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Fun & Quirky Luxury Father’s Day Gifts at Amara

Posted on June 14, 2017

Hi Guys!

Father’s Day is almost upon us again, and if like me, you’re not particularly prepared as yet, I have some fantastic gift ideas from luxury gifting and home accessories site Amara to share with you today. Enjoy!

For the dads that like a tipple, this Tank Whisky Decanter (£80.00) by Tom Dixon would make the perfect gift. Made of luxurious mouth-blown glass, this contemporary decanter is finished with copper detailing for added elegance. I’ve also included the matching Low Ball Glasses (£45.00 now reduced to £38.00) by Tom Dixon – especially made for short drinks, this pair of glasses with hand painted copper detailing match perfectly with the decanter, and would make any whiskey fan’s dream gift.

There are also plenty more products in the Tom Dixon Tank collection, including wine glasses, vases, jugs and bowls. This range is just perfect for adding a touch of luxury to your kitchen or bar area – I’d definitely recommend checking these out as there are quite a few products currently in the Amara sale, where you can save up to 50%.

If Dad’s a fan of contemporary home accessories, or maybe he might like something to jazz up his desk – this decorative Pineapple Ornament (£25.00) by Bloomingville could be just the ticket. Available in a selection of colours, including Grey, Gold, and Rose, this beautifully detailed ornament is crafted from stoneware and will look fantastic in any space around the house.

For the music and tech lover, I have the aGroove Bluetooth Speaker (£49.00) by Kreafunk – this sleek and elegant wireless speaker is compact enough to literally be placed anywhere around the house, allowing you to be able to listen to your favourite music in style – and without having do deal with unsightly cables. Kreafunk has designed this speaker with both sound and aesthetics in mind. It’s beautifully soft to the touch with rounded edges, and plays for up to 24 hours at full charge via Bluetooth. They’ve also included USB and AUX cables for ultimate ease.

And lastly for something a little different, how about this fabulously quirky Sitting Mouse Lamp (£60.00) by Seletti. I have to say I absolutely love this lamp, and as soon as I saw it I knew I had to include it in my write up – it’s just so fun and different! This little guy stands about 12cm tall, so he’s pretty much true to size for a large-ish mouse. He’s made of white resin, and sits nicely on the edge of a desk or mantlepiece, patiently holding a LED lightbulb – whilst looking like he’s really up to no good! There are also two other mice available, with one laying down and one standing up – how cool would they look dotted around the house!

Amara have also put together their own quiz to help you find the perfect Father’s Day gift. You can check this out below –

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Home & Interiors: Sara Miller London Candles

Posted on May 24, 2017

Hi Guys!

It’s been quite a while since I’ve had any new candles on the blog – I think this is actually the second time this year which is pretty slow going for me! This is also my first introduction to Sara Miller London, a luxury home accessory and gift brand offering sophisticated and elegant designs across a range of products. There’s quite a nice selection available on the site, including greeting cards, gift packaging, home fragrance, tableware, stationery and kitchen textiles.

Enter the enchanting world of Sara Miller London. A luxury brand with a stunning collection of designs which celebrate a love of print, pattern and colour. Sara’s design work has always been influenced by her passion for travel and a love for experiencing different cultures. From the intricate decorative henna work in Jaipur to the sensational Sakura cherry blossom in Japan, Sara loves exploring it all and bringing a piece of this inspiration back to her London studio, where she uses her unique creativity to produce truly beautiful, sophisticated and elegant designs.

I have two candles from the range of eight that are available – the Fig, Vanilla & Cacao Candle has an elegant deep blue frosted glass container with a gold lining specifically added to reflect the light and give a lovely, relaxing glow. It also has the Sara Miller London logo and dainty flower details printed around the container in gold. The fragrance is quite green and fresh, opening with a distinctive note of crisp Fig, leading to a hint of bitter Cacao, which is rounded off nicely with a warm base of Vanilla.

