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My Top 5 Stores for Fabulous Home Accessories

Posted on June 17, 2018

Happy Sunday! I hope you’re having a lovely Father’s Day whatever you’re up to ūüôā

I’m currently embarking on a bit of a mission to make over my house – I’m working room by room and planning on upgrading some furniture, painting walls, accessorising, basically just revamping and making my house finally look like my home. My main problem is I’m quite fussy when it comes to things I like, and I’ve spent more time that I’d like to admit¬†scouring the internet for fabulous bits and bobs that I love – so I thought I’d put together a list of my top five online home accessory stores and tell you exactly why I love them!

If you’re a fan of designer labels and high end, luxury products, is an essential site for your home accessory needs.¬†Initially starting life as an interior design business, Amara now houses over 300 of the world‚Äôs most luxurious home fashion brands, including Ralph Lauren Home, Versace Home, Missoni Home, Fornasetti, Jonathan Adler, Alessi and many more.

Amara really does stock the most coveted luxury brands, and I’ve included their fabulous products on the blog quite a few times already. A couple of my favourite products have to be my¬†Fornasetti Candle¬†and¬†Seletti Mouse Lamp.¬†They also currently have a massive up to 50% off sale on at the moment too, so be sure to check that out!

Next, I had to¬†include¬†. I remember when I first came across the site probably about five years ago, and I was¬†completely wowed by their stunningly eclectic selection of products. Rockett St George’s Ethos is to ‘revitalise the interiors market with unique treasures, oddities, and curiosities … breaking free from chain store offerings,¬†by sourcing unique, authentic and quirky pieces bursting with individuality’.

To this day, the founders of Rockett St George continue to treasure hunt across the world in search of unique, glamorous, eclectic, witty and rock ‚Äėn‚Äô roll home accessories, furniture, lighting, kitchenware, art and gifts that you cannot find elsewhere – and this is why I love them!

 is another fantastic site, offering products to die for as well as amazing inspiration for your own interiors. Their style is actually quite similar to Rockett St George, again offering an eclectic mix of vintage inspiration, contemporary style and fabulous finds from around the globe. I absolutely love this octopus cande stick!

I also had to include – did you know¬†that they¬†offer one of the world’s largest online selections of furniture, home furnishings, d√©cor and goods, including more than ten million products from over 10,000 suppliers! I love shopping at Wayfair just because you never know what gems you’re going to discover. There’s no set style or look here, Wayfair really does offer a bit of everything, to suit pretty much all tastes, whilst covering a massive price range too. I also wanted to mention Groupon, which you’ve probably heard of by now, it’s definitely worth checking out their¬†, which include daily deals, upcoming sales, discount codes and much more. I’ve recently been browsing the Home & Garden section on Groupon and they really do have some excellent deals on right now!

And lastly, . Did you know they’ve been around since 1970? I love Urban Outfitters hipster chic style, their home accessories and gifts are always kitsch, quirky and fun – my only niggle being their US site always has so many more products available than the UK site, however I have found some pretty cool bits and bobs at UO UK. I’ve recently picked up some awesome cushions, mugs and wall art which will be coming up on the blog very soon!

I’d love to hear which online stores you love for home furniture and accessories?

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The Father’s Day Luxury Gift Guide

Posted on June 15, 2018

Father’s Day is almost upon us, and I’ve gathered together a few fantastic luxury gift ideas if you’re looking to treat someone special. I’ve included an array of fragrances, skincare, gift sets, tech and more. Enjoy!

Firstly I have this beautifully understated¬†¬†– featuring a simple white face, with a gold bezel and navy blue leather strap. This watch would make the perfect Father’s Day gift – and if you’re interested, you can currently save ¬£34.00 when you purchase from Browns Family Jewellers, just click on the above link!

On to fragrance now, I have quite a fabulous selection to share with you! Starting with a couple of niche scents Р is described as deliciously intoxicating and unforgettable. The fragrance opens with spicy top notes of coriander and ginger, alongside saffron and sweet heliotrope. At the heart is an accord of oud, olibanum and amber wood, followed by an oriental base with toasted-caramel notes of vanilla bourbon, musk and Alaskan cedar wood. This is a stunningly addictive and unforgettable scent, perfect for for the more refined gent.

