Scent Diary 31.7 – 6.8.2017




Hi there Fragrant Friends,

Considering how much ground I’ve covered this week and how much has been accomplished it’s all felt quite peaceful. Hectic but measured. There has been time in each day for a little nap, food and friends have been abundant and work life has sandwiched in nicely between everything else.

Don’t worry, I know how blessed my life is. I’m so grateful.

Scent Diary 31.7 – 6.8.2017

Monday 31:

Monday Morning. Weather is overcast but quite warm for midwinter and I am feeling super lazy. Sadly there’s a shitload of things on the list that need doing and I am going to do my best to get as many done as possible by 3pm so I can have a nap. Now that is real motivation.

Spritzed myself in Queen by Queen Latifah. I am a patchouli/citrus goddess right now. It was wafting around me like crazy on our dog walk.

Ordered Bingo Books and Dabbers for our newest night starring our newest regular hostess Maxi Shield. How fabulous is the poster?

Did my invoicing for the month. Really, owning businesses is NOT for lazy people like me. HA! I had a really happy moment today thinking about how wonderful the Drag Queens we have working at Turbo are. Every week they entertain the crowds and it’s extremely rare that I get a complaint about any of our regular queens. They work hard and are grateful to be employed. In a Drag job-market shrinking daily in Sydney due to club closures and venue direction changes Turbo keeps 8 Drag Queens in weekly work. I’m really proud of that and hope we can give many more regular gigs.

Talked to my Aunty Tracey on the phone and nattered away 20 minutes happily.

The second house in Tasmania has been untenanted for two weeks but today I got a call from the Real Estate to say they have a wonderful new tenant collecting the keys on Thursday. WOO HOO! I was secretly worrying about having a house untenanted during winter, the worst time for rentals. PHEW!

Got Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday into the blog.

Got my Trivia Jackpot and Games questions written.

3.12pm NAP TIME

Jin called and asked if I wanted to go to Korean BarBQ because we missed out on Friday night. HELL YES! So I went and met him and we talked and laughed and ate SO MUCH FOOD! My tummy hurts. It was wonderful. Here is Jin, he’s wearing a top I bought him for his birthday a couple of months ago. I can tell when I’m in the good books with Jin because he wears my gifts.

Laydee also rang with a new Trivia gig today. It’s been Go-Go-Go.

Now I’m about to finish writing the weeks Trivia Q&A.

It’s nearly midnight and I can still smell my morning spritzes of Queen. AMAZING!

Tuesday 1:

It’s 1.35am and I’m Q&A finished and sent. Had hoped to do one more APJ post but my hearts not in it so I’m going to make a cuppa, go read a bit and then sleep.

Today is busy. Scott is coming to do office work and the general running around that entails. I will need to do beard dying and get ready to become a glamorous Drag Queen for work tonight. Then after al the fun and madness of my day pack a small bag because I’m flying down to Melbourne tomorrow to see Margeaux’s new home that he’s just bought and spend the day hanging with him.

I’m wearing Carner Barcelona Rima XI because it smells warm and fuzzy and doesn’t distract me too much from the job at hand.

Instead of giving you a blow by blow account of my day here’s a music clip of two of Australia’s greatest rock musicians Jimmy Barnes and Marcia Hines. They’re singing one of my favourite songs since childhood. These guys are mates of mine and to hear them singing together on this track brings chills, goosebumps and tears. So many memories of people, places, times. Music is a lot like fragrance, our memories are buried deep until released by scent or sound. Happy tears and sad.

I hope it brings you as much peace as it does me. If you can, turn the volume right up.

Scott and I got so much done today. Paid bills, Post Office (letters, parcels, collecting and sending,, bills and redirections), organised Receipts for the bookkeeper and a few other bibs and bobs. I also gave him the last piece of his birthday present to arrive. Russian Carnation EdC, as Scott as I can find. he was stoked.

