Make Cents of the Scents!

What woman doesn’t love a good perfume? I sure do. I always wondered how women found their signature scent. I always wanted to find the one, so when I sauntered my way into a room everyone knew I’d arrived.. Everytime my little nose would get a whiff of a particular parfume that I enjoyed I wouldn’t hesistate to ask the name. Generally, the person would say thanks and then rattle off the name to me, then I’d proceed to walk into a department store to make the purchase only to be slapped with sticker shock.. The $130 and beyond for a eau de parfume and eau de toilette– yikes!! I’d go running for the hills. Now don’t get me wrong years ago I would not have batted an eye, but now I own a home. There are alot of expenses that come with a home. I’d much rather spend $130 on a piece of art, table decor, or kitchen knick knacks.. So that being said I was on a mission to find the perfect scent for the perfect price and I did.. Now I can’t credit myself for the one particular scent- it was actually introduced to me. It was love at first sniff.

Lollia – In love: literally made me fall in love.. It’s described as intoxicating and I concur. The scent is of apple blossom with hints of sweet jasmine and rose.. Sold!!! The price point: $50.00 for a 3.4 oz bottle. Which I own and literally have had for about a year and a half.

Find Lollia In Love at Layla Grayce:

On to my next pick which I discovered afer an impromptu trip to Anthropologie.. The brand is tocca and boy is each and every scent heavenly!! The cost is even more so!! I own Stella and Giulietta. I purchased the mini bottle which is 0.5 oz for 18 dollars.. I’ve owned both for just about 5 months.. Talk about more bang for your buck!!

Stella- is described as a flirtatious combination of sheer musk, white freesia, blood orange, and spicy lilly. It’s a more fruity scent.

Find Tocca in Stella Scent at Anthropologie

Giulietta- has scents that include bulgarian rose, ylang ylang, green apple, pink tulips, lily of the valley, iris pallida, vanilla orchid, lilac, heliotrope, cedarwood, musk, amber, sandalwood. Sounds like alot going on but it is seriously devine! Unfortunately, I was unable to find the 0.5 oz bottle. However you can find the 1.7 oz which retails for $68 at the Tocca website.

Find Tocca in Giulietta at Tocca:

So here’s the best part Layla Grayce has some of the Tocca products on sale! Yes!! Guess I’ll be virtually swiping my credit card today!

Find Tocca products on Sale at Layla Grayce

And that my friends is how you make cents out of scents!!


Breaking up isnt always hard to do..

Especially if it’s your lifelong relationship to spending your summers with window air conditioners..

That’s right.. We are finally installing central air in our home! This is not a DIY project for me. I’ve hired a professional- my dad. He works in the industry and has been kind enough to not only fund most of the materials for this project, but also donate his time.

We were lucky enough that our house’s heating system was through a means of forced air (don’t ask me what that means exactly) because all of the vents are already in place, which is half the battle anyway. The only thing that was holding us back was the purchase of the condenser and some other parts to install the central air.

The job is only set to take about 2 days. I’ll get some estimates on what a job like this would cost and update you.

Soo the point is as much as I will miss the hum of the air conditioner for about 4 months out of the year; I won’t miss how unaesthetically please you were to the eye. So once and for all I’m sorry for the unexpected break up, but window air conditioners… it’s over!!! I’ll be sure to find you a more loving and wanting home.

This little machine is going to change our summer lives! 🙂


Is this thing on?


Here goes nothing. I’m a 27 year old self proclaimed jersey girl, cat lover, and barre-ista. I am married to an amazing man who not only fills my life with joy and laughter, but my belly with the most delicious bagel this side and the other side of the mississippi. That’s right- he makes bagels!! Lastly,
I’m a catmom to the most fabulous, incredible kitty, Oliver.

Through the encouragement of my 3 amazing friends Hailey, Jessica, and Kowa- I’ve decided to start to blog to document all things that have to do with how I am updating and personalizing our 1940’s 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom ranch home we purchased two years ago. Being a homeowner has taught me that it’s never a bad idea to have a screwdriver within arm’s reach and if the job is beyond your limits- well then it’s time for a mimosa.

I hope you enjoy my journey screwdriving my way to a more beautiful home and at times unwinding with a nice glass of mimosa!!