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My Top 7 Designer Fragrances

My Top 7 Designer Fragrances

I recently shared my top 5 budget fragrances that you can find at discount stores, and promised that I would share my top 5 designer fragrances. I really wanted to go with my top 5 designer fragrances, but it was a bit difficult narrowing down my favorite five, thus my top 7. Now, what I consider designer fragrances are fragrances made from top designers, and ones you can find at higher end department and specialty stores. The price is usually around $70+ for a 1oz sized bottle, however, I typically purchase the biggest sized bottle which may be the 2.5oz - 3.4oz since they last so much longer.

I also tend to invest in the eau-de-parfum or EDP as the eau-de-toilette or EDT scents don't last quite as long. Generally if you want a fragrance to last a long time, it's best to acquire the actual perfume since it's more oil concentrated, but those can be very costly so the EDP's are the next best thing. I'm also a sucker for beautiful bottles, but to be honest, it's truly all about the fragrance. Some pretty bottles don't always have a pleasant smell, while the unassuming bottles may be the opposite. This list is my top 7, and while these are the ones that I just adore, my sniffer may differ from yours. So without further ado, here goes!

1. Prada Candy
Can you tell that my Prada Candy is number one? It's currently my go-to fragrance and the one that I grab on my way out. I am in desperate need of a new bottle which I plan on purchasing very soon. Prada Candy starts off rather sweet but dries down to warm musky/floral scent if there's such a thing. This scent truly stays with you and even after a day or two, if you've spritzed it on your clothing, you'll still smell it. The price tag is truly worth it.

2. Dolce & Gabbana The One
I fell in love with The One about 7 years ago and it' generally replaced whenever it's finished. There aren't a lot of fragrance that gets that honor, especially after 7 years. The One is what I wear whenever I'm going out on a date night with my husband. It speaks class and will bring out the diva in you. The dry down on The One is spectacular, but even the initial first spray will leave you wanting more. If you're a fan of vanilla fragrances, then The One is for you!

3. Chloé Love Story
While I own both Chloé and Chloé Love Story, Love Story made my list. While Chloé is a classic, their Love Story just smells better to me. I'm really big on fruity florals and Love Story is just that. Love Story will leave you feeling as sensual as the name suggests with hints of Jasmine and Orange Blossoms. Love Story is another that I just can't live without.

4. Burberry My Burberry Blush
This is another fragrance of which I own two of the three versions; My Burberry Black and My Burberry Blush. While I love My Burberry Black's musky notes, My Burberry Blush is another fruity floral. With notes of Pomegranate which you smell when first applied, it dries down nicely with hints of rose and jasmine. It's as sophisticated as the Burberry brand itself. I'm a huge fan of the brand and this is by far one of my favorites from their collection.

5. Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb
There is a lot of hype around both Victor & Rolf's Bonbon and Flowerbomb. My daughter currently owns Bonbon and not wanting to have the same fragrance as she does, I opted for Flowerbomb and this is the BOMB! Believe the hype! This isn't one of the fruity florals that I usually navigate towards, however, I couldn't resist the warm sweet fragrance. With Jasmine, Orange Blossom and Patchouli, this is a winner all round and doesn't disappoint.

6. Cartier La Panthère Légère
There's  a bit of a backstory to this one. While in London last Spring, Madison and I decided to make an impromptu trip to Disneyland Paris. While Disneyland Paris isn't exactly in Paris as the name suggests, it isn't too far away. A 45 minute train ride took us into Paris since it's a shame to visit Paris and not see the Eiffel Tower. Then it was off to Champs-Élysées, the world famous shopping center of Paris, like 5th Ave is to NYC, and the headquarters for Louis Vuitton. One of the first store that we happened to pass on our way from the Arc de Triomphe was Cartier and I couldn't help but to go inside. Unfortunately Cartier jewelry prices was totally out of my price range but luckily for me their perfumes weren't, and I decided to pick up the Cartier La Panthère Légère. As you can see from my bottle, I've barely used it since I want it to commemorate my trip to France. This is another floral but also has a musk undertone.

7. Carolina Herrera Good Girl
This is one that I received because I fell in love with the bottle before I even did the fragrance. I remember when I asked my husband for this one and his response was "you don't need it". Come on! I mean which girl doesn't need a new perfume? He took one whiff of it and ended up purchasing it. My husband isn't big on perfumes and think they generally all smell the same, but he loves Good Girl. Good Girl is both sweet and dark at the same time, let's just say that it brings out your sweet and 'bad' side all at once and is very complex. This is another that lasts all day, just like the others, and is a must buy!
"Give a girl the right shoe and she can conquer the world."—Carolina Herrera de Báez

Here's a bonus fragrance making it 8. I told you it was tough narrowing down my choices.

