Hey there APJ Crew,
This week wizzed by in a cloud a fabulous fragrance. There were lunches, catch ups, quick trips away and a 50th birthday party.
Scent Diary: 6.1-12.1.2020
Wow! I slept so hard last night. No memory of even hitting the pillow.
SOTMorning: Eau de Sud by Annick Goutal.
Clothes washing, computer and dogs.
Jin taught me how to make Dumpling Soup. OMG! So simple. Delicious.
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SOTAfternoon: Caron Pour Un Homme. In honour of Andrew from FFF. He bought it on my recommendation. MMMMM
Dinner was Spag Bol reheats. MMMMM
Walked the dogs for an hour through the soft rain. The smell of petrichor overlaid with the perfume of wet-after-months eucalyptus. My nose was having a party and the sensation of walking through the softest, almost body temp rain was delightful too.
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Finished around 1.30am
SOTNight: Obsession Woman by Calvin Klein. This is a bit older, but not original, and has matured to a deep burnished animalic amber. It’s freaking gorgeous. It doesn’t get much wear because I’ll be too sad to not have it.
SOTMorning: Divine EdP. I wanted something shimmering and glorious to beat the stink of hospital.
Up and took Jin to the hospital. Colonoscopy and gastroscopy. The lead up 48 hours has been particularly brutal, poor guy. He hardly slept a wink last night.
Went back to bed.
Collected our boy. He’s fine but groggy. Went and got some food for him.
We both came back and slept. WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH ME?
Up around 5pm to get ready to go for dinner.
SOTEvening: Mimosa Love by Amouage
Walked to dinner. It’s an easy 1.8km but it was kinda sweaty by the time I got there. Thank goodness I arrived 15 minutes early so I cooled down in the AC. Umaya, a Japanese restaurant. Very Ra Sha Sha!
Laurie and Vicky arrived and we had a fantastic catch up. Food was excellent and so many stories.
Walked back home again via the new Parramatta Club. It’s looking amazing. Only two weeks till open!
Jin is still on the couch. Poor guy. Looking 100% more with it though.
SOTNight: Monsieur Li by Hermès
Fed & walked the dogs. Did nearly 11k steps today.
Should have gone to bed with Jin but instead I stayed up and watched the first episode of Netflix Dracula. O M G! It is seriously fabulous.
SOTBed: Boucheron Femme EdT. So feral. An aldehydic feral.
SOTMorning: Oriental Mint by Phaedon. I needed that sweet zing of a candy cane.
Jan and I met Ainslie for lunch. Good catch ups and fun over a Japanese meal. It was yummy and we were silly. Had so much fun I forgot to Take a pic.
Home and did some more garage organising.
Jin cooked sugar free cookies! OMG! So delicious.
Hung out around the house, sweating steadily.
SOTEvening: Le Temps d’Une Fete by Parfums Nicolai
Work was excellent. My lovely mate Robin, who usually plays on Tuesday came and played with a couple of the boys. Lifted them to a healthy third. Isn’t her dress gorgeous?
Home,. watched TV with Jin.
SOTBed: I Am Trash by Etat Libre d’Orange.
FINALLY went back to the pool for aquarobics this morning. It was really good to get into the pool and work it out. Jin came too but wasn’t feeling up to sport so he had a sauna and spa.
SOTMorning: Beyond Paradise Blue by Estee Lauder
After Jin and I had a cuppa in a cafe together. Nice morning.
I trained it into town.
‘YAY! Dentist appointment with Dr Ryan Nevin. He said my gums were looking excellent, teeth too.
Lunch at David Jones Food Hall with my mate Patrick. We had pasta. Mine was Four cheese ravioli and green salad. Delicious.
Met up with Alice and Tim for food, coffees and catch ups.
Back home on train and bus.
Jin and I watched Frozen II.
Yeah, it’s hard for me to be down on Disney. There’s so much to love.
We REALLY didn’t enjoy Frozen II though. The songs are so low key and boringly bleaugh (not one singalong showstopper, all B Sides), too much small scale story, the characters animation looks lopsided in parts, some of the dialogue was clunky and mawkish. The whole movie felt like a straight to DVD episode.
Tried to focus on the blog stuff but couldn’t.
