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Fierce,

I used to hate when people got me cologne for my birthday. I didn’t want to seem ungrateful but you know how it is. Smelling like something is a really personal thing, and there are certain scents you like and others you can’t stand. I HATE anything “musk,” I don’t like to smell too “manly,” and I shy away from things that are too strong or “obvious.”

One of the first things I like to do when I have a boyfriend is figure out how he likes to smell. It’s not something you ask right away but I think you figure it out over time if you’re paying attention. You can tell what he likes because you’ll find the bottles laying about or you’ll smell him or maybe you’ll even ask him what he’s into.
“You smell nice,” you’ll say flirtatiously. And even if it’s not a scent you’d ever wear it smells so sexy on him, doesn’t it?

A guy who smells nice is like 10,000 percent hotter than a guy who is just plain hot. When you roll up to kiss him you stare into his eyes and focus on his lips, and every time he moves you get a whiff of his smell. And if you really like this guy every time you smell him or anything he’s wearing you’ll be reminded of him.

for now, I only like to wear three colognes from Hermes, but the one I love the most, and the one I wear the most often, is “Osmanthe Yunnan.” I’d splash it on my handbag, on all my coats and scarves in addition to wearing it on most days.

When someone approaches you wearing a fragrance you really like, or if they smell particularly powerful, you’ll notice them straight away. They linger.
Every bottle of “Osmanthe Yunnan” comes with a tiny bottle you can carry around with you. I’d always go through the smaller bottle first. And because you can carry it with you everywhere you can constantly reapply it throughout the day for maximum impact.

A signature scent is your way of leaving a mark everywhere you go. A “signature scent” doesn’t mean you have to go out and have something concocted from scratch, or even that it needs to be expensive. It just means that you have a fragrance you always wear and you wear it so much that it comes to represent you.


And that’s why you should have a signature scent. A signature scent is associated with you. People remember you for it even when you’re not in the room. You should spray it on everything so that people remember every trace of “you” that’s left behind.
And you should have a signature scent because it’s totally romantic if not highly erotic to smell like a particular thing.

Special thanks to Hermes Paris Team

Fierce,

You are amazing!
There is no one like you in this entire universe. There is no one who has gone through what you have gone through and survived the way you have. There is no one like you who enjoys the same things that you enjoy. That place where you find your innermost peace, no one experiences that like you. The memory you have of that one special conversation, that concert, or that rush of excitement… no one can take that from you and no one experienced it quite like you.

When you feel like the odd one out…the ugly duckling…the weirdo…remember that you are one of a kind and this world needs you.
Life can beat you down and try to make you feel insignificant. It can try to make you feel like you are nothing in this world with what it can throw at you. It can try to make you think you can’t do anything right.

What it can’t do is respond for you. It cannot determine how you respond to it. It can try, but it fails every single time. You determine how you respond to the world, and your experiences can help others.

When you’ve lost a close loved one, you’re a testament as to how to survive. When you’ve been rejected, you’re showing others it’s possible to be strong. When you’re sick, your mental resilience is proof that you are stronger than the illness. Your life is a testimony.

There is nothing to be ashamed of. There is nothing to be embarrassed about. Take joy in the things that bring you joy. Like the things you like. Be proud of who you are and where you’ve come from.
Don’t forget to keep learning. The changes that you’ve seen from who you were back then to who you are today are only possible with the ability to learn and adapt. You have adapted and changed as time went on. Adaptation makes you stronger. Learning makes you stronger. Be a lifelong learner.

Photographed by @maxthesensei

Take risks. So what if you fail? You’re a lifelong learner, right? You find what didn’t work and begin again. Risks are what make the differences in this world. Without them, it’s the status quo, and there is no one in the world exactly like that.

Fierce,

I’m breaking up with a simple life. I want a big life, I want greatness and I want to make an impact on people. I just want to admit it even though it feels uncomfortable to admit.

I’m done lessening my desire. Simplicity sounds like something I should want. But, honestly? I want my life to be stunningly, crazily, stupidly complex.
I too have yearned for a simpler existence, a metaphorical cabin in the woods away from the pressures of modern life. I have downsized and minimized both my physical and emotional needs. But, I look at greatness and I wonder if the greatest thinkers and innovators would have amassed their influence had they tampered down their desire, their ambition, their hunger for something larger than simple pleasures.

In my experience, downsizing my ambition, wants, needs, desires has always been a product of fear. The lower my expectations, the less room for disappointment, failure, struggle.
If I can make my wants small enough to achieve them with ease, then I will never suffer.
I will also never strive, achieve, impact.
That’s a dangerous game to play with yourself because what seems virtuous can also seem a lot like making yourself small enough to bow down to fear. While I am against blind consumption, I am also against the idea that we should make our lives as small as possible, to never strive, to stop dreaming of impact and change.

Giving up on high expectations looks an awful lot like giving up on yourself.
Because the truth is that it’s scary to dream. It’s scary to risk disappointment and failure and the possibility of finding out that your dream may not be your future.
But, we all inherently understand that great things usually are born from great risk. If we are given just one life, why would we ever want to make our wants and desires and needs so small? Why would we want to simplify ourselves down when we can live in the messy and beautiful world of complexity?

I understand the desire to simplify and it seems legitimate. It seems like a good idea to stop striving and to be present enough to enjoy what is now and happening and here. I do not advocate that anyone trade on their present misery for a future payoff. But, I don’t know that present gratefulness should ever cause complacency.

Special thanks to Elisabetta Franchi for my whole look 

While I thought simplicity and fewer expectations and less desire would bring me more gratefulness, all it really did was leave me nothing to look forward to, nothing at all ahead in my life to work toward. Life is long and dreams keep you alive and purposeful.

Simplifying my life down to being grateful for just the smallest things improved my state of mind in some ways, but overall brought me a sense that no future joy was available, that if this is the best there is, then why keep going? Why do nothing but maintain?

Yet, we are not built for maintenance. If we were, our world would not have progressed. We would not be innovating or improving. We would simply be existing. This world does not need more mindless consumption, that is for sure. But we do need more hope, more people brazen enough to believe that there is always more impact, more work that needs to be done to bring a better world.

Make your wants small if that’s your desire. But, if it’s out of fear, that’s a slippery slope. Because if you’re trying to fit yourself into a smaller life in order to avoid the risk of trying, then how satisfied can you really be? If the pursuit of simplicity is born from a panicked need for easy, then I would reassess. Is that what you want from your one life? To want less in order to try less?

Location: Palazzo Versace Dubai

Photographed by Lakshik Perera

My name is Ryle Tuvierra and I’m a Fashion Curator, Art Director and Social Media Strategist working across the Middle East and the UK.

Let me start by saying my warm greeting to all of you.

“Slay Fierce, We are Born This Way!”

As I open a new chapter in The Fierce Walker’s journey I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for supporting me for all these years. In this new first blog post, I would like to share with you my new look and identity.

As my way of giving back to my dedicated followers and friends, I will share here all my knowledge, skills and new learnings for you to try.

I will talk about my personal life, style, adventures, travel, skin secrets, techniques and some exclusive stories about people who are redefining the word ‘fierce’.

You will be the first to read my latest stories here and I will make sure you will love them as much as I do. These will be stories that touch me and inspire me to move forward. The Fierce Story of my Fierce MAMA, my past and also future plans for my personal brand. Let’s keep all of these things light, simple and on point as I am very straightforward to each and every one of you. My blog posts will be as light, humble, simple and straightforward as I am.

To people who are new to The Fierce Walker, first, I would like to say that you are fierce, fabulous and welcome to my fierce space. I hope that you will like all the content that I’ll be sharing with you all here.