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Flower Power


When I talked about Lady Gaga’s debut perfume last month, I noted that perhaps never before had a perfume drummed up so much fanfare. That same could be said of haute couture design house Balenciaga’s spokeswoman for their fresh new Florabotanica fragrance, Kristen Stewart. The reason? This is actually Twilight megastar K Stew’s first endorsement. And in the wake of a couple of buzz worthy months surrounding her temporarily suspended relationship with dreamy costar Robert Pattinson, the iron couldn’t be hotter for the starlet’s high fashion debut to strike.

If you’re a fan of Kristen, you’ll be pleased to know she’s launching her fragrance partnership with a bang, with a live interview that will be broadcast on the Balenciaga website and Facebook page on October 18th, at 3 PM EST. If you’ve always wanted to ask Kristen a question – particularly on her role as a fashion muse or on her first ever brand endorsement – now’s also your chance. Balenciaga has opened up a free registration area to submit questions, 20 of which will actually be selected and asked. There’s no limit to how many questions you ask, and everyone who’s question is selected will be sent a free bottle of Florabotanica.

Now about that fragrance. Brand fanfare aside, the whole point of a blogger like me talking about a fragrance is because I think it’s a swell gift idea. And luckily for you, I do. The most impressive thing about the scent is it manages to be a youthful floral – which trust me, is way harder than it sounds. Many floral perfumes have a sort of fusty, Grandma’s curtains smell, but as the name would imply, the carnations and roses that dominate the fragrance are cleanly offset by botanical notes of crisp mint and woodsy vetiver. And the bottle? Sheer fashionista splendour – the chic white and black stripes extends into the bottle for a test tube-inspired look, while the sheer coloured glass accent panels harken back to the vintage botanical print on the box.

Feeling it? Florabotanica has just hit the shelves this month, so go and take a big deep inhale and promptly add it to your holiday wish lists. Prices start at $63 for the 30 mL Eau de Parfum Spray (available exclusively at Shopper’s Drug Mart) and climb up to $115 (at The Bay, Holt Renfrew, Oglivy, Murale, Shoppers Drugt Mart, Sephora) depending on the size you pick. Fun extras like body lotions & shower gels are also available at select locations.

Now here’s the extra cool part. While you should *definitely* try your hand at submitting a question to the lovely Kristen Stewart, you can also try and win a bottle of Florabotanica for yourself, right here. To enter:

1) Leave a comment by October 28th with the question you’d ask Kristen Stewart (and be sure to head over to the live interview registration area to submit it there before October 18th). Note: even if you hit this contest after the 18th, still do list the question you *wish* you’d asked.

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around October 29th to select the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible to participate in this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: Leave comments on any new (i.e. published after today) non-contest posts that go up over the contest period. Tag ’em with #cgg! You’ll earn a bonus entry for every comment (limited to one per post / day). 

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90 Responses to “Flower Power”
  1. leah says:

    I would ask her if she could change one thing about her life what would it be?

  2. sonja says:

    I’d ask who is your style icon?

  3. Dreena says:

    I’d ask her “how do you feel to be a fashion muse for Nicolas?”
    Cheers.

  4. madiha says:

    How could u be so beautiful ?

  5. avdeane says:

    What inspired you to endorse this particular fragrance?

  6. kittypride says:

    I would ask Kristen if she read/liked vampire books before she started making films about them.

  7. sandy says:

    I would ask (and I did submit my question) is how much input did she have in the making of this fragrance and which is her favourite note.

  8. stellar says:

    I would ask her who are her inspirations in fashion.

  9. Ashley says:

    I’d ask her what her favourite film is that she’s done.

  10. Tracy says:

    I would ask her what her favourite fantasy Balenciaga outfit she would wear at a movie premiere

  11. beewbedard says:

    I asked her what part of Canada does she enjoy the most

  12. I’d ask if she enjoyed being his girlfriend.

  13. Kelly P says:

    I’d have to ask her if she was capable of having any other facial expressions or if shes frozen like that. 😉

  14. grace chen says:

    how could you be so wonderful?

  15. Wendy Dickinson says:

    I’d ask her she handles life with everyone up in her business and nothing private stays private. It has to be hard being in the public eye all the time.

    msdickinson28 at hotmail dot com

  16. sean pynaert says:

    I would ask her what does being a Balenciaga spokeswoman mean to her?

  17. Wanda Washington says:

    I’d ask whether she prefers high heels or flats?

  18. Eva says:

    I’d ask her,, your style seems to have changed recently, (Paris and Toronto), what’s the ideal

  19. Cooper Lu says:

    I would like to know what she think about the perfume Florabotanica

  20. Maria Goulart says:

    I would ask her what she does in her spare time

  21. blessedta says:

    What does she do for fun

  22. Fiona Mullins says:

    I would ask her which film in the Twilight series is her favourite.

  23. Lisa Morrison says:

    I would ask her if she plans to endorse any other products.

  24. Brook says:

    How does this scent inspire you?

  25. S. Hirano says:

    I am curious to know which actor she would love to work with.

  26. Cairine says:

    What is your favourite book? What did you learn from it?

  27. Stella says:

    I’d ask who her dream director is to work with?

  28. Sandy says:

    I would ask her which movie she like starring in the most

  29. Elaine Rosser says:

    Are there future product endorsements she would like to participate in?

  30. Dale Ben says:

    I would ask her if she could see herself being involved in a Rom Com in the future.

