Hey there APJ Crew,
HOW did I fit all this into a week? Continuing last weeks theme of Netflix and perfumes. There was a bit of travel, a visit to Chicago the musical, loads of friends, fun and food. It felt like Jin and I really got to see each other quite a lot this week, that’s a win in anyones books. Also, the ankle is improving, YAY!
Scent Diary: 2.9 – 8.9.2019
I watched Cop Out with Bruce Willis and Falling Inn Love set in New Zealand on Netflix from about 12.30am -5am. What is wrong with me? HA! They were fun.
Woke at 9.30am to a glorious sunshiny spring day.
SOTMorning: Indian Study/Santal +++++ by Miller et Bertaux
Jin and I went around to BFF Kath’s Dad’s place and Jin did some house maintenance for him. Nothing huge in Jin’s hands but for any of us it would have been a half days work with two visits to the hardware and loads of swearing.
When we got home I cleaned the house and did the laundry.
Jin was busy in the kitchen making us lunch. We had creamy bacon pasta with Caesar salad and garlic bread. Seriously, freaking delicious. He even made his own fresh croutons and that garlic bread is so butter filled I could hear my arteries clanging shut like the doors in TVs Get Smart credits!
We had a mate drop around whose partner is going through some mental health issues. He really needed a non judgemental place to vent. Jin took him down to the Dr and got him a script to see a psychologist. We thought it might be a good idea if he got some professional help with some coping mechanisms and some tips on dealing with his partner. In Australia we can go to a Dr and he will prescribe 10 sessions of therapy on our Medicare. Yes, paid for by our Governmental Medicare. If you use up the 10 sessions and need more they can prescribe you another 10. Isn’t that amazing?
Home for a very short moment, I got to have a quick shower and change.
SOTEvening: La Colle Noire by DIOR
We went out to dinner to celebrate BFF Kath getting a new job! Peking Duck! YUMMY! We had two full ducks between 4 people with San Choy Bow as our second course. Some champagne and a bunch of chatter later we are all STUFFED!
Home by 8.30pm. I confess I went straight to the spare bed and had an hours sleep. Then got up and fed & walked the dogs.
SOTTriviaQ&A: Tzora by Anat Fritz
2.53am and I just finished the TRIVIA Q&A and sent them all out to the crew.
My reward for working to this hellish hour is an extra few spritzes of something delicious and a cuppa.
SOTBed: Ylang In Gold by Micallef. SO glam. Why don’t I get this beauty out more often?
DAMNIT! That bloody cuppa led to watching Jason Stratham in The Mechanic. I really like his portrayal of the good bad guy. He seems to do that kind of character a lot. I never noticed him in the Fast & Furious movies, now I’m going to have to go back and rewatch them. So I didn’t finally hit the hay till after 5am.
10.30am and I’m awake. Today is so gorgeous. The sky is that very special blue of Sydney spring. Here’s an untouched pic from the balcony after walking the dogs.
SOTMorning: Five O’Clock au Gingembre by Serge Lutens. So spicy in this weather.
Organised all my Trivia stuff for the week.
Made up a Caesar Salad out of yesterday’s leftovers. Cooked up some boiled eggs because we didn’t have them yesterday. Also, took the bought dressing and made it yummier with some fresh ingredients. It was delicious.
Did some computer stuff.
Watched Journey To The Centre Of The Earth with one of my all time favourite actors Brendan Fraser and The Last With Hunter with Vin Dielel, Elijah Woods and Michael Caine.
Spent an extra lavish amount of time on my face tonight because Anna Maria gave me a brand new MECCA Blush Brush and it got its first usage. SO GLAM! Thanks girl. This is my make up kit tray on my bathroom sink, where the magic happens.
SOTEvening: Vanille by Mona di Orio
Work was really fun. 65 players and loads of laughs. These are the Voodoo Dolls. Excellent name for a Trivia Team eh?
Came home. Jin is watching The Big Bang Theory right from Ep 1 Season 1 through. I’d never really watched it so it’s fun to wander in and have a laugh.
SOTBed: Divine Edp
Watching Journey 2: The Mysterious Island with The Rock!! YAY!
SOTMorning: Vanille Galante by Hermès.
Perfect spring weather.
