May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won’t.
-General George Patton, Jr.
I just came across a term which has me befuddled: “atheistic pagan”. Is this even possible to be one? I can’t get my head around it.
What makes one an atheistic pagan? Do you know one? How did they cime about to chose this term to describe their personal spirituality? (Or lack thereof.)
I’m very curious.
My sense of smell is sharp. I can smell what people are eating across the office. I can smell the cigarette smoke you are trying to hide. I can smell the ocean breeze inland. because of this, perfumes are important to me. The way they mix with your skins chemical makeup matters to me. And, it should matter to you, too. Just because the scent strip in your magazine smells heavenly doesn’t mean it will smell the same when sprayed on you. I wish I could explain that to young women everywhere. I have been encountering too many who are wearing scents that are just wrong for them.
Maybe I should start a finishing school for suburban teens. I would have classes on:
- Why you shouldn’t wear Uggs with mini skirts.
- How to pick the perfect scent.
- Why leggings and a sports jersey is not considered ‘ dressed’. It just makes you look lazy.
- The pros and cons of saying ‘like’ all the time. (Hint: There are no pros).
As I write this I am on my way to changing my career. The torch has been lit and I can finally see what needs to happen. This is a big strep for me. I am a woman who hates change. So, for me, to decide to make a major turn in life is huge.
It is 24° and I am sweating bullets.
This was not my break, but I took a chance. That is what matters. My opportunity will come and I will be ready.
So, I walked away feeling utterly defeated by a failed interview. (I despise you Power Point. ) To help heal the wound Microsoft created, I headed for the Lord & Taylor perfume department. I was almost giddy. I saw some old friends and made a new one.
Beautiful Coco was there. Deep, and luxurious. She is truly an old friend. I remember that I purchased my first bottle at the age of 19. My first out-of-budget buy at Selfridge’s (my favourite perfume department ever). I love this scent so much that it inspired a class project where we had to take a smell and represent it physically. I chose to show Coco as an opulent scarf of silks and velvets with vanilla pods sewn in. It was a lot of work but well worth it.
When I first walked into the store I was looking for Fracas. Nothing compares. I was informed by the wonderful woman behind the counter that L&T do not carry it. Incroyable! (Some times a little Frenchman pops into my head) However, she challenged me to try a new scent. She introduced me to Narciso Rodriguez for her Classic and New. I have not made up my mind on either of them.
What I was impressed with was her knowledge of scent materials. This woman knew her stuff and she wasnt against mixing two utterly different perfumes (Narciso Rodriguez and Elie Saab le parfum). We spent 10 wonderful minutes discussing perfumes and our love for them. I suggested she read The Perfect Scent by Chandler Burr. Great book about the perfume industry.
That bad interview was just the reason I needed to meet a kindred spirit. If you are ever in New York, visit Michelle at the Chanel perfume counter in Lord & Taylor. You will know you made the right choice when you lay down your cash and walk out smelling like a million bucks.