The Perfume Society: Fashion, Fabric and Fragrance Review

If you are someone who loves to experiment with scents or change their perfume every season, the Perfume Society subscription box is perfect addition to your fragrance cabinet. The Perfume Society discovery boxes contain up to eight premium fragrance and beauty samples, in a beautifully curated themed box. This months theme is Fashion, Fabric and Fragrance box, which is a celebration of fashion designers who evoke the texture of fabric through scent.

The newly launched discovery box features an array of the latest must-have perfumes, including samples of the highly rated Elie Saab Girl of Now, Estee Lauder Modern Muse and Mugler Aura Mugler. Priced at £17.50 plus p&p for non-subscribers and £12.50 for subscribers, it is a great way of discovering new scents without needing to splash out on the full sized bottle, as well as introducing you to perfumes and fragrances you may not have known are on the market. As well as eight fragrance samples, the box also comes with a travel sized Molton Brown shower gel and a full sized Percy & Reed's A Walk in the Rain Shine and Fragrance Mist worth £15 on it's own.

Elie Saab - Girl of Now

Elie Saab's newest fragrance, Girl of Now is possibly my favourite in this discovery box. I have always been a fan of Elie Saab's perfumes and this one also doesn't disappoint. The fragrance is sweet, floral and elegant with notes of white jasmine, orange blossom and patchouli. It's a radiant, fresh, energising scent.

Jasper Conran - Nightshade

Jasper Conran's Nightshade is a musky, autumnal fragrance, perfect for this time of year. The fragrance. It is sexy, seductive and has a spicy floral and jasmine mix.

Estee Lauder  - Modern Muse

Estee Lauder Modern Muse is a classic scent, comprising of mandarin and jasmine top notes, honeysuckle and lily heart notes and base notes of amber wood and vanilla. This would be of my go-to work scents as it is quite sophisticated and elegant.

Lalique Satine

Lalique Satine has an oriental scent made up of jasmine petals, gardenia, tonka bean and sandlewood. It is a warming, soft, sensual scent. 

La Perla La Mia Perla

The La Perla La Mia Perla comes in a beautiful 8ml bottle and would love wonderful on anyone's dressing table or in someones makeup bag. Again this belongs to the oriental family and has top notes of mandarin and white pepper, heart notes of sambac, jasmine, suede and peony and base notes of musk and sandalwood. This scent is sophisticated and vibrant and possibly one of the scents in the box that I'm most open to repurchasing.

By Terry Delectation Splendide

Terry Delectation Splendide is quite a spicy fragrance and one that I wouldn't usually go for, but I've drawn back to it a few times now. It has top notes of lemon, ginger, pepper and anise, heart notes of tobacco leaf, rose and tonka bean and base notes of cinnamon, vanilla, musk and patchouli. This is a lovely autumnal fragrance and something I look forward to wearing more of over the next few months.

Mugler Aura Mugler

Aura Mugler is a really fresh, fruity, botanical scent, deriving from top notes of orange blossom, heart notes of rhubarb leaf and wolfwood and basenotes of vanilla. I've tried wearing this a few times, but this scent is something I would usually go for myself.

Aerin Evening Rose

Evening Rose is a floral fragrance and is possibly in my top three scents from this box. It incorporates all the fragrances I love - blackberry and cognac top notes, heart notes of rose and base notes of incense. It is a rich, juicy, vibrant scent and it lasts for a considerable time.

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How to cope with the dark side of blogging

Sharing your personal life on the internet for the whole world to see is never without risks and when it comes to blogging, there are many of us that share intimate details about our lives without a second thought. Unfortunately in the world there's a plethora of jealous people out there and the internet is the prime place for them to vent out their anger as they hide behind their keyboards. I have been lucky that throughout my seven years of writing on the internet, everything has run smoothly and I haven't been a victim of hate or trolling...until recently. Just over a week ago, I received my first troll email from a person trying to jeopardise my marriage. Part of me always knew that at some point I would get backlash for what I do, after all there's always someone in the world a little bit jealous of you, but it didn't make it any easier to digest. It honestly hit me like a thousand knives and made me want to retreat. For a few hours, I felt insecure, alone and doubted everything that I took for granted, that was until I decided that I wasn't going to let them win. Trolls, bullies, the people who hurt you are just after attention and they want you to breakdown so that they feel better about themselves. They may have taken my confidence for a few short hours, but they are not going to put me off doing what I love, what I have worked hard for and ruin the relationships of the people that mean the most to me.

