Some Fun New Music Videos

Hey gang,
On a Friday afternoon in Sydney I like to drop in stuff that’s fun and off topic. Today it seems to be some fun new music. I hope you like them. They’re all Australian acts and I think they’re the latest songs.
Portia xx



Stuff Portia Loved In 2012

Hey Crew,

Before you go any further jump back to our Triple Giveaway

I wanted to look back at the year of things that I’ve loved, that have made definite impressions on me, have changed the way I look at the world or craved/enjoyed/shared. Most of the non-fragrance things have been enjoyed with my Best Buddies and TSO Jin making them EXTRA special. I had to do a Top 20 Worn because it was impossible to curb, you are lucky it didn’t blow out to 200.

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Portia’s Top 5 Lists

FRAGRANCES WITH MOST SKIN TIME (Top 5 are highlighted)

Baiser Vole EdP- Cartier
Ballets Rouges- Olympic Orchids
Bellodgia EdP_ Caron
Brasil Dreams- Estee Lauder
Casmir- Chopard
Courage- One Seed
Dreamer- Versace
Guilty- GUCCI
Halle- Halle Berrry
L’Eau d’Navigeur- L’Artisan
Lou Lou- Cacharel
Lys Soleia- Guerlain
Matin d’Orage- Annick Goutal
Mohur- Neela Vermeire Creations
Nikki de Saint Phalle
No 5- CHANEL
Parfum de Maroc- Aftelier Perfumes
Shalimar- Guerlain
Trouble- Boucheron
Wild Ginger Chai- SOIVOHLE

NEW RELEASES (You try and make this list into 5)

Amouage- Interlude Man
Christian Dior La Collection Couturier Parfumeur – Oud Ispahan
Guerlain – Aqua Allegoria Lys Soleia
Keiko Mecheri – Un Jour d’Ete
L’Artisan Parfumeur – Seville a l’Aube
Naomi Goodsir – Cuir Velours
Neela Vermeire Creations – Mohur (I know but…)
Robert Piguet – Bois Noir
Serge Lutens – Santal Majuscule
Ys Uzac – Pohadka

NICHE PERFUME HOUSES

Aftelier Perfumes
L’Artisan Parfumeurs
Neela Vermeire Creations
Olympic Orchids
SOIVOHLE

FRAGRANCE HOUSES

Boucheron
Caron
CHANEL
DIOR
Guerlain

FRAGRANCE BLOGS I ALWAYS READ (PerfumePosse obviously!)

Candy Perfume Boy
Olfactoria’s Travels
Perfume Shrine
Scents Of Self
The Alembicated Genie

FOOD

Boscaiola Sauce
Home Made Nori Rolls
Mangoes
Spicy Korean Bar B Q
Chicken Penang Curry

TELEVISION

American Idol
Family Guy
The Voice – Australia
Two Broke Girls
UK Got To Dance

MOVIES (sorry only LOVED four)

Brave
Mental
Snow White and the Huntsman
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

What were your #1 faves in each category? Why?

As we finish the year I want you to know how much you all mean to me. A LOT!! This blog continues because you all are awesome. Thank you readers, commenters, Guest Posters and regulars in all shapes and sizes.

To all the perfumers, houses, writers, shops and online presences that continually inspire and delight me.

THANK YOU.

Love,

Portia xx

MUSIC (I know there are 8!)

These are the songs that never left my playlist after they were released. This is the first time I’ve seen a couple of the videos too.

Alicia Keys – Girl On Fire

Ed Sheeran – A Team

Florence + The Machine – Shake It Out

Guy Sebastian – Battle Scars ft. Lupe Fiasco

Gavin DeGraw – Not Over You

KylieMinogue _ Timebomb

Mary J Blige – 25/8

No Doubt – Looking hot

Siren by Paris Hilton 2009 Elton John meets Pnau

Hey Gang,

Photo Stolen marieclaireuk parishiltonsite

HA HA HA, I know. You are all incredulous. Why would Portia review a Paris Hilton fragrance? It’s not niche or expensive or fashionable! Well, you are right, it’s none of these things. Paris probably never even smelt this. Who knows? There are reasons though that I’ve given Paris Hilton Siren a try…

Photo Stolen Fragrantica

The main reason is that recently it was reported in reputable places that Paris Hilton had sold US$1.5 billion worth of perfume. 1.5 BILLION DOLLARS! So I am intrigued by anyone who can generate that many sales for something that everyone is panning. OK, if you are Paris Hilton and you’re a great sales person, businesswoman and advertisement for your product, you are constantly in the media for better and worse keeping the product that you have become alive. I get that part, she does an excellent job at that. Yes, she is kind of pretty (sometimes gorgeous) and articulate, that helps too………..BUT! that means people will buy your product once. Right? If all these people buy the products and they are utter crap then how is there any return custom? How do you sell 1.5 billion dollars worth of perfume when 100ml is around $40, that is a shitload of juice. So I am agog to see what the hell everyone is buying, aren’t you? Honestly, if people are buying and rebuying the celebrity dream, it has to be kind of good.

