Hey there APJ Crew,
So much going on this week. Fragrance galore (buying, arriving and wearing), hanging with friends, food, exercise and the lovely Jin. What a wonderful week.
Scent Diary: 12.11 – 18.11.2018
Good morning APJ. I jumped out of bed a bit late so Jin ands I hustled the dogs around the park and jumped on our motor bikes to get to Aquarobics in time. We arrived about 2 minutes before class started and it was FULL! So I went and did 800m of laps and Jin worked on his treading water for the Dive Master course he is doing. Here we are after doing our various exercises and feeling a bit pooped.
We rode home and I am happy to report a loss of 400g this week. To be fair to myself we went really hard on the Chinese food on Saturday night and I had a few drinks. Also late last night I did snack a bit on nuts, wholemeal rice crackers and some dip. Still, slow progress is better than no progress. Having had a very decent splurge I can go back to my fairly strict regime happily.
Val the Cookie Queen is wearing a vintage CHANEL No 5 extrait I sent her. It inspired me to wear some of mine.
Cleaning day. EXCEPT bloody Jin is home and in front of the TV all day so can’t vacuum. I’m waiting till he goes to bed early. He starts at 5am so VERY early sleep and wake up.
I BROKE THE FECKING VACUUM CLEANER! Well a bit of it snapped. I finished vacuuming and when Jin came back in the house (he’s ousted for cleaning) I made him fix it. We’ll see next week if he did a good job.
Hanging with Jin a bit as I wandered in and out of the kitchen making coffees or waters.
SOTEvening: Pour un Homme de Caron
TRIVIA Q&A Finished by 11.48pm WOO HOO!
SOTBed: Pluie de Soleil by Phaedon. The best pineapple fragrance of them all. Forget the rest, this has it nailed to the floor. I have the ugly old bottle but the juice is EXCELLENT!
Phaedon’s Pluie de Soleil (burst of sunshine) is still rocking it this morning. After sleeping 7 solid hours, walking the dogs and breakfasting I’m still awash with pineapple and fruit salad. The sandalwood is so muted it only gives the lightest grounding touch to the fragrance. Perfect warm spring morning scent.
Yesterday the First In Fragrance order arrived so today will be spent packing them up, making some interesting samples from my collection and sending them all out to the lucky orderers.
That took most of the morning, into the afternoon. Everyone who is expecting prizes from me will have to wait another week. Sorry gang.
Lunch was some Penne Bolognese. Bloody delicious.
Got a call from Jin. He’s been working on a new and more efficient roster for the NSW Train Depot for 6+ months. It’s been an unpaid labour of love. Taken up countless hours and involved some major headaches and frustration. Finally all OKd by the crew, the management and taking to the very last meeting to sign off on it and the top boss has told them no. Jin is gutted. Poor guy.
SOTDay: Ombre de Hyacinth by Tom Ford. Perfect desiccated green for a warm spring day. Sadly it kinda implodes about 2 hours in and becomes a winsome sheer nothing.
Work was fun, as it always is on Tuesday nights.
Home and watching some Season 2 Iron Fist. A bit sad to know it’s been axed and there’ll be no third season.
SOTBed: Divine EdP
This morning dawned much cooler, cloudy and a little rainy. the dogs LOVED it.
Instead of gymming today I did 150 crunches and 80 prone leg stretches as well as walking the dogs this morning.
An Anniversary card arrived from Aunty Tracey. YAY!
The Melbourne Tea Towel from Lyndall got its first outing today too.
Did some blogging. Wearing a few fragrances now. Quite well scented, HA! Like a three meter cloud I reckon.
Watched some more Iron Fist.
SOTBed: Ambre Céruléen by Huitième Art
WARM MORNING! Woke up with Jin gone to work and the ceiling fan on. He must have put it on in the night. Beautiful wake up.
SOTMorning: Mohur by Neela Vermeire Creations. ROSES!! and stuff
Opened one of my birthday soaps from Susan today. This one is called Mielle which is French for honeyed. YUMMY!
Then my girlfriend Penny picked me up and whisked me away to lunch with our buddy Pam at a fabulous little cafe/nursery in Dural called The House Of Herbs And Roses. So much catching up to do.
When I got home I took Jin’s SCUBA air tanks up for refilling. GOSH! $15 per tank seems pricey.
Watching Iron Fist.
