Scent Diary: 14.8 – 20.8.2017





Sorry but I’ve hardly chronicled this week at all. It has been non stop Go Go Go. We’ve had Jin’s niece & nephew from Slovakia and Jin has been determined to show then EVERYTHING in two weeks. I’ve been working so haven’t been on every adventure but still it has been a hell of a week. I am 100% done and ready for some quiet weeks.

Scent Diary: 14.8 – 20.8.2017

Monday 14:

The kids have gone to do a SCUBA course. Jin and I have the day together and to ourselves. We walked the dogs and visited a mate then once home Jin hit the hay for some extra ZZZZs and I am at the computer. All feels right in the world.

My smells today were coffee, toast, dogs, the combined fragrance of my perfume room and Jin until I bathed in the evening. Lazy, lovely day spent doing the blog and Trivia Q&A.

When the kids got home we ordered Domino’s Pizza and ate it watching Netflix Riverdale. They loved it.

Tonight for Trivia Q&A writing I drenched myself in Guerlain Mitsouko EdT.

Tuesday 15:

Woke up late. Somewhere around 8.30am. I’m a bit fuzzy round the edges today. Having a cuppa.

OMG! I didn’t send my Q&A to the team. How do you all cope with kids daily? You’re all freaking SAINTS!

Jin has nicked the car and taken the kids to SCUBA today. He’s planning on doing a couple of dives with them too. What a cutey!

Penhaligon’s Savoy Steam is puffing along with me today. I really like it.

Had a Roger & Gallet Cedrat bubble bath, Simple moisturiser, Cacharel Liberté fragrance. MMMMMMM

They all came home after their amazing day of diving. They’re so excited and happy. It’s really nice to see.

Wednesday 16:

Lancome Magie Noire was this mornings choice.

We did SO MUCH today. Caught the bus and train to Sydney city. Wandered David Jones, Pitt St Mall and then had lunch at Westfield Centrepoint Food Court ( I gave the kids $20 each and told them to get what they want. It was their first food Court so they loved it). Then we wandered around the Sydney Opera House and caught the ChooChoo Express through the Royal Botanic Gardens. We then wandered leisurely around to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair and from there to the Art Gallery of NSW where we saw some ofd the Indigenous Australian art and had a cuppa and some sweets from the Members Lounge. After that we were all buggered and we caught the train home.

Then I had a nap and went to work. STUFFED!!

Thursday 17:

I had hoped to spend the morning on my own because Jin & the kids were going to Surf School but Sindy woke up sick. SHIT! Took her down to the doctor and she has ruptured eardrums. Not very bad but she is on antibiotics to stave off any infection and he wants to see her Monday to give the OK to fly on Tuesday.

Got some super lovely postcards in the mail today! Thanks to Lyndall & Mazz. I LOVE POSTCARDS!

I’ve spent the day in vintage CHANEL No 5 EdT & EdC.

We met Rose at Manly and had fish & chips on the esplanade in the area my family used to sit when we were kids. It was a perfect 26C winter day with blue sky. It was the kids first ever experience of fish & chips eaten al fresco at the beach. Afterwards they took the leftover chips and fed the seagulls. It look like The Birds, hundreds of them clamouring for the chip. Excellent.

We wandered around a little bit after lunch then came back home and chilled on the couch watch Atypical, the new Netflix show about an autistic boy and his family ands friends. Then Rose came with me to work tonight at Kings Park Tavern. We came home and watched the rest of Atypical. Great series.

It’s late now and I’ve run Rose a bath because she’s staying tonight and will sleep on the couch.

Friday 18:

Gave myself a very lavish spritzing of some older Lancome Magie Noire this morning and really enjoyed its mossy goodness through the day. Even got a compliment on it. Very cool.

I got up early and had the car up at the repair garage just before 7am. The morning was so cool and crisp I took the dogs for an extra long ramble around our area. they loved it.

