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Thursday, 28 November 2013

Sharing The Love!

A little while ago I opened up a portion of my sidebar to a few monthly sponsors & I wanted to be sure to tell you all about them, because they're pretty darn amazing and I would just love if you could go and show them as much love as you show me! I've spent the month getting to know them so at the end of the month I can share with you why I think you should get to know them too! If you clicked through at the start of the month maybe you can share with me in the comments which of their posts or pieces you have loved!
The lady behind Laura's Haven, is an intelligent, relatable, utterly beautiful person and as a result her blog very much reflects who she is. The way Laura writes always makes me feel like I'm talking with an old friend and I would like to think that if our paths crossed 'in real life' we would become firm friends. I love Laura's optimistic outlook, she believes that life shouldn't be airbrushed but it should be looked at from a positive perspective and I'm right there with her on that one!

 
Tabitha from Scared Toast has one of my very favourite blog names, ever! As it turns out it comes from the way she likes her toast, undercooked - & it always makes me smile!

Tabitha uses her space a little like an online diary, featuring aspects of beauty & fashion as well as the things in her life that are making her happy. Some of my favourite posts from Tabitha come from her 'Something I've loved this week' series because I think those are something she'll be able to look back over in the future and remember where she was at a particular time & the good times should always be appreciated!

♥ 

Miho has a truly beautiful soul and she's one of those people who can almost instantly make you feel better about yourself or a situation if you're not having the best time just by sharing a few words of wisdom and encouragement.

Her blog, Wander to Wonder is a wonderful peek into her life and her loves. She recently got married to her sweetheart and together they are making a home for themselves in London. If you're looking for fabulous recommendations for places to go in the city, or if you would just like to add an extra pop of positivity into your life as you drink your morning coffee, Wander to Wonder is all of that and so much more.


Chambray & Curls is written by the fabulous Laura who has the most beautiful curls & she loves bubble baths, chambray shirts and spy novels. By day she's a drama technician (which sounds like a super fun job, building sets & costume making!) and by night she blogs, posting outfits of the day, beauty reviews, yummy recipes and snippets of her life.

My favourite posts from Laura are her outfits because I think she has the most amazing style. She has an eye for layering and I love that she has fun with what she wears, there's a real playful aspect that's super inspiring and really reflects her personality. I also love her recipe posts because they always look so good and leave me feeling very hungry!
Blog // Bloglovin' // Twitter

♥ 
Sophie lives in the countryside with her husband and their sweet pup. Her blog, Sophie in the Sticks, is her corner of the internet where she loves to write about her love for style, food, fitness and photography. Sophie really has the knack for finding truly amazing pieces in charity shops and styling them in a way that really reflects her lifestyle and her personality.

Along with her styling posts, Sophie also shares snippets of her life which I love to read about as well as some really inspirational keeping fit advice that's helping me feel a little more motivated to get back on track, so thank you Sophie! 
Blog // Bloglovin' // Twitter
  


Becka has only very recently started her blog, This is My World, but it has fast become one of my favourite reads! I feel like I've really got to know Becka through her posts, her writing style is so incredibly relatable and she's just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside!

She shares her beauty favourites, new purchases & outfits along with little bits and pieces about her life. She turned nineteen last month (Happy birthday lovely!) and it's so wonderful to see everything that she's accomplished so far - she's a lot more put-together than I was at 19! I'm excited to see where her journey will take her because I know she's going to go far in life!
Blog // Bloglovin' // Twitter

I hope you find these ladies as inspiring and as wonderful as I do & pop by to have a little nose around their websites, it would mean the absolute world to both them and me!

Do you have a current favourite blog?

Love, Jennie
xoxo

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Conscious Skincare Sweet Orange and Frangipani Bath Soak - A Christmas Gift Idea!

Conscious Skincare Sweet Orange and Frangipani Bath Soak* (£15.99)
A few weeks ago I tried out the Conscious Skincare Sweet Orange and Frangipani body butter & although it's fairly pricey I think it's entirely worth the price tag if you're looking to treat yourself or a loved one. For the last week I've been taking a lot of long, hot baths giving the Sweet Orange & Frangipani bath soak* a try and I think my opinions are much the same as the body butter.

