Hi there APJ,

Trésor is busy living, she sends full apologies but right now she needs to be elsewhere. Here is some stuff that I’ve found recently that might give you a pause for thought. A lot of the things I find are aimed primarily at women but guys these are for you too.


Life is rarely what we were told in future fairy tales by our parents and teachers. Life is tough, full of extremes and drama, there is always something or someone who wants to run you off the rails of your dream life. They are rarely the evil incarnate that you expect them to be but just other people in your life trying to get their own shit on track. It’s very easy to get caught up, lose focus and become worn down with the drudgery of day to day living. It’s so easy to forget yourself, your goals and your well being. Sometimes we all need to take a moment to really ask ourselves if we are OK, what do we need, how can we best reassess and how can we better live this too short a period we are given on earth.


I also believe that I have to feel the pain and learn from it. Life is evolution and growth. Stagnation, especially mental, is decay.


If you are suffering depression please seek help. It’s an illness like any other and needs treatment. If you had a broken arm, rash or a continuing cough you would see a doctor for treatment. Depression needs treatment too. For yourself and those around you please treat it with the same speed and diligence you would a child in your cares chicken pox.

Mostly though, please live your life as if it’s worth something. It is. YOU are.


Cyber hugging you all while wearing Les Voyages Olfactifs 01 Paris-Moscow by Guerlain.
Portia xxx





37 comments on “LIVE

  1. cookie queen says:

    Maybe you should post this every month. xxx

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      HA! Thanks Val. You make me snigger. We get at least one Portia Pep Post monthly. I sometimes worry there are too many.
      Portia xx

      • Tara says:

        Definitely NOT too many xxx

      • australianperfumejunkies says:

        Hey there Tara,
        I always smile when your Lempicka avatar comes up. You’re home now after your adventures in Austria? Did you have a good time? What was your highlight?
        Portia xx

      • Tara says:

        Portia, it was fabulous thanks. We had a day at St. Martin’s Spa about an hour outside Vienna (to get some relief from the heat) which was fantastic. Also really enjoyed the Leopold Museum and one of your faves, the Belvedere.

        Hope you’re getting settled in okay.

      • australianperfumejunkies says:

        Ahhhhh, the Belvedere. All that fabulous Klimt in one place.
        The spa and I think the Leopold are yet to be discovered for me. COOL. I love new ideas.
        Portia xx

      • Azar says:

        Thank you, Portia. I could use a Pep Post of the Month – every month! Gosh, I woke up today and I AM 65 … 🙂
        Azar xxx

      • australianperfumejunkies says:

        WOW!! Congratulations. That is amazing. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Azar.
        Portia xx

    • Azar says:

      It’s my UN-Birthday, Portia! 😉
      Azar xxxx

  2. Esperanza says:

    There can never be enough pep Posts, Portia 🙂 Thank you for posting this, I loved THE Pema Chodron, Well Every bit of it.

    Isn’t Paris Moscow a very soothing fragrance ?
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    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Thanks Esperanza,
      I’m really glad you enjoyed it.
      Paris Moscow has completely overtaken my mind. I am now on the hunt. I wish it was more soothing but it has electrified me.
      Portia xx

  3. Esperanza says:

    A Belgium Perfume Lover described Paris Moscow to me as feeling protected by a warm cozy blanket. It does not seem to have That effect on you. Sorry to hear to feel electrified, unless you can use That right now. Do you have any Rose fragrance nearby ? This might calm you down should you need and want That offcause. Take care xxx Esperanza
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    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      I am nearly through my decant of it Esperanza, tonight I have the tiniest skerrick swiped across my hand back and I am drowning in its beauty.
      Electrified is good, trying to organise stuff for the blog. 9pm-2am are my best working hours.
      Portia xx

      • Esperanza says:

        Good to hear THE electrifying is good for you, Portia. I have a decant of it as Well and enjoyed wearing it but it did not electrify me 🙂 Enjoy it !

  4. Holly says:

    Love it! Thanks!

  5. The AL says:

    Beautiful post, Portia. It’s amazing how much love we give to other people and sometimes are stingy with giving it to our own selves. #6 and #9 especially ring true for me. And that Nina Simone (a fave) quote is gold!! 😀

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      I’m so glad the post touched a chord The AL, #9 is something so many people forget, “It’s your life, be the fucking star of it”.
      Oh yes, Nina Simone knew it ALL.
      Portia xx

  6. Sandra says:

    You are amazing Portia! Love you tons.
    Sandra xo

  7. AllGirlMafia says:

    As timely and lovely as ever, thank you so much : )

  8. Anna Maria says:

    You are so kind to us Portia xo

  9. Kandice says:

    What a great post. Just the kind of reminder I needed today! Feel much better now 🙂

  10. Fruitful says:

    This was amazing Thankyou Portia xxxx

  11. Ines says:

    Just what I needed! 🙂
    Thank you!
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  12. Undina says:

    You’re so sunny, Portia. Love you!
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  13. poodle says:

    Good stuff. It’s great if you can make yourself believe those things but sometimes it’s so hard to do. I like your little pep posts. We all could use words of encouragement once in a while.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey Poodle,
      I believe them about you, you’re talented. cool and beautiful. Believe me, I know stuff.
      Portia xx

  14. Lauren says:

    Love this! What an awesome post!

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