Hopefully you’re up to speed with all the goss from the 30 Plus NYC trip by now – I can’t believe it happened over a month ago already! I left a few details out of my original NYC diary as I there was so much I wanted to tell you, I thought I’d better make separate posts.
if you want to catch up with my previous posts you can check out my original New York Diary to see what we go up to each day, and Coney Island was just fantastic, and of course not forgetting, my massive Sephora Haul!
So, on the Tuesday morning of our trip, we had a fragrance workshop arranged with leading French perfumer Karine Dubreuil-Sereni who was the nose behind Michael Buble’s By Invitation fragrance. You probably know by now that I’m a massive perfume fanatic so I was really excited to learn about the scent, as we as hear all about the creative process behind making By Invitation.
Also, Karine worked directly with Michael to create By Invitation – I wanted to make a point of saying this because this isn’t just a random fragrance with a celebrity name on it. Michael had direct influence on the fragrance, and was very specific with his vision and direction – and the quality of the scent really shows the work that has gone into it. Michael said –
[otw_shortcode_quote border=”bordered” border_style=”bordered” background_color_class=”otw-silver-background” background_pattern=”otw-pattern-1″]It’s no secret that I’m a hopeless romantic. It’s in every note I sing and every song I write. The idea was to create a special ‘invitation’ to fans into my new world of fragrance. I’m inviting women to enjoy a beautiful scent that represents my personal taste and imagination. By Invitation is what I’d call ‘love in a bottle’.[/otw_shortcode_quote]
We learned about the notes that make up the fragrance – and boy are there a lot!
The top contains Bergamot, Red Berries and Lemon, for a sparkling, fruity introduction.
The heart Lily of the Valley, Rose, Peony and Wild Jasmine brings the fragrance together with a selection of fresh and elegant florals.
And the base of Patchouli Indonesia, Vanilla, Praline, Cedar Wood, White Amber and Musk gives a warm and comfortable feeling to the scent – making it both universally appealing and tempting.
Smelling each note individually really helped me to grasp how the fragrance was put together, as well as emphasising the fact of how complex this scent really is.
So what is the fragrance actually like?
Well to describe it, I’d say it’s ageless – it doesn’t make you think young girl, or older lady, it definitely has a universal appeal – which suits Michael down to the ground as he does too!
On trying the By Invitation, I was very pleasantly surprised. I have to say I did have a slight worry that what if I didn’t like it? What would I say and do? Well we all instantly fell in love, and doused ourselves with the perfume 🙂
It’s a very warm and inviting scent, designed to make heads turn and be noticed, without being overly powerful or intense. It’s a gorgeous everyday fragrance that feels high end, yet accessible to all.
The next day was the launch event. After preening for what seemed like many hours, we were all dressed to the nines and ready! The event took place literally next door to our hotel, at the beautiful Eddison Ballroom.
As expected, Michael was wonderful. He explained the thinking behind his fragrance, and also treated us to a few songs.
I have to admit I developed a major crush on Michael right there and then – he’s just so lovely! I can see why he’s so popular – I mean of course he has an amazing voice, but he seems like such a nice genuine guy too. His wife is a very lucky lady indeed! 😀
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to meet him – cue sad face. He was supposed to be mingling after his talk but ended up going home as he wasn’t feeling very well. Never mind.
After the event we headed off to the after party at a fabulous rooftop bar. It was a fantastic way to end the evening – the drinks were flowing as was the conversation, whilst looking over the night time view of new york city. The whole trip was just fantastic – a definite once in a lifetime opportunity for which I am eternally grateful.
As you can see in my pictures Michael kindly signed a box for me – how exciting! Oh and the candle is just as gorgeous as the perfume – I’ll let you know when these will be available to buy.
BUT – I also have three more Michael Buble By Invitation SIGNED perfume boxes to give away – with the 50ml perfumes included, obviously! Each will have an original Michael Buble signature on – signed by the man himself. These are obviously very collectible and perfect for Buble fans! The giveaway is open internationally and will run for three weeks. All you need to do is enter via rafflecopter below – and as ever if you have any questions please feel free to drop me a line.
Good luck! And I hope you enjoyed my post xxx
(By Invitation is also available to buy now at The Perfume Shop)