How to Buy a Perfume For Your Home

Photo credit: Tim Walker Studio
Photo credit: Tim Walker Studio

From Town & Country

Who would deny the allure of a beautifully scented home? Fragrance fanatic Louis XIV commissioned a perfumer to fill his chambers with a different scent every day. Estée Lauder reportedly dabbed Youth-Dew onto lightbulbs with cotton balls. Diana Vreeland injected perfume into pillows with a hypodermic needle. During domestic quarantine this year, we discovered anew ambient aroma’s transformative magic—to soothe anxiety, to transport us to longed-for places, to conjure people we love, to give shape to shapeless days.

We have come a long way from the special occasion candle, sparked only to dress our living rooms, as we would ourselves, for guests (or to conceal eau de dog). Sophisticated environment-­enhancing fragrances are created with the same artistry as the fine parfums we spritz on our wrists. Now they’re desirable decor items as well, with brands improving on, or departing from, the

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Buy now, pay whenever? Lockdown lift for online shopping loans

By Nikhil Nainan

(Reuters) – Browsing online during lockdown, Jessica Friend spotted a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses she liked, but the price tag made the 30-year-old Ohio resident think twice.

What persuaded her to click ‘buy’, Friend said, was the short-term credit offered by Afterpay, which split the $260 payment into four interest-free instalments.

Afterpay is among a handful of alternative credit firms which offer small loans, mostly to online shoppers, and make their money by charging merchants a 4%-6% commission.

These buy-now-pay-later (BNPL) firms have benefited from a shift to online shopping during the coronavirus crisis in countries including the United States, where state aid has also boosted retail sales.

“I’m more inclined to use them because they make it easier to afford to get the things I want all at once … and when I want to splurge on something,” Friend said of the loans.

Some investors are

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What to buy first when shop re-open, according to our fashion editors

The shops in England reopened on Monday 15th June, putting an end to three months of closures due to the coronavirus pandemic. Whether shopping will feel like a leisure activity again remains to be seen, but if you are planning on heading out with a plan of attack, here are the items our fashion editors recommend adding to your carefully considered shopping list…

Statement sunglasses

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As chosen by Tamara Abraham
Stella sunglasses, £209, Carla Colour at Couverture and the Garbstore; Dunaway oversized scarf sunglasses, £195 reduced from £385, Linda Farrow at Liberty; Discomania Alt Fit square-frame sunglasses, £80, LeSpecs at Selfridges

As I’m six months’ pregnant right now and I don’t know what will fit or suit me afterwards, I’m currently limiting my shopping to accessories. Eyewear is one of the hardest things to buy online – there’s just no substitute for checking

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