If you only like bubble baths this won't be for you, but if you love a bath product to fill your entire bathroom with scent and leave your bath water feeling really luxurious, this is something I really think you should try if you're after a little bit of a treat. The scent reminds me of a Terry's Chocolate Orange, only slightly softer and more fresh so it's not at all sickly or overpowering. It's an incredibly relaxing scent and it lingered on my skin for longer than I expected, which is really nice. 

With Christmas fast approaching, if you're thinking of purchasing something as a gift there are these super sweet gift tubes available with a couple of different ribbon options. To fit in with their environmentally friendly ethos, the tubes are made from 100% recycled cardboard and I really like the simple overall look. It would make a lovely gift & you wouldn't need to faff around trying to wrap the bottle, which I can never successfully do with anything that's not square in shape! 

At £15.99 this isn't a super affordable bath product, but it is a luxurious one that's kind to the skin. It would make a beautiful gift for someone you love or even just as an extra special treat for yourself! Go on...treat yourself & relax! 

Have you ever tried anything from Conscious Skincare before?

Love, Jennie
xoxo

Sunday, 24 November 2013

This Weekend #5

This weekend I'm back in the midst of essay writing doom once again, but that doesn't mean I haven't found the time to sneak out for a little adventure to the charity shops because I'm just a little bit addicted to their book section...but I think that's okay!


Deep, rich red and burgundy tones are my absolute favourites right now. Most autumn & winters in the past have had me reaching solely for black and grey but this year I've been incorporating a little more colour in with my usual choices. The gold heart detail on my bag from Love Hearts and Crosses is a sweet addition, it's such a small detail but the bag wouldn't be quite the same or quite as nice without it, I don't think. I'm beginning to think that small bags are the way forward, this fits my phone, my coin purse and a good book comfortably, which on an everyday basis is all I really need!

I'm also totally head over heels for my new reindeer socks, more on those and a few other winter warmers next week - oh the suspense ;)!

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

In all honesty this isn't a book that I would be reading if I didn't have to for University, but I've surprised myself with how much I'm enjoying it. I think I'll revisit it next summer when I'll be able to read it without having to analyse every little thing so I'll be able to enjoy it for the fabulous adventure story it is!

After waiting for what felt like forever for this to be available on iTunes & finding a time both my boyfriend and I were completely free for the evening, we finally saw The Great Gatsby. Predictably I absolutely loved it; I think the soundtrack is amazing if a little bizarre at times, the editing was spot on and the first time Gastby is seen on screen = perfection!


You know the score by now, cold evenings instantly mean hot baths in my mind. We actually had our first dusting of snow last week, which never fails to make me smile and it confirmed that long hot baths are very acceptable right now. Usually I like my baths to have lots of bubbles but although there aren't any with this Bath Soak* from Conscious Skincare, the scent is so wonderfully inviting and comforting I don't mind one bit!

The warm glow of lights is another must have thing for me during the colder months, they make me feel so much warmer and cosier & they're super pretty! It was only a matter of time before I caved and bought the small bunny lamp from DotComGiftShop to go with my larger one, I mean, there's only so long you can resist the cuteness, right?!

When I was in Argos buying another bookcase I spotted these super beautiful pink flower lights - they were half price and there were only one set left so I had to have them. It was fate, at least that's what I'm telling myself!

Will Grayson, Will Grayson // The Ocean at the End of the Lane // Fangirl // The snow Child // Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

All of the books!

Are you having a lovely weekend? 
I hope so!

Love, Jennie
xoxo

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Bookshelf: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.
"Charlie is a Freshman and while he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory, the world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs and the Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But Charlie can't stay on the sideline forever, standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective, but there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor."
If someone said to me now 'hey, read this book, it's called The Perks of Being a Wallflower & it's written in the form of diary entries' I'd probably think nah, that's not a book for me. And I would be missing out. Hugely, hugely missing out. This post has been sitting in my drafts for a few weeks now because I haven't been able to find the right combination of words to properly express how utterly wonderful I think this book is but, if I'm honest, I'm not sure I ever will so we'll see how this goes (with no spoilers!)...

