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Snapshot 3: My Sister and No. 6, “M”

06 Sep 2011 Posted by Valerie Vitale in Snapshots

One summer my sister and her friend took a summer job landscaping and mowing lawns. They were just 18, fierce, and the only girls in the back of a pick-up truck full of shirtless landscapers. At the end of the day, my sister would arrive…

Around Town: Sortir le Soir

27 Aug 2011 Posted by Valerie Vitale in Perfume Reviews M-Z

As I admired the still life on the coffee table, I was reminded that the items displayed might be a reflection of the person who arranged them, or at very least, serve as a silent introduction. There were books about Elizabeth (Babeth) Dijan and Patrick…

The Grace of Technique Indiscrète

22 Aug 2011 Posted by Valerie Vitale in Perfume Reviews M-Z

<itemprop=”name”>More from the Elements Showcase. I felt as if I met Louison Grajcar last week via his perfume line, Technique Indiscrète. This charming introduction allowed me to catch a glimpse of how he beautifully weaves simplicity and surprising complexity into his fragrances. There is no conflict…

Two Innovative Exhibitions in NYC

09 Aug 2011 Posted by Valerie Vitale in Perfume Events and Interviews

On August 15 and 16, the bi-annualElements Showcase promises an innovative look at the niche/indie perfume world. Highlights include: over 60 exhibitors, a forum on fragrance as a design discipline, and three interactive installations. I am looking forward to perfume No.1 Beau-Bow created for Six-Scents…

Malin+Goetz: Shared Simplicity

02 Jul 2011 Posted by Valerie Vitale in Perfume Reviews M-Z

It was early evening when I arrived at Borough Hall, as I walked toward my destination, Brooklyn’s landscape seemed different. Passing by City Hall, the sky seemed exceptionally close and the clouds were moving furiously; trees formed canopies overhead; lighting fixtures glowed inside long brownstone…

Snapshot 2: Dad and Acqua di Cuba

19 Jun 2011 Posted by Valerie Vitale in Snapshots

Today, I find myself thinking about Mint Juleps, especially the ones I made for my father. First I would prepare the simple syrup, then muddle the mint and add it to the syrup to create an infusion. Let it sit a bit. Pour the bourbon…