When I feel fraught or frantic an ideal slice of ‘me time’ is a relaxing soak and glass of fizz- the deluxe bubble bath.
Roques ONeil Therapie are true R & R experts with their aromatherapy remedy range, designed to eradicate everyday strains. Therapie focus on ways in which stress manifests itself, whether it is fatigue or electro-magnetic saturation, and aim to redress that balance. The brand looks at our busy lifestyles, highlighting the importance of going back to basics.
Like every mama I find little time to escape and regroup, something that appears magnified with Christmas approaching. Therapie’s Himalayan Detox Salts offer pink salts and pure crystal powders, containing almost 90 minerals. I sampled the salts recently and can testify they were a stabling sanctuary. Not to mention matching my favourite bath-time Rose Prosecco. I’d also thoroughly recommend the Equilibrium Bath and Shower Essence as another ravishing source of refuge.
Right, that’s me off for some luxury lounging. Probably advisable to remove L’s Little Mermaid Barbie from my tub of tranquillity first.
How do you unwind during hectic times?
Discover Roques ONeil Therapie here.
Pre-party pampering is the name of the game chez Mummy Mode this week. After feeling worn down recently, my face began screaming out for a taste of tlc in the run up to Rudolph & co. 001 Skincare are a luxury botanical brand developed by combining traditional apothecary principles from Asia. With distinctive re-usable packaging, this range epitomises beauty.
First stop was their 001′s Active Marine Power Concentrate, a serum designed to kick start skin with super power marine algae which is packed with fatty acids. As the big 30 is approaching next year I have become increasingly aware of fine wrinkles around my eyes. These have eased considerably since I began using said Power Concentrate, mainly due to an anti-oxidant within the product which encourages cell turnover, pore tightening and skin brightening. In 001′s own words, it “strengthens the skin’s natural hydro-lipid barrier and prevents the depletion of elastin and collagen”. So there you are, a wonder worker that provides style AND substance. After all my wrinkle worry, turns out those lingering laughter lines were dehydrated and just in need of a Christmas drink.
Secondly I tried the Pure Active Peel and Supreme Equilibrium Mask, magic wands for a skin saviour pick me up. Both rejuvenated me equally, offering invigoration galore. The peel in particular contains active pineapple enzymes and natural AHA acids from Muscavado Sugar, which not only smell divinely festive but also remove dead skin cells, leaving behind soft yet soothed skin.
Next citrus item on the list is a chocolate orange.
For more skin saviours visit www.doublezeroone.com/001/
The general rule of thumb when buying Christmas presents for my sister, friends and female family members is to buy them what I would want myself. So without further ado, here is what’s making the fabulous final edit this year. Drum roll please…
These perfect pouches are vintage inspired make up bags made by Sew Lomax. Each embroidered piece is designed and hand finished in the UK, using high quality and ethically sourced materials. Available from selected Fenwick stores, Fortnum & Mason and online, all ladies in your life will be truly spoilt for choice. The Sew Glam collection could home anything from lipstick to liquid eyeliner, bang on time for party season. Green with envy just about sums it up.
See the whole range at www.sewlomax.com.
My newest nipper find is North-East based online shop, Diddiu. Diddiu have a beautiful collection of children’s clothing, offering the perfect balance between style and simplicity.
Diddiu kindly sent me some gorgeous garments to review including their Modi Du dress in purple (£28), a Happeak striped top (£14) and Modi Du jeans (£27). The first thing I noticed about these totally cool togs, after accepting that I couldn’t squeeze into them, was the detail within each piece. From statement zips to puffed pockets, there are so many little effects which give every item a luxe feel. The unisex jeans and tee are brilliant snuggly soft basics which is no mean miniature feat, particularly for diddy denim. In terms of the Modi Du dress, have I mentioned that I would happily wear this myself?
All materials used wash incredibly well to boot. I can feel like I’m constantly bobble busting kids’ clothes, so discovering designs that are stunning AND hard-wearing is a definite coo.
As someone who loves it when people buy the children clothes for Birthdays and Christmas, I would thoroughly recommend this site for stocking fillers and wardrobe wonders alike. Diddiu also have a selection of handmade and delightfully distinctive decorative dolls, which offer a unique present idea for all ages.
Check out Diddiu over at www.diddiu.com.
My favourite dress of the year shall always be that all important Christmas Day dazzler.
Top of Santa’s shopping list is a glittering gold lace baby from M&Co, which I would mix up with their animal print kimono and faux fur snood. Talk about feline festive.
On the accessories front this beautiful bracelet allows a hint of jingle,taking me right through to those New Year bells. Patent perfection completes the look with berry boots making my outfit pop, and not because of too many mince pies.
Which is your favourite party piece from M&Co?
To commemorate our fast approaching festive season, The Dressing Room asked me to take part in a secret blogger style challenge. The task was to wear one of their stunning silk and wool Becksondergaard scarves, adding a touch of my own personality. Each blogger will then showcase how they have styled the piece with a big reveal starting this week. I can’t wait to see all Becksondergaard blogs and take inspiration from these amazing accessories in action.
The chosen SS14 scarf has star print and gold studding adornment- both details make me feel suitably sparkly without needing to go OTT on the sequins. I always struggle to find snuggly scarves big enough, yet this one offers room to wear as a blanket whilst dancing around to Mariah in pyjamas and provides toasty warmth under my coat at Newcastle train station (AKA the coldest place on earth). Plus, not unlike myself after a few glasses of Bailey’s, it shimmies along perfectly with any Christmas party outfit. Between draping (1) and tucking my new number (2), I’ve also discovered it doubles up as a stand-alone luxe layer under a velvet jacket (3). Decorating the tree has never felt so glam.
In the words of Ms Carey, beautiful Becksondergaard scarf, all I want for Christmas is…. youuuuuu.
1. PJs- Primark. 2. Coat- M&S. 3. Jacket- Topshop. Bracelet- Links of London.
*A big thank you to The Dressing Room for my gorgeous early Christmas present. To see stocking filler ideas or pick up a pre-crimbo treat visit www.the-dressingroom.com.
Fabulous fellow Christmas challenge bloggers are-
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Winter seems to have suddenly struck and we are feeling the freeze. My shivery 3 mile school run has taken its toll, with total TLC needed. At the other end of the heat spectrum, our tumble dryer set on fire a few days ago and deep cleaning soot from breeze block left me with a worrying resemblance to Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins. Minus dodgy accent of course.
Thankfully I’ve found some rescue remedy for both SOS situations, in the form of new Malaisie body collection from premium skincare brand La Sultane de Saba. The Malaisie range offers beautifully packaged products which promise to be your ultimate seasonal skin saviours. Each one offers up Champaka flower extract- a tropical flower derived from Malaysia that is known for a gorgeous aroma and therapeutic properties. Post inferno pampering perfection.
I tried the La Sultane de Saba Malaisie Shea Butter this week, and can personally account for it having many magical qualities. Containing 100% shea butter, this powerful pot adds an extra layer of luxury to your bathroom cabinet. So far it has been used for the entire family and their chapped hands, mixed into bath water for ultra smooth soothing, calmed Rudolph red noses and become my new hydrating hair conditioner. It seems the only thing you can’t do, however tempted, is spread it on your toast. Probably best to avoid electrical appliances for a little while anyway.
There is also an Exfoliating Body Polish, Moisturising Milk and Body Oil to try…
Buy products online at www.burntlily.co.uk. For your nearest stockist or mail order call Spa Voyage Ltd – 01483 450 830.