By Yelena Moroz


“Indulging in something intimate, like fragrance, is a personal expression of luxury,” says Nanette Lepore. We couldn’t agree more, especially after trying her new fragrance, nanette. The unusual, yet fantastic, combination of nanette’s spicy pink pepper and rose is truly hypnotizing and borderline addicting. Secondary notes like violet, amber and cedarwood atlas underline the essence of sensuality. The deep undertones envelop like a cashmere pashmina, and keep your senses warm as the thermostat plunges. Need comfort on the go? Toss the nanette eau de parfum rollerball in your purse or travel bag…but, be ready to have a following.

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Jil Sander is finally accessible to the folks who have roommates, pack lunch and reuse plastic forks (hey, times are rough!). We couldn’t be more excited about Jil, the fragrance that coincides with the recent launch of +J Jil Sander for Uniqlo collection. Our advice? First, go to Uniqlo and stock up on turtlenecks, sleek wool pants and bubble skirts. Then, get a hold of Jil and douse yourself with this vibrant fragrance packed with essences of pink pepper, lavender, vanilla and tangerine notes – making Jil both sophisticated and modern. The aroma of the fragrance gives a boost of confidence to strut proudly through the streets of New York. Pair Jil with the +J apparel and you’ll be the picture-perfect portrait of style.

Available at Dillard’s stores.

If you love glamour, you’ll love Very Hollywood by Michael Kors. The energizing floral scent contains mandarin, bergamot, jasmine, ylang ylang, raspberry with notes of gardenia and white moss. The word ‘flirtatious’ comes to mind with every whiff (and perhaps an image of Marilyn Monroe on vacation). Just spraying it on will make you feel like a movie star, thanks to the ultra posh bottle. If you want more style, invest in the Very Hollywood ring with solid fragrance. The women who might enjoy Michale Kors’ new creation are glitzy and fun, preferring a starry night on the patio as opposed to a dive bar.

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Apple Bottoms by Nelly is an ultimate pick-me-up fragrance. The combination of citrus, pink peony, rose and coconut play up the tart sweetness, while the sandalwood, amber, musk and apple blossoms leave a lingering creaminess. Apple Bottoms is inspired by Nelly’s clothing line of the same name with designs that aim to fit a woman’s body, not the other way around. Often, fragrance works in the same way, it either suits or it doesn’t. Fortunately, Apple Bottoms’ light notes are one-size fits all.

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Banana Republic introduces Republic of Women, a feminine eau de parfum that is both elegant and provocative. Harmonious osmanthus, lychee and bergamot intertwine with peony, pink jasmine and Moroccan rose notes evoke a subtle, yet impressionable scent. Much like the Banana Republic apparel, Republic of Women, easily transcends from day to night. Wear it to the office, and then re-apply just before you head out for martinis after a long day of work.

Available at and Banana Republic Stores

Originally published November 2009



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