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 24 & 25

My dear friends,

I had the pleasure of spending two amazing days in Riga, the beautiful capital of Latvia. πŸ™‚ It is all so wonderfully lit up for this festive season… I felt like walking in a dream, or in a fairy tale… it felt so magical being there πŸ™‚

1. #SOTDΒ  Dzintars – Opera Classic

Dzintars - Opera Classic | photo by BonjourPerfume

Dzintars is a Latvian perfume and cosmetics brand, operating since 1849. Since I was a kid, I remember women praising Dzintars for their product quality, especially for the perfume, as during the Soviet occupation times there was nothing else available in the Baltic states. Dzintars have very many stores across Latvia, and they still sell their old original perfumes.

As a treat for myself, I tried their new creation – Opera Classic – and loved it from the first sniff… it felt so light and flowery, little bit sweet and creamy… It is a very gentle skin scent but seems to last all day on me.. I love it and can’t get enough of it πŸ™‚ It’s the third day I am wearing it πŸ˜€

2. Little discoveries of the day

Whenever you decide to come visit Riga, and I really hope you do!, please make sure you add these few places in your itinerary πŸ™‚

KΕ«kotava – a place of heavenly cakes and coffee. They also do light lunches but I only got to try the dessert – the magnificent honey cake. Traditionally in Lithuania we would make this cake quite often, but this was the best honey cake that I have ever had…. it was so light and feathery… melt in your mouth joy… and then the honey kicks in at the back of your tongue and then again you’re experiencing different sensations… oh my… I can still feel it in my mouth πŸ™‚ ❀

Modes Muzejs – a fashion museum in Riga. At the moment they have an exhibition devoted to the fashion house Dior, it is available until the end of April, 2018. It was interesting to see how the face of fashion changes over time and how different countries and traditions inspire the great designers.

Eglu Festivals – or Christmas Tree festival! πŸ™‚ Did you know that according to the legend, the very first Christmas tree was decorated in Riga? πŸ˜‰ Come visit Riga till 14th January, 2018, and find all the Christmas trees hidden in the open, with the help of a map πŸ™‚ or take a stroll around this beautiful city and try to find them all … Whichever is your favourite, Riga has some 40 different trees to show you this year – and what a lovely way to strengthen this legend πŸ™‚

There are a good few Christmas markets set up around the city, too. They are mainly in the squares in the old town, with hot food and drinks available also. And if you’re there, do try Rigas Balsams – the smooth, velvety, exceptional elixir – it is a real treat on a cold day, or any day πŸ˜‰

Latvian National Opera – a great evening would not be complete without a visit to the opera πŸ™‚ I had a wonderful time watching Swan Lake. The music and the dance…this art is alive!…

3. Something to be thankful for

Staying in Riga has brought me the wonderful memories from my trip to Vienna few years ago…. The architecture, people, and of course – cakes! πŸ™‚ But the altogether feeling when staying in Riga was as if I’ve been there before… as if I have had a beautiful dream and was reliving it again…. I am quite surprised myself that after living the majority of my life in Lithuania, I have never visited this city properly… I must have been waiting for this magic to happen, so that I could appreciate it even more… Riga, thank you, from the bottom of my heart… ❀

J.

xxx

Bonjour Project – Day 24 & 25

Bonjour Project – Day 21

Good evening my dear friends,

It is really hard to believe it’s my 21st post.. time flies! πŸ™‚ and I still haven’t tried all the different foods here πŸ™‚ and don’t get me started on perfume! πŸ™‚

1. #SOTD E.Coudray – Nohiba. Love it’s smokiness.. it felt like smoke on my skin today… cleared the head and helped me feel more assertive.. what a great and versatile fragrance!

2. Little discoveries of the day

Lithuania is ready with upcoming Christmas! Look what I’ve found at the post office! πŸ™‚ and what’s even more exciting, they smell of gingerbread when you rub them ! πŸ˜€ fantastic idea, and something even more to look forward to πŸ™‚

Fragrant stamps from Lithuania | photo by BonjourPerfume

Also, I had a quick sniff in Kristiana in Siauliai (it is located at a huge shopping center Akropolis in the south part of the Sun City). Three picks of the day, and don’t ask me why… because I wouldn’t know.. πŸ˜€

Xerjoff in Kristiana magazine | photo by BonjourPerfume

* Xerjoff – Lira

Beautiful. Soft. Cake. Vanilla cake.

* Xerjoff – Kind of Blue

Fresh. Attractive. Loneliness. A mix of men-women-bar-club-music-dance-party-.. it did not remind me of a happy jazz.. it’s more something..kind of..blue…

* Guerlain – Shalimar (edp)

I dig it – ‘let me leave this world of sentient beings’.. This is something from out there. This is something like… ‘I’ve been there. And then I’ve seen it all. And when I returned to this world, there is nothing that could entice me anymore’… This is absolute.

