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Wednesday, 16 December 2015

The power of scent; an ode to Stella.

Stella by Stella McCartney*

Stella. The name of our family pup who used to sleep beside my cot and run to wake up my mother if I ever awoke in the night. Stella. Also the name of the scent I have worn during some of the most pivotal and also some of the most simple, everyday moments of my life.

Pressing my fingers up to the misty windows of the bus on morning commutes. Moving to new places. Exams. Graduating from University. When I found myself falling in love with books all over again. Wandering around supermarkets, deciding what to make for dinner. So many I love you's. Cuddles with Ralphie. A few painful goodbyes. When nerves built whilst sitting in waiting rooms. Tangled up with the scent of evening rain. Birthdays. Christmases. A couple of plane journeys. To concerts. When making bad decisions, and a few good decisions too. To remind me of home when I haven't been there physically. To remind me of who I am, who I used to be, who I can be when I haven't been present mentally. Sitting on clifftops looking out to sea. Blowing bubbles in countryside villages. Dreaming of where I want to be, and figuring out how to get there.

I have received many bottles as gifts, given almost as many as gifts. And I probably never would have discovered it if it weren't for this space on the internet where I have spent so much of my early twenties. Those important years I have spent learning what it means to be myself.

To me Stella smells like strength, vulnerability, pure unapologetic joy, painful rawness, silliness, a comforting embrace, truth, determination, confusion, a smidge of certainty and the hopeful uncertainty of all the things that are yet to come.

What is your favourite fragrance? 
What does it smell like to you? 


  1. I love the look of this one, I want to try it! My favourite is Chanel Chance :)
    Thanks for posting!
    Lucy xoxo


  2. Like songs, scents can bring up some memories past :) -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

  3. It looks and sounds like a gorgeous fragrance, I've wanted to try it for ages so it might have to be my next perfume purchase x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

  4. I'm not super familiar with this fragrance, I should give it a little spritz the next time I go shopping! You make it sound so wonderful :) I have a couple of favourites, one is discontinued unfortunately. I've always loved Coco Mademoiselle though, I don't think I could ever get bored of that. xxxx

  5. I loved reading this! I think it's amazing how powerful scent can be. It really can evoke so many emotions and bring back so many memories :) xx

    Ioanna | hearting.co.uk

  6. This was so lovely to read - amazing what a scent can bring back, all those memories. I'm not familiar with the fragrance of this, I'll have to give it a try sometime.

    Lucy | www.foreverseptemberr.blogspot.co.uk

  7. Stella is definitely in my top 3 favourite perfumes but I think Narciso Rodriguez for her is my number 1. It smells sophisticated, sexy, floral and you can wear it daily. My bottle has a tiny amount left so will definitely need to get a new bottle soon!

    Natasha | The Night is Wild

  8. I LOVE this fragrance so much! x

  9. This is my favourite perfume post ever, it's lovely to read something that reflects how personal a fragrance is! I definitely need to smell Stella now.
    My favourite perfume is Armani Code <3

    Jess xo

  10. What a lovely post! I've just got a few drops left of my current Stella bottle- it's such a unique scent, I can always tell straight away if someone is wearing it nearby!

    - Gracie Sees xo


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