Small Business Christmas Gift Guide
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My Christmas Gift Guide is here!! I’ve had so much fun piecing together this collection. It’s a selection of treasures for the home, wardrobe and body from my favourite makers or independent boutiques. Ever since I moved to Yorkshire 10 years ago, I’ve tried to buy gifts for birthdays and Christmas from independents - it feels so much more special to give something someone’s carefully made or selected for their shop. Coffee shops that also have homewares and plants are a particular favourite. Luckily for me, there is no end of makers and independents up North! Maybe that should be a blog; The Leeds Independent Shopping Guide? I’ll be sharing more ideas on my Instagram over the next week or so as I know lots of makers will be releasing new stock for sale before the Christmas post guarantee ends so keep an my stories for even more inspiration.

I’m getting thoroughly into the holiday spirit now so look out for my decoration post next too! Anyway, I hope you have the cosiest weekend, and let me know what you buy!

December Mood Board
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Happy Wednesday! These are a few nice things I’ve been pinning recently. I’m really into romantic, billowy shapes at the moment, like these beautiful balloon sleeves and this wavy, retro-looking magazine holder - and of course, Solange’s jumper! LOVE. I’m still into muted pinks and oranges but duck egg blues and greens, in particular, have been creeping in and I’m really loving it. Follow me on Pinterest for more goodness.

You may also notice that I’ve made a few changes on the site - I’ve added a Projects page so you can read all about the launch of my latest project with Leafy Couture! After launching their new site a couple of weeks ago, I’ll be working on their blogs and a couple of other really cute projects with them in the New Year.

I’ve been getting thoroughly into the Christmas spirit by watching just about every cheesy Christmas film on Netflix so look out for my Christmas Gift Guide blog later in the week. It’s going to be a cute curation of presents and decorations - from small businesses only! I hope you all really enjoy it!

Faux Faux

I’ve been crushing on dried and faux flowers recently. Particularly, pampas grass. They look, contradiction, both soft and structured. And the texture is a beautiful contrast to delicate (seemingly in this case at least) flowers. I’ve been picturing a low vase or urn of floaty chocolate cosmos and big white roses on a coffee table. Dyed grasses in blush pinks and violet blues are also lovely. I want to piece them together in a whimsical romantic arrangement, maybe for a dinner party with friends, a la Mary Lennox or brrch.

Earlier this week I walked into Anthropologie to be greeted by tall buckets of dried foliage in deep reds and gold sprays and I was inspired to create this edit of dried and faux flowers with the vases to match. Enjoy!

A Love Letter to Lip Balm
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Cold weather is the perfect time to brave a dark bold lip a là everyone’s favourite French cool girl Jeanne Dumas. And, as every Rouje coveter knows, nothing ruins a berry pout faster than chapped lips. So it’s the perfect time to pull together a blog on one of my all-time favourite things: lip balm!

I’ve had a serious thing for lip balm for a few years now. I have a lip balm by my bed, at my boyfriend’s house, tucked away in jean pockets and in just about every bag and coat I own. I lean towards a thicker balm, no waxy finish that sinks in after two seconds for me please(!), so they’re often multi-purpose for sad skin and nails. Handy. Here all six of the best lip balms available in the UK for soft (sometimes tinted) lips, from £5.99 to £39.

1. Korres Lip Butter in Plum, £8 2. By Terry Baume de Rose, £39 3. Myroo Fragrance Free Lip Balm, £8 4. Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Hibiscus, £5.99 5. Glossier Balm Dotcom in Cherry, £10 6. Kiehl’s Buttermask for Lips, £22.

A Mood Board for the Modern Witch

Autumn and winter have been my favourite times of year for as long as I can remember. I love the crisp misty mornings, a nice jumper with jeans, and the excuse to drink way more cups of tea than is actually necessary that comes with it.

But I especially love it because the dark nights, Halloween and the big, low moons mean that things can get a little witch-y. Being a big fan of witches, I’ve pulled together this mood board of things to shop, look at and listen to that’s perfect for this time of year.

(Above) I recently discovered Grainne Morton over on Pinterest and I cannot get enough of her earrings. Particular favourites are the jewelled, abstract pair above and her hand hook earrings. They’re spooky and delicate at the same time; and right up my alley. Shop her collection.

I’ve also been watching the new Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix and it’s brilliant! Sabrina’s cousin, Ambrose, (the new Salem) has a wardrobe of moon-covered silk robes and pyjama shirts to match but it’s the pilgrim-meets-Vampire-Academy style of the Weird Sisters (pictured) that I loved the most. Highly recommend. Watch it here.

Kim Petras released a surprise album full of Halloween goodness last month and it is lovely. It’s full of haunting instrumentals and chilling lyrics about life after death. Listen to Turn Off the Light, Vol. 1 now.

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Another recent find: the Forde Abbey and Gardens Instagram. The shots of the abbey, particularly in the morning, are so beautiful. The post-er also writes the loveliest descriptions to go with their photos. It’s darling. Check it out here.

I’ve been doing a lot of pinning lately. So I’ve had a bit of a tidy and created some new boards, including one to match my witch-y vibe at the moment. Follow me.