Monday, 22 February 2016

THE BEST MOTHER'S DAY GIFTS FROM KEW GARDENS

All products available from shop.kew.org

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a world famous scientific organisation, internationally respected for its outstanding collections as well as its scientific expertise in plant diversity, conservation and sustainable development in the UK and around the world. Kew Gardens is a major international and a top London visitor attraction. Kew’s 132 hectares of landscaped gardens, and Kew’s country estate, Wakehurst, attract over 1.5 million visits every year.
Kew was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2003 and celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2009.  Wakehurst is home to Kew's Millennium Seed Bank, the largest wild plant seed bank in the world.
Kew receives approximately just under half of its funding from Government through the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Further funding needed to support Kew’s vital work comes from donors, membership and commercial activity including ticket sales.
 
Mothers Day gift Ideas -
 

This beautiful necklace, designed by Shrieking Violet, is made using real flowers, freshly picked and set in acrylic resin. The rose flower has been cultivated, briefly dried and then set in resin and finished in sterling silver to be cherished for the years to come. This careful process preserves the natural beauty of each flower.

£20.00 (down from £24.99)
















This Lavender fine bone china mug is a delightful piece from our Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew collection. Lavender is the perfect collection for a quintessential English tea party. Inspired by a colour engraving from the Kew Gardens Art and Archives library, these pieces celebrate the elegant intricacies and natural beauty of Lavender, with dusky teals, enchanting lilacs and charming butterflies.

£10.00



















This pretty box full of toiletries makes a wonderful gift. The set includes a 300ml bathing foam, 75ml intensive hand cream, 30ml body spray and a 100g soap. The light, fresh fragrance is inspired by wild flowers and meadows. Developed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and family business Fikkerts, to help others appreciate and enjoy the treasures of the plant kingdom.

£25.00




















This stunning orchid scarf exclusively made for Kew Gardens is made in 100% modal, a very lightweight and soft material which drapes beautifully.

£25.00

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Bring the natural botanical fragrance of Kew into your mum’s home with this reed diffuser. Beautifully packaged, it makes a lovely gift.

£18.99

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Monday, 15 February 2016

Living life with a stalker...

It's not very often I put my personal life on my blog, however for the past 2 years i have found myself being stalked pretty much daily by one or other of my boyfriends past Lovers.

I meet my boyfriend back in 2014 while he was married, firstly as friends. He was open about being married and things being a bit tricky, we meet up and spoke over his issues and I offered him guidance in his relationship and being a more hands in father.
Things then took a turn as his wife called things off, we started talking  more, flitting and meet up and things started from there.
What I didn't expect was all the issues and stress it woukd bring too me.
As a single mum with a son with disabilities, last thing I wanted was to add more complications to my life.
I had been taken back and developed feelings for someone i would never have thought i would, especially  someone who was married, however my feelings were far too strong that I felt I owed it too him and myself to try and work things out.
I new things wouldn't be easy, but nothing compared me for the stress I was going to face.
He was still living with his wife and even went on a paid holiday with her and his son.
However I was contacted by her and she was keeping me informed off what she was up too and teaching him how too cook. She kept me updated on his daily movements., she stalked his every movement and tried to be friend me, and stalk my every movement. Me being me i tried to keep it on friendly terms and as she was the mother of my boyfriends son I continued to be pleasant.
However she would tell me daily what her planned day was, so I started to ask my self if she was lonely and needed someone to chat too, as I have been there know what it's like. I have nothing against it as I have been bought up to get on with everyone.
I continued to talk to her but told my ex so he was aware as didn't want there to be any issues. However it still caused issues.
Even after she moved out and new he was here for a weekend she messaged me and asked me to keep him at mine due to her going back to the home they shared to take the computer ect ( which off cause I informed him off).
Months past and she continued to be in contact via social media.
I'll be honest it put a huge strain on the relationship.
With things being rocky between my boyfriend and I. One day in may I looked at my "others" folder to find messages form a women  claming to be with my boyfriend,  yes he had been distracted but I put it down to pervious issues like being caught out cheating on me, and knowing his ex new about all the date/sex sites he had been on throughout the marriage and arranging too meet another women,  along with a personal issue. I  thought we were both working through everything and everything that had happened was being sorted.
However this women implied she had been with him for the past few months he loved her ect.
I called him too ask he got defensive and ended things with in 2 mins added in a relationship with this other women to his facebook, my world came crashing down. There were private things happening in my life which he was fully aware off and still  choose to walk out on us. I did try and call him the same day but he had blocked my calls and social media.
Thoes who know me know I'm not one to hassle and believe it's down to the man to chase.
The hate messages continued from this women he was now in a relationship with and continued to get more and more agressive as time went on. I'd be continuely blocked and Un blocked and have account after account popping up on all social media. Vile images and words sent to me daily sometimes 10+ times a day.
I have no idea why this women felt the need for I had no contact with my ex I had even changed numbers and was moving.
I spoke to him in june to let him know what was going on with private issues, was a big mistake. Emails continued to flood in , calls came non stop.. my life was being controlled by someone mles away.