Jin and I met at the gym for back, biceps and abs. Jin’s guns are getting bigger! WOO HOO! Sexy beast.
Home and Jin went straight to bed. I had some dinner (chicken breast, roast pumpkin, raw onion rings and beetroot slices with garlic hummus) and watched some more Iron Fist.
SOTEvening: Suede Osmanthe by Parfumerie Generale. I bought a bottle but am still finishing my press sample.
OMG! What a day.
Up early with the dogs.
SOTDay: Vintage Miss Dior EdT
Caught bus & train to town and met up with Michael for brunch near his work in a skyscraper on the harbour. We had an excellent catch up. So much to talk about.
Then I wandered up the hill a bit towards the CBD and met Phil and sat with him while he ate lunch in Wynyard Park. It was so easy and uncomplicated, chatter and laughs. Good for the soul.
Them walked into the CBD and went looking in Cartier to see if they had Les Heures XI. It’s bloody sold out in Australia. GRRR! Funny thing, they have a brand new store and the light going down the stairwell is a very swish crystal reproduction off Jin’s glass Hogwarts light above the dining room table (left). HA! We did it in 2014, they did it 2018! Style leaders.
Met Alice at DIOR flagship store in Castlereagh St where we spent a lovely half hour going through the new Cruise Collection with Jolanta. I love the tiger toile fabric and the feminine silhouettes. Ultra wearable ready to wear couture. Grabbed some bottles of DIOR Privee perfumes while there too.
Alice and I then met Tim for lunch on the top floor Westfield City Food Court. Catching up with some food and friends is the best. I love it. We all have so many stories and adventures to relate. Heaven!
Tim and I wandered off to Tiffany & Co to grab a gift for my girlfriend Eve. I can’t wait for her to open it.
Then I had to hit Haig’s for some gifting chocolates too.
Then back home on train & bus. It is fun having DIOR, Tiffany & Co and Haig’s bags on public transport. So incongruous.
Once home I sat down for a cuppa and Jin rang asking me to meet him up at our favourite Vietnamese Restaurant for dinner. I wandered back to the bus and met him there. Dinner was delicious and then he drove us home.
SOTEvening: Myrrhiad by Huitieme Art
Walked the dogs and now I’m BUSHED!
It doesn’t look much to most of you but 14,940 steps is double what I push myself to do most days.
SOTBed: Liberté by Cacharel
MORNING! SOTDay: Methaldone by Aether Parfums.
I jumped out of bed to walk the dogs through a cool, ready to rain morning.
Popped down to the Post Office to send some VIP packages out.
Marcella asked for a photo of Pierre Guillaume so here’s one he sent me. My favourite line from him is the Huitieme Art collection. They are utterly beautiful. Not one of them less than superb.
Hyun came over for lunch. I cooked Chicken Mignon with Herb Butter, Mashed Potato and Broccoli. SO GOOD! We finished off with fresh Mango and Rockmelon.
Then we had a super sniff session that you’ll see on Thursday on the New Sniffs post. I am QUITE FRAGRANT right now. He He He. Some of these brands I’d never even heard of.
Jin called and we met at the Sydney Olympic Park Pool Complex. I did 800m, Freestyle up and Breaststroke back. My recovery time between is getting shorter and my general ease of swimming has started to become enjoyable again. Starting to concentrate on my form as well as the rest. My back, arms, shoulders and pecs already feel beat and floppy. I pushed them hard today.
Home and Jin is absolutely bushed. He has done five 12 hour days. By the time I fed the dogs he was already asleep on the couch.
Walking the boys was filled with drama because there was a fireworks display only three streets away and Jinx went crazy. He was whining, panting, jumping and generally incredibly upset. I could not walk with him, at all. So I sat down on the ground and talked to him the whole 15 minutes it went on for. Poor little guy. My dog Paris couldn’t have cared less.
Now we are all home. Jin snoring in bed, the dogs whiffling on their balcony beds and me tapping out todays instalment. My life is nice. I’m content right now.
SOTBed: Vintage Hermès Caleche. LOADS of it.
I am so lazy.
SOTDay: Adjatay by The Different Company
Clipped, coloured and shaved my beard. Had a gorgeous bath in Penhaligon’s Blenheim Bouquet Bath Oil. It has left me softly fragrant so I’ll stick with it till work tonight.
SOTEvening: Mahora by Guerlain. So fabulously and ridiculously over the top white floral, tropical ylang and vanilla. Heaven.
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