BETTY'S EASTER GIFTS 2019


For the past 3 years that I have been blogging, and whenever Easter has arrived, there is always one thing that I look forward to each time which is, a bundle of gorgeous treats from Betty’s! I feel proud and lucky to be able to work with such an iconic brand known both nationally and internationally, so it feels only right to share with you; Betty’s Easter Gifts for 2019!

I had been gifted some treats which include:

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Trio of Filled Chocolate Eggs - £10.50

A gorgeous little box which contains 3 pastel coloured eggs, all made from Betty’s finest Swiss Chocolate! A white chocolate egg filled with vanilla caramel, a pink egg filled with raspberry ganache and an eau de nil egg filled with Moët & Chandon and Marc de Champagne ganache. All of which have been hand-decorated with Royal iced-spring flowers. To purchase, click here!

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Praline & Milk Chocolate Eggs - £7.95

A continental styled paper cone, this treat contains both solid milk and praline-filled milk chocolate eggs! A fun way to enjoy some delicious Easter goodies with Betty’s illustrations displayed on it. To purchase, click here!

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Dark Chocolate Shimmer Egg - £7.50

A Venezuelan dark chocolate easter egg, a perfect alternative to those who favour dark chocolate to milk chocolate (I know I do!) - hand finished with a gold lustre and a piped design based around Betty’s Centenary emblem!

To purchase, click here.

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Betty’s Tea Room Blend (80 Tea Bags) - £4.25

A fragrant blend of teas from East Africa and Assam, these teabags can be enjoyed at any given time and these come encased in the stylish box designed by Yorkshire artist; Emily Sutton! To purchase, click here.

Milk and White Speckled Rabbits - £7.50

A group of 4 Spring rabbits, these were created using milk and white Swiss Grand Cru chocolate which are presented on a milk chocolate base. So tasty! To purchase, click here.

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I hope you have enjoyed this tasty guide from Betty’s, hopefully to inspire you when it comes to selecting your Easter treats for this upcoming Easter weekend! (Friday 19th - Monday 22nd April).

For more details and to have a look at the full range of Betty’s Easter treats, simply click here, or why not pop along to one of their cafes/tea rooms such as Harrogate, Harlow Carr, York, Stonegate, Ilkley, North Allerton!

Have you visited Betty’s before? If so, which tea room did you go to? Do you have any favourites from Betty’s? Let me know below as I would love to hear from you and don’t forget to click the ‘like’ button!


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JO MALONE - BLOSSOMS COLLECTION


I had the pleasure of being able to attend the recent launch of Jo Malone’s newest collection; Blossom. The e-vite came through and it promised to be an ‘immersive way to experience the new Blossoms Collection through sound, vision and scent.’ Having attended Jo Malone events before, I knew I was going to attend something rather special, and so I naturally jumped at the chance of going!

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JO MALONE - BLOSSOMS COLLECTION

The event took place at Victoria House in London, and as I made my way through the entrance, a whole sea of Jo Malone goody bags were there to greet us with different lights twinkling to set the mood. I then navigated through several dark rooms, and I stumbled across a long corridor with tranquil music playing throughout, again with different coloured lights changing with every beat. Once through the corridor, I walked into a large room with a long table in the middle of it displaying the most beautiful of flowers which proudly took centre stage with a DJ playing the latest tracks in the background.

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What initially caught my eye when I first walked in, were these 4 rooms, hidden behind a fuzzy screen, all of which were lit up in different colours to represent the four Limited Edition Blossom scents;

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  1. Green - Star Magnolia

  2. Pink - Silk Blossom

  3. Yellow - Frangipani Flower

  4. Orange - Orange Blossom

My personal favourites were the Star Magnolia and the classic Orange Blossom and much to my delight, the Orange Blossom was actually found inside my goody bag which made for the perfect treat in time for Spring! I will be doing a separate blog review on the Orange Blossom fragrance shortly, so do check back for that.

