Thursday, June 30, 2005

Three weeks of travelling and I am now glad to be home...

Many of you may know that I have been spent a week in Brussels and the last couple in London.
It was a fascinating experience being in Brussels and really absorbing some culture, sights and sounds there. I am a great fan of Horta's architectural style so I went walking with a couple of good friends to discover some gems he created including several private homes and an adorable nursery school. The other great thing about Brussels is the food and beer. You need to forget about wines and indulge in the fascinating array of beers. Over 300 varieties.
My favourite perfume boutique there is Senteurs D'Ailleurs where I spent some quality time sniffing and buying some perfumes. The sales staff there are absolutely charming.

London was magnificent including the opportunity to meet Mr. Roja Dove at his Haute Parfumerie where he held a reception for some clients. It was excellent and the sales staff are also rather charming there.

We enjoyed a spell of heatwave and also hit the fabulous summer sales there. I adore London because it is so vibrant.

Hope all of you are well.

Saturday, June 11, 2005


View of the Teiffel last evening...


Fans of Ravi Shankar waiting to enter the beautiful Theatre on the gorgeous Avenue Montaigne last evening including the photographer..


Not an entirely successful photo but here is the Maestro himself.

http://www.ravishankar.org/photos.html

Anoushka his daughter is a gorgeous young woman who is so talented. Here is her website so you get a good look at her and see how similar Norah and she look. Norah is Ravi Shankar's daughter from a previous relationship.

www.anoushkashankar.com


Waiting to go into Theatre des Champs Elysees for last night's wonderful Ravi Shankar and Anoushka Shankar concert. A sold out and memorable concert indeed.

Guerlain interior...


View from the second part of the room towards Guerlain Maison and staircase to the Beauty rooms that have yet to re-open...


The three new exclusives from the left Angeliques Noire, Cuir Beluga and Rose Barbare...most un-Guerlain perfumes since L'Instant...
The bottles look like a much more gorgeous version of Serge Luten export range bottles with Frederic Malle like qualities. They are created by different noses. If I had to wear one it maybe cuir beluga but then again I am not very sure - it would have to be a gift. Likewise I could wear Rose Barbare if I received it as a gift...


Another view of the boutique

Guerlain..

As a Guerlain client for over two decades and in my mother's case many more, I felt a twinge of sadness when I heard that the boutique was going to be modernized/refurbished. I liked the warmth of the old boutique. Nevertheless, when I did get there on the 7th when the doors was open for all their clients, I was impressed by the space, the work, the beauty, the layout and some of the perfumes....
I truly enjoyed testing all the fragrances in style and style they still have.

The entrance to the exclusives on the first floor is rather beautiful as the wall of the staircase is covered with tiny gold tiles and when you reach the first floor before you set foot into the rooms, you stand for a moment or several in my case in the ribbon corridor. It is gorgeous and may not be something I would want my home to look like - but it looks perfect there. At the far end there are some older flacons.

You enter the main perfume room and you are struck by this huge gold chandelier in the centre and there is a circular stand where all the classics are displayed. You walk across the room towards the huge window where some beauties like Violette Madame, Mouchoir de Monsieur, Vega (not my spritz of perfume) and the new Plus que Jamais - Guerlain's take on the foody scent fashion...
Violette Madame is simply gorgeous and if I had a LOT of money to spare I would buy this. It is a sophisticated perfume with orange blossoms, violet and iris etc. I love it like I love Apres L'Ondee which is a favourite of mine.

Between the first and second rooms or the middle space which divides the huge room (whichever way you want to look at it), there are two stands. Nearest to the windows are the relaunched beauties and the other had changed three times with each visit - so I guess that will be a changing stand. The next rooms houses the three new exclusives near the wondow - Rose Barbare, Cuir Beluga and Angelique Noire. They are as un-guerlain and more like Frederic Malle's collection (like L'Instant) to my nose. More on these soon.

On the wall nearby are several huge beehive flacons in gold, silver etc just by the refilling station - huge pipes adds a touch of cool modernity to the picture. There you can buy and then refill all the classics.

Several other perfumes like Kadine, Ode etc will be available to sniff but not for sale.


Then you walk out to the gold corridor to step into the Guerlain Maison section where candles, room sprays, soaps and incense sticks will be sold shortly. You go all around to the Beauty and skincare space which is also well laid out and fun place to test and shop.

The photos below were taken to share my experiences with all of you. I will post more as I gather more information....


Enjoy!

Guerlain boutique on Champs Elysees is no longer what it used to be..


but it is really a beautiful space to enjoy the beauty of many of the Guerlain perfumes.

The photos below were taken yesterday. I wrote this huge piece and my computer crashed.
I will be writing again very soon.

Enjoy!!


The central light feature with the central stand around it - on the first floor of the renovated/redesigned Guerlain boutique on Champs Elysees..


The new home section where they will sell candles, home sprays etc....


Vega - lovely on paper but not on me...


A dedicated client who brought/sent his/her bottles to be refilled in these GIANT flacons. I was there taking photos and the SA obliged. This was great moment for me...


The Guerlain refilling station at the refurbished boutique...


The relaunched beauties...


The magnificent Violette Madame on the right (retails at 800 euros) and Mouchoir de Monsieur on the right (also at 800 euros).


The flacons of Plus que Jamais - a rather foody Guerlain - not my spritz of perfume (was going to cup of coffee)..


The gold tiled ribbon corridor as soon as you get to the first floor.


The re-opened Guerlain boutique on Champs Elysees. The first room with the central light feature.


Guerlain - new bottle of Guerlinade

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Crazy Kung fu - new film out here from 8th....


Live film promotion in front of Opera Bastille - the really lively part of Paris!

PS You will NOT see me rushing to the theatres to see this one - unless I am bribed with a new Guerlain. ;D


View from Parc des Buttes Chaumont of the other hill!

Parc des Buttes Chaumont.....


on a mixed but warm late May day.....


St. James' Square - on a rather mixed day!


London town.....


Just a photo of a shop between Bastille and Marais...

Place des Vosges - a truly beautiful square any time of the year....


Place des Vosges - one of the oldest squares in Paris and one of the most beautiful in the world - on a gorgeous Saturday - end May 2005


Some beautiful necklaces....


Another set of gorgeous flacons....


Some wonderful 18th century perfume bottles I saw at the Perfume exhibition last week.

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