It might be because I read it for the first time as a teenager and therefore there are a whole bunch of feelings, memories & sentimentality I attach to it, but I can also read it now and feel that instant connection. I'm not sure. I think it's one of those books that you'll connect with or you won't. The letter format is one element I think will be very love/hate. Usually it's not for me, but this book wouldn't be the same if it were written any other way. Charlie's letters, his way of writing down what's going on in his life, really pull me in, I feel a real connection to him and like I'm a part of his world.

At it's very heart this book is a beautiful coming-of-age story in which Charlie describes things happening in his life, the things he feels & the journey he goes on through a series of letters to an anonymous stranger whom we never meet. Charlie is a beautiful soul, sweet, introspective, intelligent far beyond his fifteen years yet incredibly awkward & naive; he's a wallflower. I really identify with Charlie in this respect; it used to be something I hated intently but once I learned that it's okay to be who you are (something this book really helped me with in my early teens), it's okay to be quiet and some of the things you see when you quietly observe are incredible. And his story, this story, as the author has said, is for anyone that has ever felt like an outcast.
"So, I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we'll never know most of them. But even if we don't have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them."
The book is as much about Charlie's friends and family as it is about him and the things he's going through. Even though someone's life may look completely wonderful from the outside, it's probably not all that it appears to be. Through Charlie we learn about those closest to him and how beautifully he understands them, quietly accepts their flaws, sees them for the wonderful good-hearted people they fundamentally are and always wants the best for them. His decisions aren't always the right ones, but he learns from them and always makes things right. I haven't experienced everything that Charlie and his friends go through, there are so many social issues within the pages, but there are a good chunk that I have and they're so relateable, the feelings that they stir up are so raw. I smiled, I cried and my heart was broken & then patched back together shortly after, all within 200 pages.
"I know there are people who say all these things don’t happen. And there are people who forget what it’s like to be sixteen when they turn seventeen. I know these will all be stories some day, and our pictures will become old photographs. We all become somebody’s mom or dad. But right now, these moments are not stories. This is happening. I am here, and I am looking at her. And she is so beautiful. I can see it. This one moment when you know you’re not a sad story. You are alive. And you stand up and see the lights on the buildings and everything that makes you wonder. And you’re listening to that song, and that drive with the people who you love most in this world. And in this moment, I swear, we are infinite."
In times where you feel like you don't have anything else, there is always hope. Never stop hoping because even if you don't think so, somebody somewhere thinks you deserve to be happy. When you're going through a dark time, where simply getting out of bed each morning is a struggle, remember that it will get better. Even though to you, in that moment, I know it can be all consuming.
"I just want you to know that you’re very special… and the only reason I’m telling you is that I don’t know if anyone else ever has.” 
If you haven't read it please don't dismiss it because it's popular or because it was first published by MTV or because you can't scroll through tumblr without seeing a quote from the book on every page. Give it a try, it might just surprise you. And if books aren't really your thing, watch the film because it's equally as beautiful, sweet, heartbreaking, heart-warming & so much more all at the same time.

Have you read Perks before? 
What did you think of it?

Love, Jennie
xoxo

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Caseable Laptop Sleeve - A Christmas Gift Idea!

Caseable MacBook Sleeve* (£60)
In a time where seemingly everything is customisable, I don't know why custom laptop sleeves never even crossed my mind until Caseable* got in touch with me a little while ago. At £60 these definitely aren't cheap but I do think they would make a lovely gift, especially if you know someone that's going to be the lucky recipient of a shiny-new-laptop this Christmas! They also do everything from phone cases/pouches to tablet covers so there's lots to choose from if you're looking for something personalised.

The first case they sent me was a little too snug, despite being made for my laptop size. I could squeeze my laptop into it but it was a bit of a faff and took a little bit too much time for my liking - it definitely wasn't practical to quickly take out and put away. I emailed my concerns over to the guys and after receiving a few similar comments they have adjusted the size of their MacBook cases. The replacement they sent over to me is a much better fit, if anything it's just a tad too roomy but that's just me being extra critical I think. But that's what I'm here for, right?!

The quality is great. The zip closure is sturdy & secure and my laptop feels well protected but if I were being really picky I would like it to have just a little bit more padding, just to put my mind completely at ease - laptops aren't cheap after all! The photo quality is excellent, the colours are vibrant, the images are sharp and a really close replica of the originals.

Overall I would love to receive something like this as a gift, especially if it were covered in photographs that were super special. Undoubtedly an investment purchase but a worthy one I think - even better if you can get your hands on a discount code!


Do you have anything from Caseable?
Would you like to receive something like this as a gift?

Love, Jennie
xoxo

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Love Me Beauty Box: November 2013.

November Love Me Beauty Box* £10 + p&p
This month's Love Me Beauty box* is very impressive - I would even go so far as to say that I think it's my favourite beauty box that I've ever received. Love Me Beauty is a subscription service with a slight difference; each month there are three 'menus' to choose from with the contents in each varying ever so slightly. Although this does take away the surprise element from this service, you're more likely to receive products that you will like and get some use from.

This month there are three products that are consistent across all three of the menus and two products that are different in each. The two that vary are colour products so that element of choice means that you won't be stuck with a product you want to use but can't because you don't like the shade or you think it wouldn't suit you as much as one of the other colours. This month I chose option three so lets have a look at what's inside...

Absolution Le Soin Purifiant Masque. 
The first product that is the same throughout all three of the boxes, this a skin-renewing mask that promises to rid skin of impurities while giving a boost of radiance, tightening pores and soothing. I've never heard of Absolution before but this mask sounds like something my skin needs right now so I'm really excited to give this a try. It's almost like a lotion in consistency which hopefully means that a little will go a long way so I'll be able to get quite a few uses out of this sample and although it doesn't have the nicest scent in the world, it's not unpleasant either. 
This is a 40ml sample size. 
The full size 50ml product retails for £24.

Jelly Pong Pong 2-in-1 Shadow/Liner in Bronze.
This is the second product that is the same throughout all three of the boxes. I received one of these in a past GlossyBox in a green shade and I loved the product but the colour wasn't something I could see myself reaching for very often so it's really lovely to have one in a wearable and super pretty bronze shade. These are fabulous because once they set, they don't budge even on my oily eyelids, which is really saying something! I'll definitely be reaching for this when I want a little more definition at my lash line, quickly smudging it out a little before it sets into place.
This is a full size product that retails for £10.50.

Mitchell and Peach Shower Wash. 
The final product that is the consistent throughout all three of the options this month is a mini Mitchell and Peach shower gel. I've had a sample from Mitchell and Peach in the past and I remember really liking it so I'm happy to have this sample size, which will be perfect to travel with. It's made with pure essential oils and having taken inspiration from the English countryside, it smells really fresh and lovely! 
This is a 50ml sample size. 
The full size 250ml product retails for £20. 

Models Own Nail Polish in Red Alert. 
Models Own are a brand that I'm pretty sure makes almost every colour of nail polish you could ever imagine and there are three to choose from across the boxes this month. I chose Red Alert, which is a gorgeous true red because it really appealed to my festive spirit and I'm using it as inspiration to grow my nails so I can paint them this colour in time for Christmas - I have a month, lets see how I get on!! The other colour options in the other boxes are Hot Pink, a stunning pink and Prussian Blue, a rich navy.
This is a full size product that retails for £5. 

Art Deco Hydra Lip Booster in Translucent Rose. 
The final product this month is a lipgloss and I think this is my favourite product of them all. Again there are three different colours to choose from this month and I have Translucent Rose a neutral pink - the other colours are Translucent Rosewood, a slightly more nude colour and Translucent Wood Rose, a slightly deeper, more berry shade. Promising to hydrate as well as provide a hint of colour and a beautiful shine, I can see me getting a lot of use out of this. On my lips this is mostly a clear gloss with a tiny hint of pink, which is exactly what I was hoping for because I'm going through a phase of really minimal make up and I think a super sheer glossy lip is really beautiful. It feels really comfortable on the lips, super smooth and not sticky at all. It's love!
This is a full sized product that retails for 11.50

An Added Extra.
As an apology from Lord & Berry for the slightly too-dry mascara last month they have included a full-size lipstick worth £12 in all boxes this month, which I think is a really wonderful gesture. It shows that they & Love Me Beauty really care about their customers and their opinions. I do love great customer service and I think they've excelled themselves here. The shade I received is called Brick Lip and although it isn't a colour that would suit me, I'm going to find it a home with someone who will really enjoy it. The formula is smooth, highly pigmented and it looks like it will feel really comfortable to wear.

What do you think of this month's Love Me Beauty Box?
Are you subscribed? 

