Hey there APJ Crew,
This week has been big. Even in the depths of despair we are often asked to rise up and be the best we can for an occasion. Sometimes the very act of becoming ready to do something is enough to shore up failing resolve, broken hearts and loss. Thank everything for friends and perfume, my buoys in a sea of sadness this week. Also, Mardi Gras!
Scent Diary: 25.2 – 3.3.2019
SOTDay: CHANEL 1957
Started on the TRVIA Q&A
Alice, Kath, Anna Maria and Johnny for roast pork and crackling with roasted root vegetables, capsicum and steamed spinach. We ate it with Pink Gin and Lemonade. Yeah, I completely forgot about it having lemonade and had two glasses. NAUGHTY PORTIA!! That’s a lot of sugar.
SOTNight: Le 3′ Homme de Caron
Wrote Mum Waples Eulogy
Brain fried. Going to bed.
Got up super early and finished TRIVIA Q&A.
Went to see podiatrist. My feet aren’t perfect and we are going to have to monitor them. Sugars pool in your feet and cause innumerable problems. Slight concern but pretty good.
Readied for Mum Waples Funeral. Wore so much Opium it was like a fog.
So many people. The Palm Chapel was buzzing. I swept the room with vintage Opium, chairs, flowers and even some for the people at the funeral got a spritz. The whole room was perfectly Opiumed! The celebrant did a fine job and then asked me up. Eulogy was solid, hit all the points I was allowed and it didn’t feel too long. It felt like the whole family was riding the eulogy with me, so much information and memories woven into 5 minutes that we’d all supplied.
Kath had done a video photo montage to Lukas Graham’s song Love Someone. It was freaking amazing. Old photos, new photos, family, friends and Mum in all her glory. Not a dry eye in the house.
Then Dad got up and thanked Mum for their wonderful life together. He asked that we enjoy Vera Lynne’s We’ll Meet Again and halfway through when the choir joins her he asked us all to sing along. It was a lovely moment. Then Dad asked us all to give Mum a round of applause. The clapping went on for ages. She was so loved.
Hung out with a group of our friends afterwards at the wake. Champagne was flowing freely, all other drinks and some snacks. It was a glorious sunlit day, not too hot and we spent most of our time on the verandah, chatting, laughing and reminiscing.
Came home and both Jin and I fell fast asleep. Waking only at the alarm to get up and go to work.
Fell asleep immediately
Let the dogs in and cuddled Paris on the couch till midday while watching The Umbrella Academy.
Got up and blogged. Perfume Posse and APJ pretty much set for March. Got so much done. I’m covered in fragrance now. Smelling wonderful.
SOTEvening: Niki de Sain Phalle. THUNKED my bottle. Oh rejoice!! I get to open a new one tomorrow. Yes, there are nearly a dozen backups around the house.
Jin is home. He’s organising our Honeymoon, currently looking after the Mongolia leg. He’s also sending his parents on a holiday and is torn between Vietnam and Taiwan. He’s so excited to be sending them somewhere, like a kid.
I’m bushed. Night.
SOTBed: Nevermore by Frapin. Thanks to Libertine Parfumerie
Woke up completely muddled this morning with super dry mouth. I must have snored so much I rattled my brains. Jin is on the couch which means at some point during the night my snoring went crazy or I hit him and woke him up.
SOTMorning: Champs Elysees by Guerlain. This dewy floral girliness is getting quite a bit of action for the 2018/9 summer. The bottle looks like I used hardly any till I turn it upside down.
Jin and I did some running around today. Organising my outfit for Mardi Gras, getting stuff done and lunch in an el cheapo Korean restaurant. It was fun.
Now I have a garment to complete and am feeling utterly overwhelmed. So I’m at the computer procrastinating like crazy.
SEWING SEWING SEWING!! for Mardi Gras. Here’s my Aqua, Glass Beaded, Sequinned Silk fabric. It started life as a sari, bought in India in 2017.
Wearing Divine EdP to sew. Smelling amazing.
At 8pm I’ve broken a packet of needles. Luckily I stocked up and have 6 more packs.
Finished the frock at 10pm. Went looking for my foam to make a headdress. Seems I’ve run out. GRRR! Oh well. Early night.
