Showing posts with label romance. Show all posts
Showing posts with label romance. Show all posts

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Remember when Kissing meant something? #ThursdayTalk

This post is inspired by, but NOT SPONSORED by Glamour's Women of the Year Awards.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Remember when Kissing actually meant something?

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - When was the last time a kiss took your breath away?

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - When was the last time talking to your crush gave you butterflies in your stomach?

While watching an Entertainment News Story that was covering Glamour's Women of the Year Awards, a simple quote made me actually look away from my computer and up at my TV screen, Gwen Stefani was honored as 2016's Woman of the Year during the Glamour's Women of the Year Awards in Hollywood, California and during her speech she said something that has stuck with me since I heard it: (this is a snippet of her acceptance speech):

"I just want to say thank you to my parents for that gift of faith," she told the audience. "I want to say thank you to everyone who ever listened to my music. I am so honored and grateful." She continued, getting choked up, "To my children, to my family, to Blake Shelton for kissing me back to life, thank you so much. I am blown away, I'm blown away by this room of unbelievable courage. It's unbelievable to be here tonight. I am really, really grateful." ~Gwen Stefani

I rarely get 'event envy' - I attend amazing ones here in New York City all the time, but I truly wish I could have been there to see/hear her say it.

Oh to be a fly on that wall.

I would have loved to have witnessed the reactions for myself.

In fact, I would love to know what your *REAL* first reaction to that sentence is, before you think about it, before you cautiously consider - write and then re-write your answer. (Did you mentally go all "Bitter Betty" and think 'UGH', "Jaded Jane" and think 'yeah right' or are you a "Swooning Sally" whose heart beats romantic all the time?)

My Take:

I am writing this and listening to Evanesence "Bring Me to Life" and contemplating how that simple yet boldly powerful statement made by Gwen Stefani reminds of a time when kissing and romance was a bit less complex, was *almost* (and I do say almost)... easier.

I want to jokingly say that Blake Shelton must be a damn good kisser, but I get what she means by it.

But as a single gal in New York City who is not into kissing every random frog that comes hopping along my path (hoping one of them might be that elusive Prince), I wonder if I will ever truly experience a "Kiss that Brings Me Back to Life" - I vaguely remember butterflies in my stomach, but don't think I have yet had a kiss that brought me back to life or helped me 'get my life' either.

I hope that this expression "Kiss me back to life" actually becomes bigger and finally drowns out the term 'conscious un-coupling', coined by Gwyneth Paltrow after her messy divorce. Maybe this quote will have more impact than that one. Imagine a world where we have more people open to love and romance and less plotting how to civilly break away from one another....(and I'll refrain from mentioning that affairs caused so much heart ache and heart break for both Gwen and Gwyneth -perhaps a post exploring why men on cheat on amazing women is a topic to be explored?)

I could also write a book on weird dating experiences in the city that never sleeps! But that my dear butterflies is a story for another day.

(And by the way that is a photo prop in my hand in the photo above, NOT my lips!!!)

Readers Sound Off: Have you ever experienced a 'Kiss that brought you back to life'? Do you think a kiss can really do all that?

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Highlights and #Photos from the @hayariparis Parfum Launch @HenriBendel #NewYorkCity

Hayari Parfums Paris Logo

Who is that woman in your life? You know the decidedly feminine one with a vanity not filled with a ton of 'cheap' scents but one classic one? One Vanity worthy beautiful bottle of her signature scent?

The women in my family all have very different senses of style, but are all very feminine and in many ways romantics at heart. As a girl I used to love watching my Mom get ready to go out, I was amazed by her ritual which always ended with her 'walking into' her scent.

As for me, it's hard to find a women's fragrance that doesn't go over the top with the florals to prove it's feminine and that has always been my biggest issue with women's fragrance. What use is beautiful packaging if the fragrance inside doesn't meet the mark?

Creating a fragrance is an art, finding your signature scent is certainly a journey, and the memories you create wearing it is the icing on the cake as far as I'm concerned!