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The full Blossoms Collection includes:

Frangipani Flower Cologne 30ml £49 // 100ml £98

Silk Blossom Cologne - 30ml £49 // 100ml £98

Star Magnolia Cologne - 30ml £49 // 100ml £98

Orange Blossom Cologne - 30ml £49 // 100ml £98

Silk Blossom Home Candle - 200g // £49

Star Magnolia Hair Mist - 50ml // £44

Orange Blossom Hair Mist - 50ml // £44

Orange Blossom Diffuser - 165ml // £65

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I had a wonderful time at the Blossoms Collection Launch and I found it to be a unique, innovative way to experience fragrance! The Blossoms Collection is out now and is out for a limited time only, so do be quick to try out these treats! For more details, click here.

For more of my Jo Malone reviews and events, see below!

FRAGRANCE: Bronze Wood & Leather, English Fields,  English Oak & RedcurrantTobacco & MandarinDark Amber & Ginger LilyMyrrh & Tonka

EVENTS: Christmas 2016, Christmas 2017, Christmas 2018, Poptastic, The Bloomsbury Set

SKINCARE: Geranium & Walnut Hand Cream, Myrrh & Tonka Shower Oil

Have you smelt any of the Blossoms scents and fragrances yet? Do you have any favourites? If so, which ones? Will you be trying any of these out? Have any of these caught your eye? Let me know below as I would love to hear from you and don’t forget to click the ‘like’ button!


MOTHERS DAY FRAGRANCES 2019


With Mother’s Day fast approaching us here in the United Kingdom this Sunday 31st March, I have put together a little Gift Guide of fragrances that will win your Mother over and make her day!

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MARC JACOBS - DAISY (SUNSHINE EDITION)

  • Top Notes: Strawberry, Violet

  • Middle Notes: Marigold

  • Base Notes: Woody Notes, Wild Berries

A must have for any woman in your life, Daisy by Marc Jacobs is instantly recognisable with its floral-woody presence throughout its performance.

The Limited Edition ‘Sunshine’ fragrance differs to the original Daisy by feeling a little more fruity with the Strawberry note remaining prominent throughout that feels fresh, light and refreshing which is perfect for the upcoming Spring/Summer seasons.

If your Mother enjoys a fragrance that has a fruity kick to it, then this is the scent for her! To purchase, click here.

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TOM FORD - SANTAL BLUSH

  • Top Notes: Cinnamon, Caraway, Spices, Carrot Seeds, Fenugreek

  • Middle Notes: Jasmine, Ylang-Ylang, Rose

  • Base Notes: Musk, Sandalwood, Virginia Cedar, Benzoin, Oud

A sophisticated fragrance with its creamy, warm notes of the Sandalwood and Spices with rich and floral tones which makes this fragrance feel both mysterious and exotic. A confident scent that although has a soft projection, it leaves you wanting more.

Perfect for your Mother if she is a strong woman who knows exactly who she is, but wants to leave an air of mystery about her… To purchase, click here.

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CHLOE - NOMADE

  • Top Notes: Mirabelle, Bergamot, Lemon, Orange

  • Middle Notes: Freesia, Jasmine, Peach, Rose

  • Base Notes: Oakmoss, Amberwood, Patchouli, Sandalwood, White Musk

Nomade by Chloé is a take on its original ‘Chloé’ fragrance which was launched back in 2008 and is a staple in many womens fragrance collections!

The Nomade scent differs by feeling less floral than the original, and more ‘dirty’ by focusing on a more earthier, woodier feel. A fragrance that is possibly the heaviest within this Gift Guide, this is ideal for your Mother if she prefers a stronger, more powerful scent!

To purchase, click here.

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CALVIN KLEIN - WOMEN

  • Top Notes: Eucalyptus, Black Pepper, Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon

  • Middle Notes: Orange Blossom, Magnolia, Jasmine, Hedione, Raspberry, Tea

  • Base Notes: Cedar, Olibanum, Ambroxan, Cashmeran, Violet, White Musk

Created by Raf Simons, this fragrance is inspired by his passion for photography and the inspiration of strength and power in women. A fresh, clean and linear fragrance, Women feels citrusy with an undertone of the woody notes coming through during the dry-down. If your Mother enjoys a fuss-free fragrance that is fresh and light on the skin, then this is the one for her!

To purchase, click here.

