Upcycling project: TV unit

Recently I completed my first upcycling project and although it’s not perfect, I am really pleased with the overall finished result and thought I would share the process with all of my readers.

I was really inspired to start upcycling by my good friend Victoria and Jo from @littlevillagehouse on Instagram, who have both created some amazing pieces through recycling old furniture.

So Victoria and I ventured off to local charity shops to see what I could find. Because Jamie and I live on a budget, most of my furniture is secondhand (from family members) or bits and pieces from Ikea so I was really excited about the prospect of having something unique to call my own. I had been looking at corner TV units online for a long time. I had been drooling over the Huxley Corner TV Stand from Next but I just couldn’t warrant the price tag at this stage in our lives/careers.

I found this sturdy corner TV unit at a charity shop in Kilmarnock for only £10. Instantly, I had a vision of how it could look with grey paint and fresh handles. I love country and farmhouse style furniture and accessories (even though I live in a top-floor flat in a busy town) so I could definitely imagine the unit fitting in perfectly.

My friend had lots of furniture paint leftover from her own projects so we used that to paint it. It was Rust-Oleum’s ‘chalky finish’ furniture paint in the colour Flint, which you can get in Homebase or Argos. Before painting, we gave it a light key with fine sandpaper to help the paint stick. It really didn’t need much so if you’re doing this yourself make sure you’re not too heavy-handed.

After sanding, we used a combination of a small sponge paint roller, for large flat areas, and a little paint brush, for corners and edges. Once the paint was dry, Victoria kindly touched up any rough spots and – voila – it was ready for its new home. Depending on the desired finish, you might want to use more than one coat but I like the shabby-chic look and felt the one coat gave great coverage.

The original handles were cute and gave a vintage feel to the unit but because I wanted to give it a complete facelift, I decided to replace the old handles with farmhouse-style cup handles and picked a cute knob for the main cupboard in the centre. These were super cheap from Amazon. The cup handles were only £2.79 for 6 and the knob was £2.90. Click on the images below to get your own!

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Overall, I am so pleased with the finished result and it feels magical that not only do I have a piece of unique furniture that I really like, and that cost me less than £30 in total, but that I made it with my own hands. As someone that suffers periodically with bouts of bad mental health, I’ve found creative projects like this to be super helpful and healing. There are a couple of chipped bits around the base, which I need to sort out, but imperfections are a part of life so who cares? There is something amazing about seeing it in my living room and knowing that it’s one-of-a-kind and special to us.

What do you guys think? Have you tried some upcycling?

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September favourites

You may have noticed some recent changes to The Fourth Month. I’m now residing at thefourthmonth.blog and pages like Food, Wellbeing and Shopping have returned to the site. In February, I wrote a blog about Changes, where I announced The Fourth Month would focus solely on the publishing industry and books. However, since I made this ‘niche’ for myself, I found myself completely uninspired. So I’ve decided to go back to my roots and The Fourth Month will be a mix and match of anything and everything once again.

In the spirit of embracing chaos, I am starting a monthly ‘favourites’ blog, which will be a list of random products from books and magazines to beauty and candles to delicious foodie treats.

Enjoy x


Breathe & Teen Breathe Magazine

I featured Issue One of Breathe Magazine in a blog last year (August 2016 Home Inspiration) when I first discovered this amazing publication. A year on and they have recently launched their sister magazine, Teen Breathe, which aims to help teens and young adults find a bit of peace and quiet in their hectic, social-media driven lives. The beautiful illustrations and peaceful content of Breathe magazines have resonated with me from day one. A year later and I’m still enjoying every issue. Not only does it look great on your coffee table but it’s bursting with ideas to improve your mental and physical wellbeing. I also think it’s pretty inexpensive as far as luxury magazines go. I recently subscribed so that I never miss an issue – I love it that much!

Get an annual subscription to Breathe for your Amazon Kindle.

If you’d like me to do a full review of the recent issues of Breathe magazine then please comment below or drop me a line at thefourthmonth@icloud.com.

