the new Louis Vuitton les parfum :: Mille Feux 

Scent is such a powerful sense. It can transport you to another time and place or transform your mood subtly or instantly.

For this reason, I love fragrances. Or rather I have quite an obsession with perfumes and scented candles. However, they have to be quality fragrances, or your senses know the difference.

I splashed out on one of the new Louis Vuitton perfumes this week. Les parfarm.


It’s a beautiful indulgence; softly sinks into the skin and lingers for hours.

The LV description is as ethereal as the scent it’s self;

An incandescent fusion of raspberry and leather creates an ode to lightA golden ray, a starlit sky, the aurora borealis: light contributes to the magic of travel. To capture its incandescence, Master Perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud sought a color to weave into this theme. On a visit to one of Louis Vuitton’s leather ateliers, he saw a craftsman transforming raspberry-colored leather into a luxurious handbag. The skin as bright as ripe fruit gave him an idea: to associate the scent of leather with that of the berry. He shaped the composition with osmanthus, a white flower with an animal and apricot scent, iris and saffron. Mille Feux is like an emotional bombshell. Fireworks.” (LV website)

Here for purchase.
[photo from my Instagram @thisismelly]

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//melly files//

CITY LIMITS I moved to Sydney when I was 20. I dropped out of university to followed my heart. My parents were upset, but I had always been an independent kid. It paid off though, I worked my way up the corporate ladder and I married that guy; my high-school sweetheart.

Sydney
Sydney

MY VALENTINE I’m not really into Valentine’s Day. It’s too commercial to have meaning. Usually my husband will send me roses the day before just to let me know he loves me but he refuses to buy-in on being told to demonstrate his love. We started a tradition a few years ago of seeing a scary movie on V-Day; the bloodier the better. I still remember the year we saw My Bloody Valentine in 3D. It was a total trip! This year we’re going on a double date with close friends The Williamsons to see 50 Shades. It’s not scary but it’ll still be fun! COCKTAIL OF CHOICE I switch back & forth between a good stiff Vodka Martini (shaken not stirred, Grey Goose or Belvedere) the dirtier the better, or a traditional Old Fashioned made with rye whiskey. I’m not a huge fan of fruity or sweet cocktails. When I’m not drinking cocktails I’m drinking champagne. Bubbles baby, bubbles.

Old Fashioned
Old Fashioned

BELOVED ACCESSORIES Everyone knows I’m into handbags (especially Louis Vuitton) and I’m currently obsessed with my Comme des Garcons black clutch and black Alexander Wang Rockie.

Alexander Wang Rockie
Alexander Wang Rockie

DATE-NIGHT STYLE I like to wear a sexy LBD; form-fitting and cleavage with a little edge usually a leather jacket or bronze hardware. LABEL LOVE Im a fan of high-end street with a designer detail; Witchery & Country Road with an Equipment (French label) shirt, mostly monochromatic with black, white & grey, and the odd Leona Edmiston for a feminine hit.  THE OBSESSION candles & fresh flowers are my true obsession. I buy a fresh bunch each week and there is always a good quality scented candle burning. Instagram heaven!

fresh blooms
fresh blooms

ON JEWELLERY I love the edgy geometric bohemian look; lots of bronze and layered. Think multiple thin knuckle rings, dangly earrings with hardlines and shapes and layer bangles. I also have a silver Tiffany’s charm bracelet which I’ve been adding to for year; it’s a timeless classic. BEAUTY PREP I’ve used SKII skincare for 10 years; it keeps my skin hydrated and feeling fresh and translucent. I use Napoleon Perdis primer, Revlon foundation, an assortment of eyecolour & mascara, Benefit bronzer and NARS lip colour in Roman Holiday. Every now and then I’ll rock a red lip for dramatic effect. SIGNATURE SCENT I adore fragrances; I have many which are in rotation depending my mood, but my signature fallback is always CK Escape (which I’ve worn since I was 15) and Coco Mademoiselle.

signature scents
signature scents

GETTING PHYSICAL I go through phases of intense exercise then barely nothing, but this year I’ve sworn to try a balanced approach of daily exercise focusing on fun; long walks with my dog, kettlebell sessions with my husband & trying new classes with friends. ENERGY BOOST I swear by green smoothies. They really are simple to whip up (thanks to my power Vitamix) and I go for the all green approach; kale, spinach, cucumber, apple, celery, mint & coconut water.

morning green smoothies with Jay & Gracie
morning green smoothies with Jay & Gracie

WEEKEND WANDERLUST I love day trips out of Sydney to secluded beaches or remote bushland. There’s nothing I love more than waking early, packing the car with a picnic, playlists and heading out with my husband and hound.

