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Moments In Paris

A magical story in six vignettes

Moments in Paris is a collection of moments that tells the story of an aspirational young heroine, new to Paris and unsure what her future holds. Luckily, romance, excitement and inspiration are everywhere in the City of Lights; from the sound of jazz musicians in the Marais, to the aroma of mara strawberries wafting from every patisserie, to the drops of summer rain falling along the Seine during a stroll with her new love. In other words, Paris is magical. And our story – just like JAFRA’s new fragrance – conveys the spirit of the city. It evokes the desire to be there now and the feeling that one can get there… with a single spray.

Chapter 6: Paris Et Moi

Chapter 6

Sometimes it was hard to believe that I was there. I’d look out my window and expect to see a line outside the patisserie or hear the neighbors singing French pop songs. Instead, I was home. And while most of my memories were kept in my mind (and my heart of course), there was one that hung in my closet.

I unzipped the garment bag with the Le Bon Marché logo and took the gown in, remembering the first time I saw it during my consultation with Sebastian. I was too afraid to take such a sumptuous slice of couture back then – certain I’d have no occasion to wear it. I was so wrong. The gown suited me to a tee by the time an event arose and now served as a reminder to me that life is full of signs and synchronicity. That’s if you’ve paid attention.

Take my secret weapon for instance. Sitting right across the room on my vanity as I speak. Something that came to me as if by fate; just what I needed and when I needed it. I’d been nearing the end of my time in Paris – so much gained but still, sad to be leaving – when a perfumery opened around the corner from Joselle’s flat. Crossing through its elaborate doors, a salesman attempted to help me, but I politely brushed him off. I assured him that I was capable of finding what I wanted myself – after all, as Sebastian had told me, I’d know it when I smelled it. It’s easy to see now just how much a few singular moments of my trip had impacted me. Like the day I arrived and met Luc, that makeover in Bon Marche, or my first dinner party. If only I’d known when they were happening, how seminal they’d be for me, I could’ve made more of them. But then again… perhaps it was better that I had truly lived those moments instead of attempting to capture them. Because now, looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing.

Back in the perfumery I had come up short. Thirty minutes looking and I was no closer to discovering my signature scent, my true, Parisian allure… Then, the salesman waved me over and asked if he could interest me in smelling one more perfume. With nothing to lose but a moment of time, I agreed and he lifted a glass bottle from behind the counter – pink, no less, called Paris Et Moi – and sprayed. As the scent filled my nostrils I was struck by a wave of intoxicating nostalgia – and that’s putting it mildly. In that moment, it was as if my entire trip came flooding back to me in a single breath, weaving all my most treasured experiences together.

I smiled, delighted as I heard Luc in my mind’s eye. Sometimes, you’ve got to stop and smell the strawberries, I echoed, much to the salesman’s amusement. He laughed. Told me I had a good nose. That was indeed mara strawberry, like in the patisserie across the street I was smelling. But what else? I sat with the scent for a moment. Creamy woods, I observed. Like the Bois de Bologne in the rain… And… ohmigosh! Cassis, like in a kir royale! Impressed, he nodded. All olfactory notes. Then he sprayed one more time for me to breathe it in and waited. There was one more note I was missing and by this point, he was certain I’d get it. Finally, it hit me.

Roses! I exclaimed, thinking of the woman at the graduation party last Spring near the Sorbonne. Close, the salesman replied. It’s actually rose petal macaron. Paris et Moi was literally as if someone had turned my experience of Paris into a scent, I told him. Turns out, that’s what the perfumer who designed it – herself a Parisian – had in mind.

Back at my vanity, I lifted the bottle and sprayed. In an instant, I’m back in Paris, entering the Eiffel Tower for its grand New Year’s Eve soiree, wearing the sumptuous gown gifted to me by Sebastian, hair upswept and earrings sparkling.

Lights twinkle overhead and the world is aflutter. With every step someone I pass nods or smiles and I descend into the crowd of revelers, many of whom are now friends. At the far end of the room, Luc waits for me in his tux, Kir Royale in hand and a smile so dazzling, I feel my knees go weak as I take his hand. Whatever happens between us, the world is magic and my possibilities are limitless. It’s unforgettable. Much like the city itself. And it changed me forever. How, you ask?

Remember how I told you that I never believed in destiny… until Paris? Well, that’s absolutely, positively true. Only what I learned there wasn’t that fate is somehow predetermined or out of our hands. Rather, I had discovered that if you’re being yourself, you’ll be presented with opportunities designed to help you fulfill your potential. In other words, signs are real. And magical. And if you follow them, you’ll uncover your own path…. to create a destiny of your choosing.

Moments In Paris

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Chapter 6:

Paris Et Moi

Changed by her travels, our heroine reflects... and finds herself transported back to the cobblestone streets of Paris as if by magic.

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