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{La France} Telling My Story: Narratives of My Look Book

{La France} Telling My Story: Narratives of My Look Book

La France

During one of my last summers of college I lived and studied in Paris, France. My roommate and I were lucky enough to have been placed with a host family that consisted of a retired husband and wife couple who loved two things: cooking, and storytelling. They lived in the ever-chic 16th arrondissement, which is within walking distance of the Eiffel Tower (in fact, my roommate and I shared a bedroom in their apartment that had not only a private terrace but a view of the Eiffel Tower—our first night included a walk to the iconic site and a late-night snack at a local cafe where my love of all things French was reaffirmed when I received a baguette sandwich that came with mayonnaise without asking). Needless to say, I hit the jackpot with those two.

I spent a great deal of time walking the streets of Paris and making new discoveries and memories on a daily basis. As part of my study abroad program, my group took lots of excursions outside of Paris—Versailles and Marie Antoinette’s digs, Chateaux of The Loire Valley, and Giverny, for example. My roommate and I were also lucky enough to also enjoy a long weekend in the south of France, where we not only bonded with her extended family but also had the incredible and freeing experience of driving around the countryside in our (4-door!) Smart Car, stopping to visit hundreds-year-old small towns and take in the endless horizon.

France and French culture holds a dear place in my heart. I studied French literature in college—perhaps where I first realized my love of storytelling and, through the Romantic period, knew I was a sucker for honest, albeit affectionately exaggerated, stories rife with heartache—and the cultural way of life to slow down and enjoy each other’s company over food and good drink, is, well, southernis it not?

Importance of Narrative

Warmth of a Memory + Strength of a Story

Beyond running a successful business and a foundation, I’m looking to connect with people. Ever since I was a little girl I loved storytelling. As an adult, I can appreciate the strength of narrative and how it can both encourage and inspire. Narrative can bring people together, transport you to familiar and faraway places, and often: narrative can heal.

Your sense of smell is the strongest attached to memory. A certain aroma can do wonders to connect us with and resurface old memories. And while it’s important to live in the present, there’s something truly meaningful in remembering moments from our own history. Sharing these stories with each other is such a powerful and joyful experience in humility, kindness, and understanding. For survivors of trauma, like myself, sharing your story is critical to the success of the healing process.

Each of my scents are inspired by people, places, and experiences from my life. The unique names reflect moments of my story, revealed and experienced with each burn. So far, I’ve shared parts about my childhood; my time as a freshly single woman trying to rebuild herself whilst living in a studio apartment in Washington, DC; my partner and his unconditional love and unwavering support; my time in France when I fell in love with the discovery of the new and first realized the importance of listening to and trusting myself; and a bit about my experience of being raised in a southern family with southern values. I also feature scents that represent ideas and beliefs that are meaningful to me.

{Studio in the City} Telling My Story: Narratives of My Look Book

{Studio in the City} Telling My Story: Narratives of My Look Book

{A Southern Thing} Telling My Story: Narratives of My Look Book

{A Southern Thing} Telling My Story: Narratives of My Look Book

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