Travel-Friendly Scents

Murphy & Daughters launched a new range of travel tin candles and I tried them all. When I travel, both for business and for leisure, I actually typically bring one small candle with me, sometimes lavender other times jasmine. It makes perfect sense to me since I like to clear the air with a nice smelling candle to add a personal touch to any temporary lodgings.

Whether you prefer a glass of bubbly or filling your clawfoot tub with dramatic bubbles, one thing is certain, these candles will make you smile. It's all about their elegant aroma. 

This collection from the Aussie brand comes in five scents. Here is a brief review of each one. 
Firstly, I will start by saying that I really loved all of these scents—each fragrance blend is a delightful medley of everything delicate, feminine, and sophisticated. With that said, don't fret chaps, these candles will also suit any room, including filling the bedroom or any closet space with an aroma that even a man will love.

Swoon-Worthy Collection: Candle Size: 100g/3.5 oz.
The two travel tins that are most male-friendly, in my opinion, would be Midnight and Cloudstreet.
Midnight is a splendid blend of pink grapefruit and bergamot in which both come through instantly upon the first sniff. Other ingredients include the following: blackcurrant, lily of the valley, and jasmine. Cloudstreet is a smaller version of the candle that I featured here, reminiscent of spring's lightness with the sweetness of honeysuckle and pear with a mandarin infusion. Other notes are lemon, musk, and orange blossom.

Think of Tender Night as a subtle kiss blown into your space. "A midnight dash through the orange orchards, time to spare, time to live," that's such a great description of Tender Night because to me, this particular candle has a striking aroma but is somewhat a neutral one in the collection in comparison to all of the other bold, romantic, and memorable scents. 

Tender Night is also a candle that would be perfect to burn for guests if you don't know what is their favourite fragrance. It's a good alternative if you want to fill the room with a lighter aroma that's somewhat inconspicuous. First notes: A whiff of tuberose is apparent and such a personal favourite, then hints of orange blossom also linger afterwards. Other ingredients: Lily, musk, neroli and green tea, and tangerine.

Secret Garden encapsulates the scent you would want to have for post-bath experiences. It's a calming, and pretty concoction of roses and violets, with geranium leaves and lilac petals. Other ingredients include vanilla and musk. This is what you burn when you have the "Do Not Disturb" sign on the door.

Wild Things is a hybrid of the feeling of luxe cashmere, the aroma of orange sorbet and essentially what you'd want your hotel room to smell like when you walk in for the first time. With pepper, ylang, ylang and sandalwood in the contents, one might suspect it to radiate a less soft or spicy fragrance but this one is soothingly sweet. First notes are of orange blossom, amber and waterlily, then with tuberose, lemon and cedarwood as a fresh finish. 

With a fifteen to twenty hours of burn time, you will definitely have time to spare if you're burning all of these. The travel candles are hand poured and made with a cotton wick, and pure vegetable soy wax.
Each of these travelling candles has a convenient screw top closure and are small enough to fit in your carryall, yet still large enough to burn with ease.

Lastly, if you're a candle person, then you will absolutely love these, from the packaging (as you've seen in my previous feature of the brand) to the quality of products, many of these tins would be ideal to stow away easily in a weekender tote or display in your vanity area. My top three selections are Tender Night, Wild Things and Cloudstreet. 

Have you smelled Murphy & Daughters
travel candles? Which scent would you choose?

The goods: Travel Tin Candles-Courtesy of Murphy & Daughters. All opinions expressed are my own. Shop the candle collection and travel tins here.


Fashion Tales Boulevard

If you've been to a nice bakery, namely a French one, then you've likely seen these beautiful moulds but never thought beyond the deliciousness that was inside. Enter, Panibois!

Panibois, the inventor of the wooden baking mould brings an exquisite touch of French class to any chef or home baker's kitchen. Panibois emerged from an initial concept geared toward the fruit and vegetable market; the result over time and with high demand was a sturdy bread box that could withstand heat. Panibois's patented designs easy to bake in due to using natural wood, and without metal (such as staples or the like), which can corrode and alter the taste in foods.

These wooden moulds can also be customised for businesses and brands with their logos, and are 100% non-treated, biodegradable natural aspen. It's a premier mould to use, especially for baking the brand offers a variety of moulds, tart rings, bannetons, trays and boxes, etc.

We made a classic French recipe with a modern twist: mushroom quiche with black truffles, which you may see in the next instalment and one of my recent favourite recipes for an early morning coffee break, almond and cinnamon biscuits. For this cosy setting, I used a colourful blend of orchids, hydrangeas, and a motley arrangement of greenery, including ferns and succulents.

If you're looking to give your meals a professional look or if you have a passion for baking, then these stylish moulds will do the job! It's also the perfect kitchen companion for anyone who entertains regularly on a gourmet calibre—it reigns extremely high in my opinion due to the heat sustaining properties it has, therefore the wood allows versatility in usage.