Rustic bath shelf from Sainsbury’s

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Face cloths from Asda, candles from Aldi and Wax Lyrical UK, face mask and body scrub from Lush Cosmetics

I’ve been desperate for a bath shelf for AGES. I love running a hot bubble bath after a stressful day and some over-the-bath storage is the perfect addition to a soak in the tub. I picked this up in Sainsbury’s – their homeware selection is gorgeous – and I like to use it to show off my favourite bath time products: some rolled-up face cloths, Lush cosmetics and a couple of gorgeous candles. It’s like my own mini spa. There’s also room for a glass of wine (or two). If you’re on a budget, you can up-cycle an old wooden shelf for the same (if not better) effect.

Aldi Lime, Basil and Mandarin Candle

This Jo Malone dupe is getting ALL THE HYPE lately and I can see why. At £3.99, this supermarket candle will cost you 90% less than the real deal. While I’m not convinced about the ethics behind such a cheap dupe, I can confidently say that this candle smells just like the Jo Malone original and leaves a long-lasting, strong fragrance in the air. It also looks really luxurious and mimics the classic Jo Malone style beautifully. Ultimately, I will probably continue to splash out on a real Jo Malone candle once in a blue moon because you always get what you pay for but this Aldi dupe will definitely keep me going in-between – I’ve already bought three!

Mini lavender pots

I love a bargain! So I was pretty excited when I saw this set of three artificial miniature lavender plants in a cream wire basket reduced to £7 in Tesco. I skipped to the checkout and to my delight, these cuties were reduced even further – to £1.70! I couldn’t believe it. I love seeing these lavender plants perched on my kitchen windowsill every morning. I haven’t seen them in any local Tesco stores since and I can’t find them online but you can get a similar set from Melody Maison for only £8.95.

Try adding a couple of drops of real lavender essence to give some authenticity your artificial plants. Lavender oil has some wonderful healing properties which make it a great bedtime companion.

Lazy Sunday Coffee

Jamie and I recently bought a coffee grinder and French Press from IKEA so that we could enjoy freshly ground coffee in the mornings instead of instant. However, I often find fresh coffee too strong or too bitter but I was pleasantly surprised by Taylor’s of Harrogate’s ‘Lazy Sunday’ coffee. With hints of hazelnut and citrus, these coffee beans don’t claim to be “knock-your-socks-off, drag-you-awake coffee.” Instead, this is “coffee for lie-ins and Sunday papers, for lazy mornings with your feet on the sofa.” If I was a cup of coffee, this is what I would be.

You can buy three bags of Taylors of Harrogate Lazy Sunday Medium Roast Ground Coffee for £8.65 on Amazon.

On the subject of coffee, we’re thinking about getting a proper barista coffee machine for our Christmas this year. Do you have any recommendations or know of any coffee machines we should steer clear of? Let me know in the comments or get in touch on Instagram.


What are you loving this September? The weather is cooling and it’s time to break out the hats and scarves again. Do you have any go-to products for Autumn? Let me know in the comments or on Instagram.

Mad Dog, Cheese & Winchin’: Claire Barclay Draws

Claire Barclay combines my love of Scotland, cheese puns and adorable illustrations in one beautiful and colourful online Etsy store.

Claire Barclay Draws epitomises why shopping independent is the best. Nowhere on the high street would you find so many Scottish culture gems, like this Mad Dog 20/20 print,  AND cheese puns, That’ll Brie Nice, all in one place. Through her greetings card, jewellery, tote bags, art prints and bunting, Claire combines nostalgic Scottish banter with vibrant pop culture and the result is magical.

I always smile when I receive my purchases from Claire. She delivers every time with amazing fun products and it’s even reflected through to her packaging! Would highly recommend. – Fay

Claire is animg_3910 illustrator and designer who works solo from her “wee studio” in Glasgow, Scotland. She loves making work based on funny elements of Scottish culture as well as anything else that’s jazzy, colourful or cute! She creates a whole range or products including greetings cards, art prints, tote bags and jewellery all with her quirky doodles on them. Claire also works on custom orders such as family/pet portraits and wedding invitations.