When I got home the house was just starting to stir so I made French Toast and Bacon with a choice of maple or Golden Syrup and percolated a pot of coffee. There was also pulpy Orange Juice our Tropical. Rose, the kids, Jin & I sat around eating and laughing. It was a real family meal and I can’t talk for anyone else but it was really special for me.

Then we caught the bus into town and met TinaG for the Sydney Aquarium. I’m not really a huge fan of captured animals on display but the Sydney crew do a really good job. The tanks are large and don’t seem crowded, most of the fish looked in fine form and happily swimming in their schools or solo. Some of the sharks look like veterans and the only creatures that gave me real pause were an octopus and two Dugongs. Most fish look like they are mindlessly doing their thing but these three looked forlorn, lost and unhappy. They were the only low point in what was a wonderful experience. There were loads of messages about trying to minimise plastics and waste, information about the companies work as a refuge and rehabilitation centre and some info about each fish, bird or creature in each enclosure.

Everyone slept on the train going home except me. They were REALLY tired.

We came home, had a nap and then headed out for the kids first ever Sushi Train! They loved it. Jin is a terrific uncle and I have loved watching him blossom into a responsible guardian in the week they’ve been here so far.


The gang has gone to Jervis bay for a Seal Dive, SCUBA with the seal colony down there. Poor Sindy is devastated she can’t do it because of her ears but at least she’ll get to be part of the fun and see the seals, dolphins and whales that inhabit the area. They left at 4am this morning but I slept right through to 8.30am. Woo Hoo!

Spritzed Cacharel Liberté early this morning and it was a fun fizzy accompaniment to my morning.

A bit of blog organising today and work tonight. After my bath I decided it needed to be a BIG skanky floral for the Hen’s Party tonight. Alpha fragrance to keep them a little restrained for the two hours I’ve got them. How about Bal a Versailles? Hmmmmm, parfum and EdT! That should be big enough.

Hey, does anyone else get moody? Like spot moody? Tonight my mood went from happy that my gig had gone so well and full of love for the world to blackest black (because of a few small things that didn’t go as planned or were less than thrilling surprises) in the space of one hour and then back out the other side to relatively calm again. It felt ridiculously powerful being angry. This is not something I’ve felt before and seems very bi-polar.

Sunday 20:

Ahhhhh Sunday. I was up really late watching Iron Fist on Netflix, like 5am late.

The crew got up and we all had breakfast this morning before they headed out to the markets and Yum Cha in town. I have had enough of people so I stayed home and vacuumed the house and cleaned the kitchen. Did it all smelling of Penhaligon’s Savoy Steam, I love it and can’t seem to get enough. Perhaps 3 or 4ml has already gone from my bottle!

Tonight after my Radox Bath Salts bath I went crazy with vintage Miss Dior EdT. As I was walking into the club tonight one of the club punters said I smelled fantastic, he even pulled me in for a closer sniff. It was a nice moment.


Alright, enough about me. What have you lot been up to? Got a story to share? Fun or fragrant, friends or family, happy or sad, we love them all. Please share in the comments.
Portia xx

19 thoughts on “Scent Diary: 14.8 – 20.8.2017

  1. Been run ragged the past two weeks with baking for a big birthday party, a road trip to New York and then house guests, so I had a good lie-in yesterday and a very lazy weekend. It’s been nice and quiet since Friday evening as DH went on a long bike trip, he’ll be home tonight so I am baking fresh bread and cookies for him.

    Violent mood swings – yeah, I’ve had those, fortunately not lately. It will pass. You have been smelling mighty fine this week! I haven’t been wearing much perfume at all but was in the mood for SL Un Lys today.


