The street vendors fill the air with the smell of candied almonds, wreaths and trees envelop the doors of my apartment building, and a not-often-seen cheer spreads across the faces of my crotchety neighbors. Don’t you just love the holidays? I know I do. It’s a time to be thankful for the things you have… and start planning for the things you want. Am I right?
While I love giving gifts, I’m going to be completely honest and say I like receiving gifts more. The moment I know I have a gift waiting for me, I explode with boundless insatiable energy; it’s quite maddening, actually. I try to be very mindful when I’m planning a gift for a friend – I take into account inside jokes, personal preferences, and little hints because I want them to genuinely love the present.
This doesn’t always happen on the flip side. For example, I currently have 4 cappuccino makers. Truly a wonderful gift, but not very perceptive for someone who doesn’t like cappuccinos.
I’m so excited to partner with LACOSTE Fragrances this season to spread the message that you can most certainly get what you want because it’s most certainly okay to ask for it! Let’s be real… why waste your time and your friend’s money on something that’s going to sit in the hall closet for the next few years?
And what if your friend can’t gift you that shiny new thingamajig you always wanted? Snag if for yourself, because you’re a boss and you deserve it! I’ve always been about this school of thought – because at the end of the day, I’m gonna treat myself no matter what. [wink]
I’m going to jumpstart your holiday shopping with a gift idea that works just as well for your favorite friend as it does for yourself – LACOSTE’s classic day and night fragrances, L.12.12 Blanc and Noir. I’ve been wearing fragrances from LACOSTE’s L.12.12 collection for years because it’s such a signature scent: refreshing, uniquely masculine, and timeless.
The L.12.12 Blanc has the fresh, herbal blend that makes it perfect for daytime activities. It may seem strange to say but every time I catch a whiff, it’s uplifting. The L.12.12 Noir is the oh-so-good bad boy in the collection. It’s intense and warm but with elegant flair. Plus, it’s incredibly intoxicating, but you can thank the notes of chocolate and coumarin for that.
Which ever scent you choose, you’ll surely find a new favorite. And if you can’t choose, don’t worry you can have both. Because remember… it’s okay to ask!
Scout Sixteen is a lifestyle blog from Justin Livingston. Justin grew up in Mississippi but relocated to New York City in 2008. On Scout Sixteen, Justin shares his passion in fashion, travel, food and drink, and mental wellness.