And –¬†The inspiration for this fragrance was Prudence’s father, Alexander who had a distinguish career as an officer in the Australian Navy. Spices permeate all aspects of the olfactory triangle starting with top notes of cardamom, mugwort and mint, before developing into a heart of orange blossom spiced with cinnamon and cumin. The final notes are a heady mixture of sandalwood and cedar, tinged with powdered notes of vanilla, amber and tonka bean¬†at the base.

Fans of the brand will know you can’t beat L’Occitane for gorgeous gift sets, and the is perfect for Father’s Day. The Cedar scent is refreshing, energising and masculine,¬†blending citrus notes of cedrat with icy cool¬†mint and woody spices. The gift set contains 75ml¬†L’Homme Cologne Cedrat EDT,¬†250ml L’Homme Cologne Cedrat Shower Gel Body & Hair and¬†130ml L’Homme Cologne Cedrat Spray Deodorant. All housed in a luxury¬†L‚ÄôOccitane gift box.

Now for something a bit different, how about ? You can purchase a single box (which includes everything above) or sign up for a subscription, where the recipient will receive a premium selection of classic wet shaving goods delivered to their door every six weeks. I think this is a great idea!

For music loving dads, the  are a fantastic investment. Combining elegance and comfort without compromise, the MA650 are wireless, premium bluetooth in-ear headphones, designed for seamless compatibility; whether exercising, travelling, working or relaxing. The headphones feature a massive 12 hour battery life from a single charge, they are moisture, sweat and stain resistant, and offer enhanced audio with aptX and AAC streaming.

I always think cufflinks make a lovely gift, and these smart yet fun ¬†would make a wonderfully colourful addition to any Dad’s wardrobe. Crafted from silver toned brass, the cufflinks are adorned in a multi-coloured button design, complete with enamel plating and classic t-bar fastening.

Back to fragrances, next on the list is ¬†–¬†Warm, sophisticated and distinctive, this fragrance evokes Britain’s country and coast with its complex scent that evolves on the skin, this fragrance is designed to follow you through your day with top notes of grass and greenery that matches the energy of the morning, the scent then matures into the rich spices at the heart and finally warm and earthy undertones of wood and balmy ambergris¬†at the base exude a more subdued and reflective tone of the evening. I think my Dad would love this scent!

And ¬†–¬†Playing on contrast and overdose, Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit De L’Homme Parfum is a woody oriental fragrance opening with a fresh burst of bergamot and anise, immediately followed by the spicy, virile warmth of black pepper. Notes of lavender and labdanum release all their power to the trail, with the sensuality of patchouli and vanilla.¬†Vetiver adds the final note to a stunning and unique fragrance.

How about the  РDaringly dark, this sumptuous fragrance entwines extraordinary floral notes with soft spices and wood. Infusing perfumed particles of powdered white orchid and lily intensified by spicy nutmeg and clove, it has an intoxicatingly smooth base of coffee, patchouli leaves and black vanilla pods to bring a lasting and luxurious depth to the scent. Hand poured and stirred by skilled artisans, it is encased in a black glass holder and is made from natural soy wax.

And lastly for fragrance, ¬†(available at Demenhams) is definitely worth considering. Inspired by the desert in the magical hour of twilight, the¬†powerful freshness of ‘Sauvage’ exudes new sensual and mysterious facets. The scent opens with notes of juicy¬†Calabrian bergamot, and the woody ambery trail of Ambroxan is wrapped in the smoky accents of vanilla absolute – this scent would really make a fantastic gift.

¬†from Debenhams¬†would also be very well received (in my opinion!) This is gin made the way it used to be. Sipsmith London Dry Gin was born out of a desire to see gin production return to the city where it earned its name. With a nod to traditional hand crafted production, this gin combines traditional copper pot distillation with a recipe that wouldn’t look unfamiliar to an eighteenth century Master Distiller. Bold, complex and aromatic smooth enough for a Martini, yet rich and balanced – perfect for a refreshing G&T.

Or maybe this rather nice  Рso Dad can enjoy is favourite tipple on the go? This flask is wrapped with navy blue faux leather and includes two stainless steel shot cups which sit comfortably within the popper lid Рthis is a fun accessory for nights out.