Take some time out

When things are getting tough and you're feeling overwhelmed, don't be afraid to take some time out. Taking time out can help you reflect on your life as a whole, why you love what you do and the accomplishments you have achieved. It helps you put everything into perspective.

Surround yourself with your friends

Our friends can be our biggest motivators and sometimes when you're feeling down, a coffee with someone who really appreciates you can be the biggest 'pick me up' that you need. 

Carry on doing what you love

In life, there will always be haters, whether it is at work, in our personal lives or on the internet - it's unavoidable. Don't let them get the best of you, carry on doing what you love and prove them that you are stronger and better than ever before.

How do you cope with online haters?

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A Foodie Tour of Victoria Leeds

It is hard to imagine Leeds without Victoria Gate. Since its arrival only last year,  it helped transform the city in many ways, by introducing a luxurious shopping district to what was once a run-down area of the town and also being one of the main reasons Leeds made it into the Top 10 of Lonely Planet's 'Best Places in Europe'. Victoria Gate merges the old, with the new - bringing the Victorian arcade across the street known as Victoria Quarter together with a new, state of the art shopping centre Victoria Gate, collectively known as Victoria Leeds. Over the last twelve months, Victoria Leeds has established itself as the hotspot for luxury shopping, drinking and of course dinning.

There are several restaurants in Victoria Gate and to give me a taste of what they offer, I was invited last night on a foodie tour of the shopping centre, where I was given a three-course meal to review, with each course being in a different restaurant. As a newly proclaimed vegan, I was a little bit apprehensive about what would be on offer, but I also knew I was in for a treat.

Our starter took place in Le Pain Quotidien, an organic bakery which specialises in Belgian cuisine and uses only seasonal produce. LPQ is one of my favourite eateries in Victoria Gate and I was excited to start my culinary tour in familar terrority. LPQ has such a homely feel and I love the finishing touches they add to the tables to give them a seasonal feel. The main table in the restaurant featured an array of autumnal pumpkins and flowers. For my starter, I ordered the french onion soup which was served with a crisp garlic bread and a soya yoghurt dressing. The soup was rich, flavoursome and warming, a perfect starter for the colder autumn nights that are beginning to settle in. 

Once we had finished our starter, we nipped around the corner to Cau for our main course. Cau is an Argentinan steakhouse with a beautiful sleek black and white decor, an extravagant glass ceiling and balconies overlooking the main shopping centre. Cau was the restaurant I was the most anxious about as I didn't know whether they would cater for vegans, but the staff were amazing and listed so many items on the menu that they would have been happy to 'veganise' for me - including flatbreads, pasta and different salads. As I'm trying to be healthy, I decided to go for the superfood salad without the goats' cheese and I wasn't disappointed. The ingredients were incredibly fresh, the colours of the salad look amazing, it was a large, filling portion and the mustard dressing was moreish.

Our last course was at the newly opened East 59th, a New York-style bar and Grill on the third floor of the shopping centre, which features a beautiful outdoor roof terrace. The menu features modern twists on American foodie classics, curated by Executive Chef Lee Murdoch who is also in charge of the menus at Angelica and Crafthouse. I opted for the sorbet sundae with chickpea cream for my dessert and it was incredible. It was an explosion of flavour from the juicy cherries to the tart lemon sorbet. The chickpea cream was a revolution and I was also impressed by the vegan meringue, also made from chickpeas. It was an incredible dessert and it really made a change from the standard bowl of sorbet that vegans are usually offered. I would happily eat this dessert again.

My foodie journey of Victoria Leeds was a night to remember - I learnt about two new restaurants, trialled several new dishes and had a great time getting to know the staff who work really hard to maintain this level of excellence that has everyone in Leeds talking about all these places. Victoria Leeds has everything you could wish from cafes to a la carte dining and also a £10 million casino perfect for cocktails to finish the night off. If you're visiting Leeds, Victoria Gate should be on your radar.

Have you dined at Victoria Gate before?

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Review: Northern Tea House, Huddersfield

Northern Tea House is a beautiful tea house in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire and it is a place I love dearly.  The cakes are always freshly made with gluten-free and vegan options readily available, the china teacups help make every cup of tea feel special and the staff always go above and beyond to make all their customers smile. Over the last few years, I have spent many a Saturday or Sunday afternoon frequenting this little cafe, sometimes with friends, other times with my husband and today I thought it was about time that I shared one of my favourite little gems in Huddersfield with you.

