Undina is best known throughout Perfumeland for her love of numbers. Her statistics posts are legendary. But despite her clear-thinking, no-nonsense persona, she also touches us with her personal perfume stories that show a sensitive and caring woman underneath the sometimes brash exterior. The German phrase “raue Schale und weicher Kern” (tough on the outside, soft on the inside) fits her to a T.
One more thing makes us love Undina’s blog: her amazingly beautiful and intelligent cat Rusty (click here for Rusty photos galore). Rusty makes every post even more special and I am honored to feature a never before seen Rusty photo on my blog today.
But enough of me and my Rusty adoration, let’s hear it for Undina…
A good day starts with… sleeping as long as I want.
I’d never leave the house without… I’d like to say “at least a dab of perfume” but it happens to me once in a long while. So I have to go with a purse.
I always feel good when… at work I can figure out a solution to the problem when everybody else gives up.
My favorite thing in the world is… my family (including my cat Rusty).
The next thing I want to buy… is nothing. I’m not saying I won’t be buying anything – holidays season is hard to resist – but there’s nothing on my immediate “to buy” list.
The place I always come back to… is Hawaii: these islands get the closest to my “dream vacation spot.”
My personal style is… classic with sporadic interspersions of dramatic and creative.
My favorite perfume is… multiple times reformulated and sadly discontinued Lancome Climat.
When I travel… I try not to sacrifice comfort. That’s why a carry-on bag is the smallest luggage I can take – even when it’s just a three-day trip.
To relax I need to… not have a reason to be tense: if I’m stressed out, if there’s a real problem, there’s nothing that can help until I eliminate the cause. I tried.
I like to gift people with… either something I know they want to get or something that won’t clutter their life (chocolates, alcohol or tea). I feel really bad about all those souvenirs that end up in a storage bin cemetery: too new to be just thrown away but completely useless for the recipient.
When I have a bad day… I try to remind myself of all the great things that I have in my life and hold on to that until life gets better. I’m trying to value what I have before I lose it.
I find my inspiration… nowhere… I’m sure I put it right there. It should be somewhere around… Have you seen it?
Something I would never want to miss… is time with my vSO. Everything else is less important and can wait.
My last mistake… was that extra piece of chocolate. Every day. For the last couple of years.
In my fridge there is always… some cheese and fruit. Since I don’t like being wasteful my refrigerator is half-empty most of the time: we’re buying just enough food to get us through the week. But both my vSO and I love and eat a lot of fruit and cheese so we make sure we always have some reserve of those.
On my nightstand I keep… Perfumes: The A-Z Guide. I’m not joking. Three years ago I got it, read the preface and a couple of pages and realized that I wouldn’t be reading it anymore: I do not need an authoritative justification for perfumes I love and I definitely don’t want those perfumes being trashed by anybody, no matter how respected their opinion is in the field. Since then the book just lives on my nightstand.
The perfect weekend starts with… my cat’s sleeping in (and not complaining from outside of my bedroom door) until I’m fully awake, a good cup of coffee (I use Turkish method preparing it in cezve) and a plate of cheese.
My role model is… nobody. While I like and even admire some traits in many different people there’s nobody I’d like to follow, be like them, etc.
Something I always want to be asked in questionnaires like this is… How come that the person as private and paranoid of online communications as you are ended up having a blog where she tells stories from her life? And my answer would be: I have no idea!
Well, I’m glad she did decide to share so much of her life with us, despite being very private. I am happy I got to meet her personally this summer (even if I didn’t get to share the photos of that meeting with you).
What do I love most about these answers? Hard to decide, but I’ll go with the extra piece of chocolate. I can so relate… 🙂