Hey there APJ Crew,
It freaking hot here. Loads of fun and adventure this week with friends and a few fragrances. What I really want to do in this heat is take off my flesh and lie under the fan just in my bones.
Scent Diary: 5.2 – 11.2.2018
My opening spritz this week was from a 15ml travel of Hermès Cuir d’Ange
This morning was running around with Jin doing the banks, health insurance, etc. We did a health check on my health Insurance products, looking to see if they would give us a better deal when we are married. NOPE! Bastards. So we kept my hospital, teeth, eyes and physic all at premium levels, lopped a bunch of stuff off the extras list, and cut my quarterly investment by over $180. We felt it was a big win.
While wandering I gave myself a spritz of the new Cristiano Ronaldo fragrance and was pleasantly surprised at how wearable it is. A lovely choice for a budget buy. I think the boys will go crazy for it.
Parked at my BFF Kath’s place for my gig tonight and she dropped me there due to lack of parking in the vicinity. Got to say hi to my mate Ruski too.
Evening was taken up hosting a 78ers Fundraiser. The 78ers were anyone who protested or marched in the 1978 first walk down Oxford St in Sydney. Their catch cry was “Out Of The Bars And Onto The Streets”. There were a bunch of them beaten and charged by the police. Having a record and being and out homosexual in 1978 Australia meant that many careers were terminated or truncated, work was hard to find and it has left many of our pioneers in poor financial straits. This year is the 40th Mardi Gras Anniversary and many of the 78ers are unable to afford tickets to some of the major events this year. So there was a Trivia Fundraiser where we raised well over what they hoped and needed so that means the 78ers will get to go to more events this year. It felt good being a part of it.
What else would I wear for a 78ers fundraiser but vintage Lanvin Arpege. I’ve never had so many compliments on how beautiful I smelled. They we’re all swooping in for a cleavage sniff.
Home and Trivia Q&A till the early hours of Tuesday
SOTBed: Cartier Baiser Volé
Up again to finish Trivia Q&A. Needed a clear head so opted for a big spritz from my decant of Eric Buterbaugh Apollo Hyacinth
Scott and I ran around doing office work during the day.
Tabu bubble Bath, Madonna Truth or Dare Naked lotion, Caron Infini EdT which is a much attenuated version of my vintage stuff. I did a giveaway on one of the FB boards. Hopefully it will go to a home that loves it.
Work was fun. We had 62 players tonight and it was loads of noisy, silly, Trivia madness. I love my job.
SOTBed: Amouage Gold Man. Why don’t I wear this glorious baby more. So fabulous in the heat. I bought this tester off FragranceNet ages ago. No cap or box but the smell is divine.
GAWD! I was up till 3am doing NOTHING on the computer. Jin starts early so I jumped on the couch and slept. Funnily, I woke up beautifully refreshed and ready for the day at 9am on the dot.
On our morning walk we discovered a fabulous street art vignette. It was only there for the day but it lifted our wandering decidedly.
Because it’s pretty warm I decided something calm and contemplative was in order. CHANEL Boy won the day and it was a very nice, low key accompaniment to a day out.
Lunch with Marian, Joe and James at one of my favourite Italian cafes, Gioia in Leichhardt. It’s a comfy, delicious, easy going place where you can while away a couple of hours eating, chatting and catching up.
James took this stellar shot of me chatting to Jin on the phone.
Afterwards we wandered to the Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative a few streets away. We chatted with some of the artists and curators there and it was an extremely enlightening experience. For one thing I learned that our first Australians prefer to be called Aboriginal, not indigenous as our small group have been taught. I bought Jin a lino cut of our Australian native birds the Rainbow Lorikeet.
Had lunch organising a hosting gig for the Parramatta Council booked today but Stevie cancelled till Monday. It looks like a cool job opening the Parramatta Aboriginal Collectives Exhibition.
My cousin Patsy-Anne sent me a photo of most of the grandkids with our beautiful grandma at her 80th birthday. There I am centre back with the grey shirt on. You can see my sister front right in the black polo neck and blazer, doesn’t she look like a movie star compared to the rest of us?
Vintage Miss Dior EdC and smelling like a BILLION $$$$
Seems like today is a day I can’t really get anything major done. Oh well. Tomorrow.
Did some laundry, made lunch, blogged a bit and watched TV.
In the evening I vacuumed and dusted the house. Jin came home and we chattered for a while but he was tired so he went to bed after we walked the dogs.
Back in front of the TV watching Grimm. SO GOOD!
SOTBed: Vero Profumo Onda VdE from a decant that I LOVE!!!!!
I’m up. Wearing my decant of Phaedon Tabac Rouge. Even in the heat this beauty is a superstar.
Went to our mates Lisa and Mark’s 25 acre property a couple of hours south of Sydney in Robertson with the two dogs. Lisa is a dog trainer, Mark is some high flying corporate something or other and they have this fabulous place on the side of a large hill that they Air BnB rooms for. There is a dog training arena and alpaca yard (they’re SO cute) with about 20 girls and a bloke across the driveway. Chooks on the home yard acre and a few dogs & cats.
Cheese, biscuits and home grown tiny tomatoes on the back verandah lawn in the afternoon. Lisa cooked Shepherd’s Pie and Broccoli for dinner which we downed with some of the McLaren Vale wine I’d brought. I was having too much fun to remember taking photos but did get this terrible one of Mark and I boozing. The next is of their persimmons.
It was the first night our greyhounds have stayed anywhere but their trainers or our place. They behaved extremely well, not perfectly but well enough that I will gladly travel with them. No toilet accidents but they were staying in my room on sling beds and didn’t sleep very well. Consequently neither did I but no drama. The photo is my 4am wake up by the dogs.
In the morning I got in touch with my mate Lesley and the four of us all went for brunch at a cafe. It was excellent fun to hang and chatter. The locals are friendly and the staff were helpful. Food and bev for four was under $70 all up! Amazing.
A healthy couple of spritzes of CHANEL No 19 vintage extrait. Ready for anything.
In the car and back to Sydney. The dogs are becoming super car travellers, not a problem from them.
Tonight is dinner with Jin. YAY! Korean BarBQ. Not new but bloody delicious, my mouth is watering in anticipation while typing.
On the way out the door I gave myself a quick spritz of Parfum d’Empire Equistrius.
Mildly amusing story. Dinner is for a small bunch of us. Kath, Alice, Moose, Jin and I. Totally forgot we were going as a crew. It was delicious, we had a great time, conversation flowed and laughs were had. Didn’t take a damn photo!!!
When we got home I had forgotten that Phil was coming over. Do you see a pattern here? Yep, so he came over for tea and biscuits. It was nice to see him but I’m worried for him. Losing your Mum is shit. Especially when she was the kindest, most loved and revered matriarch. Still no photo!!
It is cloudy and humid today. I feel like I’m in summer in Vietnam. Everything feels slightly damp and the air won’t dry my sweat. Saw this beautiful flower today, what colour! It’s just growing as a weed beside the pavement.
Jin is stuck to the South Korean Winter Olympics like you wouldn’t believe. Sadly our Australian coverage is pathetic, even though he has paid for the extras.
For lunch we had Pork Schnitzel with Rice, Mushroom & Onion Gravy and Peas. Jin cooked and it was bloody delicious. SO GOOD!
I’m off to bathe now. Boucheron Trouble bubble bath with the very last of my shower gel. Smells Ah May Zing!
My fragrance tonight, and totally unrelated to my bath, was Tom Ford Ombre de Hyacinth.
Here’s the sunset at Austral Bowling Club. So beautifully Australian with the eucalyptus in the foreground.
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