Sunday, September 26, 2010

I bought perfume at the Duty Free

They say one of the top 5 wedding accessories a girl can have is her perfume.
I’ve never found perfume that I really liked and was willing to pay hundreds of Rands for. It either didn’t smell like me or it smelled terrific for about 10min and then it completely disappeared. So I just gave up on finding fancy perfume and only brought the perfumes of the deodorants that smelled good (e.g. Hoity Toity). Then... with the wedding coming up I decided that I would go on a perfume hunting expedition to find the perfect fragrance. I thought I’d leave that till all the important arrangements were done and I had a lot of spare time on my hands - I don’t particularly enjoy spending hours in the shops.

Then we went to Italy... On the way there we had to catch a connecting flight from Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport and had about an hour and a half between flights. So we wandered around the airport looking at the shops and I happened to walk into a fragrance store. I decided that since I was there I might as well try out some of the fragrances and just maybe I’d find something that I liked. I tried 3 different perfumes from Revlon, and Yardley before my mom came and said we could start boarding. Just as I started leaving the store, one of the bottles caught my eye. I quickly sprayed a little on my arm, glanced at the name and ran to catch up with my parents.

As soon as we were settled on the plane I started asking everyone’s opinions about the different fragrances. There were 2 that smelled really good but once we landed in Milan only the one was still distinct, and it smelled like me! :) Have you ever had a moment like that where you feel like someone took a piece of you and put them in say, a pair of shoes? And that without that pair of shoes you’ll feel incomplete for the rest of your life? Well that’s kinda the feeling I had - I had found myself in a perfume bottle! :D


So during our whole trip I would enter every store that sold perfume and look for that little flower bottle. I didn’t find it - ANYWHERE. So I put my hope in the fact that we had to catch a connecting flight again the night we returned and so we would be at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport again - although this time there would be just enough time to get from the terminal where we landed to the one where we were taking off.


When we were waiting for our plane in Milan I asked the stewardess what time the stores at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport  would close and she said “I believe 8pm.” Great! We were only landing there after 10pm. I decided not to worry - if it was meant to be then I’d be able to buy the perfume. We landed in Paris and raced to the terminal where we were boarding. On the way I ran past a fragrance store and quickly popped inside. THERE IT WAS! My Li Lolita! I asked the lady what time they were closing and she said they were only open for 5 more minutes!
So I whipped out my wallet and gave her the money.
Lady: ”Boarding Pass?”
Me: “What?”
Lady: “I need your boarding pass...”
Of course. So Wihan offers to run back to my bag to fetch the boarding pass so that I can stay in the store and make sure they don’t close before I get to pay :) (One of the many reasons why I love him!)SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC

So now this little flower bottle stands in my cupboard until 9 April, 2011 when I will use it for the very first time :)

1 comment:

Life with Kaishon said...

I love this story! What a great find! The bottle is very fun. : ) So glad I came to visit you today. I saw a comment you left at Jasmine Star's blog and I hopped over to meet you. I have the worst luck with perfumes myself! The fragrance wears off so quickly!