I sunk into depression and shut myself away from the world trying to live and get on with life with thoes there to support me not knowing who I could really trust. Was nothing in my hands anymore.

I thought about telling my ex but what would that do. The new girlfriend made it seem he was part of this sick and twisted game that was being played.

I was left thinking I was nothing but a joke and never had meant anything. How could he spend nearly a year with me and then go off with some women he had been talking to for 5 years and never meet.  He new nothing about her. I had supported him with his divorce and helped him  build a relationship with his son. Did he think I was so terrible to cause issues with his new relationship. I'd even told him I wanted nothing to do with him in the hope that the calls and emails and social media harassment would stop!! How wrong was I. .

There wasn't a day that went by when I missed him or thought about him. Yet I was being harassed by his now girlfriend, who even went as far as telling him I was in a relationship from a screen cap from my Facebook,  which shows she was keeping a very close eye on me.

My boyfriend and this women where together for 9months and in that time my life was made a living hell.

I continued talking to his now ex wife due to my son and his son being mates and she was aware of the situation and she too had messages from the same women while she was married too him 2 years before the relationship ended. So this women had not only caused problems with me but tried to with her.

I eventually contacted my ex and started talking to him and durring the first few weeks I was not sure if he was messing me about. I then confided in him what was going on and still going on.

At first I think he was Un sure, however I luckily had screen shoots of convos from the past few months stored on my online phone back up.

It was not till they ended did he see himself what she was like.  She continued to message me saying she didn't have his number and could I get him to call her.. she would then be texting and calling him, saying she needed to talk and then talk about Me.. she sent him doctored screen shots and continued to contact him for weeks.  While still harrassing me .

I'm still going through daily harassment and while it's slowly calming it's still going on and I'm trying to get back to who I used to be.

I stuggle daily not knowing who to trust and having low confidence issues but slowly I'm seeing happy days.

Have you ever been stalked??


Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Blogger Kate Hansford Dylon Valentines Bouquet

LOVE IS IN THE HANDMADE
A VALENTINE’S BOUQUET THAT’S MADE TO LAST A LIFETIME
Colour expert DYLON fabric dyes, has teamed up with Etsy blogger Kate Hansford of Daphne Rose, to create an alternative bouquet for Valentine’s Day.
Handmade using only cotton and a mixture of DYLON dyes, this colourful, everlasting bunch will stand the test of time and will be a permanent reminder of your love.
Grab your rubber gloves, pop on your piny and follow Kate’s step-by-step guide to make your own quirky Valentine’s bouquet, which you can find on her blog, here.
Kate’s hand-dyed flowers are also available to buy on Etsy for £5 per single stem rose. You can tailor your bouquet colour combination and each order will arrive to  your loved-one’s door beautifully wrapped and with a personalised message.

A snippet from Kate’s step-by-step guide:
What you’ll need:
– White cotton fabric & something to protect your table
– DYLON fabric dyes & fabric paint
– Water in spray bottle (I reused an old bottle of cleaning fluid)
– Rubber gloves & washing up bowl with water
– Paint brush
– Wooden skewers/florist wire
– Needle & thread
– Scissors & hot glue gun
Step 1: Protect your table and lay your fabric on the top. Take your spray bottle and spray water over the fabric.
Step 2: Choose your DYLON dye colours and empty a small amount of each dye into a pot.
 
Step 3: Sprinkle the dye over the fabric to achieved your desired look. Play around with the dye by sprinkling it evenly and mixing all colours, sprinkling in clusters and leaving some of the fabric dye free to experiment with different effects.
Step 4: Rinse your fabric in water – making sure to wear the rubber gloves – and hang to dry.
Step 5: Once the fabric is dry, cut into strips ranging from approximately 6-12cm in width.
Step 6: Fold under approximately 1.5cm at the small end of your fabric strip, fold the strip in half lengthways – matching the raw edges – and pin in place. Thread your needle and sew a rough running stitch along the raw edge, taking out your pins as you go. Fold under another 1.5cm at the other end and stitch into place.
Step 7: Pull on your thread and slide the fabric along it to gather it together. Then begin to roll the fabric up to make your rose shape. The more gathered the fabric is the more open and loose your rose shape will be.
Once the fabric is rolled together and you’ve checked that you have achieved the desired shape, stitch from one side of the flower to the other until the fabric is held securely in place.
Sophie Bagnall, Colour Expert at DYLON, says: “It’s been great fun working with Kate to create this quirky bunch of flowers. There’s a real trend for personalised gifts and crafts at the moment and Kate’s creation solves the problem of ending up with sorry-looking, wilting flowers. What better way to express your love than with a beautifully handmade bunch of roses?”
-ENDS-



  To view Kate Hansford’s step-by-step guide, please visit: http://daphnerosa.com/2016/01/27/alternative-valentines-bouquet/


§  To purchase the hand-dyed Valentine’s Day roses, please visit Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/265666393/hand-dyed-fabric-flowers-single-stem


§  For a full list of DYLON products, please visit: http://www.dylon.co.uk/products/catalogue/#fabric-paints


§  Please note: This method of dying has been developed and tested by Kate Hansford and these are not the standard instructions for using dyes.

