Gucci Flora: Perfume And Personality | Clozette
Whether you're a fashion or beauty girl, you know that the best way to stand-out amongst the crowd is to be yourself. The basics of standing out seems simple enough--you can either dress in the most stylish way possible or wear makeup like a pro. But did you know that there is another thing you can try that can be an extension of your individuality? It's all about wearing a signature scent. 


Looking and feeling great can now be done with a spritz from a perfume bottle you resonate with--whether it's a sweet scent for your girl-next-door style or a floral scent to match your girly OOTD. Your chosen signature scent can effortlessly exude that vibe for you and can even be an extension of your mood or inspiration for that day. 


This is what former Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini had in mind when they launched their Flora Fragrance Collection. She explains: “With Flora by Gucci, I wanted to express the loveliness of the Flora woman...[someone who is] charming, romantic, and optimistic. Now with The Flora Garden Collection I am celebrating the multi-faceted way the Gucci woman expresses her personality.” 





It is a bouquet of scents inspired by the House’s renowned Flora pattern. With their five perfumes, one has an opportunity to explore and enhance her many facets – hidden and revealed – her gorgeousness, grace, glamour, generosity and glory. 


Following our first feature, let's now take a look at how our Clozette girls Melissa, Emma, and Kymm express their personality through their daily OOTDs, makeup looks and yes, even perfumes, in this exclusive interview. 

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Melissa

Emma

Kymm

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To our Clozetters in Singapore & Malaysia, you can stand a chance to
WIN a Gucci Flora fragrance. We've got 3 bottles to give away*! 



All you have to do is comment below with your answer to this simple question:
"How do you let your personality shine through?"

* Giveaway period from 16th to 13th July 2015
** Only Clozetters residing in Singapore & Malaysia are eligible 

Melissa

(clozette.co/MelissaFerosha)




How do you let your personality shine through in the photos you share?

I look at “Melissa Jane Ferosha” as my personal brand online. I came up with “Ferosha” myself, inspired from Christian Siriano of Project Runway Season 4-- a flawless, ferosh, fabulous and fierce designer. I love his designs of course, but most of all I admire his strong personality and attitude while he remains adorable and insanely talented. Like him, I believe to always be myself and not hide my thoughts too much, even on public platforms like my blog and Instagram account. I love to be photographed and wear different clothes. The whole process is so enjoyable and natural to me that they show in my pictures and expressions. I usually wear what I like, so my followers would also expect a consistent whimsical style that I carry.  Although the occasional experimental mood does kick in and I throw in a surprise element or two. I used to own an online store but I still dream of having my own fashion label one day.


What do you think are your stand-out characteristics that make you unique? 

I have people telling me that my sense of style is “loud” and “very colourful,” even my Mum! To be honest, I am not affected. I actually feel quite happy with my innate preference for vibrant options. I notice that most girls in Singapore go for a more casual look and hence wear a lot of basics, but my inclination is always towards prints, florals, unique cuts or designs, and even clashing colours. I build my confidence to dress differently from the majority by embracing my personal identity and living by this quote from my role-model, Taylor Swift: “If you’re lucky enough to be different, never change yourself.” I am also not afraid to speak my mind and challenge conventions. I remind myself to step out of my comfort zone and be more adventurous in various aspects of my life.




If a fragrance is to be an extension of your personality, which scent would you pick? What type of scent notes do you think reflect your personality the most?

I am 360 degrees lover of florals, a dreamer, and a romantic. I guess I am also sensitive and a little fickle? So floral and flirty scents like Yves Saint Laurent Parisienne, Dior J'Adore, and Flora by Gucci are wonderful for me. Feminine notes like magnolia, jasmine, rose, and honeysuckle are familiar to me and I also favour a bottom note of amber, musk, or vanilla. Depending on my mood, I sometimes go for fruity base notes for a light-hearted and upbeat start to my day or citrus if it is an adventurous and fun weekend.




Do you think your unique personality can be expressed through the fragrance that you pick? After all, scents are highly linked to memory, do you think having a signature scent makes it easier for people to remember you?

Yes, I think my fragrance preferences do enhance my personality and highlight my unique qualities. People around me relate that I remind them of flowers, bright colours, and Spring. Perhaps also due to the scents that I wear, my friends and colleagues remember me as someone who is cheerful, optimistic and in my boyfriend’s words, “like bunnies in the garden”. Well, I can never have enough of flowers and cute little animals!




What spring/summer trend are you most excited to try and why? What is it about this trend that makes you want to try it?

