Monthly Archives: August 2013

La Vita È Bella – Life Is Good In Italy, A Travelogue Part II

Venice is amazing. But of course you didn’t need me to tell you that. Arriving by boat from Punta Sabbioni directly on the Piazza San Marco, we immediately got sucked into the maze that is Venice’s San Marco district alongside … Continue reading

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La Vita É Bella – Life Is Good In Italy, A Travelogue Part I

Our yearly trip to Italy is a compromise, but a lovely one. Left to our own devices my husband and I would prefer to travel further afar, but with small kids that can turn expensive and uncomfortable for everyone, so … Continue reading

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People In Perfumeland – Maria McElroy Of Aroma M

Maria McElroy is the creator of Aroma M, a line of perfumes inspired by the art and culture of Japan. Maria is an artist (she studied painting) and lived in Japan for seven years, where she not only met her … Continue reading

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Monday Question – What Is Your Favorite Vanilla Perfume?

It’s favorites time again! This time around I want to know all about your favorite vanilla perfume. (Look here for reader’s favorite Rose, White Floral, Incense, Musk, Tropical Floral, Leather and Citrus perfumes.) Which one is your secret vanilla weapon? Do … Continue reading

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Chasing Chaste Vanilla In Venice – Review: Santa Maria Novella Vaniglia

When I came into the pretty Santa Maria Novella store in Venice, having dragged my partially protesting family (for the record: The Husband was very supportive of my fragrant shenanigans) across the city in the heat, I knew I would … Continue reading

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People In Perfumeland – Lianne Tio Of Lianne Tio Parfums

Today we welcome Lianne Tio, founder and owner of Lianne Tio Parfums in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Lianne is one of the lucky few who succeeded in making her dream a reality and turning her passion for perfume into a career. … Continue reading

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Gaultier Kokorico And Penhaligon’s Love Potion N°9 Giveaway Winners Announced!

Sorry for the long wait, but here are the results of the giveaway Georgy so generously sponsored. So in Oscar-like style I’m happy to announce the following winners. A full bottle of Gaultier Kokorico goes to: baconbiscuit212 The bottle of … Continue reading

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Monday Question – What Is Your Attitude to Skank In Perfume?

By Tara How do you feel about perfumes featuring sweaty cumin, indolic florals, beastly musks and animalic ouds? What are your favourite skanky perfumes? Do you love an all out skank-fest or do you prefer something with just a touch of naughtiness? Do you have reservations … Continue reading

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Fragrant Bliss On Italian Shores – A Quick Buon Giorno!

I am still lounging by the pool while writing this, but I wanted to share my blissed out state of perfumed contentment with all of you. On our trip to Venice (more about all of it to follow once I’m … Continue reading

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A Tuscan Retreat Part II – The City Of Florence

By Sandra During our recent vacation in Tuscany we managed to spend a whole day in Florence. We parked the car up on the Piazzale Michelangelo and were greeted with the most stunning view of the city right beneath us. … Continue reading

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