Took the dogs for a big walk. Did well over 10k steps today! PLUS the Aquarobics class.
Packed a backpack for Jin’s and my adventure tomorrow. Here are my perfume choices for just shy of 48 hours away. Aoud Roses by Montale, Uptown Moonshine by DSH Perfumes, Lost Cherry by Tom Ford and Embers & Musk by Aftelier perfumes.
SOTBed: Courtesan by Worth. Freshly washed body, fruit and white laundry musks. I love this gone forever beauty.
GAWD! We were up before the birds at 4am. Dogs quickly fed & walked. Faces and teeth washed, dressed and off.
SOTD: Pichola by Neela Vermeire Creations. Something gorgeous but airplane friendly.
Drove to Kath’s, dropped the car and Uber to the airport. She and Alice will be coming down tonight.
We flew into the Melbourne outskirts airport of Avalon. It’s a cheaper destination but we found out that all savings were eroded by the extra cost of the bus into and out of town. It also takes about 30-40 minutes longer each way. Good to know.
Headed for our hotel. Pullman Albert Park. The girls had already booked here so we decided to stay nearby for extra hanging out time. It was nice, breakfast was delicious. It was right across from the tram stop and was halfway between Melbourne City and Ben’s 50th Birthday venue.
Straight out to meet a different Ben (this Ben and I lived together in London 1994-5) and Margeaux! Lunch at a pub in Federation Square was well priced and we had an excellent reunion. Margeaux also bought me a bottle of Cher! Impossible to find in Australia. Ah May Zing! It smells so good. Like a CHANEL No 22 for the 21st century perfumista.
Margeaux, Jin and I went down to the National Gallery of Victoria and saw the Haring and Basquiat exhibition, there were also a couple of wonderful KAWS pieces in the lobby. I’ve only added a couple of pics but the whole exhibition was mind blowing. Our guide knew so much and was really generous with that knowledge.
SOTEvening: Embers and Musk by Aftelier Perfumes. Such a warm, rich, interesting fragrance to kill the sterile atmosphere of hotel air conditioning.
Jin was utterly exhausted so I took him back to the hotel for dinner. He had a couple of drinks, we ate an enormous mixed grill plate with greens and fries and he basically fell asleep at the table before the dessert menu could be brought.
By the time the girls arrived at the hotel, flying down after work, we were sound asleep.
SOTMorning: Lost Cherry by Tom Ford. Previous wearings from the same sample have lasted beautifully. Sadly I only got an hour of fragrance from Lost Cherry today. It is easily my second favourite cherry frag, after Black Perfecto.
Breakfasted with the girls. LOVE a buffet breakfast. The first couple of days of any holiday I stuff myself silly.
We had some time and Kath wanted to grab a hoodie. Jin also wanted to pop into UniQlo to grab a Basquiat and a Haring T=Shirt. They’ve joined forces with the NVG Exhibition and done a limited run of fabulous things.
I saw this amazing shop front and decided when I FINALLY do my perfume store this is my model.
I also made my way to CHANEL where they had a Coromandel extrait sample. Swiped myself liberally. It’s nice.
Then we trimmed it to Ben’s 50th birthday celebrations.
Sadly, due to our extra travel time back to the airport we had to leave halfway through lunch. BUMMER! The party went on till the early hours of the next day and beyond. HA! Kinda glad we left, things could have become extremely messy.
Jin was so tuckered out he fell sound asleep on the bus and quietly snored his way to the airport.
SOTBed: Le Mimosa by Annick Goutal. Comparing it to Amouage Love Mimosa. They are similar but the Amouage wears infinitely more joyfully for me.
Slept in late.
SOTMorning: JAZZ by YSL. Not only does this fragrance have young me references but now that’s it’s a gift from Scotty I’m loving it even more. What a happy scent.
Hung around the house with Jin. Watched some Korean wrestling TV. Did blog stuff.
SOTAfternoon: Iris Tubereuse by Creed
Work was amazing tonight. We had a really full room and everyone had a laugh.
Home. Doing some clothes washing.
SOTBed: Umbra by Ramon Monegal. So warm and luscious. It has a base note that’s smelt a lot in 21st century niche but it is sitting with a lovely array around it that makes it wear differently.
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