Super cute and super great also the Claire Barclay Draws customer service is amazing and one of the main reasons I will be a returning customer 🙂 – Jamie

I have been lucky enough to get my hands on a bundle of Claire’s incredible designs and I can testify that the products are as adorable in person as they are on your computer screen. I received two awesome A4 prints, a gorgeous tote bag and a “cat lady” brooch.
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Designs by Claire Barclay and candle from Love Scottish Candles

Art

I’m originally from bonnie Ayrshire but after four years studying at The University of Glasgow, I’m a self-confessed Glasgow wean who is now living in Edinburgh. Claire’s Glasgow Girl designs were just so fitting for me so they were really what drew me in. Claire’s illustrations are personal and you can really engage with them. They’ll have you and your friends giggling with a sense of nostalgia that I don’t think many people are capturing in the same way Claire is.
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Claire managed to combine both my new home and my love of Glasgow in the two art prints I received: Edinburgh Girl and You Can Take The Girl Outta Glasgow, But You Can’t Take Glasgow Out The Girl. These make wonderful gifts for any Edinburgh or Glaswegian gals who want to show off their love of their city or memorabilia for a guest visiting the city for the first time. You can also have these prints personalised to showcase your own home city; I recently spotted a Paisley Girl print on Claire’s on Instagram, which you can buy in the Slug in a Bottle Shop that will be popping up in Paisley soon.
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For anyone that grew up in Scotland, there a few special items that will definitely capture your hearts and imaginations. I’m sure many a Scot’s teenage years were spent drinking one of the following: Tennents, Buckfast, Mad Dog, Lambrini, or Frosty Jack’s – which brings back fond memories of shoving my drunk boyfriend into the back of a taxi after he drank a bottle of ‘fabulous Frosty’s’ at a house party in Glasgow. Claire pokes fun of Scottish youth culture with a variety of prints, greetings cards and jewellery.

Fashion

Claire Barclay herself is a bit of a fashionista and self-proclaimed “jazzy outfit enthusiast” so the jewellery and tote bags she offers are just the cutest. I am so in love with my Glasgow Girl tote but, unfortunately, it has met a sad fate in an accidental washing machine fatality. As long as you don’t mix yours in with a hot wash of towels then you are sure to have a gorgeous tote bag with a long life and the ability to get everyone talking and smiling.

I keep my Cat Lady brooch pinned to my Alohomora Design tote and proudly display it at University every day. It is super cute and sturdy and, if nothing else, it sparks that age-old debate: do you prefer cats or dogs? If you are inclined to obsess over our feline friends then you need one of these little pins in your life. Claire’s brooches range from £3.50 to £9 depending on which design you’re looking for and they look awesome pinned to an oversized denim jacket. Other designs include Geeze a WinchGeein’ It Laldi and, for those of you looking for something less Scottish, there’s a motivational Be Happy brooch.

Claire also makes necklaces (like this quirky and colourful Unicorn Necklace) and earrings (my personal favourite: Taps Aff earrings)


Follow Claire on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Check out her Etsy page and don’t forget my 15% off code expires at the end of October so hurry, hurry!

Buzzing About The Fuzzy Bee Paper Company

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The Fuzzy Bee is an online paper store created and founded by the lovely Marisa Woods. Marisa has a Bachelor of Arts in drawing from Providence College in Rhode Island and has been making cards since opening The Fuzzy Bee Paper Company in 2012. She runs her own blog and you can find her at various markets across Glasgow.

As most of you know by now, I have embarked on a new adventure to study Publishing in Edinburgh. As a result, I’ve been landed in a new flat with a new room to kit out. Being away from home is never easy: missing family and friends, being in an unknown place and, frankly, feeling a bit scared. One of the best things you can do to make a new room feel cosier and more inviting is to adorn it with prints and posters. I wanted to get a couple of illustrations to frame and put in my room that would make me smile in the morning or after a long day at University.

When I saw The Fuzzy Bee’s Nicola Sturgeon meets Gretchen Weiners à la Mean Girls poster, I knew I had to have some of Marisa’s amazing designs in my new home. She is a super talented illustrator, which you can see from the prints and cards she creates, and pretty funny too. All of the cards and illustrations are hand drawn using a Wacom tablet and Photoshop and they started simply as a way for Marisa to document different moments in her life.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: it’s a big thing for me to promote small businesses and, in particular, Scottish companies. Marisa is based in Glasgow so lots of the humour is Scots – although there are tonnes of non-Scots products to buy for any other UK and International readers. Next time you are redecorating or buying a card: please try to source them from local, small businesses. It’s more personable, the products tend to be made with an extra helping of love and, of course, it supports the local economy instead of sending your hard earned cash to goodness knows where.


