Stunning Front Window at Peony Melbourne

A spread worthy of Marie Antoinette

A few nights ago I had the utmost pleasure of attending the heavenly scented event at Peony Melbourne Haute Parfumerie for the launch of the recreation of Marie Antoinette‘s perfume, Black Jade, created by Lubin. Guests sipped on French champagne in hand-etched crystal flutes and were treated to the most decadent spread of French desserts and savoury delights. The stunning cake sculpture you see above of icing, fresh peonies, orchids and feather plumes was not by a cake shop but by the talented Ben at Domain Flowers!

 Attendees at Peony Melbourne included the lovely Kyra (Pybus PR) and Nish (the most helpful and handsome barman!), Marianne (Esme & the Laneway) and John, Alicia (Sea of Ghost), Cheryl (Business Chic), Gaby (designer, Hopeless Lingerie), Tania (Fashionising), Phoebe (Lady Melbourne) and Aaron, Sarah (Style Melbourne), Ramona (stylist for Project Runway) and her friend, and Theodore! Ah, all the regal elegance!

Owner of Peony, the divine Jill Timms


Marianne and Theodore


Phoebe, Kyra and I


French Candle Busts at Peony Melbourne


Champagne in cyrstal flutes, served by the gorgeous Nish


Cheryl in the cutest vintage dress, experiencing Black Jade


Gaby, Phoebe, Alicia and I


French desserts!


Sarah in Yeojin Bae


Tania & Jill

Theodore, the candy vaccum

Harris Miller in Rainbow Hues

Ramona, friend and I

3 tiered cake by Domain Flowers!


Black Jade, exclusively at Peony Melbourne

Black Jade, by Lubin. The legendary scent was created for the beautiful queen of France, inspired by her enchanting secret rose garden in Le Petite Trianon in Versailles. Black Jade comes down the ages to the 21st century via a noblewoman and a dear friend of Marie Antoinette. Notes of the scent include the essence of Calanum, bergamot, cardamom, rose, jasmine, cinnamon, amber, exotic woods, Indian sandalwood, patchuli, vanilla and Tonka bean. You’ve really got to experience the fragrance to imagine the trail of this majestic aroma.

I was scratching my head about what to wear, when it suddenly clicked. ‘BLACK. JADE!’ I exclaimed.

One of Jill's customers hand-made this amazing necklace!

What I wore: vintage After Eight silk dress, self-made jade and pearl necklace, jade necklace as bracelet, vintage belt and clutch, Miss Sixty bow heels

Peony Melbourne is the fragrance and scent destination for those who appreciate artistic perfumery, enjoy a decadent and educational experience or simply wish to acquire a unique and personalised scent that truly suits them. Jill is a fragrance expert and offers an unparalleled specialised olfactory service. I have collected 4 of her delicious candles now, enough to turn my office into an ambrosial station. Next time I visit, I hope to purchase my new scent, hand-picked by Jill!

Peony Melbourne Haute Parfumerie 107 Auburn Road Hawthorn (03) 9882 0662

And last but not least: I pulled the name out of a hat, the $100 Melissa Voucher winner is Gabrielle! Congratulations! And thank you everyone for entering. Don’t you worry, there are many more amazing prizes to come, every fortnight! So the next gift-away is on Friday 18th November, stay tuned! :)