I’m very happy to introduce you all today to my good friend M. She is known from her comments in the blogosphere as Lady Jane Grey. M is a dedicated perfume lover who I got to know through the blog but fortunately our friendship blossomed once we met in person as we are both based in Vienna.
M has a great career and travels a lot for her job, which I still find very glamorous despite knowing that it is anything but. I often think she is living the life I could have led, the path not chosen, and vice versa.
Despite our very different lives, schedules and routines, we find so much common ground that meeting her and talking to her is a luxury (and a rare one at that, but I guess that is part of the deal with luxury).
Today you can share in my delight of getting to know M.
Let us see how she answered my questionnaire…
A good day starts with… the alarm clock off and plenty of time for a cup of lovely oolong tea! Then breakfast with Birgit at Hidden Kitchen.
I’d never leave the house without… my Kindle (however, I might forget my Blackberry and money, or even my keys…)
I always feel good when… there are no pending problems in the office, the Blackberry is off and I can spend some quality time with my husband
My favorite thing in the world is… well, I’d have said my friends, but you want a “thing”. Is my cat a thing ? Hardly… Then it has to be my bath tub ! I love long, relaxing baths with Ormonde Jayne Tolu bath oil.
The next thing I want to buy is... a rocking chair called “Don do“. But most probably the cookbook from Richard Bertinet (about baking bread…) will be much easier to realize !
The place I always come back to is… Budapest. The food, culture, melancholy, quirkiness – that’s all me (important side note : I’m totally opposed to the present Hungarian government and its politics !)
My personal style is… relaxed conservative, mostly pants, and mostly in black from head to toe. I buy timeless pieces and then I wear them for years and years (I love wool, cashmere, linen…)
When I travel I always… look for typical local food. I’m a foodie and passionate cook.
To relax I need… green or beauty. Or both. In fact, it’s easy: a view from our balcony on the woods of Wienerwald or a stroll in Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum (Art History Museum).
When I have a bad day… I go for a barre-training with my beloved trainer Sarah (or as I simply call her: The Healer)
I like to gift people with… books, or something smelly (recently Bath & Body products from Jo Loves – yumm)
I find my inspiration… I’ve been having a problem with that one recently, I guess my mind is far too overloaded, tired, fed up – any suggestions ?
Something I would never want to miss… my friends. And I wish I’d live nearer to them. So I can see them more often.
My last mistake was… not buying a bottle of Iris Ganache while it was still available!
In my fridge there is always… cheese, especially goat cheese, plus loads of veggies, so I can throw together a quick dish ala Ottolenghi any time…
On my nightstand I keep… a pile of books (sorry Kindle…). Right now : The Marrying of Chani Kaufman (from Eve Harris – lovely!), something from my beloved crime writer Louise Penny, poetry from Margaret Atwood – and there is always something in my mother-tongue (Hungarian) too.
The perfect weekend starts with… a breakfast at Hansen, which is a bistro within a phantastic flower shop – so I can combine 3 things I love : friends, flowers and good food.
My role model is… unfortunately, there is none. But I sorely miss him/her – I feel life would be so much easier, when I could follow in somebody’s footsteps.
I was deeply impressed by Vivienne Westwood though : some 10 years ago I had the possibility (and the honour) to spend few hours in her company – she’s intelligent, creative, socially conscious and very brave. And surprisingly modest.
Something I always want to be asked in questionnaires like this is… Oh, I was trying to think of a life-changing question, but couldn’t find any. My favourite music, probably ? (BTW, it’s Pink Floyd forever 🙂 )
I really enjoyed this. Here we clearly have another example of the rampant correlation between Perfumista-dom and the permanent presence of cheese in the fridge.
I’m grateful that M took the time to do this and share a bit of herself with us today. I wish I could give her the gift she most desperately wants and needs – time. Since I cannot, publicly declaring her my style icon will have to do. 🙂