My bathing routine included B&BW Warm Vanilla Sugar bubble bath, Kiehl’s Original Musk lotion and Kenzo Amour

Something else I wanted to talk to you about. My mate Jye Bryant creates musicals. He has recently had one return from a hit season in New York City and it will be playing at the New Theatre in Newtown September 15-18 as part of the Sydney Fringe Festival. You can book at the New Theatre Site. Full $30 or Concession $25



Steven has a secret that might tear his family apart. Meanwhile, his wife, mother, father and lover are fighting for his attention and coming to terms with their hidden feelings of betrayal, anguish, frustration and fear.
Laugh, squirm, and cry as this new Australian musical takes you on a rollercoaster ride with a modern dysfunctional family.


Wednesday 2:

Got up at sparrows fart and drove into town, parked at Kath’s apartment and cabbed it to the airport. Jumped a plane and flew down to Melbourne to see my mate Margeaux (who used to write for APJ) ‘s new apartment. His first real estate buy and it is gorgeous. 15-20 minutes on a tram from Federation Square and also quite near a train station in Prahran.

I took him one of Jocelyn Fullerton’s Cult of Scent candles as a housewarming present. The apartment is all in charcoal and white so the very lavish pop of red makes an excellent point of reference. YAY! So we had a burger lunch and then Margeaux had to go back to work.

I trotted off the the National Gallery of Victoria and spent two perfect hours wandering the art with myself, the art and my thoughts for company. It was incredibly refreshing and energising. I also love how fastidiously clean the bathrooms were.

Such a diverse array. An excellent Asian collection but sadly no Korean for Jin.

Currently they are showing historical garment illustrations and magazines, very interesting.

Jin has decided his favourite impressionist is Camille Pissarro and they had a few of his works so I snapped and sent them to him.

Russian Tzar lamp, one of a pair I think by Baccarat.

Degas sculpture of dancer checking her feet.

The Alice chair, some kind of resin shaped.

Black heart, I have made it my own by adding myself to the shot.

Poor old Jesus, eternally hanging around churches, galleries and museums.

Then I trotted quickly up to Masons, the new menswear store on Flinders Lane, just up the hill and tried Philippe Starck Peau d`Ailleurs which is supposed to be earth, woods and musk but I found it quite green and wet. It had extraordinary lasting power and I could easily smell it on my hand next day. There is not much love among perfumistas for the range but I found it interesting and though subtle quite entrancing. I REALLY want to ry it again now. It’s the middle one.


Then, as I was about to grab the train to get back to the airport one of my fave handsome young gentleman frag addicts called and said he was available for catch ups! YAY! We weren’t sure he’d make it. So, over a 15 minute wine for him and coffee for me Liam Sardea and I caught up, grabbed a big hug and off I went into the sunset.

Once home I grabbed ALL the leftover Chinese, one of Jin’s pre-made rice packs, some frozen peas, a can of creamed corn and stir fried the whole lot to boiling hot. Then I sat in front of the TV and watched rubbish while I ate the yummiest reheats ever. HAPPY DAY!

Thursday 3:

Tina is home from hospital and has been staying at her parents, I went out and collected her to come back to Sydney. We had a very fun cuppa and catch up with her parents, who I bloody adore. They are so lovely.

For the day I decided on vintage Patou 1000 EdT. Excellent accompaniment to the cool sunshine of Sydney winter.


Roger & Gallet Cedrat bubble bath, Kiehl’s Original Musk lotion and Neela Vermeire Creations Nichola. You can read my review of the wear if you like.

Friday 4:

Imagine the laziest day ever. Perfume it with DIOR Privé Sakura and you’ll understand how laid back it was.

Jin and I had lunch in the food court, then came home and hung out around the house.

For dinner we met Alice and had Peking Duck! A whole duck between three of us and San Choy Bow, then Beef & Black Bean with Cashews and Egg Fried Rice. It was heavenly! I could eat Chinese every second meal and still be excited.

Saturday 5:

Woke up and walked the dogs in frosty sunshine, my breath was making clouds.

Jin and I met Alice & Sam at DFO (a discount mall) where we bought new Uggs, some Ralph Lauren polos and a jumper, a new pillow for me because mine has been embarrassing for years and it was time and a few other bits & pieces. It was fun and silly, trying on clothes and laughing.

Jin was completely gorgeous smelling in Serge Lutens Muscs Koublai Khan, seriously drop dead gorgeous and I wafted Pozzo di Borgo: 23 Janvier 1984, which is a lovely figgy scent.

