Yankee Candle's New 'Home Inspiration' Range

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Ever since moving out, I've become a huge lover of candles. I've always been a little nervy around matches and never used to light candles in my bedroom but my partner has a gas lighter which means I don't have to worry about playing with matches anymore - cue my new obsession with candles. I tend to go through phases - I'll hoard shampoos, lipsticks and most recently - candles! My current favourites are using wax melts in my wax burner and I've also picked up a few bargain candles from B&M too. I can also recommend a candle company called Wickford & Co which are stocked in Home Bargains priced at an amazing £2.99 for a large jar! The scent fills the house too. With my new love of candles in mind and my 'new' home blog, I thought I'd show you some stunning new scents from Yankee Candle's Home Inspiration Range. All large jars cost £13 and there are also mini votives and wax melts available too if you're looking for something cheaper. So, what are the new scents?


All new scents seem perfect for the upcoming spring months - hopefully bringing us a little more sunshine and less gloomy mornings! I love the pastel packaging of the candles and I think I'll try out the Strawberries & Cream scent first - they all sound too good to be true! x

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My Living Room Tour: Part One

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Since moving into my first ever home that is just mine and my fiancee's (can't get used to saying that yet) - I've decided that not only do I want to get back into some of my hobbies, but I'd definitely like to get back into blogging again. I want to try and turn this into a more home themed blog with tips that I would have found useful when I was saving to move out and general snippets of my new home life but I think I'll also be adding beauty here and there as well as wishlists etc. To kick off my new home posts, I thought I'd show you my favourite room of our house - the living room! When we moved in it was squeaky clean with a very simple decor of white walls and furniture, it looked gorgeous and sleek but it wasn't quite for us. We opted for a light grey paint on all four walls and we repainted the staircase in white to freshen it up a little. I have tried to include all links where I can in case you see anything you like, but some items aren't available online anymore.


In the centre of our living room, we have a plain white IKEA coffee table which is perfect to brighten up the room and of course to use as storage! I couldn't quite decide how to jazz it up enough just so that it would add some glamour to the white surface, but I eventually decided on this little get up. My mum bought me this silver glitter tray from Dunelm (you'll soon realise that silver glitter is the theme for our living room!) and I decided to add my favourite accessories. My partner bought me the home sweet home candles from B&M when we first moved in as a suprise gift so I really treasure it and like to keep it on display. I then added this lovely star quote from Dunelm which is a quote I should definitely live by and these gorgeous love arrangement faux flowers which were in the sale in Dunelm. 


We bought our corner sofa from DFS, with the silver and grey theme in mind. In all honesty, I didn't think there was a massive amount of choice from DFS when we first visited, but I knew that this would suit the living room perfectly and I do love a corner sofa! The cushions come as part of a sofa and I think they help complete the look - but I'm thinking of adding some of my own too for added effect. We also have the matching cuddle chair which is amazing! It's my favourite place to put my feet up after work and relax. The good thing about buying your sofa from DFS is that you can put it on a 0% finance loan for 4 years, so you dont' have to worry about paying upfront or paying interest. 

Next to our sofa, we have a bargain side table from IKEA (we pretty much bought the whole shop!) I tend to hide my handbag underneath it and on top I added this sparkly silver lamp from Argos, which is perfect for making the living room look cosy without the brighter main light. We also have my wax melt burner which is perfect for me as I didn't used to be confident with candles (although I am getting better lately!) and there are so many different wax melts to choose from without having to splash out on a larger candle. I picked up this little white post holder from B&M for just £1.99 and thought it would be great to pop any letters in rather than dumping them on the table like I normally do!


My fireplace is often chopped and changed around by myself depending what mood I am in, but I think I am happy with it currently! I love my silver glitter 'love' and 'home' signs which are another bargain from B&M! (That's my current favourite shop!). I also have our initial candles from Asda which were very affordable and I bought these months ago before we had even chosen a house! We have our TV mounted to the wall which I love as it saves us on storage and it's like having our own mini cinema! I have some false flowers in the centre, two silver sparkle photo frames with one photo of my family and one photo of my partner's family. Next to that we have my PS4, my lovely cat ornament, silver star and cat ring holder. 


I absolutely love my wall shelf which stands next to our fireplace. At first I had absolutely no idea what to put on the shelf but I soon began adding my favourite silver accessories. I added some gorgeous silver photo frames from Next with photos of us over the past six years. I have a glittery calendar block from New Look (which I tend to update about once a week!!). I also have a mantlepiece clock which I tend to move about quite often but I love it as it's got such a sparkle to it  up close. Next to my photo frames, I added some LED silver glitter candles. 

I hope you enjoyed my living room tour and I still have more bits and bobs to show you around the room so I think I am going to write up a part two! 

x
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Sweet Dreams Returns.

