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Brief Encounters

San Diego Style

Altona Damier briefcase, $1,650. Louis Vuitton, Horton Plaza, 619-237-1882; louisvuitton.com.
Revival textured Italian leather briefcase, $1,300, by Salvatore Ferragamo. Saks Fifth Avenue, 877-551-SAKS; saksfifthavenue.com.
Chocolate brown Guccissima leather briefcase, $1,290. Gucci, Fashion Valley, 619-298-0748; gucci.com.
Novelty Point Lux Slim Italian patent leather briefcase, $395. Tumi, University Towne Centre, 858-453-1079; tumi.com.
Transatlantic weather-resistant nylon messenger brief, $398. Coach, Horton Plaza, 619-531-8815; coach.com.
Halliburton aluminum attache, $467.50. John’s Fifth Avenue Luggage, 619-298-0993; johnsluggage.com.
Juicy Couture canvas messenger brief with leather detail, $295. Nordstrom, 888-282-6060; nordstrom.com.
Velocity nylon messenger brief, $140, by Eagle Creek. Le Travel Store, 619-544-0005; letravelstore.com.
Tumbled Italian leather messenger brief, $198. Banana Republic, Fashion Valley, 619-220-4901; bananarepublic.com.



Scent of a Season

WHETHER YOU OPT for a fruity fragrance to prolong an Indian summer, or switch to a sultry scent to embrace the autumn breeze, the latest crop of perfumes has something for everyone . . . even the man in your life.


 Bond No. 9 NYC: The Scent of Peace ($195; at Saks Fifth Avenue) With kicks of grapefruit and black currant, this delicate lily-of-the-valley–imbued scent gets an energetic lift with just a hint of woodsy musk. It comes in a bedazzling bottle that shines with pomp-and-purple glory.
 Marc Jacobs Daisy ($55; at Bloomingdale’s) Fresh and clean, the latest release from designer Marc Jacobs is packed with heady florals like violet, jasmine and gardenia. One spritz is subtly sweet and delicate—— just like the adorable little bottle it’s housed in.
 Sula by Susanne Lang ($32 each at Ulta) Can’t find a scent that’s completely and utterly you? Try layering simple fragrances. These customizable colognes from Susanne Lang let you mix and match your way to eau de you. The perfect fragrance foray into fall: a combo of vanilla blossom (a coconut-vanilla-cherry blossom hybrid) and sun-kissed citrus (a blend of citron, melon and jasmine).
 Jo Malone ($95 at Saks Fifth Avenue) It’s the combination of white jasmine, orange flower and cedar wood that makes this minty scent feel romantic and feminine, not zesty. It’s the perfect perfume to wear with this season’s beautiful, flowing dresses, and the bottle exemplifies the minimalist aesthetic we’ve come to love from Jo Malone.


An ad campaign so sexy, you can smell it!

With every perfume comes an image. Vanilla-laden fragrances might conjure up feelings of high school; sea breeze scents could elicit memories of lazy days at La Jolla Shores; and rich jasmine-and-rose spritzes can exude images of glamorous icons. No one knows this better than the genius execs over at Chanel, who, starting with Marilyn Monroe’s bombshell declaration that she bathes in Chanel No. 5 and continuing to Nicole Kidman’s mini-movie commercial for the powerhouse scent, were able to indelibly imprint these connections in our minds. And now they’ve done it again by tapping British beauty Keira Knightley to star in the next ad for their wildly successful Coco Mademoiselle fragrance. Popping up on your TV screens this fall is another cinema-quality commercial starring Knightley, who says, “I see fragrance as an extension of myself. I like fragrances with character, and Coco Mademoiselle has character and temperament. It’s fresh, young and modern. And in that sense, Coco Mademoiselle matches me perfectly.” Indeed it does. The commercial is all of those things as well, and extremely sexy to boot. But did Knightley feel uneasy about her semi-nude scene? “Oh, the one in the hallway where I take off the man’s shirt to go into my walk-in closet? No, not at all; I’m comfortable with my body. I’m not puritan at all.”

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