A year ago I promised to share my complete Proust Questionnarie, my absolute favorite column in Vanity Fair. So without further adieu… enjoy!
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Traveling to a new place with that special someone (girlfriends included) and getting lost. The best way to explore in my opinion. And I must admit, love getting a new stamp in the old passport!
What is your greatest fear? Never finding love again.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? I spend a great deal of time thinking about what others think about me.
What is the trait you most deplore in others? The inability to be honest in any situation.
What is your greatest extravagance? I’m not a make-up girl but I am addicted to beauty products… lotions, potions, magic serums, silky shampoos, beautiful perfumes. I guess you could say I’m a low maintenance girly girl.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue? I believe in all virtues.
On what occasion do you lie? To protect those I love and care for.
What do you dislike most about your appearance? The girls, as I so fondly call them. I dream of one day wearing one of those sweet lace triangle bras with no underwire.
Which living person do you most despise? Donald Trump
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Will need to get back to you on this one.
What is your greatest regret? Not spending my junior year abroad tied with no visiting my little sister while she lived in Paris. Yes, I need to have my head examined.
When and where were you happiest? Walking the left bank of Paris with a fresh loaf of bread from Poilane, a bottle of rose and some cheese as the sun sets. Pure magic!
Which talent would you most like to have? I would love to be a singer/songwriter with amazing guitar skills. I guess that means I want to be a brunette Taylor Swift.
What is your current state of mind? *Note… this answer remains the same as last year’s. Hmmm… questioning. Where I am, where I want to go, what I want to be when I grow up. Trying to be quiet with myself.
If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be? I come from a rather large family and sadly we don’t all get along. I dream of a holiday when we are all together, by the fire, enjoying wine and breaking out into a dance party. It has happened before so my fingers and toes are crossed that it will happen again.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Being the first in my family to graduate from college. I hope I have started a long line of Mount Holyoke women.
What is your most treasured possession? My great, great grandmother’s wedding band, given by her beloved William on July 24, 1886 and the suzani that adorns my bed that reminds me of the best trip of my life, Istanbul.
Where would you like to live? Nantucket from May till October; Paris from October to December; New York City for the month of December, Venice Beach from January till March and spend the month of April traveling and checking things off my travel bucket list.
What is your favorite occupation? I have enjoyed every job… bakery counter girl, shop girl, marketing manager. What makes me love my job is the people I get to work with.
What is the quality you most like in a man? Honesty, humor, ability to communicate the good (and the not so good) and of course the ability to kiss.
What do you most value in your friends? Their unconditional love.
Who are your favorite writers? Philip Roth, Jhumpa Lahiri, Kent Haruf, Ernest Hemingway, and Joan Didion.
Did I surprise you with any of my answers?
Yes, Kent Haruf surprised me! I’ve read a few of his books in the past year or so and thought they were really beautiful.
Thanks for sharing!