Christmas Picks: Scents from L'Occitane


Christmas Picks: L'Occitane

If anyone deserves a special mention for their Christmas campaign this year it definitely is L'Occitane! Again, they have knocked the ball out of the park with not only the unbelievably beautiful packaging but also great products. 

When it comes to L’Occitane you can be sure that the scent combinations are going to be something special. This year’s Chrsistmas offerings have been created by Olivier Baussan, founder of L’Occitane and Pierre Hermé, pastry chef and true inventor of unique flavours. In this festive collection we have two truly unique and interesting scents: Jasmine, Immortelle & Neroli and Grapefruit & Rhubarb (my fave).

One of the things I love about Christmas gifts from L’Occitane is that they are actually not that heavily Christmas-scented, which makes total sense! Usually by the time December is over I’ve had enough of all the flavours of Christmas and am happy to move on to something fresh & new.

Christmas Picks: L'Occitane

First up we have, for me at least, the star of the show the Grapefruit & Rhubarb fragrance. I’m not usually a huge fan of fresh and citrusy scents but this one has captured me. It is so interesting and complex with the rhubarb really coming through. It’s definitely one to try!

Christmas Picks: L'Occitane

The Jasmine, Immortelle & Neroli fragrance is also beautiful but definitely more on the sweeter and floral side, a very feminine scent.

In the collection you have an Eau de Toilette (€56), Shower Gel (€17,50), Body Lotion (€24,50), Soap (€4,50), Hand Cream (€10.50) & Lip Balm (€10).

Christmas Picks: L'Occitane

The beautiful packaging deserves a special mention, for sure! It is inspired by the gorgeous macaroon packaging from the patisseries of France, the boxes the eau de toilette come in are just divine! No wrapping needed here!

If you are looking for Christmas presents for any ladies in your life make sure you stop at L’Occitane and have a sniff of the limited edition Christmas range!

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BIG Parfois Giveaway!! (closed)

Parfois BagAs promised, here it is!!! We are giving away a gorgeous Parfois bag filled with some lovely Parfois accessories. There will also be some beauty goodies stashed in the bag!

Here are the rules:

1. Follow us on Twitter. 2. Find and RT our giveaway tweet. 3. If you are under 18 please ask for your parents consent, as we will need to ask for your postal address should you win.

The giveaway is open internationally and we will be picking a winner on the morning of Christmas Eve 24th December 2013 (Tuesday). The winner will be announced on Twitter and in this blog post. We will also message the winner on Twitter.

So make sure you are following us on Twitter & you re-tweet our giveaway tweet (you will be able to see it in our twitter feed on the right hand side of the blog page!)

You can follow us on Twitter here.


A & B xx

The WINNER of our Parfois Twitter Giveaway is @canalcook!!! Congratulations & hope you enjoy the little Christmas gift!

Congratulations! A & B.

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Parfois - Goodies from Henry Street

ParfoisA new fabulous shop opened recently on Dublin's Henry Street! Parfois is a French accessories brand, with an array of accessories such as handbags, jewelry, wallets, sunglasses, belts, scarves, watches, hair pieces, etc to choose from. Becky and I were VERY impressed by the new outlet - the quality of the products and the price points are absolutely fantastic! The watches start at €24.90, bags and sunglasses at €12.90 and shoes at €14.90. So without further ado, here are some (or a lot!!!) pictures for you. You will definitely be seeing more of Parfois on the blog and... if I was you, I would be keeping my eyes peeled for a little Parfois giveaway on next week!

The Parfois blogger event we went to was hosted by the stunning Irish blogger Anouska Proetta Brandon (check out Anouska's blog for more photos of the gorgeous Parfois Weekender Bag). A huge thank you to Parfois for having us & congratulations on the fabuous new store! Make sure you stop by next time you're around Henry Street. It is the perfect place to get some Christmas shopping done for the lovely ladies in your life - we will definitely be doing that!

If you can't get to the store in Dublin worry not! Thankfully, you can also shop online!

Enjoy, ladies!

A. xx

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Fashionista Gifts

Fashionista GiftsFashionista Gifts2It goes without saying that when it comes to gifts, like many other ladyshapes beauty and fashion goodies rate highly on our wishlists. Whether it's sisters or bessies (girlfriends or wives....we know some of you manly men are reading!), you can rarely go far wrong when a little stlyish gem lies in waiting beneath the tree- wrapped immaculately, of course!

1. Pink Sequin Pencil Skirt, €72.00, Topshop 2. Marc by Marc Jacobs Rose Gold Rivera Watch, $209.00 (approx €153.00 + shipping), available from Amazon 3. Short Sleeve Knitted Fluffy Angora Jumper, €72.00, Topshop 4. Black Sequin Embellished Maxi, reduced to €80.00, River Island 5. Cari detail skinny gold belt, €29.00 Cari's Closet, Malahide Village 6. Cream Italian borg snood, €25.00, River Island 7. Minaudíere box bag with metallic detail, €39.95, Zara 8. Chanel set of 3 books, $50.97 (approx €37.00) , Amazon 9. Combined knit trousers, €39.95, Zara 10. Fleuro yellow short statement necklace, €20.00, River Island

B. x

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Christmas DIY - Beaded Heart Napkin Rings

DIY Beaded Napkin RingsI love making homemade presents and decorations - it's the Martha Stewart in me. That is not to say I am particularly good at it... I have no patience, I cannot write or cut in a straight line so my predispositions aren't great but I thought coming up to Christmas I will show you a few little and easy DIY projects. It's a great way of making lovely, thoughtful presents and decorations on a budget. There is lots of different beaded decorations on Pinterest but this one I found in a magazine. It's pretty and practical too - gotta love that!

You will need only a few things: thin silver or gold wire, a ribbon of your choice and small beads. The colour choices are up to you (I also made some golden ones). I went for a gold wire and silver beads as our Christmas tree and table will be themed around these colours. Other than that you will need scissors and depending on the flexibility of your wire you may also need pliers.DIY Beaded Napkin RingsThe first step is measuring out around 20 - 30 cm of your wire (depending on how big you want the heart to be) and bending it in half so it makes a V shape, like on the photo below.DIY Beaded Napkin RingsAnd now for the slightly fiddly part - getting the beads onto the wire. I just tip the beads into the lid and spike them onto the wire, it really doesn't take long. Make sure you make a little loop on the end when you are finished one side, so the beads don't slide off while you are studding the other side of the heart (I learned that the hard way - beads everywhere!!!!). Once you are finished and both sides look equal to you, tie the two ends together and shape your heart by pushing down where you tied the two ends together. Once you are happy with the shape make another little loop so you can slide the heart onto the ribbon.DIY Beaded Napkin RingsAnd that is pretty much it. It takes no time at all to make and looks absolutely stunning. I will be using these as napkin rings on my table this year but they would make a fabulous present as well. You could get some linen napkins and tie each one with one of these gorgeous napkin rings. They would also look gorgeous as Christmas tree decorations or tied over the neck of a nice bottle of wine you are presenting someone. I find that these would also make beautiful and inexpensive decorations for wedding tables, hen nights, etc. The possibilities are endless! DIY Beaded Napkin Rings DIY Beaded Napkin RingsLet me know if you enjoy making your own presents : )

A. xxx