Hey there APJ Crew,
We are back in business. Yes, things look a bit different around here and there will be some change. Please understand that this has been a big deal and now we are coming g back from the dead. We have lost all our followers & subscribers and will have to work really hard to get as many people back, and hopefully add a bunch of newbies too.
Scent Diary is a birdseye view of my week. Often there is a whole lot of living mixed in with the perfumes. Friends & family, food, travel, momentous events, everyday living. I love to read about your adventures too in the comments and often we get lively discussion down there. I try to reply to every comment and add my 2c, feel free to add yours when and wherever. We only ask that you keep it respectful.
Scent Diary: 2.7 – 8.7.2018
Woo Hoo! So excited to have Scent Diary back up & running. It’s mid-winter here in Sydney and though it is 15C it feels colder. So instead of getting out of bed early I grabbed the dogs and let them up on the bed for a couple of extra hours sleep, they are warm and cuddly (SHH, don’t tell Jin).
There is a LOT to catch up on here at APJ and I have started to put a dent in that. Sitting here in a cloud of Yves Rocher Rose Oud. It’s a simple theme, done cleanly and works as a happy no brainer.
Mondays are my usual cleaning days lately but I’m leaving it till Wednesday because we have a guest coming to stay Wednesday night.
Trivia Q&A is my afternoon/evening assignment. I started Q&A at about 11.30am and now it’s 8pm and I’ve just finished. Good news is that I’m done and dusted without doing my usual all nighter starting at 9.30pm. Very nice feeling. Towards the end I gave myself some hefty spritzes of ELdO Fat Electrician. Zingy Vetiver is king.
It’s winter so the dogs are a bit chilly. They have their jackets on and we also wrap them up in Korean Air blankets. Just as I was about to take this shot Paris woke up and came up to say hi to you all. How freaking cute huh?
Jin came home in a mood. Working so early and all day has him beat. He went to bed in a big huff.
I ordered some Pizza Hut and watched the first four episodes of Luke Cage Season 2.
SOTBed: Niki de Saint Phalle. One of my all time favourites.
Woke up and walked the dogs with Jin. He is in a much better mood this morning. YAY! Inspired by Melanie on the APJ SOTD thread I am wearing copious amounts of Tom Ford Patchouli Absolu. Perfect for this cool but sunny weather. I particularly like how they’ve married the earthy and plastic facets of patchouli and kept the fragrance clean and sheer. As elegant a patchouli as you’d ever hope to find.
Jin and I went grocery shopping and did a BIG shop. Filling up the empty pantry, Tupperware and fridge, as well as some around the house basics.
In excellent news, after looking at my Bank Account wondering why it was looking poor. It seems my invoices to one of the clubs I work in had suddenly stopped coming to them in February. I have been sending them but the email I send doesn’t show in their inbox or spam, weird. Having been away and organising stuff etc etc it totally slipped my mind to check. I rang them today, we worked out a fix and the money will be in my bank tomorrow. YIPPEE! That will pay my Credit Card down to zero. Woo Hoo!
Into a delicious Annick Goutal Musc Nomade bubble bath, Kiehl’s Original Musk lotion and Malle Musc Ravageur fragrance.
Nap time before I get ready to be a beautiful lady.
Work was busy -ish tonight with 60 people in the room. I think I might have overspritzed the Musc Ravager. It was wafting ferociously in the heated room, it was like a thick sweet, resinous blanket.
Home and cleaning the house in preparation for Morrigan’s arrival tomorrow to catalogue the collection. I’m terrified to know how many bottles I own.
I did some washing and desultory cleaning. All I want to do is SLEEP! Listening to my body. Goodnight.
Woke up, walked dogs, started cleaning. Wearing 3 big blasts of Dali EdT, the original mass market clear lips & nose bottle. PHWOAR! Everything goes better with this luscious floral aldehyde bomb on.
Midday and this place is clean! It’s not “Showing My House To Sell Clean” but it should pass muster.
Went and had lunch with my BFF Kath at Lok Lok Dumplings. Ironically neither of us had dumplings. Always nice to hang with her for a chatter and a catch up.
Then off to town to the Post Office and the Cobbler. My stripper heels are looking jaded so I’ve dropped them in for a refurb.
Then went to the Airport to collect my mate Morrigan who will spend the next two days cataloguing my collection. Her flight was delayed an hour which meant we were then running late for Trivia. Called the hotel with the news I was on my way and arrived only 3 minutes late. PHEW! It was a really fun night and The Wests came first. They were suitably chuffed.
Then Morrigan and I came home and crashed. Just before bed I spritzed a ridiculous amount of Praliné de Santal by Pierre Guillaume. Freaky AF nutty nougat in a wooden box. Goodnight all.
WOW! Today was huge. Dogs fed & walked.
