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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

THE HARMONIST

Last week, in the mail, I received the latest issue of House Beautiful magazine.  In it, I found a small article about a perfume; freshly imported from Paris call the Harmonist.  This line uses the ancient concepts of yin and yang to tailer a scent just for you!

When you visit their site, there you can take a quiz to find your own harmony.  The quiz asks for your name, sex, where you were born, and the time you were born.  After the system processes the data, your results are available.  The results are unique and based on your personal element.  What I found about me was pretty astounding!

So, I'll share my results with you guys.  Here's what it said:

JO ANN DIGIACINTO,
YOUR ELEMENT IS

yangearth

stable, reliable, a good listener
You are the rocky mountain

PERSONALITY

You are a true rock - stable, grounded and trustworthy. People often confide in you; the strong sense of security you exude means others easily trust your discreet integrity and moral uprightness. You tend not to make snap decisions, preferring to hear all sides of an argument, but once you have made up your mind, like a mountain, you are not easily swayed. You have great patience, stamina, will-power and a contemplative mind.

RELATIONSHIP

You have an attractive, curvaceous figure and your mature, mysterious air ensure men know you are not to be taken lightly. You expect your partner to be faithful, and woe betide him should you catch him cheating. Communication is not your strong point, but in fact you are sensitive to the needs of others and a steady relationship means a lot to you. Your children are extremely important to you, often becoming the focus of your life.

Say what?!  How do you know me?

Next, you will be offered ten elixirs that can each interact with your own element (out of the five basic elements you choose) -   Fire, Water, Earth, Wood and Metal.

Depending on what you're seeking to enhance, (i.e., "Socializing, Creativity, Prosperity, Status and Seduction or Wisdom"), you can choose the perfume scent for you.  Each category will describe the specific list of ingredient notes.  For example, I would probably lean towards "Prosperity" (Water) or "Wisdom" (Fire).  For each selection, you can choose a perfume in ying or yang.

if you seek

SOCIALIZING

If you seek to turn on the charm, enhance your social life, make new friends, or unleash your networking potential, the Earth perfume is the scent for you. Earth reflects your own personal energy and since ‘like attracts like’ you will soon discover your more gregarious, social side. Using the Earth scent will make you more out-going, spontaneous and approachable. Your new infectious energy will bring out the best in those around you, too. As you enhance your people skills, others will be able to see things from your perspective. 
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earth
if you seek

CREATIVITY

If you seek to introduce more fun, creativity, intelligence and passion into your life, then the Metal perfume is for you. Metal can be used to fashion beautiful things, so by surrounding yourself with the Metal scent, you can unlock your imagination, becoming more expressive, optimistic, confident and cheerful. You will find yourself centre stage with a renewed passion for life: curious, playful and ready for new challenges. Since your verbal skills will improve, too, you can market yourself more successfully as well.
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PROSPERITY

Ever feel stuck in a rut? Then it’s time to tap into your Prosperity element, Water, to shake things up a little and take control. Your element, Earth, dams Water, so by harnessing the essence of Water, you will be able to take charge, becoming more assertive, efficient, dynamic and results-oriented. Enveloping yourself in the scent of Water will widen your vision, enabling you to focus on long-term goals. You will find yourself ready to take risks and longing for change. Financial success should soon follow, riding the tide of your newfound ambition and determination. So use the Water scent and watch your dreams come true!
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if you seek

STATUS & SEDUCTION

Your Status element is Wood, and since the roots of a strong tree can support an earthy bank, use the Earth scent if you seek new structure – or new companions - in your life. The Wood energy can boost your sex appeal, too, enhancing your powers of seduction and increasing your allure. Calm, steady and diplomatic, you will find yourself less influenced by your emotions, a good listener and peacekeeper. Since these are qualities your boss will appreciate, you may expect to see an improvement in your status soon, too. 
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wood
if you seek

WISDOM

Fire is the molten core, the centre of the Earth, so if you seek to nourish body, soul and mind, envelope yourself in an aura of Fire. Its calming effect helps you relax so that your mind can become more reflective, analytical, attentive and methodical. Use Fire to unlock your abilities for problem-solving and research, and, better able to manage your time, your life will take on a more orderly, balanced harmony. Friends will turn to you for advice, appreciating your discreet loyalty and compassionate sincerity. 
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You can read the details for each by clicking on Ying and Yang:
Ying
Yang
Prices range from $275/$285.  While a little pricey, I am tempted to save for a bottle to see if it enhances my inner self.

All in all, it was a fun experience that I would encourage you to try.

Let me know if you feel it describes you correctly.

xo,






Monday, May 2, 2016

SPRUCING UP FOR SPRING: Landscape and Home Decor













Bijou candle - Bois de Vanille

Vases (vintage shop finds)



Tray purchased at Bloomingdales


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Happy May!  Sounds so much better than "Monday".   On the east coast, we are starting the month off with rain and cooler temperatures.  Saturday was a pleasant day and we decided to visit a landscaping nursery that we've never visited before.  

We picked up some plantings for three of our planters in the backyard.  While two of our planters are not fully complete, I'm sharing what we've planted (ahem . . . what my hubby planted). 

I just love adding to our landscaping using planters. They create another layer of interest and perfect for incorporating more flowers in the back or front of your home.  For example, one of the planters we planted yellow begonias. Can I just tell you, I love the yellow begonias!  This is the first year I planted begonias or incorporated yellow flowers in our planters. 

When decorating for Spring inside the home, I opted for bright white accents, a lighter colored tray; completing the look with a soft floral arrangement.  This arrangement is something I will be creating more for spring. The mini green hydrangeas are a favorite of mine.  I love how these small changes, instantly brighten the room; making it fresh and alive. 

What changes have your made for Spring?

xo,






Thursday, April 28, 2016

HIGH/LOW FASHION

Self-Portrait Felicia two-tone guipure lace mini dress (Net-A-Porter)
Gianvito Rossi Leather and PVC Pumps (Net-A-Porter)

Tube Dress with Lace Top (Zara)
Vinyl D'Orsay Shoes (Zara)

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Happy Thursday!  The weekend is almost here (yay)!  Here's a high/low look I put together for you fashionistas.

Happy shopping!

xo,