We came home and had delicious Jin made Korean Chicken Curry with Naan bread and watched The Princess Diaries with Anne Hathaway. How had I never seen it before? Loved it.

Tonight Margaritas and Tacos with Kath, Alice and Jin. We sat outside around a pub turned Taco den, at a park table and bench seats in one on the pavement. There were 5 or 6 such tables around the venue and every seat was jam packed with young mixed urban crews from all colours and wage ranges. The chill night air was comfortable and we chattered, laughed and ate a few very happy hours away. The Margaritas were quite good, we had two each, and everyone was softly merry by the end.

Just quietly, I love my life and my friends. Yes I know how lucky I am, we are.

Sunday 6:

I woke up at 1am and went to my perfume room, sat down and had the urge to read perfume blogs. This rarely happens lately as life gets busier. I got to the latest What Men Should Smell Like about Guerlain Sous le Vent and immediately dived for my bottle to live the magic. Ahhhhh, what a fragrance…… Going back to bed now to savour it. Guerlain Sous le Vent is wonderful.

Breakfasted on the verandah with these two sexy boys.

Peanut Butter Toast and a Coffee. One of lifes easiest joyful moments. YUM!

Jin was getting a bit Jealous Julie because he’s not in the Scent Diary enough. So here he is doing his very best blog smile for you all. isn’t he a fricken cutie? Love him to infinity but today he was scratching my very last nerve. We had a late evening fight to clear the air that ended in happy kisses and fervent Fuck You’s from both of us.

Today’s bathe was lovely bubbles from L`Artisan Parfumeur La Chasse aux Papillons in the pump pack which was a gift from my mate Tim, followed by a light Madonna Truth or Dare Naked lotion and I forgot to put fragrance on. I did remain softly fragrant throughout the night though and can even still smell soft vanilla sweetness at 10pm.


Now it’s your turn. Please share something fun, fragrant, friendly or foolish that you got up to this week?
We love to read your stories.
Portia xx


22 thoughts on “Scent Diary 31.7 – 6.8.2017

  1. Love reading your week of antipodian antics. Nearly spit tea all over screen reading ‘poor old Jesus.’ Comedy is 90% timing and 10% a good Jesus placement.


    • hey KateSpritz,
      So glad you’re enjoying the Scent Diaries.
      Glad to give you a laugh too.
      Portia xx


  2. Another slice of the fabulous life with Portia. Love it.
    Great to hear the Turbo girls are doing so well and you got the second house tenanted. It’s a lot of responsibility and headache otherwise, I bet.
    I wore Naja this week and adore it more than ever. It’s so good to be able to spritz it from my very own bottle.
    Now I’m going to sort out a few decants for Majorca tomorrow. Good times xxx


    • Hey Tara,
      Lovely to see you before you get going on your holiday.
      Majorca sounds so romantic. Like a movie destination. Have an excellent time.
      Portia xx


  3. MKK is gorgeous, my husband wears that one a lot. I like your bath combo of the BBW vanilla, Kiehls lotion and Kenzo Amour, sounds yummy. It’s been very hot and humid in Montreal lately, but today we finally got a cool one so I’m enjoying NG Or du Sérail.


    • Hi TaraC,
      MKK, it’s devastating when Jin wears it. I can practically see every nose in the vicinity trying to sniff out the gorgeous scent. SO good.
      Perfect for a less than inferno like day, NG Or du Sérail.
      Portia xx


  4. Hello Dollink! Y’know, I could read about (and eat) Chinese food every day and be happy as a clam! We are smack dab in the middle of “ExhAugust” as we call it, the tourists peck at us like chickens and we just smile and nod, knowing that they’re stuffing the coffers for the winter to come. August feels like it will never end, but fortunately for us we’re having a proper summer, although this week it got up into the high 90’s and combined with the smoke that’s blanketing the whole region from the fires in the BC interior, it’s been miserable. But nothing compared to those poor folks up in the fire zone. We count our blessings. Lots of perfume though, got the Guerlain Joyeuse Tubéreuse for our 21st. Anniversary, that was lovely, and just started diving head first into the vast Micallef range. Wow! ❤️❤️❤️❤️


