I bought my bottle of Miss Dior Chérie in 2010 at a Macy’s that doesn’t exist anymore. It had been a couple of other department stores before it became a Macy’s and it was the last surviving department store located downtown. There were a few buildings with people living in them then, but it was mostly just businesses and stores, so there weren’t many patrons to keep it alive… That’s changing.
We actually now live in that once dying city where I bought my bottle of Chérie. The urban landscape is being altered right outside my door to accommodate an influx of people, mostly under 40. There’s new condos, apartment buildings, a grocery store, and the public transportation was just totally updated. And, those 20/30 somethings in my neighborhood are part of an overall trend. (See, No McMansions for Millenials)
To counter the notion that young people are moving into the city, it’s been said that once my generation, the Millenials, get married and have children that we’ll buy homes and move into the suburbs by the droves, but I disagree. When my husband recently started working downtown we quickly ruled out all the surrounding suburbs for lots of various reasons, even though we’re married with a son. If we did buy a house, it wouldn’t be in some far off suburb, and while that might just be one experience I can’t help but think it’s not just just an anecdote…
In any case, I’ve loved my bottle of Miss Dior Chérie (Dior, 2011) from the old downtown Macy’s, and you can tell. It’s nearly gone.
I purchased it after eyeing the fragrance for a few years. During college I found a sample of Miss Dior Chérie in an issue of Vogue and I kept taking whiffs of it over and over. It smelled like a lady from a bygone era had, on a whim, gleefully pranced into a leathery old gentlemen’s club (not the kind that have strippers), shocked a few cigar smoking members with her presence, and ordered a glass of champagne with great aplomb. It was smoky, flowery, sparkly, sweet and full of life.
I’m sure I was smelling the top notes of mandarin orange, and strawberry, middle notes of rose, and jasmine, and probably at least the base notes of amber, patchouli, sandalwood and vetiver. (to see a full list of notes and more visit Fragrantica.com.) The strawberry, amber and sandalwood perhaps being the most noticeable…
Last night, my husband and I went out for his birthday, so I decided not to wear a cozy sweater with Chérie. Today though… 🙂
Arcade Fire (2010), The Suburbs
Until Wednesday. 🙂