August 2022

Vera Wang Launches New Fragrance with Leighton Meester

Vera Wang celebrated the launch of her latest fragrance, Lovestruck, with Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester at the fabulous James Hotel.   Vera was there to tell us about Lovestruck:

“Lovestruck is about the emotion and rush you feel when you are falling in love and going for it…those heart-pounding moments of spontaneity,” Vera said of her new scent creation, which has notes of florals, woods and musk.

Lovestruck comes in a gorgeous and feminine flower bottle.  Vera, who wore a black jumpsuit, added that Lovestruck was inspired by a modern day twist on Romeo & Juliet.  It captures the feeling of a woman who is struck by love, captivated by passion.  It represents an irresistible romance.

Leighton, who is featured in the fragrance’s ad campaign, stopped by later after a filming of Gossip Girl looking gorgeous in a white dress with a leather belt and some of the highest heels we’ve ever seen.  Her hair was swept into an elegant messy updo with an edgy studded barette.  Leighton was super friendly and smiled for the cameras as they caught her getting her palm read.

The chic event was held at Jimmy, the hotel’s scenic rooftop venue. Bartenders mixed up signature Lovestruck cocktails and a palm and tarot card reader was on hand to see if love was in your future.  You could even send a love note to a friend or special someone from one of the laptops there.

Buy Now, Vera Wang Lovestruck, $68

Tom Ford Beauty White Patchouli Eau de Parfum: True Love

When it comes to perfume, I’ve never been a girl to stick to one scent for more than a couple of weeks. That’s about to change. Recently, I rediscovered a bottle of Tom Ford’s White Patchouli Eau de Parfum in the back of my medicine cabinet, and I’m obsessed. When I told my mother that I had fallen in love with a patchouli-based perfume, she immediately started reminiscing about the 60s. But Tom Ford’s floral-infused woodsy fragrance is not just for hippies anymore with floral notes like jasmine, rose, and coriander added to the mix. The minimalistic white and gold bottle is as elegant as the scent itself and has taken up permanent residence on my bathroom countertop.  Sleek, sexy, with a touch of Bohemia? Tom Ford, you have made a fragrance monogamist out of me.—Kate Bryan

Buy Tom Ford White Patchouli Eau de Parfum 1.7 oz. at

Flowerbomb is “The Bomb”

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum


This scent is my new obsession. Not only does Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb make me feel feminine and pretty, but also it’s become the frequent topic of conversation—I’ve lost count how many times people have asked me for the name of the perfume I’m wearing.
—Katrina Caspelich

Buy Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb 1.7 oz Eau de Parfum Spray, $100, at Sephora

A Scent from the East

I’m loving my Hanae Mori Butterfly perfume. Ordinarily, I don’t wear perfume every day, but this one I will. I’ve ventured away to newer scents, but I can’t resist the subtle, warm hints of sweet florals in Butterfly for any season.— Hyejin Kim

Buy Hanae Mori Butterfly perfume $90

Bulgari Omnia Fragrance in Green Jade, $62-$79


Bulgari Omnia Fragrance in Green Jade

  • Crisp, floral scent
  • Green mandarin, white peony, pear blossom, and jasmine
  • Unique bottle design

Price: $62–$79
Buy at Sephora

2 Note Perfumery, $80


2 Note Perfumery

The Vivace Perfume, a blend of citrus and spice, is a light and fresh fragrance. It also happens to be a personal Ask Melissa favorite. The one ounce spray perfume sells for $80.

Purchase Vivace Perfume