Hey there APJ Crew,
This week I finally hit the pause button. Literally spent two full days on the couch or in bed reading and watching TV. Yes there was plenty of excitement on the other days and I had to work both nights but it was blissful. Amazing how two days can recharge me, do you find that?
Scent Diary: 20.8 – 26.8.2018
I woke up on the couch 1.30am. Not even sure how I got there. My neck in cricked and my mouth was awful so I cleaned my teeth and then came in here to blog. Over the remnants of my Cartier: L’Heure Convoiteé II I’ve added a huge overspray of Parfum d’Empire Equistrius. MMMMMMM. Now I’m going back to bed…..
I’m up early. Yesterday I found an Australian Noisy Mynah chick (Sidney is his name) next to its dead mother at the base of a tree so I got up early to check on its progress. All good, chirping madly this morning. I’ve put him outside in a box with a grill over the top so the other mynahs can chat with him. BOY are they chatty. It’s become bird central around here.
Scotty and I had office day today and sent out all the Thank You cards from the wedding. Only the Korean contingent to go and that’s Jin’s gig. I’ve reminded him a few times to do it and now I’m done.
After Scotty left I grabbed the vacuum cleaner and the dust collector and cleaned the house. Changed the beds, cleaned my bathroom and the kitchen. Got two loads of clothes washing done and hung.
Jin came home from work and cooked us dinner. Korean Chilli Chicken & Vegetables. It was bloody spicy and delicious.
TRIVIA Q&A! Tonight the slog seemed really easy. I hope it’s not a false sense of accomplishment and all the answers will be wrong. He He He. Some weeks it happens that a few are incorrect and I get a ribbing. Done and dusted by 1am. That is seriously good.
I woke up feeling out of sorts. Our little baby Mynah Sidney died in the night. BUMMED. Fed and walked the dogs in our cool and crystal clear winter morning.
SOTMorning: Mitzah by DIOR
Normally Tuesday would be Office Day and I got all the cleaning done yesterday so I have an unexpectedly free day from 10am – 3pm when I get in the bath to get ready for work tonight. I’m going spend some of that time reading (Walking Free by Dr. Munjed Al Muderis) and drinking tea.
I had a Niki de Saint Phalle oil bath and moisturised with Madonna Truth or Dare Naked. For about an hour I twaddled around the computer and then decided I needed to fragrance myself.
SOTDay: Coup de Foudre by Parfums DelRae. Wearing all the spring fresh roses and feeling fine, I do indeed smell like Love At First Sight.
Scott came to work tonight and though I was already deeply Coup de Foudre he brought a decant of Peau de Bete by Les Liquids Imaginaires. I thought I was spraying my hand but the nozzle was pointing directly for my face/chest and it got all over my fingers. DIRTY KITTY!! O M G! I think I need a bottle.
This morning I wanted to sleep so grabbed the dogs, took them into the spare room and we had an extra hours snuggle. Three of us in a single bed works surprisingly well. Then we went for our morning walk in the cool morning sunshine.
I am lazy again today. The house is clean enough, APJ is up to date (I’ll check the comments at lunch time) and my book, Walking Free by Dr. Munjed Al Muderis is calling me.
SOTMorning: Egypt by Eight and Bob (decant). Very nice modern niche. Lavender and sandalwood with a cleanish patchouli adding depth. It’s not a standout for boundary pushing but simple, comfortable and nicely blended. I could imagine this being a fitting sidestep to the original should you like the brand look and history.
Spent the afternoon on the couch. I started rematching GRIMM from the start and fell asleep.
Up and went to Trivia.
SOTEvening: Guerlain Cuir Beluga. Very satisfyingly sweet and supple leather.
I love the crew at Greystanes Inn. It’s weird to me that the place isn’t HEAVING with Trivia players. The 5 teams that stayed to the end had a good time though. A few friends and some locals. Good night.
Jin has finished his 6 days x 12 hours in a row and is up late watching Korean TV. It’s nice to have him home and awake.
