Hey there APJ Crew,
Had a load of fun frags on my body this week. Purposely trying to wear a few things that get little skin time. Also a bunch of favourites.
The calm after the Mardi Gras storm. I do like it when the world gets quiet. It means I have more time to be a lazy slob. Got that job done excellently.
Scent Diary: 5.3 – 11.3.2018
It’s nearly 3am and my head is still spinning from my amazing weekend. To calm the storm I want something bright and fresh. Keiko Mecheri Un Jour d’Ete is a perfect choice. Citrus and coconut with what smells like creamy ylang, very tropical nights.
Woke up to a cool, steely grey day with the promise of rain. This is my favourite weather of all. The dogs love this weather too because we can wander longer without them getting pooped and they’re infinitely friskier.
I’ve given myself a good few spritzes of Diptyque Eau Duelle. After the initial zingy citrus and juniper blast it settles into a resinous vanilla, dry and only lightly sweet with a black tea leaves underlay. Diptyque is so underrated, maybe because their clever and smooth blending hides the genius of their juxtapositions of notes.
We’ve had guests so with washing of extra towels and duvet covers it looks like a five load day. I love the times while the wash is happening. I get 30 minute action stations to get jobs done. The house has been vacuumed and dusted. Dishwasher packed. Some small blog stuff organised and edited in plus the answering of as many comments as I can. Got a start on writing tonights Trivia Q&A. All of this and only 3pm! YAY! Now I’m going to eat the last of the cold pizza leftovers and watch some TV.
Jin got home late tonight. He’d had a late work day and then dinner out. We walked the dogs and he went off to bed. He’ll be up again at 4.45am.
I’ve triple spritzed with Vintage CHANEL No 22 EdT. The opening moments are a bit OTT but about 5 minutes in, HEAVENLY! I think I need to spritz out some more juice to get to the good stuff. I do love the old bakelite container though, so cool in white.
3am and Trivia is done and dusted for another week. I love the quiet hours at the computer organising it but am always glad to be finished.
SOTBed: DSH Perfumes Giverny In Bloom. Ice cold green, almost a caricature it’s so intense. Like putting your head in a florists fridge. So beautiful. I love it. Just opened a brand new bottle too.
L’Artisan Parfumeur Mimosa Pour Moi. It smells like an A/C room with some dewy wattle in a stainless steel vase. Very pretty but not really me. I’m moving this one on.
Today is Office Day but Scott’s not here and I’m feeling very freaking lazy. Just doing the bare minimum that can’t wait till next week. Quick Post Office drop, little Grocery Shopping, finalised all my Trivia Printing and Collating. Done in under two hours.
Had a lovely hot bubble bath in B&BW Rainkissed Leaves, nearly finished the bottle. LOVE it when I’m coming to the end of one bottle so I can open a new one. Keeping in the metallic/aquatic kinda vibe Vintage Paco Rabanne Calandre EdT. It’s an ozonic rose chypre, if there ever was such a thing with a wet metal underlay. You have to wear the old stuff to really appreciate how amazing this was in 1969. Masterpiece.
Here is a shot of one of the tables from Trivia tonight. Perry and Wayne on the left are part of the bike crew that I rode with at the Mardi Gras Parade.
We had 78 players and the jackpot went off to team Sarge, $400!
I enjoyed Calandre so much I respritzed it when I got home. MMMMMMM
Jin left for work at 4.15am today and woke me up. I’d fallen asleep on the couch because after work and some wind down TV watching I didn’t want to wake him getting to bed. Now I’m kind of awake so I cleaned my teeth, drank some water, came to the computer and answered comments for a while. Now I’m spritzing some Niki de Saint Phalle EdT before going back for some more ZZZZZs.
Couldn’t sleep so I rang Neela in Paris and www chattered for an hour and a half. She’s so excited about the release of her new fragrance Niral and the beautiful purple to clear ombre bottle. We also started making plans for Paris in April. Woo Hoo!
I didn’t wake till 10am. The day is already warm and I didn’t take the dogs for a very long walk. We walked around the block, they did their business, we came home and they acted like they’d been running for 5km. HA! So sweet but actors the two of them.
Wearing Daniel Barros Jasmine Colada. It is outrageous. Syrupy, extreme jasmine in molasses with layers of floral lactones, sugar and creamy banana. Pushing gourmand to the limit of my ability to cope. Can not imagine who would able to wear this on a regular basis. Fun though.
For afternoon wear I decided on Profumum Roma Rosae Mundi. Violet rose petals dipped in sugar and rolled in patchouli. As heavenly a rose as you’re ever likely to meet. Usually when I feel like opulent rose I go for Mohur so this baby rarely gets a spritz.
Blogging this afternoon. Trying to get some of next week organised.
