Hey there APJ Crew,
This week has been a flurry of activity. So many wonderful people, faces, places and the obligatory Xmas shopping adventures. Fragrances have been running with and against the warm weather, loads of diversity. I’m going to need a holiday from my life pretty soon, a few days of forced calm.
Scent Diary: 3.12 – 9.12.2018
Woke up. Took the dogs for a wee.
Went down to the Sydney Olympic Park Pools. Did 400m before Aquarobics. Did a Shallow Aquarobics class. Did 300m. Deep Aquarobics class. 300m. WOO HOO! I finally got back to 1000m (1km). So happy with myself.
Came home and weighed in. VERY happy with todays result. 111.0kg is 9.1kg lost. WOO HOO! Nearly half way to my goal of 20kgs.
SOTDay: Be Beautiful by Jessica Mauboy. Muguet and melon done in a light fresh summer way. Very close to the Hermès Muguet Porcelaine.
Went and had a moments hang with my mate Faycal (owner of Maison d’August girls fashion company) at a photo shoot for the new frocks. Another mate Patrick was there and model Mila. It was fun. There was a group pic taken of us all.
Went to grab Wendy and take her to the Doctor. Her feet are getting better but they’re still a bloody fright. Object lesson right there. To cheer her up a bit I took her to get a haircut. She got 100% zuzhed.
Came home STARVING!! Ate.
Got home just in time to say goodbye to Jin as he went off to work.
SOTEvening: Niki de Saint Phalle
TRIVIA Q&A. It’s been impossible to concentrate tonight. I’m not sure what’s wrong with me. Going to make some dinner and then come back and have another crack at it.
WOW! Today has sped by.
I fell asleep last night without finishing my TRIVIA Q&A. So up early to get that done.
SOTMorning: CHANEL Coco EdP
Had some brekky and walked the dogs.
Jin and I went out to look at travel backpacks because that is how Jin would like to travel Europe next year. We found an excellent one for a reasonable price in the Pre-Xmas Sales. They should have his colour choice in by Friday. This is his Xmas present from me.
While we were out we popped into his favourite shoe and accessory store BALLY. There was the most fabulous pair of sneakers there. Leather, brightly coloured, great design and on SALE!!! Reduced by 80%. Last pair in this colourway and hard to sell in Australia because they are a really small size for men; a BALLY 40. Well they went on like a dream and looked so fantastic he had to have them.
Bathed, shit and shaved. Put my eyebrows under and while they set I had a nap.
SOTEvening: Aqua Allegoria Teazzura by Guerlain
Work was fun tonight.
Came home, walked the dogs. Saw a late night Kookaburra, he even gave me a burst of joyful laughter as we walked underneath him
Did the New Sniffs for this week. Some excellent stuff.
VERY FRAGRANT! Jin kicked me out of the bedroom because I was so stinky.
Aquaarobics and a gym session at the Sydney Olympic Park Pools with Jin! Even more fun with him around.
Did some shopping and I was so hungry. Jin went off to do some stuff at the bank. He came back to find me nearly in tears because of all the gorgeous foods I’m not allowed. HA HA HA HA! What a dipstick I am.
On the way out we were walking past a pie shop and I let out an involuntary moan of longing. Jin was like, “Just Bloody Have It. You’ve exercised for 2 hours this morning, You are completely on track to have this diabetes beat. If it will stop you feeling awful and be yummy then have it” and then he bought it for me. Reader, this man, this wonderful Jin, is just incredible. How was the pie you ask? Every bit as bloody delicious as I dreamed it would be. A Curry Beef Pie with light, fluffy, flaky pastry, full of yummy curried mince and a sneaky sachet of tomato sauce. HEAVENLY!
SOTDay: Coup de Foudre by Parfums DelRae
We had a REALLY busy pub when Wendy and I arrived for dinner but by the time Trivia came around we only had 5 teams. It was a fun night though, we al had some laughs.
Home and looked after the dogs. Bloody Paris pissing on the balcony as I arrived home. Seriously;y WTF. He was always the good dog.
SOTNight: Mohur by Neela Vermeire Creations. Continuing the roses, just getting a lot more light & shade.
I slept soundly till Jin came home around 6am. Then I was restless so jumped out of bed.
SOTMorning: L’Eau d’Issey PHI by Issey Miyake. I can’t even tell you why I love this so much but it seems to fit so many moods. Cold water plus so much more. It’s like those Hockney paintings of diving into a pool.
Started cleaning up the big table. It’s been awash in samples and decants, Christmas card paraphernalia and the box of office necessities strewn hither and thither. Considering it’s only about two square meters it holds an enormous amount of stuff.
Jin is lying on the couch watching Korean TV. He’s going to have to skedaddle at 1pm because I’ll be cleaning.
SOTCleaning: Amarige by Givenchy. LOADS of it. The house is fairly REEKING of it.
