Heal the Bay 2017: Stars Collide on the Blue Carpet for a Good Cause

Heal the Bay, a non-profit organization that has an established track record for results  here in Santa Monica threw its annual bash last night. Sharon Lawrence, HTB board member was honored this year for her service. Shelly Luce, president and CEO of the board was joined HTB board members as well as supporters from tv…

Verte Trends: Anti-Green forces are ruling out High Green Profits

What on earth is going on?   With the EPA under threat by the current administration, those of us who have been reporting on trends in “Eco Lifestyles” who focus on how commerce can work together with eco imperatives, are taken aback by this attitude. Who doesn’t want to save the planet? Who doesn’t want…

Blue is the New Black: Magical Mysteries

Shhhh! I’m going to let you in on a little secret… I know these photos look like something out of a movie but this wonderland well and truly exists! Designed by Dutch designer and Tocca founder Marie-Anne Oudejans, Bar Palladio Jaipur is located within a daringly restored garden belvedere in the historic Narain Niwas Palace […]…

Memories in a bottle: How a fragrance influences our existence.

What would we be without our sense of smell? We would find it hard to eat, to know where there is danger or recognize our mate.  Chemistry is an part of what makes us human; when mixed with the poetry of our souls we become complete.  Memories are part of our experience on the planet…

Our Fragrance Favorites for Fall:  Walk with us…

This Fall we are overwhelmed by the number of fragrance launches.  Celebrity fragrances, brand extension fragrances which are the “new version” of something we know and love.  Our choices presented here are what we call the “drop dead” femme fatale collection of designer namesake fragrances. Be a mistress, be a lover, be a rule-breaker, these…

The Purple Bard: Shakespeare & Prince Mash-up — Pencil Philosophy

Earlier this year, I’ve done a David Bowie/Shakespeare tribute as a cover for my university’s English literary magazine. This time around, I have another Shakesperean pop-culture mash-up tribute as a cover for my university’s English literary magazine: A Prince/Shakespeare tribute. During the last several issues, at least ever since I’m in charge of it, the…

Greetings Earthlings: Verte Green Luxuries

We continue to be excited about the companies who are dedicated to “Green Chic” so,  Bravo!  Here are some of our favorite items to celebrate Earth Day 2016.  The signing of the Paris Agreement also is worth celebrating with favorite Euro brands, too!  Your money is well spent as all of these items are low…

French Inspired Sparkling Drinks 

Frenchman Michel Langlaise has a spirited and lively personality in his pursuit of capturng the “Joie de Vivre” of France.  His creation of the Diabolo sparkling beverages rhat are hand crafted in Southern California were inspired in France.  The French may not have invented Coco Cola, but their love of a “Citron Presse” which is…

Scents of Paris: Memories of Cherries

“It is short, the time of cherries, Coral pink fruit one picks in dreams, I will always love the time of cherries.  Its a time I keep in my heart–An open wound. ”  (from an old French song of the commune). The scent of an open Paris Market with displays of fruits, vegetables and flowers is…

Paris Remembered. 

Paris is a place of sights, sounds and beauty.  The smell of the holidays is all tied to memories. Some are from our childhood, our romantic past and perhaps mostly the memories of visiting home, again.  What happens to you when you remember a smell?  There is a scientific reason for this kind of sense…

What is my Hermès scarf worth, you wonder…

Carre de Paris You may have a scarf that has been forgotten in a drawer for years and while doing your spring cleaning you discovered this forgotten treasure.  So what is my Hermès scarf worth, you wonder? Well, the simple answer is, whatever a buyer is willing and able to pay for your scarf. Oh,…

A Walk Through Sydney Smelling The Spring Flowers

Originally posted on Olfactoria's Travels:
Hi there Olfactoria’s Travellers, Portia from Australian Perfume Junkies and Perfume Posse Recently I was walking with my mate Scott, every Monday we try and get the office work done. Usually we are sidetracked at some point by fragrance, fun and food and some, if not all, of the…