I thought it might be a good idea to post about the up coming destash I’m hosting on Instagram this Saturday 27th May, 2017. I hope you will join me and grab a few bargains.
Where is the sale?
On Instagram – please follow Champagne_Twist_Destash
What time does the destash sale start?
12 noon GMT
Why host a sale?
I have accumulated so much stuff over the years, I have simply run out of room to work effectively. The choice is to either move to a new house the size of Buckingham Palace (I did ask, but the Queen said no) or to sell these things to a someone who can make use of them.
This will mean that I will have more time and space to make more videos and post more on my blog.
What type of things are you selling?
You’re selling baby clothes? How come?
In regards to the baby clothes, they are all brand new and unused. They were purchased for research purposes (I was thinking about designing and selling baby clothes) and rather than throw them away, I thought it best to sell them on. There is a bit of a pink theme, but heck at that age babies don’t know, or care.
All buttons (and any relevant small items) sold will be sorted and presented in a brand new organza bag – who wants an envelope of loose buttons?
What’s for sale? How much?
Prices start from as little as 50p (excluding postage). All the items range from bargain basement finds to high end, including products from local London markets, Laura Ashley, Cath Kidston, John Lewis and Liberty.
I hope you will find this sale fun and you bag a few bargains for yourself and loved ones. Tell your friends, sit down with a cuppa and lets do this 🙂
I know T&Cs are not the most interesting of things, but please do read before you purchase – and let me know if you have any questions.
The sale on Instagram starts at 12 noon GMT Saturday 27th May 2017.
Please visit Champagne_Twist_Destash to purchase items for sale.
Time Zone – GMT
12 noon – Fabric – part 1
1pm – Knitting items, buttons and sewing collectables
2pm – Fabric – part 2 and buttons
3pm – BREAK TIME (approx 1 hour)
4pm – Baby clothes
5pm – Paper craft items/ Stationery
6pm – Books and paper sewing patterns
7pm – Misc
8pm – Sale ends (If there are a lot of unsold items left, I may host another sale the following Saturday).
I hope this post is clear and easy to understand, but if I have missed something out, you have any questions, or seek clarification, please contact me either here or on Instagram Champagne_Twist_Destash.
Hope to see you on Instagram on Saturday! Enjoy and thanks for reading.
Today, I was lucky enough to attend the Culture Cloud, Benefit Cosmetics brow make up demo, hosted by Lulu Guinness at their Covent Garden in central London. It was fun and informative session, where the audience learned how to properly apply brow makeup, and were introduced to the Benefits make-up range.
We are also given the opportunity to browse the new Lulu Guinness Spring/Summer Collection, here’s a highlight video –
For the event I wore my “Round Things” skirt, together with a striped top and a “Marcie” bag from Lulu Guinness. Unfortunately, the predicted 20 degree weather turned out to be a mini monsoon in reality. So as I write this, I’m loading up with hot cups of tea and any fruit which contains high levels of vitamin C. To think it’s June in a couple of weeks!
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This is an early heads up for the forth coming Late Spring Sale.
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Saturday 27th May 2017.
A brand which is described as 100% natural, the beauty treatment was inspired by ancient botanicals, Botanic science and aromatherapy. Having tested the face oil serum on the back of my hand, it is very fast absorbing, leaving the skin smooth, supple and moisturised. I was particularly impressed by it’s rapid absorption and lack of any oily residue. You only need a drop or 2, as a little goes a very long way.
Using organic Rose Otto essential oil, combined with cold pressed Moringa Oleifera seed extract, the serum support healthy cell regeneration, promotes well being and can help alleviate stress.
At £62 for 50ml, it initially seems outside many people’s beauty budget, however, I disagree. This product has the potential to last at least 6 months, and bearing in mind you only need 1 or 2 drops for your face and neck, after a few weeks you may find that you won’t need other creams and potions.
The only slight grumble I have is with the packaging. The colour scheme is chic and sophisticated, but if you suffer from poor eyesight, it can be difficult to distinguish which product is which, especially as the text on the label is very small, and doesn’t stand out very much against the dark background.
Aimed at all skin types, using 100% natural aromatherapy grade ingredients, the brand excludes additives, chemical processing, synthetic perfume, fragrance or animal testing. As Valentine’s day is approaching, the serum could serve as an alternative to a bunch of over priced roses, or break the diet box of chocolates. The serum along with other products in the range can be purchased at http://plantmebotanics.com
Rating 4.5 out of 5.
I recently attended a Collaborative Store event in Marylebone, where they showcased their beautiful clothes range (which is currently on sale, so go and check them out now), as well as a beauty product, which I will post about on Monday, and a simply marvellous brand new tea range by the Niche Co.
