Hey there APJ Crew,
It’s Mardi Gras Parade week here in Sydney. Though I’ve kept a pretty low profile Sydney has been bursting at the seams with International Visitors here to enjoy the last week of our Mardi Gras Season. The weather has been perfect for everything and I’m hearing reports of a super year. Saturday nights parade was my Big Event this year, hosting the Sideshow Glam Stands. An excellent week, now I’m bushed!
Scent Diary: 26.2 – 4.3.2018
2.30am and still hanging out at the computer. SOTBed: Annick Goutal Sables.
This morning dawned cool and wet. Normally after night shift Jin comes home and quietly gets himself into bed. Not today, it was like a herd of elephants, so I was awake much earlier than normal. Took the dogs out in the rain and www all LOVED it. No umbrella, just three VERY wet creatures rambling around our suburb. Their favourite bit is the drying off with a towel. I get first go so basically they get a daddy smelling towel to rub them dry. Happiest dogs on earth.
After our walk/swim my Sables was basically gone anyway so I grabbed La Via del Profumo Mecca Balsam which I love for its dusty Dubai resin shop vibe. Perfect for our Summer Cool Snap.
Went and had my Pedi done, then Jin and I lunched on dumplings and soup at Lok Lok.
Lazy afternoon. Wearing Tom Ford Patchouli Absolu. Creamy choc patchouli and grass clippings.
I needed a lift at 11.30pm and decided a few hefty spritzes of vintage Caron Infini PdT would keep me focused. YUMMY!
SOTBed at 3am. CHANEL No 5 EdT.
Scott came for Office day and we did a LOT of sending and spritzing. My current scent cloud is brought to you by.
Bois Blue Piguet
Paco Rabonee Pour Homme
Rococo Teone Reinthall
Work was busy tonight and we had a few new teams. I wore my newest full bottle Sigilli Bayan Mulak. The opening is a ferocious Pine/Grass clippings thing but that quickly morphs into a resinous muskiness with a hint of furriness. I’ve spritzed it again now I’m home and LOVE IT!
.Mildly amusing moment. It seems the pine/resins combo used in Bayan Mulak are similar to the 1970/80s urinal cakes in South Korea. Jin was instantly transported to childhood memories of having to go to stinking, dirty public toilets with this smell overlaid. Not a win for him sadly.
It’s super sweaty here today. I can’t really get motivated to do much. Been blogging a bit but not really.
Got a postcard from my mate Alice who knows how much I love them. YAY! How cute is this?
Filling in tonight for one of my beautiful girls. Going to wear Hiram Green Slowdive. There’s something so luscious and over the top about its honeyed sweetness that sings for me.
We had 8 teams tonight and it was loads of fun.
Came home and Jin’s best Korean friend is over. They are watching Korean TV and chilling on the couch. It’s rare that Jin’s mates are invited to come over so I’m really happy to see him socialising.
My computer is playing up so I’m going to turn it off and then I’m going to bed. A big fat set of spritzes of vintage Miss Dior EdT and Extrait.
Woke up grumpy this morning and have been on the edge of barking. Trying not to give Jin an unwarranted serve but ….. and the poor guy is home today.
To try and calm the choppy waters I’ve spritzed some Guerlain Shalimar EdP.
My WordPress is also playing up. Can’t comment on others blogs, won’t share my posts and a few other bits & pieces. Got my superstar Tech Girl Belinda onto it but right now I’m itchy with it.
I did get a couple of Perfume Posse posts done today so I’m smelling very rose right now.
Fell asleep on the couch. Woke up still grumpy. Very unlike me.
Steve came over to collect some frags from the First In Fragrance mass order we did. He’s so sweet, brought a LUSH Rose Jam Bathbomb and a Lindt Bunny! Yes, Portia is officially spoiled. Forgot to take a photo, BUM.
Jin decided we needed a PIZZA NIGHT! We buy 4 pizzas, garlic bread and lolly water. We STUFF ourselves and the leftovers make lunch for the next 2-3 days. Very little can brighten a day quicker than PIZZA NIGHT! Jin doesn’t look happy but he’s Fricken Ecstatic.
Tonight I am wearing Frederic Malle En Passant from a 10ml Travel bought back in 2013 while shopping in Vienna with Birgit from Olfactoria’s Travels. Melancholy fragrance with incredibly happy memories.
Nearly 3am and I’m for bed. SOTBed is Atelier Cologne Cafe Tuberosa from my 10ml Travel Spray. MMMMMMMM
This morning I was up and at ’em and grabbed my 10ml Travel of Ormond Jayne Sampaquita to combat the sweaty heat.
Met my BFFF Kath for lunch near her work and we spent a very happy hour chatting.
