Shoes and Shadows

boden clothing leopard print animal print loafers 2015

Every morning the most beautiful beam of light shines through my living room window. Occasionally I try to capture it, but at that time in the morning, all I really want to do is go back to bed /  go to the loo / make a strong coffee. This morning as I walked past the pretty ray of sunshine, I noticed it had perfectly caught my Boden leopard print heels and it made the best shadow. I quickly took a photo and snapped away at some of my other shoes that were piled up near by. Strangely, nearly all the shoes were leopard print. Not intentional, I must just be channeling my inner Manic Street Preachers fan at the moment; leopard print and glitter… sounds about right!

Want to hang out at Brixton Academy wearing matching shoes? 

Boden Pointed Loafer in Snow Leopard

Boden Mary Jane Shoes in Pewter Glitter

Boden Beatrice High Heels in Leopard Print

Duo Boots Loafer with Leopard Print detailing

Daniel Footwear Chorizio Leopard Print Slip on Pump

boden clothing leopard print animal print loafers 2015

boden clothing leopard print animal print loafers 2015

boden clothing shoes glitter mary janes

boden clothing shoes glitter mary janes

boden clothing leopard print animal print high heels 2015

boden clothing leopard print animal print high heels 2015

boden clothing leopard print animal print high heels 2015

duo boots shoes loafers leopard print

duo boots shoes loafers leopard print

daniel footwear slip on pumps leopard print shoes trainers

daniel footwear slip on pumps leopard print shoes trainers

OOTD: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Jacket

krispy kreme kream bomber jacker

OMG! Can we please talk about how cool my Krispy Kremes Doughnuts jacket is?! My friends at Krispy Kreme’s surprised me with it! I feel like a badass doughnut girl in it!! I might *still* be carrying a bit of ‘Christmas weight’, but I don’t give a damn, I think it looks awesome!

Boots

My boots are new, they are are by Hush Puppies, in case anyone hasn’t noticed, I am a huge fan of their footwear. They do classic designs which are super comfortable and perfect for every day. They are also really affordable and really well made!

Bag

I got this Lulu Guinness Lips handbag for my birthday and I LOVE it! I have always wanted one of the Lulu Guinness Lips clutch bags, but they are pretty tiny and only really suitable as an evening bag. This bag is a little bigger than her classic lips clutch and it has a detachable chain strap so you can use it in the day as a shoulder bag, or in the evening as a clutch bag!

Sunglasses

My sunglasses are also new, they are by Maui Jim and I love the matte black frames and the round shape. Maui Jim are quite a sporty brand of glasses, so their frames always fit perfectly to my face and never slip down my nose. They also make a damned good polarised lens!

Where is it all from?

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Jacket ♥ Lazy Oaf Artefact Dress

Lulu Guinness Lips handbag ♥ Muru Gold Bar Necklace

Hiho Silver Snaffle Bracelet ♥ Hiho Silver Belt Bracelet

Anchor & Crew Bracelet ♥ Cartier Love Ring In Gold

Maui Jim Liana Matte Black Leather Sunglasses

Pretty Polly 100 Denier Opaque Tights

Hush Puppies Insight Boots

I hope you are all having a lovely weekend! Leave me a comment to let me know what you think of my outfit and don’t forget to enter my competition to win these amazing Marc Jacobs sunglasses!

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muru jewellery gold bar necklace

hiho silver bracelets

krispy kremes kreme bomber jacket

lulu guinness red lips frame handbag bag

maui jim laina sunglasses round matt black

maui jim laina sunglasses round matt black frame

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lulu guinness red lips frame handbag bag clutch

lazy oaf cartoon print dress

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hush puppys black boots 2015 puppies

hush puppies 2015 black boots

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Beauty: An Afternoon at Castle Farm with Yardley London

Yardley London English Lavender Collection

Last Friday, I was treated to an amazing afternoon at Castle Farm in Kent to see the lavender fields before they are harvested for the year. I was a guest of heritage floral fragrance, bath & body British beauty brand, Yardley London who source their lavender from the farm and they wanted to share with me a little more information on the plant and how they extract the essential oil which goes into their product.

Est. 1770

Yardley London was established in 1770 by the Cleaver family and for the last 240 years the brand has been synonymous with Lavender. To this day, English Lavender is still the best selling fragrance for Yardley London. Perhaps it is something to do with the high quality variety of the flower they use, English Lavender ‘Maillette’. One of the most sought after in the world which is home grown in Kent at Castle Farm.

