Wednesday, 7 October 2015

When it gets chilly - Reach for the Scarves!

Hey everyone!

For those of you that know me, you will know that I'm on the go a lot of the time and travel around Scotland a lot! When the weather is nice, this is a lot of fun but as it starts to get colder - not as enjoyable! Looking on the bright side of things, this gives me a chance to shop for scarves! (another one of my loves, coming a close second to tea!). I was so excited when Powder game me the chance to select one of their scarves to review on my blog. As you all know, I love supporting local Scottish companies and Powder are from one of my favourite places - South Queensferry! (a gorgeous little town to the west of Edinburgh)

It took me a long time to choose which scarf to get because they are all so pretty! I want them all! As well as this, I was distracted by the range of hats, gloves, brooches and socks that Powder also offer on their website (they are all lovely!). In the end I decided to go for the 'Darcy' scarf in Charcoal Mix because I thought the different shades of grey (with a hint of white) would go with everything and they are colours that I love.  The scarf is priced at £20.00 and it is worth noting that it also comes in Berry Mix and Damson/Mustard if you are looking for something a little bit more colourful. 

The scarf arrived in beautiful packaging which really impressed me! The gift bag Is gorgeous and I love the pink and grey colours. The bag holds the scarf perfectly without having to crunch it up and stuff it in (which never looks attractive!). I have actually kept my gift bag to store the scarf in when I'm not wearing it because it is sturdy and pretty! 

I love wearing scarves (even during the spring/summer months) as I think they can really compliment an outfit and make the perfect accessory! I've been loving wearing this gorgeous scarf with plain tops and jeans, allowing the scarf to be the statement piece because it is so pretty! I really like the colours: so versatile and will go with so many items in my wardrobe over the coming months. It makes me feel cosy and it is so comfortable to wear. It's not overly thick or heavy and it still manages to keep me warm and snug. It's really soft and I love the ruffled effect too!

I have had so many compliments since I started wearing this. Both my mum and sister want to borrow it (not happening!) which I think shows how appealing this scarf is to all ages! This is definitely ideal for a Christmas present or an extra little stocking filler. I just hope the cold weather strikes with a vengeance because I want to wear this scarf all the time! Bring on the snow and ice! 

As I mentioned before, there are so many gorgeous scarves on the website suited to different seasons and styles. It is worth looking at their AW15 Collection though if you are looking for something super cosy like the scarf I chose! You can also follow Powder on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest

What do you think of my scarf? Are they any from their website now on your wish list? How do you like to keep cosy during the autumn and winter months? Let me know in the comments below or you can tweet me @thingsarahloves 

Powder were kind enough to send me this scarf to review. Nevertheless, all comments and opinions are my own.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Tea of the Month - September

Hey everyone!

How are we all? Can you believe that it is finally October?! That's insane! I'm super excited though because I love Halloween and....darker nights are upon us! YES!! I might be weird but I personally love the evenings getting darker earlier because it literally just makes me want to snuggle up in a blanket with a hot cup of tea and read a book - my idea of heaven! So over the coming months I will be drinking even more tea than I normally do which makes me a rather happy bunny indeed! And in the spirit of all things tea, it's time for September's Tea of the Month!

This was a hard one for me because if I'm honest I've been drinking a lot of both May and June's Tea of the Month because they taste that bloody good. The idea of living without Twinings Buttermint Tea now scares me a little, haha! Nevertheless, there has been one particular tea that has sneaked it's way into my cup when the other two weren't looking (Am I talking about teabags as if they are alive??!! I'm so weird) and I'm glad it did!

It's another Twinings love this month! When I spotted their Cranberry & Raspberry (20 bags, £1.49) tea I thought I would give it a go. To be honest, I'm not sure why because I really don't like cranberries (they just remind me of urine infections!!) but I love raspberries and none of the teas I have featured so far in my 'Tea of the Month' posts have been fruity, so I thought it would be fun to try something outside of my tea comfort zone because I really don't like cranberries, haha! 

I love the pink and red shades on the box but for some reason, I really struggled to open it and it ended up torn which is annoying. Remember May's Tea of the Month and how much I loved the packaging? Well this box was a little bit of a disaster. It still holds the tea bags perfectly fine and I've managed to not open the box fully and created a little gap that I can take the tea bags out. This particular tea doesn't come in individual envelopes (I really need to look into this and find out why some do and some don't! Anyone know?!!) but that doesn't bother because to be honest, although I love this tea it's not one of those teas I couldn't live without when I'm travelling!

How amazing is the colour of this tea?! I love it! You are recommended to leave the tea bag brewing for 3-4 minutes which to be honest, I never do because this tea is insanely fruity! The first thing that hits you is the sharpness of the cranberries but the sweetness from the raspberries makes it taste delicious! I love this tea in the late afternoon/early evening when I stand in my kitchen and make lists, read magazines or open my mail (praying it's not bills, haha!). Am I the only person that does that?! I like standing in my kitchen eating my meals too sometimes!

