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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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Do You Fancy Designer Goods Without The Price Tag?

Posted on March 4, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Happy Friday! I’ve got something a little bit different for you today – If, like myself you’re a bit of a shopaholic with a taste for the finer things in life, this brand new site could be right up your street…

Love The Sales is basically your one stop shop for luxury and high end sale bargains – the idea is that they’ve gathered together all the sale items across the internet – covering fashion, beauty, home, electronics and kids – so you don’t have to waste your time scouring over multiple sites trying to find the best deal. They have over 5000 top name brands for your perusal, including D&G, Alexander Wang, Georgio Armani and Clinique to name but a few.

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I’ve been doing a spot of window shopping on Love the Sales over the last few days, and I love that this site is so easy to use. You sign up via email or Facebook, then you complete your profile by adding brands you’re interested in, as well as your clothing and shoe size (you can also select multiple sizes if you wish) Love The Sales then does all the hard work by picking out every single product that’s relevant to you. This completely streamlines the shopping process – saving you both time and money.

The team behind Love The Sales have told me that shoes are their most popular item – and I’m not surprised at all! There are some serous savings to be had on this site; I spotted some gorgeous Kurt Geiger strappy heels that were originally £70.00, down to only £9.00! If only I could actually walk in heels I’d have snapped these up straight away! They actually have over 20,000 shoes to choose from on the site including amazing brands such as Kurt Geiger (one of my favourites, obviously) Michael Kors, DKNY and many more. I could literally spend hours browsing through them all!

I do also have a bit of a thing for handbags, and noticed a gorgeous Michael Kors Chevron Mini Messenger on the site – which I’ve had my eye on for a while. It’s an amazing bargain at £99.00 which is almost half price, and I’m so tempted to treat myself!

If you love a good bargain like I do, I recommend you check out Love The Sales, you won’t be disappointed! I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post is sponsored by Love The Sales

Templespa Skin Truffle Total Face Rejuvenation Cream

Posted on May 21, 2015

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Hi Guys!

You know I’m a big fan of luxury products, and when it comes to skincare I really think it can pay to get the best you can afford. So with that in mind, today I’m talking about the award winning Temple Spa Skin Truffle Total Face Rejuvenation Cream. This stuff is packed full of amazing ingredients including gold and silk actives, diamond powder and black truffles – ooh err!

Arriving in a bronze box, this cream really is the height of luxury. Opening the lid reveals a decent sized (50ml) jar of pale truffle coloured cream – as well as a handy plastic spatula and instructions. The cream itself is beautifully thick and and rich, with the very slightest hint of shimmer and a light pleasant scent.

Described as happiness in a jar this wonder cream has been five years in the making by Templespa’s team of top skincare specialists. Incorperating a unique patented formula that utilises the very latest in nano and peptide technology, along with a fusion of natural actives, Templespa promises seriously impressive results including –

  • Instant radiance, lustre and clarity
  • Long term anti-ageing
  • Reviving tired, dull skin
  • Regulating moisture levels
  • Protection from age spots and hyper-pigmentation

Impressively, when tested, 80% of users declared increased radiance and reduced dullness upon immediate application. 100% said fine lines were visibly reduced and 100% said their skin hydration levels improved immediately.

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Let’s take a look at some of the amazing sounding ingredients –

  • HappyBelle-PE: This is the breakthrough phyto-endorphin complex, that mimics the endorphin effect on the complexion, it gives the ‘I’ve just had good news’ glow.
  • Syn-Col: This pro-collagen peptide aids collagen production, it’s deeply penetrating with anti-wrinkle properties.
  • Black Truffles: These brighten the skin tone, acts as a natural antioxidant, and firms and smoothes the skin.
  • Cocoa Butter: Softens and lubricates the skin.
  • Grape Seed Champagne: Another natural antioxidant, this fights free radicals and regenerates skin.
  • Strawberry Extract: Rich in nutrients this is a natural beauty food, used to tone, purify and freshen.
  • Gold & Silk Actives: Free radicals protect against skin stress, as well as being moisturising and antibacterial.
  • Diamond Powder: Used to illuminate the skin, giving an instant glow.

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After using this product only a few times, I can already see why it’s won an award and received the highest ever Beauty Bible Anti-Ageing Award score. I must admit I initially thought it may be too rich for my skin, but even though it has a thick texture it melts into the skin and is absorbed really quickly, leaving no residue or greasiness, just a healthy looking complexion. My skin definitely felt plumper and more radiant after only a couple of uses, and I think with continued use the results will be even more impressive. I know this isn’t a cheap product by anyone’s standards, but it’s definitely worth the money if you fancy splashing out on payday!

Templespa Skin Truffle Total Face Rejuvenation Cream is £85 for 50ml from Templespa.

I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any Templespa products? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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My Top 10 Summer Accessories Wish List

Posted on May 13, 2015

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Hi Guys!

I had planned to start this post with the phrase ‘Summer is officially on it’s way…’ as it’s been quite nice here lately, but it’s actually chucking it down right now! Nevertheless, I can’t wait till the warmer weather arrives, I’m hoping to bust out the fake tan very soon! It’s also now officially less than a month till my birthday too – June 12th in case you want to add that to your diary – oh and chocolate would be very nice thank you 🙂 It’s my son’s birthday on the same day too so I’m now starting to get excited and make plans for both of us! I’ve put together a little wish list today with some gorgeous golden and metallic accessories that I’ve had my eye on lately. I love warm gold tones for summer so hopefully I’ll be able to snap some of these up when I get paid, and pop a few of them on my birthday list too!