Contemporary Classics

Yardley London recently re-launched their Contemporary Classics collection which celebrate their heritage, quality and classic sophistication. Their signature fragrances have been reformulated to give them a modern twist with added ingredients to give them a greater depth of scent. Choose between English Lavender, Lily of the Valley, April Violets and English Rose. Each fragrance is sold as an Eau de Toilette, Luxury Soap, Deodorising Body Fragrance, Perfumed Talc, Moisturising Body Wash and Body Lotion, as well as a Nourishing Hand Cream. The new range contains natural extracts for added benefits whilst being free of parabens and mineral oils and contains up to 95% naturally derived ingredients.

Lavender and Lavandin

There are many different varities of Lavender, including Lavandin which is actually a cross breed of the flower. Many brands refer to Lavandin as Lavender as they smell very similar, but they have very different properties. Lavandin is actually a stimulant which can also be used as a insect repellent. Lavender is a relaxant and has healing properties which helps cure headaches, burns and stings. Lavandin is often favoured by beauty brands as it is a much cheaper essential oil as lavandin gives a great yield when harvested. However, Yardley London always use a variety of English lavender named ‘Maillette’, which is considered one of the most beautiful varieties of the flower, is the most sought-after and produces a high quality oil used in the English Lavender fragrance.

Castle Farm

Each year from late June to early August, many of the fields of Castle Farm in Kent are coloured purple with the lavender. They grow around 90 acres of the flower here and they are the largest producer in the UK. From miles away you can see the purple fields and it’s such a special sight. As you get closer to the fields, you can start to smell the lavender in the air. It’s really quite spectacular! Lavender needs very specific conditions to flourish; dry chalky soil with good drainage and high PH value. Which is why only a few places in the UK are suited to growing it. During the Summer, when the lavender is in bloom, Castle Farm open their doors to hundreds of thousands of people per year to give tours of their beautiful purple fields and visit their farm shop, The Hop Shop which sells oodles of lavender infused products which are made using lavender grown in their fields. I was lucky enough to enjoy an afternoon tea in the garden which included shortbread, ice cream, honey, jam, tea and so much more, all made using their lavender.

Massage in a Lavender Field 

During my tour of Castle Farm, I was able to see the Beehives where they make honey from the bees who feed off the lavender, I saw the distillery where the lavender is steamed and eventually turned into the essential oil. Then I headed back to the lavender fields where I was treated to an incredible massage in the field as the sun went down. It was quite the experience!

Yardley London English Lavender Collection

I had the most amazing afternoon at Castle Farm in Kent, I loved seeing where Yardley London source their Lavender essential oils. It was amazing learning all about the different lavenders and how the flowers are harvested and turned into oil. I have been using the Yardley London Contemporary Classic English Lavender range and I really love it, my personal favourite has to be the soap which is triple milled for a rich, creamy lather and smells so clean and fragrant. I also love the hand cream, which has a velvety texture and keeps my hands soft. I have been using the hand cream at night as it is soothing and relaxing before bed. I have a bit of a thing for violets at the moment too, so I will definitely be ordering myself a few products from the April Violets collection too. If it’s anything like the English Lavender range, it will be delightful! Get 20% off the English Lavender Range when you buy through the Yardley London website and use the code LAVENDER. Valid until the end of the month.

Visit the Purple Fields

Thank you to Yardley London for an amazing day, I loved seeing the purple fields of Kent and the massage in the lavender field was unforgettable! If you fancy going to visit Castle Farm in Sevenoaks, Kent, you can visit their website, it’s well worth the visit and only 20 miles outside of London. The lavender will be harvested over the next few weeks, so make sure you visit soon!

castle farm sevenoaks kent the hops shop

castle farm sevenoaks kent the hops shop

castle farm sevenoaks kent the hops shop yardley london english lavender

castle farm sevenoaks kent the hops shop yardley london english lavender

castle farm sevenoaks kent the hops shop yardley london english lavender

castle farm sevenoaks kent the hops shop yardley london english lavender

castle farm sevenoaks kent the hops shop yardley london english lavender

castle farm sevenoaks kent the hops shop yardley london english lavender

castle farm sevenoaks kent the hops shop yardley london english lavender

castle farm sevenoaks kent the hops shop yardley london english lavender

castle farm sevenoaks kent the hops shop yardley london english lavender

castle farm sevenoaks kent the hops shop

castle farm sevenoaks kent the hops shop yardley london english lavender

castle farm sevenoaks kent the hops shop yardley london english lavender

castle farm sevenoaks kent the hops shop yardley london english lavender

castle farm sevenoaks kent the hops shop yardley london english lavender

castle farm sevenoaks kent the hops shop yardley london english lavender