And lastly, what would a luxury gift guide be without Tom Ford? In fact I’ve only recently realised Tom Ford has his own For Men collection, including a selection of skincare and grooming products…

 is a stunning scent, perfect for those wanting to make a statement. An enhanced version of the signature Tom Ford Noir Spray, Noir Extreme EDP is a bold and sophisticated woody-oriental fragrance Рthis is definitely one my husband would love!

 РThis water-activated, foaming gel cleanser has been developed to condition while it cleanses. Its lightweight formula conditions and hydrates the skin as it unclogs pores and prepares skin for a smooth shave. It rinses beautifully without drying, so your face looks and feels smooth, refreshed and energised.

And lastly the ¬†–¬†Exclusively designed for men’s brows, the Tom Ford For Men Brow Gelcomb Defines Brows into a natural, healthy shape essential for the polished and sophisticated look preferred by Mr. Ford. With a specially designed precision comb and easy-to-use twist up applicator, the lightweight gel easily glides onto hair to tame and set brows into place. In a universally flattering tinted hint of colour, the brow Gelcomb adds shine and can be used on all hair colours and skin tones.

The Luxury Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Posted on March 7, 2018

Hi Guys!

How is it nearly Mother’s Day!? Im pretty sure it was only just Christmas! I’m looking forward to a day window shopping in Norwich on Saturday, and hopefully being served breakfast in bed and generally just getting spoiled rotten on Sunday! If you’re thinking of spoiling Mum this year and fancy going a bit extra, I have a fab selection of luxury gift ideas for you today – I hope you enjoy!

Firstly, I have this beautiful¬†¬†– designed to represent an eternal bond¬†between two people, this delicate silver necklace features a dainty white zirconia¬†heart intertwined into a ring, which is engraved with the words ‘Together Forever’. This adorable necklace would make the perfect Mother’s Day gift! The necklace box also sits here on a lovely peach¬†. This quirky angular tray comes in a selection of shades and has a modern matte finish. It’s just the perfect size for displaying fragrances and beauty treats on your dressing table ūüôā

On to fragrance now, and I have a few gorgeous niche and high end scents to share –¬†¬†is a captivating woody citrus fragrance, opening with top notes of fresh and sparkling bergamot and mandarin, leading to a heart of¬†sweet orange flower and neroli, and a sensual, warming base of musk and white wood.

I also have the beautiful ¬†– this is¬†a stunning contemporary chypre fragrance,¬†taking inspiration from a young woman deciding what she will wear before her evening out in Paris. The bottle is of course gorgeous, with it’s fun and playful pompom and engraved medal, and the scent also reflects these boudoir elements – with fresh top notes, silky iris at the heart, and an addictive sweet base, Tenue de Sioree leaves a wonderfully soft gourmand kiss on the skin.

¬†is also one to watch our for.¬†This is the second fragrance I’ve tried from Jeroboam, and it’s just as beautiful as the first!¬†Ambra, meaning ‘amber’ in Esperanto, is modern, daring and sensual. The scent opens with top notes of bergamot, geranium and incense that give way to a heart of Peru balsam and patchouli, and base notes of vetiver, vanilla, tonka bean and enigmatic musks provide a sensual dry down to this luxurious fragrance.

And Рthis is probably my favourite scent so far. Gelsomini di Capri evokes the magical feeling of a sun-drenched island sanctuary blooming with jasmine and fragrant bouquets that softly wave in the fresh breeze. Bergamot, lemon and yellow mandarin open the fragrance, softening into a sensual floral heart of jasmine grandiflorum absolute that rests on an opulent base of Italian ginestra and orange blossom, amber, and cashmere wood.

And I also have – on initial spritz I thought this scent might be a bit too ‘grown up’ for me, but I have to say, it does have the most beautiful dry down that lasts for hours. Rose Tubereuse would be perfect for fans of intense, floral scents, with distinct notes of tuberose and sandalwood.

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, Rhubarb, Mandarin, Clove and Guava.
  • Herat Notes: Bulgarian Rose, Tuberose, Geranium, Jasmine and Ylang Ylang.
  • Base Notes: Vanilla, Sandalwood, Tonka Bean, Patchouli, Musk and Benzoin.

