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 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 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 20

My dear beautiful people,

Today I would like to tell you a little bit about my new discovery – the perfume brand Dorin. This is a very historical perfume house, creating also powders and creams for Versailles since 1780…

I have discovered it very much by accident at one of Kristiana stores, while sniffing never before seen perfumes.. Their bottles are very attractive and quite different from others.. so are their scents.. πŸ™‚

So that day I sniffed the very first one that attracted my eye, Un Air d’Amour Pour Madame. And I could not describe it to you, unfortunately, as I could only carry with me the feeling it had raised inside… This perfume for me associates with a very pleasant lady from my early childhood.. maybe an aunt, or mum’s friend.. I just remember the cozy feeling, the warmth, and that balsamic spicy sweetness… it is amazing how powerful the window of memory is, with the help of a scent transporting you to the worlds long long forgotten…

Another day I went into the Kristiana store in Gediminas avenue, just to give Pour Madame another go.. unfortunately they didn’t have this particular scent in store, but I got to try Dorina… πŸ™‚ now a feeling was completely different – I have never got that much powder in my nose in one go ever before πŸ™‚ oh my!! Pure iris…an amazing quality purple powder!! I was instantly transported to a theatre, behind the stage, into powder rooms, where curtains are heavy and velvety, dark…and I could nearly see it all with my eyes closed, all I needed was to keep sniffing Dorina

I was a little bit more clever that day, and got to spray some of this beauty on my wrist, as well as on a blotter… πŸ˜‰

And when I was about to say goodbye to the store assistant, she casually pointed at another perfume made by Dorin… it was standing on its own beside a very fancy golden case, covered in a huge glass box… Enter Izolda…

Izolda at Kristiana | photo by BonjourPerfume

Have you heard of Izolda?… She is the wife of the owner of Kristiana; a very well-off gentleman from Lithuania, who gave his wife this incredible gift of creating the perfume she loved; all for their 20th anniversary… and Maison Dorin helped this fragrance come to life…

It is a beautiful, well balanced, sweet and gentle scent, with woody notes.. If you would like to know in person what Izolda smells like, do visit Kristiana on Gediminas avenue. This exclusive perfume is available in this store only… πŸ™‚ and talk about exclusive – with only 200 copies of this gem, it should definitely intrigue you… πŸ˜‰

There’s an interview with Mrs.Izolda in last year’s February issue of Moteris magazine.

Moteris magazine | photo by BonjourPerfume

And tomorrow I might as well look for another Kristiana store, just in case I discover something new again…

Goodnight.

J.

Xxx

Bonjour Project – Day 20

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