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Coco Chanel’s Top 10 Inspirational Quotes For Women Of Today !

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‘Camellia Brooches’, ‘The Chanel Suit’, ‘box-cut bouclé jackets’, ‘pyjama styles’, ‘Chanel No. 5’, ‘Breton T-shirts’, ‘The Little Black Dress’ and an iconic fashion & fragrance house are part of the legacy Gabrielle Chanel left behind, one of the Grand Dame of the post World War I era. Her influence on design extended beyond couture fashion and fragrance into jewellery and handbags.

A lesser known part of her legacy are her inspirational quotes, both witty and wise, in the area of style, work, perfume, life and much more.

Mademoiselle Chanel wearing a jersey suit in Biarritz - Chanel Fragrance House

Coco’s Top 10 Quotes For Today’s Women

(as selected by Pairfum London)

To honour Gabrielle “Coco” Bonheur Chanel (19 August 1883 – 10 January 1971), we have selected our Top 10 inspiring quotes that have a ‘classical’ or ‘everlasting’ quality and combined these with topical & beautiful images. These are quotes that we believe she could have given during an interview, if it was taking place in 2015.

“You were born an original, don’t become a copy !”

“A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.”

“Fashion changes-style remains.”

“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different”

“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”

“Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity.”

“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”

“The best colour in the whole world is the one that looks good on you.”

“Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury. “

“I wanted to give a woman comfortable clothes that would flow with her body. A woman is closest to being naked when she is well-dressed.”

Gabrielle Chanel on Roussy Sert's yatch in front of the Lido of Venice - Chanel Fragrance House

Favourite Chanel Quotes

(that didn’t make our top 10)

“How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.”

“Elegance is when the inside is as beautiful as the outside.”

“One cannot be forever innovating. I want to create classics.”

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”

“The best things in life are free. The second-best are very expensive.”

“Dress like you are going to meet your worst enemy today.”

“Where should one use perfume?” a young woman asked. “Wherever one wants to be kissed.”

“Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped adolescence, but of those who have already taken possession of their future!”

“Since everything is in our heads, we had better not lose them.”

“It is always better to be slightly underdressed.”

“My life didn’t please me, so I created my life.”

“Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.”

“You can be gorgeous at thirty, charmimg at forty, and irresistible for the rest of your life.”

“Only those with no memory insist on their originality.”

“Fashion has two purposes: comfort and love. Beauty comes when fashion succeeds.”

“Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions.”

“A beautiful dress may look beautiful on a hanger, but that means nothing. It must be seen on the shoulders, with the movement of the arms, the legs, and the waist.”

“Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped from adolescence, but of those who have already taken possession of their future.”

“A woman can be over dressed but never over elegant.”

“Look for the woman in the dress. If there is no woman, there is no dress.”

The opera singer Marthe Davelli and Gabrielle Chanel on a yacht - Chanel Fragrance House

Some Of Her Life’s Highlights

Gabrielle Coco Chanel lived an inspirational life and these are some of the highlights:

  1. She created THE iconic brand in fashion (not to mention her ‘little jacket’).
  2. Gabrielle (Coco was her nickname) was an orphan and it was the nuns in her orphanage that taught her how to sew! She started as a singer in Paris and it was designing & making her own costumes that led her into fashion design.
  3. It is inspiring to remember that “Chanel”, her fashion label, was forced to close during World War II, and only re-opened in 1954, when she was 71 years old !
  4. After World War I, Coco Chanel liberated women from the “corseted silhouette” and introduced a sportive, casual chic for women.

Coco Chanel Inspires Pairfum London

Coco Chanel has always been an inspiration for all of us here at Pairfum London

With her fragrances, she set the standard for exceptional, rare and elusive perfumes, and ensured they were crafted using the world’s most exquisite rawmaterials and elixirs.

That is why we believe that PAIRFUM will always stay true to her spirit and remain quintessentially a luxurious couture perfume for you & your home !