SOTBed: Dia Body Lotion by Amouage
Jin got home around 7am and when he came to bed woke me. We chattered for a while before he slept.
Got up, did some computer stuff.
Opened a new soap for the bathroom sink today. The old one was getting a bit nasty so it’s gone on to the kitchen sink where all our old soaps go to die. There is currently a bunch of slivers in four different colours all bonded together making the kitchen soap. Ugly but effective.
SOTMorning: Mitsouko EdP by Guerlain
Walked the dogs in the lovely cool morning. Our first day of Autumn.
Did some last minute running around for Mardi Gras.
Had a cuppa at one of my fave cafes, which has had a renovation and looks mighty spiffy.
Lunch with my mates Patrick & Wayne. I love these boys but forgot to take snaps, sorry.
Home to finish my hat for the event. It looks pretty snazzy.
SOTAfternoon: Elizabeth & James Black
SLOB TIME on the couch.
Had a bath, dyed and clipped my beard.
Thunked this Dr Bonners Almond Soap. YAY!
SOTEvening: Hermès Apres la Mousson
Mardi Gras morning! Slept peacefully till 8.30am. Didn’t even notice when Jin came home from work. Happily, it’s only going to be about 28C today.
SOTMorning: Methaldone by Aether. I love this weird modern hot metal and blown fuse fragrance over furry cushions vibe. Freaky but fun.
The house is done & dusted. I love coming home to clean home after partying the night away. Jin is looking at me funny because I’m cleaning on a Saturday and doing a full “Mother In Laws Visit” clean.
Into the bath, shaved and scrubbed. I opened a new thing today and had Sung by Alfred Sung Shower Gel bubbles. Very pretty. The crew at AFN gave me aldehydic floral as my choice of fragrance for this evening. Bathed with Sung, lotion with Amouage Dia and still can’t decide on fragrance.
Here is my lineup of choices. I can’t find my damn bottle of Sung. All a little bit vintage smelling, or indeed from last century. Only one modern contender in the lot.
Giorgio Beverly Hills (my Mum’s), Hermès Caleche (from Michael Edwards), Divine (my 30ml refill bottle), Ungaro DIVA, Boucheron EdT and CHANEL No 5 EdT.
Curious lull in the mayhem around here. One lovely hour to chill out. Going to make myself a cuppa.
Righto. Arrived at the showgrounds and we all got to have a couple of hours of chatter and bike oggling. It’s a really fun, chilled atmosphere and it was excellent to spend some catch up time with my old mate Glyn. We’ve been buddies since he arrived in Sydney from the UK back in the 1990s. I’ve not so secretly had a burning crush on him for all that time. When he asked to be my rider at Mardi Gras I was over the moon.
Here are my last years rider Luke, Glyn and I in the marshalling area.
On the bike in the parade. Hilarious! We were having a ball.
After the ride I was dropped at my regular hosting gig Sideshow where I met up with Andrew Mercado and we spent the night in happy banter.
These guys are the APPLE contingent. I am taking a photo of all their iPhones with my iPhone. They went apeshit bananas for it.
Here is the Vodaphone float. I get excited to see them every year because they are my provider.
I was sad to see a lot less politically satirist comedy in the parade this year. There were 200 floats and it was a fun filled, colourful event.
Jin and I then went on to the Mardi Gras afterparty with 15,000 of our nearest and dearest friends. It was Jin’s first time going and we danced three happy hours away. This is the first time I’ve ever done a dance party drug free since the 1980s, including alcohol. Funnily, I was having so much fun it felt like I was high anyway. Saw Courtney Act, PNau and some other guy who I never heard of perform. The shows were so good and fun. We loved it. By 2.30am we were BUSHED and went home to walk the dogs and sleep. BLISS!
OMG! CHAFFING! Walking like a ruptured spinster today. Bloody hell.
SOTMorning: DSH Perfumes Uptown Moonshine. From my Press sample. I really love this boozy beauty.
Spent most of the day trying to recover my equilibrium.
Bathed, shaved and scrubbed.
Worked tonight in Equistrius by Parfum d’Empire.
I’m SO HUNGRY! What’s wrong with me? I had a delicious steak and veg dinner at work and my tummy has been rumbling since about 15 minutes after I finished it.
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