The packaging alone is a wonderful feast for the eyes, and is made from recycled card. They are very sturdy, so can be re-used for storage after the tea has been consumed.
A premium tea collection, Niche Tea consists of unique, blended wellness teas, which takes full advantage of the medicinal properties of natural herbs, roots, petals and spices.
A brief conversation with the creator of the brand established that the tea collection was born, like most good things, out of necessity – a need to improve general health and wellbeing, and seeking an alternative to traditional black teas. Marrying the ideology of wellness with an added touch of luxury, the ingredients are ethically sourced globally, and made in the UK.
I liked that this company embraces the notion, what goes inside reflects what happens outside. Having the most expensive creams, lotions and portions will do little without the benefits gained from a healthy diet. I especially like how every aspect of this brand, from the bright environmentally friendly packaging to the ethically sourced ingredients, prove that it is possible to create high-end, high quality products, without it costing a fortune, or the Earth.
I sampled the ‘Skin’ tea, and was immediately impressed by its delicious taste. Sometimes, floral or herbal teas have a disappointing bland flavour and a strong, often synthetic aroma that bears no correlation to the actual taste of the tea. This is not the case with Niche Co. tea, the sample I tried was very drinkable, flavourful and refreshing.
For £10 you get 15 biodegradable pyramid bags. The Skin tea is described as a delicate white tea, paired with herbs and flowers thought to promote beautiful skin, including Burdock root, red clover, rose petals and rose hip.
Other teas in the collection are designed to improve hair and energy levels, promote sleep and aid digestion.
I highly recommend the Skin tea in terms of flavour, and hope soon to try the other varieties so I can report back. These teas would be ideal gifts for the tea connoisseur in your life, for people wanting a change from other herbal teas, or for those wishing to supplement their diets with a tea which may aid certain ailments. These teas are most definitely worth a try.
Rating: 5 out of 5
In case you missed it, and well done if you have, Christmas is nearly here. It can be a very expensive time of year, so if you would like to save some cash but still want to participate in the season’s festivities, why not try these 3 quick, simple and affordable Christmas table decorations?
Years ago, I purchased a bag of pine cones from my local florist, for the grand sum of 50p. Of course you can collect them for free if you are lucky enough to live near a forest, but note you may have to seek permission first. Pine cones last for years, I keep mine in a cardboard box along with my other Christmas decorations.
Using a large candle, with 3 wicks to represent the holy trinity (it is a religious festival after all), I centre it on a heat proof glass plate, then I cover the plate with the pine cones.
As with all candles, never leave lit candles unattended. Be extra careful as pine cones are great tinder material!
For an alternative, try using a ring oasis, which can be purchased from Wilkos for around £3.50. Ensure that you give the oasis a good soak and then decorate with a mixture of evergreen foliage, baubles, pine cones and other Christmas decorations. Place on a plate, and add a large pillar candle in the middle.
If you have 3 or 5 vases of varying heights and widths, you can create a stunning centrepiece. Fill one of the vases with evergreen foliage, one with pine cones, another with baubles, one with battery operated fairy lights and one with tinsel.
Here I used 3 vases – one was filled with different types of pine cones, another with foliage from the garden and the middle one with baubles and battery operated lights. Instant centrepiece using items I already own.
This is cake stand came from IKEA.
Picture source: Ikea.com.
At under £10, it is an affordable centrepiece in it’s own right. Add some baubles, and hang some decorations from the lid and you have made a festive treat for the eyes. Hey, it’s healthier than filling the stand with cake.
Did I just say that?
Wow! This was a little shocker. I had received a 10ml sample of hand cream in the post and thought, ‘ooh, nice surprise’. Then I tried it. As a hand cream, it softens skin, leaving them lovely and smooth. There’s no greasy residue, when applied the cream sinks into the skin easily and quickly, basically everything you would expect from a good hand cream.
But the real gem is the scent. It is one of the most gorgeous smelling hand creams I have ever tried. Sort of coconutty, with tropical floral notes. Dirty Work’s should seriously consider producing the scent as a perfume (- and if they do I want a cut please – or at least a credit!)
As regular readers will know, I like making my own creams from nut butters, including cocoa and shea. But if you’re looking for a stocking filler or an affordable beauty treat, you won’t go far wrong with this. Containing cocoa butter, jojoba and shea, the hand cream has not been tested on animals.
It’s not often that a product ticks all the boxes, it’s hard for me to find fault, as even the price is right at £2.50 per 100ml tube. Dirty Works ‘You Soft Touch’ hand cream, rivals designer brands in terms of quality and smells far nicer than most.
Rating: 5 out of 5 (Yes I’m that impressed!).
Disclaimer: I had been sent a free sample of this item from Sainsbury’s.
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