I recently had the opportunity to attend the launch of Hayari Parfums Paris debut at fine shopping retailer Henri Bendel in New York City. I knew if the House of 'Hayari Couture' was behind this trio of luxury fragrances that the packaging would certainly be beautiful and it did not disappoint, but what stands out is how ultra-feminine the trio really is. They are feminine in a way that harkens to old world romance, back to true sensuality, not just the sexuality that is used to sell everything under the sun now a days!

Table Display at Henri Bendel Hayari Parfums Launch Event in New York City
Table Display at Henri Bendel Hayari Parfums Launch Event in New York City

About the Parfums:

Hayari Parfums Paris, Goldy, Just for Her, Broderie
Hayari Parfums Paris: Left: Goldy,  Center: Only for Her,  Right: Broderie

The Scents Individually:

Hayari Parfums Paris, Only For Her
Hayari Parfums Paris, Only For Her

About Only For Her:

Created by 'the nose' behind 3 of Killian's perfumes, this unique scent pays homage to French Classic Elegance!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Top Notes: Freesia, Grapefruit

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Middle Notes: Magnolia, White Peony

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Base Notes: Sandalwood, Patchouli, Vanilla

Hayari Parfums Paris, Broderie
Hayari Parfums Paris, Broderie

About Broderie:

The inspiration for this fragrance (my personal favorite of the trio by the way) is embroidery and lace, which designer Nabil Hayari of the House of Hayari uses within his collections as they are the most elegant and glamorous of textiles. (I have a strong feeling my Grand-Mother would have loved this one as much as I do as her embroidery was very much top notch and she would have loved the back story on this scent!). I am also very partial to the Sandalwood and Amber combo!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Top Notes: Mandarin, Peach
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Middle Notes: Lys, Gardenia, Incense
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Base Notes: Sandalwood, Patchouli Oil, Amber

Hayari Parfums Paris, Goldy
Hayari Parfums Paris, Goldy

About Goldy:

This is a woody-powdery fragrance created by the nose behind Amouage Memoir Women inspired by glamorous vintage couture (which of course speaks to Nabil Hayari's background as a Couture Fashion Designer!). This is the scent that I received and as I love White Jasmine, Sandalwood and Cedarwood I do like Goldy (but I am a bit more partial to the way Broderie 'dies down' on my body chemistry), Goldy really does marry a combination of singular elements well, it is actually even parts Woody, Powdery and a subtle warm Oriental all at once which means your chemistry may play up one element more than the others, for some reason this one on me remains powdery making it very playful and soft so don't be put off by the 'woody-powder' description it really isn't too much of one or the other but a very smart marriage of the two!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Top Notes: Mugwort, Rosemary
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Middle Notes: White Jasmine, Narcissus, Orange Blossom
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Base Notes: Sandalwood, Musk, Cedarwood

Nabil Hayari debuts Hayari Parfums Paris at Henri Bendel in New York City
Nabil Hayari debuts Hayari Parfums Paris at Henri Bendel in New York City

About The Designer, Nabil Hayari:

Drawn to the world of Fashion at a very early age, Mr. Hayari decided to create his own label in 2009, with a mission of bringing to life the type of gowns women dream of wearing. He has dressed Top Models and Princesses, and now with his line of fragrances in their 'blossom' designed packaging combining the faceting of jewels with the softness of a flower opening, he brings his sense of luxe fashion design to the world of fine fragrance.

At the launch at Henri Bendel's in New York City (The Fifth Avenue Boutique being the home of trendy fashionista's in New York) one of his beautiful gowns was also featured, here are photos from the launch:

Nabil Hayari debuts Hayari Parfums Paris at Henri Bendel in New York City, Couture Gown
Nabil Hayari debuts Hayari Parfums Paris at Henri Bendel in New York City, Isn't this Couture Gown lovely?