The Fuzzy Bee Paper Company Products

Art Prints

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Nicola Sturgeon/Mean Girls Print

It was Marisa’s prints that enticed me to her store and you can browse a variety of awesome art pieces here. They make an amazing addition to your home and will have all your guests talking.  I’m really digging the Little Map of Glasgow and Little Map of Edinburgh just now, which are great souvenirs for travellers or just lovely keepsakes for residents. For something Scottish, try the Haggis Print. For something inspirational, try this Throw Kindness like Confetti Print. For general awesomeness, try this Eat Pie for Breakfast Print. Prints vary from approximately £11-12 each.

Greetings Cards

 

Looking for something a touch more personal? I am not exaggerating when I say that The Fuzzy Bee Paper has greetings cards for everything. See for yourself here. There are ‘be my best man‘ cards, ‘happy anniversary‘ cards and ‘congratulations on your new job‘ cards. No matter what occasion you’re celebrating, there’s a card for it here and each of them is as witty as the one before.  I was lucky enough to get my hands on a few including the ‘I love your new digs’ card: perfect for anyone who is moving to new house or flat! There are loads general friendship/love cards like this You Do You card. They’re perfect for moments when you want to let someone know you care. Now that I’m living a solid two hour train journey away from my friends and family, a greetings card is a lovely way to let them know I’m thinking about them. Alternatively, buy yourself a few unique greetings cards and frame them for decoration like I have! They’re only £3 each so they’re a total bargain.

Stationary

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A6 Notebook (Candle from MoBros)

Marisa also makes lovely A6 note books like the one you can see in the picture to the left. The note book designs range from autumnal leaves and pretty flowers to sloths and tacos. Like I said on Instagram, it is a truth universally known that a nice notebook will make the stress of Uni that little bit better. They’re only three quid so go pick one up over on Marisa’s Etsy store so that you can be the Queen/King of Stationary in your next class.

The Beehive Box

Another amazing aspect of The Fuzzy Bee Paper Company is the subscription box that Marisa founded. Marisa teamed up with loads of other amazing and talented designers to create a special stationary box: The Beehive Box.

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Delightfully curated box of locally sourced stationary and paper products from all around the UK.

It is a great way to keep up to date with adorable designers and be able to grab a Fuzzy Bee goodie from time to time. Their subscriptions range from the £8 p/m Worker Bee Subscription, £15 p/m Honey Bee Subscription and £25 p/m Queen Bee Subscription. I’ve subscribed already and I’ll be posting a blog about that in the future. It’s free shipping to the UK and it is also a great way to encourage and support local/small business.

What are you waiting for?

With Christmas coming up in the not-so-distant future, there’s never been a better time to go old-school and send your loved one a special handcrafted card; F.Y.I letter writing is also a great way to work on Breaking Up With The Internet. If you’re stuck for a Christmas gift for family and friends, try framing one of Marisa’s A4 prints or greetings cards as a unique gift for your fave person.

Whether you visit a market, subscribe to a stationary box, shop on their official site or browse their Etsy store, you need a beautiful Fuzzy Bee Paper Company design in your life!


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August 2016 Home Inspiration

Has another month really gone by? Time flies when you’re having fun, eh? August is over and I’m getting ready to move out of my family home into a student flat in Edinburgh so I’ll be on the hunt for lots of cheap and simple homeware ideas to decorate my new room. Last month I told you all about my favourite Scottish candles in July 2016 Homespiration: Candle Edition and I do have some more candle inspiration for you all in August alongside some other gorgeous goodies. Without further ado, here are my four favourite products from this month:

1. Semi-Skint Milk Money Bottle, £7.99

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I picked up this cutie from a local gift store, Gift Horse in Troon; I could not resist it when I spied it on the shelf. As a student, I am notoriously bad with my cash so if I can make saving my pennies look pretty then I’m more likely to get involved. This ceramic money box is shaped like a real 0ld-fashioned milk bottle complete with a dairy stamp so it adds a touch of vintage to whichever room you’re showing it off in. Also there’s a plughole at the bottom to retrieve your money so, unlike a lot of money saving pots, you don’t have to smash it to get your savings so you can keep it as long as you want!

Check out Angel House Newport or good ole’ Amazon for your own money saving milk bottle and get saving!

