gaiac 10 by Le Labo Fragrances

Gaiac 10

Le Labo sent me their products and as always, opinions are of my own

If you haven’t heard already, Le Labo’s City Exclusive scents (scents available only in their respective cities) are now available at all Le Labo boutiques as well as online only for the month of September. No need to buy a ticket to one of their 11 destinations to get a whiff of their exclusive scents; at least for the month of September. Last month, you can purchase the sample size of these scents (and the Discovery Set is the perfect set to get acquainted with the fragrances) but now you can get the full size bottles!

After testing out the City Exclusives Discovery Set (see post here), Le Labo sent graciously scent (kidding, sent) me the Gaiac 10. Charles and I have been both wearing Gaiac 10 and it so works well on the both of us. A close (and I mean, a really close) second would be the Musc 25 from Los Angeles and with an upcoming trip to LA soon, I may just buy when I get there but in case you won’t be in LA or any of their 11 destinations by the end of September, make sure to check out your nearest Le Labo boutique or online by September 30 to make a purchase!

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Summer Outfits

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Summer in Hawaii

Summer Outfits

This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are of my own. 

Summer is slowly coming to an end, technically, but in Hawaii, summer is forever. So these outfits will be on repeat until the end of the year through next. Here are a few of my favorites:

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Zara blouse, at Dawn pants, St. Agni Henni Market Bag, Intentionally Blank Willow Sandals, and Céline sunglasses from Nordstrom Rack.

Linen on linen and probably my favorite items all wrapped up in one outfit. I see myself wearing the blouse over and over. Luckily, I found it on sale on Zara’s website. It has the cutest embroidery details and I may bring it with me to an upcoming trip to Europe! The pants from at Dawn was a sale find and I’m obsessed with the color. Speaking of obsessed, I love my Intentionally Blank Willow sandals in cream and this St. Agni market tote. These two are staples in my closet!

Wander Hour - Summer Outfits

Reformation Hattie Dress, Cult Gaia Ark in Natural, Zara scarf, and Intentionally Blank Willo Sandals in cream

This dress gets all the compliments! A huge plus is that it’s made of linen which is perfect for the year round heat in Hawaii. Paired it with the famous Cult Gaia Ark bag and the favorite Willow sandals.

Wander Hour - Summer Outfits

at Dawn dress in Palm, St. Agni Hennie Market Bag, Intentionally Blank Willow Sandals, and MA.GA.NDA earrings.

Clearly, these Intentionally Blank Willow sandals in cream makes another appearance because it’s THAT good. So good, I bought it in black in which I plan to wear during autumn and winter months (specifically, our upcoming trip to Europe!). I wore this dress all weekend the moment I bought it. I’m obsessed with the color.

I plan to take more outfit photos from here on out since we finally settled into our new apartment. Yes, we moved again for the 4 millionth time!

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Le Labo City Exclusives Discovery Set

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Le Labo City Exclusives Discovery Set

Le Labo sent me the City Exclusives Discovery Set. All opinions are of my own. 

After falling in love, HARD, with Le Labo this year, I have been anxiously waiting for the City Exclusives scents to drop online and in their boutiques. That time is now and it happens only once a year! I was fortunate enough that Le Labo sent me their Discovery Set to explore their top 5 scents but before I get to that, let’s talk City Exclusives.

11 Exclusive Scents

There are 11 exclusive scents from 11 different cities that Le Labo has a boutique in. The scents and their respective cities are:

Tokyo – Gaiac 10

New York City – Tubereuse 40

Los Angeles – Musc 25

Paris – Vanille 44

Amsterdam – Mousse De Chene 30

London – Poivre 23

Dallas – Aldehyde 44

Chicago – Baie Rose 26

Moscow – Benjoin 19

San Francisco – Limette 37

Dubai – Cuir 28

Typically, you can only buy these scents from their respective cities meaning, it’s an expensive habit you probably don’t want to indulge in if you want to collect them all. Of course, how lovely would it be to take a trip to London for Poivre 23 or to fly out to Tokyo to take a sniff of Gaiac 10? Count me in if my bank account allows! But luckily for us, once a year, these exclusive scents can be found in all Le Labo boutiques around the world and online. So, if you’re curious to smell Dubai’s exclusive scent but don’t have plans to visit Dubai in the near future, make sure to stop by Le Labo to purchase a sample during the month of August and September!

