Just Generally

Hi All,

Today I am going to quickly run down my weekends fragrance wear. It’s been pretty hectic around here, loads of work, home shenanigans, friend drama, shopping, living, loving and finally TSO Jin and I have booked a holiday. We will be jetting off to far flung destinations in January. Leaving our glorious summer for your Northern winter. I am so excited, 2010 was my last holiday and I’ve not yet traveled with Jin so that is always a relationship settler or a disaster zone. Can’t WAIT!!!

We spend 3 weeks in Europe so I hope to see all my Euro blogging buddies and then a week in rural, seaside Korea to meet Jin’s parents. OMG! That should be interesting. Oh well. Secure in the knowledge that I’m the most frightening thing in the universe I think I’ll cope, but will he? Will they? HE HE Poor feckers won’t know what hit them,

Photo Stolen Fragrantica

Guerlain- Aqua Allegoria- Lys Soleia- I wear this newby to my collection and feel like an Empress. It is gorgeous on me, to me and I am gagging for the bee bottle. Flowers, sunshine, fruit (and to me salt & coconut though they’re not listed) Full review coming.

Olympic Orchids- Golden Cattleya- A guaranteed compliment grabber, unusual, sensuous, a little bit dirty but all lovely night blooming orchid. So good it feels a little bit evil. At 30ml EdP $40 you can’t go wrong!! Sample program excellent.

SIOVOHLE- Wild Ginger Chai- I thought I’d packed Leather Krem but it was Wild Ginger Chai and I had 3 random, unsolicited compliments. one person coming in close and saying, “Wow! You smell so amazing!” and then doing that disgusting hum/moan/purr thing we all do when fragrance transports us. It was spooky but great. At 15ml EdT $30 a very affordable frag and they have a super sample program.

Un named sample- Clayton at WhatMenShouldSmellLike gave me this to try and I think it’s a lavender masculine but it is tenacious and strident and dries down like a year later and generally reminds me of a Tabac type offering. I enjoyed it immensely.

Photo Stolen Parfum d’Empire

Parfum d’Empire- Ambre Russe- What a powerhouse of fabulous this is. Smoky, Russian teas, floral, pipe tobacco, booze, incense, burning, magical and musky firebrand of a fragrance. Why don’t I wear this every day? Ah May ZIng! These guys also have an extraordinary sample program and 100ml is only 90 Euro.

SurrenderToChance 40% off SALE!!!
is currently happening too. I have gone with $100 to spend and scored myself some incredible bargains. Yes, I write for Perfume Posse but I get no kickbacks for doing so. I just LOVE THEIR SHIT!!! For $100 I can get 30ml of 10 or 15 fragrances. Such a great way to get to know a bunch of different fumes.

Photo of Korean Temple Stolen elwood5566

Photo Korean Bridge Stolen 123rf

Thanks for dropping by, please go check out the links and have a little look. Below I have dropped in my new favourite song and video; Battle Scars by Guy Sebastian feat. Lupe Fiasco
In life I want you to want the best for yourself and go out and get it.
It is waiting for you. Believe it.
Love always,
Portia xx


35 comments on “Just Generally

  1. Tatiana says:

    OMGosh! Thanks for posting this music video. Why have I never heard this before? Totally groovin to it. LOL, I’m such a nerd/geek.
    Totally love the Parfum d’Empire scents I’ve tried. Love, love, love Equistrius. I think I need to try me some Olympic Orchids!
    Off to do my barn chores. Think I will try Lys Soleia when I get back.
    Hope you have a fabulous holiday in Europe. You must post details when you return!!

    • HAH! I’ll be posting all through January and february while we are away. Don’t worry about that.
      Do try the olympic orchids and Lys Soleia, tell me how you liked them when you do please,
      Nice to see you Tatiana,
      Portia xx

      • Tatiana says:

        Back from the barn, all physically tired, but very happy. Wearing Lys Soleia, it feels like spicy sunshine in a bottle to me. Can’t smell the musk, so I’m guessing it’s white musk. The ylang-ylang adds a slightly spicy feel to it. The lily is beautiful and sunlit. And I can only smell the tuberose if I bury my nose in my arm. It almost feels too pretty and well dressed for someone like me. I need to go find a proper dress in my closet and change out of these jeans and tee, while wearing this.

      • How good is it?
        I am seriously thin king about buying a back up bottle because I am using this one at a ferocious rate.
        Portia xx

  2. Have a wonderful holiday! And meeting the parents? Always nerve-wracking, but I’m sure that it will be fine! They will love you and you will smell wonderful!

  3. Undina says:

    You smell great! 🙂

    I like Ambre Russe and can’t wait for a cooler wather to start wearing it.

  4. lucasai says:

    I love Parfum d’Empire! It’s firs niche brand I like almost every perfume they offer!

  5. sinnerman01 says:

    Morning Portia ! U have brightened up my bus ride to work today with your tails and fragrance reportage !! I have picked up a cold from the country as I didnt pack enough warm clothes so now I’m sniffle-ling and not feeling fabulous as per usual ! My Prada infusion vetiver is just getting through and its fresh and sharp ! Hope u have a great Monday ! Soldier on !!!!