This is definitely a great tea for the months ahead (weirdly, I am obsessed with cranberry sauce on Christmas Day) and I'll be making many cups of this tea as I snuggle up to watch Christmas movies! Home Alone 2 anyone?!!

What teas have you been loving lately? Have you tried this tea from Twinings? Let me know in the comments below or you can tweet me @thingsarahloves. 

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Best Blog Post of the Month - September 2015

Hey guys!

Hope everyone has had a good September. Scary that October is literally round the corner and dare I even mention the C word?! I'm excited to start shopping for presents anyway!

I've been reading quite a lot of blogs this month (some old favourites, some I stumbled across for the first time) and there was one post/video that really stood out to me by Aimee Raindrop Writes. I love unboxing posts and videos but this was one with a difference and I'm so proud of Aimee for making this video and spreading the word on such an important issue!

Aimee's video shows her unboxing her 'Buddy Box' which is an amazing subscription box aimed at those seeking help, inspiration, comfort and just a little pick me up. So many people suffer from mental health issues and this box is aimed at providing a little happiness to anyone who needs it. 

Such a wonderful idea and I loved Aimee's video! She explains everything clearly and her passion shines through. I loved seeing all the goodies she got and I want that hot chocolate! Haha!! Definitely go and check it out! Thanks so much Aimee!

What did you think of Aimee's video? What blog posts have you loved this month? Let me know in the comments below or you can tweet me @thingsarahloves.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Wander Through My Week #10

Hey everyone!

How are you all? Little late with the 'Wander Through My Week' this week but I've had so much going on lately and Sunday was a bit of a tough day, so I needed some to myself. Anyway, I had such a good week and I wanted to share some of the best bits with you all!

Molton Brown & Cake! 

I was so lucky to attend a Molton Brown event which was so much fun! It was great getting a chance to explore the store 'after hours' and have a browse of their products. I'd always loved Molton Brown but I had no idea how many products they actually offered! I learned a lot about the company too: Did you know they were one of the first companies to introduce animal testing and display ingredients on their products?

As well as getting a lovely arm and hand massage from a wonder Molton Brown staff member, there was Cava and a selection of yummy cakes to try courtesy of My Home Bakery! They all looked amazing but I went for the Raspberry Crumble which didn't look the most fancy, but was feeling a little left out! It tasted delicious! Had such a great evening being pampered and eating cake! 

Met some lovely people and was lucky enough to go home with a little goody bag which was the perfect end to a great day!

Kevin Bridges

I have wanted to see Kevin Bridges live for such a long time!! The show was really good and there were points that I laughed so much I was in pain and it brought me to tears.  We were pretty high up (for comedy that doesn't really matter; with anything else I would have wanted really good seats) but the view was awesome! The only downside was all the damn stairs....oh those bloody stairs!! But it was a great night out and we went dancing afterwards (where we met Max Branning, as you do! I don't even like Eastenders!)

So that was my week. How was yours? Let me know in the comments below or you can tweet me @thingsarahloves

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Blogger Interview Tag!

One of my best blogging friends Laura (her blog's Laura Likes Beauty and is so worth a read) nominated me for the Blogger Interview Tag and I've finally gotten around to answering the questions. I think this tag is such a great idea because it gives you a chance to get to know the person behind the blog and learn why blogging means so much to them! Anyway, here are my answers:

1. How did you get into blogging?

I've wanted to start a blog for a long time and just never took the plunge! Friends of mine told me I should start a blog (given the amount of beauty stuff I own) but it was actually my ex (who is a good friend of mine) that really gave me the kick up the backside and confidence boost I needed. I guess I was worried that there wasn't room for another blogger and that I couldn't really bring anything different to the table. Now that I look back on that, I was being stupid! So yeah, that's how it took off - all thanks to my ex!

2. What advice would you give to bloggers starting out?

Um...don't be silly like me! I sat and thought so much about it (which I tend to do, I over think everything) that I kept talking myself out of it. If you want to start a blog, on any subject matter at all, then get on and do it! There is always room for one more blogger and each blog is unique in it's own little way. Oh, and get on social media (especially Twitter) and then come say hey! And join in #ltbloggers!

3. What would be your dream campaign?

I think something charity related and helping to promote organ donation. That would be amazing and one of my blogging goals is to share my transplant story so to have the ability to do that through a related charity would be wonderful.

4. Do you have a plan for your blog?

Erm...I have ideas of how I would like to see my blog develop but not a set plan as such. I'm just enjoying it and you learn so much as you go so I'm enjoying that!

