Tuesday, 31 October 2017


It's been a while since I've done a candle review, so I thought I'll share my latest candle purchase on the blog. I do love a nice scented luxury candle, although I tend to buy supermarket brands as well. I personally think luxury candles are worth the splurge, but I know this topic been discussed to death online. The thing is, scented candles are more popular than ever and then there's the rise of the 'mandle' (candle for men) which clearly goes to show that scented candles aren't just for women anymore.

Jo Malone is one of my firm favourites and although I've tried many other luxury brands, I keep going back to Jo Malone for some reason. I wouldn't say the candles are good value for money, but does everything have to be? I wouldn't have dreamt of buying one when I was a student, but now that I'm a so called 'grown up' with 2 small children, I do think it's my right to pamper myself every now and then. We all spend money on different things and I guess luxury candles just are one of my (many) obsessions. I'm sure some of them are a total waste of money but usually you can smell the difference between a high quality candle and a cheaper version. When you buy expensive candles the scent tends to be much more subtle and less chemical due to high quality essential oils.

I visited my local Jo Malone branch last week, looking for my old favourite scent White Jasmine & Mint only to be told they had discontinued it. It's such a shame but I do understand they have to make room for new scents too. My favourite summer scent is the Peony & Blush Suede candle but since it's autumn I wanted to try something a bit different. The sales rep introduced me to their latest Autumn scent English Oak & Redcurrant and although the candle didn't quite convince me, once I smelled the cologne I was sold.

Tasting Notes according to Jo Malone

Top Note: Redcurrant
An intensely fruity note with a tangy, juicy clarity which brings a sparkling contrast to the oak woodiness in the fragrance.

Heart Note: Rose
As the fragrance unfurls, this opulent floral, with its spicy, honey facets wraps the scent with sumptuous texture.

Base Note: Roasted Oak
A warm and compelling woody note that gives the addictive quality of roasted oak.

I was so excited to test this candle, but I was also a little worried it wouldn't be able to compete with my old favourites. I placed the candle in our large open plan kitchen/dining room and it took about 30 minutes before you could really smell the scent once it was lit. The scent was absolutely heavenly and stronger the longer I was burning it. It's still quite a subtle scent. In fact, my husband claims that it's not strong enough, but I beg to differ. The scent kind of reminded me of the Diptyque Baies candle, except I found  the Jo Malone English Oak candle a little bit more overpowering (in a good way). If you like fruity, floral scents with a hint of roasted oak, you'll love this candle and the cologne. Jo Malone always seem to get the balance just right which is why I love their scented candles. I haven't been as impressed with their reed diffusers which is why I tend to stick only to their scented candles.

I do think this scent is ideal those cold Autumn evenings. Just remember to follow the instructions and the candle will last for ages. Jo Malone candles usually last me at least 3 months (I burn them at least once a week). The first burn is the most important one, so don't be tempted to burn the candle longer than the maximum recommended time which is 2 hours. I often light one once the kids have gone to bed and I finally get a minute for myself. I'm always on the look out for new candle recommendations, so if you know a candle brand that is far superior to anything else you've tried, let me know. 

Read my Christmas candle review here!
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Tuesday, 17 October 2017


Last few months have been so busy that it's hard to believe it's already October. I'm quite enjoying all the autumnal vibes at the moment though. It's hard not to be inspired, no? I just love looking at the nature and trees losing their old leaves. There is just something enchanting about fall and everything that comes with it.

However, this post is not really about autumn. Well, it kind of is, but I just thought it might be a nice idea to do a post about my favourite things at the moment. I hope you like them as much as I do!


I'm obsessed with sheepskin rugs at the moment.  Our double sheepskin rug is a few years old but it's still going strong. I'm not going to lie though, it's quite high maintenance. Sheepskin rugs are hard to keep clean if you have kids or pets. You have to brush it regularly and liquid is an absolutely nightmare to remove, but I still think they are worth it. It's probably one of the reasons why I only use the rug during the colder months . Otherwise I'm pretty sure it would be ruined by now. But, I would still get another one. Sheepskin rugs are so cosy and are a great way to add extra comfort and style to your home which is why I love them (no matter how high maintenance they are).


Seagrass is definitely my second biggest autumn/winter obsession. Seagrass is so versatile and perfect if you're going for that relaxed, informal look. I'm in love with this pouffe from Maisons du Monde. It's pretty small but perfect for our second living room (which is quite small and narrow).

I also got these seagrass storage boxes from Homebase which seem to be available in store only. They were amazing value at £12 so I couldn't resist buying them. I should warn you though, these seagrass boxes tend to smell quite strong. I don't actually mind the smell (you do get used to it or maybe it goes away after a while) but if you're inpatient you could try airing them outside for a while. 


I don't usually have time to read books (I do most of my reading online) but this autumn I decided to make a change. Reading really helps me to unwind and unplug so my new routine involves reading a book when I have a bit of me-time. I've been dying to read the 'The Woman I Wanted To Be' by Diane von Furstenberg so I ordered the book on Amazon few weeks ago. I haven't finished reading it yet so I can't really comment, but so far so good!


So, you must know by now how much I adore fresh cut flowers. I love having flowers in our hall, dining room and lounge. Although, lately I've felt like I'm spending way too much money on flowers so I decided to invest in some quality silk flowers in stead. Don't get me wrong, I'll still buy fresh cut flowers but probably not every 2 weeks or so (and not for all the room downstairs). Faux flowers look so real these days that you'd me mad not to give them ago.

I bought my bouquet from Ebony & Ivory Interiors and I love that I got to pick all the stems myself. I took the vase to shop with me and spend a good 30 min picking the right flowers for it. I really wanted to create quite an elegant and simple bouquet. The flowers look very real from a distance which I love. Also, I think it's a good idea to go for a mixed bouquet if you want your artificial flower arrangement to look as real as possible. Remember, artificial flowers and plants will always cost you more than real ones but they are better value long term.


I'm still obsessed with our newish UE Boom Speaker which I bought this summer. I love the minimalist design and that it's available in so many different colours. We ended up buying it in black and white and honestly it's the coolest little speaker ever. You can interconnect the speakers to play the same music in multiple rooms which is super handy. We bought ours on Amazon but I do think it's worth shopping around (especially before Christmas). 


I'm loving vibrant autumnal plants, like amaranth at the moment. I know they are relatively short lived plants which suits me just fine, since I'm a serial plant killer after all. Although, we don't spend that much time in the garden during the winter months, I still want our garden and the decking area to feel welcoming and cosy.  Luckily these little plants from Homebase seem to do the trick.


I know pineapple accessories are more summery than autumnal, but I truly believe (and hope) that they are here to stay. When I spotted this pineapple wall decoration, I knew it would be perfect for our kitchen. I've had this tiny gap that I've tried to fill next to our fridge and I'm so pleased it's no longer empty. If I had a bigger wall, I'd be tempted to group 3 of them together to make a real statement. 

What are your favourite things right now?
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Wednesday, 11 October 2017


Happy October! You guessed it. Halloween is just around the corner, so I thought I'd share my most recent collaboration with the wonderful Party Delights Blog with you. Party Delights recently  challenged me to transform the exterior of our house to Halloween mode. Don't worry, it's not as difficult as it sounds. All you need is lots of cobwebs, balloons, tombstones and pretty pumpkins.

Read the guest post here!

*Thank you Party Delights for sponsoring this post.
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