This Spring/Summer is extremely exciting for me because there are so many relatable trends that are in sync with my style preferences. From light, flowing dresses (hippy deluxe or luxury bohemian), to jumpsuits with statement accessories, to patchwork ensembles that span the denim colour palette, to romantic lace and kimono, the mix-and-match (also a trend itself) possibilities are endless! The thought of playing with these fashion ideas gives me boundless energy and most of all, I look forward to try ballerina and pop art. Both are contrasting to each other and almost completely different but ballerina reminds me of the days I did ballroom dancing, and I absolutely love the elegant tulle dresses and long tutu skirts. Pop art reflects my adoration with bright colours, bold intersecting motifs, statement skirts and panelled dresses.



Emma

(clozette.co/emmashazleen)




What do you think are your stand-out characteristics that make you unique? What do you do to ensure that you are always able to stand-out and be unique in a crowd?

I am petite and even though that is so, I am daring in the way I dress. A lot of Malays are very conservative in Malaysia, so I guess that’s what makes me stand-out and unique.


What or Who inspires you the most? How do you gain inspiration to keep you motivated and inspired in your blogging career?

I follow other international fashion bloggers like Kristina Bazan, Chiara Ferragni and fashion icons such as Olivia Palermo. The way they present themselves motivates me to do better in my blogging career.




Do you think fragrances are a must-have in anyone's beauty stash? Why?

Of course they’re a must-have! Everyone must own at least one bottle of perfume. They bring out your personality, who you really are, and makes you smell good. Plus, you don’t want your BO to “shine” through, right? Hehe. 


What do you "look for" in a fragrance? Are you drawn to a specific scent or to an overall 'feel' of a fragrance line--for example, are you enamoured by a fragrance line through its entire packaging?

I don’t really look at packaging when choosing a fragrance - the scent is the most important factor (it’s just a bonus if the packaging is pretty too!) I usually go for something that attracts me the most, which is something sweet and flowery, or fruity. 




What would you consider your everyday fragrance? Is it something light and refreshing or are you drawn to stronger more notable scents that evoke memories from a particular season? Is your every day fragrance something that reflects who you are?

My everyday fragrance would be something light, nothing too strong as I don’t really like strong scents. It makes me light-headed to be honest! Although for special occasions during night-time where it’s crowded, it is most likely to be warm and people tend to sweat, so I don’t like the smell of something stinging in the air. I like to stand-out and smell really good. 


What spring/summer trend are you most excited to try and why? What is it about this trend that makes you want to try it--is it reflective of who you are and your interests?

Fashion-wise, the Spring/Summer trend I would be interested in are the Kimono style trench coats. I think it’s so effortlessly fashionable! Just throw it on and you'd look tres chic! Besides that, I think mixing-and-matching and denim patchwork are rising trends for the season.



Kymm

(clozette.co/Diagonalll)




What do you think are your stand-out characteristics that make you unique? What do you do to ensure that you are always able to stand-out and be unique in a crowd?

I think my ability to take things lightly and make the best of a situation makes me unique. I don't actively think of ways to stand out among a crowd - I'm more laid back!




What or Who inspires you the most? How do you gain inspiration to keep you motivated and inspired in your blogging career?

Beautiful visuals and colourful makeup trends keep me inspired. I love looking at beautiful photos and visuals that come out with each new makeup collection launch! They keep me creative and give me ideas on what to blog about next.


Do you think fragrances are a must-have in anyone's beauty stash? Why?

I wouldn't be able to live without fragrances! Every girl NEEDS to have that one fragrance that makes her feel beautiful, sexy and happy.




What do you "look for" in a fragrance? Are you drawn to a specific scent or to an overall 'feel' of a fragrance line--for example, are you enamoured by a fragrance line through its entire packaging?

The scent is the most important thing to me when it comes to selecting a fragrance, packaging comes second. I love it when scents smell "happy", you know what I mean? Like they make you feel a certain way- happy, sexy etc.


What spring/summer trend are you most excited to try and why? What is it about this trend that makes you want to try it--is it reflective of who you are and your interests?

Highlighting and contouring the face is super in at the moment. Not so much of a contouring fan as I feel I already have a pretty structured facial shape, but I'm more than ready to pile them highlighters on! Try Laura Mercier's Matte Radiance Baked Highlight for a naturally glowy cheek or The Balm's Mary Loumanizer for a more intense look.


Spring/Summer is the best time for play, what sort of experiences are you looking to create in order to make this spring/summer as memorable as it can be--living life to the fullest and letting your personality shine through in everything you do.

I'm looking forward to travelling to and exploring as many destinations as I possibly can! That, to me, is living life to the fullest.



We've Got A Giveaway!

To our Clozetters in Singapore & Malaysia**, you can stand a chance to
WIN a Gucci Flora fragrance. We've got 3 bottles to give away*! 



All you have to do is comment below with your answer to this simple question:
"How do you let your personality shine through?"

