JO MALONE | A TRIP TO THE ENGLISH FIELDS



Back in February I was very lucky to be invited along to an afternoon at Jo Malone by the lovely Katie Kirk to check out their new limited edition English Fields collection. When we arrived we were greeted with drinks of our choice, a lovely glass of grapefruit and Prosecco or a fruit juice, and some rather tasty fruit flapjacks and chocolate corn cobs which were made by the Wild Mint CafĂ© which were to die for. Who doesn't love a glass of Prosecco and sweet treats? I know I can't say no.


SO WHAT DID WE GET UP TOO?

We all gathered around to be introduced to the scents themselves, this is where we were introduced to all 5 new colognes and about all the notes in each of them which helped us decide which one we thought would suit us individually. I went for Primrose and Rye and have included the description Jo Malone have written below. It was a really great talk and I felt I learnt; not only about the new colognes but also about Jo Malone as the brand, I was left feeling like the company always put their customers first and care what they'd want from the brand.

After the talk we went our own ways to either experience the complimentary Jo Malone hand and arm massage; which if you don't know is offered to all customers to help discover maybe a new fragrance and even maybe a combination of any of their current favourite scents. Or treated by Bobbi Brown to learn about tips and tricks when applying makeup or even to try a new look, I asked if I could be shown a better way to contour as I do try every day but find it's never just right; It's not the chiselled cheek bones, full on glow look I so desperately want to learn to achieve.
More gorgeous food was brought out for us which we all swiftly devoured and we finished off with a gift wrapping class as we were kindly gifted a few goodies in our own personalised gift boxes and ceramic tags with our initials on - INCREDIBLE.






Primrose & Rye Cologne

Rolling fields dotted with primroses. Swaying softly on a spring breeze. Warmed by golden corn. Brightened with mimosa. On an addictive base of rye and vanilla. Filled with sunshine. Vivid. Glowing. Addictive.




THE COMBINATION OF MY CHOICE

I knew for my combination I wanted to include one of the colognes from the cologne intense range as I love Primrose and Rye but I needed to add something a bit more beefy to it. I love a strong scent and knowing how much I love Tuberose it was a no brainer for which one I went for. Once applied the lovely lady who did my service commented how well they really went together and we were both quite shocked but so pleased. I could not stop smelling myself and thankfully my cardigan has retained the smell pretty well.


FINAL NOTES ON ENGLISH FIELDS

These colognes aren't going to be around for long and once sold out thats it so I really recommend if you can get to your nearest store to do so even if it is just for a cheeky whiff of them and to try your own combination. They are super dreamy and well worth checking out.


THIS IS FOR ME


This post has been a long way, deleted, rewritten, deleted again and then rewritten again. It has been incredibly hard for me to process, put into words all the things and feelings I have struggled / gone through over the past few months. I feel I've been on a downward spiral for a long time, I've lost confidence / feelings and most importantly myself.. but I'm finally feeling like I want to fight again.

You only have one life and you need to live it fully and not let things that happen define or change you. 

I'm not going into detail but I feel I needed to write something down to help myself as sometimes seeing it in front of you makes things clearer. I've let anxieties since then, take over and effect every aspect of my life, from my social life to my online presence and I've hated the person I've become, scared and never feeling 100% excited about anything, while trying to hide it from everyone and getting on as if nothing has happened. I know at the best of the times I haven't done so well at this but I'm learning to process my feelings. Things like exercise have really been helping and it's helping me to relax and just shut my mind off. I've also done some silly things like change my hair thinking it would help and now looking back on it, it's just made me become less of the person I was and who I want to be again.

I have some great friends, I've relied on them heavily and I will never be able to repay them for their kindness and understanding even if I exploded or disappeared for a while. Even when I didn't understand my own thoughts, felt questioned and questioned myself. They've been here and they are my own superheroes. "Not all superheroes wear capes."