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Am I finally ready to return to my blog? I think that I am but I've decided that there's some things that I would like to change. Firstly, I'd like to focus less on beauty and focus more on home and lifestyle, always as general things that I am enjoying lately such as reading, wellbeing and general lifestyle ideas that are interesting me. I don't want to be focused on followers, how many people are reading and I also want to keep the blog focussed not so much on beauty (despite the Sweet Dreams Beauty name!). I'm not saying that I will cut out beauty completely, I will still be writing reviews when I get the chance and showing you any of my favourite products, but I think it's important too that I show other aspects of my life as in a way, a blog is like a public diary - somewhere you can go to escape, share your favourite things and also meet others who are just like you. I have never given up on this blog because I've spent so much time and effort working on it and loved every minute of it, but I also feel that part of me has grown up from it now - which is why I want to try and add some more lifestyle themes that are more relevant to my life now. I'm a nosy parker and love reading about who is behind the blog, so seeing as I've been away for over six months, it's about time I filled you in about what's been going on.

In September, my partner and I got the keys to our very first home. This is something that we have worked for years for and was always an amibition of ours to have a cosy home that would be just for us two, all off our own backs. As with any move, it was pretty stressful due to all the solicitors work, mortgage applications, IKEA trips and never ending bills - but it's all been worth it. I won't talk too much about the house as I did discuss it in my previous 'Where have I been?' post. You can also hear more about my two gorgeous yet mischievous kittens, Arnold & Sylvester. 

We got engaged!
Typing this still feels so strange! We have been together for six years in March and I always knew that one day we would get married but I had no idea when and in all honestly it wasn't on my mind. So, it came as a complete shock on Christmas morning (our first ever Christmas in our house) when he proposed to me completely out of the blue which a beautiful engagement ring. I am so happy and am smiling as I read this as I feel like it's the next step in our relationship and I'm so glad that we have each other. We haven't started wedding planning, just a few rough ideas and we are hoping to get married in either 2018 or 2019. I will keep you updated. Also if you're in the mood for reading about weddings, my gorgeous sister is rather obsessed with them (luckily for me!) and she has set up her very own wedding blog - A Pretty Little Wedding.

Hope you've all been well - I've got lots of blog reading to catch up on! x 

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My Hemnes Dressing Table & Life Update.

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It's always been a goal of mine to own a dressing table. Some people want to become doctors, become famous, make scientific breakthroughs and then there's me, dreaming of the day that I finally own a dressing table - well that day has finally come! As I'm sure you're aware my blog has been so neglected this year but now that I am settled into my new home (more on that soon) I'm now thinking that now is the time to come back to blogging. Blogging in Autumn/winter is also my most favourite time as we all get to go crazy with the gift guides and festive themes, so I want to make an effort to come back to my online space.

Recently myself and my boyfriend bought our very first home together and over the past two months it has been absolutely crazy, spending every evening after a long day at work renovating and making it ours and I'm pleased to say we've finally made it to the finishing line. We definitely haven't finished, I have more things I want to buy but certainly can't afford and our garden needs work doing, but it will all come in time. I would like to add some more lifestyle and home posts to this blog too, so I'm going to get my thinking cap on. Also, I have two kittens! Arnold & Sylvester - I'm going to do a post about them soon as I love them so much I want to share them with you too.

So, ramble over, here's what I'm here to talk about. (Well, it's just a dressing table but still). On a recent trip to IKEA where we practically bought at least 20% of the store before having to fit it all in the back of a van and go home, I picked up my first ever dressing table. I chose the HEMNES dressing table with mirror  which cost me £135 (where's my stool?) and it's a crisp clean white with plenty of space for all my goodies, with a large mirror, two small drawers and a large drawer which is practically hidden underneath which makes the dressing table look even more sophisticated. It is also available in a gorgous pastel pink too! My bedroom has a gold glitter theme so I've added in plenty of gold sparkles to add to the decor of the room. I've included links above for anything incase it takes your fancy!

Anyone know where I can get a nice stool from?!
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Kate Spade Minnie Mouse Collection

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WARNING: This post may make you want to spend money. (A lot of it).

I'll admit that I've been a pretty rubbish blogger lately, but I'm hoping to get the ball rolling and finally get back into it. My favourite posts to create are always wishlists as I love finding new products to share with you, add to my wishlist and also jazz up my blog a little bit with new pretty items. Kate Spade NY is my favourite designer, if I won the lottery I would definitely go wild and order a crazy amount of items - especially anything with glitter on it! As I was browsing Kate Spade's UK website recently, I headed over to the 'New In' section and couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this beautiful new Minnie Mouse collection. Being designer items, they are most definitely not cheap - but you never know, one day they could be ours! Plus, free delivery means it's not too much of a splurge, right?! 
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