Here I go, again: Danube seems to be the highlight of my recent city breaks! Budapest is close enough for me (well, actually, every city in Europe is pretty much – close….) to hopp off on a short city-break, and yes – it seems to be getting more and more popularity lately, becoming more and more… Continue reading What’s Up In Da City: Budapest
Every time I think about Barcelona I hear Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballe (Barcelona! It was the first time that we met…Barcelona! How can I forget!), see broken pieces of colorful ceramic tiles forming a big lizard, I feel sea salt touching fingertips of Christopher Colombo high up on his monument and hear parrots nesting… Continue reading What’s Up In Da City: Barcelona!
Le Jardin Retrouve, a small, family owned artisan perfume company is dear to me. I am, let this be clear, a friend and a supporter, not only because Clara and Michael are ever so sweet and gentle people, but because the perfumes they produce are niche in every sense, of the finest French provenience, they… Continue reading #Perfume Revival Project: 4 Mystery Fragrances – I Cracked the Code!
“So, what exactly are you writing about?”a friend asked me directly. “With so many great perfumes coming up in a year, what’s all that niche buzz?” And more: “If my sales lady at the XY store knows all about the newest perfumes, why would I need you?” and “Niche? That sounds so snobbish to me!”… Continue reading To niche or not to niche?
Gold and scented pixie dust! Just a week ago we were impatiently heading towards the Esxence fair in Milan, in anticipation of all it has to offer…ah! Sweet and fragrant memories! I would like to share with you my impression and personal experience of visiting the 10th Esxence – The Scent of Excellence Fair in… Continue reading About Fairs, Good Fairies & Pixie Dust – Esxence 2018: Recap & Survival Guide
I had a dream, not long ago. I found myself in a wood of dark and tall oak trees, cold and leafless, and the air smelled of damp wood, wet leaves, moss and rain. At first this place felt threatening, no path was visible in the fog surrounding me. Yet, as I walked on, carefully… Continue reading A Dream Come True – Freudian Wood by WienerBlut
If your visit to Belgrade starts at the main bus station as my did, just remember that it’s not a great place to start your olfactory journey…it is rarely anywhere, so just endure. The whole city is a busy construction site. We could hardly find a taxi driver willing to wrestle cracked and demolished Slavija… Continue reading What’s Up In Da City: Belgrade
I haven’t written here in a while. It’s not that I haven’t used my nose, that is simply inevitable. I was discouraged. Overwhelmed. Weak in front of all the wonderful creations that I dipped my nose into. Humbled. Yes, I thought at that time that my knowledge is frail, that I scratched only just below… Continue reading Le Jardin Retrouve
In the complex and fascinating world of artisan perfumery niche brands shops are places of olfactory hedonism, a gateway to a different Universe. Just recently, on a rainy day, I found myself in one, soothed by soft lights, meticulously displayed perfume bottles and obligatory “rest and enjoy” corner. Curious about new fragrances’ arrival, knowing I… Continue reading What’s Up In Da City – Zagreb, Part I