Hey there APJ Crew,
We are SWELTERING here in Sydney. Parramatta has been hitting 40C+ regularly this week. Walking the dogs has become a fiery furnace. LOADS of fragrance though, I’m easily able to grab them cause I’m not leaving the house if possible. Still managed a few catch ups too.
Scent Diary: 14.1 – 20.1.2019
You might want to go have a look at my post on A Bottled Rose, Portia’s Winter List. It’s a few of my winter staples, you can tell me yours there too.
6am Aquarobics. It felt so good to be in the pool this morning. I needed to work out a few kinks after nearly three weeks of sporadic exercise and holiday eating.
Weigh In. OK, so I aded a kilo over the Xmas break. No problem. Back to the pools and gym and sensible eating this week.
SOTMorning: Bois Bleu by Robert Piguet. Violets, vetiver and spiced woods. It has a light airiness that is unexpected. I’m surprised lavender isn’t a note.
Wendy and I did a Doctors Day. Skin specialist for the cancer on her face, Nurse to dress the foot wounds and check the spread of dead skin, GP to get scripts, Eyes for a check up, Woolworths to get her some healthy choices of food.
SOTAfternoon. Lolita Lempicka EdP
Cooked Savoury Mince. Yeah, I know it looks like shit but it’s bloody delicious, full of vegetables and meat, is easy to reheat and have on toast and it fits the bill for diabetic and weight loss eating. I made a huge batch and will be eating it all week. Mum used to make a bucket of Savoury Mince for us a couple of times each winter and it would become our staple reheat for the week. Every vegetable she could get her hands on, mushrooms and some of the savoury fruits would all be piled in with a kilo of mince beef, loads of garlic, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, a pinch of chilli powder and bolognese herbs. Simmer it for about three hours and done.
Jin was home today. We spent a couple of comfortable hours doing nothing much.
SOTEvening: Dior Granville. Perfect as a foil for the heat. Green floral beauty.
SOTBed: 1000 Lilies by DSH Perfumes. SO freaking fabulous in the heat, NOT helping me concentrate on my work though. I’m going to bed.
Scott woke me. Office day. Very low key.
Bunch of new things on my skin but nothing that warrants comment. A new Surrender To Chance order arrived so plenty of choice but I think the heat has me beat. It’s 41C here today and HUMID! Like being in a Chennai monsoon morning, before the rain hits. Sticky and enervating.
Fed and walked the dogs. We stuck to the shade as much as possible.
Bathed, Shaved and Lotioned.
SOTAfternoon: Tom Ford Lost Cherry. OMG! Sour Cherry Cheesecake sprinkled with almonds and arriving in new Tupperware! This shit is my jam.
Sweating while trying to put makeup on is a freaking bitch. It got done. I wasn’t too hideous.
Opened my newly arrived bottle of L’Eau Bleue d’Issey Pour Homme. It’s a lighter, less over the top, fresh and fairly low key reinterpretation of the original. Only very fragrant for the first 30 minutes in this heat then it fades to a whisper that lingers. The ocean breeze and woodsy, herbal, citrus that could easily be the smell of a cocktail.
We had $500 Jackpot Winners tonight at Turbo Trivia. Amazing!
Jin fell asleep on the lounge where the A/C is best because this heat is impossible to sleep in. Still 27C at 11.30pm.
Enjoying L’Eau Bleue d’Issey PH so I reapplied to one arm, on the other I have vintage Bal A Versailles extrait. Quite the pair of opposites.
Bloody hell. Couldn’t sleep. 1am and WIDE AWAKE! This continued till 3.30am. No reason, just wide awake.
Slept until 10.30am. Missed my Aquarobics class. BUM.
SOTMorning: Aroma M Desert Flower. It’s a limited edition made especially for American Perfumer. My interview with Maria McElroy and review are up on Perfume Posse today.
Also wearing DSH Perfumes Colorado. O M G! This is the shit. If you like rich, warm, resinous woods then you MUST at least try this Limited Edition.
Sat at my desk and sweated while blogging. It sounds like I hate the heat but I’m quite enjoying it. The only problem is how hard it is to keep myself dry, bucketloads.
Diptyque Eau Duelle to calm the heat. It’s a soothing balm.
Work was so busy tonight. We were absolutely chuffed.
SO HOT!! Ha! Nothing I can do about it. Jin has the A/C on, it’s cooling the air.
SOTBed: OUD Satin Mood by Maison Francis Kurkdjian
SOTMorning: Dojima by Mona di Orio
Up early to return a shredder that didn’t shred like it said it would to OfficeWorks.
