Té de Violetas (formerly known as Notas e Acordes) is a blog by Caro Fernandez and Virginia Blanco. The two ladies offer their point of view in Spanish and English, reviewing fragrances and interviewing various perfumers. Caro is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she is a make-up artist by trade and a perfume lover by vocation.
I’m happy she has agreed to take part in the People in Perfumeland series, because I think she is a fascinating person whose taste I admire. She is well travelled and I sincerely hope our paths will cross in real life some day.
Vienna and its pastries are beckoning, Caro! 🙂
A good day starts with… some hot maté (infusion) and fruit or vegetable juice and enough time not to rush into my day.
I’d never leave the house without… an organic apple and a book in my handbag.
I always feel good… after my ashtanga yoga class.
My favorite thing in the world is… animals, especially felines and horses…and fragrances that remind me of felines and horses!
The next thing I want to buy is… Amouage Lyric extrait.
The place I always come back to is… Italy, although not as often as I’d like to. I am hopelessly enamored with Italy, especially Sicily and the South. The views are breathtaking, the food is delicious, the climate is mild, historical treasures abound and the people are friendly.
My personal style is… classic and all about neutral colors, mostly black and grey. I love colors in home decoration but no so much in clothes. I wear little jewelry, usually bold items in silver or white gold.
My favorite perfume… has to be rose-centric.
When I travel, I… share my attention between local food and historical sites.
To relax I need… silence and some time alone.
I like to gift people with… fragrance, a nice tin of tea, a bottle of some interesting liquor.
When I have a bad day, I… swear a lot, A LOT. I also try to go to bed earlier than usual.
I find my inspiration… in Art, especially painting, and classic films.
Something I would never want to miss… sharing time with my nephew and niece.
My last mistake was… buying two bottles of fragrance that I didn’t need and don’t even love.
In my fridge there is always… organic lemons, almonds and avocados.
On my nightstand I keep… my face creams and a few books.
The perfect weekend starts with… lazying out with my husband and cats in bed.
My role model is… probably not a good role model, but I have always been fascinated by the life of empress Elisabeth of Austria, especially her latter years. How cheesy is that?
Something I always want to be asked in questionnaires like this is… nothing in particular. I am always open to surprises.
I always dream of travelling to Argentina, since knowing Caro this hasn’t exactly gotten better. The fact that the Argentinian steaks are so good, actually makes it a very realistic possibilty that my husband could be persuaded to go there some day.
I am a fan of Kaiserin Sisi (Empress Elisabeth of Austria) as well, and I’m sure I swear just as much as Caro, although I know I don’t look like I do – and neither does she, so I’m sure we’d have a great time. Also I ‘d really like to know what those two bottles were she bought but didn’t love…
Are you a reader of Té de Violetas? Have you ever been to Argentina?
Yes, she is in my WordPress reader. Great to know her better via this interview. To Caro -Encantada! Buyer’s remorse can be comforted by opening your fridge door.
Opening the fridge door is comforting, period. 😉
Very enjoyable, thank you. Caro is a sweetheart! I loved finding out that she swears a lot when she’s upset. I do, too. And how brave to gift people with perfume! I don’t think I could do that unless I knew the person really, really well. It seems like such a risky move otherwise.
I agree, giving perfume is brave, I stick with candles and room scents for gifts, it seems safer.
Caro is lovely indeed!
I read Caro’s blog for a couple of months already and I really like her and Virginia’s writing.
It was great you invited her to join your interview series.
Just a couple of weeks ago I caught myself in mistake as I thought Caro is from Spain!
Glad you enjoyed reading more about Caro!
Congratulations Caro. I read evey post about fragrances and the interviews in your blog Te de Violetas and like it much. I bought Cuir Ottoman and Esprit Oscar d´de la Renta fragrances. following your recommdations. FELICITACIONES por compartir siempre tu energía positiva.
Great to hear that, Walter! You bought two beautiful perfumes!
Caro strikes me as a very well-rounded person. She has reminded me that I should have embraced face creams much earlier in life. 😉
Ha, knowing you personally I can say that you look very, very youthful. A good SPF face cream is always a good idea of course, but your genes and especially your particular brand of humor do a great job “preserving” you, dear V!
It’s great to hear about Caro, particularly as I didn’t realize her blog was bilingual. Quite often when doing searches, I’d see her blog come up, but the descriptions were never in English. Well, now I know!
Enjoyed reading her responses to your questions, Birgit. And her beautiful photo!
Oh that is good then! I’m glad I could make that fact known.
Her photo is fantastic!
what a nice surprise! i really enjoy caro and virginia’s blog (i’ve met virginia personally and can testify she is truly lovely!) and loved this mini-interview 🙂 gorgeous photo, too!
p.d. birgit, you should come to buenos aires, i think you’ll love it!
Oh I’d love to come right away… 🙂
it’ll be a few years but I’ll make it over there.
Glad you enjoyed the post.
Hey there Birgit,
Thanks for introducing me to Caro here. YAY! Another Empress Lissi fan. I should reread my book about her, what a story.
So funny, three Sisi fans on three continents unite! 🙂
It was lovely to learn more about Caro. Yet another person in perfumeland I can totally relate to.
She is just as classy as I suspected.
Our world is so big and so small at the same time.