~ My all time favorite High-End Perfumes: Part 1!!

Hey all you wonderful people!!!! How’s it going?! Today I am doing a fashion post, with a twist by sharing some of my all time favorite high-end perfumes with y’all.

Perfume, as defined by the dictionary is a fragrant liquid typically made from essential oils extracted from flowers and spices, used to impart a pleasant smell to one’s body or clothes. But in my opinion, it’s this and much more. A perfume becomes a part of your personality and people often recognize you or at the very least relate you with your choice of perfume.

For me, a perfume is an indulgence. An additional way to feel sexy and I for one, definitely do invest in lots of good perfumes and at a given time, have atleast 5-6 different perfumes on my dressing table. 

What does “note” mean in perfumery??

Notes in perfumery are descriptors of scents that can be sensed upon the application of a perfume. Notes are separated into three classes; top/head notes, middle/heart notes, and base notes; which denote groups of scents which can be sensed with respect to the time after the application of a perfume.

– Top notes are perceived immediately upon application of a perfume, top notes consist of small, light molecules that evaporate quickly. They form a person’s initial impression of a perfume and thus are very important in the selling of the product.

– Middle notes are the scent of a perfume that emerges just prior to when the top notes dissipate. The middle note compounds form the “heart” or main body of a perfume and emerge in the middle of the perfume’s dispersion process. 

– Finally, the base notes are the scent of a perfume that appears close to the departure of the middle notes. The base and middle notes together are the main theme of a perfume. Base notes bring depth and solidity to a perfume.

So without further ado, my list, in no particular order, is:

– Chloe by Chloe:

Fresh, smooth, comfortable and totally addictive. A sublime powdery rose.

Fragrance Notes:

Top: pink peony, freesia, lychee – subtle freshness.

Heart: magnolia flower, lilly of the valley, rose – sublimated femininity.

Base: cedarwood, amber, honey – velvety elegance.

– Jimmy Choo:

Imagine femininity, luxury and style – bottled. Expressing an aura of strength and beauty, glamour and confidence, this perfume is inspired by modern women. 

Fragrance Notes:

Top: Luminous green top notes.

Heart: Heart of rich and exotic tiger orchid.

Base: Lingering sensual base notes of sweet toffee and Indonesian patchouli leave a sensual memory on the skin.

Notes in a nutshell: Sweet orange, pear nectar, tiger orchid, Indonesian patchouli, caramel.

– Tory Burch:



This is the very first fragrance from Tory Burch and it captures classic elements in unexpected ways. Feminine and tomboy. Easy and polished. A bright and complex mix in a super-chic glass bottle with a signature fretwork top.

Fragrance Notes:

Top – Pink grapefruit, vibrant pink pepper, blackcurrant, neroli.

Mid – Peony, mimosa, jasmine, tuberose.

Base – Vetiver, cedarwood, creamy sandalwood, white musk.

– Coco Chanel Mademoissel:

This fragrance by Chanel caters to the younger lot – girls in their 20s and 30s as it’s classy yet youthful. 

Fragrance Notes:

Top notes: orange, bergamot, mandarin, Tunisian curaçao.

Middle notes: morning rose, Italian jasmine, ylang-ylang, mimosa, florentine iris.

Base notes: Indonesian patchouli, Haitian vetiver, Bourbon vanilla, white musk, opoponax, tonka bean.

– Dior Pure Poison:

A voluptuous musky composition based on white flowers such as orange blossoms. Once upon a time, there was a fragrance that was innocent yet captivating, sincere yet mysterious and that my friends was Dior’s Pure Poison. It incarnates seduction in its purest state by exploring its duality and irresistible alchemy. This fragrance was created to surprise and astonish, to let women assert their femininity with confidence.

Notes in a nutshell: Based on orange blossom, jasmine, gardenia, amber and sandalwood, this delicate yet generous modern potion reveals the seductress within.

– Coach Poppy:


A youthful and spirited fragrance, this Coach Poppy perfume calls attention to the fruity and floral aromas.