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& OTHER STORIES - NOMADS POEM

  • Top Notes: Plum, Coconut Water

  • Middle Notes: Patchouli Leaves, Orange Flowers

  • Base Notes: Black Amber, Marshmallow, Patchouli

A light fragrance that feels spicy yet mellow with its earthy tones running throughout the fragrances performance. Nomads Poem could be classed as unisex, with its delicate touch yet dense feeling which is a complete contradiction in itself which lends for an interesting journey! This fragrance would be perfect if your Mother knows no boundaries and enjoys scents that have an interesting twist to them.

To purchase, click here.

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APPLEYARD LONDON - SECRET GARDEN

The bouquet of flowers which have been featured in each of these photographs were kindly gifted to me by Appleyard London for who I am a social ambassador for!

This stunning bouquet features soft pinks and delicate purples with sweet avalanche roses, antique carnations, delicate alstroemeria & soft pink sugar flair hypericum berries.

A perfect alternative gift for this Mother’s Day, and to make things extra special, I have a 20% off code for all bouquets at Appleyard London! CODE: LUKE20

(Please note, this code excludes any additional gifts/add ons and delivery charges.)

To purchase, click here.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this Gift Guide and I would love to know if any of these have inspired you for when it comes to choosing a gift!

Have you smelt any of these before? If so, which ones? Do you have any favourites? Do you already know what you will be treating your Mother too? Let me know below as I would love to hear from you and don’t forget to click the ‘like’ button!

*Please note, some of these fragrances were gifted to me for the purpose of this Gift Guide.


JUSBOX - GREEN BUBBLE


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When I had been approached to try out the Green Bubble fragrance by Jusbox, I was rather intrigued as the note ‘Marijuana Accord’ caught my eye…

Green Bubble is a nod to the Rastafarian Movement alongside Reggae music which was the inspiration behind creating this scent by merging the two influences together. The notes featured within Green Bubble are:

  • Top Notes: Grapefruit, Cannabis, Wormwood

  • Middle Notes: Saffron, Honey, Cedar

  • Base Notes: Labdanum, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Amber

The opening was rather sweet with the Grapefruit note being the most prominent which then had an earthy undertone to it which remained throughout the performance. Around an hour or so into wearing the fragrance, the scent became quite smoky yet still had that sweetness running through it.

Green Bubble as a whole had a warm feel to it and despite having had a quiet projection, it felt a little dense and heavy on my skin which at times was slightly overbearing. In terms of its longevity, this lasted on my skin for 6-7 hours and I would definitely recommend wearing this on a colder evening/night! I would just like to add, I really enjoy the design of the bottle as it’s chunky yet looks clean and minimalistic!

To purchase Jusbox - Green Bubble, click here.

Have you tried Green Bubble by Jusbox before? If so, what are your thoughts? Are there any other fragrances by Jusbox you would like me to review? Let me know below as I would love to hear from you, and don’t forget to click the ‘like’ button!


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SACHAJUAN - GINGER FLOWER BODY COLLECTION


As a huge fan of the cult, ‘Scandi’ haircare brand; SACHAJUAN, I was more than thrilled to have kindly been gifted two products from their new Body Collection! SACHAJUAN is a premium haircare brand that have recently delved into the world of body care, and having tried out their Shiny Citrus Body Wash and Body Lotion before, I knew I was in for a treat with the newly scented ‘Ginger Flower’ range!

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The new Body Collection makes up of 3 new products;

  1. Body Wash - scented in Ginger Flower

  2. Body Lotion - scented in Ginger Flower

  3. Hand Wash - scented only in Shiny Citrus

Both the Body Wash and Body Lotion contain Oat Beta Glucan, locally produced Swedish Oats which go through a patented and chemical-free manufacturing process which helps to lock in the goodness whilst improving the skin’s moisture levels. This also helps to soothe, calm and regenerate your skin allowing it to look smoother and more youthful!

