Hey there APJ Crew,
Where the hell did January go? It’s just flown by. Finally back in drag this week. Wore a bunch of favourite fragrances, opened a new weekly event, hung a bit with Jin and our mates and generally had a pretty chill week. Biggest drama being out China & North Korea legs of the February trip cancelled because of coronavirus.
Scent Diary: 27.1-2.2.2020
This morning I was up till about 2am doing the clothes and linen washing, changed the bed sheets and towels. Hung it all out to dry. In between I was organising TRIVIA Q&A.
I’m sad: That Bettina Arndt, pro pedophile and abuse advocate, won an Australia day award yesterday speaks volumes about who is in power to choose such things and tarnishes the institution.
I slept right through all the Aquarobics classes for today. DAMNIT!
Up around 11am, Jin had come home from work fun the early hours but I didn’t even notice him getting into bed. Woke up sweating, SO HOT!
Vacuumed the house. I’m so sweaty it’s like I just got out of a pool.
Jin put the AC on dry mode. Blessed relief.
Made us a chicken and salad lunch from leftovers.
Jin went back to bed.
SOTDay: Love Mimosa by Amouage. A refreshing and beautiful blast of cooling floral gorgeousness. Dewy and crisp mimosa with a very light honeyed taint.
WOW! Trivia Q&A done & dusted by 9pm. Just got to send everything out to the crew.
Watched Sex Education on Netflix. On to the second season and everything is making So Much more sense now I’ve fully watched season one.
SOTEvening: Liberté by Cacharel. LOADS of it.
It’s humid like the tropics but unlike them there won’t be a night storm to cool and dry the air. After walking the dogs I am dripping wet, wringing wet. HA! Some under the fan time I think and some more Netflix.
SOTNight: Niki de Saint Phalle. All the chore goodness, dry, green and mossy. This is my bottle gifted from Scotty. It’s fricken GORGEOUS!
Suddenly it’s nearly 3am.
SOTBed: Zephyr by Teone Reinthal. A boozy resinous fragrance with hummus rich earthiness and dark animalics. Poopy white flowers and vanilla underneath.
Up early and off to Aquarobics. It was a good class today.
SOTMorning: Nuda by Nasomatto. ALL the jasmine
Home and did some blogging.
Jin woke up around 10.30am and we hung for a while. He brought me a surprise bunch of Muraya flowers from his walk. Gorgeous breathy white flowers that have thoroughly taken over my office. MAGIC!
I went back to bed. Slept like dead people.
Walked the dogs in the baking midday sun.
SOTAfternoon: 4711 Remix Cologne. A joyous pop of citrus. Refreshing and fun.
BATHTIME! Today I had a cool bath. It was perfect and I feel so much better for it. Shaped and shaved the beard. Got myself feeling gorgeous.
SOTDay: Futur by Robert Piguet
OPENING NIGHT in the new Club Parramatta was fun. Obviously there were some trials and tribulations. People hate change and are vocal about it. We muddled through with a fabulous room full, 61 players.
Got home. chatted with Jin, watched some Korean TV, did some computer stuff.
Saw this and had to share.
SOTBed: Pichola by Neela Vermeire Creations. Citrus, radiant white flowers and a very pretty rose float effortlessly over a woodsy marzipan. Beautiful and sparkling but rather than refreshing it’s cozy and comfortable.
My body seems to be craving sleep above all else. I was in bed by about 1am, slept till 11am. Woke up feeling heavy with sleep. Beautiful.
SOTMorning: 24 Faubourg by Hermès
Faffed around a bit. SUDDENLY IT WAS TIME TO LEAVE!
Got dressed so quickly, gave my teeth a clean and heard the bus come just as I was putting my shoes on. DAMNIT! I drove to Westfields and parked then walked to the train.
High Tea at the Sir Stamford with my gorgeous mate Kerri. We had the loveliest time. So much chatter and catching up. I also learned about her childhood and added layers and layers to my knowledge. Amazing. Excellent way to spend an hour & a half.
For those worried about my diabetes, only ate the savoury level and the scones. Kerri took the sweet plate stuff home to her partner.
SOTAfternoon: Blackbird by Olympic Orchids. Kerri happened to have her bottle. I absolutely adore it. Clever fragrance, smells amazing.
Train back to Parramatta. For over four hours at Westfields cost me only $11! WINNING!
I went straight to work. So busy tonight. Almost every table was taken and some of my favourite hotties were in the house. YAY!
Home. Fed & walked the dogs.
Faffed about for a while.
SOTBed: Adjatay by The Different Company. Leather and white flowers.
Bloody 2.30am and I can’t sleep. ANNOYING!
SOTInsomnia: Truth or Dare by Madonna. WHITE FLOWERS and stuff.
Up and out to Aquarobics. I drove the car today. There is a lot of ground to cover that would be excruciating on public transport.
SOTDay: Sampaquita by Ormonde Jayne
Met my mates April and Julie for our monthly lunch catch up. SO MUCH chatter I forgot to take pics.
Met my school buddy David for coffee. He’s moved back to Sydney and I’m really excited to hang with him.
Came home. Had a quick rest & organised myself for trivia.
21st Century Trivia opened tonight at Club Parramatta! We had 36 players on 11 tables. Unbelievably good result for the first evening. I’m so excited and happy. Even Jin came along to support it.
Came home and I fed & walked the dogs. Did well over 9000 steps today PLUS my Aqua class.
SOTEvening: Sang Bleu by Le Galion
Had some Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls for dinner.
Chatted to Jin for a while.
Woke up around 9am.
SOTMorning: Oriental Mint by Phaedon
Lunch with Sharon & Paul. Saw their new, fabulous house by the beach. AMAZING!
Catch up with Andrea & Ian.
SOTEvening: 1957 by CHANEL. Still no idea why I love it as much as I obviously do.
OMG! It’s a fiery furnace out there today. 46C (nearly 115f). Just walked the dogs slowly around the park, came back wringing wet with sweat.
SOTMorning: Mohur by Neela Vermeire Creations. Leaning into the heat with this spicy rose and all the trimmings.
Had Yum Cha with Jin, Michael & Hyun. Excellent fun.
Jin wants a sound bar for the TV. He is slowly getting deafer and needs the extra volume. This is Bose but I think we are going in another direction.
HOME> SWEATING! Slept under the fan.
Dinner with Jin Alice & Kath. These three people are special to me.
Jin booked our European flights tonight. We are off in November!
SOTNight: I Am Trash by Etat Libre d’Orange. If I lost my whole collection the this is a rebuff in the first week. I love its citrussy flowers.
SOTDay: Madame Rochas by Rochas
02.02.2020 seems like a fairly auspicious day to announce change.
This will be the last month of Australian Perfume Junkies. It’s come up for renewal and after 8 years we’re done. We started 29.2.2012. It’s been amazing. YOU lot are amazing.
SOTD will move in March to Perfume Posse
Mood Scent 4 will move in March to A Bottled Rose
Scent Diary and Saturday Question (after you all gave me 100 fabulous new ones too) will go the way of the dodo
Australian Perfume Junkies has been an amazing place, created friendships all around the world, been fun, torturous, amazing, wonderful, crazy and challenging.
So many incredible contributors, commenters, perfumes and perfumers. Our last four standing; Narth, Sandra, Val the Cookie Queen and myself love you all so much and thank you from the top to bottom of our hearts.
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