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So, what do I smell when I put on Paris Hilton’s Siren? It has been compared to Viva La Juicy, I have one on each hand. On my skin Viva La Juicy is similar, and nice, but not as interesting, though it ends way more gourmand. Siren, on the other hand (literally), starts out with a citrus softened by a delicious buttery frangipani, maybe it is partly the orchid which seems very night blooming and rich. The sandalwood, lotus and musk are apparent but I don’t get even a hint of the honeysuckle. This is a full-throated floral, surprisingly quite big and unashamed. Maybe I have a thing for drugstore scents but I like Siren, it’s a very good name for the scent that is cool, delicious and exotic with hints of warmth, especially as it dries down to a shimmery vanilla/musk accord that lasts well, in barely there status, before it too is gone. Somewhere between 4 & 5 hours, which is great on my scent hungry skin.

Photo Stolen Fragrantica

I am as surprised as you that this isn’t instant scrub. There are much better respected and more expensive brands doing a far worse job on their fragrances than Paris Hilton did on Siren. It just goes to show, doesn’t it.

CheapSmells has 100ml for $22

Portia xx

PS I also thought you might like this. Apparently, Elton John has made a compilation of mash ups with Australian musicians’s Pnau called Good Morning To The Night, here is a taste. I am LOVING it. I stole it from another blogger lechehelsinki. Thanks.

Clever Graffiti Artists, Spicebomb by Viktor N Rolf, Timebomb by Kylie Minogue

Hey Stink Junkies,

I know this is a perfume blog but sometimes I get sent stuff that I want to share. Unfortunately the email had no photo credits but my mate Wendy sent it to me if that helps. These are just my favourite of an enormous collection of crazy graffiti done by super clever creatives.

SPICEBOMB by VIKTOR & ROLF 2012. It is amazing to me that Spicebomb only came out January this year. There has been so much talk about it that it seems like it’s been around longer. I don’t feel quite so remiss in coming to it this late then, especially because it was generally dismissed rather than applauded. I did find 2 positive reviews below. Opening with citrus, red berries and the sharp, resinous, pine/lemon scent of elemi you could be forgiven for expecting Spicebomb to travel towards generic barbershop but NO WAY! The spicy, sizzling, warmth really ramps up as the paprika and cinnamon move in (I can’t smell the saffron) and then tobacco and leather, which have been sitting there unnoticed, take more of a lead role. Funnily, I really start to smell the pink pepper distinctly over the top of the second and third stages before real dry down begins rather than during the opening sequence, where it is peripheral. The amalgam of these featured scents is fun, spicy and punchy.

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I like the feeling of wearing a fragrance and I like to be fragrant, without skunking those at the next table. It’s awesome that Viktor & Rolf have offered such a sweet and spicy fragrance to the men, even though it’s perfectly unisex and would smell dynamite on a woman. The advertisement (below) features a sexy, buff man chewing on a matchstick, (above) about to pull the pin on a grenade; model Sean O’Pry photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.. He’s hot and so is Spicebomb. This is a General Public winner, I reckon.
NowSmellThis and 1000Fragrances do excellent reviews from different viewpoints and Fragrantica has notes, accords and GP reviews.

TIMEBOMB by KYLIE MINOGUE 2012. At the very start of my drag career I was lucky enough to be one of the cast of The Kylie Show at the Albury Hotel on Oxford St in Sydney, Australia with Miss 3D and Bernina Bod. We put the soundtrack, costumes and choreography together in a week. The year was 1990 and I’d only been doing professional Drag work for about a year. For some reason this show became the focus of a phenomenon, it ran for over a year, was written up in national papers, talked about on TV and radio and the venue was so crazy crowded that people were standing on tables, sweat ran down the mirrors and people fainted from the crush. It was the “only” thing to do on a Sunday night and many real stars came to see us do our thing if they were in town, and every week the rumour would be that Kylie was coming in person (she didn’t). Over the next 4 years we put together 2 more Kylie Shows with dancers and bigger costumes but it was never the same. Funny thing is, in this Timebomb video, Kylie doesn’t look a day older. Time Machine would be a good name too, she must have one.

I’ve tortured you all enough,
Thanks for dropping by.
What did you think of Spicebomb?
Hopefully see you tomorrow,
Portia xx

MONDAY!!!

Hi Everyone,
I know you are expecting an Evie C adventure but sometimes life gets in the way. Evie C is going to take a short think tank break and will be back on board soon. I have the list of interview questions and will get my interview hat on soon but right now it seems a little overwhelming so instead I will dedicate the next couple of Mondays to off topic stuff. Maybe a blog I’ve read that has inspired, interested or instructed. A piece of music, fashion, art or video that caught my attention. Something worthy, in my eyes.

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So I love this video piece, it has a bunch of great music, images, ads all mashed together. Some of the music and visual editing is kinda bumpy but to me that ads a home made nerd-at-desk appeal. Having spent an amazing mindless evening with one of my already legendary heroes, the inimitable Grace Jones, back in 1995 at Heaven, London I love the mini showcase of her surrealist imagery that so many people born after 1985 will have completely missed, it happens later in the video. There are also some really camp retro references that you’ll either remember or be astounded by.

Please enjoy my first sideways Monday offering.

Portia xox