Fragrance Notes:

Top: Coach Poppy opens with bright cucumber, juicy mandarin and freesia buds notes. 

Heart: Filled with aroma of jasmine, pink water lily, Southern gardenia, red candied rose petals and crème brûlée accord. 

Base: A mixture of cedar wood, sandalwood, vanilla and marshmallow.

– Chance by Chanel:

For those who dare to dream, the chance for romance was never greater! The decidedly young scent of Chance is unexpectedly sexy and floral.

Notes in a nutshell: Citrus accord, hyacinth, iris, jasmine, pink pepper, patchouli, vetiver, amber, white musk, vanilla.

I shall stop right here, before I list more of my favorites and make this a super long post. These are just some of the perfumes I’ve tried and liked/loved. If y’all enjoyed this post, do show some love and let me know and I shall compile a list of rest of my favorites. Have a great week you guys!! Ciao!

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~ Tips on how to stay refreshed this summer!!

Tuesday, June 20th 2017 is the 1st day of summer this year, even though Houston’s temperatures have been soaring high already! In all honesty, it’s still not that bad and often there is a nice cool breeze cooling things down. We’ve also been having way more rain than usual!

So with summer just around the corner, I thought of sharing some tips that help me keep refreshed during the brutal summer months here in Houston, for these tips, read on:

Drink up!!

Chilled water is my go-to choice during the summer, but it doesn’t have to be boring!! Spice it up with lemon wedges and mint leaves or for something different, here’s my ~ Detox Water… post that shares some yummy recipes to make your regular water interesting. I always carry a bottle of water with me when I am out and about to stay hydrated at all times, and I suggest you do too!!

My recent find at the grocery store (maybe I am late to this party) is Sparkling Flavored Water!! I’ve tried the Strawberry flavor as well as the Key Lime and they are both very refreshing especially for someone like me who does not drink alcohol and also tries to stay clear of soda.

Choose the right fabric to wear!!

Read cutesy dresses, flowy tops, shorts, skirts! Light flowy fabrics in cute prints and pastel shades is what my summer wardrobe is made of as comfort is key! The more breathable the fabric, the better.

I am loving the latest collection at Old Navy, Gap and even Ann Taylor / Loft has been a wonderful surprise since their clothes aren’t only constrained to work attire now! I’ll be doing another post soon on where I shop, so stay tuned!

Don’t forget your workout:

Being an outdoorsy person, preferring to work outdoors over the gym, this heat can challenge my dedication but I don’t give in. I take either early morning or late evening walks, sometimes both, because it’s the best time of the day to be outdoors during the summer. The fresh air is a welcome change!

On the weekends and usually once over the weekday, the hubby and I make our way to the pool for a refreshing dip. The water is still a tad bit cold for my liking, but it’s surely refreshing!! We are water babies and the swimming pool, a lake, the ocean are always calling our name. We often make our swim trips into BBQ dinners as well, and here are my recipes on what we BBQ: ~ Paneer Tikka! and ~ Chicken Tikka / Tandoori Chicken!!.

Eating the right fruits:

Tropical fruits are my go-tos during the summer! Even though now days all fruits are always available all year round, my summer favorites are Mangos, Watermelons, Strawberries, Bananas, Oranges and Apples.

Smoothies is also a good way to go, and here’s some recipes that you could try: ~ Smoothies!!

Get the right haircut / hairstyle:

Before the start of summer 2016, I colored my hair and also got a new hairstyle. This summer, I am due for a haircut, but I am definitely not chopping my hair off or coloring it! Instead just going for a trim and maybe some bangs.

If you are into coloring your hair, you’ll find these posts helpful: ~ Hair Coloring 101… and ~ Hair Conditioning 101….

Being a comfort chic, I usually throw my hair up in a bun and it’s not so sexy! LOL!! Currently pinteresting cute ways to throw my hair up in a bun, for more on what I find, follow me on Pinterest: Niti Shrivastava Shukla.

Hope you enjoyed today’s post and are all set to be refreshed and enjoy this summer!!