On to skincare now – the ¬†would make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift! The set contains three mini Premier Cru products, including The¬†Eye Cream¬†15ml, which tackles signs of ageing, including dark circles and puffiness, whilst brightening and smoothing the eye area. The Precious Oil¬†10ml, which melts into the skin leaving it instantly smoothed, nourished and brightened. And¬†The Cream¬†15ml, which hydrates the skin, whilst restoring density and smoothing wrinkles, to reveal a firmer, more radiant complexion.

Or how about the brand new¬†?¬†Formulated with Caudalie’s patented Vinergy¬ģ complex, this luxurious, gel-like serum promises to intensely revitalise the skin to correct the signs of ageing. The highly concentrated formula boosts the effectiveness of your current anti-ageing cream to reveal skin that appears visibly younger, more radiant and revitalised.

Moving on to something a little different, how about this beautiful ? Lola Design offer a wide range of animal prints, and the White Tailed Stag print is from the Wildlife Botanical collection, which also includes bees, humming birds, owls, and many more fabulous creatures Рall of which feature beautiful floral details, and are available as stand-alone prints or pre-mounted and framed to your specification.

I also have this striking  This design was influenced by the romantic yet heart breaking story of Dara Maar, one of the many muses and lovers of Picasso. Widely recognised as his most famous muse, Dora was the subject of many cruel jokes played on her by Picasso and they indulged in a turbulent relationship coloured by art, passion & tension.

Back to skincare now, I have the fab ¬†which¬†contains a selection of products from the By Terry Baume de Rose collection, all housed in a pink faux leather pouch. Included you’ll find a¬†Face Cream 30g,¬†Hand Cream 30g,¬†Body Cream 50g and a¬†Lip Care 0.2ml.¬†I’ve displayed the products here in a beautiful ¬†– the aluminium on the bowl has been shaped by hand to create a rustic, imperfect edge and finished with a distressed metallic sheen and marble look enamel interior. This would make a fantastic snack bowl!

If Mum is a fan of luxury body products,¬†¬†could make the perfect gift. It’s enriched with the finest grade argan oil and shea butter, combining these nourishing ingredients with a luxury oud fragrance. Carved Oud is a heavenly blend of South Indian oud, with cedarwood, patchouli and Haitian vetiver, rounded off with a smooth¬†musk at the base.

I also have a couple of brand new skincare products from Filorga. The ¬†is an ultra-lifting cream formulated with active ingredients derived from the latest research into biotechnology, for a complete anti-ageing effect.¬†Included in a cream for the first time, Plasmatic Lifting Factors¬ģ visibly tighten the features, plump the skin and sculpt the face. And the ¬†is an ultra-lifting serum promising a radical anti-ageing effect. The formula includes a duo of ultra-tightening active agents, combined with a roll-on applicator to stimulate the skin tissue, to lift and smooth the complexion.

Or how about the ¬†which includes a generous 100ml body lotion and 50ml L’Eau d’Issey fragrance. This timeless yet modern fragrance is a beautiful fresh floral, that’s noticeably aquatic and woody, with notes of lilies and soft freesia combined with sensual precious woods at the base.

And lastly, I have the stunning . L’Occitane’s latest fragrance, Terre de Lumiere L’Eau is a scent¬†inspired by blooming flowers in the dawn light in Provence. Opening with notes of¬†bergamot and pink pepper reminiscent of the fresh air of dawn. Then, just as the sun warms the earth, floral notes blossom revealing voluptuous accords of white musk and tonka bean.¬†This luxury gift set includes a generously sized¬†90ml Eau de Toilette,¬†Gentle Shower Gel,¬†Beautifying Body Lotion,¬†Radiant Balm and¬†Perfumed Soap, all housed¬†in a L‚ÄôOccitane signature gift box.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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We Wish You a Merry Kitschmas!

Posted on December 8, 2017

Hi Guys!

So Christmas is finally upon us! I’ve put together a nice little tabletop scene today so I can show you some of my favourite fun and colourful Christmassy decorations and festive bits and bobs.

If you know me, you’ll know I love anything fun, colourful, silly and kitsch, and I love that more and more fun Christmas decorations pop up every year. Read on to find out where all my festive goodies came from…

Ok so to start with, my Champagne Sequinned Tablecloth was very reasonably priced at ¬£13.99 from ¬†– apparently it was reduced from ¬£188 which I find pretty unbelievable! Anyway, I’ve actually picked up quite a few Christmas decorations from Amazon this year, and managed to snag some great bargains. Another one is the Iridescent Metallic Shimmer Curtain (showing hanging in the background) – this was only ¬£3.99 from¬†¬†and well worth it to add a bit of colour and flair to a wall or doorway.

