Hey there APJ Crew,
Kylie has done a new ad for Australia. I don’t know why but every time I watch it I cry like a baby. There’s been some backlash but it shows so much of what I love about this country. Of course we are having problems, what country isn’t? Our government is making some poor decisions, I bet yours is too. We are mining, bulldozing and building over our food belt, killing the reef and country for profit and we’ve never had such a high percentage of homeless. Still, Australia is a terrific place to visit and who doesn’t love Kylie?
Scent Diary: 23.12 – 29.12.2019
OK, I couldn’t sleep last night. Got up at 3am and had a cuppa, did some computer faffing.
SOTAwakeness: Mohur by Neela Vermeire Creations
After Jin went to work at 4.30am I hit the bed and did end up getting a few hours but it was disturbed sleep.
Finally gave in and got out of bed. Feeling frazzled and groggy.
Doing the clothes washing. Dusted the house. Swept the tiles.
SOTDay: Crème de Cuir bdk parfums
Post Office, visited Scotty at work, Bunnings Gift card buying.
Final washing out on the line. Vacuuming finished. House clean but not tidy.
SOTAfternoon: Classical by Anat Fritz. Today this wore ultra green on me, dry and dessicatec greenery. Parched. Perfect to counteract the sweltering humidity.
Jumped on the bus and train to town where I met Jin, Kath and Ben. we all went to the fish markets for dinner and prawn shopping by Light Rail. It’s our annual adventure and we went at about 5.30pm tonight. It was nearly empty, we got seats on the waterfronyt and there were no queues for anything. AMAZING! Normally it is a complete shit fight.
Home and the heat is getting to me. I need some quiet time.
BLOODY HELL! I forgot to write my TRIVIA Q&A. Thank everything I only write one set over the Xmas/New Year each week. It was done in under 3 hours and sent to all the crew, just in case.
SOTMorning: Equistrius by Parfum d’Empire
Had to go grab some Xmas bags, last minute bits and collect a Chemist Warehouse order. I braved Westfields in Parramatta on Christmas Eve. My expectation was that it would be a riot and nightmare shopping experience. NOPE! It was nearly empty. I waltzed around and did everything on the list with enough time left over to sit and have a peaceful coffee by myself and congratulate a job well done. He He he.
Home and walked the dogs through the sultry heat.
Now I’m going to laze for a couple of hours.
SOTAfternoon: Midnight Oud by Juliette Has A Gun. Sometimes you have to lean into the heat to make it bearable.
Spent some time getting all my trivia stuff together for tonight.
Cleaned up the dining table.
TinaG came over and we sprayed ourselves with Comme des Garcons Incense. Zagorsk for TinaG and Jaisalmer for me. We had tea, Christmas cake and chats and smelled freaking AH MAY ZING!
BATHTIME! With my Champs Elysees Bath Balls. SO GLAM!!
SOTEvening: Champs Elysees by Guerlain.
We still has 33 people tonight for trivia. It was the last one for the decade, the last one in the Parramatta RSL because we get a brand new club in 2020 and it was Christmas Eve. Perfect to hang out with some of the crew, we had some laughs, hugs and fun. I’m going to miss that venue, it has been home for nearly a decade.
Home to Jin, he has cooked all the pork for tomorrow. I need to get the potato salad done and we’ll be ready.
SOTNight: Sancti by Les Liquides Imaginaires. All the incense.
Made Potato salad and Carrot, Orange & Mint salad for tomorrow. Cut up the Pork for Jin.
Opened some presents.Scotty gave me the most outrageously fabulous porcelain figurine and a bottle of original JAZZ! Amazing.
Watched some GRIMM!
SOTBed: The calming lavender lilt of CHANEL Jersey
Woke up to the sounds of Jin cleaning the kitchen! It’s a CHRISTMAS MIRACLE.
We faffed around the house and opened all the presents from other people.
SOTMorning: Shalimar Ode de la Vanille by Guerlain.
Organised the bag of food and off.
Popped in to see my Mum’s grave. It’s looking good, even in this ghastly drought. We watered her, I had a little chat, burned some incense for her.
Off to Kath’s families place for Xmas lunch.
Home by 3pm.
DEAD! Food coma. Bed.
Jin and I did our Christmas Present opening. I scored a new Doona Set that you can see below,. It’s really lovely but I would NEVER have picked a white one, even though it’s got that lovely embossed looking jacquard ripple through it. He’s so damn chuffed with himself. Also a Tiffany & Co coffee mug to match my last years one. I’m so freaking spoiled.
