Today I am honored to have Elena of Perfume Shrine in my People In Perfumeland series.
Elena writes her blog since 2005, she is an incredibly accomplished perfume connoisseur with a huge knowledge that she shares with us through articles on ingredients, interviews with industry figures, perfume reviews and not at least news and a little gossip of the perfume industry.
She is a historian, art historian and archaeologist living in Athens, Greece, she has two little boys and her perfume hobby has led her to pursue some perfumery training. She writes for her own blog as well as Fragrantica and several other perfume publications. She is the kind of multi-tasking person who would give you an inferiority complex if she wasn’t so very kind and lovely.
Let’s see what she says in answer to my 20 sentences…
A good day starts with… a smile from my significant other.
I’d never leave the house without… my brains!
I always feel good when… I feel loved.
My favorite thing in the world is… my family. If we’re talking material things, it’s my MAC Book Pro.
The next thing I want to buy is… a battery replacement for my computer. And possibly a deep orangey coral lipstick for spring.
The place I always come back to is… Greece. There’s a reason it was chosen by the Gods.
My personal style is… classic dramatic, clean lines with contemporary accents. I like to mix accessories and good jewels to make a statement.
My favorite perfume… used to be vintage Opium, but obviously I love many others as well. I’d love to have Doblis by Hermes re-issued; I’d take a lifetime supply!
When I travel I always… avoid what tourists would do. I like to be a traveller, not a tourist.
To relax I need… classical music and ideally a full body massage.
When I have a bad day… I try to avoid talking with people lest I quarrel with them.
I like to gift people with… things I find either beautiful or intelligent or both!
I find my inspiration… in everything. I’m a magpie. Humble things hide gems inside.
Something I would never want to miss… the laughter of my kids growing up.
My last mistake was… missing a friend’s nameday. I have since amended.
In my fridge there is always… fresh lemons.
On my nightstand I keep… books (predictable, I know), a glass of water (ditto), Sous la Glycine candle and whatever bracelet/bangle/necklace I was wearing that day that prevents me from sleeping well.
The perfect weekend starts with… kisses, lots of kisses!
My role model is… my maternal grandmother who survived through the worst and came out victorious without losing her dignity or her kindness.
Something I always want to be asked in questionnaires like this is… do you believe in beauty existing in destroyed things/people? I do.
I truly enjoyed seeing a more private side of Elena though this questionnaire. I have to admit that I used to be a bit intimidated by her knowledge, but getting to know her better has shown me what an approachable and down-to-earth woman she also is.
Finding beauty in destroyed things – how beautiful a concept that is. I will surely take that sentence with me.