2. Love Scottish Candles, £10.00

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You can check out my full review on Loving LoveScottishCandles but to cut the long story short: these candles are gorgeous. Their Lavender & Camomile scent is the perfect bed-and-bath-time treat and there are loads more fragrances to choose from. Each candle is unique and has a strong fragrance so every one of your guests will be complimenting the lovely scent when they walk through the door. They come beautifully packaged in little gift boxes and each glass tumbler comes with a special Made With Love stamp.

Grab your own beautiful Love Scottish Candle on their website.

3. Light Box, £9.99

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I have been wanting my own lightbox for a while because they just look so pretty in your Instagram pictures. It’s all about the Insta aesthetic after all! So when I saw this in New Look for only a tenner, I had to have it. You can customise your lightbox with a variety of different messages for every occasion and event. I love how versatile it is and it has an amazing vintage Hollywood cinema vibe. You might have already spotted mine in Zina’s Vanity Femme Glow Dust Review.

Unfortunately, New Look don’t seem to be selling their lightboxes online but I recommend you check out their homeware shop right now there were SO many things I wanted to buy. Next time I get paid I will definitely be getting a few goodies from there like this Bronze Hanging Light Bulb. You can buy a similar lightbox here though.

4. Breathe Magazine, £5.99

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It’s not exactly homeware but it will look perfect on your coffee table. I just had to share this magazine with you all because I’m in love. It covers a range of amazing topics from wellbeing and mindfulness to creativity and travel. I have been reading it slowly, about an article a night, because I want to savour every last dreamy drop. There are so many hints and tips for living a healthy lifestyle and I’m not just talking about their piece on Top 10 Superfoods! They focus on a healthy mind too and inspire their readers to take up postitive habits like letterwriting, colouring, yoga and meditation. Like I said, it’s one for the coffee table and sharing with all your friends and family.

Check out their website and grab Issue 1 in your nearest quality magazine stockist. I can’t wait for Issue 2 already!

What homeware items are you loving? Autumn is near so it’s time to stock up on cosy candles and fluffy throws. Let me know your fave Autumn must-haves on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

July 2016 Homespiration: Candle Edition

You will have worked out by now that I am candle daft. What once started as an innocent penchant for Yankee Candle jars has now turned into a fully fledged addiction and this month I have been blessed with the opportunity to try the best that Scottish candles have to offer.

Last month, I pointed you all in the direction of the Poet Range by McKelvie candles but that was just the tip of the handcrafted-Scottish-candle iceberg and now I’m here to share three more amazing companies and some reasons why you need these products on your coffee tables, bookshelves and bedside cabinets.

Mulderie Wood

Tucked away in the Scottish Highlands, Mulderie Wood candles belong to the world of Outlander as they boast the ability to bring Scottish woodlands into your own home. I was lucky enough to try three of their amazing scents: Daffodil, Bergamot and Baby Powder. All three are uniquely wonderful and bring their own sense of nostalgia in different ways. I recommend Mulderie Wood for the countryside lovers among you all. The delicate charm of the quaint tins and ribbon they are packaged in just adds to the feeling of otherworldliness and each candle has a high scent payoff.

Follow Mulderie Wood on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Visit their Etsy store or check out my Outlander giveaway on Instagram to win your own Daffodil candle. For more information, read my 5 Reasons To Buy Mulderie Wood candles.

MoBros Candles

I’ve been dying to get my hands on some more MoBros candles ever since my Auntie bought me their Wild Bluebell sampler as a Get Well Soon gift when I broke my leg. I was not let down  by the dreaminess of their Black Pepper and Black Pomegranate fragrances. These candles ooze luxury and class from the richness of their scents to the intricacy of their beautifully designed packaging. I would recommend a MoBros candle as the ultimate pamper-night companion. Run yourself a hot bubble bath and let the warmth of their Black Pepper candle take you away.

Follow MoBros Candles on Facebook and Instagram or visit their website. Get 10% off all UK purchases by entering APRIL10 code at checkout. For more information, read my Everything You Need To Know About MoBros Candles blog. 

