i absolutely love perfume. i like to change it with the season. in india, there are basically two temperatures, hot and hotter. so when i brought my favorite scents that i had used for years in the united states and they would only last an hour because of the heat, i knew i needed to find new options. i still like to change my perfumes with the seasons as much as i can here, but the 5 i have chosen below are great for all year in india and for the summer months abroad.

philosophy sea of love

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i love this perfume, which was a christmas gift from my sister this past year, because it smells like you are at the beach, without the usual coconut scent that so many summer fragrances have. it is definitely my go-to scent for normal day to day errands. it is very light, crisp, and smells like the perfect combo of salt and sand.

notes: sicilian bergamot, water lily, jasmine, gardenia, peony, cedar, musk, amber

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tom ford fleur de portofino

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this tom ford perfume is the most luxurious scent out of my 5 chosen favorites. it’s a mix of beach, citrus, flowers and honey.  when i wear it, the smell takes me back to when i was in italy with a friend a few years ago. it is such a sophisticated scent, but also very fresh and light so it still works for all ages. i like to wear mine on vacation…am i the only one who has a vacation scent?

notes: sicilian lemon, bigarade leaf absolute, violet leaf absolute orpur, white acacia accord, jasmine grandiforum concrete, acacia honey accord

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jo malone nasturtium and clover

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this jo malone scent smells like you are in a garden. it starts as an earthy and peppery scent and fades into a flowery underlying tone, so you truly feel like you are outside lying in a field. i tried this on at the holt renfrew store in montreal (which is my favorite place to buy anything beauty) and hated it at first. but, after a few hours, i fell in love with this unique fragrance. it is perfect for any outdoor daytime event or brunch.

notes: clover, bergamot,  lemon, nasturcia, jasmine, wild orchid, vetiver, amberwood, white musk.

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unfortunately, this is not available in india yet.

 

hermes jour d’hermes gardenia

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this perfume smells just like the name, gardenia, which if you love it like me, then it is a must have. two floral scents i live for are gardenia and peony.  it is a much more sophisticated gardenia scent than most others out in the market, which is why its a must for me. it’s perfect for any day or night event.

notes: gardenia, tuberose, jasmine, rose

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elizabeth and james nirvana white

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another christmas gift from my sister this year, i fell in love with this scent upon receiving it. it’s definitely the heaviest scent on this list, which is why i only wear it at night in the summer. i love the underlying hint of peony, keeping it appropriate for warm weather.

notes: peony, muguet, tender musk

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unfortunately, this is not available in india yet.

i love indian fashion, but sometimes i have a hard time mixing it with my western clothing. i found this varun bahl gown recently and fell in love. it’s the perfect balance of indo-western and ideal for an expat charity event, which i attended this past weekend. i love anything floral; the beaded flowers at the top and embroidered floral print from the waist to the hem are feminine and soft. i’m also obsessed with the black and blush colors mixed with silver at the waist. the cap sleeves are made of sheer net which are timelessly classic . i decided to wear the dupatta for an added indian element, but skipped on the churidars, given that it is so hot in bombay right now. since i chose an indian outfit, i decided to pair it with western accessories. i think this is the trick to mixing both styles so that i maintain my own fashion identity, while still being in tune with indian trends.

gown similar here  | varun bahl couture

bag similar here | kate spade

shoes similar here | dolce & gabbana

earrings | bloomingdales

bracelet | swarovski

nails | OPI mod about you and bubble bath for the perfect light pink.

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since moving to india, shopping has been a challenge for me. for the first year and a half, i found myself going back to new york or montreal 2-3 times a year to stock up on clothing, home decor and furniture. one of my goals is to try and find items here that i love so i don’t end up coming back with 6+ suitcases each time. one of my favorite things to buy are candles. unfortunately, candles get quite heavy to pack, which is why i was so happy when a friend introduced me to the store, the white window in bandra. they carry an array of home decor, candles, cutlery, tableware, rugs and furniture. the store has become my go-to for candles and fun home decor pieces. the candles come in a variety of scents and they smell great. they are comparable to the diptyque candles (which i love) for a fraction of the price. the last time i stopped in, i picked up this skull piece, which i am loving in silver. it adds a nice masculine touch to the overwhelming amount of floral prints in my home. the only downside to the store is the staff, as their knowledge of the product and pricing is limited, so be patient.

small candles start at rs. 650

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21st Rd, Khar West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400052

check out their facebook here

 

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FINAL COOKIE

welcome! i thought I would start the blog with my favorite recipe, pumpkin cookies. being in india during this time, i constantly crave all things autumn and winter. i like to pretend it is, turn my ac on blast, wear a big knit sweater, and bake anything with pumpkin or apple. these cookies are my grandmother’s recipe and i have been baking them for years. my cousin, allison and i, found the recipe in my grandmother’s old recipe book, and they have been a staple since. i have tried so many other pumpkin cookie recipes, and TRUST me, nothing compares. quick note, i haven’t been able to find canned pumpkin in india, so i use fresh, but feel free to use canned, as it is much easier. i made these for a christmas party last week and they were a big hit. enjoy!

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wedgwood butterfly cake stand

similar stand, available in india

            DARK CHOCOLATE PUMPKIN COOKIES

  • 1/2 cup of butter / 100 grams
  • 1/2 cup sugar / 100 grams
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar / 100 grams
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups of pumpkin (canned or fresh) / 450 grams
  • 3 cups flour / 700 grams
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda (with 1 tabespoon hot water)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • dark chocolate ( i cut up a frey bar and some lindt chocolates)

combine butter, both sugars, eggs & vanilla. add in pumpkin in a seperate bowl, combine flour, baking soda with hot water (this is key to make the cookies fluffy), baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt combine both bowls and stir until mixed. add as much dark chocolate as you want! i cut up a frey bar, but feel free to use chips. bake on 350 degrees for 12 minutes

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