I was going to write about chocolate and flowers today but I can’t. I need your help, my dearest Posse. Here’s the scoop: After months of lobbying, my company has been invited to a very important corporate meeting. Yay! As important, if not more, I will be meeting with a key player from the company with which we have formed a strategic partnership – this is one I am very excited about – we are entering the next phases in Renewable Energy and this partnership will allow us to explore broader avenues of design and fabrication...blahblahblahyoudon’tcareIdon’tblameyou… butit’sBig Doin’s….
…..so I’m stoked. Can you tell? But I don’t know what to wear, perfume-wise! I’m torn: usually I go with what makes me comfortable, which is Mitsouko. But I found out that Mitsouko, coupled with my rather assertive nature, can be a bit unnerving to guys – and this is NOT what I am looking to do here. Carnal Flower ? To va-va-vooom, I’m thinking. It has to be something I can wear like a favorite couture jacket but has that ‘oh, honey’ feel of a fleece hoodie.
I’ve narrowed the options to the following:
Vintage Parure (well, that’s a ‘duh’ . It’s ALL vintage, as Guerlain has not seen fit to see the light)…I love the silken combination of bergamot, plum and rose, wrapped in all that green…but it doesn’t last long on me (weird, yes). I tend to apply sparingly – perhaps if I spritzed a tad more – but what if I over-spritz. Is that possible?
Cuir de Russie parfum – perfection beyond pearls. But is it too ‘dressy’? This is an energy plant, not a Mad Men boardroom – at some point I will be donning a hard hat and steel toe boots.
vintage Diorling – elegant as all get-out, not as lush and louche as the Chanel – but does the concept of leather in a fragrance translate in a room full of men wearing Dockers?
I discarded the gorgeous Cartiers Brillante and Fougeuse – the former is too stilettos and cocktails and the latter, if you are not nuanced in perfume, conjures up ‘horse’. I don’t want them wondering if I just fell out of the hayloft. These folks know haylofts. Both Cartiers do better in the City.
Liz Zorn’s Centennial. I have been wearing it a lot and getting lots of compliments but I dunno…..maybe too sex-peachy? I love it but it hangs right on the knife edge, where contemporary Femme fell over (remember that awful time I wore contemporary Femme and a fuzzy sweater to a conference? I felt like I’d shown up in last night’s negligee!)
The Oddball Choice: LeLabo Iris 39. Cool, confident…but maybe TOO cool? These are extremely conservative people. I am not. At all. I am a complete Alien in this environment, from an ethnic, gender and attitude standpoint. And they are writing the checks. So I have to make sure I don’t just Wack myself out of contention here.
Weirdo: vintage Diorella. It would be grand – but I tend to be over-aware of it (it is SO strangely beautiful). I always wonder if folks (read: regular guys) ‘get’ this one. El O often sniffs towards me (from a distance) when I wear it, like a dog does when he senses a pack of coyotes near…
Last Ditch Perfection: Amouage Jubilation 25. ’nuff said. But is it enough? Or is it too much? Can it bridge the bespoke jacket/fleece hoodie chasm and bring me to that level of perfect comfort I so desperately need?
My hand strays, yet again, to vintage Mitsouko edp….but it’s wa-ronnnng! Forbidden Love, there.
So….what are your thoughts? I have many, many more scents (yah, quelle surprise and all that) but these are my default comfort armor choices. If you were in my steel-toe boots, which would YOU choose? Is there some scent I’ve missed that will hit all my Corporate requirements and still make me a happy, secure, comfortable alien? What is your ‘default perfection’ scent for events such as this?
I have today to make the decision, tomorrow I am on the 8-hr road to Cornville. Helllllllp!