Sheer luxury. The pieces are so beautiful they make me feel like a million bucks even if I’m wearing a cheap t-shirt from a market in Tokyo. The prices are expensive, true, but I see it as an investment in making my days extra special. Besides, I spend the most time, the most intimate time with them.
This is such a classic fragrance. My mother used to wear this and I remember smelling it on her skin and on her pillow when I curled up on my parents’ bed. Whenever I catch a scent of Chanel No.5, dreams of me and my mother return and I feel her with me once again.
For me, the two lower-case ’f’s on the spine of Faber & Faber books is a promise of a good read. Recently, on the Eurostar to Paris, I sat across from a woman who pulled out a Faber & Faber book from her bag and started reading. I took out my own Faber book (Seamus Heaney’s ’District and Circle’), and not long after that, two of us women were talking like old friends.
Not everyone wants to smell like Play-Doh or Dirt, but how divine to spritz oneself with the scent of Chocolate Covered Cherries or fresh laundry! Demeter has gone to the effort of bottling unusual scents that remind you of the special moments in every day. I love their approach, and though I wouldn’t wear all their scents, I am sure there’s a Lovemark here for everyone. And if you must quell the child within you, there’s always the option to smell like your favourite flavour of Jelly Beans.
I don’t live in the United Kingdom, or receive the The Times - but I always have a Times Crossword book on my night table. There is something truly therapeutic about working through the clues and filling out the spaces. Solving the riddles brings a touch of structure and order to my day. Love it.
Having the schedules we do, my boyfriend and I hardly ever eat at home. It’s usually a matter of meeting up in the city and having dinner together. Our fridge is pretty pathetic as well. The last time I looked (this morning), we had cheese, 2 bagels, orange juice and milk. However, my boyfriend has a rule in the house - no matter what happens, we shall always have a bar of Green & Blacks 70% Dark Chocolate in the house. He may not eat it everyday, but knowing that it’s there if he wants is comfort enough. A staple!
As someone who has a high degree of awareness in beauty products on the market (it’s a part of my job and an expensive hobby!), Origins is the brand you’ll find me using every single day. I use a range of their products, from Modern Fusion to White Tea facial protector. I cannot say enough good things about their Skin Transforming Catalyst. It delivers results and it is something that has boosted my self-esteem and confidence. Life just gets easier with perfect skin.
Whole Foods delivers a whole shopping experience. Never has buying daily basics been so - delicious. The presentation of the food, knowing that they try to put the best produce in front of you, the colours, smells, even the weight of vegetables, packets and cans! Whole Foods. My Lovemark.
I carry this little bit of old fashioned Italian glamour in my handbag. I know it may sound ridiculous to say that I can't live without my Persol sunglasses, but I have been known to drive all the way home, when halfway from my destination, to pick up the Persols I have left behind. It's class, elegance, chic!
I know a special occasion is around the bend when I look at my shopping list and its says 'bottles of Veuve'. The sight of those sensuous bottles in my fridge puts me right in a festive mood leading up to the holidays. Then there's the joyous popping of the cork and the decadent bubbles that fizz. Now all I want for Christmas is that beautiful wine cellar designed by Porsche!
For a while, I began to start eating 'higher-end' chocolates, like Godiva, Lindt, Butlers and Green & Blacks, but the other day, I had a sugar craving and bought a bar of Cadbury Dairy Milk from the local grocery store. The shiny purple wrapper brings a lot of childhood memories back for me. But the magic really happened once I put a piece of chocolate in my mouth - it melted in a warm sweetness. Even though I may have grown out of the Cadbury Dairy Milk bar, it still has a place in my heart that remains a child forever.
I always feel guilt washing dishes. I know that sounds a little bit crazy, but it's just all that water that we use washing and rinsing, and then there's all that soap going down the drain. Using Ecover products makes me feel better about washing dishes (and clothes!). At least I know that I've lessened by contribution to the number of contaminants in the world.
I can recognize the scent of Chloe's Eau De Parfum anywhere and on anyone. But even if I know someone else is wearing that beautiful fragrance, I always consider it my own. 'They're wearing my fragrance', I say to myself. I love how subtle it is - powerful, yet gentle. A beautiful combination that I can't imagine being without.