I applied the Body Wash whilst in the shower and I found that the Ginger Flower scent was rather subtle yet refreshing with the citrusy notes of Lemon and Bergamot. My skin felt incredibly clean afterwards and soft to the touch! I then applied the Body Lotion once dried off and found that the scent at first didn’t seem to do much but after 10 minutes or so, once the lotion had absorbed into my skin, it smelt beautiful! I loved that the scent stayed on my skin for many hours after and again was subtle but added a boost to the Body Wash which helped to elevate the scent further. I also loved how the texture and consistency of the Body Lotion was smooth, it didn’t feel too dense or gloopy both during and after the application and like the Body Wash, it helped to leave my skin feeling soft!

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the new Body Collection - Ginger Flower products and I will admit, I’m still new to trying out Body Lotions, so this was a great experience and a different take on keeping my body and skin moisturised!

To learn more about the Body Collection, click here.

Be sure to also check out my other SACHAJUAN reviews such as their core products, their Matt Wax & Fibre Paste and the Ocean Mist Collection!

Have you tried anything by SACHAJUAN before? If so, what have you tried? Have you tried the new Ginger Flower Body Collection? What did you think? Are you a fan of Body Lotions? Let me know your thoughts below as I would love to hear from you and don’t forget to click the ‘like’ button!


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NEPTUNE LONDON


During my stay at Kimpton Fitzroy in London, I had been gifted not only a stay, but breakfast too! It was only by chance that I came across Neptune by waking up early the next morning to go on a little hunt around the hotel, that after asking a member of staff where to have breakfast, he recommended either Burr & Co. or Neptune. I was told both restaurants were on either side of the hotel and with very little decision making, I just decided to go to the right hand side of the building because it was closer to me and I’m a little lazy…

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I followed the long corridor and was taking in the sights of the grand decor on my way and I had a sneaky peek at the Palm Court which at the time was currently closed as it doesn’t open until 12pm! I then stumbled across Neptune and was shown to a table.

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WOW! The decor inside had a warm, cosy feeling to it that felt relaxed yet contradicted itself by feeling modern, current and of course ‘Instagrammable’ at the same time. Soft pinks and peaches were the colours that you could find on the ceiling and fabrics with the graphic wooden floor being the main focus point within the room. I was lucky enough to have been placed in a bay window which had a gorgeous pink seating area that seemed to turn a different shade of pink in different lights!

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Neptune is a restaurant that predominantly serves seafood with a variety of oysters and shellfish which have all been selected from independent growers throughout the UK. Browsing through the menu, (bearing in mind this was around 7.30am so fish was not something I was particularly in the mood for) I opted for pancakes, the sweet version which came with berries and yoghurt and came accompanied with a latte. The staff were incredibly friendly and warm, asking how I was and how my stay was so far!

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Due to the restaurant being virtually empty upon my arrival at 7.30am, I took this as an opportunity to take as many photographs of the interiors as I could, and I think you’ll agree with me that it looks beautiful right!? Again, thank you to Kimpton Fitzroy for hosting me for the night and to Neptune for my wonderful breakfast! For more details on Neptune, click here and for more details on Kimpton Fitzroy, click here! Hopefully I will be able to return to Neptune at a later date to try out their seafood from their evening menu!

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Have you visited Neptune before? If so, what did you have? What did you think to the interior? Are you a fan of seafood? Will you be heading there anytime soon? Do let me know your thoughts as I would love to hear from you, and don’t forget to click the ‘like’ button below!


KIMPTON FITZROY; LONDON


Late last year I was unable to attend an event at the Kimpton Fitzroy hotel in London, but luckily enough for me, I had been gifted an overnight stay at the hotel instead, and wow - I wasn’t sure what to expect beforehand, but the hotel exceeded all expectations and is truly one of the most beautiful hotels I have ever had the pleasure of staying in!

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Kimpton Fitzroy is situated on Russell Square - Bloomsbury in London, and was previously known as the ‘Russell Hotel’ which then renamed itself to ‘The Principal London’, before eventually becoming the hotel as we know it to be today; Kimpton Fitzroy, which was renamed in October 2018. A landmark building which is Grade II listed, it is a little hard to walk by without being in awe of the sheer size and detailing of its intricate architecture from the original design back in 1898!