With the house cleaned two hours earlier than I’d anticipated Jin and I had time to hit the gym. Back, biceps and abs today. I’ll be sore tomorrow.
Came home. Showered in Jin’s bathroom for the first time ever.
SOTAfternoon: One spritz of Granville by DIOR. Just enough to hum quietly in the background.
Tonight we had Anna Maria, her husband Johnny, Michael and Scotty over for dinner and Barbra Streisand’s A Star Is Born. So fun rewatching an old favourite movie you haven’t seen for about 20 years. It was still a good story and Kris Kristofferson was amazing.
We sat around and had some sniffs afterwards while Johnny and Jin snored on the couch.
Cleaned up and now ready for bed.
SOTBed: Vintage Vol de Nuit by Guerlain.
Woke up early and went to the spare room with the dogs and we all cuddled for am hour.
SOTMorning: A Quiet Morning by Miller et Bertaux
Had some breakfast and checked the computer. FB, Insta, blogs etc.
Aquarobics class. I had two old dears next to me talking the whole class. They didn’t do one move in 20 and kept me riveted with their happy griping and gossiping. At one point I was chuckling and swallowed a lungful of water. Good class.
Jin and I were meant to go collect his major Xmas present today but we are putting it off till next week.
Came home. Ate this enormous brunch. Do you like the new placemats Jin bought for me? Scandi Birds it’s called. So cute.
SOTAfternoon: Evening Edged In Gold by INeKE
Slept for two glorious hours under the fan.
Jin and I had a wonderful meal at our mates Graham and Phillip’s home. It was a raucous bunch and almost no stories got finished because there was explaining, additions, reminiscences and so much fun that we never quite got there. Phillip is a chef so the food was to die for. Oysters for nibbles, Cheese soufflé for entree, Salmon and some very glam froths (Graham and I had Aubergine and lentil stacks) and Summer pudding and cream for dessert. UNBELIEVABLE! It was so bloody good, you have no idea. Jin is usually quite reticent but he’s so comfy with Graham and Phillip that he really came out of his shell and was hilarious.
Sadly, Jin must be awake at 3.30am to start at 5am. We had to skedaddle at 9pm. Very churlish guests indeed.
SOTBed: Feminite du Bois by Serge Lutens
Couldn’t sleep. watched junk TV till 1.30am.
Up and at ’em. Quick 1/2 bowl of cereal. Dogs wandered. Out the door.
Collect Tim from his place and we hit the Perfume Sale at Libertine. WOW! Did a load of my Christmas shopping. Almost everyone is now getting candles and shower gels by L’Artisan, Carrière Frères and Amouage. Very good shopping day.
Had some brunch with Tim.
Alice called and reminded me I was taking her to the sale too. SHIT! No sweat, we wandered back and took her through. Then we all went for a cuppa around the corner and had some laughs.
Dropped Tim and his frag haul home.
Went to my BFF Kath’s. It’s her Birthday tomorrow so we had a BFF date today. Pressies, then a four course degustation lunch at the Westfield Tower 360 Bar & Grill with a couple of glasses of wine and the most wonderful view of Sydney you can get. It revolves, so we got to see the whole spread. Achievement unlocked, she had a great time.
Came home and I just got comfortable on the couch when Jin rocks in and we are off to the gym together. Shoulders and calves today. I only gave 70% of myself to it but still I sweated and groaned. Now I’m feeling a bit tight so it will burn tomorrow.
Invited to a 50th birthday party. I was a last minute invite this afternoon. It would have been a stellar party but I just can’t. Feeling like I would have been going for all the wrong reasons and wouldn’t have enjoyed it at all. I’ll call her next week and have lunch.
ZONKED! Couch potato time.
VERY late bath in my new bubble bath called Acs in Paris from Anna Maria. Beautiful.
SOTBed: Savoy Steam by Penhaligon’s
Dogs walked in the heat this morning.
Straight to City Perfume for my in store visit. It wasn’t very busy but we met some really nice people and got to chat perfume. This Histoires de Parfums Petroleum might have fallen into my bag too. Thanks Thierry!
Scott and I had a Santa photo. That was cool fun.
Drove over to BFF Kath’s Ma & Pa house. Alice was there too. We had an excellent catch up and I even gave myself a teaspoon of birthday cake.
Trivia was cancelled tonight so I organised with Evie and her daughter Lola to go see A Star Is Born.
If you haven’t seen it yet. DON’T MISS IT ON THE BIG SCREEN. Seriously. If you see no other movie ever make sure you see this. Flawless. Absolutely freaking perfect. Everything from the script, performances, songs and everything. I was there 100% with the story from the get go. It felt so real, so natural. I laughed, cried, smiled like crazy and felt the true wrench of love from Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. Can’t wait to see it again.
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