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Sizzlin’ Summer 2010 Sample Pack – If you can’t stand the heat, get out of my niche!

Summer - we’re having a real hot one this year. Even some people who love the heat are complaining.
 
Personally, I hate the heat – makes me moody, makes me edgy. I’m happier in cold weather, but given the ying and yang of the seasons in Toronto, I have to take the hot with the cold and just fuhgeddaboutit.

 

Acqua di Colonia – Oh, brother what a great summer fragrance!

Some people are suckers for nice packaging, some are drawn to pretty bottles, and while I have sometimes succumbed to such marketing tricks, the thing I’m a sucker for is a good back story, which brings me to Santa Maria Novella’s Acqua di Colonia

18 Place des Vosges – My Paris address

 

Vamp à NY – Are you trying to glamour me? July 7, 2010

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Tubéreuse Criminelle - It's not a crime to love it (June 28, 2010 New Fragrance Listing)

Photo: The big, bold, gorgeous rather pricey silver bracelet.

When Kay and I were in Paris, shopping around Le Marais I saw a big, bold, gorgeous rather pricey silver bracelet in a shop window. Well, I just had to try it on. I loved it, but I agonized for days after I first saw it – should I get it? Do I need it (as if!)? Finally, I realized I didn’t want to go home without it, so I splashed out and bought it.

Fantastic Man - Sunday Cologne - Foreign and fantastic (June 23, 2010 New Fragrance Listing)

Some great things have come out of Sweden – Ikea, Alexander Skarsgård and Byredo Parfums.

Byredo Parfums is a niche line founded by Ben Gorham in 2006. Initially, the focus was on fragrance products for the home, but by 2008 Byredo had launched its first personal fragrances, most of them based on particular memories and experiences of Mr. Gorham. Currently there are seven fragrances in the line, and I have a few of them, but my first love is Fantastic Man. I bought it at Colette the first time I sampled it.

Cardinal - Cardinal rules! - New Fragrance Listing, Monday June 21, 2010

 

Sicily – Ciao bella!

I got the Mondays. A bad case of the Mondays. If this were a Tuesday, it would be a bad case of the ‘I-don’t-wanna’s. But it’s not Tuesday – it’s Monday. Too early for a glass of wine, too much to do to go back to bed, too many deadlines to go shopping  - there’s just one thing for it: a short fracay*.

Monacle Scent One: Hinoki - Rub-a-dub-dub!

Monocle magazine is one of my fave reads. The magazine does a great job of keeping readers up to date on travel, design and trends in pop culture. Wanna know about a luxury hotel near Les Houches? Where does Parisian baker Jean-Luc Poujaran take his morning coffee? How about those Delvaux newspaper bags? I devour each issue….slowly. The content, the marketing, the brand are just genius.

Ninfeo Mio – An Italian garden (June 9, 2010 New Fragrance Listing)

 

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