The other candle I have is the Sandalwood, Oud & Cardamom Candle. This has the same design as the above candle (all eight have the same printing) but this is on a light grey frosted glass container. Visually I prefer the Fig, Vanilla & Cacao Candle just because the gold on navy blue container stands out really nicely and looks more appealing to me, but in terms of scent, the Sandalwood, Oud & Cardamom Candle is definitely my favourite. This fragrance opens with fresh and bright notes of Cardamom and sparkling Lemon, leading to a heart of Orange Blossom and a base of deep and rich Sandalwood and Oud. This smells like a high end heady evening fragrance to me – I love it!

I should also mention that Sara Miller London Candles are all hand poured in the UK, and made from only the finest ingredients and purest fragrances, including 100% pure soy wax which gives approximately 60 hours burn time. The candles are packaged well and are presented in high quality boxes, and mine also came in a lovely decorative outer box, which you can see in the background of my photos. This is from the Sara Miller London gift packaging range, which includes lovely bright patterned gift boxes and bags, as well as tissues and tags. If you’re a fan of giving spectacularly high-end packaged gifts, I definitely recommend you check these out.

Sara Miller London Candles are £25.00 each and available now at SaraMiller.London

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Home & Interiors: My Conservatory Makeover (Part 1)

Posted on May 4, 2017

Hi Guys!

Welcome to my first ‘Home and Interiors’ post on TSNC!

When we moved house six months ago now (really, where has the time gone?) one of the main things that attracted me to our new house was the awesome conservatory. It’s bigger than the sitting room and is almost the full width of the house at the back. I envisioned this as my blogging haven, my workspace with sunlight coming in every direction, hopefully helping me to create some fantastic photos…

When we moved in, the conservatory had a horrible old brown carpet that had been there God knows how many years, but was otherwise open and airy, which is exactly what I wanted for my workspace. Clever me forgot to take ‘before’ photos, but I I found a picture online of what the conservatory originally looked like (above). It wasn’t that bad really, just not my style at all. There was lots of brown going on – brown carpet, brown wooden doors, brown windowsill and skirting boards, and it just had quite an old style and feel to it – which just wasn’t me at all.

I knew I wanted a white or near white, clean looking marble finish floor. But could I find marble look vinyl or laminate? No I could not. Apparently it’s not a thing – but I thought it would be really popular. I’d have liked vinyl or laminate just to keep the costs down, but as there was nothing even remotely like what I wanted available, I had to go for marble-look tiles instead.

Like I said, I wanted a light colour in a neutral or cool tone – too dark wouldn’t be right for the overall look I wanted, and too bright white and you’d literally need to wear sunglasses in there. After looking online for a long time, I finally found some tiles I liked! I ordered a couple of different samples from Walls and Floors, and after mulling them over, I ended up going with the Arabescato Veined White Marble Effect Matt Tiles.

As the space is pretty big, the tiles ended up costing £500- and that’s including a Black Friday discount! I waited until the weather got better to arrange the tiler to come over and lay them – and it took him four long days. Apparently they were a bit of a pain because the floor wasnt level, so he had to rectify this while he was laying them. I was SO HAPPY with the outcome I can’t even tell you. It’s exactly like I imagined it would look.

Next, I had to decide on what colour to paint the walls. I’m incredibly indecisive so this process actually took a few weeks. I went with a light peach colour which I had colour matched locally. I thought would complement the tiles well, and keep the look of the room feeling bright and clean.

We then primed and painted all the doors, windowsils and skirting boards so they were white, filled in the hairline cracks in the walls (you can see there were a lot of them) and finally painted the room…

And this is the finished product! (please ignore the dying plant, I was hoping to revive it!) I’m beyond happy with how well it all turned out!

The idea is that this half of the room (above) will be my work space. I also have a large chest of drawers and a few other bits and pieces in the room now too. And the opposite end, will be a play area for Freddy.

I’m hoping to come back with a Conservatory Makeover Part 2 very soon, as I want to add some more bits to Freddy’s area like a small table and a sofa, as well as some decorative items and wall art. I’m also looking to have curtain rails or blinds installed and hopefully some sort of sun protection on the glass ceiling to give the room some shade. So there’s still work to do, but the basis is completed now which is the main thing!

