Sunday, September 24, 2017

Zoella Winter Wonderland Event #ZoellaWinterWonderland

I'm so incredibly excited to share this post from the Zoella Winter Wonderland event I attended in London a few weeks ago with my fellow Bournemouth blogging friend Brogan. And as we have officially made it into autumn it seemed the perfect time for me to share this stunning collection with you all. I know for sure that it will make you long for cosy nights in with a hot chocolate in hand whilst pampering to your hearts content.
This is one of several Zoella beauty and lifestyle collections and it truly gets better and more epic every single season. I'm also in such awe of how Zoe and the team put together such a magical event that makes you escape into a true cosy paradise. Last year it was the Zoella apartment and this year a beautiful period hall in London adorned with fairy lights, a snow globe full of fake snow and various alpine details. And so, for now, enough chat and here's what treats you will find this season.

Home
One of my favourite things from the home range was the Cosy Vibes mug. Just the name alone conjures up all sorts of lovely, wintery night in vibes, but the polka dot and teal design is also so understated and classy. To really bring together the autumnal, wintery theme of this collection there was a hot chocolate stand at the event where you could fill the mug to the brim with popping candy, marshmallows and so much more. Sadly I couldn't trial this out, but my girl Brogan has some amazing photos of her epic hot chocolate!

As well as the mug, this collection sees sweet knitted socks alongside hot water bottles and eye masks. Everyone you could possibly need to escape the chill of winter.

Candles and Reed Diffusers 
Now Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without the warming scent of sweet gingerbread and that's exactly what you get with the candle and reed diffuser line. The Festive Cookies candles is the perfect way to indulge in the delicious notes of freshly baked gingerbread cookies and creamy vanilla icing that are so synonymous with Christmas time. I have one of the reed diffusers from a previous collection in my studio and it still makes my whole surroundings sound divine so I'm extremely keen to make my whole existence smell like gingerbread from now until December!

If you're after something slightly less sweet the 'Cosy Christmas' candle has your name all over it. With lush festive fragrances of winter spice and sweet cinnamon, it's the perfect suits all scent everyone will love. And on a similar note (no pun intended) the final fragrance, 'Christmas Clementine' is packed with a fruity twist but with notes of clove to again, fill the air with an extra spice that will be the perfect accompaniment to the season of fruit and spice and all things nice.

Stationery
I've been so lucky to receive such lovely bits from the Zoella Lifestyle stationery collection this year and it really is the perfect collection for writers, dreamers or business owners. I fall into all three categories really and I think Zoe has the same creative mind as I do in the way she thinks about organising her thoughts so this is something I'm so in love with.

One of my favourite things from this collection is the Bento box (of course I'm all about this Japanese inspiration) style set that has everything you could possibly dream of for on-the-go planning and writing. In fact, this would have been my dream set for school. I currently have this in my studio and the pad is so handy for making quick lists for on the go.

The goal sheets are also one of those essential products to have. I have something like this on my desk. To visualise my week on one sheet for me is far more productive than checking my phone each day or looking at my diary and the satisfaction for ticking things off a to-do-list is everything, am I right, or am I right?!

Beauty

Last of all let's take a look at the standout beauty part of the Christmas range: Snowella! This is my favourite thing from the collection, and as soon as I peeked my head around the corner as we entered the event, and caught a glimpse of the little white poof I was sold, sold, sold I'm delighted to say the scent matches the adorable packaging. With notes of mint, cranberry, peony and pink pepper it's a fresh, fruity fragrance that although has quintessential festive fragrance notes, has a floral sweetness that makes this ideal for everyday wear throughout the season. I really am so in love with this and I've been wearing it constantly since the day of the event. 

Finally, because it's important to take some much-needed time out to relax and unwind during the festive season you can also enjoy this scent as part of many lovely gift sets. The 'Treasure Me' gift collection is brimming with Snowella favourites to help you relax and unwind and is the ultimate present for any Zoella fan. But you can also enjoy this scent in a bubble bath (with matching cute white poof!), in a lotion, hand cream and lots more. I'm so happy Superdrug stock this range because it's the perfect thing for Christmas presents for all ages. And I loved a Superdrug Christmas shop back when I was a teen!

I hope you've enjoyed a trip to Zoella's Winter Wonderland and because I wish you could have all been with me to experience the magic in person I filmed a few clips on my phone and made a video for you that you can find above. 

