Friday, August 11, 2017

Etiquette: How to Carry a Clutch?


What's right or wrong? Should etiquette be followed nowadays anyway? As I've written before, my interest in etiquette has grown with years. It's like a secret language that's interesting to learn and observe how many stick to the rules or whether they think it's important at all.  

One interesting rule I read recently is about clutches. When you're wearing a clutch as an accessory, it should never be worn under your arm. I have made a mistake with this rule a thousand and one time myself, and it will probably happen also in the future, but it's still interesting to get acquainted to the rules of the clutch. The correct way to wear a clutch is in one hand, or holding it with both hands. 

One interesting piece of knowledge also from the royal family. The Dutchess of Cambridge Catherine always wears a small clutch to public events. An etiquette specialist explains it as follows: "It is protocol that you do not extend your hand to any member of the royal family (blood royal or those who have married in to the family) unless their hand extends first." 
So a clutch holds great importance in Catherine's outfit. 



By the way, Princess Diana found another clever purpose for the clutch - when she got out of a car, she covered her décolletage with the clutch and photographers didn't get photos of her where the dress would have been too revealing on the chest.  Etiquette doesn't allow you to put your purse on the table at dinner, but it should be on your chair, behind your back. 

Oh, how I like those little nuances. I told my daughter about this etiquette rule to my daughter who listened to me and then said that I make that mistake every time when I take photos of coffee cups in cafes with my bag. Which rules of etiquette do you follow and which rules have surprised you the most?



Mis on õige ja mis on vale? Kas tänapäeval peaks üldse enam etiketti jälgima? Nagu olen varem kirjutanud, siis aastatega on minu huvi etiketi reeglite vastu aina kasvanud. See on justkui salakeel, mida on huvitav õppida ja samas jälgida, kui pajud sellest kinni peavad või seda üldse tähtsustavad.

Üks huvitav reegel, mida hiljuti lugesin, kõneleb sellest, et kui sinu aksessuaariks on clutch, siis ei hoita seda mitte kunagi kaenla all. Ma ise olen selle etiketireegli vastu 1000 ja 1 korda eksinud ning ilmselt juhtub seda ka edaspidi, kuid ikkagi on põnev end clutchi kandmise reeglitega kurssi viia. Õige on seda kanda kas ühes käes või siis hoida clutchist kinni kahe käega. Nii nagu kõigil postituse kaadritel.

Üks huvitav seik ka kuninglikust perekonnast. Cambridge`i hertsoginna Catherine kannab alati avalikel üritustel kaasas väikest clutchi. Miks? Etiketi spetsialist William Hanson seletab Catherine clutchi kandmise lahti nii: "Protokolli järgi ei anta kätt kuningliku perekonna liikmele (kas sünnijärgne või abielu kaudu kuningliku pere liige) kui nad just ei paku kätt esimesena."
Seega on Catherine´i riietuse juures väike clutch eluliselt oluline. Kui mõni pealetükkiv tegelane soovib temaga ikkagi kätelda, siis on hertsoginna käed kindlalt clutchi küljes. 

Muide, printsess Diana leidis clutchile veel ühe kavala ülesande: autost väljudes kattis ta clutchiga kinni oma dekoltee ja nii võisid piltnikud suu puhtaks pühkida fotost, kus printsessi dekoltee oleks liiga avatud.

Etikett ei luba ka kotti õhtusöögil lauale panna, vaid hoopis oma toolile, selja taha. Oh, kuidas mulle meeldivad need väikesed nüansid! Rääkisin sellest etiketitreeglist ka oma tütrele, kes kuulas selles ära ja vastas siis: "Sa eksid ju iga kord etiketi vastu, kui oma kohvitassi koos käekotiga kohvikus Instagrami jaoks üles pildistad!" Milliseid etiketi reegleid sina jälgid ja millised on sind kõige enam üllatanud? 



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Monday, August 7, 2017

Perfume Portrait: Lanvin Modern Princess


I remember many princesses from my childhood. There was Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and of course Cinderella... But I somehow wasn't too captivated by their stories. I really liked The Little Witch and Puss In Boots, so I didn't really find much in common with princesses, because a broomstick-riding good witch and a clever cat who made his owner into a rich ruler, offered more adventures.

Years later, when I was going through the celebrity pages, I started liking real princesses. There was glamour, there was suffering, they were followed by paparazzi, they were followed by frustrations, but unlike fairy tale princesses, they were much closer to me. Their joys and sorrows gave a chance to identify with them. And those stories didn't always have a happy ending. Those princesses were so much more inspiring than the fairy tale belles who lived happily ever after 'til this day unless they passed away.

Lanvin recently released the perfume Modern Princess. Thinking of the world today, I think it's one of the best names for a perfume. We live in an era where we have more princesses than ever. They walk among us wearing an invisible crown and nobody really minds if they're wearing trainers instead of crystal shoes. A tiring ball gown is replaced by torn jeans. And a crown... Oh, who needs that old thing anyway? Indeed, these days, every beauty can be a social media princess, create their own (air) castle and share only the most beautiful images from the tower of their castle.



