Hey there APJ Crew,
This week has been about friends, food and fragrance. I seem to have been spritzing and then eating. Perfect combination of my two favourite things really.
Scent Diary: 19.3 – 25.3.2018
Aunty Tracey Update: Boarded plane, carrier forgot to put food in, missed their take off window, waited 2 hours on tarmac, get take-off approval and the captain says there is a mechanical fault, go back to terminal, wait 2 hours, flight cancelled, put in very nice Darling Harbour Ibis hotel with food voucher and taxi fare back, 8.15am flight. Poor girl.
Woke up and fed & walked the dogs. It was cool when we started but by the time we got home it was sweltering. Wearing Guerlain Shalimar Cologne EdT again. I only mildly liked this when it first came out but it seems to have captured my attention over the summer period. Refreshing.
Monday is now official cleaning day. Anyone who tells you cleaning is easy isn’t doing it right. I’m sweating like a farm hand. Vacuuming, dusting, tiles and my bathroom done. Two loads of washing done and three more to go. It’s 11.30am. Having a cuppa and updating you all…
I have an admission to make. 90% of the time I use Nescafe coffee, heaped teaspoon of sugar and milk. Even though I LOVE tea. I get so excited and buy truckloads and it sits ignored. So to curtail my wildly spiralling Tea Buying Addiction. HA! That might be a bit over dramatic. Anyway. I’m trying to drink as much tea as possible, and empty a few packets in my Tea Cupboard before I buy more because there’s NO MORE ROOM! So these are the four teas I’m currently bingeing on.
This afternoon I went for Byredo Black Saffron. Great name, love the slow dive from fruity frivolous to road tar. Surprisingly good in this heat.
We have a new Dog Washer. Theresa has been a mate for years and has just bought her own Mobile Dog Wash. The dogs feel and smell infinitely more gorgeous and will do so every month now.
Do you scent your bed when you change it? I like to. We use a 2/3 White Vinegar and 1/3 Disinfectant mix instead of fabric softener around here because I don’t want my clothes scent to war with my fragrance. That means I can use a Linen scent with no worries and currently I’m using the L’Occitane Aromachologie Relaxing Pillow Mist which contains the essential oils of lavender, bergamot, mandarin, sweet orange and geranium.
Started watching Big Dreams Small Spaces with Monty Don. BBC2 series now on Netflix. Bloody terrific. Can’t stop watching it, even though Monty seems a bit like the gardening equivalent of Gilderoy Lockhart.
1.30am and all my TRIVIA Q&A is finished, sent, printed. If you played this week you’ll know they were MIGHTY HARD. Sorry.
Went to watch some more Big Dreams Small Spaces with Monty Don and suddenly it’s 4.30am and I’ve watched the whole fricken series. Bloody Hell!
SOTBed: Hermès Monsieur Li. Perfect for this sweltering heat. I use a lot of this and the bottle seems to stay at the same spot.
Scott and I ran around like whirlwinds today. Banks, David Jones, Shoe stores, Post Office and Groceries. All done and dusted by 2pm.
Having and Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers bubble bath, Amouage Dia lotion and Amouage Ubar fragrance. Can you smell me from there? This is HUUUUGE!
This afternoon we’ve had a change come through and I can breathe again.
Wearing Ubar tonight at work I am reminded why I love fragrance so much. What a scent. It felt spectacular wafting it around behind me. Though no one commented I was lifted and coddled by Ubar. Magic.
Autumn Equinox: Southern Hemisphere: 3:15am Wed 21 March 2018. I was awake, it was raining in desultory fits and starts. The air cool and clean and welcoming. I can’t say there was a profound change inside or out but I did spritz Strange Invisible Perfume Epic Gardenia and it fitted the moment perfectly. Well named. this shit is EPIC!
Left the house this morning in vintage Miss Dior
Popped in to David Jones and found my mate Esther at the CHANEL counter! Added the EdPs of CHANEL Bois des Iles and Misia while out.
Lunched at David Jones Food Court with my decades long buddy Patrick, I haven’t seen him for ages. He bought me lunch which was a beautiful surprise. Catching up with Patrick is so easy, he does so much and there’s always a load of great anecdotes. We chat about life goals and plans, partners, friends. So good.
Tonight I’ve added Yves Rocher Rose Oud and will admit to you I smell freaking amazing. Woo Hoo!
More trouble with the blog hacking. Apologies to anyone unable to read this week. Most distressing all round really.
