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The subject of scents found in nature figures prominently in my blog. Did you know that scent is our strongest tie to memory? The foundation of my work as a communicator is a proprietary technique I developed that uses natural scent to help people and organizations discover their own unique story. For businesses, this exercise often leads to the creation of a scented logo. With individuals, it often leads to the creation of a signature perfume for them or a signature fragrance for their home.
Scent features prominently in my blog posts, but I enjoy writing about other slice-of-life topics, too.
New York and Paris are my favorite cities. When I made my home out East, I considered myself fortunate to live an hour-and-a-half outside of New York City. Maine is my favorite state, with coastal Maine being my absolute favorite spot of all time. Each of these places has its own unique scents that I can smell with my “nose’s eye,” even when I’m nowhere near them.
Inspiration, Taking Tea, and Fashion as Art
Although I am a person of deep faith, I’m a seminary school dropout. If truth be told, the experience wasn’t my cup of tea.
Speaking of tea, Earl Grey is my favorite. I like it hot or iced. I also drink coffee. Hazelnut. Black.
If I'm having a bad day, Philippians 4:13 is great inspiration.
Although I enjoy fashion (I used to be a style editor for a sophisticated little newspaper in Northwest Connecticut), I'm definitely not a fashion snob; I shop everywhere. As I write this, I am wearing a flouncy skirt from Walmart paired with a Michael Kors T-shirt.
Iconic fashion designers Diane von Furstenberg and the late Oscar de la Renta used to invite me to attend their runway shows during New York's Fashion Week. Many people have asked me to describe the experience. I have always equated fashion with art, so for me each fashion show was like an art exhibit with the work moving in front of me at a rapid pace and accompanied by music. I loved writing about the colors and fabrics.
This is my favorite fashion-centric quote by my favorite designer, Oscar de la Renta: "Being well-dressed hasn’t much to do with having good clothes. It’s a question of good balance and good common sense.”
Speaking of fashion designers, I should mention that I once wrote a full-page obituary, with byline, for a Golden Retriever named Barnaby. He was the beloved dog of the late fashion legend, Bill Blass.
In addition to having a journalism degree, I have formally studied all-natural botanical essences in the U.S. and France to earn the designation of certified aromatherapist.
While technology enhances our lives in amazing and wonderful ways, I believe that we must remain vigilant to its power so that we don’t sacrifice our God-given senses to it. If you’re not already doing this, I hope you will make the time in your days to step out into nature’s open arms. Smell a flower, a blade of grass, or the rain—and “just be.”
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