8. Tory Burch Jolie Fleur Lavande
While I'm not big on Tory Burch's products, or really consider her a top designer, I have to say that her Jolie Fleur perfumes outdid themselves, and I just had to add this one to the list. If you're into powdery florals then this is the scent for you. Jolie Fleur Lavande is a very feminine scent and while you would expect it to smell like Lavender, it really doesn't. Instead the dry down is one of freesia that is just magnificent.

While this list may be too extravagant for a few, they are simply breathtaking and I would suggest at least giving one a try, if not the entire list. If you would prefer something more budget friendly, you can check out my top 5 budget fragrances.

What's your favorite designer fragrance and what are you most wanting to own or try? 

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Annmarie John
To Infinity & Beyond! Luciana Vega American Girl of the Year 2018

To Infinity & Beyond! Luciana Vega American Girl of the Year 2018

In lieu of Martin Luther King Jr's Day I decided to write about the New American Girl of the Year 2018 Luciana Vega. Just like the famed Martin Luther King Jr., had a dream, I also have a dream. I have a dream that girls would be treated equally everywhere. That they will be able to do whatever they want to, become whoever they want to be without fear of discrimination and retribution. That's why I've always love the American Girl brand and how they empower our young daughters. Their newest girl of the year doll Luciana is no exception.

Luciana Vega is an 11-year old Chilean (Hispanic) who dreams of being the first person on Mars. And why can't she be? In a world where women are portrayed as being the weaker sex, it's time that we taught our young women that everything is within their reach, and with hard work and determination it can be achieved. However, American Girl doesn't just teach that all you need is skills and smarts, but that you also need to be a team player and good leader as well. They all go hand in hand.

STEM (Science -Technology - Engineer and Math) based learning has become a big thing in schools, including elementary schools, and there has been lots of benefits in regards to STEM play. That's why American Girl worked with NASA, including a task force of advisors (scientists, astronauts, and more) who helped ensure the accuracy and authenticity of Luciana’s world—from her story and products to a STEM-based educational program in partnership with Scholastic and Space Camp.

Looking beyond her cool line of space-inspired products (like a Mars habitat and flight suit!), American Girl’s purpose behind her character is what’s most important. Luciana shows what it can mean to be a girl of strong character today, where creative thinking, collaboration, and STEM literacy provide opportunities for meaningful growth and development. Technology continues to revolutionize what we do and what we know, and Luciana is a character that can bring visibility and valuable lessons to girls at a time in their lives when they’re learning about their infinite potential to change the world.

Additionally, Luciana’s story is chronicled in a chapter book series written by Erin Teagan and published by Scholastic. The first two books, available now, introduce readers to Luciana, a young girl of Chilean descent with a serious science streak, who loves the idea of exploring new territories in space. After winning a scholarship to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, Luciana is thrilled to launch her dream of landing on Mars. But as she ascends from Space Camp kid to youth astronaut trainee, she faces many challenges that test her competitive spirit and self-confidence, and she must find the courage to embrace the unknown with bravery, curiosity, and wonder.  

There will be quite a few Luciana-related initiatives being held throughout the year including the following:
  • Luciana Online Play: Here girls can read excerpts from the Luciana books and enjoy fun space-inspired activities.
  • American Girl World™ App: Fans can step into the worlds of Luciana and their other favorite American Girl characters and experience their stories in a whole new way. The app is available to download later in January through the Apple App Store, Google Play, and Amazon Kindle.
  • Luciana-Themed Space Camp: Girls and their families can train just like astronauts—including taking a tumble spin in the Multi-Axis Trainer and designing a robot—at a special Girl of the Year experience created in partnership with Space Camp starting in summer 2018. American Girl is also sponsoring 20 scholarships to attend Space Camp. 

The Luciana collection is currently available through American Girl’s catalogue; at; at all American Girl retail locations nationwide; and at American Girl specialty boutiques at select Indigo™ and Chapters™ locations in Canada and online at The Luciana books can also be purchased through retail and online booksellers, and select Luciana products will also be available at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center gift shop.

To learn more about Luciana and the Girl of the Year™ line visit:

To request an American Girl catalogue, call 1-800-845-0005.