I’m also in love with this luxury¬†Flower Lady Candle¬†which I’ve recently received from¬†. It very much reminds me of my favourite candle brand, Fornasetti, with its pretty face design. The Flower Lady Candle, however is very reasonably priced at ¬£28.00, and has a lovely scent of fresh flowers including notes of red rose petals, cassis, wild berries and galbanum.

I absolutely adore festive floral arrangements, and the selection of Christmas stems, artificial flowers, garlands and wreaths available at Amara this year are just stunning. Wether you’re looking for a more traditional look, or tend to lean toward the eclectic, there’s plenty of choice, and you know that Amara will never let you down in terms of quality.

I have a beautiful Metallic Maple Leaf Stem in champagne silver and a gorgeous Blue Poinsettia – both are pretty large and are perfect for making a grand floral statement!

While I’m talking about Amara, the gorgeous¬†blue and pink gradient ¬†in the background also came from them – ¬†it’s just so fun and unusual, and of course not forgetting the absolutely bonkers¬†¬†– what could be more festive!? ūüėÄ

Another great place for decorations is H&M Рhave you seen their home section? They have loads of home accessories at reasonable prices. I recently picked up this cute little  (you can just see this in front of the cactus) as well as a couple of cute silver and gold .

I also have this fantastic Geo Glass (£14.99 at ) Рtaking inspiration from modern terrariums with a unique angular shape, this gorgeous drinking glass is made from thick hand blown glass, and can also be used to beautifully display your favourite mini plants!

When it comes to kitsch Christmas decorations, Paperchase is definitely where it’s at. If you love anything fun and colourful and just a bit mad you NEED to get on their site. They currently have a 3 for 2 offer on selected , as well as quite a few other offers on. Go on and take a look – trust me you won’t be disappointed!

Also, don’t forget your local supermarket! I think they’re really upping their game this year in terms of Christmas decor. I picked this Glittery Reindeer up from my local Morrisons for only a couple of pounds, and they also had lots of other fun decorations on offer other than the bog standard tinsel and baubles, which was great to see.

And last but not least ‚Äď I‚Äôve actually been both busy and unwell of late, and I completely forgot I had this gorgeous giant advent calendar rom¬†Niederegger¬†to tuck into, which takes you right through to the 1st January with an assortment of 40 mini marzipan bites, pralines and truffles! If you haven‚Äôt heard of Niederegger, they‚Äôre a world famous German brand since 1806 who sell luxury marzipan based confectionary and have a famous caf√© in the city of Lubeck. If you‚Äôre a fan of marzipan you should check out some of their other offerings at¬†¬†and various stockists nationwide.

So what do you think? Do you love fun crazy decor like me, or are you more traditional? I’d love to hear what your Christmas Decor style is, and where you pick your decorations up from?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Home & Interiors: Must Try Candles feat Fornasetti, Cire Trudon & More.

Posted on November 7, 2017

Hi Guys!

It’s only in recent years that I’ve become a big fan of scented candles. I love how they can transform a room into a welcoming space, evoking feelings of warmth and calm on a chilly day, or how fruity citrus scents can energise and liven up an atmosphere – anyway, I have a few candles to share with you today that I’ve gathered together over the last couple of months. This is quite an eclectic selection both in terms of price and scents so I hope there’s something for everyone here –

Starting with the stunning Fornasetti Fior Di Lina Scented Candle (£140.00 at Amara) РFornasetti really is the height of luxury when it comes to candles, and one of their latest releases, the Fior Di Lina Scented Candle is a must have for fans of the brand.

Housed in a typical Fornasetti designed casing,¬†the¬†Fior Di Lina candle looks as good as it smells. It features the beautiful enigmatic face of Lina Cavalieri surrounded by flowers and butterflies, and once you’ve finished burning the candle, you can keep the container as a decorative planter that would look stunning in any home.¬†The fragrance is gorgeous as expected, it has a lovely fresh floral scent, with notes of lily, jasmine, and¬†tuberose, and a base of warm sandalwood, and the generously sized 300g candle will burn for up to 60 hours.