Can’t decide what scent to try? The Discovery Set is the perfect answer to your problems. The City Exclusive Discovery Set comes with Le Labo’s top 5 most loved scent from the collection. They are: Tokyo’s Gaiac 10, New York City’s Tubereuse 40, Los Angeles’ Musc 25, Paris’ Vanille 44, and Amersterdam’s Mousse de Chene 30. Come September, you will be able to purchase a full size bottle! So use August and September to figure out which scent you want to purchase a full bottle of!

Verdict

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My two favorite scents from the set would be: Gaiac 10 and Tubereuse 40. I thought that I would be slightly bias towards Tokyo’s Gaiac 10 given my love for Japan but the scent is lovely! It’s not as woody as I thought it would be. For Tubereruse 40, I have a strong love for tuberose so of course, this scent would be top on my list!

Vanille 44 has a very pleasant vanilla scent. Although it’s lovely, I’m not sure if I could wear it well. Musc 25 and Mousse de Chene 30 scents seem to be clean but rather too masculine for me. I think these two scents would be lovely on Charles!

One of my favorite scents from Le Labo’s permanent collection is Lys 41; with notes of jasmine, tuberose, lily, woody, musks, and vanilla it’s almost similar to Tubereuse 40 but what sets Tubereuse apart from Lys 41 is the citrus notes in it (bergamot, tangerine, and orange flower). If you love citrus, Tubereuse 40 would be perfect but I love, love the vanilla notes in Lys 41.

That said, Gaiac 10 would be my favorite scent from the set but after reading the notes for Aldehyde 44, Dallas’ exclusive scent (narcissus, jasmine, tuberose, musks, and a hint of vanilla), I may have to swing by Le Labo to get a whiff of it!

Have you tried the Le Labo City Exclusives Scents?

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – Review

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Le Labo Santal 33 & Rose 31 Travel Spray Duo

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – Review

This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are of my own. 

Happy Monday, friends! I’ve received my Nordstrom Anniversary package today and wanted to review a few things in case you’re interested in buying during their awesome sale (especially since it opens up to the public soon!).

Also, customer service is SPOT ON! And I’ll tell you why later. But anyway, on to the stuff!

Le Labo

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Le Labo Santal 33 & Rose 31 Travel Travel Spray Duo $95

I’m a huge fan of Le Labo and of course, I knew I had to purchase this Travel Spray Duo. Santal 33 is one of Le Labo’s most popular scent and it smells so good on Charles. I sometimes wear it (it’s a unisex scent) but I feel that it’s best on Charles. I’ve never used Rose 31 before and it’s a lot different that diptyque’s Eau Rose scent which I do use. I’m actually surprised by the scent as it doesn’t remind me of roses but that could be due to my skin chemistry.

The size is a good size so I would recommend this if you want to try out Le Labo for the first time or if you need it for traveling!

diptyque and Nike

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Wander Hour - diptyque and Nike

diptyque Floral Candle & Eau de Toilette Set $72, Nike Classic Cortez Sneakers $51.90, and diptyque Candle Set $55

Let’s start with Nike sneakers. This I’m keeping! I’ve been wanting a pair of Cortez sneakers for awhile now and thought it would be appropriate to wear in Japan. It’s comfortable and I have so many outfits I could wear it with! These shoes in the Pure Platinum/White color way are currently sold out but they still got the Particle Rose version in a variety of sizes.

There are two different diptyque sets you can get during the sale: the Floral Candle & Eau de Toilette or the diptyque Candle Set. I’m keeping both because I love diptyque candles and they’re such a great price but if I were to choose between the two, I would get the Floral Candle & Eau de Toilette Set. This set comes with three candles and three sprays. Like I said in my previous post, the candles are smaller than the small size candles you normally buy but I love that it comes with the sprays (and I love all three scents by the way: Eau Rose, L’Ombre dans L’Eau, and Do Son). Highly recommend this candle and eau de toilette set if you’re into floral scents!

Jo Malone

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Jo Malone Discovery Collection $45 and Jo Malone Travel Candle Collection $95

Lastly in this review are two Jo Malone sets from the sale. I ordered the Discovery Collection and the Travel Candle Collection. I was a little taken aback by how small the cologne and body creme was. I knew they were small but didn’t they were REALLY small. I’m deciding to keep it anyway.

