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Raluca
Boston, MA
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They say that there are two certainties in life: death and taxes. I’d like to amend that and say that there are three: death, taxes and the common cold. Today the common cold is keeping me at home with some... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2014 at Fresh Dill and Parsley
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If you want roasted peppers, most likely you will head to aisle 4 or 7 of your local super market and grab a jar of roasted peppers. But I think there is a better way so put the jar down... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2013 at Fresh Dill and Parsley
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Legend has it that Wiener Schnitzel is Italian, and general Radetzky brought the recipe from Milano to Vienna. I heard this story while touring the Imperial Apartments at the Hofburg in Vienna during my semester abroad in college. Apparently the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2013 at Fresh Dill and Parsley
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 “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” said Leonardo Da Vinci. Imagine a perfectly tailored little black dress that hugs every curve perfectly making the wearer look the best she has ever looked. Other than a perfect coiffure, shoes, and make... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2013 at Fresh Dill and Parsley
CK, I hope you cook these stuffed peppers and if you do let me know how they turn out! :)
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Thank you for this contest. :) My favorite perfume flanker is the recentChloe perfume. You reviewed it and I commented but the web-site got messed up and it didn't post. I was really surprized when I tried it and I think it's great. Estee Lauder fragrances and I have a long history. My mom love Beautiful. It's her fragrance. I used to like Pleasures though I don't wear it anymore. I tried Sensuous a few times but I'm not convinced. Pleasures is my favorite Estee Lauder fragrance.
A few days ago I tried Infanta en Flor (artquisite) and liked it. I wanted to smell it again and again. The flowers combined with the leather are addictive. The new Cavalli fragrance is very beautiful too.
My favorite perfume is Carnal Flower. I don't pay much attention to ads of any kind but I like the one for Coco Mademoiselle. I used to wear that perfume.
Thank you so much for educating us! I feel so sophisticated that I now know what sillage means. :) Actually I read that in one of your previous post but I don't remember which one. :)
I will try this one for sure! :)
I was given a sample of Dans Tes Bras when I bought Carnal Flower and love it! It seems to stay close to the skin which is why I don't wear it often. I keep the sample in my cosmetic bag and I can smell it whenever I open the bag which is weird given that I cannot smell it on myself when I wear it. It is very, very nice and certainly different. I also have a sample of Musc Ravageur but I have more trouble with that one. I'm not sure if I like it. May be it's my nose. :)
Classics are not usually my thing and part of me feels guilty about it. I do like Chanel No 5 but I'm not mad about it. No matter how hard I try, I still don't like Mitzouko, Shalimar, L'Heure Bleu etc. The only Guerlains I like are Champs Elysee, Attrape Coeur and Idylle. Recently I sampled Cuir Beluga from L'art et la Maitiere collection and I like it. May be it's just a matter of skin chemistry as my mom and I have similar taste. But I'll keep sniffling and who know what will happen. Thank you for your wonderful writing! :)
I would say she wears Carnal Flower. I certainly can't imagine her wearing a perfume that's too fruity/floral.
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2012 on Perfume This Photo! (Contest) at Bois de Jasmin
I guess that makes sense. If we like to smell good we should also want our surroundings to smell good as well. I'll have to take that step soon! :)
I have to agree on the price.I get my candles from Whole Foods or Anthropology and they smell great!
I find that perfumes sometimes allow to escape on a daily basis, just for a sniff. It doesn't matter where I am, I can just change the routine with a sniff. Perfumes can also change my mood. Perfumes are part of the outfit. It's like an accessory that can change the outfit from plain to fun. :)
Toggle Commented Jan 10, 2012 on Why Do We Love Perfume at Bois de Jasmin
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Dec 16, 2011
Unfortunately, I don't get gifts anymore, I just give them. I bought Marc Jacobs by Marc Jacobs for my mom as she always admires it on me and for one of the nurses who takes care of her I got D&G The One. For myself I ordered Noel Au Balcon by Etat Libre D'Orange. I have a sample of this perfume and absolutely love the dry down.
Toggle Commented Dec 15, 2011 on Perfume : To Give and To Receive at Bois de Jasmin
I tried this a few days ago and really liked it but I agree with you that there's nothing special about it. It is a lot like Love & Tears by Killian. SL A La Nuit is a much better fragrance.
Anne, I tried Idylle and I really liked it even though I'm not big on Guerlain. The reason I suggested Shalimar Parfum Initial is because someone compared it to Idylle. I also just thought of Tresor and Poeme. I know Poeme is v. strong but I do like it. Recently I started to like Chanel No 5 (perfume) and I find it suitable for the winter.
I love, love, love Iris Poudre!! I almost bought it. In the winter I also like the classic D&G but mostly to go out. I find it very comforting. I know it has no relation to Iris but may be worth a try. I recently saw it at Saks. Have you tried Shalimar Parfum Initial? Might be worth a try. Organza by Givenchy is also nice. I'm also looking for winter fragrances so enjoying this post. I tend to go for flowery fragrances and have a hard time finding heavier scents appealing.
Raluca I love, love the way this fragrance smells in the beginning but after that it turns powdery on me. Very powdery! Must be my skin. I'll put it on again as I have a sample from sephora.On an unrelated note, last night I bought the last bottle of Tubereuse Criminelle from Barneys. :)
V- you probably know this, but Tubereuse Criminelle is available at Barney's. I smelled it today. They didn't have it a few months ago when I bought Carnal Flower. At first, TC smells just like you described it, like gasoline. After that it turns into something amazing! I love it! I think I like it better than Carnal Flower. I actually went to Barney's in order to try Musc Ravageur which I read so much about. Interesting scent. To me it smells like a mixture or horse manure and baby powder. What is all the hype about? What do people go crazy over it? I think I like Noire Epice better but the reaction others have to Musc Ravageur intrigues me. I have to say that those working at Barney's are not very friendly. It's too obvious that all they care about is you making a purchase right than and there and they somehow look down on you. I may just order my fragrance on-line. :) Happy Thanksgiving! :)
I like the smell of burned leaves in the fall. Back home when I was little, ppl would burn the dead leaves. I also like the smell of blue cheese.
Toggle Commented Nov 22, 2011 on Good Bad Smells : Fragrance Talk at Bois de Jasmin
There were no tomatoes in January or February for most of my childhood. Not even in March. The supermarkets were mostly empty and eating in season was not another foodie trend but reality. In case you didn't get a chance... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2011 at Fresh Dill and Parsley