This weekend, the Starz network launched its miniseries of Diana Gabaldon’s time-travel series “Outlander,” about a World War II nurse who falls through a circle of standing stones in Scotland and finds herself in the Highlands of the 1700s. Thus begins a story that weaves history, romance and time travel in a most entertaining web.
I had heard of the books throughout the years, but never got around to reading any. But when a friend earlier this year mentioned that Starz was bringing it to the small screen, I made haste to view a preview clip. And was intrigued enough that I got my hands on the original book, “Outlander,” and set to work.
As some of you may know, Guerlain’s L’Heure Bleue gets a mention early in the novel. Here is the passage:
I picked up the bottle of L’Heure Bleu and poured a generous puddle into the palm of my hand. Rubbing my hands briskly together before the scent could evaporate, I smoothed them rapidly through my hair. I poured another dollop onto my hairbrush and swept the curls back behind my ears with it.
Well. That was rather better, I thought, turning my head from side to side to examine the results in the speckled looking glass. The moisture had dissipated the static electricity in my hair, so that it floated in heavy, shining waves about my face. And the evaporating alcohol had left behind a very pleasant scent. Frank would like that, I thought. L’Heure Bleu was his favorite.
(From OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 1, “A New Beginning”. Copyright© 1991 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
So that got me thinking: If I were to time travel, where would I want to go, and what would I wear there?
I am rather too attached to modern conveniences to go very far back, but think I might visit the late 1940s, as I do like much about the era, including the fashion, music, etc., and of course, the perfumes available then; many of which would become the vintage scents we love now. I would snap up some Mitsouko extrait, were it available, and wear it to feel classic and polished; also Patou’s Vacances would be readily at hand and I could spray it with abandon for instant happiness. And if possible, I would bring some back to share. 🙂
What about you — to what era would you travel and what scents would you wear there? And have any of you read the “Outlander” series or have you seen the series premiere this weekend? What are your favorite time travel reads?
P.S. Want to wish a very, very happy 14th birthday to my son, who also just started the eighth grade!!