Happy New Year APJ,
What a week! It’s been super hot and sweaty here in Oz. Some of our peeps are in Sydney on holidays or have been off work for part of the week. So many fantastic catch ups.
Scent Diary: 1.1 – 7.1.2018
This is what midnight looked like where we were. My BFF Kath took this photo just after we’d done the countdown. Cool shot huh?
Wishing you all a wonderful 2018. Fill it with loads of good stuff so the shit seems less deep.
Got home around 2am, took the Drag Queen off, gave myself a Guerlain Shalimar EdP drenching and fed & walked the dogs. It was calm and quiet where we live and I only met a few revellers coming home or walking off their excesses. Everyone was friendly and wanted to pat the dogs. They chattered, some more waffly than others. North Parramatta, where we live, is like a village. Weirdest thing, though I felt like I was wafting rather a lot of Shalimar, no one commented.
It was so enjoyable waking up with the tail end of Shalimar that I spritzed again after the dogs morning walk. I’m going to have to stop falling asleep on the couch, my whole body is yelling out in unhappy surprise today. Bit crinkled I think.
Jin awoke at around midday. He’s fairly crumpled himself. We get a three hour window when he works nights before he needs to sleep again. I quite like it when he works nightshift. Today we went to the grocery store, watched a little TV and that’s about it.
The heat has me drained so now I’m looking for something summery but fun. How about some Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess? MMMMM
Kath came over for dinner and then we watched a 2006 Julianne Moore, Clive Owen and Michael Caine film Children of Men. This feels so real and immediate, as if we are looking at tomorrow. Sci-Fi yet not so far fetched. A couple of the lesser characters annoyed me but the three leads are so good, captivating.
3.30am. Somehow I managed the whole last season of Luther in one night. Did it while wearing Guerlain L’Homme Ideal Cologne.
This morning I have liberally applied Mugler A*Men Kryptomint. It’s a jolt to the senses and balm for the soul.
Scotty and I ran around in the blistering heat to get the office work and sundry stuff done today. I shouted him lunch as a Thank You. Seriously, I’d get bloody nothing done if it weren’t for him. Somehow I manage to ignore important paperwork for months if there’s no one making it happen.
Had a nap then went crazy with Cacharel Liberté. New Years seems to be bringing out the old favourites. It feels like I’m reconnecting with them.
Then tonight Jin and I met the girls for Korean BarBQ. We haven’t been in a while and everyone ate till their stomachs hurt. It was heaven. Sometimes I really have to pinch myself at the fabulous people who surround me. All outstanding human beings that I love and admire. So good to just sit, eat, chat. You’ll note Alice is wearing the other pair of earrings Jin bought her.
Home to walk the dogs and it’s so bloody muggy we turned the A/C on dry mode. It dries the air and lightly cools it. Suddenly the house is liveable, and it uses less than half the energy.
For bedtime I gave myself a half spritz of La Via del Profumo Mecca Balsam.
Woke up with Jin. Spritzed a small amount of Lolita Lempicka EdP. Fed and walked the dogs and happened to bump into an old mate of mine that used to work the bar at Parramatta RSL. Hopefully a catch up in the near future.
Jin was a bit surprised he’d forgotten to make Korean New Year Beef Dumpling Soup with Ricecakes. So, better late than never we got it this morning. So bloody delicious. He doesn’t make it often but when he does I’m always up for a HUGE bowl. Afterwards, as I drank my coffee the dogs were asking for some in their own way.
My day was spent mainly in front of the computer organising posts for APJ and Perfume Posse. Got quite a lot done so I’m patting myself on the back. Ended up a melange of fragrance but the beast that stomped on everything else was Montale Aoud Amber Rose. Seriously, everything else wilted to insignificance in the face of its outrageous size and heft. Jin was squeaking COW POO from the kitchen, squeaking because it had sucked the oxygen out of the three nearest suburbs. HA! It was FUN wearing it though.