The Candle Collection arrived melted (note the photos). There was melted wax all over the box. I tried to reason myself that it was okay to return it (I try not to be THAT person that buys and returns everything). After contacting Nordstrom via their chat, they accommodated my return and was completely understanding about the situation!

You have me FOR LIFE, Nordstrom!

CONCLUSION

Things I love and highly recommend:

  1. Le Labo Santal 33 & Rose 31 Travel Spray Duo – I love everything Le Labo so I might be a tad bit bias but this is such a great set!
  2. diptyque Floral Candle & Eau de Toilette Set – If I have to pick one diptyque set, make it this one!
  3. Nike Classic Cortez Sneakers – Because getting sneakers during the sale is the best thing you can do for your wallet! Hehe! This is a sold out pair so if it goes back in stock (for the Pure Platinum/White) you better not sleep on it!

I have a few other things I might review but I just got to test it first. Namely a diffuser so I’ll get back hopefully before the sale ends! Hope you enjoyed my review! Let know if you decide to get any of the above.

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – Early Access

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – Early Access

This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are of my own. 

Today is the day! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – Early Access starts today! Typically, sales occur post season but not the Anniversary Sale; you get sale prices for pieces from the upcoming season! Also, it’s a great time to stock up on beauty products and fragrances! If you have a Nordstrom card, Early Access starts today so you can start shopping! For those who aren’t cardmembers, it opens to the public July 20 and the sale ends August 6th. Here are my picks for the sale:

diptyque Candle and Fragrance Set $72.00 – diptyque, one of my favorite brands for candles. This set includes three candles as well as three sprays: Tubereuse, Roses, and Baies candles (1.2 oz each) as well as L’Ombre dans L’Eau, Do Son, and Eau Rose (1.2 oz. each) pen sprays! Such a great deal if you’re diptyque fan or wanting to try it out. These candles are pretty small compared to the “small” size candles so keep that in mind!

 

diptyque Anniversary Five-Candle Set $55 – if you just want to try out diptyque candles or want to venture out and try a new scent, this is a great set! It comes with five small candles (1.2 oz. each). Three of the candles are in the Candle & Fragrance set but instead of pen sprays, it includes: Feu de Bois and Figuier candles.

 

Le Labo Fragrance Duo $95 – Le Labo, my favorite brand for fragrance. If you’re familiar with Le Labo, you know it’s a bit pricey so this travel spray set in Rose 31 and Santal 33 is great for travel or if you wanted to see what Le Labo is all about! I wear diptyque’s Eau Rose so I’m looking forward to trying Le Labo’s rose perfume. Charles uses Santal 33 so that will be for him.

 

Jo Malone London Travel Candle Collection $95 – this candle set includes Lime, Basil, & Mandarin, English Pear & Freesia, and Peony & Blush Suede candles. Can not wait to light these up in our new apartment!

 

La Mer The Mini Miracles Collection $85 – I have been so intrigued about La Mer lately but I haven’t bit the bullet since it’s a bit pricey. People swear by it and I’m afraid I’m going to be one of those people. BUT, during the sale, you get La Mer for a good price so this is a great time to try it out! I’m hoping it’ll last me until next year’s Anniversary sale!

 

Nike ‘Classic Cortez’ Sneakers $51.90 – I have been wanting a pair of Cortez sneakers for awhile now and when I found out Nordstrom was selling this pair for the sale, I knew I had to add it to my shopping cart! This is actually selling out pretty fast in the ‘Pure Platinum/White’ color way (which is the one I ordered) so act fast!

 

Jo Malone London Discovery Collection $45 – travel size English Pear & Freesia cologne (0.3 oz.), Blackberry & Bay cologne (0.3 oz.), and Peony & Blush Suede body creme (0.5 oz.). I love buying travel sized products since Charles and I travel often and we’re not a fan of bringing our full size skincare and fragrances while we travel. This also makes a great gift!

Bonus: for Early Access, if you spend $130 in Jo Malone products online, you receive a deluxe sample of Blackberry & Bay cologne (0.3), Basil & Neroli Body & Hand Wash (0.5o oz.), and Mimosa & Cardamom Body creme (0.5 oz.) so it’s pretty much like a free Discovery Collection! More info HERE.

I hope you guys enjoyed my picks! Let me know if you scored at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

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