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wax melts

Candles and melts are all around my home, no matter what time of year. A cosy Autumn evening with the delicious smell of gingerbread, a pamper night with relaxing lavender drifting round the bathroom or zingy citrus to brighten up a Summer’s day. They’re not just those little luxuries that fill my home with all kinds of delightfulness but candles and wax melts are a brilliant way of masking those other less pleasant smells that I’d rather not have wafting through the air, especially when you have an indoor cat!

I’d never heard of the brand Whiffy Wax until they contacted me to ask if I’d like to try out some of their melt pods. I’ll be honest, it was the brands fun name that caught my eye but when I looked into the company a little more I learned that they have been selling their products from their Facebook page for just over a year. Whiffy Wax now have an online store and you’ll also find them on Twitter.

Jodi very kindly sent out three packs of wax melts to try and they arrived a few days later.

Aloe Vera and Cucumber has a refreshing crisp fragrance with touch of citrus, imagine the smell of clean bedding right after you’ve changed the sheets and it makes you want to wrap yourself up in the duvet.

Country Clothesline reminds me of laundry gently blowing in the Spring breeze, surrounded by fresh flowers, I can just see myself sitting outside in the garden with my glass of wine right now. These pod melts have notes of pineapple, jasmine and lily which make them smell absolutely divine.

If you can’t quite decide on a fragrance the wax melts also come in double packs which contains different scents. The Scent booster Lavish and Scent booster Dream duo is probably my favourite of them all. Lavish has a delicious peachy smell with hints of vanilla and caramel, while Dreams has a warming lavender fragrance, perfect for those cosy nights in.

wax melts

Each pack costs £3.50 and contains 6 wax cubes which are so easy to use. Simply pop one onto a wax burner and light an unscented tealight below, before long the beautiful fragrance will fill your whole house but without being too over powering. They are such a handy size as you don’t need to cut them to shape like some of the larger ones I’ve used before. I already own a burner but Whiffy Wax also sell those as well.

On their website you’ll also be able to buy clamshell wax melts, carpet fresheners and room sprays, they literally have thought of everything when it comes to making your home or office smell incredible.

If you fancy getting your hands on anything from Whiffy Wax, I have a special discount code where you can save 20% off your purchase. Just type in rosie20 at the checkout on there website.

*Disclaimer: These products were sent for the purpose of a review, all photos and opinions are my own. I don’t earn anything from anyone using this discount code, I just thought you’d like to save some money on these fabulous products.

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christmas gift guide for her

I absolutely love the festive season, I’ll be playing my Christmas playlist from the start of November and a few weeks later I’ll be putting my decorations up, most probably while tucking into a jumbo sized tub of chocolates. Every year I look forward to the family coming together and enjoying each other’s company over a mulled wine or two. It can often feel like one of the most stressful times of the year when the shops are extra busy and you have no idea what gifts to get your nearest and dearest.

With Christmas less than a month away I thought I’d share some of the amazing goodies I found on  TJ Hughes* gift section. Whether it’s something to make your mum or sister feel super special, or a fun gift to make your best friend smile, hopefully there’s something here for all those lovely ladies you know.

GUCCI Bamboo eau de parfum

Everyone loves receiving a fragrance for Christmas and will probably have a wish list as long as their arm.  I’ve completely fallen in love with GUCCI Bamboo*, it’s feminine and sensual both together and with hints of Bergamont, Orange Blossom, Ylang Ylang and Sandalwood it smells absolutely divine. It’s light enough to be worn during the day, yet strong enough to be worn on an evening out. It’s such a beautiful fragrance that it will suit almost any woman.

Cluse La Boheme Nude Watch

A beautiful watch makes a wonderful Christmas gift, it’s something to keep and every time you wear it you’ll be reminded of the person who gave it to you. I think this one by Cluse looks classic and feminine, plus the neutral colour means it’s the perfect accessory to wear with any outfit. This may just be going on my wishlist, so if any of my family happen to be reading this, hint, hint!

TRU Luxury Plush Dressing Gown

I love snuggling up in a warm, soft robe on a cold winter’s evening, I practically live in one throughout December whenever I’m at home. So it was no surprise that this gorgeous soft grey dressing robe caught my eye, it’s a super soft, plush honeycomb material with a fleece lined hood and collar. I know quite a few ladies who would love to open a present and find this inside, It would make the ideal Christmas gift either on it’s own or with a pair of pyjamas and some bath treats.

Tru Flannelette Pyjamas

Speaking of pyjamas I found this pretty pink butterfly set, which would go perfectly with the dressing robe. They have piped detailing around the edge, a button front top and elasticated waist bottoms, just what you need after yet another roast dinner. They’re made from brushed, cotton flannelette which will keep you all snug and warm on a chilly winters night. I fell in love with almost every design they have in stock, so there’s bound to be one to suit everyone’s style, and at only £10 a pair they make a fab gift on their own or as a stocking filler depending on your budget.

Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Gift Set

Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream comes in a gorgeous gift set and includes 50ml Eau de Toilette, 75ml Body Lotion and a 75ml Shower Gel, by layering all three products it will help the scent last that bit longer. This is a light, fresh floral smell, with hints of Blackberry, Grapefruit, Jasmine and Blue Wisteria and is inspired by daisies and blue skies, even down to the packaging. If you know someone who loves a light, delicate fragrance then this is the perfect gift for them.

Baylis & Harding Almond Gift Set

If you know someone who deserves to be spoilt and is in need of some relaxation, then this beautiful Jojoba and Almond Oil gift set from Baylis & Harding is just the thing for them. It contains a body wash, shower cream, soap, hand and body lotion, bath milk and bath soak crystals, literally everything you need for an at home pamper session. It looks so luxurious and would make an ideal Christmas gift.

Hair Straightening Brush

This Bauer Heated Straightening Brush is perfect for a busy woman always in a hurry to get out the door in the mornings. Instead of having to use two products, this straightens and brushes your hair at the same time. What a brilliant idea? It’s also excellent for travelling as it will take up less room in your suitcase and you can still have beautifully styled hair.

Snowflake Pyjamas and Cosy Socks Gift Set

There’s just something about having a new pair of Christmas pyjamas every year, it’s almost a must in our house, and how adorable is this gift set which also includes a pair of cosy socks to keep your feet nice and toasty too.

Merry Christmas Cushion

This novelty cushion is perfect for any room in the house, adding some festive colour to your sofa or bed. It is embroidered with the words “Merry Christmas” and surrounded by an embroidered holly wreath. I absolutely love this and can imagine squishing up to this as I open my presents and drink my favourite hot chocolate.

Christmas Reindeer Throw

Imagine how delighted someone would be to have this lovely soft festive throw to snuggle underneath when they watch their favourite seasonal film after Christmas dinner or to add some fun to their bedroom over the holidays, it’s perfect for breakfast in bed on Boxing Day morning.

Hope this has given you a few ideas if you still haven’t done your Christmas shopping yet.

What’s the one thing you’d like for Christmas this year?

*This item was very kindly sent to me for the purpose of this post, the first two photos are my own, all the rest have been used from TJ Hughes Christmas Gift section.
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Ever since redecorating a year ago I’ve been adding prints to my bedroom and office walls, making it feel a little more like home. I’ve mainly gone for prints with bright colours or quotes, but all of them reflect the type of person I am.

I was asked from the lovely people at thecardgallery.co.uk if I’d like to choose one of their prints and, after browsing through the wonderful selection they had, I finally decided on the Work Is Always Better In Pyjamas business print. If you know me well, then you’ll already know that this print could almost have been made for me. I’m at my happiest and feel most comfortable when I’m in my pyjamas, in fact I’m wearing a pair of polka dot ones as I type up this blog post!

After choosing which design to go for, my print arrived a few days later and was carefully wrapped in bubble wrap, so it was completely undamaged. The size of the print is 12 x 12 inches, but you can ask if you’d like a different size at the time you place your order. I always seem to choose either A4 or A5, so I wanted to have something different this time. This print also has pink in the design which matches the colour scheme in my bedroom and I thought it looks quite at home alongside my other prints.

I chose to put my print in a black frame as I thought the wording would really stand out, rather than against a white or wooden frame. The Card Gallery do give you the option of having your print on it’s own or already in a frame for a little extra cost.

I am so pleased with my print and it really is the perfect one to hang on my bedroom wall. I think these prints would also make a wonderful gift for someone, I know a few friends who would absolutely love to receive one of these for their birthday. These are just a selection of designs they have on their website but whatever your taste there will be something right for you. I’m honestly thinking about putting the I Love Lists one on my wishlist!

As well having a range of beautiful prints The Card Gallery also sell other stationery from weddings or a new baby to birthdays and other seasonal events. I love the cute party invites, I may have to think about some for my next big birthday, and their children’s section is just adorable.

There’s more information over on The Card Gallery’s Twitter or Instagram pages, and why not have a look for yourself at some of the other amazing prints on their website. I guarantee you’ll love what you see and will take forever trying to decide which print to have, I have I did!

*This post contains items that have been sent for review
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It was one of those days where I had to travel miles for something that wasn’t great fun at all, so to make the journey a little more exciting I decided to pay a visit to Primark (as you do!) I know spending money isn’t the answer to cheering yourself up, but a girl needs some retail therapy once in a while and to be fair to myself, it has been at least six months since I’ve done a full on haul. Well, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!

Primark have so many fabulous new arrivals and I keep seeing pictures of beautiful items on their social media every day. The minute I went through the door I felt my money slip right out of my bank account. I really didn’t need any more clothes but there was one top that just had to be hanging in my wardrobe. I picked up a bunch of other stuff and if you’re like me, I love seeing what people have bought in a haul post or video.

 

If you already know me then you’ll know I am a huge Disney Fan, especially Beauty and The Beast. People kept telling me to go to Primark to have a look at their Disney range and it’s such a tease that there isn’t one in my home town. I picked up this absolute bargain, a Beauty and The Beast T-shirt for £6! They also had it in grey but not in my size or else I’d have grabbed that one too. Perfect for Spring and Summer to wear with my jeans.