    • Hey TaraC,
      WOW! You have been busy. Don’t you love it when the partner goes away for a day or two. It’s a whole new level of luxury.
      Glad you got to have a lie in and lazy weekend, we all need them sometimes to recharge.
      You know Un Lys is one SL I have no memory of wearing. I’m going to hunt it down.
      Portia xx


  2. My week was spent in Paris, so exciting! Not trying to be gloaty or anything, but I have interesting things to share!
    So first I discovered a new brand launching in Printemps, called Art Meets Art. It is related to classic old songs and they had records and a dj. I bought Sexual Healing, really well made and not expensive.
    Then I discovered myself at Jovoy by accident oh dear, and got chatting to lovely Maude. I came out with Trayee and when she learned we had an Aussie fragrance group, she gave me 28 samples to take home! All the Parfumeurs du Monde, most of the Jovoy range, and Welton London.
    Well, better go now and keep stuffing my face with croissants!


    • You gloat, girlfriend! We all want to be in your shoes, so enjoy yourself and make sure you indulge in all that Paris has to offer. 💖


    • Woo Hoo! Amazing JackieB,
      Isn’t Trayee gorgeous? How did you find Jovoy? So much range and all so lusciously presented. The first time I went there I was completely overwhelmed.
      How exciting to find something so new in Printemps! Lucky duck you.
      Enjoy the rest of your holiday.
      Portia xx


      • Thanks staffyishere…I am going to need more time and more skin to make decisions. Husband is happy to lend skin also!


  3. Hallooo! Sounds like you and Jin are enjoying family life. I take it for granted, and after 15 yrs of groundhog day I tend to yearn for a free nest now and then. Seeing you and Jin relish this time has paused me a bit to think of how fortunate I am. Poor Sindy. At least she caught the ears in time. Painful!!

    Moods. Yeah. Because of alexithymia, I suck at knowing my moods. I seem ok, but others tell me I’m not. Kind of like not feeling pain; others need to be alert and watch for signs. Anyway, long ago I thought I was bi-polar because of my ability to raise anger quickly. No. It is autism and me hating injustice. Pretty simple. Sounds different to your experience, though.

    Are any of you starting perfume rotation, or reaching for new ones because of seasonal change? I’ve been living in Teone Reinthal’s naturals for months, so I feel I’ve hardly touched my winter collection. My florals are being dusted off.

    K xx


    • Hey Kate,
      As you know kids are a roller coaster. We are loving it but NO WAY could we do it full time. We both are way too selfish about our space and time. It has been good though and I may even offer to do it again.
      Sometimes I think there are definite spectrum correlations to the way I react to stuff, and the way it is ingested.
      I don’t really do perfume rotation because there is just too much here but my desk becomes my perfume rotation. Most things get spritzed and returned to their box but sometimes I keep a bottle out and it becomes more used for a while.
      Portia xx


  4. My week has been completely consumed with my broken right shoulder so I can’t use my right arm or hand to either write or anything. Really sucks. The nights have been the worst, virtually lack of sleep from not being comfortable, but the drugs have been fabulous.

    Love Savoy steam, but tell me what you think of the difference between The EDP and the EDT?😘😘😘😘😘😘


    • Oh Robert! I cannot imagine how much you would be looking forward to a restful night! I bet you are going to be ambidextrous by the end of this. Frustrating though.

      But you haven’t skipped a beat with blogging etc. Champion!


    • Hey Robert,
      Poor bastard. Heal well and quickly.

      They only sent me a bottle of the Savoy Steam EdP, is there much difference?
      Portia xx


  5. Monday and Tuesday were quiet here. On Thursday I met up with Damien, and we trawled a couple of Ballarat ‘perfumed’ shops. I bought a 100ml bottle of Chloe Narcisse for $25, a bargain. We ate lunch and explored Sweet Fern perfumery. Damien gave me heaps of samples, and a couple of gorgeous minis from Kate Apted {Poeme and Fancy Nights} A friend from Melbourne came to visit for a couple days from Wednesday to Friday. I cannot remember the scents I wore, except on Friday I ‘walked through’ a spray of Zelda, My work jacket smells of it.
    Work has been HELL not just because it is usually hell, but HELL with caps coz gastro broke out leading to sick staff/ sick patients


    • WOW Saffyishere,
      A roller coaster of a week indeed. Stay safe from the gastro bug darling.
      Portia xx


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