Hey there APJ Crew,
Food, friends, fragrance and fun? Yeah, not so much. OK, this week qualifies as a quiet one. The spotlight is definitely on fragrance.
Scent Diary: 27.8 – 2.9.2018
Cool and a bit wet today. Perfect weather for me.
This morning I knew I was meeting friends and wanted to smell unusual but luxe so I went for Eau Duelle by Diptyque. Its shimmering resinousness was absolutely perfect.
Grabbed my mate David who is currently butlering in Dubai. He’s out for a fortnight and today was his only spare day. I was thrilled he had some time this visit and Jin was bummed he was working. He is staying with another old friend of mine Nick so we got him to come along too. The three of us lunched at the Gunners Barracks in the blustery afternoon. Loads of catching up and chattering, some laughs and delicious food. I even went so fast as to have a sparkling Australian wine. POSH!
Home. Cooked Spaghetti Bolognese for dinner and Jin made his famous Garlic Bread. We had a lovely hefty red wine with it. While eating we watched 2018 film Extinction. Sensational. A few bits let it down but the story and its twists are pretty darn good, we were on the edge of our seats at times.
Wrote TRIVIA Q&A.
LATE! I finished TRIVIA Q&A. My head is now complete mush. BED!
Jin made Scott, and I ham and cheese toasted croissants for breakfast. Can’t think of a better start to the day.
Scott and I did Office Day, but it was really chatter and sniff and shop day. He He he. We also catalogued into Morrigan’s Frag list the newest arrivals since the wedding. Yes, I’m a greedy bitch.
Trying my newest decant from Surrender To Chance, Tauer’s Hyacinth and the Mechanic. SO good. All the fresh cut flowers and all the oily sweat stained overalls. It’s amazing that this even works, but it does.
Bath and then tonight I felt sort of woodsy. I have a very simple synthetic woodsy oud called Bois d’Oud by Detaille. It’s from 2014 and already feels a little dated but I really like it. It is what it says and stays nicely through the evening. As you can see my bottle is nearly empty.
We had 65 players tonight at Parramatta RSL. It was really fun and I wish I took a photo because my look was pretty good. BUM.
Jin came home 7.20am from work. I jumped up and took the car to the mechanics and walked home in the cool morning sunlight. Realised I’m SICK! Running nose, phlegm, bit uncoordinated.
Going to see if I can clean my way through the illness. Bathroom already done, now off to do carpets and kitchen.
SOTCleaning: Equipage Geranium by Hermès.
My mate Regina dropped in with my TUPPERWARE order. We had coffee and raisin toast with a side order of laughs. Excellent catch up.
I’m so tired and this damn cold is taking hold. Going to bed.
SOTNap: Vintage Shalimar parfum just wiped across my wrists. Everything feels slightly better.
Jumped up. Got ready for work. We started with 6 teams tonight. That’s quite good for our Greystanes Inn. Fingers crossed as the weather warms we start getting a better response.
SOTWork: Equistrius by Parfum d’Empire
Home now, walked the dogs, watched some GRIMM and been on the net for a while. Bedtime.
SOTBed: APSU by Ulrich Lang from a decant. All the greens…
Woke up feeling dreadful. Colourful phlegm and pretty dreary body. Jin got home at 7am and I didn’t hear him arrive.
Thank goodness I had to get up to feed and walk the dogs. It’s amazing what a little bit of movement and sunshine will do. It’s about 1200 steps around the cemetery/park block across the road. It’s exactly enough for the dogs in the morning and they come home and sleep till lunchtime (mine, they don’t get lunch).
Breakfast this morning was Spaghetti Bolognese reheats on toast. My Mum always cut up the spaghetti and mixed it through the leftover sauce. A tradition I’ve continued. It is 100% easier to get it onto hot buttered toast and then into your mouth that way.
Jin is crashed on the couch snoring like a steam train. It’s a very peaceful and rhythmic snore, When I hear it at night it lulls me to sleep.
