Thursday, March 7, 2013

Persolaise Wins Second Jasmine Award


Richard E Grant dropped the F-bomb. Air kisses were executed with a level of skill normally reserved for Olympic sports. And I finally got to meet Bois De Jasmin's charming Victoria Frolova, whose iris scent enveloped her petite frame with the same elegance she displays in her writing. In other words, this morning's Jasmine Awards ceremony was an event to remember... not least because I was fortunate enough to win, much to my amazement.

Even though I'm thrilled to have picked up another trophy, I do genuinely believe - and I hope Victoria and my other fellow nominee, Nick Gilbert, don't think it presumptuous of me to say this - that no matter which one of us had been selected, the real achievement had already been reached at the shortlisting stage. No so-called 'mainstream', establishment authors had been shortlisted in the Best Digital Feature category, and if that doesn't send a message about who's doing the best online perfume writing, I don't know what does. Thank goodness for the blogosphere!

I'd like to thank the Jasmine judges for the tremendous honour, Basenotes for continuing to publish my work, and all of you, for your support, encouragement and endless optimism. To see the full list of results, please click on this link. To read the winning article, please click here. And for a glimpse of the beautiful bouquet with which I was presented, please see below.

Persolaise.


26 comments:

  1. WONDERFUL! CONGRATULATIONS! BRAV0!

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    1. Michelle, thanks very much. I really appreciate your support.

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  2. Yay! You definitely deserve it! The awesome writing must be due in part to your day job :P

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    1. Joshua, I don't know about deserving it, but thank you :-) And as for the skills developed by the day job... you may well be right.

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  3. BRAVO TO YOU FOR ALL THE JOY AND LOVE YOU BRING TO YOUR INSPIRING AND INFORMATIVE WORK!

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  4. Congratulations!! And so nice to see a photo of you, too!

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    1. Carol, thanks very much. But I'm sure the world doesn't need any more photos of me ;-)

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    1. Michael, thank you. It's pretty unbelievable.

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  6. Congratulations! Winning an award like that is actually very humbling, no?

    So what fragrance DID you wear?

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    1. Ann, thank you. And yes, totally humbling. When I look at the names of the people who were shortlisted, I can't quite believe I was in their company.

      As for my perfume... well, it's a terrible cliche, but I thought I'd have to wear a jasmine scent to the Jasmine Awards, so I went for one of my favourites: Serge Lutens' Sarrasins.

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    2. I join everyone here: congratulations, well deserved!

      As a side note, and as a non-anglophone reader, I find the expression "humbling", uttered or proclaimed by award winners, quite strange: one supposes that to win an award, especially a prestigious one that puts one self au pair with great achievers should be anything but a humbling experience. Pride and self satisfaction would me my non-american/non-british feelings!! ;)

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    3. Zazie, thanks very much indeed.

      I know what you mean about the definition of 'humbling'... but I guess it is quite humbling to be singled out from such an illustrious group of people. I don't consider myself to be any more deserving of the award than they are :-)

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  7. Congratulations Dariush,well deserved!(Finally received Le Snob in the mail...in German!hahaha...,hopefully the english version shall reach me soon as well!;-)Keep up with the wonderful,inspiring literature!
    Johano

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    1. Johanob, thank you so much. And enjoy the book!

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  8. Wow...that's great news Dariush. Congratulations.

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  9. Congratulations! Good to see that you are a winner for your great writing!

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    1. Sunflowers, thans very much for the kind words.

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  10. Congratulations!

    What a wonderful achievement and your point about the quality of the nominees and where they write is very well made.

    Hip hip hooray!

    Yours ever

    The Perfumed Dandy

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  11. Congratulations and I hope you are now in good health to enjoy your prize!

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    1. Любов, that's really very kind, thank you. My health still isn't 100% back to normal... but it's getting there :-)

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