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West Coast Roses + Fragrance Inspiration

I used to wear perfume daily. Okay, I used to wear men's cologne daily as I preferred it, and the occasional perfume. After college, I went on a fragrance hiatus for a few years. I also didn't have cable television. It was most likely budget related. I'll credit my cousins with getting me enamored again with perfume.

My cousin, Cara, spent a summer in Paris and has a rather enviable perfume collection. When I visit her in D.C., I spritz something new, permitting it's not the same fragrance as she's wearing! (Her rule, she kiddingly scolded me, but I love her). My good friend, E, contributed as well. She's a full-blown fragrance-a-phile.

I went to San Francisco a few years ago with my cousins from the Philippines. While in the San Francisco Rose Garden, I fell in love with the American Beauty Rose. One day I want to find that exact scent.

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Perfume is fun, and adds a bit of depth to your day and outfit. Certain moods and seasons call for different scents. And you can pretend you're a bit Frenchy.

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My favorite scent is Gucci 2. It was my scent of choice when I lived in Las Vegas in 2002. It's hard to find, but so lovely and unique. The bottle is also hot pink. Case closed.

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Mike bought me Vicktor Rolf Flowerbomb for my birthday. It's a sweet, floral scent held in a bottle that looks like a sparkly hand grenade.

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Here are my current Top Five Wish-list fragrance purchases. I don't buy new things frequently, but the great thing about perfume is that it lasts for a while. I am not obsessed enough to know all about the base notes and all that, but usually like spicy, floral and kind of manly (or uber girly).

1. Narcisco Rodgriguez for Her: I couldn't tell if I liked this one at first, but I love smelling my wrists whenever I wear it. It grows on you.

2. Juicy Couture: I bought a small bottle of Viva La Juicy instead, which is also nice, but this was the one I really want.

3. Hanae Mori Butterfly: It's soft and slightly baby powdery. Enchanting.

4. Kenzo Amore: It reminds me of the Hanae Mori, but a bit different.

5. Dior Addict for Life: Clean, floral, a new favorite. Dare I say...addicting?!

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That's it for now. I have a sampler that I bought at Sephora, which includes a coupon for a full size bottle once you pick your favorite. Right now, Kenzo Amore is the top contender of the choices.

Perfume? Love it? Hate it? Anything I should check out?

P.S. I would still wear some Love's Baby Soft any day of the week! Shout out to seventh grade!