Recently I was investigating manly candles (mandles?) because that’s the sort of important thing you do when you start working the home accessories beat.
I discovered an apparently now-discontinued line of scented candles that were sold at Neiman Marcus. Although the brand had the silly name of Many Indulgence, the different scents had fun names like Bachelor Pad, Humidor, Black Tuxedo, Suit & Tie, and White Collar.
There’s also one called Ivy League, which cracked me up. I ordered two from eBay — one for myself and one for the Ivy Style reader who can come up with the most incisive quip to the following question:
What does the Ivy League smell like?
Sharpen your wit and use the leave-comment feature to enter the contest. One entry per person (you’re on the honor system). The Ivy-Style.com staff will sift through the entries and select the most zinging zinger.
A couple suggestions. You could go heyday or contemporary in your wisecrack, though I think that for a heyday-focused one to sparkle it would need to be from a present point of view, as in:
It smells like the ashes of tweed and the gentleman’s C.
A straight-up contemporary bon mot might be something along the lines of:
It smells like overachievers in hooded sweatshirts.
No need to have a sartorial reference, though, as the possibilities are almost endless. We’ll keep the contest burning until midnight Eastern time on Monday.
Oh, and one more thing. Just so you know, the prize is kind of a dud. The candle doesn’t fill the room with any fragrance at all, certainly nothing manly or indulgent. So this contest is more for bragging rights. I’d suggest using the candle for:
1) A trophy on your mantle for having outwitted all the other readers of Ivy-Style.com
2) A source of illumination in the event of a power outage
Good luck. — CHRISTIAN CHENSVOLD