A little while back I was lucky enough to get a sneaky preview of Freedom Furniture's homeware selection for Summer, as well as their exclusive festive range. Being the decor+interior design lover that I am, this was a dream come true for me and I couldn't wait to go shopping after. Freedom very kindly gifted us a voucher to use instore and I took advantage of it a couple of weeks ago. The experience was akin to what I imagine a kid being left alone in a candy store would feel. Here's what made its way home with me...
Ecoya Sweet Fruits and Pink Champagne Candle-Candles aren't really the sort of thing I buy for myself if I am entirely honest but this one smelt so decadent that it had to be purchased. Its scent is tropical yet the champagne notes give it an air of sophistication as well.
Cuddle Mug-Firstly, how cute is that name? This is the white cup speckled with blue in the photo and it'd like to contain your hot and cold beverages of choice. Sorry, channeling Frankie mag here. Seriously though, this is very cute and they have some other lovely colours for this design too so go give 'em a look.
Galerie Tumbler-Now this is stunning, the clear tumblers edged with gold honeycomb detailing. From memory they're handpainted too. These would look so lovely on your table at Christmas time or during the year if you want to keep the festive vibes going.
Lagoon Cereal Bowl-This is so stunning. My photo's not going to do it justice. The glazed interior reminds me of what I imagine the water in Greece looks like. There's a range of pieces in this style like dinner plates and salad bowls plus there's a similar design in a darker blue colour as well. It's a bold claim but this might just be my favourite buy of all from Freedom.
Delight Side Plate-"She said, just like Marie Antoinette". This appealed to my sweet treat loving self and I was attracted by the gold lettering and matte black background. I'm really loving the matte ceramics at the moment. They have these plates available with more festive sayings too and a sweet one that says something like 'it's lovely to have you here' which would be such a neat thing to serve guests breakfasts on.
Gold placemat-I'll be honest, this was purchased primarily for photographic purposes. Blogger life...However I will probably end up using it for its intended use as well. There were silver ones as well I believe but they weren't identical.
-Have you hauled any homewares lately? What did you grab?
*Have an amazing weekend everyone! TGIF. No really, T.G.I.F. Maybe that's just my reaction at present because I'm tired but it's been a long week so the weekend is warmly welcomed. Despite my best attempts today, the Uber Kittens won't be a reality *sad face*. This weekend I'm going to the lovely Amy's wedding and that's about it really. Have a good one and I'll see y'all on Monday with my November Favourites.
**All of these products were redeemed with a gift voucher, with the exception of the Ecoya Candle which I paid for myself. As always, all love of #homegoals worthy items are my own.
As someone has just reminded me, next week it is December. I actually told them they were joking, proceeded to look at my calendar and momentarily freaked out. Not gonna lie, I haven't done quite as much Christmas shopping yet as I would have liked (thanks car bills, you legends xox) but anyway, I digress. Today I thought I'd make a lil' wishlist of what I'd love and will probably continue daydreaming about finding under the tree. Nobody would spend $140 on a book for me, let's be real but nonetheless it's fun making wishlists. Here's what I'd love this Christmas. Santa, take note...
Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue-This book was out of print for a number of years but it's been re-released. I'm not sure if it's a limited print run but y'know the drill, when you want something bad enough, you chase it. Now the idea of spending $148 on a book does frighten me somewhat but this would be such an amazing gift. Grace Coddington is one of my favourite people in fashion and her editorials are nothing short of mesmerising.
Meadowlark Dagger Solitaire Ring-I have quite a few pieces of Karen Walker jewelry now so it's time to broaden my NZ jewelry horizons, in my opinion. I've always lusted after Meadowlark rings but never bitten the bullet and purchased one. Maybe this can be my next special occasion buy. It's simple but detailed enough to keep me happy.
Oh Gosh Cindy 'Leslie Knope' Print-Oh Gosh Cindy is easily one of my favourite stores on Etsy. Her prints are just beautiful. My love for Parks and Recreation+Amy Poehler is well documented around these parts now so the reason this print is here shouldn't require elaboration.
GlamGlow Poutmud Fizzy Lip Exfoliating Treatment & Wet Lip Balm Duo-This product from GlamGlow is attracting me mainly because I am curious. It's a combination of a lip scrub and then a balm and sounds like the perfect thing for keeping your lips nice and nourished.
Florence Album Cover Faded Vest-This really isn't an essential but I do love these sorts of tops, especially in Summer with some denim cutoffs. Chicness goes out the window in Summer, let's be real. Also, it's Florence freaking Welch. No explanation needed..
