Sunday, 20 September 2015

University Essentials

Unless you're going to Durham University like me and have another 28 years (ish) before term starts, you've probably already started freshers. I realise this post would have been more helpful a few weeks ago but if you're still planning a last minute IKEA dash or you're just very organised for 2016, here are my top university essentials.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

3 Teas To Try

Forget the alcohol isle, the tea and coffee isle in supermarkets is my heaven. The neatly stacked rows of colourful boxes are like treasure chests, brimming with every imaginable flavour, spice and aroma. There are cute novelty tea infusers, syrups and sachets galore. Don't even get me started on the mug section. I love a strong English breakfast with my granola but sometimes I fancy a change. I've never been one for fruit teas, why do they smell like sweets but taste like sweaty Lemsip? Instead I prefer warming, spicy blends. Here are my three favourites at the moment.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

5 Date Ideas

Don't get me wrong, a cinema trip followed by a bite to eat will always be a fail safe date option. However, after a few rounds of this it can be nice to mix things up a bit and try something different with your partner. Here are a few of my favourite, less traditional date ideas. If you're not dating, they're all great fun with friends too.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

NaturaScents | Independent Business Spotlight

NaturaScents was founded early this summer by Philippa Kay as an outlet for her creative energy after 3 years of focusing on university work. She began cooking up candles at home for herself but set up the business after encouragement from family and friends. Since then she's been in high demand at craft fairs and online. Philippa very kindly gifted me the most delicious rhubarb and custard scented treat to add to my slightly excessive (read: out of control) candle collection.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Dainty Daisy Designs | Independent Business Spotlight

When creating my Homeware Wishlist I realised most of the items mentioned were from major chain stores. I'd like to discover and support more small brands run by hard working, creative individuals (who actually pay their taxes, damn capitalism). In light of this, I've decided to start a new series of posts focusing on independent businesses, promoting brands I believe will appeal to my readers and reviewing their products. 

Dainty Daisy Designs was founded by the lovely Becky in Summer 2015. Originally a hobby, her illustration brand is now blossoming impressively into an independent business with a growing range of products including phone cases, pocket mirrors, postcards, pins and stickers galore featuring her designs. Rebecca very kindly gifted me the latest three postcard designs and a pack of stickers in the most adorable parcel.