Monday, 24 November 2014

House of Fraser 'Mulled Berries' Festive Scents.


Just in case you haven't caught on yet, I rather like Christmas! When these Mulled Berries scented goodies from House of Fraser arrived on our doorstep, it was the perfect opportunity to set up a somewhat premature little Christmas corner in our fireplace. We made ourselves a couple of hot chocolates, popped some mince pies on a plate, and put Idina Menzel's Christmas Wishes on in the background.

Included in the set was a festive diffuser, a pretty jar candle, and a decadent botanical candle. All three have top notes of strawberry, raspberry, rhubarb and orange, a heart of cinnamon and clove, and a base of vanilla. They're honestly some of the best Christmas scents I've encountered; they're sweet, creamy and fresh, without sacrificing that wonderful festive spice. We had them burning in one end of our flat, but could still smell them at the furthest corner. They've filled our home to the brim with seasonal fragrance.

All three items are currently half price, making them an absolute steal. The diffuser is now £12.50, the jar candle is £6, and the botanical candle is £8. Whether you snap them up as gifts, or as welcome additions to your own home, they're a  gorgeous trio of treats!

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Bespoke Bride Thanksgiving Dinner.


Last night I celebrated Thanksgiving for the very first time, at a gorgeous little dinner hosted by Jess and Emily from Bespoke Bride. Along with Emily, I headed over to Jess's house and was welcomed into her beautiful home. We were greeted by a stunning table spread and a delicious smelling turkey in the oven. Looking at the photos, would you believe that they put all of this together in just two days? I was astounded by the attention to detail. At each setting was a homemade paper garland, a little gift box stuffed with sweets, and a tiny photo. It was simply lovely! We all got stuck in with the vegetable prep, before sitting down to enjoy our massive roast dinner.

After the roast, we tucked into an amazing homemade apple and blackberry pie. We also exchanged Secret Santa presents and cracked open a tin of Quality Street! Having changed into our PJs, Emily made us all mugs of boozy orange hot chocolate - it was incredibly indulgent, but it definitely hit the spot. Bellies full, we settled down with a few drinks and chatted for hours about life, the universe and blogging.

I came away feeling incredibly thankful. Blogging and writing can sometimes be quite lonely occupations, so spending quality time with kindred spirits is precious. The atmosphere was so warm, and I've come away feeling very, very festive!