Thursday, 26 November 2015

Juliet at Home Sweet Pea & Mint Candle.

Juliet at Home Sweet Pea & Mint Candle.
Juliet at Home Sweet Pea & Mint Candle.
I am a candle person. I just think they bring so much warmth into the house and really help make it a home. And yes, I know what you are thinking "A blogger that loves candles, how novel..." I know, I fit the stereotype but I wouldn't be without them. I burn them all year round. In the winter though, I literally have one on the go constantly, come morning or evening! I am burning it as I write this and I feel so cozy and warm, whilst the wind batters my windows and the heavens open!

I was sent this beautiful candle by the folks at Juliet at Home in the scent Sweet Pea & Mint. It has a really fresh, minty scent and from the second I opened it even, it has left every inch of the room feeling clean and refreshed. Although a fresher scent is bit more unusual in winter, over heavier and spiced scents, it has been really nice having something a little uplifting and lighter in contrast. 

Juliet at Home Sweet Pea & Mint Candle.
Juliet at Home Sweet Pea & Mint Candle.

During the colder months, getting that fresh, clean air scent can be hard to achieve without opening my windows and freezing to death! As that is not a preferable choice, having a fresher scented candle is a good balance. I also love the combination if the sweet pea and mint. It's not too sweet and leaves the room with a subtle, but invigorating scent. It is very much welcomed at this gloomy time of year.

It also burns really evenly and seems to have a good, strong, thick wick (try saying that 10 times fast) adding lot of light and warmth. The packaging is also really cute and has been brightening up my shelf perfectly. Juliet at Home also do an amazing range of unusual scents, in their 'Kitchen Larder' range. Everything from seasonal Mince Pie to Cucumber Sandwich to Sweet Violet and Angelica. I love interesting, unexpected scents and I think the they would make a great present or stocking filler with a scent for everyone!

Are you a candle fanatic too? Juliet at Home are also offering a discount code BLACKFRIDAY for 10% starting at midnight tonight! 

Are you a candle fanatic too? 

Let me know!


Wednesday, 25 November 2015

What I've Been Reading Lately.

What I am Reading: The First Bad Man by Miranda July, On the Road by Jack Kerouac, Balthasar & Blimunda by Jose Saramago, Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon.

The First Bad Man by Miranda July is definitely what you could consider a strange book. Without giving too much away the book is fixed in the mind of the protagonist, Cheryl Glickman, whose mind is somewhat obsessive. Cheryl is very likeable but in a very odd way. I found myself identifying with many parts of her personality, whilst also often finding myself a bit repulsed with the things she would think. I think July does a great job at capturing that dual mentality that many of us has

On the Road by Jack Kerouac is one of those books that I everyone told me I just had to read it too. I am not one to read something just because everyone raves about it, in fact it actively puts me off. Stubbornness be damned, one day when I saw it looking lonely on the bookshelf one day I decided to give it a whirl and have not regretted it. If you are not too familiar with the book it is basically one, long homage to America in the 50's narrating the route of the crazy, road trip dream. It's endless, descriptive passages of the american landscape somehow never get old and Kerouac has an uncanny ability to route you right in the narrative. If you are looking for something to give you itchy feet, this is it.

Baltasar and Blimunda by Jose Saramago. I have actually only read a very small amount of Balthasar and Blimunda but it is my next in line after finishing On the Road. I am a huge fan of Jose Saramago and think he is an amazing writer, incomparable to anyone elses work I have ever written. Leaning much to the Avent Garde, Surrealist literature side of things, his work is very detailed and perceptive but they're are still so many layers. I would really recommend reading at least one of his books in you lifetime.

Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon. I absolutely loved this book and I don't quite know why. It was confusing, the plot was slow and I sometimes had no idea what I was reading. It was fantastic. Set in drug fuelled 1970's L.A it follows the central character Larry "Doc" Sportello through his P.I work and hunt for answers. Which turns out is pretty hard (and even harder to narrate) when you are really high. Although about 90% confusion, it just has these little moments of clarity amongst all the haze and Pynchon manages to sum up people and feelings in such astute, insightful ways. They are like a pin light that guides you through the entire novel.

Have you read anything new lately?

Let me know! 


Thursday, 19 November 2015

BFI LOVE Season.

BFI LOVE a season of film, T.V and special events 2015
BFI Love: A season of films, t.v and special events.
This winter the British Film Institute is hosting a series exploring all things LOVE based at the BFI Southbank. The program includes a wide array of film, T.V and special events over November and December and is sure to warm our hearts a little, for the colder months ahead. For those not located near London, The BFI have also joined forces with Vue Cinemas to offer LOVE Tuesdays. A series of special one-off screenings, around the country, of selected films.

"Films to fall in love with. Films to break your heart."

The season is split into three areas, creating interesting ways in which to view the films: "The Power of Love presents epic tales that show the struggle to hold on to tenderness, and each other; Fools For Love offers romantic comedies filled with warmth, wit, charm and poignancy; and Fatal Attractions exposes the follies of desire, the violence of passion, and the intensity of obsession."

 Not only is the program brilliant but A few of my personal highlights include Clueless, When Harry Met Sally, Amelie, William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and Cleopatra. There will even include an appearance by one of my personal favourites Estee Lalonde aka Essie Button, who will be introducing screenings of The Notebook and The Fault in our Stars! I highly suggest you watch the trailer below and it has ALL OF THE FEELS. Just make sure you have tissue to hand!

More info on the season and booking info can be found here on the BFI's website.

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