    • Hey Robert!
      HA! Yeah, we snap on the Chinese. If you ever come to Sydney!
      That very hottest of summer months is usually the last, why is that?
      The smoke and fires combined with heat would have a saint wilting, I reckon. Keep up the good fight.
      Have you ever thought of adding a fragrance shop to your empire?
      Guerlain Joyeuse Tubéreuse. Is it joyous? Do you smell like a breath of fresh summer air? It sounds wonderful.
      Micelles!!! That will keep you busy for a while. Good luck. I have Ylang in Gold ands a couple ofd the older ones.
      Portia xx


  5. Hello Portia, and greetings to Jin as well, you both look wonderful. Thank you for sharing your beautiful smiles.

    Happy to see Scott’s new bottle of carnations, so thoughtful of you! I adore the flowers and their scent. This week I picked up a bottle of L’Artisan Oeillet Sauvage for next to nothing, though I broke my no-buy pledge. Oh well. It is a softly spicy floral scent on my skin that wafts and wafts for hours. It was faint and short-lived when I sampled it in the past, so this miraculous bottle is a cheerful revelation.

    Hope there are more happy surprises, fragrant and otherwise, in store for all of us this week. 🙂


    • Hi Tiffanie,
      Thanks, a happy snap of a happy moment.
      One of Scott’s favourite notes is carnation so when I saw this recently on a blog or site I ordered it from Russia for him. The postage was way more than the frag but it tickled Scott so it was a win.
      we wish you a wonderfully wafty week too.
      Portia xx


  6. When I saw that Kenzo Amour bottle, for a moment I thought it is Shiseido Feminite du Bois 15ml Parfum bottle. BTW, that vintage Patou 1000 is extremely rich composition. I have vintage parfum and edt versions and even EDT feels no less richer than many parfum compositions. I have a feeling the original formula for 1000 was even costlier than Joy. The article also reminds me one of my greatest regrets is not getting Sous le Vent when it could be had for under $250 and sometimes even around $150.


    • Fatal,
      I really LOVE the 1000 EdT, it wears so much more lively than parfum of the same vintage. I think the lighter concentration gives it lift.
      Sous le Vent is amazing. You really missed out by not getting it. I reckon it will be back though.
      Portia xx


  7. Hello! Such a fun read! I just covered myself in Queen Latifah because of your post! Yum! I love it! A great celebrity frag. Right up there with Jessica Simpsons’ “Fancy Nights”. Which I always tell people has a French name I can’t pronounce when they ask what I’m wearing. (she should have just called it White Trash…yikes!)


    • Hey Moira,
      I LOVE Fancy nights too.
      Bet you smelled heavenly in your Queen Latifah, she is a very cool woman who definitely knows how to CD a frag.
      Portia xx


  8. Hi Portia,

    What a great week and a great read! Love a trip to a gallery – must try and find some time to do that again soon.

    The high point of my week was catching up with a friend I hadn’t seen for a while over a coffee. Also the community project this week at NST was super fun – compare and contrast – I wore Rien on one wrist and Bandit on the other and enjoyed every minute of it.

    Lil Xx


    • Catch ups are wonderful Lillibet, if only there was more time.
      Rien & Bandit, very nice pairing. I bet it was fun.
      Portia xx


    • HA! No idea ElizabethC. He whips it up in minutes with a special Korean pack, some chicken and veg. SO YUMMY!
      Portia xx


  9. Hi gorgeous.

    Late as always….

    Always lovely to read your fragrant week: you smelled lovely, Jin looked great and super for seeing your crew are all doing well.

    You are welcome to try my bottles of Starck’s Peau d’Ailleurs and Peau de Pierre. I tried Peau d’Ailleurs again after your post and I agree with you… it’s not love but it’s interesting and compels you to keep smelling it.

    Think you are amazing in keeping the lovely show girls in the public…. I am planning checking out the bingo balls one of these Wednesdays.

    It was a quiet week for me. Only thing of note was that I watched Baby Driver and Wind River at the cinemas last weekend.

    Hope to see you soon.
    XXX.. T


    • Hey there Tim,
      Woo Hoo! we need to have a frag catch up.
      Actually, I’m going to text you.
      Portia xx


Comments are closed.