Went to Physio and am at about 80%. Given some tweaked exercises and going back in three weeks. Very happy. The X Ray did show besides my refractured ankle a bone spur growing on the back of my heel, not a major worry for decades yet. PHEW! It’s growing in response to my chronically tight achilles, need to really get them loosened.
I hit the Post Office. There is a package from Jakub full of new Santi Burgas and Olibere samples. Can’t wait to get my sniff on them. and POSTCARDS! Both from Aunty tracey who is doing a whirlwind British Isles tour, seeing family and friends. It sounds like she’s having a ball.
Got home and Jin grabbed us Awafi, Mediterranean Chicken with Chips, Pickles, Bread and garlic Sauce. SO DELICIOUS!! He buys a couple of chooks so I get to have scrumptious leftovers for days. YUM!!
Jin is watching Big Bang Theory on his day off. The couch is his and he is settled in for the long haul.
I spent the day going through postcards, cards and photos. Here are my faves. Top one is a couple of pics of Anna Maria in Paris last year. Bottom one is my first long term partner, this shot taken in 1989 and I’m up the back. That’s over 30 years ago.
Had a beautiful Ylang scented bubble bath with I Love My Planet by Yves Rocher.
SOTEvening: Caravelle Epices by Frapin. I know, it doesn’t have anything to do with ylang from my bath but it smelled absolutely fabulous all night.
Work was busy again at Greystanes Inn. 9 tables and they were raucous. The questions were SO HARD! I didn’t mean to make them so bad but they were.
Home. Jin is off to bed and I’m not tired AT ALL. Going to watch some Netflix. You know, I’ve come back here to put the movies I watched in a can’t bloody remember. Sorry.
SOTBed: La Fille de Berlin by Serge Lutens. I wanted this exact roses experience. It can become a craving.
Jin drove me to the airport on his way to work. SWEET! I am happy to arrive a bit earlier and get my holiday vibe going. Even though it’s only for one day.
Wandered the shops and spent a bit of time in AMUSE Beauty. I finally got my sniff on the two new Goldfield & Banks scents. CLEAR winner was Velvet Splendour. I really want to add it to my collection, and may well do.
Plane delayed. GRR! So annoying. I have the whole day planned to the minute. Can’t help the fog though.
Arriving in Melbourne I caught the Airport Shuttle to Southern Cross Station. From there I was a bit lost so I looked around for a handsome young man. James helped me find my way on trams, as he was going in the same direction he took me on two trams all the way to my destination.
Birthday lunch for my buddy Margeaux at the NVG Garden Restaurant. You may remember Margeaux as one of the very first contributors to APJ. We’ve been friends for decades and now that he’s living in Melbourne I get to see him so rarely. It is a treat.
Saw the Chinese Terracotta Warriors. Due to plane delay we missed our tour which was a bummer. Still it was fabulous to go through and see them again, they brought different figures to the NGV than I saw in Sydney 20 years ago. Also there was a modern twist with thousands of terracotta birds flying through the whole exhibition.
Went to Myer Mecca and Designer areas to sniff fragrance with Liam. We had a ball. The SAs were coming around to listen to our commentary on new stuff from Bottega Veneta, Gucci, Elie Saab and others. They err fascinated, asking questions. Liam is now the fragrance curator for Men’s Biz Australia, he also started writing at APJ in the early years.
Coffees. Aren’t they handsome buggers?
Now HERE is the main reason I came to Melbourne. Margeaux has recently got himself a new puppy, meet Ava Rose the Schnauzer. Isn’t she perfection. PLUS she loves me, it was a wonderful win. I too am smitten.
Margeaux took me back to the Southern Cross Bus Terminal.
Flew home 1A. I know it doesn’t count for a 1.5 hour flight in a budget carrier but it was a leather seat and super comfy, plus I had a window. SO HAPPY!
Train & Bus
Watched Suicide Squad again. Never gets old.
SOTBed: Lolita Lempicka EdP
Fed & walked the dogs.
Steaming bubble bath.
I by CoSTUME NATIONAL. This gets attention every time I wear it. Basically ambroxan with some amber and herbal bells & whistles but it’s a definite crowd pleaser. I also get happy when wafts blow up my nose. It’s an easy wear stunner.
