Friday, 15 December 2017

Limited Edition Winter Candle | Bow-Tique by Sinead

It's rare to find me writing about something I've used only a couple of times and yet here I am! Bow-Tique by Sinead first appeared on my radar back in March of this year when I was kindly sent the Unwind candle to trial. As it was a newly launched Northern Irish brand I couldn't wait to get behind Sinead and support her as best I could. I was blown away by the luxurious feel and quality of the candle, it had a spa-like essence that lifted the home in the only way a good scented candle can.

When I heard about the Bow-Tique Limited Edition Winter Candle I was over the moon that such a fantastic brand were going to release something in my favourite scent - Christmas, for all intents and purposes! We're talking festive favourite notes such as Orange, Clove and Spices. The perfect blend for this time of year. And then one arrived on my doorstep and it turned out to be every bit as gorgeous as I anticipated it would be...

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(Before I go any further I should highlight the fact that these candles are so popular they have sold out online unfortunately, however if you contact Sinead she will be more than happy to tell you where you can check locally to find stock as I know a few salons etc still have a few left - best hurry though!)

The elegant appearance of this candle is matched equally by it's scent throw. A beautifully rounded Winter Spiced candle that boasts a burn time of 90-110 hours and that also works amazingly well under a candle warming lamp. That bow just rounds it off in the most stunning way, especially this time of year. If you have a candle lover in the family, this is the perfect gift for them.

Alternatively, self gifting is almost expected at this time of year and a Bow-Tique by Sinead Candle would be the perfect addition to any candle addict's collection.

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Perhaps you're not a fan of the Winter spiced candle scents? Bow-Tique have a range of spa-quality scents available such as their Calming candle (grape & wild fig) or their Invigorate candle (lime leaf & ginger).

These candles are made using 100% organic plant wax which ensures they give a clean burn and are kinder to your environment. They are also kinder to asthmatics as well!

You can check out the Bow-Tique by Sinead range online here or pop over to her facebook page here if you'd like to enquire about local stockists.

*I was kindly sent this Winter Candle to enjoy, which I am beyond grateful for, however the contents of this post have been created solely by me. This is not an ad, nor is it sponsored material and there are no affiliate links contained within the post. Thank you for reading!


Tuesday, 12 December 2017

10 of the best Faux Fur Coats

Don't wear real fur.

I thought of 20 different ways in which to start this post but really, it came down to one plea. Don't wear real fur. 

Recently I spotted a blogger promoting real fur coats and my mouth dropped open in shock. It's 2017, we all know better. There is no reason to wear fur. There is no necessity. The only issue that remains is people's desire to wear animal fur and really that's incomprehensible to me personally. The production of faux fur has exceeded expectations, a lot of faux fur out there now looks and feels just as luxurious and sumptuous as some people argue real fur is. There is no excuse. 

With that in mind I've rounded up 10 of the best Faux Fur Coats available right now. They are beautiful, cosy, stylish and above all else... more ethical! 

Whether you're looking for something similar to a real fur coat or you want to just have fun with this particular style, there is something to suit everyone. There is an abundance of choice, long, short, cropped, with lapels, without collar, real in appearance, faux in appearance - whatever your preference is, it is catered for within the faux fur spectrum. 

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My own favourite on this list would have to be the gloriously showstopping Simply Be Faux Fur coat however it is selling fast, my next favourite would have to be the Joanna Hope snow queen style coat, my reasoning for this isn't necessarily personal preference - it's simply what is available to me in comfortable sizing. This is the only issue with faux fur coats, there are not enough retailers catering to the plus size market. Sure, things have gotten better but this is one area of style in which it is glaringly apparent that plus size women are left out in the cold. Having said that, it still wouldn't encourage me to go and search for a vintage or modern real fur counterpart. It's not a consideration on any level.

So remember, the next time you see a blogger or influencer promoting the use of real fur products for fashion, there is always a fantastic faux alternative! Choose that option. Choose faux. 

Don't wear real fur. 


Monday, 4 December 2017

Christmas Bouquet from Prestige Flowers

I'm a flower obsessive. I love having fresh flowers around the house from week to week to brighten the place (and my mood) right up. My love of flowers stems from my time spent working as a florist, and the fact I can't keep plants alive. Flowers, I can work with but plants hate me so I love flowers. They're easy, pretty and cheery and if I'm completely honest, flowers that are delivered to you are some of the absolute best!

I usually treat myself to some posies over the weekend and use them to lift our home however this week's flowers are a real treat. I was kindly sent a Christmas Bouquet from Prestige Flowers and the box was a joy to open. I've used Prestige Flowers before when ordering flowers for friends and family and they've not let me down yet.

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I was very generously sent the Noel Bouquet which is comprised of some beautifully festive flowers. It came packed with greenery, snow tipped acorns, a stunning glittery star, silver sprayed thistles, frosted purple berries and the most perfect white roses and chrysanthemums. A real silvery wonderland in a vase.

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