Lily flames

By Sarah Redman

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This lovely addition to my candle collection comes from Somerset company Lily-Flame. I received their Fairy Dust (invisible and true) candle for Christmas from my lovely friend Georgia Thomas. After sampling their most popular candle I can see the attraction and have been hooked ever since.

This Verbena (A summer in Provence) hooked me not only by the name, as this is my summer destination of choice, but also by the amazing fresh and summery scent. This one definitely brightens up any room.

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Lily-Flame has a range of products with both full size and mini scented tins, scented glassware, room mist sprays and reed diffusers. I absolutely love the quirky look of these candles and how the coloured wax melts into the rest of the candle releasing even more of the luscious scents.

Lily-Flame was established in 1994 and they make all their products by hand in the heart of the Somerset countryside. This has lead them to become one of the UK’s favourite scented candle manufacturers.

My next purchase is hopefully going to be a more fruity affair: Mango Fandango (hot, hot, hot!) This is ‘the worlds tangiest, most mango-ey candle’ – I popped into a local supplier in Sevenoaks today (The Lemon Tree) to check the scent lived up to the name. So I think I’ll just add this 35 hour burning candle to my wish list now.

I also have another on the wish list: Parma Violets (The sweetest feeling). Yes, exactly like the sweets – I became a big kid in a sweet shop when I smelt this one. Definitely another must have.

To complete my small but growing collection: Taste of Provence (Marjoram, Thyme, Rosemary and Sage). Described as “culinary perfection” I found this one on their website and have yet to try it out but this one sounds right up my street – again with the Provence.

What do you think of my candle addiction? Or have you tried Lily-Flame before? Let us know and leave a comment below, Tweet us @thesarahsblog or post on our Facebook page.

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Vintage Shades

By Sarah Redman

The Sarah’s Style blog picked up a few gem’s at the recent vintage fair in Bournemouth.

One of my favorites, my retro style shades! Two for £15 – Bargain.

The Bournemouth Vintage Fair - Sunglasses Wall

The Bournemouth Vintage Fair – Sunglasses Wall

Seen above as a wall of sunglasses, by the time I got to it most of the best ones were already gone!

However, I still managed to bag two pairs – one for when i’m feeling a little ‘vintagey’ and the second for when I’m feeling a little more quirky!

Vintage Sunglasses

Vintage Sunglasses

These are my ‘everyday’ sunnies, with a hint of tortoise shell and the gold detailing across the bridge of the nose and over the top of the eyes. This pair are more conservative and work well for any occasion – especially if you are already  rocking a variety of bright colours in your outfit.

Vintage Sunglasses

Vintage Sunglasses

The gold detailing gives a little edge to the otherwise not dissimilar pair to those found on the high street.

Vintage Sunglasses

Vintage Sunglasses

This pair really caught my eye. The bright purple, is eye catching, whilst the faded colour balances out the harsh frames.

Vintage Sunglasses

Vintage Sunglasses

The detailing on the arms of these shades mimics a very popular design i’m sure you’ll have seen. However, these are total fake (obviously) and for once, I agree with the fakery as the swirl design has been used as inspiration for this particular pair, whilst still being UV safe and CE approved!

All in all, i can’t wait for the sun – because I’m not sure I can pull off sunglasses and snow. Shame…

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Home Decor

Home Decor

By Sarah Redman

Personally I consider this an area of fashion, much like I consider fashion to be art. (You can make your own mind up on that debate)

But whilst you do, take a look at this reupholstered stool from Cotton Candy Designs

Priced at £30.00 with a cute stamp design… #TheSarahsLove

Stamp Stool - Cotton Candy Designs

Stamp Stool – Cotton Candy Designs

Stamp Stool - Cotton Candy Designs (Price)

Stamp Stool – Cotton Candy Designs (Price)

Cotton Candy Designs also have another piece of stamp print reupholstered furniture (as seen at the Bournemouth Vintage Fair today)

Cotton Candy Designs - Reupholstered seat

Cotton Candy Designs – Reupholstered seat

(Contact Cotton Candy Designs for pricing – see similar posts for details)

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The Sarah’s Love: Paris

By Sarah Redman

… A little bit of cheeky street art. Literally!

Paris Boutique - Shop window: Street Style

Paris Boutique – Shop window: Street Style

Above: A pure photography mistake – some may say over edited – I say quirky, and for once a reflection in the shot i quite like!

Aston Martin DB6 on the streets of Paris

Aston Martin DB6 on the streets of Paris

Above: Has to be said I walked right past this car and was dragged back by the boyfriend – so I can’t take credit for the original photo, but I can the editing. This picture is for my dad, Paul Redman – One day you will have your Aston Martin (even if i have to buy it for you!) [Credits: Joshua Johnston]

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& Other Stories

By Sarah Redman

And Other Stories

And Other Stories

This is H & M’s brand spanking new ‘little sister’, as I would like to call it, and yesterday it opened it’s very first store in the UK, at London’s Regent Street.

& Other Stories seems to be a brand with a difference, taking inspiration from social media, street style and bloggers in particular. With this the fashion store has created a series of ‘stories’ – basically taking a look and creating a story through showing you which items pull it together. This channels ideas seen on many what-i’m-wearing style blogs and easily walks the customer through a quirky new way in which to put their outfit together via the shopping basket.

Personally i’m a fan. Already trying to fit their entire shoe range into my student budget – not going so well… anyone want to help me?!

You can view their new range on their website and lust after their quirky graphics!

This great article: High-concept outlet from H&M influenced by fashion bloggers from guardian.co.uk explains the concept in full.