Spent an illuminating 30 minutes in Bulgari. Did you know it is pronounced BULL-ger-re? NOT Bull-GAAHR-ee. Live & learn. Fell madly in love with this handbag, sometimes I wish I could find a use for such things. It has 2 separate open compartments with closed base, 2 zippered compartments and the famous enamel snake clasp. Can be worn as a shoulder or hand bag and ticks all my handbag needs boxes. YUM
Met Eve for coffee. Such a good catch up. You can see how happy we are to steal some time together.
Wandered across the Domain to the AGNSW. It was perfect wandering weather.
Met Wayne & Patrick. We had some lunch, saw the Archibald, Suliman & Wynne prizes with a wonderful tour guide, had some drinks and loads of chatter.
Wandered back to Myer: went to Mecca, MAC and CHANEL there. Got samples of the new Gabrielle Essence (much better and more interesting than the original), bought some new MAC shimmer after running out of mine and might have grabbed a little gift for friend.
Train to Central where I had another coffee and bottle of water.
Went for dumplings with my mate Tim. YUMMY!
Tim and I went to see CHICAGO the musical. It is by far the best version of it I’ve ever seen except Natalie Bassingthwaite’s performance of Roxy is gratuitous and loses the rhythm and message of the song in her wanking around. It’s by far the low point of the production and made me want to stab her. The singing and dancing is so good in every other way I forgive the producers for letting her be a twat.
Train back to Parramatta and then walked home. My telephone was doing some hard core butt dealing as I walked home. Jin and Eve got about a dozen calls each. Poor buggers.
WHAT A DAY!
Coffee and a big spritz of Youth Dew by Estee Lauder.
Slept in till 9.30am. HEAVENLY!
Jin is still grumpy about my butt dialling episode. he did make us dumplings for breakfast though so he can’t be too grumpy.
I’m fuzzy around the edges today. Too much excitement over the last couple of days.
SOTDay: Slowdive by Hiram Green
TinaG came over for coffee, chats & sniffs. We had a Caesar Salad for lunch and it was a really good catch up. We got our noses on the newest Jardin range from Olibere Paris. There are four and Madame Chan is our favourite by far. It’s a warm amber. Second is Marie Antoinette, a soft and feminine cologne like scent.
Later in the day I went round to Michael’s place and hung out for a while with him and his partner Hyun (who is also my buddy). We went and had dinner together and then saw Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. LOVED every minute of the film. It was exactly perfect and I may even have come around to not hating Leonardo DiCaprio, maybe. Brad Pitt and Margo Robbie are so amazing it is breathtaking. WOW! 5/5
There was an ad for TARA! I have no idea what it’s about but I had to snap this pic for my boss at A Bottled Rose.
After I met up with Amal and Phil at the Imperial Hotel for a boogie. We hung out in the ground floor bar and danced to the most wonderful, fun music. Phil piked just after midnight, Amal left around 12.40 and I stayed dancing for another hour or so. Just hanging out solo and losing myself in the music. First time I’ve done that in nearly a decade. It was so fun.
SOTBed: Blonde by Versace
Got home and was too wrecked to even watch TV, just fell into bed.
Woke up when Jin came home from work around 9.30am.
SOTMorning: Marions Nous by Oriza L Legrande
Met Alice & Kath and Kath’s Dad’s place and we did some gardening and had some chats and catch ups. Beautiful way to spend a morning. Here I am cuddling Ruski groodle, Kath’s husband. She took this shot.
Home. Had about 4 days of Scent Diary to catch up on because I’ve been running around like a blue arsed fly all week.
BUBBLE BATH TIME! I’ve earned a good long soak. Used my Amouage Fate Bath & Shower Gel for bubbles.
SOTEvening: Fate Woman by Amouage. This bottle has been sitting forlorn in my collection for ages. For some reason I didn’t really love it when I wore it. All the sexy white flowers and resins with a zing of fresh cut bell peppers. Better by far than I remember it and in Spring it’s a freaking masterpiece.
The Virgins United team won the CASH JACKPOT second week in a row. It was only $100 sp they got $10 each. YAY!!
Home and watching Netflix. The Circle with Tom Hanks and Emma Watson. Interesting that she gets top billing.
SOTBed: Pichola by Neela Vermeire Creations. I wanted something white floral to go over the remnants of Fate.
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