Friday, 20 January 2017

5 Things I've Been Loving Recently

I still feel like Christmas was only yesterday, yet I'm already getting excited for Easter (I think it's got something to do with the endless amount of mini eggs I've been eating). Today I thought I would share with you five things that I've been loving recently. 

Harry Potter | I'm sure you're under no illusion about how much I love Harry Potter. Especially around this time of year when you can feel rather glum, I always like to delve into the Wizarding World whether it's via film or book. I can't wait to get Fantastic Beasts on DVD because I've been loving reading the screenplay! 

A Cosy Evening In | "Cosy" is definitely my buzz word this Winter and I've been using it beyond belief. Snuggling under several blankets with a film and having a candle lit bath before hopping into a bed with a book is my favourite thing at the moment. I've had a bad back this week, so I've been ever so grateful for hot water bottles and deep heat to help soothe me after a long day. Diptyque candles are currently filling my wishlist (the gorgeous Limited Edition Valentine's offering is too cute to resist!) and I have my eye on some new loungewear too - This Avocado PJ Set is still sitting in my saved section. 

My Achievements | I've never been one to talk about my achievements, in fact I went through a stage of purposely playing myself down. This year I made it my mission to tweet whenever I was happy about something to do with my blog and to share more about what I do to the people around me. I've got some great content coming up on my blog and this week has been full of exciting emails that I can't wait to share with you either. 

New Series | Sherlock was one of the series that was on my to-watch list in 2016, but I never got around to watching it until this month. Although they are hour and a half long episodes, it's a super easy series to get through. The Goldbergs, my top feel good pick, has a new series out at the moment and I've been loving having the old back to back episodes to watch whenever I please. 

Embracing Every Event | Whether it's gazing at the full moon or prepping for Valentine's Day, I want to make sure that each season and event is recognised - mainly to make sure I'm kept busy at this time of year. I've been using this new year as an excuse to spruce up and start afresh, starting with my blog and then making small changes in my day-to-day life too. 

What have you been loving lately? 

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Jo Malone Top Picks

When I decide to treat myself to a luxe item there's a few brands that always spring to mind, Jo Malone being one of them. From their dreamy colognes to cosy candles, I've built up quite a collection over the years, so today I thought I would share with you my top picks. 

First up is the Orange Blossom Bath Oil, a gorgeous bathroom addition that not only fills the air with a beautiful fruity fragrance, but also adds a silky feel to the body whilst fragrancing it lightly. Some of the scents come in glass bottles which would make for a lovely, long lasting gift - As the frosted exterior looks incredibly luxe. 

Tom has been incredibly generous and has bought most of my Jo Malone Colognes for me, the first being a long term favourite of mine - Peony and Blush Suede. This distinctive scent has gained me lots of compliments as the floral fragrance is long lasting and settles lovely on the skin. 

Next up is Velvet Rose and Oud, a perfume that has a high price point due to it being part of the Intense Cologne, but is one that's worth every penny to me. With a top note of warm clove, heart note of damask rose and complimentary base note of smoky oud, this scent had me at first sniff. 

One fragrance, that although didn't disappoint in scent, was a let down in the longevity of the bottle is the Nectarine Blossom and Honey offering. I spoke about this during the Summer, but by the start of Autumn I was all out, something that doesn't happen very often with a big bottle of Jo Malone. Saying that, the concoction of nectarine, peach and honey makes this scent super dreamy in the warmer months. 
The newest addition to my collection is White Jasmine and Mint, a great transitional fragrance that can be worn throughout the year. I never thought that this combination would work, but the freshness of both scents makes it suitable for Spring, however the base note of mate leaf makes it very fitting for Autumn.  

If you didn't want to purchase a cologne, then instead I would recommend one of their candles. Even when they're not lit they scent the room in which they're placed and I think that's why I've been so smitten with the Peony and Blush Suede Candle. With rose and honey accents along with the freshness of peony, this floral scent continues to be my favourite concoction from Jo Malone. 

Have you tried anything from Jo Malone?
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