I thought Jin was on day shift this week so bought food for shared dinners. Bugger! Tonight I’m eating Beef Scotch Fillet alone in front of the TV. It was absolutely freaking delicious. Medium rare Steak served with Smashed Potatoes and Pesto Carrots. A big dollop of Hot English Mustard at the side. Simple but YUMMY!
Jin came home around 7am and I woke. It’s nice when he comes and snuggles.
Up a bit late and wore the sample of Neela Vermeire Creations Niral that arrived yesterday. Roses! It’s quite beautiful, can’t wait to get a bottle and spritz lavishly. The very initial blast is quite reminiscent of the Mohur roses.
Walked the dogs through the beautiful cold misty rain. It blew the cobwebs out of my brains and I came home to the computer. Got some stuff done.
Lazed around most of today. It has been quite blissful. This cooler weather makes me so happy.
Cleaned the house just a little bit because Hyun, Anna-Maria and Johnny are coming to dinner. Johnny’s BIRTHDAY!
It was a fantastic night. Dinner was Chicken & Corn Vol au Vents with buttered Cob Corn and Carrot Straws. We had two desserts Strawberry Jelly & Yoghurt and Cream Filled Apple Turnovers. Chatter ranged from family to holidays to work and life. Excellent company for a few hours.
Cool and grey morning here in Sydney. Rain spotted dog walk this morning and I’m drenched in The Different Company Oriental Lounge. Imagine an almond meal based Shalimar without the citrus opening and you kinda get the idea. Dry, calm and contemplative.
Lazed around the house with Jin and the dogs today. Jin is on work break now till Tuesday and made today a dedicated pyjama wearing day.
Had a lovely bath and then noticed Carlos J Powell met Ann Gottlieb today. So in honour of that meeting I’m in CKOne Shock for Her.
Dinner with Kath and Alice in honour of Ben’s return from Melbourne for the weekend. We had the most fabulous steaks and schnitzels fro the Crown St Balkan. SO YUMMY! Than across the road for Ice Cream to finish. We were so carried away with stories, food and wine that I forgot to take photos.
On our way back to the car we bumped into a long time friend and celebrity superstar Mark Trevorrow who you will know as Bob Down. He is jetting off to the USA to do some gigs in New York City if any of our readers are from there. He is absolutely brilliantly Aussie hilarious. If you go see the show tell the box office that you are friends of Portia and I bet he will come out afterwards and say hi.
SOTBed: A swipe or two of vintage Guerlain Shalimar Parfum and EdP. Diana inspired me with her SOTD on the Monday APJ SOTD Thread. It’s where everyone puts their latest spritz all week, we discuss choices and daily happenings. I love it, we all feel so connected.
This morning Jin and I went to get his car. Not fixed, may never be fixed. All very depressing.
It is raining. I love the rain. Perfect lazy day to drink coffee and cuddle up under a blanket watching TV and dozing.
APJ is in bad hacking trouble, we can’t work out how to fix it without major investment. Seriously thinking about shutting it down.
Didn’t spritz fragrance till 6pm tonight and decided on my decant of Guerlain 2017 Quand Vient La Pluie. Violet, makeup, herbaceous prettiness. I can understand why people are enraptured, it’s excellent in the rainy day blues.
Jin has gone out to watch the football with his BFF Matt. How cute are they in their supporters jerseys? Their team lost again. Third loss in a row.
Hyun was going to come for dinner but I’m so depressed about the blog dramas that it’s given me a big headache and I’m going to go grab some Chinese Take Away. All this for only $42. Clockwise: Veg Egg Fried Rice, Mushroom & Veg Omelette, Chicken & Veg Spring Rolls, Beef & Blackbean with Cashews. When Jin came home he had a bowlful too.
2 hours gone just sitting at the computer blogging and FBing. Not doing anything concrete like creating content but answering the few readers who can get through to comment and seeing what my mates around the world are up to. BIG spritzes of Teo Cabanel Alahine and off to bed. NIGHT!
Up, walked the dogs quickly and out the door today to meet Kath & Alice for Pedicures and Yum Cha.
Wearing Mona di Orio Oiro and smelling sensational.
On the way home Jin and I stopped to look at the new Hyundai Kona. How do I know that there may be one of these gracing our driveway soon? Tomorrow we test drive.
Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers bubble bath and here is my latest colour! It should be called Dog Dick Pink.
This evening for work I decided to wear the one that Jin hates and thinks smells like 1970s Urinal Cakes, Sigilli Bayan Mulak. I don’t care what he thinks, I love it.
Belinda has bought 12 months of the expensive fix for APJ. Let’s see if this rectifies the problem. Bloody frustrating.
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