    • Semi Precious Torque Collar (£15) from Topshop
    • Quay Modern Love Sunglasses (£29.63) from Nasty Gal
    • Hipanema Bonnie Bracelet (£79.31) from Revolve
    • Small Punk Skull Necklace (£260) by Alexander McQueen at Selfridges
    • Gold Plated Hoop Earrings by Eddie Borgo (£115) at Net-a-Porter
    • The Stud Out Mini Bucket Bag (29.63) from Nasty Gal
    • Frends Laya Rose Gold Headphones (£140) from Avenue 32
    • Holographic Robot Watch (£18) from ASOS
    • Ultra Mini Tre Pearl Band Ring ($365) from Vita Fede
    • Metallic Leather Sandal (£28) from Espirit

I hope you enjoyed my wish list! I’d love to hear if you love any of these accessories as much as I do?

La Prairie Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster Serum

Posted on May 4, 2015

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Happy Bank Holiday Guys!

The brand La Prairie is the epitome of luxury when it comes to skincare, as well as being at the forefront of anti-ageing technology – and boy have I got the big daddy of serums to show you today. I have to say I feel really lucky and privileged to be able to try this product out! So let me introduce, La Prairie’s Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster…

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The Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster is described as La Prairie’s most accelerated wrinkle interceptor yet. IT INTERCEPTS WRINKLES! Offering a revolutionary delivery system that specifically targets the cells that make skin look younger with precision and speed, to deliver anti-wrinkle ingredients exactly where your skin needs them most.

This product comes with some pretty massive claims – it promises to reduce wrinkle depth and volume to give you beautiful, visibly younger-looking skin with only two weeks of use. It’s supposed to help control the evolution of skin aging, recovering hydration and reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles, whilst exfoliating to refine skin and minimize the look of imperfections including wrinkles and enlarged pores.

I really hope this actually works. Coming in at £195 for a 50ml bottle, this product has a lot to live up to.

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The product itself is a light serum, with a luxuriously silky smooth texture. It has a subtle pleasant scent, and to use, you smooth one or two drops over the face and neck after cleansing and toning, but before you apply your moisturiser.

As I said previously, La Prairie is one of the main pioneers when it comes to anti-ageing products, and their Rapid Response Booster Serum is jam packed full of active ingredients to specifically target the signs of ageing.

To fight wrinkles, the targeted delivery system transports anti-wrinkle peptides exactly where needed, the peptides are then released to fortify the skin which reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles and reinforces skin’s barrier protection.

Plankton extract, a marine element, improves exfoliation for smoother, softer skin with fewer visible pores, and a natural texturizing blend of jojoba, mimosa, and sunflower waxes refines and helps reduce trans-epidermal water loss.

The Rapid Response Booster Serum also boasts a high weight and low weight sodium hyaluronate to attract and hold moisture, the herbal brightening complex inhibits excess pigmentation, and the silver vine complex improves skin’s translucency.

There really is so much technology packed into this little bottle (seriously this is only the half of it! I had to cut it down but do check out the link at the end of the post for full details) it’s hardly surprising it’s so expensive!

I’ve been using this for just about 2 weeks now, and I have to say it is fabulous. I’ve used quite a few serums in my time, and this definitely has something special about it. It feels beautifully luxurious to apply, and I think when you have a product like this with big claims and a high price tag, it really has to work – otherwise you’re going to have a lot of unhappy customers. I don’t have any wrinkles yet as such, but I have noticed the fine lines on my forehead seem to be less prominent, and my overall complexion is definitely brighter and more radiant. My husband said I’ve been looking ‘well’ and even that my skin looks ‘better’ lately so I think I have this serum to thank!

The La Prairie Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster is available now from John Lewis.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Luxury Gift Guide For Her!

Posted on November 8, 2014

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Hi Guys!

Following on from my Luxury Gift Guide for Him I’ve now put together one for the ladies! I’ve tried to include a mixture of gorgeous gifts and accessories – no beauty products though as I’m saving them for a separate post of their own 🙂 Everything in this guide is what I’d class as ‘luxury’ at £50 plus, don’t worry if these fabulous things are out of your price range though, I’ll be putting together some budget guides too with amazing products that won’t break the bank!

  1. Tarsier Necklace by Violet Darkling, £115
  2. Eartha Soft Double Handle Mini Satchel by Zac Posen at Revolve, £309.42
  3. Rockstud Small Leather Bracelet by Valentino at Selfridges, £105
  4. Lunar Small Candle Holder by Lara Bohinc, £50
  5. ‘Wild’ Laser Cut Perspex & Leather Clutch Bag by Kzeniya at Coggles, £158
  6. Liberty Print Ianthe Navy Leather Diary by Liberty, £60
  7. Monogramme quilted textured-leather cardholder by Saint Laurent at Net-a-Porter, £160
  8. Grey Marble Cat eye Sunglasses by Stella McCartney at Liberty, £190
  9. Layla leather and iridescent metal headphones by Frends at Net-a-Porter, £140
  10. Camilla Velvet Heeled Ankle Boots by Kat Maconie at Coggles £135
  11. Mini Axis Silver & Sapphire Ring by Pamela Love at Net-a-Porter, £160

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx