Sunday, 18 May 2014

I Have Some Exciting News!

Hello lovelies. 

Yesterday was an interesting day. Went to work, sold some candles, came home to a huge surprise...

I walked in the door, mainly thinking about what to have to dinner, to my boyfriend Kyle stood in the front room, surrounded by candles, holding a bunch of flowers. I have to say, for the first 30 seconds I had no idea what was happening, I think I was in a complete daze! He then went on to say all sorts of lovely things which I've already forgotten, but I know they were lovely, before getting down on one knee and asking me to marry him! And if it wasn't already obvious I said yes! 

Kyle has never bought me flowers that he has picked before, and it was a really sweet touch as he'd really thought about the colours and flowers! I'm thinking of pressing the whole bouquet and framing it. 

My ring is, as you can probably tell, not a diamond! I've never been much of a diamond person so it's an emerald with 3 tiny diamonds either side so it has slightly more of an engagement ring look about it. He told me it's from a vintage jewellers in Bristol, and it's in amazing condition from a vintage ring. It's so bloody stunning I can't stop looking at it! However I am going to have to, because tomorrow its going to the jewellers to be resized as it's a couple of sizes to big at the moment, I really hope it comes back quickly!

After the proposal I rang my mum straight away, as I was to exciting to wait! She screamed and screamed which was hilarious, and deafening! We then popped over to her house so I could show off my bling and have a celebratory drink. My step dad is a budding photographer and insisted we had so photos taken, and I thought this one was quite sweet, very simple but very sweet.

Right now I am still far to giddy and giggly, and very very happy.

So that is my exciting news ladies! 


Friday, 9 May 2014

Yankee Candle How To Guide: Wax Tarts & Tart Burners

Hello lovelies. 

As you may or may not know, I work for Yankee Candle, and on an average day I tend to be asked a lot of questions regarding candles, wax tarts, accessories, how to use it, what it does and so on! So I thought I'd put together a couple of little How To Guide

Today I'm talking about wax tarts and tart burners! These I tend to be asked about the most, as they are a really new concept in England, so I thought I'd do this one first! 

What are wax tarts, what do they look like? 

Wax tarts are small, flat, scalloped edged solid yet soft wax in a plastic wrap. They do not have wicks, and are unable to be burnt without a tart burner. They are available in all the same fragrances as the candles, carrying the same label imagery and coloured wax as the larger candles. 

What is a tart burner?

A tart burner looks a lot like an oil burner, a vase shape with a dish on top and a empty section in the bottom, but a tart burner has a deeper dish as tarts need more space to melt. Tart burners come in a varitey of shapes, sizes, designs and are often made of different materials, but glass and ceramic tend to be the most common. 

How do I use a tart in a tart burner?

First, unwrap the tart and put it on top on the burner dish, get an unscented tea light light it, and pop it in the bottom. You can use a scented tea light, put it will be covered by the tart scent, you are using the tea light just on the heat. 

How long will it take to melt?

After about 5 minutes, you will notice the the tart will start to melt around the edges, and you will start to notice the fragrance.

How long will it take to melt fully?

This varies from burner to burner, but it will be somewhere between 15 and 25 minutes. When melted it turns to a see through wax. The fragrance will last around 12 hours per tart, but this varies between each scent. Once you notice the fragrance is gone you will be left with unscented wax in the burner, which you need to remove (gently push it down on one side and see if it will pop up, or if it's stubborn, light a tealight and pop it under for about 30 seconds and gently push it to one side and it should slide out with ease) and replace it with a new tart.

What are the advantages to wax tarts?

Once the burner is bought, bar an accident, it will last forever. Yankee sells basic burners for around £5 which work as well as more expensive ones, but a more simple design. 

Wax tarts are cheaper if you want to try lots of different scents. Wax tarts are around £1.25 each, and they last for 12 hours. So if you find you get bored of scents, you like to try different ones, or your just not sure if you like it, wax tarts are a good way to try scents without spending a lot. 

They are quick to use. They take 15 minutes to start throwing out scent, whereas a candle will take at least an hour to really get going, so they are good if you want something quick!

Strength! Every wax tart I've ever used has had a really good scent "throw" (strength) and I find I can smell one throughout the whole house. This is generally why wax tarts are so popular. 

So that's how to use wax tarts and tart burners! I will be doing a few different posts on candles, candle care, Yankee accessories and tips are tricks I've picked up, so I hope you will come back and read those.

So ladies, who out there has tried Yankee Candle Wax Tarts? What have you thought of them? 


Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Woodland Lilac Butterfly Watch From Olivia Burton - Beautiful Vintage Inspired Watches

Hello lovelies. 

I LOVE watches. In fact, I need to wear a watch every day. Not for any practical reason, because if I don't have one on I feel like I'm missing part of my arm! I've been aware of Olivia Burton watches for ages, but it wasn't until I was browsing in Harvey Nichols a few weeks ago I spotted they had a few of them in store, and one really really caught my eye. The Woodland Lilac Butterfly.

Oh sweet mother it is beautiful! The watch comes in a beautiful branded presentation box, and the watch sits on a velvet cushion. 

The face of the watch features a small butterfly, which according to the website is a picture of a butterfly that was found and persevered in England for over 100 years! The watch also has three hands, hour minute and second, which is always handy if you need to time something. The case is gold plated, and the the underside of the watch features the same bird from the box branding. The strap is a faux leather in a beautiful soft lilac. 

The watch itself is quite dinky, which is nice as I usually wear something with a larger face, but it's good I have something a little more ladylike! As the strap is faux leather its really comfortable and soft, so it sits of the wrist incredibly well. Also, IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL! I can't stop looking at my wrist! 

Olivia Burton watches are quite affordable. The Woodland Butterfly cost £58, which isn't the cheapest you could pay for a watch, but then again it will last for years and unlike other things, I rarely do buy watches so when I do I like to go for a good quality one. The smaller watches cost between £55 and £65 depending on what the strap is made of (the metal straps cost more) and the larger watches cost between £62 and £125 again depending on the strap and the detail on the watch. You can browse the whole range here.

So what do you ladies think? Do you wear a watch and if so, what sort?