Calyx Returns Under Clinique’s Label

In the late '90s, I worked at a salad place at the mall. That was the first and last time I worked with food. My favorite part of the day was when the Macy's beauty counter ladies came over for a salad and I would accost the Prescriptives sales associates with questions--mostly about Calyx and the suite of color-inspired fragrances the brand sold then (I was yellow). Discussing beauty at my patently non-beauty focused jobs is a recurring theme in my lifestyle. Anywho, they were not interested in Continue Reading [...]

Fictitious Fragrance Fan: Andera of ‘Beautiful Girls’

Sparkle, Neely, sparkle: This is the 2013 BBJ Holiday Gift Guide. For more gift-worthy items for everyone on your list, check out my other offerings.Regular readers know that I have three movies (well, two movies and one trilogy) that I MUST watch every year, at the same time annually. I especially like it when the season/weather is the same IRL as it is in the movie/TV show. In late October, I watch Back To The Future I/II/II. In November, I watch Beautiful Girls (to prepare me for the transition Continue Reading [...]

Fictitious Fragrance Fan: Lynne Stone, Girls Just Want To Have Fun

If you were alive and of sound mind in the '80s, there's no possible way you missed the ultimate dancing movie, Girls Just Want To Have Fun. Your only excuse could be toting a Y chromosome or living somewhere other than America (even on Guam"). Otherwise, you know the national treasure that was Lynne Stone, BFF of SJP, played by a young Helen Hunt. She rocked her Walkman to babysit, she drinks Tab, she adorns her 'do with plastic dinosaur barrettes--the girl's got style. In fact, in her words, "What Continue Reading [...]

Fictitious Fragrance Fan: Blanche Devereaux

Credit: gohomelifeyouredrunk.tumblr.comKnow him? Why, I left my undershorts on his radiadah!--Blanche DevereauxNest has a KNACK for many things, one of them being beautiful, formal floral fragrances of the highest quality and artisanship. Their bevy of blossomy scents, to me, instantly evoke a southern woman of gargantuan glamour. When I first lit my Nest White Narcisse candle, I looked around my apartment for Designing Women's Julia Sugarbaker. It's HER, friends. And at a recent dinner Laura Slatkin Continue Reading [...]

Fictitious Fragrance Fan: Mary From ‘About Time’

This post is sponsored, but all opinions herein are my own. I'm not sure if there IS a movie that's more my speed than About Time, which incorporates British humor (it's from filmmaker Richard Curtis of Love Actually, Notting Hill and Four Weddings and a Funeral fame) and chick flick undertones. Years of demonic dating in Manhattan may have left me dead inside, but my soul needs to see happy, functional relationships existing at least on the silver screen. Plus, it features the beautiful Continue Reading [...]

Fictitious Fragrance Fan: Mia Wallace of ‘Pulp Fiction’

Adrenaline-shot recipient, Pulp Fiction's Mia Wallace, played by Uma Thurman, changed the lipstick and lacquer landscape of the ‘90s. Few other movie characters can claim such an impact--and especially during such a patently unchic time when fashion and beauty were left to draw inspiration from the emerging Seattle music scene as many major influencers in fashion at this time were tragically dying of AIDS. Her sleek dusky bob, her smokily lined eyes and quirky locutions like “I’ll be down Continue Reading [...]

Fictitious Fragrance Fan: ‘Stealing Beauty”s Lucy Harmon

Welcome to BBJ feature Fictitious Fragrance Fans. Fragrance is one of the most difficult areas of beauty to discuss and I find myself trying to convey a scent to you, more often than not, by the pop culture character it embodies to me. So why not make it a thing?Stealing Beauty is a very beautiful, deeply '90s drama about life, death and love in the life of Liv Tyler's character, Lucy Harmon. The Bertolucci film boasts wonderful landscapes and an innocent girl, a virgin, who tries to understand Continue Reading [...]

Saks Launches New Fragrance Floor

Remember when Almost Famous' Penny Lane said all you needed to do when you missed your friends was go to the record store?  Well, Saks Fifth Avenue's New York City flagship has launched the olfactory version of that, where you can visit all of your favorite Fictitious Fragrance Fans from Lisa of Weird Science to Katharine Parker to Jody Sawyer.Among the fabulous fragrance finds to grace the floor are Le Labo (score the Santal 33, a fiercely coveted favorite of mine) and Hermes along with eight Continue Reading [...]

On Wednesdays We Wear Pink-packaged Body Souffle

This post is sponsored by Avon, but all opinions herein are my own.If this lacy-racy jar of skin-smoothing softly scented MADNESS isn't EXACTLY what Will & Grace's Karen Walker would wear when she's masquerading about town as Anastasia Beaverhausen, then I don't know what is. It's a fruity scent with the gravitas of sultry amber that evokes all the cunning sexiness of this fictional character's channeling of her very own fictional character. Too much? Well, so is Anastasia Beaverhausen. Behold: Karen Continue Reading [...]

Fictitious Fragrance Fan: ‘The Sweetest Thing”s Courtney Rockcliffe

Welcome to BBJ feature Fictitious Fragrance Fans. Fragrance is one of the most difficult areas of beauty to discuss and I find myself trying to convey a scent to you, more often than not, by the pop culture character it embodies to me. So why not make it a thing?Courtney Rockcliffe (played by Christina Applegate, above right) is probably the coolest friend you could have. If I were to design my own pop-culture influenced Life Extension a la Vanilla Sky's David Aames,  I would absolutely include Continue Reading [...]