The most graceful accessories: a smile and a drop of perfume

The most graceful accessories: a smile and a drop of perfume

We are conditioned to believe that beauty means elegance. Living in an ephemeral temporal dimension, amidst Instagram frames and TikTok seconds, we forget that, in this case, not everything that looks good on screen is necessarily elegant.

Hard to define, sometimes likened to a “puzzle,” you might think that if you’ve gathered the pieces and put them all in their place, you’ve achieved your goal. However, elegance is more of a recipe: you have a few main ingredients, but it depends on each individual how they combine them and how inspired they are to achieve a memorable feast.

It holds true, indeed, for clothing, makeup, attitude, or hairstyle. But the main element is ineffable, undefinable, a small spark that illuminates any room, that attracts you without necessarily knowing why. The good news is that anyone can learn to ignite it. True, it requires effort, devotion; sometimes it requires us to sacrifice a bag, a gesture, or a line, but all these are details, a starting point. Beautiful thoughts, optimism, perseverance, correctness, humor, culture, kindness, friendship—they are elegant. We mix them, combine them, add a drop of perfume, and then taste the pure elegance. A drop of Bouquet Encore from L’Orchestre Parfum, a narcotic and addictive floral, or Pleine Lune from Bastille, which intertwines the sensuality of jasmine with the sweetness of matcha. Elegance is felt in the air, in the embrace of There’s a Place by Francesca dell’Oro, a spiced rose, or in L’eau ensoleillee de rose, a delightful journey to Provence, with roses and oranges, offered by Rose et Marius.

And when we have doubts, we listen to Audrey Hepburn: “I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”