“Smells are surer than sights and sounds to make the heart strings crack.” That’s the motto of Illumens, a family run company based in Suffolk making the most elegantly perfumed candles and diffusers. Caroline Hardy and her partner develop the fragrances themselves and kindly sent me a selection of their best-selling scented products to share with you.
TEA: In the summer, I love to drink my cup of tea outside, have it as something to relax me as I unwind; bare feet propped up on a chair while I read a magazine and sip on soothing warm tea. In the winter, a cup of tea is a welcomed warmer to thaw out frozen fingers. Being something that has its place in every season and finding a purpose in every occasion; work, rest and play, I thought it best to drink the nation's favourite medicine from beautiful cups that can be enjoyed all year round.
Fiona Luing’s Jewellery range is crafted from precious metals and gemstones of intense, lucid colours achieving clean and striking designs. The stones give the pieces an opulent radiance, as Fiona says, “when it comes to stones, it’s the brighter the better if you ask me.”
The shoes I’m currently wearing are Nike Trainers, but that’s because I’ve just taken my mischievous Spaniel out for her run. Shoes aren’t simply to provide a protective layer between your foot and the outside world; they are a style choice, confer status and character and in the case of sport shoes, denote an active owner. Shoes are both an indication of personality and a metaphor - and we love them.