Love, Jennie
xoxo

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Come & tell me about a book that changed your life...

When those big 'life events' happen, no matter how much you're expecting them or how prepared you feel you are to cope with everything, I think it's very easy to be left feeling a little lost. Combine that with feeling a little disillusioned in general and I guess I just feel like I've lost my way a little. I've stumbled off the path I'm supposed to be on and now I need to find my way back, perhaps with a few adventures along the way.
We all hear the phrase 'this book changed my life' quite a lot & this is where I need you! I would love to hear about a book that has changed your life. Maybe it inspired you, taught you something about life or about yourself, or maybe it just made you smile. If you would like to share why it had so much of an impact on you that would be wonderful, but don't feel like you have to! These things can be incredibly personal & if you don't want to share in a comment (you can use the anonymous function) please feel free to email me (sailorjennie@googlemail.com). 

I'm hoping that maybe they'll help me out a little too... 

Love, Jennie
xoxo

Friday, 15 November 2013

The TMI Tag.

I was tagged by Esme from Sparkly Ghosts and this was just the kind of post I wanted to write today. Maybe I'll look back over this in a year or so and see if any of my answers have changed; maybe then I'll have a favourite TV show or some new favourite bands! 
What are you wearing?
Reindeer pyjamas. Yes... really, it's just one of those days!
Have you ever been in love?
Yes and it's wonderful.
Have you ever had a terrible breakup?
No, I think I've been quite lucky in that respect. I'm thankful to have always been able to leave things on good terms.
How tall are you?
Somewhere around 5'9" give or take half an inch.
How much do you weigh?
Eek, probably about 2 stone more than I would like to in an ideal world but I'm working on that.
Do you have any tattoos?
Not yet...!
Do you have any piercings?
Just one in each ear, I don't think anything else would suit me!
OTP?
Shamefully I had to google this because I had no idea what it means! I'm going to have to go with Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley because they're my favourite and totally meant to be... I'm so predictable!  
What is your favorite TV show?
I don't think I really have one. I do love a bit of the Great British Bake Off though, I'm a little sad it's over for the year! I quite like Homeland although I don't think this series has been the best so far.
Who are your favorite bands/singers?
Zero 7, Sia, London Grammar, The Shins and The Decemberists.

What is something you miss? 
That one summer when I was fifteen and I didn't have a care in the world.
What is your favorite song?
Somersault by Zero 7.
How old are you?
Twenty four - when did that happen?!
Zodiac sign?
I'm a Taurus & I definitely identify with some of the classic traits. I can be incredibly stubborn and I often have a little internal battle with jealousy.
Quality you look for in a partner?
Humour & silliness! I think it's so important to be able to step back, laugh and not take things too seriously.
Favorite quote?
'If your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough' or 'To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.'
Favorite actor/actress?
Leo DiCaprio, no explanation needed & Helena Bonham Carter because she's just fabulous! 
Favorite colour?
I really like pale blues and light greys. But if we're talking about favourite colours to wear, I'm all about the dark greys, navy blues and burgundy. 
Loud music or quiet?
Quiet!
Where do you go when you're sad?
Hogwarts, always Hogwarts.
How long does it take you to shower?
It depends on how much time I have and how cold it is. If it's cold outside I could happily stay in the shower for a very long time.
How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
I have perfected rolling out of bed, into the shower, run to the wardrobe, five product face, grab breakfast on the way out of the door routine so I can always have that extra 10 minutes in bed. I'm not a morning person at all!
Ever been in a physical fight?
I slapped someone on the face once BUT she was mean to me for years and at that one point in time it was the only way I could get her to stop.
Turn on?
Intelligence. 
Turn off?
Ignorance and without a willingness to look at something from another perspective.
The reason you started blogging?
At that time I really needed somewhere I felt like I belonged. And I found it here.
Fears?
Being lonely. And spiders!
Last thing that made you cry?
Saying goodbye.
Last time you said you loved someone?
Today, everyday.
Meaning behind your blog name?
My name is Jennie and I really like all things nautical. I also enjoy Sailor Jerry rum every once in a while, so it's mostly a bit of a play on that. 

