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Image - wikipedia.com - "Up Helly Aa " - traditional Viking New Year's torchlight parade in Edinburgh, Scotland by D. Smith

We're taking a holiday break with our families until January 12, 2017.

Please check back and see how we start the New Year in the 'Niche. We're all fired up so there will be lots to talk about!

Guerlain and Sylvaine Delacourte and a wonderful evening – December 21, 2016

Sylvaine Delacourte image - perfumeniche.com

As this is the season for gratitude, I have to say it once again, I am so fortunate to live in a city that has a Guerlain store.

Last week I was invited to the store for an evening reception to meet Sylvaine Delacourte. No one puts on a spread like Guerlain and I was not just pleased to have been invited, I was honoured.

Poivre Samarcande – Turn up the heat – December 18, 2016

Wikipedia image - Registan Square after sunset - Samarkand, Uzbekhistan - by Ekrem Canli, Aug. 5, 2012

Omigod, it’s cold out there. Turn up the heat!

Nose-to-Nose: Sniffing Around With Esther--December 14, 2016

Westminster Kennel Club logo - Wikipedia
 
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Black Gold – exquisite and sensuous and luxurious – December 10, 2016

Black Gold - ormondejayne.com

A snowy day that sets the mood for Christmas. A day for staying warm and cozy inside – for egg nog and Christmas music and gift-wrapping.

Gourmands love cold weather – December 8, 2016

 

Caffe latte

I was out early for an appointment this morning. It was cold and crisp, bits of snow floating in the air, the perfect weather for a walk, so I decided to walk home along the busy avenue that is the core of our neighbourhood.

Fundamental - Another Italian star - December 4, 2016

Fundamental by Rubini Profumi - rubiniprofumi.com

It’s Sunday morning around 10:00 am and I’m sipping a glass of wine, white wine, a pale straw-coloured Soave. It is delicious.

Nose-to-Nose: Sniffing Around With Esther--November 30, 2016

 
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Indian Wood 11.1 – spicy and lightly woody and fabulous - November 26, 2016

 

Pierre Guillaume. He's so good looking, he's kinda unforgettable. Strangely, it’s not his image that sticks in my memory but his work as a perfumer. And today it’s all about, his 2016 perfume called Indian Wood 11.1.

That’s right, Indian Wood 11.1. Guillaume numbers the fragrances in his Parfumerie Generale line, and the “.1” refers to fact that Indian Wood is a rework of his Haramatan Noir 11, which was launched in 2001. 

Christmas Shopping on Black Friday – November 23, 2016

 

Nothing pushes me towards Christmas shopping like all the Black Friday promotions that drop into my Inbox this time of year.  You know the ones I mean – the offers, deals and discounts that retailers dream up to get you shop on Black Friday.

What started out decades ago as early store openings to launch the Christmas shopping season on the day after American Thanksgiving, has morphed into a global phenomenon with the introduction of online shopping.

Well, it sure works for me!

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