Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Top Treats for Deserving Mums this Autumn

The summer months are over and now that we’re into autumn that can only mean one thing for mummys the world over – the planning for Christmas must begin. I don’t know about you, but when it comes to Christmas I have to stay on top of things and start getting organised well in advance. Not only do I have to start shopping for presents so that I can spread the cost, but there’s always so many people to buy for, food to stock up on, winter wardrobes to top up, and so on. I can only begin to imagine the stress each mummy must feel, especially those who give Santa a helping hand around his busy period.

That’s why in today’s post I’m highlighting a few top treats for mums over the festive season. Mums deserve to indulge themselves just as much as the rest of the family, so whether you’re looking for something that will give your mum the pampering session she needs, or you've no idea what to get her for Christmas, take a look at these top three ideas. 

1. A Charm BraceletI love charm bracelets this time of year; they add that little extra sparkle to the office party outfit, but they can equally add a little glamour to your casual everyday look. You can buy something sleek and stylish with some beautiful gemstones, or opt for something a little more unique like a ChloBo boho bracelet, which perfectly combines bohemian chic with high-quality, luxury styles and charms. There will also be no excuses when it comes to Christmas presents, as anyone who knows you will be able to pick you up a new festive charm for your statement piece of jewellery.

2. Beauty Advent Calendar These are the latest and greatest ideas to come out of the beauty industry. While the kids are tucking into their chocolate advent calendars, each morning you can open your own beauty calendar instead. There are tonnes of brands who produce these, from M&S and Boots No7, to Charlotte Tilbury and Jo Malone. It all depends on your budget and what you love to buy, but from candles to make-up you’re sure to find one that you love, so that each December morning you’ll have a new treat in store! You might even find your next essential beauty item. You can view a selection of these right here. Now all you need is the willpower to open only 1 drawer a day! 

3. Something for the Home I think most mums like to shop for their home just as much as their wardrobe, so if you’d rather pick up some festive homeware instead, then now is the time! I prefer things to be a little more personal than just mass-produced home goods, so why not look at a site like Not on the High Street instead? There are tonnes of festive decorations that can be tailored to suit your interior design, and if you’re the handy type, you can buy decoration-making kits that will provide you with a fun activity for the family.  

Do you have any more top gift ideas for mummies? Feel free to share them with me and leave them in the comments section below.

Sponsored by ChloBo Jewellery

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

These Boots | Boohoo

Clockwise from top 

Lena Laser Cut, £35, Black | Claire Cylinder Heel, £28, Black | Tilly Zip Trim, £30, BlackClaire Cylinder Heel, £28, White | Faye Block Heel, £28, Nude | Macy Clear Heel Thigh High, £40, Grey

Being mid September, I've had to come to terms with the fact that summer is definitely over, and it's time to say say 'bye bye' to sandals and pumps. Next month the clocks go back, and although that means an extra hour in bed, it also means that dark mornings are glooming, and morning make up applications are near impossible. Ultimately preparing myself for nippy mornings and the cold winter air, I've browsed Boohoo's latest boots section and reached a new highscore for items on my wishlist! My favourite have to be the Claire heels in black (top right). Last year I searched endlessly for a pair of above ankle boots after spotting Samantha Maria (beautycrush) in a pair, but they seem to be more mainstream this year. It's time to keep those toes cosy!


Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Só Soy

As cliché as it sounds, the idea to create my own candles came to me in a dream (well, more of a duvet-day nap to be honest). I remember thinking, wow - this is something I could really do. Being a lover of scented candles, and always having an interest in design, I've created Só Soy.

'Só' is the Gaelic (Irish) word for 'Luxury', and being on the North Coast of Northern Ireland, I thought that adding a little bit of Irish character was a must. The candles I create are hand poured on the Causeway Road and only a short walk from the actual Giant's Causeway stones. The whole process happens in my kitchen at home, much to the dismay of my parents.

Before buying supplies for my candles, I researched different waxes and made the decision to use soy. Even though I've burned plenty of candles in my time, I was oblivous to the benefits of using soy wax over the typical paraffin wax that you'll find in most well known brands.

Soy wax is a relatively new product discovered in 1991, and is made from soya beans - 100% natural, renewable, and friendly to the environment. Paraffin wax however, is a bi-product of the refinery process for petroleum oil and essentially just a cheap waste product. Soy wax has a low melting point and can burn up to twice as long as paraffin wax, giving you more burn for your buck. As it's biodegradable and has a lower melting point, any spills are easy to clean. It's also made from vegetable oil, which is non toxic and gives a clean burn. Compared to paraffin, it gives off up to 90% less soot.

As well as using soy wax, I've also picked wicks made from unbleached cotton and linen threading, giving a cleaner, longer lasting burn. The first scent is 'Lemongrass, Lime & Ginger Root' - a sensual fragrance that my other half likes to describe as "smelling like a spa". I'm excited to release new fragrances and sizes, especially on the lead up to winter. Currently, Só Soy candles are exclusively available to buy on Etsy, and shipping is worldwide. To keep up to date with new fragrances, follow the official Instagram and Facebook pages.

For safety information and candle burning tips visit the FAQ section of the Só Soy shop,


Thursday, 14 July 2016

The Perfect Summer Shoe feat. JD Williams

From the Sandal Footwear collection at JD Williams
If you live in the UK, you're probably far too familiar with our typical British weather, and living in Northern Ireland, I like to use the term 'summer' quite loosely. Don't get me wrong - we recently had our fair share of sunshine, but it's quickly turned back to the dull, cloudy days that we're so unfortunately used to.

I've recently teamed up with JD Williams, to bring you the perfect summer shoe. Opting for an open toe, these sandals will take you from day to night, and from sunshine to shade! It's no surprise that they're a best seller. You can browse the full range of summer suited sandals here at JD Williams.

From the Sandal Footwear collection at JD Williams

I first gave these a trial run during an 8 hour shift at work, and to my surprise I didn't have to opt for my trusty handbag 'backup shoes'. The low chunky heel, gives enough height with comfort, as does the elasticated ankle strap. I also recently wore these to my friend's graduation, and it was nice to be able to walk in a pair of heels for once.

In this blog post I've attempted to showcase how versatile this shoe is for summer, and styled some outfits for different occasions. Pick up your Sole Diva Block Heel Sandals here for only £25, and they'll be sure to take you from smart to casual. I've opted for snake skin because I'm a sucker for anything animal-esque, but they're also available in magenta or silver.

Drinks with the girls
Drinks with the girls

Summer Wedding
Summer wedding

Impromptu BBQ
Impromptu BBQ

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