* Giveaway period from 16th to 13th July 2015
** Only Clozetters residing in Singapore & Malaysia are eligible 

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It’s always a challenge to get dad to use the anti-ageing skincare products you gave him or even use those gift certificates to your favourite spa for a facial. But what he won’t turn down for certain is a good fragrance. This Father’s Day, consider gifting him a unique scent that will truly bring out his charm.


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Gucci Made To Measure




This is well suited to a man with refined tastes who knows how to enjoy luxury. It features accords of Calabrian bergamot in the top notes, Sri Lankan nutmeg at the heart and labdanum in the base notes for a truly opulent fragrance.


Boss Bottled by Hugo Boss




A timeless and elegant scent like this is perfect for everyday wear. Its aroma is fresh and sharp with a warm woody base, balanced with a floral and spicy heart dominated by pelargonium, warm cinnamon and cloves.




Dolce & Gabbana The One For Men




A sophisticated, masculine scent that smells warm and comforting. The fragrance opens with fresh notes of bergamot, coriander and basil and closes with a base of cedar, ambergris and tobacco.




Kenneth Cole Mankind




The Renaissance man who knows how to look good and do good will want a fragrance that can match his fast-paced and go-getting lifestyle. Give him this fragrance that features elements of cardamom, tarragon leaf, ginger and pineapple that make for an energetic concoction he’ll surely love.




Giorgio Armani Armani Code




After winning the Fragrance of the Year - Men’s Luxe at the FiFi Award in 2006, this scent has become a classic. Its top notes are made of bergamot and lemon; middle notes are star anise, olive blossom and guaiac wood; base notes consist of leather, tobacco and tonka bean – all in all making a truly unforgettable fragrance.




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(cover photo from Lexiepuzon)


Memories are the best thing that we can take with us when we grow up. They remind us of our youth, worthwhile moments, and a worthwhile piece of time that we can never get back. That's why Summer is full of things that make our memories worthwhile. 


Let's take a look at how our free-spirited Clozette Ambassador Lexie Puzon makes new memories this season! 


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What do you love most about summer?

First of all, a year without summer is like a week without Friday, pepperoni pizza without the pepperoni, and lastly it's like a road trip without the music & singing endlessly. What's the point? Exactly. What I love about summer is it wraps you around like a good ol' sweater. This is the time of your life that you can be as free as a bird, go adventures wherever you want and not think about the deadlines. It is the time where the sun is out and it's time to get tan and bask under the sun all day. It's where you make the most of your break and live your life to the fullest and check off those things you've been itching to do!


How was your recent trip to Baler different from your other travels?

My recent trip in Baler was pretty amazing. It's different from my out-of-the-country trips because our country is known for it's beautiful islands that we can call ours. I realized the beauty of our The Philippines and how we should be proud of it. It was different because I was just not on a vacation, but I was also seeing the kind of life they have there (all thanks to my sister who lived there for a month) It's the one trip I keep close to my heart.





Do you have a particular go-to summer outfit or makeup look? 

My go-to-summer outfits would be anything crocheted, off-shoulder tops, tropical prints, and Birkenstocks. I love this look because you can never go wrong with it! It instantly gives you that stylish, refreshing summer look. It also gives that bohemian vibe that I love. The pop of tropical colors and the coolness it gives to our eyes definitely seeks attention without being intimidating, and the daintiness of the color creates this approachable and positive vibe all around you. All you need is to find the most flattering cut for your body and you're good to go. 




As for the makeup, I would go for light and effortless look by using my Max factor BB cream 3 in 1 foundation. It's a foundation, sunscreen and foundation all in one. Then a lip gloss to keep the whole look refreshing that will definitely go with my sunkissed skin.






What was your most memorable summer trip and activity? 

The most memorable activity would be riding a japanese bike by the bay in Baler. Mainly because it was my first time to experience such a view. My view was by the ocean while seeing the sun set with the air going through my spine. It's an experience that I want to savor. 




Other than travelling what are the other things you do to make new memories this season?

Normally, I go to more humble coffee shops that are waiting to get discovered and blogged about it. Also, I find adventures within the city such as museums, festivals, and concerts.





What makes you excited about travelling? 

What excites about travelling is wandering around and finding pieces of myself along the way. But the best thing is the feeling of fulfillment.




Do you have any tips to share for our Clozette girls who'd like to maximize their summer and make new memories?

My advice would be, for every adventure is an opportunity to unravel the great unknown--don't hesitate to grab it. As the saying goes "You'll never know if you'll never try". And after a while, the sun will set again and rise, and each time it does we just learn to admire its beauty--just like our tanlines and sunburns that will eventually fade. Summer is just like that when the waves touch our toes by the shore, they leave footprints in the sand. That's how you should remember every summer adventure.



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