Hey there APJ Crew,
This week turned out to be all about fragrance and friends. We also got the go-ahead to buy a new townhouse so VERY excited about that too. Life has been very generous with us and we are grateful in the extreme.
Scent Diary: 29.1 – 4.2.2018
Woke up with a funny throat. Doesn’t feel quite right. Fingers crossed it’s only a snoring upshot.
My frag mate Evan came over for a whirlwind visit with all his new purchases. It was excellent to hang out and chatter. Jin was lying half asleep on the couch watching Korean TV and we all had a very nice time. Sometimes the smallest things are special.
Wearing Tom Ford Lavender Palm and Laundano Nero by Tiziana Terenzi.
After Evan left I dropped in to see BFF Kath’s Mum & Dad and took them some of my Beef, Barley & Vegetable Soup and Jin had bought them a jar of Scorched Almonds. It is always fun to sit with them and exchange stories. Dad has been a member of ToastMasters for decades and I told him I was thinking of joining. It sounds so wonderful and I love to improve my work so this week I’m going to take the plunge.
Back home and I decided to get a head start on the Trivia Q&A. The weeks Jackpot Questions and Games were all written by 8pm. YAY!!
Walking the dogs tonight the air had lost its heat and a lot of the humidity, clouds were scudding across the sky and the moon was bright enough to mark my way by. We only walked a few blocks but it was beautiful.
Home to finish Trivia Q&A and get some of the blog sorted. This week is a funny hump week where I have to write 7 days of content and I only remembered tonight. OOOPSIE!
SOTBed: Cacharel Liberté
O M G! Sitting down makes me sweat. It’s so freaking HUMID and hot.
Scotty came over for office day. We got loads done and I sent home home early so I can sweat in peace.
I’m waring some of Teone Reinthal‘s perfumes because we were decanting them today. I smell fabulous. You have no idea. A mushroom cloud of fragrance.
After my bath I wear INeKE Chemical Bonding. It’s totally different from anything else I wear and my skin warms where I spray it for about 10 minutes, like it’s excited to wear Chemical Bonding again.
Another $1000 JACKPOT WIN tonight at Parramatta RSL. The I Concur team got out 3 Jackpot Questions right. It’s a big deal when they win.
Got home and poor Jin has eaten something that’s violently disagreed with him. 10-15 minute toilet calls. He’s in a bad way. Doctor tomorrow morning.
Had the best day today. We have had a cool change and the weather stayed around the 23C area with some lovely cloud cover. Walking the dogs this morning was so lovely, they were like puppies.
I’m wearing INeKE Chemical Bonding again today because it seems to fit my current mood perfectly. It’s dry and fresh, light and interesting, none of the things i look for in a fragrance but there you have it.
Grabbed my mate Wendy and we went and did some shopping, nothing important, just the basics. We had a cuppa to get us started, then off to the Priceline Chemist (Drug Store) for toiletries and vitamins and then Big W for some clothing essentials.
Then we went to Sue’s home and met up with Linda & Liz for lunch. Chicken & Veg Filo Parcels, Baby Potatoes and Garden Salad. Chatter, laughter, stories, food and some delightful Pinot Grigio Spritzers. Around the table we have Sue, Liz, Linda and Wendy. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by how freaking lucky I am to have wonderful people like these women in my life. They all have such interesting stories, I think I bored them to death with mine but they were kind enough to listen. He He he, that’s love right there.
Dessert was Liverpool Trifle and we all went OOOOH when they came out. It was a wonderful afternoon and I enjoyed every minute.
Came home and Jin is still not 100%. Poor little fucker. He had decided that we’d have his famous Spicy BarBQ Pork for dinner though and the house is thick with smokiness. Can’t fault him for anything, what a guy. Don’t tell him but I really love him to bits.
I might have had some arrivals from the big sale at Fragrance and Art. SHHHH! They were HALF PRICE! It would be rude to ignore that kind of deal. PLUS I had to reach a certain limit to get FREE SHIPPING! Totes worth it. Woo Hoo!
Did a big Multi-Order at First In Fragrance tonight for the Aussie Fragrance Network crew and a little something for me in it too. It’s terrifying spending other peoples money.
Jin and I were up and barking at the banks early this morning. To be fair they all played as nice as they can, which is only mildly nice. One joy was seeing my fave operative at Westpac, the very handsome Orio and our Loan advisor at BOQ is also very sweet, steely but sweet.
I wanted something pretty and refreshing to keep me cool under pressure so went for Guerlain L’Homme Ideal Cologne. Very wearable, softly but insistently puffs out a citrus/fluffy white musk vibe that keeps the world looking peaceful, even in the face of the banks. Will win no awards for excellence but it is a solid, wearable, modern cologne.