Northern Tea House first opened their doors back in 2015 and they became a welcomed addition to the Huddersfield food and drink scene. The tea house is conveniently situated next to Kingsgate, the towns busiest shopping centre and they are never short of customers. On a weekend, grabbing a seat at Northern Tea House can be quite difficult, but once seated it is worth the wait. The decor has a welcoming modern, vintage twist with industrial style furniture styled alongside vintage crockery and black and white photographs hanging from the walls. They have an extensive menu filled with cakes, sandwiches, hot and cold dishes, many of which are suitable for an array of dietary requirements. 

Last week I went to Northern Tea House with a few of my friends for afternoon tea and I ordered a vegan option. Finding a vegan afternoon tea can be quite difficult as a lot of cakes are full to the brim with eggs and dairy, however, Nothern Tea House already has quite a substantial vegan menu and was more than happy to accommodate my needs. My pot of tea came with its own little jug of soya milk and my afternoon tea comprised of hummus and chargrilled vegetable sandwiches and peanut butter sandwiches, a light, fresh lemon drizzle cake and two moreish dark chocolate coconut slices, that I could happily eat every day. The afternoon tea came to £14.95 and I was able to box up some of the items I couldn't finish eating.

If you're looking for a place to meet up with friends, your partner or colleagues and grab a coffee, tea or a light lunch, Northern Tea House is the perfect place for you to visit.  I would definitely recommend popping in if you have the time.

Have you been to Northern Tea House?

*I have NOT been paid or compensated to write this review, I wrote it because I genuinely enjoy visiting
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How to feel confident wearing prints

The older I've become, the more I've started finding my ground when it comes to my personal style and what suits my body. When I was younger I was quite self-conscious about my body and what I wore and I used to wrap myself up in all black in order to not draw attention to myself. I think there is a pivotal point in every young woman's life where you suddenly decide not to give a damn about what everyone else thinks about you and although it took me awhile, I think I've finally reached that point. Over the last twelve months,  I have really experimented with my wardrobe and tried clothes that I never thought would suit me. I have developed my own individual style comprising of daring vintage pieces with modern, elegant twists. I used to be someone who used to shy away from colour, now I can't get enough of it and when it comes to prints, the more vibrant the better.

Inspired by new vintage Liberty of London skirt that I found in Oxfam for only £10, I have decided to put together a little guide on how to feel confident wearing printed clothing. Prints are often associated with garish 80s designs or bohemian hippies, but these days that is far from the case and out there in a vintage or high street store, there's a print to suit everybody. Autumn is my favourite time for prints as they often replicate the tangerine orange and fiery colours seen in the weather as the leaves begin to fall onto the ground. The patterns are usually a lot more subtle and the colours are often darker, which is great for those looking to test the waters and wear prints for the first time.

Select key pieces
My first piece of advice for anyone looking to wear prints is to select key pieces from your wardrobe and unless you're really confident, refrain from wearing all over patterns. Skirts and blazers are a fantastic start for anyone looking to wear prints and they can be worn up with a simple cami top or blouse to tone down the outfit.

Opt for subtle patterns
Floral and Aztec patterns are great for beginners and they come in a variety of colours, all year round. Opt for subtle, classic designs that will stand the test of time and can be worn all year through.

Muted colours
If you are just starting out wearing prints, chose muted colours such as deep reds, dark green or black and whites. The more confident you become wearing these, the more experimental you can be later on.

Adding accessories will draw some of the attention away from the prints if you are feeling self-conscious. Wrist jewellery will draw your attention to your arms or a striking necklace with a basic blouse will draw attention away from patterned trousers, skirts or blazers.

Sometimes it is worth paying more
Sometimes it is worth paying a little bit more for a piece of clothing if it is patterned because the more time that is invested in your item of clothing, the more attention to detail there will be in the design. This is important when it comes patterns as the more expensive the item is, the easier they are able to add finer details that really enhance a piece of clothing compared to going for a larger, generic pattern. If you are worried about investing money into clothing that you are unsure you will wear, you can always look through charity shops and try to find similar items for more purse friendly price.

How do you feel about wearing prints?

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