Monday, December 18, 2017

Last Minute Gifting With Armani Fragrances



Is it just me or is the holiday season just FLYING by in the blink of an eye. I'm trying to take in all of the beauty of this season as much as I can because at this rate, I'll be in the thick of winter and desperately missing all of the sparkle of this joyous time of year.

One of my favorite activities during this festive season is gift shopping. I love gifting and really make an effort in choosing gifts I know my friends and family will love. However, my dear older sister would greatly disagree as my gifting skills weren't the best in 2015. I had gifted her an array of luxury items I just so happened to love myself. These gifts, while lovely, were not so much her style and she kindly passed them my way upon opening. I truly kept her in mind during my gift shopping trips but sometimes things go in a different direction. While I've since earned back my gifting title, this silly and amusing story is brought up every Christmas. It always makes me giggle and reminds me of this cute advert featuring Olivia Palermo. 



For some gifting can be a troubling task during this stressful time. Most responsible individuals have wisely completed most, if not all of their holiday shopping during high sale events (Black Friday, Cyber/Green Monday) and are just left with the incredibly fun task of wrapping (my ultimate favorite holiday activity!). For those late shoppers who are scrambling to find the perfect gift for the elegant lady on their lists, I recommend turning to the classic and always fashionable option of luxury fragrance. More specifically, Armani's 2017 fragrance launches. 

Earlier this year, Armani launched two extravagant fragrances, Stronger With You and Because It's You as a pair with complementary notes in each. The former is a warm and spicy blend whereas the latter is a brighter blend of fruity florals. Interestingly, the SWY fragrance is marketed as a masculine, men's scent but upon chatting with an in-store Armani representative, it is, in fact, unisex (it can be found on the woman's fragrance wall at Sephora). Personally, I LOVE bold spicy and woodsy scents and this was right up my alley. I've worn David Yurman Exotic Essence for years and found this to be a sharper upgrade to my classic DY scent.

Over the years I've become well known to over spritz on more than one occasion and have therefore gone through quite a few bottles of my favorite fragrances. As a heavy handed lover of beautiful scents, I was tempted to really spray on these two for my first week of testing. Thankfully, a couple of sprays was more than enough for a lasting effect. On my initial test of  longevity, I sprayed both (on different days) once on my forearms and on my scarf and to my surprise, both had beautifully worn past their initial notes and softly blended into their respective scent profiles. Each lovely scent lingers on the skin without becoming sickening or disappearing completely as most fragrances often do.

While the lush notes in each are enough to make this a holiday hit, it's their lasting quality, chic presentation, and unique blends that make this a memorable gift.  



STRONGER WITH YOU
Warm & Spicy 
Notes: Pink pepper, Sage, Cederwood, Cardamom, Violet 


BECAUSE IT'S YOU
Fruity Floral (and light musk)
Notes:Raspberry, Vanilla, Rose

Whether you choose to gift the travel size (1 oz) or full-size (3.4 oz), add a personal touch by monogramming the bottle  with your giftee's initials. Sephora stores offer this complimentary in-store service with each fragrance purchase (any brand/scent) and offer a variety of colors and font options.


From the elegant and bold notes in Stronger With You to the bright floral profile of Because It's You, these unique fragrances are sure to please the special lady on your list.








Happy Holiday Shopping! 



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