But I want to finish this post by saying the warmest thank you ever to Zoe and her team for inviting me to events such as this. It's incredible and special to not only witness everything in person, but it's also so wonderful to meet people in the industry I don't always get the chance to. I'd also like to say the biggest thank you to my friend Brogan (I'm sure, like me, you are already huge fans of her Youtube and weekly vlog series). It would have been an amazing day come rain or shine but to have you by my side and experience the magic together made it so special beyond words. And it made me so incredibly proud of you because spending time with you I'm constantly aware of just how dedicated you are to what you do and I cannot begin to explain how much that inspires me in turn. And the same goes for lots of other lovely ladies we met such as Jade BillingtonMeg SaysArabella GolbyBecca Rose and Scarlett London

There's this indescribable sense of inspiration at Zoe's events and it really does radiate the room as well as the beautiful scents do. Because fundamentally, Zoe's story is so very special, and it's so important to remind us that we must keep dreaming, keep creating, and keep leading with our heart to get everything we want out of this life. When you witness collections like this in the flesh that must have started from seeds of inspiration, you get a sense for how deeply inspiring it is. You truly never, ever know where your passion can take you. So today, I urge you to be brave and wholeheartedly ambitious just like Zoe and all the above amazing ladies above.

A huge thank you once more to Zoella and her incredible team for their constant support and for inviting me to such wonderful events such as this. It really means the world to be there and share this mind-blowing success with you all.

Let me know what your favourite parts of the collection are! The shop the Zoella Lifestyle head to Boots here and for Zoella Beauty, click here.

xoxo
Monday, September 18, 2017

Farm Girl Cafe, Notting Hill

I've never been one of those cool foodie bloggers but I recently went to a cafe I have loved and admired on Instagram for the longest time called Farm Girl situated in Portobello, in the heart of London's trendy Notting Hill.

Farm Girl Cafe is inspired by the co-founder Rose's childhood where she grew up in Australia on a dairy farm. Fast forward to today and the incredibly popular cafe is seeing huge success as a trendy and holistic place to eat that also boasts a laid-back approach to healthy eating that you find across Australia. Much of the food is picked locally from the New Covent Garden Market, and their meat is sourced from their local award-winning butcher. As a result, the Farm Girl menu is full of fresh and nutritious ingredients that are then, of course, finished to perfection with a sprinkling of coconut or rose petals. And therefore you’ve probably scrolled past a plethora of beautiful photos of their coffees, lattes, pancakes, avocado on toast and other lovely creations decorated with rose petals, latte art and in addition, you might have started to recognise their well-known pink tables outside the cafe in the picturesque courtyard. Farm Girl Cafe London
My company for the day was my darling friend Paige Joanna who I'm delighted to say now works for me at Beauxoxo and as well as sipping on our pretty lattes and eating perfectly poached eggs and dreamy pancakes we also filmed this lookbook for my business. I've left that down below for you so you can get an idea of our surroundings and also a close up of the delicious food!

Paige ordered the incredibly popular Rose Latte that you've seen on many an Instagram morning scroll I'm sure! This beautiful drink is infused with rose water and finished with a scattering of pretty rose petals. I then ordered the Butterfly Matcha which is made with organic blue matcha powder and almond milk. To be honest, the name enticed me alone, but I also became obsessed with matcha lattes in Japan so the idea of a blue latte intrigued me beyond belief! For a peek at their full menu head right here.

Paige and I visited Farm Girl on a Friday morning in August and managed to get in without queuing but do be warned that normally this incredibly popular place gets very busy. If you fancy Sunday brunch expect to make a morning of it! I believe you can't book in advance so it's definitely worth allowing plenty of time to make your visit extra special. But whilst you're waiting, I suggest getting a team of pals together so some of you can pop into Sister Jane that is literally just to the side of the cafe. You can also get a glimpse of their beautiful clothes in the video below.

I hope you loved my adventures at Farm Girl, and I must just say it's also so lovely to just write on here and get some new posts together. I'm really going to try and share more adventures soon but meanwhile, as well as all the things I do at Beauxoxo, I have my own personal Instagram account now if you want to follow my adventures that you can follow right here. I've had it since the beginning of this year and it's been a lovely chance to post things I felt had no home in the online world, and also to connect with you all on a more personal level. So please do say hello!

Thank you so much as ever for reading, and when you sip on your rose or blue matcha lattes, don't forget to tweet me or let me know what you think! Have some of you already visited Farm Girl? hat other London food destinations do you love and recommend?


Where to find Farm Girl: 

Nearest Tube: Notting Hill Gate 
59A Portobello Road, Notting Hill, London, W11 3DB. 
Tel. 020 7229 4678 
FB: FARMGIRLCAFE Twitter: @FARMGIRLCAFE Instagram: @FARMGIRLCAFE

xoxo

Photography: Paige Joanna
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