I saw these cute My Little Pony Unicorn pyjamas on someone’s Instagram, so I had to hunt them down in store. I was jumping for joy when I saw them hanging on the rack, anything Unicorn related gets me super excited. The bottoms were £8 and the top was £6 and these little beauties were coming home with me!

Yes, more Disney, yay! I know I really don’t need any more pyjamas, but come on, what girl doesn’t want to lounge around in cute nightwear whenever they get the chance? Well I certainly do. So I picked up this cute Little Mermaid night dress for £5, perfect now the weather’s getting warmer.

I can be forgiven buying this gorgeous tote bag because most of the ones I own are in black, black, purple and more black. I wanted a bag that I could pair up with my summer outfits and this one seemed the perfect choice as I seem to have a lot of blush and pink in my wardrobe at the moment. At only £9, it’s a right old bargain!

What on earth possessed me to buy a scarf when we’re going into summer. I suppose the forever changing weather in the UK has something to do with it. This scarf is a pretty soft satin style with a beautiful floral design, so it’s light enough to pair with my blazers and T-shirts and brighten up an otherwise boring outfit. It was hanging on the sale rack and at only £2 it didn’t break the bank.

These are honestly the prettiest sunglasses I have ever seen, I already own similar pairs but these ones have mirrored lenses (not easy to photograph!) I did get a few funny looks as I got a tiny bit over excited when I saw these sunglasses. I just needed them in my life. £3 well spent.

How adorable is this beaker, yes it even has a unicorn especially for me. I have a travel coffee mug for taking my own coffee out with me and it’s been so useful, as well as saving me money. With this cute beaker I’ll be able to take juice out with me if it’s a hot day or to remind me to drink enough water when I’m at home. I could quite honestly have come home with every design Primark had on the stand, but then I’d be broke for the rest of the year. No, I was sensible and only spent £3 on this dome shaped mug with a straw.

I don’t really need to say anything about this wall hanging plaque, I’m guessing by now you’ll know how much I love it. It’s sooo cute, it’s a Unicorn, it’s pink and it’s mine! I should probably mention that it was only £1.50.

Believe it or not, I did actually pick up a few things that are going to be useful. I have long hair and own a cat who is forever malting, so this Lint roller with refill (£1.50) is going to be my best friend for picking up stray hairs from my clothes or bedding. I never seem to have enough coat hangers, so I picked up this pack of 5 coloured aluminium ones for £2.50. I’m forever getting through Sticky Notes (reduced to £1.00) to write myself little reminders and I love to make hand written letters to penpals look pretty with stickers and Washi Tape (£1.50).

One thing I didn’t need was this PS…Pro Blending Brush. I’d seen a lot of people saying how good it was  and it was just as lovely as the more expensive ones. So I decided to pick one up and give it a try. I haven’t put it to the test yet as I need to experiment on a day when I’m not leaving the house, just in case I don’t get on with it. Hmm, we shall see!

Have you been to Primark lately? What items did you buy? Or do you have another favourite high street store you love to shop in?

 

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I simply adore having candles in my home, no matter what the season, I’ll make sure to stock up on them whenever I’m in a homeware store. They give my room a more cosy feel and I particularly love using anything with Lavender in, so this candle from Roam by 42 Pressed is absolutely perfect for when I want to feel calm and relaxed.

Roam 42 Pressed have a range of candles based on cities around the world and can be used for travelling as well as at home. I chose the London candle*, not only does it contain Lavandin, but London will always have a special place in my heart. I’ve travelled there on many occasions, creating so many wonderful memories. Each time I’ve been burning this candle it not only puts my mind in a happy place, it makes me think of what new adventures my life will take me on.

They are made from natural soy wax and the London candle contains notes of:

  • Lavandin
  • Black Pepper
  • Oak Moss
  • Labdanum

The scent is described as:

“The vibrant mist off the River Thames sets the tones for the days adventures. From the earthy aroma of Kensington Palace to the aura at Buckingham Palace during the Changing of the Guard. Regal notes of lavender  and bright citrus mix with sharp spice; a bold mix of modern and traditional paring properly together in the cosmopolitan hub.”

It has a slightly more spicy fragrance than the sweeter lavender candles I’ve owned, however it smells incredibly divine. I’ve been burning this candle at any time of the day, not just the evening but when ever I’ve felt stressed or wound up, I have it burning beside me on the desk as I write this post. Even when it’s not lit I can’t help but give it a sniff to take in the beautiful scent.

I recently had a relative staying over from Canada and she would absolutely love the London candle* as a reminder of her visit to the UK.

I have to mention how gorgeous the packaging is, the cream textured paper with rose gold print making a simple glass jar look so pretty. Overall, I think this candle looks and smells beautiful and I just love having it lit in whichever room I’m in.

If you love anything travel related then you’l love the range of candles and prints that Roam by 42 Pressed have to offer, there’s one for London, Paris, New York, San Francisco and Chicago. You can also find Roam by 42 Pressed on Twitter and Instagram.

Have you tried these candles? Let me know which fragrance would bring back memories for you and why.

 

Any products marked with a * have been gifted or sponsered, all opinions are my own.

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