December 2017 archive

Random thing I loved in… November

I had never actually ventured into The White Company. Something about its clean and simple lines had never lured me into the store. I think perhaps I have never considered myself a clean and simple lines kinda gal. That was until November when I finally stepped through the door of my local store and immediately wanted to set up camp and live there forever. It is a really beautiful shop.

I found myself in the candles and fragrance section, where I spent probably far too long drawing the attention of the security guard while I proceeded to sniff every single fragrance they had.

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The one that caught my attention was their seasonal fragrance titled ‘Winter‘. This is something I have been aware of as lots of bloggers go mad for it this time of year. It was clearly a popular choice as a large table dedicated to just this fragrance was in the middle of the section surrounded by hungry candle lovers getting their fill. Just approaching the table I knew I was in trouble and would not be leaving the store without one.

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I am always a bit dubious about Christmas fragrances. They can often be cookie, vanilla, sickly sweet fragrances but this one is different. It combines cinnamon, clove and orange. The smell reminds me of walking into a cosy pub in December that is selling mulled cider and wine. It really for me defines the scent of Christmas. It is delicious.

The smell is strong without being overpowering. Just having the candle in the room not even lit you get a bit of an aroma as you pass.

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They are not cheap. This candle was £20. Which, to me is a bit of a mad amount to spend on a candle but I do love it so much. The candle has an approximate burn time of 28 hours. You get a lot of smell for your money. I just adore it. Expensive but totally worth it! I can see this being a real seasonal favourite and something I will purchase year on year.

Dept. Store for the Mind – Brighton Pop up Shop

2nd – 24th December 2017 – 13 Trafalgar Street, Brighton, BN1 4EQ

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There is no doubt about it Christmas is a stressful time. The weather is usually rubbish, we are faced with endless lists of what to do, what to get, when to do it. It can quite overwhelming.

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Created in 2015, The Department Store for the Mind was designed to create a space to explore mindful living. Started by Brighton psychologist, Ruth Williams and Sophie Howarth, the aim was to create products that make it simple for us to de-stress, reconnect and remember to seek out moments of lightness and calm. Each item is designed to create more than just the item itself, it is designed to prompt a thought, to help, to explore. Items that are designed to create a deeper human connection.

Those Christmas socks are no longer just a pair of socks, they are a way of giving back.

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That beautiful bracelet is not just pretty, it is designed to help you to find calm.

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For the first time ever in Brighton they are running a pop-up shop, running from the 2nd – 24th December 2017 at 13 Trafalgar Street.

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The store is a space for discovering calm and finding different ways to share a connection this Christmas.

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The store is full of wonderful gifts. For example these beautiful mugs that were a collaboration with John-Paul Flintoff. They come as a pair and are designed to inspire honest conversation.

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The idea being that as you sit with someone and drink your tea you see words to help provoke interesting thoughtful discussions.

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They have worked closely with many illustrators to create beautiful cards. Like these adorable little cards in collaboration with Marc Johns. You can buy them individually or as a box of 16.

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There are also these larger cards with some really beautiful illustrations that come in boxes of 12. They have some really lovely and thoughtful messages.

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Downstairs in the shop they have created a beautiful space to think. A cosy nook with comfortable chairs and some reading where you can go and take a moment to relax and escape the madness of Christmas shopping.

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They offer a free “choco pause” where you can get a free hot chocolate. What I loved most about this area was the little flyer created with Meredith Whitely to help you drink your hot chocolate more mindfully. Step by step taking you through your senses to really unwind, relax and escape.

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The shop really does have some wonderful items and is thought provoking. At this time of year it is so easy to forget about mindfulness. When we are running around frantically trying to buy presents, Department Store for the Mind is a beautiful tranquil space for shopping that not only takes care of your shopping, but also your mind.

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Be sure to get down to the lovely pop-up shop on 13 Trafalgar Street in December. The last day is 24th December.

Even if you if cannot make it to the shop, take a moment to  heck out their Slow Shopping Guide even if you cannot make it to the store.

Adagio Teas & Giveaway

It is the first thing I do each morning. Get up, turn the kettle on. A day doesn’t start right without a cup of tea followed by several more over the course of the day.

I love tea, cannot get enough of the stuff! So, when the very kind people over at Adagio Teas asked me if I would like to try some of their festive teas I jumped at the chance!

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Adagio Teas are an online company specialising in Tea. Teas of every kind, from Oolong to Earl Grey all the way to Matcha and Chai there is a tea to suit everyone. There are even some more adventurous flavours like their special Christmas selections which include candy cane and chestnut flavours. Loose tea, tea bags, tea cups, tea pots. Everything you could ever need to go on a worldwide tour of tea. Glorious!

They have a fantastic selection of gifts for Christmas, and they are all reasonably priced.

My favourite definitely has to be these super adorable mini tins of tea, filled with loose tea. They are just so cute! For £12 you get these 6 tins of each of their festive flavours, chestnut, cranberry, candy cane, pumpkin spice, candy apple and gingerbread. You could gift them separately as stocking fillers or as a set.

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If loose tea isn’t your bag (see what I did there?) these mini tins are available filled with teabags. You can also get a Holiday Cheer selection box of their festive flavours for £14. This include 30 teabags with the same selection of flavours in a lovely presentation box. I would be over the moon to receive this as a gift.

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Their tea selection is huge! With so many to try you might find it difficult to decide on which one to choose. Luckily most of them have a sample pack available for a mere £1.50! This makes around 10 cups. This is great if there is a flavour you fancy trying without buying a large pack.

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One of my favourites from Adagio is the Christmas black tea. Ceylon tea with cinnamon, clove and orange peel. It is spicy and aromatic. The cinnamon and clove are not too powerful, just enough to give a real warmth to a delicious black tea. I can see this being a favourite over the Christmas period.

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I can also highly recommend the candy cane tea. I was a bit dubious about this, wondering how a festive favourite hard candy walking stick would translate to tea but it is just incredible. It combines black tea, peppermint flavour and candy cane pieces. It has a decadent vanilla and mint aroma and a real delicately flavoured sweet mint taste. It reminded me a bit of a humbug (the sweetie kind not the Scrooge kind). It is incredibly moreish.

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GIVEAWAY

Adagio Tea are very kindly giving one reader the chance to win a fabulous prize just in time for Christmas! The prize includes a red teapot and cups, and a Christmas tea selection so that you can see for yourself the amazing variety of special teas they have out this season.

Serving suggestion; enjoyed with a mince pie and a Christmas movie.

To be in with a chance please enter using Rafflecopter below;

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*I was sent product samples and provided with prizes for a reader giveaway in exchange for publishing an honest review of Adagio Teas. All opinions are my own.