For the 21st time, Pitti Fragranze 2023 showcases a selection of small, niche, and artisan perfume brands at Stazione Leopolda in Florence. Many new brands were exhibiting, some just a couple of months active, and the season of new launches rolled out in full bloom under the blue Tuscan sky. Pitti always gives you enough time and space to explore brands and perfumes with ease. And Florence…Florence is always The Most Beautiful!
The list of The Plum GIrl Mirabelle Plum Award winners of 2021 concludes with my choice of the best new perfumes launched in 2021! This is always so difficult, and in the end – so joyous. I hope you’ll enjoy my list and congratulations to ALL!
It’s time to celebrate successes, so here’s my Best of 2021 short resume, introducing a novelty: The Plum Girl Mirabelle Plum Awards!
After all, it’s been a good year: we had time to adapt, recalibrate, and get used to making the most out of objectively possible during breakouts of various Covid types. Bonus: we’ve been reminded of, or learned the ancient Greek alphabet all over again.
While you don’t have to make the obligatory rotation at all, these fragrances might give you a good reason to try something new this Summer!
Anastazija Zora Bjelousov, EIC of the well-known Croatian portal Femina.hr, an established beauty editor and perfume reviewer, gathered 4 leading Croatian fragrance critics, bloggers, and influencers – all with different tastes and views, to list their TOP Summer Fragrances For Women.
You can find my recommendations published in this article, if you’re not fluent in Croatian, feel free to use the Google page translate thing-y.
The list is here, enjoy your read – now all we need is Summer! (and preferably much, much nicer weather and warmer days)
Say it with roses!
Let’s speak the language of love, the language of – roses!
I wrote a brief overview of 21 rose fragrances to fall in love with, with mini-reviews. Believe me, I really had a hard time limiting myself to compose a bouquet of 21 roses, I could go on and on – at least that’s what I thought when I started thinking about it, some six months ago. I had to draw the line somewhere because composing this list took a lot of time.
21 rose fragrance…I still haven’t found one rose to rule them all, but that’s great because it keeps me constantly trying out new and different creations. SOTD, SOTN, for all moods and occasions, and during any season in a year. La Reine is always at my side: I’ve never waited for someone to make me a bed of roses. I make it myself and choose my own roses.
My The Decameron Stories and Perfume article was first published in Cafleurebon, and this is the version I edited in 2021.
“And the plague gathered strength as it was transmitted from the sick to the healthy through normal intercourse, just as the fire catches on to any dry or greasy object placed too close to it.
Nor did it stop there: not only did the healthy incur the disease and with it the prevailing mortality by talking to or keeping company with the sick–they had only to touch the clothing or anything else that had come into contact with or been used by the sick and the plague evidently was passed to the one who handled those things.”
― Giovanni Boccaccio, The Decameron
On a cold day of Winter in Anno Domini 2021, approximately one horribilis year after The Virus started to spread rapidly all over the world – I am still in (partial) lockdown.
And I continue to read books, observe physical reality and Zeitgeist, and write about fragrances: this is my (edited) story about The Decameron and Perfume in Quarantine.