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Nov 222014
 November 22, 2014  Posted by on November 22, 2014 41 Responses »
neela vermeire 1

neela vermeire 1(Exciting news! See below) Hallelujah! The cuisine gods are finally smiling on us now. We’ve got a great Indian restaurant in town and it has an amazing and varied lunch buffet. Perfect on this quite chilly day, so my darling husband and I are heading there for a warm, filling, (gently) spiced lunch. Looking forward to enjoying some freshly baked naan, chicken tikka masala, saag paneer, and some samosas, among other things. I have got to try a mango lassi, but don’t think I could do cold today. A hot cup of chai will be more my speed. So in honor of our Indian meal, I’m going Neela Vermeire all the way.

To start off the day, I’m wearing Neela’s delightful Bombay Bling, with its big, happy, fruity neela vermeire 2personality, on one wrist. If you despise fruity scents, do give this one a try — it is so well done that you might be surprised. My other wrist is sporting the elegant, spiced rose of Mohur, contemporary yet classic, with a nod back to French fragrances of the past.

UPDATE: Mohur extrait (see below right) is now available in a gorgeous numbered, limited-edition amethyst flacon at Luckyscent (50 mls), and what a beauty it is!
And the lovely new bottles by Pierre Dinand (top right) are topped by elegant etched caps (left).

neela vermeire 3Now when temps plummet tonight, I’m planning to break out the spicy, warming Trayee, while watching the very fun and lively “Bride & Prejudice.”

Although I probably should keep Bombay Bling going strong on at least one arm for that, to keep my energy up — I’m likely to hit the living room floor and start dancing to one of the irresistible numbers (which will cause no end of amusement to my son and DH, of course). But do I care? Nope, not a whit!

Oddly enough, Neela’s Ashoka, although nice, did not move me as much as the original trio did. But three out of four is still pretty sweet. Well, actually, 3.5, as I got hold of a teensy bit of the Mohur extrait, and it is simply divine, although I parse it out very sparingly.

What are your favorite scents from Neela Vermeire? What Indian dishes do you crave? Or what are your best-loved Bollywood or India-set movies?

Nov 212014
 November 21, 2014  Posted by on November 21, 2014 10 Responses »

killianSo Hurricane Portia has left the building. I of course mean “hurricane” in the best possible light: anyone who’s met Portia will tell you that it’s impossible not to be swept up into the vortex of fun.

I was invited to go on the first day of the journey to Disneyland with the group. I declined however since A) I had to work and B) crowds, high places and waiting in line in the sun equals please kill me now.

Saturday, the group planned on going to a local outlet mall called The Citadel, and I was going to tag along. I mentioned that there was a far better alternative farther north in Camarillo that was a better shopping opportunity, and we could go along the coast route to get there. I was actually a little afraid they’d get bored with the length of the trip or not like the shopping. I was wrong. They loved the Malibu scenery (I have to write that both Jin {Portia’s other half} and Kath {BFF} were the most delightful people ever) and as far as the outlet mall went.. Well, imagine sharks being enticed with caviar-studded chum. We were met by Andrew from Facebook Fragrance Friends, who is smart and funny and even cuter in person, if that’s possible.

On Sunday, we met for lunch at the venerable Canter’s Deli, where I ordered a Rueben that took me about two days to finish (It’s that sort of place.) After lugging my leftovers home I met them at the Melrose Avenue Flea Market, to take them to the closest vantage point to the Hollywood sign. I’m sure I bored them rigid with LA History, then we scooted along Mulholland to and down Rodeo get to Barney’s before it closed for the day so they could visit the new beauty level.

The next day they had said that they wanted to visit Venice Beach. But I mentioned that the Mayor of Beverly Hills had made her year as mayor (the council rotates; each council person has a year based on votes for them) a year devoted to health and fitness. She instituted a Monday “Walk With the Mayor” and when I said it the group decided that this would be far more fun. I emailed the Mayor writing that I had friends in from Australia visiting and Being the person she is, she was kind enough to publicly welcome the group at the beginning of the walk, take photos in front of Beverly Hills institution Walter’s Café and to thank them again at the close. My “Sis” Sherry talked to Kath about places to see in SF and literally dozens of people came up to chat and welcome. Because they’re the REAL housewives of Beverly Hills..lili

Then there was the event at ScentBar.

