The Sunday post # 8

23 Feb 2014

A View of England - The Cottage Travel Candle Set
A View of England - The Cottage Travel Candle Set
Today has not gone to plan. For those of you who follow me on Twitter, you will have probably seen me moan at the level of a small child over the past five days, due to being ill. I don't actually get ill very often so when I do it's like my body likes to throw everything at me at once. If being congested wasn't enough, for the past three days I have had muffled ears and I'm struggling to even have basic conversations with people because I can't make out what they're saying! All I want to do is sleep, but then sleep becomes repetitive and when you have a list of things to do as long as your arm.... well it's not always as easy as just getting in bed and getting some rest! I wanted to get two posts up today, but that hasn't gone to plan. I'm working in slow motion (slower than the tortoise in The Tortoise and the Hare!), so one will have to do.

As I haven't really got the energy or effort in me for properly moving things around, and thankfully most of the unpacking is actually done now, I'm left with all the little bits and bobs which make a house a home. With my beauty products and new makeup storage sorted, our new bedside tables all set up and my laptop finally working so I can watch Gossip Girl on repeat in our bedroom, I've spent most of the day making a bare room a lot prettier. Can you guess what I have the most of adorning pretty much any flat surface? Yup. Candles. Forever a candle addict I think at last count there were 21 scattered around the house, but you can never have too many candles, right?

I was recently introduced to a new concept of candles, which have taken pride of place on one of the bedside tables (the partners, as he owns nothing which would look as pretty there....) A Life with a View is a British company, with all products made right here in England. Encompassing invoking fragrances to create products which act as both harmonious scents as well as beautiful home styling. The thing I like the most about A Life with a View, is the variety of fragrances available. It's not the vastest range, with four scent ranges, but it's the ranges themselves which stand out. The four scent ranges include A View of New York: The Loft, A View of England: The Cottage, A View of Italy: The Villa and A View of Provence: The Gite. Each range encompasses the perfect scents for the places around the world they are named after. I was kindly sent A View of England - The Cottage Travel Candle Set (A Life with a View*, Set of 3, £50), which actually makes me love the concept even more because no matter where you are in the world, you can carry the scent of the beautiful English Countryside with you! The first scents you catch are Rosemary and Bergamot, the top notes which are a beautiful combination and two of my personal favourite scents. Underlying the Rosemary and Bergamot we have the heart notes of Lily, Sweet Pea, Wisteria, Lavender and Lilac, which instantly make me feel as if I am in a Countryside meadow. The scents which stay around the longest are the stunning base notes of Amber, Patchouli and Vanilla. A sweet, floral and entirely serene scent. The Provence scent is right up my street too, and one I hope to add to our bathroom! You can find out more about A Life with a View and each of the scent ranges over on the website!

So with the little touches almost done, I plan on a relaxing night ahead. A bit of pampering, a hot bubble bath with some Aromatherapy Associates oils and maybe even a cheeky manicure and pedicure. I have a friend from University visiting tomorrow and staying through til Wednesday, which I can't wait for, and lots of exciting posts to get ready for you all. I'm hoping to get back into my usual blogging routine - it's been a lot harder than I thought sticking to my usual patterns and times of posting, as there's always something to unpack, and visitors left, right and centre! I hope you've all had a lovely weekend, and here's to an exciting (and slower paced) week ahead.

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