Friday, May 24, 2013

Friday Five : Hermès Chicago edition

         Happy Friday! It's been a beyond-busy couple of months for me, spent putting the finishing touches on my graduate dissertation. This week, I finally had the much needed chance to relax and head downtown with a good friend. We stopped the Hermès boutique on Chicago's Oak St., and I snapped a photo (as seen in my Instagram feed) of a gorgeous scarf in the window display; if you look closely, you can see the reflections of pedestrians, a Prada boutique, and myself!

          As you might know, I have a soft spot for Hermès perfumes (composed by in-house perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena), so I had to stop in for a sniff. While Hermès perfume series like the Jardins, Merveilles, and Les Colognes are available elsewhere to varying degrees, the Hermessences seem to be more exclusive to the boutique. I tried some of the Hermessence perfumes that I'd been looking forward to sniffing for some time, including Rose Ikebana, Iris Ukiyoé, and Osmanthe Yunnan. They were as wonderful as I could have hoped for; I'm hoping to make another visit if/when new Hermès Les Colognes in Eau de Narcisse Bleu and Eau de Mandarine Ambrée become available. Of course, in addition to perfume, I got a chance to admire the displays of Hermès cuffs, saddles, and other good things! On that note, here is my Friday Five list of favorite reads this week:

1. The Beauty Look Book compares Dior Gel Top Coat with Chanel Laque Brilliance Extreme.
2. Bois de Jasmin tells a tale of incense and intrigue with Tom Ford Sahara Noir.
3. The Former Girl at Bar shares the brilliant blue of Urban Decay Chaos 24/7 liner.
4. Grain de Musc revels in Hermès Eau de Narcisse Bleu.
5. Best Things in Beauty has a fresh lip color in Tom Ford Cherry Lush.

         Thanks for reading! What are you up to this weekend? What scents have you checked off of your to-try list lately?

Love, Dovey.


  1. Hey Dovey, good luck with your dissertation! I remember liking some of the Hermes perfumes as well, but I can't quite remember which ones just now :) My new perfume crush is Chanel Coco Mademoiselle EDP. It's a chypre and those are ALWAYS good in my book!

  2. Hi Dovey, Chicago is such a wonderful city for window shopping. (and real shopping!) I also love it for its architectural diversity- it's a very uniquely beautiful city!

  3. Congratulations on finishing up the dissertation. You're on the home stretch now. And speaking of home stretches, that scarf is stunning. Such vibrant colors, such movement, such speed, such power! I don't think I'd ever wear it, though. I'd have it framed and hang it in our study. A horse in motion is a joy to behold :-)

  4. Hi Dovey, Love that image of the Hermes scarf! I haven't had the opportunity to try the Hermessence perfumes--they sound intriguing! Congratulations on completing your dissertation :)

  5. Congratulations on finishing the dissertation! What an achievement!

    That picture of the Hermes scarf is amazing. I've tottered around the Hermes perfume counters but haven't found a scent that stuck with me yet.


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