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Perfume on Day-Old Cashmere, Ballet Flats, and Kissable Winter Lips.
On the romance of Wintertime, and the perfect way to layer fragrance.
If you follow me on Instagram, you’re caught up on why I’ve been a little quieter the past few weeks. After my body image spiral, I got a lot of messages. Some nice, some not so nice. In short, it was all a lot, and I needed some time to process not only my own feelings but the influx of other people’s feelings as well. Given this newsletter is not my full-time job (this is) — sometimes The Love List is the plate that has to drop. So I thank you for your understanding, and as always, for being here.
Onward! While I was Wintroverting, Elon Musk purchased Twitter and pretty much ran it into the ground in a matter of a week. While the blue check hellfire was hilarious, I for one will miss the Internet’s favorite town hall as it once was.
Dirt reminded me of this, a perfect tweet, in their email this morning. It brings to mind those perfect wintery scents that linger in all the right places. Like Byredo’s De Los Santos perfume — a woody scent that (as the name indicates) carries a huff of Palo Santo. Or Boy Smells Cashmere Kush, which, as I’ve written before, somehow bottles the scent of a rich downtown woman swathed in expensive knits.
I have been layering one or both over Phlur’s Missing Person body lotion lately. Plur went viral with the scent, which is supposed to trigger the memory of someone you once knew. I don’t know about that, but it’s sexy marketing and TikTok went crazy for it. Plus, it’s a great layering scent, especially in the lotion, which is gentler and softer than its perfume counterpart.
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To recap, the formula is this:
on bare skin before getting dressed, 1. base layer Plur Missing Person lotion
then, 2. spritz of Boy Smells Cashmere Kush
Pull on a cozy knit, and finish with 3. a spritz of Byredo De Los Santos.
I personally believe this to be the perfect embodiment of said tweet. I wore this combo running errands on Tuesday and got loads of inquiries about what I was wearing.
(On the go, a good touch-up is the similarly-scented Costa Brazil roll-on perfume oil, which I stash in my bag.)
And of course, it all smells wonderful lingering on your sweater the next day.
Speaking of sweaters, I can’t stop thinking about this look that our queen of luxe Morgan Stewart posted yesterday, capped off by this sweater by The Row that I ordered so fast, I may have blacked out. Instead of her chinos, I’m going to wear mine with James Perse sweatpants and Khaite slides. We are spending pretty much all of December decamped to Kevin’s family’s beach house in Carmel, California (I know, torture) and I feel like this look is the damn VIBE.
I can’t wait to wake up every day and let Birdie bolt down the beach. (For very cute puppy porn of her sandy-nosed first time at the beach, head here. I re-watch it more often than I care to admit.)
Another cozy combo I keep thinking about is Solange’s miu miu ballet flat/leg warmer combo from her home tour in Apartamento. Holy shit, have you guys seen this place? It is so insanely chic! Anyhow, the miu miu flats came to me via a trade with a friend who ordered them in the wrong size, and while they’re super cute, I’ve yet to figure out how to really wear them. So this might be it. Maybe with Brother Vellies Cloud Socks over soft leggings and a cozy ball cap?
Winter hit hard this week, no? My lips went from k, we got this to splitsville. The solve: I’ve been on a loop of three very good lip products as of late.
U Beauty’s Lip Plasma, which gives me that juicy, full, maybe she had a little filler look. But the real treat is the dispenser, which is this cold little nub at the tip that makes it a very satisfactory experience to apply. You just have to try it, trust me.
Byredo’s Chamomile lip balm, because look at this fucking packaging would you? It’s a nice lip balm but the magnetic clack of the top connecting to the tube is horny.
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