So who loves the Burberries? Every time I smell one, I think they all smell so much alike, I can barely distinguise most of them from the others. They certainly fit a certain demographic, which skews either young or folks that just like bright, fun fragrances, which almost all of the Burberries are. Burberry Gold has been my favorite up to this point because it’s fuller, richer, there’s a little vanilla in it, but it keeps the bright, fresh aspect that Burberry does so well (along with super-cute sandals… lord, I could have bought three pair on my way through Nordstrom yesterday, but Harry dragged me on past), but adds to it in a way that differentiates it in a pretty great way.
My niece loves the Burberries, and she should, she’s 20, and they fit her, and it’s what she should smell like – bright, young, cheerful, beautiful.
The Beat in its edp form seems very much the same as the rest of the Burberry crowd. It has notes of bergamot, mandarin, Ceylon tea, cardamom, pink pepper, bluebell, iris, white musk, vetiver and cedarwood. I don’t dislike it, I just don’t really think much of it one way or the other, it smells like…. well, the rest of them! But The Elixir, which is the parfum’ish version of The Beat, is much, much better. In all the places where a Burberry generally goes a little too brightly forced, The Beat Elixir zigs into something more interesting. There’s definitely more iris and tea, and it reminds me a little of that uber-expensive Dior No. 8 Particuliere thingie that I like so much. So if you generally like Burberries, but find too many of them the same or not interesting enough, you may like The Beat Elixir. It’s hit my Favorite Burberry list. Not to mention the bottle, which is super-adorable.
Now a question that is being hotly debated in my family, as my sister is dragging in as many people as possible and still finding no one that agrees with her, so I’m involving y’all. A woman in her 40s or 50s or 60s is dating, and she makes an above-decent income, do you feel like she should date men closer in income to her, or does it make any difference? My thinking is a woman who makes good money, which she’s gotten through her own efforts, has certain beliefs and characteristics that made financial stability an important factor in her life, enough that she has pursued that financial independence and made it a priority in her life. Not the most important thing, let’s say, but up there on the list. If a guy is in his 40s and 50s and makes very little money, obviously that isn’t important to him and probably never will be, which, to me, would suggest right off the bat that they would have a mismatch of “crap that matters to them personally.” They would eventually run into problems like if he couldn’t do things with her because he couldn’t afford it, or she had to pay for him, which he might accept or might get really mad about her offering to do, it would lead to resentment and conflict and unbalance that relationship. Now, this in no way says that people who make less money aren’t wonderful, but my belief is people should be realistic and see mismatches well ahead of time and generally avoid them – and a financial mismatch is no different from any other interest. I’d propose the same argument if it was a man in his 40s, 50s or 60s as well and looking for a woman in a similar age range and not looking for a really young twinkie. Agree or disagree?