Scent Diary: 27.3 – 2.4.17
Breakfast! Jin is sound asleep. Last night he was feeling a bit poorly so I filled him with a bottle of wine and gave him a sleeping tablet. Breakfast became a chatter with a couple of Scottish girls who work at the Royal Botanic Gardens there, on the way to a convention. Then one of the couple asked if we were perfume….. YIPPEEEE!
Instantly we started talking about frags and I had bought a bottle of their Lily of the Valley fragrance. The group is called Detaille and they have a new bunch of frags out this season, Louis and his wife Christine. He was so sweet and passionate about their fragrances. Even made one of the newest range especially for Christine, with her involvement. She was wearing it to breakfast so proudly.
So, obviously I wore Detaille Bois d’Oud. It’s a nice, wearable, synth oud. Not too swanky, won’t scare the Grandmas or the teens away, and has a very comfortable wear. No boundary pusher but done nicely. Review to come.
Jin & I then flew to London and met up with Tara from A Bottled rose and my Aussie mate Andrew and his partner Renato. We all went and had a fantastic Italian dinner and spent the evening laughing, reminiscing and trying to talk Jin into seeing Dreamgirls the musical. sadly it’s booked out the time we had free.
OMG! Today was huge. Last night Jin decided that our bed was unsleepable, it had prolapsed in the middle and he was having none of it. Realising that my sleep depended on his I went down to do battle. We were upgraded to a suite for our stay! So late night move. Woo Hoo! Don’t stay here though, it’s shit.
Early we were up to have the crap breakfast included. Seriously! No fucking milk?
Spritzed liberally in Rose Oud by Yves Rocher.
Off to get a rental car. Jin just smiles at people and they fall under his spell so instead of a FIAT 500 (which I adore) we end up in a brand new JEEP Cherokee (Tank). Super comfortable though and it was heaven on our adventures.
We set off for Windsor Castle in the dreamy spring sunshine and really enjoyed our castle tour with Audio Guides. We saw the Dolls house, the Royal Apartments and some of the outside. It was really lovely, interesting, historic and a few of the rooms were so ornate they could have been French or Austro-Hungarian.
Then we drove up to Bath. I don’t know why I’ve never been before. It was the site of so many historic societal comedy/drama novels that I read. Anyway, we got there and it’s as gorgeous as they say. PERFECT! Saw the watergate, cathedral and Roman baths. It was an excellent stop and I would love to spend a few days there one day.
Lastly we drove over to Stonehenge. All the advice we’d researched was that it closed at 5pm. That much is true BUT the entrance is closed at 3pm. So at 4pm when we arrived we were unable to enter. Both Jin and I were gutted. It was to be the highlight of a long fabulous day and ……..
The second shot is a weird one, no filters or anything. It was taken a second after the first with the same camera and this is the shot. No alteration of the image has taken place at all. Spooky, huh?
So, off to a Paddington Fish & Chip store we went for delicious dinner and a wander around till we got home. Bed. Bliss.
Had a late shower and wore a big fat spritz of Miss Dior vintage parfum.
So Jin and I both woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning and we had a contretemps. This was not helped one bit by the fact that our shit hotel had no hot water for showers in the morning and we both showered cold. What a fucking shit hole. All was fortunately resolved as we left for breakfast though.
My morning spritz was Bois d’Oud by Detaille again. It’s really nice.
First stop was the National Portrait Gallery near Trafalgar Square where we shared a croissant and pot of tea for 4 quid. I loved wandering around but Jin was bored to death. He sat down and played with his phone while I wandered the halls.
Then off to Liberty London.I had to meet Lila’s son for a fragrant pick up. OMG! He’s so bloody gorgeous that I couldn’t focus on the job at hand and stumbled over my words. Adorable. No I didn’t take a photo.
Jin went to the basement for a haircut and beard trim while an old mate of mine, rock photographer, James Sharrock and his beautiful daughter Eva joined us for lunch at the LibertyCafe on the 2nd floor. Jin came, said his hellos and then went off for an adventure while James and I wandered Liberty for an hour or so before Eva made it clear she was over it.
When I got home I spritzed Palissandre d`Or by Aedes de Venustas. Oh the heavenly woodsy woods.
In the evening we met up with Tara again and her delightful sister Lisa. OMG! We had a ball. Italian food, loads of laughs and then a wander around Paddington. Perfect last night in London.
Shower and a hefty spritz of Mitzah by DIOR before bed.
