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FRAGRANCE | Into the woods with Murkwood Parfum Extrait by Pineward Perfumes

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  After registering in my passive fragrance radar a short couple of months ago, Pineward Perfumes immediately prompted a quick search from me all because of pine. It comes as no surprise because I totally enjoy the likes of Serge Lutens's Fille en Aiguilles and House of Matriarch's Sacre Noir , both of which beautifully use pine as a prominent note. Pineward Perfumes is a very young indie brand, having launched just last year (2020). It has an interesting ethos of being a brand centered on coniferous scents (although understandably not with absolute exclusivity).

LOOKBOOK | I could be brown and purply and velvety

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This is another case of a " when you're pressed for time to press your clothes " kind of outfit. I simply dusted off this velvety suit from the hanger after close to two years of inactivity, paired it with a light gray knitted piece, and topped the look with a pocket square. For footwear, I thought these brown ombre double monk strap shoes was in line with my outfit's color palette, so I decided to give them a spin. And that's about it.

LOOKBOOK | When you're pressed for time to press your clothes

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Still not used to this return to the office thing. For one, ironing is such a chore. It may sound ironic but thank God for suits because I have a couple hanging ready for months. They're perfect for when I haven't prepared anything in advance and I'm pressed for time. And since offices are mostly casual these days, I need not worry about a shirt because a pullover easily does the trick. 

FRAGRANCE | What's angelic about Choeurs des Anges EDP by Atelier des Ors?

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Choeur des Anges was my gateway fragrance to Atelier des Ors . When I first saw it shared in a local frag group a couple of years ago, I was instantly mesmerized by those gold leaf particles swirling in its bright, golden juice. While I'm aware they serve no practical purpose, I'm a sucker for presentation, so eventually I got a bottle. 

LOOKBOOK | Papaya in watercolor

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If first day highs are a thing, what to make of second days? After starting off my back to the office week with a rather drab outfit of grays and blacks , I thought of sporting something bright and cheerful. Let's make second day highs a thing as well! 

LOOKBOOK | Return to office first day high

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Reality bites. I always knew that this work from home setup won't be forever. That we would one day be mandated to return to the office was inevitable. I kept pushing such thoughts to the back of my mind, to its deepest recesses, to some place I hopefully could never access. But then came the day. 

FRAGRANCE | Oajan EDP by Parfums de Marly: Balanced gourmand sweetness with a generous sprinkling of cinnamon

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Oajan by Parfums de Marly was one of the first frags from this house that I really liked (although it was ultimately Herod that I ended up with first). Unlike Layton , Layton Exclusif , Percival , Kalan , etc., which all ended up annoyingly sharp on my skin, Oajan did not.