Bonjour Project – Day 29

Hello my lovelies,

the project month is nearly over.. and tonight I am trying out something I thought was going to be lily-of-the-valley-like, but turned out to be a very very different scent πŸ™‚

1. #SOTN Amouage – Myths Woman

With the very first spritz I got such a punch to my nostrils! Green herbal oils with a touch of aniseed! So earthy and heady! ..Half an hour later, I am still getting very pungent herbal, mossy scent; some carnation-like green flower… And if I don’t stick my nose too close to the skin, I can distinguish more gentle leathery, musky, patchouli notes… Let me get back to you in another half hour and see what the base notes are like… πŸ™‚

2. Little discoveries of the day

I was pleased to hear on the news today that the wages and pensions for Lithuanians from next year will increase…by 10-30 euros per month… but still! There is an increase! Include a 30 euro payment per child per family, and we are getting something I haven’t seen the government do for a while – they are preparing 200 mln budget for these payments, instead of the original 75 mln..

Another interesting piece of news that I picked up today on tv was a little reportage about homeless people in Lithuania, who have sold literally everything they owned in order to buy more alcohol; houses, apartments, land, family savings, last pieces of clothes, everything.. Back in Soviet times, every alcoholic and drug addict was forced to go through detox, now it is all voluntary unless the person is causing danger to society.Β Social workers are trying to change the law, help the people so that at least they would not become homeless… However, every single one of those people that were interviewed, said…. nothing will change if the person is not willing to change… And I could not agree more… I can only hope – the ones that do realize this will find that strength and desire to change…

And on a more happy note, as the festive frenzy is just round the corner, shopping centers and supermarkets are going to nuts to attract every single customer. In Lithuania the big dinner and family gathering is on Christmas Eve, 24th December.

Rimi supermarket magazine for Christmas | photo by BonjourPerfume

All the dishes are meat-free, there are mainly salads, mushroom pates, baked white fish, and very many different variations of herring πŸ™‚ As this is considered Advent according to Christians, and none of chocolate / heavy cakes would be allowed before the Christmas day, Lithuanians have a very olden traditional dishes – a drink called ‘poppy seed milk’ πŸ™‚ and special Christmas cookies made with flour, poppy seeds, and milk or water πŸ™‚ I remember milling poppy seeds at home when I was small, mixing them with sugar, and a spoonful of the poppy mass with slightly cooled boiling water used to be a very fun drink πŸ™‚ My mum would always warn me not to drink more thank two cups so I wouldn’t get dizzy πŸ˜€ A handful of Christmas cookies (‘Kūčiukai’) in a cup with poppy seed milk (‘aguonΕ³ pienas’) used to be a meal on its own πŸ™‚ So, seemingly now you can buy already pre-milled poppy seeds for your poppy milk drink in supermarkets! πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to see my husband’s reaction when he tries it for the first time…… πŸ˜€

3. Something to be thankful for

I helped one girl to find a train station today.. After spending some time with her, and after she was safely on her way home, I was so glad I met her…. I have been scattered for the past few days, and today’s event brought me so much clarity in my own life… It brought me silence and peace; different understanding, appreciation, harmony…

Just few moments before meeting her I thought – I have had a little job in Vilnius and I didn’t go looking for it here in Siauliai… Seconds later, I am on my way helping a stranger…

Good night, my dear… ❀

P.S. Myths Woman is settling down to a more peaceful patchouli – leather earthy base…. Not a very traditional Amouage but still a perfume with vary many faces, and worth exploring….

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Bonjour Project – Day 29

Bonjour Project – Day 22

Oh my word… have you seen this baby? Have you tried this beauty? Have you allowed it to touch your skin yet?… because if you didn’t… you’re literally missing out!… oh wow… now this is the most pleasant surprise of the day..

1. & 2. #SOTD & Little discoveries of the day

Bottega Veneta – Eau de Velours

Bottega Veneta - Eau de Velours | photo by BonjourPerfume

Soft leather… few hours later gets me wondering…as it reminds me of something… but then it hits me… πŸ™‚ this intriguing perfume smells on my skin like leathery Lyric from Amouage… πŸ™‚ love it!

3. Something to be thankful for

Snow. As it freezes the ground and re-sets it all for the new beginning in spring time… for the new re-birth… but how to convince the mind that these changes are necessary?… how to prove that in order to start fresh, the old must die?…

J.

