Happy Monday! Are you ready for a new week? A fresh start sounds good to me as, admittedly, the last one was jammed with too many commitments and not enough hours or minutes. Add a few minor mishaps, and grumpiness ensued. How lovely then to find a giant bucket of lilacs waiting on the doorstep, left by our landscaper. It wasn't just the unexpected kindness that lifted spirits...
...but the luscious purple scent that filled the house. Suddenly it was a sunny spring twilight at my grandmother's and we were playing among the hedgerows of lilacs while the grownups talked and sipped cocktails...
The next day while running errands at the mall, impatience came on strong. Until someone walked by leaving a trail of Coco Mademoiselle, a scent worn by a friend on a girls' trip to Paris.
Suddenly it was long lunches and laughter and sharing secrets over too many glasses of wine and treats from Ladurée.
We've all experienced that sudden rush of memory that comes along with a heady scent. It's such a lovely sensation to out of the blue fall into the happy past at the unexpected hint of a favorite smell. (Here's an interesting article about the science of it all.) And so for the rest of the week, when feeling overwhelmed or anxious or just cranky, I played at recalling some of those scents that bring on a kind of time travel....
The salty, kelpyness of Puget Sound brings to mind ferry rides to a summer cabin and long days of sunshine and childhood bliss.
And certain sunblocks immediately provide transport to faraway places and vacation adventures.
It's such an easy game to play and a basically free source of stress relief!
So tell me, what scents conjure up some of your favorite memories?
Have a wonderful week, everyone! XOXO