Another find from Amara is their own brand A by Amara¬†Sicilian Lemon & Sea Salt Candle (¬£50.00 at Amara) – still on the pricey side, this luxury scented candle has a¬†beautiful¬†fresh and sparkling citrus scent with a woody base, including notes of¬†Sicilian lemon and sea salt with a base of blonde wood. This A By Amara candle is made from natural wax, with a high 10% perfume content, and it’s housed in a beautiful grey marble finish ceramic vessel, with a gold printed A for Amara Collection on the lid. If you’re a fan of bright citrus scented candles, this is definitely worth a try.

I also have the beautiful Cire Trudon Reggio¬†Candle¬†(¬£78.00 at and ) – This is my first ever candle from Cire Trudon, and Reggio truly is a stunning scent. With notes of grapefruit, mandarin and mimosa, this fragrance is inspired by the iconic city of Southern Italy. Reggio embodies the easy-going Italian way of life – citrus trees and thousand-year old olive trees grow, facing its Reggio’s legendary bay,¬†whilst Calabrese mandarin fills the orchards with its perfume. The idyllic scent of this city is captured within this striking looking candle which is housed in a midnight blue vessel with golden Cire Trudon label – I definitely can’t wait to try more candles from this brand now!

Moving on to slightly more affordable options now, another first for me is the Arum London Coconut & Lime Candle (£34.00 at ) Рthis candle just smells gorgeous, this scent is the perfect combination of juicy lime, balanced with notes of creamy coconut. Their candles are all hand poured and made from 100% natural paraffin-free wax, including a blend of perfumes and essential oils, and will burn for approximately 40 hours.

Arum have also just launched their new Autumn / Winter collection, containing some beautiful sounding scents such as Tea Rose & Clove, and Oats & Honey, which would be perfect for Christmas time.

I also have the Boy Smells Petal Candle (£32.00 at ) Рfirstly, I love the name of this brand! Boy Smells is a Los Angeles based brand, where their hand poured candles contain a blend of beeswax and coconut oil, with a braided cotton wick. The Petal Candle has a modern floral scent, balancing high notes of magnolia, tuberose and purple geranium, with the depth and warmth of golden amber and exotic musk. Not overly sweet, this is the perfect daytime candle that will work in any room of your house. In terms of packaging, I love the contrast of the black glass tumbler with the matte pink label and carton. If you like your candles to be chic, modern and minimal, this is definitely a brand to try.

I also wanted to mention Osmology, the site this candle came from. This store is basically heaven for candle fans as they stock a vast range of niche brands from across the world – take a look and I promise you won’t be disappointed!

And lastly I have a couple of large tumbler candles from the Isle of Skye Candle Company. (£18.00 at ) Рagain, this is another brand that creates hand made candles, using only natural soya wax Рand they promise their unique combination of wax and oils gives some of the longest and cleanest burn times around, and their wicks have been specially developed to optimise the burn so that no wax is left in your glass when it has burnt all the way to the bottom.

I have the¬†Lemongrass¬†candle, which is made of pure lemongrass distilled straight from the plant. This scent is perfect if you’re in need of re-energising. And¬†Pomegranate & Plum – this is a fantastically juicy fruity fragrance that’s just right for livening up your space on a daily basis.

If you’re looking for more wintery scents, Skye Candles also have plenty of options available – the Cinnamon and Ginger & Nutmeg candles sound gorgeous!

Are you a fan of scented candles? I’d love to hear what your favourites are! I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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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 ¬†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¬†¬†– 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¬†¬†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¬†¬†– 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¬†¬†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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Lifestyle & Beauty: Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Posted on March 21, 2017

Hi Guys!

I’m not sure how on earth it’s almost Mother’s Day already – didn’t Christmas just happen? Anyway, Mother’s Day is right around the corner so I thought I’d gather together a few lovely gift ideas to hopefully give you some inspiration. I’ve tried to include a bit of everything here to cover a range of budgets – Enjoy!

Starting off with some beautiful rose gold jewellery from Ted baker – the Ted Baker Ceanna Cuff Bracelet¬†& Edda Bow Necklace (¬£17.50 each at¬†) are such good bargains, I had to include them. They’re both half price at the moment (¬£17.50 rather than ¬£35.00 each) which really is a fantastic bargain.

