Beards, Bloggers, Bloom and Vero + Photo Essay


Post by Val the Cookie Queen


Salzberg to London to Innsbuck. A crazy perfumed week. In pictures.

It really is too warm here in the middle of Europe to write much. Looking at pictures is less strenuous. And by warm, I mean hot. Yesterday was 40 degrees in Vienna and my flip-flops stuck to the hot pavements.

Beards, Bloggers, Bloom and Vero + Photo Essay

I went to London with Hannah, sometimes known as The BlondesWunder. The trip was documented by Tara on our favourite Olfactoria´s Travels, and by Pia on the wonderful Volatile Fiction. After returning from England, I drove to Innsbruck with my trusty therapist Dr. Fox for a lunch date with Vero Kern. I will share a few of our photos.

Sazburg Airport.  Heading to LondonSazburg Airport.  Heading to London.

Met straight off the train by Antonio Gardoni of Bogue. Whisked off for lunchMet straight off the train by Antonio Gardoni of Bogue. Whisked off for lunch.

Talking with Oxsana of Bloom Perfumery.

Talking with Oxsana of Bloom Perfumery.2Talking with Oxsana of Bloom Perfumery.

Antonio explaining the secrets of MAAI at Bloom Perfumery in Covent Garden.Antonio explaining the secrets of MAAI at Bloom Perfumery in Covent Garden.

Val London July 2015 #1Ummm, NO

Bloom.  Spitalfields.  I was there with Portia and Michael.Bloom.  Spitalfields.  I was there with Portia and Michael.

Pia´s perfume guestsPia´s perfume guests!

The whole bunch of perfumista nerds in Fortnum and MasonThe whole bunch of perfumista nerds in Fortnum and Mason

Perfume Candy Boy, Tara and mePerfume Candy Boy, Tara and me.

Innsbruck. Lunch with Vero and Isi. 2

Innsbruck. Lunch with Vero and Isi. 3Innsbruck. Lunch with Vero and Isi.

I am grateful for the perfumed friendships I have formed. They enrich my life and add a vibrancy that would otherwise be missing.

Where do you dream to travel to meet perfumistas or do you already have stories? PLease share in the comments.

Thankful Bussis

37 comments on “Beards, Bloggers, Bloom and Vero + Photo Essay

  1. Vanessa says:

    This is wonderful. A marvellous record of a fun time with so many of the great characters from our perfume community. I particularly like the photo of Hannah turning her nose up at something she has smelt.

    Re your question, I have many dreams still and also have stories…;)
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  2. Tara says:

    Yes, I’m with V, this is wonderful, Val. So many great pics. I never fail to get a thrill from re-living these meet-ups. I was so lucky to get to see you again so soon too. I hear the temp has now dropped. Just my luck to visit during the hottest Vienna July ever – it didn’t spoil it for a second though. Who needs sleep? 🙂

    Oh and Isi looks like he is totally blissed out!

    • cookie queen says:

      Sleep is at times quite useful. But sometimes we have to go without! Ha! Great picture of Isi huh? Vero took it. It really was fun. Roll on the next one. January should be an explosion. xxxxx

    • Tara says:

      Dream meet-ups would be in San Fran, Croatia, Denmark and Sydney (for starters).

  3. australianperfumejunkies says:

    You are a freaking Force Of Nature. What a great way to show us the fun and frollicks of your meet ups. I loved seeing my chums from Old Blighty and of course the ever lovely BlondesWunder. Hug the crew from me, see you soon,
    Portia xxx

  4. Ines says:

    I dream of meeting you all one year in London.
    And well, Milan would be good too. 🙂

  5. Ines says:

    I dream of meeting you all in London one year.
    Well, in Milan too if possible. 🙂
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  6. Holly says:

    Hi Val!

    I love seeing the pics and imagining the great fun your meet-ups are. I would love to meet so many of the people who I know from blogs, and I’m sure that will happen eventually. Keep me posted on your adventures!

