As you know, I am in the midst of non-stop interviews for my next book. I have one almost every day. Some are interesting and informative and give me lots of “actionable” advice, as a friend of mine likes to say, that I will share with you. Actionable means useful and useful is important I think. I don’t really understand the point of writing about a subject without any takeaways.
Then, there are those very rare interviews that are more than an exchange of questions with succinct responses. They are those inexplicable moments when two people connect and the result is almost magical. As a journalist, I’m always happy to walk away from an encounter with new details and fresh ways of looking at a well-examined subject. That’s the minimum one expects from an interview. However, suddenly I’ve been thrust into meetings with absolutely extraordinary people who have such warmth, charisma, charm, enthusiasm and joy that I feel as if I’ve stepped into an alternative universe.
I’ll recount much more about these exceptional encounters, but I wanted tell you about the interview I had on Monday with Mathilde Favier, Public Relations Manager of Dior Couture whose job includes taking care of celebrities worldwide, no easy task at times I would imagine. We met in her glorious Paris apartment for tea. (If you want a peak into her home, click here.)
She is the very essence of elegance and la joie de vivre and all I could think was: I really want to see you again. (I also fell in love with her six-month-old Cavalier King Charles spaniel, Muesli, who spent a considerable amount of time on my lap. The only reason I handed him over to Mathilde was because I had to take notes.)
Since actionable is my leitmotif, here are two things she told me (I’m saving the rest):
1.) The best day of the week to have a dinner party is Thursday evening. There is a certain excitement about Friday being the last day of the work week and the anticipation of the weekend. “I find the atmosphere is always joyous,” she said.
2.) “When I wake-up in the morning; I wake-up free. I do not look at my phone or my computer until after breakfast, my shower, then I peer outside to check the weather which helps me decide what I’ll wear. I get dressed and then I’ll start my day looking at my messages.”
We’re having lunch soon. I’ll report back.