I'm still working on myself and sometimes I feel like I've failed miserably, but I want to make 2018 one hell of a year. Life is not something we just need to get through.. we need to live the best we can and I want to look forward to every single day and be full of happiness. I'm trying to become sure of myself again and trying to be stronger. I want to be the me before I went to Australia, while I was in Australia and when I was back over summer. I know I can be that person again. I hope I can be that person again.

I know this isn't the clearest post but in a way I haven't written this for anyone but myself, so I really hope you understand and respect that.

GIFT GUIDE: FOR ME















































1. Navy Blue Astrology Pyjama Set | 2. Desenio Prints | 3. Red Puffer Jacket | 4. Throw Cushion | 5. Lingerie Set | 6. Blue Wash Levi's Jeans | 7. Crosley Record Player | 8. Short Shaggy Coat | 9. Diptyque Candle | 10. Anthropologie Mug | 11. Acne Scarf | 12. Vintage Jumper | 13. Sterling Silver Little Finger Ring | 14. Coco Mademoiselle Chanel Perfume | 15. Mini Hot Water Bottle | 16. Black Casual Trousers | 17. Pineapple Plant | 18. Glossier Phase 1 Set

So here's the deal; I'm not actually great with asking for gifts when it comes to Christmas and Birthdays so rather than actually telling people I usually end up with gift cards or I.O.U.s. When really I think I can be pretty easy to buy for as I usually want everything but I'm sure some disagree, so I decided to selfishly pull together a little gift guide of my own with a little nudge towards the things I'd like to receive for Christmas. 
Some have direct links as they are specific things and I can be a little picky but others are really there to just fuel ideas, but if you find this handy and have someone you want to throw this in their direction then of course, feel free and hey if you think there's some serious must haves I've missed then leave them in the comments and hopefully someone scrolls down far enough to take a nosey.

GIFT GUIDE: FOR HER


Now this is where I really thrived, of course. A gift guide for you to forward onto your loved ones with a pretty please added to the end.. either that or the lucky girlies in your life.

Books again seem to be quite big on the list but with so many good reads out it would be crazy not to keep including them and if your girl is anything like most she has an overflowing wardrobe of clothes she doesn't even look at, so I HAD to include this book by Anuschka Rees.

I had to include the iconic set of Victoria Secrets PJs - I mean look at the pink stripes and what girl is not going to image she is getting ready for the VS show.

Going back the Monday's post you'll understand why I included the Instax film. If your loved one loves capturing moments an Instax mini is perfect for that little keepsake memory and with the new Instax mini 9 out even more reason to grab with a great range of colours and it now includes a little mini selfie mirror.

If you wanted to go all out, there's also a few not-so-eye-wateringly priced bags you can choose from like this gorgeous Dylan Kain bag. Still a special gift to receive that won't quite break the bank but still feels uber luxurious.

Lastly, at this time of year most drinks companies bring out limited edition sets or designs for their already loved products and I know this is a gift I'd be happy to receive as once the bottle is empty it can be kept and used again for things like candle holders or just decorative.

That's the end of my little Gift Guide series. I hope you managed to get some ideas from at least one of the categories I posted. I would love to hear what ideas you have or even which category you feel helped the most so please comment below!

GIFT GUIDE: FORGOTTEN BITS


This is a bit of a thrown in post if you couldn't tell. While I was creating my categories I realised from some I had forgotten to add a few pieces so low and behold, the forgotten category was born.

Shoes are big one for me. I own heaps of shoes and honestly I own more shoes that are exactly the same than not. You can't really go wrong with getting a good pair of trainers for anyone and even this time of year boots would make a great gift too.

I personally love a nice purse / wallet as a gift and I have to say I'm a slight snob when it comes to it but you can also get some lovely ones from ASOS, Topshop and Topman. If your loved one likes a smaller coin purse rather than a full compartment piece then Whistles and Oliver Bonas always do crackers.

Staple pieces are always great gifts to buy for anyone, because they will love them for years to come and that's why I've included a good pair of jeans and sunglasses. If you're feeling really generous I think it's always best to invest in a good pair too, depending on how good your loved one has been this year.