This is an important lesson.
Just because something is free, it doesn’t mean it’s good for you.
Take today, for example.
A couple of weeks ago, I won tickets to the Holt Renfrew spring fashion show. I took my fashionista friend Chelsea, we got all dolled up and we had a great dream, watching in wonder as the models ascended and descended the escalators in delicate froufrou we can’t afford.
Oh, but how exciting! There was a swag bag at the end of the night. Each one held an Anzie bracelet, valued at $175 and specially designed for this very evening, and two tiny little boxes, each containing two tiny little samples of Hermes perfume.
Hermes perfume? Now there’s something I’d never have in my collection but for getting it free somehow.
And this morning, I decided to bellow out ‘screw you, Mother Nature’ and put a little spring in my step (get it? spring? ha!) with heels, instead of boots to navigate the icy roads and parking lots.
What would be the perfect touch? A rare spritz of Hermes parfum.
I immediately think ‘hmm, that’s nice,’ but it’s a little … ah … musky.
My curiosity is piqued by the time I get to the office, wondering if maybe, just maybe, this may not be the right choice for me.
I load up the Hermes website and, sure enough, the Terre d’Hermes is a ‘journey through the elements: earth, air and water, a woody, vegetal and mineral eau de toilette.’
And meant for dudes.
The Caleche? The Eau de Merveilles? The Amazone? All for women.
But I picked up the one designed for men.
Next time, I’ll do my research.
Today, however, I’ll sit here smelling like a guy.
I have to admit, though, I’m a little bit hot for me right now.