a big, smoochy HELLO! to our guest poster, Ann!
I live a pretty quiet life these days; there’s not much
of a glamour quotient for this unemployed suburban mom.
Nothing too exciting happens to me
and my celeb sightings are practically
nonexistent. (Except for that
one time back in the early ’90s when I saw U2’s Bono
in the Saks Fifth Avenue parking lot.)
But you never know when the universe will
grace you with an unexpected thrill.
I received one not too long ago, when I was in a very upscale
department store (and to be honest, I wasn’t shopping,
but was hurrying through and out to my car).
As I passed one of the fragrance
bays I saw a vaguely familiar man standing behind it.
I almost did the classic cartoon double-take but stopped short
before I embarrassed myself.
Standing there behind the Maison Francis Kurkdjian
counter was none other than the perfumer himself. Holy Toledo!
I attempted a discreet U-turn and did my best to saunter
nonchalantly over to him.
Let me tell you, ladies (and guys), he was even cuter
(excuse me — more handsome)
than in his photos, with his dark, closely cropped hair,
gorgeous brown eyes and to-die-for olive skin.
But best of all was his shy smile, which made him very approachable.
I think I would have turned tail and run had he been
a loud, brash, self-promoting sort, but thank heavens, he had a sweet,
almost boyish demeanor which endeared him to me immediately.
His charm won me over so much during the course
of our little chat that I had an overwhelming
urge to leap over the counter and give him a hug.
Thankfully, I refrained, and security did not have to be called.
Now, had I known our paths would cross, I would have prepared
some deep, insightful questions (well, maybe …), but as I was flying by the
seat of my pants this day, our interaction was much more casual.
I gushed about his fragrances and he graciously thanked
me and seemed genuinely pleased that I was a fan of the line.
As we chatted, I asked him about the possibility of body products
and also the creation of smaller, more travel-friendly sizes.
Although he didn’t go into any specifics, he did confirm
that these are indeed in the works.
Now you may be thinking: Well, DUH, Ann!
I know, not the most original of questions, as we all
realize that those products are the natural progression
of a fragrance line as it matures, but I had to make some
kind of conversation.
And hey, I was a little starstruck, OK?
Anyway, after a bit, I thanked him, wished him
a good journey back to Paris, and floated off
toward home on a cloud of Absolue Pour le Matin and APOM Pour Femme
(my faves) — one on each arm.
My tiny brush with perfume
fame will have me smiling for a quite a while, I think.
So, now, my question to you, dear Posse-ites (Posse-ettes?):
If you could chat with any perfumer for 5 minutes,who would it be and whatwould you ask him/her?
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