    • Prada is a range I have not explored, should I?
      Portia xx

      • sinnerman01 says:

        Hmmm ? I have the original infusion and infusion vetiver ! Two scents I really enjoy wearing ! The original is very barber shop , talcy and it’s one that can be a little to much in the wrong weather ! It’s my just out of the shower scent !
        Vetiver is sharp and zesty , Devine bottles and really long wearing ! Def worth a sniff! I get lots of compliments on vetiver! The woman’s line is not to my taste, it’s ultra feminine and very classy, I pefer more pungent scents when I’m on the other side , still i have gifted man loved ones a little Prada here and there as the are super luxe, well made and I really admire Prada as a brand ! Not a fan of the first two releases for men, headache material, but again really lovely bottles!!!!

      • Tim,
        People compliment you so they can get close enough to sniff you because you are fricken GORGEOUS! I think the Prada is an excuse.
        Portia xx

      • Ann-Sofie says:

        The Prada line, in my humble opinion, is nice and kind of elegant, but in a muted fashion. I am a lover of statement sillages (yeah, Kilroy was here kind of sillage, ruining the carefully made fragrance zones of everone else, mehehehe), and this none of the Pradas provide. However, I had a bottle og Prada L’eau Ambrée – loved it much, but very skin close and almost gone after a couple of hours. Had it been stronger, I would probably repurchased.Nah, the Pradas – lovely but weak. No stamina what so ever.

        So you are visiting the Olde World? I am a bit too curious perhaps and not minding my own business at all, but which countries and cities do you plan to honour?

        And the best of luck meeting your in-laws. I am sure they will love you. First time I met my first “real” boyfriends parents (I was 18, decades ago now), I sat in the car for 15 minutes, scared stiff. They turned out to be the lovliest unscariest persons ever. They even took me in for a while when my bojjo and I broke up, and I had nowhere to go.

      • WOW! Great inlaw story. I too am a sillage and scent bubble fan.
        We arrive Vienna, Train to Prague, Slovakia, Croatia, Venice, Paris: Very Excited!@!
        Portia xx

  6. janinedello says:

    Hi Portia, I have enjoyed reading your blog immensely for the past 6 months. First time I have decided to comment (I’m usually an avid blog reader, not responder!). Your comments on the Parfum d’Empire- Ambre Russe are too enticing to ignore, love dark winter frags and will definitely try it. My perfume collection grows steadily, hubby can’t understand how I can wear them all in a lifetime! Feeling a bit under this Spring Monday morning, so need something cosy and warm, will be wearing Donna Karan Cashmere Mist.

    • Hey JanineDelio,
      Welcome to the APJ family. Now you’ve got the first comment out of the way I hope to be reading you often. It’s funny how the mania jumps on us, your loved ones will all shake their heads. My only welcoming advice is SET YOURSELF A MONTHLY BUDGET. Also, buy decants and samples. We will never go through most of our fragrances, it’s true but it will be EXCELLENT fun trying. Where are you? North or South Hemisphere?
      I hope you enjoy the journey,
      Portia xx

      • janinedello says:

        Hi Portia,
        Thanks for the advice, will start to buy decants as there are too many fragrances I’d like to experience! Spring has finally arrived in South Australia, so will be looking for some lighter smells.

      • YAY!! Spring! On Thursday I have the lovely Clayton from WhatMenShouldSmellLike Guest Posting about his top 5 Spring Scents, drop by,
        Portia xx

  7. poodle says:

    I keep hearing about Olympic Orchids. I’m going to have to investigate that line too one of these days. Sounds like you have a great trip planned. I hope you have a wonderful time when you go.

  8. Jordan River says:

    Dear Portia,

    Would you write,
    if I asked you to write?

    Or would you run and never look back?

    Looking for a Fragrance Writer for a monthly column in a national glossy. The editorial meeting is this Wednesday with the publisher. Are you able to advise your interest or lack of by Tuesday please?

    The Contract and rate will be available to peruse by close of business Wednesday.
    May we Turbo-track this concept please?

    You are the cutting edge of scent writing as well as a model of beauty, brilliance and perfect grace.

    Just Clap Your Hands.

  9. Jordan River says:

    Initial email sent. We have heard you can also write in Cantonese (you’re amazing). This may be of interest to one of our sister publications.
    Talk soon.

  10. Dubaiscents says:

    Thanks so much for mentioning two lines I have not heard of (Olympic Orchids and SOIHVLE). I love their sample programs and can’t wait to get my hands on some to try! Thanks for such a great blog!

    • No way. all thanks go to you for reading. I hope you love Olympic Orchids and SOIVOHLE as much as I do. If you haven’t ordered yet but are going to please send them my love and best wishes. They are the real deal,
      Portia xx

  11. fleurdelys says:

    “In life I want you to want the best for yourself and go out and get it. It is waiting for you. Believe it.”

    Perfumes aside, this is just the affirmation I need to hear right now! Thank you Portia!

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