Back home and trying to catch up on work left hanging.
Nah, had a nap.
Off to picnic with Alice tonight. It’s quite a bit cooler here so I’m gong with DIOR Mitzah. So bloody gorgeous. MMMMMMMMM
We had a beautiful picnic and watched the sun go down behind the Sydney Opera House. Ate left overs from Jin’s BarBQ last night on super fresh Bread Rolls with lashings of butter. Some lime infused Mineral Water, a picnic blanket and the world was swept away as we happily chattered away a couple of hours. When it was fully dark we upped stumps and went to the cafe below Alice’s place for some tea. It was a perfect nearly zero cost evening.
Home to walk the dogs and the freaking heavens opened upon us about 250m from home so we ran our hearts out. The dogs loved it. they were bounding along smiling big cheesy greyhound smiles and looking back to make sure I was OK. Sweet.
Got to chat to Tara from A Bottled Rose tonight on WhatsApp phone. 30+ minutes of planning for her Australian visit and laughing. So lucky to have this beautiful woman in our lives.
Some blogging, more Mitzah and bed.
Bugger. I went to bed but sleep eluded me. Came to the living room, made a cuppa, put the TV on. Just watched 20 minutes of Real Housewives Of Orange County. Had to turn it off. Umm, they all looked like Franken-Hookers. They are stitched up like quilts, and so many fillers etc that it’s like looking at excruciatingly thin Chesterfields. They all seem so horrible too. Is this the lure of it?
2.30am. Caron Nocturnes
Quickly fed and walked the dogs this morning.
As I was running out the door I gave myself some very healthy spritzes of Fort & Manlé Charlatan. I smelled fabulous all day.
Jumped in the car and came to the closing down sale of one of Sydney’s original theatre make up stores. There was a school of theatre make up here too. I taught Drag Makeup here a couple of times when they needed a helping hand. 3 Arts created many of our famous theatrical/fashion/wedding/commercial peeps.
The weather is perfect today. Lightly cloudy and 23C. It’s so luxurious to have spare time and no destination for 2 hours.
I still had some time before my next meeting so I parked the car at Kath’s and wandered around Redfern. In the nearly 10 years since I was a permanent resident here a lot has changed. Gentrification is well under way. Loads of wealthy young professionals, new cool furniture shops, art galleries, multicultural eateries and LOTS of prams. I sat and had a coffee and watched the world go by for 40 minutes.
Then I jumped on a train to Museum Station and wandered up Oxford St to my next destination.
Lunch with Rod and Laydee Kinmee. We are helping Rod with some language, thoughts, life experiences and philosophy of working drag queens for an idea he has. Hopefully more on this later.
Home and I had the most fabulous Bubble Bath in Tabu Shower Gel. So freaking glam, cost next to nothing but amazing. Kiehl’s Original Musk Lotion and a drenching in Bogue OE. You can bet I am smelling MIGHTY FINE!
I know there are never enough dog shots for the puppy lovers. The problem with such big dogs is they are difficult to capture from up close. So here they are having their dinner. Happiest moments of their days.
Blogging, seriously. I’ve been so naughty lately. Writing tonight and tomorrow’s posts. Hopefully I will still have it in me to get next weeks Contributors posts edited in as well.
I had a perfume free day.
Jin and I went for lunch on our Barefoot Investor date but we needed to get some other things finalised before we move forward, planned for Monday.
BLOGGED! Did a bunch of the things for February that don’t need me spritzed. It was a nice break, though the perfume room is fragrant enough to provide ample scent.
Tonight I’m off to judge the Drag Competition at an event. It should be a bunch of fun. I’m wearing Guerlain Shalimar. Smelling very nice in this cooler weather. MMMMM
We had a stellar night at Heaven Social Dance Talent Quest 2018. My co-judges were Beverly Buttercup and Malicious d”Amage, we did what we do best; JUDGE! Then there are our 6 finalists. Five that I loved and one that really set my teeth on edge.
This morning we got up early and went to meet BFF Kath at the dog park where our mate Moose works in the cafe. It was all very social. Bumped into a mate of mine from school, Richard, who has remained a constant in and out friend my whole life. We were so busy chatting and catching up with everyone, looking after the boys whose first time to the park it was and generally keeping an eye on the other dogs that I forgot to take photos. Sorry.
Here’s one that BFF Kath took.
Home to bathe. LUSH Rose Jam bubble bath, Madonna Truth or Dare Naked lotion and Lanvin Arpege spritzed lavishly for work tonight.
Time to become a beautiful lady. Well, a fugly approximation.
Home and wearing Neela Vermeire Creations Mohur for my glorious nighttime fragrance. MMMMMM
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