Jacamo: Men's Style 2.0

Jacamo makes it easy to shop stylish clothing and accessories for men. The one stop online destination will be a quick favourite if your guy loves affordable quality pieces that are luxe, sporty, and modern style. In addition to offering premium brands like Adidas, Ellesse, Lacoste, and Timberland, amongst others, the menswear range spans into sportswear, footwear, and accessories. 

I've put together some smart pieces for the Mister, as well as items to share with you that would be suitable for the man in your life. Whether it's your husband, father, or boyfriend, Jacamo has savvy styles aplenty for those hassle-free shopping needs. Original Penguin makes some incredibly fun men's trunks in printed, classic, and monochrome styles. And, if he's a football fan, take a gander at this personalised Man Utd. mug, I think I will need that one for myself.  

This style board focusses on a few of my top selections in comfortable undergarments, and weekend style for the man on-the-go. 

Shop the menswear collection for pre-holiday gifts. *This post is brought to you by Jacamo.co.uk, a Fashion Tales sponsor. All opinions expressed are my own.

What do you think of JacamoWhat are your favourite pieces? 



Scandinavian Charm With Moi-Même Box

Have you heard of Moi-Même Box? If you haven't, then you're in for a treat. Moi-Même is a UK-based subscription service dedicated to providing busy women with the element of surprise every three months. Boxes come with special gifts that are unique, relaxing, and above all, quality products. Ladies who want to learn about new brands can treat themselves with a customised box chock full of goodies. I received the Hygge October box.

Moi-Même is based in Bath, one of my favourite parts of England. The boxes consist of independent designers and labels with products ranging from lifestyle to beauty.

One of the many things that I miss when I'd visit family friends and when my sister lived in Sweden is buying skin care and fashion pieces.  What better way to start the transition of seasons than with a warm Scandinavian embrace. Moi Même just launched this year, so this is the second themed box, and this time it has an autumn Scandi-theme. My box contents came with the following items:

1. Nuori Vital Eye Cream - (Sample size 5 ml), full-size is 15 ml. £50 This is a lightweight cream that is hydrating on the skin. Ingredients include organic aloe vera, hyaluronic acid, shea butter, as well as vitamin C and E for antioxidant protection.

2. Nuori Vital Foaming Cleanser (Full Size: 100 ml/ 3.4 oz) - £25 This cleanser is airy, gentle and has a smooth application. Ingredients include pomegranate enzyme and radish root extract. Nuori Skincare is a Danish line of fresh skin care products that are free from parabens, synthetic colour and fragrances, sulphates, mineral oil, and other nasties.

*All of their beauty products are freshly blended every twelve weeks in small batches. Both of the Nuori products are mild in smell and did not bother my allergies. Each also has a smoothly designed pump top to protect the contents from bacteria, light exposure, and air.
3. Yawn - Cosy Sleep Socks £18 These socks are colour blocked with heather grey and sky blue, blended with cashmere, viscose, merino wool, and polyamide. This pair would make a lovely stocking filler as well. Yawn is a burgeoning brand founded by Alice Whiteley in 2014. You may have seen her pieces at Galeries Lafayette in Paris, Wolf & Badger, or Arnotts.  

4. Yawn - Lavender Bag (Grey) £5 I knew that I would love this since I am healthily obsessed with lavender, to begin with. This miniature sack comes in four designs that are all seeped in the beautiful lavender aroma.

5. The Bath Candle Company (Vanilla) £25 An elegantly scented jar candle that would be suitable for a housewarming, a quiet night in, or you know, for those "kumbaya" moments. Other fragrances include Orange & Chili (doesn't that combination sound incredible?), English Pear & Vanilla, Dark Pomegranate, and Somerset Apple & Cinnamon. This is a local brand from Bath that produces luxury eco-friendly soy wax candles (sourced in the UK).

6. Edblad - Monaco Bracelet (Rose Gold) -£26 This nickel safe circle charm bracelet is such a lovely dainty and simple jewellery piece. Hans and Cathrine Edblad designed this bracelet—the Swedish design duo pride themselves on developing high-quality, sustainable products.