And I would like to nominate the following awesome bloggers to do this tag if they have not done so already and anyone else that wants to take part:

Aimee Raindrop Writes

Strictly Becca

Blogger & The Geek

Ms Mistry Blogs

Sunshine, Smiles & Fairy Dust

Do you have a blog? Have you thought about starting one? What do you love most about reading blog posts? Let me know in the comments below or you can tweet me @thingsarahloves

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Product Empties #1


Hope everyone is having a great weekend so far. I'm really excited to be doing my first Product Empties because these are the kind of youtube videos and blog posts that I love! I've been collecting mine for a while (which is new for me, sure everyone thinks I'm crazy) and thought now I have a mixed little bundle, it would be a good idea to write this blog post and give my final thoughts on each of these products since I have used them all up. One is a permanent staple in my skincare routine, some I would buy again and then there's the other one..

Soap & Glory 'Scrub of Your Life' (Boots, 200ml, £7.00) - I've used all of this up because what is not to love about Soap & Glory's Original Pink Fragrance? It smells so nice. As a scrub, this wasn't really for me so I used it more as a shower gel. There weren't enough beads and it had more of a gel texture, foaming up as I used it. For sensitive skin (or those using a body scrub for the first time) I would definitely recommend this but it's not something I would purchase again. I much prefer industrial strength style scrubs, haha! 

Biotherm Aquasource Hydrating Gel - I did a full blog post on Biotherm Aquasource Hydrating Gel so I won't go into too much detail here! If you have dry, dehydrated skin like me this is definitely worth the investment. Amazing cooling sensation and I really liked it. A bit pricey, but lasts a long time.

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel (Cult Beauty, £28.00) - Ah I could not live without this product! I'm not going to go into a lot of detail (it deserves a post all of it's own) but I love this cleansing gel. Definite staple in my skincare routine.

Garnier Mineral InvisiCool Deodorant (Sainsburys, 50ml, £1.00) - I went through a stage where I wasn't the biggest of fan of roll on deodorants but I'm really impressed with this one (it was only £1.00 - BARGAIN!). It smells so fresh, doesn't leave white marks and does the job! I would purchase this again but as long as a deodorant works, I'm happy!

Imperial Leather Muscle Tonic Bath Cream (Imperial Leather, 500ml, £2.00) - Whenever my personal trainer pushes me that little bit harder (leaving me in agony the next day) or I feel a bit headachey and not my usual self, I've been running a bath and I've fallen in love with this bath cream. Good amount of bubbles and I love the warming saffron and hibiscus scent (it's a gorgeous red colour too!). This is definitely one for autumn and winter - makes me feel all cosy!

And that's my first Product Empties post! Have you tried any of these? What products have you recently used up? Let me know in the comments below or you can tweet me @thingsarahloves - always up for chatting!

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Valley Mill Soaps - Handmade in Wales


How are we all? Life has been it's usual hectic self but you'll have seen from my recent Wander Through My Week that a lot of yummy food has been consumed! 

If you have been reading my blog for a while (or if you have just stumbled across my little corner of the internet - Hello!) you will know that I'm not the biggest fan of sweet, fruity or florally scents. I don't hate them by any means, but they are not scents I'm drawn towards usually (there are rare exceptions). So I was really interested when Valley Mill offered to send me some of their soaps to try which offer something a little different.

To be honest, these are not fragrance or flavour combinations that I would ever have thought of putting together. When I first read Grapefruit & Fennel (100g, £4.00) I was reluctant to even smell this soap because I don't like grapefruit or fennel! Surprisingly though, this combination really works!The sharpness of the grapefruit pierces through the liquorice scent from the fennel and smells divine. The Bergamot & Basil (100g, £4.00) is equally as lovely but I do prefer the Grapefruit & Fennel. The soaps contain shea butter and coconut oil which leave my hands feeling really soft and overall, I'm really impressed. There is definitely something special about handmade items - they contain a little more love!

If the fragrance combinations did not surprise me, the colour of the soaps certainly did but in a very good way. Each soap consists of two earthy colours which looks beautiful (they use natural herbs to create the colours) and are unlike any other soap I have ever come across. I popped both of these soaps in my bathroom and I have received so many questions about them; particularly from one of my guy friends who really likes the look and smell of Bergamot & Basil.  

I think these would be great gifts for Christmas and make great little stocking fillers! I would never have thought about buying any of my male relatives/friends soaps but I would definitely picking up these (make a welcome change from socks!) There is Orange & Cinnamon which would be perfect for the winter and festive season. I personally really want to try the Rosemary & Lime and Natural Tea Tree & Witch Hazel so I will be placing a little order very soon.

Thank you so much to Valley Mill for sending me some of their lovely soaps to try! I would definitely recommend having a look at their range. 

What do you think? Would you try these soaps? Do you have any handmade items that you love? Let me know in the comments below or you can tweet me @thingsarahloves

Disclaimer: Valley Mill very kindly sent me these products to review but all thoughts & opinions are completely my own.