The best part is that the Panibois moulds can be used for decadent pastries and more. Try using them for with the lids for sandwiches, savoury meals, canapes, takeaway lunches in the park, or brunch specialities! Stay tuned for more dishes featuring these moulds.

What do you think of these brilliant moulds? Have you heard of Panibois?

The goods: French baking moulds: Octo 145, Le Marquis, and Pani-Bague rings-Provided by Panibois, or shop more styles at Technobake, Basket topper-Design Market, Sola florals, teacup and saucer set-(Buy similar). As always, all opinions are honestly expressed and my own.


Wedding Centrepieces & DIY Décor: Part One

Hi lovelies, I'm back! 

Between helping to style friends and family events to clients and co-workers' special occasions, over the years, I’ve finally amassed a proper collection of interior décor accents and props. Thanks to some DIYs, it has actually saved me a great deal of money when implementing those along with requests for certain events, including one a friend commissioned me to stylea small wedding party. 

So, when I had the opportunity to create a handful of inspirations for weddings, of course, I jumped at the chance! Each year, there seem to be at least a few people that I know getting ready to tie the knot but this year is a bit calmer. I only have one wedding to attend so far this season.

I decided on a couple of themes for this post: modern rustic wedding, and dashes of bleu. The latter actually has a purpose in the pun due to the couple meeting at a cheese farm and I think the bride is still deciding on which exact blue hues to choose, however it still works here. I also said that I'd give her some budget-friendly tips along with table inspiration. 
Now, view part one of the FASHION TALES Wedding Sessions below: 

After taking a brilliant floral workshop last year, I can honestly say that I have applied some of the techniques to recent events. That, paired with my background and memories of watching my mum do infinite catering events has allowed me to develop my own style of designing arrangements. There's always so much to learn in any trade, and my advice to you for whatever you want to do is to educate yourself—it doesn't matter if it's blogging, graphic design or creating a podcast. Be proactive and you will flourish! 

Table Favours: Memories:
Whether simple, sumptuous, elaborate, or shabby-chic, the worst thing is not having enough boxes or small table tokens to go around. If you do male or female specific themed bags, it can be done with proper organisation but I would advise doing neutral party favours, especially if you are on a budget; even if semi-luxury inspired. 

Here, I have used two different concepts for this décor—party tokens are miniature birdcage boxes to pair with the wedding ring embellished biscuit boxes that I put together for one theme. Then, I used more of a farmhouse rustic styling approach for the other. Hello, gorgeous hydrangeas and vintage containers! 
DIY Boxes: I used contrasting washi tape (coordinating it with the wedding colours) to decorate these white scalloped boxes, then assembled them and added strands of faux pearls and wedding ring charms.
Above: A sneak peek of another shoot. I used wisteria, ivy, and old retro images to create a vintage setting. 

Weddings, Renewing vows, or Engagements: 
Ah, yes, the utterly sweet moments that can be too stressful for even the most organised bride. For budget conscious sophisticates, it's not always suitable to 'keep it simple!' Minimalism has its place but doesn't apply to everything. Instead, keep it memorable and still unique to you as a couple, it's still your special day—this way if everyone already knows that you are a couple that leads a vegan lifestyle, or are more beach seekers than snowboarders, then your guests will likely know not to expect a pig roast or tickets to "snowy mountain."

I have been to a wedding where the couple did something as unique as boxing their favourite party popcorn mix with free movie cards or as simple as sending guests off with a little jar for a homemade spiced hot chocolate recipe. The options are endless!

Lastly, the best part is that all of these concepts can be modified on a larger scale and everything is budget-friendly. Whether you're hosting a teatime or planning an engagement party, be frugal and smart with your quantities and quality. You needn't compromise on both if you know where to shop and if you don't mind being dexterous with crafting skills to make take away tokens for guests or table preparations. 

(Above) DIY Balloons: Would you believe that these 'Just Married' balloons were once simple white balloons? I used metallic paint pens and wrote on each balloon. 
This was fun to do but also saves money if the event is a smaller one.  I made fifty of these balloons before my hand began to shake. I also used one of my brass candelabras and added a vintage farmhouse milk container with the wood and antique theme. 

(Above): Budget-friendly DIY mercury jars to create floral arrangements. Add baby's breath as a white flower filler to add depth to any arrangement. Gypsophila bouquets are great for weddings. These loosely dispersed flowers are the perfect accompaniment for centrepieces and special occasions.

Rustic and modern elegance: A copper lantern can be a great evening accent for wedding decor. I also used rose gold cutlery and lace chargers with gold filigree-inspired plates (seen above). 

Part two is underway, so stay tuned for more decorating tips, table inspiration and wedding DIYs.

What do you think of my behind the scene décor, wedding accents and table creations? 

The goods: Some items featured in this post were provided by Oriental Trading. Shop wedding decor! All opinions are honestly expressed and are my own.

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