7. Welcome booklet: a leaflet with a list of product descriptions and messages from the Moi Meme team about why they chose each item for the box.  

Everything within the box is useful and entirely gives you that cosy feeling. My top three favourite pieces were the comfy Yawn socks, Nuori foaming cleanser, and the Edblad bracelet, which is the perfect blend of understated charm and dainty bling for cooler months. If I'd sum up this box it would fittingly be, "lagom" — there's just the right amount!
Cost: £49.95/Quarterly
Verdict: I loved this box! Given that it is £49.95 quarterly and not monthly, I think this box is worth it, especially since you know that the contents of the box and brand partnerships are carefully selected. If you have the extra wallet, I think it's a great box to try out. You will be receiving five full-size products with samples sometimes as well. It averages to roughly £100+ box of goods, depending on what surprises you have inside. This box was £135 worth of goodies.

There are always surprises within each box, which in my opinion I loved since I don’t typically subscribe to beauty or fashion-related boxes—the team did an ace job at curating it to my satisfaction.

Exclusive Discount:
*You can grab £5 off the next upcoming box or £5 off the October box (as seen above) if you order by today or tomorrow. Boxes have been selling out fast, so subscribe here! There are only a few boxes left from the autumn box otherwise, you will get the next one for January. Use code: TALES5

All subscribers also get an additional VIP discount of 10% off everything in the Moi-Même shop (even on sales)! Free UK delivery.  
The goods: PR sample box-c/o Moi-Même Box. All opinions are honestly expressed and are my own.

Have you heard of Moi-Même Box? What do you think of these emerging brands? 


Autumn and The Amazon

It's no secret that colour is my favourite, in fact, adore most all colours, even though I might not wear them regularly. Gudrun Sjödén's autumn-winter collection per usual is filled with inspiration, and you guessed it ... a fabulous selection of bright hues to delight in for thcolder months. 

This patterned knit dress has an alarming sweetness to it—yet its striking combination also gives off an earthy and feminine casual aesthetic that I adore. I chose this style because of a personal challenge of integrating more orange in my wardrobe.
I am also a fan of the square necklinea refreshing style to wear again than some of my other dresses—this one is outlined with a contrasting orange colour for a lovely finishing touch. One thing that I did not expect to buy this season was a knit dress, and I wasn't keen on them since I had amassed far too many in the past. This style is different purely because of the pattern, and I love it! Three factors quickly sorted were: Comfort, fit, and if the style made a statement. Yes, all were approved 

This enchanting collection inspired by the Amazon and the Andes evokes autumn in a cheerful and endearing way. You can particularly see many of the prints and patterns motivated by nature's encompassing beauty throughout the line. There will be more eco-inspiration to come soon for winter so stay tuned!  

Lastly, I hope that you're enjoying autumn so far, and once again thanks so much for your lovely comments on this post. You're the best readers! 

The goods: Dardo" dress in eco-cotton, and dusky purple tights-c/o Gudrun Sjoden, Leather shoes-Anthropologie, Baubles/Necklace-(Buy similar), Handbag-c/o Stylewe, Eyeglasses-Firmoo. Shop the winter collection or shop the homeware autumn line here.


We're Talking Tables and Autumn

I had the pleasure of sampling décor pieces from Talking Tables for a recent gathering to shoot.
The UK-based design-led partyware company carries a variety of products, some of which includes: seasonal decorations for parties, special events, weddings, and even games.

Thankfully, we were able to do our evening of welcoming autumn within a couple of days from our pre-Halloween film night, which was perfect. Telling everyone that we're having a weekend filled with game night activities was basically the easiest thing to do, especially when I mentioned that culinary bites were included.

This tablescape was so enjoyable to put together because everything was budget-friendly, ninety-percent of the pieces used in this creation paper products, and the branded patterns offered are marvellous. I implemented an accent of copper colour in this theme by adding place card tags to the plates, then I used miniature crackers to add a special touch to each place setting.

