Hey Hey POSSE! Portia from AustralianPerfumeJunkies with you again from Sydney, Australia! After the madness of LA Scentsation I am home again in the late Autumn cool sunlight. I have so many great memories of my LA visit. Meeting Patty, Anita (Musette), March, Tom and a slew of you readers, trolling the Californian Niche and Mainstream Perfume Giants together, eating food that came on plates as big as my thorax and overflowing with delicious calories and carbs, seeing the sights, meeting the people and mostly having a ball. I fell in love about 15 times a day and was given some of the best fragrance service I have ever been subject to.
Here is a little look see at my week in LA.
Portia’s Scentsation 2013 and LA Photo Montage
My coffee date with Brent Leonesio from Smell Bent, he is deliciously sweet tempered with a healthy dose of up himself and humour. I liked him. We didn’t get enough Brent time at Scentsation but you can find him at Smell Bent Site
Tom and I visited Roxana of Illuminated Perfumes and her handsome husband Greg, they welcomed us warmly and conversation was excellent, I learned so much. Then Roxana took Tom and I to her office and we smelled amazing oils, even made a Portia Accord that smells like FEET!!! Go see her Roxana Illuminated Perfumes Etsy Shop
This is Carrie, the Bloomingdale’s SA who was so helpful and fun. We talked fragrance, religion, holidays, Israel and after I purchased she gave us some fabulous samples and Tom got some Hermes wipes, like the KFC ones but POSH!!!
This is Justin James, the Le Labo specialist who came to see us on the Scentsation bus ride at Barney’s. We didn’t purchase that day but Tom, Daniel and I went to his shop in Venice CA and did our purchasing there. Santal33 and Labdanum18 x 15ml Travel Size. we love you Justin!!
Here is Ashleigh at Strange Invisible Perfumes. What an excellent SA she is, so pretty and her knowledge is out of the ballpark. SNAPS!! We had a great time smelling with another lovely customer, Sarah (who I kept calling Susan), and it was a toss up between Libra and Black Rosette for me. I took the Black Rosette but I wish I was currently rich enough to take a few more. There was a fabulous SIP giveaway on the Scentsation bus, we were all given a Parfum!! I was lucky enough to be given Epic Gardenia value over $250
Here we are at Sweet Lady Jane LA, the original and best!! From left you can see me, Jane (the proprietor), Mac (my buddy) and Tom (from Perfume Posse) and we are demolishing cake and coffee and hearing stories about Jane’s 25 years in business on this spot. She is awesome and definitely worth a visit if you’re in LA
Here is Tom and our lovely SA Laura who was so damn beautiful. We went back to Scent Bar to see my new boyfriend Stevie but it was his birthday and he was off gallivanting. Check how many scents we have sniffed before I decided on two of the Untitled, #7 by Hilde Soliani & #8 by Brent Leonesio, and Ambre Ceruleen by Huitieme Art Parfums
Here is my only shot of the bus. We were waiting for everyone to get on the bus after Scent Bar and as you can see we are having a SPECTACULAR time. I made everyone say “Cheesy Dick” when we took photos and even the nice girls did it. HE HE HE!!
Here are Jackie Loeb and I at my buddy Matt and his partner Steve’s gorgeous Hollywood Hills home, boozy and about to have dinner. Tom was hiding at this poi8nt from the camera. We were SCORCHED by booze.
On my last day in LA Tom and Mac took me to the Downtown Cathedral where we went down to the catacombs and found the mortal remains of Gregory Peck. My Mum would have been thrilled with this photo because he was one of her favourite actors. I’m sharing it with you instead.
Sorry there are not more photos of our stops but I was hosting and didn’t get a chance to happy snap. GRRRR! I know many of you are asking yourselves what other perfumes did Portia buy. I’m saving that for a photo montage in a couple of weeks. I’m sorry but you’ll have to wait. It will be a good fill while I’m away in India. Wish me Bon Voyage.