I hope you enjoyed my post – keep your eye out for more home and interior makeovers and features coming up soon! xxx

Valentine’s Gift Guide for Her

Posted on February 9, 2017

Hi Guys!

Valentine’s day is almost upon us, and this is the first of three gift guides I have for you – the others will be coming up either later today or tomorrow morning. This gift guide is ‘for her’ and I’ve included loads of gorgeous bits and pieces that pretty much anyone would be happy to receive. There’s gift items in here, chocolates, alcohol, makeup and fragrance. I hope you enjoy!

I have to start this guide with one of my favourite recent fragrance launches – Jean Paul Gaultier Classique Intense EDP (£61.00 for 50ml at Boots) – Jean Paul Gaultier’s Classique fragrance really is a ‘classic’ – it was one of my very first, and favourite scents many years ago, and this this brand new intense version is just stunning. It’s very similar to the original, but heavier and more sensual. I know for a fact that fans of the original Classique will love this.

  • Top Notes: Pomegranate, Tiare Flower.
  • Heart Notes: Orange Blossom, Jasmine, Rose.
  • Base Notes: Patchouli, Vanilla.

Another new fragrance which is perfect for Valentine’s day is Agent Provocateur Pure Aphrodisiaque (£51.50 for 40ml at The Fragrance Shop) This is a romantic, floral fruity and musky scent. I was actually expecting something a lot heavier, but this is quite light and flirty, yet still very feminine and seductive. There are a few different gift set options available for this fragrance too which are perfect for Valentine’s day.

  • Top Notes: Mandarin, Anjou Pear and Rum.
  • Heart Notes: Jasmine, Wild Orchid and Indian Sambac.
  • Base Notes: Woods, Skin Musk and Amber Creme.

And lastly for fragrances I have Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely EDT (£11.00 for 30ml at Debenhams) which is a great option for those on a budget. The inspiration behind Sarah Jessica Parker’s first scent ‘Lovely’ was her love of layering scents. What became of this inspiration is a feminine and timeless signature scent for woman of all ages.

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, Lavender and Apple Martini.
  • Heart Notes: Patchoile, Paperwhites and Creamy Orchid.
  • Base Notes: Cedarwood, White amber, Sultry Woods and Musk.

On the subject of good deals, I also wanted to include the Skinchemists Rose Quartz Youth Facial Oil (£99.00 at Skinchemists) as this is currently on offer for £24.00, plus I have a discount code, so if you input TSNCBLOG at the checkout it will bring this down to £19.99 – what a bargain!

Skinchemists Youth Facial Oil is infused with a blend of hydrating, nourishing and protecting actives, to provide essential vitamins and minerals for the skin to leave the complexion illuminated, hydrated and refined. It contains Rose Otto Oil to help restore the moisture balance in the skin, Vitamin E to reduce skin damage, and Almond Oil to provide deep hydration and nourishment. The perfect product for increasing skin radiance, just 2-3 drops of this wonder oil are needed to cover the face and neck.

And what would valentine’s day be without a little tipple? Warner Edwards Rhubarb Gin Tin (£19.50 at Drink Finder) is a great choice for Valentine’s day as it tastes amazing, and it’s also pink! This gin is best served over ice and with a splash of tonic or ginger ale, to enjoy authentic British craft at its best.

And I had to include the Beauty Bakerie Lip Whip in ASOS Nude (£16.00 exclusively at ASOS) – this liquid lipstick has literally just arrived and I have to say I think I’m in love! Beauty Bakerie have two exclusive ASOS shades, one in Red and one Nude, and they dry down to a lovely matte finish that literally won’t budge all day.

Moving on to jewellery, I have these super pretty Vamp London Silver Spike Earrings (£55.00 at Browns Family Jewellers) which are Inspired by the Gothic architecture of Venice. They are from the Hidden Mask Collection, which is very 50 Shades-esque. It’s all about glamorous decadent parties, hushed whispers and intimate encounters. Considering these earrings are only £55.00, I think they’re incredibly pretty and delicate, and would make a wonderful gift.

