Hey there APJ Crew,
WOW! This week was FULL ON! Non stop fragrance, food, friends and fun. So many catch ups, adventures and thunks.
Scent Diary: 7.1 – 13.1.2019
Well I was going to the Aquarobics class this morning. No memory of it going off but it must have because the dogs are in the house. I must have got up, taken them for a wee and then left them in the house and fallen asleep on the couch. What’s happening to me?
SOTMorning: Knize Sec. Thunked my LuckyScent Sample that must have been sitting around here for 5+ years. Barbershop done right.
So I’m up now at nearly 10am, doing the blog, emails, social media and have to get myself spruced up for lunch in town.
Jin got up and is continuing the AmEx saga. Now the bloody thing is being declined as he is booking our holidays. GRR. Poor bugger.
Off to lunch with perfumer Rasei Fort. He’s up in town for a week. We had the best time. Lunch in Darling Harbour at one of my favourites, Blue Fish. The weather was misty and drizzling, so beautiful. The view was made utterly ethereal.
So Excited. I finally got my hands on one of the extremely limited edition Kolonya by Rasei Fort. It is so freaking beautiful. Fine fragrance with nods to the old barbershop but so much more than that. It became my SOTD.
Rasei and I went and checked out GentSac and MensBiz.
I came home determined to go do an Aquarobics class but instead Jin and I had some dinner, watched TV and chatted. It was so nice.
AmEx update: The declined were overseas hotel and event transactions. AmEx puts a block on that till you let them know, in case it’s fraud. Why couldn’t someone have told Jin that, and fixed the problem last week? He’s been so stressed and upset by the experience.
I spent the night writing TRIVIA Q&A! Yes, back to work this week. I’m SO HAPPY! Missing it quite a lot over the break. Especially the people.
SOTBed: 1000 Lilies by DSH Perfumes. Imagine a bunch of Asiatic lilies in a spice and resin market. Yep, you got it. AMAZING!
It’s warm again today. Jin and I took the dogs together and we were really hot and sweaty by the time we got home.
SOTMorning: Niki de Saint Phalle
Scotty came over and we smashed the office work today. Bills paid, shredded 10 years of business documents, organised mail and post, generally made good.
Manscaped the face, dyed the beard and shaved the excess in a Molton Brown bubble Bath. YUMMY!
SOTDay: Working on thunking my 100ml Green Tea by Elizabeth Arden. It’s so good for this heatwave we’re currently experiencing. I’ve drained about half of what you see in the pic this summer, fingers crossed for anEMPTY!
Jin went and bought me an 80 litre backpack for travel, as our new check in baggage. It’s going to make running for trains and planes 100% easier. I walked around our block today in 32C super humid heat at midday with about 12kg on my back, that’s around 800m. No worries. My next goal is to catch a bus to the railway station 1.3km away and walk back with it on me. If I can do that then I’ll feel much better about the whole adventure. It does also come with wheels and a handle for ease of both. It’s also GREEN! My favourite colour.
SOTBed: Tresor Midnight Rose by Lancome, I find it freakishly addictive. Super sweet berries, rose and vanilla fairy floss. I adore it but it’s right on the border of unbearable./ MMMMMM
I must have snored during the night. Woke up so dry and disoriented.
SOTMorning: Equistrius by Parfum d’Empire
Grabbed Wendy and we went for lunch with the girls. Sue was our host and the food was absolutely freaking terrific. Great stories being told around the table and lots of laughs. Oh yes, and THEY all hated The Favourite movie too, walked out. PHEW! I’m not alone.
Came home and had a sleep under the ceiling fan. HEAVEN.
SOTEvening: A Quiet Morning by Miller et Bertaux
Collected Wendy again and we went to Greystanes Inn for Trivia. Had a fun night.
SOTBed: Bois Bleu by Robert Piguet
Jin was up and off to work at 4am-ish. When he left I woke and that was it. AWAKE!!
SOTMorning: Cuir Beluga by Guerlain
I walked the dogs in the chill of morning. So beautiful out there today.
Got ready, jumped a bus at around 6am then a train and arrived in town just before 7am. I got off at the station before (Town Hall) and walked slowly, window shopping and checking out the changes to George St Sydney City. Grabbed a coffee as I hit Wynyard and sat on a bench in the misty rain and read my book till Anna Maria arrived at 8am. It was a luxurious, quiet, calm way to start my day.
Anna Maria and I walked down to Barangaroo where we met Alice and Michael for breakfast. Loads of catching up to do and now Alice works three floors below Michael in the same bank we thought it was time for a celebratory meal.
We did some department store perfume sniffing. Anna Maria doused herself in CHANEL Coco EdT and I had Chloe Nomade on one arm and yellow bottle Gucci Flora on the other.
After, Anna Maria and I walked across town to the Art Gallery of New South Wales to see the Hermitage exhibition. We had the best guided tour I’ve had of this show by far. Interesting, informative, fun and not ever dwelling too long on anything particular. We loved it.
