Hey there APJ Crew,
This week my girlfriend Miharu has been in town from Japan. We used to be buddies back in my showgirl days and it’s been nice to see her again. Loads of fun perfume choices and hanging out with Jin. Work was BUSY too.
Scent Diary: 28.10 – 3.11.2019
LAZY. No aqua
SOTMorning: Pichola by Neela Vermeire Creations
House is spotless from its Saturday clean and Sunday vacuum of the dining area. Just doing some clothes washing and cleaning kitchen & bathroom.
Fed & walked the dogs. Only 23C today. Very pleasant.
Went and sorted out the DISHWASHER problem for Rose. Integrated dishwashers are TWICE the price and more. WHY? So stupid. They don’t even need nice looking fronts.
Ate the most enormous lunch. Vietnamese Rolls, Cheeses and Mango.
So full I had to have a sleep.
SOTAfternoon: Violetta di Murano by DSH Perfumes
On the computer answering blog comments.
The dogs didn’t get walked till 11.30pm. They didn’t mind. It was eerily quiet in the streets. VERY pre-Halloween.
SHIT! Woke up at 9.40. Straight out with the dogs.
Anna Maria arrived at 10am to do the Office Work.
SOTMorning: Caron Pour Un Homme
Got SO MUCH done today.
Post office and found a Tara postcard and the latest Jul et Mad perfume! YAY!
We also went back to 2nds World in Auburn to fix up my ridiculous drama with Rose’s dishwasher. BLOODY HELL! No good deed goes unpunished.
Got my hair cut and beard trimmed. Anna Maria took this shot.
Anna Maria got all the paperwork in order. We had such a good time getting everything done. It all feels like it’s in really safe hands now.
BATHTIME! in L’Occitane Cherry blossom bubbles again.
SOTEvening: 24 Faubourg by Hermès
My girlfriend Miharu is in town from Japan for a few days. She came to Trivia tonight at Parramatta RSL. 63 players! Happy days.
Home. I want MANGO! So i’m going to eat one. Delicious.
SOTBed: Cuir 28 Dubai by Le Labo. This came from the 8ml sale at Surrender To Chance. Bloody good deal, and I’m really enjoying the scent too. Creamy leather and vanilla with a sandalwood backdrop.
They are cutting down trees next door and grinding them, at 7am. Bit of a rude awakening.
Jin got home around 9am, we had some breakfast.
SOTMorning: Cabochard extrait by Gres
Collected Miharu (Miss Japan! was the nickname I gave her 20+ years ago) from the stationing went to Featherdale Wildlife Farm. Anyone who has been reading Scent Diary for any length of time knows how much I love this place. You get to pet the animals, feed a kangaroo, quokka or wallaby, have your photo with a Koala, see heaps of feedings and interesting talks on a range of animal subjects. Today we saw the Salt Water Crocodile talk and feeding, a bit of the talk about Barking Owls and the Bilbies & Ghost Bats talk. We wandered the park meeting so many Australian native creatures from Goannas to Taipans, Tasmanian Devils and Wombats to Emus and Cassowaries.
Home for a rest.
SOTEvening: Patchouli Noire by Histoires de Parfums
Greystanes with Miharu
Drove her to Mascot
Midnight bubble bath.
SOTBed: Vanilla by Mona di Orio
I woke early. Took the dogs for a wee and then snuggled with Paris on the couch for a while. It’s cloudy and cool today.
SOTMorning: Vanille Noire by Yves Rocher
Bus and train to town.
Phil had bought me a Massage and Facial at Glow in the Sheraton Grand in Sydney. The Spa is on the 22nd floor, has a pool, sauna, spa, gym and sundeck. It all has a magnificent 360 degree view including the city, parklands, harbour and surrounds. I was told to get there early but found myself well over an hour early, and SUPER NERVOUS! I don’t really like being touched very much. As I was going up bumped into my mate Nicola and her friend David and we all went to the Exec Lounge and happily nattered an hour away over tea.
Turns out I had nothing to be nervous about. It was wonderful. I swam some laps for 20 minutes, had the massage and facial and felt amazing. The poor woman was flabbergasted by my practically flawless skin. Then when I told her it was good luck and not good management she couldn’t believe it.
SOTAfternoon: Rahele by Neela Vermeire Creations
Then I went to visit my dentist. The most handsome man in the city, Ryan. We did X Rays, a full clean and he told me my gums have improved to the point where there is no watch on any pockets. This is a big deal.