Dropped off the car at the mechanics for a grease & oil, tyre check and pink slip.
Jumped a bus and train to Sydney to meet TinaG and her friend Alice, who’s in town from the UK, at AGNSW . There was a little time before the main event to see some Australian art, including the Aboriginal Burial Totems. We went and saw the Hermitage (of course). Had a sensational guide who knew so much and was very generous with his tit bits and back stories.
Afterwards we went for lunch.
I raced back to catch the mechanic before he closed. The car was sitting in the sun in 39C heat. O M G! I couldn’t even touch the steering wheel with my whole hand.
Went to the Post Office and sent a whole bunch of Postcards and my stuff for the bookkeeper. Grabbed some stuff at Coles.
Came home and undressed in record time and sat under the fan for a while to get my temperature down a bit. Feeling infinitely better so I’m at the computer catching up.
Jin came home and we went to the gym. It was a nice hour of working out together. We even chatted to a super hottie for a bit.
I cooked us Pork Cutlets, Potato Salad, Broccoli and Snow Peas for dinner. It was yum.
SOTBed: O M G! I just gave myself a drenching of L’Eau Bleue d’Issey and 10 minutes later, without thinking, spritzed some Versace Blonde.. It’s a BIG fragrant stink in here.
Fabulous. Who knew Issey needed Tuberose?
SOTMorning: Vintage Miss Dior EdT.
SOTAfternoon: Granville by DIOR. I had to keep reapplying it in this heat.
SOTEvening: Kiehl’s Original Musk. Bloody hell! This blooms in the heat like nothing else. I smell freaking amazing. I needed something to take me driving, beach cafe and then dinner. Perfect choice for summer, who knew?
On purpose I arrived an hour early to my dinner date so I could take 40 minutes to sit in a cafe and chill down by Freshwater beach. It was so beautiful. I was kind of reading but really looking out at the magnificent view. This pic looks as sun blasted as the day felt. 40C and relentless.
Walked up the hill to dinner with the Chaloners in Queenscliff. Loads of excellent food and chatter. It was a tremendous night. So good, I forgot to take photos.
Jin is tired and snoring on the couch.
I thunked a vial of Aqaba Spring. It’s pretty but not me at all. A lightly spiced fruity floral with no depth.
SOTMorning: L’Ombre Dans L’Eau by Diptyque. Cross L’eau d’Issey with Perfumers Tea Rose and L’Artisan L’Eau d’Ambre.
Jin and I went to the mall, he had a Dr appointment. Then we had some lunch in the food court. Nothing special, just two dudes hanging out.
The weather is not as hot but humidity still runs high. No sunshine but walking the dogs I came back drenched in sweat. So unglamorous.
We had one of our rare fights today. Grumpy words said. Thoughtful silence. Jin came and helped me see his point, he was right. Apology. Friends again.
Testing Loree Rodkin Gothic I, Aziyade by Parfum d’Empire, YSL Black Opium and a few others.
Jin slept on the lounge, I read in our room and had a nap. Jin’s gone to work tonight. I’m slothing on the couch and doing desultory blogging and social media.
SOTEvening: Seville a l’Aube by L’Artisan. So glad I saw this beauty on someone’s SOTD on FB today. Good reminder. I smell fabulous.
Walked the dogs for over an hour and still Jinx didn’t poo. So homeward we went.
Grimm on Netflix till quite late.
SOTBed: Wan Chai by Teone Reinthal. Thick and treacle like gouts of fragrance puffing up from my skin in this humid heat. Stellar!
Woke up when Jin came home and was WIDE AWAKE so instead of ruining his mornings sleep I got up, walked the dogs and answered blog comments. It has been a wonderful 4 hours. Now I’m HUNGRY!
We both have been soothing around the house since 12.30pm when Jin surfaced.
Thunked one of TinaGs set of Molton Brown Mini Shower Gels, Orange & Bergamot.
SOTAfternoon: Al Oudh by L’Artisan Parfumeur. A little bit barnyard at the start with loads of excitement and quickly calms to a soft, woodsy, slightly animalic vanilla.
WONDERFUL night at work tonight. Turbo Trivia at Austral Bowling Club. The Sluts United won our $1000 Jackpot which they were very chuffed about.
Here are a few of my faves from Austral. Rita, Anna Maria and Katrina.
Michael just purchased a vintage Jaguar, completely renovated and purrs like a kitten. So freaking glam.
SOTBed: Fairy Dust by Paris Hilton. It’s a plastic white floral with main note of lily, could even be lily of the valley. Smells a LOT better than the AUD$8 I paid for it and sometimes I just like to smell like a trashy millionaire ho.
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