What perfume or fashion habits have you picked up from your mother or grandmother?
“My grandmother will not leave the house without perfect hair and perfect makeup and her splash of perfume,” explained actress Natalie Portman about her “new mom” fashion style. Portman always seems to be well-put together and elegant. Her photos in fashion magazines usually appear in the best-dressed, rather than fashion disaster columns. Still, I liked the quote and the accompanying photos of the movie star in a trench coat and black pumps.
As I was flipping through the pages of various fashion and movie star gossip magazines—a guilty weekend pleasure!—I kept thinking about Portman’s comment that as she grew older, and especially after she became a mother herself, she started to emulate the women in her life. This is something that I have noticed too. As I grow older, I become more like my mother. The endless worrying and the obsessive attention to details—thanks, Mom, I could have done without those personality traits. But the ability to make a holiday out of the most mundane and to face problems with an unbeatable optimism is a gift for which I will always be grateful to my mom.
As far as fashion and perfume go, I definitely rely on my mom for inspiration. Some of the most complimented pieces in my wardrobe are the ones that my mom got for me. She is always beautifully perfumed, and this is something that many people notice. You might remember the story of her having a traffic ticket waived, because the police officer was so enthralled by her sillage of Serge Lutens Tubereuse Criminelle. Her trick is to spray the perfume once she is already dressed, so that a tiny bit ends up on her clothes, or if weather appropriate, her scarf. This way, her fragrant trail is distinctive, but never overwhelming.
Image: Natalie Portman at the 2012 Dior photo shoot via zimbio.com, some rights reserved.