Guest Blog: Souvenirs de la Reine: le porte-cigarettes

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“Mais non, la Reine is not a smoker”, so you might be asking why I needed a cigarette case?

top: 2px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>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!

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Naturally, upon moving to Paris, I decided there was one item which I needed but hadn’t yet thought to purchase & bring with me overseas: it was tiny, but perfect for my new life abroad – an antique cigarette case, which I decided would be perfect to hold my metro tickets!

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!

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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!

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On the last day of our vacation, as we walked the town of Skagen, I noticed the shop″ target=”_blank”>Skagen Antik + Design, which we had missed on previous strolls. Filled with mariner antiques such as wooden duck decoys, glass floats, and brass boat fixtures, there was a small display case holding one silver cigarette case! No longer living in Paris, it was off my “to buy” list, but once I held it in my hand, I fell in love with it: it was the exact case I’d been searching for! Fairly plain with engraved stripes on the outside, inside engraved “Til Guddo fra Mov 29.9.56″. I had to have it! Shockingly, it was only 250 Danish kroner…about $50. Sold!

to 10px; width: 240px; cursor: hand; height: 320px; text-align: center;” src=”” border=”0″ alt=”” />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.


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The case is small enough to easily slip into a jeans back pocket or jacket pocket, and chic enough to use alone as a tiny evening bag (alas, my lipgloss still has to go in TBG’s pocket 🙂 And yes, on my return visits to Paris, my metro tickets fit perfectly!

Bonne Courses!
la Reine

Another Diva-Worthy Idea!
Need an evening bag for a night out? La Reine has a gorgeous, quilted, white Chanel sunglass case, which perfectly holds not only her sunglasses, but also her lip gloss, a credit card, mints, keys and a few dollars; this makes a tres ch
ic little evening bag and doesn’t sag The Big Guys’s pockets!