The Williams
The Williams
hiking adventures with the hound
hiking adventures with the hound

my week in pictures

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my new fave tshirt; treś jolie is very happy

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Jay & I celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary earlier this week and he bought me these beautiful flowers

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there’s just something about giant chess pieces! these are at Jay’s work

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Harley being the crazy hyper dog that he is!

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the new addition to my wall art collection; I call him El Toro and he is made of resin (not a real steer skull)!

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salad in a jar is a beautiful thing! you layer it with all your fave green healthy goodies and put the dressing on the bottom, then come lunchtime you tip it into a bowl and it’s fresh, crunchy & tasty! In other healthy food related news, I’m onto my last day of Whole30, which is super exciting because it means that (1) I actually stuck to the entire program (2) I learnt some great things about my relationship to food and the kinds of food I want to be eating and (3) I can’t wait to have a glass of bubbles tomorrow!!!!

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this is a photo I took when we were holidaying in Fiji, but I’m wanderlusting over a tropical holiday and getting all excited about our planned trip to Hawaii next year. It may be a full year away til that trip, but you can never tire looking at tropical beaches & turquoise waters….

hope you’re week was awesome 💋

#rightnow

Melly & Harley
Melly & Harley

#rightnow
raspberries
presents in the mail
aviator sunglasses
80’s music
short stories
sparkling water
concert t-shirts
daydreaming
freshly vacuumed carpet
happy memories
fresh cut flowers
new adventures
possibility
double espresso
smell of bbq
sunshine
driving with the windows down
gold aztec jewellery
driving nowhere
kanye west playing loud
the circus
breakfast as lunch
doggy cuddles

best dressed of the 2014 met gala

The Costume Institute Awards held at the NYC Metropolitan Museum of Art is the Oscars of the fashion world.

These ladies are my pick for Best Dressed!

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(L) Blake Lively in Gucci & (R) Rihanna in Stella McCartney

BLAKE!!!!!!! I am so obsessed with her!

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(L) Emma Stone in Thakoon & (R) Charlize Theron in Dior

Honorable Mentions

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(L) Selena Gomez in DVF (C) Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa & (R) Cara Delevingne in Stella McCartney

Worst Dressed goes to Katie Holmes who I can’t even post a picture of because you just can’t unsee that level of hideousness.

seasons best dressed | sandra bullock

My goodness, Sandra Bullock has come into her fashion element this past awards season!  Not only did she give a great performance in Gravity, she was out of this world with her red carpet fashion!
Amazing actor & stunning brunette! 49 has never looked so good!
Take a look:

white perfection in Prabal Gurung for the Gravity premier
white perfection in Prabal Gurung for the Gravity premier
Pink & Red in Aussie designer Alex Perry at the Palm Springs International Film Festival
Pink & Red in Aussie designer Alex Perry at the Palm Springs International Film Festival
In Peter Pilotto at the People's Choice Awards
In Peter Pilotto at the People’s Choice Awards
Smartly dressed in Stella McCartney chic for the Oscar Nominees Luncheon
Smartly dressed in Stella McCartney chic for the Oscar Nominees Luncheon
Fashion forward in Prabul Gurung for the Golden Globes
Fashion forward in Prabul Gurung for the Golden Globes
OMG amazing in Lanvin for the Critic's Choice Awards
OMG amazing in Lanvin for the Critic’s Choice Awards
True Hollywood glamour in Alexander McQueen at the Academy Awards
True Hollywood glamour in Alexander McQueen at the Academy Awards