These Hermitage Multi Entrance Tickets have been the best investment. It’s enabled me to take about 9 of my mates through the exhibition for not even double the price of a single entry.
The we trotted back to the centre of town and met Evie, Georgie, Willa and Rocco for lunch in the David Jones Food Court. I forgot to take a damn photo. SORRY!
Then we did some window shopping through David Jones, Hermès, Gucci, Cartier and Tiffany & Co before it was time for me to catch a train and bus home at nearly 5pm.
This Hermès cashmere and silk scarf is my favourite thing that Anna Maria had on all day. The colours were absolutely perfect for her.
Gucci! Forever over the top.
Tiffany & Co. These gold balls are so simple but I thought them a stylish look for Anna Maria.
What a sensational day. I came home, spritzed some L’Artisan Batucada and fell fast asleep.
Jin came home after work, food shopping and the gym at about 8pm. We spent an hour or so catching up and now he’s gone to bed.
Anna Maria and I did over 12,000 steps together today. That’s a lot for me.
Thunked a sample of Micallef Vanilla Fleur. It’s an odd bird. Vanilla and roses, with a dash of fruitiness.
Watched GRIMM till all hours of the morning.
I don’t know why but my body woke me up at 7am. I gave the dogs a quick wee walk. Came to the computer to answer comments and do the social media.
Thunked what was left of my Press Sample of Ma Bête by Eris Parfums. Raunch overlaying a very pretty aldehydic floral.
Spent a couple of hours reading and doing loads of washing, after each load i did some cleaning. Once the washing was done I really went into super clean mode. This place sparkles.
Had a list of shopping for dinner tonight from Jin. It was nice to get out of the house. Even though my T-Shirt is wringing wet from sweat after doing the cleaning.
SOTAfternoon: Cuir Amethyste by Armani Privé
Had a nap.
Showered in Jin’s bathroom because mine is spotless for guests. Spent 15 minutes cleaning the shower stall before I used it. Seriously, how does he even use this? BLEAUGH!! We have a deal that he cleans his own bathroom but I think he doesn’t. I’m going to secretly add it to my cleaning roster about once a month. Or maybe I’ll do a different bit each week, shower, toilet, basin, floor.
SOTNight: Vintage Miss Dior EdT
Jin is making the base mince and veg for dumplings. Then our dinner guests are going to make up the dumplings and then Jin is going to make them into soup. I think it will be heaps of fun with a couple of wines and good company.
Well, that was a stellar success tonight. The girls were so perfect. Jin was an excellent teacher. We all mucked in and made dumpling magic. Linda made a huge profiterole for dessert. We all had a few drinks and LOADS of stories. The girls made so many dumplings that we gave them take Home packs.
Linda packing away her hand made dumplings.
Marian, Sue and Liz
These girls light up our lives. They are wonderful.
Clean up was done within 15 minutes of them leaving and now jin has the TV on and I’m at the computer. HEAVEN!
SOTBed: In The Woods by Cult of Scent. Spiced and minty cedar surrounded by the cool unburnt resins of incense and citrus.
Today dawned bright and clear, the air is warm and dry. Sunshine is lovely.
SOTMorning: Opium Poesie de Chine by Yves Saint Laurent. Opium for summer 2008. All the building blocks of Opium but less dense, more airy, an altogether lighter and more wearable sibling.
Jin has done something to his back so he had today off work and went and saw the doctor and had a bunch of tests. They think it’s a pulled muscle pinching.
He decided it was a perfect day for Roast Pork and Crackling at 35C and sticky humid. HA! I added in roast potatoes, carrots and onions. Also made up rissoles out of the leftover dumpling mix from dinner last night with some added veg, eggs and breadcrumbs. On the strength of our culinary preparations we invited Kath & Alice over for dinner. It was a huge hit! Finished with last nights dessert left overs.
SOTEvening: Liberté by Cacharel.
We took the extras around to Kath’s Ma & Pa for lunch tomorrow.
Gym. We did shoulders and calves with a little aerobic cardio. Sweat POURING off me. When we got home I couldn’t get my polo shirt off because it was so stuck to me.
SOTBed: Thunked a 2ml spray sample of Midnight Spirit by Olibere Paris. Citrus, booze, pepper and greenery with a very nice dry grass heart and amber woods base. PHWOAR! I am fragrant indeed.
Woke up too the sizzling of Jin frying dumplings, and the smell wafting through the morning air. There aren’t many better ways to wake up.
SOTMorning: Pichola by Neela Vermeire Creations.
Lazy, chill morning together watching TV and chattering.
Beard dyed, bathed, shaved and ready to face the world.
SOTAfternoon: Versace Blonde EdT and Extrait. Big white floral with naughty narcissus and creamy ylang.
More Versace Blonde for work. I smell freaking AMAZING!
Work was quiet for the first Sunday back at Austral Bowling Club. Still we had a fun bunch and we all told our Xmas NTE stories. It was good to catch up.
SOTBed: Madonna Truth or Dare
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