Friday, February 18, 2011

The Joy of fragrance

I love fragrance and I have several kinds but my favorite is the one you see here taking center stage amongst my collection of perfume bottles. It is of course Chanel No 5.

So I was absolutely thrilled when I went to the library and found this book waiting for me, The Secret of Chanel No. 5 ~ The Intimate History of the World's Most Famous Perfume, by Tilar J. Mazzeo who also wrote, The Widow Clicquot, of champagne fame, for those of you who are interested in wine.

Chanel loved white camellias and pearls so I thought they would be perfect additions to these pictures. My Camellias are still blooming, and the opera strand of baroque pearls you see here were given to me many years ago by a beloved aunt who spent many years working in fine jewelry. I have always treasured them.

I knew before reading this book of Chanel's fabulous couture, her struggle to overcome her rather sordid background and personal tragedies. But it was the first time that I understood how out of these life time experiences this lovely fragrance was born. It makes it even more precious. And just a little bit dabbed on the nape of my neck makes me feel so very, very, elegant and très chic!

I hope your day is filled with lovely... fragrance, sights and sounds.

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  1. Chanel NO. 5 is timeless and classic - I LOVE it to! Have a great weekend.

  2. Adrienne, Chanel No.5 is my go-to fragrance I have been wearing it since the late 60s. I remember paying 19.00 for the small bottle of perfume. I also remember my 2 year old pouring the whole bottle in his bath water and I was wondering why the bathroom smelled so delicious!!! Timeless, YES, Classic,YES!!!!! From one Chanel No. 5 to another have a wonderfully fragrant weekend, KS

  3. Adrienne,
    That is one of my favorites too! There's few that can compare! I love Spring Flower by Creed and Fracas by Robert Piguet... there is joy in fragrance.
    Wishing you a delightsome weekend,

  4. Mmmm, love Chanel No. 5... and beautiful, thoughtful photos too:)

  5. I wore Tranquil Breezes by Victoria's Secret for years- it's right-out-of-the-shower fresh scent was perfect for my jeans and sneakers look. When they discontinued it, my best friend would hunt it down on eBay until that became cost prohibitive. Two years ago for Christmas, my husband walked into a perfume shop and asked the clerk to let him sample anything that just smelled fresh. He scored with two surprise fragrances that are almost as good as my first love. I understand the attachment. Fortunately, I think yours will be around a lot longer.

  6. For the first time 2wks ago I watched the movie CoCo and it was wonderful!! It was in French but english subtitles and I learned so much about her life.
    I love this perfume and I wear everyday her other fragrance Allure and also have Coco!

    You have a beautiful collection of perfume bottles!
    Pamela xo

  7. The Chanel company should use your photos in their newest ad campaign!

    I also enjoy wearing this perfume. It is a true classic. You can never go wrong after a dab of Chanel No. 5!

  8. Your pictures are so beautiful and glamorous looking. Have a splendid weekend.

  9. Chanel No. 5 is my mother's signature fragrance so I dare not wear it...
    your crystal perfume flacons looks tres chic!

  10. Zoe says that Karl Lagerfield would be very impressed!

  11. One of my all time favorites! Will have to find the book! Merci pour visiter notre site aussi! :)

    - Andrea

  12. Guess what...that is my signature fragrance too..I wear it all the time, have for years and have never gotten tired of it! ;D

  13. I'm not a big fragrance fan, but I absolutely love how you took these pictures. Very classy, very beautiful - gorgeous! You are very talented!

  14. Adrienne,
    I am a huge fan of Chanel. As a matter of fact, the sweet little momma dog that has taken up residence in our home is named CoCo Chanel!! I love your post the pictures are just wonderful. I'll certainly make sure my CoCo reads the post, too!
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    The Tattered Tassel

  15. I love Chanel No. 5 too. Delecious scent! Your photos are lovely.


  16. Adrienne,
    That last photo is award winning quality!!

  17. Oooh, what a lovely post! I just added the movie "Coco Before Chanel" to my Netflix list! Thank you so much for your sweet visit to One Girl in Pink! I always enjoy meeting new friends...especially ones that love roses as much as I do!
    Best Wishes and Blessings!

  18. profumo ,camelie bianche e perle il massimo dell'eleganza e della femminilità mia cara Adrienne.Ottimo gusto e belle foto :Un Bacio Ornella

  19. Chanel No 5 is wonderful! I've worn it on and off but my "go to" fragrance that I've worn since it came out a gazillion years ago is Clinque's Aromatics Elixir.

    Your photos are beautiful!

  20. Hello Adrienne...Chanel No 5 is a classic, that's for sure. I'll bet you loved reading that book, too. Take care and have a "scentsational" Sunday! Susan

  21. Each year my New Years Resolution is to find myself a fragrance - but it always smells better in the bottle or on someone else. So it goes back into the Resolution hopper for the following year. I just love when someone wears perfume and walks by - like a passing garden :) XOL

  22. What beautiful photos, makes me want to go and get come Chanel no5:)

  23. I never wear fragrance, but I agree that #5 is one of the best. You took some great photos too.

  24. This is my fav fragrance too! I have a little bottle and I milk it! :) Beautiful vignette.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  25. Love it! your photos are very nice.

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