Hopefully you can see at the back right hand side of the table, there is what looks to be a box of biscuits. But this is in fact Belgian Chocolate Biscuit Chocolates (£9.95 at Prezzybox) – these chocolates look exactly like some of your favourite biscuits. There’s jammy dodger in there, a pink wafer, and a party ring to name a few – but they’re all made of dark, milk and white belgian chocolate!

The NARS True Story Set (£35.00 exclusively at ASOS) is a stunning palette of four limited edition blushes in shades: Devotee, Myth, Unwritten, Outlaw. It also includes a Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in shade Mysterious Red, which is the perfect colour for a true red lip.

I’ve also recently been trying out some of the new Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet Lipsticks, and I’ve really been enjoying their super thick and creamy formula. I won’t go onto too much detail as I’ve already posted about them – but you can see my original review here.

For the person that has everything, what about this super sweet Silver Love Heart Trinket (£14.95 at Prezzybox) – this is an exact replica of a love heart sweet – the same size and everything, with a lovely silver plated finish. It’s a cute little keepsake gift to show someone how much you care.

This little Heart Trinket Dish (£6.95 at Prezzybox) is another fantastic bargain gift. It’s small enough to hold in the palm of your hand, and just the right size to keep small jewellery items like rings and bracelets together. The ‘Love You to the Moon and Back’ quote is a lovely touch for Valentine’s day.

Another stunning jewellery item is this Milan City Bracelet Stack (£155.00 at Annie Haak) – this super dainty stack of five sterling silver bracelets has a selection of tiny charms hanging from them, and can also be customised with an initial of your choice.

For something fun, what about this Red Face Purse (£15.00 at Emma Lomax) – this cute little fabric purse is adorned with striking lips and eyelashes, and comes in either red or pink. It’s also just the right size for carrying your cards and change.

I also wanted to include this Napoli Red Leather Journal (£32.99 at Pen Heaven) perfect for those that like to keep a written journal, or for someone that’s always writing down notes, this handmade leather jour name features a wrap-round cover, traditional gilded pages, and a heart symbol has been embossed in gold leaf in the bottom right corner, making it an ideal romantic gift.

And lastly of course, the amazing Love Carnival Light (£27.50 from Find Me a Gift) – this would make such a fun and unusual gift for someone who’s into home accessories. I love how the bright red stands out so much, and I think this is going to end up living in my conservatory 🙂

So there we have it! I hope this has given you some inspiration whether you’re buying or hoping to receive this Valentine’s day. Please also keep your eye out for my next two gift guide posts which will be coming up very soon.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Black Friday: The Very Best Beauty, Fashion & Home Deals!

Posted on November 25, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Well Black Friday is now upon us, so I thought I’d put together a selection of my top picks from some of my favourite stores, covering beauty, fashion and homewares – there really are some fantastic deals to be had today. Happy shopping!

ASOS – 20% off EVERYTHING with code GOGOGO

 

Beauty Bay – 30% off selected lines

 

Topshop – 50& off many lines

 

The White Company – 20% off almost everything with code AP380

 

Shopbop – 25% off everything with code GOBIG16

 

Avenue 32 – 30% off Site Wide Excluding Sale and Pre-Spring 17

 

Lookfantastic – 18% off everything with code: RUSH, 25% off with code LFBLACK

 

Monica Vinader – 30% off after signing up

 