I could have gone over the top with the myriad options the brand offers. However, I chose to stick with a golden theme. White, gold, and ivory were the workable colours in my palette, then burgundy was used to break up the gold hues. The only thing that was a bit troublesome was the tablecloth, although in the end it still looked okay. My designing eye wanted to banish creases embedded in the folds, and with the film backing it was quite a task and could not be ironed. The design is so lovely, which helped to mask some of the indentations and it was fine for the occasion.
Style blurb: These enchanting plates above are all quality paper products, the golden cutlery is actually plastic, but has the sumptuous aesthetic of fine cutlery with the faux filigree styling. 

Here are four suggestions to help you prep for your themed table.  
  1. Don't Be Afraid To Go Off-Script: We have two dining tables, and both are on the longer side since we entertain quite often. I decided to take a leaf out and make one table smaller to suit the paper table covering. As a result, this worked out better and I was able to showcase these brilliant stag napkins ga bit more. There's nothing wrong with planning, just be sure to know that something will always happen off the agenda. It's okay. Think fast, and stay positive!  
  2. Paper Can Be Elegant: I've said it many times, there are plenty of ways to create a lavish looking party table or opulent setting on a budget. Do away with the notion that paper items cannot be elegant. Period. As you can see from my selections, remarkable options are bountiful on the site. It will take you a moment to peruse, but you will be smiling the whole time! Trust me.
  3. Add a Creative Centrepiece! It doesn't have to be one with a traditional aesthetic. My actual centrepiece revolves around three main pieces as focal points. I used fresh stem-cut flowers, a vase that I filled with metallic rocks, and a glitter reindeer. It's unique enough, striking, and non-traditional.   
  4. Decorate Beyond The Space! Often, when you're a newbie to decorating and entertaining, you fail to realise that your décor doesn't have to stop with one space of decorating. I know it may seem like an insurmountable task, but I promise, it's not! Decorating throughout the home or even in a studio space can be fun—using graphic décor (signage), this DIY crepe project, or a simple garland will help to tie everything together. I used a reindeer stag garland: it's easy, fitting to the theme, and didn't take too much time to string together. Even small details, e.g., a wreath on the door or areas along the foyer can add a special touch.  

What do you think of this table? Have you bought products from Talking Tables?

View the range from Talking Tables or shop the site here. Talking Tables offers shipping to the UK, EU, and US. *We recommend Pub Quiz, if you're into trivia. It's fun, challenging, and one of many favourites of the night. 

The Goods: Party Porcelain Gold collection: Champagne flutes, Glitter Reindeer, Stag Dinner Napkins, Canape Plates, Stag Garland, Saucer Crackers, Paper Table Covering, Party Porcelain Plates Small, Medium, and Large-c/o Talking Tables. Other items used-Fashion Tales, Styling: Madison. View the party range and shop pieces from this tablescape here.

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Macabre Magnificence

Halloween will arrive now in just a matter of weeks, so I wanted to give you other alternatives this time for decorating. As previously shown, I provided you with loads of options that were both family oriented and kid-friendly. This particular theme can actually be modified to suit teenagers as well, however I put the décor focus on a more grown-up setting.

I recently threw an early Halloween night that was motivated by theatre and film, and even though it was early to partake in celebrations, my friends are always okay with themed gatherings. I teamed up with Oriental Trading again to show you some useful and festive pieces from their scroll of offerings for Halloween.

From dark comedy to novel based films from the past, we had everything that was all about Halloween fun with a touch of darkness, but in a tasteful way even for a typically ghastly (in the best possible way) occasion for others. To be honest, I am not a big horror film enthusiast. I used humour, films, and books with a lot of imagery as inspiration. Additionally, I included a somewhat alarming element to the table by using my framed DIY, then I made a few extra projects throughout the table.

