Wednesday, 30 July 2014

July Purchases

Having moved into a new house and being surrounded by lots of lovely shops, I couldn't wait to get out and buy a few new things. And seeing as my term has finished and I was just about to move back home for six weeks, I decided I could afford to go on a bit of a spending spree with the remains of my student loan for the year!

Reed diffuser

First up was this Airwick Reed Diffuser in White Vanilla Bean. I bought a different brand reed diffuser a while back, but the smell was so strong it made me feel sick and I've been a bit wary of buying another one since! But this was on a half price offer at Wilko, so at £3.22 I thought I could try it out- my room had a lingering smoky smell from the previous tenant and I wanted something to cover up the smell when I can't have the window open. This has quite a strong, floral smell that I didn't like at first- I prefer a scent to be more subtle. But one of my housemates said it made the whole flat smell lovely! It was really simple to set up, and three weeks later still has a good amount left in it. I can't really smell it anymore because I'm used to it, but I expected that. I like the fact it works the whole time, unlike scented candles which I don't always fancy lighting. If I see these on offer again once it's run out, I'd definitely think about repurchasing.

Yankee candle tea lights

Sticking with the scented theme, I purchased these Yankee Candle tea lights from their store. It was £6.75 for 12 tea lights. I'd never really used scented candles until I got one as a present a couple of years ago. I can't remember what it was, but I know I bought it again twice- when I get another one I will share it with you! I spent absolutely ages sniffing all the candles, trying to find something light and fresh and this scent is perfect. It's called Champaca Blossom. I'm not great at describing smells, but this is very daytime, girly and summery. It's a subtle, floral smell which will be lovely. I've not actually used these yet, but I'm looking forward to lighting them soon. 

Butterfly tea light holder

After buying the tea lights, I realised I didn't have anything to put them in! I didn't really like any of the holders in the Yankee Candle store, but I spotted this in the Bristol Guild. I loved the light purple colour and the butterflies- there seem to be a lot butterfly things in my room despite this not being deliberate! This was about £3.

Purple notebook

I love stationery nearly as much as I love homeware, so when I started this blog, naturally I needed to buy a pretty notebook to jot down ideas! This was £6 in Paperchase. The outside is thick card, so it should be sturdy enough to survive in my handbag. It's got quite wide ruled lines inside which I don't really like- my handwriting always looks so messy on big lines! However, I'm sure I will manage just fine with it.

Highland Cow Doorstop

And finally, this cute impulse buy! Vinegar Hill in Bristol is one of my favourite shops to browse and I took my sister in there while she was visiting. We came across this Highland Cow doorstop by Dora Designs and simply couldn't leave him on the shelf! At £24.99 he wasn't cheap, but just look at that face!! (Ok, I'm crazy. I know.) I'm planning on taking him home and leaving him in the living room as a surprise for my parents. I really hope they love him as much as I do! His name is Angus by the way. 

Well that's all my interesting purchases of the month, hope you enjoyed this post and thanks for reading! 




  1. Wow is that your handwriting on the journal? It's so pretty!!

    1. Thanks, yes it is! :) I actually thought it looked a bit messy in real life because the ink in my pen was a bit dried up haha x

  2. The cow is adorable! I love buying homely things like this :)

    Hope you enjoy your summer.

    Corinne x

  3. Hope you're all settled after the move! I'm in the process of moving out of my third year uni house and into my boyfriend's bedroom for a bit. As a result I'm on a major scale down. But keeping an eye out for things for when we get our own place in the new year!!

    I am also a stationery nut! Paperchase is like my heaven. I might have to go get one of those notebooks today, as a pay day treat! But the thing I love most is that doorstop. TOOOO CUTE!


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