All morning I have been smelling Chanel Number 5. Odd, since I am not wearing it, unless of course the other half picked up my bottle of Chanel and not his Egoiste.

The Secret of Chanel No. 5: The Intimate History of the World’s Most Famous Perfume is a book by Tilar J. Mazzeo. Tilar is also the author of, The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It and is currently working on The Ritz at War: Luxury in Occupied Paris. What fascinates me about these books is not the subjects, although all appeal equally to a aetheste in me, but the author herself.

Tilar J. Mazzeo is a Professor from the US, who teaches British Romantic poetry, travel writing, and literary theory. She is also a cultural historian and luxury enthusiast. What a bio, huh? Now this is a woman with whom I would like to drink wine and listen to her tales. I am impressed Professor Mazzeo. *bows*

I love her quote about Chanel No 5. “The idea that it’s an older woman’s perfume always makes me laugh a bit though. That’s like saying diamonds are for little old ladies just because your grandmother had the good sense to wear them.”

Luxury is not something we should wait for, it is something worth pursuing in the everyday. Luxury does not mind the balance in your bank account. A tiny handmade chocolate, with a sugar violet on top, can be savored and appreciated as much as a suite at the The Ritz. Luxury is not for later. It is for now.

Enjoy yourselves lovers. Life is short, death is forever. Eat the chocolate , wear the perfume, use the crystal, slip on the shoes and dig out the ‘good’ handbag. Don’t wait for a special moment, this is your moment. My much missed Grandmother wore her jewels and perfume everyday not matter if she was in or out. Drank wine in the evening, did a crossword for fun and lived to 92. She knew about luxuries large and small.

Live people. What else is it all for but to enjoy?



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