When we were dating my husband gave me my first bottle of perfume.  It was called “Femme.”  I was never interested in fragrances before that time but now I was being given this romantic gift that was so personal. No other boyfriend had given me an extravagant gift such as this. I was impressed!

The fragrance was a little strong but lovely.  When I dabbed it on, it was done very gingerly as I didn’t want this scent to take over a room.  I have been in elevators where a woman’s perfume permeated every corner of the cabin.  The elevator door could never open fast enough for me and I felt like I was wearing that woman’s perfume for hours afterwards.

“Femme” was my perfume because of sentimental reasons but it wasn’t the one I ultimately settled on. Since that gift I have tried other perfumes but I never found one that I felt suited me. Perfume is very personal.  It defines the wearer.

Walking into a department store one day I passed a counter with little sample bottles of a fragrance called “Y” by Yves St. Laurent.  It drew me in.  After a few minutes at the counter I purchased it.  It was exactly what I wanted to wear any time of day, any season.  It became my signature scent and I have been wearing it ever since.  But lo and behold “Y” is no longer being sold in stores.  I have looked everywhere including Duty Free shops.  It is out of production.

But not all is lost.  Recently I was introduced to another fragrance which I find equally appealing.  It happens to be one that has recently been introduced by my client. I make it a practice not to mix business with personal recommendations but this fragrance is special. It’s light, floral and very feminine.  It’s called “Broderie” and it’s by a French couturier named Hayari.

Hayari-Paris Broderie Bottle in Box

The other reason why I love this perfume is that it is exclusive.  It isn’t available at every department store or beauty or drug store.  It has limited distribution.  That makes it special and unique.  I like that.

I have already been stopped on the street and asked the name of this perfume by several women and a few men.  That leads me to believe this exclusivity will not last forever because it won’t be long before this perfume will be scooped up by retailers that sell fashion, beauty and fragrances.  That’s when I will have to start my search all over again.

Alas, that is the price one pays for individuality.


Hollywood & Madison Avenue Embrace The Allure of the Mature Woman

72-year-old Valerie Ramsey began her modeling career at 62.

This is the first, of what will be many of my observations, opinions, pet peeves, and perceptions of interesting topics to women who have been honored with the title “grandmom”. 

We are women of a certain age, true, but that should not keep us from exploring our potentials and options.  We have so much to offer: our wisdom (because we should be smarter and wiser by now), our energy (because we should be keeping ourselves fit); our inquisitiveness (because we should never let down our enthusiasm for anything new); and most importantly our sense of humor (we have earned the right to laugh at our idiosyncrasies).  These fundamentals stimulate and invigorate us and make us important in today’s society. 

So let’s explore a subject that is near and dear to our hearts. Our beauty.  Have you looked in the mirror with your glasses on and under the full glare of lights?  It may not be what you hoped to see… now don’t panic and morph into Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” . It’s you!  And you are lovely… a little more mature, but lovely nonetheless.

Truthfully speaking, do you want your skin pulled, or injected?  What’s wrong with looking your age? Nothing, I say! Take a good look at bold faced names such as Judi Dench or Maggie Smith who star in the new movie, “ The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”   They are beautiful!!! They haven’t masked their appearance…their wrinkles are there for the whole world to see.

Even cosmetic companies and model agencies have recognized that women in their 50’s to mid 90’s are beautiful in their respective ages.  Mac Cosmetics  is featuring Iris Apfel a 92-year-old woman, wrinkles and all, as their face for a fire engine-red lipstick.  While Valerie Ramsey, a 72-year-old model, has consistently been featured in international fashion magazines and advertisements. 

So ladies, if Hollywood and Madison Avenue embrace our looks why would we ever think of marching into Dr. Nip N. Tuck’s office?