    I’m looking forward to DC’s opening of Shoshana (Ari from Scents of Self) in September, and the perfumistas in the area and up and down the east coast will be coming to the opening.

    Holly xo

    • cookie queen says:

      Hi Holly! If I was anywhere near DC I would be there like a shot. I will be in New York, which is nearer than Austria but still won´t work out! Seriously – how freaking exciting is that? Shoshana. Gorgeous name. I hope you are gonna write about the opening and take some pictures. You will eventually meet people. It has only happened for me in the last couple of years – life after 50. Hahahahaha. xxxxxxxx

  7. Fantastic post, Val. Love all the photos, you all look so happy and enjoying every single bit. 🙂
    My dream meeting place would be Milan, though I would be happy wherever and whenever I can get to see any of you lovely perfumistas.
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    • cookie queen says:

      I think Milan should be possible. Perhaps if people know a year in advance or so we could do it? I know a decent hotel, great breakfast, and near the show, that we can stay in. Plus it has a really affordable working man´s cafeteria behind it. Cheap and nice quality. It can be done on a relative shoestring once you are there. Problem is getting there of course. Hmmmm. xxxx

  8. Azar says:

    I love your photo essays, Val! Does Hannah ever play poker? I hope not! Isi the dog is a real charmer! What fun!
    Azar xxxx

  9. Nukapai says:

    Thank you for this delightful recap, Val <3

    I am up for a Milan meetup one year; the only problem right now is which year as all my free time is booked up way ahead 😀 2017? 😀
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  10. TinaG says:

    What a fab photo essay Val! It just makes me so happy to hear meet up stories, & I love the pics. This time next year I will be there too. $$ are being horded for the trip.

    Maybe one day a Sydney meet up, too. Fingers crossed.

    Tina G xx

  11. Ingeborg says:

    I think my dream place for meeting perfume people would be Sydney, just because I dream of travelling there after hearing so much about it from friends. But the next journey abroad is more likely to go to Vienna, Berlin or Paris. It looks so fun to meet up, thank you for sharing the photos!

    While waiting for a meetup,I am enjoing some of this year’s Marillenkonfitüre (spelling?), so colourful and fragrant. I have to say Lower Autria must have some of the best apricots in Europe, just wish I had been there to eat them also fresh from the tree.

    • cookie queen says:

      I love apricots. The Austrian ones are wonderful. Please let me know if you are in Vienna and I´ll jump on a train immediately! xxxxxxx

  12. poodle says:

    Great pictures! I love to see these meet-ups. Looks like so much fun.
    I’m not fussy about location. I’m just happy if I finally get the chance to put a face and a voice with the names.

    • cookie queen says:

      Hi Poodle! Yep, it was excellent fun, if not a little tiring!! I love having faces to names too. I am still hoping to maybe see you in New York. Big hugs. xxxxxx

  13. Esperessence says:

    Wonderful photographs ! Wonderful to see you all meeting in real person and having such a great time. Do you keep smelling each others arms to scent fragrances on each other ?
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    • cookie queen says:

      Actually we spent more time talking and hum, talking than we did sniffing. But yes random arm sniffing most certainly took place!! xxxx

  14. Maya says:

    Thanks for posting the pictures. Looks like it was a lot of fun! 🙂

  15. Nemo says:

    Ah, you guys look like you had so much fun! I would love to meet everyone, including Isi (who also looks like he (or she?) is having a blast!

    • cookie queen says:

      Always welcome Nemo! Isi is a male. Quite spoiled, and totally delightful. And in charge. He guards Vero with his very life, really. xxxx

  16. cookie queen says:

    Thanks Maya for dropping by. Glad you enjoyed them. Thank goodness for our phones these days huh? I would never carry a camera. xxx

  17. Undina says:

    I don’t have dreams – I have plans! (can hardly wait!) 😉

    Thank you for sharing these pictures (love pictures!).
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  18. Sun Mi says:

    Val, I love your hair! 🙂

  19. Are those white lilacs hanging over the arbour in the photo in the 2nd Javascript box?

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