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Annmarie John
Master Bedroom Makeover with O'verlays®

Master Bedroom Makeover with O'verlays®

We all know that adage "New Year, New Me", or the other "Out with the old, in with the new". However, for the new year I decided to go with, new year, new bedroom. My master bedroom is "nice", but it's always been missing a certain oomph. When we purchased our home a few years ago, there were all these plans that I wanted to put into action. My major focus however was upgrading the kitchen and the bathrooms. While the bedroom is where I spend most of my waking moments we decided to not go overboard in terms of buying furniture etc. I've always been a big fan of IKEA® and I'm always amazed at their decorating skills and how they're able to put so many items in a small space and still manage to make it look exquisite. Since our focus was our kitchen, I had very limited funds to furnish my bedroom, so I purchased their Malm 6 drawer dresser and nightstands in black/brown to go along with our black metal bed that we've had for many years. However, this year I knew I wanted a change. Something different. New Year, New Bedroom!

This post is in collaboration with O'verlays®. However, all opinions are mine alone. 

I originally wanted to purchase brand new furnishings for my bedroom, however, my husband the penny pincher said "why get rid of them if they're good, just spruce them up". And that's exactly what I did! With help from O'verlays® that is. O'verlays® can transform your furniture taking them from drab to fab. I was so excited when I did my first nightstand and got so caught up in the transformation that I almost forgot to get a before photo. Before I show you my transformation, let me tell you all about O'verlays®.
O’verlays® are decorative fretwork panels that come in several patterns and sizes. They are light weight, paintable and easily attach to furniture, doors, walls and glass. Customize your furniture and accessories with O’verlays® or use O’verlays® Kits sized to fit many of IKEA® and other popular furniture.

My bedroom was rather boring. There was a lot of black everywhere which made it rather dark at times, and it didn't seem to help much with my moods. This year I decided that I wanted to make it a little more open and bright. I wanted to add a bit more color, but not overdo it. As you can see above, I had a black bed complete with my Malm black/brown dresser and nightstands, and even our lamps were dark. For my old room I wanted it to remind me of the Caribbean so I had tropical artwork and a vine floral decal, but I wasn't impressed.

I did a complete overhaul, but first I had to decide on a color that we could use to complement the rest of the room. Eventually I decided on blue. There is such a vast variety of colors where blue is concerned that it was easy to incorporate the range of colors. I also got rid of our bed which was in amazing condition I should say, but I wanted something new. While I wanted white, my husband wanted something darker, so we both compromised and settled on a dark grey leather tufted bed. I also did a his and her side as I'm into reading books at night, while my husband is the one who hogs the remote. We also wanted to focus on our family so did a collage of photos over our bed with the theme reminding us to "Cherish Every Moment".

We decided to get O'verlays in Ruby and I LOVE them! Now throughout my excitement I got so carried away with how easy O'verlays® were to apply and how amazing it looked, that I totally forgot to take a before picture of my dresser. However, you can find my exact dresser on IKEA's website. My original intent with my dresser was to resurface it to a white finish and then paint my O'verlays® in a tiffany blue color. Yes O'verlays can be painted in whatever color you desire. They come in an official white color that you can use on it's own, however if you would like to give them some pizzazz, they can be easily painted. After discussing it with my husband who still wanted a dark color, we decided to leave the overlays white and attach them to the dresser thereby making it a black/white dresser. Now all I have to do is find drawer pulls that will complement the dresser and it will be complete!

It does help to discuss things over with your significant other. I have a habit of changing my mind quite frequently. So what if I decide that I no longer want a blue bedroom? Then the white O'verlays® won't need to be changed. While you can make the O'verlays® permanent. It all depends on what adhesive you decide to use. Since I wanted a permanent fix, I went with Gorilla Gel Glue, but O'verlays® also recommends using Liquid Nails. They can also be trimmed to your desired size but if you're looking for custom sizing, that's also available too.

If you're looking to spruce up some furniture that you have laying around, or just don't want to spend money buying new ones, consider O'verlays®. They currently ship not only within the USA, but to Canada and internationally as well. And for AnnMarie John readers you can get 15% off your order by using coupon code ANNMARIEJOHN15. Code is valid for one year so there's time to shop, but don't wait too long, and be sure to tag me and O'verlays® in your updates on social media.

*Note - My dresser and nightstand aren't completely finished. I'm still looking for the perfect drawer pulls to make them complete. When that's done, I'll be sure to update the photos.

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Annmarie John
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