Guilty for Gucci

THE FRAGRANCE…

I’ve never been a fan of chopping and mixing fragrances all willy nilly. You know how some people will wear one fragrance on one day, and a different one on another? Nah, that’s not me. I’ve always been the type of person where, once I find THEE fragrance, I wear it continuously until it runs out. Such is the case with the Gucci Guilty Pour Femme fragrance, which I’ve gone through so quickly and have received so many compliments on, that I feel compelled to write about it.

With the new edition being released in early 2019 (alongside a stunning ad visual featuring Jared Leto and Lana Del Rey to boot), the fragrance story focuses on the modern declaration of self-expression and fearlessness of women today, celebrating the liberation of women. Maybe that’s why the fragrance resonated with me. Who knows?

My brother bought me this fragrance for Xmas (cheers, bro!) and I distinctly remember the first couple of times I wore it out. I was met with quite a few compliments and personal-space-boundary-breaking neck sniffs as people wondered what fragrance I was wearing, which I found interesting as I wouldn’t say that this fragrance has the strongest or most overpowering scent. A key lesson for some of us here: the most powerful in the room isn’t always the loudest.

In my Mum’s previous life (before she went Corporate), she used to be a Perfumer and so growing up, I’d like to think that I learned a few lessons about scents and notes from her, such as how different scents will smell on your skin depending on if you have dry, combination or oily skin, and how when you’re looking for longevity, it’s important to read the base notes.

Gucci Guilty has base notes of amber and Patchouli, the latter of which I normally find pretty overpowering but in this case, it balances well with the amber. Heart notes include rose, violet, lilac and geranium oil, and the top notes comprise of pink pepper, bergamot and mandora. Overall, it’s quite a floral, light scent that packs a bit of a punch after a few minutes, and I can definitely see myself re-purchasing this fragrance again.

Now, because I can foresee some people asking, let’s talk about the belt.

The Belt

Bitch, I was surprised too. A designer piece that can…actually fit a plus-sized person? It’s happening very slowly, but little by little we are seeing slight changes in the way designers are bringing out size-inclusive pieces. There is still a long way to go, but with brands such as 11 Honore being a fat beacon for fat-friendly designer garms, we’re at least heading in a good-yet-slowly progressing-direction.

Ok! So I bought this belt as a little present to myself for finishing my book (which by the way if you haven’t pre-ordered it yet, WHY? click anywhere on this link to do so!) as I’d wanted it for a hot minute now. It cost a pretty penny (for ME) so please expect to see this in literally every outfit I own from now on.

Photography by Kaye Ford

I decided to get the standard black buckle Gucci belt, because you can’t go wrong with a basic black belt tbh. This belt is designed to be worn on the waist, so I opted for the 115cm sized belt. It’s worth keeping in mind that most of the Gucci women’s belt goes up to 120cm, which is the largest size. For reference, I am a size 24/26 on top and although 110cm fits okay on me, I found 115cm to fit most comfortably. So if you’re thinking about investing in a little Gucci, a nice black belt is the way to go. Also, this’ll probably be my first and last designer purchase, that is until Mary Katrantzou starts making dresses in larger plus sized pieces, then it’ll be bye bye house deposit, hello beautiful dresses and debt! Because Millennials. <3

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