My Favorite Fragrances From the 80s


The Eighties. The decade of big hair, shoulder pads and neon everything. The decade all my friends and I strived to look like Madonna or Molly Ringwald.

Thankfully, most of the horrid fashion trends of the 80’s have yet to resurface. However, the eighties was also the decade that introduced us to a few of the most popular fragrances of all time. Scents that have stood the test of time and became instant classics.

Here are four of the most popular scents from the Big 80’s that I still wear today:

CalvinKleinObsessionForWomen#1. Calvin Klein Obsession

I can still remember the first time I smelled Obsession. It was in a fold-out scent card in one of the fall fashion magazines. I was instantly obsessed. (See what I did there?)

I immediately went to the mall with my sister to buy a bottle, but they didn’t even have it in stock yet. So I bought a stack of magazines and pulled out all the Obsession scent cards. I rubbed those cards on my wrists and clothes for weeks until I could get my hands on a bottle. And I’ve been wearing it ever since. [Get your own bottle of Obsession here!]


CalvinKleinEternityForWomen#2. Calvin Klein Eternity

After the mega success of Obsession, Calvin Klein followed up with Eternity in 1988. Both are very strong scents, with Obsession being more exotic and Eternity being very floral.

To this very day, I wear Obsession when I want to fell sexy and Eternity when I want to feel beautiful and feminine. (And as a side note, Eternity is one of my favorite scents for men, along with Aqua di Gio and Ed Hardy Love & Luck.) [You can purchase Eternity for Women at Amazon.]HorizontalSpacerInsert

ChristianDiorPoison#3. Christian Dior Poison

My dad absolutely hated this fragrance. He used to refer to it as “rat poison.” Every time I wear it today, I laugh when I think about him. That’s the thing about signature scents, or scents in general. They take you back to another place and time. They help you relive good memories. Luckily for me, the manfriend does not share my father’s feelings about Poision, and he makes sure I have a bottle in my stocking every Christmas. He’s a good manfriend. And a good Santa. [Pick your Poison at Amazon.]


GiorgioBeverlyHills#4. Giorgio of Beverly Hills

Giorgio makes me think of Suzie Blackburn. She was a majorette with me at Emma Sansom High School in Gadsden, Alabama. Giorgio was her signature scent. Suzie was a force to be reckoned with. Once during band practice, majorettes from our rival high school showed up to pick a fight. Suzie and my other friend Tiffany, two of the most beautiful girls in school, started to climb the fence to go after these girls, who immediately ran away in fear. Suzie didn’t play. Now, whenever I feel the need to unleash my inner Suzie Blackburn, I wear Giorgio. [Buy Giorgio of Beverly Hills here.]


I do have other, more modern favorite scents in my perfume collection, including Gucci Rush, Estee Lauder’s Pleasures and Rapture by Victoria’s Secret (now discontinued.) But these four classics from the Big 80’s take me back to a much simpler time in my life. A time when Mom and Dad paid for everything, including my fragrance collection.

My dad passed away in 1998 and my mom left us in 2016. To say that I’m nostalgic for those eighties days is an understatement. That’s why I’m so thankful for the power of scent. It allows me to carry those wonderful memories with me on a daily basis.


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Product Review: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

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I don’t know about you, but I am constantly longing for a lipstick that will (REALLY) last for an entire day. Or an entire weekend. One that doesn’t dry out my lips and leave that horrible outline that makes me look I got my lipliner permanently tattooed.

My lips are absolutely huge, so finding a long-wearing lipstick that will actually stay put on the entire surface is a tall order. Stila’s All Day Liquid Lipstick comes pretty close to meeting the challenge. The formula is super-rich, super-pigmented and will last for about four hours (on my lips anyway) without having to reapply.

The only drawback to this lipstick is that although it stays put on your lips for hours, it also comes off on everything your lips touch. Coffee mugs, napkins, wine glasses and a manfriend roam my house smeared in various shades of orange and pink. And it’s not easy to get off.

Other than that, I was so smitten with Stila’s All Day Liquid Lipstick that, after receiving a sample in my Birchbox, I went out and bought two more shades. Here’s what all three look like on me.


Bella is a bright fuchsia pink, and I would have never tried this shade on in a store. I thought it would be too bright for me. It turns out that this is actually a great shade for my complexion, as I’m sporting a fake (aka “safe”) tan and the intense color really brightens up my face.

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Stila All Day Liquid Lipcolor in Bella



Dolce is more of a neutral every day color for me. It’s super glossy and very similar to Mac LipGlass. I do have to blot this lip color quite a bit, as I generally try to avoid looking like a porn star, at least during the day.

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Stila All Day Liquid Lipcolor in Dolce


Carina is probably my favorite of the three, but it only looks good on me because of my fake (again “safe”) tan. There is no way I will be able to wear this color during winter without looking like Ronald McDonald.

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