Hey there APJ Crew,
Even though it’s been rush, rush, rush to get things organised all week I’ve felt calm about it. Going at it at my own pace and getting things done one at a time has allowed me to focus on each thing. At times it’s felt quiet zen.
Fragrance has, as always, played a major part. There are some cool spritzes from the vault.
Saw some friends but all in all it was work, organise, sleep, repeat.
Scent Diary: 10.2-16.2.2020
I set the alarm for 10am and woke at 9.57am. Happy happenstance!
The rain has stopped and the sun is shining. There is a sense of clean renewal in the air and walking the dogs was marvellous.
This morning I’m organising my TRIVIA games. I’m going to try to get four weeks worth done before lunch. Wish me luck. It’s only 12 events worth but each even has three games.
SOTMorning: Traversée du Bosphore by L’Artisan. Inspired by TaraC. I love how it smells like a cross between cooking rice and Turkish Delight. So happily weird.
1.30pm and the TRIVIA Games are done till we return.
The water heater boys have come and fixed our problem. Should have hot water in an hour! YAY! They were quite easy on the eye too.
Doing some laundry and cleaning. Today will be a nearly zero cleaning day. Reason being, Jin only did an eight hour workday so he came home before I’d done all the cleaning. GRRRR!
Jin grabbed me. We went and had late lunch and did a grocery shop.
I had a nap, gave the dogs a wee, finished hanging washing and made a cuppa.
SOTAfternoon: Aesthete by Le Galion. Softly leather and florals. Pretty and masculine. Perfectly blended and poised.
Dinner was reheats! My personal favourite, Bolognaise sauce reimagined as Savoury Mince. Just add a bunch of Wostershire Sauce and all the vegetables in the fridge. Pour it over buttered toast and YUM!! Jin won’t eat it because it looks like spew but I love it.
Fed and walked the dogs together with Jin. Perfect evening for it.
TRIVIA Q&A. My head is REALLY not in the game today.
4.30am and I’ve just sent off the TRIVIA Q&A to the crew. That was an uphill battle the whole way. Now my mind is going 1000 miles per hour. Going to watch TV for a bit then crash.
SOTBed: Le Bain by JOOP!
Slept fitfully. Woke up grumpy.
Went to help BFF Kath’s Dad around the house with Jin.
Jin wanted a Vietnamese Pork Salad Roll. We took a No Right Turn that was really badly signposted and the cop was sitting there waiting for us. Jin has now lost his first ever points in Australia and a $260 fine. It was 100% my fault that he went around it. We both feel like idiots and are totally bummed.
Home. Clipped beard.
Midday: Had my first deep, hot bubble bath experience this week. It was HEAVEN! Caudalie Rose scented bubbles and body wash. You can see this bottle is nearly finished.
SOTAfternoon: Hedonist Rose Absolute by Viktoria Minya. Jammiest Turkish Delight rose with the darkness of a woody and animalic oud tethering it to the ground. This is the blood red rose of the hedge that kept Sleeping Beauty’s castle safe during its hundred year sleep and the dark woods that surround it.
I’ve never received so many unsolicited compliments on a fragrance before. Hedonist Rose Absolute is a real crowd pleaser. It smelled beautiful for hours. Currently midnight and I still smell gorgeous. A couple of spritzes after my bath, then a couple of spritzes before I left for work. Amazingly beautiful.
Watching Locke & Key on Netflix. It’s mesmerising.
SOTBed: Aromatics In White by Clinique. I thought it was rubbish the first few wears. It IS shit, but I like it. Weird ass sandblasted fruity floral aldehydic mess. Smells terrible. AddICTIVE.
It’s warm and sticky humid today. I need a fa on me to keep regulated.
SOTMorning: Vintage CHANEL No 19 EdT. Can’t go past this dry, mossy chypre for a bit of instant cooling.
Fed and walked the dogs. As I was walking them one of our BFFs Alice asked me to go check on an apartment up the street for sale. It has been on the market since September and I’ve often walked past it, thinking it looks like a fine investment. For some reason it doesn’t sell.
TRIVIA Q&A. Got a whole week’s worth of main game done today. Fingers crossed I can be so productive tomorrow!
BATHTIME! We are constantly trying to keep our footprint down around here. The other night I had to have a Bucket Bath because there was no hot water. The saving in water is off the chart. I am going to try to Bucket Bath at least twice a week from now on. Feels sensible, saves a shitload of water and I’m just as clean.
SOTAfternoon: Seville a l’Aube by L’Artisan. All the glorious sticky orange juice, orange blossom and cooling incense. Summer in a bottle.
Excellent crew in at Greystanes Inn even though it’s been raining. We had a fun time.
Finished watching Locke & Key. I had picked most of the twists in the last episode before they happened but there were a couple of surprises.
SOTBed: Elegance Animale by Lalique. Opens like fruity fairy floss and then takes an anima;ic turn for the dark side.
Cooler this morning again. YAY! It feels like rain.
SOTMorning: Covet by Sarah Jessica Parker. I noticed on MMKinPA’s Instagram that she was wearing it and had a rummage for my own. Now I’m drenched in its quirky weirdness.
