Last Friday, my good friend Mitzi invited me to the Nordstrom Spring Fragrance Festival. It’s an amazing event – she promised me – with bubbles and snacks and all your favorite scents. You try, and buy, and usually get a big bag of samples while you’re there. Of course, it sounded like an interesting event and I had a couple scents in mind that I wanted to try, so I dolled up and hit the town.
I found out that there are a few rules when attending this event that one might follow if one is so inclined… Actually, we made these rules up for giggles (why so serious!?).
Fragrance Festival Rule One – you pay $25 to be there. Therefore, we decided it’s equitable to drink at least 5 drinks and taste every snack that comes around to break even – even the rhubarb pastries. (I don’t generally eat rhubarb, but these were pretty good.) By the end of the night you’ll be having a hilarious time with the lady you met in the bathroom who totally just bought the Dior scent you’re wearing. Or you could just purchase a yummy new scent and get your money back on the purchase! Everybody wins.
Fragrance Festival Rule Two – Make best friends with the ultra stylish, very awesome guy who’s working the Chanel table – he has the hook up. While they have the best scents, they don’t always offer gifts with purchase. But because your Chanel guy is a sweetie, he may slip a trial size Chanel Rouge Coco lip color in Mademoiselle into your shopping bag if you pick up a bottle of No 5. This is my new favorite lip color. OH and did you know that the French government reports that a bottle of Chanel No 5 is sold every thirty seconds and generates sales of $100 million a year? Also, he might let you set your bags down while you go retrieve another drink from the bar.
Fragrance Festival Rule Three – Are you a blogger? Did you bring your camera? Leave it in your bag. I took ONE lousy photo. LOUSY. The lighting is no good… But the film grain on the Chanel bottles looks romantic, right? Trust me, don’t even try. However, do carry cards because there are a million billion interesting people to talk to. Also, you’re more interesting when you’ve got a drink in hand, right? You know the bar is free? (And it’s nice to discreetly tip your bartender).
I made this photo extra small so you couldn’t see the horrible lighting/graininess of the photo.
Fragrance Festival Rule Four – Try and buy. But try it on a card… or spritzed in the air or… anywhere not on your bod. Trust me, if I had let them actually spritz me I might have hurled after about 10 minutes. There’s a LOT of fragrance in that little room and you don’t want to spray something on you that might turn sour in an hour. Oh, and if you think you like it? Just put it in your bag (along with all the samples and free gifts). You can sort it out later when you’re a little buzzed and trying to add up just how much cash that bag of pretty bottles is going to cost.
Fragrance Festival Rule Four… The Sequel – The one thing you DO want is that bag with the Donna Karan Cashmere deodorant in it because it’s hot, and you’ve been drinking, and I felt the need for an emergency application about halfway through the night. I know nobody will notice, because you’re in a room full of perfume, but peace of mind is priceless.
Fragrance Festival Rule Five – Bartering… that might work? Maybe if I retrieve a drink from the bar for this nice lady standing next to the Gucci table….
Rule Six – You’re never going to be able to use all the little samples you got, so share them with your friends! Mitzi hands them out at parties (and I’m in the process of giving a bunch away). Sending out gifts? Great addition if you know someone’s signature scent.
So, tell me – whats your favorite scent?