My Date with Chanel — 53 Comments

  1. You are a perfect, beautiful version of you! I always thought Audrey Hepburn was a little too skinny. This is a wonderful story, well told. I can totally relate. I’m actually more anti-brand on principal, but truth be told, I own and wear on special occasions, Chanel #5 for the same reason. Because sometimes it just makes me feel glamorous.

  2. I love stories that revolve around one item, like the Necklace by Maupassant (another French guy). While yours is clearly different than his story (besides being nonfiction), it has that same idea of feeling “glamorous” because of an item. It’s so cool that you are willing to write about your previous life…I think this openness is a reason so many commenters flock to this site.

    • It is always my hope that by being honest about my failings, others will feel not quite so alone in theirs. Part of my biggest struggle was feeling alone all those years, and if I can help someone to not go through what I did, that’s what I want. 🙂

  3. I loved this line so much –> ” the fragrance was potent enough to wrap me in a cashmere haze of luxury that lasted the entire day, carrying me through the constant grinding disappointment and shame that belongs solely to the unemployed alcoholic.” Sometimes we need material, trivial things to get us through the hard times. . . you captured that idea perfectly w/ that line, and w/ this post. Thank you for that. . .

  4. First of all, I love the story and the success of going back and being able to buy the bottle, for the stability it represented. Second, that photo of you–wow! You are stunning!!

  5. I. love. this post. Because it’s well written but also because I have similar relationship with my perfume, the estimably less glamorous “Worth.” There’s just something about it that’s tied into so many memories and makes me feel like the best version of me.

  6. I really enjoyed your story, Natalie; it evokes those delicious, special, secret pleasures that make life just that much more worth living. Bravo!

  7. Oh my god, you made me cry. Really nice piece, Natalie, truly. Your red dress can manifest in any way, including a luxurious bottle of Chanel 🙂 I’m still looking for mine.

  8. I enjoyed this story of how an object can become a talisman. Or, in your case, the perfume served as a powerful elixir.
    And your right-as tempting as it is share your story with the sales girl, sometimes our stories lose their power when we speak them aloud and don’t get the reaction we hope for. I’m glad you wrote if for your readers who so obviously appreciate it.

  9. Awww, such a cute story! Being a non-smeller, I can’t even begin to relate to perfume, but I can totally relate to that one thing that makes you feel special. We all deserve to feel special, and I’m glad you were finally able to buy your Chanel.

    Also, yay!! You have a button! I can’t wait to put it on my blog!

  10. I love how something so simple (and EXPENSIVE!) as a purfume can make all the difference. Congratulations on your sobriety!

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