Gabrielle Chanel in Deauville in 1913 - Chanel Fragrance House

eau de lumiere a brighter home fragrance

Eau de Lumiere – a ‘light’ Home Fragrance

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The world of perfume inspires ‘Lights’

eau de lumiere dining table home fragrance

A tribute to the world of fragrance.

‘‘Eau de Lumière‘‘ created by designer Davide Oppizzi takes its inspiration from the world of Luxury Perfume.

eau de lumier beside light home fragrance

From a sculptural point of view, it symbolizes the iconic form of the perfume bottle. It extracts the essence and finesse of fragrance flacons, plays with the volume of bottles and the refraction of light in fine lines, folds and creases with the glass.

eau de lumiere table lamps for her & him home fragrance

A light for HER and HIM

The design work focused on the masculine and feminine forms, with curves or angles and in different sizes, by combining them and using natural materials such as wood, marble and fabrics to produce a complete and rich collection. These shapes, materials and colors, used in the same space allowed the designer to inject a homogeneous but varied spirit and a strong personality. The collection offers several forms (table lamps, wall lamps, suspensions, and chandeliers) and sizes of lights, some them of shown in this article.

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For more details please refer to the manufacturer’s website:


Thanks to Oppizzi’s technical expertise, the integrated LED source illuminates perfectly, retro-lighting the interior color and the fine materials of the lamp. He offers a choice of finishing in wood (oak) or white Carrara marble, together with matching textiles.

eau de lumiere chandelier home fragrance

Based in France, Designheure is a manufacturer of modern, contemporary lights. Its offers interior architects and designers, tailor-made lighting solutions to set accents in unique projects or custom installations. On the other hand, Designheure’s collections produces contemporary, elegant and yet innovative lights.

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Home Fragrance

From the scent of a freshly cut Garden Rose to the soft calming notes of Field Lavender, perfume has over the years inspired Poets, Artists, Designers and even Chefs.

Fashion and trends come and go but wearing, enjoying and being inspired by a beautiful fragrance is always in style.

The world of perfume inspires ‘Lights’! Now it is time for ‘Music’,… ‘Action’,…

eau de lumier light arrangement home fragrance



STYLE TIP Yes we crave routine Stop being so predictable

3 Style Tips: Signature Scent | Are You Predictable | Colour Combos

Hello August 2015

The Power of Presence

Hi Beautiful People,

Recently I had to make a large IMPACT at an event. I was both excited and nervous about it at the same time. I knew I was going to be in the company of some big hitters and I wanted to be memorable – but for all the right reasons. To gain the respect of the group, I have a number of hints and tips that have worked for me for years.

I shared my secret tips with one of the conference members and they thought it was so good I was asked to come and share my tips with their whole executive team. You see, after 30-odd years in the fashion and beauty industry, you pick up stage secrets and esteem-boosters and they become second nature. These exact same skills can be taught to boardroom and C-Suite executives. You won’t find these in a Leadership manual; but the role of a Leader is often the one of a performer. If you lead a team of people, you need to have style, swagger and be in the state of total focus.

Show Up In Every Single Moment Like You Are Meant To Be There

Confidence is King when it comes to holding court. People need to trust you. Confidence is not arrogance. It’s not about being better than others; it is about trusting in your own ability.

Respect is both earned and learned. The first respect needs to be self respect. For example, walking the talk; being the type of person you would want to meet. It’s then you gain respect from others. When these skills align, you gain influence and this evolves as presence. People who trust you will change their behaviour or thinking in your favour. It’s why high profile people have influence over their fans. “I’ll have what she’s having!” attitude.

‘Presence’ is not reserved for the elite. Far from it. In fact when you have unique #presence, it is your gift to the world. People admire you and they want to be around you. In return, you make others feel special and wonderful; because it is the real connection, the authentic interest, that people crave.

If Your Presence Doesn't Add Value Your Absence Wont Make A Difference

I went to two funerals last month within 5 days of each other. Although sad, they are a good reminder of how precious life is and how quickly it can be over. So please please don’t play it small. Spread out those beautiful wings and fly! If you can’t do it alone – you have my email address. Let’s do it together! It’s what I do. Let me show you how amazing you truly are!