The Ceanna Gem Frame Cuff Bracelet is made from brass with rose gold coloured plating, it features a gem frame design and is enhanced with Swarovski crystal embellishments. And the Edda Bow Necklace also has a rose gold finish, with a super cute baby pink bow pendant.

I also had to include the lovely Ted Baker¬†Hat Box Gift Set¬†(¬£18.00 at¬†) –¬†This decorative hat box¬†contains a 200ml refreshing body wash, a large 250ml shimmering body souffl√© and a mini bath scrunchie. The box is also very pretty and would be great to keep or to use for future gifting.

Next I have this super sweet Cupcake Kit (¬£24.99 at¬†) – this handy kit contains everything you need to bake and decorate 8 cupcakes. Inside the box is a¬†pastry bag, 7 pastry tips, 1 pastry clip, 8 re-usable silicone cupcake cups and 1 recipe booklet,¬†featuring step-by-step instructions for using the pastry bag and creating delicious cupcakes. I’m looking forward to trying this set out with my son very soon! ūüôā

The Swash London Floral Meadow Notebook (£12.50 at ) is another half price find in the Amara sale. This fun and colourful notebook has plain pages and a hardback cover, finished with a hot pink elasticated bank closure and a matching ribbon marker.

Clarins have also recently brought out some lovely products which would make wonderful Mother’s Day gifts. The¬†Clarins¬†Tender Moments Collection¬†is a mini collection of products in cute, limited edition packaging.

The Skin Illusion Blush¬†(¬£16.00 at¬†) is a handy little product that’s perfect to give cheeks a pop of colour. I love the compact style of the packaging, and Clarins has also incorporated a mirror onto the lid which is a really nice touch. The formula¬†contains active plant ingredients which offer added comfort and radiance on application, and I love that the product is super easy to apply with the integrated sponge.

And the Daily Energizer Lovely Lip Balm¬†(¬£16.00 at¬†) – rather than just a bog standard lip balm, this nifty little product contains an ‘intelligent pigment’ which¬†reacts with the lips‚Äô pH to develop a personalised natural pink shade. The balm also promises to¬†repair and nourish whilst the peachy fragrance smells good enough to eat.

For Mum’s that like a¬†brew, the Silken Pyramids Selection Box Set (¬£22.00 at¬†) is the perfect set for branching out into new tea flavours. This luxury selection box¬†is filled with silken pyramids which have been individually wrapped for freshness. There are four beautifully-aromatic¬†infusions to choose from, including:¬†¬†Jasmine Princess, Strawberry & Mango, Hunan Green and Rooibos Orange.

For mums in need of a pamper (hands up!) the La Source Collection (from £6.00 at ) is definitely worth checking out.

The La Source collection draws inspiration from the restorative powers of the sea, and is carefully designed to restore, condition and rejuvenate the skin from head to toe. Formulated with a blend of ingredients such as underwater algae, mineral salts and seaweeds the products in this collection allow you to escape everyday life and immerse yourself in spa-like rituals.

Of the above products so far I’ve tried the beautiful¬†La Source EDT fragrance, and the¬†Refreshing Body Mist. They both smell wonderfully light and refreshing, and I think any mums in need of some me-time would love to receive these this Mother’s Day.

I’m pretty sure I¬†can’t plan a gift guide without including a candle! This Cat Candle (¬£45.00 from¬†) is just so unusual and striking, I think cat lovers and candle fans would both love it. The candle itself is available in a either lavender or rosemary & watermelon¬†scents, and it’s housed in a wonderful bone china container,¬†decorated with cats and¬†embellished with pure gold lustre.

For fans of skincare, the Foreo Luna 2 (¬£169.00 at ) would make a fantastic gift. It is expensive, but in my opinion it’s worth the splurge when you consider how much use you’d get out of it.

The LUNA 2 is an enhanced T-Sonic face brush and anti-aging system that gives you a completely personalized cleansing, and it’s now available with four specialized brush types for a tailor-made skin care experience. I won’t go into too much detail here, but please check out my previous review if you’d like to hear more about the Foreo Luna 2.

