The Scents Filling my House this Season

Is anyone else just completely obsessed with candles!? I remember it all starting with when I first took a sniff of Yankee Candle’s Strawberry Buttercream and thinking “How can I ever allow my room to smell of anything else but this?”. Ever since then, candles were something that I could always justify spending money on (although I’m still working my way to buying a Jo Malone candle), and since moving to our new house, I’ve branched out to buying a lot of diffusers too.

Now that I’ve sadly packed away all my Christmas candles (yes, it takes me a good few months to say goodbye to my spiced cinnamon scents), I thought it would be a good time for me to share all the amazing smells filling my house at the moment.

  1. White Lily Signature CandleThe White Company
    This is such a delicate mix of white peonies, freesias and lilies – it just fills the room with such a fresh and homely smell. It’s the most expensive one out of this list, so I do only bring it out on special occasions, but when the packaging is so clean and minimalistic, I’m not complaining with it just sitting prettily on my sideboard either!

  2. “Red Velvet Cupcake” – Bath & Body Works
    Oh my goodness. Now I thought nothing would ever beat Yankee Candle’s Strawberry Buttercream, but I think this does. When James first gifted me this for Christmas and I took a whiff of it, my initial reaction was that it was way too sickly and overpowering. Boy, was I wrong.
    When burning, the balance is just perfect, and not too strong at all. I love how cleanly the Bath & Body Works 3-wick candles burn too; it’s a game changer!

  3. Sinnlig, Red Garden Berries Scented Tealights IKEA
    At £1.50 for a pack of 30 – these are an absolute STEAL in my opinion. I’d tried the vanilla IKEA tea lights before, and didn’t think they worked well in a big room at all as the smell was quite faint, but it’s the complete opposite for these red berry ones. I was so surprised at how fragrant they were. I burn three at a time usually, and it was more than enough for our living room.

  4. White Jasmine Fragranced DiffuserNext
    I obviously can’t get enough of a jasmine scent and I just adore how stylish this bottle looks, and the cute details of petals inside. The scent is very strong however, so I wouldn’t recommend using it in a smaller room at all but it’s perfect for big open spaced areas.

  5. Lime, Basil & Mandarin Diffuser ASDA
    A new addition to my collection, and I already know this is going to become a repeat buy. Who knew ASDA would have such a hidden gem! It’s only £4 a bottle, and it really is just the most gorgeous combination of smells.


What sort of scents do you usually love having in the house? Fruity? Floral? Let me know in the comments!

There’ll be more from me soon…
Mel x

Loungewear on a Budget | The H&M Pieces you Need

Now I don’t know about all of you, but when I get in from work everyday, the first thing I will do is have a shower, and get straight in to my jammys. Home = slob time for me.

But what do we do now that we are working from home!? Is it acceptable to be in pyjamas 24/7? YES…probably not?
If you’re like me and just can’t work from home in anything that doesn’t have elasticated waist bands, and loose fitting tops – then H&M have answered our prayers!

H&M has always been a firm favourite for me, especially when I need to tighten the purse strings a bit. I am a huge fan of the quality you get for the price, and I wanted to share some of my favourite things from my recent purchase.

(In order)
I was in need of some new, comfy tops that are wearable with every outfit and I have to say, this cute Love Jersey T-Shirt and comfy Dark Mole T-Shirt were perfect! I personally am always more drawn to a loud, patterned skirt/bottoms – so with tops, I usually like to keep it plain and simple.

Speaking of loud bottoms, my favourite of my purchases have been these patterned joggers, or as I like to call them, my “gap year” pants. They’re high waisted, stretchy, loose fitting and have pockets – the necessity to your loungewear wardrobe.
The weather has been absolutely glorious, making our daily walk so enjoyable, but it can still be a bit deceivingly chilly. So I had to pick up these grey cotton-blend joggers which are a bit warmer to wear on any windy walks.

This striped jumper is going to be a transitional staple wear for me. I love wearing jumpers and hate leaving behind all my thick wooly knitwear now that we’re entering that awkward Spring jumper/no jumper weather. This is warm enough and thin enough for that, and I love that it’s so bright – the red stripes against the white really stands out well!

So you’ve got a Zoom meeting with your boss today. Does anyone else dress up on the top, and slob it out on the bottom? This ribbed fitted top has become part of my “smart casual” work from home meeting outfit. Although it’s fitted, it’s so surprisingly comfortable, while remaining a very flattering fit.

Where is your favourite place to shop on a budget?

There’ll be more from me soon…
Mel x