Hey there APJ Crew,
This week has been interesting. Pretty chill apart from one major meltdown and the horror/shame/self loathing that came after. Loads of perfume, some outings with friends, art, food and shopping PLUS the Australian launch of Hermetica perfumes. Anna Maria and I spent a day wandering Sydney’s perfume and art, that was cool.
Not a huge week but a fun one.
Scent Diary: 14.10 – 20.10.2019
SOTDay: L’Eau Bleue d’Issey Pour Homme
Kath’s dishwasher needed to be replaced. It has been limping along for over a year. Finally we bit the bullet. Wen’t to Seconds World and got one with a tiny ding. Instead of just under $900 for the dishwasher alone we got it, delivery, installation and take away the old one for under $600! Still an unexpected expense but we were chuffed with our shopping.
This is my smile through the pain of purchase price.
Lunch at Oporto with Jin
Cleaning house, washing clothes and linen
SOTEvening: Caron Pour un Homme
Didn’t finish TRIVIA Q&A till 3.05am. I’m seriously bushed.
SOTBed: Fancy Nights by Jessica Simpson. The patchouli/vanilla goes sensationally over the top of the remnants of Caron Pour un GIMME!
Slept till 9am.
34 EdP by Diptyque. So smooth and elegant. MMMMM. Just found it in a sample box, it will be getting some wear this spring.
Le Bain JOOP! Not so long ago there was a big rave review of this in Fragrantica. It was so cheap, I blind bought a gift set. It’s a smooth resinous masculine, smells fantastic. I just went back and had a look but it’s a bit more expensive now. Still, a worthy contender for affordable fragrance.
Hermetica Launch Becker Minty.
SOTEvening: Mohur EdP by Neela Vermeire Creations
Work was great but I was a cruel mean bitch to someone I had high hopes of being friends with. Sadly, that will probably now be nixed. I couldn’t find the words I needed to express myself and instead let fly with a flurry of vicious. I couldn’t stop myself, it just kept coming. GAK!
Was going to Aquarobics this morning but couldn’t make myself get out of bed.
FINALLY dragged myself out at about 10am.
SOTMorning: Black Rosette by Strange Invisible Perfumes
Paid a shitload of bills. Went to the Post Office and Supermarket.
Got some computer stuff done.
Watched Korean TV with Jin. Nope, I still don’t understand a word of it.
SOTEvening: Vintage Joy EdP + extrait by Jean Patou
Got myself gorgeous.
Hosting the Sydney Opera House Staff Trivia Night 2019
Theme was SPACE!
BLOODY HELL! My feet hurt tonight. AAARGH!
Home now. Dogs fed & walked.
SOTBed: CHANEL No 18 EdT
Jin woke me this morning as he came home from work and took the dogs out for a wee. I had slept deeply and woke refreshed.
SOTMorning: NO±Suede UèrMì. I really like the lightweight, creamy yet dark treatment of leather. Simplistically it smells like leather, sandalwood and birch. All pitched perfectly. A very wearable, luxe scent.
Bus and train to meet Anna Maria at Kings Cross Station. In a heretofore unheard of event, she was 30 minutes early and I was nearly 20 minutes late. We had a coffee.
Wandered around to Becker Minty because I wanted to show her the store and try the Hermetica range of fragrance. It was an excellent wander through the store. We might have bought a pair of glasses each.
We then walked down to Oxford St and the Libertine crew. They were in hectic mode so I quickly made some purchases. Yes, I can’t help myself. Sancti by Liquides Imaginaires, Love Mimosa by Amouage ands Vaninight by Hermetica.
David Jones, Westfield and Myer fragrance halls. We had a beautiful SA in David Jones, Jacob, who was incredibly helpful.. He was really knowledgeable and interested in the products. We spent so long with him that we missed our first tour at the gallery. On our way out we noticed that our mate Ainslie Walker’s work for Glasshouse Christmas 2019 is in the stores! She is so freaking amazing! Could not be prouder of our girl.