3. Something to be thankful for

On a journey of self discovery there is no exams. There is no good or bad.. And they don’t teach this subject at school.. There are only two things – hard work and discipline. That is being honest with yourself and taking responsibility for your own actions. Every step of the way πŸ™‚ It took me a very long time to realize that the work is continuous! There are no magic pills, no quick fixes, no one-day meditation sessions.. there is only honest hard work, dedication, consistency… And only then stars align and magic happens πŸ™‚ ❀

Sleep tight, dear friends..

J.

Xxx

Bonjour Project – Day 21

Bonjour Project – Day 19

Hello my lovelies,

Today Vilnius lit up the Christmas tree πŸ™‚ there was a beautiful concert, very many local music stars came on stage, and the whole cathedral square was filled with people πŸ™‚ even with rain and occasional snow, the atmosphere was very cozy. It felt like the whole huge family came together to celebrate this event πŸ™‚

Christmas market at cathedral square in Vilnius | photo by BonjourPerfume

Today has also been a day for donations. The collections from IΕ‘sipildymo Akcija will be for the children in need. People were invited to donate during the concert and also live program on tv. It was an emotional evening, as different stories about Lithuanian children were shown on tv and on screens during the concert. Especially one moment was very memorable when the presenter of the concert brought a little boy on stage, named Milanas πŸ™‚ Milanas was not able to walk. However, thanks to this donation event and the money collected last year, he stood up and kicked a ball off the stage this evening! πŸ™‚

I’m so humbled watching people gather together and give the last few quid they have, all for the better good, for the results like Milanas’ treatment, and very many more… because the best for us adults is a joyous laugh of a child…

J.

Xxx

P.s. the Christmas market is open every day up until the first week of January, 2018. Don’t forget to try the hot wine and icing sugar coated mini doughnuts… πŸ˜‰

Bonjour Project – Day 19

Bonjour Project – Day 7

It is really hard to believe that it is actually the seventh post… Looks like a great opportunity to celebrate πŸ™‚ who’s with me? I’m inviting everyone to meet up at the Cathedral square in Vilnius city centre at 7pm on Sunday, that is 19th of November… I will probably be a loner, standing with a camera on my right shoulder… just come and say hi! πŸ˜€

1. #SOTD – eventually – Miss Dior Le Parfum by Christian Dior. It is perfection. A purely divine fragrance.

2. Little discoveries of the day

Kristiana shop has a new magazine out for Christmas 2017 / New Year season.

Kristiana 2017 Christmas catalogue | photo by BonjourPerfume

It is nicely printed, with lovely pictures and really handy selections for all the different tastes and preferences, from make up, skincare, to designer and exclusive, niche fragrances. All prices displayed, too, so you could take your pick in your own time, in the comfort of your own home.

Kristiana Christmas catalogue, 2017 | photo by BonjourPerfume

I had a quick run around the store today as well and spritzed some Kenzo – Jungle L’Elephant. I always wanted to try what it’s like… I couldn’t say I loved it at a first sniff but it wasn’t unpleasant… just.. something I’ve heard somewhere before, and couldn’t pin it where.

Later on I bought a 2kg bag of Lithuanian apples… πŸ™‚

Lithuanian apples | photo by BonjourPerfume

If you could believe – for 60c… they’re not waxed, their skin is soft, and inside they’re juicy, sweet, crisp and a touch tangy… but the FRAGRANCE! It is just unbelievable!!! I’m sticking my nose into the bowl and who needs perfume? πŸ™‚ …You see, apples in Ireland do not smell… they barely have any taste… and look too perfect to be real…

3. Something to be thankful for

And finally, today I started volunteering at one of the theaters in Vilnius πŸ™‚ just something to help guys with crowds…and also let me get the language skills back… πŸ™‚ I’ve always liked theater anyway… its velvet curtains, powder rooms, mirrors and lights… and people – on and off stage… and especially how a play on paper turns into magic on stage over time, through hard work and very very many emotions.. πŸ™‚ so, I’m excited beyond belief and thankful for this chance to be able to come a little closer to this magic yet again… πŸ™‚

P.s. when coming back home a good few hours later, I was quite shocked that a blotter with Jungle from this morning was still emitting a super strong scent from two meters away.. that was just one spritz! I can still feel it now, I don’t need to come near it… so be very cautious and do try before you buy. This warm spicy juice might not be for everyone…… but on the other hand, when you think of it more like an investment, and especially if you love it, this bomb will last for years and years for a fraction of a price! πŸ™‚

Goodnight..

J. Xxx

Bonjour Project – Day 7

Never too early to celebrate!

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Lancome – EstΓ©e Lauder – YSL | Photo by Jessica Young

Hi all!

It is extremely hard to pick just one scent for a special night… And as the festive season just begins, there is going to be more and more of them nights and more chances to wear your favourite fragrances!

Here are my first favourite three festive perfumes – Poeme by Lancome, Youth Dew Amber Nude by Estee Lauder, and Opium EDP by Yves Saint Laurent.

Poeme would be the lightest of them, more floral and gentle; it is suitable for all occasions. It reminds me of a quiet January morning in Vienna… Beautiful architecture and history of the city, cozy coffee shops on every corner, and lovely people… I wish I could come back there just for a day πŸ™‚

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