Guest Blog: Souvenirs de la Reine: le porte-cigarettes
When I moved to Paris in late 1997, starting nearly a decade living overseas, my husband “The Big Guy” and I brought only our clothes and photos and books and music and some treasured personal items; TBG’s employers’ corporate policy was no furniture or big items could be moved, we’d buy what we needed once we arrived. So all our belongings from a huge 4 bedroom suburban home and 22 years of marriage, children, careers, pets and life had to be sorted, catalogued, and stored. And the things we were selecting to travel with us had to be carefully selected and itemized and packaged for air shipment…meaning weight counts!
This vintage cigarette case is the style La Reine was looking for!
For 7 years living in Paris I scrounged the brocantes, puces, vide greniers, salons and boutiques antiquare, but never found the perfect chic little porte-cigarette: too expensive, too large, too small, too fussy, too plain; always close, but never just right. Then we moved to Copenhagen, another transfer with TBG’s job, and voila, I finally found what I was looking for – of course as I was no longer living in Paris so I was no longer looking for it!
Notice how this case is spring-loaded, to hold its contents inside.
TBG and I spent a week’s vacance in Skagen, a charming fishing village known for the many artists who made their homes here especially during the summer months, enjoying the picturesque towns, the hiking and biking, the gorgeous beaches, and water water water everywhere.
As we were driving into Skagen, TBG and I had already stopped and visited several Nordic antiques shops and purchased a set of silver and a set of crystal drink coolers/stirrers. These coolers are stored in the freezer, and when a drink is served, use these stirrers in the glass to keep the drink cold…and to make your drink look tres chic!
Drink Stirrers courtesy of Flicker
My cigarette case has two elastic straps inside, which for everyday use perfectly holds my paper money on one side (I’ve since returned to the United States, dividing my time between Florida, NYC and Chicago), and my credit card, driver’s license, AMC Movie Card, NY Botanical Garden card, Metropolitan Museum card, a few business cards and my Costco card on the other.
If you get a special case like this, you can even keep track of your purchases throughout the day!