Final morning together in Europe on our 2017 adventure. Jin and I love each other but being in each others company non-stop for a month was starting to wear thin. We had a really nice wander through Hyde Park, grabbed a typical UK pub breakfast, wandered up to Selfridge & Co and Primark and then grabbed an Uber to Heathrow. It was a perfect, low key, holding hands kinda ending to a spectacular holiday.
At the Korean Air Check In Desk we scored the beautiful, smiley and super helpful Kristine. We kept coming back to her because of silly dramas and she never once rolled her eyes or gave a hint that we were the asshole passengers we knew ourselves to be.
Upshot of all that was EMERGENCY ROW! Yay! More room but near the babies, comfortable but loud. Still it was a win.
Arriving in Incheon Airport was bittersweet. On the Upside it’s my favourite airport and there’s so much to see & do. On the Downside Jin went off to catch a train to see his Mum & Dad for a few days. To make myself feel better I spritzed heavily with Parfum d’Empire Equistrius.
I grabbed 2 hours real sleep in the By The Hour hotel, only $21/hour. Clean, comfortable and you can see me in my undies in the mirror, sorry about that.
Korean Air is excellent and cheap. The bathrooms onboard are kept spotless, food is good and even in the economy rows it’s quite roomy.
HOME! In the arrivals hall I triple spritzed myself with the new Guerlain Shalimar EdP which is very nice. Exactly the right amount of growl and purr for a returning traveller.
Sydney put on a beautiful blue morning, my BFF Kath picked me up at the airport and drove me home where Scott, who had been house minding, waited. Perfect lazy day lying on the couch reading, doing laundry and then paying some bills and blogging. Sweet.
There’s too much fragrant choice here. HA HA HA! After living with a mini collection for a month it’s all a bit overwhelming to come back to this room bursting at the seams with scent so for something easy, smooth and comfy it was CHANEL Boy. Perfect cool autumn wear. Then one of my BFFs Alice dropped over and we spritzed a bunch of stuff.
I grabbed an old favourite for work today too, 1000 EdT by Jean Patou. Not a new pic but this bottle.
Now you’ve read through my adventures, how was your week? Do anything interesting or wear something fragrant? Share please. I love to read your stories too.
12 thoughts on “Scent Diary: 27.3 – 2.4.17”
After slogging through March with no holiday at all, I’m finally on spring break here in sunny So Cal. Relief! Just read Katie Pukrik’s blog on Fredrick Malle’s iris hand cream. Nordstrom carries it but I really shouldn’t! Lol. Loved your Continental and U.K. adventures! You’re a good writer 🙂
Hey there ClaudiaS,
YAY for you. HOLIDAYS!! I hope they are excellent for you.
Met Katie Puckrik at Essence and made a complete Fan-Tit out of myself. Isn’t she the best?
Thanks. That’s really nice to read.
What a wonderful end to a fab trip Portia! Thank you for sharing your adventures and for coming to Rotterdam. Sandra xoxo
Hey there Sandra,
How much fun did we have? Rotterdam is beautiful, a completely unexpected jewel.
Oh Portia, what a dream to hang out with you for a couple of nights. Just what I needed. That will keep me going till next time I see you.
Looks like your phone picked up on the serious ley line action going on at Stonehenge.
The pic of you and Jin kissing by the river is super cute.
I wore the Miss Dior parfum the other day and it is TO DIE FOR. Just stunning.
Thanks for being you.
Hey Tara you sexy beast!
How much fun did we have?
Yeah, that Stonehenge pic scared the shit outta me, then I thought, COOL!
Ahhhh, Miss Dior parfum. Isn’t it the best. Sometimes I think I could wear it exclusively for the rest of my life. Then I reach for something else.
I have enjoyed reading of your travels, Portia, you and Jin are very photogenic and vicariously having a holiday has been fun, welcome home :))
Thank you. I’m really glad you loved the holiday. we had a ball.
Thanks so much for sharing details of your trip. It was amazing! I love Detaille fragrances and I’m going to try that rose one.
Hey there Rickyrebarco,
YAY! Another Detail fan. We will be having a little sample giveaway very soon.
Room upgrades, car upgrades, more legroom in coach? I’m traveling with you two!
Thank you for sharing your trip with us! Xoxo!
Hey there Daisy,
Yeah, it was a very lucky trip. Jin has the magic, no idea how he does it.
You’re welcome, we need to see you up in NYC again too.
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