Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Long Lines

I picked up this long, crazy, cardigan, jacket, poncho thing in Penny's (the Irish version of Primark) when I was visiting my in-laws in April & May. It was only like €12 or thereabouts so I bought it. I was in a mood where I wanted to be cozy and snuggled up, warm even and I was on a two week holiday that was rainy & cold. When I got home, I was kind of like... "Uh oh... What was I thinking?" so I didn't wear it much. Fast forward to a few weeks ago when Autumn/Winter lines started rolling out and I'm seeing similar pieces everywhere, so I've pulled this beauty out of storage and once again I'm in love with it. Funny how fickle we can be, right?

Jacket: Primark (similar here & here) / Sweater: Gap / Jeans: Gap (similar here)
Bag: Laura Ashley / Sunglasses: Maui Jim / Ring: & Other Stories (old)

Monday, September 26, 2016

Candle Crush: Daylesford Farm Botanical Lavender Candle

Daylesford Farm Botanical Lavender Candle (Medium Size)
You may recall my recent visit to Daylesford Organic Farm in Gloucestershire, which was heavenly! While I was there, I of course did a little shopping, picking up cheese, foodstuffs and even some beautiful birthday cards for my family made by local artists. One of my finds has turned out to be a new favorite in my home... The Daylesford Botanical Lavender Candle is quite frankly amazing and you don't have to go to the farm to get one, although I'd highly recommend a visit anytime you get the chance.

Crisp, clean and beautifully presented in a rustic little jar, the Daylesford Lavender Candle comes in multiple sizes and it's white, so it won't color clash with your home decor in the slightest. The fragrance is so comforting and slightly spicier than the almost-too-sweet lavender candles that seem to be flooding the market. All Daylesford candles use natural cotton wicks and the glass jar is re-useable. Hand poured, these natural wax candles are free from paraffins and GM-derived waxes. Slow-burning, you can expect to get 22 hours of deliciously scented burn time out of a medium candle from Daylesford Farm and I think you'll enjoy every minute!

Perfect as a treat to yourself or as a gift, these beauties come in a wide variety of fragrances, but I found the lavender was my favorite! I love to burn mine any old time, but it's particularly lovely in the evening when it's calming aroma soothes, relaxes and encourages a good night's sleep.

The Daylesford Farm Botanical Lavender Candle is £23. For more information, other sizes or to buy, visit www.daylesford.com. If you're interested in visiting Daylesford Organic Farm yourself, click here to read about my experience.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Season of Beginning

"Aprils have never meant much to me, autumns seem that season of beginning, spring."

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't completely overwhelmed with excitement at the arrival of Autumn weather here in London. It's my favorite weather and my favorite time of year. I do love a bit of summer, but I'm not much one for the heat and Fall always brings with it a sense of renewal. When we were children, it was a new school year which meant new clothes, new books, new school supplies... I find that now it doesn't feel much different even though I haven't set foot in a school of any kind for over a decade. As an adult I've noticed that as summer comes to an end and the leaves start to change colors, I always get the craving for a new notebook and of course, new clothes and accessories. It's hard to resist as we all know that Autumn is the best time of year for fashion, whether you're shopping at H&M or Barney's. This Fall, I'm having a lot of fun with accessories shopping... Printed scarves, cozy ponchos, blinging jewelry and bags in Autumnal colors have all caught my magpie eye this season and once again like clockwork, as the year starts to wind down to an end, I am super excited for new beginnings.

Scarf: Accessorize / Top: Gap (similar here) / Jeans: Gap (similar here) / Boots: Jigsaw (similar here)
Ring: Accessorize / Sunglasses: Primark (old) / Bag: Laura Ashley