Saturday, 24 June 2017

Simply Be Summer

Simply Be Summer

In collaboration with Simply Be, I bring you some fabulous pieces to see you right through summer - if we're lucky enough to have one in Northern Ireland that is! Unless you've been living under a rock, you'll know that Gingham is so in right now (hair flick). I've been after some gingham pieces for ages now, so I was super excited to receive this Simply Be bardot top in the mail. It's the perfect piece to take from day to night, and well suited to showing off bronzed shoulders. Unfortunately I haven't seen enough of the sun to develop any sort of tan, so I've been reaching for the good old sun shimmer. Instant tan in a bottle? Yes please! I've also been loving Daisy Dream by Marc Jacobs, it's soon becoming my favourite fragrance for Summer.

I recently teamed this top with a pair of Simply Be Ripped Chloe Jeans and some heels for a night out. The perfect, bum-hugging, high waisted, real-denim jeans, I can't stand any sort of jegging/legging. I've also washed them and they don't seem to have faded - there's nothing worse than black jeans that fade to grey after the first few washes. These are an absolute staple wardrobe piece, and available without ripped knees if that's not your thing. You can view the huge range of Simply Be jeans available here.

I also received some gorgeous summer sandals that I've honestly yet to take off. I've been loving the Sole Diva mules. They're real leather and an absolute bargain at £18 - the perfect 'slip-on and rush out the door' shoe. I'm a sucker for black, as you can probably tell from my Simply Be selection, so these shoes really go with anything I own. The Sole Diva tie up sandals are also real leather and currently reduced to £17.50! I'm excited to team these up with a cute tea dress on warmer days. Unfortunately, I did find that the clothing items I received were on the big side so I'd advise you to size down. The shoes however, were a perfect fit. You can view the full Simply Be flats collection here - they have some great brands and I'm currently after a pair of the embroidered mules!


Monday, 17 April 2017

The BeauBox X Só Soy

If you've read my most recent blog post, or kept up to date with my latest Instagrams, you're sure to know that I'm the proud founder of Só Soy Candles. After launching, I was surprised (and ecstatic) to hear from Frankie Harrison, Global Head of Studio at Net-a-Porter, who wanted to include my candles in her new business - 'The BeauBox'.

The BeauBox is a new premium gift box brand for the modern mama and baby. Perfect for new and expecting mothers, their beautifully packaged boxes deliver gifts in style, and most importantly don't forget about mum's needs. I'm proud to have my business part of the amazing collection of independent brands that make up their currently 8 boxes.

Mum-boss Frankie behind the boxes, hatched the concept during her maternity leave from Net-a-Porter with baby Beau. Inspired by other independent business-mums and her own new-found motherhood, The BeauBox was born. Steering clear of the dated pastel pinks and baby blues, Frankie carefully selected brands that would cater for gender neutral, stylish gifting.

From 100% organic cotton swaddles, to luxury leather clutch bags - these gift boxes are perfect for both baby and mum. You can find our candles in the following boxes - 'The Mini One', 'The Chic One', 'The Cute One', and our favourite 'The Cool One'. You'll also find a Só Soy in 'The Mama One' which is limited edition.

Other brands that make up the boxes, and are worth visiting, include - 'Jem + Bea', 'Show Beauty', 'Bloom & Blossom', 'Noodoll', 'Balance Me', 'Molly and Moo', 'Rousso & Blossom', 'Wonder & Rah', 'HYP Candles', 'Kokoso', and 'Fox's Felts'. Receiving a BeauBox is sure to make any new or expecting mother feel amazing.


Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Só Soy Candles

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 created Só Soy in late October 2016.

'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 oblivious 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.

The first scent to join the fragrance family was 'Lemongrass, Lime & Ginger Root' - a sensual fragrance that my other half likes to describe as "smelling like a spa". Since the October launch, 6 other fragrances have since been added to the collection - available in 3 different sizes. We've also teamed up with The BeauBox - a new baby and mama luxury gift box brand - as well as securing a few stockists.

You can buy Só Soy candles directly from the website, with international delivery available. To keep up to date with special offers and fragrance launches, be sure to follow us either via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or sign up to our mailing list.

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

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Saturday, 8 April 2017

The Gucci Princetown Dupe

Princetown slipper mules are everywhere, but let's face it - we don't all have £715 to give willingly to Gucci. And even if I did, the rate at which I wreck havoc with shoes is ridiculous. It was when I saw Lauren from @astyleedit feature a lookalike pair on her Instagram, that I thanked my lucky stars for alternatives out there.

After scouring online shops, I was able to track down a looky-likey from SheIn for a bargain £27.04. They did take longer than average to arrive (I think maybe a week), but the quality and comfort are perfect. Ok - they aren't leather like Gucci, and they do have a plastic-y smell when unboxing, but it vanishes in no time. They're now my favourite go-to slip on shoe.

As always with designer fashion hits, you can now find dupes for these everywhere. There are so many colour and style choices to choose from, both with and without fur. Ego and Romwe are just two other brands to stock Princetown copies. Next stop - getting my hands on some fishnet socks to style them with.
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