Maria McElroy is the creator of Aroma M, a line of perfumes inspired by the art and culture of Japan. Maria is an artist (she studied painting) and lived in Japan for seven years, where she not only met her husband, but also fell in love with the Japanese way of life on many levels.
I’m very drawn to Maria’s sense of beauty and I admire her innate elegance.
Let’s hear more from Maria in today’s questionnaire…
A good day starts with… first with a smile and kiss from my husband and then green tea in my favorite cup from Kyoto.
I’d never leave the house without… a scented handkerchief and lipstick.
I always feel good when… when I am creating something.
My favorite thing in the world is… green tea, shopping at the farmers market, salt and Champagne.
The next thing I want to buy is… a display table for my perfumes to put in the Dumbo studio.
The place I always come back to is… Kyoto.
My personal style is… casual glamour. I love to mix vintage pieces with couture.
My favorite perfume… I don’t have a favorite bottled perfume but I love the scent of the sea, flowers in the sun and my chef hubby, irresistible and sexy.
When I travel, I… like to have as many adventures as possible, eat as many new things as I can and learn something new everyday.
To relax I need… to light some incense and take a bath.
I like to gift people with… transportive one of kind perfumes, and laughter.
When I have a bad day, I… try to find some humor in the day and meditate.
I find my inspiration… all around me. Seeing art, reading, music and running along the East River in NYC.
Something I would never want to miss… spending time with my husband.
My last mistake was… not getting enough sleep.
In my fridge there is always… Champagne and sashimi.
On my nightstand I keep… a scented satin eye pillow, a bottle of Jasmine oil and several books by Tanizaki, Paul Auster and Murakami.
The perfect weekend starts with… breakfast in bed with my chef hubby.
My role model is… my mother. She had a wonderful joie de vivre and infectious laughter. Life was full of beauty and light that my mother sprinkled all around. I learned the value of creating beauty from her, it is such a gift.
Being married to chef sounds like a very good idea!
I love how Maria talks about her mother. The value of creating beauty – Maria definitely took that lesson to heart, to the benefit of all of us.
Are you familiar with Aroma M? What are your favorites?