“You know me and you don’t” that is the slogan that CHANEL used to launch its new fragrance N°5 L’eau. Their idea was to transform this classic piece of history that was the number five fragrance into a modern scent for a younger generation that looks for a mixture of the classic and chic chanel brand but in a much innovative way. And I think they did it. I grew up smelling CHANEL N°5 almost every day, my grandma used it every single day. She was , what they call, a woman with class who never lost her personality and sense of what fashion was even through her last years. Even now, that she is no longer with us, she inspires me to follow not only her and my inspiration in fashion and what she taught me about it but to be true to who I am. I think that is one of the most important lessons.
When I received the CHANEL fragrance to try it out, I thought I was going to smell the CHANEL N°5 in a bit lighter version. Yet I was very surprised in what I smelled, not forgetting to mention that I was instantly in love with it. Describing scents is very difficult but my best attempt would be to describe it as CHANEL N°5 in its essence but nothing like it. Confusing right? But I think that is what it is all about. Accepting the legacy, where you come from, who inspires you, what you’ve learned and putting it as a background to then be you and letting that shine brighter.
When I gave it a thought, I instantly felt that I should share a bit of my experience with you other than just talk to you about the perfume. My obsession with reading books has taught me 2 things, besides the other thousands of very good life lessons: good grammar comes from reading and I know an amazing amount of great quotes that can help me through almost anything. In this case there is one that has being running through my head the last couple of weeks. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else, is the greatest accomplishment”. Yes, completely true and a long time before social media. What is the problem with the human race trying to always be something rather than who they are?
Accepting who you are is a very tricky process that comes after you truly discover who you are. To be honest I did not discover it until I was about 17 or 18 and I think I might be still learning about it, so don’t think I am an expert in this topic. Yet I know how amazing it feels to free yourself from others. To stop depending on them and what they say and what they think to truly live by you and for you. Sure that doesn’t mean you are not following some rules that we sometimes don’t have another choice than to follow them. But to shut the million voices in your head and decide what you want no matter what others say is the true definition of bravery.
To make this a blogpost rather than a long read, this is what I want you to think about and ask yourself: Is there something you really want (or don’t want) to do? Do you have a dream? Do you feel good or uncomfortable about something? Did you stop doing something because of fear of not knowing what the others would say? Are you yourself and nothing else? Are you happy?…. If YOU don’t like the answer to any of those questions it is on you to change them and even if they sound impossible, they can be changed because you are the owner of your own happiness and YES YOU CAN!
Make 2017 the year of change, forget about the resolutions everyone else is making and focus on just one: BE HAPPY! I know how cliché it sounds but life is short so do what makes you wake up with a smile and stop doing what prevents you from being happy. And to quote the great woman herself: “ A girl should be two things: who and what she wants” – Coco Chanel… and boys that goes for you too.
Go out there and eat the world!