Had an extremely late bath because I smell terrible, all the perfumes and sweaty old fat boy. For bed loads of Hermès Eau de Merveilles
Laziest day ever, spritzed the briny goodness of Mendittorosa Sogno Reale. Slobbed around the house and blogged. I did make this spectacular Steak Salad Sandwich for lunch from leftover steak. So delicious.
Watched TV and napped till 6pm when Jin came home. Then we met Kath at our favourite Chinese Restaurant Liu Rose for dinner and a Wedding Meeting. Very exciting.
For the evening a hefty dose of Estee Lauder Beyond Paradise Blue.
For bed. Parfums DelRae Amoureuse, psycho-lily.
From a decant Phaedon Dzhari. Imagine a booze & dates version of Mona di Orio’s Eau Absolue.
Off to town on bus and train to meet up with some mates I’ve known for decades. We took the free AGNSW tour with Prue, one of the most engaging guides I’ve had. Full of information and zipped us around the gallery to multiple levels and areas. We all really enjoyed our 45 minutes with her. Then we went for lunch in the Members Area and chattered and laughed away an hour or so. Lovely way to spend the day.
I wandered back to the station via David Jones where I looked fruitlessly for something to add to my collection, or some Sale Bargains to put away as gifts but nothing grabbed me and though I picked up half a dozen things I put them all back again. Tragic.
Coming home I found the house smelling like food! Jin had created Korean Chicken Soup. Very simple, and delicious. It does not traditionally have peas but I added my own because I love the pop.
After dinner Jin went to bed because he has a 4am start tomorrow and I stayed up watching TV, messing around here on the computer.
SOTBed: L’Artisan L’Eau d’Ambree. Amber can be beautiful in the heat. So smooth.
Saturday morning and I woke up on the couch after watching Troll Hunters cartoon till the early hours. Fortunately I cleaned my teeth and drank some water before the binge began so I didn’t wake up with budgie cage floor mouth.
Annick Goutal Sables arrived in the post yesterday. I feel like an idiot. Seems I ordered two bottles on FragranceNet and it was so cheap I didn’t even notice it among the other things I bought. It’s been on my list forever and I’m kicking myself I didn’t get the original bottle but it seems just as potent and outrageous as ever. Swanning around the house in underpants and four blasts of Sables to the chest. FULLY fragrant moment. While I was there I grabbed some Tabu 4oz Shower Gels, some Aramis 1.7oz Invigorating Body Shampoos and Annick Goutal Duel in the original mens packaging.
Got some blog stuff organised today, vacuumed the house and dusted the living areas.
Jin’s had a bit of a let down and so to cheer him up I cooked dinner. Super simple. Pan Frien Chicken with creamy onion & pepper sauce plus baked potatoes, onions and carrots. The green capsicum strips are just to add some colour. I bloody started eating before I took you all a pic, it looked so nice as I brought it out. There are even leftovers for my lunch tomorrow. Woo Hoo!
My Sables was still going strong at 8pm, it’s honeyed immortelle and amber is gorgeous.
Bath time. I need to get the stink off me after a hot day and dog walking. Cool bath, heavenly. Radox Bath Salts and Tabu Shower Gel followed by Kiehl’s Original Musk Lotion and Atelier Cologne Tobacco Nuit. As you can imagine, FULLY fragrant around here to go to bed.
PHWOAR! It is hot in Sydney. 45C (113F)
Kath and I went for pedis while Alice wandered the shops today. More Aftelier Cologne Tobacco Nuit. It smells so good.
We were supposed to go for a swim together but I got sidetracked thinking about going back to work tonight and food etc. Ended up back at home instead of out. GRRR! I love swimming.
Cool bath, shave and ready myself for lovely lady land. It’s so hot the sweat keeps rolling into my makeup. It’s going to be rough & ready tonight. Guerlain Chamade EdP to cool me down.
Sadly there were only three teams playing tonight because no one wanted to leave their A/C. We still had a ball. This team is Sluts United, our winners this evening.
It’s YOUR turn. What’s happening in your world?
Did you do anything Fun or Fragrant, with Friends and Family or maybe even had some less than Fabulous news you want to share? How is or was your New Year?
Now’s the time, in the comments below.
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