But fairy tale princesses lived through a lot of hardships before the happy ending - they ate poisoned apples, or hurt their finger when making yarn on the spinning wheel, but the kiss of a prince saved the day. Real princesses haven't always had this kind of luck. If in fairy tales the princes love their princesses forever, then real princesses among us don't always do this well. We have seen princes who are unable to love their unbelievably beautiful women, we've seen the tears of those princesses... But what about our social media princesses who've put the crown on their head themselves and wave to their Instagram followers from a golden chariot? Will their chariot turn into a pumpkin at some point? 

When I'm writing these lines, I'm thinking how about those social media princess that share filtered photos when walking in their own rose garden? More princesses like that are born every second... And still there are those who prefer to live in their own world, leaving the better photos for themselves. The creator of Modern Princess by Lanvin believes that there's a princess in every woman. She might not be waiting for the perfect prince or wear a crown. The creator of Lanvin's perfume believes that the biggest treasure for a modern princess is freedom and independence. The top notes of the scent take us back to a fairy tale - the fresh note comes from pink apple, and redcurrant adds some zing. The heart is made of a glamorous bouquet of flowers - jasmine, and elegant freesia. The base notes belong to sensual vanilla orchid and the final nuance of mystical luxury is given by musk. Perhaps Modern Princess is meant for those who prefer a cloud of perfume that makes you feel like a princess instead of high heels, a gown, and a crown. Which fairy tale or modern princess has made an impression on you?



Oma lapsepõlvest mäletan ma nii paljusid printsesse. Oli Okasroosike, Lumivalgeke ja loomulikult Tuhkatriinu... Kuid miskipärast ei paelunud mind kuigi palju nende lood. Mulle meeldis Väike Nõid ja Saabastega Kass, seega ei leidnud ma endal kuigi suurt seost printsessidega, sest luuaga sõitev hea nõid ja kaval kass, kes oma peremehest rikka valitseja tegi, pakkusid rohkem seiklusi.

Aastaid hiljem, lapates seltskonnalehekülgi, hakkasid mulle hoopis lihast ja luust printsessid meeldima. Nendes oli glamuuri, nendel oli kannatusi, neid saatsid paparatsod, neid kostitasid pettumused, kuid erinevalt muinasjutu printsessidest olid nad mulle justkui palju lähemal. Nende rõõmud ja kannatused andsid võimaluse samastuda. Ja alati ei olnud nende lugudel õnnelikku lõppu. Need printsessid olid iga kell palju inspireerivamad, kui muinasjutust pärit kaunitarid, kes elavad tänaseni, kui nad pole just ära surnud.

Lanvin esitles mõni aeg tagasi parfüümi "Modern Princess". Pidades silmas praegust ajastut, on see mu meelest üks parimaid nimesid, mida ühele lõhnale anda. Me elame ajastul, mil printsesse on rohkem, kui kunagi varem. Nad kõnnivad meie keskel, neist igaühel on peas nähtamatu kroon ja keegi ei pane pahaks, kui kristallkingakese asemel on jalas hoopis paar tennised. Väsitava ballikleidi vahetavad välja moodsad lõhkised teksad. Ja kroon ... Oh, kes seda krooni enam vajab? Tõepoolest, neil päevil võib iga kaunitar võib olla sotsiaalmeedia printsess, luua endale oma (õhu)lossi ja jagada siis oma kõrgest lossitornist vaid neid kõige ilusamaid kaadreid, mida ise heaks arvab.



Kui muinasjuttudest pärit printsessid elasid enne õnnelikku lõppu läbi palju kannatusi - nad sõid mürgitatud õuna, või veristasid vokil sõrme, siis printsi suudlus äratas nad ellu. Päris printsessidel pole alati sellist õnne olnud. Kui muinasjuttudes armastasvad printsid oma printsesse igavesti, siis reaalsetel pintsessidel meie keskel on tulnud armastuses pettuda. Me oleme näinud printse, kes ei suuda oma muinasjutuliselt kauneid naisi armastada, me oleme näinud nende printsesside pisaraid...

Kuid kuidas jääb ikkagi meie sotsiaalmeedia printsessidega, kes on endale ise krooni pähe sättinud ja lehvitavad kuldses tõllas oma Instagrami jälgijatele? Neid ridu kirjutades mõtlen, et mis saab meie aja sotsiaalmeedia printsessidest, kes oma isiklikus roosiaias kõndides meile oma filtritest läbi käinud fotosid jagavad? Selliseid printsesse sünnib juurde iga sekund... Kas nende tõld muutub kord kõrvitsaks?  

Ja jätkuvalt on neid, kes eelistavad elada omas maailmas, jättes filigraansed kaadrid iseendale. Lanvin "Modern Princessi" looja usub, et igas naised elab printsess. Ta ei pruugi ootada oma perfektset printsi ega kanda krooni. Lanvini lõhna looja usub, et moodsa printsessi suurim vara on vabadus ja sõltumatus. Lõhna tipunoodid kõnelevad aga taaskord muinasjutust - värske noot tuleb roosast õunast ja särtaskust lisab punane sõstar. Südamenoodis on glamuurne lillede bukett jasmiinist ja elegantsest freesiast. Baasnoodid kuuluvad sensuaalsesle vanilje orhideele ja viimase nüansi müstilist luksuslikkust kingib muskus. Küllap ongi "Modern Princess" nendele, kes kõrgete kontsade, maani kleidi ja krooni asemel eelistavad lõhnapilve, mis kingib hetkeks printsessiliku tunde. Milline muinasjutu või kaasaja printsess on sind kõige rohkem kõnetanud?



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