SOTDay: Amouage Gold Man. The middle eastern version of No 5. Weirdly it isn’t as outrageous in the cool weather, very tame.
Later, due to Amouage Golds poor showing I added Boucheron EdP on top and FINALLY successful OTT whammy of fragrance.
We decided to go and get some lunch with our mate Matt and do an IKEA run to replace a light we thought had died. They’ve changed everything in the nearly 4 years since we renovated this place and we were frustrated. Then popped into Bunnings and grabbed a suitable but entirely different product to replace it.
We get home and putt the microwave out to do the fixing and the bloody switch was turned off!!! Idiots! We had a good laugh and now we have a backup.
Jin has resumed his couch crash and snore routine. Life is good.
Got bathed and dressed. Jin and I are going for dinner at the Italian joint we were married in.
Wearing Elie Saab L’Eau Couture. This newby to my collection is a poorly thought out money grab of a perfume. Badly balanced and like eating soap and gardenias. It’s a cheap assed gloopy disaster. I think I love it…. nope, it’s disgusting.
Watched some GRIMM after Jin went to bed. Starting on my new book The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do now.
SOTBed: Un Jour d’Ete by Keiko Mecheri. Successfully produces what Elie Saab Eau Couture was trying to achieve, without the sickening backdraft.
So I got out of bed and did …….. almost nothing. Fed & walked the dogs. Sat down at the computer and wasted 3 hours of my life. It was wonderful.
SOTDay: Niki de Saint Phalle
Lunch today with BFF Kath. YAY! I might have bought a Melbourne Cup fascinator…… and maybe I wore it at lunch.
Kath bought Jin a pair of Bali Pants while she was holidaying last week. He won’t take them off and has designated them his new house pants.
SOTEvening: MORE Niki de Saint Phalle.
Jin and I met up with Alice, TinaG and Michael for Korean BarBQ. Loads of chatter, food and laughs. All of us ate way too much and it was a groaning quintet that left to go home. Hilarious.
SOTBed: Guerlain Mahora. Someone posted it as their SOTD yesterday on one of the boards and I got excited. SO BLOODY GOOD!
I spent the morning trying loads of things that had landed here this year but I’ve been too caught up to get thoughts into the blog. So much arrives and even two weeks without going through them can cause a backlog. It was fun. Some new stuff and old (but new to me). Through this backlog I’ve come up with a new weekly event we’ll be trialling here on Thursdays this month. Fingers crossed.
SOTDay: Aromatics Elixir by Clinique Bath Oil and Fragrance.
This evening Alice, Kath, Scott and I went and saw the outrageously hilarious Pam Ann. We laughed till we cried. SO funny. Naughty though, there were some really offensive jokes thrown in with all the good. It’s even worse when you know it’s offensive but are laughing so hard from the joke before you can’t stop. All up we had an absolute hoot!
After Kath, Scott and I went for Chinese at Golden Century. We had a very late dinner. Peking Duck to open was my absolute favourite and some other stuff. We were so full when we left. FABULOUS!
Home and about to watch a couple of GRIMM episodes before sleep.
SOTBed: Shalimar EdP
O M G! I am SICK!
Wearing a new thing that came in the mail this week. Lotree from the Loant Collection. It’s very nice. Wearable. I can imagine the guys going crazy for it, and some girls. It’s a few fragrant zingers over a very common niche base. Lazy but good. Smells better than fine. Almost every niche house has something similar. Woodsy and a hint of citrus.
Father’s Day lunch with Kath’s family. We had a food reenactment of the wedding because Mum couldn’t be there. The whole family was there except Jin who was working. It was an excellent afternoon. Short though for me because I didn’t want everyone infected with my lurgy.
So sick I forgot to take a photo.
Came home. Had a nap.
Went to work at Turbo Trivia as a man. Can’t wear a drag face if you have to blow your nose!
Jin and I watched some TV and I’m going to bed. NIGHT!
SOTBed: UÈRMÌ – UR±SILK 19
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