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

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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 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 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

Message In A Bottle

Dear perfume lovers,

Today I am embracing journeying across the World through the sense of smell…

Taking thyme to think | Β©BonjourPerfume

Well, my nose has quietly betrayed me and I can soothe the respiratory system with some thyme tea, that way giving in to realization that perfume actually has the ability to store memories. And with those memories it carries emotions, feelings, everything personal and ever so powerful. Starting withΒ an individual story behind the purchasing of the bottle and also depending on its further relationship with the owner, the fragrance could turn into a bomb. Of course, the metaphoric one.

Different countries I have been to rewarded me with beautiful perfumes. It did not take long until I started coming back home with a bottle of precious juice instead of a fridge magnet. A bar of chocolate disappears in seconds in this house… a bottle of whiskey or liqueur might take a little longer.. but the holiday memories stored in a bottle of perfume stay around nearly forever..

And months or years later, one of the reasons for one to reapply the perfume bought in London or Paris,Β I think, is to re-experience the precious moments over and over again… There are hundreds and thousands of new fragrances being released each year and, of course, it is close to impossible to try to like them all. That is why, the ones we are lead to by chance, advice, gifting, or inner feeling, on different occasions, are the ones that we unknowingly empower to hold the memories for us. Take water, e.g. – it absorbs everything positive and negative around it, and what is perfume if not water?..

But if there was no emotional attachment to the fragrance, would one still enjoy wearing it?…


My first perfumedΒ journey started with 5th AvenueΒ – a classicΒ by Elizabeth Arden,Β in New York – our first trip away with my husband. Vienna left me speechless with her architecture, music and coffee, and gave me Opium Vapeurs de Parfum by Yves Saint Laurent. I felt so happy in Vancouver which gifted meΒ La PanthereΒ byΒ Cartier. Secrets D’Essences NeroliΒ byΒ Yves RocherΒ is a true recollection of an early spring in Sevilla, Spain, because the whole city smells of orange blossoms…

I felt truly spellbound in Lithuania when a store assistant suggested a perfume (it was Rima XIΒ byΒ Carner Barcelona)Β which then opened many doors to my childhood… I was like Marcel Proust in ‘Remembrance of Things Past’ sniffing the blotter, and couldn’t believe my own visions and sensations, it was like an explosion of feelings and memories, especially the smell of a layered honey cake we used to make for a birthday party, or the taste of vanilla ice cream in a huge waffle tub-like cone that I used to buy for a few coins during Soviet times…

Then, the most recent trip we took was to Tenerife, Spain. With its cyan waters and white waves crashing on to the rocks and ash-like beaches, and with the warmth of the sun, I could just stay there listening to the noise of the ocean, learning to stop the time, and just be…. Nothing better could represent the island like the whole range of gorgeous smells from Agua de Tenerife, Playa Paraiso being my favourite yet.

Also, thanks to Amsterdam, Netherlands, I have discoveredΒ RitualsΒ which is a home to beautiful perfume, skin care and cosmetics. With their help I am envisioning another journey to the Orient, the Himalayas, maybe even as far as Japan… The World is so vast, there are so many places to explore, so many new experiences to gain….

There have been many others trips.. So, mostΒ importantly of all, I would like to thank all my friends and Mr.G πŸ™‚ , as without your guidance, help, advice and support these trips wouldn’t have been as exciting and thrilling as they were.

And finally, if you are interested, you are all very welcome to read my three-part series of blog posts called Gemstones of Paris, as they have more in-depth view on this city.

I hope my senses will sharpen soon enough and I will be able to continue ‘sniffing around’ πŸ™‚ until then,

Jessica

Message In A Bottle

Gemstones of Paris – Part III

Recently I have been very lucky to visit a Maison Francis Kurkdjian Parisian boutique on rue d’Alger on the day of their seventh birthday. All that week in early September Rives de la Beaute also has held a five-day event in ParisΒ dedicated to beauty and the art of perfumery. Such events are not to be missed, my dear perfume addicts and admirers! πŸ˜‰

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MFK Boutique Β© Bonjour Perfume 2016

My short visit to Paris this time was dedicated to the discovery of the Perfume House of Francis Kurkdjian. These days there is a ton of information online or in fashion / beauty magazines, however, being there in person makes the experience so much more… personal …and adds a lovely humanΒ touch, something you cherish for the rest of your life. I was so overwhelmed after my visit, it took me a few weeks to finally sit down and start writing about this trip…

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Gemstones of Paris – Part III