SOTBed: Brasil Dream by Estee Lauder
Slept like the dead for 2 hours. Woke up with a toilet tummy.
Jin’s mates Yuliet, Edo and Matt met us at the nearby Korean BarBQ (it’s got nowhere near the selection of our regular one but it’s clean and they’re friendly). Even though Jin and I were still stuffed from lunch we managed a fair showing, the others ate like ravenous hordes.
Afterwards they wanted Ice Cream but only McDonalds was open for it so we all trooped in. I stole a couple of mouthfuls of Jin’s Chocolate Sundae! O M G! So freaking delicious. the perfect end to a day of eating.
We walked home and vegged out on the lounge till bedtime.
SOTBed: Oriental Mint by Phaedon
Jin woke me up this morning with the smell of bacon and eggs cooking. Enough to lure the dead from their crypts. It was so delicious.
SOTMorning: Niki de Saint Phalle
Alice and Kath came over for lunch. It was fun. We ate a LOT of leftovers! So delicious. Such great girls. we organised next year Christmas in BALI! I’ve never been before. Very exciting.
Then we went to Kath’s Dad’s place for a swim but I’m so angry with her sister and dad that it was horrible and my stomach revolted. Came home and did an EXTRA ENORMOUS POO! Sorry, forgot to take pics.
SOTEvening: Exultat by Maris Candida Gentile. All the incense. YUMMM
FRIDAY! How is it Friday already.
Today is super chill.
SOTMorning: Born Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker. It’s an easy wear sparkling fruity floral. It came as a gift from Anna Maria. That elevates it and makes me think of her while wearing it.
Did some running around in the sweltering, muggy heat. Post Office drop off and collect packages, returned a faulty fan and bought a new whiz bang one, did some grocery shopping.
Cleaned the house. Shining like a new pin.
SOTAfternoon: Vintage JAZZ by YSL in the original bottle. It smells freaking amazing,. A Christmas gift from the incredibly generous Scotty! He also gave me this outrageous statuette. O M G! Isn’t she everything?
Had Evie, Chris, Lyndal and Graham over for afternoon tea today. We had a very laid back couple of hours full of fun, chatter, stories and food. I did some sandwiches, a cheese platter and some fruit. Evie brought some sweet treats and Jin brought out the wine. It was so fun I forgot to take pics.
After cleaning up Jin tried making a Sweet & Sour Tofu dish. The jury is out.
We hung out together for a while and then he had to go to bed.
late night dog walk in the cool night air was perfect. I forgot to have my phone on me for this mornings dog walk and cleaning so I had to do a couple of thousand steps to hit 5,000. My base line. Happily hot 5, 384! Yay,.
SOTBed: Adjatay by The Different Company. I felt exactly like white floral leather and it is a perfect scent for tonight. YUMMY
It is SO HOT! I’m melting.
SOTMorning: Love Mimosa by Amouage
Went out to Westfield. Anna Maria had bought me a fabulous Oroton bag for Christmas. Trouble is I knew it would never get used. Traded it for my new Trivia bag. O M G! It’s so freaking lovely! Look at this fabulous colour. Looks terrific with my animals that people have given me over the years. It also goes perfectly with my Love Mimosa bottle!
Had Linda and Ray over for morning tea.
Did some running around for tomorrow nights BarBQ.
SOTAfternoon: Dangerous Complicity by Etat Libre d’Orange
Off to eat with the crew at Korean BarBQ for Sammy’s birthday. It was excellent fun. My FF Kath took a couple of shots. We had a ball.
SOTHome: Liberté by Cacharel
Home. Watched ATYPICAL on Netflix.
I walked the dogs through the ghastly heat, still at nearly midnight.
BLACKOUT! Bugger. Lasted till 1.30am.
SOTBed: Beyond Paradise Blue by Estee Lauder.
MORNING! It’s a grey, sweaty morning in Parramatta. Walking the dogs was a bit hot.
SOTMorning: Divine EdP
The day was spent in a flurry of organisation. Our last dinner party for the year and it was excellent. Jin created a fabulous menu including 3 vegan dishes, spicy pork, BarBQ ribs and sausages on the BarBQ. I did a couple of salads and roasted some veg. It was a fantastic night. So good I didn’t take one photo. GRRR!
At the end we did open my newest purchase. Rose Barbare by Guerlain. WJOA! So good
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