I’ve written previously that I really wanted to dislike Killian Hennessy. He’s so handsome, and so talented and so not going to date me, but I can’t because his work is just so damned good. On Wednesday we all met up at ScentBar to meet him in person. I admit there was black, jealous little speck in what passes for my heart that hoped he would be awful, but he was a delight. Warm, engaging, humorous and willing to put up with all of us asking for selfies. A true gent. We also had the chance to meet his American wife Elisabeth, who was charm incarnate: absolutely gorgeous with obvious intelligence and humor that make you think “this is a girl I’d like on the next barstool.”

So Portia, Jin and Kath are on to Las Vegas, Chicago and New York. If you’re close to the latter two you need to hook up with them. If only to bring them polar fleece- their idea of winter wear ain’t up to a lakeshore blast..

Nov 202014
 November 20, 2014  Posted by on November 20, 2014 8 Responses »
Eau de Tommi Sooni I Tommi Sooni Fragrantica

Hellooooo Posse! It’s Portia from AustralianPerfumeJunkies with an AUSTRALIAN niche perfume brand!! Tommi Sooni are our first international niche brand and I am justifiably proud of their work. It’s outstanding and can stand up to the best entrenched niche brands and wave a flag of equality. I know, it’s a big call but I think they are doing fabulous work. The whole Tommi Sooni range is alivew and vibrant but seems to hark back to perfumery from days of old, when fragrance was the real deal…

Eau de Tommi Sooni I by Brett Schlitter for Tommi Sooni 2010

Eau de Tommi Sooni I Tommi Sooni FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragranrica

Fragranrica gives these featured accords:
Top: Lime, lemon leaves, bergamot, bay laurel
Heart: Jonquil, metallic rose, Cuban cigar accord
Base: Huon pine, sandalwood, benzoin, oakmoss

Whoosh! Lovely citrus zings out and is instantly counterpointed by bay. This green against green acts like an overture telling us exactly what to expect from our ride with Eau de Tommi Sooni I. We are about embark on a ride that shows how different the same side of the coin can be. Yes, citrus and bay are both green but in the opening they are happily warring against each other, the sweet and the herbacious greens. A fun and interesting blend that never quite does, they are pushing against each other and never really harmonious. I like it, no I LOVE IT!

Eau de Tommi Sooni I Tommi Sooni leaves beba PixabayPhoto Stolen Pixabay

After a short time I get a creamy soapiness that moves through and shivers against an animalic breathiness. Again both quite similar, fatty, animal, and a bit furry but both very different and side by side in a fragrance they make for extremely beautiful, not quite seamless siblings. This contrapuntal in scent keeps my nose aware constantly of the changes, swoops, weaves and writhing for supremecy. No time for nasal burn out because the scent never stays the same for long. I think Brett Schlitter has done an extraordinary job and with broad strokes created a masterpiece of detail and intricacy, where we can immerse ourselves in the battle of scent.

Eau de Tommi Sooni I Tommi Sooni soap WikiCommonsPhoto Stolen WikiCommons

As the heart fades we get depth: deep, sweet and warm depths that after all the fireworks of Eau de Tommi Sooni I in the first two hours now becomes a calmer, softer fragrance that hints of wooden kitchens and soft incandescent light playing over faces enjoying afternoon tea and a cuppa on a cool Sunday afternoon. The warmth of the people and their wooly jumpers & scarves on the backs of chairs, with everyone just enjoying the food, the company and a day off to spend together. Eau de Tommi Sooni I’s dry down is the hug hello, the joy of visiting and the calm of family and friends, all in a spritz.

Eau de Tommi Sooni I Tommi Sooni Kitchen CanadaPhoto Stolen Canada.com

Further reading: The Non Blonde and EauMG
Indigo Perfumery has $165/100ml and samples

Have you tried the Tommi Sooni range?
Portia xx

DON’T FORGET our MeetUps through the USA in November 2014

Check the Portia Across America 2014 itinerary out <<<JUMP

SCENT BAR LA Wednesday NOVEMBER 19 2014 with Killian Hennessy MeetUp 5-7pm

BARNEYS + NEIMAN MARCUS CHICAGO Monday NOVEMBER 24 2014 MeetUp Barneys (Beauty Downstairs) 1.30pm

OSSWALD N.Y.C Saturday NOVEMBER 29 2014 MeetUp 2-4pm

TWISTED LILY BROOKLYN NYC Sunday November 30 2014 MeetUp 11am-1pm

Nov 182014
 November 18, 2014  Posted by on November 18, 2014 35 Responses »

OMG!  You guys!  Unless you are way, way west of the Rockies, the Polar Crazy is kicking your butt!  Instead of wearing all those really cute Fall jackets with gorgeous silk scarves intricately tied….we’ve gone straight to fleece, hats (and not the cute ones, either), heavy gloves..and winter coats.  WINTER COATS.  Buttoned.  Layers.  Turtlenecks.


