Hey there APJ Crew,
This week was a Sample Only Week. Using up a bunch of the samples lying around here unloved. The idea has been to put the whole .7ml (or whatever is left of a decant) on at once and wear it. I drop the lot in my hand, rub it together after shave wise and then pat it on my chest and arms. Effective. These samples have been purchased from First In Fragrance, Surrender To Chance or LuckyScent and a couple were frag friend gifted.
Scent Diary: 20.1-26.1.2020
Stayed up and did the clothes washing and hanging till about 2am.
Went back to bed till midday! HEAVEN
Fed & walked the dogs
Cleaned the house. The whole shebang. Watered the plants.
Went to the Post Office. Picked up a parcel from CouriersPlease.
Jin came home. we had dinner and watched the last episode of Dracula. Ending is poor but the show was wonderful.
Hung out on the blog for a while.
The whole day without fragrance. Feels like I’ve recalibrated a bit.
Jin woke me when he was leaving but I rolled over and went back to sleep.
SOTMorning: Replica – Promenade in the Gardens by Maison Margiela 2013. I was expecting a verdant, breezy, pretty thing but this wears mainly base to me after the first 10 minutes. Amorphous green over a dry grass/patchouli/woods base. Wears like a modern version of a chypre. THUNK!
Did a drive by of the new Parramatta Club. It’s looking spectacular and opening later this week.
Watched some Netflix. Back to the Jurassic Park series! YAY!
SOTAfternoon: Hydrangea by J-Scent. More of a jasmine and fresh green bulb leaves than hydrangea but extremely pretty and a perfect sweaty summer day pick. I could also imagine in wearing perfectly as a reminder of spring in the dead of winter. THUNK
Jin came home with PIZZA! It was freaking delicious.
We watched the last of Sex Education Series two together. WOW! The second season has been even better than the first. Unbelievably good TV. We loved it.
SOTBed: Lost Cherry by Tom Ford. I am seriously in love with the way it smells. Cherry Cheesecake and booze with all those lovely biscuit/almond references. YUMMERS! THUNK
6am Aquarobics. The pool was quite full this morning. This is one of my instructors, Shelly. So lovely.
Did a little grocery shopping on the way home.
SOTMorning: Cuoio dei Dolci by La Via del Profumo. Sensationally animalic tropical floral vanilla fragrance. Feral but sheer, elegant and poised. Excellent stuff. THUNK
Update: It only lasted an hour or so in this muggy heat before it became a sheer, hardly noticeable skin scent.
Had a really productive work morning. Secured an extra 21st Century TRIVIA gig for Thursdays and consolidating my Turbo Trivia Tuesdays at Parramatta. Also, I’ll be the Drag Queen Hostess at the Opening Night VIP Event there tomorrow night. The brand new Parramatta Club opens its doors! YAY!
SOTEvening: Truth Beauty Freedom Love by 4160 Tuesdays.
Ainslie walker came over for Trivia. It was heaving tonight. 11 tables, loads of players and we had a hoot. Ainslie’s table came second, they were so excited.
Ainslie and I then had some couch time watching Netflix and a sleepover!
SOTBed: Night Veils – Le Gant by Byredo. So polite? I think the heat stole most of this beauty away from me. Saffron, leather and a hint of mimosa. Maybe Le Gant needs a cooler temp to bloom properly. THUNK
UPDATE: Le Gant took nearly an hour to start smelling amazing. A distinctive floral leather that sings. It lulled me to sleep and still smelled softly wonderful next morning.
Woke up to the perfect remnants of Le Gant. WOW!
Made Ainslie and I an omelette breakfast with tea & coffee.
She headed off to work.
I was supposed to go to Aqua but decided to go back to bed instead.
Jin has received word that our North Korea tour will be cancelled because of the new Chinese coronavirus, a cousin of the SARS virus.
SHAVED and neatened my beard.
Walked the dogs in 42.7C heat. O M G! We stayed under the tree cover as much as possible but WOW!
SOTDay: L’Insomnuit by Robert Piguet. Sometimes you need to lean into the heat. This is an iris and tonka fragrance with hints of plum, oud and sandalwood. I remember being in Londion when it was released and falling madly for it. Still gorgeous.
Went and had a walk around the new club. WOW!
Home. Bathed in cool Radox bath..
Make Up! In 42.7C Heat!
Went to the VIP Launch of Club Parramatta with my friend Roberta. We saw, were seen, drank, ate, schmoozed, painted and played the poker machines. EXCELLENT night in an amazing new venue! Woo Hoo!