Then I wandered David Jones for an hour. I was given some Gift Cards for Christmas and wanted to see if I could find anything. Grabbed a plain Charcoal Linen Quilt Cover Set but couldn’t find anything else I wanted. Still have a shitload of money on cards. Better luck next time. There were some lovely things but we already have EVERYTHING, I’m hard to buy for.
Tried to organise my Perfume Room and did a little bit, mainly putting bottles back in boxes and reorganising some shelves. The good thing is my desk is almost fragrance free. It should take about 3 days for it to get totally messed up again. Right now it feels like a slice of heaven. While cleaning up I spritzed little bits of different things on spare parts of my anatomy and now I’m like a nuclear fragrance dump.
Jin was out boozing with his workmates tonight. I picked him up at the station and he smelled like a Pickled Person. He’s a jolly drunk so it was funny and sweet to have him back home. He cooked himself noodles while I was out walking the dogs and then took himself off to bed and now I can hear the snores of a druinken man clearly two rooms away, through a closed door. He will have a sore snore throat tomorrow.
Woke up and today is warm. L`Artisan Parfumeur Coeur de Vetiver Sacre to cool me off a bit before getting ready for the HUGE day ahead. Jin bought this bottle on special at Galleries Lafayette on our first visit to Paris together in 2013. They were DCing it and he got it for next to nothing. He didn’t really wear it so he passed the bottle onto me. I like it a lot but forget to wear it unless I see the box. Perfect summer spritz.
OK, had a bubble bath and a nap. I’m starting my make up for the Sydney LGBTQI night of nights. Yes, it’s the gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade and After Party tonight. My fragrance choice is one I love dearly, will work in the heat, is unusual, bold and glamorous plus it has excellent staying power. Mona di Orio Eau Absolue. I loved these bottles, they were hefty, clean lined, beautiful and they were the coolest caps in perfume land. While the new ones look more sleekly modern I hate them and think they are shit. So I’ve stocked up with Back Ups of my precious Vanille and Eau Absolue but I won’t be buying more bottles from the brand. YUCK.
So let’s talk about the weeks biggest highlight. Mardi Gras Parade. We had a freaking ball. Arrival by motorbike with the handsome Luke. We were the lead bike in the Boys On Bikes division. I am now the only person to have ridden with both the Dykes On Bikes and Boys On Bikes. Tremendous fun, Luke and I were so excited we were thrumming. He was a steady driver and we were able to chat on the route. Unforgettable.
Luke will be super grumpy that I added this photo because he looks like shit but this is what we were seeing at the bottom of the street on our way up the parade. The most fabulous bedlam on earth.
Again this year I hosted the Mardi Gras Sideshow Glam Stands with my friend Andrew Mercado. We both used to work on MTV in the 1990s and 2000s and have been mates ever since. Nowadays Andrew has his own Movie Cinema on the coast of NSW in a town called Hawkes Nest. At the end of the night we were booked again for next year! It was that kind of magical night.
My co host Andrew Mercado, society photographer C Moore Hardy and me at the beginning of the parade. You can’t see it in the pictures but we had the most enormous full moon for the parade. It sat heavy, fat and shining brightly over us all night.
Shot taken by my BFF Kath as she walked past with the float she helped produce.
My guests at Sideshow Glam Stands this year. Scott and his mate from London Murray and our very own TinaG from APJ.
Here’s a man I dated for a very short time in the 1990s and treated terribly. We are still buddies though and Steve has gone on to become a superstar in the Entertainment Marketing Industry. As you can see he is having an awful time. Sometimes I wonder “What If” about him, as to meeting of minds he is the most like me I’ve ever met.
You can’t even tell how sexy this sailor was but boy did he have us sweating.
Scott, TinaG and Murray wandered back together towards the Entertainment Quarter at Fox Studios after the parade, the boys went to the after Party and after getting the car I dropped TinaG home.
Then I had a McDonald’s craving so I scratched that itch. Now I’m for bed, so bloody tired.
I got up this morning and this is the last glittering remnants of the amazing time I had last night. It looks so sad and pathetic but all I could do was smile and reminisce on an excellent evening. Just by the way I love the way light plays on our char grey carpet. It’s such a nice dichotomy between industrial colour and plush, deep pile wool.
These guys were thrilled to have pats and cuddles as I chugged my first and second coffees of the morning. They are such loving and beautiful boys. For those that don’t know Paris is the black and Jinx the grey. We should have called them Shadow & Smoke.
Had my bubble bath in Lalique Pour Homme, Madonna Truth or Dare Naked lotion, Amouage Gold Man fragrance. It’s a go bold or go home kinda day. I’m off to work again today and to be completely honest I’m not really feeling it.
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