Kate Spade Glitter Bug Stacy Wallet-My current wallet is actually broken and I'm kinda over buying cheap wallets that fall apart so I'm ready to invest in one that's built to last. Kate Spade is now available in a shop here in Auckland and I've been eyeing up her wallets for the longest time. Psst, Santa....
-What's on your Christmas wishlist this year?
When it comes to Christmas sets that pack a punch into your pamper night or day, Lush are the ones to rule them all. They cater for a range of budgets, from your $20 Secret Santa buys to the more luxe sets of all the bath treats you could ever need. Today I wanted to show you the Comfort and Joy set because it is one of my favourites that they have out this Christmas
The Comfort and Joy* gift set contains a lovely mix of bath and shower products, although it is more shower friendly so that's handy if you're shopping for somebody without a bath. In this set you get a shower gel, a shower cream, a mini tub of body conditioner and a soap. Side note: This kind of kit would be perfect to give a guest or even someone in a bridal party because it has such a perfect mix of products.
The shower gel included here is the ever-popular Twilight shower gel. It's the same scent as the bath bomb of the same name, a blend of lavender and tonka. I'll be honest, this isn't my favourite scent because I'm not overly fond of lavender scented things but it's okay because the rest of the box makes up for it. Next we have an exclusive product in this kit, The Comforter Shower Cream *squeals*. If you're a Lush fanatic, you'll know this product is currently only exclusive to Lush's flagship Oxford St store over in the UK. It's making a cheeky appearance in some of the sets this Christmas and a little bird told me it may be setting sail for other countries next year. If you love The Comforter bubble bar you're gonna love this. It's basically somewhere between an in-shower moisturiser and a shower gel. It smells absolutely amazing and it's a bright berry pink. We're here for the visually pleasing aesthetics as well.
There's a mini sample of the Ro's Argan Body Conditioner in here too. This is such a handy, travel-friendly size and it's perfect if you've been holding out on buying this because it is on the pricey side. It's rose scented but it's not overpoweringly floral and is super nourishing on the skin. Last but not least there's a chunk of the Reindeer Rock soap, a Christmas exclusive. This is one of my favourite Christmas soaps from Lush and it is lingonberry scented so it reminds me of Summer fruit, my fave.
-Have you picked up any Christmas products from Lush this year? Which are your favourites?
*PR Sample but as always, all love and appreciation for Christmas goodies is very real.
It's been a while since I did a post like this around these parts, although I do try to do the odd condensed version on Instagram when I remember. There's been a lot of new bits 'n bobs that I've been loving lately so I thought I'd round up some of my favourites for you this Thursday. They'd all make pretty awesome gifts if I do say so myself. Any excuse to bring up our favourite C word eh?
Wildflower by Drew Barrymore*-I was intrigued by this book when I requested it for review but at the same time I was hesitant by it. The reason being that I love Drew Barrymore and I didn't want to be let down by this book. Thankfully it hasn't disappointed in the slightest. I would categorise this as a memoir but really it's more a series of life essays that don't really follow chronologically. I quite like the looser structure in that sense though. She talks about her career, people who have had a lasting impact on her life, her legacy and what she wants her daughters to know. It's a really fascinating insight into who she is as a person and how everything in her life has shaped her into the kickass chick she is today. It's well worth a read if you enjoy memoirs or are just a Drew Barrymore fan.
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop, limited edition-Highlighters are really something I've not embraced until this year. I think in part it's because I was using the wrong ones, i.e. the ones with oversized glitter particles. Anyway, I couldn't resist the hype when it came to this highlighter and it's absolutely beautiful. It's described as a "soft white gold with peachy undertones" and in my opinion it's a really unique colour compared to other highlighters out there. It's very flattering and looks gorgeous applied. Look up some videos featuring it and you'll see what I mean.
The Body Shop Honey Bronze Tinted Leg Mist*-This was in one of my favourites posts recently so I won't go on about this too much. It's featuring here today though because I've started using it religiously again and have just been reminded how much I like it. If you're scared of fake tans and don't want to look unnaturally bronzed, this is for you. Your limbs are left with a hint of colour and glow. If you're not a fan of it, you can simply scrub the product off. It is pretty difficult to go crazy with this one though.
Ecoya Sweet Fruits and Pink Champagne Candle, limited edition**-I've only owned one Ecoya candle before and when I smelt this one in Freedom the other day I was sold. It combines some of my favourite scents; grapefruit, guava and passionfruit as well as sweet notes of champagne. It's just beautiful. This mini size is great too if you're like me and take forever to burn through candles. They'd make lovely stocking stuffers too. Santa, if you're reading I would not object to a backup of this one..
-What have you been loving lately?
**Purchased with a gift card