Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Stella, I Love You: My Fragrance Love Letter to Stella by Stella McCartney

An appropriately romantic sunset with my one and only fragrance

I first experienced the magical mixture of rose, mandarin and amber that is Stella by Stella McCartney when I was about 15 years old. I was in a Sephora with my friend Liz; I think she had smelled a sample of it in a magazine and wanted to try it. I immediately fell in love with it, and strangely recall a strong sense of envy and possessiveness at the idea that Liz might buy it (sorry, Liz! true life confessional blog post here). A bottle of Stella was too much of an indulgence for me to buy when I was 15, but you better believe that when I was 18 and had some of my own money to spend, this was one of my first purchases.

Stella is the scent of my burgeoning adulthood and independence in the City That Never Sleeps. It's carried me through my first classes at Parsons, empowered me during lonely times, seen me through internships, theses & graduation and accompanied me on my last first date. A spritz of Stella is the last accessory I put on before going to work every morning and it makes my walk to the subway all the more enjoyable and invigorating.

I often get fragrance samples from Sephora and sometimes they're quite lovely, so I'll place a few drops from one of those tiny tubes on my inner wrists before going to work. Inevitably, something feels amiss. I'm not at my best. What can I say? I fell in love at the age of 15 and never looked back.


  1. I heard so many people rave about this perfume, I really want to try it! Lovely review, you write so well :) x

    Rachael |

  2. Thank you! It's a beautiful perfume. Love your blog name, btw!