Xxx

Bonjour Project – Day 22

Bonjour Project – Day 13

Hello my dear friends,

Today has been a lucky day πŸ˜‰

1. #SOTD – a mixture of very many The Merchant of Venice perfumes, but at the end I layered my scarf with Lyric from Amouage… just because it was there on a shelf, staring at me… and now I feel it everywhere… it is my favorite fragrance from this brand.. πŸ™‚

2. Little discoveries of the day

So the big Black Friday has arrived and, I must say, the traffic in the city was just nuts… all the shopping centers covered with people and discounts… and, depending on a store, this madness is more than likely to continue through out the weekend… My only advice – arm yourselves with patience! πŸ™‚

As planned, I finally went to Akropolis – one of the biggest shopping centers in Vilnius. Douglas is the only cosmetics and perfume store there stocking The Merchant of Venice – the brand I always wanted to try.

Merchant of Venice in Douglas magazine | photo by BonjourPerfume

They have the Murano collection in store and online and they have just received the Murano Exclusive! So there’s double the satisfaction for the lovers of this brand! I can say, Rococo is really worth starting with, it’s delicious and seductive… πŸ˜‰ I also liked the other three – Rosa Moceniga, Flower Fusion, and Byzantium Saffron, which are from the Murano collection. All in all, I would love to have any of them just for the bottle – it is beyond cute! ❀

3. Something to be thankful for

I had my second training session at Shaolin Lithuania… it was nice to see the friendliness of the team, how they all treat each other like equal, with respect and gratitude. And that’s from 3 to 30+ year olds … πŸ™‚ you feel like you’re among best friends the very first time you walk in there.. Thank you, Shaolin Lithuania, for changing the lives of the future generation in the country, thank you for bringing them discipline and correct attitude towards the World in front of them…

Pay them a visit whenever you’re around πŸ™‚ classes take place on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. I can assure you, you won’t regret it πŸ™‚

Enjoy your weekend!

J. Xxx

Bonjour Project – Day 13

Bonjour Project – Day 12

It comes to a full circle.. No.twelve today πŸ™‚

1. #SOTD – I didn’t go far… went straight to the little goodie box and picked out Jubiliation 25 by Amouage.

Amouage collection | photo by BonjourPerfume

Whoever is the nose behind this masterpiece, I thank you.. πŸ™‚ ❀ this amber smokiness is quite gentle with a bouquet of flowers surrounding it… I’m literally short for words how nice this perfume is… it feels classy, very lady like, a must for women 25+… πŸ˜‰

2. and 3. Little discoveries of the day / Something to be thankful for

It was a fun enough day at work today.. πŸ™‚ I had a little exam – I was left on my own to manage 200 people in half an hour without a supervisor πŸ˜€ …I think I did pretty well – no one got killed πŸ™‚

..But the most interesting part was the feeling. I was able to compare myself from today with the one I used to be some 10 or even 15 years ago… And I cannot express how much more peace there is inside me now… A similar situation years ago would get me into panic attacks, anger, aggressive disappointment with a situation, people, the World, and especially myself.. Oh dear, I used to be so bitter… And today I was smiling, looking people in the eyes, and even cracked up a joke or two… πŸ™‚

I remember a quote from a very good book.. Only we decide who we want to be – miserable or happy. It takes years of practice, but the effort we put in is the same… So why waste time and energy? …. I am thankful to the Higher Powers for this chance to change, and especially to the people that came along all this way… I have a very long road ahead, but without them I wouldn’t have made it to where I am today…

Have a pleasant weekend, dear friends! πŸ™‚

J. Xxx

Bonjour Project – Day 12

Bonjour Project – Day 10

Good evening, my darlings..

The day flew by so quickly and I barely noticed what time it was.. It gets dark outside very early, and sometimes it feels like the Sun doesn’t even rise…

1. #SOTD Amouage – Reflection.

 

A lovely, perfectly balanced fragrance – fresh, light, flowery, with a gentle base of cedar, amber and sandalwood. It lasts moderately long enough as a day-time perfume, and after 5-6 hours I can still feel a very gentle whiff of it on my wrist. Highly recommended on a warmer day.. πŸ™‚

Amouage collection | photo by BonjourPerfume

2. Little discoveries of the day

I had a wonderful opportunity to take a sneak peek at a play in the theatre today, in between my shifts. The play ‘Bedalis ir Labdarys’ (The Underdog and the Benefactor) is about a modern day Lithuanians in London, searching for a better life away from their loved ones, families, and friends. And how they all get filtered through a group of social workers – benefactors. It is a collection of different mini stories, some funny, some not so much… And I felt rather weird, as some of those stories felt so real to me.. so personal..

Strangely enough, I chose to wear Reflection on the way to work,Β unbeknownst to me of what the play was about….

3. Something to be thankful for

This day ended up to be a one big reflection of who am and where I am going…. and how thankful I am to my family and the very close circle of friends, for without their help, support and understanding, I wouldn’t be here and now…..

Goodnight,

J. xxx

Bonjour Project – Day 10