We had to skeddaddle quickly down to the MCA Museum Of Contemporary Art where we were given a short introduction to one of Australia’s emerging artists. Coen Wood, born in Sydney 1988, he does these large, diffusive and reflective works that distort and declutter the world to throw back nearly grisaille images. Interesting and fascinating to watch the changes as different art lovers wander through. When I first looked at them I thought they were wanky modern art pap . Once we were given an insight into the works, told of how he paints on the photographic chemicals and how they always react differently, the images he produces are themselves changed by each different area they are placed in and near and every person that is reflected in them my mind changed to quiet awe. We sat and watched the passing panoply for a short while and it was really good.
Anna Maria took this shot of me mesmerised.
We also had a moment to see the current Guan Wei room.
While having a drink in the cafe we noticed that Anna Maria’s bag EXACTLY matched the carpet. Now THAT is art.
Inspired by the reflective nature of Coen Wood’s works we were then excited to find ourselves in an infinity mirror elevator.
We jumped on a train. Anna Maria went home. This is us, DEAD, after walking all over Sydney.
I got off and met Kath. We walked from her work to her home. The weather was perfect for it and we had so much catching up to do. Ridiculous seeing that we’d been together just a few days ago and chattered on the phone since. Still, there was not a moment unfilled with news, gossip, laughter and interest,
Jin collected me from Kath’s and we grabbed Phil and headed out for a Balkan restaurant. Jin got roaring drunk and the three of us had a great time. I’m still smiling from ear to ear as I write this. These two guys are so great and I’m lucky to have them in my life. SERIOUSLY, all four of my mates that I saw today are so special to me. I am a lucky man.
Home. I got to drive Jin’s car because he was happily smashed.
Dogs fed & walked.
SOTBed: CHANEL No 5 vintage extrait. Having got the bottle out to wear in loving memory of Robert Herrmann last week I was reminded how much I love it.
Up to a glorious, sunny, not too hot day. Walking the dogs was really nice.
SOTMorning: Sancti by Les Liquides Imaginaires. LOVELY incense bomb.
Jin has the day off. We did some grocery shopping and other bibs and bobs.
Home with Jin on the couch and me at the computer.
SOTEvening: So Nude by Costume National
Jin cooked dinner tonight.
We watched some of Big Bang theory series 11.
It was the loveliest lazy day together. 24 hours, just us.
We cleaned up the kitchen together and Jin hit the hay. I went and we chatted for a while till he was ready to drift off.
I watched some rubbish TV.
SOTTVWatching: Seville a l’Aube by L’Artisan. The news today that they are DCing this orange blossom/incense beauty has me very glum. Fortunately I have a large bottle.
MORE rubbish TV. Too embarrassed even to write it down.
SOTBed: Exultat by Maria Candida Gentile. I was wanting even MORE incense in my orange blossoms so thought why not? Couldn’t think of a good reason so BIG SPRITZES!! I smell amazing.
Where did today go?
SOTMorning: Gentleman’s Jockey Club by Oriza L Legrand
Off to my mate Lakshmi’s place. He’s emptying his fragrance cupboard before moving to Japan. OMG! Unbelievable. Meet his 6 month old baby YounMi.
SOTAfternoon: 4711 Remix Cologne. Mandarin and stuff. So good for spring.
TV watching. Here is Jin curled up in the couch. This is where you’ll find him whenever possible.
SOTEvening: Gucci Bloom Acqua di Fiori
Work was so much fun tonight. Dance school fundraiser. They were a hoot. This is my new friend Kylie. OMG! We laughed the whole night away.
SOTBed: Rose Oud by Yves Rocher
Up and at the computer quite early to get the comments done for the blog. We aren’t getting so much traction on our Saturday Question this month. I’m thinking you all might be bored with it.
SOTMorning: Premier Figuier Extreme by L’Artisan. The creamy, sweet, fruitiness is so beautiful.
Brunch in Newtown at Flour dun with Phil, Phillip and Graham. SO MUCH to chat about and catch up on. It was too dark inside to get a decent photo and I forgot in the sunshine, sorry. It was bloody delicious and fun.
Lazed on the couch till time to leave for work.
SOTAfternoon: Samsara by Guerlain EdT and vintage extrait. Continuing the lactones but this time with fun on power orchestra of fabulous added. Sweet, creamy, sandalwood done on a mega scale. MMMMMM
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