Another one of my favourite brands for gifting is Molton Brown, and their new¬†Exquisite Vanilla & Violet Flower Shower Gel & Lotion Gift Set (¬£45.00¬†at¬†) really would make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift. This limited edition bath and body set blends¬†notes of creamy vanilla over delicate floral scents of violet flower and orris, to create a stunning fragrance. The set is presented with a grosgrain bow and violet-hued metallic caps in an exquisite limited edition Mother‚Äôs Day gift box.

For a budget option, this Exquisite Choices Gift Set (£12.95 at Pretty Little Treats) is just so girly and pretty. The handcrafted set contains four pampering treats: a mini pot of hand cream, a lip balm, a bath treat, and a matchbox solid perfume bar. The products are all beautifully packaged, and presented in a luxury box which is perfect for gifting.

On to fragrance now, DKNY¬†Be Tempted Eau So Blush (¬£50.00 for 50ml at¬†) is a wonderfully fresh and sparkling fragrance that’s perfect for Spring. Be¬†Tempted Eau So Blush opens with an¬†invigorating blend of Pink Grapefruit infused with juicy Blood Orange and succulent Red Currant, whetting the appetite with mouthwatering notes. With a playful allure, Pink Peony, sensual Jasmine and Cedar Wood at the heart lead to a base of rich Creamy Woods, Apricot and Musk.

  • Top Notes: Pink Grapefruit, Blood Orange, Magnolia and Red Currant.
  • Heart¬†Notes: Peony, Jasmine and Cedarwood.
  • Base¬†Notes: Creamy Woods, Apricot and Musk.

I’ve also included¬†Estee Lauder Modern Muse Nuit EDP¬†(¬£70.00 at¬†)- this floral woody oriental scent¬†blends sophisticated floral tones with creamy woods to create a beautiful contrasting¬†accord¬†that is lushly vibrant yet luxuriously warm. More of an evening fragrance than the original Modern Muse, this scent is opulent, glamorous and sensual.

  • Top Notes:¬†Mandarin and¬†Bourgeon de Cassis.
  • Heart¬†Notes:¬†Chamomile,¬†Jasmine Absolute,¬†Jasmine Sambac China and¬†Heliotrope.
  • Base¬†Notes:¬†Sandalwood,¬†Clearwood,¬†Tonka Beans,¬†Madagascar Vanilla,¬†Musks and¬†Amber.

And I had to include this¬†Elie Saab Le Parfum Gift Set¬†(¬£49.30 at¬†Escentual) – I’m a massive fan of Elie Saab fragrances so I think this Le Parfum gift set would make a wonderful present for Mother’s Day. If you’re not familiar with the scent, Le Parfum is a beautiful, voluptuous and feminine fragrance. It¬†opens with a radiant Orange Blossom, leading to a heart of¬†elegant Jasmine¬†Absolute, combining with a pure, modern Patchouli. The base note unfolds into a Cedar Woody¬†Accord adding character and a lingering trail, while the Honey Rose envelops the composition in a beautifully addictive note.

The gift set includes: Le Parfum EDP 50ml, Le Parfum Scented Body Lotion 50ml, and an Elie Saab Red Clutch Bag.

  • Top Notes:¬†Orange Blossom.
  • Heart¬†Notes:¬†Jasmine Absolute and Patchouli.
  • Base¬†Notes:¬†Clear Woods and Honey Rose.

And lastly, I also wanted to show you this stunning fragrance from Vince Camuto: Fiori (¬£55.00 at¬†). I just love Vince Camuto bottles, they’s so striking and would look just wonderful displayed¬†on a dressing table.¬†Fiori (meaning Flowers in Italian) is a fresh, light and ¬†uplifting fragrance featuring top notes of luscious Pink Grapefruit and ripened White Nectarine, a¬†heart of sheer Iris and dewy Freesia, leading to a¬†base of rich Sandalwood and creamy Blonde Cedarwood.

  • Top Notes:¬†Pink Grapefruit and¬†white Nectarine
  • Heart¬†Notes:¬†Iris and Freesia.
  • Base¬†Notes:¬†Sandalwood and Blonde Cedarwood.

I’m sorry this ended up being such a ling post – well done if you made it this far! I hope you have a lovely Mother’s Day whatever you do, and I hope you enjoyed my gift guide¬†xxx

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