Meraki Candles

Pay attention book lovers because these are the candles for you. Inspired by a variety of popular literature from Harry Potter to Outlander to A Court of Thorns and Roses, Meraki Candles has something for everyone. They make the perfect gift and Heather from Meraki Candles is always coming up with new scents and designs to keep things exciting. I’ve tried Outlander inspired Lallybroch and delectably sweet Cookies and Dreams. I can’t wait to get my hands on a Bertie Botts candle too. Just like the magical jelly beans, these candles come in a variety of wild and wonderful scents and you won’t know what you’re getting until it has arrived. The Bertie Botts scents come in 30 possible variations from strawberries and cream, coconut and lime, chocolate orange and coffee, making your candle experience even more exciting. Meraki Candles make the ultimate book reading companion.

Follow Meraki Candles on Instagram and Facebook and check out their awesome Etsy page. Use my FOURTHMONTH10 code for a further 10% off all purchases. For more details, you can read my full review of Why I Love Meraki Candles

What are your favourite candles and scents this Summer?

Please let me know what you’re loving on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or the Get In Touch page. I’d love to hear what candles you’re burning. Send me your photos and who knows maybe I will feature them in next month’s homespiration.

For more interior design inspiration see last month’s inspiration: June Homespiration 2016.

 

 

Everything You Need To Know About MoBros Candles

Getting to know you

It’s no secret that I’m a candle fanatic and I’ve introduced you all to a few of my favourite Scottish candles already. Each of them brings their own unique qualities to the table; from the quaint and countrified to the literary lovin’, there is a candle for everyone. Now I’m pleased to welcome the decadent and luxurious MoBros Candles to your coffee tables, bookshelves and bubble baths.

MoBros candles came into my life about six weeks ago when I cleverly broke my knee and was stuck in a full leg cast feeling very sorry for myself. To cheer me up, my Auntie bought me one of the MoBros ‘try me’ sized candles in the scent, Wild Bluebell. You can see it in some of my Instagram photos and in my review of To All The Boys I Loved Before. With top notes of crisp green leaves, bluebells and hyacinths and base notes of white musk and amber, it smelled so fresh and delightful; I knew I had to get my hands on some more.

Passing the test

I have a mini checklist when it comes to choosing my candles because as much I would love to try every candle on the market, I do have to keep my addiction in check.

  1. I love handcrafted items because I feel like the quality and the scent payoff is so much higher than mass-produced candles. Despite having the appearance of a large company, MoBros are still hand-making all their candles. Check.
  2. I like ethical and high-quality candles. MoBros candles use pure, European sourced and refined paraffin wax which is the cleanest-burning fuel source possible. They are also a living wage employer. Check.
  3. As a Scottish blogger, I love candles made in Scotland. I think it’s important to support your local economy as tempting as it is to buy everything on Amazon. MoBros candles are manufactured in my favourite city in the world: Glasgow. Check.

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Fragrance

So they meet my basic candle criteria, what about the fragrances? MoBros boast a fine selection of luxury scents: Black Pepper, Black Pomegranate, Black Raspberry & Vanilla, Dragon’s Blood, Pink pepper & Green Mandarin, Plum Blossom, Rosewood & Velvet Moss, Wild Bluebell. In addition to the Wild Bluebell sampler, I was lucky enough to try out Black Pepper and Black Pomegranate

Black Pepper is very citrusy with a deliciously masculine black pepper midnote. Despite its name, it’s like fresh cut flowers and very sweet; it is one of the nicest candle fragrances I’ve had the pleasure of smelling in a long time. It reminds me of my favourite Pink Pepperpod collection from Molton Brown.

As for Black Pomegranate, it’s a spicy and fruity candle which boasts plum, pomegranate, and rose top notes with definite musky amber undertones. I recommend this for a cosy night in as it is reminiscent of home-cooking and crackling fireplaces.

Packaging

There are three different options with MoBros candles each with their own perks depending on your own candle desires. Each one is beautifully designed with floral and fruity illustrations in blush pinks, soft lilacs, mossy greens and rich reds. This makes them a perfect gift for a friend.

The ‘Try Me Range’ is perfect for the non-committals among you. If you’re unwilling to part with your cash before trying the scents then you can buy a little sample tin to test drive for only £4.49. I had the Wild Bluebell scent in this size and for a dinky tin, it packs a powerful punch when it comes to scent and can burn for around 25 hours.

The Travel Candles (photographed above) come in tins with a lid which makes them easy to transport – hence the name – so you could pack one for a romantic overnight stay. With approximately 35 hours burning time, you get plenty of ‘bang for your buck’ with these 200ml tins especially at only £7.99. To put you in the picture, the candle giant, Yankee Candles’ small jars cost £8.99 and only give you between 20 to 30 hours of true fragrance enjoyment. So for £1 less you’ll get between 5 to 15 hours more bliss!