Nabil Hayari debuts Hayari Parfums Paris at Henri Bendel in New York City pictured with Ascending Butterfly
Nabil Hayari debuts Hayari Parfums Paris at Henri Bendel in New York City pictured with Team Butterfly! Left: ME! Ascending Butterfly and Right: Mama Butterfly!

My Take:

These are all ultra-feminine, sensual and romantic fragrances that are Vanity Worthy to say the least! These luxe scents are a must for holiday gift giving. (Although any occassion like a birthday and certainly for Valentine's Day would work too!).

There was no time to get this in our Holiday Buying Guide for a giveaway, but hopefully we can bring you something fun for our annual Valentine's 'Love' Guide in February! In the meantime don't forget to get social using the links below and let them know you saw Hayari Parfums Paris featured on Ascending Butterfly and that you'd love to see a reader giveaway soon!

Get Social:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow @hayariparis on Twitter
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - "Like" on Facebook
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow @HenriBendel on Twitter too!

Butterflies, Which scent resonates with you most? Why?

Bloggers, as usual, I'm not so Wordless, but please feel free to link up your Wordless Wednesday Photo's as a comment to this post so we can all visit your site today too!

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Rune of Romance Necklace Review

  Rune of Romance Necklace

In December, we worked with Energy Muse to bring you the Rune of 'Riches' Necklace see review HERE. For Valentine's Day I was sent the Rune of 'Romance' Necklace and as a single girl in the city, I have to admit I was bit curious to see if this one would work the same magic in my life as the Rune of Riches! I immediately put it on, saged it (I do this with all gemstone jewelry), set my intention, said the included affirmation and even added a few of my own. The weather was awful the day the necklace arrived, and I had stayed indoors the entire day and worked mostly from home.

The Day of it's Debut in New York City!

I finally had a chance to wear my new necklace and during New York Fashion Week No Less! With the awfully cold weather it was mostly under my coat and I wondered if I would experience the same results if the necklace wasn't as clearly visible.

I didn't have very long to wonder how well it would work! I was on the subway when a man sitting in front of me tried to strike up a conversation out of the blue! This rarely ever happens to me! Most of my subway conversations with strangers on trains are usually about the garbled announcement, or why is the train not moving?

During back to back events that day I found people 'friendlier', just more 'welcoming' somehow. 

After a super long day when I was finally on my way home, I realized I had no energy to cook but was starving, so I decided to pick up some fast food. As I was walking from the restaurant toward home, I saw someone coming toward me in the opposite direction. I had a feeling he was going to say something to me, but I wasn't very sure what. And I will admit as a born and raised New Yorker I was slightly expecting a dis-respectful catcall. And when he approached me, he completely took me in with his eyes (I must admit this was a bit off-putting!), and then just said 'Gorgeous' and turned beet red and walked away! He seemed more taken aback by it all than I was!

It was absolutely flattering to receive such a sincere compliment, and seeing a grown man turn as bashful as a kid was a fun bonus! He actually walked away before I could even answer!

I have found much like with the Rune of Riches people are very attracted to this necklace when I wear it. Maybe they can 'feel' the positive intentions I've set, and anything we are vibrationally aligned to is that much more powerful!

While I have not completed the full 21 day cycle of saying the included affirmations with this necklace, I have already noticed more people 'drawn' to me. I find during networking events I'm way less nervous, and I have noticed more attention when I am wearing this necklace, will 2011 finally be the year cupid gets me?

That, dear Butterflies, remains to be seen! J

I do want to thank Energy Muse for letting me try this fabulous necklace out, and if I meet the love of my life this year, you guys will definitely get an invite to the wedding!

We hope to have Energy Muse return with something special for You in May!

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - Sweetheart Surf & Turf Dinner for Two Giveaway! ARV $130! Ends 02/08

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They say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, but I say the way to anyone's heart is through their stomach! Mine included! And as a life long seafood lover many the special occasion has been celebrated with 'fruta de mare', so I thought why should Valentine's Day be different, what better way to celebrate love day than with a special surf and turf and dinner for two?

