Sea Shell Candles – Reblog

Today’s reblog Wednesday is presenting my dear friend Hester Van O. She is queen of DIY! Her house is nautical themed and decorated solely and wholly by her including her very own diy bed!

Recently she started her own youtube channel and here is one of my favourites – Sea Shell Candles! Living by the sea provides us with the luxury of finding some unusual and rather pretty sea shells! If you have kids they pile up like debris and no matter how much you’d like to get rid of them, they simply have to stay.

So I think Hester has come up with a great idea which will keep you and your kido(s) busy this summer….


From overweight smoker to marathon contender


By Paul Gittings, CNN
July 28, 2014 — Updated 1321 GMT (2121 HKT)

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(CNN) — Seven years ago, Steve Way was a 20 per day smoker and weighed a hefty 230 pounds (104 kilograms). On Sunday, he led the marathon competition against the best in the Commonwealth before finishing a creditable 10th place.

Undaunted by the presence of defending champion John Ekiru Kelai of Kenya and a host of other athletes with faster personal bests, Way took the opportunity afforded by a tentative start by the race favorites to lead the bunch.

Despite the effort, just a glimmer of a smile can be seen on the face of the 40-year-old, who was representing England after a strong showing in the London Marathon in April.

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Way admitted that as the Kenyans and eventual winner Michael Shelley of Australia surged he could not keep pace but his story continues to be an inspiration to all couch potatoes approaching a mid life crisis.

He crossed the line after 42 kilometers in a personal best of two hours 15 minutes 16 seconds and still with a smile on his face despite toiling on a tough course around Glasgow in rainy conditions.

“Best day ever,” Way said. “I normally say it’s second best to my wedding day but this one matches it. Sarah (his wife) won’t mind I think.

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“All my top goals — top 10, PB, British vet record (for athletes over 40 years of age) — and I’ve managed all three. I couldn’t have wished for a better day.”

Way finished a minute faster than his performance in London, where he was third British finisher behind Mo Farah and Chris Thompson and 15th overall.

Regular training runs, sometimes up to 80km (50 miles), have seen him trim down to a lean 150 pounds as the fast food takeaways and a heavy alcohol intake have become a thing of the past.

The marathon is not even Way’s specialist distance.

He will challenge for the world 100km (62 miles) championships in Doha, Qatar in November and with a personal best of six hours 19 minutes 19 seconds, that’s six minute six second miles for the entire distance, has a realistic chance of gold.

Shelley was winning the first athletics gold of the Commonwealth Games, improving on his silver from four years ago and with a personal best of two hours 11 minutes 15 seconds.

Behind him, Kelai faded and his compatriot Stephen Chemlany took second with Abraham Kiplimo of Uganda in the bronze medal position.

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“It is starting to sink in now,” Shelley said. “I dug deep and I was hoping I wouldn’t blow-up like I have done in the past.”

Later Sunday, the competition on the track began at Hampden Park, with the final of the men’s 5,000m, despite the absence of the ill Olympic champion Farah, one of the highlights.

It went to Kenyan Caleb Ndiku, the world indoor 3000m champion, in a time of 13 minutes 12.07 seconds to beat teammate Isiah Koech , with New Zealander Zane Robertson claiming bronze.

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The crowds at the Games will have to wait for the appearance of Usain Bolt, who has arrived in the Scottish city, but is not slated to run until next Friday’s heats of the 4x100m relay for Jamaica.

Home crowds at the swimming pool were able to celebrate their seventh medal of the meeting and it was another fairytale story.

Erraid Davies, a diminutive 13-year-old competitor in the women’s para-sport 100m breaststroke, took a superb bronze behind Sophie Pascoe of New Zealand.

Davies, who was born with a chronic hip condition, is the youngest member of the Scottish team, but showed maturity beyond her years to move into the medals after turning sixth.


K pop or Not!

I have a huge dislike for K-Pop. I love the way they can dance etc but recently I feel like the world is being overloaded with K-Pop and Gangnum Style just ended and shut my mind towards K-Pop completely! This is not to say that I don’t like Korean Music…There are songs and artists my husband introduced me to and I like them playing gently in the background. But a post on those another day!

Recently, I came across a new Korean Band and guess what, they are not doing anything like K-Pop!!

Here it is..




What do you think?

Summer Fragrance 2014

Vanitas Versace


Reviewing a perfume is not something I do often. Although I have always been attracted to various fragrances and I like to try different scents, I have been loyal to Dior’s J’Adore for the longest of time since I was a teenager.

I also swear by Christian Dior’s saying, “A woman’s perfume tells more about her than her handwriting. ” 

But the day before my wedding, my husband gave me Vanitas Versace. I was a bit skeptical but must always respect a present and so I tried it on. Initially too strong for my senses, it slowly grew on me. And now I am in love! It is definitely my summer fragrance of 2014.

It apparently has an interesting blend of Lime & Freesia, TIare Flower, Tonka Bean and Cedar Wood. Honestly, I don’t know what is Tiare flower or Tonka Bean, but one thing I can say is that it is sensually floral and perfect for an evening out or a party. It fades out very gently and lasts for a good 4 to 5 hours.

I would not suggest it for a day time BBQ or Brunch, simply because it is quite strong on the senses and guests at the venue will notice your fragrance first and in a BBQ party, just in case they smell the meat first, you simply aren’t doing justice to the perfume. Just saying!

Now Vanitas Versace won’t be that cheap but I have seen some perfume shops doing a bargain deal. So if you are not a big spender, hit those bargain perfume shops! Honestly, the fragrance is so worth it and a little spritz will go a long way making the bottle last a while.

The RHS’s Hibiscus Perfume by Bronnley


On my honeymoon, I was in the look out for a day time perfume as I found Vanitas Versace too voluptuous and sensual for my day time treks and adventures. So on one particular day, when my husband decided to have a nap, I quickly popped out to the shops to find my new scent – The Royal Horticultural Society’s Hibiscus EDT by Bronnley.

The RDS’s Hibiscus EDT smells natural, one dimensional and soothing. This fresh and tropical perfume has a blend of rose and lilly and fades out soothingly leaving a slight woody note. To me, personally it has a creamy feel to it. It smells as if I have applied a lotion rather than a scent. I believe my grandma had a moisturiser that smelt something similar and so the scent reminds me of her comfort. It is completely opposite to Vanitas that makes you feel desired, sexy and wanting to have a nice time; whereas the Hibiscus Perfume makes you feel comfortable, secure and cosy.

It’s not very expensive at £16 for a 100ml bottle. Get in!!

Another of my favourite perfume quote that sums up my thoughts is

“A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.” – Coco Chanel

So what is your summer fragrance 2014?