Sunday, 23 November 2014

Jo Malone Convert.

Way back in June the hubby surprised me with a Jo Malone candle for my birthday. I'm completely obsessed with candles, as well as Jo Malone and always spend a good 15 minutes hanging around the JM counter in Selfridges. I think I have a wishlist a mile long for Jo Malone goodies and this candle in Green Tomato Leaf was up there with the best. There was something really nostalgic about this scent and I knew I needed it in my candle collection. 

This was my first JM candle and I have to say I'm a complete convert. You can smell this as soon as it's lit and the scent seems to travel throughout the house in a matter of minutes. I live in a three story house and the hubby commented he was getting wafts even up on the third floor. The best thing about this is the subtleness. This isn't overpowering but leaves a gorgeous sweet, green scent throughout the house which just smells incredible. 

I've followed the instructions and trim the wick before lighting, as well as putting the candle out with a snuffer rather than blowing the wax. This is made the candle burn evenly and I'm hoping to not leave any of this gorgeous wax behind.

So the question is, are they worth the £40 price tag? In my opinion, absolutely. If my bank balance would allow I'd have a Jo Malone candle in every room. As well as a reed diffuser and linen spray... If you're a candle fanatic like me, you need one of these in your life.

What's your favourite candle?

Katie xx

Friday, 21 November 2014

Winter Wellies.

I've never been a huge fan of the rain, but this year I seem to be really appreciating those drizzly days. It's probably because England has been weirdly mild all year and I'd say we've been pretty lucky weather wise. So on the days it has been throwing it down, I've enjoyed that feeling of satisfaction when you're inside and you can watch the rain safely from your bedroom window.

However, when 'proper' winter does arrive I'm fully prepared in the foot wear department. After a three year relationship with my old wellies, I knew it was time for a change and I welcomed a gorgeous pair of Hunter* wellies into my life. Being as small as I am, I went for the Original Short Hunter Boots in Graphite, which is a super shiny and sleek grey colour. These are the perfect length on me and sit around halfway on my shin, so they don't make me look even tinier than I already am.

I love the design and quality of Hunter wellies. The sole has better grip than lots of wellies I've tried and they have a small heel, which adds a little sophistication. The buckle at the top of the boot can be adjusted, so if you want a tighter or looser fit these can be changed to suit you. The best thing about these boots is the comfort. I've had wellies in the past that have cut away at my toes or left me with blisters, but these Hunter boots are designed for comfort as well as being super practical and stylish.

I would 100% recommend picking up a pair of these if you're into spending time outside or you're looking forward to the winter season. I can see me getting a lot of wear out of these over the next coming months.

You can find a range of Hunter boots, as well as this pair at Shoetique here.

What footwear do you wear during winter?

Katie xx

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

The Ultimate Dry Shampoo.

Ever since I was introduced to dry shampoo many years ago, I've always been loyal to two brands - one being Batiste and the other Lush. Batiste is the original and arguably the best, where as Lush's lasts forever and does a pretty good job (if you're blonde). I've dipped my toe into the world of dry shampoo from other brands but none have yet to impress me. They either leave you're hair powdery or make it look greasier than it did in the first place - however I may have found THE one.

I picked up the Fudge Dry Shampoo on a whim in Poundland/World (?!) a few months ago, but didn't pick it up till a could of weeks ago. In a frantic rush for work I just grabbed, sprayed and hoped for the best. The first time I used this, I was very unimpressed. This was because I hadn't take the time to actually read the instructions. You are directed to spray this, leave for two minutes then brush out. So I pop this on before doing my make up, slap on my face and then brush it out and voila, super soft and clean looking hair.

One of the thing that has converted me to this, is the scent. I'm not a huge fan of any of the scents from Batiste and Lush is very samey after a while. This has a delicate fragrance and isn't overpowering, so is perfect for me. My hair always looks a little more voluminous after using this too and I'm always impressed with the lack of residue it leaves behind. Unlike other dry shampoos I've used, this doesn't coat my Tangle Teezer in a layer of dust after I've brushed it out. 

This is such a good product, and I will certainly be picking this up again. Fingers crossed it's still available for £1.

Katie xx