It's February and our annual countdown to 'Lve Day' is here! We started you off with 'wine', and so I figured the next logical step is the 'dine' part!

And better still, having that meal show up directly to your door. No Reservations to deal with, and what better surroundings than the comforts of home?  (And cheaper than going out on the town!)

You can be a frugal foodie, and still eat FAB!

Nor-East Feast

What I Tried: Nor-East Feast

Want a complete Lobster Dinner? A Lobster Dinner with your choice of Appetizer, choice of Chowder, Lobsters and Shellfish and choice of Dessert - all from Maine?

The Nor-East Feast Dinner includes: live Maine Lobsters, fresh Maine Steamer Clams, Shrimp or Mussels, Clam Chowder or Lobster Bisque, fresh Vegetable, and choice of your favorite Cheesecake from the dessert cart, Butter, Lemon, metal shell cracker(s), seafood forks and lobster bibs are also included. All is packed with care in a heavy duty reusable enameled Lobster pot. Price includes FedEx Delivery!

This was the first time I tried my hand at making live lobsters, and I will admit to being a bit nervous about it at first, but it all worked out fine! When the delivery arrived I put the cooler in the fridge while I did my prep work. I knew in advance I was going to boil not bake them, so I made a 'boil' of my own, part water, some old bay, fresh herbs (including Dill and Thyme), crushed garlic and white wine. After my boil, well, came to a boil, I removed the pot that had the lobsters inside it, removed the mussels and clams and transferred the boiling water from the pot into the enameled pot with the lobsters, no fuss no muss, no actual 'touching them'. :)

A little before the Lobsters were done, I added the mussels and clams to the pot. I will warn you the mussels and clams made an audible sound when they hit the water, the lobsters did not make a sound. (And Yes they were alive. Make sure whenever ordering LIVE Lobster, that they are very much alive when they arrive! If they arrive dead do not eat them!)

I reversed the order and had the Lobster Bisque later in the day and greatly enjoyed it. With this cold weather it really hit the spot. So you ask, What about me? Well I'm very glad you asked!

Sweetheart Surf & Turf Dinner

Sweetheart Surf & Turf Dinner

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Easy to prepare, the Sweetheart Surf and Turf comes with Two 6-7 oz. Maine Lobster Tails, Two six ounce Filet Mignons and your choice of Maine Lobster Direct's award winning New England Clam Chowder or Lobster Bisque, and Jewell Island special Heart-Shaped White Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake. Spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying this romantic meal for two!

My Take

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - It's a taste of Maine right at your doorstep!  - Seafood lovers know that it doesn't get much better than seafood from Maine. And if you can't get to Maine yourself, this is like having Maine come to your door! It just doesn't get better than this. It was seafood dinner nirvana!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Taste, Presentation and Nothing Left To Chance - With a burst of the sea in each bite, and excellent packaging/presentation, what you will also appreciate about Maine Lobster Direct is that they literally include everything you could possibly need! I'm a Lobster Lover and have my own cracker for the shell, but the ones included in my package were WAY better than the set I own!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - And a cherry on top! - in the form of a moist and delicious Cheesecake Dessert!


Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - I have to admit I am much more used to eating seafood out than preparing it myself. It does take getting used to making Live Lobsters. And hearing the sort of 'hissing' sound when the clams and mussels hit the pot did make me jump at first, but the results? So Totally Worth it!!! So I will leave it to you to decide whether or not this is a pro or con! :-)

If you are totally squeamish about making live Lobsters, then I would advise you to stick to the surf and turf that includes the tails instead of the Live Lobsters. But if I can do it, You can too! :) (And live are of course incredibly tender! Not to mention you really don't want to miss out on the claw meat!)

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Today's Words of Inspiration and Great Giveaways! - ♥ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ♥Happy Butterfly Valentine Weekend!

Happy Butterfly Valentine!

Do you remember how much fun Valentine's Day was when you were a kid? Who got your paper heart back then? Was it your crush? Your BFF? A few 'Besties'?

