With Valentine's Day coming next week I've been thinking about perfume and why it seems inherently romantic. Wearing perfume denotes confidence, and I love that it is something entirely optional, and almost frivolous. Part of the appeal is that you don't, technically, need perfume. You can walk out of the house without it and be fully dressed, but choosing to wear perfume is a subtle way to define oneself.
My signature scent is Fair Verona by Strange Invisible Perfumes, which now carries meaning from many layers of memories. I am not someone who can read descriptions of a scent and imagine what it will smell like, and how I will respond to it. I wish I had a better ability to interpret scent descriptions, but most of them sound like I might plausibly like them. I have to smell a perfume in person and test it on myself to know how I feel about it.
I tried an assortment of Strange Invisible perfumes at a pop up in August 2015, and was drawn to Fair Verona - it felt deep and sexy but totally wearable. It also didn't hurt that I'm a literature nerd and love a good Shakespeare reference! I wore this perfume for the first time on a getaway weekend to Sag Harbor, and of course Doug and I got engaged on that trip. With that history, I knew I had to wear it for our wedding too. Now, every time I put it on, I'm reminded of happy memories from our relationship milestones.
Photos by Red Gallery Photography