Seeing London and Coming home for another party

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Earlier this week a very exciting parcel landed on my doorstep in the form of DKNY’s new Be Delicious City Blossom Eau de Toilettes. This Spring, their famous apple-based scents with similarly apple-shaped bottles are getting a floral revamp to create two new scents and one re-vamped original with floral blossom hues and pastel-coloured bottles.

DKNY say this collection is inspired by a “dreamy rooftop garden, in the heart of New York City, which is a magical escape from the streets below, enhanced by the splendour of the towering building in the distance, a botanical delight, where urban gardeners plant their cozy oasis.” Anyone else suddenly feel like getting on the first flight to New York? I know I do! The three scents are ‘Urban Violet’, ‘Empire Apple’ and ‘Rooftop Peony’, all of which are based around different parts the city’s growingly popular urban rooftop gardens that are sanctuaries for the New York girl‐on‐the‐go.

‘Urban Violet’ was the one I was most excited to try, as Yardley April Violets is one of my all-time favourite scents.  It features top notes of mandarin, blackberry, raspberry and red delicious apple blossom. Accents of rose, freesia and violet which are designed to ‘bring a lightness to the fragrance while base notes of sandalwood, orris and musk are a ‘woody anchor’. If you have any idea what that means, you are a far better beauty blogger than I am! This is sweet and powdery upon first spray, which dries down to be slightly floral, but nothing overpowering. I don’t think the violet comes across too strongly, with the original apple being the dominant scents, which you’d obviously expect from a DKNY fragrance.

Next up is ‘Empire Apple’, featuring the classic Be Delicious fragrance in limited edition botanical inspired packaging and carton to match the two new fragrances. The scent features top notes of American apple extract, cucumber, grapefruit and magnolia with middle notes of tuberose, white muget, rose and violet. Base notes here include sandalwood, blonde wood and white amber. Funnily enough this is my least favourite of the three and I usually love the original, especially in Summer because it is so crisp. but I think the florals are just more appealing to me now.

‘Rooftop Peony’ is my absolute favourite of the bunch, with top notes of mandarin, bergamot, pink lady apple blossom and cassis. Accents of rose absolute, peony and raspberry bring a fruity and floral freshness to the fragrance while base notes of sandalwood, amber and reseda ground the scent. This has slight hints of Stella by Stella McCartney, a scent which I’ve loved for about 5 years now which made me fall in love with this. It’s fresh, creamy and warming, and I think this is going to be my go-to Spring scent. I also really love the pink bottle, because it looks exactly like a Pink Lady apple…my favourite!

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Tara Lynn One of my favorite models is currently exclusively seen wearing fashion available at Boots in store and online, with a nationwide release on the 1st February. Do you think you’ll be picking up any of these? What’s your favourite Spring scent? That’s when pretty in pink blog gets a lot of content :)

I’ve gone off Strictly in recent years, but I can also guarantee that my mum will make a comment to me about what Tess Daly was wearing that week, and this season has been no exception. She’s caused controversy with some of the dress choices, and for the first live show, Tess wore a canary yellow dress that was lambasted on fashion and TV gossip websites for being too bright and for clashing with her blonde hair. The dress wasn’t very flattering, even though it was a Victoria Beckham dress which are always cut simply and elegantly. The claimed that Tess didn’t suit the high neckline either, which made her look a tad frumpy. I however think she looked really incredible, I’d definitely kill to rock a fitted dress like that!

The next dress Tess chose to wear didn’t go down well with viewers either – a baggy, purple piece that experts claim did nothing for her figure, despite being bunched up around the waist with a stylish metal belt. There was too much of the taffeta-like material, billowing out in all the wrong places and was said to bring to mind memories of an unflattering bridesmaid dress. This is probably my least favourite of the outfits so far, despite the lovely colour.

Just like last summer when I was visiting a friend from the states and we went on that infamous Sterling Heights Limo and I was in the best dress ever.

For week two, Tess went for a more classic look – a simple, if not dull, monochrome dress for the Saturday night show and a black, sequined dress for the results show, which was more appropriate for the glitzy dance contest. Tess looked stunning and the cut of the dresses suited her really well, and definitely stole all the lime light away from ol’ Brucie in between dances. This look can always be emulated for a night out with girls, but if that’s not what you’re after try the Ladies Night online game at Gala Bingo for some entertainment, that way you can stay in, put your feet up and still be able to check out what Tess is rocking that weekend.

Tess’ style was said to have gone awry in week three, where she wore a floor-length, red dress with a sheer panel down the front which viewers described on Twitter as looking cheap and unflattering, however I found it to be flattering on her curves, even if it wasn’t as “classy” as some of her other Strictly outfits from previous seasons. Again the problem here was said to the high neckline, which typically doesn’t suit Tess’s figure because of her chest size. The dress could have been accessorised a little better, instead of just a simple gold choker and thin gold bangle which were somewhat lost in the boldness of the dress colour itself.

Last season the Strictly presenter wore some beautiful dresses, channelling the old school glamour of ballroom dancing with a floor-length, silver sequined gown and Hollywood Bombshell hair. My favourite had to have been the outfit she wore for the final- a structured, peplum dress that had a long, sheer skirt layered on top with delicate, embellished shoulders which you can see here. I think dark blue suited her colouring perfectly, and being someone of a similar colouring, both skin-tone and hair, it was definitely a tip I’ve stolen off her for choosing some of my outfits recently!

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