I got my first paper heart in Kindegarten from a very sweet boy in my class, it was a very bold move for him because he was so shy!

From the heart gestures are still the ones that rule with me. Remember Holidays are only as commercial as you make them!

In this recession, the old 'coupon book' standby and today's 'mixed tape' equivalent, the 'playlist' are silly, fun and endearing ways to show you care. Showing love doesn't mean going into debt!

Don't forget to show some love to your FIRST Valentine, ahem.....YOUR MOM!

Also, Try to remind your sweetie how much you love them everyday,  and be sure to fill this weekend with romance! Remember why you both fell in love in the first place!

No sweetie this year? Then enjoy some 'single and mingle' fun this weekend, the universe can't send you romance if you don't put yourself out there!

You are all my Valentines! Wishing you all a magical weekend. Wishing you stars in your eyes. Songs in your heart. Music for your soul. Good Company and better still endless Possibilities!

Use 'Today's Words of Inspiration' as a breathing meditation to still your mind, quiet your thoughts and bring in positive energy. As you inhale bring in only positive energy by saying in your mind, I breathe in positive energy (or you can say creative energy if that is what you wish to create more of) and as you exhale, Affirm out loud today 'I will allow the joy of romance into my heart this weekend!'

Spend some time each day enjoying focused breathing AND soul guided meditative visualization, in doing so, you can bring about amazing, profound and powerful changes in your life.

Visualize yourself manifesting something unique, guided by universal forces that emerge spontaneously from within your soul. Do this at least twice today and see how by taking a moment away from the hectic pace and breathing in positive energy and affirming what you wish to create, your thinking will become different.

Remember, attitude really does determine altitude.

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Make this your best day ever, Bless and Be Blessed!

Don't forget to enter the great giveaways on the upper right hand side of the page! It's just our way of saying Thank You for choosing to spend part of your day with us. We are really happy you landed HERE! Don't forget to use the share button below any inspiration to stumble, digg, tweet or share with your friends on facebook and twitter! And if you want to share inspiration with other members, Ascending Butterfly has a NING group with real time chat HERE

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NOTE: Readers have asked us to make entering the contests and giveaways, faster and easier. Your wish is our command! We have moved our 'Today's Butterfly - Featured Site(s) of the day, which is where we host our giveaways, to the upper right hand side of the page. It will be located here from now on to make entering the giveaways faster and easier. Keep the suggestions coming, remember we also have a NING group with real time chat, you can give us your comments and suggestions in REAL time, how cool is that?

NOTE 2: Twitter followers: please remember you must also follow Ascending Butterfly using Google friends connect on the upper right hand side of the page for your entries to be processed. And remember if your profile does not have an email and you don't leave your email in your entry, we will not accept your entry. Make sure your entry or your profile have your email address!

Just a helpful Reminder: How to Follow Using Google Friends Connect:

Please look to the upper right hand side, where the follower pictures are. (Note the number of followers before you start this process)

1) press the follow button - the google pop up wizard will open, this is not an ad and your pop up blocker will not block it

2) tick the option that reads 'follow this blog publicly' once that button is selected, hit follow again - it should now read 'you are now following'

3) if the follower count went up you know you did it succesfully, if your profile has a picture, that picture will be the first one on the left side. If your profile doesn't have one, it should still be searchable on the members list. (Remember, following a blog, does NOT subscribe you to receive emails, you have to subscribe separately to do that, you will not receive emails for following)

Are you getting the dreaded 'Your Entry Can't Be Processed' message when leaving an entry or comment? Before hitting enter, highlight your comment and COPY it. If you get that message after hitting enter and your comment is still there, just ignore the message and hit enter again, then you will get a screen with a captcha code, enter the captcha code, then submit and VOILA. If after you hit the submit button the first time, you get the dreaded message and the comment 'disappeared' no worries, that's why I asked you to copy it in the first step. Paste it back in and submit again. This has worked for me when comment boxes have glitched on me, and I hope it helps you too!

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