Last book you read?
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.
The book you're currently reading?
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Last show you watched?
On old episode of the O.C! I loved that show when I was a teenager, especially Seth!
Last person you talked to?
My mama.
The relationship between you and the person you last texted?
I can't remember the last time I sent a text, I'm awful at keeping in touch! 
Favorite food?
Sandwiches! There are just so many options! ;) 
Place you want to visit?
Lots of places, but I desperately want to visit Edinburgh again. I like to think of it as my spiritual home.
Last place you were?
Having a little look around the Christmas shop and a local garden centre. It's like a magical wonderland! 
Do you have a crush?
I'm not sure it really counts as a crush after being together for so many years, but I'm going to say yes!
Last time you kissed someone?
This morning.

Last time you were insulted?
I have no idea, probably via a comment within the last month. They just get deleted, I really don't see why they waste their time! 
Favourite flavour of sweet?
Any sweet that is blue, I will love. Blue is the best flavour! 
Do you play any instruments?
Unfortunately not! I used to play the recorder in Primary School (didn't we all?!) and I took piano lessons but I just couldn't get the hang of it.  
Favourite piece of jewellery?
My Grandmother's engagement ring.
Last sport you played?
Tennis....in 2005! ;)
Last song you sang?
I start singing along to the John Lewis Christmas advert whenever it's on!
Favourite chat up line?
No...just no.
Have you ever used it?
See above...
Last time you hung out with anyone?
Last night. A much-needed movie night with lots of ice cream and good company happened and it was the best!
Who should answer these questions next?
You!

Happy Friday! 
Do you have any exciting weekend plans?

Love, Jennie
xoxo

Thursday, 14 November 2013

NEOM Luxury Organics Scents of Christmas - A Christmas Gift Idea!

I know I'm not alone in enjoying pretty flickering candlelight of an evening in the depths of winter and it's no secret that NEOM Luxury Organics do candles very, very well. Their beautiful scents really envelop the home into what feels like a warm, incredibly welcoming hug. It's getting to that time of the year where I'm on the lookout for special gifts I think my nearest and dearest would like to open on Christmas morning and something NEOM will be waiting under the tree for more than one of my loved ones this year because it seems they also do Christmas gifts very, very well!
NEOM Luxury Organics Scents of Christmas* (£42)
Nestled inside the beautifully designed Scents of Christmas sturdy white box are three travel candles that promise to fill your home with those magical scents instantly associated with Christmas. Each of the candles has one wick and they're made with vegetable wax and essential oils which ensures they will burn very evenly and cleanly for up to 20 hours in total. The use of essential oils means they also work as aromatherapeutic treatments, so be sure to light one, sit back and relax - it's the perfect opportunity to curl up with a good book and forget the rest of the world for a few hours!

NEOM say the travel candles are perfect for smaller rooms, but in my experience the scent still easily manages to flood the entire downstairs of my cottage almost as well as the larger 3-wick candles, which I think it quite impressive. Sometimes the best things really do come in small packages, or in this case, beautiful glass jars...

Christmas Wish is their signature Christmas scent and I think it's my favourite of the three, although it's a pretty close call! It's very spicy, warming and instantly reminds me of a just-out-of-the-oven Christmas cake with cinnamon and ginger, I think it would be so lovely to burn this on Christmas morning because it's so festive. This scent reminds me of baking and decorating gingerbread with my mama during the Christmas holidays, which was always one of my most favourite times of the year.

Comforting is a deeper scent, more woody and reminiscent of sitting in front of a crackling log fire. When I smell this I'm instantly transported back to my childhood, sitting in my pyjamas on Christmas Eve looking forward to what Father Christmas would bring that night and excitedly setting out a plate of cookies, a small glass of brandy and some carrots for the reindeer.

Harmonise is a very fresh scent with notes of pine and eucalyptus that instantly reminds me of choosing a Christmas tree to decorate when I was very small. We don't have real trees any more because we have a pup that would spend more time trying to eat it than I have in the day to try and stop him from eating it so I'll be lighting this to try and replicate the beautiful scent that we miss out on with an artificial tree.

Together they make the most perfect Christmas trio that I think would make the most beautiful gift for someone who loves candles. I would be thrilled to open this on Christmas morning, it's a little touch of luxury that makes a big impact.

Have you tried anything from NEOM before?
Is this something you would like to receive as a gift?

Love, Jennie
xoxo

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