  31. Burcu says:

    I would ask her what her favoruite chairty is and what cause she is most passionate about.

  32. Persephone says:

    I’d ask her if she’d ever dye her hair for a role. I don’t think she has yet?

  33. Bex says:

    What’s her favourite smell (aside from Florabotanica of course)?

  34. Kristen G says:

    I would ask her how she stays in shape with such a crazy schedule!

  35. Michelle Christian says:

    #AskKristen Can you tell us about the design of the bottle? What aesthetics in particular resonate with you?

  36. Quinn says:

    How would you describe your personal style? What are you most comfortable in?

  37. prairiebelle says:

    I asked her “what do you hope to have accomplished 20 years from now”

    bluebelle0367(at)hotmail(dot)com

  38. Jennifer says:

    I would ask her what her favorite city in the world is.

  39. MissT says:

    Out of all your experiences in the lime light what made the largest impact on your life and changed the way you view life in a positive way.

  40. Kevin B says:

    Do you have aspirations to direct?

  41. Glenda says:

    I would ask her how does one come up with the name of a new perfume, and did she have any input into it.

  42. lucy says:

    I would ask her what she does in her spare time.

  43. Susan says:

    I would ask if she could have dinner with anyone (living or dead) who would she choose and why?

  44. Linda Chaput says:

    Who does she look up to in fashion.

  45. Ashley L says:

    I would ask her who her style icon is.

  46. Lucky1 says:

    I would ask her how she copes with all her fame?

  47. Courtney says:

    I’d ask her, since she seems to have a sudden interest in fashion, and being the face of fragrances, if she would ever be interested in starting her own fragrance or fashion line.

  48. Melissa says:

    I would ask if she could chose one album to be the soundtrack to her life, what would it be?

  49. Colleen says:

    I would ask her which movie she starred in did she have the biggest reaction to of seeing herself and the movie on screen for the first time.

  50. Hayden says:

    I’d ask if she’s actually seen all of her movies?

  51. caspermia says:

    The combination of carnations and roses which is the dominate factors and the cleanly offset by botanical notes of crisp mint and woodsy vetiver has your approval. I wonder, do any of these essential oils describe any part of your personality?

  52. Marlene V. says:

    What is the one thing that surprised you the most being in movies

  53. Leah M says:

    I’d ask if she has any upcoming movie projects

  54. julia g says:

    My question: Fragrance is a very intimate thing. As a person constantly in the spotlight, did you find it difficult to share more of yourself than is already out there, or was it easier because it was something that was truly you and not mere speculation?

  55. Sarah says:

    I would ask whether she wants to win an Academy Award.

  56. Hannah says:

    What’s the most extreme thing you’ve ever done?

  57. Sari says:

    I would have asked her what her favourite outifit for a premiere other work thing has been, and also her favourite costume in a movie.

  58. Sophia says:

    What career path would you have chosen if you didn’t become an actress?

  59. L Gravel says:

    Of all the places you have travelled to where is your favourite?

  60. ginette4 says:

    I would ask her what she thinks of Canadians

  61. Sari says:

    I would have asked her what her favourite premiere outfit so far has been and why.

  62. Jayne Cameron says:

    I would ask her “What is the most difficult thing about becoming a star at such a young age and how has it changed her life in a positive way ?”

  63. I would have asked her what her favourite movie to star in has been.

  64. Alice says:

    What is your favorite perfume?

  65. Pris says:

    I would have asked her what techniques she uses to overcome boredom while she’s on the road and filming!

  66. Anna says:

    Has fame been a positive or negative in your life?

  67. Sabrina says:

    I’d have asked, since this is her first product endorsement, what was it about Balenciaga that convinced her to do this one? Also, she seems so comfortable in her skin, is that due to genetics or how she was raised?

  68. Fran says:

    Is there anything else you would rather be doing?

  69. Catherine Burke says:

    Who do you admire most

  70. Christine Stever says:

    How did you think of the bottle desiign?

  71. sara says:

    since she started acting so young, if she could do anything else what would it be?

  72. Hayden says:

    How did she know she wanted to be an actress?

  73. I’d ask her what is the most important time in her life.

  74. Shiloh An says:

    After the Twilight’s saga’s success, it must be very overwhelming with all these advertisements and projects offer coming your way. What makes this specific one a real pleasure?

  75. Sadie says:

    I’d ask what’s the difference between your public and private persona?

  76. Amy says:

    How has your style evolved over the years?

  77. taryn says:

    How did you guys come to the name of the new perfume?

  78. Carol says:

    What inspired her, to make this product?

  79. Crystal Kordalchuk says:

    You’ve made so many films, but what is your favourite one to watch?

  80. jay says:

    i believe as a woman we should make the world a pretty place to share our style……do u agree

  81. shannon says:

    Kristen did you get to personally select some of the ingredients in this perfume?

  82. JM says:

    If you could work with anyone dead or alive who would it be?

  83. Annabelle says:

    Who are your fashion icons?

  84. aimee says:

    where do you see yourself in 15 years

  85. Jacqueline Fleischer says:

    I would ask Kristen if she actually wears Florabotanica day-to-day!

  86. Marlene says:

    Can you tell me all the notes in this fragrances?
    Besides the money why did you decide to work with Balenciaga’s >?

  87. Lynlee Wolstencroft says:

    I would ask her which of the movies she’s been a part of has been her favorite.

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