Morrigan & Scott got to work creating the Perfume Catalogue at 10am. I helped but they were the major contributors by far. From 10am-6pm we organised and data logged. By the end we had over half the collection catalogued and they guys were fading fast.
During the day Scott dared me to wear 27 sprays of Clinique Aromatics Elixir. Well, rarely one to back down from a fun challenge, it was only mildly OTT and I loved it sick. So bloody good and with that kind of size you get a really intimate knowledge of this magical fragrance development. It was HUUUUUUGE!!
TinaG, Hyun and Stephen came and joined us for dinner. Jin stayed up long enough to say hello to everyone, have a chat and then went to bed. It was simple Tomato, Garlic and Pumpkin Soup with Seeded Bread & Butter. Simple, easy fare. Dessert was Nashi Pears and Oranges sliced with French Vanilla Yoghurt. It was a wonderful night full of laughter and stories. Remarkably there was not one fragrance brought to the table. We were too busy enjoying each other. Stephen and Hyun brought a light sparkling Prosecco for dinner and a Fortified Wine for dessert. TinaG brought the most delicious After Dinner Mint Wafers that we had with a Mint Roibos Tea.
Lovely late dog walk in the cool evening air and I am done for today.
Up early this morning because Jin is on day shifts. He was up around 5am and thought it doesn’t usually wake me up, today it did. I jumped into the most fabulous Molton Brown bubble bath and lazed for 30 delicious minutes in the heat. Balm for my soul. I love the house when it feels empty and everything is quiet. I used Amouage Dia Woman lotion and am happily wafting it in a soft sillage. No fragrance yet.
Let the dogs in and did the hand washing from last nights dinner party.
Scott and Morrigan worked like house elves all day and we have a final head count on the collection 1,208! Yep, it’s a lot. Honestly it’s nearly three times what I expected and I’m gobsmacked. We spritzed a few bits and bobs but today went by in such a rush I have no memory of what any were.
Morrigan & I caught the train in to the Sydney Opera House to meet Jin and my BFF Kath for dinner tonight. It was delicious. Then Kath & Jin went to see John Cameron Mitchell live in concert with tickets I bought them for Jin’s birthday a while back. They freaking loved it.
I’m bushed. Bed. SOTBed? Guerlain Teazzurra. A fresh, citrus pith and black tea fluffed up with white musk. Pretty.
I woke up super crusty this morning. Fed & walked the dogs and got ready to take Morrigan perfume sniffing.
WHAT A DAY!
First we stopped off at City Perfume in Merrylands to see our mate Thierry. LOADS of sniffing pleasures there and the crew are so friendly and welcoming. I did a little throw down video of a Tom Ford Soleil Blanc and by Kilian The Way You Feel for them and so that’s what I smelled of for the day.
I badly mistimed the drive from there to David Jones Food Hall where we were to meet Kerri, Simon and Jocelyn. We arrived more than 30 minutes late. We also got chattering so the idea of a sniffy got displaced in favour of food and laughter. Morrigan was a hit, of course, and it was nice to catch up with the gang.
We caught the train to the airport, so easy. It was fun to get Morrigan all checked in nice & early so she could relax a bit and process her adventures before the flight home. It feels like she has been a part of our lives forever and we will miss her around the house.
From the airport I trained to BFF Kath’s and we hung out on her couch watching some TV, chatting and I had a little snooze.
For dinner Kath & I took one of my favourite courtesy aunts Sandra for dinner. She is an uber glam woman who General Managed a hotel group for decades. Perfectly presented and funny she has a wealth of stories, from the worst in human nature to the absolute best and of world travels done in the highest of styles imaginable. We were meant to go to a Vietnamese place Sandra and I love but sadly it had closed. So we wandered kings Cross and found a tiny Chinese restaurant in a pretty cool alleyway. The food was spectacular! Seriously delicious. After that we wandered around to the Ice Cream shop and we all indulged, Rum & Raisin for me. We were having so much fun I forgot to take pics.
Came home and chilled on the couch watching Luke Cage season 2 for a while before bedtime.
SOTBed: DIOR Mitzah. Wrapped in an amber cocoon with some spices, rose and honey for interest. So bloody good.
This morning I was up feeding and walking the dogs in the cool winter sunlight. It was beautiful, peaceful and relaxing.
Once Jin emerged I cooked us French Toast with Crispy Bacon and Maple Syrup. MY FAVOURITE! We spent an hour hanging out together and went about our separate days.
I used Clinique Aromatics Elixir Oil in by bath today, then used it also as lotion and fragrance. I smell bloody fabulous.
Work was really fun. The Muff Burgers won the $1000 Jackpot at Austral Bowling Club and they were so excited.
I’m bushed. Took my make up off, fed and walked the dogs with Jin, will watch a bit of TV, have a green tea and toddle off to bed soon.
SOTBed is Parfumerie Generale 5.1 Suede Osmanthe. Gorgeous fruity leather that feels like a chypre.
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