Love Trish x

Signature Scent In Lingerie Drawer

Signature Scent in lingerie drawer
Signature Scent in lingerie drawer

Keep your perfume in your lingerie drawer. Perfume works best on warm skin rather than fabric so the best time to apply it is when you are putting on your underwear. (Yes, nude!)

Signature Scent inbetween lingerie

The bonus is you’ll remember to apply it daily as well as increasing its shelf life by keeping the perfume out of the sunlight. You’ll be just smelling beautiful. x

How Predictable Are You ?

Yes, we crave routine. It helps us remain sane in our ever busy lives. However, this basic need can also become our ball and chain. Sometimes you need a gentle shove to stop being so predictable (aka Boring to even thyself!). To create a refreshing, engaging life try simple things like … Walk a different route. Order a different coffee from a different coffee shop. Wear something you already own differently or mix up accessories like you’ve never done before.

“It’s easier to stay in one look and one comfort zone. It’s inspiring to see someone whose only predictable quality is being unpredictable.”

Stay Beautiful

Put your hair up in a new style. Go and speak to the woman at work you’ve not spoken to before. Give your neighbour some home-made muffins. Instead of having the meeting in the board room, tell everyone it’s a walking meeting and take it outside. Mix two lipstick colours together. Eat differently at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Seriously – the opportunities are endless. Get excited about your life again! And do so with gusto! Why? … Because you are worth it! 

Colour Combo’s | What works

Colour Combos that work

The best colour combinations always come from mother nature. Simply put together the colours you see around you.  For example, dusty rose and grey.   These work perfectly.

Colour Combos that work

A guest post by Trish Murray – [email protected] – www.trishmurray.com.au

Be Happy And Smile

sense you dinner: taste, fragrance, eyes, touch. Add a fragrance candle.

Do you ‘scents’ your food ?

Think about last night:

  • Did you experience the fragrance notes of your last meal ?
  • Did you feel the texture of the food in your mouth ?
  • Do you feast on a banquet with your eyes ?

Why not create a ‘dinner for your senses’ ?

A ‘sense dinner’ feeds and stimulates all of your senses, not just your taste buds. It is the combination of a fine meal, exquisite wine, fantastic table decorations, a fabulously scented room with luxuriously fragranced candles.

In fact, with a ‘sense dinner’ you will enjoy multi-sensorial dinner:

  • Taste: this is fine dining but you only taste in four dimensions: sweet, sour, bitter and salty. The mulitverse of flavours you experience when dinning all come from the nose.
  • Nose: this is the olfactory part of the dinner. It turns a meal into fine dining through the scents of the food you prepared. It is the aroma you notice before you eat and the richness of the flavours while you dine.
  • Eyes: the presentation of the meal, fantastic table settings and the beauty of the room will all enhance your meal.
  • Touch: do you sit comfortably ? What does the cutlery feel like to the touch but also when you place it in your mouth ?

When you prepare the next dinner for somebody special, think about all of these senses ! They will sense the difference.

How about reviewing the next restaurant you are going to dine in ? Ask you friends & family around the table what their senses think of the meal and the restaurant. You may be surprised.

Have you ever given your dinner a ‘Scent Theme’ ?

Here are some thoughts:

  • ‘chocolate’: Mexican Chocolate Chicken, chocolates with the coffee, a chocolate scented candle in the room, …
  • ‘rose’: Chinese shrimp in rose Schnapps to start, grilled sirloin steak and rose chutney, rose scented turkish delight with the coffee, a reed diffuser with beautifully rose fragrance on the sideboard, …
  • ‘lavender’: lavender scented bisquits

Let a ‘dinner for your senses’ inspire your creativity.

Here at PAIRFUM we automatically sense the ‘fragrance’. What do you do ? Do you taste first and then enjoy the aroma ?

multi sensorial and fragrant food

Let’s stay in touch.

As a warm welcome to the family & friends of Pairfum London, we will send you a free gift, the e-book “Perfume” by Patrick Sueskind.

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