Other sales –

  • All Saints – 30% off with code: CYBER, and 50% off winter clothing
  • Amara – up to 50% off luxury home brands
  • And Other Stories – 50% off selected items
  • Beauty Base – up to 80% off online and free delivery with a spend of £24 or more
  • Bobbi Brown – free art stick worth £21 with orders over £40
  • Boden – 30% off site wide with code F6P8
  • Boohoo.com – up to 50% off and free delivery with code FRIYAY50
  • Boots – massive savings site wide
  • Caudalie – 20% off site wide
  • Dune London – up to 30% off
  • ELF Cosmetics – 50% off site wide with code BLACKFRIDAY
  • Flamingo Candles – 25% off everything with code BLACKFRIDAY
  • H&M – 20% off everything and free delivery with code 6013
  • Harvey Nichols – 25% off Fashion, 15% off Beauty
  • House of Fraser – Up to 50% off across the site
  • Jurlique – 20% OFF sitewide + FREE Standard Delivery + COMPLIMENTARY gift wrapping Code: BLACKFRIDAY
  • Karen Millen – 25% off everything excluding leather
  • Kate Spade – 20% off your purchase with code SKYLINE
  • Kiehl’s – 20% off everything with the purchase of 2 or more products
  • Kurt Geiger – 20% off + free standard delivery on orders over £100
  • L”Occitane – offers across the site
  • Lancome – 20% off everything with code LANCOME20
  • La Redoute – 40% off with code: BLACKFRIDAY
  • Lavish Alice – 30% off code CYBER30
  • Lisa Angel – big discounts site wide
  • Marks & Spencer – Up to 50% off Selected Lines in Beauty, Lingerie, Sleepwear, Home, Toys, Books.
  • Models Own – up to 70% off across the site
  • Molton Brown – 25% off everything
  • Office – 20% off with code: WONDER
  • Radley – up to 50% off
  • River Island – up to 50% off with code BFRIDAY16
  • Schuh – up to 40% off selected lines
  • Selfridges – 20% off site wide & 10% off beauty with code SELFCCE
  • Sephora – 20% off across the site
  • Skinnydip – up to 80% off selected items
  • Ted Baker – up to 30% off
  • The Body Shop – 40% off with code: 19805
  • This Works – up to 25% off
  • Warehouse – up to 30% off site wide
  • West Elm – 30% off with code SAVENOW
  • Whistles – 25% off selected lines
  • YSL Beauty – 15% Off Selected Makeup, Fragrance & Skincare with Code: YSL15
  • Zara Home – 20% off and Free delivery

I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx

5 Tips To Get A Good Night’s Sleep #SleepTips

Posted on November 8, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I hope you’re all well? I’ve been extremely busy lately with moving house. We’re now settling in though and I’m finally getting back into blogging.

Today I wanted to talk about something that we all do without giving much though to – sleep. Everyone has different sleep patterns, and everyone gets a different quality of sleep depending on their circumstances. Personally I’ve always been a good sleeper – I mean I can pretty much drop off anywhere. BUT I’m also a light sleeper, and the smallest noise will most definitely wake me up, so I often feel that I don’t get a quality night’s sleep even though I usually get around eight hours.

I’ve recently received a brand spanking new luxury mattress from Leesa, which I’ve been trying out since I’ve moved to our new house, so I thought I’d let you know how I’ve been getting on with it, as well as offer a few other tips for helping you get the best nights sleep possible.

My first sleep tip would definitely be DO NOT underestimate the importance of a quality, comfortable mattress. For many years I used to have either second hand (and completely knackered) mattresses, or just literally the cheapest money could buy. And none of them did me any good – both in terms of the sleep I was getting, as well as being bad for my back. And I don’t even want to get into the issues of dirt and dust mites in old used mattresses – ew!

When I ordered my Leesa mattress, I was impressed with the ease of use and navigation on their site. Apart from making purchasing very straightforward, there was also plenty of information available about the company and the mattresses themselves, as well as a review section where you can read other customer’s reviews, which I found very helpful.

Leesa’s mattresses are built with three layers of premium materials, including a layer of contouring memory foam, for comfort and pressure relief, a top layer of cooling foam and a seamless, soft fabric cover.

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Interestingly, the mattress arrives rolled up in a box, and you simply place your rolled up mattress direct on your bed frame, unwrap and unfold and voila! Your new mattress is in place and ready to go. It’s also worth mentioning that Leesa gives you a 100 nights to try out the mattress – and if you’re not happy for any reason you can return it with no hassle. I think this is such a good idea, as Leesa is solely an online company so you’re essentially buying ‘blind’ – this really shows that they have confidence in their product.