Dry Air.


You know, I just realized that it’s time for my annual Moisturizer/Cream obsession.  In Spring & Summer I wear cream for the scent – either I’m chasing away buzzies with SkinSoSoft or I’m blasting some high-oil cream for the scent alone.  But the first time the furnace kicks on I am all about the moisturizers!   Daytime I’m still in thrall to the fabulous Complex by MiN New York – there’s something about it that just always feels right!   But I’ve fallen in love with a couple of items from a new line, Odacite, which I got from Beautyhabit (lord, those girls irk mah soul.  I swear.  Every time I say ‘no.  I won’t buy any. more. beauty’…and every time the new catalogue comes and they pull me baaaack in.  DagNABBIT!)…anyhoo,  they sent me a sample kit  (bless them, they sent combination instead of ‘mature’.  Sweeties)….anyway, there are a couple of things in there that I am going to get Miss Musette for Christmas:  the Divine Rose & Neroli Toner Mist and the Hydration Masque.   It’s funny – but I have this ‘thing’ about toners.  The rational me says ‘are you kidding?  It’s just …..water’ – but the Real Me, the one who Enjoys Being a Girl???? Oh, you spritz a pretty toner on my face and I am hooked!  And this particular toner?  It owns mah soul.   The neroli slides under the rose and makes it sparkle and I swear to Floyd, every time I spray it I feel like I can do anything!  And my hair will look great while I’m doing it and I live back in CA instead of freezing IL and I am driving a restored 1969 Cougar in aqua with tan leather interior and …well, if  a toner can do all that?  Sign me up!



I also have a thing for DrugstoreFab.  This is the time of year for Walgreens Alpha-Hydroxy Cream.  Did I ever tell you guys how I found this?  Benefit had an AH lotion that would take the chrome off a hubcap.  I loved it!  It was $30.  They took it out of the lineup and when I found out I thought I would cry – the kind SA said ‘honey.  save your money.  Go to Walgreens’ – and I never looked back.  This stuff is perfect under moisturizer – but it’s also stunning for your feet and elbows.  You know how hard Winter is on those heels, baby.  And all for $10.walgreens alpha


Once you de-hurtify those feet, have I got a find for you – my mom used to use this on her face and her skin was gorgeous  but I have a tendency to break out so I use it everywhere else.  Oh, honeys!  The neck!  THE NECK!  This is the perfect slickery-doo before you pull on that cashmere turtleneck.  Feet?  They will dance the Dance of Joy!  And you know how your…um…nether regions (the one Kardashian so balefully exposed to our aching eyes?  yeah that one)…you know how, in the winter it gets all weird and ashy and bumpy?  Use the Alpha Hydroxy cream, followed by the Jergens Face Cream and you will once again have a baby-smooth back end.  I promise.    And it’s so retro!  I really do feel like a Breck Girl when I use this.  And the coolest part?  You can use it as your base moisturizer.  Put the scented, uber-expensive creams atop it.  jergens face creamThat’s it for Dreamy Creams!  Just a reminder:





Monday, 24November, at Barneys 1:30p.  We go from there to NMarcus – probably around 3-3:30p.  It’s not a forced march so if you can’t make it to Barneys catch up to us at Neiman Marcus.  Drinks afterwards, probably in the Peninsula Lobby – yes, it really is that casual.  And I’m hoping we will have cocktails and cake!

Happy Birthday to ME!!!

Happy Birthday to ME!!!


The Book of Scented Things - a book of perfume poetry

The Book of Scented Things – a book of perfume poetry

The Book of Scented Things is one of those books that as soon as I read about it somewhere or another, I put it on pre-order at Amazon.  Jehanne Dubrow and Lindsay Lusby edited the poetry collection. First, they sent out perfume samples to some gifted poets.  They in turn The rest, please…

Rose d`Ete by Les Parfums de Rosine 1998

Rose d`Ete by Les Parfums de Rosine 1998

Hey Hey POSEEEE! Portia from AustralianPerfumeJunkies and today we are going BACK! Way back. It’s 1998. Rose d’Ete is released by Les Parfums de Rosine and it has that lovely aquatic vibe that is coming back into fashion lately. Interesting how fashion turns full circle, imagine 15 years ago telling The rest, please…

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