Hey there APJ Crew,
Mardi Gras season is in full swing this week. I only attended a couple of events but my FaceBook feed is chock full of exciting moments happening across Sydney. There were also a bunch of fragrant adventures and LOADS of perfume was sniffed, spritzed, sampled and savoured. Friends old and new dropped in, Art happened, Roller Derby and a slew of other fun stuff.
Scent Diary: 19.2 – 25.2.2018
Monday morning 3am and I’ve been up watching GRIMM. Totally addicted. SOTBed: Hildi Soliani 24.9.2011. It’s a simple amber with a few bells & whistles. I have FINALLY finished my 10ml decant and am using the bottle.
It’s hot & muggy today. Jin came home from work at around 6am and tried to sleep but the next door fence is being redone and those guys are really freaking noisy. So being Monday we got up and changed the bed. I’m doing laundry and Jin has gone out. This house is peaceful when I’m the only one in it, even with the noise next door. I wanted something low impact, short lived and refreshing so I grabbed my old Guerlain Du Coq. It’s simple, citrus sweet and very pretty
My day was spent doing laundry and trying to organise some blog stuff. The heat seems to act as a brain block for me though and everything is sluggish.
Jin and I had Korean Fried Chicken for dinner and watched some more of the Winter Olympics. I really loved the brother/sister team from the USA the best and was sad they were beaten.
Annick Goutal Sables this evening. It wears so beautifully in the summer evening heat. So animalic, honeyed and smokey tonight.
SOTBed: A little swipe on each hand of Gres Cabochard extrait. It’s so cool and dry compared to the Sables honeyed immortelle.
Scott woke me up this morning with coffees. We did a very lazy office day and had some lunch. Talked to the council about hiring a park, went to the post office and answered some mail. It was nice to have a chance to chat and hang out.
I wore Rochas Byzance EdT today and it was spectacular, as always.
Tonight for work I decided I needed something herbal and springlike. Maybe a bit of mint. Annick Goutal Nuit Etoilee got a run and i love it, so happily weird and wearable. Nobody noticed how good I smelled but never mind, I was loving myself sick. It seems to be a Blue Bottle day.
Can’t believe I’m already up to Season 5 of GRIMM. Can’t stop watching it.
Continuing the Blue Bottle theme for today my SOTBed is Estee Lauder Beyond Paradise Blue. Ice cold gasoline and white flowers is an outrageous opening. LOVE it. Goodnight.
Up early and ready for action. Today was a Motor Bike day. The first time I got on it for the year. Because there were so many stops and starts today I wanted to have mobility and not worry about parking the car or having to rely on public transport. The joy of riding in the Bus Lane and taking 30 minutes to all the car drivers 70 minutes was palpable.
Agence de Parfum Launch. Check back with Fridays post for details. I spritzed Miller et Bertaux Indian Study/Santal +++. Bloody good stuff.
Had lunch with a mate of mine, Les Sampson. He has been a TV guru for decades and currently is employed buying content for Stan in Australia. He also owned a pub I had Trivia in for years and back in the early naughties did a TV Talk Show pilot with me as host. We had so much to catch up on and the food at his local pub was excellent. Obligatory office view selfie but you can’t see our fabulous Sydney Harbour in the background.
Spent some time wandering the fragrance halls of David Jones City Store. Tried some stuff but nothing grabbed me. The stand for new Marc Jacobs Daisy Twinkle range in softest lilac looked fun and frivolous though. He may have forgotten what excellent fragrance smells like but he still has a knack for packaging. Clearly I’m not his market but i can imagine this Limited Edition flying off the shelves.
Afternoon tea with another mate Rod who is currently on final edits of his screenplay. It’s about Drag Queens so I’m helping him with some real life factoids. We met at David Jones Food Court and shared some pâté, cheese, pickles, olives and bread at the Antipasto Bar. Under $30 for both of us and it was super yum.
Got home and wasn’t really hungry so I made up a small plate of cheeses with some tomato, gherkins and some biscuits and ate that with a glass of milk. HEAVEN!
SOTBed: Loads and loads of Floris 1976. I floated away on a bright, sheer, patchouli and citrus raft.
Lazed around the house with Jin in the morning. We watched TV and hung out with the dogs.
It was a Vintage Miss Dior EdT and Extrait kinda evening. I wore lashings of both.
Tonight I hosted the opening of MOSAIC. Parramatta’s LGBTQI Art Event for Mardi Gras 2018. We had a turn out of around 140 people. Art was looked at, explained, created, critiqued and lived. We ate, were read to, drank, enchanted, terrified and aroused. It was so good to see such a panoply of Parramatta peeps. Across age ranges, sexualities, fiscal boundaries and everyone was chatting to each other, interacting with the art and their emotions. there were even a live installation and musical performance. Can you tell I had a brilliant time?
Came home and Jin cooked us some Dry Fried Pork Belly which we had with raw vegetables: straws of Carrot & Zucchini, sliced Mushrooms, Lettuce and Parsley. There was some Satay, Chilli and Sweet Chilli sauce and Pickled Radish. It was freaking delicious, sorry I didn’t get a pic.
We watched the Winter Olympics Short Course Speed Skating and some GRIMM before bedtime.
SOTBed: To continue the chypre story I spritzed Guerlain Mitsouko EdP & Extrait.
Woke up and walked the dogs with Jin. It was beautiful outside this morning and the dogs happily trotted along beside us.
Wearing Parfumerie Generale Suede Osmanthus 5.1 from my nearly empty press sample. Will buy a bottle while in Paris.
I love cleaning the house on a Friday. In the summer months I work up one hell of a sweat getting this place done. It’s a full workout too, floors, dusting, bathrooms, kitchen. Them when it’s all done I light an incense stick and wander the rooms burning out all the bad juju and leaving only good feelings, cleanliness and love. It’s my WooWoo moment for the week. Then a cuppa in the cleanliness and a moment to really enjoy it. MMMMMMMM
The afternoon was spent watching GRIMM! Onto the 6th and final season now. It will be good to have my life back.
Watching TV in Ormond Jayne Sampaquita. Its melancholy green whisper simmering happily in the evening heat.
Making some Pumpkin/Carrot/Potato Soup. Smells freaking delicious, can’t wait to get it into my belly.
Late in the evening Mazz and Deb came back to stay for another night. They had some soup and crackers, a bottle of Sparkling Shiraz and went to bed.
Up early with the girls. Cooked them Parsley, Onion and Tomato Omelette and percolated Coffee. They are now off for a huge day out. Forgot photos AGAIN! Sorry.
Armani Prive Cuir Amethyst was a perfect cool summer day accompaniment.
TinaG organised for a crew of us to go to the Mardi Gras Roller Derby. It was my first time at the event and the first half was just a melee until we got a handle on some of the rules. It was really nice to see everyone and we had a good time. The Sausage Sizzle was particularly yummy. TinaG, Kerri, Simon, Alice, Karim and I had a ball.
Got home and watched the last episodes of GRIMM! What a bloody wonderful show, right up to the very last 10 minutes when it became a bit shit but nevertheless it was wonderful.
While watching TV I was bathed in my newest arrival, from Sandra. MDCI Parfums Enlevement au Serail is exquisite.
Woke up to a lovely cool Sunday. Spritzed Hiram Green Slowdive and cleaned the balcony where the dogs live. It’s rich honeyed sweetness a perfect counterpoint to the weather.
Bathed in Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers bubble bath, Madonna Truth or Dare lotion and fragrance. I smell fabulous.
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