Dogs fed & walked. I love our area. There’s often someone out with their pooch. It’s always chat time. Even though we may only see each other five times a year it’s friendly and newsy. I love the village feel of North Parramatta.
Did some blogging and comment answering. What am I going to do with all my spare time?
Anna Maria bought us a big jar of the posh Moccona coffee and it has been so glamorous drinking it. Sadly the well ran dry this morning and I’m back to what we normally drink around here. Yes, cheapo bastard shit coffee. I have to admit that while drinking the medium roast, creamy and delicious Moccona was lavish, Nescafe hits the same spot. When we were growing up Mum would ONLY have Moccona in the house and our cupboards were full of the 400g jars repurposed and DYMO labelled for ease. It was a really good trip down memory lane.
SOTAfternoon: Narcisse by Chloe. Outrageously OTT BWF with the lot. I’ve had this bottle for ages and noticed it when getting my Covet out this morning. Thought I better give it a whirl. PHWOAR! Big fragrance, fabulous.
WOO HOO! My TRIVIA Q&A is done for while we are away. So happy.
Started watching the Divergent series again on Netflix. Theo James is one of my faves.
SOTEvening: Classical by Anat Fritz
Slept really late. How I love to laze in bed. Jin had the overhead fan on so I awoke with a breeze blowing over my body. Like a tropical island dream.
SOTMorning: Oriental Mint by Phaedon
Running around today. Jin is working so I’m doing the shopping for our Valentine’s Day Dinner tonight. We’ve invited a few of our girlfriends around. A little champagne and a Spicy Pork BarBQ.
Cleaned the house. It got such a poor clean on Monday that I’ve been extra focussed. This place is C L E A N!
SOTAfternoon: I Am Trash by Etat Libre d’Orange. I don’t care what the notes say, this is a white floral and juice scent for me. Smells so good and uplifting.
Jin came home and we immediately went into EVENT mode.
The BarBQ was lit and Jin started readying his Spicy pork and some Sausages. I made the Potato salad, Garden salad and some Fried Cauliflower. Jin made Shallot salad.
Girls arrived. Alice, Kath a Keira. We chattered and laughed, life was discussed.
Dinner arrived and we all ate like we were starving.
Woke up to a sweaty summer morning. Jin already up and on the couch watching TV.
I noticed in the bathroom this morning how gorgeously my Xmas present Moth Orchid is still flowering. Next to it is a continuing story, this Madonna Lily sat on my Mum’s kitchen windowsill with her Zygocactus (still have heaps of these and give bits to friends as gifts) and African Violets (all dead).
I had a cuppa, put on some perfume.
SOTDay: Puredistance Gold. A sample Undina sent me, we have a GIVEAWAY on APJ and round the world on other blogs. CLICK HERE!
Received a message from my usual Co-Compere of Mardi Gras for the last four years. He’s been booked to work with two other queens from out of Sydney. No mention of me, even though I was booked by the Mardi Gras team at the end of last years parade, as always. I’m heartbroken and feel utterly kicked to the curb. It’s also really embarrassing because I’ve been spruking myself in the job all year and I know a bunch of people bought tickets just because I’m hosting. AAAARRGGGGHH! So awful. After so many successful years to just be shunted aside.
Yes, I know this is the nature of show business. Yes, it’s not a surprise BUT what a yucky way for it to happen.
I am REALLY glum.
Alice came over. Jin and I took her to look at an apartment she’s thinking of buying. It was all excellent except the newly installed, poorly thought out, ugly and backwards kitchen they’d put in. Seriously, can’t people think of how the area is going to be used? IDIOTS!
Then Alice and I went up to Westfields on the hunt for some things for her. It was a lovely way to spend the afternoon and take my mind of my Mardi Gras woes. A couple of hours looking and finding. Cool fun.
SOTEvening: Rahele by Neela Vermeire Creations. What better way to lift my spirits? Beautiful.
After Jin went to work I hit the couch and watched I, Robot on Netflix. Excellent piece of escapism.
We had another cracking thunder storm tonight. It was excellent. Like looking out into a fish tank there was so much rain. Glorious.
Once the world dried a little I fed and walked the dogs. 7000 steps today. That’s pretty good.
Best thing about BarBQ is leftovers. YUMMY!
SOTBed: Moods by Krizia. This is one of those utterly ridiculous 1980s aldehydic floral powerhouses. Enormous and fabulous.
Jin woke me when he came home from work. We had a small chat.
SOTMorning: Vintage Opium by Yves Saint Laurent. We are off to visit BFF Kath’s Mum’s grave today in memory of her death which happened a year ago today. So sad. So I thought it a really good idea to wear some of the Opium I stockpiled for her.
We got down there and did some flowers, had lunch and a good reminisce about how freaking amazing Mum was. Dad, Kath and I. Lovely day.
On the way back we took the ocean road. That meant we got to go over the fabulous new bridge and see some death defying hang gliders and kite surfers.
Had a nap.
SOTEvening: Cuir Amethyste by Armani Prive. This is one of the best scents ever. I love the fruity leather with resinous background. MMM
Work was bust and we had a good laugh. My Parramatta Eels boyfriend Reed Mahony was in the house. Isn’t he the cutest damn thing?
Pack my bag! We fly tomorrow
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