Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Christmas EVe

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“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. 
What if Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!” 
Dr,Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas! 
love, Kimi and me

Friday, 19 December 2014

Berry Christmas 2

'The scent of innocence. A burst of deep, tart blackberry juice, blending with the freshness of just-gathered bay and brambly woods. Vibrant and verdant.'

I wanted to share the latest love in my life. It comes in a bottle and smells divine. It is the Blackberry & Bay Cologne by Jo Malone.

A brand that is very much British and at the 'forefront of perfumery'. I received this bespoke cologne as a birthday gift. It came in a Jo Malone signature box and gift bag, complete with ribbon. Jo Malone scents are an individual statement, created for her, for him and for the home.

A little confession- I first heard of this perfume when watching Tanya Burr's monthly favourites. It's a scent she repurchased and loved. Note, I don't usually run out and buy everything YouTubers claim to love - but when it comes to perfumes, I tend to go on recommendations. 

This wonderful cologne instantly became a new favourite of mine. It really is a delicious scent with a warm, deep tone and fruity accent. Blackberry & Bay is a sophisticated combination that has a woody, greenness to it, which I love. If you're looking for the perfect scent or gift this Christmas, this may well be it!

Have you tried this fragrance before? I would love to know what fragrance you last bought.

P.S It's ALMOST the 25th! 

Friday, 12 December 2014

what to wear?


Lurex skirt | Grace leather pencil skirt  |Sequinned skirt | Boucle zip pelmet skirt

'I have nothing to wear!' This is my usual reaction the day before a night out. If only I could wear a jumper and not feel under dressed. Well, this is exactly what Victoria Beckham wore at the British Fashion Awards this year. Victoria wore a black and white floor length skirt and backless black jumper when she picked up the award for Brand of the Year and as always looked amazing! The jumper and skirt combination is now the look I want for that Christmas night out.

I have more than enough jumpers to chose from - thanks to my obsession with cosy knitted pieces. So, I just need to find the perfect skirt to team one with. Above, is a selection of skirts that I simply adore. A leather pencil skirt has been on my wishlist for a while, as-well as a metallic, silver skirt. They both would look great teamed with a boxy/high neck knit. The mix of textures would work well together, creating a stylish, ready to wear outfit! You could always wear a dress instead of a skirt to achieve the same look. 

To complete the outfit, a statement necklace or bold, large stone earrings to add some sparkle. You can never have enough sparkle! 

Do you have your Christmas outfit planned yet?

Sunday, 7 December 2014

It's a wrap!


When it comes to arts and crafts, I have two left hands and a talent for making a mess. I always admire people who can create something from nothing and who are particularly resourceful. So, I thought I would try some easy gift wrapping ideas and share the results. Luckily, there is not much that can go wrong when all I had at hand was ribbon, tape and brown paper. Below, are three simple ways to wrap a gift...



1. For this parcel, I used metallic satin ribbon in gold and a plush gold gift tag. As a roll of brown paper is rather cheap, you can spend elsewhere - like these oversized, merry tags. Add the finishing touch by cutting the ends of the ribbons at an angle.

2. If you are looking for inspiration, you don't have to look much further than your Christmas tree (and Pinterest). This is about as Pinterest as I will get - a trimming off the tree, tied with a recycled ribbon. This is an easy and creative way of dressing up a parcel. 

3. I always have left over decorations once the tree is decorated. Simply, use these to dress up your parcel. I also used silver tape around the parcel and then tied the white and red string around and fastened with a bow knot. 

These are all, easy and fun ways to make a gift, that extra bit special. It shows a little time and thought has been put into wrapping that gift for that someone you care about. I only wished, more glitter and glue was involved in this post - maybe that will be the next one.

I hope you enjoyed this post and even take a little inspiration from it. Happy gift wrapping! 


Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Berry Christmas

Linea Mulled Berries Scent c/o house of fraser

I love nothing more than a cosy night in, on the sofa, complete with a beagle by my side. An enjoyable evening in would usually involve a film, or a new book that I'm excited to start. I also find a cosy atmosphere helps me to relax.

December can be such a hectic month for some, it can really take its toll. It's always important to have a moment to yourself and time to relax and take stock - especially after a busy day/week. A way of de-stressing could be as simple as lighting a candle in the evening and enjoying the warmth and scent. I find switching on the Christmas lights, having a couple of candles lit, helps me to instantly feel more cosy and peaceful.

Candles are ideal for achieving that homely, warm atmosphere. When I received the Linea Mulled Berries collection I was delighted how festive the scent was. The scent is a combination of cranberry, cherry and blackcurrant laced with citrus and sweet highlights - it really does sound good enough to eat! It's an easy way to create that festive feeling within your home and create a calm setting so you can relax and wind down. The Mulled Berries Botanical candle is also very decorative and has become a prominent feature on my fireplace.

This year's Christmas memories will be filled with the warm scent of Mulled Berries.