Watched some more Grimm and hit the hay.
Started the day with a bath. Yes, probably TMI but I like this shot. Afterwards I fragranced myself with Niral by Neela Vermeire Creations.
Got the bus and train to town and took a different set of stairs up to the surface. This took me past a new to me store gentSac. Run by this gorgeous girl Shira and with a wealth of men-centric beauty and fragrance. Shira loves to find and help Aussie start ups too. Lapp Fragrances are one of their success stories.
Met my girlfriend for some lunch at David Jones Food Hall. The Fish and Chips was delicious and I might have had a sneaky prosecco with it. MMMMMM
We then wandered through the beauty department and were appalled in 2018 to be confronted with the Guerlain Patrimony Collection. It’s never ending and completely stone deaf in the current climate. Would Heritage Collection not have been a better choice?
Woo Hoo! It’s Libertine Winter Launch day. There were about 10 of us in the 2pm group. Margaret Khoury (Fragrances of the World) and Ainslie Walker were there but I forgot take a shot of us. Lubin has produced an affordable lighter and less complex range a bit like the Guerlain Aqua Allegorias, while I don’t like him the fragrances are solid and pretty.
Floris has a sensational rose release called A Rose For. The rose is cut through with dry raspy tea, a sharp blackcurrant note, earthy iris and a lovely soft vanillin woods dry down.
L’Artisan has added Mont de Narcisse (Yawn! I smelled no narcissus really) and Mandarine Corsica which is stellar. I love the candied mandarine which is almost honeycomb, resinous heart and everlasting daisy base.
Robert Piguet has done a woodsy aquatic that will blow your mind. L’Entier is good. Really really good. A 21st Century reply to L’Eau d’Issey.
My favourite launch by far though was Miller et Bertaux Tulsivivah! Basil as the main note in all its gorgeous greenery backed up with lemon, tea, jasmine and woods. It’s freaking fabulous and like nothing I’ve ever smelled before. As always Miller et Bertaux deliver.
Ainslie and I then wandered the city from Oxford St to Kings Cross and stopped in at various stores on the way. We hit cafes, art galleries, chocolatiers and a sushi train. I was having so much fun that I completely forgot to take photos. It was an excellent afternoon wander.
Then I found myself in situ for dinner but 40 minutes early. So a pot of tea and some reading on my Kindle to refresh my spirit.
Dinner with my Mardi Gras bike rider man. We have been trying to organise a time since March and only now have we done it. I loved hearing snippets of Luke’s life story and sharing bits of mine. It turns out he was at school with a mate of mine in Cairns, Travis, who Tara and I had dinner with while we are up there. We had Chinese and it was OK.
Back on the train home and Jin picked me up at Parramatta Railway Station. I was BUSHED! Walked 13,500 steps, 10km!, when my daily aspiration is 5,000. That’s a big deal.
Jin went to bed, he is feeling under the weather and I watched some Grimm.
Sprayed on some Kiehl’s Original Musk for bed and slept like dead people.
Lazy morning this morning. Jin woke me in the spare room by bringing Paris in for a cuddle. Perfect way to wake up. Then went and had breakfast together on the verandah with our puppies.
Had an arrival of some vintage Opium for Kath’s Mum. It’s all she wears and is getting harder and harder to find the real deal. This is it. Cost me an arm and a leg but I’m so excited to have a backup EdT and EdP for her.
I gave myself a little smudge of each to be fragrant for the journey to town today.
Jin kindly dropped me at Parramatta Station where I caught a 2 stop to Central Station train. It was only one more to my destination Town Hall. I was about 40 minutes early so took the opportunity to grab a coffee at my favourite bookshop in Sydney, Kinokuniya.
Met my mate Tim and we went to the Lapp Fragrances launch at gentSac. It was heaving in the small store and people were getting their Lapp on. Two scents: Ascension is a shimmering piney cool aquatic and Darkness is a warm resinous woods. This is Peter who is the creative director and owner. He’s very involved in the creation process and worked closely with his unnamed perfumer.