Jin put his foot down and we now have the AC on. It’s only on Dry Mode but still it drops the room temp by at least 15C as well.
SOTBed: Au Delà Narcisse by Bruno Fazzolari
Slept like a baby in the cooled air of our living room, Jin and I on the different lengths of our L shaped couch. HEAVEN. THUNK
Last night and today have been quite fraught. Our China and North Korea adventure has been cancelled because of the virus. Poor Jin has been working like a house elf to get everything sorted so we can still go to Thailand for my cousin’s wedding. Fortunately QANTAS, Expedia and our North Korea Tour crew have all issued full refunds with only very reasonable cancellation fees. We weren’t so lucky with our Hilton Beijing booking but in their defence we did get an amazing non refundable price.
Jin has now booked us on a new flight to Koh Samui from Sydney and we get an extra day in Thailand (via 19 hour hotel stopover within Singapore’s Changi Airport! my favourite airport on earth). With all our refunds etc the new bookings are pretty much going to even out, with a little bit of extra spending on the ground. Crisis averted.
SOTMorning: L’Ombre dans L’Eau by Diptyque. I am loving the modern version of this. The blackcurrant is rosier and sweeter, friendlier and much more 21st century. 100% loving it and now I’m thinking FB. THUNK
We went and got some Hawa Chicken and Jin bought a going away cake for one of his colleagues.
Thank goodness it’s not so hot as yesterday. My body had gone into frightened meltdown and just wanted to sleep. It was so hot outside that my nose hairs were singeing and the skin inside my nostrils tingled like it was in a dry sauna.
Jin has gone to work
SOTEvening: Arielle Shoshana Sunday. So much rice steam with a load of excellent bells and whistles. THIS is amazing. Really boundary pushing yet totally wearable. I love it.
Kath and I went down to the Cold Chisel concert at BankWest stadium, a couple of blocks away from our place. I’d been given a couple of tix by Jane. It was freaking AMAZING! Seriously. We were hoping to get backstage and see everyone but it wasn’t meant to be this time. Still we sat with my mate Patrick, Jane, friends new and old. What a night!
Watched TV, fell asleep.
Woke up this morning to a FaceTime call from the two Netherlands men we hung out with on the Trans Siberian Railway. Rick and Dirk, the super cute best buddies. They are both so sweet and fun. Hilarious chat, saw around Rick’s beautiful 3 storey abode, met his girlfriend Desiree. Here’s a pic of us on the trip last year, no idea where Jin was at this point.
I was too blurry so Jin walked the dogs this morning.
Jin and I went and got a big container for his bulk rice buying. 25KG! Then I had to clean out the pantry for there to be room. The grey container on the left bottom.
Lunar New Year. Metal Rat 2020
SOTDay: Replica Jazz Club by Maison Margiela. Rum, honeyed tobacco, vanilla and stuff. Very wearable.
Caught up with my girlfriend Kim and we saw The Gentlemen at the cinema! SO GOOD! O M G! I didn’t want it to end. In fact, I want to see it again.
Came home and hung around the house with Jin & the dogs watching some Korean travel TV. No, I still don’t understand a freaking thing. Pictures are nice though.
Came into the office to get started on my week’s TRIVIA Q&A.
SOTNight: Les Exceptions – Fougère Furieuse by Mugler. Metallic geranium, neroli and a fuzzy base of indeterminate oakmossy stuff. It’s a bit like licking an old tin can. Nice-ish but not what I want to smell like. THUNK
For some reason I stayed up till 4.30am watching Sex Education on Netflix. NAUGHTY!
It’s quite hot today. I’ve woken at 11am and pretty sweaty.
SOTMorning: Lostinflowers Strangelove NYC. Lovely rick white floral with the deep yearning breath of jasmine and champaca underplayed by a soft oud-ish-ness.
Kath popped over for a visit.
Jin and I hung out a bit.
SOTDay: Angelo Di Fiume by Linari. Caramel, Bourbon vanilla and sandalwood all overlaid with a sweet fruity glaze. Delicious. Like a very heavy duty Guerlain. Fabulous, even in this heat. THUNK
Work was excellent. Virgins United won the $500 CASH JACKPOT! Amazing.
SOTNight: Mon Parfum Pearl by M. Micallef. Last sample of the week. Pretty, soft rose/peony with a lovely undertone of rice and vanilla. Nothing special for me but I can imagine non perfumista people swooning. Perfect office and close quarters scent. THUNK
Here are all the samples I thunked this week. Pretty happy with that.
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