About DYLON:

DYLON was founded in 1946 and from humble beginnings, went on to thrive in ‘make-do & mend’ post war Britain making fabric dyes to brighten up the homes, wardrobes and spirits of families across the country. You’ll find all colours bright and beautiful under the DYLON fabric dye range; whether you pick a Sunflower yellow or plunge for Ocean Blue, inspiration is at your fingertips. 

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

My Little Lush Selection

Those who know me, know i am a huge fan off lush, so here is my current collection -

I also have Prince Charming which is not pictured here .

I am a massive fan off snow fairy and id love the perfume!!




what's your favorite item from lush?

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Dairy Free Easter Veganicity


Have a dairy-free Easter
Top tips from Veganicity
The most common gift nowadays for Easter is the giving of a chocolate egg. For vegans and those following a dairy-free diet, however, a typical dairy-based chocolate egg isn’t a viable option and it can be easy to feel left out.
However, Simon Bandy, General Manager from Veganicity, offers his top vegan and dairy-free alternatives to ensure you have a happy Easter:
Free-from alternatives
Free-from diets are now more commonplace and many stores will offer dairy-free alternatives to chocolate. I would recommend opting for a store that specialises in vegan chocolate such as a health food store, as the taste and quality is often better. If you do your research, you will find you are spoilt for choice with varieties which range from lime and chilli to orange and macadamia nut!
  • Top tip: 100% dark chocolate tends to be dairy-free but always check the packaging to be sure.
Go arts and crafts mad
Easter eggs don’t need to be made from chocolate. This is actually a relatively modern tradition. Many arts and crafts stores now sell ‘eggs’ made from a variety of materials. Why not have a go at creating your own FabergĂ© style masterpiece with glitter, paint and glue. They make a longer lasting and more decorative gift for loved ones.
Make your own Easter treats
The internet hosts a huge amount of vegan-friendly recipes to create tasty, Easter treats. My favourite is chocolate crispy cakes topped with mini marzipan eggs. They are very easy to make and fun to do with children. Simply melt some vegan chocolate and stir in vegan rice crispies (Nature’s Path makes these). Place in paper cup cakes, top with your coloured vegan marzipan mini eggs and pop in the fridge to cool and set – enjoy!
If you overindulge in Easter treats, Veganicity’s Digest-Ase tablets (£6.75 for 60 tablets) combine acidophilus with enzymes and peppermint to help to ease digestion.

Friday, 22 January 2016

Lush Gorilla Galley

Gorilla Perfume at Lush presents
The Gorilla Gallery
#perfumeisart 

Explore the Art of Perfumery through Unique Storytelling Fine Fragrances


 From Monday 18th January 2016, Gorilla Perfumes at Lush, in collaboration with Studio Xag, 
will be presenting the next incarnation of the Gorilla Galley at Lush Oxford Street. 




The new installation, first of a two-part series in 2016 which is free to attend, explores the Art of Perfumery in a celebration of two of Gorilla Perfume’s most iconic fragrances, The Sun and The Smell of Freedom



 The Gorilla Gallery is an interactive and creative take on presenting perfume, further adding to the unique offering at Lush’s biggest global shop on Oxford Street, London. This installation will be open to the public until 24th March 2016.


The Gorilla Gallery
(Lower Ground Floor) 
Lush 
175-179 Oxford Street

Opens Monday 18th January 2016
Open daily 10.00am-9.00pm and Sundays 11.30am-6.00pm

#perfumeisart  #GorillaGallery 
Twitter @GPerfume
Instagram @gorillaperfumes




Further information:

The Sun installation
A ray of sunshine in the depth of winter, The Sun installation will provide an opportunity to relax in a 50’s style retro drive-in cinema, listen to the sounds of Simon and Garfunkel and let your worries disappear.

Road trips, music and synaesthesia combine to make this wonderful tangerine and sandalwood fragrance.

The Smell of Freedom installation
The Smell of Freedom installation will immerse you into the three stories behind the perfume in a way that will challenge your outlook on life and the freedom we are lucky to have.

When Gorilla Perfumer, Simon Constantine met three extraordinary people on his travels across the globe, he was inspired to create each of them a fragrance as a portrait of their struggle, their strength, their hope and their unwavering determination. The common factor in each of the tales was freedom and when these three fragrances were blended, they became The Smell of Freedom.

About:

Gorilla Perfume
Simon and Mark Constantine founded Gorilla Perfume as the artistic expression of a Perfumer father and his Perfumer son. For Gorilla Perfume, fragrance is about expression. Whether capturing a wistful memory, taking influence from a musical muse or creating a scent for a certain magical moment, the Gorilla Perfumers use scent as a tool to interpret the world around them.

Studio Zag
Studio Xag are an East London design team that collaborated with Lush and Gorilla Perfumes on the recent popular Scented Cinema at Lush Oxford Street. They specialize in visual storytelling and bespoke installations.