Three Ways To Get Started:
  1. Games: If you're looking for ideas that are captivating and engaging for your guests, then game night is my first suggestion. I married original games, such as charades, and even movie-themed trivia cards (hidden under plates) with this tablescape. For this movie night, I wanted everyone to have something to take home, which I decided would be the award statues alongside the goodie bags. 
  2. Next, use a dated piece in your theme: This vintage lace fabric worked perfectly along with a cotton tablecloth underneath. You could even use an old candelabra, goblets, or wooden picture frames to add a little nostalgia to your table.  
  3. Add playful elements that have character: Where do we start? You don't have to go down the "silly" path when it comes to fun items. A fun aesthetic doesn't have to mean "cheesy." Simply think of a film or two that you like, and decorate around that theme or blend several films together as we did. We love humour and I decided to add a dose of comedy with the film clapper by writing on it, "parody, " etc.   

I enjoyed putting this theme together very much because of the premium selections that I had. This range included the following: skeleton stemware (I painted them antique gold), adorable spell books (Think, Happy Potter) that I used as treat boxes to fill with party mixes for guests, golden glittered skeleton treat bags, and a cinema-inspired cupcake tower, amongst other pieces.

Extras: For a recycling and revamping project, I spray painted this red striped Mylar balloon in black, and used a chalk pen to write "Boo" on the balloon.
Items used: Director's Clapboard*Spellbook Treat Boxes*Silver Glitter Chandelier*Movie Reel Cupcake Tower*Glitz-O’-Ween Cellophane Bags*Movie Night Dessert Plates*Skeleton Hand Glasses*Glitter Black Crow Brads*Movie Buff Gold Trophies*Jumbo Movie Night Cutouts*Black Tissue Hanging Fans. Shop them here.

What do you think of this film inspired decoration? 

Check out more Halloween items, including table accessories, party decorations, and props for your night of fun here! Some items for this party were provided by Oriental Trading. All opinions expressed are my own.

 Above: Silver glitter paper chandelier! Comes in flat and it's easy to assemble, isn't it adorable?

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*View the DIY for this dark potpourri bowl above, and the apothecary mason jar labels here.


Insta Living: Special Vol. 13

You're probably thinking, "Madison, where have you been?" Or, at least in my mind your lovely caring hearts are wondering what's up with the sporadic posts lately. Even though I try to do a pretty good job at commenting on everyone's blog, and pushing out quality posts that inform you (as well as inspire you creatively), I have found myself incredibly overwhelmed as of late.

I am actually in business school at the moment. To be honest, between work, dutiful business travelling, scholarly assignments, and getting my creative juices flowing, I don't know how I've miraculously been able to fulfil all of my tasks. If you've ever been in business school or know anyone who has, then you probably already understand. I just relieved myself from a couple of freelance projects to focus on research, although it's still a bit tough working full-time simultaneously whilst completing extensive research. But, it is possible.

However, amongst all of the chaos of life there are some sweet and beautiful moments, and for that reason I am still going to keep this blog open. Time off will happen in these coming weeks. I merely wanted to make you aware that these are crucial times for me, and I am only at the tip of the iceberg with the things that I plan to do.

With that being said, thank-you for sticking with me during my blog journey so far. And, yes, I will continue to read your posts via Bloglovin' (in my spare time), I am even going to try to continue my social media platforms as best as I can ... hopefully. It might take me a much longer time to get back to you, and/or post more. If you already follow me on Instagram and Twitter, I will also be using those to respond or comment occasionally and see what you're up to.

Don't worry, I will still have a few new posts coming up soon before everything takes effect.

Wish me the best! P.S. Sending virtual smiles, positive vibes, or virtual hugs wouldn't hurt either.

Above: Snippets of the past month: Weekend aquarium visits, My new leather handbag, Homemade gluten-free goodies (recipe coming soon), New beauty products to try out, An outfit preview full of colourful knitwear, Another decoration preview, What a typical weekend is looking like at the moment: notes and research, My current beauty obsession: this beauty palette, More culinary goodies that I made: homemade plant-based herb cheeses. *This post may contain affiliate linking.
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