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1000 Fabulous Things We Love

“1000 Fabulous Things We Love” is a lighthearted count of our favorite inspiration, ideas, and products that remind us just how we can make our lives a little bit more fabulous, day by day. Please leave your comments! We welcome your contributions and suggestions!

#9 Fabulous Things We Love: The Smell of Leather on a Brand New Bag

Thursday, September 08, 2011

You buy a new designer purse.  You begin to question the amount you just spent for it.  You get home, open the canvas protector bag and out emerges absolute beauty and the aroma of brand new decadently soft leather.  A smile appears on your face as you caress your new love.

So what makes the smell of fresh leather on a brand new purse so intoxicating?  Does Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Fendi, Gucci or Coach infuse their creations with an invisible addicting that make you want to buy one, hold one and own one?  What is this soothing, therapeutic aroma that brings feelings of joy, excitement, accomplishment and pride?

Thank the Limbic System of your brain.  This is the system that deals with both emotions and the processing of olfactory messages.  The natural smell and oils found in leather, especially well treated leathers like those in expensive designer purses, evoke and arouse a neurological response linking scent to pleasure.  

So, the next time you fall in love with the smooth rich tan of a Chloé tote, know that it’s not your lack of restraint forcing you to purchase it, blame the genetic programming of your brain which is sending messages of pleasure directly to your credit card!


-Stephanie

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#8 Fabulous Things We Love: Champagne While Shopping

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Everything is better with a little glass of bubbly in your hand, including shopping.  Did you know that champagne contains a high amount of antioxidants that can help prevent the deterioration of brain cells due to oxidative stress (or so studies say)?  It also includes trace minerals such as magnesium, potassium, zinc, and lithium (a natural mood regulator).  So while you’re drinking your champagne you’re becoming happier!


This is why I believe Nordstrom is a smart retailer.  During the holiday season they have their annual “after-hours” shopping event with champagne and hors d'oeuvres.  What a better way to shop for shoes than to drink a little Veuve Clicquot while doing so (just don’t indulge too much or you might be surprised to see a $1,000 credit card bill when you get home).

-Stephanie

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#5 Fabulous Things We Love: Dry Shampoo

Friday, September 02, 2011
Solve your bad hair day

How many times do you wake up late and really don’t have time to take a full shower and shampoo, condition, blow-dry and then style your hair? Or, you’re like me and sometimes just plain lazy. A hairstylist shared her little secret with me when she was styling my hair and wanted to add more volume. She sprayed a little bit of Tresemme Dry Shampoo in my roots and voila! I had Dolly Parton hair!  Not only does it absorb oil when you skip shampoos, but it creates great lift and bounce.

 Just make sure to spray it several inches away from your root and brush it through or else you’ll look like you have white streaks in your hair (that could a good look too if you’re going for the Stacy London from TLC’s What Not to Wear look).  You can also blowdry it after you spray to really lock in that volume. It’s fabulous! So simple to use and extremely affordable. Only $4 and lasts forever!  Love it! 

-Brandi


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