The Classic Range is for the more luxurious candle lover and there is no doubt these will look very glam in your living room. They come in dainty glass tumblers and currently have the widest variety of fragrances available on the site. At £14.99, they’re slightly pricier than the travel tins but you get 45 hours +/- of pure candle-y goodness and they’re so bloomin’ pretty too.

Let’s Wrap It Up

Ultimately, if you are looking for a candle that encapsulates style and substance then you really need a MoBros candle in your life. You can save 10% off MoBros Candles with my APRIL10 code.

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If you’d like to get your hands on one of these candles then check out the MoBros Candles website. You can also keep up to date and join in on competitions and giveaways on their Facebook page and marvel at their pretty pictures on Instagram.

Check out more of my home style inspiration on my Home page or on my Instagram.

 

 

Why I Love Meraki Candles

UPDATE: SINCE POSTING THIS BLOG IN 2016, MERAKI CANDLES HAVE SADLY CLOSED THEIR STORE.

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What could be cosier than being tucked up in bed with a good book and candle burning in the background? Well, you could be burning one of these gorgeous candles inspired by literature. By now, you’ll have worked out that I just love candles and especially when they’re handcrafted in Scotland (my favourites include McKelvie and Mulderie Wood candles) but I hit the jackpot when I found the Meraki Candles Instagram page. Not only are these candles made in Scotland, which is really important to me as a Scottish blogger, but they are also book themed!

I’ve drooled over various different literary candles in the past but the majority of them are from the U.S and the shipping is just extortionate. I prayed I would find some bookish candles in Scotland and then Meraki Candles appeared before me. Twenty- year old Heather from Meraki Candles combined her love of reading and candles in these stunning jars of sweet-smelling, book inspired candles. She has candles inspired by Harry Potter, A Court of Thorns & Roses and, my personal favourite, Outlander. Which means no matter what bookish fandom you hail from, there is a candle for you. If you know a big Harry Potter fan, which most of us do, then the Flourish and Blotts candle would make the perfect birthday present for them.

However, as I mentioned it is the Outlander inspired candle that I really love. I’ve only just discovered the world of Outlander and I’m already hooked. I binge watched ten episodes of the show in two days and have already relegated my boyfriend to being the other Scottish Jamie in my life. My obsession with Jamie Fraser is becoming reminiscent of my Edward Cullen phase at age fifteen. Sam Heughan though – unf. I can’t wait to finish writing this blog so I can get my nose stuck in the book to find out what happens next. So the Lallybroch candle from Meraki Candles is the perfect companion when I’m watching the television series or reading the book. Sandalwood myrrh and lavender, this candle is so fresh smelling that you feel like you’re walking through the Scottish Highlands with wild Jamie by your side.

I’ve also been lucky enough to trial Cookies and Dreams which is just the sweetest, most sugary delight. Heather uses the highest possible concentration of fragrance to ensure a huge scent payoff with her candles. The smell is baked cookie and French vanilla; one whiff of this candle and you are transported back to your childhood baking cookies and cupcakes with your granny or whisked away to an old-fashioned French patisserie. If you’ve got a sweet tooth then this is certain to cure your cravings and you don’t need to be a bookworm to enjoy it (or any of the fragrances)

As for the packaging, I was genuinely really impressed by the quality of the Meraki Candles. It’s hard for me to believe that candle-making started as a just-for-fun hobby for Heather a few months ago. They come in petite glass jars which are just dreamy sitting on your bookshelf. A strong attention to detail is evident. With a degree in Computer Design and a passion for art, it is clear that design is at the heart of her products and Heather has spent some time working on new designs to keep her standards as high as ever. I love the colours especially the gorgeous green of my Lallybroch candle.

So they’re bookish, they smell and look great… What’s the catch? Truthfully, there is none. Meraki Candles are made with soy wax which makes them cruelty-free too. They tick all of the boxes on my candle lovin’ checklist and I just want to keep staring at them all day. If, like me, you love candles and you love books then please check out the Meraki Candles Etsy page. You can get 10% off with my FOURTHMONTH10 code which is an absolute steal because their candles are something to cherish!

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