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I hopped on the tube from King’s Cross and got off at Russell Square which was just yards away from the hotel, and made my way up the stairs and was greeted by a doorman, staff and a receptionist. The foyer itself was breathtaking with all of the original features still prominently displayed, the marble within the pillars and walls and the stunning details of the mosaic on the ground as you walk in. I was made to feel at ease and welcomed into the hotel immediately, and was told that they were just finishing off my room and that it would be ready within 30 minutes.

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Whilst I waited for my room to be ready, the lovely receptionist took me through to one of the bars within the hotel; Fitz’s for a complimentary drink. As we were walking through, I told the receptionist that I loved the whole vibe and ambience from the dark lighting to the stunning decor which gave off a rather moody yet dare I say it, sexy vibe! Walking to Fitz’s, in the distance I spotted some rather large, grand feathers with an enormous disco ball hanging just above it and I knew I was going to be in for a treat… Fitz’s carries that dark, moody vibe from the hotel into the bar with its own grand, opulent features and lighting, my favourite kind of bar! I opted for the ‘Word Of God’ drink which was Whiskey based and it’s safe to say after a few sips, I felt a slight effect…

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I then met up with photographer Zoe Griffin where we were then shown the lift up to my room and as I walked in, my jaw dropped. Quite literally. The room was HUGE, in fact, I couldn’t even call it a room it was that spacious! (I have since found out that the ‘room’ was indeed their Junior Suite which overlooked onto Russell Square with magnificent views!) From the moment I walked in I was absorbing it all, from the sofa and lounge area, to the large wardrobe, to the four poster bed and then to the bathroom and well, that bathroom was something else entirely!

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As we like to say on Instagram and Pinterest, ‘pure bathroom goals’ is the best way to describe it! A cubicle for the toilet and a separate cubicle for the shower/wet room. Once I had unpacked and began to relax, myself and Zoe took a few shots in and around the hotel, and just outside in Russell Square. We also filmed a short ‘Get Ready With Me’ styled video for my YouTube channel which will be coming very soon, so do keep an eye out for that!

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Zoe then left me to unwind in my room and I had a moment where it felt a little surreal to be staying in such a beautiful hotel. After all of the travelling and excitement for one day, I went to bed and as soon as my head hit the pillow, I was fast asleep. The bed was so comfortable and the mattress was firm, yet not too hard that it was uncomfortable to sleep on. I usually struggle to fall asleep in hotels and new surroundings, mainly because when I take my hearing aids out, I can’t hear a thing. So for me, security and knowing I’ll be safe in a dark room alone, is paramount. With that being said, I felt secure within Kimpton Fitzroy and knew I wouldn’t have had any trouble with regards to taking my hearing aids out for the night!

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I woke up bright and early the next morning, mainly to take as many photographs as I could without being disturbed by any other guests and I am so glad I did! I was able to walk around the hotel at my own leisure and see things differently that I hadn’t seen upon arrival. I asked a member of staff where to go for my breakfast as the restaurant I had planned to visit; Palm Court, was closed and didn’t open until 12pm! I was advised to go to either Neptune or Burr & Co. and by chance I just headed to the nearest one which happened to be Neptune… I had planned to add in a brief description about Neptune in this blog post, but because it was so magical, I have decided to review this in a separate blog post within the next week so keep your eyes peeled for that!

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After the delicious breakfast I had at Neptune, I then took a shower which I could have stayed in for an hour or so given the chance, it felt like heaven! I then packed up my belongings and began to check out. Wherever I went within the hotel, the staff would always smile and say hello and ask if I was okay, which I found incredibly friendly and it made my stay feel more personal rather than just ‘feeling like a guest’. The whole experience of staying in Kimpton Fitzroy was magical from start to finish and epitomised the feel of a luxury hotel, but the friendly staff took away the notion and stereotype of luxury hotels being ‘stuffy’ and ‘miserable’!

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If you ever get a chance to stay in London and you’re looking for somewhere that has that magic touch, then I strongly recommend checking out Kimpton Fitzroy. For more details, click here!

Thank you to Kimpton Fitzroy for this opportunity and I hope to pop by again very soon…

Have you ever visited Kimpton Fitzroy before? If so, how was your experience? Will you be checking this out for a future stay whilst in London? Let me know your thoughts below as I would love to hear from you, and don’t forget to click the ‘like’ button below!