Cooked dinner. We usually eat a lot of Asian inspired recipes around here but tonight I wanted something generations of Aussies have had on the table for dinner. Only a few modifications for pop. Thin butcher sausages, smashed baby potatoes with sour cream & cracked pepper, buttered corn on the cob, onion gravy with snow peas. No filter or trickery, this is how it looked and it tasted great. Cost for two people around $11.
SOTBed: Neela Vermeire Creations Mohur EdP. I loved Rosae Mundi but it left me craving the magnificence of Mohur. You can rest assured my scent cloud is about 3 meters right now.
Jumped out of bed and spritzed some Calvin Klein CK One Shock for her. Marshmallow sweet fluffy opening with blackcurrant zinging underneath. Loaded heavily with musks and vanilla/amber in dry down. It’s fun and a bit silly but when it gets skin time I dig it.
Went and run around with Jin doing the Banks. Forgot the time and got a bloody Parking Ticket! $110 for overstaying my ticket by 15 minutes. GRRRRR! So annoyed at myself.
We had a lazy lunch at home. Ham Salad Sandwiches and glasses of fresh milk. Really yummy.
International Woman Day 2018. I saw some other people grab perfumes made by or with women and I liked the idea. These are just a small selection of them from my collection. Women make great perfumes. Can I also say we have 80% women contributors here at APJ. Obviously gender parity would be better but here is one little corner of the universe where women are the majority.
We lay around the couch and watched Huntsman: Winters War on Netflix. Seriously lazy day.
This afternoon Caron Accord 119. Francesca was talking about it on the SOTD thread and she inspired me to open my bottle and spritz! Sweet floral with dusty fur coat and sleepy back of head undertones.
It’s late now. Jin has gone to bed. Lancome Tresor Midnight Rose by Anne Flipo. Wearing another fragrance created by a woman.
Woke up a little fuzzy this morning. Wearing Teo Cabanel Alahine to greet the day. Smells smooth and good. This sucker should get mire skin time. Very hard to photograph a mirrored bottle.
Grabbed my mate Wendy, had some coffees and did some shopping.
We met up with Thierry from City Perfume for lunch. He has given APJ some exciting new perfumes to try and giveaway in the next couple of weeks from the Shakespeare range. It was a really good day out.
Below are the new Prada range. They discontinued a bunch of poor performers and brought out this very nice, safe, wearable price range. I liked both the L’Eau iterations best.
New Mugler. We got minty milkshake, cool, fresh and wet. It’s not bad but not the usual amazing groundbreaker we’ve come to expect. I love the bottle though and bet it sells like hot cakes. I spritzed 5 huge blasts down my chest and it wasn’t overwhelming, perfect amount.
This is Thierry, the owner of City Perfume. If you go to the button on the right hand column you’ll see that we get a 10% Discount with the Code. APJ doesn’t get any kickbacks from you shopping there, we gave you guys the 10% discount instead.
Lazed around the house and did some desultory computer stuff. Very chill evening.
SOTBed: Strange Invisible Perfumes Epic Gardenia. This is a freaking powerhouse. It seems to have grown more animalic over time and breathy. Unbelievably gorgeous but a bit much for daily wear.
Didn’t put fragrance on till 1.30pm today. Parfumerie Generale 5.1 Suede Osmanthe. Why isn’t the scentbloggosphere going batshit crazy for the unusual fruity floral leather. It’s freaking spectacular. Still finishing my Press Sample but will be buying a bottle in Paris DEFINITELY!
At 2pm our girlfriend Hyun came over. We ate a huge cheese platter and Guylian chocolate desserts while drinking red wine and watching the 5-9th episodes of the first season of Sense8. So good, second time around everything has more meaning and layers. Forgot to take a photo, sorry.
Dinner with Jin, Kath and Alice at our place tonight. We had Jin’s famous Roast Pork and Crackling. Kath brought Balkan Potato Salad and Coleslaw. We chattered and laughed away a few hours. You know sitting at our table and hanging with these two amazing, strong, funny, loveable women makes me feel so lucky. Kath in the hat, Alice being a tit.
Alice brought us a Morse Code Tea-Towel back from New Zealand! Super freaking cool.
Jessica Jones Season Two. Can’t Stop Watching. Beautiful Aussie born Eka Danville steals the show.
Annick Goutal Nuit Etoilée. Can we talk about freaking fabulous please. Nuit Etoilée opens like mint jelly and then settles into a soft focus minty juice refreshing summer go-to. I love it so much.
Continue watching Jessica Jones Season Two. It gets lost in some historical, morning quagmire for a couple of episodes but the good ones are still really good.
Guerlain Shalimar EdP. Smells so good just lying on the couch and watching TV.
Had a shower today, completely forgot to dye my beard so now I’m this weird two tone bearded dude. My brain doesn’t seem to be processing properly. No reason, just a mixed up day.
Wearing some really old Cacharel LouLou and loving it.
Home from work and over the top of my LouLou remnants I’ve gone crazy with Neela Vermeire Creations Pichola. Excellent final choice for the week.
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