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I’ve been using the Leesa mattress for a little while now, and I have to say I’ve been absolutely loving it! I usually have quite a soft mattress, and wasn’t sure if I’d get on with this as it’s most definitely firmer than what I’m used to, but it really is great. I feel like I’m comfortable and just generally sleeping more sound than I have done previously. You can check our Leesa’s range of luxury mattresses as well as snapping up a fantastic £50 off code here.

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Ok so back to my sleep tips – my next one is pretty obvious, but Quit the Caffeine! I drink tea like its going out of fashion and I’ve been trying to cut back on my intake in the evenings. A good alternative is nice herbal tea such as chamomile if you like a warm drink, or there’s always good old fashioned milk, or soy-milk if you’d prefer a cold drink.

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Tip number 3 is make sure you Take Time to Relax. Have a bath, read a book. Create a relaxing, soothing atmosphere to help your mind and body unwind.

Another thing worth mentioning is make sure your body is at the right temperature. It might sound a little odd, but if you’re slightly too warm, or too cool it can really affect your sleep. If you’re too cold it can take an age to warm up and get cosy, and I’ve found if you’re too hot, you can wake up with a headache and feel groggy for the rest of the day. So getting the temperature right really will help.

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And lastly, I’d also recommend investing in decent products to help you sleep – this can be anything from buying yourself quality, soft sheets for your bed, or thicker curtains to block out light, to using specific products to help you sleep. I love the This Works Pillow Spray – which now comes in a lovely gift set with their Breathe In roll on (this would make a fab Christmas gift!) The Deep Sleep Pillow Spray contains calming lavender, vetiver and wild camomile to help you drift off into a relaxing slumber.

I’ve also recently been using the M&S Formula Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream – which promises Skin looks like you’ve had 8 hours sleep (even when you haven’t). Now I know this isn’t going to help you sleep – but as I’m quite a restless sleeper, I’m up for any product that’s going to make me look like I’ve had 8 hours! I’ve been using this for a few weeks now and I have to say, I think it actually works. I feel like my skin just looks a bit brighter and smoother, and feels more rested when I wake up the mornings now. It’s only £22.00 for a pot too, so definitely worth it in my books.

I hope you enjoyed my post and found these tips helpful – and don’t forget, you can get £50 off a luxury Leesa mattress here.

This post is sponsored by Leesa

Yankee Candle Riviera Escape Collection

Posted on May 26, 2016

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Hi Guys!

One of my favourite candles brands, Yankee Candle are back on the blog this evening with their latest collection, inspired by a sun-kissed escape to the Riviera…

The Riviera Escape collection contains four fresh, summery fragranced candles, as well as matching candle accessories –

Starting with Olive & Thyme – This is a wonderfully fresh and bright fragrance, it’s distinctly herbal in nature with a sharp citrus top note which you can’t fail to miss. This fragrance is inspired by the Mediterranean coast, including notes of olive leaf, citrus and musk, to whisk you away on an Italian adventure.

Next, Riviera Escape – This is definitely my favourite candle out of the collection. Riviera Escape is a beautiful clean and fresh coastal scent, evoking glittering promenades, full with hillsides of beautiful blossoms glowing in the sun. This scent instantly takes me to the coast and I can’t get enough of it!

And Sea Sage & Salt – Now this fragrance is described as ‘warm and inviting, sage mingles with the clean, fresh scent of sea salt…like a relaxing walk along the shore’ but I have to say I really don’t get this at all. To me, this candle smells like men’s aftershave! It really reminds me of my dad for some reason! This is definitely a masculine scent, and not really one for me unfortunately.

And lastly Summer Peach – This scent is almost mouthwateringly juicy – I mean my mouth literally nearly waters when I smell this candle! Fans of sweet scents will love the Summer Peach candle – echoing ripe peaches straight from the orchard, warmed by the sun and begging for that first juicy bite, this fragrance is the epitome of summer.

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The Riviera Escape collection is available now at Yankee Candle.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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