Met with Miharu at St Mary’s Cathederal. It’s an easy, beautiful landmark for non Sydney livers to find and only two minutes walk rom the dentist office.
We wandered around to the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Did a little look through the Australian heritage paintings and then hit the Kaldor 50 year retrospective. Loads of interesting stuff and nice people to chat to along the way. Then we had some lunch there and more chatter.
Continuing our walk we went through the Royal Botanic Gardens. Perfect weather for wandering aimlessly.
Then down along the foreshore to the Sydney Opera House where we had some drinks at Opera Bar.
Then back into the city. We did some small shopping. Miharu wanted to find some Australian Made skincare for gifting but there wasn’t much on offer i the big chain stores. She did buy some Haig’s chocolate though, proudly Australian owned and made. While in Mecca Strand arcade I did spritz some Radio Bombay by D S & DURGA, I loved it way more than I probably should.
By this time it was after 7pm and I headed home to see Jin. He was sleepy on the couch. Isn’t he the cutest?
Slept quite late today. Jin and I didn’t emerge from bed till about 9.30am. LOVELY lie in.
SOTMorning: Mimosa Love by Amouage. Can’t get enough of this beautiful clean look at mimosa. It’s just about perfect for me.
We did chores around the house. Jin had to put up a new shelf for the modem.
We took the dogs to get their bath, including nail clip and teeth clean. Then went out for lunch in the Parramatta Square. Every Friday they have a bunch of world food vans offering very reasonable meals. Jin had Gnocchi Napolitana and I had Cheese & Spinach Gozleme. I forgot to take photos.
Spent the rest of the day hanging around the house. I did some blogging and computer stuff. Nothing much really. A lovely, lazy afternoon.
SOTAfternoon: Niki de Saint Phalle EdT. I opened a brand new 30ml bottle today. It gets used a lot around here, one of my all time favourites.
We cleaned out Jin’s wardrobe and the drawers underneath our bed tonight. It was really good fun. HEAPS of stuff to give to goodwill. Jin found clothes he forgot he had. Some really lovely stuff that had been hidden away under other, newer stuff. We also rearranged his wardrobe with the coats in the middle, then shirts and then trousers. It means that there won’t be sleeves sticking out when he slides them closed. YAY!
Jin went and got us KFC for dinner. So naughty, so delicious.
We watched the movie Yesterday. It was corny but fun.
SOTBed: Coco vintage extrait by CHANEL
Woke up at 6am. Got up and had a bath and shave. Went back to bed till 9am.
Making myself gorgeous for a big day of drag. Hosting a Wedding at midday and a Trivia Fundraiser at 6.30pm.
SOTMorning: Mandragore by Annick Goutal. Needed something pretty and refreshing.
Luke & Simon’s Wedding was amazing. So many people, so much love and the speech given by their buddy Chuck was freaking hilarious. The whole room was screaming at his outrageous stories, innuendos, punchy one liners and evil intel. The boys are so clearly madly in love and it was fun to watch them still so wrapped after 20 years as partners.
I had to come home and give my feet an ice bath. They were freaking killing. Had a 20 minute lie down to recover myself. Then a quick patch job and off again in the car for the 2 hour drive.
SOTEvening: Charlatan by Fort & Manlé
A Fundraiser for the Wiseman’s Ferry Public school whose playground has recently been labelled unsafe and made off limits. They desperately need some cash to fix it up. We had 65 players and it was wonderful. Lunch a great crew.
Home. HOLY SHIT! I’m buggered.
Here’s what’s left off my beautiful make up after over 12+ hours running hither & thither.
Watched Something Borrowed on Netflix. O M G! Colin Egglesfield for the win!
SOTBed: Vaninight by Hermetica
Slept till 10am. BLISS!
SOTMorning: Map Of The Heart Gold
Gave the dogs a long walk and they were hot and bothered by the end. Me too if I’m being honest.
Watched The Windsors on Netflix. Mildly amusing. Terrible casting and acting.
Came in and checked comments. You guys have been particularly chatty, YAY!
BATHTIME! Korres Basil & Lemon
SOTEvening: Geranium Pour Monsieur by Frederic Malle
Super fun night at Austral BC tonight. I love my Sunday TRIVIA crew.
Home in the rain. I love the sound of it beating down outside.
SOTBed: L’Heure Convoiteé II Cartier. This powdery carnation is perfection. Nothing comes close.
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