It was too crowded for me so Tim and I fled to lunch in the food court. I totally forgot to take a pic because we were in full catch up and smell stuff mode. Loads of laughs and some happily inane chatter.
As I was leaving we noticed that today is the Cancer Council of Australia’s Daffodil Day. Every cent of profit from the sale of daffodils going to Cancer Cure Research. While cut flowers are traditionally bad luck for drag queens I thought Jin might like some and it’s for an excellent cause.
Walking home from the bus stop a guy beeped his horn and yelled out “Hi” on the street. I’m blind so I ask, “Hey who is it?” He waves me over to the car and proceeds to proposition me and also be weird as anything. He’s cute though so I’m asking, “What exactly do you want out of this exchange?” He can’t really reply but unzips and flops his gorgeous donger out at me. OMG! So still I’m not getting in the car because in the back of my mind I’m getting VERY LOUD warning bells. So I ask his name. Never saw anyone zip up and zip away so fast. #adayinthelifeofportiaturbo
Because I bought Jin daffodils and today was so springlike I gave myself a few hefty spritzes of Penhaligon’s Ostara for my SOTAfternoon.
Jin got us tickets to see The Book Club. I was not excited. Turns out it was freaking wonderful. All star cast, excellent writing and some really touching moments. Needless to say Jin and I bawled through the second half. HEAVEN!
Afterwards we went for a very quick bite at our favourite Sushi Train. Really good date night.
Now Jin’s on the couch snoring and I’m watching GRIMM
I had a late night bath in Olympic Orchids Amber/Labdanum Bath Oil. I smell and feel so good it’s sinful.
SOTMorning: New arrival Antique Ambergris solid perfume by Aftelier perfumes. WOW! Very cool. All the skank overlaid with a resinous salted caramel. So good.
Got up and walked the dogs with Jin. He’s still feeling a bit crook but trying to shake it off.
About 15 minutes after we got home from the walk my stomach and guts decided to fully revolt. It’s been a day of examining the bathroom tiles.
Between visits to the bathroom I have done a bunch of blogging and catching up on stuff.
Wearing Taj Garden by DSH Perfumes. It is a lovely green floral, very pretty. Like sitting in dappled shade near a fountain. Dawn sent me a sample and I like it a lot. It’s so pretty.
Jin and I tried to go to the Wentworth Park Greyhound Races but when we got there it was closed. So we drove to Hungry Jacks, had dinner and came home. Jin has gone directly to bed.
I’m now sporting Andrea Maack Sharp. I love it. Sadly, I loathe her new bottles and won’t be shopping with her again. BUM!
I’m going to watch some more GRIMM, drink a few cuppas, walk the dogs and then go to bed.
WOW! I slept till 9am. Today is cool and overcast. It was beautiful to walk the dogs through damp air. After so much drought here in Australia any rain is appreciated, especially in Winter when we are quite dry. The dogs were very frisky this morning, running to every new scent and marking territory copiously. It was cute.
It’s now 10.30am. I’m going to make some coffee and toast. Then I’m going to make a little cocoon on the lounge and watch TV till time to get dressed and ready for work.
SOTMorning: Tuberosa by Les Voiles Depliees. When I first sniffed this at First In Fragrance in Germany the girls there were surprised that I liked it. Consequently it rarely gets wears because I remember their disdain. When I wear it I get what they don’t like. Sure, it’s a big plastic while flower that clobbers rather than intrigues and it has a sharp medicinal backbite. Seriously though, that’s why I like it.
Seriously lazy guys. It was a heavenly day with near zero movement. Only got off the couch to eat junk food and bathe. Bubbles courtesy of C O Bigelow Lime Coriander. Smells so good.
SOTEvening: Guerlain Mitsouko EdT and vintage parfum.
Caught up with the incredible Anna Maria tonight at Austral Bowling Club. Her team won the night but no one won the jackpot.
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